Monday, November 28, 2005

PC Thanksgiving Legislation

November 27, 2005
Puttaparthi, South India

The members of the Prashanti Council, in consultation with Sri Sathya Sai Baba, passed by unanimous vote a new resolution pertaining to the celebration of Thanksgiving by devotees. It is now allowed to consume turkeys and wine on that occasion, provided that the animal is ritually slaughtered as a sacrifice to the goddess Kali. No vibhuti or white clothing is to be used while performing the slaughter.

The altar to Kali is to be placed nest to where Sai Baba's chair is situated in their pooja rooms. Vegetarian side dishes may be eaten as normal, and wine-prasad is to be first given to center presidents and seva convenors since they need it the most. Leftovers may be distributed to the other devotees. Center presidents will have first choice of white meat from the turkeys.