Day two of the World Youth Meet began at 5:30 A.M. with the delegates chanting the Suprabatham.
The formal proceedings began at 9:30 A.M in the Sathya Sai Premamrutham hall with a heartfelt and lively talk by the Revered Father Charles Ogada, Founder and current President of the Spiritan Self Awareness Initiative, an organisation committed to the promotion of self- awareness through integral education. His talk was centered on the theme of realizing one’s inherent divinity through awareness and ‘living in the Here and the Now’. He enchanted the audience with his passionate energy and got each and every one singing along with him within the first ten minutes of his talk. Not only did he talk about the divinity inherent in everyone, he made the entire audience experience it through varied activities. With the aid of ‘seven pillars’ and ‘nine practices’ of attentiveness, he effectively provided everyone with tools that they could use to expand love, feel the oneness and realize their inherent divinity.
The next speaker was Sri Dinesh Godke, Director Youth, The Art of Living Foundation and disciple of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Through his spirited talk, he emphasized on the need for all of delegates to rejoice their similarities and celebrate their differences, especially given the circumstances that we live in today. “This can be done by understanding and accepting the fact that all of us were created differently; no two people are ever the same, no two flowers, or vegetables or animals are ever the same. It is the same air we all share, breathe in and live in.” He extolled our Indian customs of practicing spirituality and materiality hand in hand, claiming that both of these are equally important in our journey of life. His session ended with an invigorating 20-minute meditation session, which left the audience in a blissful stupor.
The last programme was the screening of a highly-inspirational documentary on the life and message of Mother Teresa, Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. The documentary showcased the pure life of service she led, touching so many lives and hearts with her unconditional love.
Post the lunch break, the delegates re-convened at the Premamrutham auditorium to commence the next set of activities for the day.
Brother Sriram and Brother Vijay Sai, both alumni of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning conducted an interactive session on the theme “Love in Action” as per Bhagawan’s guidance. The purpose of the session was to effectively convey to all the delegates the importance of learning to love others without the cloud of judgement.
Through fun activities, the duo showed the audience how the mind was like a camera that always focused on the direction it was directed to. They impressed upon the delegates the importance of focusing only on the positive in all situations. This concept was re-affirmed through the experiments of the Japanese scientist Dr. Masuru Emoto, who proved to the world the effect of positive and negative thoughts and words on crystallized water droplets. The delegates were shown images of the effect words had on crystallized water droplets. The session was concluded with an energizing meditation session.
Watch the proceedings below: