World Youth Meet – 2016 November 20, 2016 – Day 2
The theme for the day – Bend the Body – was the central takeaway for the day, with the speeches and talks dwelling on the many aspects of this simple sentence.
Three Keynote Speakers, Sri Isaac Tigrett, Founder of Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues, Sister Giovanna from Church of Assisi, Italy and Sri Rashmin Pulekar from the Art of Living Foundation were slated to address the delegates in the morning session of the second day of the World Youth Meet. Sri B Ramanatha Rai, the Hon’ble Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Government of Karnataka was the Guest of Honour for the session.
The formal proceedings began with the vedic chanting by the students of Sri Sathya Sai DivyaNiketanam, Jayapura Campus. A song presentation followed next from the children of “Sparrow Nest”, an orphanage.
Fulfilment vs Fullness
The first speaker, Sister Giovanna, spoke eloquently on the topic of “Fulfillment – Fullness”, explaining to the delegates the key difference between fulfillment and fullness. “Fulfillment happens when we achieve all the little things and dreams in our lives, but fullness happens only when the dreams we achieve becomes one with the dream that God has for each one of us”, she explained succinctly. This fullness can be achieved only when whatever we do in our lives is surrendered to God in its totality, she said.
She then gave a four-point approach to reach such a fullness in life, urging everyone to introspect, awaken their hearts, giving up the need for possessing things in life and ultimately, trusting God and investing in His dream. She ended her speech on a prayerful note, celebrating God as her parent, love, and everything.
Service should be a life-long commitment
The next speaker was Sri Rashmin Pulekar. Pointing out how depression had become more common in the current generation, he said that it was because everyone is mostly thinking only about their self. Self-centered thoughts, pertaining to career, relationships, wealth, etc. has to be changed into thoughts of what one can do for the society, he added. One should think about the mark he/she can leave behind for the next generation, he explained.
“Giver is always happier than the receiver in life”, he said, and implored the youth to take up service as a life commitment. The mantra of being happy always is to “live only in the present, forgetting the past regrets and leaving anxiety about future”, he added. He ended his speech with a beautiful guided meditation session, which helped the audience relax both their bodies and minds.
Focus on what you can do for Bhagawan
Sri Isaac Tigrett spoke beautifully, drawing lessons from his many years of association with Bhagawan. He explained how all the problems between individuals or the countries was only due to the rampant selfishness prevalent in current times. He said that everyone should wonder what they can do for Bhagawan, instead of asking what Bhagawan can do for them. Stressing on the importance of being kind, he said that one should take time to be kind as one act of kindness almost always leads to another. He ended his speech with a prayer that Bhagawan had given him – “Lord ! Please think through me, please speak through me, please act through me, please love through me, and please breathe through me.”
Guest of Honour addresses the delegates
Thanking Bhagawan for inviting him to the World Youth Meet, the Guest of Honour, Sri B Ramnath Rai, spoke articulately from the heart. He said that while everyone may use various things like soaps and perfumes for the outer body, only attending programmes like the World Youth Meet can help purify the mind and society. Extolling the human values-based system of education followed in the institutions, he ended his speech acknowledging the role of Sathya Sai educare in nation building.
A short musical presentation
The morning session ended on a musical note, with the devotees from Munich, Germany presenting a garland of eight beautiful songs in German and English. The morning session ended with the offering of Aarthi to Bhagawan.
Once Bhagawan was seated on the dais in the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall, the formal proceedings for the evening started with a Vedic Invocation by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, Mandya Campus.
The Chief Guest for the evening, Dr. K H Muniyappa, Member of Parliament, India, was then formally introduced and welcomed. Two speakers addressed the gathering next, sharing their journey of personal transformation and evolution.
The first speaker was sister Polin Bonezoli from Italy. She hails from a family of Sai devotees, and was also a Bal Vikas student. An active volunteer in Sai service activities, she has a degree in Social Health Services Program for the differently-abled. She shared some of her experiences and learnings from her association with the differently-abled, urging everyone to not take things for granted and be open to learning new things. She also spoke about how Bhagawan’s love had kept her on the right path of life.
This was followed by a speech by Sri Sumeet Tappoo. A well-known singer from Fiji Islands, he spoke about how Bhagawan had revealed to him in 1999 itself, through a dream, about the current phase of His avatarhood. He also shared another dream of Bhagawan that he had in 2005, shortly after Bhagawan announced His world tour, in which he saw Bhagawan, Sri Narasimha Murthy, Sri C Srinivas, Sri Isaac Tigrett, Sri Madhusudan Rao Naidu and three others visit Fiji. This dream, he continued, became a reality in 2015, when Bhagawan in His subtle form visited the islands with the same set of people he has dreamt about. Following Bhagawan’s command, he announced that on the occasion of Bhagawan’s 95th Birthday, a Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital will be inaugurated in Fiji Islands. He ended his speech on a prayerful note, requesting Bhagawan to “Give us more Bhakti, so that we will Love you more. Give us more Shakti, so that we can serve you more”.
Dr K.H Muniyappa, Member of Parliament from the Kolar Constituency of Karnataka, spoke next. Appreciating the topic of this year’s Youth Meet, he narrated instances of Bhagawan’s omnipresence in his life. He ended his speech with a beautiful saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way. Where there is faith, there is a blessing, and where there is vision, the goal will be reached by His grace”.
Bhagawan then delivered His divine discourse.
The cultural presentations for the evening combined a right mix of art with heart. The first presentation was Supana Sangeetam, musical offering from Sri Vinod and Sri B Krishna Das from central Kerala. This was followed by a musical programme by Avadhoot Gandhi, the 17th generation from Sant Dnyaneshwar, a saint, poet, philosopher and yogi from Alandi, Maharashtra.
A dance presentation by artists from Konya, Turkey was presented next. The evening ended with a drama presentation from the devotees from Greece on the life and teachings of great sage Dhattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwari.