World Youth Meet – 2016 November 21, 2016 – Day 3 Morning Session
The morning session of the World Youth Meet commenced at around 10 AM with melodious bhajans followed by Vedic invocation by the girl students of Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Niketanam, Chikkaballapur campus.
Ending the harmful effects of the Mind
The first speaker for the day was Sri BS Vijay Sai. A mellifluous singer, he is an alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. He is also a trained hypnotherapist and regression therapist, and currently serves as a visiting faculty at the Centre of Human Excellence, Muddenahalli campus. His vibrant talk was centred on the theme- Ending the harmful effects of the mind. He spoke eloquently on the topic, sharing a healer and hypnotherapist’s perspective. He explained that all the circumstances and events that occur in one’s lives, including the people one meets are a direct result of the thoughts one entertains. As is the thought, so is the reality that manifests in one’s life, he said. Quoting Bhagawan’s words, “YadBhavam, Tad Bhavathi”(what you think, you manifest), he explained that God is helpless before human will and urged everyone to use their will in the right direction so that it will always be in sync with God’s will. He ended his talk with a short guided Jyoti meditation.
Going beyond the mind and senses
The next speaker was Swami Hamsananda, a former member of the Chinmaya Mission. He is actively involved in the Chinmaya youth movement and was instrumental in establishing and propagating the cause of Chinmaya Mission in Hubli, Karnataka. His highly lucid and energetic talk was aimed at going beyond the mind and senses to realise divinity. To go beyond means to go within, he said. “It was only when the body stops perceiving the objects, the mind stops feeling emotions and the intellect stops thinking that one can experience divinity”, he added. Using the analogy of a pole vault, he explained that the mind should be used to lift the consciousness to a higher level after which it should be dropped off just like how a pole vault is after the jump.
Bhagawan then joined the session to everyone’s joy and delight, in time to listen to the third speaker for the day. Once Bhagawan was seated, the programme resumed with a rapturous talk by His grace, Gaur GopaldasPrabhuji from ISKCON. All the speakers were then presented with tokens of gratitude.
One World One Sai
The next programme on the agenda was the launching of a new initiative- One World One Sai, aimed at uniting all the youth from across the world on a single online platform. It will serve as a database of all the service activities being taken up around the world, helping anyone to look up a service activity to participate in. Three Sai youths from California, brother Dinesh Swaminathan, sister Shwetha and sister RathipathipriyaBhaskar, members of the team that worked on the online platform, then came forward and explained about the initiative. A short video was also presented on the same. The platform can be used to find Sai volunteers all over the globe and organise and connect to Seva projects happening in our neighbourhood or anywhere across the world. It will also help in sharing ideas, inspirations and transformative stories with youth all around the world. Bhagawan then launched and blessed the initiative. One World One Sai can be reached at www.oneworldonesai.com and will soon be coming out as a mobile based application too.
After a short break, the delegates and devotees reassembled for the cultural programmes. The first programme was Barong Ket dance recital by the devotees of Bali, Indonesia. With their bright and colourful costumes, the dance was a visual treat for the eyes. The next programme was a musical rendition by Sri Hiroki Okano from Japan. He can play several instruments and is a practitioner of Japanese mountain Buddhism. He offered three musical pieces at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet. The soulful and melodious music easily connected the listeners with mother nature.
The morning session then came to an end with offering of Mangala Arathi.
Day Three – Evening Session
The evening proceedings began as soon as Bhagawan arrived at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall, lovingly received with the ceremonial Poornakumbham amidst melodious bhajans. The evening session commenced with Vedic invocation by the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Sriniketanam, Jayapura campus. The guests seated on the dais included Sri Bojjala Gopala Krishna Reddy, Minister of Environment and Forest, Science and Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Chandrashekar Rao, District Forest Officer, Anantapur District, Sri B. Narayana Rao, Secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust and Sri BN Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions.
The first programme for the evening was a presentation about the service activities being undertaken in Singapore by two Singapore youths- Capt. Ryan, serving in the Singapore army and sister Kamini Pillay, a medical doctor currently training to be an orthopaedic surgeon. Following Bhagawan’s guidance, the Singapore youth started service activities on three fronts- providing food, groceries and other necessities to the aged and elderly people, values-based education to young children and helping underprivileged families. The duo confessed that doing Sai Seva made them receive more love than what they gave.
This extremely inspiring presentation was followed by another just as inspiring talk by a delegate, sister Sai Janani Rajasingham from UK. A member of the Sai Prema Youth group in UK, she spoke about the Seva to the elderly that was being conducted in UK and shared her own personal transformation story. The love and the wisdom that they received from the elderly, she said, was so much that there was an inexplicable transformation in the youth. She explained that the elderly seva was an important reminder of the transience of youth and emphasised that only when the ego and selfishness are killed can one truly server the people with love. With Bhagawan’s permission, she then announced the launch of blanket seva initiative which is an effort to reach out to people who are in need of warm clothes and blankets.
The next speaker for the evening was Sri Bojjala Gopala Krishna Reddy. Highlighting the social service initiatives of Bhagawan, he said that Bhagawan’s contribution to the society was beyond anyone’s comprehension, and added that His biggest miracle was transformation of hearts and urged all the students to make good use of the opportunity. He concluded his talk praying to Bhagawan to bless everyone with the strength to serve fellow countrymen and women.
Sri B.N. Narasimha Murthy addressed the gathering next. Quoting a verse AdiShankaracharya had composed 1200 years ago, he said that ‘Children are interested in playing, youth are lost in the pleasures of life, old people are lost worrying, and nobody is interested in God’. But after listening to all the Seva activities being taken up by the youth, he said that the verse could now be modified as- ‘Children are interested in education, Youth are interested in service and old people are interested in Divinity. Everybody is interested in God’. Praying to Bhagawan to deliver the Divine discourse, he concluded his talk. The Divine discourse followed next.
The cultural programmes for the evening began with a musical extravaganza by Mr Marcello Malvica and his team of Gopis from Italy. The next musical offering was by Mr Gugleilmo Piccolo and Ms EleonaraBrussato from Italy. This was followed by another beautiful musical offering by Mr Luciano Calo, Ms Carlotta Centanni and Mr Giorgio Calo, also from Italy.
Next, it was the turn of MrDimitris Lambrianos and his team of Greek devotees to offer their music to the Lord. Lastly, a musical medley ensemble was offered by the youth from the Asia Pacific countries. The last programme for the evening was a drama- ‘Glory and Gratitude to Mother Sai’ by the devotees from Sai Ananda, Malaysia, based on a real life story. Bhagawan then blessed all the artists profusely with tokens of love and the evening session came to an end with Mangala Arathi.