World Youth Meet – Inauguration, 19 November 2016

Morning Session:

The inaugural session of the World Youth Meet 2016 also coincided with the Ladies Day that’s celebrated in the Sai fraternity with much aplomb. To mark the twin significance of the day, Bhagawan was led into the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall with a flag procession of women delegates from across the globe and vedam chanting by the girl students from Bhagawan’s educational institutions.

World Youth Meet 2016

The World Youth Meet was officially flagged off with the lighting of the lamp by Bhagawan. Centred on the theme, “Bend the Body; Mend the Senses; End the Mind”, the logo of the youth meet was then unveiled.  The guests and speakers, who were seated on the dais, were then formally welcomed.

This was followed by a multi-faith invocation prayer by representatives from nine faiths from across the globe. The many faiths that were represented were Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Judaism and Shintoism.

Two youth delegates addressed the audience next. The first youth speaker was Dr Nisha Kesavan from Singapore. She recollected how Bhagawan had guided her to visit the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital at Raipur, in order to inspire her to take up the path of selfless service. Deeply touched by the love of the Doctors working at the hospital, who worked tirelessly without any expectation of any monetary gain whatsoever, served as a great inspiration, she shared..

Brother Markov Stugore, a PhD student, from Croatia was the other delegate speaker. He spoke about how one has to undergo difficulties and sorrows in life so that one remembers God at all times. Confessing that pursuing doctoral research was irrelevant in life, he said that it was getting Bhagawan’s degree that’s more fulfilling and purposeful.

The guest speakers were then introduced. The first speaker was Smt Mallika Srinivasan, Chairperson & CEO of TAFE, India. She spoke about her spiritual journey, detailing how Bhagawan guided her spiritually as well as professionally, motivating her to achieve excellence. Stressing on how Bhagawan shaped young minds by redefining the essence and the purpose of education, She spoke about how important it was to transform the youth towards building a more humane society.

Following Bhagawan’s commanded, Padmasree Sri Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motors then addressed the youth delegates. Speaking about the significance of surrendering to Bhagawan completely on our quest to bring about positive changes in the society, he said that life was always filled with both pains and pleasures in life. Explaining how success and failure, prosperity and poverty were the two sides of the same coin, he stressed on the need to maintain equanimity and balance in every aspect of life.

Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions, spoke next. Speaking on the significance of the role of Youth in the uplift of humanity, he quoted an instance from the life of a great European social worker, Albert Skoudsa, who won Nobel Peace Prize in the 1950s. He praised the couple, Sri Venu Srinivasan and Smt Mallika Srinivasan, for standing out as the ideal global business leaders following Bhagawan’s lofty principles of Sathya and Dharma.

Bhagawan then delivered His Divine Discourse. The morning session came to a close after Aarthi was offered to Bhagawan.

November 19 – Evening Session:

The evening cultural programme was a celebration of the femininity and divinity. Dance presentations with deep spiritual undertones and a drama, detailing the lives and challenges that the Sai Alumnae face had been earmarked for the evening.

The evening session began once Bhagawan was welcomed into the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall with the ceremonial Poornakumbham and soulful bhajans. The ladies were the specially-selected recipients of divine grace as Bhagawan distributed sarees to all the ladies seated in the Hall. Once Bhagawan had ascended the dais, the evening programmes commenced with Vedic invocation by girl students from the Alike campus.

Speeches by the Youth

The first speaker for the evening was sister Navya from Chikkaballapur. An active volunteer and singer, she spoke about how she first came to know about Bhagawan when her father was operated upon in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Whitefield, Bangalore. She shared several of her experiences, which convinced her of Bhagawan’s omnipresence.  She ended her talk, thanking Bhagawan for answering her prayers by giving her the opportunity to speak in His divine presence.

The second speaker was brother Chulan Sachidanandan from Penang, Northern Malaysia. He spoke about his journey of transformation from a person who was constantly bothered by worries and queries to the person who now surrenders everything at the Lotus Feet of Sai. He ended his talk, praying to Bhagawan to bless everyone with devotion and the strength to receive that devotion.

The next speaker was Father Charles Ogada, a catholic priest and Founder and President of Spirit and Self Awareness Initiative. The Father started off by saying that spirituality was simple, and then went on to explain that all that one had to do was to chant the name of God in every activity that one engaged in, from brushing the teeth in the morning to having food, washing clothes and sleeping during the night. This continuous Namasmarana, he explained, would in turn lead to Seva. He concluded by urging everyone to constantly remind themselves to do Namasmarana even if it may seem a little bit difficult in the beginning.

This was followed by the Divine Discourse.

Cultural Celebration

Following the discourse was a short break after which the delegates reassembled in the hall for the evening’s cultural programmes.

There were three cultural treats lined up for the day. The first performance was a Bharatanatyam recital by Dr Roshni Pillay Kesavan from Singapore. She thrilled the audience with her performance on the Navadurga or the nine forms of the Goddess Durga. The second programme was a Kathak recital by Ms Christina Zani from Greece. An Ashtanga Yoga practitioner from 2002, she came to India in 2010 and learnt Kathak under the Varanasi Gharana, Pundit Ravishankar Mishra. Her graceful performance was a treat for the eyes.

The last programme for the day was a play ‘Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara’ by the alumnae and students of the Sri Sathya Sai Institutions. The drama portrayed the life of three Sai students after they leave the portals of the Sathya Sai Institutions, beautifully depicting how they overcome all the challenges thrown their way with steadfast faith and adherence to Bhagawan and His teachings.

Bhagawan showed His blessings on all the artists after the programme following which Mangala Arathi was offered, bringing the evening session to an end.