Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has always placed much importance and emphasis on youth development. Youth, young men and women have the capability and capacity to eradicate any prevailing ills in the society. The Sai youth of Kuala Lumpur were blessed again to host the annual Asia Pacific Youth Meet, and youth from ten countries had gathered to bask in His love. The theme given by Swami was, ‘Unity in Youth – Youth for youth, how can one youth help another Youth.’ While it was a morning of rest for the elders, Swami had commanded all the youth to meet in the morning, and the session started with opening remarks by Sri Ravi Nayar, Chairman of the Sai Ananda Malaysia Foundation. Sister Bhuvana Santhanam took to the podium next. The previous night Swami had given a letter to be read out to the youth, and Bhuvana started by reading the beautiful letter to the youth, where Swami had stressed the importance of time. Thereafter, she took the youth through a presentation of all the Global Seva activities of the youth of the four regions.
Brother Dinesh Rudra from Australia took over for the interactive engaging session next. Swami had given specific instructions on how the session must be conducted, so that the end of the morning would result in three practical outcomes of how one youth can help another youth. Swami’s University students were also a part of the session, and together all the youth deliberated on the theme of the Youth Meet. After Mangala Arati, lunch was served to all at Sai Anand Centre.
In the evening, Swami arrived with His entourage to Sai Ananda at around 5 p.m., and first proceeded to inaugurate the ‘Sai Ananda Mobile Medical Van’. Thereafter, He proceeded to the free Dialysis Centre, blessed the patients, walked to Ananda Cares, a part of Sai Ananda, which supports single needy women by providing skills training. Swami also blessed the Sai Ananda kitchen, before going to the Prayer Hall where over 500 people were seated to welcome God in their midst, including the youth from ten countries who had gathered for this annual Asia Pacific Youth Meet 2018. After a few Bhajans, a medley of songs were presented at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet by all the youth. Brother Dinesh Rudra from Australia summarised the morning session through a short presentation next. Two youth speakers, Sister Sree Geaythri from Malaysia and Sister Brinda Balasubramaniam from Singapore, spoke thereafter about how they have been inspired and transformed, and how they are helping other youth.
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy was the next speaker, who mentioned what the octogenarian Dr Padma Subrahmanyam, the renowned Bharata Natyam dancer said when she had sent a mail thanking for the opportunity to perform during the Guru Purnima celebrations the previous week at Muddenahalli, ‘Pranams to the content and the container’. Today, Swami is the content and Madhusudan Naidu, the container through whom Swami is sowing the seed of idealism in the youth and elders alike around the world! Sri Narasimha Murthy went on advise the youth and quoted Lao Tse, the great Chinese philosopher who had said, ‘If you are thinking of the future of your family for one year, you sow some grain in your field. If you are thinking of the future of your village or town for the next few decades, plant some saplings of trees. If you are looking for the future of your nation, future of the world for centuries to come, sow the seeds of idealism in the hearts of young men and young women.’ “The way in which Swami is going around the world even after shedding His physical form and sowing the seeds of idealism, sowing the seeds of love for God, compassion for fellow beings and selfless service is so very exalting.” Sri Narasimha Murthy shared examples from his own life and advised the youth to surrender and trust Swami, “When we do His work, He will definitely do our work much better. We may not do His work so well but definitely He will do our work perfectly, because that is one of the characteristics of Swami.”
Swami in His discourse started by saying, “This body which is made of five elements is extremely weak and when we will have to give it up we never know. Though people have said or wished us that we may live for hundred years, but we never know when we are going to give up this body – either in childhood or may be in the youth or may be in the middle age or finally when we grow old, may be in the city or may be in the forest or in the middle of the waters, we never know when we will have to give up this body. Once you know that this death is for sure for every person, be intelligent while this body is still there with you, realise your true Self- your Divinity. This is the word of Sai, the word of Truth!
Just as the tree that comes from earth goes back to the earth, this body made of five elements goes back to the five elements.
The most important realisation that the youth must have is this body that you have got as a gift of God is temporary – Asthiram. It will be here today, it may not be there tomorrow. While this body is still with you, use it well in the best possible way to realise your Divinity. I never said you go and achieve your Divinity because Divinity is not something far away in some other land or that something which you have to go up into the heaven and receive. It is right there within you. This age, this time is most sacred. Once it goes, it is very difficult to get it back. And therefore, while the time is there, do not waste it. Use it in the best possible way!”
Many questions by the youth were answered by Swami before Mangala Arati was offered, and after blessing the food counters which were set up for dinner Prasadam, Swami returned to Sai Amrutham, partook His dinner and then retired for the night.