The eve of the World Youth Meet 2016 presented a tasteful precursor to what was to follow in the coming couple of days. Soulful bhajans filled the Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall in the hall, while the devotees, students, and delegates eagerly awaited Bhagawan’s arrival. Once Bhagawan arrived, the evening proceedings began with a quick recap of the morning’s Grama Seva. All the delegates in small groups had visited the nearby villages in the morning, serving the villagers with food and clothing. The village service is an essential part of the World Youth Meet and was ably supported by the volunteers of the Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust.
Delegates share experience
Two delegate representatives shared their experience of personal transformation with the gathering. The first speaker, sister Allessandra Briganti from Italy recollected her experiences from the last year’s World Youth Meet, sharing how it changed her outlook towards Love and Service. She serves as a volunteer, helping differently-abled people go about their daily routine. The Grama Seva experience, she confessed, helped her develop empathy and engage better in selfless service.
Brother Tirupati Nagappa, a Youth Delegate from UK was the next delegate speaker for the evening. He spoke about how life-changing the Grama Seva experience was, and went on to share how truly content the villagers were. In spite of their material poverty, the villagers welcomed them all with wonderful smiles on their faces. This, he confessed, inspired him to look for spiritual content in every aspect of his life.
Sanathana Vani turns One
The next programme was a celebratory video presentation, which showcased the year-long journey of Sanathana Vani, the internet radio channel that was launched a year ago by Bhagawan on this day. It was followed by a special show by Portuguese devotees, who presented a short music performance as well as a video show in Portuguese language. Bhagawan then called entire Sanathana Vani team on to stage and blessed them.
Sai Health Mission
This was followed by a short video on Bhagawan’s healthcare mission, led by the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh that offers free medical care to all that knock on its door. Sri C. Srinivas, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, then addressed the gathering. Reminding everyone to keep Bhagawan as the center of their lives to broaden life’s vision, he spoke about the need to sacrifice fears at the altar of faith. He also shared instances from his own life when Bhagawan made seemingly impossible things possible, teaching him the importance of his total surrender to God’s will.
Following Bhagawan’s command, Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions, announced that Bhagawan wouldn’t be delivering the Divine Discourse in the evening. Bhagawan in its stead blessed all the delegate kits for distribution.
The evening ended with the offering of Aarthi to Bhagawan.