November 18, 2017 was the most awaited day for all the students, staff, devotees and youth delegates gathered from five continents of the world, in the majestic hall of Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Auditorium. The World Youth Meet 2017 orientation and the Celebration of the secondanniversary of the online radio Sanathani Vani (The Voice Eternal) were the two most important happenings of the day.
Sanathana Vani turns Two: Voicing God’s love for the past two years. Listen, Experience and Transform!
Formed two years ago, Sanathana Vani is a unique radio platform to invite, associate with speakers and spiritual organisations that practice human values; selfless love and service. One year after its inception, Sanathana Vani had 20,000 unique listeners from 86 countries. However today, it has reached out to 1.2 million listeners from 190 countries and transmits programmes in many languages, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It features programmes such as ‘Eonia Fonia – Eternal Voice’ Greece, ‘Amor Incondicional’ Brazil, ‘Semillas de Amor – Seeds of love’ Argentina, ‘Gifts from within’ Malaysia, ‘Inspire FM’ Singapore, ‘Journey to Oneness’ Australia, ‘Growing to be God’ India. The channel broadcasts in English, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish. Selfless love, service and transformation is its sole purpose.
Bhagawan inaugurated the Sanathana Vani exhibition stall that detailed about their story, their presence, their programmes in many languages, the availability of Mobile App, their studio and volunteering opportunities. There was a Selfie wall where Bhagawan signed. The staff and volunteers were enthusiastically explaining about Sanathana Vani to Bhagawan and shot a selfie picture with Him.
The Sanathana Vani experience
From the day of its inception till today, Sanathana Vani has presented a great scope of learning, inspiration and strength for all those who are associated with it, be it acquiring new skills or meeting inspirational personalities.
Prashanthi Nannapuraju, a dedicated team member of Sanathana Vani spoke thus: “Last year when Swami asked me to make a programme for teenagers addressing the issue of depression, I had no idea what goes behind making a radio programme. Depression was such a huge topic to cover. Anyone can fall prey to it any time. How do we address this issue and reach out to people who are genuinely seeking help? Like Swami says, we only have to be available, he will make us capable. With Swami’s grace a team of global volunteers was formed and ‘Growing to be God’ was conceptualised and created, exclusively for the teens”.
Salvatore Iozzia from Italy hosts a programme by name, ‘Ispirazione’. He spoke about his journey in Sanathana Vani. He spoke thus “At the beginning, I was thinking who will listen to this radio, when there are many web radios talking about spirituality, conducting interviews…etc. I thought, we may not be able to capture the attention of more than 3 to 4 listeners. But then, when we started broadcasting the Italian episode, I started receiving many whatzapp messages, SMS thanking us for inspiring them through this programme. This was simply amazing”.
New launches from Sanathana Vani
A programme on Ramayana is launched in conjunction with ISKCON. This programme talks about the timeless values exhorted in the Ramayana and how they can be integrated into our daily lives. The talks of Sri Shubh Vilas Das, a senior monk of ISKCON has been recorded for the listeners.
A Croatian programme, ‘Poruka Ljubavi’ which means ‘Message of love’ was launched. This programme gives us some sign posts and insights into our ancient scriptures to help us in our overall personality development. It talks about human potential and how to use them in the correct way. It offers tools for self-improvement to keep with the challenges and changes that we face in the modern world. Two Croatian devotees, Ms. Radha and Ms. Meera took Bhagawan’s blessings for this.
A Chinese programme, ‘Zheng Nian’ which means ‘Good thoughts’ was also launched. Through this programme, we will reach out to ordinary people who do extra ordinary things. This programme will capture the ancient wisdom and teachings of great masters.
An English programme, ‘Words of Wisdom’ was initiated. A journey of knowledge which will open up a whole new world, a world that will show us the path of life, by listening to great seers, philosophers, authors.
An instrumental music CD, ‘No more words’ composed by a Pianist, Francesco Paniccia from Italy was released by Bhagawan.
Integrated Rural Development Programme is one of the new initiatives of the Sanathana Vani team to digitise learning in Rural India. This has been launched in collaboration with the Sri Sathya Sai Annapurna Trust that offers free breakfast at the Government Schools and the Nagarjuna College of Engineering & Technology. Through the Integrated Rural Development Programme, they will organise google classrooms and audio lessons for the students in rural India.
Sanathana Vani has numerous features on the mobile app too. We can see the schedules, set reminders for our favourite programme, connect to social media, reach and listen at leisure. They are available in Watzapp at 91-8217536003.
Brother Tara Shankar offered a gratitude song at the lotus feet of Bhagawan commemorating the second-year anniversary of Sanathana Vani.
The Sanathana Vani team believes in not just talking and listening, but also in being and doing. A global wave of change!
World Youth Meet Orientation
The World Youth Meet theme: ‘Unity, Purity, Divinity, One World One Youth’ was introduced. Delegates from all five continents of the world were welcomed. This meet aims to influence the way the youth think and act by introducing them to the wisdom of renowned scholars and spiritual seekers from across the world. This meet is to collectively respond to and meet the challenges of the world through transformative action.
The World Youth meet delegate kits were blessed by Bhagawan and He lovingly distributed the kits to all the delegates seated.
Mr Bob Bozzani
Mr. Bob Bozzani is a devotee from the United States of America. He came to see Bhagawan at Prashanthi Nilayam in 1974. Since then, for the past four decades he has been associated with Bhagawan’s organization and has been spearheading various service initiatives in the United States. He spoke thus:
“Being with Swami is always a learning. I have learnt that life is not just to live. It is a school to learn. My wife brought me to Prashanthi Nilayam in March 1974. Before I came to Swami, I was very unhappy. I had a business, a wife and three children, but I wanted to end my life for some strange reason. Even before I went to Prashanthi Nilayam, Swami appeared in my home on December 9, 1973. He spoke to me lovingly and said that everything will be alright. From then on, I realised that there is more to life than just living. There is so much to this universe than we know. Upon seeing Swami, many of my questions were answered. God is for everybody and he incarnates many times to fulfil his divine mission. Every time I went to Parthi, I had a lesson to learn based on what Swami told me. Do not take life so seriously. Every mistake is a learning. If you open your hearts, there is more to life than just living. Dive deeper and deeper to live the message of Sai”.
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy (Chief mentor of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions)
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy welcomed all the delegates who came for the World Youth Meet 2017 and went on to congratulate Mr. Bob Bozzani about whom he has written in the fifth volume of Sathyam Shivam Sundaram. He recollected the time when he had the first Darshan of Swami and reminisced on the good old days then. He spoke thus, “I went to Swami when I was 19 years old. During those days, Swami granted interviews to at least 100 people per day starting from 7 a.m to 11 a.m in the morning and again from 4 p.m to 7 p.m in the evening. Everyday morning, Bhajans began at 11 am. The first Bhajan was ‘Sri Ganesha Shivuni Kumara’ and the second Bhajan was ‘Oh Bhagawan’. Many a times, Swami himself would lead the Bhajans. The Bhajans concluded at 12 p.m. Again, evening Darshan resumed at 4 p.m, followed by interviews and Bhajans. The first sentence that Swami spoke to me when we met was, ‘You have come late. You have indigestion. Indigestion in the head. You do my work, I will do your work’. We have to be grateful that Swami did not forsake us even after leaving His body. I am very grateful to my mother for her prayer in her last moments. My mother prayed to Swami stating that I was quite foolish and fickle minded and requested Swami to keep me with Him even if I commit mistakes. I am very thankful to Swami for this opportunity to do His Seva. All we need to do is to be just available for Him. When Arjuna was confused in the battle field, Krishna told him, ‘Be free from worries. Just fight and win over the enemies. The enemies are already killed by me. You just be my instrument’. We should allow the heart to guide us in order to find peace and happiness”.
“If we lose wealth, friends, wife, it is possible to get another. But once the body is lost, it can’t be got back. Human birth is very precious. Out of 84,00,000 species of life, human life is the noblest. It is unfortunate that we take recourse to animal qualities, after having attained such a valuable human birth. Food, sleep, procreation and fear are common to both humans and animals. If a human being spends all his time for food, sleep, procreation and fear, his life is worse than that of an animal. ‘Manava’ means ‘not new’. The body that we are bestowed with at the time of birth is definitely new. The mind keeps getting new feelings and ideas due to its various perversions, likes and dislikes. Hence mind can also be considered new. However, manavatwa, (that which is ancient), does not apply to body or mind. It directly relates to atma tatwa which is the only unchangeable, eternal principle. Thus, human is beyond the body mind complex. We have to dedicate our lives as human beings for self-realisation. Realising our own divinity is the goal of life. There are three things that are necessary in order to understand our own divinity. The foremost is human birth itself (Manushyathwam). The second is the desire to realise our divine self (Mumukshatvam). The third is Mahapurasamshrayaha, the company of noble and saintly ones who have realised God. Hence, it is not just enough to have begotten a human birth, and to yearn for God realization. Apart from these two, it is very important to get the guidance and company of a realised Guru. The ones who are blessed with all the above three components, are considered very fortunate. You have come from various parts of the globe, only to realise your divine self. Many people carry a doubt in their minds as to why youngsters should be retained on the path of spirituality. They feel that the spiritual path is only meant for retirees. That is not correct. ‘Start early, drive slowly, reach safely’ – this applies even in the matter of spirituality. Young children should start on this journey, work towards their progress and ultimately reach their goal of self-realization safely. Among the millions of people in this world, you have all come here for a noble purpose, to be with God. This step of placing the world in a secondary position is itself a mark of your great fortune. Utilise this time well, clarify all your doubts, so that you all can take to the noble path and reach your goal. At least, for the next 5 days, forget about everything and focus on the goal of your life. We may not get this kind of opportunity another time. Follow the three 3Ds: Duty, Discipline, Devotion. If we follow this, we can attain oneness of thought, word and deed. This leads to purity. Purity leads us easily to divinity. This ashram is like your own home, your own family. All are our brothers and sisters. Aspiring and blessing that all of you will develop such pure feelings and put the time to good use, I conclude my discourse”.
The session came to conclusion with Mangala Arati and Prasadam distribution.