“The spring that has gone will come again. The waning moon will wax again. But, just like flowing water in a river, once the youth gets lapsed, it will never come back again. In one’s life, the years 16 to 30 are the most precious. This is the period when all of one’s faculties and energies are at their peak. Hence, one should strive to make the best use of this period.” ~Baba
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has a special place in His heart for the yuva or the youth of the world. He recognizes in them a great potential for transformation. It is for this reason that Swami called for a youth force to be formed during His birthday celebrations in the year 2014 held at Muddenahalli. He himself christened this ever-growing group as Sri Sathya Sai Yuva Vrinda, an army of dedicated young men and women who will take the mission of Bhagawan forward and be His messengers of love and service. Through Yuva Vrinda, Swami is providing an opportunity for the youth to harness their energy and direct it towards welfare of the society.
Swami has often said that when one is young, the heart, the mind and the body are fit, energetic and useful. When one starts to grow old, the body slowly starts to deteriorate and is no longer under one’s control. Further aging results in the mind starting to decay. All that remains at this stage is the heart. It is important that the youth use their body, when it is fit, to serve others and in the process, tame the mind. When the mind is brought under control, the voice of the heart can be heard.
Swami called for the first yuva vrinda meet in January 2015, inviting youth from all over India, to help them connect with the Sai within, to ignite their minds with a passion to reform themselves and infuse an unsettling urge to serve fellow human beings. Swami personally guided the formation of the Yuva Vrinda group, by naming it and also choosing its logo.
Ever since its formation, members of Sri Sathya Sai Yuva Vrinda have been actively participating in all activities in Muddenahalli and other Loka Seva Institutions. In keeping with the purpose of its formation, a wide array of activities has been initiated under the banner of Sri Sathya Sai Yuva Vrinda.