Pure, Unsullied Principle of Truth is Omnipresent and it is from this
Truth that the whole of Creation emerged, said Bhagawan delivering His
inaugural Divine Discourse during the Third Sri Sathya Sai World Youth
Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam on 26th July 2007. Youth from more than 86
countries are participating in the three day Conference organised at the
auspices of Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation, the governing body of Sri
Sathya Seva Service Organisations – worldwide.
The morning of 26th July dawn in Prasanthi Nilayam seeing the exuberant,
vibrant Youth from all over the globe in large numbers gearing up with
final touches for presenting themselves to their beloved Master and Lord,
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The Youth took out a massive rally, a
procession that started from the Hill View Stadium to culminate in Sai
Kulwant Hall carrying respective country flags while donning traditional
costumes belonging to each nation and culture. It was a long, colourful
parade, a presentation of their representation to Bhagawan who was through
and through watching the entire procession lasted for over fifty minutes.
How can you be Ideal? asked Dr. Michael Goldstein, Chairman, Sri Sathya
Sai World Foundation welcoming and addressing the vast congregation of
Youth attending the Conference. We do not have to engage in years of
austerities for the emergence of the human ideal; we have to merely
acknowledge the Divinity who sits before us and within us; take Him
seriously, imbibe His Love, study His Words, emulate His example and
Teachings. Become an Ideal Sai Youth by practising His precept - LOVE ALL
SERVE ALL, was his simple advice to his younger colleagues.
Mr. Shitu Chudasama, the International co-ordinator for Youth Wing of Sri
Sathya Sai Service Organisations - worldwide urged the Youth of the world
to make efforts to understand their true nature. Citing incidents from
Bhagawan’s own youthful days and from that of some of the great lives from
the annals of Indian epics, he stressed the importance of leading an ideal
life to fulfil the highest aim of man’s life. Sai Youth must make efforts
to bring the energy enthusiasm and imagination to the Sai Organisation in
respective countries; Primary goal of the Conference is to assist and
facilitate the Sai Youth to look within to find God. Thanking Bhagawan
profusely for His all-out involvement and encouragement through and
through during the run-up to the Conference, Sri Chudasama placed a
fervent prayer at His Lotus Feet on behalf of the Sai Youth to make them
worthy instruments in His Mission. In conclusion, he added, Swami, life
without You is a hopeless end and Life with You is an endless hope.
Man is developing knowledge and commonsense, but is lacking the sense of
discrimination said, Bhagawan referring to the present day plight of
humanity. It is for this reason that human values are on the decline,
asserted Bhagawan. Referring to Educare, Bhagawan said, true Sadhana,
spiritual practise lies in deep enquiry into one’s own heart bringing out
the five divine principles, Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and
Non-violence. Senses are merely decorative pieces in human body. Develop
deep conviction and faith in the inherent Divinity. Before concluding His
Divine Discourse Bhagawan promised to explain in detail about the
Principle of Love during the course of the Conference.
The Conference session continued with the first workshop session during
which two eminent senior speakers, Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan, Director of
Tractors and Farming Equipments Ltd. (TAFE) and Sri Sanjay Sahani, an
alumnus of formerly Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and
currently serving as Principal, Brindavan Campus of Sri Sathya Sai
University, addressing the Youth.
The Youth have been brought into Swami’s fold at a time when their heart
is open to receive His love instantly. The Youth seek to lead holistic
pursuits over material life, yearn to achieve a larger purpose and strive
to be better human beings. Living in the presence of Bhagawan offers the
best of opportunities to achieve the same, echoed Mrs. Srinivasan. Mrs.
Srinivasan’s thematic rhetoric revolved around the 5 D’s Bhagawan often
refers to, namely, Devotion, Duty, Discipline, Determination and
Discrimination, in detail with references.
We are living in extra ordinary times; it is the best of times and also
the worst of times; it is the best of times because man will never get an
easier opportunity to redeem himself at a time a Divine Incarnations walks
on earth; it the worst of times because the very presence of a Divine
Incarnation amidst us is a very sign of declining standards of living
which have warranted His coming, said Sri Sanjay Sahani commencing his
speech. Stressing on the importance of Transformation, Mr. Sahani said: We
are living in an age marked as Information Age, but the need of the hour
is Transformation. In the word SAI, S - stands for Spiritual
Transformation, A - stands for Association Transformation and I - stands
for Individual Transformation. Entwined with personal memoirs and
anecdotes from devotee’s experiences Mr. Sahani urged the Youth to aspire
to be a Sai Student for life.
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This was followed by a 20 minute question answer interactive session.
The highlight of the evening session was a friendly basketball match
between India and Sri Lanka organised on the sidelines of the
International Youth Conference, aptly titled Peace Through Basketball. The
match was organised in the Sri Sathya Sai Indoor Stadium, before a packed
audience. Before the commencement of the match, players, coaches and
officials from both the sides were introduced to Bhagawan by the Secretary
General of FIBA ASIA, Dato Yeoh Choo Hock. The match was won by India
44-40. There was interesting dance sequence by a troupe from the legendary
dancer and choreographer of yester years Uday Shankar before the
commencement and during the half-time break of the match.