Thursday, July 26, 2007 to Saturday, July 28, 2007
A grand spectacle of world unity was witnessed when over 6000 youth from 86 countries of the world congregated at Prasanthi Nilayam to participate in Sri Sathya Sai World Youth Conference held in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan Baba on 26th, 27th and 28th July, 2007. Bhagavan, in His infinite love for the students, blessed the youth of Sri Sathya Sai University also to participate in this unique conference as delegates. The theme of the Conference was ‘Ideal Sai Youth: Messengers of Sai Love’. Bhagavan, in His infinite love for the youth blessed the conference with His Inaugural and Valedictory Addresses.
|The World Sai |
|Sai Youth representatives |
from different countries
|Sri Sathya Sai blessing Shitu Chudasama, International Youth Coordinator|
At the end of his speech, Bhagavan blessed him and materialised a gold chain for him. Thereafter, Bhagavan blessed the delegates with His Inaugural Discourse in which He said:
"What are the human values? They are Satya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa (truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence). They have no form. These formless principles are imprinted on your heart. All that we read and write corresponds to physical and worldly education. It cannot be called education in the true sense of the term. What is true is Educare? Educare means to bring out our latent values. They are immanent in our heart, but we cannot see them. They have to be manifested through self-enquiry. True Sadhana lies in recognising and manifesting peace, truth and sacrifice that are present in our heart. You undertake various spiritual practices like meditation and Japa (recitation of God’s name). What do you understand by Japa? You think Japa means counting the beads of a rosary. But it is not so. All these spiritual practices are merely our imagination. They are all artificial, not real. Science teaches many things. It gives only that knowledge which we acquire through our senses. There can be no science without senses. We are leading artificial and mechanical life by acquiring this knowledge. It is not true life.
First and foremost, you must have faith. You can recognise your true form only when you have faith. From faith comes peace. Truth emerges from peace. This truth is God. God does not have any separate form. God manifests from the truth within you. You undertake many spiritual practices. In spite of all practices, you are unable to experience truth. Do not waste your time in unnecessary pursuits. Time waste is life waste. First of all, you should understand that truth is your goal. You will have no obstacles when truth is on your side. Your senses and mind are very strong when you are young. Your intellect is also very sharp. Being endowed with such great power, why should you feel weak and helpless?
Love is not your individual property. It is universal and belongs to all. Love is in everyone. Love is there in you, Me and everyone. We attribute various names to this love and try to experience it. You should not think otherwise. Today even school children develop a tendency for artificial love. But this is not correct. This artificial love makes man weak. This weakness can cause many diseases. Do not develop such love which gives rise to diseases. The principle of love is the principle of divinity, nothing else. Accept that love which comes from God. Do not accept that love which comes from others. Your love for God is true love. Whomsoever you love other than that, it cannot be called true love. Man develops attachment to many people, but he is unable to experience true love. True love originates only from God. God is the embodiment of love. Love is God. Live in Love. You should experience only divine love, not worldly love. I will explain to you this principle of love in detail later. We have already exceeded the time limit. Therefore, I don’t want to cause inconvenience to you.
It is very easy to attain God. If you ask: What is the easiest thing to attain in this world? It is only God. You can attain God in no time without undergoing any strain. It is very easy to experience love. Love is very powerful. There is nothing in this world which can surpass it. When you look at it, love appears to be very small. But it is as deep as an ocean and as high as a mountain. It is inexhaustible and infinite. You should realise this principle of love. Nobody can describe the principle of love because of the limitations of the circumstances and experiences.”
The proceedings of the Inaugural Session of the Conference concluded with offering Mangala Aarati to Bhagavan at 10.30 am. Prasadam was distributed to all.
On the afternoon of 26th July, 2007, a friendly basketball match was played in the divine presence of Bhagavan between India and Sri Lanka in Sri Sathya Sai International Centre for Sports on the occasion of Sri Sathya Sai World Youth Conference. All the delegates to the Conference were invited to this programme.
|Sri Sathya Sai at the International Center for Sports with |
6,000 World Sai Youth representatives
Bhagavan arrived at the Centre at 4.25 pm and blessed both the teams. The Secretary General of FIBA, Asia – Mr. Dato Yeoh Choo Hosk introduced the players, coaches and officials of both the sides to Bhagavan. The match concluded at 5.10 pm.
… Continued in Part 2