The second day of the Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality commenced with the invocatory Vedam chanting by the students of SSSIHL, Anantapur Campus at 8:30 AM. The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Prashant Luthra, Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Prashanti Nilayam Campus, SSSIHL.
|The Master of Ceremonies - Dr. Prashant Luthra, Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Prashanti Nilayam Campus, SSSIHL|
|Panel discussion on the theme ‘Work, Worship and Wisdom’|
Swami had told that there were two types of devotees who can be compared with the two types of employees. One type is the part time employee and the other type is a full time employee. One should always be a full time devotee as only he/she will receive special grace, just as the full time employee gets all the benefits like Dearness allowance, Gratuity etc. Many more examples were quoted from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam and Antony - The violin maker. Examples from the corporate world included Rolls-Royce and the Tatas. Some more examples from the lives of the great saints Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramana Maharshi were also elicited.
The panel members also entertained doubts from the members of the audience and, in the process, beautiful messages of Swami were shared as answers to the questions raised. Swami had said that the intention behind the action is much more important than the action itself. Swami had also said that, “What one meets in life is destiny and how one meets it is self effort.”
|Pushkara Ghumaste, Managing Director of Barclays Capital, India|
|Bhajan Antakshari was conducted by Sri Abhishek H (Faculty of Brindavan Campus) and Sri Siddhartha (Faculty of Prashanti Nilayam Campus)|
The Antakshari was packaged with the beautiful experiences shared by eminent members of the Prashanti Mandir Bhajan Group. They emphasized the importance of singing Bhajans with Bhava. The Antakshari was concluded with the Divine discourse by the founder of Prashanti Bhajan Group- Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Swami emphasized the fact that music is one of the pathways to connect to God.
The evening session began with the summary of morning proceedings of the Summer course, given by Sai Shreya Shukla (Student of the Anantapur Campus, SSSIHL).
Miss Shukla was followed by Miss Aswathi Suresh Babu (Student of Anantapur Campus, SSSIHL). Miss Babu spoke about certain aspects of the Bhagawat Gita. The essence of her speech was on the lines of equanimity, spiritual strength, and guidance for Humans to merge into the Divine. She also spoke about Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Miss Babu quoted Swami, saying that life is similar to an ice cube, which is clear and precise but is also bound by time and melts away. Thus, this life should be used in the service of the Lord.
|Anand Vardhan addresses the gathering in Sai Kulwant Hall|
|Dr. T. Ravikumar, Warden, Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL|