Eighty Sathya Sai devotees gathered at the Ermington Community Centre Hall in Sydney on the wintry morning of 18 August 2018. The devotees had come to delve deep into our beloved Sathya Sai Baba’s message on the Five Human Values. The program began with devotional singing to signify our offering of the program at His Lotus Feet. Srinivasan Iyer spoke first on the nuances of Sai Lifestyle and explained the topics that are currently in focus in the Sai Lifestyle Program.
Three young adults from Carlingford Sai Centre then took to the podium, starting a debate on Truth. They deliberated on whether a human point of view can be regarded as Truth, as this is very much transient and bound to change with time. Only that which does not change with time can be deemed as Truth. The young adults introduced Neville Fredericks to shed some light on the topic ‘What is Truth’. Neville beautifully related to the inner conscience and God as where Truth truly prevails. He also explained that our soul is also that same Truth, which is no different to God.
Veena then presented on the next value – Right Conduct (Dharma) or Righteousness. She drew upon a profound statement from the Bhagavad Gita which states that Dharma shall always prevail and when there is decay in the Dharmic ways, He returns to uphold Dharma. Her presentation focused on two questions – why this path, and why/how we should follow it. The audience was divided into small groups to analyse various scenarios with moral dilemma we face in everyday life. The groups delved deep into each scenario, coming up with eye-opening insights for themselves and the group.
Dushy and Kalpana then presented their analysis of the next value of Peace. They spoke about how the world is in a state of flux with prosperity on one side and unrest, violence, drought and poverty on the other, and the question was raised on what Peace is in all these situations.
The presentation delved in to the absence of inner peace and its causes. The participants were divided into groups to analyse and understand Sathya Sai Baba’s various quotes on Peace. Participants happily engaged in the discussion and provided various interpretations to define Peace. When there is individual peace, it will lead to harmony in the home. This will then lead to order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be Peace in the world.
Next, Sharanya took on the task of presenting the value of Love. Sharanya’s presentation was deeply touching, as she shared many personal experiences of God’s Love. She touched on her experiences in every step of her spiritual quest. Sharanya took some inspiration from Sai Baba’s discourse at the 2007 World Youth Conference on what true Love is, drawing attention to the following quotes:
Venkat Reddy then delivered his presentation on Non-Violence. Venkat started with Sai Baba’s quote “We should interpret Non-Violence as not causing any harm to any individual by any means.” He then went on to explain the Help-Hurt process. Here Venkat took the participants along a path of intent in an action that leads to Thought, Word and Deed that ends in Sai Baba’s notion of “Help Ever, Hurt Never”.
Venkat delved in to his personal experiences , and said that Love at Work helped to develop non-violent speech that lead to him feeling lighter, happier, connected and self-confident. Venkat then opened to the floor with some interesting questions that we face in daily life relating to Non-Violence. While taking a different approach from the rest of the presenters, at the end he arrived at Sai Love- just “think of God, think of God.”
Feedback from participants:
What a wonderful, wonderful event. It was remarkable in every single way. The excitement, the beliefs and the passion of the speakers for Sai was palpable. I felt so blessed, not only for the opportunity to participate, but also because the day was so filled with love and faith that I felt invigorated. The food was delicious as indeed were all the little touches that the organisers put in place to make it such a glorious Sai Day.
Sincerely and with an Infinity of Blessings,
Thank you for the very thoughtful and engaging script and for giving us the opportunity. It was lovely experience, and the sessions were very thought-provoking.
Happy to have been part of the HV Day. Thank you for the opportunity. It was good as each presentation had a different approach.
Thanks for a wonderful day
Thank you dear all for the inspiring efforts – from the tech team, food team, organisers and presenters! It was a wonderful offering.
Until next time,
It was a day filled with insight and inspiration and the heart-warming presence of Sathya Sai Baba. What a day! Worth a weekend, a week, a month.