The session commenced at 0820 hrs with a Band procession that was followed by a procession of Balvikas gurus, students and office bearers escorting the symbolic ‘Wand Of Transformation’, entering the Sai Kulwant Hall. A song of adoration to Mother Gayathri, “Sarvaroga Nivarini Gayathri…” accompanied the procession, sung by the students, alumni and gurus in united voice.
Welcoming the fraternity, Sri Nimish Pandya, All India President Of SSSSO, spoke next, advising the fraternity to be lions in the world today, facing oddities in the face of adversity. Conquer your mind and be a mastermind, reminded the veteran inspirational speaker.
Referring to Bhagawan's 85 years of physical sojourn, Sri Pandya called it the biggest Balvikas class ever with Bhagawan Himself donning the role of the Guru...the Supreme SadhGuru. Sathya Sai Balvikas is the only hope for the modern world full of chaos, reminded the AIP.
In view of the ensuing golden jubilee year of the Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas, Sri Nimish Pandya urged the gurus to get in touch with all the pass out students, bringing them under one fold, to make a change in the world. The synergy of love of the youth that is flowing through the Balvikas can bring a change in our world, hoped Sri Nimish Pandya.
The Scroll of Convocation Pledge was then placed at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet, by the Punjab contingent.
Ms Preetha Nair from Kerala then administered the Pledge to the passing out batch of students, who repeated after her.
The guest speaker for the benediction function was Ms Madhuri Duggirala, Director of Google Global Campaign Operations - India. A multifaceted persona with deep spiritual understanding, who rose to the top echelons of corporate world by her sheer brilliance and dedication to Bhagawan, Madhuri exhorted the future ambassadors, not to get carried away by the world outside, but to look inside. Discriminate the good from the bad and grab every single opportunity to serve, said the speaker, narrating some of the most personal experiences of His Divine Touch of Grace. Coming from a technical, leadership backdrop, she has a word of advice for the next generation that, technology has to be powered with human emotions; it becomes an useful tool only when it is backed up by human intelligence and emotions. Open and bold in admitting her life's mission that is to ensure salvation, her bottom-line for the young hearts was to develop faith in themselves, reposing trust in Godhood.
Achievement awards for multifarious excellence continued next, as an extension from the previous evening award ceremony. A total of ten outstanding alumni were presented with awards this morning.
A brief music session ensued next- first by the Tamil Nadu wing followed by the men folk of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Vote Of Thanks was the final item. Bhajans continued and Mangala Arathi marked the end of the morning session.