The Prize Distribution Ceremony of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2017 for the Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions was held on the auspicious day of Makarasankranti, 14 January 2017 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh.
The ceremony, which marked the end of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet for the academic year 2015/16, consisted of speeches and giving away the cups and prizes to the students of all Sai educational institutions that excelled in individual and team events for sports, cultural and fine arts at their respective establishments.
The programme commenced at 8:30 a.m. with a grand procession comprising the university brass band, veda chanting group of students and a flag-bearing squad. Following a short introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, Sri G S Srirangarajan, Director, Brindavan Campus, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL), Dr. S Subramanian, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Management & Commerce, SSSIHL, delivered a short talk. He talked about the three cardinal qualities that the Sports & Cultural Meet elicits in all students and teachers – purity, patience and perseverance. He said these three qualities, when they awaken at the collective level (not just the individual), will take us all to the goal.
Next, a series of brief talks by students of all four campuses of SSSIHL and the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School brought home the message of Swami for His students. Lessons like discipline, patience, the quest for perfection and creative solutions and ideas, students narrated how the Annual Sports & Cultural Meet has shaped their thinking, perceptions and growth. Their talks resonated the importance and uniqueness of this wonderful event and the powerful inner transformation it brings about in all students and the leap of faith they take, knowing that their Divine Master is with them all the time.
Following the talks, the Founder Chancellor’s Cups—symbolizing the grand effort put in by each institution—were awarded by members of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Prof. K B R Varma, Vice-Chancellor, SSSIHL. The respective captains and vice-captains of each Sai institution and campus received them.
After the Physical Directors of each SSSIHL campus took namaskar of Bhagawan Baba and submitted the prize lists to Him, members of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust then awarded the trophies to the individual champions of each campus and institution under various categories.
The ceremony came to an end at with the Divine benediction of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He said atma is the combination of the power of the Mind, Intellect and Will. The Mind has the three features – reaction, reflection and resound. Thus, the effect of the mind is very powerful and needs to be known. Mind is not matter; it is a reflection of the Self, just like the intellect and the senses. The fundamental right relates to the mind as it is the form of the Self. We there must destroy the monkey nature of the mind and take it on the spiritual path. We must transform our samskara, our actions and impressions. This will help us transform us and the culture of Bharat will shine brilliantly. Our actions will follow us. So, we must act accordingly. He told students to study to be immortal and pray for the welfare of all humanity. Chant the name of God, He said.
Following bhajans and Prasadam distribution, the event came to an end shortly after 10:30 a.m.