The Youth Wing of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations,
Karnataka conducted a Youth Festival ‘Yuva Vandana’
in the Divine Presence on 27th and 28th
May at Brindavan.
The dawn of 27th saw several young
men dressed in colourful costumes lined up in the Trayee Brindavan
compound eagerly waiting to welcome their Beloved Bhagawan.
As the door opened and Bhagawan came out, a group of youngsters
who were dressed in the traditional attire of Dhoti and Angavastram,
ceremonially welcomed Bhagawan with a ‘Poornakumbam’
while chanting Vedic hymns. As the procession slowly made
its way to Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall to the tunes of a band,
Bhagawan appeared in the hall through the usual entrance
on the stage.
Bhagawan then inaugurated the Youth Festival
by pressing a button upon which a big lotus kept on one side
of the stage opened up even as a neon sign reading “Yuva
Vandana” flashed, and simultaneously all the portraits
of Bhagawan were lit up by spotlights. This grand spectacle
along with the beautiful floral decorations in the hall took
everyone’s breath away, and the hall resounded with
thunderous applause. Following this, there was Bhajans during
which Bhagawan descended from the stage and went around the
hall blessing the youth seated there. With the
blessings of Bhagawan, on this occasion, the youth distributed
1000 school kits to children from villages where they have
been conducting regular Seva programmes. The morning session
concluded with a cultural programme consisting of dance performance
by children and a Carnatic vocal recital.
Bhagawan arrived in Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall
at 3.30 pm. After a few Bhajans, as per Bhagawan’s command,
Sri Nagesh G. Dhakappa, the State President of Sri Sathya
Sai Seva Organisations, Karnataka spoke a few words of introduction
welcoming the Youth participants. He also expressed his gratitude
to Bhagawan and sought His guidance and grace for everyone
to lead ideal lives.
Following Sri Dhakappa’s speech, Kum.
Shiva Leela a youth member from Dharwad spoke eloquently in
Kannada. She narrated a few of her personal experiences of
how she got transformed after coming into Bhagawan’s
fold and how she realized the power of prayer. On one occasion,
when she and two more volunteers decided to go to a village
to undertake Seva activities, they wondered how they would
accomplish the uphill task that lay ahead of them. But by
Swami’s grace, as they went about doing Seva, they were
joined by many villagers and the whole programme was completed
successfully. She exhorted everyone to live their lives as
per the Divine command and enjoy the sweetness of Divine Love.
The next speaker for the afternoon was Sri Vinay Hariharan,
the Youth Wing Coordinator of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations,
Karnataka. Sri Hariharan briefly touched upon the various
Seva activities being undertaken by the Youth Wing, and how
Bhagawan has been continuously showering His blessings on
them. Once while they were taking out Rathotsavam (chariot
procession) in a village near Mandya, Amritham (nectar) was
oozing out of Bhagawan’s feet from the photograph, thus
demonstrating His Omnipotence and His love for His devotees.
After Sri Hariharan’s speech, Bhagawan
graciously rose up to deliver His Divine Discourse. Bhagawan
spoke about the four manifestations of Shakti or power namely
Vyashti (individual), Samashti (society), Shrushti (creation)
and Parameshti or Brahman (God). He said that each of these
has evolved from the succeeding entity and ultimately Brahman
is the origin of everything. Since the individual has taken
birth in the society, he is obligated to serve the society.
Swami then told that youth alone can transform the world for
they are bestowed with divine powers. If they realize this
truth and canalize it in the right way, they would immensely
benefit from it. Bhagawan then dwelt on the greatness of Bharath
and its cultural heritage and exhorted everyone to follow
his or her own culture instead of trying to imitate other
cultures. Bhagawan then concluded with the Bhajan “Prema
muditha manse kaho…” and remarked that the words
‘Rama’ (divinity) and ‘Prema’ (love)
are one and the same.
the discourse, Bhagawan accepted Arati and returned to Trayee.
At 5.40 pm, Bhagawan came to Sai Krishan Kalyana Mantapam
to watch ‘Ekalavya’ – a Kannada drama staged
by the Youth Wing members. The play written by the famous
playwright Sri T.P.Kailasam was adapted from the epic Mahabharata
with subtle changes to add to its poignant sanctity. The actors
were all alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Junior College,
Alike and presently, students of Mysore Medical College. The
play beautifully depicted the supreme virtues of ‘Guru
Bhakti’ (devotion to one’s preceptor), dedication
and sacrifice personified as Ekalavya. At the end of the play,
Bhagawan materialized a ring for the youth who acted as Ekalavya,
blessed all the participants with watches and posed for photographs
On 28th morning, Bhagawan came to Sai Ramesh
Krishan Hall at 7.50 am and listened to Bhajans. Afterwards,
He blessed the Narayana Seva (distribution of food and clothes
to poor people) conducted on the occasion of the anniversary
of Sai Geetanjali, Bhagawan’s Mandir at J.P.Nagar, Bangalore.
In the evening, there was a ‘Talavadya Kacheri’
where the participants exhibited their mastery over the percussion
instruments such as Tabla, Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjeera and
Morsing. Next there was a fusion music programme which started
with the Bhajan “Manasa bhajare guru charanam”
played on Sitar and accompanied by Tabla and Drums. For the
next twenty minutes, the
performers kept the audience enthralled with a lilting mix
of melody and rhythm, after which all the youth participants
sang the theme song “Yuva Vandana”.
After the programme, Bhagawan materialized
a Navaratnamala (garland of nine precious gems) for the State
Youth Coordinator Sri Vinay Hariharan and complimented him
for his exemplary dedication and effort in organizing the
Youth Festival. Bhagawan was immensely pleased with the whole
programme and spoke a few words of appreciation and encouragement
to all the youth members in Kannada, and blessed them. Indeed,
‘Yuva Vandana’ was a festival of love and joy
where the youth collectively expressed their love and dedication
to Bhagawan, and Bhagawan in turn showered his bountiful love
on each and every one of them and immersed them in ineffable
joy and bliss.