Hundreds of Balavikas students were admitted to the Diploma in Sri Sathya Sai Education, in the Benedictory session of the two-day All India Balavikas Convention that was held in Prasanthi Nilayam, this morning. In the second and concluding day of the Convention, the programme commenced at 0820 hrs with a short Band display by the Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas.
A procession of Balavikas Gurus and Officials carrying the ‘Wand of Transformation’ then entered the Sai Kulwant hall premises. A mass invocation followed next, a fervent prayer to Mother Sai, singing “Akhanda Jyoti Jalaao…”.
Enumerating on the significance of the “Wand of Transformation”, a little Balvikas girl from Pune shared her thoughts, subsequently. The Scroll of Oath was then placed at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet. Ms Kamala Pandya, National Deputy Coordinator for Balvikas, then administered the Oath to the passing out batch of students. Young alumnus from Bengaluru, Sri Avinash Vasudev spoke next addressing the assembly of students.
Delivering the key-note address, speaking on the greater importance of the Movement, All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations, Sri V Srinivasan observed that the Balvikas programme was the “Kavacham” (protective shield) protecting the students from the temptations of the lurking world. "Sri Sathya Sai Education is for life and not for living, and the real Diploma will be conferred by Bhagawan", observed the veteran speaker.
Achievements awards for excellence were presented to 22 outstanding alumni by Sri Shripad Yasso Naik, Hon'ble Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Govt. of India.
Speaking on the occasion, commenting on the philanthropic activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, the minister affirmed of the Governmental commitment to assist such selfless, humanitarian activities. His speech in a mix of English and Hindi was interlaced with his personal experiences with Bhagawan, at Whitefield, Bangalore, few years ago.
Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi offering to Bhagawan at 10:00 hrs.