Following the invocatory Vedam chanting by students of Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL, the second day of the Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality 2018 commenced at 8:30a.m. at the Poornachandra auditorium, Prasanthi Nilayam, with a talk by Ms. Rani Java, Management Consultant, Bangalore.
True to the title of her talk — Living with Divinity is True Education — Ms. Java shared several personal experiences she had with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. They brought to the fore several important insights, the most significant and recurring one being the need to have faith in Bhagawan Baba with complete surrender. She also narrated several instances of how Baba helped her in times of need and shared numerous experiences of her journey of devotional evolution and how she grew to love and revere Bhagawan Baba as God.
Following this, a Quiz on Bhagawan Baba’s Life & Teachings: Darshan, Sparshan and Sambhashan, saw participation from students of the university and school. The three areas of focus on the quiz were His Divinity, His Message and His Life.
As the saying goes, save the best for last. The last item of the morning session was a delightful drama production by teachers, doctoral research scholars and students of the university. Titled Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha (Dharma protects those who uphold or protect dharma), it depicted instances from The Mahabharata, portraying the timeless war between good and evil and how God always stands by the good. It culminated with Lord Krishna teaching humanity that one must do dharma because that’s the right thing to do, and that we must have faith in the Lord, as His ways are beyond human comprehension. It is pointless to use our human intellect to challenge His doings.
The evening session commenced at the Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam with a summary of the morning session followed by three speeches by students and faculty of the university.
The title of the first speaker, Sri Ujjwal Priydarshi, Student, III B.Com. (Hons.), Brindavan Campus, was Gratitude to my Master. He elaborated several instances of his time with Bhagawan Baba, right from his time at Sri Sathya Sai Primary School. The talk focused on the love Sai has for all His children. He urged the audience to leave the future to the Lord as He knows what is best for us. Hence, he concluded, it is our duty to spend our lives in service to Him - Our Life, His Message.
The next speaker was Sri Rinil Khatri, Student, II M.B.A., Prasanthi Nilayam Campus. His talk, White & Orange, underlined the story of the relationship between God and His devotee: an unending saga of pure love, as he called it. The metaphor of orange (God) and white (man) was well depicted by examples of how the orange influences the white, once we attach ourselves to it, with faith and surrender. Equally, he said, the white can also do its part by following a certain way of life with the right attitude and tap the inner fountain of happiness within us.
The last speaker, Sri G Aditya, Doctoral Research Scholar, Dept. of Management & Commerce acknowledged his indebtedness to Bhagawan Baba in his talk, Guru Seva. He talked about instances of seva even as a student, for example prasadam distribution at Sai Kulwant Hall and how Sai Himself lovingly taught Him lessons in service, such as perfection in performance. Another example was on how the guru looks at one’s availability and not ability. As Bhagawan Baba often said, if we take one step towards the Guru, he will take a hundred towards us. Finally, he said, Guru Seva is the royal path to Divine Grace.
Following bhajans and prasadam distribution, the second day of the event concluded at 6:45 p.m.
For further information on the event, and for the schedule, visit: sssihl.edu.in