Summer Course on Indian Culture and Spirituality-Day 2
The second day began with the invocatory Vedam Chanting at the Poornachandra auditorium, Prasanthi Nilayam at 0830 Hrs. The first session was a panel discussion on Work, Worship and Wisdom moderated by Dr Srinivas Srirangarajan, Director, Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL. The panel deliberated on the three royal paths to reach our ultimate goal – to realise our true Divine Self. Ancient seers have categorised the many customised pathways that lead man to his Divine destination into three broad categories: Work (Karma), Worship (Bhakti), and Wisdom (Jnana). The panel defined, explained the meaning of the three pathways, highlighted the unity among them and expounded on the challenges faced and means to overcome them in the course of our journey along these pathways.
Sri Pushkaraj Gumaste, Managing Director and Head of Coverage, Corporate & Investment Banking Division - India, Barclays Bank PLC and an alumnus of SSSIHL then spoke on the topic, Pathway to Lasting Success - The Golden Sai Way. He said that SSSIHL set him up for success for life because the ecosystem here hones students to build inner qualities, such as patience, adjustment, team work, etc. These qualities are the ones that current employers are looking for in millennials (a term used by demographers and researchers to largely categorize those born in the mid 1980’s onwards), who typically do not adhere to certain standards and moral codes of previous generations. He citred several personal interactions with Bhagawan Baba as a student and the lessons inherent in those experiences. He encouraged students to always keep in mind of what Bhagawan Baba expects from them and reminded them through an analogy that although the entry to the university is free, the exit is not, and they all have certain responsibilities to carry with us when they graduate.
The morning session ended with a unique interactive item, Bhajan Antakshari, designed to test the underlying depth and variety that lies in Sai bhajans. The rounds ranged from interpreting visuals to finding the most suitable bhajans to testing the technical knowledge of the participants. Experienced singers and musicians also shared in detail the learning they had from the Divine Master Himself. For example, the importance of maintaining a decorum and discipline, being sensitive of the audience (for example people from various faiths and backgrounds), etc.,
During the evening session in Sai Kulwant Hall, following a summary of the morning session, two talks by students and the topics were: Bhagavad Gita and Tyageinaike Amrutatva Manashuhu (Only by Sacrifice can you get Immortality) This was followed by a talk on Bhagawan Baba’s magnanimous Love by Dr T Ravi Kumar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Warden, Brindavan Campus titled, "Sai, the Essence of Sweetness". He described how Baba—through His exchanges with students—taught them the essential spiritual teachings and lessons through His sweet Love and Divine vision.
Following Bhajans and prasadam distribution, the second day of the event concluded at 1840 Hrs.