Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality…

A three day Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality, organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, was held at the Poornachandra Auditorium from 13th June to 15th June 2014. The event was attended by all the students and faculty of the Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions as well as invited guests.

In the inaugural morning on 13th June, at Poornachandra Auditorium, the session commenced with lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by Veda chanting. The first speaker Sri T. Ravi Kumar, Warden, Brindavan Campus, spoke on the genesis of the Summer Course. This was followed by Vice Chancellor’s address, who spoke on highlighting on the conflicts in human nature.

Prof. Nanjunda Dixit, reputed Vedic scholar and also the chief priest during the Ati Rudra Maha Yajna in 2006 in the Divine Presence, was the next speaker. The erudite speaker said that the world is beset with unnecessary competition, strife and disregard of women. Civilisation is what we are and culture is what we ought to be. The penultimate programme of the morning session was felicitation of senior teachers and welcoming of nine new faculty members to the Institute. The morning session concluded with a Bhajan Antakshari programme. In the post lunch session, the students were divided into groups and a study circle on the 1992 Summer Course was conducted.

On the second day, there was a round table discussion on the subject “Ideal Sai Student and their role in society”. Four past alumni joined the deliberation which was moderated by one of the faculty members. Two talks on the significance of the Mahabharata and Ramayana and a quiz programme on Bhagawan followed by a study circle on Bhagawan’s Divine discourses completed the day’s events.

On the third and final day there was a Chinna Katha Analysis Programme followed by short presentations from each of the campuses.

There were special sessions at the Sanctum Sanctorum on 13th and 14th evening wherein report on the morning sessions at Poornachandra were read out, that was followed by brief talks by students representing various campuses. Brindavan and Anantapur campuses also offered musical offerings on 13th and 14th evenings respectively, on the sidelines of the Summer Course.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II