Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Hundreds of Balvikas students have been admitted to the diploma in Sathya Sai Education in the Benedictory session of the two-day All India Balvikas Convention held here in Prasanthi Nilayam this morning.
In the 2nd and concluding day of the Convention, the programme commenced at 0820 hrs. with a short Band display by the Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas, Alike, playing “Akhanda Jyoti Jalaao…” followed by “Govinda Krishna Jai…”
A procession of Balvikas gurus and officials carrying the ‘Wand Of Transformation’ then entered the Sai Kulwant premises to the accompaniment of a song, “Sarvaroga Nivarini Gayathri…”, sung by all the students in unison.
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 next, saying “Bhagawan’s Love Is The Magic Wand…” that the students should work on with, to restore the pristine glory of Bharat, a legacy that can be passed on to the future generations.
The Scroll of Convocation Pledge was then placed at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet. Ms Kamala Pandya, National Dy Coordinator for Balvikas, then administered the Pledge to the passing out batch of students, who repeated after her.
Young alumnus from Bengaluru, Sri Avinash Vasudev spoke next addressing the assembly of students. Quoting Bhagawan’s golden promise, “If you take one step, I will take hundreds towards you”, Sri Avinash observed that, in many of their lives this one step has been the Balvikas movement.
Delivering the key-note address, speaking on the greater importance of the Movement, All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Sri V Srinivasan observed that the Balvikas programme is 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 given away to 22 outstanding alumni by Hon’ble Minister Of State for Culture and Tourism, Govt. Of India, Sri Shripad Yasso Naik.
Speaking on the occasion, commenting on the philanthropic activities of the 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, some years ago.
Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi offering to Bhagawan at 10:00 hrs.
Sathya Sai Bal Vikas is an ever blossoming Tree Of Transformation, that continues to grow helping the nation to grow… leading humanity into Loka Vikas.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
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