Sunday, January 4th, 2015
The 2- day National Convention of All India Bal Vikas Alumni and Group III Students for the year 2015 got underway at the Poornachandra Auditorium this morning in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The 90-minute inaugural session commenced with lighting of the lamp followed by Vedic incantation and group songs. The session that ensued had presentations by various state units, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana and Manipur followed by an inspiring speech by Sri Ajit Popat from the United Kingdom.
Twin Band offerings by Andhra Pradesh Bal Vikas and the Bal Vikas of Alike, Karnataka set the proceedings on for the evening session in Sai Kulwant Hall. Vedic incantation by the Odisha Bal Vikas next was followed by a group song by All India Bal Vikas, invoking Bhagawan.
All India Vice President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Sri Nimish Pandya then addressed the alumni deliberating on the indisputable beauty of the Bal Vikas Movement. Recounting the humble beginning of the Movement decades ago, set up by Bhagawan, Mr Nimish reminded the audience of the monumental growth of the small sapling into a gigantic tree, spreading the world over, ‘writing’ the future for tomorrow. One who experienced only can impart, opined Mr Nimish speaking of the essential need for the Bal Vikas gurus to experience the bliss of Sai, to mould, to train their wards.
Representing the Bal Vikas fraternity, selected alumni from different states shared their thoughts next. The speakers were Sri Pankaj Dwivedi (Hindi) from Madhya Pradesh, Ms Pujaa Sengupta (English) from West Bengal, Sri Saurabh (Hindi) from UP and Dr Sadasivan (English) from Pondicherry.
Calling Bal Vikas the second most influential thing in his life, next only to Bhagawan, Dr Sadasivan, a highly successful medical professional who is into many philanthropic activities, reflected and recounted the telling influence of the Movement that made him what he is today… Bal Vikas is a never ending journey; a Bal Vikas student once, ever a Bal Vikas student, concluded an ever-grateful Dr Sadasivan.
Ms Neeta Khanna along with Ms Kamala Pandya, Dy National Coordinator for Bal Vikas then released a Compendium on the occasion, placing the same at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.
A custom over the past three years, several ‘in-house’ alumni working with various allied institutions were felicitated next, honouring their commitment to Bhagawan.
The final programme for the evening was a series of Musical offerings by Bal Vikas units from Kerala, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Before the commencement of the programme, two selected little ‘mascots’, Master Sathya from Himachal Pradesh and Master Sai Tejas from Karnataka were invited to ‘chirp’ as to “why they love Bal Vikas?”. Even as the twin little ones squeaked on the public address system, reflecting their naïve innocence, the assembly went into raptures appreciating the beauty of innocence.
Bal Vikas Alumni Ms Shrinkala along with Ms Geetanjali had the pleasant task of compering the entire programme.
Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1930 hrs.
II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
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