An Enlightening Balvikas Evening…

As part of the 2-day Annual National Convention for Group III and Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas that commenced this morning at the Poornachandra Auditorium, a special ‘Balvikas’ evening session was held in the Sanctum Sanctorum at Sai Kulwant Hall this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam.

The session started at 1630 hrs with half-an-hour Veda chanting by the girls- wing of the alumni. Group chanting and songs of adoration followed next before an address by Sri Nimish Pandya, All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.

The world today needs to address all the problems in the platform of human values, said Sri Nimish Pandya hailing the Balvikas Movement, calling it as the single solution for all problems. Projecting the Movement as the flagship programme of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in India and around the world, the All India President explained in simple terms as to how Bhagawan granted the opportunity to the Balvikas gurus, bundling five simple techniques in a united programme.

Two more speeches by the alumni followed. Speaking first, Sri Rajeev Karmaheji, an Addl District Sessions Judge from Madhya Pradesh expressed his heartfelt belief in simple straight language that the ‘merits of thousands of births’ is surely fructified when one is admitted in to the Balvikas programme.

Exuding greater confidence the speaker added that at every confused juncture in his life, he has been benefited from one or other Balvikas tips and teachings, braving him to face every single situation with confidence, remembering Bhagawan. Sri Rajeev also narrated a thrilling motivational experience from his official diary, highlighting the most unusual goodwill exemplified by a group of Muslim brothers from Bhopal.

Working as the Dy. Welfare Commissioner for the ill-fated Bhopal Gas Tragedy, the speaker could disburse the allotted compensation most diligently and dutifully, benefitting many including those from the Muslim community. Thanking the Samaritan for his diligent, rightful and deliverance of duty, a group of grateful hearts then presented him with an antique of a Ram Temple with Holy Koran placed on top… The speaker credited the special ‘gift’ as an acknowledgement to the five human values of Bhagawan. Those grateful hearts before taking leave had a special request to Rajeev, to convey their obeisance to Bhagawan, as they came to know that Rajeev was a an ardent follower of Baba. Sri Rajeev addressed the assembly in Hindi.

The next speaker Kum Vibhuti Malhotra from Punjab identified ‘Service to mankind is service to God’ as the foundation that Balvikas taught her, highlighting the impact of values taught in the Movement. She then shared an interesting incident from her college days that taught her the invaluable lesson of equality and equanimity of one and all. In Balvikas it is never first, second or third, it is always “US” said the young speaker sharing next an inspiring incident as to how she could overcome ‘jealousy’.

A Compendium – “Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas – The Path Divine” was released next by Sri K Chakravarthi, Managing Trustee, SSSCT.

As the session continued, Ms Arunima Praksh from UP explained the Balvikas Logo, sharing its symbolic significance.

Musical Programmes followed next. Presenting first, the girls alumni from Pune presented a programme entitled “Sai Arpan”, singing four songs that included a melodious “Oh Sai Maa… Tera Saath Harpal Rahen…Yahi Tamanna Hamari….” followed by a Marati devotional.  Following this a group of Tamil Nadu alumni presented an Instrumental session, an ensemble of Mohan Veena, Keyboard, Flute, Tabla and Ghatam. The vibrant youth, all pass-outs from SSSIHL, played in tandem presenting an exhilarating fusion session in the emerging twilight.

Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1840 hrs.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II