Summer Course gets underway…

With invocatory prayers from a thousand hearts and minds, amidst chanting of holy Veda, the 3-day Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality organised by Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Learning, for the students from all the four campuses, commenced in the Poornachandra Auditorium here in Prasanthi Nilayam this morning.

The Proceedings began with Sri GS Rangarajan, Controller Of Examinations, SSSIHL, delivering the welcome address followed by Inaugural Address by The Vice Chancellor, Prof. J. Sasidhara Prasad. Prof. Prasad exhorted the students on the the need to pursue the goal, the goal each students should strive to achieve.

The morning session was marked with thematic deliberations on various topics by Faculty members and Doctoral Research Scholars from the Institute. While Sri S. Sai Giridhar, Doctoral Research Scholar in the Dept. Of Chemistry deliberated on the theme, Indian Cultural and Spirituality – Insights from the Ramayana, Dr. Raghunatha Sarma, Asst. Professor with DMACS spoke on the subject Indian Culture and Spirituality – Insights from the Mahabharata. After a short intermission of Video presentation on Bhagawan as the session continued, Dr. Sanjay Mahalingam, Sr. Systems Administrator at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus elucidated on “Vedas – The Breath Of God” that was followed by “Lessons For Life From The Upanishads” by Dr. N. Siva Kumar, Asst. Professor with the Dept. Of Commerce, Brindavan Campus.

Post lunch session witnessed an enlivened Study Circle on the selected theme, Bhajagovindam, from selected Summer Course Divine Discourses of yester years. The session turned out to be an enlivened one with enthusiastic students coming forth with quotes, anecdotes etc., showing keen interest, enthusiasm, with greater clarity and understanding.

The evening session began with usual Vedam Chanting, curtailed to half-an-hour for the day owing to other proceedings. Summary of morning proceedings at the Summer Course was presented by two students, Sri Sreedhar Narayan from the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus followed by Ms. Sai Kiran from the Anantapur Campus. Earlier Dr. Deepak Anand, Asst. Professor at SBMAF, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus, introduced the session reminiscing ‘The Divine Touch’ given by Bhagawan during earlier years, discoursing on Indian Culture and Spirituality.

The final programme for the evening was a half-an-hour musical offering by the blooming voices of Brindavan Campus. The presentation was full of tender devotion to the Lord Who granted them the most wonderful, ever incomparable celestial boon, to be His Property.

Bhajans continued for the next twenty minutes before Mangala Arathi offering at 1845 hrs. Mango Prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly.

II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II