|Report of Sri Sathya Sai Ex Bal Vikas Alumni & Youth Meet|
|This year's Sri Sathya Sai Ex Bal Vikas Alumni from all over Maharashtra & Youth Wing members of Mumbai city had their Annual Meet on Wednesday, 1st May, 2013, at Dharmakshetra. As the participants, streamed into the venue,they registered themselves to form the database of the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Alumni & Youth wing, which is in the process of being prepared.
The Meet started at 10.00 a.m with the auspicious lighting of the lamp by Dr.Keki Mistry, Sri. Nimish Pandya, Trustees Of Sri Sathya Sai Trust and All India Vice President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India and a few other dignitaries.
As the lamp was lit, the hall reverberated to the Vedic chants by Bal Vikas students.Smt.Devi Rajgopal, a Bal vikas Alumnus, and presently the District Bal Vikas Incharge of Mumbai District, welcomed the gathering.
This was followed by a very touching Audio Visual Presentation on Swami & his love for children
Next, was a talk by brother T.N. Giridhar who is an Alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. An MBA of the 1992 batch, Sri Giridhar is presently MD & Country head of an US Investment Bank in India.His journey to Sai was studded with anecdotes and experiences he had with Swami, before and after he became His student.Hailing from a family of ardent Sai devotees, he gave up a chance to study abroad, when he got admission for MBA at Parthi.
The next speaker was Dr.Keki Mistry, Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Maharashtra. An eminent Orthodontist, he had the rare privilege of sharing a very close relationship with Swami. His talk-Glimpses of Sai, revealed different facets of our dear Lord, which he was privileged to see and experience, including Swami's humorous side. He spoke about his mother's bhakti for Bhagwan, which Swami himself had acknowledged.
Dr.Mistry was joined by his wife Nargis,who spoke about Swami's love for children. She illustrated it with examples of her own children, and how Swami never got angry, with their behaviour, but instead said that we should be uninhibited like them.
The Mumbai youth then took over the session with Amruta Nambiar, Bal Vikas alumnus, compering the Group Discussion session. First, she got the audience involved with a game "Literally Speaking." It was an interesting session and was thoroughly enjoyable.
This was followed by a power point presentation, which highlighted the different areas of service, offered by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation for the youth, like Medicare, Sociocare and Educare. The different projects one could associate with, were enumerated in detail.
This was followed by a panel discussion on How to practice Swami's teachings in daily life.The panelists were T.N.Giridhar & Lithesh Majethia who has contributed immensely for the Village Integrated Programme on the gents side, and Sucha Karri who looks after media and IT, Maya Shivakumar, a Bharatnatyam Danseuse and Exponent and one who is very involved in conducting Youth study classes and Shrinkala from Nasik, on the ladies side. The discussion covered an array of topics of relevance to Youth and Swami, ranging from how to keep yourself motivated, finding time for Swami's activities to controlling the ego and becoming Swami's ambassadors.
A mellifluous devotional singing session by Srishant, an alumnus of Bal Vikas and presently a student of Swami's college, was the next item of the programme.
This was followed by the Nasik youth who sang a rousing qawali in praise of Swami. The final song sung by the youth "Humko Tumse Pyar Kitna", aptly summed up the feelings of everyone gathered in the hall.
Sri.Nimish Pandya summed up the proceedings and wound up the session by inviting the participants to the The All India SSSBV Alumni Meet in the first week of January, 2014.
The programme ended with Aarti,followed by Mahaprasad.
Totally about 210 Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Alumni and Youth wing members attended the meet.