Tenth World Conference
Day 1: November 26, 2015
The Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) is holding its 10th World Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam, during 25-27 November, 2015. About 900 delegates from more than 80 countries, including SSIO officers, administrators and Sathya Sai Youth have gathered to deliberate on the Conference theme: Love is the Source, Love is the Path and Love is the Goal.
The conference was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by the trustees and the secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Chairmen of the Prasanthi Council and the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation, and the Vice Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
Inaugural lighting ceremony Inaugural lighting ceremony In his inaugural address, Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman of Prasanthi Council, reminded all delegates of the good fortune to be a part of Sathya Sai’s divine mission. He elaborated on the conference theme and addressed the challenges faced in expressing divine love and how to overcome them. He drew attention to the 2014-2015 annual report of the Sathya Sai International Organisation which highlighted activities in 123 countries. He also mentioned the Conference book, Divine Nectar – a brilliant collection of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses on a variety of topics.
In his address, Mr. S.S. Naganand, Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust reiterated Sathya Sai Baba’s instructions to take the His message across the world and that the institutions set up by Baba were meant for the redemption of mankind. He added that the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and the SSIO will be working closely in serving overseas devotees in many areas.
WC2015 S.S. Naganand addresses the delegates S.S. Naganand The morning programme included three speakers who shared their personal journey of transformation through love. Dr. Phil Gosselin from USA urged all delegates to remember Swami’s words, which will allow us go beyond the distinctions of pilgrim, path and goal to Oneness. Judge Isabella Chu from Hong Kong shared her recent experiences which strengthened her faith in Swami’s omnipresence and guidance. The last speaker of the morning programme, Mr. Kevin Francis from Australia, candidly shared how Swami’s unconditional love brought about a personal transformation through the path of love and lead a purposeful life as an educator.
The talks were interspersed with two videos: a discourse by Bhagawan on love and an overview of SSIO activities around the world. The morning session concluded with a live music performance by devotees from the Dominican Republic.
Nine concurrent workshops were held during the two afternoon sessions of the first day to deliberate on various aspects of spirituality, ideal leadership, personal transformation and activities of the SSIO.
Day 1 SOURCE: Sathya Sai Universe SSIO 10th World Conference in Prasanthi
Day 2: November 27, 2015
The morning session of the second day of the 10th World Conference began with uplifting devotional songs by international Sai musicians and a soulful rendition of the theme song, Love is the source, the path and the goal. In his keynote address, Dr. William Harvey, member of the Prasanthi Council, reminded delegates of the immense power of Bhagawan’s name and the unlimited potential of the Sathya Sai International Organisation to usher in an era of world peace, prosperity and harmony.
Four outstanding Sathya Sai speakers shared their personal stories of transformation through love. Ms. Kayoko Hira from Japan spoke candidly about how a book on Bhagawan’s life and teachings helped to redeem her life and she took refuge in Baba. She described God as a fountain of love from which anyone can draw comfort and solace. Ms. Raksha Mahtani from Spain, shared inspiring stories of her experience in teaching human values lessons to young school children.
Dr. Veeru Mudigonda, a physician from U.K., spoke eloquently about how the journey of love begins with the gift of faith. He recalled his own experience when Baba cured his infant brother from a serious illness, four decades ago. He exhorted everyone to follow Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings, for their own salvation. The last speaker was Mr. Sergio Espindola from Brazil who spoke of Bhisma’s devotion to Lord Krishna in the Mahabharata and how each one of us can achieve oneness with God in this life itself.
A special feature of the morning programme was an hour-long session with the members of the Prasanthi Council and the directors of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation. The senior SSIO leaders answered questions from the moderator on personal sadhana (spiritual practices), work of the SSIO, Baba’s teachings, and their vision for moving forward with the divine mission.
A short video clip of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on selfless service was shown in the morning, stressing that there is no spiritual practice higher than selfless service. Devotees from Brazil entertained the gathering with three Portuguese devotional songs full of joy and divine love. The morning session then concluded with skits based on ‘Chinna Katha’ (short stories) by Bhagawan Baba, lovingly presented by devotees from Russia and adjoining countries.
Nine concurrent workshops were offered during the afternoon session – as in the first day. Thus, over two days the conference delegates participated in four of nine workshop topics offered during the World Conference.
Day 2 SOURCE: Sathya Sai Universe "SSIO 10th World Conference in Prasanthi"
90th Birthday Celebration Decorated Arch
2015 Akhanda Bhajan altar courtesy of the
Hollywood Sai Center
2015 Region 8 Akhanda Bhajans live 24hr audio stream
Live from the Sanathana Dharma Temple courtesy of the Torrance Sai Center
"What the students need today are two things: The Spirit of Sacrifice; devotion to God; love of the Motherland. Because people are filled with pride, selfishness and self-interest, they are ceasing to be human. It is supremely important that the qualities of devotion to God, patriotism and self sacrifice should be developed among the people. For this, the first requisite is the elimination of "my" and "mine." The readiness to sacrifice one's pleasure and comforts for the sake of the nation should be promoted among the students. When there are many high minded, spiritually oriented students, the nation will achieve peace and security"
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
FIRST SUNDAY - Holiday Program
Guest Speaker - Warren Gershwin M.D.
Dr. Warren Gershwin M.D is our special guest speaker for the Christmas-themed First Sunday program in December. Dr. Gershwin has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 48 years, and recently retired from the Veterens Administration. Dr. Gershwin first heard about Swami in 1973, and took his first trip to Puttaparthi one year later. He returned to India many times, including a trip with the Region 8 Choir in December 2005, during which the choir performed several songs in Swami's divine presence.
Special performance by the Region 8 Sai Choir
The Region 8 Sai Choir began in 2000, singing first at senior centers and also at the ashram on early Christmas mornings. In 2005, the choir accompanied SSE children to Puttaparthi and formally sang for Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. After the program, Swami materialized a sapphire necklace for choir leader, Maryalice Jessup. Several choir members were called for an interview on that trip. The choir has performed at many Sai events, and in 2013 the choir was invited to sing in Vienna, Austria at the International Advent and Christmas Program.
Mark your calendars and join us for the First Sunday meeting in December!
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