The 10th Pre World Conference was held in Durban South Africa hosting Zone 9A Region 92 . The conference themed “Love is the Source, Love is the Path, Love is the Goal” centred around the two study guides developed from Bhagavan’s numerous discourses on Love and selfless service.
The planning and execution of the conference coordinated a team made up of National Council, Central Trust, Education Trust and ISSE in consultation with the Zonal Central Coordinator Mr Allan Reddy was an outstanding achievement of working in unity as one organisation. The bulk of the planning and working teams were provided by the National Council regions. We are more than convinced that our dearest Bhagavan had HIS hand on every component of the conference. An event of this nature needs everyone’s participation and many of the officers, active workers and devotees at large came forward to present their LOVE to our Bhagavan.
The Devotees arrived from every region of our country and neighbouring countries (Botswana, Swaziland and North Africa) as well. Also attending the conference were spiritual aspirants from various religions who joined in and experienced the warmth of the 3 days.
Although day one was a normal working day, streaming in from 6.30am. Devotees were treated to soul stirring Vedic Chanting, divine and melodious bhajans at the opening of each day. Our Central Coordinator led the entourage of international leaders into the venue of devotees who waited in anticipation for the opening address of the conference by our global leader. Once the conference inauguration was completed, Sister Savy Ramlall introduced our distinguished leaders. The awesomely inspiring spiritual talk by Prashanti Council Chair Dr Narendranath Reddy was concluded with a video and Dr Reddy received a standing ovation which was testimony to the inspiration they received.
Our Central Coordinator Mr Allan Reddy’s message was potent to highlight how devotees should strive to being a Sai Lion. Lions are majestic creatures. They are also family oriented animals and are regarded as the king of the jungle. His message was clear for devotees to seize the grace of this unique chance to serve Bhagawan. Prashanti Council Chairs of Media and Hospitality shared their personal experiences and Sister Savy Ramlall and Dr Reggie Reddy gave testimony to the various leelas Swami performed in their lives. The study circles saw robust discussions on LOVE and resolutions for the devotees and organisation to implement LOVE in all activities were received with overwhelming agreement on the way forward.
Devotees waited in much anticipation for the mesmerising talk by Mrs Geetha Mohanram, and let me tell you of the electricity that charged the venue when our dearest sister took the devotees through the various accounts of her close relationship with our dearest lord. The youth were treated to a wonderful session on practical ways they can implement in their spiritual path towards the goal of liberation.The study circles on Love and the feedback sessions were well presented by the chosen devotees and one experienced the robust discussions that took place in the various feedbacks. The day’s talk with Dr Geeta Reddy relating her wonderful experiences with dearest Bhagawan were wonderful and testimony that our God is an awesome God.
Day two saw devotees arriving in droves to the registration table manned by the youth. The large numbers had the many youth working hard at processing the registrations so that the day could start on time. A total of 1754 devotees attended and registered over the 3 days making it an average attendance of 1534 devotees per day. The day’s proceedings had everyone fully fixed on the program which started with Vedic chanting and bhajans. Dr Narendranath Reddy provided beautiful pearls of wisdom for the devotees to deal with their day to day challenges from a spiritual perspective.
The study circles on Selfless Service and the feedback thereof were well received by the devotees who refreshed themselves on Bhagavan’s teachings and the Path needed to be taken with Love originating with the simplest of Seva being a good thought, stemming to good words and deeds. The youth (+-450 of them) were treated to wonderful stories by Mrs Geetha Mohanram whilst growing up with Bhagawan through the many challenges of life. The devotees were then treated to a question and answer session that provided clarity on the organisation and the devotee’s path to the goal of liberation. There was a great buzz as devotees spent time in reminiscence of the day’s events and talks during their lunch break.
The program after lunch went into top gear as Sister Geetha Mohan Ram had the devotees spellbound by the many graces that Bhagawan offered to her parents and her. The experiences brought back the memories of our dear Lord refreshing all the delegates of HIS omnipresence and omniscience. A standing ovation from the devotees some with tears in their eyes showed their appreciations for the wonderful and awesome divine inspirational talk. The youth of Western Cape kept the momentum by presenting the stage production “I am I” which had several key messages for the KaliYuga on practicing Sadhana? The day ended with divine and vibrant bhajans
Day three started with a divine inspirational talk by the Chairman, Prashanti Council , Dr Narendranath Reddy on our personal path to god and the devotees stood up to provide a thunderous applause for our world leader thanking him with this magnanimous opportunity he provided to the devotees to be a part of this global event in South Africa. This was followed by an inspirational motivation to the country by Dr Geeta Reddy to stay focused and hold Bhagavan as the goal of our lives in HIS mission.
The devotees all enjoyed the opportunity to take photos with the International guests and the culmination of the event was Mrs Geetha Ram who once again enthralled the delegates with her many experiences with our dear Bhagavan. The conference resolutions were presented by Dr Lalini Reddy on the organisation and its devotees to place swami’s mission as the key focus in their lives with the many initiatives to be rolled out. The Bhajans brought to a close the three days of absolutely awesome and inspiring conference planned and executed by the officers nationally.
The general feedback from devotees and active workers is that this was the best conference they had ever attended. This and the many messages that validate the long hours and hard work in the name of our dear and all merciful Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba is a spiritual teacher, whose life inspires millions of people worldwide to realise their innate divinity and have faith in God. His teachings are universal to all religions, yet he is not seeking to start a new religion. Rather he urges us to go to the roots of our own faith whatever it may be, to rediscover the universal Truth therein.
He was born on Tuesday the 23rd of November 1926 at Puttaparthi, a tiny remote village in Southern India. His life has been a constant manifestation of His Divinity and a perfect example of what it means to be human. He says "My Life is My message" and teaches the five basic human values of TRUTH, RIGHT CONDUCT, PEACE, LOVE and NON-VIOLENCE.
I have come not to disturb or destroy any Faith, but to confirm in his own Faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim a better Muslim and a Hindu a better Hindu. I have come to reconstruct the ancient highway to God; to instruct all in the essence of Vedas, to shower on all this precious gift; to protect Sanathana Dharma, the Ancient Wisdom and to preserve it. My Mission is to serve happiness and so I am always happy to come to come among you, not once but twice, thrice as often as you want me. To set right those who have taken to wrong path and to protect the good people, Sai will be born again and again.