Remember that you are the future torchbearers of Sri Sathya Sai Organizations. The elders of the organization today may be aged and have their own constraints. Youth have to take the initiative to lead the organization from the front. Each state organization should have its own youth leader to take up major responsibilities. Ensure that you keep yourself distant from politics. Work for the welfare and progress of society. That is the greatest sadhana. - Nov. 21, 1999 (2nd World Youth Conference)

A Young Adult within the Sathya Sai International Organisation is someone who is aged between 18 and 40 years of age. Young Adult programs aim to encourage young adults to lead purposeful and balanced lives by learning and practicing spiritual values as defined and established by the life, message, and works of Sathya Sai Baba. The essence of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings to youth is clear: Do your Duty, Have Good Character and Serve Society. Young Adult programs are intended to enhance the harmony and understanding in both personal and professional relationships and within the Sai Organization. The programs provide various platforms for Young Adults of like mind to meet and to discuss issues in leading spiritual lives in today's rapid, ever-changing and modern world.

Objectives

The future of the country depends on the skill and the sincerity of the youth. Therefore, the necessary enthusiasm and encouragement must be generated among the youth. All my hopes are based on the students, the youth. They are very dear to me. -Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks IX (old edition), 34, 184.

We aim to inspire, motivate and encourage young adults to live their best life by following the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba. The Young Adults Forum is a hub where lifelong friendships are created and a support system like no other is formed. We send out incredible leaders into the world that excel in every facet of life. The forum gives rise to true spiritual champions that can carry out the mission of Sai. We inculcate values and instill a passion for life and service to humanity. The objective is to bring about self-transformation of the individual and ultimately the self-realisation of every individual’s inherent divinity.

“I want you to be leaders to protect the world. Leaders like lions – self-reliant, courageous, majestic and just. Lion is the king of animals and I want you to be a king among men.” -Sathya Sai Baba

Approach

Activities are conducted regularly both at centre and regional levels. We collaborate with and support the wings of the organisation creating an integrated and holistic approach. The activities cater for different interests. They are intended harness talents and a unique skillset thereby enriching the experience and improving an individual’s self-confidence. We foster love, unity, acceptance, tolerance and patience.

Everyone should realise what one owes to the society in which one is born and from which one derives so many benefits. Young people should reflect on the question what gratitude they can show to the society which has given them so much. What service are you doing to society? Every man should show his sense of gratitude to society by rendering selfless service. - July 16, 1997 (1st World Youth Conference)

Our activities include

  1. Public Outreach - Under the universal umbrella of “Love All Serve All,” this portfolio is intended to uplift and serve the community at large. This includes Public Talks, Interfaith initiatives, Walks For Values and Community Engagement.
  2. Spiritual Activities - A healthy body, mind and soul for a young adult are imperative. Spiritual activities focus on intensifying ones sadhana and controlling the senses. This includes Unity satsangs, Meditation/yoga retreats, study circles, workshops, Dramas/choirs.
  3. Service Initiatives - These are sustainable projects, which may be in collaboration with the service wing. The purpose of such an activity would be to cater for an urgent need. This includes disaster relief in a specific area due to fires, floods, war, famine Spending time with in the old age home and orphanages during Christmas etc. Serve the Planet initiatives Youth Day celebrations and outreach, food drives.
  4. Transitional Activities - The purpose is to bridge the gap between the SSEHV/Balvikas program and the young adult program. It is also for new young adults in the fold. It is to welcome and inspire them and build relationships with them so that they build confidence. This includes a young adult orientation which provides information they would need to know, Young adult meet and greets in order to build relationships and get to know the youth and their skills, talents and interests. bonds can be built in order to bring about a sense of inclusion and safety.
  5. Personal Activities - These activities are on a small scale. These are activities that youth can implement on a daily basis and are of high importance for spiritual transformation. Respecting and serving your parents. Being a good citizen and respecting fellow humans. Loving and respecting all. Practise the COD program while curbing bad habits. Keeping your environment and community clean. Always being willing to help someone no matter how small the deed for example, helping the disabled cross a street or helping an elderly person carry their groceries.

National Initiatives

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"The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization ... is to help you recognize the divinity inherent in you. So, your duty is to emphasize the One, to experience the One in all you do or speak. Do not give importance to differences of religion, sect, status, or color. Have the feeling of one-ness permeate all your acts. Only those who do so have a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw."

January 6, 1975

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