The Sai Youth must develop morality and good conduct in order to lead exemplary lives and serve the Nation. They should develop the humility, and discipline; eradicate selfishness from their minds; learn to respect parents and elders;inculcate unity and cooperation and follow the path of love and service.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Destiny of nations hangs on the youth You have Joined the Seva Dhal at the most important period of your lives, for youth is a stage of life when self-control, self-examination and self-effort are most needed and least exercised. What a mighty potential for progress is wasted by the empty vagaries of the youth today. If only the courage, the optimism, the strength and the imagination of youth is channelised into constructive channels, how soon the human community can attain peace and prosperity. The youth are drawn easily into wild adventures, acts of bravado and exhibition of group fanaticism. They are given to sudden changes of passion or emotion. All over the world they are being swayed on the waves of anger and adventure. The destiny of nations hangs on the direction the youth will take In these turbulent times. They should not be led into the paths of hypocrisy, deceit or greed. They must act the way they speak and speak the way they think. They should think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds. That will give inner Joy and contentment. That will make them worthy sons and daughters of this ancient land.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Sai Youth - both Mahilas and Gents are participating in all the three wings activities with Love, Selflessness, and Commitment.
SRI SATHYA SAI BABA’S DIRECTIONS FOR THE YOUTH
The world today is simmering with discontent, discord and violence. Peace and security are absent. Fear stalks the land everywhere. There are many causes for the restiveness in the youth today. Politics is the prime cause among them. The absence of divine feelings is the second cause. Vulgarity in the cinema is the third cause. Nonsensical novels are the fourth. Due to these the youth waste their time and get distracted. The invaluable treasure inherent in the youth is a great virtue.
Six facets are important in life of youth. These are: character, non-violence, compassion, control over mind, control over senses and nobility.
Thus, the life of youth should be endowed with integrity, harmony, unity and brotherhood. Today's youth are always haunted by the six enemies – lust, anger, greed, infatuation, ego and jealousy. On the other hand, Sai Youth have six qualities – enthusiasm, adventurousness, courage, devotion, power and valour. A true youth should have these six qualities in his heart. The youth should fill their hearts with good qualities and good thoughts. They should develop noble ideas in all spheres of life – physical, moral, religious and spiritual. They must not be content with sensual pleasures which are temporary and leave a trail of misery. The youth age is golden age of life and should be free from rust and dust of evil qualities.
Sai youth should work according to the Gods directions to succeed in Sai Mission. While working in Sai Organisation, they should follow their conscience remembering that Sai shrines in their heart and thus try best to do good, be good and see good all the days. Practising this way, Lord Sai will protect and guide Sai Youth in all endeavours.
The Sai Youth should play a major role in restoring peace and security in society. They should become real messengers of God and strive to promote harmony in the world. They have a great task ahead to bring unity, harmony, tolerance and peace in the society and the world at large. The Sai Youth are extremely fortunate for they have Babas teachings leading and guiding them. Let all the youth who have faith in Sai carry out with dedication and true devotion the tasks assigned by the Divine Master.
The Sai Youth must develop morality and good conduct in order to lead exemplary lives and serve the nation. They should develop humility and discipline; eradicate selfishness from their minds; learn to respect parents and elders; inculcate unity and co-operation and follow the path of love and service – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Let youth be not diverted from this holy task by distractions and temptations of the world. Only God is real and permanent, everything else is temporary and transient. Be a servant of God. Feel that you are an instrument in His hands. Let Him shape you and use you as He knows the best. Lord Sai will not ask you,” when and where did you serve?’ You may weigh the seva and boast about its quantity but God seeks quality, the quality of the heart, purity of the mind and holiness of the motive.
The Sai Youth must act as role models and serve as a positive influence on other youths in society and make them understand that out of all spiritual activities, service to mankind is the highest and the noblest. The human body has several limbs. All these limbs are meant to be engaged in service. The youth should not be led into the path of hypocrisy. deceit or greed. They should have good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds. The Sai youth should take Sri Sathya Sai Baba as their refuge and feel within what Baba said, “Why fear, when I am here?’ The Sai Youth should feel Sri Sathya Sai Baba as the dweller of their heart and try to keep intimacy with this dweller. Sri Sathya Sai Baba while talking about the duties of young women said that a woman must render service to parents in her younger days , must lead life of an ideal house wife by serving her in-laws and must bring fame to her parental family as well as to the family of her husband. She must show patience, perseverance, love and affection all through her life. She must teach her children right from the beginning, the qualities of friendship and truthfulness. Then harmony will prevail at home.
The youth must talk with utmost respect with elders and be considerate towards juniors and interact lovingly with all not priding on their position, wealth, health and intellect. Sometimes youth get caught in others’ influence when they do not use their own sense of discrimination as to observe a person and judge him. Be watchful not to be deluded by others. Make sure that rational and analytical thinking dominates most of the conversations with fellow human beings. They should know how to use their tongue, eyes, ears while exercising control over them. See only what is required to be seen. It is a sin to look at everyone and everything. What do they achieve by casting evil glances at women? They do not understand how much disrepute they earn by craving for such mean pleasures. Such persons cannot move in a society with their heads holding high. You should see only what is necessary for you to see. The youth should remember that nobody can escape from the reaction, reflection and resound of his or her actions. Everybody has to suffer the consequences of his or her actions.
Youth is a sacred and Divine stage of life. It is like a fruit with sweet juice. Do not lose this precious stage of life by associating with bad company and indulging in wicked deeds. Attain Divine Grace by associating with good company and developing good thoughts, sacred feelings and noble behaviour. Your parents will also be happy when you conduct yourself in this manner. People go all over in search of God. Then make contacts and ask for help from others. You should make your connection with entire world but do not go after the world. Cultivate unflinching faith in me and be stable in spite of obstacles that come in your way. Be determined’ – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The youth who indulge in evil practices become distant even from God. The reason is that the youth who earn a bad reputation by their evil deeds have no place in the presence of Divine. Therefore, have a check on yourself and exercise control over speech and your vision. The youth should be equanimous both in praise and blame, good or bad. Equanimity is the hallmark of a mature human being. The youth should also maintain cordial relationship with others. There is no need to hate anyone. They should choose their discretion in choosing friends.
The youth should not even go near a person who thinks something, speaks something else and does something else. Absence of jealousy and suspicion and having a helping attitude for all those who are doing good are the key factors in making progress in life.
The youth should always have a positive attitude and must be grounded in solid principles so that they don’t get distracted from their goal by trends or fads. They should be able to readily identify the most common de-motivators like failure, change in priorities, uncertainty, anger, jealousy, fear of the unknown and so on. The youth can have anything in life if they are willing to work hard for it. They should make a habit of being cheerful and do something good for others avoiding comparison with them. They should meet the challenge of inequality in society and exploitation of the poor by those having religious and political bias. A balanced combination of knowledge, action and devotion is required with a firm faith for the welfare of humanity. The youth should ensure that they become pure and powerful enough to conquer the evil forces. Instead of being crazy over pastimes as singing ridiculous songs, indulging in silly games and revelling in meaningless talk, they should show interest in devotional activities and listening discourses.
The youth should give up all selfishness which is nothing but darkness. They should never indulge in politics nor go after pleasures and comforts. Youth is a golden age and this should not be wasted – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The youth have to play an important role in Nation -building and they should strive to lead a life of purity based on certain principles. The youth is like a pole star and a gift of God. This sacred and divine state of life should be spent well. The youth go to college for education and not to get embroiled in politics and other activities and waste their lives. They fall prey to these distractions and consequently the golden period of their lives is wasted. A young person should always engage himself in noble activities. He should not indulge in gossip and sinful pursuits. The youth must understand that their welfare is dependent on the entire society’s welfare. So, they must help and serve the society. They have a huge reservoir of latent energy. This energy is frittered away by thinking evil, talking evil, seeing evil and hearing evil. The youth must display courage in fighting the evils of society and in propagating lasting values. They should spend time interacting with the destitute and socially backward people and give them a sense of belonging.
The youth should be taught to respect all religions and no one should criticise the creed of others. The youth have to be taught the path of spirituality and the preaching must be based on practice. They should first establish faith in God. Only then devotion will arise in their hearts. The basis of faith and devotion is love. To acquire these, the youth have to follow the path of purity, patience and perseverance. To be successful in life, one must be shaped in humility, simplicity, morality and integrity. Develop kindness, forbearance and forgiveness and discard selfishness.
The youth should keep their senses under perfect control with unwavering steadfastness. They should fix a time for spiritual sadhana and adhere to it strictly. The youth must know that there is no guarantee that even if they become engineers or doctors or chartered accountants or executives or something else, they would be rich and successful. The only thing that will work towards making them a force to reckon with is their personality, physical fitness, attitude, understanding, behaviour, independence, respect for elders, love and affection for equals and others, dedication, honesty, punctuality and overall confidence with a belief that work is worship and duty is God. When we have faith, devotion and sense of duty, then at each and every step Sathya Sai Baba directs youth, consoles, guides, corrects and ultimately takes them towards the magnificent path of life.
The youth should remember that God never helps those who sit with folded hands believing that everything will accomplish itself, if and when God wills. One’s effort is essential. One must use the strength and skill that one is endowed with and work hard leaving the result to the God. The youth should always think of the present and develop self-confidence because the past is beyond recovery, the future is uncertain and the present moment is here and now. Fill it with holy thoughts, words and actions. The youth should even love those who dislike or wish to harm them. They should rather extend a helping hand and be moved by others sufferings and jump into action to provide relief. For this, one should generate compassion within and there should not be any sense of ego because of his name, fame, wealth and position.
The youth should give new dynamism and energy to the Sai Organisations spread over 125 countries to which they belong, using tools and technology to improve the efficiency of their selfless seva. The youth will have real peace only when their conscience is pure and the mind is steady. The youth are the future guardians of culture. They should be trained and moulded into bold and upright persons. They should not get angry at hindrances to their liberty and also not get tensed when circumstances turn a bit inimical and not get into depression and dejection by comparing themselves with others. However, to earn the grace of God, the most important thing in life is forgiveness.
The wicked never forgive. Forgiveness is the attitude of a noble person. It is good to forgive and best to forget. Where there is forgiveness there is God Himself – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
All spiritual practices are intended to eliminate impurities in a person. The youth should be spiritual minded but without purity of heart there can be no spiritual progress and without elimination of ego there cannot be any experience of spiritual bliss. The youth should be patriotic and proud of traditional values. The youth are the drivers of the country’s destiny. They must understand their thoughts, beliefs, ambitions, fear of sin, good habits, political leanings modelled on great persons would be reflected in the public domain. The youth should have skills is we are to reap the demographic dividend that is expected to lift the nation up. God can be installed in a pure heart.
The aim of all spiritual practices should be to purify the heart. Practice what you preach and preach what you practice. This is the fundamental principle of purity. If you want to get near to God, experience God, you have to transform the heart. As you sow, so shall you reap! Sow the seeds of love and reap the fruits of love. The truth has been clearly enunciated by Krishna in Gita, “Neither by the vedas nor by austerities, nor by gifts nor by gifts nor by sacrifices can I be seen in this form as you (Arjuna) have seen me. All these spiritual practices are intended to help man to get rid of veil of attachment and hared in which he is encircled. It is the divine power that links spirituality and social existence. The creator and the creation (Prakriti) are inextricably linked to each other. Hence God should not be regarded as separate from His creation. The youth should not confine themselves only with books. Apart from knowledge of books, one must attain the knowledge of discrimination which helps one to distinguish between good and bad, right and wrong. But the most important thing in one’s life is practical knowledge which comes only after getting the knowledge of discrimination. Every form of knowledge and capability is latent in youth. They are endowed with all types of potential – physical, mental, spiritual and ethical. The youth have to explore these qualities and exploit the innate powers for the welfare of the human beings. However, to acquire discriminatory and practical knowledge and bring the thoughts, words and actions into harmony, the childhood needs to be taken special care of, by moulding them towards good conduct and right thought with positive attitude. They should expand the love that is latent in their hearts and translate it into service to the mankind. Live for others; promote welfare, progress and prosperity of the country. Always have sweet, soft words on your lips; cast your eyes only on holy sites; wear clean and simple clothes and do not imitate those who are fascinated by latest fashions in dress and style.
“The age span 16-30 is crucial; for this is the time when life adds sweetness to itself, when talents, skills and attitudes are accumulated, sublimated and sanctified. The tonic of selfless service if administered to the mind of youth during this period, life’s mission is fulfilled – for the process of sublimation and sanctification will be hastened by this tonic. Do not serve for the sake of reward or to attract the attention of others or earn gratitude. Do not serve from the sense of pride at your own superiority in skills, wealth, status or authority. Serve because you are urged by God’s love. When you succeed, ascribe the success to the grace of God who urged upon you. When you fail, ascribe your failure to your own inadequacy, insincerity or ignorance” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
If youth today wish to achieve spiritual bliss, they have to follow three principles. First, they must know what has to be known. Second, they have to give up what has to be renounced. Third, they must reach the goal that has to be attained. By observing these three, bliss can be realised. The youth should not be attracted to see a person’s charming personality, physical beauty, his or her hair colour or skin colour, or dress or speech. Instead youth should see devotion in Sri Sathya Sai Baba, his purity in words, noble behaviour, love and service attitude and eagerness to help others. They youth should not indulge in carping criticism. They should not speak one thing and act in a contrary way. The youth must understand that bodies are many, but life is one. Beings are many, but bliss is one. Religions are many but truth is one. This is the kind of oneness that needs to be promoted by the youth. The youth should follow the teachings of oneness through love as described by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The youth must learn that love is far sweeter than nectar.
There are three things required to be done in life by youth. They should try to do good to those who have done harm to them. They must forget the harm done by others and also the good they did to others. The youth must practice God’s teachings in their daily lives. They should not indulge in evil pursuits through their senses, because these are big hindrances in spiritual sadhana and in realising God within. Many people undertake spiritual sadhana in order to realise Divinity. If they don’t understand human qualities, all these efforts become exercises in futility. Even great saints and seers do not understand divinity tread on the wrong path. They subject themselves to selfish pursuits and blame God if their aspirations are not fulfilled.
It's not good for youth to be constantly engaged in exciting things, exciting food, talks, books, films, games, sights and sound. They are passionate things that disturb and agitate the mind…Every cell in human body is God, everyone has God as the source. God is the doctor, seek Him, rely on Him, you will be free from diseases. God belongs to all, He is universal. The Sai youth must know that nothing is greater than the Divine power. Once you have the divine grace, what harm can the 9 planets (Navagrahas) do to Sai Youth? So, work for God’s Grace and surrender to Him completely. There lies true bliss. The youth should strive for divine love. To acquire divine love, the youth should develop good thoughts. They should remember ……Actions are governed by thoughts. If you do all the activities with sacred thoughts, you will be successful. Wicked thoughts…. - Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The youth must have strong conviction that God is one. Jesus, Allah, Rama, Krishna, Zoroaster, and Buddha are His different names; but God is one. One should not hate or criticize any religion. When this kind of feeling is developed, there is no need to search for God. God will search for such holy persons. This is known as fundamental discrimination and each individual should develop broad outlook and change his attitude if it is influenced by falsehood. Man is attempting to reach the moon even while harbouring hatred towards others. This type of action can never bring peace to the world. The youth must be aware of this fact and deal with others accordingly.
The whole world today is replete with pollution of not only the individual senses but also the five elements (space, air, fire, water, earth). The air is impure; water is polluted and everything you see or hear or touch is polluted. How can you expect to have peace in the world? The youth can play major role in bringing order to this world and make it more charming and pleasant to live in. Such is the capacity of the youth and that must be utilised in the best possible way by reading repeatedly what Sri Sathya Sai Baba said to establish peace, prosperity and harmony in the world. But all the actions of the youth must be aimed at purifying their minds and hearts and fill them with love. When the heart is pure, the light of wisdom shines. The illumined heart becomes the receptacle of pure love. Love is everything for the youth. The youth should cultivate unwavering love and steady vision. They should become examples of love, tolerance and harmony and become models of human unity. They should learn how to live a life of cooperation and unity. They can bring unity by making sure that their words express appreciation and tolerance for all people.
A youth who is prepared to sacrifice his life for his country is indeed a great human being. Service to the Nation is the greatest thing one can think of. All religious practices are worthless without service to one’s fellow-men. Without the spirit of sacrifice, holding any office or position is meaningless. The youth should develop the sense of patriotism and thus have a genuine feeling of nationalism. Love of the country must get firmly rooted in our young persons in order to take a firm resolve to protect our Motherland. To serve the Motherland, the youth must understand the relationship between unity, purity and Divinity. Where there is unity, there is purity; where there is purity there is Divinity. The one who carries this feeling and works on the divine principles is true Bhakta. The youth should keep this truth ever alive that the relation between a devotee and God is only Heart to Heart and Love to Love. Pure heart and pure love are basis to attain God.
The lifespan is reduced by the misuse of tongue. So, first of all, man should keep his eyes and tongue under check. When these two are controlled, man’s energy is revitalised; The power that one cannot attain from years of penance is obtained when man puts his eyes and tongue to sacred use – Sri Sathya Sai Baba