Sri Sathya Sai "Jev-O-Utsav 2013"
- JOURNEY IN EDUCATION AND VALUES
The Sri Sathya Sai "Jev-O-Utsav 2013" was a grand show of Swami's grace and abundance on the youth of Nanded. Over 1000 students from 9 colleges in Nanded participated in a grand youth festival organised by the Youth of Nanded with the help of the senior office bearers of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva organisation (SSSSO), Nanded District, Maharashtra on 2nd & 3rd February 2013 . A youth festival of this magnitude was held for the first time ever in Nanded.
The Youth Festival was inaugurated by Shri D P Sawant ,Minister of State for Health & Technical education, in the august presence of Shri Bhaskar Rao Patil Khatgaonkar Member of the Parliament from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency, Shri Vasant Rao Chavan, Shri Om Prakash Pokarna, both MLA's from Nanded, The All India Vice President of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation , Shri Nimish Pandya and the State President of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Maharashtra & Goa Shri Ramesh D Sawant. In his address to the youth of today, Shri D P Sawant highlighted the values taught by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and the yeomen service rendered by Bhagwan to Humanity at large. Shri D P Sawant was all praise for the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learnings (SSSIHL) and the Super Speciality Hospitals built by Swami which he said is Bhagwan's gift to the society.
Shri Bhaskar Rao Patil Khatgaonkar Member of the Parliament from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency also addressed the audience who had assembled in large numbers for the Youth Festival.
The All India Vice President of SSSSO Shri Nimish Pandya, welcomed the dignitaries and the gathering. He spoke to the youth about the purpose and the agenda of the 2 day festival and also the power of youth. He addressed the youth to be responsible citizens of this great country , a good student and above all a good child to their parents. He cited the examples of some ordinary men who transformed to become great virtuous leaders and monks.
Initiated by Smt. Snehalatatai Khatgaonkar, an inter collegiate competition on Human Values and Awareness in the form of Skits and dramas were presented by all the 9 colleges spread over 2 days . The grit of the youth of today against the social evils prevalent in the society was very passionately displayed with a determination to transform the Society to make it a better place to live.
The students brought brought out in their Skits and Dramas only the negativties like Alcohol abuse, Malnutrition, Hopelessness & Despair, Suicide, Female Foeticide , Sanskar, Suppression of women etc, prevalent in society.
The students were ably and whole heartily supported by their respective college managements and teachers.
Highlighting the importance of
youth in nation building, Shri Nimish Pandya, stressed upon Swami's
teaching that "Youth is the time to Invest". He urged the youth of today
to realize that their power lies within themselves and not from any
external force. Youth should listen to their inner voice in silence ,
which is God's voice. Youth should not fritter away the "Present" which is
"Omnipresent". Going further he said, it was very important to control the
mind which is the root cause for all illness both mental and physical.
Control of breath , thought, word and deed is the hall mark of a good
Youth. Shri Nimish Pandya, explained that the teachings of Swami aimed at
spreading brother hood and Love towards to one and all. Bhagwan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba stood for Benevolence & upliftment of mankind. The SSSO provides
a fine platform for the youth to participate and serve the society thru
the various social, medical, educational and spiritual activities
undertaken by the Organisation. Shri Nimish Pandya welcomed the youth to
avail of this great institution to serve the society and contribute to
The students presented skits based on values on day 1 followed by skits on social awareness on day 2.
A street play on the various government welfare schemes was presented by two teachers who had come from the Solapur District of Maharashtra. The play was presented as a typical "Natya Pathak", a conversation between villagers.
Smt.Padmaja Phenani Joglekar, rendered an evening of Bhajans which was soothing to all those present.
Sister Chaitali from Chandrapur district of Maharashtra presented an one act play "Jijau", conveying the importance and the will of Motherhood to raise a child like Chatrapati Shivaji, with all the values of a great statesman.
Later in his 2 1/2 hours of power packed address to the youth , Shri Nimish Pandya brought out the positive side of life by inviting the youth to be the instruments and cause in transforming the society.He brought out the teachings of Swami's values and social causes and that "Sathya Sai way of Life" is the only hope for Transforming the society. Jev-O-Utsav is a festival of the inner spirit of each youth, he said.
Shri Ashok Chavan , former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the Chief Guest of Jev-O-Utsav 2013,gave away the prizes to the winners of the skits and dramas staged by the colleges.
In his address to the youth, he spoke of the high ideals and the teachings of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba which was his source of inspiration and inner strength. Shri Ashok Chavan, also invited the SSSSO to conduct more such proactive programmes and guide the youth towards righteousness and well being.
The programme ended with Aarthi
to Bhagwan followed by singing of the National Anthem.