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A scene from the dance drama - "Pallello Oka Roju"

INSPIRED by the Grama Seva undertaken by Bhagavan's students every year during the months of September-October since the year 2000, the Youth Wing members of Andhra Pradesh Sathya Sai Seva Organisation undertook Grama Seva in 80 villages spread over 23 districts of the State keeping in view the forthcoming 80th Birthday celebrations of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. These youth visited the concerned villages and distributed "Sai Amruta Kalasha" (consisting of 10 kg rice, 2 kg red gram Dal, 1 kg cooking oil, 1 kg sugar and 2 kg wheat flour) to each of the 5000 families. They also distributed new clothes to 700 villagers. In addition, they conducted a free medical camp and a veterinary camp in every village. Bal Vikas and cultural activities, health and sanitation, dental care, rural leadership training and Palanquin festivals were also organised in these villages. Particular care was taken to identify the needs of the concerned villages and provide the appropriate services. The culmination of this grand village service activity was the congregation of the youth, who participated in this Mahayajna, at Prasanthi Nilayam to seek the Divine blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. 8000 youth drawn from all over the State of Andhra Pradesh reached Prasanthi Nilayam on 19th October 2003 to participate in the celebration of Grand Declaration of Avatarhood of Bhagavan Baba on 20th October. Bhagavan, in His infinite grace, granted His Divine Darshan, Sparshan and Sambhashan to these youth from 19th .October 2003 to 21st October 2003 and filled their hearts with Divine inspiration.

On the afternoon of 19th October 2003, select youth from all the 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh under the banner of "Sri Sathya Sai Yuva Chaitanya Vahini" presented cultural programmes and dance dramas in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan Baba in Sai Kulwant Hall. They also carried richly decorated palanquins with Swami's photograph in them. While there was torrential rain outside, these youth were drenched in the Divine grace of Bhagavan Baba inside Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhajans in Sai Kulwant Hall on this day were also led by the Youth Wing members from Andhra Pradesh.

Again, on the morning of 20th October 2003, the youth assembled in Sai Kulwant Hall and sang melodious Bhajans in the Divine Presence. In the afternoon, Bhagavan had graciously permitted the youth to organise a public meeting in His Divine Presence. After the arrival of Bhagavan in Sai Kulwant Hall at 2.50 p.m., the students of Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music presented a magnficent programme of Hindustani classical devotional music. After this, Dr. N. Anjanaiah, State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Andhra Pradesh, offered his grateful Pranams to Bhagavan and explained about the Divine inspiration behind the Grama Seva Mahayajna. He made a fervent appeal to Swami to declare 20th ) October as Youth Day. Thereafter, two i youth members from Andhra Pradesh SriY. Srinivas and Sri S. Balachandra addressed the vast gathering and explained the significant events and their experiences of Grama Seva. After these speeches, members of Hyderabad Youth Group presented a musical dance drama entitled "Pallelo Oka Roju" (A Day in the Village). The drama conveyed the message 'Grama Seva is Sai Seva' in a powerful way. It received the appreciation of the audience and blessings of Bhagavan.

After the cultural programme, Bhagavan gave His Divine Message to the youth. He gave a clarion call to the youth to sanctify their lives by engaging themselves continuously in the village service programmes. He also assured the youth that he was prepared to extend every possible help and assistance to the youth in their village service "programmes. He exhorted the youth to extend the service activities to every village and spread the Divine Name through Nama Sankirtan in every street and every house. (Full text of Bhagavan's Discourse has been given elsewhere in this issue.)

On the concluding day, i.e., on 21st October morning, Swami gave a Discourse describing certain important events that happened in His childhood. These events revealed a profound message for the youth. In addition, Bhagavan asked two of His former students now working in the Ashram, Sri K. Arun and Sri Rameswar Prusti to address the youth. These students during the course of their brief talk emphasised that the qualities of unity, love, oneness and humility are of paramount importance for the youth. They also exhorted the youth to realise the truth that it is Bhagavan Baba who is the driving force behind all the service activities undertaken by them  After this, devotees from Andhra Pradesh presented a programme of devotional music. The meeting came to a close at 10.10 a.m. with Arati to Bhagavan.

On the afternoon of 21st October 2003, Bhagavan graciously called a meeting of all the District Presidents of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Andhra Pradesh including some select youth members. During the course of His Benedictory Address to the youth in the Bhajan Mandir, Swami graciously launched the "Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva Trust. He advised the youth to undertake the village service programmes in all the districts of Andhra Pradesh, for which He would supply the necessary infrastructure. In the end, Bhagavan had a group photograph with the participants in the meeting.

After spending three fruitful days in the Divine Presence, Sai Youth offered their humble Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and left for their respective destinations keeping Bhagavan's Divine Message installed in their hearts and with a firm resolve to spread the message of service in every village of Andhra Pradesh.

Sourced: Sanathana Sarathi Nov 2003 Issue Pages 346-347