To commemorate the 90th Birthday of Bhagawan, the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) is organising the Tenth World Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam in November 2015, with the theme: Love is the source; Love is the path; Love is the goal. In preparation, Pre-World Conferences are being held on the topics of love and selfless service, all over the world.
The first Pre-World Conference was held in Hong Kong from 23 to 25 January 2015. Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council; Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai, Member, Prasanthi Council; Mr. Nari Chugani, Chair of Zone 5; and many senior SSIO leaders attended the conference, along with 80 delegates, including five from Japan, seven from Taiwan, and nine from Guangzhou, China. Dr. Reddy discussed various aspects of the theme of the conference and shared video clips of Swami’s discourses on love and selfless service. He also showed highlights of the work of the SSIO and its planned new initiatives. Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai spoke on educational initiatives and the transformational work being done by the Sathya Sai School in Thailand. Sathya Sai Youth played a central part in the conference, and numerous Sathya Sai devotees, including the youth, shared their personal experiences of Bhagawan’s love and presence in their lives. Study circles were convened to discuss in depth Bhagawan’s teachings on love and service and how to practice them in daily life.
On the second day, Sathya Sai children staged an enchanting dance, and SSEHV teachers from Taiwan and Hong Kong performed a human values song, “Smile, Smile, Smile.” A panel discussion was held on the practical aspects of practicing divine love and performing selfless service in today’s society. An innovative and entertaining quiz, “Kaun Banega Param Premi” (“Who wants to be a supreme lover of God?”) was staged, centering on the twin topics of love and selfless service. Copies of a beautiful and sublime hand-drawn sketch of Bhagawan was presented to the honoured guests, and a rose fell from the picture on the altar on two different occasions during the proceedings, which was taken as a token of divine grace.