The Sixth All-Ukrainian Youth Conference convened in Kiev during 9–10 January 2016, attended by 21 people, including children who were delighted to find out that the venue was a children’s art studio. The two Master of Ceremonies announced various events, exercises, and games with humour and wit, keeping the audience entertained. The senior leaders of the SSIO of Ukraine reported on the joyful 90th Birthday celebrations of Swami in Prasanthi Nilayam, and the glorious 10th World Conference of the SSIO. The National Youth Coordinator gave a briefing on the Sathya Sai International Youth Leadership Programme, explaining that SSIO gives high priority to the development of leadership qualities in the youth. Presentations were made on the beautiful international exhibition held at Prasanthi Nilayam, and how Baba’s teachings were integrated into the exhibits and the programme. The keynote speaker, Ms. Elena Belik, spoke about the book, Sadhana of Love, which provides a roadmap for one to realize one’s true nature as pure love, and explains practical methods for self-development, self-knowledge and self-realization. Four roundtables explored the main themes of the book. The youth further discussed and resolved some practical issues encountered while practicing Swami’s teachings. The National Youth Advisor talked about the history and structure of the SSIO, with emphasis on the noble mission of the worldwide organisation, with numerous service projects in over 120 countries. Devotional singing and videos of Sathya Sai Baba were also presented in an atmosphere charged with love and friendship.
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