During late January 2018, more than 35 people attended a three-day National Conference. Amidst conflict and disharmony within the country and around the world, the theme of the conference was aptly chosen as “Unity Protects a Person,” and the motto was, “Any effort to realize the oneness underlying the perceived diversity is a step towards divine life.” On the first day, the conference began with devotional singing followed by a welcome address. Activities of the European Institute of Sathya Sai Education (ESSE) were presented, highlighting the importance of using the knowledge gained through spiritual practices and practicing such principles in everyday life, and being aware of the unity amidst diversity. On the second day, participants interacted with representatives of various Sathya Sai Centres and Groups, who reported their activities over the last year.

The final day featured a sharing of experiences, highlighting the importance of following Baba’s teachings. In the evening, participants worked in two groups to stage a puppet show for the children, on universal human values.