Providence hosts the first inspirational talk of Professor K.C Vedanarayanan
The Sathya Sai Family of Mauritius is profusely blessed and honoured to be graced by the long-awaited visit of Professor Vedanararayan Kollengede
The kick-start of his 5-day programme was given on Saturday 27th October in the evening in Region 3 at the Sunlight Hall of Providence. The event started with the welcome of Professor Vedanarayanan in the hall premises by vedic hyms by the National Vedic Chanting Team. The Rudram session was followed by a short bhajan session. Brother Sham, National Chairman of the SSIOM gave an introduction of the international guest to the audience.
Professor Vedanarayanan expressed his appreciation about the Vedic Chanting team for their outstanding performance. His special appreciation went for the two SSE children of the region who were among the vedic chanters. He mentioned that it was a sign that the country has a positive future ahead.
Professor talked about the uniqueness of Swami as an avatar and the benefits of following his footsteps. He made the similarity of Baba and Krishna. When Krishna broke the pots containing curd, he would share it with others and eat it too. Also after eating he would run away leaving his footsteps of curd behind. They were so clear that the Gopikas could easily follow the footsteps to find Him. Swami also has left his footsteps for all his devotees to follow easily. These footsteps are Sathya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema. Prof. summarizsd it by saying that "He is the path, He is the Goal".
Our special guest gave a wonderful explanation (through a story of Ackbar and Birbal) of why should God come as Avatar. God comes as avatar when His children are in danger. He made reference to the 4 Fs (Follow the master, Face the Devil Fight till the End and Finish the Game) and elaborated on as Master, how many things Swami has bestowed on us as teachings. He is also here to correct us when it is required. However, it may not be very easy to follow the path set by the master. The master has asked us to "See no evil, see what is good. Hear no evil, hear what is Good. Speak no evil, speak what is good. This is the way to God" We may want to reach God but to follow His teaching seems difficult to many.
Professor talked about the importance of having harmony in our thoughts, words and deeds. He said “He whose thoughts, words and deeds are in harmony is a Mahatma” He made the similarity of the mind to dust. Dust has neither wings to fly nor legs to get to the ground. But accompanying the wind, it is able to fly and land to the ground. Company, that is, satsangh is therefore an important element in the control of the mind.
Another important message of Professor is equal-mindedness. He referred to a lesson from f the Bhagavad Gita which is to take joy and sorrow with equanimity. It is therefore importance to have a balance of the mind.
Words should be properly used. Telling lies, talking ill of others, backbiting and excessive talking are the four sins that are committed by the tongue. Care should be taken that the tongue is put to good use.
A question and answer slot followed his talk
Tokens of appreciation were the presented to the Professor and a few more people as an expression of gratitude. The programme ended at around 21.15 hrs and Mahaprasad was served to all attendees.
More than 400 people attended the inaugural talk.
The whole event was livestreamed on the SSIOM FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Sathya-Sai-International-Organisation-Mauritius...)