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Friday, Sep 21 2018  

ROLE OF A SAI STUDENT - 21 JULY 2003


My humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of Swami.

Sai ram Uncles, Aunties, Brothers and Sisters. I am Sister Anuja from Group 4 and today I will be speaking to you about a very interesting topic, the Role of a Sai Student.

Being a Sai student instils a lot of discipline and morals in us. It teaches us the ability to feel the grief and pain of another. However what is really the role of a Sai student? Today I will be focusing on three main roles. The first one being humility, the second, seva and the third one, good conduct.

Humility is often lost in man’s pursuit of success. Upon attaining our goal we see the goal as a trophy for our efforts and choose to openly display it. While it is never wrong to give oneself a pat on the shoulders for all the efforts that have gone into achieving the goal, pride often threatens to put an end to the road of success. Humility is imperative to ensure that success doesn’t get to one’s head. Humility makes one grounded and modest about his achievements.

My next point is on seva. When we see our achievements for the purpose of serving others, we realize that there is more we can do because there is no end to the amount of service we can render onto others. Doing seva has really enriched me with feelings of kindness and love. I would like to share with u what I felt when I first went to the moral home to do seva. I was unaware that I was going to meet mentally challenged children and so when I saw them I was slightly taken aback. Even the adults were playing around. Unfortunately I could not get used to it immediately but after subsequent visits I realized that all they were looking for a large amount of love and a contagious smile. Seva is another step to spirituality. You will feel it only if you try it. As Swami says “Hands That Serve are Holier Than Lips That Pray”.

My final point is about good conduct. We must be good examples as Swami’s students in all situations and the first step we can take is by keeping our senses in check. We should speak the truth, not hurt others with the tongue, speak obligingly, not gossip and so on. I know it is very simple to say what I have just said but accomplishing it is difficult. However, with Swami’s Grace and our effort, anything is possible.

I hope my talk provided some insight into what I think we as Sai students should aim to strive for. Before I end I would like to quote something that Swami once said, “If you slip and fall you can rise again but words once uttered cannot be taken back”

Jai Sai Ram

Sis Anuja
SSEHV Group 4


 

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