Friday, Mar 22 2019
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
SSEHV Group 4