The 17th Zone 8 Young Adult Conference makes Love the basis for everything
In March 2018, Almost 50 young adults came together for an annual event in Zone 8, to inspire one another and to share and express their love for Sathya Sai, under the simple and powerful theme of "Love – the basis of everything"
Set in the outdoors amidst the beautiful and serene surroundings of a Russian winter, the snow itself inspired many and helped recall Sathya Sai's maxim of Purity, Unity and Divinity.
A cordial welcome by Zone 8 Young Adult Coordinator began proceedings on Friday morning, followed by a well-prepared, practical lecture on project management in the SSIO that led to many questions and an inspiring discussion.
Connecting via a videoconference, Roshini Visvananthan, Deputy International YA coordinator, provided an enthusiastic input on the theme of Love as the basis of everything which energised everyone. Another highlight of Friday's programme was a dance workshop by Adelina, a member of the St. Petersburg's Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
Despite the weather being overcast on Saturday morning, the sunny smile of remotely connected Dr Joseph Phaneuf, a Sathya Sai International Leadership Programme for Young Adults lecturer, made every heart warm and happy, as he shared the importance of always keeping God on our mind and some sweet and inspiring stories from his interactions with Sathya Sai. This was followed by the "Sai Olympics", where the disciplines were aimed at deepening self-knowledge, through outdoor group activities, artistic expression and self-inquiry exercises.
The Zone 8 Chair shared his knowledge and love with the Young Adults on Saturday afternoon, followed by an uplifting Q&A session. An extensive evening cultural programme combining spiritual songs, dances, poetry and a breath-taking rendition of J. S. Bach's Suite for violoncello no. 5, rendered by talented young adult violinist Ivan, ended Day two on a most a wonderful note.
Concluding on Sunday, the event was a great success as all participants took a bountiful of divine love back to share with devotees back home in their respective groups and centres and further develop their talents and resolve to intensify their spiritual practices.