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National Sai Retreat 2013 - Youth Reflections

The national retreat which was held last weekend in the picturesque surroundings of Llandudno, has been an enjoyable and uplifting event to those of us who were fortunate to attend this year. Having been part of the retreat last year, which left us with such unforgettable memories, there was great excitement and enthusiasm in the weeks leading up to this big weekend.

My experience during thiinto s retreat comes from a different perspective; as one who had the privilege to be part of the Seva team, along with other Sai sisters and brothers helping with various small tasks required for the smooth functioning of the event. This experience was truly remarkable as it highlighted how much effort and planning had gone this for weeks or even months by our national committee to ensure the success of the retreat. On reaching the venue early Friday morning, we could see that many volunteers were already busy setting up for the evening’s programme. The catering team was hard at work. They worked graciously and tirelessly in the kitchen day and night over the weekend to provide meals and snacks in vast quantities throughout the day, as we’ve seen in every national event. I was given the opportunity to be part of the stage team to help set up, work on floral arrangements together with our Sai sisters, and help out backstage.

With a stage backdrop of Prashanthi Mandir that truly made us feel like we were on the sacred soil, a member of Swami’s physical family - his nephew Shri. Rathnakar- in our midst to share the glories of Swami, his inspiring and irreplaceable memories with our Bhagawan, and with the energy-filled talks by Shri Arun Panda and Shri Ajit Popat, we really couldn’t have asked for anything more! Needless to say, Swami’s presence was truly felt in that hall and the Bhajan sessions were uplifting as always and added to the vibrations already present there.

This retreat brought together Sai sisters and brothers of all age groups- SSE children, youth and respected elders, with many inspirational workshops and activities. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that by Sunday afternoon we hadn’t realised how quickly time had flown past and were left with the feeling of not wanting to leave Llandudno and the lovely Sai company that we enjoyed so much. I would like to thank the national committee for having organised such a memorable weekend and with Swami’s grace hope to be a part of next year’s retreat too!

Jai Sai Ram

Dr Arthika Ketheeswaran
Youth Wing, Region 5, SSSSO UK