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Region 1 - Young Adults Programme: Meditation & Prayer

As I was looking forward to travelling home from University for a short but much-needed break; I was excited to hear that there was going to be a Young Adults Programme session hosted by the Region 1 youth team on the evening after I returned to London.

The ‘Young Adults Programme’, a monthly activity run by the youth, for the youth, is something I have always looked forward to, but since commencing my studies abroad in Italy, something I have sadly missed.

The honest truth is that, as is often the case with spiritual events, I turned up at least partly for the wrong reasons. In this case, I was eagerly looking forward to seeing my fellow youth from Region 1, some of whom I had not seen for almost a year. Of course, by the end of the session, as is inevitable whenever devotees gather to talk about our Dear Swami; I was full to the brim with that Divine bliss which we have all felt and are continuously drawn back to, even if we cannot quite describe it in words.

With YAP for 2014 in UK focusing on implementing the Point Code of Conduct in our lives; the subject of this month’s session was ‘Meditation & Prayer: because some questions can’t be answered by Google!’

Focusing on the two forms of spiritual activity, we were asked to consider a number of important questions such as why and how we prayer or meditate, and how these disciplines can be compatible with our ‘western’ way of life.

At the outset we found it difficult to define what the words ‘mediation’ and ‘prayer’ really meant. Some suggested that mediation was a way of taming the mind and withdrawing it from the distractions of the world. Others gave the opinion that meditation involved contemplation on our own ultimate reality or that meditation is a means of fixing the Divine Name and Form in our hearts, just as an image is fixed on paper. Many felt that prayer was communicating with the Divine and could take the form of ritualistic worship, or talking to God in an informal way. Despite these different ideas, we all agreed that mediation and prayer where closely related and just two of the many forms of sadhana (spiritual practice) indicated to us by Swami in His teachings.

For me, the most affecting part of the evening was listening to the personal experiences of my fellow Sai Brothers and Sisters, who spoke about the place of prayer and meditation in their own daily lives. As it is often said, ‘youth inspire youth.’ I was encouraged by hearing how other youth strive to make their daily lives revolve around Swami and inspired by the changes they have brought about in themselves through sincere sadhana.

I pray to Swami for the strength to break stubborn habits and the conviction to lead a truly God-centered life. I offer my heartfelt gratitude at the feet of our beloved Satguru and pray that He continues to guide me and all the youth of the UK to reach the divine ideals He has set forth for us.

Oh Prince of Puttaparthi, look upon us, Your beloved youth, and see Yourself there. Find within our depths, oh Lord, the pure mightly Mount Kailasha, which is Your home and heavenly kingdom. Behind, before and on every side guard me from the desire, the distraction, and the defeat.

Sairaj Puvinathan
Merton Sai Centre, Region 1