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Region 1 - Young Adults Programme

With 2014 Young Adults Programme [YAP] focused on 9 Point Code of Conduct; March’s session in Region 1 was hosted by Lewisham Sai Centre on topic of ‘Ceiling on Desires’.

YAP offers the opportunity for Sai Youth to express their views and share their experiences on spiritual topics such as implementing the nine point code of conduct in our daily lives. Ceiling on desires was an excellent topic for all of the youth to get involved in, sharing our thoughts and experiences on how we can try to ‘ceil on our desires’ and discuss the forms in which desires are most prominent in our lives and how money/time/energy savings (by putting a ceiling on them) can be used to do something good for someone.

The evening began with an open question to the group as to anything they had done during that day that they could have lived without doing, or not have easily done. This opened up the forum to start thinking about the daily tasks and activities we may pursue in everyday life that may not be essential to us, or can be deemed a ‘desire’ that we could avoid. It was interesting to see the different perspectives with a range of answers revealed, and a pattern was emerging as to different categories under which we can control and decipher the true meaning of ceiling of desires and putting this into practice. This allowed us to continue into the main activity of the evening, which was separating into small groups to discuss a given topic on the subject at hand. The youth divided into four categories; Time, Food, Energy and Money. A quotation from Swami was assigned to each group for discussion where the quotation addressed that particular category.

As the youth regrouped back from these sub-groups, we were able to listen to each other’s discussions through short presentations of each category.

Money was an interesting point as we found most of the Youth could relate to this aspect of life, controlling one’s personal spending and reflecting on the idea of saving and using that saving for a better purpose. Methods of putting money to good use, and not to waste were poignant.

‘Time waste is life waste’ – an emphatic quote as to the importance of time was given to one of the groups, who reflected upon time management skills and the effects of procrastination. With students and professionals making up most of the group, this area could be related to by all and how to effectively evade the risk of wasting time throughout the day and planning ahead as a proposed solution.

The topic of food considered the essence of ceiling on desires, as to various ‘unhealthy’ foods which members of the group discussed are susceptible to being strong desires for money, with troubled consequences. How to manage your food intake, what to eat and what not to eat were key issues in this discussion.

The final group gave a short presentation on Energy, dividing their view of this topic into both ‘spiritual energy’ and ‘physical energy’. Spending too much time talking to others with idle-chat and lack of exercise were points the youth familiarised with, and came up with effective solutions to putting good energy to use, with the practice of meditation and time management skills.

To conclude, we summarised the main points of the evening and ended with another open question as to what the youth had gained from the session and could take away as a ceiling on desire that they could work on and try to improve. It was evident from the successful evening that the discussion was very thought-provoking as to analysing the ways in which we lead our lives faced with countless desires, and the reality of trying to avoid the temptation to dwell on these desires too much.

Varkison Krishnanandharajah
Lewisham Sai Centre, Region 1