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National Youth Spiritual (Sadhana) Program

Starting at an individual level and within Sai Centres, we will together, delve deeper into each of these 9 spiritual practices, study them, engage in practical discussion of how to incorporate them into our daily lives, and participate in activities that bring us closer to our goal.

The 9 spiritual practices are as follows:

  1. The constant practising of Namasmarana Ė chanting of the sacred name
    "It may not be possible for you to undertake rigorous spiritual practices like meditation, penance, yoga, etc. It is enough if you chant the Divine Name. Do not undertake practices which you do not understand. Take to the simplest path, i.e., namasmarana. In Krita Yuga, meditation was prescribed as the means to liberation. In Treta Yuga, it was yajna. In Dwapara Yuga, people performed archana (worship), and in this Kali Age, namasmarana is the prescribed path to liberation. 'In this Kali Age, chanting of the Lord's Name alone can grant you liberation. There is no greater path than this.' (Sanskrit sloka) So, sing His glory and cross this ocean of worldly life. namasmarana is the basis of all spiritual practices."
    - SSS 35-03
  2. The regular study of Sai literature and conducting regular study circles
    "Unless you make earnest inquiry, you cannot discover the remedy applicable to your temperament and its problems. Study with faith and devotion. Delve into the significance and the meaning of what you read; and, always have before you the goal of putting what you read into practice. Unless you do so, the Study Circle will remain a half-Circle for ever; it cannot be a full Circle."
    - SSS 12-30
  3. Engaging in selfless service as a Group
    "All should regard themselves as the children of one God. When they are united by this sense of divine kinship, they will act with Love towards all. They should shed all narrow and limited ideas and engage themselves in service with a heart full of love for all. True seva (selfless service) can come only out of a pure and loving heart."
    - SSS 17-27
  4. Sense control and Practice of Dietary Discipline
    "The cart of inner senses (anthah-karana) must be yoked to the bullocks of intelligence (buddhi) and mind (manas) and made to follow their tracks. But if the bullocks of Buddhi and Manas have no knowledge of the pathways of truth, righteousness, peace, and love and if they have never once trodden that path, then the cart of the inner senses itself might come to grief! Even if they are prodded to proceed, they will only drag the cart to the familiar post of confusion, injustice, cruelty, indiscipline, and falsehood! What then of the journey? When is the arrival to be? Therefore, Buddhi and Manas have to be taught the art of pulling the cart and moving steadily along the road. This has to be done by repetition of the Lordís Name (Japa) and meditation (Dhyana)."
    - Dhyana Vahini, Ch 1
  5. Learn to speak sweetly, softly and observing silence
    "As you are aware, for everything, there will be reaction, resound and reflection in this Kali age. When you speak softly and sweetly to others, you will receive the same in return. If you are rude to others, others will also be rude towards you. Every individual, irrespective of his age and country, must, therefore, speak softly and sweetly. Whether one is educated or illiterate, one must speak softly and sweetly. He must have humility."
    - SSS 35-20
  6. Regular attendance and active participation in Sai Centres
    "The sole objective of the Organization [Sai Centers/Organization] is to enable man to discover his innate Divinity, regain his Self-confidence and faith in GOD. The power and strength derived from Faith in Self and from faith in GOD, will be enduring and ever sustaining The objective of the Sai Organization is to make People aware of this truth and to live in that awareness."
    - Sathya Sai Baba, (Sevadal, April 1983, p4)
  7. Improve Communication and Interact Respectfully with Family
    "Love and worship your parents. Your welfare lies in their happiness. God showers His grace on those who make their parents happy. The respect and love you receive from your children depends on the respect and love you show to your parents."
    - SSS 31-40
  8. Practice Ceiling on Desires by not Wasting Food, Money, Energy and Time
    "There are four components in the term "Ceiling on Desires." They are, respectively; curb on excessive talk, curb on excessive desires and expenditure, control of consumption of food, check on waste of energy. Man needs some essential commodities for his sustenance and he should not aspire for more. We can learn a lesson in this respect from Nature. Only if air is available in sufficient quantity will it be comfortable and good. If it is excessive and there is a gale you will feel uncomfortable. When you are thirsty; you can consume only a limited quantity of water. You can't consume the entire water of the Ganga! We take only as much as is needed for the sustenance of the body."
    - SSS 16-03
  9. Practice daily meditation and prayer
    "What do you think is the meaning of meditation? You think it is sitting in a lonely place and contemplating on the Lordís name. Not at all! Contemplate upon the pure thoughts in your mind. Contemplate on the Truth in you. If you really wish to know the secret of Sadhana, it can be explained through very simple methods. For example, make your mind steady and still for as short a period as eleven seconds. You can attain realization even in such a short period. Realization cannot be achieved by becoming restless like a clock. Just eleven seconds of stillness of mind would be enough."
    - WYC 2007, 7-28-2007

This Sadhana Programme will not only help to focus our attention on Swami, but will also assists with our spiritual and personal transformation.