Aspiration of the youth: While there were many significant events during my tenure, a question from a little girl Anukriti of Sri Sathya Sai Jagriti Vidya Mandir School, of Darwa village from Haryana, during children’s visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 22, 2006, rings in my mind ever after. Anukriti asked me “why India cannot become a developed nation before the year 2020”.
I appreciated the question and said it was indeed a thoughtful question and assured her that that her dream would be taken to the highest institution of the nation and we would work for it to achieve before 2020. This question reflects how the desire to live in developed India has entered into the minds of the youth. The same feelings are echoed by over fifteen lakh youth, whom I have met so far and who represent the dream of the 540 million youth of the nation. The aspirations of the young to live in a prosperous, safe and proud India should be the guiding factor in whatever profession we contribute
The festival of Sankranti is arriving in all its beauty and splendour. This day is no ordinary day. It marks the beginning of the sacred Uttarayana (northward journey of the Sun). It confers on us plenty, prosperity and helps us develop virtues and undertake sacred activities. You can conquer the entire world when your thoughts are noble. When you fill your heart with worldly thoughts and feelings, you will not be able to practice your innate divine qualities. Hiranyaksha, Hiranyakasipu, Duryodhana and Kamsa were by no means ordinary. Though they were very strong in their body and mind, they became weak as they were immersed in worldly feelings. Do not fill your heart with worldly feelings. Every individual is endowed with mighty power and intelligence. Develop virtues, noble thoughts and sterling character and you will accomplish great heights!
- Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 2003