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 nectar in the story of Rama is like the Sarayu river, which moves silently by the city of Ayodhya, where Rama was born and ruled. Sarayu has its source in the Himalayan Lake of Mind (Manasa-Sarovar), just as this story is born in the lake of the mind! The Rama stream bears the sweetness of compassion; the stream of Lakshmana (Rama’s brother and devoted companion) has the sweetness of devotion. Just as the Sarayu river joins the Ganges and the waters commingle, so too, the streams of tender compassion and devotion (stories of Rama and Lakshmana) commingle in the Ramayana. Between them, compassion and love (karuna and prema) make up the composite picture of the glory of Rama! That picture fulfils the heart’s dearest yearning of every Indian, and to attain it is the aim of every spiritual striving! The effort of the individual is but half the pursuit; the other half is the grace of God. People fulfil themselves by self-effort as well as divine blessings; fulfilment takes them across the dark ocean of dualities to the immanent and transcendent One!
- Ramakatha Rasavahini, Ch 1.