Chancellor's Address - 28th Annual Convocation 22 Nov 2009
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AUM SRI SAI RAM
SRI SATHYA SAI UNIVERSITY
Twenty Eighth Convocation
November 22, 2009
PROF. VISHWANATH PANDIT
With loving Salutations at the Lotus Feet of our Beloved Lord, Bhagavan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba, I invoke His blessings for this august function.
Revered Chancellor, Professor Samuel Sandweiss who has kindly agreed to deliver the
Convocation Address, Distinguished members of the Governing Body, the University
Trust and the Academic Council, Respected Guests, members of the faculty, Graduands
of the Year, and Dear Students, it is my privilege to welcome you all to the Twenty
Eighth Annual Convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai University.
Human existence has apparently distinct but in reality integrated two aspects – the
manifest and the unmanifest or, more simply the outer and the inner self. The need
to promote both has been felt ever since humanity emerged from its primitive
existence. It is natural that the initial concern was with the gross body and its
relationship to the manifest world. While improvement of capabilities needed for
living steadily improved, the urge to listen to the unmanifested self
deepened. Though Man lives in the body-mind-intellect complex, he cannot ignore the
higher Atmic Complex. The Vyavaharik and the Atmic life need to be integrated
effectively. This is where education comes in with its twin segments
which need to complement and indeed reinforce each other.
Great thinkers in the past had a clear understanding that education was indeed the
very process which lays the foundation for Dharma (Righteousness) by removing the
cover of ignorance and letting the Self inner shine. It was put
remarkably by Greeks with the proclamation:
“………. Education should devise the simplest and most effective methods to turn the
mind towards the light. Not to implant sight in it because it already has the
capacity, but to correct its orientation, because it is now improperly aligned and
is not facing the right way.”
Therein lay the seed for Educare.
Similarly, the societal welfare implications of education are marvelously brought
out by a Chinese proverb which says
If you are thinking for a few months grow fruits and vegetables, If you are thinking
about a few years grow trees.
But if you are concerned about generations to come educate your children.
More than a century back the reputed philosopher John Stuart Mill emphasized the
power of education and therefore the need to design and harness it for human good as
he said,“Education and opinion which have so vast a power over human character
should so use that power as to establish in the mind of every individual an
indissoluble association between his own happiness and the good of the whole” ………..
“Selfishness is the principal cause which makes life unsatisfactory ….. There is no
inherent necessity that any human being should be a selfish egotist, devoid of every
feeling or care but those which centre in his own miserable individuality…….”
The earliest three universities in Europe established several hundred years back at
Oxford in England, Salamanca in Spain and Sorborn in France had deep religious and
presumably spiritual foundations. This was true of India much earlier when
universities at Nalanda, Taxila and other places were established and even more so
and much earlier when the system of education took the form of Gurukulas under the
guidance of great saints and sages.
Unfortunately, however, as man progressed materially with advancement in science and
technology, his concern for inner peace and happiness got steadily blurred.
Education for life took a back seat and that for a living became increasingly
prominent, eventually overshadowing it. Education got entirely focused on mind body
and intellect with egocentric tendencies leading to Swartham and Swaprayojanam as
the sole motivation for all human endeavours.
Dharma got diluted into Morality which in turn came down to ethics and has fallen
further to a syndrome of market mechanism driven entirely by profit. Education
itself has today emerged as one of the best businesses under the regime of a
globalised world. No wonder the world is up against massive problems of
environmental degradation, poor access to healthcare and absence of true education.
THE DIVINE MISSION
Time had obviously come for the LORD to redeem His promise to reincarnate and take
the world back to Sanathana Dharma, as He said:
Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharatha
Abhyuddhanamadharmasya tadatmanam srujamyaham
He did exactly as He had promised, and came down once again as Bhagavan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba to transform humanity. The Divine Sankalpa was clear.
Education was the top priority and the objective was obvious. The start had to be
made with education for girls because educating one girl meant educating one and
more correctly two families. Inaugurating the Sri Sathya Sai College of Arts
and Sciences for Women at Anantapur in 1968 Bhagavan declared –“India is being
forged into Bhogabhoomi (land of luxury), a land of skyscrapers, tinned food,
air-conditioning, and television. Indians are being shaped into an imitative,
insurgent, and ill-disciplined mass. They are being transplanted on other soils and
encouraged to grow without roots. This is an insult to the past, and a sacrilege on
the history of Time.
That is the reason I have decided that this College be inaugurated on Gurupoornima
Day, as a reminder of the highest tradition, in which the highest ideals of life
were instilled by personal example and guidance by the Guru, to pupils eager to
True Education is not merely for India but for the entire world and this country is
meant to lead in spiritual regeneration. Bhagavan highlighted the need for character
building so as to produce enlightened citizens for tomorrow with a deep
commitment to social welfare.
The sapling that was planted at Anantapur and later at Brindavan and Prasanthi
Nilayam itself has now grown into a University which has been acclaimed to be a path
breaker by a Delegation of Indian Parliament in 1997, two Peer Teams of the
University Grants Commission in 1999 and 2008 and the National Assessment and
Accreditation Council which gave it the highest level rating of A++ in 2003. The
uniqueness of the University goes deeper in so far as
the emphasis on human values is in no way at the cost of academic excellence.
That the two streams complement and reinforce each other is fully evidenced by the
type of students it has produced.
Saturated with five human values of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and
Non-violence, alumni of the Sri Sathya Sai University spread across India and indeed
across the world have been acknowledged not only as competent professionals but also
as role models for their moral behaviour and service to society. The ancient system
of Gurukula education has been effectively reinvented to suit the modern times. No
doubt this must verily be the only university of its kind in the entire world. The
daily interaction that students have with the Revered Chancellor of this University
is unthinkable anywhere else. The purpose is to mould the students’ mind and
intellect filling the heart with Love for all. I cannot do better than quote Swami
Himself as follows:
“Education means broadening the heart. It implies development of Control over
senses. It should make one seek to promote the good of the world. It should serve to
instill all good qualities in the student. An education that is devoid of such
qualities is worthless.”
SAI SYSTEM OF EDUCATION
The educational system followed here has a clear interface with the society in all
its endeavours. This is abundantly brought out by the kind of academic research that
is pursued here as well as the co-curricular activities undertaken. The well known
example of the latter is the Grama Seva which is undertaken every year with all
students and all teachers participating in it. This year’s programme was stretched
over ten days during which students and teachers visited more than 150 villages
spread over three Mandals of Kothacheruvu, Bukkapatnam and Puttaparthi carrying the
message of love from Bhagavan. Lakhs of packets of food and sweets were distributed
along with several thousands of sarees and dhotis. How much joy it gives to the
villagers can only be seen to be believed. More than that, for teachers, and
students it is a matter of happiness and a process of learning.
Similarly, the bounden duty of undertaking academic research relevant to social
welfare is prominently reflected in the topics chosen for large research projects as
well as those for doctoral and M.Phil dissertations. These relate to devising
solutions for problems of drinking water, identifying useful fauna and flora in this
area, and how these may be used, and several ways in which health care can be
improved. This is well illustrated by the work undertaken by scholars who will be
awarded Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees by Bhagavan today. By His grace several teachers of
the University were chosen for prestigious awards by reputed organizations and
agencies during this year. The University has arrived at a new threshold when its
role as an instrument of Bhagavan’s Mission has assumed greater importance. We pray
for His guidance at every step.
When Swami added the MBA programme to the University when it was barely five years
old, one wondered why a University devoted to promotion of thyaga should train
students for plum jobs in the business world. The Revered
Chancellor knew that every aspect and every sphere of life was getting increasingly
corporatised. Hence the need to prepare an army of students with values based
training who must enter the portals of business houses and transform them as
institutions for social good. This is indeed happening slowly but steadily.
Obviously, He knew the potential ailments and the effective medicines. Spiritual
elements are fully integrated in the teaching programmes of
all disciplines in the University, as ordained by Him.
How the University can shoulder its responsibility as a watchdog on what is
happening around was remarkably highlighted by a high profile Conference on“Ethics
and the World of Finance” organized by the University at the end of August. This
brought together about thirty top echelons representing regulatory institutions,
insurance companies, bankers and investing agencies; a dozen reputed academics well
versed in finance, management and economics and
versatile bureaucrats dealing with governance. Their deliberations for two days
focused on the current international economic crisis which has led to bank failures,
widespread bankruptcy and massive unemployment. More than all this,
millions have lost access to health care, prospects of education and caused massive
impoverishment of the ordinary people. A large number of poor households have been
robbed of their precious savings.
It is clear that if we want to identify the basic cure for all this we have to go
back to what Swami prescribed for such ailments more than three decades back, in
1976, to be precise when He asked us to exercise a “Ceiling on Desires”. In the
present context, in particular, the additional part of the Divine direction was‘Do
not waste money.’ In today’s context the problem arose not only from excessive greed
of not merely an individual but of institutions who were playing
with others’ money. The idea of behaving like a Trustee was thrown to the winds
because of a built-in asymmetry. Profits will be mine but losses will be yours.
The roots of the problem and the solution to the present travails of humanity were
succinctly explained by Swami in His valedictory discourse with reference to
episodes from Mahabharata. How Dharmaraja falling prey to his weakness for gambling
brought misery to his family – an excellent illustration of how people dominated by
wrong tendencies ignore risk and throw away precautions. Also Draupadi brought in
the question of the well being of other stakeholders – her other four husbands.
There is no way to highlight what was said except by quoting Swami Himself as He
“Money comes and goes but morality comes and grows. Cultivate Love of God which will
lead to fear of sin and bring morality in society”
The Conference came to be a turning point for many participants who realized their
real role in promoting human welfare as Trustees for the society..
OUR CHIEF GUEST
Today there is a wide consensus in the medical profession that most ailments are
born in the mind and passed on to the body in different ways. Hence the need to mend
the Mind as Bhagavan has taught. We cannot think of a better person than Dr. Samuel
Sandweiss who has mastered this subject in all its facets and shown how spiritual
practices affect the mind and expand consciousness and love. He not only teaches
psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego but has also been a practicing
psychiatrist for over 40 years. Rising well above the body-mind-intellect complex he
treats human beings as embodiments of divinity. Most of us have learnt a great deal
from his inspiring books, namely, Sai Baba: The Holyman and the Psychiatrist, Spirit
and the Mind, and the more recent one, With Love Man is God. An ardent devotee of
Bhagavan for more than three decades, Dr. Sandweiss has served on the Sathya Sai
Baba Council of the United States since its beginning in 1975. He and his wife
Sharon have hosted a Sai Baba Center in their home for over 35 years. They also
oversee Birth Day Publishing Company which publishes books about Sri Sathya Sai Baba
by Western devotees. I welcome Dr. Sandweiss to this august function and request him
to deliver the Convocation Address. All of us need to listen carefully and carry a
valuable message with us when we leave. I am sure the message will inspire the
outgoing Graduates for many many years to come.
Finally, I pray to Bhagavan to grant us all the strength and the yearning to be
worthy instruments for His Divine Mission.
Jai Sai Ram!
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AUM SRI SAI RAM
SRI SATHYA SAI UNIVERSITY
Twenty Eighth Convocation
November 22, 2009
PROF. SAMUEL SANDWEISS, M.D.
Back to 22nd Nov The Annual
Dearest Beloved Swami, Chancellor of this sacred Sri Sathya Sai University, pranams
at your divine lotus feet. Esteemed Vice Chancellor Vishwanath Pandit, distinguished
members of the governing body and faculty of the University, respected guests,
beloved students, brothers and sisters, I offer these few words to Swami and pray
that His love flows through them.
I am deeply humbled by the invitation to address you at this special 28th
Convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai University. I consider Swami to be divine--
omnipresent, our constant friend and companion.
Whenever -- wherever has there been such a Chancellor who is with us in this life
and the next – leading us to bliss and love? It is humbling to speak before Him --
it is the greatest honor of my life.
A short poem
There is a young tender heart somewhere
Out there in the dark,
Crying to see -- to understand the dark
But feeling apart -- and lost
Will you come to me?
Will you come to me?
Can I see you?
Can I touch you?
Can I hear you?
Can life be all right
Because of you?
And then you came so unexpected –
Out of the darkness
I was in Mumbai 37 years ago
A young psychiatrist
Worried about impermanence
Leaving a small apartment
To see you for the first time
And hidden among 20 million people--
And you came to me
What love --
To come out of the darkness
And make me happy
I saw eternity -- all of creation
The meaning and purpose
And above all, Your love.
How can I sing Your praises?
How can I frame Your greatness?
Accept this short talk, Swami
A prayer for Your children lost
I pray that Your mercy spills
Across the skies and hills
On hearts that ache.
For God's sake
Let the mountains ring
The heavens sing
Let every being
Be bathed in seeing
Through this midnight of darkness
Make us well and whole and holy.
Today I am addressing graduating students of this very special university -- and I
would also like to include all devotees of God, because in our hearts we are all
What are we learning here that I found nowhere else?
We have experienced Swami saving us at the very last minute where ever we are --
showing His command over time and place.
Seeing Swami materialize an object is to bear witness to the truth that "Creation --
the universe is a projection of God's will -- it has no basic reality." Swami has
written so in Bhagavatha Vahini.
Can modern science even begin to imagine this reality?
Yes! God exists! His heart is soft like butter -- He loves us, and wants our love --
love merges into love -- I am God.
Mind is the key -- it is the cause of our bondage or liberation -- follow the
conscience, it leads us to serving society – through service we find God in society
and are fulfilled!
Students, you are the holy repository of Swami's teachings -- soon to test this
sacred knowledge in the crucible of daily life. How are we to live these teachings?
Here is a story.
In February 2005, Swami materialized a gold ring for my wife. It had a rectangular
surface and from one side we saw the inscription Om.
We noticed that from different sides the same lines looked like words in different
languages. One looked Arabic. Swami said that they were names of God.
I knew the mystery of the different names would unfold in the course of life.
Sharon's brother, Michael, became ill -- his wife was disabled. They couldn't care
for themselves. They sank into despair. We traveled 2000 miles -- to work hard for a
week cleaning their home and moving them to a safe place. Their home was in such
disarray and so dirty that we had to wear protective masks when working there. This
is man's condition today -- we live in polluted land, water, air, and societal
relationships -- we have become sick!
Swami was in our thoughts, words, and deeds, -- and as we established purity in the
setting, and in our impulses, we saw signs of Swami's divinity -- in the smiles on
our brother’s and sister’s faces.
While at the desk of our motel, the clerk noticed Sharon's ring -- "Do you know what
that means?" she asked. "It is the name of God, Allah," she said. -- -- Service
Subsequently we learned the meaning of each word as we turned the ring in different
angles. From one angle it was Om, from another Allah, from another I am I, from
another El, a name of God in the Jewish religion. Swami was teaching -- different
names but one God, and that by serving we see our unity in diversity.
Deeper grew the wisdom in the course of service.
Sharon and I went to St. Petersburg to speak at the Russian National Sai Conference
about a year and a half ago. Swami teaches self-management -- family management --
local community service -- even service in the world community.
We told the ring story and showed pictures on a large screen. Muslims in the
audience were deeply moved and cheered. They were happy to see that Swami had
recognized them by materializing their holiest word. We were so happy to play a part
in bringing happiness.
Professor Jafar Malaev from Dagestan had the widest smile of all at the conference.
I'd never heard of Dagestan. How could I have met Professor Jafar but in the
expanding orbit of Swami's love?
He was a Muslim and Chancellor of a large university with an enrollment of 30,000
students. He was impressed by Swami's love and educational programs. "How can I
bring your teaching to my university?" He asked. Swami simply said, "You are the
educator -- find out for yourself." -- There’s a major lesson for us here! We must
integrate the teachings through the power of practice -- it is up to us. Constant
integrated awareness -- hands in society – and head in the forest -- integrate the
two into one!
Jafar said --"We must rise above anger, violence, and revenge, if we are to survive.
Problems such as in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis must be solved
with love." Then taking my hand in his -- and looking deeply into my eyes, he said
-- "We must stop fighting and learn to love each other -- Sandweiss I love you." I
was sincerely touched and responded, "and Jafar, I love you." Swami’s ring brought
Jafar is Muslim and I am Jewish. I pray that this love generated by Sai, -- enters
into the age-old conflict between Palestinians and Israelis -- Muslim and Jew --
into all frictions and factions -- heals our hearts and brings peace. Is it
Only through Swami's love -- and we are His messengers. We gain confidence in the
possibility of pure love bringing world peace – by looking at how this love has
When I first met Swami 37 years ago I couldn't stop thinking and writing about Him.
I was so thrilled to see infinite consciousness and love in a being -- and to know
that He is a reflection of the Self. I learned that I am God.
But when I told my fellow psychiatrists at the University that I am God, they
thought that I had lost my mind in India. Actually, I found my heart here! Matters
didn't improve when I said, "Wait, wait -- you are God too." Modern psychiatry still
has a ways to go.
Then came the temples of healing -- the Super Specialty Hospitals with their message
of purity and compassion. -- How quickly they appeared, how beautiful they are, how
efficiently and effectively they express Swami's love for the poor and needy. How
they encourage us to be instruments of this love as well.
In an age when medicine has been polluted by desire for money and position -- the
message of Swami's hospitals -- of purity, sanctity, and service, is already being
heard and practiced. For instance, one month ago I took part in the first Sai
International Medical Conference at a large convention center in California USA. It
was organized by the Sri Sathya Sai International Medical Committee -- Chairman Dr.
Swami told Dr. Reddy that He would conduct the meeting -- and indeed, it was
brilliant. About 30 gifted speakers -- some chairmen of departments -- presidents of
societies, from the USA and around the world -- spoke to an international group of
about 450 doctors, about Swami's love -- and how they integrated it in their
practices, free clinics and camps, and disaster relief programs. Some of our
brothers and sisters had been to such distressed areas as Darfur, Somalia, Kosovo,
poor villages in Russia, Africa, and India, serving the most suffering of our
brothers and sisters -- and with Swami's support ever present.
Swami is bringing a transformation not only in medicine but also in all
relationships and especially in education. I have seen this University blossom. I
saw the beginning when there were only lines in the sand pointing where to dig. I've
seen the buildings rise – I’ve seen you in the corridors and the classrooms, -- the
laboratories and hostels, -- on the sports fields and during darshan when you scurry
so quickly for a seat near Swami. -- I've been friends with the Vice Chancellors
from the beginning. The first one, Dr. V. Gokak, sat at our kitchen table in the
United States teaching our four young daughters the food prayer.
And now I stand before you at the time of this 28th Convocation -- having seen such
a transformation of buildings, programs, and students. How exhilarating to see your
bright faces and sense the eagerness in your hearts to serve. You are proof that the
integration of secular and spiritual education is not only possible -- not only
practical -- it is essential if we are to survive!
Dear students, be ever vigilant to hold tight to Swami as we face today’s enormous
problems. Poverty of love and the rise of selfishness are producing great suffering
in our minds and on Mother Earth. Anxiety, depression, hatred, confusion, loss of
reason and purpose, run rampant. Mindless production and consumption have produced
depletion and pollution.
Over one billion people already suffer from a shortage of clean water -- we cough up
93 million tons of toxic waste daily into the atmosphere. -- This mindless, selfish
action affects us all -- the Inuit Eskimos of Greenland, for instance, are among
those having the highest concentrations of these toxins in their body. They are at
We currently use 20% more resources than the Earth can regenerate. With the growing
world economies and if everyone would consume to the degree found in the United
States, it would take five planets the size of Earth to replenish our addictions.
Adding four more planets cannot be our goal!
We face the threat of nuclear war, genocides, racism, fundamentalism, narrowness,
terrorism. How can this dire condition change?
Only through Swami's love -- and we are His messengers.
Our place is with Swami -- to be worthy instruments of His love. The issue is not
that we don't know the teachings. Swami has firmly placed them in our hearts! The
problem is one of losing will and determination over the long haul -- of getting and
forgetting our close relationship with Swami. Swami describes this closeness in a
letter to His students years ago.
“The bird with you – the wings with Me
The foot with you -- the way with Me,
The eye with you -- the form with Me,
The thing with you -- the dream with Me,
The world with you -- the heaven with Me,
So are we free, so are we bound,
So we begin, and so we end,
You in me, and I in you.
We must not get and forget the gifts that Swami has given -- because of bruised
egos, daunting tasks, or prolonged effort. There are no excuses to wander -- I am
too tired -- it is too inconvenient -- my career consumes all my time -- I have to
make money -- I'm not in the mood -- I'm embarrassed -- I forgot -- so many reasons
No, no – the path of pure love is too important. Rather we must recognize our role
and rise to the calling -- as Swami once wrote to students,
See life as a battlefield meant for heroism and courage. You are the children of
God, heroes in action, great soldiers in the age of Kali. -- The mother is awaiting
your arrival on the scene."
Hold tight and be ready to serve. Here is a story about fierce determination in
service and sacrificial love ever ready to serve Swami.
Dr. Jack Hislop came to know of Swami and served Him faithfully for the last 30
years of his life. He was the first President of the Sathya Sai Council of the
United States and wrote two books about Swami, "Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba,"
and "My Baba and I." Swami told me that for his last 15 years, Hislop was in
constant meditation on
Hislop was a strong man and spoke all over the world about Swami. When he was
approaching death and becoming frail, he was invited to speak in Japan. Because he
was so weak, he wrote to Swami asking if he should go.
Swami sent one word back – “Go!" It appeared that Swami was asking for total
surrender -- to fully release everything into Him and accept that He is the doer!
Although Hislop could hardly stand, he obeyed our Master -- and remarkably spoke 35
times in 10 days. Sometimes Swami holds a devotee up as a role model of sacrificial
service. I believe that Dr. Hislop was such a devotee.
Hislop returned home feeble and faint. One morning I called -- he said that he had
fallen in the night and was too weak to rise -- so he lay for hours on the floor. I
was alarmed and immediately took him to the hospital. We found out that he had
cancer and would soon die.
Dr. Hislop had no fear of death -- Swami was his staff and support. When asked what
he had learned from his long spiritual life and what was giving him strength now,
without hesitation he said, "I have practiced many paths -- meditation, service,
detachment, -- but of all paths, the most lasting and what I'm holding onto now is
devotion! All other paths -- meditation, service -- have dropped away. What remains
is devotion. I see Swami -- and I know that He is in me -- and I am in Him."
Pure love is most precious. It is the Alpha and Omega -- the beginning and the end.
When everything impermanent is removed, love remains. When the well runs dry and all
the frogs leave, there remains only God's pure love to keep us company. Swami tells
us the Creation, Preservation, and Dissolution, emanate from this pure love. Pure
love brings beauty to the character -- harmony to the home -- and peace to the
And Swami has come to give us this pure love – as He has said—“I have come to light
the lamp of love in your hearts,
to see that it shines day by day with added luster.”
Swami has showered his pure love on me in overflowing abundance today. He has
allowed me the honor of being Chief Guest and the opportunity to speak to you today.
The invitation came as a complete shock. I know that many are better qualified – but
Swami allowed me the honor – it is an expression of His pure love—a love that
operates beyond the realm of human comprehension -- plain and simple. I am grateful
beyond measure for Your pure love, Swami. Thank you.
We might ask if Swami’s love can actually bring peace to our troubled world. It is
one thing to see the miraculous appearance of Super Specialty Hospitals, mammoth
cleanwater projects, revolutionary educational programs, spiritual centers all over
the world practicing service and love – it is something else altogether to really
consider that Swami can actually bring world peace. Although Swami has said that in
a short time we will have world peace – it seems almost impossible.
But let us be open to the possibility of this impossibility. We must seriously
prepare for the moment when Swami picks any of us out of the crowd, as He picked me
today, and places us in a position to actually influence world events. By singing
His name, serving His children, studying His eternal wisdom – we must prepare
ourselves for the day He
My wife once asked Swami if He would save the world. He said, “Half save, half
seva.” Seva – pure love in action!
Swami, as we approach the year leading to your 85th birthday, the year designated
as“Pure Love,” -- let Your glory shine on our hearts like a million suns – setting
our love aflame–
Until You and I become the same— Let us walk with Your love in our hearts...Your
name on our lips Your hand in ours
And hand in hand – half save, half seva... Let us bring honor to this holy
University and to Your sacred name – and radiate love to the world – so that The
mountains ring with love... The heavens sing with love... The stars shine with
love... The poets rhyme with love... And all the beings... Of all the worlds are
happy... Students, I know the love in your hearts, I share it -- I've heard you
chirping frequently in front of Swami – Swami, Swami, Swami – Swami, Swami, Swami --
I've seen Him moved by your yearning. I pray He hears this plaintive cry from
fledgling birds about to fly--and blesses us with His precious words of love.
Dear Swami, please speak to us on this glorious and sacred Convocation Day.
-- Jai Sai Ram!