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Region 2 - Young Adults Programme: Nine Point Code of Conduct

On Saturday 28th June 2014, Region 2 Youth gathered for the Young Adult Programme (YAP). London West Sai Centre conducted and hosted this wonderful Satsang. The action-filled day commenced with Bhajans, which not only provided fantastic vibrations but also set the scene for the session. As quite a few youth attended this session, a short icebreaker allowed all youth to introduce themselves before starting the YAP session.

The Nine Point Code of Conduct has been laid down by our Beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Therefore, to continue this theme, two points of the Nine Point Code of Conduct were to be discussed. These were as follows:

• Avoidance of talking ill of others, especially in their absence – Part One
• Participation in Sai Spiritual Education by children of the family – Part Two

Part One of the study circle started with a humorous sketch acted out by our Youth. The “observers” were able to see the unnecessary backbiting and gossiping. Questions and viewpoints were asked to these youth in order to establish what they could do differently in a particular scenario as well as how to approach a situation. These views were shared amogst all youth and this formed the basis of discussion. Our concept of “contagious cancer” was the main point of comparison with backbiting where there is human tendancy towards praise of onself and talking ill of others.

The six streams of emotions (Karma-desire; Krodha-anger; Lobha-greed; Moha-attachment; Ahanikara-ego) is where the backbiting originally eminates from. Swami has beautifully taught us how to overcome this problem of backbiting through His quote: WATCH. “Watch your Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character & Heart”. Swami ensures that our behaviour and character are developed for all life situations. Not only this, but we were gently reminded throughout the gathering that God is Omnipresent and ever-pervasive. Thus, as His children we must be a living example to practice HIS message.

This YAP day also gave us an opportunity to discuss other practical sadhana tips in the context of ill-talking of other:

• Excuse yourself from that place without lending your ears to such evil talk
• Situations where you cannot move from, then act as a pillar
• Sit and keep you tongue folded upp
• Be in Good Company only

Encompassed into this was self-enhancement tips:

• Dedicate enough time to improve yourself so that you have no time to criticise others
• Be selective in your words, sometimes silence is better than being right
• Speak the truth as those who know you will not mind.
• Before speaking there should be 4 gates:
o At the first gate ask yourself- “IS IT TRUE? “
o At the second gate ask – “IS IT NECESSARY?”
o At the third gate ask – “IS IT KIND?”
o At the fourth gate ask, - “WILL IT IMPROVE UPON THE SILENCE”
• Before trying to find faults in others and speaking ill of them, try to find your own weaknesses and correct those.

Part Two of the day commenced after a short lunch break: “Participation in Sai Spiritual Education by children of the family”. To initaite this part of the study circle, a short introduction on how Balvikas (SSE) was established 16th May 1964 was introduced. Lord Buddha also echoes Swami’s teaching on the importance to the periods of childhood and youth, providing clear guidance to parents and communities to raise children in a nurturing and unambiguous environment.

Lord Buddha teaches that seeds need water, manure and insecticides to keep pests off; likewise, through love, faith, devotional singing and the seeds of good teaching SSE children grow into trees of knowledge and yield the fruit of wisdom.

Swami has created this lovely nursery called Balvikas/SSE to see these children grow into mighty trees that provide beauty, fruits, nourishmnet, shade and rest. During this time at YAP, the important of Balvikas children being taught about all religions, singing bhajans, enacting plays and to follow Swami’s teachings ere delivered.
SSE teachers explained how youth should be able to teach religion to these children in a manner to prevent contradiction in their minds. Again, hatred must not be cultivated for any religion, conversely how one can become closer to God.

Through this they would cultivate habits of dicipline, for these alone ensures happiness – individually and socially; not forgetting that Swami is the divine gardener cultivating this beautiful garden. It was also emphasised that we, as Swami’s youth, should have the genuine urge and willingness to help SSE children imrove in their daily lives.

Swami also reminds us that we should surrender all that we have been given in this world to God – for it is only Him that has given us everything. The emphasis on Nishkam Karma is of high importance whereby youth were told that they should not expect any fruit for their actions. God is omnipresent afterall and will repay each and every one of us in the way that we deserve at the right time. We must keep good faith in our beloved Lord.

Swami incredibly describes that Our life is His message and therefore we should not waste the precious time that He has given us on this wordly planet in unnecessary acts of no value. To conclude this part of the study circle, we ended with: God is always watching over us and we should be careful in all that we do.

Vishal Paul,
London West Sai Centre Youth Co-ordinator, Region 2