Sathya Sai Baba laid tremendous emphasis on the formation of Youth Wings within the SSIO. This was the impetus for launching a formal “Young Adults Programs” across the globe. Sathya Sai Baba enunciates the challenges and the significant potential of the youth in life, as follows:
“Youth is the stage in life when the slightest turn toward the wrong will spell disaster. Thoughts shape the career. You plan to earn much wealth because you imagine that rich people are very happy. The rich have plenty to eat, but they have no appetite. The rich wield power over others, but they are held down by disease. The rich can have many servants, but they cannot live in peace. So, plan to be rich in virtue, in devotion and dedication to good causes. Be rich in sovereign character. What exactly is character? Steady adherence to truth, renunciation, genuine love, selfless service ó these are the essential components of character.” “Youth should imbibe the right ideals and plunge into society with the thirst for service as a spiritual duty, and this will make their humanness worthwhile. They should cultivate basic human traits like humility, readiness to serve and commiseration at the suffering of others.”
The Young Adult program is an integral part of the Sai Center and SSIO activities, while also providing youth of ages 18-35 with the necessary independence to develop additional youth-specific programs and initiatives. Young-adults representatives across Sai Centers provide the leadership to plan, develop and direct various group programs relating to service, devotion, and education.
For more information about the young adult programs across REgion 10 USA, please visit our Region 10 Sai Centers page.