The eleventh session of the “My Sai and I” series in Canberra and 13th session within the “My Sai and I” series nationally was held in Canberra on 15 June 2019. The venue for this event was the Tamil Senior Citizens’ Centre in Isaacs and the guest for this event was Dr. Prabhu Sivabalan. Approximately, 25 Sai followers attended this event.
Prabhu travelled from Sydney to speak at this event and recollected his Sai Journey including his interactions with Sathya Sai Baba during his visits to Prasanthi Nilayam in India as a Young Adult.
Prabhu said that he was involved in the Sai Organisation from a very young age and can recall attending the Sai spiritual education classes and devotional singing sessions in Petaling Jaya and Bangsar in Malaysia. This journey with Sathya Sai Baba continued even after his family moved to Minto, a suburb of Sydney when he was 13 years old, for Prabhu recalled how a family friend used to pick him and his siblings up at 5 am in Minto so that they could be on time for devotional singing sessions at Strathfield. He spoke of the sudden loss of his father in 1995 at the age of 48 years while he was still in year 12, and recounted how his mother became the sole breadwinner for four boys under the age of 18 years. It was the Sai Family and the Minto Shiva temple family who rallied around his family, and their support and assistance enabled Prabhu and his family to continue on their spiritual journey.
Prabhu recounted the many trips to Puttaparthi as a Sai Young Adult and the opportunity to participate in a drama offering. In particular, Prabhu recollected an interview with Sai Baba where He had told him not to worry too much about the negative thoughts as they were from the ether, and was very resolute on insisting that a person must continue practicing love even if at times people may try to take advantage of one’s loving nature.
Prabhu also related a humorous incident where three of the Australian Young Adults including Prabhu had used the bathroom in Sathya Sai Baba’s residence, showing that boys would be boys despite being spiritual aspirants.
Prabhu spoke in length about a fortuitous opportunity that he received to sing in Sathya Sai Baba’s presence at his residence in Puttaparthi, India despite being a very average singer, and also how Sathya Sai Baba fulfilled his long-held desire to have a photo with him.
Prabhu concluded the talk by listing some of the lessons that he had learned in his journey with Sathya Sai Baba. These lessons are listed below:
Prabhu thanked ACT Region’s Committee and Sai followers for the opportunity to talk to them, and that he viewed his road trip from Sydney to Canberra as an opportunity given by Sathya Sai Baba to connect with him.
The program concluded with the serving of light refreshments to all present that day.