First All India Conference of the Office-Bearers, April 20 – 21, 1967
The First All India Conference of the Office-Bearers of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation was held in the Divine Presence at Abbotsbury, Madras on the 20th and 21st of April 1967. Dr. B. Ramakrishna Rao, former Governor of Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, presided over the proceedings on the 20th. The office bearers gave brief reports about the Seva activities in their respective states. The Chairman gave a brief report of the activities undertaken overseas. Baba then blessed the delegates with His Divine Message. Baba gave a call to HIS devotees “to march ahead with boldness and unity in search of God”. He also urged HIS devotees to “worship the divinity in the hearts of their fellow beings by rendering various services and thus striving to help those who are afflicted with sufferings and are in dire need of help”. This conference also synthesied and twined all Samihtis in a uniform pattern. Necessary rules and regulations were formulated to bring all Samithis under a common body/organisation and function effectively in a cohesive manner. In the evening, Baba gave clear guidelines to the Presidents and Secretaries of each state individually in conducting Seva activities. He addressed the delegates on 21st evening and granted interviews to the representatives He was unable to meet the previous day. The musician siblings Sri B. V. Raman and Sri B. V. Lakshman gave performances.