"When love is expressed in action, it becomes Right Action
When love is expressed in thought, it becomes Truth
When love is expressed in feeling, it becomes Peace
When love is expressed in understanding, it becomes Non-Violence"
The Sathya Sai Education in human values programme draws its inspiration from the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011), a widely respected educator of contemporary India and internationally revered as an outstanding world teacher. As Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University in Prashanti Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh, India, Sathya Sai Baba founded schools, colleges and universities in several states of India, which are renowned for their academic excellence, high moral and ethical standards.
He said that:
Good education is that which teaches the method of achieving world peace; that which destroys narrow-mindedness and promotes unity, equality and peaceful co-existence among human beings."
For the past seventy years, Sathya Sai Baba has set an example for countless people around the globe, exhibiting the ideals he professed not only in innumerable public speeches and writings, but also concretely, through unprecedented social work and non-stop service activities. By drawing attention to the great religious heritage of our world, he aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the common basis and shared values of all religions. This he did for the benefit of all people. He went farther, suggesting that the universal values of truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence do not belong to any religion in particular; they are the very life breaths of all human beings, without which life itself would be devoid of meaning, scope and purpose.
Intending a high degree of integrity in which thought, word and deed are unified and aligned with conscience, Sathya Sai Baba:
- highlighted the importance of character – which, in his words, constitutes “the very end of education”;
- emphasized that the teacher must be a personal exemplar of good values; and
- quoted Tennyson 1, stressing that self-respect, self-knowledge and self-control are among the main goals of righteous living, which constitutes the foundation for the welfare of humanity.
Sathya Sai Education, or ‘Educare’, has been designed with the awareness that a complete process of education implies the dissemination of knowledge, perfected by human virtue. It places emphasis on the fact that the practice of virtue can be easily prompted and elicited from within each child, when teaching is value-oriented and complemented by a programme that places a ceiling on desires.
"What is culture? You think it is a style of life. No. Culture is that which makes life into an ideal life."