Children from around the world are invited to take part in this year’s Serve the Planet (STP) initiative to Protect the Planet (PTP) by practising ‘Ceiling on Desires’, through reducing food wastage, conserving water and reducing plastic waste at home, in school, within Sathya Sai centres and the wider communities.

There are four components in the term ‘Ceiling on Desires’. They are, respectively; curb on excessive talk, curb on excessive desires and expenditure, control of consumption of food, and check on waste of energy. Man needs some essential commodities for his sustenance and he should not aspire for more.

We can learn a lesson in this respect from Nature. Only if air is available in sufficient quantity will it be comfortable and good. If it is excessive and there is a gale you will feel uncomfortable. When you are thirsty; you can consume only a limited quantity of water. You can't consume the entire water of the Ganga! We take only as much as is needed for the sustenance of the body.

Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 16, Ch 3, January 19, 1983

SSE Initiative: H.E.L.P – Heal The Environment – Love The Planet

Create a poster, write a unique poem or essay, capture a video or photograph that demonstrates how WE can HELP protect Mother Earth as part of the the STP SSE Initiative.

There are three different levels of submissions as outlined below. Choose one or more of your choice and get involved! You can send multiple entries for each level of submission. Please enter your submissions carefully including your identification details and submission level. The entries sent in will be a part of an International Exhibition showcasing the extraordinary talents and ingenuity of children across the globe, during the Go Green Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam in July 2018.

Children will also receive a special recognition acknowledging their efforts.

Level A: How Can We H.E.L.P?

  • Draw a picture or take a photograph that reflects your understanding on the theme and how we can H.E.L.P
  • Please include a title or caption for the picture/photo

Level B: Do What You Say

  • Draw a picture or take a photograph that reflects your understanding on the theme and how we can H.E.L.P
  • Include a title or caption for the picture/photo
  • Take up a sadhana (spiritual practice) that is aligned with what you have identified in your photo/picture on how you can H.E.L.P, and practice it for five consecutive days. If you miss one day you have to re-start the five days 
  • Include a brief description of the sadhana you undertook and your experience of following it for five consecutive days 

Level C: Say What You Do

  • Take action in your home or community to H.E.L.P. This could be in whatever way you like – from planting a tree, recycling, spending time with nature, praying for Mother Earth, growing your own food and/or saving water or energy. Be creative!
  • Tell us about what you have done or are currently doing to H.E.L.P through a picture, photograph, short essay or video, or combination of these media 
  • Type up the description/short essay and share alongside the picture or photo

Other Details


  • Pencil colours, felt tip pens, crayons, paint and other tools including 3D material can be used on the poster
  • All text written on the poster must be easy to read, with an English translation included
  • A clear scanned copy or photograph of your poster will need to be uploaded 
  • Posters to be on A4 or A3 sized paper


  • Where possible take high resolution image
  • Ensure permissions are obtained for people to be photographed 


  • Essays can be in any language, but please include an English translation. Essays should be no more than two pages long (approximately 1,008 words) 
  • All work must be original and not copied from another source without accurate references
  • We request all submissions to be typed on the computer and saved in a word document for upload, so it is easy to read, format and share
  • Use ‘Sathya Sai Baba’ in full for any reference to Him in the essay 


  • Videos can be in any language with English subtitles or an English translation can be provided separately
  • Video length to be between 1–-4 minutes
  • Voices of children must be audible and clear to understand with no noise in the background
  • Take videos in landscape, rather than portrait
  • Ensure permissions are obtained and people featured in the video are happy for the video to be shared

Terms and Conditions

  • Personal information submitted on behalf of the children will be stored according to the data protection act and will not be shared with third parties. 
  • Material uploaded will be used for the purpose for which it is being collected, that is, as part of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) Young Adult STP 2017 Project. 
  • Images and written content may be used online or printed for the sole purpose of sharing the STP 2017 – PTP initiative within the SSIO and as part of the work of the Public Outreach Committee.
  • Deadline for all submissions is November 23, 2017.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Serve the Planet team at