Bal Vikas (Sai Spiritual Education) is the primary basis of the great movement to restore righteousness (dharma) in the world… The ideal of the program is to raise a generation of boys and girls who have a clean and a clear conscience.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, June 06, 1978
In 1969 Sri Sathya Sai Baba began a program for children in India to teach ancient principles of righteousness. The program became known as Bal Vikas (Blossoming of the Child), and outside India it is now known a Sai Spiritual Education (SSE). The SSE program is conducted for children by Sri Sathya Sai Organization centers in over 100 countries. SSE promotes the Unity of Religions, the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, placing a ceiling on one’s desires, and the emergence into thought, word, and deed of the five human values: Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Nonviolence; all exemplified with stories about the life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
You are invited to see examples of SSE student art, poetry and videos on Sai Shine.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s statements about the spiritual basis of the five human values can be found at The Supreme End of Education. Here are two examples:
Sacred actions only can ensure world peace
Man specialises in various subjects not for the welfare of the world but for his own self-interest. If you sincerely want world peace, undertake sacred actions. Love your fellowmen. Make them happy. Human values are not mere verbal expressions. They originate from the heart. People are mistaken as they go only by the letter without understanding the spirit. First of all, develop faith that everything is within you. Without faith, human life will come to ruin. There should be transformation at three levels: individual, social and spiritual. This is what ‘SAI’ is bringing about. The three letters in SAI stand for Spiritual, Association, and Individual change, respectively. SAI also denotes Service, Adoration and Illumination corresponding to work, worship and wisdom. You have to understand the inner meaning of every letter of this word SAI to sanctify your lives.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, July 04, 2001
Rise from level of human to divine only by practicing human values
Every man expects the new year to confer on him peace, happiness and prosperity. New year does not bring happiness or sorrow with it. Yesterday was same as today and tomorrow will be same as today. Days are the same, but one experiences either pleasure or pain depending on one’s own actions. Meritorious deeds will not confer misery, and sinful deeds cannot give happiness. One is bound to face the consequences of one’s actions. But one treats pleasure and pain alike when one becomes the recipient of God’s grace. God’s grace destroys mountains of sins and confers peace. But due to the impact of Kali Age, man has lost faith in God. He is after money and power. How can such a man attain Divinity? Man can rise from the level of the human to the Divine only by practising human values. So, man should cultivate human values.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, January 01, 2001