Nature is more progressive than man, and to protect Nature, man has to make use of it within limits. When man tampers with Nature recklessly, it reacts adversely, and trouble arises. In order to protect Nature, man has to practise ceiling on desires.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 26 Ch. 3, January 21, 1993
‘Serve The Planet’ (STP) is a young adults (YA) led initiative that was launched in October 2013, as a global public outreach service project of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). Since then, it has evolved and now seeks to engage members of the SSIO and the community in practicing Sathya Sai Baba’s message on ‘Ceiling on Desires’ and caring for our environment.
Your life is a long journey. You should have less luggage (desires) in this long journey of life. Therefore, it is said, ‘Less luggage, more comfort, makes travel a pleasure.’ So, ceiling on desires is what you have to adopt today. You have to cut short your desires day by day. You are under the mistaken notion that happiness lies in the fulfillment of desires. But, in fact, happiness begins to dawn when desires are totally eradicated.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 32 Ch. 6, March 14, 1999
Serve The Planet will focus on reducing our desires, our consumption of resources and material goods, and hence our ecological footprint, as the key means to protect our environment and to live a happier life.
The theme for STP for 2019 is ‘Protect The Planet - Time for Action’
Building on the momentum generated from the STP Protect the Planet Initiative and first ever Go Green Conference held in Prasanthi Nilayam in 2018, all Sathya Sai Centres, Groups and Schools are encouraged to unite and take action on the environmental challenges our planet faces. To support this, throughout the year, the International STP Team will be sharing a range of materials and conducting interactive sessions to enable you to participate in the STP programme, including the Go Green Champions Network (GGCN) Initiative.
Read the overview for 2019 : Time for Action
The launch video is here: Protect the Planet - Time for Action
More 2019 news and materials are coming soon!
The theme for STP for 2018 was ‘Protect The Planet’ with a focus on ‘Energy’
Using Sathya Sai Baba’s framework “to be, do, then tell,” STP will enable us to better understand Sathya Sai Baba’s message on the environment, practice it in our daily lives, and to share this with our communities.
In 2017, we looked at the concept of ‘Ceiling on Desires’ in relation to plastic, water and food. The STP 2018 is the continuation of last year ‘Protect the Planet’ initiative, this time exploring ‘Ceiling on Desires’ in relation to Energy.
Over the course of the year, three modules were released, and a number of resources shared with programmes to enable this. Resources included study circle guides and supplemental presentation slide decks, personal and centre practical tips and toolkits, service and community outreach guide, Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) lesson plans / activity guides and more.
Serve The Planet 2018 also supports, participates and leads other initiatives in the SSIO that foster environmental awareness and eco-conscious living, including the Go Green Conference which was held in Prasanthi Nilayam on 25-26 July, 2018, and the recently launched Mobile Phone Recycling Project (see links below).
2017-2018 STP Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) "Heal the Earth, Love the Planet" (H.E.L.P.) Initiative
Read about the results of the 2017-2018 SSE H.E.L.P. initiative: SSE H.E.L.P. Results
Mobile Phone Recycling Project
- Project Presentation Slides
- NCP Briefing Form
- NCP Briefing Form - Español
- Mobile Phone Recycling Project Poster
- Graphics to use in announcements and Social Media
- Graphics to use in announcements and Social Media - Español
- Recording of Briefing Session
Module 1 – Source of Energy
- Energy is Divine - Study Circle Guide Part 1
- Supplemental PowerPoint Presentation Part 1
- Energy: Origin and Impact on the Environment - Study Circle Guide Part 2
- Supplemental PowerPoint Presentations Part 2
- SSE H.E.L.P. 2.0 Initiative - Suggested Activity Guide
Module 2 – Energy Use in Dailly Life
- Study Circle Part 1 - Clothing
- Supplemental Presentation Slides Part 1 - Clothing
- Study Circle Part 2 - Food
- Supplemental Presentation Slides Part 2 - Food
- Study Circle Part 3 - Transportation
- Supplemental Presentation Slides Part 3 - Transportation
- Study Circle Part 4 - Technology
- Supplemental Presentation Slides Part 4 - Technology
- Mini-booklet on Practical Tips
Module 3 – Physical, Mental and Spiritual Energies
- Study Circle Part 1 - Physical Energy: The Body
- Supplemental Presentation Slides: Physical Energy
- Study Circle Part 2 - Mental Energy: The Mind
- Supplemental Presentation Slides: Mental Energy
- Study Circle Part 3 - Spiritual Energy: The Soul
- Supplemental Presentation Slides: Spiritual Energy