Serve the Planet: Building a Values-Based Sustainable CommUNITY
Serve the Planet (STP) is a global public outreach service initiative launched in October 2013 by the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). STP has been led by the Young Adults of the SSIO to engage members of the SSIO and the community in practicing two core messages of Sathya Sai Baba who is a revered spiritual teacher to millions of people. The two messages are placing a ‘Ceiling on Desires’ and applying the five universal Human Values of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-violence when caring for our environment and the planet.
Cultivate the divine qualities of love, compassion, humility and reverence for all living beings, reverence towards the Earth and all the other elements. You can thus draw upon yourself the Grace of God and render your life beneficial and fruitful.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol.14/Ch.13: 22 November 1978
2020 Theme: Building a Values-Based Sustainable CommUNITY
Introducing a new vision to realise the unity between God, Nature, and man, the 2020 theme for STP is, “Serve the Planet: Building a Values-Based Sustainable CommUNITY,” aimed at developing evolutionary activities that allow us to extend our individual eco-spiritual discipline to our community through the practice of the five universal Human Values of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Non-Violence.
- Truth includes discrimination to evaluate our actions that harm the environment, so that we can aim to lead a simple life, use products with less commercial wrapping and chemicals, as well as learning to switch off lights and devices when not in use.
- Right Conduct includes honesty and determination, so that we persist to transform by doing the right thing and placing a ceiling on our desires, such that we limit our use of natural resources, and live responsibly.
- Peace includes self-discipline and self-respect in interacting with Nature.
- Love includes selflessness and caring towards the entire creation.
- Non-Violence includes understanding that we are all part of God’s creation and therefore, prevent harm towards the flora and fauna of Earth.
Sathya Sai Baba has emphasised that man can achieve a balance in the five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) in Nature by practicing the five human values. Human life will find fulfillment only when ecological balance is maintained.
From 2017 through 2019, STP presented the “Protect the Planet” series, wherein the concept of “Be, Do, See then Tell” was explored and used as a practical framework to live each day in harmony with Nature. The relationship between God, Nature, and man (“Be” phase) was delved upon and the ‘Ceiling on Desires’ principle was implemented (“Do” Phase).
STP 2020 will further explore and implement the “See” and “Tell” phases. By working in Unity and applying the five universal human values that embrace the entire creation, STP aims to continue engaging in the practice of eco-spiritual discipline and initiate the sharing of transformative experiences within our communities while endeavouring to be more sustainable.
Over the course of the year, several resources will be shared, including study circle and workshop guides, tips, toolkits, and more. Interactive sessions, including webinars and online study circles will be conducted to facilitate learning and practical applications of the teachings on the environment, given by Sathya Sai Baba and spiritual leaders of different faiths/religions. Further details on STP 2020 are presented in the High Level Plan below.
Past STP Themes and Projects
From 2017 through 2019, STP presented the “Protect the Planet” series, wherein a number of study circle guides, presentations, personal sustainable-living tips booklet, social media campaigns, educational activity guide for children, go-green checklist and service/community outreach guides for Sathya Sai Centres and Groups of the SSIO were developed and shared across the organisation to trigger meaningful action around the world. These materials can be accessed by clicking the pages below:
Protect the Planet Resources
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