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The five human values
Truth - right conduct - peace - love - non-violence

The aim of education is character
Education without character is useless


Sri Sathya Sai Baba has promoted a unique approach to education called Educære - a fusion of the Latin words educare and educere - which brings out the divine qualities of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence that lie dormant in man. Educære harmonises the heart, the head and the hands. True education must widen the heart and expand love. True education promotes the sense of oneness, brings out the divine qualities of man and supports the unfolding of the human personality.


Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema, Ahimsa

The five human values are interdependent and interrelated. If you nurture only one of them, you nurture them all. Together they represent the five most important facets of the human personality and can be compared to the petals of a flower. Human values are not just desired behaviours, but inner qualities that are inherent in a human's personality. They are like invisible seeds waiting for soil, water and sunshine to sprout and grow into beautiful flowers.

Truth (Sathya): courage, conviction, discernment, fidelity, honesty, integrity, justice, reason, respect, self-enquiry, wisdom...

Right conduct (Dharma) consists of personal, social and ethical skills: reliability, gratitude, humility, unity of thought, word and deed...

Peace (Shanti): balance, commitment, contentment, enthusiasm, happiness, humility, joy, optimism, patience, purity, serenity...

Love (Prema): beauty, friendship, generosity, forgiving, helping, respect, sharing, sympathy, trust, compassion, devotion, trustworthiness, cooperation...

Non-violence (Ahimsa): appreciation, benevolence, ceiling on desires, forbearance, reverence for nature, social justice, seeing unity in diversity, tolerance...

Sathya Sai schools

Sathya Sai schools combine Educære with traditional subjects and bring forth students of good character and academic excellence. Sai Baba founded the first school in India in 1968. Since 1990, Sathya Sai schools have been established outside India, and soon Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE) were established to train teachers, also with online learning blocks. Today, there are more than 30 ISSE in various countries and more than 40 Sathya Sai schools around the world. In addition, many countries have adopted the Educære curricula in their state programmes.


Education in human values

Inspired by the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Bal Vikas programme was launched in India in 1969 to impart the country's spiritual heritage to the children of devotees. The programme focuses on the unity of religions, the fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man. Later, the SSEHV programme was adapted to promote human and spiritual values among children of parents who are not Sai devotees. This programme is also taught in an extracurricular setting at some Swiss Sai centres.


Envirocare - Environmental issues

On the initiative of the Young Adults in the SSSIO, various initiatives have been established in recent years regarding the environment and climate named "Go Green", "Envirocare" or "Serve the Planet". Unfortunately, today we see the world as a place where we can satisfy our uncontrolled desires. However, happiness and spiritual growth only come when we free ourselves from excessive consumption. The ceiling on desires programme is a way to stop exploiting nature and waste food, money, time and energy, and use the resources saved for the service to others.


Values in the world religions

Sathya Sai emphasises that truth is One, that the same God dwells in all beings. This Supreme Soul is called by different names in different religions. Through association with Sai, the Christian is supposed to become a better Christian, the Muslim a better Muslim, etc. Unity of faiths is the most important principle of Sai organisations. The ethical values of all religions are universal. An earlier logo of the SSSIO therefore displays as petals the symbols of the major world religions.

Sathya Sai Baba sings "Love is My Form"

Every word, every gesture, every miracle and every manifestation of love from Sathya Sai Baba has transformed us forever.

Quotations from speeches & books & letters

Truth exists in the past, the present and the future; it has neither beginning nor end, is unchanging, beyond time and space, eternal.

Love in words is truth. Love in action is right conduct. Love in thought is peace. Love in comprehending unity is non-violence.

Education consists of cultivating the following six qualities: good thoughts, good actions, adherence to truth, devotion, discipline and discharge of duty.

People should keep in mind that non-violence is the supreme virtue. Do not harm anyone by thought, word or deed.

When there is peace in the individual, there is peace in the family. Peace in the family leads to peace in the community and in the nation. When there is peace in the nation, there is peace in the world.

The five values can be compared to the five fingers. Each finger plays a valuable and important role in the integrated activity of the hand. Together, the five fingers lead to strength.

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