Sai Education in Human Values Programme
Right Action - Non-Violence - Truth -
One advantage which
will accrue when the moral uplift programme is taken up
in schools is that through the subtle influence of the
children, the atmosphere in the home is also cleansed.
When the boy or girl sits in silence and meditates on the
Creator and His glory, the parents too will react in the
same manner and the home will be filled with humility and
The Education in Human
Values Programma is intended to draw out the best in a
child and to enable his/her personality to develop
towards perfection. This process of blossoming human
excellence calls for excellence in each of the five
domains or aspects of human personality. These five
domains, namely, physical, intellectual, emotional,
psychic and spiritual define the human system in to-to,
as a whole.
The five basic values,
namely Truth, Righteous Conduct, Peace, Love and
Non-Violence correspond to the domains listed
Since the human beings
everywhere in the world are alike, each can aspire to
inculcate and internalize these values. These values,
thus are universal and transcend all distinctions of
country, religion, caste and creed. They embrace all
beings, as their origin lies right within each
Personality and Human Values
the location of the all pervasive soul or life energy is
The life principle
within each of us is the truth. We would not be existent
without it and once we are not there, the world also
ceases. This life principle is identified as the human
soul which in turn is the 'resident divinity' within each
individual. It is this truth which is the basis of every
other thing and with the power of which the heart beats,
the lungs breath and the system works. The role of human
intellect is to find out the truth.
Interestingly, when one
realizes and experiences this truth, one sees that the
same truth pervades every other person and object. And in
essence we are all one.
Truth has different
levels. There is the truth of sense perception such as:
'the fire burns'. One can ascertain this with one's
senses. There is also the truth by inference: such as
'man is mortal'. We base this statement on the strength
of our observation of those around us and extend it to
arrive at a general conclusion, even though we may not
have seen every human being born in this world dying.
Apart from all these is the truth which is incapable of
being destroyed or hurt. It persists and pervades the
Truth in action is
Righteous Conduct. The action takes place on the physical
domain and behind each action there is thought. If this
thought derives its sustenace from the human will, as
opposed to human desire, the resultant action will be
What is of significance
here is to understand the distinction between will and
desire. Will is the colourless component of human resolve
which motivates and inspires him to act in accordance
with the truth. Different from this is the desire that
prompts action. More often than not, this desire springs
out from some myopic assumption or misbelief. The child
has to be encouraged and trained to ignore impulses like
this. In fact, it is the will to succeed which precedes
To ensure that
Righteous Conduct becomes a way of life for a person, the
education and training has to start in the childhood
itself. This capability is developed in a child by some
basic training in some important skills.
is the end purpose of all human endeavour. Right or
wrong, whatever a man thinks or does is with the
intention of attaining peace and happiness.
would certainly become a far more attainable entity, if
one were to know the domain of personality at which it is
only when there is an emotional equilibrium that one
experiences peace. This equipoise is not inert or
vegetative but a dynamic realization that the emotional
conflict and upsurge can never withstand the test of
Truth and Righteousness. Peace is a state of 'power
packed stillness' and follows the awareness that the
source of human fulfilment is within.
dubbed as a mirage, peace can be a reality for each of us
if we have faith in our innate power to do good, to be
good and see good.
equally important is to recognize that nothing in this
universe is ever responsible for absence of peace within
us. It is only when our internal emotional system is
disturbed that restlessness and confusion find a home. By
conscious efforts we can certainly avoid such lacunae.
can one cultivate Prema? Firstly, consider always the
faults of others however big to be insignificant and
secondly, consider your faults however small to be big
and feel sad and repentant. Whatever you do, with
yourself and others, do it remembering that God is
omnipresent. Endeavour every moment to be aware of the
omnipotence of God."
psychic domain of the human system is the source of love.
Love is the expression of the individual divine within
and is the power of soul. It is the mightiest of forces
in the world and is truly representative of human
is not an emotion. It is a form of energy which each
individual transmits and receives every moment. It
affects all forms of life. It is a peculiar possession
which grows with sharing.
the answer to the question: 'What in me loves - What in
another person'. It is the reflection of the same Truth
that one loves. What to say of children, even animals and
beasts respond to this power of love. love helps us
overcome the sense of fear by promoting better
understanding and appreciation. Since Love springs from
the Truth, it is in nature of Tighteous Action and
results in peace.
has to begin by manifesting itself towards parents and
grow and gradually to include family, neighborhood,
country and most of all God.
is the zenith of human achievement and perfection. It is
universal love that goes beyond our relation with our
fellow beings and embraces all living and non-living
things. It is the spiritual domain of existence. Here,
one experiences the essential oneness and unity of all
creation. It blossoms from the understanding that man has
an obligation towards every object and component of this
universe. And the least one can do is to try and extend
one's sphere of love to all.
context of human beings, Non-violence means amity,
harmony and the understanding; in the context of plants
and animals it means non-injury that is, desisting from
avoidable harm in the context of nature as such, it means
non-violation of the law and balance of
the practice of non-violence is not restricted to the
physical plane alone but includes all the three, that is,
thought word and deed.
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grow in the awareness of the brotherhood of men and the
fatherhood of God. If no provision is made for this type
of teaching, then we are denying them their due. Faith in
man involves faith in God and faith in God generates
faith in man."
"Children should be
like a lamp at home. They should carry the lights
outside. They should become street lights serving as an
example and guiding others. They should emulate the pole
star which is a light unto the whole