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Introduction EHV SSE/Bal Vikas Educare


We recognize Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as the Avatar of the Age. He is the World Teacher whom mankind now identifies as the Universal Purifier of the modern age. His Message of Educare is the ultimate synthesis of all-spiritual thought and practice. Verily, Educare, is the Veda of the 21st century.

For the first time in the history of mankind, an Avatar has integrated Ancient Wisdom and modern science into a coherent understanding of spirituality and human existence. This synthesis of knowledge and action in a simplified manner takes us beyond caste, color, religion or creed. It shatters myths behind dogmas and cults.

WHAT IS EDUCARE?

Educare is the essence of all spiritual knowledge. The Message is universal and eternal. It is the Veda of the 21st century, revealed to us by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Bhagawan reminds us that we all are ‘Divyatma Swaroopa’innately divine. Our conscience is the seat of the eternal values of Love, Truth, Righteous Conduct, Peace and Non-Violence. These values need to be manifested in our behaviour to lead a life of peace and happiness. The process is Educare.

This seems to be a very simple statement. Yet, its implications are far reaching. On deeper enquiry, we discover that this Message touches upon every aspect of our life. The Message has profound significance. When put into practice in our day to day life, it can transform our whole life style. All devotees of Bhagawan Baba, whether students or adults, Seva Dal volunteers or Office Bearers of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, require to know the Message.

We will attempt to assimilate the core Message in small steps. We shall then see how it can be applied in all of life’s situations. In this way, we will be able to understand our role as individuals, in the family and the society. And we hope that this process, Educare, will bring us closer to an understanding of the purpose of our life and living.

Bhagawan Baba says, ‘The word Educare means to bring out that which is within. Human values are latent in every human being. To bring out means to translate them into action.’

ROUTE TO GLOBAL PEACE AND HAPPINESS

It is indeed an enigma of modern times that while all our efforts in life are directed towards peace and happiness, they have become distant illusory goals never to be reached by us. In pursuit of happiness and peace, man has attained new milestones in material prosperity; the ground reality, however, is that man is increasingly becoming more and more unhappy.

It is argued at times that poverty and physical handicaps are a primary cause of human suffering. Yet, abundant wealth or physical prowess has failed to provide a sense of fulfillment or joy in life. Whether in personal life or in the family, whether within the nation or at global level, one finds the environment full of negativity, lacking in harmony. Paradoxically, wars are being fought in the name of Peace.

It is indeed an enigma, again, that Man – the very embodiment of Peace and Love – is all the time yearning and searching for that elusive peace outside oneself. Peace, harmony and happiness are not philosophical concepts to be learnt and memorized from books; nor can they be achieved through various systems, strategies or rituals. For answers to human yearnings and aspirations, we are being compelled to look up to the unique Message of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the World Teacher, whom mankind now identifies as the Universal Purifier of the modern age.

Mind is the seat of thoughts, created by the five senses and the five attributes. As long as thoughts are perceived and process in the mind without the Light of Love, then the discrimination between truth and illusion dawns. This results into Unity of thought, word and deed, putting into practice the inherent human values of Love, Truth, Righteousness, Peace and Non-Violence.

Sri Sathya Sai Educare reveals the wherewithal, the knowledge as well as the technology, of living in CONSTANT INTEGRATED AWARENESS of the Divinity within. By putting into practice this knowledge and skill, man is able to manifest his innate power of Love, which bestows upon him peace and happiness.

VEDA OF THE 21ST CENTURY

The fact that we recognize Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as the Avatar of the Age, and consider His Message as the ultimate synthesis of all spiritual thought and practice, places a special responsibility on the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations to crystallize this Message for all mankind. After millions of trials & tribulations, the growth & decline of thousands of civilizations & political philosophies, we now have for the first time an opportunity of integrating Ancient Wisdom and modern science into a coherent understanding of spirituality and human existence.

In His infinite wisdom as a part of His Divine Plan, Baba chose the children of Bal Vikas as the focus of attention for communicating this Message through the Gurus. For the past thirty years, Gurus have been implementing the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas curriculum with great devotion and faith in Bhagawan Baba. We have seen that the children who have gone through the course have become good citizens of their countries; the Gurus have also derived immense happiness in conducting classes. However, what was missing was that we did not know at that time why these good results were obtained, how the teaching methodology led to the very encouraging behavioral transformation. When asked how does this happen, our answer was ‘His Divine Grace’ or ‘Baba’s Blessings’.

The time has now come when Bhagawan Baba has thought it fit that we should attempt to understand the inner significance of His Message of EDUCARE, which He is now unfolding to help us live a life of fullness, joy and peace.

‘Education has two aspects; the first is related to external and worldly education, which is nothing but acquiring bookish knowledge. In the modern world, we find many well versed and highly qualified in this aspect. The second aspect known as Educare is related to human values. The word Educare means to bring out that which is within. Human values are latent in every human being; one cannot acquire them from outside. They have to be elicited from within. Educare means to bring out human values. ‘To bring out’ means to translate them into action.’

Discourse,25-09-2000

Educare is the Truth of life and living revealed to us by our beloved Bhagawan Baba through direct Teachings, discourses and intuitive experiences. It gives a new meaning to geography & history, a new vitality to language, a cosmic understanding to science and mathematics, and an enhanced beauty to music and the arts. It is the release of intrinsic intuition and creativity within every individual. It is the blossoming of every single Divine Lotus in our hearts. It enables us to be not just receptors but vibrators and radiators of values to all of creation.

The Message envelops the smallest atom in Creation to the largest galaxy in the universe. It transcends the limitations of time and space, being relevant to those who do not have the privilege to interact with Him personally, and also those in future, beyond the physical presence of Bhagawan Baba.

The multi-dimensional implications and applications of Sai Teachings for various segments of the global society far exceed the conventional scope of the word Education. Therefore, the word oft quoted by Bhagawan Baba, ‘EDUCARE’, is adopted as a master system to include all aspects of learning and human development. The Message is relevant and applicable across the board to all humankind.

To bring this understanding to the Bal Vikas students, experienced Gurus will no doubt innovate and follow the new approach. However, to assist them in their efforts, books of Lesson Plans has been prepared for use in the classes, which employ the Direct Teaching Techniques.

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