SSE (Sai Spiritual Education)
Inspired by the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Bal Vikas programme was established in India in 1969 to teach the country’s spiritual heritage to children of devotees. Later to be known as Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) outside India, the programme promoted Unity of Religions, the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, and stories about the life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. By the 1980s, the SSE programme was also adapted to foster human and spiritual values in children of parents who were not devotees without the focus on a specific spiritual leader.
The Sai Spiritual Education Programme based on the principle of Educare, is aimed at helping children develop human excellence. The aims of SSE are to foster character development and spiritual transformation through helping children to:
(1) Practise placing a ceiling on their desires,
(2) Render selfless service to others,
(3) Appreciate the unity of the different faiths, and
(4) Learn about the life and teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The five human values – Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right Conduct), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non-violence), are elicited through lessons based on the five teaching techniques: stories, songs, prayers or quotations, silent sitting/tuning-in, and group activities. Stories, songs, and prayers are selected from all countries, cultures, and faiths in order to foster awareness and appreciation of the unifying principles underlying all of the major religions. Stories of exemplars from society are given equal placement with the great prophets, as examples of ordinary human beings who have risen to the status of hero. Such examples inspire and encourage children to believe that they can aspire to similar heights. Through these lessons, the children learn about the importance of respecting their parents, properly discharging their duties at home, being loyal to and taking pride in their country, helping the less fortunate, and showing tolerance and respect for all religions.
The Sai Spiritual Education programme complements and supplements the formal education that children receive from their regular school.
|Modern Education||Sai Spiritual Education|
|Develops Sciences and is limited to books||Develops Senses and is beyond books|
|It questions||It is a quest|
|Mind is shaped by external sources||Mind is shaped by the Inner Source|
|Teaches survival philosophy||Teaches Divine philosophy|
|Is for the Head||Is for the Head, Heart and Hands|
|May result in discontentment & unhappiness||Positively leads to contentment & happiness|
|Produces great people||Produces great & good people|
|Is for a living||Is useful for life|
|Is information-oriented||Is transformation-oriented|
Developments in the social sciences have not been able to significantly curb the expressions of hatred, anger, greed, jealousy and egoistic pride prevalent in society. Media glorification of criminal activity, self-destructive behaviours, domestic and other forms of violence is impacting negatively on the minds and attitudes of the young people all over the world. The SSE programme seeks to counter the effect of these unfortunate trends on the students.
Special Features of SSE Curriculum @ Sri Sathya Sai Society
Enriched syllabus on Life, Teachings and Works of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba blended with spiritual knowledge and wisdom from the Holy Scriptures, based on the 5 basic Human Values of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-violence
- Service projects and Field trips
- Sai Co-curricular Activities (SCA) – Vedas & Bhajans
- Advanced classes for learning of vedas & bhajans
- Holiday programmes to hone specific skills
- For Parents – Sai Parenting Workshops, Study Circle for Parents, Parent-Teacher meetings
Details of SSE classes @ Sri Sathya Sai Society:
With Swami’s grace, SSE Classes will be conducted from 9: 15 am to 11: 30 am at the Sai Centre from 29th January. We are also pleased to announce the resumption of Bhajan and Veda classes within the SSE curriculum.
Term 1: 29th January – 21st May 2023 [TBC] Term 2: 2nd July – 24th Sep 2023
|Tiny Tots (4 – 6 years) – N2, K1, K2|
|Group 1A (7 – 8 years) – P1, P2|
|Group 1B (9 -10 years) – P3, P4|
|Group 2 (11 – 12 years) – P5, P6|
|Group 3 & 4 (13-18 years)|
Registration for SSE
For registration, please complete this Online Form: https://goo.gl/forms/JOGKFu6GNDAkkUVt2.
- February 2023 Sai Calendar
February 2023 Sai Calendar
Sairam. Please find below the February 2023 Sai Calendar.
Highlight of February is the 12-hour Maha Shivarathri bhajans at the Sai Centre, 133 Moulmein Road. We have participation from many Sai Centres from across Singapore. Our in-house Sai Society bhajan team leads the bhajans from 12:30 am to 1:30 am. This time, Shivarathri is over a weekend, so please do make time to participate. Please join us in seeking Bhagawan’s blessings on this auspicious day.
In addition, there are several seva activities during the month. Please mark your diary and participate in Sai activities of your interest. The February Food Distribution seva was performed in January itself to distribute before the Lunar New Year. Hence there is no distribution in February. If you wish to volunteer at Sai Society, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/oEJ9ptEP59hjNgBQ2.
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