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 curb significantly 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 conducted by Sri Sathya Sai Society:
Mode: e-learning mode (due to current pandemic situation)
Term 1: 9th January – 10th April 2022 Term 2: 3rd July – 25th September 2022
Level structure (2022):
Tiny Tots – age 4 to 6 (N2, K1, K2)
Group 1A (i) – age 7 (P1)
Group 1A (ii) – age 8 (P2)
Group 1B (i) – age 9 (P3)
Group 2 – age 10 to 11 (P4, P5)
Group 3 – age 12 to 13 (P6, S1)
Group 4 – age 14 to 18 (S2 to Yr 2)
SSE Online class schedule (Sunday mornings)
Where there are 2 classes for the same level, your child’s guru will let you know which time slot your child has been assigned to.
Registration for SSE
For registration, please complete this Online Form: https://goo.gl/forms/JOGKFu6GNDAkkUVt2.
- A New Term begins for SSE
A New Term begins for SSE
Sairam. A new term commenced for the SSE in the new year 2022. Classes commenced on Sunday 9th January. They will continue online for now, while we monitor the pandemic situation in the country. We look forward to welcoming the students to the Sai Centre for physical classes at a later date. For details on the programme and this term, please see https://saisociety.org.sg/sse.
The SSE classes (called Bal Vikas in India) are conducted on Sundays from 9:15 am to 11:45 am. Currently the classes are online. Students between ages 4 years and 18 years are part of this programme.
If you wish to admit your child to the programme, please see https://saisociety.org.sg/registersse for details and the registration form.