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SSE (Sai Spiritual Education)

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 EducationSai Spiritual Education
Develops Sciences and is limited to booksDevelops Senses and is beyond books
It questionsIt is a quest
Mind is shaped by external sourcesMind is shaped by the Inner Source
Teaches survival philosophyTeaches Divine philosophy
Is for the HeadIs for the Head, Heart and Hands
May result in discontentment & unhappinessPositively leads to contentment & happiness
Produces great peopleProduces great & good people
Is for a livingIs useful for life
Is information-orientedIs 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 structure:

Term 1: 29th January – 21st May 2023     [TBC] Term 2: 2nd July – 24th Sep 2023

Level Structure:

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.

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  • June 2024 Sai Calendar

    June 2024 Sai Calendar

    Sairam. Please find below the June 2024 Sai Calendar. A highlight of this month is Hari Raya Haji @Thursday on 20th June. In addition, SSE students will also lead a monthly bhajan on Friday, 21st June 2024, from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm in the level 2 prayer hall. All are invited to attend all these programmes.

    Besides the devotional programmes, there are several seva activities during the month. Please mark your diary and participate in Sai activities of your interest. If you wish to volunteer at Sai Society, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/oEJ9ptEP59hjNgBQ2.

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