Peace through Education in Human
Whither shall I
go from thy Spirit?
Or whither shall I flee from Thy Presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art
If I take the wings of the morning,
And I dwell in the uttermost part of the
Even there shall Thy hand lead me,
And Thy right hand shall hold me.
-Psalms 139: 7-10
Through Human Values
Take from me my love and my blessings!
What is true devotion to God?
Devotion is meaningless if you
say you love God with your lips, while you are not well disposed
other living beings. Your love must include all that is alive,
after all, nothing less than a manifestation of God. Such a lover
God will certainly realise God-consciousness. In this, you are not
allowed to remain standing still, proving familyhood just to your
sisters and brothers. See God in the whole of creation!
gift of love with all creatures.
Ahimsa paramo dharma - Non-violence
is the highest form of
right living, the divine law which is the highest of all virtues.
principle of non-violence means the promotion of mutual love along
achieving and maintaining goals of peace and unity. That is the
feature which is a recognisable sign of being human. Non-violence
refraining from violence released by passionate feelings and
controlling oneself. The non-violent are recognised by their
Impatience is the Mother of Violence. Violence is the sign of an
The highest of human virtues is to
help the poor and those in
despair. Those who work hard for the poor, to allay their need and
stand by them, are not allowed the slightest self interest thereby,
even have the slightest expectation of gaining something in
nature itself, there are countless examples of absolute
service for the well-being of others. Trees carry fruits to give
happiness to others. Rivers flow for the sake of others.
milk so that others can be nourished. That is how a person should
in line to be the first to serve others. Without the readiness to
serve, mankind will perish. The future well-being of humanity is
closely connected with the need for the spirit of altruism.
Selflessness is the recognisable sign of being a true human being.
It is important for all people to set
themselves high goals and
strive for the highest ideals. They are reached not only through
education, or gained in the market place. One can only promote
inner focus through the regular practise of spiritual practices
continual cultivation of the company of good people.
Today, there are two bad tendencies,
envy and hate, which need
to be eradicated like harmful vermin. Damage can be caused to a
beautiful tree full of fruit if the roots are attacked. Similarly,
and hate are in the position to bury all the human values once
have infested the spirit of humanity. Good characteristics,
over many years of self-discipline can be as quickly lost as a
of the hand, because of both these evils. Envy is the worst enemy
all. Envy is a demonic characteristic.
Self-praise and slandering others are
both signs of ego. It is
difficult to earn a good name for oneself, but a bad reputation
come about in a matter of seconds. That is why it is so important
protect oneself from listening to the impulses of the ego.
It is perhaps not so easy to expand the higher human qualities and
install them into community service. One should nevertheless
ceaselessly to cultivate in oneself the virtues of patience, love
non-violence, and contribute to service in the community. Every
must therefore be aware that the principle of love is the seed of
living thing, an expression of godliness. All should know that it
better to possess a heart without words, than words without heart.
a heart full of love will discover the truth of God. Without that,
reaching one's goals is of little value. Similarly, an act which
based on knowledge is foolishness.
Book knowledge alone will not assist
humanity to expand in
consciousness. It must be accompanied by wisdom won by personal
experience. Only thus will life be meaningful. Knowledge
needs to be
set alight by good character. No matter how wealthy, or strong in
physical and spiritual strength someone may be - without good
one is no more than a wandering corpse.
Also connected with good character is
a loving heart, sympathy,
patience, and courage to make sacrifices. These five virtues
the true hold on life that the genuine human being has. Only the
who has these human characteristics will be capable of
God-consciousness. Godliness can only enter when one has given up
selfishness. Giving up of all selfishness is the prerequisite so
one can reach God-consciousness.
Humanity will see a great future when
the human community bases
itself on the twin principles of love and the spirit of sacrifice.
This is the message from Sai to you.
Through your lives you
should be an example of the spiritual qualities of love and the
of sacrifice. Go forth on the path to building a community which
based on truth, honesty, love and peace. Go forward in full trust,
unity, with total faith in God, and with courage that Sai's grace
accompanies you everywhere, wherever you may be, because Sai and
Sathya Sai Baba conveyed the preceding written
Opening Message to
attendants of a conference in Geneva, Switzerland,
9 June, 1995.
The even was offered by the International Sathya
Organisation in participation with the United
Nations. The theme
of the conference was `Universal Peace Through
Human Values.' The
meeting's purpose was to explain to members of
the UN the
significance of the Human Values Programme, a
method of nurturing
and developing the full potential of children and
proven educational methods. The programme
included the following
topics and speakers:
Introduction: Sri Indulal Shah, Chairperson of the International
Sai Service Organisation;
Human values, human rights and world peace: Justice P N Bhagawati,
Acting Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Commission
Geneva, and former Justice Minister of India;
The way to peace- a short historical overview: Mr Jacques
noted banker and leading businessman, Paris
The role of Education in Human Values in leading to world peace:
Art-Ong Jumsai, scientist, Member of Parliament (Thailand),
various Ministries, university lecturer, governmental expert on
Education in Human Values, which is applied throughout Thailand
Cost free medical treatment with the most modern equipment: a
example: Dr A N Safaya, Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Specialty
Human values in a global economy: Mr Carlos Fortin, Duty Officer,
Human values in the economy leading to international peace: Mr
Hira, President of various enterprises, Tokyo (Japan), Regional
Coordinator for the Far Eastern Region
[Translated from the German
publication, Sathya Sai Briefe, Summer 1995
for inclusion in SAI NEWS AUSTRALIA, Winter 1995, whose editor,
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