Sathya Sai Bal Vikas
movement blossoms children to ideal citizens
Bal Vikas as the name indicates is a Movement
launched by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to blossom the today’s
children to citizens and leaders of tomorrow. This movement
was founded in the year 1969 and has grown into an international
movement under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.
It trains children from the age of 5 to the age of 15. In
infacts complements the school education emphasizing on the
five cardinal human values, viz., Sathya, Dharma, Shanti,
Prema and Ahimsa.
Bhagawan had introduced 'Education in Human
Values' programme as early as the seventies. He felt that
it has to begin right from the early childhood days when boys
and girls are of impressionable age. They could be introduced
in slow and gradual manner to Indian ethical and spiritual
thought through the study of stories of our great seers and
sages and through some of the facets of world scriptures.
This gave shape to the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Movement -
Child Development programme in the country. There are thousands
of such centres where the programme is going on systematically.
Natural corollary of this programme was "Education
in Human Values" at the school stage. Instead of listing
a large of values - which may be more of sub-values, attitudes
and habits an attempt was made to find out the summation of
some important human values. The major human values were crystallised
under five broad heads, namely Truth, Righteousness, Peace,
Love and Non-violence.
Besides giving the conceptual frame-work
of the approximation of these values to the five broad aspects
of human personality, namely Truth corresponding with intellectual,
Righteous Conduct with physical, Peace with emotional, Love
with psychic and Non-Violence with spiritual, operational
modalities were also worked out and learning through co-curricular
activities were designed. For the last 7 to 8 years the programme
of Education in Human Values is being implemented in schools
run and managed by different States, Corporations, and Industrial
Undertakings with commendable success. In many overseas centres,
this programme has expanded.
Lakhs and lakhs of children have been blossomed
into youth of character through this Movement over the years
and there are thousands of teachers, known as Bal Vikas gurus
guiding these young aspiring minds to a better tomorrow following
the divine teachings and guidelines of Bhagawan.
Divine Message to Bal Vikas Gurus
Teaching is the noblest of professions. It is also the
holiest Sadhana for self-realisation. For, it involves
the cultivation of selfless love and the showering and
sharing of that love. The teacher moulds the rising
generation into self-confident, self-reliant, Atma-conscious
persons. He is the architect of happy homes, prosperous
communities and peaceful nations. He has not only to
equip himself with knowledge and skills to inform and
instruct, but also the vision and insight, to inspire
and transform. Children absorb from teachers and elders
their habits and manners, behaviour and beliefs. Therefore,
the teacher has to be a constant example of the ideals
he has to implant in their hearts. He must excel in
humility, simplicity, morality and integrity, so that
education results in excellence. Such a teacher can
be a beacon of Truth, Love and Reverence. The children
who grow under his wise care will shine as Lamps of
Love in their homes, radiating courage, joy and hope.
Let the Beacons never fade. Let the lamps be ever bright.
Good Teachers + good students
= Good Nation