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SSE Program

The Five Basic Human Values and the SSE program

As explained by Sathya Sai Baba, the five basic human values are Love, Truth, Right Action, Peace, and Nonviolence:

Love in thoughts and words is: Truth

Love in action is: Right Action

Love in feelings is: Peace

Love as understanding is: Nonviolence

Sathya Sai Baba tells us that these human values, as well as their practical value aspect (e.g. from truth springs honesty and integrity), are inherent in all humans, and it is just a matter of drawing them out and letting them flourish. The five human values have been demonstrated to be the essence of all faiths.

Here are important points about the SSE program in Sathya Sai Centers:

• The goals of the SSE program are to help children become aware of their divine nature, to draw out the Human Values (which are inherent in them) and put them into practice, to teach the children about the unity of all faiths, and to prepare them to live a spiritual life in this world.

• The life and teachings of Sathya Sai Baba, the five human values, and the essential unity of all faiths comprise the substance of the SSE program.

• There is a syllabus and curriculum for each SSE age group as well as various components of teaching (story telling, singing, prayer, silent sitting, and group activity).

• The philosophies and teachings of many religions are taught in the SSE program. Practices of any one specific religion are not appropriate on a weekly basis —no one religion should be emphasized over others. Parents wishing to strengthen their children's faith in the family religion may find a suitable avenue for this in their community.

The SSE program generally takes place weekly, for one or two hours.