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Swami Swami's Letters to His Students

Post by Sarveswara on Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:23 am

Sathya Sai Baba has established:

  • Sri Sathya Sai University in 1981, formally called the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed university). For information on it, including information on appying to it, click here.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Music, in Puttaparthy (2000). Here's a picture of Sathya Sai Baba near a marble statue of Godess Saraswathi in front of the Music Museum.
  • Several elementary schools and high schools.

These schools and institutes are maintained under the auspices of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and are entirely free. There is no charge for tuition or room and board (there may be a small charge for room and board at the university level).
A number of Sai institutes and schools have been established in various countries throughout the world. While they bear Swami's name, they are not run by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust but are maintained by the individual Sai Organizations in the countries. Here is the central site to find out more about these institutes and schools.
This page has more information about Sathya Sai Education programs throughout the world.
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I share the above with you merely to introduce a part of Swami's work which is to bring free education to children. He claims these schools, these students as his own, as he claims all his devotees. I am posting below now some of his letters to his students. Realize that his students, when he talks to them, are always symbolic of all his devotees, which are all his true students.
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DEAREST BOYS,

Through the awareness of the Divine alone can we really bring true peace to the world. There is no doubt that considerable effort is being made by great leaders of the world in the material plane to bring about peace and harmony. But Sai does not see any sign of their success.

The only way left is for us to turn our mind within ourselves and find out the true and everlasting basis, the supreme source, from which alone can we get true happiness and peace in the world. The basis is GOD, who is in fact dwelling in the hearts of everyone of us. He is the Universal Spirit.

Every one of us is the very embodiment of Divinity. Your true being is Sath-Chit-Ananda, representing Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. You have forgotten this truth. Remember it now, and take the holy and powerful name of the Reality until your mind disappears and you stand revealed as Truth itself, and enjoy, as Sai has been enjoying, the Eternal Bliss which never exhausts itself.

With Blessings,

Baba

19.07.1977


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MY DEARS,

The time will come when the whole of this dream will vanish. To everyone of us there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a mere dream, when we shall find that the soul is infinitely better than its surroundings. In this struggle through we call environments, there will come a time when we shall find that these environment were almost zero in comparison with the power of the soul. It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite. It is a drop in the ocean. We can afford to wait and be calm.

With Blessings,
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

YOU IN ME AND I IN YOU

The bird with you, the wings with Me;
The foot with you, the way with Me;
The eye with you, the form with Me;
The thing with you, the dream with Me;
The world with you, the heaven with Me;
So are we free, so are we bound;
So we begin and so we end;
You in Me and I in you.

-Baba.

22.07.1977

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My Dear Boys!

Accept my Love and Blessing. I received all your letters. Give all that is yours to Sai Krishna lovingly. Like the fool who squanders his life's boon, you, too, can receive Bliss from above and still look for the sun at high noon. Give all yours to Sai and merge with Him, just like a moth that flies into the flame. Then you will surmount all problems. He is reality. Life is a false game. My Boys! Be Happy and study well. Your Sai is always with you and around you.
Love,

Baba.

19.9.1977


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Convey My New Year Blessing to all boys. Tell them that they should study well and pass their examinations in the First Class. They also lead an ideal and worthy life by implicitly following Swami's Commands and cultivating high and noble thoughts. They should shape themselves into boys having good qualities, good behavior and a pure mind.

If they nurture such sacred ideas at a young age they will stand in good stead both in youth and in old age. Such sacred ideas will remain with them throughout their lives and express themselves in all actions.

Also tell them that they should avoid excessive talk and should give no opportunity to go out of their way to establish unnecessary contacts with each other. Instead, they should fulfill the purpose for which they have come and follow the ideals of Sai. Ultimately, this is what will remain. This alone will take them to the goal and shower Grace.

No one is related or attached to the other.The only true and permanent relationship is with Sai and all other attachment is merely worldly and false. This truth must fill their heart to the brim and continue to ring within forever.

Sai.

NEW YEAR MESSAGE
01.01.1980

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Post by Admin on Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:41 am

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Out of the Thousands of Indian Colleges and Universities, only the Sri Sathya Sai University was able to obtain the much coveted "A++" grade in 2002 ( The NAAC conducts their accreditations every 5 years)

"The National Assessment and Accreditation Council or NAAC is an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission based at Bangalore. Various Colleges have to get the accreditation every five years. While it was stars earlier, it is the system of Grades now.

There are about Seven criteria on which the various Colleges are assessed, like infrastructure, research facilities and teaching methods among other things. There are nine grades: A++, A+, A, B++, B+,B,C++,C+, and C. In the whole of India, there is only one college which has A++, that is the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam. Grants from the UGC and recognition for more courses are based on these ranks

In 2007 Out of a massive 3632 accredited Colleges and Universities in India only two Institutes received the highest "A++" Grades : Sri Sathya Sai University and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

The complete document File containing the NAAC's accreditation results for March 2007 can be found at the official website at www.naacindia.org

Bhagawan's Sri Sathya Sai University Towers among every Other institute in the Country and is a Beacon for all other Institutes.

Om Sai Ram
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Education that liberates ==========================================================

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ACCORDING TO AN UPANISHADIC STORY, a father sent his son to a Gurukul for education. The son, after finishing his education, came back home and told his father that he had mastered all the subjects taught by his teacher. The father, who was himself a learned man, then asked his son, "Has your teacher taught you That, by knowing which everything else becomes known?" When the son replied in the negative, his father told him, "In that case, your education is incomplete." In a similar story given in Mundakopanishad, a householder went to Sage Angirasa and asked after showing proper respect: Kasminoo Bhagavo Vijnate Sarvamidam Vijnatam Bhavateeti (Oh master! What is That which being known, all this becomes known?) After giving a detailed description of two types of education, namely, Para Vidya (higher knowledge) and Apara Vidya (lower knowledge), the sage told the questioner that it was through Para Vidya that one could know the Supreme Being. By knowing That only, everything else becomes known.

Para Vidya is also called Brahma Vidya because its main subject is Brahman (Supreme Being). The main source of Brahma Vidya are the Vedas which are called Srutis, or those texts which were originally heard or received by the sages directly from the Supreme Being in a state of heightened illumination and deep silence, and were then passed on to their disciples in an excellent oral system of teaching and learning till they were compiled and classified by Sage Vyasa into four Vedas, namely, Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharvana Veda. This precious treasure of Divine knowledge has been directly handed over by God to man to make his life sublime, noble and ideal. This is perhaps the greatest gift of God to man. The supreme wisdom of the Vedas thus forms the eternal philosophy or what Aldous Huxley calls the 'perennial philosophy' of man's life. Though it is universal and belongs to the entire mankind, and not to any particular religion, race or country, yet Bharat has the proud privilege of safeguarding it in its original form and spreading it to other parts of the world.

In a unique system of teaching and learning fostered by what is called Guru Sishya Parampara (teacher-pupil tradition), this Divine knowledge was passed on from a realised Guru to a deserving disciple without any monetary consideration. This tradition remained alive and uninterrupted in Bharat even in its worst periods of history when the country was invaded and enslaved by foreign rulers. This sacred land of Bharat has therefore remained suffused with Brahma Jnana (knowledge of Brahman) all through the known history of the world and has produced illustrious Gurus like Adi Sankara, Ramakrishna Paramhamsa and Sri Aurobindo, to name only a few. It has also the proud privilege of giving to the world such apostles of peace as Buddha, Ashoka and Mahatma Gandhi. That is why Bhagavan Baba always says that Bharat is Punya Bhumi, Thyaga Bhumi, Yoga Bhumi (land of merit, sacrifice and spirituality). It is the land which shines with the effulgence of the knowledge of the Supreme Being, the letter Bha in its name connoting effulgence.

Bhagavan Baba often refers to the ancient education system of Bharat as the ideal system of education, in which the principles of ethics, morality and spirituality formed the core of education. The ancient sages of Bharat lived these principles and made them as principal part of their teachings. Dividing the life-span of man into four parts of 25 years each, they set apart first 25 years for education and gave it the exalted name of Brahmacharya Ashram. TTie word Brahmacharya is used today in its narrow sense of celibacy. It actually means adopting a style of life conducive to gain the vision of Brahman. The students therefore led a pure and disciplined life and put the knowledge of the Vedas into practice to attain this objective. The teachers who imparted this Divine knowledge to their students were completely selfless as they had no worldly desires to fulfill. They were imbued with such noble ideals of Bharat as Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu (May all the people of the world be happy!). Not only the knowledge imparted by them was universal in nature but their outlook was also broad and catholic. Imparting of knowledge was considered a sacred act like any other spiritual practice.The question of charging any fee for such a sacred act therefore never arose. This glorious tradition y? passing on the Divine wisdom to the next generation without any monetary consideration continued throughout the Vedic period. Even when big universities like Nalanda, Vikramasila, Valabhi, etc., were established some time in the beginning of the Christian era, education was totally free. During his visit to India (A.D. 629-645), when Hiuen Tsang stayed at Nalanda for five years, there were nearly 10,000 teachers and students in this university, some of the students having come from foreign lands like Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal and China. Besides free education, all the students were provided free food, clothes, bedding and medicines. As Bhagavan says, Bharat has been a teacher of the world since ancient times.

Today the Bharatiyas themselves have forgotten these glorious traditions of their country. The parents no longer tell their children that their education is incomplete without the knowledge of Brahman. Their only concern today is that their children should acquire a degree and find lucrative employment. Under the impact of materialistic trend of modem times, the sacred field of knowledge is also being commercialized. Commenting on this deplorable trend of modem education, Bhagavan Baba often recites a Telugu poem which can be considered as an appropriate assessment of this system of education. The essence of this poem is : "In spite of his education and intelligence, man does not give up his mean-mindedness and evil qualities. He has no knowledge of the Self. Modern education leads of argumentation, not to total wisdom. What is the use of worldly education if it cannot lead you to immortality? Acquire the knowledge that will make you immortal." Secular education without a sound spiritual base is therefore inadequate and incomplete. It may help man to earn his living and seek power and position in society but it does not enable him to realise the profound truths of his inner being. It is therefore necessary to have a system of education which integrates worldly education with spiritual knowledge. But the question arises, how this can be done to suit the scientifically and technologically advanced society of modem times.

The answer to this question has been provided by the Divine Being Himself who, in the human form of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, has set up Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Prasanthi Nilayam which has already become well known in the world for its integral system of education. The environment of the Institute is surcharged with spiritual vibrations by the soul-stirring devotional songs and Vedic chants of the students. In the spiritual ambience of the Institute, the students not only read about the values of Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa but assimilate and internalize them to make them a permanent part of their life. If one wants to see a real Divine miracle at work, one should see Bhagavan Baba interacting with students and transforming their lives by His loving guidance. It is to be seen to be believed how under the direction of Bhagavan the students become the embodiments of virtues and men/women of sterling character. Blessed were the sages of the yore to whom the Divine Being revealed the knowledge of Brahman through the Vedas. Immensely blessed are also those who have got this rare opportunity to receive Brahma Jnana directly from Veda Purusha Bhagavan Baba Himself. And the students of this Institute are a thousand times more blessed as they receive this Divine knowledge directly from the Divine Being almost everyday.

This Institute, where education is totally free, has been adjudged by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council as one of the top ranking educational institutions of the country for its academic excellence. Besides, 25 Vice Chancellors of reputed Indian universities who attended the UGC Golden Jubilee Seminar on "Promotion of Value Education and Ethics" at Prasanthi Nilayam last year unanimously recommended that this Institute should be recognised as the National Centre of Excellence for Value Education and a model which could be followed in other universities and educational institutions. The pioneer and founder of this unique system of education, which integrates the ancient Gurukul system of education with modem secular education, is the Chancellor of this Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba under whose direction and guidance, this integral system of education has achieved this spectacular success and is now spreading in all parts of the worid through Sathya Sai educational institutions. This is the type of education which can liberate man and usher in an era of peace, harmony and love in the worid.

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This article was sourced from Sanathana Sarathi Pg 101-103 April 2004 Issu
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Tell the boys to study hard and write the exams well. The opportunity, which they are getting, is indeed a great boon, which even Devas aspire for. Once this great opportunity slips away, it is lost forever and this atmosphere can never be regained.
The Avatar will soon be recognised by one and all and the entire world will come to His feet and turn towards the spiritual path. Make the best use of your time now so that you do not repent unnecessarily later. What is the use of all your studies if you cannot grasp the real Vidya.
Convey My Love and Blessings to all the boys and tell them to be disciplined. This opportunity would never come again and ask them to make best use of it. Even countless births would not get them back this opportunity.

Baba
5.2.1980




Convey My New Year Blessing to all boys. Tell them that they should study well and pass their examinations in the First Class. They also lead an ideal and worthy life by implicitly following Swami's Commands and cultivating high and noble thoughts. They should shape
themselves into boys having good qualities, good behavior and a pure mind.

If they nurture such sacred ideas at a young age they will stand in good stead both in youth and in old age. Such sacred ideas will remain with them throughout their lives and express themselves in all actions.

Also tell them that they should avoid excessive talk and should give no opportunity to go out of their way to establish unnecessary contacts with each other. Instead, they should fulfill the purpose for which they have come and follow the ideals of Sai. Ultimately, this is what will remain. This alone will take them to the goal and shower Grace.
No one is related or attached to the other.The only true and permanent relationship is with Sai and all other attachment is merely worldly and false. This truth must fill their heart to the brim and continue to ring within forever.

Sai.
NEW YEAR MESSAGE
01.01.1980
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