Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 41 (2008)
Modern education leads only to argumentation, not to total wisdom.
What is the use of acquiring education that cannot lead you to immortality?
Acquire the knowledge that will make you immortal.
In spite of education and intelligence, a foolish person will not know their true Self,
and a mean-minded person will not give up their evil qualities.
You may acquire as high an education as you can, but if you do not put it into practice, it is of no use. You may earn any number of degrees or titles, but they do not make you a truly learned person. All your learning is flawed if what you practise is different from what you have learnt. Therefore, put into practice what you learn.
A Teacher Should Be A Role Model In Human Values
A mean-minded person does not give up evil qualities in spite of a high education. These so-called highly educated persons are, in fact, much more ignorant than those who are illiterate. Unfortunately, children today imitate and follow such ‘highly educated’ persons. (Bhagawan answered the questions of the delegates to Sri Sathya Sai World Education Conference 2008.)
The First Question:
What Type Of Relationship Should Students Have With God?
God is not separate from you. He is not outside. He is very much within you. Therefore, develop a relationship of love and oneness with God. If God were separate from you, you could form a mundane relationship with Him. But He is not separate from you. He is with you, in you, around you, and behind you (loud applause). You cannot have worldly relationship with God, who is all-pervasive. You should strengthen the feeling, “God is in me,” and develop oneness with Him. This is the answer to the first question.
The Third Question:
What Should Be The Qualities Of A Teacher In The Sai System Of Education?
Teachers should not give too much freedom to the students. They should exercise control over the students with loving and convincing words. They should not allow them to act in an arbitrary way just because they are their students. They should give them freedom in a measured manner, but in between they should apply brakes. The teacher should also punish the students whenever it is necessary. They should not punish just for the sake of punishment. They should use punishment only as a deterrent.
The Fourth Question:
How Should A Teacher Conduct Themself In This System Of Education, And What Sort Of Discipline Should The Teacher Observe? What Efforts Should A Teacher Make To Become A Role Model In Human Values?
This is another question that has been asked. This is a very important subject. A teacher should conduct themself like a teacher. Similarly, a student should behave like a student. The teacher should take care that proper learning environment is provided in the classroom and the students are happy and satisfied. When the teacher behaves with the students in an ideal manner, the students will also follow the teacher. What you want your students to do, you should show them by your own example. Not only that, the teacher should eat the same food that they advise the students to eat. If the teacher asks the students not to eat fish and meat and the teacher eats all these things, it is very bad. Whatever you tell your students, first practise yourself. Whatever you want your students to become, first become that yourself. Do not act in an arbitrary way with pride that you are a teacher. Be humble, caring, and full of love when you are dealing with your students.
The Next Question Is:
How Should Teachers Behave With Girl Students?
If there are only boys in the classroom, it is okay. But if there are girl students also, the teacher should behave in a much more refined and disciplined manner. Consider all the girl students as your sisters. Make them happy and treat them with respect as you do your own sister. Only then can you inculcate virtues in them. In this way, you should lead an ideal life and become a role model for others.
Children Should Make Their Parents Happy
How Should The Parents Impart Human Values To Their Children, And How Can We Involve Parents In The Education Of Their Children?
Parents Should Inculcate Human Values In Children
When husband and wife go out to office, who will do the household work?
If women go out to teach others’ children in schools, who will teach their own children?
If women also go to work just like men, who will cook food in the kitchen?
Earning money may solve some financial problems, but how will it resolve domestic problems?
Women can work and earn money, but they cannot lead a happy life if they neglect their home.
Parents Should Keep A Watch On Their Children
Observe Ceiling On Your Desires
Don’t waste money, Don’t waste energy, Don’t waste food. And don’t waste time.
This is what is meant by ceiling on desires.
If you are good for the world, then the Lord of worlds will shower love on you. Become a blossom, exude the fragrance of selfless service and love; then I shall gladly wear the garland composed of all of you.
Take the name of the Lord and repeat it always. I was listening to the bhajan you did here yesterday and today. Your voices were low; they could scarcely be heard outside this hall …
Do bhajan with faith and enthusiasm. Let the whole city shake with the devotion you put into every Name that you sing. The Name promotes comradeship and establishes concord; it stills all storms and grants peace.
Wear the glasses of love, and all will appear lovable and good. Reference was made here to service of the poor; the eye of love will see all as Narayana; not only the poor, but the rich also. The rich too have to be sympathised with. You must pity the rich, for they have so few chances of developing the attitude of renunciation! See all as Embodiments of Lord Narayana and worship all with the flower of love. Even My nature can be understood by you only when you wear the glasses of holiness; holy things can be cognised only by the holy seeker. You get what you search for; you see what your eyes crave. The doctor is found where patients gather; the surgeon stays in the operation ward. So too, the Lord is ever with the suffering and the struggling. Whenever people cry out in agony: “Oh God,” there, God will be.
– Sri Sathya Sai Baba