The Bal Vikas is the primary basis of the great movement to restore dharma (righteousness) in the world. The elders are far gone in their ways, and it is difficult to expect change in their habits and attitudes. Children have to be led into good ways of living, into simplicity, humility and discipline. Sri Sathya Sai, Bal Vikas Gurus Training Camp, 6-6-1978
Balvikas aims to develop the five aspects of a child’s wholesome personality i.e. Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual; by cultivating the intrinsic human qualities, thereby achieving a complete, well-rounded personality aimed at individual transformation
The Balvikas course is based on two principles:
- Existence of God
- Divinity in man
The implementation of the Balvikas curriculum lays stress on using the Five Teaching Techniques given by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself.
Nine years of the structured program are spread over three groups
- Group1 – 5-7 years – Learning through Doing and Making
- Group 2 – 8-10 years – Learning through Making and Thinking
- Group 3 – 11 to 13 years – Learning through Thinking and creating
Impact of Balvikas
Like the bamboo shoot that develops roots for many years before its growth, Balvikas develops their roots in morals and years after they graduate from the program, their thoughts are instinctively good and their actions naturally selfless. The ultimate impact of Balvikas is the unique and personal experience it creates for each and every individual as an outcome of their dedicated efforts towards self-transformation
Current statistics for Balvikas in our country
Ability to see Divinity in everyone/everything around and to introspect on the essence and purpose of human life
Strive to seek excellence in life and practice the necessary methodologies towards this pursuit
Develop social consciousness within, through participation in community seva
Appreciate the inner significance and the unity/divinity amidst the diverse customs and varied cultural practices of our country
Ability to practice placing a ceiling on desires.
Develop augmenting skills required to shape up personality, through management of thought, breath & time and properly discharging their duties at school, home and in society.
Developing better problem solving and management/leadership skills