Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Manhattan


Photo: Sathya Sai Baba lovingly stressed the purpose of human education. Swami often said that "the end of education is character".

The Sathya Sai Education Program had its beginning in India in 1969, with Bal Vikas classes. Bal Vikas means the blossoming of the child. The program was started by Sathya Sai Baba to provide spiritual education for the children of Sai devotees. Outside of India, the program is now known as Sai Spiritual Education, (SSE), with classes conducted in over 90 countries, as part of the program offered at Sai Baba Centers worldwide.

SSE classes teach the life application of Sai Baba's universal message. They give children an understanding and respect for the unity of the world's major religions. The classes nurture in children the innate human values of love, truth, peace, right action and non-violence. SSE classes are composed of stories, songs, lessons and activities designed for the children of Sai devotees, ages 6 – 18.

At the Sai Baba Center of Manhattan, SSE classes began in 1982 and continued for about 15 years. There are center members who have completed the SSE training and are available to teach classes on a weekly basis. If there are children in your family between the ages of 6 and 18, please speak with the Education Coordinator or one of the center officers for more information about enrollment in the classes. As always, there is never a cost.

Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) for children also teaches Sathya Sai Baba's universal message and the unity of all the world's religions. However, SSEHV classes are designed for the public in community settings.

“Swami Says ...”

Bal Vikas (now called Sai Spiritual Education) is the primary basis of the great movement to restore right action (dharma) in the world.

- Sathya Sai Baba, Vol. 10, P .163