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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

June 09, 2017

Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality  -  Day 1

Following the invocatory Vedam Chanting, the event at the Poornachandra auditorium, Prasanthi Nilayam commenced at 0830 Hrs, today,  with a welcome address by Prof Sanjay Sahni, Controller of Examinations, SSSIHL.  He said that the Summer Course is Bhagawan Baba’s brainchild. His enthusiasm to mold His students as ideal citizens of the world rooted in the culture and ethos of our country is the genesis of the Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality at SSSIHL.                                                             

A brief video of Bhagawan Baba’s divine discourse was then broadcasted. The central message Baba had for His students was Love. He said the love between parent and child, husband and wife (and the like) are ephemeral and are based on a finite period of tie due to attachment. Only Love for God is complete and permanent and He therefore encouraged students to develop that eternal love for God.

This was followed by an energetic talk by Sri Vijay Menon, Faculty, IIM Kozhikode, who stressed on the importance of Indian culture—in particular our traditions—and the validity of performing good and kind deeds others. He highlighted the lives of eminent personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Smt M S Subbulakshmi, Dr Abdul Kalam and Sri Sachin Tendulkar to drive the point of putting the country and upholding human values at all times. He ended his speech by urging students to read Sai literature.

The morning session ended with a lively Quiz on Bhagawan Baba’s Leelas, Mahimas and Upadesha. Students from the university and school participated in the quiz.

The evening session in Sai Kulwant Hall started with a summary of the morning session followed by three speeches by students and faculty of the university. They wonderfully expounded the central theme of faith and inner strength that Indian culture exemplifies through the topics that included Our Culture, Our Strength, Our Beloved Swami and Bhagawan Baba on Education.

Lastly, Prof R Gangadhara Sastry, Hon. Professor, Dept of Political Science delivered a talk on Bhagawan’s impact on education. He narrated major milestones of His work on education as well as the background philosophy of culture, spirituality and human values on which Bhagawan Baba founded His educational institutions.

Following bhajans and prasadam distribution, the first day of the event concluded at 1845 Hrs.

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Event Background: SSSIHL Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality

 

The Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality serves as an induction programme to all students and teachers of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning with an objective to expose students of the university to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Bharat. It orients students into Bhagawan Baba’s educational philosophy and gives them deep, first hand insights into how they can directly benefit from this unique institution.

At universities across the world, induction programmes go beyond the academic and practical requirements of university life and include social elements that (more often than not) disperse the focus, time and energies of students.

At Sai educational institutions, integral education (which includes the focus on a connection with the Higher Self) is a close confidant to the academic curriculum. It is in line with the vision of the Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, that spiritual and empirical education must go hand in hand. In fact, He had initiated the series of Summer Courses as early as the 1970s. It was and still is an effective way to inspire young minds to follow a life of good values and character.

The event—which is taking place from the 9th June to 11th June 2017 at Prasanthi Nilayam—marked the beginning of the academic year for Students and Teachers of all the four campuses of the University, as well as Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthi Nilayam (Class XI and Class XII) and Sri Sathya Sai Gurukulam English Medium School, Rajahmundry. Over 2500 students and 200 teachers are participating.

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About SSSIHL

 

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) is a unique university established in 1981 to inculcate ethical and moral values in students. It is a modern gurukula that puts equal emphasis on both secular education and spiritual growth and the development of a student’s character in an effort to fulfill the vision of education for human transformation of its Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The university hosts over 1300 students across four campuses in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, India. It has a merit-based open admissions policy for all, irrespective of income, religion or social status.

SSSIHL provides free education to all programmes of study. This includes waiver of all fees- including tuition, examination, laboratory, library, sports and medical.

Programmes offered include undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and research.

 

For further information, visit: sssihl.edu.in

 

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