The Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Program has been founded by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to enable a world-wide renewal of individual commitment to an active moral life. Bhagawan Baba says: “You must study to become steady. See to it that the Divine Love in your heart is steady. The goal of education should not be to just acquire theoretical knowledge but to practically apply it in your life. Birds and animals lead life without ‘studying’, but your education must result in you developing a strong and good character.”
Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas has thus been initiated and founded by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, based on the Divine Dictum “The End of Education is character”.
Bal Vikas means blossoming of Human Excellence. Human values can neither be imbibed through textbooks nor can they be gifted by anyone. They are inherent within each individual and the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas program provides the right environment for these latent human values to blossom and empowers each child to unfold the innate values within oneself to the highest perfection.
Since the focus is on bringing an intrinsic transformation within each child. The Bal Vikas classes are conducted as a part of the Global Mission of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations to direct the children of today – the torch bearers of tomorrow’s society, into the path of self-enquiry and self-discovery.
With this conviction the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Program has been designed to help children to practice the basic human values viz; Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non Violence). Through the judicious use of simple teaching techniques such as: Prayer, Group Singing, Meditation, Story Telling and Group Activities, the Bal Vikas Gurus encourage the children to become conscious about the latent potential within and orient their lives on the trajectory of human excellence. This in short is the sum and substance of Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Program.