Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,

 

Our Zonal EHV committee has been meeting regularly with the goal to further develop and enhance the propagation of Human Values throughout our Zone.  Please forward this email to centers so those who are currently involved in EHV as well as those who wish to get involved can connect:

 

Jai Sairam

 

Sai Ram Dear Sisters and Brothers:

I am writing on behalf of the SSSGC Zonal Committee for Education in Human Values (EHV) and Tutoring.  The Human Values Program places a strong emphasis on virtuous conduct and strives to provide awareness of the five universal human values – Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Nonviolence, and to help practice them in daily life. The guide/teachers of the program, who are trained in specialized teaching techniques and training methodologies, use value-based workshops and programs for schools, community programs, and organizations that are interested in bringing universal human values into their professional as well as personal lives.

If you are interested in any of these programs or currently engaged in a program, please click the link to fill out the form:   EHV & Tutoring Program Questionnaire.

For further clarifications or questions, if any, please send an email to sssgc.ehv@gmail.com.

The mission of this committee: 

1.       To create an awareness of the Grand Design of the Human Values that reside within everyone that allow humans to achieve the purpose of their lives.

2.       To serve as a training resource for those who want to help guide community members to awaken and live the human values.

3.       To provide tutoring support to underserved or low-income schools or communities who may be facing challenges of helping students in afterschool programs.

We recognize that there may be established and successful EHV and Tutoring programs in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad. Each region/program has its own nuances and challenges.  We are reaching out to you for assistance and support in connecting with representatives of such programs within the zonal centers/regions with the hopes of consulting with them on the successes and challenges of implementing and running these programs.

Our goal for this request is:

1.   To create a database of existing EHV and Sai Tutoring programs in Zone 1.

2.  To develop a platform of collaboration for existing and upcoming programs for supporting and mentoring coordinators/teachers in the zone.

Currently, we need some basic information from our centers, such as names, center location, contact information, and description of the programs.  We request that you use the above link to the Google document to complete the requested information by December 31, 2021.

We look forward to receiving the information from you. By Swami’s grace, we are hopeful that our humble efforts inspired by love and service will help to use our educational programs as a means of character building in our communities.

Om Sri Sai Ram

Lovingly,:

Sainath Vadathirthanathan

(Chair – EHV and Tutoring Committee)

 

Brief History

About

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored.

His Life
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored. He was given the name Sathyanarayana Raju. What intrigued His mother Easwaramma, most was the unbounded compassion her little Sathya had particularly for the poor and downtrodden. Even as a toddler, He insisted that the beggar at the door be served well in spite of their own limited means and would often give His own share to the needy. When He began school, His playmates were inspired by His ability to lead them to be socially responsible, spiritually aware, endowed with individual and national character. His friends were often fascinated by His extraordinary powers of creating things out of thin air, knowing the future, deep understanding of scriptural wisdom and so on.
The Childhood

The Raju family of Puttaparthi was noted for its piety since the days of the renowned sage, Venkavadhootha, a saintly ancestor who was looked upon as a Guru in hundreds of villages around. Not only did the family build and endow the Gopalaswami Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna), but Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju, the grandfather of Baba’s physical frame, dedicated a temple to Sathyabhama, consort of Lord Krishna, a deity to whom this type of homage is seldom offered in any part of India. Peasants by vocation, they were known for their musical and dramatic talent and were much involved in the propagation of the sacred scriptures through village plays and musicals. Consequently, the family was given the name ‘Bhat Raju’ (Bhat – priest)

The Advent

23rd of November, 1926, the Hindu year of Akshaya, meaning, the Never-declining, the Ever-full. It was the time of sunrise and the villagers were chanting the names of Lord Shiva, remembering that the day was Karthika Somavara, a Monday of the Holy Month of Karthika, devoted to the puja (worship) of Shiva. That day was made even more auspicious for Shiva worship because the ascendant star was Ardra (the star of Shiva). On this day, when these rare and propitious signs came together, the people thronged the temples of the Lord to offer special pujas and pray for His benediction.

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