“Reading is not completion of the journey. It is only the first step. Read for the sake of practicing; not for reading's sake.”
Sri Sathya Sai Baba on May 18, 1968
On this sacred day of Ganesh Chaturthi (August 2020), we offer with love and gratitude the first national study circle publication to our dearest Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He sowed the seed for this initiative in late January 2020 at the conclusion of the SSIO-USA National Council meeting. It has been a joy to watch His plans unfold over the past few months. Here is an overview of ‘Sathya Sai Speaks- A National Study Circle initiative for SSE teachers.’
WHY: To learn and deepen our understanding of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s vision for the SSE program- children, parents and teachers.
WHAT: Since this is an SSE initiative, we will be primarily studying Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses given during balvikas (SSE) conference and/or training.
HOW: a) One discourse will be selected and each month, 2-3 paragraphs will be published with discussion questions and life application suggestions. b) The Center SSE coordinator in consultation with SSE teachers shall choose a day and time outside of the Center meeting to conduct the study circle. c) Facilitators will be selected from within the Center and on a rotational basis.
WHO: a) All SSE teachers and SSE coordinators are invited to participate. b) The national study circle team is represented by most of the regions and will be an additional resource for local Center coordinators. It is important to mention that the national team conducts the study circle first, develop discussion questions and commit to a life application prior to the publication of the discourse excerpt. On an average, the national team spends 3-5 hours to prepare each monthly study circle content (about one page).
In a discourse on 3rd March, 1974, Sri Sathya Sai Baba revealed a simple three step process towards self-transformation. He said, “This is the proper plan of study - reading, reflection and regular application in life. Study is WORK. Inquiry into the value and applicability of what is studied is WORSHIP; the experience of the validity and value of the practice is WISDOM. “
With His loving grace and guidance, may we be inspired to read, reflect and practice His teachings every day of our lives!
Please find below the materials for the respective months: