Sri Satya Sai International Center And School For Human Values
was established by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, in March
1999 at New Delhi, as part of His overall mission of transforming
Human Consciousness. The center, with His blessings, is visualized
to have global implications and reach out to all nations,
all peoples and all professions. As part of this mission of
promoting Swami's message of Human values, love and service,
the center organizes, regularly, a variety of programmes like
group discussions, workshops and talks by eminent personalities.
the 27th of April 2003, Maulana Waheeduddin Khan, the noted
Islamic scholar, delivered an emotionally charged speech on
"India: The Potential Spiritual Super Power" to
a packed auditorium at the center. There was hardly a dry
eye at the end of that spiritually elevating talk:
Spirituality is a higher level of consciousness. When one
elevates oneself to a level where material things become secondary
and inner meanings assume prime importance, then one is a
Just as the body needs bread, the soul needs nourishment.
One can develop the soul by choosing forgiveness instead of
anger, converting jealousy into a sentiment of wishing well,
turning hatred into love, defusing tensions instead of harbouring
them and opting for introspection when one feels aggrieved
at the turn of events.
India is a land of spirituality. When the western world
was engaged in technical activities and producing material
experts, India was busy in spiritual activities and producing
spiritual scientists in the form of Swamis and Sufis.
Swami Vivekananda was one day walking on the streets of Chicago
and heard a lady saying to her husband that Swamiji did not
appear to be a gentleman. He went up to her and said, "
Excuse me, madam. In your country, a tailor makes a gentleman.
In India, one is a gentleman if one has character."
India might be an underdeveloped country in the material
sense, but it is a highly developed country in the spiritual
sense. It is a potential spiritual super power. We need to
generate a spiritual renaissance in the 21st century.
Vivekananda had predicted that after independence, India
would assume the spiritual leadership of the world. The days
of materialism and violence are over. The world is craving
for spiritual solace and peace. It is here that India can
play a major role.
Turning this potential into actuality would need a long and
sincere effort. It is a struggle involving four phases.
First we have to build individual minds. Then we have to
build a spiritual society. Then we have to fashion a nation
based on peace, non-violence and spiritual values. Finally,
by changing itself, India can change the whole world.
We can make a start by establishing an international university
for spiritual studies in India. Its students can be sent out
as ambassadors of peace, harmony and goodwill. In the process,
a world based on peace and spirituality will gradually be
brought into existence.
Spirituality is the very identity, the true soul of India.
The magnificence of the lofty Himalayas, the eternal flow
of our majestic rivers, the solace of our lush greenery and
the songs of our beautiful birds exemplify it. Let us all
work for the achievement of India's destiny.