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21 Divine Guidelines to Balvikas Children



The above given slides are a compilation of the Divine utterances of Sri Sathya Sai Baba to Balvikas children. Each of these messages should be imprinted in our minds and we should remember to practice the same.

This Republic Day, let us pledge to shine as a good example to others and become useful citizens of our great country!

Swami's Message on the Importance of Preserving India's Heritage

Tuesday, December 27, 1983 to Saturday, December 31, 1983

A five-day World Conference of Bal Vikas teachers and students was inaugurated in Poornachandra Auditorium by Bhagavan at 9.30 am on 27th December 1983. The Conference was held between the 27th and the 31st of December. Major General Mahadevan, State President of Tamil Nadu Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, welcomed Bhagavan and the delegates. He stated in his speech that it was a red-letter day in the history of the Bal Vikas Movement. Bhagavan in His Inaugural Address pointed out how Bharatiya culture had survived the vicissitudes of centuries, while many ancient civilisations had disappeared. It was the duty of the Bharatiyas to preserve this heritage and live up to the values represented by this culture. He gave the details of the cyclone that had hit Puttaparthi the previous night. A sudden gale brought down the Shamianas (tents) where the Bal Vikas students were housed. Children were trapped underneath the collapsed tents. However, the only words that escaped their mouths were “Sai Ram”. They started singing Bhajans immediately. Bhagavan pointed out that the Bal Vikas training had trained them to face such ordeals with courage and faith.



Bhagavan addressed the Bal Vikas and Pre-Seva Dal students in a special session on 30th morning at Poornachandra Auditorium. In the Divine Discourse, He said:

“You, children of the Eternal! You are not lumps of flesh. You are embodiments of the Eternal. You are repositories of Bliss. Your hearts are shrines of the Divine. The whole of Nature is your playground; all the things in it are your play-things. Regard yourselves as masters of the Universe and not its bond-slaves. As long as you are bound to your desires, you cannot escape being subject to the material world. With all his prowess, Ravana could not save himself from disaster because he was a slave to his passions. Once you surrender to the Divine, nature becomes your servant.

The boys and girls of today should realise this basic truth. They represent the future of humanity. They are the guardians of the nation's culture. The greatness and prosperity of the country depend on them. The nation's future will be determined by how the lives of the young children are shaped. Today the world is plunged in chaos, violence and wickedness. It is for the young people to see that these demonic forces are routed for accomplishing any objective two things are needed: Krishi (individual effort) and Kripa (Divine Grace). The two are like the negative and positive poles of a magnet. If there is only Divine Grace, but no proper effort on the part of the individual, the object cannot be achieved. Divine Grace is always there. We need not go far to seek it. The efforts made to secure it are called Sadhana (spiritual effort).

Children should learn to admit their mistakes

Every person should possess four important qualities: Shanti (peace), Sathya (Truth), Nirahankara (absence of egoism) and absence of Asuya (envy). These four are essential. Suffusing all the four is Prema (love). These qualities are not got through studies or from a teacher or as a gift from someone. They can be acquired only by one's own effort. These noble qualities have to be developed from childhood itself. Only then will they stand in good stead in later years.

The first quality is Satyam. ‘Satyameva Jayate’, says the Upanishad. (Truth alone triumphs). What is this Truth? It is adherence to what is true in thought, word and deed. Often many untoward situations arise which render such adherence difficult. Children, for instance, out of fear of punishment or scolding by parents or teachers indulge in prevarication or falsehood and avoid admitting the truth. This tendency results in due course in vitiating their entire life by making them lead double lives. Having regard, therefore, to their future, they should learn from their boyhood to admit their mistakes and speak the truth. There is nothing wrong if they are punished by their parents or teachers for their misdeeds. Through such corrective measures, they will learn to behave properly in their later years. If from the beginning you learn to speak the truth, you will find it easy. But once you take to lying, to return to the ways of truth is very difficult. Hence, when you are still young and your minds and hearts are pure and untainted, you must cultivate the habit of sticking to truth. By speaking the truth always, your minds will be filled with good thoughts.



You should not give up truth, whatever difficulties you may encounter, whatever troubles or trials may come your way. This is the lesson to be learnt from the inspiring story of Harishchandra, who won undying fame because of his preparedness to sacrifice everything for upholding truth. Material prosperity or positions of authority may come and go. But the reputation for truth and integrity will last for ever. If you install truth and righteousness in your hearts, your lives will become eminently meaningful and worthy.

Cultivate freedom from envy

Next to truth, you must cultivate forbearance. Forbearance endows you with the strength to face "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." A man without forbearance easily succumbs to reverses and difficulties.Together with truth and forbearance, you have to cultivate freedom from Asuya (jealousy). Envy is like the pest that attacks the root of a tree. It can destroy one's entire life. We may be enjoying many things in life - knowledge, wealth, position, power and the like. But if the virus of envy enters our minds, it can pollute everything. We should not give place to envy even in the smallest matter. If a fellow-student scores more marks than you, you should not feel envious. If others do better than yourself, you should feel happy rather than allow yourself to be consumed by envy. If someone is better dressed than yourself or is more wealthy, you should feel that he is enjoying what he has and you should be content and happy with what you have. To be free from envy is a divine quality. It makes you feel happy over others' happiness or success.

Learn to make sacrifices for those in need

And, then, there is Discipline. Without discipline, your life will be beset with pitfalls. Children of Sathya Sai Educational Institutions must set an example in discipline. In big gatherings, they should observe silence and order and restrain their enthusiasm. If children who have gone through the Bal Vikas course indulge in chatter and frequent clapping of hands, they bring discredit to the movement. Whatever the situation, you should observe strict discipline and obey the orders of your teachers or elders. You should also learn to make sacrifices for the sake of others in need. Sacrifice means going to the help of others to the extent of your capacity. If you are not able to help others, you must at least refrain from doing any harm. Even that is a form of sacrifice (giving up the tendency to do harm to others.)



Those in power today are engaged in many activities which inflict burdens on the people and create hardships for them. But they are doing precious little to provide facilities for the improvement of children. Even the so-called developed countries are wasting crores of rupees on all kinds of projects, but they do not pay enough attention to the health and welfare of the younger generation. They try to exploit the young in one way or another for their own selfish purposes, but have no concern for the long-term future of these children. What the big powers spend on armaments for six days will be enough to keep in comfort lakhs of children in a whole year.

Remember that children have tender hearts

It is highly important to take care of the health of children. Good health is the basis of everything else in life. The condition of the children in the backward countries is pitiable. Most of them lack nourishing food, proper clothes and roofs over their heads. They are undernourished and weak and suffer from many ailments. Every day 40,000 children are dying on account of malnutrition in the third world countries. I wish the affluent people did something to help these hapless children. They should not be satisfied with their own prosperity and welfare. They have a duty towards those less fortunately placed than themselves. They should go to the help of the poor and the weak not in a spirit of condescension or of extending patronage. They must offer help of genuine sympathy and fellow-feeling. They must regard such sympathy as one of the primary aims of meaningful living.

Dear teachers! When you teach the children, you must remember that you are engaged in a noble task for the sake of the children entrusted to your care. You must feel that you are educating yourselves when you are educating the children. For instance, when you impart some knowledge to the children, your own understanding of the subject improves. Even when you study books for teaching the children, you also derive joy from the study. Hence you must always have the feeling that whatever you do for others is in reality a service done to the Divine that resides in every one. When teachers do their duty in this spirit, they will be imbuing the children with the spirit of Universal love. Remember that the children have tender hearts and innocent minds. Only if you fill their hearts with love will the world have genuine peace.

[Adapted from :

https://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.com/2016/12/sri-sathya-sai-message-to-world-bal.html?m=1]

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Loka Samastha
(Group Dance by Balvikas students)

The song, “Loka Samastha Sukhino Bavanthu…..” means to wish happiness and peace to all beings in this world.

This distinctly selfless mantra, seeks Universal peace and happiness. Swami’s prime desire has always been the welfare of the whole Universe, right from mortals to animals to plants and trees… to marine life to birds to rivers, mountains and rocks…all the planets, all the lokaas… to every speck in the cosmos.

Along with peace, this revives a feeling of brotherhood, camaraderie and the chorus of kindred oneness. The effect of this shloka has a magnified effect as it not only encompasses Mother Earth but also the whole Universe and brings about a harmonious balance between the five elements - Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

Here is a group dance on this wonderful song presented by Balvikas students of Tamilnadu.

Colouring Sheets

Maze Activity

Thai Manne Vanakkam

Our Swami says that it is only by honoring one’s mother and motherland can man get peace and happiness. To depict this message, the Balavikas students of Chennai Metro North are presenting a skit named, "Thai Manne Vanakkam".

For the benefit of Gurus and children, the skit has been shared both - in audio as well as PDF form

Values Through Noble Personalities
Noble Personalities
PLAYERS:
  • Group I Children

VALUES INCULCATED:
  • To appreciate the good qualities that make a person noble and humble.
  • To appreciate the legacy that a person gives to the mankind, by being good.
  • To increase memory power & improve concentration.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:
  1. A set of ‘Religions & Holy Persons’ cards.
  2. A set of ‘Great Personalities & Noble qualities' cards.

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

The guru to talk about the virtues of Holy Persons and Great Personalities and direct the children to always see good in others. And help the children to understand the importance of virtues in becoming a Humble Person.

GAME:
  1. The children sit in a semicircle.
  2. The guru selects 5 pictures of the cards ‘Religions & Holy Persons’ or/and ‘Great Personalities & Noble qualities’ and shows them to children. (one by one)
  3. The children are asked to close their eyes for 1 minute by remembering the pictures.
  4. The cards are kept aside (face down) and each child is asked to pickup one card.
  5. Child to recall the personality and talk about the good qualities that made them examples to mankind.
  6. When the child recalls the personality wins 1 point. And adds 1 point for each good quality of the personality (if the quality is logical for that particular personality).
  7. Do not forget that rather than memory, the aim of this game is to see good qualities in others.
  8. This game can be played many times, by mixing the cards (selecting in random different pictures).

Gurus Reference:
Religions & Holy Person , Printable cards
Great Personalities & Noble Qualities , Printable cards

Inspiring Lives
Inspiring Lives
PLAYERS:
  • Group II Children

VALUES INCULCATED:
  • To appreciate the good qualities that make a person Noble and Humble.
  • To appreciate the legacy that a person gives to the mankind, by being good.
  • To increase memory power & improve concentration

MATERIALS REQUIRED:
  1. A set of ‘Religions & Holy Persons’ cards.
  2. A set of, ‘Great Personalities & Noble qualities cards.
  3. 1 pencil and 1 paper per participant.
  4. 1 clock to control time.

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

The guru to talk about the virtues of Holy Persons and Great Personalities and direct the children to always see good in others. To help the children to understand the importance of virtues in becoming a Humble Person.

GAME:
  1. The guru selects 8 pictures of the cards ‘Religions & Holy Persons’ and ‘Great Personalities & Noble qualities’ and mixes them.
  2. The children sit in a semicircle with pen and paper each.
  3. The guru shows the pictures (one by one) to the people while they are asked to remember in silence, the pictures and the corresponding order in which they are shown.
  4. The cards are kept aside (face down) and each child is given 1 minute to write 1 good quality for each picture (what does that each personality teaches the mankind).
  5. When time is over, in turns, each child is called to read his/her paper (picture and good quality) in order and wins 2 points for each correct picture, wins 1 point if the personality is correct but not in order. Additionally, they add 1 point per good quality (if the quality is logical for that particular personality).
  6. The winner is the participant with more points.
  7. Do not forget that rather than memory, the aim of this game is to see good qualities in others.
  8. This game can be played many times, by mixing the cards (selecting in random different pictures).

Gurus Reference:
Religions & Holy Person , Printable cards
Great Personalities & Noble Qualities , Printable cards

Religions & Holy Person
S.No.Religions Holy Person
1. All Religions Submit
Sathya Sai Baba
2.Buddhism Submit
Buddha
3.Christianity Submit
Jesus Christ
4.Hinduism Submit
Shiva
5.Islam Submit
Prophet Mohammed
6.Jainism Submit
Mahavira
7.Judaism Submit
Moses
8.Sikhism Submit
Guru Nanak
9.Taoism Submit
Lao Tzu
10.Zoroastrianism Submit
Zoroaster
GREAT PERSONALITIES & NOBLE QUALITIES
S.No.Great Personalities Noble Quality
1. Submit
Socrates
Spirit of Enquiry
2. Submit
Adi Shankara
Wisdom through vedas
3. Submit
Shakespeare
Imagination through Literature
4. Submit
Swami Vivekandana
Self Confidence
5. Submit
Mahatma Gandhi
Truth and Non-violence
6. Submit
Einstein
Intuition through Science
7. Submit
Mother Theresa
Love & Service
8. Submit
Leonardo Da Vinci
Beauty through Art
9. Submit
Beethoven
Inspiration through Music
10. Submit
Martin Luther King
Unity & Tolerance
Sarva Dharma Prayer
(Audiovisual of Om Tat Sat Song)

Sarva Dharma Prayer given by Sri Acharya Vinobha Bhave emphasises the Unity of all religions. The audio visual given here is based on this unique prayer and depicts the 36 names of God!

Swami has said, "Let different faiths exist. Let them flourish and let the glory of the Lord be sung in all the languages in a variety of tunes. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognise them as valid as far as they do not extinguish the flame of unity".

India is a land of many different religions, languages, festivals, folk songs and dances, cuisines etc that makes it, a diverse country. People from around the world come to discover India and are in awe with the vibrant cultures. This beauty of our country will remain, so long as “Love” acts as the binding factor.

This Republic Day let us pledge to spread the message of love through our thought, words and actions!

Religions & Holy Person
Great Personalities & Noble Qualities
Jai Sairam Jai Sairam (Telugu Song)


This victory song that pays tribute to Sai comes with a beautiful and relevant message. It emphasizes that, the dearest children of Mother Sai - the Balvikas children, are truly the torch bearers for shaping a peaceful and loving world of tomorrow. By infusing love in every heart and seeing God in every being on this earth, the Balvikas children will strive to make this world a better place!

Flagging off Values

Here is a video titled Flagging off Values, demonstrating an unique craft activity. The Indian flag is made as a Human Values Flag.

Collect a bunch of saffron, green, and white bangles and stick them on chart paper depicting our National flag. Children can collectively write a value within each circle of the bangle.

This wonderful Republic Day activity will encourage Balvikas children to recollect and jot down important human values and will also act as a reinforcement of the values taught in Balvikas classes!

The 'Human Values Flag' can be a permanent fixture in the Balvikas class and will be a gentle reminder for children to follow these values.

As the title goes, let us endeavour to imbibe human values such as brotherhood, love, compassion, empathy and more, in every aspect of our lives and make this Nation a better place!