23 Nov 2009
PUTTAPARTHI: Higher education should not be pursued with an aim to amass wealth and get power.
It should be done for selfless service to the society, says Sri Sathya Saibaba.
Addressing students at the 28th convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University at Sai Kulwanth Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam today, Saibaba said the real purpose of education is served, when the needy are helped and the society gets the benefit. Love is all powerful and with it the world can be won. One should remember that education without values serves none and good conduct is far more valuable than wealth. There is no greater education or love than that of mother’s love. There is also no greater degree than love, he said.
Emphasising that what one learns through education should be used for the good of society, he said the greater meaning of education is love towards fellow humans and all living beings in the universe. Education is physical and educare is spiritual knowledge.
Expressing concern over the increased rat race for the worldly pursuit, he advised students to learn Sanatana Dharmas, which are truth, love and non-violence. ``Love is God and it is in every living being. Inner satisfaction is far more worthy than physical satisfaction.’’ He advised people to reduce the use of cellphone which has become a hindrance to love and respect to people. ``Instead of bringing people together, it is widening the gap among them,’’ he observed.
In his convocation address, Samuel Sandweiss of University of California, who is also the author of `Saibaba: The Holyman and Psychiatrist, Spirit and Mind’ and `With Love Man is God’, elaborated on the purpose and value of education in the context of spiritual needs of human beings.
He said education is the very process which lays the foundation for Dharma (Righteousness) by removing ignorance and letting the self inner shine. Citing examples of the earliest universities Oxford, Salamanca and Soroban in Europe and Nalanda and Taxila in ancient India, he said these institutions had deep religious and presumably spiritual foundations. He lauded the growth achieved by Sri Sathya Sai University and its endeavour for social welfare.
Varsity Vice-Chancellor Vishwanath Pandit presented a report. In all, 21 students received gold medals from the hands of Sri Saibaba.
District Collector P Janardhan Reddy, SP MK Singh, Puttaparthi MLA P Raghunath Reddy and others were present.