December 2009

A regular e-zine from the British Institute of Sathya Sai Education
Registered Charity No. 1118625

Dear Readers

Welcome to the December 2009 issue of the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values UK email newsletter.

This month:

News, Views and Reviews
Sharing Values, Deepens Values

Story Time

BISSE Training Material Helps in New Zealand
Wishing you….

Calendar of Activities (Online)

Training update

If you have any feedback, or would like to share your experiences of SSEHV, please write to us.

Kind Regards,
The Editor

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News, Views and Reviews

Hi to all the BISSE folk

I have just been reading your wonderful monthly Newsletter and am sitting here in Queensland, Australia with an 85 year old lady from the Outback whom I share a home with. I was so warmly reminded of the Peace that comes over me when I think of SSEHV. This month is no exception and I am once again inspired by the work that continues to fill the pages of this amazing production that reaches these shores once a month. So I took a few minutes to explain to this lady about the work of BISSE as both her daughter (a Teacher) and myself endeavour to follow the teachings of Sathya Sai and practise the values in our own lives. Thanks to the stories detailed in the Newsletter I was able to explain how the work of BISSE has grown from a few small seeds and is now a highly prominent organisation dedicated to the growth and distribution of values related education and activities throughout the UK. I am once again so inspired to read about the recent events at Abbey Primary School's Living the Values Day and I congratulate the authors, particularly Ayishwariya Menon, who produced a fabulous article about her experiences. Thank you.

I am reminded once again of my gratitude and appreciation of my own experiences on the Foundation Courses I have attended and with Abbey Primary School - if I were in the UK right now I would be there myself, hopefully working at the School and helping you guys as well at BISSE in one capacity or another.

Congratulations on a fabulous Newsletter. Please let me know of any contacts you may already have in Queensland, Australia or anywhere in Australia for that matter. It would be fantastic to Network with others who have been touched somehow by your amazing work.

Lovely to hear from you.
Thanks again.
Best Wishes

Emma Dowden




“Sharing Values, Deepens Values” ….Sathya Sai

Dear Readers,

As you may know Rosemary Marron MBA MSc (MBRM), Director of The Institute of Sathya Sai Education Ireland gave a wonderful presentation called “Sharing Values, Deepens Values” at BISSE’s Annual National Day 2009 on October 3rd 2009 at Abbey Primary School Leicester.

We attempt to share with you the presentation over the next few eNewsletter issues…. We will begin as she began and follow her flow…

“Sharing Values, Deepens Values”
...Sathya Sai

Presented by Rosemary Marron MBA MSc (MBRM)
At the Living Values Conference organised by
The British Institute of Sathya Sai Education
3rd October 2009 at Abbey Primary School Leicester.

Part 1

In this presentation, I am positioning Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) and its philosophy of Educare in the broad discourse on Human Values, and therefore I am drawing on a variety of disciplines from the field of human sciences to support my findings. Consequently I propose to touch on the following areas:

1. The history /origin of human values
2. The nature of human values
3. The role of human values in our lives
4. The measurement of human values
5. The implications to stakeholders in the educational system
6. Sathya Sai Education in Human Values & its philosophy of Educare
7. Conclusion


• I am taking the position that Human Values are positive
• When the Greek philosophers spoke about the ‘good’ in their doctrines, the translation
therein refers to ‘intrinsic human value’ – Plato.

What is the History / Origin of Human Values?

First of all, I would like to take you on a journey back in time to ancient Greece, back 26 centuries, to a time when philosophers started questioning the nature of the external world and out of this began the birth of Western Philosophy as we know it.

Very soon thereafter, the world of the ‘ideal or essences’ was discovered by the Pythagoreans, Socrates and Plato. While the theory of knowledge started in the 17th century, value theory or axiology was formulated in the 19th century. Axiological values usually concern states of affairs, such as happiness, honour, equality, but also types of behaviour such as honesty, and formal relations, such as coherence and harmony.

However it is only since the last century, the 20th century that justice, goodness, beauty and other values were studied. This brought about a new genre called value(s).

This marked a significant turning point in our understanding as philosophers were now distinguishing being from value. A further distinction was made between values and value objects. Value objects are valuable things, whereas human values do not possess substantiveness.

What is the Nature of Human Values?

“Value” is a widely used term with a number of meanings. As Charles Morris has commented, it is one of the Great Words of our language, its meanings multiple and complex.

For in every moment of our lives we are in a values relationship, whether this is with ourselves, our families, colleagues, or the environment in which we live. However most of the time we are not specifically aware of this interaction.

Every value is related to other values. A hierarchy of values comes about when values are ‘preferred or deferred’ to other available values. Plato claimed that value depends on the ‘amount of trueness’.

Max Scheler a German philosopher claims that values are revealed through emotional intuition and that the experience of values is independent of the experience of things.

However when we look at the demands that society places on our instincts, it relates predominately to the materialistic, with very little demand being made of the higher or finer aspects of the self. In contrast Aristotle was concerned with the greatest possible fulfilment of man and considered the factor of intrinsic good to be happiness.

Maslow identified in his hierarchy of needs a number of physiological, psychological, aesthetic and spiritual needs that an individual has across the lifespan.

Table 1: Maslow Hierarchy of Needs

In the developed worlds where basic physiological needs have been met, sociologists claim that we are in the post-materialistic age and therefore the urgent need of today is addressing the higher levels on Maslow’s Theory of Needs.

The outcome from emphasising the materialistic and external has induced a poverty of spirit. Victor Fankl (1962) in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, has theorised that all of us must find meaning in life, else a depressing emptiness will be there. Socrates stated that an unexamined life is not worth living. While Mahatma Gandhi stated that ‘Man is not at peace with himself until he has attained self-realisation’.

Table 2: Values can be classified according to types of benefit at issue

Category of value

Sample values

  1. Material and physical
  2. Economic
  3. Moral
  4. Social
  5. Political
  6. Aesthetic
  7. Religious (spiritual)
  8. intellectual
  9. professional
  10. sentimental

health, comfort, physical security
economic security, productiveness
honesty, fairness
charitableness, courtesy
freedom, justice
beauty, symmetry
piety, clearness of conscience
intelligence, clarity
professional recognition and success
love, acceptance

We end here and begin again with “What is the role of Human Values in our Lives?” in the February issue….





Story Time

Sweet Tears of Appreciation

It was a week before Christmas, and 10 year old Jenny and her mum were busy shopping in Oxford Street. The street was overflowing with people all hurrying up and down, all trying their very best to get their shopping done. Jenny grabbed tightly on her mum’s hand as she feared she may fall down because of all the people who were rushing and pushing around.

There were large queues at the shops, the cash machines, at the restaurants, even at the toilets!

Jenny was very happy as today her mum had come shopping especially to buy her Christmas present. Jenny had beautiful smile on her face the whole day!

Shopping on the same street was a lovely old lady called Mrs. Thomas. She had just recently recovered from an illness and had decided to come out today to buy, not only Christmas gifts, but also ‘thank you’ gifts for her family and friends who had cared for her during her illness.

Mrs. Thomas had just finished her shopping and was on way home when, all of a sudden, a young man with a blue suit who was in a hurry rushed passed her with such a force that she lost her balance and fell to the ground. As she fell to the ground, she screamed out aloud!

The young man did not notice that Mrs Thomas had fallen and he continued to try to catch his bus. It also seemed that in that very busy street with hundreds of people rushing around, nobody stopped to help Mrs. Thomas… Nobody that is, except for Jenny and her mum. On seeing Mrs. Thomas fall to the ground, Jenny’s mum, without a moment’s hesitation, rushed over to Mrs Thomas to offer her some help. Jenny also went to help.

Mrs. Thomas, it seemed, was in a lot of pain and she could not move her right leg. Her eyes were filled with large tears which ran quickly down and covered her face. Jenny’s mum spoke to Mrs. Thomas softly and calmly and told her not to worry and that everything would be all right. Jenny’s mum then called 999 and explained what had happened. While her mum was on the mobile phone, Jenny spoke sweetly and lovingly to Mrs. Thomas. She gave Mrs. Thomas some tissues to dry her tears and held her hands gently.

Jenny then noticed that, although Mrs. Thomas was still in a lot of pain, she now had a smile on her face and seemed to be looking a little better.

Jenny’s mum comforted Mrs. Thomas and told her that she would only leave when the ambulance arrived. They then picked up Mrs. Thomas’s handbag and her shopping bags and placed them close to her.

Within about 10 minutes the ambulance arrived and Mrs. Thomas was taken to the local hospital. Before getting into the ambulance, Mrs. Thomas thanked both Jenny and her mum for all their help, their comfort and their love. She now cried, not tears of pain but tears of appreciation. The ambulance men also thanked Jenny’s mum for making the call to 999 and for taking care of Mrs. Thomas until they arrived.

Jenny and her mum did not feel like shopping anymore, so they decided to go home. When Jenny thought about how thankful Mrs. Thomas was for their help, how beautiful Mrs. Thomas had smiled, and at the end, her sweet tears of appreciation, Jenny had a warm, lovely feeling in her heart. She realised what a special act she and her mum had done.


1) How did you feel when you heard the story?
2) Does the story remind you of anything in your own life?
3) What name would you give to the story?
4) How did you feel when Mrs. Thomas fell to the ground?
5) How did you feel when the man who pushed Mrs. Thomas did not even stop to see if she was all right?
6) How did you feel when Jenny and her mum helped Mrs. Thomas?
7) What did Jenny do to comfort Mrs. Thomas?
8) After comforting Mrs. Thomas, what else did Jenny’s mum do to help her?





BISSE Training Material Helps in New Zealand


Thanks to the generosity of the BISSE, we in New Zealand have been able to use the excellent material produced in UK with very promising results.

So far we have completed three Introductory Certificate Courses with 52 students completing the material, presentations, and exams. The last course was run at the Southern Cross Campus (a large college in South Auckland), where we were fortunate to have two rooms which were fully equipped with electronic white boards, computers etc., so we were able to run two courses simultaneously, with two tutors to a room, each taking twelve students.

The response to the material has been very favourable. It’s clear, profound, yet understandable presentation of the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values program is highly appreciated by all who have taken the course.

Students (some of them professional teachers) empowered by the training, have begun approaching schools with which they have a contact and so far two of these have been happy for us to run trial classes at their schools and another will be approached in the next week. The BISSE School Video has been extremely helpful in introducing the concept of a ‘Values Club’.

I extend my sincere congratulations to Carole and her team for the work they are doing and our gratitude for sharing it.

Richard J Wallis
Director ISSE NZ





Wishing you…..


The British Institute of Sathya Sai Education

Wishes you a festive Holiday Season

And A blissful New Year!!!





Training update

Launch of Diploma Course 2 in Spring 2010

Over the past decade, many readers will have attended BISSE’s training in how to teach the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values to children. This was first delivered as one-week ‘Foundation Training’ and was then developed in line with international guidelines in 2008 into ‘Diploma Course 1’.

We are pleased to announce that as the next stage in the development of a full Diploma programme, BISSE has now developed ‘Diploma Course 2’. This will take place on Sunday 28th March 2010 and then run for 9 consecutive days.

Everyone who has completed BISSE’s 9-day ‘Diploma Course 1’ is eligible to attend Diploma Course 2. Arrangements will also be put in place for people who have completed ‘Module 7’ of our earlier Foundation Training; details are being finalised but it is likely to take the form of pre-course work and assessment.

An Application Form for Diploma Course 2 will appear on our website shortly, and will also advise where the training will be held. In the meantime, please email if you are interested and we will email you an Application Form as soon as it becomes available.

SSEHV Course 1 in Broadstairs, Kent January - March 2010 16th Jan 1
17th Jan 2
6th Feb 3
7th Feb 4
20th Feb 5
21st Feb 6
6th Mar 7
7th Mar 8
SSEHV Course 2 - Location TBC, Spring 2010 1st Aug 1
2nd Aug 2
3rd Aug 3
4th Aug 4
5th Aug 5
6th Aug 6
7th Aug 7
8th Aug 8
TBA Presentation
SSEHV Training - Location TBC, Summer 2010 1st Aug 1
2nd Aug 2
3rd Aug 3
4th Aug 4
5th Aug 5
6th Aug 6
7th Aug 7
8th Aug 8
TBA Presentation





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