Though we are born as human beings, most of us are behaving as animals. One without Vidya, the right kind of knowledge and wisdom, a human being is equal to an animal. Most of us are animals walking on two feet. Because we have been wasting our life in only animal instincts of eating food, sleeping, procreation and also involved in fear. If you want to really train the human beings from animalhood to real humanity, Vidya or education is very important. Education which is given in order to make them earn their livelihood is not education. Animals do not have any kind of education, but they provide food to themselves and their families and look after their families. The purpose of true education is to make the human beings realise their inherent divinity. Body is the temple and one who resides is God Himself. To recognise the truth that God pervades everything outside and inside and realising that Divinity and conducting ourselves on that truth is the purpose of education.
What is most important in this university, apart from giving them education for earning livelihood, we are also telling them how to attain the highest purpose in life which is God realisation. Educational institutions are running on the basis of Dhana and not Dharma. Only for earning money not for teaching righteous conduct. Naturally the students who study in such institutions where the purpose of management is only to earn money these children – students – will become selfish and there is no way they develop any selfless attitude of service. It is the only educated people who are turning more and more selfish; uneducated people are in a way selfless. Actually, the uneducated people remain innocent and people who are doing harm to society are the educated people. In order to save the society and the nation and the world from human selfishness, we have to give an education which teaches students to become selfless. That is why we have established this university.
When boys and girls join Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, they should become excellent human beings. Fundamentally the purpose is first and foremost, you should become excellent human beings before you become excellent doctors or engineers or lawyers. The purpose is to teach the quality of selflessness by which one can attain immortality. The wealth of education is the highest wealth. That kind of wealth we have to impart to everybody. My only aspiration and blessing to all of you is all of you should become such selfless servants of society and wise people who have realised Divine nature. Don’t lose this opportunity which is given to you. Once you lose this opportunity, you may never get it again. You have to keep this opportunity secure and use it well.