Sri Sathya Sai Vrindawith Love, at His service

What tripod/trisula should education focus on? – Divine Discourse Summary – Global Education Conference 2019 – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – May 26, 2019

It would not be wrong to conclude that the essence of all education, all knowledge, all intellect can be simply summarised as ability to always do good and never do harm to anyone. Three days of deliberations over a values-based education model for the entire globe has finally concluded today. A model that crosses all barriers of caste, creed, religion, nationalities, geographies, races has been established. This has been established as 3H – that is Head, Heart and Hands. When the heart or the seat of truth guides the head, which further instructs the hands, then you achieve a complete integrated personality. The need of the hour is not artificial intelligence and investment into it but heartificial intelligence and investment into that. Investing in developing the hearts of the students that would guide their intellect which will further instruct their hands or actions is the need of the hour. 

Education that only caters to the intellect which further guides the hands is incomplete. But that which starts with the source, that is to improve, that is to develop the heart of the child which is the seat of all good qualities of the truth, of love, of empathy, of compassion, if that does not develop and become an integrated part of education system, then this system is only going to fail us in the future. We live in paradoxical times where on one side, the world has never had this much of wealth as it enjoys today but on the other side, it has never had these many poor and hungry too. What is the reason behind such disparity and divide? The answer is very simple. People are selfish. They only look out for themselves, but they do not care about what happens to others. The education must prepare individuals who are guided by a heart full of love, full of compassion.

Skilled hands that are always engaged in serving others selflessly; sharp intellects with razor-sharp discrimination to discriminate between what is right, what is wrong; and ultimately a very compassionate heart that guides both the intellect as well as the body or the actions. This should be the way education should be imparted. The tripod of this model – the heart, head, hand – must all be given equal importance if not more. For all the abilities without nobility is dangerous and all the nobility without ability is useless. If we do not invest in this today and if we do not take the measures to improve the education system founding it in this principle of head, heart and hand, the future generations will not forgive us for what we have done to them. Gather the understanding of the people who are involved in educating children and also the parents who are an integral part of this model and develop this understanding between all and present it the very next year.