ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
Welcome to ISSE - USA
Welcome to the website of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education-United States of America!
With the overriding goal of developing confident, compassionate, and well-balanced human beings, the Institute of Sathya Sai Education-USA (ISSE-USA) is designed to exemplify and promote a process of education that integrates universal human values across the learning experiences of children and adults, and inspires the development of character and human excellence.
All programs provided by the ISSE-USA are built on the five universal human values of Truth, Right Action, Peace, Love, and Nonviolence. We believe these values are innate within the human condition, and that true education is a lifelong process that “elicits” or brings out these values from within the individual and encourages their application in daily life. We embrace the idea that it is only through the development and practice of these and other universal human values that individuals can realize their innate potential and humankind can achieve peace and prosperity.
This site provides information about the exceptional human values-centered philosophy, pedagogy, and programs of the Institute. We trust you will find it to be of great interest and value. We invite you to peruse it for more details associated with the wide-ranging services we offer teachers, community workers, students, parents, and indeed all who are interested in the constructive, holistic development of children, adults, families, and society.
If you are interested in applying to our Diploma Course, would like to participate in our partnership, community, and other programs, or simply wish to contact us, please visit our Application & Contact Information Page.
The Institute of Sathya Sai Education-USA is a legally constituted, non-profit organization established to promote the universal principles and programs of Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (Sathya Sai EHV). It is part of a network of educational institutions currently operating in over 40 countries throughout the world.
ISSE-USA aims to humanize all aspects of education by harmonizing secular and spiritual education. In the words of Sathya Sai Baba: Mere secular education is not enough. It must be supplemented by spiritual education. Secular education is for making a living, whereas spiritual education is for reaching the goal of life.
Core Philosophy and Pedadogy
Despite unprecedented scientific, medical, and technological progress in recent years, the high levels of suffering and anxiety that exist worldwide show few signs of abating. Persisting poverty, intolerance, and a steady decline in morality and environmental quality are but a few of the factors challenging the peace and well being of mankind. Such a state of affairs suggests that a profound change is needed in the way human beings view themselves and how they interact with one another.
The educational model that is prevalent throughout the world today focuses on competitive and comparative advantage, and largely neglects the most crucial aspect of mankind’s body-mind-spirit composition. To effect the changes in lifestyle and the standards by which we live, education must expand from its overwhelming accent on the superficial, profit-producing aspects of learning to encompass the more essential values and principles that underlie the world’s great spiritual and cultural traditions.
Who is Sathya Sai Baba?
Sathya Sai Baba was born in 1926 in the village of Puttaparthi in South India. As a child, his spiritual inclination, contemplative nature, and extraordinary expressions of wisdom, compassion, and service set Him apart from other children. This distinction continued and expanded throughout his life.
As he matured, Sathya Sai Baba became a highly revered spiritual leader, university chancellor, and world-renowned humanitarian whose life and message continues to inspire millions of people throughout the world. His timeless and universal teachings, along with the manner in which he led his own life, attracted seekers of Truth from all the religions, cultures, and corners of the world. His approach to the uplift of mankind focuses on education, health, and general social service. These three are summarized as Educare, Medicare, and Sociocare.
Sathya Sai Baba established a model education system, which includes primary and secondary schools, and an accredited university with three campuses, offering undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees. No fees are charged to students, and admission is open to all, regardless of race, religion, or economic condition. This deeply grounded and highly adaptable system of Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) has spread to more than 40 countries throughout the world.