|Swami during the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet |
Prize Distribution Function at the Prasanthi Nilayam
In the years ahead, it is the responsibility of teachers to train the students to become ideal citizens of Bharat. The teachers have a great responsibility not only to encourage the students’ participation in sports but also to promote in them the qualities of good citizenship. Students by themselves are very good. They have plenty of energy and enthusiasm. The students should be given proper guidance and encouragement. If these are provided, our students can develop into exemplary models for the whole world. There is no doubt about this. Even in their classes many students achieve ‘O’ grade (between 75% - 100%) in their subjects. That students getting ‘O’ grade have taken part in the sports events testifies to their all-round abilities. These talents are not given to them by their professors. They have been developed by the students’ own intense efforts. The basic reason for all this is their devotion and love for Swami. All of them have come here for the sake of Swami and not for the sake of any specific learning. If students and teachers continue to work thus, great things can be accomplished!
There is any number of colleges in the world. But in our colleges, we have to impart the sacred precepts of our culture to the students. Along with this, academic subjects have to be taught. Education is for developing right understanding. Work is for earning a living. Today education is sought for getting a job. This is not proper. Students should imbibe the culture along with academic knowledge. If a student goes astray, he alone is affected. But if a teacher is bad, hundreds of students will be spoilt. Of all the professions in the world, that of the teacher is most estimable. The teacher has to teach the students what is good and ennobling for them. This is the true relationship between teachers and students. This is what should be developed in our educational institutions.
Source: Bharatiya Culture and Sports, Discourse 11, My Dear Students Volume 3; Discourse on the occasion Prize Distribution Function of the Annual Sports & Cultural Meet, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus Auditorium on January 14, 1990.