What is it to be truly educated? As the students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning receive their degrees, the Divine Chancellor, our beloved Bhagawan reminds us.
“Speak the Truth; Follow Righteousness”. These two vital Vedic principles have been obliterated today. Mammon reigns supreme. Wealth is worshipped as God. Malpractices are the offerings made to this deity. Humanness has been sacrificed. There must be a return to human values. Education must aim at promoting these values. Planting the seed of love and fostering the tree of tolerance, students should seek to offer the fruit of peace to society. This should be their primary duty. Students! You do not become educated merely by getting degrees. You will be truly educated only when you render services to the people. Engage yourselves in service to the people. True education is that which equips one for service and not merely for earning wealth. Fill your hearts with compassion. A compassionate heart is the seat of the Divine.
– Divine Discourse, Nov 22, 1989.