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What are the

Human Values?

 

There are five stem values and many sub-values or virtues that come from the main values. Together they make up the tapestry that forms an individual of character, containing all that makes a human being noble, caring and kind. A brief description of the main values are shown below:

 

Love - Using the power of energy

Love is not an emotion, affected by the sub-conscious mind, but is a spontaneous, pure reaction from the heart.  It is the power of love which causes one person to wish happiness for another and take pleasure in their well-being.  A beneficial energy (love) is directed towards the other person.  As this energy flows through our own body first, it also enhances our own health.  Love is unconditional positive regard for the good of another.  It is giving and unselfish.  Love is essential if children are to grow up healthy in mind and body.  Love is the unseen undercurrent binding all the other four values.

Thinking with love is truth

Feeling with love is peace

Acting with love is right conduct

Understanding with love is non-violence.

 

Sathya Sai Baba

 

 

Peace - Using the tool of the mind

We smile when we are happy and contented. Contentment is gained when we cease to want to give ourselves all the apparent 'good' things conveyed to us through our five senses. When our will is sufficiently strong to enable us to discern the difference between real needs and superfluous desires, we cease to be driven by the urge to own more and more things. Inner agitation stops and we are left feeling peaceful. When there is peace in the individual, there will be peace in the family, when there is peace in the family, there will be peace in the community. In order to learn self esteem, calmness and freedom from anxiety are necessary. These qualities are fostered by the Program's components, namely silent sitting and the self-reflective exercises in some of the group activity sessions.

 

 

Truth - Using the power of discrimination and intellect

The desire to know truth has prompted mankind to ask some of the great questions such as: Who am I? What is the purpose of life? How can I live fully in the present moment? Learning to speak the truth is a first and vital step in the formation of strong character. Voicing an untruth is an anti-social act and causes confusion in the mind of both the speaker and listener and leads to anti-social behaviour. Telling lies hurts ourselves as well as others in a subtle, but very real way. One great distinction between humankind and the rest of the animal kingdom is the ability to choose how to behave, rather than just to follow the lower instincts (the law of the jungle). A human being is also able to recognize past, present and future and to take note of changes occurring over time.

A quotation used in a lesson to stimulate thought and questions may later come to mind to provide guidance and choice in a life situation. Short term pain, long term gain. Choosing to refer to this higher level of awareness and to consciously exercise moderation in our behaviour leads to better health and greater contentment. The value of truth can also be taught through story telling which promotes curiosity, optimism, fairness to all and noble ideals. It also aids the understanding of the value of hones speech and self-analysis.

 

 

Right Conduct - Using the tool of the body

Information is received through the five senses, i.e. smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing. When this information is referred to the conscience, the resulting action will be beneficial. Every action is preceded by a thought. If the thought is consciously seen and noted, it aims to assist and is unselfish, the action will be good for oneself and others. If our minds are busy, or we are daydreaming, the action may be useless, clumsy or harmful to ourselves and others.

 

 

Non-violence - Awakening the spirit within

For the non-violent person the whole world is his family. When the former four values are practiced (i.e. the conscious mind is keenly aware, love is flowing, there is peace and action are right) and life is lived without harming or violating anything else. It is the highest achievement of human living and encompasses respect for all life living in harmony with nature, not hurting by thought, word or deed. The program recognizes two aspects of non-violence. These are:

Psychological such as compassion for all

Social appreciation of all cultures and religions and caring for the environment.

 

 


 

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