With Swami’s love, grace and blessings the National Education Wing of the Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG held two Empowerment Workshops in the months of June and July 2020 for Group 3 & 4 students and parents. This workshop was led by Brother Sridhar Subramonian, alumnus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi and the current National Devotional Coordinator for SSIO Australia. It was offered for the first time in a virtual setting Australia wide. It was well attended and well received by Group 3 & 4 students, parents and teachers across the country.
What inspired the team to conduct this workshop?
Group 3 & 4 students are in their teen years and during these years they go through a period of intense growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually. They are often energetic, thoughtful, and idealistic, with a deep interest in what’s fair and right. As they mature, they start to think more abstractly and rationally and are forming their moral code. Although it can be a period of conflict between parent and child, the teen years are also a time to help these children grow into the distinct individuals Swami wants them to be.
The aim of the workshop was to encourage the children to achieve more and understand their uniqueness in partnership with their parents so that parents can be part of the child’s journey and work together as partners for the child’s success. The workshop also touched on important life skills that will help students address goal setting, time management and stress management and equipped them by building self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief.
Through the exploration of Swami’s teachings, the workshop also provided parents with strategies and skills needed to connect and collaborate with their children to discover and apply key life skills necessary for their future success.
The session commenced with the following reinforcement:
You are Unique
You are born to be ‘Noble’
You are all Sai’s children
You are ‘Good; by habit and ‘Great’ by choice
The workshop addressed the following key topics:
- The cycle of empowerment focusing on the most important
- Understanding the importance of time and paradox of time by making the best use of time in hand, structuring effective daily discipline routines, prioritization, living in the present and accepting change as it comes
- Effective prayer routines and praying with fervour
- Removing inferiority and superiority complexes
- Igniting the brain through techniques such as keeping a written plan of action, learning things you don’t know, having a hobby, not giving up and not worrying.
- Failure leads to success. It’s ok to fail and learn from failure. Examples of individuals who failed many times to become successful were quoted. Some of them are Thomas Edison when making a bulb, Abraham Lincoln, Wilma Rudolf, Jack Banister and Jesse Owens.
The facilitator concluded by requesting the students to visualise success regularly and offer the following to Swami three times before going to bed everyday:
- Nothing is impossible for me
- All good and great things is possible for me
- I offer everything I have accomplished today to you Lord
We are immensely grateful to our beloved Lord for providing the Group 3 & 4 students and parents with an informative combined learning opportunity to succeed, learn and grow through SAI’s teachings!
“Children do not come to you, but through you. Parents must feel that they are servants appointed by the Lord to tend to the little souls that are born in their households, as the gardener tends to the trees in the garden of the Master…. Children are precious treasures given to you. Yours is the great task of rearing them to become devoted servants of God and sincere spiritual aspirants…Take care of them as you would your neighbour’s jewellery”Sathya Sai Baba