Serve The Planet 2017
Whosoever worships the Supreme Lord should also worship Nature (Prakriti). He should love and adore Nature because Nature is not different from the Supreme Self. Nature is the effect and God is the Cause.
Sathya Sai Baba
"Serve The Planet" (STP) is a youth-led initiative that was launched in October 2013, as a global public outreach service project of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). Since then, it has evolved and now seeks to engage members of the organisation and the community in practising Sathya Sai Baba’s message on Ceiling on Desires and caring for our environment.
Your life is a long journey. You should have less luggage (desires) in this long journey of life. Therefore, it is said, ‘Less luggage, more comfort, makes travel a pleasure.’ So, ceiling on desires is what you have to adopt today. You have to cut short your desires day by day. You are under the mistaken notion that happiness lies in the fulfillment of desires. But, in fact, happiness begins to dawn when desires are totally eradicated.”
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 32, Ch 6, March 14, 1999
Serve the Planet will focus on reducing our desires and our consumption as the key means to protect our environment, and to live a happier life.
The theme for STP for 2017 is ‘Protect the Planet’
Using Sathya Sai Baba’s framework “to be, do, then tell”, Serve the Planet will enable us to better understand Sathya Sai Baba’s message on the environment, practice it in our daily lives, and to share this with our communities. Over the course of the year a number of resources will be shared and programmes will take place to enable this including sharing of study circles, practical tips and toolkits, service project ideas, an essay and poster competition and more.
A second project will also take place to transform Prasanthi Nilayam into a Green Campus by 2020, looking at initiatives such as reducing general waste and plastic consumption, improving energy efficiency and drinking water quality.
Watch this space for more information and updates!