The Shakti programme was initiated by the Sathya Sai Educare Academy, a wing under the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia, and is aimed at primarily Hindu students in colleges and universities to inspire them towards higher goals as well as motivate them towards success in both their worldly and spiritual lives.
The acronym Shakti stands for:
The Shakti programme like the Education in Human Values programme rests on the five universal human values of Truth, Right Action, Peace, Love and Non-violence. Sathya Sai Baba teaches that these human values are innate in every human being, and that true education “elicits,” or brings out that which is within the individual. It is through the development of these universal values that mankind can reach its full human potential.
Practicing these values with a loving heart fulfils the quest of the intellect for Truth and channels the will into Right Action. Properly applied and harmonized within the human being, the values help resolve conflicts of human emotions, and foster the positive emotions and interactions that bring inner and outer Peace. An attitude of Non-violence leads to expansion outward with a sense of responsibility to others and a respect for all creation.
The Shakti programme also aims to elicit human values from within the hearts and minds of each individual and promotes the daily application of the values in each life.
The Shakti programme can be broken down into two main parts – a two day camp and weekly classes.
Once the students have been identified, they are required to attend a 2-day, 1-night group camp. At this camp, students will be taught the following:
a) Introduction to Shakti
b) The meaning behind each acronym
c) Team building games
d) Creating a Resolution
Later, weekly classes will be held incorporating Education in Human Values.