Mrs. Marianne Meyer
Mrs. Marianne Meyer and her husband, the late Thorbjorn Meyer, established the Sathya Sai Organization in Denmark and the ESSE (European Sathya Sai Education) Institute. Mrs. Meyer has been a Sathya Sai Education teacher and was National Sathya Sai Education Coordinator. She has served as Centre President, Deputy Central Coordinator, and Zone Chairperson for Zone 7. She has been the ESSE Institute Teacher Trainer since 1987 and is the Director of the ESSE. She is a member of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation (SSSWF), a member of the Prasanthi Council, and the Co-Chairperson of the SSSWF Education Committee.
Values based – Change Management Pty Ltd, India
Abhimanyu Kaul, fondly known as Abhi, feels proud and blessed to have been a Sai student during the years 1983-1990 in Puttaparthi where he completed his Masters in Commerce. Abhi believes that his only and true identification is being a ‘Sai Student’. He brings with him a plethora of divine experiences from his school and college days. He inspires all by sharing the lessons learnt at the feet of the Master. He is a great story teller who brings alive those divine moments.
Abhi was born and brought up in India and after graduating, moved to Toronto, Canada developing his life’s purpose with his company called “Values in Action”: Spreading the awareness, need and practical implication of values is his passion, and through Sai’s guidance instruction and blessings he has been engaged in spreading values education. He was blessed to be advisor to the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago for values and character education, where he started a values school – Vid international. Presently similar work is going on in Medan, Indonesia; the State of Sikkim, India; and in Nepal, while also spreading values education and values orientation in life
Mrs. Angela Loraine Burrows
Mrs. Angela Loraine Burrows has trained, influenced and inspired a world-wide network of educators and policy makers to explore deeper spiritual possibilities in the area of education. She has encouraged teachers to go within and find a deeper understanding of themselves, their students and society. Today, she has taken the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV), to national curriculums around the world. This has made her a significant catalyst in the Sai mission.
She has also been instrumental in using the universal medium of music to bring human values alive through melodious and catchy songs. From Australians to Canadians to Omanis and South Africans, children around the globe are singing the SSEHV songs she has composed. Values-based songs are sung in schools, Sai and non-Sai, the world over, set to lilting tunes that grow on children and adults alike.
In 1983 Loraine went to India as usual towards the end of year. She was told that there was going to be the first Conference on SSEHV for Overseas Teachers. Loraine was not the only person from Thailand attending the conference; Dr. Art-ong Jumsai also came with a couple of other people. They did not know each other very well at this point as he had just started coming to the centre in Bangkok. On the first night of the conference, something happened that changed the course of Loraine’s life forever! Sai gave a discourse about education: He said that there was no work or profession more important than being a teacher and that the future of the world lies in the hands of the children. The world would only change if there was a generation of young people who lived the values and were ready to serve society. He then said something that is imprinted on her mind forever! He looked down at all of the delegates and said: “If you are a teacher of Education in Human Values it is enough for your life; you don’t have to do anything else.” Some people may have been thinking: “That’s great! All we have to do is just teach an EHV class once a week and that is enough!” Then Swami ‘dropped the bombshell – so to speak’ He said: “Because if you are a teacher of Education in Human Values you have to practice everything that you teach!” That was it! There was no way out, no turning back! It was a lifelong commitment! Then and there she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to teaching children and helping them to become good and responsible citizens.
When the group returned from India they started more SSEHV classes. Loraine was already teaching Bal Vikas classes but now they started reaching out into the Thai community and after 1985 had regular classes with the slum children as well. It became evident that it was necessary to have a Sathya Sai School. Around this time, Sai also told Dr. Art-ong Jumsai to start a school in Thailand. Loraine is the only original teacher still remaining at the school.
The two countries that have taken SSEHV as part of their education system are Kazakhstan and Bhutan. Dr. Art-ong Jumsai and Loraine travelled many times to Kazakhstan and conducted training for teachers all over the country. They were invited by the First Lady of Kazakhstan and worked closely with her for several years, Sathya Sai Education in Human Values has been incorporated into the national educational system even though Kazakhstan is a Muslim country. A special agreement was signed between the Government of Bhutan and Thailand to train all the school teachers in Bhutan in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values. Numerous seminars were conducted for school principals and teachers. During 2010, two large groups of potential teacher-trainers from Bhutan (76 in all) came to study intensive shortened courses in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values of two weeks duration at the Institute of Sathya Sai Education in Thailand.
After many years, as her work started to expand to other countries, Loraine wanted to check with Sai that He was happy with this. She had an opportunity to ask when she went one time to Prasanthi with a Thai Buddhist nun and Swami called them for an interview. “He gave her the honour of translating from Thai into English, and English into Thai, (as if the Lord needs a translator! He was just giving me the chance!) At the end of the interview Loraine asked Swami: “Swami, what about my work?” Swami looked at me with a beautiful smile and said: “Your work, Swami is very, very, very, happy!” What more can one ask for in this life?”
Taken from: RadioSai Journals