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X iv Integration of spiritual and secular education

1. What is the importance of integrating spiritual and secular education?

Parents should see to it that their children come up in their life by acquiring proper education. They should encourage their children to pursue such type of education which will lead them to immortality. Of course, secular education is also necessary. But, secular education should be harmonised with spiritual education to mould the character of the students and make them better citizens of the country.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jan 2004
You must recognise that all our education should not be concentrated on worldly matters. It should also contain spiritual and ethical aspects. It is only when all these three aspects, the worldly aspect, the spiritual aspect and the ethical aspect come together that education will acquire some meaning.
Sathya Sai Baba, Summer Showers 1977
Hearts of children are unsullied by sensual desires. Teachers and parents, comrades and elders, spoil them by their conduct and example. They tarnish their immaculate nature. If only they are allowed to grow in the proper spiritual atmosphere, if they are allowed to approach God, then, they become good, just, humble and pure. That does not mean they will be weak; they will be strong, with all the strength of Truth. Then, they will be invaluable assets to the nation; but, now, when schools are denied the spiritual atmosphere, they grow up into handicaps on the road to progress, problems to themselves as well as to the nation. This is the reason why I have entered the field of education, and established colleges for the new era, for both boys and girls, in different states.
Sathya Sai Baba, 1 Jun 1970