"Wishing to offer his son, Svetaketu, the idea and taste of Truth, the sage Udalaka Aruni sent the boy to fetch a red fruit from the banyan tree. When the boy brought the fruit, his father said: “Cut it in half”. The son did as he was told. “What is there inside?” asked his father. “There are countless seeds.” “Take one seed and cut it into half”. said the boy’s father. After much effort and patience, Svetaketu succeeded in cutting one tiny seed. “What is there, inside it?” asked his father. “There is nothing inside father”. “Oh, my child, a tree like this cannot grow out of nothing.” “Truly father, there is nothing.” “That which you call nothing, is something that eyes cannot see – something invisible from which this huge tree grows. That is power, that is invisible spirit which pervades everything, and is a root of everything that exists.”
SSEHV aims at the education of the overall personality of the child and takes into account the subtle levels of human expression and awareness. Our capacity to perceive, understand, and express ourselves can be improved and refined at a physical, emotional, mental and intellectual level. But in addition to this there is a deeper form of awareness which one can learn to acknowledge, develop and abide by. This form of awareness is connected to the spiritual aspect of human nature, sometimes referred to as “Heart” or Conscience and opens the door to new forms of investigation and research. In this light SSEHV is characterized by its spiritual outlook as it not only provides information coming from “outside”, but wishes to draw forth the intrinsic knowledge, directly from the source within. Sathya Sai says that “Spirituality calls for the recognition of the manifold capacities manifesting in man as emanating from the Spirit and not from the mind. … and continues by saying that Spirituality means making man manifest the divinity in him. Spirituality is the realization of the role of the Spirit in daily life.”
SSEHV is non-denominational and compatible to all cultures and religious creeds. Its essence and universal significance can be compared to the potential of a small kernel, that planted into local soil sprouts and gives life to a SSEHV Tree, that blossoms in harmony with ones environment, culture and traditions.