One of the nine point code of conduct for practice in our daily lives is “Regular Study of Sai Literature”. Study Circle is a wonderful tool that helps us engage in this spiritual discipline. The perspectives shared by all the members coupled with the life application of the values results in a deeper understanding of Swami’s teachings.
Here’s Swami’s own words on the purpose and significance of Study Circle:
“It is not just reading books. Circle, study circle means taking a point and each person discussing what is the meaning of the point to them—like a round table conference. Each person gives his point of view, and finally values are derived from this. If there is just reading, there is doubt, but if each one gives his view, doubts will be answered. The topic is viewed; the study circle looks at different facets. It is like a diamond with its different facets, but there is one facet that is flat, the top facet, and from this all can be viewed. To discover the top facet is the task [purpose] of study circle”.
– Conversation with Baba, Pg 125.
Here are a few resources that members would find useful in conducting study circle sessions in Sathya Sai centers and groups.