"The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization --which you
must always keep before you-- is to help man recognize the divinity
that is inherent in him. So, your duty is to emphasize the One, to
experience the One in all you do or speak. Do not give any importance
to differences of religion or sect or status or color. Have the feeling
of one-ness permeate every act of yours. Only those who do so have
a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw."
from Sathya Sai Speaks IX, 35, 187-188 (old edition).
The inspiration of Sathya Sai Baba's example and message of unselfish love and service has resulted in the establishment of over 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 145 countries throughout the world.
The Sathya Sai Baba Centers constitute a genuine spiritual movement. We are moving away from body consciousness and selfishness to God consciousness and selflessness. We are moving away from a world in which force maintains order, away from a world in which selfish goals are the foundation of human interactions and institutions. We are moving toward a world where acknowledgement of and love for God results in the harmonious and loving interaction of all members of the holy human family. Love is the fuel for our spiritual movement. The quality and constancy of our love determines the speed and duration of our journey.
The members of Sathya Sai Centers are united by a common bond --love of God-- and a common goal --spiritual growth. Center activities include the study of the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba and the sacred literature of all religions, group devotional singing, spiritual meditation, and selfless service to the community, society, the world, and the environment. The membership includes people from all walks of life, and the Center programs are compatible with all the major religions. There is never a fee for membership in a Sathya Sai Baba Center, and members are never required to purchase books or materials. Donations are never solicited.
"When an organization has started, it has to lay down for itself certain rules and regulations. But our rules are of a different nature altogether. Our rules emphasize that members must first practise what they stand for. Whatever you desire others to do, you must first put into daily practise sincerely and with steadfastness. ...
The organizations must be such that members find them congenial places to deepen their spiritual discipline ( sadhana), to cultivate their virtues, to overcome their ego, by contact with workers who are free from the least trace of that deadly poison." from Sathya Sai Speaks VI, 7, 35-36.
It is the duty of all those who are connected with the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation to promote spiritual discipline, dedicate themselves to social service and to lead a purposeful life. To promote the awareness of divinity in human beings, thereby building a genuine sense of brotherhood among all people, should be our primary aim.”
These objectives can be attained in the following manner:
1. By observing the four principles laid down by Sathya Sai Baba namely:
"There is only ONE Religion, the religion of Love."
"There is only ONE Language, the language of Heart."
"There is only ONE Caste, the Caste of Humanity."
"There is only ONE God. He is Omnipresent."
2. “Love All, Serve All”
The inspiration of Sathya Sai Baba's example and message of unselfish love and service has resulted in the establishment of Sai Centres in 145 countries throughout the world with 120 centres and groups in the United Kingdom. Centre members are encouraged to actively participate in their local community by offering voluntary service. Typically, most entres are involved in one or more of the following community based activities:
* Organising food distribution for the homeless and visiting the
elderly and sick in hospitals or homes in conjunction with Age Link,
Meals on Wheels, Mencap and Help the Aged.
* Organising blood / bone marrow donation events in conjunction with the National Blood Service and Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust.
* Working with National and International charities to help refugees and needy people all over the world.
* Working with schools and education authorities to promote human values based education.
* Setting up Information Technology (I.T.) workshops within the community and offering both adults and children free I.T. tuition.
* Setting up medical camps to provide free medical diagnostic and counselling service sessions in the UK and abroad.
* Working with people with physical or mental disabilities (providing moral support or organising various entertainment activities).
* Working with various organisations including prisons to develop drug prevention education and mentoring schemes.
* Working with local authorities and environmental organisations to help look after the local environment (for example: tree planting, cleaning rivers and country lanes).
A common goal of spiritual growth unites the members of the Sai Centres. Centre activities also include the study of the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba and the sacred literature of all religions, group devotional singing, spiritual meditation, and selfless service to the community, society, the world, and the environment. The membership includes people from all walks of life, and the Centre programmes are compatible with all the major religions.
“Hands that help are holier than lips that pray." Baba.