Sathya Sai Centres and Groups
“It is as a means of spiritual discipline that the Organisation is to be understood. Take it in that attitude. Do not consider the rules as restrictions imposed by Me or as shackles on your freedom of action. They are devised to help you and others in the spiritual practices you have entered upon.”
Sathya Sai Baba, 22/12/1971
The Sathya Sai Centres provides a loving environment that nourishes the devotion of its members by creating opportunities to study and practice the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba. Centres and Groups.
“The qualifications of membership are to be an eager aspirant for spiritual progress, to have full faith in the name that the Organisation bears …. and to have won recognition as a good person. That is all the qualification needed; nothing else counts”. SSB (21.4.1967)
There are no dues, membership fees, and donations are never solicited.
A member has to be at least 18 years old.
Members of the “International Sathya Sai Organisation’ are expected to do their best to practice the Nine-Point Code of Conduct and the Ten Guiding Principles laid down by Sathya Sai Baba and thereby become exemplars of His Teachings.
Nine point Code of Conduct
Daily meditation and prayer
Group devotional singing (bhajan) or prayer with family members once a week.
Participation in Sai Spiritual Education by children of the family.
Participation in community service work and other programs of the organization.
Regular attendance at the Center's devotional meetings
Regular study of Sathya Sai Baba literature.
The use of soft, loving speech with everyone.
Not speaking ill of others, especially in their absence.
Practice placing a ceiling on desires - consciously and continuously strive to eliminate the tendency to waste time, money, food and energy - and utilize the savings for service to mankind.
Ten Guiding Principles
Love and Serve the Motherland; do not hate or hurt the motherland of others.
Honour every religion; each is pathway to the one God.
Love all men without distinction; know that mankind is a single community.
Keep your home and its environs clean; it will ensure health and happiness for you and for society.
Do not throw coins when beggars stretch their hands for alms; help them become self-reliant. Provide food and shelter, love and care, for the sick and the aged.
Do not tempt other by offering bribes or demean yourself by accepting bribes.
Do not develop jealousy, hatred or envy on any account.
Do not depend on other to serve your personal needs; become your own servant, before proceeding to serve others.
Adore God. Abhor Sin. (Love God – Fear Sin).
Observe the laws of the State and be an exemplary citizen.
Formation of Centres and Groups
Formation: A group of persons interested in forming a Centre or Group may obtain a copy of the Guidelines and the Operations Manual and an application for accreditation and submit the completed application to the presiding body. If the group is meeting regularly and in conformity with the Guidelines for a period of six months, the presiding body may recommend to the Country Central Coordinator or Zone Chair that the group be accredited as a Centre or Group.
Names of centres and groups: Sathya Sai Centres generally carry the name of the local community in which they are located. In English-speaking countries, the standard is “Sathya Sai Centre [or Group] of (town or city in which it meets)”. Similar naming conventions should be adopted in other languages.
A Sathya Sai Centre must have at least nine members and must conduct the program activities in at least two of the three “wings”: devotion, education, and service. Otherwise, the designation “Sathya Sai Group” is used.