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“The Hands that Serve are Holier than the Lips that Pray."

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“When you feel that it is no other whom you are serving -but yourself, then your service will be better and more effective. Establish this attitude more firmly in your mind."

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, in every message and every discourse at every celebration has never failed to convey the importance of Serving others and expressing the joy and happiness that will derive through the act of serving others.

Sathya Sai Baba emphasizes that small or large acts of service, performed with the attitude of serving God residing in those being served, confer immense spiritual benefit upon the aspirant. He has said that selfless service is the best form of spiritual discipline. Accordingly, from the beginning of the Sri Sathya Sai Organization, the Service Wing has been one of the three main wings of the Center. The Service Coordinator leads this wing.

“Service is that which makes us courageous. Through the medium of Seva (selfless service), man can achieve divinity."

“You should realize that the purpose of human birth itself is to do Seva. It is only by serving others till the last breath that this noble life is given to us and not for eating, sleeping and making money. You must try to find out the nature of suffering and undergone by your brethren and make efforts to remove it and afford relief to the best of your ability and capacity. Then only will God become the resident of your heart"

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Selfless service becomes a spiritual activity, resulting in spiritual transformation, when performed with an attitude of serving God in the other person, with no focus on the result of the service. Such selfless service has to be performed according to these principles:

  • Equanimity, by overcoming likes and dislikes and eliminating judgments,

  • Impartiality, by becoming detached from personal expectations and controlling one’s impulsive reactions,

  • Reliability, toward the beneficiaries as well as the people with whom one is serving,

  • Amicability, expressed through simplicity, pleasantness, empathy, nonviolence, and an attitude of respect toward the beneficiaries.

The first aspect of selfless services is to take care of one’s own body, for it belongs to God. The second is to serve one’s parents. Third, one’s own family is to be served. Fourth, one serves the community and society at large. In this service, we should not neglect service to needy members of the Center itself.

“The core of the spiritual discipline of selfless service is to see everyone as yourself and yourself in everyone."

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Despite a number of government programs providing social welfare, a significant segment of the population in New Zealand has become economically and socially disadvantaged and is in real need of assistance in a number of ways.

Listed below are some of the programs being undertaken by various centres around the country.

  • Education in Human Values program

  • Study Care Program - Helping weaker students in Education

  • Taking the Message of Love to prisoners (Department of Correction)

  • Sai Food Bank (dry food distribution)

  • Sandwich Making Projects

  • Meals on Wheels

  • Soup Kitchen /Night shelter

  • Hospice visits

  • Programs for the Elderly, Rest home and Hospital visits

  • Refugee and Migrant services

  • Women’s Refuge

  • Natural Disaster appeals

  • Environmental Projects

  • Free Medical clinics – in NZ and overseas

  • Blood donation drives

  • Dental clinics

  • Homeopathic clinics

  • Community Adoption Programs

  • Youth Mentoring

  • Parent Appreciation Days