Sathya Sai Organization

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Sathya Sai Organization
Motto Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love, and Non-Violence
Formation 1960
Type Non Profit
Location
Chairman Michael Goldstein
Website sathyasai.org

The Sathya Sai Organization (or Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization) was founded in the 1960s by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.[1] The first Sai Centers were started in India under the name Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi.[2] The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization originated "to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement."[1] According to the Sathya Sai Organization, there are an estimated 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 130 countries worldwide.[3] Its current chairperson is Michael Goldstein.[4]

Mission statement[edit]

"The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization," as Sathya Sai Baba states, "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."[5][6]

The principal objectives of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation are:

1. To help the individual[1]

  • To be aware of the Divinity that is inherent in him and to conduct himself accordingly;
  • To translate into practice in daily life, divine love and perfection; and therefore
  • To fill one's life with joy, harmony, beauty, grace, human excellence and lasting happiness;

2. To ensure that all human relations are governed by the principles of Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right Conduct), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non-violence).[1]

3. To make devotees more sincere and dedicated in the practice of their respective religions by understanding properly the true spirit of their religion.[1]

Sathya Sai Baba further explains the quality of service expected of the organization. "The Organisations named after Me are not to be used for publicising My Name, or creating a new cult around My worship. They must try to spread interest in japam (recitation of God's Name), dhyaanam (meditation) and other sadhanas (spiritual practices), which lead man Godward; they must demonstrate the joy derivable from bhajan (devotional group singing) and Naamasmarana (remembering God's Name), the Shanthi (peace) that one can draw from Sathsang (good company). They must render seva (service) to the helpless, the sick, the distressed, the illiterate and the needy. Their seva should not be exhibitionistic; it must seek no reward, not even gratitude or thanks from the recipients. Seva is sadhana (spiritual exercise), not a pastime of the rich and well placed. Each one must realize this truth."[7]

Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital, Puttaparthi, A.P., India

Projects[edit]

The International Sai Organization hosts a number of various institutes, trusts and associations.[8] They include:

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust[9]

Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust -Publications Division- [10]

Radio Sai[11]

Educational Institutions

Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust[15]

  • Primary Health Care – Medical camps organised to visit orphanages, old age homes, leprosy homes etc.
  • Secondary Healthcare (The general hospitals) Sri Sathya Sai General Hospitals in Prasanthi Nilayam and Whitefield, Bangalore, render free medical aid
  • Tertiary Health Care (the super-speciality hospitals) These hospitals provide excellent patient care facilities to all, free of cost.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science. There are two campuses, one being in Prasanthi Nilayam, A.P. and the other in Whitefield, Karnataka, India.

Ashrams

Service, Devotion and Education Wings[16]

Drinking Water Supply Projects[17]

Activities of the Organization[edit]

Sathya Sai Baba University, Puttaparthi, A.P., India
  • Spiritual activities include devotional singing, study circles, public lectures, seminars, meditation etc.[1]
  • Mr. Samir Bhatia, a Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust, Maharashtra, has been actively engaging with AMTM to provide medical assistance and support to injured animals and birds for the past few years.
  • Educational activities cover 'Bal Vikas' (for children) and Education in Human Values Programmes, besides formal academic education combined with the development of the character of the students for age group of 6 to 15.[1]
  • Service activities include items such as organizing medical check-up camps, adoption of under-developed villages for accelerating rural development, blood donation, old age homes, etc.[1]

Code of Conduct[edit]

The charter of the organization says that every member should undertake sadhana (spiritual discipline) as an integral part of daily life and abide by the following nine codes of conduct [2]:

1. Daily meditation and prayer.
2. Devotional singing/prayer with family members once per week.
3. Participation in the educational programmes conducted by the organization for children.
4. Attendance at least once per month at group devotional programmes conducted by the organization.
5. Participation in community service and other programmes of the organization.
6. Regular study of Sai literature.
7. Putting into practice the principles of "ceiling on desires", utilising any savings thereby generated for the service of mankind.
8. Speaking softly and lovingly with everyone with whom one comes into contact.
9. Avoiding speaking ill of others, especially in their absence.[1]

Organizational structure[edit]

The International Sai Organisation is ordered into 9 zones. A number of regions are then created in each zone. For example, both the US and Canada are in zone 1, however the United States is in region 11 while Canada is in region 13. Each region then branches out to individual centers[2][4]

The center structure operates with the Service, Youth, Education, Ladies and Spiritual coordinators addressing the center President directly, who in turn reports to the Regional coordinator. (The regional coordinator acts a liaison between the centers' Presidents and the regional council) The President of each center has with him/her a secretary, vice president and treasurer.[18]

The regional organizational structure (using region 13 as an example) consists of regional coordinators (from various geographic parts of the region) reporting to a Council Chairperson. Independent of the regional coordinators, the Service, Youth, Publications, Education and Spiritual coordinators report directly to the Council Chairperson. The Council Chairperson then communicates with the Central Coordinator of that region.[18]

References[edit]

Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations West Bengal

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