“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:
- 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."
"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 centres 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, meditation and selfless service to the community, society and the world. Membership is open to people from all faiths and all walks of life.The Centre programmes are compatible with all the major religions.