Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation was founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba with an objective 'to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement'. It has over 1200 Sathya Sai Centres (branches) in 126 countries. Through this organisation, Sri Sathya Sai Baba established a network of free hospitals, clinics, drinking water projects, auditoriums, ashrams and schools.
“Bhajan singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self”.
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Bhajan or devotional singing is a very vital part of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings. Bhajans or devotional singing is the very breath of life that keeps our Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation in Maharashtra & Goa, healthy and united. The core intention of Bhajan is to make man cleanse his heart and mind, which will help him to shine in all aspects of life with happiness and peace.
It is a remarkable feature of festival celebrations in Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Maharashtra & Goa that they are not confined to any particular religion or deity. They are universal in character emphasizing the underlying unity of all religions and the fundamental message of love and peace. Indeed, Bhagawan had declared in a discourse delivered on the occasion of the First World Conference of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations at Mumbai in July 1968: “This is a human form in which every Divine entity, every Divine Principle, that is to say, all Names and Forms ascribed by man to God, are manifest”.
All major festivals are celebrated across Maharashtra & Goa with great fervour including the “Bal Vikas-Festival Of Joy” at Mumbai. Other major important festivals viz:-Hanuman Jayanthi, Ram Navami, Shivratri, Holi, Vijaya Dashmi, Christmas, Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Jayanthi, Ugadi, Tamil New Year, Makar Sankranti, Eswaramma Day, Buddha Purnima, Onam, Guru Purnima, Ashadi Ekadashi, Diwali, Krishna Janmashtami, Id Ul Fitr, Eid are also celebrated.
"When you participate in Nagar Sankirtan in the early hours of the day, your heart will be brimming with bliss. It is not merely Kirtan (singing), it is Sankirtan (singing together wholeheartedly) to experience and share your joy with one and all.
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Nagar Sankirtan is mass spiritual awakening where people gather in the early hours before dawn and proceed slowly along the streets singing bhajans glorifying God. It is carrying the name of God to every door and purifying the atmosphere of the streets.
Nagar Sankirtan activities are held across all Districts and Samithis in Maharashtra & Goa. Devotees assemble early in the morning (around 5:30 am) and spread the Divine name in the neighbourhood by singing bhajans on the streets.
Regular Sadhana Camps are held to refresh the fervour of spirituality, in the seeker across various districts of Maharashtra & Goa.
Sadhana camps or spiritual workshops aim at searching for the latent divinity of man and help him to reach there through interesting techniques.
Last year around 38 Sadhana camps were conducted which benefitted close to 4400 participants.
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India, observes a month of "Giving & Forgiving" from 28th March to 27th April - as a silent offering of Seva Sadhana, Vinamra Vandana & Prem Aradhana.
The word ‘SAMARPAN’ signifies the complete surrender of the body, mind & soul. It is the process of submerging our own identity with that of almighty.
'Samarpan' – a program of gratitude and love to the Lord, where an ardent devotee from Prasanthi Nilayam shares all his personal experiences and life lessons learnt at the divine lotus feet of Bhagwan Baba. This is an initiative by the alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Institutions (Sri Sathya Sai Students) as an offering in their loving gratitude to Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Samarpan program was started in April 2015 and is conducted on every 3rd Sunday of the month at Dharmakshetra, Mumbai.
The study circle is an integral part of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation activities. Bhagawan’s teachings are a treasure trove which need to be elaborated to understand how man can tune his life to reach his goal. This needs proper understanding through discussions and clarifications with appropriate elaborations to digest and absorb.
The basic goal of a study circle is, of course, to help us understand how to lead a spiritual life to come closer to God and support each other in spiritual endeavors. Sri Sathya Sai Baba says in one discourse, "It is important not simply to read and understand but to find something to put into practice."
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has cultured us with the ultimate benefit of vedam chanting. The prime significance of vedam lies in the fact that the truths and thoughts they contain are eternal. As per Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Vedas offer truths into the nature of the Self that is necessary to gain liberation.
Veda classes are conducted by Vedic scholars, at various centers to enable many people to attend. Activities have been designed for individual, familial and societal level so that the impact of veda chanting can be perceived at three levels. Every occasion always begins with Vedic chants which leave the whole place charged with divine vibrations.
For more details, please contact co-ordinators of your area. You can get their contact details here