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I consider Seva (service) as the most important activity of the centers, for it is the highest spiritual practice”.  Sri Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, Dec 23, 1971

To be considered spiritual service, it is not the quantity or number of instances one serves that matters, but rather the motive that leads one to serve, the genuineness of love and compassion that saturates the service and the knowledge that when one serves the ‘other’, they are truly serving none other than divinity, who lies at the core of all, including themselves. 

“Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba 

When done in a spiritual manner – by seeing the one who is serving, the act of serving and the one who is being served all as one interconnected being, the sense of separateness diminishes and our awareness of oneness with the universe is increased.  Each Sai Center regularly performs service activities in their community such as feeding the homeless, mentoring school children, working with the elderly, teaching computer basics to seniors and low-income people; toys, clothes and food drives for shelters, distributing winter care kits to the needy and environmental seva, to mention just a few. 

Service Opportunities USA Page

 

Humanitarian Relief Ukraine
From: Axay Kalathia <chair@sssgc-zone1.org&gt; Sent: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 8:59 PM Subject: Humanitarian Relief Ukraine   Sai Ram Dear National Presidents, We have had many inquiries about service to help those affected in eastern Eur…Read More
Relief Efforts For Tornado Aftermath Victims In Kentucky Area – January 2022
From: Rajen Ghayal <righayal@gmail.com&gt; Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 3:33 PM To: Sai Sravan Cherukuri <admin@sssgc-usa.org&gt;; Rajen Ghayal <righayal@gmail.com&gt; Subject: Fwd: Relief Efforts For Tornado Aftermath Vict…Read More
Hurricane Ida-Helpline (321) 335-2233
Sai Ram Dear brothers and sisters of the Gulf Coast.  Hurricane Ida is projected to get stronger over the next few days and is likely to impact New Orleans, Mississippi, and other areas by Wednesday, September 1st.  We pray f…Read More
Introducing “1008 Sadhana” Program
Sai Ram Dear SSSGC members, With Swami’s grace, we’re blessed with a wonderful Sadhana program. Please see the email below from brother Dhurjati Mudigonda, National Devotional Coordinator, SSSGC-USA.  https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sa…Read More

Brief History

About

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored.

His Life
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored. He was given the name Sathyanarayana Raju. What intrigued His mother Easwaramma, most was the unbounded compassion her little Sathya had particularly for the poor and downtrodden. Even as a toddler, He insisted that the beggar at the door be served well in spite of their own limited means and would often give His own share to the needy. When He began school, His playmates were inspired by His ability to lead them to be socially responsible, spiritually aware, endowed with individual and national character. His friends were often fascinated by His extraordinary powers of creating things out of thin air, knowing the future, deep understanding of scriptural wisdom and so on.
The Childhood

The Raju family of Puttaparthi was noted for its piety since the days of the renowned sage, Venkavadhootha, a saintly ancestor who was looked upon as a Guru in hundreds of villages around. Not only did the family build and endow the Gopalaswami Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna), but Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju, the grandfather of Baba’s physical frame, dedicated a temple to Sathyabhama, consort of Lord Krishna, a deity to whom this type of homage is seldom offered in any part of India. Peasants by vocation, they were known for their musical and dramatic talent and were much involved in the propagation of the sacred scriptures through village plays and musicals. Consequently, the family was given the name ‘Bhat Raju’ (Bhat – priest)

The Advent

23rd of November, 1926, the Hindu year of Akshaya, meaning, the Never-declining, the Ever-full. It was the time of sunrise and the villagers were chanting the names of Lord Shiva, remembering that the day was Karthika Somavara, a Monday of the Holy Month of Karthika, devoted to the puja (worship) of Shiva. That day was made even more auspicious for Shiva worship because the ascendant star was Ardra (the star of Shiva). On this day, when these rare and propitious signs came together, the people thronged the temples of the Lord to offer special pujas and pray for His benediction.

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