External show is not important. … Devotion (bhakti) does not consist of having a photo for worship and giving it Arathi every day or shouting Baba, Baba. True devotion means that there is a transformation in your behaviour. God is within you, around you, and in you. He is omnipresent. Recognising this truth, you must arrive at the result that you and God are one.
Sathya Sai Baba, Summer Showers, 1978
Our Devotional Service consists of Devotional Singing (Bhajans) and Study Circle.
Devotion is one of the three wings of the Sai Organization (the other two being selfless service (seva) and education in human values). The Devotion Wing focuses on group devotional singing, prayers, meditation, Sadhana Camps and retreats, inter-faith activities, newcomers’ programmes, arranging pilgrimages to Prasanthi Nilayam and other activities designed to strengthen one’s faith and devotion to God, and one’s understanding and practice of universal spiritual knowledge.
“Study with faith and devotion. Delve into the significance and the meaning of what you read; and, always have before you the goal of putting what you read into practice. Unless you do so, the Study Circle will remain a half-Circle forever; it cannot be a full Circle.”
Sathya Sai Speaks, p. 59 in American version
Study Circle allows an individual to examine and explore spiritual topics and concepts and come away with a better understanding of them through open discussion and references.
St. Hubert Sai Center Study Circle hours: 9.00 am – 10.00 am on Sundays.
The charter of the Sai Organization says that every member should undertake sadhana (spiritual discipline) as an integral part of daily life and abide by the following Code of Conduct:
9 Points of Conduct :
- Daily meditation and prayer.
- Devotional singing/prayer with family members once per week.
- Participation in Sai Spiritual Education by children of the family.
- Participation in community service and other program mes of the Organization.
- Regular attendance at devotional meetings conducted by the Organization.
- Regular study of Sathya Sai Baba literature.
- Use of soft, loving speech with everyone.
- Avoidance of talking ill of others, especially in their absence.
- Practice of the principles of “ceiling on desires”, consciously and continuously striving to eliminate the tendency to waste time, money, food, and energy and utilising any savings thereby generated for the service of mankind.
In His discourse at the World Conference on 21 November 1985, Sathya Sai Baba gave ten principles that should guide our lives.
10 Principles :
- Love and serve your country. Do not be critical of others’ countries.
- Honor and respect all religions as pathways to God.
- Love all humanity as part of your family; know that humanity is a single community.
- Keep home and surroundings clean.
- Help the needy with food, clothing, and shelter. Help them become self-reliant when possible.
- Be examples of honesty. Do not participate in any corruption such as bribery.
- Curb jealousy, hatred, and envy.
- Develop self-reliance; become your own servant before proceeding to serve others.
- Adore God, Abhor Sin.
- Observe your country’s laws and be an exemplary citizen.
Gayatri Mantra – A Universal Prayer – Meaning & Significance
What is the Gayatri Mantra?
The Gayatri is a universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. It is addressed to the Immanent and Transcendent Divine which has been given the name ‘Savita,’ meaning ‘that from which all this is born.’ The Gayatri, may be considered as having three parts – (i) Adoration (ii) Meditation (iii) Prayer. First the Divine is praised, then It is meditated upon in reverence and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man.
The Gayatri is considered as the essence of the Vedas. Veda means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact the four core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in this Gayatri mantra.
[‘Sathya Sai Speaks’, vol 13.34: June, 20, 1977]