Welcome to Newcomers!
We welcome all newcomers and enquirers about Sai Baba to this website and to the Sathya Sai Organisation. We hope you will find the following information a useful aid to understanding the purpose and activities of our organisation.
Who We Are
The Sathya Sai Organisation is made up of spiritual seekers from all walks of life, from all creeds, faiths and religions. We welcome all into our organisation irrespective of faith, station in life or socioeconomic status. Our welcome to each and all is extended with love, as Sathya Sai Baba himself guides each and every seeker to his or her place in our organisation. We follow a code of conduct and set of principles for the conduct of our lives, which has been given by Sai Baba. You may read the Code of Conduct.
What We do
Our Charter (given to us by Sathya Sai Baba), directs us to provide opportunities and activities which will enable participants to discover the inherent divinity within ourselves and in every other person. To this end, we provide spiritual activities (devotional singing and study circles), service activities (service to the poor, the needy and the aged) and educational activities (Education in Human Values) for children.
In the main, we come together as spiritual seekers to sing our devotion to God, singing to many different names and forms that God is worshipped by. We meet, sing, study spiritual texts and education in human values, and have spiritual company together.
Introduction for Newcomers Booklet - You can download a Newcomers - Introduction Booklet for your reading.
What to Expect
We have several centres for Newcomers. These centres meet monthly, in central locations. At a typical Newcomers Centre, we conduct the following program:
- Silent Sitting (3 minutes)
- 5 English songs (led by children, youth and adults)
- Quotes from major religions on love
- Quote from Sathya Sai Baba on Love
- Meditation - very relaxed type (every one likes it).
- Peace prayer
- Speaker and discussion
- Conclude with announcements
- Refreshments and informal gathering. ( Cake, Tea & Coffee)
Download an Introduction
You can download an introductory document which gives an overview of the Sathya Sai Organisation in Australia, the codes and principles we practice, a walk-through of the arrangements in our devotional meetings, and a recommended reading list. Download the Introduction for Newcomers (PDF, 230kb)
How to get Involved
The Sathya Sai Organisation conducts meetings for Newcomers to Sathya Sai Baba, in various states. Here you will find information in some states.
Sathya Sai Centre Hurstville - Human Values ~ Meeting
Sathya Sai Centre of Hurstville in New South Wales conducts meetings focussed on Human Values awareness and practice programs: earth anthem, silent sitting, multi-faith prayer, meditation, human values singing, interactive human values workshop, multimedia presentation on human values, etc. This is followed by light refreshments. All welcome.
The centre invites inspiring guest speakers from all backgrounds, faiths and beliefs. The participants from all backgrounds, faiths and beliefs aim to transform themselves, actively fostering peace, harmony and love among themselves and those with whom they come in contact.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, 4 September 2014, at 7:45pm, when Mr Ian Abrahams will conduct an Education in Human Values Workshop on Perspectives on Chanting the Divine Name. Download the flyer for this event.
Sathya Sai Centre Hurstville - Newsletter and Human Values Program
Sathya Sai Centre of Hurstville in New South Wales conducts monthly meetings focussed on Human Values awareness and practice programs: earth anthem, silent sitting, multi-faith prayer, meditation, human values singing, interactive human values workshop, multimedia presentation on human values etc. An occasional newsletter with an account of presentations is available for reading. The most recent presentation at Hurstville an Education in Human Values Workshop given by Mr. Satish Kumar on Mind and Elimination of Ego. Download the Sathya Sai Centre Hurstville - Newsletter and Human Values Program, August 2014.
In South Australia
Any newcomers to Sai Baba in South Australia are most welcome to attend the Adelaide Central Centre at 6:00 pm every Sunday at the 'City South West Community Centre', 171 Sturt St Adelaide. phone Tom Lahey on 08 83311159 / 0405456318
Sai Post is the Quarterly Newsletter of the Sai Centres and Groups in suburban Brisbane. There are also conctact details of groups and centres. Download the Second issue of Sai Post here
Sai Post is the Quarterly Newsletter of the Sai Centres and Groups in suburban Brisbane. There are also conctact details of groups and centres. Download the first issue of Sai Post here
Unity Bulletin is the newsletter of the Sai Centres and Groups in Victoria. There are also conctact details of groups and centres. Download Victoria Unity Bulletin here
In Other Places
Attend a Centre for Human Values, or attend a Sai Centre or Group nearby your location. For further information, you can view the groups and centres in your state.
Who to Contact
In Sydney, contact Indra, Tel: 0435 327 369
In Canberra, contact Sujatha, phone 0430 366 973
In Brisbane, contact Somen, phone 0438 115 392
In Melbourne, Ruwen, phone 0433 099 418
In Tasmania, contact Jenny, phone 0419 873 492
In Adelaide, contact Soumya, phone 0433 142 027
In Perth, contact Rama, phone 0408 308 997
Sai Baba has given suggestions for meditation. These include the So-Ham meditation, the repetition of the
Name, and the Meditation on Light.
Meditation on Light
This is sometimes described as The 'Most Effective Form of Meditation'
You may download an MP3 file with the (jyothi) Light Meditation (given below) here.
Celebrating the Life of Sathya Sai Baba
Australia, 24 April 2014
Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi and lived his life in service to humanity. He undertook many world-changing and life-giving service projects for the betterment of humanity. He often told that "My life is my message: that message was that the self-same divinity which existed within Him - is also the inner resident of every human form - indeed all forms of life - here on our home, Earth. He came to remind us that our true nature is divine. He is the embodiment of pure, selfless, unconditional Divine Love that transcends all boundaries. He has shown us how to love and live in love.
Every year we observe 24th April as the Day of Passing from the Body we called Sathya Sai Baba. This day is known as Mahasamadhi Day. Maha - samadhi means "great" passing; this passing and leaving of the body is "great" because Sai Baba continues to bless one and all from the tomb, he leaves signs of his presence, he leaves vibuthi and blessings aplenty on his devotees, worldwide. Devotees of the teachings of Sai Baba continue to undertake selfless service to those less fortunate than they. They visit aged in nursing homes, they conduct school breakfast clubs, they feed the needy, they knit and create Care Bears for the distressed, they respond and attend to the suffering of those affected by disasters like earthquake and disaster.
On this occasion of the passing of Sathya Sai Baba, devotees pay pay homage and express our heartfelt gratitude to Sai Baba and rededicate their lives to Him. On this day, devotees observe the passing of Sai Baba with Light meditation, Sharing of experiences by devotees on the glory and works of Sai Baba, join Devotional singing, give Cultural programs and undertake Service projects. You may attend a celebration of the Mahasamadhi of Sathya Sai Baba at one of these locations:
Western Australia: In Perth, a celebration will be held at the Murdoch University Worship Centre on Thursday, 24 April from 7 - 9 PM. Download a Flyer for this event.
South Australia: In Adelaide, a celebration will be held at the Kilburn Hall, LeHunte St, Kilburn, on Thursday, 24 April from 7PM. Download a Flyer for this event.
Victoria: In Melbourne, a celebration will be held at the Box Hill Town Hall on Thursday, 24
April from 7:20 - 9:45 PM. Download a Flyer for this event.
Queensland: In Brisbane, a celebration will be held at the Carina Centre, 1 Edmond St Carina on Thursday, 24 April from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Download a Flyer for this event.
New South Wales: In Sydney Eastern Suburbs, celebrations will be held at Strathfield, Carlingford, Rydalmere and Hurstville Centres on Thursday, 24 April from 7 - 9 PM. Download a Flyer for details of these events.
New South Wales: In Sydney Western Suburbs, a celebration will be held at the Prarievale High School on Thursday, 24 April from 7 - 9 PM. Download a Flyer for this event.
Introductory Course on the Life and Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba
The Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Australia, on occasion of the Anniversary of the Maha Samadhi (passing) of Sathya Sai Baba (24th April 2012) is offering an Introductory Course on the Life and Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.
This course is intended to enhance understanding and develop enthusiasm for the Divine teachings of Sathya Sai Baba on spirituality.
The contents of the Course are directly based on the specific recommendations of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation and the Institute of Sathya Sai Education will award certificates to those successfully completing the course.
This course is open to all devotees and is a mandatory requirement for all SSE teachers.
The Institute of Sathya Sai Education and its hubs will commence the Course around Guru Poorinima 2012.
We encourage all devotees to avail of this opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Baba's teachings and by practising these teachings in their daily life, realise the God within.
For further details about the course and to register for it, please refer to the notification from the The Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Australia, and the flyer for the course here.
The Sathya Sai Organisation has an active Ladies Wing, which any women may participate in. If you would like to know more about the Ladies Wing in your state, contact us on our Contact Page. The Ladies Wing have their own pages on our website. See Ladies Wing
Nurturing the Spiritual Heart Program
Over recent years, the Ladies Program has conducted a spiritual discipline called Nurturing the Spiritual Heart. A number of study guides to Nurturing the Spiritual Heart are available. Two new additions to this program are available - Nurturing the Spiritual Heart - God Is, and Study Guide - Love. Click the link above to go to the Nurturing the Spiritual Heart Program.
Direct links to download the new documents are given below:
Study Guide - Love
Nurturing the Spiritual Heart - God Is
Sai News Australia - Issue 6
Sai News Australia was formerly a print magazine which was distributed for many years. It has been relaunched as an electronic publication, in PDF format. This issue of Sai News Australia presents accounts of the Eco-Spirituality Retreat that the Sai Young Adults conducted recently.
You may download the sixth electronic issue of Sai News Australia, Issue 6. (PDF, 9.55MB)
Sathya Sai Primary School
The latest newsletter for the Sathya Sai Primary School is available. Go to the Sathya Sai Primary School Newsletters Page
The 2012 Annual Report of the Sathya Sai Primary School is available for download and reading at this link.
Our Environmental Officers in the Sathya Sai Organisation produce a newsletter called Envirocare Message Stick. This is the newsletter of the Australian Sai Organisation Envirocare Group, a group of devotees who promote the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba on the environment, focussing on the practice of human values and daily living with the Ceiling on Desires Program. External ecology indicates that climate change is induced by human activity. Internal ecology, practice of the five human values and using the Ceiling on Desires Program, leads to personal transformation and practice of precepts. Thus do Sathya Sai devotees model the changes they wish to see in the world.
The latest Envirocare Message Stick is available for your reading. You may download Envirocare Message Stick, Summer 2014.
Visit the Sai Envirocare web pages
Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
Sathya Sai Baba frequently told, "I do not want your devotion to me; what I want is your devotion to my teachings". Frequently espoused in the discourses and teachings of Sathya Sai Baba are the Five Human Values: Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence. Sathya Sai Baba also, repeatedly, taught that Education is for Life, not for a living. Education is actually Educare, which elicits these five values, which are inherent within every child, every student, every parent, indeed, every person. A system of Education in Human Values has emerged. If you are interested in Education, parenting of chidren, and the application of these values to all spheres of human activity, you may read of and peruse the papers from our recent Education Conferences. For the papers and presentations of the 2011 Education Conference, go here. For the papers and presentations of the 2009 Education Conference, go here. These conferences are conducted jointly by the Institute of Sathya Sai Education Australia, and the Sathya Sai Organisation of Australia & PNG.
Divine Discourse Walk-Through
Recently, Prof. G. Venkataraman of Prashanti Nilayam visited Australia and gave talks. Prof. Venkataraman has undertaken a new project where he gives musings and illumination of Divine Discourses by Sathya Sai Baba. If you find the Divine Discourse difficult to follow, then you may appreciate how Professor Venkataraman unpacks the talks of Sathya Sai Baba in simple, easy-to-follow, everyday language. Two such audio are online and may be downloaded from Radio Sai at this link.
Meditation Audio CD
For those newcomers who would like to acquire the habit of meditation and listen to the OM chanted, an Audio CD is available. See the Light Meditation page.
Sanathana Sarathi Website
Started in 1958, Sanathana Sarathi [www.sanathanasarathi.org] is a monthly magazine devoted to Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (Love) - the four cardinal principles of Sai Baba's philosophy. It is published from Prasanthi Nilayam (the Abode of Highest Peace) and acts as a mouthpiece of Baba's Ashram as it speaks of the important events that take place in His sacred Abode, besides carrying Divine Messages conveyed through Divine Discourses of Sathya Sai Baba. This new website provides an easy methodology for subscriptions and renewal both for printed magazine as well as its interactive e-copy.
Click the Image to go to the Sanathana Sarathi Website.
Sri Sathya Sai Avatar - His Life is His Legacy
Sri Sathya Sai Avatar - His Life is His Legacy - is a free E-book in PDF format written by Sri Indulal Shah, Emeritus world-wide coordinator of the Sai Organisations. This 46 page E-book outliines the works of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in India, and world-wide, in the fields of Education, community welfare, and details the significances of many boons given to humanity by the very life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba - Avatar of this Age.
Click the image to download this liftout in PDF Format (12.4 MB) or - right click here and select "Save As"
The Universal Sai
The Universal Sai - a four page liftout from the Times of India, 22 November 2010
Click the image to download this liftout in PDF Format (6.4 MB) or - right click here and select "Save As"
Beacon of Love - Overview of the Works and Teachings of Sai Baba
A Beacon of Love, a four page supplement printed in the Times of India during March of 2010, is available for reading from the Sathya Sai Books and Publications Website. Click the image below to view a PDF version of this lift-out.
Four important discourses by Sri Sathya Sai Baba:
We offer these keynote talks by Sai Baba for your reading and reflection. These talks are signal events where Sai Baba has given explanations about his purpose, mission, and teachings.
Shiva Shakthi (6
July 1963). Swami heals himself from an 8-day stroke and announces
his third incarnation as Prema Sai eight years after he leaves this
The revelation (17
May 1968). The last part of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's discourse
at the "World Conference of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations"
in Bombay, 17 May 1968. Sai Baba states plainly and directly that
he has come as an incarnation of God to restore righteousness (dharma).
discourse (23 November 1968). Swami speaks about His being the
and proclaims his mission on earth: the establishment of righteousness.
Who is Sai? (9 June
1974). Sai Baba talks about God, the Religion of Love, and His Avatar-hood.
He explains why he materializes rings, etc., and gives them to people,
and he explains what "Sai Baba" means.
Discourses are copyrighted by the Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications
Trust., Prasanthi Nilayam, India, with all the rights that pertain
thereto. Please use discourses for personal use only.
A Word of Assurance
Assurances Re Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organisation
Brochures detailing the International and local service activities of the Organisation may be viewed at these links:
International Service Activities
Service in Australia
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