Why is Service Important?

Service is the very essence of devotion to God, and the goal of devotion is realising one’s innate divinity. Sathya Sai Baba emphasises that every act of selfless service, performed with unconditional love and the attitude of serving God residing in those being served, confers immense spiritual benefit. It is primarily sadhana (spiritual discipline) that allows compassion, love and peace to blossom within and helps to get rid of the ego.

"Consider selfless service as the best spiritual discipline. … But do not believe that you can by means of selfless service reform or reshape the world. You may or may not; that does not matter. The real value of selfless service, its most visible result, is that it reforms you, reshapes you. Do selfless service as a spiritual discipline; then you will be humble and happy." - Sathya Sai Baba, 29 March 1967

Sri Sathya Sai Baba has established His Organisation for the express purpose of giving devotees, in fact, everyone, opportunities to do selfless service. The fruits of selfless service are eradication of the ego, selfless love, and realisation of the inherent divinity within. No other spiritual activity provides these spiritual leaps and bounds other than service to the needy. 

How Can You Get Involved?

Members engage in service activities depending on local needs. Among these are:

  • Providing food, water, and clothing to the needy, orphans and handicapped; 
  • Visiting hospitals, nursing homes, or shelters for the homeless;
  • Organising medical camps and blood donation drives;
  • Initiating disaster relief programmes;
  • Adopting under-privileged schools and slums;
  • Participating in community development and environmental protection practices;
  • Visiting prisons; and
  • Tutoring and mentoring students

Contact your local Sai Centre to find out how to participate


National Seva Symposium 2020

In 2020, the Sathya Sai International Organisation South Africa hosted a National Seva Symposium. The Symposium brought together members from across the country to discuss and brainstorm effective service methods. Highlights of the symposium can be seen in the video below:

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"The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization ... is to help you recognize the divinity inherent in you. So, your duty is to emphasize the One, to experience the One in all you do or speak. Do not give importance to differences of religion, sect, status, or color. Have the feeling of one-ness permeate all your acts. Only those who do so have a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw."

January 6, 1975

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