International Sathya Sai Organization

The fundamental objective of the Organization as laid down by Sathya Sai Baba is to "Awaken in man the Divinity inherent in him" by propagating, through practice and examples, the basic principles of Love (Prema), Truth (Sathya), Right Action (Dharma), Peace (Shanti), and Nonviolence (Ahimsa).


The Sathya Sai Baba Organization consists of a worldwide network of Sathya Sai Baba Centers. They are found in over 145 countries worldwide. In the United States, there are more than 160 Centers, which are coordinated by the Sathya Sai Baba Council of America established in 1975. These Centers are administratively grouped under one of the ten regions of the country. Each region has its own officers and activities. The regional officers consult with national coordinators for the United States. Coordinators from fifteen international regions make up a Central Council, which is directed by Sathya Sai Baba. The headquarters is located in Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi, India, where Sathya Sai Baba lives.

"The main goal of the Sai Organization is to enable members, workers, and officers to lead ideal, perfect, and happy lives ... Sai Organization should live in Love. Exchange hearts with Love, give Love and take Love, and flourish in Love. Both money and power have no place in our organization."


Until early 1996, the emblem of the Organization was the 'Sarva Dharma' (symbol of Unity of Religions and Basic Values), depicted by an open lotus with six petals and six leaves. There is a lamp in the center. The six petals show different symbols representing world's six major religions. The 'Om' at the top represents Hinduism, the cross depicts Christianity, the crescent and star are for Islam, the star of David is for Judaism, the fire represents Zoroastrianism, and the wheel is for Buddhism. This is the Sai Emblem to show the unity of all faiths and the common basis for the values of all religions.

At the 6th World Conference of the Sathya Sai Organization, held at Prashanthi Nilayam during 18-21 November 1995, a decision was reached to replace the present emblem of the Organization with a new emblem depicting The Five Human Values: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Nonviolence. The new organizational emblem is presented below.

  Sathya Sai Baba Centers

The purpose of a Sathya Sai Baba Center is to foster and support the spiritual activities of its members. The Center is a focal point for individuals to learn and practice Sathya Sai Baba's teachings and message of Love and to lead disciplined, spiritual lives.

"The organizations named after Me are not to be used for publicizing My Name or for creating a new cult around my worship. They must try to spread interest in prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices which lead man Godward. They must demonstrate the joy that can be derived from singing and remembering the Lord's name, the peace that one can draw from good company. They must render services to the helpless, the sick, the distressed, the illiterate and the needy. The service must seek no reward."

Centers are accredited by the Central Council. Each Center has a president, vice president, service coordinator, devotion coordinator, and education coordinator. The president is responsible for the Center and is assisted by the vice-president. Each Center organizes its programs under three areas: service, devotion, and education. The service coordinator promotes and organizes service projects within the Center and the community. The devotion coordinator is responsible for organizing and overseeing the devotional meetings, devotional singing classes, study circles and guest events. The education coordinator develops and coordinates a value-based spiritual education for children.

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