"All of you should take a vow continually to develop the Service (Sevā) Organisations. Let all join in the activities. Treat all as the children of one God. Whomsoever you may serve, consider you are serving God. Then you will experience the Divine. You are bound to have that experience soon. Never give up the organisation. Regard it as the breath of your life. This is real penance. Having this firm resolve, become exemplary leaders. This is My sole desire. Swami's love will accompany you everywhere."
Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 23, November 23, 1990
The Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO) is a free, non-denominational voluntary organisation based in 126 countries. Its members come from all faiths and share a common goal: to reach the ultimate goal of realisation of their innate divinity by practising the teachings of love and service taught by their spiritual teacher, Sathya Sai Baba.
At the core of the organization is the individual who believes in the assumption of personal responsibility for ethical transformation through selfless love and service. The membership is free and open to all. Typically, individual seekers of love and peace, drawn by the experiences of friends and family members, come to their local or regional Sathya Sai centers for participation in weekly group spiritual singing together with other devotional and spiritual activities, and also to volunteer in regular service activities such as giving food to the needy, organizing medical camps and medical services, and other forms of civic volunteerism.
The SSIO consists of about 2000 Sathya Sai Centres. Centre activities are coordinated by voluntary organizational leaders working at regional, national and international levels according to the broad guidelines and ideas envisioned by the governing bodies of the organization, the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation and Prashanthi Council.
The principal objectives of the Organization are:
These objectives can be achieved by the observance of the following four principles:
Every member of the Organisation must undertake Sadhana (spiritual discipline) as an integral part of his daily life and abide by the following Code of Conduct:
"The Sai Organization should be motivated by love. You join the Organization both to give, to receive, to progress, to learn, to become inspired and to serve."
– Sri Sathya Sai Baba