The History of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations

Until about 45 years ago, those of the fortunate devotees who had come in close proximity of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and those who were congregating at His Divine Lotus Feet experiencing and realising the Divinity of Bhagawan were carrying out in their own way, bhajans, service activities and various other spiritual activities in their respective areas in accordance with the teachings of Bhagawan Baba and were enjoying the consequent bliss.

On 18th of March 1963, for the first time, Sri Satya Sai Bhajana Centre was inaugurated in Prashanthi Nilayam in the Divine presence to carry out bhajans in a systematic and a regular way with certain rules and regulations. In a couple of years such Bhajana Mandalis came into existence in various parts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Orissa, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab etc.

In August 1965, In Bombay (now known as Mumbai), the devotees formed a registered body to put into practice the various teachings of Bhagawan during Dussera celebrations the same year. This body can be said to be the first ever Bhagwan Sri Satya Seva Samithi. The devotees from different parts of the country who assembled at Prasanthi Nilayam during the following Birth Day Celebrations came to know about the formation of Bombay Samithi and came forward to form similar units in their respective areas.

The first All India conference of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisations was held in April1967, at Abbottsbury in the city of Madras (now known as Chennai) and the necessary rules and regulations were formulated to bring all Samithis under a common body /organisation to run the units effectively.

It was identified and stated that bhajans, Nagar Sankeertans and Study Circles, if properly conducted, would develop peoples’ faith in God and increase their devotion. Necessity of Seva Dal was recognised.

During the Third All-India conference in November 1969 at Prasanthi Nilayam., decision was taken to form Mahila Vibhag and Bal Vihar.

During the Fourth all-India Conference, Bhagwan November 1970, Prasanthi Nilayam, it was declared that selfless service was the first stepping stone to spiritual progress and if service was carried out with love and tolerance, there would be peace and prosperity in the world and such an act would be naturally dear to H/M. Basic Guidelines to active Workers were formulated.

During the Third World Conference & Ninth All-India Conference conference in 1980, Prasanthi Nilayam, it was decided to include in the existing Rules and Regulations Book special chapter containing Six Permanent Objectives of the organisation and 9-point Code of Conduct. Responding to the prayers of the Organisation Members, Bhagawan, out of “His infinite Grace and Mercy” granted Divine Permanent Charter to the Organisation which was published on 14-01-1981by the then World council. It contained the following Six Permanent Objectives of the Organisation and 9-Point code of Conduct to be observed by the members.

The principal objectives of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation are:

  • To help the individual
  • To be aware of the Divinity that is inherent in him and to conduct himself accordingly;
  • To translate into practice in daily life, divine love and perfection;and therefore
  • To fill one’s life with joy, harmony, beauty, grace, human excellence and lasting happiness;