Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Biography
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born on 23rd November, 1926 at Puttaparthi village in Andhra Pradesh. Initially known as Sathyanarayana Raju he took on the name Sathya Sai Baba later. The meaning of ‘Sathya’, 'Sai' and 'Baba' is Truth, Mother and Father respectively. He exhibited differences from his companions at an early age and frequently led his school friends in worship and chanting spiritual songs as their 'Guru'.
In 1940, at the age of fourteen, a change occurred to the young boy and he left school and acquired a deep Samadhi state. He announced himself to be the reincarnation of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and left his family home choosing instead to be with his growing number of devotees.
As the number of his devotees multiplied, he built his ashram Prashanti Nilayam on the outskirts of the Puttaparthi village in which he was born. During his life Sathya Sai Baba spent most of his time at his primary ashram at Puttaparthi, and sometimes took residence in some of his other spiritual Centres, throughout India and some 127 countries world wide. He only left India once, and that was on a visit to Kenya and Uganda in 1968.
Sri Sathya’s message was intrinsically linked to the concept of service. And his work led to the establishment of many colleges, hospitals, clinics and service centres.
He passed away aged 84 on April 24th, 2011 at the Super Speciality Hospital located at his primary abode: Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi (Andhra Pradesh).
Sathya Sai Organisation of Fiji
The Organisation was re- registered as a Charitable Trust Act Cap 67 on 8th October 1995 to ensure the correct name. The Inland Revenue Fiji recognises the donations to this organisation for tax purposes.
There are 8 Centres operating in Fiji. Regular spiritual gatherings are held at all Centres on Thursdays.
Nadi, Lautoka and Ba operate from properties owned by the Organisation. Drasa Centre operates from the Sai School.
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the founder of the Sathya Sai Service Organisation. He has stated that, "I have come to build upon earth the Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Men. The service you do is aimed at expanding your heart and purifying it."
Awaken Man the Awareness of Divinity Inherent in him.
To dedicate efforts for Moral and Spiritual Up-liftment of humanity.
Truth, Right-Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-Violence.
The Sathya Sai Service Organisation is not a evangelical proselytizing organisation.
It's principle objectives are:
1) To help the individual:
a) to be aware of the Divinity that is inherent in him and to conduct himself accordingly.
b) to translate into practice in daily life, Divine Love and perfection, and therefore,
c) to fill one's life with joy, harmony, beauty, grace, human excellence, and lasting happiness.
2) To ensure that all human relations are governed by the principles of Truth (Sathya), Right Conduct (Dharma), Peace (Shanti), Love (Prema) and Non-violence (Ahimsa).
3) To make devotees of any religion more sincere and dedicated in the practice of their respective religions by understanding properly the true spirit of religion.
[From Rules and Regulations of Sathya Sai Organisation, 1995, Page 223]
The Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji is a service Organisation with Spiritual Core and base, founded under the inspiration and guidance of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, for the benefit of the whole mankind, not having any distinction or separateness on the basis of Religion, Race, Nationality, Caste, Creed, Sect. Around the world Sathya Sai Services Organisations consist of members of different ethnic groups and different religions, all pursuing their respective religions and fulfilling the teachings of their religions, but joining together for the service of mankind with the firm faith that, "Service to man is service to God."
[Rules and Regulations of Sathya Sai Organisation, 1995, Page 1]
"The aim of all human effort is to achieve the One that lies behind all the plurality. Without achieving it, man can have no peace within or without."
[Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 4, Chap 44, Page 277]
Sathya Sai School - Fiji Islands
The Sai Organisation has been operating a kindergarten and a primary school at the Drasa, Lautoka, since 2000. This a Ministry of Education approved school with the aim of setting up a model where human values education forms an integral part of the total school curriculum. The School is able to provide human values education with the normal national curriculum, so that the children are provided a comprehensive teaching of the required Ministry of Education subjects with the human values program.
The Institute of Sathya Sai Education (Fiji)
The institute of Sathya Sai Education in Education Values was established in July 2006.
The objective of the institute is to develop materials for teaching human values in all schools in Fiji, and training teachers to implement the program.
The values program is known as "Sathya Sai Education In Human Values”. It is non-denominational, secular and based on the universal values of Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence.
The program is used in a number of countries such as New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, India, Australia, Latin America, Europe etc.
The lessons in human values are expected to be taught for 15 minutes daily. However, schools would find the impact of the program more effective if they allocated three 30-minute periods per week to complete a lesson.
The Institute conducts work-shops from time to time to familiarize teachers to implement this program.