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Sathya Sai Baba gave discourses on religious topics to devotees in his native language Telugu. Twice daily, some devotees engage in worship of Sathya Sai Baba by conducting rituals such as aarti and singing devotional songs in front of his picture. Sathya Sai Baba has said that his followers do not need to give up their original religion, saying "My objective is the establishment of Sanathana Dharma, which believes in one God as propitiated by the founders of all religions. So none has to give up his religion or deity... I have come not to disturb or destroy any Faith, but to confirm each in his own Faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim a better Muslim and a Hindu a better Hindu."According to "Ocean of Love", a book published by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, "there is no new path that He is preaching, no new order that He has created. There is no new religion that He has come to add or a particular philosophy that He recommends ... His mission is unique and simple. His mission is that of love and compassion."

On 24 November 1926, Sri Aurobindo Ghosh came out of his trance and announced that Krishna ("overmind Godhead") "descended into the physical".[33] On the day before this announcement, 23 November 1926, was the birth date of Sathya Sai Baba Many felt that Sri Aurobindo's announcement heralded the Sathya Sai Avatar.

Sathya Sai Baba devotees gather on Thursdays in the US and on weekends in other regions of the world for group devotional singing (bhajans), prayer, spiritual meditation, service to the community (Seva), and to participate in "Education in Human Values" (SSEHV), also known as Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) and (in India) Balvikas. (Sai Sunday School) The Australian Sai organization states, "we come together as spiritual seekers to sing our devotion to God, singing to many different names and forms that God is worshipped by." Sathya Sai baba himself says of bhajans, "I do not need songs glorifying God which like gramophone records, reproduce songs and strings of Gods names without any feeling or yearning while singing. Hours of shouting do not count, a moment of concentrated prayer from the heart is enough."

Seva (selfless service) activities, being "at the heart of Sathya Sai Baba's teachings," strives to take an active role to serve the needs of the community. Center Seva activities and projects include

  • Arranging food bank drives and donations
  • Visiting nursing homes
  • Greening (tree planting and park cleanup)
  • Medical camps
  • Donating blood (giving liquid love)
  • Serving food to the homeless
  • Collecting old and used spectacle frames for distribution to disadvantaged people in various parts of the world
     

Other Sai Center activities include study of the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba and the sacred literature of all religions, Sai Spiritual Education (SSE), dynamic value parenting programs, and study circles (taking a point and each person discussing what it means to them).

Through center activities, the hope is to achieve the practical spirituality of incorporating the universal human values in all aspects of life and during every conscious moment.

Sathya Sai Baba advocates reverence, adoration and gratitude to the Mother, (and parents) as being God, and the first (and foremost) teacher and guru. Sai Baba oftens cites well known figures (Abraham LincolnGandhi,  Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar) who have attained their good character, humility and morality due to listening to the advice of their mother. Sai Baba has said, "There is nothing greater than mother's love. Mother's words are always sweet." Additionally, Sai Baba has repeatedly stated "Rama, Krishna, Shivaji and Gandhi became what they were because of their mothers. Same way, I am Sathya Sai today because of Easwaramma (his mother)!"

Sathya Sai Baba has written several articles on religious topics, later collected by the trust in the form of books, titled "Vahinis" (vehicles).[55] There are fifteen vahinis, comprising sixteen books (the Ramakatha Rasavahini having two parts).[55][56][57] Sathya Sai Baba's discourses are presented in the Sathya Sai Speaks series.[14]

Sathya Sai Baba recommends meditation (dhyan) for acquiring one-pointed attention on the Lord. Having written a vahini on the subject of meditation (dhyan), Baba suggests four techniques: repetition of one's own favourite 'name of God' (Rama, Sai, Allah, Aum etc. ...), visualizing the form of God (i.e. GuruBuddhaJesus, Sai Baba, etc. ...), sitting in silence, and jyoti (Flame/Light meditation).

The Sai organization promotes and advocates five human values: Sathya (truth), Dharma (Sanskrit word translated as "right conduct"), Ahimsa (non-violence), Prema (love for God and all his creatures) and Shanti (peace).

Other teachings are:

  • Non-dualism or Adwaitam which implies Oneness of existence.
  • "Love all, Serve all", Love for all creatures and objects.
  • Putting a ceiling on one's desires.
  • "Help ever, Hurt never"
  • Celibacy after the age of fifty.
  • Vegetarianism,[65] moderate and sattvik (pure with regard to ingredients, utensils, manner of preparation, and mental attitude) diet.[61]
  • Abstinence from drinking alcohol,[61] smoking cigarettes,[61] and drug use.[68]
  • Importance of bhakti (devotion) to God.
  • Developing "prashanti" (translates to "Highest Peace") and eschewing vices of character.
  • Japa (ritual chanting of Baba's name), thinking of God always, and other sadhana (spiritual exercise) to foster devotion.
  • Highly committed devotees use the phrase "Sai Ram" as a salutation.
  • Conducting pooja or aarti (a form of ritual worship) twice daily in front of Baba photos.
  • "Yagnas" (or ritual worship, involving ritual offerings of fruits, vegetables and ghee to a pyre) are frequently conducted at the ashram.
  • The propagation of peace around the world and avoidance of conflict. Non-violence towards all sentient life and avoidance of elective abortion.
  • Man seeks the Truth; he seeks to know the reality because his very nature is derived from God who is Truth. He seeks Love, to give it and share it, for his nature is God and God is Love.
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