Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Manhattan

Devotional Programs

Photo: Sathya Sai Baba's teachings encouraged the regular repetition of the Lord's name (in any chosen form) and the study of spiritual literature.

The Sathya Sai Baba Center of Manhattan hosts weekly devotional programs every Thursday from 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM at the Learning Center, located on 4 West 43rd Street.

Weekly devotional meetings feature devotional singing, presentations, study circles, chanting, prayer, and meditation. It is common for our meetings to be themed - common examples being: guest speaker night, study circle night, video night and young adult night.

In addition to weekly devotional programs, our center organizes special programs to celebrate dates carrying special spiritual significance. Some examples are: the festival of Maha Shivaratri and Sathya Sai Baba's birthday. These special programs also feature a mix of aspects found in regular meetings.

Devotional singing features spiritual songs in a variety of language - we have had and continue to have songs sung in languages such as English, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Sanskrit and Tamil. Deities and saints of all the major religions of the world are also honored in these songs. The names of God in all languages and traditions are sung in the spirit of unity of faiths.

For meetings featuring study circles, a common topic is selected and discussed in a round table approach. The purpose of a study circle is to help members deepen their understanding of Sathya Sai Baba's teachings and to strengthen their personal practice.

We continue to invite guest speakers from the Sai family to present at the Sai center in the spirit of learning from each other on the road to self-transformation.

Please feel free to talk with our Devotion Coordinator, or any of the officers at the center for more information.

“Swami Says ...”

We can describe devotion as the promotion of a sacred mind in a selfless manner, in the thought of God. The path of devotion will take along your mind, body and action toward God. As the river flows into the ocean, the river of your life should flow into the ocean of God. Human nature should have this as the sacred objective. Truly, having attained human birth, if we are unable to take ourselves toward God, it is useless attaining this birth. Devotional singing (bhajan) must become an unbroken stream of bliss on your tongues and in your hearts; it must confer on you the uninterrupted awareness of soham, of the unity of I and He.

- Sathya Sai Baba