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Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation

Background

The Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation is a non-political, non-profit organisation with a spiritual core and base, founded under the guidance and inspiration of Sathya Sai Baba. The Organisation was formed, and is used, for the sole benefit of helping mankind. It is a global spiritual movement promoting the practice of human values and providing opportunities to participate in service activities.

It is a multi-faith organisation drawing people from all walks of life and all spiritual paths and religions. There is no distinction or separateness of any religion, race, nationality, caste, creed or sect. It has branches all over the world with local groups known as ‘Sai Centres’. The International Headquarters of the Organisation is at Prasanthi Nilyam.

Sai Baba says:

"The Organisation is simply a gathering together of people who have a common goal in personal spiritual development. The Sai Organisation should be motivated by love. You join the Organisation to give, to receive, to progress, to learn, to become inspired and to serve. The Organisation itself is not important; it only provides an opportunity for men, women and children of all faiths to gather together and find the way to progress along the spiritual path and to help others on the same journey."

Until early 1996, the emblem of the Organisation was the "Sarva Dharma" (symbol of Unity of Religions and Basic Values), depicted by an open lotus with six petals and six leaves. There is a lamp in the centre. The six petals show different symbols representing world's six major religions.

The "Om" at the top represents Hinduism, the cross depicts Christianity, the crescent and star are for Islam, the star of David is for Judaism, the fire represents Zorastrianism, and the wheel is for Buddhism. This is the Sai Emblem to show the unity of all faiths and the common basis for the values of all religions.

At the 6th World Conference of the Sathya Sai Organisation, held at Prasanthi Nilayam during 18-21 November 1995, a decision was reached to replace the present emblem of the Organisation with a new emblem depicting The Five Human Values:

Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-violence. The new Organisational emblem is presented below.

The logo contains the five human values that form the foundation of Sathya Sai Baba's Education in Human Values program.

Also pictured in the logo is a tall pillar, called the world religions stupa, with a lotus flower at the top.

This pillar is near the temple in Prasanthi Nilayam (Sathya Sai Baba's main ashram in India). The pillar, with its concentric rings, represents the unity of faiths, that all are seeking the one and same God. The rising column signifies that humanity rises above differences to the unfolding of the 'lotus of the heart', whose petals are at the top of the pillar.

The flame of inner illumination is in the centre of the lotus. Just as the lotus plant lives in water without getting contaminated by it, so we should live in the world while being untouched by it. The base of the pillar is surrounded by plaques with quotations from the five main religions emphasising the unity of faiths and mankind's spiritual journey.