The Devotion Wing of SSIO Australia is offering a programme for members aimed at supporting all in the practical application of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings as we continue on the path to realise our inherent divinity. This programme follows on from the Self Transformation Programme (STP) which was launched Australia-wide in 2008 and which has engaged many of our members around the country in a small group process of discovery and support.
Based on the feedback and suggestions of group participants, this revitalised programme will capitalise on the power of the group for transformation and will include some new topics under a revised structure. It is anticipated that this new programme will meet the needs of those groups who have completed all Self Transformation Programme modules and are waiting on more material, as well as support the needs of devotees who would like to begin with the Sai Lifestyle programme as a group. The programme will begin in 2018.
Sai Lifestyle is based on the principles in the Nine Point Code of Conduct which Sai Baba enshrined in the Charter of the SSIO where he stated that the adoption of this code would contribute to the objectives of the Organisation – to realise our inherent divinity.
How Will it Work?
Sai Lifestyle will begin with a workshop in which any member can participate – offered either at centre or regional level. It will then be followed by a set of 3-4 modules designed for smaller groups for those who would like to explore the topic at greater depth.
The topics will include:
Communication and Active Listening (The Art of loving.)
In this topic members discover the essence of loving communication and explore techniques which will equip us for dealing with challenging situations at work, student life, friendships and family.
Service with Love and Harmony
This topic promotes the awareness and understanding that love for God is inseparable from service to others and supports our efforts to live in this reality.
Time and Stress Management (Sai Lifestyle in the Fast Lane!)
Here, members will focus on Sathya Sai Baba’s eternal teachings to guide us in establishing priorities and maintaining balance in the different components of our life.
Living in Bliss
This topic will give an understanding of how we can maintain equanimity through the ups and downs of life – how to discriminate between living fully and appropriately in the world while remaining detached from the outcomes of our actions.
Minding the Mind for Spiritual Growth
Here we will gain an understanding of the working of the mind which is critical for us to progress towards our goal in being in the Sathya Sai Organisation – realising the inherent divinity. We will also discover the links mind has with the body and soul, and how we can purify our mind.
This is an opportunity to explore together Sai’s teachings on the impact of anger on ourselves and others and discover how to manage our anger so that relationships are enhanced.
Five Human Values
We will dive deeply into the Five Human Values and commit to transformation through their fostering in our daily living and discover the joy this brings.
WATCH (Watch your Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character, Heart.)
In this topic we take a journey into Constant Integrated Awareness (CIA)
Nine Point Code of Conduct
Sai Lifestyle will also include a workshop and modules on the Nine Point Code of Conduct for those who would like to revisit the topic and those who are interested in exploring this for the first time.
Testimonials from Members who share their experience of the power of the group approach:
“What I most appreciate about this method of transformation according to Sai is the self-directedness. Although the meeting process is all about respectful, listening there is no ‘advice’ or group problem solving. This becomes a genuinely sacred time which I have so far found of great value. It becomes a process of talking directly to my Higher Self, to Sai. The level of closeness grows exponentially with the degree of effort exerted.”
“This has been an awakening light in my spiritual journey. Highly personalised and has given me the courage to break all the barriers to seek truth.” – Deepak
“The programme is like the missing piece of the jigsaw in my spiritual journey. It has made me go back to the basics in a different light. I feel more connected to Sai as I put his teachings into practice.” – Asha
From Sathya Sai Baba
“God does not expect you to worship Him; He expects you to lead an ideal life. Having being born a human being, you should strive for the welfare of society. You are a member of society, and your welfare depends on the welfare of society. Hence, undertake activities which are beneficial to society … God is in you, above you, below you, around you. You cannot realise this unless you give up negative feelings ….”
– Sathya Sai Baba, 80th Birthday Discourse
For Further Information on Sai Lifestyle, please contact the National Devotion Coordinator by email