Sathya Sai Baba continuously stressed the importance of service as a means of showing our gratitude for all that we have in this life and alleviating the distress of others. Selfless service is a powerful means of growing spiritually and expanding our limited outlook to encompass all of humanity, in fact all of creation. It fosters a flowering of love and selflessness and leads to seeing the divine in the other. Baba particularly encouraged the young to take every opportunity do service where there is a need. The Young Adults groups of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) take this teaching very seriously and have a number of programs they are involved in. The NSW East Region group recently celebrated the start of its activities for the new year with one such activity.

‘Spend the years of your life, the wherewithal you earn or possess, in the service of others who are in distress. Love grows on such service. Service is the sincerest form of adoration of God. – Sathya Sai Baba, May 15, 1971

Many areas in the developing world have high incidents of child mortality, often due to unclean birthing conditions. The Birthing Kit Foundation Australia facilitates the production and distribution of birthing kits that provide basic materials to alleviate this problem. Volunteers package the kits for the foundation. Several different groups within the SSIO are involved in this important service.

On 20 January, 30 members of NSW East Young Adults came together on one of the hottest days of the year to assist in this potentially life-saving service. Sai Baba has said, ‘service to humanity is service to divinity.’ Hence throughout the day, the theme of service to humanity (a focal topic that will be discussed at the special Young Adults conference, Beyond2020) was continually reinforced so that all were aware of the fundamental purpose of partaking in service activities. Furthermore, whilst assembling the birthing kits, the young adults were also requested to perform the task with love and positivity as each kit was changing an individual’s life.

Overall, the day was considered a blessing and very successful with a strong sense of purpose, achievement and camaraderie. Their efforts resulted in the packaging of 600 birthing kits. The participants are now looking forward to involvement in future service projects and opportunities to serve humanity.

Service to humanity is service to God.