The membership of the Organisation is open to all irrespective of colour, caste, creed, religion or socio-economic status.
Any individual who fulfills the following criteria can become a member:
(i) has attained the age of 18 years
(ii) has faith in God
(iii) is an eager spiritual aspirant
(iv) has good character and has won recognition as good person
(v) is willing to abide by the Nine-Point Code of Conduct and the Rules and Regulations of the Organisation in force from time to time
(vi) is willing to participate in the activities of Organisation.
It is noteworthy that the membership of the organisation is not by any compulsion but is completely voluntary.
There is no fee or subscription for membership. The concept of fees or membership subscription is alien to the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, for there cannot be any fee or subscription for one’s journey towards his own Self.
Code of conduct
Every member of the Organisation is expected to undertake sadhana (spiritual discipline) as an integral part of this daily life and abide by the following 9 point Code of Conduct which has been ordained by Sri Sathya Sai Baba for one’s spiritual advancement:
1. Daily meditation and prayer.
2. Devotional singing/prayer with members of his family once per week.
3. Participation in the Bal Vikas programmes conducted by the Organisation for children.
4. Attendance at least once per month as group devotional programmes conducted by the Organisation.
5. Participation in community service and other programmes of the Organisation.
6. Regular study of Sai literature.
7. Putting into practice the principles of “ceiling on desires” and utilise any savings thereby generated for the service of mankind.
8. Speaking softly and lovingly with everyone with whom he comes into contact.
9. Not to indulge in talking ill of others especially in their absence.
Divine Discourse, 22 December 1971
Divine Discourse, Prashanthi Nilayam,17 October 1972
“Members of the Sai Organisation and those who adhere to the Universal path to Sai should not be carried away by ideas of inferiority or superiority based on differences of religion, caste or creed. They should honour Faith, Steadfastness, Sincerity, Purity, wherever found.”
Divine Discourse, Raajahmundry, 4 January 1974
“When you join the Seva Samithi (Sai Organisation) and share in its activities, you are doing so not for the sake of Swaami, nor for the sake of the people, but the sake of the Dharma which you have a duty to uphold and foster. Attachment to Dharma, practice of Dharma and its varied manifestations of Seva (Service) and Prema (Love), can alone help transform Maanava (human) into Maadhava (God).”
Discourse to active workers of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations, Tamil Nadu at Abbotsbury, Madras, 19 January 1983
“As a member of Sathya Sai Organisation you should have no sense of ego or pride. As I have often said you should have your “Hands in society and heads in the forest”. This should be your guiding principle. What little you do you must do
with a good and pure heart.”
In His discourse at the World Conference on 21 November 1985, Sathya Sai Baba gave the following ten principles to be followed by every member. He directed to follow these directives with enthusiasm and with love and be examples for others, wherever one is.
1. Love and Serve the Motherland; do not hate or hurt the motherland of others.
2. Honour every religion; each is pathway to the one God.
3. Love all men without distinction; know that mankind is a single community.
4. Keep your home and its environs clean; it will ensure health and happiness for you and for society.
5. Do not throw coins when beggars stretch their hands for alms; help them become self-reliant. Provide food and shelter, love and care, for the sick and the aged.
6. Do not tempt other by offering bribes or demean yourself by accepting bribes.
7. Do not develop jealousy, hatred or envy on any account.
8. Do not depend on other to serve your personal needs; become your own servant, before proceeding to serve others.
9. Adore God. Abhor Sin.
10. Observe the laws, rules and regulations laid down by the State and be ideal citizens.