Sathya Sai Baba strongly emphasizes selfless service to those in need as the highest means for enhancing one's own spiritual growth and development. He teaches that it is not enough to simply do good works -- but of equal importance is one's attitude during the service activity. The service worker must have an attitude of humility and appreciation for the opportunity to do any service activity. The opportunity itself is a gift from God. One should not dwell on the good that they are doing, or that activity will strengthen one's ego rather than help to reduce it.
"Service is the best form of worship, the highest spiritual discipline, the essence of devotion. The bliss you receive through service cannot be gotten through any other activity. Service is more fruitful than repetition of the Name, meditation, or sacrifice. There is no morality higher than truth, no prayer more fruitful than service. When you offer a meal to a hungry child, or a blanket to a shivering brother on the pavement, you are placing a gift of God into the hand of another gift of God." -Sathya Sai Baba
Center members and interested center guests gather each month on the 2nd Sunday, from 9-9:45 AM at 4209 East-West Hwy, Bethesda (next door to the Center) to help prepare a hot vegetarian meal. Following the Center meeting, members depart the Center at 12:15 PM to travel together into D.C. to a park near the White House to serve the meal to the homeless or needy and return about 2 PM by group or individual transportation.
In addition, we have short-term opportunities for our members and guests to serve. Those opportunities are announced throughout the year at Center meetings and via Center emails.
Please email the Center's Service Coordinator if you have any questions about participating in the service activities. firstname.lastname@example.org.