The Sri Sathya Sai Center at Houston is an independent and autonomous 501(c)(3) non profit organization and is named after the organization’s founder, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Although we operate independently, we are affiliated to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust which has been in existence since the early 70’s and the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council . We are a non-denominational, non-religious, purely spiritual and service-oriented community of seekers, inspired by the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba. We welcome all spiritual seekers irrespective of their background and religious affiliation. Participation in our activities is purely voluntary and is open to all. There are no fees of any kind to join or participate in the activities.
We meet at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cardiff Ranch 4515 FM 1463, Katy, TX 77494 for our Devotional and Educare activities.
We conduct 3 major activities – Devotional, Service and Education
Every week our members congregate to in devotional sessions for about 3 hrs. A topic of spiritual interest is taken from Sri Sathya Sai Literature and discussed to see how we could apply it to real life situations. We conduct Bhajan sessions(a form of congregational singing and bonding, that gives our members an opportunity to immerse in music-driven spiritual and liturgical experience) and also conduct free training workshops. We also conduct multi faith prayer sessions and learn various prayers and their history.
We conduct several community service activities on an ongoing basis and have partnered with several soup kitchens and homeless shelters in the greater Houston area. We come together as a group to take home-cooked food to downtown shelters, we make brown bag lunches, stock the shelter pantries, rescue food from grocery stories, bakeries etc. and bring them to the shelters. We organize special programs for nursing homes and detention centers for volunteers to spend time with the needy in counselling and providing emotional support. Our food rescue and distribution activities are weekly and our special programs are monthly. We assess the needs of rural communities partnering with the local pantries and churches and then collect supplies through drives and conduct events to distribute them in those communities on a quarterly basis. We also help tutoring and procuring school supplies for schools in underserved areas and conduct health camps and provide health education to those that have poor access to health care and do this one to two times a year.
We conduct Spiritual education for children between the ages of 5 and 18. These classes are offered both in person and remotely, mostly, to the children of members and open for anyone in this age group. The regular classes are held weekly once when the schools are in session. The teachers are all volunteer members of the congregation and we have a robust curriculum and teacher training and certification program.
The entire program rests on 2 foundations: 1) God Exists 2) Man is Divine
The program’s is based on the philosophy of Educare which means “to bring out that which is within”, namely, the human values hidden in every human being: truth, righteousness, peace, love, and nonviolence. One cannot acquire them from outside; they have to be elicited from within. However, people have forgotten their innate human values, so they are unable to manifest them. Educare means to bring out the human values. To bring them out means to translate them into action.