My Experience with Sathya Sai Baba Group

Brad and I went to check out the Sathya Sai Baba group at the interfaith center on Saturday.

There was a special event going on for Mother’s day with the teenage groups doing a presentation. We were a little late getting there (it was quite a busy weekend!), so we slipped in and got the second half of the boy’s presentation about recycling, reusing, and the protection of the environment. Definitely a cause near and dear to my heart!

Then the girls sang some gorgeous music to slides of pictures of the swami and a woman I think was his mother. They told some beautiful stories about mothers and their importance. Within the slides there were images of all the schools and hospitals set up by Sai Baba. There was also a slide of the swami saying that all religions are valid paths to God. A message that lines up perfectly with my beliefs!

We had an excellent time!

I could definitely, without a doubt, send my children to their kid’s program. They seem to be raising delightful children. There were kids of all ages running around, lots of families. It was great.

After the children’s presentation, there was a break and we got a chance to say hello to some people. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly.

I had been a little uncertain putting on a sari for it, not knowing how formal they would be, but the women were all wearing dressy Indian clothes so I fit right in. We were the only non-Indians there, but it wasn’t an issue at all!

I really like this group. I think they are exactly what I was looking for. And can you believe it’s a half mile walk down a bike path to get there? So close! It’s been there a long time, too. The president was telling me that they have some children who grew up in their program who are going to college now.

They’ve got an hour of devotional singing as well as a study group to discuss scripture. So perfect!

We will probably still check out the UU service on Sunday, but I am for sure going to spend most of my Saturdays with the Sai Baba group.

About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Eileen Weed

    Hello! I am also a “White Hindu” married to a Telugu guy, and I lived in India 21 years, much of that time in Puttaparthi as a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. The devotees are, for the most part, really great and sincere souls, and I loved the bhajans too! The teachings are also very inspiring. I know you said in a previous post (re Osho) that everyone makes mistakes and you take the good and leave the rest, but my conscience kept prodding me to make a comment.

    I know for a fact that the controversy surrounding Sai Baba is true – about the abuse of young boys, the miraculous stories which hold no truth but are only hearsay, and so much rampant crime inside the ashram. Though he is dead now, there are still some problems with a very SMALL number of teachers in his schools carrying on abuse. I would not send my children to be brainwashed by the cult, if only to save them from ridicule later in life. Just had to get that out – for what it is worth!

    • Ambaa

      Thank you so much for sharing your perspective! That is very helpful.

      Having been brainwashed by a cult as a child myself, I’m very nervous about what influences and beliefs to instill in my children.

      I’m really glad that the group I’m going to is small because I can get to know and trust everyone individually and not feel like my kids are going to be taught anything without my knowledge.

      I still am uncomfortable with the “miracles” thing, that’s for sure. :-/