Nestled just below the majestic San Gabriel Mountains in the beautiful city of Arcadia, the Sathya Sai Center of Arcadia meets every Thursday evening from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Started over 24 years ago, the Center has now grown and has a regular attendance of between 60 to 100 members.
A lively study circle is conducted from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. each Thursday.
Occasionally, the Arcadia Center will have a special guest speaker who will speak about their experiences with Baba or about His teachings. More regularly, when there is no guest speaker, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. is the time to sing bhajans and then close with prayers and Arathi.
Devotees at the Arcadia Center also regularly take part in several service projects. Most notably among them is the weekly convalescent home project where a group of devotees visits with senior patients at a convalescent home in their rooms, giving them a sense that a family member has come to visit them. A game of bingo is also offered which some of the residents take immense delight in. This is probably the longest-running continuous service project at the Center and has been going on for over 20 years.
The Arcadia Center is also actively involved in other service activities such as collecting used eyeglasses, collecting and distributing food through the Food Bank in conjunction with the Glendale Center, participating in medical camps. Each summer, we join the Young Adults as they work with children and youth from Ability First who have various disabilities to a fun-filled day at the beach. Some of the Arcadia Center members also make sandwiches for the homeless. Others lovingly pass the sandwiches and other food items out to the homeless on Sundays in downtown Los Angeles. From time to time, conjointly with the Glendale Center, the Arcadia Center participates in making personal hygiene bags to hand out to the homeless of Los Angeles.
The Arcadia Center conducts special programs on certain spiritual holidays such as Maha Shivaratri, Buddha Poornima, Guru Poornima, Krishna Janmashtami, Ram Navami, Ganesha Chaturthi, and Christmas.
Being located in a highly residential area, at the end of the evening’s worship, the devotees are asked to depart from the Arcadia Center quickly and quietly. This is so as to not disrupt the neighbors, and also it allows us to follow Baba’s instruction to us to conserve the highly concentrated spiritual energy invoked during the devotional program.
The members of the Arcadia Center wish to extend their warmest welcome to all newcomers. We hope that you will visit our Center and, if you are a member of the local community, we hope that you will regularly come and join with us as we worship the Divinity within all beings.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Every Thursday from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Every Thursday from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Due to the Pandemic, we currently are holding all our devotional meetings virtually over Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/930369041
- LA Downtown homeless feeding – every Sunday sandwiches are distributed to the homeless in Downtown and once or twice a month hot meals are served as well.
- Sandwich distribution to Foothill Unity Center in Monrovia – every Monday morning
- Arcadia convalescent home project – every Sunday
- Easwaramma day service project at Pasadena union station homeless shelter – May 6th every year a hot meal is served
- Annual food bag and blanket distribution in Oxnard – every April for Bhagavan’s Mahasamadhi
- Toiletry distribution for Avatar declaration day- every October
- Blanket Distribution every December
- New and used eyeglasses are collected and distributed by the Lions Club at the Region 8 medical and vision camps.
NOTE: The sandwich project at the Foothill Unity Center is currently ongoing but due to the pandemic, most of the other projects are on hold right now.
However, we are distributing dry food items to needy families through the pandemic.
Sai Spiritual Education (SSE)
Arcadia center children attend SSE classes at the Glendale center every Sunday from 10 AM- 12:15 PM (PST)