The Sathya Sai Baba Center of Glendale, located at 1118 East Colorado St., Glendale CA came into existence in 1989 after the old Hollywood center was closed. Since then this center has become home to numerous spiritual aspirants following the Sai path. Housed permanently in a beautiful hall at this location, this center presents an ideal place of worship to numerous Sai devotees who gather here every Friday evening to learn and practice our beloved Swami’s teachings. As a continuation of the old Hollywood center, this is one of the oldest Sai centers in the United States, and has the good fortune of grooming several wonderful devotees who are currently active in numerous activities of the Sai organization. Striving to be an ideal Sai center, Glendale is quite active in all three wings of the organization. Specific activities in these wings are detailed in the pages.
At Glendale, we continuously strive to improve our center activities by having an open dialogue with our members and by providing a loving and welcoming environment for our visitors. We look forward to serving you here at your next visit and are open to any suggestions that will make our center a more loving abode of our beloved Swami.
Swami’s message of offering selfless service to anyone in need (“Love all, Serve all”) has touched numerous souls all over the world even during this dark age infested by hatred and greed. Sai devotees all over the world are the living examples of this message, and members of the Glendale Sai center are no exception. Currently, Glendale center is engaged in several service activities – some individually and some with other centers, and in regional activities.
The main service activities include the following:
- Feeding the homeless in Downtown Los Angese every Sunday
- Supporting a food bank in South Pasadena
- Breakfast service at a homeless shelter in Glendale
- Gram Seva (service to villages) – Along with Arcadia Center, serving 250 families with non-perishable food items
- Aradhana Mahotsavam Service – service projects to commemorate the day Sathya Sai left the physical plane
The center’s devotional activities are conducted on Fridays from 7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Volunteers arrive at about 7.00 p.m. and set up the altar and the bhajan hall for the evening’s activities.
At 7.30 p.m. the program begins with the chanting of Gayathri mantra that fills the atmosphere with sacred vibrations. This is followed by a Swami video displayed on a large screen.
In the next segment from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. devotees review and discuss His message in the Study Circle. Devotees share their interpretations and their experiences related to His message, and engage in lively, informative and inspirational discussion. The participation in the Study Circle has the most powerful effect of bringing about transformation in the lives of many aspirants in subtle ways.
Once a month, instead of Study Circle, a speaker is invited. The center has been blessed with many inspirational speakers who share their priceless messages, strengthening our faith in Swami.
Sai Spiritual Education (SSE)
Our SSE program currently has about 70 children ranging in age from 4 to 18. The lotus group is for children aged 4 to 6 years. Then there are four groups, I to IV for children 6 to 18. The lessons are based on the Life and Teachings of Swami, the universality of all Religions, the Five Human Values, and the practical application of Bhagawan’s teachings. There is an optional Veda learning session in addition to learning bhajans. During this voluntary Veda session conducted bi-monthly, the children also learn Vedas such as Rudram, Ganesha Atharva sheersham, and Manthra Pushpam as well as other slokas prior to the commencement of the SSE session.
We have an active and vibrant parent group, led by an able moderator. We encourage both parents of each of our children to attend our Sunday morning sessions. Almost always at least one of the parents attends. The sessions include a once-a-month visit to a nearby convalescent home where they sing songs and interact with the clients. On special occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day etc., the children make cards for the elderly residents and participate in the musical programs.