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"Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is god, to taste the bliss that is the self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real self."

-Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

A weekly devotional service is held at the San Francisco Sai Center every Thursday from 7pm to 9:30pm. 

We start promptly at 7pm with the interfaith prayers followed by devotional singing until 8pm. All are welcome to offer a song to our beloved lord. Devotional singing is followed by Aarthi, Vibuthi service, a service prayer, thought for the day, 3 Omkars, The Gayatri Mantra (x3), 2 minutes of silent meditation, the Asatoma prayer, and peace prayer.

After the devotional program has concluded, a study circle is held from 8:30pm — 9:30pm. We are currently reading Bhagavata Vahini in our study circle. All are welcome to participate and contribute.

Below, you can find a collection of sound clips & videos from devotional activities at the SF Sathya Sai Baba Center.


Weekly Devotional Service 

Every Thursday from 7pm to 9:30pm

Bhajans: 7pm — 8:15pm

Study Circle: 8:30 pm - 9:30pm

(All are welcome)

SF Sai Center

573 South VanNess

San Francisco, CA

Weekly Bhajan Practice

Every Friday from

Weekly bhajan practices are held at the center every Friday for all devotees. All are welcome to join these practice sessions.

SF Sai Center

573 South VanNess

San Francisco, CA


Devotional Singing

Any devotional song, in any language can be sung as long as all can follow. Sing familiar bhajans so that all can share in ananda (bliss). 

When you sing bhajans, dwell on the meaning of the song and the message of each name and form of god.  Together with melody and rhythm, you have to impart feeling to your singing to make the bhajan a sacred offering to the Divine. A tune without feeling is an infliction. Giving up conceit and exhibitionism, you must sing the bhajans in a spirit of humility and devotion. That is the right way to perform bhajans.

-Sai Bhajana Mala


Meditation practice after bhajans should be either a silent meditation or Sathya Sai Baba's Jyoti (light meditation). The length depends on Sathya Sai Centre members, and should be no more than 5-10 minutes. 

- Operations Manual for Sathya Sai Centres and Sathya Sai Groups (updated July 2017)
(Chapter on Devotional Meetings)

Swami's guidance:

"With regards to the technique of meditation, different teachers and trainers give different forms of advice. But, I shall give you now the most universal and the most effective form. This is the very first step in spiritual discipline. At first, set a few minutes every day for meditation, and extend the time as you feel the bliss that you get. 

Let it be in the hours before dawn. This is preferable because the body is refreshed after sleep, and the dealings of daytime will not have yet impinged on you. Have a lamp or candle before you with an open, steady, and straight flame. Sit in front of the candle in lotus posture or any other comfortable sitting position. Look on the flame steadily for some time, and in closing your eyes, try to feel the flame inside you between your eyebrows. 

Let it slide down into the lotus of your heart, illuminating the path. When it enters the heart, imagine that the petals of the lotus open out one by one, bathing every thought, feeling, and emotion in the light, and so removing the darkness from them. There is no space for darkness to hide. The light of the flame becomes wider and brighter. 

Let it pervade your limbs. Now those limbs can never indulge in dark, suspicious, and wicked activities; they have become instruments of light and love. 

As the light reaches up to the tongue, falsehood vanishes from it. 

Let it rise up to the eyes and the ears and destroy all the dark desires that infest them and which lead you to perverse sights and childish conversation. 

Let your head be surcharged with light and all wicked thoughts will flee therefrom. Imagine that the light is in you more and more intensely. Let it shine all around you and let it spread from you in ever widening circles, taking in your loved ones, kith and kin, your friends and companions, your enemies and rivals, strangers, all living beings, the entire world. 

Since the light illumines all the senses every day so deeply and so systematically, a time will soon come when you can no more relish dark and evil sights, yearn for dark and sinister tales, crave for base harmful, deadening, toxic food and drink, handle dirty demeaning things, approach places of ill-fame and injury, or frame evil designs against anyone at any time. Stay on in that thrill of witnessing the light everywhere.

If you are adoring God in any form now, try to visualize that form in the all-pervasive light. For light is God; God s light. 

Practice this meditation as I have advised regularly, every day. At other times, repeat the name of God (any name fragrant with any of his many majesties), always taking care to be conscious of his might, mercy and munificence. 

Read more about Jyoti meditation here