General Information

Welcome to the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Chelmsford. As envisioned by Swami, the main goal of the center is to provide an atmosphere conducive for recognizing the inherent Divinity in oneself and all of nature. Lets embark on this journey of self discovery. Let’s learn together, grow together and march towards the fruition of this goal! We look forward to seeing you and serving you..

Meeting Schedule:
Our center meets for its devotional activities & Sai Spiritual Education (for children) classes every Saturday. All meetings are held at Sai Unity Center, 40 Old Ferry Road, Lowell MA.

The schedule for devotional sessions each week is below:
1) 5:00pm to 5.30pm: Bhajan Practice
2) 5:30pm to 6:45pm : Study Circle
3) 6:45pm to 8:00pm : Discourse Clip, Bhajans & Closing Prayers
Please visit the Devotion page for details.

The schedule for SSE activities each week is below:
5:15pm to 5.45 pm – Bhajan practice
5:45pm to 6:45pm – SSE Class
Please visit the SSE page for details.

Weekly Food For Thought

How much Free will do we have?

Do we really have freewill? While modern psychologists and philosophers will not even consider this for a discussion because they believe that man is self-made and one can re-make oneself through self-effort, in the spiritual sphere, this has been debated for centuries.

When according to the Gita, even a blade of grass cannot move without the Grace of the Lord, how much freedom does one really have? On how many things does one have control to re-make one’s destiny? Such questions have led to deep soul searching among spiritual philosophers for years. Distinguished pundits have elaborated on this concept during Dasara celebrations series of talks in Prashanti Nilayam. But on one occasion, in a close interaction with a few students who were serving Him at His residence, Bhagawan resolved this issue once and for all.

In no unclear terms He said, “There is nothing like freewill in this world. Freewill is a kind of hallucination created by God.”

Completely taken aback, one student spontaneously asked, “why would He do that Swami?”. Bhagawan then explained, “when you go about doing your tasks thinking ‘I have to do this’, ‘I need to achieve this’, and so on, that is freewill. On the other hand, if you think ‘I am only an instrument in God’s hands, He will do it’, ‘by His Grace, it will happen’, ‘He will get it done’, and so on, freewill ends there. So, when the feeling of ‘I, me and myself’ exists, freewill operates. In this scenario, you have to bear the consequences of your actions. But the moment you do anything with the awareness that ‘It is not me, it is God’, freewill disappears. The consequences of such actions will not affect you, it falls in God’s domain, not yours.

Later, on another occasion, when Bhagawan again explained thus, a distinguished devotee asked, “Swami, then why don’t You impress on people at every instance that there is no freewill? If they understand this, they will take to the concept of surrender easily.” Bhagawan looked at the devotee kindly and in reply revealed a secret. He said, “Freewill is perhaps the last obstacle on the path to salvation. If letting go of it happens because someone is forcing it on you, it will not be permanent.”

“This is in fact a sadhana that every spiritual aspirant must strive for. Only when one succeeds in destroying this ‘I’ feeling through intense personal effort will it bear true fruit. This is an endeavor that every person has to accomplish on their own, no Guru will enable it, in fact they shouldn’t do it too.”

The devotee understood and bent down in gratitude. However, we know how immensely gracious He is, God still always takes care even if one hasn’t given up the sense of doer-ship, provided there is devotion in the heart.

To live in God consciousness

Is to empty ourselves of all “I” and “mine” consciousness

Once we achieve this sense of hollowness

God feels free to fill us with His holiness

Making us a channel of His infinite kindness

An excerpt from the book “Moments of Truth with Sathya Sai: Real Life Encounters”