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.

Freedom from doership (or freedom of non-doership)

We have all lived our lives with the mistaken belief that we are in control of our actions.  But over the centuries, the great sages have told us that we are in fact not responsible for our actions. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: “The self, deluded by egoism, thinketh: ‘I am the doer.'” Ramana Maharshi said: “The present difficulty is that man thinks he is the doer.  But it is a mistake.  It is the higher power which does everything, and man is only a tool.”

There is tremendous freedom available in realizing that we are not the doer. With this realization comes the dropping away of guilt for so-called mistakes, for we see that our “mistakes” were not our doings.  Feelings of hatred towards others dissolve as well, as we see that no one has really ever done anything harmful to us. All things happen exactly as they are supposed to happen, according to the will of God.”

The heart is beating by itself, hair is growing by itself, even thoughts are appearing by themselves.  From head to toe, it is obvious that we are not the doers.  So, why is it that we cling to this false sense of doer-ship?

The notion of doer-ship is suffering and bondage. Doer-ship is a myth born from the illusion of me and the mine. The myth is powerful in view that it is based on Reality. Between the doer and the deed what comes first? Surely the deed is a fact and the doer a mere concept / dubious. To gain freedom from doer-ship, practice being a witness, a mere onlooker in every event.

If we can recognize ourselves as a witness, get identified with it, and make the identification so deep that in every event, in each action, at all times, we are just an observer, then we become free from doer-ship. Every situation becomes a triangle. At one corner is the body, the second corner is the mind, and the third corner is the witness. Becoming centered in this third corner, we stop being the doer.

Whether it is hunger, a thorn-prick, or headache, there is constant awareness that ‘I know there is hunger’ and not that ‘I am hungry’; ‘I know that a thorn has pierced the foot’ and not that ‘I have been pierced by the thorn’; ‘I know that the head is paining’ and not that ‘my head is paining’! In this way, practicing being a witness in all activities, one becomes free of doer-ship.