Sri Sathya Sai Baba has proclaimed the "Nine Point Code of Conduct" as guidance for spiritual and personal development. In conjunction with the "Ten Pathways to Divinity" also advocated by Swami, Merton Sai Centre members are expected to do their best to incorporate these guidelines in their daily lives.
Nine-point Codes of Conduct
“It is the Code of Conduct which is responsible for the Organisation moving forward, growing from strength to strength. The office bearers should exercise maximum care to see that the Code of Conduct is adhered to and guide others also in the right path… There should be no scramble for power or position. What matters is the purity, intensity of devotion and the spirit of self sacrifice.” – “Sathya Sai Speaks”, Vol. XVI, Chapter- 3.
- Daily meditation and prayer.
- Devotional singing/prayer with family members once per week.
- Participation in the educational programmes conducted by the Organisation for children.
- Attendance at least once per month at group devotional programmes conducted by the Organisation.
- Participation in community service and other programmes of the Organisation.
- Regular study of Sai literature.
- Putting into practice the principles of “ceiling on desires”, utilising any savings thereby generated for the service of mankind.
- Speaking softly and lovingly with everyone with whom one comes into contact.
- Avoiding talking ill of others, especially in their absence.
Ten Fold Path to Divinity
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has proclaimed Ten Principles as guidance for spiritual and personal development (Sathya Sai Speaks vol.18 Chpt 23). These are as follows:
- Love and serve the homeland; do not hate or hurt the homeland of others – Have a sense of pride in your motherland. Just as your mother has given birth to you, so too the land has given birth to you. Whatever country you belong to, you should have a sense of patriotism. You should not indulge in criticizing other countries or people belonging to other nations. Having trust and faith in your own country, you won’t try to put down any other country. Never bring grief or sorrow to your country. To have pride in your own motherland is important.
- Honor every religion; each is a pathway to the one God – Never have hatred toward any religion. Honor and respect all religions equally. Even as you are a citizen of your motherland but respect all countries, also respect all religions equally.
- Love all without distinction; know that mankind is a single community – Develop a sense of the brotherhood of man. Look upon each person as your own brother or sister. There is only one caste, the caste of humanity. All of us belong to the human race, so everyone is equal. Therefore, love each one equally.
- Keep your home and its environs clean; it will ensure health and happiness for you and for society – Keep your own house and its surroundings pure and clean. This hygiene will keep you healthy and benefit your worldly life.
- Do not throw coins when beggars stretch their hands for alms; help them to become self-reliant. Provide food and shelter, love and care, for the sick and aged – Be discriminating when dispensing charity. In the name of charity or philanthropy, we tend to do injustice to one’s country. Charity does not mean that the land should be full of beggars. We can provide some support and means for the beggars, but provide food, clothing and other conveniences in such a way that you are not encouraging laziness and begging.
- Do not tempt others by offering bribes or demean yourself by accepting bribes – Never give or take a bribe. Giving bribes, or accepting bribes, is contrary to the very name of the Sri Sathya Sai Organizations. Bear this in mind continuously.
- Do not develop jealousy, hatred or envy on any count – We must seek ways to solve difficulties such as hatred, envy and jealousy. To curb this sense of envy and jealousy, we must develop a broader outlook. Do not differentiate on the basis of race, caste, creed, or country. Follow your cultural and religious customs in your own home, but do not attempt to impose them on society. Rather than this, love each person as your own brother or sister, not seeing him or her as belonging to another creed, religion, or country.
- Do not depend on others to serve your personal needs; become your own servant before proceeding to serve others – Develop self-reliance. Members of the Sri Sathya Sai Organizations should do things by themselves; they should not depend on others. You may be very wealthy and have servants and assistants to help in a few tasks, but your own work you must do yourself. If you wish to be of service to society, serve yourself first. One who will not serve society has no right to belong to a Sri Sathya Sai Organization.
- Observe the laws of the state and be an exemplary citizen – You should never go against the law of the land. We must follow the letter of the law. The members of the Sri Sathya Sai Organizations should follow the law in spirit also and be models for the government.
- Adore God, abhor sin – You must love God and avoid sin. Love God incessantly.