The qualifications for membership are to be an eager aspirant for spiritual progress, to have full faith in the name that the Organisation bears …, and to have won recognition as a good person. That is all the qualification needed; nothing else counts. [1967.4.21] Sathya Sai Baba

There are no dues or membership fees, and donations are never solicited. An individual who is at least 18 years old may become a member of a Sathya Sai Center after having become familiar with these Guidelines and after expressing a sincere intention to practice them.

Members of the International Sathya Sai Organization are expected to do their best to practice the Nine-Point Code of Conduct and the Ten Guiding Principles laid down by Sathya Sai Baba and thereby become exemplars of His teachings.

Nine-point code of conduct
(From the original Charter of the Organization.)
1. Daily meditation and prayer.
2. Group devotional singing or prayer with family members once a week, where possible.
3. Participation in Sai Spiritual Education by children of the family.
4. Regular attendance at the Center’s (at least once per month) devotional meetings.
5. Participation in community service work and other programs of the Organization.
6. Regular study of Sathya Sai Baba literature.
7. The practice of placing a ceiling on desires ––consciously and continuously striving to eliminate the tendency to waste time, money, food, and energy— and utilizing the savings for service to mankind.

8. The use of soft, loving speech with everyone.
9. Not speaking ill of others, especially in their absence.

Ten guiding principles
(Given by Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse on 1985.11.21.)
1. Love and serve your country. Do not be critical of others’ countries.
2. Honor all religions, for each is a pathway to the one God.
3. Love all people without distinction; know that humanity is a single community.
4. Keep home and surroundings clean.
5. Help people to become self-reliant. Provide food and shelter, love and care, for the sick
and the aged.
6. Do not tempt others by offering bribes or demean yourself by accepting them.
7. Do not develop jealousy, hatred, or envy on any account.
8. Do not depend on others to serve your personal needs; become your own servant before
proceeding to serve others.
9. Adore God, abhor sin.
10. Observe your country’s laws and be exemplary citizens.

Source: Guidelines for Centers and Groups. International Sathya Sai Organization