Allan and Katie Parigian
Welcome to the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Ojai website. Ojai is located in a beautiful valley approximately 12 miles inland from Ventura and approximately 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Various activities offered at the Ojai Center include devotional, educational and service programs.
We meet at 5:30 pm every Sunday at a private home. The devotional program is comprised of 30 to 40 minutes of singing in a leader/response format and sometimes in unison or rounds, followed by group chanting and a reading of Sai Baba's words. The devotional program is then followed by one of the programs listed below.
The educational program lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. This meeting most often entails a study circle or discussion of Sai Baba's teachings that is facilitated by one of the center members. Everyone is encouraged to take turns reading and sharing, but active participation is not mandatory. Once a month on guest nights, the center generally has a speaker or shows a video related to Sai Baba.
The center also has a small 'book store' where new Sai Baba books, DVDs, CDs, and tapes can be purchased, and a small library from which Sai Baba books and tapes can be borrowed.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
The Ojai Center participates, in conjunction with the Camarillo and Thousand Oaks Centers, in a program called Family to Family on the first Saturday of each month, when a vegetarian breakfast is served. Preparation starts at 5:00 am, serving at 8:00 am and clean up at 9:00 am. It's great fun and a good opportunity to work side-by-side with local devotees and make new friends while serving people from the community.
The Ojai Center also prepares and serves a home-cooked dinner once a month during the winter to persons staying at one of the local winter warming shelters. This shelter houses from 10 to 20 or more persons during the months of November through March.
The Ojai Center also provides bag lunches for the Community Assistance Program (CAP) of Ojai. These lunches are made once a month throughout the year and handed out to needy individuals of the Ojai area.
SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION (SSE)
Approximately 25 children of varying ages generally meet twice a month during the school year at the Thousand Oaks Center's SSE classes. The children are assigned to Groups I, II or III, depending on their age. The SSE classes include devotional singing and the study of Sai Baba's five human values: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Non-Violence. The children are also taught the basic teachings and principles of the world's major religions - Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism, among others. Field trips to various religious sites and service projects are conducted on occasion, as well as inspirational plays or skits with spiritual themes.
For further information about the Ojai Center, please contact
the Ojai Center President, Leslie Bouché: phone 805.649.9818.
We would love to see you at the Center!