A great spiritual leader, Sri Sathya Sai Baba preaches the path of spirituality to one and all. His main aim in life is to serve the mankind and provide tem with proper guidance, towards which He has been working since the age of 14 years. Devotees from far and wide visit Sathya Sai Baba Ashram, situated at Puttaparthi, to seek His blessings. Sathya Sai Baba claimed to be the reincarnation of the spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi, whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs
Shri Satya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju in the small village of Puttaparthi, in Andhra Pradesh. Raju completed Elementary School at Bukkapatnam and then joined the high school at Uravakonda. At Uravakonda, He claimed of being bitten by a scorpion, which nobody could find. As a result of this incident, he went into deep coma. After he came out from coma, Raju started behaving in a strange manner, not eating food, reciting ancient shalokas, etc. Finally, at the age of fourteen, he realized His True calling in life and renounced the world.
Puttaparthi claims the distinction of housing the main ashram of Sathya Sai Baba. It is known by the name of Prasanthi Nilayam And was inagurated by Baba in the year 1950, on his 25th birthday.
The summary of the main teachings of Baba is given below…
- The devotion of a person towards a particular religion is more important the religion itself.
- No religion is superior and no religion is inferior. We should respect the religions of one other.
- The country in which you stay should be respected and honored.
- There is only one God in this world, His names may be different.
- The service towards the poor, the needy and the sick should be without expectation of any return.
- Truth, divine love, right conduct, good behavior, peace and non-violence are the values to be followed in everyday life
On 28 March 2011, Sathya Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital at Prashantigram at Puttaparthi, following respiration-related problems. After nearly a month of hospitalisation, during which his condition progressively deteriorated, Sai Baba died on 24 April at 7:40 IST, aged 84.
Sathya Sai Baba supported a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in over 166 countries. Satya Sai Trust is famous for the great services it has rendered to the people of India during many tough moments including natural calamities. Even more surprising is the way the self formed Seva Dal works for relief and rehabilitation and also the way they travel to interior villages to provide free medical service. Satya Sai Seva Dal members are famous for their discipline and dedication towards the work they take up. They provide free services and charge not even a penny. Seval Dal Members include daily wage earners to software engineers to teachers to entrepreneurs. They work together for the community without any discrimination among themselves.
Today even though Sai Baba is not with them, they certainly will take the right path with his blessings and divine message.........................