Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Former President of the Republic of India
Sri Sathya Sai Baba is always remembered for His contributions, particularly in providing drinking water, education and healthcare to the needy and the poor. All these three areas are divine assistance and His Blessings. I pray to the almighty for His continued Divine service to the mankind.
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of the Republic of India
While celebrating the birth anniversary of religious and spiritual figures we must underline the humanitarian aspects of religion and harness its constructive dimensions for the benefit of entire humankind. On this occasion, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all those engaged with the Trust for the success of the birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Former Prime Minister of Republic of India
In the long journey, Baba has spread His unique gospel of love. As Baba Himself says, “There is only one caste, the caste of humanity; There is only one religion, the religion of love; There is only one language, the language of the heart; There is only one God; and He is omnipresent.” How profound, how simple and how timeless, ageless is Baba’s message. He has, through the power of love and selfless service, transformed the lives of countless people both in India and abroad. Today, Baba’s footprints are seen all over the world.
Shivraj V. Patil
Home Minister of Republic of India
Words will fail to explain the various services that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has been rendering to the humankind for the last so many decades. Bhagawan’s teachings emphasizes on Love not only towards other human beings but all and everything created by God in this world. He correctly professes that the only way to attain salvation is through Love which has been described in Gita as Bhakti Yoga. Bhakti Yoga is nothing but Love towards God, which Bhagawan in His own inimitable style preaches to the humankind.
Sushil Kumar Shinde
Governor of Indian State of Andhra Pradesh
I am delighted to join along with you in the celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s 80th Birthday on 23rd November. On this auspicious occasion one has to recall Bhagawan’s contributions for the welfare of the society, people in distress and the spiritual leadership to His followers. Sri Sathya Sai Baba was kind enough in providing drinking water to the villages in Rayalaseema Region, setting up of educational institutions including a Free Super Speciality Hospital at Puttaparthi, for the poor and needy, speaks volumes about His magnanimity.
Chief Minister of Indian State of Maharashtra
The happening of a Phenomenon like Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is a boon to our modern society. Man today is on a self ruinous path but the Pure Divine Love that Baba exudes is fast making man conscious of the fact that still nothing is lost and Paradise can be regained. He energises man and instills in Man the self confidence that Man is not an ordinary being but a reflection of divinity. Indeed, with the divinity called Sri Sathya Sai Baba with us we have nothing to fear. However, we have to fulfill the only wish of Baba that we all commit to transform ourselves and adopt the practice of the 5 Human Values of Love, Truth, Right Conduct, Peace and Non Violence in our lives and offer Him our heartful of Love.
Justice P.N. Bhagwati
Presided over the Supreme Court of India as its Chief Justice from July 1985 to December 1986.
The way is shown by my Master…We must remember that we are all part of the one common humanity: all religions – whether Christian, Hindu, Sikh or Muslim – recognise the essential unity of mankind and our ideal must be to break down all differences that divide us and to demolish all barriers that prevent us from coming together as human beings regardless of what language we speak, or the colour of our skin, or the race to which we belong, or the religion we profess to practise. Today we see a paradoxical situation in the world. On the one hand, science and technology with the modern means of transport and communication have brought about a near revolution in our lives and the world has shrunk into a global village, while on the other hand, the world is being torn apart by strife and violence, hostilities and massacres, men forgetting their in-dwelling divinity, engaged in killing one another. We thought that after the holocaust of the Second World War, peace would reign on earth and there would be no hatred and violence, but that dream was shattered to pieces. We do not find peace anywhere and that is why we long for universal peace, peace not only in my country, not only in yours, but throughout the world. How can we attain this universal peace which will be a blessing for humanity? The way is shown by my master…
Governor of the Indian State of Maharashtra since December 2004; former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004
I consider myself fortunate…I often wonder, what is so special about Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba that endears Him to people cutting across distinctions like caste, creed, religion, sex, country, etc. It has been Baba’s constant endeavour to ensure that humanity be governed by the universal values of Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non-violence). It is in the interest of us all to join Him in His mission, for, therein lies the welfare of humanity. I consider myself fortunate to have received the love and guidance of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in great abundance. His blessing is the biggest treasure in my life.
Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) O.P. Mehra
Former Chief of Air Staff, India; Former Governor of Indian States of Maharashtra and Rajasthan
I have no hesitation…In the final analysis I have no hesitation in saying that I am, what I have had the pleasure of being, and as of today, thanks to Sri Sathya Sai Baba – the DIVINE – the AVATAR – my MENTOR. I am convinced that everything we see, hear, smell, touch and or taste is His. Salvation of all human lies in laying the Soul at His Divine Feet. Sincere and genuine Love alone will ensure merger with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai.
M.K. Rasgotra, I.F.S. (Retd.)
Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Former Indian Ambassador to Morocco, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Nepal, France and the UNESCO
None can fully comprehend…There is no way one can fully comprehend the many splendoured personality of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: with faith and devotion one may, now and then, experience His love and grace and even get a glimpse of the divine mystery embodied in his delicate human frame, but it is impossible to fully capture in words even these fragmented and fleeting visions of His reality. I have never found it easy to write about Him: the more I see of Him, try to understand and know Him, the more the mystery deepens and words become less meaningful.
Dr.(Mrs.) J. Geeta Reddy
Minister for Tourism & Sugar, Govt. of A.P., India
How fortunate are we to live as contemporaries of the ‘Living God’, our ‘Beloved Sai’. Our lives would never have been the same without His presence. He changes our lives from the mundane to the magnificent. … Let us join together not only to love Him, but to love each other and everything around us. For, did He not say that, He separated Himself from Himself, in order to love Himself?
Anil V.Gokak, I.A.S. (Retd.)
Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning; Former Secretary in the Ministry of Fertilisers, Govt. of India
He has come at the most critical juncture…Sai Baba is, undisputedly, a unique avatar in the history of humanity. He has taken the human form at a time when man has lost his Peace. Man has become more and more materialistic and self-centred, thanks to the advance of science. Ruthless exploitation of nature by man has also created a great deal of disturbance. An avatar is badly needed by mankind and surely, Sai Baba has descended on the planet in the human form to guide humanity at a most critical juncture in its history.
Dr. G. Venkataraman
Former Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning; Formerly Director of Anurag, Defense Research and Development Organisation, Hyderabad, India
Preoccupations take you to miss His wonderful shades…Most devotees are generally preoccupied with miracles and experiences that border on the miraculous. This obsession with the paranormal is understandable, but, in the process, we also tend to miss the wonderful shades of the Divine in human form. One aspect of Swami that is constant and has always fascinated me is His extraordinary sensitivity to the needs and the problems of others. This sensitivity is ever in operation but few bother to take note of it.
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) S.P. Malhotra
A highly decorated soldier of the Indian Army; retired as GOC-in-C, Northern Command
Love all, Serve all Help Ever, Hurt Never. Baba’s teachings which He gives in His discourses are profound, put in simple league so that everyone can understand them. His command over language and fluency is phenomenal. His discourses are in Telugu but He can speak all other languages. Baba’s knowledge not only of the scriptures, but medicines, science, technology and all other subjects is unlimited. Swami’s basic teachings can be summarized in just 8 words which are: Love all, Serve all Help Ever, Hurt Never.
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
Internationally acclaimed Santoor Maestro from India
I have been very fortunate to receive Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s blessings in life. I had many experiences of Swami’s omnipresence, Swami’s showering of love like a Mother, Swami’s power to always protect us wherever we are. In the last 35 years I had innumerable experiences in different parts of the World. We are very fortunate that we have been born in this Yuga, where we can see Bhagawan talking to His devotees and showering His divine grace on everybody.
M.K. Kaw, I.A.S. (Retd.)
Former Education Secretary to Govt. of India
The true miracle about Baba is not that He produces rings, japamalas and necklaces with a flourish of His hand. That is at the initial stages, when He sees that we are like little children and can be tantalized by a toffee. He did this to me at our very first meeting on 1st June 1985, twenty years ago. “What is the difference between you and me?” He asked and did not wait for a reply. Then He answered it Himself, “When you want a ring, you go to a goldsmith, who takes lot of time to melt the gold and fashion it into a ring. But with me,” He said, with a circular motion of His palm, “I will and it happens.” And suddenly, there was a ring in His hand!
C.L. Kaw, I.R.T.S. (Retd.)
Former Chairman, Indian Railway Board
Miracles are in the very nature of God because He operates at a totally different level. Moreover, He is very compassionate towards His devotees. He is in the real sense Karma Dhwamsine(destroyer of evil effects of bad actions). Normally every individual has to bear the fruit of his karmas and as per karmic theory there is no escape from this. But Swami as the most compassionate God many times helps His devotees by softening the effect of karmas – on some occasions, suffering Himself to reduce intensity for devotees.
Dr. S.V. Chittibabu
Former Vice-Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University; Former Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University
Is it not our immeasurable good fortune that Sri Sathya Sai Baba should have come into the world as the Purna-Avatar of Sriman Narayana in human form during our lifetime for the redemption of humanity? Swami’s sublime teachings imparted through His lofty discourses, writings, conversations as well as His living example are nonpareil with respect to their contents and efficacy in metamorphosing the hearts of countless millions for the better. … On this memorable occasion this is my fervent prayer to Bhagawan Baba, the Living and Loving God, the Enchanting Charioteer and Singer of the world with abundant love and tender patience leading us all by his vision of truth and beauty, love and goodness: … Above all give me the strength to surrender my strength to Thy Will with Love.
Formerly, Chairman of World Council of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations
If one has to ask a question as to what is the one single largest contribution of this Avatar in the 21st century, what would the answer be? It would be “en masse transformation of mankind and thereby the whole world”. The approach of Bhagawan Baba makes Him the most scientific Avatar when He says, “Come, examine, experience and only then develop faith”. There is no question of just blind faith.
Reputed Industrialist from Chennai; All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations
There are many instances of the Lord’s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence; all these are like milestones in the journey of our lives to the Lotus Feet. Millions travel on this journey with their own milestones, perhaps by separate paths but all the same destination, the abode of pure love!
From the oldest batch of students of the erstwhile Sri Sathya Sai College of Brindavan. Member, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Today as we celebrate eighty years of Sri Sathya Sai, the Mission of human transformation has grown in a manner that defies comprehension. The Divine entrepreneur has now generated a momentum not ever known, so much that ‘SAI TOUCH’ is not felt in all corners of the world. The uniqueness of His Mission has been that, just as much as He has gone about accomplishing His Task, at the core, SAI remains sweet, simple, accessible and above all, humble.
K. Chakravarthi, I.A.S. (Retd.)
A Civil servant borne on the Cadre of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh; Currently, Secretary, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
We see the faraway gaze of Swami and then the sharp piercing of His near look. We sense His deep engagement in the world and its procession of men and events; and a quiet disengagement from them. And in stillness and silence profound truth is taught and learnt, as we are told with reference to Dakshinamurthi. But at human level we need to be talked to by Swami. When He talks, there is joy. When He is silent, there is sadness. When He smiles there is laughter in our hearts. When He sees away there is a loneliness however much “I keep my countenance and remain self possessed”. We need to move and learn at two levels of our being – the mental and spiritual – and unify such learning into a coherent response to the divine.
Dr. A.N. Safaya
Former Chairman of the Management Board of AIIMS; Former Medical Superintendent at AIIMS, New Delhi; Currently Director of Sri Sathya Sai Institutes of Higher Medical Sciences at Whitefield, Bangalore, and Puttaparthi
Swami in His countless discourses and personal talks to individuals has given in detail valuable advice on diet, exercise, sleep and cleanliness. He has mentioned a number of bad habits, which have to be avoided both by the young and the old. Not only has Swami explained at length these principles but has also practised these principles Himself. “My Life is my Message”, He has proclaimed. If medical science is really meant for the mitigation of afflictions of disease in man, if it is to serve mankind for its healthy survival, the Sai Health Care Mission has given to the world the basic principles on which this science has to develop and improve further.
Dr. Narendranath Reddy
A practicing Endocrinologist from the United States; Member, Prasanthi Council, governing body of Sri Sathya Sai Organsations, Worldwide
How blessed and fortunate are we to have this beautiful, sweet and loving Lord to protect us and guide us. Let us make use of this unique chance to adore Him, worship Him, practice His teachings and merge in Him, who is the Source.
Dr. Samuel Sandweiss, M.D.
Practising psychiatrist from the United States
In this year of celebration of Swami’s 80th birthday, we take stock of the infinite grace that He has showered on us. What have we learned and put into practice? How has He helped us to understand the real meaning of our lives? In what direction has He so softly and persistently guided us with the loving hands of a million mothers? … One night I had a very lovely visit from Swami in my dream. He approached me and I bowed before Him. Upon rising I happily blurted out, “Swami, I am bringing you a book.” Swami looked lovingly at me and softly said, “I am bringing you a book.” What a wonderful reminder of Swami’s place in our lives. We are in His orbit. We are living in Him and He is living in us.
K.R. Paramahamsa, I.A.S. (Retd.)
A Civil servant borne on the Cadre of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai is the present day spiritual guide and companion to humankind, leading us by hand. He is the mother taking care of our yoga and kshema. He is the non-coercive power transforming and rejuvenating through His bountiful compassion and boundless love. He is the catalyst helping us unleash the limitless human potential in a positive manner for the good and well being of all creation. He is the sadguru guiding us through the thick and thin of our living with a view to finding answer to the all-important question ‘who am I?’ and find life’s fulfillment. The spirit of the humankind, therefore, considers in reverence that He is God-Incarnate that walks among us in human form for our deliverance, allowing us to bask in the aura of His Divine Resplendence. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai is ‘Tat’ embodied.
Legendary Cricketer of International acclaim from India
I feel grateful to have been able to serve my country in my capacity as a cricketer for many years. However, now it would give me the greatest joy to be able to be of some small service to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself in His grand mission to uplift humanity. If life has given me a few good things, the best has been Bhagawan Himself! I cherish that above all else and pray for His constant guidance, support and blessings.
Noted Industrialist from India; Chairman/Director of several Birla group ventures
I have had some occasions when non-believers appeared to question my devotion to Bhagawan. To me Pujya Baba’s Divinity is a matter of intense personal belief, but the unprecedented extent of His works for the public good – hospitals, schools, university, water projects and many others – must persuade all to see Divine intervention in the affairs of men. Whenever I look at His visage, I see only expressions of love and kindness dripping from it.
Senior Advocate, a legal practitioner of repute from Bangalore
Simple teachings of Swami give solutions at every point of time in our life. It is for us to pause, contemplate and act as per Swami’s teachings. I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the all pervading, most compassionate divine being Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for giving me an opportunity to be in the proximity of the Avatar and render some small service for the fulfilment of the grand design of Swami for the upliftment of humanity. This is a unique experience and cannot be compared with anything else.
Cricketer of International repute from Sri Lanka; Captain of Sri Lanka’s world cup winning team, 1996. Currently, Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister for Tourism, Investment Promotion & Industries, Govt. of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has always looked towards its great neighbour India for inspiration and succour in many fields and on numerous occasions, but none so more than in the spiritual field. India is the birth place of Hinduism and Buddhism, which more than 70% of the population in Sri Lank adhere to. The great philosophers down in history such as Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna have their followers in Sri Lanka mostly among the Hindus and among other religious groups as well. However, in recent times, the most popular influence on the Buddhists, Hindus as well as Christians has come from Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The numbers appear to be ever increasing and are to be found among all strata of society, though naturally much more among the more educated upper and middle classes. In many a home, one could see the framed pictures of Bhagawan kept in a respected and honoured place.
Prof. A. Anantharaman
A management professional with rich International corporate experience; currently Honorary Professor at the School of Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam
On this solemn occasion of the 80th year of His incarnation, we need to make a choice. We can continue to demand from Him tinsels and trinkets, as we have been all these years. Or we can seek from Him what He has come to give us. We have a choice, as expressed in language of unsurpassed beauty, by the bard of India.
“To take shelter in silent obscurity
Or let his Will draw you out
When old words die out on the tongue
And new melodies break forth from the heart
When old tracks are lost
And new country revealed in its entire splendor!”
What will you choose?
Prof. H.S. Bhat (FAMS)
Academician of repute in the medical field of Urology; Currently head of the department of Urology, SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram
It is a tragedy of circumstances that our livelihood should be dependent on the sufferings and pain of our fellow beings. We firmly believe that, while we can only cut, we have minimal or no control on the healing which ultimately is in the hands of God – a God who may be addressed in any way we wish to. We continue to see the miracle of healing everyday by the Divine Physician in every field of activity. His discourses are messages of life and the purpose is love in action. He demonstrates that His religion is love; His language is the language of the heart. His food is Love and what He does for humanity is His Love in action.
Victor Krishna Kanu
Formerly High Commissioner of Sierra Leone, Africa, to U.K., Norway and Sweden; Director of the African Institute of Sathya Sai Education (TAISSE) at Ndola, Zambia
The Name Sathya Sai Baba is pregnant with divine potency that invokes in anyone who believes in it and calls it an unqualified feeling of security, joy and hope. From my personal experience, the constant invocation of His name places one in a perpetual state of ecstasy, bliss and integrated awareness of God who is in everything known and unknown. The name is also sweet to the ears and the tongue. This Name and what it stands for is the guiding light of Africa.
Dr. R.S. Padmanabhan
Dentist of repute from Bangalore. Member, Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Karnataka, India
People ask me why Swami calls a few and not others for interview. There are tens and thousands of aspiring people. How can He call all of them? I asked Swami about this. He says where Karma of a person is over, He calls him. He may not cure a person of the maladies he is suffering from. But, He gives strength to sustain them with fortitude and faith. One has to work out one’s karmas. When Swami sees a person, it is sufficient. The Divine Glance sets things in the right direction.
Dr. (Mrs.) Hiramalini Seshadri
A Senior Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist based at Chennai; visiting Rheumatologist at the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospitals at Prasanthi Nilayam and Whitefield
Creating objects with a wave of His hand, stopping rains, floods, fires, turning water into petrol, multiplying food…..we devotees are old hat at all that. Resurrecting people from the dead, curing cancers, creating even living creatures – well, all this too is history now. But the omnipotence of the Lord manifests most when He transforms the hearts of men.
N.P. Bhat I.R.S. (Retd.)
Formerly Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Govt. of India
Some years ago, I recall, as I was coming out of the “audience room” in Puttaparthi, I told Baba how happy and proud I was to witness the remarkable transformation over the years, of Baba’s Ashram into a huge bustling township, complete with all amenities and facilities. Baba, in a serene voice, told me that His real Ashram was in the hearts of His devotees. I have been trying all these years to make my heart Baba’s Ashram. May Baba’s grace and bliss be on all of us.
Begum Parween Sultana
Gifted vocalist of repute from India
I must have done something good in my last birth and that’s why I am getting such a divine Guru, Father, Mother Sai in this birth. My gratitude, my grateful thanks, my koti koti pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan for giving this opportunity to be with Him in this birth.
A prominent journalist of repute; formerly Editor-in-Chief, Tribune, Resident Editor, The Indian Express, Editor, Hindustan Times; Currently Editor, Bhavan’s Journal and Principal, Bhavan’s H.B.College of Communication and Management, Bangalore
As Bhagawan Baba enters the eighth decade of His life on earth, He is moving into the most decisive phase of His avatar. Over the past decade He has noticeably reduced handing out His “calling cards” to people. The contact with devotees at the sensory level too has reduced, though at the level of spirit it keeps growing. The SAI universe of edifices blessed with a unique spiritual aura continues its multi-dimensional growth. And now the phase of miracles and message-conveyance has yielded place to the fulfilment of the Mission of the Avatar. Before I give my vision of the Sathya Sai Mission, let me recount – in my very limited and myopic view – the various stages of the Sathya Sai Avatar, which, if Valmiki were alive today, would give the world a new Ramayana of epic proportions.
B.N. Narasimha Murthy
Warden, Sri Sathya Sai Hostel, Brindavan, Whitefield, Bangalore
The love for Swami that pulsates in the hearts of millions of men, women and children all over the world is the greatest and the surest of signs of His love for mankind. We need not look for any external manifestation of signs of His grace; we have to just look into our own hearts and see for ourselves, how much we love Him.
An Educationist of repute from Mumbai. Currently, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Education, Mumbai
These people converge in Puttaparthi to pay homage to the Apostle of Peace, to experience happiness and joy. They come to pray at the Feet of the Master. He seems to be saying, ‘Come, Experience, get transformed.’ For, the solutions to human conflict do not lie in resolutions in an assembly of nations, nor information of fighting forces but in ‘transformation’ of hearts. They require the cultivation of the mind-the Mind of Man – the collective mind of all mankind. The root cause of hatred, conflict and wars has to be removed from within us.
Mandolin maestro of International fame from India
Wherever I performed, I felt the Divine presence of Baba and I never concluded my concerts without playing Sai Bhajans; and the moment I started playing Sai Bhajans whether in an auditorium or at a public place, the atmosphere totally changed into a different world. In my personal experience, wherever I go, whomever I meet, I could see Swami’s influence in everyone.
A business management expert of great reputes; Formerly, Chairman of ITC Ltd.
Sitting at the feet of Swami, the Divine Teacher there have been many lessons to learn, as Swami never says anything or proclaiming anything that He does not put into practice.
A practising Advocate from Mumbai; Pioneer in Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas and Education in Human Values Programme
Yearning for friendship is a natural phenomenon for man, as he is said to be a social animal. The kind of friends a man has, also determines his image. It is therefore said that, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you what you are.” …Indeed, for the first time in eons of time, has the Master Himself come on Earth and is asking from within each one of us, a very simple question “Will you be my friend?” and the only simple answer He awaits from us is “Yes, I will… I will.”
Moyia O Brien
An ardent long time devotee; running a Centre for the disabled in Brisbane, Australia
In my quiet hours I often reflect on beloved Baba and think about how His love and grace is expanding the spiritual horizons of the world. And I believe that one day the whole of humanity will be engulfed in His loving care, unitedly moving in a stream of consciousness leading towards and fulfilling His divine plan.
Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand MBBS, D.Phil., FAAP, FCCM, FRCPCH
Pediatrician of repute from United States… Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences UAMS College of Medicine; Board of Directors, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute
All of Humanity is beholden that Sri Sathya Sai Baba has taken a human form that lives in Puttaparthi, in the Southern part of India. He was born on Nov 23, 1926 and announced his Divinie Mission in May, 1940. Millions and millions of instances have proven to the world that God Almighty, the Absolute Reality, the Divine Cosmic Being, the Creator of the Universe has set aside His difficult to grasp Immanence and manifested in the form of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. HE has assumed a human form to guide humankind towards their own Divinity within and to save humanity from its own annihilation.
The Advent of this Divine Form is referenced in the Book of Revelations of the Bible, in the Holy Koran, in the Vedas and Jaimini Mahabharatha, in the Guru Granth Sahib, and in all of the major religious texts of the world. Currently, Sri Sathya Sai Baba is worshipped by more than 100 million people from more than 200 countries in the world, but most of the world remains oblivious of His Presence. For many decades, any advertisement about His Presence or His Activities was strictly forbidden by Him. His Great Benevolence was that He allowed His Message of Love to be spread by word of mouth, which allowed each listener to experience a glimpse of the ecstasy and bliss that the one who came in contact with Him. This Blissful experience would urge each one to directly experience His Divinity rather than believing in the experiences of other people. Any attempt to describe Him or understand Him is guaranteed to fall far short of its target!! How can a small fish measure or map the ocean? Similarly, therefore, how can a human being who is a tiny part of this Cosmic Being, understand HIM? All I can say is that I was the complete skeptic and initially very sarcastic about His Divinity, His Activities, His Message portrayed through every moment of His Life, until the time came when He called me finally to Puttaparthi to see Him (obtain a Darshan of Him) in October, 1996. That was the one event that has changed the entire course of my life. Many subsequent visits over the past few years and personal contact with Him in interviews and elsewhere, have combined to secure a permanent place for Him in my heart. He is TOTAL and ABSOLUTE LOVE, which He gives generously and unconditionally to the millions of people who flock to Him. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has certainly transformed my life to be infinitely better than it was before His Touch, as He has transformed the lives of the thousands of people that I have personally met – who are as inspired by His Loving Example as I am. With Divine Grace, I have personally met the greatest of scientists, industrialists, politicians, world leaders, or members of the Royalty in several countries, but to compare all of these great personalities with Sri Sathya Sai Baba is like holding a candle to the Sun.
Ms. Kalyani M.R.
Editor, ‘Indian Railways’, Monthly Magazine of Ministry of Railways, Government of India
Learning to be away from materialistic world… Love all, Serve all is the greatest thing which I have learnt from Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I always want to be filled with Baba’s thoughts and keep on singing and the immense joy that I derive out of it, is beyond expression.
- Official Sathya Sai Baba International Website
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