Beacon of Love...
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba...
My Life is My Message: Baba
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23, 1926, in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. The event and the village went
unnoticed in the history and map of British India. Yet, today, Baba's ashram in Prashanti Nilayam situated in the village of His birth has emerged as the undisputed spiritual capital of our times. Every day, thousands of men and
women from every continent, country, state, region, nationality, religion and culture arrive in Prashanti Nilayam to behold the Master whose life, message and generosity has moved them to seek personal growth and transformation.
Baba's teachings of universal love and acceptance have found their way into millions of hearts in India and abroad. In the past 70 years, several million devotees
have registered at the ashram's accommodation office. They came from every Indian state and 185 other countries. Due to the ever-growing demand for lodging, a similar number are estimated to have stayed in the township that has
emerged outside the ashram.
A university, schools, colleges, two large hospitals including a tertiary care facility, a planetarium, an airport and museums abound along the tree-lined streets of Prashanti Nilayam. Within the
peaceful premises of the ashram, there is accommodation and other facilities for thousands of pilgrims seeking a higher, purpose."
That His teachings transcend all boundaries of race, religion or region is what appeals
the most to His followers, whom He urges to embrace social responsibility as a way of life and seek the oneness underlying all diversity.
With millions of followers, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has emerged as the universal
teacher and humanitarian whose gospel of unconditional love expressed through selfless service, has inspired thousands of voluntary initiatives by the members of the Sai Organisation worldwide.
At the heart of this
unparalleled spiritual activism is the soon-to-be by-year-old visionary who has single-handedly reformed and revitalised the system of education, steering it towards a value-based model, redefined universal healthcare and
harmonized spirituality with social service.
His life and message are so potent that men and women of the highest academic calibre and from diverse ethnic backgrounds look up to Him as their guide to make a shift in
priorities, as do the poorest and the unlettered of the nation and everyone else in between. His boundless love, international reach and unprecedented achievements compel many to question who He really is.
"I am God and
so are you. The only difference between you and Me is that while I am aware of it, you are not." This is the answer Bhagavan Baba gives to people who query Him about His identity. This fundamental truth of every person's
inherent divine nature is at the heart of His mission. Indeed, in His discourses to devotees, He addresses them as "Embodiments of the Divine Atma (the eternal Spirit)".
Elucidating on His mission, He declares,
"I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim a better Muslim and the Hindu a better Hindu."
In His own words,
''This Sai has come in order to achieve the supreme task of uniting the entire mankind as one family through the bond of brotherhood, of affirming and illuminating the cosmic reality of each being, to reveal the Divine as the basis
on which the entire cosmos rests, and of instructing all to recognise the common Divine heritage that binds person to person, so that humans can rise up to the Divine, which is the goal."
His formula for leading a
meaningful life is the five-fold path of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence. Love for God, fear of wrongdoing and morality are His prescriptions for healing our world.
An inexhaustible reservoir of pure love,
His numerous service projects stand testimony to His compassion. True to His declaration, 'My Life is My Message', He prescribes seeking salvation through selfless service, for He says "Service to Man is Service to God".
Today, the Sai Organisation undertakes group service activities across the country and the world to benefit local communities.
In the current environment of greed, corruption, violence and terrorism, millions look up to Baba
as their role model for living a purpose-driven life - a life of harmony with oneself, every being and especially Mother Earth. His message is the spiritual salve that can rescue humanity from self-annihilation
personified, very rarely does such a presence grace our planet and lead us by example towards expressing and achieving our innate sacredness.