Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba -
Views and Voices
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
President of the Republic of
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
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
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
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
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
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
?presided over the Supreme
Court of India as its Chief Justice from July 1985 to
way is shown by my Master?.
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
the Indian State of Maharashtra since December 2004; former
Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka from 1999 to
consider myself fortunate?.
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.
Chief Marshal (Retd.) O.P.Mehra
of Air Staff, India; Former Governor of Indian States of
Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
have no hesitation?
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.)
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
Justice Shivaraj V.Patil
Judge of the Supreme Court of India.
hallmark of Prasanthi Nilayam
of people everyday and on occasions in larger number gather
around Baba, be it Prasanti Nilayam or Brindavan or
elsewhere. Neither invitations are extended nor publicity is
given nor advertisement is made for these people to gather.
Yet people gather in large number. One knows how difficult
it is to collect people elsewhere even for occasional
meetings and, when collected in large number, in maintaining
discipline. Even though everyday large number of devotees
and on special occasions several thousands come to the Lotus
Feet of Bhagawan to have His darshan and blessings, a
remarkable discipline and silence with all devotion is
maintained. Bhagawan caters to the souls of His devotees to
walk on Sai path to attain realization of the Self. Turning
to students, Baba says that they must scrupulously value and
practise discipline, duty and devotion in order to reach the
goal set for themselves.
Dr.(Mrs.) J. Geeta Reddy
for Tourism & Sugar, Govt. of A.P., India.
fortunate are we?.
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?
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.
has come at the most critical juncture?
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
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?
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.
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
Internationally acclaimed Santoor Maestro from India.
We are fortunate
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.
Former Education Secretary to Govt. of India.
The true miracle?
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!
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.
Former Vice-Chancellor of
Madurai Kamaraj University
Former Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University.
Let me surrender to
Thy Will with Love?
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
Formerly, Chairman of World
Council of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations.
transformation of mankind
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
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.
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
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.
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
Endocrinologist from the United States; Member, Prasanthi
Council, governing body of Sri Sathya Sai Organsations,
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.
Samuel Sandweiss, M.D.
psychiatrist from the United States.
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.)
servant borne on the Cadre of the Indian State of Andhra
is 'Tat' embodied
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
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai is 'Tat' embodied.
Cricketer of International acclaim from India.
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.
Industrialist from India; Chairman/Director of several Birla
Matter of intense personal belief?
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.
Advocate, a legal practitioner of repute from Bangalore.
Unique Experience can never be compared?
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.
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.
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
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.
choice is yours?
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
"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!"
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
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.
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.
repute from Bangalore. Member, Sri Sathya Sai Trust,
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
(Mrs.) Hiramalini Seshadri
Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist based at Chennai;
visiting Rheumatologist at the Sri Sathya Sai General
Hospitals at Prasanthi Nilayam and Whitefield.
Transforming the hearts of men?
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
N.P. Bhat I.R.S. (Retd.)
Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Govt. of India.
real Ashram is in the hearts of devotees
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
vocalist of repute from India.
Koti Koti Pranams?
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.
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,
Decisive Phase of His Avatar
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
Sathya Sai Hostel, Brindavan, Whitefield, Bangalore.
much do we love Him?
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.
Educationist of repute from Mumbai. Currently, Director of
Sri Sathya Sai Education, Mumbai.
Come, Experience, get transformed?
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 U. Srinivas
maestro of International fame from India.
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.
management expert of great reputes; Formerly, Chairman of
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.
practising Advocate from Mumbai; Pioneer in Sri Sathya Sai
Bal Vikas and Education in Human Values Programme.
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
Moyia O Brien
?an ardent long time
devotee; running a Centre for the disabled in Brisbane,
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
He has transformed me?
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
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
Learning to be away from materialistic world.... Love all,
Serve all is the greatest thing which I have learnt from
Bhagwan Sri SathyaSai 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.