Profile of Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba was born Satyanarayana to Easwaramma Raju and Peddavenkappa in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. Legend has it that many miraculous events took place during his birth to mark the appearance of an avatar.
Even as a child, Satya exhibited tremendous talent in poetry, dance, music and drama. He could compose bhajans on his own. One day, Satya started exhibiting strange behavior and started talking about slokas and Hindu scriptures. Later that month, he proclaimed himself as the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. He also started calling himself Sai Baba. He quit school at age 14 and started singing bhajans with his followers.
Sathya Sai Baba’s devotees built a temple for him and later on the saint established the ashram Prashanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi. Sathya Sai Baba is famous for the miracles that he can produce. Many miraculous events are reported even today.
At Sai Baba’s ashram, the morning starts with Suprabhatam and the chanting of ‘Om’. This is followed by bhajans and vedic chanting. Then, Sai Baba gives darshan to his devotees, collects letters from people and grants personal interviews to a select few.
Sathya Sai Baba’s Social Service
Sai Baba runs many charitable organizations including hospitals, service projects and educational institutions in 166 countries. Sathya Sai hospital offer free treatment to poor patients. A drinking water project supplies water to 1.2 million people living in about 800 villages in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. The Sathya Sai Ganga Canal supplies water to Chennai. More projects to provide drinking water are on the anvil.
Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba advocates peace, love, non-violence, right conduct and truth. People belonging to any religion can adopt his teachings without giving up their faith. Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings are rooted in Advaita. He especially emphasizes the role of mothers and women in general.