Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sri Satya Sai Baba - A Beatiful Human Being

"Do not get attached to worldly things and pursuits.  Be in the world, but do not let the world be in you" is one of those thought provoking quotes which can neither be manufactured by mere mortals nor can be understood by them in its absolute context. This was a quote by an adoring master of our times none other than Sri Satya Sai Baba who has given us as many as 108 pearls of wisdom to dwell on.
Baba as young boy
   Born in an mediocre family on 1926 in a district called Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh (India), he became the source of light for many souls all over the world to take on their journey of self realisation. If sources are to be believed Baba was originally named Satyanarayana (if I am not wrong) who did not fit into the regular social norms even from his childhood. At the age of fourteen an incident occured that transformed him from a mere village boy to a source of adoration in no time. It is said that during that day, Baba was bit by a scorpian and as he was suffering in intolerable pain he started reciting hymns of vedas without any formal training at all in his lifetime so far. Immediately some realisation struck him and he claimed himself to be the reincarnation of Sri Shridi Sai Baba, another beautiful human being that walked this planet. Incidentally Shridi Sai Baba before his death (1918) mentioned that he would take birth after eight years in then Madras Presidency (now Andhra Pradesh). The same year (1926) was the birth year of Sri Satya Sai Baba. This mystery cannot be ever solved or understood by rationality. By then in very little time Baba became highly famous for his miracles of producing vibhuthi (divine ash), lingas etc from thin air. Already there were many followers who started considering him as a Godman. With time his follower's stream emerged into an ocean encompassing devotees from all over the world (130 coutries). This I should say was a spiritual revolution in its own ways. Later Baba turned out to be a remarkable social reformer and a genuine philanthropist who not only raised the standards of the small unknown village called Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh but also provided large needy people with sophisticated hospital facilities, hygenic food and even education of high standards for peanuts. My special adoration for his philanthropist face always grew with time and my sincere prayers are that those good works to be carried without any interruption even after this departure.
Sri Satya Sai Baba
Baba finally left his body on 24th April,2011. Businessman, politicians, hollywood-bollywood actor and actresses, sports persons were the guest in the huge stream of people that inundated Puttaparthi in last couple of days to pay last tribute to divine soul that showed the world how to lead the life in complete surrender to the lord. Prime Minster of India, Manmohan Singh, Sanchin Tendulkar along with his wife(doctor), Sunil Gavaska along with his wife, Sonia Gandhi etc were a few names of worth to be mentioned to give an idea that the devotees of Satya Sai were from all walks of life.

Though there were many unpleasant incidents (reported not proved though) throught his life as either being accused for his magical tricks of producing objects from thin air and cheating innocent people or cases of sexual harassment or the murder of five people right in his bedroom, his reputations never got tarnished with these so called unethical things. His devotees number grew even faster than the number of our countries' political parties. Whether to belive these or not I leave it upto the reader.

Satya Sai reincarnation of Shirdi Sai
Even if we assume those unacceptable incidents were true for sometime, still the extent of help that this Godman brought in reforming the small village and to those people overshadows those allegedly reported yet to be proved unethical stories. It is said that all he owned was an orange drape and a pair of chappals, such was his dignity and simplicity.

Baba has claimed that he would come back as Prema Sai. Should we all wait for him to come back again and show us the path of compassion and love all over once again? Why can't each one of us get into the shoes of Sri Satya Sai Baba and take an intiative to make an hunger free and a corruption free world? Never late than not. With his blessings let us strive to make this world a beautifull and a wonderfull place to live in.

"Your thoughts, words, and deeds will shape others and theirs will shape you" one more pearls of his wisdom.

My sincere condolences to his devotees all over the world and deeply indebted to extend my prayers of gratitude to this divine soul for showing us the way so far.

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