WHO IS SATHYA SAI BABA ?
Sathya Sai Baba, (Sathya Narayana Raju) was born to Meesaraganda Eashwaramma and Peddavenkama Raju Ratnakaram, on November 23, 1926, in the town of Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh India. His birth, which his mother Eashwaramma asserted was by miraculous conception (Divine Incarnate). As a child, he was described as “unusually intelligent” and charitable, though not necessarily academically inclined, as his interests were of a more spiritual nature. He was uncommonly talented in devotional music, dance and drama. From a young age, he was capable of materialising objects such as food and sweets out of thin air. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi.
At the age of 14, and on October 20, 1940, Sathya Narayana Raju left his childhood home as Sathya Sai Baba and made the historic declaration of His Avatar-hood, (Avatar – Divinity Incarnate) that the world at large learnt of this divine phenomenon. He proclaimed His message – to bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Nonviolence. With that announcement began his mission.
What is his mission ?
About his mission Sathya Sai Baba says,
“I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come on any mission of publicity for any sect or creed or cause; nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have come to tell you of this Universal unitary faith, this path of Love, this duty of Love, this obligation to Love.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 8 Ch. 22
” The name Sai Baba comes from Sai, a Persian word used by Muslims to denote a holy person, and Baba, in Hindi for father “.
Who is shirdi sai baba ?
Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, (born 1838?—died October 15, 1918) was an Indian spiritual master regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a sat guru, an Avatar and an incarnation of Lord Shiva and Dattatreya. Both Hindu and Muslim devotees revered him during, as well as after his life.
Sai Baba’s early years are a mystery. Most accounts mention his birth as a Hindu Brahman and his subsequent adoption by a Sufi fakir. Later in life, he claimed to have had a Hindu guru. Sai Baba arrived in Shirdi, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, about 1858 and remained there until his death (Mahasamdhi) in 1918.
The villagers of Shirdi denounced him as a mad man, however by the turn of the century Sai Baba had a considerable following of Hindus and Muslims, attracted by his compelling teachings and his performance of apparent miracles, which often involved the granting of wishes and the healing of the sick. He wore a Muslim cap and for the better part of his life lived in an abandoned mosque in Shirdi, where he daily kept a fire burning, a practice reminiscent of some Sufi orders. Yet he named that mosque Dvarakamai, a decidedly Hindu name, and said to have had substantial knowledge of the Puranas, and the Bhagavad–Gita.
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