Bishwa Nath Singh
Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi was a godly man who had lived and died to serve mankind as whole for cause of humanity all throughout his life. Indeed, once in a millennium does such a Divine Being come on the earth is a well-known phenomenon of this universe. For all of us to serve the people at large for cause of humanity should be the real aim of our life that the great saga had taught us with love and care .
Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi was a beckon of light and hope to the world to end unrest and sorrow by Bishwa Nath Singh.
It’s true that for all those who are spiritual aspirant, Sri Sathya Sai Baba happened to be the divine master par excellence; to a rationalist, He is one of the greatest humanitarian on earth; to millions of youth of modern era. He was the mass leader, c...harismatic figure with a dynamic vision and a colossus of inspiration; to a devotee like many of us who adore him and hold him in great esteem. He was apparently seen divinity in human form; and to all those who has had the opportunity to behold Sai was full of passion, wisdom and love who use to walk on two of his feet’s just like an ordinary human-being with difference that his entire movement was to help others. He was quick to answer queries of many whether if he was God. His simple answer was that yes, he was God and so we are. The only difference between us and him was that while he was aware of this fact whereas we are not aware of the same. Well, his remark was indeed a very significant statement of fundamental truth of our humanity’s nature. It was a true reality, reviving the heart of every human being to this salient truth and that was the mission and message of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. One will recollect that very aptly, Baba used to begin his every discourse, addressing the gathering as, “Embodiments of the Divine Atma”. All who listened to Sri Sathya Sai, Baba used to experience his unconditional love, benefit from his caring counsel and witness his supernormal supremacy over mind and matter, get a real glimpse of the glory and majesty of God, and therefore, of the infinity that each human potentially and inherently possess..Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23, 1926 in the village of Puttaparthi, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Even as a child, his spiritual inclination and contemplative nature set him apart from other children of his age, and began to be known as ‘Guru’ and “Brahmajnani’ (knower of Brahman or Godhead) among his friends, relatives and others in the village. However, it was not until October 20, 1940, the day on which he had made the historic declaration of His Avatarhood, of Sai (‘Avatar’ means ‘Divinity Incarnate in Human Form’) that the world at large learnt of this divine phenomenon. Today, millions drawn from all over the world known for their various faiths and hailing from all walks of life, worshiped Sai as an ‘Avatar’, and the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Thousands gather every day at Prasanthi Nilayam, his spiritual headquarters established beside the village of Puttaparthi, for His darshan (the act of beholding His sacred form), when He moves among devotees, blessing them and uplifting them by providing spiritual succor and solace. Very rightly, revealing the purpose of his advent, Sri Sathya Sai Baba had very specifically said that he has come to re-establish the rhythm of righteousness in the world and repair the ancient highway to God, which over the years has systematically deteriorated. 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 Atmic Reality (Atma – The Divine Self) of each being, to reveal the Divine which is the basis on which the entire cosmos rests, and of instructing all to recognize the common Divine Heritage that binds man to man, so that man can rid himself of the animal and rise up to the Divine, which is the goal.”Sri Sathya Sai Baba was an integral manifestation who combined two very significant roles. Firstly, He was a great spiritual Master, famed for his simple and sweet exposition of the greatest and most intricate of spiritual truths, which form the fundamental teachings of all the religions of the world. Elucidating on His mission, Sri Sathya Sai Baba had very specifically said“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.” His formula for humanity to lead a meaningful life is the five-fold path of: Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love), and Ahimsa (Non-Violence).“Love for God, fear of sin and morality in society” – these were Sai’s noble prescriptions for our ailing world. Secondly Sri Sathya,Sai Baba was an inexhaustible reservoir of pure love. His numerous service projects, be it free hospitals, free schools and colleges, free drinking water supply projects, or free housing projects, all stand testimony to his selfless love and compassion for the needy and less privileged. True to His declaration, “My Life is My Message”, He had inspired and continued to inspire millions of his followers and devotees worldwide by his personal example to live the ideal that “service to man is service to God.” The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization today had registered its presence in hundreds of nations in the world, and its members undertake any number of service activities that benefit their immediate community and they do it selflessly and spontaneously. Sri Sathya Sai Baba had thus emerged as a beacon of hope in a world that is desperately seeking an end to the unrest and sorrow that are prevalent today. His message of “Love All Serve All – Help Ever Hurt Never” is a spiritual salve that will lead mankind from the pain of darkness and ignorance and to the light and bliss of immortality. Indeed, once in a millennium does such a Divine Being come on the earth is a well-known phenomenon of this universe. For all of us to serve the people at large for cause of humanity should be the real aim of our life that the great saga had taught us with love and care all throughout his life. Let us live unto the great ideals of Sri Sathya Sai Baba who is no more amongst us in this physical world but his teachings will remain as bacon of light to lead us on the path of glory for ever if followed and practiced earnestly!
By: Bishwa Nath Singh
(Photos of Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi)
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