Recently i visited a place in Andhra Pradesh called Puttaparthi. It is where Sri Sathya Sai Baba resides and an Ashram is built on his name. It was part of an official all doctors' visit from my hospital. I would like to share some of my experiences and tell more about Sri Sathya sai baba.
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 South India. Even as a child, His spiritual inclination and contemplative nature set Him apart from other children of His age. But it was not until 20 th October 1940, he declared himself of his Avatarhood. Today millions of people around the world worship him as God, Saint, Spiritual Leader, and all kinds of names. Thousands of people daily come to his Ashram, Prasanti nilayam in the small village of Puttaparthi to seek his blessings, seek solace and peace.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba is an integral manifestation who combines two very significant roles. Firstly, He is 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, He declares “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 man 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 are His prescriptions for our ailing world.
Secondly his Love for humanity is immense. Its pretty evident from all the charity work his organization does, by building free hospitals, free education, establishing drinking water plants, even supplying water to metros like chennai and free housing projects. This all stand testimony to his selfless love and compassion for the needy and less privileged. He has inspired and continues to inspire millions of his devotees worldwide by his personal example to live the ideal that service to man is service to God. The Sri Sathya Sai Organization today has a presence in over 167 countries in the world and members undertake group service activities that benefit their immediate community.
I work in one of such free hospitals in bangalore. Its a superspeciality hospital, where all complicated cardiac and neurosurgeries are done free of cost. Right from patient entering the hospital, his daily medications and food everything are taken care by the hospital. Sathya Sai Medical Trust operates two super-speciality hospitals:
· Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram located in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, with the departments of Cardiology / Cardio-Thoracic Vascular Surgery, Urology and Ophthalmology.
· Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield located in Bangalore(where i work) in the state of Karnataka, with the departments of Cardiac sciences and Neuro-sciences.
and two General Hospitals one in prasanthigram and one in whitefield.
I wanted to share my experiences during last weekend visit to puttaparthi. As we r hospital doctors, we got special darshan and we even got to touch Sai baba's lotus feet and seek blessings. He even accepted personal letters from most of the doctors. Was really a spiritually rejuvenating experience being there.
Finally, whatever people may say, whether good or bad about him. There are lot of accussations against sathya sai baba in the last decade tantalizing him but at the end of the day we must respect him for the good work hes doing. i don't think no where in the world you can get free cardiac or neurosurgeries done, nowhere in this world you can find a university which has the motto of free education, which by the way is if very high standards. They even stress on sports, for an overall development of a child.
In our hindu religion, we worship so many idols of gods, other religions also worship different gods, then why can't we worship a human, who has done so much for mankind, making him nothing less than god.
There are lot of websites about Sathya sai baba. Interested people can check it out.