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Shri Sathya Sai Baba

By Miten Kana
NHSF Learning Team

“Love all, Serve all”: A simple message that sparked the divine light within millions of people all across the world. Shri Sathya Sai Baba was a spiritual leader who inspired all around him to live a life of Truth, Love and Service.

Shri Sathya Sai Baba passed away at the age of 86 on Sunday 24th April 2011 at 7:40am (IST). Born in Puttaparthi, Andra Pradesh (India), Sathya Sai Baba led a life of simplicity through sewa (selfless service). He and his organisations help set up and support a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals and other charitable works in India and abroad. The Sri Sathya Sai University in Prashanthi Nilayam is the only college in India to have received an ‘A++’ rating, highlighting the importance of education within Shri Sai Baba’s teachings.

Although his objective was to ‘establish sanatana dharma, which believes in one God as propitiated by the founders of all religions’, he never requested any of his followers to ever give up their original religion. This emphasised the unity in diversity of Shri Sai Baba’s teachings and brought to light the concept of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ – the whole world as one family.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

His Universal Message

His Humanitarian Works

His Inspiration To Humanity

These are list of just a few values that individuals remember Baba for. His message will continue to develop and he will nevertheless continue to touch many through inspiration, kind words, and ultimately service to mankind.

On behalf of National Hindu Students Forum (UK) Shri Sathya Sai Baba will always be remembered for his love, truth and compassion for all. His teachings will continue to light the lamp of true service for many millions of more people in years to come. Let us continue to uphold this message to humanity in all that we do.

Om Shri Sai Ram.

 

Quotes from Shri Sathya Sai Baba

“You have it in your power to make your days on Earth a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns”

“Aspire to live in peace, not in plenty”

“Help ever, Hurt never”

“What you would desire others to do for you, you should do for others. You should respect others, as you want to be respected by them”

“People imagine that spirituality means meditating on God, bathing in sacred waters and visiting holy shrines, but this is not the correct meaning of spirituality. Spirituality means destroying the animal nature in man and awakening him to his divine consciousness. Spirituality implies recognizing that one’s manifold capacities emanate from the Spirit and not from the mind, then utilizing them for achieving spiritual strength. It means acknowledging that all powers come from the Divine”.

“I want peace” : ‘I’ is ego. ‘Want’ is desire. Remove ego and desire and you have peace.