Sathya Sai Baba – Worlds Most Famous Spiritual Guru Laid to Rest
Sri Sathya Sai Baba considered by rationalists as the world’s most powerful spiritual guru in modern times and by others as a incarnation of God was laid to rest today amongst a global audience of followers ranging from the super poor to the super rich. Born as Sathyanarayana Raju in the village of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, India, Sathya Sai Baba proclaimed himself to be a re-incarnate of Shirdi Sai Baba another powerful spiritual figure from the early 1900s.
Sathya Sai Baba was admired by all for his efforts in creating a billion dollar charitable empire in his home state and changing the face of Puttaparthi by establishing super specialty hospitals, educational universities, funding water projects and much more. Through his teachings he did not advocate the pursuance of any particular religion advocating that all of them were equal. He was also known for his reputation for miracles and materializing objects from thin air. In this area he came in for severe criticism from rationalists both in India and other countries. During the later stages of his life many of his followers also accused him of sexual abuse with young boys, an allegation which was never investigated or even thought to be rational.
With close to 40 million followers from over 160 countries, Sathya Sai Baba was an extremely powerful and influential man who at times was believed to be above the law. The world famous Hard Rock Cafe chain of cafes and hotels is based on the principles of Sai Baba viz. “Love All, Serve All, Help Ever, Hurt Never“. Issac Tigrett, the founder of the franchise is a staunch follower of the guru. During an interview with BBC for their documentary on Sai Baba titled, “The Secret Swami“, Issac said that no matter what allegation is made or proved true against the guru it would not shake his faith in him.
After having visited Puttaparthi and studied various sources of information on Sathya Sai Baba, we believe that he was truly a extraordinary individual and a man of god. Irrespective of whether he could perform miracles or not, he was truly gifted in the art of influencing the right people and making them believe in themselves. He used his political clout and connections to great effect helping the poor and downtrodden is his state and a few more people like him could certainly make the world a great place. He was certainly head and shoulders above any popular celebrities or politicians and lived his life for others. At the same time, he was not God or a man with supernatural powers of any sort, although he did possess special skills and abilities.
Many of Sathya Sai’s followers believe that he will be back soon as a reincarnation named Prema Sai. It is believed that he will be born 8 years after Sathya Sai (possibly 2019) and will proclaim himself as a re-incarnate at the age of 18.