The Mission Begins
On 20th October, 1940, the day after they
all returned from Hampi, Sathyanarayana started for school
as usual. However, within a few minutes, He returned to the
house. Standing on the outer doorstep, He cast aside the books
He was carrying and called out, “I am no longer
your Sathya. I am Sai.” The sister-in-law came
from the kitchen, only to be blinded by the splendour of the
halo around Baba's head! He addressed her, “I
am going; I don't belong to you; Maya (delusion) has gone;
My Bhaktas (devotees) are calling Me; I have My Work; I can't
stay here any longer." When the brother hurried
home on hearing all this, Baba only told him, "Give up
all your efforts to 'cure' Me. I am Sai; I do not consider
Myself related to you.”
In spite of repeated pleas, Sathya would not step into that
building again. He moved into the garden of the Excise Inspector
Sri Anjaneyulu's bungalow, and sat on a rock in the midst
of trees. People came into the garden from all directions
bringing flowers, fruits, incense and camphor to worship Him.
The garden resonated to the voices of hundreds singing bhajans
(devotional singing); following the lines of the first prayer
that Sri Sathya Sai taught them.
" Manasa Bhajare Gurucharanam
Dusthara Bhava Sagara Tharanam "
(Meditate on the Feet of the Guru in thy mind, which will
take you across the wearisome sea of Samsara or worldly existence.)
A photographer came with a camera to capture a beautiful
picture of the young . He wanted to remove a crude stone that
was right in front of him, but Baba did not heed to the prayer.
He clicked nevertheless and lo! When the photo was developed,
the stone had become an image of Shirdi Sai Baba!
here to view the photograph.
A few days later, Baba left Uravakonda for Puttaparthi. Soon,
He shifted to the house of Karanam (the village headman) whose
aged and devout wife Subbamma attended on Him with love and
affection and welcomed all devotees into her spacious house;
she spared no effort to make their stay happy and comfortable.
Sri Sathya Sai Avatar
Today people of all nationalities, professing different faiths,
speaking different tongues and hailing from varied walks of
life, throng Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of Bhagawan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba, to see the God that they worship, in flesh
and blood. For has He not affirmed in a Discourse delivered
on 17th May, 1968 at the First World Conference of the Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisations held at Mumbai - "Sarvadevatha
swaroopaalanu dharinchina maanavaakaarame ee aakaaram."
(This is a human form in which every Divine entity, every
Divine Principle, that is to say, all the Names and Forms
ascribed by man to God, are manifest.)
Bhagawan declared in no uncertain terms the grand mission
on which He has come and what He expects from us, His devotees,
in a letter that He wrote to His brother Sri Seshama Raju
way back in 1947:
“I have a Task: To foster all mankind and ensure for
all of them lives full of Ananda (Bliss).
I have a Vow: To lead all who stray away from the straight
path, again into goodness and save them.
I am attached to a Work that I love: To remove the sufferings
of the poor and grant them what they lack.
I have a reason to be proud, for I rescue all who worship
and adore Me.
I have My definition of the devotion I expect; Those devoted
to Me have to treat joy and grief, gain and loss, with equal
These words of Bhagawan have concretised into the Sri Sathya
Sai Seva Organisations spread over 170 nations, and the various
service projects that He has undertaken in the fields of education,
healthcare, drinking water supply and rural development. They
have not only contributed to the social, economic and spiritual
uplift of mankind, but also stand out as a beacon of hope
and inspiration to others to emulate those values and ideals
and thus sublimate their lives. Truly, Bhagawan’s life
has been a demonstration of His boundless and selfless love
for His creation, for which mankind shall be grateful for
all times to come.
Jai Sai Ram!