Sai Baba


Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011)

Sathya Sai Baba was born in the far south of India. Sai died in the spring of 2011 at the age of 84. Sathya Sai was a philosopher, humanist, spiritual leader, great clairvoyant healer and miracle worker. Let's see what his name means: Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The first word Shri carries several meanings: dear, well-wishes of prosperity, and is also one of the names of the goddess Lakshmi, who is responsible for family development, material and financial well-being, as well as self-development.

Sathya means truth. Sai signifies the mother principle of the universe. Baba is a spiritual father, spiritual mentor.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was also referred to as Guru or Avatar. The word guru means spiritual leader. Avatars are gods who have incarnated into this world to help all humans. Sai Baba preached the connection and unity of the spiritual traditions and religions of the world. In his ashram they practiced meditation and mantras, studied Vedic scriptures and were given a special role in developing charitable projects.

His blessings changed people's spiritual states, changed their circumstances, and healed their ailments. He possessed supernatural powers, cured diseases, and predicted the future. Sathya Sai Baba's life and teachings caused great controversy during his lifetime, and the controversy continues to this day.

Many of the world's spiritual and religious leaders treated him with great respect and reverence and believed him to be a great teacher and leader on a global scale. Admirers of Sathya Sai Baba included politicians around the world.

Sai Baba’s interpreter

It was a great honor for me to act as Sai Baba's interpreter from 1993 to 1999. I often translated when Sai Baba invited the groups to interviews (face-to-face meetings). I translated interviews with Russian speakers from various countries including Russia and Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania, Latvia and Kazakhstan. Many times I have witnessed Sathya Sai interacting with devotees and visitors.

He gave advice on meditation and mantra practices, taught spiritual paths, and answered pressing questions. There are many examples of him healing illnesses or predicting future events that happened exactly as he said it would.

Sathya Sai was the greatest spiritual teacher, a lifelong supporter and even today, helping devotees to attain enlightenment and establish a harmonious environment for a happy human life. He believed that any question people asked him was important.

Sai Baba India

When I was in my early twenties, I traveled to Sai Baba's Ashram in India. The first time I heard about Sathya Sai Baba was in the early 1990s. Then I met some acquaintances who had already been in Sathya Sai Baba's ashram. An entrepreneur friend of mine was already practicing mantras, meditation and yoga at that point.

In the early 1990s, he was one of the first Russians to visit Sathya Sai Baba's Ashram. At the same time I met two young Indian students studying in Moscow. They told me about Sai Baba, a great saint.

In the 1980s, meditation and yoga centers opened in Russia. At that time, it became possible to freely travel abroad such as Europe, America, and India. Later books were published on meditation, esoteric teachings, Buddhism, Hinduism, esoteric Buddhism, Vedanta and Kabbalah.

Among the wealth of information, the story of Sathya Sai Baba was special and possessed special spiritual power. When I first heard about him, I thought that he was a special teacher and could feel his great spiritual power. I began to feel his presence, and when I closed my eyes, I felt that he had heard all my thoughts and had fully sensed my heart's needs.

My first visit to Sai Baba was in 1993. Having practiced meditation, mantras and yoga for about 10 years at the time, this was an amazing and unexpected turn of events for me. It was unimaginable for me to go to an ashram in India and meet Sathya Sai Baba himself.

Such an idea seemed fantastic to me, but it actually happened. As sometimes happens, an event or situation suddenly revolved around me. Some friends wanted to travel to faraway India. A few weeks before my departure, a friend invited me to go on a trip with him, and I went to India for the first time for six months. At the beginning of the trip, the group visited Yogi Ramayaha's ashram. He taught me meditation for many years in the Kriya Yoga tradition. After a seminar with Yogi Ramaiah, I went to Sathya Sai Baba's ashram.

There are many yogis and spiritual teachers, miracle workers, healers and mystics in India. Sathya Sai Baba was the most famous and mysterious Indian guru of the 20th century. How can we understand who he is? It's a very difficult question, but many people have different points of view.

The wisest Sai said: "I am like a mirror in which your thoughts and feelings are reflected." Some saw him as a God, others an insidious and cunning deceiver.

Sai Baba is a God

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Let each person find his or her own answer to the difficult question, "Who is Sai?" It is impossible to comprehend the truth with mind. In order to find the answer, we need to dig into our own hearts and gain insight and wisdom from there.

There are statements about the divine nature of Sai, which can be read in many books, and I have repeatedly heard many words of amazing wisdom directly from him. "I am God, but you are also Gods. The difference between us is that I remember it and you have forgotten." These famous words exhaustively explain how he perceived himself and people. Sai Baba's life is a great example of love and compassion. For us God is the unity of all souls One in God, and everyone has the potential for Divine Consciousness. Sathya Sai embodied this great truth in his life. Each person understood and saw what he could understand, realize and accept.

Sai Baba was God. Each person must uniquely feel the answer to the question of who Sai was, with the help of intuition.
Sai Baba Puttaparthi Ashram

Sathya Sai Baba left this world in the spring of 2011. At that moment, I realized that I had to tell people about the events I had witnessed and remind them of the manifestation of clairvoyance and the greatest healing power I had ever witnessed. Sathya Sai said to me: "Now you are in my room, and this room will be in your mind and you will tell others about our communication."

Sathya Sai Baba is the teacher of the world. Through his philosophy he unites the world's religions and spiritual systems. His ashram is located in southern India and this place is a unique place, a space for communication, meditation and love. With people from all over the world representing different worldviews, everyone who comes here feels at home.

It is difficult to imagine any other ashram where the unity of all humanity is love and universality is so highly expressed. In his ashram I felt the unity of all peoples, the connection of all cultures and religions. Sathya Sai Baba displayed supreme strength and the magnitude of his energy was so significant that those who came to his ashram 50 kilometers away began to feel a special divine energy.

I felt that something amazing was happening and my soul was filled with peace. And people felt like they were coming home. Vibrations of Divine Love were felt everywhere. Thoughts were quieted as it became clear that man was entering a holy place.

The closer the pilgrims got to the ashram, the stronger their feelings of love and happiness. As the pilgrims entered the village of Puttaparthi, where the ashram is located, the sense of God's presence was evident. I felt like I was in heaven, I couldn't imagine being on earth.

After Sathya Sai Baba left in 2011, a tomb was built in the center of the ashram. The ashram is still functioning and can be visited at any time with no need to book accommodation in advance. Most of the rooms in the ashram are for two people, but there are also rooms for 8 people. Rooms are priced very cheaply and literally accessible to everyone.

Fly to Bangalore city and take a taxi from the international airport for 2.5 hours to reach Puttaparthi, Sai Baba's ashram. You can also stay in a hotel outside the ashram. It's more comfortable there. The program in the ashram at the tomb of Sathya Sai Baba is held twice a day, in the morning from 8am to 11am and in the evening from 4pm to 6pm. Food in and around the Ashram caters for all tastes, spicy or non-spicy, Indian or Western, and all dishes are vegetarian.

Please note that the ashram has special rules regarding dress. Arms and legs must be covered, no shorts, miniskirts or swimwear. On the territory of the ashram there are many cafes, shops with various goods and bookstores where you can buy Russian-language books about Sai Baba. The ashram has always been inhabited by many Russian-speaking devotees from different countries, who are almost always happy to help even first-time visitors.

Sai Baba's Teachings

The basis of Sathya Sai philosophy is self-improvement and the search for the nature of the soul. Your existence is obvious and does not require proof or belief. The fact that you "are" is something that all human beings experience, regardless of gender, age, nationality, social status, or religion.

Who thinks and speaks? Who acts? Who perceives? Who is happy and suffering? People are happy and suffering, while forgetting to understand who is experiencing various states, such as suffering and happiness. Who is "I"? Who asks the question and who wants the answer? Who wants to be free from problems and suffering and achieve happiness? Who is striving to know the truth and gain enlightenment? Sometimes people focus on their goals and plans, but forget to think about who the "I" is who wants to find and achieve their goals.

Sai Baba taught meditation to his devotees. He commented on the philosophical teachings and stories from the Vedic texts. His instructions were aimed at drawing people's attention to the main question of studying the nature of the soul, the realization of the unity of the soul and God.

Sathya Sai Baba and the steps on the spiritual path

Sai Baba is a spiritual teacher, miracle worker and philosopher who preached the teachings of the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and helped us understand the teachings of Krishna, Christ and Buddha. There are many saints and spiritual teachers in India and every country who can teach hundreds, sometimes thousands of followers. Sai's spiritual power was immense and he had been able to help millions of disciples and followers, all of whom feel a personal, inner connection with him.

His help in the form of blessings changed people's situations, thoughts and character. He changed every aspect of people's inner world. Staying with him for a long time in one way or another, the devotees felt a spiritual state and gained divine insight. His blessings came in the form of healing, help in difficult life situations, finding happiness and family, building and developing projects.

You don't have to be a hermit to gain spiritual experience. One can follow a spiritual path while maintaining harmony and balance in meditation and family life. Sometimes people think of the spiritual path purely as a prayer practice. Everything that happens to you in life, your actions, are steps and steps on the path of spiritual growth. Good health, a good family and children, a successful career, and prosperity in business, science, and art are all factors in the development of your consciousness.

Sometimes people misclassify beings into spiritual and material. Sathya Sai Baba preached the unity of human existence and blessed all aspects of human life: spiritual self-improvement, intellectual knowledge, good health, strong family, financial abundance. This was his teaching.

"My life is my message"

Sathya Sai Baba said: "My life is my message." Significantly, he preached to his followers in private meetings and lectures. The most valuable thing was his life, which he showed by his own example. An important example for us is how Sai lived his life, what he showed, and what we can learn from looking at his biography. His birth in the small and poor village of Puttaparthi is a lesson and he sets us an important example.

Sai Baba completely transformed Puttaparthi at his birth, transforming it from a small impoverished village into a beautiful growing city. It's not so important how you start life, but rather who you gradually become as you grow up. Sai reincarnated under adversity.

With the power of his spirit and divine energy, he transformed the space in which he was born and raised. The village of Puttaparthi in the early 20th century, where Sai was incarnated, was very small, with only a few streets and a sparsely populated population. In his childhood, locals had to travel long distances to neighboring villages to get the simplest and most necessary things.

The nature around Puttaparthi village is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and rivers. Sai Kailash, the highest mountain in the region, is shaped like a natural trident and has three main peaks. Chitravathi River flows nearby. There are many lakes and ponds in this area.

Every visitor to Puttaparthi notices the uniqueness and beauty of this place. I knew an Indian Sai devotee who visited his ashram in the 1950s. They told me how the village of Puttaparthi looked in the distant past.

Getting to Puttaparthi from the nearest major city was difficult, the roads were very bad and narrow. Everything changed very quickly and little by little more and more tourists visited Sai Baba and Puttaparthi village turned into a beautiful town with good hotels and shops.

Over time, two large hospitals were established in Puttaparthi with modern equipment and highly qualified specialists, providing free care to patients. Sathya Sai Baba also established a large university in the village and built a huge stadium. His ashram regularly publishes numerous books on Vedic philosophy and self-development practices.

The Incarnation of Sathya Sai Baba: Transformation in Prosperity

Sathya Sai Baba is consciously born where he sees fit. Why did he choose to incarnate in Puttaparthi? On the face of it, this village is unsuitable for embodying a global spiritual mission.

Some say it would probably make more sense to reincarnate in a big city from a wealthy family. Sathya Sai did it differently. He was born in a small village, but with the power of his energy he gathered tens of millions of followers there. His father and mother were commoners. However, appearances can be deceiving.

The mother of Sathya Sai Baba was Easwaramma. According to her family tradition, she dreamed of the birth of a son and she vowed to perform the ancient Vedic ritual “Satya Narayana Vrata” every day. This is a ceremony to worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Except for her son Sai the woman performed a daily prayer ritual to implore the gods for the birth of her son.

Much later Sai said that he decided to incarnate in this family on earth because his mother practiced divine worship with sincere devotion. He saw and felt her feminine spiritual power and her devotion and decided to incarnate as her son.

They practice spiritual practices, meditations, mantras, prayers, but sometimes no one knows it. But what is hidden from the human eye is clear to the Lord. Sai Baba's amazing birth story is an example of God's omniscience.

He gave us a lesson with the history of reincarnation in Puttaparthi village. The area was poor at the time and difficult for visitors to access. An ordinary person born in such a village is virtually doomed to perpetual poverty. A person reincarnated in such a place could only hope to receive a primary education and engage in lifelong agriculture.

Sathya Sai Baba has become a magnet for millions of followers with the help of divine energy. In that village he built India's largest ashram, an excellent university, a large stadium, two modern hospitals, an international airport, and provided drinking water to many surrounding villages. Prosperity and development began where he was born.

108 names of Sai Baba

This is a famous and very powerful mantra, consisting of 108 lines, each describing a different aspect and attribute of Sathya Sai Baba, his spiritual mission and his unique life story. The mantra text is available on the internet and there are many recordings of this mantra performed by great contemporary musicians. This long, multi-page mantra has great energy power to heal illnesses and change destinies.

Sai Baba read

He published about a hundred volumes of 100 books in his lifetime, most of which were collections of lectures. Almost all of his philosophical and literary heritage has been translated and published in Russian. The main publisher of his books and other authors' books about him is Amrita Rus. There are many books dedicated to Sai Baba, so it is better to start learning his philosophy and spiritual messages from the most important ones. I recommend reading Summer Showers in Brindavan series and the following series: “Sathya Sai Speaks”.

Sai Baba Shirdi

Sai Baba consciously incarnates on Earth. We know of several past incarnations of his. His 19th century name was Shirdi Sai Baba (1838 – 1918) and he lived in the small town of Shirdi in western India. That's where his name comes from. He was a great miracle worker and preached Vedic philosophy and meditation. At the end of his life, he prophesied that in a few years he would reincarnate in South India. And so it happened and a few years later he was born in South India as Sathya Sai Baba (1926 – 2011).

Predictions of his death and next reincarnation
The new incarnation of Prema Sai Baba

Sathya Sai prophesied that he would leave his physical body at the age of 96, but he passed away at the age of 84. For some, this fact is a source of doubt and debate. In fact, there is no contradiction in this. Years before his departure, he used to say that his mission had been accomplished. Only Sathya Sai Baba Himself can decide when to leave this world and when to be reborn.

He also talked about his next birth. His name is Prema Sai Baba. He was born in 2012 in Doddamaalur village in South India. Sai told his close followers: Dr. Kasturi and Subba Rai that he would reincarnate in the southern Indian village of Doddamaalur next to an ancient Krishna temple in about a year. When Prema Sai Baba was two and a half years old, he was discovered by two holy women from the Himalayas, whose names were Tombadevi and Vijayadevi. This amazing event happened on April 12th, 2015.

These saints had many mystical dreams in which God showed them the place of his birth. Afterwards, the holy women sent five of their disciples in Karnataka, South India, in order to find the divine incarnation. So a group of five people came to South India to meet with a few more devotees and together they found the divine child. Prema means Divine Love and in the present incarnation he will lead all mankind into the path of spiritual practice.

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