Sadguru Satya Saibaba, (Satya Narayana Raju) was born to Eswaramma and Peddavenkama Raju Ratnakaram,on 23rd November, 1926, in India, Andhra Pradesh.
In his childhood he was miraculously intelligent and higly talented. He was a composer of poems and plays.As per his mother, he was capable of materialising food and sweets from the air.
He is beleived to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba, Shirdi, India, Shiva, Shakti and thus adopted his name. In 1940 he was staying with his brother in Uravakonda, India.
One day in the month of March, he was stungby a scorpion and he was unconscious for a long time. After he came to his consciousness, there was a miraculous change in him.
Baba started uttering Sanskrit verses though he never studied or knew the language before. Also he started laughing, crying and singing.
The worried parents took him to doctors for treatment but on 23rd March 1940, Baba disclosed his divine identity and started creating objects from the air.
His father thought he was possesed by an evil force and threatened him with a stick and asked him who he is when Baba calmly exclaimed, 'I am Sai Baba' of Shirdi, India. His mission started in the early 1940s.
In the year 1963, Satya Sai Baba suffered from four severe heart attacks but with his divine powers he cured himself. On 29 June 1968, Satya Sai Baba made his very first foreign trip to Uganda.
In 1968, he established Dharmakshetra or Sathyam Mandir in Mumbai. In 1973, he established Shivam Mandir in Hyderabad. Baba is an excellent orater in his native language Telugu and also in Tamil.
Satya Sai teaches the unity of all the religions of the world which lead to the almighty God. Many of his followers claim that Baba appeared in their dream even before they had seen him.
And as per his directions they finally approached him. Today they are all happy being his followers. Baba claims that he has a power to create matter and objects like Vibhuti, Finger rings, vibhuti, Wathches etc. by his devine power.
He has many miracles to his credit which have been witnessed by his devotees. Baba teaches to love peoplel, help others, put control on desires and practise meditation.
Various books are published about Baba and he is considered as the 'National treasure'. By the year 2005 Baba became very popular and he has by now millions of devotes from all over the world.
It is said that by today there are more than 1000 Satya Saibaba centres in 110 countries in the world. Baba has a huge ashram near the village, Puttaparti which is called Prashanti Nilayam (abode of peace).
Baba more time lives in this ashram and in the summer season he stays in his other ashram called Brindavan, which is near Bangalore,India. It is beleived by his disciples that his 'Darshan' has spiritual benefits.
Devotees wait for hours to gether to get a proper darshan of Baba. Baba is also involved in social work. He has established many educational institutions and charitable hospitals.
It provides free education and health care to the public. There are many political leaders who are his followers. The Indian ex. President Abdul Kalam and the ex. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visit the ashram regularly to get Darshan of Baba.
Satya SaiBaba Miracles
1- Garland Lenghtens
In the foyer of the Satya Sai School of Canada,the birthday was being celebrated on 23 November 2004. On 22 November,a garland was put around the photoframe at 8:30 in the morning,and the students began the celebrations.
Then, miraculously, during their presentations the garland began to grow. At about 5pm,the garland had grown noticeably longer.
The next day morning on 23rd, at 8.15am after the birthday satsang the garland grew further upto the bottom of the frame.The devotees present were amazed with the Baba's miracle.
2- Accident avoided
A passenger plane was flying over the coast of South America,in 1985, when the engine suddenly failed. However the aircraft crew was aware of the devotee of Sai Baba.
He was on board and screamed, "Please pray to Baba to save us from the expected disaster!". To the surprise of everyone, Baba appeared in the sky outside the aircraft and the engine began to function normal.
Baba's image remained in the sky outside for some time, when the devotee clicked his photograph. (Courtesy-Peggy Mason's Sathya Sai Baba Quarterly Magazine, UK)
3- Vibhuti On Photo
Vibhuthi (the holy ash) was manifested on Baba's photograph in London, UK,which formed the word,"God".The vibhuthi further manifested on Baba's hand and spread downwards to form the word 'Sai."
Similar miracles are also experienced by various hardcore devotees of Baba all over the world.
4- Baba In Photo
In Paris a session of Sai bhajan was in progress and everyone was dissolved in Sai devotion.Several photographs were clicked during the session. Miraculously,Sai was seen in one of the snaps,while leaving the hall.
5- Dead Back To Life
In the year 1953,a devotee,Mr V Radhakrishnan,was suffering from gastric ulcers.He visited the ashram at Puttaparthi with his family members.He was seriously ill and was given an accomodation in the same building where Baba lived.
He was bed ridden and was visited by Baba.Later,he went in a coma and died. On knowing this, Baba came to his room and asked everyone to wait outside and closed the door.
Baba came out after some time and the family members were stunned to see Mr.Radhakrishna looking at them and smiling.The family stayed at Prashanthi Nilayam for some days and then went back home.
Mr V Radhakrishnan was completely recovered from his serious illness and lived many more years healthily.