An Introduction to the life of Sathya Sai Baba
Source : http://sathyasai.org/sathya-sai/life-and-legacy
Sathya Sai Baba, one of the most revered spiritual teachers in the world founded the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation in 1960s to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means of spiritual advancement. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation derives inspiration, guidance and strength from Bhagawan Baba’s mission and message of propagating the truth of man’s inherent divinity, which is proclaimed and preached by all religions of the world. In sync with this truth, the organisation has as its main objective – selfless love and service without any distinction of religion, nationality, race, socioeconomic status, either for those who work in the organisation or for those who are served by them. Thus, it transcends all barriers, leading humanity towards the ideal of ‘Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Man’.
On March 11, 1999 at the inauguration of the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba said: “We should cultivate broad and noble feelings. All should live like brothers and sisters. More than a hundred years ago, when Vivekananda spoke in a religious congregation in Chicago, addressing the audience as brothers and sisters, he was greeted with a thunderous applause. In olden days, brothers and sisters attainted supreme state living in harmony with each other. But, today brothers and sisters go Supreme Courts due to lack of unity”.
At many occasions Bhagawan has reiterated his mission with his magical words. He said: 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, aright. I have my definition of the “devotion” I expect: Those devoted to me have to treat joy and grief, gain and loss, with equal fortitude. This means that I will never give up those who attach themselves to me.