Thursday, June 02, 2011

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The Passing of a Beloved Spiritual Master

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The Passing of a Beloved Spiritual Master by Shannon Nies
“I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come on behalf of any exclusive religion. I have not come on a mission of publicity for a sect or creed or cause, nor have I come to collect followers for a doctrine. I have no plan to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of Love, this virtue of Love, this duty of Love, this obligation of Love.” —Sai Baba, July 4, 1968
After 85 years of touching the lives of His followers with His message of pure Love for all, spiritual Master and humanitarian, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba left His earthly body on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011.
As a proclaimed Avatar (an incarnation of God), Sai Baba had many messages of hope and Love for all who followed Him, as well as for all of mankind. “My objective is to establish unity in mankind, to reveal the aspect of the Divinity latent in man, and that God must be the only goal in life,” said Sai Baba. “It is also my duty to make you realize the kind of relationship that should exist between fellow human beings.” This is a powerful and inspiring message no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs may be. In fact, Sai Baba spoke of his acceptance of all religions and incorporated fundamental beliefs of all religions of the world into his teachings. He explained, “I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian; the Muslim, a better Muslim; and the Hindu, a better Hindu.”
In his physical presence on Earth, Sai Baba provided many philanthropic services to carry out His own message and beliefs. He did everything from establishing free hospitals and schools to creating free drinking water supply projects and housing projects. By devoting His time and selfless passion to deliver these acts of Love and service, he followed his own ideal that “service to man is service to God” and to “Love All Serve All—Help Ever Hurt Never.”
It is incredible to realize the sheer magnitude of the number of people who worshipped Sai Baba and His beliefs. Millions worldwide have held bhajans (devotional songs), service activities, and spiritual sadhana, showing their devotion for Him. And although Sai Baba is physically no longer with us here on Earth, His spiritual, immortal presence is still here in the hearts and minds of all who knew of and worshipped Him.

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