The colorful life of a Legend has come to an end, a life spread over eight decades.
Born to illiterate parents in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, Satyanarayana revealed no divinity in his early life. But an innate spark was bursting to come out from his mind even when young. There was no doubt that he was possessed with unusual powers not ordinarily present in men of such humble background. He did not go to conventional schools to prosecute studies as is the norm but showed signs of extraordinary intellectual capacity. He drew a large number of followers for his discourses on life and its meaning. The audiences were amazed by his erudition and knowledge. He spread the gospel of love essentially. He revealed his amazing powers of divinity by materialising objects out of thin air which kept his audiences in awe. He had a remarkable ability to cure the sick. By a mere touch he could transform a sick soul both in body and mind. But he resisted the temptation of bringing the dead to life as it would negate the very purpose of God's creation. He believed that he was a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi born to serve the people. He never claimed that he was a reincarnation of God. He took the name of Satya Sai and came to be known as Sri Satya Sai Baba for millions of his followers.
There was a number of miracles he performed which has affected many
lives. Suffice it to say I am one of his beneficiaries although I had hardly heard about him or his powers till I was well into my middle age. I was stricken by a malady which no one had a clue how to cure. It was a kind of nervous disorder which the doctors found incurable. For a period of six months all the systems of medicines like ayurveda, unani and allopathy were tried but without effect. It was at this time a friend suggested that I approach Sri Satya Baba of Puttaparthi for help. After spending three days in Puttaparthi having no hope of meeting Satya Baba, I was miraculously offered a personal dharshan chosen from among thousands of devotees who had assembled for the Shivarathri festival. I was ushered into his august presence -only one of four who was fortunate to get such a privilege on that day. He gave me a handful of small packets of vibhuthi and was advised to take one packet every night before retiring for ten days. I did so and at the end of ten days there were no packets left. The malady from which I was suffering also left me now for more than forty years.
Although Sri Satya Baba has left for his heavenly abode he will live in the hearts of his devotees for ever.