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The End of a Legend


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.



  1. Pratibha

    Really nice thatha. I never was a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba but have always looked up at him for the amount of contribution he has made to improve our society’s condition.
    I don’t think that miracles happen, but what I think is that if someone who is really close to the mighty power and can do something which HE (The mighty power) wants, it can happen through that special power. Now, people may call it a miracle or just a way of god’s blessing on us.

  2. Sharadha

    Daddu this was nice piece of narration which I wanted Balu to hear it from you rather than me telling him, after seeing Balus article on Sai Baba in Facebook and also in his Blog. Please do read them . He would happy to show that we have an living example in our family who has benefited by this Great Saint.

  3. Shubha

    Good one thatha….i believe in the faith we have in anything be it medicines or God or any supernatural power. I believe that faith if strong and sincere enough can pave the way to good health, happiness and prosperity….which when achieved after suffering long periods of the opposite, happens to get called a -miracle-…
    I immensely appreciate the great amount of social work that Sathya Sai Baba has done…I believe the charitable hospitals that they started were a first and few of their kind. And that benevolent attitude has instilled enormous faith in his devotees and earned him the dedicated following…

  4. Ambika

    The miracle that happened to you through Sathya Sai Baba has always kept me in awe of this divine figure. I do believe that faith and miracles are inter-related. Sathya Sai Baba has proved this time and again. He never himself claimed to have any super-natural powers but people who had faith in him have experienced these powers. He was a great being and his presence will certainly be missed but he will continue to live in the heart of millions of devotees. Wonderful write-up Daddu..

  5. Sabeshan

    Whether or not Sathya Sai Baba was a divine personality, I respect him for the social work he has done for the millions of poor people in and around Puttaparthi. May his soul rest in peace!