Sathya Sai Postal Stamp Issued
To express gratitude and love to Sri Sathya Sai Baba for His magnanimous and unparalleled service to mankind, the Postal Department of the Government of India will issued a special Postage Stamp, with Swami's picture, of the denomination Rs. 5.00. This very special stamp was officially released on Swami's Birthday, 23rd November 2013, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
BHAGAWAN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS (Sixth day of Birthday week celebrations)
The proceedings began at 0800 hrs. with Veda chanting. Students took over singing the.. glory of Sri Sathya Sai spelling their love out for their Beloved Swami... Singing a song of His Avataric glory, "Manushini Madahavunicheya Mahine Swargamukamacha...", the students followed singing a song of Unity, "Aao Sab Milkar Gaao...". A Carnatic song comprising compiled padyams of Bhagawan followed by a video presentation on the epochal 50th Birthday celebrations came next before the final song, the eternal song of love, "Hum Ko Tumsey Pyaar Kithna...".
Dr (Mrs) Killi Kruparani ,Union Minister for Communications and Technology then relwased the commemorative stamp on Baba by Dept Of Posts (India Post).as well as the first day cover The , Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Annual Report of the activities of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust was then released by the Minister, who handed them over to the Trustee , Sri TKK Bhagavat .. Andhra Pradesh ministers Sri Raghuveera Reddy and Ms J Geeta Reddy were also present on the occasion.
Sri SS Naganand, Trust Member, SSSCT then summarised the highlights of the Annual Report of SSSCT. Deliberating on the activities of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in the areas of Medicare, Educare and Sociocare Sri Naganand also announced the partial commissioning of the ongoing extended water project scheme.
Chief Guest for the occasion Union Minister Dr Killi Kruparani then addressed the audience . Hailing Baba as an Inexhaustible Reservoir of Love,, Minister Kruparani expressed her gratitude to Bhagawan for her great good fortune of being associated with the momentous historic occasion of the release of the stamp.. In her power-packed speech the minister quoted Baba intermittently, highly appreciating the activities taken up by the Central Trust in the Name of Baba.
It was time for Baba's Discourse. Baba's discourse revolved around the Supreme Truth of actual experience and the hidden reality...actual Truth. Spirituality is all about looking inward while science is about looking outward, said Baba adding that external vision cannot fathom actual reality called Truth. Speaking about His Truth in no uncertain terms, with greater emphasis Baba promised the re-establishment of Vedic culture in the near future. Baba ended His Divine discourse with the bhajan "Madhuvana Sanchaari..."
Band troupes from Prasanthi Anantapur, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, both boys and girls, Prasanthi Nilayam campus played short-solo-tunes before boys burst into bhajans. Even as bhajans continued boys and girls made a beeline to the Sanctum Sanctorum offering Birthday Day Cake to Beloved Swami.
Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage and Mangala Arathi was offered at 1110 hrs. On the special occasion, free food was served to all devotees in special shamiana behind the North Block of Prasanthi Nilayam
On the 88th Year of HIS Divine Advent
We, Your Children offer Thousands of Pranaams
Thy Divine Lotus Feet
and extend our heartfelt felicitations
to Your Holiness and humbly pray for
Your Choicest Divine Blessings
to restore Mother Earth to its Pristine Glory ... !!!
The article focuses on Six Cs related to His Divine Advent viz.
5. CRITICISM and
Devotees have made a humble attempt to recall and recapitulate Divine Messages and Teachings so as to enable us to reconstruct our minds in letter and spirit, for enhancement in terms of human welfare and peace.
This article will make the reader realise that the Avatar of Sri Sathya Sai Baba has not only preached the same universal teachings but also went miles further in implementing the same in terms of Educare, Medicare, Agricare, Ecocare and Sociocare and also towards Spiritual Upliftment of genuine seekers all over the world. The unifying force of Universal Divine Love reflected in the article, if practiced, will take everyone from Untruth to Truth, from Ignorance to Illumination and from Mortality to Immortality.
88th Birthday Celebrations -- Program of Festivities
This page last updated: 22 November 2013
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's 88th Birthday Celebrations
Festival of Divine Love Programme
Monday, 18 November 2013
Morning: Rathotsavam and Seetha Rama Kalanyam
Evening: Cultural Programme - Classical Music by Sri Sivaprasad
Tuesday, 19 November 2011
Morning: Ladies' Day Programmes
Evening: Ladies' Day Programmes
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Morning: Vedam, Bhajans and Darshan
Evening: Music Programme of North Indian Music
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Morning: Vedam, Bhajans and Darshan
Evening: Classical Carnatic Music Programme by Sri Chong Chiu Sen from Malaysia;
Talks and Video show by SSSIHMS Prasanthigram
Friday, 22 November 2013
Morning - 10:30am: XXXII Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
Evening: Drama by SSSIHL Students
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Morning 9:00 am:Bhagawan's 88th Birthday Programme
Morning 9:30 am:
Bhagawan'ís Birthday Celebrations
Evening 5:30 pm: Classical Carnatic Music Programme by Sri Bharat Sundar
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Morning: Vedam, Bhajans and Darshan
Evening: Sai Symphony Orchestra by Overseas Devotees
Who is Sai Baba?
Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Kulwant Hall
Sai Baba once gave the essence of his mission as follows:
'I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts to see that it shines day by day with added lustre. I have not come to speak on behalf of any particular spiritual practice or Hindu philosophy. I have not come on any mission of publicity for any sect or creed or cause; nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have no plans to attract disciples or devotees to my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this universal faith, this divine consciousness, this path of love, this philosophy of love, this duty of love, this obligation of love.'
So, Sai Baba we may call a great spiritual teacher for ALL mankind. As Sai Baba has said above, there no ONE path, only that which empowers the human race with love. This small place on the web will look at what Sai Baba helps us to discover ... what it means to be humans following an obligation of love
Sathya Sai Baba, also known as ‘Sai Baba’ or simply ‘Swami’ to millions of people in the world is revered by many of his followers as a Divine Teacher. He is revered as Divine because he is seen to exhibit divine characteristics. He is also revered as a Teacher, as he has come to teach humanity the path to blessedness, which has been forgotten.
Sathya Sai Baba is the Divine Teacher among Divine Teachers such as Rama, Krishna, Zoroaster, Jesus, Moses, Guru Nanak and the Buddha.
Early Life of Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba was born on 23rd of November 1926, in an isolated village called Puttaparthi, in the State of Andhra Pradesh in India. He was the fourth child of a humble, hardworking couple and was named Sathya Narayana Raju. In May 1940, at the age of 14 he disclosed that he was the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. This Sai Baba of Shirdi, although a Brahmin by birth, lived the life of a Muslim fakir in the village of Shirdi until his demise in 1918. He is revered as a Saint or God-man by millions in the northern states of India.
Sai Baba of Shirdi
Sai Baba of Shirdi laid the foundation of Hindu-Muslim unity in northern India by the example of his life and activities. Before his death he prophesied that he would be reborn 8 years later. After Sathyanarayana Raju disclosed that he was the same Shirdi Sai Baba, he threw down his school books and told that He was leaving as His devotees were calling for him. Cutting the familial cords of attachment, the young Sai Baba commenced fostering his devotees.
Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
In 1945, devotees began the construction of a temple and residential buildings for an ashram, about a mile away from His village. Sathya Sai Baba named this ashram, Prashanti Nilayam. Today thousands of Sai devotees converge at Prashanti Nilayam. Sathya Sai Baba has come for mankind and not for any other particular peoples, faith or interests. His teachings are universal, and not exclusive toward any one religious or cultural group. Devotees, seekers and adherents of all faiths, from all nationalities and countries find their way to Prashanti Nilayam driven by a quiet conviction that they have to encounter Sai Baba, attend Darshan, and learn more of Him and His teachings.
Sathya Sai Baba in Prashanti Nilayam
The small village of Puttaparthi now has Sathya Sai Schools and University, a spiritual museum, and a Super Specialty Hospital equal to any facilty in the world. Sathya Sai Baba’s hospitals provides free medical treatment and all the Sathya Sai schools from kindergarten to Post Graduate provide free education. Sathya Sai Baba has also auspiced and provided several clean drinking water projects, providing water to in excess of 1000 villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh. A new Super Specialty Hospital was recently opened in Bangalore.
Sathya Sai Baba says I have come to reconstruct the ancient highway to God”. His task and mission is to revive the spiritual fervour of humanity through Truth and Love, whereby mankind will seek to live with love and cooperation instead of hate and competition. Sathya Sai Baba has come to unite the entire mankind as one family in the bond of brotherhood.
Human Life - Human Values
Humanity is blessed with the means of creating a lifestyle in accordance with personal choice. Those choices are governed by values, what is important. Sathya Sai Baba teaches that humankind, in order to be truly human, ought be guided by the transcendent values of Love, Peace, Non-Violence, Right Conduct and Truth. These values are found in all the major religions of humanity, and exist in all times and in all places. It is the practise of these values that make man truly human. Thus, one is able to recognise the Divinity within oneself and one’s fellow man.
Respect all Religions
Sathya Sai Baba has not come to establish a new religion; neither has He come to convert people to any one faith. Sathya Sai Baba says “Let the different faiths exist. Let them flourish. Let the glory of God be sung in all languages and in a variety of tunes”.
Character and Integrity
Devotion, Discipline, Detachment, Discrimination and Determination are the character of the truly noble human person. Sathya Sai Babas teaches that the true human following human values always acts with thought, word and deed in alignment. This makes for a life of peace, truth, love, right conduct and non violence. This creates good character and integrity, thus ennobling the doer. Sathya Sai Baba says “Education without character, science without humanity, politics without principles and commerce without morality are not only useless, but positively dangerous”. What humanity needs now is examples of good character and integrity, particularly among the youth of the nation.
The Universal Sai
The Universal Sai - a four page liftout from the Times of India, 22 November 2010
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Guidelines for Goodness
While Sathya Sai Baba is concerned with the soul of man. He recognises that man is a social person as well and has obligations to society. He requires all His devotees to undertake the code of conduct for their spiritual development and observe the 10 principles to ensure a fruitful and harmonious life in society.
Sathya Sai Baba is the Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient One. As such, His nature is unfathomable. He has this to say of the world: 'There is only one religion - the religion of Love. There is only one language - the language of the Heart. There is only one caste - the caste of Humanity. There is only one God - and He is Omnipresent.
Beacon of Love:
Beacon of Love is a four page liftout by the Times of India. It has extensive coverage of the works of Sathya Sai Baba in India, and through out the world. You may read Beacon of Love