Since last week I was closely following sathya sai baba’s news. Every update was making me watch closely. I am not devotee of sathya sai baba . I never in my life believed in any miracle stories regarding any one in history of human species. For me miracle was life itself and no person who comes to earth and can die is capable of defying nature and produce miracles. Irrespective of that I was worried about sathya sai baba’s health.I was concerned for him.
I remember when I first saw sathya sai baba’s photograph. I had gone to bhopal during my summer vacations . I was in my 8th standard and was 14 years old. My aunty was devotee of sathya sai baba . She introduced me to him and said that he was reincarnation of shirdi’s sai baba. Shirdi’s sai baba was some one whom I had known because of bollywood song called ‘shirdi waale sai baba’ and movie on him.
My aunty had gifted me a ring which had sathya sai baba’s pic. I wore it for around a year or so before it got lost some where. Next I came across sathya sai baba’s discussion in some brahmin sabha. I unwillingly had to attend that since one of my uncle was invited and he could not go alone. My uncle believed that every preacher or spiritual leader must be brahmin ( sathya sai baba was born in backward class family) . This point was always difference of opinion between me and my uncle. Never the less , being skeptic he thought sathya sai used various means to attract devotees and it was all magic tricks.
So who was sathya sai baba?. A man who tricked devotees?. A god incarnate?. Sai’s incarnate?. God man?. To his devotee he was bhagwan , to skeptic he was someone who tricked people. I dont know who he was but what I know for sure is that he was extra ordinary person who taught humans to be humans. His contribution to human kind is awesome , his stand for service to man kind is unshakeable and his work for poors is worth following. He has had immense contribution in field of health , eduction and providing drinking waters to lakhs. Who so ever he was , whether one believes he was god or whether one believes he was man who used magic tricks to get followers , none can take away from him, his philanthropic contribution.
Being non devotee of sathya sai , I still felt sad when I heard news of him passing away. I was having this depressing feeling yesterday about a great man leaving the earth.
His devotee believe that Baba has left body but he still lives on. Even I being non devotee agree to believers of Baba. With kind of work he did , with kind of path he did set , with kind of way he showed , Baba would live on in hearts of millions , in work of future generations .
As media worries about his Rs 40,000 crore worth trust , I feel mixture of emotions today. I feel proud that we had such a tall being in our country , I feel sad that he passed away and at same time my heart is filled with hope that his trust would continue doing what sathya sai believed in and that is working for poor and deprived people. I join millions across globe to pay homage to sathya sai baba.