Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

A Million Stories

One Legacy

Sri Sathya Sai Baba showed to humanity the royal path to realise one’s divine nature, respecting the universal spiritual teachings common to all religions. The selfless and pristine love shown naturally and spontaneously by Sri Sathya Sai Baba attracted thousands of people daily from all parts of the world. His greatest miracle, recognised by His followers, is the transformation of the individual.

His mission, while recognising the validity of all religious traditions, goes beyond religiosity, and helps one realise his or her innate divinity, latent in every human being. It ensures that the values of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-Violence are preserved and nurtured in every human endeavour and relationship. Selfless service to our fellowman and living in harmony with nature are the means exemplified by Sri Sathya Sai Baba to effectuate this end.
The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust was set up by Sri Sathya Sai Baba to provide the necessary foundation, structure and guidelines for His egalitarian mission. Sri Sathya Sai is a divine legacy in the form of His life, His works of selfless service and His message, that millions were fortunate to inherit. This inheritance inspires in humanity, today, a greater responsibility to strive to realise genuine peace, harmony and dignity in themselves, their communities and the world at large.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust was founded in 1972 by Sri Sathya Sai Baba as a public charitable trust with the objectives of extending relief to the poor, including education and health, and any other objects of general public utility, without any discrimination.

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Brief History


Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored.

His Life
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi on Nov 23, 1926 – an auspicious Monday in the lunar month of Kartika, when Lord Shiva is especially adored. He was given the name Sathyanarayana Raju. What intrigued His mother Easwaramma, most was the unbounded compassion her little Sathya had particularly for the poor and downtrodden. Even as a toddler, He insisted that the beggar at the door be served well in spite of their own limited means and would often give His own share to the needy. When He began school, His playmates were inspired by His ability to lead them to be socially responsible, spiritually aware, endowed with individual and national character. His friends were often fascinated by His extraordinary powers of creating things out of thin air, knowing the future, deep understanding of scriptural wisdom and so on.
The Childhood

The Raju family of Puttaparthi was noted for its piety since the days of the renowned sage, Venkavadhootha, a saintly ancestor who was looked upon as a Guru in hundreds of villages around. Not only did the family build and endow the Gopalaswami Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna), but Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju, the grandfather of Baba’s physical frame, dedicated a temple to Sathyabhama, consort of Lord Krishna, a deity to whom this type of homage is seldom offered in any part of India. Peasants by vocation, they were known for their musical and dramatic talent and were much involved in the propagation of the sacred scriptures through village plays and musicals. Consequently, the family was given the name ‘Bhat Raju’ (Bhat – priest)

The Advent

23rd of November, 1926, the Hindu year of Akshaya, meaning, the Never-declining, the Ever-full. It was the time of sunrise and the villagers were chanting the names of Lord Shiva, remembering that the day was Karthika Somavara, a Monday of the Holy Month of Karthika, devoted to the puja (worship) of Shiva. That day was made even more auspicious for Shiva worship because the ascendant star was Ardra (the star of Shiva). On this day, when these rare and propitious signs came together, the people thronged the temples of the Lord to offer special pujas and pray for His benediction.

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