I am compelled, compelled to remember this famous line of a song sung by Amitabh Bachchan “Jo hai naamwalah wohi to badnam hai”( people having name and fame are the ones who are infamous). It’s favourite past time of the media across the globe to paint the image of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in wrong colours. The media pursuing holier-than-thou attitude always gave more preference to “Vibhuti” and “materializations” than acknowledging his good work done for the humanity. There was always an attempt to downsize his persona by the so-called rationalists, who always questioned his miracles. I am not taken aback by such attempts. It’s nowadays fashion for the skeptics to display their so-called scientific zeal, whenever their egos get crushed by the happenings beyond their realm of understanding.
I am also no great believer in miracles of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. However, I am not passive to good works done by this person treated as Bhgavan(God) by his followers, spread in various part of the world. I am really surprised that people of our times refuse to be inspired by the good acts but leave no stone unturned in projecting the dubious acts. The world would be a better place if we learn to do some better work by taking note of better happenings around us instead of shedding tears in vain by noticing negative happenings around us. It’s really hard to believe that Sathyanarayana Raju born on Nov. 23, 1926 at Puttaparthi, falling under Madras Presidency of British India, attained heights as Sri Sathya Sai Baba merely with the help of miracles of various kinds.
He was indeed better than greedy politicians like Madhu Kauda, charged with laundering money worth over Rs 4000 crores all in the name of serving the nation. He was indeed a greater well wisher of the nation than likes of Suresh Kalmadi and A Raja who misused their positions and played with pride of nation. Have a look at some of the good works done by this person. He is responsible for giving birth to free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in nearly 166 countries.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Prashanthi Nilayam and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences at Puttaparthi and Bangalore are doing excellent job. In fact, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council has given Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning ” A++” rating. However, the most terrific work in my eyes had been his drinking water projects. One such project that got completed in 1996 supplies water to 1.2 million people in about 750 villages in the drought-prone Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Around Rs 200 crore was spent on this project. Similar water projects also got completed in Tamil Nadu. In 2009 Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization as part of relief measures built 699 houses as a part of their first phase in 16 villages in Orissa, which suffered heavily because of floods in 2008.
I really pity the souls who ignore the real charisma (glory) of this wonderful soul and instead spend their time an energy in quashing his beliefs. I have not that much energy and since time is precious, I feel it’s better I took note of his good works. That would, at least, help me in making world a shade better. Let this great soul now rest in God’s peace.
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