Sai Baba - Life Sketch

Born on 23rd November 1926, Bhagavan Baba’s life has been the consistent manifestation of His Divinity. His birth itself was accompanied by strange phenomena: the musical instruments in the house where he was born started playing on their own; a cobra was found lying under the child’s bed.

Even as a toddler, He identified Himself with all living being, and abhorring the killing of birds and animals for food, He refused to take meat. Even at the age of four, He couldn’t stand suffering and displaying infinite compassion, was generous in giving charity. By the age of 8, He organised groups of His age to sing the glory of the Lord and Himself taught them bhajans, which with His talent for poetry, He Himself composed. At that early age, remarkable miraculous powers manifested in Him, such as distribution, from an empty bag, of sweets as ‘Prasad’ after worship of the Lord, foretelling events, materialising articles from nowhere, etc. Fearing that the extraordinary powers were due to the possession of His body by some spirit, His relations tried to exorcise the spirit by various means involving bodily torture, all of which He suffered with serenity. In the course of such attempts, He declared that He was Sai Baba of Shirdi reborn. The Puttaparthi village in the South had not heard of Sai Baba of Shirdi in the North.

At the age of 14, on 20th October1940, He announced that he did not belong to His family, that the maya He had assumed had been discarded and that He was going to His devotees who were calling Him to launch His divine mission. Thereafter increasing numbers of devotees gathered round Him.

Then followed a series of miracles which emanated from Him for the pleasure and blessing of his devotees. These included plucking a variety of fruits from a tamarind tree near the Chitravathi river (since known as ‘Kalpa Vriksha’) helping His devotees by His powers of omnipresence, curing devotees of incurable diseases, besides materialising objects for devotees as symbols of His grace. Miracles of this kind are continuing to this day, not only in India, but also in many other parts of the world, where people searching for God, are finding in Him the object and fulfilment of their search. Bhagavan Baba’s emphasis in recent years has been on education, health and rural development -education, to ensure that future generations are brought up with necessary framing for carrying out His mission; health (physical, mental and social) to relieve humanity’s suffering; rural development for improving conditions of living for the weaker sections of society.

Related links

About Sai Baba
Sai Baba's quotes
Sai Baba's miracles
Sai Baba - The 3 Incarnations

Other links

• What Sai Baba says about Books/Reading

• What Sai Baba says about Singing