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India Sathya Sai Baba Passes Away, Millions Grieve

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    http://punjabnewsline.com/content/sathya-sai-baba-passes-away-millions-grieve/30600

    Sathya Sai Baba passes away, millions grieve

    IANS
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    PUTTAPARTHI(Andhra Pardesh): Eighty-five-year-old Sathya Sai Baba, one of India's most popular spiritual leaders, died here Sunday after a prolonged illness, plunging millions of his followers across the world into gloom.

    The man, whom many worshipped as god despite controversy, breathed his last at the Sathya Sai Super-speciality hospital, where he was admitted March 28 with cardiac problems. With his last rites set to be performed Wednesday, many commoners and celebrities are making their way to this pilgrim town for a last glimpse.

    "Sri Sathya Sai Baba is no more with us. He left his physical body at 7.40 a.m. April 24, 2011 due to cardio-respiratory failure," said a statement from the hospital released around 10.30 a.m.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled Baba's death, saying he was an inspiration to people of all faiths and that his death was an irreparable loss to all.

    "I express my sincere condolences to the millions of his followers, disciples and well wishers," he said in a message. "His teachings were rooted in the universal ideals of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence."

    The Sai Baba Trust runs a state-of-the-art hospital, university and several other institutions to serve the poor in over 160 countries. However, he himself reportedly visited only two foreign countries - Uganda and Kenya.


    The godman's body will be taken from the hospital, about five kilometres from the town, to his Prashanti Nilayam ashram here Sunday evening.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who air-dashed to the town, announced that Baba's last rites will be performed Wednesday with full state honours.
    He also announced a four-day state mourning.

    His trust appealed to devotees to have a last glimpse of Baba in an orderly manner. Even then, hundreds of pilgrims tried to rush towards the hospital, only to be stopped by a large posse of policemen.

    "I can't believe that Swamy is no more," said Sharada Devi, a devotee, her voice choked with emotion.

    Men were seen shedding tears, women sobbed...the pilgrim town had plunged into gloom. "Today is the saddest day of my life," said T. Raghav, another devotee, as tears rolled down his cheeks.

    Over 6,000 policemen had already been deployed and additional forces are being rushed to the town to beef up security.

    Vice-President Hamid Ansari also expressed his "deep sorrow" at Baba's death, saying his message of service to humanity as service to god and as a means of destroying narrow-mindedness is of eternal relevance.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani who is a follower of Sai Baba said: "I offer a tearful homage to his great soul. I would like to go for the 'anthyesthi kriya' (last rites)."

    The Bollywood brigade also doled out condolence messages on micro-blogging website Twitter.

    Director and producer Madhur Bhandarkar wrote: "Sad to hear about the demise of Sathya Sai Baba. He was an inspiration for many. Such an enlightened soul."

    Sai Baba, whose real name was Sathyanarayana Raju, was born Nov 23, 1926 at Puttaparthi. In 1940, he claimed he is an avatar of .

    He became famous with his miracles but stopped performing the same after rationalists accused him of fraud. Since then Sai Baba had been focusing on social and charitable work.

    His devotees are spread across the world and they include the heads of states and governments, politicians, film and sports personalities, judges and army officials.
     
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    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/a...the-rs-40000-cr-sathya-sai-trust/20110424.htm

    With the passing away of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba on Sunday morning, it will now be the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust which will control the Rs 40,000 crore spiritual empire.


    There will be no individual managing the trust, but Baba's close aides, Satyajith (his personal care giver) and Ratnakar (his nephew) will form part of this trust and have a more powerful say in it.

    The trust will have its work cut out as it would have to manage the health facilities, educational institutions apart from a host of assets which spread over nearly 100 countries.

    Sai Baba has over 6 million devotees ranging from various classes including the high and mighty who have had to drop protocol when they visit the ashram. The donations which keep pouring into the trust have been exempt from tax and this has fuelled speculation of misappropriation of funds in the past several times. However the trust claims that there have been checks and balances and these allegations are baseless.

    However, devotees refuse to believe these allegations against the trust and say that when they come into Puttaparthi they feel as though they are in magical land. They point to the public services that Baba has rendered -- the 220-bed Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Medical Sciences, the Sathya Sai University, a religious museum, railway station, stadium, music college, an airport and also the famous super speciality hospital in Bangalore.

    The devotees say it is not humanly possible to provide such expensive medical care for free and only Baba could have achieved this. At Bangalore alone the hospital has conducted over 4 lakh heart surgeries free of cost. In addition to all this the trust of which Baba was the chairman had funded drinking water projects in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh and also helped in lining the sides of the Kandaleru canal to provide drinking water to Chennai.

    The trust will also be responsible to 1,300 ashrams worldwide. The main centres were however Puttaparthi and Whitefield in Bangalore. Puttaparthi has always been the headquarters but the Whitefield ashram was where Baba used to be during the summers. The trust also runs the Radio Sai Global Harmony and also the famous Sathya Sai Baba Educare Programme.

    The key personalities in the future would be K Chakravarthi, an IAS officer, who was a district collector. He had quit his job and decided to serve Baba. He is the secretary of the Shri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

    S V Giri who resigned as Central Vigilance Commissioner in 1998 and joined the ashram as the vice-chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University. The other key member is Justice P N Bhagavati, former chief justice of India [ Images ] who is a member of the trust. Indulal Shah, a chartered accountant by profession is also a key member of the Sai Baba organisation.

    The new entrant to the trust is Ratnakar, nephew of Sai Baba who was included into the trust after the death of his father Janakiram. In the days to come the trust will also see Satyajith, Baba's personal caregiver. His name will be included on the instructions of Baba himself who had said last year that Satyajith should be given a more important role and hence should be made part of the trust.
     
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    I am skeptical. Now we do we wait for the power struggle? Who assumes control of the fortune? Who assumes control of the "mat?" Or is this going to be different from the Hare Khrishna scandals?
     
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    He had predicted his death in 2030 in Karnatak.
     
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    My heart goes out to the dedicated devotees.....very sadly, there will be no more materialisations of vibhuti (holy ash) and garish trinkets...however will they cope??
     
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    Don't worry sri sri ravi shankar,Ramdev,Maa amrit, Asaram etc are very much in
    contenders of absorbing devotees.Just read comment on rediff war of words and Funniest comments are written about them.One of my favourate is that India produces MNC Baba's and they manage all their work without any harvard or big college degree.
     
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    IF only his devotees concnetrate oh his good works...charity hopsitals etc..i heard that in his state of the art hopsital over 4 lakh FREE surgeries carried out...thats a huge figure...and free education in his colleges etc...so MUCH MORE than all our Sikh Babas combined...mundahug
     
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    Gyani ji

    I hope so too. India is a complex place. Radical, extreme. The poles of goodness and evil can sit side by side making it so important to be open-minded at all times.
     
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    Our baba's Give blessed bats to their devotees so they can become man of the series in world cup

    Yuvraj to visit guru, played with ‘blessed’ bats

    http://www.inewsone.com/2011/04/04/yuvraj-to-visit-guru-played-with-blessed-bats/40834

    So no baba can match the power of our Baba's


    Anyway The wealth of Punjab's dera is like piggy bank compared to what sathya sai has.Gavaskar ,sachin tendulkar ,truck load of Politicians ,businessmen bollywood actors are list of his devotees.Of course by making handful of schools or hospitals he has to show the world how good he is
     
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    saram dhharam dhue shhap khaloeae koorr firai paradhhaan vae laalo ||
    Modesty and righteousness both have vanished, and falsehood struts around like a leader, O Lalo.
     

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