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Sathya Sai Sai Baba Birthday
Śri Sathya Sai Baba (born as Sathyanarayana Raju) on November 23 1926 was an Indian guru, spiritual figure, musician, mystic, composer, choreographer, poet, author, orator, reputed miracle worker, philanthropist and educator. He lived in Prashanti Nilyam in the Indian state of Andra Pradesh, not far from Bangalore. He died on April 24, 2011.
He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi who was considered by his followers to be an avatar, spiritual saint and miracle worker, who died in 1918.
The reputed materializations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces, and watches by Sathya Sai Baba along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation, and alleged omnipotence and omniscience were a source of both fame and controversy; devotees considered them signs of divinity, while sceptics viewed them as simple conjuring tricks.
Photos of Sathya Sai Baba are displayed in millions of homes and on car dashboards. Lockets bearing his photo are worn by many as a symbol of good fortune and are often kept in wallets for spiritual protection. Sai Baba has ashrams in 126 countries along with a network of hospitals, clinics and schools that are often free.
“The main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization is to help man recognize the Divinity that is inherent within him. It is established to translate the principle of love and non-violence into daily practice.” Sathya Sai Baba