Lesser known facts on Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Baba

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1. Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi and has claimed to be the reincarnation of Shiridi Sai Baba and is also considered to be a saint and a miracle worker.1sathya-sai-baba

2. Many reports of healing, resurrections, miracles and omniscience were considered as signs of divinity by his followers and signs of controversy by skeptics.2sathya-sai-baba3. As a child, he was described as ‘unsually intelligent’ and demonstration of exemplary qualities of compassion, generosity and wisdom which is very different from those of his then age.3sathya-sai-baba4. He was uncommonly talented in devotional music, dance and drama. From a young age, he was alleged to have been capable of materialising objects such as food and sweets out of thin air.4sathya-sai-baba5. teaching the highest principles of truth, righteous conduct, peace, and divine love.5sathya-sai-baba6. On 8 March 1940, while living with his elder brother Sesham Raju in Uravakonda, a small town near Puttaparthi, Sathya was apparently stung by a scorpion. He lost consciousness for several hours and in the next few days there was a noticeable change in Sathya’s behaviour. There were “symptoms of laughing and weeping, eloquence and silence.” It is claimed that then “he began to sing Sanskrit verses, a language of which he had no prior knowledge.”6sathya-sai-baba7. When an exorcist tried to cure his behavior through extreme torture, he kept calm and composed instead of reacting hard.7sathya-sai-baba8. On 23 May 1940, Sathya called household members and reportedly materialised prasad and flowers for his family members. His father became furious at seeing this, thinking his son was bewitched. He took a stick and threatened to beat him if Sathya did not reveal who he really was. On 20 October 1940, the young Sathya responded calmly and firmly “I am Sai Baba”, a reference to Sai Baba of Shirdi. This was the first time he proclaimed himself to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi.8sathya-sai-baba9. In 1963, Sathya Sai Baba suffered a stroke and four severe heart attacks, which left him paralysed on one side. These events culminated in an event where he apparently healed himself in front of the thousands of people gathered in Prashanthi Nilayam who were then praying for his recovery.9sathya-sai-baba10. On recovering, Sai Baba announced that he would one day next be reborn as an incarnation named Prema Sai Baba in the neighbouring state of Karnataka.10sathya-sai-baba11. Sai Baba had predicted that he would die at age 96 and would remain healthy until then. After he died, some devotees suggested that he might have been referring to that many lunar years, which is followed by Telugu-speaking Hindus, rather than solar years, and using the Indian way of accounting for age.11sathya-sai-baba12. Shri Satya Sai had made it possible to lay down a very long water pipe line of about 2005 Kilometers to supply purified drinking water to 731 villages and cities.12sathya-sai-baba