Sathya Sai Baba, one of India’s most famous gurus, died in hospital on Sunday, his death has been a wave of international grief and tributes from devotees all over the world. South Africa in particular has been shaken by his passing on. Services are to be held from today all over the country.
Sai Baba, 85 passed on due to heart problems after being in a critical condition for more than three weeks.
The Institute of Higher Medical Sciences hospital where the Indian Guru, Sai Baba had been treated in his hometown of Puttaparthi, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh was under high alert as thousands of devotees amassed as concern over Sai Baba’s health worsened.
Police used barriers to hold back mourning crowds, and appealed for public calm after the death was announced.
“Sai Baba is no more with us physically. He breathed his last at 7:40 am and died due to cardio-respiratory failure,” a statement from the hospital said. “His body will be kept for public worship for two days on Monday and Tuesday.”
Devotees had congregated in the town over recent weeks to hold special prayers asking for a miracle to allow Sai Baba to recover. He was credited by millions of followers across the globe with having supernatural powers, including an ability to conjure objects out of thin air, remember past lives and cure terminal diseases. The Indian Guru whose said to be the
reincarnation of a former holy Guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi, who died in 1918. The organisation has funded health and education projects in India, including hospitals and clinics that say they are able to cure ailments beyond the capabilities of mainstream medicine. From his ashram in Puttaparthi, he built an empire of schools and centres that spread his influence worldwide.
“I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added lustre. I have not come on behalf of any exclusive religion. I have not come on a mission of publicity for a sect or creed or cause, nor have I come to collect followers for a doctrine. I have no plan to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of Love, this virtue of Love, this duty of Love, this obligation of Love.”, 4 July 1968, Baba
May His Holiness, Sri Sathya Sai Baba rest in peace, his work and devotion to humanity touched one and all.