Homage to Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba
Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan
Spiritual Head, Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram, Bangalore 560 036
Camp: Midlands Hindu Society, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
The Sanskrit word ‘Bhagavan’ means one who is self-realized, embodiment of spiritual wisdom, discipline and righteousness and a shining star to guide the entire humanity. Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba is indeed one of the greatest spiritual luminaries that the holy land of Bharatavarsha produced in the modern period. He represented the highest ideals of Hindu way of life that sprang up from the most ancient Vedic culture and civilization of the land, spread all over the word and played a role in the emergence of various religions of the world. He preached Sanantana Dharma or the Eternal Values of Life which were also known as Manava Dharma or the Religion of Man and Vishwa Dharma, the values of life for the whole world. In his periodical ‘Sanatana Sarathi’, he wrote decades ago that Bharatavarsha is the preceptor of the world and people of all countries, climes and religions look towards this holy land for guidance to the highest spiritual life of mankind. In His glowing life that spanned for eight and a half decades, Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba emerged as a brilliant star on the spiritual sky with millions of followers all over the world.
This writer had the great privilege of addressing a number of meetings across South Africa under the auspices of various branches of the Satya Sai Centre to celebrate the sixtieth birth day of Satya Sai Baba in 1985 and also to associate with the devotees of Bhagavan in various projects and activities in this country during later visits also. We had the good opportunity to be a part of the Vishwa Dharma Prachar Yatra (World Tour for Spreading Spiritual Values) of Vishwa Hindu Parishad that commenced with the blessings of Bhagavan Baba at Puttapartrhi on August 13, 2001, and covered many countries of the world including South Africa.
Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba will ever remain in the hearts of his devotees belonging to various religions, nations and races and continue to guide them for ages to come. We pay our humble homage to the great embodiment of divinity.