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Come back, Sathya!

It is not the magician that I fell deeply in love with, as much as I did with a little Brahmin boy called Sathya. Even as a child, He always put his happiness on the backburner because He believed that making His little friends happy and the villagers happy is far more important. He  would take mangoes, oranges and whatever fruits they asked for from a single tree. They loved him for his miracles and I loved Sathya for the smiles he brought around in their little hearts, for serving their happiness with such unconditional love. 

Sometimes, I felt jealous I was not one among them, not blessed enough to taste one of those magical moments that marked the early beginnings of a glorious life. Of course today, it is the magician the world is more interested in than the remarkable spirit of love that beloved Sai gave this world by transforming young and old hearts to one simple message - Love all, Serve all.

When the young Sathya told a foreigner and showed the exact places in Puttaparthi where He would establish the Superspecialty hospital, colleges and mandir, the person thought that this was the fanciful thinking of a poor village boy.

Years later, when Sathya told this to those who believed in Him, even they were finding it difficult to believe such a thing could be made possible. Sai Sankalpa is vajra sankalpa, they were told. Nothing and no body can stand in its way. 

Young Sathya's mother feared that she would lose Him to the hordes of devotees who were insisting that He should go to other countries. Knowing her agony, He gave her a promise that He would remain in Puttaparthi. The word that He kept was not for His mother but for this motherland. This country is where He chose to be throughout His life. This is that sacred soil on which He chose to live his life. As Indians, we never really respected or cared about it much. 

I am mentioning this because when I wanted to go to the UK for further studies from Africa, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba told my sister, not once but thrice, "Tell her to come back to India. Tell her come back to India."

I came back to India only because of Baba. I am staying because of my love and promise to Him. I will keep my word to Him as long as I live. And the truth is, I don't want to go anywhere. He lived here in this country, and so will I.

These buildings that He established are situated in the very same spots he had first pointed out. The fanciful thinking of a village boy, indeed! More importantly, these institutions served people who are ill, in need of help and care. 

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Services was established for the people of India. With its 11 Operation Theaters, state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for all, it enabled people to have access to the best doctors and the finest health care services without spending a paisa at all. This has continued for more than 20 years. 

Did the magic cease? Did the magician swindle your money or property and disappear? Sorry to disappoint but the magic's still there and so's everything else. No person is charged money, no person is asked to change his caste, belief or religion and no one is asked to pledge their beliefs and belongings to avail these free educational and health care facilities. In a way, yes, you can call it magic, if that's the best way to describe it.

The young Sathya used to carry on his frail shoulders pots of water to give the householders in his village because they had no proper access to water. Decades later, He brought forward water to 731 villages in Anantapur District, 320 villages in Medak, 500 villages in East and West Godavari districts. For the people of Chennai who were suffering terrible water supply shortage, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba ensured water supply to 10 million people. 

The life of Sathya was always under threat. At least thrice, he was poisoned and He suffered the pain knowing exactly who did it and never naming those who had. The media and the nation didn't care then but the devotees did. That faith, that trust - that is under speculation today after all these years.

The little village boy called Sathya declared at the age of fourteen that He is an Avatar and is destined to change the destiny of many by one simple message - Love all, Serve all.
Truth is that whether we knew him or not, He served humanity with total love.  Millions of people benefited from His service activities whether they knew him or not. 


Doubting Thomases have always existed and they have been remembered for what they represent. We have a choice. We can still insult and call him a magician and curse him. We can take joy about the scandals and controversies that we enjoyed reading about Him. Some one you know, love or care about has loved Him deeply. Maybe that doesn't matter, but we can still pray fervently for a miracle. 

Remember, Jesus Christ could have saved Himself. He chose not to. That was not cowardice. That was a choice that left the world with a message that continues to inspire - the resurrection.
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