The Legacy of Sri Sathya Sai Baba
A heated argument ensued between the family members of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Indian Spiritual Master and members of his Central Trust when a deed of declaration signed by Sri Sathya Sai Baba in 1967 was made public by his close disciple and attendant, Sri Satyajit in 2012, and one year after Sai Baba left his physical body.
In this document, Sri Sathya Sai solemnly declared that he renounced to his family and to worldly possession.
I do not want to be controversial but I think that even if this document did not exist, Sri Sathya Sai has nothing to prove to his family, the trustees or to the world at large.
The exemplary life that Sri Sathya Sai lead in total dedication and in selfless service to others is an open book and there is no point for me to go over it again here. It suffices that I write about two incidents that touched my heart in support of my observation.
In 1972, when the Summer Course on Indian Culture and Spirituality was progressing with zeal at his Brindavan Ashram, the mother of Sri Sathya Sai cast off her mortal coil in his very presence. He immediately had the body sent by a few volunteers to the village of Puttaparthi to be buried the next day in the mausoleum wherein laid the body of his father. Nothing changed in the demeanor of Sri Sathya Sai on that day, thereafter, or in the program scheduled for the Summer Course which was attended by a multitude of intellectuals from all over India. Even when his father passed away at Puttaparthi, the incident did not disturb the routine of Prasanti Nilayam, his main ashram. All the way through the events concerning his immediate family, Sri Sathya Sai remained an example of total detachment and renunciation.
In March 2011, Sri Sathya Sai was taken very ill at Prasanti Nilayam. He was rushed by his attendants to the Super Specialty Hospital in Puttaparthi. His health deteriorated but he refused to be transported to a hospital in town. An inpatient, he did not come out at all from there. He left his physical body one month after on a hospital bed. This hospital, it will be remembered, was donated by his American devotee, Sri Isaac Tigrett, to the poor people of Puttaparthi.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba remained truthful to himself, to his word and to his convictions till the end of his journey on earth. He left behind him only one legacy. This is composed of a magnificent and boundless wealth of spiritual teachings.