Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Puttaparthi Sai Baba turns 80
Baba’s name was Ratnakara Venkata Sathyanarayana Raju. Sathyanarayana was born on November 23, 1926, to Pedda Venkama Raju and Eshwaramma. He has two brothers Seshama Raju & Janakiramaiah and two sister Venkamma & Parvathamma.
The boy had an inclination for the spiritual. He dropped out of school in the 8th standard. At 13, he declared that he was the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, a revered saga in Maharastra, who died in 1918. He announced that he had a mission in life; he did not belong to family.
08/03/1940 : Stung by a scorpion, his health was impaired. Medical consultations did not help and Sathya continued to be abnormal.
23/05/1940 : Announcement at Puttaparthi : I am Sai Baba.
19/10/1940 : Revelation as Shiva at Hampi temple.
20/10/1940 : Proclamation at Uravakonda : I am no longer your Sathya. I am Sai. My work is calling me.
25/05/1947 : Historic letter to his brother, explaining his mission and his determination.
23/11/1950 : Inauguration of Prasanthi Nilayam, his main ashram.
04/10/1056 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Prasanthi Nilayam.
01/07/1957 : Planting of Vatavriksha (meditation tree).
06/07/1963 : Guru Purnima the miracle of compassion: Bhagwan takes upon himself the paralysis of a devotee. Announces that he is Shiva-Shakthi Swaroopa.
13/04/1964 : Establishment of his second ashram at Brindhavan.
16/05/1968 : First World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization in Bombay. Explains in details about his incarnation and mission.
17/10/1972 : Inauguration of Poorna Chandra auditorium.
26/08/1975 : Turns back the floods in Chitravathi to save the village of Puttaparthi.
28/08/1976 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Whittefield.
17/11/1991 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Airport, Prasanthi Nilayam.
22/11/1991 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher medical Sciences (super speciality hospital), Prasanthi Nilayam.
12/07/1995 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project (Stage 1); 18/11/19995 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project (Stage 2); 23/11/1995 : Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project (Stage 3) by President Shankar Dayal Sharma.
16/07/1997 : First Sri Sathya Sai World Youth Conference.
28/07/1999 : School for Music and Performing Arts at Prasanthi Nilayam.
22/11/2000 : A new railway station is inaugurated at Prasanthi Nilayam.
19/01/2001 : Inauguration of Sai Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital at Whitefield, Banglore.
19/01/2002 : Announcement by Baba to give water to chennai.
23/11/2004 : Shutters of Kandaleru-Poondi canal opens. Later renamed as Sathya Sai Ganga Canal.