Hindu Guru Sathya Sai Baba Dies April 24th 2011
Spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba died last weekend, Sunday 24th April, 2011. He was taken to hospital with breathing difficulty about a week or two after the Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster. Sathya Sai Baba will be sorely missed, not just in India, but in many countries all over the world where he has a following.
New Zealand Sai Baba Movement: Even in little New Zealand, Sai Baba had a huge following, especially in the 1970’s, when I remember many followers wearing their flowing orange robes around the streets of Auckland. His spiritual insights gave meaning to many people’s lives, and brought peace and happiness to many who followed his teachings.
Indian Prime Minister Mammohan Singh expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sai Baba in the following words: “Sathya Sai Baba was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life. His death is an irreparable loss to all, and the nation deeply mourns his passing.” (New Zealand Herald 26 April, 2011.)
Sathya Sai Baba’s following included many of the rich and famous, who often donated handsomely to his causes. One such benefactor was Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of “The Hard Rock Cafe” chain. Isaac Tigrett, who sold his share of ‘Hard Rock’ for more than $100 million US, gave millions to Sai Baba for the Holy Man’s building of a hospital in Puttaparthi. This hospital was one of Sai Baba’s many projects to help the rural poor.
Sai Baba has left an incredible fortune. His empire is estimated to be worth around $5 billion US.
A thirty-nine year old nephew of Sai Baba’s, R.J. Ratnaker Raju, is possibly in line to inherit the running of the empire, Sathya Sai Central Trust. But Chakravarthi, a former government official who became a devotee of Sai Baba’s 25 years ago, and who became a central figure at the Sathya Sai university, is also being considered for the post of responsibility.