Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi, a remote village in southern India on November 23, 1926. At the age of 14, He declared that He would henceforth be known as Sai Baba‚ and that His mission was to bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of truth, righteous conduct, peace, and divine love. He has dedicated His life to helping those in need‚ by setting up numerous educational and medical institutions for the underprivileged in the poorest areas, free of charge and still vigorously continues doing so at the age of 73. His ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam (the Abode of Peace), is frequented by millions of peo- ple annually, both devotees and the curious attracted to His miracles but His biggest miracle is the transformation of hearts and lives. He has no distinction between caste and creed or race and religion. He teaches and exemplifies «Unity in Diversity».
“There is only one religion, the religion of Love,
There is only one language, the language of the Heart,
There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity,
There is only one God and He is Omnipresent”
His birthplace, once a tiny rural village; is now a beautiful university town with schools and col- leges lining its main street. In addition, hundreds of villages in surrounding areas have been adopted by Baba's voluntary workers who have built roads, bridges, schools and dug wells for them. Regular medical camps care for the health of thousands of the locals and Baba's Education programme has been implemented in schools throughout India and other countries. The inspiration of Sathya Sai Baba's example and message of selfless love and service has resulted in the establishment of over 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 137 countries worldwide. Center activities include the studying of the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba as well as the sacred literature of all religions, group devotional singing, spiritual meditation, and selfless service to the community, society, the world, and the environment. People from all walks of life attend the Center programs. There is no fee for membership in a Sathya Sai Baba Center, and members are never required to purchase books or materials. Donations are never solicited.