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Spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba died at the Sathya Sai super speciality hospital at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district today.

The 84-year-old was admitted to hospital on March 28 with breathing and heart problems. Early on Thursday morning, doctors had said his condition was very critical and most of his organs were not responding to treatment. The condition of his liver and his low blood pressure were causing concern, they had said.

Godman to some, miracle-man to others and revered as God by lakhs of his followers, Sathya Sai Baba had the rich, famous and powerful from the world of politics, business, films and sport flocking to his doorstep in Puttaparthi, the small Andhra Pradesh village that he made internationally famous.

Timeline

Born on 23 November 1926 in a modest family in Puttaparthi, Satyanarayana Raju declared himself a reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba at the age of 14. From then on his devotees and admirers only grew in numbers over the years.

November 23, 1926: Sathya Sai Baba born as 'Sathyanarayana Raju' to Peda Venkappa Raju and Easwaramma in Puttaparthi.

1940: At 14, Sathya Sai Baba declares he is the incarnation of the Sufi mystic, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Maharashtra, who had died in 1918.

1944: Travels to Bangalore; this is his first journey as a savant. Gives up striped shirt and dhoti for a robe, initially greyish-white, then saffron.

November 23, 1950: Prashanti Nilayam 'Abode of Tranquillity', his home as a spiritual guru, is inaugurated on his 28th birthday.

October 1957: Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates a hospital behind Prasanthi Nilayam.

June 1968: Makes his only foreign trip ever, to Uganda.

July 22, 1968: Inaugurates women's college in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

1972: Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT), a caucus to direct the management of his empire, is established.

November 22, 1981: Sri Sathya Sai University Puttaparthi launched

March 29, 2011: Aged 85, he is admitted to the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi. Doctors say he was suffering from pneumonia and water had entered his lungs

April 4, 2011: Put on ventilator support. Suffering from multi-organ dysfunction, his condition continues to be critical.

April 20, 2011: Liver stops responding to treatment

Controversies
June 6, 1993: four men armed with knives are killed after they intrude Sai Baba's bedroom. Some suggest the men wanted to kidnap or even kill the Baba, but initial investigation indicates the attack was a result of infighting among ashram inmates over a financial dispute.

December 2001: Then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, former Supreme Court chief justices P N Bhagawati and Ranganath Misra, former Lok Sabha speaker Najma Heptulla and former union minister Shivraj Patil all sign a letter rubbishing allegations of sexual abuse made in certain media reports against Sai Baba.

June 2004: BBC airs 'Secret Swami', an hour-long documentary on abuses allegedly committed by the Baba on many young men.

April 24, 2011: Dies in Puttaparthi

Sai Baba legacy
'Reincarnation': Sai Baba had predicted that he will die in 2022 and, eight years later, be reborn in Gunaparthi village of Karnataka's Mandya district to a woman called Kasturi. His next avatar will be called Prem Sai Baba and he will have nothing to do with Puttaparthi

(Indian Media reports)

 

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  • josh Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:57 AM

    wonder if his calculations went wrong when he said that he would die in 2022 only and not before that!!!!

    MagodisThumama Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:59 AM

    Not Well said...But VERY WELL SAID !.

    MagodisThumama Sunday, 24 April 2011 07:01 AM

    What reality he'll be soon born again in an another place in India as an another Avatar !.

    MM Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:59 AM

    LORD JESUS IS RISEN ON EASTER... sai baba dies!

    uman Sunday, 24 April 2011 07:03 AM

    Sai is dead. Long live Sai!!

    josh Sunday, 24 April 2011 07:20 AM

    yeah right!!

    niluka Monday, 25 April 2011 01:49 PM

    man must be die in the world one day. bcz he is not god..god is only allah'

    goda Monday, 25 April 2011 01:46 AM

    May attain nibbana,

    The Creator Sunday, 24 April 2011 08:58 AM

    God dies.....?Very shame

    sri lankan Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:20 AM

    Sai had to say bye forever

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:29 AM

    Well, upto now, we all thought and believed that God is immortal. Anyway, another Avatar will take over from now on, to continue the magic and cheating.

    J Dan Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:28 AM

    A man who tried to take the whole wold on a ride. Grate magician. No more tricks for those who believed this man.

    A.D Monday, 25 April 2011 02:46 PM

    VERY WELL SAID !!!

    PanT Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:18 AM

    Today is Easter Sunday. Does that ring any bells?

    Maqs Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:31 AM

    But how can one worship another MAN?

    obama bin laden Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:32 AM

    Next indian god is Sachin Tendulkar

    Hiraz Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:23 AM

    God cannot survive at last..So sad

    chris abey Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:52 AM

    Why only India?What about all the devotees in Sri Lanka .Most of them are rich businessmen and professionals.Who will continue the magic shows?

    Roshan Sunday, 24 April 2011 10:59 AM

    don't worry the god will now serve from heaven!

    KVCS Sunday, 24 April 2011 11:00 AM

    Well said man.............!!!!!!!!!!!

    kapil Sunday, 24 April 2011 11:03 AM

    he is not a good magician either....bunch of cheep tricks..

    Rajitha Sunday, 24 April 2011 11:15 AM

    the doctors obviously..

    nuzky Monday, 25 April 2011 04:22 PM

    all religious leaders were the same. Cheap magicians who could brain wash ordinary people. Sai baba was no exception

    JInji Sunday, 24 April 2011 11:15 AM

    As Buddha clearly said, nothing remains forever, not even God..May he attain nibbana!!!

    Miliband Sunday, 24 April 2011 11:46 AM

    The Buddha taught that there is only one unchanging law in the universe - and that is that all things change and are impermanent.

    Heamu Sunday, 24 April 2011 12:10 PM

    Now all his followers should go to hospitals.

    Akash Sunday, 24 April 2011 12:34 PM

    No one can live on and on ...

    Tony Sunday, 24 April 2011 01:21 PM

    May he attain nibbana.

    GOD Sunday, 24 April 2011 02:08 PM

    god be come humanbeing. one day will die.

    harshi Sunday, 24 April 2011 02:11 PM

    i agree,this man was a magician not a god

    RAJIV Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:06 AM

    Super Man is over now. An end to the biggest magic show ever.

    Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:08 AM

    You lived a legacy, people of all forms of life knew who you were. Rest In Peace.

    Ruzaick Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:11 AM

    Oh god the Indian god is in trouble

    Common Man Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:28 AM

    May he attain Nibbana.

    zeereez Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:16 AM

    a God is dead.... its a very sad story...

    raj Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:43 AM

    when people are sick they went to sai baba, when sai baba got sick he went to the hospital ...

    Anuruddha Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:47 AM

    God is dead!

    Imran Sunday, 24 April 2011 02:48 PM

    According to his prediction he should after another 11 years...

    Pubudu Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:52 AM

    A legend of a life time. May you have the chance to come back to serve the hundreds of thousands of devotees !

    ravishan Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:37 AM

    Thank you Swami for transforming us as better human beings

    suren Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:40 AM

    May he attain Nibbana

    Darwin Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:53 AM

    A life is gone. As a Buddhist I am sad.

    ranatuga Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:58 AM

    people give respect he is dead and he has done many philanthropic works.Though i am not his follower i have respect for his social works. Dont hurt his followers by giving bad comments even in his last journey.no body is asking to follow him be gracious in comments.

    demon Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:59 AM

    ha ha...true story...but sad story for sai baba...

    Jine Sunday, 24 April 2011 04:08 PM

    I believe he united all religions. He gave a lot to the mankind.

    Varuna Monday, 25 April 2011 06:19 AM

    Thank you so much for all Blessings you gave me in my life. May You Attain Nibbana ...!

    alex Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:50 AM

    He may rest in peace

    bernard Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:04 AM

    Don't worry another miracle man will surface from somewhere. This is India.

    Ahmad Sunday, 24 April 2011 04:14 PM

    Concept of God in Buddhism differ from the explanation of Islam and Christianity.

    K.L Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:07 AM

    i wish people would realize reality at least now

    Vaalidaasan Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:09 AM

    With all those powers he had, he should have lived on and on. India will miss him, he was a good fielder (catcher)

    kan Sunday, 24 April 2011 04:34 PM

    deepest sympathies

    Labby Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:07 AM

    May his soul rest in peace.

    illuminatis Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:07 AM

    How he can attain Nibbana when he doesn't know the dhamma ?

    zazu Sunday, 24 April 2011 04:38 PM

    GOD never dies, you decide.

    immysl Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:57 AM

    I couldn't have said it any better. :)

    ishi Sunday, 24 April 2011 04:50 PM

    Now he will get to know who is the real God...

    Shiyaz Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:17 AM

    On this day of Easter... Jesus arrives & Sai Baba departs... awesome day...

    ranatunga Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:18 AM

    some people are bad enough even not leaving dead from politics.

    Tharaka the Great Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:18 AM

    oh...how can our leaders survive without him....so sad...end of cheep magician...any way ...may he attend to nibbana some day after suffering for his cheeting...

    Musthafa Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:19 AM

    easy way of making money. but it will be end one day.

    vimukthi Sunday, 24 April 2011 05:21 PM

    He thought he was immortal. Living a life of luxury

    Pls Think Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:15 AM

    This is the first time i heard God dies. So who will take care of the GOD's people now?

    Common Man Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:17 AM

    Any person with correct life style (Avihinsa) could attain Nibbana, not by reading books alone.

    common sense Sunday, 24 April 2011 06:43 AM

    Well said


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