Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the founder and the guiding force behind all our efforts. Inspiring millions around the globe, Sri Sathya Sai Baba is a universal world teacher. He is quietly transforming the world by reestablishing the eternal values of Truth (Sathya), Right Conduct (Dharma), Peace (Shanti), Love (Prema) and Nonviolence (Ahimsa) in everyday living. He is also known as Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Baba, Swami, or simply as Baba to millions of people in the world. His followers come from all faiths and races and meet regularly for devotional singing, to study His teachings, and to engage in service activities in order to practice His message of Love and Peace to unite all mankind. Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born on November 23, 1926, in Puttaparthi, a remote village in the state of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India. He is the fourth child of a humble and pious couple, who named Him Sathya Narayana Raju. As a child, He demonstrated exceptional qualities of wisdom, compassion, and generosity. When He was seven years old, He composed devotional songs that were sung in religious festivals. At the age of fourteen, He announced that His name was Sathya Sai Baba and proclaimed His mission: to bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Nonviolence. With that announcement, He left His childhood home and began His mission.
In 1950, His devotees built a communion hall and residential quarters about a mile away from His birthplace in the village. He named this ashram 'Prashanti Nilayam' (Abode of Peace). Today, this ashram can accommodate and feed many thousands of pilgrims on the path of spirituality who come to see and hear Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Under His care and guidance, Puttaparthi has evolved to have Sri Sathya Sai University, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences and Sri Sathya Sai Water Project supplying clean drinking water to states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Prashanthi Nilayam – attracts thousands of spiritual seekers from virtually every corner of the globe. This ‘abode of highest peace’ offers solace and inspiration to all who aspire for Peace and World Unity. Sri Sathya Sai Baba uplifts man by teaching and demonstrating that man is inherently divine and his nature is selfless love. Quoting the scriptures of various faiths, Baba often reminds us that Love is God and God is Love, and that Love is immanent in the heart of every being. Through his own example, Baba demonstrates how to tap that unfailing Source.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba's followers regard him as the ideal of goodness: One who manifests all human virtues in their purity and perfection; One that shows power, wisdom and knowledge beyond the comprehension of humans. He is a highly revered spiritual leader and world teacher, whose life and message are inspiring millions of people throughout the world to turn inward and to lead constructive and virtuous lives. His timeless and universal teachings, along with the example of his own life, are attracting seekers of Truth from all religions of the world. Over eight decades, his life has been a stirring and moving saga of love and compassion.
He reemphasizes principles that form the foundation of the world’s major religions: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Non-Violence. He repeatedly exhorts humanity to "Love All, Serve All" and asserts that the essence of all scriptures is "Help Ever, Hurt Never!”. He preaches unity of all faiths and humankind.