“There is only one caste, the caste of humanity. All of us belong to the human race, so everyone is equal” – said Sri Sathya Sai Baba who expired on a Sunday morning at 7.40 a m. It was 24 April 2011, the Christians of the world celebrated the Easter all over the world. Millions of devotees who benefited from the teachings of Sai Baba were drowned in the sea of sorrow and all of them expected that Baba will not die and hoped with faith that he will make a miracle of recovery. But alas, it did not happen. He was simply a human being performing all the activities for the benefit of fellow human beings. Certainly he believed on humanity and its strength. Attracting all kinds of people from all over the world by a single, simple and spiritual individual in this modern world is not an easy joke. But Sai Baba could do it!
The devotees of Sai Baba believed that Baba is a God and he was eternal, but Baba did not agree with them. Most of the devotees are selfish because they wanted something from Baba by doing service to him and his trust. But no one thought Baba’s wish was that his devotees should help the poor and the weak in the society. By doing such service, they attain happiness and peace of mind. In fact, all these principles of life are known to every sensible individual. But they wanted to hear from the mouth of a great hero who was able to attract millions with his mystic power which was the subject of suspicion for a long time. However, people did not pay much attention to such suspicions because Sai Baba had created a strong feeling in the minds of people who totally surrendered to his charisma. The very dharshan of Baba and getting the ash, ring and other objects he produced instantaneously inspired the intellectuals as well as the common illiterate people. What was the magnetic power with Baba that could attract the minds and souls of millions of people from all nations of the world?
People who had faith in Baba do explain and interpret the philosophy of Sai Baba as convenient to them. But I used to think whether all his devotees who are sincere followers of Baba agree with his statement which I mentioned in the beginning of this note? I believe not because there are very few Indians who follow this advice of Baba. Caste divides humanity and creates inequality. Baba said everyone in this earth is equal. Are we? Are we not? All those who talk high of Sai Baba are not in fact, following his simple principle of a casteless society. They all cried, mourned and travelled long distances to have a dharshan of the lifeless physical body of Baba encased inside a casket decorated with beautiful flowers. It was due to the love and affection they had with Baba. Who really follows the teachings of Baba? Everyone, rich or poor, men or women, able or disabled wanted some benefit from Baba; thus Baba was misused by these people. In fact, Sai Baba was a great human being with all good human characters. His services for education, health and spirituality are being seen by all of us. It is a great achievement of this great soul which has departed from the world, although many believe Baba has not died, and he is still in the minds of millions. Baba was one like you and me, but his way of life and teachings to the people of this world brought glory to him and humanity. Let us wish Baba’s soul rest at peace.