4 - Issue 01
SHIRDI SAI PARTHI SAI
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In our last issue the epic story of the life of Shirdi Baba came to an end with the shedding of His mortal coil to the sorrow and consternation of His devotees. Yet He had promised to incarnate again and this happened eight years later, exactly as He had told His devotees. Earlier, it was in the village of Pathri. This time, it was in the village of Parthi, or Puttaparthi, to give the full name.
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba took birth on 23rd November, 1926 in the Ratnakara family. This family was highly respected in the village for its devotion to the Lord, and for its staunch adherence to righteousness. Baba’s parents this time were Pedda Venkama Raju [father] and Easwaramma [mother]. Pedda Venkama Raju was the eldest son of Kondama Raju, a highly esteemed village elder. At birth, Baba was named Satyanarayana Raju. Prior to Him were born, Seshama Raju [elder brother], Venkamma [elder sister], and Parvathamma [another elder sister]. Sathyanaranyana Raju was called Sathyam at home and Raju by His friends, till He declared His Avatarhood on 20th October, 1940. After that He came to be known to the world as Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and also Swami.
What is presented in the following issues of Heart2Heart covers Swami's early years, starting with the Holy birth in the Ratnakara family. Right from the beginning, there were ample signs of His Divinity. However, not all noticed this. As a result, young Sathyanarayana Raju was often subjected to much teasing and at times harsh treatment. At the same time, drawn inexplicably by His Divine attractive power, there were many that showered love on Him and were deeply loyal to Him. All this was of course a part of His Divine Drama.
The appearance of God on Earth in human form is no ordinary event. Whereas we cannot choose our parents, God can. He decides when and where He would be born and takes birth only in a deserving family.
The Raju family was rather poor, yet the members of the family commanded much respect in the village. Kondama Raju had a Guru named Venkavadhoota. Sometime before Swami's birth Venkavadhoota had told Kondama that one day, as reward for the devotion of the family, the Lord Himself would take birth there.
It always happens that prior to the advent of the Lord, there is some turmoil. It was so in Puttaparthi before Swami took birth. There was tyranny from the administrators and also the rich landlords…
The story begins sometime before the incarnation of the Lord. There is a raid by the Government tax collectors. The people are suffering due to drought and consequent crop failure. There is no income. Yet, the Government wanted the people to pay taxes. There was much harassment. A jeep carrying Revenue Officials comes tearing across the narrow village roads.
People lament and cry as the underlings grab and confiscate everything they can see and lay their hands on. The heartless revenue inspector laughs and gloats over the suffering of the poor villagers.
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To Be Continued...
- Heart2Heart Team
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Vol 4 Issue 01 - January 2006
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