The Zone Coordinator of the Sathya Sai International Organisation addressed the celebratory function to mark the 5th anniversary of of Sathya Sai Baba leaving his physical form at Preston Town Hall, on Sunday, 24 April. A video of this address is given.
Sathya Sai Baba – whom his devotees experienced as an incarnation of the Divine, walked on Earth, blessed those who came to him and cared for all his devotees and well-wishers in his formless state, as the Divine is both with form and without form.
Sathya Sai Baba left his physical form on 24 April, 2011. Although he was a full incarnation of the Divine, he allowed his physical body to reach its limits without his own Divine intervention. The passing of a divine from the physical body is called Samadhi in Sanskrit language. As Sathya Sai Baba was regarded as a “great” soul – even though all souls were sparks and emanations of that soul He is-was-always, he is given the felicitation of “great”; this word is Maha in Sanskrit language and so the passing of Sathya Sai Baba is marked as the “Maha-Samadhi“.
Each year, the devotees and all who are part and parcel of the Sathya Sai International Organisation – all over the world – mark the passing of Sai Baba. This is done with devotional activities in India and worldwide, and is frequently observed with service activities such as feeding of the poor, clothing the poor and needy, blood donation, care for the earth, disaster response, and other activities like this.
In Victoria, this event was adorned with a Keynote Speech by Neville Fredericks, Zone 3 Chair, Sathya Sai International Organisation: