The Glory of Puttaparthi

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Item Code: NAD113
Author: V.Balu
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 8120808398
Pages: 379
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.2 inch X 4.6 inch
Weight 280 gm
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I would like to place on record my special gratitude to several devotees for use of material relating to their personal experience of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I would also like to thank the Manipal Power Press, Manipal, Mr. B. Krishnayya and the other dedicated staff of the Press, for their excellent co-operation in printing this book and bringing it out in time.

My thanks are due to Mr.V.K.Narashimhan for going through the manuscript. My thanks are also due to Mr. Mistry for the front cover picture, as well as black and white Photographs. I am grateful to Mr. Dhiraj Chawda for the back cover photograph of my colllged painting of Sri Baba.



The glory of Puttaparthi is the glory of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – the phenomenon of the twentieth century, the ideal man, the super scientist of consciousness, the miraculous man the avatar (divine in human form) of the modern are, who though unfathomable, gives immense joy to millions round the globe. Puttaparthi, a remote village in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh in S. India, is not only the sacred place of birth of Sri Baba but also the centre of his spiritual work. It is the Vatican of India, the Mecca of Sai devotees and the meeting point of the East and the West. Thus the Puttaparthi connection is not only the connection between Sri Baba and his devotees but also the only real link between man and man.

Although I have lived in Bangalore since 1964(and in Mysore since 1961) it was only in 1976 that I first got the Whitefield connection leading to puttapatrhi; this, in spite of the fact that subconsciously, for several years I had been on the quest for Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

In this book, I have endeavored to share with reader my discovery of several facets of Indian spirituality and religion, as expounded by Sri Baba; the myriad facets of Sri Baba’s personality’ Sri Baba’s concern for youth; Sri Baba’s view on several subjects and most important Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as the ideal man and the divine man, engaged in the mission of uplifting humanity.

At a time the world is in sore need of a great moral transformation, it is of supreme significance that millions of people in India and several parts of the world are already experiencing a spiritual renaissance, inspired by the life and message of Bhagawan Sri Sathy Sai Baba.




1 The Quest 1
2 Sri Baba on Youth 15
3 Puttaparhi and Prasanti Nilayam 29
4 Youth on Sri Baba 45
5 Was He There? 91
6 What is Devotion? 103
7 Sri Baba on Teachers and Education 115
8 A Group Interview 137
9 Sri Baba on the Ramayana 147
10 Service to Mankind the Sai way 160
11 Why Spiriuality? 170
12 The role and goal of Religion 179
13 Art and Spirituality 191
14 Science and Spirituality 204
15 Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Humour 223
16 Sri Sathya Sai Baba- the Ideal Man 239
17 Sai Baba- the Divine man 258
18 Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Mission 273
19 How Dr.V.K.Gokak came to Sai Baba 285
20 Experiences of some Devotees  
  (i)Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai are the same 309
  (ii)Why Fear when I am Here? 318
  (iii) “Swami Knows everything” 322
  (iv)“Swami will catch you” 325
  (v) Beyond Reason 330
  (vi) The Cosmic Christ 334
  (vii) “Ram!” nd “Har Ram!” 339
  (viii) “Don’t think… just be aware!” 344
  (ix) Who was that old man? 349
  (x) “The day is not far off when everone will worship him” 360
21. Epilogue: Oh Puttaparthi! 369
  Appendix: Dr.V.K.Gokak’s Poem Darshan 378

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