Shri Sathya Sai Baba, was born on November 23, 1926, in a small village in Andrha Pradesh in central-southern India, called Puttaparthi. His parents were called Pedda Venkappa Raju and Eswaramma respectively father and mother.
Little Sathya came to light exactly on the dawn of a sacred Monday of the month of Kartika while the inhabitants, as they are used to do at that time, were singing the name of Shiva (third aspect of the Hindu Trinity a bit like the Holy Spirit for Christians).
Just before Sai Baba was born, the instruments that were in the house began to play. The next day Sri Aurobindo a great Indian Saint of Pondicherry (about 328 km from Puttaparthi) said: "God became incarnate bringing with him all the full powers of the Avatar: Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence". Sri Aurodindo spent the remaining 25 years of his life in his meditation chamber without ever going out. The Bimbo does called Sathyanarayana. The boy's smile was truly fascinating and the Raju house was the destination of many people who came to visit this little boy who gave off infinite joy.
Growing up the little Narayana wandered around the house and there were evident signs of vibhuti (sacred ash) on His forehead which appeared again as soon as it was removed.
Childhood and manifestation
From the first years of life, the little Narayana, stayed away from the places where animals of all kinds were killed or tortured, including fish. He even avoided kitchens or containers in which the poor animals had been cooked. Often there was discussion about what would be cooked for dinner and when, for example, a bird to kill was chosen, He would hold him close to his chest and pet him, to induce the elderly to spare his life. His love of infinite love for animals was now so famous that the neighbors called him Brahamajnani (he who is fused in God and fused in It). They still did not know that He was the same incarnate God.
His infinite compassion was not limited only to the animal world but from the age of three, four, it also extended to suffering people. Sathyanarayana immediately stopped playing and went to call the sisters or the mother when a beggar raised her lament for them to feed him. Many times Eswaramma refused to offer them food and Sathya burst into tears until the poor man was given food.
Sometimes the mother intimidated little Sathya, that if he gave food to the beggar he would skip dinner himself, but this did not scare Sathya. Indeed for a few days he himself refused food, but showed no sign of weakness. Sometimes in order not to worry too much the mother (who was not yet aware of the Divine nature of her son) she smelled the palm of her hand from which she emitted a scent of food telling her that an elderly gentleman had well fed him.
Growing up he began to wander the streets of the neighborhood looking for crippled, sick, blind people and took them to the door of his house where with the help of his sister he fed them. To elementary schools he brought with him a Divine image, adorned with flowers, to do devotional practices and an empty bag from which he extracted for his companions any object they desired, justifying himself with those who asked how he did it, saying it was the Goddess Shakti (The Divine Energy in His feminine aspect) to listen to him and to fulfill what He asked. He was often distracted during the lessons because he was busy writing Bajhans and Mantra (devotional songs and sacred songs with a high spiritual value) which he then distributed to classmates.
He told them not to participate in competitions or sports in which violence was practiced on people or animals and also not to go to the cinema because it showed the reverse of family life and exalted cruelty, cunning and crime. At the age of 10 or so, he founded a theatrical company with other children in the qulae, performing songs inspired by the Bagavadgita (One of the most sacred texts in India where the deeds and teachings of Lord Krsna are told). But in addition to the well-known names of Divine Incarnations and places of worship for Hindus, it was noted that Narayana (at the time no one knew he would be called Sai Baba) entered a new name and a new place respectively Sai Baba and Shirdi.
This name was largely unknown in that part of India. Some time later and until the age of 14, His miracles of various kinds followed and great insights such as the discovery of disappeared or stolen objects and animals. Exactly on March 8, 1940, a rumor spread, like a flood, that the young Narayana Raju had been stung by a large scorpion. The ancient belief that anyone who was stung by a snake or scorpion in that place further aggravated the situation. It was seven in the afternoon when Sathya screamed and jumped, as if he had been bitten by something, however no scorpion was found. That young Raju slept quietly but exactly at seven the following evening he fell unconscious and his breathing faded. But in reality Narayana was in a state of SUPER-CONSCIOUSNESS and the fact that when volunteers went to the nearby temple offering flowers, incense and breaking a coconut (as is done in these cases, when you want to receive a thank you ) at the same time He exclaimed: "the coconut broke into three parts" and in fact when the three volunteers returned home, they had the three pieces of coconut with them.