Sathya Sai Baba took birth in the little out-of-the-way hamlet of Puttaparthi in the south of India, near Bangalore. Now, a modern township has sprung up there, called Prashanti Nilayam, the abode of Supreme Peace, which is his main ashram. It provides accommodations for thousands of pilgrims from all over India and from all parts of the globe, who come to experience Sai Baba’s daily public contacts with the devotees and private interviews for those who are fortunate to be chosen.
The ashram houses a comprehensive educational complex where students come from all parts of India and abroad to live and study together. Small children can come into the residential programme starting at the age of five in the primary school, then go on to the high school, college and university levels, and finally on to the postgraduate and doctoral levels, to complete their education twenty years later. The Sai educational system, with campuses in various States of India, is wholly non-denominational and completely cost-free. All the educational costs for thousands of students are borne directly by the Sathya Sai Baba Trust.
Also at Prashanti Nilayam is the central headquarters for the worldwide
network of Sai Service Organisations, engaged in a wide range of community
service projects and in bringing Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
(S.S.E.H.V) into government and private school systems throughout
the world. Recently, the largest specialty hospital in Asia was inaugurated
at the ashram. Here patients, no matter how poor, can come from all
over the globe for open heart surgery. They stay at the hospital with
no charge for doctors, medicine, hospital services, food or room.
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