Demise of a Spiritual Guru and Birthday of a Legend!

It may be a quirk of nature that it had to be the same day, the 24th of April, 2011.

Tearful condolences to Shri Sathya Sai Baba, a spiritual institution working from Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, India having followers all over the world, who passed away this morning after being in hospital for over a month. Millions of devotees are paying homage tearfully--devotees from all walks of life irrespective of religious beliefs. Millions are expected to come to offer prayers to his mortal remains at his Ashram Prashanti Nilayam. His mortal remains will be kept for this purpose till Tuesday, the 26th. In this sad moment there are many questions as to who will succeed his spiritual empire covering 114 countries or who will now be the spiritual guide for millions having qualifications to match his Avatar status or what will happen to the charity institutions and his billions of rupees of properties. Hope all will be well.

And, for cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar his 38th birthday today began on a sad note. The legend had been a devoted follower of Sathya Sai and only yesterday he wanted his blessings and prayed for his speedy recovery.

Sachin has decided not to celebrate his birthday. Naturally so. Plus he also has an IPL match to play today.

But the millions of the legend's followers all over the world are not going sit quiet. Many of them will definitely be mutually inclusive. They will have a soulful celebration with prayers and best of wishes. We can only say that Saithya Sai being a part of God will be anyway with everybody including Sachin and His blessings can still be sought. Wishing Happy Birthday to a legend is only human. Happy Birthday Sachin, keep it flying high.

Nature has her ways. Always.