Sathya Sai Baba was born on November 23, 1926, in Puttaparthi, a remote village in South India. As a child, He demonstrated exceptional qualities of wisdom, compassion, and generosity. When He was only seven years old, He composed devotional songs that were sung in religious festivals. At the tender age of fourteen, He announced that His name was Sathya Sai Baba and proclaimed His life mission: To bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Nonviolence. With that announcement, He left His childhood home and began His mission.
From an early age, Sathya Sai Baba began demonstrating extraordinary powers and qualities, such as materializing objects, especially a holy ash called vibhuti, assisting people in distress, and letting those who came to Him for advice know that He was aware of even the most intimate details of their lives. Yet, He always maintained that His miracles were to be treated only as His calling cards. They were for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging people to begin their own spiritual journey of personal transformation.