New Delhi: Spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba passed away this morning at a hospital in Puttaparthi. He was 84-years-old. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the passing away of Sai Baba in a statement.
Here's the statement by the Prime Minister:
I learnt of the passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba with deep and profound sadness. Sri Satya Sathya Sai Baba was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life even as they followed the religion of their choice.
His teachings were rooted in the universal ideals of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba as a preacher of the highest human values was an iconic figure for over five decades. He endeared himself to the people through various institutions, with headquarters at Prashanthi Nilayam, that promoted egalitarian values, education and public health.
He believed that it is the duty of every person to ensure that all people have access to the basic requirements for sustenance of life. Sathya Sai Baba was an inspiration to people of all faiths.
The passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba is an irreparable loss to all and the nation deeply mourns his passing away. I express my sincere condolences to the millions of his followers, disciples and well wishers.