Sai Vision

Bhagawan was very compassionate and his divine vision was to provide Healthcare, Education and Water free to the society. He proclaimed that these are gifts from God and should not be commercialized

In order to achieve his vision, he founded the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust on 2nd September, 1972.

Under Bhagawan’s guidance, the Trust has been undertaking a number of welfare activities such as providing free education at school and university levels, delivering quality medical care at primary, secondary and tertiary levels completely free of charge, supply of pure drinking water in various regions of the state of Andhra Pradesh and the metropolitan city of Chennai. Other activities of the Trust include preservation and propagation of the rich culture and heritage of India through construction of museums, convention centers, community halls etc. Thus, Trust has been His instrument, translating into action His message of selfless love, touching the lives of millions. Trust has actively initiated the economic, moral and spiritual regeneration of society and today stands as a paragon of service worthy of emulation.


Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust is a Public Charitable Trust registered under Section 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 for carrying out activities in the areas of:

1. Relief to the Poor

2. Medical Relief

3. Education

4. Other objects of General Public Utility

The Trust has been granted recognition under Section 10(23C)(iv) of the IT Act and Section 6(1) of the Foreign Contributions and Regulation Act, 1976. Contributions to the Trust enjoy exemption under Section 80G of the IT Act.

The key contribution of the Trust towards service in the field of Education, Medical and Water supply is listed below.

Swami always said that “Education is for Life not for a living.”

The system of education in Bhagawan’s educational institutions mirrors the ancient Gurukula system that was followed in India in the days of yore. They placed equal emphasis on the use of that knowledge towards serving society, and equipped their students with the wisdom to lead their lives in a righteous and responsible manner. Character building was considered the ideal of education. The ultimate goal of the educational system was in keeping with the scriptural declaration “Sa Vidya Ya Vimukthaye” (True education is that which liberates).

Bhagawan pioneered the concept of “Educare”. The word educare in Latin means manifesting that which is latent within. The system of education in the schools and colleges set up by Bhagawan is a holistic one that aims at drawing out the knowledge, human values and wisdom that are present in a latent form in the student. In 1981, Bhagawan set up the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning by fusing together the colleges that had been established earlier at Anantapur, Whitefield and Puttaparthi. Subsequently many institutions were established providing education from the primary school level right up to the post-doctoral level to achieve this goal. No fees whatsoever are charged from the students in these establishments.

Swami used to say “Vaidyo Narayano Harih” meaning God is the Supreme Healer.

Embodying the truth of this ancient Indian saying, Bhagawan’s mission encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of all humanity. To this end, He has established medical institutions that provide quality healthcare irrespective of caste, creed and religion, in an atmosphere suffused with Divine Love and Peace. In these hospitals, all services including diagnosis, investigations, surgery, medicines, diet etc. are provided absolutely free of charge.

Bhagawan’s initiatives in the field of medical care began with the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Prasanthi Nilayam that was inaugurated on 4th October 1956 as a 12-bed facility for serving the poor in Puttaparthi and the surrounding villages. With passing years, the demand for the services offered by the hospital grew and patients came from all over Anantapur District and even adjoining areas and other states. Healthcare provision to the ever-increasing stream of poor patients was enhanced by upgrading the hospital to a 90-bed facility with an out-patient department that now handles around 600 patients a day on an average.

Despite recent advances in the field of medical sciences and technology, the prohibitive cost of healthcare, especially tertiary care, has taken many of these life-saving measures out of the reach of the common man. In response to this situation, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba founded the Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust in September 1991 to set up super-specialty hospitals to provide quality medical care at the tertiary level to needy patients irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

The Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust thus started two super-specialty hospitals, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prashanthigram located in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield located in Bangalore in the state of Karnataka.

These ‘Temples of Healing’ are Bhagawan’s gift to mankind and an expression of His compassion. What makes these hospitals unique is not just the state-of-the-art technology or the highly skilled medical professionals, but the atmosphere of Divine love that pervades the hospital and makes the healing possible. For Love is the Supreme Healer.

Swami wanted to ensure that water is made available to mankind in free manner.

Bhagawan through His mammoth drinking water supply projects has shown a beleaguered humanity the way out of the crisis. Under His Divine guidance, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust has executed a number of projects that have brought this elixir of life into the parched throats of millions in Andhra Pradesh and in the metropolitan city of Chennai in 2004.

In addition to his contribution to Educare, Medicare and Water project, Bhagawan’s Love and compassion reached out to the poor and old aged people in the form of gramaseva, Old age homes, disaster relief operations, dheenajanodharana project and several other service projects.