The Sai Trust was formed in 1922, Feb 13 with Rs. 3500 which was a huge amount in those times. The Trust will complete 91 years this Feb 13th.
Sai Baba of Shirdi, who was just an ordinary Fakir is worth more than 765 crore in Indian Rupees. The trust released the information that Shirdi Sai Trust, on behalf of Sai Baba now holds:
765 crore (Rs) in cash deposits
300 Kg gold Ornaments, crowns (studded with diamonds and precious stones)
4000 Kg Silver ornaments and other items
Investments in colleges and other institutions along with real estate properties worth crores of Indian rupees.
The question arises in our mind, how did Baba’s Trust get so much money? Over the years, every devotee has contributed according to their means, small and huge sums, as offering of thanks to their beloved Sai.
In the year 2010, the Sai Trust received about
322 crores (Rs) in cash offering
31 kg gold
5.43 lakhs forex currency
In the year 2011, the Sai Trust received about
401 crores (Rs) in cash offering
36 kg gold
6.28 lakhs forex currency
In January of this year, a devotee who wants to remain anonymous has donated a kalash made with pure gold, weighing about 1 kg and valued at 30.93 lakh Indian rupees. The devotee’s only request is that Mangala Abhishek (sacred bath) for Baba is to be performed with this.
This year, another devotee has donated to Sai a gold chain with a pendent holding 2 brilliant diamonds worth about 1 crore and 19 lakhs Indian rupee.
Every day and especially every Thursday, big offerings pour in from devotees who shun all publicity.
You can view all this on youtube
This is in Kannada but you can view the video from TV9. It is beautiful.
Shirdi Sai Baba lived a very simple and selfless life. He lived the life of a Fakir and served others without any expectation. From the life of Baba we understand that Baba lived for others giving as much as possible for people in need. But now things appear so different than what Baba taught us through his life. All the money is stashed in the form of assets which can be used to help the downtrodden people have healthy living conditions, proper nourishment and good education.
We can do much more. Let each of us decide to follow in the foot steps of Baba and bring about a change in the lives of devotees who have immense faith and belief in Him with Shraddha and Saburi. We will be blessed.