Guruji, Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy ji is an ardent devotee of Sri Sai Baba, who calls himself a servant of Baba. His love for all is unbounded and infinite. When people ask him regarding the tremendoustransformation in his life, he, without any hesitation or mincing a word, immediately says that “It is Shirdi Sai Baba who is his life’s guiding light and that he has no other Guru except Shri Sai and that he has surrendered at the sacred feet of Shri Sai”.
Guruji comes from a family of academicians and administrators with a high level of cultural and religious involvement. He holds multiple master’s degrees and for some years taught in Delhi University before joining the Indian Police Service. There, he excelled and was awarded three recognitions by the President of India for gallantry, meritorious service, and distinguished service. In his 35-year long career, Dr. Satpathy had been the Director General of Police for the State of Uttar Pradesh (UP), as well as the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force. He was also senior adviser to the departments of Civil Aviation and Petroleum for the Govt. of India.
Dr. Satpathy was recently conferred with D. Litt. (doctorate of literature) by both the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (National Sanskrit University) in Tirupati and the prestigious Ravenshaw University in Odisha. He was also awarded an LL. D. (doctorate of law) by the Berhampur University in India earlier in May this year. He has also been bestowed with numerous awards in India in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of music, lyrics, and composition of devotional music.
Dr. Satpathy wrote his first book “Eka Dashakara Ramya Rachana” (delightful short stories of a decade) in the Oriya language during his college years in the early sixties. At that time, the book was well appreciated by many established writers in India, many of whom encouraged him to continue his passion for writing. His books “Shirdi Sai Baba and other perfect masters” and “May I answer’ have been translated into many Indian and international languages. His papers, short articles and write ups are regularly published in over a dozen periodicals every quarter in different languages.
His composed songs have been sung by many nationally reputed singers in India.The premier music company in India, Times Music has released his Hindi albums “Living With Sai”, “Aao Sai” and “Sai Mantra – Thubyam Namami” under its banner in 2010 and 2011, whereas another leading music company HMV Saregama has released his Mantra albums “Shri Sainathaya Namah Namah” and “Hiranyagarba Shriman Narayan Sai” earlier this year. His musical compositions have also been rendered in various albums in Odia and Telugu.
His latest book, “Shri Guru Bhagavat,” has been published in four volumes in India in Oriya, Hindi, and English and has become immensely popular among thousands of his fans and other scholars due to its depth and simplicity, highlighting the Guru-disciple relationship while describing the invaluable aspects of human life. Interestingly enough, this recently authored book is written in the poetic meter (lines with nine letters each, in couplet form) of the Bhagavat written by Late Shri Jagannath Das, the legendary Indian author of the 15th century. With the growing demand of “Shri Guru Bhagavat” outside India, the book might get published in the US very soon.
He is currently playing a pioneering role in spiritual literature of excellence and has engaged himself with the task of creating literature and music related to Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, an enlightened saint of the 20th century. Dr. Satpathy has been instrumental in creating Shirdi Sai Baba temples and cultural centers worldwide, the numbers now exceeding 250 in countries like USA, UK, Spain, Australia etc to name a few which are spreading the essence of Sai philosophy and engage in charitable activities like organizing medical camps, providing food and shelter to needy during natural calamities, sponsoring medical treatment, and education for under privileged.
Millions of people have come in contact with him over the last two decades to find solutions to their materialistic, psychological, commercial & health issues or active spiritual evolution. He is a living example of the fact that ONE CAN BE IN THIS MATERIALISTIC WORLD OF MONEY, RELATIONS, DUTIES AND STILL BE PIOUS AND BE A DETACHED SAINT AT HEART.
A host of trusts and societies set up in India and abroad under the inspiration of Guruji, are not content with raising Sai Temples, but are engaged in rendering services like medical, educational etc., helpful to the society. As a part of the “Sai movement” initiated by him, journals and magazines entitled Sai Chetan, Sai Arpan, Sai Chintan, Sai Darshan, Sai Krupa, Sai Lehari, Sai Kiranalu, Sai Anantha etc are being published in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Marathi and other languages of India, to spread Sai movement of love and service.
Guruji got Shri Sai Satcharitra, the Holy Bible the Koran, the Geeta of Sai devotes translated into the brail language and got the Holy Scripture, Sai satcharitra distributed freely among the blind people who are sai devotees. He got the book “God who descended on earth”translated into French, Spanish and Nepalese and also got the Shirdi Sai Aarti’s translated into Spanish, Oriya, Hindi and English languages.
Guruji is a great beleiver of the prophecy of Simplicity inspires us to be simple. He teaches us that ‘Its easy to be complex, but difficult to be simple’ and ‘One can realize SAI only through simplicity’.
Guruji is aged sixty plus and resides in New Delhi, India with his family.
- Destiny is not comparable. Destiny of each person is unique by itself. So don’t suffer by comparing and contrasting your destiny with others.
- Because the past was imperfect and future uncertain, we must not spoil the perfect present.
- Difference of opinion should not lead to difference of mind. Half the problems of our life will not arise at all if we remember this.
- Instead of conquering the world, conquer your mind. If you conquer your mind, you can conquer the world.
- Do not ponder over negative thoughts as this is infectious, which gets into the system. Keep negative thoughts out of your being.