“Live in the world as if the whole world belongs to us, and depart from the world as if nothing belongs to us. – Dr. C.B. Satpathy”
Sometime in the second decade of the twenty-first century, on an evening when the first stars in the sky were still bidding adieu to the departing dusk, Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy was addressing a group of people in a very calm and serene ambiance.
Dr. Satpathy said, ‘when I look at where I stand today, I see that I have many years of experience but am still learning and have much less time to disseminate what I could learn over the years. Time is what I am running short of today….’
What makes this man’s life extraordinary, while he has seldom failed to proclaim himself as an ordinary one? Dr. C.B. Satpathy is a noted scholar, spiritual thinker, author, and humanitarian. He is an impeccable personification of the noble principles of life, such as love, empathy, compassion, simplicity, humility, devotion to God, and sacrifice.
As an heir to a family of great academicians and administrators, a versatile young writer of his time, the perfect family man, an accomplished and decorated professional, compassionate and humanitarian, an ardent devotee of his Master, and a friend, philosopher, and guide to millions of people across the globe, Dr. Satpathy has experienced it all with equanimity.
According to him, his journey to the Holy Shrine of Shri Sai Baba in Shirdi, Maharashtra, in 1989 marked a turning point in his life. Since then, Dr. C.B. Satpathy has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to propagate the teachings of Shri Shirdi Sai and Indian philosophy throughout India and other nations.
In nations like India, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and some other countries in Europe, more than 200 centers and forums are devoted to philanthropy, community development, spiritualism, and the promotion of Indian culture are active thanks to his inspiration and leadership.
Many people who have had a long-standing relationship with him say that even a short meeting with Dr. Satpathy may change one’s life forever. This process may not necessarily involve miracles or receiving mantras to chant, or receiving preaching’s. Still, it is The Connection that he establishes with your inner being irrespective of who you are or where you come from. Such short meetings have been good enough to inspire people in many ways – be it the creation of spiritual institutions, inspiration to write, or to realize the divine path prescribed by Shri Shirdi Sai and other saints.
Some have even been inspired to establish educational institutions or undertake various philanthropic activities. Many come to him to receive inspiration to tread along the mundane path of life. Walking hand in hand with people of all strata of society, Dr. Satpathy has touched everyone to the core with his unique way of belongingness and benevolence.
Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy is a rare personality. He may be perceived as a guide, mentor, guru, friend, humanitarian, philosopher, an ardent Sai devotee, or all rolled into one. However, for him, the underlying principle always remains the same, i.e., to help an individual grow according to his law of growth in whatever way possible, keeping the noble principles of human welfare at heart.