President Rajapaksa has said that Sri Sathya Sai Baba took the message of patience, peace and goodwill to his followers and gave spiritual leadership that sought to make people lead an ethical, moral and purposeful life.
In condolence message he said Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s inspiration moved people in his own country and abroad to seek spiritualism and observe the tenets of religion, irrespective of the faith that one followed; with a message to ensure coexistence among those who followed different religions, always avoiding criticism or condemnation of any faith. His belief in human values led Sri Sathya Sai Baba to launch and complete great institutions for education and public health. He had a concern to ensure that all people had access to the basic needs for human sustenance. This is shown in his compassion extended to the sick and weak, and the relief he brought to those who suffer in his homeland and abroad.
The President said he shared the grief of the millions of his devotees in Sri Lanka and abroad.