Guruji Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy
Author ,Philosopher, Inspirational Speaker, Spiritual and Humanitarian Leader
Mr. C B Satpathy is a prolific writer, speaker, music composer, lyricist, philanthropist, a community leader and guide; bringing together families and communities around the world.
Born in the year 1948 at Cuttack in the eastern state of Odisha in India, he had his elementary education at a church run English school run at Behrampur. After completing his high school, he went on to finish his undergraduate studies at Ravenshaw College at Cuttack. In 1970, he graduated from Ramjas College, University of Delhi earning his Master’s degree in Political Science. Coming from an academic and literary family background, he took to writing and music from a very young age.
He taught Political Science in a college affiliated with University of Delhi for a couple of years. In the year 1972, he got selected by the union public service commission of India for the Indian Police Service (IPS) and joined service in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the most populous state in India. There he held various positions such as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other important assignments.
On deputation to the Government of India, since 1986, he served as Additional commissioner of aviation security under Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chief Vigilance Officer in India’s top two oil companies (Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India (ONGC)) under Ministry of Petroleum and served as Additional Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) under Ministry of Home affairs.
He returned to U.P. State in 2006 as Director General of Police and Director Dr B. R. Ambedkar Police Academy from where he retired in 2008. Happily married for over thirty-eight years, he has two daughters and a son.
In his career, The President of India awarded him with police medals thrice for gallantry in 1981, meritorious service in 1991 and for distinguished service in 1997.
Welfare of others has been his motto even while in service. His projects were recognized and honored by Governor’s award for the best welfare activities conducted for the police force in U.P. This urge of welfare in him took a spiritual turn when he first visited the shrine, in the state of Maharashtra, of a most respected late 19th century Saint of India, known as Shirdi Sai Baba.
Thereafter he took upon himself a mission to set up organizations not only limited to prayer and worship but also contribute to development and well-being in their communities. Pursuing the ideals preached and practiced by Shirdi Sai Baba (~1838 - 1918), so far, he has inspired and has been instrumental in creating over 200+ organizations not only in India but also in other countries including USA and continues to guide them in serving humanity.
Helping to empower the mentally and physically challenged, under privileged, young women who seek protection and people with incurable afflictions discarded by society, is a cause close to his heart. Such is his love and compassion for those that interact with him, be it rich, poor, distressed or the lepers; that he mingles with them, eats with them and cares for them as they are his own.
An admirer of history, arts and culture, He has championed preservation of old artifacts and historical documents, inspiring institutions of art and dance, libraries and documenting history through regular publications.
In the field of education, He has been the guiding force in establishing world-class schools that emphasize character growth, encourage sports, culture and arts, impart value based education using latest teaching aids, technology and run international student exchange programs.
From the year 2000, He was instrumental in helping organizations outside India dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba, addressed gatherings and inspired service projects in USA at Chicago, Minnesota, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, New Jersey and Tennessee. Outside USA in Montreal and Toronto in Canada, Kent, United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia, Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya. Many organizations from across the world continuously seek his patronage.
To teach the values of devotion, compassion and dedication he has set an example of his readiness to serve and be available for all the events in this cause. He has stood by them wherever and when there has been a need.
His attempt has been to integrate the world through his extraordinary works in literature, music, spirituality and humanism. Spontaneous overflow of his powerful emotions for his master, Shri Shirdi Sai have emanated from the deepest recess of his heart in the form of literature and poems that have composed to soulful music uplifting the listener into divine ecstasy.
Celebrity vocalists (singers) from India have lent their voices to his music compositions in various albums produced by top music companies of India like Times Music and His Masters Voice Saregama. His soul-stirring music and songs give comfort, inspire faith, patience and have a calm and soothing effect on the listener.
His English books titled “Shirdi Sai Baba and other Perfect Masters” first published in 2001 and “Baba, May I Answer” first published in 2009 and reprinted several times since then have been translated in ten Indian languages and in Slovenian.
“Gopyoru Agopya” (Revelation of the Unknown) written over a span of nine years in Odia in the year 2010 is a magnum opus of cosmology, cosmogony and principles of Nature and serves to bridge the Hindu spiritual science and Modern science. This book is translated into Sanskrit and is in the process of being translated into English and other languages.
“Sri Guru Bhagbat”, a spiritual treatise, originally written in nine lettered poetic metre in Odia, over a span of nine years, comprises of sixteen thousand lines in a four volume book series published over two years in 2010 and 2011. The first two volumes have already been translated into English and other languages. This monumental work (book) reflects the quintessence of the entire Hindu philosophy, Vedas and Yoga Shastras. This work was the topic of discussion at the World Sanskrit Conference held at New Delhi in February 2012. This work has received appreciation from many quarters and from the Honorable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil.
His book titled “The God who descended on Earth” published in 1994 is available in English, Spanish and Tamil languages.
His papers and articles on spiritualism are regularly published every quarter in over twenty print and e-magazines in English and other languages. His lucid writings are a boon to the average person trying to understand mythical topics. They carry information with clear explanation of highly complex concepts in Hinduism and Spirituality and are a store house of knowledge for one interested in eastern philosophy.
For his outstanding scholarship and contribution to arts and literature, the Rashtirya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (National Sanskrit University), Tirupathi conferred ‘Vachaspati’ (Doctorate Honoris Causa in Literature) on him in February 2012. In May 2012, University of Behrampur conferred Doctorate of Laws; LLD degree on him. In Aug 2012, the prestigious Ravenshaw University conferred on him Doctorate of literature degree, D.Litt.
At a function held in Mumbai in 2011, one of India’s premier television channels, Star TV recognized His contribution to Global Sai movement. He has received several awards from various institutions for his community leadership, extraordinary contribution to society and his selfless service to humanity with spiritual, artistic, literary and philanthropic excellence.
Information of His work related to Shirdi Sai Baba and other charitable activities are available on the Internet through various websites.
His mission is to serve humanity. The world is his family and the suffering humanity can never escape his sensitive psyche. For him, Humanism is not a concept limited to one group, one people or one country but is a universal phenomenon cutting across nationality, race, language, gender, religion or any other barrier.
His work and life continue to have a tremendous impact of building bridges among thousands of families in various communities across many nations.