How Satya was this Sai?


The (A)Satya Sai

Sai had predicted that he would die at the age of 96. He died at 85. Do you think a ‘God’ can make such a huge error of 11.57%? As the first line has already set the tone of this post that late Sai Baba will be heavily criticised in this article, I would like to make some points clear from the very beginning. I’m sure some people, after reading the post, will think my self to be a non-Hindu or a pseudo secular who feels happy to sniff at anything related to Hinduism. On the contrary, I’m a practicing Hindu and proud of my religion i.e Hinduism which accommodates contrasting views and also gives freedom to think rationally. I neither have any grudge against Sai, the individual nor want to hurt the sentiments of his believers. My point is simple: Sai, thanks to his tactics, was the epitome of Asatya and it is our duty to make others aware about this truth. You are free to disagree but I’d like you to at least mention the reasons of disagreement in the comments section. 🙂

I had never heard of a ‘real, famous’ sadhu of dying due to non-functionality of internal body organs after being hospitalised for 28 days. Certainly dying because of malfunctioning body organs after being treated in hospital for nearly a month is no criteria for being a Sadhu/Guru but it certainly doesn’t sound correct when you say God died under such circumstances. Sai claimed to be the God’s form on the earth; at least his disciples claim so. But doesn’t it sound funny that God died after being treated by human doctors for 28 days? If God knew it’s his time to go back from the earth (it was another thing that the same God had predicted his death at a different time), he could have do it in one day. Staunch Sai believers may argue that as he was God’s human form, his death had to be humanlike. But then producing gold chains, watches, golden shivalingam, ash powders out of thin air wasn’t so humanlike, was it? And there could have been some better humanlike options like cardiac arrest(he had 4 heart attacks in his life time) worth considering.

Sai was better known as the miracle man. Producing costly gifts for his selected disciples, Bibhuti out of nowhere was his USP. Baba perhaps knew that miracle and magic fascinates miracle hungry Indians and can even blind them and force them to believe in anything. In this country people like to side with the powerful and Baba did everything to show that he had powers. His timing was perfect. He born during a time when most of the Indians were based in rural areas with no access to basic education. Communication between different regions was not developed so word of the mouth publicity was the best and the most powerful. Sai cashed the conditions and we must give the intelligent Baba the credit for that. He started showing his powers and claimed himself to be the Avatar of Shirdi Sai Baba. He continued showing his tricks and no one ever questioned it. Gradually a god like image for Sai developed and in very small time he became God for the common man. Successful and rich people along with the common and god fearing people kept joining his ever expanding imperium.

Hindu scriptures have strictly dismissed the idea of showing divine powers (if any) by any Guru. Hinduism directs the true saints to do magic in the lives of people, not to show them in public (if not needed). Hindusim expects its religious teachers to change people’s way of living by their discourses. The holy men of a religion should give people new and good ideas and concepts to reach the god. Then why a man with such vulgar display of power be believed to be a saint/religious Guru/God? Check the holy scriptures of the religion. Did any of the Avatars of God ever exhibit their powers unnecessarily? Then how can a man with few dubious tricks be accepted as God without even questioning him?

Sai rose to Godhood with a few tricks that are considered of low grade for the street magicians. The man in the saffron robe (with plenty of space to hide object in them) sitting in Puttaparthy kept fooling and expanding his empire with petty magic tricks unchallenged. Those who challenged were seen as sinners who could dare to question the authority of God. Famous magician PC Sarkar and many rationalist challenged Sai and exposed his tricks. Yet that didn’t deter people from bowing at Sai’s feet. BBC in its documentary disclosed this master of deception’s truth. Charges of sexual exploitation were levelled. Murder of six close aide happened right inside his bedroom and no investigations happened. All charges were named as part of smear campaign by people envy of Sai. His conjuration had grown powerful and the jinx couldn’t be broken even till his death.

“Sai was God, if not for his tricks then for his work for humanity”, said a Sai believer to me during a discussion on twitter. Fair enough, Bill Gates should also be considered a God then, no? Should we start praising every man/institution doing charity and consider them as God/God’s organisation? Sai’s work for the society, even if not done in a selfless manner, should be praised and welcomed in a country where even basic amenities are dream for a majority of people. True, that he did brilliant job (using his empire based on falsehood and deception) to bring drinking water for thousands, give cheap treatment at his hospitals etc. but does that make him God? Many do that and they can best be called as philanthropist but not god or saint. I’m sure even God wouldn’t call himself God for doing charity.

Motive of his charitable work is another crucial point in this discussion. Was helping poor and needy his only intention? Was his intention pure? Or were all such benevolent deeds actually intended to shield all criticism on other fronts? Who knows these kind hearted gestures might be tools to garner more supporters! Even Jamat Ud Dawa in Pakistan does charity to get more support for the organisation and to fight the criticism that it feeds terrorists. Every time genuineness of Sai Baba’s tricks are raised in discussions, his worshipers raise the point of his charitable work. That often leads me to believe that such acts of Baba was indeed an effort to battle the other charges.

Days ago, somewhere on the internet, I was fortunate to find the following few lines. It was apparently some Guru’s discourse to his disciples. I didn’t knew then that I would use it to criticise another so called Guru’s falsity. The lines were:

This is the Kali Yuga,
Even Rakshashas (demons) will incarnate as teachers to mislead you.
Those who must be destroyed by these demons will be.

Test the Guru by the teaching:
without inquiry there is no teaching.
Shun every teacher who does not teach inquiry.
Directly looking at your own face is the only teaching.

If the Guru says ‘I am enlightened,’
it means the ego is enlightened so stay away.

In Kali Yuga it is the falsehood which will draw the crowds.
The Truth and the true Gurus will be neglected.

In the age of science, it is ridiculous if we get deceived by falsehood of fake god men. Remember “Truth Alone Triumphs”. Let the rays of truth come in and enlighten your life.

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35 thoughts on “How Satya was this Sai?

  1. Tulsidas Thakur says:

    Why Kaliyuga is showing its maximum power only in India?Everywhere, one sees :Kavas.i.e. crows eating motis(pearls)and Hans(Swans)eating channas.
    My friend tells me even late Shri Nani Palkhivala was a follower of SatyaSai.
    And on TV we saw Sachin mourning and crying like a child. What can then one say of the gullible masses who are easily tricked by cheap magics.
    How can we forget politicians like Late Shri Narsimha Rao also bowing before the demi God.
    If our civil society is really concerned about corruption in our country, then it should educate people about false gods and also demand compulsory teaching of Rationalism in schools, colleges. Even street theatre and TV can be of great help in rooting out superstitions . But, alas, this is like asking for moon. All the vested interests are benefitting from fooling the masses. Who will bell the cat?
    Thanks for your wonderful article. Dil mange more!
    Regards,
    ttthakur

    • Joyce says:

      Dear Fool Sit Dass,
      You need mora than a trillion births to get to know the truth. You must be in the same wavelenth to see and understand Baba, the Avathar. You are blinded by your behavior. You are a cheat on your wife, you come late after illicit activities. Your mind is corrupted. In a sorry state. One day when you surrender everything , clean your sickening mind then you will about Baba’s love to humanity.

  2. Hi,
    you are right, there wasn’t any ‘satya’ in the godliness of sai baba. His magician like stunts drew ignorant crowds. It is unfortunate that our citizens, despite being educated can fall prey so easily. This, i feel to some extent reflects the continuous yearning for spiritual support(even when so obviously fake) and underconfidence of the people in their own decisionmaking power. I watched a tv interview of a couple who decided to get married without meeting each other because baba said they should! I was shocked. Believers find respite (often it is respite from using rationality) in following gurus or sadhus who can perform ‘miracles’. It is often escapism that drives such blind faith.
    Your arguments are watertight, i couldn’t find any flaws. Am sure believers will do a rethink after reading! The part about hindu scriptures and kaliyug are particularly convincing.

  3. Rishi says:

    I get your point of magic and stuff, lets look at the bigger picture…. every religion has some icon…. its our belief that give power to a structured figure, People find spiritual emotional calm in that structured belief. In past people have tried to exploit this area of our culture, hence being apprehensive is but natural.
    Now looking at Baba……. let s weight his pros ………which includes funds, infrastructure development and providing a face where people can turn towards. Did he cause any irrational upsurge which harmed our country? I guess not. So if that is the case i see no reason for people being so furious about this, you don’t wanna agree, thats alright. But whats the need of being forceful. Hope is a wonderful thing, try living without it. And hope is what Baba gave all his devotees, he gave them strength for fighting. My Mother guided my family with that strength. Why i would call Baba God….. he gave me reason to believe that every good thing is possible, you just need to try, its like he gave me a structure to excel in my life.This has not caused me any problem….. so that means his cons, whatever they might be appear puny in relation to the pros. I hope this gives people some rationale behind why we think Sai is God. And if nothing i say makes sense to you, its my belief and its not harming you, so why care.

    • Swami Vivekananda is the biggest example of a saint who gave the Hinduism an identity. He was an icon among Hindus and he receives respect from all quarters of Hindus. He didn’t have to show any magical powers neither he had to resort to hobnobbing with the powerful personalities of the society. He commanded the respect for his deeds. And there are many other saints who have built their stature because of their knowledge and concepts.
      Regarding whether Sai harmed the country, is fooling millions of people and making them believe in miracles, magic not similar to harming the country?

      • Chakrapani says:

        So also Rama never used any “magic” of any sort! Still, he has been & will be revered from umpty number of millennia…Neither Buddha used magic to be revered & become the “Light of Asia”. Greatness doesn’t come in Bells & whistles…..I would say, Magic is the weapon of those with an intent to cheat the gullible(period).

  4. Siva Chandan says:

    Bogus article. Dibyasundar Nayak never seems to have spoken to any Sai devotee.Else he wouldn’t have come up with such ridiculous arguments.shame on you.
    Speak to those who experienced life changing miracles(even I am one of them btw) in their life before writing things about Bhagawan.

    Also Bhagawan’s miracles doesn’t stop with materializations alone.Every detractor just brings only this issue to criticize Baba.Requesting you to go through http://www.saibaba.ws/
    btw BBC documentary is total fraud.
    People immediately believe rubbish stuff like “Secret Swami” even without verifying it’s facts but not “Aura Of Divinity” which gave a more detailed insight into Bhagawan’s life.Shame of you people.

    • Do I need to speak to Sai devotees about their experiences of miracles happening in lifes to ascertain whether Sai was God or not? In that case, I must disclose that close relatives of my family are ‘Sai Bhakts’ and they have often talked about miracles in their life. But stories of miracles and proof of miracles are two different things. Miracles have happened in my life too even if I am not a Sai believer. Should that be attributed to Sai? Many of the miracles are also outcome of psychological factors. Rest can also be stroke of lucks. And if you don’t want to believe material proofs by BBC (whose truth is uncontested so far), how can be truth of miracles be checked? Can Sai be named God on such a fragile base?

      • siva chandan says:

        millions and millions of devotees have experienced miracles in their lives.They include people from all walks of life across the globe.

        your reasoning of stroke of luck and psychological factors is insulting to the faith of the millions of them.No one worships a person,that too in this age unless they have full faith in that person.A majority of Sai devotees are skeptics only initially.Then after having their own experiences over a period of time became devotees.

        btw BBC shot that documentary with a pre-intended mind. They had all the lies they wished to add beforehand,they packed enough slanderous stuff to grab worldwide attention beforehand and with a shady script in hand, they shot and aired it. Don’t tell me about that documentary.Go and watch “Aura of Divinity” shot by a famous hollywood filmmaker(skeptic turned devotee) which offered a a more detailed insight into Swami’s divinity.

        Shiridi Baba is God. We all worship him. He too did all sorts of materializations and other similar miracles during his avatar.Why don’t you apply the same logic to him? You were not alive in 1918(the year Sai attained samadhi) .No cameras,TV,radios too.Yet his devotees throng Shiridi with faith.Why don’t you use the same logic to Shiridi Baba too?What about Christ too?

        You don’t.Even I don’t.No God believing person does.It’s because their divinity is experienced by people and that transformed them into devotees.
        Lord Krishna said “Sambhavami Yuge Yuge”. His every Avatar later on was meant for spreading divine messages.Shiridi Baba was one such Avatar and lived among us and showed his divinity till 1918.Then we had Sathya Sai in 1926.Whether you believe or not, it’s true.

        Shirdi Baba was harassed by people in his avatar.He was abused and people called him a mad man.Shirdi Sai’s sudden outbursts of anger and rage drove away people.Ignorant people they were.Later on they realized their sins and repented throughout their lives. When Sai attained Samadhi, people cried and cried like never before.Devotees thronged to see his samadhi.Those who criticized him never had the chance to have his antim darshan.
        Now you are watching the same thing happening in Puttaparthi. Millions rushed to Parthi and had their Antim Darshan. Critics like you were busy writing articles like this…. Tears is something which you will get once you are convinced Sathya Sai is Bhagawan himself.That might take months,years,decades… but it will eventually happen.

      • Well, I haven’t seen the ‘Aura of Divinity’ video and would love to watch it. Give me the link where I can watch it. But my view is not influenced only by the BBC documentary. There is only one reference in this post to the docu.
        On why I didnt write on Shirdi Sai’s miracle is because I respect him. He didn’t claim to be God. he didnt try to be a god man using his miracle. His teachings attracted people to him. And if we study stories about him he never used his powers unnecessarily.
        This post is totally on the question of ‘Is Sai God?’ or ‘Should Sai be called as God’, I have nothing to do with his believers’ faith.

      • Sara says:

        Dibi , You are interested in proofs! Sai Baba need not prove anything to you. There are billions of devotees around him who believed Him. Only your turn to prove that you are the legitimate son of your father! When you were created, you did not witness the creation. Sorry for you . Beside your father and mother’s oral testimony there is no real evidence to show that you are the legitimate child of your parents. You believed your parents fragile evidence? You must not believe. When you don’t know about the truths about your own birth for sure , you seems to believe BBC bad mounthing about Baba. Why you say BBC is uncontested! Though their allegation and complaints were never proved even in HUMAN Court! You have faith in BBC TV entertainer . But you can’t believe the billions of people in this world who had real experience with Sai Baba in their own life!

  5. Siva Chandan says:

    btw one more point to be added.

    Bhagawan Baba completed 96 years of life. Hindu calendar proves it bang on.Get one and do all the math.Bhagawan till today never crossed his word and he indeed kept his word even in his death.
    At no where he mentioned 2022.The people when heard Bhagawan say “96 years age” assumed it to be 2022.But that’s not the case.But it’s a fact that Saints and Sages have their ages according to Hindu Calendar.Even ages of Gods like Rama,Krishna etc… are through Hindu Calendar only.
    Which means, Bhagawan indeed lived for 96 years.As I write this, pandits across the country are busy doing the math which eventually adds up to 96.

    • Assumption that Sai died at the age of 96 years is based on hearsay and completely false. The Hindu calendar is based on lunar months corresponding to the phases of the moon. In one year there are twelve months of 29.5 days, accounting for a total of 354 days each year. As Sai lived 85 years, his age as per Hindu calender will be more than 85. But how much? 11 days short in one year makes, 85*11=935 days. Those extra 935 days will make around 935/354=2.6 years of addition to Sai’s age. That means Sai died at 87.6 years of age. Still 9 years behind his prediction!!!

  6. The whole thing about Sai certainly smells fishy. And more so when you see him doing those magic tricks 🙂

    Yet, he fooled people and not just a few but a whole lot! 🙂 Thats something even ‘god’ cannot do 😀

  7. I guess we had a brief interaction on Sunday on Twitter too. Looks like you have focused too much on a BBC video, miracles and Vibhuti. That’s too sad, as for a saintly person, who was in public scrutiny for SEVENTY ONE long years, we should have expected such smear campaigns.

    In any case, here is a collection of 51 of my tweets related to life and fabulous service of Sathya Sai Baba. Hope you would be gracious enough to let these remain in your comment section for those trying to educate on the ‘other’ side of Baba which you have grossly missed out! This includes info shared by Twitter friends. And if you go through carefully, a very rare case of a nation’s PM, Human Rights commissioner, ex-Chief Justice of India et all wrote for a private person like Baba, expressing their dissatisfaction against European smear campaigns. AND, you will realize that all this hocus-pocus of smear campaign runners had not ONE victory in any court of law, in the 71 long years Baba was open for public scrutiny.

    1. Sathya Sai Baba single handedly spread Indian spirituality message of unity in diversity to 130-180 countries. A true global humanist

    2. Sathya Sai Baba has 35 to 50 million firm followers in 125+ countries. The MOST successful Indian spiritual leader over the past 50yrs!!

    3. Sathya Sai Baba became a ‘Baba’ or Godman at the age or 14 (1940). When he was 16 (1942) Prashanti Nilayam Ashram started in #Puttaparthi

    4. Worldwide Sathya Sai Baba Trust has 1200 spiritual centers in 125+ countries. Check radiosai.org for his global harmony messages

    5. Prabhupada, Amma, Dayananda S, Aurobindo, Vivekananda have all served their own way.Sathya Sai Baba did in his own way.

    6. Every human body, even Rama & Krishna’s avatars, MUST end when the purpose is fulfilled. Sathya Sai Baba is not an exception.

    7. #Kerala & #TamilNadu were also huge beneficiaries of Sathya Sai Baba’s charity. Hospitals, Colleges, Schools & Orphanages

    8. I went to Prashanti Nilayam as a skeptic in 2004. Was touched immensely by Sathya Sai Baba devotees’ manners, dignity & service mentality!

    9. Sathya Sai Educational Trust has received A++ rating from UGC. Unique distinction! #Baba

    10. Sathya Sai Baba rural water projects have benefited millions. Even #Chennai city getting Krishna river water from 450+KM has its hand in it

    11. Some believed in Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles, some considered him as God. Some regard him as a Guru and many more as a saviour of the poor.

    12. Sathya Sai Baba wasn’t born in an upper caste family,but rose to a Bhagawan status! (for those who view Hindu society with jaundiced lenses)

    13. I saw it personally in #Puttaparthi. Sathya Sai Baba ashram tells people, no need to change your faith/religion, just to serve humanity!

    14. Sathya Sai was Karmayogi ; Like old time rishi he given lot to society.

    15. Frankly,I was surprised at Sathya Sai Baba museum, #Puttaparthi, at the amount of Islam,Xianity & Judaism teachings. True humanist!

    16. “Main Bhagwan hoon, aur tum bhi bhagwan ho. Farq sirf itna hain ki, tumhe wo pata nahin hain” – Sathya Sai Baba. #RIP

    17. It’s natural to feel emotions for a splendid personality like Sathya Sai Baba. Guess what? His birth’s purpose was FULFILLED!

    18. “GOD first; the world next; myself last” – Sathya Sai Baba. #Quote #SaiBaba

    19. Did you know that, Sathya Sai School, #Toronto, #Canada has been named the number ONE school in Toronto! – http://bit.ly/eelG4v #Saibaba

    20. Latur which was struck by earthquake in 1994 , the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization has built houses for the affected

    21. There are 1,200 Sathya #SaiBaba Centers in 126 countries throughout the world. http://www.sathyasai.org/organize/content.htm #Heart2Heart

    22. I have followed for years the venomous smear campaigns against Sathya SB. ‘Move to malign #SaiBaba fails’ : http://bit.ly/eRSpDF

    23. TV9 Kannada, ran a documentary abt 1998 Sathya #Saibaba cup, 2004 tennis elbow time’s 40 min meeting, 2007’s mtng, 2011 pre WC meeting of #Sachin

    24. Shocker… Were doctors told by Sathya Sai Baba’s relatives to turn off the ventilator at exactly 7.40 AM? http://bit.ly/dLiR2v #SaiBaba

    25. “Whenever and wherever you put yourself in touch with GOD, that is the state of meditation” – #SaiBaba #Quote

    26. “Small minds select narrow roads; expand your mental vision & take to the broad road of helpfulness, compassion and service” #SaiBaba #Quote

    27. “Where there’s FAITH, there’s LOVE; Then, there’s PEACE; Then, there’s GOD; Where there’s GOD; there’s BLISS”- #SaiBaba #Quote

    28. “When you feel you cannot do good, at least desist from doing evil”- #SaiBaba #Quote

    29. I have read a lot about ‘murder’, ‘pedophile’, ‘dirty magic’, ‘fake’ and much more.. Watched videos too. Just vilifying #SaiBaba

    30. “When the magnet does not attract the needle, the fault lies in the dirt that covers up the needle” – #SaiBaba #Quote #Atheist

    31. ‘Devotion is not a uniform to be worn on certain days and then to be put aside’ – #SaiBaba #Quote

    32. Love all, Serve all ; Help ever, Hurt never – http://bit.ly/et9Llv – Excerpts from #SaiBaba Discourses with respect to the Sai Organisation

    33. Did You Know? #SaiBaba Super Specialty hospitals have served millions of poor from Asia, Africa & Europe, fully FREE? http://bit.ly/eFe4jZ

    34. Did you know? #SaiBaba partnered with AP govt in 1996, to provide water to 1.2 million people in about 750 villages? http://bit.ly/feaoBs

    35. Did you Know? #SaiBaba Schools serve North & South Americas – http://bit.ly/eZODOq , Africa and Middle East – http://bit.ly/eg4dxU

    36. Did you Know? #SaiBaba Schools serve Asia – http://bit.ly/e8vzcw ; Australia & Pacific – http://bit.ly/hAuTBE & Europe http://bit.ly/g9fG7j

    37. Did you know? #SaiBaba walked his talk of service. Built 699 homes in the worst flood affected areas of #Odisha in 2008 http://bit.ly/geUMKy

    38. Did you know? #SaiBaba trust’s Rs.200 cr effort to link Krishna river to #Chennai city, 450KM away, praised by 4 CMs? http://bit.ly/foZdgx

    39. Russi Karanjia, Editor of Blitz, #Atheist, spent 25 YEARS criticizing #SaiBaba. On 11 Sep 1976 he made Uturn & published ‘GOD is an Indian’!

    40. I read a Kannada paper once, on how in 1950s & 60s, Russi Karanjia, hardcore atheist, targeted #SaiBaba. His U-Turn was remarkable!

    41. There are 1,200 Sathya #SaiBaba Centers in 126 countries throughout the world. http://www.sathyasai.org/organize/content.htm #Heart2Heart

    42. #SaiBaba established 3 temples. Satyam in #Mumbai, Shivam in #Hyderabad and Sundaram in #Chennai. #HiddenMessage

    43. Neither #SaiBaba nor his org, has been charged or implicated for even ONE case of sexual abuse in any court of law – http://bit.ly/eRSpDF

    44. Read the letter written by PM of India against BBC smear campaign: http://bit.ly/gjzjrQ Also check signatures. #SaiBaba

    45. Birthday boy Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar with one of world’s most successful spiritual teachers #SaiBaba – http://bit.ly/fQlF3C

    46. Skeptics, think.. #SaiBaba led 71 years of public life.. SEVENTY ONE years. Enough time for just ONE court conviction if he did wrong 🙂

    47. Watching Mohanlal, Rajanikanth, Sonu Nigam, Amjad Ali Khan kind of entertainers clips with #SaiBaba.

    48. In 1968, Bhagawan visited East #Africa to transform people there.He was touched by their immense devotion. #SaiBaba

    49. “Even though I am an #atheist, #Saibaba showered love towards me. Visited my house in 2007. His service to people is splendid” – Karunanidhi

    50. Baba’s mosque building legacy at Puttaparthi! RT @thatskannada ಮಸೀದಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿದ್ದ ಸಾಯಿಬಾಬಾಗೆ ಸಲಾಂ http://bit.ly/hVeWun #saibaba

    51. Sachin Tendulkar visits Puttaparthi with wife to get #Saibaba final darshan. Breaks down in grief! http://bit.ly/eJZ0HU

    Take care,
    – Kiran

    • Only one reference to BBC documentary and one pic in the whole post and you think I am influenced heavily by the expose? If a PM or some other celebrity takes the side of one accused, does that prove the innocence? Most of your tweets mentioned talk positives about Sai and do not speak why should Sai be called as God (which is the sole theme of this post). So I have nothing to say about your tweets.

    • “The MOST successful Indian spiritual leader over the past 50yrs!!” << I see, somekind of competition was goin on no? Who can do the most Charitable work? Pity, India TV didn't cover it.

      "Prabhupada, Amma, Dayananda S, Aurobindo, Vivekananda have all served their own way.Sathya Sai Baba did in his own way." << Who was God amoing them?

      "Every human body, even Rama & Krishna’s avatars, MUST end when the purpose is fulfilled. Sathya Sai Baba is not an exception." << Excuse me? What purpose? Helping poor, needy etc no? Is it fulfilled yet?

      "Sathya Sai Educational Trust has received A++ rating from UGC. Unique distinction!" << Even Amity University and IIPM have those things.

      "Sathya Sai Baba wasn’t born in an upper caste family,but rose to a Bhagawan status! " << Last time I checked, B.R. Ambedkar was one.Oh wait! No no.. he was not God.

      “Main Bhagwan hoon, aur tum bhi bhagwan ho. Farq sirf itna hain ki, tumhe wo pata nahin hain” – Sathya Sai Baba. " << Read: I can play with your emotions now.

      “GOD first; the world next; myself last” – Sathya Sai Baba. << Like seriously? Don't you think it's an ambiguity?He 'was' the God here no?

      I'm so tired copy pasting and commenting that I don't want to o any further.. decide for yourselves.. Kudos for the Humanitarian work, thumbs down for the Godly status.

  8. Surly Gagarin says:

    Miracles do happen, man. I’m witness to it. And yes, a majority of Baba’s devotees have experienced them, which have been documented and verified. And not just the petty honey-out-of-portrait type, huge life-changing, mind-boggling ones.
    People in this age have a natural tendency to question events or happenings which seem to have no rationale, and try to pin it down to some ‘logical’ explanation when there is none. People are skeptical, and they have a right to be. But sometimes when you pause for that one moment and stop thinking, analyzing, grappling fruitlessly for the answer, you see it. The miracle is there right in front, for all to see…yet people don’t notice it!
    Devotees of Sai have been witness to multitudes of miraculous happenings in their life, some every single day. Scores of them. And many who used to be staunch atheists before a transformation was brought about in them by Baba.
    Sai Baba was God. Personified.
    You just had to stop questioning, and start experiencing.
    Take care bro 🙂

  9. You actually pWned it Dibya. I seriously fail to understand, how can one person be God? (Except for Sachin i.e. Not Godly Godbut God of Cricket)Sai was what? God of tricks? Anyway, it’s not the time when Vedas are to be written or Bible for that matter..

    I agree with all your points.. Yes, he did some fabulous work in charity but one should always remember the money beongs to the people itself..(the Trust I mean..) Did HE actually gave away money from his pocket? At the end of the day, people helped themselves.. Just that he could pull out some amateur tricks (Compared to PC Sarkar Jr).. he is God? Blah!

    And Indian political leaders?Oh Well, they had to go, they had to show support, vote banks is one word no? Tricolour on his coffin, 21 fires on his honour? Was he some martyr? Did he die for his motherland? Steve Waugh,Billl Gates etc all do Charitable work in India, do it also when the time comes no?

  10. Putting any human being on a pedestal equivalent to god makes me aghast. I see people writing Sachin is god. Its true he is an iconic cricketer and an amazing human being but ‘is god’ is an over extended hyperbole.
    Coming back to your post, its well written. I endorse the fact that he was no god-man. There are countless spiritual gurus out there. Now that he has departed just say RIP and move on. These Sai baba jokes are in bad humour. Also, we as an individual have no right to question someone else’s faith or blind faith.

    As far as his charity work is concerned, well my heart says a sincere thanks to him. But I will not shy away from saying funds can be raised without proclaming yourself as incarnation of god. I think one contradicts the very fact of being a saint when he/she proclaims being one. Sainthood or god-liness just like charity is tossed in the bin, the moment it is declared.

    • Hey MD, We worship Sachin for his cricketing abilities and his humble nature, it’s more of a way to say that he is the greatest cricketer(in our times). It doesn’t mean we are putting him on the Almighty’s armchair.

      I remember the day when Sachin joined twitter and people tweeted him that ‘You’re God’. Sachin as usual humbly denied and requested not to put him in there. What does it tell us? Now if I may say in case of Mr. Sathya Sai the case is completely opposite. Sachin – 1 Sai – 0

  11. siba sankar says:

    i dont think dat one is called God if he is just able to make sum miracles or is immortal.No one is born as god but people accept someone as God for some reasons.It may be due to his good deeds,social service,bravery or principles.
    The point is not whether Sai used to make magic tricks or the way he died bt it is his great social service.
    BTW hav any one seen God making miracles or is immortal.If u r thinking about the series telecasted in television where it is shown as Lord Rama using some unusual weapons or etc den i wud say u r not techniaclly sound. Further i wud say Rama is ACCEPTED as God not for the way he used any magics in the war bt for his principles like he kept the words of his father.
    What i wantd 2 say is be clear about the definition of God.

  12. udhavn says:

    ////1. Sathya Sai Baba single handedly spread Indian spirituality message of unity in diversity to 130-180 countries. A true global humanist/////

    Single handedly? Is spreading the Indian spirituality the most important work of every Indian? Aren’t people (non-Hindus) doing wonderful things and servicing the humanity?

    /////2. Sathya Sai Baba has 35 to 50 million firm followers in 125+ countries. The MOST successful Indian spiritual leader over the past 50yrs!!///////

    So? That doesn’t prove he was a fair god. The whole world once believed that earth was flat, didn’t we?

    /////3. Sathya Sai Baba became a ‘Baba’ or Godman at the age or 14 (1940). When he was 16 (1942) Prashanti Nilayam Ashram started in #Puttaparthi///////

    He called himself god. Just like how you and I can call ourselves the next Jesus Christ.

    ///4. Worldwide Sathya Sai Baba Trust has 1200 spiritual centers in 125+ countries. Check radiosai.org for his global harmony messages//////

    Irrelevant. So what? Google and Facebook have so many of their centers through out the world.

    /////5. Prabhupada, Amma, Dayananda S, Aurobindo, Vivekananda have all served their own way. Sathya Sai Baba did in his own way.//////

    His own way? What own way? Giving refuge to publicly swindled money is his ‘way’?

    ///////6. Every human body, even Rama & Krishna’s avatars, MUST end when the purpose is fulfilled. Sathya Sai Baba is not an exception.////////

    So can you and I. Why is he god?

    ///7. #Kerala & #TamilNadu were also huge beneficiaries of Sathya Sai Baba’s charity. Hospitals, Colleges, Schools & Orphanages////

    Karunanidhi and MGR have done these as well. Karunanidhi is god?

    /////////8. I went to Prashanti Nilayam as a skeptic in 2004. Was touched immensely by Sathya Sai Baba devotees’ manners, dignity & service mentality!/////////

    Okay. But to say that ONLY because of Baba they did service is like belittling them, no? It’s like saying I don’t kill only because of God.

    /////9. Sathya Sai Educational Trust has received A++ rating from UGC. Unique distinction! #Baba//////

    Well done, teachers.

    /////10. Sathya Sai Baba rural water projects have benefited millions. Even #Chennai city getting Krishna river water from 450+KM has its hand in it////

    Well done, Administrators of the Sai trust. But from where did all the money come? Hawala?

    //////11. Some believed in Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles, some considered him as God. Some regard him as a Guru and many more as a saviour of the poor.////

    He is a bloody fraud.

    ///////12. Sathya Sai Baba wasn’t born in an upper caste family,but rose to a Bhagawan status! (for those who view Hindu society with jaundiced lenses)///////

    When someone calls himself God, everything gets submerged. Is there anything that says only Upper Caste can become godmen? That proves what? Nothing.

    //////13. I saw it personally in #Puttaparthi. Sathya Sai Baba ashram tells people, no need to change your faith/religion, just to serve humanity!/////

    Oh! Whattey humility! I wonder how many would have actually liked him. BUt his funeral was very much hinduistic, no? With Brahmins reciting hymns and all?

    //////14. Sathya Sai was Karmayogi ; Like old time rishi he given lot to society.////

    He was a fraud. Period.

    //////15. Frankly,I was surprised at Sathya Sai Baba museum, #Puttaparthi, at the amount of Islam, Xianity & Judaism teachings. True humanist!/////

    This is to attract people of all religions. And in fact, if you see, all these so-called great teaching love all serve all come from great philosophers like Buddha and Confucious, Socrates etc. These god men just give lip service to it. Nithyananda was like this as well.

    ///////16. “Main Bhagwan hoon, aur tum bhi bhagwan ho. Farq sirf itna hain ki, tumhe wo pata nahin hain” – Sathya Sai Baba. #RIP///////

    Waah. Nobody is god. We are all humans. This is some random nonsense spouted by Baba.

    //////17. It’s natural to feel emotions for a splendid personality like Sathya Sai Baba. Guess what? His birth’s purpose was FULFILLED!/////

    It’s very unnatural to not see overwhelming evidence of his fraudness. I want you to really talk about how he fooled people. What is your response to that?

    //////18. “GOD first; the world next; myself last” – Sathya Sai Baba. #Quote #SaiBaba///////

    Who or what is god? Why did he take the first place instead?

    /////19. Did you know that, Sathya Sai School, #Toronto, #Canada has been named the number ONE school in Toronto! – http://bit.ly/eelG4v #Saibaba/////////

    So, you mean to say that is because of Sai Baba? Nonsense! Harvard is number one because of whom? Jesus H Christ?

    ////20. Latur which was struck by earthquake in 1994 , the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization has built houses for the affected//////

    Well done. Viveik Oberoi also did a lot during the Tsunami. So have many Atheists.

    //////21. There are 1,200 Sathya #SaiBaba Centers in 126 countries throughout the world. http://www.sathyasai.org/organize/content.htm #Heart2Heart/////

    Boring information.

    //22. I have followed for years the venomous smear campaigns against Sathya SB. ‘Move to malign #SaiBaba fails’ : http://bit.ly/eRSpDF////

    Yet you close your eyes. Sad.

    ////23. TV9 Kannada, ran a documentary abt 1998 Sathya #Saibaba cup, 2004 tennis elbow time’s 40 min meeting, 2007′s mtng, 2011 pre WC meeting of #Sachin////////

    Oh now Sachin did well because of Sai Baba. Ridiculous. Why did he get Tennis Elbow in the first place?

    /////24. Shocker… Were doctors told by Sathya Sai Baba’s relatives to turn off the ventilator at exactly 7.40 AM? http://bit.ly/dLiR2v #SaiBaba//////

    Why did he need a ventilator?

    /////25. “Whenever and wherever you put yourself in touch with GOD, that is the state of meditation” – #SaiBaba #Quote///////

    Touch you mean the way he touched the young boy in his genitals and said he was giving him a cosmic massage? Filthy.

    ////26. “Small minds select narrow roads; expand your mental vision & take to the broad road of helpfulness, compassion and service” #SaiBaba #Quote/////////

    I hope you really consider that. Fraud of the first order needs to understand that.

    /////27. “Where there’s FAITH, there’s LOVE; Then, there’s PEACE; Then, there’s GOD; Where there’s GOD; there’s BLISS”- #SaiBaba #Quote/////

    Nonsense. Aren’t Atheists happy? Aren’t Atheists loving and caring?

    ///28. “When you feel you cannot do good, at least desist from doing evil”- #SaiBaba #Quote////

    Age old quote repeated from the times even before he was even born.

    ///////29. I have read a lot about ‘murder’, ‘pedophile’, ‘dirty magic’, ‘fake’ and much more.. Watched videos too. Just vilifying #SaiBaba/////

    Cool. Yet you blind yourself.

    /////30. “When the magnet does not attract the needle, the fault lies in the dirt that covers up the needle” – #SaiBaba #Quote #Atheist//////

    Nonsense. He knows nothing about Atheism.

    ///////31. ‘Devotion is not a uniform to be worn on certain days and then to be put aside’ – #SaiBaba #Quote///////

    Ditto.

    ///32. Love all, Serve all ; Help ever, Hurt never – http://bit.ly/et9Llv – Excerpts from #SaiBaba Discourses with respect to the Sai Organisation/////

    You really need to believe in Sathya Sai Baba to do all these?

    ///33. Did You Know? #SaiBaba Super Specialty hospitals have served millions of poor from Asia, Africa & Europe, fully FREE? http://bit.ly/eFe4jZ////

    Cool. UN is also god.

    ///////34. Did you know? #SaiBaba partnered with AP govt in 1996, to provide water to 1.2 million people in about 750 villages? http://bit.ly/feaoBs///////

    Cool. From where did he get all the money? 70,000 crores is from donations? Who were those?

    //////35. Did you Know? #SaiBaba Schools serve North & South Americas – http://bit.ly/eZODOq , Africa and Middle East – http://bit.ly/eg4dxU////

    heard of Bill Gates?

    //////36. Did you Know? #SaiBaba Schools serve Asia – http://bit.ly/e8vzcw ; Australia & Pacific – http://bit.ly/hAuTBE & Europe http://bit.ly/g9fG7j//////

    Bill Gates?

    ////////37. Did you know? #SaiBaba walked his talk of service. Built 699 homes in the worst flood affected areas of #Odisha in 2008 http://bit.ly/geUMKy//////

    Bill Gates?

    /////38. Did you know? #SaiBaba trust’s Rs.200 cr effort to link Krishna river to #Chennai city, 450KM away, praised by 4 CMs? http://bit.ly/foZdgx///////

    Bill Gates?

    /////39. Russi Karanjia, Editor of Blitz, #Atheist, spent 25 YEARS criticizing #SaiBaba. On 11 Sep 1976 he made Uturn & published ‘GOD is an Indian’!/////

    I know many devotees who worshiped BABA and then became Atheists. So what?!?

    /////40. I read a Kannada paper once, on how in 1950s & 60s, Russi Karanjia, hardcore atheist, targeted #SaiBaba. His U-Turn was remarkable!/////

    Sad. One more casuality.

    /////41. There are 1,200 Sathya #SaiBaba Centers in 126 countries throughout the world. http://www.sathyasai.org/organize/content.htm #Heart2Heart//////

    42. #SaiBaba established 3 temples. Satyam in #Mumbai, Shivam in #Hyderabad and Sundaram in #Chennai. #HiddenMessage

    ///43. Neither #SaiBaba nor his org, has been charged or implicated for even ONE case of sexual abuse in any court of law – http://bit.ly/eRSpDF////

    Was there EVEN ONE INDEPENDENT ENQUIRY?

    //////44. Read the letter written by PM of India against BBC smear campaign: http://bit.ly/gjzjrQ Also check signatures. #SaiBaba//////

    LOL. Who knows how much PM has invested in Sai Trust.

    /////45. Birthday boy Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar with one of world’s most successful spiritual teachers #SaiBaba – http://bit.ly/fQlF3C///

    Sachin is a mere devotee. That’s all.

    /////46. Skeptics, think.. #SaiBaba led 71 years of public life.. SEVENTY ONE years. Enough time for just ONE court conviction if he did wrong /////

    Yes. Let us have ONE INDEPENDENT ENQUIRY.

    /////47. Watching Mohanlal, Rajanikanth, Sonu Nigam, Amjad Ali Khan kind of entertainers clips with #SaiBaba./////

    Not surprised. He was an entertainer as well.

    ///////49. “Even though I am an #atheist, #Saibaba showered love towards me. Visited my house in 2007. His service to people is splendid” – Karunanidhi/////

    HA HA HA HA. Karunanidhi will say so many things. We cannot take him seriously for that.

  13. vp says:

    Dear brothers and sisters
    please at least make a honest and open minded attempt to read and understand who is Sai baba and what are his teaching, his work and life.
    How can one say a person is God or not God based on what BBC says. ?
    Is BBC the criterion to ascertain who is God and Avatar ?
    I have personally with confidence say that at least 25-30% of the news getting reported is factually incorrect and based on shoddy research by our journalist friends.
    Whether a person is God /Avatar is not a matter that can reach its meaningful and logical conclusion merely by exchanging views on the internet… indeed as a in case of pursuit of any higher value in life, more often, it requires a honest open minded approach and hard work.

    In the first hand, again in today’s world what is “rationality” and what is “pseudo rationality” itself needs to be appreciated properly.

    Despite continuous failures of science and admitting that they are in pursuit of something “new” why do we fall prey in taking its assistance in measuring another phenomenon as though science is immutable for all the ages … it looks so immature and childish.

    All the laws of science have undergone continuous change … meaning thereby what was taught earlier by our scietists were bunkam or was not the full truth.

    what is this rationality … all my brothers are speaking about …. rationality and scientific mind set requires one to make a honest enquiry about who is Sai baba and his teachings… have we read any of his books , written by him ? … have we visited this place of Sai baba ?
    Have we tried understanding his teachings and work ?
    Why does any science and logic require a karananidhi, Sachin, Gavaskar, PVN, Ratan Tata, Hislop, to help find the path of truth ?

    The search has no geagraphy or language barriers….

    Our lord Jesus the Christ was crucified on charges and allegations of violation of law of the land and time by the people living in those times….. His own Judas betrayed him ….

    Millenia ago Lord Krishna was faced with charges and allegations of theft….just like charges and allegations faced by our politician friends of todays society.

    Millenia ago Lord Rama faced with charges and allegations of attempt to grab the seat of kingdom, (behind the back of Bharat,) by none other than mother like Kaikeyi ….just like charges and allegations faced by our politician friends of todays society.

    Millenia ago Mother Sita was faced with charges and allegations of chastity….just like charges and allegations reported in todays society.

    Centuries ago Prophet Mohammed was faced with charges and allegations of theft….just like charges and allegations faced by Sai baba.

    Are we suffering from amnesia or is it purely a case of dishonesty or being too gullible to be carried away by the report

    We are not even verifying whether such reports were motivated by extraneous considerations and agenda of their own ? That too even after Nira Radia tapes and how our journalist friends are unfaithfull to their commitment to the society of reporting what is truth…

    Dear brothers and sisters read Bible, Bhagawad Gita, Koran Ramayana, Bhagavat, Vedas, and try to assimilate at least 1% of what is said centuries ago…. then come out and test your learning /experience vis-a-vis Sai baba….
    Dear scholar friends please note even if we take 100 births as Harvard scholars, we will not be able to “understand” Him. But indeed we can “experience” him… and ultimately “experience” is what matter in one’s life and not what others and media say and report.

    Kindly note for every instance of negative report there are dozen instances/cases of realisations of their own mistakes by so mane others who were much more virulent in their attack on Sai baba….

    Also note Sai baba himself has repeated that name and form is totally insignificant for a advanced spiritual practitioner and it is needed only at the inception on the path of the spirituality….

    lets not reduce Sai baba to 5 feet figure … or his work to be that of a healing doctor or that of a plumber for providing water to thirsty…. his real work is transformation of human heart…. that is the biggest miracle….

    when mother creates temptation of giving chocolate to her child as incentive for studying well…. as grown up do we remember our mothers as the one who gave choco or who gave us proper schooling and education ?

    PC Sorcar and his cousins may use their brains and mouths to attack Sai baba… but have they read Sai baba teaching …. have they done anything for charity for their own neighbors … forget about free water, clinics and hospitals to all irrespective of caste, religion, race and nationality at world level ?

    Brothers and sisters lets be honest ourselves as we have but one life and lets adopt a refreshing approach lets enquire within. We indeed shall find answers to our doubts in the deepest corners of our own hearts….

  14. Even I never thought of him as a god or something but his works are commendable,but he still is my ideal,and he should be, every wannabe richie rich’s ideal 😛

  15. Hrushikesh says:

    many times i wonder if these babas/ammas/spiritual leaders are primarily money ‘whiteners’, hawala operators and PR agents.
    any thoughts?

    • adithya says:

      you are right,,,even iam thinking the same,,
      police should arrest sathyajith,then am sure “all the secrets wil be out” !!!

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