Self-documented Folly of India’s Would-be God
Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2008
It is sobering to consider that Sathya Sai Baba’s influence extends into powerful corners, and his marked deficiencies reveal the worthwhileness of exposing his human rather than any divine qualities.
One of the benefits of Brian Steel‘s extensive examination of official Sathya Sai publications is that we can see with considerable impact the extraordinary ignorance, inconsistency and contradiction Sathya Sai Baba has generated over many years.
As Steel justly observes, ‘The inevitable effect of so much strange evidence about SB’s story-telling techniques is to encourage a more careful analysis of some of his other pronouncements’.
In respect to the presently referred to part of the huge Steel opus, see his Sathya Sai Baba: Man of Many Stories, October 2002.
For those of my readers who may be short on time, here is but tiny sample of the incredible howlers that emit from Sathya Sai Baba, in the eyes of whose devotees all that he states must be true, no matter how absurd. However, this absurdity is, to the extent possible among his editorial weeders and his international propaganda machine kept as much out of view as efforts at damage control can achieve.
‘Ten years ago, Dale Beyerstein pointed out a colossal historical/religious error of SB’s. In spite of its enormity, and because of the unconditional faith of devotees, most (including myself) took no notice!
In his Discourse for 21-8-1986 (Sathya Sai Speaks, XIX , pp. 137-8 ), SB says: “A king from Greece [later identified as Alexander the Great] came to India to study the conditions here …” (p. 137) “He made a study of the Bible, the Quran and Buddhist texts and found that all of this laid emphasis on Truth, … In the Quran he found that only by adherence to the Truth can one be a real man.” (p. 138 )
‘BUT’ says Steel, ‘the enormous discrepancy over this reference to the Quran is a THOUSAND years! (Alexander the great: 4th Century B.C. Muhammad (and the Quran): 6th to 7th Century A.D.)’
Here is the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful Sathya Sai Baba in full and glorious swing:
“Three hundred and fifty years B.C., before Christ, Jews lived. However, among Jews, there were religions such as Islam and Christianity. People of that land, they are all Jews. That land is the birthplace of both the religions, Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew language was very prominent. This Hebrew language is more or less equal to our Sanskrit. …”
“Christianity is not just 2,000 years in its origin. It was there even before Christ, 350 years. There the divinity is explained very clearly.”
“The name and the fame of Jesus Christ have spread far and wide. Here, at this moment, there are two schools of thought. The first group of thought – Roman Catholics. There is another group that fought with this group. This group is called Protestants. As they protested, they are Protestants. So among Jews there are these two groups: Catholics and Protestants. The difference of opinion has increased day by day. This led to Jesus, whose life was in danger. Jews there in Jerusalem did not permit Jesus to go there. Like this, religious conflict and fighting was ever on the rise. There were 250 schools of thought, divisions there. They also monopolized certain countries.”
“Because of so many groups there, they all attempted even to harm Jesus. Romans on one side. Catholics on the other side. Luther on another side. There were so many groups that went on changing. All these differences are based on violence, and that led to madness. Because of this attachment to group affiliations, naturally there was conflict and fighting.”
“Religious affiliation leads to ego. This led to confusion among them as to what Jesus said right or wrong.”
Brian Steel comments: ‘These strange extracts sound more like a parody of a teenager’s muddled history essay than the words of an omniscient avatar’.
“In Argentina (Sathya Sai Baba) bhajans are being held in every home [cheers].”(Sathya Sai Speaks, XXIII, 29:255 – 20-10-1990, on the alleged 50th anniversary of SB’s ‘Declaration’.)
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