Sathya Sai Baba Hospitalized, Despite Hailing His Extraordinary ‘Health’
Posted by Barry Pittard on March 29, 2011
Stop Press! News of Sathya Sai Baba’s hospitalization is breaking in these last hours.
Reports, cited from medical authorities attending him, state that he has “pneumonia and water has entered his lungs”, and that there are “breathing problems because of severe infection”. A “cardiac problem” exists, and a “permanent pacemaker has been implanted”.
Only an official Puttaparthi sanitized version of health problems afflicting Sathya Sai Baba is possible. Any reader of informed chroniclers – such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Serguei Badaev, Alexandra Nagel, myself and others – knows how we have extensively, and with much care, often documented the tight control on propaganda emanating from Puttaparthi and the leadership of the international Sathya Sai Organization. One of my most read articles is about the deputy international chairman of that organization. He is also the director of Radio Sai Harmony, Sathya Sai Baba’s costly attempt to get radio broadcasts into every corner of the world: Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman.
A Mahashivaratri 2000 report in Sanathana Sarathi, Sai Baba’s official organ (distributed worldwide), unintentionally makes a mockery of Sathya Sai Baba’s absurd self-presentations regarding his health, of which, by long habit, he forever gives the rosiest reports. It almost sounds like the boxer Cassius Clay proclaiming, “I’m the greatest”. For the Swedish psychologist Åsa Samsioe’s assessment of some of Sai Baba’s self-referential tendencies, see: Sathya Sai Baba As A Narcissist.
“You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.”
“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” and
“Someone says that Sai Baba is angry with X or Y. Sai Baba has no ill feeling towards anyone.
Equally, nobody is hostile to Bhagawan. Everyone loves and none hates Bhagawan. Bhagawan’s mission is well known”.
(Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam)
March 28: The world-renowned spiritual leader Sri Satya Sai Baba was hospitalised in Puttaparthi on Monday with a cardiac problem. Sri Satya Sai Baba, who celebrated his 86th birthday in last November, complained of slow heart beat in the afternoon and the trust officials rushed him to Sri Satya Sai institute of higher medical sciences in Prashantigram.
According to a medical bulletin released by hospital director Dr A.N. Safaya, Satya Sai Baba had developed slow heart rate at below 60 beats per minute and giddiness in the afternoon. He mentioned that a permanent pace maker had been implanted and the Baba’s condition was stable as per clinical parameters. Dr Safaya said that there was no need to worry, as the Baba’s condition was stable now. After hearing the news, thousands of devotees in and around Puttaparti started thronging the hospital. The devotees are offering prayers in several temples seeking Baba’s recovery from illness. Apart from local devotees, foreign devotees also thronged the hospital and inquired about Baba’s condition.
Sri Satya Sai Baba hospitalised
Times of India
March 29, 2011
HYDERABAD: Sri Satya Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Satyasai super-speciality hospital on Monday evening due to ill-health. Doctors said he was suffering from pneumonia and water has entered his lungs. Allaying fears of lakhs of his devotees, J Ratnakar of Sri Satyasai Trust said that Sai Baba was recovering.
Sources said Sai Baba has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection. “But his situation is improving with constant medical attention. There is nothing to worry about his health,” Ratnakar added.
Note: In the article: ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’, the world-famous ‘Marie Claire’ magazine has just furthered the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult. The author is journalist Gethin Chamberlain, who, according to his bio on his website is: “a photojournalist covering South Asia for The Observer. He also writes for a number of other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Grazia, GQ, Look, News of the World, South China Morning Post and The National. Based in India, he previously worked as a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph and as The Scotsman’s chief reporter”. He can be contacted at: email@example.com
The 85th birthday showed an aged and semi-demented figure who seems hardly aware of what is happening around him. (brief video)
A very reduced and senile-looking Sathya Sai Baba at his 85th birthday (brief video)
See Jorge Reyesvera‘s point-by-point, rational reductio of Sathya Sai Baba’s terribly confused, sometimes downright contradictory, notions of magnetism:
- Be it noted that the source of the discourse that Reyesvera uses is from a provenance long-accepted by Sathya Sai Baba adherents everywhere. A comment on this article reads that this: “discourse on magnetism by Sathya Sai Baba is from the Mahasivarathri, 2002 … The following is an excerpt from the verbatim translation of the premsai website’s version of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on Mahashivarathri, 13-3-2002, which appears in an edited-down version in ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ – March 2002″.
For Sathya Sai Baba’s statement that was horrendously falsified by the terrorist events of November 26, 2008 in Mumbai that were seen by the world, here is the report of Sathya Sai Baba’s words from his discourse dated November 22 (the day before the vast and opulent birthday celebrations) – from a well-acknowleged Sathya Sai Baba reporter, R. Satish Naik (who lives close to the Puttaparthi ashram), a member of the well-organized, almost official Saibabaofindia group:
“India is the only place where people are not worried about any attacks. In America , Germany and other countries, they can’t eat well or sleep well. There is fear of bombs always in those countries. But in India , there is no fear of bombs. India will never have any such attacks”.
Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)
(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):