Sathya Sai Trust Officials Say Sai Baba Out of Hospital Soon
Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011
A Sathya Sai Central Trust “important press release” just to hand (see notice below) has begun to appear on various prominent Sathya Sai Baba related sites on the web. It notes that “for several days, His (sic) condition was a cause for concern”.
In other words, presumably, there is now NOT cause for concern. But how can it be? Given his advanced age (supposedly 85 years, although this has been disputed in scholarly discussion), and the severity of his many symptoms, one might expect an even more reduced shell of his former self to appear than hitherto.
The bulletin refers to: “the spontaneous upsurge of prayers, bhajans, namasmarana, candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe for His very early and total recovery”.
I invite my dear reader to use the simple expedient of sticking his or her head out the nearest window just to check whether they can see any of it ….. If you should enjoy processions, some you may have to wait for Saint Patrick’s Day in, say, New York, Chicago or Dublin, or the Carnival in Rio, or the Berlin Love Parade, or some such.
But for a rational analysis of Sai Baba’s and his officials’ gross exaggeration of devotee numbers, see: Sai Baba’s exaggerations: The Numbers’ game – the wilful falsification of numbers by Sathya Sai Baba & his organization and: Sathya Sai Organization practices and problems – documented and with official and anecdotal evidence, and: Sathya Sai Organization – False Propaganda
The irrefutable fact is that he has had poor health for recent years. What the eyes of devotion may see – or refuse to see – is likely to be very different to any rational person’s examination of photos of him over the last years. His advanced senescence is clearly visible in recent videos. See: The 85th birthday showed an aged and semi-demented figure crying (brief video) and:
A very reduced and senile-looking Sathya Sai Baba at his 85th birthday (video)
Can the Gravity of Sai Baba’s Health Breakdown Allow For Any Real Recovery?
The Sai Trust bulletin states that he “is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly”.
But the real question is: how slowly is – or will continue to be – “slowly”? Nothing more sure than that any progress is bound to be slow. The devotees can have it both ways:
If slow turns out to be very slow, then Sai devotees can say (as they characteristically do) – look how our Lord suffers for us and intensifies our efforts of service in his name, and our faith in him. See below, too, the type of official note that has gone to Sathya Sai centers in various countries.
If on the other hand, some improvement occurs, they can say – see how our Lord, in his Mercy, has come back to us from such a terrible health crisis, even though his body is 85 years.
Apropos, a prominent Sai devotee, who never gives up in the hope that I and my like will eventually see the light, has just emailed to say what a wonder it is that Sathya Sai Baba could pass through the ordeal for over two weeks on a ventilator, and undergo such chronic organ failure, and yet still live.
My response to this sort of assumption is reflected in my post of two days back: Is Sathya Sai Baba’s Survival Divine? But Treatment Keeps Many Elderly Sick Alive. Posted by Barry Pittard on April 14, 2011. There, I noted that considering the intervention of all the advanced care teams of foremost doctors that India can provide, Sathya Sai Baba’s survival factor is, of course, likely to be increased (and indeed perhaps the health of their many other patients correspondingly decrease!), but that devotee reactions make it sound as if doctors around the world, routinely, are unable to keep elderly and very sick patients alive. Of course they do. But then, blind faith is, by its very nature, unreflective.
A Senescence that Sai Minders Cannot Hide (and which falsifies his many self-prophecies). See: The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements, and see, too, the video clip of the sobbing Sai Baba, which a tech person was able to extract from a large amount of official recent footage: Sathya Sai Baba In Fits of Sobbing: Video Footage Confirms Earlier Accounts
When one does a comparison between them, Sai Baba’s statements about his health, and the non-ageing of his body could not be more falsified by even the most rudimentary examination of photographs taken of him across subsequent years. Here are but a few of his statements:
“Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces … I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause). There is not a single wrinkle on My face”. (The official monthly official journal: Sanathana Sarathi, October, 2002)
“I do not suffer from any kind of disease because there is no trace of greed in Me. That is why I am always healthy…”(Sanathana Sarathi September 2001, page 257f) 186)
“Desire to which you are too fondly attached breeds anger and its nefarious brood. Discard it and you can have perpetual youth! The Aanandha that the Aathman can manifest will keep age and ageing away!” (Discourse of Sathya Sai Baba, Prashanthi Nilayam, 22 Feb 1971. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust.)
Important Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Friday, April 15, 2011:
The health status of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is under constant review by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in the light of the medical bulletins issued by the Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, since the time of His admission to the hospital on the 28th of March, 2011. For several days, His condition was a cause for concern.
In the latest review, as of today, the doctors attending on Him have expressed confidence that He is in a stable condition and is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly. They are confident that, if the progress continues to be stable and satisfactory as at present, it might be possible to shift Him from the hospital to His residence at Prasanthi Nilayam in about a fortnight. His residence is being got ready in all aspects to receive Him and provide Him the required level of follow up medical care as also emergency services.
The Trustees are gratified to note the spontaneous upsurge of prayers, bhajans, namasmarana, candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe for His very early and total recovery. Radio Sai, through its Musings, messages and mails from all over the world has been continuously articulating this upsurge. As Bhagavan has repeatedly said on several occasions, it is only the sincere prayers of His devotees that can cure Him. The Trustees consider it their sacred duty to appeal to all the devotees to be calm and sustain their prayers to restore Bhagavan to His normal health at a very early date.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam
The Sai spiritual ‘climate’ has been cool in Delhi ……
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Unperturbed by reports of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba’s health condition, the staff at the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre here said this was just a test of belief for his followers and that they were confident the bad phase will pass.
‘We were not worried. There was no special prayer service because we know this is just a test of belief for his followers,’ Rakesh Joshi, administrative officer of the centre, told IANS Wednesday.
….. But rather warmer around the world among all those “candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe”, mentioned in the Sathya Sai Central Trust bulletin, as witness a typical official Sai circular sent racing round the world (this one is from Canada) -:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Sunday, 17 April, 2011 5 pm to 5 am (Local Time)
Written by Nayanika
Alleging that Baba was being betrayed by the Trust members he said he was not being offered proper treatment. He has also alleged that when world famous doctors offered to treat Baba, Trust members and Super Specialty Hospital members had not accepted. He said the doctors appointed by Satyajit were not doctors at all. He has wondered why minister Dr. Geeta Reddy who knew every thing, was keeping quiet. Alleging that the government was not taking proper care about Baba’s health, he has demanded the appointment of a committee on the affairs of the Trust. (NSS)//
General Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction) (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):