Every now and then comes quite independent confirmation of how little Sathya Sai Baba matters to most Indians. This despite his extraordinary proclamation that he has done a thousand times more than anyone else in the social welfare field.
Often, he claimed to be God fully incarnate, come to transform, in his own lifetime, first India and then the rest of the world. In various popularity polls in India, Sathya Sai Baba comes exactly nowhere. This ‘God’, then, has clearly not got enough of a wriggle on in his mission to us all. This ‘God’ has more than lived up to the Nietzschean notion that: ‘God Is Dead’. In The Parable of the Madman (1882), the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s madman says: “Whither is God?” … “I will tell you. We have killed him — you and I”.
However, none of us killed Sathya Sai Baba. And he was the real madman. By his own madness, he killed himself.
There is a huge disconnect between what a many Sai Baba followers and the vastly swelling numbers of those who have left him, and are still leaving, know to be the facts, on the one hand, and the welter of misleading Sathya Sai Organization propaganda rolled out over so many decades, on the other. Facts such as that a great many charitable organization fund vastly more, and more diverse, programs than he has presided over.
This is to say, confirmation independent from what prominent writers on Sathya Sai Baba and his international cult, such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Barry Pittard, record, and revealed at websites such as:
Robert Priddy has just posted:
by robertpriddy on July 28, 2012
“An Indian web site conducted a large-scale survey to determine who is in India enjoys the greatest popularity and influence, who have made the greatest contribution to the history of the country. An initial list of 50 candidates included many prominent Indians, including many no longer alive, freedom fighters, politicians, businessmen, artists and spiritual leaders. From them the 10 most influential personalities were selected. In no category at all was Sathya Sai Baba nominated, though Mother Teresa and Iyengar were listed …. At orkut.com, nine pages of comments include dozens of lists of proposed greatest Indians and countless spiritual figures are named. But not once is Sathya Sai Baba mentioned! Likewise the suggestions found at indiastudychannel.com