ROBERT PRIDDY on SATHYA SAI
BABA myths, stories and mythology
examination of the powerful and large cult of a self-professed God Incarnate by Robert C. Priddy
Baba illustratds many of his discourses with stories from Indian scripture,
legend and myth. He also presented these accounts as based on historical reality.
He allowed many baseless rumours, primarily about himself as a miracle-making Godhead, to circulate
for decades without saying a word to deny them. He made many 'divine revelations'
and predictions which almost invariably did not come to pass, especially the various time he preeicted he would 'leave the body'! Often these originated
from interviews he gave, which were not supposed to be made public (but this
of course ensureed that they spread like wildfire!). Similarly, hundreds of
propaganda web pages for Sathya Sai Baba are found, but do
not be taken in by all the apparent 'proofs' and fine talk, for it is most often
clever misinformation. It has long been virtually impossible for anyone to get
inside the cult enough to learn the truth about most of the deceptions involved.
Not least, one must at least have access to a reliable insider who is a fluent
Telugu speaker to discover what Sai Baba really said and how he rules his movement.
Sai Organization sites are frankly boring, due to the brainwashed self-censorship
of all followers, the syrupy worship, endless photos of 'God' and plenty of
major issue is whether Sathya Sai Baba really as pure and good as he constantly
repeats he is, or is he blemished and bad at the core? Even
if we accept that some or even many of the alleged 'miracles' attributed to
Sai Baba through the past 70-plus years do have some real basis in people's
experiences, there remain many more incredible claims by him to which a follower
has to relate. Amazingly many persons soon surrender all wit and reason and
believe literally anything Sai Baba says, however contradictory, however unlikely
or totally impossible. The number of such persons is far more than it is easy
for an outsider to believe! These awkward beliefs are not central to the Sai Baba
story as a whole (about 500 books in English alone), but they come as an unavoidable
part of the baggage… The key beliefs and hopes that help attach more than
a million people to him are for personal salvation, 'healing', and liberation
in the afterlife. It cannot be denied that Sathya Sai Baba is credited with with inexplicable
healing, 'miraculous' interventions and inspiring to a lot of good works
and service of others... However, this is still the very deceptive bright
side of his other more than unfortunate activities.
STRANGE DERANGEMENTS TAKE HOLD OF
SAI BABA DEVOTEES ONCE THEY BELIEVE THAT HE CAN CREATE AND DO
ANYTHING, THAT HE IS WHAT HE CLAIMS TO BE, GOD THE FATHER INCARNATE! A startling number of people believe that Sathya Sai Baba 'creates' many things from nothing,
is all-powerful and knows everything about everyone. These include a dozen
heads of state, various royalty and film stars etc. His 'creations' are most
often rings, medallions, bracelets, necklaces and so on, through which he
says he communicates to - and 'sees' what happens to - his devotees. These
amulets or talismans are believed by thousands who wear them to be a 'hotline'
to Sai Baba and also they "bind people to him" and he can see him in
them! This claim is made by Sai Baba himself... rings that work in much the
same was as the rings created by Dark Lord Sauron in Tolkien's famous fiction!!
Living in South India today is the remarkable
Sathya Sai Baba, who is believed to be the Lord of All, the One God
Incarnate by some millions of people, many spread around the globe!
He often proclaims himself as the true Saviour of mankind, a 'Divine
Avatar' here to save the world from catastrophe. With much local and
other help, he has developed a huge legend around himself, which often
surpasses anything claimed or heard of before, even in the Bible! Sai Baba says he can
turn earth into sky and vice-versa, that he contains all powers in
his hand and knows everything about everyone.
It is extremely difficult to sort the fact from the fiction, even
after decades of investigating the matter. Very few get close enough
or the access to find out! But in 20 years
your present author happened to do so!
large 'green diamond ring' Sathya Sai Baba 'created'
with a wave of his hand, a real 'power' ring?
are certain parallels between Sathya Sai Baba (SSB) and various figures in 'The Lord of the
Rings' and and in events that occur in both
'legends'. Sai Baba is believed by millions to 'manifest' things from
nothing,. His 'creations' are most often rings, medallions, bracelets,
necklaces, watches, fruit, sweets, food, money.
of the Rings' is a myth about an evil Lord, Sauron, who wishes to
control everyone and everything, but is confronted by a good wizard
called Gandalf and others. “Whoever
you are you are Mine. I will not give you up. Wherever you are you are near
me; You cannot go beyond my reach.”
says Sathya Sai Baba (“Gems of Wisdom” Quotations from Bhagawan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba" - page 358) "One
Ring to bring them all, and in the Darkness bind them" (the inscription by Sauron - 'The Lord of the Rings')
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