Ex-king Gyanendra of Nepal & Sathya Sai Baba
Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2008
Both the recently deposed king Gyanendra of Nepal and Sathya Sai Baba are hailed as Living Incarnations of Lord Vishnu
While Gyanendra had to step down as king, he has not stepped down as God Incarnate – or rather he can’t because he has been put on a pedestal long since with all his forebears. His Hindu followers still worship him as such. So which of them is the best contender? Or are they not both bogus gods? The devout King Gyanendra is on record as saying he is a pragmatic person, not a god. Poor man! He is possibly some kind of worshipper of Sathya Sai Baba, as were his murdered relatives and two Nepalese Prime Ministers!
Sathya Sai Baba’s claim to Godhood
Supposedly, the sage Markandeya recorded a conversation he had with God Vishnu , the embodiment of the preserver aspect of the trinity, who told him how he would take a human birth in order to intervene and set the world on a new course.
Sathya Sai Baba has pronounced himself to be that Re-incarnation, come to save the world as Vishnu supposedly promised in recorded Hindu mythology. Sathya Sai Baba declared: “When dharma declines or rather, when those who have a duty to regulate their lives according to dharma lose faith in it, then, its restoration cannot be taken up by all and sundry… The Lord has come again on this Mission.” (According to Lord Vishnu’s promise, it is held) (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 106)
Ex-king Gyanendra’s claim to Godhood
The BBC reported here:-
Three months after King Gyanendra seized political power in Nepal, and nearly four years after the royal massacre which dented the aura of the monarchy, many Nepalese still consider their king to have divine powers, as an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.
In conversations with pilgrims here, everyone identified the king with Vishnu, who in the great Hindu triumvirate of gods is the preserver and nurturer. “Vishnu looks after the people,” says a female student. “He will take care of them, giving food, shelter, love – everything.
Sudhindra Sharma, a Nepalese expert on religion, says there is nothing in the Hindu scriptures that links monarchs to Vishnu’s 10 traditional incarnations. But they do say kings contain portions of deities, and Mr Sharma says Nepalis have linked Vishnu and their kings for nearly 2,000 years. He quotes a Nepali saying: if the king could hear what’s going on, he would do something about it; if the gods could see what’s going on, they would do something about it. “For the population at large, the idea that the king should act is pervasive,” Mr Sharma says.
Hardline Hindus For the ardent monarchist, honorary aide-de-camp to the king, retired general Bharat Kesher Simha, King Gyanendra can do no wrong. “Unless you have some power given to you by the god, you cannot be a king. He is courageous, he is bold, he is wise.” He says a Hindu king must protect his people and that, given the conflict with Maoists, he himself urged King Gyanendra to take firm political action. Gen Simha is president of the World Hindu Federation, an international body based in Nepal aiming at Hindu pre-eminence worldwide.
Clashing Claims? Which of them is most righteous, as any good Vishnu should be? Perhaps King Gyanendra’s bloody massacres of protesters against his rule somewhat weakens the claim he is Vishnu the Preserver? Then again, Sathya Sai Baba presided over his ashram where the execution of four devotees took place in his bedroom.
A further complication – more slaughter and mayhem
The BBC also reported here:
Gyanendra of Nepal assumed the throne in dramatic circumstances in 2001 after his brother, King Birendra, was killed in a palace massacre.
During his six years in power he went from being the country’s undisputed absolute leader to a disgraced monarch accused of orchestrating the killings of his own people.
Weeks of demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people secured the end of direct palace rule in April 2006.
The former king (also worshipped as Vishnu) and his queen, murdered by their son, had visited Sathya Sai Baba. Peculiar – two incarnations of Vishnu for the price of one? Sai Baba’s blessings did not save them… or was it maybe King Birendra who blessed Sathya Sai Baba?