As already shown, Sathya Sai Baba produced many howlers in his pompous Convocation Discourse (22-11-2008) as already shown in earlier blogs here.Here is yet another of his self-contradictory standpoints about ‘Bharatiyas’ (i.e. Indians then and now)… they have forgotten the basic principles and values of their culture, imitating Western culture.
“This land of Bharat has acquired great name and fame for erudite scholarship. This land of Bharat is a divine land, which has produced great intellectuals in the fields of music, art, literature, and various sciences BUT People have forgotten the basic principles of this great culture and are imitating Western culture. The Bharatiyas today are like the elephant, who is unaware of its own strength. With a swish of its tail, an elephant can knock a man off his feet and throw him yards away. Such a powerful elephant will humbly obey the commands of the mahout. It just acts according to the wishes of the mahout. BUT Unfortunately, today the Bharatiyas have forgotton these great values and therefore become slaves in their own country.” (Sathya Sai Baba)
Who is this mahout, one asks. Well, none other than Sathya Sai Baba – in his own imagination – who promised to ‘clean up his backyard’, transform India and then see that the rest of the world is pulled to safety by the Indian locomotive. But this mahout cannot get the elephant even to remember its “basic principles” and “values”.
Why would Indians imitate Western culture, one wonders? There must be a good reason, surely? Many Indians have made huge contributions to modern science and new English literature, and particularly those who have studied according to Western educational values and who promote forward-looking values – not traditional religious puritanism and despotic social systems. They surely left India so as to learn from the highly-developed academic, scientific and engineering experts in foreign lands, like USA, UK and many other nations. Indian achievers will not embrace most of the fallacious ‘teachings’ Sathya Sai Baba gives, especially his abysmal ignorance of sciences, which can be viewed as follows:-
SAI BABA’S IGNORANCE OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE in his very own words
MASSIVE IGNORANCE OF PHYSICS AND THE ATOM EXPOSED Not even high school level explanations!
MISUNDERSTANDING OF EARTH EVENTS IN BLAMING MANKIND All natural catastrophes are due to “man’s bad behaviour”, and ‘God’ is blameless!
‘DIVINE COSMIC IGNORANCE’ OF ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS grand melting pot of scriptural misconceptions and scientific howlers.
SAI BABA’S CLAIMS TO BE MAGNETIC He explained his inability to walk properly by saying the earth is so attracted to him he can hardly move his feet – but he actually was suffering a serious hip joint failure!
SAI BABA ON MAGNETISM A tour de force of ignorance of the physics of magnets
MORE SAI BABA ON MAGNETISM, CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER A howler for scientists!
SAI BABA’S TOUTED ‘SAIENCE’ Sheer confusion
CRITICAL FAILINGS IN SATHYA SAI BABA’S KNOWLEDGE Some of the major flaws an fallacies in many of the moralistic aphorisms and vague ‘teachings’ devotees are expected to follow, but are confused about because of their imprecision and impracticability.
‘FORGET THE PAST’ - Shallow and unworkable advice – psychology fully ignored
SAI BABA FADS, FALSE BELIEFS, FALLACIES AND FANTASIES The ‘ignorance is bliss’ fallacy – plus SB’s pseudo-philosophy, anti-intellectualism, disdain for scholars and science.
SAI BABA – NO EXPLANATION TO MANY QUESTIONS Systematic avoidance of all issues which touch on sexuality, homosexuality, AIDS and many other points on which he denies any answers
And, in the words of the relative savant and wiseacre, Sir Spike Milligan: “There’s PLENTY more where that came from!”