“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 2002,p. 267
This makes any well-informed person think both how vague and how extremely unlikely Baba’s ‘promises’ often are. Does he mean that through India’s offices all countries of the world will join in one union, like a glorified USA or EU? Devotees will doubtless interpret this prediction of the current alliance against terrorism between countries who now agree they are going to war against the terrorists. But Sai Baba specifically included ‘the people of all the countries”. Even Israel, Palestine, Irak, Iran? Would it were so! But even conveniently united efforts on the political scene against a common external enemy come and go according to circumstances… unlikely to last!
In his Convocation address in November 2008. Sai Baba said: “I did not come across anyone who hates Me. Till now, I have no enemies at all. All people love Me, since I love one and all.” and “Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call himself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness – Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region. You may go to any country, but you refer to yourself as belonging to the country of Bharat.”
What does Sai Baba mean by Bharat? Bharat is a name for India, but for Sai Baba it means a legendary India believed once to have existed, a kind of utopia. Fort he surely can’t be talking about the India we know of today! He likes to conflate India with Bharat, which exists solely in an imagined future far away from present-day sub-continent with all divisions, crimes, corruption and violence. How can such a nation, where most basic human rights are totally disregarded for the great mass of its population, conjure forth all this goodness that will unify the world? Well, only the Lord knows, what with the massive and blind retributive killings by Indian forces of innocents in Jammu/Kashmir and of Nagas in the East, with its persistent and repressive caste system, widespread colour discrimination, ever-repeated murdering of Dalits, Moslems, Christians, tribals and the still very widespread burning of brides, repression of women’s rights, slavery of millions of landless bonded labourers and its ca. 20 million child labourers? It’s a nice thought, but is not Sai Baba fanciful now… or, as he says of his critics ‘imaginative’? Here is some more of his ramblings:-
“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)
He sees himself as the mahout! But he has failed in his promises to ‘clean up his backyard’ (i.e. transform India) before doing the same for the rest of the world. He rides an elephant which can’t be made even to remember its “basic principles” and “values”. Meanwhile, countless Indians imitate Western culture, and almost all who can afford it go to the West, not least for a proper education. one wonders? Many diaspora Indians have made huge contributions to modern science and arts, and they promote forward-looking values – not traditional religious puritanism and despotic social systems such as Sai Baba typifies. Indian achievers will never embrace the puritanically fundamentalist and largely fallacious ‘teachings’ Sathya Sai Baba gives, especially his abysmally ignorant science as “Saience”.Sai Baba’s boast to Dr. John Hislop that India is the locomotive that will pull the world to rights due to its spiritual and moral superiority has, of course, failed to appear. That his students would occupy positions of power long since and thus change society has also proved to be an empty boast. See here:-