Question: what is the connection between the Archbishop of Canterbury and Sathya Sai Baba?
Answer: None whatever (not least since neither has ever so much as mentioned the other).
In short, another world-wide religious institution which totally ignores the self-professed God Incarnate and unifier and Saviour of Mankind under the banner of Hindu Sanathana dharma (proclaimed by the Baba as the original and true essence of all religions).
The archbishop claims to ‘kind of’ know God, the other to be God and know everything. A bad mix of opinions! Of course, faith in the existence of God is not easy to defend against any kind of rational questions or objective observation. So believers [those who are not mentally incapable] invariably end up proclaiming what they do not – and can not – know! Indeed, many Sai devotees proudly flaunt their humility with, “What can our limited minds understand” [i.e. they resign them to an inevitable victory of continued ignorance from the outset!]
The BBC journalist and presenter John Humphries – in Heart and Soul on BBC World Service – asked the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, if he believes there is a God or knows there is a God? The archbishop was cautious in his claims of knowledge, at first, but then gets caught up in inconsistency, as in the following interview:-
Williams: “I don’t know that there is a God or a God in the simple sense that I can tick that off as an item I am familiar with. Believing is a matter of being committed to the reality of God. The knowledge that comes, that grows if you like through a relationship I believe, I commit myself I accept what God gives me – I try to accept what God gives me – grow in that relationship. And you grow in a kind of certainty or anchorage in the belief. Knowledge? Well, of a certain kind, yes.“
What is this ‘certain’ kind of ‘knowledge’ where one admits one doesn’t know? Perhaps he should take a lesson in certain knowledge from Sathya Sai Baba who claims he knows it all since he IS God. Somehow I can’t see the honest Rowan Williams on his knees before Sathya Sai Baba in his wheelchair, any more than I can see – as some Sai devotees have insisted he has said – that Sai Baba will one day walk with the Pope through the streets of Rome! Pope Benedict will not be benevolently disposed towards accepting a higher representative of God on earth, for he firmly labels all who do not believe in Jesus to be heretics! And persistent heretics end up in hell, in which Pope Benedict firmly believes!