Sai Baba on science
Posted by robertpriddy on June 15, 2012
Having proclaimed he knew absolutely everything about everyone and everything, Sathya Sai Baba made some remarkable statements about scientists and science. Only what is noteworthy about them is the sheer ignorance and absurdity of the great majority of them! See examples in scan on the right.:-
Firstly, he claimed that ancient figures of religious Indian mythology as having mastered “all the sciences”. (So they knew the whole of, say, nanoscience, neurology, evolution, every detail of microbiology incl. DNA and so on through hundreds of massive disciplines?).
Sai Baba spoke often about Ravana (from the Ramayana story, who supposedly abducted Sita from Rama) and Hiranyakasipu (described in the Puranas as having been killed by God in the avataric form of a boar!). Since there exists absolutely no historical evidence to prove these figures even existed, devotees simply had to bow down humbly to his superior omniscience!
I am reminded of how shocked I was when my close friend and the editor of Sai Baba’s journal, V.K. Narasimhan, once remarked to me during a conversation that SSB is ignorant of science and picks up things he hears from people in interviews, then goes out and tells it to students on the veranda, sometimes even getting the facts he just heard distorted or completely wrong! Narasimhan even quoted from his excellent memory several examples for me. I rationalised this at the time in the way that all devotees rationalise many things that do not fit SSB ’s own propaganda by the usual old, “Swami is just pretending. He has some other reason for doing this which we cannot fathom”. How trusting can you get?
Here is a small selection from the huge spectrum of Sai Baba’s misunderstood science, false beliefs, moral-religious inventions:-
“Today man is putting his senses to misuse and as a result his body is becoming weaker day by day. He shortens his life-span by his unsacred vision and by indulgence in sensual pleasures. Lakhs of light rays in his eyes are being destroyed because of his unsacred vision. That is the reason what man is developing eye defects.” (Sai Baba, discourse on 5/7/2001 Sanathana Sarathi, August 2001, p. 226)
Sai Baba is a pure clown where physics is concerned. His main propagandist , the former physics professor G. Venkataraman, never corrected the howling absurdities about physics or challenged him but fully believed him to be ‘the Creator of the Universe’ as well as the creator of evolution!
Sai Baba: “There is Divinity in every atom. Another name for the atom is God. From the time he was born until he died, Kaanaada contemplated on the atom saying, “Paramanu, paramanu, paramanu (meaning, ‘the smallest particle’). ”This world could not be seen if the atom didn’t exist. ” Comment: The atom is not the smallest particle by far. (24/7/2002)
“At the centre (of the world), everything is liquid. Everything is melted. No temperature. Everything is liquid, like water. Gold, iron, silver all are liquid. Next there is solid. Then trees. Then human beings and animals. At the very centre is the divine. It is the support of everything. First is liquid, chemistry. Then solid, physics. Then trees, Botany. Then man, the pinnacle of life. But at the centre, supporting all, is the divine. Without the divine, where is chemistry, physics, botany? Like this will be the teaching of all courses at the university.” (My Baba & I, p. 197 and also Conversations with BS Sathya Sai Baba, p.182 both by Dr. John Hislop)
“As you can all see, this Linga is rather bigger in size. There is a meaning behind this. This is five Tolas in weight. [Note: one Tola is 11.66 grams. 5 Tolas = about 60.0 grams] Every human being possesses five Tolas of gold essence known as Hiranyagarbha… Gold represents energy in man and is the cause of his radiance. The gold content within each body is this size only. It is gold essence in the body that makes the eyes see, ears hear etc.“ (Sanathana Sarathi - April 2002, p. 127)
Comment: However, the human body cannot possibly ever contain so much gold as 60 grams! The human body’s weight percentage of gold is a vanishingly tiny at 0.00000030%. See Wikipedia. Further: “only salts and radioisotopes of gold are of pharmacological value, as elemental (metallic) gold is inert to all chemicals it encounters inside the body” (see here)
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