Because Einstein occasionally used the word ‘God’ as a ‘creator’ at least figuratively (eg. ‘God does not play dice’ and other similar statements), religionists have jumped on it to try to convince us that Einstein fully believed in a God who created the universe. Sathya Sai Baba was one of the worst offenders, as one might expect, but he went further than anyone in creating statements which he then attributed to Einstein!
However, Einstein denied he actually believed in any kind of God on various occasions, though he admitted that the human mind could not (at least then) comprehend everything of the mystery and harmony of the universe. Just now (October 23012) a letter he wrote to the philosopher Eric. B. Gutkind (on January 5, 1954, about a year before Einstein’s death) is on auction on-line confirms his actual view in his last year very convincingly. The BBC reported on its contents as the images on the right show.
Some of the Sai Baba invented hogwash about Einstein:-
“Einstein was a great scientist in those days. But even a man like that only contemplated on God, without giving any chance at all for any kind of ego. Many Bharatiyas also went to see Einstein. They told others that after all their works were finished, they must see Einstein before they return.
When they went to Einstein, he took all of them and showed them a reading room. All of them went into that reading room and saw there all of the Upanishads and Bhagavad Githas. This Einstein, who was a great scientist, lived taking Bhagavad Githa and Upanishads as a basis.” (from ‘Divine Discourse’ by Sathya Sai Baba October 25, 2001 – Dasara)
Since Einstein rejected the Bible as containing mostly ‘primitive legends’ , is it remotely likely that he would have based his life and work on the scriptures of India? And here is some more more utter tripe from SB… putting words into Einstein’s dead mouth – making it quote the Upanishads!
”Einstein said that there is nothing at all in this world, whether objects, forms or experiences. All is only one shakthi (energy/power). Even that shakthi doesn’t have a particular form. Shakthi is only shakthi. After undertaking numerous experiments in these times that are influenced by the Age of Kali, Einstein said: Sarvam Khalvidham Brahma. All is Brahman (God). (Sanskrit sloka)” (Sathya Sai Baba quoted from his ‘Summer Course’ 24 May, 2002)
Most people surely tend to assume that an omniscient God Incarnate would be, among many other things, an immensely towering knowledgeable mind. In most of his teachings, however, Sathya Sai Baba does not measure up to even a very modest intellectual standard. To make himself seem educated (which he was not), it suited his purpose to use the names of scientists like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, when he is not denigrating scientists’ and scholars as “educated fools”. He evidently wanted to shine in the reflected light of great scientists, knowing that the world revered them far more than himself. He even mentioned physicists like Heisenberg (who he claims sought to unify science and spirituality, which is absurd), and Dirac (who he says found the truth ‘Love ever, hurt never’! Sheer invention). He spoke of ‘”the great scientist Darwin” but only to say he was influenced by his teacher! Actually he denied Darwinian natural selection because he taught creationism – because he held that it was he himself who created everything!
Here below we see how Sathya Sai Baba fell victim to what can now almost be reckoned as an ‘urban myth’:-
The Sai Baba misinformation authorities – led by former atomic bomb physicist Dr. G. Venkataraman – have promoted all manner of untruth about Einstein on radiosai, trying to steal his glory for Sai Baba and Indian culture. Their flagship website contains an article by a devotee who was related to Einstein’s doctor (but Einstein died when the devotee was five years of age). The article rambles on and on about this poor deluded man’s own thoughts, yearnings and hopes concerning his imaginary ‘special connection’ with Einstein! He witnessed Sai Baba telling his audience of Einstein:- “He recounted of how a young Indian physicist during an appointment with Einstein eagerly probed for the ultimate in Western scientific wisdom. What he received from Einstein however, was, to roughly quote Swami, “Every major conclusion I’ve arrived at is contained in your Bhagavad Gita. Look there!”
So the pre-scientific tract ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is equal in stature to both the general and special theory of relativity? I don’t think so, nor does the rest of the properly educated world! Where is the essential E=mc² equation in the Bhagavad Gita… NOT FOUND! nor are any of the ideas expounded in the general and special theories of relativity!