The gradual mental degeneration of Sathya Sai Baba began not long after his second hip injury from slipping in his bathroom (in 2002), and the operation which left him crippled (either it was botched by the gang of doctors who operated on him or more likely because he ignored their advice about physiotherapy and exercise). There were increasing signs that he was ‘not all there’, but these were never mentioned by any devotees or officials and were covered up as best as his minders could manage it, as the following testimony shows. It is from an e-mail sent today by the former chief translator (from Telugu to English) of Sai Baba discourses for the ‘premsai’ attempted literal translation group (which was stopped from posting by the Sai authorities because the results were too revealing and clashed with the official, doctored Sanathana Sarathi edited discourses).
Eileen Weed (aka ‘Divya’) who lived years with Venkamma (Sai Baba’s sister) and obviously had more opportunities of knowing what was going on in the secretive ashram and with Sai Baba than any other non-Indian. She lost faith in him finally around the time that his degeneration became obvious to insiders.
Eileen refers here to Barry Pittard’s blog of August 2009 where he summarized some of the evidence of Sai Baba’s senile degeneration (http://barrypittard.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/sathya-sai-babas-slurred-speech-due-to-old-age-eenadu-news-report/)…
Pathetically, On Christmas day, 2006, Sai Baba opened his discourse with a Telugu poem, as follows:´ The pompous person with unclear mind, what chance has he of realising the true self? Then, on Jan. 29, 2007, we could read:- from news in Telugu (no longer unavailable on www but see scan below):
SAI BABA’S LACK OF CLARITY IN HIS SPEECH DUE TO OLD AGE Report from the ‘Eenadu’ – the largest circulated Telugu Newspaper in Andhra Pradesh with a daily readership of over 10 million. Translation of the relevant text:
“Lacking in Clarity: There was a lack of clarity in Sathya Sai’s speech because of his old age. The interpreter struggled much to translate his speech into English. Satya Sai was seated in a special wheel chair which was brought very close to the car, so he could very slowly get into it. At the time of the speech, he stood up with great difficulty with the help of his assistants.”
Sathya Sai Baba was no longer “happy and healthy” – much more visibly unhappy and definitively unhealthy, despite his frequent boastful claims that he would never age and was sustained always in perfect health due to is self-alleged ‘purity, patience and perseverance’.