Alexandra Nagel has written: “Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the famous Indian guru allegedly born in 1926 in Puttaparthi, a village in South India (now a thriving town) where he still resides in his ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam, ‘the Abode of Supreme Peace’. He is visited daily by thousands of devotees from all around the world. One of the many special, divine claims Sai Baba has made is that he is a combined incarnation of Shiva and his female counterpart, or consort, Shakti. Shiva is one of the trimurti, the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, who originated as the early Vedic god Rudra, a malignant storm god. Shiva is a destroyer and angry avenger, but also a benign herdsman of souls. With similar ambivalence, Shiva is associated with asceticism and yoga, and with the erotic. He is worshipped in the form of a lingam, the sacred phallus, or a lingam in the” yoni, the sacred representation of the female organ.”
Comment: Leaving aside the association of Sathya Sai Baba with the homo-erotic abuses of which he is very widely accused in sworn testimonies and affidavits,and also whether he was indeed born as a physical hermaphrodite (as some persons have independently claimed), let us look at the claims he himself made when he first announced he was the reincarnated embodiment of both Shiva and Shakthi, resulting from a boon granted to a sage by Shiva in the hoary past.
It is claimed that Sathya Sai Baba illustrated his powers by curing himself of a severe stroke that he had allegedly suffered for eight days. By using one hand to sprinkle water on the paralyzed side of his torso, he recovered immediately. This he performed before thousands of people, then holding the discourse below in which he told why he had ‘taken on’ the stroke’. In this discourse he also told that he would reincarnate again as Prema Sai.
quotes from Sathya Sai Baba’s Discourse Gurupournima Day, 6 July 1963. (see Sathya Sai Speaks III 5, 19.)
Shiva Shakthi quotes from Sathya Sai Baba’s Discourse Gurupournima Day, 6 July 1963. (see Sathya Sai Speaks III 5, 19.)
“This is not Swami’s illness; this is an illness that Swami has taken on in order to save some one. Swami has no illnesses, nor will he get ill at any time.”
Comment: “nor will he get ill at any time”. But dozens of newspapers and the Sathya Sai Hospital authorities constantly reported that he was suffering from multiple organ failure – heart, liver, lungs, kidneys! Whereupon he died (or was ‘disconnected from life support’ very conveniently on Easter Sunday (when Jesus was supposedly resurrected!).
“You must all be happy; that alone will make Swami happy. If you grieve, Swami will not be happy. Your joy is Swami’s food.” Sathya Sai Baba had repeatedly insisted in many public discourse that he is always happy, nothing ever impinged on his joy and bliss, not could it ever do so! He even said in public that he always “kept up a smiling face” (despite the strong criticism he was under!). His account continued:-
“For those who have no refuge, God is the refuge (Dikku lenivaniki devude gathi). That is exactly the reason I had to take on the disease that one helpless devotee was to get. He had to suffer this dire illness, as well as the four heart attacks that accompanied it, and he would not have survived it. So, according to my duty (dharma) to protect devotees (bakthasamrakshana), I had to rescue him. Of course, this is not the first time that I have taken on the illness of persons whom I wanted to save. Even in the previous Sariram at Shirdi, I had this responsibility. The suffering that you saw was too much for this particular devotee, so I had to save him by going through it myself. This is my play (leela), my nature. It is part of the task for which I have come, sishyarakshana. People who were near me during the last week were asking me to give them the name of the person whom I had saved. I told them that it would make them angry against that person, for Swami, they would say, “had to undergo much pain in order to save that one person.”
“This is perhaps the longest period when I kept the devotees wondering and worried. That was because of the heart attacks, which had to come later on the devotee, from which also he had to be saved. Then, there is another reason why the 8-day period had to be observed. I shall tell you why. This means I must tell you about myself, about something I haven’t disclosed so far, something that I was keeping within myself for the last 37 years. The time has come to announce it. This is a sacred day, and I shall tell you.”
Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of the Avathaara. When I was upstairs all these days, some people were foolishly saying, “It is all over with Sai Baba,” and they turned back many who were coming to Puttaparthy! Some said I was in samadhi, as if I were a spiritual aspirant (sadhaka)!
Comment: It IS all over with Sai Baba now, and his influence is dwindling as seen by all the relative emptiness and unprofitability of Puttaparthi and Whitefield areas,complete lack of media interest, falling statistics on visitors to his sites etc. His minions who presided over his demise said he was in samadhi - and they even considered seriously burying him alive (see documentation), calling it the rite of ‘Sajeeva Samadhi’!
Some feared I was the victim of black magic, as if anything can affect me! The splendor of this Avathar will go on increasing, day by day. Formerly, when the Govardhanagiri (a mountain) was raised aloft by the little boy Krishna, the cowherd maids and boys (gopees and gopalas) realized that Krishna was the Lord. Now, not one Govardhanagiri but a whole range will be lifted, you will see! Have patience, have faith.
Comment: This was a typical excessive boast by the self-promoting God Incarnate Father who sent Jesus, Deity of Deities etc. ad. inf. He was affected greatly by his condition from his 85th birthday (when he cried in public, see Sathya Sai Baba crying (video)) to he removal to hospital, when he is reported by a very reliable devotee witness to have called out to devotees to save him (see documentation)!