When the blog below was written he had not yet died. Since he died on Apl. 24th, an ‘explanatory rationalization’ was issued by the Sathya Sai official website claiming that he DID live to 96 years… umm well, not exactly, only to 94.4 years. These years they claim were ‘lunar years’, and that SB used to reckon in lunar years (nothing of the kind has ever been published before – he always used calendar years. However, to try to make the figures stack up somewhat (i.e. to 94.4 years) they used an entirely false premise – that the moon orbits the earth every 27 or so days, when in fact it is 29 or 30 (depending on timings of passage) When the lunar year are reckoned correctly, it turn out he had lived through 89 or 90 lunar years only. This ploy was obviously intended to pacify devotees who were distraught with tear etc., but also to limit the damage from people leaving and no longer donating, especially foreigners. So his last birthday – the 85th – was not the 85th? Make what you can of that and see the fuller analysis of the facts and bogus explanation here.
When will Sathya Sai Baba die – aged 96, or 92, or very shortly at 86?
The prophesy Sai Baba allegedly made about himself ‘leaving his body’ at the age of 96 was reported by several devotee writers as the age 95 and/or 96 (in some places in India a person who is 95, yet is in-the 96th year, is said to be 96 years old.) On various occasions Baba has reportedly said in private that his life would last 96 years [eg by S. Balu, 'Living Divinity' London: Sawbridge Enterprises, 1981, p. 29]. That he so said was not properly documented until he stated this finally in a discourse in 2000. Not, that is, unless one trusts the account of Mr. V. Balu of Bangalore, whose book ‘The Glory of Puttaparthi’ made the claim in the 1980s that Sai Baba had foretold this. The great majority of followers now still believe that he will live for 96 years.
However, according to Sai Baba’s previous published statements (see inset scan) he would leave the body at the age of 93 or 94 maximum. Since then Ratan Lal told our friend Anne Irene who knew her very well that Sai Baba had repeated the prediction of 96 years personally to Ratan Lal. Moreover, Sai Baba had also told him that it was nobody’s business when he would leave the body – he could even prolong his life if he deemed necessary! It certainly seems he was covering himself for whenever it actually happens, But not, as we now see, the present situation.
If that were not enough, the Norwegian journalist, Thorbjørn Færøvik, who visited Prashanthi Nilayam in 1998, reported the following statement from the organizer of the World Conference on the Future of Humanity:-
“He’s going to die on his 95-year anniversary, ” said Dr. A. Murthi, who sitting in the organizing committee for the World Conference and is a sworn devotee of Sai Baba.
- How can Sai Baba know?
- Because he is the son of God. Son of God knows everything.
- It will say that Sai Baba has a good 20 years left to live?
- Exactly. And during these 20 years we must solve a series of problems.
- We need to create complete peace and harmony”
(Translated from “- Han kommer til å dø på sin 95-årsdag, sier dr. A. Murthi, som sitter i arrangementskomiteen for verdenskonferansen og er en svoren tilhenger av Sai Baba. – Hvordan kan Sai Baba vite det? – Fordi han er Guds sønn. Guds sønn vet alt. – Det vil si at Sai Baba har vel 20 år igjen å leve? – Nettopp. Og i løpet av disse 20 årene må vi løse en rekke problemer. – Hvilke? – Vi må skape fullstendig fred og harmoni på Jorden. Vi må lære menneskene dannet tale og dannet atferd. ” from ‘India, stevnemøte med skjebnen’ by Thorbjørn Færøvik. J.W. Cappelans Forlag. 1999)
So what about when his prophecies are so self-contradictory? Which age will it be? Ninety-two, Ninety-three, Ninety-five, Ninety-six? Or whenever he sees fit? It is interesting too that no Indian astrologer who has made predictions about Sathya Sai Baba is known to have given the date of his death… though most of them they do this with great confidence for anyone who wants!
Subsequently proof that Sai Baba did also state he would live until 96 years of age has been located:-
Apropos, Mr. Ratan Lal – now deceased – was one of Baba’s long-term close followers, a resident at PN who held lectures there (incidentally, on an self-defeating inconsistent amalgam of Sathya Sai Baba and Ramana Maharshi’s teachings, which can be seen for what it is in his published books of the same, edited heavily to make them better by none other than Anne Irene Larsen, now very much an ex-devotee of Sai Baba). Ratan Lal was short of stature and sometimes had a typical bossy manner on those who, like him, had donned the role of some kind of spiritual lecturer after retiring as a businessman. Our friend Anne-Irene Larsen also helped me with investigation about Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged sexual abuses when she stayed for a long period at Prashanthi Nilayam and other ashrams. These included the Ramana Maharshi ashram at Tiruvannamalai, where a Hungarian ex-Sai devotee lady was staying, having been at Prashanthi for four years. This lady told Anne-Irene that she had talked with several sexually abused students there and that this had been the last straw in her decision to leaves Sai Baba. Mr. Ratan Lal confirmed to Anne-Irene when asked that a formerly very prominent Greek devotee family there had immediately withdrawn their son (called Socrates) from the college when they learned he had been sexually abused by Sai Baba. However, Ratan Lal explained this away by saying the Greek father had too big an ego, so could not stand the proximity to the Lord! Anne-Irene also knew well the foreign lady called Veronica, who ran the foreigners’ canteen and who was known for reporting to the Sai officials young men who claimed they had been sexually molested, who were blacklisted and thrown out immediately without notice with police intervention. As also was Dr. Naresh Bhatia, among many others through the years.