Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Indian Development, Religious Myth and Superstition

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2007

monkeys build bridge to Sri Lanka

Indian Chief Minister insists that Rama is just a myth

>But political turmoil over the proposed channel which would go through the imagined ‘Rama’s bridge’ to Sri Lanka  continues unabated. Indian parents have overwhelmingly brough up their children to believe in Rama as God but also as a historical person. The Ramayana story is taken as fact by a vast number of Indians. This is not surprising since India never had a tradition of historical recording until the British became predominant there. As one small example, even now, many Indian books are published without the date of publication anywhere to be seen. Indian mythology is so ingrained in the life (and the countless thousands of temples or shrines) that it could be said to be ‘omnipresent’.  People will claim without blinking that this is the footprint or the tooth of Buddha, this is where Hanuman flew across the sea to Sri Lanka, or this is the mountain Hanuman carried on his back, and so on. The ‘national treasure’ guru of India, Sathya Sai Baba, talks continually about the Ramayana and always presents it as if it were factual.

One commentator has quoted Deepak Chopra who once wrote in The Times of India, “A brand is an encapsulated mythology. A person will buy a product not because she is consuming the product but because she is consuming its mythology.” The Sethusamudram project is designed to minimize ecological depradation in building a canal east-west seaway to shorten sea routes very considerably by cutting through the shallow area where a natural formation is believed by religionists to have been built by Rama’s monkeys. (see here – Times of India)

The Indian Express comments: “Even if we take the slightly hypothetical assumption that Lord Ram himself had to decide on whether to go ahead with a channel that would break through his own creation he would surely have done it so as not to deny the opportunities it would present to the people and the nation.
As for the Ram Sethu fading into oblivion, that will never happen because the protests of the past few days have ensured that nobody forgets the existence of this mythical bridge. Besides, the nation will forever be indebted to those who are considered the custodians of Hindu faith for letting a major milestone in the nation’s development go ahead as per schedule.” We shall eventually see whether religious sentiment again manages to suppress common sense, flout Indian law and derail governmental decisions, as it has done in the case of Premanand’s petition against Sathya Sai Baba under the Gold Control Act and the Indian Supreme Court’s Sai-devotee judges  throwing out the petition against Sathya Sai Baba forwarded by prominent lawyer Jasmini!” A professor of ancient history at Allahabad University, R P Tripathi, has stated “History requires concrete evidence in the form of coins, inscriptions, etc to prove the existence of a character. Even if we take into account places mentioned in the Ramayana like Chitrakoot, Ayodhya, which still exist, the fact is that Ramayana is not a historical text. So, from that perspective, there is no historical evidence available of Ram. Having said that, we still cannot negate Ram’s presence easily, since he has been a part of our collective consciousness for a long time.”

S. Settar, former chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research says, “In fact, it is precisely because of this, that we cannot look at Ram objectively, since he has made the transition from being simply a character in an epic to a religious figure,” In mythology, there are many characters who have been similarly mentioned. Does that mean that they all existed?” he asks. Settar also claimed that there is no evidence — either historical or archaeological — to prove that Ram ever existed or that he ruled Ayodhya.”
NEW DELHI: After Nasa, it’s the turn of Indian experts to declare that there is no evidence linking the mythical Lanka bridge built by Hanuman to the chain of sandbanks captured by the US space agency’s cameras across the Palk Strait.
Eminent astrophysicist J V Narlikar, when contacted in Pune, said he had seen reports claiming about the mythical bridge, but there was no evidence to suggest that what had been located had links with the bridge mentioned in the Ramayana.
“There is no archaeological or literary evidence to support this claim,” eminent historian R S Sharma told The Times of India in Patna.
“The Ramayana itself is not that old. Nor had human habitation occurred 1.75 million years ago,” Sharma, an acknowledged authority on ancient Indian history, said.
The oldest evidence of the Ramayana is around 400 BC and running across five strata, its shloka multiplying from 6,000 to 24,000, it comes up to 1200 AD. “Even if you want to rely on literary evidence, the oldest literary evidence available is only from 1500 BC.”

Chennai/New Delhi, Sept. 17: Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi repeated his statement within a few hours of shocking Hindus by declaring again late on Saturday night that Lord Ram was a mythical figure and had not built any bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka, and that the Ramayana was a work of fiction.”Some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. His name was Ramar. Do not touch the bridge (Rama Sethu) constructed by him, they are saying. But then, from which engineering college had he graduated? Is there any proof for this,” said Mr Karunanidhi, well known for his atheist views, while addressing a public rally at Erode. The occasion for the rally was DMK founder C.N. Annadurai’s 99th birth anniversary.In New Delhi, Union shipping minister T.R. Baalu on Monday indicated that the government would move the Supreme Court soon for appropriate orders to ensure that work continues in the Ram Sethu area of the Sethusamudram Project. Mr Baalu said that pursuant to the August 31, 2007 and September 14 orders of the Supreme Court, work in only the Ram Sethu portion of the project had been stopped. “The government will soon approach the Supreme Court and obtain appropriate orders to continue working in this region also and is confident of completing the project at the earliest,” Mr Baalu said.Mr Baalu said work on the Sethusamudram Project, “a 140-year-dream project of the Tamils”, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 2, 2005 and the project had been under implementation since then. The DMK leader, citing the Supreme Court judgment in the Narmada Bachao Andolan vs Union of India case in 2000, said the top court had then observed that when such projects are undertaken and hundreds of crores of public money is spent, any individual organisation in the garb of PIL cannot be permitted to challenge policy decisions after long lapses of time. “It is against the national interest and contrary to the established principles of law that decisions to undertake developmental projects are permitted to be challenged after a number of years, during which period public money has been spent in the execution of the project,” he said. BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad dared Mr Karunanidhi to make similar statements dismissing the heads of other faiths. 


2 Responses to “Indian Development, Religious Myth and Superstition”

  1. […] Many poison-pen attacks assail those of us who stand forth to tell the facts about Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult.  So it is with some relief that one receives mail from those whom one knew long ago and held in high regard. Such an email has just come from Richard in the USA, whom I knew when we twice shared lodgings, during my first year of teaching at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore. Prior to our first meeting, Richard served as an overseas officer in the United States armed forces. He left Whitefield and Puttaparthi to work with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, before returning for a time. I might add, in passing,in reference to Richard’s mention of his book on environmental catastrophe, that I have just returned from a forum, hearing from some of the top environmentalist scientists in the world that the vast ecological troubles threatening the planet are not the concoctions of crack-brain doomsayers. They are very real. Blinded by narrow economic advantage, many governments, corporations and others dangerously ignore compelling scientific data going back forty years. Sathya Sai Baba did not address these immense threats to the planet. In his constant sermonizing, he all too often spoke with extreme abstraction, getting lost in ancient myths that he treated not as allegory or parable but as historic fact. […]

  2. […] in India as guru worship, demagoguery, casteism, nepotism, and elitism of various kinds, superstition and dependence in matters such as astrology (not least among the elites), vast social inequality, […]

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