Having seen in my last two blogs how international awards – the Nobel Peace Prize and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards – have evaded Sathya Sai Baba, despite the talk, misinformation and eagerness of his devotees (and himself too!) that he should in a way be recognised a bit and given praise (not least for the works they do on his behalf), one many now consider why this is so.
Sathya Sai ‘service’ work and organizations have received no international awards
One must ask why, when Sai Baba boasts that he does 1000 times more than anyone else in the world – and that his followers have saved the world from catastrophe by their works. Presumably all the fanfare is not judged as credible by independent bodies that would otherwise consider it. Instead, no awards involving service to mankind were given by the Spanish Noble Prize equivalent body Sathya Sai Baba or his works… which he claims to be incomparable in the whole world! Instead awards were made to major benefactors and organizations, top world benefactors in science, engineering and healthcare.
Has Sathya Sai Baba any chance of an Asturias Award?
Last year (2007) the prominent journals ‘Science’ and ‘Nature’ both received prestigious Spanish Asturias Foundation awards, as did UNICEF and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year five scientists, 2 Japanese and 3 American worldwide leaders in the creation of new nano technology for the benefit of mankind received awards, as did numerous health organizations involved in fighting malaria in Africa. Still nothing for
Conferred annually since 1981 the Prince of Asturias awards are intended to acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally by individuals, groups or organisations in the following eight categories: communication and humanities, social sciences, arts, letters, scientific and technical research, international cooperation, concord and sports. (see list of winners at bottom of page). Just compare the quality, outreach and depth of research and understanding in these serious and brilliant journals – and in the work of all other such recipients – with that supposed ‘eternal knowledge’ expounded by Sathya Sai Baba in his monthly journal ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, which is packed full of his endlessly repetitive religious mythology and handed-down superstitions packaged as self-promotion as having been the actual hero of those myths – Vishnu, Rama, Krishna! The strongly moralising rants he calls ‘discourses’ are a cast-iron guarantee that he cannot and will never enter the running for any respected award in any humanistic, scientific forum.
What an enormous difference in lucidity, factuality, usefulness, openness, intelligence, testability and critical thinking between these works and anything produced or done by Sathya Sai Baba. While I was a follower and before I eventually and with great reluctance became aware of the huge deceits being practised by him and his inner circle. The former famous journalist and later in house editor of Sai Baba’s journal Sanathana Sarathi – V.K. Narasimhan – were aware of the low quality of much of the discourses. The numerous problems posed by Sai Baba’s teachings, his self-contradictory words, factual inaccuracy and major blunders, caused V.K. Narasimhan much worry (he had to cover these up by editorial changes and deletions).
Altogether, the Asturias awards promote a very different standard of achievement to that of anything connected with the self-promoted Saviour of Humanity as the following indicates well enough:-
Winners of Asturias Awards include Al Gore, Mary Robinson, Ralf Darendorf, Peter Lawrence, UNICEF, The National Geographic Society, Álvaro Mutis, Francisco Umbral, Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo José Cela, Günter Grass, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller or Claudio Magris; politicians such as Václav Havel, Jacques Delors, Adolfo Suárez, Mijail Gorbachov, Nelson Mandela, Isaac Rabin, H.M. King Hussein of Jordan or Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; institutions such as the United Nation´s High Commission for Refugees, Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Movement), Médicos Sin Fronteras (Doctors with no Borders) and Medicus Mundi, the Sephardic Community, the American Foundation for Aids Research (founded and led by Elizabeth Taylor) and CNN; scientists such as Stephen Hawking, the Atapuerca Research Team, Santiago Grisolía, Guido Münch, Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, the human world´s leading research teams in the field of the human genome, the fathers of Internet or Jane Goodall; historians such as John Elliott or Julio Caro Baroja, intellectuals such as Julián Marías, Indro Montanelli, George Steiner, Umberto Eco, Hans M. Enzensberger or Jürgen Habermas; artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Óscar Niemeyer, Joaquín Rodrigo, Vittorio Gassmann, Barbara Hendricks, Woody Allen and Miquel Barceló.