Golden Age of the Avatar – Sai Baba
Posted by robertpriddy on June 30, 2009
“Be assured that the Lord has come to save world from calamity.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2, p. 17 – March 1961)
“The meaning of Avataar (Divine Incarnation) is this: to save mankind, God out of His love, comes down to the level of man and arouses the Divine Conscioussness in man.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 14, p. 386 – Xmas Eve, 1980)
The Utopian beliefs in a Golden Age, and the literally incredible ‘spiritual’ world transformation by Sai Baba and his followers, is all but a dream, no doubt highly desirable in many respects. Yet it is not easy to abandon such a dream, even when the fabric is irrevocably torn to bits and those who dare look can see through it to the reality it covers up. I write not only from personal experience but also observing many other devotees I knew from my many years of leadership in the Norwegian Sathya Sai organization going through the process and – more often – baulking at it and refusing to look at any of the extremely disturbing evidence.
Sathya Sai Baba capitalises on people’s uncertainty and ignorance of anything to do with real truth by ever reaffirming to people that they are uncertain and ignorant. Sathya Sai Baba has insisted that he alone knows the right timing for everything and acts accordingly. When, in so many instances, he does not keep his word, he puts the blame on the person he made promises to for not having asked from the heart or that something about them was not genuine, or that they were simply not ready or worthy to receive his grace etc. A good headmaster of a school is just in his judgments and equal-handed in his rewards and punishments. An experienced master uses the carrot and backs it up when it fails to work by the stick. Sathya Sai Baba’s visible and invisible rewards (i.e. as promised for the future) are supposed exceed the punishments he is thought eventually to mete out to those who accept positions of trust then seriously let him down. So all his promises have to be taken in the context of this unintelligible cosmic plan which he claims alone to know and effect… and this actually makes them as unreliable in terms of human experience as anything can be. He can’t lose and you can’t win, as long as you accept his vast claims at face value!
The well-known New Zealand devotees (‘VIP’s in Sai circles), Poppy and Arthur Hillcoat, were in Cherepovets (Russia) in May, 2005. Poppy reported that she met Sai VIPs Rita and Robert Bruce before leaving for Russia, and they told her Sai’s latest prediction to them:
“At the conference Rita and Robert conducted a one-day workshop of ‘parenting school’ and a workshop on ‘family and marriage’. I don’t recall exact titles. And it was Rita Bruce whom Swami told about practically instant transformation of people’s consciousness after his 80th anniversary.” Translated report on the Russian Forum – see screen capture of original Russian text below:-
BUT the 80’th anniversary is long past – where is the instant transformation?
Further Sathya Sai Baba quote on his ‘mission’: “... (the) Atma principle assumes a form from time to time for the sake of redeeming the world and establishing righteousness” (Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 1989. p. 229f and Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 22, p. 182).
He makes no secret that it is he himself who embodies the Atma principle in this era and that he is establishing righteousness… but this is strange indeed when he has strayed so much from his own teachings in so many ways, and not least when we consider the condition of Indian crime and corruption which imbues most of the politicians (according to for example, Britain’s leading Indian immigrant, the ‘curry king’ Sir Gulam Noon, MBE. India’s former Election Commissioner P.N. Seshan was even more damning of his own country’s system and includes the judiciary as corrupt and unjust to nearly all citizens).