To start with the simpler promises like “I will give interview tomorrow”, “I will visit your home”. “I am always with you”, “I shall give you a room at the ashram” etc. When Sathya Sai Baba does not follow up as promised, it is said by the faithful that Sathya Sai Baba has divine sense of time which differs from ours – so when he says ‘yes, interview tomorrow’ he may mean any time in the future etc. A thousand years is as nothing to him! This sounds crazy – why could not God Almighty Himself express himself clearly? God would have to know how each person understands what he promises them.
One argument frequently heard among devotees is based on what the long-term and very close follower, Dr. John Hislop, wrote in his book ‘My Baba and I‘. Hislop asked for permission to publish it, but was told by Sathya Sai Baba he must wait 20 years. However, after 2 years, Hislop received a message from Sathya Sai Baba saying he should publish straight away. The credulous Hislop had searched for one guru after another, including Yogananda, Krishnamurthi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and U Ba Thin leaving each in disappointment. He became a keen rationalised of Sathya Sai Baba’s often impenetrably unclear or fantastic assertions, and puts it down to Sathya Sai Baba having a cosmic perspective and eternal sense of time that no one can understand (as Sathya Sai Baba had asserted). This became standard doctrine among the majority of disappointed, bemused and betrayed followers so as to save what faith they can after years of major involvement and personal commitment etc.
Many devotees at the ashrams pray for his help in the most trivial of matters and many talk about him helping them with everyday problems that can easily be solved by other means. Any sober-minded person who visits the ashrams for some time will soon learn to discount these highly fanciful claims as muddled make-believe by over-indoctrinated people.