Sathya Sai saw Hanuman as a real figure
Posted by robertpriddy on September 17, 2009
Hanuman, a great devotee of the mythical Rama, was a ‘monkey man’ who supposedly jumped dozens of miles – and also carried a whole mountain so a healing herb could be picked from it. And he makes very clear that this is no myth for Sai Baba.
Sathya Sai saw Hanuman as a real figure who did what was claimed in the Ramayana! Hanuman, presented as almost the greatest devotee of the mythical King Rama, was a ‘monkey man’ who supposedly jumped dozens of miles – and also carried a whole mountain so a healing herb could be picked from it. And he made very clear that this is no myth for Sai Baba, who claims he was Rama once, and Hanuman his trusted servant!
Among the extremely tall and massive garish statues at the Hillview Stadium, Puttaparthi, there is a monster ‘Indo-kitsch’ representation of Hanuman holding a mountain aloft. The money for all these useless artefacts came from donations intended to help the poor, needy, analphabets, the diseased, ill and suffering peoples and for many world visitors these are white elephants which typify the usual Indian extravagance and waste among such enormous poverty and suffering.
That Hanuman is described variously as a ‘monkey’ or a ‘monkey-man’ and is pictured with a monkey face and a tail makes this story unbelievable to anyone with a modicum of knowledge of paleontology. More likely the myth is based on the perception of them by Arian Hindus who came from the North and met with the indigenous Dravidians who were (and still are) darker and who were free and physically agile as ‘noble savages’ who lived closer to the wild (as of course do do monkeys).