Sathya Sai Baba’s unforgiving talk of forgiveness
Posted by robertpriddy on September 25, 2009
“We should help even those who have harmed us. This is the vow of Sai. No matter if some people criticise or ridicule Me, I will always look at them with kindness.” (Sanathana Sarathi June 2002, p. 166).
“There are many who are hostile towards Me. Many ridicule or criticise Me.” (ibid, p. 168.)
Note that the ‘Me’ in the above is always with a big ‘M’, as per usual! As in ‘Me and Mine’! He infamously also called those many young men who testify that he sexually abused them ‘demons’ and claimed (falsely and without a word of evidence) they were doing it for money! The context makes the clear implication that critics are hurting him, even though he later says, “none of it will reach me”.
However, much of it certainly did get right to him, rousing him into making awful threats against his detractors in his angry discourse on Christmas Day, 2000. He called his accusers Judases and demons! (Sathya Sai Baba actually believed in demons, as well as literally in 14-feet high men like Rama, as he told Hislop!). At the same time, Sathya Sai Baba clearly took pleasure in pointing out how much his critics will suffer, in this instance for example, by saying “Hurting someone who has helped you will result in losing your eyesight”.
Such unforgiving talk from this self-promoting ‘God the Father’ on the birthday of the all-forgiving Jesus Christ! Was this conscious insult to Christians or mere ignorance of their creed? Forgiveness is not a concept that finds much expression, if any, in the traditional Indian spiritual value system, as Sathya Sai Baba exemplifies.
Many of us look on those of our detractors who are honest and decent – though badly deluded – with kindness, sympathy etc., there is really nothing so amazingly unique about this. Many who are fully self-indoctrinated cannot even help their bad feelings, and we may pity them. But Sathya Sai Baba’s words about his kindness are advice to practise a kind of deception, for he also said: “You cannot always oblige, but you can always speak obligingly”.