“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.” Frank Herbert in Dune. (p.100)
Sathya Sai Baba has, through the decades, repeatedly made the most extravagant claims about his own greatness as Creator of the Universe, the Deity of all Deities, the Saviour of Mankind, the Father who sent Jesus and has predicted time and again how firstly India, then the entire world would be freed from the moral decline of the Age of Kali by the imminent coming of a Golden Age (see here). One such flagrant prophesy was made by Sai Baba about “Bharat” (i.e. India) in 2008 as follows:- “Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region. You may go to any country, but you refer to yourself as belonging to the country of Bharat.” (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2008/d081122.html) Further to this, yet more totally absurd:- One of India’s most powerful Hindu nationalist leaders, Ashok Singhal, who has an international profile in the Hindu world, told an assembly of political and religious luminaries in Delhi of a prophecy he says Sathya Sai Baba shared with him. The Organiser, September 14, 2008, reports: “… Shri Singhal also threw light on how to strengthen the Hindu society and unite our great India. The VHP leader, while disclosing his discussion with Satya Sai Baba, said that Sai Baba had informed him that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be of Hindus and after 2030 the whole world would be of Hindus”.
On several occasions, Sai Baba has proclaimed in his public discourse that ‘Everyone’ loves Me’ says Sathya Sai Baba, everyone will visit, despite the fact that very far from the whole world has even heard of him! Here is one example of Sathya Sai Baba promoting his own Divine Greatness. It was no doubt never ‘thrust upon him’ but he thrusts his claim on all wherever he can!
Among some of the more ludicrous attempts to convince his followers of his unstoppable greatness was his very heavy hinting that he was in line for the Nobel Peace Prize because of a bogus claimant to influence on this – Dr. Michael Nobel – visited him and praised him, but also because the Indian Government – led by his foot-worshipping Prime Minister devotee – is reported to have nominated him;- Sathya Sai Baba as Nobel Peace Prize Candidate – another failed attempt at world recognition