Despite the detailed statement by Dr. Safaya on all the steps taken to treat Sathya Sai Baba’s multiple illness condition, his all too reassuringly diplomatic style does little to dispel the seriousness of the guru’s critical condition. It is understandable that he would not paint the doomsday scenario for Sai Baba as the devotees who are massing in Puttaparthi, round the ashram and even threatening the security of the hospital are so fanatical, deluded and distraught that it seems Sai Baba’s own teaching is entirely disregarded by them! But the evidence he gave suggest nonetheless that Sathya Sai Baba’s life is hanging by a thread and his longer-term prospects are grim. Many a time, Sai Baba has reacted to the death of close servitors with most cheerful and directly pleased comments. One should be glad that the sentence of life is over, and suchlike. Those who choose to believe in the statements of this guru need a bit of reminding of some of them perhaps (see image)
Despite Sai Baba’s occasional sensible remarks, his actions visible and completely contradict (as so often to those who have still eyes to see and have rejected ‘blind belief’ – See Sathya Sai Baba in Word and Action)
The blind believers include many Indian VIPs, but the great majority of devotees are poor and largely uneducated villagers whose lives are partly ruled by religious fantasies and many superstitions. This is seen in the report by a local journalist (from Anantapur) – one who apparently himself lives within the limits of the Sai Baba mini-world community where the belief that Sathya Sai Baba is a hugely world-famous figure and is worshipped by most of the important people in foreign countries. What a delusion… he refers to “billions of devotees around the world” who see him as “God walking on earth”. This is a fantastic and deranged statement. Probably Elvis Presley – who died decades ago – has more fans still and quite a few who think of him as a god too! The estimated number of Sai Baba followers (and anyone who shows even mere curiosity seems to be counted as one) by reliable sources are far, far lower – see here. The number of foreign followers has decreased all the time since the many testimonies of sexual abuse by Sai Baba were released around 2000 and many office-bearers and prominent persons resigned.
Illness: It is worth remembering some other statements by Sathya Sai Baba at this time:-
Many foreigners often ask Me, ‘Swami, how come you look so young and energetic even at the age of 75?’ I tell them that the three P´s in Me are responsible for this. They are purity, patience and perseverance. If you develop these three virtues, you too will remain young and energetic always.” (Sanathana Sarathi May 2000, p 143)
And perhaps this explains a lot – at least to those from whose eyes the scales of belief and rose-tinted glasses have fallen:-
“It is not only unbridled passion which damage the health of man. Living on Ill-gotten money also causes ill-health to some extent. Living on earnings got by unjust means causes many unknown diseases to take root in us.” Gems of Wisdom Quotations from Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – page 176 – 178
That Sathya Sai Baba has collected much money under false pretenses is a fact shown by testimony and documentation. That he has misused the money given to him trustingly on self-glorifying pomp and even on giving five brand new Japanese cars to his already well-padded servitors like Dr. G Ventataraman is a published fact (see Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.)
Further, Sathya Sai Baba has encouraged people to believe that the stones in rings and other setting which he seems to ‘materialize’ are genuine gemstones, often calling them diamonds. All those which have been assayed by professional jewelers have proven to be cheap paiste gems. Believer recipients think this is miraculous Grace of God and dare not get the stones valued… they fear negative karmic consequences! This applies as much to top politicians who sport greed Sai Baba rings as to all the others. In my case the green diamond eventually was certified as a cheap synthetic sapphire – its brightness enhances with green tinsel paper behind the stone. ). Ask yourself, is this not false pretenses and outright, calculated, deception? Well, no one has ever produced genuine proof that a single gem supposedly ‘created’ by Sai Baba is a genuine and very valuable gift (see here). Believing that they are genuine, countless devotees have then donated large sums of money in thankfulness to this God Almighty. That is his big con trick. He also pretends to ‘materialize ‘ brand-name watches, but sometimes they have been donated previously by visiting groups! See this Close-up photo of Sai Baba ring materializing?