LATEST – THE END IS NEAR The latest of a series of increasingly worried – but more realistic – reports seems that the great myth about Sai Baba living into his 90s, as he has predicted – so he “I can finish My Task” is about to be blown apart.
EARLIER UP-DATE 15 April, 2011: The patient’s condition remains critical – he cannot eat and is on heavy medication to maintain his vital parameters. The import of this condition with multiple organ failures after (now) 18 days in the most intensive care possible was hinted at by an earlier announcement that ‘Docs fret over Baba’s sluggish recovery’ (see Deccan Herald:- http://www.deccanherald.com/content/153058/docs-fret-over-babas-sluggish.html) where his minders admit his slight improvement as being “not satisfactory”. He was also found to have liver damage and jaundice. See latest blog on his condition here.
Reports from 7th April stated that there is no change in Sathya Sai Baba’s condition from the day before. In short, stable – but not without the respirator and the kidney dialysis. That Indian government officials – and even Sathya Sai officials – are so concerned about the succession question and what will become of the huge assets controlled by the Sathya Sai Central Trust rather indicates that they are cynical as to the chances of Sai Baba’s recovery. Large numbers of devotees evidently believe that the illness is only a test of themselves and their faith designed by an all-powerful Godhead and/or that he is taking on the cosmic karma of humanity and similar ideas which he has been inculcating in them for many decades. Various close observers and investigators through the decades have considered him some kind of ‘split personality’ regard him as a normal human being on the one hand – a coarse and ignorant villager – who is however often the instrument of unknown forces that they believe exist and intervene in human affairs through mediums, channels and persons of unusual psychic and intuitive abilities.(striking comparisons have been drawn between his behaviour and the famous and powerful monk, Rasputin).
Scans of parts of two news outlets give a glimpse of the turmoil created by the apparent demise of Sathya Sai Baba long before he reaches the age of 92/93 or 96, when he has various (and contradictorily) predicted he will “leave the body”. If he dies soon and under the conditions which now beset him, it will be a far cry from the alleged yogic control of reaching ‘mahasamadhi’ or moksha of paramahamsas such as Yogananda or saints like Shirdi Sai Baba did (whose identity Sathya annexed in his early days… a very different figure with quite different and mainly Islamic teachings).