Belief and moralism in Sathya Sai Baba’s “5 human values”
Posted by robertpriddy on November 6, 2011
Surely we should never let our beliefs stop us from doing what is right and good. Religious beliefs are founded on uncertainty – not on knowledge, but on believing – and are therefore no secure or final criterion of what is right or good. Actions motivated by religious beliefs often conflict with knowledge, and religious morals are often distorted by the hegemony of faith and incomplete moral doctrine over common sense, consensus and shared human values. The nature of human values is much less simplistic than Sathya Sai Baba’s five badly-distinuished and limited values. Values are human ideals which vary in emphasis and application throughout the many cultures and sub-cultures of the world, not set in stone by any divine agency. They have universal features, but are not monolithic and clearly separate values, unlike the vaunted ‘five human values’ of Sai Baba. Those are explained in relation to very traditional and mostly religious examples and the moralizing manner in which they are presented by SB reminds more of a set of biblical Commandments than living ideals working within changing society and world civilisation. See HUMAN VALUES AS COMMON IDEALS AND PRACTICAL RULES OF BEHAVIOUR
Remaining Sai Baba devotees are not facing up to the values of truth, nor of righteousness and even love in that they continue to ignore those who have been harmed by Sathya Sai Baba’s actions (see here and here). As soon as one honestly examines the known facts, one can no longer believe that Sathya Sai Baba’s will should overrule all his followers’ actions and nullify their moral consciences.