It was reported on October 3rd 2007 by Professor Anil Kumar that Sathya Sai Baba said he would appear on the face of the full moon later that day and asked followers to proceed to the Sathya Sai Airport to get a clear view. The news spread like wildfire and huge crowds thronged the place. It so happened that the moon was not visible as it was overclouded! Nonetheless, reports began to appear from here and there of devotees who had seen Sai Baba’s head or face on the moon. Some even concocted images to prove this (see links below)! While the darker parts of the full moon can well be imagined to depict the head of Sathya Sai Baba, they can also equally well be seen as depicting a large number of other persons. This incident was no doubt intended to strengthen the faith of believers who were entertaining doubts about his claims of divinity, but outside India it did a great deal to weaken the credibility of Sathya Sai Baba, whose reputation had already suffered major blows since 1999 when the many sexual abuse testimonies appeared on the www from all over the world. None of the many world-wide astronomical observatories, nor countless amateur astronomers reported anything special about the appearance of the moon that night (of course) though the moon is under constant and intensive observation in many places at all times.
Here follow some examples of the type of fantastic fables about Sathya Sai Baba and the moon, narratives which cannot be checked and defy reason and common sense. The bottom line is that either one wishes to believe them or one does not… for no one can know that such things actually occurred. Though many devotees get convinced, the sheer unreasonability of this is obvious to anyone who has a minimum of insight into the nature of human knowledge. Many people are accustomed to believe what they want to despite all evidence, reasons or fact. The following tall fables surpass even the most weird and wonderful biblical stories in fiction.
|Ra. Ganapati wrote that on 8/12/1973 on a stop with Sai Baba between Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan devotees threw stones at a wood-apple tree and brought down one unripe fruit.“Svami bent down and picked it up. Holding it between the thumb and forefinger He said, “Here is the moon”! When He closed His palm over the piece for an instant and opened it again, the fruit was no longer found. Instead an unusual article was in his hand.It was a translucent sphere. The sunlight was gorgeously reflected out of its surface. Though as a whole it was luminescent there were several dim and even dark spots inside. Multi-hued veins of minerals could also be seen. Superficially smooth-surfaced, it revealed elevations and depressions inside. “The mini-moon, made up of all the ingredients of the moon”, observed Baba. Only a few days before, the newspapers had carried photographs of both sides of the moon transmitted by spacecraft. All their features could be precisely perceived in this three-D-mini-moon. More than that, it was refracting the spectrum of colours in sunshine. The party enjoyed the picnic in the glades. Svami held up the mini-moon finally to sunlight. The solar rays glancing off the outer rim sprayed gold. “Do you see the moon rise?” asked Sai, as pleasing as the moon itself. With one more folding and unfolding of His hand, the mini-moon set! It had returned to its old wood-apple birth!” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 83f).|
Poetic sounding, but is it anything more than that? Ask yourself who decided that all the features of the moon photos could be perceived “precisely” in the mini-moon? Not only did the mini-moon “spray gold” but it also “refracted the spectrum of colours” which the actual moon never does. Was it then just a mottled glass sphere, perhaps? Note Ganapati’s reliance on poetic license in saying that Sai is as “pleasing as the moon itself”…but then the actual moon – which may sometimes look nice – is in reality a barren, inhospitable, cold thing. Does not the ‘rising and setting’ of this mini-moon remind more of the rise and fall of Sai Baba as his use of sleight of hand has been filmed beyond any doubts? Where are all the accounts by witnesses, who were they… surely they would have thought this miracle worth recording and at least telling Sai biographers like Professor Kasturi about? But no! All in all, who can really credit this? Since so many of his deceptions have been exposed, those who do must be died-in-the-wool dupes in denial.
|“Svami performed another fantastic moon-leela. Last year (1975-76), during the course of a jolly conversation with the Whitefield college students one full-moon night, Baba said. ‘Ask anything you want'”.A daring young student requested, “Please bring down that moon in the sky for us”.”Very well”, said Baba looking at the sky. The next moment there glowed in His hands a wondrous ball, shedding cool moonlight all around. “Look up” said the Lord. The surprising sight that the students saw on the skies! The original moon was shorn of its lustre and looked pale as a piece of paper! Dear scientist, how do you explain this phenomenon? Baba closed his hands over the earthly ‘moon’. At once the anaemic moon regained its regal splendour. As Baba opened His hands once again, the sky-moon became lack-lustre. On his closing his hand, once again the argent effulgence of moon spread up above in the sky. Even if His opponents could not admit that He is the Cosmic Consciousness which created the moon itself, may they not at least accept that the mini-moons, to be found nowhere else, are definitely His creations?” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 84f).|
Obviously, to accept the one is as difficult as accepting the other. Model mini-moons are available, and can be found on the Internet. Some would be easy to palm. Watching for cloud cover and opening and closing the hand as these cross the orb would be easy. No mere student of his, however ‘daring’, is going to confront this powerful person who rules as the unquestionable and strict Lord of Creation over them all. Besides, the whole account is evidently at second-hand (or third-hand) and who knows while it is totally uncorroborated by anyone supposedly present. No such ‘leela’ ever been filmed or observed and reported by independent persons. The students’ convenient question could well have been pre-ordered of him by Sathya Sai (it is known from Smt. Vijayamma’s book that he often did such things). Or it could simply have been contrived by the first- or second-hand story-teller. Strange that there is no other account anywhere by a witness of this lunatic matter… did not one of them consider this worth recording, or at least telling other Sai Baba writers like Prof. Kasturi about it. Therefore this episode – like most others – will always remain in the realms of fairy stories as far as the world is concerned, and thus figuratively ‘anemic and shorn of its wondrous regal lustre’!
| “Svami is seated on the Chitravati bed with His devotees. The full moon is filling the sky with its cool radiance. Svami has a look at it. Does He think that it looks like His face? Does He further think, ‘Why should it not have a dark wig like my hairy halo?’ As He moves His fingers here on earth an extraordinary phenomenon takes place in the lunar sphere. A halo appears round the moon, like Baba’s tresses! Is that all? The pointed fingers of Baba write something from here on the dark dome. There appears on that heavenly hair-do, the Sankha and Chakra (conch and disc of Vishnu) streaked in lightning. With a further
wave of His hand, the conch of lightning dives down into Svami’s hand itself and converts itself into a gleaming white shell-variety as of this earth. Svami pours amrit from it in the mouths of more than a hundred devotees. That conch is still enshrined in the Prashanti Nilayam Puja.” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81).