My Life is My Message & Sai Baba
Posted by robertpriddy on April 7, 2013
The words ‘My life is my message’ are very well-known in India and are inscribed on Mahatma Gandhi’s tomb. Sathya Sai Baba expropriated them for himself, as is seen from this:-
“Once, while Gandhi’s train was pulling slowly out of the station, a reporter ran up to him and asked him breathlessly for a message to take back to his people. Gandhi’s reply was a hurried line scrawled on a scrap of paper: “My life is my message. It is a message which does not require the vast stage of world politics, but can be put into practice here and now, in the midst of daily life.” (p. 140 in “Gandhi, The Man, The story of His Transformation” by Eknath Easwaram, US, 1997, Nilgiri Press)
Better to practice silence and appear wise than to give discourses and prove you are not. (In view of the many thousands of Sathya Sai Baba’s self-enhancing discourses, what became of “Silence is the language of the realised”?). Sai Baba was a master at presenting himself as infinitely perfect, loving, compassionate, pure, chaste, harmless, and being beyond all human understanding for thousands of years. He basked in praise and worship of himself in every shape and form, spoke of himself as if he were yet more self-sacrificing than any propertyless sannysin, yet lived the life of Riley lacking absolutely nothing he desired without doing any actual work (other than walking about to be admired, holding endless self-praising interviews, discourses and performing formal rituals etc. Never an admission of the slightest imperfection, and of course not of any of his countless mistakes, broken promises, lies, failure, deceptions (or sexual abuses and murder involvement). All of this detracts greatly from any good he may have done that was not only in his own best interests. The following quotes bear on his actual words and actions, constituting the actual message of his life:-
“O what a goodly outside falsehood hath! ” Shakespeare (from ‘The Merchant of Venice) A most pertinent comment on the cunning deceptions of Sai Baba’s ideology and the wall-to-wall propaganda and disinformation as promoted by his cordon of self-interested corrupt profiteers and wrong-doers.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men.” Matthew 6:2. Sai Baba’s inordinate boasting about his selfless service exceeding anyone else’s by a factor of a thousand. In short, calling himself anything good he could think of.
“Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.” Herbert Spencer. If the Sai Baba cult is easily seen to be the virtual acme of hero-worship… and self-denigrating servility by his coterie of myrmidons, lackeys and retainers.
“Great liars are also great magicians” and “There is a road to freedom. Its milestones are Obedience, Endeavour, Honesty, Order, Cleanliness, Sobriety, Truthfulness, Sacrifice, and love of the Fatherland.” Adolf Hitler Sai Baba was also definitely great at lying and also quite a magician at times. Hitler’s rigid ‘milestones’ were all the same as what Sai Baba constantly endorsed, showing himself to be an authoritarian and traditional Hindu nationalist rather than representing “the caste of humanity” and the universal teacher he pretended he was – and a strict authoritarian puritan in word, though his own deeds spoke otherwise.
“Men willingly believe what they wish.” Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico What better proof of this is to be found in the desperate rationalizations and fancies of all remaining devotees and supporters of Sai Baba? Now they have to hang onto the belief that Sai Baba will either unexpectedly resurrect himself or will usher in a Golden Age of universal peace and be reborn as Prema Sai as if it were a foregone certainty.
“There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.” Tennyson Honest doubt was not allowed in the slightest degree by Sai Baba nor his authoritarian minions – cringing believers who would do anything whatever he said whom he selected to run his affairs.
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.” Laurence J. Peter (1919 – 1988), paraphrasing Sir Walter Scott To deceive people to believe – in his godhood was Sai Baba’s contribution to history… he predicted the whole world would believe, but one can now see that this is ludicrous and far beyond the bounds of possibility.