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Sathya Sai Baba on criticism of others

Posted by robertpriddy on April 28, 2013

Sathya Sai Baba said:-
“Criticism of others is a very great sin. Criticism of other is like a great disease… Criticism of others is like cancer. You should free yourself from criticising others. Do not criticise, comment or make remarks about others at any time.”
Prashanthi Nilayam, 21/11/1987 (publ. as pamphlet 2 of the series ‘Advaita Through Seva’, p.10 SSSB & Publ. Trust.)

Do not ridicule or criticise anyonep.125 Sanathana Sarathi 5-1999

“None have the right to criticise others” p. 146 Sanathana Sarathi June 1995 and p. 145f Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 28

So did Sathya Sai Baba every criticise others? He railed at critics of others, especially critics of himself. Most notably in his attack on his critics in his Christmas Discourse 2000.  Demonstrating how his words were ignored by his own actions, he made many criticisms of others, including most other gurus, politicians, sham devotees, doubters of his claims and – for example – also those who made profit from health services and hospitals:-

“Addressing these calls of distress, the Sai Baba pointed out that it was not he, but the people of Mumbai themselves who could rise to their own aid. “People here have lots of money. What are they doing with it? Are they serving society with it? No,” he thundered. “The people here only make excellent speeches, but are zeros in practice. We need men willing to make a sacrifice. We are drawing so much from society but not giving anything back to it. People are building hospitals by spending ten crore rupees, only to make a hundred crores out of it. Is this business?” he asked. “ (from The Times Of India – 16th March, 1999)

As a consequence of this central Sai Baba commandment, enforced as rigorously as possible at his ashrams, colleges and other Sai connections, anything that may be said against him or his works is ‘evil’… and evil enough to arouse his ire enough for him to lash out with threats and naming people as bad and even labeling them demons! He would also criticise and/or ridicule others in the interviews, some who were present and others who were not! He very often derided those who he claimed suffered from intellectual pride – while in his discourses he constantly put down and ridiculed scientists, scholars and non-believers in  general.

Insisting that no one has the right to criticise anyone is both misguided, utterly unrealistic and even outright dangerous! If all criticism and condemnation were banned, the law and it courts would have to be abolished! Despotism and/or social anarchy would take over. Besides, advances in scientific and other forms of knowledge – which often come through critical rejection of the false ideas of rigid opponents would be excluded!  Many news media focus on investigating and reporting on negative events, or bad, immoral and criminal affairs. This investigative function is essential to any democracy and the social function of the press as the fourth branch of government so improvements in social and political life would diminish.

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