The Avatar’s magnetic power of attraction
Posted by robertpriddy on June 15, 2013
|“Today I want to tell you something very significant. This body of Mine is filled with attraction power from top to toe. It is the divine magnetic power. From Sivarathri onwards it has been increasing day by day though it was present in Me always. Worldly magnets attract only iron filings whereas this divine magnet attracts the entire world.” (Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, reported in Sanathana Sarathi, April 2003, p.122)|
During his life, Sathya Sai Baba certainly did attract a very large number of people (and material wealth) from many places but very far from “the entire world”. The power of attraction and charisma are by no means exclusive or dependent on anything like ‘divine magnetism’. His claim that this was his unparalleled Divine power of magnetic attraction appears as vastly exaggerated when compared, for example, with the attraction exerted on countless millions by many other figures. Some brief examples; Ayatollah Khomeni was welcomed back to Iran by up to 5 million, as also did the funeral of Nasser in Egypt. Rod Stewart attracted estimated 4.2 million to a concert in Rio. The Pope has regularly attracted more than 1 million people in many venues with World Press coverage (four times more than the biggest crowd ever visiting Satya Sai Baba). The Woodstock Festival once attracted over a million persons. Over a million Shia Muslims recently gathered at Kerbala, Iraq. Over three million pilgrims visited Mecca in 2012, as seen as a truly gigantic mass of people on TV worldwide. The 12-yearly Kumbha Mela at Allahabad has regularly attracted vast crowds, the last one over 13 million. And so on… (see List of largest peaceful gatherings in history Sai Baba is not on it.)
Early in 2002 it was noticed that Sathya Sai Baba was occasionally stumbling or staggering rather than easily strolling around to give darsan. On Mahashivarathri day, March 13, 2002, when he would ‘regurgitate’ one or more egg-shaped golden lingams, he gave a discourse in which he explained the following’:-
“In order to facilitate the formation of these Lingas, My body has turned into a powerful magnet. it is for this reason that I was finding it difficult to walk for the last three days. My feet were getting stuck to the ground because of the magnetic pull of My body. Likewise, whatever objects I touched were getting stuck to My hands. It was not a trouble for Me. It is but natural because My whole body became magnetic. Such power of attraction cannot be experienced by all. It is only in Divinity that you find such highly powerful magnetic force.” (Discourse on Shivarathri Day, 13 March 2002. See Sanathana Sarathi – April 2002, p. 125 or http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2002/d020313.html)
Again, over a year later, he said, “Today I want to tell you something very significant. This body of Mine is filled with attraction power from top to toe. It is the divine magnetic power. From Sivarathri onwards it has been increasing day by day though it was present in Me always. Worldly magnets attract only iron filings whereas this divine magnet attracts the entire world.
“You are under the mistaken notion that Swami is having pain in His legs and therefore He is unable to walk comfortably. I have absolutely no pain whatsoever. If I put one foot forward it is being pulled by the other as there is immense attraction power in My feet. As you are aware, even the earth is endowed with attraction power. It only attracts and does not cause any pain. Swami has no pain at all. This attraction power in Me is increasing day by day. Whatever I touch with My hand, gets stuck to it. Such magnetic power is present in every man.” (“Divine Discourse” of March 16, 2003)
However, the explanation of his hobbling was bound up with the fact that he was already suffering from an old hip-joint fracture in 9/8/1988 when he slipped on the soap in his bathroom. His hip weakness evidently led to a worsening condition. The magnetism got so powerful on June 4th, 2003 that it pulled him hard down on his slippery bathroom floor and broke his (probably osteo-arthritic) hip-joint. So his Divine Will (i.e. ‘sankalpa’) was not enough to counteract the alleged ‘earth magnet’. He had to be operated by doctors in hospital. (see http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/2/hip.htm). Sai Baba believed the earth was animated, calling it Bhoomidev (Earth Mother). So one might then ask if Mother Earth was so much attracted by his magnetic love that she inadvertently crushed his hip-joint?
As to pain, my wife and I were at the first interview 9/8/1988 he gave after his fall where he sustained a hairline hip fracture (a VERY painful event, he told us himself!). That he said he had no pain was clearly to deceive his devotees for he has also said ““When I fractured My hip, it was not possible to even move My leg. The slightest movement caused excruciating pain like that of an electric shock. I told the doctors, ‘This is not My body. This is yours. You may do whatever you deem fit.’ One who has given up body consciousness will have no suffering at all.” (published discourse 13-July-2003 (as in Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 36 2003 found at www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume36/sss36-12.pdf). How then did he experience excruciating pain in the first place? See disclaimer
If divine magnetism attracts the entire world why have no scientists ever been able to register any such phenomenon? He did not explain why that ‘attraction power’ was increasing then, nor how it is present in every man. Its effects are not ‘common occurrences’! The force that attracted his body to the earth was gravity, not magnetism. How can he or anyone know or measure the magnitude and increase in that supposed power? He was particularly confused about gravitational force and magnetic force, the latter being also equally capable of repelling as attracting. This again showed his simplistic lack of scientific understanding. That he has always refused any genuine scientists who wished to study his miraculous powers is a very significant fact. Had any of his materialisation or other miracles been confirmed, his messages about miracles and divinity would have had an enormous impact and almost inevitable created faith in countless millions of people. As it is, believer in his alleged powers have never exceeded a few millions at best, and the number has diminished very considerable, especially among people with access to the Internet.
That he said the gold in his body ‘churning and churning’ (to produce the golden lingam) had caused him to have hugely increased magnetic power. He is also quoted saying that magnets attract nothing but iron filings! This all shows he imagined gold to be magnetic. Had he not thrown away his school book so early on, he might have learned that gold and various other metals do not magnetize.
He had surely heard that the earth has a magnetic field with North and South magnetic poles? He apparently thought that the earth’s magnetism dragged on his feet, or else vice-versa. See excerpt from his discourse (right hand) Had this been so, then why did the ‘magnetic’ food not stick in his gullet and throughout his body? He also said that when he lifted one foot by his ‘divine will (sankalpa)’ despite the massive force, the other one stuck to the ground. (Amusingly, this suggests he even may have been trying to lift both feet simultaneously). During Mahashivarathri 2002 he held that the magnetic power is only in Divinity (meaning in himself before all others), but then a year later (16/3/2003) he contradicted this stating this power is in everyone and, as seen above, even in flowers and fruit.
All this was entertaining to those few followers who did not believe it. Even some VIP professors defended it as deep wisdom surpassing science. Some surely hoped he would shut up about things he knows relatively very little about… as it was an embarrassment to any intelligent or properly educated person.