The remarkable case of the “Weeping saris”
Posted by robertpriddy on November 15, 2014
The claim by Sai Baba that he was both Rama and Krishna come again was ‘supported’ with the following quite preposterous story reported by Dr. John Hislop
In January 1968, Dr. John Hislop taped interviews he had with Sathya Sai Baba, including the following quite preposterous story. This ever-uncritical and naively trusting ‘seeker of truth’, who had gone from guru to guru his whole life, asked Sai Baba:
Hislop: “Swami, something has happened here. Water is around this box. These saris will get wet. (Swami removed the cover of the box and those of us who were standing there could see that the edges of the saris were wet. The cardboard box with four saris in it was lying on a table at the Dharmakshetra in Bombay. Swami had selected 96 saris for distribution to some lady volunteers, and of the 100 brought for His inspection, four were replaced in the box to be returned later to the merchant. The table was not close to any source of water, and Hislop, several other men, and Swami had been standing there from the time the saris were examined one by one, by Swami.)
Sai: The saris are weeping because Swami has rejected them. Now, I will take them.”
Hislop: Swami! “How could that be? Does Swami say that inanimate objects have injured feelings and can weep?“
Sai: “Inanimate objects are also capable of feeling joy and grief. When the bridge towards Lanka was built by the monkeys so that Rama could march to Ravana’s kingdom where Sita was held captive, one last mountain peak was carried to the bridge site. But it was too late. There was no need for it. At this circumstance the mountain shed tears of anguish, and news of this was quickly taken to Rama. His compassion was great, and he sent word that the mountain should no longer sorrow, that he would surely use it on a future occasion. In the Avathara of Krishna, it was this very mountain peak, the Govadhana Peak, which the youth, Krishna, lifted on his finger to shelter the cowherds of Gokul from Indra’s deluge of rain.”
Hislop: “Swami! This great drama of Rama and Krishna and the mountain peak has been recapitulated here in Bombay on this day before our very eyes… (etc..)”
Sai: “Yes. And it is also the self-same Rama and the self-same Krishna who is here this day.”
COMMENT: Does this ‘animated saris’ tale need any comment? If only because many devotees believe it, especially those misguided Hindu Sai-devotees, it seems it does! Not only does this conflict with other ‘teachings’ of SSB about the differences between the various realms of beings, but it makes one think that SSB is seeing just how far he can push the credulity of a man who held a Western Ph.D, as did Dr. Hislop. He retold the story with relish and naive faith! One would think that such a person must at least have passed the test of ‘blind belief’ that SSB has set up for a true devotee etc. and qualified for ‘liberation’?
But no, we are told by Hislop in his last book that Sai Baba told him he must be reborn again, even though he had seen the so-called ‘lingodbhava‘ many times and had worked ceaselessly for SSB for decades! A dis-grace!