Blind persons sought cure from Sathya Sai Baba – “no luck”
Posted by robertpriddy on December 5, 2014
“Ulf told us the other night that the blind middle-aged Danish devotee Henning was told by Baba in an interview that he could cure his blindness, but then Henning would have to be blind in the next life! AS DEFERRED KARMA” (from my Indian visit diary notebook, Sunday 1st November, 1998)
Ulf was Ulf Sviberg, then a very active office-bearer in the Swedish Organization who wore a large white stone set in a gold ring – called a diamond by Sai Baba and everyone else there. But there can be no doubt that it is another of the typical cheap synthetic ‘gemstonea’ Sathya Sai Baba gave away which nearly all close devotees insist are diamonds!
I sometimes sat near to a male Danish follower called Henning on the chairs at darshan. He was desperate to be cured of his very long-term blindness and who visited many healers and diverse other avatar claimants in the hope of success. He remained blind, however. So the presumptuous Full Avatar could not actually cure his blindness (though devotees will say he ‘would not for karmic reasons’ so as to protect their blind faith in this frequent maker of false promises of healing and protection).
Uncured blindness at Puttaparthi
There are many cases of blindness Sathya Sai Baba never cured, and V.K. Narasimhan told me he had never come across a single genuine case of cure in 20 years following every event at the ashram. I also knew a blind Frenchman who I often assisted who was also sorely disappointed after long stays at the ashrams. When I sat beside him he wanted a running commentary on whether Sai Baba looked at him or not. I did not clearly see Sai Baba do so.
Further, I knew a totally blind Indian man in his 40s or so who lived permanently in Puttaparthi who sat on the chairs for invalids every day. I had conversations with him and visited him where he had rooms in Puttaparthi village. He told me that he believed his own brother was planning to murder him, because Sathya Sai Baba had told him that and said it was best for him to leave home and everything behind him permanently, which he had done – poor soul. He had been there for years and had to ask anyone he could manage to get into conversation with for help of one kind or another (a shirt, a pair of pants), while his blindness was still the same despite endless prayers to Sathya Sai Baba.
Sathya Sai Baba could not even cure the blindness in one eye of his own indispensable editor of his journal Sanathana Sarathi, V.K. Narasimhan, despite personally applying vibuti to it when it became infected (See here) and/or See my notes at the time here
Finally, Sai Baba lost weight tremendously and was on stimulants and sleeping pills before hospitalisation in 2011 where he also suffered a whole series of organ failures: heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain… none of which he could cure. So much for his lifetime of boasting of his perfect health and omnipotence.
Submitted on 2014/12/05 at 12:33 pm
“V.K. Narasimhan told me he had never come across a single genuine case of cure in 20 years following every event at the ashram.” This is a VERY telling account, and one that most if not all of us long-time residents of the ashram can attest to. The ‘cures’ giddily discussed by us devotees more often than not involved fanciful thinking or coincidences. For instance, if we got a fever, it was swami’s will and helping us to overcome karma. If the fever went away after a week (as fevers usually do), then swami cured us, glory be!