“We should help even those who have harmed us. This is the vow of Sai. No matter if some people criticize or ridicule Me, I will always look at them with kindness.“ (Sanathana Sarathi June 2002, p. 166). “There are many who are hostile towards Me. Many ridicule or criticise Me.” (ibid)
First thing to note, Sathya Sai Baba has NEVER done anything to help his critics, that is certain. He has several times strongly implies they have harmed him, so to “help even those who have harmed us” is just his empty words! However, most of his critics have merely pointed out the facts about him which he and his cronies have tried to hide, using suppression, bribery, political clout, clandestine activities and even the infamous murders in his won bedroom to silence all opposition.
Further comment on Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse 6-5-2005 [Note that the ‘Me’ in the top quotation is always with a big ‘M’, as per usual! As in ‘Me and Mine’!]
He also says most unsympathetic things about many people, not least Indian and other politicians but also his devotees and anyone who acts from greed, wanton desire and many other motives. So one may say he sets an example as being a virulent critic of those who do wrong.
Many of us are like Sathya Sai Baba in looking on our detractors with varying degree of tolerance – even sympathy (such as for for their delusional disorders), so there is really nothing so amazingly unique about Sai Baba if he sometimes thinks kindly about critics (which we bear in mind even though he has called them many bad names). He also often roundly disparages – and also ridicules – people in his discourses ( and in group interviews!). Note: Sai Baba also called his accusers Judases and demons! Yes, he actually believes in demons, as well as literally in 14-feet high men like Rama, and ogres too – as he told in the most popular book by J. Hislop ‘Conversations…’!)
“See how much help Swami is giving to the poor and needy. It is all for their welfare. But some people are not at all realising the value and are not grateful for it. (ibid p. 166). How can one who boasts that he owns nothing, give anything? It was given via Sai Baba by many well-meaning, good people, and not by him as such. But he has to boast and rub it in again and again. Why? Instead, he berates foreigners for giving indiscriminately, as follows (in original discourse, edited out of Sanathana Sarathi).
“Today all the foreigners are distributing money, distributing money, distributing money, and they are making the country of Bharath very low.” This is yet another preposterous and sweeping false statement about India by Sathya Sai Baba! In the original discourse he also waffles on about someone who became the US President, but without naming him, Lincoln is evidently intended. But what he says about Lincoln’s politics towards the black population demonstrates very basic ignorance of the facts.
Sai Baba’ actually advises a form of deception, “You cannot always oblige, but you can always speak obligingly”. This quite simply also means to pretend that one is obliging when one actually is not! It is to mislead and is ‘bad faith’.He is obliging at times, but – contrary to this – his discourses are packed with harangues against others of all kinds.
Most of Sai Baba’s critics now care little or nothing as to what he thinks of them. At the same time, he clearly takes pleasure in pointing out how much his critics will suffer, in this instance for example, by saying “Hurting someone who has helped you will result in losing your eyesight”. Not only is this a sheer absurdity, but it is a threat to those unfortunates who believe he is all-powerful. He has implied that he is hurt (eg. said he puts up a smiling face despite heavy criticism), even though he later says, “none of it will reach me”. But much of it did get to him most certainly, rousing him into making awful threats against his detractors in his angry, lectern-thumping, and infamous Christmas Day Discourse of 2000 Such unforgiving talk from this self-promoting ‘God the Father’ on the birthday of the all-forgiving Jesus Christ! Was this conscious insult to Christians or mere ignorance of their creed? Forgiveness is above all the value par excellence of Christianity. and did not figure at all in the traditional Indian spiritual value system, as far as I can discover. We see how Krishna was for war and blood at Kurukshetra. When Hindus like Ramakrishna embraced the Jesus figure, forgiveness became an occasional value in some Hindu teachings.
So Sathya Sai Baba continues to speak with two tongues, and still within one and the same discourse. This is not so surprising from a dual entity with a Janus-faced personality – a man (S.N. Raju) who is ‘very human’ (Kasturi’s remark) with all kinds of failings (admitted by many close servitors) – and then a self-proclaimed deity (‘Sai Baba’) from some other realm with what he has called his ‘very fast helpers’ and who tells us that the whole of humanity working together could never understand him! A person whose oft-reputed unmastered lust makes him much more like Ravana than Rama, believe what you will!
Incidentally, I do not set out simply to ‘ridicule’ Sathya Sai Baba – unless that be pointing out what is already ridiculous of itself – though I am certainly criticising him. I am truly only pointing out his self-contradictions, and many discrepancies between his words his actions and his actual observable behaviour. The fact is, Sathya Sai Baba talks so exaggeratedly and acts so otherwise in so many things, that he comes across as ridiculous (to those who are not totally indoctrinated with his excuses and deceptions about everything wrong he does and says – his ‘three ton lingam‘, his ‘magnetic feet attracting the earth to him‘, that he will fly unaided so his devotees can see him worldwide, that he will life a mountain range to save devotees and so on). I also comment critically on all the secrecy and cover-up surrounding much of what he does, and the consequences it all has or can have for truth, good people and social justice. If my deepest conscience did not demand of me to do this difficult service, I would be only to happy to desist. Moreover, I exert considerable efforts to write nothing that is untruthful or unconsidered about Sai Baba.
Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization