Adieu Sathya Sai Baba–The Philanthropist

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Articles, My Creations
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Sathya Sai Baba (Sathyanarayanana Raju) was Interred today. Born in 1926, November who himself deemed as reincarnation of Shiridi Sai Baba, he died 24th April 2011 at the age of 84 after Multiple organ failure at hospital established by himself at Puttaparthi.Sinve the time he claimed to be an avatar at a young age of 14, he had millions of devotees who followed him in whatever he did. From cabinet ministers, industrialists, chief justices, and cricketers he had more than 500,000 people who attended his funeral. Who was he actually, a demi-god or a fraud(! no offenses) ?

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This will be a huge debate if we go critical. Sai baba preached once,”’My objective is the establishment of sanatana dharma, which believes in one god as propitiated by the founders of all religions.” The apparent materialising of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces and watches by Baba has been a source of both fame and controversy – skeptics consider these simple conjuring tricks while devotees consider them as signs of divinity. Sathya Sai Baba claimed to be the reincarnation of the spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi, whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs.

 

Believing in the Baba was easy. Devotees were not required to adhere to any particular set of beliefs or renounce worldly pleasures; non-Hindus did not need to change their religion. "I am God," he would say. "You too are God. The only difference between you and me is that while I am aware of it, you are completely unaware." With that approach, he attracted a following of some 6 million people and amassed a fortune in the form of a charitable trust valued at an estimated $8.9 billion. According to its most recent filings with India’s Home Ministry, the Sathya Sai Trust received $19.5 million in foreign donations in 2009 alone.

The Sathya Sai Organisation reports that there are an estimated 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 114 countries worldwide. In India itself, Sai Baba drew followers from predominantly upper-middle-class, urban sections of society who have the "most wealth, education and exposure to Western ideas." He was a cultural icon in India and drew an audience with presidents and prime ministers from India and beyond who have become his devotees; in 2002, he claimed to have followers in 178 countries.

He built free hospitals, free water-projects, schools Universities (one of University he built is the only university with A+ grade among University rankings). But many people believes that all the philanthropic activity were alibi to cover all his bad deeds. With his death, his free medical cenetrs and hospitals (which many people from my village have also seen benefited), the free drinking water projects and all universities and schools that has benefitted more than 3millions all over the world will remain with us. It’s a false belief that he was revered because he looted millions of money to the needy. You have to earn to give away, and he (and his trust) spent not more than 20 percent of the anonymous money they have.

regardless of how much money he spent, his philanthropic works are unparalleled to all other works in India. You need to respect him for that. For me he wasn’t a god? but what does god are meant for, aren’t they are supposed to bring smile to dejected faces? He obviously brought many such smiles in whoever came to his hospitals and some 5 million people who are benefitted from his free water projects.

He came into prominence during 1950s and 1960s when India was in Transition. It is not the philanthropic works he did that we should remember. It was a time when India was developing in the field of science and technology, and he did enormous damage to the mindset of people at that time propagating that the miracles can work and are the solution. In-fact, all the devotees believed him for his miracles rather than his philanthropic works. To be precise his philanthropic works started to take substantial shape during the late 80’s only. In the country where the people are gullible, he used the gullibility of people with his well established mechanism to spread his miracles. All these brought him enormous reverence, millions of followers and billions of riches.

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All his works are summed by one of the most heard quote of his, “Love All, Serve All. Help Ever, Hurt Never”.

I don’t know how he got all his money and followers, but he really did a great job with the philanthropic works. I am a non believer of his GOd part but I respect him for his philanthropy.

“Adieu Sathya Sai – The Philanthropist” 

you might wanna look following links as well;

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2067431,00.html#ixzz1KiuGNpGu

http://in.news.yahoo.com/sathya-sai-baba-village-boy-became-demi-god-052347056.html

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/whys/whys_20110425-1256a.mp3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba

p.s if the post was boring and inconcluive, I have all ears to hear your complains and comments. Smile

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