Sai Baba, ‘divine’ conjurer, dies


This video from India says about itself:

Baba cheating with vibhuti (1.90 MB):

Look, from the beginning, at Baba’s right hand! You can see that he is grabbing something (probably vibhuti) from under the letters which he is holding in his left hand, after that he performs vibhuti and distributes it four times.

From NDTV in India today:

April 24, 2011 14:03 IST

Puttaparthi: Spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba passed away at the Sathya Sai super speciality hospital at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh‘s Anantapur district today.

By Elizabeth Flock, blogging at the Washington Post site in the USA:

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Sai Baba ‘godman’ in critical condition: How will he be remembered?

Guru and “godman” Sathya Sai Baba is in critical condition.

Doctors say they are making last-ditch efforts to save the 84-year-old spiritual leader, who is suffering from a heart problem.

Meanwhile, prominent devotees urged people not to believe “rumors” about Sai Baba’s health and said he will recover from his illness and live till the 96 years of age he predicted he would.

Wildly popular but equally divisive, Sai Baba claims to be the reincarnation of the great spiritual guru Sai Baba of Shirdi, who died in 1918 and is worshipped as a saint by Hindus, Muslims, and Christians to this day.

Sai Baba’s skeptics, however, point to charges and accusations leveled at Sai Baba of fraud, sexual abuse, and murder.

The living Sai Baba, easily recognizable with his orange gown, rounded face, and shock of frizzy hair, has followers that number between 20 million and 50 million worldwide. He presides over the largest ashram in the world with 50,000 visitors each day, where he holds “darshan,” or “a visit with God,” at the ashram twice daily. His devotees call him a “godman” and the “Second Coming of Christ” and believe he can make objects materialize and perform other miracles.

His skeptics say he uses sleight of hand tricks to make objects materialize. However, that’s the least of the crimes Sai Baba of which he has been accused.

The U.S. State Department earlier issued a warning against possible pedophilic activities by Sai Baba toward young male devotees. Critics also make mention of Sai Baba’s incredible wealth of more than $9 billion.

If Sai Baba dies, many wonder what the response will be in India, and internationally, and if the reaction of his followers or his critics will speak louder.

4 thoughts on “Sai Baba, ‘divine’ conjurer, dies

  1. Bhagavan Sri Satya Saibaba is a name of kindness. He helped through his trust in Andhra Pradesh and in other states of India not only India in so many countries. He is the avtar of shiridi sai baba no doubt about it. He is in every heart who believe him he has millions of devotees all over the world we all have to walk through his way. He will come again with his another avatar. He helped to so many people in so many counties physically he is no more but in is everyone’s heart.

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  2. To all who listen to their hearts,, Sai Baba only gave his deepest examples of love,, that’s all we have to do as a planet, as a civilization, just love will set u free, he has been freed of his duties because of all the love he has spread and I hope all the people will realize that all they have to do in their own way is give love to all that need it…thank u Sai for being in love with all of us and guiding those who search for a better world.. May love be within us all. You may Rest in Peace.

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