This video from India says about itself:
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
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.
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.
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.