Millions Mourn Indian Guru Sathya Sai Baba

Monday, April 25, 2011

Followers are mourning the loss of an iconic Indian religious figure today: Shri Sathya Sai Baba died on Sunday in his home town of Puttaparthi in South India. At least a million devotees are expected to pilgrimage to the ashram to pay their respects to the guru and mystic who preached religious unity and ecumenicalism. But Shri Sathya Sai Baba was more than just a preacher – for his millions of followers worldwide he was a divinity incarnate, a “god-man” for more than 50 years.

Joining us now Dr. Tulasi Srinivas, assistant professor of Antrhopolgoy at Emerson College and author of “Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism through the Sathya Sai Movement.”

Guests:

Tulasi Srinivas

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [4]

Robert Priddy from Oslo, Norway

Unfortunately Tulasi Srinivas wrote a biased book about Sathya Sai Baba and his movement, despite having taken in a few of the (weaker) criticisms of dissidents, former followers who knew Sathya Sai Baba personally and his corrupted and secretive organization from the inside. Srinivas contacted me numerous times to ask for facts and documentations which were provided in full, yet she ignored almost all those which reflect really badly on SB and his servitors. She dissimulated as regards the overwhelming sexual abuse testimonies and the murders of four of his ex-students in his bedroom apartment, murders to which Sathya Sai Baba was known to be cognisant nearby as well as being a party to covering-up together with the Indian Government of the entire infamous episode. Her work has many flaws and failings such that it would never have obtained a degree for here here at Oslo University, where I was an examiner for many years.

Sep. 05 2011 11:46 AM
Indianspark from India

Love All Serve All - game of tennis anyone? He was poor magician who caught on camera. People who believe that he could manifest things, need to deal with their cognitive dissonance. Bill gates gave away more money( that he earned) through his foundation ( fully accountable) than Sai Baba who got all the money from others via donations. He used a small part of it for charity . This is why the assets in his tax free trust which is not accountable to anyone is still 9 billion dollars. Snap out of your delusion people.

Apr. 27 2011 03:19 AM
NATANAM from CHENAI,INDIA Camp:Doha

Wonderful,Exellent Living GOD left us from
physical body on 24thApril2011.We can cry&feel his physical absence from today till end of human livings in this Universe.But SWAMY taught us a lot how LOVE alone is permanant and LOVE ALL SERVE ALL.It is our Duty to follow all HIS teachings and prove HOW a human should behave,do service and the entire world is one ,should make all countries United and lead a purposeful&peaceful LIFE.JAI SAI RAM.

Apr. 25 2011 10:44 AM
elizabeth from phillipston ma.

He manifested many miracles - and was a friend of one of my teachers, Bob Raymer. He recounted tales of wandering through India with him, Sai Baba, when they were young boys - 19 years old. AFter hours of travelling, Sai Baba would ask what he wanted and Bob would say, "water."
Sai Bab lifted his hand and water ran down into his cup. Food appeared and they ate happily. Being with him was a treasure; he vibrated at a frequency of love and God. (Seeing God as the essence of all that is arising!) All is vibration he would say. We all miss him and his message of light and love.

Apr. 25 2011 10:17 AM

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