Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Of Swami's and Baba's

Since I was a kid, I have always been very skeptical of the so called "god-men". And there is such a proliferation of such men (and women) in India. I have now realized that this phenomenon of god-men or other variations of them, seems to be a global one. "It's regular folks everywhere, of every level of education and sophistication, who embrace devils and deities."(Randi)

How do such god-men come about? Why do so many people from all backgrounds flock to them? Are all of them pure fraud or are there some of them who genuinely believe themselves(mistakenly ofcourse) to be divine?

Being an agnostic, I am biased...I believe all of them are out to make money and have found a very profitable way of doing so. It would have been less of a concern if these Baba's were only making themselved rich; what bothers me is the very considerable clout they wield in matters that they shouldn't be having anything to do with.

Read what James Randi has to say about one of the most illustrious of all the Baba's...Satya Sai Baba...I personally think he is a genius in his line!


BhanojiRao said...

God-men and people who call themselves representatives of god are not a recent phenomenon and they have existed from times Unknown. They have existed in all times and all countries. From Pope to Dalai lama to sathya sai baba all of them are different forms of the god-men or messengers of god. I Think we are much fortunate in India that the God-men are not very active in the political field, Unlike in Some countries where they influence the laws of the country.

This link has videos of Sathya sai baba showing his so-called divine magic.

H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda said...

I was a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba for just over a decade, and made six trips to see him in India. Now no longer a devotee, I use this blog to record memories, comments and muses on the SB scenario and also point out inaccuracies in SB's philosophical and theological presentation.: