Divine resolve is always true resolve. Remember there is nothing that divine power cannot accomplish. It can transmute earth into sky and sky into earth. To doubt this is to prove that you are too weak to grasp great things, the grandeur of the universe.
Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of this Avathaara… Formerly when the Govardhanagiri (mountain) was raised aloft by a little boy, the gopis and gopalas realised that Krishna was the Lord. Now, it is not one Govardhanagiri , a whole range will be lifted, you will see!”
I find these quotes very amusing. Sathya Sai Baba could do everything except what was really needed !!
Even if one were to appreciate the intentions of doing good work, what was preposterous, were his tall claims about each and everything and then attributing everything to himself or to Divinity in general. This deep attachment to his own name was the root cause of all chaos.
To the declining water levels in his own village, he told people that declining Dharma was the cause of declining water levels. Interestingly his birth (he being the embodiment of Dharma) also did not help increase the water levels! He had no Divine solution for the issue of flourosis. Several villagers were afflicted with flourosis that deformed their bones and crippled them. Similarly several challenges in his own organization right under his nose were equally surprising to see, especially people politics that I describe fully below.
If one is suffering from piles, the solution would be to take medicine, exercise regularly, modify one’s diet or something else. What is the use in asking the person to chant Rama’s name for a piles issue? What if Rama also suffered from the same problem? These type of non-sensical teachings to the common man certainly did not behoove an Avatar !! Of course, these were non-sense to the people listening to these discourses, but not to Sathya Sai Baba himself. He used such mechanisms to help his numbers game.
While working at SSSIHMS, I recall my sister constantly pouring out her work related challenges to me whenever I visited her over weekends. She described all of the politics at her work place and almost always out of desperation had added that Swami will take care of all such crooked people, since he was the one who established Dharma! Little did the poor girl know, that her Swami, was the politician of all politicians ! The crook among all crooks ! Come to think of it, if one needs to get politicians to fall at one’s feet, one needs to be a politician of the top order. Is it not so?
My sister mentioned in detail how there was always friction between various groups in the hospital and also rest of the SSSO staff all around. For e.g. – between North Indians and South Indians, between the Telugu speaking ones and the Tamil speaking ones e.t.c. And each of these staffers were those who diligently greeted you Sairam ! But fought like dogs at the workplace (exactly the way she put it)
All of these staff members, ALL of them, had very bad lives losing their near and dear ones to accidents, divorces e.t.c and this somewhere added to their bad behavior arising out of deep frustration. Interestingly, this behavior was something any normal person would exhibit, but perhaps not expected from so called people on the spiritual path (who are actually abnormal in my opinion!)
At the darshan lines, there was always a fight around who should sit in the first line including recommendations around that, who donated more money, who was closer to whom e.t.c. The other amusing aspect of these cat fights was that the folks involved cleverly used Sai Baba’s teachings to highlight that the other person was at fault. For e.g. – by telling the other person to remove his ego, that it was bad for his spiritual advancement e.t.c !! My mother and sister almost always came out of the Darshan hall each evening describing the ladies side of the fights which was even worse to hear!! And then the jealousies and festering around the trinkets that Swami gave to one and not to another !! And which Sai family was richer than ours and why so – type of discussions !!
If there were ruptures around work or place or position on one side, I also saw ruptures around the other side – that of the degree of work – who was working more, who was doing more seva and who was not working at all !
My point in recounting all of the above is in the context of the recent news highlighting the friction between Sai Baba camps at Put-apart-the-i and Mud-den-halli which are hardly 60 miles apart !!
Couple of videos below
In another video, Prof Anil Kumar answers questions from Russian devotees regarding miracles at Muddenahalli. He responds saying that in Muddenahalli the miracles are only being published to attract devotees!
This friction between the camps is now news to several people. But not so for several of us who have seen through the organization and its entire setup. In fact, this was bound to happen.
Each individual needs credit for the work he does. He needs identity and recognition. He needs respect and reward, a reward being as simple as a pat on the back and freedom to drive things his own way as long as the goal is the same. Sathya Sai Baba never setup his organization to allow this. Wherever his followers did work, they needed to attach his name and say that all this was done by Swami, not them.
When such an individual who has toiled all his life, looks back at the end of his life, he will have a hollow feeling deep within. Whatever happened to all the struggles? And that too through all sorts of crap like politics e.t.c. How is it that the good work done by the individual , is done by Swami, but their bad actions attract karma?
It is when such a realization dawns, things such as this (deep organizational schisms) follow.
If his organization in Puttaparthi alone was in chaos despite all of them considering him as Lord and master, imagine how deeply flawed was Sai Baba’s vision of the whole world falling at his feet, and then dancing in unity.
This highlights the importance of a teacher who can teach in a manner where followers practice the teachings and have no need for (and therefore can forget) the teacher, rather than forget the teachings in the name of the teacher, as is true of the Sai cult. Only a selfless teacher who has no attachment to his own name and form can deliver such pure teachings.
So long as there is attachment to a particular name, and withholding of the credit that people deserve, chaos is inevitable.