Finally the news was broke yesterday about the death of the Godman, self-proclaimed reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Important declaration first: I am not a believer of such gurus or babas. But in reality we have tons of believers from all parts of society rich and poor, who follow Sathya Sai baba and many more. The recent Swami Nityananda episode was no new eye-opener of all the fraud these godmen run. I have really never bothered to follow the lives of these godmen. I have learnt that Sathya Sai Baba apart from his religious lectures also did a lot of social upbringing of the people. Free hospitals, schools, universities, clean drinking water projects etc. Apart from the videos of his magic’s revealed on youtube, I haven’t heard of any major scandal.
After his demise, there are many questions to be answered. I read that Baba himself had predicted he would live until 95/96 years of age, but he died at 84 years. How did that happen? Unless, there is the fictional concept of resurrection right away! The next big question is that of his trust – His Empire worth £5.5 billion now needs a chairman. Who will head it, how will they decide, so much of money can cause so much of greed and bad end to an institution to which a huge population around the world depended upon for hope, trust and a good future. Now that there is no godman, who will these weak people look up to?
The news papers are full of his stories; how the Baba never acted on invitations from scientists who challenged him of his magic, powers or knowledge. There were already news about Baba predicting his next Avatar to be from Karnataka state and now we see articles like abandoned boy in Maddur might be the next reincarnation of Sai baba. The whole event seems very crazy from believing a regular man to be God and then his huge empire spread across the globe and now the fight for the ownership of this empire. All that he taught in his spiritual preaching eventually goes to a toss, in the greed to get his property! As a normal human to another human, I wish his soul rests in peace.
I on the other hand, continue not to believe such gurus and instead do my duties sincerely. I have only one life and very little time to achieve infinite things!