This is what Wikipedia describes Shri Sathya Sai Baba as.Recently I saw an article in Times Of India that questions Baba’s powers (do read that article to understand my post better).As a non-spiritual and logical guy I definitely cannot refute the writer’s claim.That is probably the exact reason why Wikipedia describes him as just a “spiritual figure”.Baba was known to conjure “small” things from thin air,and that is why I have named this post as such.
In spite of all these,I really don’t understand why should we at all question his abilities.If he was called “God” by his followers ,then it was not only for his miracles…It was for his virtues…for his philanthropic work ,his ideals and teachings.His miracles were just a a minor part in the big picture.If his “miracles” were the only reason ,then a lot of magician could have had millions of followers.
Obviously the next question you would ask is that then if he is just a magician then why such “pretense”.To understand this we need to understand the Indian culture.A culture that can be united by only three things.
The type of philanthropic work can only be done if he can get mass followers by the first two methods.Out of which politics is overcrowded with such people that,it is impossible for a single spoke to turn in the opposite direction and help the masses.Moreover surviving in todays political movement is not at all easy unless you are from a political family.
Baba chose the second way,he united people through faith and spirituality.The faith of people cannot come in a day.There needs to be something which will make people notice you.This is where the “miracles” came handy.But before we start shouting ,we must realize that it is not possible for a single common man to build hospitals/villages around the world,without anyone’s support.He had founded healthcare facilities,schools,universities and water projects .
The Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital was opened in Whitefield, Bangalore, in 1977 and provides complex surgeries, food and medicines free of cost. The hospital has treated over 2 million patients.
If he is called God,then its because he chose to help people……Its because he chose to actually do something and not sit and criticize ….Its because he had the ability to inspire faith in millions of people…..its because he could unite people from different race and religion.These are the things that make him a God……and these are things that everybody should respect him for.