Two recent quotes from Sai Baba's Wonderful World

Date: 05-11-02

By: Robert Priddy


Sathya Sai Baba - Extensive information and Viewpoints

Today man is putting his senses to misuse and as a result his body is becoming weaker day by day. He shortens his life-span by his unsacred vision and by indulgence in sensual pleasures. Lakhs of light rays in his eyes are being destroyed because of his unsacred vision. That is the reason what man is developing eye defects." (Sai Baba, discourse on 5/7/2001 Sanathana Sarathi, August 2001,  p. 226) 

Comment:  Is this the kind of absurdly non-scientific doctrine that students at Sai Baba colleges have to swallow? So man is developing eye defects and shortening life span… doesn’t Baba know about the vast improvements in health, life span and eye-care made by science in recent centuries? Age expectancy has risen progressively in almost all countries in the world, notably excepting Russia since the Soviet State fell, when the economy was wrecked and religious freedom was introduced.

Bjorn Lomborg writes in his 2001 book "The Sceptical Environmentalist": "Fewer and fewer people are starving. In 1900 we lived for an average of 30 years; today we live for 67. According to the UN we have reduced poverty more in the last 50 years than we did in the preceding 500, and it has been reduced in practically every country."So, any shortcomings in world health certainly have quite other causes than unsacred vision! 

 "Actually, one should never seek pardon for the mistake committed. One should be prepared to undergo the punishment. Only then can one be free from defects. When a person commits a serious offence, he is put in jail. He is released only after he undergoes punishment for the required period. Likewise, if you want redemption, you should atone for your sins and be prepared to face punishment for your mistakes. You should exercise control over the senses and see that you do not repeat your mistakes." (Sai Baba, discourse on 5/7/2001 Sanathana Sarathi, August 2001, p. 230) 

Comment: Will SB follow his own advice? Does he mean that being a passive accomplice to the cold-blooded execution of young men is a mistake? Would he think not exercising control of the senses and repeating the lifelong mistakes of sexual molestation to be a mistake?