Sri Sathya Sai Baba is No More

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  1. Rahul92

    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    One of India's most revered spiritual leaders, Sri Satya Sai Baba, has died in hospital at the age of 84.


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    The guru, who suffered respiratory problems and kidney failure, died in his hometown Puttaparthi after a cardiac arrest, doctors said.

    He enjoyed support from all areas of Indian society and had followers around the world.

    But he was dogged by controversy including allegations, never proven, of sexual abuse and charlatanism.

    High-profile followers included former Indian Prime Minster Atal Behari Vajpayee and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

    Many devotees considered him a living god, and credited him with mystical powers including the ability to conjure objects out of the air.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described his death as an "irreparable loss".

    "He was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life even as they followed the religion of their choice," said Mr Singh.
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    His organisation has financed health and education projects, among them hospitals and clinics that claim to cure illnesses beyond the capabilities of mainstream medicine.


    But his career was dogged by controversy.

    He was accused of faking some of the so-called miracles attributed to him and some former followers accused him of sexually abusing young male followers.

    The allegations were denied and he was never charged with any offence.

    The hospital said his body would be available for public viewing on Monday and Tuesday before a funeral ceremony is held.

    "We appeal to all not to rush to the hospital, but to remain calm and have Darshan [viewing] in an orderly manner," the hospital said in a statement.

    In recent weeks, the hospital has been mobbed by groups of devotees praying for the guru's wellbeing.

    Satya Sai Baba's hometown has been transformed into a vast complex of hotels, resorts, university buildings, and an enormous ashram thronging with devotees.
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    He rose to prominence as a youngster after announcing to his family that he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, a 19th Century Indian holy man who had been equally venerated by Hindus and Muslims.

    By 1950 he had built his first ashram, and in recent decades managed to build up a global following.


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  3. Rahul92

    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    let his soul rest in peace
     
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    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I don't like that part there is no living god on earth..I'm not his devotee and to be blunt quite dubious about the series of controversy surrounding him but still Rest In Peace
     
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    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I m also not pure devotee but i respect him for his charity work he has buit a NAAC accredited A++ university
     
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    I knew a guy who considered Nithyananda a living God. Only God knows how many million Indians believe in more living Gods.
     
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    what ever the controversies surrounding him may be, he did serve the needy, which no politician ever bothered ..his preachings are motivating and lakhs and lakhs trust him.such personalities are very much required in the present day confused Hindu society to keep them united. Its a sad loss. May his soul rest in peace.
     
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    RIP Baba... the western media BBC, CNN always questioned him citing sex crimes..
     
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    RIP Baba...you found love, peace in a man
     
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    An unfortunate passing, but in the last decade or so people have effectively replaced god with these gurus, spending time praying to gurus instead of praying to god! Hopefully devotees remember that god is god, and always above man, no matter who it is!
     
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    Its not just the recent decades,Hindus have always held high regard for the spiritual guru.Guru sakshaat parabrahma,Guru is the supreme brahman manifest.haven't the scriptures declared that only a 'Guru' is the surest means for an individual to receive jeevanmukthi........To seek 'God',seek a 'Guru'.
     
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    so GOD is only available to you if there is a guru in between, how wonderful, some standards GOD has!
     
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    One needs middle men here too.Seems like a direct connection with God is not possible. Everybody knows that the presence of middle men increase the scope of corruption, doesn't matter whether it is weapons procurement or the blessings of the almighty.But then we are a land of babas ,who cares about logic.
     
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    and its not just an indian or a hindu thing, i had this german boss and he was very happy when the person who became pope was of german nationality and for him pope being a german had brought him that much closer to GOD ........... a much better connection
     
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    TR, source is required every where including getting our wishes fulfilled by God.

    About the Baba, regardless of the controversies surrounding him, he did some good humanitarian work. Hospitals, school and also the entire drinking water project in anantpur district.

    However, a search on YouTube will show you a lot of controversial stuff and also claims of use of stage magicians tricks.
     
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    mate, nothing against the baba here, for whatever he did was his personal matter and something he shared with his devotees but everything against the notion being spread that GOD can be accessed only through a "guru or a source" , from when on did GOD become so selective that one person whose credentials only that person knows can have full access to him but the others cant .............. of course religion today is a multi billion dollar business, and so the middle men show up.
     
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    Rest in Peace.

    But i thought he had said that he would die in 2022. Well only God knows that and not a mere man.
     
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    @Thakur

    'Where' and 'what' is between 'god' and you,what distance exists between you and the god.The scriptures of our Dharma declare that its only our avidya(ignorance) that prevents us from realizing that we are one with the 'brahman'(supreme consciousness).How was Partha going to realize the true nature of his karma,unless Sri Krishna,the guru,hadn't taken pity on his despondency and helped him realize his self by reciting to him the sacred Gita ........Infact in the Gita,Krishna tells Arjuna,for that matter any seeker,to "abandon all Dharma's and come to me alone for shelter"..krishna Places the guru above the Dharma.

    Narendra Dutt,later to become Vivekananda,went to Sri Ramakrishna to seek god and its true nature.The guru is one who realized his self and the only person who can tell you how to achieve that yourself.For realizing your self is truly becoming one with god.

    The Upanishads declare tat Tvam asi (you are that) ,The guru having been there himself,helps you realize you are that.
     
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    @Thakur

    'Where' and 'what' is between 'god' and you,what distance exists between you and the god.The scriptures of our Dharma declare that its only our avidya(ignorance) that prevents us from realizing that we are one with the 'brahman'(supreme consciousness).How was Partha going to realize the true nature of his karma,unless Sri Krishna,the guru,hadn't taken pity on his despondency and helped him realize his self by reciting to him the sacred Gita ........Infact in the Gita,Krishna tells Arjuna,for that matter any seeker,to "abandon all Dharma's and come to me alone for shelter"..krishna Places the guru above the Dharma.

    Narendra Dutt,later to become Vivekananda,went to Sri Ramakrishna to seek god and its true nature.The guru is one who realized his self and the only person who can tell you how to achieve that yourself.For realizing your self is truly becoming one with god.

    The Upanishads declare tat Tvam asi (you are that) ,The guru having been there himself,helps you realize you are that.
     
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    And who made a law that self can be realised only and only through someone who quite possibly is still on his journey of discovering self? No one ever stopped you from discovering who you are, no one ever stopped you from meditation, it is a realization that one goes through over a period of time, possibly the best mode of doing which is meditation and as one goes through this process, the realization strikes, the other person is also going through the same process though at what stage that person is will differ, be that a guru or who so ever, if you know what I am talking about ………. And for all this one doesn’t require any writter text be it in whichever form, it is the connection one sets with that supreme being irrespective of someone being in between or not and if there is a 3rd person in between and you as an individual are not going through that journey, one will have no inkling of exactly what happens and in the process surrender to someone who might take the other for the ride because quite likely this other person might have never ever discovered that supreme being, and for all this to be experienced one does not require any book, text or an individual, GOD as he is or as I like calling him, the supreme being, always was and is open to anyone who wants to discover him and self, he is just right across there and it is you the individual who has to take the journey and not some third person for you or the end result will be as happens with people most of the time, when in presence of a guru or in a religious place people tend to behave as if they are purest of the lot but the moment they step out all gets forgotten and are back to their routine, busy cutting the others engulfed in frustrations that for some reason never tend to leave, the same cycle of never ending daily routine.

    Yes there can be a guru, a guide, but it is only you as an individual who will have to take the journey and there is never a necessity that a guru or a guide is a must, and if you take the journey yourself then that very supreme being becomes your guide, your guru, so where does the need of any third person arise. It’s a matter of experiencing not to be read somewhere.
     

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