Revered Hindu guru Sathya Sai Baba dies at age 86
.By AIJAZ RAHI, Associated Press Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press – 1 hr 40 mins ago
PUTTAPARTI, India – Hindu guru Sathya Sai Baba, revered by millions worldwide, died Sunday after nearly a month of hospital treatment near his southern Indian ashram. He was 86.
The news brought an outpouring of grief from his followers, including high Indian officials, who remembered him as a pious person who worked selflessly to help others with the billions of dollars donated to his charitable trust.
Women selling marigold garlands broke down in tears outside the ashram, while devotees began flocking to the temple complex where the guru's body will lie through Tuesday.
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, where Sai Baba spent the past weeks on breathing support and dialysis, appealed for calm. Police, heavily deployed since Sai Baba was hospitalized March 28, kept tight control over road traffic and crowds. Shops were told to close to limit the number of people in town.
Your path, baba, even if it has some virtue, seems to me made for the culture you lives in.
he has said, I have read, either he himself or from other people,
---"anyone who eats meat is not a devotee of mine"
---"one should eat....[the India way of eating]
---he says marriage is almost the most important thing in life. [i feel he is saying, like many Indians, an arranged marriage is best!]
lets not talk about the scandals, the sex things, the other slight of hand tricks that he is accused of.
millions worship him as a God.
a God who says he will live until he is 95 or 96 years old.
someone even dredged up a prediction that apparently he made around 2000 where is is supposed to have said that he will have a medical sickness and be unconscious for 40 days then awake and be better than ever....[something like may 8th, 40th day, give or take a few days.]
watch India begin to come apart as the infighting begins and his *perceived" aura of peace and love are not there anymore. watch the bitter fight over his money. will Pakistan now begin a nuclear war, soon?!
ah, another Notch carved on the tobacco pipes, of the critics. And another Notch carved *for* putting down a guru figure for saying that life has a Meaning: any meaning at all: kill it, see through it all, as anything of Meaning has clay feet.
just do not aim that laser beam, by mistake, at your own heads, critics! I have seen all too too often, old bitter men, men, and women, who see through it all and "life's a bitch then you die", and they go out to the grave a black hole of anger bitterness, as the anger and cynicism makes them so "heavy" that light cannot now escape; they fall utterly into themselves and thus think only of their own Needs.
--would i want utter "complete acceptance" of any philosophy of life or religion?
I follow the creed, "Question Authority". question anything. like my sister at the super box store, she would literally pound it on the shelf, something she might buy, and if it did not break, she might then buy it!
if the religious people are right, the fundamentalists, they believe that these cult leaders will get you to sign up to a "hotel California" where once you sign up, you can walk out anytime but that you never ever can leave! And...the streets of life are lined with these recruiting offices! touch one of these and you might find yourself living after death in *their* afterlife world for a *VERY* long long time!!