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Apr 12 08 12:02 PM

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The Babaster is one of the biggest. BBC News produced an excellent documentary exposé, yet he still has millions of sadly deluded devotees. He also has a cadre of internet attack specialists, a number of whom have gone to substantial lengths to discredit yours truly.

Miracle-faking and twink-diddling, along with rumors of massive government corruption and a few murders, are only a few of this man's sins. But all that said, I'm still entirely convinced that the man functions as a perfectly adequate image upon which to project the idea of God, making him more a stand in than incarnation, something that is true of every guru who has millions of followers.

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Feb 3 10 2:28 PM

I'm still entirely convinced that the man functions as a perfectly adequate image upon which to project the idea of God, making him more a stand in than incarnation, something that is true of every guru who has millions of followers.

-jodyr

Not just gurus. In India and elsewhere, it's common for people to go to temples and project their ideas of God onto a statue, i.e., a piece of rock. Since human beings are in many ways non-inferior to rocks, it's not surprising that this dynamic of projecting God onto someone/something works with human gurus also.

One thing that's cool about Satya Sai Baba is that he illustrates how much we warp our understanding when we WANT to believe something. SSB's "miracles" are so obviously magic tricks. If he could really materialize anything, why doesn't he do it in the open, rather than ALWAYS doing the miraculous materialization hidden from the viewer? His sleight-of-hand has even been caught on video. Yet people who want to believe, believe.

I watched a documentary on SSB. I'm not sure if it's the same one that mmm just posted. There were interview with this long-time, very rich devotee... I think he was once the owner of Hard Rock Cafe or some similar hip, ultra-successful business. Give the devotee credit for admitting on camera that he does believe it's probably true that SSB diddles kids. And yet it didn't change the devotee's belief that SSB is Lord of the Universe.

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/

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Apr 24 11 7:12 PM

Well...it looks like god is dead.  Years ago sai baba said he was going to live to the age of 93 but he died at 84.  Maybe he (god) in his omniscience couldn't count.  The below link says he was on life support and dialysis for a month before he died today.  Sounds like a pretty painful death.  But, maybe not, since he was god I believe it will be termed a mahasamadhi.  However, sensible people will know he died like all of the rest of the common people.  He simply died.

Whatever suffering he experienced is not nearly enough for all the lives he destroyed with his multiple, inumerable repeated child moslestation and his fraud and despicable life.  If there is any truth to the doctrine of karma he's got a very, very heavy load of horrific suffering ahead of him.  Good!  He avoided accountability in this world and one can only hope that the after life holds him accountable, brutally accountable.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110424/ap_on_re_as/as_india_obit_sathya_sai_baba

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May 28 11 11:49 AM

The only thing that is hard for me to see is that so many people degrade themselves as a spirit and continue to bow down to people who are no more and no less than themselves. "No one is less than divine, people are programed to think and act less than. It's time to change the program."

http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Touch-Plate-Consciousness-Spiritual/dp/1450581684/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282153425&sr=1-1


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