KOLKATA (C.M. Paul) – Sathya Sai Baba, who had millions of followers across the world, died 24 April 2011, Easter Sunday (7.28) morning. Though he predicted to die at the age of 96, he died at 84. The last rites will be performed on Wednesday (27 April) with full state honours announced Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who air-dashed to Puttaparthi (in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, South India) after news of the death. Satya Sai Baba death predictions exposed. http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/sai-baba-prediction-of-his-death/
Sai Baba had been on ventilator support for many days with his vital organs failing. He was being treated at the super specialty hospital that he created for the masses. Doctors confirmed that Sai Baba died of cardio-respiratory failure.
Sathya sai Empire is now spread across 186 countries, operating 1,200 organizations and some 13,000 institutions run on the financial steam of a collective membership of about 50 million and assets worth INR 50,000 crore (UKP 5.5 billion).
Born as Sathyanarayana Raju in November 23, 1926 in Puttaparthi, his devotees claimed he started singing Sanskrit verses, of which he had no knowledge, one day in March 1940 after being apparently stung by a scorpion.
Within two months, the teenager claimed to be a reincarnation of the more famous Shirdi Sai Baba, who had reportedly stated before his death in 1918 that he would reappear in the then Madras Presidency eight years later.
In no time, the boy gathered a following as he stepped into the world of spirituality. Word spread that Raju could make objects such as food and sweets materialise out of thin air.
Sai Baba remained single. Not much is known about his personal life.
The killing of four alleged intruders into Sai Baba’s bedroom by police in 1993 still remains a mystery.
Sathya Sai Baba – From Thirst For Name And Fame To Notoriety And Infamy. Link to 58 minute BBC documentary. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3767740320034777862#
The most popular of all Indian God-men, Sai Baba has always been the Teflon God, the untouchable, charismatic man worshipped by Indian prime ministers, presidents and peasants. His power over both the influential and the downtrodden goes to the heart of Indian society and raises serious questions about the social health of the world’s fastest-emerging economy. Sai Baba claims to be a living God and, to millions, his word is truth; his ability to bring clean water and healthcare to thousands, proof of divinity.
In a programme that explores the nature of belief, This World travels fromIndiatoCalifornia, where the generation whose devotion and donations helped Sai Baba to power is unravelling at the seams. Hard Rock Café owner Isaac Tigrett sent Sai Baba’s message around the world by making the Godman’s Love All Serve All mantra the corporate slogan of his multimillion-dollar empire. He now has to confront the fact that his God may have been a sexual abuser.
This World features the story of a family who gave their entire lives to a man they believed was God, only to discover he was exacting a terrible price: the sexual innocence of their son. In an intimat and powerful portrait a family talk openly about their betrayal and the man who controlled their lives. This site claims to be the only site of complaint against Sathya Sai Babawritten in Italian! http://www.exbaba.it/texts/sai_baba_mi_ha_molestato.htm
“The being which I called Sai Baba, the living God that I had taken into my heart, had been truly abusing my son, for so long. I felt completely betrayed,” says Marissa, a former devotee. Another, Alaya, says: “I remember him saying, ‘If you don’t do what I say, your life will be filled with pain and suffering’.”
This programme is the first to film inside Sai Baba’s Ashram for a number of years and aims to come closer to the true “face of God” than ever before. 12-18 June 2004 Week 24 TV. For reviews on BBC documentary “This World – Secret Swamy” 2004. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/15/UKPress_Secret_Swami.html