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Who is Sathya Sai Baba

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By R. D. Awle [Copyright 2001. This material may be downloaded, reproduced and distributed freely, as long as the source is clearly attributed.]

Testimony of the Modern Day Masters

One of the greatest Saints of this century was a woman named Anandamoyi Ma. (The name translates as ‘Bliss-permeated Mother.’ There’s a photo of her, standing next to Paramahansa Yogananda, in Autobiography of a Yogi.) She was so pure and filled with God that she was widely considered to be a Divine Incarnation herself: there seemed to be nothing in her but God, and her words were Truth itself.  According to one of her closest Western devotees, over the years she had often been asked, “Who is this Sathya Sai Baba we keep hearing about?”  But for many years she never gave an answer.  In the last year of her life, however, the question came up again, and this time she gave the following response: “This body will speak on this question only once; don’t ask again.  Sathya Sai Baba is the most powerful incarnation of God ever to come to the Earth.  And there won’t be another at His level for another sixty centuries.”1

That amazing testimony was recently strengthened for me when I went to one of Anandamoyi Ma’s ashrams in the Himalayas.  When I shared the preceding quote with a Swami there7, he said that Anandamoyi Ma had then added, “It’s no wonder you keep hearing about Sai Baba.  He is the Avatar of this Yuga!”  (Avatar means Incarnation of God; a Yuga is an era lasting many thousands of years.)

Other Saints have given similar testimony.  Shortly before he left his physical body behind, Paramahansa Yogananda was approached by one of his close American disciples, a woman.  “Master,” she said, “I know you are planning on leaving your body.  You must take me with you!  You are my God!” 

“Nonsense,” replied Yogananda. “God is God; I am your Guru.” 

“But Master, if you leave without me, I will commit suicide!” 

“Enough of that foolishness!  God Himself is now incarnate on Earth, in South India. His name is Sai Baba.  When I leave you are going to live with Him.”  (His prediction proved correct; after Yogananda’s death, that devotee spent the rest of her life at Sai Baba’s ashram.)8

Mata Amritanandamayi (also known as Ammachi), Herself considered to be an incarnation of the Divine Mother, was once asked, “Who is Sai Baba?”  She replied, “Avatar.  Perfect from birth.”9

On the day after Sai Baba’s birth (November 23, 1926), Sri Aurobindo, another great Saint of this century, broke a long period of silence to announce, “Twenty-fourth November, 1926, was the descent of Krishna into the physical.  A power infallible shall lead the thought, in earthly hearts kindle the Immortal’s Fire, even the multitude shall hear the voice!”10 It seems obvious at this point that his announcement of Krishna’s physical re-embodiment was referring to the birth of Sathya Sai Baba. 

Mother Krishnabai, the Self-Realized disciple of Swami Ramdas (the great Saint from Kerala), told her devotees, “Sai Baba is an Avatar, a full incarnation of Krishna.  He is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva together in one form!” She recommended they spend as much time in His presence as possible.11

Swami Satchidananda, the Enlightened sage who currently runs Anandashram in Kerala, was recently asked about the allegations against Sai Baba.  He replied, “Forget about it.  He is God!”12

Karunamayi (also known as Vijayeshwari Devi, considered by many to be a living incarnation of the Goddess Sarasvati) recently told one of her close devotees, "Sai Baba and Amma [meaning herself] are both watching over you."  Apparently she also knows who Baba is!

Yogi Ramsuratkumar made it clear on numerous occasions that Sai Baba is an incarnation of God.  He often asked visitors from Baba’s ashram, “You’ve left God to see this beggar?”13  (Of course, that “beggar” was himself merged in the all-pervading Consciousness; the beauty of his attainment was matched only by his humility.)

Shiva Balayogi, another of the great Gurus of the last century, was once asked about Sai Baba.  He replied, “Sathya Sai Baba is an Avatar.”14

Master El Moya and Master Kuthumi, two of the great Ascended Masters behind the founding of the Theosophical Movement, also declared Sai Baba to be an Avatar. According to author Howard Murphet, in the book “The Light Will Set You Free” these Masters have stated, “Avatar Sai Baba is carrying the Divine consciousness in the world today.”15

Maitreya, the mysterious Master who has been miraculously appearing before people in various places around the globe throughout the last two decades, has said (through his spokesman, Benjamin Creme) that He (Maitreya) is the planetary Avatar, while Sai Baba is the Universal Avatar.16

Testimony from Gopalakrishna Baba,  Devi Amma, "Little Heart" and Vasantha Sai appears later in the website. 

Baba’s Own Words

And what does Baba Himself say? “The totality of Divine Energy has come unto humanity as Sathya Sai.  This is a human form in which every Divine Entity, every Divine Principle, that is to say all the names and forms ascribed by man to God are manifest.”19  He says He is the Father who sent Jesus - but then adds that we are also God, but have forgotten: 

“You as body, mind or soul are a dream.  But what you really are is pure existence, knowledge, bliss.  You are the God of this universe.”20

He declares that He knows the entire past and future of every one of us, as well as our every thought - and frequently proves this assertion by revealing intimate knowledge of the innermost thoughts and personal lives of His devotees.  His continuous flow, for over six decades, of miraculous manifestations, and instantaneous healings of ‘incurable’ maladies such as cancer, paralysis and blindness, is, to my knowledge, unparalleled in the history of the world.  I’ve also read a number of well-documented accounts of Baba bringing people back from the dead, including a Nepalese woman named Bharosa Adhikari, and an elderly American named Walter Cowan, whose resurrection is beautifully described in My Baba and I, by Dr. John Hislop. Another such account, regarding an Indian devotee named V. Radhakrishna, follows later in the website.

1 This was told to the author by a man who visited Anandamoyi Ma in the last year of Her life. While in Her ashram he was told this quote by one of Her closest Western disciples.

[7] A charming man named Swami Mounananda, who was visiting the Ashram.

[8] This story was related to the author by a woman who was a close friend and caretaker of the Yogananda devotee during the last years of her life.

[9] This quote was told to the author by a man whose friend had asked Ammachi about Sai Baba in his presence; he had heard the answer directly from Ammachi.  Please note that this quote should be qualified with the understanding that Ammachi has been known to give contradictory statements on this and other topics, depending on whom She is speaking to, apparently giving each one just what they need to progress on their path.  (As She said in a recent talk, "The answers Amma gives are what people need to hear in the moment.")  To the 'Who is Sai Baba?' question, She has responded in many ways, including: "Baba is the ocean, Amma is a wave"; "Amma is the ocean, Baba is a wave"; "Amma feels Baba is not an Avatar"; "Baba is fully Divine"; and "I don't know"!  (Clearly, Ammachi, like Baba, is a Master of Maya!)

[10] Divine Memories of Sai Baba; Diana Baskin; Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, 1990; p. 1.

[11] This was told to the author by a woman who has been one of Krishnabai’s devotees for many years.

[12] This was told to the author by a woman who has known Swami Satchidananda for many years.  The quote came from her own recent conversations with Swamiji.

[13] Told to the author by a friend who had heard this directly from Yogi Ramsuratkumar.  Yogi Ramsuratkumar’sopinion of Sai Baba’s divinity was also confirmed by the author on numerous occasions.

[14] Tapas Shakti, Sri Sri Sri Shiva Balayogi Maharaj, Palotas, T. (comp., ed.), Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj Trust, Bangalore, 1992; p. 197.

[15] This information came from a private letter sent by Howard Murphet to a Sai devotee.  The author has not yet been able to independently verify Murphet’s statement.

[16] Told to the author by a woman who had worked to spread Maitreya’s teachings for several years.

[19] God Descends on Earth; ibid., p.18.

[20] Sai Baba Gita: The Way to Self-Realization and Liberation in This Age; Drucker, A. (ed.); Sai Towers Publishing, Bangalore, 1994; frontispiece.

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