Interestingly, the very last quote (dated Winter 1996-1997) states the following:
"When an airplane is about to take off, it must first approach the runway. When it reaches the runway, it must make a full turn in order to face the direction of takeoff. This turn is navigated slowly by the aircraft. After the turn has been completed, the airplane receives a signal from the tower and begins to accelerate rapidly for takeoff. When the craft has reached sufficient velocity, it leaves the ground. Swami's mission has made this turn to face the runway. The 70th birthday was the signal from the tower to accelerate. In the 75th birthday, the airplane will leave the ground." (Sri Sathya Sai Newsletter, USA, 31, Winter 1996-1997, 29.)
It is exactly five years to the date Sai Baba gave for the launch of his Golden Age, and nothing has happened. It is suffice to say that this 'Golden Age' theme has been a staple of Sai-mythology for years, with devotees avidly expecting and talking about it. It was widely expected to be, literally, a worldwide change in the world situation and consciousness that brings about complete peace and harmony.
When the date passed and nothing seemed to have happened, Sai devotees immediately started speculating, "Ahhhhh! It was not literal, and maybe Swami was all along referring to something subtle or metaphorical. Yes that's right, the Golden Age has started on a subtle plane!"
Remember how Sai Baba himself gave a date for this change and there was nothing metaphorical about that. It pains me to see devotees rationalise their beliefs like this; somehow they just cannot accept the fact that their master has been full of lies and inconsistencies all along.
When you have read up on other cults with charismatic founders, you'll realise that "millenial" predictions tend to be something of a common factor. Examples of these are the Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses and the Divine Light Mission. It becomes pitiable to see people fall for such a con, if not horrific.
All in all, a nice list of quotes with burgeoning optimism that somehow manages to shoot itself in the foot.
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