Sai Baba's contradictions on Jesus Christ
Birth-date of Jesus:
"The 25th is not the birth. It was on the 24th, near midnight." - J.Hislop. Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. ch. XXIX
"There are various theories about the birth date of Jesus based on the ‘bright star that appeared at his birth.’ It is visible once in 800 years, it is said. Some say he was born on the fifteenth day of September. But, he was born at 3-15 a.m. (early morning) on December 28, 1980 years ago. It was Sunday." - 25.12.1979. Sathya Sai Speaks v. XXIV, p. 288
"On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings came to his birth-place." - 25.12.1992. Sathya Sai Speaks v. XXV, p. 397.
"Truly speaking, Christmas falls in the month of March, not in December. Since it is very cold in December and people are confined to their homes, they utilise this time to celebrate Christmas. Actually, Jesus was born in the month of March. With the passage of time, this fact has been distorted and misrepresented in the Bible." - 25.12.1998. Sanathana Sarathi v. 42, January 1999, p. 6
Jesus speaks about himself:
"There were controversies regarding Jesus. These differences were the cause of the ordeals he had to go through. But Jesus was prepared to face any trouble or any penalty. He considered Compassion as the supreme quality. At first, he declared he was a 'Messenger of God'. Then, he announced: 'I am the Son of God'. Ultimately he declared: 'I and my Father are one'." - 25.12.1997, Sanathana Sarathi v. 41, January 1998, p. 9
"Jesus never laid any claim to His association with God either as a Messenger or a Son. It is only in order that men may realise their own relation with God that such interpretation is made." - 24.11.1998, Unpublished discourse. (Note: This discourse was sold in a form of booklets in several days after the talk in Prashanthi Nilayam but has not been published in Sanathana Sarathi.)
Sufferings of Jesus:
"At the time of crucifixion, Jesus prayed: "O Father! What sin have I committed? Why am I put to suffering thus?" - 24.11.1998, Unpublished discourse.
"When Jesus reached this stage ['I and my Father are one'], He had no suffering at all; He was always blissful and was prepared for anything. Even at the time of crucifixion, he was smiling, because he realised that He was not the body." - 25.12.1998, Sanathana Sarathi v. 42, January 1999, p. 5
Early years of Jesus:
"Jesus realised that he was Christ in his 25th year. For 8 years following his 16th birthday he travelled in India, Tibet, Iran, and Russia. He was variously regarded as a beggar or as a sannyasi. Jesus had no money. His parents were very poor and practically abandoned him at an early age." - J.Hislop. Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. ch. XXX, p. 97
"Jesus announced himself as a Messenger of God. He spent many years in austerities so that he could shower compassion and love on all humanity. Later, he asked himself, 'Am I just a messenger, or am I more closely related to God, a part of God with the Divine as my essence?' Jesus spent twelve long years, wandering alone in deserts engaged in this inquiry. At the end of this period, he returned to the society of men and announced 'I am the Son of God'." - 25.12.1979, Sathya Sai Speaks v. XIV, p. 286
"Jesus grew up at Nazareth till he reached thirty. After Joseph’s passing, Jesus sought his mother’s permission to embark on his Divine mission. He got baptised by John, the Baptist and spent forty days in penance in a forest." - 25.12.1988, Sathya Sai Speaks v. XXI, p. 272
Three Wise Men:
"And, the story says, there was a Star in the sky, which fell with a New Light, and this led a few Tibetans and others to the place where the Saviour was born." - 24.12.1972. Sathya Sai Speaks v. XI, p. 343
"When Jesus was born, three wise men followed a star to reach his place of birth." - 25.12.1984. Sathya Sai Speaks, XVII, 30:190)
"On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings came to his birth-place." - 25.12.1992. Sathya Sai Speaks XXV, p. 397.
"It is said that when Jesus was born in a manger, three kings were led by a star to Jesus’s place of birth. In fact, they were not kings but three shepherds." - 25.12.1994. Sathya Sai Speaks XXVII, p. 296
"When Jesus was born, three Arabian kings came to see Him." - 25.12.1998. Sanathana Sarathi, v. 42, January 1999, p. 1
Status of Jesus:
[Speaking about Jesus:] "Appearances of splendour and other signs to herald the era that has dawned are natural when incarnations happen on earth." - 24.12.1972. Sathya Sai Speaks, XI, p. 344
"The Star that appeared that day appears only once in 800 years. It's appearance had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. There is no rule that, when Divine Energy or Divine Incarnation descends on Earth, a star has to appear." - 25.12.1979. Sathya Sai Speaks v. XIV, p. 288
"Buddha, Christ, Mohammed and others were not Avathars. They had some divine power. Only in India are Avathars born, because only in India are the Sastras understood." - J.Hislop. Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. ch. XL, p. 133
For more, please see Brian Steel's observations about Sathya Sai Baba's relations to Christianity.
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