Sai Juvenile Sex Abuse Now Academic
"Satya Sai Baba (1926-) was born in the state of Andhra Pradesh and claims to be the incarnation of the saint Sai Baba of Shirdi (c.1838-1918), in Maharashtra, whose name he adopted. Sai Baba of Shirdi was a somewhat mysterious fingure, believed to have been a miracle worker. He exemplifies the classic image of the fakir, an itinerant holy man, whose ascetic practices and reputed powers are consonant with the values of both Islamic Sufism and the Hindu śramaṇa tradition. Shirdi Sai Baba's simple life of poverty and unaffected camaraderie with those who visited him at his abode in an abandoned mosque attracted the respect of both Hindus and Muslims. He is reputed to have promulgated the unifying message: "Everyone's Lord is [the same] One" (Hindi: sabka mālik ek). After his death, he was entombed in a Hindu temple.
"Satya Sai Baba's life contrasts with that of his proclaimed predecessor. He has gathered a large following in India and abroad, estimated by some to be at least 20 million, and is probably the most recognized Hindu holy man in all of India. He is particularly renowned for the apparently miraculous production of sacred ash (vibhūti) from his fingertips, as well as other objects, such as rings and necklaces. His detractors recognize these as simple magician's tricks. Nevertheless, Satya Sai Baba's society, headquartered at Puttaparthi, the town of his birth, runs a vast network of social service organizations, in conformity with his message to lead a moral life and to work for the welfare of others. While devotees regard him as God in human form, a growing number of allegations accusing him of sexual molestation of juveniles continue to tarnish his image. Satya Sai Baba teaches the unity of all religious traditions, and claims that he will take up a third incarnation under the name of Prem Sai Baba."
- 'Introducing Hinduism', Hillary Rodrigues
- First published 2006 by Routledge, New York.
- ISBN10: 0415392691
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