Indian spiritual guru dies at 85
An Indian child looks at portraits of Spirtual Leader Sri Satya Sai Baba at a shop near Prashanthi Nilayam on April 6.
April 25th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Indian spiritual guru dies at 85

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

New Delhi, India (CNN) - Famed Indian spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba died Sunday of respiratory failure, his doctors said. He was 85.

The orange-robed spiritual leader with a puff of dark hair is considered a living god by his followers in India and overseas.

His followers believe he has supernatural powers. However, critics have accused him of fraud and sexual abuse, allegations he has denied.

The guru claimed to be a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, one of India's greatest spiritual figures, who died in 1918.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was hospitalized last month in his southern India hometown of n Puttaparthi.

Authorities have tightened security around the town since his condition started worsening.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Faith & Health • India

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Dusan

    Hello everyone! Immanent Gorgon here and I'm ok. My new posts at my new blog will exipaln why I went "poof." I'm ashamed of "poofing" out, but have returned renewed and refreshed at my new blog. I hope to see you all there and here.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:15 am |
  2. MMM

    *world not work
    I hope you are not dumb to understand the message i am trying to convey (dont look at the grammatical mistakes but think on the message conveyed)

    April 26, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  3. Adelina

    When he was still alive, he said he would die in his 90's. A prophecy that came wrong = a false prophet
    Salvation is only possible through the faith in Jesus alone.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • TRex

      When he was alive, Jesus also said world and humans were created in one day. Now we know humans came millions of years after world was created. Doesn't that = false prophet too?

      April 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  4. MMM

    Stupid people. He is a dead man what is the use in smear campaign. Remember one thing even though he may be a fraud he may be a criminal but atleast he has done good for the poor people. You guys need to earn a lot of human values learn and follow the good deeds always. Unfortunately you monkeys always learn the bad thing and ignore the good.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  5. jj

    Thank you for an article on something other than Christianity. Sri Sathya Sai Baba may very well have been the son of God. We are all the sons and daughters of God (or the gods).

    April 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Fiddle About

      Heh heh heh.

      April 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Adelina

      @Ji: You are wrong. Humans are God's creatures, not children, unless redeemed by believing in Jesus. Humans will be judged and receive the eternal result of commited sins after death or at the Second Coming of Jesus. One needs to believe in Jesus and be transformed in order to be saved.

      April 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • notblind

      Adelina, all you say is bunch of nice words you heard elsewhere. Where is your proof?

      April 26, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  6. Smith

    Even all educated, well positioned folks believe in this kind of tricks and worship humans.
    All their knowledge / education are in vain if they still believe he's a Guru or a form of God ..
    I'm sure there will be statues kept every corner in India to worship him.. and after a century from now..He'll join one among Lord shiva or Vishnu or what ever.. 🙁

    April 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  7. David Johnson

    Being an atheist, I have a problem with the supernatural. *sigh*. The fellow had a good thing going. I bet he got all the babes..

    If he died of "natural causes", does that say anything about his being supernatural? Just wondering.


    April 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Ticondera

    Most religions have 3 ingredients.
    1.) Teaching followers to live good lives (Good, need more of this)
    2.) Claiming to be God or Son of God (Got to be kidding)
    3.) Miracles (Nothing more than Magic tricks, thanks to hidden cameras, wish they were there 2000+ years ago)
    When put together, hard to resist. 2 and 3 Standalone, no chance.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Adelina

      Ticondera, wrong. The major world religions don't claim to have the Son of God except Christianity; they only have teachers and prophets. Leaders with mass international followers today never claimed to be God or a son of God, except Jesus. And Jesus alone proved Himself to be God. Jesus alone provides salvation to mankind in the sure divine way. All others are human attempts.

      April 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Ticondera

      Adelina, no one has proved to me he is son of God. Don't get Magic tricks mixed up with "miracles" if that's what you are referring too. Mankind is (even Christians are) not provided with salvation, they are still going through suffering as any one else. True salvation is being free from suffering. That should come within ones self, not through anyone else.

      April 26, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  9. Baba Rum Raisin

    OOOOMmmmmmmm, OOOOMmmm my, my little boy! What's your name?

    Seems to be lots of 'witnesses' out there. Lots.


    April 25, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  10. Reality

    "He was described by his devotees as an avatar, godman,[9] spiritual teacher and miracle worker."

    What no visits from "pretty, wingie, thingies? Maybe he will reincarnate as one?

    April 25, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  11. Ed

    How sad, This man spent his life doing charity and trying to bring world peace he dies and the vultures can't wait to hurl insults. If he were in your family and some said throw hi in the rver his toast how would you fell. No one is suggesting you believe just show some courtesy to his family and followers after all he did nothing to you.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Alan

      He was a lying fraud.... he deserves no respect

      April 25, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  12. atan

    his fraud videos are common on youtube

    April 25, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  13. Byrd

    Chunk him into the Ganges. This god is toast.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  14. JohnR

    But, but ... they wouldn't SAY he was a living god unless it was TRUE, right???

    April 25, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • atan

      how can a person like us be god?? god needs to be the supreme and exalted, and all-powerful , and someone BEYOND SPACE AND BEYOND TIME, which is an essential characteristic for someone who made the earth and the skies...

      April 25, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  15. The Bobinator

    Isn't that interesting. There are people claiming that he was supernatural. If they were to tell their stories to a third party who wrote them down, you'd have the level of evidence that you have in the bible. Well, less 2000 years of "dressing it up" time.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Chris

      good point. I never thought of that, but I guess its true.

      April 25, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Adelina

      Jesus of Nazareth is the Divine Savior whose coming had been prophesied and recoreded for the 4,000 years before His coming on hundreds of different themes regarding Him. After He left the Earth, His followers were most severely persecuted everywhere but the testimonies of His saved billions of people for the last 2,000 years all over the world. Today more than 4 billion humans either believe Him or respect Him. There have been many religious or cult leaders,but Jesus of Nazareth is matchless for all time as the Bible defeated every falsehood of mankind and kept advancing to this day.

      April 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • Peter

      Just like Jesus is real to you, other prophets are real people of other faiths. There are many false claims in Christianity as with other religions. Christianity survived because it's got one of the better stories. Important thing is whatever you believe suits you for your spiritual development. Religion is not a science so no one can prove most of the claims. Rather than arguing over something you cannot prove, learn to live with understanding and respect for all. Not respecting other religions is the fundamental reason for many conflicts around the world. If you are talking about numbers, statistically there is a 50% or more chance whatever any one believe will turn out to be wrong when you take into account the number of followers of different religions.

      April 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
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