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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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)
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.
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?
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.
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).
Heh heh heh.
@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.
Adelina, all you say is bunch of nice words you heard elsewhere. Where is your proof?
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.. 🙁
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.
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.
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.
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.
OOOOMmmmmmmm, OOOOMmmm my, my little boy! What's your name?
Seems to be lots of 'witnesses' out there. Lots.
"He was described by his devotees as an avatar, godman, spiritual teacher and miracle worker."
What no visits from "pretty, wingie, thingies? Maybe he will reincarnate as one?
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.
He was a lying fraud.... he deserves no respect
his fraud videos are common on youtube
Chunk him into the Ganges. This god is toast.
But, but ... they wouldn't SAY he was a living god unless it was TRUE, right???
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...
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.
good point. I never thought of that, but I guess its true.
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.
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.