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Sri Satya Sai Baba: The living GOD

“Sri Satya Sai Baba still on ventilator” was the headline on April 4 in The Times of India.

Sri Satya Sai Baba, the living God of Puttaparthi, is on ventilator and assisted by regular dialysis. The
85-year-old Sai Baba was admitted to Satya Sai Baba Hospital on 28th March following pneumonia and respiratory problems. A pacemaker has also been implanted because of his irregular heart beats.

When this news was read by many of my friends, they asked me, “How can a person with God likequalities suffer and be on ventilator?” My answer was straightforward. People with qualities of a sacred leader are beyond visionary people and are worshipped in the society. But as they are human beings, one day they too will have to depart from the earth to take a rebirth. And we know medically that nobody dies of old age. They have to have a disease and leave their body through some acute illness.

People who have attained spiritual qualities will invariably get diseases but they will not suffer from them as the death often is peaceful and at will. We have seen Swami Chinmayanand suffer from cardiomyopathy and diabetes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with diabetes and coronary artery disease and multiple angioplasties etc. The same is true for Satya Sai Baba. Even if he is on ventilator or dialysis, his body will not suffer and the nirvan whenever happens will be in a calm and composed manner.

People with God like qualities are born only once in a while. With crores of followers and assets worth billions, it’s expected that there would undercurrents in the organization about a succession battle. But it is impossible to have a successor who will be worshipped like God the way Satya Sai Baba has his following, whenever it happens.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief