Swami versus Guru: Sai Baba was no godman or god

Happy Tuesday morning with religious groups talking smack about each other in India. Religious leader Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati ji says guru Sai Baba is a conspiracy to create division among Hindus.

Shankaracharya vs Sai Baba: Devotees seethe with anger as Sai Baba’s cult is challenged – daily.bhaskar.com.

A complaint has been lodged against Swami Swaroopanand in Shirdi for instigating religious feelings. Expressing his disapproval on construction of Sai Baba temples claiming it to be merely a way of money making by his devotees, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand addressed Sai Baba as ‘non-vegetarian and a robber’, describing his worship as a conspiracy to divide Hindus. In his new attack on Sai Baba, upholding his previous statement on Tuesday, raised questions on Sai baba`s watchwords ‘Sab ka malik ek hai’ (There is one god for everyone).

According to Dwarakapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, Sai Baba is neither god nor godman. He further describes a godman is one who is full of virtue but Sai was a non-vegetarian, used to circumcise people and belonged to community of robbers.

Ouch. That’s a smackdown. The swami is not pleased by the construction of new Sai Baba temples saying it’s a money-making venture taking advantage of people.

The story of Sai Baba is full of controversy. The second Sai Baba died in 2011. While living, he was exposed as a fraud and accused of sexual abuse. He was a frequent target of “guru busters” and skeptics. His followers harrassed them, too. Followers of the original Sai Baba of the 19th century were unimpressed by the more recent “incarnation” and never recognized him as an avatar of their saint. But because of his political connections, he got away with everything. Even after his death, he’s still creating controversy.

Swami Swaroopanand has since toned down his comments and asked for discussion on the matter.

Clarification: This Sai Baba (died 2011) is supposedly a reincarnation of this Sai Baba (died 1918). The latter’s followers dispute this. It appears that the Swami is railing against the original Sai Baba (of Shirdi). Sorry for the confusion. I was confused…

  8 comments for “Swami versus Guru: Sai Baba was no godman or god

  1. RayG
    June 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    The picture that appears on the lead page is definitely of Morgan Freeman.

  2. HyperActiveX
    June 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    There are two Sai Baba’s and I think you’re mixing up the two – a simple wiki look-up would help:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai_Baba_of_Shirdi

    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba

  3. June 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Clarification now included above. Thanks.

  4. Fellow Skeptic
    June 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Hyperactive X is right. There are 2 Sai Babas and this article is mixing them up.

  5. June 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Fixed.

  6. Tribeca Mike
    June 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    “The seer also expressed his disapproval over the construction of Sai Baba temples saying that it was merely a way of making money in the name of the spiritual man.”

    Wow, that’s gotta be a first. /s

  7. busterggi
    June 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    “Sorry for the confusion. I was confused…”

    You’ve seen one incarnation, you’ve seen ’em all.

  8. July 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Hindus seems to have got bored with their existing Gods, and they have created a new one out of a muslim fakir. This god is just 100 years old, brand new, and becoming more popular everyday. As the popularity is growing, money is flowing in and Sai Baba temples are mushrooming everywhere in the country. Recently this new god has replaced the grand old Shiva in one of the temples in Bangalore. This is what troubling the Hindu swamies.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/shirdis-sai-baba-temple-gets-rs-3-44-cr-donation-in-3-days/

    http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-07-16/news/51600581_1_shri-saibaba-sansthan-crore-saibaba-temple

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