“I can tell you that no one in the Sai community needs any sort of "support" and we aren't facing a "trans-cultural challenge". I can understand how some might feel upset at Swami's death but in reality, as the previous poster suggested, nothing has happened. Yes, some might be experiencing a crisis but that can't be a bad thing and no self help advice or book is needed, especially not from a layperson watching from the sidelines. Sri Nisargadatta stated that realization itself only comes in a crisis. If Swami's physical death is a crisis for you, then use it.
I'll say one thing Swami's death is not: It's not a good topic for a blog post by someone selling books. It's actually quite offensive even to someone like myself who is so convinced of Swami's divinity as to make His physical death kind of a joke in terms of what I know to be His(My) reality. If anything, I'm relieved because I love Him and don't want the physical body to suffer so much.
Look, I'm sure you've got a lot of good points in your book but you should leave Sathya Sai Baba out of it and stop capitalizing on His "death", especially while many people are grieving and coming to terms. Next time, write about what you have direct experience with. Meanwhile, I encourage you to put down the photo of the sea, come on down, get your feet wet and even jump in.”
rero on May 5, 2011 at 07:08:16
“Reply to Grihasta - If no one in the Sai community needs any kind of support (something you want to believe but certainly cannot know!), how come that so many have mailed me about their worries, seeking more information, answers to question. I am no 'lay person' in your prideful terms - I was leader of the Sathya Sai Organization for 18 years in Norway. Sai Baba's premature death (compared to his various and conflicting prophesies about it) was predicted my me and others through the past decade. He had stated in 1960 (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 1 p. 198) that he would have to live for 59 more years in his body (until age 93 maximum). So he should have lived until 2019! He also firmly stated he would live until 96 years of age. No amount of fiddling with lunar calendars (as the Sai people now are trying) can fix the failed 'wisdom'. The most favourable result calculation of how many lunar years he lived gives 94.4 years (according to the chief Sai website), which is nowhere near 93 or 96!
Sathya Sai Baba was not even able to give the illusion of entering 'samadhi' from the lotus position, as Yogananda and other 'yogis' supposedly did... he died in intensive care without consciousness, that is, contrary to the requirement for 'holiness' even of all Indian tradition.”