Sunday, May 22, 2011

INDIA - The faithful lament their guru

India is in mourning. The famous guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba, considered a "living god" well beyond the borders of the country, died April 24 at age 84 of cardiac arrest. "It was a rare phenomenon and brought together people of all origins, beyond national borders and religious," noted the daily The Hindu.

Officially, the number of its followers would rise to 6 million, but some believe they would be at least 100 million. Regularly visited by presidents and prime ministers of India, he began his holy life in 1940, announcing that he was the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, a Hindu saint who died in 1918.

These are his miraculous powers that made him famous. Regarded by many as a charlatan magician, he was also accused of sexually abusing some of his followers. "The question remains: what will become his property, which lies between 62 and 230 billion euros? Schools, hospitals, specialized health programs across ...

Sai Baba had 1200 organizations worldwide" , says the magazine Outlook.

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