The Philanthropist "Godman"
April 25, 2011 9:19 AM Subscribe
"For the progress of humanity, work alone is not adequate, but the work should be associated with love, compassion, right conduct, truthfulness and sympathy. Without the above qualities, selfless service cannot be performed."On Sunday morning, Indian guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba passed away. He leaves behind a massive empire, several million mourning devotees worldwide, an extensive religious philosophy, a great deal of controversy and a legacy of large-scale philanthropic projects in India, including free hospitals and mobile medical facilities, a free university and schools, and other efforts which included supplying clean water to hundreds of rural villages.
Some of the articles in this post mention the Indian measurements crore and lakh. Lakh is one hundred thousand. Crore is ten million.
Background / Teachings
* Documentary on Vimeo: Who is Sai Baba?
* Thinkexist has over 1100 quotes
* Discourses (speeches and writings):1953-2004 and 2002-2010.
* Official site
* saibaba.ws has a high volume of articles and information from his followers
(Various outlets are reporting his age at 84, 85 or 86.)
* The Times of India has an obit, a timeline of his life and brief biography. There's also a short editorial which gives some insight into his teachings and refusal to "dabble in politics."
* The Telegraph (Delves into the various controversies surrounding him, including accusations of pedophilia an abuse, religious indoctrination and the murder of four people in an alleged assassination attempt at his ashram in 1993. This is the same article that was linked above the fold.)
* BBC: In Pictures
* The Guardian
* The Hindu
* 2004 BBC documentary Secret Swami, which alleged widespread child molestation and a murder cover-up: Article / Transcript / YouTube Video: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Playlist here.)
* Skeptic's Dictionary: Sai Baba. (Has a number of links to articles (and a short obit blog post by James Randi) detailing various accusations and controversies. Includes a link to a Salon.com article from 2003: "Is Sai Baba a pedophile?"
* A site by one of his followers which responds to "smear campaigns."
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