Does ‘Sai Baba’ - really a ‘god’ ?


Hinduism says  - after creating the universe, 'god the ultimate' or the ‘formless god’- took or created different 'forms' in order to do different things in the 'universe'. Bramha, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, etc..will come under this category and these are all 'gods'. These are not having the 'human bodies' and they didn’t take birth like the ordinary human beings. really

The ‘god ultimate’ or the above said ‘gods’ [ex; Vishnu] too could take different forms to fulfill some particular purpose in the worlds. Examples for these are -Narasimha [lion-headed god], Varaha Narayan [pig-headed god] and these are not coming to the world as in the case of a ‘human being’ from the ‘womb’ of a mother. Just they ‘manifest’ from nowhere all of a sudden like a ‘lightening’.

Apart from this, according to Hindu scriptures – the godliness comes to the ‘human form’, a ‘man’ or ‘woman’ - in TWO different ways.

ONE – The ‘god ultimate’ or the above said ‘gods’ [Vishnu etc.,] – will take birth in the form of a ‘man’ for executing some special purpose on the Earth. Examples for this type are ‘Ram’ and ‘Krishna’. By birth these are all ‘gods’ and these come down to the ‘Earth’ -  just like any other ‘human being’ from the ‘womb’ of a ‘human mother’. The ‘god’ could take different forms too, other than ‘human form’, depending on the situation and necessity and Hanuman [monkey god] is an example for this.

TWO – in the second case, an ordinary man - by ‘birth’ could turn into a ‘god’ due to rigorous spiritual practices and after realization of the ‘god’, after the ‘inner’ blooming. I. e., a person who realizes ‘god’ will become ‘god’ itself. The Hindu scriptures are saying that – ‘Bramhavit bramhaiva bhavati’, it means a person who realizes ‘god’ will become a ‘god’ on himself. This is like a ‘drop’ of water after dropping into the ocean will become the ‘ocean’ itself. So, in this way – there are many ‘gods’ in Hinduism. For example there are people who adore – ‘Kusuma Harinath’, ‘Rama Krishna paramahansa’, ‘Ramana Maharshi’ and others. ‘Sai Baba’ of ‘Shirdi’ too comes in this category, as the life history of ‘Sai Baba’ reveals that he did many spiritual practices in the early stages of his life.

There is NO difference between these types of ‘gods’ and indeed all these are equal as per the saying of the Hindu scriptures,  Bramhavet bramhaiva bhavati’.

Apart from this the Hindu scriptures are saying that – one can adore his ‘guru’ or the ‘master’ too as a ‘god’, the wife can adore his husband as a ‘god’ and nothing is wrong with these. One can take ‘anything’ as ‘god’ if it suits that individual and helps that individual for the ‘spiritual growth’. 

So, from the above descriptions, according to the ‘Hindu scriptures’ there is nothing wrong in adoring ‘Sai Baba’ as a ‘god’, he is perfectly a ‘god’ for sure.

{This post is an answer to the question from  - V Muralidharan, Bangalore, India}

21 comments:

V Muralidharan said...

What about Mother Tereesa,?could she be also considered as God.

Bhargava Kotur said...


Dear Murali,


I have included your question in the blog post and have answered it there as it doesn't fit the space here.


Please check…it could be helpful, I hope.


#Bhargava....

kavin ka said...

The most salient feature of Kerala temples is the serenity, cleanliness and strict adherence to tradition.

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kavin ka said...

Even in his subtle form, Swami continues to touch the hearts of the indigent people through the initiatives undertaken by His ardent devotees.

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kavin ka said...

Even in his subtle form, Swami continues to touch the hearts of the indigent people through the initiatives undertaken by His ardent devotees.
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kavin ka said...

Many schools have been established under the enlightenment of Swami to help children understand human values along with attaining academic excellence.

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kavin ka said...

Education is a basic necessity of life. And rural children need to have a taste of education to uplift their life and the rural sector.

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kavin ka said...

The schools established with the blessings of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba provides education to rural children absolutely free of cost. You should take a glance at our other initiatives as well.
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kavin ka said...

The schools established with the blessings of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba provides education to rural children absolutely free of cost. You should take a glance at our other initiatives as well.
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kavin ka said...

Education should be aimed at moulding students on the lines of human values such as love, peace, righteousness and non-violence.

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kavin ka said...

Our schools built under the ideals of Swami educates children for academic perfection as well as human excellence. Swami, in his subtle form, continues to drive his institution on this lines

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kavin ka said...

It is important that we serve our rural children with a nutritious breakfast before enlightening their minds with academic as well as human values education.

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kavin ka said...

This has been the primary aim of Sri Sathya Annapoorna Trust. Sneak through our website to have a glimpse of our Annapoorna Breakfast Programme.

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kavin ka said...

An empty stomach paves no way of learning new things in life. And it is in schools that children learn the in and outs of life apart from the academic syllabus.

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kavin ka said...

Our Annapoorna Breakfast Programme makes sure that we fill the plate as well as the slate of children with nutritious food and human values respectively.

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kavin ka said...

People generally indulge in social initiatives with a hidden agenda. Swami, in his subtle form, continues to drive his devotees to strive hard for the elevation of needy people.
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kavin ka said...

His passionate devotees continue to serve the needy people in a selfless manner.


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kavin ka said...

This has been the primary aim of Sri Sathya Annapoorna Trust. Sneak through our website to have a glimpse of our Annapoorna Breakfast Programme.
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kavin ka said...

An empty stomach paves no way of learning new things in life. And it is in schools that children learn the in and outs of life apart from the academic syllabus.

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