A Catholic Priest Meets Sathya Sai Baba

Catholic Priest Meets Sathya Sai Baba

A Catholic Priest Meets Sai Baba
By Don Mario Mazzoleni
Leela Press; April 1, 1994 (November 2000)
285 pages – ISBN: 0962983519

Table of Contents
Foreword
The Search Begins
From the Paranormal to the Supernatural
In Search of Saints and Masters
The First Steps Toward the Avatar
Another Religion or a Single Faith? Sai Baba and Jesus
The Work of Sai Baba
Man is God
The First and Final Reality
Religion: Devotion to the One God
Schools and Education
Doubt and Inquiry
Anguish and Ecstasy
Epilogue
Afterword
Bibliography


Foreword

Many of my friends were alarmed when they learned of my intention to
write a book about Sai Baba. They were aware of my convictions about
this being who is human only in body. With brotherly concern, they
variously advised, begged or beseeched me to publish it under
pseudonym, imagining the unhappy consequences I might encounter from
the ecclesiastical hierarchy.

I asked myself that I should have no fear in saying what my own eyes
have seen. Why should I be afraid to make known what this poor heart
of mine experiences before an extraordinary presence? Should I feel
guilty for what I have discovered during these years, and be afraid
to announce it? Certainly not! On the contrary, I feel quite
fortunate. Necessitas enim mihi incumbit: it is not possible to
resist the impulse of Truth, and woe to me if I should remain
silent!

I write this book dedicating it above all to the Church preciously
because I could not let pass, without pointing out to Her who is my
Mother, a piece of news which can no longer remain unknown, hidden
by indifference, fear, or by general confusion. This work is an
undertaking which has made use of me, I would say, only as hired
manual labour: I consider its contents the work of Another. It has
been written above all for my bishop, Pope; and then for all my
fellow bretheren, for my superiors, and for all those who throughout
the centuries try to work in the services of, and in the search for,
Truth.

Contrary to what those friends of mine fear, I hope – and my heart
is certain of it – that these reflections will sound like a call and
a warning for a greater spiritual re-awakening.

This era – the era of Sathya, the era of truth – is, in my opinion,
a unique moment, which will change the historical and religious
order of nations. Certainly the most extraordinary characteristics
of this study, in an age in which there is so much talk about sects
and religious factions, is that in all the things I have discovered
these years, I have found nothing which would prompt an aversion to
our religion, nothing which would obstruct our faith. On the
contrary! Everything I have meditated on has brought me that much
closer to the mysteries I had been celebrating, often without
knowing them thoroughly. And it is precisely to Sathya Sai Baba that
I owe the renewal of my life as a priest!

In short, my hope is this: that the same thing might happen for many
of my fellow bretheren, whom I have found tired, strained and
disappointed.

I am grateful to all those who have offered me precious suggestions,
in particular to Professor Pierantonio Di Coste, who encouraged and
supported the drafting of this book.

I place this book at the feet of Him who inspired it – the only
begotten son of yesterday, of today, and of always, the immutable
Truth – in the hope that this fruit which He alone has the right to
gather will be pleasing to Him and that He will accept it as an
offering for His greater glory.

November 23, 1990

Don Mario Mazzoleni

«Why on earth would a priest, who has been taught so many well-
packaged and inviolable truths, need to be a seeker? Are there any
existential questions which a priest has not answered? and – you
might ask – what does a man of the church, who should already have
perfected his education and knowledge, still need to investigate?…
Well, then, yes!

In nature, everything undergoes change, and our reason is part of
nature. The fundamental truth might not change, but the human
approach to these truths does, and this amounts to admitting that it
is necessary to review and correct the way sacred truths have been
formulated in the past. The level of consciousness of a people
gradually expands, and a formulation which seemed right centuries
ago today appears honestly outdated. It is not the underlying truth
which goes out of date, but the way in which it is expressed. The
clothes change, but not the body dressed in them.»
– Don Mario Mazzoleni, page 2

«One of the quotations, which has made Sathya Sai Baba’s mission
famous throughout the world is the following:

There is only one religion: the religion of love.
There is only one language: the language of the heart.
There is only one caste: the caste of humanity.
There is only one God, and He is omnipresent.

Some detractors think that this slogan implies a desire to unite all
religions into one, making just one religion… Sai Baba has
absolutely no intention of founding a new religion. He himself has
said that there are plenty of religions already, indeed too many.
The sacred task He has assumed is to lead all religions back to the
one Truth which is God and Love. Any religion that fights or
dismisses other religions in order to defend itself is not a true
religion, because it is against Love, which is to be against God!»
– Don Mario Mazzoleni, pages 177, 178

This era – the era of Sathya, the era of Truth – is, in my opinion,
a unique moment, which will change the historical and religious
order of nations. Certainly the most extraordinary characteristic of
this study, in an age in which there is so much talk about sects and
religious factions, is that in all the things I have discovered in
these years, I have found nothing which would prompt an aversion to
our religion, nothing which would obstruct our faith. On the
contrary! Everything I have meditated on has brought me that much
closer to the mysteries I had been celebrating, often without
knowing them thoroughly.»
– Don Mario Mazzoleni, Introduction

Don Mario Mazzoleni has a degree in Moral Theology from the Higher
Institute of Theological Sciences of the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.
In the 1970’s he was associated with the Vatican Radio and the
newspaper L’Avvenire. He was particularly concerned with the
relationship of the mass media to spiritual instruction.

http://www.newvision-psychic.com/bookshelf/priestsai.html

Synopsis:
The publisher , 06/10/96:
What does a Catholic priest do when he encounters a man who can
create anything at will, who heals the sick, and who raises the
dead? What does a Catholic priest do when he discovers that God is
alive in India? Don Mario uses his theological training to examine
Sai Baba’s miracles and teachings. His doubts dissolve as he learns
how Sai Baba’s teachings mirror those of his divine master, Jesus
Christ. When the Church demands that Don Mario recant for saying
that God is alive or be excommunicated, the author
said, “Institutions do not accompany anyone beyond the grave, the
only reality that one can present to God is one’s conscience. The
Lord who examines our hearts is the Judge!” Don Mario Mazzoleni was
excommunicated Sept. 24, 1992.

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