Spiritual gurus soft targets as no clear policy to secure them

Spiritual gurus soft targets as no clear policy to secure them
Team DNA
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:11 IST

New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore: What kind of security are spiritual leaders provided? The question has assumed significance a day after a gunman shot at the convoy of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar near Bangalore on Sunday.

Tragedy at Mangalore AirportWhile the Art of Living founder has forgiven the gunman and invited him to his ashram, and the Karnataka police are playing down the incident as not a ‘targeted attack’, the issue of protection of religious and spiritual leaders, who move around freely among thousands of devotees and thus remain soft targets for miscreants, has come across as a concern for many.

Sources in the Union home ministry said there are no guidelines or norms to provide security to religious leaders. “The security is related to developments and is provided by the state governments as and when needed,” they said, adding that such attacks are generally the fallout of internal rivalries involving followers.

Buttressing the ministry’s point of view, a Delhi police source said the force had no trend of providing personal security either to such persons or to their establishments. “We do not provide security to any religious leader. Arrangements are made if the religious heads or their sects organise functions.”

The case with the Mumbai police, who have decided to re-examine the security cover to visiting religious leaders after the Bangalore incident, is similar. Currently, they have provision for Z plus security to two religious leaders — Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh and Sathya Sai Baba. As for the others, the police examine the scheduled places of visit and assess the threat perception.

“Each time a religious leader visits the city, we examine the level of security to be provided,” said Naval Bajaj, additional commissioner of police (Protection).

“Depending on whether the leader has recently been in controversy and the number of followers, we draw up a security cover that needs to be provided,” he added.

However, post the Pune bakery blast in February, the central security agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau, have been keeping a watch over spiritual centres across India. “The intelligence input gathered after the incident has created an additional burden on the security agencies towards providing security for seers and religious and spiritual centres,” observed an officer in the agency.

However, fool-proof security to spiritual gurus is not an easy task. In Karnataka, over 500 police personnel provide security to seers. But the proliferating number of swamijis and seers from each community makes it an onerous task.

Besides, spiritual leaders like to mingle with their devotees and brook no involvement of the police in gatherings. The alleged bid on Sri Sri at his Kanakapura ashram has exposed this vulnerability. He has Z-category security, say senior police officers.

DNA India Reference

Moreno Exposes Ex-Devotees Shocking Photo Attacks Against Sathya Sai Baba

Moreno Exposes Ex-Devotees Shocking Photo Attacks Against Sathya Sai Baba

Moreno’s Definitive Guide To Photo Attacks Against Sathya Sai Baba

ROBERT PRIDDY (a laughable critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba) had the audacity to criticize Gerald Joe Moreno for “manipulating” images of Ex-Devotees and creating images of a “pornographic kind”. Robert Priddy clearly contrasted himself as an ethical and moral individual who does not support or endorse “manipulated” images or other images of a “pornographic kind”. As a matter of fact, pseudo-moralist Robert Priddy said about Gerald Joe Moreno:

Robert Priddy: “The impostor Gerald Moreno, who actually writes under the name of sathyasaibaba on his wordpress blog, himself manipulates images (here is his most vulgar masterpiece where he hides behind the names Equalizer and Premaperme) and distorting people’s faces!”

Robert Priddy: “Last but far from least, he posts photos of critics of Sai Baba with distorted faces and added bodies of a pornographic kind!”

BARRY PITTARD (another laughable critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba) similarly criticized Gerald Joe Moreno for “photo attacks” and “diabolizing photo alterations” against Ex-Devotees. Barry Pittard clearly contrasted himself as an ethical and moral individual who does not support or endorse “photo attacks” and “diabolizing photo alterations” against others.

This article will conclusively prove that Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy are self-serving hypocrites who not only fully endorse other’s “photo attacks”, “diabolizing photo alterations”, “manipulated images” and “images of a pornographic kind” against Sathya Sai Baba, they themselves create, disperse and publish “photo attacks”, “diabolizing photo alterations” and “manipulated images” against Sathya Sai Baba and others as well. (Reference)

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Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 25th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 25th 2010

One has to be careful in matters relating to realization of God. Whatever inconveniences one may encounter, one must try to carry on one’s Sadhana (spiritual practice) without any break or modification in the discipline. One name that does not give any slightest feeling of dislike or disaffection should be selected for meditation and japa (repetition). One should not change the Name and the Form that one has loved and cherished and selected for repetition. Concentration is impossible if the Name is changed; the mind will not attain one-pointedness.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 25th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

Do you know God?

Do you know God?
Thomas Chillikulam, TOI Crest,
Apr 17, 2010, 01.07pm IST

Divine understanding …

Religious fundamentalism runs on the engine of arrogance. A religious fundamentalist claims to possess absolute knowledge and truth about God. The basic teachings of religions regarding God prove such claims to be false because all religions perceive God as an inexhaustible and indescribable mystery that cannot be grasped fully. The Bible affirms that the ineffable mystery of God eludes understanding – “Can you penetrate the designs of God? It is higher than the heavens; what can you know?” (Book of Job 11:78). St Augustine, an early Christian thinker, warned those who hold absolutist claims: “If you know God,it is not God”. For St Thomas Aquinas, Christian theologian of all times, the greatest of all knowledge about God is: “To know that one does not know God”.

Upanishadic sages were aware of the incomprehensibility of the divine mystery. The mystery of God is so ineffable that, “The eye does not reach it, or speech, or the mind. It is not understood by those who understand it; it is understood by those who do not understand it,” says the Kena Upanishad (1.3.4).The Absolute is anirvachaniyam or indescribable. Hence, after every description of God, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (3.9.26) adds “neti, neti”“not so, not so”. Sufi Muslim saint Sarafudddin Maneri acknowledges: “A hundred thousand intellects cannot comprehend Thee, O, You who lie hidden from the gaze of eye and soul”. Khwaja Abu Sa’id, another Sufi saint, declares: “No one knows the full story, hold your tongue, hold your tongue”.

Historical experiences and cultural expressions of being gripped by God give rise to particular religions. Religions are existentially manifold, yet at the inner level of spirituality there is an essential unity because the core experience of being gripped by God is the same. Nonetheless, diversity and plurality of religions have contributed positively to the spiritual evolution of humanity. Each religion is the expression of a unique interplay of the divine spirit and the creative human spirit in and through diverse cultures and symbols. Therefore, it is important to respect the diversity of religions and at the same time recognise the basic unity of religions.

God is beyond all religions and no religion can claim to possess absolute truth or make the claim of being the norm for all the others. Truly religious persons cannot be exclusive. They can discern the presence of God in every religion.

Ramakrishna and Sri Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi did not find any contradiction in practising different religions. They exemplify the ideal of finding God in all religions and respecting the faith, symbols and practices of other religions. It is untenable to hold on to a position that God’s revelation occurs only in a particular country or culture. God has no “chosen people” for all are God’s people. A person with a deep experience of God and rooted in his own faith will not be threatened by other religions, but rather would rejoice in the diversity of religious experiences.

Harmonious relationship between religions is possible when followers of all religions realise that the infinite mystery of God cannot be exhaustively grasped. The truth present in one’s own religion is part of the infinite horizon of divine truth in which people of various cultures and religions are equal participants. In this way, religions need not be competitive but are complementary. We are co-pilgrims on a journey towards fuller life and communion with God. In such a common journey every faith is part of a festive delight.

The writer is a professor at Gyanodya Regional Theology Centre, Patna.

Times Of India Reference

Sathya Sai Baba to visit Shimla on April 15

Sathya Sai Baba To Visit Shimla

Sathya Sai Baba To Visit Shimla


Sathya Sai Baba to visit Shimla on April 15

Shimla: Spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi will be in Shimla on Thursday (April 15) to deliver sermons to his disciples. “Sri Sathya Sai Baba is reaching Shimla on April 15 for his three-day sojourn. He will arrive at the Shimla airport at 10.30 am, from where he will reach Pujarali on the outskirts of Shimla by road,” president of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Himachal Pradesh, Shyam Sunder told HimVani.

He said more than 10,000 devotees have been working day and night to make arrangements for the spiritual guru’s visit. “Special arrangements have been made to accommodate more than 100,000 people on both the days,” he added. This would be the third visit of Sri Sathya Sai Baba to Shimla. Earlier, he visited the town in 1973 and 1975.

HimVani Reference

Bhagawan Visits Bahai Lotus Temple In New Delhi

Bahai Lotus Temple In New Delhi India

Bahai Lotus Temple In New Delhi India


Bhagawan Visits Bahai Lotus Temple In New Delhi
Posted at 0128 IST on April 13, 2010

In the heart of New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, a lotus-shaped outline has etched itself on the consciousness of the city’s inhabitants, capturing their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and revolutionizing the concept of worship. This is the Baha’i Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, better known as the “Lotus Temple”. With the dawning of every new day, an ever-rising tide of visitors surges to its doorsteps to savour its beauty and bask in its serenely spiritual atmosphere.

On Monday, March 12, 2010, it had a unique visitor, who is verily the goal all worships offered in all places, at all times in the name of God; The unique visitor was Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!

As per the reports from Delhi, Satya Sai Baba reached the Baha’i Temple at around 11:30. He was welcomed by the Director of the Temple along with General Manager and other management officials. Unique feature of this Baha’i Temple is that like any other Baha’i Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all barring any religious or other distinction, as emphasized in Baha’i texts. Baha’is believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. It is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions. The Baha’i laws also stipulate that the holy scriptures of the Baha’i Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language. Following these traditions, Sarvadharma Prayers were offered by men and women representing various religions, namely, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam in the immediate Divine Presence of Bhagawan on this blessed day.. This was followed a ten minute worship, a collective prayer to Almighty, by people from various faith. The function was attended by a capacity group of around 300 people and lasted for approximately an hour.

It was a day when God ‘walked’ into a monumental Temple, most silently, posing as a silent witness, while listening to multitudes of prayers from various faiths. One who preaches unity of all religions does accept prayers in unison and by His visit to this “Universal” Temple, Bhagawan shows His commitment to Universal Brotherhood through Unity of all Religions.

SSSBPT Reference (with pictures)

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Darshan in Delhi

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sri Sathya Sai Baba Darshan in Delhi
Sun, 2010-04-11 01:31 — editor
From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi

New Delhi, 11 April (Asiantribune.com): Devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba are delighted to have an opportunity for his darshan in the Capital after a gap of over a decade.

On Saturday, Bhagawan came out at around 11 a.m granting ten minutes darshan at the main stage in the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Delhi. Blessing the concourse, Bhagawan moved on to the stage of the Primary School within the compound wherein tiny tots from the school had a twenty minute cultural programme emphasising the greater importance of Unity of Religions.

After the programme, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba moved around the complex, sanctifying and blessing various facilities including the computer lab etc. Many devotees and sevadals got to have the blessing of closer darshan and paadanamaskaars. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Indian Telecom Mogul, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Group was also present seeking Divine Darshan.

– Asian Tribune –

Asian Tribune Reference