Last updated on October 6th 2014
Here is a recent tweet of Pope Francis (twitter handle @Pontifex):
The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 17, 2014
[Ravi: Text message repeated as sometimes the twitter message box is not shown:
The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.]
I retweeted (RT) this message as follows:
Similar for all religions RT @Pontifex The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.[Ravi: Text message repeated as sometimes the twitter message box is not shown:
— Ravi S. Iyer (@RaviSaiIyer) July 17, 2014
Similar for all religions RT @Pontifex The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.]
My view is that Sai organizations, associated with both Bhagawan Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, should have one of its core objectives as enabling interested persons which includes all devotees, organization members, spiritual seekers, curious visitors etc., to have a personal/individual encounter with Sai Baba (Shirdi Sai Baba or Sathya Sai Baba). Such personal encounters will be key steps in the spiritual transformation and evolution of people. They will experience the direct heart-to-heart contact with Divinity and will be weaned away from any dependence on supposed Divine intermediaries/intercessories.
Please note that persons giving spiritual advice are different from such supposedly Divine intermediaries. The intermediaries give authoritative instructions supposedly received from their supposedly direct channel to the Divine whereas the spiritual advisors provide advice/instructions based on their perception/intuition of/on the matter for which their advice/instructions are sought. The advisors may even go into a deep prayer/meditation session prior to giving advice so as to be more receptive to spiritual/intuitive vibes on the matter. But the advisors do not convey the advice as instructions received directly from Almighty God! In my considered view, taking advice from such spiritual advisors that one has developed trust & faith in, is perfectly fine.
The Sai path, as far as my understanding goes, is open to all faiths and adoration of all divine figures including Lord Jesus Christ. So the attempt to enable personal encounter with Sai Babas may lead to personal encounter with other divine figures like Lord Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Lord Krishna, Lord Rama etc., which would be wonderful as well since both the Sai Babas have always emphasized Unity of Faiths. "Sabka Maalik Ek" (English translation of this Hindi sentence: the master/owner/boss of all is ONE/God is ONE) is the famous saying of Bhagawan Sri Shirdi Sai Baba.