Sunday, September 6, 2015

Paul too seems to have claimed that Christ was speaking through him! Sathya Sai LITE teachings of LIGHT BODY group

Note: I have attempted to give an unbiased view of the matter in the article below. Saint Paul is a very revered figure in the Christian religion. He has been one of the main founders of the Christian religion. But it also seems to be accepted among scholars of Christian religion that Paul who was not a follower of Jesus prior to crucifixion (he was on the opposing side, actually), did have strong differences in his preaching methods (and some content perhaps) in the early Christian church, from what the original apostles of Jesus were using in Jerusalem (after crucifixion of Jesus). Those interested to know more may want to view the wiki link on Pauline Christianity, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_Christianity

In the article below I have noted the similarity of JUST ONE ASPECT of Saint Paul with the so called chosen communicator. Some readers, especially Christians who revere Saint Paul may find it objectionable. I request them to please skip reading the rest of this post.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20150906/saint-paul-or-paul-villain is an interesting article about Saint Paul's role in the early Christian church. I find some parts of it to be of especial interest in the context of Sathya Sai movement having a divisive threat from a so called chosen communicator who claims to speak the words of Sathya Sai Baba.

An extract from the article (he reference below is to Paul):
And when his stature as a veritable apostle is challenged, he becomes threatening. "This will be my third visit to you. Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me (Corinthians 12:19-13:4)."
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Ravi: So Paul who had never been part of the Jesus ministry (prior to crucifixion), after his dramatic conversion (some time after crucifixion) and then becoming a leading preacher of the early Christian church, seems to have claimed that Jesus Christ is speaking through him!!!

Sathya Sai movement now has somebody, who was a student of the Sai university but not a part of regular staff of the Puttaparthi (Prasanthi Nilayam) mission centre of Swami, making a similar claim that Swami is speaking through him!!!

One of the great things about reading history is that one realizes that human nature and human response to extraordinary events (like the advent of great holy figures like Jesus Christ or Sathya Sai Baba) are quite similar across the ages. There are some who will be followers loyal to the teachings they received directly from the spiritual master but there will be others who will provide a variation which is attractive to some.

In this context, I should say that I view the teachings of the LIGHT BODY group as Sathya Sai LITE, a lighter version of the original teachings of Sathya Sai, which emphasises more on the popular, the pleasing and the convenient teachings of the master, rather than on strict advocacy of all aspects of the master's teachings even when some of them seem not so pleasant (Sticking to truth (Sathya) and ethical living (Dharma) is, many times, not so easy :-) ).

Today, of course, various types of records of Sathya Sai, like videos, discourse texts, books etc. which are being maintained and distributed by official Sathya Sai institutions, will ensure that coming generations will be able to access the DIRECT words of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

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