Monday, March 26, 2018

Sathya Sai tattwa (teachings/philosophy) attracts relatively few; Bhajans attract many; Miracles attract huge numbers

Given below are some views of mine expressed to somebody in private (slightly edited), which I felt I could share publicly.

Miracles are what attracts most people in Sathya Sai orgn. Sathya Sai tattwa (teachings/philosophy) attracts relatively few, but more evolved spiritual people.

Further, music and bhajans (devotional songs) attract many more people than study circle where Swami (Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) teachings are studied and discussed. I was part of study circle in my Dombivli Sathya Sai samithi in Maharashtra in the 90s and early 2000s. We used to get around ten people to attend study circle (some days lesser; some days a little more).

Bhajans would have around 100 people. Ten times!!!

This is a fact of life in Sathya Sai movement and it was so even when Swami was in physical form. That is why Swami himself said, if I recall correctly, that the great Adi Shankara taught Bhaja Govindam as the masses could follow that and enjoy the song!!!! It seems that most people were not so interested in Adi Shankara's Vedanta commentary, Brahma Sutra commentary, Bhagavad Gita commentary etc. Of course, the pundits, especially of the religious philosophy and beliefs schools that Adi Shankara seriously challenged would have studied these commentaries of Adi Shankara. But they would be small number of people as compared to the masses.

It seems to me that these are the ***facts of life*** not only in our times but in all times when our Hindu religion flourished.

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