By Paul William Roberts
Paul William Roberts's trips via India span twenty years, and during this quantity he creates a mosaic, by way of turns tragic and comedian, of the subcontinent and its humans. From the crumbling palaces of maharajas to the slums of Calcutta; from the ashrams of holy males to a millionaire drug dealer's seriously guarded fort on India's border with China; Roberts seeks to catch the entice of this enigmatic land - this empire of the soul.
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Baba love you, too,’ he said. He meant it – I could feel it. To be loved: That was not the same as to love. I had never let myself be loved before, I realised. And I was so grateful that I merely wept more. It was all I could do. Baba then proceeded to basically deliver a summary of my life and a breakdown of my personality in machine-gun bursts that had me reeling, nodding humbly, speechless. ’ It seemed to be his way of reassuring me that there was nothing he did not know about me, and that none of it bothered him.
He had died in 1918. Someone once told me a story that appeared to confirm this. M. K. Raman was ninety-seven when I met him. He’d been an ardent devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, one of those who’d personally heard the holy man announce his next incarnation. p65 42 3/12/2002, 12:42 PM ‘I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU’ out for Puttaparthi. He did not really believe he’d find any truth to the outlandish claim. When they first met and before either had spoken a word, Sathya Sai Baba waved his hand and materialised two coins for M.
Besides preaching universal brotherhood and religious unity, Sathya Sai Baba and the huge organisation that gradually evolved around him embarked on a programme of building schools, colleges, and hospitals that spans the subcontinent today. His legion of critics, however, maintain that his real intention is to found a new religion with himself as God. I personally could never see this. In a selfpublished book called Lord of the Air, an American ex-devotee claimed Baba was Satan incarnate and fed on the love of those he trapped with his lies.