Sai Baba’s Legacy: Death Threats & Scandal

Sai Baba’s Legacy: Death Threats & Scandal

Jun 30

It has been two months since the controversial Indian holy man Sai Baba passed away, leaving a swirling legacy and a network said to be worth at least £5bn. Since then there have been allegations of financial malpractice, claims of death threats and uncertainty as to who may try and lead the movement he established in the south of India and which has since spread to 126 countries. Yesterday, members of the trust which currently controls his network sought to draw a line under at least some of the turmoil when they broke their silence and said they had already paid tax on piles of gold, silver and cash found in the holy man’s private chambers following his death…

2004 BBC Documentary: The Secret Swami – Sai Baba

2004 BBC Documentary: The Secret Swami – Sai Baba

Apr 25

Traveling from India to California, this 2004 BBC documentary reports that a number of former devotees of Sai Baba have turned away from guru’s teachings, claiming he has ruined their lives. Back in India, there are serious questions to be asked of politicians, who seem to have continuously ignored the problem. Indeed, some would say, the correct position for these politicians appears to be at the feet of Sai Baba…

Sai Baba Dies

Sai Baba Dies

Apr 25

One of India’s most famous spiritual leaders, who counted a worldwide following of millions including top diplomats, sports icons and film stars, led a life dedicated to philanthropy marred by the occasional controversies. Sathya Sai, or Sathya Sai Baba, as he was fondly known among followers, passed away at the intensive care unit of a hospital funded by his organisation in the town of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh where thousands of devotees gathered to pay their last respects. He was 85…

Sai Baba In Critical Condition

Sai Baba In Critical Condition

Apr 05

One of India’s best-known spiritual leaders, famous for his apparent miracles and long list of influential followers, is on life support in a southern hospital, officials said on Tuesday. Satya Sai Baba, 85, who has devotees in more than 100 countries, was admitted to a hospital funded by his organisation in the town of Puttaparthi with lung and chest congestion on March 28. His condition has since deteriorated and he is now on a ventilator and is receiving kidney dialysis, the most recent health bulletin from the hospital said on Tuesday…

The Infamous Sai Baba

The Infamous Sai Baba

Jan 05

For anyone looking for information about the infamous Indian guru, Sai Baba, here’s where to go…

India’s ‘Godmen’ Face Questions About Wealth

India’s ‘Godmen’ Face Questions About Wealth

Jul 16

For centuries, their image was as barefoot ascetics who spent their lives in solitary Himalayan meditation. But now India’s gurus, “miracle workers” and spiritual leaders, often collectively known as “godmen,” have become savvy, powerful figures who control vast philanthropic and business empires, dabble in politics and manipulate the media…

Extraordinary Grassroots Movement: ‘Kony 2012’ (Updated)

Extraordinary Grassroots Movement: ‘Kony 2012’ (Updated)

Oct 08

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice…

Google Glass Prepares To Change The World

Google Glass Prepares To Change The World

Sep 16

David Pogue writes: “New gadgets — I mean whole new gadget categories — don’t come along very often. The iPhone was one recent example. You could argue that the iPad was another. But if there’s anything at all as different and bold on the horizon, surely it’s Google Glass…”

The Three Faces Of God

The Three Faces Of God

Jun 07

The following post comes from an online discussion that took place on NHNE’s Near-Death Experience Network. It was part of a lively discussion that was triggered by Robert Perry’s essay “Loving Personhood Or Liberation From Personhood?” EXCERPT: “The evidence is overwhelming that while non-dual perspectives are vital, essential, and foundational — and that they need to be incorporated into our spiritual path and philosophy if we are going to be truly healthy — they are also limited — and primitive. Moreover, there is a very real danger of people having 1st-person God experiences and getting into serious trouble. The trouble they can get into is that after experiencing themselves to be God, they dismiss all need to develop their personalities, work on shadow issues, or cultivate healthy relationships in the world. They do this because they focus on only one aspect of their nature and misunderstand the purpose of life. They see clearly that the created universe is a dream, but mistakenly believe there is no reason for them to stay engaged here. What’s actually happening is that we’ve dreamed the world into existence for a purpose. That purpose, which is described in different ways by different sources, usually revolves around God becoming incarnate in the created universe through us. Or, said another way, you and I being called to manifest heaven on earth. What I find really interesting about all of this, is that ALL THREE FACES of God are abundantly represented in near-death experiences, while classic Advaita Vedanta experiences focus primarily on the 1st-person face of God. That’s the rub. In order to be healthy (living lives that are aligned with the intentions of life and the universe), we need all three. This is one reason why I believe that near-death experiences are more current, inspired, full-blown representatives of where humankind is headed than older, more foundational, and less evolved classic enlightenment experiences…”

Steve Jobs: Imitated, Never Duplicated (Updated)

Steve Jobs: Imitated, Never Duplicated (Updated)

Oct 18

Here’s a guy who never finished college, never went to business school, never worked for anyone else a day in his adult life. So how did he become the visionary who changed every business he touched? Actually, he’s given us clues all along. Remember the “Think Different” ad campaign he introduced upon his return to Apple in 1997? “Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.” In other words, the story of Steve Jobs boils down to this: Don’t go with the flow…