Why does Sai Baba Need Doctors?

Posted by Lakshmi Gopal on Wed, Apr 6, 2011  
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Nothing amuses and astonishes skeptics more than the bizarre relationships they witness between godmen and doctors. The most famous godman in our present-day world, Sri Sathya Sai Baba was hospitalized on March 28 with a lung infection. The latest news on his condition is that his kidneys have failed and he is on ventilator support at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.
The godman to whom millions turned for cures, miracles and blessings is unable to cure himself and is undergoing a very normal, human phase in his ‘divine’ lifetime. Goes to show that godmen too, need doctors. On the other hand, it is an open secret that highly qualified doctors run after astrologers and godmen to seek fulfillment of their innermost desires. These ‘men and women of science’ believe in tantra-mantra, wear lucky stones, charms and adhere to auspicious days and timings.
The rigours of a scientist’s academic discipline is based on empirical verification. The practice of science relies on investigation and validation. True scientists are, therefore, not supposed to be inclined towards the paranormal or the mystical. But in real life, many of them are worshippers of faith healers, and that too, unashamedly. Much like a godman who unembarrassedly seeks medical relief.
How can all the miracles and divine interventions performed by a great spiritual seer, be validated when he cannot cure himself? To this, a devotee of Sai Baba says, “ Sai Baba is God himself. He can cure himself with a click of his fingers, but he has chosen not to. Though he is extraordinary, he wants to meet his end as an ordinary human being.’
Another devotee joins in, “Sai Baba is God. He has saved many lives. This is only his great Leela (a game-play). We are optimistic he will get well soon.”
But even godmen need prayers. A devotee posted on a media website, “Baba we are all praying for you. We are performing the Maha Mrityunjay Jaap. Please leave the hospital and come to us. We love you madly as always.”
It is difficult not to be swayed by such religious and spiritual fervour – a devotee’s faith in his God.
We all know that godmen and their devotees, the worshipped and worshipper, have a symbiotic relationship. The former is the powerful protector, whereas, the latter is the meek, protected party. One nurtures the other and one cannot exist without the other.
In such a relationship and the one discussed above, faith brings together two extremes of the spectrum - science and mysticism. Faith proves to be the binding glue in such and other unlikely relationships in life.

Nothing amuses and astonishes skeptics more than the bizarre relationships they witness between godmen and doctors. The most famous godman in our present-day world, Sri Sathya Sai Baba was hospitalized on March 28 with a lung infection. The latest news on his condition is that his kidneys have failed and he is on ventilator support at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.


The godman to whom millions turned for cures, miracles and blessings is unable to cure himself and is undergoing a very normal, human phase in his ‘divine’ lifetime. Goes to show that godmen too, need doctors. On the other hand, it is an open secret that highly qualified doctors run after astrologers and godmen to seek fulfillment of their innermost desires. These ‘men and women of science’ believe in tantra-mantra, wear lucky stones, charms and adhere to auspicious days and timings.


The rigours of a scientist’s academic discipline is based on empirical verification. The practice of science relies on investigation and validation. True scientists are, therefore, not supposed to be inclined towards the paranormal or the mystical. But in real life, many of them are worshippers of faith healers, and that too, unashamedly. Much like a godman who unembarrassedly seeks medical relief.


How can all the miracles and divine interventions performed by a great spiritual seer, be validated when he cannot cure himself? To this, a devotee of Sai Baba says, “ Sai Baba is God himself. He can cure himself with a click of his fingers, but he has chosen not to. Though he is extraordinary, he wants to meet his end as an ordinary human being.’


Another devotee joins in, “Sai Baba is God. He has saved many lives. This is only his great Leela (a game-play). We are optimistic he will get well soon.”


But even godmen need prayers. A devotee posted on a media website, “Baba we are all praying for you. We are performing the Maha Mrityunjay Jaap. Please leave the hospital and come to us. We love you madly as always.”


It is difficult not to be swayed by such religious and spiritual fervour – a devotee’s faith in his God.


We all know that godmen and their devotees, the worshipped and worshipper, have a symbiotic relationship. The former is the powerful protector, whereas, the latter is the meek, protected party. One nurtures the other and one cannot exist without the other.


In such a relationship and the one discussed above, faith brings together two extremes of the spectrum - science and mysticism. Faith proves to be the binding glue in such and other unlikely relationships in life.

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