Did Nostradamus predict the advent of a Sai Baba-like figure in South India?
It is alleged that, according to the world famous prophecy-maker Nostradamus who recorded his prophecies in his book “Centuries”, some 400 years ago, a very great leader would be born in South India (land surrounded by the three seas) He would have unlimited wisdom and power, and He would be an immortal ruler. With His efforts, world war would be over, and India’s spiritual message to humanity would spread far and wide. He would observe Thursday as the Holy Day.
COMMENT: Nearly all of the fanciful interpretations, like this highly doubtful one, of Nostradamus' vague and ambiguous Latin texts have been refuted by experts, not least here. An example of the 'spin': a land surrounded by three seas could fit many lands other than India. That he has 'Unlimited wisdom' is proven to be completely untrue as his ignorance of many subjects, and belief in superstitious nonsense is clearly documented fro his own published statements, and on a large scale eg. see here. That the 2nd world war is over due to Sathya Sai Baba's efforts is another outrageous claim. In 2002, Sathya Sai Baba was recorded in a group interview as saying that all war would be at an end on earth by 2007, and that the Golden Age would begin then (see statement and analysis here) The date predicted has come and gone, since when the continuing war in Afghanistan and a new brief inter-state war in Georgia took place, to name the most obvious ones, to which list most people would add Iraq, Sudan, the Congo...
Sai Baba's official biographer, Professor N. Kasturi, wrote:-
"One fact is interesting and may be mentioned here since it has provoked many into a very profitable line of thought. I shall quote the letter written by one such inquirer. R. Ganapathi of the ‘Kalki‘. “Sri Aurobindo, who by the Power of his integral yoga delved into the Cosmic Mind was suddenly absorbed in an intense awareness of the supramental light’s descent into the earth-
consciousness. On page 208, of the book, “Sri Aurobindo on Himself and the Mother” (1953 Edition) it is said:- “24th November. 1926, was the descent of Krishna into the physical." A "power infallible shall lead the thought, In earthly hearts kindle the Immortal’s Fire. Even the Multitude shall bear the Voice !" It is highly probable that the Descent was the Incarnation the previous day November 23. 1926, of Sri Sathya Baba. Sri Aurobindo, the great seer of modern India, who was in total penance for the descent of the Supernatural Power upon this Earth for the uplift of humanity, terminated his outside activities and went into complete solitude on 24th November, 1926. His reason for the withdrawal was that the embodiment of the Overmental Delight Consciousness, Lord Krishna, had once again come down to the terrestrial sphere. Suffice it to note that the advent of the Lord of our narrative had occurred just on the preceding day.”
Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi's biography) - Vol 3 p. 164/5 (USA edition)
COMMENT: This assumption has been refuted by the Mother, and also by some honest Sathya Sai Baba devotees like Birgitte Rodriguez of Denmark, who wrote:-"In Sri Aurobindo on Himself Sri Aurobindo wrote, "Krishna,... the cosmic Deity, Master of the universe,... was the guide of my yoga and with whom I realised identity. ... X thinks I am superior in greatness, you think there can be nothing greater than Krishna: each is entitled to have his own view or feeling, whether it is itself right or not... If you reach Krishna you reach the Divine; if you can give yourself to Him, you give yourself to me." It should be quite clear from this quotation that what happened on November 24, 1926 related to Sri Aurobindo. Quite often Sai devotees take this statement by Sri Aurobindo to be a reference to Sathya Sai Baba who was born on the preceding day, November 23, 1926. It is an incorrect interpretation." Birgitte Rodriguez, 'Glimpses of the Divine' p xxiii (See scans here)