SATHYA SAI BABA ON THE NATURE OF THE MIND - AS ETERNAL, UNPERISHABLE
BUT ALSO ONLY TEMPORARY: ABSURD CONTRADICTION!
Those who analyse the so-called 'teachings' of Sai Baba find many inconsistencies, direct self-contradictions and provably false statements. He claimed, for example, that each individual mind is imperishable, exists eternally and is reincarnated in life after life (see quote in box below - centre pane). Yet another main plank of his spiritual advice was to kill the mind, through intense, unrelenting spiritual practices from meditation to worship and devotion. He was known to give gemstones in rings which he (falsely) claimed to be diamonds and occasionally said this represented the teaching 'Die mind'. According to the official propaganda web site, however, "Baba created a stunning diamond and gave it to a devotee, while pronouncing the inspiring message, “Die-mind," (see http://media.radiosai.org/journals/vol_10/01DEC12/living-the-divine-presence-Prof-N-Kasturi-biographer-translator-of-sathya-sai-baba.htm). And again: "Baba says, "If you can make your mind a die-mind, you can also shine like a diamond. He even gives a therapy, how to make your mind a die-mind." (see http://www.saibaba.ws/articles/lifebreath/lifebreath09.htm)
So, if the mind can die, it obviously cannot be imperishable. Moreover he repeatedly described the mind as 'a trickster', a 'monkey-mind' and so forth because he believed it gives us an illusory idea of the nature of the world, God and everything else. The great aim of spirituality, he held, was to eliminate this altogether and experience the unity of all existence in God. Despite his characterising the human mind so definitively he held (see same quote below)," It is not possible to say that this mind is like this or that.", even though he did so himself many a time! One example of his description of the mind follows:-
“… just don’t forget the nature of the atom. Everything is in the atom. Hence, we should feel that the nature of the atom is within oneself. Our body is (contains) the atom. Mind is atom. Intellect is atom. Chittha is atom. Antahkarana is atom. All are completely atoms. That which is full of atoms is Divinity…” “… there is death for the physical body of man, but the mind has no death. There is no death for the mind at all. Though the man (his body) dies, the feelings that the person felt are imprinted on the mind. The tendencies of so many births and the tendencies from so many actions are printed on this mind.” (from his Discourse 24/7/2002)
So if the mind is beyond matter, how come that it is formed of atoms? So what kind of immaterial, indestructible atoms are 'mind atoms'? Further, to hold that atoms give life is ridiculous, though it would have been correct to say that without atoms there could be nothing, no life either. Yet again Sai Baba is caught out in inescapable self-contradiction.
DISCOURSE BY SRI SATHYA SAI BABA
Guru Purnima 24 July 2002
"... there is death for (the physical body of) man but the mind has no death. There is no death for the mind at all. Though the man dies, the feelings that the person felt are imprinted on it (the mind).
The tendencies of so many births and the tendencies from so many actions are printed on this mind.
It is not possible to say that this mind is like this or that. Therefore, we should not feel that the mind will die along with this life (physical body). No matter how many births there are, the mind is God. This mind contains atoms. We should not feel that the nature of the mind that contains atoms, dies."
Human knowledge has progressed to a vast extent since the vague scriptural relics like the vedas and tales of 'sages' like Kannada, Hiranyakashipu etc. who claimed to know everything and to whom Sai Baba always referred as his authority. Modern neurological science has established that the human mind, including memory, is not permanently the same. It develops, changes and can lose many or all its functions due to diseases or brain injuries. No such thing as 'mind atoms' have every been discovered. Instead, the mind is a vastly complex network of neural connections between neurons (which are much larger and more composite than atoms) and interactions within an electro-magnetic field. These connections can either grow and become more secure through reinforcement through memorising and perceiving, or they can weaken and disappear. The mind is therefore no fixed entity but a complex of electro-magnetically induced connections between its neurons, which decompose after death.
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