ND TV’s Maya Sharma reporting on Satya Sai Baba’s passing, has commented that his religion was eclectic and a mixture of Hindu and Islamic philosophy.
As if to boost her point she had bytes of an Iranian devotee saying that she was fortunate to be living in Puttaparthi for the past four years. The Iranian devotee said that there were others from Azarbaijan, Kazakhsthan and Uzbekistan who had made the Ashram their home. Muslim devotees of the Baba.
Satya Sai Baba may have claimed that he was an avatar of Shirdi Sai Baba, who sometimes gave expression to Vedantic ideas through Sufi maxims.. Shirdi Sai’s personality was a wonderful amalgam of Vedanta and Sufism. He was an Ardhanareeswara of the two streams of divine experience.
But Satya Sai was a great Hindu saint steeped in the glorious spiritual values of Bharat. He was not for theories of god and religions but for a life lived in faith and devotion. The songs in the Sai Bhajans were addressed to the deities of Hinduism even as a few of them emphasized that the supreme god was an embodiment of love.. The qualities of love, service and discipline were emphasized among Satya Sai devotees. Satya Sai thus was a great Hindu saint espousing the best values of his religion in a spirit and love and service to mankind.