Recent Evidence from Sathya Sai Baba - 1940? Or 1943?
By: Brian Steel
Copyright © Brian Steel 2002
A recent contribution from Sathya Sai Baba (SSB) confirms the evidence in Love is My Form (Vol. 1) that the year of the alleged Declarations and of his leaving the High School in Uravakonda cannot have been 1940.
In his Discourse on 16 May 2002, SSB offered his audience more flattering reminiscences of his youth and told his audience that during the 2nd World War (1939-1945), as a schoolboy, he was asked by the communist leaders to compose a song in honour of Stalin. The song he claims to have written includes references to Hitler invading Russia and the Soviet heroic defence and a prediction of Stalin's eventual victory. He adds: "Many of them [the villagers] wondered how this tiny tot Sathyanarayana Raju had come to know of Hitler and Stalin. These names were unknown to most of the people in that region. Know that there is nothing that Sai does not know."
On page 79 of LIMF there is a long quotation from an undated Discourse where SSB is boasting about his satirical poems in Bukkapatnam (that is, probably in 1941-1942, according to the school register photostats produced in LIMF) including one about Hitler and the British.
So, since Germany invaded Russia in June 1941, and SSB was, as he says in this Discourse, still at the Bukkapatnam school, this "tiny tot" must have been at least 14-16 (according to the 1926 birthdate) or 11-13 (according to the other possible 1929 date), pursuing his education rather than getting on with his Mission, as the official 1940 Declaration date has always maintained.