THE WIFE OF "DR.
MICHAEL COCHSTEIN" DREAMS OF SAI BABA
-THE WELL-KNOWN OMNISCIENT SELF-CONTRADICTOR OF PUTTAPARTHI
Excerpt from The "Hindu" Andhra Pradesh
26 November 2004 By Staff Reporter
Satya Sai trust to host
global meet on divinity.
PUTTAPARTHI, NOV. 25. The Sri Satya Sai Central Trust
will organise a world conference on `unity, purity
and divinity' as part of the Satya Saibaba's 80th
birthday celebrations here next year.
Two ardent devotees of Saibaba were given the opportunity
to speak at the spiritual leader's 79th birthday function
held here on Wednesday.
Michael Cochstein, a practising physician from Southern
California, USA, said he had found his spiritual divinity
at Puttaparthi. "Swamy spoke to my wife in her dream
one day when we were passing through a difficult phase
and I had fallen in love with him immediately," Mr.
Cochstein said. He claimed that Saibaba had taught
him that selfless love was the key to happy life.
Stating that Saibaba was an embodiment of selfless
love, Mr. Cochstein said the greatest joy in life
was knowing selfless love through Saibaba.
It is noteworthy that such
a newspaper as 'The Hindu' gets the name of such an important
Sai VIP wrong! ('Cochstein' is none other than the delightful
Goldstein makes a point of "Swamy spoke to my wife in a dream one day". (Sounds
like a daydream?) One has to commisserate with those who still
believe fully in Sai Baba's pronouncements that no one can dream
of him without His Will! For it has slipped their attention
that SSB had again vastly modified his posititon on this recently.
In the 2004 a public discourse noted above he denies most firmly
that he ever enters anyone's dreams, as follows:-
Some people claim to have seen God
in their dream. Where is dream? Where is God? In fact,
dream experience itself is not real. It is only an
illusion. They are deluded to think that way.
You say that Swami appeared in your
dream last night. This is not correct. I do not appear
in anybody’s dream. When you intensely desire that
Swami must appear in your dream and constantly think
of the same, that intense desire will assume a form
in your dream. God does not assume a form or change
into another form.
You have witnessed something in your
dream. What is it? It is your own self, nothing other
than that. You are visualising your own self in the
Do not be under the illusion “Rama
has appeared in my dream, Krishna has appeared in
my dream, Swami has appeared in my dream”. This is
a sign of ignorance. All these are dreams only. How
can a dream be called a reality? The very word “dream”
explains its nature. As long as you are in sleep,
this experience may be true. The moment you wake up,
the experience vanishes.
Compare these amazing
revelations by the 'omniscient avatar' with his former well-known
'revelations'. That he intervenes in dreams has been believed
by virtually every devotee. They have been told so by him
on many occasions and believed him fully. In 'Vision of the
Divine' he is reported verbatim telling Dr. Fanibunda that
he comes into people's dreams, and only when he wills it himself.
They have written countless articles and books about their
dreams of SSB, which he has often reportedly confirmed they
were true visits from him in person:-
“Dreams are nothing but the reflection
of the subconscious mind. Swami appearing in dreams
is very auspicious…Dreams are the reflection, reaction
and resound of that which is within you. The same
does not apply to dreams in which Swami appears.
Swami appears in dreams only
when He will it and not when you want.” (Sanathana
Sarathi, April 1999, p. 98)
With his typical systemic
inconsistency, he contradicts that one cannot dream of him
at all without his will and changes it to only "very
clear" dreams. However, even this he has now refuted!
What a confusing deceiver he has been, and remains! He comes
across as very confused himself.
“There are certain confusing dreams
in which your feelings play an active role. You
may be seeing Swami but at the same time your feelings
get mixed up and cause confusion. You may see yourself
in Puttaparthi at one point in time and in America
at the very next, and so on and so forth. These
dreams are not willed by Swami. These result from
indigestion and improper food.
Dreams which are willed by me are very clear and
give no room for confusion or doubt.”
However, blaming indigestion or
improper food is quite laughable in view of his saying that
dreams reflect etc. the subconscious mind. He has said many
other conflicting things through the years about how different
kinds of dream arise. He quoted the sage Pippalada (Sathya
Sai Speaks Vol. 24, p. 144), who held that indigestion
does NOT cause dreams, but sleep does. What sheer mastery
of human wisdom and common sense this a-Sathya Sai Baba
My position on dreams has changed
a lot since I wrote the book 'Source of the Dream' in 1994
(Bangalore Sun-Sky Publications, sold at Prashanthi Nilayam
bookshop). Now I have just published a new book in India,
650-plus pages, entitled "End of the Dream". Dreams
are, in my opinion, self-generated... even those which have
precognitive elements which later occur. My views on dreams
were formed after a long life of deep interest in this and
related subjects, and a brief
summary has been on-line for some years now as part
of my work of human psychology, 'The Human Whole' (online).
After having been involved in teaching at the Institute
of Psychology at the University of Oslo, and formerly as
staff in group therapy at two treatment homes in Scandinavia,
and having recorded dreams and studied virtually the entire
serious literature on them in psychology, psychoanalsysis
both Freudian, Jungian, existential and many other theories
and therapies etc., I have at least learned finally that
what Sathya Sai baba has said about dreams contains so much
unempirical nonsense as to be misleading and worthless.