Lankan Tamils sore with Sai Baba
By: PK BalachanddranDocument date: Colombo, July 8, 2001.
A PRO-LIBERATION Tigers of Tamil Eelam e-mail news service has accused the Sai Baba of Puttaparthi of seeking to destroy the Sri Lankan Tamils and asked the latter to "stop worshiping this false teacher."
In the July 4 despatch of the Circle Digest, writer Thamilkaavalan said Sai Baba was a "well known friend of the Sinhalas" and counted among this devotees Sinhalese armymen and political leaders like Deputy Defence Minister General Anuruddha Ratwatte, Chief of Defence Staff General Rohan de S Daluwatte, former prime minister the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Speaker Anura Bandaranaike.
The writer also said that Sai Baba had asked Tamils to live amicably with the Sinhalese while not asking the latter to do the same with the Tamils.
Meanwhile, President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Saturday invoked an anti-terrorist law to declare Colombo and its environs a high-security zone and curb the movement of trucks and tractor trailers as a safeguard against bomb attacks
Sathya Sai Baba possible target of LTTE
By: Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, an Indian living sage venerated by millions across the globe, regardless of their ethnic origins or religious affiliations, has become the latest target for attack by the Sri Lankan separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The LTTEs daily electronic bulletin, the Circle Digest, in a vehement attack on the sage accused him of being a "false preacher" and appealed to the Tamils to "stop worshipping" him.
In its issue dated July 4, 2001 (V2001 #2457) of the Circle Digest the appeal came to the Tamils of Sri Lanka, India and the rest of the world in a piece written by a LTTE scribe named, Thamilkaavalan, believed to be a pen name of a writer of the limited circle of Liberation Tigers writers, allowed in this publication.
Millions of Tamils across the globe are believed to be devotees of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and it is not known what kind of impact the LTTEs appeal would have upon them.
The Circle Digest said the latest tactics of "Singalas", meaning the Sinhalese, to infiltrate Tamils in overseas is by "Sai Baba" groups.
The Liberation Tigers electronic bulletin accused the saint, Sai Baba, as a "well known friend of the Singalas" like the Sinhalese leaders, "Ratwatte (sic), Daluwatte (sic), Sirimavo and Anura".
Sri Lankas Deputy Defense Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte, Army Chief Rohan Daluwatte, former Prime Minister, the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the Speaker Anura Bandaranaike are believed to be Sai Baba devotees.
The bulletin accused Sai Baba of getting maps for the (Sri Lanka) army from the Indian army and did not elaborate what these maps are about.
The pro-LTTE bulletin accused Sai Baba of using the "the latest tactic" of making his devotee groups to "turn Tamils against the (Tamil) struggle" by preaching "peaceful living with Singalas and not preaching same to Singalas."
It further said Sai Baba helped destroy Tamil "freedom fighters", meaning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
The bulletin said, "Please stop worshipping this false preacher who....want(s) to destroy us all".
The bulletin also pointed out that all protest they made became useless when "Singala" High Commissioners like Janaka Perera becoming Sai worshippers and acting as friends of Tamils showed to the rest of the world that Tamils and Sinhalese are friends and only terrorists are killing everyone and so the army were compelled to kill the terrorists.
In a final note of advise the bulletin said, "Tamils, use your brains before it is too late."
According to one of the numerous web sites dedicated to Sai Baba and his teachings in the United States, "To millions of people spread over almost every country in the world, Shri Sathya Sai Baba is believed to be an avatar, an embodiment of God, divinity in human form."
In the same web site, Dr. John S. Hislop, a longtime devotee of Sai Baba is quoted of having said, "Babas wisdom, the love which is strongly felt, when one is in his presence, and his awesome power over the material elements and human circumstances, contribute to the extraordinary veneration in which he is held and to the almost inevitable attraction felt by people of all ages and races when they see him, or begin to give close attention to his teachings and to his life."
The web site says Sai Baba is for the protection of the virtuous, for the destruction of evil doers and for establishing righteousness on a firm footing.
It quotes Sai Baba as saying, "Whenever disharmony overwhelms the world the Lord will incarnate in human form to establish the modes of earning supreme peace and to re-educate the human community in the path of peace. I incarnate from age to age."
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LTTE website slates Sai baba