Monday, April 25, 2011

Sai Baba: The death of a human God

Self proclaimed human God Sai Baba estimated to have about 6 million followers worldwide, died yesterday at the age of 84. The term "human God" need not be considered derogatory as a human God is by no means lesser than an imaginary God.

He (or his disciples) not only claimed him to be a Purna Avatar in the Hindu tradition, but also claimed that his divine incarnation was predicted by Bible and Muhammad. He has predicted that he will be reborn as "Prema Sai Baba" in 2012 somewhere between Bangalore and Mysore.

The good news for the Guru/Baba/Amma worshipers is that, 100s (if not 1000s) of Gods are still left in our country. We may have shortage for food, water & shelter; we may have shortage for jobs; we may have shortage for  natural resources; but its unlikely that we in India will ever have shortage for Gods.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

World cup cricket 2011 victory celebrations, and confused dogs

I got a little curious about an incident amidst the the "World Cup Cricket 2011" victory celebration. The place is south Bangalore, and the time late night of 2nd April, 2011. Having spent (or rather wasted) many years on active cricket and having totally lost interest on cricket now, I didn't bother to watch the final between India and Srilanka. But having had a quick look at the office TV earlier, I was aware that India was on the way to victory.

Sometime late in the night, bursting crackers and howling fans on the road confirmed that India has won the 2011 cricket world cup. I went for a walk amidst the celebrations.

In the middle of all this human action was the plight of the street dogs. Many of them got scared and ran away from the noisy scene to quieter places. A few bold and social ones joined their two legged friends with rhythmic howling. Howlers or quitters; bold or scared all of these dogs had one thing in common "they couldn't make heads or tails out of what was going on around them" (or so I believe). Most of them in their dog-sense would have though or asked each other "What the hell is going on here?"

Many a night most of us have been disturbed by the barking and howling of dogs. Mostly such barking and howling usually ends up in wailing agony for the dogs at some angry sleep deprived guy's stone throw. I tried to think about it a little differently. On such occasions, would the dogs be celebrating or communicating something very important to them? Something as important as our World Cup victory in their world!

Who knows!