Dechen Norbu wrote:
Not lying is part of the Vinaya, you see...
He said it quite politely.
If you want to know a little better who that man really was, check: http://www.rickross.com/groups/saibaba.html
Simply put, I think the guy was fraud and a criminal. Feel free to disagree, but if you read the information in the site above, I think you'll change your mind.
Í've known some people who met and saw Satya Sai Baba in early 1970's, he wasn't then such a big thing yet, as he was when Ven. Dhammika saw him. Seeing him has changed people's lives permanently.
I have heard these kind of accusations and rumours. If You yourself happen to attain any kind of even minor siddhis you will know how the thing is, what will actually take place. It is beyond your wildest nightmares what people are like then, what they are prepared to do, how much effort they will spend actually doing it !!
In buddhism the two major disciples, Maudgalyayana and Shariputra, were both murdered. This isn't well known, but it is there in the canonical scriptures, and there is some oral tradition about it too. I think it is quite certain that the Great Maudgalyayana was murdered by "honest citizens", not by robbers as the polished canonical story goes. Miraculous incidents cause powerfull negative effects, & negative behaviour, in the human society.
Both of them were murdered while Tathagata Shakyamuni was still alive. There is a sutta that describes the situation of Sangha seeing Tathagata face to face after His two chief disciples are gone.