Sai Baba did NOT live until 96 years of age – lunar or solar-calendar years!

The failed predictions of Sathya Sai Baba about his alternative dates of death (93 or 96) and the denial of this in stating he lived until 96 lunar years had passed are spread by various followers on the Internet, and also by the Sathya Sai official website. This disinformation is a crucial part of their agenda to delude devotees and keep them on board, in line and – above all – donating money!


It is highly amusing that the sathyssai.org people wait for a Hindu scholar/astrologer to confirm their calculations! Astrologers are hardly any use compared to astronomers, astrology is known for using defunct ways of reckoning, using the Procrustean bed to make things fit and in general to be unable to predict (for example, the winners of India elections or the death date of anyone with accuracy) - and Hindu scholars cannot improve on the hard astronomical facts, however devoted they are to their beliefs!

HOWEVER! From 9 Sept 1960 (when he was 43 calendar years old) plus 59 years = 2019 AD. He lived until age 84 by normal calendar reckoning, dying in 2011. Eight years short on calendar reckoning (which he always used in public, despite concocted, undocumented rumours that he once or twice did not).

According to sathyasai.org website Sathya Sai Baba lived for 30,833 days. This is a correct calculation (correct IF he was actually born on 23 Nov. 1926, which is disputed- since his registered date in his school record is 3 years LATER!) The lunar month averages 27.21 days (by the very shortest or ‘draconic’ reckoning which the sathyasai.org website chose for obvious reasons).

The number of days per lunar year is 27.21 times 12 = 326.52 (days per annum) So 30,833 days divided by 326 days per year is equal to 91.02 lunar years

This does not reach the minimum requirement of 93 years, which he twice predicted in separate discourses. Nor by far does it reach 96 years, which he also stated was the age he would reach – as all commentators agree. However one twists and turns it, the calculations do not fit the prediction.

List of different ways of calculating the lunar month from Wikipedia

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