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The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to anticipate possible civil unrest around Anantapur in southern Andhra Pradesh following the death on April 24th of the religious leader Sathya Sai Baba. We recommend U.S. citizens avoid traveling to Puttaparthi in Anantapur, as well as Whitefield (near Bangalore) and Kodai Kanal, Tamil Nadu, the sites of two other ashrams, due to the possibility of demonstrations or crowd control issues arising in the emotionally charged atmosphere.

I received the previous email from the US embassy in India, just a few minutes ago.  Dave, Kumar, D. Paul, and I had been talking about this same man Sathya Sai Baba earlier today. It seems Sathya was an indian man who has convinced a large number of Indians that he was a god by virute of the “miracles” he did. These “miracles” included making ash appear in his hands and pulling small statues out of his mouth.

He reminds me of the priests of Egypt who attempted to copy the miracles of the Lord through moses, and though they could do a few simple tricks these conjurers were quickly left in the dust by the Power of the Lord.  Sathya’s tricks are so pathetic they are left in the dust even by many illusionists who make no claim of special power. All men, whether real or fake, whether admited illusionist or charlatan, even the ture prophets of the Lord who did do some miracles, all are left in the dust by the outstanding and undeniable display of power that our Lord showed forth not only on that “first morning of the week” but through out His life.

A very blessed Easter to you all,

Matthew Ude

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