The main point discussed in Chapter 4 ” Making of a Religion” was about the link between the supernatural and religion. Religions arise around phenomena which people perceive as beyond their understanding. The gap between the understanding and experience is filled with the supernatural and the miraculous. This natural reaction is not caused by human frailty. Humans tend to attribute causes to effects that they sense. Many a time we use the ‘rule-of-thumb’ logic, based on simple resemblances, to come up with the answers. Many a time we convince ourselves. In the fourth chapter of the book, we look at the overlap between our need to explain and religion. In turn, we discuss the way people flock together around a central figure, Sai Baba, to found a new religious movement.
In the excellent video collection Ted Henry, An American Journalist, has made available to us in his website we can hear first-hand from the devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba about why they follow their Guru, what they think about him and how the unexplainable can be explained.When we listen to these devotees I couldn’t help wondering why the element of wonder experienced around Jesus and Mohammad could be any different to what we hear from these devotees.
You can view Ted’s video collection at: