Sai Baba’s mixed-up stories of Balarama
From: Sanjay Dadlani
In this little piece we will attempt to analyse a contradiction of Sai Baba’s regarding the birth of Balarama, who was the “elder brother” of the Avatar Krishna.
"Yasoda did not know where Balarama and Krishna were born. She brought them up as her own children. They were born in Mathura, but grew up in Gokulam. They grew in the womb of Devaki (the wife of Vasudeva). But they lived and played in Yasoda's house.
“When we try to explore the inner meaning of these events, we realise the Divine story unfolded by them. Balarama and Krishna were born in Mathura." - 2nd March 1992 - http://sathyasai.org/search/volume25/sss25-07.pdf
"Summoning Aadishesha (the Divine Serpent) the Lord directed him to go to Gokulam and enter the womb of Rohini (Vasudeva's elder wife). 'I shall be entering the womb of Dhevaki.' In Dhevaki's seventh pregnancy, the Lord had the foetus transferred to Rohini's womb and Kamsa was informed that Dhevaki had an abortion." - 28th August 1994 - http://sathyasai.org/search/volume27/sss27-23.pdf
To make it clear, Sai Baba cannot make up his mind over whether Balarama was born in Gokula or not. In 1992 he says that Balarama was born in Mathura, yet in 1994 he tells a story of how Adi-sesa - the Divine serpent - was directly sent to Gokula in order to enter the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva's other wife.
In any case both of these accounts completely contradict what is written in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is the primary scriptural account of the magnificent lilas of the divine Krishna. The text confirms that Balarama was born within the womb of Devaki as her seventh pregnancy, and the Lord instructed His Yogamaya-shakti to transfer Balarama to the womb of Rohini (SB 10.2.8).
As a result of this transference it appeared as if Devaki's seventh pregnancy was a miscarriage, which is not quite the same thing as an abortion considering the lack of deliberate intent to expel the foetus. It is needless to note that the eighth pregnancy itself was the Lord's personal arrival.
While Balarama was originally in Devaki's womb in Mathura, His transference into the womb of Rohini necessitated His birth in Gokula since that is where Rohini was a resident. So neither was Balarama born in Mathura nor did He directly enter Rohini's womb in Gokula as per Sai Baba's 1994 discourse, which I personally attended.
Sai Baba goofs up yet again.