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Recently, Dwarka Shankaracharya, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati stirred controversy by claiming that since Shirdi Sai was a human and that there are no mention of him any Hindu scripture, he shouldn't be worshipped.

Is there any basis for his allegation? Does Hindu scriptures prohibits worship of humans?

Is a seer right in issuing a carpet ban on worship of a 'god' on this basis?

Reference: Times of India

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I am sure people will not listen to them. because they are not as much popular as Sai Baba. why should people listen them? even, I think it depends on individuals and their beliefs. –  Mr_Green Jul 7 at 9:34
Being the head of Dwarka pitha, he has somewhat authoritative control over Hinduism. –  Vineet Menon Jul 7 at 9:42
I think this is an opinion-based question. When there are different schools of thought in Hinduism which differ in their opinion of Shirdi Sai Baba, I don't see how this site is equipped to resolve this. As far as whether humans can be worshiped, that's not necessarily what's at issue, because some people believe that Shidi Sai Baba was the incarnation of a god, so it would be like worshiping Rama or Krishna. –  Keshav Srinivasan Jul 7 at 15:09
@KeshavSrinivasan I think this is not opinion based Does Hindu scriptures prohibits worship of humans? –  Mr. Alien Jul 7 at 15:41
@Mr.Alien What about the people who think Shirdi Sai Baba wasn't an ordinary human, but rather that he was an incarnation of a god like Rama or Krishna? –  Keshav Srinivasan Jul 7 at 15:54

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The Swami has every right to hold such an opinion. Ordinary Hindus also have the right to disagree with his opinion. The Swami does not have authority over Hindus.

Bhishma said in Mahabharata Santi Parva Section 132 that a man

"is said to be conversant with duty, who knows duty as depending on all four foundations". These four foundations of duty are (1) as laid down in the Vedas, (2) as laid down in the Smritis, (3) as sanctioned by ancient usage and customs and (4) as approved by the heart or one's own conscience."

Thus whether a Hindu worships Sai baba is a matter of his conscience. Nobody can interfere in such a matter.

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Exactly, a person' s beliefs, whatsoever they may be should never be influenced by others. Every individual has the right to believe what (s)he wants to, follow whom (s)he wants to. –  Shamayeta Jul 8 at 7:45

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