Sathya Sai Baba Internet Search
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
These pages last updated 12 May 2010
These pages do not attempt to give a comprehensive listing of websites. They give REVIEWS of websites and act as a guide to websites. If you are looking for a comprehensive listing of Sathya Sai Baba websites, then we recommend Sai Baba Links, The Open Directory Project or Using a search engine.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba with Devotees
Why are there so many websites?
Those who are attracted to Sathya Sai Baba are motivated in many different ways, and have their own interests and enquiries. These might be for an introduction to Sai Baba, to located Sai Baba websites in their own language, or to pursue the object of their enquiry, be it stories of Sai Baba, writings of Sai Baba, Divine Discourses or personal experiences of Sai Baba, or even, what to expect when you are visiting.
We have seen many websites; some evolve and change, some remain static and some go. Many, many websites make a mess of things and do not present their content or information in an easy to find or ordered manner. Often, when websites are visited, they must be ploughed through in order to find what it is the visitor is looking for.
What we can say that none can encapsulate nor present the Sai Phenomenon fully; that scope is too large and probably beyond human capacity. It is best to pick an area of specialisation and focus on that, so that the information is presented in an orderly and easy to follow fashion.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba with singers on the porch in Sai Kulwant Hall
Using Search Engines
In the discussions below, we point out that our search term on all the search engines examined is 'Sathya Sai Baba". Readers will be aware that many different terms can be used, all of which will return different search engine results:
- Sathya Sai Baba (if done in quotation marks on Google, will return all pages with that specific term, Sathya Sai Baba)
- Satya Sai Baba
- Sai Baba
- Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
- Bhagwan Satya Sai Baba
Sri Sathya Sai Baba with Devotees
Visual Search Engines
KartOO is a visual search engine which gives a map display of search results. You will need the lastest Flash player to use this, as the search results are displayed as interactive links. (This site is in beta and under rebuild. Inactive during May of 2010)
Once you enter a new search in the Flash version you come up with a "map" of results. There are fat arrows from the central search term or word to icons for websites. Clicking the icons will open the sites in a new window or tab. Moving your mouse over an individual results in white lines connecting related terms. Clicking on the terms modifies the search result. Clicking an image will take you to that website in a new window. Basically, if one begins their search with a general topic, KartOO helps to narrow it down. Be sure to click the Next Map link to see further search results.
Search Me: this search engine is offline and up for sale, May 2010
At first, the search result is presented as a full screen; clicking the arrow at the bottom of the screen brings the split view. Moving the bar along brings up additional results. An attractive way to present search engine results. Requires Flash plugin in your browser for these visual results.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Kulwant Hall
Cluster Search Engines
Clusty is a cluster search engine based on enterprise technology. It groups search results by keyword clusters. It also has a preview in page link where a visitor may preview the website returned in the search. Results are shown in tree view on the left hand side, by clusters. You can click various points on the tree to go to more specific search results. News, Image, Wikipedia and Blog searches are also available.
Quintura provides a cluster map on the left hand side after entering the search term, and a linear listing on the right hand side.
Sites with listings
Google. Well, we all know google and what it can do. Advanced search techniques may be undertaken using phrases, specific words, language, and document types. A simple google search for Sathya Sai Baba returns more than 687,000 results. The benefits of a google search is that results can be returned in many languages.
Sathya Sai Prashanti Nilayam Railway Station ~ How would you search for this?
Some Google Tips
Using specific terms - allintext - this means the specific terms must appear in the page returned by the search engine. For example, allintext: Sai Baba Miracles:
Another way is to use the search term and then specify what you are looking for. Eg, if you want to read about Sathya Sai Baba's darshan (or view a video) then you use the term Sathya Sai Baba and specify intext:darshan, like so:
Want to know the time in India?
Want to track the status of a specific flight?
Convert money quickly:
Google Chome will automatically translate websites in to your language. So searching with Google Chrome may bring further results. Get it here
Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Kulwant Hall ~ How would you describe this image for a web search?
Creedopedia combines a search engine with a religious dictionary. It has an emphasis on religion, faith and belief systems. A search for Prema returned results on Sathya Sai Baba and the triple avatar incarnation. A screenshot:
This site claims to filter out spam and meaningless results, giving more appropriate search results for topics. Scroll down past the Ads by Google; there is a "related topics" box with links. Search terms are highlighted. Could be useful for research into religion and Unity of Faiths related topics.
The Open Directory Project. Not a lot of listings, as sites listed here have to be distinctly different and offer new content; this is main criteria for listings on the Open Directory.
Indian Language Search Engine
Guruji.com is an Indian Internet search engine that is focused on providing better search results to Indian consumers, by leveraging proprietary algorithms and data in the Indian context. Guruji is a recent startup which provides search results in English, and also in SEVEN Indian languages. Here is the English result for a search on Sathya Sai Baba. Image search is also available. Here is a screenshot of Music search on Guruji. Music is available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Neat