from bbc: One of India’s most revered spiritual leaders, Satya Sai Baba, is in a critical condition, doctors say. Thousands of devotees in the state of Andhra Pradesh have gathered outside a hospital where he was admitted last week with breathing problems. State security forces have increased their presence around the hospital in Puttaparthi as devotees prayed for his well-being there. The 84-year-old guru is thought to have millions of followers around the world. His distinctive orange robes and his hair have made him one of the most recognisable of India’s spiritual gurus. He professes to be the reincarnation of a Hindu godman – a human being who declares himself divine – from the 19th Century.