Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Sai Baba 89th birthday 23/11/2014

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2014

sbbirthdayThe ever-diminishing crowd of devotes of Sathya Sai Baba continue to celebrate the dead man’s birthday – just as if he were still alive. In their indoctrinated delusion, they believe he IS alive, but in the realm of the passed over, wherever they believe that may be. Or that he appeared this year to some devotees in Kodaikanal in an invisible appearance! His birthday is still celebrated but the dead guru’s influence and following is dying off and no longer any prominent visitors from home or abroad as in the past.. for there is nothing for them to gain any more.

To celebrate the birthday of such a deceitful, dishonest and widely exposed sexual predator and accomplice to murders in his own temple complex is a travesty of Hinduism and religion, despite his traditional preachings and sayings… his actions are to be judged, not his words. The testimonies and massed evidence is overwhelming, despite the Indian government’s complicity and cover-up after having compromised themselves by worshipping him before they heard (and ignored) most disturbing facts. His supposed services were all financed and performed by mostly well-meaning people who he deceived, taking money under diverse false pretences, including feigning to materialise trinkets, watches, rings, alleged diamonds’.

Keeping the main issues about Sathya Sai Baba to the forefront for the benefit of latecomers and newly disillusioned followers:-

CHRONICLE summarizing Sai Baba’s illness, death and aftermath with the funeral, the Sai Trust under suspicion, the huge hidden hoards of valuables etc.

SEX ABUSES Links posted for reference– Sai Baba sexual abuse allegations and

MANY YOUNG MEN claiming sexual contact with Sathya Sai Baba

UNSOLVED MURDERS IN 1993 IN SAI BABA’S ROOMS - overview  plus privileged eye-witness evidence of his involvement and bribery

‘THE SECRET SWAMI’ – BBC documentary film’s main contents can be studied in brief

Anti-scientific ‘SAIENCE’ – overview of under-educated Sai Baba’s false views on natural and other sciences

FALSE RUMOURS spread for decades by – and about – Sathya Sai Baba - overview of relevant pages

CULTISM The nature of cults examined –  and METHODS OF CULT ENTRAPMENT

EDUCATION AND HUMAN VALUES  his five vague values and  puritan and moralising views on life & education (EHV & Educare)

SAI BABA on JESUS  his major laughable blunders about Jesus and Christianity

ASHRAMS  All aspects of visits to Sathya Sai Baba ashrams then and now & helpful warnings

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Ladies Day – Sathya Sai Baba vs. genuine female emancipation (up-dated)

Posted by robertpriddy on March 8, 2011

Sathya Sai baba on his invalid golden 'buggy chair' surrounded by male bodyguards

LADIES DAY is one day a year, the rest of the year  it’s  a man’s world at all  Sai Baba’s ashram, before his death and after

The male chauvinist who proclaimed himself the creator of the world and of man and women, Sathya Sai Baba, decided in the mid 1990s to try to engage women by introducing a ‘Ladies Day’ on every November 19th. This came after at least five decades of his full marginalisation of women in his ashrams and organisations… made to sit at the rear of every event and not on chairs (as men he wished to flatter were). Thereafter, there was the one day a year – Ladies Day – when women did not have to sit on the ground and got prominent places! Otherwise nothing changed! Living in a male chauvinist environment, he wanted to prolong the traditional roles assigned to but a tiny handful of all females in India. Everyone who saw anything of Sai Baba’s ashrams know that it was a man’s world above all else and women took second place, if that, at best in all things that mattered except service to men in general.

One quote of Sai Baba from Ladies Day 1995 much bandied by devotees was:
“Women should take the correct path then men will follow suit, as it is the women who have to take the leading role. The wife is half of the husband; if she becomes good, then her husband, who is the other half, will also become good.”
In other words, women are to lead men be being good first and foremost, so she must bear the burden for the male traditionalists.

Sai Baba made many other typically insubstantial claims, such as:-

 ladies-1b The typical ‘spiritual’ religious ploy of putting women on a spiritual pedestal, but trampling on their rights in everyday life, Sai Baba did not recognise women on a level with men in his ashrams, and never spoke out against India’s worst crimes against them: massive prostitution, countless dowry deaths (i.e. cynical murders of young wives) , social nihilation of widows etc.
ladies-2scans from: Sanathana Sarathi Nov-Dec 1995 The Vedas propose countless practices which are only given massive lip service in India today, and with reason, they are mostly useless or worse, redundant and revanchist in the more enlightened world of today

For decades he evidently imagined that his ‘teaching’ on women was divinely inspired, though it was simply a reinforcement of the subjugating attitudes and conditions that had always ruled. His views were 90% traditional Indian fare, that is – for the status quo in a country where women are exploited to extreme degrees in the home and workplace, who have traditionally been excluded from nearly all male occupations, who can be seen to be treated by most men as subservient, second-rate citizens! Remarkably, Sathya Sai Baba claimed (19/11/ 2010  shortly before his 85th birthday and death)  that his Ladies’ Day  would be of major importance in forwarding women’s rights through future generations! Considered on the background of the world struggle for genuine female emancipation from their traditional roles and social suppression as represented by the suffragettes in Britain and now expanding throughout the world, Sai Baba’s claim reminds of his many other delusions of grandeur.

While still Indian President, Shrimata Prathiba Devisingh Patil, attended this Ladies’ Day at Prashanthi Nilayam, worshipped Sai Baba and gave an address to the crowds about women. It was wholly evident from this address – along with many of his statements about women and their role in life and society, that the values they supported are very largely opposed to those of International Women’s Day, the 8th of March (see Wikipedia).

India's President, Pratibha Patil, worshipping Sathya Sai Baba On Ladies Day, 2010, woman President Patel of India said:
Today, we are gathered at Puttaparthy to begin the 85th Birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.I pay my regards and I wish him the very best on this occasion. His progressive views on the role of women are inspiring. (see http://www.ssso.net/091110/191110.html)

Progressive views? Surely, about the last word one can associate with Sai Baba’s views – especially on women – is ‘progressive’? That the first female President of India finds them so speaks volumes about the lack of real female emancipation – even intellectually – in India. Sai Baba saw women first and foremost to be a home maker, a mother and a chaste second-string to her husband. He never so much as commented on the huge number of murders of brides and young wives due to dowry disagreement or other dissatisfaction. (eg. dowry deaths in Delhi alone were put at 6 1/2 thousand official figures. Unofficial ly at 25,000. BBC World TV).

“Today is 19th November (1999). It is celebrated as Ladies’ Day to remind you of the importance of the mother.” (Sai Baba, Sanathana Sarathi, 12/99. p. 365). It was he who should have been reminded, since he let his own mother live in isolation (her husband having left her) and in penury (see full account and photo of the tiny shack in which she lived while he rolled in luxury in his ashram nearby).

Neither Sai Baba nor President Patil expressed anything supportive of the most central modern feminist ideals – equality of women with men throughout society, not least in the workplace as regards equal opportunities, rights and – not least – equal payment for equal work. Instead,  Sai Baba continually harped back on the mythical past of Rama’s rule and the example of Savitri – a women whose intense prayers brought her dead husband back as a blessing from the death deity!

International Women’s Day already has its centenary this year, 2011! If the following is progressive, I would like to know in what sense and to whom it applies (i.e. surely not fully grown Indian men?) … “You should conduct yourself according to the wishes of your mother. Do not disobey her.” (Sai Baba – Sanathana Sarathi 12/99, p. 365).

On another Ladies Day, Sai Baba said:As today is a sacred day dedicated to women, they should change themselves and help to change the men and the children. They should develop the qualities of sympathy, compassion; love and sacrifice. Study the lives of our great women, who were models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice. I desire that you should take up the reins of leadership and bring peace and prosperity to the nation by leading ideal lives.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 28, Chapter 32 ‘When Women Are Honoured’).

Comment: The values listed  – patience, fortitude, compassion, and sacrifice – are noteworthy because surely they the very qualities which have made women endure without revolt the vast injustices of patriarchal and male chauvinist societies throughout history. He never once elected a single women to be a leader over any group with adult males in it… words belied by his non-actions.

Lacking democracy and ‘rights’ for women Sai Baba did not allow women in central positions in any of his institutions except those exclusive to women. Not one is represented on his Sathya Sai Central Trust or Prashanthi Council. He avoided women on most occasions, a frequently observed and reported fact even by some very keen devotees. Women in the ashrams who work (not the moneyed women visitors with jewels and costly silk saris) are employed mostly only in traditional women’s jobs in India – washerwomen, sweepers, orderlies, nurses. A few were doctors at his hospitals. Women were in general not provided with the same facilities as men at ashram events, such as chairs at conferences, nor were they allotted places on his much-envied veranda (apart from two three on the periphery). At his walkabout ‘darsans’, he very often simply strode past the women’s side and lavished his attention on men and boys, as we know why. All in all, Sai Baba must all have been and remain very confusing to women devotees!  Numerous students have reported that he is a strong misogynist, a reputation that has dogged him for decades.

“Bhagavan then delivered His discourse, in the course of which. He extolled the role of mother as the moulder of the family and the first teacher for children. In the evening, there was a cultural programme entitled ‘Naari Shakti’ (The power of women), which highlighted the glory of Indian womanhood as revealed in the story of Savitri, who brought back her husband from the Lord of death. ” (Editor Sanathana Sarathi 12/96. pp. 328 & 329)
” For Indian (Bharatiya) women, the first duty is to reform the home and run it along ideal lines! The home and the family is the basic social institution everywhere in the world. When the home improves, the whole world will be better.” Sai Baba at Prashanthi Nilayam on Ladies day – 19/10/1996. (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1996, p. 334)

There is no lack of male teachers, nor of women who are unmarried or whose children have grown up. These women could teach. The faulty assumption Sathya Sai Baba implied is that it is due to the negligence of the home by women that the whole world has become as it  We know how Sai Baba saw the world through extremely jaundiced eyes as a place where unrighteousness rules and almost everything is wrong. Yet he puts the burden of the home and the family on women, and hence – due to the family being central to life, the burden of the world on them, just as men have done throughout most of history! His belief is wholly untenable, of course, a prejudice of bygone ages. However, he bemoaned the fact that women are empowered to work outside the home and earn. Again, he harps back to the past he wants to revive:-

Sai Baba seemed to dither back and forth between the tradition he knows from Indian village life and the more modern approach many of his middle-class Indian ladies and most foreign devotees now hold. Women must in effect do two jobs if need be:- “A lady must look after the home first and then work outside, if necessary… she can study to get degrees, enter politics or do any other work but she should not neglect the home, which is the very foundation of her life.” (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1997, p. 327-8).

No need to stick to the same opinion at all, so Sai Baba changes tack to:-
“…in the modern world, it is necessary for the women to share the burden of maintaining the family with their husbands and so the women should also pursue studies as much as possible and take up suitable jobs to share the burden of the family. It will smack of selfishness if the males prevent them from going to work for which they have acquired the requisite qualifications. Women can control the whole world for themselves by virtue of their inherent qualities of love and spirit of sacrifice.(Sai Baba in a discourse, 19/4/1999 at Kodaikanal. Sanathana Sarathi, July 1998, p. 172)
So now we see that Rama – whose view on women is praised inordinately by Sai Baba – must have been seriously wrong, after all:-

Of course, no more than a very few women ever be seen in leadership positions in India. 
In a crafty turnaround from his “women’s place is in the home” talk, Sai Baba suddenly pronounced: “Women too are doing all jobs equal to men. In fact, women do work more sincerely with dedication. Svami questioned the Director of the Indian Telephone Industries when he came to see Svami, about the percentage of women employed in the industry. He said 99% of the employees were women and added that women do better work than men. They do not stop or step out till the allotted work is completed. They have the work culture better than men. It is nowhere stated in any sacred text that women should only cook and not do work like men.”  (Sai Echoes from Kodai Hills, 1998, p. 48-9).

Here, Sai Baba saw it as exemplary that cheap women’s labour is exploited in the most boring and repetitive work of telephone exchanges (as they were earlier). These women must work long hours, then be home makers supreme etc.  This is far closer to the degradation of women than respecting and honouring them.

See more on Sai Baba quotations (editorially warped,) and utter nonsense about women

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Sai Baba’s Ladies Day, 2014

Posted by robertpriddy on November 19, 2014

Here are some of Sai Baba’s views about what is essential to women

“How To Celebrate Ladies’ Day? The Ladies’ Day should not be observed only by making speeches or holding Bhajans. They should endeavour to help the poor and the destitute. Helpless women who have no means of livelihood should be taught some occupations like tailoring to enable them to earn an income. Slum dwellers should be helped to keep their huts clean. The environment also should be cleaned to help the children grow in a pure atmosphere. Proper housekeeping should also be taught to those people.” ( Baba, SS. 6/96, p. 160)

But Sai Baba himself help speeches and conducted bhajans (or accepted worship during darsans)  and did no other real work in serving others, which he constantly pressed others to do in his name. All the hard service was done for his personal existence or to extol his name! Once he got his own ashram, he never went near anything like slum dwellers or gave them a helping hand, even symbolically.

“Bhagavan then delivered His discourse, in the course of which. He extolled the role of mother as the moulder of the family and the first teacher for children. In the evening, there was a cultural programme entitled ‘Naari Shakti’ (The power of women), which highlighted the glory of Indian womanhood as revealed in the story of Savitri, who brought back her husband from the Lord of death. ” (Editor Sanathana Sarathi 12/96. pp. 328 & 329).
The above shows how Sai Baba uses absurdly impossible myths to instil outworn and discredited Hindu ideas about women. His heroic holy women are, in the society he encouraged, are still to be mainly tied to the cooker and the kitchen sink, as reflected in his praise of what Russian women do (with the reward: a bit of ‘free time’ one day in the year):-
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“Women should realise that, irrespective of their education or position, their foremost obligation is to protect the home. For lakhs of students and children who go to school, the mother is the first teacher. From the moment of birth, for every one the mother is the preceptor. If such a teacher leaves her home to teach other children, who will teach her children? For Indian (Bharatiya) women, the first duty is to reform the home and run it along ideal lines! The home and the family is the basic social institution everywhere in the world. When the home improves, the whole world will be better.” Sai Baba at Prashanthi Nilayam on Ladies day – 19/10/1996. (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1996, p. 334)

It is absurd that each woman should teach only her own children and not become school teachers too. Fortunately, there are also  women who are unmarried or whose children have grown up who become school teachers. The faulty assumption Sathya Sai Baba implies he has made in the above, however, is that it is due to the negligence of the home by women that the whole world has become as it is… and we know how Sai Baba sees the world through extremely jaundiced eyes as a place where unrighteousness rules and almost everything is wrong. He puts the burden of the home and the family on women, and the burden of the world on them, just as men have done throughout most of history! His belief is wholly untenable, of course, a prejudice of bygone ages. However, he bemoaned the fact that women are empowered to work outside the home and earn.

Again, he harped back to the past he wanted to revive:-
“Rama told Bharata that he should not permit women to take part in affairs of state. Women have their estimable role in household affairs, but they should be kept out of state politics. “Don`t employ women as ministers. The reason is: a nation’s honour is based upon its women. It is only when women maintain their respect and honour that the nation will be respected. It is not proper for women to cheapen themselves by roaming in public places.” and…“How does the situation in the country today compare with Rama’s conception of an ideal government? The state of things today is 100% contrary to the ideas and ideals of Rama. How, then, can Rama Rajya be established here? If we desire to establish Rama Rajya there should be harmony in thought, word and deed… “ etc. . (Sanathana Sarathi, May 1995, p. 118).

Sai Baba seemed to dither back and forth between the tradition he knows from Indian village life and the more modern approach many of his middle-class Indian ladies and most foreign devotees now hold. Women must in effect do two jobs if need be:- “A lady must look after the home first and then work outside, if necessary… she can study to get degrees, enter politics or do any other work but she should not neglect the home, which is the very foundation of her life.” (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1997, p. 327-8).

No need to stick to the same opinion at all, so Sai Baba changes tack to:-
“…in the modern world, it is necessary for the women to share the burden of maintaining the family with their husbands and so the women should also pursue studies as much as possible and take up suitable jobs to share the burden of the family. It will smack of selfishness if the males prevent them from going to work for which they have acquired the requisite qualifications. Women can control the whole world for themselves by virtue of their inherent qualities of love and spirit of sacrifice.(Sai Baba in a discourse, 19/4/1999 at Kodaikanal. Sanathana Sarathi, July 1998, p. 172)

So now we see that Rama – whose view on women is praised inordinately by Sai Baba – must have been seriously wrong, after all:-
It will not be out of place to mention here that women who have wielded power in Bharat or other countries have proved themselves to be exceptionally able and successful. There have been many kings of Britain but no one ruled the country so well as Queen Victoria. Her rule was marked by righteousness, prosperity and efficiency. There was no discontent during her reign. In more recent times, Indira Gandhi ran the Government with courage and consummate skill. She was prepared for any sacrifice in the interests of her country.(see Sanathana Sarathi, Nov.-Dec.1995, p. 293).

Indeed, his historical knowledge was so superficial and faulty. Queen Victoria withdrew for decades from all normal duties as a sovereign for decades and was not seen by the public, mourning her dead Prince Albert and causing huge constitutional problems due to her disinterest, wallowing in grief and comfortable seclusion. So there was no discontent during her reign? Not under the horrendous conditions in the British lower classes during the Industrial Revolution?  Her reign was not untroubled at all… it was a time of imperial expansion, exploitation of the poor and foreign lands, and gunboat diplomacy. Queen Elizabeth I was a far better ruler, and Elizabeth II is unparalleled as a woman head of state anywhere in the world or its history.

See also the main article on Sai Baba’s ‘Ladies Day’ and his male chauvinistic views on women

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Kevin R.D. Shepherd Not Exposed

Posted by robertpriddy on November 18, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba and his Organisation were defended to the utmost of spin, distortion, and unscrupulous harassment of all who wrote anything exposing him, as well as their relatives, friends and associates in most case, by the under-educated but wily internet troll (also occasional hacker of our website, Gerald ‘Joe Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico). A writer of many deeply informed and perceptive books on spirituality who pointed out inconsistencies in Sathya Sai Baba and his movement in an article about Sai Baba of Shirdi, Kevin R.D. Shepherd, also became a victim of Moreno’s web trolling and systematic defamatory articles. It is of interest to note the methods of this Moreno and the responses he elicited from some serious writers and other reputable sources.  who was never criticised by any of Sai Baba’s organisation members, not his official journal or website… as they all doubtless were told from ‘high ups’  not to interfere. This even though Moreno completely broke trust with Sai Baba’s teachings and  all his unrealistic Pollyanna-type spiritual directives as to how to love, serve, communicate respectfully and not criticise others (but only oneself). He spent his entire time attacking hundreds of Sai Baba dissidents and also a large number of critics of other gurus who he worshipped (the hugging self-proclaimed  ‘universal mother’, Amritananda Ma,  and also the life-imprisoned rapist and murderer, Swami Premananda and several other bogus gurus). He died in 2010 at the age of 39.

One may read a concise summary of Shepherd’s experiences of Moreno’s work and its bitter fruits at  Kevin Shepherd Not Exposed
and also  Not Exposed: Analysis of a Cultist Defamation

See further  http://kevin-r-d-shepherd.blogspot.com/2014/01/robert-priddy-and-vk-narasimhan.html

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The remarkable case of the “Weeping saris”

Posted by robertpriddy on November 15, 2014

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From John Hislop’s book “Conversations with …Sai Baba”

The claim by Sai Baba that he was both Rama and Krishna come again was ‘supported’ with the following quite preposterous story reported by Dr. John Hislop 

In January 1968, Dr. John Hislop taped interviews he had with Sathya Sai Baba, including the following quite preposterous story. This ever-uncritical and naively trusting ‘seeker of truth’, who had gone from guru to guru his whole life, asked Sai Baba:

Lord Rama

Rama

Lord Krsna

Krsna

Hislop: “Swami, something has happened here. Water is around this box. These saris will get wet. (Swami removed the cover of the box and those of us who were standing there could see that the edges of the saris were wet. The cardboard box with four saris in it was lying on a table at the Dharmakshetra in Bombay. Swami had selected 96 saris for distribution to some lady volunteers, and of the 100 brought for His inspection, four were replaced in the box to be returned later to the merchant. The table was not close to any source of water, and Hislop, several other men, and Swami had been standing there from the time the saris were examined one by one, by Swami.)

Sai: The saris are weeping because Swami has rejected them. Now, I will take them.”

Hislop: Swami! “How could that be? Does Swami say that inanimate objects have injured feelings and can weep?

Sai: “Inanimate objects are also capable of feeling joy and grief. When the bridge towards Lanka was built by the monkeys so that Rama could march to Ravana’s kingdom where Sita was held captive, one last mountain peak was carried to the bridge site. But it was too late. There was no need for it. At this circumstance the mountain shed tears of anguish, and news of this was quickly taken to Rama. His compassion was great, and he sent word that the mountain should no longer sorrow, that he would surely use it on a future occasion. In the Avathara of Krishna, it was this very mountain peak, the Govadhana Peak, which the youth, Krishna, lifted on his finger to shelter the cowherds of Gokul from Indra’s deluge of rain.”

Hislop: “Swami! This great drama of Rama and Krishna and the mountain peak has been recapitulated here in Bombay on this day before our very eyes… (etc..)”

Sai: “Yes. And it is also the self-same Rama and the self-same Krishna who is here this day.”

COMMENT: Does this ‘animated saris’ tale need any comment? If only because many devotees believe it, especially those misguided Hindu Sai-devotees, it  seems it does! Not only does this conflict with other ‘teachings’ of SSB about the differences between the various realms of beings, but it makes one think that SSB is seeing just how far he can push the credulity of a man who held a Western Ph.D, as did Dr. Hislop. He retold the story with relish and naive faith! One would think that such a person must at least have passed the test of ‘blind belief’ that SSB has set up for a true devotee etc. and qualified for ‘liberation’?
But no, we are told by Hislop in his last book that Sai Baba told him he must be reborn again, even though he had seen the so-called ‘lingodbhava many times and had worked ceaselessly for SSB for decades! A dis-grace!

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Asaram Bapu illegal ashram buildings

Posted by robertpriddy on November 13, 2014

Once again the as yet unconvicted major criminal Asaram Bapu is in the news. He built illegally in a reserved forest, and this has been known since 1994, but nothing was done. Now a petition to demolish the illegal construction, but who knows whether the Delhi government will heed the call? As is kn own, Mr. Modi has been deeply involved in supporting or condoning numerous false and criminal Indian gurus, including Sathya Sai Baba.
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See also 
 ASARAM BAPU Full News Dossier

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Sai Baba’s feared loss of government and Judiciary protection to travel abroad

Posted by robertpriddy on November 11, 2014

The court case by sexually abused Alaya Rahm against Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Society of America was heard by Judge John M. Watson of the Superior Court, County of Orange, California. He ruled that Sai Baba in India could not be indicted from California as it did not have reciprocal jurisdiction rights against an out-of-country defendant. Alaya Rahm’s advocate could not therefore use California state subpoena powers as the defendant was not subject to the powers of the Hague Treaty. Had Sai Baba visited the USA then or thereafter he would have been in jeopardy of subpoenas and lawsuits against which the Indian government would most likely not have been able to protect him. A number of his outspoken and very credible sex abuse victims were US citizens, so he did not risk a visit there, even had he intended one. Much the same applied to other countries outside India.

 Sai Baba had stated in 2005 that he was “minded to take a world tour”. Yet he had always pledged that he would solve India’s problems before ever would go abroad It is well recorded how he assured leading devotees on several occasions that he would visit them in their countries – for example USA, Italy, U.K., Southern California and other places – but then he changed his ‘all-knowing mind’, saying that India must be cured first!

Devotees abroad built mansions to house him such as in Ojai, California (by Robert Baskin) and  at Divignano in Italy (‘Mother Sai House’)  a new, lush, balconied apartment. There the European style toilet of which he as shown photos was not to his liking- – i.e. it had to be changed!   In 1991 I saw this convenience – a squatting hole-in-the-floor type – set in a luxurious teak-floor! 

Sai Baba wasted funds on hiring private jumbo jets to go on holiday with his students - 2005 and 2006

Private hired jet 2006

Year 2006, another holiday trip

Year 2006, holiday trip

Sai Baba’s private jet – hired to take him ‘on holiday’ to Kodaikanal in 2005! Sathya Sai’s “minded to make a world tour”. At the time it was thought most likely another ‘bum prediction’, and that if he in fact should, it would surely be in another private jet hired with funds given for the poor, education, health etc., The almost unused Jumbo airport cost a small fortune too! The “Swami” in a private jet yet again in 2006. Such a misuse of donated funds!

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Puttaparthi: murder of Sai Baba servitor

Posted by robertpriddy on November 9, 2014

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Once again heinous crime is the face of Puttaparthi in the Indian news. Sathya Sai Baba began the exploitation of foreigners, taking their money under false pretences by giving them cheap trinkets he pretended to materialise (including diamonds that were mere cheap synthetic stones) and other benefits (eg. a free room donated by others). A number of foreign visitors were murdered in the ashram or died under most suspicious circumstances there or in Puttaparthi village, or who disappeared untraceably. It also can be said to have set the tone for poor local villagers to become criminals too. 

Such matters are frequent throughout India, where over 32,000 murders were reported in 2008 and have apparently risen since then. Reportedly, ca. 70% of all murders are never solved in India. The deaths of wives over dowry battles alone is estimated at 5,500 per year (by BBC World TV).  The dangers of visiting India and not least any of the Sai Baba’s or other guru’s ashrams are considerable and are only most seldom publicised by ashrams which are mostly parasites largely dependent on foreigners. Not surprising when one knows that India’s 2014 corruption ranking was 94th in the world in 2012, with a dismal score of 36 out of a possible 100 equal to Colombia, Armenia, Djibouti, Algeria, Benin. By comparison, Denmark was ranked No. 2 with a score of 97.

Read also Mortal remains murdered Australian grandmother found, and cremated in Puttaparthi

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Joel Riordan ‘rainbow man’ (Sai Baba ‘mega-miracle’)

Posted by robertpriddy on November 7, 2014

Sai Baba's 'Rainbow man' JoelJoel Riordan, a Hollywood film producer, writer and director, was  seriously considered divorcing his wife Diana, who was already a believer and had been to Prashanthi twice because of her belief in the supposed miracles Sathya Sai Baba (which her mother also shared).

He went with her to India with came with the intention of exposing Baba, who he sarcastically called a ‘character’, Joel later said that he told ‘an important guy’ he knew in Hollywood that he would ask Sai Baba for a rainbow, as he thought only God could create a rainbow (!!). He made a point of stating that there was no chance his Hollywood friend knew any Sai devotees from California who might have carried this information to Sai Baba as he had later checked on that, but also that, on the plane over, he had told his wife about what he would ask. At the time, his wife Diane later wrote, “Joel’s business crumbled. He tried desperately to save it but it failed. His friends slowly dropped away and life began to weight heavily upon him.” Their visit to Sai Baba together took place in the early 1970s, her mother having been there already for 2 months.

One “hot, dry day” after arriving at the ashram, a bright rainbow appeared in the western sky. The rainbow was, however, not a rainbow but a straight vertical column. (Presumably it had the spectrum colours, though this was not specified as such by Joel or his wife). His wife also confirmed, when asked later, that she had seen it. The spectral column faded from the bottom up (but how long it lasted was not said). No other witnesses came forward to support having seen this, neither at the time nor since. Had it happened surely many would have noticed it (and probably drawn the conclusion that it was another of Sai Baba’s leelas). 

Allegedly, when Diane, Joel and Christina (their daughter) were invited to an interview, Sai Baba allegedly said “Well, character, how did you like your rainbow?” Joel later told, “It all blew my mind.” But Joel soon recovered to set a new test for Sai Baba directly and without warning, asking him mentally to produce any fresh out-of-season fruit. He reported that Sai Baba waved his hand and produced a fresh ‘out-of-season’ fig and it is reported that Joel said “He handed it to me without a word”.

How can one explain this apparently indubitable miracle?

If you believe the story before trying to explain it, that is a distinct disadvantage, of course! It is not impossible that the extreme heat, thirst, feeling parched, disoriented, angry at the “primitive living conditions” and Joel’s emotional turmoil caused him to ‘see things’. A bunch of feathers can famously (seem to) become a whole chicken under certain emotional circumstances. Most likely he had the perception he described to Murphet. But Diane was actually not impressed by what she perceived, as she made clear in her 1990 book (see scan). This would at least defuse critics who may see the entire story as invented, or a lie to get attention. Diane may have felt, under the pressure of the situation, she could not refute what he claimed to have seen… much stranger claims are made by partners in critical life situations. Meanwhile, note that the account was first published by Howard Murphet in his book,“Sai Baba Avatar”, who was a major hagiographer devotee of Sai Baba, and whose reporting was often glib and vague on back-up details and whose books were all full of alleged miracles, a considerable number of which have since been shown to be false accounts or exaggerated reports uncritically accepted by Murphet. Among other fanciful Murphet stories is one on how Sri Aurobindo had, through paranormal influence, caused Hitler to take the fateful decision to invade Russia in June 1941! (Believe that if you can, despite the overwhelming evidence of Hitler’s long pre-planned date).

rainbow_manLater Diane wrote up the episode as she experienced it (see scan excerpt from her book & disclaimer). Note that this faith-changing ‘divine miracle’ was evidently crucial to the Riordans’ continued marriage, which did not break down until some years later, when Joel left his wife. Joel has reportedly said before he agreed to visit Sai Baba, “But there was my daughter Chrissie to think of. Anyway, I finally decided that, before doing anything drastic,” Diane Riordan (later Diane Baskin) had been married by Sai Baba himself to Joel Riordan, who turned out very badly, according to Diane in her book ‘Divine Memories of Sathya Sai Baba‘ first published in 1990. Sai Baba had already made Robert Baskin a very close favourite (!!) and he introduced them to each other and told them to wed.

As a Hollywood writer, producer and director, Joel Riordan – clearly a ‘big ego’ person – would have no doubt wished his visit to Sai Baba to be a success, firstly in exposing him but subsequently (after his turnaround) as a figure in the Sai movement, in which he certainly succeeded for some time. He was clearly in both a business, social and life crisis… in short, typical fertile ground for a sudden religious conversion. He would certainly have understood that, to be blessed by Sai Baba with a unique miracle would make his name at the ashram and so among the world-wide Sai devotees, while being ignored would have been a further major personal defeat (as his wife would no doubt be strongly affected by it too). One may surmise that he invented the story and that his wife was pleased to agree that she saw it so as to save her marriage. Those who have been deeply involved with Sai devotees as was I (not least as leader of the Oslo and Norwegian Sai organisation for 18 years) know of them inventing stories about their miracles and leelas from Sai Baba. I have seen followers go to considerable such lengths to gain respect from members and leaders, or to get recognition, organisation privileges and influence in centres etc. That Riordan was accepted by Sai Baba surely had much to do with his wife and her mother already being known as dutiful devotees, but also it is noteworthy that Sai Baba almost never denounced those who told big stories which could increase his following.

Not all stories are what they may seem – especially in a cult

A number of details in Joel’s story are vague and open to question. For example, how did he ensure that his important guy in Hollywood did not speak to anyone who could have spread the news to others or warned the ashram of his intention? Further, to whom may he have spoken about the rainbow during the rest of the day before he was granted an interview next morning, which included Sai Baba’s closest servitor, Professor N. Kasturi. Diane Baskin wrote that he informed them of the interview to come. Surely Joel or Diane would not have been able to keep quite about it with the total besotted believer Kasturi? It was known in the ashram that Kasturi always spoke to Sai Baba very early each morning before interviews, as did the head of the ashram, and Sai Baba usually asked them ‘What news?’. The ashram had many undercover informants who fed what they overheard or learned from others back to Sai Baba on a daily basis, gaining kudos for their efforts.

Another (minor) discrepancy arose when Diane Baskin wrote that Sai Baba gave the fig he produced to her for their daughter, while the official Sai site states that he handed it directly to Joel. As to the ‘out-of-season’ fig, Joel reportedly asked some villagers who sold fruits if they had fresh figs. They did not and apparently told him that no one could find a single fig in South India. (Knowing these fruit sellers of old, I think that – since they had no fresh figs – they would say something like that in the hope he would buy other fruits from them!). However, there are two seasons for figs in Andhra Pradesh: May/June and December through January. The month of the visit is not recorded either by Diane Baskin or Murphet, but it was “very hot and dry” with a clear cloudless sky and “even the water was warm in that season.” Also “the country… looked grim and parched-made me feel dehydrated just to see it“, all of which fits best with May-June before the monsoon).

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Dead guru’s derelict airfield to host an Aviation Academy?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 5, 2014

aviationExpress News Service  Published: 06th October 2014 06:04 AM   SRIKAKULAM: Civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said that the Union government is seriously examining the possibility of bringing into utilisation nearly 400 airstrips and airports across India which were under operation during the World War II.

“Speaking to reporters at SSR Puram in Etcherla mandal of the district Sunday, Raju said. “The Union  government will take all steps to develop the airports at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Rajahmundry through introduction of more flight services in Andhra Pradesh. We also want to operationalise the abandoned airport at Kadapa and efforts are on in this direction.”

He said that development of small airports in every district, will give a boost to both tourism and transport sectors in a big way. He said Civil Aviation Ministry is examining the feasibility of setting up an aviation academy at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.

This is evidently an attempt by the Modi government to make use of disused ‘white elephant’ airfields. The long unused Puttaparthi airport is but one of 400 such candidates. The government has many Sai Baba worshippers still, and the present Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju is one. In selecting Puttaparthi airfield it received gratis from the crooked pro-Sai government through a former Civil Aviation Minister, devotee Mr Maharaj Krishen Kaw. Despite offering free land as an inducement, no interest was shown by any buyer.

As Eileen Weed wrote about this: 

“An Aviation Academy at Puttaparthi? It seems likely that this means the powers-that-be in the sb org are desperately trying to pull strings in the government to encourage something, ANYTHING, to get Puttaparthi on the map. They must be bitterly disappointed that Parthi isn’t becoming the “mecca” they hoped it would turn into after his death. They need to wake up and realize they are on a sinking ship! All that is left is a few diehards, crowds brought in by politicians for festivals, and a free hospital that doesn’t have sufficient staff due to the devotees abandoning ship and the low rates offered for interns. 

A doctor told me once that the Super Specialty hospital is used by brand-new graduates that can’t find work anywhere else. They work for awhile to get experience on their resume and move on as soon as they find something better. Most aren’t even devotees.”

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Vishumenon on R.K. Karanjia of Blitz magazine

Posted by robertpriddy on November 3, 2014

In his latest blog, Vishumenon cites the former Indian journalist R.K. Karanjia, the publisher and editor of Blitz magazine, an English tabloid that was hugely popular in India in the nineteen-seventies for its sharp and often acidic reporting style. Originally a sceptic, Karanjia interviewed Sai Baba was converted by to believe in his claims and follow him. Sai Baba’s predictions are now mostly seen for what they are. Vishumenon’s informative irony is amusing, read here: BHAGWAN SATHYA SAI BABA : THE REASON FOR TOTAL WORLD PEACE

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Gruesome murder reported at the ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’

Posted by robertpriddy on November 1, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba was reported by Kasturi as having fetched the one-time dacoit  (i.e. brigand), Kumar, from a group of which Sai Baba had surprised in the hills in his younger days. He made Kumar his main gate watchman at Prashanthi Nilayam. Kumar was known as a very offensive person towards all poor Indian visitors, using his stick on defenceless visitors and also on beggars etc. and had become a general tyrant, having made a lot of enemies within the ashram and outside. He sometimes even abused foreign visitors, such as when he locked an American girl in his concrete hut for over 24 hours for infringing some petty rule of the ashram.

Examples of Shiva priests

Examples of Shiva priests

Kumar was killed in early 1987. Two different accounts of this have circulated. One account I head at the time (in January 1987) from a an ashram resident who spoke Hindi and Telugu was that a Shivite priest who Kumar had abused physically and became his enemy had pretended to apologise to him, asking to take padnamaskaar (i.e. touch his feet). Kumar was sitting on the bench before the accommodation office. He agreed but , when the priest put his lips to Kumar’s feet, however, he instead bit his big toe clean off, having filed, sharpened, pointed teeth as some Shiva priests have to bite the heads of cockerels etc. Superstition about Shiva priests who live in graveyards or at burning grounds is very intense among ill-educated Indians – and even among some educated ones too. Kumar was reportedly refused entry to the small Sai hospital and died, allegedly of shock, within three days in Bangalore. This is the more credible account, which I heard personally in Prashanthi Nilayam from a Malaysian resident and an Anglo-Indian friend (Alfred Brinnand) days after it happened. They also told me in private that Chiranjia Rao (temporary head of the ashram at that time in February 1987 deputising for Kutumba Rao) carried out regular surveillance of persons who mixed too freely with  residents, and were especially vigilant in trying to suppress such contacts after the brutal Kumar’s murder.

Another differing account – told me much later in 1996 – by Mr. V. Ramnath of the Indian Administrative Service, was that Kumar was killed by a cook in the Prashanthi Nilayam Indian canteen who Kumar had been harassing very badly, supposedly with a large kitchen knife in self-defence – Kumar had reportedly assaulted him in the grounds of Baba’s parents’ mausoleum in Puttaparthi. I have since had strong reasons to doubt the credibility of V. Ramnath, who I came to know well and who held strongly biassed opinions about various events.See scan of notes I made at the time)

In both reports, however, the guilty party went straight to Sathya Sai Baba to beg forgiveness. He was given money (either by Sathya Sai Baba himself or by the ashram staff?) and told to leave the ashram and to stay in some village until further notice. The person later returned to the ashram as usual. No one was arrested or charged with the killing. Which account is true, or whether both incidents occurred (perhaps in sequence), is uncertain. But it is certain that Kumar was killed, because when his rooms in the small watchman building just inside the ‘gopuram’ gate were cleared, 50,000 rupees in small denominations were found behind a picture of Baba. This money had been extorted from visitors to the ashram, mostly poor Indians. Kumar was known for aggressive behaviour, using his stick on defenceless visitors and also on beggars etc. and had become a general tyrant, having made a lot of enemies within the ashram and outside.

After the discovery of Kumar’s death and embezzlement of poor Indian visitors, Sai Baba was seen on the veranda in visible fury at the then head of ashram (Kutumb Rao) and his assistant (Chiranjia Rao) when they approached him. Only later did the infamous murders in Sai Baba’s apartment occur (June 1993) and since then much first-hand evidence has emerged to substantiate that violence, murder and other forms of extreme abuse were not uncommon within the Sai Baba ashrams and that intense efforts to cover up all such untoward events were made by Sai Baba’ s staff and organisation… all under his leadership and  supposed ‘omniscient and omnipotent’ control.  

Comment & reply:-
Eileenweed said

November 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm e
I remember Kumar, who was a very prominent figure in those days with his stick, whipping and running after anyone he deemed should not be admitted into the ashram (more often than not, due to not paying him bribes – and that was a well known fact even amongst us foreigner newbies!). All of us devotees heard at that time that Kumar was bit by someone he had abused (the Shivite priest, perhaps), which led to an infection (some even said rabies), and he died several days after the incident. Either the incident or his death occurred in the coconut grove by sb’s parent’s samadhi, we heard.

Robert replies: Indeed, I also heard those things. I now know it was typical of the ashram officials – no doubt acting on higher orders – to put out different stories so as to confuse and thus cast doubt on the original reports of the facts made by any independent witnesses who had told what they saw and/or knew. This type of confusion through conflicting stories’ happened in connection with almost every matter that did not further unstinted praise and worship of Sai Baba. That this is a fact is supported by the sparsity of ‘official’ information to clear up in any credible detail the differing accounts. Questions about any such matters were often very gruffly rebuffed by unpleasant men who handled public relations. The few honest and really civil individual officials were represented best by Mt. Hejmadi, husband of Prashanthi’s chief Seva Dal (Mrs. Hejmadi). He was Head of the Central Office, an entirely pro forma post without any influence on events there, allowed to send out vapid circulars to office-beareres in the Organisation. Sweet Mr. Hejmadi would reply kindly to you, but would still be unable to shed any light as he was evidently not allowed to do so. I also witnessed on occasion that even my very good friend, the outspoken V.K. Narasimhan, would be very guarded and economical in his answers to people who came to ask him such things when I was present, as I often was for hours almost every other day.

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Discredited fantasist Isaac Tigrett in India again

Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2014

tigrettagainIsaac Tigrett is a very curious self-contradictory mix of hard rock worldliness and so-called ‘spirituality’ of his Hindu guru-avatar.  He started beef burger joints, promoting them with the borrowed strictly vegetarian Sai Baba’s slogan ‘Love All, Serve All’, a cynical Western style commercialism (also disregarding the Hindu sanctity of cows). Here we see he is still in India, on a visit to Gurgaon near New Delhi, still promoting Hard Rock with its beef burgers, despite having sold out both morally and literally.  

He tried his utmost to promote himself as Sai Baba’s spiritual mouthpiece after April 2011, claiming Sai Baba had entrusted him with the furtherance of the guru’s project to save the world. In slick and costly videos he presented plans for a huge super ‘spiritual ashram centre’ in the jungle of Coorg (South India) which he claimed he had worked on constantly with Sai Baba before all his vital organs conked out and he was disconnected from life support. The ashram was designed like a super eco-Auroville, promoting all manner of alternative spiritual and other healing prospects on a background of his various lunatic fringe theories (i.e. faked crystal skulls to save the world from doom, mystic descended master and what not…)

Having donated nearly $40 million for Sai Baba’s first hospital, Tigrett received much praise from Sai Baba (but not from any of the jealous minions of Prashanthi), upon the laurels of which Tigrett has rested ever since. However, there has been no mention of free or even cheap accommodation at his proposed ‘Mystic Inn of the Seventh Ray’, nor voluntary service or facilities for the poor of India because the entire project reeks of unmentioned commercial speculation, which always was Tigrett’s speciality.  However, no one knows anything about this Coorg project and it is rather apparent that Tigrett has had to forget about it due to lack of support, not only from the shakers and movers on the Sai Baba gravy train but from any of the rapidly dwindling foreign followers of Sai Baba who remain.  Curious indeed.

Sai Baba & Tigrett at the Mystic Inn of the 7th Ray!

Tigrett’s ludicrous fantasies about Sai Baba’s ‘return in subtle body’  preposterous claims by Tigrett from June 2014 about Sai Baba holding discourses in a ‘subtle body’ in Kodaikanal!

Sai Organization cold shoulder Isaac Tigrett and Sai Baba’s secret message

Isaac Tigrett & a fake ‘crystal skull’ Sai Baba ‘materialized

 

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Sathya Sai (i.e. ‘master of truth’) buried facts and his secret acts

Posted by robertpriddy on October 15, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba held that facts have no significance beside the higher, divine truth, and so can safely be ignored, which he and his minions did when the facts were even slightly damning. The old doctrine of most religions, that ‘The Truth’ is ineffable and beyond all human knowledge – is itself a parody of all reasonable philosophical and radical ideas of truth. They all believe, in one way or another, that their imagined Truth (i.e. only indirectly available while alive) can only be realised by unification with God , at best after death, until when one must rely on what little God has (they suppose) revealed in the ancient scriptures of religions, or through saints, angels or other intermediaries. This is also where priests, swamis, bishops, evangelists and all those who live by – or profit from – religion get their feet in the figurative door.

Sai Baba cut out all those middlemen and proclaimed himself to be God the Creator (documented here) and everything that entails! He could thereby hide behind the mystery of Divinity and at the same time enforce the cover up of all facts negative to him and his activities in his ashrams.  His Sathya Sai Organization banned absolutely all non-positive thoughts and ideas concerning Sai Baba or anything connected to his fiefdom and institutions. Time and again, it appeared that, where Sai Baba was involved, no major incident at his ashrams or colleges and hospitals – or anything about his clandestine Central Trust – could be accessed except by determined investigation, careful digging and correlating information critically from as many reliable sources as possible. All those still connected in any way with Sai Baba developed a kind of brainwashing of a physically non-violent and hence very effective sort, particularly since the great majority of followers were in later years were at such a distance from Sai Baba and were kept suitably uninformed on purpose. The very effective cult of tight wraps on information about Sai Baba, about what he did when not visible at darshan, about his many failed minor and major plans, and the constant flow of indoctrination and misinformation, all misled all devotees into believing that things were just fine! The Sai Organization was made to distort actual matters and present half-truths, incomplete information and heavily slanted presentations as well as outright false propaganda.  They copy their swami’s avoidance behaviour, perpetuating the flow of indoctrination and misinformation. It is mostly also self-induced doctrine and self-sustained self-deception by those who are in denial about Sai Baba’s gigantic deceptions and wrongdoings as found documented through this blog site.

The converse of all this is growing disaffection among those who feel most suppressed by it, while the ‘outside world’ that happens to observe it independently of the required rigid assumptions, finding its questions unanswered.

All the diminishing clan whose prestige and hopes are still invested in Sai Bab, most even believe that his prophesies will be fulfilled, ignoring the fact that most of his prophesies referred to his own lifetime and have failed dismally.One small example; a reborn Vivekananda would run his ashram after his death. The Sri Lankan, Nalin Sedera, was pointed out as this reincarnation in the 1980s by Sai Baba, but he soon rejected the claim and, of course, has nothing whatever to do with the current Prashanthi Nilayam. Devotees put their faith in that mockery of intelligence that their prematurely deceased ‘Godhead’ will be reborn as Prema Sai. A smart move by the self-appointed ‘poorna avatar‘ to ensure that no one living could claim to be his successor! Despite that, there are already claimants, and the future will almost certainly see any number of Prema Sai impostors… there are fortunes to be made.

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Vishumenon – a most percipient writer on Indian matters

Posted by robertpriddy on October 12, 2014

If you wish to read a truly intelligent and also humorous perspective by a mature Indian commentator whose heart, wit and insight are all in the right place, then you will find it on Vishumenon’s blog.  Here is my review of some of his excellent writings:-

Firstly, I particularly enjoyed –  laughing a lot – at his account of a meeting at Hong Kong airport with a rather oriental eye-bulging chap who was determined to convert him into a relationship with the ‘ living God ‘ (who was coming as predicted in the Bible). With gentle but biting satire, too subtle for the fanatic to grasp, no doubt, Vishumenon drove his inquisitor round in comical circles. Highly recommended both for secular and seriocomical reasons! See How Supreme Court foiled my relationship with the Living God.

CLICK TO ENLARGE AT SOURE

CLICK TO ENLARGE AT SOURCE

What first drew me to Vishumenon’s blogs was his blog about Sathya Sai Baba, Justice Bhagwati and Justice H.R. Khanna. I recommend reading it (click on the image of the right to go to the source). He rightly questions Bhagwati’s incredible admissions about following Sai Baba’s will in everything he did, including as former High Chief Justice… as communicated to him both verbally and through ‘paranormal guidance’. Not least, of course, the petition against Sathya Sai Baba by Hari Sampath was quashed by his judges and the subsequent destruction of the evidence that the Supreme Court session even existed would have been Sai Baba’s will!

As a political commentator, Vishumenon is spot on. His latest blog bemoans the fact that the new Nobel Peace prize laureate Palam Kalyanasundaram, though his huge self-sacrifices were known in India for decades, is still virtually ignored by  Indian politicians and power people (i.e. all those who still do almost nothing about child exploitation or strive to remove all the countless other horrendous ills in India). He received recognition from the Government of India as the best librarian in India ! Meanwhile, the United Nations named him One of the Most Outstanding People of the 20th century.

Vishumenon is no friend of Hindu Nationalists who want to establish Hindu Rashtra in India, to which Narendra Modi’s government is not unfavourable, judging by his past actions and present associations. Also Justice Anil R. Dave of the Supreme Court whose recipe for solving all India’s problems emerged when he said ” is Had I been the dictator of India, I would have introduced Gita and Mahabharata in Class I. That is the way you learn how to live life. I am sorry if somebody says I am secular or I am not secular.” So much for religious equality in India! As if the otherworldliness of the Mahabharata is relevant to solving the endless calamities of India today! (Besides which, Modi is no Krishna). One might as well try to solve the utterly complex and terrible Middle Eastern problems with the Bible!

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COMMENT: Eileenweed said October 13,  “How Supreme Court foiled my relationship with the Living God.” Haha, thank you, a delightful read with several out-loud chuckles! It is like the airport Hare-Krishnas in reverse. Oh, if both parties would only get the irony!

 

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Sai Baba failed mega-claims – a selection

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2014

Self-proclaimed Avatar and ‘Saviour of mankind’ claims defeated by events

The quotes of Sathya Sai Baba’s words below demonstrate his immoderately exorbitant claims about himself, his ‘divine glory’ and power, his prophesies of what he would certainly achieve and the utter transformation of the world he would bring about, often even ‘in a few days’. These claims are only a part of his all-encompassing self-praise and unprecedented assertions about his avataric qualities and mission. The obvious fact that they were never fulfilled as claimed or predicted speaks volumes about the abuse of faith and fraudulence upon which he and his collusive cronies lived.

(Click here to see the collected scans from original publications of the material presented below)

 

In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.” Discourse 16 March 2003 in Sanathana Sarathi, April 2003, p. 125.”

“In a few days the entire world will come here” His presence will be felt all over the world” – Sanathana Sarathi (Aug. 95) p. 203 & Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 28 p. 213

“My Name and Form will soon be found getting established everywhere. They will occupy every inch of the world.” - Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 112 (p. 152 in USA edition)

“Sanathan Dharma… let Me assure you, will be re-established in all its glory throughout the world, so that the world might have peace and prosperity. That is the mission upon which I have come.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 80 (U.S. edition)

“This is a human form in which every Divine entity every Divine Principle…. are manifest” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8 p.99

“I am the embodiment of all Shaktis (powers) ” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.114

Sai embodies all 4 values of Rama/Krishna etc. - Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.113

“God can do anything. He has all power in the palm of His hand. My body, like all other bodies, is a temporary habitation but My power is eternal, all-pervasive, ever-dominant.” – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 136 (US edition)

“I had to come in this human form but with more than the human power and wisdom” - Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 309 (U.S. edition)

“I have resolved to enfold the people of the world in the fostering care of Universal Love as laid down in the Vedas. For the world is My mansion and the Continents are the halls therein. I have come to inscribe a golden chapter in the history of humanity, wherein falsehood will fail, truth will triumph, and virtue will reign. Character will confer power then, not knowledge or inventive skill or wealth. Wisdom will be enthroned in the Councils of Nations.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p.22 (US edition)

“Trust in My wisdom: I do not make mistakes. Love my uncertainty! For it is not a mistake. It is My Intent and Will. Remember, nothing happens without My Will. Be still. Do not want to understand; do not ask to understand. Relinquish understanding. Relinquish the imperative that demands understanding.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 47 (US edition)

“Tune in to My mighty Power which, compared to the power of the sun which I have placed in the heavens, is what a baby’s breathing is to a typhoon.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 122 (US edition)

“I am the inner spring in all that moves and exists. I am the energy, the power that propels and impels. I am the knower, the known and the knowledge. But, I do not display capriciously or confound you. I am an example, and inspiration, an instruction. My Life is a commentary on this message-” Day after Vijayadasami. 1970 Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 122 (U.S. edition)

“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region.” (Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1978)

VHP’s leader Singhal Reported The VHP leader, while disclosing his discussion with Satya Sai Baba, said that Sai Baba had informed him that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be of Hindus and after 2030 the whole world would be of Hindus” (if unavailable see scan here or here)

“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi journal, 11 August 2001

“In fact, there is no trace of hatred or enmity in Me at any time. I love all. That is why everyone loves Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 36, p- 86 & 06/05/2003 http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume36/sss36-10.pdf) “… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262)

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” (Sathya Sai Baba Sanathana Sarathi 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam). (Also translated alternatively as “No one hates Me. I love everyone. All love Me.” )

“…all people love Me.” Sathya Sai Discourse, Convocation 22 November, 2008
“My construction will cover the entire Universe.” Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2.

“In a matter of days, you will see that the Divine glory will increase, imparting joy and bliss to all. All the unrest will soon be eradicated from the face of the earth.Sanathana Sarathi April 3003, p. 125

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