Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Sathya Sai Baba remembered – April 24

Posted by robertpriddy on April 21, 2014



Seeing the degenerated physical condition of Sathya Sai Baba on his last birthday, no one can fail to see that he was showed signs of aged decrepitude and that he was not healthy, which his series of major organ failures proved beyond doubt (i.e. heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and almost certain brain-death). Despite all his boasts about never declining until his 96th year and continued perfect health, his hangdog face belied it all. It is instructive to compare this self-proclaimed omnipotent ‘God-avatar’ with the normal and entirely modest Queen Elizabeth, who is now 88 years old and is a picture of health and bright intelligence. Sathya Sai Baba cried openly in public on his 85th birthday celebration (he was 84 by normal reckoning). That was because – for the first time ever apparently – a speaker addressed him as “Sri, Sri Sri, Sathya Sai” (see wmv video here). Can one imagine the Queen of England breaking down publicly in self-piteous tears, especially when lauded by someone?

Though Sai Baba fatuously claimed “The whole world loves me” he was very far from being the massively respected world figure, known to everyone, that Queen Elizabeth indisputably is. Sai Baba informed his followers that he was in line for the Nobel Peace Prize, which he neither received nor ever remotely qualified for (see documentation here). Sai Baba’s coterie tried hard to attract British royals to visit Sai Baba, including Prince Charles. Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) did in fact visit Prashanthi Nilayam, while Sai Baba devotees in UK tried to hi-jack a Duke of Edinburgh award for him, and managed to get the Queen to visit a Sathya Sai school in Harrow. In short, Sai Baba’s fame was not enough, and in not refuting these things, he evidently wanted to hitch himself to the most famous family in the world too!

Here are some of Sai Baba’s self-promotional claims and predictions:
In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)
The whole world loves me and I love all” (see in discourse here)
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.
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 – see here)
“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 Discourse 06/05/2003) “… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262) ( That last is not true for a start as there are plenty who express otherwise on the Internet)

Queen Elizabeth ‘manipulated’ by omnipresent Sathya Sai Baba?

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Healing and protection promises by Sai Baba avatar

Posted by robertpriddy on April 19, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba pretended that he looked after the well-being of all his devotees most carefully. Indeed, much of the huge and mainly amateurish ‘literature’ praising Sai Baba contains stories of miraculous healings – including of incurable diseases – attributed by devotees to his intervention. There is, however, no scientific evidence presented by any of the claimants that such cures were effected by him, as is often the case with alleged ‘distant’ or miraculous healings, and, strangely enough, not even by doctors who confirm these claims. Only in a very few cases would the writer admit that the effect was temporary or inexplicably did not occur… whereupon a simple (or sometimes convoluted) explanatory rationalisation of the failing would be made by the author. When the avatar’s promised healing did not occur, statements about it were looked down upon and so were seldom accepted by any pro-Sai publishers.

Yet, when one talked freely to people, one heard quite other information. I met many persons and also read many testimonies from dissidents (in the petition and by e-mails to critics) detailing failed promises of healing by Sai Baba.  The famous newspaperman and editor, V.K. Narasimhan, who followed his wife to live in the ashram in 1980, V.K. Narasimhan, startled and shocked me once by saying that he had never seen a single genuine cure by Sathya Sai Baba in all the years he had been living close to him! Narasimhan himself was told his eye was cured with vibuthi ‘made’ on the spot for him, but within two days he has lost it completely. While he was the editor of Sai Baba’s journal Sanathana Sarathi, he avoided publishing claims of healing by Sai Baba, he also failed to report his own negative experiences, being dependent upon the Sai Baba’s ashram by that time.

Sai Baba’s made many personal promises to people in interviews. It was known that what he said and did in interviews was supposed to be kept strictly private. But intense curiosity and gossip almost always prevailed (something on which he apparently cynically reckoned). Numerous books and articles about him told how he had promised persons by saying “I shall protect you“; “I will build an iron wall around you!” “Cancer cancelled!” and “I give you liberation, you will not have to take on another body!” Other standard sentences of assurance he repeated was, “I give you a long life, healthy life, happy life!“, another “I will look after everything” (Unasked, he made both of these promises explicitly to me – yet I can hardly be said to have a particularly healthy life since then, having had to retire from work from my 50th year).

‘Medical diagnoses’ Sai Baba sometimes made were never properly documented except in most general terms. One apparent (but undocumented) exception apparently was the case of Phyllis Krystal: “Baba then launched into a detailed diagnosis of my physical problems which Dr. Bhagavantam translated from Telugu into English. Baba spoke very fast and used complex medical terms which neither of us was able to comprehend and which I would not have been able to spell even if I had tried to take notes…” (Krystal, ibid., p. 37) However, from his frequent laughably absurd statements about health, eyesight, bodily functions, it is clear that Sai Baba knew no modern medicine. So he would have bluffed with some kind of pseudo-medical jargon he had picked up. He would also often speak unclearly so people could not be sure what he had said, and asking him to repeat a thing would not go down well, or would simply make him shift attention to someone else.

In ‘The Findings‘ by the former very close devotee David Bailey, we read: “I have not seen him do a genuine healing on anybody in all my time of being close to him, and having had innumerable interviews. I have seen him tell people to stand up, and get out of wheel chairs, but the effect is not lasting. He generally ignores the sick and frail ones, giving out as reason, their karma.The Australian “pink twins” continue to use wheel chairs, in spite of Sai Baba’s claims of healing them and their claims of being healed. A sad case for me is Maynard Ferguson. Over three years of deterioration in his hearing; during several interviews with him and his wife, he, his wife and myself asked – pleaded with Swami, to heal him. Every time, he promised to do so, but now Maynard is very deaf and has to rely on two powerful hearing aids to help him. As a fellow musician I know what this must mean to him in his heart.
Once Faye and I had an interview in the company of an elderly, rather frail Indian gentleman who used to sit on the verandah near me. He asked Sai Baba for help for his failing health. Swami, behind his back shrugged his shoulders at us, saying in what we both thought was a rather an unfeeling aside “And what can I do? Cancer. Too far gone, too far gone.”

Faye has had her own experience of him giving health advice she trustingly followed, which nearly caused permanent damage to her, before she at last resorted to western medical treatment for her complaint. Faye Bailey wrote in the introduction to ‘The Findings’: “David has spent long hours and many months, talking to people all over the world, whilst unravelling this tangled skein of years of deceit accumulated around the said “divinity incarnate”, but he is not alone in this. Courageous people on every continent are banding together to expose the monumental spiritual fraud which has been perpetrated for the personal gain of a select group, headed by Sai Baba. The German coordinator whom I visited in the super specialty hospital after he’d had a stroke, was eventually taken back to the verandah, but Swami did not heal him. The elderly man has gone back to Germany, and some two years later is little improved.” (Note: The German Sathya Sai Organization leader and Central Coordinator in Europe was Mr. Bernhard Gruber, who I knew well and who recovered partly and temporarily from his stroke – as so many usually do anyhow – before dying not long thereafter.)

Close Sai devotees who were utterly abandoned to their medical fates by Sathya Sai Baba included top favourite US devotee, Dr. John Hislop, who died of brain cancer years earlier than Sai Baba has said he would. Another favourite Sai Baba author – Mrs. Joy Thomas – was told she had no cancer, but died of it within a matter of a few months. A long-serving Head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Y. V. Kutumb Rao, died of massive incurable cancer, died 29/3/1989. Sai Baba’s ‘official biographer’ and close devotee through decades, N. Kasturi, suffered 6 weeks intense lung pain before dying. Kasturi’s replacement, my close friend V.K. Narasimhan, who served him for 20 years, developed water on the lungs and, receiving no care for it, had to leave the ashram, whereupon he suffered a long choking death.

A young American friend I met at the ashram, Michael Oliver, and his two US friends (both killed outright) were crushed by falling dome in Eternal Heritage Museum in 1992. Michael suffered 11 hours hell in taxi to Bangalore with 9 fractures and broken cranium before tearing off his life support system and dying en route. (See a full account here).

As to divine protection, the King and Queen of Nepal were devotees who visited and were blessed by Sai Baba in April 1999, were shot down by their son in a horrific bloodbath in June 2001.  How can one rationalize as ‘His Grace’ the horror gone through which the King and Queen of Nepal – close devotees who visited Sathya Sai Baba? Both shot down and killed by their son along with others in a regular bloodbath! I knew several other Sai devotees who died terrible deaths among Sai devotees, even within the group I led. Dozens more awful deaths among close servitors and devotees, too many to list here, are known to former devotees.


My third trip, made in September 1994, it was beautiful because this time Sai Baba called my group. At one point I asked him if he wanted to help me… …He replied that I had problems in the abdomen. and his hand went around his stomach, and he told me that it was very difficult, but if he wanted anything could (and I believe it seriously). “Ok” he said. “you gift of healing.

Beaming with joy. I asked the interpreter if I understood that he meant the recovery from this terrible and incurable disease. The interpreter asked confirmation of what Sai Baba. and he said “yes”. We left the room and in front of everyone. I asked him a gift and he materialized a ring with his picture on it.

I continued to be his devotee for years to come, in fact, a year later, I returned to India in September 1995. he called us and did not approach either, however I still believe that I would be healed, and so I went on for another five years. Time has passed, my faith has wavered and my illness has only gotten worse. Norberto Aiello.

by: Fabio De Gregorio to: Posted: Monday. April 25, 2011 – at 00:22

His friend Fabio De Gregorio wrote on April 25, 2011 (to

“This is to tell you that Norberto Aiello. of which I was lucky enough to be a good friend, died May 16, 2008. I visited him once or twice a week. I can confirm that, fatefully, his physical condition began to deteriorate just from when he had the promise of miraculous healing by Sai Baba. On his return from that trip. in fact, began to need ventilator with oxygen and then her condition worsened gradually. Norberto much regretted the fact that so many other people with physical problems continue to fall victim of the treacherous games snake oil salesman of Sai Baba.”

Dozens more of awful deaths among close servitors and devotees, too many to list here, are known to former devotees and these continue to this day in the case of almost lifelong and some most self-sacrificing foreign devotees who still believed in him.

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Freedom vs. corporate control of the Indian press

Posted by robertpriddy on April 17, 2014

Press-freedom vs. controlThe Indian press, with a very few notable exceptions, was increasingly censorious about any of the negative facts about Sathya Sai Baba, especially from the 1980s onwards. Documented facts and critical testimonies and opinions were repeatedly ignored when sent by critics of Sai Baba to the editors of The Times of India, The Hindu and other major newspapers. It later emerged that Sai Baba interests had financial and editorial investments in some of these newspapers. Much of the press is owned or affiliated to political parties, and these have also supported – and still endorse – the mythology about Sai Baba – the self-declared creator of the universe etc. As the following indicates, the press in India is largely a product of political lobbying of political and corporate owners’ propaganda.

In his recent article in Caravan magazine, Parthasarathy explored the political ownership of media during the past few years. “Owning a news entity has become a practical necessity for political parties in India,” Parthasarathy told the Committee to Protect Journalists. “Compared to many Asian countries, there is a great deal of freedom to report in India,” writer and lawyer Suhrith Parthasarathy told CPJ. “But there is the issue of political control of the Indian media which begs the question of how truly free are journalists.”

“Freedom of the press,” the acerbic journalist AJ Liebling once wrote, “is limited to those who own one.” Today, this freedom increasingly resides with regional parties across India, which—taking a cue from the DMK—now treat television news media as vital political instruments. Even the largely toothless Telecom Regulatory Authority of India says there is an “increasing trend of influence of political parties/politicians in the media sector.”  Opponents of regulating ownership believe such policies are a form of indirect censorship. “Freedom of speech is not restricted to individuals: the Constitution offers the same freedom to corporate houses.” 

The Caravan also notes:- “Like Sun and Kalaignar, all of these channels have a tendency to serve not as sources of reliable information, but as unabashed propagandists. Where the party that controls the channels are in power, they operate more as a fourth branch of government than a fourth estate. Unfortunately, our constitution has been interpreted—wrongly—in a manner that supports this state of affairs.   “According to Business Standard, nearly 60 percent of cable distribution systems are owned or otherwise controlled by politicians, who frequently curtail the broadcasting of rival stations. Political control of television news is part of a broader discussion on press ownership. As the media critic Sevanti Ninan pointed out in a recent article in Mint, a majority of media companies in India are unlisted, and often owned by surrogates. Most politicians control their stakes through front companies. “

Writing in The Huffington Post, Sumit Galhotra concluded: “Although India is heralded as the promised land of journalism, with more than 80,000 print publications and close to 400 news channels–at a time when the media industry elsewhere faces shrinkage and uncertainty–recent events underscore that the huge number of outlets do not guarantee widespread independent coverage in the world’s largest democracy.”

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‘Evil forces’ undermining a religious organisation?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 15, 2014

from Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 10, p. 234. Discourse 22-11-1970

from Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 10, p. 234. Discourse 22-11-1970

In 2003, the Secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam, issued the following: “I would again like to stress that to achieve the goals that our organization stands for and respect the commitment that we made adhering to it as associate members, it is essential to focus our thoughts and our time, unilaterally on our Divine Master Sathya Sai Baba, avoiding all distractions and diversions proposed by imitators taking on the attitudes, clothes, and gestures of the Master and who are presented as his peers.

Anyone who takes the trouble to read the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba, or who has been involved within his Organisation, will know that he made tremendous efforts to publicise his own name and to try to protect his own reputation from the incursions of others. He was well aware of the many who tried to claim he had given them special powers, or who simply copied him and his methods in detail. Through his acolytes and retainers, he exercised strict authoritarian control on his organisation and what its members could say or express in public – a rigorous thought control whereby devotees were discouraged from thinking for themselves, but were fed with his pre-packaged “thoughts”. All that the perfect devotees should do was adopt these and make them their own.

Sathya Sai Baba was a master of guile and understood better than any contemporaries how to present himself and his ‘Mission’ so that it would have maximum appeal, claiming that the collection of money or soliciting donations were forbidden, that not a single penny (‘paisa’) was ever wasted by him or his various institutions. He proposed many voluntary social works (which his followers should do to gain blessing and spiritual benefits) and promised to clean out corruption and wrongdoing in India and eventually in the whole world… Nonetheless funds were collected on a huge scale, often in thankful return for ‘miraculous manifestations’ of objects that seemed to be most valuable (but were almost worthless). The huge sums expended on social works, including clean water projects and museums celebrating himself, were eventually actually solicited by him, and there was massive wastage, graft, outright embezzlement and swindle by entrepreneurs and others involved.

His claiming to perform countless unique miracles (many shown to be bogus) to attract the gullible was one of his cleverest means to fame, none of which he would perform for independent investigators (of course!). See SAI DECEPTIONS FRAUD, LEGERDEMAIN, RUMOUR-SPREADING AND LIES BY SATHYA SAI BABA


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Baba Sathya Sai film – latest news

Posted by robertpriddy on April 13, 2014


The lower part of the image contains data from another source than Times of India

The lower part of the image in bold text is from another source than Times of India

It would now appear that the coming release of the film ‘Baba Sathya Sai’ is to be in Telugu. Whether it will be shown on any circuit in English is doubtful, since it seems to be advertised as freely downloadable.

EashwarammaThe appearance of Jayapradha is so far removed from that of the figure she is to portray, Sai Baba’s mother Eashwaramma, as to be a laughable caricature. The film will certainly create another set of false perceptions of Sai Baba, and the true story will be clinically cleaned-up beyond all recognition to those who met him, knew about him, worked in his organisation and discovered his diverse criminal activities for which he was saved from prosecution by a series of Indian Prime Minister and President devotees.


If there are to be any scenes showing of Eashwaramma’s circumstances  when she was rejected by her husband for a mistress, then one can be sure they will not show the grinding poverty in which she lived with very little help from her rich and famous son. See
Easwaramma – the chosen mother in poverty, scorned by her husband!

Other aspects of her life as a poor, ignorant villager and oppressed female are kept well under the carpet, but have been recorded properly for those who dare to learn about it. Not to mention  the greatest cover-up in modern India, the criminal activities and deceits of her in famous son.

‘Baba Satya Sai’ film demotes the swami to a ‘Demigod’

Two Sai Baba films to compete against BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’?

Sai Baba exposé film wins docu. award in US


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A prospective Indian Prime Minister, Yadav, is a disgraceful male chauvinist

Posted by robertpriddy on April 12, 2014

Yadav What on earth could be worse than sexual politics in India? The media reports:

“In an election speech on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the Socialist Party (SP), which runs the state government in Uttar Pradesh, said if he became prime minister he would scrap a recently introduced law that fixed the death penalty for rapists.”Boys will be boys. Following a girl-boy fight, the girl complains she was raped,” he said in the city of Moradabad.
Mr Yadav’s comments sparked outcry from women’s rights campaigners and commentators, as well as his political opponents. They were also denounced, though not that vocally, by the ruling Congress party, which had been long allied in the federal government with the SP in a ruling coalition. Referring to a case in Mumbai where three men were sentenced to death for two gang-rapes, Mr Yadav claimed the men should not face the death penalty as it was not uncommon “for boys to make mistakes.”

So Yadav aligns himself with the view of the disgusting Asaram Bapu, who spoke of the horrendous Mumbai gang rapists (and all but one was a boy) on death row as “brothers”. Fortunately there ar those who speak out firmly against this super-chauvinism, including his own son: “Mr Azmi’s comments sparked further outcry, including a denunciation from his son, Farhan Azmi, who is contesting a seat in the city of Mumbai. “I believe a rapist should be hanged a hundred times,” he said. “I have five sisters and everyone in my family believes the same.”

That such a statement could be made without immediate disgrace and banishment from political life just shows how India had never faced up to the widespread seriously perverted sexual mores… a country which was found by a major governmental research report together with UNICEF investigating 12,000 children that 53 per cent had been sexually abused. Now a major political figure is actually encouraging such abuses! Millions have lost their childhood due to the laxity in lawmaking, especially the sexual abuse of boys by males, and a number of Prime Ministers and Presidents have actually condoned this by turning a bling eye to serial sex abusers and pedophiles like the guru they worshipped, Sathya Sai Baba, protecting his from prosecution to try to retain their own ill-invested prestige.
see the whole report in its systematic detail at (If unavailable in future, click here)


The only thing worse than sexual politics in India is sexual practice in India, as your report so clearly indicates, Robert. The violence against women seems to be near unstoppable as long as this democratic nation keeps getting run by male chauvinists. And even then, to change a society in its deep rooted beliefs is hard enough. It took western countries more than a century to reach some equality between men and women, and we are not nearly finished ourselves, given e.g. the appalling figures concerning domestic abuse, lover boys and forced prostitution, but Indian society and police and court officials seem hell-bent on remaining backwards, and in support of male perpetrators, godmen or not.
Just two months ago, another terrible example of the failing justice system in India hit the news (only briefly, though, and without follow-up!) nationwide, when a young victim of guru rape was shot dead upon entering the court house in Mathura, where she was to give evidence against her alleged attacker, Vrindavan godman Govindanand Teerath, see this NDTV footage


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Asaram Bapu case still in abeyance on April 9, 2004?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2014

Presumably because Asaram Bapu is still hospitalised, there has been no news on his case available anywhere for weeks. One would hope that this is not a politically-influenced abeyance, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, knowing how the Indian political elite condones and has protected unconvicted criminals like Sathya Sai Baba and many another. Despite the protestations of his innocence by a  numerous of his band of followers (though it has surely vastly decreased), the circumstantial evidence that has accumulated around the case is alone sufficient to show that he and his son are far from being saintly persons, by any stretch of the sane imagination. According to India Today, a City Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Asthana, told reporters, “The scrutiny of documents recovered during the raid has established that wealth of Asaram’s ashrams in the form of bank accounts and other investments including shares, debentures and government bonds (excluding land) is valued at Rs.9,000-Rs.10,000 crore. The value of land has not been included in the assessment of Rs.10,000 crore,” he said, adding the figures can escalate as there are many more documents still to be retrieved.” (Note: 10,000 crore of rupees = 100 billion rupees = ca $ US 1.6 billion) Police raids at one of Asaram’s properties in Ahmedabad few months ago, unearthed thousands of documents detailing his financial transactions which was brought to the city in more than 40 big bags. In Gujarat, they hold land at 45 places in 10 districts. Also, they own land at 33 places across eight districts in four states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, the CP said.
That such persons could accumulate the gigantic wealth (without earning it from productive work) is itself a massive indictment of the entire judiciary and corrupt socio-religious culture involved.  Asaram and son are prime examples of the very widespread corrupt super-rich guru culture of India, which is like a plague on the innocent but all too gullible and religiously indoctrinated population.

The scanned excerpt from Frontline below here shows that awareness of the destructiveness of this guru culture of India and its poverty-stricken millions is at least on the agenda sufficiently for much mainstream media, at long last, to allow such critical comments.
See also links to a full range of Asaram Bapu crimes and events at Asaram Bapu news and exposures

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Malaysian reactions to a revealing BBC documentary

Posted by robertpriddy on April 7, 2014

The following e-mails from the prominent Malaysian lawyer, Hariram Jayaram, register the effect of the BBC World documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ in Malaysia, where it ws shown in September 2004.
September 21
Dear Robert
Already, the private viewing of the authorised copy of the Secret Swami is sending shock waves. The anti-SSB cult network of the 1980s is being revived. I am not playing a leadership role. There are a reasonable number of younger people to handle this. One of them was a former student of Puttaparthi and victim. SSB (not: Sathya Sai Baba)  is not a great figure among the Indian community of Malaysia. The Chinese are fooled by him into thinking that they will prosper materially by being his devotee. But the BBC broadcast will make a substantial number of them come to their senses.


September 28, 2004
Dear Robert
Yes, I saw Secret Swami at prime time i.e. at 8.10 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2004. It was shown 3 times. The programme was shortened to 50 minutes. I suppose that this was inevitable because of the time constraints BBC was placed in. The scenes omitted from the 10 minutes do not matter. The word has spread. Many I meet say that they have seen the documentary. Others are borrowing from me the authorised copy. Not only the Indian community is conscious as it has always been (except for the dud Jegathesan), the Chinese community is also becoming aware.

I will pass on your message to the SSB victim with whom I am in contact. To be fair to him, his name should be kept confidential. It is worth doing this because he is doing his part quietly and effectively to expose SSB. I will go through the article on the Chinese community.  It is possible to make a dent because the Malaysian Chinese who are Buddhists or Christians have suspicions about SSB.

I did not find anything substantially wrong with the two VCDs you sent to me. Well done once again.
Regards, Hariram

Overview of the main contents of THE SECRET SWAMI documentary can be studied here

See source e-mail of the above excerpts here. Earlier e-mails from Jayaram have already appeared in previous postings here and here - here and here     

Concerning the Sai Baba cult in Malaysia’s attempts to enrol Chinese into their organisation, a research work has been written as follows:-

Journal of Contemporary Religion
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Company, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Issue: Volume 15, Number 1 / January 1, 2000
Creating Divine Unity: Chinese Recruitment in the Sathya Sai Baba Movement of Malaysia by Alexandra KentThis paper examines Chinese participation in a neo-Hindu movement in Malaysia. The data, gathered in Kuala Lumpur 1995-1997, are examined with regard to their ethnic and political implications and in relation to the historical as well as the contemporary social features of Malaysia. The paper explores the way in which the Indian-dominated leadership of the Malaysian Sai Baba organisation attempts to include Chinese worshippers: while aiming to overcome ethnic boundaries, there is a tendency to reproduce them. Chinese inclusion plays a significant role in the organisation’s attempt to establish a multi-ethnic and non-sectarian profile for the movement. Such a profile is relevant for the leadership’s pursuit of moral legitimacy in a country where ethnicity and religion are inextricably linked to politics.
SEE ALSO Ambiguity and the Modern Order: the Sathya Sai Baba Movement in Malaysia    Author: Alexandra Kent   Doctoral dissertation at the Department of Social Anthropology Göteborg University – Box 700, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
Abstract This study examines the Malaysian following of the contemporary Indian godman Sathya Sai Baba, a neo-Hindu guru famed for his miracle-working. This religious innovation has broad appeal among non-Malays, but attempts to formalise and control it have evolved within a middle-class subsection of the Indian community. My concern here is to examine its special and ambiguous formula for addressing the totalitarianism and intolerance of Malaysian modernity as it is wielded by the Malay-dominated government.The dissertation presents a background firstly of the Indian community in Malaysia, secondly of the guru, Sathya Sai Baba and his ambiguous symbolism and rhetoric and thirdly, of the Sai Baba organisation in Malaysia. The final four chapters, chapters four-seven, present ethnography through which the peculiar ambivalence of the élite Indian following is explored. The first of these contrasts the rationalistic visage of the Sai Baba organisation’s public service events with the non-rational formulations used in its private celebrations. The second and third ethnographic chapters discuss how the male, middle-class Indian leadership of the organisation attempts to control both spiritual power, in the form of healing, and mundane power within the community. The final chapter deals with the participation of Sai Baba followers in the working-class Tamil festival of Thaipusam. Together, the ethnographic chapters illuminate how the organisation, on the one hand, rhetorically aligns itself to state-sponsored, bourgeois ideology and professes tolerance and ecumenism. On the other hand, the ethnography reveals its concerns with ethnic, class and gender ordering within the Sai Baba community and with the establishment of Hindu supremacy. The culturally besieged élite minority that controls the Sai Baba organisation appears to be torn between subversion and subservience towards the government and its assurance of the ascendancy of Malay culture.The final chapter closes with a concluding section in which it is proposed that religious innovations based in miracles and ambiguity may address some of the profoundly felt disjunctions between lived experience, in all its complexity, and the standardising powers of an imposed modern order.


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Tiny bible believed to have ‘appeared’ from nowhere

Posted by robertpriddy on April 4, 2014

Fraud caught on film when Sai Baba pretended to ‘materialise’ a tiny Bible in 1996 Baba suddenly produced the “small Bible” (as it came to be known) and told a story about its medieval origins (1530). Sai Baba claimed that scholars started investigating the validity of the statements made by Jesus Christ. In ca 1530 AD in Britain, they collected all knowledge that existed prior to one thousand five hundred and thirty years. All that was compiled in one book in England. Russians made it into a small tiny book, he said. Then he waved his hand and showed the tiny bible. But he was caught out by the film camera:-

Download and watch the video clip from Christmas, 1996 in which Baba suddenly produced the tiny bible (called a “small Bible” by his propagandists). Firstly see the excerpt which begins with him picking up a hankerchief (but it must contain the tiny bible to be ‘materialised) for it is visible as a white patch in his right hand just before the clip ends. The end bit is shown very briefly again here. fraud-visible The series of frames in which the object is partly visible before he ‘produces’ it is shown below
See also  short video clip in wmv 1.5MB
See short video clip in mov 2.5Mb
See longer clip in wmv 9.7Mb
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Watch the full length wmv. video clip from At Christmas, 1996 little bible During his Christmas discourse in 1996 Baba suddenly produced the “small Bible” and told a story about its medieval origins (1530). Sai Baba claimed that scholars started investigating the validity of the statements made by Jesus Christ. In ca- 1530 AD in Britain, they collected all knowledge that existed prior to one thousand five hundred and thirty years. All that was compiled in one book in England. Russians made it into a small tiny book. The selfsame tiny bible is found for sale on-line from various outlets. It contains the New Testament and has the same golden cross on a white cover as Sai Baba holds up above!


Brian Steel discovered one day long afterwards was that copies of an identical work, the miniature so-called Good News New Testament, have been on sale in India for many years. I bought one from a Sai Baba Centre in Australia for $2.50. It looks exactly the same as the one held aloft by Baba in the ashram photos. The same white tiny bible with a golden cross on the cover  (New Testament only) as shown above is on-sale online from many sources.

frame-by-frame The crassness of the would-be deception and the mendacious inventiveness shows to what lengths Sai Baba and co went to deceive the public! Since Sai Baba never allowed anyone to examine the bible he produced, and it was not seen again, it is highly likely that it did not contain any entirely new account, but was just the ordinary New Testament, as it is in the tiny bible on sale which has an identical appearance. Rhe fact that he did NOT materialise the bible is seen quite definitively in a frame-by-frame analysis of the ‘hand-waving’ in the video. This is the kind of evidence that Professor Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson chose to ignore when he revised his book ‘Modern Miracles’ in 2013 where he claimed that Sai Baba had not been caught out in any fraud. But the above is but one of a number of filmed fraudulent ‘materialisations’ Haraldsson pointedly ignored, quite apart from his refusal to follow-up on the published testimony of numerous persons who apprehended Sai Baba in fraud. Comments :-

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Quite right, Robert. The fraud by Sai Baba is crass, indeed, and the forgery is crudely done: if you look (and listen!) closely to the footage, you can clearly notice Sai Baba reaching for the table and his handkerchief some 10 seconds prior to the ‘materialization’ and HEAR him pick up or touch something of some weight, a sound that is NEVER heard when SSB reached for the table and/or his hanky on every other occasion during this 1 hour and 31 minute lecture. And yes, shame on scientist Haraldsson for not even considering to review this highly revealing material. But then, it would have utterly refuted Haraldsson’s sustained claim of absence of proof of fraud by Sathya Sai Baba, a thought apparently so unwelcome to the former Icelandic professor, that he rather stuck to his preconceived notions.


Good catch! My goodness, how gullible we were, believing every single word of that fraudster, even though the proof was there before our eyes to see – had we been quick enough to notice! However, even when noticing, our faith would remain intact (as my ‘Letters from India’ clearly shows, time and time again). I had a good friend who is still an ardent devotee,even though she sat right next to his chair in the interview room and SAW him pull a ring from behind the cushion, then pretend to materialize it. “Swami’s little leela” is how she described it. His fame grew only because of people like us, who sung his praises to others and kept quiet regarding all the dubious goings-on that we personally experienced. Thank goodness for Internet now and photo & video proof, that is going very far in shaking awake the brainwashed, and protecting the prospective devotees from developing faith in the first place. Good work, keep it up!


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Malasian Lawyer Hariram Jayaram on faked miracle photo etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on April 2, 2014

Mr. Hariram Jayaram of Kuala Lumpur explains how the members of Sai Baba’s cult would not at first accept that he was a homosexual, but they later apparently accepted he was a pedophile!  He also gave some new information about the devotee Dr. S. Bhagavantham (India’s ‘father’ of its atomic bomb) who later left Sai Baba, as follows:-

July 26, 2004 (message source)

Dear Robert
I have been reading all your correspondence and anything new posted on the website. I know the harassment you are going through.

I went through similar harassment when I dropped out. There was even threat of physical harm. At that time,  administration of justice in Malaysia was in reasonably good hands. So I paid little attention to these threats. The cult members were nevertheless successful in stressing me by spreading gossips . When I tried to reorganise all aspects of my life, including  putting an end to my not too satisfactory marriage, the cult members gossiped that their God’s wrath had fallen on me.

At that point of time, the cult members would not accept  that SSB was a homosexual. Now, they are willing to accept that he is a pedophile but their faith would remain intact. This is what I gather after watching the video on Secret Swami. I have managed to obtain an authorised copy from BBC. My thoughts now are on how to best utilise this one authorised copy to spread the message in Malaysia. The documentary is good. No doubt many more facts could have been included in the documentary but this was just a one hour programme and BBC has done a good job.

The last time I wrote to you, I think I mentioned about Bhagavantham and his family members packing up from Puttaparthi and moving out to Hyderabad. My impressions of him from the time I first saw him in action in 1976, was that he had surrendered to SSB but was still a scientist at heart. He was not willing to accept many of the things going on in SSB’s setup. In or about 1980, there was a lecture at Puttaparthi given by Nithyananthan. He was a student of one of the SSB colleges and had become part of the academic staff when he gave the lecture. His lecture was said to be based on an article in a scientific journal. About that time, the Americans had launched a satellite into space which orbited earth. Nithyananthan’s claim was that as the satellite was orbiting, there was light flickering from one particular spot from the earth. Photographs were taken of this light and relayed to NASA which magnified them to locate the exact spot. NASA identified the spot as Puttaparthi.

Among the persons listening to this lecture was Bhagavantham. He went over to Nithyananthan to ask him for the particulars of the scientific journal. Nithyananthan could produce none. Bhagavantham then went over to SSB and told him that the whole thing was a concoction by Nithyananthan. SSB told Bhagavantham to take it easy because Nithyananthan had earlier seen him and obtained his permission to deliver the lecture.

When I was doing my investigations, I asked about this lecture. Many had heard it and the students particularly, knew that the contents were a big bluff. I am sure Bhagavantham was troubled by this bluff as well as a number of other bluffs. His son who was the Principal of the Puttaparthi College, would have supplied him with facts relating to the rampant homosexual activities of SSB and in the student community. An opportunity rose for the whole Bhagavantham family to opt out of the cult: Gokak was made the head of the SSB institutions of higher learning. Gokak and Bhagavantham were not great friends. Bhagavantham and his family members dropped out quietly. When Bhagavantham died a few years later, there was mention of him in the news bulletin in India. He was described as a scientist with many achievements. There was no mention of him as having been a Sai devotee although he was one of the pillars of the organisation, one time.

Regards, Hariram


August 14, 2004
Dear Robert
The photo is definitely a fake. The whole episode started with a group of students at Prasanthi Nilayam discussing the ability of satellites in space to take images of various locations on earth. In this group was a Malaysian student with whom I am still in touch. Nithyanandan listened to the discussions. He then concocted the story of the NASA satellite noticing something bright at Prasanthi Nilayam. He turned it into a lecture. The students who listened to his lecture together with other members of the public, had a good laugh. Nithyanandan claimed to have based his lecture on a scientific article he had read. Bhagavantam asked him to show the article, which of course, he could not do.

On the ‘Secret Swami’, let me give you one observation: There is a scene of him in a near state of collapse when trying to bring out the ‘lingam’. He was faking it. He is a master mind in mesmerizing his audience. I realised this at a very early stage.

In the late 70s and early 80s, there was a young American couple in Malaysia. The husband was of Chinese origin and attached to the University of Malaya. In his spare time, as a hobby, he was doing his own research on paranormal phenomena and the religious activities of Malaysians. His wife was Caucasian and she would follow him around. They both heard of the intensity of my involvement with the SSB phenomena in Malaysia. They came to see me in my apartment and I gave them a frenzied briefing on SSB and how he could inter alia manufacture Indian Rupees. The husband listened to everything I said intently. The wife was at times sceptical.

When I dropped out, I felt duty bound to tell this couple that I was no more a devotee. One of the things I mentioned was about the books written on SSB concerning his early days. When I said in passing, that SSB, when as a boy, could get young people around him and he was fond of drama etc., this husband interrupted me. He said he knows now the answer for the behaviour of SSB. SSB is just a man who loves crowds, knows how to handle them and has a craving to project his image before them.

So, the thought which came to me when I saw the scene is ‘Secret Swami’ was that SSB, being good at histrionics, was in top form. He was just putting up a show that he was getting into a collapsible state to bring out the ‘lingam’.

Best regards, Hariram

See source e-mail of the above excerpts here. Earlier e-mails from Jayaram have already appeared in previous postings here and here - here and here     to be continued…


An Early Example of Sathya Sai Nonsense « Mind your Mind

[…] To me, this whole show of so-called evidence of Sai Baba’s universal omnipresence captured in ‘natural phenomena’ (See later examples, e.g. of Sai Baba’s appearance on the moon)  speaks of a desperate predilection of his cult members to see their master’s hand (or face, or feet, or ash) in every single thing. If science is seemingly involved, the miracle gains even more stature and credibility. (For an example of another apparent NASA involvement in a Sai ‘miracle’, read Robert Priddy’s post Malaysian Lawyer Hariram Jayaram on faked miracle photo etc.) […]

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Lest one forget revelations about Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 30, 2014

It is easy to forget what it was that Sai Baba stood accused of, and how many close devotees told of many sexual abuses they had suffered, and also had witnessed, such as by one of the closest doctors - Naresh Bhatia - who himself had sexual relations with Sai Baba and maintained his accounts of serial sex abuses on a very large scale were perpetrated daily by Sai Baba on countless students in his colleges. The following account helps to bring home the seriousness of the crimes that were  covered up by all the top political figures who had compromised themselves by worshipping him long before the can of worms was opened due to the Internet. Unfortunately he was protected from prosecution for all his various crimes by them to the highest level in India, and is still endorsed by the Prime Minister, President and many other of the elite in India today!


From: harisampath
Delivered-to: sathyasaibabadiscussionclub
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 15:03:01 -0800
Subject: Betrayal by Sai Baba….
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These accounts are put together by direct first person testimonies given to Basava Premanand by former students at the Sathya Sai Higher secondary school, Prashanthi Nilayam, as well as the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning. These accounts are given on, under “molestation testimonies”, but repeated here, just to refresh the memories of everyone what Sai Baba is really all about and why this expose is being undertaken on a war footing. (repeating these accounts is at any rate better and more useful than repeating endless nonsense by demented Sai Baba followers) BETRAYAL BY SAI BABA


This is the sad story of betrayal of faith and love, of taking advantage and exploitation of a very base nature. What is being written may sound blasphemy, sacrilege or fanciful, but if one opens his eyes and uses his brain, it will turn out to be nothing but truth. It is a truth which many know and ignore because it does not affect them in any way, then there are those who know nothing and are innocent.

This is the story of life in the Sri Sathya Sai Hostel for boys. Devoted parents send their tiny tots with firm belief that they will undergo all round development and will be under the direct presence of Baba. But few parents actually know what happens to their loved ones. What happens to boys is a saga of betrayal of the most banal kind known to mankind since ages.

Let us take it from the Primary school level itself The Principal of the school Mrs Munni Kaul knows it only too well that her survival there depends on sending in the front good-looking, usually fair and sometimes girlish boys, because as is well-known Baba has a weakness for such boys. These are innocent boys you see, who are forced to come to the front, on some pretext or other, holding cards, trays etc. this in itself is nothing serious, but what follows later is.

These young, good-looking boys who are generally not even in their teens are for sometime closely watched by Baba. Later some day these small boys are called in for personal interview. What happens to these tiny tots in the interview room is known to many but all keep mum because their very survival depends on it. These small boys are taken one by one in the inner interview room behind the curtain by Baba. For sometime he fondles them and then suddenly he opens their zippers and pulls down their pants and underpants, Now Baba massages and fondles the sex organs of the small boys, who know nothing and take it as some form of spirituality. Baba generally hugs and kisses the boys while they are stark naked, then sends them back. This is in itself a traumatic and sickening experience for the boy of about 5th or 6th standard. Then there are certain advantages too, these boys are labelled as FORM BOYS and are kept in the forefront by the Headmistress, who
actually is well aware of the fate of these young ones.

These boys generally get chains, rings and watches from Baba as special blessings or in a worldly sense, the ‘Payment’ for “selling’ their bodies; without their knowledge. For the kind information of the authorities (those who are aware and maintain silence and those who know nothing), Mrs Munni Kaul, the Head Mistress of the Primary School, herself is a confirmed child molestress. This can be ascertained by the Authorities (If they have the will and courage), if they could pick just a few good-looking (and fair) boys from class 6th and ask them with love and in confidence, what Munni Aunti forces them to do. She is known to sexually abuse good-looking boys and girls. Staff members can easily get this information. But then one cannot blame the headmistress because her survival depends on her supplying these boys for Baba.

A fuller list of sexually-abused young men and boys is found here, with their testimonies or other evidence.

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Indian insight into the nature of gurus, godmen and godwomen

Posted by robertpriddy on March 27, 2014

An elderly gentleman in India who wrote on a yahoo-group website has had an illumining mail exchange with the ex-Sai Baba follower Eileen Weed and has allowed me to reproduce it here. To avoid being dragged into any public controversy, his condition was to remain unnamed. He wrote:

“Although I am by nature an iconoclast and one who could never believe in any of the so-called swamijis, gurus, godmen & godwomen (of which the last one is a comparatively recent phenomenon). Being an Indian totally and not having any inkling about the workings of the western minds, my suggestions below may or may not be workable. Still, it is an earnest attempt. So, kindly forgive me if what I write does not appeal.

The basic cause of the phenomenal success of the Indian Gurus, godmen, godwomen, etc., among the western people seems to me to be the attraction for the mystic which is present in human minds. The western religion does not probably provide sufficient avenues for satisfying this “craving for the mystic” and making life meaningful, sort of. The gurus/godmen/godwomen project themselves as the very incarnation of the mystic element and this enables them to draw a large number of people to come and “accept” them as the unquestioned “guru”. Just like if you own a very costly car (like BMW or RR) it is generally considered that you will have very fast and comfortable road journeys, these devotees possibly think that by joining a world famous godman/godwoman’s cult, they will automatically have an assured, comfortable spiritual journey which will take them to some pre-conceived spiritual end.

The remedy lies in knowing that no human being, born in the usual biological process – to a woman, can be more “godly” than any other. This has been stressed by one of our great gurus – Shri Adi Shankara – in one of his very famous (sanskrit) verses as under:—

jaṭilo muṇḍī luncitakeśaḥ
kāṣāyāmbara bahukṛta veṣaḥ
paśyannapi ca na paśyati mūḍho-
hyudaranimittaṃ bahukṛtaveṣaḥ

(The body is emaciated, the hairs plucked out, different kinds of dress like the ochre robe etc., are used; but these fools do not understand the TRUTH even if they see it. Hence all these are nothing but various attires for filling the belly.)
This is the stark naked truth and if we analyze the case of the Indian gurus/godmen/godwomen we will find that perhaps none of them possessed any skillset for any other avocation than this “holy person” role.

Now, when people decide to throw in their lot with a certain guru/godman/godwoman their “ego” remains intact and powerful and it does not get attenuated at all; if anything the devotee’s ego further increases because he/she thinks that by associating with the guru/godman/godwoman, his/her spiritual status has increased, that he/she has risen a few steps higher (?) than the ordinary, run-of-the-mill people and so the devotee’s ego will stubbornly reject even the most sincere suggestions from friends, well-wishers, close relatives, etc. The western notion of “individual freedom” only adds to this complication. Unless the Karmas of a person are such that it provides the person with the willingness to listen to the advice of parents/friends and think differently from what is inculcated by the cult-like outfits which surround every guru/godman/godwoman, nothing much can be done to ameliorate the condition of your friend.”

In a reply to the above, Eileen Weed wrote: “Being a Westerner who was with an Indian guru for a long time, your analysis rings true for me. My question is, what about all the Indians that flood the ashram and the ashrams of so many other gurus? What are THEIR feelings about the Indian gurus?

It seems to me that Indians, in general, worship the gurus as a matter of course, like bowing at any temple or puja function, but they do not emotionally, physically and mentally invest their very souls into the person like us Westerners tend to do. Also, I think the Westerners tend to be much more exclusive. Though the gurus may warn devotees not to go here and there to other gurus (except themselves), the Indians don’t seem to take it as literally as we do.

In addition, looking at the people who tend to attach themselves wholly and exclusively in close physically as possible to the gurus, my observation is that the closest sevaks, if Westerners, are brainwashed fanatics exclusively worshipping that paticular guru; whereas the closest Indian devotees, not being enamored of the mystic side, tend more to want to take advantage of the money, power and fame of the guru, so they are not as devoted and don’t have scruples living an immoral life. Is my observation correct or not?

And the illuminating answer she received was:-

Madam Divya,
Your analysis is quite correct, I should say. The indians flocking to any guru will be one or the other of the following kinds:—

1. Folks with some intractable problems in their personal/family/working life who expect the so-called guru to solve the problem for him/her by miracle, so to say!

2. People who “style” themselves as spiritual seekers and usually tom-tom to the society around them, about all the special closeness they have to so many gurus. Some of these may be charlatans in reality.

3. Gullible masses who have a sub-conscious notion that the more time (and money) one spends with such ochre-robed gurus, temples, places of religious importance etc., will add to one’s “punya” or balance of good (meritorious) deeds and will bring good results in this life and the births to come hereafter.

4. Out-and-out opportunists who get close to a guru’s outfit so that they will get preference for contracts of various kinds and can make “a kill” in terms of money.

None of the categories above surrender their selves to the guru which, it seems, the foreign devotees are, somehow, prone to do. Our Indian folks know these so-called gurus probably by their sixth sense and very few get “trapped” mentally; may be that is the main reason why our gurus religiously search for foreign women devotees! It gives them unquestioning devotees who give themselves over, completely, and it adds to the glamour quotient for the guru’s outfit also.

I presume that your name divya reveals that you have integral indian connection (if not origin). According to our hindu notions a person has to “strive” himself/herself for aatmajnaana or the knowledge about the Self and this job cannot be outsourced to any guru. A really good guru can at best be an example – himself or herself – for the disciples to follow and emulate. Again, hinduism is highly patriarchal and women are uniformly considered as no more than mere chattel of men. Women are not allowed sanyasa or the ochre robe, even if their husbands take to sanyasa. I sometimes wonder, therefore, as to how craftily our gurus have managed to misinterpret the religion itself to suit their materialistic ambitions. Going strictly by our ancient scriptures, women gurus like the older Anandamayi Ma from East Bengal, Sarada Devi, Aurobindo Ghosh’s ‘mother’ and so on are not allowed, in the first place, even to become sanyasis or renunciates. 

Secondly, a sanyasi belongs to that order of monks from whom he gets or “receives” sanyasa …a woman cannot initiate another. This itself is irregular practice, so to say. The prime need of the times is to de-educate foreign people about the trappings and traps within all such guru/godman/godwoman apparitions particularly from the orient.
This certainly puts the claims being made by self-appointed ‘godwomen’ today in the true context of age-old Hindu tradition.


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Malaysian lawyer on Sai Baba ‘miracle’ fraud, hemaphroditism etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on March 25, 2014

The Malaysian lawyer, Mr. Hariram Jayaram, continued his correspondence with me explaining his efforts to awaken Malaysian authorities to the need to ban the Sathya Sai Baba cult in Malaysia. Having been a very enthusiastic follower of Sai Baba, Hariram was shocked out of his beliefs, and investigated thoroughly before denouncing the guru, as he explained as follows:-

June 21, 2004
Dear Robert,
I remember, in or around 1999, when this movement against SSB gained momentum, a gentleman from Hong Kong traced my telephone number and called me up. I forget his name but I will make an attempt to trace his name. I do not think he is William Lo. I have a feeling he is the one listed as an ex-devotee from Hong Kong, in the list on the Internet from which I requested you to remove my name. This person was the Godfather of a Chinese boy from Malaysia who was molested by SSB. He was very furious and angry. He had asked for my assistance to expose SSB. I told him the same thing as I told you before. I wanted to be left alone. One great thing this gentleman had done was that he had met the then Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, when he addressed the Press Club in Hong Kong. This gentleman had given the Prime Minister a written memorandum about SSB and his activities with a view to, I think, asking the Malaysian Government to either ban the SSB cult or take some other appropriate action. Nothing has happened in Malaysia. However, I am inclined to believe that the SSB cult is in the watch list in Malaysia. The point to remember about Malaysian Authorities is that they will only act if any person or group becomes politically difficult. The SSB cult has not come to doing things politically incorrect in Malaysia.

In 1976, when I was already a lawyer, a young man by the name of V K Lingam turned up at my flat. He was my former student in secondary school. He told me about SSB and said that he was leaving with his family friends to Puttaparthi in 4 days’ time. His account of SSB was so exciting that I joined the group. I arrived at Puttaparthi where the atmosphere was all worked up with bhajans sung all day long. One particular bhajan continued to ring in my ears for days and that was ‘Hari Bhajana Karo, Satya Sai Bhajana Karo’. The atmosphere was charged on Sivarathri night when the devotees assembled at the hall. SSB gave a spirited lecture in telegu. The translation was done by Dr. Bhagavantham. After the talk, the moment came for him to produce the lingam. He took his handkerchief in his hands, wiped his mouth several times, made movements to his chest and raised the excitement to feverish pitch. A lingam came out of his mouth on to his handkerchief. Then came vibuthi abishegam (note: or ‘abishekam’). He turned an urn which the Indians call ‘kodam’ upsidedown, put his hand into it and continuously churned out vibuthi to pour on to the lingam. I was a witness to this great event. When I returned to Malaysia, I bought the 35mm films produced by his devotee in America and showed them around. A part of the film covered such Sivarathri phenomena. In the late 70s, the interest in SSB was feverish in Malaysia. I played a role in contributing to this feverishness.

Let me now come to the anti-climax. When I did my investigations in 1980, I came to be aware that SSB kept the lingam in his handkerchief. When he was having ‘birth pangs’, he pretended to cough and wipe his mouth. All that he was doing was transferring the lingam into his mouth to vomit it out later.

When I was probing, I also came to know of an incident  one Sivarathri day. A student who was helping to set up the stage had accidently strayed into a section of the backstage where he found a ‘kodam’ with the mouth covered and tied with a cloth. Obviously, it was packed with vibuthi. He was chased out from that place by a senior devotee. Later, on the night of the Sivarathri, it was this ‘kodam’ from which SSB was churning out vibuthi.

SSB is a showman. He knows exactly how to create the atmosphere. From young, as his biographers have said, he loved to have people around him. In my next ‘chapter’, I will tell you something about Dr. Bhagavantham and perhaps about Dr. Gokak as well.
Happy reading. Hariram

June 24, 2004
From the literature you have sent to me, I note that the BBC documentary makes reference to a cobra sleeping with SSB in his cot when he was a child. As a devotee, in the late 70s, I read in Sai literature that this phenomena indicated the rebirth of Vishnu as SSB: this world needed such an Avatar on account of becoming too evil. I know something about the snake. As I have repeated said, in 1980, I was in Puttaparthi for my probe. I went over to the Puttaparthi village, not far from Prasanthi Nilayam, to meet the elder brother of SSB. He was the one who really looked after SSB in his childhood. The elder brother was guarded in his answers to my questions but he felt morally obliged to give me hints that he was not a devotee of SSB. One of the questions I asked him related to the snake. He promptly and spontaneously told me that no snake formed a bed for SSB to sleep on or came anywhere close to him. He explained that Puttaparthi, at the time of the birth of SSB, was a place filled with snakes. When SSB was left on the floor, there were snakes which would stray into the house and go past him and that too, a safe distance away from SSB. This was not an unusual phenomenon in that village which had so many snakes.

Regards, Hariram

July 1, 2004
Dear Robert,

In your article, you have introduced the word ‘hermaphrodite’ and this prompts me to continue with my narration.
I was in Bangalore in 1980 with 3 Malaysian students who were helping me with the probe. Through these students, I met several persons.  One was a graduate of one of the Sai Colleges. He was from Eastern India but happened to be in Bangalore when I was there. The Malaysian student who knew him before, asked him whether SSB had male or female tendencies. A prompt answer came from this graduate i.e., SSB was both male and female; he was Shiva Shakti. Obviously, this graduate was a victim but having been brought up innocently at home and having accepted SSB as his God, he did not realise that homosexual activities had been carried out on him by a hermaphrodite. It was only after his discussions with the Malaysian students and me that he became aware of the homosexual character of the activities of SSB on him. I was then very focused. I did not pay much attention to the hermaphroditic aspects of SSB. I was only concerned with whether SSB was a homosexual.

I told this graduate that I had plans to see Gokak. He insisted that I should see him because Gokak started the Sai institution in Whitefield. He held Gokak in high respect and was proud of him. Gokak should be alerted about the  rampant  homosexual activities between SSB and the students and among students, going on in both the Whitefield and the Prasanthi Nilayam Colleges. I saw Gokak in his house. He was a polished, tidy and dignified looking man. He listened to every word I said. I had hoped to take 20 minutes of his time but I was there easily for 2 hours. I told him everything I had found out and I also expressed to him that it is the wish of at least one of his former students that he should resume the post of Vice Chancellor once again. I remember him interrupting me only once and that was when I said that I had accepted SSB as my God and therefore it was heartbreaking to hear of his homosexual activities on students. What Gokak told me was that SSB was not God. He was merely one of many avatars with some spiritual attributes. I retorted that the books made available with SSB’s approval said that he was God.  Gokak remarked that that was the trouble with authors who would like to accord God’s attributes to SSB. It was obvious from this conversation that Gokak, in private, did not regard SSB as God although I have seen a documentary of SSB where Gokak referred to him as God in public. What was interesting was that after having listened to me patiently, he had one remark to make finally.  He said “This is not the first time I am hearing about all these things regarding SSB. You are not the only person to tell me this”.  I knew then that he knew a lot.

A few months after this meeting, Gokak took over as Head of Prasanthi Nilayam College. Dr. Bhagavantham and his son made a quiet exit from Prasanthi Nilayam to Hyderabad. The SSB devotees spread the word around that Dr. Bhagavantham was all the time eyeing for the position Gokak had captured in the Sai Institution; he was disgruntled and so he left the Sai movement with his family. I do not think it is so simple as that. I will continue in my next e-mail.

Regards, Hariram

Note: At one time a member of Sai Baba’s professorial board Dr. V.K. Gokak developed the ‘Education In Human Values’ (EHV) system. Sai Baba did not write any part of this system. Dr. Gokak left Sai Baba in the 1990s, reasons unknown. He was known for having said that Sai Baba liked ‘playing with boys’ (which is a known phenomenon in the subcontinent and is blatantly practised in Afghanistan to this day, known as “Bacheh-baazi (Persian: بچه‌بازی, meaning “playing with kids” in Afghan dialect), also known as bacchá (from the Persian bacheh بچه‌ “child, young man, kid”) or bacha bi-reesh(beardless boy), is sexual slavery and child prostitution in which prepubescent and adolescent boys are sold to wealthy or powerful men for entertainment and sexual activities. This business thrives in Afghanistan, where many men keep them as status symbols.” (from Wikipedia)

See source e-mail of the above excerpts here. Earlier e-mails from Jayaram have already appeared in previous postings here and here - here and here     to be continued….

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‘Baba Satya Sai’ film demotes the swami to a ‘Demigod’

Posted by robertpriddy on March 22, 2014

Baba Sathya Sai film


Though dead and gone, Sathya Sai Baba got top film magnates, actors and actresses fighting his corner in Bollywood. Two films of his life were made, but their expected releases at least by February 2013 did not occur. In the flush of media fever after his death, it seems, some big-names in the business put together the films. Despite the original budget of Rs. 60 crore (which is app. 130 million dollars), the producer of ‘Baba Sathya Sai’  claimed that the film was not made for profits, but who will believe that dreams of reflected spiritual fame and a few dollar signs did not fill the heads of those involved? It is hard to think that the investment was made for charitable reasons, knowing how money is the No. 1 consideration in Bollywood.

The film ‘Baba Satya Sai’ with Dilip as the ‘ace’ star is apparently soon to appear on the Indian circuit (but almost certainly nowhere else). What else but a glitzed version of this glitzy swami can one expect of Bollywood? We can safely predict that the film will certainly steer very clear of the massive accusations of sexual abuse, murder involvement, major failed promises and predictions and constant documented false statements  by the ‘avatar’. 

One can already see from the publicity that ‘Satya Sai Baba’ will be highly laughable to all the misinformed, deluded or Bollywood-worshippers, and especially so to genuinely devoted followers of Sathya Sai Baba, considering the roles for glamorous women, including actresses who have been showers of flesh and sexy dancing. Sai Baba was known for his dislike of the female sex and the very strict puritanism against women and men together in public, inadequate clothing etc. In both films, there are pretty actresses – and Anup Jalota sits between two of them) . This strikes a very discordant note, of course, so where are the pretty boys (both young men and innocent male children)?  These glamour girls may excite some film-goers to expect  some wet clothes-clinging ecstatic group gopi dancing in the holy waters of the Chitravati river (even with Sai Baba dancing to his own flute in his Krishna embodiment?).

Amusingly, Sai Baba is referred to as a ‘Demigod’ (see above left – indiaglitz) and ‘The God Who Walked on Earth’ is attributed with ‘divine magic’. There is something in that latter term! Hinduism is sinking to new depths where it embraces this megalomaniacal claimant as a true representative of the sanathana dharma. Hindu mythology is not only ancient, for more of it is being created here and now through film fantasy. 

from an earlier version of India Glitz on-line

from an earlier version of India Glitz on-line

Two films on exactly the same theme would virtually halve the possible income (who could stand watching both?). Any such films would have their work cut out to keep out of the world-wide shadow of the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami‘, or the recently released award-winning Hollywood film ‘A Man Called God’, with a top star recently awarded a documentary prize in the USA. The endorsers of Sai Baba may vainly hope that the film may help to kill off the world-wide and Indian public controversy about his ‘premature’ death, its covered-up cause and, the vast secret treasure trove under his vast bed. Not to mention the disgraceful shenanigans over the control of his mini-empire, with police arrests, death threats and more. Yet all the crimes and failings of Sai Baba are widely recorded – not least through his own discourses – and therefore no future serious religious historians will be taken in by the propaganda, let alone any such film.

See The Return of the Great Pretender

The film ‘Satya Sai Baba’, long since filmed in Prashanthi Nilayam seems to have floundered since none of the former publicity has been up-dated for a long time. It does seem that there will be Bollywood-ghazal style music (“given by Anchal Talesra and written by Sachindra Sharma“) which could no way be less ‘mesmerizing’ than the boring and repetitive bhajans that Sai Baba ‘sang’ in his uninspiring hermaphrodite’s voice (neither he not any Sai bhajan recording ever had a single hit on any known music chart, for reasons obvious to most music lovers).

Making Sai Baba a fictional figure cannot be applauded by any devotees who took his extra-puritanical teachings seriously, and certainly not with any Western audience (other than a few Sai Baba groups at best). One may assume that the film effort concentrates on the Indian public (despite a version with English dialogue), and this is indeed now almost the only public which the Sai Baba inheritors can exploit financially since foreign devotees have almost entirely deserted the ashrams.

The large residue of devotees who support Sreejith Narain’s lunatic fringe prognostications and so still expect Sai Baba to resurrect in his body any day now will rub their hands at the thoughts of the filmmakers mind-boggled expressions when he arrives. Who wouldn’t ( except them)?  Probably, resurrection alone could make their films into profitable box office attractions. Even if – as all believers expect - Sai Baba eventually reincarnates as Prema Sai, he would surely discredit such a Bollywood glitz version of his appearance in his ‘former body’.

See The making of BBC’s film “The Secret Swami” and key unpublished facts

COMMENT eileenweed
Submitted on 2014/03/22 at 3:47 pm

As you pointed out, the vast majority of the Indian public would scoff at such films and not go to see them; the few devotees would find fault with the representation or, at best, welcome the publicity of their ‘demigod’ with mixed feelings, knowing the ‘demigod’ himself would not want to be appearing onscreen by such ‘impure souls’. It is a lose-lose situation for all involved, and one wonders if the lack of interest in the film-world and doubt at profits are keeping the movies under wraps instead of being released?

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Asaram Bapu case: goondas acid attack + beating defense lawyer

Posted by robertpriddy on March 20, 2014

Jodpur-thrashingsee Acid Attack video on Times of India too  express-news

20 MARCH, 2014:

The criminal mentality of some of Asaram Bapu’s supporters belies all spirituality of any kind. Simultaneously Asaram Bapu’s pleasing that he is ill climaxed and he was taken to hospital… just as the proceedings against him have begun. The list of crimes for which he is known and accused is considerable and even huge bribery did not help in making the charges milder. Having tried most tricks in the book already, now his last-ditch attempts are a telling sign of desperation and knowledge that the case against him is cast-iron.

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