||On the left is the text of an article – presumably based on a press release by the Sathya Sai Central Trust. The remarkable thing about it is that it amounts to a public admission of the truth of what dissidents have claimed since around 2000, that the Trust had lost credibility and was under a crisis. It is an attempt to reinstate the trust that donors so unfortunately misplaced it the Central Trust, but which was very largely destroyed after the death of Sathya Sai Baba.
Indeed, the very figure whose name it bears lost trust on a massive scale in recent years, and not least also his corrupt cronies like the nationally discredited former Board member, P.N. Bhagwati and the embezzling Colonel Joga Rao among several other board members. The flow of donations from devotees deteriorated gradually and greatly and the Trust is now desperately trying to recreate a positive facade so as to get back into the free money.
Through the vicious battle for supremacy of the billions, not least between the subsequent winner of that dirty war, the nephew R.J. Ratnakar, and the other relatives of Sai Baba who were then dispossessed entirely, having also been threatened with murder! So how should one suddenly trust people who did such things? It would be a huge mistake to believe their propaganda knowing of many illegal money transfers and secret transactions underhandedly made (court cases against the he current institution just disappeared and bribery is known to have been an instrument Sai Baba and co. widely employed).
The article mentions that the trust is now “embracing transparency”, admitting unwittingly that it never did before, as we have always emphasised as a known and despicable fact in any alleged charity. Despite now publishing general figures annually – the Trust is still largely non-transparent – for example, no donor can access the accounts and no minutes of board meetings are at all accessible.
Marketing the profiles of the Trust members as people holding prestigious positions earlier will hardly change the situation, such a large honey pot attracts wasps of all kinds. The trust is appointing professionals now, meaning it never had them earlier? Though cash donations are refused now – it affirms that they operated in cash earlier. Considering the Trust’s known methods, it is likely that they paid dailybhaskar for this article.
Posted by robertpriddy on July 26, 2014
Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2014
Witchcraft or sorcery has been common in India since ancient times. The superstition is connected to the religious outlook which posits any number of otherworldly deities, demons, spirits, bhootas, ghosts and disincarnate entities. All this is deeply engrained in the early scriptures like Puranas and not least in the honoured Ramayana epic. Most unfortunately for India, the positive values found in Indian scripture are completely overrun by the mass of legends, myths, superstitions and countless temples to demons and deities and virtual, all constantly celebrated in entirely unproductive rituals of almost every imaginable futile kind, whether to cause prosperity, cures, rain, death of enemies and so on.
The Washinton Post reports: “In places where superstition and vigilantism overlap and small rumors can turn deadly, nearly 2,100 people accused of witchcraft have been killed between 2000 and 2012, according to crime records gathered by the Indian newspaper Mint. Others placed the number at 2,500; others higher still. “Like the proverbial tip of a very deep iceberg, available data hides much of the reality of a problem that is deeply ingrained in society,” according to New Delhi-based Partners for Law in Development. “It is only the most gruesome cases that are reported — most cases of witch-hunting go unreported and unrecorded.”
The present Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is a right-wing Hindu nationalist who supports the primitive ‘religiosity’ of the masses and thus also its attached superstitions and unproven speculations of the weirdest kinds. He is but the latest in a long line of Hindu Indian PMs and Presidents who have endorsed, attended upon and worshipped numerous Indian self-proclaimed ‘Gods’, most notably the megalomaniac and continuously State-protected Sathya Sai Baba (see The Guardian). With Modi a devotees, is it surprising that belief in witchcraft and the ghastly and deadly crimes it engenders persists among the least educated and vulnerable when the top people in India are so deluded and publicly perform meaningless and time-wasting Hindu rituals, setting an example to yet more deluded people as if the ancient scriptures have real validity in the modern world and in the face of science? Modi visited and praised both Sai Baba and his sinister associate Asaram Bapu, both major sex abuse offenders and both connected closely to murder and disappearances.
Book reveals more ‘secrets’ of Sathya Sai Baba More documentation of Sai Baba’s belief in the existence of demons, the ‘evil eye’, sorcery etc.
See also another example, one of many more:- Child Sacrifice for appeasing goddess Courtesy: The Smabad Daily; 4.11.2005
The dead body found from sewage – Two arrested along with the Charlatan
Ranpur-3.11 (IMS) The dead body of the girl kidnapped from the village, Ranapur oh the day of Kaali festival was found in a pit today which was believed to be a. sacrifice. In connection with this incident the arrest of the charlatan and other two has created shock in this area. The villagers demanded the arrest of others involved in this incident and gheravoed the police. Receiving this information the Magistrate arrived in the village with police force and the villagers left leaving the dead body of the child. The tantrik practitioner, Braja Padhan son of Krishia Padhan of the village, Nagjhar, Sudam Pohan and other three instigated Akhil Padhan of the village, Bimbadhapurto bring a child in lieu of five thousand rupees, to the forest. According to this agreement he enticed the son of Madana Sundara, Babana and brought him to the forest. They saw the boy and said that a male child would not serve the purpose. This was on the day of Kaali Puja. So, he left the boy and brought the daughter of Biranchi Padhan, Susa of that village, to the forest, enticing her with chocolates. There in the forest one after another went on giving blows on the face of the girl till blood came out. Collecting the blood flowing from the nose of the girl in a pot who had become unconscious, they proceeded with the dead body towards the village Nagjhar assuring the kidnapper to pay him the next day. To mislead the sacrifice as a drowning case they threw the dead body in a pit near the Kaali temple of the village, Nagjhar. The body was detected the next day. The police have arrested them and kept in custody except the prime accused, Krishia. The culprits admitted their crime to the police.
Prakriti Kumar. Orissa.
Posted by robertpriddy on July 18, 2014
Further proof that the noble and moral ‘spirituality’ is no more a part of the big godman business! At least, the good news is that the war between the wary modern Internet-educated people of the world and the bubble of power-hungry swamis & supporters in charge of various spiritual organisations, will help to remove this cynical exploitation of the vulnerable, defenceless and weak (plus needy and ill-informed) people. The Sathya Sai Baba people were not amused when the bawdy bogus guru Nityananda arrived at the funeral of their own bawdy sex abusing ‘god’.
HC Nod for Potency Test of Nithyananda
By Express News Service Published: 17th July 2014 08:53 AM
BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday gave the green signal to the police to conduct a potency test on controversial and self-styled godman Nithyananda. The court also dismissed a criminal petition filed by him challenging an order passed by a Ramanagaram court dated June 18, 2012 for conducting various tests on him.
While passing the order, Justice S N Satyanarayana directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the case, to take Nithyananda into custody and conduct the potency test if he refuses to undergo it. Arathi Rao, one of his devotees, had filed a rape and sexual harassment complaint against him.
In response, Nithyananda had submitted before the court that he is like a six-year-old boy and is not capable of indulging in sexual intercourse with anybody. After his submission, the court directed the police to conduct a potency test on him. However, Nithyananda had challenged this in the High Court.
Justice Satyanarayana also dismissed another petition filed by Nithyananda seeking to quash the complaint filed by Arathi Rao and stay the CID investigation. The court observed that the investigation is in progress and it does not want to interfere in the investigation at this jucture.
Petition Dismissed: The court also dismissed another petition filed by four accused Gopal Reddy, Siva Vallabanani, Ragini and Dhanashekharan seeking to quash a complaint filed against them by Nithyananda’s driver Lenin.
Posted by robertpriddy on July 17, 2014
The following text is reposted from http://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-ahmedabad-not-only-rape-asaram-bapu-charged-with-unnatural-sex-too-1951895
Ahmedabad: Not only rape, Asaram Bapu charged with unnatural sex too
It is not just the allegations of rape that self-styled godman Asaram faces. In the charge sheet filed against him before the chief judicial magistrate in Gandhinagar on January 9, he has been charged with having unnatural sex in the form of oral sex (under section 377 of Indian Penal Code) with the Surat-based victim (who lodged the case) and six other girls.
The charge sheet mentions that the victim was taken to Asaram in 2001 when the accused had engaged in oral sex with her. It also mentions a similar incident of 2005. “In 2005, Asaram had called the victim and six other girls to Modasa ashram where he performed oral sex with the victim and the other girls,” the charge sheet mentions.
The summary of the charge sheet mentions the criminal act by the main accused with the help of Bharti (daughter of Asaram), Laxmi (his wife), Nirmala alias Dhel, Mira alias Baglo, Dhruvi and Jashuben alias Jassi in the case.
The investigating team has filed a 1,000-page charge sheet against Asaram and six others in the alleged rape case of a Surat-based girl. According to the police, they have statements of around 100 witnesses to support the case of rape and conspiracy to rape against the godman.
In the charge sheet, police also submitted that Asaram has changed the room of the first incident — at Shanit Vatika or farm house. “As per the estate records, approved plan and personal visit to the room of the farm house, it appears that the accused has changed it to destroy evidences.
Therefore, he is also charged under section 201 of IPC,” states the charge sheet.
According to the charge sheet, between 2001 and 2007, Asaram repeatedly sexually abused the victim with the help of other accused in the case. Complainant also mentioned that because of influential personality and repeated threats to kill her, she was not able to narrate or complain about this earlier.
Meanwhile, the court on Wednesday fixed January 29 as further date of hearing the case to provide facility of a chartered flight to Asaram. The police, however, are opposing the application stating that the Gandhinagar court does not have the power and jurisdiction to extend such a facility as the accused is under the custody of Jodhpur police.
See also Asaram faces ANOTHER sex assault case as sisters from Surat claim they were raped by ‘guru’ and his son Narayan Sai http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2447304/Asaram-Bapu-faces-ANOTHER-sex-assault-case-sisters-Surat-claim-raped-guru-son-Narayan-Sai.html
On December 5, 2009, an erstwhile Asaram devotee Raju Chandok was shot at by two unidentified gunmen. Raju was in Asaram’s bad books for exposing his alleged sexual activities and black magic rituals in front of the commission.
Raju, who survived three bullets, later lodged an FIR with the police, accusing Asaram and two of his unnamed accomplices of criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder.
If Raju exposed Asaram before the commission, the former personal assistant to Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, Mahendra Chawla, alleged that he had seen Sai performing gory rituals over corpses on at least three occasions in Jhabua, Ranchi and Himmatnagar.
Chawla alleged that Sai, clad in a black outfit, used to perform these macabre rituals over corpses with human skulls kept over them. Unable to bear these, Chawla parted ways with Sai and settled in Thane as an insurance agent in 2005.
Sting operation exposes Asaram Bapu making sexual overtures
A sting operation carried out by a Headlines Today team in 2008 caught on tape Asaram Bapu making a sexual proposal to an undercover journalist. | September 3, 2013
Note that there is an imminent danger that the new PM, Narendra Modi, a (former?) devotee of Asaram Bapu, will use his power to quash the legal process against this horrific man. International journalists are being informed of this matter.
Posted by robertpriddy on July 12, 2014
The election of the Hindu-nationalist Narendra Modi, whose speckled past is much documented, is a major potential threat to control of dangerous Indian-based guru cults. This is important especially now as regards the possible quashing of the entire legal process against the despicable male chauvinist and believer in black magic and usurper of government and other land. In custody for many months and repeatedly denied bail, he stands accused of being a serial sexual abuser, pedophile. He and/or his lieutenants have apparently killed the main witness against him, as well as inciting violence and major harassment against the prosecution, the defendants and their lawyers.
Other murders by Asaram or his hired goondas are alleged, and the disappearance and death of boys from his ashram is proven. Asaram Bapu expressed confidence that, when Modi would be elected, that ‘everything will come right’, meaning that he would get his release and escape justice. It remains to be seen what Modi will do and how far he will dare to push the already shaky legal system into doing his will to protect even these gurus. He holds such figures to be the bedrock of the nation’s culture!
Modi also worshipped the pedophile and chief murder accomplice, Sathya Sai Baba
It is well-known to informed circles in India and the media (and it is fully documented, also on-line) that a series of Indian Prime Ministers and Presidents have worshipped Sathya Sai Baba – before they became aware of the many extremely credible sworn testimonies of his sexual abuses of boys and young men. Most of them believed their prestige and that of India would suffer were this to be investigated, so PM Narasimha Rao with S.B. Chavan and ex-Chief Justice Bhagwati plus their subordinates covered up for him and quashed the CBI investigation before it exposed him fully. Now we have Narendra Modi who is no better in these respects, probably far worse if anything.
Posted by robertpriddy on July 8, 2014
Reflecting the decline of the fame of their god-guru, Sathya Sai Baba, a much slimmed down Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality was held on June the 8th and 9th. ‘Slimmed down’ from the traditional fifteen days! It was attended mainly by students of the various Sai colleges for whom this was obligatory as usual (the ‘captive audience’ who have to listen to the same old stuff over and over). A moderate crowd of residents and villagers were visible on the photos of the events, which included other attractions to draw such as Vedic chanting by student, ritual yagna worship, the inevitable bhajan group sing along sessions, a quiz programme and study circles, regular feeding sessions at the canteen etc. But the previous year’s course (2013) was apparently yet more nutritious when “At the end of the programme a sumptuous feast was organized for all the participants in the South Indian Canteen.” (as reported by saibabaofindia.com). Formerly youth from all over India and foreigners were invited (though this was not so during the 1990s). Overseas devotees were not seen anywhere.
The VIP teachers and speakers are most often former students of Sai colleges, indoctrinated since boyhood with ‘Swami’s teachings’ and in most cases by former ‘form boys’, (his privileged ‘chics‘, especially winners of Gold Medals who won their kudos be good performance in Swami’s carnal presence). These relative youngsters cannot think outside the box in which Sai Baba enclosed their minds, having been subjected to rote learning and not asking questions or doing other than accept what they were told (I have this not least on the authority of the famous journalist, my close friend V.K. Narasimhan, who was close to SB as his journal’s editor, translator and daily companion).
Among many typical fanciful claims, one was remarkable. In his talk, Dr. N. Siva Kumar told about a young boy who was “spiritually attracted to Swami from a very young age” (sic!) and who became a model follower. But he was struck down by an incurable disease and soon passed away.
“Everyone was stunned and questioned ‘why Swami didn’t bless this person?’ His body was being taken for cremation and there was a large crowd following the procession. One of the devotees, seeing the huge following, thought of taking pictures, thinking that it will motivate others to follow his example. He took photographs of the final procession. When these photos were shown to others, everyone was able to see in every, single photo of the procession, Swami physically standing. All were so happy to know that this person had spiritual nearness with Swami.
How can we get the spiritual nearness? We can get this spiritual nearness by actively participating in the schedule of the University and ensuring that we do our duty sincerely. The first takeaway of this aspect, Upa, is that let us strive everyday to cultivate this spiritual nearness to Swami. This, over a period will definitely protect us.“
Interestingly no such photos were ever shown anywhere, so none can prove that they existed. Why not? Another set of fakes and photo-shopped images of Sai Baba in the attempt to prove miracles already out would hardly do much damage. However near and dear Sai Baba claimed he held his boys and others, Shivakumar’s conclusion is most patently untrue. I shall spell it out… obviously another concocted story by SB officials to limit the great damage that this death would otherwise do to devotees’s faith in him! Further, the ‘protection of the avatar’ of his devotees has constantly been shown not to exist for a large number of devotees, (as partly documented here). Some notable cases include Professor Kasturi (his official biographer), Kutumb Rao (ex-ambassadorial head of Prashanthi ashram), Mrs. Barbara Sinclair (wife of billionaire donor James Sinclair), Mrs Shanti Jegathesan, her son Jegan (a Sai Baba favourite!) , Dr. John Hislop, four former devotee students who police murdered in 1993 in SB’s own apartment, and not least in countless testimonies of ex-followers who tell of deaths, major accidents, imprisonments, single and group suicides, ugly cancer death, the disappearance and murders of devotees.
What use is a doctorate from Sai University if it was not gained by excellence of knowledge but rests on favour for believing the official cover-up picture, SB’s vast false claims, and plenty of utmost drivel uttered by him in discourses? As a former examiner at University of Oslo, I can safely say, worthless! How Sivakumar received a gold medal for ‘academic excellence’ and “the prestigious All rounder gold medal from Bhagavan” is anyone’s guess (but Sai Baba always had his hand in it). I have been informed by a former student of the actual qualification for that doubtful ‘honour’. Dr N. Sivakumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commerce, Brindavan Campus, and – as a keen student of the Vedas – he incorporates the wisdom from the Vedas and Upanishads in modern-day subjects (or vice-versa?) when he teaches university students. As if those ancient hymns and religious speculations supersede all that civilisation has achieve in understanding since such scientifically and humanistically primitive times!
All those I know who have attended any of Sai Baba’s endless repetitive Kulwant Hall discourses cannoy point to any original thought having never been expressed there, and absolutely not by any selected VIP speaker, foreign visitor or the countless students who have parroted from the lectern. Being a sectarian kind of ‘Hindu-evangelism’, nothing of real significance that was not already expressed by Sai Baba could be said within the precincts of Prashanthi Nilayam, for it was entirely for propagating the so-called ‘teachings’ of Sathya Sai Baba. But Sai Baba contributed no original insights that were not already to be found in the Indian tradition and moreover he claimed purely and simply to be reviving the existing Vedic legacy of sanathana dharma (or basic Hindu values), which is nothing new at all. The entire vastness of the world of modern research knowledge – in whichever sciences or humanities – lay almost wholly beyond the ken of Sai Baba (who made many ignorant statements) and anything in any way undermining his stated views was not to be admitted to the precincts of Prashanthi Nilayam. (He repeatedly ridiculed scholars and scientists). Even medicine, which was one of the disciplines taught, was sidelined in his public discourses in favour of Sai Baba’s puritan brand of spiritual healing through ‘prayer to Swami’, worship (pujas, arati), eating ‘miraculous’ substances like vibuti ash and amrit nectar, claptrap about ‘vibrational healing’, the ‘cancelling of cancer’ by SB’s divine will, and preaching about the causes of all illnesses being failure to observe moral religious teachings in daily life!
Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2014
Unlike Sai Baba, Rolf Harris was unable – despite his fame and popularity – to escape the consequences of his lustful crimes. Though he knew Queen Elisabeth, Prince Charles and most of the prominent figures in UK and in much of the world too, he was finally caught out. He threw his weight about, even in court (singing etc.) and towards his accusers who he slandered most mendaciously and showed not a shred of contrition. His sentence of 5 years 9 month caused many to complain as far too light considering his despicable behaviour. His worship of the serial sex abuser of young boys and men Sai Baba – who always cunningly promised protection to all his devotees – did not save him from prosecution and prison. Harris “claimed the guru’s teachings had transformed his life and played his famous didgeridoo on a fund-raising CD of mystic chants.” Unlike Sai Baba, he did not have the Prime Minister, President, Supreme Court Chief Justices as his devoted worshippers, so the charges against him were not quashed (as they were across the board for Sai Baba by PM Narasimha Rao, Home Minister S.B. Chavan with the aid of former ex-Chief Justice Bhagwati (his devoted servant).
Defenders of Sai Baba take note! Many comments by devotees in denial and his Hindu endorsers have said that all the good works Sai Baba did were enough to show that he was good, but they never wanted to know about the tremendous life suffering and also suicides that came of his sex abuses.
Compare this ‘excuse’ with what his defending attorney said to Harris, “In the course of his 60 years in the entertainment business he has given much of his spare time freely and unstintingly to a variety of charitable causes with no complaint about his behaviour.” In sentencing Harris, the judge said: “You have been the recipient of a number of honours and awards over the years, you have done many good and charitable works and numerous people have attested to your positive good character. But the verdicts of the jury show that in the period from 1969 to 1986 you were also a sex offender, committing 12 indecent assaults on four victims who were variously aged between eight and 19 at the time. He went on: “You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no one to blame but yourself.” (source)
The UK authorities – police, courts, politicians and all under their jurisdiction are at long last catching up with and acting upon the realisation that people in high places can be extreme and serial sexual abusers. This initiates a genuine revolution in the treatment of women as equals, which has been far less than the case since time began, depriving them of basic human rights and justice, especially where sexual matters are concerned. The same is occurring as regards the abuse of boys by men, which has been shown to be extremely widespread, with the Roman Catholic Church as one several of the worst offending religious institutions (still dragging its feet wherever possible!). Britain is once again in the forefront of the world as regards taking most serious allegations seriously (at last) and actually bringing pedophiles and sexual abusers to justice. Among countries at the other extreme end of the scale is India, where the whole issue has been totally taboo until very recently, and which is still one of the worst examples of impunity for such criminals (especially when they claim to be ‘godmen’ or ‘godwomen’). Women in India are up against a massive, almost wall-to-wall male chauvinism, with even elected politicians (including PMs and Presidents) endorsing and/defending those who were or are known perpetrators of most heinous sexual crimes (Sathya Sai Baba, Asaram Bapu for a start). Major Government research with Help the Children and UNICEF has proved that sexual abuse of underage girls and boys is rife in India, yet cases are very few and convictions are utterly minimal! It is known worldwide that the rape and murder of defenceless women and even young girls is not even followed up by the police in many cases and the increasingly outraged population are given many promises which seldom lead to satisfactory indictments of all involved (esp. the police) and no apparent improvement in the male-dominant culture as a whole.
Posted by robertpriddy on June 30, 2014
It is rather extraordinary that there are a fair number of devotees of Sathya Sai Baba who stick to the conviction that he will resurrect himself. Yet he NEVER ONCE STATED THAT HE WOULD RESURRECT HIMSELF! Nothing in his recorded discourses and nothing even in any reported or published private conversations before he died so much as suggested that he would ‘resurrect’ himself, certainly not in the Sathya Sai Baba form (i.e. Afro frizz, short stature, somewhat buffalo-like face etc.) It is well documented (such as by Professor N. Kasturi and others like Dr. John Hislop) that he had occasionally stated that he would eventually return in a new incarnation of Prema Sai, born in one of two named villages in Karnataka. He never made clear how many years would pass before that (one or eight, as some have claimed), but he said that he would not be identified or known as the third Sai incarnation during his boyhood.
So how is one to explain the misguided and twisted belief hung to with such tenacity despite countless disappointments ! Day after day, week after week, months after month, year after year, he failed to reappear when devotees who said they had assurances from him in some shape or form (dreams, visions, coincidences etc) that he would return shortly or soon. The answer lies partly at least in the trickery by the Sathya Sai Trust people and his doctors, who announced that he died on the same day of the year that Jesus supposedly was resurrected (Easter Sunday)!
Everything points to Sai Baba having been brain-dead well before he was disconnected from his life support system, which was put in place as the one vital organ after the other failed completely. The question was what they should do. One can imagine the obvious uncertainty, anxiety and disagreements between doctors, insider VIP office-bearers (all Indians) and others devotees. Sai authorities had secretly ordered an embalming coffin on April 4th 2011 while the doctors and cagey spokespeople were still insisting that he was improving, that his chances of recovery were better etc… and that was 20 days before the date they chose to announce his decease (April 24th). The day was auspicious, suggesting identity with Christ (who Sai Baba said had been his chosen Son) and with divine resurrection. So the dignitaries were alerted days in advance and aircraft and helicopters were reserved, itineraries planned and very considerably security police and even military units and deployed in advance of the day! What could be more transparent evidence of connivance and trickery about his actual death!
The ‘premature’ death, so unexpected and unbelievable to so many trusting followers who had been told he would not leave the body until in his 90s, caused great anguish among very many who had built their entire lives around the belief in him as an omnipotent avatar who could never be wrong and would never deceive anyone, let alone his faithful devotees. The emotional instability and cognitive dissonance they were certainly experiencing – witnessed by any number of their postings on the internet, interviews in newspapers and so forth – was in need of some alleviation, some solution. Even before ‘the third day’), postings began to appear on newspaper comment pages an elsewhere directly after the announcement stating that Sai Baba would resurrect this day, next day, sometime… (and replying sceptics responded with ‘never!’). We were then witness to the known phenomenon of ‘emotional contagion’, whereby emotional states, behavioral attitudes affect others, often through many subtle and automatic cues like body language, vocalisation which are not simply products of discussion, reasoning or imagination but can act subconsciously to ‘infect’ others and ‘synchronise’ their moods, feelings, moods.
Sathya Sai Baba often reprimanded followers who collected endless photos of him, though his physical presence was a necessity for leading a successful pious life or whatever. He insisted that he was not the body, but was something far beyond it and all forms… a transcendent and all-embracing and loving Divine being-bliss-consciousness and so on ad. inf. Despite this, the fixation on his ‘bodily form’ and person was constantly encouraged and blessed by him in most of his doings, and he recommended strongly that devotees should concentrate continually on his name and form, whether in thought, in prayer, by chanting or by singing bhajans in his praise. Little wonder, therefore, that the remaining devotees who fervidly hold onto belief in him and all he stood for, having lost his living form to visit and beg to confer benefits or whatever they wanted, are extremely confused (further aggravated by the fantasies of Isaac Tigrett and others)… and are now awaiting his physical resurrection, no less. They seem to find the promise that Prema Sai would appear insufficient. Obviously there will be people who will claim to be Prema Sai in future, probably many. There have already been claimants, and even his nephew – the frequently violent and wholly untrustworthy Ratnakar, claimed (or otherwise uttered the suggestion) that he himself – having inherited SB’s fortune and the properties named after him – was the promised Prema Sai!
On occasion Sai Baba would mention that worshipping his physical form was for aspirants who were at an elementary stage, but the formless eternal spirit itself was that upon which the true devotee could attain to. One question followers asked themselves was, ‘which am I?’. It is in fact impossible to concentrate on the formless as such – because the subjective mind always posits some outer or inner object when it is conscious. The is itself part of the advaitic teaching – which was also on Sai Baba’s pick and mix menu of conflicting doctrines – that realisation occurs only after the death of the mind (‘die mind’)! How to destroy the mind, though? Even tougher than trying to see the formless… especially as Sai Baba said suicide would not help! Such was his super-eclectical doctrine in which every difficult question drives one from pillar to post, experience to speculation, from mere assumption to fact, from fact to fiction, from thesis to antithesis unable to reach a synthesis as one struggles through the spiritual wilderness towards the desired destruction of the mind! Good luck to those who try, may the force eventually be with you and save you from such teachings as those.
Posted by robertpriddy on June 27, 2014
The charade was played out at Kodiakanal by a depleted remnant of devotees (the most deluded remainder) with the imaginary ‘subtle body’ of ‘Swami’ as the focus of events. Photos of this were posted on the internet, but were not publicised except between those believed still to consider that Sathya Sai Baba will return in some way or form at some time (preferably very soon). It took place in Sai Baba’s Kodaikanal residence with a number of the current ‘Sai-VIPs’ present. (Whether any were elevated to VIP status by SB is not certain). This immaterial, incorporeal or surreal figment of their minds was honoured with ardent devotees welcoming a car, the red carpet laid out for his long-departed feet, his chair empty but for the supposed spectre and the hankies for his former continual mouth-wiping. Other somewhat phantasmagorical highlights of the event included the ‘crowd’ of about 150 in attendance worshipping the pretend ‘Swami’, kissing his ethereal feet. and a juula (Krishna-type swing) installed for Swami to swing on! In imitation of former days, the ‘Seva Dal’ boys handed out the Baba’s blessed gifts (‘divine prasad‘) to those present. It appears that an entry fee was one way of keeping the usual poverty-striken lunch-ticket seekers and general hoi polloi out of the event, no longer having the one-time Seva Dal security force to bounce undesirables.
Tigrett’s bewildered e-mail leaked out and so did all the rest of the fanciful absurdities – that a boy saw Sai Baba’s form and delivered ‘divine discourses’ . No credible details of how this occurred have been given so far, though it was all soon denied by a privately circulated announcement from the ruling Prasanti Council). Despite that, the true believers concocted a video with fade in and fade out effects (giving a fake ‘mystery atmosphere’ for simpleton zealots, no doubt) on YouTube video, about which a comment states:-
“Published on 13 Jun 2014 Photos of Sathya Sai Baba who manifested in his subtle body at Kodaikanal, South India from May 12 – 21, 2014. Apparently the 150 devotees present during the time of the apparitions could see him/his light body. Unfortunately, the camera was unable to record his presence. My guess is that he prevented the camera from doing that to prevent publicity as the time for that is not yet ripe.
Note the angle of the head, eyes and postures of those present there — they are apparently focused on the apparitions of Swami.”
This claim is so absurd, they were all enacting a charade from the moment the car was driven in. The guess in denial – that Sai Baba prevented the camera from showing his ‘light body’ is typical of these people who are so deluded. Aha, “apparently” the time is not yet ripe…. etc. But Sai Baba is beyond being ripe – in his grave. Every sane person with real intelligence knows he cannot resurrect, return, or continue to be in existence at all.
The party in Sai Baba’s Kodaikanal residence was attended by a number of the current ‘Sai-VIPs’, not all having been elevated to that status by SB himself. One visually prominent such was the President of the once largish Danish Sathya Sai Organisation (now only 70 members!), Stig Meincke, in a bright orange shirt with an Afro-style hairdo, who played the glockenspiel (presumably for bhajans). Stig Meincke had once pronounced of those who took the sexual testimonies and other reports of wrongdoing seriously as ‘monkey minds’. It was at Kodiakanal, however, that some of the worst sexual abuses took place yearly when Sai Baba took his favourite ‘form boys’ there to live with him in his super-bungalow, see this testimony as one example:- http://www.exbaba.com/sathyasaivictims/molestationstory_life_in_hostel.htm
Posted by robertpriddy on June 25, 2014
Within the Sathya Sai Organization, criticism was always absolutely taboo. Even constructive criticism was almost always neglected – of which there are numerous recorded instances. The Charter of the Sathya Sai Organisation (unpublished as kept private to its members) makes crystal clear that membership is voluntary and that members have no claims or rights whatever vis-a-vis the Organization! Thus, many members were excluded without being able to have a say or a reasonable review of their behaviour, and a fair number of them have written about this since leaving the set-up. Such happened also to top office-bearers, including Lucas Ralli and Aime Levy (both former Central Coordinators for UK). An Australian leader, Stephen Carthew (Spiritual Coordinator for South Australia), sinned by questioning the organizations clamp-down on all mention of the sex abuse scandal and was excluded. The constructive criticisms of the UK Central Coordinators Ron Laing and Lucas Ralli (such as their attempted remodelling of the proposed revised Charter, which was a semi-racist dog’s dinner) were treated with contempt, Ron Laing was completely side-lined and Lucas Ralli was dismissed shortly afterwards, as he had predicted himself to me.
The same happened to Serguei Badaev, former President of the Moscow Centre, who was excluded without any explanation [by Thorbjørn Meyer] as one can read here. Conny Larsson of Sweden who tells that he was sexually abused at length by Sai Baba until he understood that it was not any kind of ‘psychic healing’ as Sai Baba has pretended (see here). Numerous devotees, some murdered, some took their own lives, have received scant sympathy, and the facts were quickly covered up as far as possible. This shows callous lack of concern!
Many office-bearers were dismissed by the Intrnational Chairman Indulal Shah, and there was a large blacklist of names who were denied entry to the ashram for one petty reason or another, usually having to do with dissatisfaction with behaviour of officials or self-promoting Seva Dal ‘servitors’. Anyone who visited Sai centres soon saw how any criticism or even questions which might suggest wrongdoing by Sai Baba are rejected. The same applies today and is yet more rigorously enforced by the paranoid attitude that rules most ‘officials’ there. No other view is possible for organisation members. Even office-bearers have not been able to raise any sensitive questions other than locally, at best. The example of the former President of the Moscow Sai Centre, Serguei Badaev is but one lasting proof of this. Look into any Sai Baba web site – past or present – and see that criticism is totally absent, because moderators have to remove all non-positive comments. Only in one instance has criticism by dissidents been mentioned by Sai officials (but not presented in its own right) in trying to refute it through major misinformation by Dr. G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s former main spokesperson and still chief of the Sai organisation’s media and its ongoing disinformation projects. Examples could be multiplied time and again, and all members of the Sathya Sai Organization have always been fully aware that criticism was not allowed by Sathya Sai Baba, and he has stated this himself in several discourses (despite his continual criticisms of all and sundry!).
The “cult” label: The word “cult” often calls up associations to indoctrination and manipulation of followers’, backed up by strong group pressures along with psychological, social, and financial entrapment. Self-programming, based on ‘teachings’ which functions so as to inculcate behaviours which nip doubts about anything to do with the guru in the bud, is at the core of the teachings is a key feature of the Sathya Sai Baba cult. The devotee is instructed to spend their time in repetitive actions such as ritual worship, prayer, silent meditation, yogic exercises, constantly repeating ‘holy’ names or mantras, all of which activities should occupy the mind to the exclusion of normal thought and as an antidote to doubts, critical thinking and curiosity. Religious cults are often connected in the public mind with scandals over their leaders’ sex lives, murder involvements and financial manipulations. All these features have all along been inalienably involved in Sathya Sai Baba’s case. Suicide was not uncommon at the Sai Baba ashrams (even one whole large family killed themselves there). Another feature of cults is that those who leave them or criticise them are treated not only as outcasts, but are often slandered in public, harassed and stalked on the Internet and even in their private lives. This has been done intensively against most of those of us who have rejected and dared to criticise Sathya Sai Baba openly and in truth.
Donald Taylor analysed the Sathya Sai Baba Council of Great Britain, which was one of the best organised in the International Sathya Sai Organisation, showing how it was a cult, as one can read here
Posted by robertpriddy on June 22, 2014
Here are some few of the over 800 comments made on the Huffington Post article ‘Whatever happened to Sathya Sai Baba — The Man who was God?’
Beware, the time is nigh for us doubters to eat our words and bow before the god in human form. The new date is being declared as Guru Purnima July 12, 2014. Three days, three weeks, now it is three years after death he will resurrect. Next it might be 3 decades, after which there will be no devotees left to predict the next date.
Reply from Robert: To bow before the god in human form, but much depleted by decay, rot and ‘god knows not what’… at the spot where one of his chosen doctors urinated on the Mahasamadhi. Or was that another ‘leela’ manifested by the mischievous Lord?
Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2014
The recent farce in Kodaikanal where Sai Baba’s ghostly ‘subtle form’ was announced as being present by the masterful Isaac Burton Tigrett – ‘the man in black’ – is latched on by all those who intensely wish that it is true and try to prove to themselves that Sai Baba is not dead and gone entirely, but lives on as the Omnipresent God. Some try to force this view on us dissidents (as a certain self-appointed ‘scholar’ Waris Faridi, so unadvisedly did in an e-mail to me). Nothing quite so ridiculous has happened in the world of cults for ages… and it makes a laughing-stock.
About a year after the unexpected (by devotees) death of Sathya Sai Baba, he had not returned but still fervid worshippers insisted that he would appear in a massive load of comments on the Huffington Post article of which an excerpt is shown below. One might think ‘faith never dies’ but it evidently just fades away. The remnants are found among a sorry gang of lost persons who were so unscrupulously deceived by Sai Baba and the mini-empire of beneficiaries and cover-up propagandists that surrounded him, and who still try to keep lies alive through bogus claims, anonymous reports of his mysterious appearances or ‘leelas‘ (divine jokes) and suchlike. However, the ‘official’ Sai Prasanthi officials reject Tigrett’s claims, as they have done before concerning other of his self-promotional stories about how he was chosen to deliver Sai Baba’s ‘Living Testament’. BTW, Sai Baba believed in ghosts and told stories about how his mother appeared to him and some boys one night in his bedroom apartment. (See one here)
Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post article with a few of the over 800 comments added on:-
That Sathya Sai Baba claimed all these things, as well as that he was the Father who sent Jesus to the world is indisputable, as it is thoroughly documented in many of his discourses and books about him. See for a start this scan from his biographer N. Kasturi’s book ‘Loving God’ and then read on down to see the unsurpassed self-glorification he preached about his ‘descent to save humanity’.
In another highly amusing parallel case to that of Sai Baba, The Independent (among other outlets) has a top front page article entitled:- Is Guru Ashutosh Maharaj dead or just meditating? Indian holy man with a £100m legacy This kind of stand-off between the mortuary and devotees is not at all uncommon in India, where the gullible religious believers make up the majority of the Hindus.
Posted by robertpriddy on June 18, 2014
Just as I predicted in my blog ‘Tigrett’s ludicrous fantasies about Sai Baba’s ‘return in subtle body’, the Sai Baba did not appear in his subtle body to 150 persons, but was due to the subjective fantasies of one boy! Even the delusional devotee, Sreejith Narayan, who wrote a whole book about Sai Baba’s resurrection or return this year (or later?), could not accept the ‘incredible’ claim by the disingenuous (or seriously ‘unhinged’) Isaac Tigrett (see scan on the right). Waris Faridi (Vice-Pres. of San Antonio Centre, Texas) believed it, though, so what he said would happen to us dissidents has rebounded on himself!
Further, we have now received the following announcement by the official Prasanti Council (below), so my convinced suggestion that the current official Sathya Sai authority would either ignore or refute the e-mail from Tigrett has been borne out (though they are careful not to name him as this could cause them more problems). They even seem to adopt my opinion that the e-mailer may have had venal ambitions! We have received the following announcement by the official Prasanti Council:-
“Dear Regional Officers, Center Presidents,
It has been brought to my attention that emails have been circulating that Swami has been speaking through some people and delivering discourses in subtle forms in various places. It is reported in these emails that they claim to have seen His “light body” and they have been instructed to establish institutions. They are seeking donations, participation and support. It is good to remember and practice what Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself has said about such activities.
I urge all Sathya Sai devotees to pay careful attention to the excerpts from Swami’s Divine discourses in the attached document. Swami has always emphasised in His Divine discourses that He has a unique heart-to-heart relationship with each devotee and has no intermediaries. At one time I asked Swami if worshipping His Divine lotus feet mentally is equivalent to worshipping Him physically. Swami immediately responded “Yes, mental worship has the same spiritual benefits”. Therefore, Sadhana is the inward path.
Let us sanctify and redeem our lives by implicitly following the Divine command.
Let us focus on the goal without being distracted by anyone or any external influences.
Let us dive deep into the nectarine words of Swami and practice His universal and eternal message of love and selfless service in our daily lives.
Let us love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and serve Him till our last breath.
Please forward the attached document to all Sathya Sai Centers, Groups, and Educational Institutions for distribution to Sathya Sai devotees worldwide.”
Jai Sai Ram.
Lovingly in the Service of Sai,
Narendranath Reddy, M.D.
Chairman, Prasanthi Council
Posted by robertpriddy on June 16, 2014
That this sex-mad abusive guru is far, far from having been celibate – and hence not having any remote connection with holiness – is surely indisputable now, not only after all the testimony and police evidence against him, but because of the photo below and the reported testimony, as translated from Telugu:-
“Ram’s sex games with girls aged 16-25
Though Asaram Bapu is an old man aged 72 with a white beard, after 8pm he wants to play with girls. He can’t sleep if he doesn’t have that fun. He has used so many women in his bedroom, so says his disciple Siva who spoke those truths to police.
In the middle of the night the doctors got a phone call that Asaram wasn’t well and when the doctors came there, they got a shock. The doctors said that when they came at that time, there was a 25 year old woman in an indecent state. However, the doctors didn’t say what treatment they gave Asaram at that time.Disciples say that whenever Asaram saw a 16 year old girl, he could not control his desires. Disciples are saying that he has fulfilled his desires on numerous 16-year old girls. Not only that, but disciples also state horrifying things such as the mother coming with her girls and participating in the night’s sex games.”
Meanwhile, attacks and murder by Asaram goondas continue – complicated by threats, bribery, and every kind of trickery and shenanigans – making the legal process tortuous- This specimen of inhumanity, Asaram Bapu, should have been locked up and the keys thrown away long since.
IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT ASARAM BAPU WAS CELEBRATED AS A GUEST BY SATHYA SAI BABA AT PRASHANTHI NILAYAM, IN SHORT, BIRDS OF A FEATHER SEXUAL ABUSERS FLEW TOGETHER!
Posted by robertpriddy on June 14, 2014
Among the many deluded persons who believe that Sathya Sai Baba will resurrect himself is one Waris Faridi. One would expect that a self-proclaimed Sai devotee would show at least a minimum of civility towards those who do not accept his delusions. Not so, for he sent the following comment to me on my wordpress blog site as follows:-
Submitted on 2014/06/11 at 12:30 pm
Sai baba already has emerged and made his 1st public appearence in Kadaikanal for several days with 150 people present .
You all fallen devotees are about to fall flat on your face so bad that you will knock all your teeth out.
Since I do not adhere to Sai Baba’s many pronouncements on how one should also “speak softly and sweetly”, or that criticism of other is a great sin, or that one should respect all faiths, it was no problem for me to reply to him as follows:-
As is the general rule with such rancourous devotees of SB, Mr. Waris did not reply, for what could he say that would not show him up yet further? He is presented as ‘a scholar’ but has no Ph.D., has not published any articles or books one can discover, and he misspells two words within one sentence and writes another ungrammatical one. We may well assume that his scholarship was not at university level and his studies were limited to religious reading and suchlike because he gives talks on a wide variety of spiritual subjects including Meditation, Advaita, Esoteric Buddhism, Vedic philosophies, Theosophy and Sufism. He is listed as ‘Vice President of Sathya Sai Baba Center in San Antonio, Texas’. He not yet 60 – much is younger than I, but – with his Sai Baba ‘spiritual’ pretentions, he is old enough to know better than to blot his own escutcheon by his ill-founded and shameful taunt towards me and Sai Baba dissidents. Nor is it ex-devotees who have fallen, but the self-proclaimed Deity of Deities, Sai Baba whose ‘divine downfall’ disillusioned them and which is now known to the world at large. Waris J. Faridi has been religiously indoctrinated and a strict Muslim from birth, but also got involved with other religious movements including theosophy (another deeply flawed and failed ‘spiritual’ fantasy teaching which their proclaimed ‘Maitreya’, Jiddu Krishnamurthi, had already exposed for what it was, based on Madame Blavatsky’s sick imaginings and fictions ). It is clear he had never had the benefit of a scientific or humanistic background. Further, like so many others, his knowledge of Sai Baba was evidently absorbed mainly from others than the man himself as he states on-line:- “I never got an interview, but I did have some very strong and powerful dreams. Especially there was a period of time between ’88 and ’90 that I had the most dreams of Him and they were all very powerful dreams.”
Had he been at a few interviews, he may have had a better idea of the man and his many failings… but the fascinated and already convinced devotee has low chances of seeing the light and realising the depth of deception and crime. He had many powerful dreams, he says, but so did I (over 300, all recorded immediately – some key dreams reported in my book ‘Source of the Dream’). These dreams, however, are self-generated through concentration on the guru and all involvements with his sphere, the details of which eventually become apparent when one has had sufficient insight into and involvement with a wide rang of psychological disciplines and has begun to take a critical standpoint. The human brain has the most phenomenal capacity to create entire mental wonders subconsciously… as even a too large dose of morphine medicine can demonstrate. Unfortunate people come to confuse mental imaginings with reality.
I actually got bored with the interviews and many personal contacts I had with SB through 18 years, and my perceptions of Sai Baba suffered greatly when I afterwards understood his techniques and saw though his many subtle deceptions, having been jolted out of my faith and trust by the deep confidences of one of his very closest servitors, his troubled journal editor, V.K. Narasimhan. Alas for all believers in Sai Baba, there is no one among their number who can deal with the facts about Sai Baba, not a single person who demonstrates evenness of mind, ability to think critically (about anything religious or practically any figure claiming sainthood, holiness, divinity) and the capacity to discuss with opponents in any reasonable manner whatsoever. This has not happened ONCE since the exposé began its work in 1999 in response to many calls on the Internet by sexually abused Sai Baba followers to publish their testimonies of his venal sins. Their minds, having once formed a belief in Sai Baba or his miracles or clever but wily and easily spoken words about love and brotherhood, their minds adopted the tenets of self-indoctrination and blind faith (relying entirely faith, wishful thinking, hopes and fantasies by using the so-called ‘heart’ – or playground of the desires, including enmity, violent desires, hate etc. – while denying the rational intelligence of the ‘head’). The continuous reinforcement of the thought-dulling rituals of prayers, bhajan singing, writing countless ‘hold names’, meditation, gossiping about God with other equally or yet more gullible ‘brothers and sisters’ (while banning all who demur from their circles) causes a brain gridlock… the belief-laden cognitive circuits get so reinforced that no new insights of a reasonable nature can interrupt them. Sai Baba’s teaching about how to live and behave – though often in severe conflict with itself and also with many of his actions – is impossible to live up to. It demands 24-hour worship of God, total self-sacrifice in doing work for him or his organisation, and subsisting on an utter minimum oneself (which he most demonstrably did not adhere to himself!). One should not have other friends but God (i.e. for his followers that meant Sai Baba), one should be entirely chaste (unless married and even them most abstemious), while his serial homosexual abuses of young men and minors are impossible to deny seriously as they have been attested by many dozens of his former devotees. The result for those entrapped in that cultist sphere is that they live in a continual haze of uncertainty and confusion about their chosen Godhead and their own status as good or bad devotees, unless they are sheer dilettantes and just do as they like regardless (which I can attest for 18 years as a leader in the Organisation that many are!).
Waris Faridi is a supporter of the deluded Shreejith Narayan who predicts the return of Sathya Sai Baba in human form in his fanciful and fact-denying book “Sai, Thy Kingdom Come” As well as the even more fanciful and way-out Isaac Tigrett who has unwittingly played the fool as a self-appointed right-hand executive of Sathya Sai Baba’s ghost.
Submitted on 2014/06/14 at 2:33 pm
So true, all you said above, Robert. The poor believers will have to be disappointed yet again, but still retain faith and have hope for the future – just like the rapidly declining Christian believers still await the return of their master over 2,000 years later.
Any one of us who have had interviews or other extended contact with sb, can attest to the fact (as you did) that he can get repetitive and boring, is out of touch, a narcissist, and completely incorrect with facts (as I realized during my years of translating his discourses direct from Telugu to English). It is the blind faith of the devotees, filled to the brim with projection, that gave sb fame (and more victims of sexual abuse).
Months ago, we heard from frenzied devotees that the ‘return’ would likely be June 28, 2014. We can all agree to join in anticipation of the ‘event’ (though for different reasons). Yes, let us wait & watch eagerly! Watch this blog for the updates, whatever they may be!