INDIA’S WORLD REPUTATION
Posted by robertpriddy on June 23, 2007
Because of the concerted attempt by Sai Baba’s officials, organization and devotees generally to suppress many facts about Sai Baba so as to present him only or mainly as a social reformer and moral teacher, many Indians who tend to support him are doubtless unware of the sheer extent of the deceit, fraud and irrationality he practises. Having been taken in on many counts myself (if not on all his most absurd claims) for many a long year, it is now my task – knowing the literature through and through – to help bring these things to the notice of the public. I am concerned that India’s reputation should not be dragged down further than it may already have been by this man, as it most certainly would be in world opinion eventually if his actual words, predictions, promises, and crime cover-ups were not properly examined. The social reforms, possible mainly because of foreign money (including some of mine), naturally tend to hide all the grisly facts.
The stories about Sathya Sai Baba’s utterly non-credible ‘miracles’ flourish still and there are many hundreds of books which contain one or many more. Few surpass the stories of Prof. N. Kasturi and Ra. Ganapati in extravagence. Let us see what else Ganapati has written (in a book blessed by and never rebutted by Sai Baba or any authority around him) .
“Svami is seated on the Chitravati bed with His devotees. The fullmoon is filling the sky with its cool radiance. Svami has a look at it. Does He think that it looks like His face? Does He further think, ‘Why should it not have a dark wig like my hairy halo?’ As He moves His fingers here on earth an extraordinary phenomenon takes place in the lunar sphere. A halo appears round the moon, like Baba’s tresses! Is that all? The pointed fingers of Baba write something from here on the dark dome. There appears on that heavenly hair-do, the Sankha and Chakra (conch and disc of Vishnu) streaked in lightning. With a further wave of His hand, the conch of lightning dives down into Svami’s hand itself and converts itself into a gleaming white shell-variety as of this earth. Svami pours amrit from it in the mouths of more than a hundred devotees. That conch is still enshrined in the Prashanti Nilayam Puja.” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81).
One must ask, however suggestible and naive the devotees, by what power of deception was Sai Baba able to get people like the spiritual seekers Prof. N. Kasturi and Ra. Ganapati to believe in such fantastic stories? How real or meaningful are experiences which are had only by some persons present, but not by others? It reminds one very much of popular TV shows where a hypnotist or an ‘illusionist’ makes volunteers ‘ see’ and ‘hear’ all manner of ridiculous thing. (egs. Paul McKenna, David Copperfield and the yet more impressive Derren Brown). Further, why are the writers about Sai Baba almost never able to state the full names or identities of those to whom they refer, give exact times and places, or provide any controllable information whatever. The end result is as worthless historically and scientifically as old wives’ tale are…