Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Global disaster predicted – or not?

Posted by robertpriddy on June 26, 2008

At Ootacamund in Karnataka in the 1970s, Sathya Sai Baba is reported by various Indian devotee parents of eighteen (very frightened) students there as having made a large number of predictions about a coming global catastrophe. These predictions were similar in several respects to those made by Edgar Cayce and numerous others since. The globe as it may appear has been presented as something like the illustration shows:-Possible changes to the earth after catastrophe

One list made after the allegedly coming events, which were widely and sometimes insistently claimed by some ashramites to have been made by Sathya Sai Baba to a group of 18 students (some of whom were crying and fearful when they told their parents), were circulated constantly for over a decade or more without Sathya Sai Baba having stopped the mill or refuted a single word. If he did not know about the anxiety created, then he lied about being omniscient. If he did know, then it was convenient for him… the anxiety to urge people to secure themselves places at the ashrams with donations etc. to be safe from the catastrophe.

Sathya Sai Baba let the rumour mill grind on for years
Only when the hysteria reached potentially damaging proportions (for his name and credibility) after his officials had repeatedly asked him to comment – in early 1991 – did Sathya Sai Baba eventually deny the catastrophe predictions he had allegedly made. Why would he have made them to young students? One likely hypothesis is that it was one of his oft-reported ways of cowing them so they would fear to speak out about such matters as the constant genital molestations which are so widely reported, even confirmed and defended by a series of leading office-bearers in his Organisation. There are numerous documented examples of his acting so as to create fear in his officials, students and other followers. One can read more here and see the scan of the paper most circulated for 15 years here.

The claims that the predictions actually came from Sathya Sai Baba are reinforced by the fact of his other similar predictions in public, as noted above. These new ‘warnings’ also served to induce people to ‘buy into’ the ashrams where they assume they will be under divine protection from any such dangers (but get no property rights or guarantees whatever in return).

See also Sai Baba – mankind to blame for every natural disaster

Sai Baba predicted pole shift and world airline stoppage which did not occur

Sathya Sai Baba promotes and thrives on rumours

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Sathya Sai Baba miraculously ‘shows’ 10 avatars

Posted by robertpriddy on June 25, 2008

One must ask, by what kind of deceptive suggestion or ‘hypnosis’ was Sathya Sai Baba able to get people actually to believe they experienced former avatars? The ‘spiritual seekers’ Prof. N. Kasturi and Ra. Ganapati evidently took these fantastic fables – and literally all the miracle stories told by villagers – at face value. How real or meaningful are experiences which are had only by some persons present, but not by others? Well, there are illusionists who can do such things under TV cameras… see more below the following quotes.

“… the Purohit of a family whose guest Baba was at Mysore was granted, quite unexpectedly, a Vision of Narasimha, and the Srivaishnava Brahmin swooned and did not recover consciousness for several hours.” (Prof. N. Kasturi in Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram Vol. 1, page 64f.)

“The Dasavathara Forms were vouchsafed to another gentleman now deceased, a relative of the Karnam family. As a matter of fact, he passed away, because his physical frame was too weak to contain the joy of the Vision. Baba took him to the river and asked him to watch the reflection, His own reflection, in the water. The man announced later that he saw at first Sathya Sai Baba Himself, then, only the halo of hair that surrounds His head, and then all the ten avathars in the order in which they are mentioned in the Puranas; the Kalki avathar on horseback had the form or Baba Himself!” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81)

“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).Amrit appears from the ocean

Historically or scientifically these tall tales are about as worthless as any non-credible ancient legend… such as that of the churning of the ocean in the Ramayana, and the subsequent appearance of a most beautiful damsel bearing the nectar of eternal life!

Yet Sai Baba often relates them to his students as if they were sheer fact!

Many popular TV shows in the West have so-called ‘hypnotists’ make volunteers ‘ see’ and ‘hear’ all manner of extraordinary and ridiculous things, and to do all kinds of involuntary actions – often absurd (for entertainment). The ‘subjects’ are interviewed afterwards and express astonishment at what they experienced or did themselves. These illusionist showmen include the famous Paul McKenna, the former FBI expert in illusion and magic, Mark Salem and not least the remarkable sceptic Derren Brown, who many consider a great psychic despite his explanations on the series of BBC Channel 4 TV programmes that no psychic powers are involved. See Derren Brown in action here and here for a start.

One should note that the ‘stories’ published about Sathya Sai Baba by Kasturi, Ganapati and many others are attributed to anonymous or completely untraceable persons. In many cases they have been gathered by hearsay at third hand, and are therefore to be considered highly unreliable and certainly not proven by any means acceptable to serious investigators.

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Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man

Posted by robertpriddy on June 25, 2008

Professor Anil Kumar, very close servitor and interpreter of Sathya Sai Baba

UPDATE May 2012 – see also PROFESSOR ANIL KUMAR, SATHYA SAI BABA’S LONGTIME INTERPRETER, UNQUESTIONING BELIEVER AND COVER-UP OFFICIAL 

Professor Anil Kumar is one of Sai Baba’s most trusted accomplices. He is a married man, but is also accused most credibly of philandering, and with Sai Baba’s permission too! So much for the morals and human values in Brindavan! I refer to Conny Larsson’s bestseller in Sweden ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’ in which he exposes Sathya Sai Baba as a serial molestor of males, a deceiver and a practitioner of sleight-of-hand.

In his endless moralising discourses, Sathya Sai Baba sets impossibly high standards as to sexual chastity before marriage and even within marriage, but he condones sleeping around by his personal translator and close servitor! This is hypocrisy, of course… matched only by his own widely reported and testified homosexual promiscuity.

Conny Larsson with girlfriend \'Tuula\' Anja Tammelin Here is the excerpt in which Larsson describes how his girlfriend ‘Tuula’ Anja Tammelin was seduced into a sex relationship by the sanctimonious ‘devotee’ Professor Anil Kumar! The excerpt is from here

“One day I heard rumors from India that Baba had introduced a new man to Tuula, the Indian Anil Kumar, who was Baba’s own English interpreter at public appearances. But he was married and had children! Tuula said nothing about that in her letters. They breathed resignation and a downright hostility towards those who lived at Puttaparthi or served as teachers within the ashram. She never so much as mentioned the earlier relationship between herself and me. Perhaps there was some bitterness about the way Sai Baba directed our lives? I did not know what to think, but I felt a growing anxiety. Finally I got on a plane to fly down to Puttaparthi to find out how matters stood.

“I found Tuula living in an apartment outside the ashram. The apartment was used as a love nest for her and this new man. I was shaken, but I did not feel I was entitled to have any views on Tuula’s love for Anil, as I had left her behind at Puttaparthi in obedience to Baba’s orders.

Sai Baba had again acted in ways that were not in accord with the five human values. After all, by Indian standards Tuula had been made into a concubine, and that with the blessing of my God.

I could not be so presumptuous as to believe that I could determine what was right or wrong when it came to such a colossus as Sai Baba, who had shown the way to so many thousands of people. More educated persons than I had found a refuge in this incarnation of God, so who was I to sit in judgment on the one who was regarded as the new Messiah of our age. I had to acknowledge and take the consequences of my choice to leave Tuula in favor of the road indicated by Baba.” (by Conny Larsson)

Professor Anil Kumar is one of the least credible of Sathya Sai Baba’s unofficial ‘mouthpieces’ with his lip service to the morals of Sathya Sai Baba and his vast credulity about all of Sathya Sai Baba’s claims and wholly uncritical naive acceptance of Sai Baba’s huge boasts about himself and his own importance.

See also here Anil Kumar, the latest promoter of Sathya Sai Baba

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Sai Baba seen in ritual fire (photo)

Posted by robertpriddy on June 23, 2008

Hindu fire sacrifice ceremony

Sathya Sai Baba has supposedly ‘manifested himself’ in the ritual fire in a shed at the ‘holy sandal’ (Paduka) celebrations in 1998. This image and caption were published on a calendar sold in the ashram. It is true that the colours orange and black are visible in a form which, with a large portion of imagination and ‘mental editing’ can be interpreted as a very rough figure – but without any distinguishing features. For a self-proclaimed omnipotent avatar, one would expect that ‘Bhagwan’ Sathya Sai Baba could have done better in the way of manifestation than such a vague form with no clear outline. However, because it is a ritual fire (homa offering), devotees want to see it as a response from their God Incarnate. It is quite easy – in the over-heated (sic) atmosphere of the ashrams and Sai groups – to begin to interpret many forms that appear in nature as representing Sathya Sai Baba or religious symbols. I admit to having done so myself – though the circumstances in my case were far more clear than in the above photos. This comes of too much concentration on the form of Sai Baba (which is a must for devotees) and the stories and hearsay relating to these supposed ‘manifestations’ (blessings, proofs of divinity or whatever).

The above image is one of hundreds of photos taken of the fire by those present, so one could be expected to show some shape that could be somewhat similar to Sai Baba. For a self-proclaimed omnipotent avatar, one would expect that he could do better in the way of manifestations than a vague form without Incidentally, also took several photos of the ceremony which I attended with my friend V.K. Narasimhan… where I snapped him (see central figure in white below) What do you see in that image of the homa fire? Figures from Hindu mythology, deities, devas, demons, dancing girls…?

Hindu homa ritual - 1998

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Believing in Sai (photo) and spiritual growth

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2008

Under the title “How is believing in miracles helpful in one’s spiritual growth? (http://saibandhu.tblog.com/archive/2005/05/)
by Anjali Gadiraju one reads the following:-

“Once Bhagavan said to an old man, “Today is the death anniversary of your wife.” Bhagavan even told him more details. He may have met so many people in between. Yet He remebers everything and everyone. Omnipotence,Omnipresence and omniscience. The person may have forgotten but not Bhagavan.” http://srisathyasaibaba.blogspot.com/

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Comment: The above story (at second or third hand) also applies to Mr. Hejmadi (former head of Central Office), whose wife and her death date was well known to most servitors in the ashram in those days. The man referred to can have told his friends and been overheard in the ashram. Or the man may well have written letters to Baba and delivered them by hand, as so many do, giving the game away there already (without remembering all he had written). Or his wife’s death may have been recorded in the PR office where many details are asked in questionnaires and in informal conversation much information is given. Sai Baba’s staff inform him every morning and at other times of what goes on in the ashram, what they have learned about who is there. This I was told by V.K. Narasimhan, who was also asked such things and further gleaned all possible interesting news to have something to tell Baba each time he was called (sometimes 2 or even 3 times a day).

But Sathya Sai Baba forgets many things, again and again, to the embarrassment of his servitors and believers. They then say ‘it is a miracle that he forgets’ or ‘it is to teach us something’ or ‘His ways are mysterious and no one can know the reason’. All these ideas are rationalizations and denials of what one’s eyes and ears tell, so weak are those followers and so reliant on their faith in Sai Baba that they can and do turn black into white and vice-versa.

Believing in such a weak and unlikely ‘miracle’ does not lead to any kind of growth, but rather to the decline of reason and common sense. Spiritual growth does not come from belief, which really mostly only benefits those gurus and priests who live on believers. Spiritual growth has to be real personality development, clear thinking and acting (including service and just action), understanding and self-reliance but certainly not dependency on some distant figure into whom one projects anything one wants willy-nilly. Though I supported Sathya Sai Baba for decades, I knew that it was a sickness of the soul to have to depend on some personality cult figure, whose acts are very far from matching his prodigious claims about himself.

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Sathya Sai Baba – amazing sun miracle photographed?

Posted by robertpriddy on June 19, 2008

Sathya Sai baba sun miracle?

This photo is regarded by many gullible Sai Baba devotees as a ‘miracle’. Nothing could be more obvious than that this is a composite image made by some devotee. Look at the bit of cloud that crept in to shade Sai Baba’s right jaw – no doubt when the sun image came into the photo. In fact, the photo appears to be a double exposure, since wisps of cloud cover his face and hair too. Double exposure effects are easy to produce with graphic software such as Adobe Photoshop, of course.

One wonders why devotees feel it necessary to try to deceive the public with such nonsense. The above image was originally  found here. but Sai people soon got the image removed (too obvious a fraud). It is similar to another manipulated image claimed to show Sathya Sai Baba appearing in the sky from the window of an airliner in South America which nearly came to grief but was supposedly ‘saved’ by him (see photo, details and comments here).

Another photo is bandied about where Sathya Sai Baba is represented as if holding the sun:-



IMPORTANT NOTICE! Sathya Sai Baba’s involvement in ordering the execution of four devotees in 1993 has been confirmed as known to many ashramites by Divya who lived for years with his sister, Venkamma, and was her long-term helper right to her deathbed. The next day Sai Baba delivered Rs 50,000.– to every family member and other residents at Prashanthi.
See here and here.

See also:-

 

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Sathya Sai Baba as ‘Divine Mother – photos

Posted by robertpriddy on June 17, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba as Krishna and Rama

The above couple of manipulated images come from an entertaining website where Sathya Sai Baba is pasted into traditional photos of gods, with grotesque effect (taken from now-discontinued pages at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=45557167) He looks like a transvestite drag queen or a hira.

Sai Baba in a sari Sathya Sai Baba in a sari

Cross-dressing: More to the point in this connection would be the supposed authentic photo of the young Sathya Sai Baba… which is claimed to have been ‘materialised’ (left), though one must suspect the camera of materialization and sleight-of-hand for the rest. This is in accordance with the transvestite photos of the young Sathya Sai Baba (right), and various reports of him as masquerading as a woman on numerous occasions.

 

Devotees love to hear any evidence of Sai Baba’s supposed “divine play” (i.e. leela), such as acting the mother (Ammani) by “dancing, cleaning houses, bringing water, wearing saris and so on, like ladies did” (quote from Love is My Form by Padmanabhan – Sai Towers Publishing, p. 560).
Satyanarayana Raju, as he was then known, loved to take part in dances and dramas, very often taking female roles. His sisters Venkamma and Parvathamma often fixed his cosmetics and costumes, clothing him in their own saris.

 

On one occasion in the mid-1930s (reported by his ‘official biographer’ Prof. N. Kasturi) he imitated a popular dance artist, Rishyendramani, who was a touring entertainer, famous for feats such as dancing to music while picking up handkerchiefs off the floor with her teeth. At an annual school function where Rishyendramani failed to turn up, Raju put on fancy clothes and pretended to be her. He passed himself off well as a young female and even surpassed Rishyendramani’s feats. The District Board President was to present a prize of a silk sari to the ‘artiste’, asking for ‘her’ to come up on stage to receive it. Raju had changed back into his male clothes by then but walked towards the stage to claim his prize. He was stopped by officials and the situation was defused when a senior teacher informed that it was actually he who had saved the day and thus he deserved a prize.

See Sathya Sai Baba – Divine Mother

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Outright defenders of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 17, 2008

Members of the Sathya Sai Organization, including some office-bearers, have circulated to many devotees a printed version of a truly abject rationalization of homosexual abuses on boys and young men of the crudest sort by Sathya Sai Baba.

The document is still found on the web, posted there years ago by a devotee – Ram Das Awle – who relates that he was inspired and personally blessed at darsan by Sathya Sai Baba to publish his thoughts! See here (http://www.saibaba-aclearview.com/contents1.html)

That the International Sathya Sai Organisation has not once refuted this disgusting and outrageous ‘explanation’ of why Sathya Sai Baba sexually abuses young males is a major blot on its reputation, – already in question for a long list of reasons, not least unaccountability to anyone but Sathya Sai Baba and complete failure to exercise duty of care and mandatory reporting to the public and prospective young male visitors to the ashrams.

Evidence from many quarters through many years has been available accusing Sai Baba in most credible ways, showing complete acquaintance with the ashram, interviews and the way Sai Baba operates to groom and seduce youth.

The US devotee Bon Giovanni – an unconcerned apologist for Sai Baba’s trickeries and other misdemeanours – posted the article at “SAI BABA and SEX: A Clear View” by Ram Das Awle, who accepts that sexual abuses occur and then tries to fit the facts onto the Procrustean bed of total belief that Sathya Sai Baba is God and has inscrutable divine reasons and a right to do what he thinks fit for a follower to experience, whatever the perversion or vile act by our ‘merely human’ standards (the anal rape of minors included).

Awle admits that sexual interventions by Sathya Sai Baba are a fact and he further supports and ‘explains’ various of the sexual perversions for which he stands accused as ‘spiritual healing’ and control of sexual urges! He justifies this at length too! This even evidently convinces others who defend Sai Baba in every possible way by attacking all alleging victims along with all other critics of Sathya Sai Baba. One such miscreant has declared he believed Sathya Sai Baba to be a sexual abuser - for several years – while he poured out web pages to defend the same abuser! [see the evidence here: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/31/JoeFAQ.htm#abu ] His constant contrived spin tried to show the critics in the worst possible light, going to any length to assassinate their character in an unending array of ways that lawyers in three countries have opined as highly libellous, defamatory and actionable. Because he just looked too ridiculous and immoral defending the sex abuser on a daily basis, this fanatic grasped the first opportunity to flip flop – when a case by Alaya Rahm against the US Sathya Sai leaders had to be withdrawn because it transpired that there was no incorporated organization to sue. Despite that, Alaya Rahm maintains every word he has testified against Sathya Sai Baba, as do his parents!

Ram Das Awle is indeed a person of what he himself claims is “fervid imagination”! His views are allegedly largely obtained from a pamphlet circulated by ‘The Kundalini Foundation for Self-Realisation’, New Delhi, founded by a certain Dr. Joshua Stone. Awle is a dyed-in-the-wool ‘true believer’, see http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/Defence_of_Sai_Baba_sexual_abuses.htm #awfulawle

Having raised the defense of sexually perverse abuses to the level of pseudo-theology, Ram Das Awle admits his acceptance of the sex abuse allegations and natural confusion but then tells how he thinks he was inspired to surmount it by his “fervid imagination”. Very apt!

That any of this could be taken seriously by so many followers as it evidently is would support the belief that – according to fundamentalist Hindu beliefs – we are indeed in the Dark Age of Kali in which immorality reigns. If this were so, then the presence of full-blown pedophile Divine Incarnation (‘Purna’ Avatar) whose (sex) Life is his Message would fit nicely! Awle’s self-admitted “imaginative fervour” is nothing more or less than that… imagination. It is a classic example of the extremes of confused thinking Sai devotees can and do descend to when their faith in him is challenged by the awful facts.

Gerald Joe Moreno: The most active and widely publicised defender on the Internet of Sathya Sai Baba and all connected with him – and of almost whatever they say – is a middle-aged single man living in Las Cruces (New Mexico). Moreno is in denial about everything negative about it all, and according to law he was sexually molested by Sai Baba (the details are described by him – ‘oiling in private on the lower stomach’ (a typical kind of euphemism for oiling/massaging of the genitals). The extent of Moreno’s depredations and their cranky – often low-minded – nature are very considerable. He attacks and tries in all ways he can possibly contrive to assassinate the characters of all critics of Sathya Sai Baba (at least 100 are treated thus) and he also does the same to those who criticize or testify against the convicted life-serving rapist and murderer, Swami Premananda of Tiruvannamalai, ‘Amma the ‘hugging mother’ (Mata Amritanandamayi – née Sudhamani – of Kerala) and other Indian gurus who are under suspicion of sexual crimes. Here are links to some of the pages that have been written by various authors who have been attacked by Moreno.

See also:- http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/10/Sathyasaiorganization_open_letter.html
http://barrypittard.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/sai-baba-world-cult-leaders-fail-to-meet-concerns-on-libel/

http://barrypittard.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/sathya-sai-baba-organization-and-libel-and-disinformation/

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Ex-king Gyanendra of Nepal & Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2008

Both the recently deposed king Gyanendra of Nepal and Sathya Sai Baba are hailed as Living Incarnations of Lord Vishnu

Former king of Nepal and Vishnu incarnation - Gyanendra

Sathya Sai Baba as Vishnu While Gyanendra had to step down as king, he has not stepped down as God Incarnate – or rather he can’t because he has been put on a pedestal long since with all his forebears. His Hindu followers still worship him as such. So which of them is the best contender? Or are they not both bogus gods? The devout King Gyanendra is on record as saying he is a pragmatic person, not a god. Poor man! He is possibly some kind of worshipper of Sathya Sai Baba, as were his murdered relatives and two Nepalese Prime Ministers!

Sathya Sai Baba’s claim to Godhood

Supposedly, the sage Markandeya recorded a conversation he had with God Vishnu , the embodiment of theSai Baba enthroned as Vishnu preserver aspect of the trinity, who told him how he would take a human birth in order to intervene and set the world on a new course.

Sathya Sai Baba has pronounced himself to be that Re-incarnation, come to save the world as Vishnu supposedly promised in recorded Hindu mythology. Sathya Sai Baba declared: “When dharma declines or rather, when those who have a duty to regulate their lives according to dharma lose faith in it, then, its restoration cannot be taken up by all and sundry… The Lord has come again on this Mission.” (According to Lord Vishnu’s promise, it is held) (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 106)

Ex-king Gyanendra’s claim to Godhood

The BBC reported here:-

Three months after King Gyanendra seized political power in Nepal, and nearly four years after the royal massacre which dented the aura of the monarchy, many Nepalese still consider their king to have divine powers, as an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

In conversations with pilgrims here, everyone identified the king with Vishnu, who in the great Hindu triumvirate of gods is the preserver and nurturer. “Vishnu looks after the people,” says a female student. “He will take care of them, giving food, shelter, love – everything.

Sudhindra Sharma, a Nepalese expert on religion, says there is nothing in the Hindu scriptures that links monarchs to Vishnu’s 10 traditional incarnations. But they do say kings contain portions of deities, and Mr Sharma says Nepalis have linked Vishnu and their kings for nearly 2,000 years. He quotes a Nepali saying: if the king could hear what’s going on, he would do something about it; if the gods could see what’s going on, they would do something about it. “For the population at large, the idea that the king should act is pervasive,” Mr Sharma says.

Hardline Hindus For the ardent monarchist, honorary aide-de-camp to the king, retired general Bharat Kesher Simha, King Gyanendra can do no wrong. “Unless you have some power given to you by the god, you cannot be a king. He is courageous, he is bold, he is wise.” He says a Hindu king must protect his people and that, given the conflict with Maoists, he himself urged King Gyanendra to take firm political action. Gen Simha is president of the World Hindu Federation, an international body based in Nepal aiming at Hindu pre-eminence worldwide.

Clashing Claims? Which of them is most righteous, as any good Vishnu should be? Perhaps King Gyanendra’s bloody massacres of protesters against his rule somewhat weakens the claim he is Vishnu the Preserver? Then again, Sathya Sai Baba presided over his ashram where the execution of four devotees took place in his bedroom.

A further complication – more slaughter and mayhem
Sathya Sai baba with King and Queen of nepal

The BBC also reported here:

Gyanendra of Nepal assumed the throne in dramatic circumstances in 2001 after his brother, King Birendra, was killed in a palace massacre.

During his six years in power he went from being the country’s undisputed absolute leader to a disgraced monarch accused of orchestrating the killings of his own people.

Weeks of demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people secured the end of direct palace rule in April 2006.

The former king (also worshipped as Vishnu) and his queen, murdered by their son, had visited Sathya Sai Baba. Peculiar – two incarnations of Vishnu for the price of one? Sai Baba’s blessings did not save them… or was it maybe King Birendra who blessed Sathya Sai Baba?

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Miracle story – Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 9, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba photos
Miracle stories from http://srisathyasaibaba.blogspot.com/
Here comes an account (as a constantly recycled by Sai followers) of Sathya Sai Baba’s supposed “miraculous survival” of a leg fracture (or was this uncorroborated fracture just play acting, of which Sathya Sai Baba is widely praised as being a master?). Since he has stated occasionally that he never uses his proclaimed healing power to heal himself (for it would be selfish)… we ask what really happened?

On June 25th, 1963 in Venkatagiri, Bhagawan while going up some stairs in the Palace of the Raja of Venkatagiri slipped , His right leg was Fractured, Bhagawan was carried up in a chair and lifted to his Room upstairs. Came Evening and at 5’O’Clock, there was no sign of Bhagawan giving Darshan, after around 10 minutes,the wonderful sound of the siren was played which always preceeded the arrival of Bhagawan for Darshan, Bhagawan was walking as if Nothing had happened, Everybody was too stunned to speak anything, Bhagawan gave one of his sheepish smiles and gave a wonderful 10 minute discourse, He said :

PRIYATMULARA (DEAR ONES OF THE HEART),
NOTHING HAPPENS TO SWAMI, NOTHING CAN TOUCH YOUR SWAMI, SWAMI IS ALL RIGHT ALL THE TIME, IT IS ONLY YOUR BRAMA (ILLUSION) THAT I WAS HURT AND NOT WELL.

FOR SWAMI THIS PHYSICAL BODY IS ONLY A MEANS TO TEACH YOU GOOD THINGS. YOU HAVE PRAYED WHOLE HEARTEDLY THAT I SHOULD COME AND GIVE YOU DARSHAN, SEE HERE IAM, YOUR PRAYERS HAVE MADE ME TO COME, THERE WAS NEVER AN INJURY TO SWAMI, SWAMI NEVER GET INJURED, AS ALL ARE MY CREATIONS CAN MY OWN CREATIONS HARM ME ?,

Anil Kumar – The Omniscient Sai – Prof Anil Kumar Kamaraju his Experience

Wonder why Sai Baba’s leg was ‘Fractured’ with a capital ‘F’?
Since he walked “as if Nothing had happened” it suggests strongly that nothing did happen – other than a faked fracture. Sai Baba even reportedly said: “There was never an injury to Swami. Swami never gets injured”.

Despite this, ‘Swami’ has for some years been debilitated by a hip injury and has to use an invalid chair and specially designed vehicles to go more than a few staggering steps. But devotees prefer to accept all of his statements unquestioningly and then regard it all a divine mystery – for it is not open to any scrutiny at all, a condition on which miracle makers depend.

‘Professor’ Anil Kumar has been the main interpreter to English of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses – and has posted a number of his experiences as ‘satsang’ with Sathya Sai Baba, complete with gushing floral word tributes of a most subjective kind. This alone is enough to cause professional scholars to cringe or laugh outright. Of what Anil Kumar is a professor is never stated. The term ‘professor’ is used loosely in India, as in various other countries and is defined in the free dictionary as “a college or university teacher who ranks above an associate professor” or as “a teacher or instructor” or even jus “one who professes”. But to use the title with a capital before one’s name\'Professor\' Anil Kumar means the strictest version – tenured professorship at a university. Kumar’s position is apparently due entirely to Sathya Sai Baba engaging him – his blind devotee – and naming him a professor at his own University.

He has been the main interpreter to English of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses – and has posted a number of his experiences with Sathya Sai Baba, complete with gushing floral word tributes of a most subjective kind. This is the work of a professor! One who professes in blind devotion. http://www.saibaba.ws/ak_satsang/ak_satsang.htm

Anil Kumar laces his strange anecdotes about Sai Baba with unquestioning endorsements of his claims of Divinity and far-fetched comparisons and adulatory comments. This hardly even needs pointing out to the most devoted of semi-educated followers. In the process Kumar unwittingly reveals certain ‘private’ traits of Sai Baba which illustrate his ignorance and misjudgement of the world… both of them are socially encapsulated in the cult, cut off from independent observers and especially non-believers. In short, a cocoon existence within a Hindu mythology of their own.

See a brief video clip in which Sai Baba discourses and Anil Kumar translates – on the 3-ton Shivaratri lingam

Read more about Anil Kumar and his activities here

Above all, see how immoral this man is!  Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man


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Sathya Sai Baba Miracles – with photos

Posted by robertpriddy on June 6, 2008

Sai Baba in the sky

One of the much publicised mahimas (i.e. ‘major miracles’) is one where Sathya Sai Baba supposedly appeared in the sky in the late 1980s to save an airliner over the South Atlantic ocean.

This ‘miracle’ – though shown long since to be a contrived report without basis – was reported on widely and is still publicised on diverse Sathya Sai promotional websites (see for example http://www.einterface.net/gamini/miracle.html and spool down one page length). There one also finds reproduced the report on this alleged ‘miracle’ from Peggy Mason’s highly uncritical writings about Sai Baba.

“In 1985 a passenger plane was flying over the coast of South America when the engine suddenly failed. The pilot knew that a Venezuelan stewardess on board was a devotee of Sai Baba and shouted, “Pray to your guru to save us from disaster!” No sooner had the stewardess shouted for Baba than He appeared in the sky outside the cockpit. Meanwhile the engine began to function. Babas’ image remained in the sky outside for about 20 minutes, during which time the stewardess took this photograph of Him.” (Courtesy of Peggy Mason’s Sathya Sai Baba Quarterly Magazine)

The incident is claimed to have happened while crossing the coast, above the Atlantic ocean. One can clearly see a leafy tree (bottom left) and apparent palm tree tops beside Sathya Sai Baba’s hand. However the photo was not taken then, the account states, but later during the 20 minutes Sai Baba was visible. The aircraft would have gained height as soon as the motors worked, so the trees which are seen very close by would no longer have been visible.
It is virtually incontrovertible that the photo is a superimposition which blends two images – and is therefore an attempt to mislead or a mere hoax. The clouds which appear in place of Sai Baba’s hand and hair give the game away – it must have been manipulated. Worried by these things and hoping to save Sai Baba from ridicule, I asked the representative of the South American Sathya Sai Organization, Dr. Leonardo Gutter, about it. He replied by e-mail that – despite his thorough investigation – the aircraft and air hostess were completely unknown by any airline operating there in the period in question. Nor had he or his associates been able to trace anyone among followers in Venezuela or elsewhere in his region who had been on such a flight, nor who took the photo or even who first circulated the account and the photo. Furthermore, there are several variants of the account, which conflict in details. See a further analysis here

related posting: Miracles: big business for the Pope and Sathya Sai Baba

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How many million Sai devotees?

Posted by robertpriddy on June 6, 2008

Grossly Exaggerated Numbers of Followers of Sathya Sai Baba

Though claims as to how many followers Sathya Sai Baba has vary from only a million or so through to a billion, there is no known basis of measurement for either of these figures – not can one identify who is a follower or not. A majority are still Indian villagers, of whom very many have probably no strong attachment to him but have visited out of curiosity (to see the luxury and showpieces, including light shows, free meals or for a jaunt on a festival day. Total membership of the Sathya Sai Organization is a tiny fraction of the number of followers claimed, but due to the criticism of the inflated estimates usually published, the organization no longer published any data on this for public consumption. It is apparently now a ‘trade secret’. Part of the reason would be the considerable fall-off in non-Indian devotees since the exposure of Sai Baba through many sex abuse allegations from 1999 and a range of damaging facts about him, his impossible claims and failed predictions etc. Sathya Sai Baba exaggerates figures wildly (see here) and his minions take after him. They have been successful through constant repetition in getting much of the media to reproduce some of these fantastic numbers.

For some unknown reason, the number of Sai devotees claimed in literature about Sai Baba has often begun with the number 6 – from 60 million to 600 million. Odd it also is that there was a village regeneration project which was first announced for 600 villages, later this grew to 6000 villages. .. but in neither case was there any programme in more than a handful of villages, since it folded soon after it was publicised.


Why the unreasonable fixation on numbers of adherents?

To argue, as Sathya Sai Baba followers (and others) do, that millions of adherents is a guarantee of the figurehead being genuine, good and true is major fallacy – a non sequitur. Were it so then Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao and countless others through history would be included. Also, there have been and still are billion-earning sect leaders in several major religions. Personality cults are mainly the crutch of the downtrodden, the weak, the desperate hopeful and those who want to join a gravy train. Hindus should rather stick to the sanathana dharma without the miraculous overtones and leave belief in its mythology as being historical fact well behind them. Handed-down legends and miracle stories provide a rich tapestry of symbols and ideas and are a fruitful as a cultural asset, but only as long as they do not hinder human rights and the common human values these represent. India is capable of great cultural and scientific achievements where the yoke of bogus religiosity is removed.

When approaching new religious movement or sect which offers salvation, healing and even miracles, it is a recipe for trouble if one does not seek out the other side of the coin. Since 2000, the veil of secrecy about Sathya Sai Baba has been pierced and dark facts made public. It is naive not to realise that anti-sectarian indoctrination can easily affect people of apparently sound mind – when they come to need hope, when they convert during an emotional or mental crisis – but even by gradual involvement and induction by very subtle methods developed over millennia. These are advanced means to control and manipulate people into servitude of one kind or another, often with underhand financial agendas – whether it is called ‘spiritual’, and is connected for the person with combinations of financial, social, psychological, and political motives.

If one is impressed by Sai Baba’s occasional ‘thought-reading’ or influence on other people’s minds and other feats that seem ‘miraculous’ just view more and better demonstrations under controlled conditions by the skeptic Derren Brown on his several Channel Four TV series – which he explains as being merely done by suggestion, cold reading and another range of techniques he has developed. These abilities can be learned – and many gurus hand them down to one another. (One can see many of his videos on-line by searching on Google)

The otherworldly longing of persons unable to cope positively with life conditions and the world is a strong human tendency based on handed-down beliefs and theologies which are wholly untested and almost entirely speculative. No wonder India has millions of followers of their gurus who promise (under strict conditions) a better future. It was ever thus… from bread and circus to a most uncertain ‘liberation’ from suffering through death and the promise of an imaginary paradise.

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Deception against Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 4, 2008

Screen capture of Metro - Swedish news bulletin

Sathya Sai Baba deceived by a Swedish imposter, Dr. Michael Nobel

Both his vaunted ‘omniscience’ and any plain common sense he has left failed when Sathya Sai Baba proudly announced how his own majesty had drawn Dr. Nobel to him, the relative of Alfred (who was claiming he was able to award four new Nobel Prizes). How come Sathya Sai Baba did not know he was a man of false credential, later to be totally discredited in the world media?

In his discourse of 18th November 2001, Sathya Sai Baba said the following:-

“They are giving the Nobel Prize to many people. The man who gives the Nobel Prize (Chairman of the Nobel Prize Committee) is coming here on the 22nd November. The ones who will show this to the whole world, TV people, are all coming here on the 22nd.

Who called them? Who invited them? If all things like these are seen, all sorts are coming here. No one has invited them at all. No one is giving them a (special) welcome. Yet they themselves are coming. What is the reason? That Chaitanya Jyothi (meaning Swami Himself) is here and It (He) is pulling them! (Applause)” (see the literal translation by Sai students here) Note: The red italic text in parentheses is supplied by the translators)

Sathya Sai Baba actually believed that Dr. Michael Nobel is “the man who gives the Nobel Prize“! Such ignorance of the Nobel Prize – that is it given by one man – a distant relative of Nobel – is quite stunning! The actual and very worldly reason he came to Sathya Sai Baba was a fat contract for setting up the Radio Sai outfit!

Translation of the Swedish News Bulletin:-

NOBEL WAS A DECEIVER

The arrangers of a nano technology conferance in the USA believe that they were witness to a world news sensation and that they had received the honour of awarding four new Nobel prizes. But only days before the conference they got to know that they had been swindled by a relative of the Nobel family.

One can well imagine the arrangers’ enthusiasm when the conference Nano TX 07 was contacted by Michael Nobel who wished to announce four new Nobel prizes for alternative energy technology.

Everything was ready, according to Swedish Radio. Press releases for the world’s media at full steam. In short, every exhibition arrangers’ wet dream – a world scoop.

Imagine their disappointment when they were contacted by the Nobel Foundation, who stated that Michael Nobel is a genuine Nobel family member but that he has no right whatever to take the kind of initiative as creating four prizes for alternative energy research.

The Nobel Foundation considers it an infringement of copyright, misuse of the good will and prestige the Nobel Prize has and say to the (Swedish) radio that they are going to take legal action.

The arrangers of the nano conference in the have in all haste both cancelled the announcement and banned Michael Nobel from partaking in the conference.

Michael Sohlman of the Nobel Foundation told the (Swedish) science radio programme that there exists absolutely no plans to institute new prizes in Alfred Nobel’s name.

(signed) TT

How could Sathya Sai Baba have been taken in so thoroughly?
Well, who else but such a person surrounded only by sycophants (who never dare correct him) could fall into such a trap as to believe that a distant relative of Alfred Nobel may secure the Nobel Peace Prize for him? One would have thought that someone among all the treasured professors, PhDs, and scientists in his cadre would have realised this and warned him off, but then there is not one internationally known or prestigious doctor or professor among them all – the majority of them being deluded devotees who cannot face all the facts that have emerged and/or pseudo-intellectuals who are hoping for a leg up in the world from the influence of his mini-empire.

Despite such an indictment of Dr. Michael Nobel and an imposter by the Nobel Foundation, the Sathya Sai oficial website still promotes him. He also takes it upon himself to speak “in the name of mankind” and thank his employer, Sathya Sai Baba . See screen capture of their propaganda here:-

Sathya Sai official webpage promotion of imposter Michael Nobel

or check out the Sathya Sai website

See also on my earlier blog on this subject Sathya Sai Baba as Nobel Peace Prize Candidate

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Sathya Sai Baba lack of awards

Posted by robertpriddy on June 3, 2008

Having seen in my last two blogs how international awards – the Nobel Peace Prize and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards – have evaded Sathya Sai Baba, despite the talk, misinformation and eagerness of his devotees (and himself too!) that he should in a way be recognised a bit and given praise (not least for the works they do on his behalf), one many now consider why this is so.

Sathya Sai ‘service’ work and organizations have received no international awards

One must ask why, when Sai Baba boasts that he does 1000 times more than anyone else in the world – and that his followers have saved the world from catastrophe by their works. Presumably all the fanfare is not judged as credible by independent bodies that would otherwise consider it. Instead, no awards involving service to mankind were given by the Spanish Noble Prize equivalent body Sathya Sai Baba or his works… which he claims to be incomparable in the whole world! Instead awards were made to major benefactors and organizations, top world benefactors in science, engineering and healthcare.

Has Sathya Sai Baba any chance of an Asturias Award?

Last year (2007) the prominent journals ‘Science’ and ‘Nature’ both received prestigious Spanish Asturias Foundation awards, as did UNICEF and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  This year five scientists, 2 Japanese and 3 American worldwide leaders in the creation of new nano technology for the benefit of mankind received awards, as did numerous health organizations involved in fighting malaria in Africa. Still nothing for

Conferred annually since 1981 the Prince of Asturias awards are intended to acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally by individuals, groups or organisations in the following eight categories: communication and humanities, social sciences, arts, letters, scientific and technical research, international cooperation, concord and sports. (see list of winners at bottom of page). Just compare the quality, outreach and depth of research and understanding in these serious and brilliant journals – and in the work of all other such recipients – with that supposed ‘eternal knowledge’ expounded by Sathya Sai Baba in his monthly journal ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, which is packed full of his endlessly repetitive religious mythology and handed-down superstitions packaged as self-promotion as having been the actual hero of those myths – Vishnu, Rama, Krishna! The strongly moralising rants he calls ‘discourses’ are a cast-iron guarantee that he cannot and will never enter the running for any respected award in any humanistic, scientific forum.

What an enormous difference in lucidity, factuality, usefulness, openness, intelligence, testability and critical thinking between these works and anything produced or done by Sathya Sai Baba. While I was a follower and before I eventually and with great reluctance became aware of the huge deceits being practised by him and his inner circle. The former famous journalist and later in house editor of Sai Baba’s journal Sanathana Sarathi – V.K. Narasimhan – were aware of the low quality of much of the discourses. The numerous problems posed by Sai Baba’s teachings, his self-contradictory words, factual inaccuracy and major blunders, caused V.K. Narasimhan much worry (he had to cover these up by editorial changes and deletions).

Altogether, the Asturias awards promote a very different standard of achievement to that of anything connected with the self-promoted Saviour of Humanity as the following indicates well enough:-

Winners of Asturias Awards include Al Gore, Mary Robinson, Ralf Darendorf, Peter Lawrence, UNICEF, The National Geographic Society, Álvaro Mutis, Francisco Umbral, Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo José Cela, Günter Grass, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller or Claudio Magris; politicians such as Václav Havel, Jacques Delors, Adolfo Suárez, Mijail Gorbachov, Nelson Mandela, Isaac Rabin, H.M. King Hussein of Jordan or Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; institutions such as the United Nation´s High Commission for Refugees, Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Movement), Médicos Sin Fronteras (Doctors with no Borders) and Medicus Mundi, the Sephardic Community, the American Foundation for Aids Research (founded and led by Elizabeth Taylor) and CNN; scientists such as Stephen Hawking, the Atapuerca Research Team, Santiago Grisolía, Guido Münch, Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, the human world´s leading research teams in the field of the human genome, the fathers of Internet or Jane Goodall; historians such as John Elliott or Julio Caro Baroja, intellectuals such as Julián Marías, Indro Montanelli, George Steiner, Umberto Eco, Hans M. Enzensberger or Jürgen Habermas; artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Óscar Niemeyer, Joaquín Rodrigo, Vittorio Gassmann, Barbara Hendricks, Woody Allen and Miquel Barceló.

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Sathya Sai Baba as Nobel Peace Prize Candidate

Posted by robertpriddy on June 3, 2008

Hunger for top international recognition of Sathya Sai Baba thwarted

Sathya Sai Baba ill-concealed hope of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was backed by Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Indian Government! The chance of this was strongly hinted at by the Sai Baba himself, saying: in his Discourse
“They are giving the Nobel Prize to many people. The man who gives the Nobel Prize is coming here on the 22nd November. The ones who will show this to the whole world, TV people, are all coming here on the 22nd.” The Times of India reported further (24-11-2001) – making massive factual errors: “Dr Michael Nobel, Head of the Nobel Institution and Director, Worldspace, told the Times of India, the things that Baba has done is simply amazing and this channel will spread his message to the world. He said there would be an explosion of his teachings. I am confident it will have a lasting impact. Dr Nobel said the channel now offers the reach to take his message to billions in the world.”

Michael Nobel is neither the son nor the grandson of Alfred Nobel but is his great grandnephew. He is not the Head of the Nobel Institution – was actually an executive of a foreign company contracted by the Sathya Sai Organization to set up the ‘Sai Global Harmony’ satellite radio station! In short – he was a paid contractor for the promotion of Sathya Sai Baba. But despite this billions of the world population remain in blissful ignorance of Sathya Sai Baba and his message today, as can be seen by the virtual total lack of coverage in current serious – or evenDr. Michael Nobel - black sheep of Nobel Prize popular – media [outside India]. Dr. Michael Nobel is involved with the administration of an appeal body supported by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to collect funds for peace purposes. This is in no way connected to any Nobel Prize-giving Committee. Dr. Michael Nobel and the organization he promotes received a hard rap over the knuckles as follows:

“…the organizers received a disturbing fax from The Nobel Foundation in Sweden. It advised them that Mr. Nobel had been voted out as head of the Nobel Family Society at a meeting in August of 2006 “mainly because of his unauthorized activities and involvements in the name of the Nobel Family Society.” And it threatened legal action against those involved in creating “The Dr. Michael Nobel Award”, as Mr. Nobel had indicated it was to be named.”

See (The Nobel Prize that Wasn’t – New York Times )

The Nobel Peace Prize award is the sole preserve of the Norwegian Government. Famously, the cosmopolitan Alfred Nobel would not trust his countrymen (the Swedish authorities) with such a task and ensured that a Peace Prize Committee was to be elected by the Norwegian Government, their decision being final. Norwegian professors of philosophy are the only persons allowed to forward a candidate (apart from Nation States). The Norwegian Committee have been informed privately about the dark sides of Sathya Sai Baba and his shady involvements, and the 1 hour Danish documentary ‘Seduced’ about Sathya Sai Baba’s fraudulence and the sex abuse allegations was shown three times on prime time on Norwegian National Television (NRK). There was also his warm appreciation of Dictator Idi Ami who Sai devotees falsely claimed agreed with Sai Baba to delay the expulsion of the Indian population from Uganda. Nor did visits to Sai Baba by the convicted Italian prime minister Bettino Craxi or the mafia backer Italian PM Andreotti help much. This sort of reputation is surely just the ticket to sink a Nobel Peace Prize candidate without trace?

Sathya Sai Baba was inextricably involved in a gruesome murder incident in his bedroom apartment in June 1993, which was never cleared up because his followers, Narasimhan Rao and S.B. Chavan quashed the CBI investigation when it began to near a result and stopped a Supreme Court petition. Neither this – nor many other substantial sex allegations against Sai Baba stopped the Indian Government under A.B. Vajpayee – a long-term devotee himself – from proposing him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Such isolation from international opinion and values is an indictment of ex-Prime Minister Atal Vihari Vajpayee and his cronies who defended Sai Baba from all allegations without have made the slightest investigation of the mass evidence (as shown beyond any doubt by Basava Premanand’s correspondence with the authorities (see here: Premanand challenges Vajpayee to come clean)

Sai Baba with A. Kalam

The moral standing of anyone who may receive the Peace Prize must be beyond suspicion and crispy clean. How could the Norwegian Nobel Committee award it to anyone who supports the vastly increasing militarism and nuclear arsenal of the Indian Government? No way! Sathya Sai Baba does so through his patronage during 20 years in his ashram of the ‘father’ of India’s atomic bomb (Dr. Bhagavantam, deceased) and his warm personal and public support with the designer of the latest nuclear delivery missiles – ex-President Abdul Kalam

See also Nobel Prize for Sathya Sai Baba

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