Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba’s divine foresight on terrorism

Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2008

One might ask whether the discredited Union Minister of Home Affairs, Shivraj Patil, – who believes in the self-proclaimed Omniscient Sathya Sai Baba – was lulled into inaction and failed to take any possible attacks or bombs seriously because of the assurances of Sai Baba? No wonder the Indian populace want to see the back of these incompetants! Let us hope that there are others who can do the job better and save ordinary Indians from such horrific massacres.

In a classic case of almost instant failure of prophesy, Sathya Sai Baba stated only a week ago in his discourse:-

Click to enlarge the blooper

“India is the only place where people are not worried about any attacks.  In America , Germany and other countries, they cant eat well or sleep well. There is fear of bombs always in those countries. But in India, there is no fear of bombs. India will never have any such attacks.”

What an ill-considered uninformed remark – that the US and Germany etc. can”t sleep or eat well due to fear of attacks! Besides, the populations there and throughout Europe eat far better than in India in any case and they have far more leisure to sleep than 800 million Indians. They also know they have far superior security from terrorism than Indians.

Sai Baba’s bombastic pronouncement has apparently been kept out of the official Sai Baba web pages – it is far too damaging for their totally one-sided propaganda and misinformation  (http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages /83-birthday/convocation_DD_22112008.htm), However, the fanatical pro-Sai website ‘saibabaofindia’ reported it. Perhaps they will soon remove it too… when they realise that their blind belief has played them foul? So just in case, see the screen capture of the relevant page on saibabaofindia
(as so far still found at http://www.saibabaofindia.com/sai_baba_83rd_birthday-update-photos-23rdnov2008.htm)

The blooper was also posted on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saibabaofindia/message/14926

Shivraj Patil - why resign?

As to there never being any fear of bombs in India, that is a massive mistake! So far out of touch is Sathya Sai Baba, surrounded by his gunmen and guards in his fortress ashram.  Shivraj Patil and his forerunners have presided over a long series of bomb attacks and terrible massacres of Hindus and Muslims by each other. The fear is tangible in many places, especially in Mumbai these days, of course.

There is nothing remarkable in Sathya Sai Baba making failed prophesies and predictions – he is constantly doing it! There is a regular cornucopia of false predictions, broken promises, and absurd claims of his importance to the world. (See here)

See also my last posting here:-
Shivraj Patil – Sai Baba worshipper – resigns

Further documentation of Sathya Sai Baba’s statement from sai students’ Yahoo posting is found here

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Shivraj Patil – Sai Baba worshipper – resigns

Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2008

Shivraj Patil, Sai Baba worshipper

Shivraj Patil, Sai Baba worshipper

India’s Minister of Home Affairs, Shivraj Patil, who lost his seat at the last election, was nevertheless given the government post by Manmohan Singh. These two cronies are co-worshippers of Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi - and Sonia Gandhi protegees, the self-proclaimed God Incarnate, Deity of deities, The Father who Sent Jesus and virtually whatever else almighty or divine. At last, this worshipper and top home affairs protector of Sathya Sai Baba has met his Waterloo and had to resign! A further casualty is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh (see CNN report)

This discredited Minister has also been involved in the security situation at Prashanthi Nilayam, where massive precautions have been taken for many years to protect Sathya Sai Baba, who nonetheless has claimed that all the world love him! The following news report demonstrates this:-

Shivraj Patil takes darshan of Satya Sai Baba

Suggests additional security at Puttaparthi

Anantapur, May 20, 2007

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil who visited the Macca Masjid bomb blast site in Hyderabad was in Puttaparthi in Anantapur to take the darshan of Satya Sai Baba. He later spoke at a meeting with security and police officials on the security situation in Puttaparthi.

Sources say that the Minister has suggested that the Sevadal volunteers need to be trained in the area of security too. He also suggested the acquisition of modern communication system and that the security forces have to consider special vigil in the wake of possible threat from LTTE.

Puttaparthi is the place where one can have the darshan of Satya Sai Baba. Lakhs of devotees visit the region every month. The number also includes foreigners who visit the region in large numbers. The recent specious deaths of foreigners have brought questions about security to limelight.
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The blog funkyysoul.wordpress.com made comments, including:-

Home Minister Shivraj Patil, under tremendous criticism over a spate of terrorist attacks in the country since last year, resigned on Sunday in the wake of the Mumbai Terror strikes.

Patil, who had offered to step down at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting last night, sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this morning, sources said.

Patil, who has been in public life for over four decades, was brought into the Manmohan Singh Cabinet as he was considered a complete Gandhi loyalist and Sonia Gandhi had turned down repeated demands for his ouster from the government.

Patil was also one of the serious candidates of the Congress for the post of the President last year after the tenure of A P J Abdul Kalam got over. But, the Left parties, which were supporting the Government from outside, had put their foot down on such a proposal.
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Another report on Shivraj Patil and Sai Baba:-

Create Separate Force To Fight Terrorism: Shivraj Patil
By Kestur Vasuki

Bangalore, Oct 5: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil  has asked the Karnataka Government to set up a new force on the lines of Indo-Tibetan border force for costal region to fight terrorism in the State.

Addressing a late night press conference in Bangalore on Saturday, after reviewing the law and order situation, the Union Home Minister said the centre would extend all possible assistance to the State.

Patil was in Bangalore to review the law and order situation and earlier in the day he had gone to Puttaparti to take the blessings of the Sathya Sai Baba .

He also held two-hour discussion with the State Home Minister, Dr. V.S. Acharya, and Governor Rameshwar Thakur.

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The semi-official Sathya Sai Baba web site saibabaofindia.com/ reports:-

Sri Shivraj Patil, the Union Home Minister, presented a book to Bhagawan for release. This tome on the Bhagawad Gita was written by him and was made available in English, Hindi, Marathi and other languages. Bhagawan asked Prof Anil Kumar to announce the details of the book and then Sri Shivraj Patil was asked to address the gathering. In his short speech, Sri Patil thanked Bhagawan for inspiring the book.

Shivraj Patil meets Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi
(Deccan Chronicle – Region; 9 February, 2005)

Anantapur, Feb 8: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil visited Prashanti Nilayam at Puttaparthi where he had darshan of Satya Sai Baba on Tuesday. The Union Home Minister arrived at the spiritual village from Bangalore at 12.40 pm. He was received at Shanti Nilayam guest house by district Collector Y V Anuradha, DIG N Jayarami Reddy, SP R S Praveen Kumar, SUDA chairman Kota Satyam and others.
The Union Minister closeted with the district authorities for over 15 minutes. He is reported to have inquired about the situation in the district. Patil went to meet the Baba at 2.45 pm and came out at 4.15 pm.
Source:
(from http://www.deccan.com/Region/RegionN…%20Puttaparthi) ( page no longer available)

The cover-ups by Union Home Ministers – from S.B.Chavan to Shivraj Patil – have protected Sathya Sai Baba from prosecution!

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Sathya Sai Baba ashram visits

Posted by robertpriddy on November 26, 2008

Be warned and forearmed – murders, deaths, mortal accidents, illnesses, suicides at Sai ashrams

There are serious hazards in visiting Sathya Sai Baba ashrams which are never explained to visitors. The number of covered-up incidents is obviously unknown, but those which have leaked out make clear that many foreign devotees have died in Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan, others have disappeared, others have died in accidents which have also been hushed up and the facts buried.  Dozens of visitors have taken their own lives in the ashrams, near them or after  visiting them. Some were literally executed within the ashram itself, like a German-speaking Swiss lady who was knifed to death in her new room at Prashanthi Nilayam. The most notorious incident was the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom of 1993 where 6 devotees lost their lives, four of them defenselessly gunned down by the police on ashram orders! (see at foot of this blog)

The constant cover-up of crime and death by Sai Baba officials

It is not possible to document most deaths that are known to ashramites, organization members or visitors  because the ashrams exercise the tightest possible secrecy and control of information about all untoward incidents (both the ashram staff and all Sathya Sai Baba’s foreign officials in the Sathya Sai Organization). There has certainly been a much larger number of deaths than is generally known. No records of any kind are kept or made available in any way, let alone to the public, by the ashrams. – not even about those who die of natural causes there or of one or another of the many serious illnesses that are contracted by visitors (including polio, cholera, chronic amoebic dysentery and even malaria – I know of at least one case of each of these).

Added to this, of course, are the usual hazards of many serious vehicle accidents – which have affected numerous devotees, including even major donors to Sai Baba such as Mrs. Barbara Sinclair, who died in a taxi accident on the way there , having been called by Sai Baba to visit just then (see ‘Cash for Honours, Sai Baba style‘)

There have been deaths from other ashram accidents too. Three US devotes were killed in an avoidable accident when the concrete dome of the ‘Eternal Heritage Spiritual Museum’ at Prashanthi Nilayam collapsed and crashed through three floors (27-10-1990), crushing two American ladies to death (Mrs. John Brown Hebel (45) and Mrs. Air Bonnie Lynni Mainaric (43), of San Francisco) and also 26-year old Michael Oliver, who suffered nine fractures and internal injuries. I spoke to him after the accident – he went through 11 hours more terrible suffering in a taxi to Bangalore. The entire matter was hushed up immediately, with the support of Jack Hawley (a Sai Baba true believer) The parents of a daughter – Bonny, who was killed outright – received no proper explanation, nor even an offer of compensation. I attended their cremation at the Chitravati river bank. (See the Hindu’s report)

No one is ever told that there are numerous armed plainclothes guards mingling with ordinary visitors, in addition to the highly visible armed guards and security persons who are there to protect Sai Baba (by Indian Government order), who were installed not long after six young men were murdered in Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment in June 1993.

Crowding a serious danger at Prashanthi Nilayam

V.K. Narasimhan was told by Sathya Sai Baba that unfortunately nothing could be done to avert the visit of the former Indian President, Dayal Sharma, to the 70th birthday. (Apropos, is it not strange that Sai Baba, who claims to be omnipotent and to be the only being having any free will, should suddenly be so powerless!) That presidential visit in 1996 cost the Indian State 6 million rupees for the deployment of 3000 armed Black Beret security guards, whose imperious and catastrophic methods of crowd control nearly caused people to be trampled to death at the gates of the Stadium. Some were trampled, but recovered, including some American ladies for whom the experience and injuries sustained were very traumatic. However, some former devotees have informed me that one US lady was killed in this way, and there was no way that the facts could be cleared up due to powerlessness before the ashram officials in complicity with the Puttaparthi police. My wife and her friends were also affected most severely, almost unable to breathe and incapable of moving an inch in the enormous pushing crowd before the stadium gates, which the Black Berets kept closed long after the time announced for their opening, all because the President’s car had not yet appeared.

This is of course not untypical of the high-handed and counter-productive kinds of ‘crowd control’ often seen in India, where deaths by crushing at large religious and other gatherings are fairly regular occurrences.  The ashram administration would immediately have done as they always do when anyone dies in their precincts. They make every effort, including payments to those involved, so as to hush things up… even send all foreigners away from the ashram within the day at the latest so as to stop the news spreading. This happened when the Swiss lady was murdered and on another occasion when I was present.

The former leader Sathya Sai Organisation in UK, Mr. Lucas Ralli, author of at least five books purporting to be ‘received’ from Sathya Sai Baba (Sai Messages  for You and Me in 5 vols), was nearly suffocated in a crowd at a birthday celebration a year or two previous to the 70th birthday, when the Black Berets were also present and, through their stupidity nearly caused a major crowd catastrophe. He determined that he would never again visit the ashram (where he had his own apartment, which he thus had to relinquish). He tried to improve the totally undemocratic practices in the Sathya Sai Organization and was – in his own words to me  “thrown out” (i.e. sacked from his office and excluded from membership) by the International Chairman Indulal Shah for having the temerity to suggest radical changes to the regulations because of the unrest in the UK organization about them. The Charter of the organization has been sent to every country for just such suggestions! He never returned there again (he has died since).

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Sathya Sai Baba and his Golden Chariot

Posted by robertpriddy on November 24, 2008

Sai Baba says one thing, does the opposite! In the Kulwant Hall on 22-9-199, Sathya Sai Baba claimed he did not like to ride on the golden chariot, it should be sold to benefit others. It still needs pointing out all the time how Sai Baba deceives people, for still after 10 years he keeps it and flaunts himself on this chariot of gold! He said:-

November 2008

November 2008

“Moreover you have to be told about today’s car festival. Whether you believe it or not I have no liking for such functions. .. Why should I be bothered with this immense burden of a Golden Chariot? I do not at anytime desire such things. Instead of this, you may spend any amount of money on social service activities.”

“Do not make such offerings as Golden Chariot anywhere. Anyone who desires such offerings cannot be divine. When the divine is immanent in everything, what is it that you can offer to the Divine? How are you eligible to make any offering at all?

Everything belongs to God. Henceforth devotees should not bring here any gold ornaments or ornamental chariots or golden chariots. It is better to sell such objects for providing drinking water to the people.”
(see Sathya Sai Speaks vol. 30 p. 208)

Why Sathya Sai Baba keeps riding high on his golden chariot is obvious enough – he wants more attention, and since non-Indian foreigners have fallen away in such numbers, a Golden Chariot is fine for attracting impressionable poor Indians, who are always dazzled by riches and opulence. Sai Baba acts no differently in this from the much criticised Jayalalita – sheer waste, except that in Sai Baba’s case the money is supposed to go to the needy!

In the same discourse Sai Baba made clear that he sat on the chariot for the sake of one of his long-term devotees – Chettiar – who solicited funds for the chariot (forbidden to Sai devotees to ask for money for such things). Sai Baba said:
“Over many years Subramaniam Chettiar has been engaged in promoting ‘Paduka Seva’ [NOTE: worship of Sai Baba’s sandals]… …He brought the chariot here out of his great love. He had one overwhelming desire in his life. He was keen to celbrate this ‘Rathothsavam’ (festival of the Golden Chariot) in his life time.”
and “… whatever Subramaniam Chettiar  may feel, if somebody is ready to bid for this chariot I shall be glad to give it away and use the money for providing drinking water to more villages.”

The man who took money from people to pay for the chariot, Mr. Chettiar, is now deceased and his self-interested lifelong desire has been fulfilled several times over. It is only his son who carries on. But Sai Baba has used the chariot several times since then right up until now! Why was it not sold? Is Swami’s wish not valid? Or were there no bidders for the white elephant? To show his words are not empty, Sai Baba should auction it, or even melt down the gold and give the money where there is desperate need. Is the wish of one devotee enough to make Sai Baba continue to play the money mogul on a gravy train?

But all this is yet another proof of the hypocrisy of Sai Baba, as also seen in many of his words and acts (which often conflict). He exhibits a patently evident longing for greater name and fame in so many ways. As for his rejecting golden ornaments in such strong terms, the hypocrisy is clear again in his accepting a symbolic golden sceptre last week, and also in his accepting a life-sized golden statue of himself!

Sai Bab accepts gold in any shape

Sai Baba accepts gold in any shape or form

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Sai Baba golden chariot ride

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2008

Wasteful golden chariot

Wasteful golden chariot

Waste and misuse of donated funds by Sathya Sai Baba and his Sathya Sai Central Trust

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Sathya Sai Baba birthday magnificence

Posted by robertpriddy on November 22, 2008

Year after year, Sathya Sai Baba insists on have a huge birthday celebration for himself. Of course, his devotees support this, because for them he is God Incarnate and his will must be done. Sathya Sai Baba could easily stop the costly birthday celebration, but – as residents at Prashanthi Nilayam have often expressed to me (not least his close servitor and editor V.K. Narasimhan) – they are not at all keen on the disturbances and demands this makes on them – the unruly crowds and the huge infection dust clouds they throw up, all of which makes daily life almost intolerable for them for days on end. V.K. Narasimhan told me that really, only Sathya Sai Baba revels in these gaudy celebrations.

CLICK TO ENLARGE

CLICK TO ENLARGE

Through the decades from when I first became a follower of Sai Baba, the tinsel and pomp increased and the money lavished on the annual event mounted out of all proportion to anything that could be achieved. Western devotees often complained about this waste and pomp, such as at Organization meetings, but nothing could be done about it. The organization is ruled from the top according to Sai Baba’s directives  with an iron hand – democratic feedback is not tolerated. Many left the organization for these reasons.

The round number birthdays (50, 60, 70, 80 years) considered more important and auspicious became bigger and bigger ‘tamashas’ with helicopters, coloured moving illuminations stretching the length of Puttaparthi, rock music and three free meals a day for all comers (not especially for the poor). Take into account the energy consumed for this celebration – on the biggest event (70th birthday) the public relations office published the figures for visitors from abroad (foreigners and especially visitors from the Indian diaspora abroad) as 18,000. That was the peak for foreign visitors, since when non-Indian foreigners have turned their backs on him in increasing numbers (for reasons known to everyone). The number of airline flights to and fro India alone would have eaten enough money to feed all the beggars in India for a long period! Instead it was lavished to promote Sathya Sai Baba.

This year he has virtually combined the once-annual three-day yajna rituals, and the Golden Chariot procession (formerly only for the ‘paduka’-worship ceremonies) in the run up to the birthday. It is not likely that this is done with any economy of energy or resources in mind – but rather a way to try to raise his flagging profile somewhat. The main effort is to impress impressionable Indians – not least villagers – with the luxuriant show and flaunted opulence. Yet Indian newspapers are scared to remark on the hypocrisy in all this – that a supposed avatar of Vishnu wastes so much on his own aggrandizement.

Further information it is crucial to know about Sathya Sai Baba:-
The Murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom at Prashanthi Nilayam

Robert Priddy – more on the 1993 bedroom murders

Summary of the history of world-wide allegations of sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba

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In a land of dire need, Sathya Sai rides on a golden chariot

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2008

Sai Baba with his ritual priests - saving the world?

Sai Baba with his ritual priests - saving the world?

See how the current situation in India with its calamitous dollar-a-day poverty and vast and heinous social injustices demonstrates the utter failure of Sathya Sai Baba’s boast that he has come to set Indian right and then save the rest of the countries of the world – in short humanity itself! His famous assertion, made in the 1960s to Dr. John Hislop, that India is the engine that alone is capable of drawing all other countries after it towards a moral world is among the very least convincing of Sathya Sai Baba’s many wild prophesies. It smacks strongly of  a chauvinistic nationalism that might be characterised ‘Indien Uber Alles’. Absurdly enough, Sai Baba blames the current decline in India and the world as based wholly on the decline in the practices of sacred rituals (yagnas and yagas) as being the main cause of all the troubles of humanity!

Things in India are getting worse for the masses – who are yet further away from the conveniences that the top castes enjoy. Suicides of farmers in the thousands, unable to make ends meet. No social security or health care available to the vast majority – that means 800 million people. This (despite Sathya Sai Baba’s devotee-financed hospitals which seem to cater mostly for his devotees from India and abroad. Meanwhile he celebrates himself with the most lavish use of funds at every occasion, especially his birthdays and through museums devoted to his supposed  “glory”.

Take for example the following very recent ceremony where Sathya Sai Baba lorded it over all in a vastly ostentatious Golden Chariot (yet with his invalid chair on it) oversaw the ritual offerings of butter, gemstones etc. (yagnas) to the Gods (who are superfluous since he is all of them rolled into one, if his constant boasts are to be believed). The sickeningly absurd statements made about are exemplified by the following:-

Sai Baba yajna 17 Nov. 2008

Sai Baba yajna 17 Nov. 2008

“Going by the Hindu scripture, a human being crossing 83 years in his physical frame is a remarkably significant occasion. This occasion comes with a greater import when he is supposedly sighting the moon the 1000th time during his physical sojourn. For the mortals it entails a greater significance. But, how does it signify, when it comes to The One who is credited with the onus of entire creation? An answer to this would come when Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Lord walking on two feet is crossing this humanly attributed mile stone, as His physical frame is touching the 83rd year of His glorious sojourn on planet earth.”

See ‘Rich and Poor In India’

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Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition

Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2008

Dr. Michael Nobel - black sheep of Nobel Prize

Dr. Michael Nobel - black sheep of Nobel Prize

Among various attempts by Sathya Sai Baba, his organization etc. to get him international recognition and awards, are two most embarassing incidents, embarrassing for a person who claims to be the Omnipotent Creator of the Universe and MUCH MORE TOO! These incidents were:-

1) Sai Baba’ own announcement that the man who awards the Nobel Peace prize was visiting him! (See extensive coverage of this below here)
2) The failed attempt to sneak a Duke of Edinburgh Award for Sathya Sai Baba – much publicised by his chief propagandist Dr. G. Venkataraman see here.

Sai Baba used a known imposter to pretend he’d get a Nobel Peace Prize!
Sathya Sai Baba ill-concealed desire to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was backed by Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Indian Government!  The hope for this was strongly hinted at by the Sai Baba himself, saying: in his 18 November 2001 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.” How could Sanathana Sarathi publish such embarassing ignorance? Doubtless because the editors do not yet realise to what extent Sathya Sai Baba has – due to his own words and actions – become notorious in wider world, not famous.

Sathya Sai official webpage promotion of imposter Michael Nobel

The Times of India reported (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.”

The imposter “Dr. Michael Nobel”

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 in the pay of Sai Baba. More than that, he has been rejected as an imposter by the genuine Swedish Nobel Foundation (see Wikipedia) quote: “Michael Nobel was born as Michael Oleinikoff. Michael’s father Sven Oleinikoff changed to his mother’s maiden name Nobel, and subsequently, so did Michael. Michael has (as of June 2008) not abide by the advice of the Nobel foundation and the Nobel family head, but continues his efforts to establish a new prize in his own (taken) name. Furthermore, on the 10th of October, 2008, Michael Nobel gave a talk, where transcripts of his speech falsely attributes him to be representing the “Nobel Peace Foundation”.

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 even popular – media [outside India, where Sai devotees actually rule the country]. Dr. Michael Nobel is involved with the administration of an appeal body supported by some 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.” (The Nobel Prize that Wasn’t – New York Times)

No ‘man gives the Nobel Prize’ – only the Norwegian Nobel committee does
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 national 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).

The moral standing of anyone who may receive the Peace Prize must be beyond suspicion and crispy clean to a degree which Sathya Sai Baba is most certainly not (involved in murders and their cover-up, widely accused of sexual abuse of young men and minors. Further, how could the Norwegian Nobel Committee award it to anyone who supports those of the Indian Government who vastly increase militarism in their arms race with Pakistan and China and are developing their nuclear arsenal? Sathya Sai Baba’s 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 are disqualifying facts in themselves.


Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

(See Sai Baba’s discourse about Dr. M. Nobel here)

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Two vague, unworkable ideas Sathya Sai Baba promotes

Posted by robertpriddy on November 19, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba preaches – but never really teaches – because his ideas are too vague, over-generalised and often in conflict with fact and proved theory. In common with other sects and cults in other religions, he relies most heavily on countless abstractions which are woven into a traditional dogma to try to make people believe in many things which are sheer superstition, speculation and have no counterpart in real life. This is using the power of the belief in otherworldly realms (the existence of which is unproven and doubtful in the extreme) to try to control people – a most unrealistic way to try to solve the world’s conflict problems (which conflicts no religion so far seems ever to have solved, but which they have often caused and aggravated).  Like many universal religious and also political abstractions, these ideas lend themselves to authoritarian agendas to obtain social control and manipulative power and turn out to function as subtle ways as a means of control and manipulation in religious or ‘spiritual’ sects and cults..

TWO KEY RELIGIOUS IDEAS CRITICALLY EXAMINED

Love, love, love… meaning what exactly? The concept of eternal, unconditional love… a dream!
Read what is wrong with the impracticable and delusory idea of  ‘love’ as ‘eternal’ in Sathya Sai Baba’s “teachings”

The idea of Unity (as in unity with all beings, God etc.) is highly misleading when used to set up behavioural ideals from which to measure, judge (and denigrate) the unique individual and the diversity of life.

Read what religious ideas of ‘unity’ are misused as constantly preached by Sathya Sai Baba’s in simplistic and unworkable otherworldly ways.

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Sathya Sai Baba worshipped by India’s P.M.s etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on November 18, 2008

Time for Indian Government leaders to take to their senses:

The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and his Minister for Home Affairs (Shivraj Patil) are known devotees of Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, who they visit and show the utmost respect. A man who has for decades repeatedly claimed he is God Incarnate (which is illegal in India anyhow), Sathya Sai Baba clearly stated (or example) on the BBC film ‘The Secret Swami’ that he created 3-ton golden lingam (size and shape of an egg) within his stomach and regurgitated it (though it was clearly seen to be a faked show and the lingam was then placed on a flimsy table without it collapsing!). Is it not time for these supposedly educated people to begin to examine the many facts about the ignorance and deceptions of this imposter “Creator of the Universe”? While this preposterous unspoken embarrassment to intelligent Indians and visiting statesmen from non-Hindu countries persists, how can its leaders really be taken by the world to be seriously responsible people?

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Nothing can absolve Sathya Sai Baba from having been involved in the gruesome murder incidents in his bedroom apartment in June 1993, where he fled his apartment and stood nearby and never intervened to save the four who were executed by the blackmailed police. None of the six murders were ever cleared up because his followers, then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and Home Minister S.B. Chavan quashed the CBI investigation when it began to near a result (See here).

Neither this – nor many substantial sex allegations against Sathya Sai Baba – stopped the Indian Government under A.B. Vajpayee – a long-term devotee himself –  from proposing him for the Nobel Peace Prize! Such wishful ignorance of international standards of judgement is near incredible by a Prime Minister who defended Sai Baba without have made the slightest investigation of the massive evidence (as proven by B. Premanand’s tortuous correspondence with the dissembling authorities see Premanand challenges Vajpayee to come clean. 

The practice of human values and the moral standing of anyone who is seriously considered for the Nobel peace Prize must be impeccable, and it is laughable that Sathya Sai Baba actually believed he would get it, as he made totally ill-informed claims that a certain Dr. Nobel was the many who gave it out was visiting him (he is the great grandson of Alfred Nobel and has no role in any Nobel Prizes whatever! See here)

Sathya Sai Baba (mostly passively) supports the vastly increasing militarism and nuclear arsenal of the Indian Government through patronising the designer of atomic weapons (Dr. Bhagavantam, deceased) and hobnobbing in most friendly fashion in public with the designer of the latest nuclear delivery missiles.

Shivraj Patil is a regular visitor to Sathya Sai Baba – see for example  here
See short video clip (1MB) of Sathya Sai Baba explaining the three ton lingam!

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The Sathya Sai Baba Balloon Deflated.

Posted by robertpriddy on November 17, 2008

Sai Baba the all-unpowerful

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam”

(p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

Sathya Sai Baba’s bombastic boast that the “whole world” will be “obliged” to visit his ashram in Puttaparthi (i.e. because of himself) is obviously totally invalid. It is only correct to say that some individuals from most countries of the world have visited… and now the visitors from abroad have dropped off most considerably (the reasons being obvious). Considerably more of the world visitors to Indian gurus nowadays go to such venues as Ravi Shankar’s ‘Art of Living’ centre, or the ashram of Amma the ‘Hugging Mother’.

The Sathya Sai Airport cannot accommodate the whole world even were it to stand for 100 years… it has long been a failed airport and is up for sale with sweetener inducements like free land for property development, but there are no buyers after a year on the market. Sathya Sai Baba cannot even buck the market!  It was built at great expense to the Indian taxpayer in 1990 through the intervention of a Government official (Civil Aviation Secretary) and long-term Sai devotee, Mr. M.K. Kaw, was unused for years – then very little used (for visiting devotees) until the present.

There has indeed been a ‘divine downfall’ since 1999. This decline or “Divine Downfall” (to use the title of author and journalist Mick Brown’s Telegraph article) continues despite hundreds of Sai-propaganda web pages numerous sites, blogs, constant world-wide radio broadcasts via Sai Global Harmony and WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service.

Before the world-wide furore about Sathya Sai Baba’s genital oilings and sexual abuses broke on the Internet in 1999, many prominent newspapers around the world carried articles about what a holy man Sathya Sai Baba was. If his devotees were gullible it was because they were being so thoroughly and cleverly deceived. The even the Observer and the Times had once carried two-page spreads heralding him in such terms as “one of the most impressive holy men of the age”. After airing of the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami, both papers became nothing but highly critical of him. Indian newspapers were – but still are – among the worst offenders in this pro-Sai propaganda. True, he once had prominent visitors from many countries – Presidents and Prime Ministers (Italy, Fiji, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka) – and from several European royal families (including the Duchess of York Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson) and from the ruling elites of several nations of the world. UNESCO even arranged to partake officially in an Educational Conference in his ashram, but dropped it like a hot potato when they investigated the sex abuse allegations against Sathya Sai Baba, after contacting some of the alleging victims.

Since UNESCO made their statement of withdrawal and its reasons public, no United Nations organization has had anything to do with him, despite major and signally unsuccessful efforts by his representatives in the Indian government and among mega-rich and/or influential supporters in the USA (eg. Dr. Michael Goldstein, Dr. William Harvey etc.)

Read also The Sathya Sai White Elephant airport
Mick Brown: Divine Downfall – Sunday Telegraph
UNESCO withdrawal from Sathya Sai Baba’s Educational Conference

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Sathya Sai Baba exposed in Argentina

Posted by robertpriddy on November 14, 2008

>Sai Baba, the well known Hindu spiritual teacher, who has a following of millions around the world, is facing charges of sexual abuse. The accusers assert that Baba has made many of his male devotees engage in sexual practices with him. Journalist Alejandro Agostinelli investigated the certainty of these charges. by Alejandro Agnostelli

Under the title ‘Divine Sin’, Agnostelli relates the evidence which emerged in Argentina and was presented on two TV programmes by Azul TV. The Latin American Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization, plus the leaders Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. William M. Harvey were present as apologists for Sai Baba. They were confronted by Conny Larsson – an alleging victim of sexual abuses by Sai Baba – and others over the sexual abuse of boys young men.

Sathya Sai Baba critics and apologists

Sathya Sai Baba critics and apologists

The defenders of Sathya Sai Baba made some absurd claims which were never backed up by events – perhaps the chief one of which was that the then US Presidential Candidate, Al Gore, was about to declare his support for Sathya Sai Baba. This would have been MOST unfavourable for him… and he has still not made the slightest mention of Sathya Sai Baba. He must have realised how damaging association with Sai Baba will always be!

It was even claimed that Sathya Sai Baba has assured his devotees that he had protected them from being in the World Trade Centre when the terrorist attack took place! Following this unfounded belief, the US Sathya Sai Organization used all its muscle with prominent figures in St. Louis and Chicago to introduce a Sathya Sai Baba day on September 11. One might think this very significant – that a big city allows a day to be named, but the Mayor’s office told us that over 200 days inSt. Louis were official name days for one or another organization.  In any case, it was a most untactful, distasteful demonstration . How could these people not realise what an outright provocation this is to the families, friends and co-workers of those who died – who Sathya Sai Baba did not deem worthy to be saved – claiming, as he does, to be God Incarnate with complete omnipotence, ruling over life and death and the Universe he has insistently claimed he created!

See further documentation of the Sathya Sai Organizations’ meeting in St Louis and Dr, Jack Feely’s report on proceedings here

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Isaac Tigrett and Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on November 12, 2008

I used to avoid Tigrett at the ashrams, though a friend of mine then knew him well (Alfred Brinnand) and sought his company. His lifestyle – drink, drugs, loose sex, opulence, promotion of the meat industry etc. – put me off. I had a hard time making this fit with being a good devotee. Altogether I found that most favoured followers were unacceptable persons to me and my values… which was a disappointment which grew and grew. Not to mention the totally credulous people who believed in such a load of absurd things and extreme ‘spiritual’ rubbish who one could not avoid at the ashrams… and Tigrett is one of them.

For example, I am informed by a source with a friend who goes to the ashram for the company of old friends and knew Isaac Tigrett previously. This informant had an eye-opener seeing how Tigrett is very loose with the ladies – very loud and common too! He would talk to this former friend, nor bother with anyone but for women he watches. He treats them like bunnies ……most likely not having real affairs but always flirting. This is how a VIP can flout all the rules that are so strictly enforced by petty officials where non-VIPs are involved. Even holding hands between man and wife is frowned on, and one can be banned from the ashram if one continues not to comply!

Further, ‘our man in Puttaparthi’ –  – reports that darshan is nowadays full of tribal people from all over India and many smell very bad, kick and stand up etc.

See also

The wild pseudo-spiritual shenanigans of one of Sathya Sai Baba’s biggest donors, Hard Rocker Isaac Tigrett, continue to amaze observers crystal skulls (faked), seventh ray masters, preposterous stories about Sai baba… and now his own ashram! http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/11/tigrett.htm

Isaac Tigrett. Selling Out Those Condemned to a House Of Blues Tigrett granted the ’probability’ that the allegations of sexual abuse of boys and young men were true, but he still adheres to his guru – saying he would not change if Sai baba went out and murdered someone tomorrow. He is reportedly now living at Puttaparthi.

Tigrett’s donation to Sathya Sai Baba Super-speciality hospital Scan of notes recorded – Isaac Tigrett’s hospital donation, plus information on embezzlement of a large part of it. Diverse notes on darshans and Sai snooper Sanjay Chibber and more. Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions

Isaac Tigrett, Sathya Sai Baba and the crystal skull
The Sathya Sai worshipper, Isaac Tigrett, has – or had – from his guru-go a crystal skull which he believed could affect the very balance of the cosmos and much more besides… a good belly-laugh for the sane among us!


Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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Sathya Sai Baba upcoming birthday

Posted by robertpriddy on November 12, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba has claimed that he does not invite anyone to come to see him… however, his published words and frequent invitations in interviews belie this entirely (as do internal Sathya Sai Organization circulars through the years – asking all members of the Organization to attend his major birthday celebrations):-

“Come empty-handed, or what am I to fill them with?” Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.156 (Answer ‘A pinch of ash, or a laddu, if you’re ‘lucky’)
“Come, examine, experience” Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 4 p. 227 (Comment: But don’t dig too deep or question him in any way)
“If you feel that you too must have the experience or else you will not believe, well, come and experience.”  Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3 p. 198 (Comment: But seek knowledge, facts and tangible truth  instead of mere belief)
“Why fear when I am here? Come unto Me all ye who suffer!” Baba assures us” (Chapter 17) p. 220 Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram Vol. 3 (see here) (Comment -plenty to fear, as many have learned…. murders and abuses diverse)
Come with empty hands…”  p. 123 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2
“Come without full hands, or how can I fill them” p, 123 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2

If you believe that you can get anything worthwhile out of a visit, you will surely be sorely disappointed. Sathya Sai Baba has very little contact with the visitors and is mostly wheel-chair bound. You will experience the ananda (bliss) of endless waiting, being ordered about by imperious officials, being closely body searched at every event (men and women), being pushed by uncouth villagers and sitting the distorted and boring repetitive and wandering discourse – most likely. Watch out for thieves of sandals and luggage, pickpockets,  and not least the police – who are reportedly much less friendly to foreigners than they even were before.

V.K. Narasimhan told me that, whenever a round number birthday comes round, all the residents dread it. There have regularly been epidemics of dysentry and stomach infections, and large outbreaks of chest and thoat infections due to the dust that is raised (sometimes to the height of several metres).

The conditions in the ashram and Puttaparthi last month are described in some detail and rather objectively by Brian Steel, who visited to see the state of affairs (not to see Sathya Sai Baba!).

Steel visited the gaudy ‘Chaitanya Jyoti’ museum, where he noted the prophesies about the greatness of Sai Baba, including the infamous faked ‘prophesy’ of the Islamic Mehdi Moud coming as Sathya Sai Baba, for whom Muslims are said by this bogus text not to be ready due to the depths of their sin,  is exposed very thoroughly – However, he noted that the false Arabic text which he had got professionally translated and found to state quite other things than the ‘translation’ gave, has been surreptitiously removed! This damage limitation is useless really, as what they have falsely claimed is already long since recorded for posterity, and the Sathya Sai Organization has failed to correct many other proven errors of both a major and minor kind. The reputation of Sathya Sai Baba as a truth merchant is in tatters, and so is that of his Organization too.  See The “Mehdi Moud” Prophecy Revisited

Recent Research on the Claims of Sathya Sai Baba is found at Steel’s website, where one finds well-researched articles on the Sathya Sai Baba phenomenon. Such as Fuzzy Dates in the Official Biography of Sathya Sai Baba. A Re-examination

Steel’s blogsite also has themes related to Sathya Sai Baba: http://briansteel.wordpress.com/

See also report on major Sathya Sai Birthday celebrations of the past here

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J. Jegathesan’s smears against Sai Baba ‘victims’

Posted by robertpriddy on November 11, 2008

An Example of Sathya Sai Organization Deliberate Misrepresentation of Former Devotees’ Call For Proper Investigation

Jega Jegathesan is one of those – both key leaders and rank-and-file members of the Sathya Sai Organization – who know that many former devotees have integrity and are not ‘vicious’ and do not spread ‘calumny’, but are principled and honest. Jegathesan referred  to the testimonies of young men who claim in credible detail (to those who know the circumstances in the ashram well) as making “faeces on the ground”!  The investigations by many former followers is based on a huge body of documented facts and statements by several hundred persons and covered by organizations like UNESCO and the US State Department and in major press articles, and in investigative TV documentaries (see links here).

Jegathesan's 'Journey to God'

Jegathesan

Former devotees have tried to reveal the known facts in a principled and painstaking way so as to reach the truth about what else has been covered up. Over 30 young men have stood forth bravely in public already with written and signed testimonies. Since secrecy, unaccountability, deception, untruth and propaganda is so widespread in the Sai movement altogether, some digging is often necessary to uncover the background of certain extraordinary events so that further investigation may lead to a proper solution for or against likely suppositions. I know how difficult it is to get information about the simplest of events from the Organization’s top leaders since I was frustrated by them for years when I was the leader of the relatively small Organization in Norway. Any investigatory or critical process is avoided like the plague by Sai officials and sworn believers, because Sai Baba simply does not allow it. Even deaths and suicides – known to have taken place – are never mentioned at any official meetings or get-togethers.

Datuk Jegathesan Jegathesan has long been one of those totally uncritical supporters of Sathya Sai Baba, as his series of hagiographic books demonstrates to the extreme. The frontspiece of one of them gives the jist of his admiration for the guru, despite his knowing full well that Malaysian students left Sai Baba in 1980 due to  the sexual abuses they said they were subjected to. Jegathesan and his wife had access to the infomation gathered by a prominent pro-Sai activist in Malaysia at the time, ex-follower Hariram Jayaram. He investigated this sexual abuse matter in considerable depth – speaking to the alleging victims and families and visiting India to meet students there to find out more – and he became convinced that their allegations were true, as he has informed me during a long period of correspondence we had. The Malaysian Sai movement was very disturbed by those incidents, which were widely known at the time. These facts have been denied and covered up by Datuk J. Jegathsan. He has a lot to answer for.

Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

Sathya Sai Apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide
Malaysian newspaper report on suicide of Jega’s son with related issues
Full text of e-mail circulated widely by Jegathesan
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

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