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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Sathya Sai Baba and AIDS

Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2009

Sai Baba always claims to be reviving the Indian nation to its former alleged greatness. However, in 2007, the estimated number of people (Avert.org and WHO) with AIDS in India was 2.3 million. The highest HIV prevalence rates are found in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in the south, where HIV is primarily spread through heterosexual contact. This is Sai Baba’s home area… but he has said and done nothing to help this situation. Many infections are found amongst injecting drug users (IDUs) and sex workers. There are currently 2.1 million children in forced prostitution (sex slavery) in India. Though the rate of infections has dropped considerably in recent years, it is a vast number of the population who are still affected by AIDS.

Sathya Sai Baba never Speaks Up on India’s Worst Sufferings: One of mankind’s most basic needs and drives is virtually unmentionable by the supposed ‘world universal teacher’! Though he avoids all subjects like birth control, condoms, AIDS and other sex-related issues like the plague (except in the privacy of the interview room or with close confidantes), he has once shown in public that is more Catholic than the present Pope. He has nothing whatever to advise but abstention from sexual behaviour. He religiously avoids talking about the widespread endorsement by Hindu temples of devadasis – temple prostitutes. That Sathya Sai Baba steers clear of the sex discussion strongly suggests that his real views would awaken astonishment and would cause many to fall away from his movement and might also draw more attention to his own widely reported sexual proclivities and preferences. He lists lust as one of the seven or cardinal sins, without explaining what kind of lust even, though he always claims to have no bodily desires. However, many factual and convincing accounts by a wide variety of young men indicate clearly that Sai Baba has tried to change young men into homosexuals and for his own gratification!

Since the sexual impulse is so fundamental and is the source of so many personal, social and other problems in the world, one might have expected some more enlightened talk about it than preaching monastic and repressive ideals. What a parody of spiritual guidance to mankind! There is nothing whatever ‘spiritual’ about avoiding the issues connected with sexuality. In contrast to Sai Baba’s secrecy and his attitude that strongly suggests guilt and shame feelings about sexuality, the great Sufi mystic and famous  poet, Rumi, regarded sexual desires in youth as ‘letting one’s feathers grow out’, without which dangerous problems can be caused later. (The Essential Rumi, p. 64). This is definitely an enlightened attitude and is favoured by an increasing majority in most modern countries nowadays. (So much for the cherished belief among devotees that Sai Baba will rule the world (or frequently it is said that he already does so – such as by the mad psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Sandweiss who believes that he alone has brought an era of global peace!). Sai Baba’s own deranged and megalomaniac claims that the whole world will be in his organisation and what newspapers in India reported he told Singhai: The World to be unified under Hinduism by 2030.

AIDS treatment with retroviral drugs: The tiniest percentage of Indians with AIDS could afford retroviral medicines until the Government took a lead in National AIDS Council (NAC) in 2006. The problem of access to retroviral drugs is still intense, however. Recently an appeal was made to Manmohan Singh to address the urgent need to rollout second-line anti-retroviral drugs in India. Not until July 2003, did the largely puritan-minded Indian Government at long last officially recognise the threat as an official figure of 4/5 million AIDS sufferers in India was published, while the hidden figure was said by other observers probably far greater. Most Indians never use condoms. Over half of all AIDS sufferers are women, but the vast majority of Indian women cannot even raise the question of this with their husbands. Ignorance about AIDS is still widespread due to traditional taboos about sex, and Sathya Sai Baba’s very puritan influence has increased these taboos. Open and informed discussion of sexual problems has long been limited largely to the small English-speaking minority. In 2002, when Bianca Jagger returned from a tour of India to study the problems of AIDS there on behalf of Christian Aid, she was interviewed on BBC World Service (4-12-’02). We were informed that Indian has the most rapid rate of AIDS infections of all countries in the world bar South Africa. The situation worsened in that the wild superstition that sex with children and even babies can cure AIDS also developed in India.


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Baba’s birthday a low-key affair. Express News Service 25 Nov 2009

Posted by robertpriddy on November 28, 2009

According to Express news “This time around, Satya Saibaba did not speak nor give any message.The entire celebrations were a low-key affair”.

Also of note is their report “There were less number of foreign devotees this year for the birthday celebrations may be due to economic recession and the recent floods. NT Chowdary and Dr Damoder arranged for free food for the devotees.The district SP made elaborate police bandobast in Puttaparthi. In fact, the police have outnumbered the devotees.”

Sathya Sai Baba helpless handsComment: The number of visiting foreign devotees in Puttaparthi was most likely so low less due to the credit crunch than to the credibility crunch – Satya Sai Baba having been exposed for what he is – one who often practices fraudulent ‘materializations’ and who is so widely accused of sexual abuses of young males and boys under the protection of his devotees in the judiciary and government, and of complicity in the cold-blooded killings of four of his followers in his bedroom, and cover-up to the highest levels in India.

The self-proclaimed ‘omnipotent’ avatar is so physically handicapped that he could not cut his birthday cake himself, not without guiding assistance, as has been usual for years now.
See
Sathya Sai Baba Video. Too Weak To Cut Birthday Cake Nor could he even give a brief discourse this time. One can but ask why?

Despite the many former claims of millions of visitors (3 million claimed by Sai Baba himself, though the area designated could hold no more than 300,000) it is evident that the following is vastly reduced from what it was in former days. For example, the 82nd birthday was also a low-key affair, see Sai Baba 82nd birthday – cakes and security

Sathya Sai Baba birthday magnificence


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Sathya Sai Baba – the paranormal phenomena

Posted by robertpriddy on November 27, 2009

The book published by Dale Beyerstein in 1992 questions, in summary form, the paranormal claims made about Indian guru and holy man Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his supposed psychic powers, plus various investigations that have been done of them.

The summary was made for the benefit of 1) those who have heard of Satya Sai Baba through second-hand stories from devotees, but who have not looked into the original sources of these stories; and 2) those familiar with writings of devotees but not by those who have made investigations of his claims.

Contents

  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. Sai Baba: Omniscient and Omnipotent?
  3. Did Sai Baba Resurrect Someone From The Dead?
  4. Does Sai Baba Have Complete Telepathic Knowledge?
  5. Materializations
  6. Sundry Miracles
  7. Healings and Rescues
  8. Does Sai Baba’s Life Fulfil Ancient Prophesies?
  9. Bibliography

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Sathya Sai Baba’s 84′th Birthday [2009]

Posted by robertpriddy on November 22, 2009

On Monday (23 November), Sathya Sai Baba’s 84th birthday will be celebrated at his ashram Prashanthi Nilayam. However, the only documentary and objective evidence available strongly indicates that this date is a falsification and that he was actually born on October 4 1929!

This makes for what `Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland famously called an ‘unbirthday’! The documentary evidence is:-

1) the school records from Bukkapatnam, where he attended school which is at odds with the date he gives himself
2) the school record of transfer from Karnalapuram in 1941 (registering his date of birth as 4.10.1929)
3) several references bearing on his true age and dates from ‘Other Than You refuge I have None’ by one of his boyhood contemporaries Sm. Vijaya Kumari (Vijayamma)

The evidence is summarised here, mostly from the well-balanced and painstaking researches of Brian Steel, (scroll down to next blog)

Supplemented from saibabaexpose.wordpress.com:- “A major problem in trying to understand Sathya Sai Baba’s life relates to relying heavily on ‘official’ material, such as the authorised ‘Sathyam Sivam Sundaram’ hagiogaphy by N. Kasturi, whose authenticity and reliability have come under serious scrutiny. A common misconception relating to the young Sai Baba (as Sathyanarayana Raju) is the assumption of his continuance of education in nearby Bukkapatnam, all because it happens to be the neighbouring town. Meticulous research by way of analysing all of Raju’s available school records show his education movements as follows:-
Puttaparthi – Kamalapuram – Bukkapatnam – Uravakonda

The reason given to account for such upheaval relates to how Raju’s parents entrusted the responsibility of his education to their eldest son, Seshama, who was a teacher by occupation and was himself frequently transferred around the district to teach. Consequently Raju followed his brother and lived in the same house along with him, his sister-in-law and her relatives. And so Raju was transferred from the Government-aided Elementary School in Puttaparthi to the Board Middle School in Kamalapuram. Thanks to Seshama’s disruptive transfers, he was transferred from there to the Samithi Elementary School at Bukkapatnam.

    Text on left of certificate reads:-

  • Name of the school which the pupil is leaving: B.M. School Kamalapuram
  • Name of the pupil: Ratnakaram Satyanarayana
  • Date of birth as entered in the admission register: 4.10.1929 (Fourth October Nineteen Twenty Nine)
  • Class or form in which the pupil was [unintelligible] at the time of leaving (in words): First Form
  • Date of admission or promotion to that class or form: 11.6.40
  • Date when the pupil actually left the school: 22.4.41
  • Date on which application for transfer certificate was made on behalf of the pupil by the parent or guardian: 20.6.41
  • Date of transfer certificate: 20.6.41″

  • Never forget the two main issues which have brought this Humpty Dumpty Sai Baba crashing down in the eyes of the world:-
    1)  The large number of sexual abuse testimonies from young men around the globe.
    2) “The infamous murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993 which were covered up by him and government

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Sathya Sai Baba’s (un)Birthday (not born on 23 November 1926)

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2009

The birthday of Sathya Sai Baba to be celebrated on Monday (23 November) is in doubt, because documentary and diverse circumstantial evidence makes it most likely that his birth date has been falsified. The evidence is summarised here, mostly from the well-balanced and painstaking researches of Brian Steel, who writes:-

“… the publication in October 2000 of the meticulously researched first volume of a planned definitive 6-volume biography of Sai Baba by the well-known Puttaparthi publisher Sai Towers, Love is My Form, shows the quoted 1940 to be three years premature. This evidence changes the chronology of the early years of his mission. In fact, SB spent the school years 1936-1940 in the Elementary School in Puttaparthi, and the year 1940-1941, not engaged on his Mission, as we have been told by all previous commentators, but in Form One of the Middle School at Kamalapura, some 200 kilometres from Puttaparthi, where his elder brother, Seshama, had begun his teaching career.

The compilers of LIMF offer photostats from School registers in Bukkapatnam and Uravakonda (pp. 68-69 and p. 132 and a table on pp. 128-129) to show clearly that Sathya Narayana Raju (whose date of birth is given as 4-10-1929) entered the Bukkapatnam school (17 kilometres from Puttaparthi) on 5 July 1941 and left on 6 April 1942 – apparently without taking the E.S.L.C. Examination. The other Register records Sathya’s arrival at the distant Uravakonda High School (at which brother Seshama was then teaching) over a year later, on 1 July 1943, but it shows no leaving date. (Incidentally, for future researchers, on this second photostat, Sathya’s date of birth is given as 4-10-39 – an obvious mistake, corrected to 4-10-29, but with a signed clarification, “fourth October Nineteen Twentynine” dated, as far as the writing is legible, 11-8-76.

LIMF ‘s new chronological evidence, backed up by interviews with SB’s contemporaries shows that it was on 20 October 1943 (and NOT in 1940, as has always been claimed) that SB threw down his school books and made the famous declaration: “Maya has left; I am going; my work is waiting.” (LIMF, 147; Kasturi, Vol 2, pp. 42-43)
The compilers of LIMF also state that the preliminary declaration: “I am Sai Baba.” “I am of the Bharadwaja Gothra”, took place at the end of this illness, on 23 May 1943, a few months before the other more dramatic Mission Declaration in October.

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1)    According to Indian matriculation levels, Raju was in the 8th Standard at the time.
2)    Raju was a student of the school  July 5 1941 as the date of the record itself shows.
3)    Mention is made of an exam scheduled for April 6 1942.

Raju (Sai Baba) is listed as Entry No. 466:

Since 1950 Sai Baba’s birthday has been celebrated on the date of November 23, 1926. He says he declared his divinity in May 1940, leaving leave home to start his ‘Mission’ later that year (October 20, 1940). The dating of these events are ostensibly contradicted by his school records. (See more on this )

A reason to select November 23, 1940 for his birthday was 1) that it had the signs of unusual astrological auspiciousness (very important for would-be ‘holy men’ and 2) the much revered ‘saint’  Sri Aurobindo declared that “November 24, 1926, was the descent of Krishna into the physical. A power infallible shall lead the thought. In earthly hearts kindle the Immortal’s Fire, even the multitude shall hear the voice.” Aurobindo followers maintain that he was referring to his own body, having been in a very long-lasting meditative trance until November 24 when he made his declaration. However, Sai Baba chose a day BEFORE that as his own birthday, which is another discrepancy of importance. See more on this here

Another indication that Sathya Sai Baba was considerably younger than he claimed was inadvertently given by his official biographer, N. Kasturi, who never questioned him seriously about his alleged birthdate and other such discrepancies or ‘sensitive’ claims. (See text scan here – right – where Kasturi’s first impression when meeting Babas on moving to Prashanthi Nilayam in 1948 was that he was much younger than claimed – which sheds new light on the school record dpocuments which puts his birth date at October 4, 1929… three years later than Sai Baba claimed. Hence, Sai Baba could boast of greater youtfulness than was the fact, putting it down to his purity, patience and perseverence. Following Kasturi’s ever-repeated lead, blind devotees would put everything untoward down to ‘His Mystery’ and call it “His divine leela” or the like.

The declaration of ‘His Mission’ is given by Sai Baba as and the Sai Baba literature as 20 October 1940 (when SB was allegedly one month from his 14th birthday). The Golden Jubilee was celebrated on this date in 1990.

‘Love is My Form’ proves that Sai Baba went to Uravakonda in early 1943, and left in October 1943 (one month before his 14th birthday) and began his Mission after the second of his Declarations. This indicates that the actual date of his birth was in 1929, NOT 1926.
It was also celebrated on 23 November in 1950, as Vijayakumari records, with the Inauguration of the new ashram at Prasanthi Nilayam.

Brian Steel presents compelling circumstantial evidence to support the proposition that Satya Narayana Raju was not born when he says, but three years later:-

Reference to Smt. Vijayakumari (Vijayamma) by Brian Steel

It is well proven that – in his supposed all-knowingness – Sathya Sai Baba confuses dates, such as his mistaken dating of Shivananda’s birthday (see http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/Omnitruth.htm) There we also read:
“SB’s trouble with family dates shows up in his Discourse on 6 May 1998 (Easwaramma Day, in honour of his mother).
“Now it is 30 years since the mother of this body passed away.” BUT she died in 1972 (26 years before).
Quoting a visit from his mother’s spirit: “For 40 years I was with You.” She was with SB for 46 years – 1926-1972 (If SB was born in 1926).
Kondama Raju, SB’s grandfather:”he … lived up to 116 years.
Kasturi (K1A, pp. 4-5) says he was 110 when he died. LIMF (p. 22) suggests 112.
Two remarks SB makes in the Discourse suggest that Kondama died in 1954: “Swami was entering His 9th year” [i.e. in 1935] and “After that, he lived for 19 years.”[=1954]
Kasturi states that Kondama died in 1950. (K1A, p. 5) LIMF (p. 22) gives his dates as 1840-1952. Two years later, SB states more correctly that Kondama Raju died at 112 years of age but he doesn’t mention a year. (1 Oct 2000)”

Brian Steel also writes: “The compilers of LIMF offer photostats from School registers in Bukkapatnam and Uravakonda (pp. 68-69 and p. 132 and a table on pp. 128-129) to show clearly that Sathya Narayana Raju (whose date of birth is given as 4-10-1929) entered the Bukkapatnam school (17 kilometres from Puttaparthi) on 5 July 1941 and left on 6 April 1942 – apparently without taking the E.S.L.C. Examination. (See later exam story.) The other Register records Sathya’s arrival at the distant Uravakonda High School (at which brother Seshama was then teaching) over a year later, on 1 July 1943, but it shows no leaving date. (Incidentally, for future researchers, on this second photostat, Sathya’s date of birth is given as 4-10-39 – an obvious mistake, corrected to 4-10-29, but with a signed clarification, “fourth October Nineteen Twentynine” dated, as far as the writing is legible, 11-8-76. However, before too much is made of the 1929 date ‘discrepancy’, we have been informed, in LIMF, and by other experts on India that such errors were quite common in rural India in those days.)
LIMF ‘s new chronological evidence, backed up by interviews with SB’s contemporaries shows that it was on 20 October 1943 (and NOT in 1940, as has always been claimed) that SB threw down his school books and made the famous declaration: “Maya has left; I am going; my work is waiting.” (LIMF, 147; Kasturi, Vol 2, pp. 42-43) “

For further clarification see Steel’s reconsideration of the date issue here


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Resignation from Sai Organization plus mail from Nexus Magazine

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2009

Letter of resignation by a leading office-bearer in the Sathya Sai Organization plus letter from Duncan Roads, editor ‘Nexus magazine’

From: “Lori Kaplowitz”
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 12:54:25 -0500
To: “Glen Meloy”
Subject: The original email

This is the email that started it all….I wrote this after deep contemplation and a need to get it out of my system and try to reach some people. Thankfully, due to this email there are six people currently investigating and asking me questions. Many others that were vicious and then many others that were quiet. This email was sent out to total of 230 people, mostly North Eastern US Sai Baba devotees.

Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 10:49 PM
Subject: How do you reach someone’s heart?

Dear Friends,

I am writing this e-mail after much contemplation. As many of you know as of this writing I have resigned from the sai organization and no longer consider sai baba my teacher. I made this decision based on information I found out regarding improper behaviour that sai baba is engaged in. The reason I have chosen to write to you at this time is because I can no longer be silent and participate in the level of suppression that has been going on within the sai baba org.

You are good caring people, dig down into your hearts and souls and bypass your ego. It is especially important for those of you who are therapists and teachers. People that are responsible for recognizing and reporting problems when children cry out for help. Why have you turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to this situation? For those of you who do not know what is going on, I beseech you to find out by either reading the e-mail included below, contacting people that have left the org and investigating websites. [Attached to the bottom of this message is an unbiased letter from the editor of the Nexus magazine. Duncan's email address, phone number and mailing address are included as well. Please feel free to contact him if you have any questions.]

I would like to ask you to consider the following questions. Doesn’t it mean anything that centers around the world have been closed? That major public sai baba officials have resigned? I also would like to ask how it is that so many people, from so many countries are saying the same thing? That so many men, not women, have committed suicide?? Did you know that the UNESCO conference, that was supposed to be sponsored in Parthi, was canceled due to these rumors as well and the sai baba org. is not reporting the facts? Doesn’t it mean something that UNESCO has posted its concern and disassociation with the sai baba org.? Did you know that the new EHV school slated to open in September in Hartford, CT has shut down? Isn’t it interesting that the FBI and other International orgs. are investigating sai baba? Most of all isn’t it interesting that an organization that allegedly supports the principle of Help Ever, Hurt Never is basically being selfish?

The saddest thing of all is that the party line reads “think about your own experience, don’t listen to this garbage because it will weaken your faith”. After much contemplation I realized how hypocritical this is especially if you are to follow sb’ s teachings of “love all, serve all”. How can you love and serve somebody else, especially the children if you are not at least researching and asking the questions. How can you continue to bury your head in the sand, give over your personal power, because you are too afraid to rock your world. What about these children? What if any of this is true, even a little bit?? What about the children?

With love, Lori K.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR OF NEXUS MAGAZINE

Dear List,

Since my email has been forwarded to so many others, maybe I should clarify my position.

1)  I have been involved in promoting ‘new age’ and ‘alternative’ viewpoints since my teens, during the ’70s.  I have run and organised many conferences, lecture tours, expos etc all promoting self awareness, natural health and caring from nature.
2)  I was made aware of Sai Baba in the late seventies.  I know many people who have experienced miracles in their personal lives that they attribute to Sai Baba.
3)  I also know many Muslims, Christians and Hindus who have experienced similar miracles in their lives, which THEY attribute to their respective figureheads.
4)  Whilst a believer in Sai Baba’s miracles and teachings, I chose NOT to become a follower.  I perceived that the miracles were as much a creation of the believer as of the teacher.  I chose to explore the path of ‘creating our own reality’.
5)  I had heard the many rumours about Sai Baba’s sexual impropriety over the years, and like many, dismissed them as disgruntled devotees.  Later on, I actually took those attacks as ‘evidence’ that Sai Baba was growing in influence, and that this was the ‘system’ attacking him.
6)  Unlike Sai Baba believers, I have an open mind, one which allows me to read and listen to things that Sai Baba believers refuse even to allow into their consciousness.  I read some of the more recent testimonies, and decided to investigate for once and for all to put an end to the rumours.
7)  I ended up speaking to many victims, parents of victims, former Sai Baba centre ‘leaders’ and some respected ‘figureheads’ from the movement.  All confirmed the same pattern of abuse and sexual misconduct.
8)  I did not want to believe any of these testimonies, but I also had to be true to what I was uncovering.  Sai Baba is, and has, been involved in sexual misconduct with boys and young men.  The effects of this misconduct has caused unestimatable damage within many many families, including suicides.

I only investigated the allegations of sexual misconduct.  I notice there are also many who claim the miracles are faked, there are many allegations of financial fraud, and there are many dead people who were supposedly ‘healed’ by Sai Baba or his vibuti.
In retrospect it would be easy to point the finger and say how evil and deceptive Sai Baba truly is.  But in fairness, he would be a nobody if people did not give him their respect, money, and above all – personal power.

I look forward to an age where people respect and love themselves enough to be able to truly respect and love others.  People who feel GENUINE love, joy and happiness in their lives do NOT follow the path of others-they ARE their own path in its making.

Shame on Sai Baba!  Shame on the parasites that feed off his empire!  Shame on the ‘Centre Leaders’ who knowingly turn a blind eye to the reports they have received of sexual impropriety!  Shame on the followers who are so insecure in themselves that they cannot open their ears to hear the cries their brothers and sisters!  Shame on the sycophants who in their blind belief help perpetuate the suffering, injustice and deception that surrounds Sai Baba.

Above all, shame on those who dismiss the cries of pain from their brothers without investigation!

Duncan
Duncan M. Roads – Editor, NEXUS Magazine – PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia
Tel: +61 (0)7 5442 9280;   Fax:  +61 (0)7 5442 9381 http://www.nexusmagazine.com      ICQ#62399259

“The nature of the universe is such that ends can never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end.” (Aldous Huxley)


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Sai Baba’s hand-washing hypocrisy on display

Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba claims to be behind all things that happens, so – by the same preposterous claim – he is necessarily to blame for everything that is wrong. Yet he denies this and puts the responsibility for everything that is not good on us in every respect and every instance! This Janus faced teaching, whereby all that is bad is due only to human actions, is typical of his entire behaviour – he holds that is guilty of nothing, never can be. In short, he puts himself above the law and above everyone and everything! Yet his followers cannot see through this duplicity, even after his failings have been demonstrated increasingly and incontrovertibly since around 1999. The un-indoctrinated and the de-programmed devotees can observe how it all functions to increase his status in the eyes of believers and add to his fortune, fame and name at their expense. One would expect God Almighty to be a lot more convincing than this!

None of his megalomaniac assertions are ever properly explained by him. Instead, he continually makes use of his preposterous claims in subtly devious ways to control others. He has inspired and overseen projects in India that are of considerable value to whoever benefits from them, though not by any means always the poor and the suffering, for he is surrounded by embezzlers and fat cats and is reputed to use massive bribery and pay-offs to avoid prosecution. He has through this and his unceasing moralism motivated many people here and there to try to carry out good works in their own countries. This is not in any way unique, however, despite all the portentous talk. His doctrines and messages are no different to those long forwarded by innumerable Indian swamis and gurus. The unoriginality of Sai Baba in these respects is recognised only by those who are astute students of India and its history. We live in a world where good works have every been done selflessly and are still to the fore in millions of people’s daily lives, but this is not a theme Sai Baba takes up, for it is only his own works that he praises. The horrific ills and malefic practices that still rule throughout India he never mentions – let alone dares to confront – such as the existence of 2.2 million child prostitutes as one ‘small example’ [one of his own favourite phrases]. Such is a small example in that it is one of many other such despicable conditions under which the main population suffers, as any objective statistic about India’s calamitous society can prove.

Yet there are those who are either know – or are in a position to know – many of the facts, yet who have long since learned to discount in advance and rationalize everything that is or could be said against Sathya Sai Baba. Every fact must be twisted and turned to fit Sai Baba’s claims, until it becomes second nature and on can no linger think straight – if one has not succeeded in not thinking at all, as Sai Baba recommends most highly! Actually an impossibility, as he [self-contradictorily] even admitted to Hislop once. The reasons for his continuing devotees’ split-mindedness (or in many cases sheer duplicity and ‘double-accounting’) are many and various: powerful mental-emotional bonds that give a sense of security and one can hardly free oneself from, dependency attachments to other members, to prestige and privileges within the cult, to having a flat at the ashram, to cheap living in India, spiritual desperation, continual hope of cures and freedom from sufferings, vague ideas of ‘liberation’ from life itself, and so on… Their lives and psyches are just too involved at so many levels in their fixation on this very personable and powerful gurus for them to be able to listen to, investigate or evaluate facts.

Some ‘small examples’ of such blindfolded acolytes, as I once was before the many negative facts about him began to emerge on a large scale, keep on believing chapter and verse! They have resigned themselves to believe. One can but pity those who accept almost anything they are told to and who have given up the will and ability to distinguish fact and fantasy. Only such persons are qualified to be leaders of Sai Baba institutions (the colleges, the Sathya Sai Organization etc.)

1) See Dr. John Hislop’s letters to office-bearers about sex abuse in the 1980s (click here) .
2) the reactions of Dr. M. Goldstein to the foully abused Alaya Rahm in 2000 – in th BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ . It is showcased with selected transcripts and brief video clips here
3) Thorbjørn Meyer and colleagues in his interview on Danish TV


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Human Values – Sai Baba’s truncated ideas

Posted by robertpriddy on November 19, 2009

The values according to [or against which] we act are unavoidable and essential links that tie together personal perceptions and judgements, motives and actions into the sphere of common cultural values.
They are central to grasping the motivations of our social and political life. Sai Baba promotes his own brand of ‘five human values’, which is a simple and often all too vague recipe. His biographer Kasturi writes that Sai Baba scribbled the 5 values down on the back of an envelope when Kasturi asked him to define them.  Grabbed as if out of thin air without any deeper thought, it is quite evident how shallow, rigid and incomplete they are when examined carefully and critically. They can only function at a most elementary level of teaching children, at best, for the doctrine is flawed and is badly out of step with modern thought and educational standards (outside developing nations) .

My view of what human values are (as opposed to divinely-instated values masquerading as ‘human’ values) is to be found in my analyses of the many and serious failings of Sai Baba’s ideas about them here (links)

 


 

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Sathya Sai Baba, defender of the caste system

Posted by robertpriddy on November 18, 2009

“The system of Varnas is ordained by the Vedas and so there can be no injustice in it; it is not an artifice invented by man.” (Sathya Sai Baba in Geetha Vahini, Ch. IX, p. 46 )

Sathya Sai Baba promotes himself as an unsurpassed renewer of moral and human values come to save India and the whole of humanity, while he is a regular defender of the caste system. He has cited the age-old laws of Manu (see the relevant description here), which insist on a divisive, unjust and virtually racialist exclusion of those deemed ‘casteless’, – involving a very repressive ‘caste hygiene’ (actually a kind of ‘racial hygiene’ against the indigenous non-Aryan and Hindu population among others) all of which is still a major scourge in India. It is of note that Nietzsche enthused over the laws of Manu on castes (and we know what Nietzsche’s philosophy was used to support!).  The caste system is a bastion against social equality. Besides, in numerous statements Sai Baba has argued against the social ideal of distribution of wealth (Sanathana Sarathi January 1986 p.11) and has rejected the common ideal of social equality as unrealistic, rather asserting that everyone is equal only before God!

Despite his much publicised teaching of non-discrimination due to colour, creed, caste & religion he not only speaks favourably of the four-caste system (even as primitively stated as it was by Manu) and he does not publicly criticise any specific caste discrimination.  Both in his discourses and actions, he tends strongly to support the basic religious ideas underpinning even the present caste system. For example, he has NEVER spoken out about the huge and terrible injustices that the Dalits suffer… he has, for example, never instructed his followers to help these ‘untouchable’ casteless to have access to wells, nor has he criticised the continued pseudo-religious organized prostitution of thousands of female temple dancers.

Sathya Sai Baba has very great influence on most of the Prime Ministers and Presidents of India for three decades – and on the Supreme and High Court judiciary [whose key founding figure Bhagwati is on the borad of his Sathya Sai Central Trust] – yet he has evidently not insisted that they make proper efforts to stop the injustices against the Dalits. This illustrates the frequent divergence of his preaching and practice..

In strong contrast to Sai Baba, P.L. Mimroth is as intelligent and courageous a defender of the casteless as was Ambedkar. He is a lawyer and president of an organization that tries to help India’s casteless, the Dalits.

Based in New Delhi, Mimroth often travels to Rajasthan, his native state. Everything there is the same as ever, the houses, families, castes. Even the village well is still only open to people of caste and closed to the casteless! Now as ever, they are forced to trudge off to the water hole four kilometers away. They are denied access to temples in many villages, and sometimes they must even go to the city to get a haircut because caste people refuse to touch them!

Statistics show that 90 presented by the casteless continue to sweat their traditional low-status jobs in that only five per cent have managed to advance themselves into service professions – and that even fewer have managed to reach the truly high status of doctor or lawyer.

The unrighteousness of Rajasthan has lasted for over 2,000 years with the rest of India not far behind. India’s caste system has existed nearly as long as Hinduism. The world’s largest democracy has 160 million casteless. On paper, they have the same rights and obligations as everyone else, but the reality is different.  Mimroth says that ancient ideas can’t be removed by decision and powerful pressure groups.

See also The caste system of India & Sathya Sai Baba


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A devotee reports on Sathya Sai Baba’s appeal and reputation

Posted by robertpriddy on November 17, 2009

Excerpt from a web page by  N. Bhanutej of Puttaparthi
From a handful in the 1960s, Sai Baba’s following today is anywhere between one crore and five crore.
Sai Baba did not answer his critics. Narasimhaiah did not get an interview. But in a discourse, Baba said: “It is beyond you to know how or why I create things. The objects that I create, I create them by my will, the same way I created the universe”. Even now, devotees elbow each other during the darshans, hoping to touch his feet or get invited to a private session where Sai Baba usually ‘materialises’ gifts.”

Interesting that the estimate here by a Sai supporter of Sai Baba’s ‘following’ (which is a very vague term indeed) of “between 10 million and 50 million” is far, far below what is claimed by the majority of pro-Sai authors, web loggers, and organization websites. (The Swedish website has for years even claims there are 300 million devotees – which is, of course, sheer fantasy). Sai Baba’s preposterous claim the he created the Universe should need no comment, but the fact that there are so many who believe him requires that his many deceptions and fraudulence be documented and discussed, as is done on this blog site and many other exposé sites.

In 1978, the revolutionary balladeer Gaddar penned and popularised a song ridiculing Sai Baba. He told THE WEEK: “In India, you can exploit people in two ways. One, if you have the capital to invest. Two, you invest in the ignorance of the people and exploit them through superstition.” Though Gaddar’s song became popular, the queues outside Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan, his ashram in Whitefield, Bangalore, kept growing longer.

On November 23, 1992, the Deccan Chronicle carried a photograph from a TV footage of Baba taking a gold chain from his private staff before ‘materialising’ it. On June 6, 1993, six inmates of the inner circle of Prashanthi Nilayam died in Sai Baba’s bedroom. Two of them had allegedly made an attempt on Baba’s life. The other four were gunned down by the police, apparently in self defence. The facts of the case were never brought to light.

This says a great deal about the unaccountability of this cult. Sathya Sai Baba has managed, both through his appeal to ideals of ancient Hinduism and India’s inherent spiritual greatness but not least through his accumulation of great wealth by donations, to gain major political influence. He cannot be brought to justice in India because he has protection at the very highest levels of the government and the judiciary, whose prestige was long since invested in him (before the facts about his abuses began to emerge due to the Internet).

The most serious of charges of sexual abuse came from several of his western young male devotees. A book by Tal Brooks titled Avatar of Night describes the author’s quest for God, his seeking Sai Baba and his disillusionment when he was sexually exploited. With the advent of the Internet, disillusioned young men narrated more stories of abuse. Interestingly, there are devotees who justify the alleged sexual acts as Baba’s way of ‘correcting’ the kundalini of the devotee. [SEE HERE]

Unesco, not willing to accept this explanation, withdrew from a conference on education in September 2000, which it was cosponsoring with the Sathya Sai Organisation in Puttaparthi. The grounds: “Deeply concerned about widely reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youth and children.”‘

UNESCO has never had anything to do with Sathya Sai Baba since 2000, not has any other UN institution. The Indian authorities tried hard, through their representatives in UNESCO (Shashi Taroor) and through ministerial interventions to get the advisory warning against Sai Baba removed. When it was no longer on the UNESCO site, but only in the archive, this indicates their pressures succeeded… however, when the BBC investigated they were assured by an UNESCO official that the advisory was simply removed as part of a standard updating of the website (see here)

The said pages are stored on the internet wayback archive, (but when the site is busy it can sometimes take some time to open)

http://web.archive.org/web/20031003020809/http://www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20001207234100/www.unescobkk.org/news/aceid-withdrawal.htm

The wayback page which links to the above is at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http:/www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm


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David Wolff blindly defends Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on November 16, 2009

A defender of Sathya Sai Baba sent an e-mail to the exposé website exbaba.com. He was connected to the pro-Sai Baba publishing house ‘Leela Press’ of Jack Scher (deceased) and Judy Warner. You can read his defense of Sathya Sai Baba and my replies to this by clicking here

See also Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
(Spanish version PETICIÓNPÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES

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Hidden Fear of the Avatar

Posted by robertpriddy on November 3, 2009

HIDDEN FEAR OF ‘THE AVATAR’

Sathya Sai Baba’s refusal to explain anything other than what pleases himself makes it difficult to have confidence in many of the statements he makes on whatever subject, quite apart from what concerns the ‘unseen’ world of spiritual realities. Sathya Sai Baba ‘s demand is that the devotee has implicit and wholly unquestioning trust in him, all his works and anything he utters. If it fails to make sense or is not in accordance with observable fact or other statements of his, this has to be put down to our human ignorance. It is therefore not entirely wrong to say we cannot properly understand him! He holds that virtually everyone alive today is ego-laden, sense-attached and impure who really knows nothing about anything! But we do know with demonstrable certainty that Sathya Sai Baba gets his facts wrong time and again, laughably so! And he was, by all appearances, unaware what a storm the world would raise against pedophilia, probably because it is common and yet is not talked about openly in the region where he grew up. A long-standing suspicion seems justified, namely that this kind of homosexual exploitation of boys in India is very widespread and is tacitly accepted in many segments of society- such as in backward parts like the Andhra Pradesh villages of the Puttaparthi region. This is the result of the wall-to-wall culture of repressive censorship against such sexual deviance in most of India.

SSB’s imperious and down-looking attitude does not exactly make for a feeling of overflowing divine acceptance and love, which he is always talking about as being his entire nature etc. He can smile and be charming, but love is shown only in action. What does he mostly do? Stroll about looking distant and often as strict as a headmaster who will never abide to be gainsaid or crossed in the least way? This is a manner which invites private anxiety and even fear. He certainly sets up considerable barriers to knowing him and so also to loving him, for how can anyone love what they do not know? This feeling is not confined to relatively peripheral persons such as I, for it is quite evident at times even between Baba and some of his most trusted office-bearers. He scared the wits out of Prof. Kasturi with a raging lion-like expression without any explicable ground other than to cow him totally, it certainly appears.

It is evident that many close followers of Sathya Sai Baba hold him in awe, but – more than that – fear him personally. There is plenty of written evidence by followers showing this. And the murders of 1993 have increased this fear without any shadow of a doubt. The fear is seldom talked about but can at times be seen in faces of those often in contact with Sathya Sai Baba . One can simply imagine the effect on those under his control, especially his students. Sathya Sai Baba has told that his close servitors have three chances of obeying him when he tells them something. If not, terrible consequences can follow. As in the case of Baba’s driver for two decades, who burned himself to death in the Hillview Stadium after failing to follow Sathya Sai Baba ‘s warning to drive more slowly! One does not have to circulate for long among Sai devotees to know the general paranoia or come across the aura of unexpressed fear around questions of what one can and cannot say and do.

All this sets standards and examples. In the Sai movement, both foreign and Indian VIPs appear seriously po-faced much of the time and are unduly tight-lipped about all remotely sensitive matters having to do with Baba, his organisation or other works. They always have to be in the right, one cannot question anything that is decided by whoever decides. Members are even sometimes expelled without any explanation, as in the case of the Moscow centre’s president, who allowed discussion of the sexual allegations against Sathya Sai Baba . The personal qualities of most top leaders in the Sai movement make for a social and mental-emotional gap between Sai officials and ‘ordinary’ hard-working followers, with few exceptions. This has had the effect of consolidating an inner circle who are subservient to the International Chairman and the Central Trust – a kind of international jet-set elite who invite one another around the world to hold forth – often mainly to regurgitate or repackage Sai Baba aphorisms – and who evidently confer to hush up anything they can which might affect their own positions in Baba’s favour and within the organisation that bears his name.

All this is the basis for the many cover-ups. The 1993 murders and the many pedophile accounts involving Sai Baba (some going back decades), have been kept from the main body of devotees for so long through this organised deception. However, the growing recognition in the world for the duty of mandatory reporting of known cases of sexual interference or abuse – a legal requirement in many countries – will surely eventually bring forth court actions and large compensation claims against leading Sai office-bearers who can be demonstrated to have failed in this reporting duty, as it has already at last done in the Catholic Church in so many countries. All Sai officials would be very well advised to “sweep their hearths and keep their houses clean” on this count from now on, for the information is presently freely available to every one of them.

When fear is felt but cannot be expressed it is all the more effective. Once the fears can be confronted without the possibility of retribution – such as by removing oneself from their source both physically, socially and emotionally – it becomes evident that, as F.D. Rooseveldt put it “there is nothing to fear but fear itself”.


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