One of the supposed great mysterious manifestations of the Indian Guru-God Incarnate, Sathya Sai Baba , is the so-called ‘holy amrit’ (nectar), which is described as being not just heavenly to smell and taste, but of direct heavenly origin. It is, however, a very earthly essence of a particular species of tea rose.
This tea rose is not used widely as a scent or perfume in the West, nor even in India… so devotees are ecstatic when they smell or taste it, because they think it has an unearthly and ‘miraculous’ origin from Sathya Sai Baba.
There are various shrines in India and elsewhere where this ‘amrit’ supposedly oozes forth, the best-known being Halagappa’s temple/orphanage in Srirangapatna near Mysore. It is known – with good reason – as the Thief’s Temple. Sathya Sai Baba has several times spoken out strongly against visiting this temple where such ‘holy’ substances (amrit & vibuti or ‘holy ash’) are supposed to appear from amulets and photos. (No doubt the competition for donations is a very big factor in this – and Halagappa has a gold mine there).
Tea rose essence is used in some well-known perfume brands, usually mixed with other fragances, so that the original tea rose odour is not easily recognised by most people. Halagappa´s temple also has a carved representation of the feet of Shirdi Sai Baba – hewn from black stone – from which issues “holy amritha” of a much stronger kind… obviously less diluted attar, which Halagappa says is not for drinking, only for the fragrance (in which he dips people´s hankerchiefs or the like). The perfume can linger for a long time.
Many have been deceived easily by this amrit, which is basically made from tea rose essence. It is unmistakably the same. Gerald Moreno first smelt what he though was Sai Baba amrit when he was oiled with it (on his “lower stomach” by Sathya Sai Baba in a private interview! Though he makes clear he was “stunned” by the experience, he claims to be able to list the fragances he detected: jasmine, rose, “sandlewood” (!) and predominantly eucalyptus. These are ordinary fragrances, so nothing miraculous about a mixture of them! Moreno could mix them himself even! But he surely imagined the mix because had evidently never smelt (neither then nor since) tea rose essence. It has the exact fragrance of all the amrit I have tasted from diverse sources, and smelt of tea rose soap (which both my wife and I recognised immediately as amrit before we knew where the fragrance came from!).
Gerald Moreno writes on his web pages:- “Any one care to divulge the recipe of amrita? I have never tasted anything so exquisite in my life. Anyone who could come up with the recipe (that should not be too difficult considering some poor, conniving person in India is making it), could make a lot of money making amrita. It’s taste is beyond description. Everyone single person who has tasted it has had the same response. A taste and fragrance beyond compare. I know I would buy it in the gallons, if I could. Has anyone been able to duplicate the forumula? Why not?”
It is easy to duplicate, and no doubt Halagappa has a big business duplicating it and faking that it issues forth from two amulets with the image of Sathya Sai Baba on them. He is no “poor” person, though conniving fits him perfectly as he has collected vast amounts of donations on false premises, apropos which – his home is known to all as “the thief´s temple” because he was a thief (and still is)! Originally the amrit he gave away was allegedly issuing from just one cheap amulet he had for many years at least since the 1970s – but to justify the volume he later produced and gives away (getting many and some massive donations afterwards), he added a second amulet! Notably, no one has ever been allowed to study the amulets properly, let alone investigate scientifically… of course!
Moreno wants to deny these facts, as he also wants desperately to deny that Sathya Sai Baba oiling is inevitably grooming for possible sex, despite and massive independent evidence and many sworn testimonies by others who have been oiled then abused – or have rejected the attempted sex abuse. (search ‘Sai sex’ on Google