Sai Baba failed to lie his way to world superstardom
Posted by robertpriddy on August 1, 2013
Sathya Sai Baba was desperate to attain to world fame and used every manner of deceit and trickery to forward his name and fame. Despite his attention-grabbing orange robe with his afro-frizz, his claims of fantastic (incredible!) miracles and constant self-promotion, he ended up very far from being as known or revered as a vast host of honest and decent people (such as Queen Elisabeth, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, nor even David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Sean Connery etc.). He tried very hard to emulate their fame, and further constantly put himself above all previous revered Indian gurus from Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and even Shirdi Sai Baba (who he claimed was a lesser ‘divine incarnation’ than himself). He even held that he gave ‘darshan’ of his face on the moon!
Inordinate claims by Sai Baba of association with major world figures and his being behind momentous world events – all promoted by zealous followers – included some of his greatest boasts made in interviews (hence not officially approved, for obvious reasons) but which nevertheless were publicised on the world-wide web by zealous devotees and office-bearers.
Very notable was the claim – made at an interview which was leaked to others by one of those present – that he helped Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon (by pressing him on the shoulder at a crucial moment)! Some even claimed Armstrong had an interview with Sai Baba, but the propaganda machine has never confirmed this, which would be a huge scoop for them. Nonethelss the story is still circulated by people who have picked it up as hearsay (click on thumbnail of scan).
Asked about Nelson Mandela in South Africa around the time of his release from prison, Sai Baba supposedly replied “Yes. I have a good man there”, according to a questioner in an interview. Mandela never once mentioned Sathya Sai Baba, as far as can be discovered.
Another major boast by leading office-bearers was that Sai Baba has predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was reported by some evangelising interviewee AFTER the wall fell as having said ‘Communist come-me-next‘ without further comment whatever. That utterance was repeatedly confirmed by his some of his officials as the omni-prescience of Sai Baba. One devotee from East Germany claimed that she knew (through some vague interpretation of a claimed ‘leela’) that Sai Baba had caused the wall to fall. Many devotees were of the opinion that it was even all his doing, not least since he claimed to be the Divine Director of everything that happens! Though reports on this claim were largely deleted later (for reasons one may well guess), his interpreter and very close follower, Professor Anil Kumar, confirmed this in an interview he gave to the Thailand media here where he stated that Sai Baba: “… said long ago that Muslim nations will go through turmoil and terrorism. We’ve seen that in Afghanistan and Iraq; he predicted the unification of Germany, and long, long ago he said the Soviet Union will collapse. Then, he also predicted the decline of the US economy and the dotcom bust.”
All reports about these facts on Sai Baba propaganda pages the Internet were removed, almost certainly by order of his minions so as to limit any criticism and counter-proof that would surely emerge internationally against such preposterous megalomania.
However, that Obama was positive towards Sathya Sai Baba is still blazoned across the web by the propaganda site saibabaofindia.com, in that someone gave him a photo of Sathya Sai Baba (which he gracefully accepted, as to reject something he probably knew nothing about on the spot in the glare of the spotlight would have been an unpresidential act. Read more about this here. The Obamas have never mentioned Sathya Sai Baba and no condolence was sent by them or US government when Sai Baba died and was buried.
He took his lust for mixing among the powerful to the extent of associating with criminals like Idi Amin (see full documentation), (now former) Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi (convicted of 18 years in prison plus massive multi-million dollar fines and also the Mafia-involved Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti and not least many corrupt and criminal Indian figures. His followers, especially rich but otherwise unsuccessful and gullible persons who he selected as his favourites, tried to promote him through similar deceptions to those he himself started or supported. For example:-
Sai Baba failed to receive any international prize whatever, and no Nobel Peace Prize.
He boastfully intimated in a discourse that Dr. Michael Nobel, who later visited him, was one of those who decided who would get the Nobel Peace Prize. In his 18 November 2001 Discourse, he said “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.”
As in his case, his Sathya Sai Organisations and Service projects failed to receive any known international awards, though a very minor Duke of Edinburgh award to a young person was made out to be awarded to him through falsification of the name by the recipient. This attempt was very soon scotched through reports in The Guardian and many other international newspapers, whereby Mr. Peter Westgarth, the executive officer of the D. of E. awards notified the Sathya Sai authorities that this was misrepresentation and demanded that they remove the report on this from their website. (They did so, but sneaked all their false propaganda back in later on another page!)
Vain attempts by Sai Baba propagandists to link Sai Baba to super-famous people
Constant efforts were made to induct, by whatever indirect means possible, the Dalai Lama to his cause. The Dalai Lama could not possibly endorse anyone who claimed to be God Creator of the Universe, though he did send his formal condolence when Sai Baba died. A far more compassionate person than Sai Baba, it is also likely that, living on sufferance in India where the ruling powers covered-up entirely for Sai Baba, the Dalai Lama did not want to risk the wrath of the powers that allow Tibetans a refuge there. See discussion here.
A minor London news outlet, published a rebuttal of the BBC programme ‘The Secret Swami’, claiming among other things that “Some of his famous followers include John Lennon, actor Richard Gere and Bill Clinton. The ashram in Puttaparthi is said to be more visited than the Vatican in Rome, as millions flock to see, touch and be near Sai Baba.” (by journalist Payal Nair, The Asian Voice) Almost needless to say, John Lennon never even mentioned Sai Baba, though he had visited the ashram with Yoko Ono briefly (following George Harrison who was apparently enthused) and been ignored by him totally and left very soon in disgust.
Both Bill and Hilary Clinton have been claimed as visitors, but neither were, though Hilary was in South India and expected to visit on a break of a journey from Madras to Bangalore. No word about Sai Baba is found anywhere by either of the Clintons. As to the claim of more millions of visitors than the Vatican got, this is based on a massive long-term programme of disinformation by Sai Baba and his unquestioning propagandists.
On a TV programme about Sai Baba (‘Divine Sin’) in Argentina, the International Chairman of the Sathya Sai World Organisation, Michael Goldstein read a letter in which Sri Athal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India, manifested being hurt by “the wild, reckless and concocted accusations made by certain vested interests and people against Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba … [who] is revered globally as an embodiment of love and selfless service to humanity.” Goldstein refused to give copies of the letter to the press. “We are still waiting for it to be subscribed by dignitaries of the whole world,” he said. They were to get signatures from the President of El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as Al Gore, former vice-president of the United States. He also gave some news that left the sweating audience mute: On September 11, the devotees that worked at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon didn’t go to work that day or were late getting to their jobs. “Thanks to our beloved Bhagavan,” pontificated Goldstein, “all the New York and Washington devotees are safe.”
Needless to say, again, but the whole world never subscribed to this deluded talk, and Al Gore was too smart to connect himself in public to Sai Baba (it would have been the end of all his political aspirations).
An early propagandist for Sai Baba, the impressionable Australian seeker Howard Murphet, who wrote the influential ‘Man of Miracles’, also wrote some highly imaginative ideas about Gorbachev where we see on what he bases what he says he knows:-
“In the years that followed we made many returns to the feet of our Sadguru, Sai Baba. One of these returns took place a few days after Gorbachev had appeared on the stage in Russia and that country had begun the governmental change that brought an end to the Cold War. On the day of our arrival, Swami, knowing no doubt that I had a question to ask him, called me into the interview room but he called several other men with me. Somehow I did not feel it was right to ask him this great question in front of others. So mentally I asked him very definitely if he had brought about the change of government in Russia. A mental question is as good as a verbal one to Swami. His eyes gave me the affirmative answer but all his lips said was, “Gorbachev is a good man.” I knew then that he had played some wonderful, powerful tune on the akhasic strings that had manoeuvred circumstance and brought about the great change.” (ital. above are mine - see also http://www.saibabaofindia.com/howard_murphet_lights_of_home.html).
It was also widely said in the movement that Raisa Gorbachev (Raisa Maximovna Titarenko) was a devotee, and some claimed she had visited Prashanthi Nilayam. However, her autobiography has not a single word about Sai Baba, who she would certainly have mentioned, at least, had she or her husband ever been any degree of followers. It was argued by Sai officials that the Gorbachevs subscribed to Sai Baba’s journal ‘Sanathana Sarathi‘
The above instances are but some of many other attempts to gain fame, fortune and influence in the world by Sai Baba and his adherents.