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Posted by robertpriddy on April 14, 2010
For those who have not had the advantage of knowing people who are extremely well-informed about the daily doings of Sathya Sai Baba, I have make public facts about my many private interchanges with my former excellent friend, V. K. Narasimhan (or ‘VKN’ – renowned Indian journalist of The Hindu & Indian Express – and editor – latterly of Sanathana Sarathi, where he published dozens of my articles). Narasimhan was very important to the respectability of Sathya Sai Baba in leading Indian circles, but he harboured many and persistent doubts about which he seldom spoke because of the serious consequences it would have for the social projects of Sai Baba and VKNs own security at the ashram where he lived and was looked after in his dotage.
These articles tells about the legacy of inside information that was left with me by V. K. Narasimhan. Included were facts he had not dared to make known to more than a very few persons. I swear on my personal honour that all I relate here is nothing but the truth to the very best of understanding after very long and painstaking follow-up investigations.
Narasimhan often repeated that he really didn’t understand why Sathya Sai Baba was so nice to him… describing himself as a rather non-religious and ‘hard-nut’ journalist. He often told me he did not know why he had ended up at SB’s ashram, except that Sai Baba was heading some valuable social projects which hardly any others in India were doing. Most significantly, as editor of SB’s journal, he NEVER published any accounts of ‘materializations’ or healing miracles by Sai Baba! However, Sai Baba found VKN a very valuable asset to his credibility due to VKN’s journalistic prestige, his known social ideals and honesty. His presence there bolstered Sai Baba’s image in the eyes of the more enlightened middle classes of India. Above all, he knew personally most of the top politicians and other elite in India and induced many of them to visit Sai Baba who otherwise might never have gone there. Moreover, a journalist who had seen so much failure, incompetence and corruption in his journalistic travels, VKN had admiration for SB’s public works and believed in Sai Baba’s promise to raise India and protect or regenerate all that was good about its culture, religion and people. (This project can be seen to have failed very signally already).
That Narasimhan was entirely non-negative in his presentation of Sai Baba and his public doings in his own public talks and writings was often against his better knowledge, for he was ever telling me about SB’s failings and untruthfulness. See scans of my long series of verbatim notes of his conversations with me at the time between 1989 and 1998 before his decease. No doubt, VKN mostly felt great respect for SB, and – like most others – was strongly affected by his charismatically invigorating (and intimidating) presence. VKN was soon tamed by Sai Baba into misrepresenting and/or editing out certain vital facts he knew and was unable to rock the boat, though he confided his many doubts and difficulties to some of us in private. No doubt to mollify VKN’s misgivings, Sai Baba called him for something or other practically every day and he spent many long hours close by SB at festivals, in occasional interviews, and rode about with him in cars etc.
Click here to see the following scans of my notebook records of revealing conversations with V. K. Narsimhan
Robert Priddy’s long friendship with V.K. Narasimhan – scanned letters
Robert Priddy recorded notes and diary 1984-98 – scans and comments
V.K. Narasimhan and Robert Priddy’s close association
V.K. Narasimhan’s comments on the murders reported
V.K. Narasimhan’s inability to get Sai Baba to tell him the truth
V.K. Narasimhan’s doubts of Sai Baba’s powers, avatar claims etc.
V.K. Narasimhan’s comments on the Sathya Sai Organization
V.K.N. recorded about pointing out to Sai Baba his inconsistent teaching
V.K.N. contradicts Sai on Advaita – and on ashram security etc.
V.K.N. on 70th birthday crowd size and more
New Year 1996 – disillusioning reflections and VKN
V.K.N. on printing problems, a suicide, and Sai’s boyhood visits to famous ‘saints’
V.K.N. lost an eye despite Sai Baba’s vibuti application etc.
V.K. Narasimhan on Robert Priddy’s book ‘Source of the Dream’
V.K. Narasimhan on Sai colleges, the ‘sect’ and Sai’s ignorance
V.K.N. on Sai Organization (1994 Brindavan) + Al Drucker’s banishment
V.K.N. on Suri etc. About sewage scam at Prashanthi and Alvin Drucker’s return
V.K.N. at Brindavan – his experiences. Meeting with Mr. V. Balu
V.K.N., Brindavan 1990 – Sandweiss, his apartment
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Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2009
The Name, Fame and the Shame: The phrase ‘name and fame’ recurs in many Sai Baba discourses in deploring those who lay any store whatever by such things. He says he does not but his actions shout loudly that he does. In his earliest discourses in the 1960s (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 1, p. 207f) he prophesied that the fame of Puttaparthi would spread across the world… which could only refer to himself becoming famous. since Puttaparthi is still a little known village and is far less known than his name in some parts of the world. He has also said that fame and ill-fame go together (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 4. p,203.), which is far from the case for many famous people… but since he said this the world has seen that it is true in his own case!His supposed fame is far less than that of very many respected and adored figures on the current world stage, and to list their names is superfluous because they are so much more famous than him.
His diatribes against name and fame are tirelessly reiterated. He repeatedly claims that fame is like a passing cloud – and that may well apply to his relative ‘fame’, but it is certainly not true of thousands of historically famous persons. In countless discourses, Sai Baba insists on the infinite divine and holy potential of his own name (always written ‘His Name’ in all his publications). Anything to which his name is attached he claims is guaranteed success purely by virtue of “His Name”. He insists that all Sathya Sai Organization projects must bear his name as a guarantee of their success. However, the Sathya Sai Organization has met with numerous failures, including the closure of projected schools and projects due to the sexual abuse allegations.
Sathya Sai Baba has said in a discourse, “I will do anything, even sacrifice my name and fame, if it will lead one devotee towards liberation.” This is an extremely rash statement, not only underlining that he regards himself as having fame, but also being such and unreasonable promise that no one in their right mind would credit it. His complicity in the cover-up of the 1993 murders – and his self-proclaimed foreknowledge of the events (!) were done in an attempt to preserve his own fame and the reputation of his ashrams and other institutions. Despite this, his relative fame has been turning more and more into global infamy,with a large number of most respected media denouncing him (see list here).
How transparently self-obsessed can a person get? But most people in the Sai movement take it for granted! I have heard Sai Baba’s claim to do anything for the sake of just one devotee repeated by the hagiographer and close devotee Rita Bruce, particularly when Sai Baba was caught out in some obvious deviousness. Sai Baba flattered Rita Bruce repeatedly with apparent full success.
Sathya Sai Baba has condemned himself with his own words time and again, such as when he said that name & fame are “as disgusting as spittle” (p. 147, Sanathana Sarathi May 1987), that world-fame for Sai by publicity is without value (p. 193, My Baba & I, Dr. John Hislop) and has often ridiculed gurus who seek name and fame (for example p 75, Prema Vahini). If Sai Baba has no need to seek fame (see p. 64, Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11 new ed.), why then does he allow his discourses to be broadcast on digital radio world-wide… or build massively-costly huge buildings in his name, some devoted entirely to spreading his name and fame?
If name and fame are “as spittle”, what is so huge about this huge sacrifice of his name and fame Sai Baba would make? (Perhaps he means to sacrifice his fame and replace it with the infamy that now surrounds him!) The degree of audacious mendacity to which Sai Baba goes is almost astonishing, but yet more so is the literal acceptance of all he says on this and dozens of other matters by so many followers. How can any of the much-exaggerated good he does cancel or ameliorate the great infamy? He has besmirched his own name, which is thus becoming a millstone around the neck of projects attached to it.
Sai Baba is very censorious to anyone who criticises him in any way and has spoken threateningly against anyone who openly confronts him or hinders his propaganda and works in any way. Despite all the evidence there is to show that Sai Baba has long been involved in sexual abuse and other aberrations, including complicity in cold-blooded executions, many of his followers remain in denial, most of them following Sai Baba’s virtual command to avoid reading any of the critics’s writings or listening to or repeating such ‘evil’!
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Posted by robertpriddy on March 28, 2009
Prince Charles was keen to ‘have Swami’s darshan’ but never will
In 1996, Sai-devotee Robert Bruce told my wife and I that he had been present at an interview with Sathya Sai Baba where someone had asked him [SSB] about Charles and Diana and the possibility they might visit him. Sai Baba had replied “They are a disgrace to their country!” These were the verbatim words Robert Bruce reported to me! One may speculate as to why Sai Baba thought this… whether due to the separation or the scandalous leaked ‘phone calls between Prince Charles and Lady Parker-Bowles, or the talk of divorce (which SB strongly condemns) which later also occurred… or whatever else.
Why Sai Baba included Lady Diana when speaking ill of both royals, one does not know… could it have been envy of the way she was truly loved throughout the world ( by hundreds of millions, which Sai Baba is NOT, despite his boasting that he is!) Sathya Sai Baba himself – and his blind followers – make preposterous claims about having 60 million devotees, sometimes multiples of this. For example, he claimed that 3 million came to his 70th birthday (which is patently absurd to those who can count heads properly and estimate a maximum of 300,000, and even his public relations office published 18,000 fro the total number of foreign visitors).
Prince Charles on a visit to Bangalore
In 1992 at Kodaikanal, Sai Baba gave a ‘privileged’ group of especially humble and admiring foreign devotees the apparent great blessing of attending his evening talks with students in his private summer residence there. V.K. Narsimhan was also present and spoke his piece, as did various others. (These talks and occasional singing etc. were recorded and issued on 6 cassettes, which contained nothing new or of any significance).
However, not included in the recordings was a report from a prominent Sai devotee he was asked to give by Sathya Sai Baba himself about Prince Charles. It was purposely edited out of the recordings. The Prince of Wales had recently having visited Bangalore (this was in 1990 or 1991), had said that he wanted to have “Swami’s darshan’”. Charles had been about to give an address to a conference when he heard that this gentleman was a close follower of Sathya Sai Baba. He took this man aside and questioned him for about half-an-hour. He was said to have told the man that he would visit Sai Baba at his ashram but for the UK Government, which was concerned about the security arrangements (and no doubt about much more). This seems like a very weak reason from the UK government, for here was Prince Charles, staying at a Bangalore hotel open to the public (the Windsor Castle) and moving about in South India without undue security problems. The select band of Western devotees who heard this included my former friends the US devotees Robert and Rita Bruce (who were then sharing accommodation in Kodaikanal with the then leader of the US Sai Organisation, Dr. J. Hislop). The recordings were made, edited and distributed by a most servile and blind believer in SB from Denmark, Erik Henriksen.
That Sathya Sai Baba thinks Charles and Diana ‘a disgrace to their country’, one would ask what of his own secret activities for which he dare not stand up and answer? Is this unaccountability in the face of such weighty charges of serial homosexual assaults – including defenseless minors in his colleges and in private interviews – and his widely reported complicity in cold-blooded murder not itself a major disgrace to India and a blot on the reputation of every leader, Prime Minister and President who worship, support and protect him? (see BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ in short clips and transcripts here)
Duchess of York, ‘Fergie’ visited Sai Baba
On this background, it is interesting that ‘Fergie,’ the Duchess of York, visited Sai Baba at his ashram (in early February 1997) and was directly granted two interviews, she evidently being a more important person for Sathya Sai Baba than ordinary devotees. This was reported in the UK and Indian press. A female devotee, Terrie, who has assisted with the Sunrise website wrote me, “I happened to be at the ashram during her visit, where the ladies were far more interested in having darshan of Fergie than darshan of Sathya Sai Baba. They not only craned their necks toward Fergie during darshan, they also lined up in front of her after darshan (right on the walkway Sai Baba takes when he leaves), with notebooks and pieces of paper in hand for her autograph. They almost gave Fergie as much adulation as they gave to their supposed God Incarnate, Sai Baba. Apropos, this accords with our own experiences of visits by the Indian President and Prime Minister, on whom all Indian eyes (and many foreigners’) were glued most of the time. One wonders if perhaps it can get routinely boring watching Sathya Sai Baba go through the same old darshan routines and extremely repetitive discourses day after day?
Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
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Posted by robertpriddy on March 3, 2009
Prince Charles & the Sai Baba connection
Ever since I first joined the Sai Organisation in 1983, there were occasional flurries of rumours that Prince Charles had visited Sathya Sai Baba in secret during one of his several visits to India. One story told how Prince Charles was greeted during his wedding to Diana by a Sai devotee with the words ‘Sai Ram’ which – so the story goes – was acknowledged by HRH as he walked down the aisle! This is the kind of wishful thinking that Sai devotees believe and spread, along with no end of absurd claims and impossible stories, as a visit to Sai sites on the Internet soon clearly shows. However, it is known to many Sai devotees that the Indian immigrant, Manhubhai Patel of Wembley, has been sending books about Sathya Sai Baba to Prince Charles since the 1960s and that, as he told me himself, he has received letters of thanks for these from the Palace. He told me so himself when I visited his house as far back as 1986. The UK newspaper Daily Express published an unconfirmed report in 1990 that a representative of Prince Charles had written to Sai Baba requesting that the Prince could visit Sai Baba, and that this request had been turned down by a letter from the ashram authorities.
I later asked V.K. Narasimhan about this. Narasimhan (now deceased) was the journalist who – as Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express Group – won India’s top journalistic award (the Goenka prize) for his brave and single-handed exposure of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency. Narasimhan then told me that Prince Charles had certainly never written to nor visited Sai Baba. However, some years later around 1996, he told me that a letter had been received by Sathya Sai Baba from Prince Charles, which Sai Baba had shown to him and asked him to answer. He was not allowed to tell the exact contents of that letter. He replied to Prince Charles and reminded him of his own journalistic meeting with him in India when the Prince was but a teenager. He had later received a friendly but also somewhat formal reply from the prince himself, as far as I recall the details. (see here)
Of course, it is well known (and much publicised by the Sai movement!) that Keith Crichlow, the man who was urged to visit Sai Baba by Isaac Tigrett of Hard Rock Café fame (as interviewed on BBC TV about Sai Baba) who was the the donor of US $49 million for a ‘Super-Speciality’ Hospital near Puttaparthi ($15 million disappeared – embezzled by Sai officials!). Crichlow was induced by Sai Baba into designing the Hospital (partly modelled on the lines of Buckingham Palace), and then became a close associate of Prince Charles, who was later made head of the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in the UK. Keith Crichlow is still a visitor to Sai Baba in India and is still also connected with Prince Charles. Her had related on a film how was bowled over by Sai Baba’s “numerology” which consists in superficial and simplistic ideas about the supposed spiritual significance of numbers long known to many Indians interested in gurus and also to many numerologists… numerology is a bogus ‘pseudo-sceince’ if ever there was one.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Sathya Sai Baba What was told about Prince Charles’ desire to visit Sathya Sai Baba to a selected group at Kodaikanal, and what Sathya Sai Baba told interviewees about him
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 25, 2008
Sathya Sai Baba with Father Christmas and young boys
The true spirit of Christmas is almost universally recognised as celebration of the birth of a man who taught compassion and unconditional forgiveness, who even forgave those who crucified him with the words ‘they know not what they do’. This is the spirit which Sathya Sai Baba firmly tramped underfoot in his Christmas Day Discourse of 2000 – on the very day of celebration of a historical figure of true compassion. Sai Baba thereby fully negated the very essence of his own ‘teaching’ on compassion and his claims total purity, human perfection, freedom from all desires, total divinity etc. His vehement attack told enough about him and his aims and nothing whatever about his accusers. A person is rightly to be judged by both words and actions…Sai Baba has always pretended that he was so even-minded and beyond praise and blame that he never reacted to either, yet he rants about his critics are “not human beings at all”. He compounded his antipathy with dire threats to them as being “thousands of Judases” who will suffer lifetimes of disgrace for their sins in accusing him for his behaviour! He harangued his audience:-
“These types of publicity are shameless. Truly they are not human beings at all. The ones who put obstacles in the way of all sacred works are demons, not human beings. The determined vow of Sai will never change, even if demons like this may be all over the world. (Swami bangs his fist decisively on the table to emphasize His point. The audience applauds for long.)”
Mendacious attack: Flaunting his anger at being criticised by beating his lectern, issuing condemnations of his former followers and telling outright lies about those who accuse him of sexual abusing them, Sathya Sai Baba demonstrated in action how little faith one can have in his ‘teaching’ on never criticizing anyone, loving all and never diverging from the truth. He said those who accused him did so for money, which is a patent untruth. Neither he, nor his crony Indulal Shah who also promoted this lie, mentioned even a shred of evidence for their wilful libels, nor has any emerged since then. The aim was of course to ensure that devotees (who must believe everything he says to be God’s word) would ignore the many very credible accusers. He also falsely claimed that ex-devotees were offered bribes to write stories against him. Of course there is no scrap of evidence of this, and there is no shadow of doubt that it was a calculated lie to confuse, cow and hang on to his devotees. He said:-
“From the feet to the hair on the head, Sathya Sai Baba is doing service without any selfishness. Can’t even these people with brains understand this? Why are they doing this propaganda? Even this bad propaganda is for money. All these bad thoughts are for money only. Even these bad thoughts are for money only… … Switzerland, America, Japan, Germany, China, Russia – our children have entered in all directions. Some foreigners are trying to bribe them. They are saying, “See, foolish ones! I will give this much money. I will give so many dollars. I will give this many pounds. You write and give some stories against Sathya Sai Baba.” (Guru Purnima Discourse of 2002)
Bribery is widely reported to be one of Sathya Sai Baba’s methods to silence the victims of his homosexual abuses, as proved by the courageously outspoken Alaya Rahm, one of Sai Baba’s favourites for a long period. He did not, however, manage to silence Alaya with the bribes he gave him. (see this on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ – a summary showcase with transcripts and short video clips)
In a later discourse he proclaimed that there is not even a spark of divinity in his critics, adding:-“… a hard-hearted person cannot be called a spark of Divinity; he is verily a demon.” (p. 323, Sanathana Sarathi, November 2002). This is a total contradiction to his constant previous claims that there is a spark of Divinity in every living being (actually sometimes even in all matter, as I quote: “All beings are sparks of the Eternal Divinity” (page 101 from his Discourses in Kodaikanal 1998).
Why did Sathya Sai Baba descend to such spiritual depths? One can reasonably conclude that the fall-off in donations due to the world-wide publicity about his accusers and their descriptions of his behaviour was surely one of the main causes of his bending to the wishes of his worried cronies and financial dependents to try to punish his accusers with lies. He has also said:- rants on…“These types of publicity are shameless. Truly they are not human beings at all. The ones who put obstacles in the way of all sacred works are demons, not human beings. The determined vow of Sai will never change, even if demons like this may be all over the world. (Swami bangs his fist decisively on the table to emphasize His point. The audience applauds for long.)” (Guru Purnima Discourse of 2002)
See the hypocrisy in denouncing people in public with an angry face, and later saying:-
“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” (Sanathana Sarathi September 2002, page 257f) He would like to imagine that the many victims of his abuses of faith and worse love him? Not to mention the ca. 5 billion people who have doubtless no idea who he is or claims to be, having heard nothing about him?
read the crux of the Xmas Discourse 2000 here
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 15, 2008
Another prophecy from the ‘Suka Nadi’ palm leaf scrolls about Sathya Sai Baba is listed by saibabaofindia.com:-
· He will show Himself in many places simultaneously, though He will actually be in one place and there will be many divine acts and manifestations.
COMMENT: The ability to bi-locate has been claimed for other spiritual figures, such as the famous Catholic Pater Pio of Pietrelcina, Italy (1887-1968, now Saint Pio of Pietrelcina). Parapsychologist Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson tried to investigate these highly controversial claims of Sathya Sai Baba’s bi-location but, though he could not substantiate them, he lent them some credence even by presenting the claims which could not be tested in any way. All accounts he obtained were anecdotal and/or hearsay, some being very meagre, others more detailed. Haraldsson classified such reports as ‘apparitions’ as in para-psychological terminology, many of which have been recorded by para-psychologists (over 10% of questioned persons in general are supposed on statistical grounds to have such an experience at least once in their lifetime).
My views on such miraculous accounts are based on much questioning of devotees (mostly Indians) through two decades. When reporting their experiences, inaccuracies, exaggerations, vagueness, sloppy observation, unquestioning reliance on hearsay and the zeal to convince others are all too common. These most extraordinary claims of Sathya Sai Baba having appeared in his physical person in two places at once would need most extraordinary evidence to be taken seriously, but such is completely lacking.
In dreams, visions and apparent ‘visitations’, the form of a distant person may well appear to people. Another likely explanation of perceived ‘visitations’ by Sathya Sai Baba can be the same as those now considered to have been causative of experiences of incubi, witches, the devil, spirit bodies, persons returned from the dead, UFO abductions and many other apparently waking phenomena. Sleep paralysis combined with a vivid dream while the mind experiences a waking state causes dream contents to be perceived as real and physical. This condition has recently been understood much better by neurologists and is quite common, often being connected with the various causes and kinds of narcolepsy. Another prophecy made was:-
· He will have the power to die whenever He wants.
COMMENT: Actually, virtually everyone has the power to end their own lives whenever they wish – it’s called suicide. If Sathya Sai Baba ends his own life by his own will, whatever means used, then this must surely rank as suicide too in a moral and a legal sense. That matter apart, he has given at least two totally incompatible predictions of when he has chosen to the “leave the body”, (in published discourses) in particular either at age 92/3 or at 96. (See here)
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 3, 2008
There is no doubt that Sathya Sai Baba said the above in his discourse on 22nd November, 2008 – even though the paragraph has been removed from the posting of the discourse on the official site (http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/83-birthday/convocation_DD_22112008.htm). Obviously FAR TOO EMBARRASSING for these deluded but dishonest people, who try to cover up everything untoward (and that is a very great amount). This is common practice in the major disinformation campaign of the Sathya Sai Orgnization and other Sai Baba controlled websites, blogs and media.
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Further the blog site sathyasaibaba-life-love-spirituality.wordpress.com, mendaciously claims to give the “full text” but only contains a foreshortened version!
Though I do not read Sai Baba’s discourses any longer – not least as they are extremely boring and repetitive, an ex-follower in Denmark, Ole Alstrup, pointed out to me that Sathya Sai Baba’s offending statement was posted at http://www.saibabaofindia.com/sai_baba_83rd_birthday-update-photos-23rdnov2008.htm, from where it will probably be removed when they wake up]
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The same paragraph which was so embarrassing that the official Sai website and the main Sai blogsite removed it surreptitiously was reported verbatim in a posted at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saibabaofindia/message/14926
This is common practice in the major disinformation campaign of the Sathya Sai Orgnization and other Sai Baba controlled websites, blogs and media.
It is of no small note that the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Shivraj Patil, – a devotee who believes what the Swami to whom he kow-tows says – had to resign due to his total failure in counteracting the major and ghastly Mumbai terror attack last week.
Shivraj Patil present a book for his Swami’s blessing:-
Shivraj Patil, Sai Baba worshipper
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Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2008
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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Posted by robertpriddy on November 17, 2008
“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
More to come on the demise of the international Sai movement in my next blog
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Posted by robertpriddy on November 9, 2008
Sathya Sai Baba actually repeatedly asked V.K. Narasimhan – against his own will – to write in the press in the defence of the Sathya Sai Central Trust after the corruption allegations, which Narasimhan eventually did despite his own strong misgivings, in The Tribune/Chandigath, of which his son was the editor at that time). Baba said to him several times that he could easily refute the allegations in his previous papers, The Hindu or the Indian Express.
Narasimhan said to me that Baba would not listen when he told him that the editors regard Narasimhan as partial and would not publish anything he wrote. Baba insisted, and so Narasimhan sent his contributions, which were duly rejected from those papers. He told me that, though he had written other than he considered to be the truth, he had done ‘his filial duty’ towards Baba. (see here) He freely admitted the difficulty of his position, but felt that overall Sathya Sai Baba did represent some progress in education and health, compared with the increasingly stagnant, ineffectual and corrupt governments that ruled India in recent times.
V.K. Narasimhan and Robert Priddy - 1998
Though Sathya Sai Baba promised him a free hand when he initially became editor of Sanathana Sarathi, he soon found that the limits set upon him were very rigorous. He could not go against Sai Baba – the emperor of Prashanthi Nilayam – and was punished when once he did so. He had to reproduce the glowing accounts of festivals and Sai Baba’s effect on people which had become de rigeur well before his time, and he even penned some himself. He became gradually more and more dependent on life at the ashram in his dotage – his wife being a total devotee who would never leave the ashram – and the attention he received from Sai Baba, his students and visitors gave him a life of popularity after retirement. He told me how he had become trapped there, that he really did not belong and that he doubted many of Sai Baba’s claims. See here
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Posted by robertpriddy on October 14, 2008
Conny Larsson’s ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’ reviewed by a Swedish psychologist Åsa Samsioe on the wonderful and abounding story about Conny Larsson´s rather unusual life and his writing about it in a courageous and almost totally self- exposing way
Some some older materials reposted for the record, with comments:-
THE VANCOUVER SUN ARTICLE - Support for Sai Baba, but also criticisms
THE NATIONAL ‘OTTAWA CITIZEN’ Sai Baba, 75th birthday and more besides
GRAND OL’ OPRAH OR SAI BABA Review in Australia of Danish documentary ‘Seduced by Sai Baba’
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Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2008
One present exception to the current harassment of Westerners at Prashanthi Nilayam is Isaac Tigrett. He is now living in the ashram having fallen on hard times, now being said to have been sitting in a VIP chair on the ladies side of the veranda, hob-nobbing with Indians and avoiding anyone outside his clique. He is apparently now also needing the services of the Puttaparthi Hospital which he donated to Sathya Sai Baba.
Tigrett’s support for Sai Baba was made clear by him on the BBC documentary, The Secret Swami, where Tigrett states he considers him to be a sexual abuser (see here). Should Sai Baba go out and murder someone, Tigrett opined, it would make no difference to his spiritual journey as a devotee! What kind of man is this?
Isaac Tigrett – Hard Rocker
His website states: “Tigrett now lives in Prashanthi Nilayam in South India at the Ashram of his Master Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Tigrett is currently launching his next venture, a Spiritual Retreat in the “rain forest” of S. India – at the behest of his Master, “THE MYSTIC INN OF THE 7TH RAY.” Whether the Master he refers to is Sathya Sai Baba or the ascended Master St. Germain remains unclear.
The Seventh Ray is another of those highly suspicious ‘works’ of wild theological imagination untrammeled by any facts whatever which claimed to be the absolute truth. It was supposedly written by “The Ascended Master SAINT GERMAIN”. This has long been recognised as lunatic fringe stuff. Add to this Tigrett’s strange antics involving a crystal skull which he claims was ‘materialised’ for him in an interview by Sathya Sai Baba. He implanted this skull in the top of the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee and, when it was removed by the powers-that-be, an Internet source reported: “According to Mr. Tigrett: “You don’t have any idea what you have done,” he said upon being told that the crystal skull had been removed, adding somberly that the cosmic balance of the earth could be disturbed as well.”
As of June 2014, nothing more has been heard of the much-touted Tigrett’s ‘Mystic Inn of the Seventh Ray’ ashram project in Coorg. Shortage of cash. But venal Tigrett has excelled himself with self-publicity of an even more weirdly doubtful kind in an attempt to regain prominence (and probably also donations) See Tigrett’s ludicrous fantasies about Sai Baba’s ‘return in subtle body’
More on these hilarious shenanigans here:-
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Posted by robertpriddy on July 5, 2008
Sai Baba has many times most strongly disparaged anyone who seeks or values name and fame, He has called them “as disgusting as spittle” (p. 147, Sanathana Sarathi May 1987) and in his published discourse he has frequently ridiculed other gurus who seek name and fame (see for example p 75, Prema Vahini).
Sathya Sai Baba on ornate chariot
He told Dr. John Hislop that world-fame for Sai by publicity is without value (p. 193, My Baba & I, Dr. John Hislop), yet he has made a massive publicity efforts on his own behalf. He says he has no need to seek fame (see p. 64, Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11 new ed.), but he allows his constant and repetitive discourses to be broadcast and rebroadcast on digital radio world-wide 24 hours a day… he has his own journal, blesses countless published books, films and videos solely about himself. He builds massive costly buildings always used in advertising his name and fame? If all that is not Hypocrisy (with a capital ‘H’) then who knows what it?
Sathya Sai Baba has also said in a discourse some years ago, “I will do anything, even sacrifice my name and fame, if it will lead one devotee towards liberation.” Think, such a huge sacrifice! It shows he considers his name and fame a great thing!. If name and fame are “as spittle”, what is so huge about this huge sacrifice of his name and fame Sathya Sai Baba would make? Such self-obsession is pathological narcissism. But the literal acceptance of all his boasts and self-contradictions by so many followers is also a form of a flawed or weak personality. The much-trumpeted good he does (or rather, his devotees do) can never cancel the great infamies of which he stands accused by so many young men and other witnesses?
Some advice for Sathya Sai Baba to take to heart from his own backyard: “Every act should be done sincerely, with no yearning for acquiring personal profit, fame or benefit.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 12., p. 246)
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Posted by robertpriddy on June 4, 2008
Sathya Sai Baba deceived by a Swedish imposter, Dr. Michael Nobel
Both his vaunted ‘omniscience’ and any plain common sense he has left failed when Sathya Sai Baba proudly announced how his own majesty had drawn Dr. Nobel to him, the relative of Alfred (who was claiming he was able to award four new Nobel Prizes). How come Sathya Sai Baba did not know he was a man of false credential, later to be totally discredited in the world media?
In his discourse of 18th November 2001, Sathya Sai Baba said the following:-
“They are giving the Nobel Prize to many people. The man who gives the Nobel Prize (Chairman of the Nobel Prize Committee) is coming here on the 22nd November. The ones who will show this to the whole world, TV people, are all coming here on the 22nd.
Who called them? Who invited them? If all things like these are seen, all sorts are coming here. No one has invited them at all. No one is giving them a (special) welcome. Yet they themselves are coming. What is the reason? That Chaitanya Jyothi (meaning Swami Himself) is here and It (He) is pulling them! (Applause)” (see the literal translation by Sai students here) Note: The red italic text in parentheses is supplied by the translators)
Sathya Sai Baba actually believed that Dr. Michael Nobel is “the man who gives the Nobel Prize“! Such ignorance of the Nobel Prize – that is it given by one man – a distant relative of Nobel – is quite stunning! The actual and very worldly reason he came to Sathya Sai Baba was a fat contract for setting up the Radio Sai outfit!
Translation of the Swedish News Bulletin:-
NOBEL WAS A DECEIVER
The arrangers of a nano technology conferance in the USA believe that they were witness to a world news sensation and that they had received the honour of awarding four new Nobel prizes. But only days before the conference they got to know that they had been swindled by a relative of the Nobel family.
One can well imagine the arrangers’ enthusiasm when the conference Nano TX 07 was contacted by Michael Nobel who wished to announce four new Nobel prizes for alternative energy technology.
Everything was ready, according to Swedish Radio. Press releases for the world’s media at full steam. In short, every exhibition arrangers’ wet dream – a world scoop.
Imagine their disappointment when they were contacted by the Nobel Foundation, who stated that Michael Nobel is a genuine Nobel family member but that he has no right whatever to take the kind of initiative as creating four prizes for alternative energy research.
The Nobel Foundation considers it an infringement of copyright, misuse of the good will and prestige the Nobel Prize has and say to the (Swedish) radio that they are going to take legal action.
The arrangers of the nano conference in the have in all haste both cancelled the announcement and banned Michael Nobel from partaking in the conference.
Michael Sohlman of the Nobel Foundation told the (Swedish) science radio programme that there exists absolutely no plans to institute new prizes in Alfred Nobel’s name.
How could Sathya Sai Baba have been taken in so thoroughly?
Well, who else but such a person surrounded only by sycophants (who never dare correct him) could fall into such a trap as to believe that a distant relative of Alfred Nobel may secure the Nobel Peace Prize for him? One would have thought that someone among all the treasured professors, PhDs, and scientists in his cadre would have realised this and warned him off, but then there is not one internationally known or prestigious doctor or professor among them all – the majority of them being deluded devotees who cannot face all the facts that have emerged and/or pseudo-intellectuals who are hoping for a leg up in the world from the influence of his mini-empire.
Despite such an indictment of Dr. Michael Nobel and an imposter by the Nobel Foundation, the Sathya Sai oficial website still promotes him. He also takes it upon himself to speak “in the name of mankind” and thank his employer, Sathya Sai Baba . See screen capture of their propaganda here:-
or check out the Sathya Sai website
See also on my earlier blog on this subject Sathya Sai Baba as Nobel Peace Prize Candidate
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Posted by robertpriddy on May 27, 2008
Please consider the following list of questions as a little quiz.
If the answers are not immediately evident to you for one reason or another, they are listed at the bottom of the list. The fuller reasons and further documentation for the correct answers can be found in the article here
1) Which of the two – Sathya Sai Baba or the Dalai Lama is always humble and treats others as equals
2) Which of the two is open to questions and never makes fun at the expense of his questioners?
3) Which of the two is open to genuine dialogue with his critics and is respectful of them.
4) Which of the two seeks publicity only for the cause of a suppressed people and culture, not for any personal praise or self interest?
5) Which of the two actively practices non-violence and has never been involved in covering up murders on his own premises?
6) Which of the two revels in pomp and tinsel, is constantly sitting on silver thrones, golden chariots?
7 ) Which of the two constantly emphasises his service to others, his self-sacrifice and that no one is doing one thousandth of the service he is doing?
8 ) Which of the two lays claim to total spiritual and moral superiority over all living persons on earth and in every other realm?
9) Which of the two blessed golden statues of himself, and allows donations to go to build costly ‘museums’ and other buildings glorifying himself with blazoned images of himself and his sayings?
10) Which of the two is subject to the abuse and libel of a powerful state which employs torture and killing of his supporters?
11) Which of the two is protected by security guards at all times and cannot be approached by anyone except his servitors without body searches and the use of metal detectors?
12) Which of the two is never patronising and never harangues people for being impure and under the sway of inhuman and demonic forces?
13) Which of the two avoids the press or replying to them in any form unless vetted in advance and also descries investigative press writings about himself as ‘false flights of the imagination’ and demonises journalists who question him as spreading slander?
14) Which of the two is known to associate with criminals, such as the brutal dictator Idi Amin or the corrupt embezzling exile Bettino Craxi?
15) Which of the two has been accused in substantial and detailed testimonies of sexual abuses of a large number of Indian and foreign boys and young men?
16) Which of the two is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, while the other was put forward for the same honour by India’s government but whose candidacy was mentioned only by a few supporters?
[[Should there be a shadow of a doubt as to the correct the answers, they are:
1) Dalai Lama 2) Dalai Lama 3) Dalai Lama 3) Dalai Lama 4) Dalai Lama 5) Dalai Lama 6) Sathya Sai Baba
7) Sathya Sai Baba 8 ) Sathya Sai Baba 9) Sathya Sai Baba 10) Sathya Sai Baba 11) Sathya Sai Baba 12) Dalai Lama 13) Sathya Sai Baba 14) Sathya Sai Baba 15) Sathya Sai Baba 16) Dalai Lama!]]
And, once again, the fuller reasons and further documentation of the correct answers can be found in the article here
Sathya Sai Baba claims that he, as Full Avatar of God, has sixteen special qualities. The above 16 questions make for a fitting comment on his ‘special qualities’.
[Don't be 'the weakest link']
see also http://barrypittard.wordpress.com/2008/05/04/china-courts-dalai-lama-olympic-good-spirit/
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