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Sathya Sai Baba education in Satyajit’s hands

Posted by robertpriddy on May 4, 2011

Late Satya Sai Baba’s trusted follower of 15 years, Yatish Salian alias Satyajit has been sidelined by the 8 members Central Trust, especially Sai Baba’s power-hungry nephew Ratnakar.

The division of the spoils goes on – mostly behind tightly closed doors – but Satyajit, Sathya Sai Baba’s No. 1 ‘boyfriend’ and roommate for so many years has been allocated some responsibility… not one which promises any serious financial gain. Money matters will be kept for the Trust panjandrums and several cover-up, corrupted persons like Bhagwati, whose astonishing admissions of how he fulfilled his role as a Supreme Court judge have been nudging a few mainstream journalists in India half-awake. (i.e. they rather prefer to embrace – often in chauvinist ways – Sathya Sai Baba’s great façade of holiness and try to forget all that he is rightly accused of by young men and families of executed ex-students… to name the most prominent of cases.  See a proper and succinct summary of this here:- Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

Vidya Vahini schools - i.e. 'Sweetness of Knowledge' schools - but they will only purvey faith, doctrine and dogma electronically - , not real knowledge

Meanwhile, Satyajit is to oversee the system of Sai schools called Vidya Vahini. The use of the Sanskrit word ‘Vidya’ shows what kind of supposed ‘knowledge’ this system purveys – in short, the kind of mythological-based moralizing and simplistic doctrine of a mainly Hindu religious character. His so-called “human values” are eternal values instituted by him (as creator of the universe and mankind!) In short, unchanging and Divine, and not thereby ‘human’ values’ at all. They are so generalized and ill-defined as to be ambiguous and confusingly simplistic, and were doctrinally ‘set in concrete once and for all’ by his divine will at the beginning of time! Claiming to provide ‘spiritual’ education (to correct the ills of the age) rather than religious teachings, such Sai Baba projects promote highly controversial doctrines such as that of retributive karma, which is open to all kinds of valid criticism, not least that it is pure speculation without any serious empirical backing to be found. The pretence that he purveys any kind of ‘universal spirituality’ common to all religions is false, for the educational system is totally shot through and through with religious ideas and superstitions (especially Hindu beliefs, including the Indian claim of ‘incarnate god-avatars’)

All Sathya Sai Baba educational projects without exception suffer from the same great weaknesses, such as downgrading of recognised human rights, the importance of social and legal justice in favour of enforcing human ‘duties’, and not seeing, hearing or speaking ill of anyone or criticizing anyone (except oneself). In short a sheer parody of right and good and the means to correct the wrong and bad. Then comes the total avoidance of all issues of gender and sexuality in favour of traditional pseudo-Victorian double morale and unrepressed male chauvinist anti-female attitudes throughout. The pedagogical standards of all Sai schools, Educare projects, Education in Human Values courses are totally unprofessional, not least since they are taught by believers in Sai Baba, mostly amateur teachers and without any forum for critical, analytical discussion of the contents and aims in respect of any professional educational conferences or research workshops… since all Sai Baba education keeps strictly to itself and allows no outside influence whatever!

Some of the following links may help in clarification – especially who are reeling in confusion at the contradictions, seething doubts and personal confusion that will have arisen for many after the late demise by removal from life support without samadhi by the degenerate man who Indian media are daring even indirectly to call a God!

Human Values – Sai Baba’s truncated ideas The SSEHV (Human Values programme) of Sai Baba is an ill-conceived, skimpy and retrograde form of education that no professional educational experts would condone as it stands, it being too simplistic, rigid and restrictive for modern life
Sai Baba’s “Five Human Values>´”  Summary of the conceptual and pedagogical problems in Sai Baba’s supposedly “human” values and the teaching of them
Where the human values teaching falls short and is in serious error
Human values must include human rights, democratic rights, social equality, women’s rights, gender rights and above all human justice and law. The rigid and unchanging ”five human values’ Sai Baba promotes definitively exclude all these, as do his simplistic and often unpedagogical educational ideas.
Sai Baba discourse on education
A brief look at some of his statements
Human values as common or ‘universal’ values?
Human values can be shared, but can they be they shared universally when they are not practiced universally? Being human values they are socially, culturally and politically variable in expression and not least in practice.
Sathya Sai Baba EHV exposed
as a censorious, amateur sect
Sai Baba Education in Human Values (SSEHV)
A close look at some of the shortcomings and discrepancies in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
Cardinal failings in Sai Baba’s teachings – some of the main weaknesses summarized and demonstrated in detail
The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power These incisive analyses of the methods, teachings and failings common to most so-called ‘gurus’ are highly accurate in describing the dynamics of the guru-follower relationship and its exploitation. They apply with full force to  Sai Baba, as any independent-minded person can easily establish.
Fallacies in doctrines of ‘karma’ (and healing) The conflict between traditional doctrines of karma and scientific rationality. Variants in doctrine are compared with the current state of human knowledge
Sai Baba fallacies and falsities – his absurd ‘Saience’ vs. true science His ignorance of atomic physics, astrophysics, magnetism, geo-sciences, historical fact, history of religions etc.
Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape World report 2008 in marked conflict with Sai Baba’s promises made over many decades. He has said that he would first “save” India and then the rest of the world – this within his own lifetime.
Spirituality redefined without religion or mysticism
Spirituality is about human values, which are created and acted on by human beings, without the assistance of any disembodied deity or principle.
Avoidance of vital issues, like sex, AIDS by ‘Universal teacher’ One would expect that a teacher worth his salt would have something educative and knowledgeable to say on the subject of human sexuality and the many issues which surround it and problems which arise from it, but it is far too ‘touchy’ for Sathya Sai Baba. One can but ask why?
Sathya Sai Baba’s religious teaching The most enormous claims ever made by a human being about himself are seen to be nothing but bluster backed by a catch-all pseudo-universal ‘spirituality’
Otherworldliness and futile escapism Belief in a non-physical realm of spirits and deities is only a belief, and one which rather diverts energies and aspirations away from real solutions to human problems than showing any tangible contributions.
Avoiding leaps of faith into conclusions Irrational human behaviour is very widespread, and many people will believe just about anything, especially if it suits them, their lifestyle, their habits and accumulated opinions
Mystical and religious explanations being crowded out
As science continues, decade after decade, to fill more and more of the gaps in our knowledge, there is less and less space for the mystical explanation and the supposed ‘divine hand’. The process of cumulative human knowledge based on massive observation and experimentation – instead of superstition and speculative theology – has continued since earliest human history.

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Sex scandal in Indian media – Nityananda and forerunners

Posted by robertpriddy on March 6, 2010

Indian commentators, such as the presenter at IBN are finally asking why it is that so many Indian gurus have been convicted of adharmic (i.e. unrighteous) activities. The latest scandal, whatever the eventual outcome, has brought forth more allegations of Nityananda abusing women sexually, of murder attempts and an unexplained death at his ashram.

as from One India March 6, 2010.

For example, One India reported this (see on right): Had not the Nityananda sex video caused a major uproar across the internet, the Indian news media would most probably have played down or ignored the matter, for this is what the Indian news media have done for years now in the case of the influential and powerful Sathya Sai Baba, for – with very few honourable exceptions – they no longer take any notice of continuing and fresh allegations of Sai Baba’s sexual molestation of young men and boys.

Human rights violations from sex, rape, pedophilia, murder to financial scams are increasingly reported alleged in connection with Indian swamis and/or so-called ‘godmen’. Bupendra Chowbey on IBN Live.in.com hosts a discussion on these issues in a 4-part video on ‘Sex, sleaze and swamis’. He said: “The fundamental question is why has there been such a huge increase in cases related to the holy men in our country.”

from IBNLive.com debate screen

He compares aspects of the Nityananda case with those of Chandra Swami, Sathya Sai Baba, Pilot Baba, and other religious leaders and asks if blind faith in religion is the reason for godmen becoming conmen and whether the sexploits of swamis have permanently damaged the image of holy men in India. While reactions to the revelations about Nityananda led to physical damage to his ashram, the debaters were loath to blame religion as such but rather the gullibility of people who do not think for themselves.

Coming on the heels of the N.D. Tiwari sex scandal [who Sathya Sai Baba endorsed], the Nityananda revelations have further engaged Indian journalists into thinking what is wrong with gurus, even with Hinduism and religion itself (see Star Of Mysore article)

CLICK ON IMAGE for IBN Live.com debate on video

Self-declared ‘spiritual masters’ claiming they lead people to bliss and realization, can do miracles, healings and much else prove to be in many cases in recent decades to have been involved variously in sexual abuse, pedophilia, murder – not to mention fraud on a mega scale. Some of the more notable include Swami Premananda (Tiruvannamalai), Bhagwan Rajneesh (Osho), Swami Muktananda, Swami Rama, Swami Rameshwaranand Giriji Maharaj, Gyatri Swami, Balayogi Premvarni, Gowrishankara Swami, Swami Shyam, The Phalgat (of Kerala), Swami Bhimanand… the list could actually be extended into the scores. None are so widely and credibly accused of pedophilia, male sex abuses, involvement in murders, fraud and political cover-up than Sathya Sai Baba (see here)

See also:
Very latest Sathya Sai Baba sex molestation testimony
and The Dark Underside of some prominent Hindu gurus

 

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Vishnu come to save the world, as Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on September 16, 2009

For the student boys who sleep in his bedroom, it must be most awesome to be subjected to what many claim he does - the very Lord and Creator of the Universe taking his pleasure with them?

For the student boys who sleep in his bedroom, it must be most awesome to be subjected to what many claim he does - the very Lord and Creator of the Universe taking his pleasure with them on the serpent headed bed he had, but which was destroyed in the murders in his bedroom?

vishnuSai


The claims made by Sathya Sai Baba as seen in the scan (above right)  amounts to the claim that there is no distinction between himself and the greatest divine incarnations of Hindu mythical scripture. Their tasks are all the same, saving humanity – though the means used and physical incarnations differ.

His constantly repeated belief in the literal truth of myths with which the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are packed – and his usurpation of the identity of all the great figures in those myths – Vishnu, Rama, Krishna, [as well as claiming to have been Jesus' Father, Kabir and Shirdi Sai Baba] will simply never wash with enlightened humanity. Nor will the religionists of the mainstream religions ever come to consider this remotely likely – for Islam totally denies the possibility of God being incarnate, radical Christians see only Jesus as a Divinity and so forth.

See also Prophecies by and about Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba holds the myths of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Gita to be literally true


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

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The Prophet of the Age – Vishnu reborn?

Posted by robertpriddy on September 6, 2009

The following claimant to be yet another Vishnu reincarnation come to save the world is described:-

Scan from F. Yeats-Brown's 'Lancer at Large' London, 1936

Scan from F. Yeats-Brown's 'Lancer at Large' London, 1936

One might have though it was referring to Sathya Sai Baba – until we read that “the great saints and sages of India have always shunned publicity and do so to this day!” The whereabouts of Sathya Sai Baba are proclaimed widely in all possible media, and he does not keep aloof from the world- far from it. “Never, under any circumstances to they take money from their pupils…” That too immediately excludes Sathya Sai Baba from being a genuine ‘great sage or saint’ – he collects billions of dollars (He also asked me for money, in private of course! See here ). No doubt Sathya Sai Baba is a “gay philosopher”, the facts grant him that possibly doubtful accolade.

Sathya Sai Baba boasts in a most unsaintly fashion! http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/1/Sai_Baba’s_bragging.htm
Sathya Sai Baba loudly trumpets his fame as a servant of humanity

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Sathya Sai Baba as world saviour

Posted by robertpriddy on June 9, 2009

“It was said that I have taken up this Form in answer to the prayers of sadhus (noble souls) and others… I have come, because I felt I had to come. I resolved upon this… This campaign will succeed, it will not fail. The welfare of the world will be ensured…” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, page 205)

“In conversation with Dr. John Hislop (7/11/1980), Sathya Sai Baba said:-”Were it not for the mind change of Sai devotees the world would already have fallen into complete chaos.” (Conversations with… Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. J. Hislop, p. 190 old ed., page 173 new. ed)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. (Discourse 16 March 2003)

The above claims are unfulfilled and patently unfulfillable. No one in their right mind would be able truly to believe in them. Yet Sai Baba followers still do. Despite that, they are in my experience very often people with good intentions and high ideals (but unfortunately not without plenty of self-seeking persons among them). Whatever their aims, they are certainly in psychological denial about the one the worship and are unable fully to see that he has long since departed from his boasted ideals of truthfulness, purity and trust. The Sathya Sai Organization continues to  beaver away trying to raise this idol who has already fallen very badly in the eyes of the world, and will never be accepted by the world’s reasonable and educated people – who are not indoctrinated as his devotees. Their efforts will are about as futile as those of the countless followers through the decades of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with his failed attempts to eliminate crime through mantra chanting and even to take over whole countries. They are fading away, also struck down by revelations of his bogus nature and false claims.  Maharishi’s promotion of ‘yogic flying’ – a ridiculous spectacle – was itself just about enough to put an end to the entire ambitions of that movement. Sathya Sai Baba has promoted far, far more absurd ideas… so he too is inevitably bound to end on the rubbish heap of broken promises and bizarre history. Take a handful more of his claims:

1) that he ‘materialized’ a three ton gold lingam from his stomach (when the BBC film showed only water coming from his mouth) See here plus video clip

2) that he will lift a range of mountains in the manner of Krishna who, in mythology, lifted a mountain to protect his devotees  see Sai Baba prophesies he will lift “a whole range of mountains”!

3) that he will have to forsake even the aeroplane and fly unaided through the sky to appear to all his devotees see Sai Baba soon to fly unaided in the sky?

These are some of the most obvious megalomaniac claims, but he has made hundreds more. How can such a person expect to be taken seriously by more than deluded persons and the lunatic fringe in this modern age of education, science and technology? One can rest assured that the above claims alone have secured his insignificance as a religious figure in the coming era.

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Sathya Sai Baba and the Vedas – part two

Posted by robertpriddy on May 25, 2009

from Sai Baba Discourse November, 1999

from Sai Baba Discourse November, 1999

Sathya Sai Baba claims that the original language of the Vedas was Sanskrit, saying:-
In the Sanskrit language, the first letter of the alphabet is ‘A’ and the last one is ‘Ha.’ When you combine A and Ha, it becomes Aha.” [10 July 1986]

Aha! Interesting indeed. The quote is a good example of the simplistic quality of the “wisdom” that Sathya Sai Baba dispenses. It virtually guarantees that no serious educated person who is not deeply indoctrinated with religious nonsense, will never consider his massive claims to have any weight whatever.

Countless contradictions arise when Sathya Sai Baba makes statements about the Vedas. For example, he states that the Vedas are limitless (Sutra Vahini , p. 30) and in the same sentence says they are “incommunicable” but “can be experienced”. Yet he also promotes the daily chanting of the text of the Vedas – such as at his college and ‘Vedas Patsala’, insisting that the “correct pronunciation of them is essential. This last he illustrates with a story in Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 2, p. 256f) The widespread divorce from empirical reality into ‘inner’ spiritual realms of belief were based on the Vedic scriptures as formulated (and then written) by an ‘anonymous author’ (see Summer Showers at Brindavan 1974, p. 34) .

On the right we see another incredibly bizarre statement of Sai Baba’s about how the Vedas were so helpful to the Germans and the Japanese in developing weapons during World War II! THAT is surely a great advert for the Vedas… and further, both those nations were defeated. The Japanese were defeated by the superior weapon, which today’s ruling Indians (“Bharatiyas” who were believers in Sai Baba too, like Narasimha Rao, President Kalam and other) have now also developed and tested as a challenge to Pakistan. See Sai Baba and India’s atomic arsenal. Neither the Allies nor Russian derived one fig of nuclear weapon  information from the Vedas! How come the Indians didn’t either?

Sathya Sai Baba claims he created the universe!

Sathya Sai Baba claims he created the universe!

Sathya Sai Baba has declared that the Vedas emanated from God Himself as inhalation/exhalation (Sathya Sai Vahini p. 176). This is in accordance with Hindu mythology, whereby Brahma let the Vedas slip from his mouth after he had created the universe, and the demonic (i.e. ‘asura‘) horse Hayagriva took hold of them and made them available to the world. This kind of nonsense is put forward even today and believed by millions.

See also  Sai Baba – India’s great lost culture and values

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Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2009

By his very typical method of faulty, highly selective extrapolation, Gerald Joe Moreno falsely accused Barry Pittard of being a criminal – which statement he had to retract (extremely grudgingly).

At another stage, exploiting the posting of a Pittard article by an an obnoxious group, he strongly and widely labelled Pittard as an anti-Semite.  Moreno exploited the posting of a Pittard article by a group whose type of views Pittard has all his life abhorred.

These attacks are on the Internet for all to see, especially given the fact that Moreno has a specialty in manipulating search engine results so that his articles are often most prominently featured.

Click to see image of Gerald Joe Moreno here

Those who have known Barry Pittard for decades know that views based on race or class or culture have always been deeply abhorent to him. His extensive volunteer social work of many years has been among people irrespective of their race, class or religion. Alan Kazlev, in Australia, who had at first been misled by Moreno’s propaganda made his own enquiries and found that Moreno’s defamations of Pittard and others were serious. Needless to say Moreno at once mounted vehement attacks against Kazlev, as he has long done against virtually anyone who asks, for proper third party investigation of the allegations, as Barry Pittard has so often emphasised, against Sai Baba and certain of his core servitors.

Many of those connected with the station affirm (information available to bona fide, properly-reputed! researchers) that Barry Pittard had a highly-regarded community radio programme “Collective Spirit”, whose core theme was precisely about promoting good relations in the community between the various religious and other paths, and about finding commonalities. Moreover, as the worldwide former devotee network can attest, there are Jewish members who hold Pittard in high esteem, as do others of other faiths and non-faiths.

They attest that when there was a down-putting remark made about the Jews by a Christian presenter at the same radio station at which Pittard also worked as a presenter, he objected strongly. For this he was thanked by the then leader of the Jewish community in his area, who later invited a director and he to a private Jewish ceremony in her and her husband’s home. The presenter, who showed no remorse at the offense or sensitive desire for remediation, was dismissed from the station.

Typically though his assertions are cruelly false, Moreno does not withdraw his claims. So much, then, for his hero-worship not only of Sathya Sai Baba but of other traditional teachers of truth, righteousness, peace and love.

See associated articles:

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

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Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Posted by robertpriddy on March 12, 2009

In his “Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love and Spirituality” blog” Gerald Joe Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, makes a number of entirely false claims. In his very language and conduct he ceaselessly infracts the teachings of the one he defends. The is the constant use of name-calling, labelling, derision, sneering, demeaning, assuming the very worst of all those who criticize his idol Sathya Sai Baba and, indeed, amid the anarchy that resides within parts of the Internet, severely libeling one after another who stands forth to question him and his worldwide cult.

Among a plethora of sites, which he manipulates in such a way as to leap higher in Internet search engine results, Gerald Joe Moreno has a WordPress.com blogsite:  sathyasaibaba. It operates under the pseudonym Equalizer.

Gerald Moreno’s Galvanic Attacks on Broadcasters and other Critics

Whatever top class broadcaster (e.g., BBC, CBC, SBS, Channel NineMSN) or newspaper (e.g., Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, India Today, Ottawa Times, The Age, etc.) investigates Sai Baba and his organisation is fair game for Gerald Joe Moreno’s attacks. Moreno always right. Critics always wrong.

Recently, a leading national broadcaster screened the Australian Current Affair report ‘Infiltrating a Cult’, February 2, 2009, on Channel NINEMSN. It showed an Australian Sathya Sai Baba cult leader, Moyia O’Brien, denying that the Sai Baba organisation is religious but only a social service organisation. To view the ACA Chris Allen interview and accompanying footage of the violent cult-hired security guards,  ‘Infiltrating a Cult’, click HERE.

Moyia O’Brien’s subterfuge recalls, for example, how the American Sathya Sai Organisation used a perverse technicality in the case in Orange County, California, USA, brought brought against the directors of the Sathya Sai Society of America by Alaya Rahm (with the support of his family who were longtime noted leaders): this multimillion dollar sect claimed via its lawyers that it was only a bookshop. See:

Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America. Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family

Moreno is on a par with the Sai cult leaders round the world, including Ms O’Brien in the Australian television interview, who plays down – or rather wilfully deceives about  – her close affiliation with the Sathya Sai Organization.

The ‘Secret Swami’s’ Culture’ of Denial

In the Moyia O’Brien case, Moreno falsely leaps to the notion that Barry Pittard -  who has taken up the cause of the sacked manager and disabled clients – and myself were involved from the start as instigators of the revolt against SWARA (Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Centre) by staff, who were in perfectly good professional repute and clients (several staff were sacked).  However, one of the organisers completely unknown to us contacted and informed that the programme was due to be aired on national television. It was previewed for some days on TV on  the prime time Australian Current Affairs TV programme. It is furthermore the case that a number of well-respected Sai Baba devotees have themselves spoken up on behalf of the staff and clients, and courageously continue to do so. Yet again, Moreno’s proclivity for conspiracy-type ‘thinking’ and putting worst-case scenarios is exposed. Barry Pittard’s meticulous reportage of these events can be seen in these articles:

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia
Sathya Sai Cult Under Media Scutiny In Australia
Australian Current Affair: ‘Infiltrating A Cult’ (Sathya Sai Baba)

(see the original video and report here) NOTE:  A reliable source from within the media has confirmed that Channel NineMSN withdrew the presence of its ‘Infiltrating a cult’ segment because the Sathya Sathya Sai cult threats of legal action. Media around the world, including SBS and The Age in Australia have refused to be intimidated by the powerful Sathya Sai Organisation. We will not be intimidated and continue to make available the footage!

See references to Moreno by independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia

See articles associated to the above blog:

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur


Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
View ex-follower signatures

(Spanish version
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Sai Baba declares he is Vishnu and Krishna come again

Posted by robertpriddy on March 7, 2009

Hanuman's exploitsSathya Sai Baba’s overall claim to be the great Avatar come to save humanity – though also claimed by others – is taken to such lengths that no others can compete in delusions of grandeur:- “When dharma declines or rather, when those who have a duty to regulate their lives according to dharma lose faith in it, then, its restoration cannot be taken up by all and sundry… The Lord has come again on this Mission. He has collected the engineers and contractors and the labour for this purpose. He is now set on the task.” Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3. p. 185 (new edition).

He certainly cannot be faulted on the vastness of his claims, even though his attempts at fulfilment of them falls very far short.

Sai Baba continually repeats the fantastical mythical events from Indian scripture as if they were historical fact.  (see scan).  He has spoken of Krishna’s lifting a mountain to protect his devotees from a flood of rain as historical fact! Worse than that, he made the famous statement in a discourse – published and checked by himself – that he too will lift – not one but a whole range of mountains. Here is a scan of an excerpt his published discourse in Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 92 (new edition)

saitoliftmountains

Many statements Sathya Sai Baba has made where he presents what are ’stories’, myths and legends from Indian scripture so as to mislead  his uneducated and unsuspecting countrymen to believe in them as literally true. One thing is certain, his stories will never be accepted by the world at large as anything other than fables, and his prophecy about himself lifting a mountain range is equally untenable, as so many of his prophesies are.

Sai Baba claims Ramayana and Mahabharata stories are factual!

Sathya_Sai_Baba_Pronouncements_on_Himself_His_Mission

Sathya_Sai_Baba_Master_of_delusion_-_Maya.


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Ignorance is bliss in Sai Baba’s ‘teaching’

Posted by robertpriddy on January 26, 2009

SaiPompIf he know so much, why does Sai Baba not clear all doubts?  Why does the self-professed omniscient Avatar not make known fully and clearly everything about his mission and answer every type of valid question and doubt that arises?

Sathya Sai Baba gives various reasons for his not engaging publicly in explanations about his claimed wisdom and powers. He disdains arguments that appeal to and satisfy the logical and scientific mind.  He looks down on all scientific understanding as an expression of intellectual pride or gross materialism and derides all but religious scholars as ‘learned fools’.

He claims to minister primarily to those who have humility, this being one reason for the birthplace of the avatar he claims to be being in India. He claims to know the very secrets of all creation, of birth, life and death but is unwilling to adopt the premises of reason and logic to explain them and make them clear enough to be more than speculative talk.

He makes evident that he does not wish or intend to stimulate ‘worldly’  intelligence, which he puts down as mere desires of the “restless” and curious mind. Sathya Sai Baba is no philosopher in any sense that makes sense, for he is a proselytizer of faith versus knowledge on all occasions, primarily faith in God – and not least in himself as such. He does not teach but preaches. He propounds the glories of  “mindless divine consciousness” which he holds is superior in every way to mental activity, scientific and intellectual understanding. Yet he also insists that it is achievable only by a tiny handful among the billions of humanity!  This ideal has been held up by numerous mystics, gurus and claimants to divinity in the past, overwhelmingly in India, where a vast under-educated mass of the population is brought up to believe in these miasmas from the cradle.

He has repeatedly insisted that he has not come in order to institute a new religion or set of beliefs. though he has also admitted to a ‘Sai religion’ and permitted the use of this term. He has announced repeatedly that his alleged ‘divine task’ is the regeneration of the first and most perennial philosophy, the Vedas. In regenerating them, he aims for the recreation on a huge scale of the practices and the way of life that would embody the alleged “Vedic truths”. In this and his constant harping on the past glories of a lost age of ‘Bharat’ – one for which there is no scrap of historical evidence – he literally wishes to put the clock back to a deeply superstitious and unknowledgeable era where democracy, human rights, equality before the law, social  justice,  and freedom from oppression were unknown. He speaks about ‘human values’ as God-given absolutes set in stone by, which is an oxymoron. He does not explain where the anti-values which correspond to the good ones came from except from the ‘evil’ in so many human hearts. That is the level of education he expresses.

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Stories of miraculous visions, by Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 24, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba recycled the following story from the Maha bharatha twice, different and conflicting versions! First time, it was presented as a factual account: here is a short resumé of most of this tale:-

Vimana

Vimana

“The cowherd Maaladhaasa who was determined to see the Lord and prayed to the “black Lord riding on a white bird”. Due to his fasting and prayer, the Lord did at last appear to him, but as an old Brahmin, but he was not black and there was no bird. So the cowherd asked the Brahmin to come next day again so he could get the village pandit to say whether he was the Lord himself. The pandit laughed and the whole village turned out next day to see this Brahmin, but only the cowherd Maaladhaasa could see him. He was ridiculed…

Sai Baba then continues with his tedious story here: “At last, he got so enraged they he walked up to the old Brahmin and gave him a whacking blow on the cheek, saying “Why don’t you show yourself to all?” That blow changed the entire scene. Krishna appeared in resplendent robes, smiling face, captivating form and the white bird. As the astounded villagers were recovering from the amazement, the heavenly chariot (Vimaana), floated down from the sky and Krishna asked Maaladhaasa to sit inside it. Then, with the Lord by his side, Maadlahaasa rose up and soon was out of sight.” (Faith that made the lord manifest (cowherd story) (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 7, pps 7f)

So the reader is supposed to take this to heart as a lesson… The point intended by it is, that Sathya Sai Baba is that same Lord, and is very hard to recognise, so we should all recognise this and be astonished and gob-smacked like those villagers… the implication is that those who do not recognise Sai Baba as God Incarnate are even less smart than those villagers were!

The second version, delivered by Sathya Sai Baba later told it to his students in 1984, this time as a story, It is found in the US servile follower Al Drucker’s book  “Discourses on the Bhagavad Gita” (p. 32 first ed.) in the sixth discourse. Later, Al Drucker did not follow Sai Baba’s demand to remain unmarried and he was banned from the ashrams and the Organization! A poor boy who was a cowherd boy was informed ( by some pundit called Harikathadas) that Lord Vishnu was traditionally represented thus: “dark/complexioned, wore a traditional white mark on his forehead, and rode on a white eagle“. In typical Indian fashion, the boy puts himself through self-punishing prayer and ‘penances’ in order to obtain the vision of Lord Vishnu. In the end, of course, he gets his wish.

This discrepancy between ‘stories’ is not at all uncommon in Sai Baba’s rambling and boring repeated tales of fictitious events in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam. These writings are poetic fiction based on legend, penned centuries after the e. The famous elderly editor of his journal, the retired journalist V.K. Narasimhan, told me how Sathya Sai Baba changes stories he retells and makes many errors and mixes  up things in his ‘discourses’ – all of which Narasimhan edited out, or even changed to save Baba from ridicule! However, nothing will save Sai Baba’s bogus imaginative claims from the ridicule of any serious, recognised historian.

See also

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Sathya Sai Baba’s literal stories from scripture

Posted by robertpriddy on January 22, 2009

COUNTLESS INDIAN ‘GOD-MEN’ AND GURUS HAVE PRONOUNCED THAT THEY ARE  INCARNATIONS OF DEITIES LIKE KRISHNA, RAMA AND MANY OTHERS… BUT SATHYA SAI BABA HAS EXCEEDED THEM ALL IN INCREDIBLE CLAIMS!

Rama and Krishna

Rama and Krishna

Sathya Sai Baba always speaks as if most of the events described in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata incl. Bhagavad Gita, and the Srimad Bhagavatha actually happened. He sometimes actually insists that they did. :-
1) he was himself Krishna and was 84 years old at time of Mahabharata war (Summer Showers at Brindavan 1978, page 58)

2)
he knows this since he was himself Krishna  – aged 84 years when the war took place
that the Mahabharata war occurred in 3138 BC. (Summer Roses on the Blue Mountains 1976. p. 85f)
3) that as Krishna he once did the miracles described in scripture, including multi-location of his body in a simultaneous dance with six thousand cowgirls (gopis)! (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 26, pps. 27-29)
4) that the Ramayana described historical facts, for he once was also Lord Rama and defeated  demons, flew in mantra-powered ‘airplanes’ (Pushpak), banished his own wife, killed the demon Ravana, etc.

Proof that Sathya Sai Baba unambiguously asserts the literal truth of these scriptural ‘stories’ is seen in the following published conversation:

Dr. J. Hislop: Sometimes Swami speaks of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as if they were historical, and sometimes as if they were to be taken as representative of every individual’s inner conflicts, virtues, bad qualities etc. Are these events and people historical fact?”

Sai “Yes they are a record of historical people and incidents… Rama was a real person and an Avathar. And Dasaratha was His father. Krishna was real and the events of His Avathara were real. Rama’s life, over the ages, has been altered and distorted somewhat, and Swami’s story of Rama will be a classic through several Yugas.” (Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. John Hislop - new ed. p. 129 old ed. p. 155)

See more Sathya Sai Baba stories and myths presented as real events

Sathya Sai Baba and Islam

Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation – Rama or Ravana?

Analysis of Sai Baba’s claims to have been Krishna – weeping saris etc.

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God in everyone, everything – Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 3, 2009

‘God is in everything, everything is God’ is the central alleged ‘truth’ in various teaching by Indian gurus, swamis and other self-styled divine beings. It underpins much of Hinduism and the ideas involve, when abstracted to a high degree, forms the backbone of Advaita Vedanta. It is at the core of the so-called ‘teachings’ of Sathya Sai Baba, who claims to have created the Universe and Hinduism as the purest and most encompassing religion.

If everything is God, and God is everything, then God cannot be localised by any means, neither as a separate entity nor in any other distinct way.

At the same time, Sathya Sai Baba has often said that everyone is God, or alternatively that God is in everyone.  The similar assertion that God is in everyone as a divine spark, or resides in the inner heart as universal consciousness or love or whatever, is incompatible with the hugely ambiguous generality that ‘God is everyone’. Vagueness of meaning alone makes it possible for unsophisticated minds to accept these statements without differentiation or understanding anything really… They become tenets of faith in which one believes without knowing what they mean in practice. The slogans explain little or nothing about how these should apply to life – other than the interpretation that one should respect and love everyone as divinity. Yet that is an ideal which does not allow for the ways of the world – for it necessarily also involves the ultimate appeasement of the bad and wrong – a passivity before wrongdoing which fails to work as a social ideal other than perhaps as martyrdom.

Some variants of this pan-theism hold that God is only within you. But this contradicts the core idea, that God is everything. Other variants insist that God is both within you and outside you (Sathya Sai Baba uses both conflicting statements) The absence of any direct external evidence of God’s existence refutes the ‘outside you’ claim for a start. Worse, it means that one cannot locate the divine as anything distinct from everything, for it is supposedly therefore everywhere and there is nothing that is not God.

Paradoxically, this pan-theism makes for the most tolerant of religions, since every religion (everything) must be a divine manifestation, nothing less. At the same time, belief in the pan-theistic thesis means one is totally exclusive of all mainstream religions, which all reject precisely pantheistic theologies… and pan-theism therefore manifests as a most exclusive conception – one which must be intolerant of all religious beliefs which define or identify God or divinity as distinct from profane and material existence. It is a self-destructive idea which can bear no fruit other than delusion and confusion.

The standard response to this confusion by gurus (especially Sathya Sai Baba) is that you have not realised yourself, your ‘true nature’ as the Divine Being, the One Being of  Bliss Consciousness .  It is most easy to be misled by this, since the almost endless labyrinth of obscure scriptures and undoubtedly clever rationalizations take many years to study and absorb and – if one gives oneself to it fully – it is very demanding to test this in practice through meditation and other so-called ‘sadhanas’. However, it is possible to recover oneself from such a well-meant but futile project – t0 break the spell – and gradually realise the illusions which it has created and enforced in one’s mind. Then what is made to appear great wisdom and ‘spirituality’ is seen in wider and wider perspective for what a confusion it is when one explores it further. Such de-programming is liberating for oneself in many ways.  I find that the best one can say about the entire process of ‘spiritual seeking’ is that – if one survives it with one’s sanity intact – it is a major learning process about the fallibility of the human mind and the many ways it is unavoidably manipulated by the agendas of others,  whatever the sphere of activity.

See also other critical deconstructions of key doctrines promoted by Sathya Sai Baba:-

  • STUDY OF IDEAS OF ETERNAL, UNCONDITIONAL, SELFLESS LOVE How the idea of love is ‘sublimated’ to an otherworldly realm and become anti-life and a subtle means to manipulate and control people
  • UNITY AS A SPIRITUAL IDEAL and how such ideas function to suppress, manipulate and denigrate the diversity of existence, cultures and unique individuality.
  • GOD IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IS GOD? The great generalization and its logical consequences examined
  • THE ‘GURU TRAP’ AS CATCH 22, THE NO-WIN SITUATION How most traditional Indian gurus and swamis to attract, indoctrinate and entrap. Two Indian Swamis – Ambikananda and Sathya Sai Baba
  • THE TRAP OF ‘DOUBLETHINK’ IN SPIRITUALITY OR RELIGION How one becomes indoctrinated through a ‘doublethink’ system of dual interpretation – worldly vs. otherworldly.
  • THE SPIRITUAL ‘MIRROR TRAP’ as used by Sathya Sai Baba to avert scrutiny of himself and confuse followers into self-programming of his doctrine. This idea is the mechanism of denial used by devotees – that Sai Baba is only what we imagine him to be
  • BELIEVERS’ SYSTEMATIC MISINTERPRETATION OF SATHYA SAI BABA’S SIMPLE WORDS how followers learn ‘correct’ interpretations of Sai Baba’s words and actions from others, the standard but often highly mistaken answers to all doubts
  • DISEMPOWERMENT THROUGH WORSHIP OF SATHYA SAI BABA – IN SIX PARTS A series of articles studying in depth effects of mental, emotional and social dependencies.
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    Who and what is Sathya Sai Baba?

    Posted by robertpriddy on December 21, 2008

    Who does Sathya Sai Baba think he is? Well, nothing less than the Creator of the Universe, the Father who Sent Jesus, the Deity of all Deities. No more incredible and unsurpassably bombastic, megalomaniac claim has ever been made by anyone! He tells his devotees on occasion that ‘the whole world loves him’ – he also assumes that the whole world loves God (quite wrongly because many don’t believe in any god )  – and that he is the one God above all! (see his pronouncements on himself and his ‘mission’)

    Who is he – apart from what he admits? He is a man who is very widely and most credibly accused of sexual abuse of young men and boys (i.e. paedophilia)  – openly confronted on BBC TV by two of his US victims (here and here). He is the ruler of his fiefdom, Prashanthi Nilayam, where six devotees were killed as he stood by and his brother blackmailed the police into executing four of them. He was active in the cover-up – so he is an accomplice to multiple murders.

    Sathya Sai Baba wants to be ‘all things to all men’ … in short, the one and only God. In reality, he especially wants men rather than women, and not infrequently this has been as something they don’t always want him to be, i.e. as a partner. He pretends to be ‘the’ universal teacher, but he shows complete ignorance of many matters, and his ‘teachings’ on otherworldly matters are vague and – as usual in all such religions – highly speculative and uncertain. His endless and repetitive discourses are as a ‘pick-and-mix’ of all kinds of different vague tenets, many incompatible with one another and from conflicting sources. His inconsistent hodge podge of conflicting speculations in Hinduism (such as ideas of dualism, monism and in-between variants all mixed together in a pick-and-choose menu), along with a small portion of Christian (Love, love…), Buddhist and Parsee religion thrown in (often hilariously wrongly put). Meanwhile, Islamic ideas are a closed book to him, to judge by their glaring absence from his collected discourses and books on ‘universal spirituality’.

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    Sathya Sai Baba and India in-depth study

    Posted by robertpriddy on September 2, 2008

    Barry Pittard articles on India and Sathya Sai Baba

    Some of Barry Pittard’s articles at his blogsite – http://barrypittard.wordpress.com – are as: see below. For three decades, he has been well-known for his great love of India, where he lived for several years, often engaged in service to the very poor, and also teaching at the Sathya Sai college outside Bangalore. The issues he raises about India’s profound levels of corruption and superstition are issues that thinking Indians themselves have great concern about. Critical comment on India’s problems can equate to a genuine care for that country to see far better days. Countless of India’s greatest thinkers and reformers have been among those who have criticised many things within Indian society, such as superstition that penetrates most sections, the blind and fervent worship whether of gurus, film stars, cricketers, etc., the appalling record in human rights, casteism, endemic corruption, attitudes towards women, and so forth.

    Will World Accept Sathya Sai Baba? He Says Yes. Very Soon
    CNN-IBN Reports Action On Corrupt Indian Gurus
    Indian Ex Top Official Dogs Sai Baba On BBC. ‘Cold-blooded Murder’
    India A Mature Democracy? BBC Probes
    The Genesis of the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba)
    BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government
    Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television
    A Top Indian Editor Vir Sanghvi Fails Research Test
    UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks
    Indian Media’s Reticence on Top Guru, Sathya Sai Baba, Weakens
    Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore
    Serial Sex Molestation and Bedroom Killings. But Much More
    Police Killings in Sai Baba’s Bedroom At Puttaparthi
    Self-documented Folly of India’s Would-be God
    Sai Baba Is God Says Top George Bush Doctor
    Has ‘World Saviour’ Missed His Plane?
    Sai Baba Will Act Against His Dissenters
    A Strong India Can Bless The World
    Watershed year for India-U.S. relations, says Rocca
    Supercool Indian Gurus Under Fire
    The Guru Trap. Will India Be Forever Trapped?
    Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption
    Criticism of Sai Baba No Reflection On Hinduism
    Genital Oiling. Do Hindu Religious Leaders Approve?
    Renowned Indian Editor VKN. Diary and Letter Scans Reveal
    Is Sai Baba’s Governmental Influence ‘Miraculous’?
    Indian Rationalists, Humanists Unsafe Opposing Sai Baba
    Indian Gurus Stifle India’s Chance To Excel
    Sai Baba’s “Back Yard” Still A Mess
    Who In India Will Stand out Against Abuses?
    Police Killings Related to Sai Baba Sex Abuse Says Dr Bhatia
    Sai Baba Promised to Transform India. But Child Abuse Rampant
    Dr Naresh Bhatia. Silenced Now In Indian Child Abuse Scourge
    Indian Government Study of Child Abuse Is Groundbreaking
    Child Abuse in India. Will Minister Renuka Chowdhury Act?
    Child Abuse Rife In India. But Who Would Speak Out?
    Sai Baba Promised to Transform India. But Child Abuse Rampant
    Taboo On Acting Against Sexual Abuse In India
    Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief
    Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman
    Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”
    P.N. Bhagwati, India’s Ex-Chief Justice: Wild, Reckless Claims
    Corrupt Indian Judges Stonewall Case Vs Sai Baba
    Inequality before the law in India
    Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further?
    Will India’s New Backlash Against Corruption Lash Sathya Sai Baba?
    Sai Baba: I Will Save India Then World. But he’s Failed
    India Lead World? Sai Baba Says Yes. Robert Priddy No
    The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed
    Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

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