Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Sathya Sai School, Leicester, fights to survive

Posted by robertpriddy on August 18, 2014

SathyaSaiSchoolOfsted report2014The Sathya Sai school has lodged a legal case against the Sri Sathya Sai Trust UK out of fear that the Trust might kick them out of their school premises. 

The Sathya Sai Trust owns the school building at Leicester and have warned the school that if they do not pay the previous years rent and if their headteacher Mrs. Lim is not removed then they want the school to vacate the premises. On the contrary the schools states that the trust owns them money.

It is to be recalled that Mrs Usha Lim was reported to the social services by the parents for her bullying behaviour and Mr Cheng Hoe Lim for his sexual harassment of a female colleague. Most of the affected parents have removed their children out of this school and it remains to be seen how this doomed school will survive after summer. All this in the name of their God Sai Baba and the so called values of “love all serve all”. (from a proxy informant in UK who remains anonymous here so as to protect against harassment by the Sathya Sai school headmistress and co.)

The Ofsted Commission’s report on this school has become more and more negative as can be seen in the 2014 report (click on image on the right here). However the Ofsted inspectors remained ignorant of the bullying case and sexual harassment cases, which were suppressed through legal threats against the parents of the bullied child etc. by the very rich people who are devotees of Sai Baba, including Dr. Michael Goldstein. 

See previous postings:-

Leicester Sathya Sai School vibuthi fraud  April 29, 2014  The Leicester Sathya Sai School lost its accreditation as a Sai Baba institution after a major scandal of child abuse and sexual harassment of a female teacher was investigated, firstly by Leicester social services, subsequently by various ‘officials’ of the Sathya Sai Organisation in Uk and also by the overarching International Sai Baba authorities in India.  Read the rest of this post…

Leicester Sathya Sai School sackings April 26, 2013  As of August 18, the Sathya Sai School in Leicester has been disowned by the Sathya Sai Organisation. This was clearly a (very belated) damage-limitation exercise by the Sathya Sai Organisation which – despite great efforts and much international back and forth – did not succeed in getting the main culprits – i.e. the headmistress […]  Read the rest of this post…

Leicester Sathya Sai school & Michael Goldstein’s dismissal March 30, 2013  The slogan of this private faith school, where almost only for Indian devotees of Sai Baba send their defenceless children in Leicester is “a centre of human excellence”. According to a series of reports I have received about the situation there, this could hardly be further from the real situation. That the children ARE defenceless […] Read the rest of this post…

Sathya Sai school, Leicester harassment case September 11, 2012  Sathya Sai School Leicester rejected by Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation Report: April 26th, 2013. Leicester Sathya Sai School sackings – click to go to latest news September 11, 2012: I am informed that the parents who could not afford to pay full fees to the Leicester Sathya Sai […] Read the rest of this post…

Sathya Sai Schools: Leicester, Puttaparthi, Gothenburg etc. up-date 27/11/12 July 20, 2012 Dr. Michael Goldstein, who was trying to cover over the entire matter at Leicester Sathya Sai school has already been replaced as Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation by a certain Gary Beltz. In short, the rule of man picked  by the self-proclaimed omnipotent God Incarnate to lead the International Sai Organisation was overruled by […]  Read the rest of this post…

Love and Light – Sathya Sai Organization UK & Leicester Sai school July 6, 2009  A comment was made to this blog as follows:- “The headteacher is accused of bullying, emotional abuse, physical punishment of children. Parents complained to the social services who conducted an inquiry which proved true.”  … “The top officials at Puttaparthy etc. are busy protecting their names and the headteacher’s. This is a shame that this […]

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Venkamma: little or no faith in her brother Sathya Sai

Posted by robertpriddy on August 14, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba's elder sister Venkamma profiled

‘Divya’ (Eileen Weed) with Venkamma in 1993

The former long-term resident of Prashanthi Nilayam,  Eileen Weed (aka ‘Divyya’)  who lived for years in the apartment of the elder sister of Sathya Sai Baba, Venkamma, and who learned Telugu to a high level, answered a question asked by a former devotee about the faith of that sister. Here is her illumining reply:-

“Your question about Venkamma’s faith is a difficult one, however. The short answer is, I am not entirely sure what her faith was. Since I knew her better than anyone else in the world in her last years, I can state that I don’t think she thought about it (questioned herself about having faith in sb as god) deeply.

She was just a simple village lady and I suspect she knew about sb lying and faking materialization’s when he was younger BUT simple villagers look beyond inconsistencies (look at all the examples in the puranas about the doings of naughty gods & sages!) and depend more upon the amount of confidence and charisma someone has. I think for decades she had faith in sb as a divine being, just because of what he declared to the world (due entirely to his narcissism). That is why so many of us developed faith: he TOLD everyone he was divine, and we were surrounded by people who enforced that with all their stories (often imagined and embellished) of his presence and wished-for blessings.

However, in the last years of Venkamma’s life when I knew her, there was some inconsistency in her faith that had arisen. She was very distressed at troubles with her son and his family, she was depressed at her own declining health, and frustrated because for years her access to sb had been limited to touching his feet and saying a sentence or two to him every few months. As an answer to her queries or moanings about troubles, his answer would invariably be, “It will be all right” or, “What can I do?” That was his standard answer to all the family members during their times of need. In fact, they used to laugh about that fact with each other! Or else, he would send money, food or objects like gold jewelry. (Which caused a lot of gossip and jealousy amongst his always-feuding siblings and their families.)

So at one point Venkamma declared to me, “There is no god, there is no heaven and there is no hell. All of that is only a story elders tell to children to make them behave.” She was dead serious. At the same time, in the midst of physical pain at the end, she would fold her hands and bow at the picture of her favorite god, Rama, and say his name.

But I can say definitely that I NEVER saw her pray to sb or call out to him as she would to a god. I am fairly confident in saying that she did not have faith he would hear her cries from afar. She’d avoid questions of devotees who pressed her to tell stories of sb’s divinity or to outright declare him as god. She would laugh and say, “I like Rama! He was my favorite even before there was a ‘sai baba’!”>Pressed for stories, she would repeat a few things that are already published in books, but which however didn’t particularly point to any diving powers. She loved to remember the journey to the Himalayas with him for example; or to describe opulent festivals in Puttaparthi.

When she was ill she used to desperately ask doctors to tell sb and ask him to visit her, but it seemed to me that was only wanting to see her dearly loved, revered brother rather than wanting darshan of a god. Hope I helped to answer your question!”

In fact, Sai Baba’s family had from the start been unable to believe his various excessive claims, such as when he wrote them around age 13 with the aid of a teacher with semi-literate English in his booklet ‘Hisstory’ (now suppressed and replaced with a different ‘Hisstory’ book made by zealots). His parents considered him possessed by some underworld spirit and had him exorcised, which did not help. His well-educated elder brother, Sesham Raju, expressed his scepticism in a famous letter to Sai Baba, to which only his famous boasting reply is allowed to be printed. …. also told various people about the falsity of some of the mystical claims made about him, notable the ‘story’ about a cobra rocking his cradle. His mother, though held up as blessed etc. by Sai himself, had been left by her husband for a paramour and was very badly neglected by him and Sai Baba (read of her plight with photo of her tiny dwelling here), and was constantly worried that he was pushing his luck too far, which indicates her doubts… though this could not be said by her in Puttaparthi, where his influence over his followers and visitors would soon put a stop to it.

See also Venkamma, Sai Baba’s elder sister in focus

Venkamma; by Divyya – her lost writings, an anti-climax

COMMENT

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One must conclude that the family knew he was a fake from the beginning but when they saw the wealth start to pour in, they shut up and silently took all the many bribes sb constantly gave to them. (Venkamma, like other family members, was always receiving packages from sb, I often opened the door to receive the good looking young boys who worked in sb’s house who brought the gifts of clothes, money, jewels, food, and news of land gifts, etc.). One must put, not sb, but his brother Seshama Raju on a pedestal, for sticking to the truth despite the incentives to retract his complaints!

I also think that due to the later-day family members (children and grandchildren of sb’s siblings, and other more distant relatives) being brought up on a diet of sb’s greatness (and gifts), surrounded by the faithful and sent to the brain-washing schools, that many if not most have complete, pure and naive faith in him, as all of us ex-devotees did.

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Sathya Sai Baba’s charismatic look

Posted by robertpriddy on August 9, 2014

Many who met Sathya Sai Baba were vastly impressed by his look or stare. One example among many similar found throughout the hagiography:   “I vividly recall looking at his form with utter peace and no thoughts.  He stopped and turned and gave me this amazing smile, piercing me with his eyes and I felt this incredible warmth enter me. “What did he do that for,”  I thought,  on that day three years ago. Today, the penny dropped. Thought has to stop.” by Chris Parnell – Australian Sathya Sai Organization.

A much publicised saying of Sai Baba was ‘If you look to Me, I look to you’, and very keen aspirants took this quite literally. Many have written in gushing terms about his look: “radiant, full, and bewitchingly beautiful, the eyes aglow with a merry twinkle, speaks of the Vishnutatva of the Avatar ” On one occasion Sai Baba stared long at me, but I wanted to see if anything could be experienced so I held his stare until it seemed he was trying to stare me down. I looked away, not wishing to offend him. Yet I felt or saw nothing unusual. Since I became a mature person I was naturally self-confident and not easily impressed by such things, so I laid no weight on the matter but only much later realised that he had probably been trying to defeat or  cow me. He had stared into the eyes of many visitors I met there, most of whom claimed some strong positive feelings. Not surprising, since most visitors have planned long, and longed to see this person and experience his wonders. Many are kept waiting for anything from weeks to years to meet his glance. , so being ‘recognised’ as it were was often a great relief and so brought forth very strong emotions.

This stare is one among a number of techniques for manipulating and confounding one’s following are unusual behaviour and actions. A well-known variant was the charismatic or mystical stare – almost comical, but no less effective when backed by power.

It is a relevant comparison that archive footage shows Hitler consciously trying to use his stare to appear charismatic. He would keep eye contact longer than was usual. One Nazi reported being looked at by Hitler: “That was one of the most curious moments of my life. The gaze, which at first rested completely on one suddenly went straight through me into an unknown distance. It was so strange.” Hitler also stated that he was guided by a mystical force (in his case  ‘providence’) and that he believed in himself on a messianic pattern became a major part of his appeal.

Charisma and sexual excesses

The possession of power, money and unquestioning followers, devotees and worshippers represents a sexual temptation that it is proven that many charismatic figures fall victim to. Of those so far mentioned here, it is known that Adolph Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, John Kennedy, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Colonel Gadaffi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Colonel Gadaffi, and Sathya Sai Baba were major fornicators, while the apparently lesser philanderer Bill Clinton was caught out in this while in the office of President.

Sai Baba’s charisma and resultant social-political power were such that he was protected by a long series of Indian Prime Ministers, Presidents, and Supreme Court judges who had recognised him to be the most important spiritual figure in India and mostly endorsed and also often worshipped him in public well before his sins became widely known. They continued to uphold the chimera that Sai Baba was a holy man, not a sex abuser or a murder accomplice, since they had invested their prestige in him and had the collective power to cover-up for him on a large scale… and for India’s reputation too. His reputation as a major sexual abuser of boys and young men did not reach the media (apart from one book by Tal Brooke) until the Internet made it possible for those who left his following and were then excluded from all meetings and channels communications they had previously enjoyed to contact others by posting testimonies. This began in 1999 with a shocking paper by a couple who were among his very closest Western devotees, David and Faye Bailey, who had been asked by Sai Baba students David taught music to if he could help stop Sai Baba abusing them. He was then travelling the globe to promote Sai Baba and his teachings, but came across more and more parents who approached him about their sons’ reports. His resultant publication ‘The Findings’  elicited testimonies from young men around the world who each credibly described the manner of his seduction of them and all surrounding circumstances. A number of resulting ex-followers became activists investigating further and variously exposing Sathya Sai Baba through the Internet and various media, including major newspapers, videos and films (one landmark BBC film ‘The Secret Swami‘).

More data links Maharishi Mahesh Yogi remembered + interview with Linda Pearce  and  TMMovement

This blog is a continuation of two others:  The charismatic appeal of Sai Baba  — and Charisma of ‘Divine Incarnation’, Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba’s Public Use of English and its Perception by Devotees. Insights into his Charismatic Influence

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Charisma of ‘Divine Incarnation’, Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on August 6, 2014

Charisma with either humility or pride Those who qualify as charismatic figures most often consider themselves to be great in some sense, though there are those who humbly claim that ‘greatness was thrust upon them’. The Beatles, who largely had their feet on the ground and did not imagine they were great geniuses, exemplify this charisma-with-humility. What may be designated as good and well-meaning charismatics are those who kept within the bounds of the law and did not glorify themselves. For example, such persons as Winston Churchill, who famously said, “I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I inspired the nation.  It was a nation and race dwelling all round that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.” Likewise John F. Kennedy, who was virtually worshipped as a sound American and whose murder traumatised many in the USA and worldwide. Further, Nelson Mandela became a most charismatic figure due to his personal qualities and resulting political and social achievements, but without self promotion or laying weight on his fame or becoming authoritarian and self-justifying. The Dalai Lama is an example of humility to the world.

Yet those with charisma who were rather the opposite include many famous dictators and supposed or would-be spiritual personages, holy gurus and self-appointed ‘god-avatars’. Such leaders thus often develop strong egocentric traits and not seldom also delusions of grandeur which can be so strong as to amount to a Messiah- or Jehovah-Complex. Countless names could be listed, but a few known self-glorifying religious charismatics who had fanatical followings and developed excessive such self-delusions and even megalomania  in recent times include (to pick out but a few) include Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the reverend Dr. Moon, Sathya Sai Baba, and Mata Amritanandamayi. In the secular sphere one must list Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Kim Il Sung, Colonel Gadaffi (to name but a few of the very worst). It is a defining hallmark of all these above-named and many another certain charismatic leader to be promoted as above and beyond normal frailties and acting and speaking accordingly.

Another feature charismatic is to pretend to unusual strength, whether physical or, more usually, mental-emotional and psychological strength. Imperturbability, uncommon tenacity of purpose and self-faith combined with decisiveness in action are the image aspired to. Whenever facts tend to contradict such claims, rationalisation and appeal to extenuating circumstances or laying blame at the doors of others gives the game away, but not the the already well-inducted follower who is always keen to accept such excuses. A contemporary example of the show of physical strength is Vladimir Putin, whose wide range of male macho activities have been filmed and propagated to boost his image (also because he is a rather short man).

One of the defining differences between greatness and self-invented delusions of grandeur has hardly been better expressed than as follows:- “Greatness is a transitory experience.  It is never consistent.  It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind.  The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in.  He must reflect what is projected upon him.  And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic.  This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions.  The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself.  Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.” Frank Herbert, from ‘Dune’ p. 100.

Charisma obviously often leads to fame and to worldly power, but it is different from either, though often closely related. One can of course be famous (or infamous) just for becoming widely known without having any following. Sai Baba repeatedly attacked those who had any desire for ‘name and fame’ in most scathing ways, but in all he said and did there is a very clear message that it was his name and fame that were of the greatest importance. To protect his name he produced constant self-propaganda in his discourses, as well as disinformation, false witness, major bribery, and murders. His attempts to convince his followers that he would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize showed how desperate he was for the world fame that eluded him. He was never offered or received a single international award for his supposed services to mankind, which he claimed to exceed those of anyone else by ‘a thousandfold’.

 Charisma does not necessarily imply a personality cult, as one can see from many fortunate and admirable examples, but it did so to the highest degree thinkable in Sai Baba’s case; every item he touched was revered as holy and to be allowed to lie flat and kiss his bare feet was a blessing striven after, often quite hysterically. Sai Baba represented himself as identical to – a living re-embodiment of – the greatest God king heroes of Indian mythology Vishnu, Rama, and Krishna. He claimed also to embody Shiva-Parvati and other divines, including the Maharastran revered as a saint, Sai Baba of Shirdi, whose name he also usurped. Though others in India have long laid claim to being Rama’s or Krishna’s reincarnation, none have asserted themselves as the Deity of all Deities to such a degree, so often and for so long, nor have any had the same success. His earliest supporters in his home village, Puttaparthi, spread his name and miracle stories they had heard about him through the decades until a few excited foreign visitors wrote all these stories in English books and the gradual flow of visitors worldwide (and their wealth) grew and grew as the apparatus for inducting them into the seemingly-innocuous cult expanded and took on major propaganda proportions. Much of the perceived charisma of Sai Baba arose from only a relative few being able to meet him briefly in ‘interviews’ run strictly on his own conditions.

It is seen in many cases that discrepancies between word and deed, belief and reality, grow as charismatics’ social, financial or political power increases. The figurative ‘iron hand concealed in a velvet glove’ is then seldom far away. He went through transformations towards increasing dictatorial behaviour and his excessive claims increased and failed more noticeably to match up to reality (though his deeply indoctrinated devotee following could not allow themselves to notice such). His control of followers became more distant and stringent until a major killing spree in his temple complex occurred to which he was present while executions of four of his devotees were planned by his staff in conference with him and the local police (which were controlled by them). whereupon major security was later introduced with armed guards, and much expensive professional undercover surveillance to protect him (under the excuse that it was to protect his devotees). The history of diverse attempts to bring him to court and CBI investigation prove that he enjoyed blanket state protection from prosecution by the legal and political elites. He certainly managed to raise himself above the law and beyond any kind of public accountability for anything he did or said. Control of who could enter his presence was extremely careful and vetting was always carried out through his officials and office-bearers. This is a trait common to many charismatics who rise to an unassailable position, not to allow interviews except to persons under their spell. To avoid open debate is a self-protective and mind-control measure, and Sai Baba’s own education was so poor that he refused the Indian traditional form of scriptural debate challenge, such as when called upon in a letter from Sri Prabhupada.

Sai Baba’s wholly excessive claims increased and so failed more noticeably to match up to reality (though his devotees’ deep indoctrination could not allow themselves to notice such). Claims about transforming India to lead the entire world and bringing about world peace within a brief period were soon shown to be entirely baseless, and remain unfulfilled decades later. The institutions built up around him over which he ruled dictatorially, and likewise his international Sathya Sai Organisation, became what sociologists describe as ‘total institutions’, that is, self-contained islands isolated from society at large and run according to their own arbitrary rules. Having become surrounded by a court of true believers, sycophants and person who saw their fortune in him, Sai Baba became more and more divorced from society at large and sources of information about it and the world. That ‘divine insularity’ set stronger and stronger limitations on his outlook and many incidents demonstrated how he gradually lost control of his fiefdom, which was infiltrated by cliques and clandestine groups with quite other goals than those he propounded, especially regarding the control of funds and the minimal use of money in service work. As he became senile he became like a marionette in the hands of those who wielded the real power in the ashram.

Self-promoting charismatics invent or borrow a lineage from past heroes. They capitalise on chaotic and anarchic situation such as economic depression and extremes of insecurity so as to forward their agendas, promises of a bright future, re-establishing the greatness of their nation – in short, just what the populace wants to hear. As one prime example, Hitler presented himself as the regenerator of the Germanic heroes Herman (who defeated the Romans), Holy Roman Emperor Barbarossa, diverse Arian warlords and even deities of Norse mythology. He promised a Germanic utopia, the thousand year Reich – and found in the Jews a scapegoat for the ills of his compatriots. Such movements require strong symbols of a pseudo-mystical or religious nature. The Nazis used the Arian mystical symbol, the swastika.

Though Sathya Sai Baba was not intentionally a political leader but claimed to embody the gods of ancient India, he certainly promised the brightest of futures for India though his ‘dispensation’ – the regeneration of holiness, the Vedas, the ‘universal value teaching’ (sanathana dharma) and repeatedly stated that India would rise again to its former greatness as a moral preceptor which would eventually redeem the world from the evils of the age (the dark and fearful Kali Yuga) and shortly introduce a ‘Golden Age’. Among the many mystical symbols he used to that purpose were to seem to materialise healing ‘holy ash’ (vibuti) and ‘nectar of the gods’ (amrita) among many other religious substances and a wide variety of small ‘holy’ items, the constant use of hand signs or mudras, being mystical symbols like the ‘abhaya hasta‘ (divine blessing to remove all fear).

Also see The charismatic appeal of Sai Baba  and   Sathya Sai Baba’s charismatic look

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Early Sai Baba aspirant eventually fully disillusioned

Posted by robertpriddy on August 4, 2014

STATEMENT OF RICHARD “FREEMAN” ALLAN  June 6, 2003

After visiting a friend residing in a small “eclectic” ashram in New York City, I became a Sai devotee in spring of 1977.  My friend was deeply spiritual, a former Catholic seminarian, and showed me streams of vibhuti caking behind his glass-covered holy pictures [as best I recall, of Christ and Shirdi Sai Baba].

            In August that year I moved to reside in this ashram. It was guided by an openly gay, but spiritual westerner, an NYC native, who had visited Swami in India once or twice in approximately 1975-76. As I recall, he had had interviews with Swami . This “teacher” led our bhajan-singing and pujas, and also gave private interviews to us residents, both male and female, upstairs in his closed-door quarters. In October ’77, I first saw a video of Satya Sai Baba and was profoundly moved. On the ride home, I told my ashram friends “I’m going to live with Baba.”

            While preparing for what I intended to be a long stay, I did ardent sadhana, with daily prayers to Kali and to Baba.  I attended SSO bhajans at the Manhattan SAI Center. Just before I left, I had my own first interview with our teacher. During this private hour together, this man rubbed my genitals with oil and massaged my perineum. “Does this bother you?” he asked; “it’s a very holy Vedic practice for awakening your kundalini.” (See on Hal Honig here)

            At the time, I found this a strange practice. But I was somewhat new to Hinduism, and assumed the man’s statement was the accurate transmission of an adept to a chela.

            I arrived in Bombay in early January ’78, and proceeded by train direct to Whitefields. My first day on-line at darshan, Baba came straight to me and asked “Why did you wait so long to come?” He made vibhuti for me, watched lovingly while I ate it, and signed my copy of Vision of the Divine “with blessings, Sri Satya Sai Baba.”

           In these days, both at Vrindavan and Puttaparthi, there were generally only a small group of devotees, both Indian and foreign – usually fewer than 100 per day, unless the time was nearing a large festival. I had numerous invitations to take padnamaskar, but never was given an interview. Still, I was overjoyed to be with the “avatar,” engaged in daily pre-dawn sankirtan, lived many months in a tiny rented room in Kadugodi, reading Hindu books, meditating, satvic diet, etc.

            I was blinkered by the power of the Sai mystique, which I now understand is perpetuated primarily by the lips of our fellow devotees. I rejected any derogation of “my” Avatar. I was at Brindavan and Puttaparthi while the Sai Krishna scandal was just starting to die down, but I refused to investigate its core of facts, and its potential for leading me to see Baba’s chicanery. Likewise, in 1978, I refused to read or even listen to reference to Tal Brooke’s “Lord of the Air” [which I have since read, and which is - to my knowledge - the first thorough SSB-debunking in print].

            At Puttaparthi I was tutored in the Gayatri mantra and had extremely profound experiences. I felt that Baba was giving me the inner-view, and that he led me to 3 particular learning events, one of which was to journey to Calcutta for 4 months of city and village service work as one of Mother Teresa’s Missionary Brothers of Charity.

            During this latter period, I became inspired to create an “artisan uplift” import project to distribute Ganges-fired devotional statues in the West. I named the venture JBL Statues [for “Jai Bhagavan Leela” or “Praise the Miracles of Bhagavan,” a salutary chant familiar to all Sai devotees]. I returned to Whitefields, where Baba, on darshan line, “blessed” my written proposal for the venture.

           Returning to the USA after a year in India, I was briefly active in the Manhattan Center. Over the next 25 years JBL Statues grew to be a maker of “mythological figurines” from world spiritual traditions [see www.jblstatue.com ]. I dedicated my daily yogas to Swami, and assumed he was still blessing my work. In 1996, our large statues were placed in the Foreigner’s Dining Hall at Puttaparthi, surrounding a life-size puja/photo of SSB.

            Interestingly, our artisans were never able to make a satisfactory image of Swami himself. Despite their mastery of murti-making detail, try as they would, Baba’s face always came out wrinkled in a sneer. I removed this statue from our offerings on our current Sacred Source website.

            Not until 2000 did a friend alert me to Swami’s pedophilia and homosexual assaults. Even though this charismatic old man’s acts are generally non-violent, “assaults” is the correct term, because they invade both the devotee or child’s body boundaries as well as his core of faith and trust.

            I am trained as a social worker. My wife is an expert on pedophile abuse. I spent 2001-02 helping edit her book [see www.timetospeak.com ], which looks at the complexity of human sexuality, the need for human attachment, and the treacherous mode of betrayal when an ostensibly loving father is also interfering with the sexuality of his own, or any, child. Sai’s crime has been an order of magnitude larger, since he has put himself forward as “spiritual father,” before engaging wholesale in this same type of betrayal. This is an exact parallel to priest-pedophilia within the Catholic Church [a worldwide phenomena, though most recently and thoroughly documented in USA].

            Today I understand how I, and so many thousands of us who have gone to be with SSB, were snookered. I believe the vast majority of us post-Murphet-Sandweis-Hislop Westerners, dazzled by the breadth and splendor of Hinduism itself, were inducted by these and other devotees, as well as by Theosophist, Yogananda and other myths which had sifted westward for generations. Today, I see how I discovered SSB NOT because of his “calling to me,” but rather out of my own longing-filled, sincere, and deeply personal spiritual quest. This fact makes his depredations feel doubly treacherous.

The private inner worlds of children are vastly more precious and important than the princely temples of the so-called ‘holy man’ I once venerated. I believe Swami as a youth was a sincere seeker, but became trapped by a certain level of spiritual attainment. Now, despite the snowball effect, despite his organization’s capacity of “spiritual hypnotizing,” I suspect SSB himself is caught in a hell-loka.

Today I suspect that my NYC teacher learned his “spiritual fondling” technique from Baba himself, and imported it back to the USA. I call on every devotee to educate themselves as to Swami’s hundreds of acts of sexual deviancy [well attested to via Press and Web], and to renounce Satya Sai Baba. His deeds of child-violation belie his teachings. His actions are typical of a dangerous, predatory homosexual/pedophile. I believe SSB’s ashram, and SSO’s worldwide, fit the groupthink, denial and child misuse mechanisms that define a cult.

On the most positive possible note, I believe we each are called to encounter higher Self. We each have the power of choice in pursuing this ultimate search. Swami’s teachings, among others, facilitated this long, ardent process for me. But the answer, the sweet Source of spiritual and actual fulfillment, I have found, lies within. “If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him.”

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Swami Nityananda failing to escape justice

Posted by robertpriddy on August 1, 2014

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The charismatic appeal of Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 31, 2014

Charisma is well-known and most widespread. It has been widely portrayed in literature, debated intensively as a social phenomenon which in earlier sociology, but has been relatively little researched by modern scientific methods. Comparative studies of different kinds of charismatic persons are very few. There are some key similarities and differences in the uses to which charisma and the authority or power which it almost invariably makes possible are used. Sathya Sai Baba, whose charisma was very considerable, shared many of it typical features with other charismatic figures as will be seen here.

Charisma is an interactive phenomenon: Charisma, from the Greek, was believed to be a divine quality, blessedness endowing people with superhuman powers. This is a false assumptions about how any person achieved charisma. Charm, attractiveness, apparent compassion and love of everyone have a charisma-inducing effect, one that also happens to be a defining mark of a sociopath. It is exclusively an interaction between a person and an audience whereby they are told what they want to hear.  A devoted following is the essential condition of the charismatic figure. The intense desire for a leader towards a promised land can arise from serious sufferings such as come of social disruption, poverty and unemployment or loss of sovereignty, confidence in one’s own country, its culture, religion, leaders and people. Personal attraction is an interaction between people who perceive likeability in another. Seeming greatness and infallibility as a leader bewitched people into admiring Sathya Sai Baba, who encouraged it himself constantly among the peasantry of backward southern India from his very early years. Thus we see that charisma cannot come into being in anyone on their own, it is not any inborn or inner nature of the personality.  Sathya Sai Baba was worshipped as a divine incarnation by some close to him in babyhood and thereafter and his following grew in the villages and at school until he announced he was an incarnation come to save his devotees and eventually the entire world.

When social conditions bad or chaotic, they can favour the rise of a charismatic leader whether political or religious. Not only are Lenin and Hitler classic examples of this, but it was also true of  the Dalai Lama’s charismatic position as the spiritual head of the Tibetan people after occupation by the Chinese. In India after Independence, the country went through massive crises, especially religious (the Hindu-Muslim mass murdering) and economic, with no solution to huge poverty, ill-health and suffering, which all came to be blamed by those in power on the former British rule. The degeneration of values in public life with corruption and bribery as the norm in post-Independence India went against the religious sentiments and teachings of Hinduism which imbue the population, on which background the desire for a very strong spiritual leader was fulfilled by the eventual emergence of Sathya Sai Baba as having both moral and a very unnatural mystical appeal.

The charismatic is always endowed with great apparent self-confidence (outwardly and in public if not also necessarily inwardly and in private - see Sai Baba’s major claims here). People are not born with such ‘charismatic’ self-confidence in public because it comes only from getting positive responses from the social environment. Despite this, Sai Baba’s apparent unmoved self-certainty and emotional invulnerability degenerated in his later years as he became an invalid and declined mentally and physically to the utmost degree before his death.

To reinforce their relationship to their following, charismatic leaders often project their own image as the successor of some powerful tradition, whether divine or heroic, and the constant reinforcement of a mythology laden with promises of a utopian future and even divine salvation from the cycle of rebirth (as Sai Baba did, provided one followed his directives). Sai Baba hammered away at promoting the all importance of ‘selfless love’ and panacea promises of transformation of India, then of the whole world. He insisted that his overall mission in life was to regenerate the ancient Indian religious value system of the Vedas and reclaim India from its degeneracy to lead the entire world into a new age of truth and goodness with universal peace, and that within a very short period of time which has already expired. The packaging of his retrogressive and anti-scientific, anti-intellectual agenda and ambitions were always positive and before long no word of criticism of any kind could be said in his presence or to his zealous followers without consequences from exclusion from his movement to severe discipline on his powerless students and dependent servitors of all kinds. As his influence grew, he imposed authoritarian rule in his ashrams and all the institutions built up around him and within his fiefdom. Sai Baba always spoke of his fathomless compassion and love for all, and succeeded in becoming seen as such by many who were dazzled by meeting him, though a dispassionate evaluation of his life shows that he often lacked patience and empathy with others, despite all his countless promises and claims of omnipotent protection of their welfare.

Continued as ‘Charisma of ‘Divine Incarnation’, Sathya Sai Baba’

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Sai Baba materialises a diamond ring (photos)

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2014

BabaringThe scan of part of a photo sold in Puttaparthi shows what seems to be Sai Baba materialising ‘from thin air’ a diamond in a gold setting. The object is not detached from the hand, though, and the ring could easily be held in the crook of the thumb. This is therefore no proof of materialization. It is said that ‘seeing is believing’ but, especially in this kind of ‘incredible’ case belief usually precedes seeing… one sees what one already believes, or wishes to see and believe:-

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Those who believed this photo to be proof of his ability to manifest objects were invariably already devoted to Sai Baba. Those who even got as far as an interview so as to be able to watch at all closely such ‘materialisations’ have already gone through a long process of preparation to believe it must be genuine. They will always have read incredible stories in emotional hagiographic books praising Sai Baba, seen propaganda videos and films, met people who claim to have witnessed miracles of all kinds. They will also already have learned that those who express scepticism or question claims are soon excluded from the groups that gather around Sai Baba, and are not welcome in his organisation meetings (even if not also banned outright from attending them or visiting the ashrams).

The entire business of taking objects out of thin air is, according to Sai Baba, was to help convince those who see it that he was above and beyond all worldly limitations. He attached a mystical symbolism to this act when giving what he pretended are diamond rings (see scanned quotation on left). Yet he was sometimes asked to produce large objects (on one occasion a pumpkin). This he did not do and never did. The largest objects he allegedly ‘materialised’ were statuettes of Krishna and the like taken by him out of deep sand when he took selected groups out to picnics. However, the places chosen – apparently by chance – were almost certainly pre-arranged by his closest servitor Colonel Joga Rao, who served as his ashram planner and engineer.

Residents of the ashram knew that Joga Rao did NOT believe in any miraculous powers, but justified his work with Sai Baba because he felt it led to improvements in the lot of the poor people of Andhra Pradesh, providing money for school, health care etc. This fact was never publicized or written about, but I was told this by the famous journalist, later Sai Baba’s editor V.K. Narasimhan, who spoke very freely to me in private on many occasions. When he told me that I could not believe my ears, but he told me a lot about Joga Rao (a man whose filthy jokes he hated but had to endure when Sai Baba allocated them a room in which both must stay while travelling with him). This was confirmed to me again when a Norwegian who was in a group planning an eco waste system for Prashanthi ashram which asked Rao whether they should not consult Baba on some issues. They got the comment: “What does Sai Baba know about it?” So Colonel Joga Rao, who for years walked behind Sai Baba at his darsans and held his hanky for Baba to wipe his hand on and regularly took over the pile of letters he collected, was passing vibuti balls to him the while, convinced that it was for the best all in all!

See also and The miracle guru Sai Baba exposed – article in Swedish journal (Sökaren)
and Professor Haraldsson’s flawed scrutiny of Sathya Sai Baba
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Sathya Sai Baba ‘materialization’ fraudulence transparent on videos
Sai Baba gave false gold watches: video testimony of an intimate
An account of false Sai Baba miracles in early days
Materialization of vibuti, lingams, laddu sweets… now easy to learn!
 

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Sathya Sai Central Trust self-revealing propaganda

Posted by robertpriddy on July 26, 2014

Here is some Sathya Sai Central Trust Propaganda again. Considering that the entire basis of Sathya Sai Baba and his operations always was the devotees and followers who gave everything he got – and that he ill-treated so many of them through constant breaks of trust, even called many demons, and abused many of their sons sexually, one should take this Sai Trust report with a handful of salt!

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On the left is the text of an article – presumably based on a press release by the Sathya Sai Central Trust. The remarkable thing about it is that it amounts to a public admission of the truth of what dissidents have claimed since around 2000, that the Trust had lost credibility and was under a crisis. It is an attempt to reinstate the trust that donors so unfortunately misplaced it the Central Trust, but which was very largely destroyed after the death of Sathya Sai Baba.

Indeed, the very figure whose name it bears lost trust on a massive scale in recent years, and not least also his corrupt cronies like the nationally discredited former Board member, P.N. Bhagwati and the embezzling Colonel Joga Rao among several other board members. The flow of donations from devotees deteriorated gradually and greatly and the Trust is now desperately trying to recreate a positive facade so as to get back into the free money.

Through the vicious battle for supremacy of the billions, not least between the subsequent winner of that dirty war, the nephew R.J. Ratnakar, and the other relatives of Sai Baba who were then dispossessed entirely, having also been threatened with murder! So how should one suddenly trust people who did such things? It would be a huge mistake to believe their propaganda knowing of many illegal money transfers and secret transactions underhandedly made (court cases against the he current institution just disappeared and bribery is known to have been an instrument Sai Baba and co. widely employed).

The article mentions that the trust is now “embracing transparency”, admitting unwittingly that it never did before, as we have always emphasised as a known and despicable fact in any alleged charity. Despite now publishing general figures annually – the Trust is still largely non-transparent – for example, no donor can access the accounts and no minutes of board meetings are at all accessible.

Marketing the profiles of the Trust members as people holding prestigious positions earlier will hardly change the situation, such a large honey pot attracts wasps of all kinds. The trust is appointing professionals now, meaning it never had them earlier? Though cash donations are refused now – it affirms that they operated in cash earlier. Considering the Trust’s known methods, it is likely that they paid dailybhaskar for this article.
Sai Trust: Ratnakar alleged violence and embezzlement

Prashanthi Nilayamnow super repressive & mercenary – 2014
Prashanthi further corrupted – full visitor report
Prashanthi Nilayam owners of ashram apartments beware!
Sai Central Trust bizarre press release
Sai Central Trust money grabbing – Tehelka report
Prashanthi Nilayam apartments near deserted
Sai Trust in the footsteps of Sathya Sai Baba
The truth about Sai Baba´s hoarding of goods
Sai Trust: Ratnakar alleged violence and embezzlement
Sai Baba treasure trove contents + the Trust’s shenanigans
Yet more Sai Baba illicit valuables found
The obvious illegality of the Sai Central Trust’s appropriation
Sathya Sai family bitter feud over Central Trust funds
Sai Baba’s Bhagwati shows total disrespect for justice
Sai officials’ secret collusion over death of Sai Baba

Sai Trust members accused of murder threat by Sai Baba 
Sathya Sai Central Trust gets away with it again 
Sathya Sai Colleges and Trust troubles not over 14 July 2011
Sai Trust lost 16 key government exemptions 12 July 2011
Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy 11 July 2011
Sai Central Trust credibility totally destroyed 4 July 2011
V. Srinivasan remains on Sai Trust 1 July 2011
Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster

Sai Trust plea dismissed by Court
Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’?
V. Srinivasan remains on Sai Trust 1 July 2011
Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster 30 June 2011
Sai Trust plea dismissed by Court
Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’?
Sai Trust member K.R. Prasad spread untruth by Sai Baba
Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion 29 June 2011
Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death 27 June 2011
Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust 26 June 2011
The Sathya Sai Trust mini-empire is crumbling 26 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust era of unaccountability drawing to a close? 24 June 2011
Sai Baba cult under pressure of events and doubts 24 June 2011
Police summons for two Sathya Sai Central Trust board members 22 June 2011
Sai Baba ashram’s Chief Security Officer arrested 21 June 2011
Sathya Sai Trust steps up damage limitation ploys and the aggro 21 June 2011
Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues 20 June 2011
Corruption India: Sai Baba cult hoard plunder by Trustees? 19 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust enmity in public, while their cover-ups reign 19 June 2011
Sai Trust van impounded by Andhra police with treasure trove? 18 June 2011
Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession 17 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust still shrouds all in secrecy 8 June 2011
Dharna and writ threat against Satha Sai Central Trust 31 May 2011
Sathya Sai Baba did have properties, but not ‘proper ties’ 22 May 2011
Former Minister accuses Sai trust members of the death of Sai Baba 26 May 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! 22 April 2011
Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues 6 July 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust disinformation 28 April 2011

The Sathya Sai Trust propagandist, G. Venkataraman

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Witchcraft killings in Modi’s Hindu India

Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2014

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Indian sorceryWitchcraft or sorcery has been common in India since ancient times. The superstition is connected to the religious outlook which posits any number of otherworldly deities, demons, spirits, bhootas, ghosts and disincarnate entities. All this is deeply engrained in the early scriptures like Puranas and not least in the honoured Ramayana epic. Most unfortunately for India, the positive values found in Indian scripture are completely overrun by the mass of legends, myths, superstitions and countless temples to demons and deities and virtual, all constantly celebrated in entirely unproductive rituals of almost every imaginable futile kind, whether to cause prosperity, cures, rain, death of enemies and so on.

The Washinton Post reports: “In places where superstition and vigilantism overlap and small rumors can turn deadly, nearly 2,100 people accused of witchcraft have been killed between 2000 and 2012, according to crime records gathered by the Indian newspaper Mint. Others placed the number at 2,500; others higher still. “Like the proverbial tip of a very deep iceberg, available data hides much of the reality of a problem that is deeply ingrained in society,” according to New Delhi-based Partners for Law in Development. “It is only the most gruesome cases that are reported — most cases of witch-hunting go unreported and unrecorded.”

The present Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is a right-wing Hindu nationalist who supports the primitive ‘religiosity’ of the masses and thus also its attached superstitions and unproven speculations of the weirdest kinds. He is but the latest in a long line of Hindu Indian PMs and Presidents who have endorsed, attended upon and worshipped numerous Indian self-proclaimed ‘Gods’, most notably the megalomaniac and continuously State-protected Sathya Sai Baba (see The Guardian). With Modi a devotees, is it surprising that belief in witchcraft and the ghastly and deadly crimes it engenders persists among the least educated and vulnerable when the top people in India are so deluded and publicly perform meaningless and time-wasting Hindu rituals, setting an example to yet more deluded people as if the ancient scriptures have real validity in the modern world and in the face of science? Modi visited and praised both Sai Baba and his sinister associate Asaram Bapu, both major sex abuse offenders and both connected closely to murder and disappearances.


See a major overview of Sathya Sai Baba’s statements about his belief in black magic and related superstitions

Belief in black magic and witches in India

Book reveals more ‘secrets’ of Sathya Sai Baba More documentation of Sai Baba’s belief in the existence of demons, the ‘evil eye’, sorcery etc.

See also another example, one of many more:-  Child Sacrifice for appeasing goddess  Courtesy: The Smabad Daily; 4.11.2005

The dead body found from sewage – Two arrested along with the Charlatan

Ranpur-3.11 (IMS) The dead body of the girl kidnapped from the village, Ranapur oh the day of Kaali festival was found in a pit today which was believed to be a. sacrifice. In connection with this incident the arrest of the charlatan and other two has created shock in this area. The villagers demanded the arrest of others involved in this incident and gheravoed the police. Receiving this information the Magistrate arrived in the village with police force and the villagers left leaving the dead body of the child. The tantrik practitioner, Braja Padhan son of Krishia Padhan of the village, Nagjhar, Sudam Pohan and other three instigated Akhil Padhan of the village, Bimbadhapurto bring a child in lieu of five thousand rupees, to the forest. According to this agreement he enticed the son of Madana Sundara, Babana and brought him to the forest. They saw the boy and said that a male child would not serve the purpose. This was on the day of Kaali Puja. So, he left the boy and brought the daughter of Biranchi Padhan, Susa of that village, to the forest, enticing her with chocolates. There in the forest one after another went on giving blows on the face of the girl till blood came out. Collecting the blood flowing from the nose of the girl in a pot who had become unconscious, they proceeded with the dead body towards the village Nagjhar assuring the kidnapper to pay him the next day. To mislead the sacrifice as a drowning case they threw the dead body in a pit near the Kaali temple of the village, Nagjhar. The body was detected the next day. The police have arrested them and kept in custody except the prime accused, Krishia. The culprits admitted their crime to the police.
Prakriti Kumar. Orissa.

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Swami Nityananda, known sex abuser under more legal scrutiny

Posted by robertpriddy on July 18, 2014

Nityananda_torturer Further proof that the noble and moral ‘spirituality’ is no more a part of the big godman business! At least, the good news is that the war between the wary modern Internet-educated people of the world and the bubble of power-hungry swamis & supporters in charge of various spiritual organisations, will help to remove this cynical exploitation of the vulnerable, defenceless and weak (plus needy and ill-informed) people. The Sathya Sai Baba people were not amused when the bawdy bogus guru Nityananda arrived at the funeral of their own bawdy sex abusing ‘god’.

HC Nod for Potency Test of Nithyananda 
By Express News Service Published: 17th July 2014 08:53 AM

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday gave the green signal to the police to conduct a potency test on controversial and self-styled godman  Nithyananda. The court also dismissed a criminal petition filed by him challenging an order passed by a Ramanagaram court dated June 18, 2012 for conducting various tests on him.

While passing the order, Justice S N Satyanarayana directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the case, to take Nithyananda into custody and conduct the potency test if he refuses to undergo it. Arathi Rao, one of his devotees, had filed a rape and sexual harassment complaint against him.

In response, Nithyananda had submitted before the court that he is like a six-year-old boy and is not capable of indulging in sexual intercourse with anybody. After his submission, the court directed the police to conduct a potency test on him. However, Nithyananda had challenged this in the High Court.

Justice Satyanarayana also dismissed another petition filed by Nithyananda seeking to quash the complaint filed by Arathi Rao and stay the CID investigation. The court observed that the investigation is in progress and it does not want to interfere in the investigation at this jucture.

Petition Dismissed: The court also dismissed another petition filed by four accused Gopal Reddy, Siva Vallabanani, Ragini and Dhanashekharan seeking to quash a complaint filed against them by Nithyananda’s driver Lenin.

See: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/2014/07/17/HC-Nod-for-Potency-Test-of-Nithyananda/article2334729.ece

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‘Unnatural sex’ – Asaram Bapu

Posted by robertpriddy on July 17, 2014

The following text is reposted from http://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-ahmedabad-not-only-rape-asaram-bapu-charged-with-unnatural-sex-too-1951895

Ahmedabad: Not only rape, Asaram Bapu charged with unnatural sex too

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CLICK TO FIND SOURCE – Note that fervid defenders of this bogus guru have posted videos alleging that the above is a false claim… there is not length to which zealots and bigots will not go to cover up crimes by Hindu gurus.

It is not just the allegations of rape that self-styled godman Asaram faces. In the charge sheet filed against him before the chief judicial magistrate in Gandhinagar on January 9, he has been charged with having unnatural sex in the form of oral sex (under section 377 of Indian Penal Code) with the Surat-based victim (who lodged the case) and six other girls.

The charge sheet mentions that the victim was taken to Asaram in 2001 when the accused had engaged in oral sex with her. It also mentions a similar incident of 2005. “In 2005, Asaram had called the victim and six other girls to Modasa ashram where he performed oral sex with the victim and the other girls,” the charge sheet mentions.

The summary of the charge sheet mentions the criminal act by the main accused with the help of Bharti (daughter of Asaram), Laxmi (his wife), Nirmala alias Dhel, Mira alias Baglo, Dhruvi and Jashuben alias Jassi in the case.

The investigating team has filed a 1,000-page charge sheet against Asaram and six others in the alleged rape case of a Surat-based girl. According to the police, they have statements of around 100 witnesses to support the case of rape and conspiracy to rape against the godman.

In the charge sheet, police also submitted that Asaram has changed the room of the first incident — at Shanit Vatika or farm house. “As per the estate records, approved plan and personal visit to the room of the farm house, it appears that the accused has changed it to destroy evidences.

Therefore, he is also charged under section 201 of IPC,” states the charge sheet.

According to the charge sheet, between 2001 and 2007, Asaram repeatedly sexually abused the victim with the help of other accused in the case. Complainant also mentioned that because of influential personality and repeated threats to kill her, she was not able to narrate or complain about this earlier.

Meanwhile, the court on Wednesday fixed January 29 as further date of hearing the case to provide facility of a chartered flight to Asaram. The police, however, are opposing the application stating that the Gandhinagar court does not have the power and jurisdiction to extend such a facility as the accused is under the custody of Jodhpur police.

See also Asaram faces ANOTHER sex assault case as sisters from Surat claim they were raped by ‘guru’ and his son Narayan Sai   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2447304/Asaram-Bapu-faces-ANOTHER-sex-assault-case-sisters-Surat-claim-raped-guru-son-Narayan-Sai.html

On December 5, 2009, an erstwhile Asaram devotee Raju Chandok was shot at by two unidentified gunmen. Raju was in Asaram’s bad books for exposing his alleged sexual activities and black magic rituals in front of the commission.

Raju, who survived three bullets, later lodged an FIR with the police, accusing Asaram and two of his unnamed accomplices of criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder.

If Raju exposed Asaram before the commission, the former personal assistant to Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, Mahendra Chawla, alleged that he had seen Sai performing gory rituals over corpses on at least three occasions in Jhabua, Ranchi and Himmatnagar.

Chawla alleged that Sai, clad in a black outfit, used to perform these macabre rituals over corpses with human skulls kept over them. Unable to bear these, Chawla parted ways with Sai and settled in Thane as an insurance agent in 2005.

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Sting operation exposes Asaram Bapu making sexual overtures

A sting operation carried out by a Headlines Today team in 2008 caught on tape Asaram Bapu making a sexual proposal to an undercover journalist. | September 3, 2013

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/asaram-bapu-sting-operation-headlines-today-sexual-proposal/1/305182.html

Note that there is an imminent danger that the new PM, Narendra Modi, a (former?) devotee of Asaram Bapu, will use his power to quash the legal process against this horrific man. International journalists are being informed of this matter.

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Narendra Modi’s love of false Hindu gurus

Posted by robertpriddy on July 12, 2014

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The election of the Hindu-nationalist Narendra Modi, whose speckled past is much documented, is a major potential threat to control of dangerous Indian-based guru cults. This is important especially now as regards the possible quashing of the entire legal process against the despicable male chauvinist and believer in black magic and usurper of government and other land. In custody for many months and repeatedly denied bail, he stands accused of being a serial sexual abuser, pedophile. He and/or his lieutenants have apparently killed the main witness against him, as well as inciting violence and major harassment against the prosecution, the defendants and their lawyers.

Modi-AsaramBOther murders by Asaram or his hired goondas are alleged, and the disappearance and death of boys from his ashram is proven. Asaram Bapu expressed confidence that, when Modi would be elected, that ‘everything will come right’, meaning that he would get his release and escape justice. It remains to be seen what Modi will do and how far he will dare to push the already shaky legal system into doing his will to protect even these gurus. He holds such figures to be the bedrock of the nation’s culture!

Modi also worshipped the pedophile and chief murder accomplice, Sathya Sai Baba

modi-ssbmodi-babaIt is well-known to informed circles in India and the media (and it is fully documented, also on-line)  that a series of Indian Prime Ministers and Presidents have worshipped Sathya Sai Baba – before they became aware of the many extremely credible sworn testimonies of his sexual abuses of boys and young men. Most of them believed their prestige and that of India would suffer were this to be investigated, so PM Narasimha Rao with S.B. Chavan  and ex-Chief Justice Bhagwati plus their subordinates covered up for him and quashed the CBI investigation before it exposed him fully. Now we have Narendra Modi who is no better in these respects, probably far worse if anything.

Asaram Bapu sex – very compromising photo

Asaram Bapu fails to evade justice

Asaram Bapu case: goondas acid attack + beating defense lawyer

Asaram Bapu: documentation of crimes

Asaram Bapu and Sai: politics their only hope of salvation?

Asaram Bapu accused of pedophilia and murders by his bodyguard!

Asaram Bapu fight-back eschews no means

Asaram Bapu case developments – October 21- 2013

“Asaram Bapu is a pedophile” – the prosecution’s words

Asaram Bapu’s mafia exposed – by Tehelka.com

 

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Sathya Sai Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality 2014

Posted by robertpriddy on July 8, 2014

Summer Course  Indian Culture etc. 2014

Summer Course
Indian Culture etc. 2014

Reflecting the decline of the fame of their god-guru, Sathya Sai Baba, a much slimmed down Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality was held on June the 8th and 9th. ‘Slimmed down’ from the traditional fifteen days! It was attended mainly by students of the various Sai colleges for whom this was obligatory as usual (the ‘captive audience’ who have to listen to the same old stuff over and over). A moderate crowd of residents and villagers were visible on the photos of the events, which included other attractions to draw such as Vedic chanting by student, ritual yagna worship, the inevitable bhajan group sing along sessions, a quiz programme and study circles, regular feeding sessions at the canteen etc. But the previous year’s course (2013) was apparently yet more nutritious when “At the end of the programme a sumptuous feast was organized for all the participants in the South Indian Canteen.” (as reported by saibabaofindia.com). Formerly youth from all over India and foreigners were invited (though this was not so during the 1990s). Overseas devotees were not seen anywhere.

The VIP teachers and speakers are most often former students of Sai colleges, indoctrinated since boyhood with ‘Swami’s teachings’ and in most cases  by former ‘form boys’, (his privileged ‘chics‘, especially winners of Gold Medals who won their kudos be good performance in Swami’s carnal presence). These relative youngsters cannot think outside the box in which Sai Baba enclosed their minds, having been subjected to rote learning and not asking questions or doing other than accept what they were told (I have this not least on the authority of the famous journalist, my close friend V.K. Narasimhan, who was close to SB as his journal’s editor, translator and daily companion).

Among many typical fanciful claims, one was remarkable. In his talk, Dr. N. Siva Kumar told about a young boy who was “spiritually attracted to Swami from a very young age” (sic!) and who became a model follower. But he was struck down by an incurable disease and soon passed away.

Boyfriends of Sai Baba

Boyfriends of Sai Baba

Everyone was stunned and questioned ‘why Swami didn’t bless this person?’ His body was being taken for cremation and there was a large crowd following the procession. One of the devotees, seeing the huge following, thought of taking pictures, thinking that it will motivate others to follow his example. He took photographs of the final procession. When these photos were shown to others, everyone was able to see in every, single photo of the procession, Swami physically standing. All were so happy to know that this person had spiritual nearness with Swami.
How can we get the spiritual nearness? We can get this spiritual nearness by actively participating in the schedule of the University and ensuring that we do our duty sincerely. The first takeaway of this aspect, Upa, is that let us strive everyday to cultivate this spiritual nearness to Swami. This, over a period will definitely protect us.

Interestingly no such photos were ever shown anywhere, so none can prove that they existed. Why not? Another set of fakes and photo-shopped images of Sai Baba in the attempt to prove miracles already out would hardly do much damage.  However near and dear Sai Baba claimed he held his boys and others, Shivakumar’s conclusion is most patently untrue. I shall spell it out… obviously another concocted story by SB officials to limit the great damage that this death would otherwise do to devotees’s faith in him!  Further, the ‘protection of the avatar’ of his devotees has constantly been shown not to exist for a large number of devotees, (as partly documented here). Some notable cases include Professor Kasturi (his official biographer), Kutumb Rao (ex-ambassadorial head of Prashanthi ashram), Mrs. Barbara Sinclair (wife of billionaire donor James Sinclair), Mrs Shanti Jegathesan, her son Jegan (a Sai Baba favourite!) , Dr. John Hislop, four former devotee students who police murdered in 1993 in SB’s own apartment, and not least in countless testimonies of ex-followers who tell of deaths, major accidents, imprisonments, single and group suicides, ugly cancer death, the disappearance and murders of devotees.

Dr. N. SivakumarWhat use is a doctorate from Sai University if it was not gained by excellence of knowledge but rests on favour for believing the official cover-up picture, SB’s vast false claims, and plenty of utmost drivel uttered by him in discourses? As a former examiner at University of Oslo, I can safely say, worthless! How Sivakumar received a gold medal for ‘academic excellence’ and “the prestigious All rounder gold medal from Bhagavan” is anyone’s guess (but Sai Baba always had his hand in it). I have been informed by a former student of the actual qualification for that doubtful ‘honour’. Dr N. Sivakumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commerce, Brindavan Campus, and – as a keen student of the Vedas – he incorporates the wisdom from the Vedas and Upanishads in modern-day subjects (or vice-versa?) when he teaches university students. As if those ancient hymns and religious speculations supersede all that civilisation has achieve in understanding since such scientifically and humanistically primitive times!

All those I know who have attended any of Sai Baba’s endless repetitive Kulwant Hall discourses cannoy point to any original thought having never been expressed there, and absolutely not by any selected VIP speaker, foreign visitor or the countless students who have parroted from the lectern. Being a sectarian kind of ‘Hindu-evangelism’, nothing of real significance that was not already expressed by Sai Baba could be said within the precincts of Prashanthi Nilayam, for it was entirely for propagating the so-called ‘teachings’ of Sathya Sai Baba. But Sai Baba contributed no original insights that were not already to be found in the Indian tradition and moreover he claimed purely and simply to be reviving the existing Vedic legacy of sanathana dharma (or basic Hindu values), which is nothing new at all. The entire vastness of the world of modern research knowledge – in whichever sciences or humanities – lay almost wholly beyond the ken of Sai Baba (who made many ignorant statements) and anything in any way undermining his stated views was not to be admitted to the precincts of Prashanthi Nilayam. (He repeatedly ridiculed scholars and scientists). Even medicine, which was one of the disciplines taught, was sidelined in his public discourses in favour of Sai Baba’s puritan brand of spiritual healing through ‘prayer to Swami’, worship (pujas, arati), eating ‘miraculous’ substances like vibuti ash and amrit nectar, claptrap about ‘vibrational healing’, the ‘cancelling of cancer’ by SB’s divine will, and preaching about the causes of all illnesses being failure to observe moral religious teachings in daily life!

and Sathya Sai University information and a student’s full account “Life at Sathya Sai University

also Some prominent ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba

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Rolf Harris could not lie his way out of prison sentence

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2014

Dana Gillespie and Rolf Harris perform devotional song to the 'one god'

Dana Gillespie and Rolf Harris perform devotional song to the ‘one god’

Unlike Sai Baba, Rolf Harris was unable – despite his fame and popularity – to escape the consequences of his lustful crimes. Though he knew Queen Elisabeth, Prince Charles and most of the prominent figures in UK and in much of the world too, he was finally caught out. He threw his weight about, even in court (singing etc.) and towards his accusers who he slandered most mendaciously and showed not a shred of contrition. His sentence of 5 years 9 month caused many to complain as far too light considering his despicable behaviour. His worship of the serial sex abuser of young boys and men Sai Baba – who always cunningly promised protection to all his devotees – did not save him from prosecution and prison. Harris “claimed the guru’s teachings had transformed his life and played his famous didgeridoo on a fund-raising CD of mystic chants.” Unlike Sai Baba, he did not have the Prime Minister, President, Supreme Court Chief Justices as his devoted worshippers, so the charges against him were not quashed (as they were across the board for Sai Baba by PM Narasimha Rao, Home Minister S.B. Chavan with the aid of former ex-Chief Justice Bhagwati (his devoted servant).

Defenders of Sai Baba take note! Many comments by devotees in denial and his Hindu endorsers have said that all the good works Sai Baba did were enough to show that he was good, but they never wanted to know about the tremendous life suffering and also suicides that came of his sex abuses. 
Compare this ‘excuse’ with what his defending attorney said to Harris, “In the course of his 60 years in the entertainment business he has given much of his spare time freely and unstintingly to a variety of charitable causes with no complaint about his behaviour.” In sentencing Harris, the judge said: “You have been the recipient of a number of honours and awards over the years, you have done many good and charitable works and numerous people have attested to your positive good character. But the verdicts of the jury show that in the period from 1969 to 1986 you were also a sex offender, committing 12 indecent assaults on four victims who were variously aged between eight and 19 at the time. He went on: “You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no one to blame but yourself.” (source

The UK authorities – police, courts, politicians and all under their jurisdiction are at long last catching up with and acting upon the realisation that people in high places can be extreme and serial sexual abusers. This initiates a genuine revolution in the treatment of women as equals, which has been far less than the case since time began, depriving them of basic human rights and justice, especially where sexual matters are concerned. The same is occurring as regards the abuse of boys by men, which has been shown to be extremely widespread, with the Roman Catholic Church as one several of the worst offending religious institutions (still dragging its feet wherever possible!). Britain is once again in the forefront of the world as regards taking most serious allegations seriously (at last) and actually bringing pedophiles and sexual abusers to justice. Among countries at the other extreme end of the scale is India, where the whole issue has been totally taboo until very recently, and which is still one of the worst examples of impunity for such criminals (especially when they claim to be ‘godmen’ or ‘godwomen’). Women in India are up against a massive, almost wall-to-wall male chauvinism, with even elected politicians (including PMs and Presidents) endorsing and/defending those who were or are known perpetrators of most heinous sexual crimes (Sathya Sai Baba, Asaram Bapu for a start). Major Government research with Help the Children and UNICEF has proved that sexual abuse of underage girls and boys is rife in India, yet cases are very few and convictions are utterly minimal! It is known worldwide that the rape and murder of defenceless women and even young girls is not even followed up by the police in many cases and the increasingly outraged population are given many promises which seldom lead to satisfactory indictments of all involved (esp. the police) and no apparent improvement in the male-dominant culture as a whole. 

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