Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Asaram Bapu case: goondas acid attack + beating defense lawyer

Posted by robertpriddy on March 20, 2014

Jodpur-thrashingsee Acid Attack video on Times of India too  express-news

20 MARCH, 2014:
BREAKING NEWS  20 MARCH, 2014:
ASARAM’S SUPPORTERS THRASH VICTIMS’ DEFENCE LAWYER OUTSIDE COURT
FIVE HELD FOR ATTACK ON WITNESSES IN RAPE CASE AGAINST ASARAM
ASARAM ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL FOR INSOMNIA, BODYACHE

The criminal mentality of some of Asaram Bapu’s supporters belies all spirituality of any kind. Simultaneously Asaram Bapu’s pleasing that he is ill climaxed and he was taken to hospital… just as the proceedings against him have begun. The list of crimes for which he is known and accused is considerable and even huge bribery did not help in making the charges milder. Having tried most tricks in the book already, now his last-ditch attempts are a telling sign of desperation and knowledge that the case against him is cast-iron.

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Kushwant Singh passes away at 99

Posted by robertpriddy on March 20, 2014

Kushwant Singh on BBC documentary 'The Secret Swami'

Kushwant Singh on BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’

Winner of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award

In his regular column in The Hindustan Times on March 20, 1999 (during a rare visit by Sai Baba to New Delhi) Khushwant Singh made the following enlightening remarks:

“The Indian soil is very productive of prophets and messiahs. We have always had men and women claiming to be incarnations of God, or even God Himself in human form. What would be regarded a sheer blasphemy and treated with ridicule by Christians or a sentence of death in Islam is acclaimed by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs as an avatar. So we have many Bhagwans (Gods), Swamis (Lords), Rishis (Sages), Maharishis (great sages), Acharyas (teachers), Saints (saints) and Gurus with large followings.”

“… If anyone is to be put on a shrink’s couch, it is not the godman but his followers who look upon him as God to find out what is missing in their lives which they hope to fulfil by associating with their chosen godman. It is not producing vibhuti (sacred ash), materializing watches and medallions from the air or regurgitating sivalingas – all such tricks can be performed by magicians and cannot stand the test of scientific scrutiny. The devotees’ faith has more solid foundations. They have unquestionable belief that their guru can do no wrong.”

Note how the BBC claims to have talked to many abuse victims, not just the few chosen for the final cut!  Also note that these abuse victims admitted to ‘genital oiling’ in Tanya Datta’s  words.  The Sai Baba ‘blow job’ to which Kushwant Singh refers is that reported by in the interview with American Mark Roche in the BBC documentary (wmv – see here 1.9Mbs). 

TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO CLIP
KHUSWANT SINGH: “Indians get impressed when they see white people becoming devotees, that applies to the Germans, Australian, Italians, Spaniards, Americans with shaved heads with their pigtails, wearing the mumbo-jumbo of the prayers that they carry out, dancing in the streets.”

TANYA DATTA: One of the things that a lot of the abuse victims we’ve talked to have said is that Sai Baba does the genital oilings because it is part of Hinduism. Have you heard anything…

KHUSHWANT SINGH There is no Indian tradition to support -  that worship of the linga includes  doing the ‘blow job’, if that is what you are referring to. I don’t think there is any basis for that whatsoever.  

(SEE THE SHORT VIDEO CLIP 2.1Mbs in Quicktime – SEE HERE)

ALSO KUSHWANT SINGH VIDEO CLIP  567Kbs in Quicktime (on Sai Baba’s homosexuality)

Kushwant Singh on prayer and meditation (“Prayer is useless” and he saw the hours spent in satsangs, religious discourse, gatherings, kirtans, bhajans etc. as a “staggering waste of time”)

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P.K. Suri of the Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust

Posted by robertpriddy on March 18, 2014

Mr. P.K. Suri, who headed the Books and Publications Trust for Sathya Sai Baba was a liar and embezzler. He known by many residents and writers of Sai literature to be so, but no one could uncover this, since telling Sathya Sai Baba  had no effect. P.K. Suri had been a petty clerk in a governmental office before he came to Sathya Sai Baba.  Suri remained at his post. Sai Baba had favoured him since the man’s son, who was a student at the Institute of Higher Learning (I.H.L.) at Prashanthi Nilayam, was one of two killed when their omnibus hit a truck in 1989 in Andhra Pradesh when  students and teachers were travelling with them  on Sai Baba’s direct instructions! A third person was in a coma for several days.

I published a book, ‘The Source of Dream’ (later entitled ‘Source of the Dream’). It was issued in 1,000 copies, 900 of which were given by us to the Sathya Sai Book and Publications Trust ℅ Mr. Suri. He kept it mostly under the counter , selling it at the rate of Rs. 50/- per copy. Mr. N. Suri kept no accounts but had pocketed the money himself (piles of unaccounted cash amounting to Rupees 50,000.- being found in his room during the post-murder investigations at the ashram when Indian journalists were investigating affairs after the infamous 1993 murders episode.

The editor of Sai Baba’ journal, the famous ex-journalist V.K. Narasimhan, told me that P.K. Suri was a liar and a petty crook. Other authors of books donated to the ashram, including Al Drucker, Rita Bruce, and UK-based Indian, Mr. Taylor (publisher of the ‘Gufa Narayana Ashram’ books), all suffered similar or worse treatment from Mr. Suri. He would accept money for printing a book, then not print it and not refund the money given for the purpose (Al Drucker also experienced this but, in his extreme blindness, put it down to Sai Baba’s mysterious, inscrutable will!). Suri accepted printing plates of ‘Vision of Sai II’ from Robert and Rita Bruce for making an ashram edition (profitable for the Book Trust), but he did not use them, claiming he had lost them. The plates had to be made again in Bangalore by the Bruce’s at their own expense. When I asked Rita Bruce if it was Mr. Suri I had met – describing him as someone who hardly even smiled, she said it was, and that he only smiled when he lied!

To Narasimhan’s relief he could later tell me that, P.K. Suri had been removed from his post “on a good ‘pretext’ in a most ruthless manner” by Swami. The pretext was a book he published causing Sai Baba’s ire … about ‘Naranga Amma Sai Ma’, who claimed that she was Sai Baba’s spiritual mother etc. Narasimhan said the rogue Suri was still pretending he was in grace after being sacked, sitting on the verandah.

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Malaysian lawyer’s exposure of Sai Baba sex and fraud (4)

Posted by robertpriddy on March 17, 2014

The Malaysian lawyer, Mr. Hariram Jayaram, who had been a very active endorser of Sathya Sai Baba, found out – after meetings with victims and serious investigations – that the guru was sexually abusing Malaysian students at his college in India. Further he was informed by various devotees of the falsity of certain supposed spontaneous appearances of vibuti on pictures of Sai Baba. He became a whistle-blower and was harassed by his blind believing counterpart in the Sai movement in Kuala Lumpur, Jega Jegathesan. Having done what he could to expose the facts and protect the vulnerable, he withdrew from the controversy to concentrate on his law practice. He contacted me in 2004 to inform me that my campaign against Sai Baba was entirely justified, but did not wish to become publicly involved due to his professional connections. Since he passed away in November , 2013, I am making his statements known to the wider public.

June 15, 2004

Dear Robert,
Of the four Malaysian students I knew, only one was the son of devotees known to me. As, to the other three, I have not met their parents. It would not be accurate to say that there were resignations from organisations in Malaysia. There were many devotees who left the cult. Those holding office in Sai organisations in Malaysia did not do so but quite a number of them may have quietly slipped out of the cult. It is also not correct to say that this sexual abuse of Malaysian boys did not reach the West. There was this American boy, Terry Scott, who was a contemporary of these Malaysian students. He left the Sai College together with the rest of the Malaysians. When he returned to the United States, I recall receiving a letter from him to the effect that his phone did not stop ringing. Sai devotees in US were asking him why he had dropped out and he did his part  to explain about the homosexual activities of SSB. He would have mentioned about the plight of the Malaysian and other students in US.

I take off my hat to you and your colleagues. I just wrote to a friend of mine in Melbourne who keeps me posted on what is happening in the Australian tv about SSB. My letter was to the effect that the  move against SSB by me, in the early 1980s was amateurish. The current move is professional/sophisticated. When I distanced myself from the Sai devotees, as I mentioned once to you, I told myself that if these misguided souls wanted a pedophile for their God, why should I object. However, I had hoped that SSB’s sexual appetite would wear off with age and he would over the years, do less harm to young men under his trust in his colleges. That is not happening.

The video recordings of the SSB documentaries in English are a must for Malaysia. Please see how you can dispatch them to me. I have some plans.

Now let us come to the issue of vibuthi on SSB’s photographs. In the late 70s, there was great excitement in Penang (a city in Malaysia). Bhajans were conducted in the Krishna temple and the large framed portrait of SSB was taken away by devotees in turn to their homes to be brought back to the temple for the next bhajan session. One day, this portrait returned to the temple with ashes forming a huge AUM. Many devotees, especially Chinese, began to flood the bhajan sessions after that. The organiser however, was skeptical about the devotee in whose house the portrait was last seen.  He questioned that guy quietly and that guy confessed that he had stuck the ashes on the picture with some gum but he had no regrets because his activity had helped to increase the number of Sai devotees. Like you, the organiser was convinced that there would exist genuine cases where the ash would appear on SSB’s pictures. In a couple of houses in Malaysia, I found ash on the pictures of SSB kept at the altars. As a devotee, I read Sai literature and also some paranormal books with a Christian bent, authenticating the appearance of ash on pictures.

In 1980, I raised this issue with the skeptical students when I was doing my investigations in India. One of them took a handful of ash and hit the available picture in the place I was with the ash, from a short distance away. The ash stuck to the picture and the whole thing looked as though it had come out of the picture – very much like what I used to see in the homes of Sai devotees. When I returned to Malaysia, I could make ash appear on pictures including Sai Baba’s,  using similar workmanship. The ash did not fall down from the pictures. There was no need for any adhesive material or gum to hold the ash in the right places. I think I can still materialise ash from my fingers and make it appear on pictures of SSB and others. This needs a little bit of practice since I have been out of touch with this Sai phenomena for a long time.

Let me ask you one question to make things simple: Have you sat in front of a picture of SSB and seen ash or honey suddenly forming and coming out in response to your meditation or that of others? Isn’t it always that the ash is already there on the picture of SSB?

Regards, Hariram
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16 Jun 2004

Dear Robert,
My first interview with Sai Baba was with my then wife. He was fascinated with the jewelry she was wearing. He asked for her necklace and turned it into a ring with his picture on it. We both went back very excited. After all, we had waited for a few days to be called for interview and we were among the chosen few. This happened in 1976. After I dropped out in 1980, I had time to reflect. The necklace was of precious metal and of a reasonably high value. The ring he gave was a worthless trinket. At the time of the materialisation, he had taken the necklace in his left hand, made a swift movement of the left hand to the back of his seat, then made another movement of his hand to its natural position i.e the front of him, before he gave the trinket. I came to be aware that there was a supplier of such items by the name of Ramanathan Chettiar. He was a  devotee from Madurai. His grandson was a contemporary of the Malaysian students. I did not meet this boy but it was common knowledge among students in the Sai Baba campuses that he had found out that such trinkets were being made in his grandfather’s jewelry establishment in Madurai. He had queried his grandfather who admitted that he was supplying SSB such items. The grandfather continued to believe in the great powers of SSB because according to his conjecture, the items he was supplying were kept by SSB in a closet in his residence and transported to his hands whenever he willed it through some psychic power.

During my investigations in 1980, one Malaysian student particularly, (whose name I would like to withhold) convinced me of one thing: Sai Baba is just a conman with no powers at all.

Regards, Hariram

Read about Datuk Jega Jegathesan’s ‘far out’ writings about spirits, possessions, miracles also Jegathesan and his troubled relationships

See source e-mail of the above excerpts here. Earlier e-mails from Jayaram have already appeared in previous postings here and here and here      to be continued….

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Prashanthi Nilayam cash-strapped despite all efforts

Posted by robertpriddy on March 16, 2014

The Sathya Sai Specialty Hospital in Puttaparthi was based on voluntary labour by all staff and doctors, even though very minimal emoluments were provided. Our trusted informant, ex-devotee Eileen Weed, informs:- “People tell me that the hospital giving such low rates of pay is a BIG part of the reason they can’t find decent staff. Even diehard devotees run after as much cash as possible with jobs in the big cities. Doctors in PN had told me that the bulk of the staff is made up of those straight out of school who have no other options and no other job they could get. They work for several years only for experience and then move on when they get higher paying opportunities elsewhere.”

The foreign devotee surgeons and doctors who mostly carried out the difficult operations seem to have left since their guru, who died under such ignominious and suspicious circumstances, is no longer there to give darsan etc. No mention of this is made, of course, by any ashram or Trust sources. While the voluntary policy no longer works well, the authorities still persist in offering very low salaries for top jobs (less than US$17,000.- per annum for a senior consultant), as can be seen from their announcement:-
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canara_bank

An amusing e-mail that has been circulated ‘In Sai Seva’ and “for the convenience of devotees’ tells of the revolutionary banking move in Puttaparthi, namely installation of a cash machine, provided by none other than the grace of Sathya Sai Baba acting from the beyond through the Sai Central Trust! Despite the ‘beautiful granite finishing’, it is not likely to attract devotees who want to part with much money. It would take a self-resurrection by Sathya Sai Baba himself to increase the cash flow. Or at least a public attempt to revive the embalmed body.

If the enterprising devotees of recently ‘departed’ guru Ashutosh Maharaj are anything to go by, it seems the Sathya Sai authorities may have blundered when they embalmed Sathya Sai Baba’s body. According to their information it would have a better chance of revival had it been frozen (presumably cryogenically):-frozen-guru
“The body did not decompose before we put it in the freezer. It was a spiritual experience. We thought of embalming it, but somebody told us that his chances of revival were less if we did it,” Swami Vishalanand said. “He has assured us that he will come back,” another devotee, Lakhwinder Singh, told the Indian Express newspaper.” The BBC article goes on to mention:In 1993, the devotees of a Calcutta-based guru Balak Brahmachari refused to cremate his body for nearly two months, insisting that he would recover from a “meditative trance”. Eventually, some 450 policemen entered his religious centre on the outskirts of the city and took away his decomposing body for cremation in the face of fierce protests by the devotees.”

If Sathya Sai, the Avatar of the Age, Creator of the Universe himself and Deity of all Deities, could not cure or resurrect himself, what chance for the average Joe Lunchbucket Hindu gurus?

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COMMENT Submitted on 2014/03/16 at 4:21 pm

Well, Robert, thank you for this light note on a frosty Sunday. It seems the only specialty left to the Parthi hospital is a gigantic ‘ceiling on desires’-salary to draw die-hard devotee-consultants to the sticks. Granted, the premises look nice from the outside but I would not want to get caught dead there…
An ATM, too, hmm? Now, ‘Automatic transfer’ around Puttaparthi should be a breeze, don’t you think? It was a life-long specialty of the master, after all. Nice touch indeed, a spot of granite. If that does not start some HARD cash from starting to flow, I am at a loss.
The story of the refrigerator-guru hit the news here in Holland, too, much to everyone’s amusement. It reminded me of famous Dutch prophet (and guru avant la lettre) Lou de Palingboer (1898-1968), who preached he was God incarnate and therefore could not die. When he inadvertently DID die, his followers did not believe it and surrounded themselves on top of his body, ‘to keep it warm’ until he would return… They are still waiting, it seems, even 50 years after his burial. For more on these western and eastern ‘masters of enlightenment’, I refer to my blog Enlightened or made light (http://chrisdokter.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/enlightened-or-made-light/).

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Malaysian lawyer on sexual abuses of students by Sai Baba (cont.)

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2014

Having had a long exchange of e-mails with the prominent Malaysian lawyer, Mr. Hariram Jayaram,, which he had asked me not to post then, I am now able to release these exchanges as a memorandum to the honour of an honest and decent gentleman who – learning in the early 1980s of sexual abuses of Malaysian student at his college by Sathya Sai Baba – stood up against the powerful and rich Sathya Sai Organisation to expose the facts. Earlier mails have already appeared here and here

May 18, 2004
 Dear Robert, I was an ardent devotee in the late 70s. There were many factions in Malaysia. Jegathesan was leading one of them. I got along with everybody and travelled the length and breath of West Malaysia to encourage various bhajan groups and show the 35mm films I had bought from the United States. Eventually there emerged two ‘leaders’ in the Sai movement in this country. One of course was Jegathesan. Posing a challenge to him as a leader was me. Sai Baba recognised my contributions and gave me his robe and also invited me to come and teach law in his college permanently. I would have taken up his offer if certain events did not take place in early 1980.

I had returned to Kuala Lumpur with one of the devotees (after a trip to a town known as Kota Bahru to show the Sai Baba films) when this devotee suddenly looked very disturbed. He told me that he had received a telephone call from his sister to the effect that his nephew, a student at Puttaparthi College, was back home for holidays. He had strange stories to tell about Sai Baba. He was not going back to the College because this Guru was a homosexual and fraud. I had the opportunity to question this boy thoroughly later. About this time another boy from Malaysia dropped out from the same college. He was more guarded in his allegations and eventually continued his studies in New Zealand.

I felt I must do something. Together with the devotee friend of mine and his nephew, I went over to Puttaparthi, Whitefield and Bangalore. There was the need to obtain the clearance certificates from  Puttaparthi and Thirupathi to enable this boy to pursue his studies in the United States. I spent several days in India, met two other Malaysian male students and several Indian students. What I discovered was that Sai Baba was carrying on a large-scale homosexual activities with several students. He had no powers at all. The students explained to me how he was making Vibhuthi. Every ‘miracle’ of his constituted a bluff.

Regards, Hariram
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June 9, 2004

When I carried out my own investigations in 1980, one of the facts which came to my attention was this: There were 2 brothers studying in the Sai Baba college. I did not get to meet them and I cannot recall wether it was Whitefield or Puttaparthi where they were studying. They were both Indians and when they returned home for holidays, the younger brother complained to the parents that Sai Baba had carried out homosexual activities on him. The parents who were Sai devotees were naturally shocked. The elder brother who was not molested by Sai Baba, asked the parents not to believe his younger brother’s allegations; The younger brother was crazy to have cast such aspersions on the living God. The parents being devotees, of course took the older brother’s side. This elder brother cannot be the person you have referred to in your e-mail because both the brothers would be in their 40s now.

Talking of rumours, there is something circulating in Malaysia about Sai Baba: “God is fractured”. I hear that Sai Baba has fractured his leg, but I do not know how far this is true.

Regards, Hariram

Interestingly, Sathya Sai Baba’s  the hip injury occurred over 1 year earlier, but the news had been suppressed by the Malaysian Sathya Sai Organisation, as was invariably done wherever possible throughout all the world branches whenever anything remotely negative about Sai Baba arose, and continues to be so to this day!  The hip injury caused Sai Baba to take to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, so the facts could not be entirely hidden, though they were given fantastic interpretations by followers so as to preserve the cherished  illusion of his divinity!

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June 11, 2004

Dear Robert, I have managed to trace the name of the American student who was in Puttarparthi in the late 70s and to whom I referred in an earlier e-mail. He was the Californian whistle blower  whom I came to know when I was doing my own investigations with the help of Malaysian students. His name is Terry Scott. He left the college in 1980 and returned to USA. I have lost touch with him.

At the time when he was a student at Puttarparthi, an anonymous pamphlet came into existence and this was produced by the college students. The pamphlet gave a step by step analysis on how Sai Baba made vibuthi. After reading that pamphlet, I became an expert in producing it before all those who came to see me to question why I had dropped out from the SSB cult.

The rumour is really rife in Malaysia that Shanti (Jegathesan’s wife), committed suicide. When I make discreet enquiries, I am told that this rumour has been around for a long time and how come I only know about it now.

Regards, Hariram

View the source e-mails in full here (More to come later)

See comment submitted by E. Weed, as follows:- These are very important details about the widespread number of children that were abused, and the widespread knowledge of sb being a fraud and child molester! How appalling, though completely understandable, that it went on for so many decades without him paying for his actions. How many times have we heard of similar cases of people in positions of power and wealth, who could do similar things (such as Jerry Sandusky in USA, Jimmy Savile in UK, and countless Catholic priests)? Though sb claiming to be god himself, the avatar of the age, and continuing to abuse on a daily basis, is even more outrageously evil.”

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Advaita: failed theory of unity/non-dualism

Posted by robertpriddy on March 13, 2014

Advaita (metaphysical non-dualism) is often regarded as the ‘highest’ form of Indian theology and philosophy.  It is considered by those advaitists who deny God as an entity to be non-theistic, but – advaita having arisen out of Vedanta – the religious element is still there. Even they are essentially pan-theistic in outlook in holding all that exists is one unitary ‘being-consciousness-bliss’. This is a monotheistic pantheism of the kind, ‘God is everything, everything is God’ or ‘God is everywhere’ (Omnipresent). Having studied Advaita Vedanta in considerable depth for over 4 decades, both as a philosopher and as an initiate of Indian gurus, and I was impressed by the sophistication of its ideas, but I eventually went full circle and through analytical deconstruction rid myself of those unfounded (otherworldly) beliefs which are essential to all variants of advaita. Many Hindu religionists consider the doctrine to be intellectually the most deep… but in fact, it is most deeply confused!

How and why Advaita came to be what it is

The historical causes of the development of Indian non-dualism has been brilliantly summarised by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstead in their seminal book ‘The Guru Papers, Masks of Authoritarian Powers’ (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley). They show to what the idolising of that the master idea ‘oneness’ (first found in the Upanishads in the 1st millennium) has led, using thought to denigrate thought itself. I quote briefly: “Oneness, the pinnacle of religious abstraction, is the aspect of Eastern thought the West is currently the most enamoured of. The early Vedism of the Ayran invaders that superimposed itself on indigenous forms was a combination of polytheism, ancestor worship, and ritual sacrifice similar to Greek and other Indo-European religions.” and  “…traditions that made an ideology out of the concept of Oneness created a morality that denigrated or made unreal the individual self with the individual interests” (ibid p.203). “The ideology of Oneness constructs its hidden dualism by making the whole more sacred or more real than its parts. Sacralising unity places it in another realm, “the spiritual.“” (p.318)

They point out how the more sophisticated non-duality of all being (advaitism) came to be after more concrete had to be discarded and the clash of sects caused a need for more universal religious ideas.  This resulted in the increase in the level of abstraction towards an ever more abstract monism (i.e. products of thought that refer mostly to thought itself, rather than the deities with form and the particularized doctrines about them). “There is power in being able to incorporate one symbol into another. When the level of abstraction that people operate in is no longer satisfying or credible, for whatever reason (often because of advances in secular knowledge), the tendency is to look for a still higher level.” “The more abstract a symbol, the larger range of events it can include ” (ibid p. 349)

The advaitic experience?

Advaitists argue that only experience of the universal consciousness of satchitananda can validate and convince of the truth of the doctrine. That experiences of oneself having no boundaries, being in eternal peace without animosity or any kind occur is beyond doubt (at least for me and many others). Yet everything points to it being only temporary, as the necessities of life recall one from the intoxicating bliss and awareness. Upon return, the unity is lost and the mind sets about interpreting the experience in terms that were already familiar, some calling it ‘perfection’ and ‘eternal’ (though it no longer pertains for them), others ‘becoming one with God’, and others ‘knowing the ultimate truth’. All this boils down to differing subjective opinion, for yet others refuse to accept any descriptions as adequate. To describe unity in other than the divisive language of words. In short, “The actual experience of underlying unity is different from thought creating an abstract concept of it, and then making that concept more real than individuated existence.” (ibid p.306)

The attempt a making a rational metaphysical ‘spiritual doctrine’, but one which is entirely base on subjective experiences… makes any collective testing or control of the doctrine impossible. It has absolutely no empirical basis or scientific nature, but is a sheer metaphysical abstraction. “Concepts of spirituality became more abstract, moving from individual “spirits” embedded in nature to abstract principles and powers beyond nature. Through manipulating belief in the sacred symbols that represented these new abstractions, greater control over larger areas of human behaviour was made possible. …. The hierarchies within the emerging systems of sacred symbols mirrored and justified the developing hierarchies of secular power.” “The problems with abstracting unity from diversity come when unity is given more value and more reality than individuated life” (ibid p. 354) Abstracting the One from the Many and placing it in a higher realm involves, “…reifying a presumed quality or essence from life, and making that more important than the individual expressions of life itself.

This shows clearly how that force of religion in society is used to control people. That what it’s all about and has always been about in most societies. In India, the huge variety of forms of deity, worship and sects there is no religious unity to which Hinduism can apply, but advaita would try to supply this lack, which is so strongly felt by Hindus today (witness the case of the pulping of a major scientific work, Wendy Doniger’s ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History”  to avoid a tiresome lawsuit filed by right-wing Hindu academics, the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Committee. This case was promoted as part of the coming 2004 Indian election in which the Bharitaya Janata Party tries to assert ‘Hindu Unity’ as a tool to gaining power). See Arundhati Roy criticises Penguin (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/arundhati-roy-criticises-penguin-for-pulping-the-hindus-an-alternative-history-9126247.html).

Non-dualistic Vedanta anti-science and philosophical ‘nonsense’

Firstly, advaita currently appears in many variants as teachings of diverse gurus, maharishis, bhagawans, avatars, swamis etc. (such as Adi Shankara, Ramana Maharshi, Nidsargadatta, Sathya Sai Baba and many more) and has no single unitary doctrine accepted by all exponents. Furhter, it is impossible to express a fully consistent account of advaita, because language rests entirely upon making distinctions between things while advaita holds that such distinctions are all illusory and there is but one reality. Most variants of Advaita nevertheless regard ‘sat-chit-ananda‘ (i.e. truth-being-bliss) as the one and only origin of existence, but state that it cannot be described, it is totally ineffable. That reality is held to be beyond human expression, discoverable only by total immersion of the mind and ego in it (through meditation and other methods). Advaita is proclaimed as the ‘Highest Truth’ only known when experienced in immersion in Unity where no dualism whatever is perceived (i.e. in the highest ecstasy or ‘samadhi‘). Hence it is the ultimate in imagined otherworldliness. Advaitists may deny the truth of anything on their assumption that truth cannot be stated… that’s the beauty of inexpressibility, but this is a snare! They speak of ‘emptiness’, like the Buddhist Nagarjuna. Some compare the mind to a radio receiver rather than as the initiator of thoughts and ideas, and yet at the same time advaita declares the mind, the human ego and all other worldly events to be wholly illusory.

In fact, human consciousness does not come into being or exist independently of impressions and perceptions, not even when it has only a representation of itself.  It always has a ‘content’ – some corresponding ‘intentional object’, which can be a thing, a perception, a memory, a reflected sense of a previous act of consciousness and so on. (See Brentano’s thesis of intentionality), In a nutshell, a consciousness has no independent existence as a source of anything.

Linguistic analysis is therefore one crux on which advaita break itself. At the outset, words and sentences derive meaning through referents (impressions and perceptions from a physical source). Subsequently the mind learns to interpret its impressions and derives complex perceptions and conceptual ideas. This process alone gives rise to the entire universe of conscious human discourse. These meanings cannot be developed without physical experience. This is backed up by most extensive scientific researches. Their meaning arises in consciousness only through physical experience and learning (but not from any primeval or transcendental inner source).

In short, Advaita is totally subjective and has no objective existence because all objectivity depends on the extension of space-time (‘object’-ivity of physical universe). Advaita is thus ultimately truly circular, being what Wittgenstein defines most accurately as ‘tautological’. That is to say, it is without sense (i.e. having no referential relation to any sense impressions or literally ‘nonsensical’). Advaita is a system of entirely ‘otherworldly’ concepts without corresponding ‘objects’, i.e. lacking any empirical foundation. The various advaitic doctrines amount only to speculation, however imaginative.

Advaitists will argue that only experience of the universal consciousness of satchitananda can validate and convince of the truth of the doctrine. However “The actual experience of underlying unity is different from thought creating an abstract concept of it, and then making tht concept more real than individuated existence.” (ibid p.306)

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Malaysian exposure of student sex abuse cult & its defenders

Posted by robertpriddy on March 12, 2014

Due to the considerable volume of the mails between myself and Hariram Jayaram, the following are excerpts from the fuller mails (as they are posted they can be viewed in full by following links to each mail). Excerpt from second and third mails referring to the Sathya Sai Baba world-wide cult sent by Hariram:-

May 3. 2004

Dear Robert Priddy,
When an opportunity arises for me to meet you in person I will let you know the embarrassment I was subjected to, by Jegathesan and his supporters in Malaysia. I am glad you have removed my name from the list.

It is true that I corresponded with Premanand. I remember also receiving a letter from Tal Brooke. I wish I had their stamina. I have done my small part. After my investigations in 1980, I made available the facts to a number of Malaysians who had been influenced into becoming Sai devotees by me directly or indirectly. Many left the cult. Some remained on but they did not follow through with their earlier ambition to provide their sons with education at the Sai colleges in India.

Friends of mine do contact me now and then to inform me of the current movement via the internet against Sai Baba. Often the correspondence ends with the statement that this guy is repeating all those activities which I attributed to him in the late seventies.
Hariram  (see source e-mail here)

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May 5, 2004 (concerning death of Jegathesan’s wife, Shanti)

I read your attachment regarding the family of Jegathesan. My own views on Shanti are clear. I knew her, Jegathesan and their first son in the 70s. I caught up with her a few months before her death, when she and I were attending classes to update our knowledge of Malay at the University of Malaya. I have always known her to be a steady person. A few hours after her death, I received the said news from an ex-devotee. As far as I know, she slipped and had a bad fall in the bathroom when she was having a bath.At the time of her death, Jegathesan was in India, returning from his sojourn with Sai Baba. The devotees could not accept that there was an accident. The question was also being raised by ex-devotees as to how come Sai Baba did not revive her if he was that great. I heard of devotees concocting the story that she was in deep meditation before passing away. I know  her death is being speculated as suicide, particularly after her son’s suicide. Let’s accept the fact that her’s was an accident and let her current journey be smooth. As to the son, all that I have heard is that he was in a state of depression when Jegathesan did not approve of the Chinese girl he was going out with and he committed suicide. I have kept away from this family as well as from other Sai devotees. It is quite possible that what I have said here about Shanti and Jaganaatha Sai are not reflective of the true picture and your contact in Malaysia is in a better position to know the true facts.

I am surprised that this guy Jegathesan did not keep his son away from Sai Baba. When in 1980, I carried out my investigations, there was a local Indian student whom I met in one of the Sai colleges. I remember him telling me that the questions I was asking about Sai Baba were nothing new. Jegathesan had enquired from him well before I did, whether Sai Baba was a homosexual carrying out activities against the students. In Malaysia, when I dropped out, some devotees asked him whether it was true that he was making such enquiries. His answer was an emphatic yes. But he went on to say that if he found shit on the road when taking a walk, he would not step on it but walk pass it. That’s his way of expressing that he did not believe in the allegations against Sai. He should have been more cautious: he should not have introduced his son to Sai Baba since he himself was once making enquiries on Sai Baba’s homosexual activities. When browsing the net a few years ago, I came across his defence of Sai Baba against the current anti-Sai activities you are involved in. He has used a similar expression. I am not surprised. The common thing about the members of this cult is that there are some expressions which have become part of them and which they continue to use to deflect anything rational which comes to their attention.

My investigations in 1980 were reasonably extensive. Besides interviewing students, I spoke to the elder brother of Sai Baba and the Bangalore professor who stood against him. I entered into extensive discussions with the late Gokak. When an opportunity arises, I will be able to share what I found out with you and all the interest groups. But as the Bangalore professor told me when I saw him, there is nothing new I can tell you which you do not already know. Mine was a one man effort then, in Malaysia. I was resigned to the probability that the exposure would fizzle out.

I am now glad that there is no let up in the work you and your friends have undertaken to expose this guy. Frankly speaking, there are very few Malaysians who will openly say that they are Sai devotees because of the juicy allegations against this guru.
Regards,
Hariram (see source e-mail here)

NOTE! The attachment I had sent to Hariram contained information as found at THE TOP MALAYSIAN SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION LEADER, DATUK JEGA JEGATHESAN & HIS TROUBLED RELATIONS  Later on Hariram Jayaram realised that he had not realised the strength of the rumours of the wife having taken her own life among those who knew of the case, as he reports in another mail. Of course, suicide cannot be proven in this case, but the circumstantial facts plus likelihood provide a motive for it.
The serial decades of sexual abuses against students and young persons by Sai Baba as referred to are summarised here

eileenweed
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COMMENT Submitted on 2014/03/16 at 1:15 pm

What is fascinating about this account is additional proof that some of the top well-known people in the sb org knew very well about the allegations and have heard about it from multiple sources. There seem to be several types of opinions of people who heard about the abuse: those who hear but do not believe; those who are devotees, know it to be true and accept because ‘god can do anything, it is for our best’ or those who may not believe sb is god (people who run shops, serve in the ashram, or in positions of power in the org hierarchy) but who think, ‘this guy sb is my means of support and whatever he does is OK’.

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Malaysian Sai Baba students abused – new revelations

Posted by robertpriddy on March 10, 2014

This blog is to introduce a series of blogs with indubitable insider revelations about the situation in the Malaysian Sathya Sai Organisation when students were withdrawn from Sai Baba colleges due to sexual abuses there. Discoveries of materialization fraud and cover-up by Sathya Sai Baba and by the Malaysian Sathya Sai Organisation was also investigated.

The first I heard of the exodus of Malaysian students from Sathya Sai Baba’s college in Prashanthi Nilayam due to his sexual abuses was from Basava Premanand, who had written in an e-mail:-

“I had published in Indian Skeptic Vol. 10 No. 12, 15-4-1998 four article by one Hugh Emil De Cruz, ‘Divine Inner Light Life God Within Man,’ APTDO, 7, Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria – 35 300, Spain which mentioned the following:-
In 1979, The Singapore Straits Times and all Malaysian Newspapers carried an article of his homosexual nature, when a top Kuala Lumpur Indian Lawyer went to the press to warn the public that he had recalled his three sons from Sai’s Ashram on complaint’s of homosexual harassment. At that time Hugh Emil De Cruz was a follower of Sathya Sai Baba.” Basava Premanand (editor Indian Skeptic)

Later I was informed by Barry Pittard, the long-time follower of Sai Baba and lecturer in English at the Brindavan College for 2 years:-

In 1981, after I had returned to Australia from spending three years around Sai Baba, my neighbour Connie Raadsma of Cooma, New South Wales, decided to visit Sai Baba. On her stopover in Malaysia, she visited a family with a history of Sai Baba devotion, whose address had been given to her by a guest of mine. She said that she heard a disturbingly authentic cassette tape of an Indian Malaysian boy’s account of sexual molestation by Sai Baba at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield. Horrified, his parents had withdrawn him from that institution. (We now learn that, over the years, many parents have withdrawn their children from Sathya Sai Baba’s educational institutions, concerned that their children are at moral risk from him). Disgusted, Connie Raadsma cancelled her trip.

In April 2004 I receive the first of a series of e-mails from one of Malaysia’s most prominent lawyers, Mr. Hariram Jayaram. He explained:- “I was a Sai Baba devotee from 1976 to 1980 and not 1982. When I became aware of Sai Baba’s ‘activities’ on some male Malaysian students studying at the Sai institutions in Whitefield and Puttaparthi, I carried out my own inquiries and dropped out from that movement. So did many devotees in Malaysia. In the interest of these male students, I am unable to reveal their identities. It is not fair to them. I remember having advised them in 1980 to keep their identities confidential and not be overzealous since they have lives to lead and they should forget about what had happened to them. I appreciate the good work being done by ex-Sai devotees to present the true facts in order that those seeking spiritual fulfillment will not be duped into following a false guru.”

Due to much harassment he had experienced at the time, especially by Datuk J. Jegathesan, I was asked not to post his e-mails or their content, and so did not, despite the great importance of the information for people to decide about the facts of the matter. The prominence of his professional position and his law associates would have made a continual target for fanatical Sai Baba devotees (especially on-line, considering the stalking and dirt-throwing defamation Gerald Joe Moreno was posting against every critic at the time). In November, 1913, this much respected gentleman Hariram Jayaram passed away. Therefore, in remembrance of his honourable efforts to expose the heinous abuses and fraud of Sai Baba, and knowing that he is beyond any injury whatever, I will be posting his mails in full through the coming week or two.

See also: Whitefield Sathya Sai College defections (1980s)

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Whitefield Sathya Sai College defections (1980s)

Posted by robertpriddy on March 8, 2014

Referring to a long-standing Sai devotee friend who lived for decades in Prashanthi Nilayam, Eileen Weed (who first began to live there in 1984) wrote:-
“She said in the mid 1970s, soon after she arrived in India, there was an event like that, when many students just left the college in disgust. Another time that it happened was soon after I arrived in 1984; we had heard many boys walked out of college because of something which we never learned details of. That was when sb did not go to Whitefield for 18 months (waiting for the controversy to die down, no doubt). All of us, even those like me who were generally clueless in the early days, heard about the mass exodus of walk-outs in the Whitefield college in 1984.

The above refers to an episode that was well-known to persons involved at Brindavan College at the time, but about which all information was systematically suppressed by the entire Sai Baba movement, as indeed has been and continues to be the policy. Barry Pittard, who lectured in English for two years from 1978 at Sathya Sai Baba’s Whitefield College, wrote:- 

“When I returned from Australia to India in 1983, I heard that the Whitefield college had been closed down, and that a number of parents had withdrawn their boys from Whitefield college because of sexual abuse scandals, in which SSB was central.” This came after Barry had defected from his nearly 3 decades of service to Sathya Sai Baba’s mission, having finally been convinced of the sex abuses when the magazine Nexus published a damning article. Barry has written:-

“Until the NEXUS article, I dismissed for many years as absurd no fewer than nine accounts of sexual abuse by Sai Baba, five of which I had heard between 1978 and 1982, and two shortly before I read the article, the rest between 1997 and 2000… Between 1979 and 1982 I heard four stories relating Sai Baba to homosexuality: from Joseph (U.S.A.) in 1979 (see below); Donna (U.S.A.), perhaps in the same year; Connie Raadsma, a close neighbour of mine in Australia 1981; and an Australian woman who spoke to me at Puttaparthi Sai Baba’s chief residence, in 1982. Like myself, Joseph and Donna were of the tiny handful of long-stay Westerners Sai Baba then permitted to live around Sai Baba, mostly in Whitefield. Donna, who Sai Baba had long not permitted within ashram precincts, claimed that she had spoken to older Puttaparthi residents who said that Sai Baba had been homosexual even as a boy. It appears to me now that Donna may have opened her mouth a bit too widely.

In 1979, in the crowd awaiting Sai Baba’s public appearance (darshan), Joseph, one of three or so – including Om (U.S.A.) and Trevor Freeman (U.K.) who remained after the hippies and others had departed from Sai Baba in the late sixties, began to talk out aloud – very audibly. I sat very near. With ever-increasing upset – indeed moral outrage – he repeated that some college boys had told him that Sai Baba had asked a number of them (in Joseph’s words) to “line up and masturbate.” On the third or so day of Joseph’s dark rumblings, six hefty Indian male service volunteers came and carried him out, ordering him not to return. None of the thousand or so who were present can ever forget the struggle that the immensely powerful Joseph put up, shouting out the accusations no doubt for all to hear. An hour afterwards, one of the same volunteers told me that his duty (which he clearly regretted) was “like wrestling a tiger.”

A very distressed Indian man said to me, “If Sai Baba is God, why do they need to use all this violence against this man?  I have begun to uncover the case of an admired and quite close teaching colleague of mine, P.K. Mohanti, at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield. Sadly, he was instantly removed from the college before we could say our goodbyes. Again, it seems to relate to being ejected for speaking out against abuses.”

NOTE! Sine this was posted, a former Sai Baba student has mailed me, asking for anonymity, and wrote:-
…the 1983-4 batch defections at the Brindavan campus….this was always a hush-hush affair and many senior teacher know about it though they were uncomfortable talking about it. What angers me most is the mental stubborness of those professionals at parthi who know these things and still continue to work for the sake of money or whatever.How can they call themselves educated ….this reflects the very flawed status of the Indian upbringing…men are not what they can be but brainwashed to believe whatever they are told. It’s a very unfortunate thing.

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The International Sathya Sai Organization

Posted by robertpriddy on March 7, 2014

DOCUMENTED INFORMATION ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE SAI ORGANISATION (SSO)

On the total Public Unaccountability of the Sathya Sai Organisation
The refusal of the Sathya Sai Organisation to answer the slightest criticism of any kind can be seen throughout its published websites and all documents released to the public on all its official and semi-official websites. The organisation does not practise duty of care, now does it conform with mandatory reporting of suspected  sexual crimes, and in this it exceeds even the Vatican in cover-up.  This question was raised by the BBC investigatory team, who approached the former world leader of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Dr. Michael Goldstein with questions about its accountability. Because they were never given any satisfactory answers to any of the issues they raised, they decided to film Dr. Goldstein with a hidden camera at their last questioning of him. The result was extremely revealing, both of the Sathya Sai Organisation’s policy, of the degree of deluded belief of Dr. Goldstein and not least as to his extremely unprofessional views on how to know whether sexual abuse has taken place (quite amazing from a qualified doctor supposedly conversant with this field). His total insensitive and aggressive attitude is a real eye-opener as to cult cover-up and can be viewed in transcript and in video clips -
BBC DOCUMENTARY ‘THE SECRET SWAMI’ OVERVIEW 

Comprehensive overview of the SSO’s DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA - in four parts
Concise Summary: Chief Failings, Deceptions and Nature of the Sathya Sai Organisation
Ten Questions about the Sai Organisation
Documentary proof that the SSO has long been informed about Sai Baba sexual abuses
Unanswered public letter from concerned persons as sent to Sathya Sai Baba’;s ‘Prashanthi Council’
The letters from Dr. John Hislop on sexual abuse complaints to him as President of the US Sai Organisation
The five letters by Dr. John Hislop about Sai Baba’s sex abuses
Major statement exposing Sathya Sai Organisation deceits about a US lawsuit by Alaya Rahm
Sathya Sai Organisation disinformation and subterfuge
The International SSO A major participant observational sociological analysis of its goals, structure, management and functions.
The Questionability of the Sathya Sai Organisation’s EHV statistics
False report from UK SSO on a meeting in Westminster Cathedral which never occurred
The Secretive and Authoritarian Sathya Sai Organisation
Sathya Sai Baba’s Super-speciality Hospitals as two-faced projects
Sathya Sai Baba’s Organised ‘Men in Suits’
Covered-up failures of Sathya Sai Organisation’s ‘Educare’ projects
Comment:  ‘Peace Education’ by Sathya Sai Organisation under the EEHV programme
The Sai Movement closes ranks and battens down against the media
Sai Organisation propaganda spending spree in Sydney- Part One -and- Part Two

The Sathya Sai Cental Trust was and is the overall decision-making body over all money and projects.
It’s deliberations are totally secret and it is totally unaccountable:-

Sathya Sai family bitter feud over Central Trust funds 

Sai Central Trust money grabbing – Tehelka report

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust goes begging

Sai Trust members accused of murder threat by Sai Baba relative

Sathya Sai Central Trust gets away with it again

Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death

Sathya Sai Central Trust still shrouds all in secrecy

Former Minister accuses Sai Trust members of the death of Sai Baba

Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust

The obvious illegality of the Sai Central Trust’s appropriation

Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues

Sai Central Trust credibility totally destroyed

Sai Trust plea dismissed by Court

Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster

Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.

Sai Trust in the footsteps of Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion 

Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’?

Sathya Sai Trust lost 16 key government exemptions

Sai Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy

Sai Trust member K.R. Prasad spread untruth by Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Trust steps up damage limitation ploys and the aggro

Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues


Corruption India: Sai Baba cult hoard plunder by Trustees

Sathya Sai Trust enmity in public, while their cover-ups reigns

Sai Trust van impounded by Andhra police with treasure trove

The Sathya Sai Trust propagandist, G. Venkataraman

Sathya Sai Central Trust era of unaccountability drawing to a close?

Police summons for two Sathya Sai Central Trust board members

Sai Central Trust van impounded by Andhra police with treasure trove?

Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy!

Sathya Sai Central Trust disinformation

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Prashanthi Nilayam has become super repressive & mercenary – 2014

Posted by robertpriddy on March 3, 2014

I received a comment on this blog asking if I had seen that a film has been relased in the US. I replied: “I have already blogged on the film:http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/sai-baba-expose-film-wins-docu-award-in-us/
I hope it will get on general release in the US, where ‘The Secret Swami’ was not shown on the requirement of Alaya Rahm when he became the main abused testifier.”

This was the response I received:-

Fra: “S Dan” <someway@yahoo.co.uk>
Til: rero@getmail.no
Sendt: 2. mars 2014 14:55:33
Emne: Re: wordpress.com

 Thanks  Robert,  Also  do  you know  that  now  there  are  a  lot  of  new Rules in  the  Ashram,  my  friend  who  was  talking  with  friends  in  the  Ashram   casually  about Yoga,  some  one  walked  up  to  him  &  said  you  are  only  to  talk  about  all  pertaining  to  Baba  in  the  Ashram,  he  thought  the  guy  was  joking,  but  then  he  discovered  he  was  not,  he  reacted,  &  was  made  leave  the Ashram!!

This  was  last  Nov,  also  I  used  the  Phone  in  the  Ashram  to  call  the  UK,  as  I  thought  it  would  be  cheaper!!,  but  for  approx  10 mins  I  was  charged  370 Rupees,  way  over  the  norm!,  they  had  rigged  up  the  machines!! But  what  was  amazing  was  masses  of  new  people  were  there  last  Xmas,  who  have  never  even  seen  Baba,  all  new  people,  mainly  from  the country side who  are  in  a bad  situation  economically!

They  have  also  started  to  sell  Baba  DVDs  out  side  the  Western  Canteen!!
Warm  Regards   L.            PS  Please  keep  my  name  confidential

The Sai Central Trust have stepped up their efforts to extract as much cash as humanly possible, especially from foreign visitors, about whom there is also increased suspicion and paranoia. There is clearly a widespread clampdown on freedom of speech and telling the truth, like Orwell’s 1984, no less! It should be of interest to those who may think of visiting again that, not only was a recent violent incident against an American lady by a former servitor in the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram administration, Sai Rohit Srivastava, under police investigation, but a later news report about four murderous attackers were arrested by police in Puttaparthi http://odishasuntimes.com/34433/atatck-minister-4-accused-arrested/ In short, the ashram is becoming a yet more dangerous place than formerly, when it was even than the scene of numerous murders, many disappearances, accidents  and suicides etc.

The former insider devotee, Eileen Weed, who still has contact with some believers, writes in her comment to this blog: “A long-time resident woman who I know personally, who’s over 40 years old, was also followed inside the ashram and harassed multiple times by various men, some wearing the blue Seva-Dal scarves. They would stand next to her and brush against her body! Complaints to the head Seva Dals stationed at the main gate went unheeded. He only said, “Yes, we know. Don’t worry about it.” I wouldn’t advise people to visit Prasanthi Nilayam, it sounds like it is becoming more & more dangerous and like you said, a hotbed of paranoia and desperation!”

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Satyajit in USA

Posted by robertpriddy on March 1, 2014

Sai Baba's  former boyfriend

Sai Baba’s
former boyfriend

The Sathya Sai Central Trust gave permission for the former closest young male friend of Sathya Sai Baba, Satyajit, to go on a tour of some Sai centres that yet remain in the USA. He relates this – all very haltingly – in a talk he gave in the Boston, Mass., Sai Centre February 16, 2014, (put out on vimeo).

Before you decide to look at the video, be warned that it contains not a single original idea nor any new insight into Sathya Sai Baba, or into his last years of zombie-like and half-drugged behaviour depending on sleeping pills and stimulants provided through Satyajit, nor of what happened to him when hospitalised (Satyajit was allowed to the sick-bed) nor the manner of his death, his promises to Satyajit. Even though all speakers at Sai Baba events are remarkably uninspiring, unoriginal, boring copiers of Sai Baba’s own gramophone, a more bland babbling than Satyajit’s is hard to imagine. Sai devotees would surely have hoped that he would have shared his personal story as the ultimate insider he was, even some of it, but no – instead they have to sit through a vacuous and halting verbal ordeal of empty words like ‘unity’, ‘love’ and all the other ‘spiritual’ abstractions without substance in the Sai movement. No one could question him about it, of course, as it is never done in the rigidly controlled environment of any Sai meeting, not without immediate exclusion. He guarded his secrets deeply, as we know that the light of day would have been a disaster for him.  No doubt it is nice for Satyajit to get a trip to America, to be treated like a blessed person of great importance, or at least with a pretence of interest, though all would surely like to hear what really went on behind the scenes in Puttaparthi, though not about the sexual activities, of course. It is surely more than his life is worth to tell anything remotely negative, yet despite that an amusing fact slipped out of him while he as telling about himself… how he asked ‘swami’ to do service work and stop his MBA studies. Two ‘gentlemen’, Satyajit called them, were in the car beside him and swami, and they disagreed what was best – service or MBA, to the extent that one punched the other… and this in the presence of the Holy of Holies, Creator of the Universe, ‘Help-Ever-Harm-Never’ preacher supreme!

Despite Sathyajit’s empty fare substituting for anything like the truth – or anywhere near as lively and frank as any 10-year old would tell – we have already learned a lot about the skullduggery known to Sathyajit. There was the Midas hoard and how much was spirited away – the suspicious death without valid certificate – the coffin-casket ordered March 29 (i.e. long before the announcement of the death on April 24 and even while all doctors were making most positive prognoses about the guru’s health. It is known to all residents and most prominent devotees that Satyajit had been one of Sai Baba’s favourite boys who slept in his apartment since the 1990s and was ever at Sai Baba’s beck and call, and who ended up as the only person with a key to the secret palatial complex that Sai Baba inhabited until the medical men took him away. Sathyajit knew of all the hoarded riches of every kind hidden under the 3 by 3 meter bed and in cupboards etc.

The well-informed comment that came to this blog from Eileen Weed adds considerably to the above exposure of Satyajit’s ‘muerta’ (i.e. silence):- 

Thanks for saving us from a curious glance at the video. Such a disappointment. No doubt, he has been given VERY strict instructions to keep what he knows to himself, or face the consequences. Since his talks are on video, he tightly reigns in his mouth and mind. I wonder if there is any chance, sometime in the future, that he will be able to break away and find his career elsewhere. Only then would we have a chance to know some of the secrets in his mind.

There was another boy who was sb’s shadow for years, up until the mid-1980s. When he sung for bhajans, sb would lean forward and stare at him intensely. My ardent devotee friend had told me the force of attraction between the two was so intense that she had to look away in embarrassment, whenever the two of them locked eyes.

That other ‘inmate’ of the bedchambers suddenly left to USA for further studies, throwing us all into a confused shock of WHY in the world he would leave GOD himself?? We figured he must have been attracted somehow to the evil, worldly life. We heard reports of how sb was distraught and enraged, and declared he would never step foot in the ashram again. A couple of years later we then heard he had come for a visit, sporting a beard and mustache, but was not permitted into the darshan compound. Nowadays I respect him for breaking away and following his dream, and hope someday he could surface to tell his story!

Eileen Weed also wrote me:That former boyfriend sevak left soon after I arrived in 1984, and I hadn’t paid much attention to who was singing bhajans or who sb was staring at. However, it was my friend Vidya, ever aware of things going on and the whisperings of long-timers, who many times told me stories of how several of them were well aware of that boy, and had to close their eyes at certain points, because the almost obscene public sessions of intensity between the two were so cringe-worthy.”

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Vibuthi materialization fraud at Brindavan, Whitefield

Posted by robertpriddy on February 26, 2014

In 1994 devotees could visit a private home some hundred meters from the gates of the ashram in Kadugodi where the family had a number of Sai Baba photos with vibuthi and kum kum. They claimed these substances appeared spontaneously, as so many others have done likewise. After visiting the house a second time to check on the allegations by some Brindavan Seva Dal ladies that these were falsified, we were convinced that the vibuti was not even as authentic as the kind one can buy at the ashrams in large packets, but that it was simply ground-up chalk. The way it was spread on the pictures indicated it most likely was done by hand. Meanwhile,  the red kum kum powder on the Shirdi Sai image is cheap and everywhere available in India.

Fraudulence1

The family who were trying to defraud people.

CLICK TO ENLARGE The couple who were trying to defraud people.

Vibuti smeared over SB image
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No one knows how many people have concocted these kinds of supposed manifestation on images of Sai Baba, not least since persons who might have investigated critically would have avoided being intrusive, spiritual seeking visitors being unwilling to create a scene of any kind. Some vibuthi from images (at the ‘Thief’s Temple’ in Sri Ranga Patnam was analysed by electrospectrographic analysis by Dr. Jürgen Evers of Munich University and was found to be powdered quartz. See this in a video clip (mov format).  See also Italian scientific investigation of Sai Baba vibuti http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/29/Vibuthi_analysis/Analysis_of_Sathya_Sai_Baba%20_vibuthi.htm (English translation). Analyses of yet other samples by the Danish government’s Veterinary and Food Administration head scientist Erik Dahm found a number of minerals, the main content being calcium (chalk) and they were unable to show any extraordinary thing that has special healing properties.  (see transcript from ‘Seduced’ documentary). 

The couple shown above were mainly trying to sell a variety of rukrakshas and japamalas (rosaries). They had printed up many pages with their price list, and they could send by overseas mail on receipt of a bank order. The lady shown wanted us to promise to tell all our contacts and send them there. They claimed that the various prices (which were very considerable) reflected the relative potency of each rosary based on the number of times they had recited the holy name with each of them. The value of the various japamalas had to be taken on trust (no possibility of knowing if they had been used as stated, of course). The rudrakshas of numerous kinds were  priced according to their alleged rarity, and the number of ‘faces’ – from 1 to 12. Apparently all of these could be bought from them, and they had (see scan of 2 pages below). To believe that these seeds have miraculous properties – because of their symbolic association with the god Shiva – is of course an absurdity, yet not only Hindus but also some Westerners fall for this!

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Sai Baba exposé film wins docu. award in US

Posted by robertpriddy on February 23, 2014

The star US actor Kristoff St. John, who won a long series of best actor awards, has made a film ‘A Man Called God’ about Sathya Sai Baba and his abuses. It won top award at the San Diego Black Film Festival and is going on festival tour. It is intended for subseqent mass distribution:- A Man Called GodClick on image to go to website

See also a long review of the movie by clicking on the image below
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Barry Pittard wrote (Facebook): “This project took years, under conditions of great difficulty, to achieve. The important film awards, giving the film much more notice, are most welcome. Kristoff St John has, for years, been one of the top US television stars, and a much-awarded one. He has done – though it took him a long time to reveal his sexual abuse – when a young boy at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba, what many are now doing in the case of the long-running Royal Commission in Australia into institutional sexual abuse: coming out and speaking of the torment and impact for life when sexual abuse is perpetrated.”

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