Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba’s wide ‘lunatic fringe’ and Moreno

Posted by robertpriddy on September 13, 2010

Pages showing Gerald Moreno's self-assessed "art" and his lunatic belief in chackras and the kundalini

Gerald Joe Moreno, who believes Sathya Sai Baba is at least on a par with Jesus, also with Swami Premananda (in prison under two life sentences for rape and murder, confirmed after appeal to the Supreme Court of India) – all for Moreno qualifying as being ‘vishvarupa’ or incarnations of the Divine (see his http://vishvsarupa.com site). A person who defends both convicted murderers and sex abusers and government-protected criminals is clearly beyond the fringe of normality.

Moreno is also a believer in the holy power of ‘mandalas’. He has made many images of mandalas
(produced with IT software) and therefore he calls himself a ‘professional artist’, no doubt in desperation to pretend to some qualification, since he has no others. These images represent the imaginary ‘chackras’ or mystical centres which are supposedly opened when the mystical ‘serpent power/ (kundalini) is awakened and rises along an invisible channel in the spine up to the brain. This is a totally non-empirical and speculative mysticism, much loved by would be spiritual and holy persons who accept on faith from their gurus or the vague and fantastic literature that all this have a basis in reality. I have never believed in the kundalini other than as a symbolism for ordering various spiritual dogmas  and a numinous idea, but Moreno is entirely under the spell of this and a vast amount of Hindu superstition and religious trickery that goes along with it. Gerald Moreno tries to create the impression that he knows all about these chackras and the kundalini, but his entire Gerald Moreno quackery - bogus 'healing' by staring at digi-mandalaoutput demonstrates that he has far too many bad qualities to fulfil the supposed requirement for the task as it is described by its mystical proponents.

Of course, Moreno is a firm believer in Divine miracles. This began with him supposedly being visited literally in the flesh by Sathya Sai Baba in his bedroom at night in New Mexico, when Sai Baba was demonstrably in India. (Moreno was paralysed at the time and in great fear – symptoms of ‘narcolepsy’ usually following sleep deprivation whereby dream contents appear as real waking events).

Finally, he denies that Sathya Sai Baba’s oiling of his “lower stomach” in private in the inner interview room was a case of sexual molestation, even though he cannot deny that such an act fulfils all the requirements of sexual abuse under Indian (and most foreign) law, and that it is widely reported as grooming for sexual relations of most unpleasant kinds by over 30 testifiers!

Moreno is also believes that Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘holy nectar’ (amrit) is unearthly and is manifested by Sathya Sai Baba (as he believes all other objects claimed by Sai Baba are, or else he would have refuted any bogus claims surely?). Moreno states he wishes amrit were available on the market as he would buy “gallons”! In fact it is nothing other than tea rose essence (added to sugar water), while devotees largely believe it is a manifested substance – a blessing from God himself which may lead to their escaping rebirth on the wheel of life! He has images of vibuthi allegedly manifesting on pictures of Sathya Sai Baba at Halagappa’s orphanage [i.e. the 'thief's temple'], but he never questions whether this is fake… even though it is known that Halagappa has made a fortune from this, causing Sathya Sai Baba to reject him totally as a fraudulent beggar/thief.

This is a tinted glass receptical for rings and bangles etc., no crystal there at all (though Moreno thinks he knows better!).

from Gerald Moreno's page on himself from the 1st version of his web site 'vishvarupa.com'Gerald Moreno stated on his vishvarupa.com page about himself that he is very interested in crystals. That they possess special or mysterious energies is a known fallacy of the New Age lunatic fringe, yet he even tried to implicate me in the same interest (which I have never held) as a symptom of my gullibility!  To do so he falsely identifies as a crystal what is actually a plain glass ring-holder. It was photographed on my mantle piece and printed in my book ‘Source of the Dream’ which he copied (without permission)  and annotated as being a ‘crystal’. This is a typical mindless ‘tit-for-tat’ reaction by Moreno because I have publicised that Sathya Sai Baba has a broad lunatic fringe. After his imagining a crystal on my former shrine, I realised that he is a prime candidate for the lunatic fringe himself.

Another member of this fanatical lunatic fringe is Moreno’s closest side-kick collaborator Lisa de Witt, who claims to have communications from Shirdi Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba and Jesus… plus angels. She is in obsessional denial about Sai Baba’s failings’ and expresses herself in a particularly low-minded and verbally polluted way, persecuting all critics of Sathya Sai Baba (calling them ‘persecutors’ of Sai Baba).

Gerald Moreno – in the Sathya Sai Baba lunatic fringe The night visitation by Sathya Sai Baba to a  paralysed and scared Gerald Moreno… and its consequences: a private interview where he was oiled “on the lower stomach” by SB, and since then he has ensure that he has no other future than fanatical defense of the impossible by any means, foul or fouler in attacking all apostates of Sai Baba (and also Muktananda, Ammachi and others) See also  Gerald Moreno – further inducted into the Sathya Sai Baba fold

Sathya Sai Baba’s broad lunatic fringe There are a number of devotees of Sai Baba who claim to have been Mary Magdalene in a previous incarnation. There have also been many such who lived out their adult lives in psychiatric institutions. Among Sai followers there are persons who claim – that they are reincarnations of famous persons from history – or have been told by Sathya Sai Baba that they were Vivekananda, St. Francis of Assissi, Radha, the monkey god Hanuman  and others in past lives. There is also a ‘teeth-clacking’ medium who gets messages from Sai Baba by the involuntary clacking of his teeth!

Sai Baba and the lunatic fringe Self-professed Danish clairvoyant claimed to live on light (no food), meet angels but developed ‘psychic problems’ and was ‘saved’ by Sai Baba!

Lunatic Devotee claims he is Prema Sai For the uninitiated, Prema Sai is the predicted next incarnation of the Sai Baba avatar, but will not appear until after Sathya Sai Baba’s death… so ‘John Ramakrishnan’ is rather premature!

Truly lunatic Sai Baba fringe + video link Stephanie Relfe is another devotee who is a disgrace to the Sai Baba fold – such disturbed people with cognitive derangement are well over-represented among Sathya Sai Baba followers and defenders, compared to the general population.

Deceiving ‘devotee’ makes bogus image of Sai in the Moon In the general desperation to prove that Sai Baba appeared on the moon as he claimed he would, devotees – particularly Indian follower – have created images with his face superimposed on a photo of the moon!

More Sathya Sai Baba Moon Madness An account  by one Ganapati about Sai Baba supposedly  picking up a wood-apple and miraculously transforming it into the moon – a translucent sphere reflecting the sunlight. Such incredibly fanciful beliefs can only be entertained by persons without their feet on the ground and their heads in the clouds.


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Gerald Moreno – in the Sathya Sai Baba lunatic fringe

Posted by robertpriddy on October 2, 2009

Let us take a peep into the mind of Gerald Moreno, the fanatical believer in miracles and Sai Baba’s powers. After this intense seeking, he had what he believes to have been a physical visit across time and space by Sathya Sai Baba, during which he was unable to “move or scream”. This is the basis of his awe of Sai Baba. We see some of his self-description as follows:-

“As I was lying down, looking across the room and mumbling to myself about my sad state of sleeplessness, all of a sudden, I heard a sound that could only be best described as the gentle fluttering of hundreds of birds wings while flying overhead. As soon as I heard the sound, in a swirl, from the ground up, Sathya Sai Baba physically manifested before me! I was SO shocked and scared, I could not move or scream! Baba was in my room! I could discern his afro, flowing robe and he stared at me intensely, without saying a word, for about 20 seconds. Then, I heard the same sound of gentle fluttering of birds wings and Baba disappeared, in a swirl, from his head down to his feet!”
Note that Moreno states it was a physical manifestation! Yet he was as if paralysed, could not move, so obviously could not touch Sai Baba. This shows he over-interpreted the ‘experience’ heavily later, based on what he had read or heard from credulous devotees.
“When Baba disappeared, I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights and kept telling myself that I was not crazy! I felt like I had lost my mind. For crying out loud, I was hallucinating! It HAD to be a dream”

Indeed, he should have stuck to his common sense, but at that time little was widely known about ‘sleep paralysis’ . Firstly, he says he was suffering from sleeplessness. In that condition one often drops off without realising it. He heard what he though like the “gentle fluttering of hundreds of birds wings while flying overhead.” This speaks of a hypnagogic state, not one of sober waking consciousness. All that follows is in the same strain. “in a swirl, from the ground up, Sathya Sai Baba physically manifested before me!Which visions are experienced in sleep paralysis depends on the overriding concerns, interests, constant thoughts of the experiencer (click here). In Moreno’s case these were:-

“My experiences with Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai have been a source of great Joy and Gratitude in my life. During my teen years, I was searching very intensely for God. Everything seemed “empty” to me and I felt that the only way I would every experience being whole or complete, was if I could find God or Truth. I studied just about everything I could find on Spirituality.” (http://www.geocities.com/www0db0www/ExperiencesSai.html:- )

In modern times many UFO-fixated persons experience being abducted by aliens, while in the Middle Ages one was ‘visited’ by witches, succubi, the devil and so on. Sai Baba visitations fall into the same category. Typical of Moreno is that he NEVER looks for easily found high quality alternative explanations to phenomena (as can be seen throughout his web pages). The fact is, he is FUELLED by anything that can lift him as a ‘miraculous’ or ‘wonderful experience’. He demonstrates the total one-sided unwillingness to consider (let alone respond properly) to my explanations. So it is clear Gerald Moreno took his first step into the ‘lunatic fringe’ proper in that way, since when he has never really looked back (apart from some years when he also believed Sai Baba to be a sexual abuser – while still defending him to the hilt. Now he is promoting adulation of Sathya Sai Baba (who he angrily and repeatedly claims not even to be his guru) on his web log which is basically made to promote vicious attacks on dissidents in making it inviting to devotees by packing it with honeyed praise of Sai Baba. There he is posting official information along with credulous devotees’ experiences and the most fantastic stories (the blog is ‘Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love and Spirituality’).

Many others were drawn to visit Sai Baba to find out whether he is anything of what he claims he is, including myself. The system of deception around him, combined with unfulfillable promises to countless people wanting something from him is powerful stuff, full of hearsay and group pressures of all kinds. Not so very many followers who persisted in practising his teaching for decades have been able to free themselves from it, as I did after learning (despite what I would greatly have preferred then) about the hidden sides of Sai Baba from a source I could never doubt.

Few ever came so close to some of the most deeply hidden facts as I did. Despite myself, I was led to know the multiform nature of his deceptions, lies, fraudulence, false promises, failed prophecies and involvement in crimes… which I very much wanted to deny, but which became so pressing and so impossible to ignore that I was able to de-programme myself entirely. I had strong personal resources, an unperturbed and open mind due to wide experience of the world - both for better and worse - in 40 countries and numerous kinds of employment, a very happy family life, being a professional researcher and philosophy lecturer. My critical qualifications I had held very largely in abeyance while trying wholeheartedly to plumb Indian spirituality – including Sathya Sai Baba’s teaching. Once I was forced to step back and see it all from a dissenting perspective, my critical sense reasserted itself. I had been forced to realise that Sathya Sai Baba is far from being what he claims to be!

More to follow on Moreno’s interpretations of his “experiences” later.


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

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Sai Baba group claims miracles – seeks donations

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2009

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The latest super-naive followers of the two Sai Baba’s in Queens, New York – also worshippers of various Indian deities besides – are claiming (with a video) that Sai Baba performed miracles at their temple by moving helium balloons about so that they “worshipped his feet”. The alleged ‘miracle’ (leela) is accepted totally uncritically is simply only a result of known physical causes of such movement. Those who believe Sathya Sai Baba is the One Omnipotent Godhead no doubt think it is amazing that God should not have better things to do to prove his existence than to blow balloons around.

It is noteworthy that they ask for donations on the same site where they promote this supposed “Sai miracle”! This is strictly forbidden by Sathya Sai Baba in many discourses (though he asks for them himself both in public appeals in his journal and in private, including from me!  The Queens New York temple people evidently ignore his advice they in their eagerness (greed?) to generate cash.  It seems people kick in money freely when they see a miracle? This is typical of temples and institutions that prey on the unwitting in the name of Sathya Sai Baba… whose journal has exposed any number of such scam organizations.

Balloons thought to be  “sharing the excitement of this historic occasion” (the ‘historic’ part being an installation ceremony for Baba’s statues)
This classifies as ‘lunatic fringe thinking’ if anything does. The male leader who recounted and explained the miracle said that they had asked Sathya Sai Baba if this was his doing and “he sanctioned their wish”. He said. O.K. You want to witness” and then it happened again at the next occasion. (Note: Sai Baba claims he says ‘yes’ to everything – and he nearly always does when asked if it was one of his miracles or whether he came in a dream or other such fanciful notions. Besides it had been very difficult to ask him anything for some years, so one wonders if this is not another of those ‘asking in prayer’ and interpreting the answer from some doubtful gesture, or even subjective ‘channelling’, as is very common in the Sai movement).

The temple staff said they had taped balloons to the ceiling, and next morning they were all on the ground. Why one should additionally need to tape a helium balloon to the ceiling he does not mention. Well, in fact, a balloon with helium can sink down if it is made of latex, which is porous to helium. Over a period of time from 6-12 hours or so depending on the thickness of the balloon skin, the helium seeps out and the balloons start to come down, still looking almost the same size. This is not so with mylar balloons, which experienced sales people say can remain inflated for up to a week on average, depending also on the thickness of the balloon skin. Tape can easily drop off, especially if there were any air currents in the room, which can arise from very many causes.

The natural explanations of balloons moving in an enclosed space include air currents – such as convection from heaters, currents from air conditioning, currents from candle flames, incense and burning arati camphor (all no doubt used in this temple), electrostatic effects like attraction (one only has to rub a balloon against a synthetic rug, jersey or one’s own hair to see the effects this can produce). Static electricity is often generated in places where a number of people spend time and can result in peculiar effects.  The pictures and statues are most likely in a place where air currents arrive. Then, Lo and Behold! We have a Miracle? The Indian gent explains that his guru told him that such miracles are needed to make people who are not entirely sure to believe and surrender to God!  That balloons might convince anyone to surrender to the feet of Sai Baba is highly unlikely!

See also Examples of difficulty in interpreting Sathya Sai Baba’s words and actionsMisinterpretation of Sai Baba’s supposed ‘blessings’, words etc.

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UK Sathya Sai Organization’s New Age leadership

Posted by robertpriddy on August 11, 2009

One has to wonder why this organization has chosen as its leader a person who exhibits all the signs of an unbridled New Age spirituality, Reverend Rosemary Perry? Probably, having a ‘reverend’ – ordained as an Interfaith Minister –  is seen to help this embattled cult’s credibility as not being overwhelmingly a Hindu-oriented religious sect. However, though one of the central themes of Sathya Sai Baba is that his ‘teaching’ is universal and fits all religions, no mainstream religious bodies or sects have ever sponsored him, nor is his Organization allowed to enter into any joint projects with other religious organizations. However, by the selection to the top leadership position in the UK Organization, their image as adherents of genuinely lunatic fringe thinking is reinforced considerably. This is not actually uncommon among Sathya Sai Baba adherents (see links at bottom of page).

Rosemary Perry makes known her qualifications as a practitioner of numerous of  the most wholly unscientific and fanciful ‘therapies’ and delusional ‘theories’.

She writes on her page with personal details (see here) that she became: “an Analytical Hypnotherapist – my first client was myself! I later trained as a Homoeopath using Radiesthesia (dowsing for crucial ‘Miasms’ on a long black calibrated box). I developed a passion for seeking out ‘Earth Energy Lines’ and ‘Sacred Power Points’ in these enigmatic British Isles”

Comment: Homeopathy is uncertain enough and wholly unproven as effective in any way by any reliable research project, despite what patients think, but dowsing in combination with it is plain irrational self-deception.

“By becoming ordained as an Interfaith Minister I further healed layers of subtle separation between me and my innate, inherent, divinity. In the 1990s I was Co-ordinator for ‘Fountain International’ a worldwide community and global healing network that uses visualisation and meditation to put love and light into focal points round the world.”

Comment: ‘Innate and inherent divinity’ is of course New Age and Sathya Sai Baba propaganda, all pious immaterialism and theological fantasy speculation, After testing this concept through years of spiritual discipline (sadhana) – and then subjecting it to deep philosophical analysis – it is seen as a wholly implausible wishful thinking, based upon unprovable, illogical and irrational master assumptions like “Everything is God” See here.

I have become quite oriented towards Past Life investigation as a therapeutic tool over the last 10 years and have been surprised at the accuracy of enquiries made via Psychometry (holding someone’s watch or jewellery to ‘read’ the vibrations in it). This method has yielded the most authentic findings and often leads to clairvoyant advice on how to utilise a particular skill developed in a past life that is actually needed for reactivation in life now. My personal astrology entirely supports this sort of career.“[[Note: she is twice divorced, but now "married to a wonderful soulmate of many past life liaisons!]] “I used to think I was a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, but I now love the richness and diversity of my pursuits.

Comment: Master of no trades clearly fits the bill very well… because she evidently has no proper professional qualifications of any kind… not even recognised diplomas for most of the alternative medicine she professes:-

I now have a vast array of mixed skills such as therapeutic Past Life exploration, Homoeopathy, Hypnotherapy, official ‘Cutting the Ties That Bind’ facilitator, Clairvoyant Intuitive advice and, now, as an Interfaith Minister: Spiritual Counselling and the writing of tailor-made ceremonies for significant rites of passage (such as funerals/weddings/baby namings etc).”

All this is touchy-feely blather, especially the Phyllis Krystal pseudo-therapy, which reminds of self-hypnosis and self-indoctrination on a Polyanna assumption. Clairvoyant intuitive advice… it gets more and more hare-brained. Perry continues with an absurd prediction:

“The spiritualisation of Politics is possibly the most important undertaking for the early part of the 21st Century. It will happen, soon. It relies on the acknowledgement that we are all connected through consciousness. It will occur through several ways:
– By changing the approach of the National Health Service to early subtle diagnosis of symptoms through existing Complementary Medicine techniques (such as Ayurveda). By changing future generations (VITAL): Implementing values-based education (such as SSEHV or Brahma Kumaris Values educational systems) for both children and parents.

Comment:  Neither extreme spiritual escapists nor the lunatic fringe have ever yet managed to get a seat in any British constituency. No wonder that she failed twice as a Parliamentary Candidate for the Natural Law Party! Her absurd belief that the National Health Service will spiritualise British politics is a real howler. If her types would be allowed a free rein in it, there would be a gigantic public outcry… as there is already much well-founded criticism of the relatively very small current support for some peripheral pseudo-medicine on prescription. Much Ayurvedic medicine today still includes drinking of ones own urine every morning as a medicine! As Professor Dawkins has pointed out about it, that it is very old is absolutely no guarantee that it can hold water (sic!). See RichardDawkins.net Forum • View topic – Debunking Yoga & Ayurveda!!

I can confidently predict that – misguided as she is – she will never gain a seat in Parliament unless she becomes a far more sober and rational person. “We are all connected through consciousness” has no practical application, no more than we are all connected through air, or water or whatever. This is close to the ultimate in vague imaginings. So President Obama, Bill Gates, Osama bin laden, Sai Baba - and not forgetting Rosemary Perry – are connected through consciousness…. so what, they are all at odds with one another in most fundamental ways.

Why Rosemary Perry flaunts her self-appreciation web page is a wonder… it almost cries out for sensible comment. Moreover, anyone who uncritically supports Sathya Sai Baba, – so widely accused of sexual abuse of young men and children, and who was involved in murder cover-up –  without investigating the facts of the matter should be looked on with great suspicion. Parents who may consider sending their children to the kind of value education she promotes – also a religiously fundamental and ideologically-rigid system are hereby warned. One wonders whether Rosemary Perry has ever heard of ‘duty of care’ and ethical and moral mandatory reporting obligations?

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Datuk J. Jegathesan – on Sathya Sai Baba Miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2008

Self-Delusions in the Malaysian Sathya Sai community

In ‘Journey to God – The Malaysian Experience with Sai Baba’, one the guru’s most privileged devotees for decades, Dato’ J. Jegathesan, lists various supposedly miraculous cures by Sai Baba which he had investigated, if only superficially (not with any scientific control of alleged ‘medical’ evidence).
It is instructive to observe here representative examples of the degree of mental acrobatics devotees undertake to explain things Sathya Sai Baba has said to them and to make them appear precognitive.

Dato' J. Jegathesan

For example, take the case of a Chinese devotee in Malaysia, Mr. Yap Them Siew. He was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and in the worst prognosis by one doctor was given a 50-50 chance of survival. (Comment: this alone makes one suspicious – he still did have a 50% chance of survival, even on the worst diagnosis!).

However, Sai Baba’s close confidant, Prof. N. Kasturi, arranged for Mr. Yap to have an interview. I quote Jegathesan directly from page 85 of Journey To God (Vol. 1):

“After they had entered the second room, Baba looked at Mrs. Yap and said with a gesture, “What is cancer? Don’t worry – go for the operation; 11th, 12th, 13th – everything will be all right; I will be with you.”
(and Baba even repeated these dates in a later exchange). Later we read:

“The doctors after re-examining Yap fixed the operation on the 7th January. This caused great concern to the Yaps, for Baba had clearly said, 11th,12th,13th. However, it transpired that the operation on the 7th was a minor one and without their request, by “strange coincidence”, the major operation was fixed for the 11th January, 1977. Though this pleased the Yaps, considerably, they were perplexed by the “12th and 13th”. On the 10th January the meaning became clear to them. Again by coincidence Mr. Yap was shifted from bed No. 7 to bed No. 12 – the 12th bed. On the day of the operation, Mrs. Yap held Bhajans at the house of her brother-in-law, with whom she was staying… the house was No. 13 – the 13th house along Jalan Taman 7/6 in Petaling Jaya. By another conicidence the aggregate of the 7/6 also makes 13.”

Need one say more? Yes, evidently, for this is the kind of totally twisted reasoning used time and again – in my wide experience – by many Sai followers. The devotee mind turns every stone – in this case one searched for every possible appearance of the 11th and 12th in whatever connection – so that Baba’s words may be made to seem precognisant. When this is not possible, however, devotees give up and the difficulty is never publicised… though I have heard of many such embarrassments experienced by devotees who have been told what amounts to soothsaying rubbish by Sai Baba.

Anyone with a modicum of rationality can tell that most of this really is sheer coincidences and that most of the explanation is sheer wishful thinking. The only apparently ‘correct’ words were ‘the 11th’. This seems ‘meaningful’ but that depends on one’s faith, not on anything resembling proof. However, apparently meaningful coincidences of this kind – which C.G. Jung defined as synchronicities’ – certainly do occur, for they are most widely recorded throughout the world quite apart from those recorded by Sai devotees – and most people have experiences them in some form or another.

The prominent VIP whose prestige is invested in his books

Cover of book by Sai follower, J. Jegathesan

Jegathesan has written a series of books which include many stories of healing. His last book is called “The Fourth Dimension – Sai Baba, Journey To God Part 4“. As the title suggests it is a highly speculative book. It consists in a farrago of strange experiences, often wild interpretations of them and much hearsay. All of this shows him to be a most naive and uncritical believer in witch doctors, black magic, primitive trance mediums and much else of that kind. This is rather amazing from a man who has been an economic consultant with the United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Council on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)! However, remember that there are thousands of consultants to UN bodies, and surely few are as deluded as that.

A mind more prone to unquestioning about spirits of the fourth dimension – with whom he communicates etc.   – would be hard to find among otherwise sane people. Though I once held a tentative view that there might be ‘elementals’, based on some then inexplicable experiences I had, Jegathesan jumps to many extreme conclusions about them.  All the experiences he claims to have undegone he attributes totally to the guiding hand of Sai Baba (without anything like proof, as usual, but based entirely on his rock-solid belief in Sai Baba’s omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence!). His belief was severely tested – yet still clung to desperately – by the mysterious death of his Sai-devoted wife Shanti when he was away visiting Sathya Sai Baba, and the later suicide of one of his sons, also a favourite of Sathya Sai Baba!

The origin of healing – but also of sudden deaths – in Jegathesan’s view:

Jegathesan writes in some of his many hagiographic volumes about healing reported to him, attributing everything to Sathya Sai Baba. Now, there is no reason to doubt that healing took place in some cases, at least when attested by doctors. But this does not guarantee the cause of the healing. It could have been natural, it could have been caused by the psychological effects of strong faith – for this occurs all over the worlds and at hundreds of places, among which Lourdes is perhaps the most famous. However, there is nothing remotely like genuine scientific proof of any of these being ‘miracles’ or as having other than natural causes, even though explanations of the causes are lacking in many cases (due mainly to lack of observational evidence). Quite a few of the accounts are obviously massaged with faith and ‘doctored’ by wishful thinking to make what often occurs anyway look like the direct intervention of Sathya Sai Baba. If one believes what Sai Baba claims about himself altogether, as jegathesan explicitly does, one has to believe everything (good?) is done by him!

Healing by miracles is, of course, very widely considered to be most controversial by the huge majority of the medical profession throughout the world. Scientific studies trying to prove healing by supernatural causes have almost entirely proved negative, and studies which claim to be scientific and arrive at the opposite conclusions have recently been examined in detail and been shown to have flaws and not to be able to substantiate what they claim.

Consequently, everything Jegathesan writes only adds bunkum to bunkum. One must sympathise to some extent at least with the poor fellow, however, not only for his sheer naiveity but for the personal suffering it has led him into in placing so much of his trust in Sai Baba, over which he agonises in an e-mail he spread around. Firstly, his wife died – allegedly (but disputed) ‘by accident’ – falling in her bathroom.  Years later on his younger son – a favourite of Sathya Sai Baba (!) –  took his own life by leaping from the 5th floor of a building in Kuala Lumpur. More revelations about these incidents will come in a later posting!

So much for Sai Baba’s protection of his great favourite. So much for ‘Why fear when I am here?’

See more on healing and Sai Baba here

See here for my paper on ‘Elementals’ which deals with the hypothesis of ‘astral beings’ or such disincarnate entities – my original investigation and my refutation of the validity of such beliefs (in the light of modern neuro-science and more).

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