Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

The last resident foreigners are deserting the empty and broken shell of Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on December 10, 2017

A Sai worshipper and very prominent resident foreigner in Puttaparthi, Terry Reis Kennedy, has posted a reply to a friend’s questions on her Facebook page about the problems that made her leave there.  After decades living in a pleasant little house in the village, she has left Puttaparthi, allegedly mainly because of the hate of the Muddenahalli gang who infiltrate Parthi constantly. Also, she is quite elderly and wants to spend time around her family in clean and convenient America.  She  used to write for the Deccan Chronicle to supplement her income, she was a ‘spiritual columnist’ praising Sai Baba with the usual eulogy and uncritical speculations. Recently she posted continually on her Facebook page about the fake Sai Baba imitator – the oracle boy ‘divine channel’ Madhu Sudan – at Muddenahalli with his unscrupulous gang of corrupt deceivers and worshippers. Here are some tidbits from her tale of woe:-

See how delusion persists in the face of the clearest possible evidence that Sai Baba was far from what he claims, neither all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent nor protecting all his devotees from the ills of the world. A small part of the proof of this is seen in that he died around a decade before he repeatedly had prophesied he would and after a long series of massive organ failures and weight loss until he weighed less than 30 kilos (the classic symptoms of advanced AIDS). See also:-

Sathya Sai Baba death certificate not legal – cover-up of cause of death

Sathya Sai’s coffin and evidence of trickery concerning his death date

Death of Sathya Sai Baba

Godman Satya SaiBaba made different predictions of his own death

Madhu Sudana the ‘oracle boy’ of Muddenahalli

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Erlendur Haraldsson on Sai Baba: ‘Modern Miracles’

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2017

Review of ‘Modern Miracles’ (revised ed. 2013) by Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson (EH)

Links to some central themes exposing the pseudo-scientific nature of Erlendur Harldsson’s main attempts at investigation of Sathya Sai Baba:-
Downplaying the ‘divine downfall’ of 2000  in Haraldsson’s revised edition of his book in 2013, and in subsequent declarations, he claims that none of the alleged ‘materialisation miracles’ of Sai Baba have been proved to be fraudulent. This is itself an entirely false statement as the evidence is well-known to thousands of dissidents who left Sai Baba when this, among other extremely untoward matters, were exposed. How a former exposer of Sai Baba’s lies about having brought back devotees from death can have become so intransigently unwilling to contact witnesses or investigate the countless exposures found on-line on several websites and by hundreds of witnesses requires investigation. I was probably Haraldsson’s closest confidant on these matters since 1987 in India until some years before Sai Baba’s death in 2011 and, since I had to break with him due to his dishonesty, I was better placed than anyone else to know what he was thinking through those years. These links lead to masses of documented information from his e-mails and my copious notes through the years, including an overview of his relations to all critics and to the ‘true believers’ who remain followers of the dead guru.
How well did Haraldsson know Sai Baba?
EH’s ineffective ‘scientific investigation’ and coverage of the materialisation issue
Haraldsson’s severe lack of real knowledge of India, Hinduism and its esoteric practices
My exposure of Haraldsson’s ‘double-accounting’
Haraldsson’s damage-limitation visit to Puttaparthi
Haraldsson’s friendliness and endorsement of the Prashanthi Nilayam cultists
Haraldsson’s original investigation (reported in ‘Miracles are My Visiting Cards’)
Peer review – the scientific reputation of EH’s book
‘Lingam regurgitation’ undetected by EH!
Nineteen other issues, evidence or key witnesses Haraldsson signally failed to address
Haraldsson challenged by Professor Beyerstein and Basava Premanand
Parapsychological motivations and extra-scientific theorising
Summing up Haraldsson on Sai Baba miracles

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Self-proclaimed Avatar’s claims defeated by events

Posted by robertpriddy on May 15, 2015

Events have shown that Sathya Sai Baba ended up as the opposite of virtually everything he claimed to be and almost everything he promised he would make happen failed to occur. A reminder of the unprecedented excesses of his boasts is in place again. The facts which contradict all this are now very widely known and the documentaion is overwhelming. Anyone who considers that the claims have been fulfilled – or ever will be fulfilled – is suffering from an ingrained cognitive-emotional delusion.

(Click on links below to see scans from original publications)

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

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

“You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.” Discourse 16 March 2003 in Sanathana Sarathi, April 2003, p. 125.
“In a few days the entire world will come here” His presence will be felt all over the world” – Sanathana Sarathi (Aug. 95) p. 203 & Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 28 p. 213

“Sai’s Name soon to be adored all over world – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 2 p. 266

“My Name and Form will soon be found getting established everywhere. They will occupy every inch of the world.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 112 (p. 152 in US edition)

Sanathan Dharma… let Me assure you, will be re-established in all its glory throughout the world, so that the world might have peace and prosperity. That is the mission upon which I have come.Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 80 (U.S. edition)

“This is a human form in which every Divine entity every Divine Principle…. are manifest” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8 p.99

“I am the embodiment of all Shaktis (powers) ” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.114  “Sai embodies all 4 values of Rama/Krishna” etc. – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.113

“God can do anything. He has all power in the palm of His hand. My body, like all other bodies, is a temporary habitation but My power is eternal, all-pervasive, ever-dominant.” – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 136 (US edition)

I had to come in this human form but with more than the human power and wisdom” – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 309 (U.S. edition)

I have resolved to enfold the people of the world in the fostering care of Universal Love as laid down in the Vedas. For the world is My mansion and the Continents are the halls therein. I have come to inscribe a golden chapter in the history of humanity, wherein falsehood will fail, truth will triumph, and virtue will reign. Character will confer power then, not knowledge or inventive skill or wealth. Wisdom will be enthroned in the Councils of Nations.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p.22 (US edition)

“Trust in My wisdom: I do not make mistakes. Love my uncertainty! For it is not a mistake. It is My Intent and Will. Remember, nothing happens without My Will. Be still. Do not want to understand; do not ask to understand. Relinquish understanding. Relinquish the imperative that demands understanding.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 47 (US edition)

Tune in to My mighty Power which, compared to the power of the sun which I have placed in the heavens, is what a baby’s breathing is to a typhoon. Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 122 (US edition)

“I am the inner spring in all that moves and exists. I am the energy, the power that propels and impels. I am the knower, the known and the knowledge. But, I do not display capriciously or confound you. I am an example, and inspiration, an instruction. My Life is a commentary on this message.” Day after Vijayadasami. 1970 Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 122 (U.S. edition)

“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region.” (Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1978)

“The VHP leader, while disclosing his discussion with Satya Sai Baba, said that Sai Baba had informed him that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be of Hindus and after 2030 the whole world would be of Hindus”. VHP’s leader Singhal Report (if unavailable see scan here or here)

“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi journal, 11 August 2001

In fact, there is no trace of hatred or enmity in Me at any time. I love all. That is why everyone loves Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 36, p- 86 & 06/05/2003 http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume36/sss36-10.pdf) “… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262)

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” (Sathya Sai Baba Sanathana Sarathi 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam). (Also translated alternatively as “No one hates Me. I love everyone. All love Me.” )

“…all people love Me.” Sathya Sai Discourse, Convocation 22 November, 2008

My construction will cover the entire Universe.” Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2.

“In a matter of days, you will see that the Divine glory will increase, imparting joy and bliss to all. All the unrest will soon be eradicated from the face of the earth.Sanathana Sarathi April 3003, p. 125

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Creator of the Universe, Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2012

 “Yes, I bring forth myself to earth by my yoga maya. I am the master of five elements. I am the radiance of the sun, I am the Creator at the foot of the Universe. There is no limit to My Divine Power.”
Transcript of announcement on Sai’s advent in his own words made in Prashanthi Nilayam (as heard in video clip linked below)

“…in a discourse, Baba said: “It is beyond you to know how or why I create things. The objects that I create, I create them by my will, the same way I created the universe.
Quoted in ‘The Week’ 27th November, 20065.
(NOTE: ‘Beyond you’ here refers to Dr. H. Narasimhaiah, the former Vice Chancellor of the Bangalore University, who has requested an interview so as to check the facts about how Sai Baba created things.)

These same claims as above were made of Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, all of which Sathya Sai Baba has himself laid claim to throughout his adult life:-

“Those who realize true wisdom rapt within this clear awareness see Me as the universe’s origin: Imperishable. All their words and all their actions issue from the depths of worship, held in my embrace they know Me as a woman knows her lover. Creatures rise and creatures vanish; I alone Am Real, Arjuna, looking out, amused, from deep within the eyes of every creature. I Am the object of all knowledge, Father of the world, its Mother, Source of all things, of impure and pure, of holiness and horror. I Am the goal, the root, the witness,home and refuge, dearest friend, creation and annihilation, everlasting seed and treasure. I Am the radiance of the sun, I open or withhold the rain clouds, I Am immortality and death, I Am being and non-being. I Am the Self, Arjuna, seated in the heart of every creature. I Am the Origin, the Middle, And the End that all must come to. Those who worship Me sincerely with their minds and bodies, giving up their whole lives in devotion, find in Me their heart’s fulfillment.”

 SATHYA SAI BABA DECLARES HIMSELF MASTER OF THE UNIVERSEcreator_of_universe

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THE SAI ORGANIZATION AND SAI CENTRAL TRUST TRY TO COVER UP THE ABOVE MEGALOMANIAC CLAIMS BY SATHYA SAI BABA

The official Sathya Sai censors have removed a number of the most famous and oft-repeated propaganda claims of  Sathya Sai Baba from the Internet… the sort bound to attract prompt dismissal in the minds of many inquirers.  The propaganda target is the wider public, which do not take well to absurdly grandiose boasts. An extremely wide cross-section of any public, except those of his own fold, would regard his claims as a proof of megalomania. Despite the attempt to create a facade of secular activities (education, health services, water projects etc.) professionally skilled people have been leaving the Sathya Sai organization since the major scandals broke from 1999 onwards, accelerated by his unexpectedly premature death from multiple organ failures (i.e. a decade or so earlier than his four differing predictions of his life span – all totally wrong). Due to the desertion of so many followers who donated money, the Sai Trust is having problems paying its considerable bills, as shown not least by its begging petition to try to get taxpayers once again to foot all their energy costs (as was the case for decades before SB’s death). Sai Baba’s leaders around the world were long since directed to avoid mention of the excessive claims when dealing with the public, but just those tall claims were and still are an absolute article of faith for members of his organization and devotees generally.

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Puttaparthi ghost town blues

Posted by robertpriddy on December 4, 2017

It has long been reported repeatedly – and further detailed on this website recently, Puttaparthi is receding into relative oblivion since the disease-depleted corpse of Sathya Sai was buried, long before all his predictions of how he would live into his 90s. 

This fact of Puttaparti’s spiritual-economic demise is becoming more widely known in India from its own journalists, despite continuing attempts of the Prashanthi Nilayam gang to pretend and preach otherwise. The following article from Firstpost.com is an excellent example of this trend.

With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba’s demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle

by G.S. Radhakrishna Dec, 02 2017   from Firstpost.com

Even six years after the death of Sathya Sai Baba, hailed by his devotees as a living god or bhagwan, the once small arid hamlet of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district is still mourning. Maybe not so much over the demise of its local demi-god Sai baba, but more over the cascading negative impact of his death on the economy, trade, and loss of recognition and pride for Puttaparthi in the country. “Our town is just like Tirumala without Lord Balaji,” said a local hotelier Mahabaleswar Gupta of Puttaparthi.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who participated in the 92nd birthday celebrations of Sai baba at the Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi town on 23 November, dwelt on the need to resurrect the institutions – universities, water projects, hospitals, meditation centers – set up by Sathya Sai baba in India and overseas. He urged devotees to keep the “flame of universal brotherhood and service to humanity” propounded by the godman burning.

The death of a town

Following his death after a prolonged illness on 24 April, 2011, Puttaparthi has lost not only its spiritual charm and economic focus but also VVIP attention. The civil aviation ministry has cancelled all flights to Puttaparthi and shut down the Sri Sathya Sai Airport built for Sai baba by corporate L&T group in 1990. Only chartered flights of visiting VVIPs are allowed to land with special permission.

When Sai baba was alive, a regular flow of 25,000-30,000 foreign and several lakh Indian devotees came annually to the Sai baba ashram at Puttaparthi to pay homage to him. And, on his birthdays, special conferences and conventions were organised to highlight the event. However, the controversies after his death and the fight for control among the trust and family members has led to a reduced devotee flow. Not more than 3,000-4,000 foreigners and a few thousand Indians visit the ashram in a year now.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust comprising some close aides of Sai baba is now running activities at the ashram but the absence of political visits and media focus has led to neglect. Nowadays the Prashanti Nilayam and its guest houses have become service providers for political and corporate events, instead of housing devotees. When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to Anantapur district for his walkathon in July, 2015, he used the Prashanti Nilayam to meet local Congressmen and address the media. TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and YSRC (YSR Congress) party leaders also use the spacious guest houses built by Sai baba to host prime ministers, chief ministers and industrial giants.

Since 2011, construction activities and registration of assets have also fallen in Puttaparthi. From Rs 5.6 crore in the year ending March, 2011, it dropped to Rs 2.9 crore in 2012-13 and just Rs 42 lakhs in 2016, said the sub-registrar of properties at Bukkapatnam. Nearly 800 apartments are vacant and looking for buyers and some investors have also withdrawn from the flats they had given advance for at Puttaparthi.

Business takes a hit

Gone are the days when the outskirts of Puttaparthi town were dotted with huge colonies of campers in vans and buses, which filled up empty spaces on fields for miles. Though a gram panchayat with less than 10,000 population, the Andhra Pradesh government had upgraded it to a municipality in the 1970s and created a PUDA (Puttaparthi Urban Development Authority) in 1990 converting vacant lands 50 kilometres around the town to residential and commercial zones.

Now with Sai baba gone, most builders, contractors, traders and hoteliers wear a worried look because of the fall in number of visitors. Most of the over 300 Kashmiri traders in handicrafts and artifacts who had a bustling business then have now shifted to Bangalore and Chennai. “I waited for a year for some miracle to occur and bring back business, but nothing has happened and the rich and famous have almost stopped coming, business is fading,” said Mohammed Aslam Khan of Srinagar who has now set up shop at Bangalore’s Jayanagar.

Many locals fear that now only monkeys, donkeys and dogs will dominate the area. Some are hopeful that Puttaparthi will bounce back to life like Shirdi. “No one knew of Shirdi till Bollywood made films about it. Puttaparthi will flourish again, but that will take a long time. I wonder if we can wait that long,” said Gopala Krishna Iyer who runs a once-bustling eatery shop.

“We locals are used to such phases of inactivity as no devotees came when Saibaba was at Whitefield in Bangalore or at the Kodaikanal ashram. But now, we have a permanent off-season and sort of a ghost town in western movies without guests and devotees at Puttaparthi,” said Dinakar Rao, a local advocate who has shifted to Dharmavaram for practice.

In the absence of Sai baba, liquor shops, bars, meat shops and cinema halls have descended at Puttaparthi which did not exist during his lifetime. “Things have changed, but the Sai baba legacy and the activities of the Trust are still revered,” said RV Ratnakar, a Trust member and nephew of Sai baba (son of late RV Janakiram, brother of the ‘godman’).

Waiting for Sai baba

Sai baba’s devotees wait for his successor who, according to his prophecy, will arrive in the year 2030. According to official reports submitted to the Andhra Pradesh government after Sai baba’s death in 2011, the Trust has a fixed deposit of Rs 1,500 crore in banks and earns an annual interest of Rs 120 crore. It also received donations worth over Rs 60 crore a year. Though the Godman had institutionalised the Trust with trusted professionals like former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati, Supreme Court judges VR Krishna Iyer, V Balakrishna Eradi and retired Andhra Pradesh High Court judge YV Anjaneyulu, many of them have now distanced themselves from the organisation in view of the power struggle.

Interestingly and with foresight, Sai baba had stalled all attempts by relatives to corner the Trusts and the corpus. There were days when his brother Janakiram sat at the gates of the ashram and tried to interfere in the day-to-day affairs when Sai baba was sick. There are nearly 200 relatives in the extended family, who have opened restaurants, shopping malls, taxi services and become contractors in Puttaparthi, banking on his influence and cashing in on his recommendations. The only reason family was kept away from the Trust was the threat by the Andhra Pradesh government of a takeover in 2011 by invoking the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 if the power struggle continued. But for now, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle that will change its fortunes.

NOTE: The financial information above is long out-of-date as it refers to the situation just after SB’s death in 2011. This year there is a considerably reduced financial situation, as seen in their annual report:-


Page 10 of the document is a small mention of Income & Expenditures (with no other details); taking into account the donations vs expenses, it looks like they had to dig into their capital fund to the tune of nearly 3 crores to cover expenses.

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Blowing life briefly into Puttaparthi’s corpse?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 25, 2017

Among the various parties interested in the competition between various factions struggling to capitalise on the Sathya Sai Baba ‘reputation’, the following came from an independent person working in Puttaparthi. It is made credible by the article which appeared shortly afterwards in a news outlet entitled ‘Lifeless Puttparthi Comes Alive’ (see below).

“I had a chat with a long time Accountant in Puttaparthi and he was saying how a LOT of things have changed here: “many things have happened” since SB (sathya sai baba) was dead and buried. He said that the majority of people here aren’t devotees, though they don’t speak out. They pretend to be devoted for their own gain. He said the Trust has pretty much lost their power and SB’s family members are just like ghosts, not doing any work but just aimlessly wandering about. Even SB’s inheritor, his nephew Ratnakar, only has influence on a few in the town. He also said that a huge number of people are flocking to the “oracle boy” in Muddenahalli. A number of ashram workers have started to have faith in him and sb’s ashram will no longer let those people in the ashram gates. In fact anyone who is known to go to Muddenahalli will be “encouraged” not to come into Prasanthi Nilayam any more.”


Lifeless Puttaparthi comes alive  THE HANS INDIA | Nov 24,2017

Puttaparthi (Anantapur): The otherwise lifeless Puttaparthi town sans the physical absence of Sathya Sai Baba is now teeming with life, thanks to the week-long birth anniversary celebrations of the Sai Baba. Traders and business houses, who made the town their abode for several decades are languishing in a sense of resignation as the devotees have a feeling that the soul of Puttaparthi is missing.

We always thought that Baba is eternal, and he would live for ever. His sudden sickness and admission in the hospital had woken us up to the reality that Baba after all is in flesh and blood and that death was inevitable, he stated. Many traders are bemoaning that once the celebrations come to an end and devotees return to their native places, once again the town gets reduced to a desolate town.

Devotees say that this was not the case when Baba lived and was a resident in Prashanthi Nilayam. Every day was like a birthday of Baba as the town was flooded with devotees, who used to descend from the world over. Hundreds of foreign devotees were residents of the town. They had purchased Villas and flats and lived for months right under the nose of the Baba. After the soul of Baba departed from the town, Real estate crashed to an all-time low and tens of villas and flats were sold at throw away prices.

Vijay Kumar, owner of Krishna Bhavan told The Hans India that his hotel was running with 12 servers once but now it is running with only four servers. This explains the downslide in business and decline in flow of tourists and devotees. He moaned that traders are today unable to pay taxes due to crash in business fortunes.

Mohan, a police constable echoed the same sentiment like others that there is hardly a traffic regulation problem as the VIP visits have become rare. In the past, traffic regulation was a big challenge and when Baba was alive traffic diversion was the order of the day. However, for many devotees who are kindling old memories, the ghost of Baba is still haunting them and keeping alive fond memories of the past.

By Ravi P Benjamin

I rather liked the idea “the ghost of Baba is still haunting them” which is rather apt, though literally just as absurd as the believers in the Muddenahalli faction who believe it much more literally. For them, Madhusudan (a former student and consort of Sathya Sai) is inhabited by the subtle body of Sathya Sai, which speaks through him, gives darshans and discourses keeping within the mythological and speculative otherworldly ‘teaching’ of old. His disparagers refer to him as the ‘oracle boy’, while his followers actually call him Swami and regard him as a virtual automaton brought to life by the imagined ever-present avatar who is fulfilling his promise to die when he is 94! Search the term Muddenahalli on this blog to learn all about it!

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Sathya Sai Baba birthday anniversary 23/11/2017

Posted by robertpriddy on November 22, 2017

Sathya Sai Baba was almost certainly not born on November 23, 1926, which falsity has been spread throughout his life. Regardless of the only documentary evidence about his age, the authorities of Prashanthi Nilayam are now celebrating the anniversary of his false date of birth! See documentation:http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/7/SchoolRecord.htm

An article in the Deccan Herald by E.S.L. Narasimhan – politician and governor of Andhra Pradesh, we read:  “If atomic knowledge is what a man pursues as his ultimate-goal, beyond his most subtle instincts, then the Vedas are the bedrock of this Atma Vidya and thus man’s best and most reliable ally. (E.S.L. Narasimhan -politician and governor of Andhra Pradesh)
That the Vedas has a shred of what we know today as “‘atomic knowledge” so this self-important dilettante with no academic or scientific qualifications is simply trying to increase tourism to Puttaparthi in which Andhra Pradesh has invested a lot in this since Sai Baba ceased to live.

This man is no relation of the erudite and famous journalist and editor V.K. Narasimhan who I knew very well indeed and who was very close to Sai Baba for about two decades. He wrote on. “The two-day event is witnessing mass recitation of Vedas by over 15,000 disciples of Sathya Sai Baba, among which 600 are those participating from 42 countries as a part of his 92nd birth anniversary.” (see http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/10/AY.htm)
(Comment) 15,000 devotees for birthday sounds very small indeed compared to previous years when the fake ‘avatar’ was alive; but even sounds smaller when we consider that numbers are usually inflated by the powers-that-be! The 70th birthday was said to have had 3 million visitors but this was denied by the ashram engineer, Mr. Ashoka, who made clear that the total capacity of the Hillview Stadium was not more than 250,000. It was packed on the birthday, while most of the remainder of the ashram complex was almost deserted!

See http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/16/numbersgame.htm

He continued: “Leading scientists from India and abroad who have done extensive research on Vedas are participating in this program as speakers. The relevance of the Vedas in modern times, within and outside of India and  Vedic science on agriculture & environment: a remedy to overcome food shortage was also discussed. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan was the chief guest for the inaugural session and he exhorted everyone to understand the ultimate goal, that being liberation. “One has to respect different paths and faiths and recognise them as valid as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity,” said the Governor quoting Bhagawan, and urged the people to work towards the greater need of the day, Unity.”
(Comment) Which truly leading scientist would bother to study the Vedas, none are named and therefore that they are ‘leading’ in any field must be highly doubtful.  Of course, Indian scientists can often be pro forma believers in all the supposed greatness of the primitive religious speculation, prescriptions and obeisances in the Vedas. So the rest is an attempt to make the vedas seem somewhat relevant to science (which was not developed until  long after the Vedas were written and then in Greece, not India).

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Sonia Nordenson – a true believer in Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 26, 2017

She speaks of my having ‘a very limited viewpoint’ but anyone who reads my websites on-line will soon realise that she speaks from a very much more limited viewpoint, that of a Sai Baba supporter in major denial of the wider world and its judgement since his ignominious death in 2011 (long before he repeatedly predicted he would die from his self-declared all-knowing viewpoint.
To read her facile comment against me and my reply, please go to http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/28/sonianordenson.html

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Erlendur Haraldsson: lessons on investigating supposed paranormal phenomena

Posted by robertpriddy on October 11, 2017

In view of the latest edition of ‘Modern Miracles’ (formerly ‘Miracles are My Visiting Cards’ with its denials and pseudo-scientific method and claims of Professor Erlendur Haraldsson, I am re-posting the following incisive and accurate book review by the humanist and rationalist Indian critic of guru fraud, Babu Gogineni. Since it was written Haraldsson has ventured to embrace through his extensive writings many fantastic paranormal claims, including belief in contacting the dead, including some massive paranormal claims of deceased Icelandic psychic medium Indridi Indridason.

Bubbles Online Volume 12 No. 6 June 1999 – Page 10

How Not To Study Paranormal Phenomenon: Lessons from Erlendur Haraldsson
Book Review by Babu Gogineni

Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Iceland, parapsychologist Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson came to India several times (twice along with Karl Osis, co-author of their book on near-death experiences ‘At the Hour of Death” to investigate Satya Sai Baba’s paranormal powers.The result of his efforts over ten years is the book “Miracles are My Visiting Cards; An Investigative Report on the Psychic Phenomena” associated with Satya Sai Baba, first published in 1987.

Dr. Haraldsson’s repeated requests for controlled experiments were firmly rejected by Satya Sai Baba and his team was asked “not to pester” Baba with more requests. Charmed by the charisma of Baba and more predisposed to believe than to investigate, Dr. Haraldsson settles for his own inefficient and subjective personal – informal observation as well as hearsay accounts from devotees. Yet, in their article entitled as ‘The Appearance and Disappearance of Objects in the Presence of Sri Satya Sai Baba in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research’ Vol. 71, January, 1977, Haraldsson and Karl Osis express their gratitude to Sri Satya Sai Baba “for his kind cooperation in their investigation” !

Dr. Haraldsson’s book does not indicate that he is aware of Satya Sai Baba’s father’s brother being a tantrik-conjuror. He could perhaps have been Satya Sai’s teacher. Despite assuring us that he “tried his very best” to trace all “Critics” only Dr. H. Narasimhaiah is mentioned. No mention of Dr. Kovoor’s whirlwind tours of Andhra,his challenges to Satya Sai Baba, his largely attended public meeting (30,000 people for instance) to the accompaniment of stupendous publicity! Contributors to the national debates in the then prestigious Illustrated Weekly of India, and the tabloids Blitz and Current Weekly are ignored. Interestingly, Dr. Haraldesson is unaware even of the Seiko watch controversy. Later, unconvincingly, he said that he was unwilling to take it up because of the various versions of it! One has not heard of an “investigative” researcher shy away on such dubious grounds.

Nor does Haraldsson mention Satya Sai Baba specialist B. Premanand, whose first book in English on Baba ”Lure of Miracles’, was published in 1976. Dr.Haraldsson’s excuse on 6 April, 1988 to Dale Bayerstein, editor of the excellent 1994 book, ‘Sai Baba’s Miracles: An Overview’ is that no one in India mentioned Premanand to him. Then again, Dr. Haraldsson writes in his letter of 21 October, 1988 to Dale Bayerstein that Dr. H. Narasimhaiah did not think it worthwhile for him to visit Premanand. When informed of this Dr. Narasimhaiah issued a issued a written clarification that he respected Premanand’s work and could never have said what Haraldsson reported. This is not the only complaint of misquoting about Haraldsson.Two chapters of the book’ Miracles are My Visiting Cards’ are devoted to M.Krishna and Varadu (in no way critics, looking at the contents of the book), former personal assistants to Satya Sai Baba in the earlier days; Krishna converted to Christianity later. Now, Krishna’s son, a good friend of mine, insists that I report this, and in the manner in which some statements were transformed to suit Dr. Haraldsson purposes. In an interview with me and Premanand, P.V.N. Nair, editor of Deccan chronicle, whom Haraldsson accused of misquoting him as saying that he was “disappointed with Satya Sai Baba”, regretted that out of good faith he had not tape recorded the interview. Premanand has shown how different version and sequences of the same event (production of ring for Karlis Osis) have been written by Haraldsson.When Premanand asked for clarification and explanation in an undoubtedly long questionnaire,the very prolific Dr.Haraldsson suddenly has no time to write!

Haraldsson is aware that propaganda of the claimed resurrection from death of Walter Cowan and Radhakrishna had the support of Satya Sai Baba. He is also aware that Dr. Fanibunda, himself a medical doctor, testified to the resurrection of Cowan. Haraldsson’s own conclusion is that the stories of resurrections are false. Yet, to our scientist-investigator the role of Satya Sai Baba is not suspect. Nor that of Dr. Fanibunda, whose testimony he approvingly uses in another case. It also does not occur to this impartial investigator, forever solicitous of being scientific and objective that since he himself has found some stories to be false, he has necessarily to work under controlled conditions. This is how professional credentials become suspect. Some of the stories Haraldsson reports are not even amenable to verification by us. For example, he mentions how a burglar prowling in the house of a Satya Sai Baba devotee was scared away by Satya Sai’s bilocation. He does not mention the name of the Devotee, nor the name of the police station which later caught the burglar.

In the April 1995 issue of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, Haraldsson and Richard Wiseman write an article Reactions To and An Assessment of a Videotape on Satya Sai Baba, where they make pathetic attempts to show that from the Deccan Chronicle Doordarshan tape, no evidence of fraud by Satya Sai Baba can be deduced. Haraldsson and co-author are invited to watch our copy of the tape, or watch one of the episodes of the British program, The Guru Busters, a television program on Rationalist work in India, which has quite clear visuals. They should also read the analysis of a Satya Sai Baba video tape by Dale Bayerstein, Leon Mandrake et al (a team of professional magicians) where among others, they detect Satya Sai Baba “thumb palming” a necklace, before “materialisation” published in Bayerstein’s book. Perhaps, Haraldsson is also unaware of Premanand’s video cassette of Satya Sai Baba producing a gold necklace at a wedding in Balakrishna Eradi’s family (a former judge from Kerala).

While waiting to watch this, the authors should find time to read the account of the Dutch author Piet Vroon who wrote an expanded version of his article ‘Sinterklass in India’ (‘Santa Claus in India’), published in De Volkskrant of 5 December, 1992. Piet Vroon was at Puttaparthi to film Baba at “work”, and he and his partner detected Baba removing rings, necklaces and watches from behind flower vases and from pillows of his chair. They also detected Sai Baba holding Vibhuti balls in one hand, transferring them to the other hand, pulverising them and distributing them. Vibhuti is also hidden in the mouth and removed while wiping the face, which Baba does very often. Piet Vroon’s conclusion is unambiguous: “we just think that he is a trickster and a cheat”.

It is easy to see these things, especially when one’s work, and perhaps livelihood, does not depend on funding from parapsychology foundations! The only lesson one can learn from ERLENDUR HARALDSSON is how not to study the paranormal events.

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Belief in God demonstrably weakens societal well-being

Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2017

Here is a thought-provoking excerpt from research by Professor Phil Zuckerman which shows beyond all doubt the deleterious social effects of a belief in God:-

“If it were true that when belief in God weakens, societal well-being diminishes, then we should see abundant evidence for this. But we don’t. In fact, we find just the opposite: Those societies today that are the most religious — where faith in God is strong and religious participation is high — tend to have the highest violent crime rates, while those societies in which faith and church attendance are the weakest — the most secular societies — tend to have the lowest.

We can start at the international level. The most secular societies today include Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Estonia, Japan, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Hungary, China and Belgium. The most religious societies include Nigeria, Uganda, the Philippines, Pakistan, Morocco, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Colombia, Senegal, Malawi, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, Jordan, Algeria, Ghana, Venezuela, Mexico and Sierra Leone.

It is the highly secularised countries that tend to fare the best in terms of crime rates, prosperity, equality, freedom, democracy, women’s rights, human rights, educational attainment and life expectancy. (Although there are exceptions, such as Vietnam and China, which have famously poor human rights records.) And those nations with the highest rates of religiosity tend to be the most problem-ridden in terms of high violent crime rates, high infant mortality rates, high poverty rates and high rates of corruption.

Take homicide. According to the United Nations’ 2011 Global Study on Homicide, of the 10 nations with the highest homicide rates, all are very religious, and many — such as Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador and Brazil — are among the most theistic nations in the world. Of the nations with the lowest homicide rates, nearly all are very secular, with seven ranking among the least theistic nations, such as Sweden, Japan, Norway and the Netherlands.”

by Phil Zuckerman – professor of sociobiology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont and the author of “Living the Secular Life”

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The vacuous minds of deluded guru devotees

Posted by robertpriddy on September 26, 2017

There are millions of different followers of gurus, the vast majority of whom are purveying dogmas, baseless beliefs and speculative teachings. That is, when they are not also exercising autocratic power over their following and in many cases, engaging in sexual abuse of one or  both sexes and yet worse crimes.  India is a centre for all this kind of activity. Now one of the (previously) most well-known and respected of all Buddhist ‘teachers’ (read ‘gurus’) Sogyal Rinpoche, who is accredited and supported by the Dalai Lama has been exposed as a sexual abuser who has violently raged and assaulted his followers, as ”The Telegraph’ reports on a catalogue of damning accusations against him.

He has 100 centres in 40 countries around the world where he purveys his “crazy wisdom”. He is author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – another version of these bogus Tibetan doctrines which has been falsely identified as being of Buddhist origin, while it is provenly not the case (see the ground-breaking and brilliant comprehensive study of the Tibet mythology by Donald S. Lopez (University of Michigan) ‘Prisoners of Shangri-La – Tibetan Buddhism and the West‘). He follows in the ‘crazy guru’ footsteps of Trungpa Rinpoche, another sexual abuser and alcoholic with a large and distinguished following, especially in the USA, who died of AIDS.

Yet one has to be sorry for those who are so without grounding, mature experience or knowledge of human nature and how the world works that they believe that prayers and/or mere chanting of a mantra is the ONLY solution to all problems, a zealous promoter – Sai Surya – of the false guru ‘oracle boy’ Sukshma Baba writes:-

 Such infantile trivia is pitiful. Does Sai Surya really think that people are going to sit for ONE LONG HOUR just chanting Loka Samastha? Even ardent devotees don’t have the time for that!

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Miriam Shakti Devi profile

Posted by robertpriddy on September 17, 2017

A self-promoting ‘holier than thou’ Sai Baba supporter, Miriam Lakshmi , who evidently has major aims to be a worshipped herself, took the ‘spiritual’ pseudonym Miriam Shakti Devi) and ill-advisedly wrote a comment on an earlier page of mine here as follows:-Since those who write comments sometimes do not check to see if they were posted, I sent an e-mail to this young and evidently very naive lady, (see text lower down)

Her confident ignorance of my position and the lifelong discoveries behind it, she imagines I have only had/have materialistic ideals (which is an untrue slur. Not even a full supporter of ontological materialism). Unfortunately, from all the signs available on her self-promoting Instagram pages, this is another bogus religious healer with all the sweet but empty talk many of the signs of make-believe hodgepodge of false doctrine based on such misleading ideas as astrology, ‘medicinal yoga’ (yoga and medicine are almost entirely at odds about the causes of ill health). In short, this is but another totally unoriginal copyist who draws on the success of countless Hindu frauds and mystics, gurus and swamis, the majority known for sexual abuse, power hunger and unlimited greed for funds.  This is the marketplace of spirituality for the innocent, naive, and credulous people who have life problems they believe can be healed by religious means.

To miriamshaktidevi@gmail.com from Robert Priddy:-

“Ad your well-meaning (?) comment on my wordpress pages: I have sympathy with your position since I was once of very much the same attitude. That lasted for years until, after several years following a Swami Ambikananda in London, and eventually 18 years running the Sai Organisation in Norway and knowing thousands of devotees of Sathya Sai Baba, and those of other gurus.

I did almost nothing but seva for about 18 years and came to know the ashram people in and out . and must of the world organisation leaders. I had over 10 hours of interviews with Sai Baba over 18 years and hundreds of darsan contacts. Eventually I came to learn what I had never wanted to know about it all… and I am a very exacting and honest investigator, now having been contacted as trusted by over a thousand ex-devotees of Sai Baba with their accounts of all kind of fraud, abuse, crime and cover-up. It took me a decade to absorb and draw the unavoidable conclusion from it all.

You have shown that you do not know anything about me or what I stand for and why. I have posted you comment (on my website at http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/) with a response for the public to read. I shall add postings that will soon appear under you name on Google.

However, if and when you come on better ideas and realise the emptiness of the quest you are so devoted to in mere belief and repent for the error of your ways, you may contact me again and, if your attitude proves acceptable – I shall remove the postings that will now appear under you name on Google. I have some compassion even for people like yourself.”

Robert Priddy

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Ram Rahim’s imprisonment may herald a crackdown on other Hindu sex and money gurus

Posted by robertpriddy on August 29, 2017

The number of news outlets – also outside India – that are promoting the imprisonment of infamous false guru Ram Rahim is considerable.  The Sun Daily denounces Ram Rahim along with a list of similar false sex gurus: Ashutosh Maharaj, Asaram Bapu, Swami Nithyananda, and Sathya Sai Baba

nyoooz.com writes: Ram Rahim, Asaram, Radhe Maa : List of controversial Baba`s is long enough!!!  “Millions of people worship them but seems like the two things that unite them together are sex and money.” These also include Sant Rampal Baba, Asaram Bapu, Swami Nithyananda, Rajneesh/ Osho, and Satya Sai Baba.

The conviction to 20 years in prison of the false bling guru Ram Rahim with his deluded and very aggressive following is a promising sign, not least considering the guru-fascination with Hindu gurus of the current right-wing extremist Prime Minister Modi. There are many more who are going unpunished. Nonetheless, so far the case against the horrendous Asaram Baba is dragging on without progress as he fortunately languished in prison awaiting trial for sexual abuse, disappearances and murders.

It was self-proclaimed God and Creator of the Universe, Sathya Sai Baba, who set the stage for the explosion of false miracles gurus (so-called godmen) where money, miracles, sex abuses, murder and powerful influence on politicians even up to Prime Minister and Presidents.  Sai Baba even inspired a considerable number of impersonator copyists (see the Sai-lookalike guru gallery) who even reproduced as closely as possible Sai Baba institutions, ashram buildings, indoctrinating schools, colleges, hospitals and whatever.

See also many more offenders:  The Dark Side of very prominent Hindu gurus

Also a full dossier on Asaram Bapu, and on Swami Nityananda

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‘Prema Sai’ child to compete with Muddenahalli’s ‘oracle boy’ (Madhusudan) and Narasimha Murthy

Posted by robertpriddy on August 22, 2017

The Russians are starting to visit the ‘presumed Prema Sai’ in Mysore. A boringly pedestrian  video was filmed by two Russian women. The credits are claimed by Svyatoslav Dubiansky, promoting herelf as a writer and artist, but the video is as far from art as it is possible to get. The typically squirmy kiddo (‘Prema Sai’?) is getting many gifts from the foreigners, including a children’s motorcycle  (and his parents are no doubt getting some money too). He is shown playing like any child with presents, but no sign whatever of any spirituality can be discerned (as is said to have markes Sathya when that age). A video was filmed in the house of his parent in January 2017, with the mini Prema Sai now talking. It was posted on YouTube. There are clearly interests behind promoting this child who was hijacked as Prema Sai early on. No doubt this is seen as a way out of poverty into riches, if it takes off, as it may be doing, however uninspiring is is. There are buildings being constructed in the village. Another YouTube video introduces the two brothers of the ‘father of Prema Sai’, of course all of them are reaping the benefits of the totally random place and day the boy was born.
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P. M. Bhargava – one of India’s greatest promoters of the spirit of science is no more

Posted by robertpriddy on August 11, 2017

The eminent scientist and public intellectual Pushpa Mittra Bhargava passed away after a brief illness on August 1, 2017. He was a major figure in promoting the spirits of science and built up organisations to support science. He was a defender of freedom of speech, as well as dissent in every aspect of his work. As such he was particularly opposed to all manner of religious fundamentalism and bigotry, and  was therefore also an adamant critic of Sathya Sai Baba who he knew to be a fraud. See http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/the-phenomenon-of-satya-sai-baba/article2019362.ece

“As the dust after the death of Satya Sai Baba has largely settled, it is time to evaluate him, his work and its implications, objectively and unemotionally, for there is a good deal to be learnt from his life and death.”

Bhargava goes on to reject all Sai Baba’s claim to be a reincarnation pf God as based entirely on his alleged performance of miracles, which Bharghava rejected as never having been performed by anyone. “the Council for Social Development (CSD”

He wrote: “As regards the miraculous cures he claimed to have performed, we never heard of his failures. A distant cousin of mine had her young son suffering from an incurable disease. Sai Baba who blessed him said he would be cured. When she went back to him after the child’s death, Sai Baba told her that he felt it was best for the child to come to him and that is what he caused to happen; so there was no reason for worry.

The cures that may have been effected were never established to be directly on account of Sai Baba’s ‘divine’ intervention. They were probably natural or psychosomatic, of which numerous examples are known. After all, what do neuropsychologists or psychiatrists do? That is why he never allowed rationalists like Professor Narasimhaiah, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, or Premanand, to come anywhere near him. It is believed that it were his men who actually once beat up Narasimhaiah.”

“As regards his acts of charity, there are innumerable people in the country who engage in such acts to avoid undue attention focussed on their ill-gotten wealth. Accounting of his enormous wealth has never been transparent.

“Sai Baba’s unusual accomplishment was to recruit such a large number of the rich and the powerful, politicians and bureaucrats, law-makers, law-keepers, and law dispensers, amongst his followers. Perhaps this is more of a reflection on his followers than him!”

“Sai Baba’s death was not a national tragedy. The national tragedy was his being given a state funeral, a state of official mourning being declared, and the country’s political leaders — cutting across parties, including the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the NAC — spending precious time and resources to have his last darshan, relegating to the background the nation’s constitutional commitment to a scientific temper.

P.M.  Bhargava  was a life member of the Council for Social Development, He held posts on the National Knowledge Commission, the National Security Advisory Board and was the founder and Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

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‘Two are one, not two’?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 7, 2017

Latest addition – excerpts from the guru amusement arcade of disillusionments by Narasimha Murthy:-


In his campaign to accumulate ill-gotten gains, the instigator of the Sukshma Baba ‘oracle’ fraud, Narasimha Murthy, produces more meaningless drivel as is his wont. The absurdity of arcane numerology is called up: ‘Two is not two, but one’. This is a tricky math which flouts all reason and common sense hoping to convert the truth into its opposite and contradiction. N. Murthy has always claimed that the oracle boy Madhusudan is not a medium, now he repeats that he is not a communicator (of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses) but “a vehicle”. This crafty play on words means nothing, as it tries to muddy the meanings of both words by conflating them. He cannot explain in any intelligible way what the difference really is.

He tries to reinforce his claim that the dead Sathya Sai Baba is present (when Madhusudan goes around imitating the former false ‘avatar’) and that “sometimes Madhusudan is not there at all! This DESPITE Madhusudan all the time walking about, talking and delivering blessings and boons to the deluded ‘followers’! Instead, Sathya enters the personality of Madhusudan and the actual Madhusudan is not there. Is what undeniably remains a walking talking zombie de-personalised body? Or is it morbid possession? No, he claims is really nothing but ‘love’ and is can only be ‘seen’ with the heart (whatever the senses show). This doublethink, double talk, is just another standard trick of gurus when they are caught out in lies and ulterior motives. Beware!

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Sathya Sai’s left-hand man, former High Chief Justice Bhagwati is dead

Posted by robertpriddy on July 28, 2017

Sathya Sai Baba’s former extremist supreme court judge, P.N. Bhagwati, died on June 15, 2017, He was Sai Baba’s close devotee and associate as the top cover-up man in the judicial system. He stated to The Times of India (May 1, 2011): “Sai Baba, my god, dictated my every single judgement” (That highly compromising interview article can be seen here).

Bhagwati’s level of integrity left everything to be desired. His intelligence and probity came under scrutiny when he manipulated the Supreme Court judges to throw out in peremptory and typically unjust fashion the petition presented by Kamini Jaiswal on behalf og Hari Sampath, a former security official at the Sathya Sai Baba ashram, who accused Sai Baba of serial sexual abuses and numerous other crimes. He later admitted to his lacking judgement in rather replying on his sworn God-guru, Sathya Sai Baba, for his every action and decision for decades! See Sai Baba’s Bhagwati showed total disrespect for justice.

With the government of the time (under Narasimha Rao and Home Minister S.B. Chavan), he was a key player in the cover up of the ghastly executions under Sathya Sai Baba’s aegis in his own apartment and not least the affidavit-backed petition to the Supreme Court, which also exposed the long-term sexual abuses of young men by Sathya Sai Baba. Now we see that he has – in his semi-senility – let the cat out of the bag, as if hoping to be forgiven for such dastardly actions of repression of democracy! Not a gentleman by any means… deeply involved in dark doings by the Sai Central Trust involving the covered-up facts about the death of his guru, Sathya Sai Baba who they evidently disconnected from life support on Easter Sunday (having planned it all in advance). Bhagwati also was co-responsible for the directly illegal appropriation (regardless of the family) of the hoards of wealth kept privately by Sai Baba – all in direct contravention to the rules of the Central Trust.

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