Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Advaita Vedanta – a delusory mysticism about illusion

Posted by robertpriddy on May 24, 2017

Intellectually the most complex and labyrinthine mystical ontological doctrine is advaita in its different variations. Advaitic doctrine can be regarded as an end station for seekers after mystical truth in that it would supercede all previous doctrines or theologies, whether religious or philosophical. In that it rejects any god or divinity other than indwelling consciousness, It rejects all theistic doctrines as rationally inadequate, showing them to be incomplete, partial or inconsistent. One might well call it the ultimate in monotheistic pantheism. It is highly speculative and appeals to the highest degree of subjectivity for its raison d’être and ultimate proof. Consequently, to show that it is inconsistent not only with empirical reality and experience, but above all, with itself would be important.

At its core is the issue of the self vs. the non-self, corresponding to being or nothingness. Such ontological debates were already raging at the time of the Buddha, who decided that all argumentation about this was pointless and it should be passed over in silence. Language is inherently dualistic, while advaita asserts that there is but one single reality, the rest being illusion. Thus, true knowledge is only to be obtained by direct perception (pratyaksha), not by “thinking through language.” Advaita went further than Wittgenstein, who only demonstrated that language very of causes “the bewitchment of intelligence”. Thus, “whereof one cannot speak, one must remain silent” was Wittgenstein’s agenda, though – unlike advaita, he held that one could also speak meaningfully and express truth through language if what it referred to was commonly observable. Advaita held only to what was privately observable (i.e. perceived).

Advaita as identified with Vedanta and originated in early Hinduism, coming to revived expression in the early 8th century in the works of Adi Shankara ( A-dvaita – lit. ‘non-dualism’ or ‘non-distinction’) Yet it has since developed many sub-variants, such as Ramana Maharshi’s otherworldly ‘teaching’ and Nisagardatta’s unsystematic explanations and proclamations. Many elements of it have been taken up and integrated in various ways into other Hindu sub-doctrines and by a plethora of gurus, swamis, godmen and women. It has also influenced the so-called New Age movement and their home-grown version of mysticism as also represented by an increasing number of ‘Western gurus’ who have learned the age old methods of the Eastern guru-disciple relationship.

One of the most cogent explanations of how this doctrine came about as a consequence of failures of preceding religious faiths and teachings has been given by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstead in their seminal book ‘The Guru Papers, Masks of Authoritarian Powers’ (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley) . 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.”

The authors 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 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) “The more abstract a symbol, the larger range of events it can include”. This is an attempt a making a rational metaphysical ‘spiritual doctrine’, but one which is entirely base on subjective experiences… and least of all those of any empirical or scientific nature. It is, however, easier to incorporate general notions from abstract science into ideas of Oneness etc. while denying physicalism in favour of idealism or ‘mentalism’.

“There is power in being able to incorporate. The more abstract a symbol, the larger range of events it can include 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 concept is the more it generalizes; and at the same time, it leaves out particulars, sometimes even the particulars of life itself. By abstracting the sacred from nature, the different religions in their diverse ways made nature low on the hierarchy of importance.”
“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”

And so on, very illumining and showing that force in society which makes use of religion to control people. That what it’s all about and has always been about in most societies. Vedanta is ultimately an empty ideology which entraps ‘aspirants’ in a labyrinth of abstractions and confuses people about reality… like other forms of monotheism theology, it is a social power tool. It is often extremely otherworldly in its orientation, due to its cardinal denial of the reality of matter, the self, the world and so on.

One view on advaita is a that ikt is a tenable philosophy on the supposition that people can be ‘egoless’. Advaitists never define ‘ego’ so as to make clear exactly of what it is possible and desirable to rid oneself. When any advaitist uses the pronoun ‘I’, it expresses individual self-awareness and the assertion of that self. The very idea of ego is rooted in the sense of individual selfhood. Ideas of ‘egolessness’ rely on a combination of language confusions which include vagueness or ambiguity, misplaced concreteness, conflation of words, undue generalization and the observable fact that that people are more or less self-interested to some necessary degree. The common sense idea of being selfless means not being solely selfish, but taking account of others. To extend this to the idea that one can be totally unselfish is an empty speculation. To think that ‘selflessness’ and egolessness can be achieved is a confusion and often step towards giving up one’s autonomy in favour of a very abstract and non-testable doctrine. For advaitists it is a black or white alternative – either one surrenders totally (ones autonomy) or keeps it. However, there are many degrees of individual autonomy and relative selfless action. as to how one should behave.

The extent of giving up one’s self can be taken varies with religious sects and practitioners, from swami to swami and guru to guru. The most extreme are of the advaitic bent. It can take half a lifetime for anyone who really plunges deep into the spiritual exercises (sadhana) to penetrate to the depths of this pseudo-philosophical Advaita Vedanta. It is not just a mental exercise but requires full personal involvement in following the various precepts. If during the process one observes oneself as dispassionately as possible and without suppressing insights and personal experience, while also watching how others who claim to achieve selflessness or ‘self realisation’ behave, one can appreciate fully how it is a life-denying, futile and often dangerous belief system. Good luck to all who pursue real self-inquiry to the limits… this is the best protection against delusion and despair.

Many believe the claims about advaitist recluses (such as Ramana Maharshi see below), Nisargadatta and others like them) that they were in a state free of a sense of being an individual they had no sense of being the doer of actions, or the sense of there being a discreet and separate world the “individual” was living in. Not everybody is going to believe me on that. Ironically, they would say they were not enlightened, because there was no one to be enlightened, no individual there. Maharshi said once that he was like a radio that you hear it talking, but you open it up and there is no one inside.

If there is no sense whatever, how can one even relate any action to oneself in any way, or even regard them as actions at all? The whole idea implodes through it own unreasonability. It is true that intellectual ideas defining selfhood and ego (which have the same simple, common experiential root, the individual embodied existence) are constructs. Thus they are mind-dependent and necessarily die when the mind dies. (In contrast to Eastern religions, I reject the thesis that a living, animated mind survives death). Jean-Paul Sartre gave one of the most convincing analyses of the ego as a (mainly social) construct in ‘The Transcendence of the Ego’ and extended this analysis brilliantly, but somewhat too far into sheer metaphysical speculation in ‘Being and Nothingness’.

Defending the desirability of having no sense of being the doer of actions is to deceive oneself… a form of psychological or even pathological denial (of selfhood, responsibility, dependency – none of which actually disappear until death). That one can perceive oneself as not being a “discreet and separate individual” does not obviate the psycho-physical fact and all that follows from it. The desire to dissolve oneself in some universal bliss or emptiness or whatever – to escape one’s individuality – is understandable. It has its origin in the fear of death – or, as in Indian thought, on the “fear of samsara” and rebirth into individuality and all that it involves. Interestingly, most – but not all religions – reject suicide as the solution to this longing to escape reality.

In the place of human existence, all traditional religions grew from – and still in some fashion depend on – the existence of a spirit world of some kind (some transcendental reality). Ideas of this spirit world as a refuge from earthly woes developed into all manner of notions of paradise (though often with a counterpart world of hell and damnation). The primitive beliefs that the sky was heaven and hell was inside the volcanic earth became untenable in one culture after another. Perhaps the most sophisticated speculation as to the nature of paradise is found in Indian religious speculation – vedantic, dwaitic ,vishtadvaitic, advaitic etc. – as a condition of “being, bliss, and consciousness” (Satchitananda). This is supposedly disembodied, universal non-individual, eternally-existing being is the same as Godhood or Void (or whatever you name it) which creates the ‘physical’ universe as a mental illusion. One can construct all kinds of ideas of God whose divine will this may be supposed to be, but this too remains a mental construct. All of the above speculative ideas are bound together – often quite inseparably – in a wide variety of ways in the ‘teachings’ of Adi Shankara, Ramanuja, Ramakrishna, Aurobindo, Ramana Maharshi, Satchitananda , Sai Baba and a host of others. These ideas are recycled in all kinds of New Age variants and, of course, in all that Kassy writes here, which incidentally is in no way original at all (countless tracts have for centuries been filled with such speculations)-

Looked at from the general viewpoint of modern science, non-speculative philosophy and the many vastly developed areas of understanding of life and humanity today (entirely apart from all theology), the alleged ‘out of body, out of mind’ conditions of Maharshi, Nisagardatta and so on are to be regarded rather as pathological conditions, severe cognitive dissociation, sometimes relating to split or multiple personality. There are – of course – many forms of denial of selfhood. Adolph Eichmann considered his actions against the Jews as enforced by his superiors, and thus not his responsibility at all, this was not done in the name of selflessness, but out of self-preservation. Contrary to that are the amazing excesses of self-punishment and self-sacrifice to which fanatics through the ages have subjected themselves in efforts to rise above the body (i.e. with its senses – the real basis of the self).

Losing one’s ego and/or ‘mind’ is the goal of nearly all gurus. It is a fact that nirvana/sartori/moksha etc. are held to be conditions of consciousness where the ego and the mind no longer exist. However, Eastern philosophy, psychology and scripture continually do insist that the mind survives the body (being known as manas – one of the supposed ‘sheaths’ of the self. This is the basis of alleged rebirth and is the carrier of ‘past karma’ to the new individual. Believe it if you can! Seldom do those who are so focused on the ‘ego’ and ‘egolessness’ define ‘ego’. They use the word in different – often contradictory – ways, conflating the different meanings. Some regard the ego as body-sense, some as the mind itself (preaching “go beyond the mind” etc). There are many in-between positions and variants. The development of a sense of ‘I’ is unavoidable in normal, sane children. The development of an assertive, self-concerned ego à la Freud is simply an absolutely necessary element in human survival. The word ‘ego is, however, also widely used in the sense of undue selfishness, clinging to me and mine, possessiveness etc.. (hence the common put down of ‘ego-maniacs).

To rid oneself of selfishness – becoming ‘selfless’ in the sense of sacrificing one’s own interests to benefit others – is not the same as the advaitic goal – which is to rid oneself of every kind of identification with anything except Atma. Life without any identification is unthinkable. One cannot take temporary enthusiasms and joys (while in good health and secure from threats) as any sort of advaitic self-realization. Yet many in their spiritual arrogance do so. Identification with a mental and wholly unknowable verbal abstraction ‘Atma’ – in hoping it will somehow appear as a real entity (perhaps in some afterlife)- can be described as systematic, long-term self-brain washing. As Paramahamsa Ramakrishna once said, for every one who survives the attempt to know the Atma, a thousand others go mad. The goal of being, awareness, bliss – once attained – means one loses ALL interest in the world. I consider that to be a miasma anyhow. It is supposed to confer omniscience, limitless consciousness etc. But those who supposedly attained it have not enriched human knowledge in any way that has real consequences, or science would have been superfluous.

Subjectively, belief and submersion in all those ideas and practices can give a boost for a time and extraordinary synchronicities often misnamed “miracles” (I know from much experience) but it wears thinner and thinner as one matures and discovers the delusional aspects of it all (if one is lucky or strong enough in personality/spirit!). In the objective world the inquiry into the self along ego-removal lines achieves such results as Maharshi – essentially just sitting all his adult life in a cave – until he withered away from cancer. He was taken as a teacher by the impressionable (including for a time by Dr. Paul Brunton, who made him famous but who eventually broke with Maharshi and his life-denying thought and practices).

I am not defending Brunton’s mentalism or his very different and more insightful view of the Gita and its supposed ‘true hidden’ meaning… far from it. Yet it did exhibit the fruitlessness for human education and social development of Maharshi’s “teaching”. It can best be judged in the light of his actions – fasting a lot and sitting half-clothed all day, not speaking most of the time, being worshipped too. In this – it is presumably claimed – he helped raise the poor souls who visited him to a higher level… but I rather view modern education, health care, and countless other activities express genuine love through action. Those can give true liberation from superstition, the yoke of gurus and pundits and the ills of the world. That is much harder to achieve than self-indulgent concentration on one’s personal salvation, realization… Many who claim to be adherents of advaita indulge in constant worship rituals too… Ramakrishna was a prime example, but there are many gurus today who rake in the money in the name of advaitic beliefs. This illustrates its function in India society as an anti-autonomy and socially repressive element. It is ‘opium for the people’ in dire pain and have no other recourse.

To base one’s life entirely on the speculative imagination and rid oneself of all logical (i.e. systematic conceptual) reason is not exactly helpful to humanity, without which the dark ages of ignorance, diseases and miserable want would still reign supreme. Today we have very hard-won human rights and values and even the proportion of people affected by warfare is also vastly reduced. For all the problems of humanity today, things would be far worse if everyone spent their time in so-called navel-gazing like the confused ‘who am I’ meditation. To a large extent that weakens perceptions and positively helpful involvement in the actual world of real and individualized people, those with a high degree of autonomy in their lives, especially as to their own minds and thought. Besides, not a few I have known became mentally disturbed, sometimes psychotic, or suffered in other avoidable ways largely through their involvement in these ideologies.

I have closely observed several ‘’spiritual communities”, especially in India, where there is massive talk about service to mankind as service to God – but the results are a flea-bite compared to the vast sufferings and grinding poverty of hundreds of millions that life-denying ‘advaita’ religion has served to bequeath to that country. Mostly it is a form of self-advertisement to attract more unwitting followers who would do good. It is the scene of some of the most ghastly inhumanities and horrors known today – with a highly devoted but a criminally corrupt ruling class, where lip service to (Hindu-dominated) religion still plays a major role. Maharshi is one of the “spiritual pillars” of Hindu beliefs – along with other such unworldly escapists like Yogananda and others I have mentioned. One thing advaitists and other self-appointed proselytizers of the faiths related to it are never short of is words, words, words… as will doubtless be proved here shortly again. To be consistent, advaitists should begin by giving up the use of language, which individualises reality into discrete objects and ideas. Even Advaita recognizes this problem. Actually Meher Baba and others observed mouna for long periods (but they still couldn’t refrain from writing notes instead, amusing!).

According to the poetic mythology – the Mahabharata (including the Bhagavad Gita) written millennia afterward the mythological events depicted, Arjuna was encouraged to do battle and kill his relatives by Krishna who convinced him with the argument you promote that he is the deathless Atman (i.e. all-pervading divine consciousness), thus overcoming the fear and trembling from which he suffered. Fear was the crucial factor and we are supposed to believe there is something wonderful, subliminal about this. Though conscience and sympathy for others etc were also promoted, the overall doctrine is that everything is an illusion (‘maya’)… so none of it really matters. That, however, is the otherworldly delusion in a nutshell.

Ramana Maharshi

An uneducated recluse from Tamil Nadu born in 1879, who would have remained a nobody but for controversial writer on Eastern mysticism, Dr. Paul Brunton who made him famous but who later dissociated himself from Maharshi and his teaching. Brunton’s writings eventually attracted countless visitors to Maharshi in his cave at Tiruvannamalai.

Maharshi’s life exemplified how observing silence for many years of sitting and praying, repeating mantras and the like, eventually impressed others to revere him and induce him into offering ‘teachings’. He mostly practiced mouna or refraining from speaking, the belief being that language creates paradigms at all levels by individualising reality into discrete objects and ideas. Maharshi and many others (such as Meher Baba) practiced mouna, but – contradictorily, couldn’t refrain from writing notes instead (i.e. using language).

His belief was that ‘consciousness alone exists’ and that the awareness of those who doubt this alleged truth is obscured by the self-limiting ideas of the mind. To remove those limitations required a very long period of ‘spiritual practice’ of the kind he did. This is an age-old and entirely speculative religious doctrine which has led many to believe in going to the often unimaginably extreme lengths of isolation, self-denial (tapas) and rejection of life in the world.

Maharshi’s teaching was entirely traditional, its unoriginal unworldly idea typifying Hindu advaita applied by constant self-attention and negation of the world as an illusion. His remote otherworldliness did not add anything to the sum of verifiable or useful knowledge, though it attracted many people in search of mystical solutions to their life problems. He died of cancer in 1950.

Nisargardatta Maharaj

His informal talks have been published in books, the most prominent one being ‘I am That’. This title itself encapsulates the root advaitic idea and, at the same time, expresses it’s inherent contradiction. I did not avoic using the assertive ‘I’ and identify it with ‘that’ i.e. something else. It virtually amounts to ‘This is That’, yet ‘this’ is claimed not to exist!

Sathya Sai Baba

Around 1990, Sai Baba recommended “I Am That” by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This book is a verbatim record of quite incisive questioning by truth seekers and the answers by Nisargadatta, claimed to be a totally realised Advaitist. It is not as vague and generalised as the constantly repeated standard teachings of Sai Baba or the stock answers he delivered to questions put to him, if and when he happened actually to answer rather than avoid the issue or change the subject.

The following question and answer helps encapsulate his position:
Questioner: What is realization? Who is a realised man? By what is gnani recognised?
Maharaj: There are no distinctive marks of gnana. Only ignorance can be recognised, not gnana. Nor does a gnani claim to be something special. All those who proclaim their own greatness and uniqueness are not gnanis. They are mistaking some unusual development for realisation. The gnani shows no tendency to proclaim himself to be a gnani. He considers himself to be perfectly normal, true to his real nature. Proclaiming oneself to be an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent deity is a clear sign of ignorance.” (`I Am That` Ch. 43, p. 193)

This book was recommended by one who claims just these things. One wonders if he actually read the book, assuming himself so exceptional as not to need to learn anything.

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Sai Baba cover-ups: new YouTube revelations

Posted by robertpriddy on May 6, 2017

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Prashanthi Nilayam hits out hard at fraudsters

Posted by robertpriddy on May 3, 2017

The former head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, K Chakravarthi (current secretary of the Sai Central Trust) has posted a long YouTube diatribe showcasing Sai Baba’s doings, the entire point of which is to attack Narasimha Murthy and his henchmen who are doing their utmost to usurp the Sai Baba brand and wrest authenticity as true devotees away from his Prashanthi sect. He denounces Narasimha Murthy and his protégé, the ‘subtle bodied oracle boy’ Madhu Sudan, in the strongest tongue-in-cheek terms he probably dares. 

To hear all the same old fantasies reeled out and backed by claims that all is essentially the same as it ever was in the Prashanthi following was yet another proof of the untruths and propaganda put out the same as ever. Chackravathi was forced to resign from his government position for embezzlement before Sai Baba chose him as head of Prashanthi ashram. A hard-nosed corrupt administrator was what Sai Baba then needed to run his water project and subsequently his Prashanthi ashram.

The YouTube video further reveals how total is the split between the two camps and how deeply it has affected the oríginal Sai Baba movement. Savvy observers ask why their ‘Bhagavan’ – the self-promoted all-powerful Godhead (and Creator of the Universe, no less)  – created such a huge and definitive split in his following as that between PN and Muddenahalli. Ah… the ways of the divine are indeed inscrutable. Meanwhile, the influence of Sai Baba’s legacy has dropped into insignificance worldwide, and is only maintained at all in India because it still has enough financial clout and control of its minions to bribe and cover up its unaccountability and dossier of crimes, quite apart from its utterly unsupportable claims of astounding miracles and the truth of historical myths and convenient lies spread throughout his life by Sathya Sai Baba. There is so much delusion piled upon delusion here that it is cannot hold water in the future and is bound to relegate Sathya Sai Baba to the extremely long historical list of failed claimants to be Deities, God, or even the Creator –  amid the long list of similar claimants (mainly nowadays in India). (Documented fully enough at http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk).

See also Was PM Modi discovered by Madhu Sudan, usurper of Sai Baba’s ‘subtle body’? 

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Was PM Modi discovered by Madhu Sudan, usurper of Sai Baba’s ‘subtle body’?

Posted by robertpriddy on May 3, 2017

The ill-fame Oracle Boy of Muddenahalli – allegedly inhabited by Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘subtle body’ – claims to have ‘discovered’ Modi! How far into outlandish desperation for notice can one go? Answer, in India one can go all the way safe in the knowledge that one will still have many who believe you outright without lifting an eyebrow. Terry Reis Kennedy has posted on his facebook page a summary of the ramblings of C. Sreeninas and co. along with a commentary:-

Read more of the fanciful details at https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10213053339546966

One comment from the Modi-related posting shows that Modi seems not in the least to feel indebted to Sathya Sai Baba:

Ravi Raj Salyankar: The Sad Part Is That Our Hon Prime Minister Who Had Visited Prashanthi Nilayam Many Many A Time Before 26th April 2011 … Has Not Come There Even Once Specially After Becoming The Prime Minister Of Our Country …Though He Visited Neighbouring Areas As Part Of His Political Programmes . If He Was Actually Supposed Be Told By C Srinivas .. As He Claims .. ANY GRATEFUL INDIVIDUAL AND A DEVOTEE WILL FIRST GO & PAY RESPECTS TO THE MAHASAMADHI …

The other comments contain a good deal of entertainment too.

More trouble hit the Muddenahalli fraudsters on their visit to Croatia:- 

(The Facebook page which was at is no longer available)

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Prince of Wales – more information on his fascination with Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on April 2, 2017

Following up on my previous posting about Prince Charles’ desire to see Sathya Sai Baba (back in the 1990s) some further testimony appeared as late as 2015.That Prince Charles did wish to visit Sathya Sai Baba is further borne out by a posting made in 2015 at http://adventureofgod.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/travel-e-pad-swami-can-take-you-through.html

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Prince Charles stopped from following/visiting Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 30, 2017

An early Indian immigrant to UK, Manubhai C. Patel, who I visited a few times in Wembley (London), where he lived with his wife, was the earliest promoter in UK of books by and about Sathya Sai Baba. He sent a copy of each new Sai Baba related book in English to Prince Charles, who personally acknowledged them and his interest.

Manubhai Patel was a fully signed-up ‘true believer’ in Sathya Sai Baba’s claim that he was the creator and sustainer of the entire universe:-

It was primarily due to the efforts of the Sai Baba exposé from 2000 onwards that the Prince of Wales, Charles, was finally stopped from visiting and seeking further contact with Sathya Sai Baba, to whom he had written letters expressing his appreciation of the guru and his desire to visit him in India. When the UK authorities, including the Foreign Office and MI6 plus the Metropolitan Police, found that Sai Baba was under many clouds of suspicion for sexual abuses and cover-ups of many untoward incidents, including cold-blooded execution in his own apartment of four of his former Indian devotees, that an internal investigation was begun. One only has to know a little about the Royal Family to realise that, had the heir to the throne been publicly involved with this largely unexposed cult, what a huge furore would follow about it, with dire likely effects on the British constitution, the Royal Family and much besides. Therefore the investigations by the British authorities their subsequent pressures on the Palace to stop such developments had to be conducted in complete secrecy.

One may ask how therefore I can state such things, and I learnt of them. Firstly, the British security services investigated David Bailey, who had been a very close and privileged devotee of SB, whereupon he publicised many facts about their concerns and what measures were taken to isolate him from the Royal Family, who he knew and whose princes (William and Harry) he was teaching music. Secondly, we in the exposé had a secret source who had contact within royal circles, the Foreign Office, Parliament and other top institutions in London. His identity has been kept secret, due to his position and professional constraints. In this way we learned of some of the secret deals made between some UK and Indian authorities (including Tony Blair) and other matters concerning Sai Baba investigations.

Though Prince Charles’ fascination with Sai Baba and plans to visit him were eventually stymied, it did not stop the then-alienated and Royal divorced from Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, from visiting Sai Baba, where she was ‘taken in’ as so many others were.
To read more detail about these issues, see
http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/11/Prince_Charles_Princess_Diana.htm

See also http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/1/universe.html

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Revealing new YouTube video interview posted

Posted by robertpriddy on March 18, 2017

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A frank and freewheeling new account of some of my many experiences during 18 years of service for and visits to Sathya Sai Baba. I  reveal further how I came there and how – very gradually – I discovered untoward covered-up matters, not least through Sai Baba’s very close associate, Against all his trust and hope, it turned out that Baba ran a most successfully secretive and controlling cult. He was finally revealed to be a major deceiver and a criminal, though unpunished because always protected to the highest governmental and judicial level in India.

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Lingam ‘materialised’ by Sukshma Baba on Maha Sivarathri!

Posted by robertpriddy on March 2, 2017

The continuing Muddenahalli scam engineered by Narasimha Murthy and fronted by former abused Sai student  Madhusudan (so-called Sukshma Baba, the fake ‘oracle boy’ invested with Sai Baba’s ‘subtle body) seems to have no bounds. Now he is venturing further and imitating Sathya Sai Baba by spitting out a lingam on Maha Sivarathri. The level of cynical criminality Madhusudana has reached is jaw-dropping. A video shows him quickly spitting out a (small) object, supposedly a lingam (because the occasion was Maha Shivarathri, when Sathya Sai would allegedly produce lingams). Clearly this is just a beginning with a beginner-sized object swallowed and regurgitated (if it even was swallowed). One may expect bigger lingams in future when Madhusudan has had more practice… before he quite likely dares to announce himself as being ‘Prema Sai’ (of conferring this on some groomed boy from Mandya district already heralded as Prema Sai, where Madhusudan and entourage recently visited.
See https://www.facebook.com/shubha.kumar/videos/10158009629135538/ where a critical Sai Baba believer exposes the act as a travesty by a faking pest.

Totally deluded Indians (of which there are so many plus some cognitively challenged foreigners), see it as a miraculous manifestation have no idea that the technique of swallowing and later regurgitating an object like an egg was invented and perfected by the world-famous magician Houdini. It is not divine or miraculous in any respect.

This regurgitation trick has been done by other Hindu gurus and street fakirs, notably the criminal Swami Premananda who did the same on Shivarathri (as well as producing masses of vibuthi). Con-man imitation Sai Baba guru Premananda died in prison years after the Supreme Court convicted him of multiple rape and murder on DNA evidence).

This is incredible credulous India, land of adult belief in stupendous archaic myths and rank superstitions. The majority of the population (even including Presidents, PMs and Government Ministers, judges, celebrities etc) are easy meat for gurus who have learned trickery, guru lore and tantric magic. These frauds are often very smart at presenting themselves with the most positive ‘spiritual’ ideals and service works (which absorb only a proportion of the vast sums they swindle out of the public). The well-intentioned, do-gooder person is very vulnerable to this, especially if they are foreigners, who cannot without decades of involvement find out the iniquitous kinds of deceit – level below level – that are ingrained in so much of Indian life.

fakir_magician
A street fakir was filmed in the 1980s doing this (see very short MP4 video clip here)

See The Magic Academy ” Materialization of vibuti, lingams, laddu sweets… easy to learn!

The Magic Academy teaches swamis to defraud and deceive

The Magic Academy taught anyone, probably including swamis, to defraud and deceive with supposed ‘holy miracles’. However, this enterprise ran into great problems and the YouTube video had to be removed. Typical with the Hindu-dominated governments and judiciary.

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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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Tiny bible believed to have ‘appeared’ from nowhere

Posted by robertpriddy on April 4, 2014

Fraud caught on film when Sai Baba pretended to ‘materialise’ a tiny Bible in 1996 Baba suddenly produced the “small Bible” (as it came to be known) and told a story about its medieval origins (1530). Sai Baba claimed that scholars started investigating the validity of the statements made by Jesus Christ. In ca 1530 AD in Britain, they collected all knowledge that existed prior to one thousand five hundred and thirty years. All that was compiled in one book in England. Russians made it into a small tiny book, he said. Then he waved his hand and showed the tiny bible. But he was caught out by the film camera:-

Download and watch the video clip from Christmas, 1996 in which Baba suddenly produced the tiny bible (called a “small Bible” by his propagandists). Firstly see the excerpt which begins with him picking up a hankerchief (but it must contain the tiny bible to be ‘materialised) for it is visible as a white patch in his right hand just before the clip ends. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/video/mini-bible-fraud.mov The end bit is shown very briefly again here. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/video/microbibleclip.mov
The series of frames in which the object is partly visible before he ‘produces’ it is shown below
Watch the full length wmv. video clip from At Christmas, 1996 little bible During his Christmas discourse in 1996 Baba suddenly produced the “small Bible” and told a story about its medieval origins (1530). Sai Baba claimed that scholars started investigating the validity of the statements made by Jesus Christ. In ca- 1530 AD in Britain, they collected all knowledge that existed prior to one thousand five hundred and thirty years. All that was compiled in one book in England. Russians made it into a small tiny book. The selfsame tiny bible is found for sale on-line from various outlets. It contains the New Testament and has the same golden cross on a white cover as Sai Baba holds up above!

mini-bible

Brian Steel discovered one day long afterwards was that copies of an identical work, the miniature so-called Good News New Testament, have been on sale in India for many years. I bought one from a Sai Baba Centre in Australia for $2.50. It looks exactly the same as the one held aloft by Baba in the ashram photos. The same white tiny bible with a golden cross on the cover  (New Testament only) as shown above is on-sale online from many sources.

frame-by-frame The crassness of the would-be deception and the mendacious inventiveness shows to what lengths Sai Baba and co went to deceive the public! Since Sai Baba never allowed anyone to examine the bible he produced, and it was not seen again, it is highly likely that it did not contain any entirely new account, but was just the ordinary New Testament, as it is in the tiny bible on sale which has an identical appearance. Rhe fact that he did NOT materialise the bible is seen quite definitively in a frame-by-frame analysis of the ‘hand-waving’ in the video. This is the kind of evidence that Professor Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson chose to ignore when he revised his book ‘Modern Miracles’ in 2013 where he claimed that Sai Baba had not been caught out in any fraud. But the above is but one of a number of filmed fraudulent ‘materialisations’ Haraldsson pointedly ignored, quite apart from his refusal to follow-up on the published testimony of numerous persons who apprehended Sai Baba in fraud. Comments :-

chrisdokter chrisdokter.wordpress.comx

Quite right, Robert. The fraud by Sai Baba is crass, indeed, and the forgery is crudely done: if you look (and listen!) closely to the footage, you can clearly notice Sai Baba reaching for the table and his handkerchief some 10 seconds prior to the ‘materialization’ and HEAR him pick up or touch something of some weight, a sound that is NEVER heard when SSB reached for the table and/or his hanky on every other occasion during this 1 hour and 31 minute lecture. And yes, shame on scientist Haraldsson for not even considering to review this highly revealing material. But then, it would have utterly refuted Haraldsson’s sustained claim of absence of proof of fraud by Sathya Sai Baba, a thought apparently so unwelcome to the former Icelandic professor, that he rather stuck to his preconceived notions.

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Good catch! My goodness, how gullible we were, believing every single word of that fraudster, even though the proof was there before our eyes to see – had we been quick enough to notice! However, even when noticing, our faith would remain intact (as my ‘Letters from India’ clearly shows, time and time again). I had a good friend who is still an ardent devotee,even though she sat right next to his chair in the interview room and SAW him pull a ring from behind the cushion, then pretend to materialize it. “Swami’s little leela” is how she described it. His fame grew only because of people like us, who sung his praises to others and kept quiet regarding all the dubious goings-on that we personally experienced. Thank goodness for Internet now and photo & video proof, that is going very far in shaking awake the brainwashed, and protecting the prospective devotees from developing faith in the first place. Good work, keep it up!

 

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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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Asaram Bapu still imprisoned without bail – April 2017

Posted by robertpriddy on April 28, 2017

Further desperate attempts by Asaram Bapu to get bail and escape justice have been foiled by the Indian judiciary:-

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Madhu Sudan (the ‘oracle boy’) now claiming outright he is Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on April 19, 2017

In the latest Issue Seventy One – April 16, 2017 of the  Muddenahalli propaganda magazine, one can read the following:-

This impostor – edging always closer to try to get himself proclaimed as Prema Sai – is travelling around the globe to visit very small gatherings of followers and to solicit donations, donations and more donations. The same rule apples here as did with Sathya Sai Baba: while some social services like health facilities are provided, a large amount of money is raked off for the benefit of those involved in the scam, not least to provide the best accommodation, food and services for those in the inner circle.

Recently a Sathya Sai devotee critic of the Muddenahalli scam set up – Terry Reis Kennedy of the Prashanthi sect – set up an on-line petition addressed to Prime Minister Modi to stop the Muddenahalli frauds. See https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10212892423524166 There, we read:-
“SUPPORT FOR Sai Mafalda‘s PETITION TO STOP MUDDENAHALLI FRUADS COMES FROM Shaun Brown OF AUSTRALIA, WRITER AND RESEARCHER ON SATHYA SAI BABA.”

Yet on the Sai Mafalda Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/mafalda.casascordero you can click to see the announcement of the petition. However, clicking further, it  cannot be found, for you read:-


One can but wonder why these shenanigans… or perhaps the petition was suppressed by the intervention of higher authority? Who knows.

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Sukshma Baba: talking now unnecessary!

Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2017

SaiSurya@sukshmababareport.orgThe Muddenahalli scam is becoming more and more hilarious as they invent new absurd ploys to protect themselves from further ridicule. The usurper of Sathya Sai Baba’s identity – Madhusudan the ‘oracle boy’ posing as the host of the subtle body of Sathya Sai Baba – held a talk telling followers that talking was now unnecessary! This is what he said:-


The above is followed up with photos of Suksma Baba’s visits in Europe and the Middle East, which show in each case small handfuls of people present! He held talks… of course, despite all. All this helps prove that the scam started by Narasimhan Murthy, Madhu Sudan and their cronies is not having anything like a world-wide impact, despite their continued desperate travel efforts and promotion.  Nonetheless, due to the successes of the most absurd cults over time, vigilance is constantly needed so that their falsity is exposed to the general public.

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Who is ‘swami’ – the hard questions first?

Posted by robertpriddy on March 22, 2017

Just for your continued amusement (if not bemusement):- It doesn’t look like the worshippers of the ‘subtle body’ of Sathya Sai Baba can even figure out what or who they are talking about, with their pleas to ‘help swami’. If they believe he is the all-powerful god, what does that even mean? Don’t leave him to deal with the world all on his poor, lonesome, solitary self? Seems like they are desperate to gather names to show how popular he is, when indeed he is NOT. The added problem (like a vaudeville act) is who this ‘swami’ is…  Sathya Sai Baba seems far too easily confused with his ex-student Madhu Sudan (i.e. the impostor or ‘oracle boy’).

From: Sai Surya <SaiSurya@sukshmababareport.org>

Pathetic rubbish from the pits of ‘spirituality’

 

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Looking back at some of the many fraudulent ‘miracles’ of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 16, 2017

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Sai Surya mind-washed believer in the Muddenahalli scam

Posted by robertpriddy on March 3, 2017

by Sai Surya, brainwashed true believer

by Sai Surya,

Sai Surya circulated his report on the Muddenahalli Maha Shivarathri lingam production scam by Madhu Sudan (aka ‘Sukshma Baba’ claimed to be the host to the disembodied Sathya Sai Baba’s ghost).  He claimed “We witnessed the impossible.” and writes reams of Sai Baba nonsense, seeming to wish to be a guru himself. (eg. “Swami is beyond all experiences. He has no limitation and can do anything, anytime, anywhere. We should become instruments of SwamiWe should also note that beings from all over the universe including the gods were there to witness the birth of the lingam and to be part of the excitement that followed. More invisibles came later to be in this special vibration of the One beyond all and all in action. There was excitement all over the universe. We are able to be here now as the results of many lifetimes.“)
Sai Surya is like the children of whom he wrote: “Children understand his being because they connect
to Swami with hearts of pure love.” But at a tender age, children can be induced to believe anything they are told.
Among some of the other utter naive ideas he also forwarded. such as 
“Because you cannot see God does not mean that He is not there. Like clouds covering the sun” – “There were many invisibles entities here absorbing the Love which will be spread where it is needed. The effect of the bhajans singing will go far beyond these walls throughout the universe to all levels.”
… which is no better than “Because you can’t see Superman or Elvis, it does not mean he is not there”. As to this love, it is the kind gurus and devotees talk about endlessly but somehow cannot be observed or met in most Indian ashrams, only imagined, while in its place the money rolls in from well-heeled credulous people and exotically mind-boggled foreigners.

In response to this report of the fake lingodbhava by an imposter, the Sathya Sai devotee Shubha Ramesh Kumar posted an excerpt of a discourse by his God and guru from ‘Sathya Sai Speaks in 1973, which included:-
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This overlooks the fact that Sathya Sai Baba himself was an imposter who pretended to be the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba and many another famous figure from Indian history and mythology, including Rama, Krishna, Vishnu and other avatars! Sathya Sai Baba was just a better actor than Madhu Sudan, but his lingam productions were undoubtedly no more genuine and followed the method of Houdini. When he no longer could manage to swallow the golden lingam before the time he should bring it forth, he reverted to sheer sleight-of-hand, using a handkerchief to cover his mouth before he opened it and let it fall out. The BBC filmed this event when making their film ‘The Secret Swami’ (where his failure was revealed) and he pretended the effort had made him ill, collapsed and went of stage without the lingam appearing. Later he returned holding the lingam, which the crowd was told he had brought forth in the usual manner. Thus hopelessly lost in religious fevered imaginings is the Indian guru follower.

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Muddenahalli Madhusudan lingam manifestation

Posted by robertpriddy on March 3, 2017

The massive fraud being perpetrated in Muddenahalli, near Bangalore, by Madhu Sudan and his mendacious promoters is testing the limits to which one can go with deception of innocents and desperate seekers of miracles and realisation of vain spiritual hopes. Now this impostor has extended his imitation of Sathya Sai Baba’s more fraudulent ‘miracles’ to allegedly producing a golden Shiva lingam from his stomach, spitting it out without further ado on the night of Shiva (Maha Shivarathri at the new moon). 

This lingam production racket is just an old trick of Houdini origin (see here), taken up by many in India and elsewhere.

mustafa-lingam-magicianMustafa, a street magician or fakir regurgitates a lingam (short video clip)

 In the above very brief streaming video clip in MP4 (only a few Kbs), the street illusionist shown was filmed by a German crew I watched filming in 1990 at Brindavan ashram. The German commentary stated that Mustapha, the magician, earns his money as a ‘wonderful artist’ who genuinely brings out a stone from his mouth.

Re Sai Baba Lingam: Trick a star act on British TV
British TV-watchers were very surprised recently when a man appeared on the popular show “Britain’s Got Talent” and swallowed coins, which he could regurgitate at will, even bringing out any particular numbered coin a member of the audience chose. He then proceeded to swallow a full-sized billiard ball, and then regurgitate it. He did all this without drinking water or making grimaces of suffering for quarter of an hour (as Sathya Sai Baba used to do to increase the suspense, for he had a captive audience).
This act is on YouTube:-

Erlendur Haraldsson was completely fooled by Sai Baba:  Haraldsson visited Prashanthi Nilayam on at least two occasions after 2000 and before Sai Baba died hoping to see the so-called ‘lingodbhava‘ (alleged materialisation of the egg-shaped Shiva lingam in his stomach, ejected through the mouth). He told me he saw it once from a distance and his view was obscured the other time. As a parapsychological researcher who claims to have been instructed by stage magicians, he has not reported on the failed attempt to regurgitate a lingam in 2002 in the BBC documentary, nor in numerous other video clips. It seems he was still not interested in seeing these. He never contacted the BBC research team (under director Eamon Hardy) nor the Danish TV documentary director Øivind Kyrø (‘Seduced by Sai Baba’). Considering EH’s repeated visits to view the Shivarathri ‘lingam regurgitation’ which SB reintroduced in 2000 after a lapse of many years to counteract the effect of the allegation storm against him, EH apparently did not know that Houdini first developed the trick of swallowing and regurgitating a large egg-shaped object Haraldsson is a confused and would-be believer in Sai Baba’s greatness, without studying the massive contrary evidence.

See also Sai Baba lingam fraud:-
Sathya Sai Baba ‘materializing’ egg-shaped ‘lingams’
Cheating with lingam 1
Baba cheating with lingam 2
Cheating with lingam 3

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