Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Sai Baba’s broken reputation unrepairable

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2015

Mr. Narasimha Murthy, who is the chief stimulus behind the ‘subtle Sai Baba’  scam at Muddenahalli, has concocted a story to try to counteract the crisis in the various arms of the Sai movement as a whole. It is easily refuted and shown to be wishful thinking, self-indoctrination and a good portion of untruth (see below the message). It should be no surprise that this will not deter many of the  crazy believers out there! The residue of foreigners who still believe in Sathya Sai Baba’s absurd and disproven claims is a disappearing small fraction of the numbers of former days, but Indians and much less able to evaluate spiritual and religious claims with an independent mind, so they make up the great majority of the current following.

———- Forwarded message ———-   <>  Date: 5 October 2015 at 19:20  Subject: [saibabanews] Sai Ram – Talk by Shri.Narasimha Murthy on October 4th in Muddenahalli. See source at Yahoo

On October 4th in Muddenahalli, Mr.Narasimha Murthy gave a talk in which he said the following among many things :
In the relentless pursuit of His Divine Mission Bhagavan has manifested and visited 14 countries, across 5 continents, during this year 2015. This started with Australia in January. Why does He do this now and why did He not do this when He was in the physical body?. Swami Himself has explained that He could not have done this when He was in the physical body because everyday 1000’s of people rich and poor gathered in Prashanthi Nilayam, or Brindavan, for His darshan. He could not have missed being in either Prashanthi Nilayam or Brindavan for a single day. Also, this would have created a great inconvenience for a very large amount of people. Now, He is visiting in His subtle form. For Him it does not require a single moment to move from one place to another place. He is doing this because He is keeping His promise given to 1000’s of devotees in many countries. Many devotees had come to Bhagavan and prayed to Him, “Swami please visit our country.” and Swami’s reply was, “Yes, surely I will come.” This is one reason. 

Secondly, the second mission, as we who accompany Him wherever He goes, we see that He is preparing the world for the Advent of Prema Sai. He is establishing centres and ashrams which will be visited by Prema Sai when He makes His advent very soon, which Swami has been saying. Already Swami has initiated centres and ashrams in 10 countries. Already one or two are ready “.I wish to state that i do not want to start posting messages against anyone in the Sai family, everyone’s aim should and must be to take Swami’s Message forward in the way Swami wants us to. Sai Ram

In his damage-limition attempt, Mr. Murthy forgets how the fall-off in visitors began in 2000 and increased until his death as the divine mission turned into a divine downfall. The fall-off in visitors began in 2000 and increased until his death, with foreign visitors having dwindled to a relative handful. From 2000 onwards there was increasingly room at the ashrams and to spare, even during most festivals. The claim that Sai Baba has waited until now to ‘manifest’ and ‘visit 14 countries’ is inconsistent with the facts and is entirely unsupported by any evidence other than the usual hearsay by anonymous persons. Of course, there have always been thousands of devotees who make such excessive claims, but no independent investigations have provided anything remotely like proof of any of them, but on the contrary. What became of Sai Baba’s promises to ‘take a world tout shortly’, lift an entire  mountain range, to fly unaided through the sky, to live until he was in his 90s (giving four different years for his death) and a host of other unfulfilled predictions and promises? 

A correspondent wrote of this to me: “The devotees are hopeful that the stray sheep will come ba-ba-ing back into the fold, regardless of how far they wander. is amazing in its twisting of reality to fit belief. “…not have been missed…for single day.” Days went by during the last year of sb’s life without him coming out of his dwelling. Even in 2005 it was becoming routine he he would skip morning or evening darshan or even an entire day, . Plus, there were the trips to Kodai, Ooty and Delhi, etc, which kept him away! The bigger reason of the no foreign travelling rule was the fear of being arrested and charged with crimes against children which he regularly committed! As for “…does not require a single moment to move from one place to another…”, conveniently enough, subtle sb has to travel with his clever companions on planes etc, so a place must always be kept for him (paid for by the need-to-believe desperate devotees). I haven’t combed through writings to prove it, but we can assume he gets a place on the airplane also. So much for subtly present in another country in the blinking of an eye!
What power-meetings must be going on with oracle boy and others staging this show, to assure it will continue for a long time to come? Already they have announced that Muddenahalli will be the center of many prema sai darshans!”

The personal motivations of aspiring zealots to make claims of ‘manifestations’ are many and mostly very untrustworthy, and the circumstances in which they come to believe in their own accounts are also many and varied. Intense desires to feel themselves worthy of being so blessed by a ‘Divine Creator ‘ (self-appointed though he was) lead to extended worship, mental concentration of Sai Baba’s person and form, and the wishful re-interpretation of perceptions (and the mind’s ability to mis-preceive and create every kind of vision and dream). Through decades, zealous true believers built up a gigantic structure of baseless fancy and contradictory fantasies – aided and abetted by the misinformed disinformation plugged by Sai VIPs and official parrots… it is largely on this that Narasimha Murthy and his ilk base their vain and nefarious claims.

After the above talk by Murthy, Oracle boy gave another talk, preying on the devotees fond aspirations which were not fulfilled during the lifetime of sb. Here are a few short exerpts:

What I am doing now is setting the foundation for this moment of Prema Sai. Now, laying the foundation is required. All this will become a huge mansion in the future. In 17 countries ashrams will come up. I will enthuse and inspire the people to take to the spiritual path. Already people from 10 countries have started ashrams. In a very short time I will visit 7 other countries to start ashrams there. The coming times are great and glorious. Many of you are thinking that you are sitting in a small hall listening to Swami, thinking that it will continue this way. Not at all. There are going to be great changes. The whole world will come to this place. Over 10,000 people can sit there. The hall will be inaugurated on the 18th November. There will be a Western canteen and North Indian canteen. From all nations people will come for me. Even this hall will not be enough. When Prema Sai makes his advent a lot of programmes will happen in this hall. This big hall is required.

The oracle boy, Madhu Sudan (‘Sukhsma Baba’) identifies himself fully with Sathya Sai Baba, claiming he is not a medium but the authentic expression of Sathya Sai Baba himself. So much so that he usurps the ghostly identity to all worldly intents and purposes and any analysis of the words and accompanying actions of these charlatans are but worldly ones). A correspondent writes to me: “The devotees are hopeful that the stray sheep will come ba-ba-ing back into the fold, regardless of how far they wander. is amazing in its twisting of reality to fit belief. “…not have been missed…for single day.” Days went by during the last year of sb’s life without him coming out of his dwelling. Even in 2005 it was becoming routine he would skip morning or evening darshan or even an entire day, . Plus, there were the trips to Kodai, Ooty and Delhi, etc, which kept him away! 

Note that Narasimha Murthy was the warden at Brindavan college and he knew full well of Sai Baba’s sex abuses on males, having procured underage boys for that purpose. Mt. Hari Sampath, a former Sathya Sai Baba security official who later engaged in a major exposure of Sai Baba’s crimes, wrote in a petition to the Indian Criminal Bureau of Investigation:- “I have heard numerous instances of boys as young as 7 years old and usually 11-16 years old being slowly brainwashed into having sex with this godman Sai Baba until they almost believe it is good for them. This has been apparently happening as far back in 1960’s and I know of people who had been similarly abused in 1968 and thereabouts. The most unhappy part of the whole thing is that these people do not have a source to turn to and seek assistance. The hostel officials of the Sai Baba institutions like B N Narasimha Murthy and other staff/lecturers have known it all along, and many of them even “feed” young boys to Sai Baba.

Souljourns: Narasimha Murthy’s secret of Prema Sai The remaining U.S. devotees of Sathya Sai Baba are propagating as best the can their ‘stories’ about their God Incarnate guru on videos under the heading ‘Souljourns’. These are a group of old timer ‘true believers’, including a bevy of gushing old women. They apparently interview anyone who has good stories  to tell

Narasimha Murthy’s imprudent interview & consequences Narasimha Murthy has made claims (such as on YouTube) about Sai Baba appearing in his dreams and giving him precise instructions to build new buildings, etc. and tells fantastic stories about these. Sathya Sai Baba inducted him early in life (before age 20) and told him not to marry. He was made to work without any financial compensation.

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Asaram Bapu case developments

Posted by robertpriddy on October 5, 2015

Murder of witness in Asaram case: Crime Branch gets vital leads By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: September 25, 2015 at 3:39 amKripal Singh, a witness in the rape case against Asaram, was shot at in Shahjahanpur on July 10 and died a day later.

Rape cases against Asaram, son: Couple arrested for attacks on witnesses

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Updated: September 22, 2015 at 12:45 amPolice is also investigating the role of these two arrested persons in connection with the attacks on witnesses of rape cases filed against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai.

Asaram Bapu’s daughter-in-law alleges torture by godman, husband By: PTI | Indore | Updated: September 19, 2015 at 8:27 pmThe woman also accused Asaram of pressurising her late father Devraj Krishnani to ‘donate’ a valuable property in Bhopal to the godman.

Narayan Sai had illicit relationship with women. Asaram’s daughter-in-law reveals all
  (Zee Media Bureau)

Indore: The wife of Narayan Sai, who has been behind the bars in a rape case filed by a Surat-based woman, has alleged that the son of self-styled godman Asaram is a blot on saint community’s escutcheon.  As per a complaint filed by Janaki, her husband had illicit relationships with a number of women and involved in promiscuity.
During a maintenance and domestic violence-related hearing in a family court here on Tuesday, Janaki filed a written complaint, saying she fears for her life from Narayan Sai and his aides. Seeking security cover for herself, Janaki alleged that she got to know about Narayan Sai’s affairs after her marriage. In a report published in Punjab Kesari, Janaki also claimed that Sai has a love child too. Sai was arrested for repeatedly sexually assaulting one of the two Surat-based sisters, who was the inmate of his ashram here between 2002 and 2005.

See also  Asaram Bapu sex guru – very compromising photos

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Sathya Sai Baba died unsmiling

Posted by robertpriddy on October 4, 2015

depart with a smile

How come that the self-proclaimed god-avatar and world saviour could not muster a smile in his last weeks? Not only did he cry in public during his last birthday celebration, where he otherwise sat unmoving and stone-faced, but he cried out for help to devotees when being taken off to his own hospital when his final illness overtook him. His illness and death were kept as rigorously secret as possible without explanation of his massive weight loss or the cause of his successive organ failures. Instead, false announcements were constantly made that promised his recovery. At no time during his hospitalization was he reported to have smiled, and he was in a coma for most of the weeks leading up to the decision to take him off life support (to coincide with Easter Sunday!). He did not depart gracefully, so his ‘preparations through a long lifetime’ were futile! The head doctor in charge of the whole matter,  Dr. Safaya, later publicly resigned his post because he had somehow been unduly pressured, but why and how the public is not allowed to know! Add to all this the lies about the coffin-casket, which was the same one that they had ordered nearly a month before his death was announced.  No valid death certificate was ever produced, despite intensive appeals through about 300 letters by his cousin, Mr. Ganupati Raju to various senior law enforcement officials. One does not have to be a medical genius to think that the weight loss and organ failures most likely resulted from AIDS. The cover-up by the Sai Central Trust and all their supporters right to the top of the government was total, though the fact that it was a cover-up of what would otherwise have been one of India’s most massive scandals had it not been suppressed at all levels. 

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Global Baba – upcoming film on Indian spiritual gurus

Posted by robertpriddy on September 29, 2015

Another film on Indian gurus which promises to be another advance for the exposure of these false prophets and self-appointed holy men and women. Global Baba is a Bollywood film based on spiritual babas of India. India can arguably be named the land of the babas, with thousands of devotees blindly surrendering themselves to godmen. The idea behind Global Baba is to expose such babas is in the offing. Abhimanyu Singh plays a godman in the movie.

That there is a crying need for publicity against a majority of Hindu gurus, babas, avatars, swamis is evident to anyone who has studied the nature of these cults and penetrated the hidden aspects of some of them in depth. In the blog The Dark Side of very prominent Hindu gurus is a brief summary of some prominent spiritual charlatans and criminal defrauders, sexual abusers and murderers among them.

During most of the last century until 2011, Sathya Sai Baba rose to be the most prominent of all Hindu gurus – self-appointed avatar etc. etc. – with a fairly wide appeal globally. Though the numbers were vastly exaggerated, he did have substantial followings in a large number of countries, while visitors came from all over the world to attend his ashrams, his birthday celebrations, holy days and World Conferences. Since his infamous ‘divine downfall’, followed by an ignominious death, what remains of his following is  spreading to the winds as divisions multiply between the residue. Now what was his official organisation based on Prashanthi Nilayam is to hold what they call a ‘World Conference’ (Puttaparthi World Conference = Nov 25 – 27th),  and the most successful breakaway grouping has also announced the Muddenahalli World Conference = Nov 19 – 23rd.

Taken together these conferences will not be able to draw as much as an infinitesimal percentage, less than one millionth of the world population! And over 90% of those will surely only be local Indians. So much for the global ambitions of these money-maker cults.

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Sathya Sai Baba gibberish

Posted by robertpriddy on September 22, 2015

A few snippits from the bottomless well of Sathya Sai Baba faux pas, foibles, fads and falsities:
Sai Baba claimed that the original language of the Vedas was Sanskrit, saying:-
“In the Sanskrit language, the first letter of the alphabet is ‘A’ and the last one is ‘Ha.’ When you combine A and Ha, it becomes Aha.” [10 July 1986]
Comment:  Interesting indeed.. a fair example of the simplistic quality of the “wisdom” he dispensed. It virtually guaranteed that no serious educated person who is not deeply indoctrinated, would not consider his massive claims to have any weight whatever.

Countless contradictions arise when he made claims about the ancient Vedas. For example, he stated that the Vedas are limitless (Sutra Vahini , p. 30) and in the same sentence says they are “incommunicable” but “can be experienced”. He declared that the Vedas emanated from God Himself as inhalation/exhalation (Sathya Sai Vahini p. 176). This is in accordance with Hindu mythology, whereby Brahma let the Vedas slip from his mouth after he had created the universe, and the demonic (i.e. ‘asura‘) horse Hayagriva took hold of them and made them available to the world. This kind of nonsense is put forward even today and believed by millions.

He said in a discourse in November, 1999, “People from other countries understand the values of the Vedas better than the Indians. The Japanese and the Germans studied the Atharvana Veda deeply with the result that they could excel in the manufacture of arms and ammunition.”

Such a bizarre statement must have been ‘plucked out of thin air’ by Sai Baba. If the Vedas were so helpful to the Germans and the Japanese in developing weapons during World War II, THAT is surely a great advert for them? Both those nations were soundly defeated by superior weapons!  Neither the Allies nor Russian derived one fig of nuclear weapon  information from the Vedas! Today’s ruling Indians (“Bharatiyas” like Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, President Kalam and others) bought information to develop and test nuclear weapons as a challenge to Pakistan, but got no help from the ritual hymns and the like in the Vedas.  Neither the Allies nor Russian derived one fig of nuclear weapon information from the Vedas!

Sai Baba held a discourse (11/8/01, published in Sanathana Sarathi, September 2001) in which he said wholly unbelievable things, such as “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.” (p. 267) This makes any well-informed person think both how vague and how extremely unlikely Baba’s ‘promises’ mostly were. Did he mean all countries of the world will join in one union, like a glorified USA or EU? Or would there just be an imaginative kind of feeling of unity? Some zealous devotees saw this as a prediction of the supposed ‘unity’ between countries that were then going to war against the terrorists. But Sai Baba specifically included ‘the people of all the countries”.

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Supreme Court on protecting witnesses in Asaram case

Posted by robertpriddy on September 18, 2015

The Times of India, NEW DELHI Sewptember 15, 2015, reports:-

Taking a serious view of recent incidents in which witnesses in criminal cases against Asaram Bapu were killed, the Supreme Court on Monday asked trial courts to provide protection to witnesses facing threat.

A bench of Justices A R Dave and A K Goel directed trial courts hearing cases against Asaram to pass appropriate orders for giving protection to witnesses if they were threatened. The court passed the order on a PIL filed by Augustine Castelino, a non-resident Indian living in Auckland, New Zealand. Castelino, in his plea, referred to the death of witnesses Amrut Prajapati, Akhil Gupta and Rahul Sachan and urged the court to order protection for all witnesses in three cases against Asaram pending in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

READ ALSO: Asaram case witness shot dead, 3rd so far

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More Muddenahalli demands for cash

Posted by robertpriddy on September 15, 2015

Accomodation in Muddenahalli: (source:  It is interesting that they call Muddenahalli the “ashram” and refer to the main sb hub as only “Puttaparthi”.

The pdf document here mentions trying to secure funding thanks to “Swami’s direction” to do this or that project, accepting not only individual but also corporate funds. It even mentions “Sai Global Mission” (a US 501c3 non-profit) which was just set up! It mentions “tight deadlines” due to oracle boy’s demands.

Also, trying to find a place to purchase to start a US ashram. Wonder who all these rich devotees are, who can go out and purchase a beachfront house in a very expensive area? Of course, wherever “sukshma swami” goes, oracle boy is sure to follow.
It is mindboggling to me that people are actually believing in an imaginary presence, all due to the words of one single person who has a past of failure. This needs to go in some record book!
An added mystery is how the subtle sb already declared he is born again in Karnataka, yet he continues in his subtle body! It is all an unbelievable act that is fascinating as it is ridiculous!
Eileen Weed

Comment: I now understand the ‘fully realised masters’, which MadhuSudan is likely to be soon.  Namely, another Master in Self-Deception (unless it is ‘mere’ deception)
Robert Priddy

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Muddenahalli Sukshma Baba demands more money

Posted by robertpriddy on September 9, 2015

Now we see yet more starkly the bottom line of the entire Muddenahalli scam… the oracle boy commands ‘Give More Money!’ This is asked under the false pretence that he is the mouthpiece of Sathya Sai Baba. It is supposedly for serving the needy, but much of it is used to build up a vast infrastructure for the benefit of privileged officialdom, and to attract as many devotees and visitors as possible to support all who ride the gravy train. Everyone with the slightest insight into Sathya Sai Baba’s massive money machine know that the amounts donated are preyed upon and embezzled by the guru’s ‘officials’ in every possible way. It is simply the Indian culture of corruption, seen in all major Indian gurus. The not-so-subtle story bears the message of Madhu Sudan is that no matter how poor you are, you need to GIVE MONEY!!

“The responsibility of building and creating the infrastructure is Swami’s. But the running of them is your job. ..Many of you have good jobs and good families. But many of my children in our institutions are from poor families. The students’ hearts melt when they see how Swami is working for them. Swami gave an example. The example was given to show what type of feelings His boys have in His school. There is this 9th class boy who is not earning any money. With the little money he was earning from his parents he put it aside and offered it to Swami. This boy had to attend painting classes during his vacation. He didn’t want to waste money so he decided to change buses to conserve money. He wrote to Swami saying that it was not big money, that he has saved on his expenses, but he has gathered it together to offer at His feet so that another child may benefit and receive an education like he is. This boy keeps sending to Swami 20 rupees, 50 rupees however much he saves. He kept all that money in his cupboard not spending a single paisa. I am going to call that boy not because I want to praise him but I want to demonstrate the kind of feelings that my boys have. This kind of selflessness and pure love is possible for children and not possible for the polluted hearts of the elders. The letter was read out.

“Dear Mother Sai. Pranams at thy Lotus Feet. You have provided everything in my life. I offer this small gift at Your Feet. I request you to provide love to poor children in the form of Educare so that another brother or sister can have the opportunity to be with you. Thank you Swami. Your Son ….. ” If a boy in 9th class has this kind of mind what should your minds be thinking. Our job is to support children like this in our educational institutions. I am looking after all the expenses of the childen. Before the school was collecting some fees. I told them not to collect fees. If you do then you cannot call it Sathya Sai School. Our schools are value based free education to children. Presently we have 5000 children; in the future there will be 25,000 students. The responsibility of building and creating the infrastructure is Swami’s. But the running of them is your job.
It is narrow minded thinking to create an Anantapur, Prashanthi, Brindavan or an Alike alumnai organization. Today they have all come together under one organisation called The Children for Sathya Sai. Today onwards you have to get united and make the name Children for Sathya Sai find its fullfillment. The organization must have humility, truth and integrity. Blessing and my grace for each of you! I am very happy.

At least Phyllis Krystal has seen through this false ‘subtle’ Baba and has declared that she was misled.

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Sukshma Baba rejected by Phyllis Krystal

Posted by robertpriddy on September 4, 2015

The 100 year-old Phyllis Krystal, long-term Sai Baba devotee and author of a Sai Baba hagiography (plus diverse New Age style books on healing) has posted a declaration on her website, as follows:-

I, Phyllis Krystal declare from this day forward to have nothing to do with Madhusudan from Mudhanahalli.

My difficult life situation, and weakened physical condition, unfortunately let me drift from my inner contact with Baba, my own HiC. I started to rely on this outer source.

I wish to return wholeheartedly to what Swami taught us over and over again, to seek Him in our heart instead of somewhere outside. Which, also corresponds with the Method that was given to me so many years ago.

I therefore want to cancel the planned visit of Madhusudan and his group this weekend, including any further future visits.
Guildford, August 29th 2015

For the uninitiated the term ‘my own HiC’ means ‘her own High Consciousness'” This speaks for itself about her self-evaluation. However, her published works – though popular with many – bear witness to a confused and unstable-minded person with unlimited credulity and Pollyanna solutions to all problems of human suffering, while claiming it is ‘psychology’. She went around the world preaching about SB’s programme ‘Ceiling on Desires’ but stayed at 5 star hotels and travelled business class etc. (She is a millionairess, not a sannyasin, that’s for sure). One follower of this blog recently mailed me saying: “It all goes to show that so-called ‘spiritual’ people don’t have much intuition to speak of, though they fancy themselves amongst the blessed and special ones, spending so much time ‘tuning in’ to what is ‘real’. That in itself should shout to the world that god is a hoax!

Read this critical review of her writings and behaviour as a Sai Baba VIP.

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Sathya Sai Baba and the truth about God

Posted by robertpriddy on August 30, 2015

To get any understanding of an unknown phenomenon, we have to express what we think it may be in terms of known phenomena. But the supreme of unknowns – God – is constantly expressed in terms of equally unknown and intangible things…. omniscience, omnipotence,  heaven or hell, salvation, total realisation, omnipresence, infinity, everlasting time and so on.

Consequently, there is no chance of attaining to understanding – let alone definitive proof – of any supreme being. Sathya Sai Baba was smart enough to realise that, so he makes a virtue of the ineffable mystery! No one could plumb the nature of God (i.e. of himself) as it is ‘beyond anyone’s understanding’. One had to have unshaken belief, engage in lifelong prayer, repetition of names, visualisation of a divine form and other mind-dulling activities (with the exception of doing constant social service) if one were ever to ‘know’ God.

One has to have intense faith that these ways produce results and must practice them assiduously for anything up a lifetime, by which it is too late to do anything about it if one finds it does not lead to what it claimed. Sathya Sai Baba, despite his humongous claims and prophesies about himself, did not fulfil them, even dying after multiple organ failure and huge weight loss long before he stated he would.

It was a requirement in the Sathya Sai Organisation to believe that he was divine, omnipotent and omniscient. It depends on how you define omnipresence, or imagine it. There are lots of quotes about it by Sai Baba, but they do not make a coherent account. His close servitor, famous former newsman V.K. Narasimhan, was (mostly privately) adamant that he was neither all-knowing nor all-powerful. He could not state these views while he lived in the ashram as it was totally against what Sai Baba claimed and a vast majority of those who approached Sai Baba believed. (This is evident from years of talking to people about him at the ashrams, in Sai groups in Europe and in the entire hagiographic literature and countless former on-line discussions).

Those who follow many Hindu gurus (I cannot speak for all) exist in the mental equivalent of delirium, something they do not recognise for what it is because they have been entrapped from childhood in a multi-faceted sphere of unfounded beliefs, handed down superstitions, rituals and prohibitions. A large section of the Indian population share a culture of this kind, one which has counterparts in other mainstream religions, but hardly to the same degree (except in extreme sects).

Intense forms of worship, unreflecting absorption of beliefs and doctrines or supposedly ‘spiritual’ practices to enhance awareness of divinity or lead to self-realisation and transcendence of all worldly desires and ills, lead to a cognitive torpor from which release becomes ever more difficult. The motivation to wish to recognise or seek the situation and its root causes is soon absent and it may require a traumatic experience or major personal shocks to reverse the process of dependency on religious panaceas.

The attraction of the idea that there is a wonderful all-powerful, all good universal What-Not can in many people feel as compelling as the love of one’s mother and father, as the realisation of all one’s (good) dreams and even the instinct for survival (especially after death, preferably in some unknown heaven). History demonstrates that this is one of the greatest weaknesses of humanity, causing endless confusion, delusion, individual suffering, and the horrors of conflicts and the devastation of religiously-inspired wars.

See also  V.K. Narasimhan, serious doubts at the heart of the ashram

A God is Dead – New York Times corrected

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Who was Sathya Sai Baba – really?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 24, 2015

The almost undisturbed positive reputation for decades of Sathya Sai Baba as a holy man and avatar – until 2000 – was achieved by him through his acute perceptions of people and manipulation of them made possible once the coterie around him was established to make him invulnerable to exposure or criticism. Above all, he was by and large a very sharp judge of people’s personal strengths and weaknesses. He could immediately recognise a threat to his hegemony and also the slightest critical attitude towards him or his many indoctrinating ‘teachings’. As his control of his following grew to near totalitarian proportions, no one was allowed near him who he decided was unwelcome. He always kept people waiting, for hours before darshan, for weeks, months even years for an interview. He also revelled in his power over important people, as witnessed strikingly by what he told Anil Kumar (see excerpt from his talks at foot of blog).

The key to acceptance by him was total obeisance, whereupon one may be invited to a group interview. In advance of that, visitors were vetted for their attitudes through a variety of subtle means. Identifying them, discovering their backgrounds, likely importance and wealth, began with the registration process at the ashram which included surrender of passport for official checks, diverse questioning and assessment by the loyal staff at the various offices through which visitors had to apply (public relations, accommodation office etc.). This was backed up by covert surveillance of visitors through the large ashram staff of workers and selected service volunteers, plus undercover security personnel, all of whom reported any suspicious activities, overheard opinions or details of likely interest to the ashram authorities. Useful information was given to Sai Baba first thing every morning by the head of the ashram or deputies (before he went out to be seen (darshan) in public and inspect the gathering.

Among those waiting on the veranda or in the darshan lines were always many of his more or less trusted VIP persons, leaders of his organisation and institutions and of the visiting groups from the various nations (with their identifying scarves). He would glean information about the groups from them in brief exchanges before eventually choosing one or another group and individuals for the morning interview. The same procedure followed in the afternoon darshan and interview session.

One of his main actions during darshan was to collect letters proffered to him in their hundreds every day. These contained the private communications and requests of the writers, no doubt often very revealing of their real personalities on which he could base his decisions about interviews and, not least, note obscure details which he could later use as evidence of ‘all-knowingness’ in group interviews.

He made great use of promises (seldom kept, but mostly considered a part of his ‘inscrutable mystery’). He would raise hopes by vague assent to questions through smiles, nods, even winks. He made great use markedly ignoring people he was either ‘softening up’ for some purpose, while rejecting others outright. Expressions of anger and corrective stares were not uncommon. In some instances he would say a flattering thing to a person or welcome a newcomer effusively, and to their astonishment sometimes by name. Yet lists of names of new visitors were frequently given him in advance by his minions. For example, I was once asked by a close servitor of his to compile such a list for presentation to him in expectation of a group interview. I was also asked by that person (VKN) if certain persons from my part of the world had arrived yet, or were on their way, because Swami was eager to know! Yet he claimed to be omniscient. All part of his educating us to his ‘uncertainty’, keeping us on our spiritual toes by his ‘pretending’ to have ordinary human traits. Oh, the despicability of it all!

The above techniques, extremely effective in commanding obedient obeisance, were still only preliminaries to his more thorough deceits and manipulations. He had at his command the resources to bribe persons he decided were indoctrinated and least wilful enough to be used tools to his own ends. The bribes were often clever; he would mark out persons of some influence he thought easily manipulated and give them privileges such as a free apartment, some valuable golden statue (note the huge golden cricket cup given to Tendulkar), or all manner of supposedly ‘divine’ amulets and baubles. He gave rings to person who were estimated beforehand to be capable of thanking him with large donations… clever deception in the age-long Indian tradition. For seriously necessary cover-ups the bribes were often huge (and he had obtained the means and more under false ‘miraculous’ pretences). See how he silenced his extended family with huge sums on his murder involvement in 1993 (documented here).

The entire mental-emotional control system is embedded in Sai teachings in dozens of ways, always making Sai Baba seem responsible for nothing untoward, but only for good events, while he always contradictorily claimed he was all-powerful! Everyone else but Sai Baba was at fault and the cause of all their own ills. This ‘spiritual agenda’ of self-denial and glorification of Sai Baba induces further self-indoctrination towards utter self-denial and divorce from normal human life and rights by those who humbly try to follow it. It leads to nervous and social breakdowns, often of a tragic kind (except among the hypocritical devotees who ignore any divine directives as they see fit).

The above only describes a selection of Sai Baba’s deceptions. Read more:-


The Prashanthi Nilayam clown, Anil Kumar Kamaraju employs humour and stories to draw Sai followers, and the result is often very revealing of his Lord and Master, such as:-

“Then Bhagavan said, “The President from Sri Lanka came this morning and yesterday. Her brother was here. He is to become President very soon.” Swami was saying this, “President from Sri Lanka, she and her brother – they’re all here.”

“Further, He said, “Very soon you’ll find the Prince of Kashmir, Sardar Karan Singh. He’ll be visiting here. Do you know Karan Singh?”

Anil Kumar replied: “Karan Singh is known to everybody, Swami. He was the Minister for External Affairs for some time and Ambassador to the United States for some time.” Then, the most important point I’m yet to mention. “Then he addressed the International Cardiologist Conference here in Prashanti Nilayam. The International Conference of Cardiothorastic [sic] Surgeons Conference – heart specialists – was held here twice, and Karan Singh was Chief Guest once.”

Kumar then concludes that  “… this is important, the third important statement: “All want to be here. All VIPs, heads of governments, many, many people want to be here. But still I’m not giving them ample chances. I am not permitting them to be here. They’re all waiting … waiting for Swami’s permission.””  (See source

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Indulal Shah deserts the Prashanthi Nilayam faithful

Posted by robertpriddy on August 19, 2015

MuddenahalliThe pro sukshma baba web site recently informed:
On the morning of the 31st JULY 2015, Gurupurnima celebrations in Muddenahalli, a symbolic Bhumi puja for the Sri Sathya Sai Sarala Memorial hospital was conducted. Sri Indulal Shah (94 years) did the honors of unveiling the plaque for the future general hospital in memory of his late wife Sarala. Sri Indulal Shah with agreement from his daughter and son-in-law gave a cheque for 1 crore rupees to begin the building of the hospital. He also gave his mansion, Sai Darshan, towards the hospital project. ”

One whopping great CRORE rupees (about $214,000) from Indulal Shah, he’s one rich Indian karma yogi seva dude(!). No wonder the Trust is angry at money diverted to the subtle baba! Though, that’s not much money when it comes to building a hospital. Methinks a good percentage of that will go into the pockets of sukshma baba staff. Prof. Anil Kumar and Dr. G. Venkataraman have plenty of experience of such things – like free cars and other donated benefits, and are calling to Muddenahalli followers rather desperately for unity of all Sai Baba believers.

“Dr Sudhakar, an MLA in the state of Karnataka, in his speech, promised to get 5 to 6 acres of land from the State Govt for building the SSS Sarala Memorial Hospital.

Note that the Bhoomi Puja was only SYMBOLIC because they don’t even have the land yet!

Swami asked the MLA to get land from the Govt, for a water project for Chikballapur and Kollar by His coming birthday. Both these districts have a lot of drought and so, face water problems. Swami said that when the land is given, Swamy will get the project of diverting the Cauvery river to these districts completed in 8 months.”

The whole Rayalaseema water scheme has famously failed and Puttaparthi suffers chronic drought. Furthermore, when a MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) graciously promised to cheat the govt out of several acres of land for the hospital, oracle boy further demanded MORE land for a water project! That’s one LESS MLA at Puttaparthi functions, again, probably enraging the Trust.

Who would have thought that such a ridiculous venture as ‘subtle baba’ would draw so many? So much for evolution, these shenanigans have been going on for tens of thousands of years and there’s more suckers born all the time…

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Subtle Baba not so subtle after all, but substantial?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 10, 2015

The new hall being built at Muddenahalli is called a ‘darshan’ hall.

A visitor remarked, “I thought “Darshan” meant “SEEING someone” but they seem to have redefined it to mean “The imagination of seeing something”. The ridiculousness of stretching the imagination!! Sadly, the devotees can only do this in .0001% of the lies sb constantly told. All the other lies have never found “fulfillment,” despite the amount of stretchy-ness one might have.

Indeed, it could at best only be designated a ‘Subtle darsan Hall’!

What do these bogus spiritual entrepreneurs mean by “subtle baba” – some kind of immaterial spirit that comes and goes? No, they explain it as  basically a body just like a physical body, that does not disappear into the astral world and return, but it has to travel by car and bus to get anywhere just like a physical body. Thus, the “Swami is coming, Swami is going” mentality. So the ex-student Madhu Sudan who parades as Suksma Sai, must be inhabited by a second body, (otherwise he must have been eliminated and taken over totally by Sathya Sai Baba?). It is promised “subtle baba” will remain only until “age 96” (by solar reckoning, not lunar years any longer!). But if the scam continues to be as successful as it seems now, the bets are off whether they will update this till another future date (of course, proving it is really Sai Baba because conveniently changing his mind and being unpredictable and lying was his signature personality).

Meanwhile, the spokesmen (never women) of the diminishing Prashanthi Nilayam crowd, such as the trumpeting Anil Kumar, were reduced to making humble appeals in vain to the ever richer Muddenahalli breakaway culprits:-


As Muddenahalli crisis is further deepenening creating an utter confusion to devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Prof.Anil Kumar, the blessed translator for over 3 decades makes a humble appeal to the Muddenahalli group to follow Swami’s teachings and bring in unity amongst devotees instead of creating division in the Organisation.

One commentator, one John Smith, made a point:I would have thought if Swami was going to appear in his light body he would do so to the many hundreds of  well known close devotees at Prashanti not to a handful of not so well known at Muddenahalli. Its hard to believe Swami would feel the need to do this,even to arrive in a car  and they even open the door to let him out !!!! its daft.  Swami has left enough teachings, in his own books, discourses, hundreds of others books,videos. There simply no need for any more teachings, let alone a light body giving yet more teachings and confusing everybody. and they are collecting money it seems, something Swami was dead against. They are at best deluded or downright dishonest…  this is a circus. We must let Swami’s body go, its dead, get over it. The real Swami is in our hearts, as “wisdom eyes” no need to see Swami with physical eyes, unless he wills it, one to one.

‘Wisdom eyes’ in our hearts’. Go tell that one to the Marines! Those who follow Sai Baba and most other Hindu gurus exist in the mental equivalent of delirium that they do not recognise because they have been entrapped from childhood in a sphere of unfounded beliefs and handed down superstitions. A large section of the Indian population share a culture of this kind, which of course also has counterparts in other mainstream religions.

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‘Modern Miracles’ by Haraldsson and peer reviews

Posted by robertpriddy on August 5, 2015

An authoritative peer review of Dr. E. Haraldsson’s revised book ‘Modern Miracles’ (2013) has been published in the Journal for Psychic Studies. See here

Also, backing up this review is my new analysis of the many and serious failings of Professor Erlendur Haraldsson’s revised book ‘Modern Miracles’.
The faults in it necessitated a long and thoroughly detailed critique, so to aid readers, links to locate main themes in it are given here:-

How well did Haraldsson know Sai Baba?

EH’s ineffective ‘scientific investigation’ and coverage of the materialisation issue

Haraldsson’s lack of knowledge of India, Hinduism and 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!

Ninteen 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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Sathya Sai Baba replacements: Sukshma Sai, Prema Sai…

Posted by robertpriddy on July 30, 2015

There are several substitutes for the lost Sathya Sai Baba recognised by sections of the devotees he left behind.  As one of my contacts wrote “Where in the heck should an ardent devotee worship on Guru Purnima? Prasanthi Nilayam? Muddenahalli? Doddamallur? Or in one’s heart? So many conflicting choices, with more popping up every day!

The substitute or extra Sathya Sai Baba on the upswing at present, ex-Sai student Madhu Sudan or Sukshma Baba, is worrying the Central Trust and Prashanthi Nilayam greatly, who have managed to get Rahul Gandhi to visit the final resting place or Mahasamadhi (i.e. graveyard of Sai Baba). His mother had finally visited Sathya Sai Baba, no doubt hoping it would gather votes for Congress in the election. Now it is Rahul’s turn to try the same tactic.

The Muddenahalli impostor is now being worshipped by former devotees who lost their Baba in 2011 and have are grasping at anything that will give them a sense of continuity and imagined  ‘spiritual togetherness’, emulating as far as possible the routines and rituals of Sai Baba in a new setting, including the giving of rings to those considered deserving.

Pretending that he is walking behind an invisible Swami is a most risible charade to those who are not fully credulous, as so many Indian worshippers are. He claims that Sathya Sai Baba materialises rings in his (Madhu Sudan’s) shirt pocket which miraculously fit those to whom they are given. No miracles are needed for that, there are many techniques to judge the size in advance, knowing to whom a ring will be given.

An article published by Sai Surya entitled ‘The Truth about Sukshma Baba’, a privately circulated pdf which also reached me, lets the cat out of the bag about the rings now being toted by the false Baba, as follows:-
“Some people have received objects such as rings and neck chains. These were either placed in Madhu pocket ahead of time as Swami knew who was coming when. In other cases, the items were teleported. All these items had been purchased from jewelers according to specifications by Sukshma Baba. One amazing things is that the rings are all the right sizes as is everything else. But have no doubt about all these objects being infused with divine energy.”

Note “all these items had been purchased from jewellers…” etc!  Compare with 9:20 in the video listed below,”Says Madhu takes out rings etc from his pocket and giving to devotees saying the ‘light body’ gave it to him (materialized in his pocket!).”  In short, an outright lie! Indeed, the rings have not a jot of unusual energy. For 14 years I wore a 6-carat green stone ring Sai Baba pretended to materialise for me in 1986 (having replaced what he called a diamond ring with a green stone saying “better than a diamond”) and I can assure everyone that it is near worthless object. A top professional assayer found it to be a cheap synthetic sapphire with green silver tinfoil behind the stone set in an 18 carat gold ring. I had said I would donate a large sum, which is surely why Sai Baba did that. So do not be deceived by these Indian ‘leela’ tricks!

Here are some statements from a 14-minute YouTube video in English entitled ‘Subtle body appearance of Sathya Sai Baba in Muddenahalli’ which sets out to justify the scam they are perpetrating on unwitting devotees who followed Sathya Sai Baba. 

4:00, Amusing scene of oracle boy opening the car door and supposedly walking behind sb. (Just amazing that the desperate devotees have bought into this obvious ruse!) 
5:03, Mentions how they have acquired a $200,000 Jaguar through devotee donations) 
6:03, PRO Mr Babu declares that sb is “living” in the Muddenahalli room in subtle form. Also mentioned is how sb gets food twice a day, specifying on a daily basis who the lucky guys are to bring up the food to his bedroom. 
7:49, Mentions how the light body sb calls foreign devotees for ‘interviews’ and tells them he wants to visit their homes. (Oh! Now we know how the foreign tours have come about.) 
8:42, Details on oracle-boy Madhu, how he failed in his career, started a financial consultancy and real estate business and got deep into debt. 
9:20, Says Madhu takes out rings etc from his pocket and giving to devotees saying the ‘light body’ gave it to him (materialized in his pocket!). 
>10:03, Says how Madhu has announced the birth of Prema Sai. (Then why is ‘subtle baba’ still hanging out in Muddenahalli?) 
11:29, Mentions the special treatment of all those coming to Muddenahalli to further attract them, giving special meals, tours of the campus and talk of miracles there. Also, that rich devotees are given ‘interviews’ with Madhu. 
12:32, Mentions Madhu used to give rings but due to the sizes being wrong, he now only gifts pendents. from (

See below the latest travel plans of this unofficial roving proxy Baba are being expanded to cover 7 countries in the coming 3 months, which is mendaciously publicised as “Swami’s World Tour”. A chief plausible reason the flesh and blood Baba could not, after 2000, take a world tour or visit countries he had promised to, was the fear that he would be held to account in countries where his crimes were known and affidavits of his sex abuses were ready!

World Youth Conference – Baba’s 90 Birthday Celebrations – November 15th – 25th
 Muddenahalli – Athi Rudra Pooja – October 13th – 23rd Oct
Hong Kong – October 2nd 3rd
Malaysia – September 30th – October 1st
Singapore – September 28th 29th
Fiji – September 25th to 27th
Australia – September 23rd 24th
Muddenahalli – Alumni Meet -September 6th
UK – August 28th – September 3rd
Dubai – August 26th and 27th
Muddenahalli – Guru Poornima Main Celebrations July 31st

Devotees might rather like to bet on on or other of the two Prema Sai’s which have allegedly been born?

TO HELP DECIDE, SEE Prema Sai’s place and time of birth controversy


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