Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

SOME OF SATHYA SAI BABA’S FAILED PREDICTIONS

Posted by robertpriddy on January 15, 2019

Sathya Sai Baba made many predictions in private interview situations, where it was taboo to repeat to others afterwards, but SB knew well that they would spread like wildfire as uncontrollable rumours. When the predictions failed, which they invariably did, there was no documentary proof that he made them, and devotees dare not confront him or what he says in any way. The same with many of the alleged ‘leelas’ and ‘divine miracles’; they were very important to the Sai Baba legend and were mixed up with disinformation, a clever technique at which Sathya Sai Baba was an adept at using his willing but unwitting collaborators to propagate.
In 2002, a long-term devotee who was on her 31st visit to see Sathya SaiBaba, had a private interview (in the rear room) which she reported on the Internet (see http://www.saibaba.ws/reports/connieshaw.htm) and which is reproduced in excerpt here (on right).

Now that 2008 has long passed, international war continues in Afghanistan, while an horrific relentless war rages in Syria, with proven covert intervention from Iran and Lebanon and occasional pinpoint attacks from Israel. A brutal civil war backed by NATO in Libya raged for 8 months and in 2014 began again with ISIS. Outright war also occurred in Russia’s invasion of Georgia in South Ossetia, which Russia still occupies. One may also point to several major civil wars in recent times, such as in Dafur, Indonesia, and currently in the Congo area and in diverse warring conflicts in African states. The so-called ‘war on terror’ is also being actively pursued and the US Congress has passed a law defining cyber attacks as war, giving the right to respond militarily. War in Syria has raged for yeas and is on-going today. Many other warring incursions and warlike conditions are found globally today. 

As to the Golden Age and transformation of human consciousness etc., it was heralded for decades by Sathya Sai Baba but, when failing to occur, he repeatedly promised a later date. In 1012 it was further postponed until the advent of Prema Sai, whenever that is supposed to take place (reports are conflicting).  One example:- Rita and Robert Bruce were told by SB about practically instant transformation of people’s consciousness after his 80th anniversary. But that anniversary was celebrated in 2006!  What kind of transformation is that? (see The Golden Age of Sai Baba)

There are any number of prophecies by Sathya Sai Baba which signally failed to come about – a list of links for those not acquainted with these gives the documentation and proofs in each case:- Sathya Sai Baba failed prophecy as the ‘great saviour of mankind’  – eg. Sai Baba being ‘king of the whole world’ from AD 2000, Muslims recognizing him 9 years before his passing, and the whole world visiting Prashanthi Nilayam. Sathya Sai Baba prophecies on his own death date – wrongly

Sathya Sai Baba as world saviour Well-known proclamations by Sathya Sai Baba are quoted on how he intends to save the planet and humanity… as well as some of his more incredible prophecies which have so far not come to pass. Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba in the Suka Nadi etc. Each prophecy is considered for its likelihood of having been made and its validity Bogus Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba Sai Baba soon to fly unaided in the sky?
Sathya Sai prophesied as ‘king of the world’ from 2000
Sai Baba prophecies he will lift “a whole range of mountains”!
Sai Baba prophecies – Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus

Prophecies about Sai-Avatar
Bogus Persian prophetic texts, and Nostradamus’ prophecies
The Pope to preach Sai Baba’s message? 

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Sathya Sai Baba was a miserly hoarder

Posted by robertpriddy on December 30, 2018

It was a major shock to Sai Baba’s devotees when he died in such a inglorious way long before he had predicted. A larger shock was to come when his private palace, the Yajur mandir, was opened and searched:-

 

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Prema Sai is found?

Posted by robertpriddy on June 3, 2015

What Sathya Sai Baba told about the coming of Prema Sai, as his next and final third incarnation as avatar was somewhat conflicting. Nonetheless, he was adamant that Prema Sai would not be known to the world in his childhood and would emerge later when mature enough. Since Prema Sai should be born anything from 1 to 8 years after the demise of Sathya was the time frame he gave. Since he died in 2011, this indicated that Prema Sai could not emerge until at least 14 years later, that is not before about 2025 at the earliest. He would look like the image based on that on a ring given by Sathya Sai Baba to John Hislop:-

There were several supposed  ‘official stories” accepted during the lifetime of Sathya. In the official Sai literature, Baba was reported as having given on different occasions two different places for the birth. In a lecture for foreigners in January 1985 at Prashanthi Nilayam which I attended Sai Baba’s biographer N. Kasturi told us that, while driving with him past a small village called Chandrapatna in Karnataka State (some 38 kms South West of Bangalore), Sai Baba said to him that he would ”take rebirth” there and that Kasturi would be his mother! (Kasturi also published this in one of his many writings).  Another account was that he would incarnate in Doddamalur (see Times of India scan: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/Images/ToI-DODDAMALUR.jpg) Further, in his book ‘Srl Sathya Sai Saba and the Future of Mankind‘, SP Ruhela, asserted that Prema Sai will live from 2030 to 2116 and gave various new details about the coming incarnation. Another prediction widely believed in was:-

The official ‘stories’ all called for considerable adjusting because of the premature death of Sathya Sai Baba in 2011! None of the various conflicting predictions Sathya Sai Baba made as to his lifespan (i.e. from 92 to 96 years of age) held up. This failure threw into disarray all the predictions Baba made of the time frames to his return in the incarnation as Prema Sai Baba. Not surprising to those who know the manipulations of fact and faulty propaganda spread by Sai Baba and all his various institutions through the decades. At his unexpected death, disappointed officials and zealots made the specious claim that Sai Baba DID live to be 96 if one reckons in terms of lunar years. However, none of the calculations based on lunar months (as opposed to calendar months) agreed with any of the various dates he had predicted. Nor does the lunar theory fit with what he clearly stated in 1960 “I will be in this mortal form for 59 years” and in 1961 “I shall be in this body for 58 years more“. (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. I –  p 198 & Vol 2 – p. 92).

Despite that, since shortly after Sathya’s funeral, various people already began announcing the discovery of Prema Sais here and there. Prominent among these is the Muddenahalli ‘oracle boy’ Madhusudana (aka Sukshma Baba) who began to cough up sivalingams on Shivarathri and has stated that he is himself Prema Sai! All pretence that Sukshma Baba (former Sai student Madhusudan) is merely an instrument or ‘oracle boy’ is finally dropped. He had reinvented himself as Sathya Sai Baba, no less, who read the text proclaiming this  and approved it! At the same time he is pretending he is Prema Sai Baba. Two for the price of one! In Issue Seventy One – April 16, 2017 of the  Muddenahalli propaganda magazine, one can read the following:-
See Prema Sai at Muddenahalli, former Sai student is half-enthroned there

4-YEAR OLD CHILD WORSHIPPED AS PREMA SAI

4-YEAR OLD CHILD WORSHIPPED AS PREMA SAI

Read more on Prema Sai Prema Sai predicted as third Sai Baba incarnation
ALSO CONTINUATION OF THE DODDAMALUR PREMA SAI INFORMATION Has Satya Sai Baba been reborn? – Part 2

One fanciful example of the Prema Sai scams was presented as follows:-

They are doing pujas…they are doing bhajans…they are giving arathi..They are doing ground-breaking ceremonies for a new temple, they are filled with emotion. On one side is a statue of Sathya Sai Baba, on the other side they are falling on the ground full-body, doing namaskar (shastanga namaskar) to a boy. It’s been a long 4-year wait, but finally, the first ‘REAL’ Prema Sai, a boy who is 3 years old! This is from a 75-minute Telugu Video Has Satya Sai Baba reborn? – Part 1 – Tv9

The playing field is already filling up with this new challenge to the two factions which are warring for the Sai Baba brand. (Prashanthi Nilayam vs. Muddenahalli). Give it a few more years and there certainly will be yet more Prema Sais, more ambitious rival factions fighting to get on the gravy train. The poor boy, his life will be changed forever, his personality will be shaped and probably not for the better. Out translator says: “The mother seems very naive, innocent and honest. I expect coaching will be added to their education, especially if those will ulterior motives join the fray. This is Hinduism’s ugly side, the grotesque, ugly and deluded religious guru-fanaticism.” 

TRANSLATOR’S TRANSCRIPT & SUMMARY OF SOME MINUTES:-
1:05: It’s been four years since Sathya Sai Baba took his last breath; this boy was born over a year after he left the body. People are worshipping the feet of this boy. What is really happening here? What is this devotion and happenings? Where is this happening? Was Sathya Sai born again, is Prema Sai born again?
2:14, Lady commentator comes on and says basically what is written above.
(Scenes of the village) This is a village in Karnataka. Beautiful village, peaceful minds (etc).
3:02, A villager talks about how five people came from Manipur to their village and went house to house searching. (Commentator:) They searched for about two and a half months. They carefully looked at each small child. Villagers had doubt and even wondered if they wanted to kidnap a child. They finally asked the group what they were doing.
3:47, They group from Manipur said their guru told them to come to this village and search, because Sathya Sai was born again.
4:11, The boy was born in June last week in 2012 (4:33, scenes of the five guys from Manipur). The group from Manipur declared that without a doubt, this boy was Prema Sai Baba. (Commentator describes the history of devotees believing in the 3rd Sai avatar, including him declaring he’d be born in Doddamallur village in Karnataka.)
5:59, One of the Manipur guys speaks in Hindi about searching for Prema Sai. Commentator: The boy fulfilled all the tests that the Manipur guru asked them to perform on young boys in the village.

6:28, Lady Commentator asks questions about who exactly is the boy, who was he born to, etc. Some history and info on Sathya Sai follows, complete with all the heresy about his miracles etc. (Video withdrawn from YouTube)

Yet another claimant to the Prema Sai brand name went to town with his own absurd promotional campaign:-

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Sai Baba materialises a diamond ring & drops vibuti pellet (photos)

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2014

BabaringThe scan of part of a photo sold in Puttaparthi shows what seems to be Sai Baba materialising ‘from thin air’ a diamond in a gold setting. The object is not detached from the hand, though, and the ring could easily be held in the crook of the thumb. This is therefore no proof of materialization. It is said that ‘seeing is believing’ but, especially in this kind of ‘incredible’ case belief usually precedes seeing… one sees what one already believes, or wishes to see and believe:-

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Those who believed this photo to be proof of his ability to manifest objects were invariably already devoted to Sai Baba. Those who even got as far as an interview so as to be able to watch at all closely such ‘materialisations’ have already gone through a long process of preparation to believe it must be genuine. They will always have read incredible stories in emotional hagiographic books praising Sai Baba, seen propaganda videos and films, met people who claim to have witnessed miracles of all kinds. They will also already have learned that those who express scepticism or question claims are soon excluded from the groups that gather around Sai Baba, and are not welcome in his organisation meetings (even if not also banned outright from attending them or visiting the ashrams).

The entire business of taking objects out of thin air is, according to Sai Baba, was to help convince those who see it that he was above and beyond all worldly limitations. He attached a mystical symbolism to this act when giving what he pretended are diamond rings (see scanned quotation on left). Yet he was sometimes asked to produce large objects (on one occasion a pumpkin). This he did not do and never did. The largest objects he allegedly ‘materialised’ were statuettes of Krishna and the like taken by him out of deep sand when he took selected groups out to picnics. However, the places chosen – apparently by chance – were almost certainly pre-arranged by his closest servitor Colonel Joga Rao, who served as his ashram planner and engineer.

Residents of the ashram knew that Joga Rao did NOT believe in any miraculous powers, but justified his work with Sai Baba because he felt it led to improvements in the lot of the poor people of Andhra Pradesh, providing money for school, health care etc. This fact was never publicized or written about, but I was told this by the famous journalist, later Sai Baba’s editor V.K. Narasimhan, who spoke very freely to me in private on many occasions. When he told me that I could not believe my ears, but he told me a lot about Joga Rao (a man whose filthy jokes he hated but had to endure when Sai Baba allocated them a room in which both must stay while travelling with him). This was confirmed to me again when a Norwegian who was in a group planning an eco waste system for Prashanthi ashram which asked Rao whether they should not consult Baba on some issues. They got the comment: “What does Sai Baba know about it?” So Colonel Joga Rao, who for years walked behind Sai Baba at his darsans and held his hanky for Baba to wipe his hand on and regularly took over the pile of letters he collected, was passing vibuti balls to him the while, convinced that it was for the best all in all!

Numerous testimonies that Baba dropped vibuthi pellets in front of former devotees, and also that he had, in the private interview room, a vibuthi pellet ‘machine’ which compressed the powder with water. Previous photographic or video evidence of pellets (between his fingers etc.) were sparse and not so clear. The video which has emerged on YouTube removes all possible doubt that he crushed pre-prepared pellets and did not materialise those. See two still captures of the dropped pellet:-

To view a short clip with the important footage of the above, go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/ain9opy4r1nzssi/Vibuti%20pellet%20drop.mov?dl=0 It looks as thought, having dropped the vibuti pellet, Baba quickly drops letters as well so a lady picks it all up (seems to be aware of the situation). Baba looks worried and then tried to avert people’s attention. Sathya Sai Baba drops Vibuti Pellet at darshan. Baba drops the pellet and its fall is very clearly visible. This occurs at 1.03 secs. into the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBilntPmlqE&feature=share

See also and The miracle guru Sai Baba exposed – article in Swedish journal (Sökaren)
and Professor Haraldsson’s flawed scrutiny of Sathya Sai Baba
also
Sathya Sai Baba ‘materialization’ fraudulence transparent on videos
Sai Baba gave false gold watches: video testimony of an intimate
An account of false Sai Baba miracles in early days
Materialization of vibuti, lingams, laddu sweets… now easy to learn!
 

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The Golden Age – Sai Baba’s promise to Connie Shaw discredited

Posted by robertpriddy on June 3, 2011

connie-shawSathya Sai Baba made predictions in private interview situations, knowing that they would spread like wildfire as uncontrollable rumours. Then, when the predictions failed, which they invariably did, there was no documentary proof that he made them, and devotees dared not confront him or what he said in any way. The same with many of the leelas and miracles, they are very important to the Sai Baba legend and are mixed up with disinformation, a clever technique at which Sathya Sai Baba was adept and he used his unwitting collaborators to propagate.

In 2002, a long-term devotee who was on her 31st visit to see Sathya Sai Baba, had a private interview (in the rear room) which she reported on the Internet. The web page http://www.saibaba.ws/reports/connieshaw.htm has since been removed for obvious reasons, but a scan of the page is reproduced here (CLICK ON small scan on right to enlarge):-

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ZOOM INNow that 2008 has long passed by and international war continues in Afghanistan and a civil war backed by NATO in Libya took place. The so-called ‘war on terror’ is also being actively pursued and the US Congress is to pass a law defining cyber attacks as war, giving the right to respond militarily. A horrendous war raged in Syria from 2011, and has spread to Iraq where ISIS is warring against the Kurds and Shities. Outright war also occurred in Russia’s invasion of Georgia in South Ossetia, which Russia now occupies, and Russia provoked civil war in Ukraine and annexed the Crimea by force. There have been several major civil wars in recent times, such as in Dafur, Indonesia, in the Congo area and in diverse other minor war conflicts in African states. 

As to the Golden Age and transformation of human consciousness etc, it was heralded for decades by Sathya Sai Baba but, when failing to occur, was repeatedly promised at a new and later date. In 2012 it was further postponed until to the much promoted ‘advent of Prema Sai’ as a third reincarnation of Sai Baba in Southern India, whenever that is supposed to take place.  Another example of this kind of Sai Baba prediction:- The VIP devotees, Rita and Robert Bruce, were told by him about practically instant transformation of people’s consciousness after his 80th anniversary. But that anniversary was celebrated in 2006!  What kind of transformation is that? (see The Golden Age of Sai Baba)

Disinformation: “—  involves the deliberate, calculated dissemination of equivocal data, partially true, partially erroneous, in order to conceal something, to deflect attention in one or another peripheral or tangential direction. But the best lies are always embellishments or variations of the truth, not total fabrications. The most effective disinformation is always structured around a core of validity.” (from The Messianic Legacy by Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln London 1968)

Sathya Sai Baba claimed he was (and always is) the Director behind the scenes of all that happens on the world stage. This therefore necessarily includes events that are inexplicably evil and abominable, which he simply wrote off as all part of his ‘maya’ (i.e deceptive appearances), and ‘his Divine sport’ (i.e. leela). The Holocaust was but one relatively mild good example. This level of disinformation surely surpasses anything the biggest propaganda agencies of the last century have produced. It would be amazingly inexplicable that about 7 Indian Prime Ministers and 5 Presidents have endorsed this charlatan Godhead, were it not for the obvious fact that they have been under his influence long themselves and saw him as as important for their electorate in Andhra Pradesh and subsequently other Indian states. Not least, he was the biggest foreign currency earner in India for decades. That the Sathya Sai Central Trust was granted total freedom from customs and excise duties and taxation – and even after his ignominious death can conceal most of its accounts and transactions and remain largely unaccountable for anything, made it an Eldorado for money launderers and corrupt politicians, though its secrecy is so tight that this cannot be proven or even investigated! Note that the importance for the Indian economy of payments to the funds of gurus with followings outside the country has been essential, and has been a main source of foreign earnings.


There are any number of prophecies by Sathya Sai Baba which signally failed to come about – a list of links for those not acquainted with these gives the documentation and proofs in each case:-

Sathya Sai Baba failed prophesy as the ‘great saviour of mankind’  – eg. Sai Baba being ‘king of the whole world’ from AD 2000, Muslims recognizing him 9 years before his passing, and the whole world visiting Prashanthi Nilayam.
Sathya Sai Baba prophecies on his own death date – wrongly
Sathya Sai Baba as world saviour Well-known proclamations by Sathya Sai Baba are quoted on how he intends to save the planet and humanity… as well as some of his more incredible prophecies which have so far not come to pass.
Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba in the Suka Nadi etc. Each prophecy is considered for its likelihood of having been made and its validity
Bogus Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba
Sai Baba soon to fly unaided in the sky?
Sathya Sai prophesied as ‘king of the world’ from 2000
Sai Baba prophesies he will lift “a whole range of mountains“!
Sai Baba prophesies – Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus
Prophesies about Sai-Avatar
Bogus Persian prophetic texts, and Nostradamus’ prophecies
The Pope to preach Sai Baba’s message?


You can see a selected list of prominent signers of the Sai Petition here.

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Sai Baba: his life is his message

Posted by robertpriddy on October 20, 2009

What message do we get from the life of Sathya Sai Baba? From studying his actual person while alive – not just his many flowery words – one of the main things that some cite in favor of Sathya Sai Baba is his “teachings”.  However, independent and objective non-followers (including many devotees I knew) have found the following to apply to him:-

He was often very self-contradictory in word and action

He demonstrated ignorance on many facts about scientific, historical, religious and other subjects

His teachings were eclectic, borrowing for most Hindu traditions, some Christian, Buddhist.. and much traditional Indian superstition

He provided a ‘pick and mix’ menu of advice and commandments for aspirants, clashing with much of modern human science and human rights

He often ignored what people asked him by irrelevant answers or other reactions 

He mostly spoke in vague, sweepingly general, impractical and exaggerated ways about things

He was highly condemnatory of many groups, professions (eg. scientists, doctors, parents, politicians, youth, children, and most of his devotees)

He was controlling, imperious, and frequently belittling of devotees and rude when he so chose

He set an autocratic, dictatorial example of leadership (towards most of his staff and office-bearers)

He would never tolerate the slightest hint of criticism of any kind whatever from anyone

Basooning his claimed self-sacrifice, he enjoyed a life that for Indians is sheer luxury (cars, houses, all services, no labour at all etc.)

He constantly claimed as ‘his’ achievements all the work of others who supported him

He very often made promises to followers which he never kept and predictions which events proved false (one big example)

He constantly borrowed and recycled the teachings of others without mentioning them

He praised those who promoted him vigorously and worshipped him ostentatiously in public

He boasted repeatedly of being world famous, that the whole world would come to him and ‘Everyone loves me

He did not follow his own teachings on many matters: by criticising others (in discourses, interviews), by not being chaste and acting on sexual desires, and by condoning executions

See more: My Life is My Message & Sai Baba (the slogan stolen from it’s originator, Gandhi)

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Sai Baba’s miraculous omnipresence?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2008

Under the title “How is believing in miracles helpful in one’s spiritual growth? A Sai Baba devotee, Anjali Gadiraju, wrote how amazed he was at what he took as a proof of Sai Baba’s miraculous omnipresence, as follows:-

“I will tell you personal incident. I came from the hot state of Andhara Pradesh. As Bangalore is very cold, I soon developed sinus problem. I took a water heater and went for my bath.

I was about to take my bath, when there was sudden power cut. The power went off and the water was not ready for my bath. So I causally washed my face and went for darshan.

>I sat in the darshan, Slowly, came the gentlle figure, the short with broad smile, holdin his robe with one, and weaving the hand in circles with the other. He stood in front of me looked into the empty space and waved both hands, saying, “There are some who come for darshan without having bath.”

I, WAS WONDER STRUCK. I WAS TAKEN BACK, AND SAID,”How so you know?” He replied, “Where am I? I am in your bed room and I AM in your bath room. I am everywhere “

Anjali Gadiraju did not consider that Sathya Sai Baba would know of the power cut, since it affects hiom too when the Brindavan ashram’s electrical system breaks down. So simple.

“Then I, ran to my room and took a double bath. I returned and sat on the verandah. Baba came suddenly after bhajans. He came straight to me and said, “A normal bath is enough, don’t worry. The omnipotence and omnipresence are qualities of divinity to let us know that the Avatar is not less than the divine personaliy.”

On this basis, the wonder-struck simpleton decides that Sathya Sai Baba is omnipotent and omnipresent.

Firstly, why could not the ‘omnipotent’ Sai Baba fix the electricity? Answer: because he is too busy saving the entire world and humanity? Secondly, there are various ways in which Sathya Sai Baba could know that Gadiraju could have taken a bath. Firstly, it was to be expected after he had chided about it earlier. Simple explanation. As to a ‘double bath’, that is a matter of definition. Sathya Sai Baba is an expert at so-called ‘cold reading’ and could easily pick up that this devotee thought the bath had been a very thorough one (Gadiraju’s account can be seen at (https://web.archive.org/web/20070221221407).

Cold reading is amazing to people who do not know about it. The young illusionist Derren Brown is famous throughout UK (and increasingly in the rest of the world) because of his feats of cold reading (plus suggestion, misdirection, magic and psychology). He is able to tell intimate details about people he has never met and within a matter of seconds – and has demonstrated this countless times under the TV cameras (and there is no fraud involved at all, as interviews with his staff, his subjects and himself and those ‘behind the scenes’ proves conclusively).

Derren Brown of UK – videos on YouTube – there are many more on his DVDs and of a very wide variety of what seem to be ‘psychic powers’ but which he explains are not that at all. He is a sceptic as to the spiritual powers, but demonstrates what people believe to be such powers like ‘omniscience’ etc.. This is basic learning and sensible re-programming for all followers of gurus and avatars! He uses neuro-linguistic programming and many other techniques which he partly (but not entirely) explains to everyone. He shows the huge extent to which minds can be instantly manipulated by one who knows how.

Derren Brown strongly influences mind and physiology of random persons in a minute

Derren Brown wins over 9 top chess players simultaneously

Derren Brown extraordinary mind control demonstration

Derren Brown amazing power of suggestion surpasses martial arts master

The famous ‘zombie’ demonstration – a ‘must see’

Derren Brown easily transfers thoughts

How does Derren Brown manage this? Interview

Stephen Fry on Derren Brown’s amazing illusionism

Aristocrats transparent to Derren Brown

Derren Brown guesses exact sums of pocket money correctly

Derren Brown terrifies a Ghost train operator on his own trainride

Daylight robbery by illusion in New York

Subconscious influencing by Derren Brown

Amazing demonstration of perfect rapport

All strength lost through suggestion

Poor self-confidence and colour vision transformed by Derren Brown’s persuasion

Derren Brown gives two girls daylight hallucinations

See an overview of Derren Brown videos on-line at this URL

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The Dark Side of very prominent Hindu gurus

Posted by robertpriddy on May 24, 2008

While there are still Indian swamis and religious spiritual preachers and teachers who are not accused or convicted of crimes, those who have been caught out in nefarious activities are many. As soon as followings grow large, they attract people who are looking for advantages – both supposedly spiritual ones, but also not least financial and social gains. Organization becomes a necessity and, led by a charismatic figurehead whose word is taken as unquestionable divine truth, those who become part of their fiefdoms willingly carry out his or her orders, for which they are rewarded. This scenario is one chief way in which a guru cult begins. This is by no means only an Indian phenomenon, of course, as there are also some very well-known major cults in U.S.A., Italy, South Korea… and, of course, many sexually abusing priests in Christian churches and sects, and there have been many revelations concerning the Catholic Church in many countries, which has had to face vast sums in payouts following lawsuits.  A retired banker in Bangalore named Ravi Ghatge told Indian media: “Most god-men [gurus] are self-proclaimed, and they are being increasingly outed as hypocrites and fakes. Then everybody finds out that there is not an iota of spirituality in any of them.”

Religious gurus are among the big money-earners in India, so it is hardly surprising that these cults are able to buy police and yet higher protection. Despite this, in an increasing number of instances, so-called “spiritual” gurus have been successfully prosecuted by Indian authorities for crimes ranging from sexual abuse to cynical murder. India, being such a religious cauldron seems to have the lions’ share. Indian gurus either convicted or widely accused of crimes, including major fraud, include:-

1) Sathya Sai Baba (deceased 2011) is most likely the most influential guru in India and abroad – self-proclaimed God Sai Baba in 2008Incarnate, Deity of Deities, the Vishnu Avatar of the Age etc. – who has obtained protection from attempts to convict him for murder complicity (http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/8/MurderReview.htm) and serial sex abuse (http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/saisex1.htm) by his devotees among Indian Prime Ministers, Presidents and Supreme or High Court judges. This is itself an indictment of the Indian State’s ongoing corruption – a kind of protection that typifies a de facto despotism (though possible only while in office) rather than the exercise of democratic and legal principles. Of course, his fraudulent ‘materializations’ and many false statements and predictions are also very well documented or reported by disaffected followers.

2) The well-known ‘all singing all dancing’ Indian-based Hare Krishna sect (ISKCON) has had many and major convictions against them in the USA. See here, and here

3) Indicted for many felonies, but not convicted, was Rajneesh-Osho (who fled the USA with over 100 indictments against him). A most thorough critical article is by Kevin R-D- Shepherd here sums up the movement.  See other documentation here.

4) Swami Premananda (deceased)- convicted for murder and 13 rapes – double life sentence. The case went right to the Supreme Court of India, which confirmed the conviction, based on DNA evidence. See also Deccan Herald April 5 and April 6, 2005. Premananda’s alleged vibuthi materializations were investigated for fraud by Erlendur Haraldsson and Richard Wiseman See larger photo no. (No. 42) here– and read their most critical report (1995) Investigating Macro-PK in India: Swami Premananda. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 60(839) 193-202t

5) Swami Rama (Deceased – Author of ‘Living Among the Himalayan Masters’) who escaped likely conviction for sexual abuses by dying before the case could be concluded. See evidence here. Also here

6) Gayatri Swami, whose influence in South India was very considerable was thoroughly exposed by Gytri Swami (Gayatri Swami) Professor Erlendur Haraldsson and Richard Wiseman. He was found to be pretending to materialize objects within fruits, but had a silk thread attached to them! Likewise, his ‘materialization’ of right-handed conches (extremely rare in India as ‘Sri Lakshmi conches’) the ‘left-handed type’ are the only indigenous sort), Haraldsson traced his imports of them from California, where they are indigenous! (See larger photo here photo no. 17). Erlendur Haraldsson & Joop M. Houtkooper (1994). Report of an Indian swami claiming to materialize objects: The value and limitations of field observations. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 8(3), 381-397. (Full text).

7) Gowrishankara Swami; Hindu monk gets 10 years RI for sodomy.’‘The Hindu’ Bangalore, Feb. 3 2004 (PTI): “The Karnataka High Court today sentenced a Hindu monk to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and awarded a fine of Rs 25 lakhs after holding him guilty of sodomy. In default of payment of fine, the court sentenced the Gowrishankara Swami, the previous junior pontiff of Sri Siddaganga Mutt at Kyatasandra in Tumkur District, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a further period of one year.” The Hindu March 26, 2008, also reported: “Allowing an appeal from the swami against the High Court judgment, a Bench of Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice H.S. Bedi directed that he be set free.In the case, the FIR was filed on August 29, 1986, though the incident was alleged to have taken place in July 1986. The trial court recorded a judgment of acquittal. On an appeal from the State, the HC reversed the judgment of acquittal and held him guilty.”

Swami Shyam of Kulu

Swami Shyam of Kulu

8) Swami Shyam , a current ‘advaita’ guru, popular with Westerners (particularily Canadians and Northern Europeans), many of whom have bought expensive residences at Kullu in the Himalayas, where he has his ashram. He considers himself a reincarnation of Krishna! He is under attack for seducing the wives of his followers. He has recently been exposed by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper here. Another exposé source is found here. A book has recently been published which exposes him – Himalayan Hoedown. Also see a web site exposing him called ‘Shyam -shadows

9) Swami Amritachaitanya  A spiritual guru known as “Swami Amritachaitanya” held in Kerla for charges of rape, fraud, possession of narcotic drugs . Swami Amritachaitanya, whose real name is Santosh Madhavan, was arrested by Interpol on criminal charges in a police raid at his 16-suite ashram in Kochi, India following multiple police complaints against him. Indians living in Bahrain came forward and filed a case against Madhavan in India on allegations of fraudulent practices related to his supposed charity activities. Twenty Indians living in Bahrain filed a case against 35-year old Madhavan. They claim they were victims of a scam after Madhavan convinced them to invest in a charitable organization and tourist resort, but allegedly kept the money for himself. Madhavan arrived in Bahrain in 2005.

10) The Palghat (of Kerala) born Bala Sai Baba (the child Sai Baba), who at 35 years of age is a bit overgrown for his name. He claims to be the real Sai avatar, set up an ashram in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and purposely copies Satya Sai Baba trait for trait in amazing detail. A clearly fraudulent attempt to hi-jack the Sathya Sai Baba ‘phenomenon’. He is the most ‘lookalike’ of a series of imitators of Sathya Sai Baba,a few of whom can be seen here.

11) Swami Balyogi Premvarni. (‘Yogant Foundation’) of Rishikesk, where he has an ashram. He also has Bala yogi Premvarnivarious branches abroad. He has been exposed as a serial womaniser, especially convincingly in Mary Garden’s book ‘The Serpent Rising’ which she bases on her experiences in India in the 1970s. See the book here. And read a review by David Mainwaring here

12) Swami Nithyananda The scandal of his sexual activities broke early in 2010 with a video of him and a well-known actress (he originally claimed to be celibate!), later documents came to light showing how tantrik sexual perversions were practiced and partakers were sworn to secrecy by signatures. An overview can be obtained here: Swami Nityananda chargesheet: rape and unnatural sex In April 2012 he was appointed 293rd head of Madurai Adheenam. In October 2012 removed as head. See “Condoms, drugs and secret contracts… the story of why Nithyananda is in trouble”. India Today. 2012-06-13. Further, see  “TN Police Books Nityananda For ‘Serving Drug-laced Holy Water to Devotees”. International Business Times. 23 June 2012.

Cutting from Indian newspaper

Cutting from Indian newspaper

13) Swami Rameshwaranand Giriji Maharaj – who has a large following in India and abroad – was arrested in September ’95 as a party to the murder of his lover’s husband. The 26-year old Manoj Girothra, husband of Savita, who was having an affair with the ‘godman’, was murdered on December 3rd, 1994, some two months after his marriage. Two professional hitmen had been hired by the ‘godman’.

14) Bhagavan Kalki See Severe Problems with ” Deeksha Oneness Movement also note what dissident voices have to say:- I’m not going to beat around the bush. Kalki is saying that he wants everything disbanded because he doesn’t want it to become a cult. Well, it is a cult. He’s saying he’s an avatar, I am God, and I’m going to decide when you pray, if you get the job you’re praying for or not. So if somebody … is saying that I am God, that’s delusion. There is only God, equally everywhere. Just because there’s realisation doesn’t mean there’s more god, or that the persona has changed into a go. You know, one doesn’t become a god.” transcript of part of Kalki fraud exposed and Exposed on Indian TV here

15) Kripalu Maharaj – 88 years old –  It is reported that There are thousands of people who are trapped in his ashrams from around the world living a life of horrible mental abuse in his ashram under disguise to serve him as god. A CBI inquiry has been demanded because ca. 170 bodies are untraceable.The guru himself has absconded. He had faced charges of indecent assault and rape in 1997 in Nagpur. Millions of dollars of money was taken from people in America. See the strong article Hindus Speak out against Kripalu Maharaj. See Another godman mired in controversy – Hindustan Times He passed away on November 15, 2013.

16) Sri Sri Ravichandran, dressed like Jesus, has amassed immense wealth. His field of operation is in the West. He knows that wealthy westerners are depressed and he promises mental happiness by introducing a course called, “The Art of Living.’ As a matter of fact this title, ‘The Art of Living,’ was plagiarized from the project originally started by Norman Vincent Peale. Peale started a radio program, “The Art of Living,” in 1935, which lasted for 54 years. (See comment to this blog)

17Prakashanand Saraswati led one of the top Hindu temples in the United States until a jury convicted him of molesting children and he took off for Mexico, reports Ben Crair of ‘The Daily Beast’ (June 20, 2011). He led the premier Hindu temple in Texas and, perhaps, the whole United States. Barsana Dham sat like the Taj Mahal in the hillsides south of Austin. When PBS made its 2004 Many Voices documentary project about American congregations, producers chose Barsana Dham as their exemplar of the Hindu faith. Barsana Dham was “very much an ecumenical mainstream Hindu organization,” says Robert King, a former professor of Asian studies and dean at the University of Texas. And yet there was Saraswati, ordered to trade in the saffron robes for an orange jumpsuit. The charges were serious—20 counts of indecency with a child. See also San Marcos Mercury uses public records law to get $ details of bond deal for Hindu guru/convicted child molester

18) Swamiji Maharaj of Dwarka, Gujurat rapist and criminal … see scan on rightswamji-maharaj

19) Asaram Bapu has many reported dark sides and has a strong claim to be India’s worst male chauvinist guru (See Times of India). He stands charged for sexual assault  and has a history of illegal and entirely unspiritual actions and involvements. He stated at a rally in 2013 that the gang-raped and murdered young lady on a Delhi bus, Nirbhaya, was equally to blame for the rape and added, “Mistake is never from one side alone.” Considering the utterly horrendous treatment she received, this put him among the very worst of ignorant and unscrupulous male chauvinist gurus alive. He was on January 10, 2014 charged by the police with sexual assault, illegal confinement and criminal conspiracy, and his son Narayan Sai was charged with sexual assault.

20) Sri Sri Ravichandran, dressed like Jesus, has amassed immense wealth. His field of operation is in the West. He knows that wealthy westerners are depressed and he promises mental happiness by introducing a course called, “The Art of Living.’ As a matter of fact this title, ‘The Art of Living,’ was plagiarized from the project originally started by Norman Vincent Peale. Peale started a radio program, “The Art of Living,” in 1935, which lasted for 54 years. (See comment to this blog)

21) Sant Rampal (Satguru Rampal Ji Mahara)
Hindustan Times (July 23, 2015) reports: Amidst heavy police deployment, controversial sect leader Rampal Dass was produced in the court of additional sessions judge Ashwani Kumar Goel in a murder case registered against him in 2006 on Thursday. Rampal was arrested again after a clash between the police and his supporters in November last year and he was booked in 35 new cases, including murder, rioting and illegal confinement.
Rampal claims to be an incarnation of the 15th-century mystic poet Kabir.   He rose from being a junior engineer at the Haryana irrigation department in 2000, but was sacked. Since then he accumulated a huge fan following, 12 acre ashram a fleet of top-priced cars. Rampal supporters fought pitched battles with security forces throwing stones and bricks, also opening fire when police tried to raid his ashram. He was caught and jailed (2014). His properties have been reported as worth over 100,000 crores of rupees!
Human sacrifice case against Sant Rampal (See also more  here and here. Also This Is How Sant Rampal Made A Private Army Of Commandos Out Of Ex-Army Men And Cops

22) Sarathi Baba Bhubaneswar:  zeenews.india.com reported August 8 2015
Controversial self-styled ‘godman’ Sarathi Baba was on Saturday arrested by Odisha police on cheating and other charges following violent protests demanding action against him for his alleged escapades. The arrest came after over 10 hours of intense grilling at his ashram at Barimula in Kendrapara district since yesterday and later at crime branch headquarters at Cuttack.
Sarathi has been booked under various section of IPC including 420 (cheating), 120(B) criminal conspiracy and 341 (wrongful restraint) as well under the Arms Act and SC/ST Act.
The self-styled ‘godman’ has been at the centre of a controversy after a TV channel showed pictures alleging that he had spent two days with a woman, who posed as his wife, at a Hyderabad hotel. Sarathi, however, denied the charge and threatened to take legal action against the TV channel. Protests against Sarathi rocked Kendrapara town yesterday with people involved in pitched battles with police.
See also 
The Times of India report Aug. 8, 2015:- (arrested by Odisha police on cheating and other charges following violent protests demanding action against him for his alleged escapades.)
The Indian Express stated the Baba was “sent to jail on charge of cheating and dishonesty following a state-wide hue and cry over his alleged escapades.” also “Protests had broken out in the town and other parts of the state after reports surfaced about alleged misdeeds of the self-styled ‘godman’. ”

23) Ram Bahadur Bomjon, also known as the Little Buddha or Boy Buddha. Born 9/4/1990, previously known as Palden Dorje (his monastic name). Bomjon has been accused of a series of sexual exploitations, rape, false imprisonment and other violent acts in his ashrams by victims and witnesses, see the Ram Bahadur Bomjon page on Wikipedia. See also Police raid controversial ascetic Bomjan’s ashram in Sindhupalchok


The Hindustan Times has exposed a number of very rich gurus.  Blind faith: bizarre babas and their followers with a summary page ‘States of Superstition’ showing ten such, their backgrounds, wealth and so forth: Click here to see image

See The Laws are unholy for India’s holy men! by Sanal Edamaruku  

Other Hindu and Muslim gurus with a dark past of widespread accusations and charges of sexual assault/rape and/or financial fraud and other major crimes have escaped prosecution/imprisonment due to total laxity of the judiciary in India. These include:-

Swami Muktananda (16 May 1908 – 2 October 1982). Known for his alleged ‘shaktipat’ (transfer of consciousness) but also for having secret spy holes to observe his female followers, whom he was alleged to have seduced on a regular basis.

Sudhanshu Maharaj  (charged with manipulating financial accounts, harassing patients and much more).

Swami Ramdev – known for his virtually taking over Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption in the Indian government is himself being accused of undue opulence and ill-gotten assets.
“The national spokesperson of the Akhada Parishad, Baba Hat Yogi, said: ” A decade ago, Ramdev used to move on a bicycle. He even had to struggle to find money to fix his punctured cycle. Now he flies on a chopper. We demand an inquiry into the income and assets of the Ramdev ashram.” Hat Yogi wasn’t alone; a demand for a probe into the baba’s assets also came from Trivender Panwar, president of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal that recently withdrew support from the Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank government in Uttarakhand.” (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sadhus-demand-probe-into-assets-of-baba-ramdev/1/130557.html) Ramdev has compromised himself by his endorsement of the sex abuser Sathya Sai Baba, whose funds he offered to manage after the guru’s death (without any response). He offers cures to all ills, including AIDS, which should be a criminal offence. See documentation here

Swami Amritachaitanya (alias Ram Rahim Singh and aka Santosh Madhavan)  arrested by Interpol for rape, drug possession, financial fraud.  Santosh Madhavan exposed in Kerala “wanted by Interpol since 2004 for fraud committed in the United Arab Emirates. Interpol has issued a red alert against the godman Santosh Madhavan 35 years old & Saifudeen Alikanu 47 years old after the Dubai government issued an arrest warrant against the duo in a fraud case.” Santhosh’s former wife told police in her statement that he was in constant touch with Nazar, a close aide of Dawood, via phone. She also said that she divorced her husband when he tried to sell her to underworld kings & prostitute centres in Dubai.

Baba Gurmeet Singhcharged with murder of journalist Ram Chandra Chatapati  and sexual exploitation of women after sting op. by Tehelka and India TV.

Swami Gnvanachaitanya Arrested for sexually abusing women followers as charged by his ‘wife’ Amanda Williams.

Swami Sadachariarrested in Delhi for running a brothel. Had mingled with PMs and Presidents of India.

Shiv Murat Dwivedialias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanandji Maharaj Chitrakootwale. Arrested twice in 1997 and 8 for involvement in theft and prostitution racket. Started a Sai Baba temple for the flesh trade racket. Built own temple later.

Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakootwale of New Delhi was revealed to have run a massive prostitution ring comprising more than 1,000 girls, who “serviced” many politicians and big businessmen.

A further short list of some gurus East and West, including facts about some of the criminals among them is seen here (http://www.kheper.net/topics/gurus/listing.html).
See also Swamis and Scandals, Indian Express
and Super-Rich Spiritual Gurus of India

and a photo gallery of gurus caught and uncaught from Guruphiliac


The ‘apex body’ of Hindu sages – Akhara Parishad – has in December 2017 published a second list of “fake babas” taking the overall number of fake sages and self-styled godmen to 17, listed as follows:-.

Virendra Dev Dixit – Sachidanand Saraswati – Trikal Bhawant – Asaram Bapu – Radhe Maa – Sachchidanand Giri – Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh – Swami Omji
Nirmal Baba – Ichchadhari Bhimanand – Swami Aseemanand – Narayan Sai – RampalAcharya Kushmuni – Brahaspati Giri – Om Namah Shivay Baba – Malkhan Singh

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad is a council of akharas, which are monastic orders drawing their spiritual lineage from 8th-century seer Adi Shankara, who is said to have established orders of martial monks with the aim of defending the Hindu Dharma.  (from http://zeenews.india.com/india/beware-india-has-17-fake-babas-akhada-parishad-issues-2nd-list-2070995.html)

NOTE! This body of Hindu priests which requires that self-styled gurus should have a clear spiritual lineage through gurus in the Adi Shankara tradition has remarkably NEVER criticised many major gurus/godmen/godwomen as fake (as far as can be discovered). Many are listed above, however, and most notably these include major abusers without any spiritual lineage such as Sathya Sai Baba, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rajneesh (Osho), Swami Prenananda and many more. In addition, the lineage of major profiteers from their false teachings and cult organisations Sri Ravi Shankar and Amma (the Hugging Mother Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī) have never been established back to Shankara.

 


This blog is written and updated only by Robert Priddy and copies found on diverse Asian websites are illegal.
 Please also note: (following addition 19/10/2013) The Indian owner of a website based in California  at weebly.com  calling himself Edwin John of  1: 6/50E, Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021., copied this blog and claimed via DMCA Automattic to own the copyright. He wrote “This came to our knowledge that some unknown people who are using your free blogs are copying our content and publishing it on your free blogs under their name without my permission. They are copying our content and we are the copyright owner of the above mentioned articles.” This was a blatant lie and the blog, though taken down temporarily by wordpress.com, has been reinstated because my counter-accusation to DMCA was not challenged in court by semi-literate Edwin John (of course!). My blog of 2000 is dated May 24 2008, while his copy is dated  5/10/2008!  I have just stuck it to the top of the blogsite so all can easily be informed about this attack. He copied it months afterwards!  His copy also contains all the same links to my website and blogs which I made! Moreover he has posted the entire blog which contained up-dated materials from later years, additions about events which had not occurred back in 2008, so he  effectively claimed that he had posted material in 2008 about events which did not happen until years afterwards! What kind of a crook is this, one may ask? He uses a cloaked IP for his website and is unaccountable and uses dirty tricks against my comment, adding me as a ‘newbie’ but not posting my comment! This is Indian corruption and untruth as per all too usual!

In an important announcement by wordpress on this kind of scam, they announce they are taking legal steps against offenders. WordPress users who follow the news there will better know what steps to take in future.

 

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False Predictions by India’s Revered “Omniscient Avatar”

Posted by robertpriddy on September 30, 2007

Some Predictions by Sathya Sai Baba, guru worshipped by India’s Prime Ministers and Presidents: An example which many readers of Dr. Hislop’s Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will have wondered much about is the prediction made there in 1968 by Baba in contradicting Hislop. Hislop suggested that Baba’s students would come into positions of influence in 20 or 30 years, when they are in their thirties or older. Baba insisted that in only 10 years there would be a great change in the Indian nation as a result (while still in their 20’s). We also read there:

Sai: “In India people reach positions of power and influence earlier in life. Even now there are a number of examples throughout the nation… The students say that when they grow up they will do as Sai wills. As positions open in every area of the Indian society, these young men will occupy the positions. Wherever they go they will influence and change the society for the better. Corruption and such problems will sharply diminish.”
This prediction cannot be said to have been fulfilled yet, in 1995. is now known to be one of the most corrupt societies in the world, and Indians are very aware of it and the continuing degeneration in the years since 1968. Baba’s students may be entering positions of influence, but this is not evident yet to political observers, at least.

Predictions by Sai Baba concerning the influence of his Veda Patsala established in the early years (school of Vedic chanting) which was to grow and flourish have also not come about… the institution was disbanded after some years of functioning.

Likewise, various statements made in discourses by Baba on vast increases in area size of the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram (to include Dharamsala, over 20 miles away) and the number of visitors expected for certain festivals were not fulfilled, the size and numbers falling far short of those predicted! We heard some reports while at Prashanthi, independently confirmed from three ashram sources, that within the preceding year Baba had told students that the village Puttaparthi would soon be bulldozed away and that within 10 years Prasanthi would become enormous – 38 miles circumference. That was very hard to imagine in such a short time – much bigger than itself!. But the area of Prashanthi Nilayam has far from doubled so far by 2007.


Sai Baba told New Zealanders in interview around Xmas 95 (told to several of my friends in 1996 by Mr. Arthur Hillcoat, leader of the Sai Org. in N.Z.) that the French nuclear tests have released radiation into the ocean which will cause great havoc, ecological destruction and deaths in N.Z. and also in other places thousands of miles distant. (This seemed extremely unlikely at the time and has not proven to have the slightest credibility since.)
Despite this, even Sai followers still publish scaremongering materials about apparently bogus interviews supposedly given by Baba telling of massive earth changes, the likelihood of a coming deluge, materialising maps and even globes of the earth showing drastic changes, the loss of major parts of continents and an entirely new North Pole position. Further, a number of residents at Prashanthi Nilayam have long circulated a list of 27 highly imaginative mostly catastrophic` predictions around the millennium that Baba is supposed to have made to 18 students at Ootacamund before 1984. None of these predictions took place as stated.
Other millennial fears and predictions were nevertheless also rife among certain Sai devotees prior to New Year 2000. In a well-known incident at an interview, Baba told some people, including a Spanish airline pilot I met, that in a certain period around the millennium, air traffic would be disturbed world-wide for about 24 hours and it was unadvisable to travel then. This was published in Sai Impressions. However, the responsible publisher – Mr. Padmanabhan of Sai Towers Publications – was called in by ashram authorities and told to withdraw this news, it has only been information of a private nature. At first, paper was pasted over the announcement… so by removing the paper, it could be read. Later a new print run had entirely eliminated this material.

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Paul William Roberts: Sathya Sai Baba defender

Posted by robertpriddy on February 15, 2019

A confirmed Sathya Sai Baba devotee and author, Paul William Roberts, wrote about the spirituality of the east in his book ‘Empire of the Soul’. The book is fairly entertaining about India and gives some fair descriptions of some of its many spiritual frauds (Rajneesh, Mother Theresa) and extraordinary yogis like Shiva Bala Yogi, who I also met on several occasions. However, his chapter of Sai Baba is now very much dated (to use a very mild term) in view of all that has emerged from countless sources to show that Sai Baba was not at all as he seemed to those who worshipped him, like the young Paul William Roberts.

While his description of Puttaparthi and the ashram was telling enough, his writing about Sai Baba’s story was recanting without critical awareness of what the many devotee hagiographies related many, many times before. The hagiographies which he drew on lacked any reliable sources, consisting overwhelmingly in zealots’ subjective perceptions of their (often mentally and emotionally pre-programmed) experiences and unidentifiable second-hand stories laced with regurgitated ‘sai-official’ disinformation. In view of how many people, luminaries and news media, embraced Sai Baba as a genuine holy man (and much, much more besides, it is understandable that Roberts’ account relied on putative ‘facts’ which since then have been entirely discredited (to all but the diminishing band of zealots in denial), most especially since 2000 and again after his ‘incomprehensible’ and ignominious death in 2011. He wrote,

Incidents, some well documented few even on film, have him creating fairly large objects, substantial amounts of food, raising the dead, healing the sick, appearing in two places thousands of kilometres apart at the same time, and altering at will the laws of time, space and basic physics.”  (‘Empire of the Soul’ Chapter 3 – p. 37 in original Canadian edition, 1994. US edition 1996).

Like so many others, he accepted this without normal critical research or reservation of judgement into the veracity of such unprecedented claims, even though many who then (almost) believed they could be true (mea culpa). The chief raising from the dead claim was long since been exploded by the investigation of parapsychologist Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, and he found no evidence of bi-location, though he questioned those involved. Sai Baba did not allow Haraldsson and Osis properly to test or confirm the materialisation claims despite many visits there. Sai Baba famously claimed to be the Creator of the Universe and the Father who sent Jesus (all of which should make anyone doubly suspicious surely?)

We read that Sathya Sai Baba told him all about his (P.W. Roberts’) life and gave a breakdown of his personality.  As the world now knows, Sai Baba became a very widely accused (but government and judiciary protected) sexual abuser, nor confront the many incontravertible testimonies and exposures of his many abuses of faith and murder involvement. which he has . Then Sai Baba circled his hand and “a white oily substance” appeared “in his palm”. “Somehow, I knew what he wanted to do, so I lifted my shirt and let him rub this substance into my chest. I kept thanking him profusely.”  He also reported that his next few days were spent in a daze of happiness and became a blur.  (‘Empire of the Soul’ Chapter 3 – p. 37 in original Canadian edition, 1994. US edition 1996). This occurred in a private interview, though he in 2004 he gave a somewhat different account of what Sai Baba did in an e-mail he wrote explicitly suggesting it could be openly circulated among Sai Baba devotees. In short, his published account was not strictly true on a rather embarrassing point of which body part Sai Baba massaged when PWR ‘lifted his shirt’. (Interestingly, one student who was abused by Sai Baba told how, when he was given the task of cleaning in the private interview room, found a stash of rings and lockets of the kind SB claimed to ‘materialise’ and also a receptacle with a fragrant liquid and a sponge under his chair).

After being kept waiting long for recognition from one who one had come to be almost convinced was a holy person, if not the Deity of all Deities as Sai Baba himself claimed, most devotees who met him in an interview were strongly predisposed to be overwhelmed. P.W. Roberts was selected by Sai Baba to address his own captive audience in the Poorna Chandra hall at Puttaparthi – considered a great honour. Later he was accorded a yet greater honour, of teaching at the Sathya Sai Baba Vidyagiri Deemed University in Puttaparthi. At no time since then has PWR published any revision of his published claims and errors about Sai Baba as one would have expected from any writer claiming to purvey truth and be a competent journalist. After all, it has been very widely testified by dozens of his close (former) devotees to have been a serial sexual abuser (but government and judiciary protected) and yet worse he is known to his entire family, many residents at his ashram and some brave journalists to have colluded with his brother and the police to execute four of his devotees who intruded into his quarters in 1993. His other massive abuses of faith and gross deceptions have been documented on-line by hundreds of people. Considering PWR’s book is still available and promotes Sathya Sai Baba as virtually beyond all human understanding and of his highly questionable puritanical, speculative and self-contradictory ‘religious teaching’. Since then, Roberts has not seen fit to publish any revised account . It may well be that PWR is still enamoured of his experience with Sai Baba his highly questionable puritanical, speculative and self-contradictory ‘religious teachings’, having long indoctrinated himself deeply in Vedic hymns, rituals and primitive knowledge that he can no longer see the wood for the trees.

Later two other Westerners who were once prominent in Sai Baba’s sphere and also taught heard of alleged sexual abuses of students by Sai Baba and, after doubting these stories for a long time, they eventually investigated  the issue most thoroughly. Concert pianist David Bailey was then the great favourite of 100 interviews and a globe-trotting promoter of Sai Baba not least because he performed for Queen Elizabeth and taught both British princes students music and also Sai Baba college students. He was approached by some of them who evidently trusted him greatly, asking if he could help them in stopping Sai Baba from sexually abusing them. Bailey became a major investigator and whistleblower on Sai Baba, and he learned with certainty from young men and various parents that such had taken place along with many other covered-up untoward matters. Subsequently, Barry Pittard, also a teachers at Sai colleges during the time Roberts himself was there, and who knew Roberts then, later discovered íncontravertable proof that Sai Baba’s illegal genital touching went far further than that… he was an outright sexual abuser for his own pleasure. Mails I have show that Pittard contacted Roberts about the issue but was also rebuffed.

To take one of many serious investigators’ testimonies: The editor of the famous magazine Nexus, Duncan Roads, (see here)- wrote the following: “I had heard the many rumours about Sai Baba’s sexual impropriety over the years, and like many, dismissed them as disgruntled devotees. Later on, I actually took those attacks as ‘evidence’ that Sai Baba was growing in influence, and that this was the ’system’ attacking him. Unlike Sai Baba believers, I have an open mind, one which allows me to read and listen to things that Sai Baba believers refuse even to allow into their consciousness.  I read some of the more recent testimonies, and decided to investigate for once and for all to put an end to the rumours. I ended up speaking to many victims, parents of victims, former Sai Baba centre ‘leaders’ and some respected ‘figureheads’ from the movement.  All confirmed the same pattern of abuse and sexual misconduct. I did not want to believe any of these testimonies, but I also had to be true to what I was uncovering.  Sai Baba is, and has, been involved in sexual misconduct with boys and young men.  The effects of this misconduct has caused unestimatable damage within many many families, including suicides.

PWR admitted that he knew of cases of gential oiling and (around 2004) he was aware that young persons had gone public and testified against the multi-billionaire and politically most influential Sai Baba, a homosexual misuser of boys and young men (see massed evidence I already knew three of them well before they told of being abused). SB was very widely reported as having groomed boys and young men by applying oil to their stomachs, genitals, sometimes repeatedly in fresh interviews. This was widely testified to have been preliminary grooming or ‘testing’, as it preceded future sexual acts. He often followed-up in various and often very erotic and perverse ways. Informed by various persons, PWR earlier refused then to accept the possibility that Sai Baba ever abused anyone sexually, despite the brave outspoken young men who most credibly described being molested, including the testimony from two US ‘victims’ on BBC World’s major exposure of Sai Baba’s fraudulence and alleged criminality, ‘The Secret Swami’. Despite all this, plus the overwhelming evidence from sworn testimonies and parents of minors sexually abused by SB, Roberts has in recent years blogged that he does not believe Sai baba sexually abused anyone! This is the same kind of sheer denial long observed in others who fear not losing their faith in SB and all it involves emotionally, mentally, and socially. 

Despite all that and much more to show Sai Baba was far from being what he claimed he was, that he made countless false claims, wrong predictions galore, employed outright fraud and sleight-of-hand, was seriously involved in permitting executions in his apartment by police and much more, PWR has issued no comment. Is this not the kind of covering-up of past errors with which he charges so many of his media critics? Why has this ‘brilliant investigative journalist’ as some admirers call him, not done his duty to the public in correcting his highly exaggerated account of Sai Baba (whose promised protection he was evidently not himself accorded)? Perhaps it is a case of not letting facts get in the way of his convictions, for he has recently written “I do confess, however, to possessing scant regard for specifics if they strike me as less relevant than the overarching truth about which I am writing. Why let facts stand in the way of a general reality?”  Many people throughout history from idiot to savants, have thought they knew the overarching reality, but the facts have eventually defeated most of them. 

Among other outright errors, being taken in by some of the massive hyped false propaganda, PWR repeated such wild claims as Sai Baba had  “announced that he was the reincarnation of a holy man almost no one in South India had even heard of”, namely Shirdi Sai Baba from Maharashtra. But many in his area did know of him and some relations of his were even worshippers of the supposed saint; there were even temples to Shirdi Sai Baba in various locations there. Besides, most Shirdi Baba followers strenuously reject Sathya’s claim. Roberts also promoted the now-patent falsehood of Sathya’s predicted death: “After he dies, this to be at the age of ninety-six in the year 2022, Prema Sai Baba will be born four years later also somewhere in South India.” Sai Baba died in April, 2011, though he had made several different documented predictions of his coming death, all wrong by at least a decade.

Originally, I tried to warn Roberts of his error in supporting a pedophile, and eventually posted one short blog about his own admitted inaccurate reporting of the ‘oiling’ incident. But In a recent mail to me, Roberts wrote that he ‘has no recollection’ of any exchanges between us and claims that what I had posted quoting some excerpts from those mails was ‘patently a fabrication’. That was not sensible, though Roberts seems habitually to have accused his political critics of fabrication and cover-up among many other sins, even though sometimes with justification. However, we did indeed have several heated exchanges about his views on Sai Baba, which were sent for open distribution to another former devotee, and the quotes are 100% accurate and provable with data source materials and testimony from several recipients of the exchanges at the time, should it be necessary. I do not necessarily accuse him of lying outright since, on his new blog site he explains how he has suffered from alcoholism. In his blog he speaks of being “being too drunk or tormented by demons“.  Also “My tactics consisted of self-pity (enormous doses), drugs (doses as enormous as I could obtain or afford), alcohol (as much as I could consume before falling unconscious – and I mean litres of whiskey, not a few dry sherries), then bouts of raving insanity, about which I recall mercifully little, of course

This might well explain lack of memory. He suffered a major crisis in which both his retina became perforated and made him blind (now having only 7% vision in one eye). He has since blogged at length about how he had to accept hospitalisation and psychiatric examination. Sad as that is, it does not alter the fact that he wrote me a very aggressive mails which, as things stand at present, I omit here, though all are preserved in my archive.

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Murder Trial

Posted by robertpriddy on January 19, 2019

ndtv.com

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh paid tribute to Sathya Sai Baba with a bhajan.
Comment, ‘Birds of a feather flock together’

CHANDIGARH: Age seems to be catching up with Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, once known as “Rockstar Baba” and “Guru of Bling” for his embellished clothes. His beard has gone grey and his face “looked pale” as he appeared via video conferencing before a special CBI court on Friday, son of killed journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati, Anshul Chhatarpati, said.
Ram Chander was killed in Haryana’s Sirsa in 2002 after his newspaper published an anonymous letter alleging sexual exploitation of women by the self-styled godman. The court convicted Singh and three others for the journalist’s murder.

The 51-year-old sect head was named as the main conspirator in the case. Anshul said while his family got emotional on hearing the court’s verdict, Singh appeared shocked. Already serving a 20-year sentence for raping two of his followers, the self-styled godman is
staring at a life term or capital punishment after he was found guilty of murder and criminal conspiracy.

The quantum of punishment will be announced by the court on January 17. Before being convicted in the rape case in August 2017, Singh was known for his lavish lifestyle, a penchant for modified motorbikes, his music videos and scripting, directing and starring in his films. The burly, bearded man was also known for his love for sports and apparently holds dozens of records, including those for the world’s largest vegetable mosaic and largest finger painting.

Singh’s Twitter account, now suspended, described him as “Spiritual saint/Philanthropist/Versatile singer/All-rounder sportsperson/Film director/Actor/Art director/Music director/Writer/Lyricist/Autobiographer/DOP”.

He is also facing trial for allegedly forcing 400 of his followers to undergo castration in a bid to “get closer to god”, besides allegedly murdering former Dera manager Ranjit Singh in 2002.

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Sai Baba ‘oracle guy’ Madhu of Muddenahalli gets new competition

Posted by robertpriddy on December 21, 2018

“One more allumni Ex-Sai Student turns into Baba. His name is Pritvi Raj Ex-Student of Mirpuri Musical College, Prasanthi Nilayam. Good thing about him is he didnt have any transistion plans, preparing the mind of people, testing of the waters, sans all these he straight away apperas on the screen with his orange attire.

Unlike Madhu who said he is hearing Swami, receiving instructions from Swami, this Prithvi Raj seems to be more straight forward. We all have seen how Madhu opened the empty car doors for Swami who couldnt be ever seen or heard by anybody other than himself. Foolishly lot of so called devotees fell for his trap . His crime was abetted by Mr. Nasimha Murthy and gang.

Madhusudan like anyother fraudster used Swami’s name to accumulate high end swanky cars travel in first class which is 5 times the economy price, uses helicopter as if he was born with platinum spoon and his and Narasimha Murthy’s desires to go in a fleet of cars, private choppers were fulfilled by exploting innocent devotees and their sentiments . We all have seen how from hearing and seeing Swami he progressed to being Swami himself.

The final nail in the coffin was announcement of sumeet tapoo when he declared this novermber 2018, that seeing Madhusudan is nothing but seeing Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba !!! To perpetrate the fraud Madhu also declared that Swami is going to be living “inside” him for the next 10 years. Just a recapitulation of the sequence

First it was Student to whom Swami is giving messages, Swami travels with him and listens to all his commands, asks for money and cars, demands helicopter rides and privated jets now Swami decides to stay inside Madhusudan and sit on the silver and golden throne also.

Endless fraud is continuing , first the argument was that Swami has left His body ten years earlier than what He has promised, So the “emergence” of subtle form and carry out the work. Next came a declaration that Prema Sai was born. Again now Swami has extended his Avatarhood till 103 years (93rd birthday plus 10 years).

Earlier Madhu was a communicator and now he has become Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai baba Himself. Even Swami might be baffled the way devotees are getting fooled!!!.

This new kid on the block is Prithvi Raj. Though he looks more genuine than Madhusudan we have to wait and watch.

It seems Swami also communicates with him. Swami has also asked him to start some schools, colleges and hospitals. Swami is also going to give the names of the donors and all those whose names are given by “Swami” , will have to construct schools and hospitals under the guidance of Prithvi Raj. All the donors and devotees of Muddenahalli please try out Prithvi Raj also. Who knows you may find him more genuine than Madhusudan Naidu. Singapore donors, you may also consider supporting Prithviraj and create more rift and confusion in Sai Mission which is your ambition.

Sai devotees we are in for another roller coaster ride. Few more colleges and hospitals will come under Pritivi raj and understand few more Babas are in pipeline and many ex-students of Swami are under training. . I think we are going to have an exciting 2019. Merry Christmas to you and may Swami bless us all.”

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Sukshma Baba subsumed in Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on December 5, 2018

Or is Sathya subsumed by Sukshma (Madhusudana of Muddenahalli)? Is it ‘all one’ and the same? Or does it even matter? One fact is certain, the difference in intelligence about the physical world is nil… and the laughable confusion of the statement on the Bermuda Triangle and magnetism is a masterpiece of nonsense!

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Surfing the waves of ignorance, this ‘magnetic’ tall tale by the new kid on the block is nearly as hilarious as Sathya Sai Baba’s contention he could not lift his feet due to his enormous personal magnetism, combined with the atraction of the Earth (whereas in reality, he was probably suffering from his crushed hips or some other old age handicap, neurological perhaps . Fact is, apart from paranormal and pseudoscientific ‘explanations’ for apparent anomalies in the loosely defined Bermuda Triangle, the only relation with magnetism is the following: compass problems are one of the cited phrases in many Triangle incidents. While some have theorized that unusual local magnetic anomalies may exist in the area, such anomalies have not been found. Compasses have natural magnetic variations in relation to the magnetic poles, a fact which navigators have known for centuries. Magnetic (compass) north and geographic (true) north are exactly the same only for a small number of places – for example, as of 2000, in the United States, only those places on a line running from Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico. But the public may not be as informed, and think there is something mysterious about a compass “changing” across an area as large as the Triangle, which it naturally will.
You are right, Robert: nonsensical drivel, devoid of the most basic knowledge of the natural world and basic forces governing our planet and universe. A good laugh, though… Wouldn’t it be even more fun if Suskhma Baba declared himself an alien instead of his drab incarnation stuff? Let us have a ‘true’ extraterrestrian for a change. It would so fit this fifties triangle enigma!

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Sai Baba lookalike parasite guru has died

Posted by robertpriddy on December 3, 2018

Almost anyone who sets up as a spiritual guru who has a minimum of memory of the teachings of Sai Baba or such like can make a massive fortune. All it takes is powerful self-interest, ability to deceive and near total lack of moral sense!  (See the Guru Gallery)

KURNOOL: Bala Sai Baba, a self-proclaimed godman, passed away on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest. He was 58. He had complained of chest pain on Monday and was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad.

He shot to fame in the 1980 when he first donned the spiritual guru avatar and started attracting people to his small hermitage near Kurnool. Locals claim he took advantage of his resemblance to Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, who too possessed a curly mane, began wearing similar costumes and proclaimed himself ‘Bala Sai Baba’.

Over the years, he successfully built a spiritual empire which is now said to be worth several hundreds of crores of of rupees, with two ashrams at Kurnool and Hyderabad and properties at many other places. While all’s not rosy with Bala Sai Baba’s life, he was mired in controversy and was accused of encroaching on a land adjacent to his trust. He fought a long legal battle in a cheque bounce case too.

See http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66840268.cmsfbclid=IwAR3GO6UZscEZOz27Bae5Mnd7X8Di1Lo8HBtg8RWstGl8S25wDoZ2AcYMzCQ

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Madhusudan gang trash SB’s promise to return as Prema Sai

Posted by robertpriddy on November 25, 2018

A short video viewable at https://www.dropbox.com/s/5vczpq0lou4q2yj/5cf92e00-208c-485f-a021-af46a543b640.mp4.mov?dl=0 shows how the Muddenahalli gang are trying to secure Madhusudana’s situation as Sai Baba’s ‘medium’ for the next ten years. So Prema Sai will not get a look in until Madhu very likely will proclaim he himself is Prema Sai (not that Prema Sai is – or ever was – a real possibility).

‘Tappoo’ made the announcement, and of course silently acknowledged by madhu.

“I have a grand declaration and an announcement to make. Swami backstage called me and has commanded me to speak about something. Swami has assumed the body of Madhusudan. There is no difference. He has made the grand declaration a few minutes back that He will be in Muddenahalli in the body of Bro Madhusudan for the next 10 years guiding us, blessing us. Swami will use him as instrument.”

When you see Madhu, it will be Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. After 10 years, Swami said another reflection (Prema Sai) will come. Swami and Bro Madhu are one!

– Sri Sumeet Tappoo, a 3rd generation devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, an award winning international singer, Director of Sai Prema Foundation Fiji and World Youth Coordinator (Male)

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Sathya Sai Baba ‘birthday’ 2018

Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2018


In Harrow, London, UK, followers of their dead and departed guru-Godhead celebrating his ‘birthday’ is somewhat bizarre. Sai Baba died in April 2011 and has long been buried and decaying, as has his reputation and influence, despite his massive claims that he would operate from beyond the grave and that he would eventually be reborn as Prema Sai (his third incarnation as Sai Baba), so as finally to ‘save humanity and the world’ etc bla bla bla. Besides, Sathya Sai was almost certainly not born on November 23, 1926, which falsity was spread throughout his life so that people would maybe identify him with Aurobindo’s proclamation of the birth of Krishna that day (actually one day wrong too). Regardless of the only documentary evidence about his age, the authorities of Prashanthi Nilayam are as usual celebrating the anniversary of his false date of birth! See full documentation: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/7/SchoolRecord.htm

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No Golden Age in sight in Andhra Pradesh

Posted by robertpriddy on November 12, 2018

Despite Sathya Sai Baba’s massive promises and predictions of a ‘Golden Age’ of world peace and prosperity, there are no signs of it anywhere, and certainly not Puttaparthi, which continues to wither away, despite influential figures trying to push it into being a huge tourist location (probably bribed by rich Sai Baba family members). The following newspaper article outlines the problems there:-

Withered crops forcing farm workers to migrate
THE HANS INDIA |    Nov 10, 2018, 11:46 PM IST
Migration attributed to scanty rainfall and tanks drying up
State govt urged to prevent migration of farmers
Anantapur: Krishna water through Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) canals has not been released to the Assembly constituencies including Dharmavaram, Puttaparthi and Singanamala resulting in hundreds of farm labourers going on a migration spree in search of work as their crops withered away due to scanty rainfall recorded in the district this Rabi season.
Failure of authorities in diverting Krishna water to village tanks including the Dharmavaram and Bukkapatnam is said to be one of the reasons. There is also an allegation that Paritala Sunitha as a Minister was using her clout to get more water to her constituency and fill all village tanks.
There are distress signals emanating from Kadiri, Puttaparthi, Madakasira, Uravakonda and Penukonda areas due to injustice to certain areas in supply of Krishna water.
Krishna waters are being lifted from Srisailam and supplied through the HNSS canals while some areas were being ignored in the process as alleged by Dharmavaram MLA Vardapuram Suri, Puttaparthi MLA Palle Raghunatha Reddy and Singanamala MLA Yamini Bala.
Added to the alleged injustice, dry spell and dwindling of groundwater levels have also aggravated the problem leading to seasonal migration by farm labourers.
Many agriculture labourers instead of availing the NREGS work were preferring to go on migration as no one knows when the payments of wages will be made. The labourers allege that wage payments were kept due for four to five months.
What is the use of working when wages are not paid? asks labourers, who are fed up with the delays in payments. DWMA Project Director Jyothi Basu told The Hans India that all wage arrears had been cleared up to September 6th and only wages after the said date is pending payment.
This too will be cleared, he assured. Asked to comment on reports of farm labourers resorting to migration to neighbouring cities in search of work, Jyothi Basu stated that he would enquire into the veracity of the reports and would do the needful in case of a real problem.
Bandrepalle in Kadiri division is one village where there are mass migrations every year. There are reports that 70 per cent of the village is empty with locked doors. Tanekallu, Vidapanakallu, Mudigubba and Guntakal are areas where there is agriculture is in distress with withered crops and dried up bores.
Political parties particularly the CPI and CPM leaders Jagadish and Rambhoopal are urging the district administration to take steps to check migration and ensure the labourers get work locally and also immediate payment of wages.

A sorry state of affairs indeed, Robert. Yet, isn’t it in some aspects eerily reminiscent of the olden time, when Sathya Sai Baba was still alive? Droughts and forced migration were common occurances then too. And like most states in India, Andhra Pradesh was rife with corrupt government officials then too. The only difference was, back in that day, that the ‘avatar’ had sufficient clout and money to bribe such office bearers into doing his bidding, If he stood to gain anything substantial that was important enough to himself, mind, (which was virtually always gaining name and fame or needing their help to cover up some shady business). Because, as you have shown countless times over the past two decades: in fact, he did not care all that much for the wellfare of the downtrodden, hardworking local populace (or anyone else, for that matter). Fancy yet failed water projects were more his thing. And letting the poor, gullible, desperate village people flock to him for solace, and promise of better days ahead. No such thing: not then, not now. Instead, they lost their businesses, suffered wilting crops, didn’t get their rightful pay, and left if they could or because they had to. Broken promises all around. The ‘rainmaker’ could not make it rain when alive, nor could he stop it from pouring down. Nothing new under the sun, alas. The only consolation I can find in the whole sordid affair is the fact that he is gone too, silent forever. ‘Migrated elsewhere’, his devotees might say. Only a dead body, I say, mortal remains that stay behind in Puttaparthi permanently, nothing but a shrivelled corpse, dried out like the crops outside his deserted ‘abode of peace’. Which does not help those poor beggers one bit, I know. Just me a little, in my comfortable western home, where water is never in short supply (except for last summer).

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The ‘inner God’ belief

Posted by robertpriddy on November 5, 2018

Of the many variants of religious belief, there are two main groupings: those which assert a god who is the unseen creator of the universe and is far above and beyond human experience or full comprehension, and those which assert that God is reachable through inner experience and who intimately suffuses every human being, though so far remaining largely beyond the consciousness of all but fully spiritually illumined persons.

Professor Richard Dawkins has given a quite thorough account of the weaknesses and redundancy of the conception and belief in God mainly considered as an external (creative) cause or force acting upon the universe and mankind. Though he casts doubt on theism as such, he has not confronted what I deem considerably more numinous and mind-twisting conceptions of God as the omnipresent inner motivator of the universe and mankind. Though this ‘inner’ or personal Christ is found in Christianity too, not least in its mysticism, these ideas of ‘inner divinity’ are already gaining prominence, both in so-called New Age religions and bizarre forms of supposed ‘spirituality’, but not least in India, from where it seems to have originated long ago.

This brand of pan-theism is complex and can employ the subtlest causistry, so that even highly educated people with good language analytical skills are very easily taken in by its convolutions. Various interpreters of Adi Shankara’s non-dual philosophy (Advaita ) – including New Age variants are ingenious (one good example is Sri Nisagardatta’s book ‘I Am That’). Meanwhile, a noted European exponent of a non-dual God conception was the metaphysician Baruch Spinoza. Witness also the Sathya Sai Baba movement – consisting in some millions of believers with organisations in over 170 countries of the world, a striking example of the popularity of this ‘God is within, I Am God, You are God, Everything is God’ conception as embraced by a whole series of India’s Prime Ministers, Presidents, High Chief Justices etc. The substitution of the ‘new spirituality’ for traditional forms of theism has well begun. Imported Eastern thought and its re-invigoration since the 1960s plus the consequences of psychedelic experimentation are particularly involved. It has also diverse vulgarized forms, (eg. belief in ‘Jedi power’ rather than any traditional deity).

The sophistication and explanatory complexity of such pantheistic theories of omnipresent divinity is wide-ranging, it addresses many deep issues about our supposed ‘true nature’, ‘solves’ philosophical teasers about mind and matter, and explains paranormal phenomena and/or reported extra-sensory powers of all kinds. Some variants show very considerable rational resources – though they remain chiefly mental and not demonstrable experimentally. All in all, they are seen to be speculative to a high degree, resting on assumptions that are not borne out to any degree by empirical evidence or science. Once one is able to penetrate the labyrinthine theological explanations to get a critical overview of the whole conception they are seen to be self-defeating – the ultimate in long-distance circular reasoning. Its winding theoretical dead-ends can, however, have serious consequences for a persons’ life, especially since the common religious requirement of total faith in the particular doctrine and its promises of release from all cares and suffering (if not now, then in the hereafter).

To exercise ‘spiritual practices’ is the be-all-and-end-all of this resurgent religiosity. Such practices include the simplest forms like constant repetition of the Name of God, of prayers, of mantras and other verbal or oral sounds – devotional singing included. One very popular version of a path to spiritual realization is the stringent Pollyanna-mysticism of ‘A Course in Miracles’). At a more evolved level we find the concentration on action as an expression of one’s inherent divine nature – offering up all one does to God and ensuring that one acts according to supposed ‘divine commandments’ of one tradition or another. The most sublimated form of these ‘spiritual practices’ are those of service to mankind (regarded as service to God) – that is, doing good work selflessly. The inherent purpose of all these forms of ‘spiritual practice’ (Hindu sadhana) is claimed to be the attainment of identity with the Divine – or, worded differently, realisation of one’s own inherent and true nature as God. (There are many difficulties with this concept, of course – such as whether it should be a part of God or God per se!). This mysticism and its impracticability is extremely difficult to penetrate, not least because the claim is that one must commit  totally to it for a very long time to achieve its fruits- There is, of course, no way one can prove that such fruits – release from all suffering, never-ending bliss, consciousness etc are possible or can be achieved at all.

It seems that the expected demise of the ‘Church empires’ – partly because of their hollowness in the face of science, dryness in respect of personal daily experience – they may be replaced in much of the world by a much more personal (hence plastic and/or chameleon) idea of God which not only allows independence of worship but a wide range of personalised experiences of the supposed ‘universal omnipresent God’ through ritual, mediumism, channelling and other form of alleged religiosity. We are witnessing the start of what looks like a similar reaction as that which occurred when Roman civilisation and learning crumbled before the huge wave of fanatical Christian ascetics, anchorites and their supporters, as described so poignantly by Gibbon.

History shows that the predominant idea of God In societies and cultures within the range of history known to us has been of one or more animistic, theistic or deistic entities… a spirit, demigod or incarnation. These arose no doubt from a need to explain what (or who) rules over the environment and humankind – to supplicate and placate the imagined powers ‘outside’ the observable world or physical universe.

One hopes for the demise of such unsustainable ideas and beliefs – particularly in the doctrines and dogmas of traditional organized religions – in the face of the ever-growing and all-pervading importance of science as both an explanatory and a practical instrument of mankind – however long that may take (and if our species survives etc.). The unprecedented opening of the world to communication interaction, however, is bringing the silent global majority of religious believers more and more into conflict with the advance of human knowledge and culture that was once thought to be inevitable. Perhaps the clashes of mainstream religious dogmas which must surely leads to doubts and disillusion within them will eventually clear the way for secular, humanistic and non-faith-based societies… it is obviously too early to say. The intermediate phase would seem to be the rise and spread of the pantheism of the ‘inner reality’ brand. The search for “self-realization” in this mystical sense is the alluring attempt to find “the true self” as the creative motivator of both ‘the mind’ (i.e. minds) and its products, in short Divinity. This does not exclude the theistic bias – namely, that God can simultaneously be believed to be ‘behind’ all that happens – what we experience as reality – acting directly or indirectly as its ultimate cause (i.e. through ‘internal creationism’, where spirit creates the illusion of matter – itself taken as but an illusive mental-spiritual product). This pantheism is even sometimes extended to evolutionism — as an evolution of reincarnating and evolving ‘souls’ passing through a series of separate (biologically evolving) bodily incarnations.

Further, according to mentalist theories, the universe is conceived as the self-creation of mind, not of matter. This implies a philosophy of ‘mentalism’ as opposed to ‘physicalism’, which is the basis of many Eastern religious streams and – though in considerably weaker versions – in Western philosophy and ‘mystical’ thought. This ‘inner spirituality’ can fulfil the same psychological, social and emotional needs that long caused society’s dependence on an external God. With mentalism, one can have one’s cake and eat it – for ‘God is everything and everyone, within and without’. While logically and otherwise wholly untenable, demonstrating this becomes very tricky in the detail.

Nonetheless, the difficulties of this pantheistic position are considerable. It makes God equivalent to all being – so one cannot distinguish anything or anyone from God, not can one distinguish God any more than one can distinguish energy per se. In fact, one could substitute the word ‘energy’ with ‘God’ and vice-versa… as some do. The obvious difference that springs to mind, however, is that the concept of ‘energy’ is so very thoroughly and precisely defined and demonstrated – not least through the Einsteinian and quantum theories… whereas the idea ‘God’ is totally non-pragmatic and non-utilitarian, without any distinguishable reference and ultimately nothing but an all-encompassing term of terminal vagueness.

Perhaps we thereby arrive at something meriting Bertrand Russell’s amusing description “a night where all cows are black”, or the amusing but undeniable tautology ‘Everything is Everything’. (Note: Advaita – a variant of philosophical ‘mentalism’ – holds that matter is a mind-created ‘illusion’ (Maya) which is actually emptiness, hence: “Everything is Nothing and Nothing is Everything” – Sathya Sai Baba)

See also a deconstruction of the Hindu core ‘theology’:-  Advaita: failed theory of unity/non-dualism

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Sathya Sai Baba wrapped himself in false ‘mystery’

Posted by robertpriddy on October 25, 2018

Sai Baba maintainef his ‘mystery’ by avoiding giving straightforward answers

Sai Baba was a practiced master at seeming to answer a question or tell something while expressing it so ambiguously or obliquely that it amounted to saying as good as nothing. Every now and again he suddenly broke off mid-sentence and turned his attention to something else or another person. The disappointed person soon contrived an explanation, for this omniscient God had to be telling something deep and subtle through this behaviour. There is much talk about how to understand in a positive light things that it would be glaringly evident to independent persons are avoidance or manipulations by Sai Baba. I have to admit that I was taken in for a long time by some of his clever comments and half-spoken sentences…

I too spent much time searching to explain his words and acts. It was like searching for a needle in a haystack, and the results were seldom too convincing when I did find any. I even wrote articles in his journal Sanathana Sarathi at the behest of its editor (V.K. Narasimhan), all precisely to try to clear up some of his vague or contradictory statements. I now conclude that he mostly avoided really telling anything when he might have been trapped into an easily unproven answer, meanwhile leaving the devotee at least an illusion of having the attention of God Himself and a response the meaning of which would make itself known in good time. Those he talked to (very seldom more than one or two sentences) were told by yet blinder followers that they should be pleased, even grateful, for this divine blessing! Many were overwhelmed with gratitude for this audience which it was said by all devotees to be something one had striven towards through many previous lives packed with good actions! Many people want to believe such things and the more difficult their lives are, the more they apparently do. In the ashrams one believed in ‘thinking with the heart, not the head’. No one seems to realise that the heart (i.e. the emotions and irrational impulses) can deceive as much or even more than the head. The so-called ‘heart’ can be filled with feelings of inferiority, intense unfulfilled longing for love and further, bitterness and hate. Not exactly an infallible inner guru to rely on blindly in the face of common sense and informed reason, as most gurus like Sai Baba insist it is!

There is no doubt that the subjective experiences of interviews were felt as very good by most people (though not all, for some were told off strictly too). One can read hundreds of accounts that use superlatives beyond all reason. I can now see myself as misled and so ‘naively guilty’ of a much too one-sided and gold-tinted account of interviews in my book (‘Source of the Dream’). Therefore I choose to describe my summary of Sathya Sai Baba interviewees from the cool clarity of my eventual disillusion with them.

After attending several interviews they tended to become an anticlimax to persons who  still had a mind of their own, because so little could really be learned about anything from Sathya Sai Baba. He just reeled off his usual imprecise spiritual directions and followed – with few variations – a set of routines he had practised and perfected through thousands of interviews. Sometimes it was like a routine he entered, regardless of who was present. But this is certainly not how one’s first interviews seemed! Interviewees were often so worked up after months or years of his ‘Wait! Wait!’ instruction – and who can count what sacrifices and efforts many have made – and were mega-relieved to have ‘won’ an interview (as if they were pools’ winners). In interviews, many behaved as if in a daze, there was often a sense of staring, hypnotic happiness. Especially ladies, mostly having been constantly starved for the slightest attention at darshan, often gave themselves over to an orgy of gushing words about it afterwards, like ‘blissed out’, ‘spaced out by divine love’ and ‘eternal moments of realisation’. All of this reminds of some psycho-social orgasmic release of pent-up doubts and worries in surrendering to the delightful conviction, ‘So I am really one of God’s chosen children after all’. This conviction was always insecure, however, and Sathya Sai Baba would shake it time and again with his famous hypothetical ‘tests of faith’, i.e. his indifference, his neglect and much more besides until death… of that one could invariably be convinced and confident, at least!

From about 10 hours altogether in the various interview rooms with Sai Baba and from hearing and reading at least 100 accounts of interviews from other devotees (often noted in papers they circulate or in articles and books) and after countless hours of private discussion with Sai Baba’s translator at many interviews, V.K. Narasimhan, it is fair to say that Sai Baba seldom responded openly and frankly to what the questioner really wanted to know, but turned the question back at the questioner or spun the matter around somehow. If he didn’t reply (rather than, as often, turn to another person instead) what he said was frequently elliptical and off the point. He treated all questions or comments which he did not like in what my elderly contact, Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson, characterised to me very fittingly as follows:
“I recall when Karlis Osis and I had our first encounter with Sai Baba we both felt that he, apart from his great charisma, was a great prima donna, with a tremendous ego, and also kind of a Napoleon, with a ruler’s mind and tactics. Boasting, and illusions about one’s true characteristics is a part of such a psychological makeup, and in Sai Baba this is to a psychopathological degree unless one assumes the split-personality model to explain him, which I find tempting.”

What we would not accept as a valid or relevant answer from other people, many devotees would immediately accept as profound since it came from the one they believed to be omniscient. For example, when asked by a friend of mine from Copenhagen why it was that Jehova (i.e. God, i.e. Sai Baba) had not told the Jews about reincarnation, but asserted the contrary via the Bible. Sathya Sai Baba simply did not understand the question and asked to have it explained. (A divine joke that he can’t understand? I think not!). My Jewish friend said that the question was about reincarnation and intended to specify, but – without waiting to hear the actual question again – Baba replied brusquely, and in so many words, “Oh! Reincarnation! You cannot understand it. Do not try to think about it. It is like the seed and the fruit.” I saw that this answer was just a brush off, but afterward my friend claimed that it was a perfect answer! His view was that, because the question was one that his Jewish wife considered very important, Baba was telling that they should rather concentrate on other more important things. This is not untypical of Baba’s way of answering questions.

Sai Baba frequently replied so obliquely that no intelligible sense could be made of his words, or he changed the subject unexpectedly, or brushed it aside. The person concerned often took whatever came as a significant teaching or even a spiritual directive. This is also typical of evasive deceivers hoping to maintain others’ false perceptions, or to avoid being unmasked or incriminating themselves. In short, whatever Sai Baba replied, or however he avoided replying, was taken by devotees as a profoundly meaningful matter! If what he said seemed plainly mistaken, based on a misunderstanding or factually wrong, the devotee would twist and turn the words in every possible way and relate them to all manner of events past present, dreams, imagined things and so on until some kind of sense could be derived from the words… however unsatisfactorily. This was also the case when he did not reply or was gruff, or gave the brush off. It became a subject of constant meditation or worry, self-examination and self-doubt. I  witnessed this on many occasions. What hardly ever seemed to occur to the poor person who was struggling with these challenges was that Sathya Sai Baba might be wrong, might not know what he was talking about, bluffing or may simply have been inadequately equipped to deal with the question. Only after realising that Sai Baba was not at all what he claimed to be does all this gradually become as apparent as the sun in daylight!

See also how Sai devotees are induced into the cult of systematic rationalization through re-interpreting Sathya Sai Baba’s words and vague statements


 

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Ullrich Zimmermann and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 12, 2018

Ullrich  Zimmermann

In October 2008, the Equalizer (Moreno) blog Kevin Shepherd Exposed reproduced the gist of earlier Moreno assertions about Ullrich Zimmermann. This ex-devotee had provided three lengthy online video interviews describing his relationship with Sathya Sai Baba (d. 2011).

Gerald Joe Moreno (Equalizer) opted to caricature my comment that Zimmermann had contributed “one of the most arresting testimonies of sexual abuse” in relation to Sathya Sai Baba. Critics say that Moreno was desperate to distract attention from the basic issue of abuse.

Zimmermann was confused on many points by his indoctrination at an early age; he was only fourteen years old when he first contacted Sathya Sai in the ashram at Puttaparthi. An activity of sexual abuse is discernible in his reminiscences of the guru, accompanied by exaggerated references reflecting some devotee beliefs. Clinically, this sort of material is very evocative, and deemed important by psychiatrists and other specialists. 

The commentator Robert Priddy entitled his report Ex-Sai Devotee Speaks Out Convincingly, and in relation to sexual abuse. Moreno countered by saying that the testimony of Zimmermann was unbelievable. The Pro-Sai campaigner invented a series of verbal diversions.

Avoiding the crux,  Moreno resorted to a puerile argument that Kevin Shepherd, a “strong Anti-New Age advocate” was citing the testimony of “a New Age follower against [Sathya] Sai Baba.” I was supposed to be “giving credence to New Age beliefs.” Moreno diverted attention from the basic issue by stating that Zimmermann was “a New Age follower of Ramtha.” This theme was further twisted into the erroneous statement that I was “willing to give credence to New Age beliefs by claiming that New Age followers are intelligent, honest, credible and reliable.”

What I actually wrote on this subject earlier that same year contradicts the Moreno tangent: 

“It is obvious that Zimmermann and other Western devotees were afflicted by concepts and syndromes deriving from the ‘miracle’ projection which Sathya Sai encouraged at their expense. Some of them could not think clearly in emerging from their predicament. Zimmermann expressed misapprehensions about such matters as ‘genital switch miracles,’ and became further distracted by Ramtha channelling…. The due evaluation (by Priddy) is completely ignored by Moreno, who indulges in the injurious subversion of context for which he is notorious amongst ex-devotees…. Diverse analysts have concluded that it is useless to compose responses to such a sectarian agent of misrepresentation. 

“Despite confusions in the reports of Zimmermann, that source does testify to sexual abuse and the common acceptance of this disparity at the Puttaparthi ashram of the guru. Zimmermann narrates a personal experience of oral sex with the guru, and says that the homosexual activities of Sathya Sai were well known to many ashram residents. Such details serve to confirm other accounts such as those of ex-devotee Conny Larsson.” 

In contrast, Moreno (alias Equalizer)  chose the superficial and duplicit strategy of emphasising his “New Age” lore. He presented this distraction in a manner which supposedly passed the final judgment, and much to my detriment. “This information is going to be very disillusioning to Kevin Shepherd’s readers and admirers (as few as they are).” 
Again the note of contemptuous dismissal. Of course, in such a Pro-Sai argument I only had a few readers, whereas Moreno was obviously claiming a much larger number, meaning devotees of Sathya Sai Baba who believed his distortions and libels. Zimmermann was only one of the many testifiers to abuse, and Moreno could not stop the passage of information. 
Another defector from Sathya Sai Baba was the American  therapist Elena A. Hartgering,  whose account includes the following

“Dr. [Michael] Goldstein and other officials in the [Sathya Sai] organisation are suppressing information, and attacking former devotees who have testified against Sai Baba. There is, for example, a letter from a woman in California which was sent to all [regional] Center presidents. In our center it was suppressed by the president and devotions coordinator because they were told to do so by the regional president…. Sai devotees resent the organisation being labelled a cult, yet these are clearly cult practices [of suppression] and mind control techniques.” 

A favoured argument of Moreno was that Sathya Sai Baba had never been convicted of any crime, and therefore allegations of abuse were irrelevant. This theme is evasive and misleading, in view of contextual data concerning the compromised Indian police, and the influence of prestigious devotees in Indian law courts. For instance, a report from the Indian rationalist Basava Premanand informs that a youth was murdered in 1987 after fleeing from being sexually abused by the guru of Puttaparthi. This victim was “murdered by burning in the [Sathya Sai Baba] College campus in daylight.” The contested police verdict was suicide. Other students at the College protested to the police, with the consequence that their parents were given a warning of  police action.
One of the many sexual abuse instances is graphically described in the statement of a fifteen year old victim (an American). Sordid details in such accounts have been known to shock sensitive readers.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd 
ENTRY no. 15 
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Conny Larsson and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2018

Conny Larsson
On a website, I reported an address given by ex-devotee Conny Larsson at a FECRIS conference in 2006. In this relevant talk, Larsson furnished information concerning sexual abuses achieved by his former guru Sathya Sai Baba (d. 2011). Equalizer (Gerald Joe Moreno) reacted to my report by accusing me of endorsing Larsson’s “new age” activities. I had not done anything of the sort. 
There followed a tiresome spate of Moreno web accusations about my supposed support for Larsson’s fashionable and exotic “workshop” roles. I was obliged to refute this apologist tactic in a new web article. That article described Moreno (Equalizer, SSS108) as an internet terrorist. 
The idiosyncratic reasoning of Gerald Joe Moreno preferred to assume that anyone who mentioned what an ex-devotee said was necessarily in agreement with all the thinking and behaviour of the other party. This was a very illogical exercise in attempted stigma, and patently ridiculous. Strongly visible on Google were blog idioms of Equalizer such as “Shepherd’s desperate and shameless justifications and cover-ups for psychic medium Conny Larsson.” All this amounted to an apologist recourse of superficial rhetoric. 

I have never been in contact with Larsson, and merely reported relevant details about which he knew at firsthand. Those details can be encapsulated here by his well known observation that the Puttaparthi ashram of Sathya Sai was the scene of “a paedophile ring.” Larsson himself was encouraged by the guru into a homosexual relationship (with Sathya Sai) for four years.

Larsson’s book Behind the Mask of the Clown is very revealing. He relates how Sathya Sai sexually molested him in a private interview, but wished him to keep quiet about the new relationship. Larsson eventually discovered that he was not the only one in this predicament; there were many others. The guru even paid sexually exploited students and devotees, evidently desiring their attention at this intimate and secretive level. Larsson even says that the four men who died in the notorious bedroom murders at the Puttaparthi ashram were victims of sexual abuse whom he had known personally (see excerpts).
Close analysts remarked that the “Larsson complex” of Moreno served as a distraction from the strong allegations of sexual abuse lodged against Sathya Sai Baba. In trying to divert attention from the numerous allegations of abuse, Moreno invented fantastic scenarios for critics. He described this ruse in terms of “exposing” the critics.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd 
ENTRY no. 19 
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Sai Baba on the moon?

Posted by robertpriddy on September 25, 2018

The gullibility of Indian believers in Shirdi Sai Baba is only equalled (or surpassed) by that of those believing in Sathya Sai Baba. A Whatsapp message showing a morphed (faked) image of Shirdi Sai Baba’s face superimposed on the moon went viral, especially in the area around former Sathya Sai Baba’s HQ in Andhra Pradesh. Sathya, who claimed to be a reincarnation of Shirdi Baba, once announced he would give darsan from the moon later one evening and, despite complete overclouding causing him to retreat to his temple, countless Indians claimed to have seen Sai Baba’s face on the moon. Faked images were proliferated to ‘prove’ that Sathya Saai Baba DID appear on the moon. Now the same is playing all over again, but with Shirdi Baba.

See also SATHYA SAI BABA DARSHAN ON MOON


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