Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Asaram Bapu and co. cause flight disruption

Posted by robertpriddy on September 24, 2016

Police escort spiritual leader Asaram Bapu (L) outside an airport after his arrest in Jodhpur, in India's desert state of Rajasthan September 1, 2013. Police arrested Bapu from India's central Madhya Pradesh state late on Saturday night and transited him to neighbouring Rajasthan for further questioning on charges of sexual assault on a minor.

Police escorted spiritual leader Asaram Bapu outside an airport after his arrest in Jodhpur, in India’s desert state of Rajasthan September 1, 2013.

‘Who needs seat belts when God is with us?’: Asaram Bapu devotees create havoc on flight  (DNA INDIA report)
Self-styled Hindu godman Asaram Bapu and his brigade of devotees created commotion on a Jet Airways Jodhpur-Delhi flight, chanting slogans and refusing to sit through the entire flight duration, said three passengers who were on board, reported the Economic Times (ET). (Read more here)

ALSO: The Jet Airways Flight 9W 2552 flying from Jodhpur to Delhi was delayed as officials escorted Asaram Bapu onto the plane.

“At around 2:00 pm, suddenly, government officials and cops form a periphery near the airport security as people huddled as close as they could to see one certain Asaram Bapu in his infamous red beanie, being wheeled in on a chair. As they wheeled him towards boarding we could hear the word ‘Sai’ being murmured in veneration of the “God-man” who is being held on rape charges.

The flight takes off and there are no in-flight instructions given by the air hostesses. No instructions on how to operate the life safety jackets, or the oxygen masks if we needed them. We were left to fend for ourselves. …the crew who seemed to be only too caught up in asking Asaram Bapu’s followers to calm down and stay seated on an extremely turbulent flight, despite the fact that they could not seem to understand the importance of seat belts.

On being repeatedly asked and warned, quite half-heartedly, about being seated, the God-man’s followers, merely laughed it off and continued their acts of defiance of protocol. … all of Asaram’s whims were being prioritized, at the expense of the lives of the remaining flight passengers. When it got to an overwhelming point where we could not just sit and take it anymore, my co-passenger and I got hold of one of the cabin crew and asked her to please justify the reason for the horrific experience we were having.”

Asaram Bapu And Jet Airways Make Flight A Nightmare For Passengers

See also Asaram Bapu full dossier

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Swami Ambikananda at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram

Posted by robertpriddy on September 19, 2016

Swami Ambikananda takes darsan of Sathya Sai Baba, ca late 1960s

Swami Ambikananda takes darsan of Sathya Sai Baba, ca late 1960s (image from the Swedish   journal  ‘Søkaren’) 

The London-based Swami Ambikananda who was originally from Mauritius visited India and lived a while in the Himalayas, and also visited South India to see Sathya Sai Baba, the supposed reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba who Ambikananda worshipped. The above scene could have been either at Prashanthi Nilayam or Whitefield near Bangalore. Swami Ambikananda certainly visited Whitefield as I was present when he said the name was most unfitting, the place was a run-down dirty place. He had told that no words passed between Sathya Sai and himself, but that they had an unspoken understanding. He spoke frequently and reverently of Sathya Sai Baba during the 1970s (and probably until his death). At that time, Sathya Sai Baba was widely recognised as a pure, holy man and even an avatar (except to a very small number of critics). Not until around 2000 did the flood of testimonies of fraud, sexual abuses and involvement in bribery and murder surface, nor was the intensely secretive cultist nature of cover-up by all officials around him yet widely known.

Had Ambikananda live long enough to become aware of the massive allegations against Sathya Sai Baba, the chances are that he would have ignored them out of hand due to the respect he expressed for Sathya Sai Baba and the similarity between the teachings behind the spiritual endeavours they recommended. Not least, had he been truly prescient and had psychic powers to gain full insight into others, he would have known about Sai Baba’s massive failings. Had he been able to realise the extent and depth of Sathya Sai Baba’s deceptions, breaks of trust, countless abuses of young males and direct involvement in bribery and murder, he would have had to condemn them. He was perhaps fortunate to have died before the storm broke. Some of his former prominent followers had left him in favour of Sathya Sai Baba, but these too had later realised that Sai Baba’s fraud and deception was rife and consequently rejected him too.

I have written a thorough account of my involvement with Swami Ambikananda in the 1970s on my home page website here.

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Sathya Sai Seva Organisation’s three ‘initiatives’

Posted by robertpriddy on September 12, 2016

The declining powers-that-be at Prashanthi Nilayam which are losing a large proportion of the former following there are so unsuccessful in promoting Parthi that they now try to spread the word of the ‘false god’ to innocent and (hopefully for them) naive pilgrims in the tourist-cramped Rishikesh. They announced three initiatives, the first of which is to open a ‘Sathya Sai ghat’ beside the Ganges at Rishikesh so visitors and tourists can get a “safe and hygienic dip” in the the Ganges. How this can be guaranteed is anyone’s guess since it is known that the Ganges there is also polluted by effluents, corpses and chemical run-offs from agriculture. Of course, all Hindus are indoctrinated to believe that the waters of Mother Ganga are holy and hence pure to all who drink it. They will have a devotional concert promoting young ashram musicians there on one day in September.

The other two initiatives are nothing that they have not been trying, all to encourage youth to get involved in the Sai doctrine and the Vedas. They need to try and wrench back some of those flocking to the even more false and calculating guru money cult at Muddenahalli who worship the ex-student who is impersonating Sathya Sai Baba and pretending that his body is ‘taken over’ by the spirit (or spectre?) of his former consort ‘Sukshma Baba’ (or Madhu Sudan) This was announced in The Hans, India.

Muddenahalli Sai Baba Trust Fraud in Nigeria
Madhusudan’s remorseless selfish ego exposed by ‘brother’
Subtle Baba not so subtle after all, but substantial?
Sri Madhu Sudan – communicator of Sai Baba’s discourses
Does Sathya Sai Baba need a ‘communicator’?
Muddenahalli manifestation of Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba replacements: Sukshma Sai, Prema Sai
Sai Baba anniversary face-off
‘Subtle Sai Baba’ gets more demanding
Indulal Shah deserts the Prashanthi Nilayam faithful
Sathya Sai Central Trust vs. Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust
Prashanthi vs. Muddenahalli – major court action underway
Prashanthi-Muddenahalli bitter war erupts
Sai Baba’s ‘ship of fools’ moving to Muddenahalli
Deep schism between two core Sai Baba factions
Sai Baba’s broken reputation unrepairable
Muddenahalli Sukshma Baba demands more money
Saikingdomcome vs. Muddenahalli medium
Delirious devotees worship images of oracle boy
More Muddenahalli demands for cash

 

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Sathya Sai Baba’s dual nature?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 22, 2016

According to most Hindu gurus and ‘godmen’, we are all divine, while we nonetheless are human with limitations and failings. This was Sathya Sai Baba’s “teaching”, though he frequently stated that he was the actual creator of the universe, the Deity of deities at whose feet all prayers eventually arrive. However, he occasionally stated outright that his body was no different to any body, subject to the same laws and influences. According to this pretension of having essentially a dual human-and-divine nature, there is no reason why he as a human embodiment should not be equally as capable of adharmic (i.e. immoral)  behaviour, (i.e ‘bad actions) as anyone else. The evidence that emerged over the decades overwhelmingly shows that this was so. One may conclude that he was essentially like all other human beings and his claim of superhuman power and holiness were a sham.

Many of those who lived very close to Sai Baba for any period of time (and I mean those who speak Telugu or at least some closely related language) have been of the opinion that Sai Baba had what they call a “very human” side (as distinct from a divine or superhuman side’). For example, Prof. Gokak and N. Kasturi would tell that he can be as fallible in daily doings as the next person… sometimes forgetting things, losing things, mis-hearing what is said to him, misunderstanding what is said and so forth. Such very close attendants of Sai Baba include the young man Krishna who shared Baba’s rooms for years when he and Baba were in their late teens/early twenties (Baba declared Krishna as his ‘soul brother’ and was accompanied by him in his chariots even on Gurupoornima days in Puttaparthi). (See Krishna Kumar’s testimony here)

Sai Baba’s closest servitor through decades, who had full access at any time and had rooms beside Sai Baba’s, was Colonel Joga Rao, an ex-Army engineer who designed and directed many of Sai Baba’s major building projects. Joga Rao stated he joined Baba’s service on the understanding that he would work for him but would not believe in the miracles, omniscience etc., a position he maintained even when – with some degree of disbelief and shock – I was told this in 1996 by one of Sai Baba’s favourites, V.K. Narasimhan. This fact was covered up throughout the ashram and organisation so that few knew of it. It would have been critical for all Sai Baba’s materialisation claims had it become widely known. It was later confirmed to me by other persons who knew Joga Rao. Nonetheless, for many years, Joga Rao arranged the picnics where Sai Baba ‘found’ golden statuettes. lingams and the like in heaps of sand at isolated spots, and also followed him at darshans repeatedly taking letters Baba had collected, handing him his handkerchief. Photos and numerous disclosures by students make clear that Baba received vibuthi pills from his attendants which he would shortly ‘materialise’ for devotees before him.

Dr. V. Gokak, who was long the Chancellor of the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, also held that Baba had a ‘very human’ side, and – when Baba suffered a hairline fracture of the hip after slipping on a bar of soap in his bathroom in 1989 – Gokak reported to his long-term friend and co-devotee, Mrs Kanta Devi of Hawaii, that Gokak shed tears when he told her how each day he saw the suffering of Baba lying up at in Trayee Brindavan at Whitefield. He told her how Sathya Sai Baba was very depressed and complained to him of his continual pain and discomfort. This conflicts totally with all he repeatedly said at the time about his not suffering anything whatever.

A person’s character depends largely on their childhood environment, education and social development etc. Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson’s view – based on his own experience of Sathya Sai and backed up by both what Prof. Kasturi, Krishna Kumar and Smt. Vijayamma have told him – is that Sai Baba was a coarse villager subject to human failings – very domineering and self-glorifying – despite his reported para-normal abilities and charismatic personality. Haraldsson himself proved some of the biggest claims to be false (the alleged resurrection of Walter Cowan). When the filmed evidence of sleight-of-hand and many testimonies of fraud and sexual abuse surfaced, Haraldsson withdrew from the discussion claiming he had no evidence to go on, while in fact he visited me often and I showed him indisputable evidence of Sai Baba’s fraud and wrongdoing. Only after I exposed Haraldsson’s disingenuity on-line did he try to save his reputation by visiting the ashram well after Sai Baba’s death and collecting stories to support his personal interest as a parapsychologist in believing that Sai Baba was never caught in any fraud and make an extended edition of his lucrative book. He had himself caught out Sai Baba in fraud about bringing people back to life, but he was not shrewd enough to understand that the countless exposers of Sai Baba are in the right. By refusing to contact and investigate the claims of experiencing fraud first-hand by any of the many persons I knew or to whom I could provide him access, he has most seriously impugned his self-proclaimed standing as a neutral scientist.

Sathya Sai Baba regularly showed what many regard as human ‘failings’ – i.e. boastfulness, visible anger, untruthfulness, general avoidance/dislike of women, put-downs of people and jokes at their expense, frequent haughty unapproachability and much more. These he (and his sycophants) claim are part of his ‘Maya’, roles he assumes only to teach and guide. Very convenient explanation to hide from the plain truth of the matter – he has had such failings since boyhood! As Krishna Kumar, his room-mate for years when he was young, told Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson. This ‘very human aspect’ also explains the adharmic activities in which he is alleged to have been so deeply involved, especially in condoning the blackmail by his own younger brother Janakira Ramiah of the Puttaparthi police to murder in cold blood four intruders into his bedroom. His massive bribery of all family members and long-term residents of his ashram was but one instance of his corrupt dealings. (see here). Far from least of his human failings is known through the extensive allegations of his sexual molestation from young men in many countries in different eras from the 1950s onwards of sexual molestations and known and attested paedophile activities with his students and schoolboys.

See a complete documented overview of Erlendur Haraldsson’s failed researches and views on Sathya Sai Baba

See extensive list of mail exchanges between Haraldsson and Priddy

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Asaram Bapu celebrates 3 full years in Jodhpur jail

Posted by robertpriddy on August 10, 2016

Big jolt to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, court rejects bail plea for 9th time in three years  – August 9, 2016
He has been three years in Jodhpur jail since August 2013. Everyone who is not a devotee knows he is guilty of many horrendous crimes. http://zeenews.india.com/news/rajasthan/big-jolt-to-self-styled-godman-asaram-bapu-court-rejects-bail-plea-for-9th-time-in-three-years_1916760.html

August 4th:-  Asaram rape case: Hassled by over-enthusiastic followers, cops file plea for shifting trial to jail again   Hassled by the over-enthusiastic followers of Asaram Bapu gathering in large numbers during his court appearances in the rape case, police have again moved a plea in Rajasthan High Court for shifting the trial to jail premises.

See also Asaram Bapu full dossier

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Muddenahalli Sai Baba Trust Fraud in Nigeria

Posted by robertpriddy on August 5, 2016

The Muddenahalli ‘oracle boy’ and his entourage visited Nigeria, evidently hoping to rake in donations from unsuspecting and vulnerable people who believe their tall stories about how deceased Sathya Sai Baba ‘inhabits’ the body of Sukshuma Baba to give discourses, produce rings and give darshan plus much else. IT appears they miscalculated by visiting the home of international scams where the authorities are wise to fraud by criminal gangs:-

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The following was put out by the opponents of theMuddenahalli gang:-

SATHYA SAI INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION:    MUDDENAHALLI FRAUD EXPOSED IN NIGERIA

Truth has been uncovered upon the Muddenahalli Group consisting of Madhusudan Rao Naidu, Narasimha Murthy, Isaac Tigrett, C. Srinivas, Arun Dhareshwar (former executive staff of United Bank of Africa) and their Nigerian collaborators, Fr. Charles Ogada, Anant Rao (executive working with United Bank of Africa) and Ashok Pai (executive working with Diamond Bank). The so called ”big bosses” of Muddenahalli were arrested by Nigeria Police Force in Enugu on 26th July 2016 for investigations pertaining to cheating, defrauding innocent Nigerians, conspiracy, and deceiving innocent people with ulterior motives to collect handsome donations, amongst other charges. It is a known fact that this group has been cheating and defrauding innocent people in the name of Sathya Sai Baba across the globe.

As per sources, the Muddenahalli camp has collected huge donations in the name of Sathya Sai Baba. The above-named individuals are being investigated for their nefarious activities. The Group sneaked into Nigeria under the false pretence of being the guests of Anant Rao (one of the collaborators) but were actually in Nigeria for various other activities, including but not limited to collecting donations by defrauding innocent Nigerians under the name of Sathya Sai Baba.

During interrogation by police in Nigeria Madhusudan Rao Naidu, who falsely projects himself, and is being referred to, as “Light Body Swami” (in this context – Medium pretending to receive direct communication from God and passing on such communication to individuals) denied ever assuming himself or projecting himself as “Light Body Swami and stated that he never received any Messages from any divine source”.

Sathya Sai devotees who have been following the Muddenahalli Group can now see the TRUE FACE OF MADHUSUDAN RAO NAIDU and his fraudulent, dubious tactics. It has always been rightly said that the Muddenahalli Group are imposters preaching nothing but falsehood. The so-called ”Light Body Swami” was pleading and crying profoundly claiming innocence and “not-guilty”, like any other criminal before the authorities! The Muddenahalli Group was exposed in Nigeria by the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) Zone 9A, Region 93, for disgraceful activities, fraud, deceiving many innocent Sathya Sai devotees, innocent Nigerians and for disrupting Bhagawan Baba’s sacred Mission.  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Pcd4RD_n8LUWdyWVc1QjJlVDA/vie)

 

Comment from Srikanth Uppuluri: This news of another sister group being exposed or caught in a muddle does not absolve the Puttaparthi or the Central Trust or the International group itself of Sathya Sai Baba own’s crimes and sins committed on innocent believing devotees even while he was alive and Presiding over these organizations. Sathya Sai Baba himself was the Embodiment of Hypocrisy and conned gullible people such as my sister who worked for his organization as a doctor for many years. Note that Sathya Sai Baba himself was nothing more than a conman and beggar who received funds from donees who built their empires by dint of their hard work.

Let not the SSIO or the SSCT or folks in Prashanti Nilayam exult at this news.
Their organization’s grave too will be dug very soon….and Sri Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba will turn around in his grave to evidence what he himself said..which is…TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL…THAT TRUTH is in my hands….and it shall be established….Let all apologists of these groups too know this….And be prepared to face it….

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Was Sathya Sai Baba a Divinity?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 30, 2016

The alleged dual nature of Sathya Sai Baba as avatar – divine and human in one – is nothing more than the common Hindu doctrine that human beings are divine themselves, but invariably do not realise it. Only when a ‘fully realised’ spirit descends to take on a human incarnation, so the avatar story goes, is a human being able to be fully conscious of everything… and that means nothing less than omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent.
This makes a distinction between two kinds of manifestation, actually being God in a human form vs. being human in only a Godlike form. This doctrine aims to convince people that they should strive towards realisation of God.

It would be hard to devise a more subtly beguiling doctrine to gain influence over people without the preacher of it having to deliver any convincing proof. So those who hold this, and who claim to be avatars (and there are a surprising number of them in India), are promoting a speculation, sometimes even knowing it to be a falsehood.

So can human beings really become liberated and hence omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent (i.e. fully God-realised)? To test this, one has to believe it positively and to strive totally towards that end using all time, energy and other means, because it is a lifelong task (all gurus agree on that). This is even more risky than betting absolutely everything on one belief coming true, though one has no real information about it whatever. Because everyone one knows who dies evidently has not achieved that goal, the doctrine explains that – though you has hard luck this time around, the soul will then be reborn in a fresh body so one may try again, and again and so on. In short, an extremely uncertain wager for a goal, the nature of which one cannot possibly know. It is sheer belief without any empirical foundation whatsoever.

What self-proclaimed all-knowing Sai Baba predicted about hundreds of matters did not come true. His own life ended in a most ignominious way and long before he had famously predicted. His constant deceits and frauds are well known by now, as well as his sexual abuses and involvement in the cold-blooded murder of four devotees in 1993 and massive bribery to cover it up.. No one in their right mind can claim that he demonstrated divinity or turned out to be what he claimed, the eternal and pure Creator of the Universe!

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Fake Buddhist monks a growing global problem

Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2016

Not enough that many Hindu gurus model themselves of Sai Baba to deceive and fleece their followers under false pretences, but according to the Buddhist writer Heather Wardle in the journal ‘Lion’s Roar’, we read:-

“In many major cities around the world, men posing as Buddhist monks with shaven heads and monk’s robes harass passers-by for money and react angrily when confronted. According to CTV News, the problem has recently increased across New York City, particularly at tourist destinations including Times Square and the High Line public park.” she was quoting T.K. Nakagaki, president of the Buddhist Council of New York.

Last year, the panhandling monks were dubbed “holy terrors” and the “new squeegee men of New York” by the The New York Post, and according to The New York Times they are “ubiquitous” in the city. The problem grew to such an extent that Facebook pages such as “Fake Monks in New York City” were created to warn others of the issue. There have also been sightings of female panhandlers posing as Buddhist nuns.

According to multiple reports, the faux-monks approach pedestrians and ask them to sign a petition for peace before offering a medallion or bracelet and pushing for donations that will supposedly be donated to a temple in Thailand. Reports of this type of panhandling began surfacing around 2012 and over the years there have been an increasing number of news stories about the impostors appearing in cities in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Cambodia. In January 2015, The New Zealand Herald reported that, according to a woman who was trained to pose as a nun, a Chinese syndicate was behind the fraud. The woman had paid a fee of 10,000 renminbi (US$1613) to be trained and equipped as a fake Taoist nun, and a portion of the cash she collected was sent to the syndicate leaders.

The acts of the panhandling monks are seen as disrespectful to the Buddhism. Traditionally, Buddhist monastics accept donations of food they are offered while on on alms rounds. There’s a simple way to spot a fake monk. A real monk will never aggressively beg for money. If you see a fake monk aggressively panhandling you can register a complaint with the local police. In most cities police are unable to act unless they receive complaints from the public.” (see
http://www.lionsroar.com/fake-buddhist-monks/)

Sathya Sai Baba was undoubtedly the best known self-proclaimed God Avatar and spiritual guru in the last several decades, especially in India but also among countless spiritual aspirants in almost every country in the world. His unprecedented success in gathering a massive following – including many royals, top politicians, celebrities and a vast financial fortune has showed the way for other gurus to accumulate devotees, wealth, uncounted sexual partners and power. This also included Buddhist monks from far and wide.

Other Buddhists – especially some highly reputed Tibetan monks- have been just as worldly regarding money, sex and power as Hindu gurus! For example, in the 1960s when I came to know the inside story of Trungpa Rinpoche who had come to UK and was highly-regarded (by the credulous). Friends of mine were at his retreat in Scotland where this celibate holy man was seducing girls as soon as he got to UK. He became infamous (to non-followers) as a womanizing drunkard and he reportedly died of AIDS. See TimeMagazine’s report on Trungpa:  Subsequent experiences here in Oslo with a Tibetan Buddhist temple were much the same… sex and money was the ruling ‘dharma’.

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Isaac Tigrett on the go again

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2016

Isaac Tigrett is busy touring all over the world, claiming a prestigious place on the stage with ‘oracle boy’ Madhusudhana Naidu, the controversial self-proclaimed spokesman for ‘subtle sai baba’ (you have to use your imagination to believe there is an invisible baba). 

Recently in California, the plans were announced by oracle boy to start a free ‘Super Speciality Hospital’ in the state of Mississippi in America, and Isaac will be in charge. He has already been warned about the “opposition and threats” that will try to hinder his mission. One wonders how many rich fools there are to finance such a venture? 

One also wonders what has become of the “Mystic Inn of the 7th Ray” mammoth new age project that Isaac proclaimed to the world in 2012 and has since gone exactly nowhere since then? One cannot find information about any development whatsoever and the Facebook page and website started to offer news on the venture, has not been updated in years. http://www.mysticinnofthe7thray.com/

Below are quotes regarding the hospital-to-be in Mississippi; will this also be yet another dead-end venture of the now quite aged and cash-poor Isaac Tigrett? There is also a video of Isaac saying online that oracle boy wants him to open a casino in Las Vegas: joke or not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swY8110AZ_8

“This occasion was used to announce that a Super Speciality Hospital will be built in the state of Mississippi. (It is the poorest place in the United States). Also that Isaac Tigrett will spend a little more time with him in India before he moves to United States to continue his assignments which included this project.

“It will be a very difficult undertaking as there will be opposition and threats from many people.  When confronted by this negativity, he should call upon Sai Baba who will immediately take care of the situation.”

Tigrett and his supernatural wonders that fade away never cease to amuse us! This buffoon presumably still has some cash stashed away… or is he relying on the rump of the US SSO donors? Or is it is crystal skull he put in the pyramid in Memphis that is working its magic at last?
A casino in Las Vegas could be a likely financial source for this Hard Rock, beer and beef-burger entrepreneur – taking money from the rich suckers to build a monument, allegedly to Swami – whether the dead one or the invented ‘subtle Sai’, who can say. The whole satirical saga is unbeatable and unbearably weird. The Mystic Inn of the Seventh Ray, which Sai Baba designed with his close buddy, Isaac, will have to wait for any future successful claimant to wear the mantle of Prema Sai, I suppose.

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Puttaparthi Ghost Town

Posted by robertpriddy on July 15, 2016

Baba’s demise eclipses Puttaparthi’s glory  by The Hans India. We read that many foreign devotees of Baba have stopped visiting the small town of Puttaparthi:-

“Puttaparthi (Anantapur): The pilgrim town of Puttaparthi which ruled the roost as an international tourist destination for more than three decades is virtually a ghost town today. The demise of Sathya Sai Baba,a renowned religious teacher on April 24, 2011 set the tone for its gradual decline.”
There was life in the township which is today conspicuous by its absence.  At least 10,000 tourists from around the country and abroad were seen on any given day. Foreign tourists had purchased flats in apartments and villas in the sprawling gated communities and used to stay for months and inland tourists for weeks. Many had planned post retirement life in the spiritual town and had purchased flats.
Today there are no takers for those wanting to dispose them off. With the soul of Puttaparthi no more, the sheen of the town has been lost and a despondency among devotees set in.
Now there is hardly any business except on selected days such as birthday anniversary and death anniversary of Baba.
Even NRI’s from Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius and African countries who used to come for darshan of Baba are no longer returning. Overnight, restaurants, lodges and ayurvedic massage centers had lost their business and many have downed their shutters. Foreign currency exchange was big business then. Today there are hardly a few such counters.” 
Read more at http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2016-07-01/Babas-demise-eclipses-Puttaparthis-glory-/238832

The Hans also notes that the Sathya Sai Airport, which once had regular weekly flights, has closed down. It cannot be sold, despite being on the market for many years, with considerable added sweeteners.

See also:-
Sathya Sai Airport “white elephant” for sale!
Puttaparthi becoming a ghost town? (2011)
Puttaparthi’s white elephant airport plea

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Sathya Sai Baba film confusion continues

Posted by robertpriddy on July 10, 2016

Malayalam actor Sreejith Vijay to play biopic on godman Sathya Sai Baba Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 13:38

“Legendary Telugu filmmaker Kodi Ramakrishna, who has over 100 films to his credit, is currently working on the biopic of Puttaparthi Sai Baba, and it features Malayalam actor Sreejith Vijay in the title role.Being made with the support of members from Sai Baba’s mission, nearly 40 percent of the ambitious project has already been shot. Ramakrishna plans to release the film in as many Indian languages as possible because of the godman’s popularity.“It took me over 5 years to get this project started. It wasn’t easy to find a producer and more importantly the right actor for the lead role. Initially, Malayalam actor Dileep was really excited to be part of the project and I was equally elated. However, I feared that his star image might come in the way of the character and I may have to make changes to satisfy him as well as his fans. Hence, I skipped the idea of working with him and instead roped in Sreejith, who is relatively lesser known,” Ramakrishna told The News Minute. With another five months of the shoot left, Ramakrishna hopes to release the film early next year. It will have a wide theatrical release, he assured.”


The film that took five years due to lack of support and now heavily financed with funds from “members from sai baba’s mission” and a change of lead actor. Will Kodi Ramakrishna finally finish and release this long NOT-awaited film? The word is a release “early next year” but we have heard that line several times already over the last few years. Not holding our breath.

See also:-
Film ‘Baba Sathya Sai’ shelved
Satya Sai Baba film trailer review
‘Baba Satya Sai’ film demotes the swami to a ‘Demigod’
Sathya Sai Baba film (shooting in Parthi)
Two Sai Baba films to compete against BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’?
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Puttaparthi: rubbish foraging pigs menace residents

Posted by robertpriddy on July 9, 2016

Pig Menace

Puttaparthi (Anantapur): Sai devotees residing at Rangasai apartment on Chitravati road on Tuesday staged a sit-in on the road demanding officials to take steps to save them from the pig menace. On account of the garbage thrown on the roads, they pointed out that pigs are roaming free on the Chitravati Road posing a potential health hazard to residents of the area.Moreover, the area is reeking in foul smell as residents of the apartments are disposing of garbage near the apartment complex. The devotees say that they are facing untold problems because of the foul smell and pig menace while going and coming from Sai Baba Samadhi daily. They asked the officials to take steps to clear the garbage over night ensure steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.

When the issue was taken to the notice of the municipal commissioner Vijaybhaskar Reddy, he assured the protestors to solve the problem after taking it up with the municipal councillors.

The self-proclaimed almighty god, Sathya Sai Baba, who promised to protect his devotees, especially in the holy precincts of Prashanthi Nilayam is not protecting them from a pig menace! There were always many pigs around but nowadays not enough residents to chase them off, apparently. It is no doubt dangerous, they can be aggressive! Instead of make demands, the devotees should take upon themselves some public ‘selfless service’ to clean up the filthy garbage where the pigs root for food, just as so many Indians do with Sathya Sai Baba Badly Failed. E.g., See Inspiring Tedx Talk On ‘The Ugly Indian’ Movement. Despite the constant talk and boasting of doing selfless service by Sai Baba and his followers, it was quite evident to observers that – even in the heyday – there was relatively little done by the residents or visitors to the ashrams compared to all the overblown the publicity about it.

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Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai – leader of cults

Posted by robertpriddy on July 3, 2016

Dr. Art-Ong Jumsai of Thailand has long been a totally uncritical member of the Sathya Sai Baba cult, where he performed on the a lunatic fringe with miracle stories, futile cures for all ills, a rigid and redundant educational model for schools and much besides. Since the demise of Sathya Sai Baba, Jumsai has come to promote ‘pyramid power’, claims contact with aliens and UFOs, and thinks he is descended from Egyptian sorcerers. It is all very entertaining, but, as scientists point out, is not suitable teaching as it involves false beliefs. He is the subject of a petition to remove him from the Office of Basic Education Commission.

PYRAMID CULT LEADER APPOINTED TO REFORM PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM

By Khaosod English

Mr. Art-ong’s appointment has alarmed many Thai scientists because of his association with a “pyramid cult” and endorsement of pseudo-scientific ideas.

Mr. Art-ong, an engineer who reportedly collaborated with NASA on several projects, is heavily involved with the Baan Suan Pyramid movement, a cult that claims to posses the ability to heal sick people with “pyramid power” and boasts a lineage to ancient Egyptian “sorcerers.” Mr. Art-ong gave lectures at many of the group’s gatherings, including an occasion in which he claimed “pyramid power” can slow down the decay of fruit.

Mr. Art-ong  has also expressed his belief in extra-terrestrials; he asserted in one lecture that he could communicate with the “UFOs” that were hovering over the earth. As of the time this article is published, international astrophysicists have unanimously agreed that Earth has not been visited by any extraterrestrial civilisations.

To protest his appointment, Chulalongkorn University scientist Mr. Jessada launched an online petition calling for the removal of Mr. Art-ong from the OBEC subcommittee. “If Dr. Art-ong, a believer in pseudoscience, has the role in reforming curriculum, he may use beliefs that are not based on credible science to affect his decisions about reforming the curriculum,” the petition reads. “It may lead to teaching false beliefs to Thai youth.”

See also – Art-ong Jumsai’s fanciful mind takes flight again

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Vellor Krishnan Ramakrishnan Raghavan

Posted by robertpriddy on June 28, 2016

Usually I do not post defamatory materials that are posted as comments. However, I make an exception now after getting a completely mendacious attack on me from one of the few remaining elders at Prashanthi Nilayam, 74-year-old Vellor Krishnan Ramakrishnan Raghavan. As a comment to my posting ‘Narasimha Murthy’s imprudent interview & consequences’) Raghavan wrote:

“Robert Priddy came to Puttaparthi after worshipping Bhagawan Baba for over 12 yrs.He claimed that he was called by Swami in a mysterious way. At Puttaparthi he expected special treatment from Swami.But Swami neglected him till he lost his patience. At the last minute Swami granted interview and lambasted him for his impatience and pronounced self-importance. When this half-baked devotee complained to Swami that he could not get shanthi(peace) in the ashram, Swami told him in no uncertain terms that shanthi or prashanthi was not sold across the counter in the shops in Puttaparthi. An aspirant has to earn it by steadfast spiritual sadhana in the midst of chaos. That was the quality of a real devotee.This psuedo devotee who had even authored a book on Bhagawan, should refresh himself by reading his own writings. Millions of learned devotees like me know from our own personal experiences that Bhagawan Baba is God. I am 74 yrs.of age and am worshipping Him for over 42 yrs. I am enjoying every moment of my devotion. I pity this man.Hail Sai. VKR Raghavan,India.” 

as Ragahavan

In response to Vellor Krishnan Ramakrishnan Raghavan, I – Robert Priddy, rebut his deeply untruthful comment. I once knew Raghavan through my close confidante and friend, V.K. Narasimhan, who was incidentally far superior to him in knowledge, world experience and friendliness. I have to say such a liar as Raghavan is no gentleman, also being one who does not even respect the teachings of his swami, (such as do not criticize others, look only at yourself, speak only softly and the truth etc.. which directives I personally reject as being mostly simplistic and unrealistic). Worse still, he contrives despicable lies about me which require a response.

I was a follower of Sathya Sai Baba for over 18 years and the leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organisation for most of that time. I did not go to Puttaparthi “after worshipping Bhagawan Baba for over 12 yrs.” but in 1984, about 2 years after I became fascinated with Sathya Sai Baba. My wife and I had five long (2-hours) interviews with Sathya Sai Baba (with 5 private interview sessions) plus many contacts during darshan over 18 years.  Sai Baba never once lambasted me in any way, but on the contrary (and just now for the record) told the interviewees that I have a ‘very good mind’ and am ‘Good, good, very good’ and on more occasions than one. (However, I was not much affected as I know myself for better and worse and have been immune to flattery ever since I grew up). He gave me what he called a diamond (about 6 carat and green set in an 18 carat gold ring. It was much later assayed and found to be a cheap synthetic sapphire with green tinfoil behind to enhance the brilliance). He did so almost certainly because the day before I had told him in interview that I would make a major donation (he asked me how much!). However, I did not have the means to pay then and only did so considerably later on.  Sai Baba never said a word about me being impatient either. People who knew me in countless meetings, study circles and so forth were aware that I have shown perhaps too much patience with persistent rule-breakers, profiteers and domineering egos.

I have never complained about not getting peace, as Raghavan writes. It is also a total mendacious invention that “Swami told him in no uncertain terms that shanthi or prashanthi was not sold across the counter in the shops in Puttaparthi.” Nothing remotely like that was ever said in any interview I attended. Raghavan would now have liked it had it been so, so he invented it! What kind of ‘spiritual person’ is that? This is not at all untypical of the countless attackers of all dissidents who have spoken out… disinformation, half-truths and lies were also daily far at Sai Baba ashrams. I did eventually write a positive book about Sai Baba which he signed in 1994 and I know full well everything I wrote there and have commented on it in web pages to put the record straight. Later, after 2000, I felt ti incumbent upon me to take on the onerous duty of setting the record straight and spill the beans about all the countless shocking facts I eventually came to know. I only learnt from several of my personal friends after 2000 – truly honest and good persons – that Sathya Sai Baba took advantage of their devotion to abuse them sexually. The testimonies from literally hundreds of persons altogether that he was a sexual abuser (and that included school children at his school down to 6 years of age) was what caused my final break with him and the beginning of a long and intensive investigation of all aspects of Sai Baba. The results are found on these web pages. As to learned devotees, I have met most of the VIPs and I could only recognise genuine learning in a handful. V.K. Narasimhan, my closest friend at Prashanthi Nilayam was one such and I have recorded his struggles and extensive private views, poor man. That Sathya Sai Baba approved the execution of the four devotees who attacked his servitors in 1993 is certain, there were witnesses and at least one who had a privileged access to the events as they took place that night (Eileen Weed or ‘Divya’ who speaks Telugu and lived for years in the apartment of Venkamma, the unbelieving elder sister of Sai Baba), and she also saw the truly huge bribes paid out via Sai Baba’s private messenger to many resident families to keep silent about what they knew.
See a fuller rebuttal of Raghavan’s spiteful concoction here: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/28/raghavan.html

The sexual abuses are covered in full here
while the murder episodes and cover-up are investigated fully here

Comment from ‘Divya’ (Eileen Weed):
“Excellent rebuttal! I find it amusing that the elderly Indian adherents are not only active online, but keeping up on your blogs! They must surely know about all the horrible sexual abuses done by their ‘god’ and, like several of my foreign permanent resident former friends in Puttaparthi, declare, “He is god, whatever he does is OK and for the best.” They believe such shocking declarations though the failure of all of their god’s predictions are staring them in the face: The whole world is not coming to Puttaparthi as sb predicted, rather it is now a ghost town and devotees are split into warring factions, while the world continues to move further from the promised ‘golden age’.”

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Art-ong Jumsai’s fanciful mind takes flight again

Posted by robertpriddy on June 25, 2016

The very few remaining sb adherents desperately clinging onto their faith despite a mountain load of evidence showing their ‘guru’ isn’t what he claimed to be: the well-known and admired amongst devotees, Dr Jum Sai, proclaims his faith that sb will ‘come again’. The devotees call this ‘confirming’ an action they hope will take place! Of course the ‘oracle boy’ believers think it is already happening. 
The devotee who wrote the email says it best, that the ‘second coming’ (not of the birth of a reincarnation of ‘Prema Sai’, but something before then), may be “the only miracle…to unify his worldwide devotees”. Sadly for them, no such miracle will happen. It is only in the minds of the misled devotees that any miraculous event can be imagined.

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Jenny Socrate  Date: 2 June 2016 at 13:38 – Subject: DR. JUM SAI CONFIRMS
OM SRI SAI RAM !!!!
IF YOU STILL BELIEVE….. AND HOPE ! SAI’S COMING BACK IS THE ONLY MIRACLE THAT MAY HAPPEN TO UNIFY HIS WORLDWIDE DEVOTEES….
JENNY

From: SATHYA VINODH   Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 7:42 AM    To: jenny socrate Subject: DR. JUM SAI CONFIRMS
Sairam  Jenny,
The following is a small article published by Sreejith in his SKTC website. I have copied and pasted here. Here Dr. Art-ong Jumsai  Confimrs about Swamis Reappearance.

Dr. Jumsai

Dr. Jumsai

By Sreejith Narayanan:
I was fortunate to be part of the recently concluded USA Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat where Dr. Art-ong Jumsai was one of the chief guests. During his talk, Dr.Jumsai briefly expressed his belief that Sri Sathya Sai Baba would return to earth in a younger body before the promised Prema Sai Advent. Brother Waris Faridi, who was one of the devotees present, approached Dr.Jumsai later on to enquire and obtain more details. Dr.Jumsai clarified to Brother Waris that he indeed meant the reappearance of the Sathya Sai form and that he made his conclusions after deep thought and considering many things. He also said that very little time is left before Prema Sai’s return and that Swami must come to finish the work that is necessary for Prema Sai to make His appearance. Brother Waris then asked him if he would concur with the idea that this appearance of Swami would be of a Shiva aspect and he agreed, adding that it is the Shiva aspect that clears the past, making way for the new. We were able to present Dr.Jumsai with a copy of the book ‘Sai Thy Kingdom Come’, which he read in a matter of two nights and later confirmed to us that the book premise was very much in alignment with his own meditations on this matter.

[Dr.Jumsai is the Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Thailand, the Chief Administrator of the Sathya Sai School, Thailand and an Official Trainer of Teachers for the Ministry of Education in Human Values Education. As a NASA scientist, Dr. Jumsai participated in NASA’s Vlking Space Project in the design of the automatic landing device and is an expert in the National Research Council on rockets for Use in the Artificial Rain Making Project. He was elected three times to the Thai House of Parliment and was Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Thailand. He has had many interactions and several mind-boggling experiences with Bhagawan. He is a well-known advocator of Sri Sathya Sai philosophy at the international level.]

Dr. Jumsai is evidently still a fanatical Sai Baba follower. He was of the opinion that Sai Baba took into himself all the evil influences that were brought to him and gradually converted them to positive qualities! He adds another self-invented fact, that Sai Baba is to return in a younger body BEFORE the promised return as Prema Sai!  You couldn’t make it up, but Jumsai can! Jumsai was one of those favourites of Sai Baba (due to totally uncritical acceptance 0f all and every boast of Sai Baba, however excessive or beyond all credibility they were). His promotion of many other unproven and fanciful things he attributed to Sai Baba gives some idea of what being a fully paid-up true believing Sathya Sai Baba admirer he is, without the honesty to examine this fraudulent, sexual abusing and murder-approving guru who took in vast fortunes under false pretences (like giving genuine diamonds to people – none of which have been proven genuine so far).

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