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Posted by robertpriddy on February 8, 2016
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The Origins and Persistence of Religious Belief and Faith in God Wonder and awe at existence, at the world early humankind lived in and not least at ‘the heavens’ are common to us all and there is evidence that neolithic humans also had the capacity and the time for this. The human condition of not knowing the whys, hows and wherefores of being pertains even today, though is doubtless not so overwhelming as it once was. This awe cannot have been insulated from fear, which is so closely related to ignorance.
Otherworldliness and futile escapism It is almost unavoidable that a person – even if not brought up to some religious faith and even well-educated in the relevant sciences – will sooner or later become interested in age-long traditions of many kinds that try to prepare those who aspire to greater understanding and realization of their own potentialities…
Can religion and ideologies lead to cognitive disorder? Religious faith depends upon a system of beliefs, not proven facts and certainly not scientifically verifiable facts. It depends on much more than belief as such. The influences of parents and the mental and emotional imprinting to which their children are subjected forms a basis – naive childhood acceptance of beliefs.
The agnosticism vs. atheism issue and and secularism Some key distinctions for the science-religion debates: If ‘atheism’ means “100% certainty or conviction that there is no god or cosmic intelligence which created or sustains the universe” then there must be few who can – on proper reflection – subscribe to its literal sense. To do so it to become a rigid know-all…
Religion as ’emulation of the adult by the child’ Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men have made in search of personal power, all of it mingled with shreds of enlightenment. And always the ultimate unspoken commandment is “Thou shalt not question!” But we question.
The brain as a belief machine Much has been discovered in recent times about how beliefs are formed, what conditions the process – especially through neurological studies. I recommend the following work as an important contribution to the subject The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. By Michael Shermer.
The ‘Labyrinth fallacy’ in extensive belief systems There are systems of thought and belief which are seldom easily recognised as being a convoluted circular ‘labyrinth’ of ideas. The logical fallacy involved is circularity or self-contradiction, but this is not easily detected because of the complexity and extended nature of the particular idea-system or ‘labyrinthine’ doctrine. Wherever there is a vast collection of thoughts, ideas, beliefs and practices which are based on speculative reasoning and unlikely assumptions, one can become lost to oneself.
Ten Reasons why unbelievers dislike religion Among the restrictions common to most mainstream religions are certain human values which are not recognised, causing the rejection of religion by those who lean towards modern humanitarianism, fairness and equality, avoidance of ideological conflict and and scientifically sound decisions.
The crucial ‘test of faith’ in religions, sects and cults Tests of faith are a part of all traditional religious views and doctrines and are invariably supportive of a priesthood, guru, church or religion. They are a very subtle means of manipulating the minds of guru-followers developed over many centuries, often embroiling people in mental networks of uncertainties and striving, which most likely bear no other fruits than keeping the ‘spiritual master’ in his fortunate, revered and comfortable position.
Posted by robertpriddy on February 3, 2016
he ‘handwritten letters’ of sb are totally mundane. I skimmed through some of them just now and noticed that even when he was mentioning ‘Tamil New Year’, instead of discoursing or even putting in a sentence or two of the spiritual aspects, all he could think to write was ‘all the shops are closed and that’s why we haven’t gotten our luggage yet’!
‘Garu’ means ‘revered, respected’ and it is a word like the Hindi ‘ji’ which is tacked onto the ends of names when we address elders, VIPs, etc.
Calling oneself “Garu” is totally pretentious and unheard of (mostly – perhaps sb did it as he was a complete narcissist?). I would say that the letters ending in ‘Baba Garu’ were dictated to someone else and the person writing them put Garu because they couldn’t bear to sign just ‘Baba’. Signing letters ‘Asheesulu’ (Blessings) and ‘Itlu’ (Thus), or just with one’s name, is common for all Telugu speakers (with ‘Blessings’ being reserved for those younger or lower status).
Venkamma could write her own letters, but like car-driving , food shopping, and so many other things in India, even though one may know how to do it, one will try to find someone else willing to do it. So on the rare occasions Venkamma had to write a letter, she would try to find someone else to do it (even me, sometimes!) as she dictated the contents, and I am sure sb did the same thing. They didn’t exactly have a lot of creative writing practice and were not comfortable with it.
Another thing: a wide berth was given by the one who dictates the contents, and the (usually educated) one who writes it all down. When I was the scribe for Mataji Jnaneswari when I was staying at Shanti Ashram in East Godavari District for seven years, she would dictate a paragraph in Telugu which was mixed up, awkward, and struggled to make clear sense. Then she would chuckle and say, “Write it so it makes sense and sounds good!” (Come to think of it, Venkamma did the same!)
I’m quite sure that, like Anil Kumar’s and the published translations of sb’s discourses, a fair number of ‘sb’s handwritten letters’ out there, especially the brilliantly composed ones, only have a skeleton of his original thought. (Telugu speakers from villages like I’ve known, are also loath to write anything of substance so their written letters are generally short and to the point – so the letters complaining about cheating laborers might be straight from sb’s pen, haha!)
As for sb’s ‘real’ handwriting, it would take a comparison of handwritten letters over the course of decades and my guess would be, the writing that looks almost the same throughout a 50-60 year period, is his. As we all know, sb’s personal assistants changed every few years. From the online sample, anyone could tell the writing styles are wildly different depending upon where he was staying so obviously they are not all his.
I took the photo of Venkamma on the bottom of page 67. My friend Vidya (Lynn Wyle) got her best pal, Maynard Ferguson’s wife Flo, to lend me her camera for two days, when I took a lot of pics. That photo album of all of those pics was stolen by her grandsons from my personal suitcase in Venkamma’s room, when I was in the hospital during her last illness. Later I paid a visit to her grandson Subrahmanyam’s house, and took back a few of those photos. I felt it was their family so I didn’t take all or even many of them, and there was no cheap method to make copies in those days. Subri claimed the negatives were lost. (Another one in the series is attached, the one that I took instead of the one of her smiling in the online book. She was saying, “What are you taking my picture for, you kothi munda? (translating literally as “monkey-widow!” – an insult?)
by Eileen Weed (‘Divya’)
The accounts by Eileen Weed must be regarded as the ONLY fully frank and honest insider account of Sai Baba’s sisters and how their brother related to them. Her indisputable insights are recorded in her extensive collection of own letters through decades living in the ashram as the only non-Indian Telugu speaker. Her credibility is 100% and her privileged access undisputed. This article is a further illumination of the information she provided in
Sai Baba’s letters to his sister Venkamma
These letters were posted by the Muddenahalli ‘oracle boy’ group. They also wrote:-
“The latest efforts of the Sai Love Team from Puttaparthi is Bhagavan’s Handwritten Letters. It’s a draft for an e-book and paperback book. These are 50 letters from the 1940s to 1960s. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/72d97e32d741a4b68382758b7/files/Bhagavans_Handwritten_Letters_Draft_for_E_Book.pdf
Posted by robertpriddy on January 28, 2016
All we need: yet another hot, dusty, lengthy, amateurishly boring sports ‘meet’ in the suspicious “divine presence”! Oracle boy is relentless with trying to drum up support concentration on him! The way these unscrupulous people have annexed the entire Sathya Sai Baba brand through an outrageously transparent fraud is amazing to all who do not know the ultra-gullibility of many Indians and those who believe all the nonsense about Sathya Sai Baba and his supposed continued existence.
In this connection one may well consider the evidence for the belief in the afterlife
Posted by robertpriddy on January 24, 2016
The article below is interesting for two reasons: it encourages “participation” (donations) and, only 150 people showed up for the annual event, out of tens of thousands alumni at the college. This is how vastly the engagement in Sai Baba institutions has diminished, the reasons being many and especially the many unresolved court actions against Sai Baba bodies and representatives, all of which seem to have been bought off with bribes in the corrupt tradition of Sai Baba himself (see testimonial evidence).
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Posted by robertpriddy on January 20, 2016
Jodhpur: The bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, who is in jail in connection with a rape case, was on Friday rejected by a sessions court. This is the sixth bail application of 74-year-old Asaram which has been rejected by the court. He was sent to jail in August, 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old school girl. Citing the order of the court, the victim’s counsel, PC Solanki said, “The court did not consider the arguments like the age of Asaram and delayed FIR by the girl”.
Asaram was represented in court by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Swamy had appeared in the court on Monday to plead on the bail application. The court had completed the arguments on bail application on Monday itself and had reserved the order for today. While Asaram was not in court, a large number of his supporters were present.
Read about the endless dossier of Asaram’s crimes and attempts to avoid justice here WITH SUMMARIES AND LINKS TO MEDIA AND WEB PAGES WITH ALL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ASARAM BAPU AND NARAYAN SAI RAPE CASES PLUS OTHER CRIMES OF THE GURU
See also Asaram Bapu sex guru – very compromising photos
Posted by robertpriddy on January 17, 2016
An e-mail circulated from SaiSurya@SukshmaBabaReport.Org announces that handwritten letters from Sathya Sai Baba to his elder sister Venkamma have been published on-line at https://gallery.mailchimp.com/72d97e32d741a4b68382758b7/files/Bhagavans_Handwritten_Letters_Draft_for_E_Book.pdf-
An insider who read them while living in with Venkamma in her Prashanthi apartment comments on these. Eileen Weed (aka ‘Divya’) lived at Prashanthi Nilayam between 1984 and 2005, and was resident in the ashram for years, and years with Venkamma until she died (Eileen was at her actual deathbed!). She knew Venkamma and the female side of Sai Baba’s family very well and had learned to be fluent in Telugu. She writes “I recognized the scans of the ‘Letters’, because Venkamma kept the letters sb wrote to her safely in a little tin box in her room. After she died, her grandson took them, along with audio cassettes with recordings I made of Venkamma singing and telling sb stories (which usually ended in her cursing family members for their cruelty, deceit and selfishness against her). In his letters Sai Baba only writes about mundane, worldly matters with hardly any god-talk philosophy, it appears! This was his true self, not the façade he erected in front of thousands of people.”
Indeed, the letters are most pedestrian fare – hardly what one would expect the self-proclaimed Avatar of the Age, Creator of the Universe, Father who sent Christ, Deity of Deities and Saviour of Mankind etc. etc. to write. In one letter, sb was telling Venkamma not to give any more money to workers because they are trying to ‘cheat’ him with not enough work. This from the iniquitous Universal Cheat Himself, Sathya Sai Baba, who claimed he knew everything about everything (not least how to cheat). Besotted devotees will claim that he was simply ‘acting out’ a role as an ordinary man so devotees could more easily relate to him for their benefit of mankind (but Sai Baba was his own NO 1 beneficiary). Venkamma knew the bottom line and she hardly ever did more than lip service to some of his pretenses, never telling of Sai childhood miracles – the elder sister kept an eye on him and was not deceived. His elder brother, Mr. Sesham Raju, also knew the score!
|It is surprising that they even published the letters online, as anyone can read them and see the worldliness and lack of empathy (which anyone living in the ashram long term knew about). Of course, the ever-cautious Trust did not publish the letters, but the new and naïve Muddy adherents. The question is, what contacts do they have that gave those letters? It has to be either a sb family member or inner circle member (I had given Mrs Ratenlal a copy of the letters, who used to cook for sb and attend his meals in the old days). I wrote to the Muddy people (incognito) and asked if they also had the audio recordings of Venkamma singing and talking, but did not receive a reply.|
Posted by robertpriddy on January 15, 2016
Belief in black magic, witchcraft and the powers of sinister tantric priests is still widespread in India, even among some well-educated and ruling classes. The newspaper article text on beheading of a mere boy reproduced below is but one of the latest in an endless series of reports of murders due to these sick beliefs. For example, a long series of Indian Presidents and Prime Ministers have worshipped Sathya Sai Baba, and still do, yet he was adamant that these practices are real. Not surprising, therefore, that it is proving impossible to eliminate black magic and associated killings of defenseless victims of accusers. This is a largely defunct aspect of Hinduism depending on beliefs in demonic deities, assuaging them through sacrifices.
“Of course, there is magic in the world both white and black; but, the manifestation of Divine Power must not be interpreted as magic. Can the crow’s egg and the cuckoo’s egg be identified as belonging to one class?” Sathya Sai Baba Speaks – Vol 10. p. 261 (click)
Asked, “Do demons really exist, Swami?” he replied “Yes! Those who committed suicide, those killed in accidents, those who met with an untimely death, all these will be roaming around like ghosts.” (p. 41 – Anyatha Saranam Nasthi (‘Other than you refuge there is none’) by Sai devotee Smt. Vijayumari – p. 41)
Another adulatory and overblown hagiography is ‘Lokanatha Sai’ by M.N. Leela, [signed/ authenticated in 1995 by Sathya Sai Baba] where we read of his spreading superstitions about black magic: “Swami called my mother and others separately and said that a black magician had done havoc to my father: on that Friday when my father went early morning with bailiff and removed his shed put in our land at Guindy. He also said. “Dig the spot where you find broken pots and remove the remains of goat and chicken etc and throw them off. Now he is fully recovered, but the aim of the sorcerer Is to drive him mad and ultimately kill him.” ( p. 151) See scan of the excerpt
Four-year-old boy beheaded in human sacrifice in southern India
According to Indian media, a 35-year-old man abducted the little boy as he walked home from nursery and killed him in a ritual dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. A four year-old-boy has been beheaded in a gruesome “human sacrifice” ritual in a rural village in southern India.
Indian media reports a 35-year-old man abducted the little boy as he was returning home from nursery in the remote Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh state.
The man, named as Tirumala Rao, is reported to have beheaded the child in a ritual to honour the Hindu Goddess Kali and he was alleged to be seeking “divine powers”, according the Times of India. Mr Rao was discovered next to the little boy’s, named locally as Manu Sagar, body. Police officers believe he strangled the boy before chopping his head off as they found rope at the scene.
Tantra ‘mudras’ further detailed by Sai Baba in Sanathana Sarathi (journal) September 1986, p. 215ff & Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 19, p. 121f
“Tantra means methods of using mantras for own good “ Sathya Sai Vahini, p.182b
Posted by robertpriddy on January 12, 2016
Lest one forget how far back reports of Sathya Sai Baba’s homosexuality go, I re-post some of the many communications received for the edification of those who still believe Sai Baba was ‘pure’. That he also authorised beatings of those who spoke out about his abuses is little known but reported from several reliable sources.
Date: 11-19-02 E-mail to Robert Priddy from Barry Newton, ex-devotee of Sathya Sai Baba.
The following mail was received from a former Australian devotee and office-bearer:
“Dear Robert ~ again your recollections have sparked a memory similar to yours just now posted.
In 1995, the occasion of my and my wife’s first visit to SB. I suppose we should have been very much wiser, but that is only easy to say retrospectively, as a member of the Sai Center we attended gave us this warning prior to our departure: “Don’t listen to what anyone tells you about Swami. There are a lot of rumours going about saying that SB is a homosexual and paedophile and murderer. You’ll hear plenty of rumours about SB, so take no notice.” Retrospectively we truly wish that we had listened carefully to the ‘rumours’.
However we went anyway, and our first encounter at the SB ashram was at the accommodation office where we payed for two weeks accommodation up front, requiring 500 rupees change from the large notes issued at the money exchange. The accommodation attendant took the money, put the correct amount in the till, removed the 500 rupees and, looking me squarely in the eye, closed down the window and brazenly walked out of the room. We waited for quite some time until we realised that he would not be returning with the money. As do all Sai devotees, we rationalised it off as a test of our faith by SB. And as do all ex-devotees, we see it now for what it truly was – organised crime.
Yours in truth ~ Barry Newton”
Former long-term devotee and teacher at Sai Baba’s Brindavan College for over a year, Barry Pittard of Brisbane, wrote:-
“Between 1979 and 1982 I heard four stories, described below, relating Sathya Sai Baba to homosexuality: from Joseph (U.S.A.) in 1979; Donna (U.S.A.), perhaps in the same year; Connie Raadsma, a close neighbour of mine in Australia, in 1981; and an Australian woman who spoke to me at Puttaparthi in 1982. Like me, Joseph and Donna were of the tiny handful of long-stay Westerners he permitted to live around him, mostly in Whitefield I taught for two years at his college there), about 20 km from Bangalore, India’s fifth largest city. Donna was now one of a few Sathya Sai Baba forbade from entering his ashrams but who, ever faithful, would stand outside the gate straining to glimpse him. She claimed that she had spoken to various older Puttaparthi residents who said that Sai Baba had been homosexual even as a boy. (Note: expert evidence attests that most homosexuals do not practice child molestation). Perhaps Donna was expelled from the ashram for opening her mouth a bit too widely! Let us see in a moment what happened to Joseph when he opened his. And what happened to me, too.
In July 1982, acting only out of care for her (and indeed for all who may hear such stories), the moment I passed on the Australian woman’s concerns – who in great anxiety had sought me out for advice as having lived at the Sathya Sai Baba ashrams extensively – to two of Sathya Sai Baba’s top leaders Howard Murphet (Australia) and Richard Bayer (USA) about allegations of his homosexuality, I was called up to the office day after day by the Puttaparthi ashram manager, Kutumb Rao, a retired High Court Judge, confronted with patently ridiculous accusations, and on the fourth day told “Swami has asked that you be sent out, and never return.” (One of the accusations was: You were seen in the ashram talking to a woman.” It can only have been the Australian woman who came up to me in distress).
In 1979, in the crowd awaiting Sai Baba’s public appearance (darshan), sat Joseph. Called a hippy by the village children (who may have been right), he appeared to be in his psychedelic thirties, and was one of three or so Westerners remaining after the hippies and others had departed from Sai Baba in the late sixties. Joseph began to discourse, for all of us to hear – and I sat just behind him. With rising stress levels and moral outrage, he said more than once that some college boys had told him that Sai Baba had asked a number of them (in Joseph’s words) to “line up and masturbate.” On the third or so day of Joseph’s dark rumblings, six hefty Indian male service volunteers (seva dals) came and carried him out, ordering him not to return. The immensely powerful Joseph fought them, roaring out the accusations for all to hear. A very distressed Indian man said to me, “If Sai Baba is God, why do they need to use all this violence against this man?” An hour afterwards, one of the volunteers told me that ejecting Joseph was ‘like wrestling a tiger.’ He told me that his task saddened him, as he had known Joseph for so many years.
For the next days, while people awaited darshan (Sanskrit: viewing of a holy person), Joseph climbed a tree outside the ashram wall, and cried out the allegations for us all to hear. Then, he was gone. I heard from my close friend and local resident, Siva Subramanian, a Tamil who knew some of the Tamil police constables, that the Kadugodi police had badly thrashed Joseph and sent him on his way. So much, then, for the cardinal doctrine of ahimsa or non-violence in Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams and in the land that still daily venerates Mahatma Gandhi along with the Dalai Lama, the towering apostles of non-violence.”
Rahul Sharma from Canada was the victim of a most gruesome incident at Sathya Sai Baba’s Ootacamund school:-
“Rahul was a smart looking boy who got close to SB through the help of the teachers, like the Principal Mr. Habbu, who were looking for smart boys to speak in public and to go closer to SB. Rahul was abused in the very first interview. He used to cry a lot. Even when he disclosed it to his father, this stupid man beat his son with chappals in plain view in front of the school. Later on Rahul did a very brave thing which surprised everyone and that is why we think he was thrown out. While Speaking before Sai Baba in public in the Poornachandra Hall, he very clearly stated that swami had shown him in private in the interview room his SHIVA SWAROOP FOLLOWED BY ARDHANARISHWAR ROOP (that means, God Shiva as half man and half woman). For one moment even Sai Baba looked stunned. Later on the boy was given a terrible thrashing for this glaring mistake.
Today, I cannot but respect the bravery of that boy. I think this shows the terrible nature of working at the Sai-schools. I still fail to understand what made” People like Principal Habbu or Munni Kaul partners in crime at Puttaparthi.” (see here)
Two revealing testimonial comments (below) made on an Express Buzz article (shown in full here) were:-
TO: Krishnakumar- I used to be a devotee of Sai Baba till my boyfriend was given a private meeting when he took him inside and asked him to do sexual things with him. My boy friend was shocked , he refused, came out. My boy friend is heterosexual. We both left Puttaparthi because, after that we were threatened by Sai Baba’s thugs. We were both 23 yrs old. We realized that we had to leave. So don’t live in your make believe world!!!! Wake up. I bet you are not sexually interesting , otherwise he would have tried you too. By Linda Burton 12/26/2009 11:45:00 PM
Dear Arun, Nice to have a bright person like you in our midst. By Srilakshmi 12/26/2009 11:38:00 PM Dear Sethuraman and Krishnakumarji, I am not basing my allegations on some hearsay. I have spoken to Tanya Dutta. Please see the way Murali Manohar Joshi responding in Youtube. Why would God want to put a boy’s penis in his mouth? Please read the interviews in Youtube. Why would anybody defame himself by saying these things he had with sai baba? And so many people? Why would God want to perform miracles and give diamonds and rings to rich people? Why is India so Poor if God lives in India? Why would God have such kitsch taste and be born so ugly? … Read his autobiography: Hisstory , this book is a clear indication of his complete lack of intelligence. If you get impressed by a man like this you are emotionally retarded. Sorry to be so straight! By Srilakshmi
Posted by robertpriddy on January 7, 2016
We read on the blog of a certain Ravi S. Iyer that Indulal Shah and S.V. Giri have vacated their offices of Central Trust trustees “on account of their physical and mental incapacity“. Iyer notes that “The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust took note of the continued absence and non participation…“
One must ask: Who is designated to take such grave decisions? It was thought that all Central Trust members have the same power, for there is no longer any head of the Trust, as far anybody knows. In earlier days when Sathya Sai was alive to preside, there were a number of dismissals, disciplinary actions, banning of members, etc. (never announced but impossible to hide). But for today’s faceless manipulators (surely cowardly cousin Ratnakar & gang) to axe Indulal Shah, the person instrumental in creating Sri Sathya Sai Seva organizations without any announcement by him, looks like an act of revenge, since Shah donated ill-gotten gains to the hated competing Muddenahalli gang. is just another example of high-handed authoritarian rule, such as the decision by Prashanthi VIPs to sack Michael Goldstein, the former International Chairman who was appointed by Sathya Sai himself and kept in office for decades by him. However, by his unscrupulous cover-ups, major blundering bossiness (such as towards the BBC, who paid him back in spades) and weak-minded bellowings lacking single feasible idea of his own, Goldstein richly earned his dismissal.
Remaining devotee hangers-on were most probably hoping that there could be some efforts for rapprochement and that unity might prevail. That has never ever been the case in the Sai cult, where – instead of genuine unity – the facade of conformity was enforced by rigorous means, threats, dismissals, bannings and even some merciless beatings … a climate in which many suicides and infamous outright executions took place and were accepted by all without qualms as being necessary karma!
The dossier on Indulal Shah is a fat one:-
Indulal Shah, flawed exponent of Sathya Sai Baba’s precepts
Indulal Shah, cover-up man for Sai Baba Sai Baba’s untruthful lackey, the former politician Indulal Shah, planned for world-wide “nation building” in the name of Sai Baba. Having become Sai Baba’s right-hand man, and – for decades – the leader of the Sathya Sai Organization worldwide, he presumed to aspire to instruct nations in the totalitarian style of the Prashanthi Nilayam township…
V.K. Narasimhan on the Sathya Sai Organization, Indulal Shah, embezzlements Shah could contravene Sai Baba’s own directives because he had world-wide contact with leaders in many countries, especially where he had installed Maharastrian Indians…
Posted by robertpriddy on December 27, 2015
The deluded and the delusionists are hard at work trying further to derail one another. It becomes more and more difficult and boring to follow the interactions surrounding the massive schism between those who claim that Sathya Sai Baba is only represented by the Prashanthi Nilayam faction and the Muddenahalli faction who embrace an upstart former intimate student of SB now claiming to be a mouthpiece of Sathya Sai Baba (i.e who is dead, i.e now an imagined spectral Baba). There is a lot to fight for, social influence and even respect by those who one can fool, very considerable financial rewards for those at the top of the strict pecking orders and the justification of their twisted personal beliefs. Meanwhile, the major court case between the two factions has been postponed (next hearing January 29 at Chickaballapur).
One Terry Reis Kennedy enters the fray, a devotee of the original Sathya Sai Baba (and a graduate with altogether confused mystic-religious convictions about Jesus, the Dalai Lama etc.. He attacks the so-called ‘Muddy’ Sukshuma Baba in a e-mail as follows:-
Been sick in bed for days. A LOT OF TIME TO THINK . Was so repulsed at the meeting for Westerners in the ashram last Tuesday evening where we were told that MUDH believers could participate in Christmas programs, that we were to be loving and kind to them, and that if they insisted on asking us to join them we could politely refuse. This is absolute nonsense in my mind. When the Japanese Guru came here with his hundreds of devotees in the ’90s and challenged Baba to a test of divine powers the ashram gates were closed and you had to show your passport to get in if you were a foreigner. To top it all off, the person who talked the most at the meeting was Leo Nanda a BIG believer in the Fraud Squad and he bragged about all the miracles going on there including RESURRECTIONS. Plenty of MUDH people were there sucking up the politeness. Oh, Swami, what is happening to your Sai Mission with so many weaklings and cowards tiptoeing through the muck? Christmas, the birth of the Christ in Consciousness is not just about peace, it’s also about justice. I certainly remember the stories of Jesus ranting and raging through the temple and throwing the fraud squad of that time out of the temple for putting money before God. It’s good that Swami’s put me on rest mode to get over my virus because I’m too weak to get roaring angry. Terry Reis Kennedy December 18 at 10:27am
A frequent propagandist who has a website under the name Sai Bliss, is Satish Naik, who has taken to YouTube and who now promotes the views of the former interpreting translator of Sai Baba – Professor Anil Kumar –
On his Facebook page Naik writes: “DOES OUR SWAMI NEED A COMMUNICATOR? No other Avatar has warned so many times like the Sri Sathya Sai Avatar about claims of Mediums/communicators who would “Channel” Him and loot the innocent and gullible devotees’s hard earned money in the name of Charity. Please watch this very important talk by Prof.Anil Kumar which is a reminder of Swami’s quotations on this very important topic which is dividing and confusing Sai Devotees. Here is the link” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewlo1pBDnb0
What Satisk Naik here fails to recognise is that the infamous Anil Kumar has continually acted as a mouthpiece for Sathya Sai Baba, both when he was alive and especially so after his demise, spouting his own fanciful interpretations of what Sai Baba said or meant. He also lives off the lucrative Sai Baba brand, the gravy train of ‘free lunches’ available to those who live on the hospitality and help of others.
Reflection, reaction, resound explained by Anil Kumar? February 4, 2014
An Interview with Professor Anil Kumar May 26, 2012 This is the concluding part of Professor Anil Kumar Kamaraju’s interview in Thailand. He is asked about the British architect Keith Critchlow, who was close to Prince Charles and designed the super-speciality hospital in Puttaparthi, reportedly advised Prince Charles to visit Sai Baba. And Charles was said to be keen to make the trip.
Professor Anil Kumar’s interview with the Thailand media – 2 May 22, 2012 Professor Anil Kumar Kamaraju ‘s interview in Bangkok should be viewed in the light of Anil Kumar’s overwhelming gullibility as a translator and endorser of Sai Baba’s impossible claims.
Professor Anil Kumar’s interview with the Thailand media – 1 May 18, 2012
Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man June 25, 2008 UPDATE May 2012 – see also PROFESSOR ANIL KUMAR, SATHYA SAI BABA’S LONGTIME INTERPRETER, UNQUESTIONING BELIEVER AND COVER-UP OFFICIAL Professor Anil Kumar is one of Sai Baba’s most trusted accomplices. He is a married man, but is also accused most credibly of philandering, and with Sai Baba’s permission too!
Comment: “The faction between PN ashram and Muddenahalli is like a tennis match, each beating the ball into the other’s court and both sides passionately talking against the other. Hilarious! Perhaps this is their interpretation of ‘human values’? Meanwhile, both places are mostly ghost towns except when they compete for hoards of illiterate villagers during superstitious festival days. Eileen Weed (aka ‘Divyya’)”
Posted by robertpriddy on December 1, 2015
The 300 crore of rupees announced by Puttaparthi AP politician Palle Raghunatha Reddy for the Prashanthi 90th birthday anniversary were supposed to bring in half a million devotees, whereof 10% foreigners (50,000) – according to Express News Service november 19. From the photo below I originally estimated 20,000 attendees.
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Since then a Tamil YouTube video has emerged showing considerably more people in the Hillview Stadium, but still far less than the predicted half a million (the total stadium capacity is absolute maximum 300,000 and it was far from being full). There seems to be less than 100,000 altogether. The number of foreigners visible in videos is almost none, and this event involved a free meal and handouts, therefore attracting villagers from the area for one day. Not much return for the expenditure of over US $48 million of public taxpayers money (if the Indian Express report on that sum was accurate). The propagandist saibabaofindia. c om web site had no photos of the event to show (unless very well hidden)- only the same old mishmash of photos of Sai Baba on former birthdays but not the ones where he was a zombie-like a stone figure (drugged), aroused only to break into tears!
The propaganda machine at Prashanthi Nilayam has always been in overdrive and exaggeration of its successes is rife, especially the number of visitors, devotees and organisation members are always inflated beyond recognition )when compared with reliable source materials.
For example, on the 70th birthday Sathya Sai Baba had predicted that there would be 3 to 4 million visitors, according to what V.K.Narasimhan told me beforehand. The ashram engineer, Mr. Ashoka, told a Norwegian engineer (Mr. Terje Nedland, who I knew well and who was planning an ashram water project) that he calculated that, at any one time, the entire accommodation facilities of the ashram and Puttaparthi in (1995) were less than 50,000 persons. About 250,000 maximum can occupy the Hillview Stadium., where the entire crowd was present at the main ceremony. The ashram was as empty. Even when largish areas with tents and outside camps are accounted for, the figure of 500,000 persons is reckoned to be much greater than had been present in the area on the Birthday. A former American friend, Robert Bruce, who I had known for years, was told by Sai Baba in a brief interview after the celebrations that there had been 3 million persons present! Others reported similar statements by Sai Baba. (Some, unable to make his figures add up, argued that – “since Swami is never wrong” – this perhaps was intended to include disembodied souls visiting God! The basis for this was Sai Baba’s own statement to that effect at a previous large celebration). When I asked VKN for clarigfication, he replied, “Swami always multiplies these numbers by ten.” He was well placed to know, if anyone was! In the preceeding year to the 1995 birthday bonanza, Sai Baba had told one interview group that there would be 7,000 Japanese there, but in fact the registered number was 75! A group from New Zealand led by Mr. Arthur Hillcoat were informed by Sai Baba that he wanted 5,000 service workers (Seva Dals) from their country present in 1996 at the Birthday. But at the 70th birthday, the biggest foreign contingent, however, came from the USA – 750 persons in all.
Posted by robertpriddy on December 1, 2015
In their battle for supremacy, the Prashanthi and Muddenahalli combatants are now involved in a lengthy court case against one another. These shenanigans are surely to be played out as ever by all the same old men that were part of the cover-up cult (no women!), but now on different sides. Their usual seriously unctuous ‘caster oil’ faces and moral put-downs of opponents are to help decide whether the Muddenahalli gang should render ill-gotten gains from the Sai Baba legacy to Prashanthi. Legal weapons are, however, totally contrary to what Sai Baba always ‘taught’, never to resort to court action but settle difficulties with mutual respect and love in the heart, criticising only oneself, never others (especially between ‘spiritual brothers’!). So much for these ‘followers’ of either branch of the schizophrenic cult. See the previous court document here
The court document (linked above) contains telling phrases. The plaintiff (Central Trust) uses phrases like “shocking and illegal acts of defendants” who ” used their illegal actions as bargaining tool ” and by these illegal actions “
“attempting to hijack the trust and take it out side the control of the Central Trust which is a reputed public charitable trust held in high esteem in the country and abroad” (comment: actually now only in limited areas of India and among a handful of remaining devotees abroad).
“The actions of Defendants in soliciting donations is completely against the teachings propounded by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba by enticing hapless donors of whom many are foreigners by claiming that Sri Narasimha Murthy and his protegé one Sri Madhusudan Naidu are able to communicate with the Divine Soul of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and obtain replies and responses to the questions and doubts of devotees.”
The intensity of the conflict does not come across properly in official statements, but on-line one can read quotes by Muddenahalli people saying the Trust threatened to “gun them down” (devotees who go publicly to Muddy though live in Parthi)! The ‘inhabited body’ of Madhu Sudan is even called ‘Frankenstein’ by some!
Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2015
Muddenahalli and Prashanthi Nilayam are raising the stakes in an ever more tense battle to take over the profitable brand and devotees of Sathya Sai Baba. In a ‘size does matter’ conflict, both are using all possible resources to outdo each other and gain the crown as the true Sai Baba community. Prashanthi has found access to taxpayer millions for a Birthday Anniversary bash, while Muddenahalli inaugurated a new mandir/auditorium on November 18th (see report – click here ) in preparation for the day. November 23rd 2015 is alleged to be the anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba’s birth. This despite the fact that the only public record of his age shows that the day and the date cleverly claimed by him is wrong by about three years.
In the fantasy world that the ambitious frauds of Muddenahalli have created for disgruntled followers from Prashanthi Nilayam, the claim is “The Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, a magnificent architectural edifice, was inaugurated today, the 18th November 2015 in the divine presence of our beloved Bhagawan.” Here “in the divine presence” can be translated as: “In the active imaginations of desperate devotees and assurance of oracle boy Madhu Sudan“. Further, the assertion that this building “…stands as a testimony of the Lord’s compassion…” translates more truly as: “Stands as a testimony of the demands of oracle boy coupled with the frenzied brainwashing of the devotees“.
The so-called ‘Sukshma Baba’ (same initials as Sai Baba!) copies Sathya Sai more and more, taking private letters from devotees. (Strangely, he has still not donned the orange robe). One must ask, does the ghost of Sathya Sai reach out through Sukshma Baba’s physical arm, or is it simply a mega miracle that no one can possibly understand? ‘Does oracle boy’s arm go right through sb’s supposed ghostly presence? Or is there another explanation of a more pecuniary nature? The boys who offer the letters are probably duty bound to do so, being students living under the draconian secret regime of the college which was long ago formed on the lines of other all Sai colleges, which restrict all contacts with the outside world but for family. Conforming to what they are instructed, they would usually gain privileges that others who demur do not. As usual, one can see that it is always males who are most prominent in this cult.
Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2015
Gross misuse of public taxpayer money by unscrupulous Sai Baba devotee who grants US$ 4.5 million (equiv. 300 crores of rupees) to promote anniversary celebrations of the former sex abuser, major deceiver and murder accomplice, Sathya Sai Baba. Palle Raghunatha Reddy is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Andhra Pradesh, representing the constituency of Puttaparthi for the Telugu Desam Party.
Rs 300 Crore Released for Sai Baba Birth Anniversary By Express News Service 19th November 2015 04:41 AM
HYDERABAD: All arrangements have been made for the 90th birth anniversary celebrations of Satya Sai Baba and 10th World Conference going to be held on November 23 at Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi in Anantapur district.
I & PR minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy, who held a teleconference with officials from secretariat here Wednesday, told reporters that he had directed the district collector to make elaborate arrangements for the mega event. He further added that the state government had already sanctioned Rs 300 crore for the conduct of the mega event.
Reddy said he had asked the collector to make proper arrangements with regard to transport, accommodation, drinking water and uninterrupted power supply.
This is yet more ultimate proof that Sathya Sai Baba’s much-trumpeted Water Project for the Rayalaseema region was a total failure. Prashanthi Nilayam has apparently descended back to squalor with broken toilet facilities, constant power failures and no pure drinking water – with severe shortage of water in Puttaparthi and surrounding villages. The depleted Sathya Sai Central Trust with its squandering and embezzling trustees could not fix things as of yore when an US billionaire James Sinclair in 1995 gave US$ 1 billion, largely used to renovate and upgrade the entire ashram, which is now almost always as if empty.
Notably, no Premier or President and no ministers or well-known celebrities, have visited Prashanthi celebrations for years now, but nonetheless the ashram under Ratnakara pretend that stupendous half a million will come,10% being foreigners stuffed with foreign cash! Dream on… until we see the photos, most likely to show practically only all-ethnic Indian villagers, captive students and non-liberated devotees. Mr. Reddy probably still hopes that an earlier goal of the AP Tourist Board to make Prashanthi Nilayam would rival the super-profitable tourist traps like Tirupati. But so far its fate is more like that of Goldsmith’s ‘Deserted Village’.
Comment from 3 decade resident of Prashanthin, Eileen Weed (‘Divya’): “The amount is outrageous! I wonder what the hard-working Indians think of their tax money being used in such a wasteful manner. The lion’s portion will no doubt not be used at all, but stuffed into the pockets of local politicians (no doubt sb’s nephew Ratnakar included).”