Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Archive for January 2nd, 2008

William McKay (Bill) Aitken’s academic shortcomings

Posted by robertpriddy on January 2, 2008

William Aitken was presented as “an expert in comparative religion” in a pro-Sai Baba propaganda article in ‘The Week’ (27 November, 2005). However, since he has no papers or books within the academic discipline to his name, the claim is very hollow.  An expert would have to refer to a person fully immersed as a career in the discipline in universities or research institutes who has published monographs or at least published research articles on the subject. This he certainly has not done for, instead, he chose the path of a free-lance writer of travel books about India and ‘spirituality’ based on his experiences of the Hindu culture.Comparative religion, however, is not the discipline for promoting variants of ‘spirituality’, especially not those untestable and very doubtful claims by gurus, yet in his book on Sathya Sai Baba Aitken does just this. Brian Steel points out how Aitken gives a “passionate endorsement” of Sathya Sai Baba. For example, Aitken  uncritically accepts that Sathya is the second of three Sai Baba incarnations (highly controversial), the third of which (Prema Sai) will be Sathya’s next incarnation, for which he has nothing but the word of the claimant himself!

The book is not poorly written (stylistically) and does show knowledge of Hindu and local customs, but it wanders off topic a lot and is also very misleading and muddled. Though he does question a few of Sai Baba’s faulty claims, he avoids mention of hundreds of Sai Baba’s more excessive assertions and ignores virtually all the vital issues they raise, including the widespread evidence of fraudulence and sexual molestations. Since writing his book, Aitken’s articles since have been even more unquestioningly apologist and he attacks all the critics of Sai Baba. This kind of subjectivity – and the many other glaring shortcomings in his presentation of Sathya Sai clearly disqualified Aitken entirely as a serious researcher and marks him as a hagiographer. He has clearly been a great admirer of Sathya Sai Baba since meeting him in 1972 and visiting his ashram regularly for long periods each year. In short, Bill Aitken is far from being merely a ‘sympathetic outsider’ as he originally claimed to be, while his partner was already a devotee when he met her. His strong praise of Sathya Sai Baba also demonstrates his current deep involvement with this guru.


NAIVE BELIEF IN ‘LOVE’ AS THE WHOLE SOLUTION

Aitken is reported thus:Sai Baba’s message, he reveals, can be summed up in one word: love. It is as simple as it is profound…” If it can be summed up thus, the message is hardly profound, nor – of course – is it in any way original. Think of crooners like Bing, or the Beatles or a thousand other proponents of love, not least the hippies. No, Aitken is advised to examine much more closely the phenomenon of projection in modern psychology. Any love he feels is generated by himself through his own beliefs, but not directly by the guru. Where a mostly distant and much sought after guru is concerned, feelings of ‘love’ are almost entirely generated through internalising all kinds of stories of his holiness, miraculousness and this seems confirmed when he finally sees you and takes some notice of you. This is psychological projection. What Sathya Sai Baba actually gives is invariably very little indeed (a cheap bauble at most, a ‘blessing’ which costs so little and so on) and all the rest is construed, imagined, interpreted on the basis of his indoctrination to that end… he never takes, only serves (which instead leads on to donate and serve – yet he has almost no time or thought for you). When a charismatic figure gains a following, the process of generating a sense of blessedness, love and whatever is much easier… it is overwhelmingly done at second or third remove through the group.

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Sai Baba appearances on the moon

Posted by robertpriddy on January 2, 2008

Someone wrote a comment to me saying that Sai Baba never said he would appear on the moon. This is a typical symptom of denial and disinformation. It is an attempt to explain away the undeniable facts of the matter so as to retain faith in this deceiving guru and self-declared incarnation of all Divine entities rolled into one!

What does Sathya Sai Baba say about it now?

Nothing!! Nowhere can one discover that he has denied it or mentioned it at all. As all who have been close to him know, he only lets people know what he wants them to believe. He answers only those questions he wishes, and ignored most questions. His officials are remarkably silent about the entire issue. Even were they to make an announcement, one could be almost certain it will be a deception. They are notorious for twisting the facts about him (particularly when he repeatedly has broken his hip, his arm, lost an eye etc. some claiming he is in full vigour and perfect health (though anyone can discover how decrepit and senile he is, besides not being able to speak clearly and so not hold any more boring discourses). With the former huge sums of donated money falling off, every effort is made by the ashram and the Sathya Sai Organization (through internal circulars) to keep devotees in the dark.


Back to the Moon

Strange indeed that so many devotees claim to have seen this (here)? Even the semi-official saibabaofindia.com websiteclaims this. Strange that he went to the airport where Anil Kumar told everyone to go for the moon darshan (according to numerous news reports shortly thereafter such as Sai-affiliated Sify.com here) and strange he got stuck in his car in the crown of 20,000 for a long time until he had to go back. Strange that the sky was clouded over too? >Now the Shirdi Sai movement has discovered Shirdi Sai Baba is visible on the moon. See the video clip here. One has to marvel and have a good laugh! The man in the moon has many faces – a regular ‘vishvarupa’ phenomenon? Some idolaters can see Jimi Hendrix, some see anyone with an Afro frizz, but others can see just about anything or anyone there – it’s very nearly just a matter of looking hard enough or wanting to see something badly enough.The number of Sathya Sai followers who have claimed on the internet that Sai Baba gave darshan on the face of the moon is considerable, and rising. The number of interested Sai devotees is in the tens of thousands, as the continuing number of hits on this blog about the moon issue shows, as well as comments from diverse observers (see here)

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