Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Believing in Sai (photo) and spiritual growth

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2008

Under the title “How is believing in miracles helpful in one’s spiritual growth? (
by Anjali Gadiraju one reads the following:-

“Once Bhagavan said to an old man, “Today is the death anniversary of your wife.” Bhagavan even told him more details. He may have met so many people in between. Yet He remebers everything and everyone. Omnipotence,Omnipresence and omniscience. The person may have forgotten but not Bhagavan.”

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Comment: The above story (at second or third hand) also applies to Mr. Hejmadi (former head of Central Office), whose wife and her death date was well known to most servitors in the ashram in those days. The man referred to can have told his friends and been overheard in the ashram. Or the man may well have written letters to Baba and delivered them by hand, as so many do, giving the game away there already (without remembering all he had written). Or his wife’s death may have been recorded in the PR office where many details are asked in questionnaires and in informal conversation much information is given. Sai Baba’s staff inform him every morning and at other times of what goes on in the ashram, what they have learned about who is there. This I was told by V.K. Narasimhan, who was also asked such things and further gleaned all possible interesting news to have something to tell Baba each time he was called (sometimes 2 or even 3 times a day).

But Sathya Sai Baba forgets many things, again and again, to the embarrassment of his servitors and believers. They then say ‘it is a miracle that he forgets’ or ‘it is to teach us something’ or ‘His ways are mysterious and no one can know the reason’. All these ideas are rationalizations and denials of what one’s eyes and ears tell, so weak are those followers and so reliant on their faith in Sai Baba that they can and do turn black into white and vice-versa.

Believing in such a weak and unlikely ‘miracle’ does not lead to any kind of growth, but rather to the decline of reason and common sense. Spiritual growth does not come from belief, which really mostly only benefits those gurus and priests who live on believers. Spiritual growth has to be real personality development, clear thinking and acting (including service and just action), understanding and self-reliance but certainly not dependency on some distant figure into whom one projects anything one wants willy-nilly. Though I supported Sathya Sai Baba for decades, I knew that it was a sickness of the soul to have to depend on some personality cult figure, whose acts are very far from matching his prodigious claims about himself.

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