Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Unique Shirdi Sai Photo – private ownership

Posted by robertpriddy on July 17, 2008

In 1984 I visited a (supposedly) reformed thief who has long presided over what is often called ‘the Thief’s Temple’ in Sri Ranga Patnam near Mysore, known as Halagappa. He told me he was a baggage lifter (thief) when he was younger, and Sathya Sai Baba told him to stop and open the Sri Ranga Patna orphanage, which he did. We were alone and he told me his life story, beginning with how he has been taken by his uncle to visit Shirdi Sai Baba. As proof he showed me a very old framed photograph on the wall of his temple (it was then a very simple building without the marble he later installed). There was Shirdi Sai Baba with his uncle. At that time there were reputedly only five other known photographs of Shirdi Sai Baba. However, Halagappa was not more than 50 years old then (in 1985), but since Shirdi Sai Baba died in 1918, Halagappa would have had to be at least 70 years of age to be able to visit Shirdi with his uncle. That would make him 90 years old now. Conclusion; Halagappa cannot have been telling the truth! Doubtless another part of his mercenary deception whereby he gathers huge funds from Sai Baba devotees?

I do not know whether Halagappa’s photo is genuine or whether he has ever allowed it to be copied by any means. It may be of interest for Shirdi Sai Baba followers to research into this question. It does however show Shirdi Sai Baba, not as a portrait but standing amid a group of persons. However, be warned about the so-called “miracles” of vibuthi, amrit and other supposed ‘materializations’ that Halagappa shows visitors. Sathya Sai Baba devotees ought to know that several warning have been made in Sanathana Sarathi against visiting this ‘Thief’s Temple’ and at one time Alvin Drucker told me and others that Sai Baba warned him against going there.

Warnings from Sathya Sai Baba about Halagappa:

Sathya Sai Baba has himself warned strongly in discourses against “happenings in Mysore and Madras” (Sathya Sai Speaks vol. 10, p. 186) and “in Mysore state there are some who distribute amrith, vibhuuthi and other articles announcing that they are showering from their pictures at their places… Devotees should keep far away from such places and persons” (Sathya Sai Speaks vol. 11, p. 147). Sanathana Sarathi also published warnings against the Mysore/Sri Ranga Patna orphanage and unauthorised money collections there, as seen here.

Official Warning against Halagappa in Sathya Sai Baba's journal

Official Warning against Halagappa in Sathya Sai Baba's journal

So much for the genuineness of Halagappa’s tricks and his collection of funds (another financial competitor to the Sai Central Trust!) Crowds of visitors who do not get what they hope from Sathya Sai Baba flock there (aided by a fleet of taxi drivers which promote the place and earn large sums from foreigners who have no idea of the going price).

The supposed ‘miracles’ at Halagappa’s ‘Thief’s Temple’ in Srirangapatnam
It was reported by Sai Baba’s biographer, N. Kasturi, and many others that Halagappa had a box which refilled itself when shaken, but Halagappa did not have one when I visited him in 1985. The vibuthi which reportedly “never runs out” is clearly extremely elusive! I have tried to investigate this alleged phenomenon during nine visits to the ashrams – a total of well over 1 year sitting at one or two darshans daily – but never did I see it or meet anyone else who had. Professor Erlendur Haraldsson, who my wife and I have known since 1989 and who still visits us, has still not been able to get any evidence of endless vibuthi supplies, despite decades of interest in the matter. I have seen how people take smaller and smaller pinches of the stuff to make it seem that it never runs out… and somehow it gets more precious as the amount diminishes!!

Why have no independent, critical scientists been able to carry out fully controlled experiments to prove that vibuthi or amrit “never run out”. Or that they “manifest” on pictures and elsewhere. In the YouTube video of the amrit amulet and apparent flow, one does not see how he puts the spoon back into the jar full of amrit each time he scrapes away the apparent flow, for the spoon conveys amrit back onto the medallion The spoon in the jar can just be seen in the second showing of this in the YouTube video. That the amulet or medallion is curved at the back also allows amrit to collect there, and it may well be hollow too. No one has ever been allowed to study this alleged phenomenon properly, without Halagappa’s well-practices interference, always exactly the same routine! Why? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFq_fnyXKSk). It is no use “watching like a hawk” as someone claims to have done, one must also use one’s brains, apply critical investigation and at least some knowledge of conjuring and illusions etc. Read more about the methods by which Halagappa convinces visitors that the amrit is a genuine miracle.

Cessation of vibuti ash and amrit nectar for some years
However, Halagappa has told that his pictures stopped producing vibuthi, and his locket no longer produced the liquid nectar, saying he thought it because Sathya Sai Baba was angry with him for throwing out his wife and taking another! Then he claims it began again later. The orphans Halagappa looks after were wearing rags, had no books or other facilities, while his wife wears diamonds and the concrete room where the ‘temple’ was has been marbled and beautified in a costly way.

Sathya Sai Baba has by no means cornered the ‘spiritual market’ on amrit, as one may see here;- http://sivakvepa.blogspot.com/2006/02/sai-amrit-vani-at-veena-maas-place.html

If anyone wished to confirm that amrita is based on tea rose essence, (Not jasmine, as has been mistakenly stated) one may search the words ‘tea rose’ on Google and select one of the wide range of tea rose scented products. Tea roses have long been famous for their exceptional fragrance and there are many variants. Some of these are literally identical to the scent of Sai Baba amrit, so this fragrance is an earthly product, not heavenly, as many Sai devotees imagine!

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