Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Visiting Sathya Sai Baba ashrams (photos)

Posted by robertpriddy on July 31, 2008

Necessary information for visitors to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams

If you have read and heard about Sathya Sai Baba and his ashrams, you may be expecting it to be ‘The Abode of Supreme Peace’ to be either a paradise or at least a place where people are more virtuous, kind, fair and civil than elsewhere.

The control of some important public information concerning security and other concerns at Sai Baba ashrams is very tightly censored and is held going by very strong social taboos against telling any facts that could reflect badly on the ashrams or Sathya Sai Baba himself. It is wise to learn some of these facts in advance so as not to be too disappointed or endanger oneself.

Getting ahead of the crowd: There are many people who obtain various privileges, some granted officially, some through bribery or personal connections. To go to the head of a queue is allowed for VIPs and students, there are ways of getting chits from the public relations office for a special front place at darshan, and of getting favoured accommodation, often in return for favours to staff (such as under the table donations). The so called ’special guests’, referred to generally and treated as ‘VIPs’ can go ahead of cripples and the blind, and they do so as a matter of course even in there is no observable reason for their haste. This is a cause for envy in many, and I mention this because many devotees believe that all who point out such things are merely envious, jealous etc., as Sai Baba himself is ever insisting about his critics! (Presumably he imagines – or hopes – that everyone is envious of his blessings!).

There are any number of deceitful washerwoman, coolies, taxi drivers, baggage thieves and pickpockets in and around the ashrams… so do not be too trusting in the belief that this ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ is a paradise free of crime. Far from it! It is, however, generally safer inside the ashrams than outside, because tricksters mostly pick out foreigners for their ploys. Be aware of people trying to get assistance for bogus stories about relatived dying without drugs or blood transfusions – one typical scam among many others.

Why are you going there? Sai Baba has often said that the majority of people coming for something they want from him, not for spiritual reasons and not to do service. One can easily observe who is who on this basis. The pleading faces and begging postures of devotees and many of the staff – and not least the so-called VIPs or ‘special guests’ bears out that most followers came to get something rather than give anything.

Some gain favours by sitting inordinate lengths of time in the ‘lines’ hours before darshan would begin so as to get a prominent place (regardless of others whom they thereby displace), doing so month after month until Sai Baba could hardly fail to reward them without seeming very hard-hearted. [Among such persons who became VIPs were Bernhard Gruber, Erik Henriksen of Denmark, Rita Bruce of the USA]

Prashanthi Nilayam sthula

Prashanthi Nilayam sthula

Who to avoid: Those who strive in all ways to become important in the movement are mostly self-important, self-seeking and often uncivil persons who one should avoid entirely. Most Central Coordinators are like that, unless one treats them as superiors all the time and never asks difficult questions. The battles for prominence are seen to take place daily in the run-up to darshan, but are just as intense at groups and centres around the world among those who take up office in the Sathya Sai Organization.

Residents of the ashram – especially Indians – are know to ‘fight like dogs’ (quotation from former administrative head of Vidyagiri). Hence, Sathya Sai has said: ‘Residents of ashram have derived little benefit’ Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 27, p. 78: ‘Residents at ashram who have aged but not grown’ Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 10, p. 28: and ‘Seniority imagined by long-term residents’ Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 5, p. 306).

The degree of bitterness and recrimination is sometimes so intense that it is extraordinary that such persons can pose as followers of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings. To my knowledge, such battles for domination of a Centre or National Council have raged for years in the UK, in Holland, Eastern Europe and Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia and not least India… to name some.

Sathya Sai by rail

Sathya Sai by rail – vain  attempt to make Puttaparthi a Tirupati

Devotees from abroad who live long-term or permanently at Sai Baba [particularly vintage ashram ladies] develop a noticeable ‘residential patina’ which seems to serve as protection against all the abrasions and scours that they receive regularly from the native powers-that-be, from members of the Seva Dal, other residents, visitors and the inevitable low caste workers of all kinds. The ashrams are full of people doing nothing except take care of their own quotidian affairs… no service work, no proper study or self-discipline… just following the routines, spreading rumours and ‘stories’, learning how to ‘cut corners’ and generally look after themselves. Very few people there – foreigners included – are at all helpful in giving a helping hand to newcomers. So, if you must go to this spiders’ web or find you have entered ‘a snake pit of envy’, be self-reliant!

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