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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Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations

Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2008

The largest crowd ever at Prashanthi

The largest crowd ever at Prashanthi

Having seen how events like murders, suicides, accidents and various epidemics take place and are covered up immediately at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams, virtually disappearing from any kind of record of events, I refer to some events at Sathya Sai Baba birthday celebrations, as recorded in my diary notes through the years.

1) At the 60th Birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanthi in 1985 there was a virtual epidemic of stomach ailments, especially among Western visitors. This was denied officially, no doubt so as not to put anyone off visiting as a result.

One Western doctor who was present estimated those foreigners affected could amount to 80%. Many people who had been there confirmed that many were affected. Also, the usual throat and chest infections due to excessive clouds of dust – up to at least 2-3 metres high during the main celebrations which obscured objects even at short distances! That there had been any kind of epidemic, however, was publicly denied as baseless rumour in Sanathana Sarathi. One contributing cause of the excessive infection rate was the new Western canteen, where the refuse was dumped outside it upon which masses of flies bred which easily entered the canteen, then without any netting on the windows. [This was confirmed by Al Drucker to foreigners who cleaned up the canteen afterwards – including myself].

2) During the 65th Birthday celebrations in 1990, the dust clouds were reported by returning visitors to have been very bad and many throat and chest infections occurred. There were also very serious crowd crushing incidents due to vip cars which severely disrupted the routes of pedestrians.

3) During the 70th Birthday celebrations in 1995, a very large proportion of visitors suffered throat & chest infections, though probably fewer than during the previous two major birthdays, as the dust was not as thick and pervasive. I was present and contracted a severe throat infection and influenza like illness. Some half-dozen devotees, among them were crushed and lost consciousness at the entrance to the Hillview Stadium, where my wife and two friends were in severe danger of having the breath crushed out of them by the moving crowd, a very scary event. These problems were caused by the President of India’s Black Berets security forces and the bungling police under their orders. They closed the gates against the tide of a vast crowd and threatened the use of batons on the foremost of the devotees. This was not the first time the Black Berets and police showed such stupidity, all of whom who behaved as if ordinary people were cattle and of no account whatever.

4) The estimated numbers of persons during each of these celebrations was doubtless much in excess of the actual numbers. Figures of from 1 to 3 million have been suggested for the various birthdays!Sathya Sai Baba stated to several persons (Robert and Rita Bruce, V.K. Narasimhan and others) that 3 million were present, which was a total impossibility. V.K.N. told me several times that Sathya Sai Baba regularly multiplied numbers of actual visitors by 10!

At that festival in 1995, it was estimated by the ashram’s engineer (Mr. Ashok) that, at any one time, not more than 50,000 persons could occupy the Hillview Stadium. The entire accommodation facilities of the ashram and Puttaparthi are less than that figure. Others, however, considered its capacity to be even up to a maximum 2 hundred thousand very closely-packed people.  Even when tents and outside campers are accounted for, the figure of 500,000 persons is reckoned to be much greater than the entire ashram area would permit. However, Baba Himself announced to several Westerners in a brief interview (including Robert Bruce, who informed me of this)that there had been three million at the Birthday Celebrations!

[For the 75’th and 80’th birthdays the capacity was expanded by building tiers of seating around the entire stadium and making much fuller use of the area available. Still, it could not accommodate more than 500,000 at the maximum].

Apart from the infamous murders of 4 young men in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in 18993, a long series of accidents, suicides and murders have been recorded – see some of them listed here.

Among Sathya Sai Baba’s totally brainless claims is a recent one where he stated that the entire world would become Hindu by the year 2030!! See here

Also consider these, a few of his other documented claims:-

“Sai holds the universe in his hand” (Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1993) by Dr. J. Hislop. publ. Sathya Sai Publications and Book Trust, Puttaparthi.)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

“My construction will cover the entire Universe.” (Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2)

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Sathya Sai Baba tells how he deceived examiners and more…

Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2008

V.K. Narasimhan recounted several times for me how Sathya Sai Baba told him about the two boys reborn as his dogs. He told V.K.N in detail how he had wilfully deceived the examiners by cheating on the behalf of the two boys. I always made diary notes directly after these conversations and have scanned a number of pages as further documentation of my various assertions. The story with new details about the boys and the dogs as reported by V.K.N. is seen here, with due comments

The cheating on behalf of two boys, Ramesh and Suresh, who used to sit at the same desk as Sathya Sai further shows that he was untruthful even from his earliest days (as is also borne out by many incidents related by Smt. Vijayamma who knew him when he was a young teenager).  On that day I also recorded the death of the Danish visitor at the ashram, whose brain cancer Sai Baba did not cure) and other details.

See also an account of Sai Baba’s story in his own words (with scanned documents)

Also on this subject, see Sathya Sai Baba’s Stories, 5 differing Versions of his Schooldays by Brian Steel.
The exam cheating story again, involving SSB, Suresh and Ramesh. After the major (alleged) October (1943) Declaration, when Sai Baba was leaving Uravakonda…

Another of Sathya Sai Baba’s version of the story of the two boys is also seen here:-

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

This site has closed down, but the entire discourse in which Sai baba’s full acount of the incident is found at http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume31/sss31-29.pdf or, if still online, at http://www.saidarshan.org/baba/docs/d021020.html

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Sathya Sai Baba bedroom guests and a ghost story

Posted by robertpriddy on October 28, 2008

One can hardly believe the ghost stories Sathya Sai Baba tells, or even that he tells them – showing his belief in ghosts… but he does, as is proved by a scan of part of one of his June 1998 discourses. There he recounts how 3 boys sleeping in his bedroom were visited by the ghost of Easwaramma, the mother of Sai…with comments. Click here to read The Ghost of Easwaramma and Sai Baba’s bedroom boys – direct from a discourse in 1998

see also V.K. Narasimhan on boys in Sathya Sai Baba’s sleeping apartment and the ghost story Scan of recorded notes (1998) about the two boys in Sai Baba’s sleeping apartment.

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Sathya Sai Organization National President – disaffected

Posted by robertpriddy on October 27, 2008

Boogaards

Boogaards

Wet ash from Sathya Sai Baba’s mouth?

A Dutch friend of mine, now deceased, was Leo Boogaard (formerly National Coordinator of the SSO in the Netherlands,). Once he received vibuthi from the hand of Sathya Sai Baba at darshan at Puttaparthi when I was with him. However, this so-called ‘holy ash’ was literally wet. It slopped into his palm. Her was very surprised by this and showed it to me after darshan (i.e. where the guru shows himself in public). This tends strongly to support the claim made by some magicians who have studied Sathya Sai Baba’s methods, that he also sometimes conceals pellets in his mouth! No follower would even THINK such a thought as ‘blasphemous’ as  vibuthi being concealed in his mouth by Sathya Sai Baba, for delivery wet with saliva to a devotee at darshan. I did not even think this until a long while after I had become disaffected and had begun to realise that Sai Baba often uses many techniques that illusionists do.

Leo Boogaard  was the Chairman of the Dutch Sathya Sai Organization in 1984, but he was sacked by the Central Coordinator Thorbjorn Meyer because he refused to exclude certain groups of Indian and Sri Lankan devotees from the organization who did not follow Meyer’s strict rules. Meyer replaced him with one of his cronies. Later, when re-election for the post was eventually arranged, Leo was voted in by a large majority against Thorbjørn  Meyer’s opposition by Dutch devotees.

Failed Education in Sathya Sai Human Values in Europe

Leo told me on several occasions in the 1990s of the Dutch Organization’s attempts to get a more sensible set of guidelines and teaching methods accepted on Education in Human Values in the Sathya Sai Organization. Meyer wanted to determine everything himself (a man who had no pedagogical qualifications and was a tough manipulator of people), so the self-defeating policy he pursued was retained. Among Meyer’s “achievements” was the signal failure of a projected Sathya Sai College and ‘Educare’ programme under his leadership which was to be at Arresødal Castle in Copenhagen was rejected by a public protest movement! The US financed 6 million dollar project had to be abandoned! Leo Boogaard left the Sathya Sai Organization and later renounced Sathya Sai Baba too.

Some Details of Leo’s life (see also Wikipedia):
Leonardus Eliza Christiaan (Leo) Boogaard Sr. (The Hague, April 22, 1928 – The Hague, July 12, 1999) was a Dutch politician. Boogaard was one from the business (BPM and Shell) derived Ouderenvertegenwoordiger, who as manager also spent years abroad, not least as Personell Officer for Shell in Willemstad, Curacao. He retired in 1984 and in 1994 he was Second Chamber for the General Elderly Association. He chose in 1995 the part of Jet Nijpels when a break in the AOV group came. In the Court he was concerned with foreign affairs, social affairs, agriculture and justice. He had remarkable interest in Eastern philosophy. He left the House in 1996 because of his health.

The failures of Sathya Sai Education in Northern Europe and the reasons are also discussed here.

The Arresdødal School fiasco was reported in the Danish National TV documentary ‘Seduced’, which can be viewed here
See also report on the behaviour of the Danish Sathya Sai Organization leaders, like T. Meyer at the time.

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Challenge to the Sathya Sai Organization cannot be met

Posted by robertpriddy on October 26, 2008

D. Michael Goldstein

D. Michael Goldstein

Dr. M. Goldstein, leader of the International Sathya Sai Organization was mailed by many devotees who wanted answers to questions about the widespread sexual abuses attributed by young men and their families to Sathya Sai Baba. He did not make any reply to anyone. He was therefore caught out by the BBC, which used a hidden camera to bring to the public his view on those allegations, whereby he showed himself to be an ugly bully and a totally incompetent boaster about his intuitive abilities to tell whether anyone had been abused just by looking at them! He even holds a medical degree! Some questions put to him by Barry Pittard, which he dared not mention – let alone answer – were as follows:-

1. Those formerly in excellent standing with your organization have left it?
2. That they had made their own investigations among the families, claiming that their young male family members had given very disturbing accounts of Sathya Sai Baba sexually abusing them?
3. They came to you, Dr Goldstein, in great distress and you dismissed their concerns and failed to act in a way that any ethical organization today would do? (Not to mention that you are a medical doctor)
4. There were extensive cover-ups regarding the June 6, 1993 killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom?
5. There have been serious scams over the years in regard to the purchase by devotees of apartments at your guru’s ashram?
6. Your teacher claims not only that all are God but the he is the world saviour who will save the whole world from the direst catastrophes within the span of his own lifetime?

See also the unanswered  formal appeal to the Prashanthi Council, chaired by Dr. Michael Goldstein

and Goldstein’s chilling remarks on the 9/11 disaster

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Sathya Sai Baba – murders and fraud exposed

Posted by robertpriddy on October 19, 2008

Some new postings:-

Miracle Man or petty magician? Will the real Sai Baba please standup The meeting between P.C. Sorcar Junior and Sathya Sai Baba has now become the stuff of legend, and Dr. Bhagavantam reportedly denounced Sai Baba as a fake towards the end of his life.

Sai Baba and the News Media- ‘The Week’ coverage of the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom, with elucidatory diagrams and many comments
How Sathya Sai Baba and his officials reacted to the press inquiries into the 1993 murders

Sex, suicide and the guru – Sathya Sai Baba Three articles by one of The Times feature writers, Dominic Kennedy, which expose the nature of Sathya Sai Baba and related suicides.

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Sathya Sai Baba proclaims himself unique avatar – again!

Posted by robertpriddy on October 16, 2008

Today we are provided with more light relief from the unique universal joker:-

“Sathyanarayana is a unique Avatar, though He appears to be an ordinary human being…”

Sathya Sai Baba admits that he appears to be an ordinary human being. On that – his human failings – everyone should be able to agree! His uniqueness as an avatar – which he says no one can fathom – is therefore not worth discussing. Nowadays his uniqueness would seem to lie more and more in the absurdity and self-contradictoriness of much of the advice he propounds, as in a recent discourse, as quoted here:-

“Truth is often times construed as giving expression to one’s own thoughts. It is not as simple as that; it is much more: putting them into action. Truth is perfect accord between one’s thoughts, words, and deeds.”

In English, accord between thoughts, words and deeds is called ‘integrity’ or the like, but not truth. But evil thoughts, words and deeds never constitute integrity, but – according to Sai Baba’s simplictic recipe, they can qualify as Truth? That Sathya Sai Baba’s words and deeds are very often at odds has been shown beyond the slightest figment of reasonable doubt. (One small example among many is here)

Sai Baba sits up and takes note of criticisms – but won’t/can’t answer a single one

“The students…  …wonder how Swami is able to put up such a smiling countenance in the midst of great criticism and how Swami could put up such great patience! For Me, all are one!”

Ever-smiling?

Ever-smiling?

Comment: Great patience? No more than most of us have. Yet the exposé, we may presume, has had a considerable impact if his students – and he – consider the criticism of him as ‘great’ and requiring him to “put up” a smiling countenance. [He looks mostly dour nowadays despite himself].  Why does he even mention criticism, when he has insisted that he is ever totally unmoved by all praise and blame? What – in his own image – are mere fleas on an elephant?

” …people say Swami forgets things. No; there is no truth at all in this statement.”

If this holy white elephant never forgets, then he will recall how many of his critics worked selflessly for him for decades until they twigged him – and many of us had also donated large sums (which he largely wasted on self-promotion, needless opulence, failed projects and through embezzlement by his staff)?

“I have not given any discourse during the last ten days. Why? People attributed different reasons for this, according to their imagination. But one thing is true. I am sitting before the microphone today to reveal the truth”

Comment: He goes on to repeat some of his all-surpassing claims – now again about his supreme purity and love, which he has crowed about so many times before.

“My love is supreme and pure. I love those who love Me. I love even those who develop hatred toward Me. I also extend My love to those who are demonic and who try to put Me to great inconvenience.”

Comment; I naturally wonder of he considers a person [yours truly] of whom he has said twice “Good, good, very good!” is now demonic? If so, how come his omniscience did not warn him in advance? But then who in their right mind cares what he believes anyhow?
Yes, it would indeed be a great inconvenience to him to have to answer questions about the murders and his own sexual proclivities, especially in a court – where he will not appear because he is protected by the real Indian powers-that-be, the politicians. Doubtless he dare not either. His only way of responding to his critics seems to be to smear them as “demonic” and “Judases”!

Talk, talk… countless millions of words by Sai Baba

Love?

Love?

“There is no one in this world whom I do not love.”

Comment: This self-styled ‘All-powerful Being’ defies the ‘Truth’ with words, for he can no longer hardly act at all. Is his subjective love for everyone expressed in actions towards each of those individuals? You be the judge! But this is talk, unless there is action towards every single person in the world?  For the overwhelming majority, and especially the majority in India itself – Sathya Sai Baba’s words are not backed up by loving actions. Even what good things are done in his name these are really the action of others… those who are deluded into thinking it is him acting through them!

Never forget that many who tell in detail how they have had his loving attentions too closely in private wrote that they did not appreciate in the least the physical form his ‘love’ took towards them.

Boys phoning girls are a big problem!

Comment: While the entire world is buying mobile phones as fast as possible, Sathya Sai Baba has a dire warning about them… but not the usual concern (high frequency radiation), mark you…

“One more thing I wish to mention in this context. I see several boys keeping cell phones in their pockets. They think that they are keeping cell phones for their convenience and easy communication. They do not realise the ill effects of these instruments. Cell phones are often misused for undesirable purposes, like establishing contacts between boys and girls. They develop bad thoughts and bad connections between them. In order that bad thoughts do not enter our mind, avoid such connections altogether.”

Comment: What can such a pure being as Sathya Sai Baba possibly know of these “bad thoughts” he so condemns? Could his thoughts be polluted and his talk about “bad connections” have to do with love making, perhaps? The utmost Puritan moralist, he wants everyone to stop bad thoughts before they even enter the mind. Hmmm… that would be some feat! How does one recognise a bad thought in advance or even know that one is coming? Such advice is typical Sai Baba empty babble, which cannot help anyone. His solution is to cut down strictly on social contacts. Why doesn’t he practise his own advice on that either?

“I will be approaching 83 years of age shortly. I have not made use of a telephone till now. Several people want to make calls to Me expressing their sorrow and seeking solace. Come what may; I do not use the phone.”

Comment: Follow the leader come what may and never use a phone, for is not his Life his message! Hard luck on the “several” who want to phone him, but don’t they know he says he is already saving humanity through his wisdom and love?

How to get rid of a cell phone

“If possible, dump your cell phones in a well. You will be happy and peaceful. Better you don’t acquire them at all!”

Comment: The villager Sathya Narayana Raju reverting to form – chuck rubbish down wells? But cell phones are recognised to contain very dangerous pollutants, so – if you made the mistake of getting one – fling it down some well?  Then drink your own health?

“Even if you acquire one, establish contact and connection with only those with whom it is desirable. Do not develop unnecessary and undesirable contacts with others. By developing such contacts, you gather news from all and sundry and pass it on to others. Ultimately, you will end up as Narada, poking your nose in all sorts of things. You will not only spoil your mind with unwanted things but spoil the minds of others too! “

Comment: Or you might be in danger of learning facts you otherwise would do your utmost to avoid, even finding out the real and very worldly truth about Sathya Sai Baba and his little boys and young men, or about his murder cover-up, or about all his absurdities, self-contradictions, false statements, ignorance of science and history, failed prophesies, deceits, broken promise, lies…

The above Sathya Sai Baba quotations are taken from his recent discourse ‘Dasara, 9 October 2008 at: http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2008/d081009.html

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Sathya Sai Baba – questions and his silence

Posted by robertpriddy on October 15, 2008

In a discourse a month or so after the six 1993 killings and executions, Sathya Sai Baba attacked the media hotly saying, “all arguments and theories carried in the newspapers for the past four weeks are nothing but flights of the imagination and are false” (quote) calling such reports ‘motivated’ and ‘malicious’.

Therefore, the Anantapur District Journalists’ Union then asked to clear their doubts, asking him:
1) Where he was after the incident on June 6 till the next morning?
2) During the period, who met him and what did they discuss with him? Did Sai Baba himself press the siren button?
3) There is a widespread opinion that the four slain assailants were shot dead by the police only
at the instance of some persons belonging to the Prashanti Nilayam management, how far is it correct?

The Press Council did not condemn any Anantapur journalists. Sathya Sai Baba did not deign to answer a single question put to him. He was never questioned about his role in the incident by the police, the CBI nor anyone else. Questions about the incident were brushed aside by harassed ashram officials, and written instructions were sent out from top Sathya Sai Organization officials not to question or discuss anything about it but rather to concentrate on oneself and one’s own spiritual practice.

Sathya Sai Baba has never dared to give any responsible answer to the questions put to Sathya Sai Baba by the Anantapur District Journalists’ Union. However, I have thrown light on the last question after being told the facts by V.K. Narasimhan… Sai Baba’s younger brother along with Sathya Sai Central Trust and ashram leaders blackmailed the police into shooting down the trapped intruders.
See also The Express News Service on ‘Scribes seek probe into Baba criticism by press council

All in all, everyone involved in the murders and cover-up were able to remain as silent as clams about what really happened, no official in the whole of India was able to question Sathya Sai Baba, except in secrecy and without permission to report at best. None of the injured parties were able to raise any court case against the murderous police or the ashram officials who were involved.

This is typical of widespread Indian-style administration suppression of the weak and defenceless through secret manipulations and ‘muerta’ (Mafia silence). This has been shown to be done by many police officials and/or judges in India in a long string of cases, not least in the utterly scandalous recent case of police cover-up and harassment of the mother of an English girl raped murdered on the beach at Goa (see also  Top People Protected from Prosecution in India and Scarlett Suspect freed on bail also Corruption in Indian administration.

India’s human rights record is still under massive international and internal criticism – see here

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The Death of Sathya Sai Baba’s brother, Janaki Ramiah

Posted by robertpriddy on October 14, 2008

JANAKIRAM – PROPERTY MULTI-MILLIONAIRE, REPORTED BLACKMAILER AND ACCOMPLICE TO MURDERS

“Tears should be shed only for God and not for
anyone else. Whatever one’s grief one should not shed tears. Tears may flow out of joy or
enthusiasm or ecstasy, but not from a feeling of sorrow.”
[Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 28 – Ch. 10, p113]

” (Sathya Sai Baba)… immediately started talking about how Rama felt when his beloved brother Lakshmana fainted on the battlefield. Rama said, “How can I ever find a brother like you? It is not possible!” Swami went on; several times His voice cracked and fathered, and two or three times He had to stop mid-sentence because He actually started to sob! It was a heart-rending moment, the closest Swami has ever come to outright, real crying.”

Sathya Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janaki Ramiah (or Janakiram as he was also known) died in October 2003. Sathya Sai Baba mourned him in public – even tearfully – despite his having imprinted on his followers that tears are never permissible and are but a sign of weakness!

Janakiramiah a major actor in blackmail and resulting executions of 4 devotees

The most shattering information I ever received was from from VKN  in January 1997  was how Sai Baba’s multi-millionaire younger brother, Janaki Ramiah  had – after lengthy negotiations with the Puttaparthi police – blackmailed them into executing the four intruders (armed with knives) who were holed up in Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment.

No one closely involved in that notorious episode dared to tell what they know. However,  Narasimhan told me many details in private and that he was present when Janaki Ramiah was congratulated for the results of his blackmailing activity by the former Home Minister of India, S.B. Chavan, and who replied, “Dead men tell no tales”, upon which these two laughed heartily! Narasimhan was very disturbed,  lowering his voice to a whisper when he told me. Though I tried my utmost to explain this away and somehow clear Sai Baba of any involvement, the evidence was finally too overwhelming.
Janaki Ramiah had been banned by brother Sathya from the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram for years until the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993. The reasons for their estrangement are unclear, other than that Janakiram had amassed a massive fortune through property deals in Puttaparthi as it mushroomed from the 1970s onwards and – allegedly – through shady transactions in running a brothel and drinking dens there. One day when I was walking with V.K. Narasimhan, we happened to meet Janaki Ramiah who had entered the ashram gate to get to the post office and send a parcel. He sidled out again shortly afterwards!

Thereafter his status changed entirely in that Sathya Sai Baba made him one of the Board of directors of the super-rich Sathya Sai Central Trust. The background to this is evident… that Janaki Ramiah insisted that the four intruders who were later trapped and shot down by the Putaparthi police had intended to assassinate his famous brother (despite Sathya’s public statement denying that this was the case!). This helped create the confusion and uncertainty about the event which was never cleared up officially, due to Sai Baba’s political devotees who got the investigation by the CBI quashed (that is, the Indian Prime Minister, the President, the Home Minister and others). (see here)

Janakiramiah was congratulated by the Indian Home Minister, S.B. Chavan, for blackmailing the Puttaparthi police into shooting down the four intruders (who had earlier killed two attendants in a struggle with knives). This he did in the presence of Sai Baba’s editor – the once-famous Indian journalist and editor-in-chief, V.K. Narasimhan. Janaki Ramiah responded by saying ‘Dead men tell no tales’ and he laughed over this together with the Home Minister! This was told me in the strictest confidence by V.K. Narasimhan when I was troubled about the facts around the murders. Only when VKN died in 2000 was I able to consider making know this fact in public… a heavy burden, but one I felt impelled to do in conscience and as an unavoidable public duty.

Sathya Sai's younger brother, Janaki Ramiah

Sathya Sai

Here follows an account of the events around the death of Janaki Ramiah by a deluded devotee.

From: “Luis & Silvia”
Subject: FW: swami’s brother dies

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:47:54 +1000
Forwarded by ‘Rita’

—–Original Message—–
From: Sai Sister in Puttaparthi

Subject: Swami’s last sibling dies; Swami gives discourse
Friday 10 PM

On Thursday, Swami came out as usual in the morning for bhajan. After lunch, He walked all the way up to the edge of the verandah, supported by two assistants, before settling down in the open chair. For some reason, they did not put the footrest on, so His feet were hanging down, inches from the floor!

After bhajan, I was surprised to hear the whole village humming that Swami’s brother (who has been in serious condition in the Super Speciality Hospital since his heart operation) had died! I called up a reliable contact, who told me that there was absolutely no confirmation on that rumour. How tragic that rumours send a person to the grave before their time!

Later, Swami went to the hospital. We all heard that his brother, who has been in a comatose or semi-comatose state, awoke; however he wasn’t able to speak. Swami poured a few drops of water into his mouth. After that, “he was all right,” the rumour spread. But actually, we had no definite reports, only that he is “still alive.”

(This made me remember the last hours of Swami’s two elder sister: both were, at different times, in serious condition and comatose. Only when Swami came to the hospital, they suddenly became awake and aware. They even held Swami’s hand. He gave vibhuti to them and left; after a few hours, they left their bodies peacefully. And of course, the Indian practise is to give a few sips of water, preferably with a tulasi leaf, in their last moments.)

It is an extraordinary thing that droves of people, hundreds and hundreds, (thinking that Janakiram was dead or in the last stages), descended on the Super Speciality hospital to see him, and they were actually let in to look at Swami’s brother through the glass doors of the ICU unit!

Evening was a program of different small school children chanting the Vedas, speaking and singing songs. Swami stood up for a minute or two, at the end of the program.

Friday morning, Swami came early, about 7 AM. The same lady who stood up the other day, was in first line. She again stood and lunged towards Swami, to touch Him! She even managed to touch His arm. Swami looked utterly shocked at this event, then suddenly put on a very harsh look and said, “NO! GO AWAY!” By then, the Seva Dals were dragging her away. Swami, also by then, was smiling and giving a look full of love to her!

It seems that someone from Singapore has donated a large amount, which will be used to build and start a nursing college here. There was some small puja related to that, after which (8 AM), arathi bells were rung.

Later, there was bhajan as usual. Swami came in the open chair as usual. Bhajan ended at 9:20 AM, and Swami came out from lunch and was back at the Poornachandra by 9:45 AM.

At about 10:30 AM, Swami’s brother Janakiram, aged about 73, really did leave his physical coil behind.

Hundreds, even thousands, of people from Puttaparthi and beyond came flocking to the hospital, as word spread. Janakiram leaves behind his wife, two daughters and one son, all comfortably settled in life with children of their own Swami’s elder brother died in 1986; His eldest sister in 1993; His second elder sister in 1996; and now His younger brother. The last of Swami’s siblings is dead!

The entire town of Puttaparthi 100% closed their shops and went like iron fillings to the magnet of Swami’s brother. The place was like a ghost town! He had helped numerous people and was the protector of all the villagers and others in these areas. He was active in politics and also a member of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

The body was soon brought to their village house (a few houses before the birthplace of Swami, the Siva temple) where pandemonium reigned. I didn’t go there, but I saw the events on the local TV channel: pathetic scenes of his poor wife falling on the body and crying, and of his son sobbing uncontrollably. The body was already alarmingly swollen and bloated.

Hundreds of people then filed past the body. The only movement in Puttaparthi all morning and afternoon, was of people going and coming back from seeing the body. Hundreds of people, from the flower girls and sweepers to the big contactors, were feeling like orphans abandoned. After all, it is not so easy to have close contact with Swami, but Janakiram was always there to help them with their problems and do practical things  to tide over various tragedies. Many people depended on him.

Swami had cleverly organised a function to hold people’s attention! Swami came about 3:30 PM to the Darshan hall. First, there were speakers talking about the nursing college. Even the kind donor talked about how Swami has been protecting his family.

Then, the talks on Janakiram began. Several people talked on his good nature, his equal love for all and what a major figure he was in Puttaparthi. Last was the flowerly-speached Anil Kumar, who spoke eloquently in Telugu. He talked on how he first was introduced to Janakiram in the 1980’s, when he shared a room with him in Kodai Kanal for 40 days. He talked of how he had equal love for all, was always ready to help and be kind, and though he sometimes seemed angry, he would immediately turn sweet and soft again, and forget completely about the harshness.

(Meanwhile, the body of Janakiram was taking in procession at about 4:30 PM and buried as is, as per family custom, on a plot of land near the bypass road, in Enumulapalli.)

After that speech, Swami indicated that He, too, wanted to speak! Anil Kumar couldn’t resist then coming to the mike and formerly inviting Swami to say a few words “to lift our heavy hearts.” The table waS brought and with the help of only one boy, He stood up, at about 5:10 PM, and started to talk.

First Swami sang the poem about the greatness of Indian women, ironically starting with the line about how Savitri brought her dead husband back to life! His voice faltered with emotion several times. Swami then began talking about the power of God that is in man, and how one such great Shakti was Janakiram! He said that although Janakiram may have had harsh speech, inside his heart was soft and calm. He repeated this several times.

Then He immediately started talking about how Rama felt when his beloved brother Lakshmana fainted on the battlefield. Rama said, “How can I ever find a brother like you? It is not possible!” Swami went on; several times His voice cracked and fathered, and two or three times He had to stop mid-sentence because He actually started to sob! It was a heart-rending moment, the closest Swami has ever come to outright, real crying.

To me, this was a message for all of us: perhaps He was showing, by His own show of emotion, that sometimes we may have tragedy occur, but we should overcome it by concentrating on spirituality, filling our hearts with love and sharing that with all.
Suddenly, about 5:50 PM, Swami’s right side seemed to buckle and he faltered, starting to fall to one side.

His assistant helped him to regain balance. Swami then said, “Don’t feel bad that I am put to suffering. I have no inconvenience. In fact, thorough my actions I am an actual example of pure love.” Amidst the applause, He slowly slid down in the open chair and He motioned for bhajans to begin.

After the Ganesh bhajan, and one other bhajan maybe…  Swami wiped his eye and called for arathi! So, the bhajan was ended right there in the middle and Swami went out in the open chair.

Whew! What a day!

From the above one can appreciate how thoroughly extended and  twisted people’s rationalizations become when on still cannot face the facts or make any kind of break with the idea that Sathya Sai Baba is perfect, omniscient, all-powerful, omnipresent, God Almighty the Creator and so on ad. inf.

The uncertainty and reliance on rumours illustrated so well by the above account is endemic at Sai Baba ashrams, where information is carefully hoarded, facts covered-up and disinformation carefully crafted for public consumption – and effectively spread through the entire network of blindly-believing officials in his institutions and the Sathya Sai Organization.

See also about Janakiramiah’s involvement here: https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/murders-2/

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Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation under scrutiny

Posted by robertpriddy on October 14, 2008

Conny Larsson’s ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’ reviewed by a Swedish psychologist Åsa Samsioe on the wonderful and abounding story about Conny Larsson´s rather unusual life and his writing about it in a courageous and almost totally self- exposing way

Some some older materials reposted for the record, with comments:-

THE VANCOUVER SUN ARTICLE –  Support for Sai Baba, but also criticisms

THE NATIONAL ‘OTTAWA CITIZEN’ Sai Baba, 75th birthday and more besides

GRAND OL’ OPRAH OR SAI BABA Review in Australia of Danish documentary ‘Seduced by Sai Baba’

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V.K. Narasimhan – confidences to Robert Priddy

Posted by robertpriddy on October 13, 2008

V.K. Narasimhan was one of Sai Baba’s very closest confidants from 1980 until his death in 2000,  outstanding journalist and ex-Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express group of newspapers. A series of blogs on V.K. Narasimhan and my relationship with him will detail the burdensome legacy of facts and inside information about Sathya Sai Baba, his institutions and prominent followers he left me. The unspoken facts were often most disturbing to me at the time, not least since these were given in private as confidences. Nothing I relate here is anything but the truth to the very best of my understanding and recollection, which is based on copious notes made at the time (links will be given to the appropriate scans of those notes, which come from a series of notebooks here.

I eventually came to learn some devastating facts, the worst of which was how, on the direct initiative of Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janaki Ramiah, and other officials of the ashram and Central Trust, the police were blackmailed into executing in cold blood in Sai Baba’s own rooms, four intruders who had killed two of his attendants. These intruders could easily have been captured without murdering them as they had no other weapons than knives and had been trapped inside the apartment of Sai Baba by him locking the door of his bedroom from the outside when he fled the scene.  He was nearby throughout the hours that all this went on, and (a virtual dictator within his ashram) did not lift a finger to stop what he himself has stated in a discourse that he knew to be taking place, and was even aware of what would occur in advance!

The account VKN gave me in confidence (and a lowered voice) I cannot possibly doubt as I knew him so long and so well. It is backed up fully by my extensive investigations of the entire matter. VKN informed me of a discussion to which he was witness between Janaki Ramiah and the Home Minister of India – S.B. Chavan  – (a Sai Baba devotee who visitied his guru frequently during the period when investigations were taking place). S.B. Chavan congratulated the younger brother on his action in the matter whereupon they laughed together over the words ‘Dead men tell no tales.’ I declare that I am reporting all this as it was told me, based on my comprehensive notes made at the time. See scan with comments here.

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Sathya Sai Baba’s editor V.K. Narasimhan – 1

Posted by robertpriddy on October 11, 2008

Had it not been for my many long conversations with the once-famous Indian journalist V.K. Narasimhan over a decade, and the many matters he told me about in confidence, I may not have come to realise the sheer extent and depth of Sai Baba’s deceptions… not least his undoubted involvement as an accomplice – along with his brother Janakiramiah – to the cold-blooded murder of four of his devotees who invaded his apartment in the Puttaparthi ashram. V.K. Narasimhan disillusioned me constantly, despite my faith at the time and told me now and again how odd that he was such “a doubting Thomas” yet also still the editor of Sai Baba’s ‘personality cult’ journal Sanathana Sarathi (not always a comfortable job!)

V. K. Narasimhan became a kind of captive at Sai Baba ashrams after his wife died and his health and ability of self-care deteriorated a lot so that he had to be looked after by others. He was also hooked on the attention and privileges he received, not only from Sathya Sai Baba but all the many visitors to the ashrams, including many of his former contacts but also royalty and heads of state for whom he often translated at interviews.

I reported our confidential discussion only after his decease, not least because of the dire consequences this would have had for him while still alive. However, so that the public should have some documentation of the facts I report, I have scanned numerous selected pages of my notebooks made at the time on a daily basis through 15 years. One can test their authenticity by checking on many of the reported details about what occurred on the dates of the diary pages, and in other ways.
See articles on V.K. Narasimhan, including scanned notes recorded at the time of conversations with him

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Cover-up of Sathya Sai failings – J. Jegathesan, Malaysia

Posted by robertpriddy on October 10, 2008

An Example of Sathya Sai Organization Deliberate Misrepresentation of Former Devotees’ Call For Proper Investigation

Jega Jegathesan is one of those – both key leaders and rank-and-file members of the Sathya Sai Organization – who know that many former devotees have integrity and are not ‘vicious’ and do not spread ‘calumny’, but are principled and honest. Jegathesan referred  to the testimonies of young men who claim in credible detail (to those who know the circumstances in the ashram well) as making “faeces on the ground”!  The investigations by many former followers is based on a huge body of documented facts and statements by several hundred persons and covered by organizations like UNESCO and the US State Department and in major press articles, and in investigative TV documentaries (see links here).

Jegathesan's 'Journey to God'

Jegathesan

Former devotee try to reveal the known facts in a principled and painstaking way so as to reach the truth about what else has been covered up. Since secrecy, unaccountability, deception, untruth and propaganda is so widespread in the Sai movement altogether, some digging is often necessary to uncover the background of certain extraordinary events so that further investigation may lead to a proper solution for or against likely suppositions. I know how difficult it is to get information about the simplest of events from the Organization’s top leaders since I was frustrated by them for years when I was the leader of the relatively small Organization in Norway. Any investigatory or critical process is avoided like the plague by Sai officials and sworn believers, because Sai Baba simply does not allow it. Even deaths and suicides – known to have taken place – are never mentioned at any official meetings or get-togethers.

Datuk Jegathesan Jegathesan has long been one of those totally uncritical supporters of Sathya Sai Baba, as his series of hagiographic books demonstrates to the extreme. The frontspiece of one of them gives the jist of his admiration for the guru, despite his knowing full well that Malaysian students left Sai Baba in 1980 due to  the sexual abuses they said they were subjected to. Jegathesan and his wife had access to the infomation gathered by a prominent pro-Sai activist in Malaysia at the time, ex-follower H.  Jayaram. He investigated this sexual abuse matter in considerable depth – speaking to the alleging victims and families and visiting India to meet students there to find out more – and he became convinced that their allegations were true, as he has informed me during a long period of correspondence we had. The Malaysian Sai movement was very disturbed by those incidents, which were widely known at the time.

Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

Datuk J. Jegathesan – on Sathya Sai Baba Miracles
Sathya Sai Apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide

Sathya Sai official Jegathesan’s son’s suicide – part 1
The suicide of Sathya Sai devotee Jegathesans’ son – part 2
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

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Isaac Tigrett, mystic ‘crystal skulls’ & Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 7, 2008

Isaac Tigrett claims he was entrusted with Sai Baba’s ‘living legacy’ and much else fantastic. (See latest up-date). Years ago, he stated that Sathya Sai Baba – who Tigrett worships as God Incarnate etc. etc. – gave him a crystal skull at an interview where the object just appeared in Sai Baba’s hands (as posted here). Tigrett believes in the supernatural power of this skull and that cosmic balance depends on it (somehow) and that it carries a cosmic curse which can destroy the earth – as can be seen from the pages copied from the Internet below (inset in brown text lower down).

The ‘Skull of Doom’ a modern product – not ancient

This all goes back to the so-called ‘Skull of Doom’- once believed to have been ancient Aztec handiwork, allegedly discovered in 1924 by Anna Le Guillon Mitchell-Hedges. She was interviewed on the National Geographic TV documentary, which showed the exposure of fraud and scientific research into that skull (and other from the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institute). Electron microscopy showed definitively that they are all fakes from the mid- to late-1800s, manufactured using modern machines and abrasives.

A dozen rare crystal skulls are in private and public collections, some very clear, some of colored quartz, some life size, some smaller and coarser. They are believed to originate from Mexico and Central America, though extensive scientific tests have also shown that crystal skulls claimed to be ancient Aztec or Mayan creations often come from crystal only found in Madagascar or Brazil.

Richard A. Lovett and Scot Hoffman report in the National Geographic magazine (see here) that thousands of ctrystal skulls are produced every year in Brazil, China, and Germany  are not uncommon or terribly mysterious. Only a few are macabre objects of interest and controversy among archaeologists, scientists, spiritualists, and museum officials and have been so for over a century. Apparently the myth has grown so much that many believe these skulls were carved up to tens of thousands of years ago by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization or that they are relics from the legendary island of Atlantis or even proof that extraterrestrials visited the Aztec sometime before the Spanish conquest!

Crystal skull

Click to enlarge crystal skull in the British Museum Photograph by AFP/Getty Images

Author Joshua Shapiro’s website cites claims of healing and expanded psychic abilities from people who have been in the presence of such skulls.“We believe the Crystal Skulls are a form of computer which are able to record energy and vibration that occur around them,” he writes. ” The skull will pictorially replay all events or images of the people who have come into contact with them (i.e. they contain the history of our world).”

from http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A9396

Although The Pyramid was ostensibly built to host concerts and sporting events, the sound for concerts was so bad that the city sued the contractor for faulty acoustical design. Workers retroactively added padded strips to absorb the sound. Even Isaac Tigrett’s mysterious crystal skull time capsule was retrieved within a year of the Pyramid’s opening, creating both an ownership controversy and ruining the marketing surprise he had planned. [Editor’s note: The crystal fixture was revealed in an article by the Flyer‘s John Branston and subsequently removed.]

 

COMMENTS FROM A WEBSITE ON CRYSTAL SKULLS

COMMENTS FROM A WEBSITE ON CRYSTAL SKULLS

Copied from now defunct page at http://www.cyburbia.org/aggregator/sources/293

Maybe we need to be putting in a call to Isaac Tigrett to see if he’ll put his crystal skull back in The Pyramid. 

First, there was “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull racking up more than $300 million. Then, two weeks ago, the Smithsonian opened its crystal skull exhibit, and now, the museum plans to premiere its documentary, “Legend of the Crystal Skulls,” in September. Now we learn that there are crystal skulls on exhibit in the British Museum in London and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

Faking It

Star of the Smithsonian exhibit and the film is a crystal skull that arrived in the mail at the Smithsonian 16 years ago. It was in a package addressed to “MezoAmerican Museum” and a letter said it was made by the Aztecs. Neither the museum or the skull was real. In other words, the nation’s foremost museum system have taken a fake and turned it into a franchise. If only we had been so clever. Some say the skulls are from Atlantis. Other say that if all of them come together at the same place, they will release all knowledge and stop computers. Some say they were made by Mayans or maybe even extraterrestrials. And yet, if the skull has any power, it is its ability to inspire myths and legends. In that, it has something in common with The Pyramid. For 17 years, we’ve harbored the myth that it can become a 365-day a year tourist attraction.

The most ominous warning was given by Isaac Tigrett following the removal of the crystal skull that he had secretly riveted to the steel superstructure of The Pyramid apex. The small black box was spotted by a maintenance man about a year after the arena had opened.

Cosmic Imbalance

Pried from its secret place, the box was opened (the momentous event was filmed) with great ceremony in a conference room in the bottom of The Pyramid, and inside the velvet-lined box and covered with gauze dusted with a fragrant powder was a small crystal skull. Because of Mr. Tigrett’s interest in Eastern mysticism, it was immediately obvious who put it there. Although the skull seemed to have more in common with those allegedly found in Mayan archaeological sites, city and county officials were told that the skull had materialized in the hands of Mr. Tigrett’s guru, Sathya Sai Baba, during a conversation.

After all, the founder of Hard Rock Café and House of Blues had a special debt to the Indian mystic, who protected him during a devastating car wreck in California. Hurtling off the road in his sports car, Mr. Tigrett said that Sai Baba appeared in his car, put his arms around him and protected him from harm. The car was destroyed. In other words, the crystal skull’s connection to the religious leader and guru gave it special power, which was amplified by the additional force of The Pyramid itself, according to Mr. Tigrett. “You don’t have any idea what you have done,” he said upon being told that the crystal skull had been removed, adding somberly that the cosmic balance of the earth could be disturbed as well.

Curses

By that time, suggestions that removal of the skull could curse The Pyramid were laughable. After all, with the crystal skull in place, little had gone right there.  If Memphis had been interpreting signs, perhaps there wasn’t one delivered more forcefully than the thunder storm that postponed the “Big Dig” extravaganza to kick off construction. A native American telephoned city and county officials with a warning – the Pyramid site was sacred and that the rain was an omen of worse things to come. Officials joked about the warning for days. Two years later, no one was laughing. Construction had been delayed, the price had increased, and the shape-shifting Shlenker/Tigrett development was no closer to coming into focus.

The Great American Pyramid plan was essentially dead. So was the Hard Rock Café; the glass inclinator to the apex; the perverse mutation of of Egyptology and rock music into Rakapolis; Dick Clark’s American Music Awards Hall of Fame; a re-creation of the Cavern, ground zero for Beatles fans, and priceless Stax Records artifacts; an Omnimax theater; a light and music spectacle in the arena on non-event days; a radio station on the top of the building beaming shortwave Memphis music; and what became called the “scheme du jour,” ideas that often became inoperable before the end of the business day.

The Tigrett family is involved in an internal feud, according to one posting on the Internet:-
Wednesday, February 27, 2008  Family Feud http://55-40.blogspot.com/2008/02/family-feud.html
WMC-TV updates us
on the Tigrett affair: A barricade blocks the area on Beale Street covered with a board. A look underneath reveals a blank slab of concrete. A note honoring the Tigrett family was removed on Tuesday. Elkington said a note with Pat and John Tigrett’s name on it will be put down soon.

In another posting  we read: “John and Pat Tigrett and Fred Smith were the ramrods for The Pyramid….” with the comment that “…every one of those deals has had its problems. Most did not meet expectations and attendance projections.”

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_skull

Just how airy-fairy this whole lunatic fringe issue is can be seen here:-  http://www.sharinglungs.com/index.php?topic=14292.0

and here http://trylobyte.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/indiana-jones-and-the-kingdom-of-crystal-skull/

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Sathya Sai apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide

Posted by robertpriddy on October 6, 2008

Jegathesan’s Face Saving Email To Devotees – and Sai Baba’s Inhumane Call For A Suppression of Grief

‘Datuk’ J. Jegathesan  will most likely fail to rid  himself  from delusions about indisputable aspects of the true nature of Sai Baba. Unfortunately, Jega cannot allow himself to begin to see what any level-headed outside observer will conclude is at the root of his loss and the role he has unavoidably played in it all. There is no doubt that Jegathesan has suffered a great deal, yet enough time has now passed to permit that questions be raised about Sai Baba’s role in the incidents around his son’s suicide and more – in the public interest.  Jegathesan began the e-mail he circulated with:-

“It is with totally uncalled tears in my eyes and heart (for Bhagavan Baba has said that “under no circumstances should we cry), that I am conveying to all those who have worked with me for so many years in the leadership of the International Sai Organisation, about the passing away of my youngest son, in very hurting and sad tragic circumstances.”

Jegathesan’s self-torture and ‘guilt’ about having shed tears is pitiful to read… the more so since Sathya Sai Baba himself was clearly seen to shed tears while holding his public discourse at the funeral of his brother, Janakiramiah! Perhaps no wonder that Sai Baba was so attached to that younger brother, who arranged for the infamous cold-blooded executions in his bedroom for him through blackmail of the police chief of Puttaparthi. But Jegathesan is undisturbed by this glaring fraudulence and even wrote:-

“Little did I realize that my Divine Father was preparing me for the events that would confront me on Friday 27th Feb. 04.”

How his own reading of the usual old doctrines helped prepare him for those events, heaven only knows! His account shows that the event certainly hit him like a bombshell and left him in distress and confusion, wondering how to understand and/or rationalise it. This demonstrates how unrealistic and vague one’s ideas become under the influence of Sai Baba’s vague interactions and mind-programming ‘teaching’. Many studies have shown that suppressing the grieving process is extremely harmful to human well-being, and his discouragement of it reveals his irresponsibility and lack of fundamental emotional maturity.

Sathya Sai Baba’s and the fathers’s relation to the boy who later took his own life

Given the grief to which many boys and young men have come to in Sathya Sai Baba’s hands, it is not idle to wonder whether Sai Baba had given this fair, good-looking boy all reason to be unwilling return to any interviews? Note that Jegan (unlike Jegathesan himself) had no interviews after 1996 – the last one being two weeks after his mother’s death (it is uncertain if he had any interview before that, though his father wrote: “my son has had the grace of a number of personal contacts with Bhagavan, the latest being in Nov. 1996.” Why such sudden cessation of only the son’s interviews – not long after the ‘great impact’ of his mother’s death led to what Jegathesan calls a ‘mild depression’. Not surprising that the son, labouring under very moralistic and fundamentalist Sai Baba belief system within which he grew up, later became extremely confused with more depressive and apparent psychotic periods.

The extremely strained father-son relationship

“One day he became totally irrational, and began to find faults with me and members of the family and even his office staff and close friends.” Jegathesan determined that his son’s criticism of himself were without rational foundation, yet note that he also rigidly regards the slightest criticism of Sathya Sai Baba to be the same!. Jegathesan’s world-view is of the kind that is certainly considered ‘totally irrational’ to most educated people… involving spirits and deities of the 4th dimension, the Creator of the entire Universe embodied in his guru Sai Baba, and much weird and wonderful besides (as already partly documented here and here).

J. Jegathesan (or Jagadeeshan)

Sathya Sai VIP leader preaching at captive audience

Not taking his son’s various outbursts at face value and following them up seriously, Jega tells how he took the complaints against himself as symptoms of mental illness. With his status in Malaysian society and connections, his son was taken into psychiatric observation. The focus was thus put entirely on his son, and not on the dysfunctional and overbearing father. It would certainly seem that his son would no longer agree  with many beliefs and actions of a very authoritarian parent. (Jega’s e-mail shows he had a traditional Indian family relationship of the repressive father type – whose feet-touching padnamaskaar his son must perform, whose workplace his father arranged, whose girlfriends are vetted and wished-for bride rejected etc.)

Of course, it is not impossible that this and the strained family situation, plus the diagnosed ‘stress’ triggered a latent (genetic) schizophrenia in Jegathesan’s son.  Nonetheless, invalidating someone as ‘mad’ has been shown to be widely used as a means of placing blame on those whose opinions or minds one otherwise can’t control (eg. Laing and Esterson’s ‘Sanity, Madness and the Family) . Add to this, the intensity of the dramatic events directly linked to the onset of his natural depression at his mother’s death.  More on this in a later posting.

The poor young man must have been helpless before the rigidly held dogmas of Jegathesan about Sathya Sai Baba as Lord of All Creation, Pure Love and Purity, and far more excessive claims besides. Being under the virtual ‘mind control’ of this guru personality cult from birth onwards can obviously cause huge problems when one has to interface with the adult world of rational people and all-too-real events. His father is well known as a very active and intransigent promoter through his constant lecturing and ‘leadership’ of the Malaysian Sathya Sai Organization of what amounts to the control of the minds of devotees.

See also latest on Jegathesan

Malaysian newspaper report on suicide of Jega’s son with related issues

Full text of e-mail circulated widely by Jegathesan
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

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