Archive for December, 2008
Posted by robertpriddy on December 30, 2008
“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region. You may go to any country, but you refer to yourself as belonging to the country of Bharat. For example, there may be Karnataka State or Tamil Nadu State, etc., but, they are all parts of a larger country called Bharat. Without the country, the States cannot exist. You are all Bharatiyas first and last. Hence, you say that you came from Bharat.” (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2008/d081122.html)
This statement confirms what was reported earlier by Barry Pittard ‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him
Why does Sathya Sai Baba continue making such rash and unfulfillable prophecies about ‘Bharat’ (i.e. India)? Who in the world will believe that the above predictions will come true? Only the blindest and least informed true believing devotees who are dependent on him and their faith in him despite all fact, reason and knowledge.
We see how Sai Baba is cocooned from what the world knows as reality within the cult that totally surrounds him… a social fortress as much as a physical one. Not one of his followers can inform him of any fact that might contradict him in the slightest way. He does not even have a ‘court jester’ who can enable him to see that he is an ’emperor with no clothes’. Since he began to proclaim himself the Creator of the Universe and to embody everything in the line of divinity one can imagine, he lost more and more of any grip on reality, and things have clearly only got worse. Absorbed in his imaginary world of love and bliss, he is riding the tiger of deception to the complete destruction of his credibility on anything, for he cannot dismount it. Not without most of his devotees leaving him. To see at what a huge remove from reality he lives, I shall detail some of his other preposterously misguided statements in his Convocation discourse in later blogs.
Meanwhile, not again the tremendous gaffe which was immediately edited out of web pages and sound recordings by all his propaganda merchants – except the one about no bombs or fears in India some days before the Mumbai horrors (see Sathya Sai bomb claim demolishes his credibility. We can thank the otherwise systematic disinformation website saibabaofindia.com for overlooking and so displaying this astonishingly rash statement of his.
What can one make of the following superficial empty talk?
“While several countries of the world have faced calamities of various kinds, Bharat has remained stable. It is a country richly endowed with a variety of wealth”
That India is stable and has not faced calamities is not even a half-truth. One need only mention Partition (cause of vast and horrendous killings of millions), Kashmir, over which 3 wars with Pakistan were fought. Now there is a stand-off founded in misinformation and enmity (hardly a stable state of affairs with nuclear options at hand on both sides). Another recent destabilising calamity was the tsunami which ruined countless lives, plus the many bomb and terror attacks, the major religious killing sprees which continue to destabilise normal relations, and now the economic meltdown currently underway. Add to this the world-famous level of political corruption and strife.
As to being a richly endowed country, it is richly endowed with over 800 million near paupers and countless sufferings virtually unimaginable in any Western European country… a truly unjust society where the rich and poor are as far apart as anywhere in the world.
This is the country which Sathya Sai Baba claims is the engine which will pull the entire world back to a superstitious anti-scholarly, anti-scientific state and a universal puritan morality – all by 2031 or so! And everyone will call then themselves Indians (i.e. Bharatiyas imbued with godliness)?
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 29, 2008
Wise after the events, it appears, a zealous devotee of Sathya Sai Baba called Narayana Shastri presented many predictions about Sathya Sai Baba supposedly found by him among the ancient palm leaf texts of the ‘Suka Nadi’. All these bear the marks of being current descriptions by an observer of the guru (he had already established ashrams, a hospital and a college before the prophecies were made public) , but are not like ancient prophecy in form or terminology. One such was:-
He will be Brahmachari. He will establish Ashrams, educational and medical institutions.
A Brahmachari means a totally celibate person. But he stands widely accused of homosexual activities, and not least by some of his very closest followers, such as Dr. Naresh Bhatia, who told the journalist Mick Brown of the Daily Telegraph that he had been in a sex relationship with Sathya Sai Baba for years and that many, many boys had been sexually used and abused by him, including one under-age boy he personally examined and found anal rape had taken place. Perhaps Sathya Sai Baba interprets ‘brahmachari’ as apparently a fair quite a number of other Indians do, as someone who abstains from sex with females. Sathya Sai Baba has been accused of sex abuse by scores of persons… see the BBC documentary for some examples
For a comprehensive overview see here
See a complete presentation of the Suka Nadi and other alleged ancient prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba here.
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 28, 2008
After traipsing many countries to gurus and ashrams, the Danish seeker Rodriguez became a ‘true believer’ in Sathya Sai Baba.
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Despite that she uses clear documentation from Sri Aurobindo to refute a major claim by the Sathya Sai Organization and devotees. Aurobindo was NOT referring to Sathya Sai Baba and prophesying his ‘descent as avatar’ when the descent of Krishna into the material world (24-10-1926) was announced by him just previously.
Further to the issue is the official documentation of dates in Sathya Sai Baba’s life indicate strongly that Sathya Narayena Raju – (alias Sathya Sai Baba) was NOT born on 29-11-1926 at all, but three years later.
Birgitte Rodriguez’s book contains accounts of diverse incidents where she imagined Sathya Sai Baba intervened in her own daily doings with occult help. She is highly credulous about Indian gurus generally, and accepts ideas such as those of Howard Murphet, that Aurobindo changed the course of the 2nd World War by occult intervention in Hitler’s mind… and similar fantasies about Churchill being steered by Aurobindo. She wrote: “Sri Aurobindo was also said to be behind British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s forceful speeches to the world as the Germans invaded European countries.” (p.
This is the level of credibility to which her product conforms.
see Birgitte Rodriguez, excerpts from her book on Sathya Sai Baba ‘Glimpses of the Divine’
See also Brian Steel’s research on this issue
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 27, 2008
The publicity Sathya Sai Baba’s authenticated websites and a host of semi-official and outright unofficial Sathya Sai Baba propaganda web pages is massive. However, this has evidently not helped expand the Sathya Sai Organization or movement. Since 2000 the facts about his very many misdemeanours, abuses, untruths and deceptions have been circulated by a considerable number of significant defectors who learned the truth about him.
Sathya Sai Baba tourism for Indians In response to the loss of credibility in the larger world and the loss of income from foreign donations, those Sathya Sai Baba dependents and followers who are affected have evidently set their hopes on the average Indian, promoting the ashrams to national tourists, having go the infrastructure improved with major aid from the Andhra Pradresh authorities. After improving the bus network with a new bus station in Puttaparthi, a railway line was also built to Puttaparthi, increasing the flow of Indian visitors very considerably. The Sathya Sai airport – built at government expense through the manipulations of the responsible Minister (Mr. M.K. Kaw – a long-term Sai devotee) was designed mainly for foreign visitors, but now it is up for sale cheaply – having been a major loss-making enterprise. Latest innovation was an international sports arena, but it has a very inauspicious opening, since an international tennis event was cancelled because Sathya Sai Baba did not turn up to open the event!
Sai propaganda and disinformation on the Internet
In a typical pronouncement which is soon denied by his actions, Sathya Sai Baba said in a discourse on 15th October 1999:-
“Swami has nothing to do with internet. Not only now, even in future also You should not indulge in such wrong activities. This disease’ has its roots in cities and is spreading like wild fire into villages polluting the village environment.” (see here)
Originally, Sathya Sai Baba spoke out firmly against the use of computers (as weakening human minds by taking over our mental tasks) and later he denied his followers to use the Internet (where many young men and others were testifying to male sexual abuses by him). This misjudgement by a self-styled Omniscient Divinity had to be reversed – as is constantly done to his promises and predictions. The end result is that one can find any amount of web pages with discourses, miracle stories and adulatory articles about ‘Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’. Following on his attempt to usurp the name and fame of the deceased and very popular saint, Shirdi Sai Baba, one finds his images alongside Shirdi Baba pictures and photos.
Deception in the name of Sathya Sai Baba Recently, however, a new Sai Baba internet phenomenon arose – a blog signed by none less than ‘Sathya Sai Baba’, ostensively owned and managed by Sathya Sai Baba. It is Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love & Spirituality sathyasaibaba.wordpress. Though it is doubtless made by an ordinary anonymous impostor (who attacks critics of Sai Baba on the blog alongside Sathya Sai Baba verbiage about light, compassion, spirituality, understanding, non criticism of other and all that talk) , the ordinary public have no way of discovering this – not without considerable surfing and research. This is simply another deception which is condoned by the Sathya Sai Organization and the Prashanthi Council, for until recently all known impostors using the name Sathya Sai Baba or pretending to have special ‘astral’ contacts with him, or powers of healing or materialization derived from him have been publicly denounced in no uncertain terms in the monthly Sai journal Sanathana Sarathi. Not so this time. One can see the logic of the Sai authorities… let people attack critics under cover of a pro-Sai blogsite, we can wash our hands of it but keep very quiet about it. This is all a reflection of the mendacity of many devotees when it comes to protecting their bogus claimant to the role of Creator of the Universe!
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 25, 2008
Sathya Sai Baba with Father Christmas and young boys
The true spirit of Christmas is almost universally recognised as celebration of the birth of a man who taught compassion and unconditional forgiveness, who even forgave those who crucified him with the words ‘they know not what they do’. This is the spirit which Sathya Sai Baba firmly tramped underfoot in his Christmas Day Discourse of 2000 – on the very day of celebration of a historical figure of true compassion. Sai Baba thereby fully negated the very essence of his own ‘teaching’ on compassion and his claims total purity, human perfection, freedom from all desires, total divinity etc. His vehement attack told enough about him and his aims and nothing whatever about his accusers. A person is rightly to be judged by both words and actions…Sai Baba has always pretended that he was so even-minded and beyond praise and blame that he never reacted to either, yet he rants about his critics are “not human beings at all”. He compounded his antipathy with dire threats to them as being “thousands of Judases” who will suffer lifetimes of disgrace for their sins in accusing him for his behaviour! He harangued his audience:-
“These types of publicity are shameless. Truly they are not human beings at all. The ones who put obstacles in the way of all sacred works are demons, not human beings. The determined vow of Sai will never change, even if demons like this may be all over the world. (Swami bangs his fist decisively on the table to emphasize His point. The audience applauds for long.)”
Mendacious attack: Flaunting his anger at being criticised by beating his lectern, issuing condemnations of his former followers and telling outright lies about those who accuse him of sexual abusing them, Sathya Sai Baba demonstrated in action how little faith one can have in his ‘teaching’ on never criticizing anyone, loving all and never diverging from the truth. He said those who accused him did so for money, which is a patent untruth. Neither he, nor his crony Indulal Shah who also promoted this lie, mentioned even a shred of evidence for their wilful libels, nor has any emerged since then. The aim was of course to ensure that devotees (who must believe everything he says to be God’s word) would ignore the many very credible accusers. He also falsely claimed that ex-devotees were offered bribes to write stories against him. Of course there is no scrap of evidence of this, and there is no shadow of doubt that it was a calculated lie to confuse, cow and hang on to his devotees. He said:-
“From the feet to the hair on the head, Sathya Sai Baba is doing service without any selfishness. Can’t even these people with brains understand this? Why are they doing this propaganda? Even this bad propaganda is for money. All these bad thoughts are for money only. Even these bad thoughts are for money only… … Switzerland, America, Japan, Germany, China, Russia – our children have entered in all directions. Some foreigners are trying to bribe them. They are saying, “See, foolish ones! I will give this much money. I will give so many dollars. I will give this many pounds. You write and give some stories against Sathya Sai Baba.” (Guru Purnima Discourse of 2002)
Bribery is widely reported to be one of Sathya Sai Baba’s methods to silence the victims of his homosexual abuses, as proved by the courageously outspoken Alaya Rahm, one of Sai Baba’s favourites for a long period. He did not, however, manage to silence Alaya with the bribes he gave him. (see this on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ – a summary showcase with transcripts and short video clips)
In a later discourse he proclaimed that there is not even a spark of divinity in his critics, adding:-“… a hard-hearted person cannot be called a spark of Divinity; he is verily a demon.” (p. 323, Sanathana Sarathi, November 2002). This is a total contradiction to his constant previous claims that there is a spark of Divinity in every living being (actually sometimes even in all matter, as I quote: “All beings are sparks of the Eternal Divinity” (page 101 from his Discourses in Kodaikanal 1998).
Why did Sathya Sai Baba descend to such spiritual depths? One can reasonably conclude that the fall-off in donations due to the world-wide publicity about his accusers and their descriptions of his behaviour was surely one of the main causes of his bending to the wishes of his worried cronies and financial dependents to try to punish his accusers with lies. He has also said:- rants on…“These types of publicity are shameless. Truly they are not human beings at all. The ones who put obstacles in the way of all sacred works are demons, not human beings. The determined vow of Sai will never change, even if demons like this may be all over the world. (Swami bangs his fist decisively on the table to emphasize His point. The audience applauds for long.)” (Guru Purnima Discourse of 2002)
See the hypocrisy in denouncing people in public with an angry face, and later saying:–
“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” (Sanathana Sarathi September 2002, page 257f) He would like to imagine that the many victims of his abuses of faith and worse love him? Not to mention the ca. 5 billion people who have doubtless no idea who he is or claims to be, having heard nothing about him?
read the crux of the Xmas Discourse 2000 here
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 23, 2008
Foremost in the sphere of excessive claimants to spiritual wisdom and power is Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi (born Sathya Narayana Raju). Having managed to convince ignorant villagers and impressionable townsfolk in Indian most backward region that he has divine powers (something they already believed of many swamis and gurus before him) he gradually set himself up as God Incarnate and avatar, annexing the name and fame of a former very popular saint, Shirdi Sai Baba.
That he is controversial is incontestable. That he has instigated what, for one person, represents a considerable amount of social projects for a large number of people is certain. That he claims to be wholly pure and divine, ever-present everywhere, all-knowing, almighty is a fact, but one against which there is both much reliable negative evidence.
Like countless others through the ages, Sathya Sai Baba – born as Sathya Narayana Raju – has employed the widespread belief in God and divinities – and longing for blessings, spiritual benefits and salvation from all human problems to dupe and dominate everyone who enters his domain. The weakness of people who cannot face life fully but must lean on a mere belief that their have a ‘Father’ of ‘Mother’ somewhere still looking after them ( though invisible and ineffective in helping them) is turned to great advantage by Sathya Sai Baba in the subtlest of ways. Hence, followers have to become as virtual slaves to his agenda to believe that nothing can be done without his “Divine Will”, operating in the ever-unseen, ever-uncontrollable limbo of his inscrutable and unaccountable person! They are strictly to avoid reading anything negative about him, on pain of banishment from his grace and the ashrams where many have invested heavily in small, simple but expensive apartments (to which, however, they have no right of ownership). He has the tightest protection of a large number of security personnel and that of the past several Indian governments, which provide the visible armed guards at his ashrams.
Sathya Sai Baba has for decades denied interviews to anyone who doesn’t have enough faith in him. Since the infamous murders of young men in his bedroom in 1993 (while he stood by) every visitor has to pass through intensive security checks and metal detectors – with armed guards standing by – to get anywhere near him. They kow-tow, and if they wait endlessly in lines to come and sit for days on end, he may deign to look at them, which they consider extremely auspicious. The most zealous spend months of waiting all day from the earliest moment it is allowed so as to get to the fore and sit with praying hands until he can hardly ignore them without seeming totally devoid of compassion. If they grovel (as people can be seen doing on countless videos and films issues by the Sai authorities), and/or if they make considerable financial contributions, then then MAY be admitted to the “holy sanctum”, by which time they have humiliated themselves sufficiently to accept almost anything from the hand of God, be it praise or blame!
The Sai Baba movement as a whole has increasingly assumed the features of a closed cult that is protecting a very widely and substantially accused sexual molester and pedophile and an undoubted accomplice to police murders, which he strove to cover up. This collusive complicity is largely possible because of the out-of-hand rejection of any criticism of any kind against their Lord and Master, in accordance with his teaching about himself and outright commands to ignore such. Yet most are now in a position to discover and know many of the facts. That they rationalize away whatever they hear is not least due to their deep involvement (often over decades) at most levels of their lives in following this very personable and socially and psychologically powerful of Indian gurus. Pitiful examples of these blinded acolytes, having resigned themselves to anything and given up the will and ability to distinguish fact and fantasy, are found in the leaders of the international Sathya Sai Organisation.
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 22, 2008
Healer Heal Thyself? This is what Sathya Sai Baba has said of healers in general. He claims to have healed himself only once, saying that he is not so selfish as to heal himself when so many millions are suffering, not least among his devotees. Still, despite that (a fact he most likely forgot) he did claim to have healed himself and in a very grand public fashion on July 6 1963. Whether he actually did this is highly controversial, of course.
According to the Sathya Sai Baba mythology, he cured himself of a series of seizures affecting the brain and the supposedly resulting paralysis of the left side of his body by a “miracle”. He did the apparent cure by taking water with his right hand and sprinkling it over his left side. He did this after a dramatic build-up of a week, during which he convinced his servitors he was suffering a massive brain hemorrhage, he arranged to appear staggering and to sit before the crowd gathered for Guru Purima (the auspicious day of the guru in Hindu religion). The audience consisted in a large number of Indians, very largely uneducated local villagers – hardly any foreigners.
Those who do not believe in self-healing miracle men would say that the scenario was set up by him most cleverly. Seeing how accomplished an actor he was reported as always having been, he could also doubtless have carried off a faked serious condition for a week that he was semi-paralysed and suffering dreadfully. That he could convince those with him of this depended on the fact that they were all devotees who already believe him to be God Almighty Incarnate – even the doctors who looked at him, but whose services he refused (he would have had to do that!). He was surely able to take the risk of such a deceit, knowing how easily he had already managed to convince countless people that he was capable of miracles of manifestation (but not without his cynical helper, Colonel Joga Rao, who did not believe in his miracles but who worked for him because of the social improvements his whole ‘mission’ promised).
In his book ‘Modern Miracles’, the para-psychologist Erlendur Haraldsson reports on how he tried to investigate healings by Sathya Sai Baba, but without definitive results, no positive cases, but rather a fair amount of negative evidence… i.e. absence of healing when promised most forcefully by Sathya Sai Baba. This included the claimed ‘resurrection from the dead’ of Walter Cowan, which Haraldsson investigated most thoroughly and discovered from the doctors involved that Hislop never died, nor was any death certificate ever issued there. Haraldsson lists several other incidents of non-healing at length, not least of the repeatedly-promised cure of a seriously disabled child of close followers Mr. and Mrs. Hanumantha Rao (who eventually left him as a result of Sai Baba not healing the child) and several others at that time around 1952-3.
See also on healing here
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 22, 2008
The head-in-sand denial and total credulousness combined with the most fleeting relation to documented facts of some Sai devotees who contact me by e-mail and comments etc. is well demonstrated by comments which I post now and again.
Below this text I reproduce a classic example, a comment by the undiscerning woman who posted on the web that Sathya Sai Baba has one billion devotees! She has decided to remove her super exaggeration because it “may” be wrong. The world would always consider such to be disasterous exaggerations. However, she (neethi) now compounds her foolishness by claiming that I “distort every fact“- and that “there is no truth in any single post of yours” (my underlining). Further she asks “is it your right,to question thousands of people[devotees of baba] and their experiences” To this I answer, indeed I have the right to question, there is such a thing as free speech. I have further earned the right because I firstly questioned and analysed in depth my own considerable experiences of the same or similar kinds to many devotees (as detailed partly in my book ‘Source of the Dream’) . I broke the cultist taboo on thinking critically about Sathya Sai Baba and gradually came to entirely new perspectives and discoveries about the entire gamut of Sathya Sai Baba and his doings. I discovered at a hitherto unperceived levels many extremely subtle ways in which the human mind works to generate experiences and then maintain it’s cherished beliefs and hopes, even when crushing evidence against them is available, even when staring one in the face. I question experiences because that is the only way to develop and understand oneself and the world.
That there are many who have had experiences which they attribute to Sathya Sai Baba does not itself validate the experiences as giving objective knowledge. Many, many people have had experiences of all manner of weird and wonderful things, which nevertheless have been based on mind control. self-programming, belief, over-interpreted perceptions and systematic head-in-the-sand denial of anything that disturbs those dreams and visions, however bad the effects are for those who undeniably suffered at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba – and very literally so. Many persons can be deluded much of the time (egs. – without necessarily implying other negative comparisons – those who believed Roman emperors, Djengis Khan, various King-dictators were Gods Incarnate, and not forgetting those who believed the same of Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung were good, and who very many also believe were Saviours and even God)
Here is her comment, as posted under:- ‘One Response to “Sai’s ‘billion’ devotees”
(Confronted by such amazing delusions and sloppy writing as neeti performs below, what can one say but ‘poor soul’?)
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 21, 2008
Who does Sathya Sai Baba think he is? Well, nothing less than the Creator of the Universe, the Father who Sent Jesus, the Deity of all Deities. No more incredible and unsurpassably bombastic, megalomaniac claim has ever been made by anyone! He tells his devotees on occasion that ‘the whole world loves him’ – he also assumes that the whole world loves God (quite wrongly because many don’t believe in any god ) – and that he is the one God above all! (see his pronouncements on himself and his ‘mission’)
Who is he – apart from what he admits? He is a man who is very widely and most credibly accused of sexual abuse of young men and boys (i.e. paedophilia) – openly confronted on BBC TV by two of his US victims (here and here). He is the ruler of his fiefdom, Prashanthi Nilayam, where six devotees were killed as he stood by and his brother blackmailed the police into executing four of them. He was active in the cover-up – so he is an accomplice to multiple murders.
Sathya Sai Baba wants to be ‘all things to all men’ … in short, the one and only God. In reality, he especially wants men rather than women, and not infrequently this has been as something they don’t always want him to be, i.e. as a partner. He pretends to be ‘the’ universal teacher, but he shows complete ignorance of many matters, and his ‘teachings’ on otherworldly matters are vague and – as usual in all such religions – highly speculative and uncertain. His endless and repetitive discourses are as a ‘pick-and-mix’ of all kinds of different vague tenets, many incompatible with one another and from conflicting sources. His inconsistent hodge podge of conflicting speculations in Hinduism (such as ideas of dualism, monism and in-between variants all mixed together in a pick-and-choose menu), along with a small portion of Christian (Love, love…), Buddhist and Parsee religion thrown in (often hilariously wrongly put). Meanwhile, Islamic ideas are a closed book to him, to judge by their glaring absence from his collected discourses and books on ‘universal spirituality’.
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 20, 2008
Along with many other former followers, I challenge Sathya Sai Baba in the public interest. I have voluntarily devoted much of my retirement to refuting thoroughly the deceits, fraudulence, lies and many abuses of faith and worse of which Sathya Sai Baba is guilty, despite whatever good he has also done or inspired. I rely on the soundest of independent evidence, public documentation of facts and Sai Baba’s own words and actions, widespread testimonies, investigations with former devotees, sex abuse victims and other serious commentators. Not least, I have scanned many of my extensive notes from nine visits to Sathya Sai Baba over 14 years and saved documents and literature from when I was the national leader in Norway of the Sathya Sai Organization. My blog materials are designed for the public I am trying to protect from the deceptions and fraudulence which permeates most of the whole Sathya Sai set-up, while serious researchers now and in the future may also benefit from them, but mainly from my more extensive website.
Sathya Sai Baba has set about trying to turn the world upside-down, making himself appear as at the apex – God the Creator of the Universe. This distortion of human intelligence and common sense he has done only in his own mind and that of his blindest followers, of course, who credit his irrational idea that the’ tree of knowledge’ has its roots in an other-worldly realm and its branches downwards! Is it in heaven or is it in hell? That is for you, my reader, to decide. Meanwhile, see how Sai Baba’s followers are so little ‘grounded’ in reality, so credulously longing for heaven to be true and to escape ‘the wheel of existence’ for eternity. In the interests of this vague, speculative idea they are willing to cover up anything, ignore any facts and ‘destroy their minds’ (as he actually advises them to do!).
The main materials I have collected about Sathya Sai Baba – and they are many – can be seen here
Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
View ex-follower signatures
(Spanish version PETICIÓNPÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES)
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 18, 2008
Prophecies supposedly made before Sathya Sai Baba’s birth (as early as sage Brighu around 3000BC) have been promotes as true on a large scale for decades in books and now web pages. None which name him became public until AFTER the points mentioned in it were very well known in India at least, such as are presented in the alleged Islamic prophecy reproduced below. The source claimed for it, a volume from a series of apocrypha after Mohammed (incorrectly called “Mehdi Moud” by saibabaofindia.com, for it was supposedly called ‘Ocean of Light”) was originally claimed to have been found in a street market by devotee Irani Ma – has never been traced, yet the Sai Baba museum (Chaitanya Jyoti) also continues to propagate the prophesy. No Muslim scholars or muftis so far approched have ever heard of this volume. All this should be sufficient to rate this prophesy as being a sheer invention. Some devotees will invent anything to obtain some prominence and importance!
Satya Sai Baba himself has never refuted any detail of these predictions but has bolstered them up more or less directly in many ways, both in countless discourses and interviews. Evidently, no follower of his has written a single critical thought about any of them. That is enough to show that this is a blindly gullible and propagandist cult without self-analysis of any serious kind. It will never stand up in the world of genuine historical scholars. The saibabaofindia web site quotes:-
(d) In an ancient Arabic book by name “Mehdi Moud” in which the prophesies made by Prophet Mohammed were recorded many centuries ago, it was mentioned that God Himself would descend on earth in human form with the following signs by which He could be recognised:
“His hair will be profuse. His front teeth will be spaced apart. He will have a mole on His cheek. He will not have beard but will be clean shaven. His clothing will be like flame. He will wear two robes. The colour of His face will sometimes be like copper, sometimes yellow like gold and sometimes like the moon. His legs will be those of a young girl. All the teachings of all the religions of the world will be in His heart from birth. All the science and knowledge of the world from the beginning of time will be in His head. He will give gifts that are light in weight, His devotees will crane their necks to see Him. He will live for 95 years on earth. In the last twenty years of His life time He will be the king of the whole world but at that time (A.D. 2000) only two-thirds of the world will believe Him. Muslims will only recognise Him nine years before His passing away from the world”. (My underlining)
All physical details are more or less recognisable, but all the teachings of all the religions of the world are most certainly not in his heart… he is ignorant of much of the Bible (as has been demonstrated at length) and had to ask a Jewish devotee Al Drucker whether there was and difference between Judaism and Christianity! He has made only a very few and ver superficial statements about Buddhism and Islam… this is just for a start.
What is rather surprising is how the Sai Baba misinformation machine still continues to exhibit the alleged prophecy of kingship and historically unsurpassed world fame, long after the time having come and gone without him being anything remotely like “king of the whole world”. Now that the prophecy has been shown to be completely false, only the devotee lunatic fringe continues to believe in it. .. or support the massively exorbitant opinion that two-thirds of the world population believed in him from year 2000! If Sathya Sai Baba dies when he predicted he would (aged 92 or 93) then next year we would expect Muslims to flock to Puttaparthi in vast numbers to see their Mahdi. Wait, wait, wait and see!
For more details on separate prophecies, see:-
Healing & Youthfulness
Shirdi and Sathya
Suka Nadi prophecies
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 16, 2008
Since I first posted an excerpt from the Convocation discourse Sathya Sai Baba gave on 22-11-2008, the web site saibabaofindia eventually removed the offending parts. I pointed this out and gave the URL which was no longer active. Now they have evidently tried damage limitation and have reposted the offending part
It is well worth reading, as it should remove any last vestige of belief in even the most lunatic devotees that Sathya Sai Baba is omniscient, or that he even has any idea of what is going on all around him In India beyond the extremely tightly-garded fiefdom in which he is rolled around in his wheelchair nowadays.
He stated, 5 days before all hell broke loose in Mumbai:-
” India is the only place where people are not worried about any attacks. In America , Germany and other countries, they cannot eat well or sleep well. There is fear of bombs always in those countries. But in India , there is no fear of bombs. India will never have any such attacks”
The sheer absurdity of this may need to be spelled out for thoseSai baba followers – as in the Indian government and anywhere else who are in a state of shocked denial. Who can eat well, most Indians or most US and German citizens? But that India does not fear nor has any such attacks is the best stuff and nonsense Sai Baba has served up for quite some time! See here
It seems clear that saibabaofindia acted in haste – both in posting the above text, and then again in belated haste when withdrawing it, and then again hastily replacing it after I pointed out this cover-up. That is, unless they withdrew it expecting I would point this out, then sneaked it back on to try to discredit my report.
Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 15, 2008
The dome on the right had collapsed
The Eternal Heritage Museum is a large and costly wasteful building showcasing world religions and promoting Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate and he to whom all religions related, though they know it or not! In 1990, the museum was in the final stage of building and decoration when one of the three concrete domes collapsed and crashed down through three floors, crushing threes devotees who were doing an installation of an art work there. This occurred three days before my wife and I left for Norway. Two friends of ours (Michael Oliver and Bonnie) were killed. The third death was another Californian from the Santa Cruz area, an artist Jean, whose 12-ft. mosaic monolith/stupa the three were erecting.
There was the usual attempt at cover-up of this incident, considered by officials and VIP devotees as bad publicity for Sathya Sai Baba. Guards surrounded the small hospital where the one temporary survivor, Michael Oliver, was taken. It was hard to gain entrance to see our dying friend. He had to be taken to Bangalore in a Volkswagen bus taxi, and the journey unexpectedly too 11 houts, during which Michael died after tremendous suffering (having torn off his plasma infusion apparatus). The whole incident was treated as if nothing had happened at all, and no information was allowed to go out about it. So much for Sathya Sai Baba’s “divine protection of his devotees” once again!
My friend V.K. Narasimhan, who showed extreme caution in saying things that he knew or assumed might displease Sathya Sai Baba (at least in public!) asked me to talk at one of his lectures, just after the three Americans had been killed in the Museum accident in November, 1990, because I had known Michael Oliver so well. VKN had already held forth about death and loss – but people were evidently very confused as to what he was talking about, having never mentioned the accident. When I spoke I naturally asked if people knew that the accident had occurred the day before. Many people said “No, no.” So I explained the matter. After this in private, VKN said “Well, I suppose it didn’t matter that you told them, but Swami does not like anything of that sort to be talked about”. At the same time, he would speak freely to me in private of what he was unable to publish.
Read the full details of this incident here
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Posted by robertpriddy on December 15, 2008
Another prophecy from the ‘Suka Nadi’ palm leaf scrolls about Sathya Sai Baba is listed by saibabaofindia.com:-
· He will show Himself in many places simultaneously, though He will actually be in one place and there will be many divine acts and manifestations.
COMMENT: The ability to bi-locate has been claimed for other spiritual figures, such as the famous Catholic Pater Pio of Pietrelcina, Italy (1887-1968, now Saint Pio of Pietrelcina). Parapsychologist Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson tried to investigate these highly controversial claims of Sathya Sai Baba’s bi-location but, though he could not substantiate them, he lent them some credence even by presenting the claims which could not be tested in any way. All accounts he obtained were anecdotal and/or hearsay, some being very meagre, others more detailed. Haraldsson classified such reports as ‘apparitions’ as in para-psychological terminology, many of which have been recorded by para-psychologists (over 10% of questioned persons in general are supposed on statistical grounds to have such an experience at least once in their lifetime).
My views on such miraculous accounts are based on much questioning of devotees (mostly Indians) through two decades. When reporting their experiences, inaccuracies, exaggerations, vagueness, sloppy observation, unquestioning reliance on hearsay and the zeal to convince others are all too common. These most extraordinary claims of Sathya Sai Baba having appeared in his physical person in two places at once would need most extraordinary evidence to be taken seriously, but such is completely lacking.
In dreams, visions and apparent ‘visitations’, the form of a distant person may well appear to people. Another likely explanation of perceived ‘visitations’ by Sathya Sai Baba can be the same as those now considered to have been causative of experiences of incubi, witches, the devil, spirit bodies, persons returned from the dead, UFO abductions and many other apparently waking phenomena. Sleep paralysis combined with a vivid dream while the mind experiences a waking state causes dream contents to be perceived as real and physical. This condition has recently been understood much better by neurologists and is quite common, often being connected with the various causes and kinds of narcolepsy. Another prophecy made was:-
· He will have the power to die whenever He wants.
COMMENT: Actually, virtually everyone has the power to end their own lives whenever they wish – it’s called suicide. If Sathya Sai Baba ends his own life by his own will, whatever means used, then this must surely rank as suicide too in a moral and a legal sense. That matter apart, he has given at least two totally incompatible predictions of when he has chosen to the “leave the body”, (in published discourses) in particular either at age 92/3 or at 96. (See here)
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