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 and India’s nuclear arsenal

Posted by robertpriddy on July 31, 2009

Sai Baba with former President of India, Abdul Kalam

Sai Baba with former President of India, Abdul Kalam

Sai Baba has repeatedly condemned both the possession of atomic weapons and those countries which develop them, calling their leaders ‘moral dwarves’ and saying that only those countries which produce them will suffer from them (that was before India’s exploded its first nuclear device). Despite this, the man who developed the first rocket delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons, India’s recent President, A.J.P. Kalam, was the guest of honour at his 81st birthday celebrations in Puttaparthi. See what Sai Baba has said through the years, and how it clashes with his support of militaristic Indian Prime Ministers and presidents, including the present P.M. Manmohan Singh

Sai Baba's dishones defender, Justice Bhagwati

Sai Baba’s defender, retd. Justice P.N. Bhagwati, member of his Central Trust who without evidence attacks critics’ testimonies! Click 0n image

Were Sathya Sai Baba really a man of peace and non-violence in act instead of just words, he would have given both Prime Ministers and Presidents who presided over the nuclear arming of India a forceful public ticking off, demanding that they stop the madness. But Sai Baba is dependent on these tricky politicians who worship his feet for his protection from litigation, as events proved when the Supreme Court threw out a petition by Hari Sampath against Sai Baba on a mere technicality. Justice Bhagwati (Bhagawati) is a very deeply involved crony of Sai Baba, and ruled over the Supreme Court, where Sai Baba has many devotees among judges and staff.

Sathya Sai Baba was in his rooms when his two attendants were killed whereupon he was warned by an attendant’s shouts:-
Union Home Minister S.B. Chavan  during his recent visit to Puttaparthi told newsmen that Baba came out from his chamber on hearing some commotion on the ground floor. He scolded the persons creating noise and returned to his room… (Indian Express, New Delhi 13-6-1993)

Note: It is established that Sai Baba soon fled his rooms through a rear door, locking it from the outside so as to stop the intruders following him, and they were eventually completely trapped in his apartment and murdered in cold blood with a hail of  dozens of bullets by police while Sai Baba stood by.

See also interview about the BBC interview cold-blooded murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, with V.P.B. Nair

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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Dream visitations by Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 30, 2009


Specific issues # 2 Treated Arguments: Dreams, etc.

STATEMENT: he is endowed with bilocation and telepathic powers, enters the dreams of anybody at his own will, that is to say: if you dream of him, it’s because he wants so (it’s his statement), and not because of your unconscious

This aspect is confirmed by Sai Baba’s same words, let’s read:

Q: Is it true that Swamiji comes into the mind of a person during the dream state, only if Swamiji desires it?

Sai Baba: O yes, No person can dream of Swami unless Swami Himself desires it to be so.
(from a dialogue between Sai Baba and Eruch Fanibunda, 1976)

And more: [Sai Baba answers a question raised by the audience]
“Why does Swami appear in the dreams of only few and why not in

[…] Dreams are the reflection, reaction and resound of that which is within you. The same does not apply to the dreams in which Swami appears. Swami appears in dreams only when HE wills it and not when you want to[…]”
(quoted from the discourse of 24 November 1998)

Although just a moment before, in the same discourse, he has said the exact contrary (we’ll see ahead), this is what Sai Baba says. This “dream question” seems to be made on purpose, to keep calm the devotees: since are very few those who obtain an interview when they go to him, and since certain and unequivocal “signs” by SB usually hardly come, here’s that the guru could come through dreams, but only if he wants so. The devotee, sincerely infatuated and enthusiastic, very easily will dream of him: and please let me say that by now, about dreams, is much more certain what has to say psychoanalysis and psychology, than what does say Sai Baba… well I was saying, the devotee will dream of Sai Baba, and he will consider the dream as a direct message from the Avatar, who gave him the darshan in the dream.

Should not be more probable that someone who wishes to have a contact with Sai Baba dreams of him, and in the dream realizes his desire? And if the dream contains a reproach, couldn’t it derive from the deep unconscious of the dreamer? Freud and colleagues really lived in vain?

>At this point the objection is raised: “OK, it could be, but then how do you explain that often someone who strongly desires it, doesn’t dreams of Baba?
This is the proof that it’s him who decides it”
. The objection is baseless: we don’t know what our unconscious does hold and what it does not, and what censorship processes (oneiric, vigilant and of other kinds) could act within ourselves. Certainly, they exist; decades of psychological sciences demonstrate it. In effects, for long time I myself have desired and asked Baba to come into my dreams to “enlighten” me, but it didn’t happen; on the other hand, in the same lapse of time I’ve never dreamed of, let’s say… Frank Sinatra (rest in peace): can I perhaps deduce from this that Frank Sinatra had the power to enter or not in my dreams at his will?

Regarding the other powers (bilocation, telepathy, etc.), are valid the same considerations as above about the kind of testimonies and its reliability: the stories are countless, but the many personal psychological factors of those who lived or told these accounts, the expectations, the distortions, the time passed by, the atmosphere in which many stories take place, do invalidate its reliability as “proofs” of anything. One must always consider that for the most part of Sai Baba’s followers and devotees (the ones who then write the books to tell the “miracles”), he is the one to whom they have surrendered themselves, he is the one who will take care of all their needs; thus they will tend to ascribe to him anything could happen or not, both good and bad things; and in this last case, they will search for “signs” from the master. From here to the various stories of bilocation, telepathic rescues, etc. there’s really a short way.
See also…

Dreams of Sathya Sai Baba – imaginary or real? – Sai baba has later refuted that he comes in dreams!

Supposed ‘dream invasions’ by Sathya Sai Baba

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Avoiding delusion (Maya)

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2009

My researches, based not least on long personal experience


‘Spiritual Doublethink’ Reactions to this crisis of faith
The ‘Mirror Trap’ How traditional gurus operate
Conformity to the core belief system Beguiled by Sathya Sai Baba
Fundamentalist guru trap Gurus and Authoritarian Power
Complex confusion – the labyrinth trap The psychology of belief and doubt
How perceptions of Sai Baba develop False promises of health & protection
What point in tests of faith? More tests of faith and trials
How the form binds & stunts Dreams of Sai Baba
Monkey Minds? >Hidden fear of Sai Baba as ‘the Avatar’
Misinterpretation of guru’s words Escaping the Sai cult
What is a cult? The Sathya Sai Baba cult
Why not clear doubts? Believers’ programmatic interpretations
Realised persons’ qualities

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Sathya Sai devotees in total denial

Posted by robertpriddy on July 28, 2009

Former P.M. of India, A.B. Vajpayee

Former P.M. of India, A.B. Vajpayee

No one can observe Sathya Sai Baba’s activities sufficiently to know that he is not guilty of the many charges of sexual molestation. No one – apart from young men who sleep in his quarters – know what he does at night. Despite this, the former Prime Minister of India, Vajpayee, and Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati (sometimes written ‘Bhagawati’ – both long-term worshipping devotees) made an infamous public declaration that these were “wild, reckless and concocted allegations made be certain vested interests and people against Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba” and also call these “baseless and malicious allegations“. However, they fail signally to present a shred of evidence about vested interests and it has been proved also that they have never instituted the slightest investigation of the very many and convincing allegation. This shows more about the amateurish way that such prominent Indian figures go about making statements… all of which are completely unfounded… as is documented fully in a blog challenging Vajpayee and Co. see here

Goldstein-at-70th-b'dayThe observation of Sathya Sai Baba’s activities by any one person (other than the boys who attend him) cannot cover more than a fraction of the time at his disposal, which also applies to everyone else without any exception. Despite this, close devotees of Sathya Sai Baba among his prominent ‘special guest VIPs’ such as his close confidante Dr. Michael Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman, also the top office-bearers Ashok Bhagwani (UK) Steen Piculell and Thorbjørn Meyer (Denmark), the businessman Jack Hawley, among others), have openly claimed to know that Sai Baba is innocent of the sexual charges, a conviction frequently also held by other close followers and office-bearers. This claim is transparently self-defeating because none of them have been able to monitor Sai Baba’s activities in more than a few dozen interviews lasting an hour or so, plus the rather limited periods that Baba is seen in public during darshans, festivals and such like. They believe he is innocent, which is a completely different matter… it is denial of the possibility and refusal to investigate further. They cannot presume to ‘know’ much at all about what Baba may do in private interviews or during the nights etc. (he has been accused of many sexual molestations in both cases); all they could truthfully say is their belief in Sai Baba’s purity is fundamentally and overwhelmingly based on subjective faith.

The (future) Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, at Sai Baba's70th birthday celebrations in 1996

The (future) Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, at Sai Baba's70th birthday celebrations in 1996

The current Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has also been a deluded follower of Sathya Sai Baba for a long time, as the photo of him decked out in Sai Baba robe regalia in 1996 proves.

No one can ‘know’ that Sathya Sai Baba is anything that he claims to be, such as an omniscient. omnipotent ‘God avatar’, for such knowledge requires knowing everything oneself… which the persons involved most evidently do not by a very long chalk! I have experienced all such people long enough to realise that they have rid themselves of their individual judgement, always trying to do what they are told to do and say what they are told to say… according to each their perceptions of Sai Baba’s fickle ‘will’. Their claims have no validity whatever in deciding this matter.

Further, if they were to be capable of applying Sai Baba’s repeated advice and ‘see only good in everyone’, ‘do not criticize others’ etc. then surely they should not assume without evidence that those who tell of being molested are liars or malicious persons? (see Vajpayee’s calumnious statement)

This sweeping accusation by him is particularly unsavoury disunity between word and act. It is patently incredible that over 30 persons in different parts of the world who have bravely testified in public should be found, convinced and paid by someone to make such charges, especially as all would realise the trouble and criticism they would have to face in so doing. David Bailey collected and published at least seven highly convincing e-mails he received alleging serious molestations. It was well-known in Prashanthi Nilayam that he did not have the means to pay what such a demanding smear campaign would doubtless have cost, even if he’d had a credible motive for so doing. David Bailey was a remarkable favourite of Sathya Sai Baba having had over 100 personal interviews and knew he would lose all the apparent boons, blessings, benefits and ashram privileges that such closeness is believed by all devotees to give (read his phone testimony here).Yet more convincing was the defection of Sai Baba’s close devotee (SEE alleging long-term sexual partner, Dr. Naresh Bhatia!

Sathya Sai Baba is quite simply lying about his accusers too. Very deceitful and abusive behaviour by him has even been documented by long-term devotees, not least by some who experienced it from his very early days, such as by Vijayamma (SEE, Varadu, (SEE M. Krishna and others who were once very close to him.

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Identifiers of a spiritual-religious cult

Posted by robertpriddy on July 27, 2009

Tell-tale signs of a cult are:-

1) Rigorous control of information about agendas and decisions made within a cadre of leaders acting under the top cult figure. Concealment from the public of facts and documents [especially anything potentially negative] concerning what is decided and by whom. Suppression of all contact with the media by anyone who is not vetted and authorised. (The Sathya Sai Organization is just like this!)

2) No leaders will respond to any form of complaint, critical queries or requests for information beyond the positive propaganda that all cults circulate about themselves, whether they come…
a) from within – on pain of censure and – if persistent – total exclusion. or outside
b)  from the public, who are usually either ignored or attacked, often both at once. (The Sathya Sai Org. is a top-down one-way system. It is a self-contained, secretive association.)

3) Utter rejection of those who leave the movement, reject the cult figure or voice any negative opinions about these.  Exclusion often followed by concerted and sustained personal defamatory attacks on dissidents and critics, often combined with planned character assassination and sometimes yet worse.

4) Refusal to hear a word against the main cult figure – the personality who heads the cult and both gives it its goals and regulates its running, however directly or otherwise. The cult of personality almost always has authoritarian, not to say totalitarian, features.

These are merely a few of the easily recognisable features of a indoctrinating cult.
Read more as to what a cult consists in here

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Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘divine magnetism’

Posted by robertpriddy on July 25, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba’s delusions of grandeur on the public record reveals him still to  have much of his semi-literate villager’s ideas, holding discourses which reveal that the Divine Omniscience he claims does not stretch to magnetism, atomic physics, geophysics or a list of other subjects. His world-view is illustrated well enough in his discourse on Sivarathri, March 13, 2002, which was about magnetism with a capital M.

Sathya Sai Baba shows the "3-ton golden linga" in 2002

Sathya Sai Baba shows the “3-ton golden linga” in 2002

He spoke of magnetism as material magnetism, saying it is really divine magnetism which pervades absolutely everything. He interprets magnetism as that which only attracts. (He magnanimously overlooks the facts that physical magnetism also repulses!) He imputes this quality to physical magnetism, adding that it is also found in gold (i.e. in the golden lingam which he pretended to have materialised from within his stomach). However, gold if famously non-magnetic. (though it attracts people).  He compounds this by claiming that  this is also a kind of ‘animal magnetism’. He speaks of magnetic flowers and says the body is a magnetic temple, while physical temples store up the magnetism of devotion and thus attract people! He holds that this same magnetism is ‘embodied’ in the legless, faceless linga and so on…  (see here)

All this shows that Sathya Sai Baba suffers from an uninformed confusion of absurd proportions.

Sathya Sai Baba - from Sanathana Sarathi, April 2002, p. 123

Sathya Sai Baba – from Sanathana Sarathi, April 2002, p. 123

This idea arose, it appears, when Sathya Sai Baba began to stagger during his walkabout ‘darshans‘. The cause was not known to anyone, but later it became clear that it was due to a degenerating hip joint, which finally gave way and caused him to become an invalid. However, to explain that staggering gait, Sai Baba resorted to the ruse that it was the magnetism of the earth, which was so attracted to himself, the Divine Lord embodied, that he had difficulty walking! Amazingly, devotees today still believe such deceitful rubbish! Sai Baba pulled out all the stops, as the quote shows:

Sai Baba later claimed the cause was that the small golden lingam weighed three tons, as heard on the BBC film!

The BBC filmed the lingam production in 2004 – but it failed completely. Sai Baba had also permitted an unprecedented live broadcast in the Indian subcontinent on holy Shivaratri day of his so-called ‘lingodbhava’ (bringing the egg-like ellipsoidal object out of his mouth after what looks like a painful process of ‘regurgitation’). From the very clear BBC filming of the event, however, one can see that NO lingam actually emerged. Instead there was a small spurt of apparently yellowish vomit, which some believers actually claimed was the lingam in liquid golden form! The yellow colour, however, arose entirely from poor video quality (or manipulation of colour) by the devotees who caught this on videocam. By contrast, the BBC film of the very same incident (in the documentary, ‘The Secret Swami’). The BBC team filmed close up and one can see clearly that there was no golden liquid or any lingam coming from his mouth, but only transparent water is seen. Before collapsing, Sai Baba held a towel to his mouth and a golden lingam appeared “somehow” in the towel. The director Eamon Hardy was observing and confirmed that no lingam came from his mouth. It is clear that most devotees will believe just anything they are told by him or his cadre. Sathya Sai Baba’s claim afterwards – stated by his translator Professor Anil Kumar and captured on film – that the lingam weighed three tons should convince any sane person that this was all nothing but transparent fraudulence.

But the BBC filmed it most clearly and tellingly – see fuller captures here

A film clip of the ‘actual emergence’ has been posted on the internet by devotees. One can pause the video and examine each frame separately to analyze the movements. (”>View the Indian poor quality film-clip- NOTE Site since removed by owners but archived). Some claimed that, because the lingam did not appear from his mouth, it was formed in the towel from vomited ‘liquid gold’ (though the liquid only appeared to have a yellow colour on the badly made cheap video, while it was clear as water on the BBC professional film). From before the alleged ’emergence’, Sathya Sai Baba is clearly seen to be holding something just about the size of the lingam inside the towel between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand! Now what on earth could that be, one wonders? After the vomit, he lets go of what he was holding in secret and fumbles to extract it with his right hand, taking the lingam from under the towel just where it was being held earlier, and we see a rather confused look of resignation cross his features.

It seems that Sathya Sai Baba must have lost his nerve on this occasion, for he did not even try producing the lingam from his mouth this time. We know from a private source who observed the event that Sathya Sai Baba collapsed directly after that and was in a terrible state when he was carried off. Very likely partly a reaction to the stress of being on live TV and of realizing he had not managed to pull it off convincingly to conceal his fraud from the cameras. But his favourite, Anil Kumar, reported that Sathya Sai Baba had to go away to ‘produce’ two more ‘atma lingams’ in private out of sight of anyone! (believe it if you can!). Was Sathya Sai Baba feeling too ill, or too camera shy? Those with perspicacious and open minds can decide the nature of this ‘divine mystery’? He answered this when, having been off-stage for some time, he returned and told the audience (in front of the BBC camera!)”

TRANSCRIPT (view actual brief video clip – filesize 1Mb) :-
Tanya Datta:- There’s always an explanation for everything.
(Anil Kumar’s translation of Sai Baba’s words in Telugu): “Out of the stomach emanated Shiva Lingas of the weight
of three tonnes. That’s the reason why some strain on the face and the body

It was Sathya Sai Baba’s translator ‘Professor’ Anil Kumar, who translated Sai Baba’s words saying that his debilitating collapse at the Shivarthri festival in 2004 was due to the three tonnes of weight of the golden lingam. He claimed it emerged from his body (see here – also view how the BBC camera showed that no lingam actually emerged). Probably the fatuous blind believer Anil Kumar mistranslated Sai Baba’s words… for the Sanathana Sarathi printed version of Sai Baba discourses in which he claims that the weight of the gold in the human body – and in the gold lingams he produces – was ‘three tolas’. This is equivalent to the weight of three original silver Indian rupees of 11.4 grams each. So Sai Baba’s lingam of three tolas would weigh just over 34 grams. In an earlier discourse he made the quite different claim that every human body contains ‘five tolas’ (ca. 60 grams)

In his discourse after the Shivarathri lingodbhava two years previously (13/3/2002), Sai Baba stated: “(Showing the golden Linga to the devotees, Swami said). “As you can all see, this Linga is rather bigger in size. There is a meaning behind this. This is five Tolas in weight. [one Tola is 11.66 grams. 5 Tolas = about 60.0 grams] Every human being possesses five Tolas of gold essence known as Hiranyagarbha… Gold represents energy in man and is the cause of his radiance. The gold content within each body is this size only. It is gold essence in the body that makes the eyes see, ears hear etc.” (Sanathana Sarathi – April 2002, p. 127)
However, the human body cannot possibly contain so much gold! In Wikipedia we find that the amount of gold in the human body is vanishingly tiny:-

ElementPercent of Atoms Atoms
Gold0.00000030 2 x 1019

Further: “only salts and radioisotopes of gold are of pharmacological value, as elemental (metallic) gold is inert to all chemicals it encounters inside the body” (see here)

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Miracles ‘With Bhagavan at Kodaikanal’

Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2009

Around 1988 I met Prof. S.  Sampath [Vice-Chancellor Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Education, Vidyagiri.] At a ‘lecture’ he held for foreigners at Prashanthi Nilayam, he was clearly a fully indoctrinated follower of Sathya Sai baba, as his various writings show in full. I quote from his ‘With Bhagavan at Kodaikanal’  [Sanathana Sarathi June,1994 p.152 ff]

Lingam supposedly manifested by Sai Baba at Kodaikanal

Lingam supposedly manifested by Sai Baba at Kodaikanal

“On three special occasions, during the stay in Kodaikanal, Bhagavan blessed large audiences with Divine discourses: on Ugadi day (April 11), Tamil/Malayam New year’s day (April 14) and Sri Rama Navami (April 20). On Sri Rama navami day, in the intimacy of ‘Sai Sruthi’, Bhagavan produced, for the spiritual delight of the participants, lustrous ivory figures of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman and the Mangala Sutra worn by Sita on her wedding day. While describing Hanuman’s mission to Lanka in search of Sita, Bhagavan brought forth Lord Rama’s ring which Hanuman carried to Lanka to be shown to Sita, and the ‘Choodamani’ which Sita gave to Hanuman to be shown to Rama. It was an ecstatic experience for one and all to witness these marvellous manifestations of Bhagavan’s Divine power.”

It seems that only a person lacking in any power of critical analysis and at the same time having programmed his mind too thoroughly with Sathya Sai Baba’s more fantastic and unworldly teachings could write such unadulterated drivel about what Sita wore at her wedding thousands of years ago, or about Hanuman who supposedly jumped to Sri Lanka from India with a ring from Rama! How would Sampath be able to judge that the objects Sai Baba produced were those Sita and the half-monkey/half-human Hanuman are supposed, in myth, to have had? The answer is that he was himself “ecstatic” in experiencing this (despite the man being the very incarnation of a solemn, quotidian and joyless bookworm) – because he believed blindly and unquestioningly absolutely everything Sai Baba said.

“One of the highlights of the Odyssey in Kodaikanal this year was the first ever picnic organised in a dense forest area, which Bhagavan blessed with his Divine presence and participation. The three hours that Swami spent in the forest, in a happy mood, amidst passing clouds, will for ever be etched in the memories of all those present. Swami most graciously delivered a discourse in the course of which He materialised a diamond, still not fully cut, bigger than any other diamond known to humanity. Swami observed: “If this diamond is fully cut, the human eye will be totally dazzled by the ensuing brilliance”. On this memorable occasion, Swami spoke also on the divine mystery of “Hiranyagarbha” and produced an enchanting golden globule (i.e. lingam) that contains within it the entire universe.”

Sampath considers the Kodaikanal stay and picnic  to be an “Odessey”! How can he know what is forever etched in the memories of everyone else? Typical Sai hyperbole, what is instituted as the ‘newspeak’ of Prashanthi Nilayam – Divine whatever, He, Him, His, all taken beyond all nondiscrimination to the limits of aggrandizement. Sampath is not alone in such Prashanthi speak – it long became almost required in Sai literature (though I avoided most of it in my book ‘Source of the Dream’.

Sampath naively parrots that Sai Baba materialised the biggest uncut diamond known to humanity (how would Sampath knows this supposed fact to be so?). This is about the standard of those people who Sai Baba makes into ‘professors’ at his third rate university.  Further, Sai Baba again set the tone of superlative exaggeration by claiming that “the human eye would be totally dazzled” by the brilliance if it were ever cut. It all smacks of sheer, unbridled propaganda which those who have seen through the complex labyrinth of deceits and massive false rationalizations which have all the hallmarks of bogus claims.

Sathya Sai Baba’s aimless ramblings take him into mental pitfalls and semantic minefields! But in his 2002 Shivarathri discourse the crushing boredom was temporarily relieved by heavy farce, even though the applause that greeted some of the weirdest statements makes one wonder if many more enthusiasts are not also off their rockers… even if most applause would have been from all the local uneducated villager. For he spoke of the golden linga (i.e. an egg-shaped and egg-sized spheroid) as being “without legs” and “without a head”! This romping fantasy reminds of the ditty by Lewis Carroll, which I modify to read:

The time has come, the swami said,
To speak of many things,
Of pink string and sealing wax,
And whether pigs have wings
Or why a lingam has no legs
And even lacks a head…

So much for Sathya Sai Baba’s “universal spiritual teaching” (bodha)

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Sathya Sai Baba: lingam photos-liberation from rebirth

Posted by robertpriddy on July 23, 2009

Promises of liberation? In common with most other Indian gurus, Sai Baba has promised liberation from the cycle of rebirths to a number of his followers… sometimes in private, sometimes in public. That this is a much sought-after boon is perhaps hardly surprising, not least when considering the longing for salvation that is a driving force in much religion, frequently doubtless stronger even than the desire to be physically healed of serious chronic or fatal illness. This makes a bond with very strong binds!

Black lingam allegedly manifested by Sathya Sai Baba

Black lingam allegedly manifested by Sathya Sai Baba

Since 1999, Sathya Sai Baba again produced Shiva lingams from his mouth during Shivarathri (after over 20 years of not doing so in public) and has said that all those who see one actually emerging will get liberation. This is a guarantee he had announced on a few occasions during past Shivarathri celebrations and again after the Shivarathri celebrations in 1999.

The promise of being free from the necessity of being reborn certainly exerts one of the most powerful psychological bonds there is, in this case to the guru. It has long been part and parcel of the guru-disciple relationship in India. To keep believing in the guru, obeying him implicitly in all things, is apparently most often ‘part of the deal’, but the guru’s promises may only be conditional… for who can ever tell? This definitely applies to Sathya Sai Baba’s promises of liberation too, judging by the people I know who imagine they can be granted such a boon, or actually believe that they have been promised it.

Naturally, those who consider they have achieved this apparent boon will be very loath to relinquish it, such as by refuting anything Sathya Sai Baba says or does. Such a promise by someone one accepts on his own word to be the God Avatar of an entire aeon – once given – ought to be as if ‘set in rock’. However, there are instances where this promise is not to be honoured, according to Sathya Sai Baba’s own (self-contradictory) words. Dr. John Hislop, who passed over in 1996 without taking any medication for his cancer – wrote that he had once seen Sathya Sai Baba bring one linga out of his mouth complete with a 3-legged metal stand. Another time he is said to have witnessed the linga coming from the mouth as a blue light that then coalesced into the object. Despite this, he was told by Swami that he would have to be reborn:-

Baba said: “Another birth is best for you…”
Hislop: “No freedom yet!”
Baba: “Yes, another birth is best. In that you will get total, final liberation”
Hislop: But, Swami, I don’t want to go through youth again. Youth is not a good experience – it is dangerous and difficult.”
Baba: “It will be a better life than this one. Don’t waste time thinking of the future.”
(“Conversations with Bhagavan SSSathya Sai Baba” by J. Hislop. 1996 revised extended edition, p. 227)

Photo of lingam claimed by Sai Baba to heal those who see it!

Photo of lingam claimed by Sai Baba to heal those who see it!

What does this tell us about Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘guarantee’ of liberation for all those who see the lingam actually emerge from his mouth? It has been pointed out to me that Sathya Sai Baba – being God -may countermand this or any other promise (for one lifetime… or more?) and this could even be a boon… to be reborn, for example, to accompany Prema Sai, as two others who also often saw the lingam emerge, Prof. Kasturi and his closest attendant Swami Karunyananda (both now deceased), were both told they would. But this is certainly not how Baba many times has described rebirth… which he holds to be the greatest tragedy that can befall anyone, to have to cry ‘Koham?’ in complete ignorance of our nature and so forth! He had even once before told Hislop, as recorded in his writings, when he had suggested it could be a boon to be reborn with Prema Sai, that it was definitely not so!

It is frequently described by devotees how Sathya Sai Baba makes promises, but fails to keep them. These broken promises are usually ‘explained away’ somehow by the writer. Sathya Sai Baba has himself sometimes tried to explain them away too. He will promise an interview next day, but ignore this completely when the time comes, and so on again and again. Like many people I have met at the ashrams, I have experienced broken promises by Sai Baba both as regards trivial matters, such as when he promised my wife and I a room in Brindavan, but also as regards several much more weighty matters, one of which was a promise of ‘a healthy life’ and ‘I will look after his health’. However, my chronic back problems have slowly deteriorated, while various other ailments have come (all this long before I began to discover things which made me doubt much and consider Sathya Sai Baba as something quite other than what he claims to be). Why should he promise so much if he doesn’t (intend to) carry it out, or can’t manage it? Does he wish to play on our hopes so as to bind us to his purposes? A question worth asking, also whether this is deceitful and immoral too! Therefore, Sathya Sai Baba’s promises of liberation also look decidedly shaky!

Lingam produced by Sai Baba at a picnic in former days

Lingam produced by Sai Baba at a picnic in former days

Sathya Sai Baba has time and again made a great fuss about how “it is impossible for anyone to understand or explain the meaning and significance of Swami.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 10 new ed., p. 170) and, “In truth, you cannot understand the nature of my reality either today, or even after a thousand years of steady austerity or ardent enquiry, even if all mankind joins in the effort.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol II. Old. ed. p. 90). If this is so, how can one really trust anyone who is so non-understandable, so unpredictable? And who makes greater boasts than any person ever known! Good luck to those who can swallow it all, they’ll most probably need it, but rather them than I!

It certainly seems that Sathya Sai Baba needs to get more and more followers so badly that he now promises to anyone who will come to his ashram at Shivarathri, not the earth, not even heaven, but eternal bliss in some undefined, unproven limbo. It is remarkable that so many so unquestioningly take all these guarantees as more than boasts and entrapments…. but then most people choose to believe just what they want should be true, even though they don’t have a clue what this might involve. However, billions of people – including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and many another denomination – will obviously never accept Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about this, that is for certain. This does not look tremendously positive for Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about his effect on world affairs!

See also previous postings on Sai Baba’s ‘Shiva lingams’:
the magnetism of the lingodbhava here
and proof of faked emergence on film here

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The magnet of Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘lingam’ miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on July 22, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba vomits up another lingam

The Sathya Sai Baba Lingam Question: The production of lingams at the Shivarathri festival was discontinued in the 1970s, according to Sathya Sai Baba, because the crowds were too large and injuries were being caused. It is of note that Sathya Sai Baba started up the lingodbhava in public again when the allegations had broken and the crowds were thinning and the donations doubtless too. (Note: The whole 76th birthday crowd – overwhelmingly Indian – fitted into the Kulwant Mantap with max. capacity ca. 15,000, so the Hillview Stadium was not needed).  films, from 2000 and 2001, show Sai Baba apparently ‘regurgitating’ a golden lingam. In the sequences from 2001 (one taken head-on, and one from the side filmed by Dr. Sara Pavan) we see that Sathya Sai Baba holds a towel before his mouth and fiddles for about 5 seconds, appearing to put the regurgitated lingam back in his mouth, before letting it come out in full view slowly, but it drops before he catches it. In another strangely comical sequence – for what he speaks of as a tremendously auspicious holy regeneration fo the cosmos – he bounced it had on a table and it landed on the ground and rolled into the crowd!

Sathya Sai Baba lingam 'regurgitations'?

Sathya Sai Baba lingam ‘regurgitations’?

There are three main possibilities involved here: 1) It is a genuine lingam production in the stomach emerging through his throat? 2) It comes up his throat when he gags, but he puts it back into his mouth behind the towel to let it seem to emerge. 2) It is brought into his mouth by hand behind the towel (the violent seeming regurgitation being only a fake movement)? I find 3) the most likely in after 2000 then 2) in earlier years and then 1) very unlikely.

Due to the massive cocksure testimony by many writers, I came to believe for about 18 years that the lingam productions were most likely genuine. I also have also films of lingodbhava from before he stopped this showpiece in the ’70s. The whole episode looked very much the same as nowadays. The reasons for believing most in 3) are several. The obvious one is that this is a trick which Houdini invented. Sai Baba was losing credibility and devotees were shocked over the massive sex abuse allegations against him. In 2000 that everyone who saw this actually emerge would gain liberation from the cycle of birth/death, and this would apply again in future! That is the magnet for devotees who believe in all that. There were much larger crowds than usual at Shivarathri from then on. Further, he had said before that only by seeing the lingam actually emerge could one get liberation. So as not to disappoint all those there, he presumably put it back in his mouth after it ‘came up’ (if he had swallowed it before). Most people would feel they had actually seen it emerge. The obvious question then is, did he want to give people the false belief that they would achieve liberation? Despite the unlikelihood that such ‘liberation from rebirth’ is more than a wishful miasma and could possibly ensue from seeing the actual emergence?’

Some reasons for considering lingam regurgitations are fakes: One can see a lingam production from the mouth by some yogi the a German film crew around 1990, which shows how common this ‘feat’ is in India. See video clip here. (‘Das Mysterium Der Shiva – Heilige Männer‘ . It was shown in Germany in a series called ‘Terra X – Rätsel alter Weltkulturen’

Harry Houdini's needle trick, swallowing dozens of needles and yards of thread and then regurgitating them back up all strung together.

Harry Houdini’s needle trick, swallowing dozens of needles and yards of thread and then regurgitating them back up all strung together.

Regurgitation a stage illusionist trick: The famous illusionist, Houdini, experimented at swallowing balls and re-gurgitating them, firstly with a piece of string attached. Later he did it without any aids, and regurgitated them with ease on stage. The object can be kept in the stomach or throat for several hours at least before regurgitation is stimulated by some physical means (massage, vomit-inducing medicines etc.).

As far as can be established, his is the first ever reported performance of this feat. Lingam-regurguitation is not described anywhere so far discovered in Indian scripture or esoteric literature before the 20th century! Swami Premananda (formerly of Sri Lanka and Tiruvannamalai, now in prison in Tamil Nadu for life for rape and murder) produced three lingams at Shivarathri (before his trial) witnessed by a good French friend of mine. There are many reports of him having done the same as Sathya Sai Baba year after year, once even when visiting UK. He was also celebrated as ‘ the avatar’ in his ashram’s publications etc.

There is no reason why the very young Sai Baba should not have learned this technique at the time when he got involved in activities in a troup with his magician uncle performing in public and doing peculiar feats, as described once even in Prof. Kasturi’s ‘official’ biography ‘Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram‘. (See end of 3rd chapter of Vol. 1., p. 20 in some eds.) Sathya Sai Baba copied another artist – a young girl – who picked up a kerchief with her eyelids from the ground when bent over backwards. Sathya Sai Baba reportedly surpassed this “tortuous feat” in public by picking up a needle with his eyelids from the same position. A kind of Tantric or fakir performance, for which feat Sathya Sai Baba was said to have had to suffer a dreadful eye affliction afterwards! Somewhat unbelievable, but still revealing – even that Prof. Kasturi believed it.

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Close-up photo of Sai Baba ring materializing?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 21, 2009

A gold and enamel ring Sathya Sai Baba supposedly

‘created’ with a wave of his hand?








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Faked emergence of egg-sized golden ‘lingam’ – filmed proof

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2009

Mahashivarathri 2004 – Sai Baba vomits into a towel and collapses

Sai Baba said in public the small gold lingam weighed three tons!”> see video clip from BBC where he collapses

Sai Baba allowed an unprecedented live broadcast in the Indian subcontinent of his so-called ‘lingodbhava‘ (bringing the egg-sized ellipsoidal object out of his mouth after what looks like a painful process of ‘regurgitation’). However, one can most clearly see that NO lingam actually emerged at all this year. It seems to have done so in the past, but Houdini was the first to perform this trick (see below)! In 2004, instead, there was only a small spurt of vomited water,

According to some devotees, the lingam which did not emerge as such was actually formed in the towel from vomited ‘liquid gold’. However, this any colour was due to the poor video quality or manipulation, because on the BBC film of the same incident, only transparent water came from his mouth! It is clear that most devotees will believe just anything they are told by him or his cronies. However, the BBC documentary film makers filmed it all close up and one can see clearly that there was no golden liquid or any golden lingam coming from his mouth, as attended by the BBC film-maker – Eamon Hardy – and his team, but one appears “somehow” in the towel he was holding!

A film clip of the ‘actual emergence’ has been posted on the Internet by devotees. One can pause the video and examine each frame separately to analyse the movements. (Click here for the Indian low quality film-clip of the same event as filmed professionally by the BBC in ‘The Secret Swami’).

From before the alleged ’emergence’, Sathya Sai Baba is clearly seen to be holding something just about the size of the lingam inside the towel between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand! Now what on earth could that be, one wonders? After the vomit, he lets go of what he was holding in secret and fumbles to extract it with his right hand, taking the lingam from under the towel just where it was being held earlier, and we see a rather confused and sheepish look cross his features – like resignation at being caught in the act. It seems that Sathya Sai Baba must have lost his nerve on this occasion, for he did not even try producing the lingam from his mouth this time.


I later learned from a key member of the BBC team who contacted me that Sathya Sai Baba collapsed directly after the faked ‘manifestation’ and was in a dreadful state when he was carried off. Very likely partly a reaction to the stress of being on live TV and of realising he had not managed to pull it off convincingly to conceal his fraud from the cameras. But his favourite, Anil Kumar, reported that Sathya Sai Baba had to go away to ‘produce’ two more ‘atma lingams‘ in private out of sight of anyone! (believe it if you can!). Was Sathya Sai Baba feeling too ill, or too camera shy? Those with perspicacious and open minds can decide the nature of this ‘divine mystery’. However, it is also noteworthy that there was suddenly a significant increase in defections from his movement just afterwards. But despite that they claim (very excessively, no doubt) that from 60 to 100 million are still followers!

Surely only a person whose entire mind is already permeated with unfounded religious beliefs and superstitions can credit this. Interestingly, we can also compare this with the words of Sathya Sai Baba as attributed to him directly by his one-time very close servitor Swami Karunyananda, who lived to over 100 years and spent about 4 decades living within Sathya Sai Baba’s apartment. On p. 367 of the first edition of ‘The Glory of Puttaparthi’ (Bangalore, 1980) by V. Balu, we read:-

Sri Karunyananda also enlightened me about the lingam which Sri Baba used to materialise from his body on Shivarathri day. Sri Karunyananda was near at hand once when a solid gold lingam was brought out by Sri Baba. The lingam was quite big and heavy and the corners of Sri Baba’s mouth had been hurt a little as it emerged! What pain the passage of such a big and heavy substance must have caused Sri Baba as it came out through his throat, thought Sri Karunyananda.
Sri Baba quieted his doubts; “When I will its birth, it is born only as a very soft, pliable substance. It is soft as it emerges from the stomach and comes up the throat. It hardens only at the time it is ejected from the mouth.”


This account has been spread around, such as in the book ‘Sri Sathya Sai Baba – a story of God as man‘ (1985) by former long-term ashram resident M.N. Rao, and so we can all see how Sai Baba has changed his mind about how the lingam is formed, and probably has forgotten how he once explained it.

Further, when Sathya Sai Baba resumed the lingam business again two decades after he stopped the yearly show – when his crisis with the major sexual abuse allegations began and something was badly needed to help slow the thinning out of his followers – he pronounced of the lingam he ‘brought forth’ then: “This lingam will not break even if it is dropped from a height with force. This is Amruthtatwam (symbol of immortality). It is changeless. You cannot see such a manifestation anywhere in the world. It is possible only with Divinity.” (Sanathana Sarathi – March 1999, p. 73). If that were really so, how come that Swami Premananda did exactly the same year upon year up until he won himself a double life sentence for rape and murder in the early ’90s?

Houdini invented the regurgitation trick: The regurgitation of such an object was first performed by Houdini after his careful experiments with a comparable ivory ball (attached to a string at first) before performing it and it since then became known in India as a fakir trick. The trick can also be seen on various films, including a film screened on TV in 1988 ( ‘Das Mysterium Der Shiva – Heilige Männer’ (Ein film von Eberhart Thiem, Helga Lippert, Arno Peik) from a German series called ‘Terra X – Rätsel alter Weltkulturen’).

Finally, if the lingam really is made of gold – which there is little reason to doubt – then it can surely be changed by heating it sufficiently, or putting it under a steam hammer. If not, then Sathya Sai Baba is telling untruths as to what it is supposed to be. If it is so eternal and changeless, then why not clear up all questions by getting an advanced physics laboratory to see if they are able in any way to change one (Sathya Sai Baba has dozens of them)? Yes, why not? Or are they too holy to stand up to any test of truth?

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Sathya Sai Baba’s gross lies in public – with photo

Posted by robertpriddy on July 19, 2009

On of his most despicable lies was in the ‘unforgiving Christmas discourse’ in 2000 (a time to celebrate the greatest teacher of forgiveness in history!!) where he accused many identifiable persons saying,

“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.”

Of course, neither Sai Baba nor anyone else has been able to present a single shred of evidence to support this cheap and transparent lie. In lying thus, why did Sai Baba not follow his own advice to speak pleasantly and not unpalatably? The answer is evident, the allegations reached such proportions that they were causing many members of his organization to leave. He was under great pressure and therefore tried to hit back, knowing that those faithful to him would believe his every word. This was damage limitation at all costs. The truth is always the first casualty where Sai Baba and his people are concerned.

Allegedly 'materialised' diamond ring from Sathya Sai Baba for prospective donor, Robert Priddy, 24/12/1986

Allegedly 'materialised' diamond ring from Sathya Sai Baba for prospective donor, Robert Priddy, 24/12/1986

Sai Baba is himself taking money under false pretenses: will presumably continue to lie ‘until blue in the face’, and still claim that he is giving away ‘diamonds’ when they are not. He will never admit the truth about them, which I know with 100% certainty in the case of an alleged large ‘green diamond’ he gave me (expecting a fat donation I had already mentioned). He knows that giving these trinkets or other apparent divine favours will cause most of the rich recipients to donate large sums of money, devote much work and time to his advancement. This is a very advanced form of scam.

It is interesting to observe how so many credulous persons try to sustain their complete faith in him now that so many indubitable facts have come to light. Lack of self-confidence and fear of consequences are major factors, as well as loss of status, friends and realisation of having been thoroughly duped and having wasted major efforts and money on this deceiver. But much in which they had faith is most likely as crippled in their minds as Sai Baba is himself, and many are wracked within by private sufferings that have to be denied on his ‘divinely instructive example’. But Sai Baba has said that the truth protects those who face it!

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The ashrams of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 18, 2009

Rigorous security checks, body searches (sometimes invasive), strict and bossy orders that must be obeyed, undisciplined and most pushy crowds, minimum space, and very long waiting are all features of the Sathya Sai Baba ashrams.

The ashram is a place where the newcomer is largely left by other devotees to fend for him or herself. Seldom have I seen residents go out of their way to help new arrivals, and invalids are often treated with less than compassion or understanding about their difficulties. Many residents behave and speak as if they ‘have arrived’, and shall have all privileges over others. Many use their long familiarity with the system there to take advantage wherever they can, and even many of the so-called ‘selfless servers’ of the Seva Dal (esp. the women) manipulate things – or even push and shove quite relentlessly – to their own ends. It is known to residents how vehemently Sai Baba regularly harangues the Seva Dal in private sessions about their laxity and lack of good qualities, and also ridicules them for storming forth “like wild horses” to obtain a front seat etc. However, improvements are hard to see and one naturally wonders why Sai Baba – as an all-powerful avatar – cannot at least attract more persons of a kinder and civil nature. Their behaviour certainly reflects on him, their great and supposedly infallible teacher! Recent reports from Westerners make clear that they are being harassed more and more – particularly over visas – and given far fewer opportunities than Indian visitors.

I used to have to sit on a chair due to back problems (and later on the new hard stone uncomfortable ‘torture-benches’), I came to meet many invalids of all kinds, some with horrendous conditions who sat there year after year without any improvement. The invalids are certainly not given any special attention by Baba, and though they were once allowed to sit in places where he fairly often went at darshan, this was discontinued in the 1980s. All invalids at Prashanthi Nilayam are at the very back of the mantap and Sai Baba seldom gets within speaking distance of them, and particularly seldom on the ladies’ side. At Brindavan, the female invalid section is visited much more often, while the men are again relegated to the very rear of the mantap. To obtain a place on the invalid chairs, one is forced to stand in a queue, often for over an hour, before one can sit down. The severity of an invalid’s condition makes no difference whatever. This is how Sai Baba enacts his ‘perfect example’ of compassion for the suffering in actual practice!

Obvious invalids are, however, allowed to go to the front of food queues. So are Sai Baba’s so-called ‘special guests’ or VIPs, who visibly take full advantage of their privilege, however long the queue may be or however long it has been standing. Prashanthi Nilayam is above all, a place of elbows.


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Sathya Sai Baba – kindness and thankfulness

Posted by robertpriddy on July 16, 2009

“We should help even those who have harmed us. This is the vow of Sai. No matter if some people criticize or ridicule Me, I will always look at them with kindness. (Sanathana Sarathi June 2002, p. 166). “There are many who are hostile towards Me. Many ridicule or criticise Me.” (ibid)

First thing to note, Sathya Sai Baba has NEVER done anything to help his critics, that is certain. He has several times strongly implies they have harmed him, so to “help even those who have harmed us” is just his empty words! However, most of his critics have merely pointed out the facts about him which he and his cronies have tried to hide, using suppression, bribery, political clout, clandestine activities and even the infamous murders in his won bedroom  to silence all opposition.

Further comment on Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse 6-5-2005 [Note that the ‘Me’ in the top quotation is always with a big ‘M’, as per usual! As in ‘Me and Mine’!]

He also says most unsympathetic things about many people, not least Indian and other politicians but also his devotees and anyone who acts from greed, wanton desire and many other motives. So one may say he sets an example as being a virulent critic of those who do wrong.

Many of us are like Sathya Sai Baba in looking on our detractors with varying degree of tolerance – even sympathy (such as for for their delusional disorders), so there is really nothing so amazingly unique about Sai Baba if he sometimes thinks kindly about critics (which we bear in mind even though he has called them many bad names). He also often roundly disparages – and also ridicules – people in his discourses ( and in group interviews!).  Note: Sai Baba also called his accusers Judases and demons! Yes, he actually believes in demons, as well as literally in 14-feet high men like Rama, and ogres too – as he told in the most popular book by J. Hislop ‘Conversations…’!)

“See how much help Swami is giving to the poor and needy. It is all for their welfare. But some people are not at all realising the value and are not grateful for it. (ibid p. 166). How can one who boasts that he owns nothing, give anything? It was given via  Sai Baba by many well-meaning, good people, and not by him as such. But he has to boast and rub it in again and again. Why? Instead, he berates foreigners for giving indiscriminately, as follows (in original discourse, edited out of Sanathana Sarathi).

“Today all the foreigners are distributing money, distributing money, distributing money, and they are making the country of Bharath very low.” This is yet another preposterous and sweeping false statement about India by Sathya Sai Baba! In the original discourse he also waffles on about someone who became the US President, but without naming him, Lincoln is evidently intended. But what he says about Lincoln’s politics towards the black population demonstrates very basic ignorance of the facts.

Sai Baba’ actually advises a form of deception, “You cannot always oblige, but you can always speak obligingly”. This quite simply also means to pretend that one is obliging when one actually is not! It is to mislead and is ‘bad faith’.He is obliging at times, but – contrary to this – his discourses are packed with harangues against others of all kinds.

Most of Sai Baba’s  critics now care little or nothing as to what he thinks of them. At the same time, he clearly takes pleasure in pointing out how much his critics will suffer, in this instance for example, by saying “Hurting someone who has helped you will result in losing your eyesight”. Not only is this a sheer absurdity, but it is a threat to those unfortunates who believe he is all-powerful. He has implied that he is hurt (eg. said he puts up a smiling face despite heavy criticism), even though he later says, “none of it will reach me”. But much of it did get to him most certainly, rousing him into making awful threats against his detractors in his angry, lectern-thumping, and infamous Christmas Day Discourse of 2000 Such unforgiving talk from this self-promoting ‘God the Father’ on the birthday of the all-forgiving Jesus Christ! Was this conscious insult to Christians or mere ignorance of their creed? Forgiveness is above all the value par excellence of Christianity.  and did not figure at all in the traditional Indian spiritual value system, as far as I can discover. We see how Krishna was for war and blood at Kurukshetra. When Hindus like Ramakrishna embraced the Jesus figure, forgiveness became an occasional value in some Hindu teachings.

So Sathya Sai Baba continues to speak with two tongues, and still within one and the same discourse. This is not so surprising from a dual entity with a Janus-faced personality – a man (S.N. Raju) who is ‘very human’ (Kasturi’s remark) with all kinds of failings (admitted by many close servitors) – and then a self-proclaimed deity (‘Sai Baba’) from some other realm with what he has called his ‘very fast helpers’ and who tells us that the whole of humanity working together could never understand him! A person whose oft-reputed unmastered lust makes him much more like Ravana than Rama, believe what you will!

Incidentally, I do not set out simply to ‘ridicule’ Sathya Sai Baba – unless that be pointing out what is already ridiculous of itself – though I am certainly criticising him. I am truly only pointing out his self-contradictions, and many discrepancies between his words his actions and his actual observable behaviour. The fact is, Sathya Sai Baba talks so exaggeratedly and acts so otherwise in so many things, that he comes across as ridiculous (to those who are not totally indoctrinated with his excuses and deceptions about everything wrong he does and says – his ‘three ton lingam‘, his ‘magnetic feet attracting the earth to him‘, that he will fly unaided so his devotees can see him worldwide, that he will life a mountain range to save devotees and so on). I also comment critically on all the secrecy and cover-up surrounding much of what he does, and the consequences it all has or can have for truth, good people and social justice. If my deepest conscience did not demand of me to do this difficult service, I would be only to happy to desist. Moreover, I exert considerable efforts to write nothing that is untruthful or unconsidered about Sai Baba.

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Gratitude for what and to whom – Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 15, 2009

Ever be grateful even for a small help. Do not be ungrateful. Ingratitude is utter cruelty. (Sathya Sai Baba – in a discourse published in Sanathana Sarathi June 2002, p. 166-7). Further comments on the deceptive ‘divine’ discourse 6/5/2000: For the n’th time, one must ask what is wrong with Sathya Sai Baba’s sense of proportion (or control of his tongue’s excessive pronouncements)? “ Ingratitude is utter cruelty” He is no doubt thinking not least og ingratitude to himself, for he has railed (in his infamous Xmas Discourse in 2000) about how critics do not realise that he does a thousand times more for humanity than anyone else!

Grateful as I was for some things in which Sathya Sai Baba has apparently helped me, I cannot but help think that – had I his opportunities – I would help everyone with the greatest pleasure. What does it cost to do his leelas and miracles? What kind of a personal sacrifice does this really involve? If he has the entire universe in his hand, as he boasts, and is unaffected by anything that happens, why does he need gratitude?

His being in a body is not worse that it is for anyone, much better in fact, for he lives the life of Riley, not having to lift a finger for his own needs and can bask in worship all day long. Sai Baba talks a lot about gratitude,  how important it is to be grateful to God… that even dogs show more gratitude than men and so on.  He clearly expects,  too,  that one should be everlastingly grateful to him for anything he might do or seem to do for us… and even for one’s personal existence! Yet he only expresses gratitude to followers most sparingly, and chiefly to those who he has chosen to execute his wishes or to donors of very large sums of money.

I have been grateful to Sai Baba in that he has seemed to give me various kinds of support, and I have shown it in action in various ways,  including writing many articles for his journal,  a book praising him and making what were, for me, major financial contributions.  But I am most ungrateful for what I later discovered, his many deceptions, misuse of funds,  fraud, broken promises and other yet worse things he is widely reputed to have done of which I am convinced are true after very intensive investigations. He has never asked the forgiveness of anyone for anything, nor is it likely that he has stopped doing wrong things. What Divine Person would ever speak or act like him? For those who still believe that all that happens is in accordance with  Sathya Sai Baba’s divine will, gratitude for many of the horrific sufferings of the world would be rather difficult. But such people never want to think that far, or require the minimum of accountability from him for other things have been revealed about him.  then. To be grateful for some things does not mean that one should have to give the helper a carte blanche to neglect justice and truth. To remain grateful everlastingly for some uncertain favours does not remove the right to question the same person about his deceits and involvement in other harmful actions like executions in his own apartments.

Sathya Sai Baba thanks no one: Further, I have not seen anywhere in his thousands of discourses – or any books about him – that Sathya Sai Baba has expressed his gratitude to anyone for the help he personally receives! As usual, Sathya Sai Baba claims “I do not accept anything from anyone” (p. 168). How can he really not receive ANYTHING, just like everyone else alive does? Does he grow and harvest his own produce (ragi and watermelons, coconuts, rice and wheat for chapattis etc.)? Does he make his own robes? (Or is the Emperor without clothes?). Does he make his own furniture, build his own rooms, decorate his own showy thrones or does he receive the hundred and one things necessary even to his subsistence from the labour of others? He remarks too, while telling how he totally ignored for three days a would-be donor to him of car replacements (i.e. shining example of divine ingratitude?), that “I already have a sufficient number of cars” (p. 168). So HE does HAVE some! How many does one man need? If everyone in the world followed his divine example with up to 5 cars per person, the atmosphere would soon kill us! Moreover, I have never heard of him saying ‘thank you’ to anyone for any favours received, and many he certainly does accept! In fact, he is provided with everything by others and never has had to lift a finger himself for many decades. Yet Sathya Sai Baba has the cheek to pretend he wants nothing, as follows:
“Take My cars if you need them! I don’t like to travel in very big cars. However, they have sent them from foreign countries. After they send it, it is not possible to do anything else with them.”

How transparently deceitful can one talk … he could donate them all to hospitals or whatever, and get one small one for himself? Some Sai know-alls will say, ‘you must understand that Swami is in everyone, in everything – he has countless hands, eyes…’ and all that jazz. Don’t we all, ultimately then, all of us being nothing less than Atma (Spirit)? Besides, is it not a weird and confused proposition… that this person Sathya Sai Baba is necessarily as much ‘in’ every victim and perpetrator of every evil deed as in everything else? He is physically-embodied who thus shows all the outward signs of being like many others, for better and for worse, with many self-expressed likes and dislikes, anger and sympathies.

Doesn’t it seem far removed from the facts and from sane considerations for him to pretend he is not personally involved in anything he does? The answer is, evidently not… not to many unworldly, life-despising, liberation-yearning, unfulfilled, suffering or dissatisfied devotees who cling to this imagined saviour who lets his closest devotees die in accidents (Mrs. Sinclair, Jegathesan’s son, students in car accidents, suicides (numerous), murders (not least in his bedroom), and very considerable physical sufferings (eg., his hard-working editors Kasturi and Narasimhan) and with the promise of liberation withdrawn (Dr. John Hislop) who died of cancer without treatment (though by his own choice in relying on the unreliable Sai Baba).

His claim of omnipresence has nothing whatever to do with questions like gratitude, possessions, kindness towards critics on which Sathya Sai Baba propounded. For, if we are really to take the advaitic view at all seriously – that all are indistinguishably one with Divinity – then who is to feel grateful to whom? Why does Sathya Sai Baba need gratitude so badly himself, and accept it on as huge a scale as he can?

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