Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Sai Baba group claims miracles – seeks donations

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2009

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The latest super-naive followers of the two Sai Baba’s in Queens, New York – also worshippers of various Indian deities besides – are claiming (with a video) that Sai Baba performed miracles at their temple by moving helium balloons about so that they “worshipped his feet”. The alleged ‘miracle’ (leela) is accepted totally uncritically is simply only a result of known physical causes of such movement. Those who believe Sathya Sai Baba is the One Omnipotent Godhead no doubt think it is amazing that God should not have better things to do to prove his existence than to blow balloons around.

It is noteworthy that they ask for donations on the same site where they promote this supposed “Sai miracle”! This is strictly forbidden by Sathya Sai Baba in many discourses (though he asks for them himself both in public appeals in his journal and in private, including from me!  The Queens New York temple people evidently ignore his advice they in their eagerness (greed?) to generate cash.  It seems people kick in money freely when they see a miracle? This is typical of temples and institutions that prey on the unwitting in the name of Sathya Sai Baba… whose journal has exposed any number of such scam organizations.

Balloons thought to be  “sharing the excitement of this historic occasion” (the ‘historic’ part being an installation ceremony for Baba’s statues)
This classifies as ‘lunatic fringe thinking’ if anything does. The male leader who recounted and explained the miracle said that they had asked Sathya Sai Baba if this was his doing and “he sanctioned their wish”. He said. O.K. You want to witness” and then it happened again at the next occasion. (Note: Sai Baba claims he says ‘yes’ to everything – and he nearly always does when asked if it was one of his miracles or whether he came in a dream or other such fanciful notions. Besides it had been very difficult to ask him anything for some years, so one wonders if this is not another of those ‘asking in prayer’ and interpreting the answer from some doubtful gesture, or even subjective ‘channelling’, as is very common in the Sai movement).

The temple staff said they had taped balloons to the ceiling, and next morning they were all on the ground. Why one should additionally need to tape a helium balloon to the ceiling he does not mention. Well, in fact, a balloon with helium can sink down if it is made of latex, which is porous to helium. Over a period of time from 6-12 hours or so depending on the thickness of the balloon skin, the helium seeps out and the balloons start to come down, still looking almost the same size. This is not so with mylar balloons, which experienced sales people say can remain inflated for up to a week on average, depending also on the thickness of the balloon skin. Tape can easily drop off, especially if there were any air currents in the room, which can arise from very many causes.

The natural explanations of balloons moving in an enclosed space include air currents – such as convection from heaters, currents from air conditioning, currents from candle flames, incense and burning arati camphor (all no doubt used in this temple), electrostatic effects like attraction (one only has to rub a balloon against a synthetic rug, jersey or one’s own hair to see the effects this can produce). Static electricity is often generated in places where a number of people spend time and can result in peculiar effects.  The pictures and statues are most likely in a place where air currents arrive. Then, Lo and Behold! We have a Miracle? The Indian gent explains that his guru told him that such miracles are needed to make people who are not entirely sure to believe and surrender to God!  That balloons might convince anyone to surrender to the feet of Sai Baba is highly unlikely!

See also Examples of difficulty in interpreting Sathya Sai Baba’s words and actionsMisinterpretation of Sai Baba’s supposed ‘blessings’, words etc.

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