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Who, what is Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2010

In one of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction books, ‘The Final Odessey’ he wrote a small cameo which is almost exactly a description of Sathya Sai Baba. This book was first published in 1997, about 2 years before the many scandals about Sai Baba broke on the Internet. Arthur C. Clarke lived in Sri Lanka and therefore no doubt knew a lot about Sathya Sai Baba! More than most, it would seem!

You’ve reminded me of something that happened in my home-town when I was a kid. A holy man — quote, unquote — set up shop, claimed he could work miracles – and collected a crowd of devotees in next to no time. And they weren’t ignorant or illiterate; often they came from the best families. Every Sunday I used to see expensive cars parked round his – ah – temple.’ ‘The “Rasputin Syndrome”, it’s been called: there are millions of such cases, all through history, in every country. And about one time in a thousand the cult survives for a couple of generations. What happened in this case?’

Well, the competition was very unhappy. and did its best to discredit him. Wish I could remember his name – he used a long Indian one – Swami something-or-other — but it turned out he came from Alabama. One of his tricks was to produce holy objects out of thin air, and hand them to his worshippers. As it happened, our local rabbi was an amateur conjurer, and gave public demonstrations showing exactly how it was done. Didn‘t make the slightest difference — the faithful said that their man’s magic was real, and the rabbi was just jeaIous.’

‘At one time, l’m sorry to say, Mother took the rascal seriously – it was soon after Dad had run off, which may have had something to do with it – and dragged me to one of his sessions. I was only about ten, but I thought l‘d never seen anyone so unpleasant-looking. He had a beard that could have held several birds’ nests, and probably did.’

‘He sounds like the standard model. How long did he flourish?’

‘Three or four years. And then he had to leave town in a hurry: he was caught running teenage orgies. Of course, he claimed he was using mystical soul-saving techniques. And you won’t believe this,

‘Try me.’

‘Even then, lots of his dupes still had faith in him. Their god could do no wrong, so he must have been framed.’


‘Sorry — convicted by faked evidence – sometimes used by the police to catch criminals, when all else fails.’

‘Hmm. Well, your swami was perfectly typical”‘

This passage appears in a wider context in Clarke’s book, of course… one where he is explaining the ‘psychopathology of religion’:-

(The text continued as at the top of the green box)

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Will Saience ever replace science?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 26, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba calls his doctrines ‘saience’, most likely a semi-pun invented for him by Prof. N. Kasturi. This is supposed to be the true doctrine of the creation and wonders of the universe, contrary to natural science and all the knowledge that has come from anything other than Indian or other scriptural sources.  Such frivolous wordplay will never alter the fact that science is a globe-spanning undertaking supported by virtually every government in the world and with millions of researchers employed in advancing it, while Sai Baba’s peculiar Hindu doctrine is known in any detail to a relative handful of people. Though all his followers have a smattering of it, hardly any have studied it in any depth (as I have done) and none critically so, let alone practice it nearly as fully as he says is essential (which leads to a totally unworldly dissociation from the world and reality).

Sathya Sai Baba on Hiranyakasipu's impossible feats!Can the fantastic, unsupported claims by Sai Baba about ancient Indian ‘science’, as represented by the scan inset here – but one small example – be taken seriously? Sai Baba puts science down as only an uneducated ignoramus about human knowledge and achievements could do. Today, the combined efforts of the world’s most advanced physicists – standing on the shoulders of centuries of scientific physical research – have recreated at CERN in Switzerland the conditions a millionth of a second after the Big Bang (13.7 billion years ago), producing – if fleetingly indeed – temperatures of over 10 trillion degrees, a million times hotter than the centre of the sun! (Read more)

Sai Baba holds that one man, the mythical Hiranyakasipu, knew more than all scientists know today! Absurdity beyond all degrees… just showing what an uneducated charlatan and fantasizer this self-proclaimed ‘omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent’ God Incarnate truly is. Even the pro-Sai Baba newspaper, The Hindu, stated that the results of the Big Hadron Collider recently, made up the biggest scientific experiment of all time, the recreation of Big Bang.” Still, typically inaccurate journalism: the recreation was not another Big Bang, but an infinitesimally small-scale creation of conditions some millionths of a second after the Big Bang. It has been shown indisputably in several analyses of his discourses how science-challenged Sai Baba is, how he almost never has a good word for science or scientists, or any genuine kind of scholar. He mocks and makes fun of them all repeatedly.  This strongly suggests that he is envious of those with an education and realises how far short his various ‘blessings’ (not to mention fraudulent trickery) fall so far short of even moderate scientific achievements? He thinks ancient Indian ‘knowledge’ (mostly superstition or highly speculative) is far superior in every respect to the amazing advances in modern knowledge into the nature of of matter, nature, the body, mind etc. – all facts unknown to all Indian sages and scriptures. Traditional Indian medicine, which he praises so much, is full of absurd remedies and is largely powerless to cure thousands of ailments that the ‘sages’ could not even identify.

Like Hiranyakasipu, he relates how Ravana was ‘demonic’ due to lack of control of senses and lusts, though both had “mastered all the sciences“, could fly through the power of reciting mantras, and had travelled to the moon and to the limits of the universe beyond all the stars! Yet Sathya Sai Baba claims that his doctrine will conquer the entire world and make everyone like a ‘Bharatiya’ (i.e. a traditional Indian of ages long past):- “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.” (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at Yet more astonishingly, Sathya Sai Baba has told that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be Hindu, according to the VHP leader, Singhal who reported being told that by him in person!”

VHP’s Singhal Report
See also Sathya Sai Baba and Venkataraman on science

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Sathya Sai Baba – the Indian Government’s God Incarnate

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba on his 85th birthday - not happy

"Be happy!" "I have no enemies.. I love all. I am always smiling. Many people think how can I keep smiling? I don't like castoroil faces.. When you all are happy, I will be happy." Sathya Sai Baba in his infamous Christmas Discourse 2000 - So what about Sathya Sai Baba's own face nowadays? His looks are those of one who has lost faith in himself, self-confidence?

scan of Sathya Sai Baba's words in a 1995 discourse

So what about Sathya Sai Baba's own face nowadays?

How can anyone with an active and questioning mind – who is not a religious guru fanatic – overlook the degeneration which stands out like a sore thumb, when Sai Baba has claimed he is always smiling, that nothing can affect him due to his self-claimed ‘purity, patience and perseverance’?

The facts are known: as to purity – a person who has been caught out in fraudulence, sleight of hand, many untruths, broken promises, false rumours, involvement in the cover-up of cold-blooded executions in his bedroom apartment (while he stood by) and who is the object of many credible accusations of sexual abuse by young men . As is evident from several failed court petitions, he cannot be prosecuted due to the prestige Indian governments have invested in him. This is no less apparent by the visits of both the current Indian Prime Minister and the President of India to this powerful impostor.

It must be terribly troublesome for God to have these difficulties to move. Is it not strange that his hip fracture occurred at an age when ordinary mortals usually get these sorts of ailments…. but he insists it does not affect him. He claims he recovered fully from the hip-joint replacement:-

“What medicine did I use? The intense prayers of the devotees are My medicine. During the last one month, be it in Madras (now Chennai), Hyderabad, Bangalore, or Mumbai, devotees have intensified their prayers and spiritual activities. Each and every house conducted bhajans and Namasmarana. Some devotees undertook penance and performed Yajnas. In this manner, a number of spiritual activities were undertaken praying for the well being of Swami. It is as a result of such fervent prayers that I am able to stand before you and address you. Neither did I want this suffering nor did I desire its cure. You wanted this body to be cured of the pain, and you achieved it through your prayers. This body is not Mine. It is yours. Hence, it is your responsibility to look after this body.” From the published discourse 13-July-2003 (as in Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 36 (2003) also available on-line in pdf file at )

At least doesn’t have any pain, or so he days, even if his devotees seem to be convinced that he has and are ever praying for him not to overexert himself, not to do the lingam production (regurgitation trick) at Shivarathri and so forth. But odd that he has chosen to sit in  bath chairs, golden-coloured wheelchairs, golf buggies and the like whenever he gives darsan? It must be that he is just fooling us all with a wheelchair leela, while in fact he is perfectly fine and only gives the illusion (maya)of suffering… so believers can obtain blessings from praying for him? Or perhaps there is some other explanation…

It has been reported by Indian sceptics that he has lost a great deal of weight in the last two years, and he looks it too. He has often insisted that his weight has remain at (the “divine number” of) 108 lbs (a quaintly absurd supposition because this is said by him to be a ‘divine number’ because it is a multiple of 9 and adds up to 9!). He evidently forgot that he had also said in a discourse: “…Swami started eating rice food which students take. He lost 6 kg in weight during 20 days’ stay at Kodaikanal. In Puttaparthi, Satyajit was in the habit of taking My weight now and then. When Swami was in Puttaparthi He weighed 108 lbs. At Kodaikanal, when weight was taken, it showed a reduction by 6 kilos. Swami weighed less than 100 lbs.” (Sanathana Sarathi, June 1998, page 146.)

See also: How Long will the ‘avatar’ last out?

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Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

Quotation of prediction made by Sathya Sai Baba to John Hislop

On his supposed 85’th Birthday, Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about how his life mission would unfold can well be examined and evaluated. The total transformation of India as an engine, not only of economic growth, but also as a shining moral example to the peoples of the world which would regenerate them all and introduce a new Golden Age has frequently been promised by Sathya Sai Baba. He has long since pronounced that his own students would transform morals in the nation (see quotation below left), but this prediction has failed most miserably. One absolute precondition of India entering the good company of law-abiding, morally accountable societies is that the endemic corruption should cease, at the higher levels of society at the very least. No nation can lead another if immorality like tax evasion predominates in finance and business. That it does so in India most certainly cannot seriously be refuted:-

From BBC World ‘The Hub’ with Nik Gowing – 18 November 2010:-

BBC World 'The Hub' Nik Gowing interviews Dev Kar, former IMF economist and Washington think tank expert for Global Financial IntegrityIndia has lost hundreds of billions of dollars through corruption since Independence in 1948. That’s according to a report from a Washington think tank. It is called Global Financial Integrity. It monitors the flow of illegal money worldwide. It says India has lost an average of US$19 billion worth of assets per year between 2004 and 2008.
Joining us live from Washington is one of the report authors, Dev Kar, a former IMF economist:-
Nik Gowing: Dev Kar, where does the money go or where has it gone?
Dev Kar: Most of the money goes to the banks in developed countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and a large part goes to offshore financial centres around the world, such as Cayman Islands, Singapore…
Nik Gowing: Is the central accusation here one of money laundering or is it just bad accounting?
Dev Kar: It is basically money laundering and tax evasion on the part of individuals and corporations in India.
Nik Gowing: There is a difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance – one is legal, one is not… which of the two are you saying it is?
Dev Kar: Tax avoidance is legal but tax evasion is not. So it is tax evasion and not tax avoidance.
Nik Gowing: Is it possible to track the degree or the tempo with which this has been happening since Independence. Can you peg it to a particular government, a particular prime minister?
Dev Kar: No. It is not possible to do that with any degree of accuracy. All we can say is that, from 1948 to 2008 there has been a on-going problem and the problem has been increasing, unfortunately, after economic reform started in 1991, because we can see the faster growth of these transfers after 1991.
Nik Gowing: Are you saying that you have proof to back up your claims, or are they simply allegations?
Dev Kar: No, there is proof to back up these numbers. The strongest such proof is looking at the deposit statistics compiled by the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland. These are basically private sector deposits in banks and offshore centres. Now, we know these private sector deposits are mostly illegal because exchange control regulations do not allow private individuals in India or corporations to stash away foreign exchange in that jurisdiction without permission of the Government of India.

Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - excerpt

The famously unfulfilled 'promise' prediction

No doubt how much faith Sai Baba put in his students - but so far without known true national achievements

The majority of top political and other prominent figures stash away their gains in foreign currencies in Swiss and diverse offshore banks – evading tax. Sathya Sai Baba pointed this fact out to a former friend of mine, an Indian Administrative Service officer at a private dinner given in 1996 by Mr. Prasad, one of the board members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. There he told the IAS official, V. Ramnath, that India is not really a poor country, but for its rulers stashing away in Swiss banks an amount of money at least equal to the country’s entire national debt! Ramnath related that Sai Baba said he had warned the Prime Minister and the President (then Narasimha Rao and Dayal Sharma) of this and had instructed them not to make so many super-expensive state visits with huge convoys of vehicles and hundreds of Black Beret commandos wherever they went. But, said Sai Baba, they go on doing it and do not listen to me. So much for the results of the self-appointed renewer of moral values in Indian life!

If Sai Baba really were anything like a world saviour avatar controlling the planet, how could it result in such a pig’s breakfast? India is one of the most truly terrible places on earth for its huge number of children in the slavery of prostitution, bonded sweat-shop labour, and its vast number of paupers and illiterates still being driven to city slums for sheer survival. These calamities are enormous and are not diminishing.

The endemic nature of Indian corruption:
India’s social structure where caste and extended families are the key components of life have led to the culture of nest-feathering by politicians and public officials to an unprecedented degree. Sathya Sai Baba has complained of nest-feathering to numerous politicians, including Prime Ministers and Presidents who worship him, but without any visible result whatever. This shows how, despite all his boasts, he has had no effect at all on improving the very fundamentals of life in India.  Once a man gets elected to an office, the entire extended family expects benefits – whether direct financial contributions or, as often as not, the use of influence to improve their  employment status or business opportunities.

A distorted ‘vision of Sai’ was sent us in an e-mail from as follows,
…see for yourself the enormous control that this being has on the planet”. Of course, the overwhelming majority of people on the planet has not noticed any such huge influence. He has inspired some people to start schools, pay for projects to provide water locally in Andhra Pradesh and to finance two hospitals etc. But these are as drops in the vast ocean of India’s calamitous situation, let alone that of the whole world!

“Sai Rules the World” Unbelievable to most, this is what many devotees I have met actually believe, because Sathya Sai Baba has put this delusion about in various announcements he has made about the world coming to his feet, the world soon already becoming one big Sathya Sai Organisation and all becoming transformed:-

“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

This statement confirms what was reported earlier by Barry Pittard ‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him

With population and poverty out of control, AIDS, corruption and poverty ruling large parts of Africa and Asia and so on. The world’s wilderness environment and countless species and living resources are disappearing faster and faster, suffering and unnecessary death is as rife as ever, I watched Sathya Sai Baba parading for two decades and I eventually learned from many inside contacts, investigation and analysis that he is far from being in control of almost anything he claims to be. He is most certainly not in control of yours truly!

See also Sathya Sai Baba’s (un)Birthday (not born on 23 November 1926)

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The Golden Age of Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

'Golden Age' - publication dedicated by The Kingdon of Sathya Sai, 1997Sathya Sai Baba has declared that He will usher in a new era of Love, Peace, Righteousness, and Truth. This “Golden Age,” as He calls it, is destined to begin soon with an event (or series of events) that will draw world attention to His Divinity.
Sai Baba has several times jumped the gun and heralded in “The Golden Age” of mankind. He supposes himself to be the precursor of such an age, and – as often documented – it will begin by his reforming India completely first, then the rest of the world. Sai Baba has told people on occasion that a great shift in human consciousness will come – he did so before the millennium (but nothing happened, not even the millennium bug – thereafter Twin Towers and the war on terror began).

Professor Paul Holbach has written of the predicted Golden Age of Sai Baba here:-

“This is a great chance. Be confident that you will all be liberated. Know that you are saved. Many hesitate to believe that things will improve, that life will be happy for all and full of joy, and that the golden age will recur. Let me assure you that this dharmaswarupa, that this divine body, has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon humanity. “( from  speech 23 Nov. 1968)

Mankind can and will be saved.” (Christmas Message, 1986)
“I have come to inscribe a golden chapter in the history of humanity.” (12th May 1968 see)
Sai has come … to achieve the supreme task of uplifting the entire mankind, as one family through the bond of brotherhood… ” (1999)
Thus, his mission seems to be a “salvation mission” for ALL MANKIND, no one excluded; the world in its globality would have to be saved and raised to an upper level. And he started promising this almost in 1947… and SB clearly has not fulfilled any of his forecastings and promises. Anyway, like already elsewhere, SB starts to take distances from himself; first he builds the “castle in air” of the “Golden Age”, then he says:
“The Golden Age is the creation of man, not of God.” (1987)
“The transition from that unhappy state to the state of bliss cannot be achieved overnight, but the changes have begun and the seeds are sown. Man is living at the dawn of a Golden Age and he himself will determine the timing of the transition by his own acts and thoughts. ” (1988)
“The time has indeed come for a great awakening, when the days of ignorance and illusion are replaced by a new Golden Age. That Golden Age is here now, just waiting for man to move into it and find the peace that has eluded him all this time.” (1988)

We also read Sai Baba’s own “Revelations” in line with such fundamentalists as the Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and diverse other god-bothering sects and cults of the “Flee the wrath to come” persuasion:-
The day of awakening is here and the day of reckoning, or weeding out, is not far away. The cleansing of the world will take place and only those awakened souls will be left to experience life in the divine state. Others will fall by the wayside, left behind and lost in a world of illusion and darkness.” (Christmas (II) [1987],” SMFYM, II, 1988, 63 see here)

Suffering and misery are the inescapable acts of the cosmic drama. God does not decree these calamities but man invites them by way of retribution for his own evil deeds. This is corrective punishment which induces mankind to give up the wrong path and return to the right path so that he may experience the godlike condition of sat-chit-ananda — that is, an existence of wisdom and bliss.” (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 245.)

In January 1992, a long-term US devotee, Connie Shaw, was at an interview with SB where she asked:-

Connie: Then what about the Golden Age (of Peace and Plenty which will last for a thousand years) – when will that actually be here?

Baba (Predictably, heh-heh): The Golden Age must begin in each person’s heart. Then only can we have peace on earth. Each must start now to make the Golden Age in his heart.

Connie: But Swami, we’re all doing the best we can in that (department) now. I mean when will (all of) humanity agree “This is the Golden Age – here, now…?

Baba: In five years. 2007. By then. All must do (their part).”

Sai Baba’s boast to Dr. John Hislop that India is the locomotive that will pull the world to rights due to its spiritual and moral superiority has, of course, most dismally failed to appear. That his students would occupy positions of power long since and thus change society has also proved to be sonorously hollow words.

To view Sathya Sai Baba’s words on the Golden Age (see here, and here)

Sathya Sai Baba makes it up as he goes along

See also the previous posting here on the golden age and the lunatic fringe

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85th Birthday: Golden Age, Prema Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2010

Canadian Sai devotees declares Prema Sai is here

In the run-up to yet another birthday celebration of the guru most widely-accused of sexual abuse, fraud and even murder involvement in India – who famously claimed he would appear on the lunar sphere -, let us look at what some of his many lunatic fringe followers make of his claim that he will ‘take rebirth’ in the form of ‘Prema Sai Baba’! All this kind of thing attracts loonies the way honeypots attract flies… and not least the foot-worshipping devotee Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, who will attend the bash  and the female devotee President Pratibha Patil (who will appear on the Ladies Day granted by Sai Baba at his ashram, where ladies are otherwise treated as non-entities).

Here is what one Sai fanatic (Nirmal of Vancouver) writes, who also believes in Prema Sai says about the promised Golden Age:- “Baba’s is an unfolding gospel. He adds to His revelation daily. We sit, mere spectators, watching and waiting for the golden moment to arrive when He announces Himself to those in the world who remain unaware of His Presence on Earth. Talk circulates of an impending economic crisis, during which the leaders of the world turn to Baba as the only one who can solve it. Miracles occur such as Ganesha statues drinking milk. Food animals such as salmon and cod disappear from the Earth’s oceans and whole herds of cattle are infected with disease and must be destroyed. To what extent are these evidences of Baba’s activity in pushing and pulling the world towards some unknown consummation? We cannot know until Baba unfolds for us the whole of His Plan.” [The writer of this in 1997 – see scan on right – seems to hint that he himself may be Prema Sai! ]

But there are others who claim to be Prema Sai already (see eg. below), though his birth is supposed to come well after Sathya Sai departs this earth. No doubt others will claim to be Prema Sai in the future and, if he has some of the requirements at least, will surely have a large following, that is quite simply the name of the game in India:-

Lunatic Devotee claims he is Prema Sai as follows:-

World transition – love and light? Rumours circulated by Sathya Sai Baba at regular intervals of big changes coming (sometimes very disastrous ones! See here) keep devotees in suspense, fear and/or hope for the future. They seem incapable of looking back across all the failed predictions and direct lies Sai Baba has perpetrated over the decades. For example, the New Zealand devotees, Poppy and Arthur Hillcoat, visited Cherepovets, Russia) last May. Poppy said she saw Rita and Robert Bruce just before leaving for Russia, and – as reported on the Russian Forum was told by them:

“Yes, exactly they are. At the conference Rita and Robert conducted a one-day workshop of ‘parenting school’ and a workshop on ‘family and marriage’.
I do not remember exact titles. And it was Rita Bruce whom Swami told about practically instant transformation of people’s consciousness after his 80th anniversary.”

Indeed, devotees are still deluded by these promises, and still believe in an immanent golden age, I recently received a mail from a son of the Danish Sai Organization leaders Thorbjørn (deceased) and Marianne Meyer (the brother of that son was genitally molested by Sai Baba when 14 years old). He has reverted to belief in SB and ended his mails with:- “Within the coming 2 years all will come into the light and truth“! This delusion is not uncommon, I have met devotees through the years who have insisted that Baba has told them – in one way or another (including showing them maps and/or models of a changed globe)- that a great cleansing upheaval of earth will come very soon, that many countries will be physically affected, and that this heralds the Golden Age (in which truth and righteousness triumphs etc. etc.). One can only pity such confused and helpless dupes…

See also Sathya Sai Baba’s wide ‘lunatic fringe’ and Moreno

Gerald Moreno is Sathya Sai Baba’s foremost Internet defender and dirty tricks expert

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‘Everyone’ loves Me’ says Sathya Sai Baba, everyone will visit

Posted by robertpriddy on November 16, 2010

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” and
“Someone says that Sai Baba is angry with X or Y. Sai Baba has no ill feeling towards anyone.
Equally, nobody is hostile to Bhagawan. Everyone loves and none hates Bhagawan. Bhagawan’s mission is well known.

(Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam)

Sa Baba declares 'everyone love Me'
Sathya Sai Baba’s
belief that “everyone loves Me” is extremely far from the truth! Does he really imagine in his intense, protected, narcissism that those who have been deeply abused by him and let down by him in a massive abuse of the truth and of faith actually love him? Or the 5 billion-plus people who have heard nothing about him? Moreover, SB has a vastly exaggerated idea about what the whole world knows about him:-

Sai Baba’s unsupportable and absurd claims about being world famous?

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

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

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.” Discourse 16 March 2003.If one looks at any website which collects news items from the world, one will not find the name of Sathya Sai Baba there, (unless it is an Indian subcontinent news collection). Sai Baba’s usual pretense that the “whole world” knows about him, repeated yet again in the August discourse, is a directly laughable claim which would suggest how little he knows of the real world!

Despite his life-long afro-frizz and glaring orange robe and many other ways of attracting attention to himself, he is very far from being as oft-mentioned or anything like as recognisable as world-famous people are… such as Queen Elisabeth, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela, or countless presidents and prime ministers  and he can’t even measure his fame against top sportsmen like David Beckham & Tiger Woods, or an entire compendium of stage and screen stars! Does he actually imagine that 1.4 million Chinese have even heard of him, or most of the world’s 2 billion Christians, 1 billion Muslims, not to detail countless others who care nothing for an Indian swami? If so, he is completely out of touch in an ‘eternal omnipresent’ sphere of his own intense imagining.

… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262) What does he say, nobody? But why then did he also say, “Disregard every manner of adverse comments” (adverse to what, to whom. Can you guess?) However, having himself abused many of his ex-followers as ‘Judases’ – and threatened them with lifetimes of shame – in his Christmas 2000 discourse Sai Baba goes on to say, “… we should disregard abuse and hold to our righteous ideals firmly.” “Love even those who abuse you. I am a standing example of this.” (p. 267) (What variety of abuses might he have in mind, perhaps sex abuse allegations?) So if or when abuse might occur, this rule works both ways, may we suppose?

“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” (Sanathana Sarathi, September 2001 p. 267). This makes any well-informed person think both how vague and how extremely unlikely Baba’s ‘promises’ often are. Does he mean that through India’s offices all countries of the world will join in one union, like a glorified USA or EU? Devotees will doubtless interpret this prediction of the current alliance against terrorism between countries who now agree they are going to war against the terrorists. But Sai Baba specifically included ‘the people of all the countries”. Even Israel, Palestine, Irak, Iran? Would it were so! But even conveniently united efforts on the political scene against a common external enemy come and go according to circumstances. So what does Sai Baba actually mean by Bharat? A non-existent country at present, only existing maybe in some distant past, or a future not yet here or in the imagination, even? Surely he can’t be talking about the India we know of today, corrupt from top to bottom. How can such a nation, where most human rights are totally disregarded for the great mass of its population, conjure forth all this goodness that will unify the world? What with the massive and blind retributive killings by Indian forces of innocents in Jammu/Kashmir and of the indiscriminate slaughter of Nagas of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, with its persistent and repressive caste system, widespread colour discrimination, ever-repeated murdering of Dalits, Moslems, Christians, tribals and the still very widespread burning of brides, repression of women’s rights, slavery of millions of landless bonded labourers and its ca. 20 million child labourers plus the death rate of ca. 10 million Indian children per annum… Is not Sai Baba’s claims of unity and leading the world fanciful and over-imaginative?

Sathya Sai Baba has now promised that the entire world will be Hindu in 2036!

“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.” (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at

This fancy-bred statement – which exceeds even the ambitions of Islamic radicals – confirms what was reported earlier by Barry Pittard VHP’s Singhal Reports what Sathya Sai Baba Told Him: The VHP leader, while disclosing his discussion with Satya Sai Baba, said that Sai Baba had informed him that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be of Hindus and after 2030 the whole world would be of Hindus”.

Sai Baba also said other highly questionable things in his 2001 Krishna Birthday discourse, “Stones are thrown only on fruit-bearing trees. Similarly, good people receive brickbats.” ( p. 267) Not only has Sai Baba held two infamous discourses throwing brickbats and false accusations at all those claiming he sexually abused them, but he also calls numerous individuals ‘a bad man’ in their absence (as I and many others report from group interviews). Often comparing himself to Jesus Christ, he presents himself as persecuted in the same way… by ‘Judases’. Where is his sense of proportion, or the slightest modesty?

See also:- Disquiet In India On Sathya Sai Baba


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Sathya Sai Baba’s claims of financial poverty, non-ownership and self-sacrifice

Posted by robertpriddy on November 12, 2010

“Some people are so mean-minded that they do not want to understand and appreciate the sanctity associated with the activities. Have any of them been able to accomplish even one-thousandth part of what Sai baba is doing? No, no, no! It is only Sathya Sai Baba who has undertaken such noble tasks without a trace of selfishness.” (From  Sathya Sai Baba’s Christmas Discourse, 2000)

Does Sai Baba himself have any money to give away unselfishly?

On 11/8/2001, Sathya Sai Baba held a discourse (published in Sanathana Sarathi, September 2001) where he detailed the running costs of the two hospitals, the colleges etc. and how much investment is needed to cover these. This sum – amounting to the interest from 600 crores of rupees (about $120 mill), is perhaps surprisingly little, considering the billions that have been donated to him. Half the interest of this 600 crores goes to the Bangalore hospital, 2/6th to the Puttaparthi hospital and 1/6th to all the educational institutions together. Sai Baba asks rhetorically, “Wherefrom does it all come?” And adds so self-deprecatingly, “However, I am giving it” (p. 264). Does Sai Baba himself have any money to give, then? He has always claimed to be a renunciant who owns nothing. For example, “At a meeting of the Central Trust yesterday, I told the members including Sri Indulal Shah, that I had no interest in property. Do not involve me in any connection with these properties. I do not wish to have any connection with money or property. My only concern is with my devotees. Telling them all this, I signed the papers. (1.01.1998, Sanathana Sarathi, Vol.  41, January1998, p. 4).

However, a person who has control over the multi-billion dollar trust in that all his chosen ‘directors’ are beholden to him and – in their faith that he is all-knowing Divinity – dare not contradict him, cannot be said to be without property. He 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? Impossible! He is the recipient of many goods that most Indians regard as unattainable luxuries!

Sai Baba related in this same Krishna birthday discourse that he received news that the same sum, 600 crores of rupees, was coming from a person in the US with whom he had no direct contact. If so, this means it was someone other than the US metals magnate (and big Haliburton investor) James Sinclair, who has also made several donations in the tens of millions… and further, donations of $100 million and more have even been announced in public now and again! Donors to the water project were publicly named before the ca. 300,000 visitors at Baba’s 70th birthday (as a blessing?) The list included only those who had given over a very high amount (1 crore of rupees – over $200,000.-), without mention of any others who were not so rich but had also contributed. James Sinclair was named along with dozens others, including the Indian liquor baron Bangarappa! Unlike Mahatma Gandhi, Sai Baba willingly accepts tainted money. Devotees rationalize this on the lines of ‘God is all-powerful so why can’t he do anything he wishes? Some argue more sensibly that he make bad money good by putting it to better ends… however, this is really only money-laundering and whitewashing. The money goes to increase his interests and standing!

Any near-exact estimate of the entire Sai holdings is impossible to make due to the extremely secretive Sathya Sai Central Trust and other funds over which he has control , but $10 billion would probably be a conservative guess. Calculating on the basis of membership figures and other estimates touted by the Sathya Sai Organisation, another source put the figure at $45 billion sometime after 2000. Since reliable information on everything about the Sai empire is never declared fully and their accounts are protected by the government, including the secrets of the many sources from which donations come (testimonies of deceased devotees, often their entire estates – such as the fortune of the famous film star James Mason, for one. A close relative of a friend of mine was induced to part with £1/4 million in her last will and testament to the Sathya Sai Central Trust when  Sai devotees – having already extracted tens of thousands of pounds from her for projects which never materialized – further concentrated on ‘love-bombing’ her in her aged frailty, giving her false hopes of salvation and so on.

No accounts are available to anyone – other than undocumented annual gross sum statements by the authorities, who are often under Sai Baba’s influential thumb – as is well known to insiders -) The Sathya Sai Trust is exempt from taxation, and special freedom from import duties have been granted by his governmental followers. One certainly wonders where it all goes, apart from the opulent luxuries like charter jets, extravagant buildings, apartments and frequent costly festivals and huge ‘birthday bashes’!

Self-promotion takes a high ride

Scan from:  Sathya Sai Baba Discourse on Christmas Day - hypocritically entitled "Overcome Jealousy With Love" in Prashanthi Nilayam temple in which he abandons love and attacks critics to damn them as demons, as well as making untrue and wholly unsubstiantiated allegations about critics taking money to write about him

scan excerpt from the infamous Sathya Sai Baba Discourse on Christmas Day hypocritically entitled "Overcome Jealousy With Love" in Prashanthi Nilayam temple in which he abandons love and attacks critics to damn them as demons, as well as wilfully making untrue and wholly unsubstiantiated allegations about critics taking money to write about him. This was repeated in another form by him on March 7, 2007: ... "So I don't lose anything by their false propaganda. ... It would be far better if they follow Sathya Sai Baba instead and set an ideal to the rest of the world. I have no desires or ambition. Here is no trace of jealousy"

Speaking of 12,000 heart operations performed at the Puttaparthi hospital, he boasts, “I leave it to your imagination to appreciate who is responsible for saving so many lives.” (p. 262) Could Sai Baba mean the donors, the doctors, all the selfless hospital workers? He prefers you imagine that this could not happen unless he somehow does it all! If he is saying it is all due to his ‘miraculous aid’, then why does he bother with the hospitals? I am free to “imagine” that the actual health workers and other staff who work voluntarily or for a very small remuneration are those who are actually responsible for saving the lives that are presumably saved. Not to forget the US multi-millionaire Isaac Tigrett, who donated the entire first Puttaparthi ‘super-speciality hospital’ plus all its equipment.

More to the point is who chooses the accepted candidates for treatment (for, in a country with crying needs like India there must be very many who cannot be accommodated?). It is known that numerous devotees, including visitors from abroad, have been accorded operations there. I have met devotees from abroad who applied through their local branches of the Sathya Sai Organization… and were accepted. I leave it to your imagination as to why this is so in a hospital that was supposedly dedicated to the truly poor and needy. The donors have no way of knowing the patient lists, nor therefore whether their money is being used for the reasons it was collected, or rather largely for promotion of the cult and its adherents.

But it is striking how Sai Baba in discourse after discourse publicizes and praises himself in a way which one will be hard put to find elsewhere. He goes on, for the n`th time, “I have no personal desires or selfishness in Me at all. I have not asked anybody for help. Will anybody simply give hundreds of crores for the mere asking? None.” Does Sai Baba – who says he knows absolutely everything – not even know that there have been thousands of huge benefactors of mankind who have not been asked, and who have behaved with modesty – giving full credit to all those involved without whom their part would not have been possible?

Examples of vast donations to charitable works are plenty: they stretch from Robert Owen to Rockefeller, Washington Carver to Guggenheim, Warren Buffet, Getty, George Soros, Imran Khan and Bill Gates – a mere $33 billion given by him so far! Why would ‘God Incarnate – Creator of the Universe’ need to harp on about his own excellence, selfless purity, what he is giving (as if he was a big donor in the scheme of things? Why does he hardly ever mention all the others who contribute selflessly in various ways, not only though his (corrupt) Trust but all around the globe? Persons he no doubt regards as ‘ordinary unenlightened’ people (eg. Bob Geldoff, Warren Buffet, Imran Khan and countless other less famous figures in almost every country of the world) leading big charitable projects or relief work without making any such fuss about themselves.

Along with his self-praise comes repeated talk of his supposedly being unaffected by praise or blame! “All that I do has a great ideal for humanity.” Does this include his having stood by without lifting a finger while his officials persuaded the police to shoot young men armed only with knives in cold blood? But, though he would not answer any questions the press put to him about this, he says, “There is nothing hidden in My actions”. (p. 266. The fact is, that almost everything is very systematically and carefully hidden from all but a few… excepting what can be seen when he gives his daily darshan walkabouts of around 1 hour per day, and discourses on special days. His person is guarded by cordons of servitors, security people who are mostly undercover.

Sathya Sai Baba regards himself as a major donor to Indian society… yet he has never earned a penny of the billions donated, which he claims are not even his! He always wants to eat his cake and still have it. In a speech in Oct 1999, he explained:- “To date I have never desired anything. I have not touched even a single paisa of anyone. Things come to Me on their own unasked whenever the necessity arises. I have never stretched My hand before anybody from My childhood till now and this will be the norm in the future also. I feel happy in giving and not in receiving.” His every single need is met by others, and I – and many others – know from personal experiences that he does “stretch out his hand for donations”. He pretends to materialize diamonds and other objects which he gives away. They are not genuine, and he even pretended to materialize watches donated to him by a UK Sathya Sai Organization group visiting his ashram. The recipients are almost always deluded into believing him, and they in turn donate real money, huge amounts of time and energy… this is indeed a scam of massive proportions.

Persons Sai Baba no doubt regards as ‘ordinary unenlightened’ people ( and countless other less famous figures in almost every country of the world) are major philanthropists leading  charitable projects or relief work without making any such fuss about themselves. Yet in his Christmas Discourse 2000 he also said: “There are many millionaires in this world who are so mean and narrow-minded that they set their dogs on the persons, who beg for alms at their doorstep. It is shameful to consider them as human beings. These persons are unable to do even a thousandth of what Sathya Sai Baba is doing for society, but shamelessly indulge in false allegations.” This reckless and general accusation shows how disturbed he is when his boasts of purity and selfless poverty are shown to be empty:-

George Lucas, the director of the Star Wars films, and
Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and data tycoon, had already promised to donate “a majority” of their wealth.

  • Mark Zuckerberg, 26, founder of, thought to be worth almost $7 billion (£4.4 billion), has signed the Giving Pledge, a campaign led by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Warren Buffett, the financier.
  • Dustin Moskovitz, the Facebook co-founder and former room-mate, who is also 26 and has a fortune of about $1.4 billion (£888 million), are among 17 new billionaires to have joined the initiative.
  • Prince Karim Aga Khan IV ~ founder[1] and chairman[2] of Aga Khan Development Network which focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and promotion of economic development[2].
  • Jane Addams ~ co-founder of the Hull House settlement house in Chicago[3]

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Shashi Tharoor endorsed Sathya Sai Baba’s materialization miracle etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on November 10, 2010

Among the elite of Indian politics, many worship Sathya Sai Baba. One small example: in an article in the International Herald Tribune, the Indian pundit Shashi Tharoor_actually endorsed Sathya Sai Baba as a genuine miracle maker and virtually all-knowing person, having received what he imagines is a gold set with nine precious gems from him, materialised from thin air! He should get the diamonds assayed, they he would find out they are not genuine at all – as I discovered (see here) and many others did with his alleged ‘diamonds’. He should look at the evidence which is overwhelming to show how fraudulent and meretricious Sathya Sai Baba really is! The agenda of Shashi Tharoor in his visit to Sai Baba and his prostrations there can now be discerned… he was at that time gunning for the Indian Government to put his name forward as Secretary General of the United Nations, which they did, though without success. His political ambitiousness is well-known in India, and controversy has surrounded him often. Apart from having been under-secretary general, his chief international attraction, one surmises, was that he is suave, European-looking and the cultured type of Indian with a British accent, which makes US, UK and European politicians feel comfortable. The Indian government at the time were known to be strongly under the influence of Sathya Sai Baba in many matters concerning personell (the PM and President worshipped him!). In the event, Tharoor was most fortunately deemed too lightweight – and probably too biased towards Indian agendas – for the job, as compared to Ban Ki-Moon.

See Rationalists examine irrationalist Shashi Tharoor and Shashi Tharoor – propagandist of obscurantism

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Sathya Sai Baba condemns his critics as “demons”

Posted by robertpriddy on November 9, 2010

from Sathya Sai Baba’s angry, pulpit-beating ‘discourse’ on (but in the spirit of?) Christmas Day, 2000.

The inset image is a scan of part of Sathya Sai Baba’s official journal Sanathana Sarathi with an excerpt from his infamous Christmas Discourse, 2000. Those who regard him as an ‘apostle of love for every living being’, and as ‘a friend in India to all the world’ (Keith Bradsher) should examine what he says in some detail.

The accusatory discourse had an effect on me at the time since I was considering whether to look at the allegations or not. “Today many people are jealous of Sai” and “neither will the undertake any good activities themselves” he said. I never was (and am definitely not now) in the least jealous of Sai Baba or anyone else, and I worked hard doing many kinds of social service in his Organization for 18 years, also donating large sums of money… and the same applied to many I knew who soon left him. I decided to investigate the criticisms at last and soon began to draw some unexpected conclusions about him.

In calling his critics “demons” he made a complete break with all his previous soft talk about love and the divine spark in every living being (which he suddenly denies to his critics, the many young men who testified to being sexually abused by him). This discourse helped convince me that I had to investigate and begin to look much more carefully – even critically – at the evidence. His wild, unfounded accusations also helped me realise the sham that his teaching really is. It took me months, but once the spell was broken, I progressed further and further to discover how I had gradually become deeply affected by subtle and powerful self-programming and rejection of doubts and ‘unkind thoughts’ (especially about Sai Baba himself!) through the entire indoctrination Sai Baba promotes. He had previously stated that “none are free from the taint of evil” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3., p4). At the same time, yet more confusedly, he has sometimes also denied that anyone is either good or bad… or that good and bad even exists at all. Those who have thoroughly investigated the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba realize how he has deceived his followers about his true nature and actual behaviour. His actions belie his words and so he cannot even be a reliable spiritual guide, let alone a divine, omni-benevolent and omniscient Godhead! He evidently hoped his adharmic (i.e. unrighteous) actions would be covered-up, and huge efforts were and are being made by his minions and supporters to do just that!

The record to date shows, however, that Sathya Sai Baba’s self-described “glory” has not “gone on increasing day by day”. It has diminished in the eyes of the world (foreign devotees have dropped away in huge droves) and he is a wheelchair-bound invalid who very seldom smiles and who is actually reported by close servitors as crying much of the day! (and see video clip here)

Among the elite of Indian politics, many worship Sathya Sai Baba. One small example: in an article in the International Herald Tribune, the Indian pundit Shashi Tharoor actually endorsed Sathya Sai Baba as a genuine miracle maker and virtually all-knowing person – see more here.

Scan from book by Professor N. Kasturi about Sathya Sai Baba

The gullible, uncritical official biographer of Sathya Sai Baba, Professor N. Kasturi, shows how total was his delusion.

Consider this claim – reported by Kasturi – of Sai Baba to have created every one of us… it makes Sashi Tharoor’s  look extremely gullible in his support for him, in company with PM Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil and a host of other top figures in the government, judiciary and Indian society. That relatively simple sleight-of-hand (clever misdirection of attention being central to this) can fool otherwise observant people is no unusual matter.

In his Xmas rant, Sai Baba’s identification of himself with the Jesus story is preposterous (he claims to be the Father who sent Jesus to earth!), shown by his branding his critics as ‘Judases’. At that time I was a follower still, but I soon joined up with those upright and brave people who dares to speak out against this person who has even presided over and covered up murders and executions in his own bedroom. Not exactly an “unshakeable resolve to serve humanity”, one might say! Besides, he evidently had the common incorrect about Judas and the ‘ten pieces of silver’, which much new research shows was not at all as it has been presented. The money was simply a standard exchange at the time, Judas having not betrayed Jesus in fact, but reportedly negotiated with the Romans on Jesus’ request. So much for Sai Baba’s much trumpeted “omniscience”… a man who even pronounced that Moses loved Jesus!

See Rationalists examine irrationalist Shashi Tharoor and Shashi Tharoor – propagandist of obscurantism

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Obama not to worship Sai’s feet as PM Singh and President Pratiba will soon!

Posted by robertpriddy on November 7, 2010

Scan of text in Zee News on PM and President to visit Sai BabaThe Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is planning to worship the supposedly holy feet of the constant self-proclaiming God Incarnate, Sathya Sai Baba, and the President of India is to do likewise… on Ladies’ Day at Prashanthi Nilayam (i.e. the only day – introduced as as a fillip to more enlightened foreigners -ladies are not discriminated against in this predominantly mail chauvinist ashram).

President Obama is now visiting India and, no doubt, the Indian Government would love to get him to visit their national Godhead Incarnate – who is also a widely accused sexual abuser of many young men and boys and was involved in the cover-up of executions of four young men in his own bedroom. But it is unlikely that Obama is so naive. Tony Blair was warned by some of his MPs of the plan to bring him to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in Bangalore just alongside the IT complex he was to attend… but Blair was aware (of what iot would involve). Not so with a delegation of Conservative MPs who visited the Indian PM Vajpayee and who were, virtually despite themselves, railroaded down to visit Sai Baba’s ashram. Evidently, though Barack Obama is not going down that road… or the mainstream Indian press which dare not criticise Sai Baba would be crowing in its pseudo-spiritual ecstasy.

Do the authorities in India really believe that world leaders from enlightened societies will ever accept their worship of a fraud and religious fundamentalist who still exhibits many signs of his ignorance? It is no doubt expedient for them on internal political grounds due to his large following in South India, but in any case it is a damning indictment of the India elite who worship Sai Baba, even more so than vast corruption and disregard for the poor and homelessness which their policies mostly exacerbate (some of all this was seen recently in the Commonwealth Games scams and fiascoes – all too common throughout India’s administration). It is quite apparent that they accept Sathya Sai Baba’s megalomaniac claims – of which they cannot possibly not know – by promoting him in their speeches in public and endorsing him and many of his programmes and works. Here is the current top office-holder in India making their prostrations to Sathya Sai Baba. President Pratibha Patil also prays before him in person, see bottom image!










India's President, Pratibha Patil, worshipping Sathya Sai Baba





See also Obama India Visit: Will He Have More Serious Concerns Than Sathya Sai Baba?

Barach Obama’s Visit To India: Will Sathya Sai Baba’s Organization Try To Capitalize?

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