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Worship of Sathya Sai Baba’s feet

Posted by robertpriddy on December 31, 2010

Images of 'padnamaskaar' of Sathya Sai Baba

A few of countless thousands who worshipped Sai Baba's feet. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW SHORT VIDEO CLIP OF SAI FOOT WORSHIP IN 2010

Sathya Sai Baba declares he will not accept padanamaskar - scan from his discourse

The hypocritical declaration - will not give padanamaskar!

As all followers know, Sathya Sai Baba only gives prominence within his movement to those who always praise him beyond measure and who are willing to lie at his feet, kiss them or at the very least touch them most reverently in public. Of course, though some top politicians do this too, because such people are more important than him (and very important to him), he has to give them prominence too when they visit him.

Since his early years, Sathya Sai Baba has had people touch his feet in reverence. After 70 years or so of this, he declared he would not allow anyone to touch his feet in worship (padanamaskar) because the same divinity is present in everyone as it is in himself. That promise was very soon broken, as so many others have been. Once again the complete contradiction of his words and his actions is evident. See the latest procession of feet-kissing or feet-worshipping followers (short video from 85th birthday celebration, 2010)

A great thing has been made out of this worship of the supposed ‘holy lotus feet’ since the earliest days. He was seen as having honoured close devotees on his birthdays by letting them bathe and oil his feet.

A further inducement to touch Sai Baba (and his feet are most touched) came when Mrs. Ratan Lal once tried to touch his gown when he was about to be photographed.  
Before the camera clicked, Smt. Ratanlal rushed forward to set right the folds of the robe. Everyone was astonished when Bhagavan shouted at her loudly, “Don’t touch me!” and she retreated quickly. After the camera clicked, Baba held the photo coming out of the camera and gave it to Joga Rao As he held it in his palm, the picture developed gradually.” The image was of Dattatreya in a white garment with three heads and six hands. “Sai Baba later clarified to Smy. Ratanlal would not have survived if she had touched him“. See this fully
described here.

If touching Sai Baba’s robe could sometimes produce such extremely powerful results, touching his feet or his hands would seem to be a means of getting a powerful spiritual experience. Many say that they have strong experiences when they touch his feet etc., but – of course – this can simply be because they have prayed and waited for ages before they got so far.

There is hardly a single follower I have seen who, when the opportunity of touching Sathya Sai Baba’s feet seems to be coming close, are not eager to do so. All his students and servitors do so whenever they are allowed. When I was there I naturally also wanted to see if there was any effect from touching his feet, and he actually pushed a foot into my knee as I sat on the sand one day. I did not feel anything other than a certain satisfaction that he had taken notice of me too. A day or so later he pushed his other foot at me… it seemed to have some meaning, but then what? Altogether I was never very taken by the foot worship thing – and lying flat on the ground before him to kiss his feet, which those who can like to do, looks awful really. Subservience, servility, sycophancy, slavery… are words that come to mind, and much of calamitous, suffering India is far too full of all those influences already. But Sathya Sai Baba does not mind having his feet touched or kissed one bit, despite his denial that he and his devotees are not one (and the same?). In India it is, for many Hindus, traditional for children to touch their father’s feet as a sign of reverence, but it can be taken to extremes. It was amusing to see two American devotees in the canteen for Westerners at the ashram when one said he had received padanamaskar that morning. The other jumped up and loudly exclaimed, “Hey, buddy, so did I. Put it there!” and they did the high-five together!

In earlier times there were dozens of photographs of Sathya Sai Baba’s feet available at shops near the ashrams and many on the Internet… but these have thinned out considerably. So one may get an impression of how these feet were presented to the public, see:-
Images of Sathya Sai Baba's 'holy, lotus feet'Concerning devotees’ worship of Sai Baba’s feet, I once referred to the virtual hysteria of many followers at darshan (when Sai Baba walks by) to get to his feet by hook or by crook, as ‘feet fetishism’.  I was attacked for that – See my response here.

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Gerald Moreno attacks devoted, reverential worship of Sai Baba’s feet

Posted by robertpriddy on December 31, 2010

Scan of part of an attack blog by Gerald Joe Moreno

from one of Gerald Joe Moreno's countless blogs against me

Concerning Sai Baba devotees’ worship of his so-called “Holy, Lotus Feet”, I once referred to the virtual hysteria of many followers at darshan (when Sai Baba walks by) to get to his feet by hook or by crook, as feet fetishism. Soon thereafter my greatest critic and self-appointed enemy, Gerald Joe Moreno, contrived a whole blog about me and my supposed foot fetish! In this case he also attacks the practice that is central to both most Indian and very many foreign Sai devotees. In his eagerness to blacken my name and having nothing better to pick on at the time, he overlooked the disgust this would cause among those whose support he hopes in vain to gather… still indoctrinated Sai followers!

One sees that Moreno confidently states that I “reverentially worshipped” the feet “with great devotion”. What a concoction of drivel… the ‘altar’ was chiefly a mantlepiece where Sai-related things came and went, photos given us: not least items from or for visiting devotee friends at that time – plus our local Sai group – who often came there to sing bhajans. But Moreno is always claiming things he wants to be true but which he knows he has not basis for claiming (if he were honest).

There can be little doubt that Gerald Moreno himself tried hard to get to touch Sai Baba’s feet… and would certainly have been invited – even probably pressed down – to do so when he had his private interview with Sathya Sai in which he was “oiled on the lower stomach” as he put it – somewhat euphemistically, if others’ way of talking of Sathya Sai Baba’s constant oiling of boys’ genitals is any guide.

Gerald Moreno and “oiling between the pubic area and the navel”
Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba
Author admits genital oiling by Sathya Sai Baba

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Christmas past – Sathya Sai and Christianity

Posted by robertpriddy on December 30, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba's bogus Christian qualifications

Promotion of Sathya Sai Baba as the one who sent Jesus to earth into Mary's womb!

In Sathya Sai Baba’s Christmas Discourse, 1996, he made preposterous statements about Christianity and Islam preceding the time of Christ by 350 years… and more of that sort. All the most embarrassing statements were omitted by astute editor V. K. Narasimhan from the official journal Sanathana Sarathi, nor was it printed in the official version in Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXIX. However, in a note on page 393 it is referred to as follows:-
Bhagavan gave a brief account of the Jewish concept of the creation of the cosmos and referred to the birth of Jesus as the son of Mary and Joseph.
The entire discourse, as printed and published by Sri Sathya Sai Towers Hotels Pvt. Ltd (Padmanabhan) is scanned and available here. However, the 1996 Christmas Discourse was captured in full by the American filmmaker James Redmond, who was for many years Sathya Sai Baba’s official videographer. The following direct quotations (in brown text) are by the translator Anil Kumar on that video:-

Sai Baba: “Three hundred and fifty years B.C., before Christ, Jews lived. However, among Jews, there were religions such as Islam and Christianity. People of that land, they are all Jews. That land is the birthplace of both the religions, Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew language was very prominent. This Hebrew language is more or less equal to our Sanskrit. … 

Comment: Highly amusing idea that Islam and Christianity 350 years before Christ! How could the omniscient avatar (sic) think that Islam existed before the 4th Century!

Sai Baba: “Christianity is not just 2,000 years in its origin. It was there even before Christ, 350 years. There the divinity is explained very clearly.

Comment: Sathya Sai Baba never could see any difference between Judaism and Christianity, since he once asked the US Jewish Alvin Drucker at an interview for Jewish devotees (including long-time US Jewish follower Marge Hendel) whether there was any difference!

Sai Baba: “The name and the fame of Jesus Christ have spread far and wide. Here, at this moment, there are two schools of thought. The first group of thought – Roman Catholics. There is another group that fought with this group. This group is called Protestants. As they protested, they are Protestants. So among Jews there are these two groups: Catholics and Protestants. The difference of opinion has increased day by day. This led to Jesus, whose life was in danger. Jews there in Jerusalem did not permit Jesus to go there. Like this, religious conflict and fighting was ever on the rise. There were 250 schools of thought, divisions there. They also monopolized certain countries.

Comment: Sai Baba attributed the schism between Catholic and Protestant to the Jews, when it was of course initiated only by Martin Luther in the 16th Century.

Sai Baba: “Because of so many groups there, they all attempted even to harm Jesus. Romans on one side. Catholics on the other side. Luther on another side. There were so many groups that went on changing. All these differences are based on violence, and that led to madness. Because of this attachment to group affiliations, naturally there was conflict and fighting.

Comment: Sai Baba speaks as if these groups actually attempted to harm the physical being, Jesus of Nazareth. The Romans certainly did, but the Catholics cannot be said to have existed until many centuries later, and Luther did not appear until the European Reformation!

Sai Baba:“Religious affiliation leads to ego. This led to confusion among them as to what Jesus said right or wrong.

Comment: For once the first sentence makes a very reliable statement! Especially affiliation to Sathya Sai Baba, considering the murders in his bedroom in 1993, and many other murders and violent incidents in the ashrams or among followers. Ego leads to confusion, no doubt, but not particularly as to what Jesus said… that is a matter of lacking historical sources, questions of the authenticity of the Gospels and Apocrypha, the mistranslation of Jesus’ language (spoken in Aramaic, not Hebrew) and the editing by Church authorities and transcribers etc.

At length, when the Internet made critical materials about Sathya Sai Baba commonly available, James Redmond examined his large collection of films and announced that he found many instances of Sai Baba faking materializations. James Redmond continued to sell Sathya Sai Baba videos for a considerable period after that, but eventually closed his engagement down and these videos have not been commonly available since the early 2000s.

The material has also been reproduced from the video and commented wisely upon by Brian Steel , the former author of a large and accurate Sai Baba compendium published by Samuel Weiser Inc., USA. See

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‘The Grist Mill’ on Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on December 28, 2010

Here is a great satirical blog by a wide-awake Indian blogger!

Scan of excerpt from Indian news site on The Grist Mill


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Sathya Sai Baba followers censor all critical comments they can

Posted by robertpriddy on December 28, 2010

Most of the comments I made on a YouTube video which had been posted by a convinced Sai Baba devotee (username ‘godisone15) were selectively removed by him (or her), no doubt because they document the errors in his/her statements from Sathya Sai Baba’s own journal, which he always read and approved in those days (a fact I ascertained from both of its former long-term editors – firstly from Professor N. Kasturi and later from V.K. Narasimhan).

This is just another of countless instances where all remotely negative information about Sathya Sai Baba is excluded from every single promotional web page about him. The Sathya Sai Organization are very systematic in removing all content they possibly can – and without comment or trace where possible – of all the massive criticism that has been leveled at him and his officials through the decades, especially since the many sex allegations were documented and spread to the public by Internet in 1999-2000 and onwards. Sathya Sai Baba’s indoctrinated believers all follow a code of strict internal secrecy, non-accountability and avoidance of any fruitful discussion or debate… and they have the nerve to call this and all their cover-ups ‘dharma’!

The alleged miracles at the orphanage of Halagappa at Sri Ranga Patnam, near Mysore, are discussed in detail on this blogsite (Sai amrita – nectar of the Gods or sugar & tea rose water?)

Scan of comments removed from You Tube by Sai followerComments before Sai follower erased selected comments by Robert Priddy (because they are documented and very damaging, no dount)

See also on this blogsite:-
Sai Baba amrita (nectar) at Srirangapatna orphanage
Manufacture of Sathya Sai Baba amrit (nectar)

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Sai Baba Christmas unforgiving hypocrisy, Santa Claus & blunders

Posted by robertpriddy on December 23, 2010

One of the greatest hypocrises of Sai Baba was his attempt to usurp the fame and qualities of the most widely revered of all religious figures in the world, Jesus of Nazareth. Not enough that he claimed to be the reincarnation of the revered Indian fakir-saint Shirdi Sai Baba, he also claimed to be the Father who sent Jesus to earth. Despite this total absurdity – he emphasized the falsity of his posturing by his known abusive behaviour countless deceits and breaks of trust. Christmas is coming around and the brainwashed followers will be gathering in Prashnathi Nilayam – in far, far lesser numbers than ever – but even so a reminder of Sai Baba’s despicable claims is in place yet again. Excerpt from Sathya Sai Baba's defamatory discourse, Xmas 2000.The hype of Sathya Sai Christmas promotion

Sathya Sai Baba as “Father” of Jesus Christ who is supposed to have sent his son down to earth (at Christmas) blotted his copybook badly in his discourse on Christmas Day, 2000. He railed against his critics as being ‘demons’ and ‘thousands of Judases’ and slammed his fist down on his lectern in the Prashanthi Nilayam temple (mandir). He lied that his accusers (of serial sexual molestation including rank pedophilia) were acting for money. Of course, he gave no evidence whatever, none exists because it is untrue! (See his damning message and further evidence here) That was how Sathya Sai Baba celebrated the supposed birthday of a person, Jesus of Nazareth, who preached forgiveness and turning the other cheek! But Sathya Sai Baba qualified himself with Untruth, Libel and unrelenting threats to his critics (many shameful rebirths etc.!)


“There are some jealous and petty minds who do false and imaginary propaganda. I take no note of this”- but he noted it right there!

He saw the need to combat what he knowingly lied about as ‘imaginary propaganda’ and so he must have been moved to notice it to respond like this! All can see that Sai Baba badly wanted to limit the damage to his following and most especially to foreign donations.

“In the single family of humankind, where is the room for jealousy or hatred? These are all imaginary.”
I suppose Baba meant among Arabs, terrorists, the most jingoistic Americans? He was still offering the pseudo-philosophy of ‘whatever you imagine, is true for you’. This may be an effective way of influencing those who can’t face the staring facts… and so choose to follow that old, old trick of mental enslavement, ‘The guru is never wrong, doubt only yourself!’

Sathya Sai Baba Xmas cash-inSANTA CLAUS A HINDU DEITY?
Since so many W
Sathya Sai Baba Xmas cash-hypeesterners left after the sex abuse allegations hit the Internet in 1999, Sathya Sai Baba, tried to attract Westerners back by using massed Santa Clauses – children and youth dressed up in the style of the famous Coca-Cola Santa advert series and cavorting about in tasteless fashion, as numerous photo, Xmas cards and not least very long, very boring videos from Sai Radio demonstrate. See some of the tasteless attempts of the Sai Baba movement to cash in on Christmas.

The present writer was unable, after 18 years of devoted service, to sustain any faith in Sai Baba’s statements or activities. Even though he doubtless pretended and practiced fraud in many cases – such as among the many apparent ‘materializations’ I witnessed, there was one which I found very hard to explain away, unless it was the result of very subtle hypnotism. I have since learned that such phenomena can be experienced when at truly unusual practitioner of suggestion is at work, as I have seen done by Derren Brown of the UK. Though I have had apparent proofs of some of his exceptional psychic and supposedly para-normal influences, I came to know with apodictic certainty that he was by no means infallible, nor was it possible that he was at all what he claimed to be.

He had many dark sides hidden from the public who never met him, and about which even close devotees had no knowledge. The evidence of his sexual abuses have come from many countries through decades and have piled up to an extent where these cannot seriously be ignored or denied. I have been in contact with many students and foreign boys to investigate this and my conclusions are massively and conclusively damning.

Sathya Sai Baba spread plenty of rubbish about Jesus in his Christmas Day harangues (eg. that Moses loved him, that he had eleven disciples! See  some of the worst bloopers documented from his official writings here). Among the most laughable is the following from a former Xmas day, in which Sai Baba again showed he did not know the most elementary facts of Christian religion (i.e. Paul never met Jesus once!):-

With his angry lectern-beating Xmas denunciations, Sathya Sai Baba again belied his own teaching! His face was hardly ever smiling in his later years, and was either ‘castor oil’ or approaching that of a dumbstruck dummy (watch the definitive proof here – short video).

See scan of Sathya Sai Baba’s 1972 Christmas Day proclamation that Jesus foretold the coming of Sathya Sai “Ba-ba” and making clear that SB was the Father who sent Christ to earth

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Sai Baba devotees condone Kashmir violence?

Posted by robertpriddy on December 18, 2010

WikiLeaks: India ‘systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir’ writes The Daily Telegraph’:-

US diplomats were given evidence suggesting India was systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir, according to leaked cables. By Nick Allen, Los Angeles 12:17AM GMT 17 Dec 2010

Reportedly, in 2005 the International Committee of the Red Cross briefed US officials in Delhi that electrocution, physical beatings, sexual interference and other methods were being employed against hundreds of detainees by Indian security forces. The report to US authorities was detailed (691 of 1296 ICRC interviewed claimed they were tortured) and the ICRC asserted that that India “condones torture” and “routine killing” of civilians simply “connected to or believed to have information about the insurgency.”

The methods included being suspended from the ceiling (381 cases) and 304 cases were described as “sexual.” All of 294 victims described having their legs crushed by guards putting a bar across their thighs and sitting on it, and 181 said their legs had been pulled apart into the splits. US officials reported that “terrorism investigations and court cases tend to rely upon confessions, many of which are obtained under duress if not beatings, threats, or in some cases torture.”

Images of Indian troop and police violence in Kashmir


PM Manmohan Singh is a worshipper of Sathya Sai Baba, who speaks of peace and non-violence. Yet neither the self-proclaimed omnipotent ‘avatar’ nor his devotees can or will say or do anything for the people of Kashmir. This is how actions look in the face of weasel words. Sarhya Sai Baba has had as followers most former Indian Prime Ministers, all the Presidents and countless Government and State Ministers, all of whom have been aware that Sai Baba has constantly claimed that he will regenerate Indian values and its people, and this only as a prelude to saving humanity! The results so far totally belie the claims and false predictions of this supposedly reborn Vishnu, Rama and Krishna… It is obvious that Sai Baba can never have any such influence since he is retrograde and atavistic and even wants a return to a mythical India of ancient times… Bharat social structure as it once was under Rama. We must all be very relieved that Sai Baba is an impostor as regards all that! Yet India’s leading figures STILL worship the feet of this stone-faced invalid as God Almighty. What future hope there is for a corrupt and tortured nation led by such people one cannot imagine.

At the recent 85'th birthday of Sai Baba, who sat stone-faced throughout - see video clip, but also cried his eyes out see video clip

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Nithyananda claims he is Ramakrishna reborn!

Posted by robertpriddy on December 17, 2010

The Swami who is indicted for rape and ‘unnatural sex’ is now claiming to be the reincarnation of the famous supposed ‘avatar’, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It does not bother him, evidently, that it emerged in later years that Ramakrishna was most likely involved in homo-erotic acts.

Nithya calls himself Ramakrishna’ (Express Buzz)

Naveen Ammembala
First Published : 16 Dec 2010 02:38:01 AM IST
Last Updated : 16 Dec 2010 11:33:34 AM IST

BANGALORE: The tainted Swamiji Nithyananda calls himself an incarnation of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and wears saree to dress up like a ‘devi’ (godess), says the chargesheet filed by the CID against the swami in court.

Nithyananda who has been accused in a sex scandal reportedly also had sex with selected female disciples.

According to a source in the CID, he performs the Nithyananda Jayanti (his birthday celebrations) at his Bidadi Ashram every year in December.

On December 31, he dresses up like ‘devi’ and gives ‘devi darshan’ to a restricted audience, said the source.

Nithyananda also claims to be Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa who wore saree to perform pooja.

Nithyananda reportedly asked his disciples to come to his quarters for “special blessings” in private and asked them to perform oral sex on him, the source said.

The swami reportedly claimed that he was an incarnation of god and that he wanted to do many great things for humanity. Sources said he claimed that being in samadhi let him detach his soul from his body and by being physically intimate with a female, he got back his soul in the body.

He also assured the disciple that she was helping him restore his soul back into his body and doing great service to mankind, a CID officer said.

He also said in his birthday celebrations that he was going to live a long life, 125 years in his physical body, sources said.

from the guruphiliac weblog

“He named many great past masters and claimed that all had relationship with women for the same reason,” said the CID officer. “Nithyananda, who was using disciples for his lust in the name of Shiva, devi, etc. cannot be compared to Ramarishna Paramhansa. That great Guru Paramhansa had guided women to become enlightened in the right way, seeing and making them their Gods and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa actually elevated his wife to the status of God.”

The CID officer said this tainted swami “was a fraud who exploited his disciples in the name of spiritual enlightenment”.

The swami, who called his female disciples as daasi, Paravathi or other names and called himself the aaster, Shiva, Dakshina Murthy, etc. was exploiting them, he said. During interrogation, he had admitted that he had sex with more than a dozen devotees, including men. He also told the officers that there were many devotees who stood in queue (women in the left and men in the right) and I used to hug them, said sources.

Paramahamsa Ramakrishna’s closest disciple and major promoter, Swami Vivekananda, was allegedly reborn in Sri Lanka (according to Sathya Sai Baba – see here). All these claims of rebirth must be taken with a far more effective antidote than a pinch of salt. Sathya Sai Baba, however, exceeds everyone else in his claims of having been Vishnu, Rama, Krishna and diverse other supposedly spiritual figures in Indian history. He lays claim to being God Incarnate in this age, the Deity of Deities at whose feet every prayer to any god eventually arrives!  For good measure he has announced that he is the Father who sent Jesus! That he has so stated is no longer so eagerly propagated by his followers, rather they are covered-up in that key documents have been removed from the Internet by officials in his Organization.

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Faith Schools – Sathya Sai Baba ‘Educare’

Posted by robertpriddy on December 16, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba schools – his so-called ‘Educare’ institutions figure among the many ‘faith schools’ which have increasingly been adopted in many Western democracies. These ideas have even been partly included in the British educational system, despite the guru being under the shadow of many accusations of crimes and deceptions. Several of his schools have been closed down, due to the reported sexual abuse of young boys involved and one major school was stopped in Denmark due to protests by the community involved.

The establishment of so-called Sai Educare schools and colleges – teaching the rather simplistic ‘Education in Human Values’ course – by Sathya Sai Baba and related agencies in any civilized country should be carefully monitored since they openly or covertly promote the personality cult of Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate. I accept some of the human value teaching ideals that motivate these activities, yet I have serious reservations about their various serious shortcomings and also as to the way in which they become interpreted in practice in terms of the repressive and out-dated aspects of Sai Baba’s religious doctrines and are affected by the primitive levels of proper duty and care typical in many Indian schools, where physical and mental punishment are still widespread and go unchallenged. (see INDIAN GOVERNMENT REPORT ON CHILD SEX ABUSE IN INDIA)

The Sai Baba doctrine claims to be a form of ‘universal spirituality’which respects all religions. However, the demonstrable ignorance of Sathya Sai Baba about other religions casts much doubt on this (see here). Most of the hindrances in the Sai Org. to developing a healthy teaching environment were – and still are – doctrinally based. The main problem is that the largely traditional religious teaching of Sai Baba is a mixture of fundamentalist Hinduism drawing upon various Indian traditions and only most superficially on more modern ideas. There is a most notable shortage of universal educational concepts and contents, total avoidance of all modern educations science and pedagogy and complete absence of any debate of the principles involved, since Sathya Sai Baba’s word is taken as gospel and more, the word of God Incarnate Himself! Many of the restrictions that affected the voluntary and amateur educational ‘curriculum’ known as EHV (Education in Human Values) stem from the highly conservative and traditional culture expressed by Sathya Sai Baba, which is carried over in no small measure into Sai Educare.

Faith Schools and their consequences: Induction into a religious faith at a tender age is indoctrination. While physical abuse is now at last forbidden in the most civilized countries, mental abuse is still allowed, and this includes inculcating defenseless children with superstitious folklore and false conceptions.

It should be a human right not to be subjected to an environment where environmental pressures and ‘group effect’ acts to make any child accept a religion. Richard Dawkins has led the way in courageously speaking out to this effect. Bringing up children under a system of education which contain non educative elements (i.e. proselytizing) is contrary to education, which means the learning of real facts about the real world and imbibing the human values (not divine commandments) upon which civilized society and international agreements rest. Faith schools differ from secular schools in that they are really belief-inducing schools. The increasing isolation and unwillingness of “faith” communities to integrate is a threat to future social harmony and world peace, where terrorism is the new kind of war.

All religions are actually ideologies, and their core beliefs are unsupported by any substantive facts or science. They differ as to values and consequently in many parts of the world they are at loggerheads and often in direct violent conflict with one another. To contribute to this disruption, this battle of the sects, however much one talks of peace and goodness, is a blind policy. Socially divisive ‘brainwashing’ – of whatever type and however mild – is unacceptable and to endorse it through an educational system should be made illegal. Divisiveness arises from the pretense that this or that faith has superior access to ‘the truth’, and often that truth will include claims about the unity of mankind… yet which only leads to hypocrisy in action. The consequences are already exploding on the streets of Europe and the USA, not to mention in the developing world where divisions are extreme.

Education deserving the name should develop the autonomy of people, enlightening them as to how to make their own choices in a reasonable way and with knowledge of possible consequences. Obscurantist scriptures should be banned from schools, which would mean the exclusion of large parts of most of them.

Often, faith schools are popular with parents because they impose more discipline on pupils than secular schools, not least because of the absolutism of the moral codes enshrined in their religions (the Ten Commandments for example). Though often effective, this is absolutely not the best way to achieve integration of pupils into harmonious working groups and communities. Understanding, communication and help in socialization (through special needs assistance and counseling) is the way to go instead. But selection of pupils on religious and other (often bogus) criteria excludes the problem children and avoids the social problems that such schools should bear and face up to, rather than avoiding them. Since their chief aim is religious indoctrination, however, they manipulate so as to avoid those who will be ‘difficult’ and especially potentially critical children and parents.

One commentator (protogodzilla) wrote in the Daily Telegraph (
“I attended an RC school in London in the ‘fifties. We were indoctrinated into believing protestants were the spawn of the devil. When I mentioned to the priest that we were all Christians I was caned. We were brain washed into believing that our religion was the most important matter of our lives. I abandoned my religion on the day I left school – there was too much hatred in it for my taste. As a recipe for division, mankind has never devised a better stick than religion to destroy itself. Muslims hold to their brand of bigotry as savagely as the RCs of my youth. If there is a God would He/She be happy with this state of affairs? Faith schools segregate rather than integrate and should be outlawed to encourage social cohesion.”

On such a background one can understand the horrendous events that have terrorized Northern Ireland, and which are yet worse in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

See An Open Letter to the Followers of Sathya Sai Baba by Frank Morales, M.A. International Sanatana Dharma Society

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‘Seeking Divinity’ – talks by Dr. John Hislop

Posted by robertpriddy on December 14, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba explains something to Hislop

Photo of Hislop with Sai Baba

This is a compilation of his articles and speeches by associates in the Sathya Sai Society of America, Tustin, California, published in 1997, one year after his death.

John Hislop was the major promoter of Sathya Sai Baba in the USA and elsewhere, whose first book (Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) attracted many to the guru due to its sensational claims and simple presentation. The follow-up book (My Baba and I) was also a widely sold hagiography, also advancing ‘incredible’ claims of miracles, which has always been the key attraction of Sai Baba.

Seeking Divinity is representative of many of the countless books which try to promote on Sathya Sai Baba, his doctrines and activities through a mixture of anecdotal and proselytizing materials set in the context of the author’s own experience of the guru. Hislop relates incidents together with Sai Baba and repeats various parable-type stories he heard from him. There are question and answer sessions from some of his proselytizing meetings around the world – chiefly in the USA, New Zealand and Japan.

After many gurus and failed spiritual questing, Hislop came in 1968 to Sathya Sai Baba and soon embraced him as the true source of wisdom (see Conversations…). Hislop soon threw all caution to the winds and proclaimed himself a follower. In his original conversations he questioned Sai Baba on points needing clarification, while showing he accepted all he was told, however unlikely, and was without any doubts about Sai Baba’s many claims. His sycophancy is seen just as strongly throughout Seeking Divinity.

Like all Sai Baba publications, no divergence from the accepted teachings is tolerated; no investigatory dialogue is allowed if it raises issues not raised by – or otherwise acceptable to – Sathya Sai Baba himself. Further, Hislop systematically avoids any contextual discussion of the many contradictions in Sai Baba’s statements (and actions). Nor has he the contrary and even mutually exclusive doctrines and ideas Sai Baba has promoted (in his obvious agenda to provide a pick-and-mix menu to attract the maximum number of people) and has made flagrantly false and absurd statement and claims in many discourses and interviews. (See here)

Hislop tells of Baba’s fallibility: The top Sathya Sai Organization leader in the USA through three decades, J. Hislop, eventually had to admit that Baba is ‘fallible’ (i.e. not omniscient) but – typically of his credulousness – he thought this to be a ‘wonderful’ fact demonstrating Baba’s human aspect. In this connection, Hislop said, “… there is this human side and in that human side there is some fallibility, up to a limit. It would be impossible for Him to do something that is wrong or destructive.” (“Seeking Divinity” Dr. J. S. Hislop, Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust. 1998, p. 210)

Text from 'Seeking Divinity' by J. Hislop

excerpt scanned from
“Seeking Divinity” Dr. J. S. Hislop, Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust. 1998, p. 210)

Comment: This credo of John Hislop shows how totally indoctrinated he was, how frantically he reaffirmed his faith in the face of many very unpleasant and – for him – unanswerable questions with which was confronted in his post as a prime representative and defender of Sathya Sai Baba. Previously, no Sai leader would remotely consider (in public at least) that Baba could be fallible at all, and even today there are many who insist this is not so. But how could Hislop tell that there is a limit to Baba’s fallibility, or where it can be drawn? The only possible answer is, he certainly did not know! The extremity of his rationalization as seen here marks him as a person suffering from a major cognitive distortion of near-pathological dimensions.Sai Baba even told him he has to be reborn again, despite his seeing many lingams come out of Baba’s mouth, which is supposed to guarantee liberation according to several assurances to this effect by SSB. (See Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba New 1996 ed., p. 228). The poor man died before his wife, while SSB had assured him in 1990 would not occur. “You will not die first. Long, long life.”  Hislop lived only 5 years after that, and died of cancer without treatment after a long period of suffering, (p. 231). It is not polite to ask whether his wife outlived him, one must assume.
As a letter to some Sathya Sai Organization leaders about homosexual/pedophile allegations against Baba in the early 1980s clearly demonstrated, he could simply not bring himself to believe in the evidence that Baba could ever have misused young men sexually. One naturally asks, how should this many-times disappointed seeker who thought he had at last found God Himself, admit that he had been so wrong, yet once again?

See further excerpts from ‘Seeking Divinity’ with comments here.

‘Professor Erlendur Haraldsson contests Sai Baba’s claim of resurrection as bogus’.)

Sathya Sai Baba’s credibility gap: Contributions by John Hislop –   Brian Steel 2009

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Sathya Sai Baba crying (video)

Posted by robertpriddy on December 10, 2010

“Tears should be shed only for God and not for anyone else. Whatever one’s grief one should not shed tears.
Tears may flow out of joy or enthusiasm or ecstasy, but not from a feeling of sorrow.”
[Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 28 – Ch. 10, p. 113]


Sathya Sai Baba one shedding tears from his journal Sanathana Sarathi

See the short video clip from his 85th birthday celebrations in which he breaks down and cries during the ceremony. (Click here – 3.9 Mbs This video clip was extracted and compiled from a very long – boring – video). Sai Baba has spoken of “cleansing yourself with tears of repentance”
(Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11, p. 295) and that divinity is won “by tears of repentance” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2, p. 106). If that were so, Sathya Sai Baba evidently needs to shed a great deal of tears, considering what he has done in breaking trust and abusing followers… Anyhow, the evidence is that he cries a lot. Since he claims to be God and that tears should never be shed for anyone else, then he would consequently be crying for himself! However, it is reported that Sai Baba broke into tears each time he heard himself referred to as ‘Sri,Sri,Sri Sathya Sai Baba’! THAT is hardly being totally unaffected by praise or blame!

There have been numerous reports that Sathya Sai Baba sits and cries a lot. I first heard this in 1988 when Professor Gokak (deceased) told a Hawaiian devotee (Ms. Kanta Devi) we knew well who visited him daily how he was very worried because Sai Baba was “very depressed “ and cried each morning he visited him because he had a hairline hip fracture and could only sit in his chair all day. This was shocking and impossible to understand at the time because it conflicted with everything written and said about Sai Baba and how detached he is from everything, from all pleasure and pain. We had simply to put it out of mind as it seemed wrong somehow… so indoctrinated were we.

Next time we heard of Sai Baba shedding tears was at a ceremony to commemorate his dead brother, Janakiramiah, who was foremost in organizing the execution by police of four intruder devotees in Sai Baba’s bedroom in the infamous 1993 event .

From: “Luis & Silvia” Subject: FW: swami’s brother dies
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:47:54 +1000
 Forwarded by ‘Rita’  —–Original Message—–
From: Sai Sister in Puttaparthi   Subject: Swami’s last sibling dies; Swami gives discourse
 Friday 10 PM

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

The next time Sai Baba’s tears were reported was in the following e-mail sent to us:-

—-Original message—- [Translated from the Norwegian]
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 22:37:00 +0200
>> From: Manj… Mahes…. @[suppressed].no:
>> Subject: Sai greetings… from Parthi…
>> Hi and Sai ram !!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Just got back from Swami’s holy ground Parthi. Swami is in top condition and does his best in such old age to help his village people who still struggle from poverty and lack of water. According to Swami’s close friends, he has become very emotional recently, often sitting in tears. It can be a little difficult for ordinary people to understand. 
Swami has problems in moving, has had five fractures in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and only one was cured.”

That Sathya Sai Baba sits and cries so much illustrates the absurd dishonesty of his years of boastful claims to be unmoved by any pain or pleasure! His tears are clearly not those of ecstatic joy as entire demeanour reeks of depression and decline. In the birthday evening video (excerpt 8 mins)  one can see how he is more like a wooden idol than a living Divinity. How come that this supposed self-proclaimed infallible and ever youthful Avatar is in such a state? There will as usual surely be no answers from his staff or followers… all they can do is try to pretend that it is some kind of miracle of showing his humanity (well, it is not showing divinity)!

Sathya Sai Baba died 5 months later still aged 84 (in his 85th year). It was reported that he cried early on during his hospitalization too. His crying at that age casts a strangeand revealing light in his statement made many years earlier when he was in the best of health:-

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‘My Baba and I’ by Dr. John Hislop – Sai Baba miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on December 5, 2010

'My Baba and I' cover of J. Hislop's book'My Baba and I' by J. Hislop - prefaceThe second book by Hislop on Sathya Sai Baba contained many much more extraordinary materials about alleged Sai miracles that Hislop claims to have experienced through many of his years of being a follower. The scan from the preface on the right sets the tone of the book, which tone I characterize as a the product of what by then was a completely uncritical, highly indoctrinated and suggestible mind. Hislop’s writing about his Lord and Master almost reeks of naivety or gullibility, but even so it is not taken to the excessive lengths of subservient mind-boggled pseudo-poetry of the ‘official biographer’ Professor N. Kasturi or of biographical devotees like Smt. Vijaya Kumari (‘Vijayamma’)

Some brief excerpts, with comments:-

SAI: Crime has become very bad in India. There is no safety.

JOHN HISLOP: Swami, this is not particular to India. The same is true all over the world. How will it end?

SAI: To the good. In a few years, all will be peaceful.

JH: But Swami, it is getting worse, and it is the Kali Yuga (a world period of diminishing virtue).

SAI: No. It is not as bad now as it was. It is like in the ocean. There is a time of high waves, and there may be some peak waves that crash heavily on the shore, but this is followed by a calm and peaceful sea.

JH: We are fortunate to be alive so that we may see this peaceful world.

SAI: You will all see it. Even the old men will live to see it.

Comment: More than “a few years” have passed since 1978, but things are still very bad in India. One can say there is still no safety. Consider one item only: UNICEF reports “With an estimated 12.6 million children engaged in hazardous occupations (2001 Census), for instance, India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world.” This is but one of countless major issues of lacking public safety in India. When Hislop died in 1995, the world could hardly have been considered to be peaceful, nor is it in 2010 (J.Hislop. My Baba and I. Indian edition, p.188 – (Interview of 1978))

There are a number of fantastic accounts in ‘My Baba and I’ by Hislop of Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged miracles. These include:-

1) The apparent manifestation of a crucifix with a Jesus figurine said by SB to be from an original piece of wood of the cross by Sai Baba, ” to find which took a little time” he said! For full account see here

2) At the same site out in the jungle, the production of a Shiva lingam from his mouth by Sai Baba (it being Shivarathri) and the production also there  by Sai Baba from the sand of a silver flask filled with ‘amrith’ (translated as ‘holy nectar’) See more here

(J.Hislop. My Baba and I. Indian edition, p.189 (Interview of 1980)) 

SAI: In all countries there is a rapid deterioration of the human quality. JOHN HISLOP: When will it change for the better?

SAI: Soon there will be a change.

JH: When is soon, Swami? Twenty years? Ten years?

SAI: No. Now. Already there is some slight improvement in India. One cause of the general deterioration in the world is rapid communication. This allows advertising and publicity to have a strong influence on people. Your American election is an illustration of how the leaders are television actors.

JH: Swami, there is no evidence of a change for the better.

SAI: If there is a change, it will be a universal change. Not local. It will occur every place.

Comment: Sai Baba, when buttonholed for once by Hislop, defines his word ‘soon’ and meaning ‘Now’, on the grounds that there was already some “slight improvement” in India then. For the hundreds of millions below subsistence levels things have hardly changed at all and often got worse by 2010.

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Swami Nityananda chargesheet: rape and unnatural sex

Posted by robertpriddy on December 2, 2010

Nityananda’s pleas rejected by Karnataka High Court.

In a short video, reported reported in a short video (2/12/2010)
“The Karnataka High Court has rejected a plea by self-styled godman Nityananda for furnishing him a copy of the charge sheet by the CID in connection with the rape case. The CID has filed a charge sheet on the 27th of November charging Nityananda with rape and unnatural sex and also against  four of his  associates for abetting the crime.”

K’taka HC to hear rape case against Nityananda
Abbas Kinya , CNN-IBN Dec 01, 2010
Bangalore: The chargesheet filed by the CID against self-styled godman Swami Nityananda and four of his disciples for alleged rape and unnatural sex will come up for hearing in Karnataka High Court on Wednesday.



Nitya Sachidananda, Nitya Sadananda and Ragini were also accused of assisting Nityananda in committing rape and unnatural sex.

According to the chargesheet, a woman devotee had deposed before the CID that she was repeatedly raped by Nityananda at his ashram in Bidadi and other parts of the country.

“From mid June we did get a lot of vital evidences that was after he got bail. First is a victim of rape and she has come to us and have told various instances where she was subjected to rape,” Charan Reddy, DIG, Karnataka CID.

Nityananda lodged plea at Karnataka High Court

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‘Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’ by Dr. J. Hislop

Posted by robertpriddy on December 1, 2010

”Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba” (1978) was written partly from recordings of interviews with Sai Baba, partly from notes and memory. This book soon became more or less the Bible of nearly all Sathya Sai Baba devotees. This came about despite the fact that numerous books Sai Baba’s own discourses were available. In 2010 all of 41 volumes of his discourses are available, plus numerous other books he has either written or transcribed. The reason for the popularity of his Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba book no doubt the informality and relative simplicity of Sai Baba’s answers to questions which are not answered elsewhere in the literature, and not last also the surprising and unprecedented – and directly absurd – nature of some of Sai Baba’s claims made there.

The contents are more like brief questions and long answers or largely one-way conversations. Dr.John Hislop tends naively to accept with enthusiasm everything that Sai Baba says, only seldom allowing a somewhat critical request for clarification enter into it. It is very evident that Hislop is already a fully convinced believer in Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate, omniscient and omnipresent, an infallible miracle maker and healer and much else besides. He arrived at Sai Baba’s feet after a long so-called ’spiritual search’ from guru to guru from age 18… a process Sai Baba has elsewhere described as ”spiritual prostitution”.

John Hislop’s lifelong wanderings from guru to guru: It is instructive to note how many attempts at finding salvation from the ills of existence Hislop underwent, and how many times he was disappointed or let down and so ’moved on’. Aged 16 he was an Episcopal follower, but – disillusioned – at 18 he joined the Theosophical Society and worked for Annie Besant and Jiddu Krishnamurti, who famously rejected the entire Society started to present him as Maitreya, the new Messiah! Hislop eventually moved on to Swami Yogananda’s Self-realization Fellowship, but – clearly unfulfilled by that – visited diverse other supposed yogic masters like Dr. Roman Ostoya (the Russian ”White Yogi”). Her moved on to the fraudulent Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and became a Transcendental meditation initiate and teacher, ending as the President of the Mahesh Yogi American organization and tried to found a Maharishi Academy in India. He resigned from Maharishi’s organization and moved on to study vipassana meditation with Thray Situ U Ba Khin in Burma, also visited Swami Shivananda at Rishikesh. He visited the Dalai Lama in India, then the Tibetan monk Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland (a womanizing drunkard who died of AIDS). In early 1968 he visited Sathya Sai Baba and continued as a follower until his own death. It is clear that he could not learn from his many disappointments with supposed ’spiritual masters’ and himself, so when he came to Sai Baba he was evidently still ready to accept anything that might help him feel his life had not been largely wasted following mirages of promised bliss and eternal peace. (See his chapter ’From Age 16 – Happenings’ in his book ”My Baba and I” ISBN 0-960-0958-8-8) 1979, Birthday Publishing, San Diego, Ca.)

Major Scandal for Hislop Some major and crucial events disrupted Hislop’s relative peace of mind and he handled them in an extremely biased and unfair manner. The most important of these were the letters he wrote to leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization after he had been written to about sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba by Mrs. Diana Payne (formerly Diane Scott). Perhaps the second most important personal shock for him was when the Swedish film actor and author Conny Larsson – who has been the Maharishi’s private secretary for years but migrated over to Sai Baba some time after Hislop did so – told him how Sathya Sai Baba had engaged in oral sex with him. Hislop accepted Sai Baba’s denial of it all immediately without further questioning and built up a denial narrative for himself and never did the right thing, that is – to investigate and exercise duty of care and mandatory reporting.

Dr. John Hislop 'Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba'

Some short excerpts from ‘Conversations…’ with comments:

In the 1995 re-edited version of “Conversations…” (p. 232), John Hislop tells Sathya Sai Baba that the American Sai centres have slow growth. “We should have 300 or 400 instead of just over 100.

Baba replied: “One reason for the slow growth is that Hislop’s discipline is too harsh. The Sai Organization works through softness, kindness, love and harmony. In America the people are outspoken with strong and often harsh ideas and opinions, and when they are confronted with an equally harsh ruling there is a confrontation and cessation of advancement and progress. Persuasion should be applied softly and with kindness.

Hislop replied: “Swamiji, I do months of soft persuasion without effect; then I have to act with firmness.

Comment: The credulous Dr. Hislop did not always see eye to eye with Sathya Sai Baba’s “omniscient truths”. But he had to bow and scrape nonetheless, so spellbound he was. In contrast to SB’s harsh opinion of Americans, my experiences during nine very long visits to India proved that people holding office in his ashrams are the ones who often have ‘harsh ideas and opinions’. The ashram gives Westerners introduction to how little helpful and directly unpleasant, overbearing and patronizing some of its officials and residents can be with their opinions and ideas. I need not expand on this in detail, for habitués of Baba ashrams who do not know what I mean are most certainly very few and far between!

In conversation with Dr. John Hislop (7/11/1980), Sathya Sai Baba said:-“Were it not for the mind change of Sai devotees the world would already have fallen into complete chaos. The deterioration of mind and man has been very rapid and abrupt, even precipitous during the last fifteen years. That the world is not in total destruction is due to the change of mind of Sai devotees and to Sai’s grace. You are not aware of it, just as you are not aware of your eyes until they are lost. In the same way, the world is not aware of Sai’s grace.

Comment: Hislop no doubt loved this… if really believed it gave meaning to his life he had been searching for constantly? The statement is preposterous, but Sai Baba will say ANYthing to enhance his own importance.

(Conversations… p. 190 old ed., page 173 new. ed) In reply to Dr. John Hislop, Sathya Sai Baba said:- “It is as you say. Swami holds the universe in His Hand. But devotees learn of the glory and majesty, through Swami’s attention to each one, personally. That Swami holds the universe yet at the same time fully cares for the lives of His devotees even to the smallest details is a measure of His glory that the devotee can understand. (Conversations with… Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. J. Hislop, page 173 *old ed. & page 144 new ed.)

Comment: Cares for his devotees to the smallest detail? The evidence is totally at variance with that. I knew dozens of followers with complete faith and who prayed and meditated to distraction but were never healed or had their prayers answered. know a number who died of avoidable illnesses (had they not put their faith in him). Even the Sai literature is full of incidents where Swami does not fulfil the heartfelt wished of followers.

Dr. Hislop asked: “Swami once mentioned that if we could see Rama today we would be much surprised at His appearance.” Sai replied “In the age prior to that of Rama, people were accustomed to measure the distance from the fingertips to the elbow. At that time, the norm for the height of a person was 14 times the measurement… In the Threta Yuga, the age of Rama, the norm for height had reduced to seven times the distance of fingertip to elbow. For the Kali Yuga, the multiple is three and one half.(page 129f)

Comment: Sathya Sai Baba believes the mythical stories as ‘scriptures’ that are literally true! He is asserting that there was a race of giants in India then!

Dr. Hislop also asked: “In those days they had aeroplanes, did they not?” Sai answered: “The first was ‘Pushpak’. The one Ravana used to kidnap Sita.

Hislop asked: “Did they use atomic energy for power?” Sai answered: “No. By the power of mantra the plane would fly. Mantras were used to shoot arrows. The arrows were worshipped to make them effective. When Arjuna heard of Krishna’s death, he forgot all mantras and was powerless.” (Conversations… page 130f)

Comment: Hislop is all too willing to believe in these early airplanes and wonders if they were atomic powered. Show how far away from technical reality this Dr. had come! Sai Baba will confirm any rubbish if it suits him, as he has proven to the hilt both before and since that interview.

Sai: In the school, there were two boys who sat with Swami in the same seat. It was for three. When Swami declared that He would no longer go to school, one boy committed suicide. The other boy went mad. He would call, ‘Raju, Raju,’ all the time. At length he died.

Hislop: It is very strange. A great mystery. But his death was a good death because his mind was fixed on Swami and constantly calling Swami’s name?

Sai: “He merged with me.” (p. 125, edition after 1995)

Comment: Is that how ‘Swami’ cared for his devotees in every detail? However, whet he told Hislop he has frequently contradicted in telling how the two boys – Suresh and Ramesh – were reborn as pi-dogs in his ashram!

Sai Baba: “Swami never sleeps. At the middle of the night, he turns off the light and rest in the bed because if light is on devotees gather.” ( Conversations.. as edited after 1995, ch. XIX, p. 72)

Comment: He would say that… it increases his mystery to believers. But he has never subjected himself to any test to prove it… or any other supposed ‘miraculous power’. Wonder why?

H: Is it wrong to criticize a person?

Sai: It is not wrong to criticize a person if the evaluation has been arrived at slowly and carefully. (Conversations p. 145, ed. after 1995)

Comment: My critical evaluation of Sathya Sai Baba and Hislop more than fulfils even this unrealistically narrow requirement. I was an active follower from 1983 until 2000, during which time I gradually came to hold critical views, despite myself, until the dam broke in 2000 and I began to look with fresh eyes at much that I had formerly been led – though Sathya Sai Baba’s deceptions – to believe in or rationalize with the countless tools for self-deception about ‘the Lord’ provided by the writings.

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