Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Pacemaker support for Sai Baba’s weak heart

Posted by robertpriddy on March 30, 2011

“Baba was recovering slowly after being implanted with a pacemaker but his health took a turn for the worse yesterday. Cardiologists from Bengaluru are treating Baba. The devotees are naturally worried with the news. They are gathering large numbers in Puttaparthi and offering prayers for speedy recovery of Baba.”

Prayers by devotees to Sathya Sai Baba (as ‘God Almighty Himself’) are evidently of no account where his health is concerned. They prayed for him to heal himself from his botched hip-joint – he had said he would be walking fully within days – but has been wheelchair bound since then.

This self-proclaimed Creator of the Universe came down with a severe infection, water on the lung, pneumonia, and slow heart rate.. in addition to his chronic invalidism. As usual, the Sai ‘authorities’ try to make it sound as though almost nothing unusual has occurred. Yet that the supposed Divine Incarnation who lays claim to knowing everything about the heart of everyone because he is installed there has a bad heart (physically) is a cosmic irony indeed. He who claims that he gave the ayurveda to mankind cannot use those hymns to heal himself (which they supposedly do)… has to rely on what he calls ‘tricknology’, that is – scientific technology.

So much for the highly over-rated ayurvedic medicine which Sai Baba promotes so much… not to mention his own alleged miraculous healing powers (not one instance yet confirmed by independent scientific medicine). He humbly announces that he will not use his unlimited power to heal himself because there are so many who suffer and cannot heal themselves. This is his kind of face-saving twisted logic… very effective, however, in manipulating the boggled minds of so many blind, credulous, head-in-sand believers who remain in his fold.

The diverse trickery of the unsurpassed claims of Godhood and his own nature can be seen in more detail on the blog directly below this one (or else click here)

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Sathya Sai Baba hospitalised for serious illness

Posted by robertpriddy on March 29, 2011

Sai Baba devotee doctors’ rose-tinted pronouncements that he is fine and “will soon be giving darsan” etc. remain to be proven. Meanwhile, the official Sai website states that “the more rest that Bhagawan gets, the faster will be his recovery” – Further “In view of this, we earnestly appeal to one and all to continue offering prayers of Love emanating from the Heart.

One must wonder why these prayers are so necessary if rest is all that he needs? Did a doctor advise this? It will seem utterly demented to non-devotees – i.e. the vast majority of all people. What good can prayers to him do when it is now a pacemaker that keeps him going? If prayers were to reach him, could they not possibly disturb his rest? (Note: this is just irony!)

Then it implores in capital letters: “PLEASE DO NOT send e-mails to each other based on all kinds of unfounded rumours, of which there are more than what we need.

One asks, ‘which of the many rumours do they actually need then?’ But why can’t the authorities specify what they regard as ‘rumours’. Do they lack the stomach for that? Do they include the countless fantastic rumours on which all the miracle stories thrive? Or the ‘rumours’ spread in discourses by Sai Baba himself about his own health and countless other false stories about himself (not eating, never sleeping, always weighing exactly 108 Kgs. and hundreds more? The Sai literature does certainly have “more than what we need”

Prayers by devotees to Sathya Sai Baba (as ‘God Almighty Himself’) are evidently of no account where his health is concerned. They prayed for him to heal himself from his botched hip-joint – he had said he would be walking fully within days – but has been wheelchair bound since then.

Sathya Sai Baba was admitted to hospital (Monday, 28 March 2011) “suffering from pneumonia and water has entered his lungs” and “has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection” (see Times of India). This news is not surprising to observers who noticed the reduced condition of Indian’s top religious cult leader. While Sathya Sai ‘officialdom’ pronounced that he is recovering and improving – and that he will be discharged soon, this can be taken with a pinch of salt, because – whenever Sai Baba has suffered injuries or illnesses as he has done often – his minions have always held back with the true facts until it was no longer possible to conceal them. Events will show whether the latest assurances have a real basis. Whatever the case, the fact that the self-proclaimed omnipotent avatar who has claimed he can never suffer from any illness has had a “severe infection” is highly damaging to his image, as well as having had to go to hospital. He has always claimed that he will ever be in perfect health and that illness (‘roga‘) comes only to those who are not true devotees of God. This puts him – qua God Almighty – in a strange light, one would think. But most likely not for his blind believing followers.

Significantly, Sathya Sai Baba’s heart is the problem! reported that SB was hospitalised in Puttaparthi on Monday with a cardiac problem. He “complained of slow heart beat in the afternoon and the trust officials rushed him to Sri Satya Sai institute of higher medical sciences in Prashantigram.” According to a medical bulletin released by hospital director Dr A.N. Safaya, Satya Sai Baba had developed slow heart rate at below 60 beats per minute and giddiness in the afternoon. He mentioned that a permanent pace maker had been implanted and the Baba’s condition was stable as per clinical parameters. Dr Safaya said that there was no need to worry, as the Baba’s condition was stable now. After hearing the news, thousands of devotees in and around Puttaparti started thronging the hospital. The devotees are offering prayers in several temples seeking Baba’s recovery from illness. Apart from local devotees, foreign devotees also thronged the hospital and inquired about Baba’s condition.”

Another on-line report stated “Prasanthi Nilayam ashram sources said Baba fell sick on Monday afternoon and was shifted to the Sri Satyasai super-specialty hospital in Puttaparthi in a special ambulance in the evening. With Sai Baba complaining of slow heart beat and giddiness, medical experts performed a minor surgery and implanted a permanent pacemaker in the night.  Baba, who celebrated his 85th birthday in November last year, was not keeping well since the past six months. He was giving darshan to the devotees by sitting in his motor car and wheelchair. “He was not even giving discourses,” sources said.”

His general state of health and alertness can be seen from recent videos:-

The 85th birthday showed an aged and semi-demented figure crying (brief video)

A very reduced and senile-looking Sathya Sai Baba at his 85th birthday (video)

Sick and Ailing Sathya Sai Baba 85. His Promises to Look Young Have Failed

On his 60th birthday, Sathya Sai Baba announced that he would not age physically. Time has caught up with him and that pronouncement by this self-proclaimed omniscience and omnipotent Divine Incarnation has been proven by events to be ignorantly deficient and impotent.

The Three P’s – purity, patience and perseverance? Since his second hip injury in 2003, and several subsequent bone breakages, it seems that his purity, patience and perseverance have flown (but not pomp, pride and paedophilia accusations). It is of note that new photos of Sai Baba ceased to appear on the official website years since… except where his features and expression cannot be seen properly. It is reported that his speech has been degenerating for several years. Considering how much help and hand guidance he has needed for about two years for every simple thing like cutting a cake, the reports on the jungle telegraph that he cannot manage his own basic bodily functions any longer may be true. But his officials would NEVER allow such things to leak out – it would be far too embarrassing and serious for the whole financial and power-broking undertaking.

Sathya Sai Baba’s lies about his health For many years Sai Baba – supposedly invulnerable – lost the vision in one eye, a fact that was never announced until long afterwards when it had leaked out. His second hip injury and replacement surgery was the subject of much anxious covering up by those around him. He neglected medical advice (no less than SIX doctors attended him at that time) and consequently became virtually crippled, having thereafter to use a bath chair, a tarted-up golf buggy and diverse luxurious wheelchair devices. Golden railings were erected here and there so he could hold onto them when standing to give an address or when hobbling along with the aid of his young male attendants. The details and documentations can be examined here.

He suffered a fractured hip in 1988 by slipping on the soap in his bathroom (he told me and others this in the first interview he gave thereafter). He was virtually out of action for several weeks after the fracture. Before 2000 he boasted about his perfect health (see scan of his statement from his official journal)

Already in 2007, Sathya Sai Baba was seen to be failing in that he could not hold the knife unaided to cut his birthday cake. see Too Weak To Cut Birthday Cake

Here we see the sheer megalomania of Sathya Sai Baba in the Malaysian Organizations's posting on Facebook. And devotees now pray to God (i.e. Sai Baba himself in their eyes) to heal Sai Baba! Absurdity piled upon absurdity.

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Leader of International Sathya Sai Organization denied hard testimony

Posted by robertpriddy on March 24, 2011

The denials from Dr. Hislop: Open e-mail of Conny Larsson March 24, 2001:-

Since I have noticed that a letter about Dr. Hislop is moving around within and outside the Sai-organisation saying that he didn’t know what was going on with Sai Baba and the students regarding sexual molestations, I can only tell you my story in which Dr. Hislop was involved, so you can decide for yourself what is true or not true.

I was Maharishi’s secretary in the year 1973. I did not know about a certain Dr. Hislop at the time, but came to hear from him through a letter to Maharishi from this Dr. Hislop saying that he could not stay in the TM-movement because he now had met God in form of the Avatar of Sai. He thereby declared to leave the Maharishi and the TM-movement.

Maharishi who had invested much in Dr. Hislop, by letting him to be his first teacher in the western world and even by having him being secretary for a while, felt dropped out and asked me to write Dr. Hislop a letter telling him about the beautiful things that were going on within the TM-movement and that he, Dr. Hislop, had is natural place in this. He also asked him not to follow this new master of his because he was Not the avatar at all. Dr. Hislop was told he now was following a dark path.

I myself, who had to write the letter to Dr. Hislop, was very surprised by Maharishi’s prompt answer to Dr. Hislop, but couldn’t do anything else than write what I was told by my master Maharishi. I had never heard before anything about this Sai Baba so I thought he was never anything else than a common Indian Guru fooling his devotees and I forgot about everything after sending the letter. Dr. Hislop was never heard of anymore, and I forgot about him too.

Then, ten years later, after since long I had left Maharishi and found Sai Baba as my God and Avatar and was fully devoted to Sai Baba in all ways, I met Dr. Hislop as the leader of the Sai organisation in the USA when I was down in Puttaparthi. I think this was in 1983. I was invited to come and tell my life story, which had become popular among the Sai-devotees around the world, to his Sai-group that was visiting Puttaparthi also. He had noticed that I was having very many interviews with Sai Baba, both private and with the group. When I was called, I during this journey had already had about 5 interviews and more were to come.

Since he heard my story with Sai Baba he told me that he was that particular Dr.Hislop that Maharishi sent the letter to 10 years earlier and we fell in arms of each other praising the Lord Sai’s skill in planning his mission for us for so long. This was what we believed. After the sharing meeting for the devotees he asked me to stay with him and then he asked me why Sai Baba had so many interviews with me. And since I was thinking that everything Sai Baba was doing with me was divine, I told him the Whole story about the sex we had that was on his (Sai Baba’s) own wishes, not mine, both oiling, masturbation, and oral sex etc. I saw in his eyes he was shocked, and he also told me that this was something he had to talk to Sai Baba about. When we left each other, he was shocked and what had I unknowingly caused in him? Since I thought it to be divine and was thinking that I had done no wrong by telling him.

It took one day for Dr. Hislop to get himself invited for lunch together with Sai Baba. Out he came on his feet faster then ever since he had brought up this question with Sai Baba about his sexual interest in me. We all know Dr. Hislop as a sincere seeker who wasn’t going to stop his investigation. And he certainly didn’t. Once more he talked to me about it and then he told me, that when he brought up the question with Sai Baba, Baba had answered him “This is not for you, you don’t understand the divine”. When he asked Sai Baba further, he was thrown out from the room and asked to leave. Sai Baba had been very upset with him he told me.

Image from frontspiece of Conny Larsson's Sai Baba exposé book in German 'Hinter der Masks des Clowns' - Ein weiteres historisch-psychologisches Buch aus dem Verlag 20. Juli. ISBN 978-3-00-034348-3 Verkaufspreis: 15,95 EUR

Since I now had childlike shared all my experience with Dr. Hislop around Sai Baba’s sexual play with me, it was absolutely clear to him what was going on. He even asked me if I enjoyed it myself. I told him “NO this was Sai Baba’s acts not mine”. He asked me if I ever had felt any improvement in my life force or Kundalini and I told him “No”. Sai Baba wanted to do this with me and I let it happen because he was my God. At that moment I had never questioned this God.

We never came to talk about this anymore and we left Puttaparthi.

What he made out of this knowledge or was he denied about it is his matter? I told him about the sexual abuse as it was, and it could not have been understood in any other way, as just sexual abuse, and thereby his shocking reaction the first day I told him. If he later denied it, this is then the same as all the Sai-leaders and denying people within the Sai-organisation are doing.

It wouldn’t help if Sai Baba would be raping us in public. They would still believe it to be divine since they don’t want to loose their faith. We can’t win over stupidity, we have to leave it and go further on.

So to the question whether Dr. Hislop did know about the molestations of Sai Baba, the answer is very much YES-YES. Anyone saying anything else is a lier. But what can we expect from these people who chose to follow a teacher that has been lying for all his life about himself from day one up to this day?

Yours sincerely, Conny Larsson (Former devotee)

As is known to many, Dr. J. Hislop covered up many accusations of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba. See:-

Cover-up letter: Hislop wholly neglects duty of care

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The Sathya Sai Organisation’s unaccountability

Posted by robertpriddy on March 24, 2011

The relative unavailability of information is itself a feature of the Sai Organization, which minimizes internal discussions on controversial questions and releases few facts about its decision-making. It makes no overview public on the specific activities of Sai Organization centres around the world and works largely clandestinely to effect it’s decisions and policies. Study and analysis of the Sathya Sai Organization is made is based on available source materials, documents, various reports and participant observations. I can confirm that the conclusions by the academic, Donald Taylor, are completely in accordance with my own experience and knowledge of it. He published his finding in his book “Authority in the Sathya Sai Baba Movement”, Hinduism In Great Britain, Tavistock, London, 1987 p. 130. Donald Taylor wrote:-

“Although the Sai Council is in legal-rational terms an autonomous body, Council members believe themselves to be influenced by Sai Baba’s miraculous powers of omniscience. All decisions of the Council are believed to be known by Sai Baba at the moment of their being taken, and thereby making a pure formality f the administrative procedure of sending reports back to the World Council of Sai Organization in India . Members believe too that Sai Baba visits them in dreams and advises them how to vote or act, so that ‘right’ decisions are taken by the Council. Once again charismatic authority supplants the emerging legal-rational authority of the movement.
There is evidence however, that this charismatic authority is in the process of being routinized. For example, in June 1985 at an audience given to a group of devotees from Great Britain, Sai Baba materialized a crystal lingam which he gave to the leader of the group (Editor’s Note: it was Victor Kanu, formerly of Senegal) . He instructed him to pour water over the lingam and to give the water to the sic, as this would do them good. Every week at a certain Centre in London where the leader of the group is the president, the ritual is carried out by him. He is the only person allowed to touch the lingam. The water is distributed to the many sick people who come to the meeting, and gathered into containers to be distributed to those who cannot be present. Here the powers of Sathya Sai Baba are tacitly being routinized in ritual, and the person who performs the ritual is gradually being given the status of a ritual functionary. This is one case that I know about from first hand; there are others that I have been told about.
In sum, the primacy of Sathya Sai Baba’s charisma is assumed by almost everyone in the movement. He is regarded as the founder of each trust that is formed, as well as the governor of the whole movement. His divinity transcends the legal-rational organization of the movement. Yet his charismatic authority is open to routinization and this, in turn, suggest the eventual ascendancy of legal rational authority.

Challenge to Authority

Muted challenges from within the movement sometimes result in the withdrawal of membership. Dr Bhagavantham, formerly on the Council of Management of the Central Trust (also formerly scientific adviser to the Government of India), has recently left the movement; and another, Dr Gokak, formerly in charge of the education programme, has tried to demolish the myths that surround Sai Baba. Other Indian academics have also left; and it is claimed that ‘many more devotees including most foreigners have already deserted the flock’ (Rajghatta, 1985: 48).
The legal rational structure of the movement is still, however, secondary to the charisma of its founder Sathya Sai Baba. The case of the presidency of the Sai Council of Great Britain is an example. Mr Sitaram had been made first president of the Sai Council, set op by Indulal Shah in 1975. However, for personal reasons, Mr Sitaram stepped down from office in 1976. Sathya Sai Baba was displeased, and refused the appointment of a new president. This state of affairs continued until 1982 at which time he called for the names of candidates; and in that year a new president was appointed and Council constituted. Throughout the entire six-year period of administrative vacuum the devotees continued to meet in Sai Centres and, indeed, some were the recipients of the miraculous powers of Sai Baba in their own homes. Because of the devotees’ compliance with Sai Baba’s charismatic authority, the movement was perpetuated in Britain .

Other challenges within the movement are more subtle, and also result in some devotees exhibiting miraculous powers, such as producing holy ash and bringing about miraculous cures. So far these powers are claimed to be derived from Sathya Sai Baba. But it is not difficult to see that such activities are challenges to Sai Baba’s authority. Unless they are met, the movement could disintegrate into numerous thaumaturgical sects centered upon charismatic individuals. One of the ways to meet this sort of challenge is to routinize charisma, thus transforming the structure of the movement to a legal-rational type.
Another way in which Sathya Sai Baba has met these challenges has been to secure his position at the Centre, by claiming to be the incarnation of the universal godhead, such that devotion to Christ, Allah, or whoever automatically comes to him. This sort of claim is not altogether unusual in Hinduism. It is interesting to note, however, that the Sai Baba advanced this claim in 1968, at a time when the movement was expanding into foreign countries, such as the United States, Australia and Britain , and recruiting membership among emigrant ethnic Indians as much as western people.

A further way in which Sai Baba has met a potential challenge to his authority is to thwart any discussion about his succession… In 1963 he announced that he was the second incarnation in a series of three. The first had occurred in the human form of the Shirdi Sai Baba who was the incarnation of Sakthi. The second, himself, was the incarnation of Siva-Sakthi; and the third would be the incarnation of Siva as someone called Prema Sai to be born in Mysore State eight years after his own death. By defusing the problem of succession, he also defused the problem of authority. All authority remains firmly in his hands as long as he lives. Anyone else who claims this authority in Sai Baba’s lifetime will be recognized as a usurper or impostor.” (Excerpt from ‘Charismatic authority in the Sathya Sai Baba movement’ by Donald Taylor in Hinduism in Great Britain, Richard Burghart (ed.), 1987,  London/New York: Tavistock Publications, pp. 119-133.)

My own study of the Sathya Sai Organization, after trying to function within it for 18 years, came about after my last hopes that Sathya Sai Baba was innocent of the many charges laid against him were destroyed finally. I had accumulated more than enough experience and also had preserved a considerable amount of documentary evidence, including the Charter of that Organization (which, incidentally, it is strictly forbidden to give to non-members!). The full overview of the Sathya Sai Organisation is available here. Some points extracted from that extensive material show the validity of Donald Taylor’s much earlier analysis:-

The illusion of democratic decisions:
1) A small example illustrates how ‘democratic decisions’ are made locally, but are easily circumvented: one meeting I attended discussed a request from a Jewish member to allow the Jewish Star of David symbol to be used in the Scandinavian Sai Organization’s logo, as it is officially used in the USA. The entire meeting agreed that it should be allowed, apart from the Chairman (T. Meyer), who at least promised to put the matter before Baba. This was not done, but the minutes of the meeting later informed us that devotees should not concern themselves with such matters, but rather spend their energies in self-examination, good work etc.

2) The coordinator of Scandinavian and some European countries in the 80s & 90s, T. Meyer – widely known for never answering even important letters before it is too late, if at all – roundly criticised the Oslo membership before the collected representatives of other European national organisations without having any current information about us or our activities where we had been unable to send any representative. Our members naturally voiced their disappointment with this by letter, if in all too mild and friendly terms than were justified. We were answered in a most hypocritical way, that Baba told him to tell everyone that there are three types of leader, those who explain themselves, those who complain and those who inspire! This message through a man – unsuccessfully explaining his faulty criticisms of us away – who was so uninspiring and difficult to communicate with that he had been rejected as Scandinavian coordinator by the three countries in the early 1990s with the aid of the upright Central Coordinator, B. Gruber. (Unfortunately from the viewpoint of the functioning of Sai work in Scandinavia), T. M. was later reinstated in the same role by his patron and collaborator, Mr. Indulal Shah, who clearly had no adequate conception of Scandinavia or the cultural differences within it. Since then there has been a virtual dilution of the working membership in Sweden, Norway and Finland. (In Norway it has collapsed and the remaining stragglers in the Oslo group have left the Organisation. Only a few semi-active volunteers remain in the entire country.)  All this is typical of how the organisation is run in many countries, which I know from personal contact with five national leaders who were subsequently sacked by Shah for not fully toeing his line or else resigned… and from any number of other office-bearers. Not surprising that the Sai Organisation is far smaller than the well-cooked statistics claim!

Chain of command & ‘leadership culture’
One example by a close devotee of Sai Baba who resides in Prashanthi Nilayam is given by the ex-Indian army officer, M.I. Chibber, in his book Sai Baba’s Mahavakya on Leadership, Education in Human Values (M&M International Publishers, New Delhi, 1994). This book was much blessed by Baba, not least with a foreword and an afterword, followed up by a world tour of workshops by Chibber, also blessed by Sai Baba. He projected a quasi-military mentality of the sort known to be operative in Sai Baba colleges, ashrams and the Sai Organization. The workshops were based on the much-flawed book, which is full of parroted and superficially discussed ideas, numerous glaring factual errors and unsubstantiated statements, a largely ambiguous and amateurish questionnaire on leadership qualities (pps.74-9), many misspelled names of famous men etc. There Chibber quotes how determination and persistence are wholly superior to any talent or skill, and character is 90% of leadership, while knowledge rates only 10% (p.79)! Chibber praises the supposed selfless excellence of the generals of the German General Staff during WWII, apparently blind to the fact that the same High Command simply carried out the orders of the violent murderer and meglomaniac, Adolf Hitler and itself also committed war crimes on a huge scale, quite independently of the SS. For the considerable percentage of the Indian populace who are still evidently badly misinformed about the 2nd WW and fascism see War Crimes and the Wehrmacht

Sai Organization’s chauvinist and vertical structure: Alejandro Agostinelli was a TV producer (America TV) and editing secretary for Descubrir magazine. Presently he is in the Multimedia Area of Editorial Perfil in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He said in 2001 on a TV programme entitled ‘Divine Sin’ that investigated Sai Baba:

“I have Monica Socolowicz, the woman who introduced the Sathya Sai Organization to Argentina, in front of me. I am at her Foundation for Practical Spirituality. Monica’s first visit to India was in 1979, when Sai Baba greeted her in a way that made a deep impression on her: “You came at last!” he said to her. The teacher asked her to start the first Sai Center in Argentina and so she did. For a period of ten years she took more than 400 groups of Argentineans to Puttaparthi, the village in the south of India where Baba’s ashram is located. In 1992 she left the Organization because she didn’t agree with its “chauvinist and vertical” structure.”


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Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 23, 2011

Sai Baba: Absolute proof of blind belief’s destructiveness is the title given by a writer, Acharya S., who writes on Freethought Nation and whose account of his attraction to Sathya Sai Baba, and subsequent disaffection is worth repeating here for the many visitors to this site:-

Sai Baba Primary School

“In the early 1990s, my attention was drawn to the popular Indian guru and godman Satya Sai Baba. For a period, I spent much time watching every video and reading every book I could find about the man. My study occurred before the internet was popular, and there was not much debunking material around. But, there was enough, and I soon discovered the Indian Rationalists’ video “Guru Busters” showing Baba doing typical magician’s tricks. I also discovered much worse, especially after I finally went online.
God on Earth?

I had read many books by devotees and others who were impressed by the seemingly endless stream of divine miracles by Sai Baba, including his purported manifestations of artifacts such as watches, statues, lingams, ash and so on.  The enthusiasm and conviction with which these alleged miracles were recounted were infectious, and I would have loved to believe they were true.  How exciting that would have been!  Here on Earth in our day and age supposedly had appeared a man who was clearly God because he could manifest an amazing array of miracles! What fun! I really wanted to go visit him at his ashram in Brindavan because it looked like such a great time. Who doesn’t want God to be real and walking among us, to love us and shower us with blessings?

Magic tricks, sex abuse and murder
But, of course, I was skeptical, so I kept digging, and I eventually found enough paydirt to confirm my doubts. Baba didn’t make it hard, because he has left a trail of trauma and terror so long and wide that many can see it, including the creators of the BBC documentary provided here. This trauma includes the grotesque sexual abuse of hundreds if not thousands of men and boys. Baba’s behavior was so egregious that UNESCO severed ties with his organization years ago, and the U.S. Embassy in Delhi warns travelers about the potential for sexual abuse by Baba.

One of the clues as to Baba’s conjurer nature was immediately obvious: He was raised in a traveling circus where he learned magic from his uncle! How that fact could be overlooked by so many of millions shows the deluding effect of blind belief in supernatural events and beings. In this tragic tale, this blind belief led to so much pain and grief that one is motivated to expose it thoroughly. In addition to the scams and sexual abuse come also allegations of murder to cover up these crimes, including killings in Sai Baba’s own bedroom, while he cowered in the bathroom unable to stop them, even though he is supposedly omnipotent. The murdered boys possibly had been sexually abused by Baba.

Sai Baba is getting old, and he will not be able to pull off the greatest purported miracle of God, which is immortality. Hence, he will be gone soon, but his destructive legacy will linger on, as more godmen of his ilk continue to pop up in places where gullibility reigns, along with its abuse. Naturally, Baba’s other legacy of building schools, hospitals and other important infrastructure – using million$ from rich followers – will leave many in India with a happy feeling about him. But, of course, one needs to ask, if Baba is God, why does he need the million$ of others to build hospitals and water-distribution systems? Why not materialize gold bars to pay for it all? Or, even better, why not just snap your all-powerful fingers and make the diseases and water shortages disappear?
Moreover, the complicity of Indian politicians in this patent hoax to defraud people is reprehensible. But, hey, Baba brings in million$ in tourist money every year, not to mention all the rich followers tossing money at him for these projects. It is no wonder, then, that ex-Baba followers have been threatened and intimidated into silence.

The story of Sai Baba is but one piece of evidence demonstrating how blind belief and faith are not just matters of “personal choice” that should be left alone in all instances: Blind belief and faith can be very destructive and damaging to individuals and humanity as a whole. The various priesthoods worldwide hammering blind belief and fear into people are guilty of exploitation of innocence and gullibility – a major cause of immense suffering globally.”

From  Sai Baba: Absolute proof of blind belief’s destructiveness (on the Freethought Nation web site)  Tuesday, 15 June 2010 18:59

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Sathya Sai Baba explains water scarcity cause

Posted by robertpriddy on March 22, 2011

“Divine resolve is always true resolve. Remember there is nothing that divine power cannot accomplish. It can transmute earth into sky and sky into earth. To doubt this is to prove that you are too weak to grasp great things, the grandeur of the universe.” (43rd birthday Discourse, 23 November 1968)

K. Chackravathy, former head of Rayalaseema Drinking Water Project, subsequent head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram. Formerly dismissed from Government post for embezzlement.

Incompetence and corruption of entrepreneurs beyond Sai Baba’s omnipotent control?
The Rayalaseema drinking water project was financed by donations from followers of Sathya Sai Baba and began in 1996.  Only in a fraction of the villages where it was supposed to be installed, leading to many disturbances by divers villagers in the Rayalaseema area variously reported in the local press. The water was very unevenly distributed, with the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram being a main beneficiary. All that is carefully suppressed by the Sathya Sai authorities in their lavish hand-outs and web pages praising the project to heaven. Nonetheless, this has done a lot of good to some villagers. Already in 1996, the Sathya Sai Rayalaseema Water Project was shown to be failing considerably due to unforeseen natural circumstances, as the report from Andhra Pradesh Regional News Network showed. Further, he had not predicted – nor miraculously altered – what proved to be a drastically sinking water table nor did he have any effect on flawed engineering plans or the many corrupt entrepreneurs involved! Sai Baba proclaimed that he has come to restore Sathya  (truth) and Dharma (righteousness)  – and he promised he wouldn’t travel abroad until everything was cleared up in India. Those who believe in his words and accept that water scarcity is due to decline of Sathya and Dharma will have to realize eventually that his mission has hardly made any progress in India, far less in the world.

The water projects in Rayalaseema, Andhra Pradesh, Medak and Mahabubnagar, and the canal repair for Chennai financed by followers of Sathya Sai Baba and named after him are no doubt admirable for those who suffer water shortages and now receive more than before. Much was achieved, while much went wrong, and no one connected with Sathya Sai Baba is allowed to mention anything negative about these projects, which are widely promoted as ‘Divine Miracles’. This article is therefore simply to help correct some of this totally one-sided propaganda. I repeat, this is not to denigrate the good intentions of those who donated (including myself!) nor whatever positive results have been achieved.  Rather, it is simply to counterbalance the mendacious aspects of Sai Baba projects and what most of the Indian media have become afraid to publish concerning anything critical of what government-protected Sathya Sai Baba says or does and so contributes to many public misconceptions. It is carefully covered up that Puttaparthi has since the project began been experiencing severe water problems, despite the ‘Divine Avatar’ promises and claims of infallibility (see Sathya Sai Baba – insider report)

Further, these Sai water projects do not compare in size or cost with the truly huge water projects carried out by the authorities in the same region (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu). The running of the Rayalaseema water project had to be handed over to the AP Government due to maintenance problems etc. All this is a rather poor showing for an omnipotent avatar whose mission is no less than to transform humanity, is it not?

Illustrating the absurd simplicity of Sai Baba’s claims and the short-sightedness of his project in view of the actual problems and limitation concerning water in Andhra Pradesh and adjacent regions, Serguei Badaev – former President of the Moscow Sathya Sai Centre of Russia wrote:-

A press release from the Worldwatch Institute (September 23, 1999) states: “As world population approaches 6 billion on October 12, water tables are falling on every continent, major rivers are drained dry before
they reach the sea and millions of people lack enough water to satisfy basic needs.”  In India the situation is very serious due to its vast arid areas and increasing population. Scarcity of water is a part of a global environmental
crisis and is of utmost importance for the humanity survival. The Financial Express (India) has written: “According to the ministry of water resources, ground water level in 16 states dipped to more than four metres in the period 1981-2000”., while according to a BBC correspondent “Water shortages are likely to emerge as the major environmental challenge for India in the new millennium.”

Sathya Sai Baba (SSB) has proclaimed himself a Supreme Incarnation of God (Purna Avatar) who is omniscient (all-knowing) and has come to save humanity. It is quite interesting to see what his explanation of the water deficit problem is. The following arehis words from his discourse of 6th May 2000.– “Why does water scarcity arise? When there is a decline in Sathya (Truth) and Dharma (Righteousness), the level of water in the earth also declines. As compassion and love have diminished in human heart, water has become scarce. This problem is not due divine fury as some people may imagine. It is because of the rise in evil qualities in man. If people strictly adhere to the path of truth and righteousness, there will never be water scarcity.” (Sanathana Sarathi, v.43, June 2000, #6, p.165)
Applying this to the real situation in India and especially in Andhra Pradesh, where SSB lives, it sounds as an inexcusable oversimplification. Below are some causes which are mentioned by specialists in various publications. It is clear that water scarcity is a complex problem and simplistic approaches to solve it cannot be effective.

1) Population growth followed by increased water consumption “In India…the pumping of underground water is now estimated to be double the rate of aquifer recharge from rainfall. The International Water Management Institute, the world’s premier water research group, estimates that India’s grain harvest could be reduced by up to one fourth as a result of aquifer depletion. In a country adding 18 million people per year, this is not good news.” (Lester R. Brown and Brian Halweil POPULATIONS OUTRUNNING WATER SUPPLY AS WORLD HITS 6 BILLION

2) Over exploitation of the ground water “One of the biggest hurdles in addressing the problems related to ground water shortage is that replenishment of groundwater and augmentation of water supplies is primarily the state government’s responsibility. Ground water exploitation has gone unchecked over the last decade which has now forced the Central Ground Water Authority to advise the state governments to take measures to check over-exploitation of ground water”.

3) Disputes and irregularities in sharing water of the rivers going through neighbouring states “The last few months have witnessed highly tense relations between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the release of water for saving the paddy crops in the Cauvery delta in the latter. … Such problems are not confined to these two States alone. There are problems between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the like. It is not unusual to see the occurrence of severe drought in some parts of the country, while certain other parts are ravaged by floods.

It is time the policy-makers think of a permanent solution to this problem which has become as perennial as the Himalayan rivers. The only tangible solution lies in creating the required infrastructure to divert the surplus waters available in one part of the country to the deficit areas.”( THE HINDU, Tuesday, Oct 08, 2002)(see also THE HINDU, Sunday, Oct 13, 2002).
4) Urbanisation and industrialisation
“In addition to population growth, urbanisation and industrialisation also expand the demand for water. As developing country villagers, traditionally reliant on the village well, move to urban high-rise apartment buildings with indoor plumbing, their residential water use can easily triple. Industrialisation takes even more water than urbanisation.” and ” In the increasingly intense competition for water among sectors, agriculture almost always loses. The 1,000 tons of water used in India to produce one ton of wheat worth perhaps $200 (Rs. 10,000) can also be used to expand industrial output by $10,000 (Rs. 5,00,000), or 50 times as much. This ratio helps explain why, in the American West, the sale of irrigation water rights by farmers to cities is an almost daily occurrence.” (THE HINDU, Sunday, August 05, 2001)

5) Increasing water pollution “The most common method of disposal of solid municipal waste in India is by deposition in landfills. In order to minimise the impact of such landfills on groundwater quality and the environment in general it is necessary to properly design and build these facilities to prevent pollution and put in place strict management controls to ensure they are operated correctly. Unfortunately this is rarely done as few towns and industries in the country make the necessary effort to ensure thattheir solid waste is treated or disposed of in a proper manner. The principal threat to groundwater comes from inadequately controlled landfills where leachate generated from the fill material is allowed to escape to the surrounding and underlying ground. The chemical composition of such leachate depends on the nature and age of the landfill and the leaching rate. Most leachates emanating from municipal solid wastes are not only high in organic content but also contain some toxic material. Leachates from solid wastes of industrial origin, however, often contain a much higher proportion of toxic constituents, such as metals and organic pollutants.” Here are mentioned a few things that are essential in water shortage problems in India. Among others are deforestation, and lack of rainfall conservation activity (see e.g. Quite often simple and effective solutions are overlooked and very expensive irrigation projects are implemented instead.

“They have continued to overlook simple and effective methods like a series of small water storage tanks, the recharging of village wells whose water percolates the ground and replenishes underground reservoirs for drinking and irrigation purposes. Over the years, however, traditional storage tanks and ponds have silted and dried up. In Andhra Pradesh alone, a majority of the 52,000 water tanks have more or less silted up.”

From the examples above it is clear that, though the water scarcity problem has an ethical dimension, it is very complicated and includes interrelated economic, sociological, geographical and political aspects.

See also:-

Sathya Sai Baba Drinking Water Project

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Tal Brooke – Avatar of Night excerpts

Posted by robertpriddy on March 21, 2011

Original edition of ‘Avatar of Night’

The following are excerpts from Tal Brooke’s book “Lord of the air”. Tal Brooke first published his main whistle-blowing book on Sathya Sai Baba under the title ‘Avatar of Night – The Hidden Side of Sai Baba’. in 198,  Tamang Paperbacks ISBN 0-7069-1483-X)  It was apparently the first  published account of Sai Baba’s sexual molestation .The Sai Baba forces in India bought up every copy as soon as possible to destroy them, so it became unavailable. It has since been republished. The book covers Brooke’s involvement with Sathya Sai Baba as one of the earliest western devotees who came very close to Sai Baba. He tells of the many months of involvement with his supposed enlightened master on into a dark spirituality and psycho-physical exhaustion from the psychological stress induced by the master combined with malnutrition from the cheap food in Sai Baba’s canteens.

The pivotal fact about Tal Brooke’s disaffection is that it took place before he became converted in any way to Christianity. Despite this, he has been attacked widely by defenders of Sathya Sai Baba as being a “Christian fundamentalist”. That is, however, entirely irrelevant to his actual experiences at the time and his account of those event, even though he later interpreted the former events to some degree in terms of Christian beliefs.

Excerpts”Lord of the Air” by Tal Brooke, who first published his main whistle-blowing book on Sathya Sai Baba under the title ‘Avatar of Night – The Hidden Side of Sai Baba’. in 1982, Tamang Paperbacks ISBN 0-7069-1483-X)  It was apparently the first English account published on Sai Baba’s sexual molestation. The Sai Baba forces in India bought up every copy as soon as possible to destroy them, so it became unavailable. It has since been republished under various titles.

The account covers Brooke’s involvement with Sathya Sai Baba as one of the earliest western devotees who came very close to Sai Baba. He tells of the many months of involvement with his supposed enlightened master on into a dark spirituality and psycho-physical exhaustion from the psychological stress induced by the master combined with malnutrition from the cheap food in Sai Baba’s canteens.

from chapter 7, pages 103 to 105
[Tal Brooke is in interview with Sai Baba] However as I stood before Baba this time, I was far less satisfied about myself. Whether it was my increasing alienation from Herman and Gill or such elementary crimes as oversleeping that morning, I wasn’t sure. I felt vulnerable.
[Baba asks] “What do you want?” This was my second magic wish. “Baba, I can’t stand the evil in myself. Help me get rid or it and other obstacles. Anything that holds me back.” “Yes, Yes” “Baba, I really want victory this time, too many failures in the past. I want to be certain.”
In patient understanding, Baba abstracted over my sins. “Too many bad thoughts, impure sanskaras (traits from past lives). Mind running around like a monkey. Thoughts of material things, anger, ego, jealousy, hate, quarreling, and thoughts of girls. Not good.” He wrinkled his face in disgust, in such a caricature of the usual expression, I wondered if the wavelength of the original thought impulse from overmind to avatar had mutated in transit.
Baba mounted the lower step again, as he had done the last interview. He wrapped his arms about me, hugged tightly, while I pondered. This pondering soon turned into critical reflection where my very survival under Baba was at stake. I was being thrown a “test” I was not sure I could handle. My mind was forced to suddenly make hair-pin turns.
If the hallmark of this session with Baba was my own impurity, then I was presently under a spiritual magnifying glass as never seen before. And any kind of unexpected key could squeeze open a new skeleton closet. Baba’s hug grew tighter. Then that subterranean spider of a thought crept out of some dark abyss. I almost repelled it before I fully sensed it, if that were possible. Nevertheless it got through in an icy quiet, and speculated deep things — notice how his [Baba’s] breathing has become a pant, deeper, more intensified. Feel his pelvis twisting. Why does he need to twist his pelvis. Especially in the region of the loins. Accidental? No, not for one who is that conscious. I doubt a detail slips by him. Then, is this some strange divine passion that only the initiates encounter at the higher stages, and could that be some kind of…well…nonspecific pan-sexuality, or bisexuality…or…or…am I twisting something that is innately pure into something that it is not, due to my own suspicions and evils? Yet Baba’s pelvis kept nudging and twisting from my abdomen on down. Not hard but gently, almost as though it had the nerve endings of a hand.
Yet if Baba were healing me or opening skeleton closets, it was not without some risk — and you only take risks with things you value. Then I feared  that Baba might perceive my edginess — not that he shouldn’t know if he is omniscient, but he might choose to dwell on it. And my high sin would be the primal insult to God, blasphemy in the most profound sense. The penalty for which might be expulsion from his presence. Yet, could he in love test me beyond my capacities, knowing I would stumble?
I felt an electric flash of self-conscious anxiety as Baba broke the hug. He held me back and looked penetratingly into my eyes, asking, “What’s wrong, you do not like it?” Then I knew that I could not possibly bail out now, or call his cards, for I would hang in space with insufficient evidence to satisfy me either way. And I would go through life without a way of ever knowing for sure who or what he really was, with the perennial question, “What about his miracle?” hanging in mind. And certainly a hug was not as bad a cliffhanger as the least of the initiatory rites of the Himalayan nights of the rishis, or the heat yogas at Lhasa, and probably it all panned out as angels’ dreams anyway.
“No, Baba, I like it very much. Great gift, great privilege.”
“You are not pulling hard. Very weak hug. You do not like to hug?”
“Baba,” I justified, hoping I had some ground left not to back out, “I was afraid to hug too tightly, maybe some discomfort for you.”
“No, Rowdie. [Tal Brooke’s nickname given by Baba]” In an instant we were embracing again until he was satisfied. I really locked in, giving almost a chest-crushing squeeze. His pelvis moved far less, still it moved. I wished I could just shoot the whole area with Novocain and forget about it. […]
Baba looked content, and I felt relieved, if not on the brink of a new breakthrough in understanding. The curtains opened and eyes glistened back from the dark corners of the room in ravenous wonder. It had been a long interview. […]

from chapter 8, pages 125 to 132
[The author is now troubled about whether to stay in India or not; he is now in a group interview with Sai Baba] Just as we were about to get up and leave, he looked at me in the eye and asked, “Private interview? You have questions?” And I did, because I was starting to panic about where to go.
The dark velvet drapes shut behind me and Baba looked searchingly into my eyes. “What do you want?” The question came with the force of a psychic whammy. On a high precipice of choice, I automatically went through several gear shiftings of awareness.
The problem of staying in India had now disappeared. The priorities were suddenly totally different. […] Something helped me talk. “Baba, I offer you my life as a son, as a servant, for your direction, to have completely and do whatever you will.” As though a covenant had been made, “I am also your property, sir. I am also your servant,” Baba replied.
Still nosing up a waterfall like a Canadian salmon, my quest cannot end until the full tribute is consummated. I must acknowledge my deepening faith. “No, Baba. You are Mahapurusha, the Lord of the Universe, within that body. You can’t fool me. I am your property, your servant. I am you. I want to be an Arjuna, Lord.”
We embraced automatically, his wiry cloud of hair surrounding my face. I wondered what kind of deep soul cleansing was going on. Then huge force surged from Baba to me, almost visibly sparking. “Guru kripa, shakti paat, power purification,” I thought.
I stood hugging that same unreachable Messiah who stood atop the pagoda, whom tens of thousands came to see, who often wept, just for a glimpse of or a touch, or a smile. A still, musing voice entered my head. It spoke of great things in the table of fortune. A prince is being crowned into life and glory, a once and future king.
Baba broke the embrace and held me back. “Do you want a wife?” […] “Baba, I don’t need to get married, do I?” “No, Rowdie, there is no male or female. In the end, there is only God.” Baba reached out to embrace me again, pulling me strongly. The musing voice pondered Baba’s comment, “There is no male or female.” […] Now the musing voice likened the embrace with Baba to the meeting of God, and God, breaking the wall of maya to merge.
Baba’s nudging pelvis stopped. Then suddenly a hand unzipped my fly, with the facile smoothness of turning a doorknob, and went into my pants, as though it knew the location of each stitch of cloth and each zipper step. Then, like an adder returning home at dusk, the hand burrowed into the mouth of my underpants. I froze, a lump in my throat.
If Truth required these kinds of impossible labyrinths, I had already made my vow to see it through. Some day I would see the overview one way or another. I stood my ground, and tried not to noticeably flinch hoping this touching would end soon. My mind now raced trying to go up the escalator of possibilities of what was really going on. […]
Baba’s hips continued to shift again as he squeezed an unresponsive organ that had about as much interest in rising up as it desired a bath in liquid helium. It was frozen out, and not even a legion of nude Middle Western belly dancers could thaw it out at this point.
[At this point the author starts narrating about his piercing intimate warfare between two kind of thoughts inside him: the rational and battling one, looking at what was going on with cold, lucid and merciless eyes; and the devotional one, which was wanting to further and totally surrender to Baba. The first one was seeing the thing as what it was seeming to be, e.g. Baba satisfying his homosexual lust using the context of a spiritual master/disciple relationship; consequently, Tal would have had to leave Baba. The second one was instead seeing the thing as some kind of misunderstood purification, or as a test, or as something that Tal could not comprehend, since his spiritual level was far distant from Baba’s level, and that only for this reason was seeming a bad thing; consequently, Tal would have had to surrender totally to Baba. Finally this last one was Tal’s choice on that moment.]
The balance tips faster; of course — blasphemous accusations fading — lust contradicts Baba’s nature. Therefore it does not exist in him. He cannot sin, because it is not in him to do so. Blind faith, a new generalized optimism enters the horizon. The verdict — Baba is innocent.[…]
My legs continued to shake nervously. I had not responded to Baba. Baba removed his hand from my pants and zipped my fly. The entire dilemma had lasted about half a minute. And I had not responded. It wasn’t so bad, I thought, echoing those first words after once bravely receiving my first hypodermic injection as a very small child. This moment I would lock in an inner vault deep in my mind not to be opened for a year and half.
Smiling proudly, slightly flushed, Baba said, “Very happy. Go now.” He waved with familial informality. […] “Oh, Baba. Do you want me to go to Whitefield?” […] “Of course sir, of course. You stay with me in Whitefield. You are near and dear.” […] “Go tomorrow. Then come to Whitefield, Brindavanam. Then many interviews and lessons in sadhana for all foreigners. I will train you.”

from chapter 24, pages 307 to 319
[After the ending of the previous anecdote, the author got more deeply involved in the life inside the Sai Baba’s inner circle of western devotees. In that situation he lives for long time in a continuous alternating of high and low spirits, good and bad moments, prizes and punishments, “tests of faith”, strange encounters, intimate battles of faith between biblical spiritual point of views (denying Sai Baba), and Sai Baba’s spirituality, which was attracting him down and down again, more deeply involved. Now Tal Brooke is inside his cabin, and his fellow Surya Das is coming.]
It was the evening of June 18. I could hear Surya Das’s steps near the front porch. I was hungry […] but when his form slowly lumbered through the dark porch into the living room light, I knew instantly upon seeing his face as he flung back his shawl headdress that there was a surprise but it had nothing to do with food. The awesome burden of whatever revelation he had flooded his face and I knew it might be unbearable. He stood in the doorway, hand on hip, sighing, slightly shaking his head, the anxious depth in his black eyes carrying a look of silent tormented abandon. […] The only word that he could get out of his mouth was a ponderous “Well…” and I second-guessed the rest with a tone of total certainty, “…I’m not going to believe what you’re about to tell me.”
“It’s going to totally blow my mind.”
“It’s about Sai Baba.”
“You guessed it.”
My heart was beating furiously, my mind somehow in tune enough to be already arming itself. […] Then I told him, “Okay, let’s hear the whole thing from beginning to end, every detail, don’t rush to the crux of the thing without leading up to it.”
“You know the teahouse in Whitefield, the one where a lot of the Anglo-Indian guys hang out?”
“Never been there, but go ahead.”
“Well, I went in there for some tea and ran into some of the guys whom I’ve talked to a number of times. I joined them, and we soon got on the subject of spiritual things. Well, they were sort of half-interested. Then I got on the subject of Baba. They wouldn’t say anything. I kept pressing it and they kept quiet. Finally a guy named Raymond and I went for a walk near the Carrolls’ house. I kept pressing him. He was very quiet. I knew he had something to say, so I got his complete confidence. He asked me to tell nobody, to swear to keep this a secret, that what he was about to tell me only two other guys knew, that not even his friends in the teahouse knew it. Furthermore, he was under an oath to his best friend, Patrick, not to tell a soul. He said he had a sudden feeling of responsibility for my soul, and that was why he was taking the chance, despite his legitimate fear of Baba’s supernatural powers. That unprotected, he or his family might get destroyed, that there have been instances before of local people being under a curse. […]
Anyway, Raymond described me how about two years ago, a few months before you met Baba, Patrick… you know the one, the real good-looking Anglo-Indian with long hair and the sensual look. Yea, the really good-looking, well-built guy who hangs around Whitefield… Okay, well Patrick went to Brindavan one day, and sat among a whole crew of Americans who were just passing through town for a few weeks. Well, Baba thought that Patrick was one of the freaks from the States you know, because of his long hair and light skin. So he invited Patrick in with all the others for the interviews he gave to the Americans.”
“Uh-huh,” I responded with a slow deliberate sigh.
“Well, one day after one of those interviews, Baba kept him over for a private interview.” […] “Well…,” Surya Das said slowly shaking his head. “…Aw man you’re not going to believe this. But I’m gonna have to tell you anyway. At any rate, Baba treated him like he does you, you know, all the special attention beside the chair, addressing things only to him, smiling a lot. When all the others left and Baba got him alone, he did dis usual number of materializing things and telling him his inner secrets, though I don’t know why the devil he didn’t know that Patrick just lived down the road. Well, the next thing that happened was that in one smooth motion, Baba reached down and unzipped Patrick’s fly, and pulled his tool out.” Surya Das stopped for a long pause as though to say, “Okay, are you ready for this next one?”
“Well, when he worked Patrick up… Man I don’t know why the guy just stood there and put up with this crap. In fact when I asked Raymond, all he said was that Patrick was only about 17, horny, perhaps a little naive, and I guess didn’t give a blue jay what the other partner was. Maybe he was curious or just wanted to see that whole weird thing through, or maybe the kid’s a bisexual. Though Raymond told me that Patrick is only interested in girls, and just may have had some what-ya-call liberal curiosity. But at any rate he had an erection all right, and the next thing that happened is really gonna blow your mind. Baba lifted his robe and inserted the thing. That’s right. Maybe he’s got a woman’s organ and a man’s organ down there. Yeah, a hermaphrodite. But he honestly inserted it. Patrick said it felt just like a woman, though it may have just been between his legs.”
[The author then questions that Baba being a hermaphrodite seems to be an improbable thing. Surya Das supposes a supernatural explanation of Baba being male/female, then he says:] “Maybe the guy just transmutes, you know, shift his protoplasm around at will. At any rate, Raymond told me that just at the moment before Patrick was through, Baba pulled him out and collected his semen in a little white handkerchief.
“This is really too much,” I remarked grimly. “Do you think it’s some kind of a lie or hoax?”
“I wish it was, but I get a total feeling that it’s true. The guy just was not lying. It was not a come-on. He was dead serious and scared. He was sticking his neck out. I know people and this guy was telling the truth. At any rate let me continue. Baba collected the stuff, and then told him that the whole world lay in the palm of his hand, and that anything Patrick wanted, he could have. That Baba was planning a special position for him, like Raja Reddy. That Patrick could move in and live there, and be with Baba to spread his mission throughout the world. […] At any rate he [Patrick] stopped going and that was it.”
“Okay,” I announced despondently, “are you ready for this one?”
“I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. After this I could hear just about anything and it couldn’t be any more shocking.”
“By the way, before I go into this, I should tell you that among the guys whom Baba has already ‘purified’ by pulling out the lingam [the lingam is an Hindu phallic symbol], are Wendel, Phil… Yeah, I know he’s married but one day Phil confided this to me. And that’s not all. There was the disciple of Yogi Bhajan, there was also ‘Alpine Schwartz’, the tall dude with the blue ski cap. Yeah, he told Wendel one day at the Whitefield ice-cream stand how Baba […] pulled his drawers down, handled it for a minute presumably to cleanse it of ‘heat’. That’s not all. There was also a guy who only passed through for a few days, and by the way, that’s why. One day Wendel and I were at the Chinese restaurant off Brigade Road, and right at the table next to us were Gordon, the jewel-cutter from Los Angeles, and this guy from U.C.L.A. who I thought was blaspheming Baba. He was talking at full pitch, describing to them how Baba was a ‘homo’, how Baba got him in for one of those private interviews and pulled his fly down, and started to go to town. He said it scared the hell out of him, and he practically ran out from the place with his fly down. Baba chased him to the door calling him panic-stricken as the kid just left. Wendel and I at the time just thought the guy wasn’t mature enough to handle or transcend his own negative projections and cultural hang-ups. But then you’ve got to ask yourself, if Baba’s omniscient, why he does pick people who’re going to misinterpret it and blow the whistle on him?” [Then Tal Brooke starts telling Surya Das his own experience, the one we’ve seen above]
“But there’s another extra side of this,” I added. “There is also an occult aspect about the semen. Check this out. One day I heard Phil’s confession as we were returning to Whitefield on a bus. How Baba did to him what he had done to me. At least none of us even thought about getting up. But what Phil told me, and you know he used to teach astrology at the Six Day School in Frisco, having been into it for over 10 years, is the fact that semen is one of the most potent things used in really heavy occult stuff. The vital essence of life or whatever. Perhaps even Alistair Crowley used it. No doubt that’s why there’s such a heavy emphasis on sex in covens. […] But if semen is invaluable, sperm […] must be the most precious thing that someone who is into sorcery can use.”
A chilly silence filled the air. “Think what kind of unsuspecting gold mine Baba might have in the Veda School lads. Several hundreds kids disciplined severely into celibacy whom Baba uses as a kind of sperm-bank. Even then, Phil told me that he quite frankly suspected that such was the source of Baba’s powers.” […]
The next afternoon Patrick and Raymond did come. Very sobered, less flippant then usual, Patrick’s account followed virtually word-for-word what Surya Das had told me the fateful night before. Then when I told them all my story, they weren’t surprised. I aired my thoughts. “Your account can’t be contrived because if there’s nothing else I know, one thing I do know, and that is that I have personally stood alone before Baba with my pants down to my knees.” All of us would depart, sworn to mutual secrecy till more data came in. Patrick would urge me to remain quiet, perhaps to protect his family, at least from disgrace, at the same time understanding my relentless quest for the truth.

from chapter 25, pages 333-334
[The thing keeps on growing. The author comes to know from Wendel that Sai Baba was knowing (supposedly in a supernatural way, since nobody would have said nothing about those incidents) that he and Surya Das had known of Patrick’s incident, as well as he was knowing Tal Brooke’s rage. Here he explains this:]
Wendel confided, “you know a few hours after you and Surya Das left, Baba arrived and the first thing he did was come up to me and bring me into his quarters down there.” […]
In the privacy of the suite, Baba looked into Wendel’s eyes questioningly. “What is wrong? Have you seen Tal? What does he say? Doubts? Bad faith?” Baba even sounded hurt and jealous. At that point Wendel had told Baba nothing about his knowledge of the terrible incident and our mission to him, evidently quite stunned by Baba’s question. No human being could have told Baba a thing. Yet Wendel asked himself why Baba need questioning him. […]
Then out of the blue, Baba mentioned to Wendel a certain person, a rather pretty lad from Whitefield whom Wendel had perhaps seen a few times and knew of through Surya Das and me. Baba’s words came in rapid, urgent, and even panicky whispers, informing and warning Wendel. Sequences jumped around like a fragmented dream. “Some two years ago, one coming, a Whitefield hippie. Long hair, muscles, American shirt saying ‘love’. Not love, lust. Only interest is girls, not God. Sitting in darshan line, pretending to be an American. Swami knows.” The rest was garbled until the teenager, Patrick, was accused by Baba of spreading damaging rumours. “False lies. Blind jealous reaction after I tell him to go. Now others believing lies. His word over Swami’s!” Perhaps Baba gave Wendel a hug as a remainder of the purity of his love, and then Wendel was dismissed […]
Sathya Sai Baba, the Faithful and the True…?
As we’ve seen in the page related to the Revelation of St. John, SB is considered as the one who into the Revelation is defined “the Faithful and the true”. The same with Sai Baba’s name, Sathya, means Truth, and he consider himself and is considered, among the many various things, as the embodiment of Truth and Righteousness. There’s an interesting anecdote from Tal Brooke’s book “Lord of the Air”:
“[Two American girls devotees of SB, India and Marsha, had a serious problem dating back to before meeting him. They had lost their passports, and had to justify themselves before Indian authorities for six months of staying in India without a visa; besides they were considered persona non grata because they frequented an hashish smuggler. With great surprise to everybody, Sai Baba shows a letter and states that he pleaded their cause in front of the authorities, and that he had someway vouched for them, saying that he had always been with the girls, that was obviously false.] Baba then proceeded to read the letter in Telugu as Nanda faithfully translated every word […] In the background were enthusiastic outbursts that sounded like “… aw gee Baba, that’s incredible.” Which it was! It was a white lie to protect them, and a risk on the part of Baba. A few lines later, Gill […] interrupted Baba midway in a sentence. “Baba, that’s a lie”. It hurt him to say it, and his tone, wounded and bewildered, seemed to say, “Aw, why do you have to make me say this. I don’t like it, but I haven’t any choice”.
[Then there are moments of silence and very strong tension, Baba is about to rebate.] As keenly as I was now watching for it, and as much as I hated to admit, Baba appeared to manifest a human reaction when I had anticipated a transcendental leap into divine equanimity as being most logical. The scroll in Baba’s hands was shuddering visibly, as Baba wound and unwound it “nervously”. His face seemed to twitch, and although he continued to smile compassionately, there seemed to be a contradictory surge of emotion beneath this.
His voice quavered just a bit as he spoke rapid English. “Not a lie,” Baba replied, awed that Gill would say such a thing. “Not a lie! Your mistake, your misunderstanding”.
“But Baba, the fact is that India and Marsha were not with you in Whitefield all that time they were in Darjeeling and lost their passports. Couldn’t ya have done it another way?”
“Small mind, not understanding. God is everywhere, I am everywhere, I brought them to me. Everywhere is in me. Darjeeling . Whitefield. Prashanti Nilayam, is all with me.”
“I know, I know that Baba, but […] the fact remains that you told a lie… India and Marsha were not with you in Whitefield.”
“I wrote this letter out of pure love, divine love. Not a lie, sir. […] Your misunderstanding, unable to see divine love because of jealousy – you want a letter, so when I give extra grace to make a special letter, you are jealous.”
“Now Baba, that isn’t so. I’m not jealous… I had to say it, and if the situation repeated itself a thousand times over, I’d still do the same thing.” [Gill poi continua] “And Baba… the food in the canteen. You’ve told us for months that we must eat satwic food, pure food without spices. Yet the food in the canteen is so hot… I mean full of peppers this big…,” indicating with his fingers, “…that it physically torments me to eat it.”
Baba explained, “For Indian peoples, there is a special nourishment in pepper, source of special energy, vitamins and minerals. You Americans not understanding. Pepper diet the same, all over India.”
“But then Baba, why do you tell us to avoid spicy food […]? Isn’t it the same for everybody?”
“For Indians, it’s all right, but for Americans, it causes wrong desires and wrong thoughts.”
That ended the subject. Gill continued staring at the floor puzzled as Baba laughed understandingly at his ignorance. […] Gill’s outburst turned what was to be a sweet grace-filled interview into something so strident that almost nobody could swallow the ill feeling. And though things had blown over, the memory of the jarring attack hadn’t blown away one iota, nor the tiny imperfections in Baba’s explanations.”

Comment: Evidently, Gill was correct. By saying that spicy food is good for Indians but not for americans, Sai Baba implied that Gill was right, but he didn’t answer the question and he ridiculed him before everyone. Quite a suitable behaviour for an “omniscient God”… here is something on food from Sai Baba:
As the food, so the mind; as the mind, so the thought; as the thought, so the act. Food is an important factor […] The scriptures classify food as sathwic, rajasic and tamasic and relate these three types to the three mental modes (gunas) of the same names. […] Man boils, fries, melts, mixes and adopts various methods of cooking in order to satisfy the cravings of the tongue, the eye and the nose. As a consequence, the food value of these articles is either reduced or destroyed. […] Food having too much salt or pepper is rajasic and should be avoided; so also too much fat and starch, which are thamasic in their effects on the body.” (Sanathana Sarathi, 1979. Discourse given on Hospital Day, 21 September 1979)
Gill was referring to the over-boiled, spicy soups (thus void of any nourishment) and spicy sambar soup which was often a main dish at Sai Baba’s canteen. Tal Brooke also complained about it, precisely the sort food that Sai Baba warns against! . So Gill’s question was legitimate and Sai Baba was wrong. To ridicule a questioner in front of all is hardly the way God would react to a devotee, one would imagine?
Gill was finally expelled from Prashanti Nilayam ashram, forced to leave Sai Baba’s village. However contradictory, hysterical, arrogant, illiberal and rude Sai Baba is, devotees always explain it away according to the indoctrinated formulae about the victims like ‘too much ego’, ‘bad man’ ‘arrogant doubter’ and so on. Meanwhile, they accept that Sai Baba is as he claims:

• totally pure and compassionate, nothing but love embodied (but a tormentor of those who he wants to keep in line)
• omniscient (but he’s not able to answer judiciously a simple question)
• full of bliss and equaniminity (but reacting hysterically)
• carrier of truth and righteousness (but ready to tell lies for his devotees’ sake)
• good, generous, humble and compassionate (but he expels you if you contradict him).

Conclusion: This behaviour does not at all proclaim a divine “master”, the Supreme God in person? Yet,at Prashanti Nilayam this kind of things is everyday fare from Sai Baba.

Avatar of Night: The Hidden Side of Sai Baba. – BROOKE, TAL Avatar of Night: The Hidden Side of Sai Baba. BROOKE, TAL . Price: $30.00. ISBN: 0-7069-1483-X. Ghaziabad, India:: Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd.,, 1982.
Also: Avatar of Night (Berkeley: End Run Publishing, 1999).
Lord of the Air: Tales of a Modern Antichrist (Eugene: Harvest, 1990). ISBN 0-89081-834-7
Sai Baba, Lord of the Air (New Delhi: Vikas, 1979).
Riders of the Cosmic Circuit (Tring: Lion/Sutherland: Albatross Books, 1986).

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

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Tal Brooke’s main Sathya Sai Baba exposure reviewed

Posted by robertpriddy on March 20, 2011


Tal Brooke was an early Western devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, and was able to observe him closely… almost too much so, it turned out. He was the first major whistle-blower as regards the sexual abuse accusations, publishing his account in various books (see images above). The main book is perhaps ‘Avatar of Night’, which has received many positive reviews on Amazon books, as the following scans show:-


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Sai Inner Views and Insights – Howard Murphet

Posted by robertpriddy on March 18, 2011

In the acknowledgement to his last book ‘Sai Inner Views and Insights”, Howard Murphet writes of, ‘my growing public around the world’ (p iii) which shows his ego was alive and well (i.e. “ego” as the bane derided by ‘the avatar’ to the n’th degree). Murphet was blind, bereaved and in depression at the time of writing this swan song to his long series of Sai-wonder hagiographies, which did not contribute to him giving up his delusory faith in the paradise offered by Sathya Sai Baba to his devotees… on the contrary.  (Sathya Sai Baba who is given to any cheap play on words especially to puncture egos,  would sometimes say to him “Murphet… not perfect!”. I once heard him say it myself. Murphet fully demonstrates his credulity and unfounded belief agenda in this book, as in those that went before, such as in the following quotation:-

“We had met her the year before at the first Sai Baba World Conference in 1968 at Bombay — where, to the many thousands present, Sai Baba announced his identity as an Avatar of the divine. As he made the announcement, the lights went off dramatically and came on by themselves a few minutes later. This signal of the lights, untouched by man, seemed to give a powerful significance to the announcement.”
– Howard Murphet, Sai Inner Views and Insights, p. 31.

'Sai Inner Views and Insights' by Howard MurphetThe lights going off invariably only signals that India’s power system is as unreliable as ever… and so not a meaningful coincidence at all. Why it should be of positive significance is unexplained – lights going off would rather indicate something negative – instead signalling darkness and a lapse of truth and reason? But not to blind believer Howard Murphet, who would transform every negative fact about his revered god-guru into a proof of his divinity, as he has done assiduously since the major revelations about sexual abuse and murder complicity by Sathya Sai Baba spread across the Internet from 1999 onwards.

Another example of Murphet’s willingness to believe anything that hints of a possible miracle or ‘leela’ (i.e. ‘divine play)’ by Sai Baba was reported by Tony O’Clery as follows:-

According to Murphet, Sathya Sai Baba “…told Valmai Worthington to tell the ‘Pink Twins’ from Australia to be cured of their arthritic knees by him. He even told them to cancel their appointments for knee replacement surgery.
From Murphet’s  ‘Sai Inner Views and Insights’, ch..’Dorothy’s Knees’..p116-120. Leela Press…1996.

 (It is also on an Ashram Video showing sb walking Dorothy out to the crowd of devotees to show the great ‘cure’ he had achieved.)

”Dorothy was given a chance to have knee replacement in Brisbane but sb said this… ‘No Swami replied… No operation.”

Valmai asked him again. ‘Swami I want to make sure I understand you correctly about Dorothy’s knees. The surgeon says she must have an operation. Please tell me again what you said about that?
Swami replied, quite decisively “No operation I will operate, I will cure her.” So being happy about this Dorothy cancelled the surgery after being on the waiting list in Brisbane. She was in Australia at the time but made the painful trip to India for her ‘cure’. The whole thing was a psychological adrenalin show and on return to Australia she found she wasn’t cured at all… sb used her for temporary propaganda purposes after they had devoted their lives to him at SWARA.”

Sathya Sai did the following:”They came, he circled his hands over the knees, with coloured vibhuti and then walked her around to show a cure. She could manage to walk a little anyway, but in pain.”
“I was a member of the SWARA centre – where Dorothy and her sister worked -, for the years 1986 and 1987, with partial year attendances through to 1992, after that my Australian attendances were in the Sydney Centres only, and I was the secretary of the Vancouver Sai centre and was well known in Canada. My friend lived with them, and my children knew them both as well. So it was more than a passing acquaintance. There is even a photo of me working as a volunteer there. It was sent to India, perhaps it is in the book with all the others.
Well folks that was it, next time in Oz I saw her at the ‘Wayside Chapel’ in Sydney she was uncured for all to see. …The fact remains Dorothy was in a wheelchair in 1993 and still up to her death in 2003 as indicated by her sister and ABC.”

O’Clery also pointed out that no one has “…explained why Dorothy needed a wheelchair from the time of the so called cure right up to when she died. A ten year period in front of umpteen numbers of people, and on video and TV.
There are claims that she was walking around for 3 years as cured. This is not true, she was using her walking sticks etc and in a wheelchair, when tired. I don’t know what kind of meds she was taking either, although she was under a doctors care for the condition still. There was no time of remission at all. She could always walk haltingly for a short time anyway… There was never any remission.
Yet sb didn’t promise only a (3 years) break of her illness (which she didn’t get anyway), but a complete cure. Even telling her to cancel her surgery as he would fix her and she would never need crutches and wheelchairs for the rest of her life.
I personally saw her in company of several dozens of people two years later in front of many people and she wasn’t cured at all, besides I talked to her during that 3 years. She told me the healing would be gradual; well she died before it graduated.
Moiya, told me that she didn’t want Sai Baba to cure her as Dorothy was worse. Dorothy suffered from ‘True Believer Syndrome’, as devotees do these days and couldn’t face the fact that she may have wasted a lot of energy in her life believing in a fraud. Even to the extent of not believing her own disabled body, hadn’t been cured…”

Murphet also wrote some highly imaginative ideas about Gorbachev. Some while after he came to power, Murphet was at an interview, but did not dare ask Sai Baba about Gorbie. Instead he wrote: “A mental question is as good as a verbal one to Swami. His eyes gave me the affirmative answer but all his lips said was, “Gorbachev is a good man.” I knew then that he had played some wonderful, powerful tune on the akashic strings that had manoeuvred circumstance and brought about the great change.” (ital. above are mine)
In one book, Murphet thought that a speck of light on a photo of ‘the avatar’ he took was caused by his miraculous leela (i.e. divine miraculous sport). Anyone who knows a bit about photography in India knows that such spots occur often on developed prints, the cause most likely being heat during the developing process. Murphet asked Sathya Sai Baba if it as his leela, and for once Sai Baba said it was due to a flaw in the photography.

See also: Overview over Howard Murphet’s spiritual ideology
Howard Murphet and Sai Baba as ‘Man of Miracles’

Howard Murphet books:-
— 1971: Sai Baba: Man of Miracles, London. [Reprinted by Samuel Weiser, York Beach, 1973 and subsequently]
— 1977: Sai Baba Avatar. A New Journey into Power and Glory, San Diego, Birth Day, 1977.
— 1980: ‘The Finger of God’, Golden Age, 1980, pp. 35-40.
— 1982: Sai Baba. Invitation to Glory, Delhi, MacMillan,
— 1983. [Republished in USA in 1993 as Walking the Path with Sai Baba, York Beach, Samuel Weiser]
— 1993a: Walking the Path with Sai Baba, York Beach, Samuel Weiser.
— 1993b: Where the Road Ends, [N.S.W. Australia], Butterfly Books. [Later editions: Faber, VA, Leela Press.]
— 1996: Sai Inner Views and Insights, Faber, VA, Leela Press.Howard

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New Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba in the media

Posted by robertpriddy on March 17, 2011

From Australia, Barry Pittard has just blogged on the ‘Marie Claire’ article on Sathya Sai Baba that appears in the Australian April 2011 edition of this publication, which is one of the premier women’s magazines in the world.

The author of the ‘Marie Claire’ article is Gethin Chamberlain, a senior journalist who has worked for some of the leading media in the world, e.g., The Observer, The Guardian, Grazia, GQ, Look, News of the World, South China Morning Post, The Sunday Telegraph, the Scotsman …..

See:‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed. Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

For 25 years a devoted follower of Sathya Sai Baba, Pittard dedicated years of his life in service to his then spiritual master, including work among some of India’s poorest people. He is a former lecturer at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India, and from circa 2000 has worked assiduously on behalf of Sathya Sai Baba’s victims who live in many countries around the world. Long active in efforts to foster international, professional, third party investigation into Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, Pittard is also one of the most prominent and incisive of serious, well-informed commentators on Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide sect.

He writes:
“To be sure, there are grave types of crime, and spiritual betrayal on a mammoth international scale, which this article and many others have not, understandably, been able to capture. Nevertheless, it is to advantage that ‘Marie Claire’ features world standard photojournalism, and the ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’ article contains quite recent and strikingly revealing photos of just some of the incredible opulence with which Sai Baba surrounds himself. His madness, authoritarianism and overweening arrogance are damningly evident to a vast array of human beings, but not to those smitten by their unquestioning faith in him” ….

Although it states that there are many worldwide allegations of Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of young males, and refers to the UNESCO and US State Department advisories, the ‘Maire Claire’ article does not allude to various other scandals, most notably the massive Puttaparthi and local, state and central government cover up of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in on 6 April 1993, which BBC television exposed well in ‘The Secret Swami’, in 2004. See:Barry Pittard’s Guide To His Articles On The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Exposing Sai Baba) and: V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings and: Will V.P.B. Nair Keep His Word To BBC On Sathya Sai Baba? and: V.K. Narasimhan on the 1993 Sathya Sai Baba murders and: Sathya Sai Baba and India in-depth study. Two examples Chamberlain cites give typical examples of the guru-blinded nature of many Sathya Sai Baba cultists (and cultists of many another feather!), and the manner in which they bury their consciences in rationalizations that defy ethics common to many cultures, and indeed contravene the laws of a great many countries ….”


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Sathya Sai Baba in private interviews

Posted by robertpriddy on March 16, 2011

The following e-mail which recounts what happened to the Jesuit novice, John Purnell, in Sathya Sai Baba’s private interview room (as in so many other reports) was posted on the web:-

From: John Purnell (June 9th 2006 – 01:50:54)
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Subject: (Guestbook Submission)
To: Guestbook

I would love a response from you to my question……I was a devotee for 7 years and had many private interviews with sai baba….. in the last couple he tried to masterbate me vigorously with oil, then please explain as to why he showed me clearly his erect penis and why the hell did he try to shove it in my mouth complaining that I no longer LOVE him ??? Not to mention forcing me onto the ground of the private interview room and telling me he is God and that all is ok, Trying to shove his erection into my anus ??? Of course I was shattered after all this even to the point of suicide, like many of his REAL VICTIMS I thought he was God…Miracles….. just watch his hands at all times then you will see it is so obvious. My story is the TRUTH that you devotees always claim is paramount…..I am not the only victim hundreds upon hundreds are now telling the TRUTH…..If you can explain why God would want me to perform oral sex on him and WHY the hell God would want to penetrate my anus then PLEASE do email me with your response….I am waiting !!!!!! Look sadly the truth is Baba is a great scam like Rajneesh and ALL Indian God men ….. Look deep beyond the SHOW exterior and all you see is rotten to the core.

LONG LIVE TRUTH because TRUTH will never fail in the end…..My dear dear devotees I know the pain that is in store for you…….be prepared as Baba will fall off his throne oneday and sadly you will be shattered by the TRUTH. You ARE in my prayers.
John Purnell

In a further e-mail clarification of his position (to a questioner – see here) and why he had not fought off Sathya Sai Baba when being abused and why he held back with the full details of the abuses, Purnell gave an account which all investigators of sexual abuse will recognise as very common behaviour in such awkward and demeaning circumstances:-

i was a healthy young man and he an older man and at the time all this started initially with oiling i believed him to be fully GOD hence when things got more heated i was not really fighting him off….that is why the disgust and shame and embarrasment……even up to the last interview i should have really belted him one but the power of the weak mind rules over common sense in cults as you would be aware of. look at how ALL cults operate….the total mind control at the hands of the leader…..that is why i only initially told about the oilings and that is why i did not as a jesuit novice tell all the details because i was a healthy young man and i stupidly allowed this to happen and continue for longer than it should have. not to mention the fact i did not want my mother to know the details…..even to this day joe i have not told her what i have told you… is no longer shame but i just wont tell her yet. many victims of baba take years to come to terms with it and only slowly reveal the full accounts not because they are adding colour to them but because of the stigma attached to allowing freely another older person to have such devoted unquestioning control…….that there is the whole crux of what my, and many other ex devotees , problem begins, that is why i can only now speak the full story. that is why back then in the early days i could not reveal to others all the events in the private room. that is why my 03 account is devoid of the inbetween details. that is why i kept quiet………i was an adult, not a defenceless child……..why and how could i allow an old man to do this without putting up a fight ??? why does ANY MALE allow another older male to rub oil on ones penis without question ??????? that is what i was fighting agaist

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Sathya Sai Organization double morals

Posted by robertpriddy on March 11, 2011

Dr.Michael Goldstein above (as caught out by the BBC) and his Indian counterpart in cover-up of all facts about murders and sexual abuses, Dr. G. Venkataraman (below) -

The Sathya Sai Organization and other Sai Baba institutions have always been ready to denounce impostors and deceivers (in circulars or in their public journal Sanathana Sarathi). Sathya Sai Baba insists that his followers support truth, decency, speaking softly and sweetly, but his authorities have nothing to say about their biggest and most unethical defender on the Internet, Gerald Moreno. They observe Moreno attacking dissidents and critics of Sai Baba in the most unspiritual and libelous manner without a single word of comment. Were they to dissociate themselves from him in public or denounce his methods even once, they would pull the ground from beneath him, so one cannot but conclude that in the main the leaders have no trouble with what they know to be his unjustified and untruthful representations of former devotees. Thus, their silence amounts to consent and the endorsement of not taking issue with this major proponent of their own agenda.

Knowing what a clandestine and secretive power clique runs the authoritarian International Sathya Sai Organization, with the devious Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. G. Venkataraman at its head, they are satisfied to be defended through ad hominem attacks, character assassination attempts and diverse other underhand methods used by their primary defender. The same applies to Sathya Sai Baba himself – for with a few words to the leaders of his organization or in public he could denounce Moreno, who ceaselessly, with ongoing cooperation from both his prominent and rank-and-file members, breaks his directives for spiritual behaviour.

Dr. M. Goldstein stated on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ that Sathya Sai Baba had told him not to answer any criticisms, for it would drag them into the gutter. Because Goldstein was bound religiously to follow every hint of this Lord and Master, so one way to hit back at critics was clearly either through minions. This was done through disinformation and false claims by Dr. G. Venkatarman (Head of Radio Sai, and active Member of the Prashanthi Council) who was only to willing to avoid the real issues and distract attention from the many crimes involved. Venkarataman’s mendacious response to the JuST Group’s documented criticisms was a private reaction he claimed – and not made on behalf of the Prashanthi Council itself, not of the Sathya Sai Organization either. What duplicity from Sathya Sai Baba’s official propagator and chief propagandist!

In all this silent support for Moreno, Sathya Sai Baba and his officials faced the dilemma: either to denounce the critics’ claims themselves or denounce the nefarious behaviour of their staunch defender (Moreno) because of the counter-productive effect and its impact on both true devotees and the wider public. Moreno’s shallow and calumnious diatribes and their frequent predominance over other pro-Sai Baba postings on search engine results strongly reinforce the fact that there has been very widespread criticism of Sathya Sai Baba, especially since the massive sexual abuse revelations in 1999 and the exposure of the murders in his bedroom on BBC World TV and the Internet. Meanwhile, not one pro-Sai Baba website dares to make a single link to the extensive Sai Baba critical websites for fear of the facts coming forth to their followers. Sai Baba himself has warned devotees not to view the discussions on the Internet.

Pointed denials of association to mislead the public:

Moreno made a point of denying – at the foot of many of his pages – any association with the Sathya Sai Organization from the time of the first attacks on critics and alleging victims of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse (which he also actually accepted for some years during his all-round defense of Sai Baba). His activity still undermines the credibility of their claim that Sai Baba is not at the centre of a cult. There is considerable circumstantial evidence of central US Sathya Sai officials collaborating with Moreno behind the scenes, especially in providing him with information about the Alaya Rahm court case before the results were known even to most critics and in providing him with deposition documents which were never made public by the court and have proved unobtainable even by several email requests by a international coordinator, and by (via telephone) a US academic and also a personal visit by another US citizen to the Clerk of Court in Orange County, California. Moreno could not prove that he had obtained the documents from the court, as he asserted, for he could produce no receipt.

Some semi-official Sai websites with a fairly large remit [which are of course also deeply engaged in a propaganda and disinformation campaign – especially] do link to his web pages, helping his Google rankings. The Sathya Sai Organization could stop this easily, but evidently some among them – such as Prashanthi Council leaders Michael Goldstein and G. Venkataraman – are privately interested in seeing critics of Sai Baba maligned as much as possible. Their conscious choice to avoid Moreno in public shows that they nevertheless are aware what a yet more huge liability to them it would be to endorse such a person who defies all the advice of Sathya Sai Baba always to speak softly, criticise oneself instead of others and such rules. The wider world of thinking people can see straight away that Moreno’s whole aggressive character attack strategy and underhand ‘dirty tricks’ are a striking manifestation of a religious personality cult in action, often exceeding the antics of scientology.

Moreno wrote that he had heard many wonderful stories about Sai Baba from someone called ‘Robert’ (at a time when there were few who knew much about SB in the USA). Of those named Robert to whom might apply from that early date there are Robert Baskin, Robert Bozzani, and Robert Bruce – all Sai VIPs and long-standing members of the Sathya Sai Organization. Robert Basin has acted as the lawyer for the Sai Organization. Moreno claimed he had no contact with Baskin, citing the irrelevant fact that Baskin lives in California while he lives in New Mexico, a long way apart. But Baskin has held talks in many places in the Sai organization, and both have been frequently to Sai Baba ashrams, where meetings between US visitors are almost inevitable (in groups etc.) not to mention e-mail, the phone etc.!

There is no publicised official support for Moreno or any mention of him or links to his defamatory web pages by the Sathya Sai Organization or other Sai institutions, indicating that they cannot afford association with such a twister of the truth). More significantly, not a single national or other prominent newspaper or media outlet referred to Gerald Moreno’s massive output. He has railed against journalists (e.g. Vishal Arora) and academic researchers into the Sathya Sai Baba who have failed to mention him or in any way support or reference his materials (such as Tulasi Shrinivas and others). Yet more disappointing for Moreno, no doubt, is that there are no postings on the Internet of any serious kind that support him in any way, except for a few by fanatics and equally dishonest and antagonistic persons (eg. Lisa de Witt being a very active user of bad language and utterly false low-life claims about critics).

Gerald Joe Moreno – dossier

Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno Dr. G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba defender”
Dr Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail? “Dr.G. Venkataraman lost all his scruples.” Also that he “had a harrowing experience … 

Dr. G. VENKATARAMAN – THE MOST GULLIBLE PHYSICIST ALIVE? He was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme He writes about being in quest of the mysteries in the Universe but states that is not found in hundreds of books already.
Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist in the limelight
a physicist, formerly employed in India’s nuclear bomb programme, is now a propagandist and cover-up official for Sai Baba 

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba It seems that this retired physicist G. Venkataraman had been tempted to take upon himself the mantle of philosopher…

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Ladies Day – Sathya Sai Baba vs. genuine female emancipation (up-dated)

Posted by robertpriddy on March 8, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba on his invalid golden 'buggy chair' surrounded by male bodyguards

LADIES DAY is one day a year, the rest of the year  it’s  a man’s world at all  Sai Baba’s ashram, before his death and after

The male chauvinist who proclaimed himself the creator of the world and of man and women, Sathya Sai Baba, decided in the mid 1990s to try to engage women by introducing a ‘Ladies Day’ on every November 19th. This came after at least five decades of his full marginalisation of women in his ashrams and organisations… made to sit at the rear of every event and not on chairs (as men he wished to flatter were). Thereafter, there was the one day a year – Ladies Day – when women did not have to sit on the ground and got prominent places! Otherwise nothing changed! Living in a male chauvinist environment, he wanted to prolong the traditional roles assigned to but a tiny handful of all females in India. Everyone who saw anything of Sai Baba’s ashrams know that it was a man’s world above all else and women took second place, if that, at best in all things that mattered except service to men in general.

One quote of Sai Baba from Ladies Day 1995 much bandied by devotees was:
“Women should take the correct path then men will follow suit, as it is the women who have to take the leading role. The wife is half of the husband; if she becomes good, then her husband, who is the other half, will also become good.”
In other words, women are to lead men be being good first and foremost, so she must bear the burden for the male traditionalists.

Sai Baba made many other typically insubstantial claims, such as:-

 ladies-1b The typical ‘spiritual’ religious ploy of putting women on a spiritual pedestal, but trampling on their rights in everyday life, Sai Baba did not recognise women on a level with men in his ashrams, and never spoke out against India’s worst crimes against them: massive prostitution, countless dowry deaths (i.e. cynical murders of young wives) , social nihilation of widows etc.
ladies-2scans from: Sanathana Sarathi Nov-Dec 1995 The Vedas propose countless practices which are only given massive lip service in India today, and with reason, they are mostly useless or worse, redundant and revanchist in the more enlightened world of today

For decades he evidently imagined that his ‘teaching’ on women was divinely inspired, though it was simply a reinforcement of the subjugating attitudes and conditions that had always ruled. His views were 90% traditional Indian fare, that is – for the status quo in a country where women are exploited to extreme degrees in the home and workplace, who have traditionally been excluded from nearly all male occupations, who can be seen to be treated by most men as subservient, second-rate citizens! Remarkably, Sathya Sai Baba claimed (19/11/ 2010  shortly before his 85th birthday and death)  that his Ladies’ Day  would be of major importance in forwarding women’s rights through future generations! Considered on the background of the world struggle for genuine female emancipation from their traditional roles and social suppression as represented by the suffragettes in Britain and now expanding throughout the world, Sai Baba’s claim reminds of his many other delusions of grandeur.

While still Indian President, Shrimata Prathiba Devisingh Patil, attended this Ladies’ Day at Prashanthi Nilayam, worshipped Sai Baba and gave an address to the crowds about women. It was wholly evident from this address – along with many of his statements about women and their role in life and society, that the values they supported are very largely opposed to those of International Women’s Day, the 8th of March (see Wikipedia).

India's President, Pratibha Patil, worshipping Sathya Sai Baba On Ladies Day, 2010, woman President Patel of India said:
Today, we are gathered at Puttaparthy to begin the 85th Birthday celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.I pay my regards and I wish him the very best on this occasion. His progressive views on the role of women are inspiring. (see

Progressive views? Surely, about the last word one can associate with Sai Baba’s views – especially on women – is ‘progressive’? That the first female President of India finds them so speaks volumes about the lack of real female emancipation – even intellectually – in India. Sai Baba saw women first and foremost to be a home maker, a mother and a chaste second-string to her husband. He never so much as commented on the huge number of murders of brides and young wives due to dowry disagreement or other dissatisfaction. (eg. dowry deaths in Delhi alone were put at 6 1/2 thousand official figures. Unofficial ly at 25,000. BBC World TV).

“Today is 19th November (1999). It is celebrated as Ladies’ Day to remind you of the importance of the mother.” (Sai Baba, Sanathana Sarathi, 12/99. p. 365). It was he who should have been reminded, since he let his own mother live in isolation (her husband having left her) and in penury (see full account and photo of the tiny shack in which she lived while he rolled in luxury in his ashram nearby).

Neither Sai Baba nor President Patil expressed anything supportive of the most central modern feminist ideals – equality of women with men throughout society, not least in the workplace as regards equal opportunities, rights and – not least – equal payment for equal work. Instead,  Sai Baba continually harped back on the mythical past of Rama’s rule and the example of Savitri – a women whose intense prayers brought her dead husband back as a blessing from the death deity!

International Women’s Day already has its centenary this year, 2011! If the following is progressive, I would like to know in what sense and to whom it applies (i.e. surely not fully grown Indian men?) … “You should conduct yourself according to the wishes of your mother. Do not disobey her.” (Sai Baba – Sanathana Sarathi 12/99, p. 365).

On another Ladies Day, Sai Baba said:As today is a sacred day dedicated to women, they should change themselves and help to change the men and the children. They should develop the qualities of sympathy, compassion; love and sacrifice. Study the lives of our great women, who were models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice. I desire that you should take up the reins of leadership and bring peace and prosperity to the nation by leading ideal lives.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 28, Chapter 32 ‘When Women Are Honoured’).

Comment: The values listed  – patience, fortitude, compassion, and sacrifice – are noteworthy because surely they the very qualities which have made women endure without revolt the vast injustices of patriarchal and male chauvinist societies throughout history. He never once elected a single women to be a leader over any group with adult males in it… words belied by his non-actions.

Lacking democracy and ‘rights’ for women Sai Baba did not allow women in central positions in any of his institutions except those exclusive to women. Not one is represented on his Sathya Sai Central Trust or Prashanthi Council. He avoided women on most occasions, a frequently observed and reported fact even by some very keen devotees. Women in the ashrams who work (not the moneyed women visitors with jewels and costly silk saris) are employed mostly only in traditional women’s jobs in India – washerwomen, sweepers, orderlies, nurses. A few were doctors at his hospitals. Women were in general not provided with the same facilities as men at ashram events, such as chairs at conferences, nor were they allotted places on his much-envied veranda (apart from two three on the periphery). At his walkabout ‘darsans’, he very often simply strode past the women’s side and lavished his attention on men and boys, as we know why. All in all, Sai Baba must all have been and remain very confusing to women devotees!  Numerous students have reported that he is a strong misogynist, a reputation that has dogged him for decades.

“Bhagavan then delivered His discourse, in the course of which. He extolled the role of mother as the moulder of the family and the first teacher for children. In the evening, there was a cultural programme entitled ‘Naari Shakti’ (The power of women), which highlighted the glory of Indian womanhood as revealed in the story of Savitri, who brought back her husband from the Lord of death. ” (Editor Sanathana Sarathi 12/96. pp. 328 & 329)
” For Indian (Bharatiya) women, the first duty is to reform the home and run it along ideal lines! The home and the family is the basic social institution everywhere in the world. When the home improves, the whole world will be better.” Sai Baba at Prashanthi Nilayam on Ladies day – 19/10/1996. (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1996, p. 334)

There is no lack of male teachers, nor of women who are unmarried or whose children have grown up. These women could teach. The faulty assumption Sathya Sai Baba implied is that it is due to the negligence of the home by women that the whole world has become as it  We know how Sai Baba saw the world through extremely jaundiced eyes as a place where unrighteousness rules and almost everything is wrong. Yet he puts the burden of the home and the family on women, and hence – due to the family being central to life, the burden of the world on them, just as men have done throughout most of history! His belief is wholly untenable, of course, a prejudice of bygone ages. However, he bemoaned the fact that women are empowered to work outside the home and earn. Again, he harps back to the past he wants to revive:-

Sai Baba seemed to dither back and forth between the tradition he knows from Indian village life and the more modern approach many of his middle-class Indian ladies and most foreign devotees now hold. Women must in effect do two jobs if need be:- “A lady must look after the home first and then work outside, if necessary… she can study to get degrees, enter politics or do any other work but she should not neglect the home, which is the very foundation of her life.” (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1997, p. 327-8).

No need to stick to the same opinion at all, so Sai Baba changes tack to:-
“…in the modern world, it is necessary for the women to share the burden of maintaining the family with their husbands and so the women should also pursue studies as much as possible and take up suitable jobs to share the burden of the family. It will smack of selfishness if the males prevent them from going to work for which they have acquired the requisite qualifications. Women can control the whole world for themselves by virtue of their inherent qualities of love and spirit of sacrifice.(Sai Baba in a discourse, 19/4/1999 at Kodaikanal. Sanathana Sarathi, July 1998, p. 172)
So now we see that Rama – whose view on women is praised inordinately by Sai Baba – must have been seriously wrong, after all:-

Of course, no more than a very few women ever be seen in leadership positions in India. 
In a crafty turnaround from his “women’s place is in the home” talk, Sai Baba suddenly pronounced: “Women too are doing all jobs equal to men. In fact, women do work more sincerely with dedication. Svami questioned the Director of the Indian Telephone Industries when he came to see Svami, about the percentage of women employed in the industry. He said 99% of the employees were women and added that women do better work than men. They do not stop or step out till the allotted work is completed. They have the work culture better than men. It is nowhere stated in any sacred text that women should only cook and not do work like men.”  (Sai Echoes from Kodai Hills, 1998, p. 48-9).

Here, Sai Baba saw it as exemplary that cheap women’s labour is exploited in the most boring and repetitive work of telephone exchanges (as they were earlier). These women must work long hours, then be home makers supreme etc.  This is far closer to the degradation of women than respecting and honouring them.

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Seeking the truth about Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 5, 2011

There can be a stark difference between what one tells about honestly as one perceived and interpreted and – on the contrary – the facts as based on independent and more penetrating investigation. An honest witness who has been unknowingly misled will misrepresent actual states of affairs. One can be truthful about ones subjective experiences, while these experiences may remain very far from the truth of things which lie behind (or otherwise hidden from) those experiences. Not only may the experience be the result of doctrinally framed perceptions but it may conflict with the evidence of both collective experience and systematic rational investigation.

Commonly shared perceptions and beliefs are often supported and reinforced largely by so-called ‘group effect’. This is group pressure to conform in belief and outward behaviour to what the group, organization, sect or cult stands for. Group effect is founded on what is most agreeable in a social environment – i.e. agreement rather than disagreement. Finding that someone agrees with us – about a favourite film or book for instance – is undoubtedly one of life small pleasures. But now scientists appear to have put their finger on why we take such delight in being of the same mind. Discovering that we are agreed with lights up the brain’s pleasure centres, they say. (Daily Mail) Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London) in collaboration with Aarhus University in Denmark have found that the ‘reward’ area of the brain is activated when people agree with our opinions. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests that scientists may be able to predict how much people can be influenced by the opinions of others on the basis of the level of activity in the reward area (See here).

Obviously, to be truthful is not the same as knowing or stating what is actually true.  The bending of one’s perceptions and distortion of the meaning that can fairly be read into them is achieved through indoctrination, which can take many and varied forms – from the blatant to the most subtle and invidious. When one has developed a mindset which is largely organized by spiritual doctrine or religious faith, the truth of any matter is always more or less clouded and impenetrable. Those who have a very wide and well-balanced mindset will usually be able to interpret their perceptions in a less subjective manner than those who lack training in comparative studies, critical thinking, and psychological self-understanding.

In the case of Sathya Sai Baba, most considerable investigation is required to remove or dispel not only rumours but what seem to be solid facts, and all the more so in that censorious secrecy, and cover-up operate in his movement concerning his actual behaviour most of the time. Faced by concerted conscious deceit, it is very hard to get to the true state of affairs. For those who have developed the ‘true believer’ and blinkered self-programming and self-denigrating mentality of an emotional and dependent devotee, the task is almost insuperable. It require a figurative ‘smashing of the mirror’ of one’s own preconceptions and even a dear part of one’s self-image (i.e. that one could be deceived so long and so much). For those – the majority of followers – who have no or little opportunity of meeting him and observing him close up, or who do not know or have the confidence of persons close to him, the task of getting to the truth is virtually impossible.

Though I was sometimes very close to being a ‘true believer’, I always had some reservations about a number of his statements because of my scientific and philosophical background.  Not being able to learn many things about him from anyone – nor what he meant by his unclear words and discrepancies of word and act – became especially frustrating. Increasingly I considered events around him in the ashrams and in the Sathya Sai Organization to be ‘fishy’ or unsatisfactory and improperly explained. However, I was not severely jolted out of my complacent acceptance of the main import of Sathya Sai Baba’s life and work and much of his more acceptable Hindu-based teaching until I became one of V.K. Narasimhan’s very few close and trusted companions. His many privileged observations of Sathya Sai Baba – combined with his inside knowledge of what went on around him – gradually whittled away my mistaken interpretations of many things, until the bombshell struck I learned from him of the facts about the infamous police cold-blooded murder of devotees in Sai Baba’s own bedroom. This I have described elsewhere (see links to the documented facts and views on this) and – after the spell was first broken – the aftermath of this is described in my subsequent long investigations. Freed from the self-programming that is inevitable if one becomes positively involved with the Sai movement – my attitude necessarily became the more questioning (I allowed myself to investigate the sexual abuse allegations in depth) and so progressively more critical of Sathya Sai Baba and a great deal of what he now represents.


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Sai Baba: Help the Universe… and yourself!

Posted by robertpriddy on March 1, 2011

Text of letter posted on website

The website has posted a letter allegedly written by Sathya Sai Baba to one devotee. In a discussion there, devotees are thanking the one who posted it  from the depths of their hearts etc., while trying to absorb what it really means… One even questions the authenticity of the letter, but then a scan of the letter is also posted and the handwriting is very clearly that of Sathya Sai Baba. Probably the letter is undated and there is no mention in it of it being written in 2010 and thus applying to 2011, as was claimed by the poster. The heading looks like Sai Baba’s notepaper from years long gone (see below).

That people can take seriously such things only shows how the vast mass of devotees in India are willing and eager to believe virtually anything and accept directions of the most demanding kind as to how to live… constantly dulling their minds by repetition of names. This is a known key technique in diverting the minds of devotees from any kind of questioning or doubt about the guru and thus exerting control over them.

So “Mother Earth” is getting herself recharged! But we must “Beware of the dawning age”! What, the Golden Age? All the signs so far do show that the earth’s resources are under extreme pressure, forests are being lost at an increasingly alarming rate, the atmosphere, the land, the seas and the oceans are getting more polluted year by year. But “Swami knows” and knows better than any of us is the correct answer, of course. That head-in-sand attitude is encouraged throughout the Sathya Sai Organization, even though Sai Baba has warned of the same environmental dangers in frequent discourses! But he has it all under control, don’t you worry! “Someone is in charge” he has said. However, he blames it all – including tsunamis and volcanic eruptions – on the sinful actions of humans (Is he in charge of their willpower?… He has said he cannot make people do his will!). His solution to all the dangers; “perfect surrender” to his will, constant repetition of the name and other such futile time-wasting self-hypnosis and programming.

All who do so will be “white angels”, who have “to help people in distress at that time”. Why such distress if the Golden Age of perfect peace is to begin? Because not all will enter the Golden Age if they do not offer “perfect surrender ” such as by repeating the name? There is a sinister hint there, is there not? As to whiteness, does it refer to men’s cotton pyjamas at the ashrams, or how could the colour help? To what time does this refer? If the welcoming of the Golden Age has started (by Sai Baba), this is not the Golden Age itself? Your guesses are all as good as anyone’s. If you “derail” from the path, the Mother will give you bitter medicine to put you back. Sounds rather nastily threatening nonetheless, that!

Consider the depth of vagueness in this: ” The distance  between you and Me is the distance between you and your mind.” Whatever is he on about, it makes no sense? Does he even know himself? If so, why can’t he ever explain?

Scan of 1st page of the letter from Sai Baba

Through the years Sathya Sai Baba has been reported many times as telling people in interviews that drastic earth changes are coming. He has allegedly produced globes and maps showing the earth as it will appear after such cataclysmic changes – entire countries submerged and so on. Some of his predictions of the major threats have already been made redundant by events (see for example his prediction of a pole shift some years ago

See also:-

The Golden Age of Sai Baba …  era of Love, Peace, Righteousness, and Truth. This “Golden Age,” as He calls it, is destined to begin soon with an event (or series …

Golden Age of the Avatar – Sai Bab
The Utopian beliefs in a Golden Age, and the literally incredible ‘spiritual’ world transformation …

85th Birthday: Golden Age, Prema Sai Baba
…  who also believes in Prema Sai says about the promised Golden Age:- “Baba’s is an unfolding gospel. He adds to His revelation …

Sai on World Catastrophe? …  should have told 18 young boy students of a coming world catastrophe where he would rule the world for some while and these students …  prophesies (several times in interviews about a world catastrophe where he produced maps or even globes showing a vastly altered …

Global disaster predicted – or not? …  SB made a large number of predictions about a coming global catastrophe Sathya Sai Baba let the rumour mill grind on for years

False Predictions by India’s Revered “Omniscient Avatar”major parts of continents and an entirely new North Pole position. Further, a number of residents at Prashanthi Nilayam have long circulated a list of 27 highly imaginative mostly catastrophic` predictions around the millennium that Baba is supposed to have made to 18 students at Ootacamund before 1984. None of these predictions took place as stated.

Sai Baba promised vast miracle soon He will lift a range of mountains to protect his devotees!

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