Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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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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