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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Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier

Posted by robertpriddy on April 27, 2011

Despite vehement official denials by trustees of any valuables being hidden in Sai Baba’s residence  i.e. in the locked yajur mandir – to contrary has proved true.. and on an unimaginable scale too. See  Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession  Lies, cover-up and deception by the Sathya Sai Central Trust have been proven time and again.

See also Sathya Sai Baba’s death – no miracles and Documented chronicle over events from Sathya Sai Baba’s hospitalization to his death and aftermath and Death of Sathya Sai Baba: no valid certification 

 Hardly a single important circumstance concerning the recent health, hospitalization, treatment, or the time and immediate cause of death of Sathya Sai Baba, has not been surrounded by secrecy, disinformation and ill-concealed controversy and power struggles between contestants for a role in the multi-billion dollar financed goings-on. This can be seen in a large number of newspaper investigations and statements from involved parties. Considering the huge controversy about his illness, about the amount of drugs he was taking for such a long period (some say 6 months) and the causes and manner of his decease, there should certainly have been a post mortem with a coroner’s report too, but no such process has been allowed. So far there is no mention anywhere of even a death certificate being issued for Sathya Sai Baba – surely a normal practice which is again being abrogated. Perhaps the most sensitive issue for those involved in the continuing series of cover-ups reaching to high levels of government, is that of the date and circumstances of the ordering of his casket coffin – facts which Sathya Sai Central Trust blue-facedly denies, despite the documentation and full testimony on the extremely suspicious sequence of events being available on TV channels in India. That Sathya Sai Baba allegedly died on Easter Sunday is also suspicious because he was on a life support system which was removed at some point. This removal would have been tantamount to causing death. It was done to coincide with Easter Sunday – i.e. Christ’s supposed ‘resurrection’ day. This look very like an attempt to hang onto those foreign devotees who misguidedly believe that Sathya Sai Baba WAS Christ (including  US Dr. Michael Goldstein – international chairman of the Sathya Sai organization – see him state this very short clip (filesize 260Kb)).

Breaking news from Andhra Pradesh News here ….. My informant states: “A smart investigative reporter has tracked the matter down and managed to get actual email order of the embalming box that was asked to be delivered on April 4th…they are showing it on TV. The owner of the establishment has come on camera and admitted it with all the records. It looks as though Sathya Sai Baba was dead long back and serious development may even lead to calls for a post mortem and need to exhume the body?. Was he killed or did he collapse under the effect of drugs/steroids/pills?” This raises the question why the date of delivery was fixed about 17 days ahead of its appearance in Puttaparthi. Was it a precaution in case he should die, or a result of knowing he could not live, or even that he had already died.. or lost so many functions that he would be dead if any support were removed? The usual problem is the Sathya Sai Central Trust is a clandestine small enclave within the whole and no one but members have any ideas what is going on, if all of them do so even then. What is certain is that neither devotees nor even ‘ordinary’ Sai-VIPs have a clue about the acts behind the curtain or the facts below the carpet there!

There were reports here and there which were said to have ‘leaked out’ from the IC Unit by word of mouth that Sathya Sai Baba had already died. Various times and dates were given from various informants. However, since a very large number of doctors were allegedly involved in treating him, it seems unlikely that they can all have joined a conspiracy to cover-up, though no one knows who was actually allowed proper access to physically examine Sathya Sai Baba himself. It has been claimed that his boyfriend Satyajit held the reins of power and decided who could go near him or not. See Sai Baba drugged by Satyajit, who is the power broker

Here comes a more detailed (preliminary) report from my excellent informant in India:-

1. Kumar International, Malleswaram, Bangalore, who are specialists in embalming/casket/undertaker funeral services got a request on or around the 29th March, for a special casket. The caller was one “Rajendra Reddy”…and he wanted to buy an air conditioned casket with embalming facility.

2. Ms Lakshmi, a middle aged lady, the owner of the service was surprised as most orders were only rentals for 2-3 days, mostly catering to the needs of people who die and whose relatives have to come from USA/UK etc ( of which there are plenty, given the thousands of Indian software   professionals in South India who had migrated to the West ). The caller wanted a quotation and an email was sent to him.

3. The price quoted was Rs 57,000 plus Rs 5700 for transportation, the caller first said it should be delivered to Coimbatore city, and then said Mysore later. The price and details wee sent by Kumar International by email to “Rajendra Reddy”….who asked how long it would take to make one.

4. RR was informed it may take minimum a week , as per the specifications he had given, or alternatively, he could take a look at what they had in store.RR said he needed one within 3-4 days and had no time. He also asked how long the body would be preserved, to which Ms Lakshmi had said ” about 8-10 days,depending on the diseases/medication the deceased had been receiving. She was also asked about formaldehyde and she had replied that the doctors would be able to advise better, but yes, formaldehyde would be a good option.

5.Either RR or one of his agents had come to her office and paid a cash advance to her staff next day. And insisted that as they wanted a special casket immediately, they would choose one of those already in store.

6. Lakshmi’s staff started getting frantic phone calls by 3 AM on April 4th/5th….they had sent a complete price quotation for the special casket chosen by 4.41 pm April 4th ( the email was shown on TV ).

7. The casket was asked to be delivered to Puttaparthi hospital, which Lakshmi’s service did immediately.

8. Lakshmi, meanwhile ( although not a Sai baba follower ), started getting suspicious , as she had been following the Sai Baba news on TV.

9. But as nothing developed, she put it out of her mind…till Sai Baba was announced dead on April 24th morning. And by evening 6pm, when she saw the coffin/casket on TV, she was shocked to see it was the one she had sold and delivered to Puttaparthi on April 4th/5th. Even the name “Kumar International ” with contact numbers on the casket  was seen on TV ( after the burial today morning, when the casket was kept to one side)…but even by Monday ( 25th) she was so concerned about what she should do, she consulted her family guruji and appraised him of the situation, and that this may involve the powerful Sai Baba.. The guruji simply asked her not to be afraid and advised her to speak the truth , irrespective of what it involved, as truth was the greatest protector.

10. Lakshmi, called TV channels in Andhra and went live on air, telling her full story, along with complete records to back up everything.

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Sathya Sai Baba 96 years old at death? Lunar year confusions

Posted by robertpriddy on April 27, 2011

The Sathya Sai Organization’s official website presents a confused ‘explanation’ as to how Sai Baba, who died long before his 96th year, actually was 96 years old nevertheless, not calendar years but ‘lunar years’!  As is usual with them, they always base their face-saving propaganda on the forlorn hope that nobody will check the facts. It is clear to me that they calculated wrongly just so it would produce a result that suited their belief that Sai Baba lived until he was 94.4 lunar years old. Note the amusing discrepancy here too! Ninety-four point four does not even agree with his own words – living until 96, (or to depart at 92 or 93, according to which of his published statements you favour most!  He was between 89.5 and 94.4 lunar years old, depending on how one chooses to look at it. This falls far short of the constantly cited 96 years! Another problem is that his birth date was, according to school records, ‘adjusted’ by making it three years earlier than correct (but that is another issue and it would still not save his predictions of his mortal years).

  It should not go unmentioned, at least, that Sathya Sai Baba has celebrated his birthdays since youth according to the calendar year. He gives calendar year dates for diverse events in his discourses, and no one has EVER mentioned that he reckons anything in lunar years throughout his career. Only now, when the crisis of his false predictions takes on serious dimensions for the believing and donating public, is this dragged out as a vain and flawed palliative… and one which is more likely to harm than save the patient!

The scan (edited down for simplicity) of the official Sai Organization page asserts:-

Check the contents for yourself by clicking on the image

Everyone knows that a month (the lunar cycle) is between 29 and 30 days. This is based on the Gregorian calendar – which is now the virtually world-wide adopted calendar standard.  Even Hindu astrologers seem not to be of a different opinion in general, but some may use the 27 to 28 day lunar month measurements. Now, in their zeal, the Sathya Sai Organization has latched onto the celestially perceived lunar orbit time (conveniently) of 27.1 days (though they they it “may not be correct”!).

At we read:-” When a new moon occurs before sunrise on a day, that day is said to be the first day of the lunar month. So it is evident that the end of the lunar month will coincide with a new moon. A lunar month has 29 or 30 days (according to the movement of the moon).”

Now, the ‘lunar year’ is an obscure construction which was never used in dating Sai Baba’s birthdays or any other date announced by him or his ashrams. (Never mind that some fanatics have invented instances where he supposedly used a lunar year calculation but which were never recorded in reliable documents).  A year necessarily means a solar year, the time the earth takes to circumnavigate the sun (365 days excepting leap year – the same for the moon, of course, which is a satellite to the earth) . One cannot add or subtract from that year because of lunar phases any more than one can change it because of the apparent movement of, say, Mars or Venus. That some Hindu shastris use such calculations is beside the point and they even in some cases decide to add one lunar months every 6 years so as to approach the correct solar year length! Only now does all this lunar confusion seem of significance to those desperately searching for an explanation to prove Sai Baba was infallible.

According to the website Sathya Sai Baba lived for 30,833 days. This is only a correct calculation (correct IF he was actually born on 23 Nov. 1926, which is hotly disputed – since his registered date in his school record is 3 years LATER!).

The lunar month averages 27.21 days (by the very shortest or ‘draconic’ reckoning which the website chose for obvious reasons). The number of days per lunar year is 27.21 times 12 = 326.52 (days per annum) So 30,833 days divided by 326 days per year is equal to 94.56 lunar years.
This exceeds the minimum requirement of 93 years, which he twice predicted in separate discourses. Nor does it reach 96 years, which he also stated was the age he would reach – as several commentators agreed he has stated (though he also stated at least 3 other ages for himself). However one twists and turns it, the calculations do not fit the predictionof 96 years, nor that of 93. It would fit with the lifespan Haraldsson reported Sai Baba stated – 94 years, even though that was worked out at year 2020 – nor the other ages he predicted.

From 9 Sept 1960 (when Sai Baba was 43 calendar years old), plus 59 years = 2019 AD. He lived until age 84 by normal calendar reckoning, dying in 2011. Eight years short on calendar reckoning (which he always used in public, despite concocted, undocumented rumours that he once or twice did not).

from Wikipedia – some calendars which show the predominance of 30 or 31-day months

One can expect further contortions by the Sai Organization, finding hoary astrological shastris who may contest with esoteric theories. Indeed, the Hindu calendar used in ancient times has undergone many changes in the process of regionalization, and today there are several regional Indian calendars, as well as an Indian national calendar. There is ample room for confusion… and hence deception too. Most of these calendars are inherited from a system first enunciated in Vedanga Jyotisha of Lagadha, a late BCE adjunct to the Vedas, standardized in the Surya Siddhanta (3rd century CE) and subsequently reformed by astronomers such as Aryabhata (499 CE), Varahamihira (6th c. CE), and Bhaskara (12th c. CE). There are differences and regional variations abound in these computations. It is all age-old abacus reckoning, not scientifically precise or integrated into a system anywhere near Newtonian physics. One is reminded of H.G. Wells ‘famous comic character Mr. Polly, who called arithmetic “a flukey science”.

That Sathya Sai Baba always reckoned in normal calendar years is proven by the following quotations he made:-
“I will be in this mortal form for 59 years more and I shall certainly achieve the purpose of this avatar, do not doubt it.”
(Discourse 29.09.1960)
[1960 + 59 = 2019]
“I shall be in this body for 58 years more, I have assured you of this already.”
(Discourse 21.10.1961)
[1961 + 58 = 2019]
“As the world goes, at the age of 60, the physique becomes weak and the mind loses its alertness. But I skip along as fresh and active as ever.”
(Discourse 23.11.1985)
[1985 – 1926 = 59]
“The advent (of this avatar) took place 64 years ago.”
(Discourse 23.11.1990)
[1990 – 1926 = 64]
“This body is now 67 years.”
(Discourse 3.07.1993)
[1993 – 1926 = 67]
“The body (of Swami) will enter its 70th year on 23rd.”
(Discourse 17.11.1995)
[1995 – 1926 = 69]
“I am 73 years. My legs, hands, eyes are in perfect condition.”
(Discourse 24.11.1998)
[1998 – 1926 = 72]
“Today marks the 75th year of the Advent of this body.”
(Discourse 23.11.2000)
[2000 – 1926 = 74]
As officially reported, Sathya Sai Baba passed away on 24th April 2011.
[2011 – 1926 = 85]
However much one may try to distort or remove these facts, the lunar year theory will not add up in any shape or form..

To see how the Sathya Sai people try constantly to revise their statements, edit out of existence what is no longer acceptable that Sai Baba discourses or statements contain. They suppress things that have published and conduct damage limitation so as to indoctrinate, confuse and – above all – retain devotees (as their main donation catchment) look at the following:-

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Sathya Sai Baba is claimed to resurrect soon

Posted by robertpriddy on April 27, 2011

The Times of India published another version of the ‘Sathya Sai Baba will resurrect himself after 41 days’ story again because of a disturbance caused by a devotee who went on n a hunger strike to try to stop the burial. (see inset) The article continued:- “The woman, who hails from Bhimavaram, sat on a hunger strike in protest against the Trust decision to perform the last rites of Baba on Wednesday. “If he’s not buried, he would resurrect and give darshan to lakhs of devotees again. He doesn’t want to be buried. He had told me this when he appeared in my dream,” she said. Another devotee Tappuri Sai also created a stir by alleging that the body kept in glass casket was not that of Baba and that Sai Baba would come back again. Claiming himself to be head of the seventh peetham, Tappuri Sai said Sai Baba had gone away to complete some `unfinished agenda’.”

Comment: Devotees held that this means that he intended to live until he was in his 90s, but now the Sathya Sai Organization accepts he is dead and gone and has concocted an answer for the puzzled and distraught devotees as to why he died at age 85 (by Indian reckoning); namely, he was supposed to be calculating in lunar – not calendar – years. I shall return to this desperate and deeply flawed rationalization in my next blog.

As to the resurrection claim, The Times of India earlier wrote “Baba said he would return stronger”? as follows:-

PUTTAPARTHI: Did Sathya Sai Baba have premonition 10 years ago that he would fall seriously ill? Yes, claim his followers. According to them, Sai Baba had predicted in 2000 that he would be indisposed for 40 days but would come back strong to give darshan to his devotees.
This was revealed in a book ‘Tapovanam — Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba Satcharitra Nityaparaya-nam’ in which the author Jandhyala Venkateswara Sastry has written an essay on Baba’s ill-health. Sai Baba had told his students at his Sai Shruti ashram in Kodaikanal in 2000: ”Though most of my disciples fall at my feet, they don’t know my real value. A time would come when I would vanish and take a walk across the skies. During that phase, my body would face serious health problems and devotees would be desperately praying for my recovery.”

Further comment: Tappuri Sai may have noticed that the hair of Sai Baba as seen through the glass looks suspiciously like a wig, compared to his extreme thinning visible during his birthday. Undertakers do work on the appearance of the corpse with many techniques, of course. Sai Baba’s hair has been the object of great attention throughout his life; once it began to go grey. He did a miracle and turned it back to black, saying it would never turn grey again. (The said miracle is also surely known as black dye).

In 1998 V.K. Narasimhan told me that Sathya Sai Baba had told him definitively that he had not had his hair cut for 20 years! However, photos taken of Sathya Sai Baba through that period show clearly that (around 1993/4?) his hair was suddenly seen to be about 1/3 or less of the volume it normally had. Then it slowly grew out again. I was present at the ashram at that time and observed this closer crop of his hair. So Sathya Sai Baba can tell his followers anything he likes, whether true or not, accurate or not, and get away with it! There have been any number of photos showing Sathya Sai Baba before and after a haircut (though this fact is never mentioned by devotees, of course. The condition of his thinning hair in 2010 is shown here. Even from these photos, all taken within a few years after 2004, one can see that his hair has been trimmed, fashioned etc. It is claimed too by Indian skeptics that he dyes his hair to keep it black, as he once predicted it would always be, and that he suffers from a bad skin condition as a result.

Dr. G. Venkataraman is one of Sathya Sai Baba’s most important representatives as head of Radio Sai, board member on the Central Trust and Vice-President of the Prashanthi Council etc. He was a nuclear scientist who lost his son and was consoled and emotionally manipulated by Sai Baba afterwards. His case is a typical example of how educated persons can fall for the indoctrination and tricks of Sai Baba to believe virtually anything he was told by him.  He has declared that Sai Baba is the Creator of the Universe: see The Most Gullible Physicist Alive?

Dr. G. Venkataraman is not a poor man, having long  been employed in the Indian nuclear industry, yet he gratefully accepted a brand new free Japanese car from Sathya Sai Baba, knowing that the money came from donations by followers for the purpose of aiding the poor, the needy, the suffering and the uneducated!
See Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.
Since the sex allegations broke he has denied their validity, but no abused student dare tell him the facts as Venkataraman was so close to the abuser himself and untrustworthy in an environment were ex-students were shot down by police within the ashram and many dissidents have been harassed and even had their houses burgled etc.!

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