Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba’s outlook in India

Posted by robertpriddy on April 30, 2011

The article below is reproduced in the hope that more readers will get its benefit… this is modern India talking, unlike the mainline India press which regurgitates the basic Sathya Sai Baba propaganda without a thought for investigative journalism (not even using Google search, it seems!) Some few mentions of the controversy are made, but most Indian newspapers ignores or mostly underplays the number and quality of almost every one of the countless allegations against him. I add one comment at the foot of the article.


God On A Phone Line

Sheela Reddy

by Sheela Reddy from Outlook India

It was the last miracle by the man who flew in the face of reason and defied the sceptics for seven decades. As 85-year-old Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s emaciated body was lowered into his grave in a spectacle worthy of a rock star on Wednesday, April 27, hundreds of thousands of his devotees—including politicians, judges, bureaucrats, military officials, sports stars, scientists,
professionals—stood patiently in line for a last glimpse of the man they believed was God. Their faith in his divinity had withstood everything—from charges of homosexuality, a cover-up of murders in the ashram, exposes of his magic tricks, not to speak of the fabulous wealth controlled by his trust.

He was, as Katharina Kakar puts it, “India’s Godman of the Twentieth Century.” An anthropologist who taught comparative religion in Germany before she married Indian psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar and settled down in Goa, Katharina is one of a long series of scholars who were so fascinated with the godman’s charisma that she visited his ashram in Puttaparthi for a closer look. This was in 1995, when, according to her, Sai Baba was already “past his peak”, but his aura was unmistakable. And indescribable: “He knew how to play with the psychology of the devotees—the way he made the crowd wait in suspense, and then made a grand entrance, collecting from the frantic devotees the letters of prayers addressed to him.” Then suddenly he would stop and talk to someone, looking deep into their eyes, creating a certain mesmerising moment. “You can’t train or learn this—either you have it or you don’t,” she explains. And Sai Baba certainly had it: the quality of a rock star.

By the 1990s, according to Katharina, he had so assiduously cultivated high-profile devotees as well as tapped into a rising middle class’s yearning for a short-cut to spirituality that his organisation had grown into a vast spiritual empire, with centres in over 130 countries. He had turned from a mere miracle-performing godman into a carefully managed spectacle. His birthdays, for example, were celebrated in a large stadium built in the ashram which could accommodate over 50,000 devotees, and became big shows designed to strike awe and reverence: “big miracles, music, spectacle.”

Khushwant Singh, a well-known godman-buster throughout his long journalistic career, knows only too well how adept the godman was at cultivating high-profile devotees. There was his friend, the late jurist famed for his sharp mind and scepticism, Nani Palkhivala. In the last two years of his life, Palkhivala kept a portrait of Sai Baba on his desk. When Khushwant grilled him about it, the jurist who struck fear in the court refused to respond. It was a pattern Khushwant began noticing among the dozens of his friends and acquaintances who eventually succumbed to Sai Baba’s spell. “It was like a crutch. If you tried to talk to them about it, they got angry.”
Khushwant was baffled: why did otherwise sensible and modern men and women turn into devotees of godmen like Sai Baba? He eventually got a chance to find out. He received a letter from Sai Baba’s manager, asking him if he would like a private meeting with the godman. “Yes,” he replied promptly. But when it came closer to the appointed day, another letter arrived, saying brusquely: “Sai Baba feels you are not yet ready to receive him.”

It’s this ingenious blend of active pursuit and playing hard to get that probably won Sai Baba his impressively long list of high-profile devotees, ranging from presidents, prime ministers and central ministers to top bureaucrats, scientists and other professionals. They undoubtedly came in useful when Sai Baba was battling the charges against him by several former bhakts, feels Katharina. “These were serious charges, some of them probably with a grain of truth. But he had good contacts and there was possibly a cover-up,” she explains. “And the charges never stuck, because the devotees didn’t want to believe them..

Not only was Sai Baba the pioneer godman-as-social worker, he had the power to ‘appear’ in people’s dreams.

Like Dr Prabhakar Korada, a psychiatrist and professor in Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. Dr Korada, who started off like the bulk of Sai Baba’s professional and modern-day devotees as a sceptic, dismisses the various charges against Sai Baba as “organised anti-propaganda”. The journey of the psychiatrist from sceptic to believer is typical of the miracle that Sai Baba performed on countless souls over the coming decades: the doctor was going through a severe emotional and professional crisis in his life, when Sai Baba appeared in his dreams. “Even in my dream, I questioned him about his magic,” recounts the doctor. Sai Baba responded by placing a foot on his chest, “as if to feel my heartbeat”.

(above article found at http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?271618)
Comment: As to the dream which this (ill-informed and currently deluded) psychiatrist took as a real event can perhaps even best be refuted by Sathya Sai Baba’s own words:-

In fact, dream experience itself is not real. It is only an illusion. They are deluded to think that way. You say that Swami appeared in your dream last night. This is not correct. I do not appear in anybody’s dream. When you intensely desire that Swami must appear in your dream and constantly think of the same, that intense desire will assume a form in your dream. God does not assume a form or change into another form. You have witnessed something in your dream. What is it? It is your own self, nothing other than that. You are visualising your own self in the dream state.

Do not be under the illusion “Rama has appeared in my dream, Krishna has appeared in my dream, Swami has appeared in my dream”. This is a sign of ignorance. All these are dreams only. (ref. http://sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/25-10-04_Discourse.htm)

Further, that I and my various associates, as well as countless other independent persons of consequence are writing “organised anti-propaganda” is an interesting claim- We are definitely anti propaganda, namely – the propaganda the zealous fanatics of the Sathya Sai Organization spew forth without compunction. We are only trying to set the record straight and nothing I have written has ever been shown to be false and nothing I have said about Sai baba or any supporter has been challenged legally… with the good reason that I am very careful how I state my case and am willing to correct any errors that can be proven to me.

See more at DREAMS OF SAI BABA – CLAIMS AND APPRAISALS

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Μια σελίδα στα ελληνικά (A page in Greek)

Posted by robertpriddy on April 30, 2011

(see English version below):- Ο Σάι Μπάμπα, ο διάσημος Ινδός γκουρού και ‘ημίθεος’ που είχε “απεριόριστη δύναμη” και σαφώς “ανώτερη από τον Χριστό”, πέθανε σε ηλικία 84 ετών τη Κυριακή του Πάσχα, 24 Απριλίου. Λέγεται ότι έκανε πολλά “θαύματα” στη ζωή του, όμως ήταν σαφώς μαγικά κόλπα με την οποία εξαπάτησε πολλούς ανθρώπους. Πολλά μπορούν να διαβαστούν στο Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed. Μία από τις προβλέψεις του για παράδειγμα, ήταν ότι θα πέθαινε στην ηλικία των 96 (βλ. και ΕΔΩ), οπότε ο με έντεκα χρόνια συντομότερος της ‘προφητείας’ του, «πρόωρος» θάνατός του δίνει ένα σημαντικό μεταθανάτιο πλήγμα στην αξιοπιστία του.

Ο Σάθια Σάι Μπάμπα, ο ινδός γκουρού με τους εκατομμύρια πιστούς ανά τον κόσμο, πέθανε σήμερα σε ηλικία 85 ετών έπειτα από παρατεταμένη ασθένεια σε νοσοκομείο στη νότια Ινδία. Ο γκουρού, ο οποίος νοσηλευόταν για περισσότερο από τρεις εβδομάδες σε κρίσιμη κατάσταση, σύμφωνα με το ινδικό τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο NDTV, λόγω ανεπάρκειας πολλών οργάνων, πέθανε σε νοσοκομείο στη γενέτειρά του την πόλη Πουταπάρθι, στο νότιο τμήμα της Ινδίας. Μεταξύ των εκατομμυρίων πιστών του πολύ δημοφιλούς γκουρού συγκαταλέγονται πολιτικοί ηγέτες, επιχειρηματίες και διάσημες προσωπικότητες. Πρόκειται για μια «ανεπανόρθωτη απώλεια» δήλωσε ο ινδός πρωθυπουργός Μανμοχάν Σίνγκ για το θάνατο του Σάι Μπάμπα.

Ο Σάι Μπάμπα, πραγματικό όνομα Σατυγιαναρυγιάνα Ράζου (Satyanarayana Raju), ήταν Ινδός γκουρού γεννημένος το 1926 και είναι γνωστός ως Μπαγκαβάν Σρι Σάθυα Σάι Μπαμπα (Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba). (Επικριτές του υποστηρίζουν ότι η ημερομηνία γέννησης παραποιήθηκε έτσι ώστε να φαίνεται ότι η γέννηση του Σάι Μπάμπα εκπληρώνει μια προφητεία του Sri Aurobindo. Λένε ότι τα αρχεία του σχολείου αποδεικνύουν πως στην πραγματικότητα γεννήθηκε το 1929).

Η ταινία «Guru Busters» από την εταιρία Equinox, έδειξε ότι αυτά τα θαύματα δεν είναι τίποτα άλλο απο φτηνά ταχυδακτυλουργικά τρυκ. Μια κλασσική «ατάκα» από το έργο, ήρθε από έναν Ινδό φυσικό που του δώθηκε ένα δαχτυλίδι το οποίο υποτιθέμενα υλοποίησε ο Σάι Μπαμπα. Ο φυσικός είπε ότι είχε διδακτορικό από το Χάρβαρντ και δεν θα ήταν δυνατόν να ξεγελασθεί από έναν μάγο. Πόσες φορες δεν έχουμε ακούσει λαμπρούς αλλά παράλληλα παραπλανημένους ανθρώπους να λένε ακριβώς αυτή την φράση;
Ο Σάι Μπάμπα ισχυριζόταν ακόμα ότι ήταν Άβαταρ, δηλαδή ενσάρκωση ενός Θεϊκού όντος. Για τον Χριστό, τον Βούδα και τον Μωάμεθ έλεγε «ο Χριστός,ο Βούδας ο Μωάμεθ και άλλοι, δεν ήταν άβαταρς. Είχαν κάποια θεϊκή δύναμη…η δική μου δύναμη είναι άπειρη». Ενώ για τα λεγόμενα θαύματα του έλεγε «είναι πέρα από εσάς το να μάθετε το πως και το γιατί δημιουργώ τα αντικείμενα…τα αντικείμενα που δημιουργώ, τα δημιουργώ με την δική μου Θέληση, με τον ίδιο τρόπο που δημιούργησα και το Σύμπαν»!

Τα θαύματα του έχουν αμφισβητηθεί πολύ και υπάρχουν μαρτυρίες αλλά και αποδείξεις σε βίντεο όπου φαίνεται καθαρά ο τρόπος που τα εκτελεί. Είναι πράγματικά τρυκ.

Την δεκαετία του 70 συστάθηκε μια επιτροπή από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Bangalore για να ερευνήσει αυτά τα λεγόμενα θαύματα. Η επιτροπή κατέληξε ότι ήταν απάτες. Ειδικότερα, ο Σάι Κρίσνα (Sai Krishna), ένα 7χρονο παιδί προστατευόμενο του Σάι Μπαμπα, αποκαλύφηκε ότι ήταν απατεώνας.

Στις 15 Ιουλίου το 1976 τρία μέλη της επιτροπής τον είδαν να παράγει την ιερή στάχτη. Τελικά βρήκαν ότι η στάχτη ήταν κρυμμένη μέσα στη φανέλα του παιδιού και έβγαινε έξω όταν τράβαγε μια κλωστή κρυμμένη στα ρούχα του. Στις 23 Νοεμβρίου 1992 η αγγλική εφημερίδα Deccan Chronicle έβγαλε πρωτοσέλιδο εικόνες από ένα βίντεο που παρουσιάζει τον Σάι Μπάμπα να «δημιουργεί» ένα χρυσό μενταγιόν παρουσία του Ινδού Πρωθυπουργού κ. P.V. Narasimha Rao.

Το βίντεο έδειχνε καθαρά τον Σάι Μπάμπα να παίρνει κρυφά το μενταγιόν από τον βοηθό του, ονομαζόμενο Radhakrishna Menon. Στην συνέχεια ο Σάι Μπάμπα «υλοποιεί» το μενταγιόν με μια κίνηση του χεριού του.Ο Piet Vroon δουλεύοντας για λογαριασμό της Ολλανδικής εφημερίδας DE VOLKSKRAANT ανέφερε ότι αυτός και ο συνεργάτης του είδαν τον Σάι Μπάμπα να παίρνει δαχτυλίδια, μενταγιόν και ρολόγια από πίσω από βάζα και από κάτω από μαξιλάρια που είχε η καρέκλα του.

Επίσης είπαν ότι η στάχτη που εμφάνιζε, βρισκόταν μέσα σε μπαλάκια τα οποιά είχε κρυμμένα στο ένα χέρι του και όταν ήταν να «εμφανίσει» την ιερή στάχτη, τα πέρναγε στο άλλο του χέρι και τα έλιωνε απελευθερώνοντας την.

Υπάρχουν επίσης και διάφορα σκάνδαλα που ταλανίζουν τον οίκο του Σάι Μπάμπα. Στις 6 Ιουνίου του 1993, έξι εσώκλειστοι του παλατιού του βρέθηκαν άγρια δολοφονημένοι μέσα στην κρεβατοκάμαρα του. Ο ένας από αυτούς ήταν και ο Radhakrishna Menon, ο βοηθός του που καταγράφηκε στο βίντεο να του δίνει ένα μενταγιόν. Η υπόθεση έκλεισε με το πόρισμα ότι η σφαγή αυτή ήταν αποτέλεσμα απόπειρας δολοφονίας του Σάι Μπάμπα. Η αστυνομία όμως κατηγορήθηκε ότι ηθελημένα κατέστρεψε στοιχεία της υπόθεσης.Επίσης, στις 19 Ιανουαρίου του 1996, η εβδομαδιαία εφημερίδα LOK PRABHA δημοσίευσε μια αναφορά σχετικά με το Ινστιτούτο Ανώτερων Ιατρικών Επιστημών Σάτια Σάι ( Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences) στο οποίο ένας χωρικός από την επαρχία Λατούρ (Latur) της Μαχαράστρα (Maharastra) προοριζόταν για μεταμόσχευση νεφρού. Το νεφρό θα αφαιρείτο από τον γιό του. Αν και το νεφρό όντως αφαιρέθηκε, ένας έλεγχος που έγινε μετά, έδειξε ότι τελικά το νεφρό δεν είχε μεταμοσχευθεί στον πατέρα. Αυτή η υπόθεση δημιούργησε ερωτήματα για το αν το ινστιτούτο εμπλέκεται σε υποθέσεις παγκόσμιας εμπορίας οργάνων.

Ύστερα από όλα αυτά που έχουν δει το φως της δημοσιότητας για το Σάι Μπάμπα, του οποίου η οργάνωση δραστηριοποιείται και στην Ελλάδα, το μόνο θαύμα που υπάρχει είναι το ότι έχει ακόμα κάποιες παραπλανημένες ψυχές που τις εξαπατεί και τον πιστεύουν.

Πηγή ‘Κόκκινος Ουρανός’

Βέβαια, δεν έχουν λείψει τα σκάνδαλα και οι επικρίσεις εναντίον του. Τόσο τηλεοπτικοί σταθμοί όσο και αρκετές εφημερίδες έχουν φιλοξενήσει κατά καιρούς καταγγελίες για παιδοφιλία και για σεξουαλική εκμετάλλευση από πρώην οπαδούς του, όπως η περίπτωση του Αλια Ραχμ. Τελικώς, το BBC που είχε μεταδώσει το συγκεκριμένο ντοκιμαντέρ αναγκάστηκε να ανακοινώσει ότι το κεντρικό θέμα δεν ήταν η σεξουαλική εκμετάλλευση, αλλά η «προδοσία της πίστης».


http://o-nekros.blogspot.gr/2011/04/blog-post_4634.html

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lhttp://xristianikanea.blogspot.gr/2011/05/o-sai-baba.html  (Also a good blog)

English translation of the above:-

The Sai Baba, the famous Hindu guru and ‘demigod’ claimed  that he had “unlimited power” and clearly “superior to Christ,” has died at the age of 84 on Easter Sunday, April 24. He is said to have done many “miracles” in his life, but these were clearly magic tricks with which he deceived many people. Much can be read at the Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed. One of the forecasts, for example, was that he would die at age 96 (see also here), so the ‘prophecy’ of ‘premature’ death gives him an important posthumous blow to its credibility.
Sathya Sai Baba, the Indian guru to millions of believers around the world, died today at age of 85 after prolonged illness at a hospital in southern India. The guru, who was hospitalized for more than three weeks in critical condition, according to Indian television network NDTV, the multi-organ failure, died in hospital in his native town Puttaparthi in southern India.
Among the millions of faithful to the very popular guru among political leaders, businessmen and celebrities. This is an “irreparable loss” said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the death of Sai Baba. A few words about the Indian guru: The Sai Baba’s real name is Satyanarayana Raju, born in 1926 and known as Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. (Critics argue that the birth date falsified to show that the birth of Sai Baba fulfills a prophecy of Sri Aurobindo. They say that school records show that in fact born in 1929).
The film «Guru Busters»  from the company Equinox, showed that these miracles are nothing more than cheap magic tricks. A classic ‘cue’ from the project came from an Indian physicist who was given of a ring that allegedly materialized by Sai Baba. The physicist said he had a doctorate from Harvard and could not be fooled by a magician. How many times have we heard  bright but misguided people say exactly this?
Sai Baba claimed that he was still avatars, that embodies a divine being. For Christ, Buddha and Mohammed said “Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and others were not avatars. They had some divine power … my power is infinite. “While for the so-called miracles of saying “it is beyond you to know the how and why create objects … objects that I create, I create with my own will, in the same manner and created the Universe”!
The miracles have been questioned and there is much testimony and video evidence clearly showing the way he performs them. They are really tricks. In the 1970s a committee of the University of Bangalore was established to investigate these so called miracles. The committee concluded that it was fraud. In particular, Sai Krishna (Sai ​​Krishna), a 7 year old child protege Sai Baba, was a fake. On 15 July, 1976 three members of the Committee saw him take forth sacred ash. Eventually they found that the ashes were hidden inside the shirt of the child and came out when lure a thread hidden in his clothes. On November 23, 1992 English daily Deccan Chronicle headlines pulled images from a video that shows Sai Baba to “create” a golden medallion in the presence of Indian Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao.
The video clearly showed the Sai Baba to get the medallion hidden by his assistant, called Radhakrishna Menon. Then Sai Baba “materializes” the medallion with a hand movement achievements.The Piet Vroon working for the Dutch newspaper DE VOLKSKRAANT said he and his partner saw Sai Baba to get rings, pendants and watches from behind jars and from under pillows he had on his chair.They also said that the ash that showed, was in the balls which had been hidden in a hand when he was to “show” the sacred ash, off in the other arm and releasing the powder. There are also a number of scandals plaguing the house of Sai Baba. On June 6, 1993, six enclosed in the guru’s temple apartment were murdered in the bedroom. One of them was Radhakrishna Menon, his assistant recorded the video to give him a medallion. The case ended with the conclusion that the massacre was the result of attempted murder of Sai Baba. The police, however, were accused of deliberately destroyed evidence of hypothesis. Episis on January 19, 1996, the weekly newspaper LOK PRABHA published a report on the Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences) in which a villager from province Latour (Latur) of Maharashtra (Maharastra) was for a kidney transplant. The kidney will be deducted from his son. Although the kidney is actually removed, a check was later shown that eventually the transplanted kidney was not the father. This case raised questions about whether the institute is involved in matters of global trade institutions.After all those who have seen the light of day for Sai Baba, whose organization operates in Greece, the only miracle is that there is still some misguided souls who cheat and believe him.
Source ‘Red Sky’
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Of course, do not miss the scandals and criticism against him. Both TV stations and several newspapers have hosted occasional reports of pedophilia and sexual abuse by former followers, as in the case of Alaya Rahm.
The BBC broadcasted a documentary and announced that the theme was sexual exploitation and “betrayal of faith.”

 

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Sathya Sai Baba Trust “internal battles”

Posted by robertpriddy on April 30, 2011

NDTV report on the goings-on at Puttaparthi in the wake of Sathya Sai Baba’s funeral. The disingenuity of Sai ashram officials comes out clearly, as does the battle for control of all the huge interests involved. We also see from NDTV that even the foot-worshipping devotees, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has got involved with the Trust, along with Sonia Gandhi. Despite the massive media propaganda in India, this will almost inevitable eventually play out on the world stage to the discredit of all involved, if only in a limited way at present. Further, there are so many sexually abused former followers and students in contact with those of us who are defending them who will eventually come to terms with it and will emerge in future, as they did with the Roman Catholic Church. It takes time, of course, and the climate in India is dangerous for them still… remembering the four ex-students who were executed by the Puttaparthi police while Sathya Sai Baba stood by and conferred with them  through his younger brother, Janakiramiah.

While the internal battle continues, it comes as a shocker for many who noticed that Baba’s ardent devotee, who has always been beside the godman even till the guru breathed his last, was not present during the last rites ceremony. “The last rites were supposed to be conducted only by family members,” argues an ashram official. But when questioned further on why Sathyajit was not present at the ceremony, the official denied his absence and walked away. Many speculate that Baba’s family objected to Sathyajit’s as heir, and because of this long existing cold war, he gave the event a miss. Others however, simply couldn’t believe that he was nowhere to be seen throughout the ceremony. Another ashram official, overseeing the VVIP section believes that he was somewhere around and was trying to maintain a low profile as instructed by the state government. While both arguments hold strong ground, shutterbugs couldn’t even get a glimpse of the man. Meanwhile ashram officials were as surprised as the media, about whether it indeed was a blink and miss scenario with Sathyajit as was being portrayed, or whether he was actually absent during the entire event.

CHOSEN BY BABA The rumour about Sathyajit taking over caught fresh fire when trustee and former Chief Justice of India P N Bhagwati indicated that he would support Sathyajit in the internal power battle.
Adds the source, “Some of the trustees like Bhagwati support Sathyajit because Baba appreciated the selfless devotion, with which his ardent devotee served him. In fact, in one of his discourses last year, Baba indicated that Sathyajit should inherit his legacy.”
The state government has washed its hands of the issue and left the decision on the trust members.
The trustees held a 15-minute closed door meeting with the PM and Sonia Gandhi who had come down to Puttaparthi to pay their last respects on Tuesday. While questions about why Sathyajit hasn’t spoken out against the allegations made against him reverberate in the crowded town, it remains to be seen if Puttaparthi’s famous ashram will truly get a new spiritual successor in the next few days.
(http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/sai-babas-trust-family-member-or-devotee-as-head-102021)

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