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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Women, Sathya Sai Baba and male chauvinism

Posted by robertpriddy on October 31, 2011

There is something suspicious about Sathya Sai Baba’s continual praise for Indian women (it is evident from the contexts of his outpourings that he is always referring to them, not foreign women). What first strikes the eye is the chauvinism in expecting women to look after the household, bring up children and can work at jobs too only on top of all that. No female emancipation for Sai Baba!  It is well known from many reports that Sathya Sai Baba gave 90% of his attention to men and boys and behaved like a misogynist, which some of his students have reported on this blogsite too. The students of the Ananturpur College for Women had very infrequent visits to interviews, while boys were constantly included and visited in their campus most regularly by Sai Baba, also invited in groups almost every evening to his residence for talks. Many foreign women (and their husbands) complained constantly that they were repeatdly treated at his ashrams as second- or third-class citizens. They would have to sit on the floor and often at the back at most events.

In short, women were praised by him in public only insofar as they are 1) chaste 2) religious 3) home-makers 4) good child educators (i.e. upholders of the traditional values of Sai Baba’s strict requirement) and finally as good workers in certain jobs, but NOT as political leaders! Of the 365 days of the year, only ONE day was chosen for women to partake fully in the main ceremonies of the ashram… “Ladies Day”… November 19. A charade to keep up a façade if ever there was one: see Ladies Day – Sathya Sai Baba vs. Women’s Day and true female emancipation The values he claimed they embody – and other times said they should change themselves to embody – 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. The sufferings that so many women face in India are legion: being made into social pariahs if their husband dies and they become widows (!), often being forced into ‘suitable’ marriages (and even still sometimes only as children), to being dominated by their husbands in most cases and to risk being set alight in their kitchens if they do not follow the family’s demands (bride murder). Female prostitution is a major unregulated and dangerous industry involving millions, often sold away from home and taken into brothels as children, often being forced to do back-breaking underpaid work in fields, mines, factories etc., not seldom being expected to produce sons only (and then – due to the huge rate of female infanticide in India, to kill their newborn girls). These are just some of the enormous hardships faced by millions… but where did Sathya Sai Baba ever speak up or give a moral teaching specifically about any of these shameful practises? Nowhere at all is the answer! 

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Diversity of India causes doubt (Sai Baba)

Posted by robertpriddy on October 30, 2011

On the one hand, Sathya Sai Baba glorified India as the country with a diversity as magnificent beyond description (this is almost the logo of Incredible India tourist advertising). In another context, however, he says knowing the diversity is not worthwhile, it means “doubt, dissension and dispiritedness”!

He never could make up his mind where he really stood in that he opted for all standpoints that suited his purpose at the time, however much they conflicted. He did this on free will, the fruits of service, healing, good and evil and dozens of other issues.

Sai Baba was always ready and eager to castigate his countrymen for failing to live up to the ideals of ultimate religious self-denial in searching for Unity with the Infinite, Eternal Godhead. This concept was derived precisely from “doubt, dissension and dispiritedness” and the implied futility of life and the world, which were always strong themes in his ‘discourses’. It appeals to people who have lost their way, cannot face existence, have been deprived of love and care or have suffered catastrophe (supposedly sent from on high by God too!). The search often reminds of that for a mare’s nest or pie in the sky, since it is the result of speculations out of the existential desperation of the weak-hearted or broken spirits that is found in all those who deny the world, who retreat from life (in hermitages, caves and other retreats). If anyone discovered the One, then why didn’t they know how to make an Ipad, nano tubes, explain evolution, describe the first seconds of the Big Bang… and many a million other matters?

No doubt that India is the country where dissension has been and still is most damaging due to its diversity of race, colour, religion, caste and grinding poverty and screaming injustices and horrors hard to imagine for those who have never walked its streets. This environment surely helps explain the continued widespread naive religiosity, a constant inner flight from the world and its gruelling realities?

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‘Cutting the Ties that Bind’ etc. by Phyllis Krystal

Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2011

Chris Doctor writes concerning my earlier posting on Phyllis Krystal:-

Though I heartily agree with the general purport of your posting, Robert, I think it is not altogether fair to say that Phyllis Krystal has based her life and work exclusively on Satyha Sai Baba. Fact is, she was well into higher planes of consciousness for a few decades already when she turned into an unquestioning follower of Sathya Sai Baba.

To illustrate my point I copied the following excerpt from her current website:

‘In the late 1950s, Mrs. Krystal and a close friend embarked on an experiment to make regular contact with an inner source of wisdom, which they eventually called the Hi C for Higher Consciousness. Since then, by consulting the Hi C, a visualization method involving the use of symbols has evolved. These techniques can be used to help those who wish to release from attachment to – or reliance on – any outer security or control, thereby freeing the individual to seek help and guidance from the Hi C rather than from these outer sources.

For more than 25 years, Mrs. Krystal has given seminars in numerous countries – primarily in Europe – to share the method. In addition she has offered individual sessions to outline a program for achieving more personal freedom. As word of this method spread, Mrs. Krystal received numerous requests to put it down in writing so the techniques could continue to help others, if and when she is no longer available.

Her first book, Cutting the Ties that Bind, was published in 1982, followed in 1990 by Cutting More Ties that Bind. A workbook to accompany these two books was also published. Her other books are Sai Baba, The Ultimate Experience, an account of her experiences with the Indian Master Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Taming the Monkey Mind; Re-Connecting the Love Energy; and Cutting the Ties of Karma. In addition two other titles have been published in India: Let’s Thank God and Ceiling on Desires. These books have been translated into many languages, thereby enabling the method to be shared with even more people worldwide.
To further the expansion of the method, in 2008 and 2009 Mrs. Krystal offered a more intensive teaching course, which will be repeated during 2010 and 2011 for those who were unable to participate in the first series, as well as other interested people.’

Mrs. Krystal, now 97 years of age and residing in Zurich, Switzerland, is still in the business of spreading her method, to the tune of 540 Euro per session, no less!! I had the dubious fortune myself to be the recipient of her ‘individual’ counsel back in the late eighties, when she was one of the main figureheads and ‘middle-(wo)men’ between His Holiness Sai Baba and His more common, well-educated Western devotees: to sum my interview with her up in a nutshell, it was little more than the cultlike, spiritistical drivel you can expect from any con artist from all over the world, with the possible exception that she seems so self-deluded that she utterly believes in her ‘high connections’. By not retracting her support to His Late Greatness Sai Baba, and not addressing the very serious charges made against the notorious master and/or downplaying them, she is in my opinion guilty of a grave sin of omission.

Personally I find it both sad and ironic, that Mrs. Krystal, as so many other ‘otherworldly’ celebrities, seems to have so eerily much in common with her more down-to-earth equivalents, especially in their never ending desire to accumulate exorbitant amounts of money. In itself this is maybe not surprising but the incongruence between her adamant advocacy of practicing ceiling on desires on the one hand and her greed and implicit self-aggrandizement on the other strikes me as particularly poignant. The fact that Mrs. Krystal demands such ludicrous fees for advice she proclaims does not even stem from her individually takes the whole business to a height of (a high C of) hypocrisy, only topped by amoral mortals like her master himself, as far as I am concerned.

from Chris Dokter, The Netherlands.

Yes, Chris… I agree with it all. But Mrs. Krystal’s first book (Cutting the Ties that Bind) was written long after she became a Sai devotee. Its contents are virtually all Sathya Sai Baba doctrine, clothed in her interpretations of this from her New Age interest in symbols, the I Ching, the meaning of dreams and ‘visualisation’ techniques and much else yet more esoteric. Nothing ground-breaking nor in the least new to me – over simplistic and too unself-critical, I recognised -as I had already long studied symbols, dreams, visualization… and meditation (as did countless others who became seekers from  the 50s and 60s). She was into reading about ‘high C’, I can agree. But otherwise? Well, she first heard of Sathya Sai Baba in 1972 and was impressed by his eyes in a book were very penetrating, whereupon she became “fascinated”. She had an apartment as soon as the third Roundhouse opened (We stayed in it shortly thereafter). I was present in the interview in 1986 where Mr. and Mrs. Krystal first gave Sai Baba at copy of her Baba hagiography, somewhat boastfully called “The Ultimate Experience” (nothing in the book gave any sense that Phyllis K. had any ultimate experience, not did my subsequent contacts with her convince me that she had any form of higher awareness, in fact – more to the contrary. Further, her husband was a multi-millionarie – who collected crystal glass (!!) – and had a huge and very valuable collection. It was totally destroyed, along with her house, in the San Fran. earthquake. She was a Sai-vip and no mistake, but while teaching (preaching) on ‘Ceiing on Desires’ in Copenhagen she was living at the very most expensive hotel in that city! She was born in UK and her way of speaking and behavioural traits told me instinctively just where she was coming from (it’s like that sometime with people have have grown up in the same environment) By then she had taken on a layer of new persona in the US an accent and the near-gushing Californian New Age style (on stage, at least). Her presence was such that jarred with any idea of her having become very enlightened. I felt repeatedly that she was playing a preset role ( if she had reached any “high-C”.  it must have been quite temporary, as I find to apply to virtually all cases of exceptional states of consciousness until otherwise proven).


Chrisdokter then said:-

Yes, Robert, you’re fully in the right that Mrs. Krystal wrote her first book some ten years after becoming enamored by Sai Baba. I knew of her association as early as 1979 myself, little less than two years before I embarked on my first trip to India on my own to see what I thought was an enlightened master. Meanwhile, her star in the West was rising steadily. Her books were introduced in the Netherlands quite early, and received a great deal of attention. When I met her privately, during a seminar in Belgium in the mid eighties, she protruded this very distinct, refined and sensible-like air of a somewhat elderly, distinguished English lady, a persona she shed later on. I remember having lively debates with the much loved, late Leo Boogaard e.g. about the starstruck elegance and position she gained here in the West. I met her a few more times during those days, and I myself also noticed that she seemed to live a life of luxury. And no doubt, whether through design or through sheer gullibility and smittenness, combined with a tremendous boost of ego (and bank account?), she acted as an unquestioning Sai Baba-VIP indeed, grandly announced, and for countless years, as though everyone should be extremely privileged to meet this highly evolved lady. I had had enough by then, being knowledgeable both in esoteric matters for a very long time and a trained psychologist. All in all, you could say, just another case of selfdelusion, were it not for the harm she did to many individuals who talked to me later on, and were guiltladen or confused after her quack counsel. Some doubts people had she assuaged, another of her questionable blessings come to think of it…
Chris Dokter

I was not aware that she had gained popularity with her ‘method’ before the publication of ‘Cutting the Ties…’ When I researched her work, there was no mention of that to be found anywhere I looked. As I said, there are many signs that give away to born English people the origin and background of their countrymen. This is essentially a result of the famously strict and very deep-rooted class prejudices which made almost everyone in the country hyper-sensitive to language inflections (and still do) and other signs. Many people try to pass themselves off with “language face-lifts” and other changes as someone “better” (in class terms) than they are. As a result, intuition about people is enhanced from childhood onwards… and I would say this is also behind the very accurate and convincing level of character acting in film, theatre and TV, with such huge resources of people to draw on when casting. This also forms the basis of much popular comedy there which foreigners frequently find somewhat incomprehensible. There are many shows which are non-exportable due to that. All that is how I was suspicious of her from the first time I heard her.
As you may know, her husband did not believe all in Sai Baba, although he met him at at least one interview together with Mrs. Krystal. Rather curious and possibly telling fact, I’d say. Perhaps they had succeeded in cutting the ties that bound them?

Sai Baba teachings childsplay, claims Phyllis Krystal

Phyllis Krystal and Sai Baba Youth, UK.


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Sai Baba teachings childsplay, claims Phyllis Krystal

Posted by robertpriddy on October 28, 2011

Phyllis Krystal, the prolific and most uncritical propagator of Sathya Sai Baba’s “teachings” claimed that they are so clear that a child can understand them and follow them. Were that so, it would be a real problem for anyone who would take them seriously in an adult world! However, the much-trumpeted teaching are superficial when they are simple… known to most devotees only in the form of aphorisms, a few sayings and statements. When they are not simple outpourings of the wonderful ‘eternal’ nature of universal love for God (i.e. for Sai Baba himself not least) and not least its otherworldly benefits, they are often little more than penny proverbs (eg. ‘see, hear, speak no evil’, ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’, ‘nature is the best teacher’). However, those who study the discourses and books by Sai Baba in any detail will soon find his “teachings” to be an amalgam of all manner of religious speculations, overwhelmingly of ancient Hindu origin or taken without acknowledgement from Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Shivananda and other Indian figures. The teachings are often inseparably intertwined with mythological stories, or contemporary sayings and beliefs that circulate among the Indian populace, spiced with what amount to Indian ‘urban myths’ (known to those who have mixed with the lower classes of Indians, such as I did when a young officer cadet on a ship with an Indian crew). Sai Baba also promotes diverse and often mutually inconsistent Hindu theologies and philosophies with convoluted speculations, from the Vedas to advaita… not as “clear and simple” as children can understand, nor even at least 90% of adults. This cult of the simple and psychologically superficial is Krystal’s forte. 

Phyllis Kristal is known for having based her life and work exclusively on Sai Baba, writing books with spiritual advice of a simpler but as unrealistic content and Sai Baba usually expressed. She has no known qualifications as a psychologist or recognised practitioner of professionally accepted therapy, which is all too evident from her writings and also from her various talks to audiences of Sai Baba devotees. Her writing can be classified as New Age non-realism, the excessively positive thinking (Pollyanna) approach to problems, seeing them as overwhelmingly due to wrong thinking and attachment to desires and habits, nothing more. Her titles encapsulate the essence of her philosophy (‘Cutting the Ties that Bind’ and ‘Taming Our Monkey Mind’) She also made it known to devotees – including those who were defecting after the wave of sex abuse testimonies appeared on the Internet, that she accepts that Sathya Sai Baba molests young men and boys sexually, but attributed it to the fact that he is God and God can do anything since his ways are inscrutable. This belief has been stated in terms of (pseudo) Hindu theology by a person calling himself Datta Swami, as shown on a recent blog here.

See also Phyllis Krystal: Sathya Sai Baba believer

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Mother Easwaramma’s ghostly visitations to Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 27, 2011

In a discourse on May 6, 1998, at Brindavan, Sathya Sai Baba told the audience how three boys sleep in his actual bedroom

One several occasions Sathya Sai Baba related at length and most bizarrely about visitations by the ghost of his mother, Easwaramma (alt. Eashwaramma). One such is shown in a scan of part of the discourse published in the official Sai Baba journal (see on right):

Some time after that, I asked my good friend V.K. Narasimhan – then the editor of Sanathana Sarathi –  why on earth he (with Sai Baba’s overview) had endorsed the publication of the revealing text, considering the allegations Tal Brooke had made about pedophilia against Sai Baba. At that time I was still a convinced devotee – though troubled by many inconsistencies and unanswered questions about him – and I had heard reports that Sai Baba was a homosexual, but I had consistently ignored and even ridiculed them, but I knew that a former close devotee, Tal Brooke, had written a book accusing Sai Baba of pedophilia, though I had never read it. Narasimhan said there had been no option, though he had disliked the account and its rambling nature. He even called it a concoction. 

Then I was still completely unable to believe that Sai Baba had any sexual relations whatever, and had some years earlier tried to convince a Belgian professor – Dr. Gabriel Spillers – that his strong opinion that Sai Baba had homosexual relations after talking to several young men could not possibly be true! (This is the classical response of an indoctrinated believer). During one of our many long private conversation sessions I asked VKN about the boys who slept in Sai Baba’s room and he was clearly uncomfortable, saying said it was a tradition (I assumed it was a boon granted by a spiritual master, such as to be allowed to massage his feet and legs etc. so I never thought to ask him more exactly what may be involved. According to him, the boys who slept in Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment were on the ground floor, while Swami slept in his room on the floor above, on his own. Despite this, in his discourse, Sai Baba stated definitively “Three boys sleep in Swami’s room.” Either VKN did not recall this or was embarrassed and so mislead me because of the sensitivity of the subject.

Narasimhan made clear that close relationships between elderly men and young boys, which he said is commonplace in India, were generally accepted (I then assumed he was referring to chaste guru-chela relations).  I asked him the age of the boys, which he gave as about 18 to 20 years old (which is above the age of assent). I do not recall his exact words when he asked me whether such things would cause any problems in the West. I said that if it involved sexuality it would it create a huge stir. (I did not pick up on the silent implication I now see that he was aware of the homosexual relations, not simply of cohabitation). He was evidently quite disturbed by that and – after a longish silence – said that homosexuality was not considered as abnormal in India as it is in the West, where he thought it was condemned too roundly. (I did not point out to him that homosexuality was still then a capital crime in India, though no longer even a crime in most Western countries). In what I now know was my too naive trust in Sai Baba, I did not pick up on the implication that he was aware of the homosexual relations, and not simply speaking of cohabitation. Further, I never wanted to be too invasive in questioning him about Sai Baba, but rather left it to him to tell me what he considered correct. Unfortunately, therefore, I failed to think of putting the crucial question which I have since wished I had pressed home… namely, did he know for certain of Sathya Sai Baba having homosexual relations. In retrospect, I am convinced from my recall of the somewhat awkward ambience of those exchanges – his various non-verbal language and silences – that he did know enough damning facts.

In the following he also related two more visitations by the spectre of his dead mother, Easwaramma, one in daytime and one at night when his “boys”(!) were sleeping in his room at 1 a.m. :-

That the above texts are not so popular with Sathya Sai Baba disciples is hardly surprising. They are just one part of the huge testament of wild accounts, superstitious beliefs and claims which reveal so much about the unruly mind and fictional views of reality propounded by that self-appointed “saviour of mankind”. – These revelations, which I later learned from many sources were known to many in the ashram, were very damning because of Sai Baba’s constant claims about his purity, abstinence from sensual pleasures and preachings about sexual celibacy outside marriage  and much more that turned out to be sheer deception.

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Indian swami fully defends Sathya Sai Baba sexual abuse of children!

Posted by robertpriddy on October 26, 2011

What some Sathya Sai Baba followers say to affirm and support child sex abuse as a divine act continues to shock any decent person! On the other hand, most will probably laugh at the reasoning and marvel at the level of perverse-minded delusion and immorality that Indian swamis and other Sai followers who cannot deny the massive testimony can attain. Fortunately for India and Hinduism, this kind of fanatical theology is not accepted by the vast majority of Hindus! The following tract was was found posted on the ‘Lisa Shea Forums’ website with its laughable sub-title of “Parakeet, Romance, Literature”. There is plenty more where that came from… and some ironists who comment there have had a great time parodying this too. (Editors note: Datta Swami is himself a claimant to avatarhood… the absurdity of all these avatars who are really only impostors trying to gain followings they can control and which will serve them obediently in awe):-

Datta Swami answers the Scandals against Shri Sathya Sai Baba

Q. How can the reports of the scandalous actions of Shri Sathya Sai Baba be explained?

(The question is again elaborated as below]

We recently came across a website describing the various scandals pertaining to Shri Satya Sai Baba. Apparently there have been hundreds if not thousands of cases of alleged (homosexual, and mental) abuse of men and young children. There have also been cases of murder. Some of the abuse cases have firsthand witnesses or the abused persons have themself reported their own experiences. There are just too many cases to simply dismiss them as rumours. If these incidents had been rare or few in number, one could neglect them considering them to be special exceptions such as the affairs of Krishna with the Gopikas.

Lord Rama who killed Vali from the back, which was a violation of Kshatriya Dharma but it can be argued that He did so only to protect Sugriva who had approached Him for help. So Lord Rama was only proving that He can even violate dharma for the sake of a devotee who approaches the Lord. Not only, that, He also suffered the consequences of this violation during Krishna Avatara. Lord Rama certainly did not have multiple “murder cases” pending on him. All the other people that He killed, were killed only while following Kshtriya dharma on the battlefield. Moreover, the people who He killed were evil people. Thus the violations of dharma done by Rama and Krishna were only in exceptional cases.

However in case of Shri Baba these ‘exceptions’ seem to be very common. If the Sadguru who is an incarnation, abuses (mentally or sexually) or even murders a very close devotee who is on the path of nivrutti, then it is acceptable. It can be considered as an advanced test for an advance devotee. However based on the sheer number of Sai devotees, who have had such experiences, it is unlikely that all these people were advanced seekers on the path of nivrutti. This is because, at any given time, there can be only a handful of such highly advanced devotees. Even though the abused persons believed in Him as God, they cannot be technically said to be on the path of nivrutti. This is proved, since they objected to the abuse; an advanced devotee like Gopikas would not have objected. This means that the abused people were on the path of Pravrutti.

In dealing with people who are in Pravrutti, doesn’t the Lord follow the rules of dharma? If we take the example of Shri Ganpati Shachidananda Swami, we see that he recommends rituals, chanting, singing etc. This shows that He is dealing with devotees who are in Pravrutti. He does not show any such extremely negative qualities and does not have any such cases pending on Him. Shri Baba too, based on His general teachings, appears to be dealing mostly with people in Pravrutti. However His tests are so severe that they can only be justified for the path of Nivrutti.

Even if these cases of abuse or murder are treated as tests of Shri Sai for His devotees, how can one justify the abuse of young children who are too young to either gain any knowledge or to understand that they are being subjected to spiritual tests? Suppose those souls were sinners and had to undergo suffering or abuse in this life. Then they could have got abused by anyone or died at the hands of anyone else. Such incidents are common in the world. What is the necessity that they had to come to Shri Baba just to exhaust their karma, which could have been done by anyone else?

The identification of a human incarnation becomes extremely complicated, if not impossible in the case of a personality like Shri Baba. From the point of a common ignorant man Shri Baba can either be an incarnation of a demon like Ravana or an incarnation of God. Ravana showed many fantastic miracles, he was also a scholar of the scriptures. But his personal behavior was extremely negative. He had sexually abused innocent people like Vedavati, kidnapped Sita, killed innocent people and sages etc. The only thing that could separate Shri Baba from Ravana would be Divine knowledge. However we find that Shri Baba does not focus much on knowledge. We find many other ordinary teachers of Vedas, who preach more extensively than Shri Baba.

How then can we distinguish between the two? If Shri Baba had preached extraordinary Divine knowledge like Yourself, then we can argue that He is God based on this characteristic. Once we have thus established that He is God, we can further say that since He is God, He is above dharma. Then all His cases of abuse, murder can be neglected. But when there is no characteristic in a personality like Him that would doubtlessly identify Him as God, how can the rules of dharma be neglected?

Whenever a teacher subjects the student to a test, he always first gives the knowledge of the appropriate level to the student and then tests him only at that level. Thus the Satguru who has subjected the devotees to the most severe test has also earlier given the devotees the highest knowledge, which will enable the student to pass the test. How can the teacher give the knowledge of the first standard level and subject the student to a test of Ph.D. level?

See also Outright defender of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba

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Delhi University in row over Ramayana epic

Posted by robertpriddy on October 25, 2011

The BBC reports on a major conflict essentially over whether the Ramayana is correctly represented by Hindus in India, or whether it has been changed and arisen in many different versions:- ” A row has broken out in the Indian capital over whether Delhi university should teach a controversial essay about the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The essay by the well-known scholar AK Ramanujan was dropped from the history syllabus earlier this week after protests from Hindu hardline groups. The article describes 300 different retellings of the epic story found in India and other Asian countries. Protesters say the versions recounted in the essay offend Hindu beliefs. Entitled “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation”, the essay has been part of the university’s history course since 2006. Hindu groups have protested against its inclusion since 2008. Following an order from the Supreme Court, an expert committee was formed to look into the issue. Last week, three of the four committee members recommended that the essay should remain part of the syllabus. Nevertheless, the university’s academic council [which decides the syllabus] voted to drop the essay from the syllabus earlier this week.” READ REST OF ARTICLE HERE

One should realise that the Ramayana is one of the most revered scriptures in India and probably a majority of Hindus take it as gospel! It is again coming under the same historical, scientific scrutiny as biblical text have, and the results are – not surprisingly – similar as regards the authenticity and authorship of the various versions. Sathya Sai Baba often presented the Ramayana stories as literally true, even saying he was there in the figure of Rama himself. Devotees are programatically obliged to believe that if they are to be reckoned as being good disciples with sufficient unquestioning faith in the omniscient avatar. The sublime soon becomes the ridiculous where mulish defenders of the truth of ancient scriptures are involved, whatever the religon.
See also:
Sathya Sai sees Hanuman as a real figure
Sai Baba declares he is Vishnu and Krishna come again
How can so many Indians be fooled so much of the time?

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More false, impractical advice from Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 24, 2011

Every so often I get comments and e-mails directing me to follow Sai Baba’s advice and speak softly, kindly, obligingly and not use harsh words. Many of these requests are from devotees who at the same time denounce, accuse, vilify, and attack me in very harsh terms, and sometimes denounce others in similar terms! It is quite remarkable how devotees are so blind as to do the very thing they claim is sinful, evil and so on as if in the same breath! Sai Baba was no exception… he spoke in very harsh terms of his critics – outright lies about them doing so for money! At the same time he was ever advising everyone as in the quote taken here from one of his discourses in Sanathana Sarathi:

That wounds by words can never be healed is utterly unreasonable, as anyone with an ounce of sense can soon establish! He based his advice originally on the penny proverb of the “three wise monkeys” – no wiser than monkeys indeed!  He would tell people at interviews that they had “monkey minds” (so as to raise a laugh).  When someone said she had a ‘monkey mind’ Sai Baba told her “No. A MAD monkey mind!” Big laugh!  (Yet in the last analysis he clearly had about the maddest monkey mind possible!)

It was an insidious ploy to quell all criticism against himself (first and foremost). To follow this bogus ‘divine, sublime advice’, one will soon come to view immoral and criminal acts as not being such at all, but as being blameless, not to be mentioned or investigated. Yet worse, on the same principle if really followed it, one may even tend to see them as inherently good (SB has stated that everything in the universe is actually good – while also saying there is no such thing as good or bad in reality!) This explains why those who know SB to be a sexual abuser still condone it as being the will of God, or at best, something the true meaning of which we cannot understand. See  Sathya Sai Baba: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”

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India’s legal system covering up for many gurus

Posted by robertpriddy on October 23, 2011

Kristina Jure from Lithuania made a thought-provoking comment to yesterday’s posting as follows:-
“I just was figuring out what impact on all of those who were present and involved in Baba’s sexual abuse did the cold blood murder episode could have. On their consciousness and subconsciousness… Their feeling of any security vanished then because they clearly saw by their own eyes that there was NO justice and i can really imagine ho afraid are people to speak up after all this incident. No leagal investigation, no nothing – as devotees could clearly see, they simply wiped the bood from the floor and THAT’S IT. From this point on this crime could have been investigated only by the Interpol due to the fact of murder of the Swiss lady or some other pretext on international grounds. The inner legal system in India is not worth longer discussion: you can see this widespread business of Swamises everywhere all over India from Hialayas down to South. They pretend to live on only solar energy and not being able to speak due to their silence vows and thus collecting money from gullible spiritual seekers infused with all those lies from sai baba writings: gods live in India. The most perfect sharlatans most surely live and dwell in India… This is their national property like green parks and preservs in Europe.”

Comment: The murder of the Swiss lady was done by two young Puttaparthi village men. They were apprehended and jailed. Some weeks later they ‘escaped’ and have not been sought or found since.  According to my source, V.K. Narasimhan, the police let them go in return for the hiding place of the money they killed the lady for – some Rs. 80,000.-. The knowledge of this corruption was the lever used by Janakiramiah, Joga Rao and other ashram and Trust officials to force them to execute the four young men in cold blood. It has proven most difficult for the relatives of those suffering fatal accidents at the ashram, disappearances or murder to obtain adequate help from Indian authorities. Proving this to the world was the infamous case of the all round cover-up of the internationally-reported murder of a British girl at Goa proves. See Top people protected from prosecution in India and Will India clean up its Augean police and political stables?

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Sai Baba on seeking pardon and accepting punishment

Posted by robertpriddy on October 22, 2011

“Actually, one should never seek pardon for the mistake committed. One should be prepared to undergo the punishment. Only then can one be free from defects.”
Sanathana Sarathi August 2001 p 229ff

Now we can say that Sathya Sai Baba kept his own words insofar as he never sought pardon for mistakes committed. He was not prepared to undergo the punishment for his defects, and so he moved “heaven and earth” to get the government to quash the investigation of the murders in his bedroom where he stood by and let his brother order the police to kill 4 students in cold blood! Not to mention the many other crimes for which he could never be brought to book due to top level protection by both government and judiciary. If you know the material already, please ignore it… but these facts and documentations cannot be repeated often enough for the sake of new visitors.


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More Sathya Sai Organization propaganda on village regeneration

Posted by robertpriddy on October 21, 2011

Among recent events reported by SSB official news were the Grama Seva 2011 Project (28.09 – 5.10) See and Avatar Decalaration Day (20.10)  These two events taken together lead to a question about the meaning of the Grama Seva Project.

As it was reported the Grama Seva as a project started in 2000, the most unfavourable year for Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation (‘The Findings’ by David Bailey and the failure of the so-called UNESCO conference due to their having withdrawn on account of the sex abuse allegations through direct reference to several of the accusers). In 2011 the Project covered 145 villages with about 350 000 houses in the areas around Puttaparthi, Bukkapatnam and Kottacheruvu ( 2011/ Volunteers distributed hundreds of thousands packs with rice, sweets and clothes. Of course the villagers were happy. But what is the deeper meaning of this service? What is a perspective for the villagers? 300 grams of rice and a dhoti once a year will not change radically their situation. Even if it has been done for 10 years. Apparently, there is even a special Trust for this project” However, the latest reported activities are from 2006! 

Many years ago it was claimed by Indulal Shah – backed up by the Sathya Sai Organization – that a project to regenerate 6000 Indian villages was underway. V.K. Narasimhan (one of the very few frequently outspoken persons very close to Sai Baba and in the know) informed me privately that the project petered out quickly after a large number of ‘delegates’ had been to the ashram for a few days of free lunches – it was in fact what Narasimhan called “a washout”, which ceased within the first year of its inception in 1985. This village project is still trumpeted as a divine success in Sai Organisation literature, information brochures and on web pages.  Details of this project can be read here

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Movie on Sathya Sai Baba launched

Posted by robertpriddy on October 20, 2011

All dancing, all singing, all cover-up Bollywood-type promo?

A large number of films – sold mostly as videos – have already been made about Sathya Sai Baba – but none have had the success and world-wide audience that the BBC 1-hour documentary achieved. (See here). So his followers intend to try to make a full-length film to promote him as a philanthropist, miracle man etc. There will be no mention, we can be assured, of the large number of sexual abuse allegations that the Supreme Court rejected out-of-hand, nor the infamous murders in his bedroom while he stood by and was implicated but protected by the Indian government, nor the fraudulent ‘materializations’ also caught on diverse film clips and videos, nor yet of the gigantic claims of being the Incarnate Godhead, Creator of the Universe and countless other impossible fantasies he promulgated about himself and his works (see some here). The article about this film went on to state:-

“The film will be directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, the Telugu filmmaker. He announced “This film will showcase the services done by Sai Baba and his love for the people. Puttaparthy became world famous only due to Satyasai. We are making this film in many languages. A prominent actor is going to essay the role of Sathya sai. We will announce the complete details of it soon”

This film will doubtless appeal to hard-necked devotees and a section of Indian religious nationalists, but one may predict that it will not be a success outside India and some of the diaspora. Not after all that has now become know and reportedly made Sathya Sai Baba a despised person in much of India, especially the North. Perhaps they might do better if they got the services of a major figure like Johhny Depp, Sean Connery or some similar unexpected figure to play the Divine fraud!

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Sathya Sai Baba believed in Indian astrology

Posted by robertpriddy on October 18, 2011

'Graha' means a malign influence 'seizing' the individual! 'Vichara' means consciousness or awareness or the unfathomable intelligence.

Sathya Sai Baba was a believer in astrology (of the Hindu variation), as is evident from the scanned quotation here. The only way to protect oneself against the malign influences of the planets and stars, according to his view, was to follow the doctrine he prescribes here. One again, a bundle of sheer superstitious, unscientific ignorance from the self-heralding ‘all-knowing’ God Incarnation! In this he was playing up to the very large part of the population that believes in Vedic astrology… as Shukavac . N. Dasa has written “Even now, most educated Hindus will seek astrological advice at some point in their lives.” ( He endorsed astrological superstition in various connections throughout his life, such as Auspicious and Inauspicious times (Rahakala and Gulikakala) 

We know that Indian PM’s (Narasimha Rao and Vajpayee) have sought astrological advice and the former head of the Electoral Commission T.N. Seshan wears a navagraha or nine-stone protective ring (‘made’ by Sai Baba) and so on ad. inf. For the world at large, this is an indictment of the lack of rational thought and scientific insight among much of the elite? This despite definitive exposure of the complete failings of the top (most expensive) Indian astrologers (see Top Indian Astrologers fall down on the job – badly defeated by events. This superstition is not acceptable in developed political systems, even though Nancy Reagan took (Western) astrological advice, which made her a laughing stock among educated Americans (especially democrats!)

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Good sense found in Sai Baba’s journal?

Posted by robertpriddy on October 17, 2011

Now and again I look at some quotes in Sai Baba literature, like Sanathana Sarathi. As I was locating a page there recently, my eye was caught by an interesting text. I was surprised that such things were allowed to be written in any official Sai literature… until I saw the name of the author at the end of the article from which the following excerpt is taken:-

Click on image to see my contributions to Sanathana Sarathi – edited by V.K. Narasimhan

The reason it was permitted was my close friendship with V.K. Narasimhan who sympathized with many of my views. It was primarily him who opened my eyes finally as to the most important deceptions of Sathya Sai Baba, as can be seen from my extensive notes made after each of our long conversations through many years (see scans and transcripts here).

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Sai Baba excused his many self-contradictions

Posted by robertpriddy on October 16, 2011

In a discourse (excerpt shown here) Sathya Sai Baba was clearly trying to explain away the many self-contradictions that are found throughout his published booklets and his endless public discourses. Unfortunately for him, though, his explanation that each person requires a different ‘teaching’ according to the spiritual circumstances etc. would only sometimes be valid when he was addressing a particular person (or perhaps some very specific group). The self-contradictions which are legion and have been exposed on many websites (such as his four different, conflicting predictions of how long he would live, just as ‘one small example’) have been stated in discourses before large numbers of vastly differing people… and further, have been constantly repeated on Radio Sai for the (no doubt small and diminishing) audience around the world. His excuse cannot apply in such circumstances!

Sai Baba always wanted to make his supposed ‘teachings’ sacrosanct – unavailable to the slightest criticism (i.e. subjected to the truth functions of logic, or rational ‘argument’). His followers ensured that no word of criticism or doubt could EVER appear on any of the pro-Sai webpages, blogs nor in any books or articles his minions have endorsed. Total censorship is necessary only when there is too much that is weak, doubtful, false, deceptive or otherwise has to be hidden from view and protected against. By “properly understood” in his words one may read “taken as gospel without demurs”!

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