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Krishna Kumar, SSB’s ‘Soul Brother’

Posted by robertpriddy on April 29, 2012

Apparently the very closest person ever to Sathya Sai Baba was Krishna Kumar, who Sai Baba called his ‘soul brother’ from a previous existence and whom he made sit beside him on the chariot at Guru Purnima celebrations in Puttaparthi. Kumar was one of the most important inside sources on the untruthful, unreliable and manipulative nature of Sathya Sai Baba, and he gave a detailed insight into the falsity of a number of the bogus claims and deceptions involved, though he did not reject the so-called ‘materialization’ phenomena as fakery. As young men in their twenties, Krishna Kumar and his brother Amarendra Kumar both spent a number of years with Sai Baba. Krishna Kumar as his personal attendant on a day and night basis in the early fifties. Krishna Kumar was declared by Sai Baba to be his ‘soul-brother’. Krishna Kumar shared Sathya Sai’s bedroom for some years until he told the parapsychologist Erlendur Haraldsson during two long interviews in the 1970s that he left the ashram mainly because of Sai Baba’s dishonesty and imperiousness. He moved to Madras, having become a devotee of Christ, which he remained for the rest of his life. He died years before the sex abuse scandals broke on the Internet in 1999.

Sai Baba was not a pure celibate, even in his youth: I have reported what the paranormal psychologist investigator Professor Erlendur Haraldsson was told by Krishna Kumar (now deceased) gave two long interviews to Haraldsson on separate occasions (one of which EH assured me was tape-recorded). Krishna Kumar repeated to him several times that Sathya Sai Baba (i.e. – the supposedly celibate and totally pure Divine Incarnation) was then given to masturbation, which EH accepted as fact and – as a psychologist would – said he considered it only normal. Here are some excerpts of the interviews with K. Kumar as scanned from Erlendur Haraldsson’s first edition of his book ‘Miracles Are My Visiting Cards’:-



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Copy of e-mail from Professor Haraldsson to Robert Priddy

Mail from Erlendur Haraldsson

See my full account of Haraldsson’s views in his mails to me etc. and the excerpt (right side) from a crucial e-mail from him to me:-

In the mid-1940s, Krishna Kumar had shared Sai Baba’s sleeping apartment for over a year and went around everywhere with him holding hands. They were nicknamed ‘Radha and Krishna’ by locals (as reported by ‘Vijayama’ or Smt. Vijaya Kumari. She was with Sathya Sai Baba already in the 1940s when he was in his teens, wrote a book about Krishna Kumar, (‘Other than You refuge there is none’ or Anyatha Saranam Nasthi). One excerpt reads:

“Krishna was very mild-mannered. He was not brisk, but very slow while walking. He was slim and fair, and of a sensitive temperament. Everyone would tease him saying that he should have been born a lady. While walking with him, Swami would stay very close to him. It showed how much Swami liked him. Looking at them both, we would playfully refer to them as Radha and Krishna . We do not know what merit accrued from previous lives it was that gave Krishna the privilege of staying upstairs in the company of Swami. Because Krishna was fond of bed coffee, Swami himself would make sure that the tray with coffee and biscuits was ready, and then wake him up. His meals also were with Swami. Making Krishna sit by His side serving him items from His own plate, Swami would watch over him very affectionately.
Who will have such rare fortune! Once Krishna had to go to Madras on some errand. Swami developed high fever. In His delirium, He would call out’Krishna’. His fever subsided only after Krishna returned. This shows how much God loves His devotees…”  (p. 194-5)

  • NB!! SEE ALSO MIRACLES ARE MY VISITING CARDS BY HARALDSSON My response to his new edition of the book, now entitled ‘Modern Miracles’, in which he demonstrates a definitive bias towards the propaganda and denial of the Sathya Sai Baba followers today and ignores the main body of materials from hundreds of dissidents which does not fit his agenda.

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Sathya Sai Baba anniversary of death

Posted by robertpriddy on April 26, 2012

Sathya Sai Baba death ceremony at Prashanthi Nilayam, April 24, 2012

Excerpt from zeenews report on Sathya Sai Baba’s death anniversary celebrations

None of the TV channels  CNBC TV 18, CNN IBN, Doordarsan, ITV  nor Aaj Talk, All India Radio, nor even the main national newspapers like Times of India, Express India etc. , had a single report about the anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba’s death. NDTV and ZEE TV simply reproduced the same standard and brief telegram bureau news speculations on the size of expected anniversary gathering at Prashanthi Nilayam. Zeenews had a similar report (see short excerpt ). The Indian press has virtually ignored everything relating to Sathya Sai Baba this year, including his anniversary festival.

The ‘celebrations’ of his death were not visited by any notables from the central government or Delhi, just one Minister of Andhra Pradesh State and a few old Sai-VIPs who are mostly unknown outside the Sai Baba movement.

Most significant, perhaps, is that no statements have been made anywhere about the actual numbers who attended the anniversary ceremonies, and no photos showing and sizable crowd has been released, as used to be shown with pride whenever there were more than about 10,000 visitors visible at former birthday celebrations.

Zeenews also stated: (Last Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 13:49) ” Although the entire town has been decked up to welcome devotees — 30,000 to 50,000 people are expected to come – the focus would be Prashanthi Nilayam… final resting place of Sathya Sai.
Sathya Sai Central Trust, which runs a masslve spiritual emplre, is organlslng a series of programmes to mark the flrst annlversary of Baba‘s passlng away on Aprll 24 last year at the age of 85 followlng prolonged illness.
The annlversary comes amid  controversy over Sathya Sai’s final resting place. Even though Samadhl work is completed, the Trust has not yet finalized plans on installing a statue in Sai Kulwant Hall, where Sai Baba was buried, as a section of trustees are said not to be in favour of it. “

A prolonged illness, yes indeed. The self-proclaimed God Creator of the Universe died after wasting away in body and mind due to an unrevealed illness and a parody of a death certificate saying he died of ‘heart failure’ – a non-valid cause of death, according to all informed coroners and medical science. Was it AIDS that cause the cover-up? There is circumstantial evidence that this was so.

In a parody of presenting news of the “latest” darsans, discourses and whatnot by Sathya Sai Baba, the garish website (with its wallpapers and photos of unattractive faces of an elderly Sai Baba) has slowed down considerably and nothing of import is happening as regards their deceased idol. Click on the thumbnails here to see their main page and thin ‘news’.


The Deccan Herald reported 26/4/2012 that devotees were thronging to Prashanthi, but explained that they did make even a fraction of the funeral crown last year. Other negative tendencies were also remarked upon. See thumbnail:-

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Sathya Sai Baba 1st anniversary news 24/4/2012 –

Posted by robertpriddy on April 24, 2012


One year on from the day Sathya Sai Baba was clandestinely ‘disconnected’ from is life support, the Deccan Herald reports that the number of devotees visiting Prashanti Nilayam have dwindled:-

“For thousands of Sai devotees who had made Puttaparthi their home, the situation is unimaginable.  The feeling of insecurity has slowly begun to sink in. Things are not the same here anymore. Almost all commercial establishments have seen a slump. Although it is not deep enough to cause panic, the pattern is something they had never witnessed earlier. Even some of the devotees, who seemed too ardent to indulge in discussions regarding Baba a year ago, are caught in debates characterised by doubts.  Puttaparthi Builders Association Secretary Jothi Keshav said: “We have been able to do only 10 per cent of what we did in 2009 and 2010. The demand is just not there.”

That doubts – long censored and suppressed by every means available – are being discussed is positive, though not remarkable considering the vast web of scandals and deceptions Sathya Sai Baba is now known to have been involved in before his ignominious death, the real date and medical cause of which has been religiously covered up.

AT THE SAME TIME comes the news that Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew R J Ratnakar, who took over the key position in the multi´billion dollar Sai Central Trust., has been accused as unfit for the office by one of the relatives of Sathya Sai Baba, Ganapathi Raju (also according to the Deccan Herald)

See also:-

Puttaparthi becoming a ghost town?

Puttaparthi not what it was with ‘heart ripped out’

Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust

Puttaparthi loses grandeur? 


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Sathya Sai Baba Anniversary News: R.J. Ratnakar accused of serious financial crime by a relative

Posted by robertpriddy on April 24, 2012

Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew R J Ratnakar, who took over the key position in the multi´billion dollar Sai Central Trust., has been accused of embezzlement by one of the relatives of Sathya Sai Baba, Ganapathi Raju (also according to the Deccan Herald):-

“Ganapathi Raju, one of the relatives of baba, on Sunday issued a press statement claiming Ratnakar was unfit to continue as the trustee of the trust and that he has submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and governor of Andhra Pradesh with signatures of many local devotees seeking Ratnakar’s removal. Among many allegations, Raju has accused that Ratnakar has been purchasing a lot of property through the money he has diverted from the trust and is also evading taxes. He said Ratnakar has past with violence, something that Sai Baba never approved of. “He had a fight with a local person called Pacha Ramesh in the public, he had also sent a mob to M Sankara Raju’s house besides having physically fought with an APSRTC depot manager,” Raju claimed. Ratnakar, he said, was also guilty of recommending a private trust’s name to the government for allotment of land in its favour. “He got a commission of Rs 40 lakh for this,” Raju said, adding Ratnakar now wants to even contest elections and become a minister.

A family member would certainly know the ins and outs of the character and behaviour of Ratnakar, which is highly questionable to say the least. The list of deceits and inexplicable escapes from justice of R.J. Ratnakar are legion. Those who know the score in Prashanthi Nilayam report that they realize his impunity so far most likely was due to massive bribery of officials using funds donated to the Sai Central Trust (over which Ratnakar currently rules).

Some of these shenanigans can be investigated through the following links to documented materials:-

Death of Sathya Sai Baba: no valid certification February 18 2012
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust goes begging February 13 2012
India Today advertisement by Sai Trust to promote SSB – a sly move February 7 2012
Sai Trust member K.R. Prasad spread untruth by Sai Baba  December 19 2011
Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’? December 18 2011
Sai Baba’s death still under scrutiny  December 8 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust gets away with it again November 24 2011
Sathya Sai Baba’s last days October 13 2011
Sai officials’ secret collusion over the death of Sathya Sai Baba August 19 2011
Sathya Sai Trust still in trouble August 2 2011
Police report against Sathya Sai Trust’s claims reposted in India 29 July 2011
Sathya Sai Trust expands membership 27 July 2011
Yet more Sai Baba illicit valuables found July 20 2011
Sai Baba’s secret rooms: officials rummage further July 19, 2011
Sathya Sai Colleges and Trust troubles not over 14 July 2011
Sathya Sai Trust lost 16 key government exemptions 12 July 2011
Sai Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy 11 July 2011
Sai Central Trust credibility totally destroyed 4 July 2011
V. Srinivasan remains on Sai Trust 1 July 2011

Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster 30 June 2011 
Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion 29 June 2011
Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death 27 June 2011
Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust 26 June 2011
The Sathya Sai Trust mini-empire is crumbling 26 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust era of unaccountability drawing to a close? 24 June 2011
Sai Baba cult under pressure of events and doubts 24 June 2011
Police summons for two Sathya Sai Central Trust board members 22 June 2011
Sai Baba ashram’s Chief Security Officer arrested 21 June 2011
Sathya Sai Trust steps up damage limitation ploys and the aggro 21 June 2011
Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues 20 June 2011
Corruption India: Sai Baba cult hoard plunder by Trustees? 19 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust enmity in public, while their cover-ups reign 19 June 2011
Sai Central Trust van impounded by Andhra police with treasure trove? 18 June 2011
Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession 17 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust still shrouds all in secrecy 8 June 2011
Dharna and writ threat against Satha Sai Central Trust 31 May 2011
Controversy on Sathya Sai Baba’s suspicious death 25 May 2011
Sathya Sai Baba did have properties, but not ‘proper ties’ 22 May 2011
Sathya Sai Baba Trust “internal battles”  30 April 2011
Sathya Sai Trust denial and cover-up 29 April 2011
Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier 28 April 2011
Former Minister accuses Sri Sathya Sai trust members for the death of Sai Baba 26 May 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! 22 April 2011
Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues 6 July 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust disinformation 28 April 2011
Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier 27 April 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust – unaccountability to end? 25 April 2011
Sathya Sai Baba – succession ploys 25 April 2011
Sathya Sai Baba to be ‘resurrected’ on Easter Day? – updated 23 April 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! 22 April 2011 
Sai Baba’s failed treatment + undercover probes  April 22
Sathya Sai Baba buried alive by Sai Trust? April 20 2011
Sathya Sai Baba life support problem April 18 2011
Sathya Sai Baba relapses & deceits flourish -17/4 April 17 2011
Sathya Sai Baba’s condition sets off crisis April 17 2011

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Sathya Sai Baba Moon Miracles & as Man in the Moon

Posted by robertpriddy on April 20, 2012

sboi_moon-darshanIt was reported on October 3rd 2007 by Professor Anil Kumar that Sathya Sai Baba said he would appear on the face of the full moon later that day and asked followers to proceed to the Sathya Sai Airport to get a clear view. The news spread like wildfire and huge crowds thronged the place. It so happened that the moon was not visible as it was overclouded! Nonetheless, reports began to appear from here and there of devotees who had seen Sai Baba’s head or face on the moon. Some even concocted images to prove this (see links below)! While the darker parts of the full moon can well be imagined to depict the head of Sathya Sai Baba, they can also equally well be seen as depicting a large number of other persons. This incident was no doubt intended to strengthen the faith of believers who were entertaining doubts about his claims of divinity, but outside India it did a great deal to weaken the credibility of Sathya Sai Baba, whose reputation had already suffered major blows since 1999 when the many sexual abuse testimonies appeared on the www from all over the world. None of the many world-wide astronomical observatories, nor countless amateur astronomers reported anything special about the appearance of the moon that night (of course) though the moon is under constant and intensive observation in many places at all times.

Here follow some examples of the type of fantastic fables about Sathya Sai Baba and the moon, narratives which cannot be checked and defy reason and common sense. The bottom line is that either one wishes to believe them or one does not… for no one can know that such things actually occurred. Though many devotees get convinced, the sheer unreasonability of this is obvious to anyone who has a minimum of insight into the nature of human knowledge. Many people are accustomed to believe what they want to despite all evidence, reasons or fact. The following tall fables surpass even the most weird and wonderful biblical stories in fiction.

Ra. Ganapati wrote that on 8/12/1973 on a stop with Sai Baba between Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan devotees threw stones at a wood-apple tree and brought down one unripe fruit.“Svami bent down and picked it up. Holding it between the thumb and forefinger He said, “Here is the moon”! When He closed His palm over the piece for an instant and opened it again, the fruit was no longer found. Instead an unusual article was in his hand.It was a translucent sphere. The sunlight was gorgeously reflected out of its surface. Though as a whole it was luminescent there were several dim and even dark spots inside. Multi-hued veins of minerals could also be seen. Superficially smooth-surfaced, it revealed elevations and depressions inside. “The mini-moon, made up of all the ingredients of the moon”, observed Baba. Only a few days before, the newspapers had carried photographs of both sides of the moon transmitted by spacecraft. All their features could be precisely perceived in this three-D-mini-moon. More than that, it was refracting the spectrum of colours in sunshine. The party enjoyed the picnic in the glades. Svami held up the mini-moon finally to sunlight. The solar rays glancing off the outer rim sprayed gold. “Do you see the moon rise?” asked Sai, as pleasing as the moon itself. With one more folding and unfolding of His hand, the mini-moon set! It had returned to its old wood-apple birth!”  (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 83f).

Poetic sounding, but is it anything more than that? Ask yourself who decided that all the features of the moon photos could be perceived “precisely” in the mini-moon? Not only did the mini-moon “spray gold” but it also “refracted the spectrum of colours” which the actual moon never does. Was it then just a mottled glass sphere, perhaps? Note Ganapati’s reliance on poetic license in saying that Sai is as “pleasing as the moon itself”…but then the actual moon – which may sometimes look nice – is in reality a barren, inhospitable, cold thing. Does not the ‘rising and setting’ of this mini-moon remind more of the rise and fall of Sai Baba as his use of sleight of hand has been filmed beyond any doubts? Where are all the accounts by witnesses, who were they… surely they would have thought this miracle worth recording and at least telling Sai biographers like Professor Kasturi about? But no! All in all, who can really credit this? Since so many of his deceptions have been exposed, those who do must be died-in-the-wool dupes in denial.

“Svami performed another fantastic moon-leela. Last year (1975-76), during the course of a jolly conversation with the Whitefield college students one full-moon night, Baba said. ‘Ask anything you want'”.A daring young student requested, “Please bring down that moon in the sky for us”.”Very well”, said Baba looking at the sky. The next moment there glowed in His hands a wondrous ball, shedding cool moonlight all around. “Look up” said the Lord. The surprising sight that the students saw on the skies! The original moon was shorn of its lustre and looked pale as a piece of paper! Dear scientist, how do you explain this phenomenon? Baba closed his hands over the earthly ‘moon’. At once the anaemic moon regained its regal splendour. As Baba opened His hands once again, the sky-moon became lack-lustre. On his closing his hand, once again the argent effulgence of moon spread up above in the sky. Even if His opponents could not admit that He is the Cosmic Consciousness which created the moon itself, may they not at least accept that the mini-moons, to be found nowhere else, are definitely His creations?” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 84f).

Obviously, to accept the one is as difficult as accepting the other. Model mini-moons are available, and can be found on the Internet. Some would be easy to palm. Watching for cloud cover and opening and closing the hand as these cross the orb would be easy. No mere student of his, however ‘daring’, is going to confront this powerful person who rules as the unquestionable and strict Lord of Creation over them all. Besides, the whole account is evidently at second-hand (or third-hand) and who knows while it is totally uncorroborated by anyone supposedly present. No such ‘leela’ ever been filmed or observed and reported by independent persons. The students’ convenient question could well have been pre-ordered of him by Sathya Sai (it is known from Smt. Vijayamma’s book that he often did such things). Or it could simply have been contrived by the first- or second-hand story-teller. Strange that there is no other account anywhere by a witness of this lunatic matter…  did not one of them consider this worth recording, or at least telling other Sai Baba writers like Prof. Kasturi about it. Therefore this episode – like most others – will always remain in the realms of fairy stories as far as the world is concerned, and thus figuratively ‘anemic and shorn of its wondrous regal lustre’!

“Svami is seated on the Chitravati bed with His devotees. The full moon is filling the sky with its cool radiance. Svami has a look at it. Does He think that it looks like His face? Does He further think, ‘Why should it not have a dark wig like my hairy halo?’ As He moves His fingers here on earth an extraordinary phenomenon takes place in the lunar sphere. A halo appears round the moon, like Baba’s tresses! Is that all? The pointed fingers of Baba write something from here on the dark dome. There appears on that heavenly hair-do, the Sankha and Chakra (conch and disc of Vishnu) streaked in lightning. With a further
wave of His hand, the conch of lightning dives down into Svami’s hand itself and converts itself into a gleaming white shell-variety as of this earth. Svami pours amrit from it in the mouths of more than a hundred devotees. That conch is still enshrined in the Prashanti Nilayam Puja.
(Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81).
Sai Baba appearances on the moon
Sathya Sai Baba seen on the moon?
Sai Baba’s mystic Moon Region ‘Chandraloka’ and related ideas
‘Moon Mission of Sathya Sai Baba’. Re Merinews Article

May You Look At The Moon And See Santa In It
Sathya Sai Baba’s Failed Moon Miracle Under Heavy Cloud
Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further?
Why build moon rockets when Sai Baba has mantras?
Long-awaited photo of Sai Baba in the moon
Sai Baba ‘postpones’ moon appearance!
Hundreds see Sai Baba on the moon
More Sathya Sai Baba Moon Madness
Sai Baba on the Moon videos
Deceiving ‘devotee’ makes bogus image of Sai in the Moon
Oops! Apparently Sai Baba DID appear on the moon?
Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?

Sai Baba Fails To Grant Great Moon Vision. Endangers Crowds
Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon, IANS Reports
Sai Baba postpones moon buggy ride
Sai Baba on the Moon – photo for his birthday?
Moon visible in daylight during funeral of Sai Baba
Sai Moon Man

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Predictions by India’s Deceased “Omniscient Avatar”

Posted by robertpriddy on April 19, 2012

Some dismally failed predictions by Sathya Sai Baba, guru worshipped and protected by a series of India’s Prime Ministers and Presidents. They evidently never questioned him about anything he had claimed, or else just believed it all because of their Hindu upbringing and belief in myths about gods, demons and whatever:-

1) He boasted he would “walk across the sky from one end to the other”. How can any reasonable person accept the boast which Sai Baba made several times, as shown in the quote on the right?
I will have to forego the car and even the aeroplane when I move from place to place, for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge; I will have to move across the sky; yes, that too will happen, believe Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. II, p. 92)

Who can believe him?

“Formerly when the Govardhanagiri (mountain) was raised aloft by a little boy, the gopis and gopalas realised that Krishna was the Lord. Now, it is not one Govardhanagiri, a whole range will be lifted, you will see! (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.3 New Edition, p. 92) (also see scan from Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 106a).

2) Readers of Dr. Hislop’s Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will have wondered much about the prediction SB made there in 1968 in contradicting Hislop (he loved to contradict people). Hislop suggested that Baba’s students would come into positions of influence in 20 or 30 years (see here), when they are in their thirties or older. Baba insisted that in only 10 years there would be a great change in the Indian nation as a result (while still in their 20′s). Not one are yet in a top position as far as is known. He also said:

Sai: “In India people reach positions of power and influence earlier in life. Even now there are a number of examples throughout the nation… The students say that when they grow up they will do as Sai wills. As positions open in every area of the Indian society, these young men will occupy the positions. Wherever they go they will influence and change the society for the better. Corruption and such problems will sharply diminish.”

India is now known to be one of the most corrupt societies in the world, and Indians are very aware of it and the continuing degeneration in the years since 1968, as Anna Hazare’s huge movement has demonstrated to the world. Baba’s students may be entering positions of some influence, but if so, they are keeping quiet about it.

3) Sai Baba held that the Vedas were the life blood of India’s prosperity and progress, and he had come to revive them and so save humanity.  Concerning the influence of his school of Vedic chanting (Veda Patsala) established in the early years, Sai Baba said it was to grow and flourish greatly.  This did not come about… the institution was disbanded after some years of functioning. Nor did his boast as follows:-
 “… the whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi January 1999) page 16).

4) Various statements made in discourses by Sathya Sai Baba on vast increases in area size of the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram (to include Dharamsala, over 20 miles away) and the number of visitors expected for certain festivals were not fulfilled, the size and numbers falling far short of those predicted! We heard some reports while at Prashanthi, independently confirmed from three ashram sources, that within the preceding year Baba had told students that the village Puttaparthi would soon be bulldozed away and that within 10 years Prasanthi would become enormous – 38 miles circumference. That was very hard to imagine in such a short time – much bigger than Bangalore itself!. But the area of Prashanthi Nilayam was very far from that before his death in 2011 and had expanded but very minimally in area in the last decade.

5) It was reported that Sai Baba told his group of New Zealanders in interview around Xmas 95 (told to several of my friends in 1996 by Mr. Arthur Hillcoat, leader of the Sai Org. in N.Z.) that the French nuclear tests have released radiation into the ocean which will cause great havoc, ecological destruction and deaths in N.Z. and also in other places thousands of miles distant. (This seemed extremely unlikely at the time and has not proven to have the slightest credibility since.) See here

6) Despite this, Sai followers have repeatedly sent out scaremongering materials about interviews supposedly given by Baba telling of massive earth changes, the likelihood of a coming deluge, materialising maps and even globes of the earth showing drastic changes, the loss of major parts of continents and an entirely new North Pole position. Further, a number of residents at Prashanthi Nilayam have long circulated a list of 27 and more highly imaginative mostly catastrophe predictions around the millennium that Baba is supposed to have made to 18 students at Ootacamund before 1984. None of these predictions took place as stated.

7) Other millennial fears and predictions were nevertheless also rife among certain Sai devotees prior to New Year 2000. In a well-known incident at an interview, Baba told some people, including a Spanish airline pilot I met, that in a certain period around the millennium, air traffic would be disturbed world-wide for about 24 hours and it was unadvisable to travel then. This was published in Sai Impressions. However, the responsible publisher – Mr. Padmanabhan of Sai Towers Publications – was called in by ashram authorities and told to withdraw this news, it has only been information of a private nature. At first, paper was pasted over the announcement… so by removing the paper, it could be read. Later a new print run had entirely eliminated this material. (See here)

8) Almost everyone who has read about Sai Baba now knows  that his famous prediction that he would die at the age of 96 was proven false last year when he died at the age of 84 (i.e. in his 85th year). This was one of at least four different and conflicting publicly recorded predictions of his life span. In a desperate attempt to salvage his deeply compromised reputation, Sathya Sai Central Trust and Organization officials -d ependent on his supposed omniscience and godhood for their donations from devotees – promoted the idea that Sathya Sai Baba was reckoning in lunar years, not solar years…  which, by some not wholly inaccurate calculations, put his ‘lunar age’ closer to 96 years. (See this here)

These are but a few of the more startling predictions made during his lifetime by Sathya Sai Baba. For a more thorough study, see here.

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Supreme Court of India protected Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on April 17, 2012

It is well known that the petition to the Supreme Court by Hari Sampath in 2001, forwarded by the famous lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, was summarily dismissed by corrupt Sai Baba devotee judges (which is documented, despite the Supreme Court having destroyed its record of the proceedings!). Further, Basava Premanand tried to bring Sathya Sai Baba to justice for the murders in his apartment of June, 1993, without being able to penetrate the legal smokescreens and cover-ups (see here and also here)   Also, according to a verdict given in 1999 by the Supreme Court of India (SC), Sathya Sai Baba should have been arrested long before that judgement. This was reported then in The Hindu as follows:-

The Hindu: SC upholds order against ‘godman’:
By T. Padmanabha Rao NEW DELHI, JULY 16.

The Supreme Court has upheld a Nellore Magistrate’s order which took cognizance’ of an alleged offence of ‘cheating’ against a `godman’ (appellant) and issued warrant of arrest against him after the police filed the ‘report’ on completion of the ‘reinvestigation of the case’ – which was earlier ordered by the Magistrate.


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How beliefs – such as in Sai Baba – are constructed

Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2012

Much has been discovered in recent times about how beliefs are formed, what conditions the process – especially through neurological studies. This applies in all respects to Sai Baba devotees’ beliefs, for, having myself learned all about it the hard way – by believing in most of it, and gradually finding the basis for the belief breaking down until I took the step of a full critical examination (and deconstruction) of the Sathya Sai Baba belief system. I recommend the study of these matters, and ‘The Believing Brain’ is an excellent place to start.

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—
How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. 
By Michael Shermer. Times Books; 2011 400 pages; 

“Michael Shermer’s comprehensive and provocative theory on how beliefs are born, formed, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. The book “presents the evidence for Mr Shermer’s central claim: that, instead of shaping belief around painstakingly gathered, soberly judged evidence, people most often decide upon their beliefs first, and then use an impressive range of cognitive tricks to bend whatever evidence they do discover into support for those pre-decided acts of faith.” 

“In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world’s best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brains connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen, and these patterns become beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop of belief confirmation. Shermer outlines the numerous cognitive tools our brains engage to reinforce our beliefs as truths.”

“Interlaced with his theory of belief, Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the paranormal. Ultimately, he demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not a belief matches reality.”

There is also a “useful definition of a sceptic, as Mr Shermer understands the term: one who is aware of the fallibility of intuitions, and willing to take steps to minimize them. It remains, sadly, an uncommon combination.”

A strongly held-belief often gives a certain kind of strength to the believer. By managing to exclude all doubts and by never seeing that any question has more sides than one. and by avoiding hearing contrary views, the ‘true believer’ – who suffers from a form of fanaticism – obtains a certain form of strength of purpose from it. This strength, because it rests upon a doubtful basis – absurd to others and to science – is therefore brittle and liable to crack when put to the real test – either of experience or crisis.

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Sathya Sai Baba to resurrect soon?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 4, 2012

UP-DATE (over 3 years since the death of SSB: read the latest on his resurrection

It is now nearly one year – give or take – since the death of Sathya Sai Baba (the exact date and cause of death are suspicious). The former leader of UK Sathya Sai Organization, Lucas Ralli reported that Sai Baba had said he would be reborn one year after his death. So will Easter Sunday see the resurrection, or will he be reborn in Mandya District (or other places he has variously said – such as the village Gunapalli, – where he told his biographer Kasturi while driving past in a car he would “take rebirth” after 8 years). That he died about 8-10 years before his various different predictions of his death may throw all reckoning out anyhow!

Believe it or not, it is no April Fools’ Day joke that there are people who claim he will resurrect! Many  believed fully that Sathya Sai Baba would resurrect himself – either immediately after his death or one year later and so on.  Here are a few such indications:-
“We have hundred per cent belief that it’s only a matter of time before our `living god’ resurrects himself,” said Hanumantha Rao, a staffer in the IT wing in Prasanthi Nilayam without a trace of doubt in his voice.”
Also “Though Dr A N Safaya, director, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), said that the medical team is making last-ditch efforts to bring Saibaba to life, his relatives are unfazed. “Doctors are doing their job. But Saibaba will come back. I am sure about that,” M Shankar Raju, son of Saibaba’s sister Venkamma, contended.” (Times of India source)
On April 27, a blogger wrote:“Many of Sathya Sai Baba’s devotees have transferred the Christian religious story to him, and expect that his spirit has left his body and that he will be resurrected, according to a BBC International report, “in the next three or four days” after his death.  That would mean that he should rise from the dead – today.”

Tragically it is reported that a Russian devotees named Grigory (‘Grisha’) hanged himself in Puttaparthi after realizing that Sai Baba had not resurrected himself.

Resurrection in any form is not just unlikely – it is a sheer myth, one promoted also by Sathya Sai Baba when he had claimed to resurrect US millionaire Walter Cowan – refuted after intensive research by Professor Erlendur Haraldsson! If Sathya Sai Baba were to resurrect, would he need the wheelchair he used all the time for the last decade of his life. Would he put on weight for the occasion? (He was reported as weighing only 28 kgs towards the end)? Your guess is as good as mine!

The Clandestine Deceivers of Prashanthi Nilayam: No one other than those Sathya Sai Central Trust members and Dr. Safaya of the Sathya Sai Hospital in Puttaparthi knows the true circumstances of his illness and death. However, the facts that are known surrounding the matter are sufficient to show that skulduggery was involved. The main facts that show this are

1) That the funeral preparations were advanced before the announcement of his death on April 24th, including the travel arrangements for VIPs by helicopter etc. and the summoning of massive security forces to control the crowds.

2) There was no post-mortem and no proper legal death certificate, there was no statement of the cause of death other than ‘cardio-respitatory failure’ signed by Dr. Safaya (who resigned thereafter due, he said, to pressures on him). Dr. Soumitra Mukhopadhyaya (24-04-2011) wrote: “As a doctor I should point out that the cause of death mentioned (cardio-respiratory failure) is medico-legally unacceptable. The cause leading to cardio-respiratory failure needs to be clearly mentioned. The international death certificate does not accept cardio-respiratory failure as a valid cause of death”.
See Sai officials’ secret collusion over the death of Sathya Sai Baba

3) What is known of his illness – huge weight loss, successive failure of one vital organ after another – and of his widely  reputed sexual activities, points to his death being a result of a wasting illness, which fits the diagnosis of AIDS. That would most certainly have been covered up by his minions, as was everything else untoward about him – and at governmental level too! Hence no post-mortem or valid death certificate!

4) He had been on an increasingly complex set of life support systems through his last weeks (lungs, heart, kidneys, liver…) which would eventually have had to be disconnected, from which total clinical death would certainly result. No explanation whatever about the removal of the life support system and how was ‘disconnected’ and why. When he actually died (brain death) is not recorded, but No one owned up to anything. Most suspicious. That the disconnection happened on Easter Sunday was a cynical ploy which I predicted on this blog site over 24 hours previously would most likely be done on that day so as to help create the illusion of his spiritual identity with Jesus.

5) The silence of the grave, the mafian muerta was the policy of the Central Trust’s Srinivasan, Ratnakara, Bhagavati and others (which seriously discussed burying him alive at one point, as reported in Indian newspapers. Several major Indian news outlets – like Indian Express, and India Today – consider this newsworthy enough to publish –  an incomprehensible grotesque twist! As explained “Sajeeva Samadhi” is the practice of burying enlightened souls while they are still alive. The report about his Samadhi gains credence as members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust held a meeting today to discuss the Trust’s affairs in the wake of the Baba’s deteriorating health.” Knowing the clandestine and deceiving methods of the Sathya Sai Central Trust and most ashram officials, no possibility can be excluded. 

6) The casket in which he was preserved and displayed was ordered on April 4th see – LONG before his announced death on April 24th! This is yet another highly suspicious fact, fully documented by the makers of the casket! But the Sai Trust spokesmen made the false denial that they did not order what the maker said was the very same casket-coffin which was ordered and which he was displayed in.Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier

The Sai Trust announced that Sai Baba “left the body” on Easter Sunday (to concur with the Christ symbolism). In view of all this smoke and mirrors, lies and deception, who can trust anything at all that now issues forth from this cynical propagandizing money-grabbing cult?  Not to forget the brave counter-claim to the behaviour of Trust members by a former Minister (Nagireddy) that Sai Baba had been badly maltreated, drugged, starved and had cried for help from devotees when he was being ‘taken away’ to his own hospital by his murky ‘minders’ and ‘servitors’

See also:-

Sathya Sai Baba buried alive?

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