Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

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Sathya Sai Baba in art representations

Posted by robertpriddy on November 29, 2012

Would-be artists always try to hike a lift by portraying someone who is (or was) in the news. None less than this enterprising ‘self-taught’ sculptor gent in Trinidad, Marlon Emmons, who only wants $1.2 million for his grotesque 12-foot angel-winged Sai Baba sculpture (top left in gallery below). He says that, if he gets his price, he intends to donate “a percentage to the Children’s Life Fund”, but the % is unspecified! It seems he usually does nudes, if the figure on Sai Baba’s right hand is to go by.

As for the other kitsch representations show here, no further comment. Connoisseurs of art may have something to say?

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Professor Kasturi’s delusive and deceptive writings

Posted by robertpriddy on November 25, 2012

Professor N. Kasturi, both a historian and a journalist, who was in his 50’s when first appointed by Sai Baba to write his biography – which was evidently an act of totally uncritical devotion –  once struck me as a frank commentator on most events. He did not go out of his way in his private replies to my questions to present an unduly rosy picture of everything that occurred around Sai Baba. Yet I eventually realized his writings showed Sai Baba were not only seen through permanent subjective emotional and rosy haze, but were also heavily self-censored nonetheless. Even though he did not cover over all unpleasant facts, such as some attempts made to kill Sai Baba in his younger years, which he reports on in his biography, Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, he turned them into apparent proofs of Sai Baba having divine powers.

He avoided negative reports about most persons visiting or living in the ashram – except where claims by persistently fraudulent persons had to be refuted. He seemed to be his own strictest critic, presenting himself as a most humble simpleton besides his Lord and Master, in conversation as well as in print. No doubt he perceived everything on the assumptions he had always held about divinity and avatars. In retrospect, his accounts strike me as unrealistic in many respects, even setting out to be deceptive, for he never reported untoward happenings in the ashram like suicides, killings in Puttaparthi of foreign visitors and other ‘unmentionable’ sexual abuse facts about which he could not possibly have been unaware, as so many of his neighbouring residents were. He is despite all largely responsible for the culture of heavily glossed-over descriptions and blatant eulogy of almost everything connected to Sai Baba which became the rule in all official writings in Sai Baba’s journal and other organs.

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As more undeniable conflicting and revealing facts emerge about Sai Baba’s early years to contradict the official version on point after point, it becomes more and more evident that Kasturi was a very pro-biased interpreter, lacking in critical acumen and comparative skills, not to mention his laxity as regards dates, sources or names of his informants. In fact, he has functioned much more as a ‘spin doctor’ for Sai Baba than a historian or reporter. The same goes for all those who followed in his footsteps, from Howard Murphet to Samuel Sandweiss to John Hislop and onwards into the mass of hagiologic eulogies. This development helps make its progenitor Kasturi seem more credible than most writers on Sai Baba, and more believable than he most likely is! Persons mature and fearless enough openly to discuss any such awkward facts in a helpful and constructive spirit are in great dearth everywhere, and no less so at ashrams, which are virtually self-contained.

These ‘total institutions’, as they are known in sociology, have their own rules and norms, existing mostly in isolation and with a high degree of independence from wider society. Group pressure to follow the rules – written and unwritten – is constantly present. This pressure can unify too, having some useful functions and positive aspects, at least temporarily. For example, the variety of unwritten rules about how to behave, where to walk and sit, when not to move etc., in the huge crowd that gathers frequently for darshan at Sai Baba ashrams are soon picked up within the group and – when not observed – are helpfully applied or eventually enforced by those who have the duty of disciplining the crowd when necessary. Without such rules, the management of the vast crowds from every kind of background and all nations or cultures that gather there would doubtless lead to crushes and deaths by trampling, as occurs all too often in India at religious festivals.

Group pressures also invariably work to unify against suspicions or criticism coming from outside. When this comes from within, however, the organisation often turns to censorship and then censure of those who speak frankly. This is the great problem of total institutions, not least of most religious organisations and especially ashrams, to which Sai Baba’s were certainly not exceptions. Many brushed all hints of misrule and corruption under the carpet, believing that they become better devotees and increase their chances of receiving grace in one or another form. Sheepishly following is a trait encouraged and sometimes outwardly rewarded – at least in small ways – at Sai Baba’s ashrams and other institutions, especially by those leaders who revel in power over others and internal prestige.

Sai Baba’s teaching blackened those who criticised, spread negative news or raised doubts, even when there were valid grounds and openness was justified. Thus, Sai Baba called dissenters ‘Judases’ implying that their actions can never be redeemed, even throughout any number of future births (see his infamous Christmas Discourse, 2000). The doctrine that worldly facts are not truth was easily misused to cover up facts in the ashrams – which are always inevitably involved in worldly dealings. The claim is that facts have no significance beside the higher, divine truth and so can safely be ignored. Therefore one distorts actual matters and presents doctrinal half-truths in their place. But the old saying that ‘a half-truth is often worse than a lie’ holds true! idealizing propaganda by Sai Baba and his various officials it soon becomes largely self-induced and self-sustained. Fed by a flow of indoctrination and misinformation, this leads to a kind of brainwashing of a physically non-violent but thereby yet more effective kind.

The converse of all this is growing disaffection among those who feel most suppressed by it, while the ‘outside world’ that happens to observe it, finding its questions unanswered, feels all the more that many suspicions may well be justified. All in all, there is a dearth of unbiased accounts of any events from any of the officials closely connected with Sai Baba, their involvement with corruption and criminality probably stops them from spilling any beans! This is especially so about sexual abuses, the infamous cold-blooded shootings of four intruders Sai Baba ordered and anything like finances, setbacks to Sai projects, how and why accommodation was issued to those who have donated for rooms, plus on any number of other matters. The law of complete non-accountability was absolute throughout all of Sai Baba’s doings and institutions!

Read a more inclusive review of Kasturi’s work here

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Sri Satya Sai 87th birthday new water project

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2012


So now the entire Rayalaseema Water Project from earlier years has been shown to be an almost complete failure and has to be done all over again! As has long been known to dissidents, but was concealed carefully in all the propaganda about the Rayalaseema set-up; it was deeply flawed from the start, contractors embezzled the Trust and much work was left half-finished. The inauguration by India’s President was a flop as the water failed to run when he pressed the button! Worse than that, the water table fell drastically (despite the much vaunted omniscience of the figurehead who ordered it, Sathya Sai Baba). There were no arrangements for maintenance of what did function, and no local volunteers could be found to monitor it!  Before long Sai Baba had to ask the Andhra Pradesh state government to take over the whole thing, which was done… but the project also gradually degenerated further under their inefficiency!

Read about the Rayalaseema Water Project here

A resident tells of the water project failures as met in Prashanthi Nilayam

 

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Happy Birthday, Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 22, 2012

In wishing Sai Baba a ‘happy birthday’ last year, the Sai Baba propaganda website saibabaofindia.com behaved as if he were still alive and well (as he had assured everyone he would be until his 90s). Not so! He is far from alive, having had his life terminated under very suspicious circumstances while he was on life support for a failing heart, failing lungs, failed kidney, failed liver and tremendous weight loss. Devotees believe (that is, if indeed they take his word and claims as genuine) that he is Eternal Being, Bliss, Consciousness,  that he descended to save the earth from his ‘serpent bed’ in Vaikuntha  (as he has stated). This is nothing but one belief among many others… beliefs which have constantly been debunked one by one by the overwhelming evidence of the sciences. The images which symbolise his alleged status indicate how the whole Sai-caboosh relies on sheer mythology handed down and still believed literally! The only ‘serpent bed’ that Sai Baba knew was the one he had made for him in his bedroom where he reportedly seduced his young male students!

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Falsifications to ‘adjust’ Sathya Sai Baba’s own words

Posted by robertpriddy on November 20, 2012

The remaining followers of the self-proclaimed God Incarnate, Creator of the Universe etc. bla bla were very disturbed in 2011 at his ignominious termination when all of his varied predictions of his age at death failed to come true. These ranged from 92 years to 96 years. Many books through the decades about Sai Baba repeated his having stated that he would remain in the body for 96 years, and this was held forth as something everyone who was still alive then could confirm that he was prescient and indeed God. When died in 2011 aged 84 (in his 85th year), the search immediately started for a way to rationalize away this glaring failure. 

For those whose interests were at stake, it was second nature to bend the truth, claim facts that were only speculations or beliefs. Sathya Sai Baba had led the way for them in truth-twisting after the fact, promoting half-truths (more effective than outright lies) – but also in outright lies such as that his accusers that he sexually abused them were fabricating it all for money (no evidence of any kind given!). His editorial staff, also including the once-famous journalist V.K. Narasimhan (then a close friend of mine) ‘corrected’ the numerous mistakes he made in discourses, and – as he declined into senility with slurred speech etc. – changed many of the incorrect and remarkably ignorant things he had said to fit known facts

This culture of faithful mendacity to protect their Lord and master was widespread (with few exceptions) among those who Sai Baba had given high office, privileges and power. When some shastri surfaced to state that Sai Baba was not counting in calendar years, but lunar years, the followers felt vindicated in their delusions and spread the word. None more so than the former interpreter for Sai Baba, Professor Anil Kumar, who would invent statements on the spot to put into the mouth of his God whose speech was often becoming too slurred to be understood. He is a firm promoter of untruths of all kinds, and none less so than the lunatic but convenient ‘lunar theory’.

I have shown how the lunar age speculations do not hold water, however one twists them around. It is worth nothing that an unknown person with the user name GLC wrote very well-informed (though rather inflamed) comments on various sites after the death of Sai Baba. Click on thumbnail image to read.

NOTE! Further upsetting the entire apple cart of the ‘lunar year’ calculations is the quite widely publicised wishes of Sathya Sai baba to leave his body “early”, that is, not at any of the times he had predicted previously:-

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Sathya Sai’s childhood mischief

Posted by robertpriddy on November 17, 2012

excerpt from Smt. Vijayamma’s book ‘Anyatha Saranam Nasthi

Sathya Sai Baba put his closest followers through terrible difficulties that are interpreted by the faithful as tests of faith or character. Smt. Vijayamma, who first began to visit him in 1946, tells in some detail how he often made close followers tell untruths in which he instructed them, just so to bring out trouble between people!

Some would take this as spiritual teaching, but a more likely interpretation is that he was learning to manipulate others and use the supposed ‘divinity’ which his grandfather, Subamma and superstitious villagers had inculcated into him from his earliest years. One can see that his parents were unable to set boundaries for him and how he was already showing the telltale signs of an ego out of control Vijayamma avoids the ‘political correctness’ of most followers in her telling how Baba was often very angry and punished people physically, pinching girls and lady’s ears often so they were often red, giving cuffs, and inflicting painful pinches of the thighs of boys and men.

His many small ‘outrages’ (see scan on right) were considered to be wonderful pranks, but the nature of the ‘mischief’ clearly indicates to anyone (who is not projecting divinity into a young man) a complete lack of respect for people’s dignity and feelings. Because he could get away with it, Sai Baba continued to do, if in less childish ways, throughout his life in interviews and even in public at darshan. He was clearly already beyond normal social controls when he was very young, and this surely comes of his being perceived as – and treated as – a divinity from the very start. No one can correct such a person, except perhaps the parents for some years – and even then not long in Sathya’s case. Outsiders would not dare to risk the wrath of a divinity or even of those who regarded him as one. So he grew up without normal lessons of politeness in all situations, any genuine respect for elders, and a complete lack of boundaries (which is also often most confusing for a child, who then seeks to find where the boundary for his behaviour lies. But in Sathya’s case he met none. This is the classic making of a narcissistic and psychopathic mind!  At the same time, he was able to charm back many of those he offended.

He was clearly already beyond normal social controls when he was very young, and this surely comes of his being perceived as – and treated as – a divinity from the very start. His push-pull or (charm-and-punish) manipulation of people is a typical such trait and it has often been learned very early on by persons gifted with cleverness and charm. It becomes a way of life, and everything is eventually subjugated to extending and reinforcing this power over people.

Psychologists would very likely consider interpreting his uncontrollable behaviour as that of a sign of some kind of chip on his shoulder, hence having a lot to prove, someone who has a deep sense of hurt to overcome and seeking ways to get his own back by making others submit to him. This can be caused by early traumas of an unknown (often sexual) kind and also by often being ostracized and beaten up by other boys. That he was ostracised because of his homosexual tendencies even in boyhood was testified in a video clip from the film “Sai Baba – Strange Avatar” (Ireland 1996). An Indian professor, Gnanasakarin, former Lecturer of Engineering at Sathya Sai University, describes how shepherds he met who knew Sathya Sai Baba in his childhood reported that he was already sexually invasive of other boys private parts. Transcript of the brief video clip:

“I met one of the shepherds up in the mountain and they were chums of Sathya Sai Baba when he was growing up and they used to say how poor the family was at the time and the other kids around the town used to tease him a lot, Sathya Sai Baba. Even in those days when he was young he used to touch boys in places – very strange places. Sometimes they used to beat him up also. And he would just walk out because he can’t stand up against them. A boy like that would do anything to gain respect in the crowd. So one day suppose he kind of produces something out of thin air. “Ah. Sathya did something, what did you do, what did you do?” And I think that’s how he got started and then he started working pretty good.”

Further, even Kasturi briefly reported that he was on the receiving end of physical violence, but it was turned by Sai Baba into a narrative underlining his non-violence, respect for truth and his bliss etc. That he was unpopular is nonetheless very clear from this and the extent to which it went is not recorded… but then. almost nothing that cannot serve to praise him to the clouds was written about by any except Vijayamma (though she never considers any such things to affect her rock solid faith, putting the inexplicable events like the constant weekly  beatings of her own 2-year old child by Sai Baba as some kind of divine enigma!

Sai Baba unpopular with schoolmates who assaulted him

excerpt on bullying of Sai Baba when a boy

 

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Control of devotees’ information by Sai Baba’s ideology

Posted by robertpriddy on November 15, 2012

The culture of official secrecy is endemic in India and it is second-nature for those officials who become Sai Baba ashram staff to exercise and exaggerate this. When asked quite normal questions, they have always tended to give short, often irrelevant, answers to such an extent that one hears that they will say only what suits them, no more and no less, as if they were under strict instructions to reveal as little as possible. Most hierarchical organisations have to delegate authority as they expand. This is a problem for guru-led sects and cults because the leading figure who delegates authority to others of a lesser level of supposed purity and insight soon loses the near-total control over followers’ minds that is a prerequisite of him or her holding their position unchallenged. An astute and widely experienced observer of Indian ashrams, Dr. Paul Brunton, noted totalitarian tendencies in virtually all of the many he visited. Central spokesmen or other officials easily become a power in their own right as regards matters with which the guru does not concern him or herself, not surprisingly often including finances. Apart from elites and leaders, most of the Indian population is accustomed to not having to think for themselves, being told what to believe and to do by their superiors without whose go-ahead they can do nothing of their own initiative, so the are easy prey when wolves get among their flock. To follow orders slavishly and to the letter is an ingrained attitude in caste societies where freedom of speech – especially to vocal dissent – never was the tradition.

Information is usually controlled by those in central positions, which makes it easy for them to get away with underhand doings and to cover up all kinds of negative incidents. Unscrupulous persons easily take advantage of the top-down order by insinuating the guru’s likely wrath, exclusion, excommunication or worse to those who wish to speak out about untoward matters. This has been demonstrated in any number of sensational cases of major gurus with ashrams in India – and also Eastern gurus abroad – in recent decades, where murder has frequently been committed – even over long periods – before the facts were revealed in court cases. Unfortunately, Prashanti Nilayam is certainly no exception, though government and Supreme Court protection quashed all legal challenges against Sai Baba!

Silencing unrest and outspoken persons: No one who was at any Sathya Sai Baba ashram for long can have failed to notice the tight-lipped behaviour of nearly all Sai officials, and this mirrored the behaviour of Sathya Sai Baba too. He was known for answering only what suited him and frequently only seeming to answer or saying vague and irrelevant things, changing the subject etc. He would often simply ignore the questioner and turn to someone else. This he could do as all accepted him to be an inscrutable and almighty Godhead whose every act had deep meaning. Those who came there already believing fully in him, or had become sufficiently indoctrinated, accepted these reactions as being mysterious, having hidden messages and lessons for all who heard him. He used to smile at people a lot and give many outward signs of being a caring and loving person, which, in the ashram atmosphere was hard to ignore or doubt, especially for Indians and other religiously imbued persons.

Talking was looked down upon by Sai Baba as a waste of energy and distraction from work! All informal chatting while at Sai Baba ashrams is discouraged by nearly all office-bearers and zealous believers. This was backed up by ‘silence’ notices hung or painted on walls (eg. the Sai Baba quote: “Silence is the language of the realised” Sathya Sai Baba… as if by keeping silent one might give the impression of realization?). Talking was forbidden in certain circumstances – silence was supposed to reign when Sai Baba came out to give ‘darsan’ (his walkabout) and it should preferably have been ‘pin-drop silence’, as Indians so quaintly put it. (However, it hardly ever really did, someone was always chattering to a neighbour or whispering away somewhere). By contrast, Sathya Sai Baba talked and talked – endless discourses, and his talking always dominated the interviews where devotees sat as if mice before a big self-satisfied cat.

Anything like gossip, rumour-mongering or ‘back-biting’ were thought to be cardinal faults because Sai Baba harped on about this time and again in such most unreasonable terms – calling such talk ‘evil’ or ‘a great sin’. One has to ask, what was Sai Baba so worried would be said and spread? The answer springs readily to mind, he did not want anyone to know of the many untoward incidents, well-founded sexual accusations, details of murders, disappearances, suicides and much more.

“Have no friend but God” Sai Baba advised. Also, less extremely, “In this world God is the only permanent friend” (Sanathana Sarathi November 1998, p. 297) He frequently discouraged his students and interviewees from having ‘false friends’ and denigrated the role of friendship in life generally. Yet on the other hand many of his stories are about the value of friendships in the scriptures and in life, so he was unable to sustain his own advice really. Further, he promoted satsang, which is keeping good (i.e. ‘godly’) company, and he considered this kind of friendship may lead one to greater things, including the giving up of attachments to worldly desires (without explaining how or why). In this connection he referred to the old saying ‘birds of a feather flock together’ and pointed out how one can tell who a person is by his or her associates. The result of following such advice can be seen in the most conscientious of his devotees, that they no longer associated with anyone who was not a believer in him. This was a means to the end of building a movement and an organization where no disturbing influences can intervene and everyone is under censorious control of Sai Baba via his chosen leaders and the group pressures that always bear down on the critic or whistle-blower. Yet he advised that devotees should “be friendly to everyone” but not take it to excess. He would say to his students that they should say Hello, always speak sweetly and softly, but then pass on. “Friendship is to be with equals, not all and sundry” (Sanathana Sarathi July 1989, p. 179).

Friends are known to be taken by most people as the more reliable source of information than impersonal or independent sources. Limiting his followers to friendships within the circle of believers who dare see, hear or speak no evil (at least about himself) functioned as a means of control of their information and exclusion of outside criticism. Proper and full information about all that happens would (and increasingly often does) reduce and eventually kill faith in him and most of what he claimed to be. Events which could bring the slightest disrepute to anyone or anything connected officially with Sathya Sai Baba were never reported (except within closed circles of the more cynical servitors, of whom there were plenty). Let alone what went on outside the public sphere, or behind closed doors or the dark! Sai Baba needed to keep control of talk because his sexual preferences were so well-known to most Puttaparthi villagers and Indian ashram residents and have even been admitted to Westerners by a number of his close servitors through the years. Such matters of homosexual relations with minors are all almost invariably passed over in silence in India (unless perhaps a foreigner can be blamed) – the double morale tolerates and thus silently accepts such doings officially is shown to be extremely widespread. Of course, Sai Baba had long realised that knowledge of this was destroying the hugely inflated reputation he had gained and showed him up as not even being a pure and decent, law-abiding person. For many years, he was evidently nervously awaiting the day when his doings would be revealed and accusations would hail down, for he tried to avert this through rigorous censorship and brain-washing of the faithful (later backed up by cosmic threats of rebirth into shameful circumstances). His private predictions to close devotees of the accusations and fall-off that were bound to come were clearly a precaution, if the worst happened, to back up his claim of omniscient prescience.

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India’s parlous state and Sathya Sai Baba’s promises

Posted by robertpriddy on November 13, 2012

In view of Sai Baba’s promise that his mission could not fail – part of which was his cleaning up India’s “backyard” before doing the same for the rest of the world (!!), India is more corrupt and nearly half its population are on the poverty line. Other ills of a most horrific nature persist, dowry death, child prostitution, massive inhuman child labour, unfettered police brutality farmer suicides, widespread female infanticide, violent suppression of minorities like Dalits and tribals, and always wall-to-wall corrupt practices. Meanwhile the rich and middle class are profiting, while self-serving bureaucrats benefit and political nest-featherers lord it over their ethnic brothers and sisters.

Sky News and other world media report (November 2012) that India now has one-third of ALL the world’s poorest inhabitants, more than the entire continent of Africa combined! Sky News reported also that over 400 million Indians earn less than ( 8/10th of)  £1  a day, or just over $1 or just over US$1.- per day! Aid agencies have found that food aid supplied by NGOs has been stolen by middlemen who have sold the products to farmers to feed livestock (BBC World news reporter 9/11/2012). UK aid to India is to be cut back and targeted more efficiently, not least due to such scams, also after an Indian government official called it peanuts and unwanted.

Corruption is enormous and is not diminishing. Sathya Sai Baba could not even slow down India’s huge and ever-increasing military spending (eg. by 28% in 2003 for its nuclear war capacity alone).  Since then, India’s has increased its defence budget to a whopping $38.6bn in 2012, about 3% of GDP

The UK Guardian reported (23/5/2012) on the unpalatable truth of dowry deaths. “The statistics are shocking. One woman in India dies every hour in a dowry-related case. Dowry is a social evil in which the families of Indian grooms can make endless demands of the bride’s family. In extreme cases, the newly wed bride can be murdered by her in-laws or driven to commit suicide.

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Subsequently  The Telegraph, UK of  27 Feb 2012 reported Indian dowry deaths on the rise – Telegraph  – The number of Indian brides burned to death for not bringing adequate dowry payments is on the rise.

Infanticide is illegal in India, however, according to a recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund up to 50 million girls and women are missing in India’s population as a result of systematic sex. (click on thumbnail of scan to zoom in or visit site)

Sathya Sai Baba thought he knew everything and made the prediction about India as the prime mover in the world today. He made other predictions, that he would clean up his own backyard before going abroad – but he died before either were remotely possible, that his students would assume positions of power, but not one is visible above the parapet!).
So much for Sathya Sai Baba’s boastful promises of what HE would do, as if single-handed!

Now one of India’s top bankers says that corruption cannot be eradicated from India!
He should know a lot about it, we suppose. He is against anti-corruption. (Indian Express

India to drag the world back in time

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Sathya Sai Baba’s subversive rule

Posted by robertpriddy on November 13, 2012

The organizational culture of control and censorship learned at the ashrams is found throughout the Sai movement and was copied in nearly all Sai Organization groups and centres, all the more strictly so at national or international meetings and committees. One would literally never voice criticism of anything that could be considered as ‘bad’ or remotely negative if it was connected with Sai Baba, his works or organizations. This is still fully backed up by all the remaining ageing leaders in the Sathya Sai Organisation, who comply with all cover-ups and unquestioningly accept everything handed to them – whether lies or not – as being “the will of the Lord” etc. Yet a considerable number of the best founder members and active leaders resigned or were ‘thrown out’ – i.e. banned for reasons frequently unmentioned, but where an individual voice has been raised on some sensitive issue. See examples here and here).

Virtually every setback and difficulty for the supposed ‘all-knowing’ avatar was and still is denied or explained away. When not entirely unavoidable, diverse efforts were made to hush them up. Serious incidents caused the ashrams to be emptied of all foreign visitors and even residents, often on a few hours notice! Thus, the considerable number of disappearances, suicides, and murders of both foreign and ethnic Indian devotees were buried where possible or played down, as were also all lesser ills like the frequent epidemics of debilitating throat/chest ailments, dysentery and stomach infections most widespread at big festivals. Further, nearly all details of donations and finances were kept secret, as well as how and why accommodation was issued and any number of other internal matters. Cover-ups were, in my fairly broad experience of affairs there, endemic to Sai Baba ashrams and the fear of leaking secret information was like a constant cloud under which all residents and leaders existed, however good they may have been at rationalizing each episode.

These ‘total institutions’, as they are known in sociology, have their own rules and norms, existing mostly in isolation and with a high degree of independence from wider society. Group pressure to follow the rules – written and unwritten – is constantly present. This pressure can unify too, having some useful functions and positive aspects. For example, the variety of unwritten rules about how to behave, where to walk and sit, when not to move etc., in the huge crowd that gathered frequently for darshan at Sai Baba ashrams are soon picked up within the group and were enforced by those who had the duty of disciplining the crowd when necessary. Without such rules, the management of the vast crowds from every kind of background and all nations or cultures that gathered there would doubtless lead to crushes and deaths by trampling, as occurs all too often in India at religious festivals.

Group pressures also invariably work to unify against suspicions or criticism coming from outside. When this comes from within, however, the organisation often turns to censorship and then censure of those who speak frankly. This is the great problem of total institutions, not least of most religious organisations and especially ashrams, to which Sai Baba’s are certainly not exceptions. Many brush all hints of misrule and corruption under the carpet, believing that they become better devotees and increase their chances of receiving grace in one or another form. Sheepishly following is a trait encouraged and sometimes outwardly rewarded – at least in small ways – especially by those selected leaders who revelled in power over others and prestige within the organization.

Some examples: a villager’s death caused by Sai Baba’s driver; that man’s self-immolation as a result; a male US visitor killed at Brindavan found with his testicles cut off, the murder within the ashram of Sai Baba’s long-term violent bully and gatekeeper Kumar, a van accident on the way to Bangalore in which two students died, the death of a woman devotee under the ‘wish-fulfilling’ tree (!), the rape and murder of another foreign lady in Puttaparthi, the knifing to death by two thieves of a Swiss lady in her new ashram apartment, the Spiritual Museum dome’s collapse causing the death of three Americans… plus a number of other deaths in veiled circumstances through the years. There were many more such incidents. The first-mentioned death is worth recounting as it was told to me when I questioned V.K. Narasimhan, the close servitor of SB and a great friend of mine. In the late 1980s, Sai Baba’s personal driver for over 20 years took his own life by immolating himself, dowsing himself in petrol and setting himself on fire under the Shiva statue in the Hillview Stadium. He had failed to follow a warning, repeated three times by Sai Baba, to drive more slowly. While testing one of Sai Baba’s fleet of cars, he happened to knock down and kill a villager in a place near Puttaparthi. This was hushed up by secret monetary compensation by the ashram officials or, in a more accurate term, ‘bribes’. The poor man was driven to this by words uttered by Sai Baba himself. According to Narasimhan, the words of Sai Baba had been that, if one did not follow his directions to the letter after repeated warnings, one might as well set fire to oneself! However, the ashram officials must bear some of the real blame too, for they reacted to his ‘crime’ while Sai Baba was away in Brindavan by rigorously banning him from the ashram, knowing that he had no property or money, for he had been a selfless server of Sai Baba for decades, and so he chose to end it all. This is how the aphorisms so dear to Sai Baba, “Help ever, hurt never” and “Why fear when I am here” actually play out when his interests were seen to be threatened in any way, even by a road accident!

The following comment came in today, which bears out the above perceptions and shows what many grass root members of the Sathya Sai Organization had to put up with in the way of high-handed and even despotic methods:-

Comment_by_Divya

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Sathya Sai Baba reveals the true nature of the atom

Posted by robertpriddy on November 10, 2012

SATHYA SAI BABA’S ABSURD IDEAS ABOUT PHYSICAL SCIENCE by Jorge Reyesvera

Comments on quotations taken from Sathya Sai Baba’s Discourse on Guru Purnima 17th July, 2002 (translation of the premsai website’s version (http://robertpriddy.com/saiguru.net/PREMSAI/16_07_00 (EN).htm)

As Jorge Reyesvera has remarked about Sai Baba“…he used to ridicule devotees frequently. I remember once that one student friend of mine told me how SSB was in a bus and some devotees outside were saying loudly, “Sai Baba, Sai Baba…”, and his reply was “Donkeys, donkeys…” But with discourses like this one he also shows how much of a donkey he is.“
Because Sai Baba imagined (or pretended) he was all-knowing, the primitive secondary-school village education which he gave up, shines through the adult bombast. This sheer drivel is supposedly ‘Saience’, i.e.  what Sai Baba called his higher spiritual science!

Sathya Sai Baba statements in brown text, Reyesvera’s comments in royal blue:-

“There is Divinity in every atom. Another name for the atom is God. From the time he was born until he died, Kaanaada contemplated on the atom saying, “Paramanu, paramanu, paramanu (meaning, ‘the smallest particle’).” This world could not be seen if the atom didn’t exist.”
Comment: The atom is not the smallest particle by far.

“Earlier there was no form at all in the universe.”
Comment: The universe came into existence simultaneously with space-time. Before the Big Bang, it does not make sense to speak about time. Space-time as we understand it is the same thing.

“There was no sun or moon, no sky or earth and no stars — nothing at all. All was pitch darkness. However, atoms came very densely together. Due to them coming together, there was intense heat generated.”
Comment: Physics has demonstrated that in the hypothetical environment of the big bang at the very beginning it was impossible for atoms to be formed. It does not matter how close atoms are, heat is not generated. In the nuclei of the atoms of some elements there is potential energy that can be released

“… all of these densely combined atoms broke apart and spread everywhere. The sound of that breaking is Pranava, Omkara, which is the Primordial sound. This only is the original and first sound. This Pranava is present everywhere. What did this Pranava arise from? It began from atoms. There is nothing else except atoms.”
Comment: There are many more things than atoms, like neutrinos (some scientists think that they account for the majority of the mass of the universe), energy (photons, X rays, gamma rays, microwave radiation, light, etc), loose particles (electrons, protons, muons, etc), space-time, etc.

“What is the way to attain it? Kaanaada investigated into that subject. Finally he realised that, “It is only one sound. It is the first sound.”
Comment: There are many more things than atoms, like neutrinos (some scientists think that they Again, sound needs a vehicle to propagate. Scientific evidence shows with a high degree of likelihood that some microwave radiation is a residue of the Big Bang.

“He taught such a truth to the world. Only after the sound of Omkar began, the sun, moon, earth, sky and stars all arose.”
Comment: Stars are forming all the time, the Sun is a second generation star. There is strong evidence also that many stars have planets revolving them. That does not have anything to see with sound.

“The root cause for this whole Creation is only the atom. So, every human being is the combination of atoms. A body without atoms and a form without atoms cannot be seen. Man is never trying to recognize such a nature of the atom.”
Comment: What we see are not the atoms but the light (photons) that comes from them.

“How can atomic power be recognized? The eyes cannot see it. Where is it? It is in the food that is eaten. It is in the sights that are seen. It is in the words that you speak. It is in the steps that are walked. It is present everywhere. Walking on that, eating that, drinking that, experiencing that – yet that is being forgotten by men of today.”
Comment: Atomic power was seen in the Second World War.

“Till today no one has understood the sacred power of the atom. People think that the atom is only a phenomenon without a life force. The power of life that created this entire world is also in the atom. Hence, God is the embodiment of the microcosm and the macrocosm. Therefore, every human being should try to recognize the secret of the world and of the creation of man, and recognize what is his duty and act accordingly.”
Comment: What does the understanding of the atom have to do with recognisation of one’s duty?

“What man should recognize is the form of the atom. If the atom is understood, man will be one who understands everything. The atom only is God. That only is true humanness. That only is the life principle. The life principle within the atom is moving about throughout the world.”
Comment: Then according to this statement, some scientists are totally illumined.

“However, how should one take hold of it? The process of the microcosm has to be undertaken. This is what Kaanaada said. He said that when this (the process of the microcosm) is followed, it would be possible for us to receive (realise) the principle of Divinity.”
Comment: And just because Kaanada said it, then it is true?

“Look — an atom is going there. We may go around it. If we wait around for it and if we proceed (to follow it) with concentration, it will be caught by us. We may catch hold of any amount of atoms every moment. You just held so many. If they are let loose, they go (spread) wherever you look (all over). The sound of OM and the sound of an atom are as small as the atom. The nature of the mind is also dependent on this.”
Comment: SSB is rather confused between atoms and molecules and solid and fluid states. In perfect vacuum what would happen according to him?

“In the evening when I was giving the Valedictory Address, I didn’t even know what I was saying.”
Comment: How come that the powerful SSB did not know what he was saying?? (Editor’s note. One can believe THAT at least)

“However, I went inside. I lay down. The prayers of all the devotees came in big clusters. (Applause) “Swami,.. Selfishness cannot be seen in Me from My toenail to the tips of My hair. (Applause) Therefore, there is (I have) the courage and authority to say, “I and you are One.”
Comment: And what about the atom??

“Therefore, the power of the atom is the same in every human being. This atomic power should also be understood to some extent. From our ancient times, we continue worshipping and meditating on a form and we are living life with it. Those also have arisen out of atoms… Kaanaada did very great sadhana. Finally he said, “There is nothing else at all. I came from the atom. I should merge again in the atom.” This means that, as he didn’t have body attachment; he merged in the atom.”
Comment: How can one merge in the atom??

“… just don’t forget the nature of the atom. Everything is in the atom. Hence, we should feel that the nature of the atom is within oneself. Our body is (contains) the atom. Mind is atom. Intellect is atom. Chittha is atom. Antahkarana is atom. All are completely atoms. That which is full of atoms is Divinity…” “… there is death for the physical body of man, but the mind has no death. There is no death for the mind at all. Though the man (his body) dies, the feelings that the person felt are imprinted on the mind. The tendencies of so many births and the tendencies from so many actions are printed on this mind.”
Comment: The mind is beyond matter so how come that it is formed of atoms, which kind? How come that the mind has atoms and the atoms give life?

“It is not possible to say that this mind is ‘like this or that’. Therefore, we should not feel that the mind will die along with this life (of the physical body). No matter how many births there are, the mind is God. This mind contains atoms. We should not feel that the nature of the mind, which contains atoms, dies.”
Comment: But the body that really has atoms dies!

“Truly, what does Guru Purnima mean? It shows the path, the Divine path, to us. ‘Purnima’ means ‘the sacred radiance of the full moon’. What is the full moon? It is the completely full nature of the mind. The completely full nature of the mind, without any spots at all, is observed as the full moon. When the mind has any spot, it is darkness; it won’t give bliss.”
Comment: The moon has many spots, the sun has many spots, so to what does he refer?

“Truly, who are you? You only are God! (Applause) He is the form of an atom. First and foremost, recognize that Truth. … Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakasipu also were ones of very great capabilities. They were great scientists. Hiranyakasipu not only went to the moon; he also went to the sun. Not only the sun, he also reached the stars. When he went to star Dhruva and touched it, the earth spun. With that he suffered. Though he was such a great scientist, things should be done only as much as is needed; but if it is in excess, a very big danger will happen.”
Comment: How come that we have not get any of their legacies? And the temperature at a Star surface is very hot (in our Sun’s should be at least 6000 degrees Centigrade!

“Numerous people, unable to bear their sufferings, take their own life. People think, “It is only due to the mind that there is so much suffering, isn’t it so? I will kill this mind.” However, this is a big sin. You are not killing the mind. You feel that your Divinity is like that. We should not have any resolve of suicide. Atma is God. God is Atma. Prahlada said, ‘Don’t have the doubt that, ‘He is in this and not in that’.”
Comment: When SSB gives diamonds (fake or one in a blue moon maybe real) he usually says, “Die mind”

“Forget the feelings towards worldly objects (materialistic tendencies). All of these are worldly.”
Comment: But they are also full of atoms!


Want more entertainment? Plenty available from Sai Baba blather box:
SAI’S MASSIVE IGNORANCE OF PHYSICS AND THE ATOM EXPOSEDNot even high school level explanations!
SAI BABA’S TOUTED ‘SAIENCE’ – SHEER CONFUSION More fantastic rubbish on one but ignorami can credit
THE MESSAGE OF THE “TEACHINGS” AND LIFE OF SAI BABA
SAI BABA’S ‘DIVINE COSMIC IGNORANCE’ OF ASTRONOMY The supposedly auspicious Mahashivaratri discourse of 2001 is here shown to be a hodge-podge of scriptural misconceptions and scientific howlers.
SAI BABA CLAIMS TO BE MAGNETIC, THINGS STICK TO HIS HANDS AND FEET!He explained his inability to walk properly by saying the earth is so attracted to him he can hardly move his feet – but he actually was suffering a serious hip-joint failure!
SAI ON MAGNETISM A tour de force of exhibited ignorance of science
MORE SAI BABA ON MAGNETISM, CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER A howler for scientists!

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India’s President’s corruption cover-up and Sai Baba endorser

Posted by robertpriddy on November 9, 2012

President Pranab Mukerjee

The ruling gerontocracy of India has instated yet another deeply compromised President of India – Pranab Mukerjee – and this time one who has gone against the demands of the Indian people as expressed through recent massive anti-corruption campaigns which the Government has been trying desperately to suppress. The UN estimated the amount of money placed by rich Indians in foreign tax havens exceed the entire Indian national debt!

Sathya Sai Baba had no effect on its rulers’ greed – and they were and remain his public devotees! They stashed away in Swiss banks an amount of money at least equal to the country’s entire national debt, according to his own statements at a private dinner attended by a former friend of mine, Mr. V. Ramnath of the Indian Administrative Service! There he told this IAS official that he had told the Prime Minister and the President not to make so many super-expensive state visits with huge convoys of vehicles and hundreds of Black Beret commandos wherever they went. But, said Sai Baba, they go on doing it and do not listen to me.  Along with the Prime Minister, he clearly endorses Sathya Sai Baba, the now deceased and unconvicted (governmentally protected) of very widely accused pedophile and accomplice to murders.

“Noted Supreme Court lawyer and BJP MP Ram Jethmalani is of the opinion that Pranab was not qualified to contest for the top job. Among the allegations levelled include ‘supporting the Emergency, not assisting the Shah Commission, favoring corporate groups, disinterest in seriously perusing the case of Hasan Ali, doing nothing to get the names of ‘fiscal dacoits’ from Swiss banks, refusing to disclose the government’s correspondence with foreign banks.

India’s latest corrupt President endorsing Sathya Sai Baba

Jethmalani accused Pranab of not taking the necessary steps even when the Swiss government was ready to share information on the same. He stated, “The stolen amount stashed away abroad is estimated to be about US $1500 billion, an amount which will eliminate Indian poverty overnight.”

Giving the final blow, Jethmalani concluded by saying, “Your occupying the august office will be a disgrace to the republic of India.” (from http://news.oneindia.in/2012/06/29/pranab-a-disgrace-not-fit-to-become-president-jethmalan-1026630.html)

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Sathya Sai Baba’s 87th birthday, 2012

Posted by robertpriddy on November 7, 2012

Sathya Sai Baba's 87th birthday, celebrated around his grave. Long gone are the days when people crowded to the birthday of Sathya Sai Baba. Long gone are the days when Prime Ministers, Presidents, Ministers, India’s foremost musicians, stars of cinema and sport were on call in Puttaparthi for the event. The VIPs and foreign visitors are gone and no one of any consequence is now willing to strut their stuff on the platforms to praise Sai Baba and preach parroted talks at a captive audience, it seems. See the programme schedule scan on right.

Considering Sai Baba’s prophesies about his own everlasting fame and such irrelevancies as “The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16) and that “My construction will cover the entire Universe.” (Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2), it will be interesting to see the vast multitudes we should expect at the birthday this year? Or maybe not? Never mind, devotees who can’t free themselves from attachment to these Sai Truths can try to solace themselves with the following explanations:- I am intentionally suppressing my Divinity from being revealed to the world” (while constantly having announced it in discourse after discourse, sent worldwide on  approving Radio Sai)  But once I reveal My true nature, the whole world will become a Prashanthi Nilayam“. But Prashanthi is currently again more like a ghost village than any regular township! 

Crores of people will end up landing in Puttaparthi” (see here) One crore = 10 million, so ‘crores’ would be around 20 or 30 million and upwards! That was never remotely possible, even in total sum through decades. The maximum number which could be fitted into the ashram and stadium never exceeded 500,000 on the biggest birthday celebration, according to the ashram engineer, Mr. Ashok. Sai Baba’s claim that three million were at the 70th birthday is outright false propaganda. When three million visited Mecca during one haj, the crowds were gigantic and completely dwarfed any photos of the maximum number in Puttaparthi. Also: In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

‘His’ boys were never transformed into “leaders of the world” – not even leaders in India, nor are any known to hold prominent positions in India. India is in a leadership crisis and his students are nowhere to be seenPerhaps this birthday will see Sathya Sai Baba Skywalker: “You will realize Swami’s glory when I walk across the sky from one end to the other.” (Tapovanam Chapter 11) and “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.”” (see scan from Sathya Sai SpeaksOr perhaps we will at last see: “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 ed. p. 92)

Roll up, roll up and see the wonders never shown before, the Lord’s word cannot ever fail and so you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth!



However, it is fairly evident that Sai Baba’s nuclear bomb physicist, Venkataraman (see references below), has managed to persuade a colleague, another retired nuclear physicist, to be a guest. He is playing along with the dreadful cover-up agents and corrupt embezzlers who have taken over the Sai Trust, who use him without scruples. Since he has invested all his former prestige in promoting Sai Baba as the Creator of the Universe, not criticizing Sai Baba’s hilarious howlers about physics, astonomy and all the rest, he can’t withdraw without losing his role at Radio Sai, his mental comfort zone and his circle of doubtful friends at Prashanthi, though he would probably retain the car given him by Sai Baba, and thankfully accepted, out of money donated to help the poor and suffering! 

Dr. G. Venkataraman’s view of evolution is a particularly bankrupt version of ‘creationism’ and ‘intelligent design’ claiming that – though the  scientific facts of evolution are wholly correct, Sai Baba nevertheless created the entire evolutionary process itself! By the same measure, one could say that – if there were a scientific proof that God did not exist, it would be God who put the proof into man’s mind! The only answer people like Venkararaman usually give is that God was uncreated, exists eternally.  His is just a play with words, for something never created can never have come into existence. God cannot have existed before God was created. It is like saying ‘time exists’ when time is merely a relativistically determined way of measuring, not an entity that can be objectively measured! This is the bewitchment of intelligence by language… a Wittgensteinian lesson that every philosopher worth his salt knows.

Dr. G. Venkataraman, favourite nuclear bomb physicist of Sai Baba

G. Venkataraman – Chief propagandist for ‘God’ G. Venkataraman is keen to imprint on his readers that, in studying anything about science, they are observing “The Glory of God”. This is, of course, an assumption and is not even a testable hypothesis, being a vague (undefined and indefinite) conception which is entirely non-operational.
Apologist for Sathya Sai Baba The only top Sai official who has ever even mentioned the many allegations against Sai Baba – and then only after a period of six years or more had gone by – is Dr. G. Venkataraman. He has shown his true colours, however, in having written a document full of cover-up and false statements
The most gullible physicist alive? Dr. G. Venkataraman writes in Part 4 of his 7-part series entitled “In Quest of Infinity” on his Radio Sai website “You know, when I think about it all, I am simply wonder struck. On one side of it is God who has created the Universe in which all these wonderful things happen.
Dr Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail? One of the many former devotees with whom I correspond privately has commented to me that “Dr.G. Venkataraman lost all his scruples.” Also that he “had a harrowing experience when he lost his son and that is the main reason he is with Sathya Sai Baba who kind of gave him emotional support”.
G. Venkataraman’s out-dated and fallacious ideas
Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief These days Sai Baba’s chief international propagandist (via Sai Global Harmony and WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service) and deputy head of the immensely wealthy and influential world Sathya Sai Organization, Dr G. Venkataraman, was a top Indian nuclear scientist.
Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba
Atomic physics Venkataraman-Puttaparthi style. Deeply intriguing
Dr. G. Venkataraman’s delusions and cynical cover up
THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION’S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA (BY VENKATARAMAN) EXPOSED – PART 1
THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION’S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA (BY VENKATARAMAN) EXPOSED PART 2
THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION’S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA (BY VENKATARAMAN) EXPOSED – PART 3
THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION’S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA (BY VENKATARAMAN) EXPOSED – PART 4

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Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses: gross falsification by editors

Posted by robertpriddy on November 5, 2012

Falsification and subterfuge is the endemic sine qua non of Sathya Sai Baba’s propagandists and the editors of his discourses.  Around 2003, there was an international group of young persons who claimed to post full literal translations of Sathya Sai Baba discourses because the Sanathana Sarathi versions were over-edited and corrected. That group posted their results under the name ‘Premsai’. However, some of the original words of Sai Baba were so damaging that even these allegedly ‘literal’ translations were altered.

The main translator of all these discourse from Telugu to English was the former US devotee Eileen Weed (who learned Telugu). All the other language translations were made from her originals, but the group insisted on editing the worst blunders by Sai Baba (i.e. changing, that is – making direct falsifications of what Sai Baba actually said to make him seem sensible), Eileen Weed finally lost her last vestige of faith in Sathya Sai Baba during this work, which she did for money contributed by the group so that she could manage to survive in the ashram.
Fortunately for the true record, she preserved many of her original translation texts and these are  have also been preserved and are posted here alongside the Premsai version, for comparison. 

On the site called ‘premsai’, students and others claimed to make made complete, allegedly accurate translations of discourses given by Sathya Sai Baba between 2000 and 2003 (once posted at http://www.internety.com/premsai.htm – now defunct, of course).  They were translated from Telugu to English, then into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Dutch, and Swedish. Because there were constant and serious discrepancies between these documents and other versions of his discourses as edited, sanitised and published in the official Sanathana Sarathi journal, they were forced to delete all their translations because the Sai authorities demanded it on grounds of copyright. However, these were nonetheless saved and posted by exbaba.com in 2003, as are also the new original unedited translations). The premsai translations were made from cassette recordings of Sai Baba, not from anything printed and published under copyright protection by the Sathya Sai Publications Trust.

Click then click again

But the dishonest authoritarian ashram people knew they could force the devotees to delete their work or they would soon beblacklisted by the ashrams and denied access to any Sai Organization events,  failing which harassment and police removal were on the cards, as so often used by the Sai Baba people before. See one small example click on thumbnail image:- 

The following account by Eileen suffices to document the issue here.


From: Eileen <eileenlweed@gmail.com>
Subject: Literal Discourses
Date: September 22, 2012 5:32:27 AM GMT+02:00

Please see attached all the original discourse translations that I have with me – 50 discourses total. These are my own, personal completely literal translations made from audio cassettes of Sathya Sai Baba’s Telugu discourses, sold in Prasanthi Nilayam bookshop and available (at that time) for anyone to buy. I was a member of the Premsai group and shared my translations with them from 1999-2003. Unfortunately, I only got the bright idea to digitally save all my original versions after I had been doing it for years, so most of them are only from 2002. In July 2002 the Trust started putting the following on their official discourse translations: “Discourses are copyrighted by the Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam, India, with all the rights that pertain thereto. Please use discourses for personal use only.” We disbanded our Premsai group in early 2003. Whether the ashram officials ever said anything or not, I know not. However, by mid-2002 our Premsai group was well aware that our translations were being used as fodder by the anti-sb groups online.
Letter to a friend on May 19, 2003: “As you may know, I have been helping with translations of Swami’s discourses (complete and nearly unedited). These were being published on a website in several languages. Then, the discourses were copyrighted by the Sai Organisation in July 2002 and so we stopped that website. However, the Italian Sai Organisation continued to publish our translations (in Italian) because they are the most complete version, and exactly how Swami says them.
Suddenly, near Maha Sivarathri we found out that the head of the European organisation decided that only the official Ashram (Sai Organisation) versions should be translated and published on their website in Italian, but not our privately done, unofficial versions. So, we decided that it was Swami’s way of ending this project and bringing us onto different things.”
After I translated from sb’s original Telugu on audio cassette into English, I took it to a native Telugu lady, (the late) Prabha. She was a Telugu native, fluent in English (a lawyer, in fact) and highly knowledgeable and would listen to the audio cassette again, while reading what I typed up. She would make corrections if there were any errors in my Telugu translations (which was rare – perhaps a word or two or three in each 10-15 page discourse). We were both under very strict instructions to translate exactly what sb said, no matter how mixed up he was – absolutely no changing anything he said allowed!
After Prabha (and occasionally, a visitor named Mr. Rao corrected a discourse) made sure my Telugu was perfect, we would schedule a “translator’s meeting,” when all of us (who translated into various languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, German, Persian, etc) would gather together and read out my translations, line by line. This meeting was also attended by three native speakers in the English language (besides myself). If there were any facts waaaaay out there, which there often was (on every page, in fact), there would be long arguments and lively discussions on whether to include it, perhaps with a footnote (because, after all, whatever he said had MEANING and was TRUTH ITSELF!) or, on occasion, whether we should change what he said (gasp!) because it would obviously be too far “out there” and was obviously a PERSONAL MESSAGE to an individual in the audience, who would understand what it really meant. (A well-remembered example is when he was referring to Abraham Lincoln as the “Prime Minister of London,” even the Premsai version was changed to “President of the United States.”)
If there were any very sticky points that we felt uncomfortable changing or deleting from the discourse, I would be asked to meet with Anil Kumar and ask “what Swami really meant,” and how we should deal with the issue. Due to numerous times him just saying, “I have no idea what he meant!” and advising us to change or delete it, we avoided consulting with him at all. He was, by the way, the most skillful, brilliant and awe-inspiring translator ever! No matter how much sb would muss things up and be completed muddle-headed and way out there with wrong facts, Anil Kumar was ever-ready with his sharp intellect, to translate it into a concise, deep philosophical truth that made perfect sense. No wonder sb loved his translations!
The understanding amongst us devotees was that sb was God and was not concerned about facts (and many older devotees would agree that was the case from the beginning of his teaching career). When, in reality, wouldn’t any clear-thinking person know that if someone claimed to be GOD, he would get his facts perfectly straight, at least MOST of the time??!
Regarding the file names: discourses checked by Ms. Prabha or Mr. Rao have their name at the end; if I don’t have their version saved on my computer, the date of the discourse has my name at the end.

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Sathya Sai Baba schools

Posted by robertpriddy on November 2, 2012

Sathya Sai Baba schools – his so-called ‘Educare’ institutions figure among the many ‘faith schools’ have increasingly been adopted in many countries, including some Western democracies (like UK Leicester Sathya Sai School). These ideas have also even been partly included in the British educational system, despite the guru being under the shadow of many accusations of crimes and deceptions. Several of his schools have been closed down, due to the reported sexual abuse of young boys involved and one major school was stopped in Denmark due to protests by the community involved. Likewise, a college planned in a famous castle in Copenhagen was stopped by popular protest there (see report on this in the film ‘Seduced’). A Sai Baba school was also closed in Australia and another in the USA (New Hampshire)

The establishment of so-called Sai Educare schools and colleges – teaching the rather simplistic ‘Education in Human Values’ course – by Sathya Sai Baba and related agencies in any civilized country should be carefully monitored since they openly or covertly promote the personality cult of Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate. I accept some of the human value teaching ideals that motivate these activities, yet I have serious reservations about their various serious shortcomings and also as to the way in which they become interpreted in practice in terms of the repressive and out-dated aspects of Sai Baba’s religious doctrines and are affected by the primitive levels of proper duty and care typical in many Indian schools, where physical and mental punishment are still widespread and go unchallenged.  (see INDIAN GOVERNMENT REPORT ON CHILD SEX ABUSE IN INDIA). Induction into a religious faith at a tender age is indoctrination – especially into believing an Indian swami is God Incarnate. While physical abuse is now at last forbidden in the most civilized countries, mental abuse is still allowed, and this includes inculcating defenseless children with superstitious folklore and false conceptions.

Sathya Sai College: ex-student tells of awful culture there
Dramatic new sex testimony from ex-student at Prashanthi Nilayam  and
Testimony about Sai Baba and his Hostels for Boys  and
Strong Sai Baba sex abuse testimony from ex-’form boy’
More testimony from another ex-Sai Baba student
More evidence piles up on male sex abuse by Sathya Sai Baba and teachers etc.
Testimony of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba by one of his former students

And other Sai Baba sex abuse accounts:-

Four Sai Baba defectors give striking testimony
Testimony from a Sai Baba sexually-abused male and more from Huffington Post
Many young men claiming sexual contact with Sathya Sai Baba
Hans de Kraker: telling comments on Sai Baba on The Telegraph obituary
Sathya Sai Baba on record 
Boys in Sai Baba’s bedroom as told by him in his own discourse

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The Sai Critic – Bon Giovanni, the unscrupulous

Posted by robertpriddy on November 1, 2012

The Sai Critic is the title of a web site which is not critical of Sai Baba at all, on the contrary. It is aimed at attracting those who are looking for evidence of the fraudulence of Sai Baba etc. The owner, an American called Bon Giovanni, tries to rationalise away all the many reports from former follower of fraudulent ‘materializations’ by Sai Baba, done by sleight of hand. When the fraud is undeniable, they claim it is him playing with people, testing their faith and so forth. Their entire attitude towards all the countless exposures of Sai Baba is psychological denial at its peak.

Not only are a large number of sworn testimonies of his sexual abuses, but there is massed evidence that he was involved in the murder of four devotees in his bedroom. In their haze of zealous beliefs and indoctrination not to see anything negative (especially about Sai Baba) the ‘Sai Critic’  avoids the latest otherwise well-reported facts leading up to his death – his of his falling ill (which he had said could never happen to him due to his purity etc.), having to use drugs, tremendous weight loss, systematic failure of organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and brain), being disconnected under suspicious circumstances from the huge life support technology by persons unknown and the huge scandal about the finding of his mass of hoarded gold, currency, silver, diamonds and a very wide range of other valuables hidden in his secret rooms, even under his huge bed! Born into poverty, having collected a vast fortune, largely through trickery and fraud, he evidently always kept a large portion of wealth aside in secret, not improbably fearing that his crimes would be exposed and he would again be reduced to penury.

Some time after my pro-Sai book ‘Source of the Dream’ was first published in 1994, Bon Giovanni tried twice to recruit me to the web ring or whatever it was that he ran. I declined due to having other priorities than bulletin boards and discussions etc. But I was suspicious of him by then already – he didn’t seem to have much sharpness of perception in what he wrote – too, all too vacant ‘standard Sai fare’ much of the time. Others who were members told me he censored heavily. Subsequent invitations I left unanswered.

When my web page on the Sai organization came up, Mr. Giovanni half-congratulated me on it being a very good presentation, but he soon began discussing trivial side issues, nit-picking his way to avoid the entire substance of it. As a devotee in denial he is mentally challenged by its factuality. His criticism was peripheral and concentrated on form, rather than content. He clearly could not document any refutation of my main assertions and conclusions. Later, one of my contacts relayed to me a posting by one of the “ladies” on his website about my supposedly not having ever spoken to Sai Baba. This is of course complete falsification, which my contact – Alexandra Nagel refuted on my behalf.

Then another indirect message appeared on Bon Giovanni’s website – a cheap and  scurrilous counter-accusation  accusing me  falsely (of course) of being a pedophile who seduced Sai students here in Norway who had come to listen to my frequent talks from abroad… an anonymous poster who Bon Giovanni was pleased to allow to smear me in this devious manner. The academic Alexandra Nagel also responded in a posting against it, but the unscrupulous Bon Giovanni actually defended having posted it, appealing to ‘freedom of expression’! The same argument that the gutter press use when printing unfounded and uninvestigated libel.

I therefore sent Mr. Giovanni a mail informing him that he and his site was totally discredited in my eyes. I also made clear to him that his cowardly mailer had made the entirely false assumption that I must – as national leader and Coordinator of the Oslo Centre in Norway, prolific writer in Sanathana Sarathi etc. – have held public talks about Sathya Sai Baba. Only once did I give a brief talk outside the Oslo Centre ( which only had maximum 7 members left when I resigned). No students were present, only about 25 adult Norwegians. So the students who were supposed to have come all the way to Norway would have had to be underage! He has not had the integrity to apologize or post my explanation.

Mr. Bon Giovanni has published the most pretentious speculations purporting to explain why Sathya Sai Baba cheats people (which he has had to admit did occur) by giving them what he calls ‘diamonds’. All of these that have ever been assayed by professional jewellers have turned out to be cheap synthetic stones, tricked up with silver foil held in the casing around to make them shine more (a once-established practice in jewel setting Click here to see the case of my ‘green diamond’ from Sai Baba). Giovanni pretends to know that this is “a test of faith” designed to make the receiver carry out more self-investigation! By holding up the exposed trickster, Sathya Sai Baba, whose involvement in the police executions in his bedroom in 1993 – though he was nearby throughout – was never cleared up but actively covered-up and then quashed by an Indian government order. Giovanni still believes him to be ‘omnipresent’ too!). Bon Giovanni’s pseudo-philosophising of the raw tripe variety is designed to defend fraud by Sathya Sai Baba.

Here is some of what was posted by Bon Giovanni on one of his several web sites. On the left is an event he reports as really having occurred. Then the function he supposes this calculated deception has, followed by his own ‘wise comments’.

1. vibhuti pellet – mind of the witness Exposes disbelief (seen reflects the
seer)
2. vibhuti on Sai Baba picture overseas Sathya Sai Baba Guru’s shakti not limited
to ashram
3. diamond ring given to devotee is
shown to be fake
Witnesses have to assess what they
have seen and take it into their self-enquiry
4. Sathya Sai Baba obviously
palms a ring
Sathya SB is playing on
devotee projections (Guru task is to expose doubt)
5. Sathya Sai Baba changes a 3 stone
ring into one stone ring
Sathya SB creation is leela vinodi,
the sport of the Lord
6. Sai Baba materialises
article used by Krishna
Guru has mastery of time
and space
7. Film evidence shows a necklace is
handed to Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya SB provokes controversy about
his nature and his actions

Here Bon Giovanni defends what he recognises as wilful deceit by Sathya Sai Baba, who claims that he is always truthful, and who insists that none of his materialisations are other than divine creations from nothing. So in this again he lies! Bon Giovanni thinks this guru who tries to engender doubts about himself in the mind of his followers! It is tough enough for most people to get any faith in the first place, considering his claims and the extreme difficulty of meeting him or asking him a simple question. It takes most people a long time and much energy, money and almost endless waiting before they can get close enough to receive an interview. Why then should Sathya Sai Baba try to take his faith away with purposive frauds? The pat answer is that those who keep faith with him are more ‘self-realised’ – and hence better people than the rest of us who will reap eternal rewards. But they are in fact more self-deluded and self-programmed… blind believing dupes who cannot even see the truth after the many revelations about Sathya Sai Baba since 1999!
In 2013, the Sai Critic site – started by Bon Giovanni and later run by Ram Das Awle – was suspended:-

sai-critic-suspended

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