Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Padnamaskaar or following the truth – by Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on April 4, 2013

Sathya Sai Baba demonstrated continual inconsistencies and discrepancies between word and action. One small example is his sudden decision that ‘touching the (holy?) feet’ (padnamaskaar) was a mistake, one which he had made every day through his life for up to 70 years! However, it was almost directly (a few months) after his pronouncement (see scan from his journal) that he again encouraged it. The images show some of the scores who did padnamaskar on Sai Baba’s last birthday.

Scan of Sai baba's weasel words in 2002

A pronouncement by Sai Baba about touching of his feet, which he soon never followed!

Feet-worshippers at Sai Baba's birthday in 2010

Feet-worshippers at Sai Baba’s birthday in 2010

Eileenweed said – April 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm
I was living in Parthi and remember well, the day that the announcement came that sb would no longer be allowing padanamaskar. Most devotees were in depressed turmoil at the change. It is true that it was strictly enforced by the security around him, for some months. His feet were zealously guarded and no one was allowed to touch his feet during darshan or functions. Who knows the reason? Could have just been a painful ingrown toenail he wanted to protect! Or could have been reaction of the negative rumors online at that time. Fact is, after awhile everyone seemed to have forgotten and the feet-touching made a revival and all went on as it did before. We all commented about it amongst ourselves and thought it was a strange reversal but figured, “The Lord has answered our prayers!”

Reply from Robert: It was published on two occasions that the deceased mother, Easwaramma, had ‘visited’ Sai Baba and his bedroom boys (!) in a ghostly form and advised him against trusting devotees, such as at darsan. On one occasion she told him he should not let people touch his feet as they could poison him. On another occasion (as reported in Sanathana Sarathi August 2001, p. 232) he said the following: 

Early in the morning one day, mother Easwaramma was standing at the door in her usual form. I asked her. ‘Why did you come?‘ She said. ‘Swami. I have come here with a prayer to You. You are omnipresent and omniscient, but You have to control one thing‘! ‘What is that?‘  Swami asked. She said. ‘Devotees and students offer handkerchiefs to You. But, heeding my prayer, please do not receive handkerchiefs from everybody. The times are not good. The handkerchief may be tainted with poisonous stuff.  In the usual course, You use the handkerchief to wipe Your nose and mouth. So, You may receive handkerchief only from those on whom You have confidence and trust as good devotees. Do not accept from all and sundry.’

Some months after this discourse, I was discussing with my long-standing friend and confidante, V.K. Narasimhan, the editor of Sanathana Sarathi, who passed away in March 2000 after long sufferings. While he was alive I had to keep quiet about many things he told me so as to protect him from unscrupulous elements at the ashram, he had jealous enemies there and his personal security could have been at considerable risk.

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One Response to “Padnamaskaar or following the truth – by Sai Baba”

  1. eileenweed said

    I was living in Parthi and remember well, the day that the announcement came that sb would no longer be allowing padanamaskar. Most devotees were in depressed turmoil at the change. It is true that it was strictly enforced by the security around him, for some months. His feet were zealously guarded and no one was allowed to touch his feet during darshan or functions. Who knows the reason? Could have just been a painful ingrown toenail he wanted to protect! Or could have been reaction of the negative rumors online at that time. Fact is, after awhile everyone seemed to have forgotten and the feet-touching made a revival and all went on as it did before. We all commented about it amongst ourselves and thought it was a strange reversal but figured, “The Lord has answered our prayers!”

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