Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Humour undermines Indian spiritual cults

Posted by robertpriddy on January 31, 2014

 Visiting Sathya Sai Baba ashrams meant that one had to keep one’s sense of humour under a very tight rein, since they were and no doubt still are humourless communities. Joking and laughter has to be kept private because it was almost never heard within the ashrams, except in the privacy of one’s room. The officials, with very few honourable exceptions, were often po-faced and spoke down to visitors with sour expressions (almost as if they had earned SB’s blessing as demigods)… so joking with them at all was risky for they wouldn’t (or couldn’t) understand. Prashanthi Nilayam was no place to express joyous or unrestrained amusement and laughing, as ever visitor soon learned.

During interviews and hundreds of darsans we never heard Sai Baba laugh outright, not even when a couple of persons I heard make jokes when talking to him, he said ‘What?’ and soon gave up trying to understand what they meant, so looked away to someone else! Only a very few of all the thousands of photos of him show him actually laughing. He would no doubt sometimes raise a laugh about others –  even laugh at people – but I never saw him really laugh with anyone! Sathya Sai Baba would not have made it as a humorist. His jokes were very few and far between and only the captive devoted audience would laugh for his benefit. He responded to people in interviews in ways which put himself high above them as poor, confused, spiritually ignorant fools who he would say fought with their spouses and all such amusing stuff, supposedly an expression of divine care, compassion and fatherly/motherly Divine Love. His ridicule of others as spiritual teaching did not enhance his vast claims about himself as a ‘Universal Teacher’. As former close associate for years of  Sai Baba’s female relatives, Eileen Weed commented on yesterday’s blog: “So true! He would constantly be putting down others, in order to make himself look superior. Did he have a compulsive need to convince himself of his own lies?

Laughter like a rainstorm in a desert: Anyone who attended a fair share of  darshans (I was at several hundred) would know that public laughter was a very infrequent event. I can think of a very few occasions when all the students laughed together when something awkward that happened which Sai Baba remarked on to them (they were his captive audience, of course). Otherwise I can recall no laughter amid the sanctimonious atmosphere during Sai Baba’s self-satisfied darshan ‘walkabouts’, or even during the tedious long hours of waiting before it began.

All but for one exception when a German friend of mine, wheelchair-bound Hans Seidemann, who was suffering from a terrible illness (motor-neurone disease – which Sai Baba never helped with before Hans’ death, of course), laughed outright at something like the behaviour of a Seva Dal while we were waiting to be allowed into the darsan compound. His laughter rang out loudly so that I could see seated devotees already inside the compound stiffen and peer across sourly to see who was causing this disturbance. Nearby was a sign “Silence” (because SB held that ‘Silence is the language of the realised’ – omitting that it is also a quality of the dumb). I hinted to Hans that he had better not get carried away. He choked out, “But I have the right!” The absurdity of having to assert the right to laugh – not least considering his suffering – struck me and I got convulsed until we were both in tears and unable to stop. No one else could share the joke, some sat watching as in disbelief at such daring or annoyance at the distraction to their higher meditational thoughts!

One fact about most Indian guru’s communities is the relative absence of laughter or fun at meetings, where the serious and solemn business of self-liberation is pursued through endless lectures, ritual, exercises and religious paraphernalia. It seems that laughter and organised religion are fundamentally inimical to one another. Avoiding laughter was the norm in most Christian sects through history, and still nowadays, though a certain loosening has taken place in some in modern times. (The Bible never mentions that Jesus laughed, but once noted ‘Jesus wept’. This is what probably helped stifle Christian humour in most of its sects).

Most believers were like captive and passive sheep near SB –  often in awe about the awe in which he was held or feeling the intense group pressure to conform to the herd as always felt in Sai Baba connections, even unto parroting how tremendously loving he was. His ridicule as spiritual teaching did not enhance his claim to compassion and nothing but love! Lighthearted qualities were at a dearth in Sathya Sai Baba’s moral and patronising pronouncements… no wit, dry sarcasm or any thrust of rapier intellect while self-irony was totally absent. His self-importance on this thrones and his hair preening gave those more wide-awake a quiet laugh, but his attempts at humour were not of the shared ‘laughing with’ kind but rather poking a finger at others, whereby he forgot this own advice about how the four other fingers always point back at oneself. One of his portentous sayings may be taken as a weak attempt at a pun: “In the Sanskrit language, the first letter of the alphabet is ‘A’ and the last one is ‘Ha.’ When you combine A and Ha, it becomes Aha.” [Sathya Sai Baba – 10 July 1986].

Another of his cheap jokes was about his so-called Sai VIPs… which he said equally meant ‘vipers’ and ‘very ignorant persons’. .. a very popular jibe with many members of the Organization, however!  His english being sadly wanting, most likely he got this quip from former radio humorist turned close worshipper, N. Kasturi, as with much else. As with “many a thing said in jest”, it turned out to be true indeed in many cases!  Sai Baba has been extremely amused, I heard from a reliable source, when a visiting female Hollywood star has tried to sit on the Joga Rao’s lap to go along with him and Sai Baba when they left the temple. It also emerged that Sai Baba joked with very close confidantes like Col. Joga Rao about sex. Colonel Joga Rao was given to telling a constant stream of barrack room dirty stories, which V.K. Narasimhan complained to me on occasion about how filthy they were, telling of the torture he had to endure when he was forced to share a room with Joga Rao on one occasion while visiting Kodaikanal. Colonel Joga Rao could enter Sai Baba’s apartments from the adjoining rooms  always provided for him. What does this say about a self-proclaimed celibate, pure Divine Avatar! 

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Peggy Mason ‘The Embodiment of Love’ & Sai humour

Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba would not have lasted one minute as a stand-up comic because the supposed jokes he made were very few and far between and then not really all that funny. He made fun of people in interviews, invariably to show how silly, weak or confused they were and to enhance his supposed know-all image and to raise a laugh at their expense (always guaranteed as too many devotees were very competitive and often back-biting).

Nonetheless, the zealous and besotted devotee, Peggy Mason wrote an article entitled “The Sai sense of humour” (see scan of excerpts – click on the image to enlarge)  and even published the contents in a small book (out-of-print). Peggy Mason was  among the most gullible of devotees. With her husband Ron Laing, she ran a magazine ‘Sathya Sai Baba’ in UK. Before she found Sai Baba, she had been deeply interested in spirits, ghosts, mediums, spiritualism, contact with the dead… beliefs which she held onto right up to her last days. She wrote many articles and two books on this subject before she found Sai Baba.  (My wife and I met them in the 1980s their home in Tunbridge Wells and at a Sai get-together in London. She had written a totally uncritical and self-censored book about SB as being  ‘The Embodiment of Love’, which my wife translated to Norwegian while we still were followers trying to ‘see good and speak good etc.’ ourselves. Peggy Mason always totally accepted as true every word Sai Baba uttered, and also repeated many unfounded rumours about him in her magazine without ever checking their reliability (such as the infamous ‘miracle in the sky’ story).

Peggy Mason on Sai's sense of humour

Peggy Mason on Sai’s sense of humour

See also the continuation —  Humour undermines Indian spiritual cults                     See disclaimer

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Sathya Sai Baba cult worship disempowerment

Posted by robertpriddy on January 27, 2014

Summaries of the six full articles explaining this self-negation in depth

Part One -The Nectar that turns into Opium The enthusiasm of newly converted ‘devotees’ to gurus means that one invests one’s own energies and identity in some other person, and develops a dependency on an external mind other than one’s own. This often continues for some time, but eventually the nectar becomes opium and brings the same kind of problems as the drug does – loss of autonomy, confusion, weakness of purpose etc. By that time too many persons are too involved and have sacrificed so much of their own mind and autonomy that they can only break the dependency with the greatest difficulty. By that time many are far even from willing even to try.

Part Two– Escapism in a spiritual guise Gurus usually make a fuss of new followers (especially at first) and intimate that he is taking them under personal care and protection so they may attain the ‘spiritual heights’ and even get release from all suffering and even the ‘wheel of reincarnation’. Escapism into ‘spirituality’ is largely the acceptance of indoctrination or a mental straightjacket on natural and normal behaviour, which leads to loss of autonomy, cognitive disorientation from which the guru will do nothing to save or release the individual, as he has inducted a follower who cannot refues his original offer of eventual salvation from all problems.

Part Three – Projecting one’s inherent powers (onto the guru) How psychological projection is the key to understanding how people perceive their guru or ‘spiritual master’. The way perceptions are built and controlled are many, not least through personal contact, stories, books, films and so forth before meeting the guru. On the first meeting, the aspirant already has many ideas about the guru and how he should be approached, worshipped, prayed to etc. This has always been the way to get involved with Sai Baba. visits the ashrams hoping for some form of personal attention, eye contact, some words and above all, a group interview and a private talk but often one is kept waiting for days, weeks, months even years with just a few enigmatic glances, nods or other slight indications. (exemplified by Chris Parnell of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization)

Part Four – Misunderstood Self-denial Through supposed ‘self-transformation’ one adopts a doctrine and becomes seriously engaged in trying to put into practice the precepts required by it. With few exceptions, so-called spiriual gurus require celibacy and teach puritanical and traditional customs about relationships, especially between women and men. A person who joins a community where this is required soon distances him or herself from former friends and connections, even close family in numerous cases. One learns what one may say openly within the community, and what is taboo, but also what one can say to non-participants, how one should present the guru, the community and the teaching. This is a kind of double-accounting system whereby unfortunate aspects and especially doubts about the guru or his teaching are suppressed or misrepresented to others. The result is a kind of social apartheid – us and them (i.e. the rest of society). 

Denial of so-called ‘ego’, individuality, surrender of selfhood are incompatible with natural and self-aware self-confidence, as those who really try to put extreme ‘spiritual work’ into practice discover. Not like most others who preach about it but fail to act themselves. One example is the Sai sermoniser, Professor Anil Kumar, who is married but known for having mistresses… and whose egotistical and constant falsely-humble bombast is so extreme as to demonstrate how to compensate for lack of sound self-confidence.

Part Five Sai ‘Group think’ & Dominance through Psychic Manipulation The guru usually makes good use of the persuasive power of ‘group effect’ or ‘groupthink’.  Sai Baba VIPs often let it be known (mostly in an offhand way) about any blessings that conferred on them by Sai baba… it gave increased group status and authority. Having selected the most blind followers (preferable rich, influential) as his top minions, they and Sai Baba’s huge group of subservient followers did his work for him. As new, isolated, individual arrived and were initiated into the standard explanations which deter doubts or criticism and inures the mind into disregard of the many untoward events and surprises that arise to test one’s faith. Thus the adherent gradually got cognitively and psychologically confused in their judgement and could come to live in a kind of parallel reality, a space where the teaching never to criticise anyone but oneself or even think anything negative about anyone has to be given lip service, at least. This is an ideal environment for the charlatan, the corrupt and the criminal.

Part Six – Fundamentalist tenets & their psychological effects   Fundamentalist ideas which, by their very nature, invariably go against the grain of common sense and healthy moderation, have consequent psychological effects in disempowerment and self-denial. Self-conflicting doctrine and teachings which are so impracticable and strict lead to self-denigration and yet worse, let alone to discoveries that all is not as it should be in the community and in the guru’s personal life and actions. When the teaching is inconsistent, vague, fuzzy, too general and open to differing interpretations – as is often the case – it can be too much for the average person to master mentally, to analyse (and study critically!). The teaching is usually backed up by reference to innumerable spiritual stories, doctrines and dogmas as well as to sophisticated speculative explanations of moot points, so that it become as if an endless labyrinth where one loses the Ariadne thread all too easily and ends up giving up in confusion. Unfortunately, the option often taken then is usually resignation and acceptance of the doctrine “the human mind is not capable of the superhuman level of the guru’s immense knowledge’.

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A God is Dead – New York Times corrected

Posted by robertpriddy on January 25, 2014

After demise of Sathya Sai Baba, the International New York Times published an article about the future prospects of Puttaparthi and the Sai Baba movement generally. As with most major newspapers, the account suffers from some crucial inaccuracies, avoiding much that is known to hundreds of former prominent followers with inside experience. It avoids the main facts about the enormous and megalomaniac claims and deceptions by Sathya Sai Baba – a self-proclaimed ‘Creator of the Universe’. I reproduce the text of the NYT article, adding corrective annotations (in colour).

A God Is Dead, but It’s Business That May Suffer Most – Graham Crouch for The New York Times   Published: May 24, 2011 –  PUTTAPARTHI, India
Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s main ashram in Puttaparthi operates like a self-contained small city.
(It is in fact registered as a separate township, a private fiefdom)

His face adorns the yellow motorized rickshaws zipping down the streets. Billboards bear his simple motto, “Love All, Serve All.” His portrait hangs in almost every shop: a tiny man with a gravity-defying crown of curly hair regarded by millions of worldwide devotees as a god. (Gravity-defying he was certainly not, though he claimed he would have so many followers he would have to fly unaided through the air for them! He did not even practice the so-called yoga-flying of the Maharishi Mahesh variety!)

The ashram includes blocks of dormitories, bookstalls, and cafeterias offering international fare. Local tea merchants sell chai from a stall there.
(The ashram also has over a thousand apartments in dozens of large blocks covering a considerable area. These were all bought by followers at a high price – but cannot be sold or transferred to others. When the ‘owner’ no longer visits, the apartment reverts entirely to the ashram administration)

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who declared himself a “living god” as a teenager and spent decades assembling a spiritual empire, permeates every corner of this small Indian city. He transformed it from a village of mud huts into a faith center with a private airport, a university, two major hospitals, rising condominium towers and a stadium — a legacy now forcing a question upon his followers: What happens when a god dies?

India can sometimes seem overrun with gurus, spiritualists and competing godmen (as they are sometimes called). But when Sai Baba died last month at the age of 84, the nation paused in respect and reverence, if blended with skepticism, too. An estimated 900,000 people, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, paid respects at his ornate wake and funeral, which was televised live across the country. Critics labeled him a fraud and bemoaned the Indian predisposition for religious entrepreneurs.
(As usual poorly investigated reports on Sai Baba estimates are far above the actual numbers possible, since Puttaparthi cannot by any reckoning hold one million people. The maximum ever to visit at one time is less than 500,000, as the former ashram engineer Mr. Ashok, confirmed upon inquiry.)

Now, though, as the shock is starting to wear off here in Puttaparthi, people are grappling with what comes next. Sai Baba was a spiritual leader but also an economic engine. Business owners are wondering whether adherents will keep coming; construction abruptly stopped on several half-built residential towers. Sai Baba’s medical, educational and philanthropic institutions are suddenly without a leader. And for believers, there is the question of when, and in what form, he will be reincarnated.
(As of January 2014, Sai Baba remains dead and absent, of course, foreign adherents have diminished vastly in numbers and but a handful visit the ashram nowadays, with a few score or so during the biggest festival periods. Business in Puttaparthi has dropped far, far down the scale)

“We don’t feel he has left us,” said Poonam Khialani, 52, a devotee visiting last week from Singapore. “We just feel his physical form is not here.” (At least that’s correct!”)

Many of Sai Baba’s advisers and adherents apparently were shocked by his death, even though his health had been steadily weakening. For several days after his death, the trustees overseeing his organization remained silent as the Indian news media speculated on possible infighting over an empire valued in the billions of dollars, or about the possible existence of a secret will.
(Devotees did not believe he would die, despite the direct reports about his multiple organ failures. Even when his death was announced, they believed he would rise from his grave within a day, a week, a month, a year… The infighting was indeed very intense and ugly, with many revelations of skulduggery throughout the Indian press).

“The running of these institutions has been well provided for by Baba,” said V. Srinivasan, one of the trustees, in an interview, dismissing the speculation about a secret will or a government takeover. “The trustees’ responsibility is to ensure that these institutions continue to function as they were functioning before. The material resources for that have been provided.”
(Though the funds are very considerable, the Trust remains largely unaccountable to the public or its donors. Increasing financial problems – due to alleged embezzlement, fall-off of followers and donors, restrictions on free power and other services from the authorities – have caused the Trust to introduce more and more money-saving measures and rigorous conditions for ‘apartment owners’ who must personally visit India to pay their apartment rent, or else forfeit its use entirely).

Last week, people in Puttaparthi still seemed in a daze, if also cautiously optimistic that their city will continue to thrive as a pilgrimage site. In 1940, Sai Baba, then 14, declared himself the reincarnation of an earlier Hindu holy man, the Sai Baba of Shirdi, who died in 1918. He reportedly realized his godliness after surviving the bite of a scorpion. As word began to spread about this diminutive guru with kinky hair, believers began trickling into Puttaparthi, which gradually evolved into a small but bustling city.

Across India, various gurus operate extensive networks of ashrams, but Sai Baba’s organization was unsurpassed in scale, with service groups in every Indian state and major city, along with ashrams in more than 126 countries. His main ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam, or Temple of Peace, operates like a self-contained small city, with offices for “overseas devotees,” blocks of dormitories, bookstalls, cafeterias offering regional and international fare and a central, open-air temple where Sai Baba held audiences with as many as 30,000 people every day.
(Again, the estimate of 30,000 per day is far beyond the realms of possibility. The average attendance throughout the 1990s when Sai Baba was present and available was around 3,000 plus/minus, since I regularly counted the crowd myself. The precincts from which Sai Baba could be seen until his death could not hold over 6 or 7 thousand when jam-packed. This uncritical repetition of what Sai officials claim supports the Sai Baba ‘numbers game’ the multiplication of attendance figures, service groups etc. to enhance his reputation) ,

As with other self-proclaimed godmen, Sai Baba was denounced as a fraud by many skeptics, who disparaged as sleight of hand the “miracles” he performed — producing sacred ash from his fingers or Rolex watches from his hair. Controversy also arose about claims of pedophilia toward teenage boys, accusations denied by his organization. No charges were ever filed.
(This is entirely incorrect. A Supreme Court petition was filed by a former security official of the Sai Baba ashram, Hari Sampath, and was heard in court, with a famous lawyer for the plaintiff (Kamini Jaiswal) but the documents proving this were destroyed by the Court – excepting one which was kept by the plaintiff. See complete proof of this here. Sai Baba was protected from any kind of court procedure by his devotee, former High Chief Justice Bhagwati, with the backing of many Supreme and High court judges, Indian Prime Ministers and Presidents who had already long since declared their faith in him).

What separated him from some other gurus was the scale of his philanthropic work. He built major hospitals for the poor, including the ornate pink structure in Puttaparthi that provides free health care, including heart surgery. He oversaw major water projects in response to shortages and drought. To many devotees, his appeal was that he accepted all religions and never asked people to discard their faith, only to practice it better.

(The Sai Baba Super-specialty hospital in Puttaparthi was financed by US millionaire Isaac Tigrett, not Sai Baba. It is a private, secretive and unaccountable institution which has been involved in controversies over kidney theft and primitive unhygienic condition etc. The Rayalaseema Water project was a Sai Baba-managed fiasco due to embezzlement by contractors and a drastic unforeseen fall in the water table, despite Sai Baba’s claim of total omniscience)

“That was why his acceptability was so wide,” said Jatinder Cheema, who leads Sai Baba’s service organization in New Delhi. “He accepted one and all.” (But after about 1990, only those who had been carefully vetted as believing in him, being members of his organisation, were allowed into interviews, unless they were rich, famous or otherwise desirable for promoting him – eg Sashi Tharoor when he was still in the running as UN General Secretary among many others)

Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar, a scholar who has studied Sai Baba and other Indian godmen, praised the free services provided by Sai Baba’s schools and hospitals but said these institutions also were intended to perpetuate his empire by nurturing future generations of believers. If she discounted his miracles as clever magic tricks, Ms. Poggendorf-Kakar did not discount his potent appeal or his followers’ good intentions. “He had a lot of charisma,” she said. “There’s no doubt he had something. Otherwise, he would not have been able to attract so many people.” An excellent review of this books is available on the site –  click here

In his absence, though, the challenge will be maintaining the dedication and support of his followers. His schools, hospitals and ashrams depend on huge numbers of volunteers who come to Puttaparthi to perform free services, and also on a steady stream of donations. His trustees say the annual organizational budget is about $25 million, equally divided between interest from investments and donations.

In Puttaparthi, business owners are already seeing changes. If devotees once came for weeks or months to spend time near Sai Baba, now they are coming for short trips to pay homage at his burial site. Nearly the entire local economy depended on him: about 10,000 laborers from surrounding villages worked on construction sites, and hundreds of other villagers sell fruits and vegetables to visitors. “The real impact will be known next year,” said Murli Mohan, 37, a rickshaw driver who says his business is down about a third.
(The impact has been very considerable, according to numerous articles in the Indian and international press. Shop owners report only 10% or former sales and many have relocated or intend to)

Yet most devotees are certain Sai Baba’s appeal will only broaden. Among believers, stories are circulating about “miracles” witnessed around the world since his death: sacred ashes appearing on a photo of Sai Baba in Uganda; ashes coming out of the nose of a Sai Baba statue in Russia; devotees who have seen him materialize before them.

Sai Baba described himself as the second incarnation in a trinity and predicted that the third would be born in the neighboring Indian state of Karnataka. Yet many believe that Sai Baba will be coming back as himself.

“Even in this form, we think he will come back,” said Sai Prakash, a devotee raised in the ashram. “There are signs.”
(Even to those who may believe in reincarnations, it must be said that the fantasies are countless and persistent, some exceeding all possible bounds of likelihood.
See here for example).

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Conspiracy theory about “International Conspiracy against Indian ‘saints'”

Posted by robertpriddy on January 23, 2014

Asaram Bapu case: Defence alleges conspiracy to defame saints

The defence in sexual assault case involving Asaram on Thursday argued before a local court that the self-styled godman was a victim of “international conspiracy” hatched to defame the saint community in India.

Wonder who on earth could behind such a ‘conspiracy’. Could it possibly be that Asaram  and Co. think I am an international conspiracist because I have reported the facts as they emerged in India? Well, I am definitely against those bogus saints  whose actions do not agree with their wonderful words in public taken from Hindu tradition, such as Asaram Bapu and his dead friend and endorser, Sathya Sai Baba. Bogus ‘saints’ or ‘godmen’ as they love to be called include all those who are known to be sexual abusers and have been involved in murders and cover-ups, or have been convicted or credibly charged with considerable evidence of crimes. (See The Dark Side of very prominent Hindu gurus) Otherwise, I have only seen international news outlets report the news as published in India already, which is what I have also done. The charges against Asaram were made in India by Indians and the Indian police arrested him and his son. No international influence could have caused all the charges brought against them.  So Asaram and gang are clearly getting more than desperate when they have to accuse foreign sources to try to divert attention from the crimes with which they are so formidably charged! Their attempts to bribe the police with huge sums did not work, nor is there much hope for them that Narendra Modi would, as PM,  quash charges against Bapu, as Narasimha Rao and S. B. Chavan did for Sathya Sai Baba – see documentation.

Narayan Sai`s female disciple Jamna to be produced in court
 Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Controversial godman Asaram`s son Narayan Sai`s close accomplice Jamna will be produced in a court here on Wednesday.

Ramdev will meet the same fate as Asaram: Lalu Prasad Yadav Friday, January 17

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav sparked off a new controversy when he slammed yoga guru Baba Ramdev for calling him `Kans`.

Asaram ashram deaths case: Parents seek CBI probe  Thursday, January 16

Parents of the two children, who were found dead near self-styled godman Asaram Bapu`s ashram here in July 2008, on Thursday moved a city court seeking a CBI probe into the case.


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Sathya Sai Baba family tree – and female infanticide?

Posted by robertpriddy on January 23, 2014

The Westerner with the absolutely most privileged access to the family of Sathya Sai Baba, who lived for years in Prashanthi Nilayam with his sister Venkamma and tended her on her deathbed, ‘Divya’ (Eileen Weed) has told what she knew about Sai Baba’s mother, Easwaramma. Her information shows how the glorified presentation of the fate of this poor woman was falsified. Known as “the Chosen Mother”, Eashwaramma had died in 1972 – long before Divya came to India. Divya has written:

“I only know stories the family told me. Such as, how much she suffered disgrace when her husband Pedda Venkappa Raju left her to live with his concubine!  Easwaramma had to deal with sb joking about her “sister” (the concubine) and sending her the same silk saris he sent Easwaramma!
Easwaramma had to suffer a lot of tragedy when her children underwent troubles, too. Like when her daughter Venkamma’s baby daughter died only 10 days after being born, and how her other daughter Parvatamma accidentally dropped her newborn son and he died several days later, from head injuries.”

In the most comprehensive biography of Sathya Sai Baba and family (‘Love is My Form’) we read:-
“Kondama Raju’s younger sister, Venkata Subbamma, married Meesaraganda Subba Raju of Kolimigundla, a village in the Koilkuntla Taluk of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, then ruled by the Nizam of Hyderabad. They had six children – three sons and three daughters. Their eldest daughter was Easwaramma.”

SATHYA SAI BABA'S FAMILY TREE . He was son after his mother's seven previous pregnancies

SATHYA SAI BABA’S FAMILY TREE . He was son after his mother’s seven previous pregnancies

This indicates:- Kondama Raju’s younger sister married Subba Raju, which makes the two of them brothers-in-law. The birth of Easwaramma as the offspring of Subba makes her Kondama Raju’s niece. Her subsequent marriage to Pedda Venkama (Kondama’s son) means that the two of them were cousins.

Many Indians from the Andra Pradesh region, has written expressing the fact that it IS ACCEPTABLE to marry one’s cousin, and that very common place and even encouraged. Though maybe widespread even today,this is widely considered abhorrent.
As a supposed ‘omnipotent creator/avatar of God’, Sathya Sai Baba should surely have chosen a better family in which to take birth?

Abortive pregnancies or Sathya Sai Baba’s missing sisters?

Åsa Samsioe, a Swedish psychologist and ex-follower, wrote about Eashwaramma’s abortive pregnancies and his “missing sisters”

In ‘Love is My Form’  we read “After Pedda Venkama Raju and Eashwaramma were blessed with a son and two daughters – Seshama Raju, Venkamma and Parvathamma – Eashwaramma suffered four miscarriages. The family attributed these to evil planetary influences and consequently performed the Graha Santhi ritual (designed to pacify the planets). When Easwaramma entered her eight pregnancy her mother in law vowed a series of Sathyanarayana pujas in order to be blessed with a grandson”, N Kasturi wrote in his book about Sathya Sai Baba´s mother “Easwaramma the chosen mother”. (p 20) One can read in the article: Easwaramma, Mother Most Blessed “God for a son!………. Like Krishna for Devaki, Sathya was Easwaramma’s eighth child.”

Where are then the other four children? We know that Sathya Sai Baba had only three older siblings, when he was born. Easwaramma´s oldest child was Sathya Sai Baba´s brother Seshama Raju, who was succeeded by two sisters Venkamma and Parvathamma.

According to the ‘official biographer’ named by Sai Baba, N. Kasturi, “Easwaramma had four abortive pregnancies in a series”, after the birth of her second daughter and before she gave birth to Sathya Sai Baba. (p 19) In “Sathyam Sivam Sundaram”, part I, p 5, by the same author, you can read: “Some years passed and Easwaramma longed for another son. She prayed to the village gods and observed Sathyanarayana Puja and kept a number of vows, which were rigorous and needed vigil and abstention from food.”

Easwaramma even exposed herself to different hardships to get her wish for a son come true. Why not just pray for a healthy child, who was alive, after all those abortive pregnancies? And what was wrong with Easwaramma before she gave birth to Sathya Sai Baba?

Why did four daughters fail to live? Female infanticide?

In the last few years there have been some writing about the son preference in India and its effect on the sex ratios. In the French journal L’Express from August 2003, there is for example a reportage named “Inde Le pays qui ne veut pas de filles”. (India The country which doesn’t want daughters).

The roots of son preference in India lie in deeply entrenched social, cultural and economic discrimination against women and girls. A daughter is considered to be an economic liability to her parents because of the heavy dowry payment demanded by the groom’s family. There is also the high cost of the wedding, which is generally the responsibility of the bride’s family to bear. And after the marriage the daughters may have little continuing contact with their natal family.

There is an old Indian locution which compares the bringing up of daughters with the tending of a sapling planted in the neighbour’s garden.

The birth of a son is perceived as an opportunity for upward mobility, while the birth of a daughter is believed to result in downward economic mobility. Sons are expected to support their parents in old age and are therefore viewed as a source of social security. Also in strict Hindu tradition salvation in the afterlife can only be achieved if a son lights his parents funeral pyre.

As the infant mortality rates tend to be high for both Indian boys and girls, parents tend to produce numerous offspring in the hope that at least two sons will survive to adulthood.

According to UNICEF India is “the kingdom of the invisible daughters” and there are approximately about 40 millions missing females. These females ought to have been present in India if the sex ratios were on par with the world. Natural populations tend to have more females than males. According to L´Express there are 1050 females per 1000 males in Europe, but according to Census of India 2001, there are only 933 females per 1000 males in India. But what happens to all those missing females, then? They are murdered at birth, mistreated or never allowed to be born.

There are no good data on the number of cases of female infanticide in India, but recent research has shown that female infanticide has been practised in rural Tamil Nadu (the neighbor province of Andhra Pradesh) unnoticed by outsiders for many decades. Besides Andhra Pradesh is among those nine provinces in a study, which are known for high rates of sex-selective abortions.

“The villages in which female infanticide occur tend to be remote with less educated population than villages with no cases of female infanticide. They are located in a hilly and more isolated part of the block and cut off from outside influences….”, Sabu M George writes. Seems to be a good description of Puttaparthi!

If I am right in those suspicions of mine, it isn’t hard to imagine the enormous psychological impact that those potential tragic events then would have had on Sathya Sai Baba! What will happen to a little boy who has to compensate his poor mother for the death of perhaps as many as four girl children? Would it be compensation enough if he became God the Father Himself? That’s a cut above the family members original high hopes of his joining the prestigious government service. Who has never heard or read that Sathya Sai Baba, who always boasts about his human values (which he doesn’t practice himself), is concerned with the treatment of girls and women in his own Bharath? On the contrary he is stuck to the male chauvinistic view of women, which is responsible for those 40 millions missing females.

Get some idea of the nature of Sai Baba’s close family through a look at the mentality and values of his elder sister Venkamma here
 Note also that the so-called “Holy Mother of the Divine Avatar”. Eashwaramma was deserted by her husband and left with nothing but a tiny shack to live in (and even Sai baba did not do anything to relieve that). Her husband lived in Puttaparthi with his mistress all the while!) See  
Easwaramma – the chosen mother in poverty, scorned by her husband!

See Harish P. Subramaniam’s comment and my reply:-

I am not Sai Baba follower but these are overboard comments without understanding the Indian context and the period in question. Yes planned abortion is wrong, but it fairly common in those days in India, to have so many miscarriages. Also marriage of cousins as shown in above genealogical chart, is extremely common in south India and there is nothing unholy about it. Not any more incest than Bible stories. To crave for a son, and performing sathyanarayana pooja is an individual preference. Most people in those times in India preferred a male progeny. However infanticide and planned abortions was not common among traditional classes in south India. I get a feeling that inspite of being an ex devotee , you seem unusually obsessed with Sai Baba. Needless to say, you need to get on with other positive things in life. Your negative comments are already there in plenty and available on net for posterity. Spend your later days of life in more fruitful things and get out of your obsession with Baba, if you are truly an ex devotee.

Infanticide has been and still is rife in India, basta. Evidently, not ‘needless to say’ as many Indians are clearly in denial about the issue! See “Craving for a son” is not just an “individual preference”, it is the result of the intense pressures of an unjust system whereby women are treated mostly as second or third class citizens (or worse) and absurdly large marriage dowries burden the parents of girls.

As to the marriage of cousins – I know it is not illegal in many communities, especially communities which are endogamous. Indian castes intermarry and their castes and isolation are perpetuated through failing to intermix with other social groups. Where such close genetic relatives as first cousins are concerned, there is much evidence that this is the cause of many inherited illnesses, and has been widely regarded as unhealthy, if not consequently against the natural order and, for some religionists, immoral. See for example which records that where more than half of marriages are between first cousins, and children are 10 times more likely than the general population to suffer genetic disorders. The problem is worst among children born in Britain’s Pakistani community. The medical risks of first cousin marriages include higher rates of infant mortality, birth defects, learning difficulties, blindness, hearing problems and metabolic disorders. As adults, the children born from first cousin marriages are at increased risk of miscarriage or infertility. A third of children affected die before their fifth birthday. So take all that into account! Also from the Telegraph article: “An investigation by Channel 4′s Dispatches programme found that although more than 70 British studies have proved the risks, and 700 British Pakistani children are born with associated genetic diseases every year, many people deny the dangers. Ann Cryer, the former Labour MP for Keighley, suffered abuse for trying to highlight the problems. ”

My work to expose Sathya Sai Baba is a public duty, and not one that I especially wanted. I learned secrets I did not wish to know, so I had to bring them out – as I had written a most positive book about SB – and because of tragedies in the Norwegian organisation I led which I came fully to understand as due to his deceptions and their influence. The work has brought me into contact with a host of people who have been abused by him in many ways. They seek information and understanding, help and support, so I do not give up on them and there is still a need and a danger to the vulnerable. I would help unwitting people falling into the guru trap and give away their energy, independence, ability to think properly and masses of hard-earned money! I am constantly being told what a valuable service this is, am asked by many to keep on, otherwise there would only be the lies and propaganda of the Sai mafia to find. You get your feelings out – and prejudices against me… but you do not know me at all, yet you presume to tell me what I should do. Very Indian male trait that! You know nothing of the other positive things in my life which I am fully engaged in.

I note you are keen to see me stop exposing the on-going wickedness and are enamoured of temples and such useless rubbish and also seem infected with the Sai doctrine, despite yourself – wondering whether I am really an ex-devotee and trying to write off the very suspicious facts about Eashwaramma (the ‘mother of the divine’ but whose husband left her with nothing but a one-room shack while he lived with a courtesan!) and also Venkamma (I know a great deal more about her life, too, from one who lived in her apartment for years. She was common villager type and not a very nice cup of tea, hardly what one would expect from a family of a holy man).

Harish: By your comments, I suspect you have been either living in the West since childhood, or grew up in a big city in India. I lived mostly in small villages and what Robert says is correct: most Indians still only want sons, though they don’t mind ONE daughter also. In the old days, when there were no tests to determine the sex of babies before they were born, it was more common to just murder them. Women are not much part of the decision, so if there are one or more testosterone-driven males in the family who didn’t want more daughters, they would get rid of them. Even now in villages, dowries are expected and are even more outrageously high than in the past – another reason why people want more males. Articles are published now & then about abortions being more widespread thanks to the testing available and interestingly enough, more often done amongst the educated like your good self. See:

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‘Behind the Clown’s Mask’ by Conny Larsson

Posted by robertpriddy on January 21, 2014

excerpts from the official translation of the Swedish ‘Bakom Clownens Mask’

To all of You who during the last five years have kept me going, when I have fallen into the deep valleys of memory, I wish to express my profound gratitude. To those of You who have tried to make me give up and keep silent, to those who are in denial, I direct my particular gratitude for, paradoxically, You roused my inner strength to fight against untruth and injustice. To the prisoners in Wiezhowo Prison I turn with even deeper gratitude, as they taught me to value the freedom of which they themselves were deprived. They finally enabled me to leave my self-imposed prison, my sect.

With a preface by Rigmor Robert – physician and psychotherapist – respected nationally in Sweden as prominent in exposing the Jehovah’s Witness Cult in Sweden and also the Swedish Pentecostial Church (Pingskyrkan org.) in Knutby, Sweden, 2004, where Pastor Helge Fossmo got a life sentence for involvement in the murder of his wife by his brainwashed assistant, Sara Svennson.

Excerpt from ‘Behind the Clown’s Mask’: THE KUNDALINI FORCE

Once when I was summoned for a private interview I had written a confessional document in which I described the problems I had with my sexuality and my earlier promiscuous way of life, so that nothing should be left unsaid between him and me. My plan was to eventually settle down in the ashram for good and then live there in celibacy.

Note: The first occasion when Sathya Sai Baba sexually molested me I described as follows (Sathya Sai Baba’s words in orange):
Then Baba quickly seized the cord and down came my loose-fitting Indian trousers. He repeated the treatment of my Kundalini energy that he had begun the day before. I let myself be swept along by Baba’s massage of my penis, which slowly stiffened from the accelerating motion. Should I be ashamed or be grateful? Thoughts flew through my mind while my body reacted to Baba’s manipulation. I did not know if it was intended to proceed as far as orgasm, but I could not stop myself. Baba showed his delight when the sperm spurted out. Satisfied, he took the white handkerchief that hung over the side of his chair, with which he usually wiped his mouth, and cleaned my penis and his own sperm-covered hand.

– Very good boy, very good boy.
Up went the trousers in a flash and the private interview could be concluded. I was utterly confused by the treatment and by this attention to me and my person.
To an Indian who stood near him he said,
– This is a very good boy, he will do things for humanity.
The worrying sense of shame immediately left me. I allowed myself to be acknowledged and admired. I had to tell the Swedes over and over again my amazing story of how Baba had asked me to sing, what he had said about my future and about the materialization that I had seen Baba perform. On the other hand, in accordance with Baba’s express wish, I kept quiet about the physical and spiritual treatment that he had applied to me. That was to remain between him and me.

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Dr. Kiran Patel & Co. awed by unscrupulous nephew of Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 19, 2014

Kiral Patel, UK Sai Org.

Kiral Patel, UK Sai Org.

The Sathya Sai Organisation of U.K., once flourishing, could now only collect ca. 3000 persons to what was supposed to be a momentous meeting with Sai Baba’s successor as controller of the whole doubtful shebang. According to their website at, their National Chairman, Dr. Kiran Patel, “warmly introduced Sri Rathnakar.” and “Dr. Kishan Gadhia felicitated brother Rathnakar“. It would seem that they are in total denial of the scandals and wrongdoings of this usurping nephew, whose reputation is definitely not good, as one small example shows (see scan below right). 

Scan of blog information on Ratnakar

Scan of blog information on Ratnakar

The report on this meeting reads:-
“Sri Rathnakar in Leicester – A beautiful evening with Swami’s nephew. On Monday 2nd September, Leicester, affectionately called a ‘second Prasanthi’ by lots of the Sai devotees, had the immense and priceless privilege to welcome a much esteemed person, who had not only the Grace to study in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi, but also to be born in the physical family of our beloved Lord! This esteemed person is none other than Sri Rathnakar, Swami’s nephew. None of us can actually truly realize what a blessing it is to be born in Swami’s immediate family, but suffice it to say that it was such a blessing to have him as our guest speaker… Sri Rathnakar then had the supreme kindness to interact with several devotees, talking to some and accepting requests for photographs with some, thus demonstrating a great humility and love towards everyone.”

Indeed, what “supreme kindness”, “humility and love” for the ex-bank manager to accept being photographed! Rather it was a fawning attempt by Ratnakar to keep devotees from listening to the media storm about himself in India and improve the flow of donations and paying visitors to his fiefdom, Prashanthi Nilayam. He managed to get hold of the No. 1 spot in the super-rich Central Trust and, since money talks very loudly in India – and bribery is the best way for those with the means to defeat legal challenges – Ratnakar has managed to quell official opposition to himself. Amazingly, after the death of his uncle, R.J. Ratnakar one report was that he had even briefly put himself forward as Prema Sai (the alleged third incarnation of the Sai avatar), a claim he wisely dropped very soon. No devotees could possibly have accepted such utter rubbish. This whole episode just about sums up the utter denial and decadence of the extremely discredited and much truncated Sathya Sai Organisations nowadays. Note that there is hardly anyone other than Indians seen on photos… former English devotees have left in droves!

Further it was reported:Sathya Sai Baba’s grand-niece Chetna Raju claimed that she is facing life threats from some of the trust members.One may well ask who on the Trust did that? No prizes for the correct answer!

Fight over Satya Sai Baba trust turns violent – The New Indian Express

Ratnakar’s corruption and that of the Sai Central Trust can be investigated here (see links on that page).

For Indian & Telugu surfers, watch:-
Sai Baba’s nephew Ratnakar evil aspects ‘exposed’ – YouTube‎ May 6, 2011 Sathya Sai Baba nephew Ratnakar evil aspects exposed, SathyaSai Baba nephew Ratnakar  Aug 10, 2013 – Uploaded by Tv9 Telugu Ratnakar accused of swindling Satya Sai Trust assets For more videos go to http:/ / Follow

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Divine power, pomp, show and gullibility

Posted by robertpriddy on January 18, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba railed against pomp and circumstance, tinsel and show – as well as against those who promote themselves – yet he did this himself to a very great degree. This is called hypocrisy… so he also really was a God Cosmic Creator Hypocrite, of all things! The amazing thing is not so much that people were therefore drawn to visit him and (sometimes) believed this, or said they did, but that they persisted even after massive evidence of his empty boasts about himself, broken promise to devotees, false predictions and far worse things came to light on a big scale from 1999 onwards.



Believers in the unlimited miraculous power Sai Baba claimed to posses  were taught by deluded nurses and doctors at the Sathya Sai Hospital to put their faith in such things as written prayers for miracle cures etc. which they placed  personal boxes provided in the hospital! Here is a posting which promotes ‘sailograms’ as a means to improving ones “official position, mental state, health etc.”Anyone who believed in that would either be sorely disappointed or, if something like what they requested took place, assume without a second thought that it was a miraculous personal blessing from ‘Swami’. sailogram

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Sai Miracles and believers

Posted by robertpriddy on January 16, 2014

A friendly comment that was informative was posted on Guestbook:-

Home Page: (now defunct) Date: Fri June 30 15:14.42 2006 Referred By: Thiru

Thanks Robert Priddy – what an interesting site. I watched the BBC and Channel 4 documentaries linked on your site with interest. For some time I have wondered why millions of people in India and elsewhere in the world believe that Sathya Sai Baba is a reincarnation of God. I even have relatives who believe in him and have photos of him in their house. I am from England, and I’m a scientist. This is really besides the point – doesn’t common sense tell people that he is trickster?!! I feel so sad that scientifically literate or not, people actually believe he can perform miracles when your video evidence collected here clearly shows it is all just tricks. One of my mates can produce a coin from her chest – it’s her favourite party trick!! Another time I saw this guy at a party levitate!!

They are not and do not claim to be God, they are just having a laugh, and providing entertainment, as the magician in the video states magicians do. They do not try to deceive the public. The rationalists do good work, I hope they continue to show that the tricks can be performed by anyone. It shocks me that the Indian government will not do anything to stop him. What surprises me though, is if he really molested western boys or Indian boys, how come no charges have been brought against him? I do believe he is guilty and I believe the Indian government and public who believe in him are totally brainwashed and blinded. The corruption existing in the Indian judicial system would prevent any sort of trial anyway probably. I’m so saddened by it. I remember when I was little there was a conversation about him in a group and I said ‘who are you talking about?’, they said ‘Sai Baba’, I said ‘is that the guy in the orange cloak with the Afro?’. They laughed and said ‘yes’. That’s all he is folks, that’s all he is (and even his Afro is not real).
The website is at:

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Brindavan ashram death

Posted by robertpriddy on January 15, 2014


Sadly another lonely old lady dies without anyone knowing until long after, a not uncommon occurrence. The report that the lady was a “music teacher at the Sai Baba ashram” seems misleading, since no female music teachers are able to work at the Brindavan College, whic is male only. The Brindavan ashram has had nothing but the most sporadic and little-atttended ‘bhajan’ sessions for over two years.  People often say they are this or that so as not to lose face – esp. Sai devotees who have no occupation when they are only hanging about hoping and  waiting for eternal salvation. As in other countries, Indian police and journalists have to say something in such circumstances, so they often make out something as more than it is…. typical of such officials too who never want to lose face by seeming knowledgeable.

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Deceived by Sai Baba – a catalogue of ills

Posted by robertpriddy on January 13, 2014

Some postings from former times which remind of some aspects of the vast deceptions and problems caused by Sathya Sai Baba for a great number of people who left him. The catalogue of negative incidents, none of which are mentioned on any Sai  Baba pages or in publications by devotees and apologists, needs not to be forgotten. Here are some samples from minor and major postings by dissidents:-

Billionaire US metals trader James Sinclair bought much private time with Sathya Sai Baba by mega donations – several billion $US altogether. His wife Barbara Sinclair was in much pain from arthritis and blood pressure etc. so she went alone to visit Sai Baba but was killed in a taxi on the way to the ashram. She had been called to India alone by Sai Baba. Knowing the levels of corruption crime among Sai Trust and ashram officials – not least that numerous murders have been covered up – foul play is not so unlikely. It is not expensive to hire goondas to assassinate, such as by road accidents with huge lorries. Her arrival date was known in advance and,  since she was very rich and would have made a huge testament to Sai Baba, the money would then have been forthcoming.James Sinclair saw it all as a great blessing to her and wrote the following amazing words:
“thank you, beloved Swami, for having such compassion to your totally devoted child, Barbara, to have cured her of the most insidious disease, ‘I am the body’”
One cannot but wonder how much money the Sathya Sai Central Trust got, but the secrecy is so great in the unaccountable Trust that no one outside it could find out!  (The poor taxi driver was killed too… presumably a double blessing and cure of the alleged disease of life?)
Click here to read James Sinclair’s account of the entire incident

Shobie Kapoor’s Story

1. Letter from Jose Santiago

 2. Sai Baba’s preference for foreigners during interviews

3. Jose on a failed prediction about his life by Sai Baba

Margo’s Visit to India in 2001: “I just returned from Delhi. I found it most interesting and, I must say, gratifying, to observe the complete absence of sb images on the streets and in shops and restaurants. It was a radical change from my last trip to Delhi two years ago. In fact, few people showed any interest in even discussing sb – again a huge shift from prior times – and those that did were either very sceptical or decidedly on the “anti” side.”


A Quick Topic Discussion on Devotion and being a Devotee
Interesting reflections on why people find it very hard to give up a belief or a guru even when confronted with shocking evidence that their faith is misplaced

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Asaram Bapu and gang on trial at last – Jan 10. 2014

Posted by robertpriddy on January 10, 2014


HC issues notice to Gujarat govt over Narayan Sai`s bail petition  Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 00:23  Gujarat High Court on Monday issued notice to the Gujarat government over the bail petition filed by controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu`s son Narayan Sai, currently lodged at Surat jail on the charges of rape and conspiring to bribe officials to weaken the case against him.

Boys` death at Asaram ashram: Court rejects plea for CBI probe  Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 15:58  A local court Tuesday rejected a plea seeking CBI probe in the 2008 death case of two cousins staying at self-styled godman Asaram Bapu`s city-based ashram.

Asaram`s health deteriorates, rushed to hospital  Last Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014, 15:45  Spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, who is locked in Jodhpur Central Jail and is accused of rape, was rushed to the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital after his health deteriorated.

Sevadar at Asaram`s ashram in MP found dead  Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 19:25  A sevadar working at the ashram of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu here was found dead under suspicious circumstances with his family members suspecting a foul play.

Asaram`s ashram made certain violations on central ridge: Govt Last Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 21:00  An official committee has found that the ashram of controversial godman Asaram Bapu on the ecologically sensitive central ridge of Delhi has made “certain violations”, Lok Sabha was informed today.

20 MARCH, 2014:

A chargesheet was – at long last – filed in a Gandhinagar court on Thursday against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. See gujarat-court-to-hear-charges-against-asaram-today

“He has also been accused of illegal confinement and criminal conspiracy. Along with the self-styled godman, five others, including his his wife and daughter have also been booked by the police.
He has been in a Rajasthan jail since August last year. This is the second case of sexual assault against Asaram Bapu. He was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his Jodhpur Ashram and was arrested for the same from Indore on September 01 last year. The 16-year old girl lodged a police compliant against him on August 20.

Later, two Surat-based sisters accused him and his son, Narayan Sai, of raping them. Narayan Sai was also arrested in the case and is in Surat jail at present. The younger sister has registered a complaint against him, while the elder sister accused Asaram of sexual assault.”

Deep Political involvements muddy the case of Asaram Bapu.
Right-wing Hindu-nationalist politicians support Asaram’s claim that he is the victim of a set-up, which is what one might expect from such a devious and untrustworthy self-proclaimed ‘Godman’. It is widely reported in the Indian press that the rightist Bharitiya Janata Party’s representative, Usha Thakur, reportedly performed ‘aarti’ (i.e. worship) of controversial godman Asaram Bapu’s photograph, who is now facing a major sexual harassment case. Thakur, a Member of Legislative Assembly from Indore III constituency, took part in a religious (Bhajan) programme organised by the disciples of Asaram on New Year’s Eve at Narsingh Watika in the city, where she reportedly performed the puja.  If and when Modfi becomes PM, it is unlikely that he will allow the case against Asaram to be quashed. That is could be done is obvious to everyone who is even half awake, since successive Presidents and Prime Ministers (from both the opposing Congress and BJP parties) protected the widely accused pedophile Sathya Sai Baba from investigation and a Supreme Court petition to try to save their reputations, all having worshipped him in public. We shall see if Modi comntinues top echelon support for Sai Baba (who did NOT support him over the Ayodhya affair).

First Post reported on Jan. 3, 2014:
“Indore:  Asaram Bapu. Ibnlive The Opposition Congress has targeted the BJP MLA over the issue. “By worshipping the photograph of Asaram what message the BJP MLA wanted to give to the people. Is she supporting the acts of Asaram?,” Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja told reporters here today. Saluja alleged that BJP leaders have dual policies on the issue of women’s security. “BJP leaders speak one thing and do one thing,” he alleged. Efforts to contact Thakur on the matter proved futile. Asaram (72) was arrested from his ashram here on 31 August, last year on the charges of sexual harassment of 16-year-old disciple.” from

Note: Asaram Bapu was endorsed by the self-proclaimed “Creator of the Universe” and Deity of all deities, Sathya Sai Baba, when he visited Sai baba and hob-nobbed with the sexual abuser and murder accomplice. Birds of a feather.

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Professor G. Venkataraman a common plagiarist

Posted by robertpriddy on January 9, 2014

Dr. G. Venkataraman, head of Radio Sai and much else among the Sathya Sai institutions at Prashanthi Nilayam, has assumed the role of a kind of ‘intellectual figurehead’ to remaining devotees (as far as ‘intellectuals’ in that genre actually exist!). On the website he rules over, he wrote at length explaining developments in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos… though nothing scientific appears there that is not taken from the work of others and available in hundreds of books and other media. Venkataraman was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme and, as all who support the Hindu-nationalist state with its huge militaristic and nuclear ambitions, received all the gongs and titles that fall to the warmonger supporters from autocratic rule (i.e. democratic elections, but rule by the dominant an elite and  of corrupt nest featherers).

I have met Venkataraman briefly together with V.K. Narasimhan and I know his CV. Indian atomic physicists like him and Kalam built on the real ground-breaking work of the Americans and others, with the initial help of his mentor Dr. Bhagavantam. By the time he worked on Indian nuclear weapons, how to make nuclear bombs was widely known and it was almost only a matter only of money and politics, as well as intelligence from defectors and spies. Rewards from the Indian State, its politicians and elite power brokers followed almost automatically, however unoriginal the ‘feat’ was.  Venkataraman is living proof of the fatuity of Sai Baba’s claim that India needed no protection by bombs, but only through dharma (and himself!). So much for the practice of non-violence and strivtly following Sai baba’s advice not to make nuclear weapons!

Plagiarisation: Dr. Venkataraman only copied his information on astronomy and astrophysics from from other scientific authorities, just as a modern Western high school student would do for a paper using the Internet and librtary sources. To academics with probity, it seems amazing that he did not once attribute anything he reproduced from other sources its originators! He litertally and blatantly plagiarised from others without any mention of these sources, which is actually illegal! The absence of references to published articles on science or academic subjects, is regarded as dilettantism by scientists and scholars. The innocent and uneducated in India and elsewhere may well believe that Venkataraman discovered such things himself, when he is simply promoting himself as if he were an authoritative researcher. This, plus his belief that Sai Baba, who had chosen him as a mouthpiece, was (is) none other than God the Creator of the Universe marks him out as a bogus!



Outright plagiarism by a man given many Indian awards. This shows a lot about the system in India and how dishonest academics benefit from it. Both text and an artists’ image at were ‘lifted’ from by Prof. G. Venkataraman, without acknowledgement.
See Venkataraman’s plariarised material and the source from which it is taken:-

Denis Dutton source text: “The next year, at the height of the First World War, Einstein published his general theory of relativity.””About 1.30 when the partial phase was well advanced, we began to get glimpses of the Sun, at 1.55 we could see the crescent (through the cloud) almost continuously and large patches of clear sky appearing. We had to carry out our programme of photographs in faith. I did not see the eclipse, being too busy changing plates, except for one glance to make sure it had begun…. We took 16 photographs … but the cloud has interfered very much with the star images.” posted June 2005 (a year before Venkataraman’s posting):-“REVOLUTION IN SCIENCE,” the November 7 Times of London trumpeted. “New Theory of the Universe. Newtonian Ideas Overthrown.” The preceding day, Dyson had read aloud the eclipse results at a rare joint session of the Royal Society and the Royal Astronomical Society The Royal Society president and the discoverer of the electron, J. J. Thomson, called Einstein’s theory in a quote that raced around the world, “one of the most momentous, if not the most momentous, pronouncements of human thought.” G. Venkataraman copied text:
“The next year, at the height of the First World War, Einstein published his general theory of relativity.”
“About 1.30 when the partial phase was well advanced, we began to get glimpses of the Sun, at 1.55 we could see the crescent (through
the cloud) almost continuously and large patches of clear sky appearing.
We had to carry out our programme of photographs in faith. I did not see the eclipse, being too busy changing plates, except for one
glance to make sure it had begun. … We took 16 photographs … but the cloud has interfered very much with the star images.”Venkataraman altered the text slightly, as he did with many such: “J. J. Thomson, called Einstein’s theory, in a quote that raced
around the world, “one of the most momentous, if not the most momentous, pronouncements of human thought.”
“REVOLUTION IN SCIENCE,” the November 7 Times of London trumpeted. “New Theory of the Universe. Newtonian Ideas Overthrown.”

He also took the following images, all  without acknowledgement:-

‘The Big Bang’ image from
‘An Expanding Universe’ from
‘The Periodic Table of Elements’ is from (on which he has even imposed the logo of Radio Sai!
‘The Chandra Telescope’ images come
and from
The images of white dwarfs are falsely sub-titled “ sai” but they are taken  from
He uses copyright images from the Anglo-Australian Observatory at

Venkataraman posts his pretentious lectures on the radiosai website he directs, where he is safe from any peer review, let alone criticism from within the Sai Baba movement, since such is absolutely not allowed! At the Sathya Sai educational institutions – where servile respect for elders and their views a rule broken only at great personal expense, no teacher or student would ever are to put a critical question to Sai-luminaries.  Protected from inquiry within the passive circle of co-admirers of Sathya Sai Baba, Venkataraman – with his Lord and Master holding the chain behind him – was able figuratively to bark down anyone in his vicinity who might dare to disagree with his more highly doubtful views. The wider world of genuine researchers will not be impressed in the least and his ramblings – if they ever gain much circulation – will be a laughing-stock.

His absence of basic scholarly standards in plagiarism is only aggravated by his pretentious and extra-scientific main agenda. He presumes to inform us of 1) The Cosmic origin of man.  2) Man’s Cosmic connections. 3) Man’s Cosmic responsibilities, and 4) Man’s Cosmic Destiny, no less!

These (male-oriented) titles show him setting himself up as a kind of ‘spiritual mouthpiece’, misusing the name of science as a tool in an attempt to inculcate religious belief – that is,  faith in his Lord and Master – Sathya Sai Baba, as the Incarnation of God Almighty in this Age.

 He 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. On the other side, there He is in human form in Parthi, going about as if He is not aware of any of the mysteries in the UniverseSee here or view excerpt scanned from that page (Click on thumbnail to enlarge) 



Dr. Venkataraman writes – as if he knows directly and authoritatively – of God and his existence etc. (actually – he really thinks he knows God personally as Sathya Sai Baba!) All the signs of pseudo-philosophy on a wholly belief-driven agenda are there, for he only parrots Sai Baba’s beliefs and propaganda without any critical thought whatever, even when they are wholly preposterous and in conflict with the most established scientific and historical fact (see overview here).
See a small example of how this Professor Venkataraman promotes Sai Baba:-




Sai Baba was his God and patron, and Venkataraman was and remains his beneficiary (having received from Sai Baba an expensive new Japanese car paid for by funds donated by well-meaning followers who thought the money would go to raise the poor instead! (such as myself, alas, having once contributed enough to buy a number of cars). Venkataraman did not refuse to accept the brand new Japanese vehicle as a personal gift from his Lord (who always lied that he had no money or property anyhow) and so became yet more of a  consumer than before…  one who immorally accepts what amounts to a bribe for allegiance paid for by money donated for the good of the poor, unhealthy and uneducated! Under Sathya Sai Baba’s direction, Venkataraman willingly compromised himself. [Four other Sai-VIP’s accepted identical free cars]. See disclaimer

Dr. Venkataraman was known in the ashram as a having been a very depressed person due to the death of his son. Sai Baba capitalised on that – he was a cynic user of people for as long as it suited him – reassuring him that his departed son was with him. It makes no difference how smart and educated a person is, they are all easily deluded when in emotional and ‘spiritual’ straits. So Venkataraman evidently believed everything SB told him, but somehow he managed to rationalise Sai Baba’s sheer ignorance of physics, which V. knew to be a load of rubbish, without saying a word of dissent. He threw all caution to the winds and proclaimed he was able to see God directing the universe every day beside him. Priceless credulity! Moreover, there is massive compelling evidence available, testimonies and affadavits which prove beyond a shadow of doubt that he was not what he claimed to be, but a sexual abuser, complicit murderer, briber, major deceiver, liar, who died ignominously under suspicious circumstances and so on.

See also:

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba Dr. G. Venkataraman rambles on denigrating scientists and science and promoting Sathya Sai Baba – as God descended to earth – and his most spurious speculations (‘teachings’) about an invisible beyond.

G. Venkataraman’s out-dated and fallacious ideas – part two  Propagating Sai Baba’s anti-scientific views, Dr. G. Venkataraman – former physicist – attacks science and scientists in general for the usual sins that religionists hold them to be committing. These I refute at some length, as called for.

God, the Avathar and the Intellectual

See four-part article ‘The Sathya Sai Organization’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed’ refutation of Dr. G. Venkataraman’s mendacious and confused attack on Sai dissidents

Dictator Idi Amin – Sai Baba’s warm recollections The gullible ex-scientist Dr. G. Venkataraman enthuses over Sai Baba’s relations with most gruesome dictator Idi Amin, with crocodiles and more!

Dr. G. Venkataraman the most gullible physicist alive

Dr Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail?

Apologist for Sathya Sai Baba

Atomic physics Venkataraman-Puttaparthi style. Deeply intriguing

Dr. G. Venkataraman’s delusions and cynical cover up

Sathya Sai Baba, Dr. V. Venkataraman and Idi Amin apparently make good bedfellows, according to the arm appreciation of Amin by Sai Baba in a Christmas Day discourse, as reported eagerly by Venkataraman. This was indicated by a photographic image made of the happy threesome, which was not a fake, but a construction to bring home the relationship, as was made clear when it was posted. See this image and the controversy it cause at The last King of Scotland – God’s orders and Sai Baba The Spirit of Christmas 

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Sai Trust and Seva Dal money-extortion

Posted by robertpriddy on January 7, 2014

A comment came from a person who asks for his identity to be protected. The text was as follows:-

Submitted on 2014/01/04 at 8:11 pm
Dear Sir,
Just read your latest article about the money grabbing nature of the central-trust. I know of one case personally wherein after the death of the person…the trust took away the room and all that was there in it. Even the member of my family who was in a very high position within the organisation was asked a sum of 15,000-25,000 rupees in 1998 or so (it was an amount then!!!), indirectly it was a way of telling them that if they wanted to retain their positions…they must pay. Thanks for the expose.”

And the sender followed up with another e-mail comment:-

Dear Sir,
I forgot to mention one more point. I think someone senior from the hostel did ask the warden as to what they were doing with the amount thus collected. The warden then called the meeting of the hostel students and told them that a new carshed and a shed for visitors was constructed with the money as a gift for SB’s birthday celebrations…so as to ease the place meant  for parents/visitors  who came to see their wards on sundays. It’s a really funny thing to note that such a big trust could not have built it and had to depend on the little that students provided for the construction. I think they collected money for also renovating a lawn/garden which SB visited in the hostel campus. 

See related issues:
Sathya Sai authorities lied about freedom from expense for education at the colleges
Prashanthi Nilayam owners of ashram apartments beware! Extortion of former residents who paid huge sums for small apartments, being forced to return to Prahsnathi or lose all their hard-earned rights

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