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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Vibuthi materialization fraud at Brindavan, Whitefield

Posted by robertpriddy on February 26, 2014

In 1994 devotees could visit a private home some hundred meters from the gates of the ashram in Kadugodi where the family had a number of Sai Baba photos with vibuthi and kum kum. They claimed these substances appeared spontaneously, as so many others have done likewise. After visiting the house a second time to check on the allegations by some Brindavan Seva Dal ladies that these were falsified, we were convinced that the vibuti was not even as authentic as the kind one can buy at the ashrams in large packets, but that it was simply ground-up chalk. The way it was spread on the pictures indicated it most likely was done by hand. Meanwhile,  the red kum kum powder on the Shirdi Sai image is cheap and everywhere available in India.

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No one knows how many people have concocted these kinds of supposed manifestation on images of Sai Baba, not least since persons who might have investigated critically would have avoided being intrusive, spiritual seeking visitors being unwilling to create a scene of any kind. Some vibuthi from images (at the ‘Thief’s Temple’ in Sri Ranga Patnam was analysed by electrospectrographic analysis by Dr. Jürgen Evers of Munich University and was found to be powdered quartz. See this in a video clip (mov format).  See also Italian scientific investigation of Sai Baba vibuti (English translation). Analyses of yet other samples by the Danish government’s Veterinary and Food Administration head scientist Erik Dahm found a number of minerals, the main content being calcium (chalk) and they were unable to show any extraordinary thing that has special healing properties.  (see transcript from ‘Seduced’ documentary). 

The couple shown above were mainly trying to sell a variety of rukrakshas and japamalas (rosaries). They had printed up many pages with their price list, and they could send by overseas mail on receipt of a bank order. The lady shown wanted us to promise to tell all our contacts and send them there. They claimed that the various prices (which were very considerable) reflected the relative potency of each rosary based on the number of times they had recited the holy name with each of them. The value of the various japamalas had to be taken on trust (no possibility of knowing if they had been used as stated, of course). The rudrakshas of numerous kinds were  priced according to their alleged rarity, and the number of ‘faces’ – from 1 to 12. Apparently all of these could be bought from them, and they had (see scan of 2 pages below). To believe that these seeds have miraculous properties – because of their symbolic association with the god Shiva – is of course an absurdity, yet not only Hindus but also some Westerners fall for this!

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Sai Baba exposé film wins docu. award in US

Posted by robertpriddy on February 23, 2014

The star US actor Kristoff St. John, who won a long series of best actor awards, has made a film ‘A Man Called God’ about Sathya Sai Baba and his abuses. It won top award at the San Diego Black Film Festival and is going on festival tour. It is intended for subseqent mass distribution:- A Man Called GodClick on image to go to website

See also a long review of the movie by clicking here

Barry Pittard wrote (Facebook): “This project took years, under conditions of great difficulty, to achieve. The important film awards, giving the film much more notice, are most welcome. Kristoff St John has, for years, been one of the top US television stars, and a much-awarded one. He has done – though it took him a long time to reveal his sexual abuse – when a young boy at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba, what many are now doing in the case of the long-running Royal Commission in Australia into institutional sexual abuse: coming out and speaking of the torment and impact for life when sexual abuse is perpetrated.”

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Srirangapatnam amrit fraud denial continues

Posted by robertpriddy on February 21, 2014

Max-Soltau_questionOnce again I am given unsolicited advice on spirituality and faith in miracles by another would-be religious opinion-maker, Max Soltau. He apparently failed to understand properly (‘briefly scan’) or read much of ) what I have posted about the deceptions of Halagappa of Sri Ranga Patna’s Thief’s Temple, but I am answering him nonetheless (see below scan). His opinion is of interest if only in that other are also zealous believers despite all and it shows the intensity with which he forwards his (very shaky) case. He claims I did not once mention the ‘miracles’ themselves… I certainly did describe the phenomena in some detail and linked to film footage showing it too. He wrote (see scan on right):-

OK, here I go… as to science publishing results into phenomena it can not explain (due to the fear he attributes to scientists), that is utter rubbish, of course. Science continually publishes results about inexplicable phenomena. The burden of proof for unprecedented claims (especially miracles) is on the claimant, not on science as such, especially when scientists like Dr. Narendra Nakak, President of FIRA (rationalists) went there but was recognised by Halagappa and denied entry. So much for openness! Professor Haraldsson, so keen to view such phenomena, did not bother to visit the place, though he knew about it full well. who was recognised by Halagappa and refused entry to the temple!). Indeed, the trickery is too easily explained without science, as follows:-

I was alone with Halagappa hearing his life history and seeing all his Sai baubles for hours at his orphanage. When I held an amulet I saw how it dribbled, and yes, I was impressed and thought it most likely genuine, enough so to donate a large sum to this man, and this helped cause Kasturi to publish warnings (repeatedly) from Sai Baba’s discourses about his amrit and vibuthi). But some questions, verging on doubts, lingered even though I was loath not to accept it as a Sai Baba miracle. That all changed later on.

The dribble is explained by the viscosity of treacle-like substance. How long does it take for the ‘amrit’, when the spoon is held at quite a shallow angle (as Halagappa invariably did), to discharge its liquid. I have tried it with the very substance and it takes quite some time, especially when the receiving palm is only slightly off the horizontal, as Halagappa ensures. Further, he always used the table-spoon (which he had replaced amrit jar) to scrape away the amrit below the amulet when th flow slowed or stopped, thus replenishing it with more liquid from the spoon! This trick is even seen on videos and the concave side of the amulet is even clearly towards the end. This enabled it to hold more amrit than otherwise would seem possible. The small oval amulet can even have been made hollow inside with tiny apertures at the edges… but you would not find that out as you were never allowed to examine it! No one has produced a convincing video where the amulet is held for a long enough, steeply enough, for it either to run very long or to become amrit-free, because Halagappa controls when it will be returned to the jar.

Upon reflection, the whole thing was as suspicious as could be, when one thought about it thoroughly from all angles. But people are easily misled, as was I then. This happens because of enthusiasm, the tales from so many others and one’s own hopes of some kind of tangible proof that the whole quest was not a wild goose chase. Most good people go there because of the opportunity it seemed to offer of  doing something really worthwhile, as we all thought we were then It is less a case of ‘seeing is believing’ than of ‘believing is seeing’, for the high expectation emotional mind-set affects one’s judgement of what one sees, especially the time-lapse. When mentally and emotionally stimulated (as devotees would be to see this for the first time) experimental psychology proves that time as subjectively experienced stretches out – it can even seem to stop sometimes. Timing each dribble between Halagappa’s ‘spoonings’ with a stopwatch would soon settle that question.

Since any normal investigation was forbidden by Halagappa, the director of ‘Seduced’ used an experienced professional Danish illusionist/conjurer, Nils Krøjgaard, to explain and ably demonstrate the fraud. See 8.8 Mb .mov  or 9.3 Mb .mp4 

I have met many who had been to ‘The Thief’s Temple’ as Halagappa’s place is universally known. Halagappa solicited donations. I gave £1000.- for use on the orphans but unfortunately’ don’t you know, they were just as wanting and ragged for years thereafter, so ‘once a thief…’ is most apposite.  It was reliable reportedly to me by an international journalist who investigated it and spoke to neighbours that these children were exploited for money in other ways. Halagappa’s (second) spouse was wearing expensive jewels, and he had renovated his temple luxuriously. To attract people to the place and get more donations, he had a profit-sharing agreement with taxi firms in Bangalore. Once a thief… applies again). The entire symbolism of the ‘holy amrit’ is very suspect… it comes from the mythological Ramayana where a goddess appears with a jar of it and gives it only to those fit to be divine beings, while the rest are ‘asuras’ /akin to demons). Sai devotees who get amrit are often of the opinion that they are so blessed that their troubles are all over. But I have seen the tragedies and even grisly ends of some of them.

It is certainly not irrelevant to the assessment of his doings that Halagappa told me a brazen lie in January, 1985, pretending he had been taken by his uncle to meet Shirdi Sai Baba. When first I met him I was willing to trust devotees’ honesty, but I soon learned much greater circumspection. He said that Shirdi Sai cuffed him and he complained to his uncle who told him he was a fool, that it was a blessing which would cure him (of something). He told me his uncle asked Shirdi Sai to look after his nephew in future, and Shirdi Sai agreed. The literature reports that Shirdi Sai often hit people, and it was taken as a boon. (Rather a charming attraction to kids?) Much later I checked back and worked out the dates. Shirdi Sai died in 1918, but when Halagappa told me this in 1985, he was about my age (then 50) and could not possibly have been 70 or more years old as he would have had to be ever to have met Shirdi Sai Baba. Had he been only 6 years then, he would have been 100 years of age now had he met Shirdi Sai in his very last months before death! So he exposed himself to me as a liar. He did tell me how Sathya Sai Baba exposed him as the baggage thief he was and made him go to Mysore to start doing service looking after homeless children. He began to solicit donations for the temple based on reputed ‘materializations’ from a locked Sai Baba had once given him. He even added sugar to vibuti (dried cow dung called ‘holy ash’ in India) to make it more acceptable. He threw out his first wife and took a young women instead, and so Sathya Sai Baba never visited him or spoke to him again. Instead we get:- 

In 1985, Al Drucker told a group of us that Baba warned him not to go near the place, but he admitted he did anyhow. In Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 10, p. 186f, Sathya Sai Baba is quoted saying:- In Mysore state there are some who distribute amrith, vibhuthi and other articles announcing that they are showering from their pictures at their places… Devotees should keep far away from such places and persons”, “I never allot in this manner, nor do I hand over my powers to anyone…” and “They could carrry a begging bowl and go from door to door; that at least will save them from a life of deceit and sacrilege.” (Sathya Sai Speaks vol. 11, p. 147). In Chapter 30 of Vol 10, Sai Baba also said, “Go straight along the true path: be not drawn into byelanes by quacks and crooks. Some happenings in Madras and in Mysore are to be drastically condemned.All the above describes Halagappa nicely, it can clearly be none other than him, and it neatly discredits him and his ‘miracles’ totally.

But Soltau wants me NOT to inform of my experiences “so at to allow others to form their own opinions about the orphanage, and its miracles” (i.e. let the naive, gullible, vulnerable fall into the same trap). They will form their own opinions anyway, just as, for example, 25% of Americans hold the opinion that the sun circles the earth, and as many believe aliens are with us (eg. Larry King’s survey) while yet more accept the Bible creation story. All such people evidently need honest guidance and true information. The career of Halagappa as a thief being rejected by Sai Baba (probably because he was muscling in on the profits) is all relevant to an evaluation of that person’s probity. I have other vital most credible negative information about him. Try to find out yourself, Soltau. Unfortunately, it takes much time and effort to find out the secrets of the inner core members of this vast lucrative deception and penetrate the true nature of this clandestine and infamously murderous cult (see here), and one has to want to know and have the right connections. I did not want to know, but the facts forced themselves upon me more and more until I had to learn, especially from some of the very closest Indian devotees of Sai Baba. I was fortunate in that, I saw how countless others were completely unable to learn anything, so secretive and secure against investigation was Sai Baba and his the ashrams, organisation and colleges. It is too late to study the original crime scenes, so to speak, as others have taken over and many have left or passed away.

Mr. Soltau imagines I chose a life of objective perspectives (probably “out of fear”!), and – like so many self-important Sai devotees – advises me I am “rejecting my own spirituality”. which shows how signally he has failed to find out anything much about me, my background or motives at all.  A leader of the Sai Organisation in Norway for 18 years, until I was shocked out of my good intentions as a full-time Sai devotee and service worker deeply engaged in the spiritual search. I was fortunate in having had a very wide experience of life before I went to SB (about whom I learned, incidentally, in 1954 when on a ship with Indian crewmen who invited me to visit him and perhaps write a book about him!). I had studied much of the humanities, the sciences (which I lectured in), including the main religious theologies, mystics and ‘masters’ as well as having had many connections with Indians since childhood. Once I at last again allowed myself to think critically about it all, and investigated by contacting hundreds of former devotees, I left the dangerous path of subjective appearances once and for all and eventually analysed the subjectivity problem afresh, what influences perception and interpretation of it etc. Enough of that… mentioned since he wanted to straightjacket me into the topic as he defines it. His question for me turned out to be more of a tirade too. However badly he needs to believe these were miracles, that does not make them so, nor will it advance his imagined ‘spirituality’ in any good direction. 

See scientific (electrospectrographical) analysis of vibuthi taken from  Halagappa’s temple  – ordinary quartz crystal power. (18.1 Mb mov format)

See also a web page detailing more about Halagappa and his temple’s wares

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Joy Thomas and group interview June 1994

Posted by robertpriddy on February 18, 2014

An interview with Sathya Sai Baba at Trayee Brindavan on June 2, 1994, was attended by Joy and Raye Thomas, a group from San Diego, another from Canada, some Indians and a student. The photos are all from that event.

Sai Baba signing a Joy Thomas' book in 1994

Sai Baba signing a Joy Thomas’ book in 1994

Raye Thomas with some San Diego devotees. Joy with pen at the ready

Raye Thomas with some San Diego devotees.
Joy with pen at the ready

Sai Baba Interview Brindavan 1994

Sai Baba Interview
Brindavan 1994

Both Joy and Raye Thomas, who I had known somewhat since 1985, were very forward with Sai Baba, and managed through the interview to get him to sign both her latest manuscript and a series of cards and photos. Joy was still holding out more objects for blessing when we were exiting the room! She had to hobble to the sofa from her wheelchair, never having had her condition improved, though Sai Baba had made her walk (with assistance) into the interview room on her very first visit, which was trumpeted around as a miracle cure. Despite that, she was utterly convinced of all his claims about himself without exception. She was told by him, after doctors had found she had cancer, that it was not so. Yet she died of cancer a few months later.

Her writings demonstrate that she was a highly suggestible and most credulous person, yet more so than her husband Raye. Their comments about Sai Baba and their relations with him were most fanciful and the way they praised him to the highest heavens was confounding… easily hoodwinked by anything he said or did. Whenever I met Raye he flaunted every book, photos of themselves with Swami and related their blessings. The pen-at-the-ready-for-Sai-signings is visible in the photos here. I can only compare them to spoilt children, completely wrapped up in themselves and needing constant affirmation.

Joy Thomas’ peculiar authorship – more here


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Sai, Thy Kingdom Come: Sreejith Narayan predicts ‘His return’

Posted by robertpriddy on February 16, 2014

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Public YouTube image of Sreejith Narayan

UPDATE JUNE 23: The hysteria about Sai Baba and all fantastic claims about his having appeared (Tigrett’s latest superboobs etc.) are making the entire remaining Sai Baba movement look more and more like mental cases. This desperate frenzy about impossible resurrection and return in one form or another has been going one since day one after his death and must have helped weed out large numbers of persons who otherwise might still have had some faith in Sai Baba and his various amazing claims (see Whatever became of Sathya Sai Baba?)

 UPDATE as of june 2015! PREMA SAI IS FOUND IN DODDAMALUR, SOUTH INDIA – A 4-YEAR OLD BOY. This will upset the entire Prema Sai applecart, not least since Sathya Sai Baba was originally recorded as saying (with V.K. Narasimhan present) he would be reborn in Gunapalli (not Doddmmalur) and would not be discovered until he was a young adult!. Of course, it is all hoo-ha, typical Hindu guru delusion and invented divinity.

 Eileen Weed mailed the following:- Apparently, the situation has reached a fevered pitch in Puttaparthi, as a friend just wrote me: “…all the stories of Swami coming back!!  (28 June) The people sit in the shop whispering and gossiping (about) a blog filled with frenzied devotees, hopeful for a return of sb “in the same form” in 2014 – thanks mostly to the author of that book about the “Return”. 

In his book for fanatical believers in Sathya Sai Baba as a Godhead avatar – mostly Indians nowadays with a very much diminished band of foreigners – Sreejith Narayan deliberates on the possibility of his return. In his book he writes:-

“We have stepped foot into 2014, a year poised to become one of the most important years in the history of mankind (in my belief). It is not just an opinion that I conjured up from the vagaries of my mind. Many signs point to 2014 being the year of unprecedented happenings; the most remarkable event of them all, the epoch-making, much awaited Reappearance of the Lord in the Sathya Sai form.”

Comment: This is as if unbelievable, that people can actually believe this… But then, think of the Second Coming of Christ and how many believed and believe in that! Then there are all those who believe in countless conspiracy theories, religious indoctrination and ideologies of all kinds. The world seems at least half-full of people with serious cognitive problems of one sort or the other.

Sreejith Narayan claims that the timeframe of 2014 (or before) for ‘His Return’ was deduced from Swami’s own words regarding his lifetime on earth.  One may ask, which of his many self-conflicting words on his lifespan apply, and which not? For is fully documented from his own discourses that he made several different documented predictions of when he would ‘leave the body’, all proven incorrect by his death in 2011! Further, in his speculative calculations Narayan is clearly not accepting the ‘official’ doctrine of remaining Sai officialdom that Sai Baba was reckoning in lunar years, not calendar years (invented to try to explain away they he died long before all his predictions (note: (an inaccurate and absurd theory).

In the YouTube video, S. Narayan says, ‘Bhagavan’s words will never fail, I am completely confident…” He must live within his narrow cultist shell and/or a personal cocoon of ignorance to claim that, because Sai Baba’s words failed and failed time and time again, shown beyond all sane doubt on this blog site and elsewhere. Not only did Sai Baba break countless  promises to devotees but he also made a large number of predictions about himself and the world that never happened such as his promise to fly unaided through the air, to lift a range of mountains, that his students would by now already have set India straight assuming moral leadership  of the world! see full proof). All just as unlikely to occur as him reincarnation (and more especially in the same form he had in life). On top of that we get from Narayan his own wild pseudo-prediction of Sai Baba’s coming 7-year reincarnation in the same form he had in life, basing it on extremely selective reading of Sai Baba’s words and on most unreliable sources (the obscure ancient palm leaves of the Brighu Nadi, copies being held in countless private collections by astrologers and soothsayers in India, the genuineness and historical authenticity of all of which are strongly contested, many, including by historians and scientists). 

“In the Nadi predictions mentioned in the book “Sacred Nadi Readings” (by Sri Vasantha Sai), it has been prophesied that Swami would be in this earth for seven more years after His reappearance. “At the age 88, people on earth will accept Him without doubt, blemish or shortcoming. He will live for 7 years. (Gorakka Nadi, Reading conducted on June 14, 2011). – Sacred Nadi Readings, Sri Vasantha Sai, Page 26. He comes again and will remain only for 7 more years. Many changes will happen on earth during these seven years. (Bogar Nadi, Reading conducted on May 25, 2011). – Sacred Nadi Readings, Sri Vasantha Sai, Page 18.
STKC also explored the verses from Bihar-ul-Anwar that say Mahdi will remain at least 7 years after His reappearance: He will remain seven years (after His reappearance) and then he will die and Muslims will pray over him (Bihar-ul-Anwar Vol.13 Part 1, English Translation p.91)”

Comment: This Islamic text, Bihar-ul-Anwar has been shown not to contain any such predictions by intensive research by Brian Steel into the translation promoted by the Sai Spiritual Museum which is entirely bogus! The entire Sai Baba Mahdi claims are also researched in detail here.

“The Nadis point to the age of 88 for His Reappearance. Swami will be in age 88 until November 22, 2014. Moreover, Swami has mentioned several times that He would live until the age of 96 which would begin on November 23, 2021. If we calculate backwards from that using the seven years mentioned in Nadis and Bihar-ul-Anwar, the period of His Reappearance would fall perfectly in 2014.”

Having once studied in depth every single text published and attributed to Sai Baba up to 2002, I can assure that no utterance of Sai Baba can be shown that,”He would live until the age of 96 which would begin on November 23, 2021″ It is a sheer invention! The author will in future have the full opportunity to realise what an utter fool he is when faced by more proofs that Sai Baba’s words and predictions were most unreliable when nothing he suggests actually occurs, neither this year nor at any time… though he has created a fall-safe for his self-esteem by saying that it may be this it may be that, only Swami decides and knows etc. ‘Sai, Thy Kingdom Come’ is no doubt welcome by that diminishing band of people who hang on with evident signs of desperation and paranoia to their belief that Sai Baba was impeccable, knew everything, created the universe etc. This Narayan seems to be a very credulous and ill-informed person, so he may not have written it exclusively out of desire to make an impact among the devotees and getting a good profit. That it has been translated into 12 languages does not indicate that reputable publishers are involved, it is a vanity publication backed by Souljourns, which is a mainly gerontocratic group of Sathya Sai Organisation rich men, such as US-based Bob Bozzani and cronies (plus several deluded elderly women fanatics). See more on this book here 

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Who was Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on February 14, 2014

Born as Sathya Narayana Raju in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, Sathya Sai Baba was worshipped and set apart from – and way above – all other living persons by his followers. His self-claimed date of birth on 29/11/10926 is contested as his school documents indicate it was 4/10/1929. This supposedly began even in his early childhood in the late 1920s when he was already reputed to have had miraculous powers or helpers. He wrote a booklet in his early teenage called ‘Hisstory’, which a teacher helped him with in very poor English where he made huge claims for himself (this booklet has been destroyed by Sai propagandists and cannot be obtained, while they have covered its original up by publishing a long modern version called  ‘Hisstory’ culled from various sources. Note, please, that I, Robert, would much appreciate getting a copy or scan if anyone has the original!).  He came to be regarded, not as a God, but literally as God Himself, the One and only living divinity and the deity to which all other deities must defer. He was already became the focus of a kind of mythology even in his youth. Having set himself up as a God from the announcement of his ‘divine mission’ in his youth, Sathya claimed he was a reincarnation of the famous Mahastran saint, Sai Baba of Shirdi and thereafter took the name Sathya Sai Baba. Many Shirdi devotees did accept this, but a majority today do not accept the claim. Through his life he strove virtually to be all things to all people and he was regarded by many as a fascinating figure, if only because his claims of divinity which he surpassed all known limits and his many alleged and apparently unprecedented miraculous powers. He frequently explained that he was wholly pure and divine, ever-present everywhere, all-knowing, and almighty.

Sathya Sai Baba instructed many people to worship him, including his own parents. He willingly accepted worship on all occasions (e.g. particularly during the fire ceremony (arathi) which was usually done before him twice daily. People bowed before him constantly, lay flat on the ground at his bare feet and often kissed them. For decades he had welcomed this ‘padanamaskaar‘ … then suddenly declared that this was not right, for it created a distance between him and the devotee, so it should be discontinued. Nonetheless, after some months, he again began to accept it willingly… a typical Sai Baba ploy, to say one thing and do another.

In addition to this, he sat on many thrones that made for him, rode in various chariots, including for years a magnificent and costly golden one (even though he also hypocritically criticised this as a misuse of funds), and for decades he swung once yearly on a silver swing to be worshipped as the re-embodiment of Krishna. In days gone be he had allowed himself to be garlanded frequently, even accepting a many dozens of huge flower garlands around his neck egat one time. This practice he stopped, and one would assume that it must have been a relief not to have to bear their occasional huge weight. Only infrequently was he garlanded in later years, taking the garland only symbolically over the head then giving it back. Still, he repeatedly insisted that worship of himself is the easiest way to liberation in this era, and declared time and again that he wilfully came to earth to show us the way to supposed ‘self-realisation’, meaning the direct experience of our own identity as one with God! He long preached that everyone has the divine spark and everyone actually is God, though remaining unaware of it. From his unrelenting Christmas 2000 discourse onwards, however, he contradicted his former pronouncements that everyone end everything had a spark of divinity and declared that some people are demons and without any ‘divine spark’… especially those many “Judases” who criticised him and accused him of sexual abuses and other crimes, such as being a present accomplice to murders in his bedroom in 1993.

Through most of his life, his following grew and became one of the largest organised personality cults in the world. In his ashrams, he was at the focus of a constant crowd of thousands of persons, which swelled up to over a quarter of a million on a couple of his biggest birthday celebrations, though he claimed there were three million present, this was shown to be a complete physical impossibility- Such vast exaggerations of numbers of followers was typical of Sai Baba and of all official Sai propagandists. After his 70th birthday in 1996 he became far less available for personal contacts due to so many visitors with which he could not cope. In 2002, he suffered a permanent major hip injury which bound him to a wheelchair, whereupon he gave far fewer interviews. In March 2011, he was hospitalised and given a pacemaker after a heart operation. His organs failed one after another, lungs, kidneys, liver and brain. His death, due to being taken off life support, was announced on April 24th, 2011 while funeral travel and other arrangements were already well underway. He wrongly predicted own his death for several dates all many years later – see this chronicle over the events from his hospitalisation to funeral linked to many press and other sources.

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Joy Thomas, forgotten Sai Baba author

Posted by robertpriddy on February 13, 2014

I first met Raye Thomas, the husband of Joy Thomas, in 1985 at Prashanthi Nilayam. I was intrigued by seeing one of his feet had six toes and told him that Indians believed this kind of anomaly was very auspicious. So we got to know each other. Joy had just completed the draft her first book about Sai Baba (and herself) and was hoping for the (almost obligatory) Sai Baba’s blessing and signature on it before publishing.



In one of her five rambling books (Life is a Challenge. Meet it (1991) … p. 157f – click on thumbnail to zoom in), Joy Thomas wrote that Sai Baba seemed to ‘cure’ her of her chronic disability when Sai Baba made her leave her wheelchair in front of the steps up to the Kodaikanal interview room. But this was only temporarily, for everyone could observe that she still remained almost permanently tied to her wheelchair right up until the end of her days. Her other books were: Life is a Game. Play It. Tustin, Sathya Sai Book Center of America). 1989, Life is a Game. Play It. Tustin, Sathya Sai Book Center of America). 1989: Life is a Dream. Realize It. Beaumont, California, Ontic Press. 1992: Life is Love. Enjoy It. Beaumont 1994: Life is Awareness. Beaumont 1995

Joy Thomas became an apparent favourite of Sathya Sai Baba since he would speak to her often at darshan and grant many interviews. She became the President of the Cherry Creek Sathya Sai Centre in California, which was much publicized by her (since rebranded as ‘Cherry Creek Centre for Healing and Esthetics’ only accessible to registered members). For nearly two decades, Joy and Raye Thomas took groups from California to visit Sai Baba and these were accorded many interviews. Seeing how she was favoured by ‘Swami’, the ashram Seva staff always helped this wheelchair-bound VIP giving her prominent spots at darshan so that Sai Baba could see her right away. She was literally besotted with Sai Baba, more so than Raye) who took to wearing the largest set of huge, gaudy-looking rings with Sai Baba images on for all to see (he had got some made himself too!). Both of them struck me as most impressionable persons whose comments about Sai Baba and their relations with him were so fanciful as to be rather embarrassing to listen to. They also flaunted every book, card or other item he signed or blessed for them, and they repeatedly begged/pressed more and more things on him to sign. much like un self-conscious but spoilt children.
From handwritten notes I made in 1996 after hearing from two very close friends of Joy and Ray about their choice to move to Sai Baba’s ashram): 30 Dec. 1995 at Robert and Rita’s room in Prashanthi. Transcript in black text:

Rita told of Joy and Ray Thomas that they have moved into P.N. permanently, Sai having asked them 3 times “Do you really want to live here?” (and they answered 3 yesses!) Now they regret it bitterly – no peace at all, 2 tiny rooms (R 1 A4) and 24 hr building noise plus people who sit and talk outside etc. They had no medical insurance in the U.S.A., so thought they’d be safer here. But no one is allotted to push her wheelchair (in the ladies’ side etc.), so she has to hire a pusher.
She recently had some medical checks and there was something wrong with the platelets in the blood – possible/probably cancer. Sai, when asked if she was going to die, grabbed the X-rays and said powerfully,”She is not going to Die”

Joy Thomas was admitted to the Sathya Sai Specialty Hospital with cancer and was treated there for some time. However, she died from cancer just over 4 months later. Contributing to her condition was reported blood loss at the Sathya Sai Specialty Hospital due to refusal to give transfusions, possibly causing premature death. She was considerably obese, far more so than her heavily-built husband (who Sai Baba used to call her ‘has-been’, one of his standard laugh-raisers in interviews). She was flown back to the States before her death. She died back in California April 17, 1999. A blessing in disguise in the eyes of the devoted, but not in that of her husband.

The Thomases took up residence at Prashanthi ashram (at some considerable expense too!) in 1999. Sai Baba made critical remarks about Joy’s constant writing to the effect that she was not doing spiritual practice or service. Once there, they did not get much attention from him. One reason was that they did not qualify for health care in the USA and could not afford health insurance there… ironically enough they had full faith that Sai Baba’s hospital provided top quality free care.

Joy Thomas’ peculiar authorship – more here   See disclaimer

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Asaram Bapu: February 10, 2014

Posted by robertpriddy on February 10, 2014

Hindu-AsaramThe Hindu reports  that The Rajasthan High Court has rejected the bail application of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur rejected arguments of the defence counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, “who had contended that the charges under section 376(2) (rape on a woman when she is under twelve years of age), and others are redundant. He had also questioned the allegations of the victim and claimed that she had come on her own to Bapu with her parents. Mr.Jethmalani also said that Bapu has been in jail since long and is frail and sick. Countering the arguments, the prosecution said the chargesheet strengthens the allegations.”  The government counsel, Mahipal Bishnoi, also said: “Besides this, there has not been any change in the circumstances of the case.

The plea that  ‘Bapu’ is frail and sick’ is another attempt to get him exonerated. Jethmalani is an aged and famous, though clearly incompetent, counsel, judging by the trivialities and trickeries he has tried on the court on behalf of his rich client.  People who are most credibly charged with the crimes he is should not be released unless they are terminally ill, if then. Even as a non-celibate ‘godman’, should he not have seen ahead to the fate he was creating for himself a lot earlier? Let us hope – for the sake of India’s future – that a new government will not quash everything against him. India sorely needs to free itself from the clutches of these pretenders to holiness and their exploitation of the masses.

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Sex abuse, anonymity and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on February 6, 2014

The former discussion board of Anthony Thomas contained a variety of revealing materials. One such is the entry by a person called David who claimed he was sexually harassed by Sathya Sai Baba in interviews. Now why else would he want to post that if it were not a fact? The same applies to the scores of similar accounts very often claiming outright – and in credible detail of the circumstances – sexual abuse and often outright perversion by Sai Baba.

'David' on SB sex attempt

There is an obvious reason for sexually abused persons to be chary of giving their full names and details. It is even a risk for them to send an e-mail or post on a bulletin board as it is technically possible their identity may be discovered nonetheless. It is well known that murders of students who were allegedly also sexually abused took place in the ashram in June 1993, and many other reported suicides, disappearances and very threatening incidents have occurred, also harassment of victims outside India.

Anyone who does not understand the situation of an accusing sexually abused person who writes anonymously is entirely ignorant of what has been happening in the world today in the sphere of sex abuse – or wilfully prejudiced in favour of protecting the alleged abusers. In the case of famous and rich people, their victims keep quiet because they cannot get fair treatment. The UK and BBC Jimmy Saville case alone proves this, over 1,000 abuse victims have come forward after the whistle was blown on him after his death! The Catholic Church present another case of institutionalised sexual abuses on a far great scale than has yet been admitted, let alone pursued by the law. Many victims took decades before they were able to stand forth and get a reasonable hearing. Even the United Nations are powerless to enforce prosecutions on the Catholic Church/Vatican, which they have recently condemned in no uncertain terms for not doing enough to rid their institution of sexual abusers and pedohiles, even though tens of thousands of victims have been reported. By comparison, the Sathya Sai Organisation has done absolutely nothing to investigate the abuses that took place on an unknown by large scale. 

Further to the above, a mail received by the exposé which also exposes untoward facts about Sai Baba’s sexual exploits (click on scan at right):-



Signers of the petition who were – or knew someone who was – sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba (not many other posted full accounts elsewhere instead)



See also the full overview of the many Sai Baba sex allegations:

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Reaction, reflection, resound – Sai Baba’s karmic doctrine

Posted by robertpriddy on February 4, 2014

All these things you see around you are your own reflections, as if in a mirror.” (Sai Baba, Summer Showers 1990, p. 118)

There are many things that we see hear and experience.  We think that it is the eyes that see, the ears that hear and the mind that experiences.  In fact, it is not so.  Everything is reaction, reflection and resound.” (Sai Baba, Sanathana Sarathi, April 2003, p.118)

Sai Baba ‘taught’ that the mind creates reality, and that everything we experience comes from within us, not any outer reality. This denies that there is an external world, a reality outside ourselves that impinges on the senses and goes to forming the human mind. This idea was developed by the sophists in early Greece, against which the classical philosophers who formed the root of European thought, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and others argued most convincingly. Mainstream philosophy and science have overwhelmingly rejected this so-called ‘solipsist’ tenet as untenable. (‘solipsism’ derives from ‘solus ipse‘ or ‘only oneself’). One obvious reason is that it implies that no one else but oneself exists. That everything is created by our own individual mind, from within us (somewhere) – there being nothing whatever outside any of us – boils down to irrational fancy.

Sai Baba’s claim that whatever we see is a reflection of ourselves, and that whatever happens is a reaction to our own actions and so on is confused thinking. Working out its consequences for actual living very soon brings one up a maze of uncertainties, confusions and unsolvable dilemmas. This idea arose as part of metaphysical speculations about the nature of the cosmos as having a non-material origin (i.e. ‘the mind of God’). One had no science to speak of, so early mankind invented explanations of why things were as best they could. The entire body of these theological assumptions, extended and confabulated through millennia, form a labyrinth of complex arguments which can only be penetrated and deconstructed through diligent and very extended study. Few have the time or means to do so. None of it  has any basis that can be scientifically tested, not least a basic tenet – belief in a law of karma (action and reaction). The variants of karmic lore would explain how good and ill are the result of our own actions, which inevitably create reactions (sooner or later). It is promoted as a reassuring explanation that, eventually, justice is done through the workings of karma from one lifetime to another. Good acts produce benefits, bad acts get punished. However, since this is observable as not at all certain in real life, it required the belief in reincarnation of individual souls through many lifetimes to make it seem to work out. The same personality is supposed to be reincarnated in a new body at some time after death, and it carries with it a ‘karmic’ balance sheet (of good and bad actions) into the next incarnation, in which even the total environment is determined by the nature of the individual’s tendencies and ‘balance sheet’. The entire doctrine is untestable and relies on unproven assumptions about God and the cosmos.

Sai Baba ‘taught’ that the mind creates reality, and that everything we experience comes from within us, not any outer reality. This denies that there is an external world, a reality outside ourselves that impinges on the senses and goes to forming the human mind. This idea was developed by the sophists in early Greece, against which the classical philosophers who formed the root of European thought, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and others argued most convincingly. Mainstream philosophy and science have overwhelmingly rejected this so-called ‘solipsist’ tenet as untenable. (‘solipsism’ derives from ‘solus ipse‘ or ‘only oneself’). One obvious reason is that it implies that no one else but oneself exists.

That the world is a figment of the human mind, a created fiction, is central to most Hindu-Vedantic theologies, giving rise to all manner of unworldly ideas and practices. It is a doctrine which is so unworldly that it cannot be put into any effective practice and, if taken seriously, leads to a denial of – and distortion of – most human relations and our interactions with the natural world. If adopted, there is nothing one can do by hope and pray for illumination as to the reality forever hidden behind the appearances given us by the senses.  (One can see the massive debilitating effects this resignation to ignorance of causality and religiously inculcated disbelief in the reality of the world and society has had on Indian life and society, both historically and today). The cause of this illusion (‘maya‘) is traditionally identified as God, who is supposedly resident within each person (in the heart, it is said – despite the fact now so well known, that the heart is nothing but a pump and all emotion arises in the brain).

Sathya Sai Baba used this ‘teaching’ not least to ensure that his devotees could be told that anything he said or did was really only their own subjective experience. In this way, lies he told and abuses he practiced were supposedly only the deluded perceptions of those who discovered them.  Many supplicants came to Sai Baba with all manner of problem, especially incurable illnesses . If they did not happen to get better or problems get solved, the doctrine pointed out that these were their own fault (in one way or another). Sai Baba tried, with much success among his indoctrinated followers, to  put himself beyond criticism in this way and helped him control their thoughts and actions.  Not only does the solipsistic argument brush aside any divine responsibility, but Sai Baba made clear that it applies to all natural events that happen too. The cause of  catastrophes like tsunamis, earthquake devastation etc. he put down entirely to our own actions. In 1993 he stated:- “The spiritual lapses of man account for these calamities.” (p. 342 Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 27)

Fallacies in doctrines of ‘karma’ (and healing)
The spiritual search for the ‘self’

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Reflection, reaction, resound explained by Anil Kumar?

Posted by robertpriddy on February 4, 2014

Every human being is like a mirror. In the mirror, you find a reflection of yourself. In many mirrors, you see many reflections of yourself. Reflection. Reaction. Resound.”  
(Sathya Sai Baba Discourse October 9, 2009.

Anil Kumar Kamaraju (a former botanist, hence professor) had close access to Sai Baba as his interpreter etc. He is living on the memory of Sai Baba, and – with his small band of servile helpers – is obtaining money from lecturing to the remaining flock of devotees wherever they can be found… around the world, where he travels on junkets (invitations with free air tickets, free board and lodging always was the norm for Indian Sai VIPs) .“This kind of reaction, reflection and resound calls for extreme precaution in our choice of action or non-action.”

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Indeed, this sounds most hollow when it is realised that the good Anil Kamaraju Kumar is known to be a philanderer and to have kept a foreign (Finnish) mistress, while married and serving his Lord and Master, who insisted on celibacy… See:  Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man. Enough said as to word and action in Mr. Kumar’s ‘spiritual practice’!

As to reflection, reaction and resound, one needs a proper explanation of what this was supposed to mean, and to functions the doctrine served in Sai Baba’s so-called “dispensation” of wisdom, but no coherent practicable meaning can actually be given, which is why both Sai Baba and Anil Kumar give nothing but vague, general unsatisfactory answers.  In brief, it holds that we can see nothing but a reflection of ourselves in anything whatever, however much we try! Likewise, all that happens is a reaction to our own (previous) actions. In an eggshell, the problem with this idea – that ‘I am the only person who exists’ – is that if one tries to apply these speculations to oneself and live as if they were true, endless confusion, contradictions, uncertainty and other unthinkable consequences follow… It is actually impossible to get through life sanely taking such a doctrine seriously!  Professor Kumar preaches that doctrine but most certainly does not act on it himself! This ‘doctrine’, however, came in very handy for Sai Baba (as for many another guru and preacher) when wanting to explain away a person’s problems – ‘they are self-created’, don’t you know! It also absolves him from any form of criticism because the person is only seeing himself, not the Divine Master! A useful doctrine for controlling and manipulating others, as Indian priesthoods always have done, and for castigating people as the cause of all human and even earthly ills (and Sai Baba insisted) including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, believe it or not!) See disclaimer

Dr. Anil Kumar runs a gaudy website ( devoted primarily to the subject of himself, his travels and ‘satsangs’ (get-togethers). That he is bombastic and self-important is not in question.  He chants a bhajan after his satsang (just like his Bhagavan did) and he inadvertently reveals his self-esteem in some jokes as if at his own expense, such as on 31 December 2000, when he told his audience: “I have told you a number of times that, “In this age of BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation, I am ABC: Anil Kumar Broadcasting Corporation!” (Laughter)

Brian Steel lists piquant examples of Kumar’s uninhibited blurting: (At one point where he is comparing SB’s ‘afro’ hairstyle to the Biblical “crown of crowns”, Kumar gives free rein to his poetic vision: “As Bhagavan walks giving darshan, when the wind blows, His beautiful hair tosses like the golden daffodils along the Milky Way of William Wordsworth. How nicely and beautifully our good Lord adjusts His hair, ah-ha! It is a sight for the gods.”)  Kumar makes “countless forced comparisons with the New Testament. What educator Kumar performs here is a caricature of “scholarship”, tantamount to brain-washing.”

One great advantage of Professor Anil Kumar’s talks is that any religious historian or other sober non-follower who reads them will reject the whole rigmarole as beyond the realms of remote likelihood. Learn more about the mental antics of the compromised Kumar, see the following:-

Anil Kumar of Sathya Sai Baba infamy continues to deceive himself and others Still blustering – his Besserwissen arrogance shining through his false humility – he continues to defend one of India’s most untruthful, calculating and degenerate claimants to be the God Avatar of the Age, even after all that has come out to disprove and discredit Sathya Sai Baba.

The Latest Example of His Master’s Voice  Brian Steel analyses the role of Anil Kumar in Sai propaganda and disinformation. He points out that, however bizarre some of Kumar’s offering may sound, they are accepted without demur by most devotees as accurate and authentic pieces of the SB story: in other words, as officially endorsed. Much of the SB legend has been strengthened and sustained in this indirect way.

Professor Anil Kumar’s interview with the Thailand media – 1  Anil Kumar Kamaraju (a former botanist) had close access to Sai Baba as his interpreter etc. He is living on the memory of Sai Baba, and – with his small band of servile helpers – is obtaining money from lecturing to the remaining flock of devotees around the land.

Professor Anil Kumar’s interview with the Thailand media – 2 Anil Kumar exhibits his  overwhelming gullibility as an endorser of Sai Baba’s impossible claims.

Interview with Professor Anil Kumar Thailand media 3  Anil Kumar Kamaraju confirmed that the British architect Keith Critchlow, who was close to Prince Charles and designed the super-speciality hospital in Puttaparthi, advised the Prince  to visit Sai Baba. And Charles was said to be keen to make the trip.

Sai Trust to print more books, says obscurantist Anil Kumar

Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man Professor Anil Kumar is one of Sai Baba’s most trusted accomplices. He is a married man, but is also accused most credibly of philandering, and with Sai Baba’s permission too!

The Latest Example of His Master’s Voice Brian Steel writes of Anil Kumar’s web-published unquestioning endorsements of SB and his Divine claims (but also of his boastfulness and his peculiar anecdotes). Steel shows excerpts of Kumar’s claims, exaggeration, far-fetched comparisons, adulation,which are completely transparent as to require no comment.

The following substantial comment was made to the above came from one who knew Anil Kumar and his helper associates:-

Eileenweed said February 5, 2014 at 4:06 am e

Anil Kumar’s outrageously flowery and exaggerated descriptions entirely comes to a standstill in the privacy of his own home. When I went a number of times to the teacher’s quarters across from sb’s parent’s burial site on Samadhi Road where he lived, to ask sticky questions about sb’s senseless words in discourses (he was often in the company of several ardent admirers), Anil Kumar only said, “I have no idea why he said that! NO IDEA!” The silence would be deafening as I waited for the characteristic poetic surge that I thought would follow, but never did.

In addition, I was asked on numerous occasions by my long-time acquaintance SH, to transcribe Anil Kumar’s fantastically fictional talks so they could be published on that website by her long-time boyfriend LG. Apparently (and amazingly?! NOT) they cannot find enough people willing to spend time on that lofty service, so SH often has to do it herself. SH and LG often go along (at their own expense) with Anil Kumar when he is invited to various places to talk about sb, to set up the audio and video equipment. One wonders just how many people bother to go to the site and read those talks.

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Prashanthi further corrupted – full visitor report

Posted by robertpriddy on February 2, 2014

During and just after the New Year period of 2014 at the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, the annual Sports Day Meet and the Sankranti festival were held.  Scheduling the Sports Meet at that time ensures most parents can attend. This is the time of year parents to visit their sons (and some daughters) to see what is the combined colleges ‘Sport’s Day’ show.  Sankranti is the biggest festival of the year, common in all of India, and most schools, offices and businesses have two weeks off, much more that most of the world’s Christmas season! (In India, Dasara is the other  big long-vacation festival of the year). (Incidentally, Icelandic Professor Erlendur Haraldsson visited at that time in 2013 to promote a new edition of his old book and he therefore naively believed Prashanthi and Puttaparthi to be thriving. With his Dutch supporter, Joot Houtkooper, he returned a defender of Sai Baba against the many documented claims of fraud and – through his silence about Sai Baba sexual crimes long known to him).

A Spanish visitor was then present from 2 weeks before New Year until after the sports event. Miguel De La Cruz ‘s reports show that, for a brief spell, Puttaparthi gets a mini-revival (compared to when Sai Baba was alive). Visitors numbers rise sharply to as much as a few thousands for the big days. The ashram is geared to capitalising on it because it draws local vacationers and villagers – while a number of  foreign visitors attend, having otherwise virtually deserted the place since the funeral. Apparently, every shop that still has an owner is open to sell what they can, and especially the ashram shopping mall. The first report came as a comment on an earlier blog, and read as follows:-

Dear Robert Priddy.
I went to Ashram few weeks ago, as a way to learn about all the magic they speak of and the good things that this place theoretically does. I’m an atheist so every word of this tinny orange men are lies to me, and their “miracles” shows their cheap tricks. I saw a men creating hundreds of pounds from his hands in Camden (London), but he didn’t create a religious lie from it. I saw a place created as a business, with cash machines included inside and also the national bank of india, where the foreigners change their currency losing a lot of money (better exchange outside), they ( the ashram and Prashanthi branch state bank) give 82 rupis per 1 ruble ,when everywhere else they gave 84 or more.

At first it looks cheap, 500 rupis for few days and 100 rupis for eating ( breakfast 80-100 and dinner another 100), but them I discovered that renting a nice flat in the best area is 3000 rupis per month, and eating in luxury restaurants from 100 to 200 and you will go with a smile home.

They have people spying on everybody all the time and controlling all the movements and it  is impossible to see poor people inside: Only the ones with money can enter. I tried to introduce a friend of mine -poor- inside, to eat with him, but it was impossible and when I asked why, they started to forgot their english. Magic again!!

It is a business and I’m sick of weak russians and some europeans that want to be cool and spiritual in a fake way. They go there, they put their money in and then come back to their countries without slavery, with rights and without thinking about the reality: Is a great business.   Miguel

After receiving this, I began an exchange of questions and answers with Miguel to clarify things more. Being on his first visit, Miguel found the number of people “impressive, for sure hundreds and sometimes thousands when the schools came.”  The schools & colleges still have several thousand students, so this is what swells the numbers. No doubt impressive to find this in the middle of nowhere, so to speak, especially to those who have never been before and seen the entire stadium packed with people for the same annual events, or on the big birthdays; not just the seats full, but all the ground space too. The schools & colleges still have several thousand students, so this is what swells the numbers. The former ashram engineer, Mr. Ashok, calculated that the absolute maximum capacity of the Hillview Stadium was 250, 000.  Likewise “They have a massive kitchen that can cook rice for thousands easily.” A major outside kitchen arrangement has been on hand there for many years, and it was indeed massive at the 70th birthday. 

They have many shops to make people spend money. The prices are much the same as outside, maybe a little more expensive in some products. They have a supermarket so you don’t need to go out, a lot of places with cafe, tea, noodles and fried food, also pizza and other sweets. Asked about the shops in Puttaparthi and the showpiece museum etc., Miguel wrote: “You can walk 5 minutes in a straight line and then you only see wasted hotels without anybody, no restaurants and nothing at all. The Eternal Spiritual Museum was not open, the Auditorium always empty. The garden was opened but it was always empty.The Eternal Spiritual Heritage is closed! That almost says it all about the lack of interest in Sai Baba’s doctrine, surely. The Poornachandra Hall was not in use – probably far too big. The white elephants at Prashanthi are is disuse – the world-class tennis stadium, the Planetarium, the ‘international’ airport – all impossible either to make money on or to sell off cheaply. What remaining funds there are are almost certainly being tapped by the powers-that-be to bribe their way out of trouble generally and to supply their new-found luxury private lifestyles.

South Prashanthi (indian area) in general full. They have ultra bad quality if you compare with north (for russians mostly and rich countries). The North Blocks (N1, N2, N3) were 60%. I went to all the flats and look that as my research to this sickness.  They are building a new flat.  
Most of the areas are only for indians and getting there is a way of infinite questions and people following you. I went to the areas for indians and they are a trashcan – they are really dirty- all the flats smell like dirty socks, disgusting toilets etc. In north area the people are much cleaner, maybe for that reason they don’t mix them with us. Indians are so dirty that I understand why they have so many diseases of their skin. Russians are really clean and you can see them cleaning before leaving the place!

As always any contact with girls is prohibited, like helping a lady that can’t walk alone, but touching boys is absolutely accepted, if you want you can put your head on the legs of a men, grab his hand and sleep like this in front of the gods, but never try to help a girl if she needs to touch you more than 3 seconds! Indian culture. They have an area for the businessmen that own this place, with a great good quality building that looks great inside, with air conditioning (it was really difficult to get there unseen) and also all of them have expensive cars, furniture, luxury clothes etc. They change them to the plain white ones when they go to sell the word of their god. I saw one of them going out once a week with expensive silk and hands full of jewelry.

In mail exchanges with Miguel I asked about the Christmas rituals, Miguel wrote:  “No processions or anything like that. I think I made a mistake with my estimation of 60% (i.e. in the North blocks). I saw lockers in the rooms and I thought they were full -for that reason the 60%- but now I think it is impossible at all, because I didn’t see so many white people. North apartment blocks: but now I’m not sure of my estimation, because once we had problems with water for 3 days and they told us to go anywhere we wanted, and they never gave us higher than the 3rd floor. Both rooms looked as they were empty for a long time, because of the dust. On Sports day it was almost empty and they didn’t give breakfast.

Asked about foreign visitors, Miguel wrote: “I saw foreigners but wasnt like full of them, mostly Indians. I didn’t see any organised group from Russia. I wasn’t there in new year (I left the place for one week and came back). Russians, russians more russians even more russians, also russians (most of them female with a really interesting psychological profile), a few south africans, a family from Argentina, a few americans of both sex and no more than 8 from north european countries, also some australians but I’m not sure of that because they didn’t want to talk. They had there an “airport” for small planes near the city, few years ago it was working but now looks abandoned. Everything looks old and wasted and the water problems inside the flats, but the gardens look good, and if you compare with the ultra dirty india is like a paradise of silence and clean.

At first I wanted to speak with everybody to get as much information as I can, but they are really clever and wary and every time I stopped to speak with anybody of the organization one of their spies call to somebody that came “friendly” to listen everything and to speak with me, giving perfect answers for everything but artificial, because same questions to different people got the exact same words. Photography is prohibited but I took some of the statues, but sadly I couldn’t do it more than few days because they started to control me (I took pics clicking without looking but they aren’t stupid).

All of the shops were open and focused on russian customers, they even speak few words and they have a man that speaks  the language perfectly. They are traders in  gold, silk and only few sell pictures or stickers about SB. Maybe they are changing their business model: In russia they are really famous and they spend a lot of money, as I can see in the business around the place (they sell a lot of fake jewelry for few hundreds of dollars that worth maybe 20$, also fake silk and perfumes). There you can find a supermarket with everything you can need and a looooot of small business with DVD, food, also a cash machine the state bank of india and few companies as one electrical one, etc.

Asked about the volunteers – the Seva Dal – and who does the labour there, Miguel replied “Mostly the elderly but also there are some young people. In the canteens I only saw rich russians working, but for cleaning they have poor girls.  Yes, I found Seva Dals, but I only remember men.”

Everything has degenerated and changed for the worse, it certainly appears, for now that the cat is away, the mice can play. Nothing is heard of the once thriving Brindavan ashram at Whitefield these days, though it is devoid of foreign visitors. The Whitefield Sathya Sai College for Boys is off the map – not even traceable on the Internet, it still exists but no information about it is found.

I recommend reading  the informative comments made to the above news!

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