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Swami Nityananda – a deceiver and degenerate Hindu guru

Posted by robertpriddy on February 19, 2016

The Times of India has published an article listing four religious communities (mutts) over which Nityananda tried to gain supremacy through deception and subterfuge, including their entire wealth. The High Court of Madras rejected his submission that he was the head of these mutts in and around Tiruvarur. This comes a the latest in a very long series of exposures of the sheer degeneracy of a young man who poses as yet another religious guru and has successfully obtained a large following among the ever-gullible religious Indian populace. His dossier of sexual and criminal behaviour is extensive and large part of it are collected and can be studied here:-

High Court in Madras denies Swami Nityananda control of four religious communities (Times of India article)

Guruphiliac December 29, 2014 mysterious death report   Another Mysterious Death at a Nithyananda Ashram. A 24-year-old brahmacharini of Nithyananda ashram died suddenly and mysteriously in his Bidadi ashram.

Sex-guru Swami Nityananda claims impotence, but court demands test September 13, 2014

The controversial young guru (with a proven sexual appetite) who has been exposed widely in the Indian media and against whom the slow-grinding Indian legal system has in Bengalaru issued a non-bailable warrant  was issued (for failing to attend court). A sexual abuse complaint had been registered in 2012 by a lady who stated she had been repeatedly raped during a five-year stay at his ashram.

Non-bailable warrent issued against Nityananda and 5 others

Further proof that the noble and moral ‘spirituality’ is no more a part of the big godman business! At least, the good news is that the war between the wary modern Internet-educated people of the world and the bubble of power-hungry swamis & supporters in charge of various spiritual organisations, will help to remove this cynical exploitation of the vulnerable, defenceless and weak

Once again, the discredited ‘godman’ Swami Nityananda – the hypocritical ‘celibate swami’ who was exposed as secretly exercised tantric sex practices on devotees – is accused of abuse, torture, manipulation and complete brainwashing of children of his followers.  Nityananda denied the Child Welfare Department access to his ashram, so this should be a matter for the police, but so far he is free to continue this as no authority with real power is willing to take up the matter.

The Swami who is indicted for rape and ‘unnatural sex’ is now claiming to be the reincarnation of the famous supposed ‘avatar’, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It does not bother him, evidently, that it emerged in later years that Ramakrishna was most likely involved in homo-erotic acts. Nithya calls himself Ramakrishna’ (Express Buzz) Naveen Ammembala

Nityananda’s pleas rejected by Karnataka High Court. In a short video, indiatimes.com reported reported in a short video (2/12/2010) “The Karnataka High Court has rejected a plea by self-styled godman Nityananda for furnishing him a copy of the charge sheet by the CID in connection with the rape case. The CID has filed a charge.

The Indian actress Ranjitha has come under the spotlight after it emerged that rather than being a victim of the sting operation, she was allegedly the one who released the sex tapes with Swami Nityananda in public. Sources in the Tamil film industry say that Ranjitha, a mother of two, fell in love with Swami

Nithyananda claims not to have done anything wrong, yet he decided to carry out a ´sacrifice´(tapas) for “self-purification” (Source) Why this (absurd) ritual so if he was so pure and innocent already? Note that even the fame-seeking charlatan Indian guru, Ravi Shankar (i.e. not the wonderful musician!) claims that Swami Nityananda has “violated UNAIDS guidelines

The Indian website ‘Times Now’ have posted a video Nityananda, the swami accused of showing the interrogation of this swami accused of being involved in a sex scandal. These confessions are now on video, and an excerpt is shown. The following is a direct transcript of the presenter’s statement of key points…

Swami Nityananda is certainly a major deceiver, for he claimed to be a celibate and even that he is “not a man” (i.e. impotent), yet all the while he was holding classes in strict secrecy for disciples who paid well in which the tantrick (or tantric) sex was so extreme that his lawyers had drawn up an obligatory non-disclosure agreement for applicants

Swami Nithyananda applied for bail to the lower court but on May 6, 2010, the Ramanagara sessions court denied him bail because “Nithyananda and his disciples would tamper with the evidence.” The Public Prosecutor (Srirama Reddy) informed the court that Nithyananda’s victims were afraid to come forward as witnesses because the rich and influential followers of the godman were restraining them.

Having fled the arm of the law to the Himalayas, Nithyananda has been caught and removed into custody in Bangalore, awaiting trial (along with several of his associates). He is charged under section 295 (a) – deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief.

Swami made followers sign ‘sex contract’  NDTV Correspondent | Friday April 23, 2010

As investigation continues into the charges against the controversial Bangalore godman Swami Nityananda, it has emerged that the swami would make followers sign a “sex contract” at the time of joining to indemnify him from legal action.

Barry Pittard on sex abuses – Scouts, Nithyananda, Sathya Sai Baba April 1, 2010

In the current very promising awakening of the public and the media to more and more religious sexual abuse, Barry Pittard draws parallels and comparisons between some of the major cases in the public eye at present.

Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda – alias Rajasekaran, a native of Tiruvannamalai was caught on video in compromising situations with Tamil  actress Ranjitha and another woman. Serious complaints to the police were lodged by various persons, including Kannada actor Praveen and his ‘second-in-command; Lenin. Since then he has withdrawn into indeterminate spiritual seclusion’ and his main ashram…

Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda – alias Rajasekaran, a native of Tiruvannamalai was caught on video in compromising situations with Tamil  actress Ranjitha and another woman. Serious complaints to the police were lodged by various persons, including Kannada actor Praveen and his ‘second-in-command; Lenin. Since then he has withdrawn into indeterminate spiritual seclusion’ and his main ashram

“It is a big conspiracy. Images have been morphed to show that the person in the video is Swami Nityananda. He has not done anything wrong,” Swami Athmakrubananda, the official spokesperson of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, told reporters here. (from The Sisat Daily) The Nityananda case shows us yet again how blind believers in Indian gurus will take upon themselves to lie blatantly to preserve their illusions

Indian commentators, such as the presenter at IBN are finally asking why it is that so many Indian gurus have been convicted of adharmic (i.e. unrighteous) activities. The latest scandal, whatever the eventual outcome, has brought forth more allegations of Nityananda abusing women sexually, of murder attempts and an unexplained death at his ashram.

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Understanding religion – the origins and persistence of such diverse beliefs

Posted by robertpriddy on February 6, 2016

The Origins and Persistence of Religious Belief and Faith in God Wonder and awe at existence, at the world early humankind lived in and not least at ‘the heavens’ are common to us all and there is evidence that neolithic humans also had the capacity and the time for this. The human condition of not knowing the whys, hows and wherefores of being pertains even today, though is doubtless not so overwhelming as it once was. This awe cannot have been insulated from fear, which is so closely related to ignorance.

Otherworldliness and futile escapism It is almost unavoidable that a person  – even if not brought up to some religious faith and even well-educated in the relevant sciences – will sooner or later become interested in age-long traditions of many kinds that try to prepare those who aspire to greater understanding and realization of their own potentialities…

Can religion and ideologies lead to cognitive disorder? Religious faith depends upon a system of beliefs, not proven facts and certainly not scientifically verifiable facts. It depends on much more than belief as such. The influences of parents and the mental and emotional imprinting to which their children are subjected forms a basis – naive childhood acceptance of beliefs.

The agnosticism vs. atheism issue and and secularism Some key distinctions for the science-religion debates: If ‘atheism’ means “100% certainty or conviction that there is no god or cosmic intelligence which created or sustains the universe” then there must be few who can – on proper reflection – subscribe to its literal sense. To do so it to become a rigid know-all…

Religion as ’emulation of the adult by the child’ Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men have made in search of personal power, all of it mingled with shreds of enlightenment. And always the ultimate unspoken commandment is “Thou shalt not question!” But we question.

The brain as a belief machine Much has been discovered in recent times about how beliefs are formed, what conditions the process – especially through neurological studies.  I recommend the following work as an important contribution to the subject The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. By Michael Shermer.

The ‘Labyrinth fallacy’ in extensive belief systems  There are systems of thought and belief which are seldom easily recognised as being a convoluted circular ‘labyrinth’ of ideas. The logical fallacy involved is circularity or self-contradiction, but this is not easily detected because of the complexity and extended nature of the particular idea-system or ‘labyrinthine’ doctrine. Wherever there is a vast collection of thoughts, ideas, beliefs and practices which are based on speculative reasoning and unlikely assumptions, one can become lost to oneself.

Ten Reasons why unbelievers dislike religion Among the restrictions common to most mainstream religions are certain human values which are not recognised, causing the rejection of religion by those who lean towards modern humanitarianism, fairness and equality, avoidance of ideological conflict and and scientifically sound decisions.

The crucial ‘test of faith’ in religions, sects and cults Tests of faith are a part of all traditional religious views and doctrines and are invariably supportive of a priesthood, guru, church or religion. They are a very subtle means of manipulating the minds of guru-followers developed over many centuries, often embroiling people in mental networks of uncertainties and striving, which most likely bear no other fruits than keeping the ‘spiritual master’ in his fortunate, revered and comfortable position.

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Madhusudan’s remorseless self-interested ego exposed by former ‘brother’

Posted by robertpriddy on November 1, 2015

Ranganatha RajuAn acrimonious accusatory mail sent out by Muddenahalli Madhusudan’s former college ‘brother’ has been forwarded to me from a trustworthy former Sai student who knew both these ‘Sai brothers’ but who wishes to remain anonymous due to continued harassment by Sai Baba devotees. The writer of the revelatory mail below, Rangantha Raju, got his MBA in Economics from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and he is still a total ‘true believer’ in Sai Babla… in short, he is in total denial about all the revelations about the deceptions, charlatanry and criminal activities of his supposed ‘Avatar Creator of the Universe’! Here you get a real insight into the much-touted ‘brotherliness’ pertaining between privileged college inmates at the educational institutions of ill repute over which Sathya Sai Baba ruled with a charming smile, enforced seductive actions and an iron fist when challenged in any way.

AN OPEN LETTER TO MADHUSUDHAN NAIDU FROM HIS COLLEGE MATE:

Dear Madhusudan Rao Naidu brother, Sairam. I am sure you are very much active on facebook/whatsapp and reading this but with a fake account because you have now become a big time Avatar mightiest of all Avatars the Man kind has witnessed because only the PUREST souls (ROFL brother:))))) can bask in your divinity.
I learnt that you are visiting (along with your entourage) a Satya Sai School in Hyderabad on 3rd November 2015.
Do you remember the day in trayee when Swami posed for a photograph with your paintings of his bodily parents? You recreated his parents then and now you are recreating him too!!
In 2009 November we sat in my home for writing the alumni drama (we will talk about this shortly) and you told me two Swami’s quotes with some beautiful tweaks. You blushed and said you made those tweaks. But first you claimed Swami had done those.When I pestered with pointed questions, you just gave away. Remember?? I loved your creativity. And today its reeling out discourses just like the way Swami did. Wow!! You definitely have done a good homework thanks to Y (our) Guru Narasimha Murthy sir.
And now lets talk about the alumni drama. Both of us ideated, conceived the plot and wrote the script. You told me we were brothers not by blood but by bond and hence should share everything equally. I toiled equally with you -financially, physically, mentally (some say more, but its ok bro!).
On evening of 31st December the drama was staged in Swami’s presence. You decided to sit at Swami’s feet during the hour long presentation. But you asked me to be away at the back stage behind the back drop, far away even from a single sight of Swami (as I was to act a minor role). Remember how you convinced me to act a minor role? When I suggested that you too should act, you vehemently refused. Such a clinical precision in eliminating your brother (competitor?) to sit near Swami.
Drama was a great success. Swami loved it. Somehow in spite of his repeated queries you weren’t able to recall that I co-scripted the drama with you. Then Swami had to wait for the drama to end and trace me singularly to call me and speak. I knew our Mother Sai knows everything and I was least bothered when you planned to dominate in this plot in a plot. Even while He was speaking to me, remember how you intervened twice with an entirely different topic and Swami ignored you?
After the drama, the same night, I ended up in an unfortunate accident for no folly of mine(court too acquitted me as innocent!). Many brothers rushed to my help and some in-fact took blows from a misguided mob on my behalf. But you weren’t to be seen anywhere. In fact you didn’t even attend my call. Next morning, we had a brief hand shake for a moment. You asked me few customary questions and just vanished. All this not more than three minutes!! Three months of association to three minutes of acquaintance. Wow!!
Later I was also told that you suggested few elders that I would have been elated and drunk. Probably you would have forgotten that I refused the cakes (you bought me fortnight prior to this incident) because they contained egg. Did you really expect me to drink alcohol and drive the vehicle? Or was it yet another master stroke? But your suggestion to “few”, made me a rotten apple in the divine garden for “many” senior and prominent devotees. In fact you may not even know, one lady devotee came up to me and spat on me; one district president almost lost his post because he was seen moving with me in mandir!! By the way almost everyone who chided me, cited you as the role model that I should have emulated Now the same people will punch you on your face for the damage you are doing to Swami’s name.
Weren’t we a lovely pair of brothers sharing everything equally? You at the lotus feet, me at the backdrop; you the script writer, me a nobody; you the role model and me the denigrated canine.
(But Swami was kind. He put an end to this nightmare, few months later, in his own beautiful memorable way in front of thousands of onlookers)
After that I kept away from you in all efforts. I was happy in my own world of telugu dramas and Swami’s loving interactions.
You may not know I also lent my shoulder for my very dear senior and your ex-colleague to cry out the torture that you had put him through. He was also another unfortunate victim of your ambition. I am sure you remember how you had used sama, dana, bheda, danda and not to miss kama(lust) and many devotees know it by now. And to alienate him from your “boyfriends” in office.
And ultimately how your boss caught you off guard and in revenge how you stole away a rewarding contract and left the company.
Now as you come out each morning you will see hundreds watching you in reverence. Congratulations! They too are your victims. You sucked away “the idea of Swami” in them and you made them walking zombies.

You made Swami first a ghost (because only you can see Him), then transformed him into a spirit (because only you get possessed by Him) and ultimately replaced Him with you. You didn’t spare Him too. Foolish Lord!!
But these devotees are just kids. They can neither compete with you in dramatics nor in profession nor in popularity. Spare them please. Their hearts are innocent. My mother does not know the pain that I had gone through. Else her curses would have doomed you by now. Spare yourself from the curses of the mothers of these kids. Its not one or ten. Its hundreds. Apart from dividing the Sai Organisation you are also dividing SA families snatching children from their parents and some case parents fro children. The charisma of “disheartened ” elders like Narasimha Murthy sir, Mr. Tigrett (who am sure will read this between the lines) and others. And you will be doomed till eternity!!
Dear devotees we the alumni of Mother Sai’s university urge you not to believe Madhusudan as he is misleading you all with His scholarly and dramatics skills. Swami is not a ghost to be possessed even by His students. You will be doing a huge damage to your own spiritual path and also to the Sai Movement by believing Madhusudan and entourage
Your loving brother,
Ranganatha Raju

‘Your loving brother’ indeed! It was mandatory to pretend to congeniality and to love all serve all, and even the bitterest enemies among the invidious ‘brotherhood’ sustain that hypocrisy. 

See also a former student’s exposition of life and learning at the zero-ranking Sathya Sai colleges and university.
also see Deep schism between two major core factions in the Sathya Sai movement and Sai Baba’s ‘ship of fools’ moving to Muddenahalli

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Sai Baba failed mega-claims – a selection

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2014

Self-proclaimed Avatar and ‘Saviour of mankind’ claims defeated by events

The quotes of Sathya Sai Baba’s words below demonstrate his immoderately exorbitant claims about himself, his ‘divine glory’ and power, his prophesies of what he would certainly achieve and the utter transformation of the world he would bring about, often even ‘in a few days’. These claims are only a part of his all-encompassing self-praise and unprecedented assertions about his avataric qualities and mission. The obvious fact that they were never fulfilled as claimed or predicted speaks volumes about the abuse of faith and fraudulence upon which he and his collusive cronies lived.

(Click here to see the collected scans from original publications of the material presented below)

 

In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.” Discourse 16 March 2003 in Sanathana Sarathi, April 2003, p. 125.”

“In a few days the entire world will come here” His presence will be felt all over the world” – Sanathana Sarathi (Aug. 95) p. 203 & Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 28 p. 213

“My Name and Form will soon be found getting established everywhere. They will occupy every inch of the world.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 112 (p. 152 in USA edition)

“Sanathan Dharma… let Me assure you, will be re-established in all its glory throughout the world, so that the world might have peace and prosperity. That is the mission upon which I have come.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 80 (U.S. edition)

“This is a human form in which every Divine entity every Divine Principle…. are manifest” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8 p.99

“I am the embodiment of all Shaktis (powers) ” – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.114

Sai embodies all 4 values of Rama/Krishna etc. – Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2 p.113

“God can do anything. He has all power in the palm of His hand. My body, like all other bodies, is a temporary habitation but My power is eternal, all-pervasive, ever-dominant.” – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 136 (US edition)

“I had to come in this human form but with more than the human power and wisdom” – Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 309 (U.S. edition)

“I have resolved to enfold the people of the world in the fostering care of Universal Love as laid down in the Vedas. For the world is My mansion and the Continents are the halls therein. I have come to inscribe a golden chapter in the history of humanity, wherein falsehood will fail, truth will triumph, and virtue will reign. Character will confer power then, not knowledge or inventive skill or wealth. Wisdom will be enthroned in the Councils of Nations.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p.22 (US edition)

“Trust in My wisdom: I do not make mistakes. Love my uncertainty! For it is not a mistake. It is My Intent and Will. Remember, nothing happens without My Will. Be still. Do not want to understand; do not ask to understand. Relinquish understanding. Relinquish the imperative that demands understanding.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 47 (US edition)

“Tune in to My mighty Power which, compared to the power of the sun which I have placed in the heavens, is what a baby’s breathing is to a typhoon.” Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 122 (US edition)

“I am the inner spring in all that moves and exists. I am the energy, the power that propels and impels. I am the knower, the known and the knowledge. But, I do not display capriciously or confound you. I am an example, and inspiration, an instruction. My Life is a commentary on this message-” Day after Vijayadasami. 1970 Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Kasturi’s biography) – Vol 3 p. 122 (U.S. edition)

“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region.” (Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1978)

VHP’s leader Singhal Reported The VHP leader, while disclosing his discussion with Satya Sai Baba, said that Sai Baba had informed him that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be of Hindus and after 2030 the whole world would be of Hindus” (if unavailable see scan here or here)

“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi journal, 11 August 2001

“In fact, there is no trace of hatred or enmity in Me at any time. I love all. That is why everyone loves Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 36, p- 86 & 06/05/2003 http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume36/sss36-10.pdf) “… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262)

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” (Sathya Sai Baba Sanathana Sarathi 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam). (Also translated alternatively as “No one hates Me. I love everyone. All love Me.” )

“…all people love Me.” Sathya Sai Discourse, Convocation 22 November, 2008
“My construction will cover the entire Universe.” Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2.

“In a matter of days, you will see that the Divine glory will increase, imparting joy and bliss to all. All the unrest will soon be eradicated from the face of the earth.Sanathana Sarathi April 3003, p. 125

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Shiva-Shakthi and Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged self-healing in 1963

Posted by robertpriddy on November 7, 2011

Alexandra Nagel has written: “Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the famous Indian guru allegedly born in 1926 in Puttaparthi, a village in South India (now a thriving town) where he still resides in his ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam, ‘the Abode of Supreme Peace’. He is visited daily by thousands of devotees from all around the world. One of the many special, divine claims Sai Baba has made is that he is a combined incarnation of Shiva and his female counterpart, or consort, Shakti. Shiva is one of the trimurti, the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, who originated as the early Vedic god Rudra, a malignant storm god. Shiva is a destroyer and angry avenger, but also a benign herdsman of souls. With similar ambivalence, Shiva is associated with asceticism and yoga, and with the erotic. He is worshipped in the form of a lingam, the sacred phallus, or a lingam in the” yoni, the sacred representation of the female organ.”

Comment: Leaving aside the association of Sathya Sai Baba with the homo-erotic abuses of which he is very widely accused in sworn testimonies and affidavits,and also whether he was indeed born as a physical hermaphrodite (as some persons have independently claimed), let us look at the claims he himself made when he first announced he was the reincarnated embodiment of both Shiva and Shakthi, resulting from a boon granted to a sage by Shiva in the hoary past.

It is claimed that Sathya Sai Baba illustrated his powers by curing himself  of a severe stroke that he had allegedly suffered for eight days. By using one hand to sprinkle water on the paralyzed side of his torso, he recovered immediately. This he performed before thousands of people, then holding the discourse below in which he told why he had ‘taken on’ the stroke’. In this discourse he also told that he would reincarnate again as Prema Sai. 

Shiva Shakthi
quotes from Sathya Sai Baba’s Discourse Gurupournima Day, 6 July 1963. (see Sathya Sai Speaks III 5, 19.)

Shiva Shakthi quotes from Sathya Sai Baba’s Discourse Gurupournima Day, 6 July 1963. (see Sathya Sai Speaks III 5, 19.)

“This is not Swami’s illness; this is an illness that Swami has taken on in order to save some one. Swami has no illnesses, nor will he get ill at any time.”
Comment: “nor will he get ill at any time”. But dozens of newspapers and the Sathya Sai Hospital authorities constantly reported that he was suffering from multiple organ failure – heart, liver, lungs, kidneys! Whereupon he died (or was ‘disconnected from life support’ very conveniently on Easter Sunday (when Jesus was supposedly resurrected!).

“You must all be happy; that alone will make Swami happy. If you grieve, Swami will not be happy. Your joy is Swami’s food.” Sathya Sai Baba had repeatedly insisted in many public discourse that he is always happy, nothing ever impinged on his joy and bliss, not could it ever do so! He even said in public that he always “kept up a smiling face” (despite the strong criticism he was under!). His account continued:-


Excerpt from the Shiva-Shakthi Discourse also quoted here. NO SAI BABA WRITERS HAVE EVEN THOUGHT TO SUSPECT THAT THIS WAS CLEVER PLAY-ACTING TO REVIVE HIS FALLING POPULARITY AT THE TIME DUE TO CONTROVERSY ABOUT HIS MIRACLES ETC. HE WAS PRAISED WIDELY AS A CONSUMMATE ACTOR. HIS SERVITORS LIKE KASTURI WERE IN FEARFUL AWE OF CONTRADICTING HIM OR SUSPECTING HIM OF FRAUDULENCE (OR SEX ABUSES) EVEN IN THEIR PRIVATE THOUGHTS , SO HE COULD EASILY HAVE DRAWN THE WOOL OVER THEIR EYES. FURTHER, HIS DOCTORS WERE NEVER ALLOWED TO TOUCH HIM, AS CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTS TELL (SEE KASTURI). TO FAKE SEMI-PARALYSIS AND EVEN A HEART CONDITION ARE NOT EXTREME FEATS, ESPECIALLY IF HE KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT YOGA 8WHICH HE CLAIMED, VIRTUALLY, HE HAD ORIGINALLY INVENTED IN HIS ETERNAL ROLE AS DIVINE OMNISCIENT). THE STORY SEEMS VERY FAR-FETCHED, BUT SAI BABA LOVED TO RELATE FAR-FETCHED STORIES - ESPECIALLY ABOUT HIMSELF - TO ASTONISH HIS AUDIENCES.

“For those who have no refuge, God is the refuge (Dikku lenivaniki devude gathi). That is exactly the reason I had to take on the disease that one helpless devotee was to get. He had to suffer this dire illness, as well as the four heart attacks that accompanied it, and he would not have survived it. So, according to my duty (dharma) to protect devotees (bakthasamrakshana), I had to rescue him. Of course, this is not the first time that I have taken on the illness of persons whom I wanted to save. Even in the previous Sariram at Shirdi, I had this responsibility. The suffering that you saw was too much for this particular devotee, so I had to save him by going through it myself. This is my play (leela), my nature. It is part of the task for which I have come, sishyarakshana. People who were near me during the last week were asking me to give them the name of the person whom I had saved. I told them that it would make them angry against that person, for Swami, they would say, “had to undergo much pain in order to save that one person.”

“This is perhaps the longest period when I kept the devotees wondering and worried. That was because of the heart attacks, which had to come later on the devotee, from which also he had to be saved. Then, there is another reason why the 8-day period had to be observed. I shall tell you why. This means I must tell you about myself, about something I haven’t disclosed so far, something that I was keeping within myself for the last 37 years. The time has come to announce it. This is a sacred day, and I shall tell you.”

Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of the Avathaara. When I was upstairs all these days, some people were foolishly saying, “It is all over with Sai Baba,” and they turned back many who were coming to Puttaparthy! Some said I was in samadhi, as if I were a spiritual aspirant (sadhaka)!

Comment: It IS all over with Sai Baba now, and his influence is dwindling as seen by all the relative emptiness and unprofitability of Puttaparthi and Whitefield areas,complete lack of media interest, falling statistics on visitors to his sites etc. His minions who presided over his demise said he was in samadhi – and they even considered seriously burying him alive (see documentation), calling it the rite of ‘Sajeeva Samadhi’!

Some feared I was the victim of black magic, as if anything can affect me! The splendor of this Avathar will go on increasing, day by day. Formerly, when the Govardhanagiri (a mountain) was raised aloft by the little boy Krishna, the cowherd maids and boys (gopees and gopalas) realized that Krishna was the Lord. Now, not one Govardhanagiri but a whole range will be lifted, you will see! Have patience, have faith.

Comment: This was a typical excessive boast by the self-promoting God Incarnate Father who sent Jesus, Deity of Deities etc. ad. inf. He was affected greatly by his condition from his 85th birthday (when he cried in public, see 
Sathya Sai Baba crying (video)) to he removal to hospital, when he is reported by a very reliable devotee witness to have called out to devotees to save him (see documentation)!

 

 

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Belief and moralism in Sathya Sai Baba’s “5 human values”

Posted by robertpriddy on November 6, 2011

Surely we should never let our beliefs stop us from doing what is right and good. Religious beliefs are founded on uncertainty – not on knowledge, but on believing – and are therefore no secure or final criterion of what is right or good. Actions motivated by religious beliefs often conflict with knowledge, and religious morals are often distorted by the hegemony of faith and incomplete moral doctrine over common sense, consensus and shared human values. The nature of human values is much less simplistic than Sathya Sai Baba’s five badly-distinuished and limited values. Values are human ideals which vary in emphasis and application throughout the many cultures and sub-cultures of the world, not set in stone by any divine agency. They have universal features, but are not monolithic and clearly separate values, unlike the vaunted ‘five human values’ of Sai Baba. Those are explained in relation to very traditional and mostly religious examples and the moralizing manner in which they are presented by SB reminds more of a set of biblical Commandments than living ideals working within changing society and world civilisation. See HUMAN VALUES AS COMMON IDEALS AND PRACTICAL RULES OF BEHAVIOUR

Remaining Sai Baba devotees are not facing up to the values of truth, nor of righteousness and even love in that they continue to ignore those who have been harmed by Sathya Sai Baba’s actions (see here and here). As soon as one honestly examines the known facts, one can no longer believe that Sathya Sai Baba’s will should overrule all his followers’ actions and nullify their moral consciences.

The murders again – 1993 in Sai Baba’s private quarters and  The Murder evidence viewed and interpreted in detail

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Women, Sathya Sai Baba and male chauvinism

Posted by robertpriddy on October 31, 2011

There is something suspicious about Sathya Sai Baba’s continual praise for Indian women (it is evident from the contexts of his outpourings that he is always referring to them, not foreign women). What first strikes the eye is the chauvinism in expecting women to look after the household, bring up children and can work at jobs too only on top of all that. No female emancipation for Sai Baba!  It is well known from many reports that Sathya Sai Baba gave 90% of his attention to men and boys and behaved like a misogynist, which some of his students have reported on this blogsite too. The students of the Ananturpur College for Women had very infrequent visits to interviews, while boys were constantly included and visited in their campus most regularly by Sai Baba, also invited in groups almost every evening to his residence for talks. Many foreign women (and their husbands) complained constantly that they were repeatdly treated at his ashrams as second- or third-class citizens. They would have to sit on the floor and often at the back at most events.

In short, women were praised by him in public only insofar as they are 1) chaste 2) religious 3) home-makers 4) good child educators (i.e. upholders of the traditional values of Sai Baba’s strict requirement) and finally as good workers in certain jobs, but NOT as political leaders! Of the 365 days of the year, only ONE day was chosen for women to partake fully in the main ceremonies of the ashram… “Ladies Day”… November 19. A charade to keep up a façade if ever there was one: see Ladies Day – Sathya Sai Baba vs. Women’s Day and true female emancipation The values he claimed they embody – and other times said they should change themselves to embody – patience, fortitude, compassion, and sacrifice – are noteworthy because surely they the very qualities which have made women endure without revolt the vast injustices of patriarchal and male chauvinist societies throughout history. The sufferings that so many women face in India are legion: being made into social pariahs if their husband dies and they become widows (!), often being forced into ‘suitable’ marriages (and even still sometimes only as children), to being dominated by their husbands in most cases and to risk being set alight in their kitchens if they do not follow the family’s demands (bride murder). Female prostitution is a major unregulated and dangerous industry involving millions, often sold away from home and taken into brothels as children, often being forced to do back-breaking underpaid work in fields, mines, factories etc., not seldom being expected to produce sons only (and then – due to the huge rate of female infanticide in India, to kill their newborn girls). These are just some of the enormous hardships faced by millions… but where did Sathya Sai Baba ever speak up or give a moral teaching specifically about any of these shameful practises? Nowhere at all is the answer! 

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‘Cutting the Ties that Bind’ etc. by Phyllis Krystal

Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2011

Chris Doctor writes concerning my earlier posting on Phyllis Krystal:-

Though I heartily agree with the general purport of your posting, Robert, I think it is not altogether fair to say that Phyllis Krystal has based her life and work exclusively on Satyha Sai Baba. Fact is, she was well into higher planes of consciousness for a few decades already when she turned into an unquestioning follower of Sathya Sai Baba.

To illustrate my point I copied the following excerpt from her current website:

‘In the late 1950s, Mrs. Krystal and a close friend embarked on an experiment to make regular contact with an inner source of wisdom, which they eventually called the Hi C for Higher Consciousness. Since then, by consulting the Hi C, a visualization method involving the use of symbols has evolved. These techniques can be used to help those who wish to release from attachment to – or reliance on – any outer security or control, thereby freeing the individual to seek help and guidance from the Hi C rather than from these outer sources.

For more than 25 years, Mrs. Krystal has given seminars in numerous countries – primarily in Europe – to share the method. In addition she has offered individual sessions to outline a program for achieving more personal freedom. As word of this method spread, Mrs. Krystal received numerous requests to put it down in writing so the techniques could continue to help others, if and when she is no longer available.

Her first book, Cutting the Ties that Bind, was published in 1982, followed in 1990 by Cutting More Ties that Bind. A workbook to accompany these two books was also published. Her other books are Sai Baba, The Ultimate Experience, an account of her experiences with the Indian Master Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Taming the Monkey Mind; Re-Connecting the Love Energy; and Cutting the Ties of Karma. In addition two other titles have been published in India: Let’s Thank God and Ceiling on Desires. These books have been translated into many languages, thereby enabling the method to be shared with even more people worldwide.
To further the expansion of the method, in 2008 and 2009 Mrs. Krystal offered a more intensive teaching course, which will be repeated during 2010 and 2011 for those who were unable to participate in the first series, as well as other interested people.’

Mrs. Krystal, now 97 years of age and residing in Zurich, Switzerland, is still in the business of spreading her method, to the tune of 540 Euro per session, no less!! I had the dubious fortune myself to be the recipient of her ‘individual’ counsel back in the late eighties, when she was one of the main figureheads and ‘middle-(wo)men’ between His Holiness Sai Baba and His more common, well-educated Western devotees: to sum my interview with her up in a nutshell, it was little more than the cultlike, spiritistical drivel you can expect from any con artist from all over the world, with the possible exception that she seems so self-deluded that she utterly believes in her ‘high connections’. By not retracting her support to His Late Greatness Sai Baba, and not addressing the very serious charges made against the notorious master and/or downplaying them, she is in my opinion guilty of a grave sin of omission.

Personally I find it both sad and ironic, that Mrs. Krystal, as so many other ‘otherworldly’ celebrities, seems to have so eerily much in common with her more down-to-earth equivalents, especially in their never ending desire to accumulate exorbitant amounts of money. In itself this is maybe not surprising but the incongruence between her adamant advocacy of practicing ceiling on desires on the one hand and her greed and implicit self-aggrandizement on the other strikes me as particularly poignant. The fact that Mrs. Krystal demands such ludicrous fees for advice she proclaims does not even stem from her individually takes the whole business to a height of (a high C of) hypocrisy, only topped by amoral mortals like her master himself, as far as I am concerned.

from Chris Dokter, The Netherlands.

Yes, Chris… I agree with it all. But Mrs. Krystal’s first book (Cutting the Ties that Bind) was written long after she became a Sai devotee. Its contents are virtually all Sathya Sai Baba doctrine, clothed in her interpretations of this from her New Age interest in symbols, the I Ching, the meaning of dreams and ‘visualisation’ techniques and much else yet more esoteric. Nothing ground-breaking nor in the least new to me – over simplistic and too unself-critical, I recognised -as I had already long studied symbols, dreams, visualization… and meditation (as did countless others who became seekers from  the 50s and 60s). She was into reading about ‘high C’, I can agree. But otherwise? Well, she first heard of Sathya Sai Baba in 1972 and was impressed by his eyes in a book were very penetrating, whereupon she became “fascinated”. She had an apartment as soon as the third Roundhouse opened (We stayed in it shortly thereafter). I was present in the interview in 1986 where Mr. and Mrs. Krystal first gave Sai Baba at copy of her Baba hagiography, somewhat boastfully called “The Ultimate Experience” (nothing in the book gave any sense that Phyllis K. had any ultimate experience, not did my subsequent contacts with her convince me that she had any form of higher awareness, in fact – more to the contrary. Further, her husband was a multi-millionarie – who collected crystal glass (!!) – and had a huge and very valuable collection. It was totally destroyed, along with her house, in the San Fran. earthquake. She was a Sai-vip and no mistake, but while teaching (preaching) on ‘Ceiing on Desires’ in Copenhagen she was living at the very most expensive hotel in that city! She was born in UK and her way of speaking and behavioural traits told me instinctively just where she was coming from (it’s like that sometime with people have have grown up in the same environment) By then she had taken on a layer of new persona in the US an accent and the near-gushing Californian New Age style (on stage, at least). Her presence was such that jarred with any idea of her having become very enlightened. I felt repeatedly that she was playing a preset role ( if she had reached any “high-C”.  it must have been quite temporary, as I find to apply to virtually all cases of exceptional states of consciousness until otherwise proven).

Robert

Chrisdokter then said:-

Yes, Robert, you’re fully in the right that Mrs. Krystal wrote her first book some ten years after becoming enamored by Sai Baba. I knew of her association as early as 1979 myself, little less than two years before I embarked on my first trip to India on my own to see what I thought was an enlightened master. Meanwhile, her star in the West was rising steadily. Her books were introduced in the Netherlands quite early, and received a great deal of attention. When I met her privately, during a seminar in Belgium in the mid eighties, she protruded this very distinct, refined and sensible-like air of a somewhat elderly, distinguished English lady, a persona she shed later on. I remember having lively debates with the much loved, late Leo Boogaard e.g. about the starstruck elegance and position she gained here in the West. I met her a few more times during those days, and I myself also noticed that she seemed to live a life of luxury. And no doubt, whether through design or through sheer gullibility and smittenness, combined with a tremendous boost of ego (and bank account?), she acted as an unquestioning Sai Baba-VIP indeed, grandly announced, and for countless years, as though everyone should be extremely privileged to meet this highly evolved lady. I had had enough by then, being knowledgeable both in esoteric matters for a very long time and a trained psychologist. All in all, you could say, just another case of selfdelusion, were it not for the harm she did to many individuals who talked to me later on, and were guiltladen or confused after her quack counsel. Some doubts people had she assuaged, another of her questionable blessings come to think of it…
Chris Dokter

I was not aware that she had gained popularity with her ‘method’ before the publication of ‘Cutting the Ties…’ When I researched her work, there was no mention of that to be found anywhere I looked. As I said, there are many signs that give away to born English people the origin and background of their countrymen. This is essentially a result of the famously strict and very deep-rooted class prejudices which made almost everyone in the country hyper-sensitive to language inflections (and still do) and other signs. Many people try to pass themselves off with “language face-lifts” and other changes as someone “better” (in class terms) than they are. As a result, intuition about people is enhanced from childhood onwards… and I would say this is also behind the very accurate and convincing level of character acting in film, theatre and TV, with such huge resources of people to draw on when casting. This also forms the basis of much popular comedy there which foreigners frequently find somewhat incomprehensible. There are many shows which are non-exportable due to that. All that is how I was suspicious of her from the first time I heard her.
As you may know, her husband did not believe all in Sai Baba, although he met him at at least one interview together with Mrs. Krystal. Rather curious and possibly telling fact, I’d say. Perhaps they had succeeded in cutting the ties that bound them?
Robert

Sai Baba teachings childsplay, claims Phyllis Krystal

Phyllis Krystal and Sai Baba Youth, UK.

 

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Sai Baba teachings childsplay, claims Phyllis Krystal

Posted by robertpriddy on October 28, 2011

Phyllis Krystal, the prolific and most uncritical propagator of Sathya Sai Baba’s “teachings” claimed that they are so clear that a child can understand them and follow them. Were that so, it would be a real problem for anyone who would take them seriously in an adult world! However, the much-trumpeted teaching are superficial when they are simple… known to most devotees only in the form of aphorisms, a few sayings and statements. When they are not simple outpourings of the wonderful ‘eternal’ nature of universal love for God (i.e. for Sai Baba himself not least) and not least its otherworldly benefits, they are often little more than penny proverbs (eg. ‘see, hear, speak no evil’, ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’, ‘nature is the best teacher’). However, those who study the discourses and books by Sai Baba in any detail will soon find his “teachings” to be an amalgam of all manner of religious speculations, overwhelmingly of ancient Hindu origin or taken without acknowledgement from Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Shivananda and other Indian figures. The teachings are often inseparably intertwined with mythological stories, or contemporary sayings and beliefs that circulate among the Indian populace, spiced with what amount to Indian ‘urban myths’ (known to those who have mixed with the lower classes of Indians, such as I did when a young officer cadet on a ship with an Indian crew). Sai Baba also promotes diverse and often mutually inconsistent Hindu theologies and philosophies with convoluted speculations, from the Vedas to advaita… not as “clear and simple” as children can understand, nor even at least 90% of adults. This cult of the simple and psychologically superficial is Krystal’s forte. 

Phyllis Kristal is known for having based her life and work exclusively on Sai Baba, writing books with spiritual advice of a simpler but as unrealistic content and Sai Baba usually expressed. She has no known qualifications as a psychologist or recognised practitioner of professionally accepted therapy, which is all too evident from her writings and also from her various talks to audiences of Sai Baba devotees. Her writing can be classified as New Age non-realism, the excessively positive thinking (Pollyanna) approach to problems, seeing them as overwhelmingly due to wrong thinking and attachment to desires and habits, nothing more. Her titles encapsulate the essence of her philosophy (‘Cutting the Ties that Bind’ and ‘Taming Our Monkey Mind’) She also made it known to devotees – including those who were defecting after the wave of sex abuse testimonies appeared on the Internet, that she accepts that Sathya Sai Baba molests young men and boys sexually, but attributed it to the fact that he is God and God can do anything since his ways are inscrutable. This belief has been stated in terms of (pseudo) Hindu theology by a person calling himself Datta Swami, as shown on a recent blog here.

See also Phyllis Krystal: Sathya Sai Baba believer

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Delhi University in row over Ramayana epic

Posted by robertpriddy on October 25, 2011

The BBC reports on a major conflict essentially over whether the Ramayana is correctly represented by Hindus in India, or whether it has been changed and arisen in many different versions:- ” A row has broken out in the Indian capital over whether Delhi university should teach a controversial essay about the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The essay by the well-known scholar AK Ramanujan was dropped from the history syllabus earlier this week after protests from Hindu hardline groups. The article describes 300 different retellings of the epic story found in India and other Asian countries. Protesters say the versions recounted in the essay offend Hindu beliefs. Entitled “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation”, the essay has been part of the university’s history course since 2006. Hindu groups have protested against its inclusion since 2008. Following an order from the Supreme Court, an expert committee was formed to look into the issue. Last week, three of the four committee members recommended that the essay should remain part of the syllabus. Nevertheless, the university’s academic council [which decides the syllabus] voted to drop the essay from the syllabus earlier this week.” READ REST OF ARTICLE HERE

One should realise that the Ramayana is one of the most revered scriptures in India and probably a majority of Hindus take it as gospel! It is again coming under the same historical, scientific scrutiny as biblical text have, and the results are – not surprisingly – similar as regards the authenticity and authorship of the various versions. Sathya Sai Baba often presented the Ramayana stories as literally true, even saying he was there in the figure of Rama himself. Devotees are programatically obliged to believe that if they are to be reckoned as being good disciples with sufficient unquestioning faith in the omniscient avatar. The sublime soon becomes the ridiculous where mulish defenders of the truth of ancient scriptures are involved, whatever the religon.
See also:
Sathya Sai sees Hanuman as a real figure
Sai Baba declares he is Vishnu and Krishna come again
How can so many Indians be fooled so much of the time?

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More false, impractical advice from Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 24, 2011

Every so often I get comments and e-mails directing me to follow Sai Baba’s advice and speak softly, kindly, obligingly and not use harsh words. Many of these requests are from devotees who at the same time denounce, accuse, vilify, and attack me in very harsh terms, and sometimes denounce others in similar terms! It is quite remarkable how devotees are so blind as to do the very thing they claim is sinful, evil and so on as if in the same breath! Sai Baba was no exception… he spoke in very harsh terms of his critics – outright lies about them doing so for money! At the same time he was ever advising everyone as in the quote taken here from one of his discourses in Sanathana Sarathi:

That wounds by words can never be healed is utterly unreasonable, as anyone with an ounce of sense can soon establish! He based his advice originally on the penny proverb of the “three wise monkeys” – no wiser than monkeys indeed!  He would tell people at interviews that they had “monkey minds” (so as to raise a laugh).  When someone said she had a ‘monkey mind’ Sai Baba told her “No. A MAD monkey mind!” Big laugh!  (Yet in the last analysis he clearly had about the maddest monkey mind possible!)

It was an insidious ploy to quell all criticism against himself (first and foremost). To follow this bogus ‘divine, sublime advice’, one will soon come to view immoral and criminal acts as not being such at all, but as being blameless, not to be mentioned or investigated. Yet worse, on the same principle if really followed it, one may even tend to see them as inherently good (SB has stated that everything in the universe is actually good – while also saying there is no such thing as good or bad in reality!) This explains why those who know SB to be a sexual abuser still condone it as being the will of God, or at best, something the true meaning of which we cannot understand. See  Sathya Sai Baba: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”

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India’s legal system covering up for many gurus

Posted by robertpriddy on October 23, 2011

Kristina Jure from Lithuania made a thought-provoking comment to yesterday’s posting as follows:-
“I just was figuring out what impact on all of those who were present and involved in Baba’s sexual abuse did the cold blood murder episode could have. On their consciousness and subconsciousness… Their feeling of any security vanished then because they clearly saw by their own eyes that there was NO justice and i can really imagine ho afraid are people to speak up after all this incident. No leagal investigation, no nothing – as devotees could clearly see, they simply wiped the bood from the floor and THAT’S IT. From this point on this crime could have been investigated only by the Interpol due to the fact of murder of the Swiss lady or some other pretext on international grounds. The inner legal system in India is not worth longer discussion: you can see this widespread business of Swamises everywhere all over India from Hialayas down to South. They pretend to live on only solar energy and not being able to speak due to their silence vows and thus collecting money from gullible spiritual seekers infused with all those lies from sai baba writings: gods live in India. The most perfect sharlatans most surely live and dwell in India… This is their national property like green parks and preservs in Europe.”

Comment: The murder of the Swiss lady was done by two young Puttaparthi village men. They were apprehended and jailed. Some weeks later they ‘escaped’ and have not been sought or found since.  According to my source, V.K. Narasimhan, the police let them go in return for the hiding place of the money they killed the lady for – some Rs. 80,000.-. The knowledge of this corruption was the lever used by Janakiramiah, Joga Rao and other ashram and Trust officials to force them to execute the four young men in cold blood. It has proven most difficult for the relatives of those suffering fatal accidents at the ashram, disappearances or murder to obtain adequate help from Indian authorities. Proving this to the world was the infamous case of the all round cover-up of the internationally-reported murder of a British girl at Goa proves. See Top people protected from prosecution in India and Will India clean up its Augean police and political stables?

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Sai Baba on seeking pardon and accepting punishment

Posted by robertpriddy on October 22, 2011

“Actually, one should never seek pardon for the mistake committed. One should be prepared to undergo the punishment. Only then can one be free from defects.”
Sanathana Sarathi August 2001 p 229ff

Now we can say that Sathya Sai Baba kept his own words insofar as he never sought pardon for mistakes committed. He was not prepared to undergo the punishment for his defects, and so he moved “heaven and earth” to get the government to quash the investigation of the murders in his bedroom where he stood by and let his brother order the police to kill 4 students in cold blood! Not to mention the many other crimes for which he could never be brought to book due to top level protection by both government and judiciary. If you know the material already, please ignore it… but these facts and documentations cannot be repeated often enough for the sake of new visitors.

ASHRAM MURDERS
SIX DEVOTEES OF SATHYA SAI BABA WERE MURDERED ON JUNE 6TH 1993, NO OFFFICIAL INVESTIGATION WAS COMPLETED SINCE THE GOVERNMENT QUASHED THE CBI INVESTIGATION. NO CHARGES WERE BROUGHT.

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More Sathya Sai Organization propaganda on village regeneration

Posted by robertpriddy on October 21, 2011

Among recent events reported by SSB official news were the Grama Seva 2011 Project (28.09 – 5.10) See http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/Announcements/CTPressRelease03aOct2011.html http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/Announcements/CTPressRelease03aOct2011.html and Avatar Decalaration Day (20.10) http://www.saibabaofindia.com/20th-october-Avatar-Declaration-Day-Sri-Sathya-Sai-Baba.htm http://www.saibabaofindia.com/20th-october-Avatar-Declaration-Day-Sri-Sathya-Sai-Baba.htm.  These two events taken together lead to a question about the meaning of the Grama Seva Project.

As it was reported the Grama Seva as a project started in 2000, the most unfavourable year for Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation (‘The Findings’ by David Bailey and the failure of the so-called UNESCO conference due to their having withdrawn on account of the sex abuse allegations through direct reference to several of the accusers). In 2011 the Project covered 145 villages with about 350 000 houses in the areas around Puttaparthi, Bukkapatnam and Kottacheruvu (http://saiprema.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/prashanti-news-grama-seva-to-start-from-the-28th-sept-2011-christmas 2011/ http://saiprema.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/prashanti-news-grama-seva-to-start-from-the-28th-sept-2011-christmas-2011/). Volunteers distributed hundreds of thousands packs with rice, sweets and clothes. Of course the villagers were happy. But what is the deeper meaning of this service? What is a perspective for the villagers? 300 grams of rice and a dhoti once a year will not change radically their situation. Even if it has been done for 10 years. Apparently, there is even a special Trust for this project http://sathyasaigramasevatrust.org/inception.html” http://sathyasaigramasevatrust.org/inception.html. However, the latest reported activities are from 2006! 

Many years ago it was claimed by Indulal Shah – backed up by the Sathya Sai Organization – that a project to regenerate 6000 Indian villages was underway. V.K. Narasimhan (one of the very few frequently outspoken persons very close to Sai Baba and in the know) informed me privately that the project petered out quickly after a large number of ‘delegates’ had been to the ashram for a few days of free lunches – it was in fact what Narasimhan called “a washout”, which ceased within the first year of its inception in 1985. This village project is still trumpeted as a divine success in Sai Organisation literature, information brochures and on web pages.  Details of this project can be read here

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Movie on Sathya Sai Baba launched

Posted by robertpriddy on October 20, 2011

All dancing, all singing, all cover-up Bollywood-type promo?

A large number of films – sold mostly as videos – have already been made about Sathya Sai Baba – but none have had the success and world-wide audience that the BBC 1-hour documentary achieved. (See here). So his followers intend to try to make a full-length film to promote him as a philanthropist, miracle man etc. There will be no mention, we can be assured, of the large number of sexual abuse allegations that the Supreme Court rejected out-of-hand, nor the infamous murders in his bedroom while he stood by and was implicated but protected by the Indian government, nor the fraudulent ‘materializations’ also caught on diverse film clips and videos, nor yet of the gigantic claims of being the Incarnate Godhead, Creator of the Universe and countless other impossible fantasies he promulgated about himself and his works (see some here). The article about this film went on to state:-

“The film will be directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, the Telugu filmmaker. He announced “This film will showcase the services done by Sai Baba and his love for the people. Puttaparthy became world famous only due to Satyasai. We are making this film in many languages. A prominent actor is going to essay the role of Sathya sai. We will announce the complete details of it soon”

This film will doubtless appeal to hard-necked devotees and a section of Indian religious nationalists, but one may predict that it will not be a success outside India and some of the diaspora. Not after all that has now become know and reportedly made Sathya Sai Baba a despised person in much of India, especially the North. Perhaps they might do better if they got the services of a major figure like Johhny Depp, Sean Connery or some similar unexpected figure to play the Divine fraud!

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