Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba imitators and parasites galore

Posted by robertpriddy on September 22, 2010

The new Sai Baba of Nepal.

The Nepali Sai Baba enthroned before his adoring masses

Sathya Sai Baba has had such success – not least in deceiving a very large number of religious seekers – that he has started what could be considered a particular guru brand “Sai Baba”, which numerous others have imitated. In 1994 at Kodaikanal, while driving to darsan at the Sai ashram there, the occupants of my taxi exploded with laughter when we passed a young replica of Sathya Sai Baba looking very like him when young. He was striding along confidently, but this was temporary as he was stopped at the gate and kept out for trying to ridicule Sathya Sai Baba.

There is a Sathya Sai Guru Gallery of impostors one can see here. Among the most exhaustive copyists, complete with all the trappings, poses, educational institutions, youth wing – you name it – is Bala Sai Baba, who has a huge complex modelled on Prashanthi Nilayam, also in Andhra Pradesh.

Now, however, a new competitor comes on the scene. As one can see from the photos here, he adopts poses of Sathya Sai Baba well-known from the massive photo gallery of him. Hanky to the mouth, padnamaskaar by devotees as darshan, ‘thoughtful pose’ with finger on chin, ‘Sri Sai seva’  and much besides. There is an absolutely hilarious video of this Nepali Sai Baba,  on You Tube at

Some photos of the new 'Sai Baba' of Nepal.

Doesn't he just look a darling? All that wonderful hair... how does he do it?

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Dictator Idi Amin – Sai Baba’s warm recollections

Posted by robertpriddy on August 26, 2010

In a discourse he held on Christmas Day (25/12/2006) Sathya Sai Baba recounted his visit to East Africa – including Uganda – in 1968. During this he spoke most affirmatively about the brutal despot and Dictator Idi Amin (and this on Christmas Day of all days of the year!). Idi Amin was a self-admitted murderer who had at least five wives and 23 children (plus hundreds of ‘lady friends’), who fed enemies to crocodiles, reportedly kept some of his victims in his deep freezer, and – according to persistent reports of his staff who escaped – even tasted human flesh!
Sai Baba’s praises of Amin were eagerly promoted on the worldwide broadcasts of propagandistic Radio Sai and on the Sai Baba official website by his main propagandist, Dr. G. Venkataraman (also former contributor to India’s nuclear bomb ‘himsa technology’), who thus also evidently accepts that Idi Amin was a Sai-devotee of some stature! His lack of judgement matches that of his ailing Lord God, the evidently failing Sai Baba. That was too much even from a myth-deluded and truth-challenged ‘scientist’ who avoids all important criticisms to his cover-up and has never dared tell anything he knows of Sai Baba’s well-known private doings and the many reliable allegations about them. Perhaps he admires Idi Amin for his lead in such censorship and cover-up? Here is what he wrote about Sai Baba’s fond reminiscences in his 2006 Xmas Day discourse:-

Excerpt from official Sathya Sai propaganda pages on the web
COMMENT: Note how the besotted writer (no doubt Dr. G. Venkataraman, who decides on all publicity matters anyhow) of the above claims that not only people but the animals (wild) of Africa are “devoted to Swami”. Sathya Sai Baba has encouraged this codswallop in line with his original claim to be the creator of the Universe. “They raised their trunks in veneration and paid obeisance to Swami” we are told. But how did the writer know what the elephants were thinking? Well, the animals would have to worship their creator, wouldn’t they? It is laughable in the extreme.

The enthusiasm about the “moment of moments” when Sai Baba “related how Mr. Idi Amin was very fond of him” – and how Sai Baba gave him double daily doses of darsan!” Amin’s devotion “melted the heart of Swami” (I ask you – or was it mutual flattery?) – yes, this most horrific of ghastly rapists, torturers, killers, the sweet-hearted Idi Amin had to be given the blessing of another day’s stay from Swami! Sai gave apples to the crocodiles which were too”captivated by the divine darsan” even to eat the apples. Probably crocs to not like or eat apples – but now, Amin knew their tastes better than that. He gave them human flesh!
Sai Baba propounded that there is no feeling of hatred in these animal (which is reasonable as they are predators naturally) but – and this is another ‘moment of moments’ in Sathya Sai Baba’s down-putting of his fellow-men and -women, therefore “The noble qualities in these animals are not even to be found in human being”! All this is sheer comedy, but it has a very sinister message if you stop to think about it

Swami’s Christmas Discourse 2006

“Some years ago, when I went on a tour to East Africa, several Africans came to Me for darshan. Each one of them prayed, “Swami! Please spend some time with us”. There were a few hundred children among them. All of them had their vision glued to My form. You know the then President of Uganda, Mr. Idi Amin. He was a military officer. He was young and very energetic then. He was tall and hefty. He had a number of wives. He was very fond of Swami. He used to have the darshan of Swami both in the morning and evening. I was very short before that giant. The sight of Me beside him was like the view of a deer by the side of a camel. People were surprised at his love and devotion towards Swami. He was well educated and was the President of his country, Uganda. He was known for his stern nature. Such a person shed tears when I started on My return journey. He told Me, “Swami! I have never shed tears since my birth. Today, I am very sad and have a feeling of separation because Swami is leaving us.” He covered his face with a handkerchief so that others may not notice his feelings. His hands were very strong. He held My hands firmly, expressing thanks for My visit. He also prostrated before Me. He held My feet so tightly that it became difficult for Me later to climb the ladder for boarding the aeroplane. At the time of My departure, he pleaded with Me “Swami, I will surely come to have Your darshan shortly. Otherwise, You please visit our country again. I cannot bear the separation from You.”
The situation in Uganda then was such that he could not leave the country. During My stay in Uganda, he planned to host a dinner for Me in his house. He therefore came to the house of Dr. Patel to personally enquire about the arrangements to be made in this regard. He collected all information as to how to organise the dinner, what should be the menu, who are to be invited as guests, etc. He arranged for brand new utensils for cooking various dishes. He also arranged for new tumblers for the guests. Finally, when I visited his palace for the dinner, all his wives stood in rows on either side and greeted Me with veneration. He introduced them to Me, one by one. I stayed in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The last day was Guru Purnima, an important occasion for Sai devotees. I had earlier promised to return to Bombay by that date. But, the Africans did not allow Me. They fell at My feet and prayed: “Bhagawan! Please spend this holy day with us”, with tears in their eyes. In answer to their prayers I stayed back to spend Guru Purnima with them.”

“On that day, they wished to take photos with Me. I told them that they might silently pray in their hearts so that their request would be fulfilled. To their joy, each one of them found a photo with Swami standing beside them. The devotion of Africans is indescribable. Even now, I feel very happy when I think of their devotion. My next visit was to the country of Tanzania. There also, everyone who came to have My darshan felt very happy. Ladies and gents came in large numbers to welcome Me, wearing their traditional dresses. They danced in ecstasy on seeing Me. On the day of departure, just before the plane took off, all of them stood in front of the aircraft and pleaded with Me, “Swami! You should not go from here. You must be here only.” How can I accede to their request? I had to leave. The pilots and other officers in the airport counselled them saying, “You should not obstruct Swami’s aircraft like this. This is not good.” They then moved away. I was observing all this from the window of the aircraft. Finally, when the plane started to take off, many of them nearly fainted in grief. That scene was fresh in My memory till I reached Bombay.”

“During that trip, I visited three countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. They are all neighbouring countries. I was very happy and felt deeply touched at the devotion of African people. During My return journey, the aircraft was filled to the brim with the articles gifted by the African devotees. What are those gifts any way? They brought all sorts of articles like dinner sets and tea sets in gold colour. They are still with Me. We are making use of them while hosting high dignitaries like Prime Ministers and Governors.”


Rumours about Sai Baba’s intervention to delay expulsion of Asians from Uganda rebutted.
Idi Amin acting on God\s orders… his guru Sai Baba?

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


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Police expert on security at Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on August 14, 2010

V.J. Ram (aka Janakiram) was a senior Indian CID officer who received the President’s Police Medal for having solved many difficult cases. His book on ‘The Godmen of India’ is extremely revealing, especially as regards the long history of criminal incidents connected to Sathya Sai Baba and his coterie. His sensational book is about several ‘godmen’ in India into whom he has investigated and found to be bogus and surrounded by criminal allegations with much circumstantial evidence to uphold them.

see  Security at Prashanthi Nilayam 

See also BBC Interview (plus video clip) on the cold-blooded murders in Sai Baba’s apartment with V.P.B. Nair, Former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh State

Overview – the 1993 bedroom murders and follow-up Further to this The 1993 murder episode graphically explained Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 1 On how I came to learn of the murders in the bedroom of Sai Baba, and how – despite misgivings – I rationalized the matter for some years until I was awoken to the realities by V.K. Narasimhan’s private confidences. Also: Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 2  The Godmen of India’ can be ordered here – click

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Narcissism – the bane of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 16, 2010

Psychopathy Checklist: Useful as an aid for those who might wish to examine the character of Sathya Sai Baba from a non-worshipping viewpoint:-

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) The narcissist is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, and prestige.

Narcissistic personality disorder is closely linked to self-centeredness “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.”[(

Comment: If Sathya Sai Baba has no need for admiration, why does he still allow people to touch his feet, and set going massive set-pieces where it is all about worshipping him – such as his birthdays, which all ashram residents know are his will, not theirs. The birthday crowds, including thousands of villagers who mostly come for an outing and any handouts that are going, cause huge disruption in their lives for days, and the dust is always metres high bearing sicknesses. He has said he does not know what suffering is, which explains why he lacks empathy for the poorest and maimed who really suffer and sit for year upon year at daily darshan hoping for help without any tangible results. Meanwhile, Sai Baba lavishes his time on the rich and successful, especially the famous… and the boys he is widely reported as abusing behind closed doors.

Theodore Milton identified five subtypes of narcissist – Any individual narcissist may exhibit none or one of them:-

unprincipled narcissist – including antisocial features. A charlatan – is a fraudulent, exploitative, deceptive and unscrupulous individual.

fanatic type – including paranoid features. A severely narcissistically wounded individual, usually with major paranoid tendencies who holds onto an illusion of omnipotence. These people are fighting the reality of their insignificance and lost value and are trying to re-establish their self-esteem through grandiose fantasies and self-reinforcement. When unable to gain recognition of support from others, they take on the role of a heroic or worshipped person with a grandiose mission.

Comment: Right from childhood Sathya Sai Baba has tried to dominate everyone around him – as the early lady devotee Smt. Vijaya Kumari (Vijayamma) has testinfied at length and convincingly in her book ‘Without you refuge there is none’). . He was regarded by some of his family and neighbours as a divine incarnation, most likely because he was born a physical hermaphrodite (independent reports in public of his having both genitalia are several) and so seemed to medically naive and unknowing villagers to be an incarnation of both Shiva and Shakthi – or Shiva and Parvathi… as he also claims to be.  Any child born in Indian villages with extra limbs or organs is sadly most often worshipped as a divinity even today. He certainly capitalized on this belief in the village, and one supposes he was fighting back because he was reportedly bullied at school and also by relatives who maltreated him badly.

Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD)  is a personality disorder recognized in the DSM-IV TR handbook in a person over the age of eighteen years as characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction.

Comment: Sathya Sai Baba cannot stand anyone who questions him in the slightest negative sense (in interviews not least) and reportedly shown real anger towards those who do. Because he always preached never to criticize anyone, that he was angry about critics and beat his lectern  in his infamous discourse of Christmas 2000 definitely showed extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation. He is reported to “sit and cry all day” by an Indian lady who claimed to know this from his closest servitors. He has also stated that, though he is under severe criticism, he keeps up a smiling face. However, no image of him since around 2006 can validate that, on the contrary!
the checklist assesses glib and superficial charm, grandiosity, need for stimulation, pathological lying, conning and manipulating, lack of remorse, callousness, poor behavioral controls, impulsivity, irresponsibility, failure to accept responsibility for one’s own actions and so forth. The scores are used to predict risk for criminal re-offence and probability of rehabilitation.

Comment: Reports that Sathya Sai Baba is so full of love and care are refuted by virtually all those – often long-term followers – who left him. Only those who have freed themselves from the indoctrination and self-programming that is part and parcel of belonging to the movement and realised that ‘all that glitters is not gold’ applies with full force to Sai Baba can see clearly that his charm is superficial. He keeps people at arms length – except young men he likes as long as they remain with him (most leave after some time, except the captive students). He drops and neglects people as soon as he chooses, he makes many irresponsible promises – and knows he can get away with nearly all of them because of the mythology around himself and the impenetrable veil of secrecy he has mostly managed to maintain with fearful servitors unable to contradict a single word of his, fearing banishment and worse (even believing that their own future lives will be ruined!). His glibness is seen when one has attended enough interviews – he rolls of the same words again and again and has many techniques of distraction and avoidance (when he can’t or won’t answer questions and pleas he can’t fulfil). His grandiosity is seen in his demeanour, the role he accept at functions on tinsel gilded thrones and his golden chariot, the lavish dwellings he has ordained for himself and much, much more… but the blinded follower who can’t give up this mental-emotional crutch or dare to look at the facts cannot see any of that.

See also a psychologist’s report on Sathya Sai Baba as a narcissist

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Interview with Sathya Sai Baba – 2002

Posted by robertpriddy on June 26, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba gave an interview to Russian ladies. It is mostly the same in content as thousands of interviews, the same words to the same questions. The same superficial and flawed answers, but this time introducing a couple of new howlers of the kind only Sai Baba can manage in all seriousness. Why the website posts such rubbish would be a mystery, but evidently those responsible do not realise the absurdity:-

Sathya Sai Baba shows huge ignorance of cancer etc. at interview
See the following on-line information:
Cancer in Wild Animals
Cancer also occurs in wild animals. Some well documented examples of cancer in wild animals include facial tumors in Tasmanian devils, fibropapillomatosis in sea turtles, and genital carcinoma in sea lions.
(See here)

There are research programmes around the world into animal cancer, such as: Research program on cancer in animals and birds at Cornell University
The Secretary of Agriculture shall conduct a program of basic research on cancer in animals and birds at appropriate facilities within the Department of Agriculture or by grants to other qualified research facilities.

Many wild animals suffer from tuberculosis too, like rhinos and wild boars etc. but Sai Baba is unaware of the fact! See here

“Fish is therefore gets poisoned” writes the pidgin Sai-students of Sai Baba concludes that, because there is marine pollution (from bombs?), fish is not good. One may perhaps ask, “All fish, swami?” and “Are all the oceans so polluted?”

See also Sathya Sai Baba and Absurdity – Revealed in His Officials’ Documents


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Projecting one’s whole autonomy onto Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2010

All Sathya Sai Baba followers who visit his ashrams have always had to queue, sit and wait almost endlessly before he appears – let alone before they get the chance of an interview, which almost no one does any longer due to his invalidism. Many pray and wait for years on end for the ‘Lord and Master’, and ‘spiritual seekers’ who travel across continents are all constantly hope for some form of personal attention, eye contact, some words… then more and more of the same. All this is shared by all followers, excluding very important persons, such as heads of state, royalty or the super rich and famous, who mostly get comparative red carpet treatment.

Sathya Sai Baba used to walk about very slowly, making gestures (which many people took as personal messages to them!) and when he looked even in a person’s general direction, they took this as a blessing! Not a few report how waves of happiness, bliss, even ecstasy floods through them, tears come to their eyes. If he smiles at them or takes a letter from them, it seems to them that they at last have confirmation of being personally acceptable to God himself. In most cases, these emotions are the culmination of a very long period of approaching through meditation on him, prayers to him, letters sent (often with the writer’s most private thoughts ‘in advance’) after much reading of books which all praise him beyond the clouds, videos which seem to prove he is a divinity, hearing miracle and amazing healing stories galore, and making diverse efforts to live according to his directions, do everything in his name.

Many followers sacrifice much time and money, put up with all manner of difficulties and disappointments on the way, meanwhile meeting many other persons telling of wonderful (subjective) experiences seen through their own faith. But by then they have already become highly open to suggestion (becoming what are called ‘good hypnotic subjects’). Despite this, or precisely because of it, various persons have been surprised, as was I, upon first observing him show himself (i.e. “give his holy darshan“) because. he seemed just too ordinary. But then, one already ‘knows’ that it could just not be true…has he not told them not to be deceived by his short stature, for in reality he holds the entire universe in his hands?

Longing and Yearning are ‘projective’: The intensity developed by followers’ desires and beliefs amount to psychological projections. Projection is a very complex process with many aspects and can vary in strength, scope and content. Nonetheless it is a common occurrence among followers of all idols, especially those who have created an aura of holiness or wisdom around themselves, by whatever means.  Even one small apparent paranormal event – taken as the longed-for Sai leela or small miracle – is enough to set one  self-reinforcing ones indoctrination to last for life! This may take the form of statement like the following which was sent to me by a colleague at some stage as an illustration of how mental projection words in those who have invested much time and energy without noticeable attention from Sathya Sai Baba:


“I vividly recall looking at his form with utter peace and no thoughts. He stopped and turned and gave me this amazing smile, piercing me with his eyes and I felt this incredible warmth enter me. “What did he do that for,” I thought, on that day three years ago. Today, the penny dropped. Thought has to stop.” by Sai Baba devotee Christopher (Chris) Parnell – Australian Sathya Sai Organization

The dropping penny – after first awakening new thoughts – evidently causes thought to deteriorate – and that is precisely the programme Sai Baba sets out – overcome one’s thoughts through mantras, prayer, bhajan singing and meditation. Kill the mind – supposedly letting mindless ‘universal consciousness’ take over!  I have observed through many years observing others how their minds tend to drift without incisiveness or efforts at improvement, getting ever more uncritical and unreliable. Impressionable persons who have been actively indoctrinating (or ‘brain-washing’) themselves for a long time within the cocoon of beliefs and mostly within the circle of other believers… especially in the otherworldly and unrealistic ashram mental environment where all one’s wildest hopes may (but most likely will not) come true.

Powerful projection reinforcements: Projecting all kinds of desires and ones best imaginings onto Sathya Sai Baba and his circle, one produces a self-conversion by oneself. These circumstances are known to be conducive to sudden healing and many other extra-normal effects, but these always prove to be partial and temporary… the enthusiasm wears off after the famous ‘honeymoon’ period is past. Such phenomena are well known, far from being limited to Sai Baba or other Indian gurus – consider Billy Graham, Lourdes. Pastor Moon and literally thousands of other personality cults. One develops a partly delusional world-view and can then become easily manipulated by powerful forms of suggestion of the kind otherwise called ‘hypnotic’. These can cause considerable distortions of sensory perception, even though one does not enter an actual sleep-like trance (viz. Derren Brown). The intensity of the ‘projection’ makes likely not only changes in outlook, but a new sense of purpose and energy. All one needed was a catalyst (a relevant  object or person to project onto in the specific case), and that is how idol-worship and personality cults work.

More on mental-emotional projection and Sai Baba’s methods of using it to come.

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Why Former Devotees Feel Obliged to Expose Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on February 5, 2010

Having for so long contributed to so many people becoming Sathya Sai Baba followers, I cannot escape the sense of duty I have to make known to them – and all comers – what I unavoidably learned about him – his deceptions and widely and firmly alleged crimes – despite all I had accepted and hoped to be true about him.

My promotion of Sai Baba was mainly through running a Sai centre for many years with my wife – and working hard to fulfil all its requirements [without appreciable help from the members or others for most of the 18 years]. It continued through my writings – a positive book (which he accepted) well over a score of articles in his journal or in other official Sai publications. Besides, I devoted 18 years of my life to trying to realise some of the ideals I came to believe that Sathya Sai Baba really stood for (yet no longer can). My nearly two decades in the organization was full of him and his teachings. During that time I practiced his various directions like selfless service and strictly following human values to the best of my abilities.  We visited him on nine occasions and come to know him (5 interviews – plus 5 private interviews total ca. 8-9 hours) and countless darsan contacts. I knew various persons very close to him, and not least because of that I happen to be unusually well placed to expose what I found out about him. In fact, Sathya Sai Baba is the one subject in my later life about which I am most informed, and it is natural that I should not just run away from the matter but instead expose all his countless deceits and alleged crimes. I have a  large catalogue of mails from persons who have been damaged by him, and from families that have been broken up due to his influence, sometimes from very prominent people in the West.

I might have preferred it had I not felt obliged to follow up my exposure of what I came to know about him. I am in no doubt that what I am doing is right in all senses of the word, for I know so many people whose lives have been seriously upset by him, his directives, broken promises, outright lies and taking advantage of them. I have suffered only mildly in comparison with many who write to me. As to those whose faith is challenged by my work in promoting all the testimonies against him etc., they have a choice… to seek the truth at whatever cost to their own feelings and dependency on him, or to continue in an illusion that he is what he claims to be. I am not responsible for any pain they may suffer from realisation of the facts, because I did not do the things I report on… it was Sathya Sai Baba who did wrong, not I. I have not deceived anyone, he most certainly has – and on a massive scale. Those officials who support him in the cover up of everything he does which he not wish should come to light are themselves also responsible for their part in it… As my activity up to now shows, I am fully determined not to allow Sathya Sai baba, his officials, his organization and the politicians and judges who protect him to get away with a total cover-up of all the many allegations of sexual abuse and murder involvement, or to hush up his megalomaniac claims and countless false and ignorant statements… whatever good he may have done or his followers have achieved. The truth shall out!

Footnote: Years of a major slur and libel campaign against me and other critics of SB by Gerald Joe Moreno have caused some of us at long last to respond in some detail to his endless bending of the truth, distorting facts about us and insultingly accusing us of many things which are entirely false.  Because there are so many deceived or deluded followers who know little or nothing other than the stories and propaganda, his many pages are read by some – a tiny proportion of the alleged millions of followers nonetheless. The transparency of his bogus arguments is such that the more who read them, the more seek out our responses, and we are confident that we stand for nothing but the facts and the truth, which will convince those who are not over-indoctrinated. Moreno’s smear and character assassination campaign against dissidents further ensures that the exposé continues with full force, also to expose his dirty tricks.

Barry Pittard, a former lecturer in Sathya Sai Baba’s education establishment and a devotee for 25 years, has recently written a series documenting his leave-taking of Sathya Sai Baba:

Barry Pittard – Leaving the Sathya Sai Baba Cult (Part 1.)- Ex Leaders + Rank-and-File
On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba  (Part 2)
On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba  (Part 3)

See Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization

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Gerald Moreno – further inducted into the Sathya Sai Baba fold

Posted by robertpriddy on October 7, 2009

Earlier I have shown here how – due to a hallucination most likely caused by sleep paralysis – Gerald Moreno became deluded and was induced into the Sai Baba sect (see). He was led to India and soon acquired all the skills of self-indoctrination I have detailed on my website (see link at foot of blog)  which led him onwards into the deceptive and illusory world from which he is incapable of liberating himself. One of the incidents which helped convince him that Sathya Sai Baba has miraculous powers, he described as follows:-

“Pratima gave me some blessed vibuthi (ash) from Baba’s Ashram. She told me to eat it. I had never eaten ash before! I felt quite embarrassed at the thought, but ate some anyway. No sooner did the ash touch my tongue when my stomach pain literally disappeared! An instantaneous healing.”

The eating of “holy ash” said to be a ‘miraculous healing agent’ – often claimed to be materialised by the hand of Sai Baba himself – can have a strong placebo effect – an upset stomach is often caused by anxiety, and so Moreno’s thinks he has been miraculously healed! The healing furore around Sai Baba – as around many other charismatics – is a complex phenomenon, with a large amount of leeway for self-delusion, not least. (See here)

Moreno describes another step which led him further into the maze of carefully constructed indoctrination by Sathya Sai Baba (in the handed-down tradition of power-seeking Hindu gurus through the millennia in India):-

There are two Darshan times. One is in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. In the afternoon, as I was waiting for Baba to come out, a man sitting next to me suddenly said, very loudly and without any shame, “Of all the thousands of people here, Baba has inspired me to give YOU these books.” The man handed me two books and he did not say another word to me. One book was a small book that described some miracles Baba had done. The other book had a picture of Shirdi Sai Baba on one side and a picture of Sathya Sai Baba on the other side. The title was, “Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai are one and the same.” In that book, it described how Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai would both appear to people all around the world. I found out then, that Shirdi Sai had left his body in 1918. And I realized the oneness of Shirdi and Sathya in that moment. All along, Baba had a plan that unfolded, unknown to me, exactly as he had willed. A seamless plan that left me and still leaves me in awe.

A seamless plan indeed? There are many persons who give pamphlets, books and other things to others they sit next to. Devotees are constantly telling others that they have been ‘inspired’ by Baba to do this or that. It is part of the Prashanthi culture. Moreno find it very meaningful – but remember that he has also stated in the same article that was rather desperately seeking God, and – having gone all the way to India in the hope that Sathya Sai baba is God Almighty Incarnate, he takes such otherwise commonplace – even trivial – incidents to have deep meaning for him personally!

Besides me, there was an Indian man with his sick son and an Indian family. Baba looked at the Indian man and said, “Australia.” The man nodded his head and said that he was, indeed, from Australia. I sure couldn’t tell. He looked Indian to me in dress and appearance.
Baba told them that they had been quarreling among themselves. Baba told them every detail of the quarrel, including who said what to whom, etc. The family was surprised and everyone kept nodding their heads. Baba said, “I know. I know.” Just before I left Baba, I had a beautiful dream of Baba. In the dream, Baba was wearing a white robe and Baba was holding my hand. I asked Baba, “When will I be back?” Baba said, “Very soon.” (Little did I know that “very soon” turned out to be 14 months!

This incident is not at all mysterious! Sai Baba’s staff  – who register many details about everyone when they arrive – are constantly reporting to him everything of note that occurs in the ashram, not least with a view to helping him recognise who is who, what they are like, what they do and say. His undercover staff includes a considerable number of plain clothes security people and informers. He even got information about people from his trusted and tested ‘Central Coordinators’ and other Sai-VIPs when he talked to them on the veranda daily. The monied people especially come in for close scrutiny. Baba is ever saying ‘I know, I know’ and people think he really does… what an easy con trick! People go away feeling they are blessed, that Sai Baba has all their concerns in hand… and they begin to read his will into everything that happens to them, good or ill. The good is from him, the bad is a lessons for them to learn. What pitiful self-delusions!

The ways in which one is inducted, partly self-programmed are many & subtle – see here

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More very damaging Sai student testimony

Posted by robertpriddy on September 8, 2009

Sai Baba and all his boyfriends - male gang most often around Sathya Sai Baba.

It is well known and has always been constantly observable that Sathya Sai Baba preferrred the company of males and was only seen among this gender at least 95% or more of the time.   The need for anonymity should be more than obvious when one knows how six ex-students lost their lives in a murders and execution shambles in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993!  The Sai following in India includes a great many entirely unscrupulous people who harass, threaten and plan against those who speak out about the huge number of reported Sathya Sai Baba sexual abuses and murders. The following It was from yet another former student of Sathya Sai Baba whose identity was confirmed fully by us. It was posted on ExBaba Guestbook (

Hi, The story of my life seemed to have changed when I first came in contact with sai baba at whitefield in 1996. listening the bhajans and watching him made me feel calm and serene.
Later I decided to apply to his college and was grateful enough to get an admission in it. Whatever I am going to write in here is what I have truly witnessed. I would also recount the experiences of my fellow friends and their names are changed for privacy. I am going to start with saying that I am no Baba basher. I feel that I got a free education in his college and I am fortunate for that.

I am going to leave the part out where I became a devotee. It is similar to the experiences most people have. I was close to baba and was in form for quite some period. I used to get a lot of interviews and was quite happy and contended. I guess that I was a sincere devotee. Then one fine day during shamans I saw a vibhuthi pellet in his hand and was quite confused. I did not understand its meaning or rather I should say its significance as in his ashram we try to analyze the mystery behind swami’s words and actions. I was intrigued and debated over this issue. Others as usual made up some stories but I was determined to know what’s going on. Later I got to sit in the bhajan hall where the tabla player sits and this moment defined my approach towards swami. After the interview swami comes out and stands next to the pillar then he goes in. Luckily the interview door room is half open and I could see him going to the window. Then he picks a cover and takes out a vibhuti ball from it. He then realizes that the door is open and looks straight at me then winks and comes out to give that vibhuti pellet to Dr.Goldstein by crushing it.

Later during darshans I have seen him do this act several times and I have seen him carrying watches in Trayee, rings in kodai etc. Now I knew where it came from but I did not know the source. So I asked my buddies who lived inside the ashram and also in charge of security for swami about it. They said that baba has a small vibhuti pellet making machine. Also he gets his rings and fake jewelry from Kharwad in karnataka and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.

When shyam was in kodai (he is my good friend), he told me a very interesting incident. It was during darshan and he was inside the house doing some work in kitchen. Rest of the boys and guests have gone for walks. He was cleaning up some cabinets downstairs with dileep when he found a big box. He wanted to open it but Dileep stopped him and told him not to do so. Reason was that it is swami’s and no person should touch it. Later dileep went out on an errand and shyam got a perfect opportunity to peek inside the box. He was shocked to see all kinds of diamond rings- 3d’s,9d’s and 1d’s where d stands for a piece of diamond stone on the ring. Then during the rest of the trip he saw swami materializing the very same brooches, rings, necklaces ad what not. He was personally devastated. Even more so, when swami gave him an interview and when they were alone Swami unzipped his pants and squeezed his penis. He asked shyam how he felt and was the sensation pleasant?.

Swami, in my personal opinion is a homosexual being. There are several reasons for that:

1) He molests only boys and no girl so far has reported about a molestation experience.
2) He spends most of the time with men and never with women.
3) The men around him are all homosexuals- at least in varying degrees. I do not think that I need to give out names here.
4) He loves fondling young boys. 6-24 is the age group he chooses. He likes tall, slim, fair, handsome, girlish boys a lot.
5) I have repeatedly heard him say his favorite boys that marriage is bad and swami goes away from a boy’s life when he marries.

One of my friends had this sexual experience with swami and then new never told any one about it. He got interviews many time and I used to wonder why is he so confused and flabbergasted every time he stepped out after the interview. I also saw him reluctant to come any more for darshan. He was afraid to sit in the friend. He started hiding a lot. So I began to suspect that something is going on and one day I confronted him. I clearly asked him if swami is molesting him. He beat around a bush for a while and then later realized that it is better to share the experience with someone else as it relieves some pain. He told me that swami used to rush towards him in the interview room and hug him and kiss him longingly in the mouth. Baba has the nasty habit of not only kissing but also sucking the lips of the victim. Then swami had oral sex and during this time would say “This is oneness with god, this is union with god”.  My friend is like a girl in a lot of aspects like talking walking and speaking thus attracting “divine” attention. I also knew a wonderful human being called C. and he used to be a mandir boy. What it means is this guy slept in swami’s room. His life was a miserable and painful one. He had a porn star kind of a life with swami and he was so fed up with it that he nearly lost sanity. He finally found some caring woman and fled puttaparthy. Such is the situation with swami’s chosen boys. As for me, I never had a sexual experience with Swami but I believe my friends and trust them.

There is something I wish to clear, swami’s college has 300 odd students in each campus and it is portrayed that all these students are homosexuals and immoral. I sincerely believe that these men and women are of a very good nature. I trust them to do well socially. However, there are a few perverts there. Some form boys molest other students and some of these students are teachers now still molesting other pupils. Here the most  perverted teacher is Ravi kumar of Whitefield College. I have personally seen him escorting boys to his room and molesting them later.

Apart from these experiences the most profound one I had was during shivaratri 2002. Here for the first time I saw swami bringing the lingam tucked under his robe. Later he switched it into a kerchief and the rest of the story is well known to all of you.

I know and still do the boys who were and still are in charge of security. They are all victims of rape and abuse. These guys and the rest of the crowd cannot flee as their parents would not believe them. Swami ensures that not only the student but also the family comes to the ashram for a permanent stay. So these guys are stuck there for ever and suffering quietly.

Another notable person is Dr. K.Anil Kumar who is the official translator of swami. I came to know him and we were good friends. He told me that he has to exaggerate a lot about the deeds of swami because he is told to do so. He is scared to lose his position and fame if he does not do these things. The famous water project catered only 120 villages but he told everybody that 720 villages were given water. He told me this during the grama seva a few years back. Also, what happened to the money involved for the water project or the super specialty hospital?

Some of my friends in the central trust told me that Bangalore srinivas and others in the trust like janaki ramaiiah swindled sizeable portions of it. One of them even heard srinivas asking a L&T person that ONLY if Srinivas is given 10000 shares of the company would he give them this project. (Village for destitute children). L and T refused, but their competitor nagarjuna builders paid up and the project was theirs to take.

Some of the experiences I share today only reflect the nature of society we live in and are part of. The story of swami being a fraud will never probably come to be as people want to believe in something or they feel lost. Many times I have seen baba falter but 99.99% of the people do not notice it or if they do, say simply, it is gods will.
Only when we think and question can we improve. But in the ashram we were not allowed to think but to surrender.

I would end by saying that life goes on and with time everything will heal. Just love whatever you have because you are a unique individual and have a lot to offer to the people around you and the world at large. So let us all live in love and respect each other and make good use of the time which has been given to us.


The name of this student is withheld since other students have been murdered in cold blood in Sai Baba’s bedroom in 1993… see here

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The ashrams of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 18, 2009

Rigorous security checks, body searches (sometimes invasive), strict and bossy orders that must be obeyed, undisciplined and most pushy crowds, minimum space, and very long waiting are all features of the Sathya Sai Baba ashrams.

The ashram is a place where the newcomer is largely left by other devotees to fend for him or herself. Seldom have I seen residents go out of their way to help new arrivals, and invalids are often treated with less than compassion or understanding about their difficulties. Many residents behave and speak as if they ‘have arrived’, and shall have all privileges over others. Many use their long familiarity with the system there to take advantage wherever they can, and even many of the so-called ‘selfless servers’ of the Seva Dal (esp. the women) manipulate things – or even push and shove quite relentlessly – to their own ends. It is known to residents how vehemently Sai Baba regularly harangues the Seva Dal in private sessions about their laxity and lack of good qualities, and also ridicules them for storming forth “like wild horses” to obtain a front seat etc. However, improvements are hard to see and one naturally wonders why Sai Baba – as an all-powerful avatar – cannot at least attract more persons of a kinder and civil nature. Their behaviour certainly reflects on him, their great and supposedly infallible teacher! Recent reports from Westerners make clear that they are being harassed more and more – particularly over visas – and given far fewer opportunities than Indian visitors.

I used to have to sit on a chair due to back problems (and later on the new hard stone uncomfortable ‘torture-benches’), I came to meet many invalids of all kinds, some with horrendous conditions who sat there year after year without any improvement. The invalids are certainly not given any special attention by Baba, and though they were once allowed to sit in places where he fairly often went at darshan, this was discontinued in the 1980s. All invalids at Prashanthi Nilayam are at the very back of the mantap and Sai Baba seldom gets within speaking distance of them, and particularly seldom on the ladies’ side. At Brindavan, the female invalid section is visited much more often, while the men are again relegated to the very rear of the mantap. To obtain a place on the invalid chairs, one is forced to stand in a queue, often for over an hour, before one can sit down. The severity of an invalid’s condition makes no difference whatever. This is how Sai Baba enacts his ‘perfect example’ of compassion for the suffering in actual practice!

Obvious invalids are, however, allowed to go to the front of food queues. So are Sai Baba’s so-called ‘special guests’ or VIPs, who visibly take full advantage of their privilege, however long the queue may be or however long it has been standing. Prashanthi Nilayam is above all, a place of elbows.


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Sai Baba cult: a look behind the façade

Posted by robertpriddy on July 11, 2009

Did Sathya Sai Baba really transform people? Sathya Sai Baba said (to the editor of his journal, V.K. Narasimhan) that one thing he cannot do is make people be good. So the question as to whether Sai devotees undergo more sound or permanent self-transformation than usual at any ‘religious conversion’ or other types of life-altering event is worth pursuing.

These people are almost never looked at critically by anyone who is allowed to remain within the movement because of the vague but absolute Sai ‘commandment’ ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ and ‘see only the good in everyone’. These are self-defeating practices in real life and – taken too seriously – lead towards such states as undue self-love and self-hate, loss of proper touch with other people and the world. One problem is that the virtual impossibility of this sweeping decree in real life, for most of us who are not in some cocoon are faced with things we must – if we follow our consciences bravely – criticise, condemn (though we may choose not to speak out) and act firmly against. This was reflected in the selfish actions of many leaders in the Sathya Sai  organisation, their sheer unwillingness or inability to interact openly and fairly with other people. Following Sai Baba’s instruction, they made rules to stop members from any co-operation with other voluntary movements, even those having equally good or better aims and stronger records of public service. It came out too in innumerable squabbles, let-downs, broken promises and all the detritus of life that persists in all Sai groups I knew about through 18 years and which I have repeatedly been told about from followers from many countries. These matters were even brought up sometimes in mild forms at Sai conferences by speakers (a few of whom dared to deplore the standards of Sai devotees). Those trying to share the fact with ‘their brothers’ (and sometimes even their sisters too) were side-lined at all meetings or excluded outright. This indicated that genuine transformations into good devotees were considerably fewer and lesser than it was constantly made out to be by self-promoting eager beavers and zealots! Further, if one were to judge by the sheer venom in mails from diverse, mostly anonymous Sai ‘devotees’ that I and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba have received, one can wonder how much this movement was a refuge for what Sai Baba calls ‘bad men’ and worse.

Sai Baba’s reported vastly loving nature As to the ‘amazing compassionate love’ and so on that Sathya Sai Baba drummed into people as being his chief quality and which was thereafter said to emanate from him, I have heard many talk about it, but it always seemed so doubtful because the feeling was so evidently self-generated by the person describing it. It was hard for a mature person with much life experience of others, as I was in my 50th year, to detect anything like real love from Sai Baba. He could smile very charmingly, seem to show much flattering interest in people when it suited him.. It was easy – after waiting possibly for months or years – for the wonder-struck aspirant to take his first friendly glance at them as an outpouring of divine love, for by that time many have been reduced by his ignoring them for so long to a feeling of self-doubt, and the relief of his notice would come as a huge boost. In their hagiographic books, many devotees’ descriptions of their trial emphasise this first, all-transforming look. (see Sathya Sai Baba’s charismatic look) Looking back in a balanced reflective mood, I recall that I never simply felt real warmth from him – even in long interviews or private interviews… nor in several hundred darshans. Attention, smiles, soft words (but also grating ones) yes, but caring actions towards many sufferers of awful conditions or towards people in emotional crises, little or nothing. He would make people in wheelchairs stand up and stagger into the interview room on his arm, but they soon had to get their wheelchairs back (which were even taken away directly and donated to others). In mostly failing to follow his promises and flattery up at all, while accepting worship and donations, Sai Baba had the hallmark of the classic psychopath, Most psychopaths have great abilities to make others feel love for them… there are many famous examples of admired charmers who have been exposed and have fallen from their pedestals., 

Sai Baba’s claimed that he tested devotees’ faith in him, such as through ‘sending them hardships’, through withholding his grace and leaving them to face their crises and sufferings. Such tests are described by many writers, and some have told me of the wholly unreasonable ‘tests’ they have had to face. The majority of followers were mostly ignored for obvious logistical reasons, but it was said that this showed one was not ready or was undergoing a ‘test of faith’.  In addition, there were many inexplicably untoward things that happened in his sphere, of which Sai Baba could always say (if anyone dared ask), that these were tests of faith. See some of these described here. 

Poor verbal communication skills: I have observed at a series of interviews how Sathya Sai Baba was most definitely not very insightful or full of genuine understanding when talking to people even, in my experience, because he invariably answered obliquely or even failed to understand what he was being asked. Most of what he said weree phrases heard many times by many others, whether nice or nasty ones (i.e. I have heard him tell various clients: “you argue a lot”, “you fight your wife/husband”; “you have a (mad) monkey-mind”; “you’re a mad girl; crazy man”; “I will see you”; “you are (very) depressed”; “where is your husband/wife/daughter/son?”;”when did you come”; “when are you leaving?”; “Very happy”, “I will find you a husband” “he is a bad man” plus many a well-worn set piece from the Sai phrasebook. Meanwhile, all this was interpreted by devotees in terms of his great cosmic pretensions and was twisted and turned in the hope of getting some clue as it its hidden ‘divine’ meaning or auspicious import. A sad scenario! This became an obsession among the more frequent interviewees, while those who got little or no interviews did just the same with many ordinary daily events in their lives… attributing them to Sathya Sai Baba ‘s hidden influence and stretching their own credibility far beyond what could possibly be true or even could accord with what Sathya Sai Baba had taught many times. Few devotees indeed actually studied his writings and discourses in any depth or breadth.

Cheap trinkets as panaceas Among Sai Baba’s wide range of devices and expedients to gain devotees and keep those who were useful and wealthy, he would give some tangible ‘blessing’, perhaps some privileges or even a free room at his ashram, or supposedly manifest some trinket that seemed very valuable – but was very seldom better than a paiste gemstones set in a silver or sometimes gold ring or other trinket. He might ask a person to  give a lecture to his students or to speak in his auditorium, (inevitably taken naively as a blessing and sign of one’s own spiritual maturity and goodness).  ‘Oh such divine love’, many would emote, but I couldn’t detect it.. His big bag of tricks was a useful fall-back for reconciling those followers he had continually disappointed, as so many eventually confided to me that they were because they learned almost nothing in interviews and got no real response to their concerns to help.Trickery is hardly genuine love, I’d say… and I have established beyond all possible doubt that the ‘green diamond’ he claimed to materialise and gave me was an almost worthless fake with silver paper behind the stone to enhance its brilliance! Even when he did listen a bit to someone, I have often seen SB brush the questioner’s concerns aside with some quip (to raise a laugh), some irrelevant answer or some facial expression that tells one nothing (and tells he gives nothing). Was all this love, then? To pretend it is anything special, one must become an emotional chameleon, or some mentally boneless contortionist. It is truly remarkable how many people achieved this!

Healing as a sign of love? The many alleged miraculous healings claimed by – or for – by Sai Baba cannot ever be satisfactorily proven as being miracles or his doing. Improvements that take place (or may temporarily seem to do so) can be due entirely to other causes. It is known how placebos can work wonders, and how the person’s emotional state can have huge effects on health, with frequent turnaround triggered by anything from strokes of very good luck to sudden infatuation or requited love.  The intense desire for release from pain and suffering – prayed about constantly – can have strong effects when one suddenly gets convinced that God is caring, and this may seem to be proved by being granted at long last a meeting with “God Incarnate Himself’. Compare this undoubted phenomenon to other sects like the evangelicals, the Jehovah Witnesses, the Pentecostals and hundreds similar where ‘miraculous healings’ are supposedly regular occurrences (though often temporary highs after which a relapse soon follows) and are attributed to whoever is seen as the instruments of God (Jesus, Allah etc.). Add to this ‘healing’ by shamans in many cultures in the world, the powerful trance effects of African and voodoo ‘witchcraft healers’. All this shows how little importance need be attached to the person involved, or to which ‘ishta’, ‘ikon’ ‘idol’ or ‘healer’ one appeals. One can project one’s energies towards anyone and even any object regarded as powerful – it appears – and through such a catalyst, genuine results can sometimes occur. It is in this non-miraculous context that I see Sathya Sai Baba ‘s alleged ‘miracles of healing’, along with all healings that are attributed to people of both the profane and sacred sort.

The whole construction of a ‘spiritual dispensation’ by the all-powerful ‘avatar of the age’, so widely claimed yet reported by so many and so credibly to be built on the sands of sexual abuse will most certainly topple over like a tower struck by lightning in the glare of considered opinion. Much of Sai Baba’s carefully guarded reputation is already ruined long since… a comical tragedy of errors and misplaced trust.

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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Sathya Sai Baba and the truth

Posted by robertpriddy on June 27, 2009

Nowadays  current photographs of Sathya Sai Baba are not published on his official websites and very few photos are made available anywhere which show him in his increasingly decrepit looking present form. This is no doubt because of his many boasting pronouncements in the past to the effect that his health can never deteriorate since he is a totally pure divine being!

In his monthly journal, Sanathana Sarathi (October 2003 issue),  Sai Baba’s serves up the same faulty advice that followers know so well, we read: “Speak truth, speak pleasantly and do not speak unpalatable truth” (p. 296). Unpalatable to whom? Almost every truth will be unpalatable to someone or other… so following his advice would mean that no one could be questioned about anything, or be charged with unpalatable truths and brought to justice. In short, totally impracticable advice and immoral to boot. However, one can understand that Sai Baba finds the truth about himself unpalatable and unpleasant to no small degree. He also says: “…you may be tempted to utter falsehood. But never tell a lie even if you have to sacrifice your life.” (p.303). That is truly rich coming from him, who has practiced so many deceits, including the following…

He said in a discourse see “Many of you are anxious, thinking that Swami is not keeping good health over the last few days. In fact, My health is very good. Real health is not related to the body…. If you think that Swami is strong and healthy, yes so He is. There is no weakness in Me. My angas (limbs) may appear to be weak…. If you identify Me with the body, I cannot walk even two steps.” (5/10/2003) This is the same Almighty God who bragged that his hip was completely healed exclusively by the prayers of his devotees!

It was reported earlier on the web that, “Swami then told Mr. Sundareshan, the orthopedic Surgeon who had performed the operation to Bhagawan to speak to us on the incident. Mr. sundereshan said  Swami had started walking after 5 days of the operation which is also impossible for any human being.”
But Sai Baba himself said later “After the surgery, I was able to walk within three days.” (Sanathana Sarathi July, 2003, p. 218). Not only that, but he boasted in Sanathana Sarathi July, 2003, that his recovery was far quicker than any human being could achieve, according to his inordinate boasting (while countless hip-replacement patients stand on the day of operation and walk fully within weeks, as any proper web search of medical institutions will reveal)!

“For anybody else, it would have taken at least two to three years to walk normally. The ball in the hip joint got separated.” p.230 “The doctors said that one year’s rest was required for the hip injury to heal completely. I told them it would not take one year.” p.259.

buggySo why then still the variety of wheelchairs and invalid golf wagons, why not normal full-length darshans and interviews? Many devotees find self-deceiving rationalisations for that. Here in Norway, one the the tiny handful of remaining followers holds that Sai Baba is performing a miracle by being incapacitated, so as to give the world a lesson in self-sacrifice! This is the lunatic fringe, if ever there was one. (More on the hip injury here)

That Sathya Sai Baba spreads rumour and deceives just as it suits him is nothing new, for one of many examples of a massive exaggeration of his own popularity by Sai Baba was published in his monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi:

“Such an attraction as this is possible only in the case of Divinity. The fragrance of divinity is spreading all through the world. Argentina is a far off country. Today Bhajans are going on in every house in Argentina. In Miami, the military officers are participating in Bhajans. You might have read in the newspapers that six months ago those officers took a vow to replace the present government with the Sathya Sai government. The authorities thought that officers had gone mad and sent them to a mental asylum. The officers converted the doctors and the nurses and even the patients into
(Discourse, 20 October, 1990).

This is based on flimsy newspaper reports from abroad that someone had mentioned to Sai Baba (a report which can no longer be traced) and even so Sai Baba’s reported words were made even less confused than his actual tape-recorded words by V.K. Narasimhan, who explained to me in detail how he translated and edited this. Sai Baba had confused two different incidents from entirely different countries in the region (Latin America) and made it all into one unlikely story. Though I was somewhat
confounded to hear this from someone so very close to Sai Baba for so long, I was then far gone as a self-indoctrinating believer and thought this falsification of his words probably for the best, all in all! I have had countless opportunities to observe how most devotees think thus most of the time when they cannot entirely avoid obvious or other unpalatable facts about Sai Baba.

Sathya Sai Baba evidently thinks it is wise to tell anything he likes, whether true or not, accurate or not, and expects to get away with it… but only among his confirmed and fully paid-up followers!

Read ‘On getting to the truth’ and ‘Fallacies vs. facts’

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Sai Baba believers’ programmatic misinterpretations

Posted by robertpriddy on June 22, 2009

In the Sai movement there are set ‘explanations’ of everything about Sathya Sai Baba. The many ways in which one can derive some meaning from his various acts and oft-repeated phrases in English – and what it may be and to whom – have become an art for the initiated, who are willing pass on this ‘wisdom’ to anyone they can… When these are too evidently inapplicable or wholly beside the point, one must realise that “We cannot understand his inscrutable, divine will”, or other words to similar effect. One cannot understand, of course, if one has given up beforehand, and this ‘giving up’ is precisely ‘to surrender to his Divine will’. It is a serious but powerful form of giving up ones autonomy… and a suppression of ones common sense and natural reasoning in never questioning anything he says or does. He must be regarded as perfect and infallible in all things.

Being distant and unavailable for normal communication and interaction, devotees have to try to squeeze some kind of significance for themselves out of any and every word they hear Sai Baba say, or any motions he makes or possible sign he gives. He has explained that that every single thing he does has deep meaning. He is clearly aware how those who aspire to get his recognition build fantasies around him and no doubt he plays on this most cleverly. In my years as a committed believer I tried out many of the ways one is advised to interpret his behaviour, because ~I had a basic belief in his honesty, knowingness and purity. I naturally tried to get responses to my questions in this way and tested the reliability of this, with varying results. I grew convinced that, in the end, most of what one experiences is more or less self-created ‘delusion’… Some examples of the commonly-shared mental paraphernalia that gradually accumulates as a consequence of adopting the basic belief-system concerning Sathya Sai Baba are:

1) The position that falls to a person at darshan is a sign of Baba’s grace or displeasure, according to how near or far from the front line it is.

2) His touching any object held out to him which represents or expresses ones projects or plans implies that they are blessed and is good. Many believe that he wills that it will necessarily succeed in some way.
3) His taking a letter written to him means that a question or problem referred to will somehow be ‘answered’ or solved. Or it is a go-ahead for anything you asked his permission for in it.

4) His glance itself confers a blessing, though what it may be only time may tell.

5) When he looks in your direction, he sees through you, knowing all you think and have done, as well as what is to become of you.

6) His nod (or any other of his characteristic movements like touching his forehead or ear, doffing his hair etc.) is the answer to some question on ones mind, according to each ones particular interpretation or ‘intuition’.

7) His moving finger waved in the air like ‘writing’ in his characteristic way ‘rewrites’ the future or fate of each person at whom it points, yet we are so limited that we cannot hope to know why or how this works or what it will effect.

8) When he takes a handful of sweets proffered to him and throws so that one hits you, or lands before you, you have his blessings.

9) Any words one hears him say are heard ONLY by those who need to hear them.

10) If he ignores you or does not come near you, it is frequently because you need to learn something. Eg. to have more patience, to examine oneself for faults (and he has decried a great number of fairly normal human actions as serious faults), to transform oneself through complete and total surrender to his will etc.

The above points are but a selection of similar attitudes and beliefs that surround Sathya Sai Baba and help to maintain the aura of Godlike impenetrability and unaccountability.

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Sathya Sai Baba blessings

Posted by robertpriddy on May 14, 2009

Sai Baba has repeatedly stated in his discourses that he  knows everything about everything and that nothing he does is without meaning. This opens for many ways of interpreting anything Sathya Sai Baba is seen to do, or does NOT do, as a blessing. There is a group indoctrination which begins as soon as one enters an ashram in explanations to newcomers by believers of how to understand Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged “mystery” and of the many ways one can supposedly derive a “divine” benefit, blessing, or boon. Blessings are supposedly given by Sathya Sai Baba in numerous ways:-

– by his supposedly “materializing” vibuti ashes or a ring or other small objects for a person
– by his handing out ‘prasad‘ (blessed foodstuffs) like laddu or sweets, mangoes or saris or whatever
– by talking to or touching a person
– by allowing his feet or the hem of his robe to be touched by a person
– by receiving a letter proffered to him.
– by raising one or two arms towards the crowd in a posture said to convey blessings (like the Pope)
– by touching any object proffered to him at darsan
– by his uttering a word to (or even within earshot of) a person
– by a nod or other gesture towards a person, including simply looking at them
– by ‘writing on air’ in front of a person, or other gestures which the person hopes to see or expects as a blessing
and so on…

For decades, Sathya Sai Baba has been unable to give interviews to more than a tiny fraction of those who visit him, and now they hardly ever occur at all. Many followers travel very far to his ashrams and then wait for very long periods day after day in the hope or expectation of getting some notice, response, message or blessing to confirm their efforts and themselves.

There is a group indoctrination which begins as soon as one enters an ashram in explanations to newcomers by believers of how to understand Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged “mystery”. Followers are very inventive in interpreting anything he is seen to do, or does NOT do, as a personal blessing. The informal system of supposed  ‘communication’ with Sai Baba is sustained by the fact that he is so very hard to get access to, so normal communication and interaction being excluded, followers learn from those “in the know” how to extract meaning from just about any perceptible movement he makes. every word he is heard to  say or any other detail about him which  could be taken as a sign (i.e. which way he turns when he comes from the veranda, what colour his robe is that day and so forth.

Anyone who checks experience with some vestige of an inquiring mind soon discovers that the various forms of ‘blessing’ that Sathya Sai Baba gives do not lead to the desired or expected result in the great majority of instances. This is most evident with projects that he ‘blesses; but which come to nothing… anything good that follows is attributed to his mystical machinations behind the scenes of the mere physical world, whatever it is… Of course, the unfulfilled blessing is also rationalised as being “for ones own good”, which good one cannot possibly know oneself! The ‘blessing’ is turned completely on its head and becomes a ‘test’ or a ‘lesson’. Knowing all this, one simply has to pity the believers…

Many observers are somewhat puzzled that many books Sathya Sai Baba ‘blesses’ and signs for publication are poorly written by any literary standards and often contain inaccuracies and direct errors of fact, besides copious exaggerated language, transparent ‘projections’ and what one comes to learn are largely wishful imaginings about Sathya Sai Baba. Nearly all books in the Sai hagiographic ‘literature’ lack sources and documentations. Hardly any of the quotations of Sai Baba are sourced and they are sometimes garbled in reproduction. On one occasion, long after publication, Sai Baba has himself stated that his meaning was completely misinterpreted and his words misstated by Dr. Hislop (i.e. Sai Baba’s words on kundalini shakti in Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) and on another he has actually refuted that the fanciful Howard Murphet (“not perfect Murphet”) was incorrect in claiming that some light on a photo of ‘the avatar’ was caused by his miraculous leela. Otherwise, he has remained silent on the content of most writings about him. These authors’ books have served to increase his reputation, particularly among impressionable followers who take too much at face value. Most prefer to believe at all costs, whether or not it is hocus-pocus.

More on interpreting Sathya Sai Baba and his blessings

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Sathya Sai Baba and the Dalai Lama

Posted by robertpriddy on May 11, 2009

Dalai Lama bows deeply

Dalai Lama bows deeply

The Dalai Lama is known world-wide for his courage and often illumining and largely acceptable teachings, but above all for his life, which is truly a message of non-violence and standing for the truth and what is right. His righteous (dharmic) life has been in strict adherence to non-violence, seen in all he has done since his inauguration, and through the tremendously difficult decades through which it has been incumbent on him to try to protect and better his people. He makes himself as accessible as possible to people without them having to kow-tow, while he is open to questions, answers directly and frankly and in intelligible, accurate ways. If one bows to him, he returns the bow and bows more deeply! It would be fitting for Sai Baba to bow to the Dalai Lama, but he bows to no one… he is too high and mighty for that! Yet some of his most deluded followers – like N. Kasturi and V. Balu – once wrote about him as having great humility!

How does Sathya Sai Baba compare with the Dalai Lama?
Sai Baba purposely keeps everyone waiting, many of them almost endlessly, whoever they are. He hardly ever gives a straight answer to any honest question, if any at all, and he is known to everyone without exception not to be able to stand the slightest bit of criticism from anyone. Yet he full of criticism of others – in general in many of his discourses but also personally in interviews where he regularly ridicules people to get laughs. The only person in recent decades who could sometimes question him at all freely was my very good friend, V.K. Narasimhan…who helped Sai Baba by editing out the gaffes from the recorded discourses! Due to his reputation and contacts, Narasimhan was an intermediary bringing many top Indian politicians he had long known to the ashram by endorsing Sai Baba as a social reformer. Sathya Sai Baba is certainly not revered and respected worldwide by the vast numbers of people and governments as is the Dalai Lama.

Sai authorities desperate to get Dalai Lama to endorse Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba is certainly not revered and respected worldwide by the vast numbers of people and governments as is the Dalai Lama, nor is he known to most of the world, like the Dalai Lama.  Sai Baba supporters have tried to create the illusion that the Dalai Lama somehow endorses Sai Baba (which he NEVER has done), simply because he once  gave a lecture at the Sathya Sai International Centre in Delhi (Jan. 3, 2004), where he generously mentioned Sai Baba just once as follows:“I am happy to see that Sathya Sai Baba has said that his mission is not to convert people to other traditions. He would like a Buddhist to be a better Buddhist, a Muslim to be a better Muslim and a Hindu to be a better Hindu." That was all!  The Director of the Centre where the Dalai Lama spoke, Dr. Karan Singh, coupled the names of Dalai Lama and Sathya Sai Baba in his address. However, the Dalai Lama emphasised that those of the Buddhist faith’ should stick to Buddhism, and Muslims to their faith, both of which religions firmly and totally reject the possibility of anyone being God Incarnate. Mahayana Buddhism rejects the existence of a God Creator.  This seems one good reason why – in his self-proclaimed Godhood as World Saviour and Avatar – Sai Baba has never so much as mentioned the Dalai Lama!

Sai Baba sweepingly berates just about everyone in the world at regular intervals from his platform but the Dalai Lama never uses such language, even about the despotic and mendacious Chinese government.

Sathya Sai Baba hides in fear while the Dalai Lama does not: The Dalai Lama has real humility and enormous courage – putting himself in the front line – without protection from any troops or gunmen of his own  – against one of the worst regimes in history. By comparison, Sai Baba has had 20 full-time plain-clothes security people since about 1994 (costing well over Rs. 200,000 a month by now. And who do you think pays?). These spies mingle undercover in the crowds. V.K. Narasimhan gave me the facts about this already in 1996. Is this for the sake of the devotees or Sai Baba? It is no more for devotees than are the metal detectors, the intensive body searches of men and women going to view Sai Baba (darshan) or the fact that Sai Baba hides daily and at night in a fortress-built apartment palace. He is guarded by additional Israel-trained commandos visibly armed with automatic weapons, he travels in a bomb-proof vehicle. No one can get into Sai Baba’s presence with the tiniest of items that could conceivably be used as any kind of weapon. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama has convincingly lived non-violence in all he does (not just in constant torrents of repetitive words as does Sai Baba) and has never had to conceal himself nearby in a room in his own ashram while four close attendants were assassinated with his tacit and later public approval, or condone subsequent cover-ups and quashing of all legal redress to the victims’ families.

Sai Baba claims that his word is absolute law in all things – whose will is always done by mega-obsequious officials in the ashram – would not even risk answering any questions about the murders, (just reread Sai Baba’s devious, insubstantial Gurupurnima discourse in 1993 about related details!). Also this “ever-tranquil, totally unaffected” Sai Baba dropped his guard and showed everyone his hidden hand in his Xmas 2000 discourse… namely, that by damning his critics to constant rebirths in many shameful lives, he is not compassionate or loving of everyone (as he has always claimed before and since, even of his detractors). More recently, he has damned various Indian newspaper editors to the same fate. Has the Dalai Lama ever damned or threatened anyone like that? The answer is a resounding ‘No!’

The Dalai Lama, however, is never patronising nor does he harangue the whole world for being impure and under the sway of inhuman and demonic forces, as does Sai Baba constantly. Sai Baba talks down to people from a position of claimed eminence. He constantly points to his own works and service and hardly ever attributes any credit to anyone else, boasting most embarrassingly about his achievements: i.e. none do 1000th of what he does, he announced at Christmas 2000. Others do all the work and provide the funds for all to which he so selflessly lends ‘His Precious Name’. He celebrates himself and his birthdays like no other event, claiming it is the devotees who want it. But the fact is, known to those who speak with frank ashramites, that almost only he thrives on it; most residents dread it. It is Sai Baba’s annual super self-praise event at Prashanti Nilayam, where he rides on in his bizarre silver-encrusted motorised chariot-cum-jeep. All that matters is numbers and show!

See 16 points of comparison between the Dalai Lama and Sathya Sai Baba

Above I compared the words and actions of Sathya Sai Baba with those of the Dalai Lama, showing how there was a world of difference between the dharma practised by the Dalai Lama and the deceptive words and action of Sai Baba. I also noted that the Dalai Lama had never endorsed Sathya Sai Baba in anything he had said. However, Chris Dokter pointed out in a comment on that blog, that this was not entirely true:-

Chris Dokter of The Netherlands commented.:-
“Alas, Robert, though I heartily agree with the gist of your post, I think it cannot go unmentioned here that the Dalai Lama DID in fact give some sort of endorsement to Sathya Sai Baba in the end. Posthumously, on April 25 2011, he issued an official message of condolence, which was published in the Tibetan Sun e.g. (See this link:, and also on the Dalai Lama’s homepage. It attracted international attention. This is what was stated by the Dalai Lama: “I am saddened by the passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the respected spiritual leader. I would like to convey my condolences and prayers to all the followers, devotees and admirers of the late spiritual leader.”
I must say I was quite taken aback by this message.”

Robert replied:-
Hi Chris! Thanks for the correction. I did not know that. It is extremely disappointing… surely the Dalai Lama knew Sai Baba’s megalomaniacal claims (Creator of the Universe etc. ad. inf.) and would surely NEVER be able to support them, being a Buddhist. I suspect that, dependent as the Dalai Lama and his community in India are on the authorities, he may have been pressured into the statement one way or another. He never said anything like that once throughout the life of Sathya Sai Baba… which fact I consider speaks louder than words, really.

Chris Dokter  replied: “I agree with your take on it, Robert. Still, I wish the Dalai Lama would have refrained from any comment on SB ‘kicking the bucket’. More, I would have liked to have seen a moral, if controversial stance of him if he felt compelled to comment at all.”

Kristina Jure commented: Having read the comment posted by Chrisdokter, I would like to share my experience with Buddhists. In 2009 January I have visited one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in India in Karnataka. There are 5000 monks in this city of monastic buildings with the residence for Dalai Lama and I was accomodated as a tourist by one small community inside the monastery and given the translator to walk around and take pictures, also invited to watch the debates and their rituals and rites. The most impressive experience for me as the former devotee of SSB was the way they reacted to my message that I actually came to them from Prashanthi Nilayam. They started smiling at each other and I could feel they felt sorry for me. I’ve asked the translator whether Buddhists believe that Swami is the creator of the Universe and he replied with the smile that “certainly not”. Nobody in fact believed him at all. And this official statement made by Dalai Lama could be interpreted as his compassion to those who were in suffering, but not as his official acknowledgment of the self-styled avatar, I assume. The reaction of all the monks to the messages by SSB was quite ironic, I should say, and their position was formed by Dalai Lama himself because they were practising absolute respect and obedience to him.

Chris Dokter  replied: Dear Kristina Jure. Though I agree the Dalai Lama’s statement can be seen as compassionate towards all those who were grief stricken, I am still troubled by the very fact that he chose to comment at all. I personally have little doubt the Dalai Lama would have laughed at the silly claims by Sai Baba, but it remains a fact that his message was published widely, and was on the whole interpreted as a supportive message by the international press, the Indian media and the SSB Organisation.
Compassion is good. Nothing wrong with it. But timing is everything when you are a public figure. And compassion with followers is one thing. But why did the Dalai Lama not openly show his compassion for all the victims of Sai Baba even once, the ex-followers? Does not compassion need courage in order to be balanced and not give offence? Or do you think the Dalai Lama was wholly ignorant of all the scandal and 
politics surrounding Sathya Sai Baba during the last decades?

Robert comments: It remains to be said that the comparisons I made between DL and SB stand well. In Gandhi’s own words (used on his tomb as his epitaph), namely “My Life in My Message” (later misappropriated by Sathya Sai Baba for himself and without acknowledgement) the Dalai Lama stands forth as exemplary, while Sathya Sai Baba’s actions and words were quite another story! The Dalai Lama respected the dead and, no doubt, the feelings of loss of SB devotees by his brief greeting, and – humble as he is – he was evidently no better informed about Sathya Sai Baba’s real life than are the majority of his remaining supporters, which includes the current Prime Minister and President and so on.

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