Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Sathya Sai Baba issues still alive

Posted by robertpriddy on August 10, 2011

Keeping the main issues about Sathya Sai Baba to the forefront for the benefit of latecomers and newly disillusioned followers:-

summarizing Sai Baba’s illness, death and aftermath with the funeral, the Sai Trust under suspicion, the huge hidden hoards of valuables etc.

FALSE RUMOURS spread for decades by – and about – Sathya Sai Baba – overview of relevant pages

SEX ABUSES Links posted for referenceSai Baba sexual abuse allegations and MANY YOUNG MEN claiming sexual contact with Sathya Sai Baba

UNSOLVED MURDERS IN 1993 IN SAI BABA’S ROOMS – overview of the issue to date

‘THE SECRET SWAMI’ – BBC documentary film’s main contents can be studied in brief

Anti-scientific ‘SAIENCE’ – overview of Sai Baba’s contorted and false views on natural and other sciences 

CULTISM The nature of cults examined –  and METHODS OF CULT ENTRAPMENT 

EDUCATION AND HUMAN VALUES Sathya Sai Baba’S five vague values and his moralistic views on education (EHV & Educare)

SAI BABA on JESUS his major blunders about Jesus and Christianity

ASHRAMS On visits to Sathya Sai Baba ashrams – information


HAGIOGRAPHERS Some Sathya Sai Baba ‘biographies’ and hagiographers

V.K. NARASIMHAN: Editor V.K. Narasimhan’s revelations about Sathya Sai Baba (scans from Robert Priddy verbatim notebooks covering all visits from 1984 to 1998)

‘THE GURU PAPERS – AND AUTHORITARIAN POWER’ by: Kramer and Alstead – seminal work


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Phyllis Krystal: Sathya Sai Baba believer

Posted by robertpriddy on May 12, 2011

Phyllis Krystal is a long-standing US devotee of Sathya Sai Baba.  I have met her in Prashanthi Nilayam, as an interview with Sai Baba, again later in London, UK – and also heard her holding forth at a Sai Baba Conference in Hamburg (1992).

She is a proponent of the simplification of spiritual teachings, as her own statement makes ‘krystal clear’:-

Many devotees have been asking me to offer a message to help during this time of deep concern over the present serious physical condition that Baba is undergoing. I have hesitated until now to add to the many messages being circulated around the world, however, I am now feeling an urgency to do so. Baba has taught us repeatedly to “keep it simple“, so that even a child can understand. Let us therefore practise what He Himself has been teaching us for so many years …

 As I shall point out further, her books on ‘cutting ties that bind’ and other such Sai Baba-dictated panaceas are often superficial and simplistic. Krystal’s cue in this case is the premature death under very suspicious circumstances and due to being disconnected from his life-support which held the body alive but not his consciousness, unlike any known revered Indian spiritual figure, yogi or supposed ‘realised’ soul. The simple message is “We are not the body”. Rather amusing, really, since no one can prove that we have “eternal spirits” or that our supposed shared divinity in unimaginable realms that no one can describe frees our reputations from anything “we” did in the body…  such as widely reported, in Sai Baba’s case, major predatory sex abuse and pedophilia. Phyllis Krystal replied – after the 1999 storm broke – to a questioner about those accusations on the lines that “Either you believe he is God or not.” If the former – as she holds – then he could never be held to account for anything he chose to do as it was for the ultimate good! This is the kernel of Sathya Sai Baba defenders’  reasoning… not exactly plausible, not morally defensible, nor in any way based on any provable facts… hence, irrational belief (which itself requires psychological and other kinds of explanations).

In her hagiographic book with the excessive title: ‘The Ultimate Experience’ – publ. Samuel Weiser Inc ) she relates how Sathya Sai Baba had told her she was suffering not from one headache, but five headaches’. She had written there that she went some kind of intensification of her symptoms while with Sathya Sai Baba, which she interpreted as being a part of the treatment.

She was a speaker at the Sathya Sai Hamburg Conference in 1992 and was asked point blank from the audience whether Sathya Sai Baba had now cured her of all her crashing headaches. She hesitated for a bit, then said that he had. However, when later visiting Lucas Ralli and his wife with my wife at their home in Bayswayer, London, he came to mention that she was in constant need of pain killers for her headaches and I was taken aback. He was the Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization for UK & Ireland until he was unceremoniously kicked out for speaking his mind, but a close friend of Mrs. Krystal, who stayed with him sometime during UK visits.  So I asked if she had not been cured, but he confirmed that she still suffered greatly from this. This incident – many years after her supposed healing by Sai Baba and long after the Hamburg Conference. To dissemble and lie outright to defend her guru-God shows how even privileged devotees fear to tell negative facts that might raise doubts in listeners’ minds!  Lucas Ralli and his wife were close to her and they assured me that she was still taking large doses of pain killers for her headaches. This incident is a telling example, to be afraid to tell a Sai devotee public that he had not been able to cure her as he had promised. This kind of deceit is frequent among Sai followers as I learned from 18 years as a leader to whom many would apply for advice etc.

Phyllis Krystal

There is no use in putting questions to such a person as Phyllis Krystal, she has pat answers to almost everything – the Sai Baba parrot phenomenon again – all developed through her doubtful and often most ‘testing’ experiences with Sai Baba and his devotees. When I heard Mrs. Krystal speak in London (as a Ralli-organised meeting), she said during her replies to questions that ‘Swami sometimes answers through me’, which immediately made me suspicious, because of the way in which she said it and the context etc. My immediate reaction to her was that I was struck by the patent falsity of her very controlled voice (but with a recognisable British whine under the gushing US patina), and her general kind of self-projection… I think someone whose life was virtually empty but for talking and writing and being admired as a Sai devotee supreme. Apropos, her host, Lucas, was an ‘officially-recognised’ channel for Sai Baba, his ‘Messages for You and Me’ in five volumes were accredited by Sathya Sai Baba in an interview (it was claimed)! I can well imagine that there was some competition mentality with Lucas there… not least because Shah had tried to cut her out of the Sai movement, warning all Org. leaders that she was not (and still is not) a member of the Sai Org., but Lucas was then the UK President (later Central Coordinator for UK). She fitted into the Ralli/Peggy Mason/Ron Laing circle because of all the mediumistic stuff they all loved (messages from the dead, ghosts, angels etc.) and she produced some fantastic fancies herself – about being shown by the Lord how Russia was under the darkest cloud on earth etc. and suchlike. Rather the kind of dreams that so many Sai Baba followers take quite literally (i.e. not least by the hagiographer Rita Bruce with her ‘message from Swami’ of the destruction of the US by germ warfare and earthquakes etc. as reported in her first book). All these people are prime exponents of spiritual doublethink and what might be called self-hypnosis.

Another example at the Bayswater meeting: After her set piece, Krystal offered to field questions. One question from the rear of the hall put by a young Englishman was whether Sai Baba accepts homosexuals or disapproves of homosexuality. Phyllis Krystal took her time and then claimed she felt she had received a reply from Swami himself, something she sometimes strongly intuits is the case. The answer was that he loves everyone and therefore does not exclude homosexuals… that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. This claim to be a channel for Sathya Sai Baba has been constantly made by hundreds – if not thousands – of devotees, including the host of the meeting, Lucas Ralli, who got published several books of his own “Messages from Sai Baba” books. However, Phyllis Krystal either did not know or had forgotten that Sai Baba has condemned homosexuality in no uncertain terms! It is obvious to many of us why he did so…

Further, Dutch Matthijs van der Meer talked with Mrs Krystal about the sexual abuse matter. He wrote about his meeting with her in his article in Spiegelbeeld October 2000, in which he testified to having been subjected involuntarily to ‘oiling’ by SB himself, and he related how Keith Ord had told him how Ord’s friend Michael Pender was forced into oral sex by Sai Baba and later took his own life in the UK. Van der Meer had visited Lucas Ralli and talked with him about his own, Ord’s and Pender’s experiences, years before the The Findings exposé appeared, with no satisfying results, so Van der Meer investigated further as follows:

“It just seemed too atrocious to be possibly true. Meanwhile many months had elapsed since I had begun to turn myself to whichever Sai author into whose hands I could manage to place a letter… – …When in May ’96 Sandweiss visited the Netherlands I took the opportunity to personally thrust a copy of my former letter into his hands. But still he wouldn’t answer. Yet the trouble was not taken in vain. Some people from the organisation spotted my action, and as if by the grace of Baba in October ’96 a meeting with the then 81-year old Phyllis Krystal was arranged for me. She affirmed to both Baba’s intimidations and the cover-up of it by the organisation. With the proviso that she refrained from drawing any conclusions. It could be sensed how she groped for clues with regard to the divine explanation for which I myself had once been looking so hard as well. And so I contended that all things considered, no rational support whatsoever was left for distinguishing Sai Baba from a criminal (for how was one to escape the implication that on the given basis even Hitler and Nero could have been avatars!). “Even if in our hearts we believe Swami”, I argued, “in our behaviour we should doubt Swami because that’s our moral duty in a situation like this.” But even though she admitted to the logic of my ethics, Krystal kept evading to take the consequences of it.While saying goodbye she promised to let me know as soon as any further insights would come about. Yet of the grue­some ‘insights’ to which revelations would give cause in the years to come, she was not to give notice. Even though she hardly could have missed the work by Da­vid Bailey, a Sai-VIP from her own circle of acquaintances.”

Comment:- Interesting that she didn’t refute it out of hand. She did have a fairly sophisticated way of dealing with questions, but none the less deluded for all that! Her millionnairess lifestyle fitted badly with the role SB gave her as a lecturer on ‘Ceiling on Desires’ – while in Copenhagen she lived at the very most expensive super-luxury hotel (declining devotees’ invitations to stay)! I was struck by the complete disinterestedness in SB of her husband, even at an interview (where both of them and I were present, in 1987) and at the Hamburg Sai Conference. He looked very much like Oliver Hardy (but with white hair and glasses) and was merely accompanying Phyllis! Rather odd that he remained so unaffected while his wife was a fanatical believer if ever there was one!

Her books are just the kind that I really could not stomach from the word go!  They are amateur pseudo-psychology of the self-help kind, based entirely on her subjective ideas about what people need to do to free themselves from the “ties that bind” them, an Americanised ‘positive thinking’ of the ‘drop your hang-ups’ kind based very much on what Sai Baba says. Its sickly spiritual semantic coating and constant implicit reliance on the quite shallow and always vague and anecdotally-based religious ‘doctrine’ of Sai Baba about personal growth and supposed ‘spiritual development’ towards self-realization and the eternal liberation of moksha or nirvana amount all too readily to a programme for voluntary self-indoctrination. Some people may find some relief through the more intelligent parts, but Krystal fails to strike the balance between reality and fantasy. In a sovereign manner, she side-steps all that has been learned through the last century in countless researches and the fruits of experiences with many forms of psychological therapy worldwide! She presents her ‘cutting ties’ and related inventions as if they were the ultimate answer, all stemming from her supposedly infallible God-guru’s unworldly and impossibly unrealistic and speculative teachings. Though I am not any longer a paid-up believer in Freud, Reich, Adler, Jung and co., I think that – in their many deficiencies – they are less dangerous than the self-denial and refutation of unpleasant experience in the New Age fashion that Krystal purveys. I have come to regard much of the kind of ‘inner work’ she teaches as pseudo-spirituality for impressionable people who are too hung up on a fantasy world and an imagined possible purity of psyche and release from all human suffering, but seldom really productive of authentic self-knowledge or spirituality in everyday life. In my view, Krystal’s failure to keep her promise to update such an anguished person as van der Meer evidently was never even to contact him again. This kind of behaviour is typical of many Sai VIPs and speaks of anti-spiritual disregard of others or even suppressed self-doubt and gutlessness.

Dr. John Hislop wrote in one of his infamous clandestine letters to Sai officials (which he required that all recipients should destroy! But one set of copies did survive: see here). In one of these we read: “Directors Bayer, Goldstein, Krystal and myself have been going over and over the problem as we were talking together this weekend. Let me first say what we are not able to explain. There are two ways for us to respond to these horrible stories about Sri Bhagavan. One is to believe Sri Bhagavan when He says the stories are totally untrue, and the other is to believe the stories. If our decision is to not believe the stories, then the question arises as to what moves so many people to say these false stories. This question we are quite unable to answer.”

This shows how well Phyllis Krystal knew of the sexual abuse revelations very early on and CHOSE not to believe them. No investigations, no duty of care, simply denial. She told some devotees who questioned her that either they believed Sathya Sai Baba is God Incarnate or not. If so, they had to accept that there is no truth in such allegations, and has otherwise implied that there may alternatively be another explanation for those actions. The following was stated by Conny Larsson of the Sathya Sai Organization ‘VIPs’:- “…many of the victims have personally talked by phone to these people, when we tried to understand what was happening with us, but they all told us that this was “Divine” and we had to put up with it. We have talked to leaders as the American leaders dr. Goldstein, Phyllis Krystal, Hal Honig, Jagadeeshan, Gruber, Piculell, Meyer etc. and many, many others. They have all expressed the same opinion “it’s divine”

All one can fairly say, perhaps, is that Phyllis Krystal’s kind of self-deceit is to protect her faith and all that she has invested her life in for decades. This does not condone it, for it covers over a multitude of sins – those of Sathya Sai Baba,  whose promises are supposed to be as cast in iron and whose healing is infallible etc. After her husband1s death, Mrs. Krystal’s house was shattered by the Californian earthquake in the ’90s, making her homeless, along with her deceased huband’s lifelong collection of crystal glass reportedly worth much more than $1 million. (Odd fixation on crystal/Krystal!). As she describes in detail in her book ‘The Ultimate Experience’, Sathya Sai Baba had himself told her to move to that house, after she had prayed constantly for a very long time and repeatedly asked him whether she could move house! Eventually he had given the go-ahead verbally to her. Devotees, in their great wisdom, regard such things as a boon from Sathya Sai Baba! A test on which to grow! It helps one to detach from worldly things and prepare for the final detachment! This reasoning, when taken to its conclusion means it is a boon when anything or anyone is destroyed, relatives are lost etc., because it prepares one for death! All very acceptable and faith-inducing, no doubt!

Phyllis Krystal has written a large number of  books about self-healing, books which have sold very well in the New Age marketplace from which she must have made a lot of money.

Krystal, Phyllis: 1985: Sai Baba – The Ultimate Experience, Los Angeles, Aura Books. [Reprinted by Samuel Weiser, 1994]
— 1993: Cutting the Ties that Bind, York Beach, Samuel Weiser.
— 1993b: Cutting More Ties that Bind, York Beach, Samuel Weiser.
— 1994: Taming Our Monkey Mind. Insight, Detachment, Identity, York Beach, Samuel Weiser.
— 1995 Cutting the Ties that Bind Workbook, York Beach, Samuel Weiser.
— 1995b: Reconnecting the Love Energy, Don’t By-Pass Your Heart, York Beach, Samuel Weiser.

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Posted by robertpriddy on April 2, 2011

UP-DATE 15 April, 2011: The patient’s condition remains critical – he cannot eat and is on heavy medication to maintain his vital parameters. The import of this condition with multiple organ failures after (now) 18 days in the most intensive care possible was hinted at by an earlier announcement that ‘Docs fret over Baba’s sluggish recovery’ (see Deccan Herald:- where his minders admit his slight improvement as  being “not satisfactory”. He was also found to have liver damage and jaundice.

earlier UP-DATE (April 4, 2011) A recent report from various Sai ‘authorities’ is that Sai Baba’s condition has stabilized again and that he is showing sings of some improvement. One must evaluate this on the background of the turmoil surrounding the doctors and officials who have even been attacked by suspicious and fanatical devotees trying forcibly to get immediate access to Sai Baba (who is in intensive care still on a respirator and continuous dialysis!). I have predicted that the facts have been glossed over by Dr. Safaya and all the other believers in Sai Baba’s omnipotent powers and have I been vindicated!
See also:-

Sathya Sai Baba doctors neglect the poor

Sathya Sai Baba still on ventilator- had dialyse

Sai Baba: health condition prompts succession struggle

Sai Baba’s life on thread – battles over his wealth?

According to a news outlet, Sathya Sai Baba had to be moved to an Intensive Care Unit due to his worsening condition. His devotee doctors’ rose-tinted pronouncement that he is fine and “will soon be giving darsan” etc. remains to be proven. This contains a fair dose of wishful thinking, if former behaviour by his minders is to go by.

Meanwhile, the official Sai website states that “the more rest that Bhagawan gets, the faster will be his recovery”
FurtherIn view of this, we earnestly appeal to one and all to continue offering prayers of Love emanating from the Heart.

One must wonder why these prayers are so necessary if rest is all that he needs? Did a doctor advise this? It will seem utterly demented to non-devotees – i.e. the vast majority of all people. ‘ (and lacking in ‘True Thought emanating from the Head’)

Then it implores in capital letters: “PLEASE DO NOT send e-mails to each other based on all kinds of unfounded rumours, of which there are more than what we need.

One asks, ‘which rumours do they actually need then?’ But why can’t the authorities specify what they regard as ‘rumours’. Do they lack the stomach for that? Do they include the countless fantastic rumours on which all the miracle stories thrive? Or the ‘rumours’ spread in discourses by Sai Baba himself about his own health and countless other false stories about himself (not eating, never sleeping, always weighing exactly 108 Kgs. and hundreds more?) The Sai literature does certainly have “more than what we need”. But one cannot fail to consider that they really men what I and other serious critics are writing. We do not write rumours, only facts. Not one “rumour” can be shown in my blogs, not anywhere! Study the actual text as religiously as one can…

One can read: “Baba was recovering slowly after being implanted with a pacemaker but his health took a turn for the worse yesterday. Cardiologists from Bengaluru are treating Baba. The devotees are naturally worried with the news. They are gathering large numbers in Puttaparthi and offering prayers for speedy recovery of Baba.”

The above report is 4 days old, it appears.

Prayers by devotees ‘God Almighty Himself’ (i.e. Sai Baba for them)have in the past been patently of no account in improving his health. Thousands reportedly prayed constantly for him to heal himself after his botched hip-joint job – he had said he would be walking fully within days and ignored doctors’ advice – but got worse directly and has been wheelchair bound since then.

The guru is known for having said that he does not take account of his own health or cure himself – he is instead concerned only about his devotees. In this he is, as usual, self-contradictory – for he reported that he had cured himself of other illnesses – a severe kidney failure in Mangalore in early days, and a much more severe set of heart attacks from which he appeared to cure himself in front of a large crowd on Shivarathri Day in his Prashanthi Nilayam ashram in 1963.

See more on Sathya Sai Baba’s health as follows:- 

Sathya Sai Baba hospitalised for serious illness
Pacemaker support for Sai Baba’s weak heart

Sathya Sai Baba health issue – media reports overview

Sathya Sai Baba’s Pacemaker Implant – His Promised Health and Longevity In Doubt
Pacemaker ‘Avatar’ Says ‘I am not this body’. Worried Devotees Pray For His Body

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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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Sex scandal in Indian media – Nityananda and forerunners

Posted by robertpriddy on March 6, 2010

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.

as from One India March 6, 2010.

For example, One India reported this (see on right): Had not the Nityananda sex video caused a major uproar across the internet, the Indian news media would most probably have played down or ignored the matter, for this is what the Indian news media have done for years now in the case of the influential and powerful Sathya Sai Baba, for – with very few honourable exceptions – they no longer take any notice of continuing and fresh allegations of Sai Baba’s sexual molestation of young men and boys.

Human rights violations from sex, rape, pedophilia, murder to financial scams are increasingly reported alleged in connection with Indian swamis and/or so-called ‘godmen’. Bupendra Chowbey on IBN hosts a discussion on these issues in a 4-part video on ‘Sex, sleaze and swamis’. He said: “The fundamental question is why has there been such a huge increase in cases related to the holy men in our country.”

from debate screen

He compares aspects of the Nityananda case with those of Chandra Swami, Sathya Sai Baba, Pilot Baba, and other religious leaders and asks if blind faith in religion is the reason for godmen becoming conmen and whether the sexploits of swamis have permanently damaged the image of holy men in India. While reactions to the revelations about Nityananda led to physical damage to his ashram, the debaters were loath to blame religion as such but rather the gullibility of people who do not think for themselves.

Coming on the heels of the N.D. Tiwari sex scandal [who Sathya Sai Baba endorsed], the Nityananda revelations have further engaged Indian journalists into thinking what is wrong with gurus, even with Hinduism and religion itself (see Star Of Mysore article)

CLICK ON IMAGE for IBN debate on video

Self-declared ‘spiritual masters’ claiming they lead people to bliss and realization, can do miracles, healings and much else prove to be in many cases in recent decades to have been involved variously in sexual abuse, pedophilia, murder – not to mention fraud on a mega scale. Some of the more notable include Swami Premananda (Tiruvannamalai), Bhagwan Rajneesh (Osho), Swami Muktananda, Swami Rama, Swami Rameshwaranand Giriji Maharaj, Gyatri Swami, Balayogi Premvarni, Gowrishankara Swami, Swami Shyam, The Phalgat (of Kerala), Swami Bhimanand… the list could actually be extended into the scores. None are so widely and credibly accused of pedophilia, male sex abuses, involvement in murders, fraud and political cover-up than Sathya Sai Baba (see here)

See also:
Very latest Sathya Sai Baba sex molestation testimony
and The Dark Underside of some prominent Hindu gurus


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Posted by robertpriddy on January 5, 2010

Why foreigners visit his ashrams and some of the many and tiresome difficulties plus outright dangers they risk from theft, corruption, embezzlement and yet far worse. Buying a mini-apartment is now exorbitantly expensive, and one gets absolutely no legal rights, even of occupancy for more than up to 1 month per annum! The overall impression given by hundreds of books and videos of the ashrams is highly misleading positive propaganda. Both in the past, but especially since 2000, most non-ethnic foreigners have been discriminated against increasingly by many of the staff, the result being that visitor numbers from Western democracies have fallen very considerably and many such residents have left the ashram. In the ashram one is supposed to keep oneself strictly to oneself, not talk, not form friendships or other associations. The reason given is pseudo-spiritual, the actual reason is doubtless the attempt to control information, especially suppress negative facts. The security arrangements with metal detectors, undercover and armed security staff, close body searches (men and women) to remove all objects that may threaten Sai Baba! [claimed to be for the protection of devotees!} Out of the supposed millions who have been through the ashrams during 60 years, remarkable few claim healing of any significant kind. Read more vital information so you are prepared if thinking about visiting these ashrams – click here

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Sathya Sai Baba – the paranormal phenomena

Posted by robertpriddy on November 27, 2009

The book published by Dale Beyerstein in 1992 questions, in summary form, the paranormal claims made about Indian guru and holy man Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his supposed psychic powers, plus various investigations that have been done of them.

The summary was made for the benefit of 1) those who have heard of Satya Sai Baba through second-hand stories from devotees, but who have not looked into the original sources of these stories; and 2) those familiar with writings of devotees but not by those who have made investigations of his claims.


  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. Sai Baba: Omniscient and Omnipotent?
  3. Did Sai Baba Resurrect Someone From The Dead?
  4. Does Sai Baba Have Complete Telepathic Knowledge?
  5. Materializations
  6. Sundry Miracles
  7. Healings and Rescues
  8. Does Sai Baba’s Life Fulfil Ancient Prophesies?
  9. Bibliography

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UK Sathya Sai Organization’s New Age leadership

Posted by robertpriddy on August 11, 2009

One has to wonder why this organization has chosen as its leader a person who exhibits all the signs of an unbridled New Age spirituality, Reverend Rosemary Perry? Probably, having a ‘reverend’ – ordained as an Interfaith Minister –  is seen to help this embattled cult’s credibility as not being overwhelmingly a Hindu-oriented religious sect. However, though one of the central themes of Sathya Sai Baba is that his ‘teaching’ is universal and fits all religions, no mainstream religious bodies or sects have ever sponsored him, nor is his Organization allowed to enter into any joint projects with other religious organizations. However, by the selection to the top leadership position in the UK Organization, their image as adherents of genuinely lunatic fringe thinking is reinforced considerably. This is not actually uncommon among Sathya Sai Baba adherents (see links at bottom of page).

Rosemary Perry makes known her qualifications as a practitioner of numerous of  the most wholly unscientific and fanciful ‘therapies’ and delusional ‘theories’.

She writes on her page with personal details (see here) that she became: “an Analytical Hypnotherapist – my first client was myself! I later trained as a Homoeopath using Radiesthesia (dowsing for crucial ‘Miasms’ on a long black calibrated box). I developed a passion for seeking out ‘Earth Energy Lines’ and ‘Sacred Power Points’ in these enigmatic British Isles”

Comment: Homeopathy is uncertain enough and wholly unproven as effective in any way by any reliable research project, despite what patients think, but dowsing in combination with it is plain irrational self-deception.

“By becoming ordained as an Interfaith Minister I further healed layers of subtle separation between me and my innate, inherent, divinity. In the 1990s I was Co-ordinator for ‘Fountain International’ a worldwide community and global healing network that uses visualisation and meditation to put love and light into focal points round the world.”

Comment: ‘Innate and inherent divinity’ is of course New Age and Sathya Sai Baba propaganda, all pious immaterialism and theological fantasy speculation, After testing this concept through years of spiritual discipline (sadhana) – and then subjecting it to deep philosophical analysis – it is seen as a wholly implausible wishful thinking, based upon unprovable, illogical and irrational master assumptions like “Everything is God” See here.

I have become quite oriented towards Past Life investigation as a therapeutic tool over the last 10 years and have been surprised at the accuracy of enquiries made via Psychometry (holding someone’s watch or jewellery to ‘read’ the vibrations in it). This method has yielded the most authentic findings and often leads to clairvoyant advice on how to utilise a particular skill developed in a past life that is actually needed for reactivation in life now. My personal astrology entirely supports this sort of career.“[[Note: she is twice divorced, but now “married to a wonderful soulmate of many past life liaisons!]] “I used to think I was a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, but I now love the richness and diversity of my pursuits.

Comment: Master of no trades clearly fits the bill very well… because she evidently has no proper professional qualifications of any kind… not even recognised diplomas for most of the alternative medicine she professes:-

I now have a vast array of mixed skills such as therapeutic Past Life exploration, Homoeopathy, Hypnotherapy, official ‘Cutting the Ties That Bind’ facilitator, Clairvoyant Intuitive advice and, now, as an Interfaith Minister: Spiritual Counselling and the writing of tailor-made ceremonies for significant rites of passage (such as funerals/weddings/baby namings etc).”

All this is touchy-feely blather, especially the Phyllis Krystal pseudo-therapy, which reminds of self-hypnosis and self-indoctrination on a Polyanna assumption. Clairvoyant intuitive advice… it gets more and more hare-brained. Perry continues with an absurd prediction:

“The spiritualisation of Politics is possibly the most important undertaking for the early part of the 21st Century. It will happen, soon. It relies on the acknowledgement that we are all connected through consciousness. It will occur through several ways:
– By changing the approach of the National Health Service to early subtle diagnosis of symptoms through existing Complementary Medicine techniques (such as Ayurveda). By changing future generations (VITAL): Implementing values-based education (such as SSEHV or Brahma Kumaris Values educational systems) for both children and parents.

Comment:  Neither extreme spiritual escapists nor the lunatic fringe have ever yet managed to get a seat in any British constituency. No wonder that she failed twice as a Parliamentary Candidate for the Natural Law Party! Her absurd belief that the National Health Service will spiritualise British politics is a real howler. If her types would be allowed a free rein in it, there would be a gigantic public outcry… as there is already much well-founded criticism of the relatively very small current support for some peripheral pseudo-medicine on prescription. Much Ayurvedic medicine today still includes drinking of ones own urine every morning as a medicine! As Professor Dawkins has pointed out about it, that it is very old is absolutely no guarantee that it can hold water (sic!). See Forum • View topic – Debunking Yoga & Ayurveda!!

I can confidently predict that – misguided as she is – she will never gain a seat in Parliament unless she becomes a far more sober and rational person. “We are all connected through consciousness” has no practical application, no more than we are all connected through air, or water or whatever. This is close to the ultimate in vague imaginings. So President Obama, Bill Gates, Osama bin laden, Sai Baba – and not forgetting Rosemary Perry – are connected through consciousness…. so what, they are all at odds with one another in most fundamental ways.

Why Rosemary Perry flaunts her self-appreciation web page is a wonder… it almost cries out for sensible comment. Moreover, anyone who uncritically supports Sathya Sai Baba, – so widely accused of sexual abuse of young men and children, and who was involved in murder cover-up –  without investigating the facts of the matter should be looked on with great suspicion. Parents who may consider sending their children to the kind of value education she promotes – also a religiously fundamental and ideologically-rigid system are hereby warned. One wonders whether Rosemary Perry has ever heard of ‘duty of care’ and ethical and moral mandatory reporting obligations?

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Transformation of people by Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 10, 2009

Writings by and about Sathya Sai Baba are full of constantly repeated talk of ‘self-transformation. (I have read the entire extant literature, not only all available texts recording what Sai Baba has said in public twice thoroughly, but over 300 other books, pamphlets and many more articles in English). The disparity between the ‘great changes’ most books describe and what one encounters in practice in all Sai circles eventually led me to conclude that most of the talk of personal transformation on a mass scale and ‘bringing people to God’ is mostly either self-hypnotic conviction, self-enhancing belief or pure and simple personal propaganda.

Unfortunately I was also drawn into supporting these claims in my book about my experiences with Sathya Sai Baba, ‘Source of the Dream’. Though I did not experience much change in myself was possibly due to the fact that I already was a practitioner of many of the values he supports, though not all – and I am glad that I did not support his views on sins, demons, black magic and other superstitions. Nevertheless, by looking as much as possible on the positive aspects of everything and trying my level best to ignore and overcome doubts about people, their apparent motives, their questionable behaviour and much more that Sai Baba recommends as ‘love in action’, I came to overlook almost everything followers did that did not fit the map, so to speak. It seemed likely that he was drawing ill disciplined, selfish and greedy people to himself with the declared aim of changing them through his teachings, preachings and – not least – corrective behaviour.  I also attributed things to his influence and apparent ‘spiritual guidance’ that I now see  either simply occurred or which I in fact brought about myself. Not that I have made such large claims of ‘self-transformation’ in my own case, for – before I even heard of him ,or met him, I had already believed and acted very largely upon the values and precepts that the good and sensible parts of Sathya Sai Baba teachings convey. Not that I am claiming to be very exceptional… for in my life I have known plenty of upright, well-intentioned, helpful and unselfish people. Not so many in the Sai movement. Yet Sathya Sai Baba underrates and berates his own followers in his condemnations and harangues, which he also directs against almost everyone. He speaks as if everyone in the world as if they were the same as the worst of the people around him in India.

I was once too keen to give any credit I could to Sai Baba, because I then had faith in his authenticity and that his actions were completely good and selfless. I saw him as a focus in truth and goodness, as an exceptional ally in all efforts to educate, raise and help humanity forward. By the age of 66, after learning more than I wished at the time, I knew without doubt that – despite much pretty talk – this does not to apply to many of his observable actions. One learns that one has been deeply deceived! So I now work to help people avoid his snares, which deprive them of their autonomy as well as their energies, time, friends and money.

So what of personal transformation in Sai followers: People do change when they ‘convert’ to a new and religious belief. This partial shedding of identifications and attitudes that apparent ‘seeing the spiritual light’ usually involves consists mostly in arbitrary changes of ideas about oneself and the world and seldom implies deep or real personality changes (which are known in all psychological research to be very difficult to achieve anyway). It feels liberating to convince oneself of new beliefs about things and a change of lifestyle too perhaps. The process of (often quite sudden) rejection of one’s past identifications and acceptance of a new package is a very interesting psychological phenomena about which little has been researched in any systematic way with long-term follow-up. In my experience, Sai devotees have not convinced me that much of their transformation is very substantial. I am aware that these matters cannot be estimated other than simple observation, life experience and intelligent investigations. As a former long-term leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway with fairly wide experience of the Sai movement in a dozen countries, I can say that most devotees do not seem to differ much from the norm, though I have indeed met some of the most selfish, egoistical, ignorant and arrogant person as I have at his ashrams.

In all seriousness, the good allegedly done by Sathya Sai Baba to devotees is overwhelmingly based on anecdotal evidence (mostly by those who claim to have become far better persons than they were). This is notoriously subjective, personally slanted towards idealistic ideas and desires, and involves all kinds of wishful hopes, wanting to make the best out of things, ‘see only the good’ and rosy self-evaluations. I have seen a cross-section of those who make such claims and have found most of them to be a mixed bag… many are in one way or another disturbed socially, emotionally or mentally from the outset. Many who have real sufferings hardly ever report getting much real attention or any direct, important help from Sathya Sai Baba , for often it is imagined help without any credible influence from Sathya Sai Baba . The stories of miraculous aid supposedly from Sathya Sai Baba are many, but literally none are properly researched or documented in any public, serious fashion, many get exaggerated over time beyond recognition, some are almost certainly ‘planted’ by interests around Sathya Sai Baba and also in interviews by Sathya Sai Baba himself (he never sets the record straight, confirms or denies the fabulous or false in public… nor denies the most absurd fables. And why do you think?) Of course, there are many invalids who return year after year without being cured, and there are many more who come and leave disappointed.

See further on this matter: Self-transformation with Sathya Sai Baba
Take the first step and then what?

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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Phyllis Krystal and Sai Baba Youth, UK.

Posted by robertpriddy on July 7, 2009

Up-date on Phyllis Krystal’s books, unreliability and her amateur sectarian-based psychology etc. see the fuller article at Phyllis Krystal: Sathya Sai Baba believer
A seminar with the US Sathya Sai Baba devotee, Phyllis Krystal is to be organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation (UK) National Youth Wing – 17-19 September 2009. This raises the question of the massive cover-up in which Phyllis Krystal is involved regarding the known behaviour, fraudulence, false prophesies and calculated deceptions of Sathya Sai Baba. No doubt, none of these issues despite the massive documentation and testimony behind them, will be raised in the slightest by Mrs. Krystal or any of the heavily indoctrinated followers who attend. None have the courage to raise even the remotest sensitive matter concerning Sai Baba, let alone defend the truth about him or those who have suffered abuse of faith and worse from him. He will be presented again as pure love and light… with all the usual propaganda and without an original thought, as per usual. The cover-up and chronic clamp down on openness needs to be raised, for many of the misinformed followers should be able to discuss what is kept from them.

Glen Meloy, a long-term follower of Sai Baba who died in 2005, became a dissident when he learned through contacting US Sai devotees who had told him of being sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba. He knew Phyllis Krystal well, and when he questioned her about the sexual molestations, she admitted that they took place but said to him that the real issue was whether Glen really believed that Sai Baba is God or not. Virtually the same was reported by David Bailey in a documented phone conversation (see transcript here or listen to recording). Among other things Bailey testified: “ people like Phyllis Krystal, people like Mike Hollander, who have been there for many years, they just turn round and they say ‘If you consider he is God, he can do anything. He can have fraud, sex, drugs… anything.”

Glen Meloy wrote (see here)
“I am sure you are unaware that this lady is a long time devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba (who claims to be the God of Gods) and she has extensive first hand knowledge of criminal sexual misconduct by her Guru which she refuses to acknowledge in public in spite of massive testimonials in the world media and an official warning by the US State Department, UNESCO and many other sources.
Phyllis has participated in the cover-up of these many sexual abuses with other so called leaders in the Sai Organization for over 20 years and goes around the world inviting unsuspecting parents and their children to visit the ashrams of Sai Baba.

Phyllis Krystal knew well the US “choir lady” called Liz, whose nephew testified that he had been sexually molested by Sathya Sai Baba. She also knew Alvin Drucker well, who also told (when questioned in private) a former Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization in UK and Ireland and his wife about Sai Baba’s sexual abuses. Here is a verbatim excerpt from their e-mail to me (full details not disclosed, though archived with message source just in case) in which they also write of”the great shock we had on hearing this from Al and also his wife Yaani (and later from other close contacts , people we trusted , who had no motivation for telling lies about Baba”:-

“Anyway, here very briefly is what happened to us, and I must say we did feel guided through it…In early 2000 we invited Al Drucker to speak at our Sai Spring Retreat. We had been close to him many years ago when he was still living at the ashram, though we hadn’t been in touch with him for many years.
We actually asked him to say something in his speech to reassure everyone about the David Bailey stuff. This he diplomatically declined to do and afterwards, and only when we pressed him about it, he told us of his disillusionment with Baba – that time after time, parents of young boys would come to his room in great distress after interviews, seeking an explanation… Al said this is why he left the ashram and got married.
Mixed with the great shock we had on hearing this from Al and also his wife Yaani (and later from other close contacts, people we trusted , who had no motivation for telling lies about Baba)”

Disinformation by the Sathya Sai Organization of UK. which posted a completely false report about Phyllis Krystal having spoken at Westminster Cathedral, which was refuted by the Cathedral authorities. Only after repeated attempts by the Administrator of Westminster to get the President of the UK Organization to remove that posting was it eventually done. See here

Phyllis Krystal also told the Hamburg Sathya Sai Conference in 1990, when asked pointedly whether she had been cured of her headaches by Sai Baba, confirmed that she had. However, I was later told by a close mutual friend that she was taking many pain killers for them. (See here)

Krystal’s book ‘Cuting the Ties that Bind’ is typical New Age amateur psychology of the self-healing and Polyanna type. Krystal holds no known recognised professional diplomas or degrees in psychotherapy or related subjects. More on this later…

See: The UNESCO warning against Sathya Sai Baba. The said pages are stored on the internet wayback archive, (but when the site is busy it can sometimes take some time to open)

The wayback page which links to the above is at*/http:/

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

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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’

Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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Study of Sathya Sai Baba’s Miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on January 17, 2009

An on-line web paper (by Ted Powell) is adapted from the  book “Sai Baba’s Miracles: an overview” by Dale Beyerstein. The extensive paper has considerable food for thought for any intelligent, educated person who is interested in Sathya Sai Baba. It is found at the BC Society for Skeptical Inquiry website here

Sai Baba is an example of a God-Man: a man who claims to be a god. While God-Men are abundant in Asia, Sai Baba has been very successful in not only attracting followers in that continent, but also in the rest of the world. The contents of this papers are as follows (click on links):-

* The Purpose of This Study
*    Background Information About Sai Baba

*    Claims Made About Sathya Sai Baba
2. Sai Baba: Omniscient and Omnipotent?

3. Did Sai Baba Resurrect Someone From The Dead?

4. Does Sai Baba have telepathy

5. Accounts of materializing objects
6. Sundry Miracles
7. Healing
8. Fulfilment of prophecy
9. Bibliography

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Healing by Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on December 22, 2008

Healer Heal Thyself? This is what Sathya Sai Baba has said of healers in general. He claims to have healed himself only once, saying that he is not so selfish as to heal himself when so many millions are suffering, not least among his devotees. Still, despite that (a fact he most likely forgot)  he did claim to have healed himself and in a very grand public fashion on July 6 1963. Whether he actually did this is highly controversial, of course.

According to the Sathya Sai Baba mythology, he cured himself of a series of seizures affecting the brain and the supposedly resulting paralysis of the left side of his body by a “miracle”. He did the apparent cure by taking water with his right hand and sprinkling it over his left side. He did this after a dramatic build-up of a week, during which he convinced his servitors he was suffering a massive brain hemorrhage, he arranged to appear staggering and to sit before the crowd gathered for Guru Purima (the auspicious day of the guru in Hindu religion). The audience consisted in a large number of Indians, very largely uneducated local villagers – hardly any foreigners.

Those who do not believe in self-healing miracle men would say that the scenario was set up by him most cleverly. Seeing how accomplished an actor he was reported as always having been, he could also doubtless have carried off a faked  serious condition for a week that he was semi-paralysed and suffering dreadfully. That he could convince those with him of this depended on the fact that they were all devotees who already believe him to be God Almighty Incarnate – even the doctors who looked at him, but whose services he refused (he would have had to do that!). He was surely able to take the risk of such a deceit, knowing how easily he had already managed to convince countless people that he was capable of miracles of manifestation (but not without his cynical helper, Colonel Joga Rao, who did not believe in his miracles but who worked for him because of the social improvements his whole ‘mission’ promised).

In his book ‘Modern Miracles’, the para-psychologist Erlendur Haraldsson reports on how he tried to investigate healings by Sathya Sai Baba, but without definitive results, no positive cases, but rather a fair amount of negative evidence… i.e. absence of healing when promised most forcefully by Sathya Sai Baba. This included the claimed ‘resurrection from the dead’ of Walter Cowan, which Haraldsson investigated most thoroughly and discovered from the doctors involved that Hislop never died, nor was any death certificate ever issued there. Haraldsson lists several other incidents of non-healing at length, not least of the repeatedly-promised cure of a seriously disabled child of close followers Mr. and Mrs. Hanumantha Rao (who eventually left him as a result of Sai Baba not healing the child) and several others at that time around 1952-3.

See also on healing here

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Healing and youthfulness – Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on December 11, 2008

More Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba supposedly from the Suka Nadi:-

He will have healing powers and the power to cure himself by sprinkling water. He will use his healing powers not only for the people of this world, but also for the beings of the other worlds and on the higher planes of existence.(Devas, i.e. celestial gods and goddesses). At times He will take on the illness of the others.

This prophecy first ‘came to light’ only after the incident in which Sai Baba seemed to suffer paralysis of half of his body for a week before the 1963 Guru Poornima festivity in Prashanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, which he cured in a showpiece where he staggered out to his chair during the festivity then sprinkled water on the paralysed side and became as fit as a fiddle. Result: all doubters were confounded and his popularity grew more.

There are of course countless spiritual healers of more and less credible kinds. The phenomenon is not well understood and scientific medicine has not succeeded in researching the apparently genuine cases by any means. More on this here ‘Faith healing, self-suggestion and Sai Baba’

· He will have power to extend the life of deserving persons. When the Kali yuga influence grows even more intense, people will see His true might and will acknowledge that He is the Supreme Power. Then mankind will bow to him as a great Emperor and He will be revered as the greatest living being, MAHAPURUSHA, in the world.

We can most confidently state that day will not come within his lifetime, or ever – for that matter, considering the huge damage he has himself done to his reputation. His many false and ignorant statements alone would ensure that, apart from his sleight-of-hand ‘materialization’ as revealed by video footage and testified by many who were at his interviews and countless false predictions and promises, constant boasting, trying to get recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh, to get a Nobel Prize and his frequent ungodly and outright rude words to people, constant spreading of slander and rumours etc.

· Sri Sathya Sai Baba will perform great miracles. He will also retain youthful look, age notwithstanding

Sathya Sai Baba - the ever-youthful - in recent times

Sathya Sai Baba - the ever-youthful - in recent times

By what stretch of the imagination can one say that Sathya Sai Baba has retained his youthful looks?

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Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai – facts

Posted by robertpriddy on December 10, 2008

There are a large number of good reasons to doubt the authenticity of the predictions made by Narayana Shastri from his intuitive reading of the ‘Suka Nadi’ palm leaf manuscripts he claimed to possess (though they have never been made available to the public) . Here I shall go through some of the preposterous claims made, one by one:-

· He will be a great incarnation of the Godhead Vishnu, Shirdi Sai and several other Gods and Goddesses and will have all powers of God.

The validity of his claim that he is a reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba is under deep suspicion for a number of reasons. I has been said that the name of the saint of Shirdi was completely unknown in the region when Sai Baba as a young man claimed he was the reincarnation. This has been proven to be entirely wrong. The name was well known and it as the fame of Shirdi Sai Baba that Sathya Narayana Raju appropriated to himself as best he could. Despite this, most followers of Shirdi Sai Baba reject Sathya as his reincarnation, most notably the official Sansthan, whose web site av oids any positive mention whatever of Sathya Sai Baba.

A message in The Mumbai Mirror from the (Shirdi) Sai Baba Trust was printed:-
“Please do not believe anybody pretending to be a reincarnation of Shri Sai Baba. Shri Sai Baba has no disciple, nor an heir and nobody is seated on his aasan.”

Further, Manoj R Nair wrote in the Mumbai Mirror, (click here) Wednesday, January 11, 2006 “Sigh! Baba – Followers of Sai Baba file case against devotees of Sathya Sai of Puttaparthi to restrain them from calling him a reincarnation of the Shirdi seer”.

· He will be born for protecting and propagating Dharma (righteousness) and he will have a mission to fulfil.

· He will have healing powers and the power to cure himself by sprinkling water. He will use his healing powers not only for the people of this world, but also for the beings of the other worlds and on the higher planes of existence.(Devas, i.e. celestial gods and goddesses). At times He will take on the illness of the others.

There are of course countless spiritual healers of more and less credible kinds. The phenomenon is not well understood and scientific medicine has not succeeded in researching the apparently genuine cases by any means. More on this here ‘Faith healing, self-suggestion and Sai Baba’

More to follow soon!

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