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First man-made living organism challenges religious beliefs

Posted by robertpriddy on September 12, 2014

Unprecedented scientific breakthrough that changes life as we know it, for the first time in history!

The sciences are pushing out the boundaries of knowledge in every direction and the implications are profound. For the very first time, biologists have created self-sustaining and reproducing life, in the laboratory. The famous geneticist Dr. Craig Venter, who revolutionised genetics when he led the human genome project, has with his team designed and created a new life form, a unique bacterium. He wrote the DNA code digitally, converted it into chemical DNA and successfully put it into a cell to power it. (exclusive film of Discovery Science ‘Creating Synthetic Life’). Or See this video http://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2010/may/20/craig-venter-new-life-form.

This is of huge importance and surely transforms how mankind will think in future. It seriously challenges the entire past traditions of all the religions and philosophies that claim God alone could have created life. Natural processes can themselves be manipulated to an extent that was unimaginable a century ago. This advance once again shows how all the mysteries of a supposed creator are gradually being explained and shown to be reproducible. Though this new life form was created out of an existing cell, which it totally transformed, and the original design of DNA was constructed from elements of other DNA strings, this was creation of a new life form, of a living organism. This does not means that everything required for life was created, but a self-supporting entirely unprecedented bacterium was created.

Religious ‘wisdom’ lacks real knowledge

A large majority of the world’s population still lives within the confines of pre-scientific thought, predominantly religious ideas and their derivatives. Though the flat-earthers have all but disappeared, creationists are evidently still a world majority, living in basic ignorance of fundamental truths. Those countries in which a scientifically informed public dominates public life will continue as world leaders in education, science and all the forms of technological industry. The world is becoming more and more dependent on the fruits of science and technology, and it is already a necessity of life to billions of us.

Societies which remain steeped in the ignorance of traditional beliefs and hinder secularism are at a huge disadvantage today and will be more so in future. Increasingly in future, whether societies sink or swim will largely depend on the real knowledge resources of its population. An illustration of this: though a priest, gurus, sadhus, can use mobile phones, they can no more design and manufacture one than fly. Had there existed great sages like rishis or omniscient spiritual masters of any denominations, they would have been able to predict the findings of science today, but there is not a single example of this. Their domains were the entirely subjective ‘world’ of inner feelings, thoughts, speculations and inherited beliefs about otherworldly entities and spheres that were detached from the world we actually live in. Yet there are still many who believe in their ‘wisdom’, superior powers of healing and miracle-making. Such people do not and will never again have any impact on our great human enterprise.  As far as one can discover, no ancient  religious texts have predicted anything of note that has actually come to pass. No mention of the rise of bacteriological medicine,  the Hubble telescope, the Hadron collider, the discovery of DNA and the creation of living organisms… among countless thousands of other highly significant life-changing events.

Science far outpaces ‘spiritual beliefs’ rendering them redundant

The sciences have begun to take control of the workings of out minds, our memories, metabolisms, personalities and the nature of our offspring. This is achieved though genetics, robotics, information and nano-technology used to control matter, energy, and life itself at the most basic levels. “We’ve never seen anything like this before and this is raising profound questions about what it it means to be human and what our lives and future and children will be like” (Joel Garreau on Discovery World). The scale on which these transformations are developing is already vast and the applications in technology and many kinds of engineering are already well underway throughout the advanced industrial world.

The preserve of religion is supposedly the ‘inner world’, the subjective experiences of individuals and the beliefs and speculations based on ancient handed-down ‘scriptures’. This old world of religious and belief-rooted thought has slowly been giving way to rational, empirical and pragmatic thought – not mere untestable speculation –  in the last century and has energised advanced countries in the West and elsewhere. Religion consists in memes, cyclic patterns, deterministically imposing and perpetuating themselves, whether or not those involved have any understanding of how the self-repeating practice started. Thus, religions have a repetitive life of their own and hundreds or thousands of years of this have built up an inertia which takes a lot to reduce. They are always backward looking (e.g. to early scriptures) and invariably set false limits to thought and life. This kind of propagation of culture, often persisting from the cradle to the grave, is diametrically opposed to progressive education, which has to be investigative, critical of ‘established truth’ and self-critical, creative and open-minded.

“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win, because it works.” Stephen Hawking

So what becomes of  ‘God the Creator’?

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Diversity of India causes doubt (Sai Baba)

Posted by robertpriddy on October 30, 2011

On the one hand, Sathya Sai Baba glorified India as the country with a diversity as magnificent beyond description (this is almost the logo of Incredible India tourist advertising). In another context, however, he says knowing the diversity is not worthwhile, it means “doubt, dissension and dispiritedness”!

He never could make up his mind where he really stood in that he opted for all standpoints that suited his purpose at the time, however much they conflicted. He did this on free will, the fruits of service, healing, good and evil and dozens of other issues.

Sai Baba was always ready and eager to castigate his countrymen for failing to live up to the ideals of ultimate religious self-denial in searching for Unity with the Infinite, Eternal Godhead. This concept was derived precisely from “doubt, dissension and dispiritedness” and the implied futility of life and the world, which were always strong themes in his ‘discourses’. It appeals to people who have lost their way, cannot face existence, have been deprived of love and care or have suffered catastrophe (supposedly sent from on high by God too!). The search often reminds of that for a mare’s nest or pie in the sky, since it is the result of speculations out of the existential desperation of the weak-hearted or broken spirits that is found in all those who deny the world, who retreat from life (in hermitages, caves and other retreats). If anyone discovered the One, then why didn’t they know how to make an Ipad, nano tubes, explain evolution, describe the first seconds of the Big Bang… and many a million other matters?

No doubt that India is the country where dissension has been and still is most damaging due to its diversity of race, colour, religion, caste and grinding poverty and screaming injustices and horrors hard to imagine for those who have never walked its streets. This environment surely helps explain the continued widespread naive religiosity, a constant inner flight from the world and its gruelling realities?

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Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession

Posted by robertpriddy on June 17, 2011

Never forget that the self-appointed total renunciate of all worldly goods and desires was exposed after his death as a miserly hoarder on a huge scale. The genuine valuable diamonds he had were never given to any of those who he claimed to ‘materialize’ diamond rings for. Unless perhaps for one or two top Indian elite figures (though no one has ever produced proof of a single genuine diamond from him! (i.e. a professional diamond assayer. But assayers have shown that his claimed ‘diamonds’ were virtually worthless zircon or synthetic gemstones – see here).

Sathya Sai Baba with hands in prayer?

From the Telegraph, Calcutta, "Open Sesame! Baba and his chamber of secrets" 11.5 crore rupees = over £ 1.6 million

The Mumbai Mirror also reported:- “The Central Sathya Sai Trust, which conducted an inventory of the things stored inside the Yajur Mandir since it was broken open on Wednesday, came out with the announcement listing details of the treasure trove.

The assessment was done in the presence of retired judge of Supreme Court A P Mishra and retired judge of Karnataka High Court Vaidyanatha. 
The room had two huge idols of Ganesh and Krishna, which Baba used to pray to for two hours every day.  According to reports, diamonds presented by Saudi royalty were also found there.

As many as 20 SBI staff counted the cash for 36 hours using three cash counting machines, apart from manually weighing the ornaments.
Trust legal counsel member Naganand disclosed the details of the wealth to media. The room had restricted entry for everybody including trust members, his relatives and close aides. Only the Baba’s most trusted personal assistant Sathyajit used to be allowed entry now and then to serve Baba. Rumours regarding the spiritual leader’s will were also put to rest after trust members declared that a will had also been recovered in the room. The room had been kept locked ever since Baba was hospitalised in March.”

Where the report that Sai Baba prayed two hours daily to idols of Ganesh and Krishna originated none can guess… if it were true it would be a sensation, as he claimed to be the reincarnation of Krishna, so why pray to himself? Now there is allegedly a will made by Sathya Sai Baba! What does that contain? Will it make Satyajit the head of his Trust or what? More internal battling and cover-up is only to be expected, considering all the cloak-and-dagger behind the scenes so far! Devotees are saying the unprecedented photo of SB doing namaskaar (right)  was a last greeting, that he knew his time had come. Or, just as likely… did this express atonement for a lifetime of deceits and sins in a typical gesture of “public apology”. Did the Central Trust members become seriously worried what he’d do next, leading to their “decisions”, followed by SB’s “heart attack”, hospitalisation… and never fully explained or certificated death? Nobody knows what they did, do or will do… as an academic has mailed me today:-
“I find it most alarming that no one from the Revenue service, the government or otherwise was allowed or had pressed the Trust to be present during the official opening of the inner sanctum.”


A long-time contact of mine in India has sent me information (inset in dark blue) from his insider sources which facts are now appearing here and there in numerous Indian papers:-

Sai Baba’s official residence “Yajur mandiram” – built at a cost of around Rs 35-40 crores ( $9-10 millions) in 2006 – was opened yesterday by (only some of the) Sathya Sai Central Trust members. It had been kept locked for the past 2 months since Sathya Sai Baba’s final hospitalization (that is, apart from one entry by police to try to find the will of Sai Baba that someone had dreamed he told them it was in a silver casket there (Most amusingly, nothing was found!) . At 10 AM  on 16th June, 2011, the key was brought from the State Bank of India – where it has been held –  by the bank manager and the residence was opened. Sources tell me – as largely confirmed by some newspaper reports too – that a staggering amount of hard cash was discovered, in several currencies. It was so much that, after two hours, bank officials decided  to bring in many currency counting machines. About 15 to 20 students were pressed into service to count the cash alone, and it took them many hours to complete the job. Unofficial reports say that the cash alone would be in the range of several millions of dollars.

Satyajit was specially brought in by the SSB trust to identify all the places where the “divine treasure” has been stashed away, as he was the only one Sai Baba had trusted in his last few years.

(NOTE: IBN Live reported 15 June:- “It is learnt that Ratnakar wanted the Trust to give no importance to Satyajit under any circumstances.” Meanwhile, the Hindustan Times, June 16, reported:- “Sathya Sai Baba’s personal care-giver Satyajit, who alone had the knowledge of the biometric lock system, accompanied the trust members and officials. During the spiritual guru’s lifetime, Satyajit was the only person who had access to his personal chamber.” So the Trustees had to swallow their pride or else remain locked out, but Satyajit complied even though everyone knonw Sathya Sai Baba intended him to be the one who would lead the Central Trust. Which strongly indicates how thoroughly dishonourable the remaining trustee power-brokers are. See more on their despicable lies below. Rediff News, June 17, reports under the heading:- “Rs 11.5 cr cash, 98 kg gold found in Sai Baba’s room“. Enough said here!

Apart from the huge cash haul, a large amount of gold, diamonds and precious jewelry has been found. Chains, lockets, rings etc in their hundreds were heaped in secret hiding places. Local sources say that this would only be a fraction of what had been originally inside Sai Baba’s residence as after his hospitalisation, several trucks of cash and gold had been reportedly spirited away by SSB trust members/their agents.A few computers were also found inside the residence complex, and are reported to contain details of Sai Baba’s huge financial empire. SSB trust members say they have videographed the inspection proceedings and would submit an inventory to the government soon, but they refused to comment or take questions, while Ratnakar, SSB’s nephew has said a statement would be issued within 24 hours.

The Times of India reported June 17:- Baba used to maintain a cash chest from where he used to gift priceless valuables and gifts to his ardent devotees,” a source said.” and “Sources said that crores worth valuables and gold jewellery was stored inside the mandir. The Trust kept everybody, including media, at bay though it had promised to open the doors of the mandir in the midst of devotees and high-profile individuals.” “Ex-CJI P N Bhagawati along with former High Court judge Vaidyanathan and ex-Supreme Court judge A P Misra were also present when the inventory was being done in the mandir. Surprisingly, the district collector, SP or revenue officials were not present at the time of inventory. Though the Trust promised to carry out the exercise in the presence of a third party, nobody was allowed inside,” sources said. Media was kept out of bounds, while only DSP Narasimhulu, who is touted to be close to Rathnakar, was present.

Sathya Sai Trustees lie their way through everything, the proof:-
My friend also points out:-

On April 28th, the SB trust members in a rambling hour long press conference, 4 days after sb’s death, had issued several statements about the functioning of the sb trust, its transparency, its perfect accounting of every single rupee received by check, about how the press and vested interests were casting aspersions etc…
“18. In light of the baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that these accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed that these have been engineered by certain vested interests with a view to defame the fair name of the Trust, its functionaries and the Trustees. There is no truth whatsoever in these allegations.
19. All transactions of the Trusts are duly accounted in their books of account. An experienced and qualified chartered accountant oversees the accounting and financial management. The accounts are duly audited by a reputed firm of Chartered Accountants based at Delhi. Periodical returns, accounts and audit reports as prescribed by law are duly filed with the concerned authorities under the Income Tax Act, FCRA and other applicable statutes. There is no proceeding initiated against any of the Trusts by any authority under any statute alleging any impropriety or violation of law.” Here one may study that full official statement http://www.saibabaofindia.com/press-release-trustees-sri-sathya-sai-central-trust-28042011.htm

Indeed, almost everything their infallible preceptor, Sathya Sai Baba himself, said about money, property, selfless service, celibacy, proper behaviour, human nature and so on is contradicted by something else he said or did. Yet most of the top Indian elite still worships his memory and condones the Central Trust’s  secrecy and undoubted corruption and suspected vast money-laundering without a single check or intervention! All these corrupt politicians attended the funeral of one of the worst guru exploiters of people in Indian history, Sathya Sai Baba, the Midas of Puttaparthi whose deceptions all turned to donated ‘gold’ for him and who died under such ignominious and suspicious circumstances without a death certificate or post-mortem while his Central Trust fought daily over the power and money at stake! It shows what a gigantic leap forward is needed for Indian politics and law ever to catch up with a moderately run and informed democracy, alas for the majority of its people! The great problem for Manmohan Singh and all the top politicians in India is that, in appearing to try to crack down on corruption, they cannot crack down on the leading figures who allow and/or turn a blind eye to it (i.e. themselves!) except where it is impossible for them not to act at least partially, as in the case of the huge Commonwealth Games international scandal. The government is beset by a populace claiming a clean-up, first led by Gandhi activist Anna Hazare (and of course, NOT by Sathya Sai Baba). In the case of the TV yogi guru Ramdev’s massively supported fast and demonstrations against top-level corruption, the huge demonstrations have been brutally suppressed with the support of the Indian Government. He said he would continue his hunger strike and organise nationwide protests this week against the police action. ‘It’s a blot on democracy and a conspiracy to kill me,’ he said. He accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government of reneging on a promise to take swift action against Indians who have stashed millions of dollars illegally in safe havens abroad.
Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394603/Guru-Baba-Ramdevs-hunger-strike-end-riot-Indian-police-teargas-crowd-40-000-supporters.html#ixzz1PYIDa9oB


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More defeats for the Sai Baba ‘lunatic core’

Posted by robertpriddy on June 4, 2011

The Times of India put out an example of ‘fringe lunacy’ which now seems to dwell at the core of the belief system of many devotees (in India at least). The entire report was typical speculation presented by some followers as fact … and events have obliterated this fanciful belief along with many others. See the scan of the article below here.

 How could a major newspaper consider it worth reporting such preposterous rumours  as “Baba said he would return stronger”?  It may have pulled in readers among desperately hoping devotees to sell more papers, but it could also be due to the shadow of former High Chief Justice Bhagwati – a corrupt ex-Supreme Court Sai devotee judge who is involved with the Times of India and has for decades been a Sai Baba official too.

Yet another of the endless lunatic fringe ideas that pervade the entire Sathya Sai Baba cult. The credibility of Sathya Sai Baba is now totally damaged in the eyes of the wide world, not only because of the widespread accusations of his sexual abuses – as investigated by UNESCO and the US State Department (having used the CIA & FBI no doubt) and resulting in their warnings and as portrayed by two of his brave, outspoken accusers on the BBC World documentary ‘The Secret Swami‘. The blind belief of his followers is a result of a massive hoodwinking and cover-up exercise stretching over 6 decades.

He is hailed by many as a philanthropist, especially the lunatic element (like Mr. David Wolff) – but he never actually worked or earned a penny of what was expended, it was all given by well-meaning people mostly wanting to improve the lot of the poor, suffering and undereducated. These are the actual philanthopists. (I can even count my wife and I among their number over 16,000 pounds sterling, worth much more back in the 80s and 90s.). Sathya Sai Baba said he had no property, no monies – so how could he really have been a philanthropist? He did accept gifts on a large scale and squirreles them away in his various luxury apartments, as all the world now knows… these goods – like 5,000 watches, huge amounts of dried fruit and biscuits – both long past the sell-by date, was stored up in his 5 by 5 meter bed and were never given to anyone.The amount of money expended and dozens of top doctors from near and far by plane and helicopter – and the massive security employed for weeks – wasted on this controversial and fallacious ‘godman’ was disgusting when one considers how most of the poor have hardly any health care or even the vital necessities of a proper living (other than the benefit of the sun’s warmth). He is hailed by many as a philanthropist – but he never actually worked or earned a penny of what was expended, it was all given by well-meaning people mostly wanting to improve the lot of the poor, suffering and undereducated. These are the actual philanthopists. 

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The Golden Age – Sai Baba’s promise to Connie Shaw discredited

Posted by robertpriddy on June 3, 2011

connie-shawSathya Sai Baba made predictions in private interview situations, knowing that they would spread like wildfire as uncontrollable rumours. Then, when the predictions failed, which they invariably did, there was no documentary proof that he made them, and devotees dared not confront him or what he said in any way. The same with many of the leelas and miracles, they are very important to the Sai Baba legend and are mixed up with disinformation, a clever technique at which Sathya Sai Baba was adept and he used his unwitting collaborators to propagate.

In 2002, a long-term devotee who was on her 31st visit to see Sathya Sai Baba, had a private interview (in the rear room) which she reported on the Internet. The web page http://www.saibaba.ws/reports/connieshaw.htm has since been removed for obvious reasons, but a scan of the page is reproduced here (CLICK ON small scan on right to enlarge):-

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ZOOM INNow that 2008 has long passed by and international war continues in Afghanistan and a civil war backed by NATO in Libya took place. The so-called ‘war on terror’ is also being actively pursued and the US Congress is to pass a law defining cyber attacks as war, giving the right to respond militarily. A horrendous war raged in Syria from 2011, and has spread to Iraq where ISIS is warring against the Kurds and Shities. Outright war also occurred in Russia’s invasion of Georgia in South Ossetia, which Russia now occupies, and Russia provoked civil war in Ukraine and annexed the Crimea by force. There have been several major civil wars in recent times, such as in Dafur, Indonesia, in the Congo area and in diverse other minor war conflicts in African states. 

As to the Golden Age and transformation of human consciousness etc, it was heralded for decades by Sathya Sai Baba but, when failing to occur, was repeatedly promised at a new and later date. In 2012 it was further postponed until to the much promoted ‘advent of Prema Sai’ as a third reincarnation of Sai Baba in Southern India, whenever that is supposed to take place.  Another example of this kind of Sai Baba prediction:- The VIP devotees, Rita and Robert Bruce, were told by him about practically instant transformation of people’s consciousness after his 80th anniversary. But that anniversary was celebrated in 2006!  What kind of transformation is that? (see The Golden Age of Sai Baba)

Disinformation: “—  involves the deliberate, calculated dissemination of equivocal data, partially true, partially erroneous, in order to conceal something, to deflect attention in one or another peripheral or tangential direction. But the best lies are always embellishments or variations of the truth, not total fabrications. The most effective disinformation is always structured around a core of validity.” (from The Messianic Legacy by Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln London 1968)

Sathya Sai Baba claimed he was (and always is) the Director behind the scenes of all that happens on the world stage. This therefore necessarily includes events that are inexplicably evil and abominable, which he simply wrote off as all part of his ‘maya’ (i.e deceptive appearances), and ‘his Divine sport’ (i.e. leela). The Holocaust was but one relatively mild good example. This level of disinformation surely surpasses anything the biggest propaganda agencies of the last century have produced. It would be amazingly inexplicable that about 7 Indian Prime Ministers and 5 Presidents have endorsed this charlatan Godhead, were it not for the obvious fact that they have been under his influence long themselves and saw him as as important for their electorate in Andhra Pradesh and subsequently other Indian states. Not least, he was the biggest foreign currency earner in India for decades. That the Sathya Sai Central Trust was granted total freedom from customs and excise duties and taxation – and even after his ignominious death can conceal most of its accounts and transactions and remain largely unaccountable for anything, made it an Eldorado for money launderers and corrupt politicians, though its secrecy is so tight that this cannot be proven or even investigated! Note that the importance for the Indian economy of payments to the funds of gurus with followings outside the country has been essential, and has been a main source of foreign earnings.


There are any number of prophecies by Sathya Sai Baba which signally failed to come about – a list of links for those not acquainted with these gives the documentation and proofs in each case:-

Sathya Sai Baba failed prophesy as the ‘great saviour of mankind’  – eg. Sai Baba being ‘king of the whole world’ from AD 2000, Muslims recognizing him 9 years before his passing, and the whole world visiting Prashanthi Nilayam.
Sathya Sai Baba prophecies on his own death date – wrongly
Sathya Sai Baba as world saviour Well-known proclamations by Sathya Sai Baba are quoted on how he intends to save the planet and humanity… as well as some of his more incredible prophecies which have so far not come to pass.
Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba in the Suka Nadi etc. Each prophecy is considered for its likelihood of having been made and its validity
Bogus Prophecies about Sathya Sai Baba
Sai Baba soon to fly unaided in the sky?
Sathya Sai prophesied as ‘king of the world’ from 2000
Sai Baba prophesies he will lift “a whole range of mountains“!
Sai Baba prophesies – Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus
Prophesies about Sai-Avatar
Bogus Persian prophetic texts, and Nostradamus’ prophecies
The Pope to preach Sai Baba’s message?


You can see a selected list of prominent signers of the Sai Petition here.

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Sathya Sai Baba’s prediction about Vivekananda’s rebirth proven false

Posted by robertpriddy on June 1, 2011

In a most engaging and revelatory three-part blog series, Barry Pittard – former teacher at Sathya Sai Baba’s Whitefield College near Bangalore – recounts all the facts concerning how Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies His Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Claim. Pittard met the young man in question in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1998, which meeting left no doubt that Sai Baba’s declaration was a most unwelcome event in his life, one he rejected completely.

In his attempt to install himself as the Incarnate Godhead, Sathya Sai Baba spread a vast network of rumours and made more excessive claims of divinity than anyone has made in recorded history. Many of the stories he repeatedly embroidered try to represent him as a figure of mythical proportions, relying very much on claims about his role in the lives of divine figures in religious scripture and mythology.

One such invention aimed to appeal to the large Hindu community and diaspora in the West, was his telling a young Sri Lankan man that he was the reincarnation of the famous Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), who had impressed the West at the Parliament of Religions, Chicago, in 1893. In an interview – urging secrecy – but knowing full well that such a sensational piece of news would spread like wildfire among his followers and become part of the accepted history, Sathya Sai Baba predicted that this young man would come to aid him in his mission in 2021… but Sai Baba is dead as of April 2011!

To investigate how prevalent rumours spread by Sathya Sai Baba and his supporters are, and how central they are to the mythology about him, see here

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The failing International Sai Organization, its dilemmas and unpopularity

Posted by robertpriddy on May 30, 2011

The International Sai Organization is evidently struggling even harder than before to try to create some attractions to followers. During the last years, Sathya Sai Baba said nothing new and has been unavailable to all but a limited number of persons around him. The Sai Organization has always struggled to recruit new members, managing only to get a small fraction of supposed followers to join as members (despite production of inflated figures across the board!). Many have left the organization, increasingly after the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba’s widely reported sexual activities in 1999, but dissatisfaction with the running, the rules, the lack of openings for feedback or initiatives other than those the manipulative and largely ineffectual leaders accepted, all of whom were mere puppets for what Sai Baba and his top advisors decided. Now that the Sathya Sai Central Trust is in complete disarray and has been seen by all to be an extremely secretive and suspicious set-up, the organization is not unaffected. All this shows that much of the hot air has leaked from the Sai balloon already. The ‘authorities’ are in difficulties – as the fact that this blog has risen so high on Google searches also shows. There is almost nothing with which they can really interest people, and only the most totally converted ‘lost souls’ are going to read all the boring and un-inventive parrot-like speeches or lectures the organization is preparing for their websites and meetings. After the ignominious death and failure of Sai Baba by any reckoning to reach 96 years of age (as widely published by major newspapers), his credibility in the wider world cannot but sink further from now on.

Most likely, the razzamatazz Disneyland-style Puttaparthi set-up with its garish colours and architecture will remain a major pilgrimage destination for ordinary Indians for the foreseeable future, especially if the showpiece festivities are stepped up as planned. It has been expressly built for that purpose, especially over the last 10 years, with the aid of money from the Andhra Pradesh government to promote tourism and free or cheap rail passes and other State-subsidised transport facilities. The flamboyant Chaitanya Jyoti building and its crude propaganda is a prime exhibit, a delight for simple minds – as is the Sai Baba promotional ‘Spiritual Heritage Museum’. Free handouts of sweets and simple meals – costing little to the super-rich ashram – have also been a large attraction to villagers and poor people wanting a day out, of course.  So we now have, for lower middle class Indians and peasants, a minor Tirupati, or a minor Shirdi. That is the way India still works. Pop religion is thriving there, especially under more modern gurus like Baba Ramdev – who makes no divine claims, except perhaps about the curative powers of Yoga.  Until education levels rise for the “plebs”, it will remain so.

FOR OBVIOUS REASONS (HARASSMENT, THREATS TO HIM) THE REAL NAME AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF THIS PERSON ARE NOT MADE PUBLIC. I CAN ASSURE ALL THAT HE REALLY EXISTS AND THAT HE AND HIS POSITION, LOCATION ETC. ARE KNOWN TO US.

My mailbox regularly receives evidence that there are those who have felt the abuse of faith – also on their bodies – and who know from personal experience that most of the ‘mystery’ that Sathya Sai Baba and his minions have built up around him is a cynical snare, a miasma and a delusion.Just today the mail scanned and shown on the right was forwarded to me:-

Meanwhile, the Sai Organization outside India and countries which have large resident Indian or Tamil populations (Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad etc.) has lost many adherents and will no doubt suffer a withering now that the person of Sai Baba is no more and cannot be visited or bestow supposed blessings. There are many other gurus and self-appointed avatars in or from India which exert more attraction nowadays (egs. the ‘hugging mother’, Ravi Shankar, Bala Sai Baba, Kalki Avatar, Kripalu Maharaj and even sex-exposed Swami Nityananda… to name but a few). Without the person, there is little or no fascination at all for non-Hindus, with the possible exception of more “backward” and less affluent Russians, Poles, Indonesians, etc.

The Sai organization website at sathysai.org is strapped for real news that would attract visitors, but they point out that “The Venezuelan Government has issued a proclamation extolling Swami as a great soul of India, a Mahatma. The Venezuelan statement refers to “ON OCCASION OF THE PHYSICAL DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, SATHYA SAI BABA” The physical “disappearance” indeed, – and under extremely questionable and totally secret circumstances. In any country where the rule of law and human rights counts for much, the illness and death of Sathya Sai Baba would have been investigated thoroughly or else there would have been a public outcry of dimensions! Not so in India, where even his ‘ordinary’ devotees cannot have a say in anything. So much for Indian democracy and law in action!  Among other ‘considerations’ – the Venezuelan declaration also states, CONSIDERING THAT There exist excellent spiritual, cultural, commercial, technological, and diplomatic relations between the people and governments of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of India.” This may seem rather surprising to outsiders, but some top political figures in Venezuela visited Sathya Sai Baba in the past and were ‘captivated’ by him. The declaration is obviously made by a mere handful of those who are in power, and does not represent the opinions of many people there, of course. That there is a strong element of politics in the declaration is likely – even appeasement of all those prominent power-brokers in India who set so much store by Sai Baba and try to promote him to foreign governments and the U.N. (but with extremely limited success).

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Sai Baba – ‘The Hindu’ allows criticism, but…

Posted by robertpriddy on May 16, 2011

UPDATE: After 2days plus: BUT ‘The Hindu’ accepts e-mail letters about articles it has posted on-line I have written a brief e-mail, signed Robert Priddy, and awaited with interest to see whether The Hindu posted it. My mail was reasonable and factual (see here).  That The Hindu has not so far posted my letter indicates that they are censoring it.
Watch this URL: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/letters/article2024043.ece

Previously I wrote:-
After many years of virtual subservience to Sathya Sai Baba and his doctrines, combined with refusal to entertain the views of critics – not even answering our letters – and nothing but virtual promotional articles of Sathya Sai Baba as endorsers of his sainthood, ‘The Hindu’ has at last relented somewhat. It has allowed a critical article, which is important and deserves wide propagation. Having long kow-towed to that substantial elite in India which has long invested all its prestige in the worship of Sai Baba, the editors of The Hindu are probably beginning to realize that they have put their credibility on a knife-edge in the eyes of the world, because of the tremendous controversy about the illness and death of Sathya Sai Baba both in India and the world press. No one can now be fully unaware of the extreme secrecy and cover-up of the slightest facts about him – in this case his long-standing bad health condition, the physiological cause of his fatal organ failures, and the uncertainty about how he declared dead (no death certificate) plus suspicions about the timing of his death (why was he disconnected from life support just on Easter Sunday?). The tale of smoke and mirrors goes on… why did he not pass into mahasamadhi as a realised yogi is – in India at least – fully expected to do, but died unconscious and his body ravaged by a wasting illness and multiple organ failures? Was it not AIDS? Then there is the behind the scenes battle about control of the billions of dollars in the Sathya Sai Central Trust and its various flagship projects (prestigious in Andhra Pradesh, though minor charities within the larger picture)… the myth of Sathya Sai Baba and his as being the God Creator is unravelling at such a pace that even religiously inclined newspaper editors are getting cold feet.This is to be welcomed on behalf of all that is good and true in India, all those who are so enormously exploited and suppressed by the authorities, from the President, Prime Minister and on down through the ranks. This is what The Hindu – now deserving of some (rather tentative) congratulation – published:-

The phenomenon of Satya Sai Baba

PUSHPA M. BHARGAVA
As the dust after the death of Satya Sai Baba has largely settled, it is time to evaluate him, his work and its implications, objectively and unemotionally, for there is a good deal to be learnt from his life and death.

His rise to fame from an ordinary, even humble background, was based on (i ) his claim that he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba ; (ii) his claim that he represented divinity, that is, God himself ; (iii) that, consequently, he had powers that no mortal man had ; (iv) that he could provide succour and mental peace to people who came to him with problems of various kinds ; and (v) that he engaged himself in charitable works like opening hospitals and providing potable water to villagers.

Let us examine his above claims and actions one by one. There is not a shred of evidence of rebirth; the very idea of rebirth goes against all of science. Every claimed case of rebirth that has been investigated has been shown to be fake.

As regards his being a reincarnation of God, the only proof he provided was that of performing miracles or miraculous acts. The fact is that he never performed a miracle. In fact, no miracle has ever been performed by any one. All miracles attributed to religious leaders are inventions of the clergy. An example would be that of Mother Teresa whom I met and who never claimed to have performed a miracle in her lifetime. But for her to be canonized after her death two miracles had to be — and were — invented and attributed to her. Every single act of Sai Baba that was a miracle in the public eye could be performed by ordinary magicians.
My colleague at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology at Hyderabad, Dr. M. W. Pandit, performed them publicly. So did the well-known rationalist, the late Premanand. Invite Dr. Narendra Nayak by sending an e.mail to and he will come and perform for you every miracle that Sai Baba ever claimed to have performed — be it producing a ring or a Japanese watch or sacred ash from nowhere, or his photograph shedding sacred ash.

As regards the miraculous cures he claimed to have performed, we never heard of his failures. A distant cousin of mine had her young son suffering from an incurable disease. Sai Baba who blessed him said he would be cured. When she went back to him after the child’s death, Sai Baba told her that he felt it was best for the child to come to him and that is what he caused to happen; so there was no reason for worry.

The cures that may have been effected were never established to be directly on account of Sai Baba’s ‘divine’ intervention. They were probably natural or psychosomatic, of which numerous examples are known. After all, what do neuropsychologists or psychiatrists do? That is why he never allowed rationalists like Professor Narasimhaiah, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, or Premanand, to come anywhere near him. It is believed that it were his men who actually once beat up Narasimhaiah.

The late Dr. Y. Nayudamma, the former Director-General of CSIR, who died in an Air India crash near Canada years ago, told me of his visit to Sai Baba with a once ardent follower, Dr. S. Bhagavantam, a former Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister. Nayudamma stood in front of Sai Baba with folded hands and most respectfully, requested him to produce a blade of grass between his palms. That would have been a miracle. But, instead, Nayudamma had to leave.

As regards his acts of charity, there are innumerable people in the country who engage in such acts to avoid undue attention focussed on their ill-gotten wealth. Accounting of his enormous wealth has never been transparent.

Sai Baba’s unusual accomplishment was to recruit such a large number of the rich and the powerful, politicians and bureaucrats, law-makers, law-keepers, and law dispensers, amongst his followers. Perhaps this is more of a reflection on his followers than him!

Sai Baba’s death was not a national tragedy. The national tragedy was his being given a state funeral, a state of official mourning being declared, and the country’s political leaders — cutting across parties, including the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the NAC — spending precious time and resources to have his last darshan, relegating to the background the nation’s constitutional commitment to a scientific temper.

(The writer is a former Vice-Chairman, National Knowledge Commission, former member, National Security Advisory Board and former founder and Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. His email is: bhargava.pm @gmail.com)

The above article expressed a degree of skepticism seldom seen so widely in India. The facts of the matter have been investigated most thoroughly by former followers of professional standing who became disillusioned, as well as numbers of psychologists, sex abuse consultants, criminologists, social researchers, comparative religionist academics, philosophers and diverse other professionals from many countries – of course including many journalists and several world-class TV documentary makers. Their overall results bear out P.M. Bhargava in the main. Of course, the various investigators have come to somewhat different results on various claims and details and some more prominent issues as their basis and facilities for research will have differed in each case. The great difficulties of researching the controlling bodies and individuals in such clandestine inner circles of this guru cult are well-known and have been documented by independent but largely non-critical researchers, such as Tulasi Srinivas (in her work ‘Winged Faith’). Most of the relevant information can be found at Sathya Sai Baba in Word and Action

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Sathya Sai Central Trust decisions on its leadership

Posted by robertpriddy on May 13, 2011

Latest news:- Those who run the Sathya Sai Central Trust now have decided that the power of cheque signing will devolve on three trustees, the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba, and two others. Meanwhile, P.N. Bhagwati was made Vice-Chancellor of the Sathya Sai College and Satyajit – considered a front runner for top office by the media – has withdrawn from the fray and gone to Mumbai to be an ‘ordinary devotee’.

The Times of India posted an unclear typo-ridden article (see on right). The untrustworthy and corrupt P.N. Bhagwati (read all about him!)  holds the first temporary, rotating chairmanship. In a new development which would be hilarious were it not such a serious matter of clandestine manoeuvres behind closed doors. Under him, the Trust decided on a gimmick that is almost childishly naive, to name Sathya Sai Baba the “Permanent Chairman” of the Trust. The idea is of course that the widely accused sexual abuser and accomplice to cold-blooded executions is living in an eternal realm and steering everything from there as the ‘eternal charioteer’ he proclaimed himself.  No doubt the washing of money outside all accountability with continued complete tax, duty and excise exemption and non-reporting will go on in a celestial fashion, with P.N. Bhagwati receiving inner directions from Swami! Anyone who donates to this ‘corrupt body’ will be most foolish, even though some of the money is used to keep the private hospitals and questionable schools and colleges running.

One can hope that the recent Wikileaks report on Indian nationals as those having the biggest overall deposits in Swiss banks, will follow up and eventually release the full names of all those countless corrupt Indian exploiters of their countrymen with those accounts, giving the amounts involved in each case. One can quite confidently expect many names associated with Sathya Sai Baba to pop up in that event! This disaster for the Indian elite has apparently been anticipated by authorities who have instituted methods of face-saving and vastly reduced loss. The Economic Times of India reports at length under the title “Black money: Legitimise it by paying 15% tax, park it in India” Here is a short excerpt:- “There’s some delightful news for those with Swiss bank accounts. Indians , who opted for such numbered account service, have a way to mislead anyone trying to hunt them down. For them, a new window in the tax law has flung open just when some of the doors are about to shut. The law of the land has made it possible for them to bring back the money , legitimise it by paying 15% tax, and park it in any account with a bank in India. No questions will be asked. The taxman won’t harass them because it’s money on which tax has been paid.”

The Milli Gazette has published a damning account about India’s political elite, referring to the latest sensational revelations by Wikileaks. We read: “Wikileaks now tell us, for the canny reason that India’s “mainstream” power wielders/brokers reserve truth-sharing not for the people of India but for the American Embassy. There is the intimate zone where they bare their hearts out.” Wikileaks opens India’s dirty Pandora Box. This bears out yet again what I and my colleagues in the Sathya Sai Baba exposé have been pointing out… the top people are worshippers of Sai Baba, who praised them and condoned their policies, allowing them to visit him and get public blessings. Have no illusions about all those involved!

Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

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Sathya Sai Baba’s death and inscrutability

Posted by robertpriddy on May 11, 2011

Secrecy and clandestine cover-ups Hardly a single important circumstance concerning the recent health, hospitalization, treatment, or the time and immediate cause of death of Sathya Sai Baba has not been surrounded by secrecy, disinformation and ill-concealed controversy and power struggles between contestants for a role in the multi-billion dollar financed goings-on. This can be seen in a large number of newspaper investigations and statements from involved parties.

Considering the huge controversy about his illness, about the amount of drugs he was taking for such a long period (some say 6 months) and the causes and manner of his decease, there should certainly have been a post mortem with a coroner’s report too, but no such process has been allowed. So far there is no mention anywhere of even a death certificate being issued for Sathya Sai Baba – surely a normal practice which is again being abrogated. Perhaps the most sensitive issue for those involved in the continuing series of cover-ups reaching to high levels of government, is that of the date and circumstances of the ordering of his casket coffin – facts which Sathya Sai Central Trust blue-facedly denies, despite the documentation and full testimony on the extremely suspicious sequence of events being available on TV channels in India. That Sathya Sai Baba allegedly died on Easter Sunday is also suspicious because he was on a life support system which was removed at some point. This removal would have been tantamount to causing death. It was done to coincide with Easter Sunday – i.e. Christ’s supposed ‘resurrection’ day. This look very like an attempt to hang onto those foreign devotees who misguidedly believe that Sathya Sai Baba WAS Christ (including  US Dr. Michael Goldstein – international chairman of the Sathya Sai organization – see him state this very short clip (filesize 260Kb)).

This highly suspicious use of deceit, ‘smoke and mirrors’, is not an unusual state of affairs in the ashrams and institutions of Sathya Sai Baba, which have for decades been most strictly censored and controlled through powerful sanctions ranging from exclusion from the various private colleges, hospitals or Sathya Sai organizations up to and including actual execution by police! Endemic unaccountability is the mark of Sathya Sai Baba himself and of his private fiefdom (Prashanthi Nilayam having long been a township totally under the rule of him and/or his minions). The financial power house built up over the decades, the Sathya Sai Central Trust, is a prime example of a totally unsupervised body which has had complete freedom from import and export duties and taxation, it having not even had to present reports on its transactions to local or central government. It has been openly admitted by Andhra Pradesh authorities that it never has presented any such reports.

Source books for Sathya Sai Baba's warning of 'inscrutability'

How did Sathya Sai Baba manage to avoid serious scrutiny? From the very beginning of his so-called ‘mission’, he had to be protected from ill-wishers in Puttaparthi and other places. Those who formed around him believed him to be a divine personality of some kind, and many already regarded him as a great master of all knowledge and obeyed his wishes, knowing that he could respond most unpleasantly (as Smt. Vijayamma has described at length in her book ‘Refuge other than You I have none‘). Sai Baba was already instilling into everyone that he was beyond human understanding, that one should not try to find out about him but worship and believe instead. He made many pronouncements about his Godlike inscrutability, which served to stop followers from making any judgements about his observable actions (other than to interpret them as ‘beyond our understanding’ and as expressions of love of a depth which we cannot begin to appreciate or figure out! (See inset list of sources).

It was impossible for anyone to barge into his presence even from fairly early days onwards, as he was constantly surrounded by devotees who kept a sharp eye on newcomers and guarded him in various ways. When foreigners began to arrive, the security gradually tightened so that, by 1984 when I arrived at Prashanthi Nilayam, his quarters were carefully guarded and he was isolated from ashramites except during his darshan walkabouts and interviews, or the occasional visit to some inaugurate some new building site within the ashram. Tape recorders were not allowed at interviews and there were many rules restricting those present. In short, he controlled all around him from very early on. By 1987, the darshan compound was encircled by higher walls and no cameras were allowed within, unless specifically permitted by the officials. When, in 1993, the infamous murders and executions took place, the security was suddenly stepped up by many degrees. Use of metal detectors through which all had to pass to get into the daily ritual, stringent body searches (on both men and women) and rejection even of people carrying pens, floppy discs, seating support… anything which could imaginably be used to harm ‘Swami’.  The government provided armed soldiers to be present at all times and a large security office with a team of trained experts and undercover (plainclothes) agents were employed (see here). His ‘mystery doctrine’ has served him very well to keep all examination he did not want away from himself as the one major scandal and crimes around him have come and gone, culminating in the manner of his confinement, nature of his extreme body-wasting illness (AIDS perhaps?), let alone a post mortem examination of his gender attributes (i.e. hemaphroditism). No wonder only his boyfriend and roommate Satyajit decided rigorously over who could examine him in the Intensive Care Unit. (Note: Satyajit found the going so hot that he has withdrawn all claims and retired to Mumbai)

The same clandestine approach is unashamedly applied throughout all Sathya Sai Baba institutions – all schools and colleges, his intensely private hospitals  and not least, the Sathya Sai Organization. Some of the many ways in which this operates can be studied here

<Sai Baba’s unaccountability: no answers to many questions

The ashram rules are rather draconian, they can be read here – one may see why some have jested that the ashram is  “a concentration camp”

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Strong Sai Baba sex abuse testimony from ex-‘form boy’

Posted by robertpriddy on May 10, 2011

Another communication from the Indian ex-student using the pen-name ‘Raman Sharma’ (whose full identity is known to us with certainty but who is in need of continued protection from aggressive Sai Baba devotees). This testimony makes it evident that the extent of Sathya Sai Baba’s reported sexual activities, and his true nature behind ‘the curtains and doors of shame’ is far worse than has generally been recognized.

Hi Conny, 
Nice to receive your email. I do hope you are also forwarding them to Robert Priddy. In this email I wish to bring you some of the personal opinion Sai Baba had about preachers of other religions which I have heard him repeat many times to select few form boys (including myself, of course). Many times he did speak these opinions of his personally to us when he or his close servitors sodomized others.

Firstly, Swami was of the firm opinion that Jesus Christ was a homosexual and that he had sex frequently with other twelve disciples or amongst themselves.I have never heard him say anything about the controversy regarding Mary Magdalene as it is difficult for him to accept normal heterosexuality.

Secondly, Sai Baba held the view that lord Krishna had homosexual relations with Arjuna and they were therefore very close friends.

Thirdly, he brings the same associations to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba of whom he professes to be a reincarnation.

Fourthly, according to swami, Sri Aurobindo had sexual relations with Mother of the Aurobindo ashram and when Sai Baba visited them in the 1940s, he took Sri Aurobindo to task for leading such a life.
Similarly, he firmly believed that Swami Vivekananda had sexual relations with sister Nivedita and Yogananda had such relations with Daya Mata. He also blamed Iskon Prabhupada for bringing promiscuity in his kirtans and open mixing of men and women.

Since my eighth standard I had sex with few of his form boys and they all told me that swami called it ‘Love’ and only the “invisible Swami” knows and not the physical swami. I am ashamed of my life then. I always thought that I was a sinner, till my post graduation after becoming a form boy myself. Swami knew of my relations with one or two close form boys.

I remember one elder brother who used to hug me and kiss me a lot when I was in eighth at Parthi. He was very violent while having sex but i developed a feeling of attraction towards him. One day He pulled my organ very hard. It started to bleed and he ran away. I felt like fainting yet, I collected myself and went to Mr. Sooryanarayana, the office accountant and told him that I had fallen down while urinating and so was bleeding. He gave me an ointment and after some days of applying it, I became normal.  I really started enjoying this kind of sex in hostel after ninth Class.  Our batch had many form boys and one boy who was close to swami then opened his underwear in front of me,of course it was strange for I had considered him pure.  A teacher Mr. Shailesh Srivastava spoke many time in our class as parayana on Baba saying that Swami was beyond reproach even if he commits adultery or murder as he is God and we must have full faith in him always. Though I developed such habits, I still considered myself a sinner and thought myself purified whenever I got a chance to hand him a letter or to touch his feet.(it was only much later n my post graduation first year that i came to know that swami was doing all such things with close form boys and I started t feel the unnaturalness of the whole thing). Consequently, when after my own investigation and further knowledge it was made clear to me that I had come toot near fire and must go back. I was left all alone in the world…

Dear Conny,
Let me tell you I am ashamed of my past but I would like secrecy for the sake of my family and myself. Already I have had few problems with the members of the organisations. I will reveal further as I feel people must know what creature SB is but I do not wish to divulge my name or whereabouts for the sake of my family.

I had given up the dirty habit I developed at Parthi. I do visit the Shirdi Sai temple as I feel that Shri Shirdi Sai Baba must not be confused with Sathya (or should I say ASATHYA, FALSE Sai Baba of Puttaparthi). One fine day, I got the Inspiration in a Shirdi Baba temple. I had a very strong experience before that to burn this dirty habit in his dhuni and focus my thoughts on leading a good life.  I am sorry as I feel I will hurt many sentiments but truth is truth and must be made known.
(signed)

The depth of self-examination of this unfortunate victim of Sai Baba’s terrible college regime is unrelenting and his admirable honesty is plain to see. It gives a taste of the personal problems with which so many former students of Sathya Sai Baba have to struggle – in similar ways to the countless victims of Roman Catholic and other sectarian sexual abuses on a major scale. There is no wonder that most of them are so far unready and unwilling to stand forth with their evidence, considering the current hateful climate against defectors and dissidents among so many remaining followers. Above all, since ex-students have been murdered, virtually under the nose of Sathya Sai Baba who knew all that was happening while they were relentlessly executed in his bedroom apartment, it is not safe to speak up in India and may not be so for a long time yet. We in the exposé have long known of such matters through this kind of testimony, only a portion of which has been posted previously. At some date in future the Sathya Sai Baba viper’s nest will be exposed to a much wider extent than today, and large-scale financial compensation may well be sought eventually.

It is, moreover, known from an impeccable research report into sexual and physical abuse in India that homosexual child abuse is rife in India. Study on Child Abuse: INDIA 2007  About this damning report, the BBC commented: “A study into child abuse in India has found that more than half the children questioned said they had been sexually abused. Researchers spoke to more than twelve thousand children. Two-thirds said they’d experienced physical abuse. India’s Minister for Child Development, Renuka Chowdury, called the findings disturbing and said it was time to end the conspiracy of silence surrounding child abuse.” (Damian Grammaticus) The extremely revealing research was commissioned by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Government of India and carried out by independent researchers. It is supported by Save the Children and UNICEF and is a major and authoritative and highly representative social psychological study which goes into great detail and spans the whole of India: see the whole report in its systematic detail at http://www.wcd.nic.in/childabuse.pdf

Fifty-three per cent of India’s forty million children claim to have been sexually abused, mostly by a person known to them! That is over 20 million child victims!. But most of the children never reported their trauma, such is the taboo around the subject. Two-thirds of the children said they’d suffered physical abuse, in most cases being beaten by a parent or teacher. The government is now drawing up a new child protection law, but too late for millions whose childhood has already been lost. Those engaged in bringing the facts to light about Sathya Sai Baba have long been pointing out the extreme taboo around the subject of child sex abuse, especially the many abuses so widely and credibly alleged by many of the injured parties about Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual use of boys and young men.

Dr. Naresh Bhatia was a very close devotee and servitor of Sai Baba through many years and told the Daily Telegraph reporter, Mick Brown – plus various others who contacted him after he was banned from the ashram – that he had been a sexual partner of Sathya Sai Baba for years. He stated that he knew well that Sathya Sai had the sexual use of at least several of his college boys daily through many years! But because the prestige of so many gullible and self-seeking Indian politicians and judges, they have done everything to cover up the facts and have quashed all investigations and even a Supreme Court petition. Even Dr. Bhatia has – after physical threats – fallen silent and has been ‘persuaded’ by Sai officials not to dare to speak out further.


You can see a selected list of prominent signers of the Petition here.

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Sai Baba challenged by Indian legal journal

Posted by robertpriddy on May 5, 2011

Editorial, ‘MASTER OF MAMMON’ in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 30 April 2011 issue he certainly proved to be though all the tall claims that he was but an incarnation or messenger of God were definitely not. It seems we Indians have a peculiar addiction to such ingenious perverts once they don saffron robes, perform some cheap magic tricks and utter carefully rehearsed sermons on spiritual matters. Otherwise it is hard to explain the charisma this ‘avatar’ has wielded over millions of people including the VVIPs of the country and all this despite the well-documented exposes by rationalists like late Premananda, et al.
At least after the gory murders in his bedroom in 1993, about which two analytical pieces were published in Nov-Dec 2005 issues of this journal also, some good sense must have prevailed over the minds of people and especially the governments and the police ought to have sprung into action and rigorously investigated and taken to task the fake Baba and his cohorts but alas that was not to be. Even though the Baba himself was, admittedly, an eye-witness to the murders he was not questioned and made a witness even, let alone being accused of the crime, and the whole matters hushed up according to the later scathing criticism of experienced police officers like V.J. Ram. Now, after the demise of the ‘god-man’, the legacy of his multi-thousand crore empire is at stake and people are really worried that the enormous wealth he amassed, in various questionable ways to say the least, may be pilfered and misused by a hypocritical coterie to the detriment of society.
As such we feel and appeal that the Government should step in and take over the trust to run the affairs smoothly and invest its enormous moneys for good ends. There is a criticism, somewhat justified, that Hindu religious/spiritual endowments are alone interfered with and usurped for various extraneous purposes by the governments, which dare not touch like institutions of any other religions. Hence, it may be appropriate for the government to create a strictly impartial, statutory Board of Endowments and deal with all deviant and suspicious endowments of any religion through its channels for the general welfare and progress of the people at large.
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Sathya Sai Baba education in Satyajit’s hands

Posted by robertpriddy on May 4, 2011

Late Satya Sai Baba’s trusted follower of 15 years, Yatish Salian alias Satyajit has been sidelined by the 8 members Central Trust, especially Sai Baba’s power-hungry nephew Ratnakar.

The division of the spoils goes on – mostly behind tightly closed doors – but Satyajit, Sathya Sai Baba’s No. 1 ‘boyfriend’ and roommate for so many years has been allocated some responsibility… not one which promises any serious financial gain. Money matters will be kept for the Trust panjandrums and several cover-up, corrupted persons like Bhagwati, whose astonishing admissions of how he fulfilled his role as a Supreme Court judge have been nudging a few mainstream journalists in India half-awake. (i.e. they rather prefer to embrace – often in chauvinist ways – Sathya Sai Baba’s great façade of holiness and try to forget all that he is rightly accused of by young men and families of executed ex-students… to name the most prominent of cases.  See a proper and succinct summary of this here:- Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

Vidya Vahini schools - i.e. 'Sweetness of Knowledge' schools - but they will only purvey faith, doctrine and dogma electronically - , not real knowledge

Meanwhile, Satyajit is to oversee the system of Sai schools called Vidya Vahini. The use of the Sanskrit word ‘Vidya’ shows what kind of supposed ‘knowledge’ this system purveys – in short, the kind of mythological-based moralizing and simplistic doctrine of a mainly Hindu religious character. His so-called “human values” are eternal values instituted by him (as creator of the universe and mankind!) In short, unchanging and Divine, and not thereby ‘human’ values’ at all. They are so generalized and ill-defined as to be ambiguous and confusingly simplistic, and were doctrinally ‘set in concrete once and for all’ by his divine will at the beginning of time! Claiming to provide ‘spiritual’ education (to correct the ills of the age) rather than religious teachings, such Sai Baba projects promote highly controversial doctrines such as that of retributive karma, which is open to all kinds of valid criticism, not least that it is pure speculation without any serious empirical backing to be found. The pretence that he purveys any kind of ‘universal spirituality’ common to all religions is false, for the educational system is totally shot through and through with religious ideas and superstitions (especially Hindu beliefs, including the Indian claim of ‘incarnate god-avatars’)

All Sathya Sai Baba educational projects without exception suffer from the same great weaknesses, such as downgrading of recognised human rights, the importance of social and legal justice in favour of enforcing human ‘duties’, and not seeing, hearing or speaking ill of anyone or criticizing anyone (except oneself). In short a sheer parody of right and good and the means to correct the wrong and bad. Then comes the total avoidance of all issues of gender and sexuality in favour of traditional pseudo-Victorian double morale and unrepressed male chauvinist anti-female attitudes throughout. The pedagogical standards of all Sai schools, Educare projects, Education in Human Values courses are totally unprofessional, not least since they are taught by believers in Sai Baba, mostly amateur teachers and without any forum for critical, analytical discussion of the contents and aims in respect of any professional educational conferences or research workshops… since all Sai Baba education keeps strictly to itself and allows no outside influence whatever!

Some of the following links may help in clarification – especially who are reeling in confusion at the contradictions, seething doubts and personal confusion that will have arisen for many after the late demise by removal from life support without samadhi by the degenerate man who Indian media are daring even indirectly to call a God!

Human Values – Sai Baba’s truncated ideas The SSEHV (Human Values programme) of Sai Baba is an ill-conceived, skimpy and retrograde form of education that no professional educational experts would condone as it stands, it being too simplistic, rigid and restrictive for modern life
Sai Baba’s “Five Human Values>´”  Summary of the conceptual and pedagogical problems in Sai Baba’s supposedly “human” values and the teaching of them
Where the human values teaching falls short and is in serious error
Human values must include human rights, democratic rights, social equality, women’s rights, gender rights and above all human justice and law. The rigid and unchanging ”five human values’ Sai Baba promotes definitively exclude all these, as do his simplistic and often unpedagogical educational ideas.
Sai Baba discourse on education
A brief look at some of his statements
Human values as common or ‘universal’ values?
Human values can be shared, but can they be they shared universally when they are not practiced universally? Being human values they are socially, culturally and politically variable in expression and not least in practice.
Sathya Sai Baba EHV exposed
as a censorious, amateur sect
Sai Baba Education in Human Values (SSEHV)
A close look at some of the shortcomings and discrepancies in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
Cardinal failings in Sai Baba’s teachings – some of the main weaknesses summarized and demonstrated in detail
The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power These incisive analyses of the methods, teachings and failings common to most so-called ‘gurus’ are highly accurate in describing the dynamics of the guru-follower relationship and its exploitation. They apply with full force to  Sai Baba, as any independent-minded person can easily establish.
Fallacies in doctrines of ‘karma’ (and healing) The conflict between traditional doctrines of karma and scientific rationality. Variants in doctrine are compared with the current state of human knowledge
Sai Baba fallacies and falsities – his absurd ‘Saience’ vs. true science His ignorance of atomic physics, astrophysics, magnetism, geo-sciences, historical fact, history of religions etc.
Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape World report 2008 in marked conflict with Sai Baba’s promises made over many decades. He has said that he would first “save” India and then the rest of the world – this within his own lifetime.
Spirituality redefined without religion or mysticism
Spirituality is about human values, which are created and acted on by human beings, without the assistance of any disembodied deity or principle.
Avoidance of vital issues, like sex, AIDS by ‘Universal teacher’ One would expect that a teacher worth his salt would have something educative and knowledgeable to say on the subject of human sexuality and the many issues which surround it and problems which arise from it, but it is far too ‘touchy’ for Sathya Sai Baba. One can but ask why?
Sathya Sai Baba’s religious teaching The most enormous claims ever made by a human being about himself are seen to be nothing but bluster backed by a catch-all pseudo-universal ‘spirituality’
Otherworldliness and futile escapism Belief in a non-physical realm of spirits and deities is only a belief, and one which rather diverts energies and aspirations away from real solutions to human problems than showing any tangible contributions.
Avoiding leaps of faith into conclusions Irrational human behaviour is very widespread, and many people will believe just about anything, especially if it suits them, their lifestyle, their habits and accumulated opinions
Mystical and religious explanations being crowded out
As science continues, decade after decade, to fill more and more of the gaps in our knowledge, there is less and less space for the mystical explanation and the supposed ‘divine hand’. The process of cumulative human knowledge based on massive observation and experimentation – instead of superstition and speculative theology – has continued since earliest human history.

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Sathya Sai Baba devotees’ fervour and press reactions

Posted by robertpriddy on May 2, 2011

The debate in India is developing slowly towards some kind of near-sanity about their omnipresent ‘godmen’ as they call them (though the godwoman Amma is also a top player). This is, however, confined to the more respectable media outlets, and some of the top newspapers have to be said to be sticking to myth beyond facts to a despicably large extent. Meanwhile many frenzied Sai devotees – robbed of their enormous expectations built up over decades that Sathya Sai Baba would live until he was 96 (or, as he also said, around 92/93) – are clinging with fervour to the myth concocted by the Sathya Sai authorities that Sai Baba actually lived until he was 94-95 years old according to a little-used lunar calendar. They could not make the arithmetic fit to either 93 or 96, however, which just shows that they will create any delusion they can to save their financial bacon. The inset statement clears up all doubts about this issue once and for all!

Not only that, but the manner of his ‘departure’ from  the human body was not at all what any believer expected or trusted could never happen to the Divinity who claimed he created the Universe and sent Jesus to earth etc. ad inf. Indian spiritual traditions require that a supposed saint or a realised yogi leave his/her body in full consciousness, going to deep meditation!  But NOT in being unconscious, on medication in an Intensive Care Unit! No, it should have been more like Yogananda is fabled to have done, sitting in the lotus position after his last words of wisdom to his acolytes. Many followers of Sai Baba were also formerly believers in Yogananda and other gurus who departed this life in a far more decorous manner, even Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who died from throat cancer in bed after talking to Vivekananda, or  Ramana Maharshi who sat out his fatal cancer in his cave until the last.

Despite such obvious signs that Sai Baba was in most major respects a ‘fake divinity’ until the last, his devotees are busy writing heartfelt drivel on newspaper comment pages about him surely being resurrected soon, about how he really was 96 (despite the official Sai website saying that he was 94.4 lunar years old – that is, 84 in all more usual calendar reckonings of the same sort Sai Baba used in all his discourses and interviews). Further, these zealous fact-twisters are disfiguring the Wikipedia page about Sathya Sai Baba and illegally removing all reference to the huge controversy and criticism that has followed Sathya Sai baba – both within India and abroad, and they are evidently permitted to do so by the Wikipedia administration as there is no warning on the page that the article is contested.

Two excerpts from Indian news lately show a growing impatience with India’s materialistic ‘spirituality’:- 

That Irrational High – How godmen hoodwink the gullible into subscribing to their divinity by Ajith Pillai
“When we have a pantheon of gods and goddesses, do we really need godmen? At a very early age, I was exposed to the spiritual guru class.”(excerpts from Outlook India)

“…as a journalist, I did the rounds of a few ashrams. One conclusion I arrived at was that godmen, more than politicians (at least they have to win elections every five years to stay relevant), are the most privileged class. Many have humble beginnings, but later build empires worth hundreds or even thousands of crores. But very rarely are questions asked about the sources of their wealth and what exactly happens to all the black money that the netas are rumoured to park in their ashrams. At any rate, should queries be raised, powerful devotees are often on hand to save and protect them. This is because the elite—from netas to the rich and famous—are drawn to the godmen. Call it this class’s need to fill an inner void or a compulsion to seek divine intervention to ensure their own success and the ruin of their rivals, the godmen, many believe, serve as the via media (a cruder expression would be middlemen) between humans and God. Clearly, mystery shrouds the goings-on in some of the ashrams. Which is why when a Chandraswami (Narasimha Rao’s favourite godman, who was arrested for swindling) or a Swami Amritachaitanya from Kerala (who is wanted for raping two minor girls, among other charges) are arrested, then the nomenclature ‘fake godmen’ is invoked to point out the differences between the ‘tricksters’ and the ‘genuine’ swamis. The only trouble is that devotees who have reposed trust for years together in those who claim to have a hotline to the divine are angered and disappointed when the bubble bursts. Which is precisely what happened when the Bangalore-based Swami Nityananda was caught on video in a comprising position with a Tamil actress. The footage was telecast by a news channel, leading to much violence. The swami’s shocked devotees attacked his ashram and the godman had to flee Karnataka and head for Himachal Pradesh.”



BUSINESS OF THE GODS

YOGA, MEDITATION, AYURVEDA, ART OF LIVING. HOLDING ON TO FAITH AND LETTING GO OF STRESS IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES COMES AT A PRICE. BUT MILLIONS ARE READY TO PAY. THE HEALERS, AMASSING FORTUNES AND BUILDING EMPIRES, SEEM TO BE THE HAPPIEST, WRITES SHANTANU GUHA RAY (excerpts from Tehelka)

LAST MONTH, the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) received a strange complaint from disciples of one of India’s top godmen, a figure immensely popular for his crowded, five-star discourses in select farmhouses on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road on the Capital’s southern fringes.

The bizarre incident revolved around a disciple who offered Rs 35 lakh in three installments as donation to gain instant access to the godman’s inner circle. Enthused by the donation and the disciple’s meteoric rise in his business, the godman requested his help in a personal investment that would guarantee quick returns. Rs 4 crore — the amount could even be higher — changed hands. The disciple disappeared overnight. No one knows why the godman and his followers did not press charges, but the general perception among those who attended that meeting at the EOW office, was that the issue was buried instantly because the complainants felt investigations would actually create more tensions for the godman than for the offender. What if the police asked about the source of that cash? “Obviously no one wanted to reveal the godman’s source of money, which is mostly in cash and collected after the discourses. The collections are just huge,” a top EOW officer told TEHELKA.

SOLACE COMES FOR A PRICE

As per estimates with the finance and home ministries, the total turnover of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s empire is approximately Rs 400 crore that includes his Art of Living (AOL) institutes, pharmacy and health centres, and a hill 40 km from Bangalore on lease from the Karnataka government for 99 years. In the same league are others like Asaram Bapu (turnover Rs 350 crore, includes the multicrore controversial ashram in Delhi’s Ridge area close to the Rabindra Rangashala); Mata Amritanandamayi, “Amma”, of Kerala (turnover Rs 400 crore, includes a virtual corporation that runs schools and hospitals and receives mega donations from all over the world); Baba Ramdev of Hardwar (turnover Rs 400 crore, includes pharmacies and land for two universities); Sudhanshu Maharaj (turnover Rs 300 crore, includes meditation centres across the country and special discourses at the homes of the rich and famous in India and abroad) and Murari Bapu (turnover Rs 150 crore, includes special discourses at political rallies and at private residences in India and abroad).

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Sathya Sai Baba – BBC Radio interview on his death

Posted by robertpriddy on May 1, 2011

A SUMMARY OVERVIEW HERE SHOWCASES THE MAIN CONTENTS IN A CONCISE WAY WITH SHORT TRANSCRIPTS, VIDEOCLIPS AND STILL IMAGES FROM THE FILM

01) SATHYA SAI BABA’S ‘PRODUCTION’ OF THE GOLDEN LINGAM02) HIS COLLAPSE AFTER THE STRAIN & HIS EXPLANATION AFTERWARDS

03) DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN DISCUSSES THE SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA

04) DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN STATES THE SAI ORGANISATION’S FAITH ABOUT SAI BABA

05) ISAAC TIGRETT DISCUSSES THE SEX ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA

06) INDIAN EX-MINISTER OF EDUCATION, M.M. JOSHI, ON THE SEX ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA

07) INTERVIEW WITH THE EX-HOME SECRETARY OF ANDRHA PRADESH

08) VERY CLOSE DEVOTEES TESTIFY – SAI BABA’S SEX ABUSE AND DIRE THREATS ETC.

09) THE US STATE DEPARTMENT WARNING ON SATHYA SAI BABA CONFIRMED BY THE BBC

9) THE US STATE DEPARTMENT WARNING ON SATHYA SAI BABA CONFIRMED BY THE BBC

10) TRANSCRIPT AND FILM TESTIMONY BY A LONG-TERM FOLLOWER WHO WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED

Click on image to learn more

Here is a transcript of the radio programme in which a presenter interviews Ranu Mehta Radia of the Sathya Sai Baba School in Harrow, North London and journalist Mick Brown.

“Now, Sathya Sai Baba was an influential Indian guru who attracted followers from around the world. (his origins are summarised) then the announcer states that Sai Baba invested in a “water irrigation system for the whole state of Andhra Pradesh”

Comment: That is ridiculously bad reporting. His followers dominated a drinking water system – not at all for irrigation – to an uncertain number of villages (near to Puttaparthi), but only in the relatively limited Rayalaseema area. It represents a small faction of the whole of Andhra Pradesh and a very minor percentage of the state budget for water supplies. How come professional journalists make such over estimations and blunder about easily investigated facts?

Interviewer: We spoke to Ranu Mehta Radia, a devotee of Sai Baba, who founded a school run on his principles in Harrow. She described the experience of seeing the guru at his ashram.

Radia: When you first arrive there it seems that you’re all in a slumber, and, and suddenly, you know, this awakening comes. Where it’s like he’s
pulling away all the the material desires way from you and you suddenly feel very light and he takes you on a completely different consciousness.



Comment: This is called the ‘honeymoon’ period, when – after endless waiting and countless prayers and yearning (often for years) the devotee – already invariably convinced of his divine nature – gets to see him at last. It seems like fulfilment, to be in the presence of God. Yet more so when he looks at one, and again blesses one, allows one to touch his feet… then perhaps even get an interview and see him perform his ‘miracles’ like a conjurer. One feels as if one is walking on air… the lightness is a result of one’s own longings and desires being fulfilled. He does not remove material desires as she says – followers fight long and hard to do so, and the result are not all that visible to long-term observers of devotees! The talk about raised levels of consciousness is all subjective, of course… it is not noticeable that Sai followers are even a cut above the ordinary as regards awareness, sensitivity, compassion… nor are they lacking in selfishness, as any visit to the ashrams will confirm (I can say this honestly after 18 years trying to assist them as a leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway). Sai Baba did not change anyone, people change themselves (often only in imagination or in boast) but those who believed in him got a kind of initial boost.

Interviewer: All this just by being in his presence?

Radia: Absolutely and he comes out with this great energy aura around him.

Mick Brown: He was certainly the most famous Indian swami of recent times.

Interviewer: The journalist Mick Brown visited Sai Baba’s ashram as part of the research for his book ‘The Spiritual Tourist’.

Mick Brown: A lot of his reputation was based on the claims that he could perform miracles and these miracles ranged from what may appear to be the fairly mundane of materializing various devotional objects – materializing what’s called vibuthi, this holy dust, from his fingertips up to the full-blown 24-carat miracle you might say it of resurrecting people from the dead and healing the sick and so forth. In fact if you think of all, pretty much all the the miracles that were claimed of Christ, these were claimed at one time or another of Sai Baba.

Interviewer: And his following was enormous, wasn’t it?

Mick Brown: Yes, it’s very difficult to calculate just how enormous, I mean estimates range from 3 mill around the world up to 10 million, a following that spread through Europe, America, Australia and not just the sixties’ hippies, as it were, who made the pilgrimage India in the 60s in search of enlightenment, I mean his followers in the West would include psychiatrists, doctors, professionals and so – yes a very large and extensive network of Sai Baba groups and Sai Baba centres around the world.

Interviewer: What did he actually look like (as?) he moved amongst the people in that way?

Click on image to read his original debunking article on Sathya Sai Baba

Mick Brown: Fairly tubby – as he grew older – and ah he wore a long flame-coloured silk robe – ah – which trailed on the floor as he walked and his most distinguishing characteristic was the aureole of frizzy afro hairstyle, almost like Jimi Hendrix.

Dr. Michael Goldstein (recorded from ‘The Secret Swami’ documentary film): “We believe that – ah – Sri Sathya Sai Baba IS Jesus Christ, that Sri Sathya Sai Baba IS Buddha, that Sri Sathya Sai Baba IS the founder of all of the world’s religions. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has always been l-ah, ah – God.”

Interviewer: Did you think he was a god?

Radia: I think over the 35 years that I have been following him I would say that he was certainly a representation of one of the most divine people that I have encountered.

Comment: In other words, Radia did not believe Sathya Sai Baba’s central claim, the he was and always is God, who created the Universe and who sent Jesus to earth. This was required of all bona fide members of the organization. Obviously she baulked at answering the question properly, and no wonder –since he has been so widely exposed to be a charlatan and ignorant of so many facts – that she did not want to be taken for some kind of deluded fanatic in believing his oft-repeated claim of being omniscient, omnipotent etc.

Interviewer: Of course, his foundation had a lot of money, some say 5.5 billion pounds in that foundation, do you think he was guilty of exploiting his followers in any way?

Radia: Having observed him for 35 years, he has lived a very, very simple life. If people felt that he was probably getting the rich to give, it was for a very very good purpose.

Comment: This is contradicted by the opulent apartments he has himself decided to built for himself, the fact that he never has to lift a finger for anything whatever and that he had done no hard work since he got his ashram back in the 1950s. He just talks, walks, talks, walks… and also rides everywhere in the most expensive cars available, and on chartered airline jets. He in definitely not averse to a good spread, as is known from his visits to members of his Trust for meals. He is visibly the opposite of a sannyasin in his behaviour, but the deluded think they see saintly self-denial despite everything. Further, he tricked people into donating, largely by giving them cheap trinkets (often rings with what he called ‘diamonds’ and large one in) and they were so grateful that they donated many, many times the value back in money, work, time and energy. Not one Sai Baba diamond has ever been proven to be genuine by any professional assayer! But the contrary has! (See here)

Interviewer: There have also been some allegations of sexual abuse from some former acolytes. How did you feel when you heard those allegations?

Radia: That was absolutely shocking, there was absolutely never never any indication that there was any abuse. You k now I have come into contact with a lot of students throughout my years, particularly in the early days when they were using my home as a – as a – transit and there was absolutely no indication that he was interested in any kind of sexual advances towards the students, in fact you know he loved them to bits.

Comment: The excessive denial pattern is there, as usual with those who have invested their lives in believing this guru to be holy. A person who only could possibly have seen Sai Baba most infrequently in interviews and at his walkabout darsans was in no position to judge what he did the rest of the time, especially since she is a woman and Sai Baba mostly steers very clear of them in his daily doings- it is a man’s world in the ashrams! Nor would students be likely to tell her – a fully signed-up believer – what they had experiences because the consequences could be very grave. Ex-students were murdered in his bedroom and many claimed some of them had been sexual abused too. Besides, UNESCO investigated the Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse claimants, as did the US State Department and the BBC World film makers (“The Secret Swami“. All warned against him and they could not be challenged in any court! No UN body has ever had any connection with the Sai Baba set.up, despite constant attempts by followers, since the UNESCO advisory

Mick Brown: The allegations of sexual abuse I think took on real heat with the advent of the Internet when people began to come forward and exchange information and this culminated in very serious attempts to try and bring Sai Baba legally to book for this.

Interviewer: Did it have some of the charactististics of a cult? Were there dangers for those who were drawn into the following of Sai Baba?

Mick Brown: I personally think it did have the characteristics of a cult, certainly a personality cult around him, and that was one of the things that I felt most strongly in the ashram and that I found most oppressive. In a sense people almost believe in that whatever they had done, whatever they were doing, whatever they were about to do was somehow being refracted through the desires or wishes or intentions of Sai Baba.

Interviewer: What do you think the impact will be at his death?

Radia: Oh, we’re going to keep it alive so I think you know that there’s a very long legacy now for the er Sai – Sathya Sai Baba and I think he’s left immortal teachings for you know people who followed him

Interviewer: Rania Mehta Radia on Sathya Sai Baba who has died aged 84.

(from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010mwlv/Last_Word_29_04_2011/)

Mick Brown is a journalist and author. He wrote about his visit to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in  ‘A Spiritual Tourist in India A Personal Odyssey through the Outer Reaches of Belief. London: Bloomsbury. 1999. ISBN 0747542821.’
He wrote a major article exposing Sathya Sai Baba after meticulous research – ‘Divine Downfall’ in the Sunday Telegraph.

UK Minister Tony McNulty Finished? Indian Guru Sai Baba Link Should Be Probed
Swindling politician Tony McNulty association with the UK Sathya Sai Organization
See the UNSECO Media Advisory warning against Sathya Sai Baba due to sexual abuse allegations and the Notice of Withdrawal by UNESCO from an educational conference in Puttaparthi
http://web.archive.org/web/20031003020809/http://www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20001207234100/www.unescobkk.org/news/aceid-withdrawal.htm

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