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Gross fraudulence: Gerald Moreno tries to ridicule Robert Priddy

Posted by robertpriddy on September 16, 2010

On Gerald Moreno’s countless hundreds of anti-Priddy websites, blogs and comments, few show such patently manipulated (i.e. falsified) screen captures than the one shown below. [Yet he took care to accuse me – also falsely – of fraudulent screen-caps, which were actually made from Google caches, which differ from the original site in details, and which I have reduced in size to save space, and in which not a single word of his was altered]

Exposing The Anti-Sai Activist: Robert Priddy

Laurens Van Der Post – The Night Of The New Moon:

Just how gullible was Robert Priddy when he was a Sai Devotee for 17-26 years?
Comment: firstly, Moreno tries to make an issue of how long I was a Sai follower (he has written page up and page down to develop this petty theme of my supposed ‘deception’. Such niggling is how Moreno tries to ‘prove’ a lack of integrity of my entire character. The fact is, there are many degrees of commitment involved. I first heard of Sathya Sai Baba in 1954. I learned more about him in 1971. Around 1978 I became interested in Shirdi Sai Baba (though with considerable reservations as to the claims about him). Only in 1983 did Sathya Sai Baba enter my awareness strongly enough to say I became a would-be follower (not all are equally definitive, not all accept everything uncritically.. as in my case). I was the de facto leader (i.e. organizer and leader of all events in the Oslo group) and in Norway from 1983, the pro forma centre leader from 1985 until about 1996-7 and the national leader throughout until 2000. All that explain the variations in dates, which Moreno pettily tries to make into a big issue. Moreno continues (black bold text):-

The answer is very gullible. For example, Robert Priddy published (in his book “Source Of The Dream”) the following scans to Laurens Van Der Post’s “The Night Of The New Moon” book-cover and claimed that one could easily discern the form of Sathya Sai Baba in them.

Gerald Moreno's falsified scan of page based on an illustration in Robert Priddy's book 'Source of the Dream'

The manipulated (falsified) scan on Gerald Moreno’s website made as yet another reprehensible but vain attempt to ridicule Priddy

Notice how Robert Priddy enhanced the color on the edited scan and had to carefully shape Baba’s hair from the clouds?

Comment: This is really gross of Moreno! I never enhanced anything, the photos were processed by professional publishers before being put in my book. I reproduce – below the falsified image Moreno posted -, the exact replica of the photos which appear identically in three editions of my book “Source of the Dream” (Sun-Sky Publications, Samuel Weiser Inc. and a Portuguese edition), without a jot of enhancement. The cut-out version was to help readers discern what attracted our attention (in the unusual situation where it came to our notice). Instead, Moreno darkened the images and made one dise different in contrast to the other so as to be able to claim he could not see Sai Baba (in either image!). Where he got the image from with the Penguin logo on I can only guess, I never published such an image myself. Moreno continues:-

I looked long and hard at the images and cannot see Sathya Sai Baba in them. I suppose if one were desperate enough, one could see Sathya Sai Baba in the clouds (no matter how vague the perception). However, these scans show how gullible, naive and “backward intellectually” Robert Priddy was when he was a Sai Devotee.

About the alleged form of Sathya Sai Baba on the book-cover, Robert Priddy said:
“A second leela, which we felt was a form of recognition by Baba for our carrying out regular study of his teachings, occurred similarly one evening when we plodded on with our reading, even though we were very tired. My eye was suddenly drawn to the form of Sathya Sai in the clouds of an evening sky on the front cover of a book that I had recently read. The book is a deeply spiritual account of the life and death in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp by Laurens van der Post, titled Night of the Moon. It is curious, too, that the night of the new moon is known in India as the night of Shiva. The figure of Sai, leaning forward as if to dispense vibuthi, can be figured out from the background.” (Source Of The Dream, ‘The Universal World Teacher’, pg 212) Robert Priddy was one of those gullible, naive, “ignorami”, “backward intellectually” and “ignorant peasants” when he was a Sai Devotee for 17 years…


COMMENT: Now ever inconsistent Moreno himself decides that I was a devotee for 17 years… which is basically correct, as I only reckoned myself such from 1983 until 2000. “Ignorant peasant” and an “ignorami” hardly describes me, considering that I was the top philosophy graduate at the University of Oslo and lectured in social science and philosophy (tenured) for most of my professional life before I went to India. If that qualifies me as an ‘ignorant peasant’ and ‘backward intellectually’ readers must decide. Note that Moreno leaves out the word ‘new’ in the title “Night of the New Moon”, which is a significant point (a lapse or intentional distortion?)

In that time when the truth about Sai Baba has hardly emerged in public and only a very few came to learn the astonishing and depressing facts, I was in the company of hundreds of Ph.Ds – mostly Indian but not all – and dozens of pro-Sai writers and a great number of other educated devotees who related very similar experiences of ‘seeing’ the form of Sai Baba in many things (which indeed he insists every devotee should always strive to visualize and see everywhere and in everything!). My friend – Sai Baba’s distinguished editor –  V.K. Narasimhan showed the form of Sai Baba’s head on a bowl of cream to many devotees who visited his apartment. There are many images showing Sai Baba’s form in many other objects, such as in ritual fires. (See a supposed ‘appearance’ of Sai Baba in a ritual homa fire at Prashanthi Nilayam) Dr. Jack Hawley enthused in his book about seeing Sai Baba before him, Sandweiss, Hislop, Murphet, Krystal… all regarded this an important phenomenon. Sai Baba himself has given the teaching (see at foot of blog for source references).

Moreno, however, claimed he saw Sai Baba in the flesh in New Mexico… and took it for a miracle straight off.

I was not so gullible or naive either, as I rejected a whole lot of the stories I heard, and was privately most amused by many of the beliefs of a large number of truly uncritical and mindless devotees. The fact is, I was systematically deceiv

Scan of p. 212 in 'Source of the Dream' by Robert Priddy (1998 Samuel Weiser. Inc)

ed by Sathya Sai Baba and his entire cadre and most of his following, as many people around the world were. I am no longer deceived, but far too many still are, and especially Gerald Moreno, who tries to ridicule me further:-

(Priddy) … who believed in Avatars, lilas, divine manifestations, gnomes, trolls, fairies, possessing demons, elves, UFOs, extra-terrestials, leprechauns and elementals.

Comment: I believed for some years that Sai Baba most likely was an avatars – as he so rigidly claim and which millions still believe (unfortunately). That belief is a requirement of all members of the Sathya Sai Organization. As to earth spirits, I wrote: “There is a great wealth of testimonial evidence from the whole of the world and history that belief or faith – involving intense emotional or mental preoccupation of some kind – can open the experience of visions, apparitions and apparently miraculous phenomena.” I did not positively affirm their existence, but the likelihood that they may exists as science has not been able (or even tried) to explain them. But Moreno wants it to be quite otherwise. See my article on ‘elementals’ and why modern science has begun to provide experimentally-based explanations of these phenomena. Note that Moreno believes in miracles… and many other doubtful phenomena (which I do not and never have – such as crystals, kundalini, healing mandalas etc.)  He is very cagey about everything else he believes as he knows that to make this public would be very embarrassing. Moreno continues to undercut the beliefs of virtually all Sai devotees (most of which he promotes wildly on his blog ‘Love, Light and Spirituality.. and under the name ‘sathyasaibaba’ too). But he has at least prompted me to explain my former experiences in greater detail, as I otherwise would have neglected to do.

Robert Priddy is bitter and vindictive because he fully documented his own gullible, naive, brainwashed and non-intelligent devotee behavior in his Pro-Sai book for the world to see! What’s even more funny is how Robert Priddy bashes Sai Devotees for acting and believing in the very same manner he did when he was a Sai Devotee. Laughable!

How Moreno overplays his eternally weak hand. I am exposing the gullibility of Sai devotees only now, who should know better after the many revelations of the facts they will not or cannot face. Moreno promotes the VIP devotee and author Howard Murphet (see here), who goes far further that I ever did in the matter of extra-normal spirit influences – including discarnate spirits of ‘ascended masters’ and what have you. But Moreno attacks only dissidents, not Sai Baba favourites.  I did not act as most devotees do at darshan, constantly pressing forward, wanting sweets, blessings and material trinkets… I believed mainly only in the power of doing what good service one can, advancing human understanding and that spirituality is only a private experience between oneself and ‘the divine’, but not something to be paraded and off-handedly boasted about as so many I met did. I always tried to inform the public in as reflected a way as I could in the circumstances (i.e. while being the victim of what is mostly a massive fraud) and my book was one of the very most restrained in praise – compared to the hundreds of besotted panegyrics still on sale about Sai Baba.  Rather than “bashing” Sai devotees for being gullible, naive and brainwashed (and most were far more so than I ever was), I have shown from a very wide range of documentation that – in addition to the huge mass of evidence of his sexual abuses and involvements in dark matters – most of Sai Baba’s belief system – once penetrated (which is far from easy to achieve in that environment) is either direct and cynical deception by SSB and his diverse minions, or wild inventions so as to try to extract some holy interpretation, blessing or personal advantages from this typical Indian guru-hysteria phenomenon.

An e-mail friend wrote this to me about Moreno’s above-quoted page:-
“Didn’t  JM defend the 2007 Moon claims against your and BP’s criticisms? He seems to want to have his cake and eat it – again! A riposte on the gullibility angle might hit his Achilles heel Number 317 (- i.e. he has so

many) Does he condone gullibility in all other devotees except you?” (identity not given so Moreno can’t attack him too, as he surely would!) Gerald Moreno went into peculiar mental contortions to try to deflect criticism from – and defend – the moon miracle Sathya Sai Baba predicted, but which never happened (due to cloud coverage!). Sai Baba proclaimed he would appear on the moon later one evening… thousands flocked to the Sai airport and were totally disappointed. Laughable?

scan of Sai Baba from a book

Sai Baba bending in this way is what inspired me to see his form on the Laurens van der Post cover.

Source references; See God in each form for 3 days: divine results 300 Sanathana Sarathi  Nov. 1993
Lovers of God see God everywhere p. 254 Sanathana Sarathi  Oct. 1991 & p.252 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24
See God in a stone, don’t change a stone to God 180 Geetha-Vahini
See God in everyone you meet/in everything Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8
Self-seeking students & teachers today 233 Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 1988 & p.162 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 21
Self-surrender is to see God in everything always p.148 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 15
Lovers of God see God everywhere 254 Sanathana Sarathi: p.252 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24
Meaning of human life only to use it to see God: p.122 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3

Not strange therefore that so many who still believe in God – and especially in Sathya Sai Baba – see his ‘divine form’ in objects. Perhaps Moreno has too little real devotion to his would-be God? However, it is a function of the brain to see human features in all and any kinds of materials and things, only when one believes they have spiritual significance does it become dodgy.. but one has to be liberated from all notions of supernatural miraculous phenomena to appreciate that.


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Sathya Sai Baba: gold from body in ‘lingam’

Posted by robertpriddy on August 10, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba fraudulent 'materialization'

Frames from BBC's 'The Secret Swami' showing Sai Baba sleight of hand

According to Sathya Sai Baba’s translator ‘Professor’ Anil Kumar, Sai Baba said that his collapse at the Shivarthri festival in 2004 was due to the three tonnes of weight of the golden lingam he claimed emerged from his body (see here – also view how the BBC camera showed that no lingam actually emerged). Probably the fatuous blind believer Anil Kumar mistranslated Sai Baba’s words… for the Sanathana Sarathi printed version of Sai Baba discourses in which he claims that the weight of the gold in the human body – and in the gold lingams he produces – was ‘three tolas’. This is equivalent to the weight of three original silver Indian rupees of 11.4 grams each. So Sai Baba’s lingam of three tolas would weigh just over 34 grams.

Further, Sai Baba said in his discourse after the Shivarathri lingodbhava two years previously (13/3/2002) “(Showing the golden Linga to the devotees, Swami said). “As you can all see, this Linga is rather bigger in size. There is a meaning behind this. This is five Tolas in weight. [one Tola is 11.66 grams. 5 Tolas = about 60.0 grams]Every human being possesses five Tolas of gold essence known as Hiranyagarbha… Gold represents energy in man and is the cause of his radiance. The gold content within each body is this size only. It is gold essence in the body that makes the eyes see, ears hear etc. (Sanathana Sarathi – April 2002, p. 127)

Firstly, the human body cannot possibly contain so much gold! In Wikipedia we find that the amount of gold in the human body is vanishingly tiny:-

Element Percent of Atoms Atoms
Gold 0.00000030 2 x 1019

Further: “only salts and radioisotopes of gold are of pharmacological value, as elemental (metallic) gold is inert to all chemicals it encounters inside the body” (see here)

Sai Baba’s fantastic account of the imaginary ‘Hiranyagarbha’ and how it ‘represents’ energy [but also ”makes the eyes see, ears hear etc.”] is beyond all reason and science. It is a primitive Vedic superstition, which led to the use of gold as an ayurvedic ‘medicine’. It is used in ayurvedic clinics even today, despite modern scientific knowledge of all the properties of gold in all its different forms on the human body as having very little effect except some reduction of some arthritic inflammation. In short, another myth perpetrated by Sathya Sai Baba with his ignorance of science and belief in ancient mythology as superior even to modern knowledge! Click here to see a continuation of this discussion.

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Sathya Sai Baba – the paranormal phenomena

Posted by robertpriddy on November 27, 2009

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

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

Contents

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

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Sai Baba group claims miracles – seeks donations

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2009

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The latest super-naive followers of the two Sai Baba’s in Queens, New York – also worshippers of various Indian deities besides – are claiming (with a video) that Sai Baba performed miracles at their temple by moving helium balloons about so that they “worshipped his feet”. The alleged ‘miracle’ (leela) is accepted totally uncritically is simply only a result of known physical causes of such movement. Those who believe Sathya Sai Baba is the One Omnipotent Godhead no doubt think it is amazing that God should not have better things to do to prove his existence than to blow balloons around.

It is noteworthy that they ask for donations on the same site where they promote this supposed “Sai miracle”! This is strictly forbidden by Sathya Sai Baba in many discourses (though he asks for them himself both in public appeals in his journal and in private, including from me!  The Queens New York temple people evidently ignore his advice they in their eagerness (greed?) to generate cash.  It seems people kick in money freely when they see a miracle? This is typical of temples and institutions that prey on the unwitting in the name of Sathya Sai Baba… whose journal has exposed any number of such scam organizations.

Balloons thought to be  “sharing the excitement of this historic occasion” (the ‘historic’ part being an installation ceremony for Baba’s statues)
This classifies as ‘lunatic fringe thinking’ if anything does. The male leader who recounted and explained the miracle said that they had asked Sathya Sai Baba if this was his doing and “he sanctioned their wish”. He said. O.K. You want to witness” and then it happened again at the next occasion. (Note: Sai Baba claims he says ‘yes’ to everything – and he nearly always does when asked if it was one of his miracles or whether he came in a dream or other such fanciful notions. Besides it had been very difficult to ask him anything for some years, so one wonders if this is not another of those ‘asking in prayer’ and interpreting the answer from some doubtful gesture, or even subjective ‘channelling’, as is very common in the Sai movement).

The temple staff said they had taped balloons to the ceiling, and next morning they were all on the ground. Why one should additionally need to tape a helium balloon to the ceiling he does not mention. Well, in fact, a balloon with helium can sink down if it is made of latex, which is porous to helium. Over a period of time from 6-12 hours or so depending on the thickness of the balloon skin, the helium seeps out and the balloons start to come down, still looking almost the same size. This is not so with mylar balloons, which experienced sales people say can remain inflated for up to a week on average, depending also on the thickness of the balloon skin. Tape can easily drop off, especially if there were any air currents in the room, which can arise from very many causes.

The natural explanations of balloons moving in an enclosed space include air currents – such as convection from heaters, currents from air conditioning, currents from candle flames, incense and burning arati camphor (all no doubt used in this temple), electrostatic effects like attraction (one only has to rub a balloon against a synthetic rug, jersey or one’s own hair to see the effects this can produce). Static electricity is often generated in places where a number of people spend time and can result in peculiar effects.  The pictures and statues are most likely in a place where air currents arrive. Then, Lo and Behold! We have a Miracle? The Indian gent explains that his guru told him that such miracles are needed to make people who are not entirely sure to believe and surrender to God!  That balloons might convince anyone to surrender to the feet of Sai Baba is highly unlikely!

See also Examples of difficulty in interpreting Sathya Sai Baba’s words and actionsMisinterpretation of Sai Baba’s supposed ‘blessings’, words etc.

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Lingam regurgitation by street fakir – video clip

Posted by robertpriddy on August 12, 2009

Mustapha_magician

In the above very brief streaming video clip (only 312 Kb), you can view the common feat of producing lingam-type stones from the mouth by fakirs and street illusionists. This one was filmed by a German crew I watched filming in 1990 at Brindavan ashram. The German commentary stated that Mustapha, the magician, earns his money as a ‘wonderful artist’ who genuinely brings out a stone from his mouth.

The world-famous stage illusionist, Harry Houdini, performed it, having practiced by swallowing balls attached to a piece of string. Later he would and re-gurgitate them without any aids. Quite large objects can be kept in the stomach or throat for at least several hours. The regurgitation can be stimulated by massage, even by vomit-inducing pharmaceuticals. Sathya Sai Baba was seen to swallow a lot of water before he brought out his lingams (none larger than the illusionist managed).

Sai Baba has always claimed that his lingams are produced in his stomach. They are of all kinds of material, from stone to crystal to gold… which variety alone makes their production in his stomach beyond all likelihood!  The film evidence suggests that he used to regurgitate them from his throat or stomach. More recently, when he gagged for some time, he was seen to cover his mouth with a large towel and only then let it seem to emerge from his mouth.

Due to the massive testimony by many hagiographic writers, combined with film evidence which seemed genuine, I came to believe around 1984 that the lingam productions were most probably real. Doubts about it were never really quite removed, however, and since then I have looked into the matter much more closely. The BBC film ‘The Secret Swami ‘ produced the most compelling filmatic proof of fraud by Sai Baba (see clip here and here).

Sai Baba was losing his foreign followers fast, so In 2000 he produced a golden lingam without warning at Shivaratri and said that everyone who had seen it actually emerging would be ‘liberated’ (not have to be reborn ever again). This attracted all the blind believers again and for several following years brought in much larger crowds than usual at Shivarathri.  To make sure everyone saw it. he even once put it back in his mouth after it ‘came up’ the first time!

Houdini on Regurgitating Objects at Will

“A number of years ago, in London, I watched several performances of one of these chaps who swallowed a hatful of stones, nearly the size of hen’s eggs, and then jumped up and down, to make them rattle in his stomach. I could discover no fake in the performance, and I finally gave him two and six for his secret, which was simple enough. He merely took a dose of powerful physic [emetic–ed.] to clear himself of the stones, and then was ready for the next performance.

During my engagement in 1895 with Welsh Bros. Circus I became quite well acquainted with a [Japanese] of the San Kitchy Akimoto troupe and from him I learned the method of swallowing quite large objects and bringing them up at will. For practice very small potatoes are used at first, to guard against accident; and after one has mastered the art of bringing these up, the size is increased gradually till objects as large as the throat will receive can be swallowed and returned.”

Houdini, Miracle Mongers and their Methods, Coles 1980, (reprint), pp. 160-161.

“In order to produce an effect such as the production of the lingam, all that is required is the swallowing of the lingam ahead of time, and its regurgitation at the appropriate point in the ceremony. Note that the description of Sai Baba’s swallowing of water prior to the regurgitation, and the churning of the stomach muscles both correspond to the standard hatha yoga technique described by Swami Satchidananda.

The reader interested in further information which bears on this might enjoy reading the Chari article referred to above. In it Chari describes a scientifically studied street performer who makes his living doing regurgitations. He is able to swallow as many as 10 live snakes at a time, and regurgitate them in a `reptilian ball with a diameter of about 5 inches’ (Chari, op. cit., p. 168).”

 

See also: Sleight Of Hand. The Sleightness of Sathya Sai Baba (Exposing film clips)
Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘divine magnetism

Sathya Sai Baba: lingam photos-liberation from rebirth

The magnet of Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘lingam’ miracles

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Sathya Sai Baba: lingam photos-liberation from rebirth

Posted by robertpriddy on July 23, 2009

Promises of liberation? In common with most other Indian gurus, Sai Baba has promised liberation from the cycle of rebirths to a number of his followers… sometimes in private, sometimes in public. That this is a much sought-after boon is perhaps hardly surprising, not least when considering the longing for salvation that is a driving force in much religion, frequently doubtless stronger even than the desire to be physically healed of serious chronic or fatal illness. This makes a bond with very strong binds!

Black lingam allegedly manifested by Sathya Sai Baba

Black lingam allegedly manifested by Sathya Sai Baba

Since 1999, Sathya Sai Baba again produced Shiva lingams from his mouth during Shivarathri (after over 20 years of not doing so in public) and has said that all those who see one actually emerging will get liberation. This is a guarantee he had announced on a few occasions during past Shivarathri celebrations and again after the Shivarathri celebrations in 1999.

The promise of being free from the necessity of being reborn certainly exerts one of the most powerful psychological bonds there is, in this case to the guru. It has long been part and parcel of the guru-disciple relationship in India. To keep believing in the guru, obeying him implicitly in all things, is apparently most often ‘part of the deal’, but the guru’s promises may only be conditional… for who can ever tell? This definitely applies to Sathya Sai Baba’s promises of liberation too, judging by the people I know who imagine they can be granted such a boon, or actually believe that they have been promised it.

Naturally, those who consider they have achieved this apparent boon will be very loath to relinquish it, such as by refuting anything Sathya Sai Baba says or does. Such a promise by someone one accepts on his own word to be the God Avatar of an entire aeon – once given – ought to be as if ‘set in rock’. However, there are instances where this promise is not to be honoured, according to Sathya Sai Baba’s own (self-contradictory) words. Dr. John Hislop, who passed over in 1996 without taking any medication for his cancer – wrote that he had once seen Sathya Sai Baba bring one linga out of his mouth complete with a 3-legged metal stand. Another time he is said to have witnessed the linga coming from the mouth as a blue light that then coalesced into the object. Despite this, he was told by Swami that he would have to be reborn:-

Baba said: “Another birth is best for you…”
Hislop: “No freedom yet!”
Baba: “Yes, another birth is best. In that you will get total, final liberation”
Hislop: But, Swami, I don’t want to go through youth again. Youth is not a good experience – it is dangerous and difficult.”
Baba: “It will be a better life than this one. Don’t waste time thinking of the future.”
(“Conversations with Bhagavan SSSathya Sai Baba” by J. Hislop. 1996 revised extended edition, p. 227)

Photo of lingam claimed by Sai Baba to heal those who see it!

Photo of lingam claimed by Sai Baba to heal those who see it!

What does this tell us about Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘guarantee’ of liberation for all those who see the lingam actually emerge from his mouth? It has been pointed out to me that Sathya Sai Baba – being God -may countermand this or any other promise (for one lifetime… or more?) and this could even be a boon… to be reborn, for example, to accompany Prema Sai, as two others who also often saw the lingam emerge, Prof. Kasturi and his closest attendant Swami Karunyananda (both now deceased), were both told they would. But this is certainly not how Baba many times has described rebirth… which he holds to be the greatest tragedy that can befall anyone, to have to cry ‘Koham?’ in complete ignorance of our nature and so forth! He had even once before told Hislop, as recorded in his writings, when he had suggested it could be a boon to be reborn with Prema Sai, that it was definitely not so!

It is frequently described by devotees how Sathya Sai Baba makes promises, but fails to keep them. These broken promises are usually ‘explained away’ somehow by the writer. Sathya Sai Baba has himself sometimes tried to explain them away too. He will promise an interview next day, but ignore this completely when the time comes, and so on again and again. Like many people I have met at the ashrams, I have experienced broken promises by Sai Baba both as regards trivial matters, such as when he promised my wife and I a room in Brindavan, but also as regards several much more weighty matters, one of which was a promise of ‘a healthy life’ and ‘I will look after his health’. However, my chronic back problems have slowly deteriorated, while various other ailments have come (all this long before I began to discover things which made me doubt much and consider Sathya Sai Baba as something quite other than what he claims to be). Why should he promise so much if he doesn’t (intend to) carry it out, or can’t manage it? Does he wish to play on our hopes so as to bind us to his purposes? A question worth asking, also whether this is deceitful and immoral too! Therefore, Sathya Sai Baba’s promises of liberation also look decidedly shaky!

Lingam produced by Sai Baba at a picnic in former days

Lingam produced by Sai Baba at a picnic in former days

Sathya Sai Baba has time and again made a great fuss about how “it is impossible for anyone to understand or explain the meaning and significance of Swami.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 10 new ed., p. 170) and, “In truth, you cannot understand the nature of my reality either today, or even after a thousand years of steady austerity or ardent enquiry, even if all mankind joins in the effort.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol II. Old. ed. p. 90). If this is so, how can one really trust anyone who is so non-understandable, so unpredictable? And who makes greater boasts than any person ever known! Good luck to those who can swallow it all, they’ll most probably need it, but rather them than I!

It certainly seems that Sathya Sai Baba needs to get more and more followers so badly that he now promises to anyone who will come to his ashram at Shivarathri, not the earth, not even heaven, but eternal bliss in some undefined, unproven limbo. It is remarkable that so many so unquestioningly take all these guarantees as more than boasts and entrapments…. but then most people choose to believe just what they want should be true, even though they don’t have a clue what this might involve. However, billions of people – including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and many another denomination – will obviously never accept Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about this, that is for certain. This does not look tremendously positive for Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about his effect on world affairs!

See also previous postings on Sai Baba’s ‘Shiva lingams’:
the magnetism of the lingodbhava here
and proof of faked emergence on film here


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

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The magnet of Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘lingam’ miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on July 22, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba vomits up another lingam

The Sathya Sai Baba Lingam Question: The production of lingams at the Shivarathri festival was discontinued in the 1970s, according to Sathya Sai Baba, because the crowds were too large and injuries were being caused. It is of note that Sathya Sai Baba started up the lingodbhava in public again when the allegations had broken and the crowds were thinning and the donations doubtless too. (Note: The whole 76th birthday crowd – overwhelmingly Indian – fitted into the Kulwant Mantap with max. capacity ca. 15,000, so the Hillview Stadium was not needed).  films, from 2000 and 2001, show Sai Baba apparently ‘regurgitating’ a golden lingam. In the sequences from 2001 (one taken head-on, and one from the side filmed by Dr. Sara Pavan) we see that Sathya Sai Baba holds a towel before his mouth and fiddles for about 5 seconds, appearing to put the regurgitated lingam back in his mouth, before letting it come out in full view slowly, but it drops before he catches it. In another strangely comical sequence – for what he speaks of as a tremendously auspicious holy regeneration fo the cosmos – he bounced it had on a table and it landed on the ground and rolled into the crowd!

Sathya Sai Baba lingam 'regurgitations'?

Sathya Sai Baba lingam ‘regurgitations’?

There are three main possibilities involved here: 1) It is a genuine lingam production in the stomach emerging through his throat? 2) It comes up his throat when he gags, but he puts it back into his mouth behind the towel to let it seem to emerge. 2) It is brought into his mouth by hand behind the towel (the violent seeming regurgitation being only a fake movement)? I find 3) the most likely in after 2000 then 2) in earlier years and then 1) very unlikely.

Due to the massive cocksure testimony by many writers, I came to believe for about 18 years that the lingam productions were most likely genuine. I also have also films of lingodbhava from before he stopped this showpiece in the ’70s. The whole episode looked very much the same as nowadays. The reasons for believing most in 3) are several. The obvious one is that this is a trick which Houdini invented. Sai Baba was losing credibility and devotees were shocked over the massive sex abuse allegations against him. In 2000 that everyone who saw this actually emerge would gain liberation from the cycle of birth/death, and this would apply again in future! That is the magnet for devotees who believe in all that. There were much larger crowds than usual at Shivarathri from then on. Further, he had said before that only by seeing the lingam actually emerge could one get liberation. So as not to disappoint all those there, he presumably put it back in his mouth after it ‘came up’ (if he had swallowed it before). Most people would feel they had actually seen it emerge. The obvious question then is, did he want to give people the false belief that they would achieve liberation? Despite the unlikelihood that such ‘liberation from rebirth’ is more than a wishful miasma and could possibly ensue from seeing the actual emergence?’

Some reasons for considering lingam regurgitations are fakes: One can see a lingam production from the mouth by some yogi the a German film crew around 1990, which shows how common this ‘feat’ is in India. See video clip here. (‘Das Mysterium Der Shiva – Heilige Männer‘ . It was shown in Germany in a series called ‘Terra X – Rätsel alter Weltkulturen’

Harry Houdini's needle trick, swallowing dozens of needles and yards of thread and then regurgitating them back up all strung together.

Harry Houdini’s needle trick, swallowing dozens of needles and yards of thread and then regurgitating them back up all strung together.

Regurgitation a stage illusionist trick: The famous illusionist, Houdini, experimented at swallowing balls and re-gurgitating them, firstly with a piece of string attached. Later he did it without any aids, and regurgitated them with ease on stage. The object can be kept in the stomach or throat for several hours at least before regurgitation is stimulated by some physical means (massage, vomit-inducing medicines etc.).

As far as can be established, his is the first ever reported performance of this feat. Lingam-regurguitation is not described anywhere so far discovered in Indian scripture or esoteric literature before the 20th century! Swami Premananda (formerly of Sri Lanka and Tiruvannamalai, now in prison in Tamil Nadu for life for rape and murder) produced three lingams at Shivarathri (before his trial) witnessed by a good French friend of mine. There are many reports of him having done the same as Sathya Sai Baba year after year, once even when visiting UK. He was also celebrated as ‘ the avatar’ in his ashram’s publications etc.

There is no reason why the very young Sai Baba should not have learned this technique at the time when he got involved in activities in a troup with his magician uncle performing in public and doing peculiar feats, as described once even in Prof. Kasturi’s ‘official’ biography ‘Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram‘. (See end of 3rd chapter of Vol. 1., p. 20 in some eds.) Sathya Sai Baba copied another artist – a young girl – who picked up a kerchief with her eyelids from the ground when bent over backwards. Sathya Sai Baba reportedly surpassed this “tortuous feat” in public by picking up a needle with his eyelids from the same position. A kind of Tantric or fakir performance, for which feat Sathya Sai Baba was said to have had to suffer a dreadful eye affliction afterwards! Somewhat unbelievable, but still revealing – even that Prof. Kasturi believed it.

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Close-up photo of Sai Baba ring materializing?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 21, 2009

A gold and enamel ring Sathya Sai Baba supposedly

‘created’ with a wave of his hand?
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THE APPARENT ‘MATERIALISATION’ OF ONE OF SAI BABA’S STANDARD RINGS (CAN BE SILVER OR 18 CARAT GOLD) WITH AN ENAMEL FACE SHOWING HIMSELF. MANY TAKE THIS PHOTOGRAPH AS PROOF POSITIVE THAT SAI BABA IS ACTUALLY MATERIALISING THIS OBJECT. THIS IS BECAUSE THE ORIGINAL OF THE PHOTOGRAPH CANNOT BE SEEN TO HAVE BEEN TREATED, AIR-BRUSHED OR ALTERED IN ANY OTHER WAY.

O.K. SO FAR, BUT ALL THIS PHOTOGRAPH ACTUALLY SHOWS IS A RING UNDERNEATH THE HAND, WHICH IS HELD IN PLACE BY THE THUMB! IT IS KNOWN THAT SAI BABA IS SUPPLIED WITH THESE KIND OF RINGS BY VARIOUS JEWELLERS IN BANGALORE, ANANTAPUR AND MADRAS. HE KEEPS A STORE OF SUCH JEWELL RY IN A BOX IN HIS INTERVIEW ROOM – ACCORDING TO THE TESTIMONY OF A CLOSE STUDENT KNOWN WELL TO EXPOSÉ ACTIVISTS, BUT WHO DOES NOT WISH TO BE NAMED BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES HE IS SURE WOULD FOLLOW FOR HIM AND HIS BROTHER).

SATHYA SAI BABA HAS GIVEN MANY GREEN ‘DIAMOND’ RINGS TO INTERVIEWEES – BUT NEVER, SO FAR AS IS KNOWN, TO POOR, UNEDUCATED PERSONS. I RECEIVED ONE FROM HIM ON CHRISTMAS EVE, 1986 – HAVING TOLD HIM THE DAY BEFORE THAT I WANTED TO DONATE MONEY FOR THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS. BEFORE HE MADE THE RING HE ASKED ME HOW MUCH MONEY I INTENDED TO GIVE. I SAID £6,000.- WHEREUPON HE BLEW ON A RING HE HAD TRIED ON MY FINGER WITHOUT SUCCESS AND IT APPEARED THAT IT BECAME THE ONE PHOTOGRAPHED BELOW. HOWEVER, I RECALL SOME WAVERING AS HE SAT IN HIS CHAIR AND SUPPORTED HIMSELF WITH THE HAND WHICH HELD THE RING. NO DOUBT HE SWAPPED IT FOR THE GREEN ONE. NOT UNTIL 31/10.2002 DID I GET THE RING ASSAYED BY THE QUEEN OF DENMARK’S JEWELER, MR. PETER HERTZ OF COPENHAGEN. IT WAS TAKEN FROM THE 18 CARAT GOLD CASING AND SHOWN TO BE A SYNTHETIC SAPPHIRE BEHIND WHICH WAS A PIECE OF GREEN SILVER FOIL TO ENHANCE THE BRIGHTNESS!

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

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Sathya Sai Baba blessings

Posted by robertpriddy on May 14, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on interpreting Sathya Sai Baba and his blessings

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Nectar of the Gods? Or tea rose essence & sugar water?

Posted by robertpriddy on March 29, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba’s liquid ‘amrit‘ (i.e. honey nectar), a supposedly holy substance like the Bible’s ‘ambrosia’, does have a distinctive odour. It can be collected by visitors from the doubtful ‘Thief’s Temple’ in South India near Mysore, run by a former baggage lifter called Halagappa, who has two small amulets with Sathya Sai Baba’s picture on that supposedly give off amrit into the jar in which they are kept. Those who have smelt and tasted amrit, know its very distinctive taste and smell, a smell which cloys the more the older it gets. Sai Baba so-called ‘amrita’ usually develops fungi if left in a bottle for some months.

halagappa-sri-rangapatna

Halagappa does not allow anyone to hold the medallions which supposedly exude ‘amrit‘ so they can’t see properly for themselves whether it runs out or whether it comes from his spoon, which he repeatedly uses to scrape the palm where the medallion lies, thus interfering with observation. He keeps tight hold of the chain attached to the medallion. Why?

He could hang the amrit-dripping medallions above a jar for some time so that everyone could see them dripping. But no.

He has not invited a single reputable, independent observer – such as scientists or engineers – to inspect the “miraculous amrit flow”.

The same lack of independent observation – allowing rigorous control of the surrounding conditions- applies to all the temples and houses where vibuthi and amrit are claimed to manifest? Not one single scientific experiment nor other unbiased examination of these phenomena has been allowed.

Despite this, numerous websites and blogs promote this with uncritical fervor as a major Sathya Sai Baba miracle – and even though Sathya Sai Baba has himself repeatedly wanrned people about going to Halagappa’s ‘Thief’s Temple’ orphanage.

All this speaks for itself – and loudly so!

Further analysis of amrit from Halagappa’s temple shrine

The so-called “Sai amrit” with its distinctive ‘perfume’ consists mainly in sugar water with added tea rose essence (possible with a touch of jasmine or sandalwood essence in some cases). Perfumed tea roses come in several varieties and many variants of perfume are made from them and are marketed (see here)

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Sathya Sai Baba bi-location

Posted by robertpriddy on December 15, 2008

Another prophecy from the ‘Suka Nadi’ palm leaf scrolls about Sathya Sai Baba is listed by saibabaofindia.com:-

· He will show Himself in many places simultaneously, though He will actually be in one place and there will be many divine acts and manifestations.

COMMENT: The ability to bi-locate has been claimed for other spiritual figures, such as  the famous Catholic Pater Pio of Pietrelcina, Italy (1887-1968, now Saint Pio of Pietrelcina). Parapsychologist Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson tried to investigate these highly controversial claims of Sathya Sai Baba’s bi-location but, though he could not substantiate them, he lent them some credence even by presenting the claims which could not be tested in any way. All accounts he obtained were anecdotal and/or hearsay, some being very meagre, others more detailed. Haraldsson classified such reports as ‘apparitions’ as in para-psychological  terminology, many of which have been recorded by para-psychologists (over 10% of questioned persons in general are supposed on statistical grounds to have such an experience at least once in their lifetime).

My views on such miraculous accounts are based on much questioning  of devotees (mostly Indians) through two decades. When reporting their experiences, inaccuracies, exaggerations, vagueness, sloppy observation, unquestioning reliance on hearsay and the zeal to convince others are all too common. These most extraordinary claims of Sathya Sai Baba having appeared in his physical person in two places at once would need most extraordinary evidence to be taken seriously, but such is completely lacking.

In dreams, visions and apparent ‘visitations’, the form of a distant person may well appear to people. Another likely explanation of perceived ‘visitations’ by Sathya Sai Baba can be the same as those now considered to have been causative of experiences of incubi, witches, the devil, spirit bodies, persons returned from the dead, UFO abductions and many other apparently waking phenomena. Sleep paralysis combined with a vivid dream while the mind experiences a waking state causes dream contents to be perceived as real and physical. This condition has recently been understood much better by neurologists and is quite common, often being connected with the various causes and kinds of narcolepsy.  Another prophecy made was:-

· He will have the power to die whenever He wants.

COMMENT: Actually, virtually everyone has the power to end their own lives whenever they wish – it’s called suicide. If Sathya Sai Baba ends his own life by his own will, whatever means used, then this must surely rank as suicide too in a moral and a legal sense. That matter apart, he has given at least two totally incompatible predictions of when he has chosen to the “leave the body”, (in published discourses) in particular either at age 92/3 or at 96. (See here)

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Sathya Sai Baba – murders and fraud exposed

Posted by robertpriddy on October 19, 2008

Some new postings:-

Miracle Man or petty magician? Will the real Sai Baba please standup The meeting between P.C. Sorcar Junior and Sathya Sai Baba has now become the stuff of legend, and Dr. Bhagavantam reportedly denounced Sai Baba as a fake towards the end of his life.

Sai Baba and the News Media- ‘The Week’ coverage of the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom, with elucidatory diagrams and many comments
How Sathya Sai Baba and his officials reacted to the press inquiries into the 1993 murders

Sex, suicide and the guru – Sathya Sai Baba Three articles by one of The Times feature writers, Dominic Kennedy, which expose the nature of Sathya Sai Baba and related suicides.

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Avatar: Sathya Sai Baba constantly claimed he was once Rama and Krishna!

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2008

Rama and Krishna

Rama and Krishna

Sathya Sai Baba constantly claimed he was once Rama and Krishna!

In this claim he was very far from being alone, as there are dozens of other would-be avatars and deities in India even today and even non-Hindus – have presented themselves as Rama or Krishna reborn. Sai Baba also claimed to be the reincarnation of various other deities and personages of the past, not least Sai Baba of Shirdi (while the official Shirdi Sanasthan and various researchers refute this claim as bogus).

According to fanciful religionists, Sri Satya Sai Baba is also considered to be the Cosmic Christ. He is so spiritually advanced that he embodies the Christ Principle, an aspect of God (the energy of love) at cosmic level.”

The former long-term US ashram resident, Mr. Alvin Drucker of the USA, later banned from the ashram gave a talk before a thousand or so foreign visitors in Prashanthi Nilayam in 1987, stating that Sathya Sai Baba had said that all who visited him on his 60th Birthday were once also with him when he was Krishna and/or when he was Rama. These ‘divine secrets’ came only from his close servitors on the Sai Central Trust, including Mr. Prasad, who told that Swami said this was also so on the 70th Birthday. Of course, the rumour spread most freely as no doubt intended. It was a great way of making people feel important and staying in his fold!

 Sathya Sai Baba supports Ramanyana and Bhagavatham myths as fact The following except from the most popular book of conversations with Sathya Sai Baba removes all doubt that he believed and propagated the historical existence of a race of veritable giants, one of which was Rama, of the existence of demons (rakshakas) and the mythical eternally young Krishna:-

from 'Conversations...', by John Hislop, p. 129, 130

from ‘Conversations…’, by John Hislop, p. 129, 130

Where are the remains of this race of giants, these demons? Considering the vast amount of discoveries by palaeontologists to date, not one giant skeleton from such a relatively recent era a few thousand years ago has been found. Meanwhile, countless dinosaur fossils from hundreds of millions of years back have been discovered. Since the origins and spread of mankind are now so well known in general outline (through DNA studies) there is all reason to doubt the veracity of Sathya Sai Baba’s ignorant claims yet again!

In Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3 p. 60 Sai Baba stated: “Raama was the greatest hero in history; he killed the 14,000 raakshakas (i.e. demons) led by Khara, Dhushaasana and Thrisiras, all by Himself! Every raakshasa beheld in every neighbouring raakshasa a Raama; and, in full fury, he slew the Raama and was killed in turn by his neighbour. “

Now, is this a credible claim? Hardly satisfactory to any genuine historian, scientist or person with common sense. The world will never accept such fairy stories and base superstition even though millions of the poorest uneducated peasants know no better.

See more about Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about Rama and Krishna

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Sathya Sai Baba identified with man-lion Narasimha

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2008

The lion-man avatar, Narasimha destroying Hiranyakasipu

The lion-man avatar, Narasimha destroying Hiranyakasipu

Another mythological figure, a combination of man and lion who ‘materialised himself’ in that form to kill the atheist Hiranyakasipu, is one of Sathya Sai Baba’s favourite avatars. Sai Baba has often stated as fact the following somewhat controversial (!) claims:- “Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakasipu also were ones of very great capabilities. They were great scientists. Hiranyakasipu not only went to the moon; he also went to the sun. Not only the sun, he also reached the stars. When he went to star Dhruva and touched it, the earth spun. With that he suffered. Though he was such a great scientist, things should be done only as much as is needed; but if it is in excess, a very big danger will happen.” (Sathya Sai Baba – Guru Purnima Discourse, July 2002).

“Hiranyakasipu had by rigorous austerity and practice established his mastery, as modern scientists have done, over the elements. He could transport himself through the hydrospheres as a fish, through the atmosphere as a bird, but he denied God…” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 20, page 33) BUT NOTE! This proves that miracles are NO guarantee of being good or pure, even according to the supposed ‘man of miracles’ himself!

Sathya Sai Baba as the lion man in person? Prof. N. Kasturi and others have reported how Sathya Sai Baba one day apparently somehow assumed the appearance of a lion-man… enough to impress simple villagers in Puttaparthi that he was like Narasimha, the lion-man avatar. Kasturi and Ganapati base their accounts on hearsay from such villagers, since it was many years later they came on the scene.

Sathya Sai Baba acxting as Narasimha

Sathya Sai Baba acting as Narasimha

Kasturi once told a group of Westerners in the old lecture room about how Sathya Sai Baba had raged like a lion. After years of selfless service, Kasturi had suddenly been ignored totally and excluded from everything for weeks, without explanation. When he asked Sai Baba why, he “raged like a terrifying lion” at him for a mere bagatelle – one for which he was not even responsible. This incident has been toned down in written reports, as is done in most writings about Sai Baba’s many less acceptable so-called “human aspects”, to show Sai Baba in a much less threatening light, and by the fearful Kasturi himself in his written account in his own autobiographical book Loving God (p.344ff).

The present writer has been involved with Sathya Sai Baba for decades and has spent much time with him at his ashrams, which is why it took me so many years since 1993 to come to accept and adjust to the otherwise wholly unbelievable facts of the murders incident in 1993. I vow that my account of it is the truth as I know it. Those facts I could not – for the sake of his own security – make known until after his decease. The top officials and various MBA students who are more or less ‘in the know’ are still surely prisoners of their circumstances, often fearing to break faith with such a socially and psychically powerful and imperious ‘godman’. Few of them may so far be free of the fear of possible retribution to dare to speak out (except in strict privacy to myself and other exposé persons), but it is likely that more will do so eventually. Experience shows that it often takes decades to come to terms with sexual abuse sufficiently to take the step of standing forth.

See also Hidden fears of the avatar

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Unique Shirdi Sai Photo – private ownership

Posted by robertpriddy on July 17, 2008

In 1984 I visited a (supposedly) reformed thief who has long presided over what is often called ‘the Thief’s Temple’ in Sri Ranga Patnam near Mysore, known as Halagappa. He told me he was a baggage lifter (thief) when he was younger, and Sathya Sai Baba told him to stop and open the Sri Ranga Patna orphanage, which he did. We were alone and he told me his life story, beginning with how he has been taken by his uncle to visit Shirdi Sai Baba. As proof he showed me a very old framed photograph on the wall of his temple (it was then a very simple building without the marble he later installed). There was Shirdi Sai Baba with his uncle. At that time there were reputedly only five other known photographs of Shirdi Sai Baba. However, Halagappa was not more than 50 years old then (in 1985), but since Shirdi Sai Baba died in 1918, Halagappa would have had to be at least 70 years of age to be able to visit Shirdi with his uncle. That would make him 90 years old now. Conclusion; Halagappa cannot have been telling the truth! Doubtless another part of his mercenary deception whereby he gathers huge funds from Sai Baba devotees?

I do not know whether Halagappa’s photo is genuine or whether he has ever allowed it to be copied by any means. It may be of interest for Shirdi Sai Baba followers to research into this question. It does however show Shirdi Sai Baba, not as a portrait but standing amid a group of persons. However, be warned about the so-called “miracles” of vibuthi, amrit and other supposed ‘materializations’ that Halagappa shows visitors. Sathya Sai Baba devotees ought to know that several warning have been made in Sanathana Sarathi against visiting this ‘Thief’s Temple’ and at one time Alvin Drucker told me and others that Sai Baba warned him against going there.

Warnings from Sathya Sai Baba about Halagappa:

Sathya Sai Baba has himself warned strongly in discourses against “happenings in Mysore and Madras” (Sathya Sai Speaks vol. 10, p. 186) and “in Mysore state there are some who distribute amrith, vibhuuthi and other articles announcing that they are showering from their pictures at their places… Devotees should keep far away from such places and persons” (Sathya Sai Speaks vol. 11, p. 147). Sanathana Sarathi also published warnings against the Mysore/Sri Ranga Patna orphanage and unauthorised money collections there, as seen here.

Official Warning against Halagappa in Sathya Sai Baba's journal

Official Warning against Halagappa in Sathya Sai Baba's journal

So much for the genuineness of Halagappa’s tricks and his collection of funds (another financial competitor to the Sai Central Trust!) Crowds of visitors who do not get what they hope from Sathya Sai Baba flock there (aided by a fleet of taxi drivers which promote the place and earn large sums from foreigners who have no idea of the going price).

The supposed ‘miracles’ at Halagappa’s ‘Thief’s Temple’ in Srirangapatnam
It was reported by Sai Baba’s biographer, N. Kasturi, and many others that Halagappa had a box which refilled itself when shaken, but Halagappa did not have one when I visited him in 1985. The vibuthi which reportedly “never runs out” is clearly extremely elusive! I have tried to investigate this alleged phenomenon during nine visits to the ashrams – a total of well over 1 year sitting at one or two darshans daily – but never did I see it or meet anyone else who had. Professor Erlendur Haraldsson, who my wife and I have known since 1989 and who still visits us, has still not been able to get any evidence of endless vibuthi supplies, despite decades of interest in the matter. I have seen how people take smaller and smaller pinches of the stuff to make it seem that it never runs out… and somehow it gets more precious as the amount diminishes!!

Why have no independent, critical scientists been able to carry out fully controlled experiments to prove that vibuthi or amrit “never run out”. Or that they “manifest” on pictures and elsewhere. In the YouTube video of the amrit amulet and apparent flow, one does not see how he puts the spoon back into the jar full of amrit each time he scrapes away the apparent flow, for the spoon conveys amrit back onto the medallion The spoon in the jar can just be seen in the second showing of this in the YouTube video. That the amulet or medallion is curved at the back also allows amrit to collect there, and it may well be hollow too. No one has ever been allowed to study this alleged phenomenon properly, without Halagappa’s well-practices interference, always exactly the same routine! Why? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFq_fnyXKSk). It is no use “watching like a hawk” as someone claims to have done, one must also use one’s brains, apply critical investigation and at least some knowledge of conjuring and illusions etc. Read more about the methods by which Halagappa convinces visitors that the amrit is a genuine miracle.

Cessation of vibuti ash and amrit nectar for some years
However, Halagappa has told that his pictures stopped producing vibuthi, and his locket no longer produced the liquid nectar, saying he thought it because Sathya Sai Baba was angry with him for throwing out his wife and taking another! Then he claims it began again later. The orphans Halagappa looks after were wearing rags, had no books or other facilities, while his wife wears diamonds and the concrete room where the ‘temple’ was has been marbled and beautified in a costly way.

Sathya Sai Baba has by no means cornered the ‘spiritual market’ on amrit, as one may see here;- http://sivakvepa.blogspot.com/2006/02/sai-amrit-vani-at-veena-maas-place.html

If anyone wished to confirm that amrita is based on tea rose essence, (Not jasmine, as has been mistakenly stated) one may search the words ‘tea rose’ on Google and select one of the wide range of tea rose scented products. Tea roses have long been famous for their exceptional fragrance and there are many variants. Some of these are literally identical to the scent of Sai Baba amrit, so this fragrance is an earthly product, not heavenly, as many Sai devotees imagine!

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