Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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J. Jegathesan – deluded believer in Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 15, 2009

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Datuk J. Jegathesan (or Jagadeeshan, as he sometimes signs himself) has a degree in economy and has long been a top leader in the Sathya Sai organization of Malaysia. Here is the cover of one of his books which praises Sathya Sai Baba and links him to many weird and wonderful events in the ‘fourth dimension’, in which he is a fervent believer:-

excerpt from 'The Fourth Dimension' by Jegathesan

Click to enlarge: excerpt from 'The Fourth Dimension' by Jegathesan

However he is without known qualifications as an educator in human and spiritual values, as he presents himself, not least through the same  Sathya Sai Organization. His belief in Sathya Sai Baba forms the basis and outlines the limits of what he believes about everything, including ‘human values’. However, he writes about mediums, healers, possessed persons and so forth, with the experiences of which he is clearly prepossesed.

Having stated early on in his book ‘The Fourth Dimension’:”I am no expert on the question of mediums and trance situations”, he soon begins to make very definitive statements like:-”I am quite certain that these “spirits” are similarly highly evolved souls etc.”

excerpt from Jegathesan's book 'The Fourth Dimension'

Click to enlarge: excerpt from Jegathesan's book 'The Fourth Dimension'

In the two excerpts shown below here, the fact that Jegathesan has developed a strong conviction that  many phenomena of this weird and wonderful kind are important – important enough to write up at such length, despite the warning he also quotes from the one who he regards as his infallible guru that “for every true there are a hundred false” (meaning false mediums) and that he discourages devotees from “running after” such phenomena. However, Jegathesan claims – quite inconsistently – that he believes that Sathya Sai Baba has led him into following up on such phenomena.

These kind of psi-phenomena are referred to in many of  the stories about Sathya Sai Baba, not only by Jegathesan but also by others who tell about such things as his belief in black magic, his driving ou of demons from possessed devotees. I short, a very primitive superstitious view of the world and of mental illnesses.

See also SATHYA SAI’S BELIEF IN BLACK MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND DANGEROUS SUPERSITITONS Documentation of Sai Baba’s belief in black magic and related superstitions which plague India.

Other postings about Jegathesan:-

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Closest Sai Baba servant didn’t believe in miracles!

Posted by robertpriddy on January 12, 2009

Joga Rao, non-believer in miracles

Joga Rao, non-believer in miracles

Ex-Indian Army Colonel Joga Rao (deceased) was one of the closest helpers of Sathya Sai Baba for decades, so much so that he often lived in Sathya Sai Baba’s various apartments and could always come and go as he wished in Sathya Sai Baba’s rooms. He also very often presided over the conditions of the interview room before and after interviews. He was masterful at planning and getting engineering projects done, managing the work-force (and arranging the kickbacks from contractors!). Above all, the most astonishing thing is that Colonel Joga Rao was from the start a non-believer in Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘miracles’. To my astonishment, V.K. Narasimhan told me this one day in one of our many private conversations through the years (see notebooks I kept)!

Joga Rao was present to the many excursions where Sathya Sai – surrounded by invited guests – found some spot with sand and dug down to produce golden statues of gods and such like – with Joga Rao attending – makes one really think! Could Joga Rao not credit that? Or did he know where the statues were buried and arranged for the correct location to be recognised?

I have written about the career and other facts about Colonel Joga Rao  in some detail at my website here

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Sathya Sai Baba worshipped by India’s P.M.s etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on November 18, 2008

Time for Indian Government leaders to take to their senses:

The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and his Minister for Home Affairs (Shivraj Patil) are known devotees of Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, who they visit and show the utmost respect. A man who has for decades repeatedly claimed he is God Incarnate (which is illegal in India anyhow), Sathya Sai Baba clearly stated (or example) on the BBC film ‘The Secret Swami’ that he created 3-ton golden lingam (size and shape of an egg) within his stomach and regurgitated it (though it was clearly seen to be a faked show and the lingam was then placed on a flimsy table without it collapsing!). Is it not time for these supposedly educated people to begin to examine the many facts about the ignorance and deceptions of this imposter “Creator of the Universe”? While this preposterous unspoken embarrassment to intelligent Indians and visiting statesmen from non-Hindu countries persists, how can its leaders really be taken by the world to be seriously responsible people?

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Nothing can absolve Sathya Sai Baba from having been involved in the gruesome murder incidents in his bedroom apartment in June 1993, where he fled his apartment and stood nearby and never intervened to save the four who were executed by the blackmailed police. None of the six murders were ever cleared up because his followers, then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and Home Minister S.B. Chavan quashed the CBI investigation when it began to near a result (See here).

Neither this – nor many substantial sex allegations against Sathya Sai Baba – stopped the Indian Government under A.B. Vajpayee – a long-term devotee himself –  from proposing him for the Nobel Peace Prize! Such wishful ignorance of international standards of judgement is near incredible by a Prime Minister who defended Sai Baba without have made the slightest investigation of the massive evidence (as proven by B. Premanand’s tortuous correspondence with the dissembling authorities see Premanand challenges Vajpayee to come clean. 

The practice of human values and the moral standing of anyone who is seriously considered for the Nobel peace Prize must be impeccable, and it is laughable that Sathya Sai Baba actually believed he would get it, as he made totally ill-informed claims that a certain Dr. Nobel was the many who gave it out was visiting him (he is the great grandson of Alfred Nobel and has no role in any Nobel Prizes whatever! See here)

Sathya Sai Baba (mostly passively) supports the vastly increasing militarism and nuclear arsenal of the Indian Government through patronising the designer of atomic weapons (Dr. Bhagavantam, deceased) and hobnobbing in most friendly fashion in public with the designer of the latest nuclear delivery missiles.

Shivraj Patil is a regular visitor to Sathya Sai Baba – see for example  here
See short video clip (1MB) of Sathya Sai Baba explaining the three ton lingam!

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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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Ear-plugging Sathya Sai followers – J. Jegathesan

Posted by robertpriddy on September 22, 2008

Here are some quotes which show Datuk J. Jegathesan’s core belief mentality – a ‘true believer’ in Sathya Sai baba, whatever he says or does!

“Let us remember nothing happens or moves without His wish. Everything that happens is for good, provided we are conscious of our Duty and personal efforts that should follow.”

Comment: This shows how totally blindly believing Jegathesan is – and all his interpretations and misinterpretations of events are connected with it.

See also:- Sathya Sai Apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide
Malaysian newspaper report on suicide of Jega’s son with related issues Full text of e-mail circulated widely by Jegathesan
The suicide of Sathya Sai devotee Jegathesans’ son
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

Deluded believer in Sathya Sai Baba – Datuk J. Jegathesan Excerpts on mediums, healers, deities and trances from ‘The Fourth Dimension’ by Jegathesan shown and commented on.
Datuk J. Jegathesan – on Sathya Sai Baba Miracles Self-Delusions in the Malaysian Sathya Sai community as promoted by J. Jegathesan, staunchly blind Sathya Sai Baba supporter and believer in mediums, spirits, ghosts and the 4th dimension.

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

(Spanish version

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Deluded believer in Sathya Sai Baba – Datuk J. Jegathesan

Posted by robertpriddy on September 21, 2008

excerpt from 'The Fourth Dimension' by Jegathesan

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Datuk J. Jegathesan (or Jagadeeshan, as he sometimes signs himself) has a degree in economy. However he is without known qualifications as an educator in human and spiritual values, as he presents himself, not least through the Sathya Sai Organization. His belief in Sathya Sai Baba forms the basis and outlines the limits of what he believes about everything, including ‘human values’. However, he writes about mediums, healers, possessed persons and so forth, with whose experiences he is clearly prepossesed.

Having stated early on in his book ‘The Fourth Dimension’:”I am no expert on the question of mediums and trance situations”, he soon begins to make very definitive statements like:-“I am quite certain that these “spirits” are similarly highly evolved souls etc.”

In the two excerpts shown below here, the fact that Jegathesan has developed a strong conviction that  many phenomena of this weird and wonderful kind are important – important enough to write up at such length, despite the warning he also quotes from the one who he regards as his infallible guru that “for every true there are a hundred false” (meaning false mediums) and that he discourages devotees from “running after” such phenomena. However, Jegathesan claims – quite inconsistently – that he believes that Sathya Sai Baba has led him into following up on such phenomena.

excerpt from Jegathesan's book 'The Fourth Dimension'

Click to enlarge: excerpt from Jegathesan

on healing

Click to enlarge: on healing

See also Datuk J. Jegathesan – on Sathya Sai Baba Miracles

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Datuk J. Jegathesan – on Sathya Sai Baba Miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2008

Self-Delusions in the Malaysian Sathya Sai community

In ‘Journey to God – The Malaysian Experience with Sai Baba’, one the guru’s most privileged devotees for decades, Dato’ J. Jegathesan, lists various supposedly miraculous cures by Sai Baba which he had investigated, if only superficially (not with any scientific control of alleged ‘medical’ evidence).
It is instructive to observe here representative examples of the degree of mental acrobatics devotees undertake to explain things Sathya Sai Baba has said to them and to make them appear precognitive.

Dato' J. Jegathesan

For example, take the case of a Chinese devotee in Malaysia, Mr. Yap Them Siew. He was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and in the worst prognosis by one doctor was given a 50-50 chance of survival. (Comment: this alone makes one suspicious – he still did have a 50% chance of survival, even on the worst diagnosis!).

However, Sai Baba’s close confidant, Prof. N. Kasturi, arranged for Mr. Yap to have an interview. I quote Jegathesan directly from page 85 of Journey To God (Vol. 1):

“After they had entered the second room, Baba looked at Mrs. Yap and said with a gesture, “What is cancer? Don’t worry – go for the operation; 11th, 12th, 13th – everything will be all right; I will be with you.”
(and Baba even repeated these dates in a later exchange). Later we read:

“The doctors after re-examining Yap fixed the operation on the 7th January. This caused great concern to the Yaps, for Baba had clearly said, 11th,12th,13th. However, it transpired that the operation on the 7th was a minor one and without their request, by “strange coincidence”, the major operation was fixed for the 11th January, 1977. Though this pleased the Yaps, considerably, they were perplexed by the “12th and 13th”. On the 10th January the meaning became clear to them. Again by coincidence Mr. Yap was shifted from bed No. 7 to bed No. 12 – the 12th bed. On the day of the operation, Mrs. Yap held Bhajans at the house of her brother-in-law, with whom she was staying… the house was No. 13 – the 13th house along Jalan Taman 7/6 in Petaling Jaya. By another conicidence the aggregate of the 7/6 also makes 13.”

Need one say more? Yes, evidently, for this is the kind of totally twisted reasoning used time and again – in my wide experience – by many Sai followers. The devotee mind turns every stone – in this case one searched for every possible appearance of the 11th and 12th in whatever connection – so that Baba’s words may be made to seem precognisant. When this is not possible, however, devotees give up and the difficulty is never publicised… though I have heard of many such embarrassments experienced by devotees who have been told what amounts to soothsaying rubbish by Sai Baba.

Anyone with a modicum of rationality can tell that most of this really is sheer coincidences and that most of the explanation is sheer wishful thinking. The only apparently ‘correct’ words were ‘the 11th’. This seems ‘meaningful’ but that depends on one’s faith, not on anything resembling proof. However, apparently meaningful coincidences of this kind – which C.G. Jung defined as synchronicities’ – certainly do occur, for they are most widely recorded throughout the world quite apart from those recorded by Sai devotees – and most people have experiences them in some form or another.

The prominent VIP whose prestige is invested in his books

Cover of book by Sai follower, J. Jegathesan

Jegathesan has written a series of books which include many stories of healing. His last book is called “The Fourth Dimension – Sai Baba, Journey To God Part 4“. As the title suggests it is a highly speculative book. It consists in a farrago of strange experiences, often wild interpretations of them and much hearsay. All of this shows him to be a most naive and uncritical believer in witch doctors, black magic, primitive trance mediums and much else of that kind. This is rather amazing from a man who has been an economic consultant with the United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Council on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)! However, remember that there are thousands of consultants to UN bodies, and surely few are as deluded as that.

A mind more prone to unquestioning about spirits of the fourth dimension – with whom he communicates etc.   – would be hard to find among otherwise sane people. Though I once held a tentative view that there might be ‘elementals’, based on some then inexplicable experiences I had, Jegathesan jumps to many extreme conclusions about them.  All the experiences he claims to have undegone he attributes totally to the guiding hand of Sai Baba (without anything like proof, as usual, but based entirely on his rock-solid belief in Sai Baba’s omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence!). His belief was severely tested – yet still clung to desperately – by the mysterious death of his Sai-devoted wife Shanti when he was away visiting Sathya Sai Baba, and the later suicide of one of his sons, also a favourite of Sathya Sai Baba!

The origin of healing – but also of sudden deaths – in Jegathesan’s view:

Jegathesan writes in some of his many hagiographic volumes about healing reported to him, attributing everything to Sathya Sai Baba. Now, there is no reason to doubt that healing took place in some cases, at least when attested by doctors. But this does not guarantee the cause of the healing. It could have been natural, it could have been caused by the psychological effects of strong faith – for this occurs all over the worlds and at hundreds of places, among which Lourdes is perhaps the most famous. However, there is nothing remotely like genuine scientific proof of any of these being ‘miracles’ or as having other than natural causes, even though explanations of the causes are lacking in many cases (due mainly to lack of observational evidence). Quite a few of the accounts are obviously massaged with faith and ‘doctored’ by wishful thinking to make what often occurs anyway look like the direct intervention of Sathya Sai Baba. If one believes what Sai Baba claims about himself altogether, as jegathesan explicitly does, one has to believe everything (good?) is done by him!

Healing by miracles is, of course, very widely considered to be most controversial by the huge majority of the medical profession throughout the world. Scientific studies trying to prove healing by supernatural causes have almost entirely proved negative, and studies which claim to be scientific and arrive at the opposite conclusions have recently been examined in detail and been shown to have flaws and not to be able to substantiate what they claim.

Consequently, everything Jegathesan writes only adds bunkum to bunkum. One must sympathise to some extent at least with the poor fellow, however, not only for his sheer naiveity but for the personal suffering it has led him into in placing so much of his trust in Sai Baba, over which he agonises in an e-mail he spread around. Firstly, his wife died – allegedly (but disputed) ‘by accident’ – falling in her bathroom.  Years later on his younger son – a favourite of Sathya Sai Baba (!) –  took his own life by leaping from the 5th floor of a building in Kuala Lumpur. More revelations about these incidents will come in a later posting!

So much for Sai Baba’s protection of his great favourite. So much for ‘Why fear when I am here?’

See more on healing and Sai Baba here

See here for my paper on ‘Elementals’ which deals with the hypothesis of ‘astral beings’ or such disincarnate entities – my original investigation and my refutation of the validity of such beliefs (in the light of modern neuro-science and more).

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Miracle of the two Sai Babas

Posted by robertpriddy on August 26, 2008

Some think that almost anything is a miracle

A Swedish lady called Lena who I know well was at Prashanthi Nilayam in early 1989 and met an Australian couple before they had yet had their first glimpse of Sai Baba. The man had dreamt of Sai Baba often and had come to see him with huge expectations. At their very first darshan, Baba went straight out towards the man, spoke to him and made him vibhuthi. But at the canteen afterwards the man was very disappointed indeed because, he claimed, it was not Sai Baba at all! He had been misled to believe that this person was Sai Baba and had travelled all the way from Australia for nothing etc. etc. But that evening he went for 15 mins. meditation and entered the temple for the first time. There he saw the life-size picture of his Sai Baba, Shirdi Sai, and began to realise that he had come to the right place after all! This incident finally convinced Lena herself of the Divinity of Sathya Sai Baba too!

Images seen in the Prashanti temple

Images seen in the Prashanti temple

Comment: So the man mistakenly thought he was visiting Shirdi Sai Baba. This alone indicates that he was confused and easily misled, since the two Sai Babas are easily distinguishable and their ashrams are in entirely different parts of India. Did he – and his wife too – just go to Prashanti Nilayam without ANY prior investigation of the issue?  Leaving that aside now, one must wonder what on earth is so remarkable about seeing from the temple pictures that he was simply visiting another person also calling himself Sai Baba? Obviously the man was perplexed by his blunder but probably decided to make the best of his errors and stay on.

To be finally convinced of Sathya Sai Baba’s divinity (as Lena was) on such extremely weak grounds is, however, not untypical. As coordinator for the Norwegian Sai Organization nearly two decades – and also during visits to conferences and long stays the ashrams – I met a considerable number of persons who had decided as if by a whim that he must be God because of something they interpreted as a mystical message or sign from him, things which could easily be explained in other ways. But the inner and even outer pressures to want to be recognised by him, accepted by God and feel good etc. are very considerable, especially if a person has travelled so far and has built up hopes or expectations of experiencing the miracles which are so widely reported in countless ill-written hagiographies, as well as in fanciful video interviews and films.

See how the guru trap works in Sathya Sai Baba’s case in the following:-

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Indisputable facts about Sathya Sai Baba by BBC

Posted by robertpriddy on July 26, 2008

Among the many facts that cannot be disputed in the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ are the following items of major importance:-

1) Sai Baba’s public lie exposes him as a total charlatan

Sathya Sai Baba 'collapses' for the BBC

Sathya Sai Baba ‘collapses’ for the BBC

In 2004, while being filmed by the BBC during the Shivarathri festival, Sathya Sai Baba failed to produce the expected golden egg-shaped ‘lingam’ from his mouth and soon collapsed (whether really or feigned). He was helped off into a private room by servitors. On his return he spoke about the incident saying that the lingam (the egg-shaped golden object) weighed three tons. Sathya Sai Baba was filmed making this mendacious and absurd statement (and the direct translation of his words) by the BBC! This alone is sufficient to condemn him as a complete charlatan in the eyes of any unbiased person. Besides, the lingam is seen not to emerge from his mouth – but from a towel he was holding! (See transcript and/or choose a video clip)
Andrew Billen of The Times also wrote: “Producing necklaces and rings from thin air may seem small beer to us, but then we have watched Derren Brown. And there is no doubting Baba’s miraculous ability to raise money to pump fresh water to remote villages in Andhra Pradesh and to build a new, free hospital designed by one of Prince Charles’s favourite architects, Keith Critchlow (worryingly, given his proximity to the Crown).”

Isaac Tigrett worships Sai Baba

Isaac Tigrett worships Sai Baba

2) One of Sai Baba’s foremost devotees and donors, Isaac Tigrett, believes in sexual abuse by his guru. Andrew Billen, of The Times (of London) wrote:-

“One of the richest supporters of the Indian guru Sai Baba – no less than Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe – told his interviewer that he was perfectly willing to believe that Baba was simultaneously a) quite likely a paedophile and b) God incarnate.” from The Times (of London) Andrew Billen. Here is a short excerpt of the BBC interview with Tigrett:
Tanya Datta: But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you¹re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru. (Tigrett laughs uproariously)
Isaac Tigrett: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He could go out and murder someone tomorrow, as I said, it’s not going to change my evolution, it’s not going to change the good things that have come out of my relationship down there.
Tanya Datta: Does that mean that some part of you believes there could be some truth to the rumours?
Isaac Tigrett:Oh, absolutely I believe there is truth to the rumours.
(See full transcript and/or video clip).

3) Vile sexual abuse and threats by Sathya Sai Baba alleged:
Tom Adair in The Scotsman wrote: “The programme gathered American former devotees who claimed that Sai Baba had abused them, had exposed himself to them, indulged in oral sex and then sworn them to secrecy. This sexual degradation had shaken their faith. These victims included a father and a son who were alleged to have been abused over many years. It was implied that many Indian boys had also been taken advantage of but were too scared to make public statements.”

That the last sentence is true, many former devotees worldwide in good standing in their professions and wider communities can attest, including former prominent leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization. Survivors of sexual abuse of young males by Sai Baba and certain of those close to him have confidentially shared their accounts of abuses and other deceptions not only with others, including qualified and experienced counselling professionals but and also with leading media such as the BBC, DR (Denmark’s national broadcaster, and major newspapers in the several countries. The accounts are deeply saddening and extremely convincing. (see short video clips) Some Sai students have also posted their accounts on the Internet, though mostly anonymously for obvious reasons, not least considering the murders of students that took place and were condoned by Sathya Sai Baba and the ashram.

Karl French of the Financial Times wrote: “Sai Baba is allegedly given to subjecting some of his young male acolytes to a “ritual healing process” in which he rubs oil into their genitals. Those seeking a definition of denial should tune in to hear Tigrett insist that his devotion to his guru would be undiminished even it were proved beyond question that these accusations are well founded.”
Note that they were admitted (in e-mail and/or on National Danish news TV) by leading Danish leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization, who denied that it could be any form of sexual molestation (see here).

Terry Ramsey in The Evening Standard U.K. wrote: “Let Alaya, a young American man who is one of Sai Baba’s former followers, explain about a private meeting he had with the guru while a boy: “He took me aside and put oil on his hands and told me to drop my pants and rubbed my genitalia with the oil. Then he pulled me close and started kissing me hard on the mouth. And this is just one of the milder allegations of abuse. Sai Baba, it seems, has been doing this sort of thing for years, but no one ever dared question him.”

Alaya Rahm tried to get legal redress against Sathya Sai Baba to book via a case against the US Sathya Sai Organization, but since a case against Sathya Sai Baba in absentia was disallowed and since there was no registered organization in the USA, the case had to be withdrawn. Meanwhile, he has not withdrawn a single word of his allegations, not have any of the other 30 or so persons who have made public statements alleging being sexual abused by Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Baba cannot be sued in India, for he has up to now been protected by the highest authorities from investigation and attempts at prosecution for sexual and other crimes. See Alaya Rahms Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America – Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family

4) ‘Cold-blooded’ Police Executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom:

Mr. V. P. Nair, former Home Minister of the Andhra Pradesh government

Mr. V. P. Nair, former Home Minister of the Andhra Pradesh government

VPB Nair, former Home Secretary, Andhra Pradesh, at the time of the murders (see transcript/video clip)
It is essential to note that any inaccuracies in the film were trivial and do not affect the main thrust of the evidence, which all neutral press observers regarded as very damning.

With gross dishonesty, proxy defenders of Sathya Sai Baba (eg. Gerald Joe Moreno) on the Internet and elsewhere have made much of the small inaccuracies, as they did, for example, in the case of the Paul Lewis article in British newspaper The Guardian [and always do on every issue]. See, The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburg Awards This technique is used wilfully to mislead and cover-up, since no Sai defender can refute the facts documented by the BBC as pointed out in the above.The same applies to Sathya Sai Baba’s chief propagandist, Prof. G. Venkataraman, head of a Sathya Sai Baba world-wide radio broadcasting network.

Further Reading The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

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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Sai Baba miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on July 22, 2008

Were Sai Baba’s alleged miracles what they seemed or not?

For a start, if one’s faith depends upon believing in miracles as performed by Sathya Sai Baba, then it will waver and fall when such miracles are explained by science or especially when they exposed as fraud. Even in the face of indisputable evidence against miracles, ones dependency on faith that is entirely blind – and all that it involves in social and emotional terms – can be so powerful that one cannot free oneself from it.

Sathya Sai miracles, when filmed, are NOT what they seem

No miracles have been scientifically validated, but in many cases fraudulence has been exposed. Fraud by Sathya Sai Baba has been demonstrated in his case – and testified by numerous former devotees (and even some present devotees). One can see a prime example of this on the film made by the BBC team at Shivarathri in 2004 See video clip of the failed/faked lingam production file size only 700 Kbs. Further to underline the falsity of this alleged ‘materialization’ of a golden egg-shaped ‘lingam’ in his stomach is provided in his explanation afterwards as to why he collapsed – that the golden lingam (which did not come from his mouth at all but from the towel he was holding) weighed three tons!! Yet it was put on a flimsy table without any problem. View Sai Baba’s collapse to cover up his failure file size only 1.6 Mb  View Sai Baba’s collapse (file size 1.6 Mb), and See Sai Baba make his preposterous claim explaining the collapse – file size only 1 Mb

The transcripts of the commentary on these videos is available here

A selection of video clips showing Sathya Sai Baba perform like a bad magician are available here

Alleged miracles are reported in connection with most religions from over the entire globe all the time, and have been throughout history. One example is the Shirdi Sai Baba statuette in Bangalore claimed to have ‘miraculously’ opened an eye. Whether this is fraud or not is hard to determine with complete certainty, probably even for the owner of the statuette (for example, it could have been substituted without his knowledge for a number of possible reasons. Note that I am not claiming this as fact in this case, just pointing out how many possibilities there are).

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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? ( 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;-

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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Sai Baba’s miraculous omnipresence?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2008

Under the title “How is believing in miracles helpful in one’s spiritual growth? A Sai Baba devotee, Anjali Gadiraju, wrote how amazed he was at what he took as a proof of Sai Baba’s miraculous omnipresence, as follows:-

“I will tell you personal incident. I came from the hot state of Andhara Pradesh. As Bangalore is very cold, I soon developed sinus problem. I took a water heater and went for my bath.

I was about to take my bath, when there was sudden power cut. The power went off and the water was not ready for my bath. So I causally washed my face and went for darshan.

>I sat in the darshan, Slowly, came the gentlle figure, the short with broad smile, holdin his robe with one, and weaving the hand in circles with the other. He stood in front of me looked into the empty space and waved both hands, saying, “There are some who come for darshan without having bath.”

I, WAS WONDER STRUCK. I WAS TAKEN BACK, AND SAID,”How so you know?” He replied, “Where am I? I am in your bed room and I AM in your bath room. I am everywhere “

Anjali Gadiraju did not consider that Sathya Sai Baba would know of the power cut, since it affects hiom too when the Brindavan ashram’s electrical system breaks down. So simple.

“Then I, ran to my room and took a double bath. I returned and sat on the verandah. Baba came suddenly after bhajans. He came straight to me and said, “A normal bath is enough, don’t worry. The omnipotence and omnipresence are qualities of divinity to let us know that the Avatar is not less than the divine personaliy.”

On this basis, the wonder-struck simpleton decides that Sathya Sai Baba is omnipotent and omnipresent.

Firstly, why could not the ‘omnipotent’ Sai Baba fix the electricity? Answer: because he is too busy saving the entire world and humanity? Secondly, there are various ways in which Sathya Sai Baba could know that Gadiraju could have taken a bath. Firstly, it was to be expected after he had chided about it earlier. Simple explanation. As to a ‘double bath’, that is a matter of definition. Sathya Sai Baba is an expert at so-called ‘cold reading’ and could easily pick up that this devotee thought the bath had been a very thorough one (Gadiraju’s account can be seen at (

Cold reading is amazing to people who do not know about it. The young illusionist Derren Brown is famous throughout UK (and increasingly in the rest of the world) because of his feats of cold reading (plus suggestion, misdirection, magic and psychology). He is able to tell intimate details about people he has never met and within a matter of seconds – and has demonstrated this countless times under the TV cameras (and there is no fraud involved at all, as interviews with his staff, his subjects and himself and those ‘behind the scenes’ proves conclusively).

Derren Brown of UK – videos on YouTube – there are many more on his DVDs and of a very wide variety of what seem to be ‘psychic powers’ but which he explains are not that at all. He is a sceptic as to the spiritual powers, but demonstrates what people believe to be such powers like ‘omniscience’ etc.. This is basic learning and sensible re-programming for all followers of gurus and avatars! He uses neuro-linguistic programming and many other techniques which he partly (but not entirely) explains to everyone. He shows the huge extent to which minds can be instantly manipulated by one who knows how.

Derren Brown strongly influences mind and physiology of random persons in a minute

Derren Brown wins over 9 top chess players simultaneously

Derren Brown extraordinary mind control demonstration

Derren Brown amazing power of suggestion surpasses martial arts master

The famous ‘zombie’ demonstration – a ‘must see’

Derren Brown easily transfers thoughts

How does Derren Brown manage this? Interview

Stephen Fry on Derren Brown’s amazing illusionism

Aristocrats transparent to Derren Brown

Derren Brown guesses exact sums of pocket money correctly

Derren Brown terrifies a Ghost train operator on his own trainride

Daylight robbery by illusion in New York

Subconscious influencing by Derren Brown

Amazing demonstration of perfect rapport

All strength lost through suggestion

Poor self-confidence and colour vision transformed by Derren Brown’s persuasion

Derren Brown gives two girls daylight hallucinations

See an overview of Derren Brown videos on-line at this URL

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Sai Baba promised vast miracle soon

Posted by robertpriddy on July 1, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba illustrationIt is remarkable how Sathya Sai devotees and Organization leaders and members carefully avoid repeating two of his predictions of an incredible miracle of mythological proportions within his lifetime (apart from a few utterly gullible followers on the lunatic fringe) and another impossible feat which he has promised he will perform. These are yet two more far too embarrassing facts about him for his supporters to have to defend, one must assume? Sathya Sai Baba is now around 82 (minus 3 years, according to official records), so there can’t be long to wait to see! Here is the text published in Sathya Sai Speaks (new ed. Vol. 3, p. 92):-

“Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of this Avathaara… Formerly when the Govardhanagiri (mountain) was raised aloft by a little boy, the gopis and gopalas realised that Krishna was the Lord. Now, it is not one Govardhanagiri, a whole range will be lifted, you will see!”

When dharma declines or rather, when those who have a duty to regulate their lives according to dharma lose faith in it, then, its restoration cannot be taken up by all and sundry… The Lord has come again on this Mission. He has collected the engineers and contractors and the labour for this purpose. He is not set on the task.”Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of this Avathaara… Formerly when the Govardhanagiri (mountain) was raised aloft by a little boy, the gopis and gopalas realised that Krishna was the Lord. Now, it is not one Govardhanagiri , a whole range will be lifted, you will see!” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 92 – new edition)

The world will doubtless also gasp and faint to see him flying bodily through the sky without an aeroplane

“I will have to forego the car and even the aeroplane when I move from place to place, for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge; I will have to move across the sky; yes, that too will happen, believe Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. II, p. 92)

So will you take him at his word and believe him? NOT advisable, risky indeed in almost any circumstance! But, if it were not just bluff, then the world will doubtless gasp and faint to see him flying bodily through the sky without an aeroplane. Perhaps the image shown below gives some very rough idea of how he might appear?

How soon is ‘very soon’? How will divine power differ from any other power?

According to David Jevons of the Ramala Centre, Glastonbury, writing in 2000, Sai Baba “has recently said that we will very soon witness this divine power manifesting in the world. I quote from a recent discourse: ‘Many events are going to take place very soon. Many mega projects are going to come up. The time is not far off when people will see me at different places at the same time. I may be travelling in a car, but at the same time I shall be giving darshan at Sai Kulwant hall and at the same time I shall be speaking at the Hillview Stadium.'” (

The main event as regards Sathya Sai Baba that has occured since 2000 is that his reputation in the eyes of the world has gone irretrievably down the drain. Interestingly, his reputation is aggravated further by the virulent fanaticism of those in total denial who defend him by obviously untruthful and ridiculous attempts at character assassination of all critics of Sai Baba.

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Sathya Sai Baba miraculously ‘shows’ 10 avatars

Posted by robertpriddy on June 25, 2008

One must ask, by what kind of deceptive suggestion or ‘hypnosis’ was Sathya Sai Baba able to get people actually to believe they experienced former avatars? The ‘spiritual seekers’ Prof. N. Kasturi and Ra. Ganapati evidently took these fantastic fables – and literally all the miracle stories told by villagers – at face value. How real or meaningful are experiences which are had only by some persons present, but not by others? Well, there are illusionists who can do such things under TV cameras… see more below the following quotes.

“… the Purohit of a family whose guest Baba was at Mysore was granted, quite unexpectedly, a Vision of Narasimha, and the Srivaishnava Brahmin swooned and did not recover consciousness for several hours.” (Prof. N. Kasturi in Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram Vol. 1, page 64f.)

“The Dasavathara Forms were vouchsafed to another gentleman now deceased, a relative of the Karnam family. As a matter of fact, he passed away, because his physical frame was too weak to contain the joy of the Vision. Baba took him to the river and asked him to watch the reflection, His own reflection, in the water. The man announced later that he saw at first Sathya Sai Baba Himself, then, only the halo of hair that surrounds His head, and then all the ten avathars in the order in which they are mentioned in the Puranas; the Kalki avathar on horseback had the form or Baba Himself!” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81)

“Svami is seated on the Chitravati bed with His devotees. The fullmoon is filling the sky with its cool radiance. Svami has a look at it. Does He think that it looks like His face? Does He further think, ‘Why should it not have a dark wig like my hairy halo?’ As He moves His fingers here on earth an extraordinary phenomenon takes place in the lunar sphere. A halo appears round the moon, like Baba’s tresses! Is that all? The pointed fingers of Baba write something from here on the dark dome. There appears on that heavenly hair-do, the Sankha and Chakra (conch and disc of Vishnu) streaked in lightning. With a further wave of His hand, the conch of lightning dives down into Svami’s hand itself and converts itself into a gleaming white shell-variety as of this earth. Svami pours amrit from it in the mouths of more than a hundred devotees. That conch is still enshrined in the Prashanti Nilayam Puja.” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81).Amrit appears from the ocean

Historically or scientifically these tall tales are about as worthless as any non-credible ancient legend… such as that of the churning of the ocean in the Ramayana, and the subsequent appearance of a most beautiful damsel bearing the nectar of eternal life!

Yet Sai Baba often relates them to his students as if they were sheer fact!

Many popular TV shows in the West have so-called ‘hypnotists’ make volunteers ‘ see’ and ‘hear’ all manner of extraordinary and ridiculous things, and to do all kinds of involuntary actions – often absurd (for entertainment). The ‘subjects’ are interviewed afterwards and express astonishment at what they experienced or did themselves. These illusionist showmen include the famous Paul McKenna, the former FBI expert in illusion and magic, Mark Salem and not least the remarkable sceptic Derren Brown, who many consider a great psychic despite his explanations on the series of BBC Channel 4 TV programmes that no psychic powers are involved. See Derren Brown in action here and here for a start.

One should note that the ‘stories’ published about Sathya Sai Baba by Kasturi, Ganapati and many others are attributed to anonymous or completely untraceable persons. In many cases they have been gathered by hearsay at third hand, and are therefore to be considered highly unreliable and certainly not proven by any means acceptable to serious investigators.

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Believing in Sai (photo) and spiritual growth

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2008

Under the title “How is believing in miracles helpful in one’s spiritual growth? (
by Anjali Gadiraju one reads the following:-

“Once Bhagavan said to an old man, “Today is the death anniversary of your wife.” Bhagavan even told him more details. He may have met so many people in between. Yet He remebers everything and everyone. Omnipotence,Omnipresence and omniscience. The person may have forgotten but not Bhagavan.”

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Comment: The above story (at second or third hand) also applies to Mr. Hejmadi (former head of Central Office), whose wife and her death date was well known to most servitors in the ashram in those days. The man referred to can have told his friends and been overheard in the ashram. Or the man may well have written letters to Baba and delivered them by hand, as so many do, giving the game away there already (without remembering all he had written). Or his wife’s death may have been recorded in the PR office where many details are asked in questionnaires and in informal conversation much information is given. Sai Baba’s staff inform him every morning and at other times of what goes on in the ashram, what they have learned about who is there. This I was told by V.K. Narasimhan, who was also asked such things and further gleaned all possible interesting news to have something to tell Baba each time he was called (sometimes 2 or even 3 times a day).

But Sathya Sai Baba forgets many things, again and again, to the embarrassment of his servitors and believers. They then say ‘it is a miracle that he forgets’ or ‘it is to teach us something’ or ‘His ways are mysterious and no one can know the reason’. All these ideas are rationalizations and denials of what one’s eyes and ears tell, so weak are those followers and so reliant on their faith in Sai Baba that they can and do turn black into white and vice-versa.

Believing in such a weak and unlikely ‘miracle’ does not lead to any kind of growth, but rather to the decline of reason and common sense. Spiritual growth does not come from belief, which really mostly only benefits those gurus and priests who live on believers. Spiritual growth has to be real personality development, clear thinking and acting (including service and just action), understanding and self-reliance but certainly not dependency on some distant figure into whom one projects anything one wants willy-nilly. Though I supported Sathya Sai Baba for decades, I knew that it was a sickness of the soul to have to depend on some personality cult figure, whose acts are very far from matching his prodigious claims about himself.

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