Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Vishnu come to save the world, as Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on September 16, 2009

For the student boys who sleep in his bedroom, it must be most awesome to be subjected to what many claim he does - the very Lord and Creator of the Universe taking his pleasure with them?

For the student boys who sleep in his bedroom, it must be most awesome to be subjected to what many claim he does - the very Lord and Creator of the Universe taking his pleasure with them on the serpent headed bed he had, but which was destroyed in the murders in his bedroom?

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The claims made by Sathya Sai Baba as seen in the scan (above right)  amounts to the claim that there is no distinction between himself and the greatest divine incarnations of Hindu mythical scripture. Their tasks are all the same, saving humanity – though the means used and physical incarnations differ.

His constantly repeated belief in the literal truth of myths with which the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are packed – and his usurpation of the identity of all the great figures in those myths – Vishnu, Rama, Krishna, [as well as claiming to have been Jesus’ Father, Kabir and Shirdi Sai Baba] will simply never wash with enlightened humanity. Nor will the religionists of the mainstream religions ever come to consider this remotely likely – for Islam totally denies the possibility of God being incarnate, radical Christians see only Jesus as a Divinity and so forth.

See also Prophecies by and about Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba holds the myths of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Gita to be literally true


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

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Sathya Sai Baba as world saviour

Posted by robertpriddy on June 9, 2009

“It was said that I have taken up this Form in answer to the prayers of sadhus (noble souls) and others… I have come, because I felt I had to come. I resolved upon this… This campaign will succeed, it will not fail. The welfare of the world will be ensured…” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, page 205)

“In conversation with Dr. John Hislop (7/11/1980), Sathya Sai Baba said:-“Were it not for the mind change of Sai devotees the world would already have fallen into complete chaos.” (Conversations with… Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. J. Hislop, p. 190 old ed., page 173 new. ed)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. (Discourse 16 March 2003)

The above claims are unfulfilled and patently unfulfillable. No one in their right mind would be able truly to believe in them. Yet Sai Baba followers still do. Despite that, they are in my experience very often people with good intentions and high ideals (but unfortunately not without plenty of self-seeking persons among them). Whatever their aims, they are certainly in psychological denial about the one the worship and are unable fully to see that he has long since departed from his boasted ideals of truthfulness, purity and trust. The Sathya Sai Organization continues to  beaver away trying to raise this idol who has already fallen very badly in the eyes of the world, and will never be accepted by the world’s reasonable and educated people – who are not indoctrinated as his devotees. Their efforts will are about as futile as those of the countless followers through the decades of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with his failed attempts to eliminate crime through mantra chanting and even to take over whole countries. They are fading away, also struck down by revelations of his bogus nature and false claims.  Maharishi’s promotion of ‘yogic flying’ – a ridiculous spectacle – was itself just about enough to put an end to the entire ambitions of that movement. Sathya Sai Baba has promoted far, far more absurd ideas… so he too is inevitably bound to end on the rubbish heap of broken promises and bizarre history. Take a handful more of his claims:

1) that he ‘materialized’ a three ton gold lingam from his stomach (when the BBC film showed only water coming from his mouth) See here plus video clip

2) that he will lift a range of mountains in the manner of Krishna who, in mythology, lifted a mountain to protect his devotees  see Sai Baba prophesies he will lift “a whole range of mountains”!

3) that he will have to forsake even the aeroplane and fly unaided through the sky to appear to all his devotees see Sai Baba soon to fly unaided in the sky?

These are some of the most obvious megalomaniac claims, but he has made hundreds more. How can such a person expect to be taken seriously by more than deluded persons and the lunatic fringe in this modern age of education, science and technology? One can rest assured that the above claims alone have secured his insignificance as a religious figure in the coming era.

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Sathya Sai Baba and the Vedas – part two

Posted by robertpriddy on May 25, 2009

from Sai Baba Discourse November, 1999

from Sai Baba Discourse November, 1999

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Sathya Sai Baba claims that the original language of the Vedas was Sanskrit, saying:-
In the Sanskrit language, the first letter of the alphabet is ‘A’ and the last one is ‘Ha.’ When you combine A and Ha, it becomes Aha.” [10 July 1986]

Aha! Interesting indeed. The quote is a good example of the simplistic quality of the “wisdom” that Sathya Sai Baba dispenses. It virtually guarantees that no serious educated person who is not deeply indoctrinated with religious nonsense, will never consider his massive claims to have any weight whatever.

Countless contradictions arise when Sathya Sai Baba makes statements about the Vedas. For example, he states that the Vedas are limitless (Sutra Vahini , p. 30) and in the same sentence says they are “incommunicable” but “can be experienced”. Yet he also promotes the daily chanting of the text of the Vedas – such as at his college and ‘Vedas Patsala’, insisting that the “correct pronunciation of them is essential. This last he illustrates with a story in Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 2, p. 256f) The widespread divorce from empirical reality into ‘inner’ spiritual realms of belief were based on the Vedic scriptures as formulated (and then written) by an ‘anonymous author’ (see Summer Showers at Brindavan 1974, p. 34) .

Sathya Sai Baba claims he created the universe!

In the scanned quote at the head of this page, we see another incredibly bizarre statement of Sai Baba’s about how the Vedas were so helpful to the Germans and the Japanese in developing weapons during World War II! THAT is surely a great advert for the Vedas… and further, both those nations were defeated. The Japanese were defeated by the superior weapon, which today’s ruling Indians (“Bharatiyas” who were believers in Sai Baba too, like Narasimha Rao, President Kalam and other) have now also developed and tested as a challenge to Pakistan. See Sai Baba and India’s atomic arsenal. Neither the Allies nor Russian derived one fig of nuclear weapon  information from the Vedas! How come the Indians didn’t either!

Sathya Sai Baba has declared that the Vedas emanated from God Himself as inhalation/exhalation (Sathya Sai Vahini p. 176). This is in accordance with Hindu mythology, whereby Brahma let the Vedas slip from his mouth after he had created the universe, and the demonic (i.e. ‘asura‘) horse Hayagriva took hold of them and made them available to the world. This kind of nonsense is put forward even today and believed by millions.

See also  Sai Baba – India’s great lost culture and values

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Not all Indians worship Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 10, 2009

Many Sathya Sai Baba followers frequently and falsely state that he is far more accepted in India and elsewhere than he in fact is. Many Indians from across a wide social spectrum do not have the least respect for him.

Still others acknowledge the good social work that his devotees perform, but disdain the emphasis on the miraculous aspect or deplore the mass adulation, and also the sway he has over politicians and government officials no matter what the complexion of the ruling government.

Some of Sai Baba’s  key defenders constantly attack former devotees who point out the extraordinary anomalies – charging, for example, “India bashing”, “hatred of Hinduism”, and so forth. They fly in the face of glaring fact. A great many Indian commentators, who could hardly be accused of these motives, themselves make the same points.

In their dishonest interpretation of criticism of their teacher as a criticism of Hinduism or of India, it is as though Sai Baba is the bona fide representative of Hindus or of India. A great many Indians would state otherwise. Barry Pittard has illustrated this and other such tendencies in his article: Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community, in which he quotes distinguished Hindu leader, who writes (see remainder of this email at the above link):

“There is considerable concern among the Hindu Community, especially among the educated. It is very hard to get any action from the temples as they do not wish to cause difficulties with the Sathya Sai Baba groups …”

The Sathya Sai cult apologists also assume that Hinduism is akin to themselves – narrow, dogmatic and homogenous. Any questioning the literalness of the old accounts of demons, of churning an ocean of milk, of flying through the skies, of setting raging fires primed by a monkey’s tail, and so on, they depict as anti-Hindu. When in fact, as in other faiths, there are many intelligent lay persons, theologians, scholars who interpret these stories as having an allegorical, psychological or teaching substance.

There are two perceptive comments to the rather dilatory article about Sathya Sai Baba on the occasion of his last birthday on India’s IBN Live Debate: Sai Baba, a godsend?

Comment #1.

Posted by Shravan at 12:28 AM, Sep 04, 2007:

Sai baba is a big cheat. He is able to manipulate poor, gullible people by giving them free food, education and healthcare. I have seen people calling their own MPs and MLA’s as god just after they get help from them. Anything can go in this country where many of the people are still un-educated and cannot think rationally. This guy gives free food, education and healthcare to garner more support and get more money. Nothing else..

If he is god then why he has built hospitals ? He himself can cure all disease by blessing only.

He might be a philanthropist but not god. But I am not worried as in uneducated parts of India people even call politicans as god…

Comment #2.

Posted by Bhalla at 02:23 AM, Sep 03, 2007

The very meaning of ‘saint’ is denigrated by comparing this pompous, lavish-living, indulgent individual. Saints are those who have genuinely renounced the world, abstain from worldly pleasures, dont seek attention other than from God, and above anything, detach from worldly relations – everything this person has NEVER DONE. Personally lives in lavishness, prosperity, choicest satin clothes, rides in a golden chariot on his birthday back in the 1970s.

The idiocy and insecurity of hundreds of thousands of otherwise educated, even extremely scholarly people is the only greatest factor that gives credibility to the nonsense that this faker is. I still remember the appalling sight of sankar dayal Sharma, as the president of India, prostrate before him !! What kind of law and order can be expected to deal with any such institution, when 5 people where murdered in cold blood in his very bedroom and the adjoining rooms, or when hundreds of video tapes were ruthlessly squished after capturing his fake “magic” of golden necklace appearing in his hand.

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Sai Baba declares he is Vishnu and Krishna come again

Posted by robertpriddy on March 7, 2009

Hanuman's exploitsSathya Sai Baba’s overall claim to be the great Avatar come to save humanity – though also claimed by others – is taken to such lengths that no others can compete in delusions of grandeur:- “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 now set on the task.” Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3. p. 185 (new edition).

He certainly cannot be faulted on the vastness of his claims, even though his attempts at fulfilment of them falls very far short.

Sai Baba continually repeats the fantastical mythical events from Indian scripture as if they were historical fact.  (see scan).  He has spoken of Krishna’s lifting a mountain to protect his devotees from a flood of rain as historical fact! Worse than that, he made the famous statement in a discourse – published and checked by himself – that he too will lift – not one but a whole range of mountains. Here is a scan of an excerpt his published discourse in Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 92 (new edition)

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Many statements Sathya Sai Baba has made where he presents what are ’stories’, myths and legends from Indian scripture so as to mislead  his uneducated and unsuspecting countrymen to believe in them as literally true. One thing is certain, his stories will never be accepted by the world at large as anything other than fables, and his prophecy about himself lifting a mountain range is equally untenable, as so many of his prophesies are.

Sai Baba claims Ramayana and Mahabharata stories are factual!

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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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Sathya Sai confirmed ten avatars

Posted by robertpriddy on July 29, 2008

Forwarding himself as a Universal Teacher, is it not rather incongruous that Sathya Sai Baba upholds the Hindu teaching on divine avatars (i.e. God appearing and reappearing in human form). But this is totally contrary to Islam, which admits of no representations or embodiments of Allah, nor Christianity, for which only Jesus is a Divine personage, the Son of God – not God as such? Nor does the Buddha reincarnate, and Jews believe in the Messiah, though they also believe God once appeared as a burning bush. This means Sathya Sai Baba is far from promoting universal teachings in his support for the Hindu teaching.

Traditionally, ten avatars or reincarnations of Vishnu are listed (dasavatara) as the most important of an indefinable number of other avatars. There are, in historical order, 1. Matsya, the fish. 2. Kurma, the turtle or tortoise. 3. Varaha, the boar. 4. Narasimha, the Man-Lion. 5. Vamana, the Dwarf Brahmin Priest. 6. Parashurama, Rama with an axe, who avenged wrongs with it 7. Rama, prince and later king of Ayodhya. 8. Krishna, as described in the Gita and the Bhagavatha.

Three primitive avatars: A widely-held belief among Hindus is that God has in ages past actually incarnated as a vast fish (Matsya) turtle or tortoise (Kurma), a giant boar (Varuna) and a lion-man (Narasimha), each time to save the world from one or another threat! Sathya Sai Baba has lent credence to this belief, as shown below.

Here are the first three animal forms of God as avatars in Hindu mythology:-The first 3 of the 10 avatars of Hindu myth

Sathya Sai Baba teaches about the many figures of Indian mythology as having existed. He sometimes speaks of the symbolism of the ancient and more fabulous myths, but he mostly speaks of the famous ten avatars (dasavatara) as historical fact. He has reportedly caused some of his earlier devotees to have visions of the ten avatars, as reported by his official biographer, the impressionable would-be poet N. Kasturi, and by another of his biographers who was helped out by Kasturi, Ra. Ganapati

Two such ’stories’ are believed by many Sai followers to this day. Kasturi first, Ganapati afterwards:-

”A devotee from Kamalapuram was asking Baba to show him some miracle and one day, Baba called him and the members of his family, his mother and the rest, and offered to show them the ten Dasavatharas, the Ten Incarnations of Vishnu! Matsya (the fish), Kurma (the tortoise) and Varaha (the boar) passed off without any incident but, when the terrible form of Narasimha appeared, they shrieked and yelled with fright, fearing that the house might collapse on their heads. They clamoured “Enough,” “Enough,” and Baba calmed down after Mangalarathi (worship of him with a flame) was performed, by persons, who, though they were there, did not see the Forms, because the Vision was not intended for them!” (Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram Vol. 1 by Prof. N. Kasturi, page 65)

” … 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, Sunderam 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)

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Indian Development, Religious Myth and Superstition

Posted by robertpriddy on September 20, 2007

monkeys build bridge to Sri Lanka

Indian Chief Minister insists that Rama is just a myth

>But political turmoil over the proposed channel which would go through the imagined ‘Rama’s bridge’ to Sri Lanka  continues unabated. Indian parents have overwhelmingly brough up their children to believe in Rama as God but also as a historical person. The Ramayana story is taken as fact by a vast number of Indians. This is not surprising since India never had a tradition of historical recording until the British became predominant there. As one small example, even now, many Indian books are published without the date of publication anywhere to be seen. Indian mythology is so ingrained in the life (and the countless thousands of temples or shrines) that it could be said to be ‘omnipresent’.  People will claim without blinking that this is the footprint or the tooth of Buddha, this is where Hanuman flew across the sea to Sri Lanka, or this is the mountain Hanuman carried on his back, and so on. The ‘national treasure’ guru of India, Sathya Sai Baba, talks continually about the Ramayana and always presents it as if it were factual.

One commentator has quoted Deepak Chopra who once wrote in The Times of India, “A brand is an encapsulated mythology. A person will buy a product not because she is consuming the product but because she is consuming its mythology.” The Sethusamudram project is designed to minimize ecological depradation in building a canal east-west seaway to shorten sea routes very considerably by cutting through the shallow area where a natural formation is believed by religionists to have been built by Rama’s monkeys. (see here – Times of India)

The Indian Express comments: “Even if we take the slightly hypothetical assumption that Lord Ram himself had to decide on whether to go ahead with a channel that would break through his own creation he would surely have done it so as not to deny the opportunities it would present to the people and the nation.
As for the Ram Sethu fading into oblivion, that will never happen because the protests of the past few days have ensured that nobody forgets the existence of this mythical bridge. Besides, the nation will forever be indebted to those who are considered the custodians of Hindu faith for letting a major milestone in the nation’s development go ahead as per schedule.” We shall eventually see whether religious sentiment again manages to suppress common sense, flout Indian law and derail governmental decisions, as it has done in the case of Premanand’s petition against Sathya Sai Baba under the Gold Control Act and the Indian Supreme Court’s Sai-devotee judges  throwing out the petition against Sathya Sai Baba forwarded by prominent lawyer Jasmini!” A professor of ancient history at Allahabad University, R P Tripathi, has stated “History requires concrete evidence in the form of coins, inscriptions, etc to prove the existence of a character. Even if we take into account places mentioned in the Ramayana like Chitrakoot, Ayodhya, which still exist, the fact is that Ramayana is not a historical text. So, from that perspective, there is no historical evidence available of Ram. Having said that, we still cannot negate Ram’s presence easily, since he has been a part of our collective consciousness for a long time.”

S. Settar, former chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research says, “In fact, it is precisely because of this, that we cannot look at Ram objectively, since he has made the transition from being simply a character in an epic to a religious figure,” In mythology, there are many characters who have been similarly mentioned. Does that mean that they all existed?” he asks. Settar also claimed that there is no evidence — either historical or archaeological — to prove that Ram ever existed or that he ruled Ayodhya.”

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/25601383.cms
NEW DELHI: After Nasa, it’s the turn of Indian experts to declare that there is no evidence linking the mythical Lanka bridge built by Hanuman to the chain of sandbanks captured by the US space agency’s cameras across the Palk Strait.
Eminent astrophysicist J V Narlikar, when contacted in Pune, said he had seen reports claiming about the mythical bridge, but there was no evidence to suggest that what had been located had links with the bridge mentioned in the Ramayana.
“There is no archaeological or literary evidence to support this claim,” eminent historian R S Sharma told The Times of India in Patna.
“The Ramayana itself is not that old. Nor had human habitation occurred 1.75 million years ago,” Sharma, an acknowledged authority on ancient Indian history, said.
The oldest evidence of the Ramayana is around 400 BC and running across five strata, its shloka multiplying from 6,000 to 24,000, it comes up to 1200 AD. “Even if you want to rely on literary evidence, the oldest literary evidence available is only from 1500 BC.”

Chennai/New Delhi, Sept. 17: Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi repeated his statement within a few hours of shocking Hindus by declaring again late on Saturday night that Lord Ram was a mythical figure and had not built any bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka, and that the Ramayana was a work of fiction.”Some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. His name was Ramar. Do not touch the bridge (Rama Sethu) constructed by him, they are saying. But then, from which engineering college had he graduated? Is there any proof for this,” said Mr Karunanidhi, well known for his atheist views, while addressing a public rally at Erode. The occasion for the rally was DMK founder C.N. Annadurai’s 99th birth anniversary.In New Delhi, Union shipping minister T.R. Baalu on Monday indicated that the government would move the Supreme Court soon for appropriate orders to ensure that work continues in the Ram Sethu area of the Sethusamudram Project. Mr Baalu said that pursuant to the August 31, 2007 and September 14 orders of the Supreme Court, work in only the Ram Sethu portion of the project had been stopped. “The government will soon approach the Supreme Court and obtain appropriate orders to continue working in this region also and is confident of completing the project at the earliest,” Mr Baalu said.Mr Baalu said work on the Sethusamudram Project, “a 140-year-dream project of the Tamils”, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 2, 2005 and the project had been under implementation since then. The DMK leader, citing the Supreme Court judgment in the Narmada Bachao Andolan vs Union of India case in 2000, said the top court had then observed that when such projects are undertaken and hundreds of crores of public money is spent, any individual organisation in the garb of PIL cannot be permitted to challenge policy decisions after long lapses of time. “It is against the national interest and contrary to the established principles of law that decisions to undertake developmental projects are permitted to be challenged after a number of years, during which period public money has been spent in the execution of the project,” he said. BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad dared Mr Karunanidhi to make similar statements dismissing the heads of other faiths. 

 

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Is India a Moral Engine and Social Ideal to Emulate?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 12, 2007

overcrowded train     Indian heavy load

The statement that Bharat (i.e India) is the engine that alone is capable of drawing all other countries after it towards a moral world is among the least convincing of Sathya Sai Baba’s many wild prophesies. It expresses a chauvinistic nationalism of a kind like ‘India Uber Alles’, but it absurdly bases this (in the above quotation) entirely on the fact that the decline in the practices of sacred rituals (yagnas and yagas) is the main cause of all the troubles of humanity. Anyone can see that this is definitely not a winning formula, not least because surely at least 90% of the world’s population who are not very traditional Hindus will simply ignore it. To emphasize strictly Hindu rituals as the key to world regeneration is hardly a way to spread ‘universal religion’, as Sathya Sai claims to do. On this day, the 60th anniversary of Partition, Muslims can hardly be enthused by this religiously-divisive claim, which may well have contributed ideologically to the eventual tearing down of the Ayodhya mosque and the agitation to replace it with a Hindu temple.

How could a Country with so many well-known social and ethical failings guide the world?
For decades I admired much about India and its people, which I still partly do. But I became more and more aware – through personal experience and learning about India that I had been badly misled by all the propaganda of its rulers and politicians, and not least also that spread by Sai Baba as a confidence builder for India (in which I rather wanted to believe and hoped was true). I now say that, had India been the original home of democracy, human rights, women’s rights, social justice, equality, fraternity and liberty, then this would have been credible. But it is falling down on every one of these precepts. The non-violence movement of Mahatma Gandhi was truly admirable, but it was a flash in the pan which passed away with him while millions of Hindus and Muslims slaughtered each other in the late 40s. The intensity and number of massive wars of the most brutal and destructive nature which India has undergone speaks against the claim that it has ever been any kind of Utopia. This is known to have been so ever since the time of Krishna, when the Mahabharata war was no picnic but a vast killing field. There were gigantic ravages under Emperor Ashok – literal mass genocide until there was hardly anyone left to kill. India was then subject to the ghastly horrors of the Mughal invasion which destroyed much Hindu culture in the north. In the wake of all this, wars between local kingdoms continued until the British subjugated much of the sub-continent. From Independence onwards, India has fought wars against Pakistan (also China and Tamils) and there had been continuous internal strife between Hindus and Muslims, the State and indigenous peoples and minorities of all kinds to this day. As almost every visitor to India soon discovers, criminality and corruption are rife today, which is often so in societies where there is large scale extreme poverty.

Yagnas and yagas have so far failed India
India has evidently not improved because of the practice of ritual prayer and offerings (Yagnas and Yagas…). It is generally regarded today the world over as a mad idea of fanatical religionists that a countries’ ills are due to non-observance of Divine will, prayers and sacrifices etc.!  India has declined morally, according to Sathya Sai Baba’s repeated harangues in many discourses. He sets up the same old story of India having been the cradle of mankind as a place of harmony and light (indicated by the ancient name ‘Bharat’).  But there is simply no evidence of there having been a ‘Golden Age’ in India, except in the imaginings of priests and moralists and in texts similar to the Bible’s Garden of Eden myth. That India once was the perfect spiritual land – a moral paradise – as Sai Baba preaches – is a kind of deception based on wishful thinking more than any historical fact that has survived. India has no doubt ever had all the problems that have plagued humanity since time immemorial, but which modern civilisation has at last begun to defeat.

It can be confidently concluded that Sathya Sai Baba suffers from a variant of serious cognitive derangement that can fitly be called ‘mythomania’. As to the current state of affairs on humanitarian morals in India, I have already briefly summarised some of the dire calamities which prevail there. (See here)

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