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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Puttaparthi murders

Posted by robertpriddy on June 12, 2010

Report on a murder at Prashanthi Nilayam

Swiss-German lady brutally murdered in her new flat at Prashanthi Nilayam

A letter was sent to Robert and Reidun Priddy about the brutal murder of a lady in her room at Prashanthi Nilayam (date uncertain, but in 1992) but about a week after the murder of the Swiss/German-speaking lady in her room in Prashanthi Nilayam . (This took place about a year before the June 1993 murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom took place.) At that time, Marge Hendel, an American, was living mostly in Norway, but with months per annum in India for a number of years.

Marge Hendel was known to many US devotees, having known Alvin Drucker well and been in his group when Jewish US devotees had a Sai Baba interview together arranged by Drucker. Later Marge Hendel stayed for much longer periods in India, at Puttaparthi and Brindavan.

My wife Reidun had met the Swiss-German lady who was about to become a flat owner. When we were back at the ashram again, I asked Danish Mr. Thorbjørn Meyer – then the coordinating Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization for Scandinavian group of countries what he knew of the murder of that lady. He said she was killed at her apartment a day or so after having been to the State Bank of India in Puttaparthi, and because she had not concealed her withdrawal (of Rs. 80,000.- an extremely considerable sum for Indian villagers), she had been followed by two brothers who lived in Puttaparthi. Meyer added that it was really her own fault! I was lost for words when he said that… he was and still is one of the most active Sai officials at covering up anything whatever which may reflect badly on his Lord and Master, Sathya Sai Baba.

The above murder was investigated by the Puttaparthi police, who caught the murderers. Some weeks later they escaped from custody. V.K. Narasimhan told me that the police had allowed them to abscond after they had agreed to tell where the money was hidden, which the police then took for themselves. The Prashanthi Nilayam authorities were apparently able to prove this embezzlement and this information was used by Janakiramiah and others involved to pressure the Puttaparthi police chief into giving the order for the execution by rifle fire of the four Sai follower young men trapped in Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment.

Murders of visitors are not at all uncommon at Sathya Sai Baba ashrams, here is another case reported in India:-

Murder of German Lady at Puttaparthi?
Published by Vaartha, Telugu Daily – 17.08.1997

Bukkapatnam (Aug. 16) : The disappearance of a German lady A.M.S. Julanda Mariatus, who came to Puttaparthi is being doubted whether she has been murdered. This news has spread like wild fire in and around Puttaparthi. All the relevant records belonging to her like passport, books etc., were found in a small village near Puttaparthi. Her passport Number is 9502746744.

Evidence is there that she visited India last year on August 16th. It is suspected that she might have been murdered on 4th or 5th of August. On the road that leads to Beedupalli which is behind the Sai Baba Super Speciality Hospital near Chakala Vaani Gutta her belongings – Passport, Books, Vanity bag, purse etc., were found tied together and thrown by the local cowherds on the 5th of this month which were distributed amongst themselves.

When the thrown out passport was found by a peasant, taking some villagers with him, he went to Sai Baba´s abode “Prasanthi Nilayam” and handed over the passport to the Public Relations Office. Then the news of the passport reached the police station. On the other hand, people of Beedupalli informed this reporter that some of them had seen the body while some denied it. The villagers had observed that some four persons were roaming in an Auto near Chakalavaani Gutta.

It is learnt that on 2nd and 3rd of this month, this German lady had withdrawn Rs. 100000/- from a bank. Among the things belonging to her, a visiting card of a Star Hotel in Bangalore in which the Phone Number is 5585858. The Public Relations Department of Prasanthi Nilayam stated that they have also informed about this the German embassy. It is almost confirmed that she was murdered.


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Sathya Sai Baba and the Dalai Lama

Posted by robertpriddy on May 11, 2009

Dalai Lama bows deeply

Dalai Lama bows deeply

The Dalai Lama is known world-wide for his courage and often illumining and largely acceptable teachings, but above all for his life, which is truly a message of non-violence and standing for the truth and what is right. His righteous (dharmic) life has been in strict adherence to non-violence, seen in all he has done since his inauguration, and through the tremendously difficult decades through which it has been incumbent on him to try to protect and better his people. He makes himself as accessible as possible to people without them having to kow-tow, while he is open to questions, answers directly and frankly and in intelligible, accurate ways. If one bows to him, he returns the bow and bows more deeply! It would be fitting for Sai Baba to bow to the Dalai Lama, but he bows to no one… he is too high and mighty for that! Yet some of his most deluded followers – like N. Kasturi and V. Balu – once wrote about him as having great humility!

How does Sathya Sai Baba compare with the Dalai Lama?
Sai Baba purposely keeps everyone waiting, many of them almost endlessly, whoever they are. He hardly ever gives a straight answer to any honest question, if any at all, and he is known to everyone without exception not to be able to stand the slightest bit of criticism from anyone. Yet he full of criticism of others – in general in many of his discourses but also personally in interviews where he regularly ridicules people to get laughs. The only person in recent decades who could sometimes question him at all freely was my very good friend, V.K. Narasimhan…who helped Sai Baba by editing out the gaffes from the recorded discourses! Due to his reputation and contacts, Narasimhan was an intermediary bringing many top Indian politicians he had long known to the ashram by endorsing Sai Baba as a social reformer. Sathya Sai Baba is certainly not revered and respected worldwide by the vast numbers of people and governments as is the Dalai Lama.

Sai authorities desperate to get Dalai Lama to endorse Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba is certainly not revered and respected worldwide by the vast numbers of people and governments as is the Dalai Lama, nor is he known to most of the world, like the Dalai Lama.  Sai Baba supporters have tried to create the illusion that the Dalai Lama somehow endorses Sai Baba (which he NEVER has done), simply because he once  gave a lecture at the Sathya Sai International Centre in Delhi (Jan. 3, 2004), where he generously mentioned Sai Baba just once as follows:“I am happy to see that Sathya Sai Baba has said that his mission is not to convert people to other traditions. He would like a Buddhist to be a better Buddhist, a Muslim to be a better Muslim and a Hindu to be a better Hindu." That was all!  The Director of the Centre where the Dalai Lama spoke, Dr. Karan Singh, coupled the names of Dalai Lama and Sathya Sai Baba in his address. However, the Dalai Lama emphasised that those of the Buddhist faith’ should stick to Buddhism, and Muslims to their faith, both of which religions firmly and totally reject the possibility of anyone being God Incarnate. Mahayana Buddhism rejects the existence of a God Creator.  This seems one good reason why – in his self-proclaimed Godhood as World Saviour and Avatar – Sai Baba has never so much as mentioned the Dalai Lama!

Sai Baba sweepingly berates just about everyone in the world at regular intervals from his platform but the Dalai Lama never uses such language, even about the despotic and mendacious Chinese government.

Sathya Sai Baba hides in fear while the Dalai Lama does not: The Dalai Lama has real humility and enormous courage – putting himself in the front line – without protection from any troops or gunmen of his own  – against one of the worst regimes in history. By comparison, Sai Baba has had 20 full-time plain-clothes security people since about 1994 (costing well over Rs. 200,000 a month by now. And who do you think pays?). These spies mingle undercover in the crowds. V.K. Narasimhan gave me the facts about this already in 1996. Is this for the sake of the devotees or Sai Baba? It is no more for devotees than are the metal detectors, the intensive body searches of men and women going to view Sai Baba (darshan) or the fact that Sai Baba hides daily and at night in a fortress-built apartment palace. He is guarded by additional Israel-trained commandos visibly armed with automatic weapons, he travels in a bomb-proof vehicle. No one can get into Sai Baba’s presence with the tiniest of items that could conceivably be used as any kind of weapon. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama has convincingly lived non-violence in all he does (not just in constant torrents of repetitive words as does Sai Baba) and has never had to conceal himself nearby in a room in his own ashram while four close attendants were assassinated with his tacit and later public approval, or condone subsequent cover-ups and quashing of all legal redress to the victims’ families.

Sai Baba claims that his word is absolute law in all things – whose will is always done by mega-obsequious officials in the ashram – would not even risk answering any questions about the murders, (just reread Sai Baba’s devious, insubstantial Gurupurnima discourse in 1993 about related details!). Also this “ever-tranquil, totally unaffected” Sai Baba dropped his guard and showed everyone his hidden hand in his Xmas 2000 discourse… namely, that by damning his critics to constant rebirths in many shameful lives, he is not compassionate or loving of everyone (as he has always claimed before and since, even of his detractors). More recently, he has damned various Indian newspaper editors to the same fate. Has the Dalai Lama ever damned or threatened anyone like that? The answer is a resounding ‘No!’

The Dalai Lama, however, is never patronising nor does he harangue the whole world for being impure and under the sway of inhuman and demonic forces, as does Sai Baba constantly. Sai Baba talks down to people from a position of claimed eminence. He constantly points to his own works and service and hardly ever attributes any credit to anyone else, boasting most embarrassingly about his achievements: i.e. none do 1000th of what he does, he announced at Christmas 2000. Others do all the work and provide the funds for all to which he so selflessly lends ‘His Precious Name’. He celebrates himself and his birthdays like no other event, claiming it is the devotees who want it. But the fact is, known to those who speak with frank ashramites, that almost only he thrives on it; most residents dread it. It is Sai Baba’s annual super self-praise event at Prashanti Nilayam, where he rides on in his bizarre silver-encrusted motorised chariot-cum-jeep. All that matters is numbers and show!

See 16 points of comparison between the Dalai Lama and Sathya Sai Baba

Above I compared the words and actions of Sathya Sai Baba with those of the Dalai Lama, showing how there was a world of difference between the dharma practised by the Dalai Lama and the deceptive words and action of Sai Baba. I also noted that the Dalai Lama had never endorsed Sathya Sai Baba in anything he had said. However, Chris Dokter pointed out in a comment on that blog, that this was not entirely true:-

Chris Dokter of The Netherlands commented.:-
“Alas, Robert, though I heartily agree with the gist of your post, I think it cannot go unmentioned here that the Dalai Lama DID in fact give some sort of endorsement to Sathya Sai Baba in the end. Posthumously, on April 25 2011, he issued an official message of condolence, which was published in the Tibetan Sun e.g. (See this link: http://www.tibetsun.com/archive/2011/04/25/dalai-lama-mourns-passing-away-of-sai-baba/), and also on the Dalai Lama’s homepage. It attracted international attention. This is what was stated by the Dalai Lama: “I am saddened by the passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the respected spiritual leader. I would like to convey my condolences and prayers to all the followers, devotees and admirers of the late spiritual leader.”
I must say I was quite taken aback by this message.”

Robert replied:-
Hi Chris! Thanks for the correction. I did not know that. It is extremely disappointing… surely the Dalai Lama knew Sai Baba’s megalomaniacal claims (Creator of the Universe etc. ad. inf.) and would surely NEVER be able to support them, being a Buddhist. I suspect that, dependent as the Dalai Lama and his community in India are on the authorities, he may have been pressured into the statement one way or another. He never said anything like that once throughout the life of Sathya Sai Baba… which fact I consider speaks louder than words, really.

Chris Dokter  replied: “I agree with your take on it, Robert. Still, I wish the Dalai Lama would have refrained from any comment on SB ‘kicking the bucket’. More, I would have liked to have seen a moral, if controversial stance of him if he felt compelled to comment at all.”

Kristina Jure commented: Having read the comment posted by Chrisdokter, I would like to share my experience with Buddhists. In 2009 January I have visited one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in India in Karnataka. There are 5000 monks in this city of monastic buildings with the residence for Dalai Lama and I was accomodated as a tourist by one small community inside the monastery and given the translator to walk around and take pictures, also invited to watch the debates and their rituals and rites. The most impressive experience for me as the former devotee of SSB was the way they reacted to my message that I actually came to them from Prashanthi Nilayam. They started smiling at each other and I could feel they felt sorry for me. I’ve asked the translator whether Buddhists believe that Swami is the creator of the Universe and he replied with the smile that “certainly not”. Nobody in fact believed him at all. And this official statement made by Dalai Lama could be interpreted as his compassion to those who were in suffering, but not as his official acknowledgment of the self-styled avatar, I assume. The reaction of all the monks to the messages by SSB was quite ironic, I should say, and their position was formed by Dalai Lama himself because they were practising absolute respect and obedience to him.

Chris Dokter  replied: Dear Kristina Jure. Though I agree the Dalai Lama’s statement can be seen as compassionate towards all those who were grief stricken, I am still troubled by the very fact that he chose to comment at all. I personally have little doubt the Dalai Lama would have laughed at the silly claims by Sai Baba, but it remains a fact that his message was published widely, and was on the whole interpreted as a supportive message by the international press, the Indian media and the SSB Organisation.
Compassion is good. Nothing wrong with it. But timing is everything when you are a public figure. And compassion with followers is one thing. But why did the Dalai Lama not openly show his compassion for all the victims of Sai Baba even once, the ex-followers? Does not compassion need courage in order to be balanced and not give offence? Or do you think the Dalai Lama was wholly ignorant of all the scandal and 
politics surrounding Sathya Sai Baba during the last decades?

Robert comments: It remains to be said that the comparisons I made between DL and SB stand well. In Gandhi’s own words (used on his tomb as his epitaph), namely “My Life in My Message” (later misappropriated by Sathya Sai Baba for himself and without acknowledgement) the Dalai Lama stands forth as exemplary, while Sathya Sai Baba’s actions and words were quite another story! The Dalai Lama respected the dead and, no doubt, the feelings of loss of SB devotees by his brief greeting, and – humble as he is – he was evidently no better informed about Sathya Sai Baba’s real life than are the majority of his remaining supporters, which includes the current Prime Minister and President and so on.

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India’s prophesied future world leadership?

Posted by robertpriddy on September 23, 2007

Excerpt from Conversations with Sai Baba

The total transformation of India as an engine, not only of economic growth, but also as a shining moral example to the peoples of the world which would regenerate them all and introduce a new Golden Age has frequently been promised by Sathya Sai Baba, such as to the credulous Dr. J. Hislop of the USA. Sathya Sai Baba is India’s top living religious figure, who is worshipped by most of India’s Prime Ministers and Presidents since Indira Gandhi up to the present day (see some of Sai Baba’s preposterous claims here!).

Judge for yourself whether Sai Baba’s prophesies are proving to have ANY results. Consider how India has developed a major nuclear arsenal and a huge military machine – a threat to its neighbours. Does this give India the moral high ground? So much for the much vaunted non-violence policy and the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, on which most of India’s fame rested once! The social and economic inequality in India, despite its considerable present wealth, equals or surpasses anything on the globe today… and it denies many basic human rights to many of its minorities. Is this morally defensible?

We read; “India has had nearly 60 years free of famine, growing enough food for its 1.1 billion people. Yet nearly 40 percent of its vegetables rot in warehouses before reaching market. The country has a space program – yet 30 percent of the population lives on less than $1 a day; 78 percent on less than $2.” [Christian Science Monitor]. This leading US newspaper also comments on how much has been written about the incredible strides India has taken since 1991, when it opened up its markets to foreign investors and slashed regulations. A 6 or 8 % growth rate for a decade has made India attractive to investors, and the outsourcing and high-tech industries. However, the reverse side of this coin is that this economic progress is NOT benefiting 80% of India’s population. It is reported that “a growing number of foreign diplomats, Indian academics, and businesses warn that the booming growth will fizzle unless India acts soon to spread the benefits to a wider population and boost investment in roads and airports, electricity and water, and basic education.” One might mention the lack of public toilets throughout most of the cities and villages (except the open spaces, that is!) and the incredibly low levels of hygiene for the vast majority of Indians (which also stops any really effective tourist growth). What my friend V.K. Narasimhan famously wrote once still applies, the vast majority of the population have no social support of any kind, other than the sunlight!


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Sai Baba and India’s atomic arsenal

Posted by robertpriddy on September 17, 2007

India’s ballistic nuclear missiles
Sathya Sai Baba’s hypocrisy is to say one thing, do the opposite

Few issues show Sathya Sai Baba’s hypocritical double-standard more distinctly than his various statements of the past against atomic weapons, while all the time he has been supporting and honouring some of India’s formost militarists. In former days he argued that India needed no nuclear weapon, and made the prophesy that all those nations which rely on these will themselves be turned to ashes! He gave the so-called “father of India’s atomic bomb”, Dr. S. Bhagavantam a foremost place in his entourage, until Bhagavantam left him in the early 1980s! Since then he has repeatedly honoured the instigator of the India-Pakistan nuclear arms race, former Prime Minister Atal Vihari Vajpayee and his party (the Bharatiya Janata Party which revelled in 2000 in the explosion of Indian nuclear devices). Not a word of criticism has Sai Baba made about the vast military spending of this and other governments, nor – of course-  has he criticised India’s production of more atomic weapons and the delivery vehicles. On the contrary, he has embraced the ex-President Kalam at repeated interviews and honoured him very pointedly in public, but this was the man who designed the delivery vehicle for India’s nuclear weapons capable of hitting Pakistan!

Sathya Sai Baba preaches peace and non-violence, so he could hardly have been in favour of nuclear weapons, especially when India was taking a moralistic line against the big nuclear powers (despite having exploded one device already themselves). Now that India is adopting a big power threatening capacity itself with nuclear weapons, he is completely silent! Not only that, he is ever lending moral and propaganda support indiscriminately to Indian governments and their leaders in his discourses. Here we see that Sai Baba’s main agenda is to gain personal power, influence and money regardless of any any moral price. See more detail and documentation here.

>Here are some of Sai Baba’s former statements about atomic weapons. In the first he has talk about the very same difference between preaching and practice evident in his words and actions! That is chutzpa!
Sai Baba on practice and preaching
Sai Baba rejects atomic bomb

But many, many more crores are now being wasted, but the self-proclaimed ‘Omnipotent’ Lord God, worshipped as such by a line of feet-kissing Prime Ministers never says a word about this militarism and misuse of India’s riches, while 200 million have to get by on less than US$ 1/2 per day and 800 million Indians still live on less than $2 a day!

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