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Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2009

As applied to Gerald Joe Moreno, the word ‘cruel’ is no misnomer.

Moreno’s Naming of A Young Child and Attack on an Unrelated Business

This maliciousness is further evidenced in Moreno’s conscienceless naming of a young child. This boy, out of childlike curiosity, googled his own name, and found viciously aimed barbs at the father whom he loves. This is a man, moreover, who has for years remained unprovoked by Moreno’s constant and extreme vilification.  Indeed, he has all along recommended to other former devotees whom Moreno has attacked not to retaliate or at least if bent on doing so to avoid malice and heated language.

It has also been Moreno’s method to attempt to destroy the business of a woman on which the well-being of herself and her young children depend. He has attempted, using Internet methods, to divert business away from her. By highly partial, faulty reasoning and the leaping-to-conclusion, he has presented her as cooperating with the exposure of the Sathya Sai sect. Of course, whether she had been or not, a dirty trick played against her is nonetheless a dirty trick. Although she is not now devoted to Sai Baba, having taken down her photos and stopped singing his bhajans and so forth, she has not cooperated with her former partner’s exposure activities, as has been a fact well-known to Sai Baba devotees known to her.

Again, one sees Moreno’s shocking tendency to argue from a narrow range of dates and making the most elemental infractions of logic. It is a moot point whether he does this maliciously and deliberately or because rash and unthinking or a mix of both. With what appear to be strong sociopathic elements, his actions have caused great distress to this woman, who has courageously, under conditions of great hardship, built up a business based on love and service.

Moreno’s daily  method is to slur, vilify, and to try to scare into submission. Internet libel, in the mostly uncontrolled environment of the world wide web, is a constant specialty of his. It is the sort of destructive mentality that the ethical teachings of religious and other paths, including Sai Baba’s would most certainly contradict.

But there are those who will not be intimidated – and the conscience of former devotees around the world have not stopped them from going to the India Today, BBC, Times of London, UNESCO and many others. It is the Sathya Sai cult that is not open to questioning. Unfortunately, the obstacles in the way of sueing Moreno are considerable.

It is to their enduring shame that, although there are devotees who do not at all agree with Moreno’s attacks, leaders of the Sathya Sai Organisation do not denounce his conduct – but in the case of some key figures actually assist him!

See associated articles relating to Moreno:

Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA


In relation to Wikipedia’s ban on Moreno, see the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia

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Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Posted by robertpriddy on March 13, 2009

Gerald Joe Moreno declares himself to have no association of any kind with the Sathya Sai organization, which he nonetheless defends constantly by trying to assassinate  the character of all its scores of critics, and nowhere calling for the sect’s accountability.

Gerald Moreno As Frontman For Sathya Sai Cult

The evidence is that he is being fed by the very hand he denies.  Not one single Sathya Sai Organization leader or member has criticised or denounced his behaviour. Nor do those who have left the Sai cult more recently report any attempt to advise Sai devotees not to cooperate with Moreno’s constant attacks, vilifications, libels and contacts with Sai devotees around the world. This stark fact further confirms and illustrates the cultist nature of this movement.

Despite his close contact and coordination with leading Sai Baba activists, Moreno even claims that he is not a devotee or a follower of Sathya Sai Baba, for whose cause he has fought constantly for many hours virtually every day for years throughout many extensive web sites, blogs, and postings – this even while he was believing the guru to be a sexual abuser (see here)! He cites instances of Sai Baba’s (non-medical) touching the private parts of young males as though such actions were not forbidden in the statute books of many legal systems throughout the world. He refuses – either deliberately or because he is incredibly naive – to grant that such incidents are crimes. He ceaselessly proclaims, irrelevantly, that Sai Baba has never been brought to any court trial.

Gerald Joe Moreno makes many wildly incorrect assumptions and wilful misleading statements on his web pages and  blogs. He has accused several of us, variously, as being fascists, Christian fundamentalists, anti-Semites, perverts, druggies, blatant liars (scores of times!) when we are none of these. The smallest mistake or something not properly explained (or unable to be explained so as to protect victims), or fact that he deems to bear only his narrow and worst-case interpretation, he immediately brands as “lies”, “deceptions”, “cheating”, “dishonesty”, etc., etc., …

He accuses us in a manner not done within our communities in all the decades of our lives. The opinion of one former devotee he will foist on an extended group, using such labels as “anti Sais”. In fact, former devotees who have called for proper investigation of the allegations come from a wide array of different social and cultural backgrounds and the major religions and secular paths such as rationalism and humanism, and are not some amorphous, homogenous group.

See below for the link to the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s detailed analysis of some examples of Gerald Joe Moreno’s poor conduct in regard to Wikipedia editing. Shepherd was never a devotee of Sai Baba.

Moreno was indefinitely suspended for most serious breaches -including repeated immoderation of language, and antagonism even towards senior Wikipedia staff. But Shepherd’s measured and scholarly treatment is all the more commendable given that he, like so many others who have questioned Sai Baba and his sect, has been strongly attacked by Moreno. For another example of decency and restraint typical of almost all former devotees, see:

Recent correspondence with Joe Moreno from Timothy ConwayPh.D. – former President of the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of San Francisco.

and also that of a former top leader in the Sathya Sai Organisation, Al Rahm in reply to an email to him by Moreno, who has repeatedly attacked the good faith of the Rahm family:

Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter

See references to Moreno by independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia

See articles associated with the above blog:

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

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Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Posted by robertpriddy on March 12, 2009

In his “Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love and Spirituality” blog” Gerald Joe Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, makes a number of entirely false claims. In his very language and conduct he ceaselessly infracts the teachings of the one he defends. The is the constant use of name-calling, labelling, derision, sneering, demeaning, assuming the very worst of all those who criticize his idol Sathya Sai Baba and, indeed, amid the anarchy that resides within parts of the Internet, severely libeling one after another who stands forth to question him and his worldwide cult.

Among a plethora of sites, which he manipulates in such a way as to leap higher in Internet search engine results, Gerald Joe Moreno has a blogsite:  sathyasaibaba. It operates under the pseudonym Equalizer.

Gerald Moreno’s Galvanic Attacks on Broadcasters and other Critics

Whatever top class broadcaster (e.g., BBC, CBC, SBS, Channel NineMSN) or newspaper (e.g., Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, India Today, Ottawa Times, The Age, etc.) investigates Sai Baba and his organisation is fair game for Gerald Joe Moreno’s attacks. Moreno always right. Critics always wrong.

Recently, a leading national broadcaster screened the Australian Current Affair report ‘Infiltrating a Cult’, February 2, 2009, on Channel NINEMSN. It showed an Australian Sathya Sai Baba cult leader, Moyia O’Brien, denying that the Sai Baba organisation is religious but only a social service organisation. To view the ACA Chris Allen interview and accompanying footage of the violent cult-hired security guards,  ‘Infiltrating a Cult’, click HERE.

Moyia O’Brien’s subterfuge recalls, for example, how the American Sathya Sai Organisation used a perverse technicality in the case in Orange County, California, USA, brought brought against the directors of the Sathya Sai Society of America by Alaya Rahm (with the support of his family who were longtime noted leaders): this multimillion dollar sect claimed via its lawyers that it was only a bookshop. See:

Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America. Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family

Moreno is on a par with the Sai cult leaders round the world, including Ms O’Brien in the Australian television interview, who plays down – or rather wilfully deceives about  – her close affiliation with the Sathya Sai Organization.

The ‘Secret Swami’s’ Culture’ of Denial

In the Moyia O’Brien case, Moreno falsely leaps to the notion that Barry Pittard –  who has taken up the cause of the sacked manager and disabled clients – and myself were involved from the start as instigators of the revolt against SWARA (Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Centre) by staff, who were in perfectly good professional repute and clients (several staff were sacked).  However, one of the organisers completely unknown to us contacted and informed that the programme was due to be aired on national television. It was previewed for some days on TV on  the prime time Australian Current Affairs TV programme. It is furthermore the case that a number of well-respected Sai Baba devotees have themselves spoken up on behalf of the staff and clients, and courageously continue to do so. Yet again, Moreno’s proclivity for conspiracy-type ‘thinking’ and putting worst-case scenarios is exposed. Barry Pittard’s meticulous reportage of these events can be seen in these articles:

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia
Sathya Sai Cult Under Media Scutiny In Australia
Australian Current Affair: ‘Infiltrating A Cult’ (Sathya Sai Baba)

(see the original video and report here) NOTE:  A reliable source from within the media has confirmed that Channel NineMSN withdrew the presence of its ‘Infiltrating a cult’ segment because the Sathya Sathya Sai cult threats of legal action. Media around the world, including SBS and The Age in Australia have refused to be intimidated by the powerful Sathya Sai Organisation. We will not be intimidated and continue to make available the footage!

See references to Moreno by independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia

See articles associated to the above blog:

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Terroist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
View ex-follower signatures

(Spanish version

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Money, Morality and Sai-worshipper Dr. Venkataraman

Posted by robertpriddy on August 29, 2007

Dr. G.  Venkataraman writes a lot about scientific discoveries in his series on the heart-to-heart website which he runs in connection with Radio Sai, but he writes from the standpoint of a religious believer and preacher of morality. There is therefore not much head-to-head communication in it, and – though he reproduces information of a popular scientific kind well enough, the bias is quite a-scientific in spirit. Take for example, his article “4 M’s – MAN, MONEY, MYTH AND MORALITY By Prof. G. Venkataraman“.
He firstly dwells on how science has affected technology – simple, well-known high school level stuff.  Economists who were his audience must have been bored stiff with a patronising lecture on such elementary events in the rise of industrial technology known well enough to any educated person.
However, he summed up the whole thrust of his lecture as follows: “My central point was that when man goes avidly in quest of wealth, he quickly loses discrimination and begins to swallow all kinds of myths. This results in man abandoning scruples, if not wholly, at least in substantial measure, and in turn that leads to disaster. In other words, my pitch was that nobody, economists included, can afford to ignore Morality in the larger scheme of things.”
What’s the point, one wonders… it is unclear whether he means that they should not invest in exploitative companies, or rather abandon economic realities and the profit motive and wealth creation generally? It’s anyone’s guess.

The pot calling the kettle black! 

Venkataraman has lost all his scruples about sexual abuse allegations and murder cover-up by Sai Baba, he is comfortable with all of it! (See here!) So morality is certainly ignored in his scheme of things, at any rate. He also tells what everyone knows anyhow, how scientists made the atomic bomb and states, “Overnight, scientists lost their innocence and became putty in the hands of those who had money to throw.” Well, G. Venkataraman is one of those very persons, for – like his more accomplished former colleague Dr. Bhagavantam – he worked for the Indian government on developing atomics which backed up India’s nuclear capacity! Now he is preaching against this… and he is one of the guilty!

His agenda is definitely unscientific, for it is religious moralising, as is clear from his words here: “Swami puts it all neatly and crisply. He says we must first have Love for God followed by a fear of sin. If these two are present, then Morality in Society would automatically follow.”

This has been preached for centuries in the Christian world (love and love of God have been a Judeo-Christian concept altogether until very recent centuries) but now we are told by Sai Baba that the world is ever more imbued with evil in this Age of Kali! This is really simplistic empty talk which provides no practical solution to the vast world problems with which science and economy are struggling to cope. Add to this that Venkataraman has swallowed quite other types of myth than consumerism; those connected with Sathya Sai Baba – which are of a megalomaniacal sort!
More on the issue of Venkataraman’s  compromised position coming soon

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Sathya Sai Baba and the exploitation of women

Posted by robertpriddy on August 18, 2007


Sathya Sai Baba makes some extraordinary claims here. Bharat (i.e. India) was safe from two world wars simply because of its virtuous women? Firstly, not all India’s women were virtuous, it would seem, since prostitution was very widespread during both world wars and has increased continually since then. Now there is a massive AIDS crisis which also involves women, of course. Secondly, the greatness of Bharat… there is a suggestion here of India’s former supposed glories. India’s greatness today – whatever it consists in – does not exceed that of other countries surely? It’s glory is harder to discover nowadays, even with all due respects.One can applaud the sentiment to respect women and make them happy… but Sathya Sai Baba is known for preferring men to women on all occasions… he spends far more time on the male side during darshan and is always surrounded only by male attendants. In his ashrams – at conferences and festivals – women are relegated to sit on the ground, while important men occupy chairs. After many decades, Sai Baba agreed to have a “Ladies day” once a year. (the remaining 364 days are actually Men’s days).

Lacking democracy and ‘rights’ for women
Sai Baba does not allow women on his Sathya Sai Central Trust, nor can more than a very few ever be seen in leadership positions in his organization, especially in India. See this quotation too:

“Women too are doing all jobs equal to men. In fact, women do work more sincerely with dedication… …They have the work culture better than men.”
(Sai Echoes from Kodai Hills, 1998, p. 48-9)
This is true enough, and well-deserved praise generally, and especially for dedication at such tedious and unchanging tasks as telephone exchanges offered. Yet it is noteworthy that Sai Baba nowhere has deemed to mention that women in India are very largely much underpaid compared to men, vastly overworked – and those who have to labour also have to run the home and take care of the children almost entirely in India’s male-dominated culture. Sai Baba confirms this himself and would reinforce this double burden on women, as in:-

“Women should realise that, irrespective of their education or position, their foremost obligation is to protect the home. For Indian (Bharatiya) women, the first duty is to reform the home and run it along ideal lines!” Sai Baba at Prashanthi Nilayam on `Ladies day` 19/10/1996. (Sanathana Sarathi, Dec. 1996, p. 334)

More on Sai Baba’s confusion about women here

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


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Sai Baba: Prayer, not environmental awareness?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 16, 2007

Sai on ‘foolish’ scientists

If Indians do worship the earth, what effect does it have? It can’t be measured in any scientific way, of course. Everywhere across the globe, the earth is being over-exploited, and particularly in developing countries. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be affected one iota by praying to the earth… that is a superstition prolonged by religionists like Sai Baba from the era when there was no natural science and one could only believe that deities like Indra ruled the rain and thunder… and so forth. It is the government and many Indian corporations which control of major industry, agriculture and the whole environment in India. They cannot be “worshipping the earth” in any appreciable way (or praying to the ‘earth mother’ (Bhoomidev), for the land is being raped and polluted on a huge scale by the activities under their regime. The situation has doubtless not improved since international companies were allowed to engage in the Indian economy, but then the economy has improved beyond recognition since the Narasimha Rao government opened the country up more. It is material need and corporate greed that drive over-exploitation and the destruction of eco-systems.

Sathya Sai Baba’s contribution to raising awareness of ecological issues is minimal and mostly as ill-informed as the above quotation – claiming that the inner significance is lost on “foolish scientists”. What kind of illumined inner significance has his vague prattle about “reflection, reaction and resound” and example of echoes in mountains? Sheer empty talk, compared to the knowledge science now has of the inner workings of genes, the origins and causes of nearly all natural phenomena, of stars billions of light years away. Science alone has traced ‘natural reactions’ in a comprehensible way… not Sai Baba, who continues to flaunt his ‘otherworldly’ vaguenesses and his ignorance of science, as already shown here (and more to come!).

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Dr. H. Narasimhaiah and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2007

Dr. H. Narasimhaiah

Dr H. Narasimhaiah was an uncompromising rationalist, a friend and lifelong supporter of Mahatma Gandhi and president of the National Education Society. HN, as he was popularly known, originated in 1962 the Bangalore Science Forum to promote the scientific temper. In that spirit it hosted thousands of lectures and showed over 500 films before his death in 2005. His credo was “Do not accept anything without questioning”, though he was never an atheist. His office was adorned with a quotation of Albert Einstein on the wall “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”.
Well, Dr. Narasimhaiah was certainly no mediocre mind, for he promoted science in education to such an extent and of such quality that he is generally revered by the Indian intelligensia.

Scan of Times of India blog on how Sathya Sai Baba could not materialize a jackfruit


Science vs. ‘Spiritual’ Superstition
The Deccan Herald reported:”Dr Narasimhaiah stole the limelight when he challenged the Sai Baba to create a pumpkin out of thin air instead of gold rings and watches. (Later a devotee asked Sai Baba to create a jackfruit  – which he did not do), as reported in the Times of India (click on thumbnail scan on the right here or go to source here).  Narasimhaiah had also invited the Baba twice to perform miracles in front of a committee. Dr Narasimhaiah, who had a doctorate in nuclear physics from an American university, was the Chairman of the Kannada Watchdog Committee, and a member of the Legislative Council. He headed the committee which probed banamathi (witchcraft) menace which had reached alarming proportions in North Karnataka. After a thorough investigation with experts from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, he came to the conclusion that banamathi was a fear-complex perpetrated by vested interests on psychologically weak villagers.”

Black Magic/Witchcraft in India
Sathya Sai Baba has promoted the belief in black magic on various occasions, which most of the world will admit is very far from being helpful to India! Recently, the age-old superstitions still plague India life to a far greater degree than is publicized. A truly soul-chilling set of horrific reports from the Deccan Herald beyond any possible doubt that the superstition is causing the most horrific deaths around India. So much for the benign dispensation of the self-proclaimed God of Gods, Sathya Sai Baba, who defies science and promotes belief in black magicians etc. Let us hope that the true spirit of inquiry and critical thinking about fantastic claims will spread rapidly as India’s information technology spreads to all corners of the land and India thus becomes further integrated in the global community.

(see also on witchcraft in India by ‘National Geographic’ etc. here)

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Self-deception for Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2007


Self-deceptions and suppressed consciences

Among the supposed millions of Sai devotees who have not left him they know – or are now in a position to know – many of the credible descriptions of his sexual abuses and deceptions on a grand scale. However, they  have long since learned to discount in advance and rationalize everything that is or could be said against him, on principle and regardless of the facts or the truth of the issues. Every fact must be twisted and turned to fit Sai Baba’s claims, until it becomes second nature and on can no longer think straight (if one has not succeeded in not thinking at all, as Sai Baba recommends most highly! Actually an impossibility, as he even self-defeatingly admitted to Hislop once!).

The reasons for the split-mindedness of devotees are many and various: powerful mental-emotional bonds that give a sense of security and one can hardly free oneself from, dependency attachments to other members, to prestige and privileges within the cult, to having a flat at the ashram, to cheap living in India, spiritual desperation, continual hope of cures and freedom from sufferings, vague ideas of ‘liberation’ from life itself, and so on… Their lives and psyches are just too involved at so many levels in their fixation on this very personable and powerful gurus for them to be able to listen to, investigate or evaluate facts.

Among those to whom this applies are many Indian politicians, now the new President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil – the hopelessly outdated old lady and Sai devotee related to an unscrupulous husband who is under a cloud of suspicions, she is a compromise UPA rubber stamp candidate. L.K. Advani claims she illegally protected her brother in a murder case! So she would not mind supporting Sai Baba’s famous murder cover-up either then! Altogether, her reputation reminds rather strongly of that of Sathya Sai as regards cover-ups!

Patil has been buffeted by accusations that she protected her brother in a murder probe and shielded her husband in a suicide scandal. There have also been charges of nepotism and involvement in a slew of financial scams. The opposition also issued a booklet entitled: “Does This Tainted Person Deserve to Become the President of India?” (see

The soon-to-be ex-President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam also visited and endorsed Sai Baba, as does the PM Manmohan Singh, the Home Minister and plenty of others. This is a tragedy for India, for the world will never accept India’s  self-proclaimed God Incarnate, Father who sent Jesus and all the rest of that megalomaniacal narcissism… even though India’s leaders insist he is genuine! The fact is, Indian politicians are worried about votes from the masses of deceived peasants and middle-class Indians who support Sathya Sai Baba in Andhra Pradesh (even up to 10% of the population by some liberal estimates!).

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Sai Baba miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on July 16, 2007

The Dutch psychologist Piet Vroon investigated Sai Baba’s materializations and wrote an article in the Indian Sceptic (‘Santa Claus in India‘)  Working on behalf of the Dutch newspaper DE VOLKSKRAANT, Piet Vroon was at Puttaparthi to film Baba at “work”. He and his partner reported that they saw Baba remove rings, necklaces and watches from behind flower vases and from pillows on his chair. They also detected Sai Baba holding vibhuti balls in one hand, transferring them to the other hand, pulverizing them and distributing them. Vibhuti was also alleged to be hidden in his mouth and removed while wiping his face, which Baba does very often. In his report of December 5, 1992 Vroon’s conclusion is unambiguous: “we just think that he’s a trickster and a cheat.”

Sai Baba slammed in Newsweek
from Newsweek’s  ‘The God Debate’ April 9, 2007 – see on page three

  • Author Sam HARRIS: Let’s go back to the Bible. The reason you believe that Jesus is the son of God is because you believe that the Gospel is a valid account of the miracles of Jesus.

  • Pastor Rick WARREN: It’s one of the reasons.

  • Sam HARRIS: Yeah. It’s one of the reasons. Now, there are many testimonials about miracles, every bit as amazing as the miracles of Jesus, in other literature of the world’s religions. Even contemporary miracles. There are millions of people who believe that Sathya Sai Baba, the south Indian guru, was born of a virgin, has raised the dead and materializes objects. I mean, you can watch some of his miracles on YouTube. Prepare to be underwhelmed. He’s a stage magician. As a Christian, you can say Sathya Sai Baba’s miracle stories are not interesting, let’s not pay attention to them, but if you set them within the prescientific religious milieu of the first-century Roman Empire, suddenly miracle stories become especially compelling.

The above exchange serves to emphasize the fact that there are countless accounts of miracles in history, actually going right back to the time when primitive tribal mankind believed rain, thunder, floods, quakes and just about anything they were unable to explain was therefore ‘a miracle’.

The many sciences have already explained a vast amount of phenomena which were formerly ‘believed’ to be miraculous – that is, without rational or demonstrable explanation. A considerable number of the supposed ‘miracles’ of Sathya Sai Baba (those which could be filmed or observed by critical thinkers) have been exposed as legerdemain – and many devotees have admitted that they have seen him faking the ‘materialisation’ of rings, lockets and other small objects – firstly taking them from behind his body in his chair in the interview room. One really need say no more as to the credibility of Sai baba’s supposed miracles than that… except that one cannot actually expose definitively anything which is known about only though second- and third-hand accounts – often by local villagers and other full believers in Sai Baba’s many claims about himself and his powers.

Professor Dale Beyerstein made a comprehensive survey of the most publicised Sai Baba miracles and it can be read here

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Sai Name & Fame

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2007

This year the prominent journals Science and Nature have received the Prince of Asturias Foundation award Compare the quality, outreach and depth of research and understanding in these journals with that exhibited by Sathya Sai Baba’s monthly journal ‘Sanathana Sarathi‘, which is packed full of his handed-down superstitions, endlessly repetitive religious mythology in Sai Baba’s self-promoting and strongly moralising rants (i.e. he calls them ‘discourses’!). Sai Baba’s fantastic claims and predictions ( are as much an international laughing-stock as in any other fundamentalist cultist teaching (see here). What an enormous difference in lucidity, factuality, usefulness, openness, intelligence, testability and critical thinking between this and almost any international science or cultural journal!

While I was a follower and before I became aware of the huge deceits being practiced by Sai Baba and his inner circle, both the editor of Sanathana Sarathi – V.K. Narasimhan – and I were aware of the low quality of the discourses. The numerous problems posed by Sai Baba’s teachings, his self-contradictory words, factual inaccuracy and major blunders, caused Narasimhan to keep asking me to interpret some to reconcile them with one another. I therefore wrote numerous articles theremea culpa.

Now, the Asturias awards promote a very different standard of achievement to that of Sai Baba’s uneducated preaching ‘teaching’, as the following indicates well enough, I submit:-
Conferred annually since 1981 the awards are intended to acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally by individuals, groups or organisations in the following eight categories: communication and humanities, social sciences, arts, letters, scientific and technical research, international cooperation, concord and sports – has never been given to Sathya Sai Baba or any of his followers. Instead it has gone to writers such as Álvaro Mutis, Francisco Umbral, Mario Vargas Llosa, Camilo José Cela, Günter Grass, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller or Claudio Magris; politicians such as Václav Havel, Jacques Delors, Adolfo Suárez, Mijail Gorbachov, Nelson Mandela, Isaac Rabin, H.M. King Hussein of Jordan or Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; institutions such as the United Nation´s High Commission for Refugees, Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Movement), Médicos Sin Fronteras (Doctors without Borders) and Medicus Mundi, the Sephardic Community, the American Foundation for Aids Research (founded and led by Elizabeth Taylor) and CNN; scientists such as Stephen Hawking, the Atapuerca Research Team, Santiago Grisolía, Guido Münch, Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, the human world´s leading research teams in the field of the human genome, the fathers of Internet or Jane Goodall; historians such as John Elliott or Julio Caro Baroja, intellectuals such as Julián Marías, Indro Montanelli, George Steiner, Umberto Eco, Hans M. Enzensberger or Jürgen Habermas; artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Óscar Niemeyer, Joaquín Rodrigo, Vittorio Gassmann, Barbara Hendricks, Woody Allen and Miquel Barceló.

Sathya Sai Baba has never won any international award we can discover. Nonetheless, it was made known that his ‘holy’ name was actually submitted by the Vajpayee Indian Government for the Nobel Peace Prize (such wishful and politically naive thinking!). For Sathya Sai Baba 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 friendly fashion in public with the designer of the latest nuclear delivery missiles – President Kalam.  Despite this, some inconsequential relative of Alfred Nobel (who thus bears the same surname) has pronounced that Sai Baba ought to get the Nobel Prize, which suggestion followers trumpeted to the firmament repeatedly. A pathetic attempt to draw attention to their self-proclaimed God Incarnate, who – despite all the billions of dollars in hand – has not made one inch of progress in getting international recognition from any serious institutions. UNESCO has – as is well known – washed its hands of him and has since it posted its advisory on him never accepted invitations to partake in his self-glorifying ‘conferences on education’.

The human values and moral standing of anyone who is seriously considered for the Nobel peace Prize must be impeccable. However, Sathya Sai Baba has been more widely accused of sexual abuses in public than any comparable figure, but the Indian Government, being led by devotees of Sai Baba, has successfully quashed all court petitions against him – so far! Moreover, he was present to the murder of six of his devotees within his private apartment in June, 1993 and the case has never been cleared up, no court proceedings and politically quashed CBI investigations! The Nobel Committee has been fully apprised of these facts and – even were it to regard Sathya Sai Baba as having done anything to forward peace in the world other than to preach – the unresolved murders and uninvestigated sexual abuses would sink his candidature in advance. Then there was his warm appreciation of Dictator Idi Ami… just the ticket for a Nobel Peace Prize winner?

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Concerning the question of touching male genitals by Sathya Sai Baba
Extraordinary rationalisations of Sathya Sai Baba’s reported sexual activities

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Sai on World Catastrophe?

Posted by robertpriddy on June 27, 2007

Sai Baba almost certainly practiced a major deceit on many people when he should have told 18 young boy students of a coming world catastrophe where he would rule the world for some while and these students would each rule one of the Indian States. Sathya Sai then frightened them with glaring looks (according to Al Drucker) and as usual told them never to breathe a word about it to anyone.  Some of the boys were so disturbed by it that their parents and others had gradually learned the details from one and another. One mother wrote down all she could learn in 29 points, and this account was circulated throughout the small Sai movement in the late 1970s when it emerged. This is one of Sai Baba’s known ways of leaking ‘stories’ and prophesies, a technique repeated by him on numerous  occasions later with different prophesies (several times in interviews about a world catastrophe where he produced maps or even globes showing a vastly altered world – one reported by Mrs. Marge Hendel in the 70s, and in the 80s by a Dane and another by a Yugoslavian).  Sai Baba would have easily calculated that such terrifying predictions from one claiming to be omniscient would leak out. It was said that the tender and vulnerable young boys were in shock and had to be consoled by their parents.

I heard this account from various people in the ashram at various times, and I was also handed a typed version (full of English errors) of the points as noted originally by the mother. I read half of it and then reacted against it and said it was surely bogus etc., but the Danish lady (called Tove and known to many residents in the 1980s and 90s) who gave it to me was extremely affronted and swore that it was genuine. She told that her friend in the Westerner’s canteen (known as ‘the salad auntie’) was circulating it only to trusted ‘insider’ devotees and that ‘salad auntie’ knew the person whose son had told her and so on. Later, when the frenzy became world-wide about the predictions and the Organisation leaders were under much pressure from worried devotees, Sai Baba eventually spoke out and denied all such stories in the strongest of terms. He also condemned very heavily all those when he said were ‘spreading rumours’ and, in time, the poor misled ‘salad auntie’ was made to suffer complete ostracization in the ashram. In later years she was never seen there again. See a full account and the 27 predictions etc.

In short, this prophesy was a ploy to bind people in fear to Sai Baba and his ashram, which was to be unaffected by the catastrophe, even though Bangalore was to be destroyed. It succeeded in many cases, for US ladies sold up their places and moved permanently to the ashram. Who knows how much of the proceeds of their sales went to Sai Baba, but I have information that several persons from the USA gave away so much that they never recovered financially again.

Early on in his career, Sathya Sai prophesied he would have to act during such an event…
“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 new ed. p. 92)

Sai Baba also predicted an airline catastrophe to a visiting Spanish airline pilot, due to a shift in the magnetic pole. Neither event occurred. Also he predicted a nuclear pollution disaster for New Zealand.

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Sai Baba Layers of Deceit

Posted by robertpriddy on June 27, 2007



Sathya Sai Baba made his chosen biographer, Prof. N. Kasturi, wait for several years before publishing the first volume of the ‘official biography’ because – according to Kasturi – Sai said people would just think that it was all a story got up by two rogues. In the light of ever-mounting evidence, it now does seems the more likely that this might well have been the case, at least in part. However, the super-eager and grovelling devotee Kasturi was doubtless uncritical and let himself be taken in easily even by the more fantastic stories of ignorant peasants and self-promoting persons about Sathya Sai’s childhood and youth. As far as one can tell now  – long after the event and with nothing but clearly devotionally-biased testimony – most of the ‘miracles’ (if not perhaps all?)  may well have been bogus or due to powerful suggestion and Tantric tricks.

Sathya Sai Baba definitely knew well how to deceive followers long before he met Kasturi. This and the fact that he often lied outright can be seen from books written by his contemporaries who were with him in early days (like Smt. Vijayamma in her  ‘Antyatha Saranam Nasthi – ‘Other than you refuge there is none’. Private publ. 1999:  e-mail: Further, his uncle was a Tantric conjurer and the young Sai performed with the family troupe in surrounding villages… and not least did feats of agility (probably much as one can see on the streets of any Indian cities today)

Sai Baba telling Kasturi that they must avoid being seen as rogues, – an Kasturi publishing it – is like a false bottom in a suitcase… the layer of deceit which most people never look. But Indians live in a culture where it has so far been impossible to control long-inherited corruption and deceitfulness in the struggle for existence of most of the populace. To illustrate the extent to which this can go, I came across the incident of a peasant selling milk from his cow door-to-door to a friend of mine. The cowherd drew milk from his cow’s teat before the buyer (a precaution sensible buyers take there) – but had a hidden balloon of water in his armpit with a tube into his hand so as to thin the milk down unseen by the buyer! Many Indians – especially among the poor who are displaced to the slums – grow up learning the ‘tricks of the trade’ – layer upon layer of deception from their fellow men in the dire and often deadly race for survival and goods. As seasoned India travellers can tell you, it is a very observant foreigner who can outsmart the wide range of conmen and swindlers who are never far away. Sai Baba practices fraud himself (eg. see video clips showing his sleight-of-hand) and sets himself up as an ideal and preceptor for the people of India!

On the basis of a lot of accounts from people at interviews who were told catastrophe stories by Sai Baba – or to whom he showed maps or globes of the earth after vast devastations (‘materialised’ of course). It is almost certain that Sai Baba did make major catastrophe predictions to students in Ootacamund (more later on that),  having most likely counted on the effect it would have in attracting more people, including such as already believed in such things – and not least indirectly so as to boost his foreign income. Then he could turn around and blame others for spreading false rumours! Well, no one within the movement would dare believe that of him. All very cunning! (However, there are some of us who have – despite what we wished should be true – penetrated the layers of cover-up and deception realised how deep they go).

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Sai’s 10 avatars

Posted by robertpriddy on June 24, 2007

Sai Baba with N. Kasturi

Sathya Sai Baba selected Prof. N. Kasturi  as his official biographer – a highly impressionable spiritual seeker and college history teacher, who also had a radio chat-show and some reputation as a comic doggerel poet. Kasturi wrote four very florid biographical volumes (‘Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram’ or ‘Truth, Goodness, Beauty’). The authenticity of these accounts that he naively retells there from uncheckable and clearly most impressionable devotee sources must be seriously questioned. He relied largely on very poor villagers’s stories or beneficiaries of Sai Baba’s grace to become residents within his ashram. By the time they recalled events decades later, no doubt some of them were only to willing to embroider and even invent so that they might benefit from being quoted and recognised by Kasturi and the all-powerful Bhagavan Baba who ruled their village. Here are two examples of such ‘stories’, which are believed by many Sai followers to this day.”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.)

Ra. Ganapati adds his shot too: “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)

Among guru-grovelling writers, few can exceed N. Kasturi or Ra. Ganapati, unless it be Smt. Vijayamma, who knew Sathya Sai as a teenager and has some most disturbing events about her guru to relate, amid some of the wildest worshipful hyperbole on record. More on her later…

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 23, 2007

Sai Baba displeased

Because of the concerted attempt by Sai Baba’s officials, organization and devotees generally to suppress many facts about Sai Baba so as to present him only or mainly as a social reformer and moral teacher, many Indians who tend to support him are doubtless unware of  the sheer extent of the deceit, fraud and irrationality he practises. Having been taken in on many counts myself (if not on all his most absurd claims)  for many a long year, it is now my task – knowing the literature through and through – to help bring these things to the notice of the public. I am concerned that India’s reputation should not be dragged down further than it may already have been by this man, as it most certainly would be in world opinion eventually if his actual words, predictions, promises, and crime cover-ups were not properly examined. The social reforms, possible mainly because of foreign money (including some of mine), naturally tend to hide all the grisly facts.

The stories about Sathya Sai Baba’s utterly non-credible ‘miracles’ flourish still and there are many hundreds of books which contain one or many more. Few surpass the stories of Prof. N. Kasturi and Ra. Ganapati in extravagence. Let us see what else Ganapati has written (in a book blessed by and never rebutted by Sai Baba or any authority around him) .

“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).

One must ask, however suggestible and naive the devotees are, by what power of deception was Sai Baba able to get people like the spiritual seekers Prof. N. Kasturi and Ra. Ganapati to believe in such fantastic stories? How real or meaningful are experiences which are had only by some persons present, but not by others? It reminds one very much of popular TV shows where a hypnotist or an ‘illusionist’ makes volunteers ‘ see’ and ‘hear’ all manner of ridiculous thing. (egs. Paul McKenna, David Copperfield and the yet more impressive Derren Brown). Further, why are the writers about Sai Baba almost never able to state the full names or identities of those to whom they refer, give exact times and places, or provide any controllable information whatever. The end result is as worthless historically and scientifically as old wives’ tale are…

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