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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Posted by robertpriddy on June 22, 2007

Sai Baba and the moon

Sathya Sai Baba – who famously claims that Ravanna, Hiranyakasipu etc. were able to travel to the moon, claims he too has all the knowledge and power in the universe. Why does the Indian government plan extensive space travel and even now to send a man to the moon – if they could just send Sai Baba to get some moonrock and spy out the land? Or perhaps, if they ask him nicely, he will do as is claimed he has done before – bring the moon down to earth!

Sathya Sai Baba eventually blessed the two-volume work by a devotee who had scoured the area of Puttaparthi and beyond for any stories he could find about the youth and life of Sathya Sai Baba. In his constant humilty and gaping wonder, Ra. Ganapati writes in a style which may perhaps be described as showering constant nectarine praise and over-embellished hyperbole on Sai Baba. The fabulous descriptions defy all reason and common sense (about which fact SSB and his followers enjoy boasting!) but of course they cannot be checked in any reliably means. Here are some of Ganapati’s miracle regurgitations…

Ganapati wrote that on 8/12/1973 on a stop with Sathya Sai Baba between Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan devotees threw stones at a wood-apple tree and brought down one unripe fruit. “Svami bent down and picked it up. Holding it between the thumb and forefinger He said, “Here is the moon”! When He closed His palm over the piece for an instant and opened it again, the fruit was no longer found. Instead an unusual article was in his hand. It was a translucent sphere. The sunlight was gorgeously reflected out of its surface. Though as a whole it was luminiscent there were several dim and even dark spots inside. Multi-hued veins of minerals could also be seen. Superficially smooth-surfaced, it revealed elevations and depressions inside.

“The mini-moon, made up of all the ingredients of the moon”, observed Baba.
Only a few days before, the newspapers had carried photographs of both sides of the moon transmitted by spacecraft. All their features could be precisely perceived in this three-D-mini-moon. More than that, it was refracting the spectrum of colours in sunshine. The party enjoyed the picnic in the glades. Svami held up the mini-moon finally to sunlight. The solar rays glancing off the outer rim sprayed gold. “Do you see the moon rise?” asked Sai, as pleasing as the moon itself. With one more folding and unfolding of His hand, the mini-moon set! It had returned to its old wood-apple birth!
(Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 83f).

Comment: Who decided that all the features of the moon photos could be perceived “precisely” in the mini-moon? Not only did the mini-moon”spray gold”but it also “refracted the spectrum of colours” which the actual moon never does. Was it then just a mottled glass sphere, perhaps? Note Ganapati’s reliance on poetic license in saying that Sai is as “pleasing as the moon itself”…but then the actual moon – which may sometimes look nice – is in reality a barren, inhospitable, cold thing. Does not the ‘rising and setting’ of this mini-moon remind more of the rise and fall of Sai Baba as his use of sleight of hand has been repeatedly filmed beyond any doubt? Where are all the accounts by witnesses, who were they… surely they would have thought this miracle worth recording and at least telling Sai writers about. But no! All in all, who can credit this but ‘true believers’ who will defy all reason?

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

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 21, 2007

This week the Sunday Indian lists Sathya Sai Baba as a ‘manipulator’.  See EditIndia: Indian Media Journalism Website/Blog

Congratulations to ‘The Sunday Indian’, a recently-launched and very successful Indian magazine seems prominent in defending the vastly suffering populace against corruption and worse and in speaking up boldly  for human rights in India and East Asia. It offers some hope to the genuinely disenfranchised Indians who – despite the ‘democratic vote – are still suffering every kind of injustice, deprivation and crimes under the aegis of an ineffective and political system and uncaring policies, relentless profiteers and religious extremism. Cash prizes go from the magazine to people who tell it as it is, such a in the following comment on their article ‘A Nation Wasted’:

”Figures speak louder than words and this was evident in “A Nation Wasted” (TSI June4-June10). The basic necessities of a man – a shelter, clothes and food. While the first two were never on the priority list of the government, it seems even food is not there now. The appalling fact that Public Distribution System wastes food grains worth Rs 58000 should not be ignored when almost 22 crore of our population goes to bed hungry. The government needs to adopt corporate style of working – being responsible and accountable for its actions. Citizens should scrutinise and take the government to legal court by using RTI.”

Manipulators included:-
VP Singh -VK Krishna Menon – Giani Zail Singh – PV Narasimha Rao – Harshad Mehta – Dhirendra Brahmachari – Rekha – (Sri Sri) Ravi Shankar – Acharya Chatur Sen  – Sathya Sai Baba  – Imam Abdullah Bukhari – Sheikh Abdullah – Jytoi Basu – Ranganath Mishra – Devi Lal – Morarji Desai – TT Krishnamachari – RN Goenka – Maharaja Hari Singh.

Comment: We note the name PV Narasimha Rao – an ex-Prime Minister originally convicted of massive corruption and a Sai devotee who flew to Sai Baba to thank him personally for saving him from imprisonment! The newspaper magnate RN Goenka, who was a Sai Baba worshipper – is also listed as a ‘manipulator’. Also the humble visitor to Sai Baba, the ‘art of living’ money magnate Ravi Shankar!

Mavericks included:-
Lalu Yadav – NT Rama Rao – Bal Thackeray – Ra Narain – Uma Bharti – George Fernandes – Saadat Hasan Manto – Ram Jethmalani – OP Nayyar
Dada Kondke – Protima Bedi – Biju Patnaik – Subrato Sahara – Mahendra Singh Tikait – Pamela Bordes – Meena Kumari

Among other well-known figures of the past 100 years the magazine lists under ‘Rebels and Renegades’ are Dawood Ibrahim (who fled justice in India to Dubai) and Veerappan (the moustachioed bandit and police killer who evaded capture for decades). Then Mohamed Ali Jinnah, who, as everyone must know, was the main protagonist who insisted on splitting Pakistan from India, causing untold deaths and sufferings for millions of Hindus and Muslims.

Under the peculiar title ‘lightning rods, we find the dangerous but deceased Sanjay Gandhi along with the Hindu Bharatiya Janata party’s LK Advani. Also Osho Rajneesh – another most famous sex and money guru.

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 21, 2007

In a hagiography called ‘Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’ ISBN 81-7208-049-2 page 164. Dr. John Hislop asked about life beyond the earth and Sathya SaiBaba replied,

H: “Science says there are many planets where there will be much the same life.”
Sai: “In all the universe there is no other planet that has human life, or a similar life form.”

Later, in ‘My Baba and I’ by Dr. John Hislop  (p.225-6 – Birth Day Publishing, San Diego 1985), we read the exact opposite:
Sai Baba said “All life may flow toward God. Even frogs in a pond and insects.”
J.H: “But Swami, that is life in this world. I mean life elsewhere in the universe.”

Sai: “… The question about life in the universe arises because you project your own particular circumstances. You feel that other ways of life would be intolerable for you. In the hot, blazing Sun, for instance, beings are livinhis life exists in circumstances considered to be intolerable by you. Elsewhere in the Universe, life feels it is Divinity, is one with Divinity, and is quite happy, and feeling all is right.”

Comment: As here, Sathya Sai Baba often contradicts himself on many major issues (whether there is free will or not, whether there is a divine spark in every being or not etc. etc.). This helps satisfy each party – they read only which version they want to believe and then deceive themselves that he knows and is telling them the truth!

Now, that some form of life will be found to exist outside earth is highly likely, according to one of the world’s recognised most foremost geneticists, Prof. Richard Dawkins of Oxford University. Dawkins makes a calculation of the chances of the same basic conditions for life as exist on earth to show, in summary, that “…my earlier calculation demonstrated that even a chemical model with odds of success as low as one in a billion, would still predict that life would arise on a billion planets in the universe.” He also points out that “a chemical model need only predict that life will arise on one planet in a billion billion to give us a good and entirely satisfying explanation for the presence of life here.

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2007

Indian dignitaries & well-known names worship Sathya Sai Baba in public and give credence to his megalomaniacal and impossibly absurd claims?

That alone is TRULY SCANDALOUS and a slur on their intelligence – or perhaps the intellectual honesty – of all involved [quite apart from the many serious allegations of sexual abuse and being a suspect murder accomplice]. A few of the lies promulgated by Sathya Sai Baba documented in his own words can be seen here, and here, and here! Indians who continue to allow this self-proclaimed Incarnation of God who says he sent Jesus to earth will become a world laughing stock as time goes by. On this blog I have shown a small sample of the deceptions and unbelievable claims made by Sai Baba:-

Sai-fi fantasy
Sathya Sai Baba firmly claims that he was himself Krishna and was 84 years old at time of Mahabharata war and that he was also Lord Rama and did what is told in the Ramayana, defeating demons, flying in mantra-driven ‘airplanes’, killing Ravana, banishing his wife etc. How come most Indian politicians accept this?
Sai Legend Howlers
Fantastic legendary stories from Indian mythology are presented as fact by Sathya Sai Baba. This man is recognised as a holy sage by ca. 8 Indian Prime Ministers, Presidents, rich and famous Indians and many influential foreigners. It is worth thinking about how and why they let themselves be so easily deceived.
Creationist Museum in the US and Sai Baba’s claims as Creator
The world’s first creationist museum, which tells visitors the Earth is only about 6,000 years old. It is in the Petersburg, Kentucky. It makes many too fantastic claims, but does not mention the self-proclaimed Creator of the Universe, Sathya Sai Baba. He could have helped out a lot, one might think!
Sai Baba Howlers
The 2004 tsunami was dealt with ‘saientifically’ by Sathya Sai Baba – the clownish ‘saviour of mankind’ himself, the God who can save or deal out karma. He blamed it on ‘man’ – retribution for our bad conduct! It also devastated his own State of Andhra Pradesh. Volcanoes and earthquakes – he often proclaims – are the result of ‘man’s behaviour’. But they began long before man arrived! He is a thumping fundamentalist who says sensual pleasures are making human bodies weaker daily while life-spans shorten. Eye defects are developing due to ‘unsacred vision’! But he lost the sight in one eye himself!

So Here is a list of some names who support Sathya Sai Baba in public:-

Current President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Pratibha Patil (apparently all set to be the new next President of India)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (long-term devotee of Sai Baba)
Minister for Home Affairs, Shivraj Patil (in the Singh government, despite having lost his seat in the last election!)
Former Chief Justice of India P.N. Bagawati has been close to Sathya Sai Baba for decades & is on The Sathya Sai Central Trust.
By 1995, it was possible to list more than 55 judges in the Supreme Court, high courts, chief justices, chairmen of various commissions who were Sathya Sai baba devotees.
Chief Justice, Dr A. Anand – Supreme Court of India.
Justices G.B. Pattnaik & R.C. Lahoti (who together blocked Mr. H. Sampath’s Supreme Court petition against Sai Baba see here).
Supreme Court judges G.F. Ray and Jagannatha Rao visited Sai Baba after the birthday celebrations of 23-11-1998. Justice J. Easwara Prasad wrote a panegyric in Sathya Sai Baba’s journal Sanathana Sarathi in Nov. 1990.
All the above accept – by their actions – Sathya Sai Baba’s unconstitutional authority to avoid proper and just investigations.

Indian Chief Electoral Commissioner T.N. Seshan (ret’d 1996 – wears ring with large supposed ‘diamond’ he believes was ‘materialised from thin air’ by Sai Baba)
Former President of India V.V. Giri & wife Srimatha Saraswati Giri. (see Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram Vol 3 last chapter but two)
Former President of India R. Venkjataraman
Former President of India, B.D. Jatti.
Former President of India Shankar Dayal Sharma
Former PM Indira Gandhi & her son Sanjay Gandhi
Former PM Arjun Singh,
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi
Former PM, P.V. Narasimha Rao; (Congress)
Former Home Minister S.B. Chavan (Congress)
Former PM of India, Deve Gowda
Current PM of India, Atal Vihari Vajpayee, (BJP)
Current Home Minister L.K. Advani, (BJP)
Gov. of Mysore State Shri Dharma Vira;
Lt. Govenor of Goa State Sri Nakul Sen
Ex-Commander-in-Chief of India’s armed forces General Mahadevan,
Former Industry Minister Vijay Bhaskar Reddy, Agric. Minister Balram Jhakar,
Former Indian Ex-Home Minister S.B. Chavan
Ex-minister B. Shankaranand
Ramnath Goenka (Press owner – deceased)
V.K. Narasimhan (Editor-in-Chief Express newspapers – deceased 2000),
A.P. Governor Krishna Kant
Rajasthan Governor Channa Reddy
Former AP Chief Minister (and ex-famous film star) N.T. Rama Rao (deceased)
Chief AP Minister N. Chandrababa Naidu (son/heir to Rama Rao)
A.P. Chief Minister Janardhan Reddy
Karnataka Chief Ministers: Sarekoppa Bangarappa & M. Veerappa Moily
Air Chief Marshal N.C. Suri.
Dr. Jagannatha Reddy, Senior Physics Lecturer M.S. Ramiah Inst. of Technology
Dr. Gokak – Director of Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla (deceased)
Dr. S. Bhagavantam (deceased) former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra & Osmania Universities;
M.C. Modi (world famous eye surgeon)
Union Minister Rajesh Pilot (deceased)
Guru/magnate Chandra Swami (discredited)
R.A. Bendra (award-winning poet)
Vijal Mallya, Nani Palkhivala. Chandra Shekar, Ashok Singhal…

From abroad Sathya Sai Baba has been visited formally by:-
Italian PM, Antonio Craxxi, (found guilty of massive corruption and ileved in exile – deceased)
King and Queen of Nepal (visited Sai Baba, then brutally murdered in 2001 by their son)
The Duchess of York (‘Fergie’)
Ex-president of Sri Lanka, Ranasingha Premadasa.
Sri Lankan politician, Lalit Athulatmudali
Princess of Thailand (frequent visitor)
Mr. Trudeaux, brother of the former PM of Canada.
Former PMs of Fiji and Mauritius
US Ambassador to India – in the 1960s (?)
Wayne Peterson is a recently retired career US Diplomat (also believes he met Maitreya!)
According to reports the Italian PM Andreotti visited (there is no reliable documentation of this)
Reports also state that one PM of Greece (?) visited, plus the former Grecian monarch and someone in the Spanish Royal Family. Plus alss the President of El Salvador. These reports may be false, propaganda, such as the entirely false report that prince Charles has visited Sai Baba.
Sai Baba visited Idi Amin in Kampala in the late 60s and proclaimed him a great devotee!

Entertainers (incomplete list):
Goldie Hawn, George Harrison, Stephen Segal (US ‘action’ film star), Pandit Ravi Shankar (sitar), M.S. Subbulakshmi and Anupjalota (female singers) Shiv Kumar Sharma (santoor) (all the above are on film with Sai Baba), Maynard Ferguson (trumpet) Manoj Kumar (ex-film star). Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar (and some other Indian cricket stars).

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

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 17, 2007

The new creationist museum in US opens
The world’s first creationist museum, which tells visitors the Earth is only about 6,000 years old has opened in Petersburg, Kentucky. It was the dream of Ken Ham, president of ‘Answers in Genesis’, a Christian ministry that promotes the idea that the Biblical book of Genesis should be taken literally in describing the creation of the world, life and humans as carried out by God over a six-day period a few thousand years ago. It propounds the most absurd and anti-scientific fables as if they were more true than the findings of an entire range of sciences. Read more here

But didn’t they ask the Creator Himself?
Why don’t these creationists realise that Sathya Sai Baba claims to be that very God! They might still be able to ask him straight off about how he did it all!  The personality cultists of Sathya Sai Baba claim that anything up to 600 million people believe in him, and he pointedly stated he created the Universe (specifically not just the world!).

Critics of the Kentucky museum say the $27m (£14m) centre, whose motto is “Prepare to believe!”, will be the first museum in the world whose exhibits are almost entirely fake. But these critics are probably unaware that there are two more museums which hail the Creator in the person of Sathya Sai Baba with many equally false statements! To make sure this is all his power and glory is set in stone, Sai Baba has used millions of money donated (to help and educate the poor) to two museums in which he figures as God and the Creator (read some more?)! The telegraphy reporter and author of spiritual literature, Mick Brown, visited the first large Sai aba ‘Spiritual Museum’. (See Brian Steel’s summary of Mick Brown’s reactions)

Sathya Sai Heritage Museum

Chaitanya Jyoti museum in Prashanthi Nilayam

The person at centre of the massive cult says:
“I have not come to set afoot a new cult, I do not want people to be misled on this point. I affirm that the Sai form is the form of all the various names that man uses for the adoration of the Divine. So, I am teaching that no distinction should be made between the names Rama, Krishna, Ishwara, Sai – for they are all My names.” (Discourse at 1st World Conference of Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in Bombay in May 1968. – Sathya Sai Speaks, VIII, pps 95-96)
Sai Baba wrote a letter to students at Brindavan in 1974 (Janmashtami) in which he declared: “I have separated Myself from Myself, so that I may love Myself. My beloved ones, you are ‘My Own Self'” And Prof. N. Kasturi comments on this “This is only further evidence supporting Baba’s declaration that He created the universe of Himself, with one word, to become all this diversity (ekoham, bahusyaam). (p. 156 Vol. 4 Sathya , Sivam, Sundaram – the official biography) “God can do anything. He has all Power in the palm of His Hand. My Body, like all other bodies, is a temporary habitation; but, My Power is eternal, all-pervasive, ever-dominant.” (p.136 Vol 3. Sathya , Sivam, Sundaram US edition ).More on these creationists and the Sai Baba ‘teaching’ later….

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 13, 2007

Sai Baba’s Substitute for Science: ‘Saience”

The great tsunami that devastated countries around the Indian ocean in 2004 was dealt with by Sathya Sai Baba succinctly. It was retribution against us (humans) for our bad conduct! The clownish ‘saviour of mankind’ himself [claiming omniscience, omnipotence and what have you] illumines his followers with a superior kind of science which he has name ‘Saience’ after himself! I quote:- “Many natural calamities are entirely due to man’s behaviour. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wars, floods and famines and other calamities are the result of grave disorders in Nature. These disorders are traceable to man’s conduct.”
p. 290, Sanathana Sarathi, December -1992 & p. 375 – Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 25.

So it is all the fault of ‘man’. This information may be manna to poor peasants or cringing servitors, but no one with a smattering of education can rationalise this away. Now wars – and the economic exploitation that cause pollution, deforestation, or global warming may (if with some difficulties) be attributed partly to ‘spiritual lapses’ on behalf of humanity. But tsunamis, volcanic eruptions?  Major earthquake calamities took place for millions of years before and during humanity’s emergence and are known to be caused by the regular releases through aeons of vast pressures built up in the gradually-moving continental tectonic plates. The Guardian’s science correspondent Ian Sample, has a different view: Click here to see ‘Stark Effects of a Seismic Shift’


Sathya Sai Baba lives in Andhra Pradesh – and it was hit very hard by the tsunami. His teaching and vagueness imply that those who were hit hardest were those most guilty of spiritual lapses etc. Or who?
Just to show that Sai Baba really meant what he said, consider his following statement about one year later: “Nature is causing various disasters such as earthquakes, famines, floods and volcanic eruptions. What is the reason? The spiritual lapses of man account for these calamities.” p. 11, Sanathana Sarathi, Nov. 1993. – or – p. 342 – Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 27

‘Take It From Here’
Beware of sensual pleasures and unsacred vision – it plays havoc with your eyes and shortens your life-span… or so the man says:-
“Today man is putting his senses to misuse and as a result his body is becoming weaker day by day. He shortens his life-span by his unsacred vision and by indulgence in sensual pleasures. Lakhs of light rays in his eyes are being destroyed because of his unsacred vision. That is the reason what man is developing eye defects.” (Sai Baba, discourse on 5/7/2001 Sanathana Sarathi, August 2001, p. 226)

This is the kind of absurdly non-scientific doctrine that students have to swallow at Sai Baba colleges (so much trumpeted for ‘excellence’ by Sathya Sai Organisation propaganda machines)!  So man is developing eye defects and shortening life span… doesn’t Baba know about the vast improvements in health, life span and eye-care made by science in recent centuries? Age expectancy has risen progressively in almost all countries in the world – even India but notably excepting Russia since the Soviet State fell – when the economy was wrecked.

Bjorn Lomborg writes in his 2001 book “The Sceptical Environmentalist”, referring to world age expectancy: “Fewer and fewer people are starving. In 1900 we lived for an average of 30 years; today we live for 67. According to the UN we have reduced poverty more in the last 50 years than we did in the preceding 500, and it has been reduced in practically every country.” So, any shortcomings in world health certainly have quite other causes than unsacred vision!

The mote in Sai’s eye
Ironic that Sathya Sai has the use of only one eye himself! Perhaps he was thinking of himself again when he condemned indulgence in sensual pleasures (by now you would know which ones!). Sai Baba loves scriptures, though he has shown how ignorant he is of much of the New Testament. Yet he has harangued the crowds with a paraphrase of the following preaching:- “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” [Matthew 7:5] Read all about how he lost sight in one eye in his own words here.

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Sai Rules?

Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2007


One may not believe it, but many devotees I have met actually believe that Sathya Sai Baba rules the world. Literally. One such is the Sai-besotted writer Rita Bruce, once supposedly a friend but who long since broke off all contact with my wife and I without a word of explanation, after which I decided to mention some of the facts about Sai Baba that she and her husband knew well from interviews with him. Because Sathya Sai Baba has put this delusion around in various announcements he has made about the world coming to his feet, the world already becoming one big Sai Organisation and so on. (“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)If he were an avatar controlling the planet, how could he be making such a pig’s breakfast of the job? India is one of the most truly terrible places on earth for its huge number of children in the slavery of prostitution, unstoppable epidemic of AIDS victims, bonded sweat-shop labour, horrendous wilful maiming of babies and children for purposes of begging, vast number of penniless paupers and illiterates still being driven to city slums for sheer survival, if they don’t take their own lives first (as many farmers now do).  In the news today is the sale of babies stolen for the purpose of adoption in rich countries like Denmark (at US $8,000.- a shot! See here). The Danish authorities have stopped all adoption from India until further notice, but the Indian authorities do not act… a father of two stolen babies told on Scandinavian TV how has not received any help to retrieve them for 4 years.  The corruption is enormous and is not diminishing. Despite many boasts he made in the 1960s, Sathya Sai Baba can’t stop India increasing its warlike attitude and military spending (eg. India’s military spending was recorded at US $20.4 billion in 2005) or its rulers stashing away in Swiss banks an amount of money at least equal to the country’s entire national debt, according to his own statements at a private dinner attended by a friend of mine! There he told an Indian Administrative Service  official (V. Ramnath) that he had told the Prime Minister and the President not to make so many super-expensive state visits with huge convoys of vehicles and hundreds of Black Beret commandos wherever they went. But, said Sai Baba, they go on doing it and do not listen to me. They are his devotees, too… so his omnipotence is not much use, it seems!  I watched Sathya Sai Baba parading for two decades and I eventually learned from many inside contacts, investigation and analysis that he is far from being in control of almost anything he claims to be. With population and poverty out of control, AIDS, top-to-bottom corruption ruling large parts of Africa and Asia, the world’s wilderness environment and countless species and living resources disappearing faster and faster, and runaway global warming… is this the legacy of the avatar? Oh no! He has promised literally to lift two mountain ranges to save his devotees from world catastrophe (believe it or not!!).

Sathya Sai Baba stated:- “When dharma declines or rather, when those who have a duty to regulate their lives according to dharma lose faith in it, then, its restoration cannot be taken up by all and sundry… The Lord has come again on this Mission. He has collected the engineers and contractors and the labour for this purpose. He is not set on the task.”Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of this Avathaara… Formerly when the Govardhanagiri (mountain) was raised aloft by a little boy, the gopis and gopalas realised that Krishna was the Lord. Now, it is not one Govardhanagiri , a whole range will be lifted, you will see!”
( Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, p. 106)

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 4, 2007

More of Sathya Sai Baba’s freaks and frauds

In any crowd sitting at the feet of Sai Baba there will usually be a broad range of persons of all shades of conflicting attitude, opinion and behaviour. As is so well-known to seasoned visitors, too many behave as if richly endowed with strong egoism and are remarkably lacking in sensitivity to others for such a supposed spiritual place.

One very clear trait in Sathya Sai and those around him is to see things too much in black and white terms  and show frequent ignorance of the colours, as anyone who reads his discourses will quickly learn. [In group interviews, Sai Baba quite often refer to some absent person as a ‘bad man’  – usually unnamed but known to some interviewees – a primitive labeling of a man as if he were bad through and through.] This “either-good-or-bad” mentality is so of most devotees too – who become much more religiously fundamentalist under Sai’s influence. Sai Baba’s doctrine presents us all as trapped in a “perishable body”, “serving a life sentence” in the prison of the material world… to which none of us really belong. Such otherworldliness is life-denying and even morbid, definitely predisposing for psychic unbalance or depression in persons who feel lost, unwanted, unsuccessful, or are misfits who cannot manage life without having something to lean on, such as a belief in Sai Baba’s whole paraphernalia of unfulfilled hopes and promises.

To muscle in on the Avatar’s baliwick?
In the Poornachandra Hall I attended one Christmas, Sai Baba went off down the central aisle to the rear of the hall, when a tall foreign (white) man stood up and began to stride around in front of the devotees, exactly emulating the tempo of Sai’s walk and making the same characteristic hand movements with supercilious aloofness. An attendant tried to stop him, politely but firmly, but he was quite unaffected by this. Then a small man came rapidly over and bumped straight into him bodily so he lost his balance and, losing his composure, the imitator was bodily bumped right off the scene. Such behaviour is seen as blasphemous by Sai officials and invariably leads to blacklisting and a ban from the ashram.

In time one is continually forced to notice that Sai Baba attracts not only good, sensible and pure persons – as one would expect from  the hyperbole in books about the ashrams – but so many moral impostors and many very pushy and self-centered people. Their number is also quite liberally sprinkled with weak-minded, naive and outright wallies. The stars of the ashram are mostly Indians with tons of letters after their names (and many Indian degrees from years back are very doubtful) . Judging by their conversation,  they lack depth and breadth of knowledge compared to and poor articulation – would in a Western setting only qualify as third-rate scientists and academics. Whereas top flight modern Indian intellectuals, who really earn their degrees by hard work and not just by privileges of caste and connections are noticeably absent from the cloying traditional religious Sai environment. Of the many thousands of well-known scientists and academics, I find not one of genuine international repute represented among Sathya Sai devotees.

Credibility stretched beyond all possible limits:
In 1993 between the Dasera and Diwali festivals, a unique miracle occurred. A group of Sai devotees from Australia were taken into the interview room on Baba’s instructions. Of the eleven devotees, one was crying uncontrollably. On being questioned by Baba, he said that  his wife was extremely ill and due to anxiety for her, he was weeping. The loving and Divine playing Lord asked, ‘So you would like to be transported to your wife?’ The answer was Yes! The method Sai Baba used to transport the devotee was unique. He hit the adjacent wall three times with his fist and the weeping devotee started seeing the country of Australia on the wall. When he hit his fist the fourth time, the Australian saw his town on the wall. On hitting his fist for the fifth time the Australian started seeing his house. Then Baba asked the weeping devotee, ‘Is this your house?’ ‘Yes’, was the reply’, Baba replied, ‘Go meet your wife in the house.’ That person entered his house and went near his wife. At the end of the interview only ten persons came out of the interview room and not the eleventh. It was subsequently verified [by whom?] that at the time the Australian walked through the wall of the interview room in Prasanthi Nilayam, it was the exact moment he had entered his house in Australia.” (R. Lowenberg, 1997, p. 129-130).

Entertaining imposters – the ‘teeth-clacking medium’
The quite populous ‘lunatic fringe’ that is always prominent in the ashrams and no less throughout the Sai movement continues to amaze me in all its rich tapestry. Enter Michael of San Jose, California, who posted (in 1999). Among other fanciful items he announced: “I got 3 boons from Lord Shiva in that cave and I soon will have absolutely awesome health for life. No joke. I have been on and off ill for the last 10 years, and soon I will never have another serious illness in my life.
One of my gifts from Lord Shiva is that I will be a “Positive Feedback” channel for God. If you have a question, God (Swami) will answer via clacking my teeth. One clack means the answer of “God”. Two clacks is for “True” and three clacks are for “Triple Avatar” or in some cases “Trinity”. For example, I am now asking the question: is Swami going to be on the best news show in the world, “60 Minutes” on May 9th? God clacked my teeth twice.

BUT – God did not appear on the 60 minutes TV show on May 9’th! Surprised?
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The following note was published in the Sanathana Sarathi, August 2000:
“Well-meaning devotees from different countries visiting Chapala, Mexico, close to Guadalajara are advised that Dr. Hilarion Dorce (name is spelt wrong) and members of his family have not been authorised by the Sathya Sai Organisation to collect funds for any Ashram, clinic, hospital or any other activity using the name Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is strongly advised that devotees limit their charitable contributions to the established trusts and foundations of the Sathya Sai Organization in order to avoid deception and disappointment. Leonard Pablo Gutter – Chairman Zone 2 – Latin America (Read more about all this here).

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