Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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God in everyone, everything – Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 3, 2009

‘God is in everything, everything is God’ is the central alleged ‘truth’ in various teaching by Indian gurus, swamis and other self-styled divine beings. It underpins much of Hinduism and the ideas involve, when abstracted to a high degree, forms the backbone of Advaita Vedanta. It is at the core of the so-called ‘teachings’ of Sathya Sai Baba, who claims to have created the Universe and Hinduism as the purest and most encompassing religion.

If everything is God, and God is everything, then God cannot be localised by any means, neither as a separate entity nor in any other distinct way.

At the same time, Sathya Sai Baba has often said that everyone is God, or alternatively that God is in everyone.  The similar assertion that God is in everyone as a divine spark, or resides in the inner heart as universal consciousness or love or whatever, is incompatible with the hugely ambiguous generality that ‘God is everyone’. Vagueness of meaning alone makes it possible for unsophisticated minds to accept these statements without differentiation or understanding anything really… They become tenets of faith in which one believes without knowing what they mean in practice. The slogans explain little or nothing about how these should apply to life – other than the interpretation that one should respect and love everyone as divinity. Yet that is an ideal which does not allow for the ways of the world – for it necessarily also involves the ultimate appeasement of the bad and wrong – a passivity before wrongdoing which fails to work as a social ideal other than perhaps as martyrdom.

Some variants of this pan-theism hold that God is only within you. But this contradicts the core idea, that God is everything. Other variants insist that God is both within you and outside you (Sathya Sai Baba uses both conflicting statements) The absence of any direct external evidence of God’s existence refutes the ‘outside you’ claim for a start. Worse, it means that one cannot locate the divine as anything distinct from everything, for it is supposedly therefore everywhere and there is nothing that is not God.

Paradoxically, this pan-theism makes for the most tolerant of religions, since every religion (everything) must be a divine manifestation, nothing less. At the same time, belief in the pan-theistic thesis means one is totally exclusive of all mainstream religions, which all reject precisely pantheistic theologies… and pan-theism therefore manifests as a most exclusive conception – one which must be intolerant of all religious beliefs which define or identify God or divinity as distinct from profane and material existence. It is a self-destructive idea which can bear no fruit other than delusion and confusion.

The standard response to this confusion by gurus (especially Sathya Sai Baba) is that you have not realised yourself, your ‘true nature’ as the Divine Being, the One Being of  Bliss Consciousness .  It is most easy to be misled by this, since the almost endless labyrinth of obscure scriptures and undoubtedly clever rationalizations take many years to study and absorb and – if one gives oneself to it fully – it is very demanding to test this in practice through meditation and other so-called ‘sadhanas’. However, it is possible to recover oneself from such a well-meant but futile project – t0 break the spell – and gradually realise the illusions which it has created and enforced in one’s mind. Then what is made to appear great wisdom and ‘spirituality’ is seen in wider and wider perspective for what a confusion it is when one explores it further. Such de-programming is liberating for oneself in many ways.  I find that the best one can say about the entire process of ‘spiritual seeking’ is that – if one survives it with one’s sanity intact – it is a major learning process about the fallibility of the human mind and the many ways it is unavoidably manipulated by the agendas of others,  whatever the sphere of activity.

See also other critical deconstructions of key doctrines promoted by Sathya Sai Baba:-

  • STUDY OF IDEAS OF ETERNAL, UNCONDITIONAL, SELFLESS LOVE How the idea of love is ‘sublimated’ to an otherworldly realm and become anti-life and a subtle means to manipulate and control people
  • UNITY AS A SPIRITUAL IDEAL and how such ideas function to suppress, manipulate and denigrate the diversity of existence, cultures and unique individuality.
  • GOD IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IS GOD? The great generalization and its logical consequences examined
  • THE ‘GURU TRAP’ AS CATCH 22, THE NO-WIN SITUATION How most traditional Indian gurus and swamis to attract, indoctrinate and entrap. Two Indian Swamis – Ambikananda and Sathya Sai Baba
  • THE TRAP OF ‘DOUBLETHINK’ IN SPIRITUALITY OR RELIGION How one becomes indoctrinated through a ‘doublethink’ system of dual interpretation – worldly vs. otherworldly.
  • THE SPIRITUAL ‘MIRROR TRAP’ as used by Sathya Sai Baba to avert scrutiny of himself and confuse followers into self-programming of his doctrine. This idea is the mechanism of denial used by devotees – that Sai Baba is only what we imagine him to be
  • BELIEVERS’ SYSTEMATIC MISINTERPRETATION OF SATHYA SAI BABA’S SIMPLE WORDS how followers learn ‘correct’ interpretations of Sai Baba’s words and actions from others, the standard but often highly mistaken answers to all doubts
  • DISEMPOWERMENT THROUGH WORSHIP OF SATHYA SAI BABA – IN SIX PARTS A series of articles studying in depth effects of mental, emotional and social dependencies.
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    Sai Baba – spiritual search for ‘the Self’

    Posted by robertpriddy on February 13, 2008

    Students of spirituality and philosophy are invited to peruse the convolutions of Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual teaching with the aid of a philosophical analysis of his eclectic collection of numinous Indian ‘spiritual’ ideas. Serious and somewhat informed comments welcomed!
    Philosophy for rank amateurs!
    A medley of attractive but vague and inconsistent ideas
    Sai Baba’s hall of smoke and mirrors
    Where Sai Baba deception works to protect himself

    Further references to Sathya Sai Baba’s published discourses which promote his ‘mirror’ confusions and solipsism

    Robert Priddy (see Wikipedia) is a retired philosopher , having lectured widely for decades and published on the subject, including the specialities philosophy of science, logic, semantics, the history of philosophy, and the sociology of knowledge. He is also the former leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway.

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    Sai Baba’s philosophy sandbox – from the pompous to the asinine

    Posted by robertpriddy on February 10, 2008

    Trying to be deep and appear to be wise, Sathya Sai Baba has pronounced:-“Whatever is not in man cannot be anywhere outside him. Whatever is visible outside him is but a rough reflection of what really is in him.”
    (Sathya Sai Vahini – paragraph ii)

    COMMENT: Therefore, one can never know anyone else, only oneself. That this can only be false is evident, because it means that, in the case of every individual, ‘only I exist, all else is only my false imagination’. It is absurd that only one individual exists.

    And also, in Sathya Sai Speaks we read: “…the world is but a mental image of the individual.” ( Vol.9. p.168 )
    and:- “the world is a structure raised on one strong pillar, ‘I’. For, when this ‘I’ is dormant during deep sleep, there is no world as far as you are concerned.” (Vol. IV Ch. 48).
    Further on the same lines:-
    “Good and ill seen in others is only one’s own reflection and What is outside is a rough reflection of what is within”.

    COMMENT: So the world does not exist, except as a mental image of one person! And so that person must be the greatest narcissist imaginable! And Sai Baba fits the bill of a full narcissistic personality! This is extreme advaitic otherworldliness gone completely askew! And this is about the worst philosophy on record, the idea being refuted by every major mind the world has known since Socrates onwards.

    Sai Baba also has often insisted that:-
    1) no one can understand him or his mystery, not if all humanity combines in the effort for thousands of years.
    2) that God can be know by anyone who practices sadhana and attains self-realisation, because God is in the heart and everyone is God.

    COMMENT: Both 1) and 2) cannot be true together, only one could possibly be true – but both could be and are most likely false! In either case, Sai Baba contradicts himself and therefore states untruths!
    Besides, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘mystery’ could not protect him from being ‘outed’ by many young men, nor from what others have demonstrated from his own words his countless deceptions and untruths, and reported of the baseless rumours he has spread privately.
    SUMMARY COMMENT: Untrained minds with too little knowledge and lacking frankness and honesty – like Sathya Sai Baba’s – are dangerous playthings.
    Read more on this complex issue ‘Is Sathya Sai only as we imagine him to be? – the Mirror delusion’

    plus a deeper analysis of the philosophical fallacies in Sathya Sai Baba Spiritual Search, subjectivism and solipsism

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