Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2008
V.K. Narasimhan recounted several times for me how Sathya Sai Baba told him about the two boys reborn as his dogs. He told V.K.N in detail how he had wilfully deceived the examiners by cheating on the behalf of the two boys. I always made diary notes directly after these conversations and have scanned a number of pages as further documentation of my various assertions. The story with new details about the boys and the dogs as reported by V.K.N. is seen here, with due comments
The cheating on behalf of two boys, Ramesh and Suresh, who used to sit at the same desk as Sathya Sai further shows that he was untruthful even from his earliest days (as is also borne out by many incidents related by Smt. Vijayamma who knew him when he was a young teenager). On that day I also recorded the death of the Danish visitor at the ashram, whose brain cancer Sai Baba did not cure) and other details.
See also an account of Sai Baba’s story in his own words (with scanned documents)
Also on this subject, see Sathya Sai Baba’s Stories, 5 differing Versions of his Schooldays by Brian Steel.
The exam cheating story again, involving SSB, Suresh and Ramesh. After the major (alleged) October (1943) Declaration, when Sai Baba was leaving Uravakonda…
Another of Sathya Sai Baba’s version of the story of the two boys is also seen here:-
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This site has closed down, but the entire discourse in which Sai baba’s full acount of the incident is found at http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume31/sss31-29.pdf or, if still online, at http://www.saidarshan.org/baba/docs/d021020.html
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Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2008
Recently there appeared on some websites what was claimed to be a recently discovered photo of Shirdi Sai Baba (see top image here) . It is clearly a photo of that much revered Indian ‘saint’. However, there are persons who contest the genuineness of the above photo, holding it is a fake (i.e. someone else) and it must be admitted that there are dissimilarities between the few authenticated images and this ‘new’ one. One can see the comparisons and arguments at http://shirdisaiexpose.wordpress.com. In addition, it is held that what has long been accepted by all Shirdi Sai followers as the main biography of his life – namely, Shri Sai Satchirita – is also a faked book, written by Hemadpant years after Shirdi Sai passed away – who hardly knew anything about him.
The left photograph of Shirdi Sai Baba below appears to be one taken when he was young and his hair was darker. The right hand one was evidently taken at the same time as the famous one where he walks beneath an umbrella palanquin.
Photo of young Shirdi Sai Baba
New photo of Shirdi Baba – umbrella group
It is important to note that the claim of Sathya Narayana Raju (aka Sathya Sai Baba) of Puttaparthi to be Shirdi Sai Baba reincarnated is contested by the official Shirdi Sai Sanesthan and that there are strong reasons for this (see here).
Various academic authors have contested the alleged facts stated by Sathya Sai Baba about Shirdi Sai. For example, in Dr. Marianne Warren’s major reissued monograph (see here) she contests the identity of Sathya Sai Baba as reincarnated Shirdi Sai Baba by comparing their works and teachings, with reference to new source materials.
One must, at all events, not confuse Shirdi Sai Baba with the would-be usurper of his name and fame, Sathya Narayana Raju, who took over the name of ‘Sai Baba’ (calling himself Sathya Sai Baba) around the age of seventeen (not 14 as is the official version – for his claimed birth date does not agree with the facts. See a thorough examination of this issue by the scholar Brian Steel here.
Though numerous Shirdi Sai Baba followers have also visited Sathya Sai Baba, the official line of the Shirdi Sai Sanasthan is that Sathya Sai Baba’s claims are bogus and fraudulent.
Various scholarly studies have revealed that Shirdi Sai Baba had a philosophy which differed radically in various respects from that now promoted by Sathya Sai Baba. One prominent scholar was Marianne Warren, whose monograph is introduced here (Marianne Warren, Ph.D. Unravelling The Enigma. Shirdi Sai Baba – In The Light of Sufism. Sterling Paperbacks – New Delhi Revised edition 2004 – ISBN 81-207-2147-0.
See also see Brian Steel (2002) Sai Baba’s Claim to be the Reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Still more extensively, [Sathya Sai Sai Baba’s] SB’s Claims of Divinity: Avatar and Triple Avatar (Revised Version, 2002)
One may also see this comment on the issue Shirdi Sai Saint’s Fame Spirited By Puttaparthi
(see photos of Shirdi Sai Baba at http://www.vanamaliashram.org/Shirdi%20Sai%20Baba.html)
A series of postings contesting the holiness of Shirdi Sai baba is found at http://nitwitnastik.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/shirdi-sai-baba-and-a-few-dubious-miracles/
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Posted by robertpriddy on June 17, 2008
The above couple of manipulated images come from an entertaining website where Sathya Sai Baba is pasted into traditional photos of gods, with grotesque effect (taken from now-discontinued pages at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=45557167) He looks like a transvestite drag queen or a hira.
Cross-dressing: More to the point in this connection would be the supposed authentic photo of the young Sathya Sai Baba… which is claimed to have been ‘materialised’ (left), though one must suspect the camera of materialization and sleight-of-hand for the rest. This is in accordance with the transvestite photos of the young Sathya Sai Baba (right), and various reports of him as masquerading as a woman on numerous occasions.
Devotees love to hear any evidence of Sai Baba’s supposed “divine play” (i.e. leela), such as acting the mother (Ammani) by “dancing, cleaning houses, bringing water, wearing saris and so on, like ladies did” (quote from Love is My Form by Padmanabhan – Sai Towers Publishing, p. 560).
Satyanarayana Raju, as he was then known, loved to take part in dances and dramas, very often taking female roles. His sisters Venkamma and Parvathamma often fixed his cosmetics and costumes, clothing him in their own saris.
On one occasion in the mid-1930s (reported by his ‘official biographer’ Prof. N. Kasturi) he imitated a popular dance artist, Rishyendramani, who was a touring entertainer, famous for feats such as dancing to music while picking up handkerchiefs off the floor with her teeth. At an annual school function where Rishyendramani failed to turn up, Raju put on fancy clothes and pretended to be her. He passed himself off well as a young female and even surpassed Rishyendramani’s feats. The District Board President was to present a prize of a silk sari to the ‘artiste’, asking for ‘her’ to come up on stage to receive it. Raju had changed back into his male clothes by then but walked towards the stage to claim his prize. He was stopped by officials and the situation was defused when a senior teacher informed that it was actually he who had saved the day and thus he deserved a prize.
See Sathya Sai Baba – Divine Mother
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Posted by robertpriddy on May 14, 2008
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Photos of Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba and Sri Shirdi Sai Baba reflect the comparative spirituality of the two, whereby one is seen to be a renunciant, the other revels in opulence and his own glory. No wonder that Sathya Sai Baba tried to usurp the respected name of Sai Baba from the saint of Shirdi. His bogus claims are contested by the Shirdi Baba Samasthan (click here) and by various independent scholars, including Dr. Marianne Warren (read her analysis and review of her work here).
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