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Sai Baba myths persist despite all recent revelations

Posted by robertpriddy on July 7, 2011

Among the huge plethora of disinformation about Sathya Sai Baba’s nature and activities, two claims are widespread, being cited by many sensible – but misinformed – people and journalists who state that do not believe that Sathya Sai Baba was divine, or was other than a magician or was chaste:-

1) That he was a very great philanthropist. (But all the money came from others)

2) That his message of love and peace changed many people’s lives for the good. (But in reality only they changed themselves)

3) That his following of millions shows how genuine he was. (many figures had countless millions of followers, but were awful dictators)

These are almost entirely empty myths, as I shall demonstrate.
Since his unholy mode of his very ‘untimely’ death (around 10 years before he prophesied), there were an increasing number of critical voices in articles, comments, postings and articles in the media – both in print, on TV channels and on the web. This increased considerably when his vast private hoard of goods and valuables was discovered some weeks ago. 

1) Philanthropy by whom – and for what exactly? That he always claimed to own nothing or have property himself – that he had never earned a single pay-packet in his life or done any real labour (see here) – was no hindrance to his propagandists in insisting everywhere that ‘Swami gives everything’. But this was just a smokescreen. He gave nothing but certain privileges in his ashrams, apparent ‘holy blessings’ and no shortage of what are still wrongly believed to be genuine diamond rings (not one has been assayed as such!). Recipients responded with huge donations, and there is full documentation that huge amounts of money donated (according to Sai Baba’s constant repetition) was given only for the benefit of education, health, and assistance to the very needy. But vast sums were used wrongly, such as in developing his many private apartments, his self-glorifying Museums, expensive Disneyland ashrams with VIP luxury buildings, showpieces and so on. Money was embezzled in large amounts and how much actually was given or used is not known due to Sai Trust total secrecy.
However, after the huge hoard of currency, gold, silver, jewels and consumer goods were found hidden away in his rooms, for he had always denied owning anything or even receiving any gifts.
 

2) Who changed many people’s lives for the good? There is truth in the adage of psychotherapy “The patient has to want to change”. Those who claim he changed them into better persons were often simply deceiving themselves, either because they only felt they were better (a new self-image and conversion to a belief – and largely through his deceptions and fraudulence) or because they did become better as a result of doing the hard work involved of and by themselves. The Sai Baba doctrine insists that all good comes from him, all bad is one’s own doing… which is a complete travesty of human worth, and the megalomaniac self-glorification of a fraudulent ‘God’ figure! Meanwhile, the message of love and peace that the Beatles spread was a thousand times more widely spread than Sai Baba’s. That can have changed people just as much or more than Sai Baba’s constant moralizing discourses ever did.

3) Does a following of millions proves a figure’s genuine worth? Obviously not – many terrible figures in history had followings of many more millions than Sai Baba has ever had (no need to list the hated names here!). And then, how many millions were followers of Sathya Sai Baba? Newspaper editors never seem to do a minimum of research into this or they would find that guesses range from 10 million likely followers to 600 million and more. Further, Sai propagandists vastly inflate this figure just as the do all others which might make him seem of greater consequence than he actually was. There is no reliable source for asserting that there are more than about 10 million followers in the world, and the number is evidently decreasing much since the revelations of 2000 and even more so since the cover-up of his ignominious death and the subsequent discovery of a vast private, miserly hoard of valuables in his private rooms.

See also
Ex-office bearers and prominent ex-followers
Former devotees who signed of the Sathya Sai Petition 2002 – 2011

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Sathya Sai Baba’s rumour mill a mainstay of the cult

Posted by robertpriddy on June 1, 2011

Rumours are a mainstay of Sai Baba’s fame Remarkably, however, his ashrams and movement are certainly far more subject to rumours and unconfirmable stories… and Sathya Sai Baba is in fact the chief rumour monger himself

Sathya_Sai_Baba Rumours, failed predictions and false promises Distant healing, rumoured predictions by Sai Baba of world catastrophe circulated and reported widely, not quashed by SB (attracts many fearful devotees to his supposedly invulnerable ashrams)

Deceptions, rumours and lies by Sathya Sai Baba He is known actively to spread rumours enhancing his ‘mystery’

Use of rumours to gain Sai Baba followers The rumour mill is a key instrument … Sai Baba and his inner coterie Rumour and delusion spread by Sai Baba

Disaster stories told by Sai Baba to impress visitors
Many of the unconfirmable and uncontrollable rumours are an important part of his attraction, not least to those who fear disasters and move to his ashrams

World catastrophe predictions from Sai Baba Up until the late ’80s, a set of predictions of a coming world catastrophy were circulated most openly among followers, allegedly told to 18 students by SB at his former college in Ootacamund

Catastrophe predictions reported – Shivarathri discourse in 1991 where Sai Baba massively berated the ‘rumour-mongers’ by almost never takes any steps to refute the rumours himself.

Sathya Sai Baba prophesies and rumors on Islam – on the Imam Mahdi Prophecy as described by an Iranian devotee ‘Irani Ma’. The “Mehdi Moud” Prophecy Revisited (BrianSteel)

Idi Amin [The Last King of Scotland] and Sathya Sai Baba – That Sai Baba influenced Idi Amin to delay expulsion of Indian residents Uganda is a cherished myth

Sai as Soothsayer predicts world peace – Sai Baba has long predicted complete world peace and a Golden Age, (and has given the final date as 2006 see here)

Sai Baba bogus story of holy ancient cave and yogis in the Himalayas – Unconfirmable stories are spread in the shape of rumours to suggest that … Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave rumours came later

Failed Prediction of earth axis shift by Sri Satya Sai Baba – Sai Baba came to realise that he had gone too far with his rumour mill and caused the withdrawal of a report in ‘Spiritual Impressions’

 Typical Sai apologist – Rita Bruce Sai-VIP a rumour monger – Claimed her dreams of disaster were precognitive – but also reported years ago on their lecture trips to foreign countries that SB has told of an era of love and light to come very soon.

Dr. Naresh Bhatia and Sai Baba – Rumours were set going in Puttaparti to discredit Dr. Naresh Bhatia as a seducer, after he had accused Sathya Sai Baba of violent anal sex with an underage boy

Eternal Heritage Museum accident – three US devotees died – Typical rumours have been put about by officials on the ‘disaster in which three US devotees died

Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Sathya Sai Baba visit – Rumours were spread that Prince Charles had secretly visited Sai Baba in the late 1980s – but SB denied any visit in an interview

Sathya Sai and claim of ‘virgin’ birth – The rumour on how Sai Baba was born without physical conception: his own account is at ods with that of his mother, Easwaramma

The infamous rumour-spreading Christmas Discourse by SSB in 2000 He has long preached how negative rumours are like boomerangs, but then he sets going the absurdly false rumour that those who accused him did so for money, like Judases – but without a shred of evidence!

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Sathya Sai Baba’s death and ‘mahasamadhi’

Posted by robertpriddy on May 6, 2011

In their understandable desperation to believe in the divinity of Sathya Sai Baba, countless hysterical Indian followers – not least the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and other ‘luminaries’ are deathly silent about the fact that Sathya Sai Baba’s death was totally unlike those India has previously required of its holy men and women when they supposedly ‘leave the body by free will’ and allegedly “merge with the infinite”. (i.e. when they die, in sensible parlance). Not only did Sai Baba become more and more haggard and catatonic looking at least from his 85th birthday onwards, but he died because of multiple organ failure after being disconnected from his life support system. Nothing yogic, nothing saintly, nothing remotely holy or divine about that!

Nor did he die when he predicted he would, despite all the diverse attempts to recalculate his age according to lunar (rather than calendar or solar) years. The results the various ‘Vedic experts’ produce differ from one another and also differ from the two different times of death Sai Baba is documented as having stated. Rationalizations of the clownish ‘mental gymnastic’ sort – including affronts to simple arithmetic – are concocted to mislead the despondent believer back into the faith of the fold. The official Sai website reckoned SB was 94.4 lunar years old at death, which is way off the 93 or the 96 years of age he predicted in his various published discourses! The official disinformation is propelled by the matter of big money… the more who doubt or leave Sai Baba, the less that will flow into the huge coffers. This will mean the closure of many of the projects  that devotees have developed in the name of Sai Baba, who loved to take ALL the credit for all of it, which he just sat on his wheelchair and spouted moralizing words repeatedly all his adult life). It reportedly will also affect many schools that hijacked the name so as to siphon off donations from foreign devotees (see Times of India here).

Looking at the physical condition of Sathya Sai Baba on his last birthday (that was, incidentally, blazoned everywhere as his 85th year, no less!) one can see that he is nowhere near matching up to his repeated boasts that he would never show signs of age, that he would always be healthy. If multiple organ failure – heart, lungs, kidneys and liver – amounts to good health in any shape or form or his depressed hangdog face to youthful appearance then I could be a hoary Ayurvedic medicine man… and with brass knobs on too! Queen Elizabeth is an 85-year old picture of health and a massively respected world figure, known to everyone. Not so Sathya Sai Baba, who not only boasted he was in line for the Nobel Peace Prize (which he never got nor ever remotely qualified for it) but made massive unfulfilled claims:-

In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam(p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)
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)
“You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.Discourse 16 March 2003.
“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region.” 

“In fact, there is no trace of hatred or enmity in Me at any time. I love all. That is why everyone loves Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 36, p- 86 Discourse 06/05/2003) “… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262)
  That is not true for a start as there are plenty who express otherwise on the Internet!

THIS AGAIN SHOWS THE FALSE PREDICTION AND INORDINATE BOASTING ABOUT HIMSELF. AND HOW THE MIGHTY HAS FALLEN!

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Sathya Sai Baba’s outlook in India

Posted by robertpriddy on April 30, 2011

The article below is reproduced in the hope that more readers will get its benefit… this is modern India talking, unlike the mainline India press which regurgitates the basic Sathya Sai Baba propaganda without a thought for investigative journalism (not even using Google search, it seems!) Some few mentions of the controversy are made, but most Indian newspapers ignores or mostly underplays the number and quality of almost every one of the countless allegations against him. I add one comment at the foot of the article.


God On A Phone Line

Sheela Reddy

by Sheela Reddy from Outlook India

It was the last miracle by the man who flew in the face of reason and defied the sceptics for seven decades. As 85-year-old Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s emaciated body was lowered into his grave in a spectacle worthy of a rock star on Wednesday, April 27, hundreds of thousands of his devotees—including politicians, judges, bureaucrats, military officials, sports stars, scientists,
professionals—stood patiently in line for a last glimpse of the man they believed was God. Their faith in his divinity had withstood everything—from charges of homosexuality, a cover-up of murders in the ashram, exposes of his magic tricks, not to speak of the fabulous wealth controlled by his trust.

He was, as Katharina Kakar puts it, “India’s Godman of the Twentieth Century.” An anthropologist who taught comparative religion in Germany before she married Indian psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar and settled down in Goa, Katharina is one of a long series of scholars who were so fascinated with the godman’s charisma that she visited his ashram in Puttaparthi for a closer look. This was in 1995, when, according to her, Sai Baba was already “past his peak”, but his aura was unmistakable. And indescribable: “He knew how to play with the psychology of the devotees—the way he made the crowd wait in suspense, and then made a grand entrance, collecting from the frantic devotees the letters of prayers addressed to him.” Then suddenly he would stop and talk to someone, looking deep into their eyes, creating a certain mesmerising moment. “You can’t train or learn this—either you have it or you don’t,” she explains. And Sai Baba certainly had it: the quality of a rock star.

By the 1990s, according to Katharina, he had so assiduously cultivated high-profile devotees as well as tapped into a rising middle class’s yearning for a short-cut to spirituality that his organisation had grown into a vast spiritual empire, with centres in over 130 countries. He had turned from a mere miracle-performing godman into a carefully managed spectacle. His birthdays, for example, were celebrated in a large stadium built in the ashram which could accommodate over 50,000 devotees, and became big shows designed to strike awe and reverence: “big miracles, music, spectacle.”

Khushwant Singh, a well-known godman-buster throughout his long journalistic career, knows only too well how adept the godman was at cultivating high-profile devotees. There was his friend, the late jurist famed for his sharp mind and scepticism, Nani Palkhivala. In the last two years of his life, Palkhivala kept a portrait of Sai Baba on his desk. When Khushwant grilled him about it, the jurist who struck fear in the court refused to respond. It was a pattern Khushwant began noticing among the dozens of his friends and acquaintances who eventually succumbed to Sai Baba’s spell. “It was like a crutch. If you tried to talk to them about it, they got angry.”
Khushwant was baffled: why did otherwise sensible and modern men and women turn into devotees of godmen like Sai Baba? He eventually got a chance to find out. He received a letter from Sai Baba’s manager, asking him if he would like a private meeting with the godman. “Yes,” he replied promptly. But when it came closer to the appointed day, another letter arrived, saying brusquely: “Sai Baba feels you are not yet ready to receive him.”

It’s this ingenious blend of active pursuit and playing hard to get that probably won Sai Baba his impressively long list of high-profile devotees, ranging from presidents, prime ministers and central ministers to top bureaucrats, scientists and other professionals. They undoubtedly came in useful when Sai Baba was battling the charges against him by several former bhakts, feels Katharina. “These were serious charges, some of them probably with a grain of truth. But he had good contacts and there was possibly a cover-up,” she explains. “And the charges never stuck, because the devotees didn’t want to believe them..

Not only was Sai Baba the pioneer godman-as-social worker, he had the power to ‘appear’ in people’s dreams.

Like Dr Prabhakar Korada, a psychiatrist and professor in Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. Dr Korada, who started off like the bulk of Sai Baba’s professional and modern-day devotees as a sceptic, dismisses the various charges against Sai Baba as “organised anti-propaganda”. The journey of the psychiatrist from sceptic to believer is typical of the miracle that Sai Baba performed on countless souls over the coming decades: the doctor was going through a severe emotional and professional crisis in his life, when Sai Baba appeared in his dreams. “Even in my dream, I questioned him about his magic,” recounts the doctor. Sai Baba responded by placing a foot on his chest, “as if to feel my heartbeat”.

(above article found at http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?271618)
Comment: As to the dream which this (ill-informed and currently deluded) psychiatrist took as a real event can perhaps even best be refuted by Sathya Sai Baba’s own words:-

In fact, dream experience itself is not real. It is only an illusion. They are deluded to think that way. You say that Swami appeared in your dream last night. This is not correct. I do not appear in anybody’s dream. When you intensely desire that Swami must appear in your dream and constantly think of the same, that intense desire will assume a form in your dream. God does not assume a form or change into another form. You have witnessed something in your dream. What is it? It is your own self, nothing other than that. You are visualising your own self in the dream state.

Do not be under the illusion “Rama has appeared in my dream, Krishna has appeared in my dream, Swami has appeared in my dream”. This is a sign of ignorance. All these are dreams only. (ref. http://sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/25-10-04_Discourse.htm)

Further, that I and my various associates, as well as countless other independent persons of consequence are writing “organised anti-propaganda” is an interesting claim- We are definitely anti propaganda, namely – the propaganda the zealous fanatics of the Sathya Sai Organization spew forth without compunction. We are only trying to set the record straight and nothing I have written has ever been shown to be false and nothing I have said about Sai baba or any supporter has been challenged legally… with the good reason that I am very careful how I state my case and am willing to correct any errors that can be proven to me.

See more at DREAMS OF SAI BABA – CLAIMS AND APPRAISALS

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Sathya Sai Baba 96 years old at death? Lunar year confusions

Posted by robertpriddy on April 27, 2011

The Sathya Sai Organization’s official website presents a confused ‘explanation’ as to how Sai Baba, who died long before his 96th year, actually was 96 years old nevertheless, not calendar years but ‘lunar years’!  As is usual with them, they always base their face-saving propaganda on the forlorn hope that nobody will check the facts. It is clear to me that they calculated wrongly just so it would produce a result that suited their belief that Sai Baba lived until he was 94.4 lunar years old. Note the amusing discrepancy here too! Ninety-four point four does not even agree with his own words – living until 96, (or to depart at 92 or 93, according to which of his published statements you favour most!  He was between 89.5 and 94.4 lunar years old, depending on how one chooses to look at it. This falls far short of the constantly cited 96 years! Another problem is that his birth date was, according to school records, ‘adjusted’ by making it three years earlier than correct (but that is another issue and it would still not save his predictions of his mortal years).

  It should not go unmentioned, at least, that Sathya Sai Baba has celebrated his birthdays since youth according to the calendar year. He gives calendar year dates for diverse events in his discourses, and no one has EVER mentioned that he reckons anything in lunar years throughout his career. Only now, when the crisis of his false predictions takes on serious dimensions for the believing and donating public, is this dragged out as a vain and flawed palliative… and one which is more likely to harm than save the patient!

The scan (edited down for simplicity) of the official Sai Organization page asserts:-

Check the contents for yourself by clicking on the image

Everyone knows that a month (the lunar cycle) is between 29 and 30 days. This is based on the Gregorian calendar – which is now the virtually world-wide adopted calendar standard.  Even Hindu astrologers seem not to be of a different opinion in general, but some may use the 27 to 28 day lunar month measurements. Now, in their zeal, the Sathya Sai Organization has latched onto the celestially perceived lunar orbit time (conveniently) of 27.1 days (though they they it “may not be correct”!).

At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinducalendar we read:-” When a new moon occurs before sunrise on a day, that day is said to be the first day of the lunar month. So it is evident that the end of the lunar month will coincide with a new moon. A lunar month has 29 or 30 days (according to the movement of the moon).”

Now, the ‘lunar year’ is an obscure construction which was never used in dating Sai Baba’s birthdays or any other date announced by him or his ashrams. (Never mind that some fanatics have invented instances where he supposedly used a lunar year calculation but which were never recorded in reliable documents).  A year necessarily means a solar year, the time the earth takes to circumnavigate the sun (365 days excepting leap year – the same for the moon, of course, which is a satellite to the earth) . One cannot add or subtract from that year because of lunar phases any more than one can change it because of the apparent movement of, say, Mars or Venus. That some Hindu shastris use such calculations is beside the point and they even in some cases decide to add one lunar months every 6 years so as to approach the correct solar year length! Only now does all this lunar confusion seem of significance to those desperately searching for an explanation to prove Sai Baba was infallible.

According to the sathyasai.org website Sathya Sai Baba lived for 30,833 days. This is only a correct calculation (correct IF he was actually born on 23 Nov. 1926, which is hotly disputed – since his registered date in his school record is 3 years LATER!).

The lunar month averages 27.21 days (by the very shortest or ‘draconic’ reckoning which the sathyasai.org website chose for obvious reasons). The number of days per lunar year is 27.21 times 12 = 326.52 (days per annum) So 30,833 days divided by 326 days per year is equal to 94.56 lunar years.
This exceeds the minimum requirement of 93 years, which he twice predicted in separate discourses. Nor does it reach 96 years, which he also stated was the age he would reach – as several commentators agreed he has stated (though he also stated at least 3 other ages for himself). However one twists and turns it, the calculations do not fit the predictionof 96 years, nor that of 93. It would fit with the lifespan Haraldsson reported Sai Baba stated – 94 years, even though that was worked out at year 2020 – nor the other ages he predicted.

From 9 Sept 1960 (when Sai Baba was 43 calendar years old), plus 59 years = 2019 AD. He lived until age 84 by normal calendar reckoning, dying in 2011. Eight years short on calendar reckoning (which he always used in public, despite concocted, undocumented rumours that he once or twice did not).

from Wikipedia – some calendars which show the predominance of 30 or 31-day months

One can expect further contortions by the Sai Organization, finding hoary astrological shastris who may contest with esoteric theories. Indeed, the Hindu calendar used in ancient times has undergone many changes in the process of regionalization, and today there are several regional Indian calendars, as well as an Indian national calendar. There is ample room for confusion… and hence deception too. Most of these calendars are inherited from a system first enunciated in Vedanga Jyotisha of Lagadha, a late BCE adjunct to the Vedas, standardized in the Surya Siddhanta (3rd century CE) and subsequently reformed by astronomers such as Aryabhata (499 CE), Varahamihira (6th c. CE), and Bhaskara (12th c. CE). There are differences and regional variations abound in these computations. It is all age-old abacus reckoning, not scientifically precise or integrated into a system anywhere near Newtonian physics. One is reminded of H.G. Wells ‘famous comic character Mr. Polly, who called arithmetic “a flukey science”.


That Sathya Sai Baba always reckoned in normal calendar years is proven by the following quotations he made:-
“I will be in this mortal form for 59 years more and I shall certainly achieve the purpose of this avatar, do not doubt it.”
(Discourse 29.09.1960)
[1960 + 59 = 2019]
“I shall be in this body for 58 years more, I have assured you of this already.”
(Discourse 21.10.1961)
[1961 + 58 = 2019]
“As the world goes, at the age of 60, the physique becomes weak and the mind loses its alertness. But I skip along as fresh and active as ever.”
(Discourse 23.11.1985)
[1985 – 1926 = 59]
“The advent (of this avatar) took place 64 years ago.”
(Discourse 23.11.1990)
[1990 – 1926 = 64]
“This body is now 67 years.”
(Discourse 3.07.1993)
[1993 – 1926 = 67]
“The body (of Swami) will enter its 70th year on 23rd.”
(Discourse 17.11.1995)
[1995 – 1926 = 69]
“I am 73 years. My legs, hands, eyes are in perfect condition.”
(Discourse 24.11.1998)
[1998 – 1926 = 72]
“Today marks the 75th year of the Advent of this body.”
(Discourse 23.11.2000)
[2000 – 1926 = 74]
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As officially reported, Sathya Sai Baba passed away on 24th April 2011.
[2011 – 1926 = 85]
However much one may try to distort or remove these facts, the lunar year theory will not add up in any shape or form..


To see how the Sathya Sai people try constantly to revise their statements, edit out of existence what is no longer acceptable that Sai Baba discourses or statements contain. They suppress things that have published and conduct damage limitation so as to indoctrinate, confuse and – above all – retain devotees (as their main donation catchment) look at the following:-

http://briansteel.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/sathya-sai-baba-discourse-evidence-disappears-from-public-view-the-latest-case/

http://briansteel.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/sathya-sai-baba-questionable-stories-and-claims-part-1/

http://briansteel.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/sathya-sai-baba-questionable-stories-and-claims-part-2/

http://briansteel.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/fuzzy-dates-in-the-official-biography-of-sathya-sai-baba-a-re-examination/

http://briansteel.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/a-visit-to-sathya-sai-baba%E2%80%99s-commemorative-museum-in-puttaparthi/

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Sai Baba allegedly drugged by his boyfriend Satyajit

Posted by robertpriddy on April 26, 2011

The can of worms is opening further and disgusting evidence is crawling out! Read further to learn what could never be hidden for ever! As has been evident to independently minded observers for a long time, as I have repeatedly pointed out for several years in these blogs, Sai Baba has been degenerating since soon after his botched hip-joint replacement in 2003. It became almost impossible not to notice – at least since the 85th birthday – that Sathya Sai Baba appeared almost like a wooden idol, and he looked as if he was sedated then. Never a smile crossed his face – he who claimed he always kept a smiling face and berated those with ‘castor oil’ faces’! That he broke down and cried in public on his birthday (see brief video) – an act he has always called weakness – rather underlined the point that he was in depression rather than anything approaching his former self. Now some of the facts of the matter are already emerging, and it is NOT a pretty story. His close boyfriend and roommate Satyajit allegedly administered an unknown number of sleeping pills and sedatives to him over a long period, some have said six months, and he was reportedly in full control of Sai Baba, his food and anyone who could get near to him. Apparently, the love Sai Baba practised had its own special prison! Here is episode one:

Late Satya Sai Baba’s trusted follower of 15 years, Yatish Salian alias Satyajit has been sidelined by the 8 members Central Trust:
Is Satyajit Salian another sexual abuser, and with police protection?
As Sai Baba’s closest boyfriend and roommate since his early years (he is now 33 years old), it is almost undeniable to non-worshipping observers, that he must himself have been sexually abused since childhood, one may wonder by whom? One should ask, why would Sathya Sai Baba have a young boy attending on him day in and day out? It takes little perspicacity to realize, on the background of the many reports, including signed testimonies and affidavits, that Sathya Sai Baba was a major sexual abuser. It has long been reported by ex-students that the rector of the Sai school in Puttparti, Ms. Munni Kaul (known as ‘Munni Auntie’) was herself a sexual abuser of children and that she selected suitable boys for Sathya Sai Baba’s use from the age of six at least! I was also personally informed of this in 1996 by the friend of parents of a young boy who was abused by her – Mr. V. Ramnath of the IAS (see here). At that time I managed to put it down to ‘vicious rumour’, but that was when I was still convinced Sai Baba was somehow divine and before the dam of allegations broke and I contacted many of those involved, three of whom I knew well already (though they had not then come to terms with the abuse and did not tell me).

Satyajit, already in charge of the funeral and all involved (including the Prime Minister, the President and countless other ‘dignitaries’ who must face the indignity and loss of face which will accrue to them of being the guests of yet another reported sexual abuser!). With his lawyers, Satyajit will present Sathya Sai Baba’s last will and testament, which he claims leaves the entire Sathya Sai Central Trust responsibilities to him! What can it mean that “Satyajit is demanding his full share in the trust“? Does he expects a financial windfall out of the donated money? In any case, embezzlement within the clandestine unaccountable trust is clearly a simple matter, as those once dismissed from the board for that by Sai Baba discovered.  Further, the authorities have reportedly already agreed that he should take over the Sai ashrams – together with Sai Baba’s brothers’ son! Imagine it, who will want to visit then? Answer: there are enough deceived and deluded persons who have invested everything of themselves in Sathya Sai Baba to fill the Poornachandra Hall many times over. Some people never can learn, it is too late and too crushingly disastrous to their ‘well-being’.

Devotees may indeed wonder how their omnipotent Lord and God Creator of the Universe could get into such a terrible fix, including drug dependency. They will surely find some extreme rationalization as, once a person is deeply indoctrinated and totally committed to the idea that they are among the blessed chosen ones and are garnering great spiritual benefits and eternal boons (which they will get only after they are themselves dead and in the imagined but unimaginable beyond). Such as the contorted reasoning of a certain very deluded and bitter former President of the Manhattan Centre, New York, one Richard Margolin, has ‘vouchsafed’ to me (in a wordpress comment) to explain that Sathya Sai Baba actually WAS 96 years old and died as he said he would! Tell that to the countless media and others who insist he died aged 84 or 85! (Unfortunately for Margolin, Sai Baba said in 1960 he would live for 59 more years and again in 1961 he would live for 58 more years. Work that one out yourselves!).

The Economic Times reports Threat to life of Sai Baba’s caregiver & personal doctor (26 Apl) HYDERABAD:
“With intelligence reports hinting that there was threat to the life of Sathya Sai Baba’s caregiver Satyajit and personal doctor Dr Aiyar, the state government on Monday advised both of them to make fewer public appearance for some time.  As the report also cautioned that certain elements were trying to eliminate some persons who were close to the Baba, the government beefed up security for all the trust members. Satyajit is a front runner for the top post in the Sathya Sai Central Trust with majority of its members openly expressing their preference for him.  Dr Aiyar was criticised by many devotees for not maintaining any medical records of Sai Baba, some of them, even made threat calls to him while Baba was in hospital. This was revealed by Prasanthi Nilayam sources.”

The Financial Express tells India what ex.devotees – and most present devotees – have always known, that the entire ashram system is most strongly weighted in favour of the well.to.do, the well-known and people who have any kind of qualifications which might enhance Sai Baba’s name (though not one top scientist or Nobel Prize winner ever went there! Not poor, rich devotees get Sathya Sai Baba special treatment

Now the Sai Baba gravy train is soon to ‘grind to a halt’ and the business and property values will come crashing down. Read this:-The economy of Puttaparthi after Baba

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Sathya Sai Baba – succession ploys

Posted by robertpriddy on April 25, 2011

For those still in denial, Sathya Sai Baba actually died, yes, at April 24 at 7 a.m. Indian Time and one should rest assured that he will not be resurrecting himself!  Claimants to be a reincarnation of Sathya Sai Baba will certainly arise, (i.e. as ‘Prema Sai’ indeed, a few already have!!). For this is poor calamitous India where men will do almost anything to survive and – better than that – get rich quick. This is India where countless people are ready to believe almost anything that comes from the mouths of ‘living deities’, gurus, swamis… if it offers them some kind of palliative to their sufferings, however distant or impossible. That is also a cardinal reason why their elected leaders find it necessary to visit these figures and at least appear to endorse them. PM Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil actually worship Sai Baba’s feet, while Sonia Gandhi and many more appear as if they were followers. In the eyes of the world at large this is a crushing indictment of the common sense or intellectual powers of top leaders who committed themselves to Sai Baba long ago and are unable – also for reasons of losing face – to raise themselves from the delusions they have cherished so much

PM, President and Gandhi worship SB

The international press is naturally mostly restrained in its obituary reports, yet most newspapers do not avoid stating that Sathya Sai Baba’s name is under a cloud of suspicion. For example, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: “He also faced allegations of sexual abuse of young male followers, which his opponents said were ignored by Indian authorities due to his power and popularity. His death on Sunday was covered by Indian television news channels with reverence as interviewees remembered meetings with Sai Baba, his apparent miracles and long record of charity work.”

The best-informed article so far in the world press is The Telegraph’s obituary account. The author wrote: “India’s president and prime minister both attended his latest birthday celebrations.Their devotion was tested to the limits in recent years by persistent allegations that the guru indulged in widespread sexual abuse of young acolytes at his ashram in Puttaparthi in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Yet even when video footage proved beyond doubt that his “miracles” were simple sleight of hand and he was implicated in the murders of four followers, millions still refused to believe the worst.

On the vital question of who or what will in effect ‘succeed’ Sai Baba and/or take over the Sathya Sai Central Trust,  The Hindustan Times wrote:
“The death of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba has left a question mark on the future of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT), estimated to have assets worth Rs 40,000 crore ($9 billion). As Baba, who was chairperson of the trust, left no successor to the massive empire, his death might trigger a succession among the trust members which include his nephew R.J. Ratnakar. While some eminent devotees of Baba believe that with personalities like former chief justice of India P.N. Bhagvati on the board, the trust will carry on in a smooth manner various charitable work in India and abroad, they also fear the government might take over control in case of any rift among the members.”

The Times (UK) reports:- “Although dogged by allegations of trickery and the sexual abuse of some devotees, he amassed a fortune estimated at more than £5.5 billion. A power struggle over the trust has already begun among aides and family members.” and their obituary states:-
“…in the early 1990s, during a recorded ceremony with a former Indian Prime Minister, Narasimha Rao, in which Baba produced a trinket in his honour, television workers watching a playback noticed that it appeared to be a sleight-of-hand trick. The clip was not aired publicly. Groups such as the Indian Raionalists’ Association repeatedly criticised his abilities and labelled him a manipulative fraudster. The president of the association, Joseph Edamarku, said that Sai Baba refused to subject himself to an independent examination. Questions were also raised about his fundraising techniques. Sai Baba was also dogged by more serious and sinister controversies. There were a string of suicides and suspicious deaths among his followers over the decades, including a German found hanging at the ashram in the 1980s, and a man and his daughter who reportedly took an overdose after they were refused a private interview.”

In 2001 The Times investigated the deaths in the 1990s of three Britons who had become his followers. It was thought that two of the men had believed that Sai Baba’s teachings could cure their illnesses. A third jumped off a building in Bangalore after a two-day visit to the ashram. In his pocket was a note which said: “I came to India in search of peace but could not find it.” Before his death one of the men, Michael Pender, who it was believed had hoped that Sai Baba could cure him of HIV, claimed he had sexual encounters with Sai Baba, believing they must have a “spiritual explanation”. Other former male devotees also alleged that Sai Baba had sexually molested them during one-on-one audiences. There were calls for the British Government to warn pilgrims away from him, and also to warn schools and youth groups of links with worldwide educational organisations affiliated with him. The UN cancelled a conference at his headquarters over concerns of sexual exploitation of young men.”

The money and the works: Sathya Sai Baba has repeatedly claimed to own nothing himself, to have not other properties than his students (not ‘proper ties’ either according to many testimonies). Despite his virtually claiming ‘poverty’, there is now an ongoing dogfight about who will inherit his vast billionaire legacy! Only the well-indoctrinated can rationalize this blatant deception. His much trumpeted contributions to social improvement, educational colleges, hospitals, water schemes, charity to local paupers, one must realize that the sole contribution he gave was words, words and more words. The fact is that very many well-intentioned followers – mostly from abroad – donated massive sums to enable him to raise works in his own name (and he blazoned his achievements unreservedly in countless self-promoting discourses beamed around the world by Radio Sai etc.). Absolutely all the real work was done by others, by low-paid labourers and many volunteers, both Indian and foreign. Sai Baba originally attracted many easily led well-to-do people through his supposed ‘miraculous materializations’, the secret of which was to overwhelm recipients of trinkets with gratefulness and a sense of being blessed by God himself. Their response was to follow his advice, to “give and forget” and to earn otherworldly boons by selfless service. So they donated en masse. This is sheer deception… used by Indian beggars too, who use the pittance some give them to buy a coconut for the donor, who is so touched he gives them back tenfold! (Before I saw behind the great veil of deceit and cover-up, my wife and I donated lakhs of rupees and worked tirelessly for 18 years to enhance his reputation through good service). He would say that the gold rings with gemstones he gave to many hundreds of visitors contained real diamonds. The gold was 18-carat, the ‘diamonds’ were cheap false gems, but they are still worn by top politicians and his own ‘VIP officials’ without suspicion. But ex-followers have had these stones assayed by professional and not one has turned out to be genuine. (This was definitively proved in my own case – see here)

Sai Baba constantly claimed omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence: Some mega-claim, one of many such! Were they any substance at all in it , it would be the hardest act to follow, and any ‘successor’ would find the seat hot! However, when studied very closely with an independently and sufficiently critical eye, Sathya Sai Baba proves to have contradicted himself on a huge number of his statements – which are usually imprecise and ambiguous in any case. He gives different reports of his childhood which conflict with one another in details (see some here), and he most certainly sometimes forgets even who people are who have come to him many times. He also confuses facts he has heard from people in the interview room and reports them wrongly to his students minutes afterwards. Therefore, he certainly cannot be accused of having what is now known as ‘superior autobiographical memory’! He does have strong intuition, ‘cold reading’ of people and more abilities, but his knowledge of facts about people is also gathered by a large network of snoopers and much comes from the intensely private letters devotees send to him, which they apparently forget about. Once people began to write about these miracles and praise Sai Baba to the skies, more and more were attracted The development of this myth has been masterfully exposed by the author Brian Steel in numerous articles, such as Sathya Sai Baba as Storyteller.

Sathya Sai Baba was street-smart and more than that, having been able to run wild without any restraints as a child because he was considered a deity (and reports indicate that was probably due to physical hermaphrodism – an incarnation of Shiva-Shakthi and Krishna-Parvathi to the ignorant, superstitious, Hindu-believing villagers.See Sathya Sai Baba – an enigma or a myth? Now that one of his most oft-quoted predictions has failed miserably – namely, they he would live until his 90s – and he has died in a coma, the claim of omnipotence (absurd beyond all credibility anyhow) is shown to be truly hollow.

See also:- History of the sexual abuse claims against Sathya Sai Baba, with world-wide testimonies
The unsolved, covered-up murders in Sai Baba’s Prashanthi Nilayam bedroom apartment – 1993
The BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ showcased with short transcripts and brief video clips
Read on the extensive website Sai Baba Exposed about Conny Larsson and Basava Premanand etc.


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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Sathya Sai Baba’s death – no miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on April 24, 2011

The death of Sathya Sai Baba was wrongly predicted by him, he did not live into his 90s as he prophesies on numerous occasions! Yet another false boast, and one which confounds all the devotees who blindly believed his words and in his divinity. He died a sick man, in more sense than one!  The BBC has announced his death, but adds that he has been accused of fraudulent miracle tricks and sexual abuses. This is an epitaph that will always follow him and, as researchers and historians collect and study the evidence, the accusations and the reason Sai Baba avoided prosecution will become evident and a permanent part of his otherwise largely bogus ‘story’.

How did he actually die? Ah! That is the multi-crore rupee question. The medical report states Cardio-respiratory failure. Now that is very neutral medical terminology, but what caused this breathing and heart failure? This happens if one is taken off vital life support. So did he jump or was he pushed? Your guess is as good as mine… those who really know will be tighter than clams if it was a deliberate act by those in charge. If he jumped, then it fitted in extremely well with all the massive planning of the authorities for a big screen send-off, new helicopter pads for VIPs all preparing to descend just today! A miracle of timing from Vishnu Baba, reclining on his serpent bed on the sea of milk? If there is any body one cannot trust in India (rhetorical) then it is certainly the Sathya Sai Central Trust and their minions!
See the legally invalid ‘death certificate’ issued by Dr. Safaya here (The Case of the Missing Death Certificate)  after which Dr. Safaya resigned his post due to undue pressures that had been put upon him! In fact, ‘heart failure’ is not itself a sufficient description of the cause of feath. That Sai Baba had lost weight (reportedly was only 28 lbs.) and suffered multiple organ failures is consistent with what most of his victims suspect, that he died of AIDS, hence the mighty cover-up of all details of his hospitalization, duration and nature of his illness and what a proper account would reveal!

As I suspected in my blog yesterday, his death is announced on the day that it is widely believed (imaginatively) that Jesus was resurrected – Easter Sunday – suspecting those in power around him to have kept him on support so they could disconnect him on just this day. It seems to make a bigger splash than the crashing fact that he has died and ‘prematurely’ (according to himself). However, he has died and no resurrection is reported! Still, one should not be surprised if some fantasists claim to have seen him risen and in the flesh… there are plenty of lunatics among the indoctrinated and deluded believers in his self-proclaimed divinity and even his most bizarre and beyond-all-credibility miracles!

Take the story that The Times of India put out yesterday as example of ‘fringe lunacy’! How could a major newspaper spread such preposterous rumours (under the cover of ‘reporting’) as “Baba said he would return stronger”? Answer: because it pulls in a mass of desperately hoping devotee readers and sells the paper very well. It may be also partly due to the shadow of Justice Bhagwati – a corrupt Supreme Court ex-judge who is involved with the Times of India and has for decades been a Sai Baba official too Here is the Times of India’s report:-

PUTTAPARTHI: Did Sathya Sai Baba have premonition 10 years ago that he would fall seriously ill? Yes, claim his followers. According to them, Sai Baba had predicted in 2000 that he would be indisposed for 40 days but would come back strong to give darshan to his devotees.
This was revealed in a book ‘Tapovanam — Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba Satcharitra Nityaparaya-nam’ in which the author Jandhyala Venkateswara Sastry has written an essay on Baba’s ill-health. Sai Baba had told his students at his Sai Shruti ashram in Kodaikanal in 2000: ”Though most of my disciples fall at my feet, they don’t know my real value. A time would come when I would vanish and take a walk across the skies. During that phase, my body would face serious health problems and devotees would be desperately praying for my recovery.”

This Indian sastri lives in cloud-cuckoo land, which is well-populated with Sathya Sai worshippers, including a large number of Indian gurus and swamis. Only one or two have bravely spoken out against Sathya Sai Baba, for they mostly wanted to believe in India’s top dog avatar, while others dared not stand forth due to the extreme harassment that prominent critics have faced in India – especially the world-famous sceptic, Basava Premanand.

One of my correspondents just mailed me this perceptive comment: “Now after his death the inner circle will do all their best to protect his image of an avatar or at least a saint as it is a vital factor for the future donations and pilgrims attraction. On the other hand, it is a good point for journalists and historians to focus on SSB as he was with all his stuff. This is an opportunity for critical voices to be heard. But a real breakthrough in our knowledge of what happened in SSB’s kitchen is possible only if someone from the inner circle is deprived of its share in multi-billion dollar empire. Then we will have someone who is ready to speak out before he is killed.”

 

THIS AGAIN SHOWS THE FALSE PREDICTION AND INORDINATE BOASTING ABOUT HIMSELF. AND HOW THE MIGHTY HAS FALLEN!

 

VIEW THESE EXCERPT TRANSCRIPTS AND LINKS TO SHORT VIDEO CLIPS FROM THE BBC TV DOCUMENTARY ‘THE SECRET SWAMI‘:-

01) SATHYA SAI BABA’S ‘PRODUCTION’ OF THE GOLDEN LINGAM
02) HIS COLLAPSE AFTER THE STRAIN & HIS EXPLANATION AFTERWARDS
03) DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN DISCUSSES THE SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA
04) DR. MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN STATES THE SAI ORGANISATION’S FAITH ABOUT SAI BABA
05) ISAAC TIGRETT DISCUSSES THE SEX ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA
06) INDIAN EX-MINISTER OF EDUCATION, M.M. JOSHI, ON THE SEX ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SAI BABA
07) INTERVIEW WITH THE EX-HOME SECRETARY OF ANDRHA PRADESH
08) VERY CLOSE DEVOTEES TESTIFY – SAI BABA’S SEX ABUSE AND DIRE THREATS ETC.
09) SOME CLOSE BEDFELLOWS OF SATHYA SAI BABA\
10) THE US STATE DEPARTMENT WARNING ON SATHYA SAI BABA CONFIRMED BY THE BBC

The Presenter of the BBC Documentary, Tanya Dutt (Datta) has written the BBC obituary of Sathya Sai Baba here


ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW – OR DID NOT DARE TO ASK – ABOUT SATHYA SAI BABA IS FOUND HERE

Sathya Sai Baba Teaches: ‘We are not this body’. Why Are His Devotees Such A Police Security Problem?

The Telegraph U.K. ‘Sathya Sai Baba’s death triggers fight for his £5.5 billion empire’

‘Holy Man or Hoax?’


 

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

Sathya Sai Baba has an on-line ‘goonda’ Gerald Moreno who tries to assassinate my character: See how here

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Sathya Sai Organization double morals

Posted by robertpriddy on March 11, 2011

Dr.Michael Goldstein above (as caught out by the BBC) and his Indian counterpart in cover-up of all facts about murders and sexual abuses, Dr. G. Venkataraman (below) -

The Sathya Sai Organization and other Sai Baba institutions have always been ready to denounce impostors and deceivers (in circulars or in their public journal Sanathana Sarathi). Sathya Sai Baba insists that his followers support truth, decency, speaking softly and sweetly, but his authorities have nothing to say about their biggest and most unethical defender on the Internet, Gerald Moreno. They observe Moreno attacking dissidents and critics of Sai Baba in the most unspiritual and libelous manner without a single word of comment. Were they to dissociate themselves from him in public or denounce his methods even once, they would pull the ground from beneath him, so one cannot but conclude that in the main the leaders have no trouble with what they know to be his unjustified and untruthful representations of former devotees. Thus, their silence amounts to consent and the endorsement of not taking issue with this major proponent of their own agenda.

Knowing what a clandestine and secretive power clique runs the authoritarian International Sathya Sai Organization, with the devious Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. G. Venkataraman at its head, they are satisfied to be defended through ad hominem attacks, character assassination attempts and diverse other underhand methods used by their primary defender. The same applies to Sathya Sai Baba himself – for with a few words to the leaders of his organization or in public he could denounce Moreno, who ceaselessly, with ongoing cooperation from both his prominent and rank-and-file members, breaks his directives for spiritual behaviour.

Dr. M. Goldstein stated on the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ that Sathya Sai Baba had told him not to answer any criticisms, for it would drag them into the gutter. Because Goldstein was bound religiously to follow every hint of this Lord and Master, so one way to hit back at critics was clearly either through minions. This was done through disinformation and false claims by Dr. G. Venkatarman (Head of Radio Sai, and active Member of the Prashanthi Council) who was only to willing to avoid the real issues and distract attention from the many crimes involved. Venkarataman’s mendacious response to the JuST Group’s documented criticisms was a private reaction he claimed – and not made on behalf of the Prashanthi Council itself, not of the Sathya Sai Organization either. What duplicity from Sathya Sai Baba’s official propagator and chief propagandist!

In all this silent support for Moreno, Sathya Sai Baba and his officials faced the dilemma: either to denounce the critics’ claims themselves or denounce the nefarious behaviour of their staunch defender (Moreno) because of the counter-productive effect and its impact on both true devotees and the wider public. Moreno’s shallow and calumnious diatribes and their frequent predominance over other pro-Sai Baba postings on search engine results strongly reinforce the fact that there has been very widespread criticism of Sathya Sai Baba, especially since the massive sexual abuse revelations in 1999 and the exposure of the murders in his bedroom on BBC World TV and the Internet. Meanwhile, not one pro-Sai Baba website dares to make a single link to the extensive Sai Baba critical websites for fear of the facts coming forth to their followers. Sai Baba himself has warned devotees not to view the discussions on the Internet.

Pointed denials of association to mislead the public:

Moreno made a point of denying – at the foot of many of his pages – any association with the Sathya Sai Organization from the time of the first attacks on critics and alleging victims of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse (which he also actually accepted for some years during his all-round defense of Sai Baba). His activity still undermines the credibility of their claim that Sai Baba is not at the centre of a cult. There is considerable circumstantial evidence of central US Sathya Sai officials collaborating with Moreno behind the scenes, especially in providing him with information about the Alaya Rahm court case before the results were known even to most critics and in providing him with deposition documents which were never made public by the court and have proved unobtainable even by several email requests by a international coordinator, and by (via telephone) a US academic and also a personal visit by another US citizen to the Clerk of Court in Orange County, California. Moreno could not prove that he had obtained the documents from the court, as he asserted, for he could produce no receipt.

Some semi-official Sai websites with a fairly large remit [which are of course also deeply engaged in a propaganda and disinformation campaign – especially saibabaofindia.com] do link to his web pages, helping his Google rankings. The Sathya Sai Organization could stop this easily, but evidently some among them – such as Prashanthi Council leaders Michael Goldstein and G. Venkataraman – are privately interested in seeing critics of Sai Baba maligned as much as possible. Their conscious choice to avoid Moreno in public shows that they nevertheless are aware what a yet more huge liability to them it would be to endorse such a person who defies all the advice of Sathya Sai Baba always to speak softly, criticise oneself instead of others and such rules. The wider world of thinking people can see straight away that Moreno’s whole aggressive character attack strategy and underhand ‘dirty tricks’ are a striking manifestation of a religious personality cult in action, often exceeding the antics of scientology.

Moreno wrote that he had heard many wonderful stories about Sai Baba from someone called ‘Robert’ (at a time when there were few who knew much about SB in the USA). Of those named Robert to whom might apply from that early date there are Robert Baskin, Robert Bozzani, and Robert Bruce – all Sai VIPs and long-standing members of the Sathya Sai Organization. Robert Basin has acted as the lawyer for the Sai Organization. Moreno claimed he had no contact with Baskin, citing the irrelevant fact that Baskin lives in California while he lives in New Mexico, a long way apart. But Baskin has held talks in many places in the Sai organization, and both have been frequently to Sai Baba ashrams, where meetings between US visitors are almost inevitable (in groups etc.) not to mention e-mail, the phone etc.!

There is no publicised official support for Moreno or any mention of him or links to his defamatory web pages by the Sathya Sai Organization or other Sai institutions, indicating that they cannot afford association with such a twister of the truth). More significantly, not a single national or other prominent newspaper or media outlet referred to Gerald Moreno’s massive output. He has railed against journalists (e.g. Vishal Arora) and academic researchers into the Sathya Sai Baba who have failed to mention him or in any way support or reference his materials (such as Tulasi Shrinivas and others). Yet more disappointing for Moreno, no doubt, is that there are no postings on the Internet of any serious kind that support him in any way, except for a few by fanatics and equally dishonest and antagonistic persons (eg. Lisa de Witt being a very active user of bad language and utterly false low-life claims about critics).

Gerald Joe Moreno – dossier

Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno Dr. G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba defender”
Dr Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail? “Dr.G. Venkataraman lost all his scruples.” Also that he “had a harrowing experience … 

Dr. G. VENKATARAMAN – THE MOST GULLIBLE PHYSICIST ALIVE? He was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme He writes about being in quest of the mysteries in the Universe but states that is not found in hundreds of books already.
Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist in the limelight
a physicist, formerly employed in India’s nuclear bomb programme, is now a propagandist and cover-up official for Sai Baba 

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba It seems that this retired physicist G. Venkataraman had been tempted to take upon himself the mantle of philosopher…

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SATHYA SAI BABA IN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA – CONT.

Posted by robertpriddy on January 22, 2011

THE GUARDIAN UK – the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards

BRITISH NEWSPAPER REVIEWS OF BBC DOCU. ‘THE SECRET SWAMI’ The Observer, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Mirror, Time Out etc..

THE HINDUSTAN TIMES – VIR SANGHVI
In which the sexual allegations against Sathya Sai Baba are found to have substance

SEX ABUSE CHARGE TO PUBLIC PROSECUTOR AGAINST SSB BY JENS SETHI Affidavit delivered to Hamburg Police

‘THE WEEK’ [INDIAN MAGAZINE] COVERAGE OF THE 1993 MURDERS A detailed examination of the facts as they emerged not long after the event

ARGENTINA EXPOSURE OF SATHYA SAI BABA – part two by Alejandro Agnostelli


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Key media reports on Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 20, 2011

‘THE SECRET SWAMI’ BBC DOCUMENTRY – EXCERPTS – TRANSCRIPTS & KEY VIDEO CLIPS
SECRET SWAMI Increasing numbers of former followers are alleging that Sri Satya Sai Baba, India’s biggest spiritual leader, has sexually abused them or their families. This World investigates.

U.S. DEPUTY OF STATE WARNING TO TRAVELLERS iN 2001 The US State Department issued a warning to travellers in Andhra Pradesh – which officials confirmed related primarily to Sathya Sai Baba. This warning has never been revoked, though since 2007 it ceased to figure in the official document.

SUNDAY PEOPLE – PAEDOPHILE GURU IN BID TO SNARE CHARLES On MI6 investigations etc.

‘DIVINE DOWNFALL’ OF SAI BABA by the journalist Mick Brown of the Daily Telegraph

http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/CNN REPORT ON SAI BABA
Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba by critics on major Indian TV programme 

‘SEDUCED’ BY SAI BABA – 1-hr documentary. Excerpts or the whole film.

THE GUARDIAN UK – the paedophilia claims and the Duke o f Edinburgh awards


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Sathya Sai Baba’s unsurpassed claims

Posted by robertpriddy on January 12, 2011

Sai Baba cries affected by praise CLICK ON IMAGE

The absurdity of what are surely the most excessive claims of divinity made by any living person becomes constantly more evident. A majority of those who have invested their faith – and not least their prestige – in this fraudulent Godhead are still unable to bite the bullet or break the spell. As the facts become more and more known, the entire Sathya Sai Baba undertaking is seen for what it is – a religiously-indoctrinated cultist delusion, despite the good intentions and activities of the genuine people who have followed and supported him.

Sathya Sai Baba – From Wikiquote

  • I have a “Task”: To foster all mankind and ensure for all of them lives full of ananda (bliss). I have a “Vow”: To lead all who stray away from the straight path again into goodness and save them. I am attached to a “work” that I love: To remove the sufferings of the poor and grant them what they lack. I have a “reason to be proud”, for I rescue all who worship and adore me, aright. I have my definition of the “devotion” I expect: Those devoted to me have to treat joy and grief, gain and loss, with equal fortitude. This means that I will never give up those who attach themselves to me.
    • Letter that he wrote to his older brother Seshama Raju (1947)
  • There is no one who can change My course or affect My conduct to the slightest extent. I am the Master over all.
    • Discourse (28 September 1960). Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. I, p. 182.
  • My construction will cover the entire Universe.
    • Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2.
  • Christ declared. Sathya means Truth. ‘He will wear a robe of red, a blood-red robe.’ (Here the baba pointed to the red colored robe he happened to be wearing that day!). He will be short, with a crown (here he points to his hair). The lamb is the sign and symbol of love. Christ did not declare that he will come again, he said, ‘He who made me will come again.’ That ba ba (bleating of the sheep or lamb) is this Baba, and Sai, the short, curly-hair-crowned red-robed Baba, is come. He is not only this Form, but, he is every one of you, as the Dweller in the Heart.
    • Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11, p. 346
  • The same Divine Compassion that blessed Dharma; saved Gajendra; restored Kuchela; and stood by Prahlada, has come to the Earth as the Refuge of the refugeless; as the Lord of Peace, Harmony and Righteousness; as the Lord of all the Worlds; as the Sath-Chith-Anandamurthi; and as the Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Sath-Chakravarthi – the King of Kings.
    • As quoted in Thought For The Day, K57, published by Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust, Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, (21 October 1993), Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 26.
  • My power is immeasurable; My truth inexplicable, unfathomable.
    • Sathya Sai Baba Discourse 19-6-1974. p. 227 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 12.
  • I am all deities in one. You may endeavour your best for thousands of years and have all mankind with you in your search. But you cannot understand My Reality.
    • US ed. of Kasturi’s authorized biography Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Vol 3 page 315
  • There was no one to understand Me until I created the whole world
    • As quoted by his official biographer, N. Kasthuri, in ‘Pathway to Peace’, p. 64.
  • What is it that brings to It the adoration of millions from all over the world? You will be convinced that the basic reason for this is the fact that this is the Supra-worldly Divinity in Human Form.
    • Discourse 17/5/1968. Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8, p 100
  • This is a human form in which every Divine entity, every Divine principle, that is to say, all the names and forms ascribed by man to God, are manifest… You are very fortunate that you have the chance to experiences the bliss of the vision of the form, which is the form of all gods, now, in this life itself.
    • Statement (1968) as quoted in Sathya Sai Speaks Volume VIII, p. 99f
  • 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.
    • Christmas Day Discourse, Bombay 1970. page 136, US ed. of Kasturi’s Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Vol 3.
  • 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 Edition, p. 92,
  • The Lord is the refuge of all who seek refuge, the saviour of all who have to be saved. He is the Embodiment of Being-Awareness-Bliss (Sat-chit-ananda). He is now at Puttaparthi as the Effulgent Emperor over the region of Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
    • Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13, p 114
  • Were it not for the mind change of Sai devotees the world would already have fallen into complete chaos. The deterioration of mind and man has been very rapid and abrupt, even precipitous during the last fifteen years. That the world is not in total destruction is due to the change of mind of Sai devotees and to Sai’s grace.
    • Conversations with… Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. J. Hislop, p. 190 old ed., page 173 new edition
  • I will have to forego the car and even the aeroplane when I move from place to place, for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge; I will have to move across the sky; yes, that too will happen, believe Me.
    • Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. II, p. 92
  • I know everything that has happened to everybody in the past, everything that is happening now and everything that will happen in the future.
    • Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram – Part 3. by N. Kasturi. Page 305 US ed. Next to the last chapter.
  • No one can understand my Mystery. The best you can do is to get immersed in it. It is no use your arguing about pros and cons; dive and know the depth; eat and know the taste.
    • As quoted in Sai Baba: Man of Miracles (1977) by Howard Murphet, p. 208
  • Trust in my wisdom. I do not make mistakes. Love my uncertainty for it is not a mistake. It is my intent and will. Remember — nothing happens without my will. Be still. Do not ask to understand. Do not want to understand.
  • Everyone should prepare NOW for this change, for I promise you that it will come, and only those who are ready will survive.
    • SSSBFM, (1991), p .223
  • Sai holds the universe in his hand
    • Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1993) by Dr. J. Hislop. publ. Sathya Sai Publications and Book Trust, Puttaparthi.
  • 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)
  • 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.
    • Discourse on 5/7/2001 in Sanathana Sarathi (August 2001) p. 226
  • Some people think, Swami calls himself a powerful magnet, but He is unable to attract us. The fault lies in them only.
    • Sanathana Sarathi (January 2003), page 10
  • As the attraction power is increasing in Me… you are going to witness many astounding events in future… Even while I am speaking to you now, My feet are being pulled by the earth. If I lift one foot, the earth attracts the other foot. Whatever I touch with My hand, it also gets attracted. This magnetic power is present in every man… I try to lift My foot but it is very difficult.
    • Sanathana Sarathi (April 2003), p.123
  • Prema (love): practise that; develop that; spread that; and all the hatreds and jealousies of today will disappear. That is the duty of the Divine Life Society, here as well as elsewhere.
    • Discourse 14-12-1958. Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 17

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Sathya Sai Baba followers censor all critical comments they can

Posted by robertpriddy on December 28, 2010

Most of the comments I made on a YouTube video which had been posted by a convinced Sai Baba devotee (username ‘godisone15) were selectively removed by him (or her), no doubt because they document the errors in his/her statements from Sathya Sai Baba’s own journal, which he always read and approved in those days (a fact I ascertained from both of its former long-term editors – firstly from Professor N. Kasturi and later from V.K. Narasimhan).

This is just another of countless instances where all remotely negative information about Sathya Sai Baba is excluded from every single promotional web page about him. The Sathya Sai Organization are very systematic in removing all content they possibly can – and without comment or trace where possible – of all the massive criticism that has been leveled at him and his officials through the decades, especially since the many sex allegations were documented and spread to the public by Internet in 1999-2000 and onwards. Sathya Sai Baba’s indoctrinated believers all follow a code of strict internal secrecy, non-accountability and avoidance of any fruitful discussion or debate… and they have the nerve to call this and all their cover-ups ‘dharma’!

The alleged miracles at the orphanage of Halagappa at Sri Ranga Patnam, near Mysore, are discussed in detail on this blogsite (Sai amrita – nectar of the Gods or sugar & tea rose water?)

Scan of comments removed from You Tube by Sai followerComments before Sai follower erased selected comments by Robert Priddy (because they are documented and very damaging, no dount)

See also on this blogsite:-
Sai Baba amrita (nectar) at Srirangapatna orphanage
Manufacture of Sathya Sai Baba amrit (nectar)


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Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

Quotation of prediction made by Sathya Sai Baba to John Hislop

On his supposed 85’th Birthday, Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about how his life mission would unfold can well be examined and evaluated. The total transformation of India as an engine, not only of economic growth, but also as a shining moral example to the peoples of the world which would regenerate them all and introduce a new Golden Age has frequently been promised by Sathya Sai Baba. He has long since pronounced that his own students would transform morals in the nation (see quotation below left), but this prediction has failed most miserably. One absolute precondition of India entering the good company of law-abiding, morally accountable societies is that the endemic corruption should cease, at the higher levels of society at the very least. No nation can lead another if immorality like tax evasion predominates in finance and business. That it does so in India most certainly cannot seriously be refuted:-

From BBC World ‘The Hub’ with Nik Gowing – 18 November 2010:-

BBC World 'The Hub' Nik Gowing interviews Dev Kar, former IMF economist and Washington think tank expert for Global Financial IntegrityIndia has lost hundreds of billions of dollars through corruption since Independence in 1948. That’s according to a report from a Washington think tank. It is called Global Financial Integrity. It monitors the flow of illegal money worldwide. It says India has lost an average of US$19 billion worth of assets per year between 2004 and 2008.
Joining us live from Washington is one of the report authors, Dev Kar, a former IMF economist:-
Nik Gowing: Dev Kar, where does the money go or where has it gone?
Dev Kar: Most of the money goes to the banks in developed countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and a large part goes to offshore financial centres around the world, such as Cayman Islands, Singapore…
Nik Gowing: Is the central accusation here one of money laundering or is it just bad accounting?
Dev Kar: It is basically money laundering and tax evasion on the part of individuals and corporations in India.
Nik Gowing: There is a difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance – one is legal, one is not… which of the two are you saying it is?
Dev Kar: Tax avoidance is legal but tax evasion is not. So it is tax evasion and not tax avoidance.
Nik Gowing: Is it possible to track the degree or the tempo with which this has been happening since Independence. Can you peg it to a particular government, a particular prime minister?
Dev Kar: No. It is not possible to do that with any degree of accuracy. All we can say is that, from 1948 to 2008 there has been a on-going problem and the problem has been increasing, unfortunately, after economic reform started in 1991, because we can see the faster growth of these transfers after 1991.
Nik Gowing: Are you saying that you have proof to back up your claims, or are they simply allegations?
Dev Kar: No, there is proof to back up these numbers. The strongest such proof is looking at the deposit statistics compiled by the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland. These are basically private sector deposits in banks and offshore centres. Now, we know these private sector deposits are mostly illegal because exchange control regulations do not allow private individuals in India or corporations to stash away foreign exchange in that jurisdiction without permission of the Government of India.
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Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba - excerpt

The famously unfulfilled 'promise' prediction

No doubt how much faith Sai Baba put in his students - but so far without known true national achievements

The majority of top political and other prominent figures stash away their gains in foreign currencies in Swiss and diverse offshore banks – evading tax. Sathya Sai Baba pointed this fact out to a former friend of mine, an Indian Administrative Service officer at a private dinner given in 1996 by Mr. Prasad, one of the board members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. There he told the IAS official, V. Ramnath, that India is not really a poor country, but for its rulers stashing away in Swiss banks an amount of money at least equal to the country’s entire national debt! Ramnath related that Sai Baba said he had warned the Prime Minister and the President (then Narasimha Rao and Dayal Sharma) of this and had instructed them 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. So much for the results of the self-appointed renewer of moral values in Indian life!

If Sai Baba really were anything like a world saviour avatar controlling the planet, how could it result in such a pig’s breakfast? India is one of the most truly terrible places on earth for its huge number of children in the slavery of prostitution, bonded sweat-shop labour, and its vast number of paupers and illiterates still being driven to city slums for sheer survival. These calamities are enormous and are not diminishing.


The endemic nature of Indian corruption:
India’s social structure where caste and extended families are the key components of life have led to the culture of nest-feathering by politicians and public officials to an unprecedented degree. Sathya Sai Baba has complained of nest-feathering to numerous politicians, including Prime Ministers and Presidents who worship him, but without any visible result whatever. This shows how, despite all his boasts, he has had no effect at all on improving the very fundamentals of life in India.  Once a man gets elected to an office, the entire extended family expects benefits – whether direct financial contributions or, as often as not, the use of influence to improve their  employment status or business opportunities.

A distorted ‘vision of Sai’ was sent us in an e-mail from visionsb@tstt.net.tt as follows,
…see for yourself the enormous control that this being has on the planet”. Of course, the overwhelming majority of people on the planet has not noticed any such huge influence. He has inspired some people to start schools, pay for projects to provide water locally in Andhra Pradesh and to finance two hospitals etc. But these are as drops in the vast ocean of India’s calamitous situation, let alone that of the whole world!

“Sai Rules the World” Unbelievable to most, this is what many devotees I have met actually believe, because Sathya Sai Baba has put this delusion about in various announcements he has made about the world coming to his feet, the world soon already becoming one big Sathya Sai Organisation and all becoming transformed:-

“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region. You may go to any country, but you refer to yourself as belonging to the country of Bharat. For example, there may be Karnataka State or Tamil Nadu State, etc., but, they are all parts of a larger country called Bharat. Without the country, the States cannot exist. You are all Bharatiyas first and last. Hence, you say that you came from Bharat. (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2008/d081122.html)

This statement confirms what was reported earlier by Barry Pittard ‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him

With population and poverty out of control, AIDS, corruption and poverty ruling large parts of Africa and Asia and so on. The world’s wilderness environment and countless species and living resources are disappearing faster and faster, suffering and unnecessary death is as rife as ever, 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. He is most certainly not in control of yours truly!

See also Sathya Sai Baba’s (un)Birthday (not born on 23 November 1926)


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The Golden Age of Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

'Golden Age' - publication dedicated by The Kingdon of Sathya Sai, 1997Sathya Sai Baba has declared that He will usher in a new era of Love, Peace, Righteousness, and Truth. This “Golden Age,” as He calls it, is destined to begin soon with an event (or series of events) that will draw world attention to His Divinity.
Sai Baba has several times jumped the gun and heralded in “The Golden Age” of mankind. He supposes himself to be the precursor of such an age, and – as often documented – it will begin by his reforming India completely first, then the rest of the world. Sai Baba has told people on occasion that a great shift in human consciousness will come – he did so before the millennium (but nothing happened, not even the millennium bug – thereafter Twin Towers and the war on terror began).

Professor Paul Holbach has written of the predicted Golden Age of Sai Baba here:-

“This is a great chance. Be confident that you will all be liberated. Know that you are saved. Many hesitate to believe that things will improve, that life will be happy for all and full of joy, and that the golden age will recur. Let me assure you that this dharmaswarupa, that this divine body, has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon humanity. “( from  speech 23 Nov. 1968)

Mankind can and will be saved.” (Christmas Message, 1986)
“I have come to inscribe a golden chapter in the history of humanity.” (12th May 1968 see)
Sai has come … to achieve the supreme task of uplifting the entire mankind, as one family through the bond of brotherhood… ” (1999)
Thus, his mission seems to be a “salvation mission” for ALL MANKIND, no one excluded; the world in its globality would have to be saved and raised to an upper level. And he started promising this almost in 1947… and SB clearly has not fulfilled any of his forecastings and promises. Anyway, like already elsewhere, SB starts to take distances from himself; first he builds the “castle in air” of the “Golden Age”, then he says:
“The Golden Age is the creation of man, not of God.” (1987)
“The transition from that unhappy state to the state of bliss cannot be achieved overnight, but the changes have begun and the seeds are sown. Man is living at the dawn of a Golden Age and he himself will determine the timing of the transition by his own acts and thoughts. ” (1988)
“The time has indeed come for a great awakening, when the days of ignorance and illusion are replaced by a new Golden Age. That Golden Age is here now, just waiting for man to move into it and find the peace that has eluded him all this time.” (1988)

We also read Sai Baba’s own “Revelations” in line with such fundamentalists as the Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and diverse other god-bothering sects and cults of the “Flee the wrath to come” persuasion:-
The day of awakening is here and the day of reckoning, or weeding out, is not far away. The cleansing of the world will take place and only those awakened souls will be left to experience life in the divine state. Others will fall by the wayside, left behind and lost in a world of illusion and darkness.” (Christmas (II) [1987],” SMFYM, II, 1988, 63 see here)

Suffering and misery are the inescapable acts of the cosmic drama. God does not decree these calamities but man invites them by way of retribution for his own evil deeds. This is corrective punishment which induces mankind to give up the wrong path and return to the right path so that he may experience the godlike condition of sat-chit-ananda — that is, an existence of wisdom and bliss.” (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 245.)

In January 1992, a long-term US devotee, Connie Shaw, was at an interview with SB where she asked:-

Connie: Then what about the Golden Age (of Peace and Plenty which will last for a thousand years) – when will that actually be here?

Baba (Predictably, heh-heh): The Golden Age must begin in each person’s heart. Then only can we have peace on earth. Each must start now to make the Golden Age in his heart.

Connie: But Swami, we’re all doing the best we can in that (department) now. I mean when will (all of) humanity agree “This is the Golden Age – here, now…?

Baba: In five years. 2007. By then. All must do (their part).”

Sai Baba’s boast to Dr. John Hislop that India is the locomotive that will pull the world to rights due to its spiritual and moral superiority has, of course, most dismally failed to appear. That his students would occupy positions of power long since and thus change society has also proved to be sonorously hollow words.

To view Sathya Sai Baba’s words on the Golden Age (see here, and here)

Sathya Sai Baba makes it up as he goes along

See also the previous posting here on the golden age and the lunatic fringe


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