Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

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Sathya Sai Baba vs. Richard Dawkins

Posted by robertpriddy on August 25, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba has constantly denigrated reason, science, logic and scholarship in favour of faith, especially faith in himself. However, he has proved that he cannot be relied on at all in any way. With his deeply flawed logic and demonstrated ignorance of scientific fact and logical thought, he cannot face up to any rational discussion and to avoid it happening he has surrounded himself with servitors who cast out anyone who raises the slighest question to doubt or criticise him. He and his so-called ‘teachings’ are among the many obvious targets for the general criticism by world-famous Professor Richard Dawkins, some of whose words I quote here:-

There are two ways of looking at the world – through faith and superstition or through the rigours of logic, observation and evidence – in other words, through reason. Reason and a respect for evidence are precious commodities, the source of human progress and our safeguard against fundamentalists and those who profit from obscuring the truth. Yet, today, society appears to be retreating from reason.

Apparently harmless but utterly irrational belief systems from astrology to New Age mysticism, clairvoyance to alternative health remedies are booming. Richard Dawkins confronts what he sees as an epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking…

He explains the dangers the pick and mix of knowledge and nonsense poses in the internet age, and passionately re-states the case for reason and science. See http://richarddawkins.net/

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ALL WILD ANIMALS GENTLE, BUT FOR MAN’S INFLUENCE (SAID SAI BABA)

Posted by robertpriddy on September 16, 2007

Animals being observed and observing

The following inane account of his encounter with wild animals in East Africa by Sathya Sai Baba was delivered to an adult audience 22-8-2007. His increasingly senile Divine wisdom pours forth, and endless stream of bliss (as they all say)! Presumably the devotees all sat agape while learning that elephants liked bananas and wanted more, that they swished their ears and scared off mosquitoes? And that there were “happy” zebras and giraffes:-

I have never visited any foreign country except East Africa. Even in East Africa, I spent most of My time seeing wild life in the forests and observing the good qualities of wild animals. There I saw large hordes of elephants; that looked very beautiful and majestic. I offered bananas to some elephants, which they accepted very gladly and wanted more of them. Their ears were as big as a winnowing pan. When they swished their ears, mosquitoes sitting even at a long distance would fly away.
There were many zebras and giraffes also. They were happily moving in the forest. None of these wild animals causes any harm to man. They will be inimical toward us only when we approach them with the intention of harming them. Otherwise, they will be friendly with us and follow us like pets.
I saw a group of lions sitting at one place with their young ones. Even when we were very close to them, they did not show any feeling of enmity. In this way, all the wild animals behaved in a very gentle manner.
Your evil qualities are reflected in the animals. If your feelings are good, the snakes will also not harm you even if you were to lie down by their side. Otherwise, your own pet cow may gore you with its horns.
If a person is angry with you, what is the reason? It is only reaction, reflection, and resound of your own feelings. It is only the evil qualities of man that bring about a change in the gentle nature of animals, birds and beasts. Today, there is hatred and conflict even between two sons of the same mother! What is the reason for this mutual hatred? Their evil qualities are responsible for this. We should never give room to such qualities. (Sai Baba).
The big point (supposedly?) was” “None of these wild animals causes any harm to man. They will be inimical toward us only when we approach them with the intention of harming them. Otherwise, they will be friendly with us and follow us like pets.”

He might have thought differently if he had been hunted by a hungry pride of lions, by starved crocodiles or other of those “gentle pets”! But then again, with their exclusively good qualities, how could they ever harm a hair on the Divine Being?“One should never give room to evil qualities” is the stunning message of this posing ‘Vishnu Avatar’. The quality of his omniscience and psychological insight comes out when he explains the reason: that they are responsible for mutual hatred between mother and son etc.. How can anyone who is past primary school age take this Sai-babble seriously?


How far this is from the modern scientific understanding of aggression as it is described in Wikipedia! (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggression )There one reads of aggression, for example,
“Aggression is a perplexing phenomenon. Why are people motivated to hurt each other? How does violence help organisms to survive and reproduce? After two centuries of theories and technological advances, psychologists and other scientists have been able to look deeply into aggression’s biological and evolutionary roots, as well as its consequences in society: ”

Wikipedia goes on to classify seven main types of aggression, of which the first one is “Predatory aggression: attack on prey by a predator. “One of Sathya Sai Baba’s most publicised aphorisms is “Nature is the best teacher” which is also one of the vaguest and most fanciful he has managed so far!  One thing he proves definitively is that Sathya Sai Baba is NOT the best teacher! See more on why so here.

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India’s state, Hindu nationalism and prayer

Posted by robertpriddy on August 17, 2007

miseryprayer

India is famous for its glut of temples everywhere and for amount of public prayers, their length too. No one denies that Indians pray a great deal – very much more than Western Europeans, without doubt. One might well say they have all reason, so difficult are the lives of the majority of them. India is beset by enormous problems of lacking social welfare, health care, nutrition, security for disabled or the aged, primitive labour conditions, many having to live on the pittance of ca. $1 per day and so on and so on. So Sai Baba’s exhortation to pray is not working for most people in India, while in Europe most people are doing better and better. Prayer has always served to empower the priesthood and religions generally and it serves to empower Sai Baba (many pray only to him!). Yet it also disempowers devotees who believe it will lead to help with their problems by distracting them from practical remedies, making them into beggars for boons. Because we all know they can, at best, only somehow solve things otherwise.

Sathya Sai teaching on the effectiveness of prayer is bogus
It defies all common sense and reason… we can see how so many pray for years without result. As soon as something good happens, such believers will probably impute it to the one they prayed to, so they remain trapped in the delusion. But consider the example of the Tibetans who, collectively, surely prayed more than any known people in recent times… until the Chinese invaded and everything they cared for was destroyed and those who escaped death were dispossessed and exiled, the country usurped. Were their prayers answered, then? Sathya Sai Baba has also said that God often answers your prayers with other things than you want or expect, but with what is best for you (especially also sufferings “for your own good”). See the duplicitous and completely self-defeating nature of prayer in that? To get what you didn’t pray for! What then of Sai Baba’s “There is nothing in the world that cannot be achieved by prayer”? That little or nothing can be achieved is far more likely (admitted, prayer can sometimes have a temporary psychological effect on the supplicant).

Believers may think that India’s economic surge, which increases living standards for the still small but growing middle class, is due to pujas, yagnas and temple visits? Still, acceptable standards of social care, health care and other social services common in rich countries are non-existent for tens of millions of Indias. Technological improvements are available to those with money, but is otherwise mostly of a very low level. According to international organisations, the country has somewhere in the region of 20 million child labourers, there are countless beggars, sick people and heavily handicapped persons living on the streets and camping out on pavements in most cities in absolute penury and many lepers (treated as ‘untouchables’ and isolated in primitive colonies). Corruption of all kinds has for decades been so endemic at all levels of society that most people there have lost all belief that it can ever be stamped out, it seems. Added to all these well-known weaknesses is a huge educational gap, plus a media information gap due to excessive top-down control of information. “God Incarnate” in Puttaparthi would control what his devotees can learn or discover (especially about himself)… so he advises praying, and even stopping all thought (more on this soon). This can only serve to hinder the growth of knowledge and awareness needed to combat India’s problems.

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‘God’ patronising the poor in India?

Posted by robertpriddy on August 14, 2007

Avoid pomp

WHO IS SURROUNDED BY POMP?
Note that Sathya Sai Baba is ever surrounded by material comforts and has had to do nothing whatever for himself for his entire adult life. This is in total contrast the lot of the vast population. Rather, Sathya Sai Baba speaks a great deal about the need to regenerate India’s faith in it’s glorious past, religious culture and to reform the country entirely. Now, the glory of the past is a miasma, unsupported by historical research. But Sai Baba is right about the need for an entire reform, if dissatisfaction with the system by more than half its population is anything to go by. However, the authoritarian guru-ridden religious and otherworldly undemocratic culture Sai Baba stands for is probably the last thing that would create a humanitarian and caring society… for both religious faith and superstition of the Sai Baba type – throughout India’s caste-ridden and violent past – have failed signally so far.

While many Indian gurus and swamis like Maharishi, Maharaji, Osho Rajneesh, Ravi Shankar etc. travel abroad to seek followers and financial fortunes – Sai Baba does not need to travel as the money flows in from abroad after four decades plus of intense proselytizing to foreigners. This comes not least from his original claims not to ask for anything, not to accept or own money, but purely to heal and bless, teach and give. At first he lived what appeared to be a life of considerable renunciation and the ashrams to which he invited foreigners were very Spartan and tough going… which he recommended as a cure for the soft life. All that has changed completely. The ashrams and surroundings at Puttaparthi and Whitefield have undergone a sea change – top class hotels, a gigantic property boom and higher and higher standards. The Indian middle classes were long the mainstay of Sai Baba, and their standards have prevailed. Sai Baba is known to all to favour the rich, speak more to those ladies with very luxurious saris. And to foreigners whose qualifications and riches are known to (and carefully monitored) by his staff. No one has seen a ragged and truly poor person enter his interview room for decades.


Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
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SATHYA SAI BABA ON ARISTOTLE, THINKING & INDIGESTION

Posted by robertpriddy on August 9, 2007

 REALLY, CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS CAN BE FUN

Sai and Aristotle

We have to investigate why we lose our health. Excessive thinking, worrying and studying is the main cause for man’s illness. Some students are absorbed in studies all the time, because of which they lose their health. There is a limit to everything, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, conducted extensive research on the digestive system of man and as a result of too much of thinking, his health deteriorated and ultimately he died of digestive problems.” Sathya Sai Baba. Sanathana Sarathi‘ Jan. 1999, p. 15.

SO DID ARISTOTLE  ACTUALLY DIE FROM ‘TOO  MUCH THINKING’?

Forgive that this is not exactly ‘breaking news’, but intriguing it is! Sai Baba admits that Aristotle studied the digestive system of man and then – in the usual garbled way – failed to make everything entirely clear. Let’s first assume Sai Baba was saying that Aristotle concluded that too much thinking leads to digestive problems and death (“ultimately”)? Then surely mankind today, with our vastly enhanced mental activities, mental professions, mental interests (the media, internet etc.) , must be suffering from digestive problems on an equally massive scale? But where is the evidence for that? In short, there is none. If there were, would it not be a massive medical breakthrough to revolutionise much medicine? It is more likely that Sai Baba confuses figurative ‘mental indigestion’ with the actual physical sort.

Sai Baba stated in so many words that Aristotle himself died of thinking too much, causing digestive problems caused by thinking too much (such as about human problems of thought and digestion)? There is no historical evidence for that protracted surmise, though (as Kasturi probably knew and told him) Aristotle reportedly did die of a ‘stomach ailment’, though not specifically indigestion. It was recorded that it was a ‘disease’ affecting his digestion, but could have been cancer or any number of other infectious ailments. If indeed too much thought was what really caused his death, how did Sai Baba arrive at that conclusion… by paranormal and divine powers, no doubt! Of course Aristotle “ultimately died”, uncontroversial… but was it that overripe peach, that indigestible Kalamata olive that caused his death… or was it from thinking? Or perhaps rather a result of Divine Will, Lord Yama’s inevitable decision (to which deity Sathya Sai also attributed the decision on every human death)? “There is a limit to everything” says Sai Baba… now, really? I read in Sai Baba Discourses many times that the Atma is limitless, that God is eternal and unencompassable. But it is reassuring too, for a limit to Sai Baba and his influence is also therefore promised. His death must be a bit of a limitation on his activities? No??

One must conclude once again that Sathya Sai Baba suffered for not thinking enough about what he said – or claimed to know… or from too much confusion of the mind (and bad dreams, which he also said in another context comes from bad digestion)? That he lost his health was observable to everyone… so was it from too little thinking? Was his digestion not well exercised and still perfect? I don’t know. So I leave it to readers to decide – and see whether their own digestive tracts are over-sensitive to thoughts – or how much they might dare to think so as to preserve themselves for as long as possible…

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Super-Rich Indian Gurus who don’t deliver what they promise

Posted by robertpriddy on August 8, 2007

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Billionaire Non-delivering ‘Spiritual gurus’ The ‘many-billion dollar question’ is not really so much how Sai Baba has generated such huge coffers, for this is almost ‘par for the course’ for Swamis, gurus and temples in India. Tirupathi is reckoned to be the most fabulous as to wealth, and the Puri Temple of Jagannath is not far behind. Sathya Sai Baba may still not have become top of the ‘national treasure’ pile yet. The self-entitled ‘Baghwan’ Sri Rajneesh (aka Osho) had vast sums before he was indicted by the US Government on so many criminal charges that he had to sell of cheaply his 84 tax-evasion Rolls Royces to a second-hand car dealer in Texas and flee justice, yet he still could lord it over most Indians financially when he settled in Pune. The sect of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is likewise in the money beyond any accounting, his people even having taken over an African state’s economy more or less! [One may pause to wonder whether all this – with the massed chanting of mantras etc. – has stopped drug taking, urban violence, terrorism and brought about peaceful communities and a better world, as the Maharishi has many times guaranteed it would? I’d say no more than Sathya Sai Baba’s promises that India would be transformed by now (due to his 1960s students’ taking over important positions) and become the moral and spiritual engine of the world in a Golden Age (which is long overdue after repeated but unacknowledged ‘postponements’ .

Rajneesh’ place

No, the question without a price tag is still why Sathya Sai Baba, who vociferously disdains ownership and filthy lucre, should be one of the richest persons and biggest property owners in that land of such poverties and sufferings? That he claims to own nothing is just a front for the gullible and his trusting followers, for it is a mere technicality. It is the Sathya Sai Central Trust and he rules over it totally, even signing every cheque, so he has stated himself in 1993. The tax-free charitable Central Trust remains essentially behind closed doors, no minutes revealed and no accountability for the expenditure. Is it’s wealth being properly used? Or squandered on too great a scale to build yet more temples and white elephant ‘spiritual museums’, all clearly designed and decorated so as to trumpet the name and fame of Sai Baba himself. Questions as to the misuse of funds expended in building an isolated Super-Speciality Hospital is cogently discussed in Serguei Badaev’s overview of the Sai Baba Super Speciality Hospitals’ wastefulness. If this had not been so, the answer would have been clear and acceptable.

The putative fact remains, Sai Baba’s monies are also used for gaining influence and political power, and without any visible beneficial effects on politics or politicians. The current state of political dishonesty, disinterest for the poor of India, and scams at all levels in India suggest nothing is changing, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer (certainly relative to each other and to the basic cost of living). Sathya Sai’s much heralded “Divine Plan” for changing India – promised to be soon even in the 1960s to Dr. J. Hislop in the well-known interviews he published is not a fact, but a vehicle of falsehoods and foolishly placed faith. See also ‘How far is it to dharma?‘ Ask devotees about it all and they will tell you “Baba has divinely good plans that no one but He can fathom. We are all but puny minds, how can we possibly know?” That is a great conversation stopper to end on!


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

 

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Dr. H. Narasimhaiah and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 24, 2007

Dr. H. Narasimhaiah

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


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

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

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


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

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

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Sai Baba miracles

Posted by robertpriddy on July 16, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATHYA SAI SHOWCASED

Posted by robertpriddy on July 2, 2007

SATHYA SAI BABA BBC DOCUMENTARY ‘THE SECRET SWAMI’ SHOWCASED [MAJOR EXPOSURE!]

WORLD EXPOSÉ OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY SATHYA SAI BABA

SAI BABA EXPOSED – CONNY LARSSON’S WEBSITE
BLOG SITE- CALL FOR MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION OF SATHYA SAI BABA

RESEARCH INTO SATHYA SAI BABA PUBLICATIONS AND CLAIMS MADE

DR, JOHN HISLOP LETTERS ON SAI SEX COVER-UP

NEW SEX REVELATIONS (2006) BY EX-DEVOTEE
SATHYA SAI STORIES, MYTHS AND DECEITS

SATHYA SAI ORG. PROPAGANDA, COVER-UP

THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION EXAMINED

DEFECTING SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION OFFICE-BEARERS AND PROMINENT DEVOTEES

PHOTO SET 1 – THE POWER AND THE GLORY

PHOTO SET 3 – SAI BABA’S LUXURY RESIDENCES

A SELECTION OF SATHYA SAI BABA’S DIVINE TEACHINGS – ‘SAIENCE’

DR. G. VENKATARAMAN’S COVER-UP AND DECEIT EXPOSED

SAI BABA, NON-VIOLENCE & INDIA’S ATOM BOMBS
ON ‘MIRACULOUS HEALING’ OR CURES BY FAITH (IN SAI BABA
Concerning the question of touching male genitals by Sathya Sai Baba
Extraordinary rationalisations of Sathya Sai Baba’s reported sexual activities

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SAI BABA CHILD ABUSE

Posted by robertpriddy on June 28, 2007

The Swedish psychologist and former follower of Sai Baba wrote of Sai Baba’s narcissism and abusive behaviour

“Sai Baba expresses intense rage, as you can read several places in the book ANYATHÃ SARANAM NASTHI [‘Other than You refuge there is none’], by Smt. Vijaya Kumari. She writes in the pages 68-69 about Sai Baba: “The slightest oversight with regard to arrangements for his meals would provoke Him into a fit of anger. Sometimes He would fling His plate at the wall opposite Him with such force that it would rebound and come back to Him”.

Getting older is very difficult for these personalities, when they realize that they are not as attractive or healthy as they used to be…
In Sanathana Sarathi from October 2002, you can read: “I don´t know any weakness. Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces and they suffer from deafness and cataract. I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause) there is not a single wrinkle on my face. My eyes shine like stars and my voice is like a loudspeaker…”

As a matter of fact a friend of mine, who recently visited the ashram, told me that Sathya Sai was almost bald on the back of his skull. And even if his face hasn´t any wrinkles, everyone can see that he has got a “turkey throat” So that is something that can threat Sai Baba’s grandiose image of himself.


Sai Baba’s major physical abuse of an infant

It is interesting, but also very frightening to read what Smt. Vijaya Kumari writes about her own son in page 222:

“Everyone used to call him “Chota Baba” (little Baba). He had a full head of crinkled hair. Swami made the boy sit in His lap and asked him, “What is your name?” “Have you drunk milk?” “Would you like to eat rice?” “Do you want to be naughty?” The boy gave replies in a cute way. Everyone was laughing.
The boy was then three years old. Suddenly, Swami made him lie face down in His lap and began beating him hard on the back. None of us knew what to make of it. We were all stunned, and staring at Swami. Who among us had the courage to go near Swami and question Him? The boy’s face looked jaded. He was yelling and crying. “Go, go away from here.” Saying so, Swami pushed the boy away from Him. The poor little boy! He came running to me sobbing. The sobs did not subside even after one hour. Every week, Swami would treat the boy like this, three or four times. The minute I took him out of the cradle my son would say pathetically, “Don´t take me to Swami, mother”, and break into tears. I would feel very pained. But when Swami ordered me to bring the boy, how could I say no? Further I had full faith and confidence in Swami… On the days when Venkamma garu happened to be with us, she would take my son from Swamis lap, saying “That is enough, Swami., My son was by no means mischievous. He was so quiet that none was aware of his presence in a room. But we do not know which “evil power” Swami had to drive away from him. “

Sai Baba and boy
[above is a photo of Sai Baba with that same boy when he had reached puberty]

I would guess that it was some sort of narcissistic offence which provoked this furious and evil behavior from Sai Baba towards the innocent child. Sathya Sai Baba’s confusing behaviour, I think, is just another symptom and a result of his mental disease… I think that he has an extremely narcissistic personality. Kernberg has written a lot about the narcissistic personality disorder. These persons have a psychological disturbance on the borderline level…These persons can also be very charming and charismatic. Often they are very talented and gifted. But inside they are quite empty and bored… They are also, on a deeper level, very lonely persons, who are unable to maintain deep, warm and meaningful relations to others…The narcissist has a very exploitive relation towards others and he/she needs admiration all the time… The narcissists use people as mirrors for themselves…
But at the same time, narcissists don’t bother about inconsistencies in their own behavior or character. They are standing aloof from all these trifles that bother most of us… They live in there self-made heaven, where they have put themselves on a pedestal, very far from us ordinary mortals. Often they seek challenges and are willing to take grand risks because they are so empty and bored inside…

The most conspicuous characteristic for the narcissistic personality is the paradoxical split between two images of the self. One image of the self is the grandiose self (Sai Baba is God himself- can it be more grandiose?) . The other image of the self, which is on a deeper level, is filled of shame, hate and feelings of worthlessness…

The tragedy for Sai Baba and his devotees is that his grandiose self gets continuous nourishment… actually it has been fed with attention and admiration all his life… Of course he has nothing to be afraid of… The other image of his self will never get a chance to show itself… And he will never get the chance to get in contact with his own suffering, which on the long view, could have healed him from his mental disorder…
And if there is at threat to him from this other image of the self to break through, (threat – because this would be very painful for him) he will have to deny its existence or project it on other persons… But there are situations when Sai Baba obviously has been deprived of narcissistic supply or frustrated in some way…

Perhaps the cute little boy, who made everyone laugh, stole all the attention and admiration, that Sai Baba wanted for himself? Perhaps in a deeper level, this little boy, who also was called “little Baba”,   provoked Sai Baba´s deeper feelings of worthlessness and self hate, his other self? Perhaps Sai Baba projected this denied and repressed self of his onto that little boy, who he then had to punish?

I think that Sathya Sai Baba is a VERY SICK person… I was happy when I found him… but I am much happier now, when I have rescued myself from him and the clutches of his cult!
Åsa Samsioe “

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Sai’s 10 avatars

Posted by robertpriddy on June 24, 2007

Sai Baba with N. Kasturi

Sathya Sai Baba selected Prof. N. Kasturi  as his official biographer – a highly impressionable spiritual seeker and college history teacher, who also had a radio chat-show and some reputation as a comic doggerel poet. Kasturi wrote four very florid biographical volumes (‘Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram’ or ‘Truth, Goodness, Beauty’). The authenticity of these accounts that he naively retells there from uncheckable and clearly most impressionable devotee sources must be seriously questioned. He relied largely on very poor villagers’s stories or beneficiaries of Sai Baba’s grace to become residents within his ashram. By the time they recalled events decades later, no doubt some of them were only to willing to embroider and even invent so that they might benefit from being quoted and recognised by Kasturi and the all-powerful Bhagavan Baba who ruled their village. Here are two examples of such ‘stories’, which are believed by many Sai followers to this day.”A devotee from Kamalapuram was asking Baba to show him some miracle and one day, Baba called him and the members of his family, his mother and the rest, and offered to show them the ten Dasavatharas, the Ten Incarnations of Vishnu! Matsya (the fish), Kurma (the tortoise) and Varaha (the boar) passed off without any incident but, when the terrible form of Narasimha appeared, they shrieked and yelled with fright, fearing that the house might collapse on their heads. They clamoured “Enough,” “Enough,” and Baba calmed down after Mangalarathi (worship of him with a flame) was performed, by persons, who, though they were there, did not see the Forms, because the Vision was not intended for them!” (Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram Vol. 1 by Prof. N. Kasturi, page 65)

” … the Purohit of a family whose guest Baba was at Mysore was granted, quite unexpectedly, a Vision of Narasimha, and the Srivaishnava Brahmin swooned and did not recover consciousness for several hours.” (Prof. N. Kasturi in Sathyam, Sivam, Sunderam Vol. 1, page 64f.)

Ra. Ganapati adds his shot too: “The Dasavathara Forms were vouchsafed to another gentleman now deceased, a relative of the Karnam family. As a matter of fact, he passed away, because his physical frame was too weak to contain the joy of the Vision. Baba took him to the river and asked him to watch the reflection, His own reflection, in the water. The man announced later that he saw at first Sathya Sai Baba Himself, then, only the halo of hair that surrounds His head, and then all the ten avathars in the order in which they are mentioned in the Puranas; the Kalki avathar on horseback had the form or Baba Himself!” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81)

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

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INDIA’S WORLD REPUTATION

Posted by robertpriddy on June 23, 2007

Sai Baba displeased

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

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

“Svami is seated on the Chitravati bed with His devotees. The fullmoon is filling the sky with its cool radiance. Svami has a look at it. Does He think that it looks like His face? Does He further think, ‘Why should it not have a dark wig like my hairy halo?’ As He moves His fingers here on earth an extraordinary phenomenon takes place in the lunar sphere. A halo appears round the moon, like Baba’s tresses! Is that all? The pointed fingers of Baba write something from here on the dark dome. There appears on that heavenly hair-do, the Sankha and Chakra (conch and disc of Vishnu) streaked in lightning. With a further wave of His hand, the conch of lightning dives down into Svami’s hand itself and converts itself into a gleaming white shell-variety as of this earth. Svami pours amrit from it in the mouths of more than a hundred devotees. That conch is still enshrined in the Prashanti Nilayam Puja.” (Baba: Sathya Sai by Ra. Ganapati, p. 81).

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

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SAI MOON MAN

Posted by robertpriddy on June 22, 2007

Sai Baba and the moon

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

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

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

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

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


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

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SATHYA SAI and INDIA

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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SAI LEGEND HOWLERS

Posted by robertpriddy on June 18, 2007

More non-credible ‘stories’ presented as fact by Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba claims to know that legendary figures of Indian mythology were real: “Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakasipu also were ones of very great capabilities. They were great scientists. Hiranyakasipu not only went to the moon; he also went to the sun. Not only the sun, he also reached the stars. When he went to star Dhruva and touched it, the earth spun. With that he suffered. Though he was such a great scientist, things should be done only as much as is needed; but if it is in excess, a very big danger will happen.”  (Sathya Sai Baba – Guru Purnima Discourse, July 2002).
Sai Baba also said:- “Modern scientists could only reach the moon, but Hiranyakasipu could even go beyond the sun and the stars. Such a great scientist did not adhere to Dharma (i.e righteousness) and ultimately met his doom.” (Sanathana Sarathi October 1999, page 262).
“Hiranyakasipu had by rigorous austerity and practice established his mastery, as modern scientists have done, over the elements. He could transport himself through the hydrospheres as a fish, through the atmosphere as a bird, but he denied God…” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 20, page 33)
“People today regard the ancient sages as ignoramuses, who knew nothing about science. But they knew more than the scientists of today. One of the greatest scientists in ancient times was Hiranyakasipu. He was the master of all the five elements (ether, air, water, fire and earth) and explored the depths of the ocean, all the regions of the earth and the farthest reaches of the sky. He probed the secrets of the atom.” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 24, page 83).
This man is worshipped by six Indian Prime Ministers and several Indian Presidents, by Indian judges, ‘scientists’ and a supposed 60 to 100 million followers (some claim 600 million!) So what can be so wrong with their judgement?

Narasimha and demon Hiranyakasipu

Sai Baba was once Rama and Krishna, so he claims!
He told people around him (according to the long-term US ashram resident Mr. Alvin Drucker in 1987 in a talk before a thousand or so foreign visitors) that all who visited him on his 60th Birthday were once also with him when he was Krishna or when he was Rama. These secrets came only from His close servitors on the Sai Central Trust, including Mr.Prasad, who tell that Swami said this was also so on the 70th Birthday. Of course, the rumour spread most freely (see here)!

Now, very many dinosaur fossils – including those of a few new species – are still being discovered today. They all lived many millions of years ago. Yet any evidence the relative giants of Indian scripture like Rama and Co. which Sai Baba claims existed only some few thousands of years ago has never been discovered or identified. Sathya Sai Baba also presents it as historical fact that God has in ages past actually incarnated as a vast tortoise (Kurma), a giant boar (Varuna) and a lion-man (Narasimha), each time to save the world from one or another threat.Yes, it gets better, stranger all the time…

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