Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Understanding religion – the origins and persistence of such diverse beliefs

Posted by robertpriddy on February 6, 2016

The Origins and Persistence of Religious Belief and Faith in God Wonder and awe at existence, at the world early humankind lived in and not least at ‘the heavens’ are common to us all and there is evidence that neolithic humans also had the capacity and the time for this. The human condition of not knowing the whys, hows and wherefores of being pertains even today, though is doubtless not so overwhelming as it once was. This awe cannot have been insulated from fear, which is so closely related to ignorance.

Otherworldliness and futile escapism It is almost unavoidable that a person  – even if not brought up to some religious faith and even well-educated in the relevant sciences – will sooner or later become interested in age-long traditions of many kinds that try to prepare those who aspire to greater understanding and realization of their own potentialities…

Can religion and ideologies lead to cognitive disorder? Religious faith depends upon a system of beliefs, not proven facts and certainly not scientifically verifiable facts. It depends on much more than belief as such. The influences of parents and the mental and emotional imprinting to which their children are subjected forms a basis – naive childhood acceptance of beliefs.

The agnosticism vs. atheism issue and and secularism Some key distinctions for the science-religion debates: If ‘atheism’ means “100% certainty or conviction that there is no god or cosmic intelligence which created or sustains the universe” then there must be few who can – on proper reflection – subscribe to its literal sense. To do so it to become a rigid know-all…

Religion as ’emulation of the adult by the child’ Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men have made in search of personal power, all of it mingled with shreds of enlightenment. And always the ultimate unspoken commandment is “Thou shalt not question!” But we question.

The brain as a belief machine Much has been discovered in recent times about how beliefs are formed, what conditions the process – especially through neurological studies.  I recommend the following work as an important contribution to the subject The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. By Michael Shermer.

The ‘Labyrinth fallacy’ in extensive belief systems  There are systems of thought and belief which are seldom easily recognised as being a convoluted circular ‘labyrinth’ of ideas. The logical fallacy involved is circularity or self-contradiction, but this is not easily detected because of the complexity and extended nature of the particular idea-system or ‘labyrinthine’ doctrine. Wherever there is a vast collection of thoughts, ideas, beliefs and practices which are based on speculative reasoning and unlikely assumptions, one can become lost to oneself.

Ten Reasons why unbelievers dislike religion Among the restrictions common to most mainstream religions are certain human values which are not recognised, causing the rejection of religion by those who lean towards modern humanitarianism, fairness and equality, avoidance of ideological conflict and and scientifically sound decisions.

The crucial ‘test of faith’ in religions, sects and cults Tests of faith are a part of all traditional religious views and doctrines and are invariably supportive of a priesthood, guru, church or religion. They are a very subtle means of manipulating the minds of guru-followers developed over many centuries, often embroiling people in mental networks of uncertainties and striving, which most likely bear no other fruits than keeping the ‘spiritual master’ in his fortunate, revered and comfortable position.

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Sathya Sai Baba as world saviour

Posted by robertpriddy on June 9, 2009

“It was said that I have taken up this Form in answer to the prayers of sadhus (noble souls) and others… I have come, because I felt I had to come. I resolved upon this… This campaign will succeed, it will not fail. The welfare of the world will be ensured…” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 3, page 205)

“In conversation with Dr. John Hislop (7/11/1980), Sathya Sai Baba said:-“Were it not for the mind change of Sai devotees the world would already have fallen into complete chaos.” (Conversations with… Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. J. Hislop, p. 190 old ed., page 173 new. ed)

“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. (Discourse 16 March 2003)

The above claims are unfulfilled and patently unfulfillable. No one in their right mind would be able truly to believe in them. Yet Sai Baba followers still do. Despite that, they are in my experience very often people with good intentions and high ideals (but unfortunately not without plenty of self-seeking persons among them). Whatever their aims, they are certainly in psychological denial about the one the worship and are unable fully to see that he has long since departed from his boasted ideals of truthfulness, purity and trust. The Sathya Sai Organization continues to  beaver away trying to raise this idol who has already fallen very badly in the eyes of the world, and will never be accepted by the world’s reasonable and educated people – who are not indoctrinated as his devotees. Their efforts will are about as futile as those of the countless followers through the decades of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with his failed attempts to eliminate crime through mantra chanting and even to take over whole countries. They are fading away, also struck down by revelations of his bogus nature and false claims.  Maharishi’s promotion of ‘yogic flying’ – a ridiculous spectacle – was itself just about enough to put an end to the entire ambitions of that movement. Sathya Sai Baba has promoted far, far more absurd ideas… so he too is inevitably bound to end on the rubbish heap of broken promises and bizarre history. Take a handful more of his claims:

1) that he ‘materialized’ a three ton gold lingam from his stomach (when the BBC film showed only water coming from his mouth) See here plus video clip

2) that he will lift a range of mountains in the manner of Krishna who, in mythology, lifted a mountain to protect his devotees  see Sai Baba prophesies he will lift “a whole range of mountains”!

3) that he will have to forsake even the aeroplane and fly unaided through the sky to appear to all his devotees see Sai Baba soon to fly unaided in the sky?

These are some of the most obvious megalomaniac claims, but he has made hundreds more. How can such a person expect to be taken seriously by more than deluded persons and the lunatic fringe in this modern age of education, science and technology? One can rest assured that the above claims alone have secured his insignificance as a religious figure in the coming era.

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India will lead the world – Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 7, 2009

“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 2002,p. 267

This makes any well-informed person think both how vague and how extremely unlikely Baba’s ‘promises’ often are. Does he mean that through India’s offices all countries of the world will join in one union, like a glorified USA or EU? Devotees will doubtless interpret this prediction of the current alliance against terrorism between countries who now agree they are going to war against the terrorists. But Sai Baba specifically included ‘the people of all the countries”. Even Israel, Palestine, Irak, Iran? Would it were so! But even conveniently united efforts on the political scene against a common external enemy come and go according to circumstances… unlikely to last!

In his Convocation address in November 2008. Sai Baba said: “I did not come across anyone who hates Me. Till now, I have no enemies at all. All people love Me, since I love one and all.” and “Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call himself 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.”

What does Sai Baba mean by Bharat? Bharat is a name for India, but for Sai Baba it means a legendary India believed once to have existed, a kind of utopia. Fort he surely can’t be talking about the India we know of today! He likes to conflate India with Bharat, which exists solely in an imagined future far away from present-day sub-continent with all divisions, crimes, corruption and violence. How can such a nation, where most basic human rights are totally disregarded for the great mass of its population, conjure forth all this goodness that will unify the world? Well, only the Lord knows, what with the massive and blind retributive killings by Indian forces of innocents in Jammu/Kashmir and of Nagas in the East, with its persistent and repressive caste system, widespread colour discrimination, ever-repeated murdering of Dalits, Moslems, Christians, tribals and the still very widespread burning of brides, repression of women’s rights, slavery of millions of landless bonded labourers and its ca. 20 million child labourers? It’s a nice thought, but is not Sai Baba fanciful now… or, as he says of his critics ‘imaginative’? Here is some more of his ramblings:-

“This land of Bharat has acquired great name and fame for erudite scholarship. This land of Bharat is a divine land, which has produced great intellectuals in the fields of music, art, literature, and various sciences BUT People have forgotten the basic principles of this great culture and are imitating Western culture. The Bharatiyas today are like the elephant, who is unaware of its own strength. With a swish of its tail, an elephant can knock a man off his feet and throw him yards away. Such a powerful elephant will humbly obey the commands of the mahout. It just acts according to the wishes of the mahout. BUT Unfortunately, today the Bharatiyas have forgotton these great values and therefore become slaves in their own country. (Sathya Sai Baba)

He sees himself as the mahout! But he has failed in his promises to ‘clean up his backyard’ (i.e. transform India) before doing the same for the rest of the world. He rides an elephant which can’t be made even to remember its “basic principles” and “values”. Meanwhile, countless Indians imitate Western culture, and almost all who can afford it go to the West, not least for a proper education. one wonders? Many diaspora Indians have made huge contributions to modern science and arts, and they promote forward-looking values – not traditional religious puritanism and despotic social systems such as Sai Baba typifies. Indian achievers will never embrace the puritanically fundamentalist and largely fallacious ‘teachings’ Sathya Sai Baba gives, especially his abysmally ignorant science as “Saience”.

>Quotation of [prediction made by Sathya Sai Baba to John Hislop

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, failed to appear. That his students would occupy positions of power long since and thus change society has also proved to be an empty boast. See here:-

India’s prophesied future world leadership?

Sai Baba: India’s great lost culture and values

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Sathya Sai Baba blames everything on others, nothing on himself

Posted by robertpriddy on May 7, 2009

The most unreasonable of all excuses – to avert all blame from oneself for anything one does – is to claim that one is the Divine Godhead – pure, infallible and entirely benevolent. This is exactly what Sathya Sai Baba does, and he constantly repeats this theme. He is ever fault-finding and criticising others, including all his devotees.

They are held to be the sole cause of all their sufferings and difficulties in life. The actions of mankind are the only cause of everything bad that happens in the world – even earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena. People are particularly culpable if they do not believe in God or try to see and experience God. It has nothing to do with God or Sai Baba, who masquerades as the Deity above all Deities. Altogether, it is incredible that anyone can accept this full doctrine – I was never able to accept the above excuses… it was always a flaw in his teaching which I would overlook because of the many things I once thought positive about him.

In his discourse in Kodaikanal on 18th May 2003, (Sanathana Sarathi July 2003), Sai Baba said:

“Who is God? Does He really exist? Many people are obsessed by such doubts. It is foolish to entertain such doubts. God is present in all. (….) There is no scope for doubt in this regard. You cannot deny the existence of a person who is standing right in front of you. Likewise, you cannot deny the existence of all-pervasive God.” [ibid p. 194]

Not true! I can easily deny the existence of all-pervasive God. whoever may be standing in front of me. I quite simply do not believe it. The implication was obvious – Sathya Sai Baba was standing in front of his captive, indoctrinated audience, who overwhelmingly believed him to be God (even though there are great differences in interpretation of what ‘God” means). The world at large would never accept his pseudo-logic… he seems to forget anyone but those who worship him.

” God exists for those who think He exists. He does not exist for those who deny Him.”

So God’s existence depends on us, and if we think God doesn’t exist, we in a way cheat him out of his existence. This is a clear – if unwitting – admission that Sai Baba thinks God’s existence is simply a subjective belief! [ibid p.195]

“The fundamental principle of all names and forms is within you. All that you see in the external world is only a reaction, reflection and resound of the fundamental principle. (….) You suffer from self-created delusion. In this manner, you deceive yourself. You betray yourself. Your feelings are responsible for this. Your doubts are the cause of this.”

Sathya Sai Baba is in the external world – so is this perception caused by our feelings and doubts – and so is nothing but a “self-created delusion”? However one interprets this, it amounts to the quite insane and totally unhelpful theory that the entire universe is a delusion and whatever is supposedly real (‘God’) is an invisible, unknowable. To lay all the responsibility at the
door of the devotee or the critic for creating a delusion (i. e. the universe) is beyond absurdity. Yet Sathya Sai Baba
has constantly claimed he created the universe – thus showing himself responsible for any or all the delusion. This is irrational megalomania taken to psychopathic extremes.

“…man should be totally free from doubts.He should be firm and steady. But today man is filled with doubts. Where do doubts come from? They arise out of his own imagination.” – “You see God day in and day out…. Yet you think that you have not seen God. How foolish it looks. You think they are mere external forms. In fact, what you see outside is the reflection of your inner being. You are forgetting the reality and getting deluded by the reaction, reflection and resound.” [ibid p.196]

In claiming God is everywhere, in everyone, and we are all God, Sai Baba promotes a failed and logically circular “spiritual teaching” – one which is bolstered by such a mass of inconsistent belief-based and contra-rational and contra-factual thinking – that some people without strong intellectual discrimination, experience and knowledge are quite easily taken in by it.

For a more thorough explanation of the complete falsity of this pantheistic and solipsist confusion, see here.

Amusing aside: According to his teaching, Sai Baba’s behaviour is a reflection of our own inner being. This is possibly why some office bearers in the Sai Org. accuse anyone who claims to have been sexually abused by Sai Baba to be sexual abusers
themselves.
It is certain that critics who find complete credibility in most of the allegations are accused of ‘looking through dirty glasses’ because Sai Baba says one should always view everything and everyone through rose-tinted glasses,especially himself (claiming that he is totally pure!)

Final laughing points:

“There is love in every man but he is diverting it towards his wife, children, friends, relatives and worldly possessions,” [ibid p.199] Sathya Sai Baba – posing as God incarnate – craves the love we have for our dearest and for each other!

“All of you are the very forms of God. That is why you have gathered here. As there is divinity in you, you have developed love towards this Divine Form.”Since there is supposedly the very same divinity in everyone, why isn’t everyone in the world trying to visit him? However, as usual, Sai Baba has contradicted his axiom that there is a “Divine spark’ in everyone, by naming his critics as demons, without any divine spark!”… a hard-hearted person cannot be called a spark of Divinity; he is verily a demon.[p. 323, Sanathana Sarathi, November 2002] Sathya Sai Baba actually believes in black magic demons, quite literally, as many of his talks make clear – not least those on the demons in the Ramayana and other Hindu scriptures .

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Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Posted by robertpriddy on April 12, 2009

Gerald Joe Moreno began his full-time activities in defending the Sathya Sai Organization and Sathya Sai Baba around autumn 2004, starting by trying to sabotage the International Sai Petition – which now has over 1,300 signatories including a large number of former followers and office-bearers). This he could do only during it’s first year or so before it was protected against such spamming by being moved to its present location and subjected to many cross-checks. As usual, Moreno made massive assumptions – mostly entirely false – about the nature of the petition, calling it bogus. His case rested mainly on his having been able to make some false submissions to the petition before it was protected properly from such spamming (in its new location) – including a bogus entry he boasts about having made under the bogus name Joe Apodaco or the like. [Note that Joe Moreno gave no documentary proof he made that entry. However, it was  removed just in case.] That Moreno tried so hard to vandalise the petition with intent to sabotage it shows he is a trickster and flouts all decent civil conventions. He has been unable to continue this since i took over the petition management.

NOTE I have removed a short paragraph from here as it was incorrect (I should not wish for Moreno to be falsely accused of even a minor matter). Joe Moreno was actually abused by Sathya Sai Baba, though he denies that the lowering of his pants and massaging with oil on his “lower stomach” was what the law (even in India) defines it as – sexual molestation when not performed with consent by a doctor of medicine. (See Basava Premanand’s discussion with Moreno on this)

Religious sex abuse is rife: This “anointing of genitals”is a known form of ‘grooming’ for potential sex partners. See the newspaper cutting:

GENITAL OILING CASE IN UK

GENITAL OILING CASE IN UK

Joe Moreno attacks Alaya Rahm for trying to sue Sathya Sai Baba and/or his Organization for money – actually, that is, for compensation and damages. Perfectly legitimate, as the above cutting shows. It has been done by countless religious sex abuse victims with much success, and very rightly so. If Sathya Sai Baba were to be sued successfully in India (that is, if his governmental and Supreme Court protection were to cease) he would owe countless millions of US dollars, more even than the ISCKON Hare Krishna people were (bankrupted in the USA).

For years Moreno actually believed that Sathya Sai Baba was a sexual abuser (see scan below)! Later Moreno went into total denial of this at the first opportunity (the Alaya Rahm lawsuit’s withdrawal), for it had become a totally untenable and embarrassing position for Moreno when compared with his praise of Sathya Sai Baba and huge struggle to defend him against most of the allegations. This despite massive documentation, including numerous proofs of deception from Sai Baba’s own published words.

1) Alaya Rahm testimony about Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuses as on documentary film -which he of course has never retracted
2) Major exposure of the Sathya Sai Society of US and Sai Organisation deceits about a US lawsuit by Alaya Rahm
3) Joe Moreno’ on his own oiling by Sathya Sai Baba (scan from his website)

4) Gerald Joe Moreno’s admission of belief in sexual molestation by Sathya Sai Babajoebelief

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Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2009

By his very typical method of faulty, highly selective extrapolation, Gerald Joe Moreno falsely accused Barry Pittard of being a criminal – which statement he had to retract (extremely grudgingly).

At another stage, exploiting the posting of a Pittard article by an an obnoxious group, he strongly and widely labelled Pittard as an anti-Semite.  Moreno exploited the posting of a Pittard article by a group whose type of views Pittard has all his life abhorred.

These attacks are on the Internet for all to see, especially given the fact that Moreno has a specialty in manipulating search engine results so that his articles are often most prominently featured.

Those who have known Barry Pittard for decades know that views based on race or class or culture have always been deeply abhorent to him. His extensive volunteer social work of many years has been among people irrespective of their race, class or religion. Alan Kazlev, in Australia, who had at first been misled by Moreno’s propaganda made his own enquiries and found that Moreno’s defamations of Pittard and others were serious. Needless to say Moreno at once mounted vehement attacks against Kazlev, as he has long done against virtually anyone who asks, for proper third party investigation of the allegations, as Barry Pittard has so often emphasised, against Sai Baba and certain of his core servitors.

Many of those connected with the station affirm (information available to bona fide, properly-reputed! researchers) that Barry Pittard had a highly-regarded community radio programme “Collective Spirit”, whose core theme was precisely about promoting good relations in the community between the various religious and other paths, and about finding commonalities. Moreover, as the worldwide former devotee network can attest, there are Jewish members who hold Pittard in high esteem, as do others of other faiths and non-faiths.

They attest that when there was a down-putting remark made about the Jews by a Christian presenter at the same radio station at which Pittard also worked as a presenter, he objected strongly. For this he was thanked by the then leader of the Jewish community in his area, who later invited a director and he to a private Jewish ceremony in her and her husband’s home. The presenter, who showed no remorse at the offense or sensitive desire for remediation, was dismissed from the station.

Typically though his assertions are cruelly false, Moreno does not withdraw his claims. So much, then, for his hero-worship not only of Sathya Sai Baba but of other traditional teachers of truth, righteousness, peace and love.

See associated articles:

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

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Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Posted by robertpriddy on March 13, 2009

Gerald Joe Moreno declares himself to have no association of any kind with the Sathya Sai organization, which he nonetheless defends constantly by trying to assassinate  the character of all its scores of critics, and nowhere calling for the sect’s accountability.

Gerald Moreno As Frontman For Sathya Sai Cult

The evidence is that he is being fed by the very hand he denies.  Not one single Sathya Sai Organization leader or member has criticised or denounced his behaviour. Nor do those who have left the Sai cult more recently report any attempt to advise Sai devotees not to cooperate with Moreno’s constant attacks, vilifications, libels and contacts with Sai devotees around the world. This stark fact further confirms and illustrates the cultist nature of this movement.

Despite his close contact and coordination with leading Sai Baba activists, Moreno even claims that he is not a devotee or a follower of Sathya Sai Baba, for whose cause he has fought constantly for many hours virtually every day for years throughout many extensive web sites, blogs, and postings – this even while he was believing the guru to be a sexual abuser (see here)! He cites instances of Sai Baba’s (non-medical) touching the private parts of young males as though such actions were not forbidden in the statute books of many legal systems throughout the world. He refuses – either deliberately or because he is incredibly naive – to grant that such incidents are crimes. He ceaselessly proclaims, irrelevantly, that Sai Baba has never been brought to any court trial.

Gerald Joe Moreno makes many wildly incorrect assumptions and wilful misleading statements on his web pages and  blogs. He has accused several of us, variously, as being fascists, Christian fundamentalists, anti-Semites, perverts, druggies, blatant liars (scores of times!) when we are none of these. The smallest mistake or something not properly explained (or unable to be explained so as to protect victims), or fact that he deems to bear only his narrow and worst-case interpretation, he immediately brands as “lies”, “deceptions”, “cheating”, “dishonesty”, etc., etc., …

He accuses us in a manner not done within our communities in all the decades of our lives. The opinion of one former devotee he will foist on an extended group, using such labels as “anti Sais”. In fact, former devotees who have called for proper investigation of the allegations come from a wide array of different social and cultural backgrounds and the major religions and secular paths such as rationalism and humanism, and are not some amorphous, homogenous group.

See below for the link to the independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s detailed analysis of some examples of Gerald Joe Moreno’s poor conduct in regard to Wikipedia editing. Shepherd was never a devotee of Sai Baba.

Moreno was indefinitely suspended for most serious breaches -including repeated immoderation of language, and antagonism even towards senior Wikipedia staff. But Shepherd’s measured and scholarly treatment is all the more commendable given that he, like so many others who have questioned Sai Baba and his sect, has been strongly attacked by Moreno. For another example of decency and restraint typical of almost all former devotees, see:

Recent correspondence with Joe Moreno from Timothy ConwayPh.D. – former President of the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of San Francisco.

and also that of a former top leader in the Sathya Sai Organisation, Al Rahm in reply to an email to him by Moreno, who has repeatedly attacked the good faith of the Rahm family:

Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter

See references to Moreno by independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia

See articles associated with the above blog:


You can see a selected list of prominent signers of the Petition here.

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Sai Baba – personal experience vs. learned facts

Posted by robertpriddy on February 1, 2009

Speak only from your direct experience, never rely on any other basis. Part of his so-called ’Sai teaching’ is to rely entirely on your own experience in all matters. But most  perceptions are influenced by the subject’s preconceptions and many  interpretations of them are at least partly pre-programmed by what one has been taught, which came very largely from others. Unless one has developed a well-balanced and healthy reservation in judgement and the techniques of self-reflection, criticism and more.

The nature and degree of reliability of personal experience varies very greatly from one instance to another, and from person to person. Personal experience is actually often equivalent only to subjective experience. Perception of the same events differ tremendously between those who have ‘personal experience’ of them, depending on their position, their foreknowledge, their ingrained attitudes and so forth.  Independent observers often diverge radically in their accounts from engaged participants. That said, we do build some considerable part of our own valid convictions on deep personal experiences. Yet we necessarily build by far the greater part of our knowledge and world-views on received information – such as through upbringing, education, the workplace and a wide circle of influences from friends to the media and so on. This might be considered to be ‘hearsay’, but it is very far from being only what one hears and reads. The range of ‘hearsay’ under that tendentious usage stretches, say, from the Encyclopedia Britannica to envious and untrue slander over the fence. Such an attitude makes a mockery of the institutions of society as a whole and raises the individual to a supreme status as the knower of fact and truth.

Tendentious appeals to ‘personal experience’
To refute public facts, the argument from personal experience is used by propagandists, demagogues and cultists of all kinds. There are many cults in which the master or guru’s view is that only personal experience is the basis for all truth. Now, if it is reported that a boy was sexually abused by him, those blind believers who wish to suppress the report and cover it up have responded by: ‘ have you personally experienced sexual abuse, and if not, you cannot know it happened’. This has occurred even when it was reported by a doctor and confirmed by an independent doctor.

The perception of devotees that they experience divine love from the guru – such as when he merely looks into their eyes very briefly – is pre-programmed through what others have glowingly reported and the consequent massive expectations are held over a very long time before they get to see him thus. The projection of ones faith and longings is the most likely result.  This mostly speaks of lack of previous experience of charismatic persons, or of clever manipulators and psychopaths for whom everything they do is an act calculated to control and manipulate others, so ingrained that their charm seems entirely natural.

Vicarious ‘experience’ and living through the perceptions of others In a cult which is large enough to hinder anything but the most fleeting direct contact with the figurehead most  long-term followers do not leave it after the exposure of major lies and crimes by the guru. Having built their lives around it all, they are cocooned in a form of delusion known as cognitive disorder. It is very far from first-hand experience of Sathya Sai Baba, except at best for short periods, and is based on reliving and regenerating the perceptions learned from the massive literature, films and personal stories from others (hearsay, not experience). When it that boy were being  sexually abused by Sai Baba, the accusers were often asked ‘ have you personally experienced that sexual abuse, and if not, how can you  know it happened’. This has occurred even when it was reported by a doctor and confirmed by an independent doctor. Deciding guilt depends on all kinds of evidence, its extent, consistency, quality and many other circumstances.

In Jesus sects, for example, charismatics speak as if they knew Jesus personally, could tell what he really though and wanted, despite his having lived long ago and far away… and the historical record being fragmentary, contradictory and the gospels being shown to have been manipulated through misplaced zeal, mistranslations and misunderstandings. Still, thousands flock to the preacher and believe in his ‘testimony’ which is even called ‘witnessing’!

Further highly relevant reading:-

How mis-perceptions of Sai Baba and onself are developed

Why is Sai Baba never to blame?

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Book reveals ‘secrets’ of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2009

In Smt. Vijayakumari’s book “Anyathya Saranam Nasthi” we read about Sathya Sai Baba’s literal belief in disincarnate demons, no less!vijayakumari

Do  demons really exist, Swami?” he replied “Yes! Those who committed suicide,  those killed in accidents, those who met with an untimely death, all these  will be roaming around like ghosts.

Sai Baba also promotes the belief in black magic as a reality, which is bound up with widespread beliefs in India about witchcraft, the evil eye and leads to horrendous killings of supposed ‘witches’.

See full coverage of his statements here.

vijay-sonSee on the right scan from the book with her shocking testimony about Sathya Sai Baba as a
child abuser, which she – his own mother – accepted because she believed in the gross superstition that there must be some ‘evil power’ being driven away from him!
saiprudvi

Also read: more on Sai Baba’s beatings of her son

and Sathya Sai Baba’s narcissism
The English title of the book (in English) is ‘Refuge other that you I have none’ Vijayamma’s e-mail was  <asn_vijayamma@hotmail.com> & address W/o K.S. HemChand, Opp. Brooke Bond, Main Road, Whitefield. B’lore. 560066.  Karnataka. The printers are Sai Shriram Printers, Ekkattuthangal, Chennai.

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Ignorance is bliss in Sai Baba’s ‘teaching’

Posted by robertpriddy on January 26, 2009

If he knows so much, why does Sai Baba not clear all doubts?  Why does the self-professed omniscient Avatar not make known fully and clearly everything about his mission and answer every type of valid question and doubt that arises?

Sathya Sai Baba gives various reasons for his not engaging publicly in explanations about his claimed wisdom and powers. He disdains arguments that appeal to and satisfy the logical and scientific mind.  He looks down on all scientific understanding as an expression of intellectual pride or gross materialism and derides all but religious scholars as ‘learned fools’.

He claims to minister primarily to those who have humility, this being one reason for the birthplace of the avatar he claims to be being in India. He claims to know the very secrets of all creation, of birth, life and death but is unwilling to adopt the premises of reason and logic to explain them and make them clear enough to be more than speculative talk.

He makes evident that he does not wish or intend to stimulate ‘worldly’  intelligence, which he puts down as mere desires of the “restless” and curious mind. Sathya Sai Baba is no philosopher in any sense that makes sense, for he is a proselytizer of faith versus knowledge on all occasions, primarily faith in God – and not least in himself as such. He does not teach but preaches. He propounds the glories of  “mindless divine consciousness” which he holds is superior in every way to mental activity, scientific and intellectual understanding. Yet he also insists that it is achievable only by a tiny handful among the billions of humanity!  This ideal has been held up by numerous mystics, gurus and claimants to divinity in the past, overwhelmingly in India, where a vast under-educated mass of the population is brought up to believe in these miasmas from the cradle.

He has repeatedly insisted that he has not come in order to institute a new religion or set of beliefs. though he has also admitted to a ‘Sai religion’ and permitted the use of this term. He has announced repeatedly that his alleged ‘divine task’ is the regeneration of the first and most perennial philosophy, the Vedas. In regenerating them, he aims for the recreation on a huge scale of the practices and the way of life that would embody the alleged “Vedic truths”. In this and his constant harping on the past glories of a lost age of ‘Bharat’ – one for which there is no scrap of historical evidence – he literally wishes to put the clock back to a deeply superstitious and unknowledgeable era where democracy, human rights, equality before the law, social  justice,  and freedom from oppression were unknown. He speaks about ‘human values’ as God-given absolutes set in stone by, which is an oxymoron. He does not explain where the anti-values which correspond to the good ones came from except from the ‘evil’ in so many human hearts. That is the level of education he expresses.

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Good thoughts from India – re Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 23, 2009

I received a comment approving my efforts from a blogger, on whose interesting  blog I also then put a comment (see blog with comment here).  He has chosen the pen-name ‘nitwit nastik’ and thus, as an agnostic, he also differs from so many self-important religious believers in my experience (and they are very many) in being able to use refreshing self-ironic pen-name about his standpoint. One can see from his  writings that that he is far from being any nitwit, but an articulate and thoughtful person. He sent me the following reply, which he allows me to post herewith:-

“Thanks Robert for your comment. I am not sure if I am representative of the India of the future because people like me who challenge religious claims are few and far between in India. Most Indians are discouraged from challenging religion and most still don’t have access to internet and are not aware or open to of the vast amounts of knowledge/research available on the internet. The brainwashing of young children and the religious indoctrination at schools are also a major problem (although I am myself a living testimony that such things do not work all the time).

India still isn’t the place where independent thought is encouraged as it is done in a lot of western countries, although I must admit that the situation seems to be improving a bit. You are also right in saying that it might be years or centuries before we can cast off the shackles of organized religion, if at all. There needs to be a political will to uphold and enforce the freedoms guaranteed by our constitutions, the critical mass needed amongst children and youth to give this movement some momentum (as they are the ones most prone to religious indoctrination) and of course the money to support the free-thought/rationalist movement and counter the propaganda machine of believers. I firmly believe that all humans are born with a logical faculty which are discouraged by parents,society or by religious authorities, which leads to blindness in matters of religion. Probably, the only way this vicious cycle can be broken is by showing people reason and logic, patiently and compassionately (tough things to live by when attacked continuously by the religious right) and not through repressive tactics like in China, where repressive tactics have failed to curb religious belief.

Anyway thanks again for your comment. I will definitely visit your site on satya sai baba. Btw I didn’t know that you had written books on Satya Sai Baba so I would like to commend your efforts in bringing the activities of the charlatan to the fore and exposing the fraud that he is.

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Sathya Sai Baba’s literal stories from scripture

Posted by robertpriddy on January 22, 2009

COUNTLESS INDIAN ‘GOD-MEN’ AND GURUS HAVE PRONOUNCED THAT THEY ARE  INCARNATIONS OF DEITIES LIKE KRISHNA, RAMA AND MANY OTHERS… BUT SATHYA SAI BABA HAS EXCEEDED THEM ALL IN INCREDIBLE CLAIMS!

Rama and Krishna

Sathya Sai Baba always speaks as if most of the events described in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata incl. Bhagavad Gita, and the Srimad Bhagavatha actually happened. He sometimes actually insists that they did:-

1) he was himself Krishna and was 84 years old at time of Mahabharata war (Summer Showers at Brindavan 1978, page 58)
2)he knows this since he was himself Krishna  – aged 84 years when the war took place that the Mahabharata war occurred in 3138 BC. (Summer Roses on the Blue Mountains 1976. p. 85f)
that as Krishna he once did the miracles described in scripture, including multi-location of his body in a simultaneous dance with six thousand cowgirls (gopis)! (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 26, pps. 27-29)

4) that the Ramayana described historical facts, for he once was also Lord Rama and defeated  demons, flew in mantra-powered ‘airplanes’ (Pushpak), banished his own wife, killed the demon Ravana, etc.

 

Proof that Sathya Sai Baba unambiguously asserts the literal truth of these scriptural ‘stories’ is seen in the following published conversation:

Sometimes Swami speaks of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as if they were historical, and sometimes as if they were to be taken as representative of every individual’s inner conflicts, virtues, bad qualities etc. Are these events and people historical fact?”
>Sai “Yes they are a record of historical people and incidents… Rama was a real person and an Avathar. And Dasaratha was His father. Krishna was real and the events of His Avathara were real. Rama’s life, over the ages, has been altered and distorted somewhat, and Swami’s story of Rama will be a classic through several Yugas.” (Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba by Dr. John Hislop – new ed. p. 129 old ed. p. 155)

See more Sathya Sai Baba stories and myths presented as real events

>Sathya Sai Baba and Islam

>Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation – Rama or Ravana?
Analysis of Sai Baba’s claims to have been Krishna – weeping saris etc.

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Sathya Sai Baba – to turn the clock back

Posted by robertpriddy on January 4, 2009

“Scientists today are inventing several things. A double-decker plane is being flown in the sky. However, along with the great advances made in science and technology, loss of the quality of human life is also on a large scale. This was not the case in earlier times. Several people used to live together under one roof, with peace and happiness. There was no fear complex at all! But, today, the fear complex is all pervading. Wherefrom did this fear come? It is due to lack of self-confidence. People have no faith in their inner Self.” (Sathya Sai Baba in his Convocation discourse, 22-11-2008)

Comment: Sathya Sai Baba bemoans the “loss of quality in human life”. He evidently believes that all was light and love, that traditional society in Indian was better than in the democracies today, but there was constant internecine war and invasions – from the Mahabharata war to the vast genocide by Ashoka, from the Mogul holocaust to the brutal maharajas. It is sheer rubbish to say “there was no fear complex at all”! Sai Baba wants to set the clock back to strict puritan religious and oppressive values,  to rife superstition and fear of the environment, as if all people were more moral and good in former times. History teaches us otherwise (if one knows any). The huge world majority rejects any such return to the past.  Sathya Sai Baba preaches of a golden age in forgotten times, but nothing indicates that such legends have any truth behind them, it is mythological only.  Little does he therefore know or understand of the improved quality of life since earlier times, the benefits of civilised law, increasing human rights, greater security from hunger and illness than ever (even though this has not reached all nations, it is so in the huge majority). One could go on with hundreds of improvements, for even in the last half century, human life conditions have improved vastly on a scale which would have been unimaginable to our forefathers.

“Due to an indiscriminate use of technology, the air, water, food, and everything is polluted and poisoned all over the world. Fortunately, the country of Bharat is spared from this widespread pollution. We should not run after science and technology. Science without humanness is fraught with great danger to the very existence of humanity. There is no greater power than human power.”

On the whole, and increasingly today, the many sciences covering all aspects of existence in greater and greater detail is the very expression of human striving to improve all the conditions and quality of life. They can hardly be said to be inventing only “several things”. The use of technology has been and still may continue to be a two-edged sword, though world awareness as to its wrong uses and proper development has increased vastly in recent decades, which has improved science greatly.

Air, water and food are not “polluted and poisoned all over the world” other than in the country of Bharat”. Pollution occurs in many industrialised countries, but it is being tackled on a massive scale too now. Many countries which had real problems have clean air and living rivers again already. Pollution in India is truly massive, the air in most cities (eg. Bangalore) is grey with exhaust, even the Ganges is no example with all the industrial effluents constantly pouring into it. Food pollution is far from unknown in India, as informed people know.

Most revealing is the declaration, or the admission, by  the self-proclaimed Creator of the Universe that “There is no greater power than human power.” These discourses are a source of amusement to all who can see how bogus are the claims made in them.

As to Sai Baba’s claim that people today lack confidence in themselves (revamped as ‘the inner Self’), this is based on an upside-down version of life and the world which he has been preaching all his life. One can see some of the deep flaws in his doctrine in the following:-

  • STUDY OF IDEAS OF ETERNAL, UNCONDITIONAL, SELFLESS LOVE How the idea of love is ’sublimated’ to an otherworldly realm and become anti-life and a subtle means to manipulate and control people
  • UNITY AS A SPIRITUAL IDEAL and how such ideas function to suppress, manipulate and denigrate the diversity of existence, cultures and unique individuality.
  • GOD IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IS GOD? The great generalization and its logical consequences examined.
  • THE TRAP OF ‘DOUBLETHINK’ IN SPIRITUALITY OR RELIGION How one becomes indoctrinated through a ‘doublethink’ system of dual interpretation – worldly vs. otherworldly.
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    God in everyone, everything – Sai Baba

    Posted by robertpriddy on January 3, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by robertpriddy on January 1, 2009

    “The Sai religion is the harmonious blending, through love, of all religions. Though some followers and other faiths feel that the Sai religion is contrary to theirs, we should not entertain similar feelings. Ours is the totality, the sum. So we should not limit or restrict our vision” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 10 – p. 283f)

    The International Sathya Sai Organization has two faces … one for the public, the other for members. This Janus face has one visage towards the general public and another different one towards its own members. This makes its members get used to a kind of mental ‘double accounting’ according to what they say to insiders or outsiders.

    THE PUBLIC FACE Its face towards the world is one of promoting religious tolerance and accepting that anyone can worship what or who they will. It for peace between religions and sects in that reciprocal criticism of the various religion’s different doctrines is to be avoided.

    It claims that shared ‘human values’ are at the core of all religions, yet the many differences in religious values are ignored or denied. For example, any human rights which challenge the core values embedded in the different religions are rejected (such as freedom of speech, women’s rights and other challenges to backward religions, sects and cults).

    THE PRIVATE FACE The Sathya Sai Organization’s face towards its members is intolerance towards those who can not fully accept Sathya Sai Baba as the avatar, incarnate deity or a being who is perfect and can never be wrong or be criticized. This means that one cannot accept the Christians who believe that ‘only Jesus is the way’, nor and Islam’s total rejection of divine incarnations, nor Mahayana Buddhism’s atheist conceptions.

    Members are expected not to inform the public about the extreme tenet of faith members must accept, such as that Sathya Sai Baba’s claim to be God Incarnate, the father who sent Jesus, the Creator of the Universe etc. This applies mainly in Western Sathya Sai organizations where leaders keep a tighter control over members’ publicity for Sathya Sai Baba. (See here)
    No criticism – however constructive -of any of Sathya Sai Baba organizations or institutions is permitted, for it is lead by a supposedly infallible Divinity.

    See my extensive study and sociological analyses of the Sathya Sai Organization

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