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Ullrich Zimmermann and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 12, 2018

Ullrich  Zimmermann

In October 2008, the Equalizer (Moreno) blog Kevin Shepherd Exposed reproduced the gist of earlier Moreno assertions about Ullrich Zimmermann. This ex-devotee had provided three lengthy online video interviews describing his relationship with Sathya Sai Baba (d. 2011).

Gerald Joe Moreno (Equalizer) opted to caricature my comment that Zimmermann had contributed “one of the most arresting testimonies of sexual abuse” in relation to Sathya Sai Baba. Critics say that Moreno was desperate to distract attention from the basic issue of abuse.

Zimmermann was confused on many points by his indoctrination at an early age; he was only fourteen years old when he first contacted Sathya Sai in the ashram at Puttaparthi. An activity of sexual abuse is discernible in his reminiscences of the guru, accompanied by exaggerated references reflecting some devotee beliefs. Clinically, this sort of material is very evocative, and deemed important by psychiatrists and other specialists. 

The commentator Robert Priddy entitled his report Ex-Sai Devotee Speaks Out Convincingly, and in relation to sexual abuse. Moreno countered by saying that the testimony of Zimmermann was unbelievable. The Pro-Sai campaigner invented a series of verbal diversions.

Avoiding the crux,  Moreno resorted to a puerile argument that Kevin Shepherd, a “strong Anti-New Age advocate” was citing the testimony of “a New Age follower against [Sathya] Sai Baba.” I was supposed to be “giving credence to New Age beliefs.” Moreno diverted attention from the basic issue by stating that Zimmermann was “a New Age follower of Ramtha.” This theme was further twisted into the erroneous statement that I was “willing to give credence to New Age beliefs by claiming that New Age followers are intelligent, honest, credible and reliable.”

What I actually wrote on this subject earlier that same year contradicts the Moreno tangent: 

“It is obvious that Zimmermann and other Western devotees were afflicted by concepts and syndromes deriving from the ‘miracle’ projection which Sathya Sai encouraged at their expense. Some of them could not think clearly in emerging from their predicament. Zimmermann expressed misapprehensions about such matters as ‘genital switch miracles,’ and became further distracted by Ramtha channelling…. The due evaluation (by Priddy) is completely ignored by Moreno, who indulges in the injurious subversion of context for which he is notorious amongst ex-devotees…. Diverse analysts have concluded that it is useless to compose responses to such a sectarian agent of misrepresentation. 

“Despite confusions in the reports of Zimmermann, that source does testify to sexual abuse and the common acceptance of this disparity at the Puttaparthi ashram of the guru. Zimmermann narrates a personal experience of oral sex with the guru, and says that the homosexual activities of Sathya Sai were well known to many ashram residents. Such details serve to confirm other accounts such as those of ex-devotee Conny Larsson.” 

In contrast, Moreno (alias Equalizer)  chose the superficial and duplicit strategy of emphasising his “New Age” lore. He presented this distraction in a manner which supposedly passed the final judgment, and much to my detriment. “This information is going to be very disillusioning to Kevin Shepherd’s readers and admirers (as few as they are).” 
Again the note of contemptuous dismissal. Of course, in such a Pro-Sai argument I only had a few readers, whereas Moreno was obviously claiming a much larger number, meaning devotees of Sathya Sai Baba who believed his distortions and libels. Zimmermann was only one of the many testifiers to abuse, and Moreno could not stop the passage of information. 
Another defector from Sathya Sai Baba was the American  therapist Elena A. Hartgering,  whose account includes the following

“Dr. [Michael] Goldstein and other officials in the [Sathya Sai] organisation are suppressing information, and attacking former devotees who have testified against Sai Baba. There is, for example, a letter from a woman in California which was sent to all [regional] Center presidents. In our center it was suppressed by the president and devotions coordinator because they were told to do so by the regional president…. Sai devotees resent the organisation being labelled a cult, yet these are clearly cult practices [of suppression] and mind control techniques.” 

A favoured argument of Moreno was that Sathya Sai Baba had never been convicted of any crime, and therefore allegations of abuse were irrelevant. This theme is evasive and misleading, in view of contextual data concerning the compromised Indian police, and the influence of prestigious devotees in Indian law courts. For instance, a report from the Indian rationalist Basava Premanand informs that a youth was murdered in 1987 after fleeing from being sexually abused by the guru of Puttaparthi. This victim was “murdered by burning in the [Sathya Sai Baba] College campus in daylight.” The contested police verdict was suicide. Other students at the College protested to the police, with the consequence that their parents were given a warning of  police action.
One of the many sexual abuse instances is graphically described in the statement of a fifteen year old victim (an American). Sordid details in such accounts have been known to shock sensitive readers.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd 
ENTRY no. 15 
Copyright © 2013 Kevin R. D. Shepherd. All Rights Reserved
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Conny Larsson and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 8, 2018

Conny Larsson
On a website, I reported an address given by ex-devotee Conny Larsson at a FECRIS conference in 2006. In this relevant talk, Larsson furnished information concerning sexual abuses achieved by his former guru Sathya Sai Baba (d. 2011). Equalizer (Gerald Joe Moreno) reacted to my report by accusing me of endorsing Larsson’s “new age” activities. I had not done anything of the sort. 
There followed a tiresome spate of Moreno web accusations about my supposed support for Larsson’s fashionable and exotic “workshop” roles. I was obliged to refute this apologist tactic in a new web article. That article described Moreno (Equalizer, SSS108) as an internet terrorist. 
The idiosyncratic reasoning of Gerald Joe Moreno preferred to assume that anyone who mentioned what an ex-devotee said was necessarily in agreement with all the thinking and behaviour of the other party. This was a very illogical exercise in attempted stigma, and patently ridiculous. Strongly visible on Google were blog idioms of Equalizer such as “Shepherd’s desperate and shameless justifications and cover-ups for psychic medium Conny Larsson.” All this amounted to an apologist recourse of superficial rhetoric. 

I have never been in contact with Larsson, and merely reported relevant details about which he knew at firsthand. Those details can be encapsulated here by his well known observation that the Puttaparthi ashram of Sathya Sai was the scene of “a paedophile ring.” Larsson himself was encouraged by the guru into a homosexual relationship (with Sathya Sai) for four years.

Larsson’s book Behind the Mask of the Clown is very revealing. He relates how Sathya Sai sexually molested him in a private interview, but wished him to keep quiet about the new relationship. Larsson eventually discovered that he was not the only one in this predicament; there were many others. The guru even paid sexually exploited students and devotees, evidently desiring their attention at this intimate and secretive level. Larsson even says that the four men who died in the notorious bedroom murders at the Puttaparthi ashram were victims of sexual abuse whom he had known personally (see excerpts).
Close analysts remarked that the “Larsson complex” of Moreno served as a distraction from the strong allegations of sexual abuse lodged against Sathya Sai Baba. In trying to divert attention from the numerous allegations of abuse, Moreno invented fantastic scenarios for critics. He described this ruse in terms of “exposing” the critics.
Kevin R. D. Shepherd 
ENTRY no. 19 
Copyright © 2014 Kevin R. D. Shepherd. All Rights Reserved.

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Sai Baba on the moon?

Posted by robertpriddy on September 25, 2018

The gullibility of Indian believers in Shirdi Sai Baba is only equalled (or surpassed) by that of those believing in Sathya Sai Baba. A Whatsapp message showing a morphed (faked) image of Shirdi Sai Baba’s face superimposed on the moon went viral, especially in the area around former Sathya Sai Baba’s HQ in Andhra Pradesh. Sathya, who claimed to be a reincarnation of Shirdi Baba, once announced he would give darsan from the moon later one evening and, despite complete overclouding causing him to retreat to his temple, countless Indians claimed to have seen Sai Baba’s face on the moon. Faked images were proliferated to ‘prove’ that Sathya Saai Baba DID appear on the moon. Now the same is playing all over again, but with Shirdi Baba.

See also SATHYA SAI BABA DARSHAN ON MOON


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THE SATHYA SAI SECT WAS AND REMAINS A CULT

Posted by robertpriddy on September 10, 2018

Various analyses were forwarded during Baba’s lifetime to show that he was the head of a personality cult, and one which – though not of the most extreme sort – had too many features of religious cults in general. The Organisation tried to defuse the criticism by posting a very selective list of saying of Sai Baba which seemed to point towards the opposite. However, these were merely sayings, while the issue could only be decided by studying actual facts and acts, not mere words.
A useful documentation of quotations by Sathya Sai Baba (SSB) show how eight characteristics of cults as defined various by Lowell Streiker and J. Melton are fulfilled by the requirements on which Sai Baba insisted must apply to members of his organization. (Source books: Mindbending: Brainwashing, Cults, and Deprogramming in the ’80s (by Lowell D. Streiker, Doubleday, New York, 1984) Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America (by J. Melton, Garland Publishing, New York, 1986).

The definition of a cult given by West and Langone, 1986, is in general accordance with the present viewpoint:- “A cult is a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g., isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, the use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management, suspension of individual critical judgment, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of leaving it, etc. designed to advance the goals of the group’s leaders to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families, or the community.”

A ‘spiritual’ ideology which gains strong enough initial impetus from positive ideals and socially constructive achievements to consolidate itself will – if successful in terms of numbers of participants, funding etc., eventually comes under pressures from factions within or from the social environment which lead to corruption and crime. This may lead to a closing in of the movement to protect itself, to use clandestine methods and blanket censorship to hide its deficiencies (which would affect recruitment, donations, status and influence).

Some thinkers insist that one must observe and classify the group’s behaviour, its explicit and implicit rules and how they are enforced, but thereby fail sufficiently to consider those features of a belief system. At the outset, what seem reasonable requirements on followers and the moral theory they should follow draw the initiate gradually further into a labyrinth of doctrine which subtly induces self-indoctrination involving gradually giving up of more and more of personal autonomy and individual rights. As already suggested, this interiorized doctrine (which is ‘in’-doctrined) is the sine qua non of most cults, for those which control people without them having at least initially accepted some of the beliefs, premises or rules would not be cultist as such.

Each of the following numbered points is to be compared with the quotes of Sai Baba which indicate that th point applies to his mission.

1. Primary cult activities are fund raising and recruiting new members.

Money is meant for sacrifice.” (SSB 15 May 2000 Summer Discourses)
Even small offerings by devotees with a pure heart can earn great rewards.
Money increases only when you spend it.” ( SSB Date:10 Feb 2000 Mass Upanayanam)
You will see in due course that even the blind declare, “Swami is God”.”
Bear all and do nothing; Hear all and say nothing; Give all and take nothing; Serve all and be nothing.

2. Cult members are encouraged to cut off communication with family and friends. They are to be isolated from the outside world and any reality testing it could provide.

“Reduce contacts to the minimum”. [Ref:Sathya Sai Speaks Vol V p 245]
You should have control over your speech. Excessive talk will lead to untruth and unpleasantness.” ( SSB Date:10 Feb 2000)
I insist on silence. Talk less, talk low when you must talk.” [Ref:Sathya Sai Speaks Vol III p.9]
You can discover your own truth, only when you are alone with yourself and there is silence all around you”. [Ref: Sathya Sai Speaks Vol IV p.56]

3. Cult members hand over possessions and earnings and become totally dependent on the group.

The Gayatri Mantra teaches that you should offer everything to God“. ( SSB Date:10 Feb 2000 Occasion:Mass Upanayanam)
“You will give up “individual discrimination“. [Ref:Bhagavan’s discourse at Brindavan May 24, 1992]
Man has to pay attention to three basic duties in his quest for happiness: He has to give up what he has to give up, namely material desires and pursuits.” [Ref:Voice of the Avatar – Part I, page 159]
For everything you see, hear, smell, taste or touch belongs to me.” (A letter written by Swami many years ago to his students)
Who is Bhagavan (God)? ‘Bha’ means effulgence. ‘Bha’ means the one who is in control”. (2000)
If you call yourself a devotee of Swami, act according to Swami’s expectation”. (1999)

4. The cult enforces demands by peer pressure, embarrassment, and even violence.

Swami too stops talking to you if you do not follow His teachings“. (SSB Date:14 Jan 2000 Occasion: Sankranthi ).
If you are good, I will certainly yield to your request“. (SSB Date:14 Jan 2000 Occasion:Sankranthi)
You cannot escape Me or do anything in secret. It is a big mistake to consider yourself one of wisdom. Ignorance follows you like a shadow in all that you do“. (1999)
I am aware of the past, present, and future, of your innermost thoughts and carefully guarded secrets“. (SSB 09/10/1970)
Likewise, tell your eyes to see God instead of watching unsacred things on the Television or Video. Teach your ears to listen to the stories of the Lord instead of listening to vain gossip“. (2000)

5. The cult is the only possessor of truth—others are unsaved and hostile to truth.

“You have to bear in mind while repeating the Sai Name, that is when you take that Name, you must feel that it is only by His Will and Power that you are doing so, and not by your own“. January 14, 1975 (Sankranthi)
Do not allow doubt to distract you; if only you will install in the altar of your heart steady faith in My Divinity, you can win a vision of My Reality. Get immersed in Sai Baba. Half-heartedness, hesitation, doubt, cynicism, listening to tales, all are of no avail. Your good fortune, which will provide you this chance, is greater than that which was available for anchorites, monks, sages, saints, and even personalities embodying facets of Divine Glory. Do not allow doubt to distract you. I never utter a word that does not have significance.” (1999)
There is no need to go outside the Sai fold”. (2000) “Students! Have friendship with God for which you should be prepared to sacrifice everything, even your body and life”. (1999)
“Do not listen to any words of ill-will or disparagement of anybody
“.

6. The cult feels above the law—the ends justify the means. 

My will must prevail over every obstacle.” (discourse on 9/10/1970)
I do not have a time schedule to adhere to nor can any law bind me“. (Sai Vandana, 142)
What I will, must take place; what I plan must succeed. I am an example, and an inspiration, whatever I do or omit to do“. (discourse on 11/10/1970)
If you call yourself a devotee of Swami, act according to Swami’s expectation“. (1999)

7. The cult may be apocalyptic–others are unsaved and hostile to truth.

Who is Bhagavan (God)? …’Bha’ means the one who is in control“. (1999)
For, he who is righteous will be guarded from harm, by righteousness itself; he who is unrighteous will fall into disaster through the evil that he perpetrates. Everything points to the terror of conflagration coming; and my mission is to preempt the fires by reestablishing dharma. You are all singularly fortunate, therefore, do not let this opportunity slip through your hands“. (see http://www.cosmicharmony.com/Av/SatyaS2/SatyaS2.htm)

8. The cult is based on the teachings of an authoritarian, corrupt leader who is the sole source of what the group believes and rules for daily behavior. 

Surrender implies that the ‘individual will’ should become one with the ‘Divine Will’s. Obey the Divine Command implicitly without questioning. That is the sign of true devotion. Whatever God does is for your good“. (SSB Date:14 Jan 2000 )
There are many who observe My actions and start declaring that My nature is such and such. They are unable to gauge that sanctity, the majesty, and the eternal reality that is Me. The power of Sai is limitless; it manifests forever. All forms of power are resident in this Sai palm“. (SSB)
Each word of Mine has immense value associated with it. I will fulfil your wish only when you obey My command“. ( SSB Date:14 Jan 2000 )
There exists no such person who can point any kind of blemish in Sai”. (SSB discourse on 23-11-1979) The letters SSS stand for Sri Sathya Sai. Everything is contained in this name.” (SSB Date: 12 Apr 2000 Occasion: Sri Rama Navami)
I am Absolute Consciousness. (SSB Date: 12 Apr 2000 Occasion: Sri Rama Navami) Criticism is nothing but the reflection, reaction and resound of one’s own wicked qualities. The bad qualities that one sees in others are nothing but the reflection of one’s own inner feelings. So, one has no right to find fault in others. He is the worst sinner who looks for mistakes in others”. (SSB 2000) “Put all your faith in Me. I shall guide and guard you“.

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Australian ex-devotee tells all

Posted by robertpriddy on September 7, 2018

Read a gripping account. Sathya Sai Baba Life and Times  A deeply involved eyewitness on night of the 1993 murders describes the chaos and slaughter. And he also tells of the affidavit he lodged with a JP.

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Read latest blog on ‘Mind Your Mind’ by Chris Dokter

Posted by robertpriddy on August 11, 2018

‘Dogged Denial: Dutch VIP-Devotee Exposed’.
(on Harmen Reerink who keeps the log-since exploded Sathya Sai Baba myth alive in Holland)

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SATHYA SAI BABA IN WONDERLAND

Posted by robertpriddy on August 2, 2018

Sathya Sai Baba promoted a veritable inverted Wonderland which he said could only be entered by those blessed by God (i.e. himself, the Incarnate Creator of the Universe, (see documentation). This spiritual wonderland is where his devotees will get liberation from the wheel of existences’ (or moksha). This fabled paradisal haven for ‘liberated souls’  – a realm of eternal bliss, consciousness and being – he never described in any intelligible way! Where it is (can’t be in space-time) is anyone’s guess… as likely as not it is down a rabbit hole as through a looking glass’, or where devotees go – blinded like rabbits in a headlight –  into a dark night to become one with a non-existent God in oblivion.

However, ‘down here in the real world’, where thankfully Sai Baba no longer can strut his stuff, he claimed to have created its earthly semblance, calling it ‘The Abode of Supreme Peace” (Prashanthi Nilayam). It is a Disney-coloured extravaganza of buildings, temples, museums, colleges, VIP palace-like buildings and an opulent hospital. A make-believe place, and to help in making such a belief is to erect a tinsel-gilded cage of doctrine, taboos, rules, restrictions and commandments around oneself. Followers willingly resigned most of their personal freedom and autonomous will,  and ignored their own minds, concentrating on ‘the heart but not the head’, and ceasing to interact intelligently and openly with the wider world of human learning and experience.

The Abode of Supreme Peace amounted to the Abode of Supremely Peaceful Sai Baba, nothing more or less. So what was living at this ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ like? Firstly no outward peace prevailed there, for not only were the milling crowds of undisciplined devotees constantly pushing for privileges and best places, but it was often an auditory hell – with blaring distorting loudspeakers and building racket by day, howling packs of warring pi-dogs by night. Due to a primitive open sewerage pit, large areas of the ashram stank to High Heaven (as the saying so aptly associates it). With a few honourable exceptions, the staff were mostly conceited small Napoleons (as if having ‘arrived spiritually’) who ordered their inferiors about (i.e. visitors), while making all kinds of hindrance and difficulty for normal living, remaining open to corruption for privileges and embezzlement wherever possible.

The supreme peace was interrupted most rudely at times, such as when young male devotees were murdered in his apartment in 1993! He fled away and orchestrated their cold-blooded murder, carried out by blackmailing the police. (See eye-witness account Night of the Murders)

Sathya Sai was occasionally yet less predictable and more imperious than Alice’s ‘Red Queen’, ruling students and servitors with an iron fist when he saw fit and ‘testing’ whether followers faith in him was sufficient through inexplicable statements, errant behaviour, and unacceptable acts (see one small example. Prince Gopal – here). Even the Red Queen, however, was not accused of major sexual abuses on young men and boys.

The ashrams were visited by many disturbed people, who were often dealt with in draconian ways, and no more peculiar collection of true believers could probably be found anywhere.  March hares and mad hatters abounded, no less dormice (the slothful and unhelpful residents who hoped for salvation just by being there). There were any amount of battling Tweedledum and Tweeledee egos and strange inhabitants and hangers-on around Sai Baba, of whom there were an unusually large percentage even compared to most other large personality cults.

In that fantasy-full environment people talked of yet stranger things than pink string, ceiling wax and whether cows have wings… because Sai Baba himself told them that he had magnetic feet which pulled the entire earth towards him – because the earth loved him! He actually also vouchsafed to his audience in a discourse that the whole of him was magnetic, literally – that things stuck to his body! (See here)

In October 2007, numerous reports claimed Baba ‘gave darshan on the moon’ as he had announced he would that evening. However, the sky was overclouded and the event had to be called off. That received much coverage in the Indian press and on Sai-promotional websites, though it was also debunked on various Indian news outlets like Sulekha.com and DNA India. (http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-puttaprthi-sai-baba-misses-date-with-miracle-1125805).

In Wonderland, the fewest visitors got straight or frank answers from Sai Baba – and least of all from the officials. Finding out what actually happened behind closed doors was impossible except to those very few who got the chance to learn deeply buried facts in one unexpected way or another and worked hard to investigate. Even apart from the continual cover-up by all his officials and institutions of all untoward incidents, it was extremely difficult for those who have been inculcated into the whole divergency and disconnentedness of the Sai Baba belief system to do what Alice did in ‘Through the Looking Glass’, namely, discover that it is all really a house of cards and knock it down!

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Sathya Sai Baba fraud: exchanges with a student

Posted by robertpriddy on July 25, 2018

The following exchange from years ago is still of interest to those who have not investigated the facts

On Sai Baba fraud: interesting comments from Vasudeva a007 and replies

-vasudeva007 Says
Aug 18, 1:01 PM 

Hi Robert Priddy,  I am writing to you after reading some of the material about Satya Sai Baba by you. I have personally seen Baba already having things to materialize in his hand before he actually materialized the objects. Of course I have routinely seen Baba transferring something from left hand to right hand before he creates vibuthi. I have seen this one instance where he had a sugar candy in his left hand before he materialized and gave it to a boy who was caughing. But I do have to say that I have also seen him create things out of no where and by blowing at the objects they get vanished. I am at loss what to beleive and what not to beleive. Are this all the tricks Baba is performing on a doubting being like me? Some of my friends tell me all these are Baba’s leela’s and I should forget about them and one can never understand Baba’s ways. Regards S.

vasudeva007 Says
August 18th, 2007 at 4:21 am
Hi Robert,
I am not sure if Baba is geniune or fraud. In terms of materializations definitely I have seen some fake ones and real(??) ones. I have seen objects already in his hand before he materialized them. But also I have seen other way round too, Baba creating things from thin air and vanishing them. It all baffles me. Well, I would like to know if Baba is a trickster then there must be extensive network involved in his game play, like some place or people involved where these material objects are manufactured or procured and persons transporting these objects. But, to my knowledge no body has found any such network or persons involved. Any comments from your side?
– Thanks
Shenoy

robertpriddy Says:
August 18th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Hi Vasudeva,
Think about this – in many cases people have claimed to have seen Sai Baba change physical appearance totally, even several persons together, but at the same time others have been present who have not seen any change at all. This applies to many account of him during public ‘darshan’ – some see haloes, others not and so forth. Now, were these changes (and materialisations) real phenomena, then all present would have seen it. Sai Baba does not want anyone to understand his ways, – on the contrary! That is why he has always created a mystery around himself – it began in his childhood! Check out some of my many explanations of these matters on my various web pages (such as at http://saibaba-x.org.uk/)

Well, I too long thought I saw real materializations in interviews I attended. Now, after a long period of standing back and investigating in many directions – I am far more aware of the tricks that can be involved. I cannot write off the possibility of siddhi powers 100%. Apart from sleight of hand, which has been demonstrated and testified widely in his case, there are other possible causes, subtle suggestion is a tremendous part of Sai Baba’s repertoire – which some call hypnosis. This is not a process of ‘putting someone in a hypnotic trance’ as commonly thought, for it can be worked through powerful suggestion, especially after ‘softening-up’ through stories, books, films etc. Those who have long been mentally prepared to experience certain things like materializations (who already believe it possible) and who are not approaching warily or critically, are much more easily induced into a state of false perception. Sai followers usually go through a long period of generating faith and also ’self-indoctrination’ before they ever arrive in the interview room.

If you doubt that suggestion can be so powerful as to change people’s states of mind very radically, without more than a few clever words, study the work of UK’s Derren Brown, who can make people picked out of a group on the street or anywhere see and hear things and can find out what they are thinking, exactly what they have on their persons (including written shopping lists). He can very quickly induce a state of drunken stupor in a person (showing just how he does it) and turn it on an off with a few words (even words written on a piece or sent by mobile phone message). Many well-known, respected people and professional psychologists in UK have attested that there is no fraud whatever involve (no fixing of TV sequences or use of stooges). He says openly there are no psychic powers involved, but many techniques he has learned in observing personal psychology, varying means of suggestion, neuro-linguistic programming, misdirection of attention (as in stage ‘magic’ and pick-pocketing, for example) and much else. He explains some of his techniques in detail. He has a tremendous (possibly ‘photographic’) memory too. He has a very wide ‘repertoire’ and much of what he does is more dramatic that Sai Baba is seen to do. But he remains a sceptic about all ’spiritual’ powers, also about mediumism/contacting the dead, which he has reconstructed in a very convincing way, but he explains how and why he is a sceptic. kind of manipulation of perception done by Derren Brown is most impressive and dramatic – and is also intended to be so.
My view is exactly the same as to Sathya Sai Baba. He is a showman and manipulator.
Some of Derren Brown’s work is available on YouTube.com (Search ‘Derren Brown’)

vasudeva007 Says
Aug 18, 4:23 PM
Hi Robert Priddy,
Thanks for answering to my post in detail, I will definitely get hold of Derren Brown’s videos on net and watch them. I am not sure if Baba has some ‘Siddi’ power or have some other skills beyond normal human being.
Well, I would like to know if Baba is a trickster then there must be extensive network involved in his game play, like some place or people involved where these material objects are manufactured or procured and persons transporting these objects. But, to my knowledge no body has found any such network or persons involved. Any comments from your side?
– Thanks
Vasudeva Shenoy

robertpriddy Says
Aug 18, 4:23 PM
Hi Vasudeva, There is no question but that Sathya Sai Baba is surrounded by people who do and tell exactly what they are told. But there have been many reports and I have received confidential e-mails from numerous persons telling how it is all arranged and who provides the trinkets he ‘materialises’. David Bailey reported a visit to a jeweller in Hyderabad who claimed to supply Sai Baba with some of the alleged ‘diamond rings’ he pretends to create from thin air. Incidentally, identical rings (synthetic stones like zircon in white, synthetic sapphires in green, navagraha 9-gem rings etc.) can be purchased in many jeweller shops in South India quite cheaply. The BBC visited another supplier in Bangalore, but did not include the film in their one hour presentation for reasons of space (they reported 80 hours of film on the subject, from which but one hour was used). Students have contacted exposé activists telling of an elderly Indian (named too) well known as being able to enter the interview room door whenever he arrived who for many years carried in the articles to give to Sai Baba on a regular basis.
Another student informed me in a private correspondence that Sai Baba has a small vibuthi pellet making machine. Though the source must remain anonymous at present at least, I give a verbatim excerpt from that letter for your interest:

”After the interview swami comes out and stands next to the pillar, and then he goes in. Luckily the interview door room is half open and I could see him going to the window. Then he picks up an envelope and takes out a vibhuti ball from it. Swami usually keeps crisp 500 rupee notes in the envelopes. It was the first time I saw vibuti in them.) He then realizes that the door is open and looks straight at me, then winks and comes out to give that vibhuti pellet to Dr.Goldstein by crushing it.”
He also tells of a friend who was doing housework for Sai Baba in Kodai who opened a box (which no one was supposed to touch) in Swami’s apartment which was full of rings of all sizes, brooches, necklaces and more. His friend was devastated and later he saw Sai Baba pretend to ‘materialize’ some of these articles for people on several occasions. We have also been informed how Sai Baba ‘materialises’ the oil he puts on boys’ and young men’s p*n*ses. He has a sponge in a tray of oil hidden somewhere, so he only has to grip it once to get oil on his hands.”

Satya Purcell has testified to such things (see http://home.hetnet.nl/~ex_baba/engels/articles/sathyapurcell02.html and other of his 6-part testimony) including how Sai Baba has many informants who mingle with devotees, also taxi drivers and others seemingly not connected with the ashram. In this way he can appear to know things it seems no one could.
I cannot give a full account here of all that is know about the apparatus around Sai Baba, but there have been numerous informants through the last 7 years. Perhaps we should gather them all together for all to see at one go.

vasudeva007 Says:
August 19th, 2007 at 3:06 am

Hi Robert Priddy, I just watched some of the Derren Browns videos and they are very interesting. Well spirituality, belief in God are some of the things no one has exact answers. Probably mankind will soon find a rational approach towards these topics. I find it amusing after so many years of training under Baba to love all and server all how some of the devotees still react with rage and anger in regards to any questions related to authenticity/duplicity of Baba. We are living in a world where reasoning is way of life. We are not living in a meta physical world. Come on guys, let’s live by reason and not blind faith.
When I was in Parthi, I use to see this happen all the time, fake materializations(at least to my eye). I did ask my Dad about this stuff and he bluntly put it like this – “You are just a kid, look at all the top scientists, doctors and educationalists who have dedicated their lives and career in serving Baba, do you think you are smarter than all of them”, well I have no answer to that question even now. Neither I was able to ask my question to peer devotees for the fear that I would either be thrown out of campus or run into some serious trouble with concerned authorities. Like many people like me who are skeptical, I always think I shouldn’t have even known about Baba and gotten into this mess. Luckily I never had any personal interviews nor any special relationship with him. If Baba is divine why are such skeptical people gotten into his fold. Instead he should remove such skepticism and show his authenticity for everyone since everyone is embodiment of love as per his oft saying.

vasudeva007 Says:
August 19th, 2007 at 7:05 am
I just read “REQUIEM TO A KINDLY SPIRIT” on VKN written by you. Excellent one.

robertpriddy Says:
August 19th, 2007 at 11:25 am

Thanks Vasudeva, I would comment that I have never heard of any ‘top’ scientist visiting or supporting Sai Baba, no world figure of real intellectual distinction whatever… only unknown American PhDs (they are two a penny there) or Indian apparatchik nuclear science administrators… the same for ‘top’ educationalists… no one of real note in pedagogy or educational research. As to doctors, who are the top doctors is anyone’s guess. As to V.K. Narasimhan – a charming man followed his intensely Sai-devoted wife to Baba’s ashrams and got increasingly trapped in a role which became more and more uncomfortable, but he could not break out. He supported Sai Baba mainly because of the great promise his social projects once held, and put up with a lot he disagreed with for that reason. He was worried that his editing out of Sai Baba worst gaffes would discredit him, the former journalist. He shocked me time and again with revelations about Sai Baba and what goes on at the ashram – for example, that Colonel Joga Rao was known to all old residents never to have believed in Sai Baba’s miracles, but that he would serve him for the good he was trying to do in education etc. That Joga Rao loved filthy barrack room jokes and bored everyone with them, including VKN, and was accepted by Sai Baba (who also shared in the jokes)and allowed free access at any time to the private rooms… that I could not at first believe.

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Sathya Sai Baba lingam fraud

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2018

A critic of Sathya Sai Baba in India, his view backed by several of his friends, mailed me with a video showing Sai Baba putting a lingam into his mouth before it emerges. The crucial clip from the film, slowed down, can be seen here:- https://www.dropbox.com/s/n87gh5a2x0f5alt/SaiBabalingamfraud-slow.mp4?dl=0

Referring to a YouTube video (from which the above clip was taken and slowed down), the critic wrote:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sgnHcYbaxc   2.42 – 2.46  on the right hand, you see the golden egg. You must see  till the end of 2.46.
6.48 – 6.52  you can see how strangely his left hand has a higher bump, then at 6.52 he pushes the egg hidden in the cloth into his mouth.

If you observe carefully, he spills the water in his mouth right before 2.42 because he realizes that the egg in his right hand was not fully covered. If you watch carefully all the details of expressions, movements, his conscience is making him shake from inside. You do not need a mentalist or a psycho analyst to see it.”

On the photo (left) one sees in his right hand
two glimpses of gold-

 

On the photo (right) the gold is seen better in his right hand.

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Sai Baba deceits, abuses and crimes documented

Posted by robertpriddy on July 5, 2018

Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse -full coverage

The Findings’ by Faye and David Bailey

David Bailey’s revealing phone conversation on his disaffection plus 

Sai Baba told how boys slept in his bedroom

Alaya Rahm – testimony and lawsuit concerning Sathya Sai Baba

‘Divine Downfall’ by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph 2003

UNESCO Notice of Withdrawal from Co-sponsorship of Puttaparthi Conference

Baseless attack by Sathya Sai Baba on his critics (Christmas Discourse 2000)

Signers of the Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba

Violence & Sexual Abuse in India

Sai Baba bedroom murders – eye-witness account

Guru Purnima Discourse on murders and jealousy

1993 Sai Baba Ashram Murders: Official statement by the International Chairman

Photos of ‘Murders in Sai Baba’s Bedroom’ The facts they reveal

P.M. Tony Blair’s 2002 letter regarding Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Baba made crucifix from two twigs

Sathya Sai Baba declares he is the Father who sent Jesus Bombay 1968

Sathya Sai Baba Megastar

Death of Sathya Sai Baba

The BLITZ Interview

Sathya Sai Baba on Jesus Christ

 

Promoter of Sathya Sai Baba, Dr. Michael Nobel, sailing under a bogus flag

Sathya Sai Baba green ‘diamond’ proven a fake

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Power-brokers, cover-up merchants and corrupt rogues behind Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 2, 2018

A lookback at some of the deluded, disingenuous or criminal individual who protected Sai Baba from his abuse victims and murdered devotees

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Sai Baba dropped Vibuthi Pellet during darshan!

Posted by robertpriddy on May 23, 2018

Numerous testimonies that Baba dropped vibuthi pellets in front of former devotees, and also that he had, in the private interview room, a vibuthi pellet ‘machine’ which compressed the powder with water. Previous photographic or video evidence of pellets (between his fingers etc.) were sparse and not so clear. The video which has emerged on YouTube removes all possible doubt that he crushed pre-prepared pellets and did not materialise those.

To view a short clip with the important footage, go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/ain9opy4r1nzssi/Vibuti%20pellet%20drop.mov?dl=0 It looks as thought, having dropped the vibuti pellet, Baba quickly drops letters as well so a lady picks it all up (seems to be aware of the situation). Baba looks worried and then tried to avert people’s attention.

Sathya Sai Baba drops Vibuti Pellet at darshan. Baba drops the pellet and its fall is very clearly visible. This occurs at 1.03 secs. into the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBilntPmlqE&feature=share


Erlendur Haraldsson take note!

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Chris Dokter, professional academic and Baba dissident

Posted by robertpriddy on May 15, 2018

Chris Dokter is a fellow academic and educator. Mr. Dokter is an alumnus of the University of Groningen, an institute founded in 1614, with a steady top 100 world ranking (see here). He graduated with honours in clinical psychology, with minors in labour and organizational psychology. After graduating he went on to become a licensed health psychologist and psychotherapist (holding five specialties: group psychology and therapy, behavioral therapy, client centered therapy, trauma and EMDR therapy, and relation therapy), foregoing a Ph.D position. Alongside his therapeutic work, he fore fronted equal rights for students and graduates with physical and mental handicaps, and was appointed trainer and supervisor in postgraduate schooling. For ten years, he was also columnist for a nationwide mental health magazine.

Chris, August 1981, Puttaparthi

As a young man, at the end of the seventies, early eighties, when he suddenly got so ill he could not prolong his erstwhile studies (Pedagogics & Education), he became heavily involved in the budding Sathya Sai Baba phenomenon and Organization. He was instrumental in helping shape the first statutes, and subsequently translated several books on the subject of ‘the man of miracles’ into Dutch (e.g. the Howard Murphet classic Sai Baba: Man of Miracles and the equally (in)famous Samuel Sandweiss one: Sai Baba, the Holy Man… and the Psychiatrist). Soon after his interest was aroused, he visited India for months at a time in 1981, 1983, 1985, and lastly in 1990, attracting special attention from the godman and gaining multiple group and 2 private interviews, plus several materializations of vibhuti. After his first visit, he toured his home country with slide shows and talks about his special experiences, which in turn led him to lead groups of country men and women on organized tours to Brindavan and Puttaparthi.

When in 1992, the idea was launched to go and make a film about this enigmatic man, a crew of filmmakers, cameramen and scientists under the egis of Dutch national television (IKON), Mr. Dokter was first asked by the overall, veteran director Philip Engelen (died 2010) to translate the script, ‘Sathya Sai Baba Als in een Spiegel’ into English and, after completion, lending his voice to the international version (‘Sathya Sai Baba, As in a mirror darkly’)

Weirdly enough, the film, which sparked heated debate in the Netherlands, appeared worldwide almost simultaneous to the infamous murders of 4 people in Sai Baba’s quarters, the latter fully unbeknownst to the general public and even longstanding devotees. By then, Chris had long since distanced himself from the organization, both national and international, which he found far too rigid, and led more and more by quite dictatorial national and European regional coordinators, headed by an overly power-hungry Central Committee. Also, from 1985 onwards, he had more and more serious doubts about the alleged avataric quality of Sathya Sai Baba, and his promises. In 1997, he made his last appearance on Dutch TV as a devotee, in a program called ‘There is more between heaven and earth’, after which he distanced himself completely from these activities. It was not until 2010 that his interest re-emerged, quite by chance. Among other things, he started a blog against the man and his movement, feeling an obligation to balance his previous proselytizing, however earnest, by making known his current view on Sathya Sai Baba and his movement, aiding in some small measure to the body of work, done mainly online by whistleblowers and ex-followers, not least many brave young men who testified about sex abuses by Sai Baba.

Among the numerous former devotees who became critics are David Bailey, Barry Pittard, Brian Steel, Eileen Weed  Sergei Badaev, Conny Larsson, and myself.

In his article ‘A Trip down Memory Lane’, Chris Dokter wrote:- “Because of the ever-increasing unavailability of direct contact with Sathya Sai Baba over the previous decades, which was the inevitable result of the sheer increase in numbers of visitors to the ashram and the very limited amount of time the master provided for interaction with them (twice a day for maybe twenty minutes darshan, plus the rare interview, accosted to the ‘happy’ few), large groups of devotees resorted more and more to indirect ‘proof’, whether through prayer, dreams, premonitions, contact with VIP-devotee-clearvoyants like Phyllis Krystal, and other, sometimes all-too-primitive supposed channelers and channeling of the master…Being unavailable is one of the devices cult leaders use in order to gain an ever-increasing aura among their believers, by the way. Especially when their followers are cooped up in primitive dwellings, and are deprived of contact with the outside world their whole day revolves around the master. Not seeing him, not being able to come into close, personal contact with him, makes people anxious, which in turn serves as an incentive to listen to tall tales and boosting the master’s omnipotence through any number of stories heard through the grapevine. It also hides the master quite effectively from any altogether too inquisitive a view from people who are a bit more sceptical.

If a master at all, Sathya Sai Baba certainly was one in this respect! He pulled off the most unlikely feat: not letting himself get caught for the massive fraud, deception and abuse he was involved in during sixty odd years. Instead, he managed to achieve an enormous following and influence the world over, culminating in a state funeral, with full honours, and very few awkward questions asked even after his demise.”
He has posted numerous blogs on his WordPress site entitled ‘Mind your Mind’ Among his most informative blogs he posted are the following:-

Professor Haraldsson’s final verdict on Sathya Sai Baba and his Western critics Chris Dokter presents an overview of Erlendur Haraldsson’s latest up-date of his Sai Baba book on miracles (having no new investigative data) with well-deserved critical comments.

The Sorry Tale of Sathya Sai Baba’s Final Weeks on Earth

The Case of The Missing Death Certificate

Taking a Hard Look at the Facts

Nicolas Maduro: next VIP Sai Disciple who does not lead by Example

God’s Own Stockholm Syndrome

Pray tell: can a dead guru answer prayers?

The Return of the Great Pretender 

On the issue of dealing with sexual abuse

The situation in the early eighties – Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi

See also The Murders in Sathya Sai’s Bedroom

‘Sathya Sai Baba Als in een Spiegel’

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Warning from Sai Surya

Posted by robertpriddy on May 11, 2018

The following warning from the self-designated virtual mouthpiece of the Muddenahalli gang of the oracle ‘boy’ Sukshma Baba shines forth as an especially vapid example… weaker than diluted water:-

Samastha Loka132 2-5-18 Warning
Sai Ram  We just learned that the period leading up until the end of July 2018 will be extremely critical for world peace. It can go either way. There are no details at the moment.
Any thing can happen.

Then comes the antidote:
“it is time stop watching television, movies, music videos, reading newspapers and magazines, gossiping,chatting on social media AND use these times for chanting. You must take the crises that the whole world is facing as serious. It will affect you wherever you live.
It may be too late when there is no food to eat, when you are in the middle of a hurricane or cyclone, your building is shaking, disease is spreading around you. Anything can happen but why take the chance. Remember that the new age is in the process of being born. Labor pains are to be expected The New Age is wonderful beyond description.”

All empty claims, and some! Chanting as the answer to all world problems is not even hilarious, it is downright moronic. How many people have chanted how much since the world began, and all the problems and threats to security and are much more dire! The best position for chanting is illustrated:-below:-

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