Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Hinduism’s past-oriented blindness vs. scientific progress

Posted by robertpriddy on May 25, 2016

Most Hindu writers who try to reconcile their religion and traditions with science under such slogans as  ‘The Unity of Spirituality and Science’ are unable to demonstrate anything but vague generalities and trivial arguments and examples. The root of their problem is the assumption of a fundamental duality. This goes back to the creation myth in the scriptures where ‘the one became two purusha (spirit) and prakriti (nature, matter).   Having adopted this assumption, the duality of separation of spirit from nature, they cannot overcome the many paradoxes that arise as its consequence. Though the ultimate unity of all is held up as the most basic assumption, identified with the creator or God, the mainstream in most variants of Hindu doctrine thereafter relies entirely on conception of duality (dvaita), while a few claim a philosophy of unity (advaita), some of whom even deny any creator or god. These latter rely entirely on argumentation and are prone to adopt outdated ideas arrived at by intuition and thought rather than scientific fact or experiment.

Had the advaitists been able to access dynamic complexity theory, such as the understanding of what Capra called ‘networks’, they may have progressed beyond stagnant doctrine into genuine science.

Fritjof Capra’s key ideas go beyond dualism and lead toward the reconciliation of many a theoretical and philosophical problem inherited from dualistic thought, which also has been dominant in Western culture and which persists in many of the less than up-to-date discoveries of philosophy and science. See Networks as a unifying pattern of life involving different processes at different levels – From an interview with Fritjof Capra 

Blogs on Hinduism’s mythological miasmas:-

Delhi University in row over Ramayana epic  Is the Ramayana is correctly represented by Hindus in India, or has it been changed and arisen in many different versions?

Sai Baba on science Having proclaimed he knew absolutely everything about everyone and everything, Sai Baba made some remarkable statements about scientists and science because of the sheer ignorance and absurdity of the great majority of them.

Sathya Sai sees Hanuman as a real figure – a ‘monkey man’ who supposedly jumped dozens of miles over the sea to Sri Lanka bearing a whole mountain so a healing herb could be picked from it was no myth for Sai Baba!

Sathya Sai Baba’s literal stories from scripture Sai Baba always spoke of most of the events described in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata incl. Bhagavad Gita, and the Srimad Bhagavatha as actually having taken place.

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Massive funds stolen from Sathya Sai Central Trust

Posted by robertpriddy on May 22, 2016

A remarkable article appeared in the New Indian Express which apparently confirms again that financial skullduggery and theft on a massive scale was involved in the entire Sathya Sai Central Trust and ashram after the death of Sathya Sai Baba.

from the YouTube video

from the YouTube video

“Seized Turkish currency was stolen from Sai Baba Trust

By Mouli Mareedu Published: 19th May 2016 05:51 AM Last Updated: 19th May 2016 05:51 AM HYDERABAD: Turkish currency Lira, that is no longer valid but purported to be worth `660 crore in Indian currency value, that was seized in the city recently from two gangs is suspected to have been stolen from Satya Sai Baba Trust of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh after the demise of Satya Sai Baba.

After Sai Baba passed away in April 2011, there were allegations of theft of huge amounts of money from the Trust’s building at Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi. The Trust used to receive huge donations from foreign countries. Investigating into the case, the Hyderabad police and SOT of Cyberabad, which arrested 17 persons in two cases, came to the conclusion that the Turkish currency, which was withdrawn from circulation later on, was stolen from the Satya Sai Baba Trust of Puttaparthi. “Preliminary investigation has revealed that the banned Turkish currency worth `660 crore in Indian currency was stolen from Satya Sai Baba Trust. Five years after the demise of the godman, the stolen foreign currency was flooding the city,” said a senior police officer associated with the investigation.

Police have identified five gangs that were involved in circulating the banned Turkish currency. These include Gopu Ramalingam gang of Karimnagar, Puchakayala Veera Venkata Satyanarayana gang of Rajamahendravaram, Balla Hema Kumar gang of Guntur and Anil Kumar gang of Khammam. Police suspect there are five other key persons who smuggled the Turkish currency into the city and they are absconding.

The police have now decided to file a petition in the court seeking custody of the accused who were lodged in jails in the city. “We will question them how the currency reached them. We want to track down the handlers of the arrested persons,” the officer said. It may be mentioned that two days ago, SR Nagar police nabbed 10 persons who were in possession of the Turkish currency. Hyderabad police recently busted two major foreign currency exchange rackets and seized outdated Turkey currency. The currency released before 2005 is now banned in Turkey after the new currency came into use from 2009. The value of seized currency in Indian market is around 660 crore.”  New Indian Express

Note 660 crore of rupees equals nearly US$ 100 million! This seems a fantastic amount to have been donated from Turkey to Sathya Sai Baba, especially since the Sathya Sai Trust would hardly have accepted Turkish currency. It seems more likely that it was given directly to Sai Baba himself, then found after his death in his massive store of hoarded valuable, currency, diamonds, gold and silver etc., which the Central Trust appropriated to itself. When the Sai Central Trust finally were allowed entry to the ultra private Yajur Mandir apartment (by Satyajit, who alone had the key), they seem to have plundered this and that in one way and another.

The almost endless cover-ups, reports of corruption, kickbacks, embezzlement and bribery in which the Sathya Sai Central Trust and its various members were involved have been documented. See for example, Sathya Sai Central Trust self-revealing propaganda

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The problem with Hindu speakers – by Somerset Maugham

Posted by robertpriddy on May 19, 2016

I have heard countless talks on Indian spirituality – mostly by Indians, of course – and read reams of Indian spiritual books, and the most popular of which among Indians are very repetitive, as if nothing much has been learned since the Upanishads or Shankara. Sathya Sai Baba was an exponent of constant repetition in thousands of ‘discourses’. His followers can say nothing original that he has not said, but they repeat his words endlessly too. This is what the famous author Somerset Maugham had to say about this tendency:-

INDIAN 'parrots'

Somerset Maugham wrote about how values cannot be independent of human minds and conventions, as is held in Hindu doctrine, which sets in stone all that it claims to be divine truth, eternal and independent of human knowledge:-
Values: It is natural to hesitate when one comes to believe that a theory such as that values are absolute and independent of our minds is erroneous, when one knows it has been held by so many great philosophers. One would have thought that if values really were absolute and independent of our minds, the human race would have discovered by this time what they are and, taking them for granted, never think of wavering in their allegiance to them. But what values are esteemed depends on circumstances. They can change from one generation to another. The values prized by the Greeks of the Homeric age are not the same as those they prized in the Peloponnesian War. They differ in different countries. ~I don’t know that the non-attachment of the Hindus has ever been held to be a value by the Europeans, nor that the humility which Christianity has regarded as a value has ever been regarded as such by the believers in other faiths.

In my own lifetime I have seen values lose their worth. When I was young the conception of a gentleman had value; now not only what it stood for, but the word itself has become vaguely objectionable.  But it is dishonest to assert that if moral values are not absolute they must depend on prejudices or preferences. It is admitted that language has grown up in response to biological needs. Why should moral values not have grown up in the same way? Does it not look likely that they have been developed in the evolution of the species because they were essential to its existence?

Some relevant links:-

Humour undermines Indian spiritual cults

Dr Pal Dhall, Chairman of the Education Committee, Sathya Sai World Foundation

A well-informed, savvy, and honourable ‘Sai Baba blogger’

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Faith in Sai Baba worn away totally

Posted by robertpriddy on May 15, 2016

I was deceived by Sathya Sai Baba for many years, as were millions, many of whom remain in delusive denial. In the zealous atmosphere where most followers get entrapped in subtle indoctrination and a largely self-programmed belief compendium, no even moderately inquiring mind that gets access to much inside information can survive untroubled for very long. Prashanthi Nilayam ashram habitués either went along with the rationalization processes which operated at full steam throughout the Sai Baba movement, or began to question when disturbed by too many observable and reported events which disagreed with the official map, as it were. Living within any Sai Baba community soon became mentally stifling to those who do not succumb entirely to its recommended feelings and foibles. It is certainly very unfruitful intellectually.

I was fortunate in that I was eventually told crucial facts and awful truth by one of the closest servitors of the self-proclaimed ‘God incarnate in human form’. I eventually found that the onerous duty to expose the lies and deceptions, including numerous crimes of which he has never been cleared… fell more and more on my shoulders. It was no easy choice from the start, and not without danger either! Devotees were executed in cold-blood and many other tragedies took place in the ashrams, from accidents to suicides and even unsolved disappearances, befell people who dissented.

One of the hardest tests I had to face – shared by my close friend, the once famous and courageous Indian journalist V.K. Narasimhan, was that this applied with full force to the Sai Baba educational institutions – both the teachers and – of course – the unquestioning and necessarily passive students. At Narasimhan’s editorial requests, I sought in articles I wrote for the monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi to seek answers to remove doubts that Sai Baba’s words and acts were constantly raising in the minds of many followers. But the doctrine of Sai Baba is set in stone as God-ordained, perfect and beyond any human criticism or even proper understanding (he claims). My efforts to reconcile anomalies and dispel them by deep analysis and drawing in wide considerations to blunt their impact were embraced readily by those starved of explanations of very worrying events and wild Sai Baba statements … yet eventually I had to say no to Narasimhan’s pressing requests for further articles.

He told me so much about the corruption and untruthfulness around Sai Baba and even the avatar himself was not exempt from Narasimhan’s disturbing private doubts about his role in the murders in 1994 and the subsequent cover-up effected at the top level by Sai devotees in government, S.B. Chavan (Home Minister), Narasimha Rao (Prime Minister) , Bhagwati ex-High Chief Justice and many more who had unfortunately implicate themselves in support for the insupportable myths and claims before the murder and the  many world-wide sexual abuse testimonies. Put any of the above names or keywords into the search box and the documentation will be found.

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Sathya Sai Baba impostor on tour

Posted by robertpriddy on May 6, 2016

From  SaiSurya@SukshmaBabaReport.Org comes news of the official Sai Vrinda report of Swami’s visit to Greece (April 25, 2016). The incredible claims are now everyday fare for the followers of the impostor Sukshuma Baba, whose entourage stayed at the residence of a Greek devotee of Sathya Sai whose son studied at the Primary School at Prashanthi Nilayam..

We read:- The beautifully decorated 100-year-old mansion was renovated with modern amenities to host Swami and His guests. Swami manifested at the gate and walked on the red carpet in to the home and the hearts of a small group of devotees and family members who had gathered to welcome their Master!
As He was greeted at the gate by Mrs Ioanna Dimitris, He said, “I had told you I will come, and see I have come to your home.” Over the decades many groups of devotees had invited Swami to visit their countries. Swami had always answered in the affirmative, “Yes, yes. I will surely come.” Like it is said, “In His time, in His way!”

The report makes the identity of Sathya as Madhu Sudan almost complete…. but how does this work, one wonders? A large group of the remaining followers of Sai Baba – having always been dependent on his presence for their entire self-worth (and the well-fed and secure lifestyle they had) could not wait for the predicted reincarnation of Prema Sai. They fell out with Ratnakara, the usurper of Prashanthi and its assets. Something had to be invented to keep things going for themselves, donations flowing in. So forget reincarnation for the meantime and let Swami inhabit the body of a former student and consort of his, Madhu Sudan, whenever required for darshan or other inventions. At first this impostor began to talk like Sai Baba, repeating his sayings. Encouraged by the former Warden of Brindavan College (Narasimha Murthy, himself then a self-proclaimed medium of Sai Baba’s wishes) Madhu Sudan gradually pretended more and more to ‘translate inner messages from Swami’  and gullible people desperate for anything to fill their emptiness, flocked to hear these. Sathya Sai Baba had already supposedly been on the move in ‘invisible darsans’ – so scenes were set up in which Madhu Sudan was supposedly ‘inhabited’ by this subtle form. Copying SB he began to hold regular discourses and give away rings – at first admitting then they were bought for the purpose) then later claimed them to materialise in his pocket as required. The scam had gone on from the ridiculous to the more ridiculous and now – in the interests of financial gain and respectful worship of the gang involved –  the following scene in Greece almost takes one breath away for lunatic chutzpah:-

In the hall, by the fire place, He sat down in a special chair and invited all to be seated. Mrs Dimitris, in a rare prayer to Swami, sought His permission to wash His feet. Swami looked deep in to her eyes and then permitted her to wash, later revealed Brother Madhusudan. “I was wondering how would that be?” he said. But the lady in her devotion brought a bowl and a jug full of water to place it at the foot stool and wash Swam’s feet. Brother Madhusudan described that in a first experience of this kind, He saw Swami raising His white robe and dhoti with the gold border to reveal His feet, then He placed both His tender feet in the large porcelain bowl, allowed the water to wash His feet. Swami asked her, ” What will you do with this water?” Pat came the reply, “It’s sacred, I will drink it!”

It just goes to prove that some deluded people will swallow anything at all!  Read; Oracle boy Sukshma Baba world tour for the extra gullible

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‘Holy’ ash was Sai Baba’s prime tool

Posted by robertpriddy on April 26, 2016

Scores of Indian swamis have seemed to ‘materialise’ vibuti. For example, Swami Premananda made vibuthi constantly but was caught out in fraud by paranormal researchers  (and he died in jail serving a double life sentence for rape and multiple murders). Clearly, the ability to manifest small objects – however it is achieved – is no proof of divinity, let alone the Supreme Godhood (as Sai Baba claimed for himself). It seemed from thousands of reports that Sai Baba produced vibuti (‘holy’ ash, which was mostly made from cow dung. rice husks or quartz dust). Countless devotees were carried away by what they experienced as paranormal phenomena, having read endless tracts describing and attributing to him an almost endless stream of fantastic miracles in years long past. He famously said ‘My miracles are my visiting cards’, and the production of vibuti ‘from thin air’ was a goal for thousands of visitors. . Yet interestingly he is also definitively known from many persons and video clips to have faked many of his ‘productions’ by sleight of hand. He also refused adamantly to subject this supposed ‘divine power’ to any form of scientific control or experiment. If his materializations ‘from thin air’ were genuine, why did he have to cheat so much too?

Countless devotees of Sai shouted their belief that he is the omniscient God Incarnate Himself from the rooftops of the www as if they really knew this. But to know that anyone is God and omniscient, one must be omniscient oneself too! So where does that leave all these arrogant preaching but ‘humble’ zealots now that Sai Baba’s claims have collapsed unfulfilled? Not actually having any real proof whether God even exists at all … they vastly overstated their very weak case. When he died in his 85th year, many years before he had variously predicted (in his 90s), they pretended he reckoned years in terms of lunar periods, not solar years! That he was hospitalised for a debilitating heart attack weighing only around 30 kilos and died of multiple organ failure (kidneys, liver. lungs, and brain) the cause was covered up as ‘heart failure’, but the symptoms were completely consistent with AIDS.

Sai Baba said in almost every discourse that he has so much love that no one alive could ever match. I could never quite observe it, but rather saw how he charmed and mystified people – giving cheap gifts and privileges he claimed were utterly priceless. He constantly implanted the idea that it was his love one experienced, when it was almost entirely a projection of ones own trusting and loving nature. That was a very subtle ploy for his getting name and fame, one used by Indian gurus and swamis since time immemorial. After an initial acceptance to boost their devotion, Sai Baba soon or eventually rejected most people in reality, especially when he no longer could benefit from them or found they had less influence to promote him than he originally thought. Many have demonstrated how he acted under false pretenses with ulterior motives, including sex, donations and many another service he received to boost his own popularity. Those who have sat at his darshan round have seen some of his glaring expressions and many have felt his rejection and have been let down by his empty promises! The public testimony of many hundreds who left him showed his uncaring deceptivness.

Nothing can remove Sai Baba from the dark shadow of testimonies of countless sexual abuses on young men, including under-age boys, while the evidence of his part in the unsolved and assiduously covered up murders in his bedroom leaves an indelible stain on his name and works.

Vibuthi at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram
Sai Baba’s ‘fake’ death certificate and challenges to the account given by Sathya Sai Organisation
Sathya Sai Baba and AIDS

See also  Swami Premananda Sex Scandal  – and Professor Erlendur Haraldsson’s discovery of Premananda’s fraud in producing vibuthi

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Asaram Bapu and Narayan tax bomb

Posted by robertpriddy on April 25, 2016

Surat: In more trouble for controversial godman Asaram Bapu, the Income Tax department has slapped Rs 750 crore fine on him and his son Narayan Sai. Speaking on the charges levelled against self-styled godman and his son, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mukesh Patel was quoted as saying by ANI, ”Raids against both the spiritual gurus had led to recovery of hoards of cash and property papers.”
According to Patel, 42 bags containing crores of rupees were recovered during the raid, after which the Income Tax Department imposed a fine of rupees 750 crore on both.
This was also confirmed by Asaram’s lawyer Kalpesh Desai. Zee Media Bureau –  April 22, 2016

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Baba Ramdev – Hindu fanatic and mountebank

Posted by robertpriddy on April 18, 2016

 BABA RAMDEV

BABA RAMDEV

A Famous Guru and Hindu Nationalist, Baba Ramdev, Fantasizes Aloud About Genocide Against Muslims.
Baba Ramdev is the man who suggested the death penalty for money launderers etc. wants the law changed so people can be beheaded (especially Muslims), and he is inciting followers and the political right to make the phrase Bharat Mata Ki Jai — “Hail Goddess India” —  a compulsory incantation for all Indians on pain of having their heads chopped off! Those who won’t say it should have their heads chopped off. and has stated that the only reason he has not been given the Nobel prize ( for PEACE?) is that he is black. All this just shows how far Hindu  gurus will go and, worse yet, those who defend them, including India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharitaya Janata Party (BJP). The modern craze for Indian gurus was boosted enormously guru Sathya Sai Baba – the role model for gaining massive followings among current super-rich gurus. India has seen the extreme right (which means Hindu nationalists) given a free hand by Modi, who has long supported the lying and murderous Asaram Bapu and still promotes the known pedophile and murder accomplice Sathya Sai Baba. These powerful pied pipers drum up hate and lead the nation further towards narrow-minded and religiously divisive ruin.

Further, Ramdev has said that same-sex attraction is against Vedic culture  and is a scandal. He aims to cure gays with his specific brand of yoga and meditation within six months!  The latest rampant modern Baba culture lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and common sense. It harps back to the more barbaric Hindu past, and also actively pursues the divisiveness that caused the mass killing of millions of Muslims and Hindus after Partition in 1947. See source materials here  

Indian media on the failed current ‘godmen’
Controversial ‘godmen’ exposed by Indian media

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Wilma Bronkey – discredited charlatan

Posted by robertpriddy on April 15, 2016

Wilma Bronkey

Wilma Bronkey

The following is a reminder of the kind of people Sathya Sai Baba promoted and blessed as VIPs. He chose the most patently devoted i.e. most gullible and pushy also the more unpleasant self-serving and self-important, such as Wilma Bronkey of Oregon, U.S.A.  He manipulated them cleverly – boosting their already substantial egos – to help carry out his will in regimenting the top-down and totally undemocratic organisation. They earned his grace by obtaining major donors, to enforce unquestioning acceptance of anything he did, said or caused. They had to spread the false propaganda he and the ashram put out about him and to cover up any and every untoward and criminal event that could reflect on him or expose his actual behaviour behind closed doors (the world knows what the main untoward activity was).

One example, my wife and I met a young lady and her American husband (I’ll call her M.) who were at Prashanthi Nilayam with their son of two years of age for the first time in February 1998. They informed us that they were being harassed by the leader of the group they had joined led by Wilma Bronkey – the woman from Oregon with Swami’s robe and all the vibhuti etc. which supposedly manifested at her house in some quantity. Bronkey had told persons in the group that the two-year-old son of M and her husband had demonic forces around him. They only learned of this from the others. Bronkey claimed to receive “messages” from Swami for devotees she accompanied to the ashram and in her group back in the US. She also said things about them that she held they did not know themselves, all due to her psychic powers of “knowing” and “seeing”. She also insisted that the group had to stay outside the ashram in an expensive hotel that was so far away that they had to take a rickshaw to darshan. They were also forbidden to eat in the ashram! She claimed that she received “messages” from Swami for people.

When the victimised family moved to Norway, they came to visit us a few times to learn about our discoveries about Sai Baba and the organisation first hand. With support from others, they had made formal complaints about Bronkey to the organisation and, as a result, she was finally excluded.

Through the years Wilma Bronkey received two robes from Sai Baba, which were always on display at her house in Oregon, which was visited by many West Coast Sai devotees, not least to collect vibuthi and amrit which reportedly appeared there in quantities. A person called Randy Segal mailed me in 2008 saying he had just met her after he last heart attack (she later died in 2010), claiming she was a saint. (See the mail exchanges with Segal here). The devotees in denial who post about every other person also in denial praise her in many on-line outlets. 

A mail I received from a former Sai devotee, Dennis Hanish, casts further light on Wilma Bronkey:-

From: marswalker108
Date: Mon Apr 8, 2002  9:00 pm
Subject: Re: to Dennis Hanish on Wilma Bronkey of Oregon  marswalker108

The last we heard Wilma B. of Oregon whom you mentioned has not yet been able to create perfect peace in her own life… as she serves the severed parts of pigs to people in her home.
She was the featured speaker at the Sai retreat held in Texas during Labor Day weakend 1999. At this conference attended by many hundreds of Sai devotees, she stated that Sai Baba insisted that it was time for her to travel and make presentations regarding him and his teachings. Don’t you think this is being a little hyprocritical?….she is to represent ssb who claims to be God Almighty Himself and the Ultimate Absolute. Remember, she has visited SSB over one hundred times. By the way, have you listened to the cassette tape wherein she claims that SSB told her and made the prophecy that the whole world would now at this very time would be at peace!!

Best wishes, Dennis Hanisch

PS. My comment to the above: Think how much money for return air fares for well over 100 visits to Sai Baba could have been used to improve the lives of others… rather than self-indulgent ‘holidays’ and attempts to promote and forward herself in the movement! I have never heard anything good about her, really – only that she has a massive ego and does not follow Sai’s teachings (as her non-vegetarian behaviour also exemplifies). One elderly Indian gentleman in her group who sat beside me once in the Prashanthi compound agreed she was very authoritarian.
As to the prediction mentioned about world peace – this is yet another of the long list of failed predictions by Sai baba made to people like Kasturi, Peggy Mason, Connie Shaw, Rita and Robert Bruce etc. 

SATHYA SAI BABA’S FAILED PREDICTION FROM 2002 OF WORLD PEACE BY 2007
https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/russias-war-on-georgia-upsets-sathya-sai-predications/

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Oracle boy Sukshma Baba world tour for the extra gullible

Posted by robertpriddy on April 13, 2016

sukshmatourOn the basis of past performance of this ‘spiritual body’, one can confidently predict that there will still only be very few who collect to get the darsan of this ghostly body entrapped within the body of Madhu Sudan, no crowds, but just enough believers to finance the tour of the oracle boy and his retinue of exploiters. We are informed that the spectral Sathya only has ‘limited occupancy’. I suppose it could indicate he is only half there and Madhu Sudan is also only half there?

The self-declared medium in whom the ‘subtle body’ of Sathya Sai Baba allegedly resides and holds forth with discourses, miracles and darsan is on a world tour. He parades more and more as if he were Bhagavan himself,  which has split the entire Sai movement into factions. This farce of charlatan spirituality certainly creates full confusion among any who begin to look int the Sai Baba story,: they soon see the many discrepancies between this impostor and the original impostor as creator of the universe (Sathya Sai Baba) and what they say. The massively propagated image and teachings of this self-named avatar who made clear he would never speak through anyone else but would be reborn as Prema Sai conflcts radically with the claims of the breakaway phalanx around the former student and intimate boyfriend of Sathya. The whole indoctrinated belief system around both of these impostors falls apart for anyone with two separate views to rub together. 

Sukshma Baba report: 5 more years before Sai leaves this form
Muddenahalli Sukshma Baba demands more money
Sukshma Baba rejected by Phyllis Krystal
Sathya Sai Baba replacements: Sukshma Sai, Prema Sai…
‘Sathya Sai Baba’ sports invite?
Sukshma Baba report: 5 more years before Sai leaves this form
Muddenahalli Sukshma Baba demands more money
ukshma Baba rejected by Phyllis Krystal
Subtle Baba not so subtle after all, but substantial?
Prashanthi vs. Muddenahalli – major court action underway
Madhusudan’s remorseless self-interested ego exposed by former ‘brother’
Sri Madhu Sudan – translating communicator of Sai Baba’s discourses
Sai Baba propaganda war heats up (see video)
Muddenahalli manifestation of Sathya Sai Baba
Sai Baba’s ‘ship of fools’ moving to Muddenahalli
Deep schism between two major core factions in the Sathya Sai movement

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Asaram Bapu: major breakthrough in case

Posted by robertpriddy on April 6, 2016

ASARAM BAPU

ASARAM BAPU

‘Killed Asaram Bapu’s doctor as he was blackmailing’ Asaram Bapu’s alleged henchman Kartik Haldar on Tuesday said he killed the self-styled godman’s personal doctor, one of the three key witnesses in rape cases against the jailed religious leader, because he blackmailed him and demanded a huge amount of money to keep mum.

Asaram rape case: Girl’s father gets threat Days after a sharpshooter who is suspected to have killed 3 witnesses in Asaram cases was nabbed, the father of a girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the self-styled godman has claimed to have received threats asking him to withdraw the case.

Asaram rape case: Victim’s father gets threat calls Days after a sharp shooter who killed 3 witnesses in Asaram cases was nabbed, father of the girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Asaram Bapu , has been threatened by an unidentified person to withdraw the case or face dire consequences.

Asaram Bapu hatched conspiracy to kill witnesses: Arrested shooter to police In more trouble for controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, Kartik Haldar, who is suspected to have shot dead three key witnesses in rape cases filed against the religious leader, has told the police that the murders were committed on Asaram’s behest, a report said on Wednesday.

Breakthrough: Sharp shooter who killed 3 witnesses in Asaram rape cases arrested by Gujarat ATS In a major breakthrough, self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s alleged henchman, suspected to have shot dead three key witnesses in rape cases filed against the religious leader, has been arrested by Anti-Terrorism Squad of Gujarat.

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Subsidy to aid declining drought-ridden pilgrimage, Puttaparthi

Posted by robertpriddy on April 3, 2016

Eileen Weed (‘Divya’) reports that even when she was in Puttaparthi, tensions ran high regarding the low groundwater. Her building was one of three on our street that still had water, due to the bore wells running dry. Reports from her contacts there tell that the situation is yet more critical than ever. Also, large areas of Delhi and Mumbai, people have been buying water from water tankers for years now.  Despite the populist promises made by Prime Minister Modi, India still suffers from many of the same major ills as before. Vast areas suffer from water shortage and drought:-

Soutik Biswas  Delhi correspondent to BBC News writes  On 11 March, panic struck engineers at a giant power station on the banks of the Ganges river in West Bengal state. authorities were forced to suspend generation at the 2,300-megawatt plant in Farakka town causing shortages in India’s power grid. “Never before have we shut down the plant because of a shortage of water,” says Milan Kumar, a senior plant official.

The Ganges supports a quarter of India’s 1.3 billion people, and  evidence about declining water levels is mounting, along with waning health due to stinking effluents, sewage and dead bodies.  The river has receded year by year, sandbars appearing, and very little can be done about it.

Despite this, The Andhra Pradesh government, in its attempt to make Puttaparthi into a dollar-earning tourist attraction, has now invested 1 crore of rupees in a new Cultural Auditorium planned to be built in Puttaparthi. The star of Sathya Sai Baba has been falling rapidly since even before his untimely death and Puttaparthi it became a virtual ghost town for most of each year and the crisis has extended to nearly all institutions there.  Added to that is the competition from Muddenahalli, where Sai Baba is now claimed to be giving darshan via an intermediary – one of his former student ‘intimates’ (i.e so-called “form boys”) and what crowd there still are flock there rather than to Puttaparthi. 

Sai Baba and extreme water scarcity in Anantapur for years
Water projects in Rayalaseema and for Chennai – Sathya Sai Baba
Water scarcity and its cause according to SSB
Sathya Sai Drinking Water project re-inaugurated yet again
Sathya Sai Drinking Water ProjectSSB Water Project failure in Puttaparthi, 2006

Prashanthi-Muddenahalli bitter war erupts
Muddenahalli manifestation of Sathya Sai Baba
Sai Baba’s ‘ship of fools’ moving to Muddenahalli
Prashanthi vs. Muddenahalli – major court action underway

 

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What did the Sai Baba exposé achieve?

Posted by robertpriddy on March 26, 2016

The main activists in the Sai Baba expose on the Internet – the JuST group and former Prashanthi security official Hari Sampath’s circle – were concerned to bring Sai Baba to justice and, with that aim, all possible evidence and testimony was gathered, studied and sifted, then publicised in articles on the Internet. At that time we knew that the Indian government . several of its Prime Ministers and Presidents – had already long since been inducted into the cult in one way or another. (For proof, search any PM or President’s name in th search box on this site) It soon became evident that there was a powerful clique in the judiciary around the former Lord Chief Justice, P.N. Bhagwati, that blocked and covered-up all petitions and legal attempts to indict Sai Baba. This included the current P.M. Narasimha Rao, a devotee himself, who – together with his Home Minister, S,B. Chavan (also a devotee) – caused the closure of the CBI investigation into the 1993 police murders in Prashanthi Nilayam (over which independent township Sai Baba had complete control). The CBI had taken over the investigation from the corrupt police, whose machinations were so blatant and became public, that an independent body simply had to be engaged. (http://saibaba-invigilator.blogspot.com/2006/12/sai-baba-protected-by-supreme-court-of.html)

After very intensive discussion over several months in 2000, the 32 members of the JuST group (http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/26/JuSTGroup.htm) hammered out and agreed upon a petition in an attempt to awaken the world to the crimes of Sai Baba and bring him to justice. It was supported by many former prominent devotees including a dozen or more founder members of the Sathya Sai Organisation and received over 1600 signatures. Another aim of this was to ensure as far as possible to gather people who otherwise had no other viable way of stating their dissent and/or contacting former devotees after they left the ashram and organisation than via the internet, all being spread to the world. It was seen as essential to forewarn persons who were getting interested in or involved with Sai Baba and so protect those among the world public who would be vulnerable to the propaganda and indoctrination, with all the ills that eventually followed for most of those who joined the cult. In this the exposé was highly successful, since it soon affected the organisation, which withered very substantially and became unable any longer to recruit more than a few and almost no educated persons. The world media began to adopt a much more critical stance towards Sai Baba. Today his following amounts to less than 10% at more of the numbers it formerly enjoyed. It has been extremely weakened internationally, and is further split into at least two main factions which war against one another in propaganda and the courts.

The petition against Sathya Sai Baba to the Criminal Bureau of Investigation, India
The Sathya Sai Petition 2002 – 2010

Sai Petition signatures in toto

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Sathya Sai Baba plagiarised Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by robertpriddy on March 19, 2016

The words ‘My life is my message’ are very well-known in India and are inscribed on Mahatma Gandhi’s tomb and in front of Birla House where he lived his last days.  Sathya Sai Baba expropriated this statement as his own and blazoned it all over his ashrams in an attempt to raise his own name and profile above the Father of the Nation, Gandhi. In this he failed very signally, as subsequent surveys of who were the greatest Indians showed (see ‘Greatest Indians since Gandhi’ further down). Sai Baba descried all who aimed for name and fame, but he was surely the very greatest culprit in this himself as proven here.
Birla HouseGandhi Smriti formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhavan, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, situated on Tees January Road, formerly Albuquerque Road, in New Delhi, India. It is the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on 30 January 1948.   Sathya Sai Baba expropriated the famous saying ‘Ny Life is My Message’ for himself! That Gandhi said them long before Sai Baba is proved here:-
“Once, while Gandhi’s train was pulling slowly out of the station, a reporter ran up to him and asked him breathlessly for a message to take back to his people. Gandhi’s reply was a hurried line scrawled on a scrap of paper: “My life is my message. It is a message which does not require the vast stage of world politics, but can be put into practice here and now, in the midst of daily life.” (p. 140 in “Gandhi, The Man, The story of His Transformation” by Eknath Easwaram, US, 1997, Nilgiri Press), It is further evidenced in the Gandhi Museum in Old Delhi, see here.

Sai Baba has been shown to be a plagiarizer of other Gandhi quotations and of several numerous other prominent Indian spiritual figures.

 

The Greatest Indians since Gandhi nominated – & Sathya Sai Baba?  An Indian web site conducted a large-scale survey to determine who is in India enjoys the greatest popularity and influence, who have made the greatest contribution to the history of the country. An initial list of 50 candidates included many prominent Indians, including many no longer alive, freedom fighters, politicians, businessmen, artists and spiritual leaders. In no category at all was Sathya Sai Baba nominated, though Mother Teresa and Iyengar were listed. Despite his own claims to have done the greatest ever service to mankind  – 1000 times more than anyone else – he was not even mentioned on any of the greatest Indian lists which subsequently sprang up on in the Indian media and on the Internet! Gandhi himself was embraced as the Father of the Nation because he first motivated the masses to seek independence. However, almost everything Gandhi preached is totally disregarded in India today and his influence on the development of India is considered virtually nil by the vast majority of Indians.

Mahatma Gandhi and Hindu-Indian Nationalism

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Hindu web site excoriates Swami Nityananda

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2016

The followers of Swami Nityananda are typical of cultists, being in denial of all the negative facts about him. This is standard procedure for all Indian religious cults and is not confined to Hinduism, of course. Their zeal in denial is seen in how they claim that the famous videos showing Nityananda in a very compromising situation with an actress was fabricated, as the tantric guru himself claimed. So what are the facts here?

The extensive Hindu Website http://hinduwebsite.com/editorial/nitya_07232010.asp  (which however hides its ownership and webmaster’s identity in anonymity) has an Editorial article entitled Swami Nityananda – Time For Truth – Exploring Truth Amidst Illusions and Distortions). Its editor states that no evidence had so far come forth to prove convincingly that what was shown in those videos was fabricated or false and that the swami did not explain where and what exactly was fabricated, which part of the videos were true and which were not. He gave no clear or convincing explanation as to how or why he allowed himself to be in those situations which gave rise to the controversy.

Nityananda claimed he was “in a trance”, but the Hindu website judges that, to people who watched the videos “didn’t appear to be in trance and he did not show any signs of being in a trance. He was wide awake, at times watching the TV and at times reading some book and at times simply gazing into the persons who were serving him. He did look tired and sick at times but not in trance. He did look uncomfortable and lost in the presence of the women, but he was not entirely unresponsive or inattentive.” His behaviour was patently quotidian, the material he was clearly following on TV was of a most mundane kind.

In what can only be described as amusing, the Hindu site goes on:-  “He did look uncomfortable and lost in the presence of the women, but he was not entirely unresponsive or inattentive. The swami ought to explain his actions in their presence and what made him cross the line of decorum. If he was in trance, he should let the world know what type of trance it was. Was it sabija or nirbija, savikalpa or nirvikalpa? Was he aware? Was he utterly and totally lost? Is he saying that it was all the fault of the women who were serving him?”

Nityananda also said he was ‘experimenting’. How so? His explained nothing about this experiment, which seriously tarnished the lives of the women involved. If, as word has it, the swami is worshipped as an enlightened knower of truth and, by some, as a deity (claims the website), then he would not need to experiment at all… he would know the result beforehand. He claimed he has ‘360 degree’ clairvoyant vision. Yet he did not even see the spy cameras on many occasions hidden in his room!

Above all, writes the editor, he shows no sign of responsibility of repentance, but only tried to protect and defend his image against the shock and vitriol that met him. He failed to apologise at all to any of those he let down, which speaks of lack of compassion. The anonymous Hindu editor the castigates Nityananda for having shattered and thoroughly shaken those who have faith kin the Hindu religion and writes that he should spend the rest of his life serving those whose faith he has damaged. (We know, however, that he has done no such thing but has continued as before, doing his utmost to escape justice through deceit and his influence on followers.)

In trying to uphold the genuineness of certain supposed Hindu spiritual masters, the editor tries a damage-limitation exercise on behalf of his faith by writing that it is known that all human souls in a body are subject to certain limitations and temptations and that even the most advanced souls cannot escape from its tight hold completely. When you are in a spiritual mode, you are in a serious confrontation with Nature and trying to transcend it. It is like swimming against the tide. Nature, being an automaton, works tirelessly to enforce its laws, against which we do not always succeed.”

This is certainly true insofar as it recognises the situation of a living person, but which relies on an unfounded faith that natural human instincts have been entirely overcome by some yogis or the like. This remains another of countless mere traditional beliefs that cannot be verified and are not supported by any factual/empirical proof, while there is much tangible evidence to the contrary. One can read about some of the major crimes and cover-ups common among Hindu gurus and swamis here (https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2008/05/24/600/).

Nityananda sex scandal compounded by his lies and deceits  March 13, 2010 New Delhi: Self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, who was caught in sleazy video footage, on Saturday said the video was morphed and manipulated to misrepresent his personal life but did not deny his images with actress Ranjita in the film. “There is a lot of misrepresentation, manipulation, conspiracy and morphing.

Nithyananda exposed by Ranjitha – CBI say no faked film June 20, 2010 The Indian actress Ranjitha has come under the spotlight after it emerged that rather than being a victim of the sting operation, she was allegedly the one who released the sex tapes with Swami Nityananda in public. Sources in the Tamil film industry say that Ranjitha, a mother of two, fell in love with Swami…

Swami Nithyananda: purification, tribulation and trial  June 19, 2010 Nithyananda claims not to have done anything wrong, yet he decided to carry out a ´sacrifice´(tapas) for “self-purification”  Why this (absurd) ritual so if he was so pure and innocent already? Note that even the fame-seeking charlatan Indian guru, Ravi Shankar (i.e. not the wonderful musician!) claims that Swami Nityananda has “violated UNAIDS guidelines ……

Tantrick sex Swami Nithyananda’s farce plays on  May 20, 2010 Swami Nityananda is certainly a major deceiver, for he claimed to be a celibate and even that he is “not a man” (i.e. impotent), yet all the while he was holding classes in strict secrecy for disciples who paid well in which the tantrick (or tantric) sex was so extreme that …

Sex scandal in Indian media – Nityananda and forerunners  March 6, 2010 Indian commentators, such as the presenter at IBN are finally asking why it is that so many Indian gurus have been convicted of adharmic (i.e. unrighteous) activities. The latest scandal, whatever the eventual outcome, has brought forth more allegations of Nityananda abusing women sexually, of murder attempts and an unexplained death at his ashram.

See also Swami Nityananda full dossier               Note: copyright disclaimer 

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