Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

India: unaccountability, bribery, corruption

Posted by robertpriddy on March 12, 2016

India is a fascinating land where a great many of its people are hospitable even when they have almost nothing. It is a class-ridden and highly non-egalitarian society (the caste system) with massive poverty and countless injustices. The people suffer while the rulers and social elite, whatever they say to get votes, in practice simply accept it as the natural order. The corruption, bribery and unaccountability of Indian politicians is regularly shown to be legion, and the top-down nature of most of Indian life enables them to get away with anything that they consider important for themselves, their families and their caste. It is widely know that Indian statesman, politicians, gurus, and public idols are frequently involved in criminal behaviour and, as countless cases prove. Persons in positions of influence or power very often develop self-serving narratives for the public, and not least to convince themselves of their innocence of their failings and to cover over illegality. They surround themselves with cronies and sycophants to protect them and pump their egos full of false self-justifications. Their world is a stage – and much of their show is vanity and greed for money, power and name. Much of the Indian ‘elite’ were and remain akin to Sathya Sai Baba in that!

Wrong-doers of position and influence are seldom brought to book by the Indian judiciary, which is in practice weighted in their favour, especially due to the vast backlog of cases that cannot come to court for ages. Money is the only answer to getting ahead in the queue. Even the Criminal Bureau of Investigation is under the ultimate control of the government and can be manipulated and even forced to drop investigations without further ado. This is what happened in th case of the murders in which Sathya Sai Baba was deeply involved. The Supreme Court threw out a petition to indict Sathya Sai Baba, and even went so far as to destroy the documentary evidence that the petition had even been heard by them, making it impossible for foreign embassies to find proof of the case. Yet one document kept by the defence lawyers survived. A facsimile can be seen here, accompanied by an account of the entire cover-up.

The unresolved covered-up 1993 ashram murders obstructed by judiciary & government

India’s corrupt elite vs. the main populace

India’s President’s corruption cover-up and Sai Baba endorser

India’s corruption fed by Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Baba’s minion former Chief Justice Bhagwati showed total disrespect for justice

Sathya Sai Baba’s bent judge, P.N. Bhagwati is shamed in public

Latest example of the vicious caste war in India

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How I eventually became a dissident

Posted by robertpriddy on March 6, 2016

I was a frequent visitor to Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan from 1984 until 1998. I resigned from the Sathya Sai Organisation in 2000 after the deepest consideration, having discovered the immense deceptions of Sai Baba, outright fraud and crimes covered-up by his coterie, including High Chief Justice Bhagwati and with the backing of a series of prime ministers and presidents of India and many other rich and prominent figures.

The process of disillusionment took two decades as many untoward and unfortunate events constantly took place in those ashrams but were almost never reported anywhere. The immoral and deceiving behaviour of Sai Baba himself, about which followers who wrote books and articles never mentioned a word, eventually become gradually known but were considered by followers only to be ‘tests of faith’. Decent people I spoke with felt that knowing the likely explanations of some such facts would be more than welcome, but really only if this would help them to dispel the doubts that were repeatedly arising.

The published Sai Baba literature shows that there are many events and circumstances known to Sai Baba’s more frequent and well-informed followers of which all devotee writers steered clear. I was long unable to eliminate these matters from my mind, and it would often have been much easier if I had been able simply to overlook them. I was made aware by many other persons that they laboured under much the same difficulties.

Originally, I tried to sort out the doubts by re-interpreting matters in a positive light, literally to find ways to ‘write them off’ in Sai Baba’s journal by sorting out the issues creatively in a positive light. I wrote many articles in Sai Baba’s monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi, often to explain discrepancies and contradictions in his discourses by subtle interpretation and speculation. I dealt with events and experiences that caused some perplexing questions through which my faith and that of others I knew well had been tested through the years, without thereby claiming to have fully resolved issues raised by them. The editor, V.K. Narasimhan, kept asking me for more and more material from me because it was popular among many Westerner devotees. In 1994 I published a book (Source of the Dream) about my experiences with Sai Baba and at his ashrams. Rather than write nothing but the standard self-censored eulogy of everything to do with Sai Baba, I tried to represent a somewhat fuller picture with careful as it presented itself to me at the time. Though Narasimhan said it was the most objective book about Sai Baba to date, little did I know that it was very, very far from being that. Like nearly all other devotees, I had been kept in the dark about countless untoward events and crimes by the ultimate organised secrecy and deception by his inner circle.

It is said that the truth will out, even though many may fear to speak it. Sai Baba insisted that the truth will always win though, but that is a belief and hence an unsupportable claim. Experience shows that truth is easily subverted and hidden, whether from very many people or for extremely long periods of time from everyone. Despite my keen desire to clear doubts, chance discoveries, reasons for great suspicion mounting evidence and eventual intensive investigation led me to hidden facts and truths about the supposed divine avatar and all around him which at last completely ended my trust.

However sublime and beyond worldly matters the ultimate truth of existence may be, it still has to be consistent with freedom of thought and indisputable evidence in the mundane sphere. Doubts that arise and will not go away can be examined as carefully and with as much healthy scepticism as can beliefs. To employ critical understanding and adhere rigorously to the truth as far as it can be substantiated was ultimately both instructive and positively constructive.

Critical or outright negative writings about Sathya Sai Baba himself are only possible by persons who are neither under any outside pressure (from the cult, close relations etc.) or from their own inner attachments, needs and fears which they feel unable to overcome. The independent world media, however, is very largely free of such pressures, even though Sai Baba positive propaganda fooled many for a long time.

So at last, information about Sai Baba’s actual secretive life and unbridled corruption and unchallenged criminality including massive sexual abuse and involvement in murders became so overwhelmingly strong that I had to begin the mammoth task of reviewing my entire faith and experience with a renewed critical faculties and demanding inquiries. That is when I summoned up my spirits to publish about the many and horrific emerging scandals and crimes that continued to emerge on a regular basis until his ignominious premature death and the aftermath of finding his massive hoarded riches.
Robert Priddy

Sathya Sai Baba’s bent judge, P.N. Bhagwati is shamed
Sai Baba’s minion former Chief Justice Bhagwati showed total disrespect for justice
Sathya Sai Baba admired until intensive investigations
Sai Baba as a political power broker
Sai Baba hoarded wealth – The Telegraph

 

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Asaram Bapu latest news 2016

Posted by robertpriddy on February 29, 2016

Zee Media Bureau reported January 22, 2016 that another child goes missing from Asaram Bapu’s Motera ashram in Ahmedabad

“Controversial ‘godman’ Asaram Bapu, who is in jail fighting a rape case against him, is once again in news for wrong reasons. News agency ANI said on Friday that one more child has gone missing from Asaram Bapu’s Motera ashram in Ahmedabad. The godman has been under scanner after several incidents of minor boys who went missing from his ashram were reported.

The godman is also facing a probe in connection with the mysterious death of two cousins staying at his city-based ashram. The parents of the two children, who were found dead on the banks of Sabarmati river near Asaram’s ashram in Motera in Ahmedabad in July 2008, had filed a plea before a magisterial court in January last year seeking transfer of the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Cousins Dipesh Vaghela (10) and Abhishek Vaghela (11) had gone missing from Asaram Bapu’s gurukul, a residential school situated in Motera Ashram of the city, on July 3, 2008 under mysterious circumstances.

On July 5, 2008, mutilated bodies of the two boys were found in the riverbed near the ashram. After the two boys were found dead, a widespread public agitation had taken place against Asaram with allegations that their deaths were linked to black magic practised in the ashram. Dipesh’s father Praful Vaghela had filed an application before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SV Parekh seeking a CBI probe.

The application said the cause of the death of two children has not been investigated properly by the local police as well as the inquiry commission (Justice D K Trivedi Commission) constituted by the state government. All the investigations, according to the applicant, have been allegedly aimed at shielding the real killers of children. The state CID had in 2009 booked seven followers of Asaram in connection with the death of the two children under Section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against whom a charge sheet was filed in September 2012.”

Zee News report: New Delhi: “This February 14, worship your parents instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, say a series of billboards put up at Delhi Metro stations by a religious group, which also endorsed police action against couples. The advertisements, put up across 35 stations by an organisation of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, advocating ‘Matri Pitri Pujan Diwas’ has left many commuters enraged, prompting Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to order the matter to be examined.  The matter is being thoroughly examined and taken up with the concerned contractor for necessary action,” DMRC chief spokesman Anuj Dayal said.”

See full dossier on Asaram Bapu

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Cults and Mental Disorders

Posted by robertpriddy on February 24, 2016

Do Cults Produce Mental Disorders?  by Mark Dunlop.  “My basic thesis is that with cults, it is the belief system itself which is the primary active agent in cult mind control, and the actual controlling of mind is done by believers themselves, as they train and discipline their own minds in accordance with the tenets of their new faith or belief system. The article tries to deconstruct the nature of ‘cult-type’ belief systems, and to analyze how they differ from ‘mainstream’ belief systems. – Mark Dunlop”

Here is a brief statement by Mark on whether cult involvement can create or encourage mental disorders, such as borderline or bi-polar disorders:-

Cults promote a belief system which is utopian/idealistic, and also dualistic and bi-polar in nature. Dualistic in that they see the world in terms of two opposite poles, such as good versus evil, the saved and the fallen, the enlightened and the ignorant, etc.

Cult belief systems are also bi-polar in psychological terms, rather like Bi-polar disorder or manic-depression. Cults promote a vision of an ideal ‘new self’, which members believe they can attain by following the cult teachings. Cult belief systems encourage the aspirant to identify with this imagined ideal new self, and then, from the perspective of this new self, to see their old self as comparatively inferior and flawed. It is ego-utopia or hubris for the new self, and ego-dystonia or shame for the old self.

Believers can experience a sort of religious mania of inspiration, when they are in the hubris phase, identifying with this idealised imaginary new self, with its perfect perception and understanding, etc. They can become addicted to this hubris high, and become dependent on the group and its leadership to validate their spiritual progress and to maintain this inspiration.

There is often a sort of collective arrogance or hubris among established cult members. They see themselves as part of an elite, and look down rather sniffily upon the mores and values of established mainstream institutions.

If members fall out of favour, even temporarily, with the group leadership, or if they begin to doubt if they can achieve the group’s ideals, they may experience a sort of religious depression or guilt, over their seeming inability to free themselves from their ‘old self’, with all its bad habits and weaknesses and lack of faith. This depression reinforces their desire to return to the inspired state, and can reinforce their addiction to the utopian vision of the cult belief system, so there can be a feedback system going on too. At an extreme, believers fear they will become ill or fall into hell if they leave the group.

All this goes on within a cult members mind. A cult does not control its members by using external coercion. It is the belief system itself which is the primary active agent in cult mind control. The actual controlling of mind is done by the person themselves, as they attempt to discipline their mind and reform their personality, in accordance with the tenets of their new belief system. Effectively, a cult, via its belief system, uses a person’s own energy and aspirations against them. (This is just a summary – to read the entire manuscript, go to: The Culture of Cults.)

Why the International Sathya Sai Organization is a cult
Sathya_Sai_Baba cultism exposed –  Indoctrination, psychological and social entrapment in the cult
Cults defined and analyzed, with examples

COMMENT: Could not agree more…indeed a brilliant analysis by Mark Dunlop on the state of those afflicted by such “belief” based organizations that demand complete and blind faith and the root cause that the individual’s belief itself then becomes the Achilles Heel
I say Achilles Heel since the people trapped are by no means incompetent….they are indeed extremely capable people who have just this one weakness of belief on another.
My own sister who worked in Sathya Sai Baba’s hospital is a classic example. She is a brilliant girl who excelled in her academics and her profession…and spent 6-7 years serving at his hospital for a paltry sum of rupees…in the name of faith, devotion and liberation. She served even when her married life was broken by Sai Baba….and as a single mother she fought her battles.
Today after having lost her prime youthful period in serving Sai Baba and getting divorced from her husband based on his messages….she now struggles with depression and various other physical health challenges….Sai Baba is gone…..and now she depends on her parents and brother for support.
A girl who was spirited lively and brilliant could have been such a great value add and contributor to society as well as led a full life herself….if not for her blind belief in a person who was constantly focused on attributing other people’s hard work to himself.
Today people such as myself, my sister or Sudhir Bhaskar or Kasturi or Joga Rao or Robert Priddy who are the REAL embodiments of service and love aren’t known much, but the world believes that Sathya Sai Baba who tortured and used good people was an embodiment of these virtues…What more…these good people who turn away were branded as Judases by the evil minded Sai Baba..
It is very important in this context that people that are service oriented and want to do good, go on their own and not associate with such organizations and groups or for that matter completely dissociate with God and Spirituality….
To be good and to do good one does not need God.
Srikanth Uppuluri

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Sukshma Baba report: 5 more years before Sai leaves this form

Posted by robertpriddy on February 21, 2016

“Subject: Sukshma Baba Report184  4-2-16  Sathya105 Divinity
From: SaiSurya@SukshmaBabaReport.Org
Sukshma Baba Report184 4-2-16 Sathya105 Divinity
Sai Ram, It was a beautiful spring like day. There were not too many people. We know that some have gone to other places to take care of personal business and others went home after a few months here.”

How many is too many for them, we wonder. What ‘not too many’ really says is there were fewish, fewer than expected, far fewer than prayed and hoped for.

The mail rambles on with worn out old speculations about who I am and realising divinity and what everyone must do… all useless talk as usual. Then we read about an alleged “Swami Discourse with Madhu repeating with Narasimha translating”

There follows even more parroting of former Sathya Sai Baba, his usual vague harangues to his followers, such as the laughable vague analogies “When you process gold, you only get a little bit from a larger chuck. The rest are impurities that have to be gotten rid of by various methods. When a sculptor looks at a stone, he knows what is in it. He chisels away what is not needed to get to the form that was buried within. This is all of us.”

But one sentence sticks out like a sore thumb from all the rest of the pretentious verbiage:- “We have 5 more years before Sai leaves this form.”

This refers to Madhu Sudan, the former student and intimate friend of Sathya Sai Baba, who claims to be endowed with the subtle form of Sathya Sai Baba. So it is natural to wonder if these 5 years will be five calendar years, five lunar years or whichever other mystical-esoterical perhaps means of reckoning will roughly correspond to five calendar years! No doubt they are already planning what to say and do after that. 

Madhusudan’s remorseless selfish ego exposed by ‘brother’
Subtle Baba not so subtle after all, but substantial?
Sri Madhu Sudan – communicator of Sai Baba’s discourses
Does Sathya Sai Baba need a ‘communicator’?
Muddenahalli manifestation of Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba replacements: Sukshma Sai, Prema Sai
Sai Baba anniversary face-off
‘Subtle Sai Baba’ gets more demanding
Indulal Shah deserts the Prashanthi Nilayam faithful

Prashanthi vs. Muddenahalli – major court action underway
Prashanthi-Muddenahalli bitter war erupts
Sai Baba’s ‘ship of fools’ moving to Muddenahalli
Deep schism between two core Sai Baba factions
Sai Baba’s broken reputation unrepairable
Muddenahalli Sukshma Baba demands more money
Saikingdomcome vs. Muddenahalli medium
Delirious devotees worship images of oracle boy
More Muddenahalli demands for cash

 

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Swami Nityananda – a deceiver and degenerate Hindu guru

Posted by robertpriddy on February 19, 2016

The Times of India has published an article listing four religious communities (mutts) over which Nityananda tried to gain supremacy through deception and subterfuge, including their entire wealth. The High Court of Madras rejected his submission that he was the head of these mutts in and around Tiruvarur. This comes a the latest in a very long series of exposures of the sheer degeneracy of a young man who poses as yet another religious guru and has successfully obtained a large following among the ever-gullible religious Indian populace. His dossier of sexual and criminal behaviour is extensive and large part of it are collected and can be studied here:-

High Court in Madras denies Swami Nityananda control of four religious communities (Times of India article)

Guruphiliac December 29, 2014 mysterious death report   Another Mysterious Death at a Nithyananda Ashram. A 24-year-old brahmacharini of Nithyananda ashram died suddenly and mysteriously in his Bidadi ashram.

Sex-guru Swami Nityananda claims impotence, but court demands test September 13, 2014

The controversial young guru (with a proven sexual appetite) who has been exposed widely in the Indian media and against whom the slow-grinding Indian legal system has in Bengalaru issued a non-bailable warrant  was issued (for failing to attend court). A sexual abuse complaint had been registered in 2012 by a lady who stated she had been repeatedly raped during a five-year stay at his ashram.

Non-bailable warrent issued against Nityananda and 5 others

Further proof that the noble and moral ‘spirituality’ is no more a part of the big godman business! At least, the good news is that the war between the wary modern Internet-educated people of the world and the bubble of power-hungry swamis & supporters in charge of various spiritual organisations, will help to remove this cynical exploitation of the vulnerable, defenceless and weak

Once again, the discredited ‘godman’ Swami Nityananda – the hypocritical ‘celibate swami’ who was exposed as secretly exercised tantric sex practices on devotees – is accused of abuse, torture, manipulation and complete brainwashing of children of his followers.  Nityananda denied the Child Welfare Department access to his ashram, so this should be a matter for the police, but so far he is free to continue this as no authority with real power is willing to take up the matter.

The Swami who is indicted for rape and ‘unnatural sex’ is now claiming to be the reincarnation of the famous supposed ‘avatar’, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It does not bother him, evidently, that it emerged in later years that Ramakrishna was most likely involved in homo-erotic acts. Nithya calls himself Ramakrishna’ (Express Buzz) Naveen Ammembala

Nityananda’s pleas rejected by Karnataka High Court. In a short video, indiatimes.com reported reported in a short video (2/12/2010) “The Karnataka High Court has rejected a plea by self-styled godman Nityananda for furnishing him a copy of the charge sheet by the CID in connection with the rape case. The CID has filed a charge.

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

Nithyananda claims not to have done anything wrong, yet he decided to carry out a ´sacrifice´(tapas) for “self-purification” (Source) 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

The Indian website ‘Times Now’ have posted a video Nityananda, the swami accused of showing the interrogation of this swami accused of being involved in a sex scandal. These confessions are now on video, and an excerpt is shown. The following is a direct transcript of the presenter’s statement of key points…

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 his lawyers had drawn up an obligatory non-disclosure agreement for applicants

Swami Nithyananda applied for bail to the lower court but on May 6, 2010, the Ramanagara sessions court denied him bail because “Nithyananda and his disciples would tamper with the evidence.” The Public Prosecutor (Srirama Reddy) informed the court that Nithyananda’s victims were afraid to come forward as witnesses because the rich and influential followers of the godman were restraining them.

Having fled the arm of the law to the Himalayas, Nithyananda has been caught and removed into custody in Bangalore, awaiting trial (along with several of his associates). He is charged under section 295 (a) – deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief.

Swami made followers sign ‘sex contract’  NDTV Correspondent | Friday April 23, 2010

As investigation continues into the charges against the controversial Bangalore godman Swami Nityananda, it has emerged that the swami would make followers sign a “sex contract” at the time of joining to indemnify him from legal action.

Barry Pittard on sex abuses – Scouts, Nithyananda, Sathya Sai Baba April 1, 2010

In the current very promising awakening of the public and the media to more and more religious sexual abuse, Barry Pittard draws parallels and comparisons between some of the major cases in the public eye at present.

Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda – alias Rajasekaran, a native of Tiruvannamalai was caught on video in compromising situations with Tamil  actress Ranjitha and another woman. Serious complaints to the police were lodged by various persons, including Kannada actor Praveen and his ‘second-in-command; Lenin. Since then he has withdrawn into indeterminate spiritual seclusion’ and his main ashram…

Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda – alias Rajasekaran, a native of Tiruvannamalai was caught on video in compromising situations with Tamil  actress Ranjitha and another woman. Serious complaints to the police were lodged by various persons, including Kannada actor Praveen and his ‘second-in-command; Lenin. Since then he has withdrawn into indeterminate spiritual seclusion’ and his main ashram

“It is a big conspiracy. Images have been morphed to show that the person in the video is Swami Nityananda. He has not done anything wrong,” Swami Athmakrubananda, the official spokesperson of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, told reporters here. (from The Sisat Daily) The Nityananda case shows us yet again how blind believers in Indian gurus will take upon themselves to lie blatantly to preserve their illusions

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.

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Religion as reassurance or a panacea

Posted by robertpriddy on February 16, 2016

The New Scientist ran an article entitled:  ‘Born believers: How your brain creates God’. It proposes that the inclination of human beings to believe in God is natural in that some of the foundations for religious beliefs are” hard-wired” in human brains. (not: ‘hard-wired’ is a misleading bad metaphor for such a flexible and ever-developing organisation).  Experiments with children from a few months old to pre-school, have influenced some to conclude that “belief in some form of life apart from that experienced in the body is the default setting of the human brain.”  At the same time, it was stated that the ability to conceive of gods is itself not sufficient to give rise to religion.

The mind has another essential attribute: “an overdeveloped sense of cause and effect which primes us to see purpose and design everywhere, even where there is none.” This casts a powerful light on the entire root of religions. It is all very well for priests, gurus, theologians and their like to preach their many differing speculative theories to support their need for faith, but science has dispelled most of with solid evidence. The human need for assurances of there being a kind and caring god of some kind or other has a big problem, how to account for the absence of help and support to millions who have prayed to him (or her or it) in the very direct of circumstances with no result. The speculative arguments are very many but none manage an overall consistent answer that does not ignore countless facts and known truths. 

God is brain-created

In short, the human brain (long known not to be infallible in perception or in any other manner), functions to complete incomplete information. There is also the experimental psychological effect known as the ‘psi-phenomenon’ which enables us to see a fast series of images as a connected whole (such as by circling a sparkler quickly, or rapidly alternating two light close to one another until the brain merges them, or even watching a film).

It is also known that trauma cause some people to slip into believing supernatural phenomenon and finding patterns when there is none “.when we feel a lack of control we fall back on superstitious ways of thinking. That would explain why religions enjoy a revival during hard times…… [this also suggests] that god isn’t going away, and that atheism will always be a hard sell. Religious belief is the “path of least resistance”. Meanwhile,  disbelief requires an effort.

Comment from Eileen Weed: Not only does belief in god satisfy a deep, hard-wired tendency, but it also fulfills another craving to feel one is “chosen” and “superior” to the rest of the world. This in turn leads to another obsessive-compulsive draw for some to lead and others to blindly follow. Alas, religion will indeed always be around!

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Lord Rama in court action

Posted by robertpriddy on February 11, 2016

Once again the rule of mythology over the Indian mind is on show, and the strangest parody of vaudeville dimensions was played out in a court. Lord Rama for An Indian lawyer, Chandan Kumar Singh, recently stunned many Indians when he tried to sue popular Hindu God Ram because he wanted a court to acknowledge as a fact that “Lord Ram was unjust to his wife Sita”. He stated, “Ram’s treatment of Sita shows that women were not respected even in ancient times. I am aware that the case may sound ridiculous to many, but we have to discuss this part of our ancient religious history. I will file a case again because I really believe that Indians have to acknowledge that Ram mistreated Sita.” This is explained independently here:

For a full tour of the farce, see Why an Indian lawyer tried to sue God – By Vikas Pandey BBC News, Delhi.
Considering the ludicrous response he got in defence of this largely mythological figure of inflated legend from his colleague, it is not all that surprising that this defender of the weaker sex should try to make an example of Lord Rama. They live in the delusion spread by the highly fanciful Ramayana epic and this is so widespread, also among many otherwise well-educated Indians, that the injustice is felt as of real influence on Hindus, who as all know treat women very largely as second class citizens (widows as third class and Dalit women as lacking any class whatever). 

RamSetuThe utmost gullibility of so many Indians was shown when the government had to drop plans of dredging a channel for shipping between India and Sri Lanka because it would destroy the bridge built by monkey-god,  Hanuman, but archaeologists know that it is a natural formation of sand and stones.  The famous author  R.K. Narayan commented on  the ubiquity of blind belief in the following:-

RKN-myths

Sathya Sai saw Hanuman as a real figure
India’s Delhi University in row over Ramayana epic essay

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Posted by robertpriddy on February 8, 2016

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Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man 3,658
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Dr. G. VENKATARAMAN – THE MOST GULLIBLE PHYSICIST ALIVE? 3,605
Deceiving ‘devotee’ makes bogus image of Sai in the Moon 3,595
Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams, deaths and suicides 3,527
Sathya Sai Baba 96 years old at death? Lunar year confusions 3,516
Sai Baba’s ‘subtle body presence’ report in Kodai is denied 3,443
Isaac Tigrett & a fake ‘crystal skull’ Sai Baba ‘materialized’ 3,271
Sathya Sai Baba death date in serious doubt 3,199
Swami ‘Paramahamsa’ Nityananda scandal 3,196
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Sai Baba Fraud – Comments and Replies 3,067
Many young men claiming sexual contact with Sathya Sai Baba 3,057

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Understanding religion – the origins and persistence of such diverse beliefs

Posted by robertpriddy on February 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sathya Sai’s letters to his elder sister put in context

Posted by robertpriddy on February 3, 2016

The Uneducated Telugu Village Writers: An Essay 

he ‘handwritten letters’ of sb are totally mundane. I skimmed through some of them just now and noticed that even when he was mentioning ‘Tamil New Year’, instead of discoursing or even putting in a sentence or two of the spiritual aspects, all he could think to write was ‘all the shops are closed and that’s why we haven’t gotten our luggage yet’!

‘Garu’ means ‘revered, respected’ and it is a word like the Hindi ‘ji’ which is tacked onto the ends of names when we address elders, VIPs, etc. 
Calling oneself “Garu” is totally pretentious and unheard of (mostly – perhaps sb did it as he was a complete narcissist?). I would say that the letters ending in ‘Baba Garu’ were dictated to someone else and the person writing them put Garu because they couldn’t bear to sign just ‘Baba’. Signing letters ‘Asheesulu’ (Blessings) and ‘Itlu’ (Thus), or just with one’s name, is common for all Telugu speakers (with ‘Blessings’ being reserved for those younger or lower status).

Venkamma could write her own letters, but like car-driving , food shopping, and so many other things in India, even though one may know how to do it, one will try to find someone else willing to do it. So on the rare occasions Venkamma had to write a letter, she would try to find someone else to do it (even me, sometimes!) as she dictated the contents, and I am sure sb did the same thing. They didn’t exactly have a lot of creative writing practice and were not comfortable with it.

Another thing: a wide berth was given by the one who dictates the contents, and the (usually educated) one who writes it all down. When I was the scribe for Mataji Jnaneswari when I was staying at Shanti Ashram in East Godavari District for seven years, she would dictate a paragraph in Telugu which was mixed up, awkward, and struggled to make clear sense. Then she would chuckle and say, “Write it so it makes sense and sounds good!” (Come to think of it, Venkamma did the same!)

 I’m quite sure that, like Anil Kumar’s and the published translations of sb’s discourses, a fair number of ‘sb’s handwritten letters’ out there, especially the brilliantly composed ones, only have a skeleton of his original thought. (Telugu speakers from villages like I’ve known, are also loath to write anything of substance so their written letters are generally short and to the point – so the letters complaining about cheating laborers might be straight from sb’s pen, haha!)

 As for sb’s ‘real’ handwriting, it would take a comparison of handwritten letters over the course of decades and my guess would be, the writing that looks almost the same throughout a 50-60 year period, is his. As we all know, sb’s personal assistants changed every few years. From the online sample, anyone could tell the writing styles are wildly different depending upon where he was staying so obviously they are not all his.

 I took the photo of Venkamma on the bottom of page 67. My friend Vidya (Lynn Wyle) got her best pal, Maynard Ferguson’s wife Flo, to lend me her camera for two days, when I took a lot of pics. That photo album of all of those pics was stolen by her grandsons from my personal suitcase in Venkamma’s room, when I was in the hospital during her last illness. Later I paid a visit to her grandson Subrahmanyam’s house, and took back a few of those photos. I felt it was their family so I didn’t take all or even many of them, and there was no cheap method to make copies in those days. Subri claimed the negatives were lost. (Another one in the series is attached, the one that I took instead of the one of her smiling in the online book. She was saying, “What are you taking my picture for, you kothi munda? (translating literally as “monkey-widow!” – an insult?)
by Eileen Weed (‘Divya’)

The accounts by Eileen Weed must be regarded as the ONLY fully frank and honest insider account of Sai Baba’s sisters and how their brother related to them. Her indisputable insights are recorded in her extensive collection of own letters through decades living in the ashram as the only non-Indian Telugu speaker. Her credibility is 100% and her privileged access undisputed. This article is a further illumination of the information she provided in 
Sai Baba’s letters to his sister Venkamma

These letters were posted by the Muddenahalli ‘oracle boy’ group. They also wrote:-
“The latest efforts of the Sai Love Team from Puttaparthi is Bhagavan’s Handwritten Letters. It’s a draft for an e-book and paperback book. These are 50 letters from the 1940s to 1960s. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/72d97e32d741a4b68382758b7/files/Bhagavans_Handwritten_Letters_Draft_for_E_Book.pdf

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‘Sathya Sai Baba’ sports invite?

Posted by robertpriddy on January 28, 2016

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All we need: yet another hot, dusty, lengthy, amateurishly boring sports ‘meet’ in the suspicious “divine presence”! Oracle boy is relentless with trying to drum up support concentration on him! The way these unscrupulous people have annexed the entire Sathya Sai Baba brand through an outrageously transparent fraud is amazing to all who do not know the ultra-gullibility of many Indians and those who believe all the nonsense about Sathya Sai Baba and his supposed continued existence.

In this connection one may well consider the evidence for the belief in the afterlife

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Sai Baba medical institute in decline

Posted by robertpriddy on January 24, 2016

The article below is interesting for two reasons: it encourages “participation” (donations) and, only 150 people showed up for the annual event, out of tens of thousands alumni at the college. This is how vastly the engagement in Sai Baba institutions has diminished, the reasons being many and especially the many unresolved court actions against Sai Baba bodies and representatives, all of which seem to have been bought off with bribes in the corrupt tradition of Sai Baba himself (see testimonial evidence).

Excerpt from 'The Hans India' article (local news outlet, Hyderabad)

Excerpt from ‘The Hans India’ article (local news outlet, Hyderabad)

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Asaram Bapu’s sixth bail plea rejected!

Posted by robertpriddy on January 20, 2016

See latest: Asaram Bapu and Narayan tax bomb – major setback for them
Jodhpur: The bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, who is in jail in connection with a rape case, was on Friday rejected by a sessions court. This is the sixth bail application of 74-year-old Asaram which has been rejected by the court. He was sent to jail in August, 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old school girl. Citing the order of the court, the victim’s counsel, PC Solanki said, “The court did not consider the arguments like the age of Asaram and delayed FIR by the girl”.
Asaram was represented in court by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Swamy had appeared in the court on Monday to plead on the bail application. The court had completed the arguments on bail application on Monday itself and had reserved the order for today. While Asaram was not in court, a large number of his supporters were present.
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/asarams-bail-plea-rejected_1843011.html

Read about the endless dossier of Asaram’s crimes and attempts to avoid justice here WITH SUMMARIES AND LINKS TO MEDIA AND WEB PAGES WITH ALL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ASARAM BAPU AND NARAYAN SAI RAPE CASES PLUS OTHER CRIMES OF THE GURU
See also  Asaram Bapu sex guru – very compromising photos

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Sai Baba’s letters to his sister Venkamma

Posted by robertpriddy on January 17, 2016

An e-mail circulated from SaiSurya@SukshmaBabaReport.Org announces that handwritten letters from Sathya Sai Baba to his elder sister Venkamma have been published on-line at https://gallery.mailchimp.com/72d97e32d741a4b68382758b7/files/Bhagavans_Handwritten_Letters_Draft_for_E_Book.pdf-

An insider who read them while living in with Venkamma in her Prashanthi apartment comments on these. Eileen Weed (aka ‘Divya’) lived at Prashanthi Nilayam between 1984 and 2005, and was resident in the ashram for years, and years with Venkamma until she died (Eileen was at her actual deathbed!). She knew Venkamma and the female side of Sai Baba’s family very well and had learned to be fluent in Telugu. She writes “I recognized the scans of the ‘Letters’, because Venkamma kept the letters sb wrote to her safely in a little tin box in her room. After she died, her grandson took them, along with audio cassettes with recordings I made of Venkamma singing and telling sb stories (which usually ended in her cursing family members for their cruelty, deceit and selfishness against her). In his letters Sai Baba only writes about mundane, worldly matters with hardly any god-talk philosophy, it appears! This was his true self, not the façade he erected in front of thousands of people.”

Indeed, the letters are most pedestrian fare – hardly what one would expect the self-proclaimed Avatar of the Age, Creator of the Universe, Father who sent Christ, Deity of Deities and Saviour of Mankind etc. etc. to write. In one letter, sb was telling Venkamma not to give any more money to workers because they are trying to ‘cheat’ him with not enough work. This from the iniquitous Universal Cheat Himself, Sathya Sai Baba, who claimed he knew everything about everything (not least how to cheat). Besotted devotees will claim that he was simply ‘acting out’ a role as an ordinary man so devotees could more easily relate to him for their benefit of mankind (but Sai Baba was his own NO 1 beneficiary). Venkamma knew the bottom line  and she hardly ever did more than lip service to some of his pretenses, never telling of Sai childhood miracles – the elder sister kept an eye on him and was not deceived. His elder brother, Mr. Sesham Raju, also knew the score!

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It is surprising that they even published the letters online, as anyone can read them and see the worldliness and lack of empathy (which anyone living in the ashram long term knew about). Of course, the ever-cautious Trust did not publish the letters, but the new and naïve Muddy adherents. The question is, what contacts do they have that gave those letters? It has to be either a sb family member or inner circle member (I had given Mrs Ratenlal a copy of the letters, who used to cook for sb and attend his meals in the old days). I wrote to the Muddy people (incognito) and asked if they also had the audio recordings of Venkamma singing and talking, but did not receive a reply.

See also:
Former Sai devotee ‘Divya’ and her close inside knowledge of Sai Baba’s elder sister
Venkamma: little or no faith in her brother Sathya Sai
Baby Sai Baba not rocked by cobra in cradle

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