Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Delhi takes a giant step back from Modi

Posted by robertpriddy on February 11, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suffered a seismic electoral defeat in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election Delhi, something the Bharitiya Janata Party (BJP) never even suspected was possible. It was the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal secured 67 of the 70 seats. Congress won nothing and BJP the remaining three seats. This party has anti-corruption high on its agenda. Vesides, the AAP ran a clean campaign. not descending to the defamatory smears of some opponents.

It was Narendra Modi himself who eventually lead the BJP’s Delhi election campaign to crashing defeat after the party was noticing setbacks and he made the mistake of suggesting Kejriwal was an anarchist. Modi has done very little to combat the massive bribery and corruption of the political system and bureaucracy. The defeat of this Goliath by a David augurs well for down-to-earth thinking and the best worldly values and may be an expression of a incoming sea change in India. No longer had Modi the confidence that the last general election seemed to insist. Modi’s right-wing Hindu nationalism and speckled past (eg. on Ayodhya) is much documented, and he has previously publicised himself as a supporter of Indian guru cults, having worshipped Sathya Sai Baba and Asaram Bapu. This turnaround may well be instrumental in cooling Modi’s Hindu rhetoric and general support for such guru cults and the culture of cover-up and suppression of whistle-blowers that has ruined so much in modern India

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Cosmic Sai Baba lunatic fringe mediums, channellers et al.

Posted by robertpriddy on February 7, 2015

Sathya Sai Baba once had such a reputation that his characteristic ‘miracles’ of healing, manifestation, teachings, methods and much more were copied by literally countless people. There are even many lookalikes who claimed to do what he did! Many were outright frauds out to get a following and spiritual reputation themselves, or to  make money (and obtain others benefits to abuse the vulnerable). Many others had convinced themselves that they were in special contact with Sai Baba, not least through hearing his voice dictating teachings to them and giving directions to other people through them (even though he vehemently denied the genuineness of such claims, saying he never delegated any of his powers to anyone or spoke through others). The practices of mediums have been exposed in many ways already, and, because most of these people have convinced themselves that the their voices or inexplicable ideas are genuine,  the latest neurological research helps understand how the brain achieves this within itself.

New claimants of Sai Baba contacts and powers – both unwitting misled devotees and also crafty deceivers – crop up all the time, and the Internet is just one place you will find them. Below are some links to a few about whom I have blogged here.

Meanwhile, meet Valerie Barrow from Australia, who had been ‘awakened’ by a ‘Light Being’ White Eagle. She tells how she came to her first interview in 1993… it is classic deception (he called her from the lines and then in the interview asked her ‘What is your name, Val?’. (Accommodation office always provided such data to Sai Baba early every morning!).  He ‘materialised a green ring’ (as he also did for me Christmas 1986 – it was a synthetic sapphire worth about $10.- at the time, but set in an 18 carat gold ring.) He also told her she would see him in it, as he told many who got such false ‘green diamond’ rings. In fact, anyone could see his silhouette in mine if  from the exact correct angle and lighting. The rings are designed that way with green silver foil paper carefully adjusted behind the stone, increasing the brilliance. Because I went there trustingly, and she went devotedly, he conned me and he conned her in just the same way!  This is where she tells her ‘story’ http://cosmicsaibaba.com/how-valerie-barrow-met-sai-baba/ She was ‘stunned and speechless’ when Sai Baba told her that her husband is a banker. (Like nearly all visitors to the ashrams she had no idea that Sai Baba always had many snoopers who overhear conversations and report back to the offices, while such information was by then very easy to obtain from the web in advance by SB’s workers, with her name and passport details are all registered on arrival. Sai Baba ‘loved’ bankers and rich people because of the big donations they would make, so they and their wives got ashram priviliges!

Since then ‘Val’ has qualified fully for the Sai lunatic fringe with two books (‘The Book of Love by a Medium’ & ‘Alcheringa, When the First Ancestors were Created’) and by promoting herself on-line as a medium of the Cosmic Sai Baba! She claims to get discourses from the Cosmic Sai Baba explaining the 4th dimension and much else worn-out make-believe (deranged persons met at Prashanthi Nilayam would go around telling anyone who would listen of such things, how Sai Baba was promising that the whole world would soon change suddenly and break into a new universal consciousness etc. Rita Bruce, a VIP author also claimed such things – Sai Baba did actually make similar claims too). The practices of mediums have been exposed in many ways already, and, because most of these people have convinced themselves that the their voices or inexplicable ideas are genuine,  the latest neurological research helps understand how the brain achieves this within itself.

Another claimant, Kiara Winder, went on YouTube: Sri Sathya Sai Baba –  25 April 2011  According to this channeller, Sai Baba tells that he could have stayed in his body… and the old Sai Baba self-contradictions picked over all over again by a self-promoting medium. His goofy smile (seen on the YouTube video) is particularly off-putting, as is the accompanying flute music (well, the talk itself badly needed some backing, but not by music but by facts!).

SAI BABA DENIED HE SPOKE THROUGH MEDIUMS ETC.

SAI BABA DENIED HE SPOKE THROUGH MEDIUMS ETC. click on image for source page

Here are but a few cases out of literally hundreds more to illustrate this ‘spiritual frenzy':-

Narasimha Murthy’s imprudent interview & consequences (close follower from youth thinks Sai Baba instructs him from the beyond)
Sathya Sai Baba ‘channellers’ and mediums
Inner voice, inner messages from Sai Baba
Sai Ma – women channellers contended for the title ‘Sai Mother’
Sathya Sai Baba’s broad lunatic fringe
Sai Baba lookalikes and imitators: The Guru Gallery

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India’s huge gender disparities & female infanticide etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on February 4, 2015

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In the years before his death, Sathya Sai Baba held a discourse in which he said that the number of males in India was greater than females. This also happens, he said, when war upset the balance.  Yet he added that in time the unbalance levelled off, and that was the work of God.  What he did not mention was that in India it was not – as in war – the male population which decreased, but the female. There was, however, evidently nothing whatever he could (as self-proclaimed God Almighty) to reduce the decrease in females in India. In 2012, India had seven million fewer girls than boys under the age of six!  This year the decrease in relation to males has continued to grow. This causes huge problems for young men who want to start a relationship with a view to marriage. The vast majority of Indians have no hope whatever of leaving the mainland and finding Indian females abroad.

 Amartya Sen has highlighted the need to consider the socio-cultural influences that promote gender inequalities In India, cultural influences favour the preference for sons for reasons related to kinship, lineage, inheritance, identity, status, and economic security. This preference cuts across class and caste lines, and it discriminates against girls. In extreme cases, the discrimination takes the form of ‘honour killings’ where families kill daughters or daughter in laws who fail to conform to gender expectations about marriage and sexuality. (i.e. really dishonourable killings) When a woman does not conform to expected gender norms she is shamed and humiliated because it impacts both her and her family’s honor, and perhaps her ability to marry. The causes of gender inequalities are complex, but a number of cultural factors in India can explain how son preference, a key driver of daughter neglect, is so prevalent. (See also Sathya Sai Baba family tree – and female infanticide?)

World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes a Global Gender Gap Index score for each nation every year. The index focuses not on empowerment of women, but on the relative gap between men and women in four fundamental categories – economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.  In 2011, the WEF ranked India at 113 on the Gender Gap Index (GGI) among 135 countries polled… and below several sub-Saharan African countries.

According to The Lancet, “researchers found wealthier women with higher levels of education were more likely to abort girls because they could afford to pay for gender tests and abortions. Their report has exposed a 1996 law which banned gender screening tests in an attempt to reduce female feticides as a failure. Women in India are often placed under great pressure from their husbands and in-laws to deliver boys because girls are seen as a financial burden. They fear high dowries demanded by families of potential grooms and the pressure to pay for increasingly ostentatious weddings. (By Dean Nelson, New Delhi 24 May 2011)”.
See also Women, Sathya Sai Baba and male chauvinism

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Hong Kong resident on Sai Baba’s message and actions

Posted by robertpriddy on February 1, 2015

Lest one forget the infamous police executions in Sai Baba’s ‘holy’ temple apartment in June 1993, here is one reaction by a decent citizen.

Gordon LordHong Kong, signed the petition on January 31. 2008. (not a follower as such, but involved) 1991 – 2007.

I was initially attracted to Sathya Sai Baba because of the universal appeal of his message. And frankly, given that India is a socially divided / fragmented country with several social classes, castes and other ridiculous divisions, SSB’s message and teachings of “All Are One”, “Universal Language Of The Heart”, “Education In Human Values” etc. seemed very appealing to me during my University years. However, since 1995 I started hearing about allegations of sexual abuse at the ashram, rampant corruption among the rank and file of office-bearers in the International Sathya Sai Organization, lack of financial transparency such as no published financial statements etc. Fortunately, I was never inflicted by the disease of blind-belief, unlike most people I know, including my own parents, friends and relatives. (Ask any serious seeker of the meaning of life and he or she will most likely tell you that “awareness” matters more than “belief”. But most SSB followers I’ve met in my lifetime don’t care about awareness or self-understanding. They are only interested in using the crutches of “belief” all the way to their grave!)

Over the years, the allegations kept increasing and I also happened to personally meet some past students of the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. I heard about cases of sexual abuse from the students too! And then finally, the shooting incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Four young boys, at the prime of their lives were gunned down (a.k.a murdered in cold blood) by the police personnel that had stormed into the ashram. The local police filed a fraudulent report indicating that the cops had fired in self-defense when the 4 boys charged towards them with knives in hand. A federal investigation team proved these claims were false and charged the policemen with murder. Ask any experienced cop and he or she will tell you that the police training manual does not recommend shooting-to-kill as a response especially when the weapons of the attackers are simple tools such as knives or screwdrivers. Single shots to the leg or the thigh would have immediately incapacitated the attackers, thereby enabling their arrest and prosecution. However, the fact that the police chose to “execute” the 4 boys rather than arrest them and produce them in a court of law, is a clear indication that they wanted to silence them forever, as dead men tell no tales!Any decent and civilized human being who ponders over all these events that happened in Prashanti Nilayam would be utterly disgusted at the glaring discrepancy between what the ashram is claimed to be and what the ashram actually is! The word “Prashanti Nilayam” is meant to indicate an abode of eternal peace, but in reality it is the abode of “death” and disgusting brutality. To this day, there has not been any proper investigation into the murder of the 4 young boys by the police and the perpetrators of this heinous crime are roaming free! And all this is happening in the “abode of peace”.

Honestly, it does not matter what SSB is or what he isn’t. The real misfortune is that many educated people, government officers, scientists, engineers, professors, politicians, bureaucrats, leaders, presidents and prime ministers still throng to this place, even after these cold-blooded murders and disgusting events. Truly, all these “followers” are spiritually, psychologically and intellectualy “dead”! Therefore, it is beyond doubt that none of these mindless “followers” (a.k.a dead people) can help bring about a more peaceful or less chaotic world, regardless of their academic or social or technological capabilities and achievements.

Note: No longer does anyone of note (apart from a few long-compromised Indian politicians)  throng to that place! It is in decline, which – though such scams always live on forever in some shape or form due to the religiously-deluded masses in India – will not change, since the bogus claim that SSB will be reborn as Prema Sai is just another piece of age-old Indian spiritual fantasy.

We now know – including from an eye-witness of the events that night – that the police executions and subsequent events was presided over by Sathya Sai Baba himself. There was a total cover-up after the ashram authorities and the Puttaparthi police had spread countless rumours and caused utter confusion to reign. The Indian government in power laid a total smoke screen over the entire matter and secretly interfered in and finally quashed the CBI investigation they had been forced to start. All successive Indian governments to this day have failed to lift the lid on this despicable set-up.

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Guru Osho and kundalini-raising by sheer craziness – video

Posted by robertpriddy on January 30, 2015

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A website has posted a video showing how the devotees of the (since deceased) guru Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), were trained to ‘raise the kundalini’ through continuous utterly crazed body shaking, screaming and jumping. To actually see them doing it is a real eye-opener. One brain-washed woman shows great confusion ‘getting oneself out of your head and into your body and just breathe’, then ‘screaming and throwing a tantrum’, then jumping up and down . 1/2 hour, then silence. Result: hard to remember what happened’, ‘you’re hardly there at all’, ‘closest thing to mindlessness’, ‘you become one with this whole energy’, at last, peace (‘mind actually stops’). This sounds like what the Marines do in training… but go tell them that it raises the kundalini. Many Oshos need psychiatric help not long afterwards, some spend the rest of their days in institutions.

The video film exposes the mind-control techniques of Osho’s organization, which would hire psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychology majors to break down devotees in marathon group indoctrination sessions leveraging sexual, physical, and psychological assault. Sex was used as a tool to undermine existing relationships, and thus leaving the group as a whole as their only connection, ‘to make his disciples psychically dependent on him.’  As the website states, Devotees were manipulated into giving away all property and possessions, work 7 days a week for no pay, and to let go of their family units in favor of ascending in the organizational hierarchy. To see the rare footage, click here

Similar techniques were and still are used by diverse other Indian gurus, as described, for example, by Mary Garden here

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Barry Pittard’s ashram experience

Posted by robertpriddy on January 28, 2015

The remarkable dissident and critic of Sai Baba, the former long-serving Barry Pittard, has written about how – after years of service there, and teaching English at the Brindavan College for Boys, he was exiled from the Sai Baba ashram many years ago, and the account is instructive of the whole mentality reigning at Sai Baba ashrams, past and present… and almost certainly in future too. One can see here the envy of foreigners who had found their guru-god and been accepted by him, and who received many interviews and prominence from Sai Baba, that was very widespread among the lower officials as the ashrams, and some of the VIP Indian ashram officials too. Even Western VIPs and busybodies were far from free of petty jealousy and helpfulness to others. This came to expression in various ways, petty harassments by office staff to to show their petty power, by the so-called Indian ‘voluntary service workers’ (Seva Dals) who gave what privileged they could to other Indians (even accepted bribes) and in other typical Indian chauvinistic traits. There was a hierarchy of snoopers who spied on foreign visitors to learn what they could of their their status in the organisation and their national groups, and above all what they could be overheard to say about Sai Baba, the ashram and its staff, and anything relevant to their concerns that could be reported to higher-ups in an effort to earn ‘brownie points’ for themselves. This was also practiced by most of the Sathya Sai Organisation VIPs (among whom, being the national leader in Norway, had to mix but whose selfish behaviour I would not copy). Here is his own story of how he was treated:-

There have been many stories of devotees being rejected or “cast out” from the ashram by Sai Baba and the Sai Organization. I have my own story which happened back in July 1982. Day after day, I was called up to the ashram office and confronted with the most ridiculous accusations – pathetic beyond imagining. The ashram manager was then (as many long-stay ashramites knew all too well) an awful fellow, an ex-judge of Andhra Pradesh, named Kutumb Rao.

Years later, I found through a beloved “Sai Sister” that I was supposed to be “on” with a western holy woman. No one who knows this magnificently courageous person, Om, would give the slightest credence to such arrant nonsense. I think a great many “Sai brothers” and certainly by my non-involvement with them, “Sai sisters,” will know of my great commitment to strict brahmacharya when I lived around ssb and taught at his Whitefield college. At least this ridiculous accusation was not voiced at that time.

However, it was charged that I was raising funds for the Sai Organization. In fact when back home in Australia for a brief time, I had told groups how non-fundraising was the very essence of the way ssb worked!

On another day, I was called up to the office, and Kutumb Rao reported that it had been said that I was giving discourses on ssb around the ashram. Anyone would have known the palpable untruth of such an assertion.

On another day, I was called up to the office, and Kutumb Rao reported that it had been said that I was giving discourses on ssb around the ashram. Anyone would have known the palpable untruth of such an assertion. And then within another day or two, Kutumb Rao called me up to the office yet again. Horror of horrors, came the charge that I had been seen talking to a woman!!!!!! As a matter of fact, I made a rare exception to listen to an Australian woman who was in a very upset state, as she had heard stories that ssb was a homosexual.

As she spoke, I noticed Kutumb Rao’s secretary watching me as he hurried past. Within a couple of hours or so, the same fellow came to my room and said I was to see Kutumb Rao immediately. Soon after the Australian woman had raised the allegations of ssb’s homosexuality, I thought it best to seek out the two most senior western devotees I knew to be present at the Puttaparthi ashram at the time: Howard Murphet and Richard Bayer.

Howard listened with the greatest courtesy, which I have always found to be typical of the man. However, Richard Bayer responded with a nasty rudeness.

Within almost no time at all, I was called up to the office. It was about 7 p.m. Kutumb Rao told me, “Baba has instructed me to send you out. You are never to return, either to Puttaparthi or to Whitefield!” He made me leave that very night, and I had to sleep on a flagstone seat in the Puttaparthi bus shelter, prey to God knows what dangers for a westerner.

Like so many others, I assumed that God (ssb) was putting me through difficulties meant to strengthen my resolve, and to “spin me through my bad karma’s.”

In the last 40 years or so, how many other devotees have accepted abuse and difficulties at the hands of sai baba in the name of “working off karma?” I know of many similar stories myself, and I can only imagine what the total number might be.

Barry Pittard, Australia – 2001

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Religious satire PK is India’s most successful film

Posted by robertpriddy on January 22, 2015

PK was India’s most successful film to date, quite a huge achievement! It is only in Hindi (so far). The Guardian writes about it in glowing terms:-

“Aamir Khan has the global touch. His satire on world religion, PK – in 16th place on this week’s chart – breaches the $90m mark worldwide this week and in doing so becomes the highest grossing Bollywood film ever. It’s the fourth time he has claimed that record, after the Memento-inspired thriller Ghajini ($30m, 2008), college drama 3 Idiots ($62m, 2009) and action extravaganza Dhoom 3 ($85m, 2013). He has a quirkiness and innocence on screen that sets him apart from cookie-cutter Bollywood glam gods – things on show in PK, in which his Mr Bean-like alien gets to grips with the absurdities of organised religion on planet Earth. Khan’s star vehicles seem more substantial and reflective than the bulk of the Indian mainstream ‘3 Idiots’, in which he played a similar kind of holy fool, and was a plea for better educational standards. Perhaps this gives them greater resonance with a diaspora inclined to getting impatient with the old masala clichés.

The PK phenomenon has strong foundations in India, where it has also become the most successful local film ever (currently on $48m, passing Dhoom 3’s $41m). Not only does it delve headfirst into the syncretic melee of different faiths in that country, it takes direct aim at “godmen”, the guru figures who proliferate there. PK actually had a relatively slow start on home turf – well under Happy New Year’s record-breaking opening in October – but the film’s quality and the controversy generated by the subject matter has seen it make up the gap in no time. Despite protests by some Hindu groups, the film isn’t that provocative, though; more of a playful shove in the direction of greater tolerance and a more questioning attitude to institutionalised religion. So there’s definitely scope for the film to appeal to spiritually concerned non-Indians, too – in China for starters, where 3 Idiots and Dhoom 3 both built a following for Khan. No word of a release there yet.”    See Aamir Khan’s religious satire PK becomes India’s most successful film

By stark contrast both in quality and popularity, what must be very near to being India’s least successful film in recent years is the much heralded  ‘Satya Sai Baba’ by Atman Films with Anup Jalota as a self-satisfied Bollywood and bowdlerised version of Sathya Sai Baba’s life and message, as the trailer review (8 mins. 15 secs) makes clear to all. Videos are to be found with  ‘First Look Launch’ of the film, but it is uncertain whether this means that the complete film was actually shown! Perhaps it is only available via online black market.  In a video, Anup talks in Hindi  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LcCF0ZiGcI and apparently says “We made this film with zero percent pressure. I’ve known Baba for 50 years, I saw him, met him, went with him, I was so happy to make it with Baba’s blessings, I didn’t act, the director didn’t direct, it was all Baba; this film is like a meditation, we made a beautiful film…”

 

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Asaram Bapu & Co. again under suspicion

Posted by robertpriddy on January 21, 2015

Asaram's rape case witness shot dead!The infamous Asaram Bapu and Co.is back in the news because, once again, a key person against him has been murdered. The finger of suspicion can only point one way after all these crimes and scams, bribery attempts and sex escapades… guess which direction.

Zee News Wednesday, January 14, 2015: Muzaffarnagar: A senior Uttar Pradesh IPS officer has asked for a fair probe into the death of Akhil Gupta, a witness in the rape case against Asaram Bapu in Surat, who was shot dead on Jan 11 by two assailants in Muzaffarnagar.
A police team probing the killing of Akhil Gupta, a witness in the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram in Surat, has collected a copy of his statement recorded before a Gandhinagar court. Gupta (35) had given the statement under section 164 of CrPC against Asaram who is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in Jodhpur (see here).
See ASARAM BAPU Full News Dossier

 

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Close Sri Lankan devotee exposes Sai Baba in book

Posted by robertpriddy on January 18, 2015

To face all the countless covered-up negative facts about Sathya Sai Baba which disturb faith in him, some may find some succour in the latest book of a once wholly unquestioning Sathya Sai Baba devotee.  A Sri Lankan former lawyer, Nandini Ranasingha (Samarasinghe), has published a book ‘My Rama, My Swami’ to describe her troubled relationship with (now-deceased) Sathya Sai Baba. Being a Buddhist and having become a full-blown ‘true believer’ in Sai Baba’s self-professed divinity for up to 2 decades, she at long last came to realise that all was not as it should be, not least that Sai Baba was a sexual abuser and had far exceeded the bounds of reasonability in his claims and self-glorification. At the time of writing, she still believed in ‘Swami’s special love’ and that he had spiritual powers but says she had still to fight to preserve her faith and a ‘glimmer of hope’.

After being close to Sai Baba for so long, a so-called ‘VIP devotee’, she was unable to free herself from doubts arising directly from her experience of him and what she learned from someone even closer. One such female – Geetha Reddy, ex- Industries Minister in the Indian Government  – she knew well (though she only gave her a pseudonym) claimed and fully believed that she was actually married to Sai Baba (having got a mangala sutra from his hand), or so the author says. This minister also allegedly told the author she’d had protracted sexual relations with him. Sex with females too? Because by then, Ranasingha. This minister said that she’ d had protracted sexual relations with him. However, Ranasingha had come to realise that the allegations of major sexual abuse on males by Sai Baba were true. She writes that he was secretly engrossed in fear and sense gratification and asks how this could lead anyone ‘infinite perfection’, which he indeed always unashamedly claimed. Because of the importance of truthfulness, she had to write about unspeakable matters concerning Sathya Sai Baba and ‘unholy things’ about his ashram.

In ‘My Rama, My Swami’  she relates how in 1978 she first visited Sathya Sai Baba at an ashram near Pune and, when the family got an interview, she was given exceptional attention by him, which seemed auspicious to her – itself not surprising in that overheated environment of personality cult worship. She claimed she had never seen such penetrating eyes as Sai Baba. He obviously gave the young lady his ‘charismatic stare’, one of his frequent deceptive techniques. He was known to single out persons of high standing and their offspring… his registration office having always got all the details for him in advance on who was who. She began two weeks of intensive Buddhist meditation. She describes the first darsan of Sai Baba she attended, as if it was some mythological scene in ‘holy precincts’, with ‘crystal chandeliers splintering the light’ on the ‘heads of devotees without number’ and she fondly imagined that all present were reminded of what she calls the great event that happened in Ayodhya ‘once upon a time’. (Most unlikely as I constantly experienced all kinds of whispering chatter there, not about Ayodhya… and undisciplined followers were constantly struggling to get a better seat or view whether by hook or crook). She writes fancifully about Swami’s realm and named him the most elevated of beings who she came to love and follow. She tells that had to wrestle with both angels and demons – both human and divine’ at the ashram thereafter. To believe in divine angels and demons shows how prone she is to inculcated superstitions. Seven years after a dreadful marriage of convenience to a very prominent Sri Lankan, she married well to a man who became a cabinet minister. This opened her eyes to the power seeking and corruption in Sri Lankan politics. Aged 44 she found Sathya Sai Baba.

The book would have benefitted from a proper editor (and spell checking). One would expect a legal professional to be able to do far better, but it maunders along in vaguely disjointed fashion, dwelling at length in detail on her upbringing and family connections in high Sri Lankan society, her personal life and times,  plus numerous devious political goings on and Sri Lankan corruption, all of which rather detracts from her central theme, the struggle between faith and more and more overwhelming doubts about ‘Swami’.

In referring to what she experienced through many years at Sai Baba’s ashrams, her disillusion comes to expression in that she asks (apparently rhetorically?) whether there exist places anywhere in the world free from scheming and corruption. It therefore seems that her ‘world’ seems to have been limited to the South Asian cultures of corruption, bribery and moral decadence. But she wanted a place to ‘live in ancient spiritual truths’, as if the ancient world was a kind of paradise. This belief is, of course, a well-known delusion shared by many cultures and constantly preached by Sai Baba, but there is no shred of reliable evidence to support it, rather to the contrary. Consequently she has withdrawn into seclusion from worldly activities to contemplate, hoping to rediscover her spiritual faith. It is evident that she has feared persecution by those who will not tolerate the slightest dissent over Sai Baba, which is understandable when one knows well the atmosphere of the ashrams with constant threatening reactions and banning and worse against those who question anything concerning Sathya Sai Baba. It is therefore admirable that she, alone among most devotees from the sub-continent, has denounced his crimes in her way, though going public is now – after his demise – one way of virtually ensuring safety from serious persecution.

She states that she wrote only in response to the voice of Lord Rama himself (she claims she venerates and converses with the Hindu gods), who asked her to write down her life story, experiences to which he would give her answers. This is enough to prove that she is trapped in subjectivity… hearing voices (a condition now explained by the latest neurological experiments as the brain interpreting its own ‘internal’ noise or interference from its vast subconscious store of memories and thoughts). These beliefs in a paradise of disembodied existence persist in many cultures imbued by naive faith, superstition and delusions far more than where sound realism and/or the scientific temper pertain. The inertia of religions and out-dated cultural traditions – the incompatible tenets and attitudes for which they fight – is at the root of the problem. Especially in educationally backward countries – the religiously indoctrinated fail to appreciate what advanced civilisation has shown. Namely, that within the conditions set by the natural world, human beings are themselves – either individually or collectively – entirely the cause of all the ills of the world, as well as all the good.

The basis of her belief, though now under great pressure due to realisation that Sai Baba was not at all what he claimed, is seen in her earlier book ‘The Transcendental Truth – A Buddhist Perspective of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘ (Sathya Sai Publications) Ranasingha wrote: “Dedicated to Sitha – The dignity of women and to My Swami – may you reach the eternal bliss of Nirvana (Nandini Samarasinghe). “My dear reader, your choice to read this book is the compelling power of truth which gave me the strength to pen the following pages. May that truth fill you and the world with love and peace!” “As a born Buddhist I certainly do not find any difference of Sathya Sai Baba’s Philosophy from that of Buddha’s other than the practical guidance and assistance I have personally received from Sathya Sai Baba to be a better Buddhist.”
The book’s first five chapters are nothing but preaching of her Buddhist religious faith with all the usual trappings, including the speculative doctrines of rebirth and karma from lifetime to lifetime and the many pretensions of Indian ‘spirituality’. Her confusion will awake the sympathy of those who are or were in a similar plight, constantly trying to come to terms with all the fishy events and let-downs, the bribery and corruption of many – if not most – of Sai Baba’s chosen servitors. Her attempt for an understanding of it all, after being so completely cocooned in the speculative spiritual beliefs of Sai Baba, has unfortunately not got far at all.  She tried hard to reconcile his words and acts to her brand of Buddhism, but it does not require a genius to see that this is not really possible without overlooking many central tenets not forgetting that the Buddha taught the rejection of many Hindu beliefs and even the existence of God, for a start (despite the Sri Lankan theist variant).

Some Indian academic admirer of hers wrote a foreword proclaiming, “She is a lawyer by profession attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with professional experience at International, Regional & National Level, and as such, able to give to this study the needed objectivity”. Not so! her ‘study’ rather springs from her highly subjective experiences and deep Sai Baba indoctrination as a ‘spiritual seeker’, starting from her conviction as a ‘born Buddhist’. She wrote: “Whatever we choose to believe becomes truth for us. But spiritual truths are Transcendental and Eternal; Pure Indisputable; Perfect and Whole.” This alone proclaims the author’s how out-of-touch she is with her naive religious mentality. Her otherworldly attitude is typical of ‘spiritual seekers’ who are usually already culturally entrapped (often since childhood onwards) in subjective certainty about their particular pseudo-theology, with heads in the clouds and in the sand all at once.

To maintain a cherished belief in Hindu religion, aspirants to the ever-receding eternal bliss of liberation (while in fear of after-death events and reincarnation) certainly requires a lot of rationalising selectivity, avoidance of facts, juggling of doctrine and blind faith. The world evolves and the exponential growth and reach of the sciences explain more and more of what humanity could not understand since the earliest times.

Ranasinga claims that Sai Baba prioritised the expansion of his empire and unfortunately himself got entangled in the process, proving thereby that “man can never act God!” She imagines fondly that her ‘Swami’ will “not see the light if he does not get the understanding and help of his loving devotees”. Her ‘Epilogue’ contains a regurgitation of much of the myths about Sai Baba and false propaganda. This includes a totally wrong view of the 1993 murders (executions of devotees who did not intend to kill him, as he said himself, even though he ordered their deaths) about number of followers (totally undocumentable guesswork at 30 million!), his amazing works (not having discovered that they were mostly deeply flawed, some entirely failed like the big Rayalaseema water project). She needs to do massively more investigation rather than navel-gazing contemplation.

The book concludes with her praying, not to Swami, but for him that God may intervene and enlighten devotees of Sai Baba as to who he actually was. This is her prescription for saving Sai Baba ‘and ourselves’. To maintain a cherished belief in Hindu religion, aspirants to the ever-receding eternal bliss of liberation (while in fear of after-death events and reincarnation) certainly requires a lot of rationalising selectivity, avoidance of facts, juggling of doctrine and blind faith. Meanwhile, the world evolves with the exponential growth and reach of the sciences to make sense of more and more of what could not be understood since the earliest times. Humanity has waited in vain for millennia for the intervention of an imagined higher power to appear to them (whether man, woman, beast or even alien superpower), with no arguably proven result, so Ranasingha’s  pitifully confused prayer will also doubtless remain unfulfilled.

Disclaimer as to fair use of references to the text under copyright law.  ‘My Rama, My Swami‘ can be bought as a e-book from amazon.com
See also  The brain and the mind ‘create’ God and miracles

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More modern Indians on the march

Posted by robertpriddy on January 13, 2015

An admirable ‘anonymous and faceless’ movement by an Indian collective with the motto – ‘Only Work No Talk’  inspires by example to get ordinary people to take on the task of cleaning up the filth that is found in most public spaces in India. It is an anonymous collective that does not talk to media and wants no such publicity. The linked video, however, was made independently. See the inspiring video at Sathya Sai Baba Badly Failed. E.g., See Inspiring Tedx Talk On ‘The Ugly Indian’ Movement

Observers of Indian media over the last 15 years can see that, particularly after the death of Sathya Sai Baba and the fight over his legacy and hoarded treasures,  there is a sea change underway across the country. Now at last the Biggest earning Bollywood film exposes blind belief in ‘godmen’! All this has no doubt been aided by the arrest of the now infamous Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai and the continuing furore, as well as by increasing arrests of various other fraudulent ‘godmen’ like Swami Nityananda and an increasingly widespread criticism of rich and suspicious gurus in Indian press and TV.

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CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE SOURCE ARTICLE

Also most notably, a foundation for this increasing awareness has been laid by the exhaustive work of the Indian Rationalists (CSICOP) under the current very active leadership of Professor Narendra Nayak (see Indian Skeptic) and of the Federation of Indian Rationalists Associations (FIRA), whose leader Sanal Edamaruku who has had to flee India to Finland  for exposing a wholly indubitable religious scam due to an obscurantist Indian law against blasphemy of which the whole of India should be deeply ashamed.

Welcome progress is being made against the excesses of Hinduism in the form of self-proclaimed avatars, godmen, holy mothers, maharishis and all manner of other Indian charlatan and religious profiteer, often sexual abusers and criminals. However, there is the usual backlash from fanatical Hindu religious reactionaries, who now have a champion in Prime Minister Narendra Modi (even though he is now apparently having to being more careful in promoting his former strong anti-Muslim actions and agenda). For example, an Indian parliament member from ruling party BJP – Sakshi Maharaj – vows death sentences for Hindus converting to Islam or Christianity!  Maharaj is an outspoken member of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose leadership has not so far condemned his statement or distanced itself from this reckless fanaticism. (See inset photo)

See also Indian guru Sant Rampal’s followers on rampage
and Media Outlets further expose Indian Godmen

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Souljourns: Narasimha Murthy’s secret of Prema Sai

Posted by robertpriddy on January 10, 2015

The remaining U.S. devotees of Sathya Sai Baba are propagating as best the can their ‘stories’ about their God Incarnate guru on videos under the heading ‘Souljourns’. These are a group of old timer ‘true believers’, including a bevy of gushing old women. They apparently interview anyone who has good stories  to tell if they are known to have had long-term contact with Sai Baba (strictly excluding the hundreds of persons close to Sai Baba who found out the truth of massive deceptions and crimes who became dissidents). In an interview already referenced in some detail here, the lifelong adherent Narasimha Murthy told of his total subservience to Sai Baba’s will from virtually before he matured as an adult person. He relates experiences of Sai Baba both in person, but not least in his dreams… especially since Sai Baba departed this life in 2011 since when his activities have still been directed (he believes) by Sai Baba. In the course of his video interview, he was asked about the prophesied emergence of Sai Baba’s supposed ‘third and final avataric incarnation’ Prema Sai, which Murthy confirmed Sai Baba had said would come. But he also claimed that Sai Baba had told him things about Prema Sai which are not for the public at this stage. Murthy did not tell whether Sai Baba had told him this in person while alive or in a dream (whether before or after his death). Whichever is the case, the claim will create further fanatical interest in believers and has the effect of focussing interest on Murthy himself, the clique around him and the projects he and they endorse… such as building schools in out-of-the-way places and the continuance of myths about Sai Baba giving darsans in a ‘subtle body’ and through channellers and other ‘invisible’ impressions. It can be an element in the vicious turf war between the two major factions in the entire Sai Baba sphere. However, Murthy ignores the evidence already published. In a lecture for foreigners in January 1985 at Prashanthi Nilayam which I attended Sai Baba’s biographer N. Kasturi, he told us that, while driving with him past a small village called Chandrapatna in Karnataka State (some 38 kms South West of Bangalore), Sai Baba said to him that he would ”take rebirth” there and that Kasturi would be his mother! This was also published by Kasturi  in his writings.  But the Times of India reported an entirely different account – that the rebirth would take place in Doddamalur, off the Bangalore-Mysore highway (one claiming it would occur after 2023).

 It has also variously been stated that the rebirth will take place either immediately, one year later or else eight years after Sathya Sai Baba would  ‘leave the body’. On the Richard Bock film, Aura of Divinity, made in the 1970s, the commentator asserts that Sathya Sai Baba has said that he will be reborn as Prema Sai eight years after his leaving the Sathya Sai body. Lucas Ralli had said he learned it would be within one year (whether by word of mouth, dreams or sheer fancy… who can say).

Narasimha Murthy, like all parroting devotees, spoke as if he were an authority in saying: “Today, the real crisis in the world, not only in India, is the crisis of bankruptcy of spiritual and moral values“. Having been involved for 18 years in the Sai Organisation as its leader in Norway, I had rich opportunities to confirm that this was not least the case within the Sai movement, where many of the people regarded as VIP devotees constantly preached Sai Baba’s doctrines while time and again they showed in deed that – like him – they really held little or no respect for the values of truth, justice, human rights, freedom of expression, women’s’ rights, the ashrams’ murder victims or for the many most credible and brave claimants of constant and very numerous sexual molestations of boys and young males by Sai Baba. While many of the ordinary members did excellent service and can be said to have shown love in action, very little of this was seen from all the authoritarian and self-seeking ‘officials’ in the ashrams or any of the Sai organisations and institutions. All this is documented in this blog and on my main Sai Baba website to a full extent, and not a single statement has been challenged successfully with counter-documentation or, of course, by any legal means whatever. I maintain that I have written nothing but the truth to the best of my knowledge, experience and ability to express the facts. It is a telling fact that only a handful of persons have dared to publish any counter-claims, and then have desisted because of the insightful and honest reactions that came from dissidents around the world. Well over two million visits to my various Sai Baba pages since 2000 are recorded and the so-called Sai Petition has received well over 1600 signatures, very often with illumining comments and information on their reasons for disaffection. The latest signature is but one telling example:-

Scan of latest signature on the Sai petition. Click on image to see source

Scan of latest signature on the Sai petition. Click on image to see source

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Asaram Bapu bail pleas fails yet again

Posted by robertpriddy on January 8, 2015

Latest: Asaram Bapu & Co. again under suspicion – murder of prosecution witness  21 January 2015

text from zee news with added photo of Asaram sex

text from zee news with added photo of Asaram sex

Asaram Bapu remains in prison, despite his countless pleas for bail and attempts to bribe his way out etc. A medical board of All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) in the national capital examined Asaram in connection with his bail application in the Jodhpur rape case and found no medical ground for his claims. He had been sent to Delhi (December 28, 2014) for a medical test as directed by the Supreme Court. As ibnlive.in-com reported He went by train with a a team of 17 policemen led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police. All districts en route were on the alert for any ruckus caused by his supporters. He was under the escort of the 12 Battalion of Rapid Armed Constabulary, which just shows how dangerous he and his supporters are considered to be, some of whom have already shown that they stop at nothing, including murder of witnesses. Asaram Bapu was endorsed by Sathya Sai Baba (and vice-versa) during his visits to Prashanthi Nilayam before 2011.

Unnatural sex – Asaram Bapu 

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Narasimha Murthy’s imprudent interview & consequences

Posted by robertpriddy on January 5, 2015

Mr. B.N. Narasimha Murthy (wearing cheap gemstone ring faked by Sai Baba)

Mr. B.N. Narasimha Murthy (wearing cheap gemstone ring faked by Sai Baba)

Narasimha Murthy has made claims (such as on YouTube) about Sai Baba appearing in his dreams and giving him precise instructions to build new buildings, etc. and tells fantastic stories about these. Sathya Sai Baba inducted him early in life (before age 20) and told him not to marry. He was made to work without any financial compensation (as were so many Sai followers inducted into ‘voluntary selfless service’ (to Sai Baba and his interests), and once in a while he was given some money, white clothes etc. While SB repeatedly told him to ask for anything, no true believing devotee would ever dare ask him, nor did doctrinally converted Murthy ever do so.

In a Vimeo interview with a US blind believer devotee, Ted Henry, the former warden of Sai Baba Colleges, Mr. B.N. Narasimha Murthy told of certain dreams he had (after Sai Baba’s demise) in which he felt Sathya Sai Baba instructed him to carry out various works, including initiating the building of Sai schools here and there. As one blogger writes about the interview:-  “Since the advent of the Ted (Henry) Talk from Maddenahalli, there are now various claims from folks who say they are in touch with Swami. I am sure Mr. Murthy, when he gave his interview to Ted H. had no idea others would jump on the band-wagon!

Perhaps the most telling statement by Murthy was:- “I want to tell you something that Swami told me. ‘It is true that I declared to the world that I would be in this Sathya Sai Baba form for 96 years. I left when I was 85, but I will be in the subtle body till I am 96 and continue to do what I did‘.

Firstly, please not that this contradicts what ‘ Sai officialdom’ claimed after their great surprise when Sai Baba died so ignominiously in 2011. It was argued (in several wholly contradictory ways) that Sai Baba meant lunar years, not calendar (solar) years, and that this figure would approximate to 96 years of age. This has been refuted thoroughly as all the varying and entirely bogus calculations presented did not add up to 96 years. Add to this the all-overwhelming fact that Sai Baba had made a number of entirely different prophesies of his time of death, which are all well documented in ‘official’ Sai Baba literature (see full account and scans here).

In addition to these facts which blow to bits the entire mythology about Sai Baba’s ‘prophesies’ is the documented doubts about his real birthdate (recorded as http://saibabaexposed.blogspot.com/2006/10/sai-babas-school-records-new-light.html) , which is recorded in his school records from 1940 as having been 4/10!1929… that is, he was very nearly 3 years younger than he has claimed.

A former sexually abused student who Narasimha Murthy well wrote:- “Mr Murthy always came across as a firm minded individual with strong convictions and my informant  I used to wonder why he would continue in the movement despite knowing everything… I think I know the answer. A young, idealistic, spiritual minded person believes in the wrong leader, gets sucked in too deep, and has nowhere else to go by the time full realization hits. I think he rationalized SB’s misdeeds as some kind of Karmic retribution in return for all the good that was happening such as free schools, hospitals, etc.

It is of considerable note that Narasimha Murthy was named by a security official at Prashanthi Nilayam as an accomplice to Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of boys and young men in a petition to the Indian Criminal Bureau of Investigations, which can be viewed here.

As to Murthy’s conviction that Sai Baba is communicating with him through dreams created from a continued spooky existence in a subtle body’, one need not doubt that Murthy’s really believes this himself, but that he is the victim of cumulative cognitive self-delusion on a grand lifetime scale. The human mind/brain (which are two aspects of the one entity, not separate ‘bodies’) accepts as true what is continually reinforced as being so simply by thinking it and believing it. The longer and stronger the neural connections become, the less and less alternative and differing interpretations figure and the ‘true believer’ gridlock sets in and sets off a chain reaction of rationalisations to make all that goes against the core belief fit in to the Procrustean bed of the doctrinal ‘correctness’.  All that disagrees with the core beliefs is sidelined as the neural connections weaken and fall away. The subconscious brain creates dreams, imaginings and even perceptions, often from the circuitry it is most dominated by, since it does not distinguish between what is given to it as being real or illusory. The latest neuroscience shows that, even then, it is possible for the gridlock to be broken, gradually dispersed so that the narrow belief recedes and a fuller and more detached understanding can take its place. This has evidently not been possible for Murthy, nor for very many other mediums, channellers and other would-be ‘psychics’ both among Sai devotees and worldwide religions, sects and cults.

Deep schism between two major core factions in the Sathya Sai movement

Sai Baba’s ‘subtle body presence’ report in Kodai is denied

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Deep schism between two major core factions in the Sathya Sai movement

Posted by robertpriddy on January 4, 2015

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
(W.B. Yeats: ‘The Second Coming’)

There is a major turf war going on between different factions in Sai Baba land, a major schism in the Organisation and movement between two factions. The former warden of Sathya Sai hostel Brindavan, Mr Narasimha Murthy, appears to be leading one faction. He currently resides in Muddenahalli, which has long had a Sai Baba mandir and school. There were 2 educational institutions set up – one in Muddenahalli about midway between Puttaparthi and Bangalore by the late Madiyala Narayan Bhat, a service minded devotee of Sai Baba, and another in a place called Alike. The ownership of both these institutions was taken over by Sathya Sai Baba in 1978-79. Mr Murthy was a follower of Narayana Bhat and upon his advice, entered the Sai movement. He initially worked at Muddenahalli and then was posted to Prashanti Nilayam and then to Brindavan. Read of his excessive claims here

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Mr Indulal Shah, a powerful figure in the movement (formerly the International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organisation for decades, but was removed by Sai Baba in favour of the rich US businessman, Dr. Michael Goldstein, not least since Shah used his world-wide contacts to block many of Sai Baba’s directives. My informant points out that Indulal Shah has sided with Mr Murthy and they have built a new college campus in Gulbarga, Karnataka. It looks like they are going full bore with an aggressive attempt to win over devotees. The beauty of it is that SB is supposedly talking to them and making them do plenty of good deeds such as build massive buildings. What better way to impress devotees than to erect grand edifices? Now, he has been promoting a former Sai student Madhusudhan Naidu (who conveniently happens to be an expert in drama acting) as the leader of the movement because apparently, SB speaks through him! You can find detail about this in this blog below. Apparently, “Swami gave a discourse full of wit and wisdom” (hopefully, not the usual boredom) via Madhusdhan Naidu. (http://childrenofsathyasai.org/blog/confessions-of-the-one-who-experienced/)

Asserting similar crackpot psychic claims,but possibly not in their camp as such, is the former Hard Rock beefburger millionaire, Isaac Burton Tigrett, who has shown himself to be of unstable mind and morals for decades (son of John Burton Tigrett who had made a fortune on things like the ‘Glub-Glub drinking duck’ novelty). Isaac’s megalomanic ‘Mystic Inn of the Seventh Ray‘ ashram-cum-spiritual and healing mega-project in Coorg has not come about, despite his claiming it was developed in intense sessions with Sai Baba in has last years. (Sai Baba’s subtle body being poor at financing him, could he be hoping from finance from the influential Murthy school-building faction at last?). See inset text:-

And then, on the other side there is the Sathya Sai Central Trust with Ratnakar, Srinivasan and others, who have posted a warning about Shah/Murthy etc. in a terse  Press Relase ‘Advisory to Devotees’. The official Sai propagandist of Radio Sai, Dr. G. Venkataraman (a former nuclear bomb maker for India, confused scientist and believer in Sai Baba as existing behind the scenes of duality etc.) has – in response to those agitated by the huge doctrinal and organisational cleft that has arisen – held a talk on RadioSai entitled ‘To Follow Swami’s wish or not? That is the question!‘ He is in the Ratnakar camp and contra against the Murthy/Shah/Tigrett faction, of course. 

In effect, Venkataraman rejects what lies at the heart of the dispute, that Sathya Sai Baba is still  ‘alive and well’ though in a subtle body – invisible, ethereal (though physically disconnected). Venkataraman said that Sai Baba requires one to be ‘extra careful in understanding and interpreting My teachings‘,but it is surely most confusing for him, since he also totally believes Sathya Sai is eternally in existence… but fails to consider where, how, when etc.

Likewise, the self-promoting ‘superstar’ of the Sai movement, Mr Anil Kumar has a Facebook page where he speaks out against the attempted hijacking of the Sai movement by a bunch of self-appointed agents (Sri Sathya Sai Sri Saraswati Trust or the Bhagawan Hospital, Raipur, Chhatisgarth)). He says Swami never named a successor, so there is no question of him using anyone as a medium to speak to devotees. He expresses regret that Indulal Shah has sided with the Muddenahalli faction. From Anil Kumar’s Facebook page:- “…No member of the SSSSO should have any connection with these Trusts and Institutions/Organisations started by them. Sri Indulal Shah, Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, has regretfully in his advancing years, made his own individual decision to be associated with functions organized by these other” (December 3rd. https://www.facebook.com/saimemories)

My informant also writes: “SB passing on is actually the best thing that has happened in my opinion. Students are safer, and devotees will no longer be misled with his empty promises and asinine instructions (such as making a devotee spend a fortune to realize the promise of becoming a Sai pilot and then just ignoring him like he doesn’t exist, etc). It appears that funds are drying up and a few divisions within the super specialty hospital have closed down. I sincerely hope they continue to function because medical treatment in India has become super expensive and unethical. It will be interesting to see who wins turf war. I think the Muddenahalli faction has the upper hand right now, thanks to SB giving Darshan, giving discourses, etc albeit through a conduit. The Anil Kumar faction comes across as a bunch of sour grape suckers because all they can do is regurgitate SB’s old teachings and prostrate in front of his tomb.

Photos of Sai Baba’s ethereal visit to Kodaikanal 2014 Where Isaac Tigrett and other deluded devotees welcomed a bodiless, speechless, invisible ‘heartfelt form’ or Sathya Sai Baba to a huge charade connected to the Narasimha Murthy faction.  See also  Tigrett’s ludicrous fantasies about Sai Baba’s ‘return in subtle body’

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Biggest earning Bollywood film exposes blind belief in ‘godmen’

Posted by robertpriddy on January 2, 2015

The guru-busting Bollywood major blockbuster ‘PK’ is reportedly a very amusing film, as well as further educating the Indian public about the bogus nature of most Indian ‘godmen’. This is a major step forward in the campaign against false religion as purveyed by hundreds of swami charlatans and criminal exploiters of vulnerable people. That it has hit the nail on the head is evidenced by the reactions of right-wing Hindu interests, spurred no doubt by the very super-rich frauds who have promoted themselves as holy or divine ‘gurus’. They have incited mobs to rampage against the film, but this only shows the world the emptiness of their talk of non-violence and their fanatical religious hypocrisy. 

“Bollywood and young India Tuesday passionately defended Aamir Khan-starrer “PK” even as Hindu rightwing groups continued their protests alleging that it defamed Hindu religion. Producers, directors and actors as well as movie buffs IANS spoke to were unanimous that the Hindi film no way hurt Hindu interests and that the protests were unacceptable as it had cleared the censors. But the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) reiterated its demand that the film, one of the biggest hits from Bollywood, be banned or at least what it said were the offending parts be deleted immediately.” Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh in fact demanded that the movie be made tax free. Agnivesh told IANS: “I found this film brilliant. It raises a fundamental debate on the true nature of any religion and their concept of god, the creator… The questions are very profound. The whole controversy is … by those who feel threatened.” IBNlive report (December 31, 2014)

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s latest release ‘PK’ became Bollywood’s highest grossing film of all time in India. PK collected more than Rs. 276 crore in two weeks of its release. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, ‘PK’ revolves around the concept of blind belief and Godmen. The movie has got its share of criticism from few religious groups who demanded its ban. The film had an impressive opening, but the recent controversies had affected its collection in the last couple of days. Religious groups went on a rampage in places like Ahmedabad and Bhopal, smashing theatres that were screening the film and demanded a ban on ‘PK’. In Agra, protesters accused Aamir Khan of double standards and suggested the actor move to Pakistan. Indian Express report (January 2, 2015)

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