Fraud caught on film when Sai Baba pretended to ‘materialise’ a tiny Bible in 1996 Baba suddenly produced the “small Bible” (as it came to be known) and told a story about its medieval origins (1530). Sai Baba claimed that scholars started investigating the validity of the statements made by Jesus Christ. In ca 1530 AD in Britain, they collected all knowledge that existed prior to one thousand five hundred and thirty years. All that was compiled in one book in England. Russians made it into a small tiny book, he said. Then he waved his hand and showed the tiny bible. But he was caught out by the film camera:-
Download and watch the video clip from Christmas, 1996 in which Baba suddenly produced the tiny bible (called a “small Bible” by his propagandists). Firstly see the excerpt which begins with him picking up a hankerchief (but it must contain the tiny bible to be ‘materialised) for it is visible as a white patch in his right hand just before the clip ends. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/video/mini-bible-fraud.mov The end bit is shown very briefly again here. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/video/microbibleclip.mov
The series of frames in which the object is partly visible before he ‘produces’ it is shown below
Watch the full length wmv. video clip from At Christmas, 1996 During his Christmas discourse in 1996 Baba suddenly produced the “small Bible” and told a story about its medieval origins (1530). Sai Baba claimed that scholars started investigating the validity of the statements made by Jesus Christ. In ca- 1530 AD in Britain, they collected all knowledge that existed prior to one thousand five hundred and thirty years. All that was compiled in one book in England. Russians made it into a small tiny book. The selfsame tiny bible is found for sale on-line from various outlets. It contains the New Testament and has the same golden cross on a white cover as Sai Baba holds up above!
Brian Steel discovered one day long afterwards was that copies of an identical work, the miniature so-called Good News New Testament, have been on sale in India for many years. I bought one from a Sai Baba Centre in Australia for $2.50. It looks exactly the same as the one held aloft by Baba in the ashram photos. The same white tiny bible with a golden cross on the cover (New Testament only) as shown above is on-sale online from many sources.
The crassness of the would-be deception and the mendacious inventiveness shows to what lengths Sai Baba and co went to deceive the public! Since Sai Baba never allowed anyone to examine the bible he produced, and it was not seen again, it is highly likely that it did not contain any entirely new account, but was just the ordinary New Testament, as it is in the tiny bible on sale which has an identical appearance. Rhe fact that he did NOT materialise the bible is seen quite definitively in a frame-by-frame analysis of the ‘hand-waving’ in the video. This is the kind of evidence that Professor Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson chose to ignore when he revised his book ‘Modern Miracles’ in 2013 where he claimed that Sai Baba had not been caught out in any fraud. But the above is but one of a number of filmed fraudulent ‘materialisations’ Haraldsson pointedly ignored, quite apart from his refusal to follow-up on the published testimony of numerous persons who apprehended Sai Baba in fraud. Comments :-
Submitted on 2014/04/04 at 11:48 am
Quite right, Robert. The fraud by Sai Baba is crass, indeed, and the forgery is crudely done: if you look (and listen!) closely to the footage, you can clearly notice Sai Baba reaching for the table and his handkerchief some 10 seconds prior to the ‘materialization’ and HEAR him pick up or touch something of some weight, a sound that is NEVER heard when SSB reached for the table and/or his hanky on every other occasion during this 1 hour and 31 minute lecture. And yes, shame on scientist Haraldsson for not even considering to review this highly revealing material. But then, it would have utterly refuted Haraldsson’s sustained claim of absence of proof of fraud by Sathya Sai Baba, a thought apparently so unwelcome to the former Icelandic professor, that he rather stuck to his preconceived notions.
Submitted on 2014/04/04 at 12:39 pm
Good catch! My goodness, how gullible we were, believing every single word of that fraudster, even though the proof was there before our eyes to see – had we been quick enough to notice! However, even when noticing, our faith would remain intact (as my ‘Letters from India’ clearly shows, time and time again). I had a good friend who is still an ardent devotee,even though she sat right next to his chair in the interview room and SAW him pull a ring from behind the cushion, then pretend to materialize it. “Swami’s little leela” is how she described it. His fame grew only because of people like us, who sung his praises to others and kept quiet regarding all the dubious goings-on that we personally experienced. Thank goodness for Internet now and photo & video proof, that is going very far in shaking awake the brainwashed, and protecting the prospective devotees from developing faith in the first place. Good work, keep it up!