Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Sathya Sai Baba Avatar – prophet manqué

Posted by robertpriddy on April 11, 2015

Sathya Sai Baba’s claim to be the avatar of the age, to be the Creator of the Universe and the Deity to whom all other deities defer have been revealed by events to hold no water whatever. Here are some video clips which give a glimpse of the situation:- Brief video: On the meaning of Avatarhood in Sathya Sai Baba Amusing to see how an Indian explains the idea of ‘avatar’ so simplistically, while the ‘mad psychiatrist’ Dr. Samuel Sandweiss, regurgitates Sai Baba claims. Events have shown that Sai Baba could not do anything remotely near to all the world-changing things he claimed he would accomplish as the insuperable avatar. His many wild predictions consistently have virtually all failed completely. In contrast, in this video clip a critic says that Sai Baba entrapped himself in the claim that he was god and had to continue asserting it, but that he was seeking protection, which god should never need, but rather should provide to others.

Sai Baba on the morning after the murders near him

Sai Baba on the morning after the murders near him

Brief video: On the executions in Sai Baba’s apartment in 1993  The episode is described vividly by Professor Gnanasakarin, and further by the author of the major work ‘Murders in Sai Baba1’s Bedroom’ (B. Premanand) So much for his slogan “Help ever, hurt never” and “Why fear when I am here?” The executions Sathya Sai condoned in 1993 alone well illustrate the total emptiness of his claims of divinity, non-violence, and truthfulness. Since that video was made the facts about the executions have come forth – not in law because of the continued protection of SB’s reputation by all Indian PMs and Presidents since they were all too compromised by having long supported him publicly – but in investigations by serious persons and testimony from those there at the time and not least from former key insider eyewitness who knew Sai Baba’s family well.

Brief video: Raye Thomas – before 1996 -promised liberation by Sai Baba in one year’s time Another example of failed promises: the clear statement he made to Raye Thomas in this video clip he would grant him liberation in one year was proved by events to be false.  Raye Thomas continued to struggle with his worldly problems for many years thereafter, having unadvisedly moved to India and the ashram, where things turned out to be far from what he and Joy Thomas had hoped and expected. A further false promise: Mrs. Joy Thomas who – despite SB’s firm assurance of no cancer – later died of cancer after being flown back to US from the Sai Super Specialty Hospital, where she had been denied blood transfusion by a prominent Sai doctor (reportedly a Dr. Singh).

Brief video: Filmmaker ejected due to secrecy at the ashram The person in the film was threatened with police action and banished for trying to film when Sai Baba seemed to have accepted he could. He is far from the first person to have been treated in this way, even for asking a sensitive question. Such was how the BBC team of Eamon Hardy was treated when they asked about the sexual allegations about Sai Baba. They were told to leave immediately! Whenever an untoward event like a suicide, a murder, or other happenings that could not be covered up, things that might cast a poor light on the ashram and reflect on Sai Baba (the ‘omnipotent’ himself), visitors were told to leave, sometimes with only hours notice.
(Barry Pittard wrote 
BBC Evicted From Puttaparthi For Asking About Allegations as follows: “BBC producers say that Sai Baba’s top leaders at first thought the documentary would present a ‘positive image’ of their guru and the works of his organization to the world. Hence the rare permission for the BBC to shoot at Sai Baba’s ashram. The Puttaparthi authorities extended guided tours to the BBC by Central Trust Secretary K. Chakravarthy and other leading officials, including Dr Goldstein, never before granted to a television corporation. However, a few days later, when the BBC asked for a comment on the worldwide allegations, the ashram authorities ordered them to leave, and Dr Goldstein sent a prompt global instruction to all Sai Baba centres that no-one must cooperate with the BBC. No doubt the exposure by Denmark’s national broadcaster in its 2003 documentary Seduced (renamed Seduced By Sai Baba in the English language version by Australia’s national multicultural broadcaster SBS), seen by millions in Denmark, Norway and Australia – when the top Sai leaders in Denmark and Australia made unavailing threats of legal action – must still have haunted their minds.”

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Dr. Sam Sandweiss: The Holy Man and the Psychiatrist etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on February 2, 2011

 

The psychiatrist turned priestly cultist promoter

The psychiatrist besotted by the psychopathic narcissist he admires beyond all reason

In the introduction to his largely ghost-written first book ‘The Holy Man and the Psychiatrist’ (1975), Sandweiss wrote: “I first met Satya Sai Baba three years ago. I went to India as a Western psychiatrist to study the psychology of religion at first hand and left with a deep sense of mystery about a being I could not comprehend.” Sandweiss has many times since confirmed that he does not comprehend Sathya Sai Baba. That is not surprising, since firstly, Sathya Sai Baba is from Indian peasant stock with a culture very far removed from that of Sandweiss, who does not even understand Sathya Sai Baba’s mother tongue (Telugu). Secondly, Sathya Sai Baba is at the centre of a cult which, though decades, has built up an impenetrable veil of secrecy around the supposed Divine Incarnation. This is reinforced by the tightest control on information about him, refusal to be interviewed by journalists (with very few exceptions long ago).. one cannot record him speaking or even photograph him or his surroundings (unless accredited as a 100% believing devotee). Thirdly, to comprehend anyone is a big task – and fully so virtually impossible – while psychiatrists are seldom better placed than others (concerned as they are with the pathological more than the deeper aspects of personality).

Dr. Sandweiss stands out among his peers in his profession in his inability to detect virtually all the psychiatrically-recognised symptoms of a psychopath and a thoroughgoing narcissist in Sathya Sai Baba.  Here is some documentation: The excessive delusions of grandeur (see the DSM-IV list here) and unmistakable behaviour of a sociopath (a professional psychologist’s analysis here) are prominent in this person he has admiringly studied for decades. His behaviour with the child of a devotee in his younger days speak of deep-rooted psychopathy. No one uses the classic techniques of a psychopath better that Sathya Sai Baba – to charm until he can control, then reject persons without fear of losing them.. a push-pull manipulation. This is typical of psychopaths leading authoritarian cults, such as that of Sai Baba. Read also more on Sai Baba’s personality disorder. Of the great relevance all this, Sandweiss is wilfully and ‘blissfully’ unaware.

SATHYA SAI BABA QUOTE FROM 'THE HOLY MAN AND THE PSYCHIATRIST'

SB declares “divine madness” to be the LEAST HARMFUL OF INSANITIES! That it is an insanity few will doubt. To believe that a person who behaves like Sathya Sai Baba is the Father who sent Jesus, as Sandweiss does, is mad…at least since the evidence of his misdemeanours and alleged crimes have piled up so credibly and been covered-up so assiduously.

Would you trust a shrink who is a preacher? Since his first visit to India, Sandweiss became more and more besotted with his guru and, by the time that the veil of Sai Baba secrecy was penetrated and widespread accusations of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba and many other revelations came forth, he has refused seriously to confront the matter in any scientific or psychologically balanced way. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Sandweiss has propounded the creed of Sathya Sai Baba to many of his patients (perhaps all). This is primarily a religious Pollyanna agenda, based on the view that one should “Forget the Past” and rather concentrate on doing good, seeking to do God’s will and to try to ‘realize’ God through service work, prayer, worship etc. In fact, Sandweiss advocates “divine madness” as an antidote to other forms of madness (which his guru tells him are ‘less harmful’) There is other evidence that the ‘unworldly’ Sandweiss himself is succeeding in his striving to be an intoxicated example of ‘divine madness’. His theories in ‘Spirit and the Mind’ will be examined in detail elsewhere, but – in brief – he holds that consciousness is a universal unity entirely separate in nature from matter (including human brain). The aim of life is to shed all desires, and all human problems (not least psychological) are caused by their desires!

How Sandweiss was put in his place by SB Dr. Samuel Sandweiss has either a very selective memory, or he has purposely omitted the incident where Sathya Sai Baba sent him rocketing home from the ashram because he dared to correct a false statement by Sathya Sai Baba. This was attested to me by Sai Baba’s long-serving editor, V.K. Narasimhan to illustrate the many occasions where he experienced Sai Baba garbling things he had just heard from someone or reporting to his students things he had learned in the interview room from some more knowledgeable visitor than himself.

V.K. Narasimhan informed me in 1992 that, when Dr. Samuel Sandweiss told Sai Baba he had not said 120 psychiatrists but only 12 might come to Prashanthi  (the word ‘Russians’ was apparently a mistake that Sai Baba made) Narasimhan himself heard this and saw Sandweiss angrily sent packing by Sai Baba!

When the President of the U.S. Sathya Sai Society, Dr. John Hislop, had circulated to top Sai officials in the US the infamous letters concerning the reported male sexual abuses by Sai Baba, he asked them to destroy after reading and he wrote: “How I wish this whole matter would drop lifeless and never breathe again!” He also suggested that Dr. Samuel Sandweiss should be asked to ‘describe escape mechanisms’ with a view to explaining away the highly credible allegations of male sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba he had been informed of from various people. This is like giving a prosecutor the right to take over the defense attorney… because Sandweiss has been a true believer for decades and is also in psychological denial and with apparent symptoms of cognitive disorder himself. This was strongly suggested when he was contacted in San Diego by two qualified, experienced support psychotherapists in California (one also a medical doctor) about Sai Baba after the sexual allegations became widespread. He had apparently shown difficulty in answering questions. They spoke to him of the sex abuse allegations against Sai Baba, and “observed a highly incantatory response, a certain air of unreality, and a marked deflection away from being to the point.” There is evidence in his books that he does indeed join Sai Baba in regarding the world as insane, foolish, misled and blind, which ideas are shocking in a practising psychiatrist.

Read about the infamous letters here and/or See scans of the Hislop letters here

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Sathya Sai Baba’s deluded psychiatrist, Dr. Samuel Sandweiss

Posted by robertpriddy on November 4, 2008

V.K. Narasimhan told me that Baba had once, during a discourse, said words to the effect that, if a man’s son did not obey his father (in some matter?) it would be better that his father poison him, These words were printed in the Telugu version, but Narasimhan omitted them from the English version. Sai Baba later explained that there had been a man in the audience who has been suffering terrible guilt because he had actually poisoned his son. Baba had said those words for his benefit only. (See scan of notes made at the time and my transcript: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/16/VKN_Suicide-Kasturi-etc.html#poisoned)

V.K. Narasimhan informed me in 1992 that, when Dr. Samuel Sandweiss had tried to interest 120 psychiatrists to come to Prashanthi (please note: the word ‘Russians’ was mistakenly inserted in place of psychiatrists in a previous version of this text, but it was apparently Sai Baba who made the mistake of thinking them Russian), only 12 had actually planned to come, though even they did not arrive. (The 12 who wanted to come were stopped in Delhi because they would not accept the ordinary tourist visas they were offered, for – being invited delegates to an Indian psychiatric conference – they were expecting official treatment instead.) However, after hearing of the 120 psychiatrists from Sandweiss in the interview room, Swami Himself announced on the porch outside to students and others that 120 ‘Russians'(?) were coming. Sandweiss told Baba of his mistake, who became very angry indeed and immediately sent Sandweiss packing direct back to the U.S. (Narasimhan himself observed this incident).

Deranged shrink

Deranged shrink

When the President of the U.S. Sathya Sai Society, Dr. John Hislop, had circulated to top Sai officials in the US the infamous letters concerning the reported male sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba, he asked them to destroy after reading and he wrote: “How I wish this whole matter would drop lifeless and never breathe again!” He also suggested that Dr. Samuel Sandweiss should be asked to ‘describe escape mechanisms’ with a view to explaining away the highly credible allegations of male sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba he had been informed of from various people. This is like giving a prosecutor the right to take over the defense attorney… because Sandweiss has fully exposed himself as the most partisan and fully self-brainwashed Sai follower as anyone, a ‘true believer’ in massive psychological denial and with many symptom of a serious cognitive disorder which has built up over decades and which he evidently cannot transcend.

Read about the infamous letters here and/or See scans of the Hislop letters here
See also definitive rebuttal by affidavit of uninformed slanderer who claimed the letters are falsifications here

See also:-

In his book ‘The Holy Man and the Psychiatrist’ (1975), Sandweiss wrote: “I first met Satya Sai Baba three years ago …  Sandweiss has many times since confirmed that he does not comprehend Sathya Sai …

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