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’s promises part 3

Posted by robertpriddy on October 12, 2009

We may take as another example of Sathya Sai Baba’s failed promises, the constantly ill and suffering Mrs. Phyllis Krystal, an elderly lady devotee for decades from the US, who has written about some of her experiences of Sathya Sai Baba. She described her terrible chronic headaches, which Sathya Sai Baba diagnosed as due to five different kinds of headache (see ‘The Ultimate Experience’- publ. Samuel Weiser Inc.). She went through some kind of intensification of her symptoms while with Sathya Sai Baba, which she interpreted as being a part of the treatment in removing one or more of these several headaches. (Totally backward reasoning, of course!). She was a speaker at the Sathya Sai Hamburg Conference in 1992 and was asked point blank from the audience whether she was now cured her of all her headaches. She hesitated for some time, but when asked again eventually said that she was. However, later I was in London talking to Lucas Ralli, (Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland until unceremoniously kicked out) and a close friend of Mrs. Krystal, who stayed with him and his wife sometime during a UK visit. He came to mention that she was in constant need of pain killers for her headaches and I was taken aback. So I asked if she had not been cured, but he confirmed that she still suffered greatly from this. This incident typifies the kind of thinking one meets among Sai devotees.

Perhaps a kind of self-deceit to protect one’s faith, partly a desire not to admit doubts to oneself or others and thereby publicly embarrass the guru, whose promises are supposed to be as cast in iron and whose healings are infallible etc. Later, Mrs. Krystal’s house was shattered by the Californian earthquake in the 90s, making her homeless, along with her deceased husband’s lifelong collection of crystal glass reportedly worth much more than $1 million. As she describes in detail in her book ‘The Ultimate Experience’,  Sai Baba had himself told her to move to that house, after she had prayed constantly for a very long time and repeatedly asked him whether she could move house! Eventually he had given the go-ahead verbally to her. Devotees who have indoctrinated themselves completely regard such things as a boon from  Sai Baba, a necessary suffering and ‘teaching’! It helps one to detach from worldly things and prepare for the final detachment! This reasoning, when taken to its conclusion means it is a boon when anything is destroyed, relatives are lost etc., because it prepares one for death! All very acceptable and faith-inducing, no doubt! When I was a devotee I tried to accept that this might be the case, but could never take ot seriously.

No help on the deathbed: Two of Sathya Sai Baba’s closest attendants, Prof. N. Kasturi (his official biographer and servitor for over 40 years) and V.K. Narasimhan, who followed Kasturi into the editor’s chair of his journal Sanathana Sarathi and worked continuously for Sai Baba in that and other capacities for over two decades, both suffered horrible and long illnesses before they died. Kasturi was in a terrible state for 6 weeks before his release (this would not have been known to me had not Narasimhan told me so) and Narasimhan himself lost an eye (Sathya Sai Baba having claimed he would look after him and applied holy cow-dung ash to it vibuthi etc. when it got infected). Then VKN suffered up to 3 months with his lungs filling with water before dying in March 2000. Such vastly selfless servers were not exactly eased in any way by the supposedly ‘omnipotent and grace-giving’ avatar. All kinds of weird and fantastic explanations can be invented to explain away such things, but the gruelling facts and harsh neglect remain. (Sai Baba also made VKN write a lie in the press about the  Sathya Sai Central Trust before his illness, which can’t have been all that helpful for the poor man whose former life had been in defense of the truth).

These are far from being all the instances of which I know or have heard about from reliable sources. So what are Sathya Sai Baba’s famous “divine guarantees” worth? Let a Dutch lady correspondent of mine of impeccable insight answer this query:

“After my visit to the ashram I was very disappointed re. sb’s attitude towards the invalids. I am having walking problems due to a Guillain Barré spinal disease at the age of 14. I recovered from it apart from a slight right side limp. However, the last 15 years I am loosing strength and balance and need a stick or rollator to stay out of a wheel chair. I used both in the ashram and compared with some of the heavy invalids I counted myself lucky. It struck me that sb never went to that right hand corner where the wheelchairs were, all at the far end. I was on the bench myself and mostly saw the back of him for 4 weeks. If Baba could have cured people and took no notice of the heartbreaking misfortunate devotees, he must have been a heartless so-and-so!!!! I am sure he COULD NOT cure real disabled people at all. He would not willingly have renounced the fame it would have brought him!”

Mr. Y.V. Kutumba Rao, an Indian and former judge, head of the ashram for many years until the mid-80s, is said to have Sai Baba with devoted selflessness etc. He is written about in a number of the earlier Sathya Sai Baba books. Even though he was the first official to speak to Sathya Sai Baba every morning, he was never given an interview during 20 years of service. He had longed for this, for he had never been given any such private attention for himself by Sai Baba before, which was a known fact to ashramites too! Shortly after he was at last called for the treasured interview,

I was told shortly by his colleague, the elderly Head of the Administration Building, Mr. Kanhaia Jee, who with his Seva Dal wife Mrs. Kavery, became charming friends of ours. Kanhaia Jee said that Baba had not spoken to him until the private interview, when he had taken him alone into the small room and told him simply that a man was on his way to murder him (Kutumba Rao) and he had best make himself scarce for some months. He was told to leave his post to the deputy head of ashram, Mr. Chiranjia Rao, and go to a certain village and lie low there until Sai Baba sent word. That was that!

This occurred while I was present at PN, when Chiranjia Rao became head of ashram during early 1987 for a period of some months. Well before 1989, Kutumb Rao was back at his post, but suffering from internal cancers. He was sent to Madras and opened up, but closed again as a hopeless case beyond surgery. Kutumb Rao suffered much for a long period altogether and died on 29/3/1989. Sai Baba apparently did nothing to help him. But devotees speculate nonetheless that surely Sai Baba helped him through his karma, or will give him a better new body and life, or already granted him liberation? How can they be so confident, so easily be taken in? The above instances are but a few among numerous others of which I know.

Sathya Sai Baba’s promises – part 1

Sathya Sai Baba makes many promises

Sai Baba promised Rs. 100,000 to orphan parents


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Sathya Sai Baba’s promises part 2

Posted by robertpriddy on October 11, 2009

Promises of good or improved health: Sathya Sai Baba is known for making many personal promises to people in interviews, as reported in many writings about him. One of his stock phrases is, “I will look after everything”, and another is, “I give you a long life, healthy life, happy life!”. (He made both of these ‘promises’ to me without my asking anything of him. Other assurances he gives are, “I shall protect you”; “I will build an iron wall around you!” and “I give you liberation, you will not have to take on another body!”

Does the available evidence support these ‘divine promises’? Because people long to believe is always fulfilled , there are a lot who write that they have been cured ort helped, though one often suspects that it is a matter of improvements happening that would have happened in any case or which are a result of the ‘placebo effect’. V.K. Narasimhan, who attended Sai Baba for 20 years, told me he had NEVER seen a genuine healing due to Sai Baba, and he was himself a case in point. Sai Baba had promised to cure his eyes, but he ended up losing sight in one of them! This for his most important experienced editor who worked ceaselessly for his publications.

When his promises are not fulfilled, how does one explain it? One argument frequently heard among devotees is based on what the long-term and very close follower, Dr. John Hislop, wrote in his book ‘My Baba and I’. Hislop asked for permission to publish it, but was told by Sathya Sai Baba he must wait 20 years. However, after 2 years, Hislop received a message from Sathya Sai Baba saying he should publish straight away. The credulous Hislop had searched for one guru after another, including Yogananda, Krishnamurthi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and U Ba Thin leaving each in disappointment. He became a keen rationaliser of Sathya Sai Baba’s often impenetrably unclear or fantastic assertions, and puts it down to Sathya Sai Baba having a cosmic perspective and eternal sense of time that no one can understand (as Sathya Sai Baba had asserted). This became standard doctrine among the majority of disappointed, bemused and betrayed followers so as to save what faith they can after years of major involvement and personal commitment etc.

Sai Baba’s simpler promises like “I will give interview tomorrow”, “I will visit your home”, “I will come” are frequently not followed up, as one can read in some of the more balanced and somewhat frank accounts available. The idea is that Sathya Sai Baba has divine sense of time which differs from ours – so when he says ‘yes, interview tomorrow’ he may mean any time in the future etc. A thousand years is as nothing to him! This sounds deranged indeed- but if one accepts that Sathya Sai Baba is God Almighty Himself, then it seems more credible? Not so, for these are simple deceptions, because any omniscient and caring God would have to know how each person understands what he promises them and would follow up. It is now common knowledge that a considerable number of suicides have resulted after Sai Baba’s failed to keep his word. A whole family of five was poisoned by the father (and few survived) after Sathya Sai Baba’s broken assurances. These he makes very freely and often sweepingly in interviews and also in discourses about protecting all who put their faith in him.

Other suicides: Dominic Kennedy wrote in The Times (27/8/01) of three British followers of Sathya Sai Baba who took their own lives: “an investigation by The Times today discloses that three British men have apparently taken their own lives after becoming followers of the miracle worker. Two of them were encouraged to believe that he could cure their medical problems. One of those also said that he had been touched intimately by the Sai Baba.”

Sai has said, “Love my uncertainty”: Sathya Sai Baba capitalises on people’s uncertainty and ignorance of anything to do with real truth by ever reaffirming to people that they are uncertain and ignorant.  When, in so many instances, he does not keep his word, he puts the blame on the person he made promises to for not having asked from the heart or that something about them was not genuine, or that they were simply not ready or worthy to receive his grace etc. Sathya Sai Baba has insisted that he alone knows the right timing for everything and acts accordingly. Sathya Sai Baba’s visible and invisible rewards (i.e. as promised for the future) are supposed exceed the punishments he is thought eventually to mete out to those who accept positions of trust then seriously let him down. So all his promises have to be taken in the context of this unintelligible cosmic plan which he claims alone to know and effect… and this actually makes them as unreliable in terms of human experience as anything can be. He can’t lose and you can’t win, as long as you accept his vast claims at face value!

More on failed promises to follow soon. Meanwhile see…
Sathya Sai Baba’s promises – part 1

Sathya Sai Baba makes many promises

Sai Baba promised Rs. 100,000 to orphan parents

Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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‘Miracle cures’ by Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 21, 2007

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Sathya Sai Baba and ‘miracle cures’

The hagiographic literature about Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘miraculous’ cures is extensive. Due to the nature of his alleged ‘methods’, no scientific control study has so far been made of any of the claims of miraculous healing from him, either spontaneously or in answer to prayers. He is also reported as carrying out ‘exorcisms’ or driving out demons from ‘possessed’ persons and ‘psychic surgery’. None of this is to say that he, like thousands of others of reported ‘healers’, cannot have been somehow involved in people’s healing processes, most likely as a catalytic agent on whom one concentrates deeply with faith and hope and projects any positive results if or when improvements occur. (For a deeper analysis of these matters, see here)

On the other hand, hundreds of reports have come from persons who have sacrificed and prayed to Sathya Sai Baba constantly for themselves or for another, but all of whom have only got worse! Of course, the handy theory of past bad karma is trundled out to explain away the possibility of a cure in this or that persons’ instance. All evidence that Sathya Sai Baba does not heal, does not keep his word, or is not able to heal people of himself has to be refuted by the ‘true believer’, whose agenda is totally to block out all experience that may lead to another explanation or in any way be interpreted to reduce their hard-held belief that Sathya Sai Baba is a divine healer and God himself.

Even devotees who feel the need to keep up a front despite themselves not having been healed according to Sathya Sai Baba’s promise will convince themselves that they have been helped… and even lie about this, such as Mrs. Phyllis Krystal did about the headaches she claimed Sai Baba cured her of (after being asked point blank in public at the 1990 Sai Baba conference in Hamburg). However, she was still suffering from them for years afterwards, as Lucas Ralli (with whom she stayed when in London) informed me most definitively and to my great surprise. Sathya Sai Baba is one among many thousands who claims the power to heal – claims which of course have never been substiantiated by serious medical researchers under controlled conditions – a list which includes many known and highly controversial names: Mary Baker Eddy, Edgar Cayce, Chico Xavier, José (Zé) Arigó, Yokoshiaki Omura, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Peter Popoff, Benny Hinn and Peter Younggren, Stephen Turoff and so on and on…

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 2, 2007

Quite a lot of visitors to Sathya Sai Baba hope to derive one or another boon of personal power from him, some kind of psychic gift like ‘clairvoyancy’ or healing power. Many may be well-meaning, though misguided in not realising that Sai does not confirm anyone as a spiritual healer, nor does he give any place to ‘healing’ activities in his discourses or in any of his hospitals or other organisations. He does not convey any kind of spiritual illumination, ‘shaktipat’ or kundalini awakening teaching. Many religions have atrophied and become dry and irrelevant, so the resulting vacuum has been filled by spiritual ‘revivals’ of doubtful authenticity. So it is only to be expected that the much-publicised alleged powers of healing, clairvoyance, materialisation and miracles draw people. Prasanthi is like a spiritual , many go there trying to ‘make it big’ with God, and thus they mostly make it a difficult place to be. It has become a self-styled healers, mediums and clairvoyants… It is claimed by devotees who are in denial of the true facts that – when he oils the genitals of boys and young men (and often more besides!) – it is supposed to heal them and control their sexual urges, but none of those who have spoken out claim to have received any lasting benefit or illumination from it! On the contrary, many of those who are free to inform the public because they live outside India (at least 30 separate young men) claim they were actually taken advantage of and were therefore sexually abused, and not healed of anything.

Quite a few claim that Sathya Sai Baba has confirmed their having received powers to heal others from Sai Baba in interviews, but as far as I can judge from knowing some of these – and hearing about numerous others – it only amounts to wishful thinking and, at worst, to varying degrees of charlatanism. Some use Sai vibuthi or ‘nectar’ (sugar water), and water poured over a lingam given by Sai Baba supposedly to ‘heal’ people. Sai has frequently ‘produced’ so-called lingams of differing shapes, colours and sizes by various means (not least obvious sleight of hand), which he has given to devotees and told that they contain healing powers and can be used to help heal other people. In no case which I – or others who have become skeptical – studied can one be sure that reported benefit was derived from those things, though a placebo affect may occur, of course. To cap it all, Sai Baba denies that he gives any powers to anyone or confirms them as healers etc! He has said that healing always comes from God and occurs in the relationship between the sufferer and the Divine source. However, almost anyone cured of a known serious illness by an operation or a medicine would know that God did not appear or otherwise actually enter into the equation – except through hope or wishful imagination). Otherwise, why then have hospitals, doctors, specialists, nurses?

Some who want to be healers doubtless have good motives and may intend to help others selflessly, but far more commonly one sees such followers using any (alleged) sign of association with – or blessing from – Sai Baba to their own ends:  to gain popularity, status, and not least income or donations (for example, one more successful than most is the Cockney medium, Stephen Turoff of UK, who rakes in millions per annum for ‘psychic surgery’ and largely due to his use of Sai Baba). Many completely devoted followers report healings from Sai Baba – in dreams, visions, interviews – or even where he figured in no known way at all – and such blind believers tend to attribute all good things that happen to them to Sai Baba’s influence. Even bad things are mentally twisted into ‘blessings from which to learn’! When examined carefully – most of these reports look vague, while faith and a zealous imagination fills in the gaps in the explanation. The super-heated atmosphere of belief in amazing and ‘incredible’ events around Sai Baba itself inflates ideas, language and discourages all sober judgement. One of Sai Baba’s closest servitors, V.K. Narasimhan, told me definitively that he had not seen a single healing in all the 20 years he had been almost daily in the presence of Sai Baba! Further, he never wrote a word to support claims of healing.

On the lighter side; while I was the leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway I was contacted by a wide range of spiritual nut-cases  – not least because I had been given a “green diamond ring” by Sai Baba (actually found eventually to be a very cheap synthetic stone with tinfoil behind it to enhance its brilliance . One applicant wanted me to heal him by using the Sai green gem ring to remove cost-free all his silver-mercury amalgam fillings (miraculously, somehow), which were supposedly poisoning him. (Please note, I did not try!) I also received a letter asking for supernatural aid from a person in a psychiatric institutions and on at least three occasions from persons suffering from alleged intense psychic invasions by Sai Baba, reportedly in demonic form. Unfortunately, I was unable to help out much, except with my experiential knowledge of psychic sufferers and kind words. I was also confronted now and again by persons who insisted that Sai Baba had given special secret blessings to them to run the Sai centre, to change the Sathya Sai organisations’ rules (which were strict and demanding written requirements), or otherwise to abet them in getting organizational or other privileges they fancied.

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