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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Malaysian lawyer on Sai Baba ‘miracle’ fraud, hemaphroditism etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on March 25, 2014

The Malaysian lawyer, Mr. Hariram Jayaram, continued his correspondence with me explaining his efforts to awaken Malaysian authorities to the need to ban the Sathya Sai Baba cult in Malaysia. Having been a very enthusiastic follower of Sai Baba, Hariram was shocked out of his beliefs, and investigated thoroughly before denouncing the guru, as he explained as follows:-

Mail of June 21, 2004. Hariram tells of  the godfather of a Chinese boy from Malaysia who had been molested by Sathya Sai Baba. and made the godfather very furious and angry He had asked for Hariram’s assistance to expose Sathya Sai Baba. He told him the same thing he said he had told me before. He wanted ed to be left alone. Hariram Jayaram was evidently not interested in himself  going public with what he knew, having been scared off – it appears – not least by his former Sai colleague, Datuk Jegathesan – a very fanatical defender of Sai Baba with powerful connections in Malaysia.

However, the godfather, wrote Hariram, had done a great thing in that he had met the then Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, when he addressed the Press Club in Hong Kong and gave him a written memorandum about Sathya Sai Baba and his activities. It seemed he wanted the Malaysian Government either to ban the Sai Baba cult or take other appropriate action. Despite that, nothing happened in Malaysia.

Lingam ‘regurgitation’ and Vibuti shower (abishekam) exposed as fraudulent Hariram wrote in some detail about how he came to learn of Sathya Sai Baba and become inducted into his movement and organisation in 1976 when he was already a lawyer. He was present at Shivarathri in 1976 where Sai Baba performed the so-called lingodbhava’. When the moment came for Sai Baba to produce the lingam, he took his handkerchief and wiped his mouth several times, made movements to his chest, raising excitement to feverish pitch. A lingam came out of his mouth on to his handkerchief. Then he performed the so-called vibuthi abishegam (note: or ‘abishekam), turning an urn (or ‘kodam’) upsidedown, put his hand into it and continuously churned out vibuthi to pour on to the lingam. Years later in 1980 when Hariram made his investigations he realised that Sai Baba kept the lingam in his handkerchief, only pretending to have its ‘birth pangs’ – coughing and wiping his mouth while merely transferring the lingam into his mouth to vomit it out later.

On one Sivarathri day, Hariram also came to know from a student who was helping to set up the stage that he had accidentally strayed into a section of the backstage where he found a ‘kodam’ with the opening covered with a tied cloth. The student was chased out from that place by a senior devotee, the obvious concluding being that the kodam was already packed with vibuthi. Hariram states that it was this ‘kodam’ from which Sai Baba churned out vibuthi on the following Sivarathri night.

On June 24, 2004, Hariram wrote me about the alleged cobra sleeping with the baby Sai Baba in his cot – a phenomena claimed to indicate the rebirth of Vishnu as Sathya Sai to save the world from mounting evil. In 1980 while in Puttaparthi to probe events, Hariram met the elder brother of Sai Baba in Puttaparthi village, a man who had been the one who really looked after Sai Baba in his childhood. The elder brother – though guarded in his answers to questions  – gave him hints that he was not a devotee of Sai Baba and replied to a question Hariram asked him about the snake. He had promptly and spontaneously told that no snake had formed a bed for Sai Baba to sleep on, nor had one come anywhere close to him. At the time of the birth of Sai baba, Puttaparthi was filled with snakes and, when the child was left on the floor, snakes would stray into the house and go past him, though at a safe distance. This was not unusual in the village which had so many snakes.

Professor Dr. V.K. Gokak On July 1, 2004, Hariram told how he was in Bangalore in 1980 with 3 Malaysian students who were helping him, through whom he met several persons, one from Eastern India  who was a graduate of one of the Sai Colleges. The Malaysian student who already knew him asked him whether Sai Baba had male or female tendencies. A prompt answer came that he was both male and female; he was Shiva Shakti. Evidently, this graduate was a victim even though he still believed the Shiva-Shakti claim, and did not realise that Sai baba was a hermaphrodite. Only after his discussions with the Malaysian students and Hariram did he become aware of the hemaphroditic homosexual character of the abuses.

Hariram told this graduate that he had plans to see Professor Gokak, who  had started the Sai institution in Whitefield. The student held Gokak in high respect and thought he should be alerted about the  rampant  homosexual activities between Sai Baba and the students – as well as between  students, going on in both the Whitefield and the Prasanthi Nilayam Colleges. Hariram saw Gokak in his house, a polished, tidy and dignified looking man who listened to every word said during 2 hours

I told him everything I had found out and I also expressed to him that it is the wish of at least one of his former students that he should resume the post of Vice Chancellor once again. Hariram recalled Gokak interrupting him only once and that was when Hariram said he had accepted Sai Baba as God and was heartbroken to hear of his homosexual activities on students. Gokak told Hariram that Sai Baba was not God, merely one of many avatars with some spiritual attributes, and discounted the fervour of those authors who tried to identify Sai Baba as having God’s attributes.

Hariram stated that Gokak said to him: “This is not the first time I am hearing about all these things regarding Sathya Sai Baba. You are not the only person to tell me this”.

Note: At one time a member of Sai Baba’s professorial board Dr. V.K. Gokak developed the ‘Education In Human Values’ (EHV) system. Sai Baba did not write any part of this system. Dr. Gokak left Sai Baba in the 1990s, reasons unknown. He was known for having said that Sai Baba liked ‘playing with boys’ (which is a known phenomenon in the subcontinent and is blatantly practised in Afghanistan to this day, known as “Bacheh-baazi (Persian: بچه‌بازی, meaning “playing with kids” in Afghan dialect), also known as bacchá (from the Persian bacheh بچه‌ “child, young man, kid”) or bacha bi-reesh(beardless boy), is sexual slavery and child prostitution in which prepubescent and adolescent boys are sold to wealthy or powerful men for entertainment and sexual activities. This business thrives in Afghanistan, where many men keep them as status symbols.” (from Wikipedia)

See source e-mail of the above excerpts here. Earlier e-mails from Jayaram have already appeared in previous postings here and here – here and here 

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Lingam regurgitation by street fakir – video clip

Posted by robertpriddy on August 12, 2009


In the above very brief streaming video clip (only 312 Kb), you can view the common feat of producing lingam-type stones from the mouth by fakirs and street illusionists. This one was filmed by a German crew I watched filming in 1990 at Brindavan ashram. The German commentary stated that Mustapha, the magician, earns his money as a ‘wonderful artist’ who genuinely brings out a stone from his mouth.

The world-famous stage illusionist, Harry Houdini, performed it, having practiced by swallowing balls attached to a piece of string. Later he would and re-gurgitate them without any aids. Quite large objects can be kept in the stomach or throat for at least several hours. The regurgitation can be stimulated by massage, even by vomit-inducing pharmaceuticals. Sathya Sai Baba was seen to swallow a lot of water before he brought out his lingams (none larger than the illusionist managed).

Sai Baba has always claimed that his lingams are produced in his stomach. They are of all kinds of material, from stone to crystal to gold… which variety alone makes their production in his stomach beyond all likelihood!  The film evidence suggests that he used to regurgitate them from his throat or stomach. More recently, when he gagged for some time, he was seen to cover his mouth with a large towel and only then let it seem to emerge from his mouth.

Due to the massive testimony by many hagiographic writers, combined with film evidence which seemed genuine, I came to believe around 1984 that the lingam productions were most probably real. Doubts about it were never really quite removed, however, and since then I have looked into the matter much more closely. The BBC film ‘The Secret Swami ‘ produced the most compelling filmatic proof of fraud by Sai Baba (see clip here and here).

Sai Baba was losing his foreign followers fast, so In 2000 he produced a golden lingam without warning at Shivaratri and said that everyone who had seen it actually emerging would be ‘liberated’ (not have to be reborn ever again). This attracted all the blind believers again and for several following years brought in much larger crowds than usual at Shivarathri.  To make sure everyone saw it. he even once put it back in his mouth after it ‘came up’ the first time!

Houdini on Regurgitating Objects at Will

“A number of years ago, in London, I watched several performances of one of these chaps who swallowed a hatful of stones, nearly the size of hen’s eggs, and then jumped up and down, to make them rattle in his stomach. I could discover no fake in the performance, and I finally gave him two and six for his secret, which was simple enough. He merely took a dose of powerful physic [emetic–ed.] to clear himself of the stones, and then was ready for the next performance.

During my engagement in 1895 with Welsh Bros. Circus I became quite well acquainted with a [Japanese] of the San Kitchy Akimoto troupe and from him I learned the method of swallowing quite large objects and bringing them up at will. For practice very small potatoes are used at first, to guard against accident; and after one has mastered the art of bringing these up, the size is increased gradually till objects as large as the throat will receive can be swallowed and returned.”

Houdini, Miracle Mongers and their Methods, Coles 1980, (reprint), pp. 160-161.

“In order to produce an effect such as the production of the lingam, all that is required is the swallowing of the lingam ahead of time, and its regurgitation at the appropriate point in the ceremony. Note that the description of Sai Baba’s swallowing of water prior to the regurgitation, and the churning of the stomach muscles both correspond to the standard hatha yoga technique described by Swami Satchidananda.

The reader interested in further information which bears on this might enjoy reading the Chari article referred to above. In it Chari describes a scientifically studied street performer who makes his living doing regurgitations. He is able to swallow as many as 10 live snakes at a time, and regurgitate them in a `reptilian ball with a diameter of about 5 inches’ (Chari, op. cit., p. 168).”


See also: Sleight Of Hand. The Sleightness of Sathya Sai Baba (Exposing film clips)
Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘divine magnetism

Sathya Sai Baba: lingam photos-liberation from rebirth

The magnet of Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘lingam’ miracles

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Faked emergence of egg-sized golden ‘lingam’ – filmed proof

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2009

Mahashivarathri 2004 – Sai Baba vomits into a towel and collapses

Sai Baba said in public the small gold lingam weighed three tons!”> see video clip from BBC where he collapses

Sai Baba allowed an unprecedented live broadcast in the Indian subcontinent of his so-called ‘lingodbhava‘ (bringing the egg-sized ellipsoidal object out of his mouth after what looks like a painful process of ‘regurgitation’). However, one can most clearly see that NO lingam actually emerged at all this year. It seems to have done so in the past, but Houdini was the first to perform this trick (see below)! In 2004, instead, there was only a small spurt of vomited water,

According to some devotees, the lingam which did not emerge as such was actually formed in the towel from vomited ‘liquid gold’. However, this any colour was due to the poor video quality or manipulation, because on the BBC film of the same incident, only transparent water came from his mouth! It is clear that most devotees will believe just anything they are told by him or his cronies. However, the BBC documentary film makers filmed it all close up and one can see clearly that there was no golden liquid or any golden lingam coming from his mouth, as attended by the BBC film-maker – Eamon Hardy – and his team, but one appears “somehow” in the towel he was holding!

A film clip of the ‘actual emergence’ has been posted on the Internet by devotees. One can pause the video and examine each frame separately to analyse the movements. (Click here for the Indian low quality film-clip of the same event as filmed professionally by the BBC in ‘The Secret Swami’).

From before the alleged ’emergence’, Sathya Sai Baba is clearly seen to be holding something just about the size of the lingam inside the towel between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand! Now what on earth could that be, one wonders? After the vomit, he lets go of what he was holding in secret and fumbles to extract it with his right hand, taking the lingam from under the towel just where it was being held earlier, and we see a rather confused and sheepish look cross his features – like resignation at being caught in the act. It seems that Sathya Sai Baba must have lost his nerve on this occasion, for he did not even try producing the lingam from his mouth this time.


I later learned from a key member of the BBC team who contacted me that Sathya Sai Baba collapsed directly after the faked ‘manifestation’ and was in a dreadful state when he was carried off. Very likely partly a reaction to the stress of being on live TV and of realising he had not managed to pull it off convincingly to conceal his fraud from the cameras. But his favourite, Anil Kumar, reported that Sathya Sai Baba had to go away to ‘produce’ two more ‘atma lingams‘ in private out of sight of anyone! (believe it if you can!). Was Sathya Sai Baba feeling too ill, or too camera shy? Those with perspicacious and open minds can decide the nature of this ‘divine mystery’. However, it is also noteworthy that there was suddenly a significant increase in defections from his movement just afterwards. But despite that they claim (very excessively, no doubt) that from 60 to 100 million are still followers!

Surely only a person whose entire mind is already permeated with unfounded religious beliefs and superstitions can credit this. Interestingly, we can also compare this with the words of Sathya Sai Baba as attributed to him directly by his one-time very close servitor Swami Karunyananda, who lived to over 100 years and spent about 4 decades living within Sathya Sai Baba’s apartment. On p. 367 of the first edition of ‘The Glory of Puttaparthi’ (Bangalore, 1980) by V. Balu, we read:-

Sri Karunyananda also enlightened me about the lingam which Sri Baba used to materialise from his body on Shivarathri day. Sri Karunyananda was near at hand once when a solid gold lingam was brought out by Sri Baba. The lingam was quite big and heavy and the corners of Sri Baba’s mouth had been hurt a little as it emerged! What pain the passage of such a big and heavy substance must have caused Sri Baba as it came out through his throat, thought Sri Karunyananda.
Sri Baba quieted his doubts; “When I will its birth, it is born only as a very soft, pliable substance. It is soft as it emerges from the stomach and comes up the throat. It hardens only at the time it is ejected from the mouth.”


This account has been spread around, such as in the book ‘Sri Sathya Sai Baba – a story of God as man‘ (1985) by former long-term ashram resident M.N. Rao, and so we can all see how Sai Baba has changed his mind about how the lingam is formed, and probably has forgotten how he once explained it.

Further, when Sathya Sai Baba resumed the lingam business again two decades after he stopped the yearly show – when his crisis with the major sexual abuse allegations began and something was badly needed to help slow the thinning out of his followers – he pronounced of the lingam he ‘brought forth’ then: “This lingam will not break even if it is dropped from a height with force. This is Amruthtatwam (symbol of immortality). It is changeless. You cannot see such a manifestation anywhere in the world. It is possible only with Divinity.” (Sanathana Sarathi – March 1999, p. 73). If that were really so, how come that Swami Premananda did exactly the same year upon year up until he won himself a double life sentence for rape and murder in the early ’90s?

Houdini invented the regurgitation trick: The regurgitation of such an object was first performed by Houdini after his careful experiments with a comparable ivory ball (attached to a string at first) before performing it and it since then became known in India as a fakir trick. The trick can also be seen on various films, including a film screened on TV in 1988 ( ‘Das Mysterium Der Shiva – Heilige Männer’ (Ein film von Eberhart Thiem, Helga Lippert, Arno Peik) from a German series called ‘Terra X – Rätsel alter Weltkulturen’).

Finally, if the lingam really is made of gold – which there is little reason to doubt – then it can surely be changed by heating it sufficiently, or putting it under a steam hammer. If not, then Sathya Sai Baba is telling untruths as to what it is supposed to be. If it is so eternal and changeless, then why not clear up all questions by getting an advanced physics laboratory to see if they are able in any way to change one (Sathya Sai Baba has dozens of them)? Yes, why not? Or are they too holy to stand up to any test of truth?

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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Miracle: Sai Baba spews out 3 tons of gold: he says

Posted by robertpriddy on August 25, 2007

Vomit causes breakdown

Sathya Sai Baba made a preposterous statement: (Anil Kumar’s translation directly after Sai Baba’s words in Telugu): “Out of the stomach emanated Shiva Lingas of the weight of three tonnes. That’s the reason why some strain on the face and the body.” see the BBC on the failed lingodbhava of Feburary 2004 (photos here) video clip also Sai Baba’s collapse and exit transcript and video clip of his famous explanation here)

Sai sicks up - no lingam

But no strain on his hand when he took it from the towel? He must have been VERY strong… but then God IS very strong, isn’t it?
No strain on the wooden table either…  Is there something a wee bit fishy and porky about Sai Baba’s explanation?

It was claimed that there were three lingams in all, one which we saw which came from his hanky, two more he was said to have ‘regurgitated’ in a private room after stumbling off stage! (Really!) Was that ONLY three tons? It’s all so hard to get to the bottom of this somehow… but then it was hard for the world-famous magician Houdini’s public to understand how he had invented the egg-regurgitating trick too!

So how could the Divine Will at the 2004 Shivarathri lingodbhava falter? Why did it all go pear-shaped in public? Was it a Divine Glitch? Or a “Divine test of credulity”?  A sudden reversal of polarity in the Divine Magnetic Power? Or was it that the lingam stuck in Sai Baba’s “magnetic” body somewhere along the line?

Last but not least, you could enter the world-wide competition to provide the solution – please post your answers in a plain brown envelope! Be the goose that lays that golden egg…

In his discourse after the Shivarathri lingodbhava two years previously (13/3/2002), Sai Baba stated: “(Showing the golden Linga to the devotees, Swami said). “As you can all see, this Linga is rather bigger in size. There is a meaning behind this. This is five Tolas in weight. [one Tola is 11.66 grams. 5 Tolas = about 60.0 grams] Every human being possesses five Tolas of gold essence known as Hiranyagarbha… Gold represents energy in man and is the cause of his radiance. The gold content within each body is this size only. It is gold essence in the body that makes the eyes see, ears hear etc.” (Sanathana Sarathi – April 2002, p. 127)
However, the human body cannot possibly contain so much gold! In Wikipedia we find that the amount of gold in the human body is vanishingly tiny

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