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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Jana Vignana Vedika demonstrates Sai Baba ‘miracles’

Posted by robertpriddy on May 12, 2011


This latest in a long line of exposers of fraudulent “miracles” can be viewed performing most of Sai Baba’s famous ‘miracles’ on Indian TV. The commentary is not in English, but the video is watchable. There have been many who can replicate Sathya Sai Baba miracles, not least Dr. Abraham T. Kovoor, who demonstrated  holy ash or vibuthi “materialization” in front of Sathya Sai Baba and was angrily thrown out of the interview. He did this, of course, to show that it is an easy conjuring trick. Even some of his students have simulated the vibuti manifestation in a joking way (see video clip).

Often followers of Sai Baba have themselves gained a following through claiming to produce the ‘holy ash’ (vibuthi) or other small objects typically and allegedly “materialized” by Sathya Sai Baba, many claiming the power was invested in them by Sathya Sai Baba himself. This has always been strongly denied by Sathya Sai Baba and a considerable number of these have been denounced by special announcements in Sathya Sai Baba’s official journal Sanathana Sarathi through the years.  There was one producer of ash, rings and pendants in Mauritius described at length by R. Lowenberg in his hagiographic writings, and another in Bangalore who gave vibuthi to hundreds of Sai devotees and claimed to have been saved from a large number of heart attacks by Sathya Sai Baba himself. Another person who profits enormously in this way is a Jewish Cockney Stephen Turoff in Southend calling himself ‘Dr. Khan’ (a discarnate spirit guide he ‘channels’) who surrounds himself with Sai symbols and photos – pretends Sai miracles occur there – and who does psychic surgery healing and produces ash etc. The number of these ‘false prophets’ or whatever they claim they are is not small… there are just too many to keep track of.

All who have followed events for the last few decades will know that imitators are many. One example is an impostor in Canada who claims to be an intermediary of Sai Baba, officially denounced in the May 2002 issue of Sanathana Sarathi (p. 161) and further rebutted and warned against in detailed length in May 2003 (inside rear cover).  In Canada, under the name of ‘Ken’ a Japanese Sai Baba devotee who made many fantastic claims about visits from both Shirdi and Parthi Sai Baba in his home (as reported at length by the uncritical  Sai hagiographer R. Lowenberg in one of his early books, probably ‘The Grace of Sai’) . Ken had a room in Puttaparthi where he gave objects or letters to devotees (including Rick Prescott of Sydney) which he said Sai Baba had brought him by walking out of his picture on his private shrine! There was a young boy known as Sai Krishna who caused a stir in southern Indian by apparently materializing “vibuthi“. Dr.Narasimhaiah’s committee exposed Sai Krishna, a 7 year old child-protege of Satya Sai Baba, by pulling out the packet of Vibhuti hidden in Sai Krishna’s underclothes. [Author’s Note: in the Blitz interview, SB denies any connection with that boy, even without giving any proof] […] the committee requested him [Sai Baba] to allow them an investigation. When they visited him, a terrified Satya Sai Baba locked himself up in his Whitefield residence, close to Bangalore. All he could do was spew helpless vitriol at the Narasimhaiah committee.”

What the uninitiated take without questioning to be miracles of fantastic psychic abilities, not least very detailed mind-reading are done by so-called ‘Cold reading’. It  is amazing to people who do not know about it. It has been demonstrated by the famous initiator of neuro-linguistic programming Milton Erickson. The young illusionist Derren Brown is famous throughout UK (and increasingly in the rest of the world) because of his feats of cold reading (plus suggestion, misdirection, magic and psychology). He is able to tell intimate details about people he has never met and within a matter of seconds – and has demonstrated this countless times under the TV cameras (and there is no fraud involved at all, as interviews with his staff, his subjects and himself and those ‘behind the scenes’ proves conclusively).

Derren Brown of UK – videos on YouTube – there are many more on his DVDs and of a very wide variety of what seem to be ‘psychic powers’ but which he explains are not that at all. He is a sceptic as to the spiritual powers, but demonstrates what people believe to be such powers like ‘omniscience’ etc.. This is basic learning and sensible re-programming for all followers of gurus and avatars! He uses neuro-linguistic programming and many other techniques which he partly (but not entirely) explains to everyone. He shows the huge extent to which minds can be instantly manipulated by one who knows how.

Derren Brown strongly influences mind and physiology of random persons in a minute
Derren Brown extraordinary mind control demonstration
Derren Brown amazing power of suggestion surpasses martial arts master
The famous ‘zombie’ demonstration – a ‘must see’
Derren Brown wins over 9 top chess players simultaneously
Derren Brown easily transfers thoughts
How does Derren Brown manage this? Interview Stephen Fry on Derren Brown’s amazing illusionism
Aristocrats transparent to Derren Brown
Derren Brown guesses exact sums of pocket money correctly
Derren Brown terrifies a Ghost train operator on his own train ride
Daylight robbery by illusion in New York Subconscious influencing by Derren Brown
Amazing demonstration of perfect rapport
All strength lost through suggestion
Poor self-confidence and colour vision transformed by Derren Brown’s persuasion
Derren Brown gives two girls daylight hallucinations
Derren Brown shows how mediums work!!

Comment on the videos: In many cases people have claimed to have seen Sai Baba change physical appearance totally, even several persons together, but at the same time others have been present who have not seen any change at all. This applies to many accounts of him during public ‘darshan’ – some see haloes, others not and so forth. Now, were these changes (and materializations) real phenomena, then all present would have seen it. Sai Baba does not want anyone to understand his ways, – on the contrary! That is why he has always created a mystery around himself – it began in his early years!

Suggestion can be so powerful as to change people’s states of mind very radically, without more than a few clever words. Derren Brown, for example, can make people picked out of a group on the street or anywhere see and hear things and can find out what they are thinking, exactly what they have on their persons (including written shopping lists in their wallets). He can very quickly induce a state of drunken stupor in a person (showing just how he does it) and turn it on an off with a few words (even words written on a piece or sent by mobile phone message).
Many well-known, respected people and professional psychologists in UK have attested that there is no fraud whatever involve (no fixing of TV sequences or use of stooges). He says openly there are no psychic powers involved, but many techniques he has learned in observing personal psychology, varying means of suggestion, neuro-linguistic programming, misdirection of attention (as in stage ‘magic’ and pick-pocketing, for example) and much else. He explains some of his techniques in detail. He has a tremendous (possibly ‘photographic’) memory too. He has a very wide ‘repertoire’ and much of what he does is more dramatic that Sai Baba is seen to do. But he remains a sceptic about all ’spiritual’ powers, also about mediumism/contacting the dead, which he has reconstructed in a very convincing way, but he explains how and why he is a sceptic. kind of manipulation of perception done by Derren Brown is most impressive and dramatic – and is also intended to be so. My view is exactly the same as to Sathya Sai Baba. He is a showman and manipulator.

Further insight into the secrets of miracle guru fraudsters were discovered at great personal cost by the aspirant to mystical powers, Tahir Shah, who learned many of the secret of illusion from a most difficult ‘master’ of those arts. See  Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles – the veil lifted further

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Sathya Sai Baba – the paranormal phenomena

Posted by robertpriddy on November 27, 2009

The book published by Dale Beyerstein in 1992 questions, in summary form, the paranormal claims made about Indian guru and holy man Sri Sathya Sai Baba and his supposed psychic powers, plus various investigations that have been done of them.

The summary was made for the benefit of 1) those who have heard of Satya Sai Baba through second-hand stories from devotees, but who have not looked into the original sources of these stories; and 2) those familiar with writings of devotees but not by those who have made investigations of his claims.


  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. Sai Baba: Omniscient and Omnipotent?
  3. Did Sai Baba Resurrect Someone From The Dead?
  4. Does Sai Baba Have Complete Telepathic Knowledge?
  5. Materializations
  6. Sundry Miracles
  7. Healings and Rescues
  8. Does Sai Baba’s Life Fulfil Ancient Prophesies?
  9. Bibliography

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Posted by robertpriddy on June 3, 2007

‘Man of Miracles’ who also Fakes?

Sathya Sai Baba has tried to confound Antoine Lavoisier’s famous principle, a backbone of the physical sciences, “Nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed”. Sai claims he creates objects by his Divine will or fiat and many believe he does. If this were really true, then he would cause a gigantic revolution in physics and science generally, but he is very coy and will not demonstrate his powers except in his own prepared interview rooms or while surrounded by totally devoted servitors. No scientist has been allowed to study him doing so (under any reasonable conditions or in any controlled environment), though he has managed to convince a few relatively low-level scientists (i.e. no one with a name or scientific prominence and has been recognised as such by no scientific institution anywhere).

Sai Baba has most certainly also been caught out many times by many people faking the ‘materialisation’ of ash, rings and other small objects, including on video and film (see diverse video clips for yourself here).

Numerous former leading followers – including several top officials in his organisation – have told that they have observed his store of trinkets in the chair where he most often sits to produce them ‘from thin air’, that only those who remain in extreme psychological denial can continue to believe in his many such fantastic claims. So the ultimate jury is kept out and one can simply believe what one wants! The unimagined possible benefits for the starving and suffering masses from genuinely and openly showing the world that creation by fiat is possible will not be available from Sathya Sai Baba, for one! Despite this, stories and personal accounts of outright miracles connected with Sai Baba abound. In almost every instance, however, one must rely on testimony, and there is no doubt that a great number who testify are hardly capable of incisive critical thought or articulation of language, for most are self-declared believers, and to believe is not to know but to accept as true miracles for which one cannot provide genuinely rational or empirical explanations. ‘Mind-boggled’, ‘beyond human ken’, ‘inscrutable Divine secret’ are the kind of words one meets, along with much humility before the mysterious. That also indicates the attitude of devotees towards the ca. 30 world-wide, detailed and credible accounts of young men about repeated sexual molestations by Sai Baba, often of a very serious kind.

Sathya Sai’s claims of ‘materialisation’ are far from being unique However his effects are achieved, Sai Baba is just another in a line of many claimants of Godhood and Divine Power. He is perhaps the most successful today (so far, though there are some close runners-up in India).There are numerous reported forerunners in the game of miraculous creations, Madame Blavatsky (founder of Theosophy) claimed her Masters created objects – but was later accused by disaffected helpers of sheer fraud. Other fantastic reports of the kind are found throughout Indian religious and ‘spiritual’ literature, not least in the famous ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Swami Yogananda, in ‘Living with the Himalayan Masters’ by Swami Rama, in ‘Teachings of the Masters of the far East’ by Baird Spalding and many others (alive today and worth a good laugh: Swami Premananda, jailed for rape and murder (see here), and Sai Baba’s great local competitor/lookalike/copyist Sri Bala SaiBaba. The descriptions of materialisations are so many in Indian scripture or legend – and even by present-day ‘holy men’ – that it has virtually become a requirement of anyone purporting to be any kind of spiritual master in India. To reach the top echelon of saints, ‘holy men’ or living divinities, it would seem now to be a sine qua non. This can explain why so many try to convince their followers that they possess these powers of ‘materialisation’ – otherwise one is unlikely to enter the big league (or earn the vast sums that follow with this).

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