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 miracles – the veil lifted further

Posted by robertpriddy on December 12, 2011

As I have pointed out already in numerous connections,  all the collected techniques of attracting and exploiting followers in the guru and godman tradition in India have been handed on through millennia to successors. Probably to a greater extent than any other priesthood in human history, the Vedic tradition and its many subsequent branches and departures is the first doctrine leading to methods of control and manipulation, subjugation to gods, doctrines, gurus and so on. Whatever the actual beliefs and dogma involved, Indoctrinating and manipulating the perceptions of seekers, spiritual aspirants and followers through supposed ‘miracles’ or ‘leelas’ runs throughout this religious tradition (as others too), in this case starting from the fantastic mythology of the ancient scriptures and texts like the Ramayana, the Srimad Bhagavata and the Mahabharata. There are most diverse and subtle variants on the behavioural methods and psychic techniques of of dominating others and providing clever rationalizations for all untoward events or other anomalies that crop up (see some links at the foot of this page).

So sophisticated is this culture of deceiving appearances, deceptions and clever but outright criminality that even well-educated and scientifically-trained persons are quite easily hoodwinked, not seldom to the extent of giving over their entire life earnings and themselves to the service of these religious sects, cults and their impostors.  Need I mention who also throve on all this! There are many studies analyzing the sectarian cults and their practices, but few which go to the heart of the matter on the basis of inside experience of a most exacting kind. In the following collected and culled review materials on a most revealing book. In it one can read of predecessors who performed some of the most the famous alleged miracles of Sathya Sai Baba – the changing of water into petrol, psychic surgery, and not least the lingodbhava (i.e. swallowed lingam or egg-shaped object). His investigations led him far off the beaten track even of most spiritual seekers to discover aspects of life hidden within India that are even unparalleled in the fascinating exposure of India’s underbelly by Gregory David Roberts in his now famous (but somewhat fictionalized) ‘Shantaram’:-

‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ is the story of the author’s quest for, and initiation into, the brotherhood of Indian godmen. Learning along the way from sadhus, sages, avatars and sorcerers – it’s a journey which took him from Calcutta to Madras, from Bangalore to Bombay, in search of the miraculous.

As a child of Afghan parents in rural England, Tahir Shah first witnessed magic at age 11, when an Indian Pashtun named Hafiz Jan visited. He learned the first secrets of illusion from this magician. More than two decades later – on Hafiz’s instructions – he set out in search of this conjurer – one of India’s greatest practitioners, a mysterious fellow named Hakim Feroze. He was the ancestral guardian of Shah’s great grandfather’s tomb. Feroze subjected his new apprentice to tortuous physical and mental exercises before casting him out into the streets to make note of whatever oddities he encounters. This tyrannical master of illusion, who set out to crush his student’s spirit through grueling physical trials put him through his sorcery ‘boot camp’, which involved strange drills such as digging a deep hole with a dessert spoon, left-handed; separating dried rice and lentils blindfolded; and catching a dozen cockroaches at once in a small tin mug. Eventually, his pupil’s skin bruised and raw and his temper strained, the magician unlocked the door to his secret laboratory. The miracles of India’s godmen are at last revealed one by one: how to swallow stones, to stop one’s pulse, turn water into wine, and many more. Next, as a cryptic test, Shah is sent to ferret out the secrets of Calcutta’s Underworld – gaining the confidence of the city’s aging hangman, its baby-renters, and skeleton dealers.

Then, just as Shah is making headway, Feroze announces that he’s to pack his bags and set out at once, on a ‘Journey of Observation‘. Shah learned trade secrets of hangmen and gold scroungers, eats in a restaurant that serves dishes prepared from refuse, visits a skeleton-processing factory, watches a psychic surgeon “operate.” Then, accompanied by a 12-year-old scam artist he describes as “a walking crime wave,” he travelled through India meeting sages, sorcerers, astrologers, mystics, healers, miracle workers and other brokers of the supernatural, including a medium who reads fortunes in eyeballs, a chemist who turns drinking water into petrol and a guru named Sri Gobind who causes Easter eggs to emerge from his ear, candles to ignite spontaneously and flowers to bow to him. Unlike most magicians, Shah reveals the secrets chemicals, props, sleight-of-hand and dozens of tricks e.g., Sri Gobind’s flowers perform thanks to chloroform and his symbols of “new life and purity” are Safeway’s expired chocolate Easter eggs.

The Journey of Observation leads him to a cornucopia of characters. Illusionists all, some are immune to snake venom, others speak through oracles, and this lifts the veil on the East’s most puzzling miracles. Along the way Shah witnesses a ‘duel of miracles‘, crosses paths with an impoverished billionaire, and even meets a part-time god. Revealing confidence tricks and ingenious scams, Sorcerer’s Apprentice exposes a side of India that most writers never imagine to exist. India is famed as a land of miracles (supposed miracles), where godmen and mystics mesmerise audiences with wondrous feats of magic. In great cities and remote villages alike, these mortal incarnations of the divine turn rods into snakes, drink acid, eat glass, hibernate and even (appear to) levitate. Some live as kings, their devotees numbering hundreds of thousands; while others – virtually destitute – wander from village to village pledging to cure the sick, or bring rain in times of drought. Shah reveals a few professional secrets. For one, the Indian rope trick, that classic of conjuring, is effected not by legerdemain, but by the use of hallucinogenic smoke. And as to snake charming, well, 90 percent of India’s snakes are nonvenomous, and it’s easy enough to find a nonfatal variety that looks like one of the killer breeds.

With acknowledgements to Book on sale at


‘Spiritual Doublethink’ How perceptions of the guru begin Rumours and Delusions How traditional gurus operate
Confusion – the labyrinth trap Conformity to the core belief system The spiritual ‘mirror trap’ Hidden fear of the guru
What point in tests of faith? Psychology of belief and doubt How the form binds & stunts Reactions to a crisis of faith
More guru tests and trials False promises of health/protection Dreams and self-indoctrination Monkey Minds?
Realised persons’ qualities

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An account of false Sai Baba miracles in early days

Posted by robertpriddy on August 7, 2011

Once again, a former student and ‘form boy’ of Sathya Sai Baba sends me information of the kind never possible to make public before the threat Sai Baba represented passed away. Even so, I have avoided giving the identity of this person which was a condition of his writing so freely to me. These things are very widely known among former Sai students, which is why there are hardly any who have written otherwise. Meanwhile, reports keep coming in to us in the Sai Baba exposé:-

Being of a family of old time devotees we still tend to get a bit confused about the strange oozing of vibhuti, amruth etc. According to my view, 95% of these miracles are purely fake. In my house in Bangalore such things took place around 85′ to 95′. I was to blame for the first occurrence. My parents being well-to-do, they employed a teacher to teach us at home. She was a good person. During this time some sort of leelas were occurring in a house in our neighbourhood. I think I would have got the idea from there. While the class was in progress at home, I went out to drink water (the pooja room was adjacent to study room). In the pooja room, our maidservant was fast asleep as she had a headache. I quietly went towards the chair meant for SB, took some vibhuti and sprinkled it on the photo of his feet and went back to the study. After some time I called the teacher insisting that there was smell of vibhuti fragrance from the pooja room. She followed us and saw vibhuti on SB’s photograph. What followed was a surprise to me. The maidservant got up (she had slept insisting that she had a headache, after taking some medicine) and told that she saw SB in her dream come into the room and give her vibhuti etc By the time my teacher also started to believe and so the story ends!

The second phase of this story is ten years later when such events started to occur on a grand scale at our house in Bangalore. SB left his footprints, demanded fruits, nuts; vibhuti and amruth fell from photos, he slept on his special cot, ate food and everybody was in bliss. Until one curious incident exposed it all. SB started to demand things on chits which were found in the pooja room. The elders of my family discovered that the handwriting was like the maid’s and she was confronted and tearfully exposed her involvement. Of course, the miracles stopped and being afraid of public-shame, things were hushed up by my elders.

Thirdly, a lady from Bangalore was of a family who were devoted for the previous thirty years. She and her husband (like many other childless couple including the Ratanlals) were lured away by SB circles and donated their properties to the Sai Trust. They were good people. Their only son passed away and the father was heartbroken. In order to console her husband, the lady went quietly and poured a bucketful of water over SB’s framed photo and called him to show that even SB’s photo was shedding profuse tears at the son’s death. The poor man donated his entire property to SB and started living in the accommodation provided by the ashram.

My only intention here is to expose how we can fool ourselves being held captive by belief systems. I know of at least four other homes where such materialisations were fake, so look at the vast amount of damage done (as so many people came to SB fooled by these things).

Many of my friends say that we at least got free education at SB schools etc. But I ask them the question as to how many of the students were really from poor backgrounds or really in requirement of free education. in exchange of free education weren’t our parents donating freely to the Sai Trust etc and we use to pay whenever we were asked to pay some amount, especially for the annual sports meet etc. Moreover, the educational wing of the trust did receive huge donations. The benefits were only for few of us… the ‘form boys’. Even the fans in the hostels were not installed until 92 or 93. So please, devotees, become free of any mental delusions and illusions and face truth so that you may lead better lives. 

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Manufacture of Sathya Sai Baba amrit (nectar)

Posted by robertpriddy on October 23, 2010

Tea Rose essence (attar) as sold and exported from India

Google search yields tea rose essence providers

One of the supposed great mysterious manifestations of the Indian Guru-God Incarnate,  Sathya Sai Baba , is the so-called ‘holy amrit’ (nectar), which is described as being not just heavenly to smell and taste, but of direct heavenly origin. It is, however, a very earthly essence of a particular species of tea rose.

This tea rose is not used widely as a scent or perfume in the West, nor even in India… so devotees are ecstatic when they smell or taste it, because they think it has an unearthly and ‘miraculous’ origin from Sathya Sai Baba.

There are various shrines in India and elsewhere where this ‘amrit’ supposedly oozes forth, the best-known being Halagappa’s temple/orphanage in Srirangapatna near Mysore. It is known – with good reason – as the Thief’s Temple. Sathya Sai Baba has several times spoken out strongly against visiting this temple where such ‘holy’ substances (amrit & vibuti or ‘holy ash’) are supposed to appear from amulets and photos. (No doubt the competition for donations is a very big factor in this – and Halagappa has a gold mine there).

Tea rose essence is used in some well-known perfume brands, usually mixed with other fragances, so that the original tea rose odour is not easily recognised by most people. Halagappa´s temple also has a carved representation of the feet of Shirdi Sai Baba – hewn from black stone – from which issues “holy amritha” of a much stronger kind… obviously less diluted attar, which Halagappa says is not for drinking, only for the fragrance (in which he dips people´s hankerchiefs or the like). The perfume can linger for a long time.

See further details about Sai amrita – the supposed “nectar of the Gods” which is really only sugar & tea rose water, perhaps plus other fragances sometimes

Oiling with "amrit" close to the genitals of Gerald Moreno by Sathya Sai Baba

from Gerald Moreno´s website (material since removed by Moreno) He was "stunned" by Sai Baba apparently knowing he worries too much... but Sai Baba says this to many people regardless. Also, hardly anyone who gets to the interview room will not at some time have prayed to the picture of Sai Baba... it is constantly repeated advice by Sai Baba and by devotees. So Moreno was very credulous indeed there! We now know too that Sathya Sai baba has the "oil" he uses in a dish with a sponge... he simply grips the sponge and gets the oil on this had, which he tyhen pretends to materialize. Moreno was easily taken in not least due to his "stunned" state of mind.

Many have been deceived easily by this amrit, which is basically made from tea rose essence. It is unmistakably the same. Gerald Moreno first smelt what he though was Sai Baba amrit when he was oiled with it (on his “lower stomach” by Sathya Sai Baba in a private interview! Though he makes clear he was “stunned” by the experience, he claims to be able to list the fragances he detected: jasmine, rose, “sandlewood” (!) and predominantly eucalyptus. These are ordinary fragrances, so nothing miraculous about a mixture of them! Moreno could mix them himself even! But he surely imagined the mix because had evidently never smelt (neither then nor since) tea rose essence. It has the exact fragrance of all the amrit I have tasted from diverse sources, and smelt of tea rose soap (which both my wife and I recognised immediately  as amrit before we knew where the fragrance came from!).

Gerald Moreno writes on his web pages:- “Any one care to divulge the recipe of amrita? I have never tasted anything so exquisite in my life. Anyone who could come up with the  recipe (that should not be too difficult considering some poor, conniving person in India is making it), could make a  lot of money making amrita. It’s taste is beyond description. Everyone single person who has tasted it has had the same  response. A taste and fragrance beyond compare. I know I would buy it in the gallons, if I could. Has anyone been able to duplicate the forumula? Why not?”
It is easy to duplicate, and no doubt Halagappa has a big business duplicating it and faking that it issues forth from two amulets with the image of Sathya Sai Baba on them. He is no “poor” person, though conniving fits him perfectly as he has collected vast amounts of donations on false premises, apropos which – his home is known to all as “the thief´s temple” because he was a thie
f (and still is)!  Originally the amrit he gave away was allegedly issuing from just one cheap amulet he had for many years at least since the 1970s – but to justify the volume he later produced and gives away (getting many and some massive donations afterwards), he added a second amulet! Notably, no one has ever been allowed to study the amulets properly, let alone investigate scientifically… of course!

Moreno wants to deny these facts, as he also wants desperately to deny that Sathya Sai Baba oiling is inevitably grooming for possible sex, despite and massive independent evidence  and many sworn testimonies by others who have been oiled then abused – or have rejected the attempted sex abuse. (search ‘Sai sex’ on Google

Gerald Joe Moreno and sex oiling by Sai Baba

‘Genital Oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba + video evidence

Khushwant Singh video clips: genital oiling, lingams, followers

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Sathya Sai Baba oils genitals (boys/young men) Part 1

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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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