Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Insight into Working Conditions at Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Puttaparthi

Posted by robertpriddy on June 18, 2020


We received this report in October, 2019, from a source who for reasons of security, wishes to remain anonymous. It gives valuable insight into the inside world of working at the Puttaparthi General Hospital.

I met several times with a gynecologist at the Sathya Sai General Hospital during my recent trip to Puttaparthi (a friend of a friend who we socialized with). She has been there one year, NOT a devotee, and will soon leave. She completed her Masters a year ago and had very limited experience. She tried working in a corporate hospital in a big city but was concerned about their unethical practices such as filling quotas for unnecessary surgeries, so she left.

She gave me insights into the Puttaparthi hospital interview process.

Telephone Excerpt

Sai General Hospital (GH) Phone Interview Experience:

GH: Are you familiar with Puttaparthi and Sai Baba?

Doc: Yes, I came there as a small girl with my parents.

GH: How wonderful! Then you know about Sai Baba?

Doc: Not much, but yes, I know OF him.

GH: Excellent! When can you start working?

Doc: Uh, what is the salary?

GH: We can give you Rs 62,000 and a room. (Note: after joining, she discovered they had LIED – the salary was only Rs 50,000 and she had to pay for electricity and water bills.)

Doc: How is the room furnished?

GH: Furnished? You need it furnished? We can put a bed in there for you. (When she came, she saw they provided a rickety old hospital bed, labeled “Super Speciality Hospital”!)

Doc: What about a table and chair? A fridge? Cupboards for storage? AC? A vehicle?

GH: None of that will be provided.


These are typical questions that other hospitals asked her during the interveriew experience:

— Where/When did you graduate?
— What were your marks?
— What experience do you have?
— What procedures are you comfortable doing on your own?
— What procedures do you need assistance with?
— We will provide you with Rs 200,000 monthly salary (2 lakhs), with regular increases.
— We will provide you with top class fully furnished accommodation, two bedroom apartment with nice beds, hot water heater, fridge, AC, company vehicle, and of course table, chairs, lots of storage space, etc.

Doctor’s Quarters Conditions

Note: She was lucky to get a room within a couple days of arriving. Other doctors who joined after her, had no room for over a month after they joined, and they had to pay for their own accommodation in Puttaparthi. They continually heard excuses of the room “getting ready”.

I visited her room, which is in the hospital compound (it was not there in the ‘old days,’ when doctors had rooms inside the ashram). There was only one small cupboard in the kitchen – no other storage place anywhere, not even in the bedroom and entry rooms. Utensils and other food items were piled up on the counters. The cover to the toilet seat was gone. It was so sweltering hot in Puttaparthi that she ended up buying her own AC for the room (money provided by her parents, as her salary was insufficient). The mattress on the bed were hard as rock, slightly lumpy, and could not be used – she had purchased her own mattress. There was water damage visible on the walls, probably mold too, and the paint was peeling off from top to bottom. She told me that she saw several accommodations provided to doctors in the Super Speciality hospital and they were WORSE than hers.

She was totally shocked that the General Hospital did not ask nor did they care about any medical experience she might have – they only cared about her knowing about Sai Baba and Puttaparthi!

She didn’t like working at Puttaparthi and did a few more phone interviews with other hospitals, and finally accepted a job offer at a small town in another state, for several times more money than she gets in Puttaparthi.

She said that the Parthi hospitals are understaffed and always trying to rope in people willing to work for cheap wages; however, most new non-devotee employees leave within a few months. She also told older staff who were ardent devotees, would tell her stories of Sai miracles and pressure her on a regular basis to become a devotee and to attend bhajans. Also, she pointed out the lack of sanitation there was a big issue. For example, being free, she said, why of course needles were reused multiple times on multiple patients!

Some of the pictures of the doctor’s room are attached. In India, doctors are treated like VIPs with luxury accommodation when they join a hospital to work in. The doc lady was shocked when she saw what they provided for her!

The decline of The “God Avatar’s” accommodation facilities and unsanitary conditions are telling signs of the transitory nature of pretended divinity and fame. No wonder the gynecologist left asap!


The Entry Hall


Paint peeling in bedroom


Hospital bed provided, no sheets given



The only storage cupboard in the flat


Toilet with unfinished tiles and broken toilet seat


Bathroom in deplorable condition

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Master Plan for Puttaparthi? UPDATED!

Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2020

The proposition for a major development of Puttaparthi into an international tourist destination, first reported years ago and revisited many times (not least of which was in September 2019), has again been revised in a Hans India article dated 2 June 2020.

Sathya Sai Baba has been dead and buried for nine (9) years now. Puttaparthi has hardly any visitors, as the evidence of wrongdoing and the fact that the baba constantly sexually abused young boys for many decades, has spread far and wide.

Puttaparthi is now just a typical small town with normal families going about their normal lives. How will they attract tens of thousands of spiritual-minded tourists to pay for the “Yoga Wellness Centre” and the “Food Park”? Wait and watch my friends – wait and watch!

This massive project promises to be yet another “White Elephant” of waste, just like the Sathya Sai Airport, vacant year round, is now.

See the article HERE.

Master plan prepared for development of Puttaparthi: MLA D Sridhar Reddy

Hans News Service
2 Jun 2020 12:48 AM IST

Puttaparthi (Anantapur) : MLA D Sridhar Reddy stated that he will strive to develop Puttaparthi as an international tourist destination. Already the spiritual town has a brand image due to the visit of several people from abroad when Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba was alive.

The town has many guest houses and private resorts built by foreign devotees of the Baba and it will be developed on the lines of Mantralaya, he said.

Sathya Sai National Park, Underground drainage and underground power cables, a ring road, R&B circuit guest house, Food Park and Yoga Wellness Centre will be part of Rs 1,000 crore development project, he added.

Sridhar Reddy said to The Hans India that a master plan had been drafted prior to covid 19 lockdown.

Soon the issue will be taken to the notice of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

APIIC will provide 100 acres of land for Food Park, and Roads and Buildings department will be investing Rs.350 crore on the 31.5 km ring road development covering Manillakunta Cross, Kothacheruvu, Puttaparthi and Bukkapatnam mandals. Already 60 acres had been identified for the Yoga Wellness Centre, he further said.

MLA Sridhar asked officials to take steps for planting trees on the proposed ring road connecting Puttaparthi-Bukkapatnam-Kothacheruvu. A fountain at the Chitravati dam and also a giant statue of Baba for attracting tourists are also planned by the MLA.

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Independent report on the 1993 murders in Sai Baba’s rooms reconsidered

Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2013

In light of the eyewitness testimony by Eileen Weed (‘Divya’) that she has posted the Internet in 2012, the confusion about the killing of the four devotees who knifed two attendants to death in a fight to stop them intruding, the report by a co-student of one of the four murdered devotees emphasises the facts that the ashram most successfully suppressed in the aftermath of the horrendous night of 6 June, 1993. One fact which was reported at the time, but which great efforts were made to conceal, was that the four who were later shot by police, had actually been caught by a mob of villagers and students, were bound up and beaten to death with sticks.

Van:Glycine Cytogenetics, University of Illinois  (GlycineUI@UIUC)
Onderwerp:Real story of attempt to kill Satya Saibaba     Original Format Discussions:soc.culture.tamil Datum:1993-08-10 11:44:49 PST

Following is a brief description of the recent incident that took place in Puttaparti (Sri Satya Saibaba’s Asram): (no offense intended to the followers of Satya Saibaba) Probably many of you know that there was an incident on 6th of June, 1993 in Putaparti (SRI SATYA SAIBABA’S ASRAM) where few men were alleged to have attempted to assassinate Saibaba. At least 4 men were killed (by police firing) that night and 2 other murders were committed some time earlier at `Saibaba’s Asram’. The police in their first investigation report (FIR) sated that they had to shoot the 4 men that night (6th June) only for self-protection. However, the pictures taken by several news paper reporters clearly indicate (described in EENADU and ANDHRA JYOTHI – daily news papers) otherwise – the 4 men were killed by extensive physical beating (by wooden sticks and other kinds of manhandling) prior to the police shooting as evident from the position of bodies, blood stains, twisted and broken limbs, etc.

During this process two other men (Mr. Boyapati Raveendra Babu and Mr. Santaram Prabhu) who were alleged to be part of a gang, with the 4 men killed, in conspiring to kill Saibaba that night, went out to get some cigarettes at a stall nearby. While they were out side, they heard several rounds of firing (police) and tried to get back inside (Saibaba’s living quarters) to see what happened. By then, all the premises of Saibaba’s living quarters were closed and no one was allowed to get in. Raveendra and Prabhu (the two men out side) were friends of the 4 men killed inside and they were all part of night security crew of the Asram.

These six people, being part of night security team, were aware of several clandestine operations that go on in the Asram. Raveendra (one of the men out side) says that he was actually a prime witness of two murders that took place several days before this incident. The organizers of Saibaba’s all financial management and day-to-day activities (committee members of `Stya Sai Trust’) seem to know that these six men were aware of their operations and planned to get rid of them that night. Raveenda and Prabhu who went out side, after hearing the firing and trying to get back in, soon learnt that four men were killed and that they were also targets of the killing that night. After realizing this they fled and stayed under-ground for over a month.

SOME BACKGROUND: Raveendra Babu (one of the accused) was my class-mate during under-graduation in India and a very good friend. I also know his father and mother. About 10 years ego his father and mother sold what ever property they had and joined Saibaba’s Asram and became devotees of Sri Satya Saibaba. Raveendra Babu finished his Bsc (Agriculture) in 1980 and worked in seed companies for few years. Finally, a couple of years ego he also joined Saibaba’s Asram and started living there. I visited India two times during 1987 and 1988 and met him several times. He was the same guy I knew during my undergraduate studies and a couple of years after that — “he was religious and a man of high moral and ethical standards”. His parents are some of the nicest people I know.

Coming back to the story — about thirty days after fleeing from Puttaparti, Raveendra and Prabhu surrendered to Nagpur police on July 7th and revealed the real story of who is mainly involved in killing the four men on 6th of June. According to Raveendra and Prabhu the main hand in all this was that of Saibaba’s brother Mr. Janaki Ramaiah and some of his men (Saibaba him self not included). It seems that the entire show at Putaparti is run by these men (Satya Sai Trustees) and that Saibaba himself is just a baba who chooses to ignore all these operations. According to news papers Saibaba himself stated that “it (the incident that night) was simply a friction between two gangs and not an attempt to kill him”. However, police (of Ananthapur) did not pursue the investigation in that direction. Police (and Satya Sai Trustees) are accusing Raveendra and Prabhu of attempting to murder Saibaba. According to Raveendra and Prabhu – Ananthpur police and also several Congress leaders were actually working for the Saibaba Trust Committee members. This is the main reason (according to several news paper reporters, Raveendra and Prabhu) why the police did some major cover-up operation in this incident (and several other unexplained disappearances of people before). There seem to be some big-time misappropriation of trust funds by the committee members. After hearing to all this, if I were a donor of funds to the Satya Sai Trust (Fund) – I would certainly take a hard look at how the money is being appropriated! Especially, the money sent from abroad ($$) in the form of cash or travellers checks are reported to be misused (directly going in to the pockets of the organizers!).
The organizers seem to have been making outrageous statements openly – such as: It is they who made Satya Sai a “Baba” and that they can even kill Satya Saibaba himself and still run the show (keep getting funds, etc.) just with his tomb.

According to EENADU news paper the Satya Sai Central Trust Committee comprises of: The Chairman – Saibaba, Secretary – Narayanan, Members – Aarevi Janaki Ramaiah (baba’s younger brother), K. R. Prasad, Indulal Shaw, Srinivas, Bangalore Rajamata, Justice P.S. Bhagavati, Justice Balakrishna Raj, Administrator – Colnal Jogi Rao. The trust has an estimated assets of over Rs. 2,000 crores.

On 7th of July, Raveendra and Prabhu were arrested and were charged with attempt of murdering Saibaba. Raveendra and Prabhu still seem to have a good deal of respect for Saibaba. They state that they simply want to expose the people behind all the wrongdoings and that they never had any intentions or reasons to harm Saibaba himself. Andhra Pradesh Civil Rights Association, OPDR, IFTU, ICF, Arunodaya, PDSU, PUCL, Chaitanya Mahila Sangham, AISF, and several other social and student organizations were planning to organize a meeting in support of Raveendra and Prabhu in Vijayawada on 25th of July – I don’t have any further news about this meeting! Raveendra and Prabhu’s case was being conducted in Penugonda. According to the latest news (July 13th) Raveendra and Prabhu were in Judicial custody.

I have several news paper (only Telugu) cuttings. If any of you are interested please write to my following E-mail address: (please include your postal address)

(Note) Unfortunately  the author of the above is no longer contactable at the above mail address) The materials were first published on
See also Sai Baba and brother ordered planned murder of devotees, 1993

See comment by Vitaliy Gordienko questioning the account:-
“Interesting material indeed. But seems strange that students (4 who is dead and 2 who’s survived) claimed have no intentions against SB directly. It is really possible to suggest that with such claims they just wanted to escape terrible prosecution. As it known, some of them (if not all) were close to SB before, which means – under sexual usage and with full knowledge about cheating and other fraud going on. After all – Could they really have no intentions against sb personally? Strange…”

Reply from Robert:-
The background for their attempt to see Sai baba (which all agree they intended, whatever else) was that the organiser of the whole episode, Vijay Prabhu, who was not in the temple grounds when the knife fight took place was the security chief of Prashanthi Nilyam. He attested later that he the aim was to inform Sai Baba about the financial corruption and many bad things done by the clique around SB which virtually ruled the ashram, including Radhakrishna who was his valet and closest servitor at that time. Prabhu was excluded by Radhakrishnan and his gang from even meeting SB and he believed fully that SB had given him signs (in answer to his mental questions, I suppose) that he should carry out his plan. As to the others involved, it is reported that at least Mahajan was being sexually abused and so each of them would have also had different motives, though it was told by boy relatives who were allowed in the crime scene – to SB’s sister and Eileen Weed on the night of the murders – that the intruders had no intention of harming Sai Baba. Sai Baba actually contradicted his younger brother and others who claimed it was an attempt on his life, saying that no such thing was intended.

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Sai Baba devotees and surreal death-bed scenarios

Posted by robertpriddy on April 23, 2011

Times of India PUTTAPARTHI: A sense of surrealism pervades this small town with a population of 25,000. “He is god. He will overcome this phase and start giving darshans. That’s my belief, you may not believe this but I do,” asserted trust secretary and mover and shaker K Chakravarthi to TOI. “He has divine powers to heal himself,” he added emphatically. “We know he’s struggling hard inside the ICU. But he will pull through this traumatic phase. We have hundred per cent belief that it’s only a matter of time before our `living god’ resurrects himself,” said Hanumantha Rao, a staffer in the IT wing in Prasanthi Nilayam without a trace of doubt in his voice. Though Dr A N Safaya, director, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), said that the medical team is making last-ditch efforts to bring Saibaba to life, his relatives are unfazed. “Doctors are doing their job. But Saibaba will come back. I am sure about that,” M Shankar Raju, son of Saibaba’s sister Venkamma, contended. Some of the followers even come out with absurd rationale. “Nothing will happen to Baba. He’s enduring the pain of a 106-year-old `muni’ (sage) in the Himalayas, who’s in his last stages. Once the sage is revived, the swami will automatically recover,” another staunch disciple and Sai Seva Dal volunteer Venkat Reddy claimed.  Analysts said the fact of the matter is that those associated with the spiritual guru in one form or the other are his devotees first. “They are unable to forget this and take a rational point of view.

Shockingly, even those in power, who are his strong disciples, refuse to acknowledge the gravity of his health. “Media is unnecessarily going overboard on his health. Lakhs of devotees are praying and doing bhajans. He often says that his devotees are his medicine,” industry minister J Geeta Reddy, an ardent devotee, observed.
Issac Tigrett Burton, a staunch devotee who has donated huge sums for SSSIHMS, has the final say: “He’s immortal. I perceive him as a protector of the whole world.”  Little wonder then that the trust itself released a two-page letter in the late hours of Thursday that Saibaba’s health would improve and that he would give discourses again.

In Puttaparthi, reports the Times of India, “a large number of devotees started crying inconsolably following reports that their `beloved’ Bhagawan’s health condition had deteriorated further. Several devotees, including foreigners, thronged the main gate of the hospital and offered harathis and poojas on the road seeking the `safe return’ of Baba from the hospital bed. A foreign devotee tried to gatecrash into the hospital but was prevented by the cops. He shouted at them and attacked the police outpost in anger.”
Also “Earlier, the devotees booed former TTD chairman D K Adikesavulu Naidu at the hospital when he came to see the Baba.” In another Times of India article we read:
“The Andhra Pradesh government stepped up security at Puttaparthi and its neighbouring areas on Friday. Barricades were set up in and around the super-speciality hospital where Sathya Sai Baba is being treated. Rayalseem inspector-general of police Santosh Mehra, supervising the security arrangement, said more forces are likely to be deployed to prevent any untoward incident.”

What all this tells of the quality of insight, self-discipline and imagined ‘spiritual maturity’ of many who remain Sai devotees (despite all the information available) is obvious – they are hysterical, mind-washed, guru-dependent and easily form into a mindless herd that causes huge problems for security and requires massive police presence. That foreigners are present is one thing, but their numbers have dwindled greatly during the last 10 years of exposures about Sathya Sai Baba’s abuses of diverse and despicable kinds. The world-wide testimony and the record of deaths, disappearances, executions – not to mention embezzlements, filmed fraudulent sleight-of-hand ‘materializations’ and a plethora of disinformation, false propaganda and outright lies will not be erased – for the moving finger hath writ!

Meanwhile, at long, long last, “A group of Baba’s family members was allowed into the ICU to see Baba on Friday evening, it is learnt. “Though he is very critical, Saibaba will come back in five days in normal condition,” a family member not wanting to be named told TOI. Bhajans were held on the road in front of the hospital, while Seva Dal volunteers and devotees prayed in Prasanthi Nilayam.”

Understandable that the family prophet did not want to be named… bound  to prove a false rumour so soon! As everyone who has spent any time at the ashrams of Sai Baba knows, rumours are always rife and factual information is made as sparse as possible by arrogant and officious Sai officials. Stories of miracles galore, the one exceeding the next in improbability, sheer impossibility with the most and bizarre explanation (and never any independent witnesses or investigation, which would inevitably scotch the matter soon). Devotees walking through doors drawn by Sai Baba’s fingers on walls to arrive immediately in Australia and Mecca, Sai Baba’s student drivers closing their eyes at his request to find the long journey they were beginning on was already over,

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Sathya Sai Baba’s power

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2010

Sai Baba has gathered a culture around himself and his ashrams, a highly protective ‘charmed circle’ of servitors, officials and privileged devotees, within which his word is gospel. No one who remains within its social and mental confines ever ventures to doubt anything he says, for he is to be regarded as totally infallible, even if one does not understand what he means or why he says it.

These people willingly act as a ring of bulwarks against anyone who wishes to get near to question, challenge or investigate the simplest matter.  The Indian government has provided him with armed guards, in addition to the undercover security force he is known to employ at considerable expense. This full-blown personality cult has the full support of the Indian government and many authorities in India, including most of the press, which has gradually been warned off or bought off by his minions. Not only the police, but also the CID and CBI were unable even to question him about murders in his bedroom apartment due to protection by the Home and Prime Ministers at the time.., persons whose prestige had long been invested in their being long-term followers and worshippers of Sathya Sai Baba. ‘The Statesman’ reported”:-   “A 1993 incident in which police shot dead four of his followers and his attendants murdered two was hushed up with intervention from the top the then home minister, SB Chavan. The Baba, who was present when the four were shot dead, was never questioned.” (see

In short, Sathya Sai Baba ruled the roost totally for decades in his independent, ‘township’ or fiefdom under his full legal and physical control. Though his word is still gospel to the blind believers, he no longer has the ability to control and manipulate, which powers have increasingly been usurped by those who run things while he is a partially senile invalid. His claim to be the Godhead of all Deities who is totally all-knowing – if remotely true – would mean that he could have stopped the murders and the police cold-blooded executions within his fiefdom. However, in his discourse some time afterward, he virtually justified them, and further told how he knew what would befall his attendants in advance, warning them (which he claimed they did not heed). The world will draw its own conclusions from this together with all the published facts… despite the massive campaign to confuse the issue and cover-up to an extent probably unparalleled in any democracy today.

How Sathya Sai Baba can avoid being accountable to anyone for anything

Sai Baba is virtually never held to account to his face for anything he says. Most people who qualify to get near him already have too much respect, awe or out-and-our fear to question anything he says or does in any but the most positive or else superficially questioning manner. This is not to say that there have been absolutely no exceptions. There are doubtless those who only pretend subservience, while being self-willed and devious. Most officials in his various institutions who are often in his presence have the ‘healthy respect’ for him, his will and his word that a schoolboy has for an unpredictably punishing headmaster. Now, is this not what one would expect of God too? In all major religions, God is not accountable for any kind of error or wrong doing. As long as one really believes that Sathya Sai is God Almighty himself on two feet, or something near to that, one thereby surrenders all chance of understanding anything about him. Add to this the indisputable fact that Sai Baba does not WANT anyone to be able to understand him… almost everything he says and does demonstrates this! He also is ever telling people in private interviews to keep things secret, which is a near paranoid precaution for controlling what is generally known about him.

Anything a follower does not understand about Sathya Sai Baba – especially anything untoward – is explained by any of a set of fall-back positions, such as: “We human beings cannot understand Swami’s Divine actions”, “The ways of God are inscrutable”, “It is Swami’s Divine Play”. “Swami is testing us to see if our faith in Him is sound” and other such excuses. This goes for everything he says which is recognisably untrue, vague, ambiguous, at odds with his own teachings, self-contradictory, improbable, nasty, disgusting or outright criminal. This is what makes the Sathya Sai ashrams and main movement an unmistakable cult run by a secretive and clandestine clique – many delude by others merely cynical.

Of course, one cannot understand what he says or why if one has given up the attempt to discover the truth of it beforehand, and this ‘giving up’ is to ‘surrender to his Divine will’. It implies that one never may question anything he says or does, without exception! Not even in the privacy of one’s thoughts! Sathya Sai Baba either ignores or fobs off anything remotely like a penetrating question that may still be put to him by some daring person who has slipped through the net into an interview but who is not yet fully obedient to the Divine Will.

Considerable investigation is required to remove or dispel mere appearances, the more so when tight secrecy and cover-up is a constant factor. No persons are able to observe Sathya Sai Baba’s behaviour all the time, which makes it all the harder  it is very hard to get to the true state of affairs in many matters. Sai Baba exhorts all to be unquestioning believers in him and had instituted throughout his institutions, organization and ashrams a blinkered self-programming and self-denigrating mentality to maintain the emotional dependence of his devotees. After some years under his aegis, the task is almost insuperable for persons without considerable personality resources to fall back upon. The figurative ‘smashing of the mirror’ of one’s own preconceptions and even a dear part of one’s self-image (i.e. that one could be deceived so long and so much) is simply too demanding for those who have devoted their lives to delusions.

The very close servitor – the editor of Baba’s journal for 20 years – V.K. Narasimhan told me that Sai Baba said to him one day: “One thing I cannot do is to make a person choose to do good.” That is part of the reason why Narasimhan – a pragmatist – did not reject or leave Sathya Sai Baba when the executions of the four intruding devotees were organised by Sathya Sai Baba ‘s younger brother, Janakiramiah (since deceased)! It seemed to Narasimhan – who had often told me that he was most certainly not omnipotent – that Baba could not even influence his own younger brother! This viewpoint was supposed to absolve Sathya Sai Baba from responsibility as accomplice to the murders, neither being able to dictate the actions of those Sai Central Trust members and ashram officials, nor those of his younger brother Janaki Ramiah, who blackmailed the police into shooting down the four young men – trapped and virtually unarmed intruders – in cold blood, one by one in a huge hail of bullets. Sathya Sai Baba’s power is worldly, arising from his protection by all those followers from his security servitors right up to Prime Minister, Presidents, Supreme and High Court judges and many others in India.

See also:-

Sai Baba on the Indian Government Some Top Political devotees of Sathya Sai Baba”][/caption] It is known …  state of intense enmity between the main contenders for power in India) he went on: “A good government should always be supported. …
There are also lot of other political influences …  Sathya Sai Baba and his minions had in the corridors of power in India, especially the top of the Indian Government

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Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations

Posted by robertpriddy on October 29, 2008

The largest crowd ever at Prashanthi

The largest crowd ever at Prashanthi

Having seen how events like murders, suicides, accidents and various epidemics take place and are covered up immediately at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams, virtually disappearing from any kind of record of events, I refer to some events at Sathya Sai Baba birthday celebrations, as recorded in my diary notes through the years.

1) At the 60th Birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanthi in 1985 there was a virtual epidemic of stomach ailments, especially among Western visitors. This was denied officially, no doubt so as not to put anyone off visiting as a result.

One Western doctor who was present estimated those foreigners affected could amount to 80%. Many people who had been there confirmed that many were affected. Also, the usual throat and chest infections due to excessive clouds of dust – up to at least 2-3 metres high during the main celebrations which obscured objects even at short distances! That there had been any kind of epidemic, however, was publicly denied as baseless rumour in Sanathana Sarathi. One contributing cause of the excessive infection rate was the new Western canteen, where the refuse was dumped outside it upon which masses of flies bred which easily entered the canteen, then without any netting on the windows. [This was confirmed by Al Drucker to foreigners who cleaned up the canteen afterwards – including myself].

2) During the 65th Birthday celebrations in 1990, the dust clouds were reported by returning visitors to have been very bad and many throat and chest infections occurred. There were also very serious crowd crushing incidents due to vip cars which severely disrupted the routes of pedestrians.

3) During the 70th Birthday celebrations in 1995, a very large proportion of visitors suffered throat & chest infections, though probably fewer than during the previous two major birthdays, as the dust was not as thick and pervasive. I was present and contracted a severe throat infection and influenza like illness. Some half-dozen devotees, among them were crushed and lost consciousness at the entrance to the Hillview Stadium, where my wife and two friends were in severe danger of having the breath crushed out of them by the moving crowd, a very scary event. These problems were caused by the President of India’s Black Berets security forces and the bungling police under their orders. They closed the gates against the tide of a vast crowd and threatened the use of batons on the foremost of the devotees. This was not the first time the Black Berets and police showed such stupidity, all of whom who behaved as if ordinary people were cattle and of no account whatever.

4) The estimated numbers of persons during each of these celebrations was doubtless much in excess of the actual numbers. Figures of from 1 to 3 million have been suggested for the various birthdays!Sathya Sai Baba stated to several persons (Robert and Rita Bruce, V.K. Narasimhan and others) that 3 million were present, which was a total impossibility. V.K.N. told me several times that Sathya Sai Baba regularly multiplied numbers of actual visitors by 10!

At that festival in 1995, it was estimated by the ashram’s engineer (Mr. Ashok) that, at any one time, not more than 50,000 persons could occupy the Hillview Stadium. The entire accommodation facilities of the ashram and Puttaparthi are less than that figure. Others, however, considered its capacity to be even up to a maximum 2 hundred thousand very closely-packed people.  Even when tents and outside campers are accounted for, the figure of 500,000 persons is reckoned to be much greater than the entire ashram area would permit. However, Baba Himself announced to several Westerners in a brief interview (including Robert Bruce, who informed me of this)that there had been three million at the Birthday Celebrations!

[For the 75’th and 80’th birthdays the capacity was expanded by building tiers of seating around the entire stadium and making much fuller use of the area available. Still, it could not accommodate more than 500,000 at the maximum].

Apart from the infamous murders of 4 young men in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in 18993, a long series of accidents, suicides and murders have been recorded – see some of them listed here.

Among Sathya Sai Baba’s totally brainless claims is a recent one where he stated that the entire world would become Hindu by the year 2030!! See here

Also consider these, a few of his other documented claims:-

“Sai holds the universe in his hand” (Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1993) by Dr. J. Hislop. publ. Sathya Sai Publications and Book Trust, Puttaparthi.)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

“My construction will cover the entire Universe.” (Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, October 1961 p. 120, ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ Vol 2)

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