Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sai Baba ashram – 9-foot python slithered in

Posted by robertpriddy on June 18, 2016

9-foot python slithers its way into Sai Baba ashrampython_in_ashramBengaluru: June 9, 2016, DHNS

Visitors to the Sathya Sai Baba Ashram in Kadugodi received a slithery surprise on Tuesday night when they stumbled upon a 9-foot-long Indian rock python, which wildlife experts say is a rare phenomenon in Bengaluru. The serpent, weighing about 12 kg, was found coiled on the compound wall of the ashram, hiding itself behind the bougainvillea plants. Their excited cries quickly invited many inquisitive onlookers who soon raised an alarm. The BBMP Control Room, too, was rattled with calls about the massive python, following which wildlife rescuers were alerted. Wildlife rescuer C S Nagabhushan, who lives in Hoskote, rushed to the ashram and captured the snake. He said he was amazed to see the huge reptile. “My first impression when I received a call was that it could be a rat snake, which resembles a python. The reason for doubting the input was that Bengaluru is no more a habitat for pythons.

‘Diyya’ writes: In the old days, a snake in sb’s ashram would mean a number of people would come running and worship it with milk, flowers, incense and arathi of lit camphor waved around the confused and frightened creature. I was present or heard of at least a few occasions where that happened in Puttaparthi. Devotees really believed that the snake was ‘swami’ come to visit and bless them!

However now that the devotees have mostly all gone away or are following the ethereal, ‘king’s new clothes’ form of sb in oracle boy, what do devotees do when a large snake appears in the ashram? Call the forest department for easy disposal! Shocking!

As a side note and credit to the practical, unbelieving side of sb’s sister Venkamma, when a large snake slithered into her South Prasanthi room in 1989, she screamed for the nearest sweeper guy to come and slaughter it right there, beating it to death and spreading a long line of blood in her room. It was an outrageous thing to do and tramatic for all the devotees who heard about it. That might have been a form of ‘swami’ that she slaughtered! Of course, no one dared question the actual sister of the ‘god in human (or snake) form’!

Robert comments: Seeing that rock pythons are incredibly rare nowadays in the whole area, it is surprising that nobody announced that it was Swami reincarnated returning to his old devotees (or his lair!). When I was waiting to go into the compound one afternoon a snake came at breakneck speed down the alley and hid under some sandals. The Seva Dals borrowed a big stick and clubbed it to death. The head Seva Dal said, it had come for the darsan of Swami! Not exactly a politically correct viewpoint! The same Janus-faced attitude was prevalent with dogs too… not treated as Shirdi Sai would have, nor even Sathya, who gave lip service to dogs as being far better than his devotees, but was only once photographed with a couple that were given to him. (A prominent IAS official told me that Prashanthi Nilayam was “a snake pit of jealousy”.)

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Prashanthi further corrupted – full visitor report

Posted by robertpriddy on February 2, 2014

During and just after the New Year period of 2014 at the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, the annual Sports Day Meet and the Sankranti festival were held.  Scheduling the Sports Meet at that time ensures most parents can attend. This is the time of year parents to visit their sons (and some daughters) to see what is the combined colleges ‘Sport’s Day’ show.  Sankranti is the biggest festival of the year, common in all of India, and most schools, offices and businesses have two weeks off, much more that most of the world’s Christmas season! (In India, Dasara is the other  big long-vacation festival of the year). (Incidentally, Icelandic Professor Erlendur Haraldsson visited at that time in 2013 to promote a new edition of his old book and he therefore naively believed Prashanthi and Puttaparthi to be thriving. With his Dutch supporter, Joot Houtkooper, he returned a defender of Sai Baba against the many documented claims of fraud and – through his silence about Sai Baba sexual crimes long known to him).

A Spanish visitor was then present from 2 weeks before New Year until after the sports event. Miguel De La Cruz ‘s reports show that, for a brief spell, Puttaparthi gets a mini-revival (compared to when Sai Baba was alive). Visitors numbers rise sharply to as much as a few thousands for the big days. The ashram is geared to capitalising on it because it draws local vacationers and villagers – while a number of  foreign visitors attend, having otherwise virtually deserted the place since the funeral. Apparently, every shop that still has an owner is open to sell what they can, and especially the ashram shopping mall. The first report came as a comment on an earlier blog, and read as follows:-

Dear Robert Priddy.
I went to Ashram few weeks ago, as a way to learn about all the magic they speak of and the good things that this place theoretically does. I’m an atheist so every word of this tinny orange men are lies to me, and their “miracles” shows their cheap tricks. I saw a men creating hundreds of pounds from his hands in Camden (London), but he didn’t create a religious lie from it. I saw a place created as a business, with cash machines included inside and also the national bank of india, where the foreigners change their currency losing a lot of money (better exchange outside), they ( the ashram and Prashanthi branch state bank) give 82 rupis per 1 ruble ,when everywhere else they gave 84 or more.

At first it looks cheap, 500 rupis for few days and 100 rupis for eating ( breakfast 80-100 and dinner another 100), but them I discovered that renting a nice flat in the best area is 3000 rupis per month, and eating in luxury restaurants from 100 to 200 and you will go with a smile home.

They have people spying on everybody all the time and controlling all the movements and it  is impossible to see poor people inside: Only the ones with money can enter. I tried to introduce a friend of mine -poor- inside, to eat with him, but it was impossible and when I asked why, they started to forgot their english. Magic again!!

It is a business and I’m sick of weak russians and some europeans that want to be cool and spiritual in a fake way. They go there, they put their money in and then come back to their countries without slavery, with rights and without thinking about the reality: Is a great business.   Miguel

After receiving this, I began an exchange of questions and answers with Miguel to clarify things more. Being on his first visit, Miguel found the number of people “impressive, for sure hundreds and sometimes thousands when the schools came.”  The schools & colleges still have several thousand students, so this is what swells the numbers. No doubt impressive to find this in the middle of nowhere, so to speak, especially to those who have never been before and seen the entire stadium packed with people for the same annual events, or on the big birthdays; not just the seats full, but all the ground space too. The schools & colleges still have several thousand students, so this is what swells the numbers. The former ashram engineer, Mr. Ashok, calculated that the absolute maximum capacity of the Hillview Stadium was 250, 000.  Likewise “They have a massive kitchen that can cook rice for thousands easily.” A major outside kitchen arrangement has been on hand there for many years, and it was indeed massive at the 70th birthday. 

They have many shops to make people spend money. The prices are much the same as outside, maybe a little more expensive in some products. They have a supermarket so you don’t need to go out, a lot of places with cafe, tea, noodles and fried food, also pizza and other sweets. Asked about the shops in Puttaparthi and the showpiece museum etc., Miguel wrote: “You can walk 5 minutes in a straight line and then you only see wasted hotels without anybody, no restaurants and nothing at all. The Eternal Spiritual Museum was not open, the Auditorium always empty. The garden was opened but it was always empty.The Eternal Spiritual Heritage is closed! That almost says it all about the lack of interest in Sai Baba’s doctrine, surely. The Poornachandra Hall was not in use – probably far too big. The white elephants at Prashanthi are is disuse – the world-class tennis stadium, the Planetarium, the ‘international’ airport – all impossible either to make money on or to sell off cheaply. What remaining funds there are are almost certainly being tapped by the powers-that-be to bribe their way out of trouble generally and to supply their new-found luxury private lifestyles.

South Prashanthi (indian area) in general full. They have ultra bad quality if you compare with north (for russians mostly and rich countries). The North Blocks (N1, N2, N3) were 60%. I went to all the flats and look that as my research to this sickness.  They are building a new flat.  
Most of the areas are only for indians and getting there is a way of infinite questions and people following you. I went to the areas for indians and they are a trashcan – they are really dirty- all the flats smell like dirty socks, disgusting toilets etc. In north area the people are much cleaner, maybe for that reason they don’t mix them with us. Indians are so dirty that I understand why they have so many diseases of their skin. Russians are really clean and you can see them cleaning before leaving the place!

As always any contact with girls is prohibited, like helping a lady that can’t walk alone, but touching boys is absolutely accepted, if you want you can put your head on the legs of a men, grab his hand and sleep like this in front of the gods, but never try to help a girl if she needs to touch you more than 3 seconds! Indian culture. They have an area for the businessmen that own this place, with a great good quality building that looks great inside, with air conditioning (it was really difficult to get there unseen) and also all of them have expensive cars, furniture, luxury clothes etc. They change them to the plain white ones when they go to sell the word of their god. I saw one of them going out once a week with expensive silk and hands full of jewelry.

In mail exchanges with Miguel I asked about the Christmas rituals, Miguel wrote:  “No processions or anything like that. I think I made a mistake with my estimation of 60% (i.e. in the North blocks). I saw lockers in the rooms and I thought they were full -for that reason the 60%- but now I think it is impossible at all, because I didn’t see so many white people. North apartment blocks: but now I’m not sure of my estimation, because once we had problems with water for 3 days and they told us to go anywhere we wanted, and they never gave us higher than the 3rd floor. Both rooms looked as they were empty for a long time, because of the dust. On Sports day it was almost empty and they didn’t give breakfast.

Asked about foreign visitors, Miguel wrote: “I saw foreigners but wasnt like full of them, mostly Indians. I didn’t see any organised group from Russia. I wasn’t there in new year (I left the place for one week and came back). Russians, russians more russians even more russians, also russians (most of them female with a really interesting psychological profile), a few south africans, a family from Argentina, a few americans of both sex and no more than 8 from north european countries, also some australians but I’m not sure of that because they didn’t want to talk. They had there an “airport” for small planes near the city, few years ago it was working but now looks abandoned. Everything looks old and wasted and the water problems inside the flats, but the gardens look good, and if you compare with the ultra dirty india is like a paradise of silence and clean.

At first I wanted to speak with everybody to get as much information as I can, but they are really clever and wary and every time I stopped to speak with anybody of the organization one of their spies call to somebody that came “friendly” to listen everything and to speak with me, giving perfect answers for everything but artificial, because same questions to different people got the exact same words. Photography is prohibited but I took some of the statues, but sadly I couldn’t do it more than few days because they started to control me (I took pics clicking without looking but they aren’t stupid).

All of the shops were open and focused on russian customers, they even speak few words and they have a man that speaks  the language perfectly. They are traders in  gold, silk and only few sell pictures or stickers about SB. Maybe they are changing their business model: In russia they are really famous and they spend a lot of money, as I can see in the business around the place (they sell a lot of fake jewelry for few hundreds of dollars that worth maybe 20$, also fake silk and perfumes). There you can find a supermarket with everything you can need and a looooot of small business with DVD, food, also a cash machine the state bank of india and few companies as one electrical one, etc.

Asked about the volunteers – the Seva Dal – and who does the labour there, Miguel replied “Mostly the elderly but also there are some young people. In the canteens I only saw rich russians working, but for cleaning they have poor girls.  Yes, I found Seva Dals, but I only remember men.”

Everything has degenerated and changed for the worse, it certainly appears, for now that the cat is away, the mice can play. Nothing is heard of the once thriving Brindavan ashram at Whitefield these days, though it is devoid of foreign visitors. The Whitefield Sathya Sai College for Boys is off the map – not even traceable on the Internet, it still exists but no information about it is found.

I recommend reading  the informative comments made to the above news!

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Prashanthi Nilayam owners of ashram apartments beware!

Posted by robertpriddy on December 29, 2013

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Always on the look-out for ways and means of extorting money from visitors and devotees, the Sathya Sai Central Trust is now forcing through a takeover of all properties of so-called ‘owners’ of the small, tawdry, unfurnished but very expensive apartments at Sai Baba ashrams. It is literally FORCING those who own rooms in the ashrams to come there in PERSON, otherwise they lose their rights to the room FOREVER – even though they paid many thousands of dollars for a guaranteed, life-time room! They are NOT allowed to pay via any method electronically or through friends! In short, a way to get many well-heeled visitors to fleece while they are there too!

This decision is not found on any official Sai Baba site so far, so the Trust is presumably spreading this dictate privately. It would be kept as private as possible as it is yet another indictment of the extreme money-grasping culture that the ashrams increasingly introduced, which was silently condoned by Sai Baba himself and his Trust. The severely reduced financial situation in the Sai movement at present, with massive fall-off of visitors and donors is probably the motive for this latest scam… ‘divine daylight robbery’! Nonetheless, it is a very minor crime compared to the embezzlement and misappropriation involving the ever totally secret and unaccountable Sathya Sai Central Trust.

One must ask: will the money-voracious and unaccountable Trust count the usual three years time from the last time the owner came, or does this start now? It is fairly well-known that, if the person registered as ‘the owner’ dies, the room immediately becomes the property of the ashram. The term ‘owner’ was simply a deceit to induce people to donate the large sums required for use of a room when they were in the ashram (the time of residence allowed by ‘owners’ being constantly reduced down to one month per annum or less).  As soon as the ashram finds out an owner is dead, they immediately open the room and empty it out completely, such as – for example, happened in the case of resident Susan Caffery’s room when she died a year and a half ago.

Sathya Sai Baba institutions became increasingly mercenary after I first visited in 1984. By the time of Sai Baba’s 70th birthday in 1996 it had become evident to many of us foreign devotees that Sai Baba’s original policy of not soliciting funds and not incurring undue expenses had become very hollow. Campaigns were started on orders from above within the Sathya Sai Organisation to collect funds for colleges, hospitals, museums and other projects. The amount donors had to give to qualify to become a so-called ‘owner’ of a small 2-roomed flat increased out of all proportion to the construction costs. The once small rent to visitors who were able to share such a small apartment with others was doubled and quadrupled. All devotees were invited to attend the 70th birthday as guest ‘delegates’ (and even casual visitors qualified, so as to inflate statistics) without paying rent. Once there, however, a quite considerable rent was (apologetically) required after all.  One notorious officially approved campaign was the “Currency of Love” Sai Organisation supported scam to swell Central Trust funds.  This scam caused virtually all investments to be a total loss to the devotes who backed it, but only gain to the Central Trust!

Prashanthi Nilayam had soon established a golden rule that was never broken by its officials: there can never be a cash refund! This was taken to such lengths that, when I paid in too much on the spot for books the Books and Publications Trust by mistake, I was refused any cash return. It was the rule, however large the sum. If one complain even a few minutes after discovering a mistake (however large) it is refused. Victims of these errors were told that a refund will in time – and if fully documented – be added to one’s credit on a personal account, but not refunded! Money cannot never be taken out of any account one has deposited it in, even to close down the account. It must be used! That is illegal practice – but devotees did not want to cause waves or confront the system in any way as they would only suffer banishment.

From 1997 onwards, so-called donors had to pay a premium to become owners- starting at US $7,000.00 (see receipt), but – upon arriving at the ashram – were informed that they would only get the use of an apartment for anything up to 1 month a year (or even only 2 weeks, depending), without the possibility of locking off the small kitchen to keep personal belongings in, as owners always had been allowed to do, though the apartment was let out to other visitors for the rest of the time they were back in their homes. (Profitable for the ashram officials who siphoned off all they could).

Many other scams, including kickbacks, embezzlement, bribes, money and property theft, unexplained sacking of Trust members etc., and some of the secrets of the Central Trust, the Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust and other Sai Baba institutions can be found out about by advanced searching the above words and also ‘Sai Trust’ etc. on the Internet, not least on the search box on my main website at http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/ and on this blog site’s search facility. For deception on donors by Sai Baba and Org., see http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/13/Sai%20_Deception_on_donors.html

That I know about donations all too well can be confirmed with documentation here.

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SATHYA SAI ASHRAMS – 4

Posted by robertpriddy on June 1, 2007

Manipulation of people: flattery is a powerful tool.
Those who cannot resist it are probably a majority of Sai devotees. Those who take flattery completely at face value, and seek more of it, will surely suffer from other character weaknesses. Such persons are easily handled by the method of repeated attraction/repulsion, the psychological ‘push-pull’ treatment which keeps them uncertain but still attached in hope of greater things. If such things very seldom – if ever – actually come about, they can be rationalised away by self-deprecation. This occurs to the great majority of Sai devotees I have met, and that is a lot. Due to his intuitive powers, Sathya Sai is very clever at manipulating what a person’s condition is, what he can be shown and what not. In this he is capable of the kind of manipulations of people’s minds and perceptions as is the extraordinary Derren Brown of UK’s Channel Four, who claims there are no psychic powers involved, but only highly developed techniques of mind control.

One should be warned of the unknown dangers of visiting Prashanthi Nilayam.
The number of foreign devotees who have died there in accidents, taken their own lives there or have literally been murdered (within the ashram itself) is difficult to know, due to the tightest secrecy and cover-ups (both by the ashram staff and all Sathya Sai Baba’s foreign officials in the Sai Org.), but it unquestionably is a considerable number. Nor are any records kept or made public about those who commit suicide (a considerable number), or die of natural causes or illnesses contracted there. There are various serious hazards that are never explained to visitors. Pickpockets are mentions, for obvious reasons, but threats to security are never explained and none are told that there are numerous armed plainclothes guards mingling with ordinary visitors, in addition to the highly visible armed guards and security persons who are there to protect Sai Baba (by Indian Government order).

One very malignant cult tried to infiltrate Sai ashrams To an outside observer it must have been interesting indeed – and somewhat scary too – to have seen the arrival of the undercover envoys of the Japanese ‘guru’ Shoko Asahara of the Aum Shinrikyo cult (aka Aum Shinri Ko, Aleph and Aum Supreme Truth) when they tried to force entrance to the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram. Remember that the head of the Aum Shinrikyo cult that poisoned Japanese subways with lethal sarin gas was also believed to have godlike paranormal abilities as well.] A group of these Japanese were sent sometime in the 1990s by Shoko Asahara to Puttaparthi, where they bought some premises and set up an Aum Shinrikyo office there (with fax machines etc.). Then they contacted Sai officials with a view to meeting Sai Baba, who Shoko claimed to be one with, but when they were given the bum’s rush. Later a gang of several of them tried to force their way in to the enclosure for ‘darshan’ using martial arts… but were eventually fought down by numerous Seva Dals. They packed their bags and left, all within a couple of weeks. The matter was hushed up completely by the ashram and Organization, of course.

The following comments were also made concerning this cult by Barry Pittard: “By the way, my recollections go back to late 1997 when I think an Aum Shinrikyo team was stopped by Indian police at Bombay airport. (Although the matter bears all the signs of being suppressed by the Government of India and Puttaparthi authorities. Remember, by the way, how effectively the latter damage-controlled information about deaths and maimings in the crowd swarming for a glance at the Indian cricket team going past in their bus outside the ashram). Aum Shinrikyo, my information goes, were linked to a consignment of very high explosives destined for Puttaparthi. Apparent target: sathya sai baba, scheduled to attend his sponsored International Cricket Match on December 30th at his Puttaparthi ashram, filmed by Doordarshan for consumption of India and other countries. Certainly, there is a whole colony of Japanese living at Puttaparthi. Since the time of the cricket match, they have been under strong accountability to Puttaparthi authorities – signing in and out between ashram and village, etc. Certainly, many beggars have been used by ashram authorities in surveillance activities, etc. ”

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