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Sathya Sai Baba Ashram Notebooks of Robert Priddy

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 17, 2008

The following material represents a valuable resource for scholars and other serious students of the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba.
I have written elsewhere of Robert Priddy’s and my cherished mutual friendship with (the late) V.K. Narasimhan (although Priddy’s spanned several years). He died March 9, 2000, aged 87. See:
Great Editor V.K. Narasimhan Blind In Only One Eye
Renowned Indian Editor VKN. Diary and Letter Scans Reveal
V.K.Narasimhan. Deceased Eminent Indian Editor-author

V.K.Narasimhan. Late eminent Indian Editor-author

V.K.N. as this most courageous and respected Indian newspaper editor was known, succeeded Professor N. Kasturi as editor of Sanathana Sarathi, the official magazine of the Sathya Sai movement, which is distributed worldwide. He was a rare case of someone who would stand up to Sai Baba. This situation may be understood in the light that it a) served Sathya Sai Baba as a sort of reality check, b) gave some impression of freedom of speech at certain times, and c) brought many men and women of key influence to Sai Baba.
Robert Priddy kept an extensive diary, and has gone to considerable work to scan the entries. His diary entry for 5/10/95 is particularly interesting, because it shows both his and Narasimhan’s struggle to reconcile what, in retrospect, are surely irreconcilables. In short, the psychological state of denial:
Found Narasimhan at Sai Towers with Padmanabhan. Long talk. Met Devendra, Mr. Agarwal, Chris Parnell (editor of Spiritual Impressions) & Padmanaban with Narasimhan.
One the June 1993 incident N. said that what Baba told him “privately about it was not convincing”. It remains a mystery to N., who quoted Baba’s ‘Why fear when I am here’ as the reason for his bereavement over Baba allowing his elder brother to command the killing of the intruders. N. compared this to Krishna’s also Rama’s various similar exploits.
Source: NOTES MADE ON HEARING V. K. NARASIMHAN’S SHOCKING REVELATIONS. Recorded talk with V. K. Narasimhan on Sai Baba, colleges, blackmail and Vijay Prabhu. With digital text transcript below the handwritten notes.  Date of conversation and notebook record: 1st January 1996. (continuation of long notes from marathon session with VKN at Prashanthi Nilayam)
Barry Pittard notes: Correct spelling of the name of the owner-publisher of Spiritual Impressions is – Padmanaban, referring to R. Padmanaban of Sai Towers publishing company, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India. Chris Parnell is a prominent leader in the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia, alongside whom I myself worked at Spiritual Impressions

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Robert Priddy’s notebooks from Sai Baba ashrams 1984-1998

Old and Trusted Friends

V.K. Narasimhan and Robert Priddy. Old and Trusted Friends

Robert Priddy’s long friendship with V.K. Narasimhan – scanned letters
V.K.N. lost an eye despite Sai Baba’s vibuti application etc.
V.K.N. on printing problems, a suicide, and Sai’s boyhood visits to famous ‘saints’
Robert Priddy recorded notes and diary 1984-98 – scans and comments
V.K. Narasimhan and Robert Priddy’s close association
V.K. Narasimhan on Robert Priddy’s book ‘Source of the Dream’
V.K. Narasimhan’s comments on the murders reported
V.K. Narasimhan on Sai colleges, the ‘sect’ and Sai’s ignorance
V.K. Narasimhan’s inability to get Sai Baba to tell him the truth
V.K. Narasimhan’s doubts of Sai Baba’s powers, avatar claims etc.
V.K. Narasimhan’s comments on the Sathya Sai Organization
V.K.N. recorded about pointing out to Sai Baba his inconsistent teaching
V.K.N. contradicts Sai on Advaita – and on ashram security etc.
V.K.N. on 70th birthday crowd size and more
New Year 1996 – disillusioning reflections and VKN
Main locations of Robert Priddy’s writings on Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult

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