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On Deception: Phillip Adams Observes A James Randi Demonstration

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 31, 2010

In this weekend’s ‘The Australian’ (30-31 October 2010), renowned broadcaster and journalist Phillip Adams  relates an amusing episode during the visit to Australia from the famous U.S.  magician and exposer of psychic scams, James Randi. 

In regard to anyone with a mind bent on deception – be it magician, politician, psychic, etc., – Phillip Adams ends his piece by commenting:  “When they want you to look at A, look at B.

He says that Randi took an unlit cigarette and put it on a desk, saying that:

…”he’ll use it to demonstrate psychokinesis – the supposed ability to use brain power to move objects.  He crouches over the cigarette and wriggles his fingers in a magical fashion and, lo and behold, it starts marching up and down the desk. The journos and cameramen – trained observers – are astonished. They cannot explain what they’re seeing. Randi does it again, and the zoom lenses observe from every angle.

How did he do it? The witnesses offer theories about static electricity and magnetism. No, says Randi, it was simpler than that. “I was blowing”. Yes, during his non-stop patter, right in front of that cluster of cameras, he’d blown the ciggie this way and that. No one saw because no one was looking. All attention was on his fingers and the fag. A classic case of misdirection, the secret of all conjuring and stage illusions. Your attention is on A whilst the chicanery takes place at B.”

Resources

Denmark’s national broadcaster, in its television documentary Seduced (DR, 2003) that exposes Sai Baba (renamed in Australia in its English version as Seduced by Sai Baba, a copy of which we made sure that the BBC possessed), used a renowned Danish magician Nils Krøjgaard to expose some types of fakery Sai Baba uses. This documentary, with an over dubbed English commentary by an acquaintance of the producer, is viewable in a 21 Megabyte download HERE.

 

SATHYA SAI BABA GREEN “DIAMOND” PROVED A FAKE
– ‘MATERIALISED’ FOR ROBERT PRIDDY, EXPOSED BY TOP DANISH DIAMOND EXPERT
by Robert Priddy – former long-term leader of the Sai Organisation in Norway

Sai Baba No Shiva. Gold From His Gut Is Regurgitator’s Trick

Right Hand. Sleight Hand. Watch Sai Baba Cheat With Sacred Ash (Film clip)

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle

Sleight of Hand:  The Sleightness of Sathya Sai Baba (Exposing film clips, with many links to the work of famous magicians)

Gurubusting Sathya Sai Baba

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization 

There is a Spanish version available: 

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL 

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Wolf Messing and Sathya Sai Baba: Serguei Badaev and Brian Steel Articles On Conflicting Evidence

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 23, 2010

One of many instructive cases that challenge Sai Baba’s self-presentation are his references, across time, to an alleged meeting between himself and the 20th century Polish psychic Wolf Messing.

The more scrutiny that is given – other than by the eyes of blind faith – to many of Sathya Sai Baba’s pronouncements about history and science the more a rational reader is struck by the occurrence of error, contradiction and lack of clarity.

An editor at the Invigilator blogsite has noted: 

“The text previously posted about Wolf Messing by Alexandra Nagel on this blog (written in 2004) has been removed since researches by expert investigators – entirely independently of all Sathya Sai Baba connections – have proven almost his entire biography to be a concocted myth. This information only emerged after new hitherto unknown sources became available. showing that the world has been totally misled by the claims put forward by Wolf Messing and Mikhail Khvastunov. In his thorough article summarizing these matters and also the bogus claims by Sathya Sai Baba about Wolf Messing”. 

See Serguei Badaev detailed article:  ‘Wolf Messing, A Psychic Entertainer Whom Sathya Sai Baba Claims to Have Met’.

See also:  Sathya Sai Baba Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia

The rational reader will pay proper attention to the arguments of yet another careful commentator whose writings critically probe Sathya Sai Baba’s own accounts of himself. Brian Steel has also written instructively on the supposed Wolf Messing-Sathya Sai Baba nexus. Steel has extensively analysed Sathya Sai literature, on which he was an acknowledged expert well before he quit the Sathya Sai Baba fold. He has often focused on Sathya Sai Baba’s statements as they appear in officially-approved publications that issue from his own publication house. When he is not discoursing on ancient subjects relating to the Vedas, Puranas etc., a habit of Sathya Sai Baba, is to weave into his discourses accounts that often come across as re-workings of stories he has read or heard. The purpose of this seems to be, in no matter how many novel ways, to buttress up his claim to be the avatar of avatars, and add to his own mystique. Sometimes his retellings are in conflict.  In more recent times, there has been considerable ‘weeding’ by editors at Puttaparthi of embarrassing Sathya Baba statements.  See my article:  The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements

In the article More Messing, Brian Steel writes:

“My attention has been drawn to the fact that SB recently decided to liven up a Discourse in honour of Krishna (31 August 2002) by retelling his Wolf Messing story in its third incarnation. The previous shorter versions are to be found in his Discourse of 22 November 1980 – Sathya Sai Speaks, XIV, Chapter 57, pp. 364-366; LIMF, p. 48; and in R. T. Kakade and A. Veerabadhra Rao’s Shirdi to Puttaparthi, pp. 159-160. My July 2002 commentary on the earlier versions can be seen at ‘Paranormal References: Wolf Messing and Kirlian (Revised)’ …

A recapitulation of the most obvious discrepancies which emerge from the above analysis inevitably casts the shadow of doubt over all three of these versions:

Messing’s biographical 1915 visits to Freud and Einstein are postponed by SB to 1937.

Messing met Gandhi in 1927, when Sathya was 1 year old.

SB’s own presence in far distant Kamalapuram was, as LIMF shows, between June 1940 and June 1941, not 1937 (when Sathya Narayana was only in his second year of Primary school). By 1941 the war in Europe was raging and Messing was presumably confined to the Soviet Union.

The Hitler references lack plausibility given Messing’s Jewishness and his prediction about the Fuhrer’s death.

The geographical discrepancy between the railway itineraries mentioned.

Parts of Version 3 also sound as though they were gleaned from the Ostrander-Shroeder book or a similar biographical source, like Lungin’s.

Therefore, whichever way one looks at the 3 Messing stories, and whatever truth there might be at the base of the various permutations, the conclusion that SB has invented or changed details and dates is surely unavoidable. But, once again, the questions linger: Why, time after time, do intelligent devotees unquestioningly indulge SB’s disregard for the truth? Why does he embroider his stories, and so often? And why does he continue to do so at this particular time when SB’s advisers are aware of the many serious questions (not “gossip and rumours”) being raised in different forums concerning his omniscience and credibility? Or doesn’t he listen to them?”

See also Brian Steel’s:  SB’s Wolf Messing Stories Revisited and (providing a further contexts that illuminate Sai Baba’s tendency, via his discourses, to creating a mythos around himself, though it regarded by many devotees as gospel truth):  The Packaging of SB’s Discourses – An Update

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization 

There is a Spanish version available: 

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL 

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The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sathya Sai Baba) On YouTube: A Tamil Version

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 21, 2010

முள்ளை முள்ளால் தான் எடுக்க வேண்டும்

Calling Tamilians …. Kindly pass the word along.

Someone has posted a Tamil version of the BBC’s ”The Secret Swami’on YouTube. Amusingly, someone else has gone to all the effort of flooding the consecutive YouTube pages with quotes from Sathya Sai Baba.

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Part 1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdpL6kfPGDw&feature=related

Part 2.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SIdeGLUKnw&feature=related

Part 3.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG8I3rh4kcQ&feature=related

Part 4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaooki8zyCY&feature=related

Part 5.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6iAu2iQ2is&feature=related

Part 6.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-xf3yBJN7Q&feature=related

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See Also:  Barry Pittard’s Guide To His Articles On The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Exposing Sai Baba)

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General

Public Petition On Sathya Sai Baba (1)

There is a Public Petition calling for official probing of Sai Baba and his Sathya Sai Organization. (See website details at the end of this post).

The JUST (Just Seekers of Truth) petition is presented by a globally networked group of former followers of Sathya Sai Baba. In the ranks of both devotees and dissenters, there are those who say that Sai Baba is history’s most powerful guru. Some critics regard him as one of history’s arch deceivers – highly charismatic, highly flawed. He may brilliantly inspire good social uplift works, which is why so many earnest and good people are attracted to him, but profoundly conceals, along with his core servitors who keep an vice-like grip on his global organization, what is morally loathsome and criminal.

(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL)

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Vishal Arora’s Article On Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 15, 2010

I draw my readers’ attention to the following articles by colleague and former head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization, Robert Priddy.

  • Vishal Arora Indian journalist exposes Sathya Sai Baba
  • Vishal Arora – New Delhi Indian Journalist – on Sathya Sai Baba
  • Vishal Arora and Gerald Moreno’s vain deceptive e-mails
  • Vishal Arora Indian journalist exposes Sathya Sai Baba
  • Vishal Arora – New Delhi Indian Journalist – on Sathya Sai Baba
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    “As is his wont, Moreno speculated over why I was not on-line for two weeks in the month or so prior to Arora’s articles, implying that I was in India meeting him. Far from it, I was travelling in the Western hemisphere only.

    In fact, Moreno is extremely frustrated by the fact that no serious journalist or researcher will take any notice of what he writes, not as soon as they read his diatribes and falsifications. He was rejected by journalists in USA and one in Norway (at Aftenposten, who contacted me after an e-mail exchange with him which gave her the right picture well enough. She thought he was childish! Moreno wrote back to her that he was “very disappointed”!). He was up in arms over Tulasi Srinivas, who mentioned –  sometimes inaccurately and with much censorship of our evidence – the researches of Brian Steel, Barry Pittard and myself… but gave Moreno’s conspiracies the cold shoulder altogether. He has also been given the cold shoulder by my friend and colleague, Erlendur Haraldsson (in psychological and parapsychological matters), who simply mailed back to the mischievous Moreno how we are old friends. Everything I wrote about Haraldsson on my web pages is true (my wife can attest to the content of many conversations about Sai Baba’s egomania etc. he and I had). Of course, I have the proof of my various claims about his opinions in Haraldsson’s own e-mails to me, of which I have at least 50.

    Thus, Vishal Arora was no doubt drawn more and more into a sceptical attitude regarding Sathya Sai Baba by Moreno’s phoney friendly advances, though he (Aurora) did not communicate much with the sceptics. He e-mailed me on the advice of the dissident Serguei Badaev, former Sathya Sai Organization President in Moscow, quoting him as follows:-

    ‘We are continually being persecuted by various Sai Baba supporters, not least by Murali Krishna Yachendra… related to a most prominent Sai Baba follower in India. I have, for example, received a public death threat not so long ago too'”

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    General

    Public Petition On Sathya Sai Baba (1)

    There is a Public Petition calling for official probing of Sai Baba and his Sathya Sai Organization. (See website details at the end of this post).

    The JUST (Just Seekers of Truth) petition is presented by a globally networked group of former followers of Sathya Sai Baba. In the ranks of both devotees and dissenters, there are those who say that Sai Baba is history’s most powerful guru. Some critics regard him as one of history’s arch deceivers – highly charismatic, highly flawed. He may brilliantly inspire good social uplift works, which is why so many earnest and good people are attracted to him, but profoundly conceals, along with his core servitors who keep an vice-like grip on his global organization, what is morally loathsome and criminal.

    (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

    Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

    There is a Spanish version available:

    PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL)

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