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Sathya Sai Baba’s Mastery of ‘The Big Lie’

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 1, 2011

Among the plethora of Puttaparthi untruths, there is the constant repetition, mantra-like and mind-numbing, from Sathya Sai Baba and many of his followers about the supposedly vast millions who follow him.

He, like many other misleaders of the world, long ago mastered the strategy of what is often referred to as ‘the big’ lie. A scholar studying Sathya Sai Baba may consider some comparisons by looking at the US Office of Strategic Service’s war-time profile report on Adolph Hitler (^ Hitler as His Associates Know Him, OSS report, p.51, cited in Wikipedia: ‘The Big Lie’), which stated:

“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it”

Indeed, in their constant harping about the virtue of truth at its several levels, we see how misled individuals can become – especially when they subsume, within deep cloud banks, their intellect beneath their blind faith.

In discussions about numbers of devotees worldwide or crowd numbers at Puttaparthi, one commonly hears phrases like:  “is estimated”, “is thought to be about”, “Baba says three million  attended his 70th birthday”, “Baba’s Glory is being seen by all the world” … Etc., and ad nauseam .., not least from his hand-picked students who have been so thoroughly brain-washed, and can always be depended upon to win the hearts of audiences. (Which is a sad reflection for me as a former teacher (ca 178-79) in his college education system.

Robert Priddy who, like myself, worked (although not Priddy and I at the same time) with mutual respect and amity with the eminent Indian former newspaper editor V.K. Narasimhan, reported – supported by his detailed diaries – that the latter told him

…. (Sathya Sai Baba) “always multiplies by 10″ when counting heads. He told me of a number of such instances. One example, the less than 300,000 (absolute maximum) who were present on the 70th Birthday were said to be three million by Sathya Sai Baba himself. Several persons I know heard Sathya Sai Baba actually say this”. See: Concerning V.K. Narasimhan’s Revelations to Robert Priddy
A Heavy Legacy

Many devotees have spoken of 50 million followers and upwards. Publically extolling his guru Sai Baba, an eminent American birth scientist (see below) crazily puts the number Sai Baba worshippers at 100 million. (And, just as crazily, Sai Baba’s chief defendant on the internet, Gerald Joe Moreno,  attacks Sai Baba critics for pointing out the absurdity). The apostles of the so-called ‘Avatar of All Avatars are quite without sense when one drives the question: Estimated by whom? Using what (if any) polling method?

As if to prove the folk wisdom that no quantity of strings of letters after a person’s name is any guarantee of commonsense, we have the case of:

“Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, MBBS, D.Phil., FAAP, FCCM, FRCPCH
Pediatrician of repute from United States…
Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences UAMS College of Medicine; Board of Directors, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.”

One may mention that K. ‘Sunny’ Anand was a health advisor to past US President George W. Bush. Here he delivers the kind of rhetoric one grows very used to hearing from lecterns at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram at Puttaparthi:

“All of Humanity is beholden that Sri Sathya Sai Baba has taken a human form that lives in Puttaparthi, in the Southern part of India. He was born on Nov 23, 1926 and announced his Divine Mission in May, 1940. Millions and millions of instances have proven to the world that God Almighty, the Absolute Reality, the Divine Cosmic Being, the Creator of the Universe has set aside His difficult to grasp Immanence and manifested in the form of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. HE has assumed a human form to guide humankind towards their own Divinity within and to save humanity from its own annihilation …..

….. The Advent of this Divine Form is referenced in the Book of Revelations of the Bible, in the Holy Koran, in the Vedas and Jaimini Mahabharatha, in the Guru Granth Sahib, and in all of the major religious texts of the world. Currently, Sri Sathya Sai Baba is worshipped by more than 100 million people from more than 200 countries in the world (ed. note – emphasis in red highlight is mine) but most of the world remains oblivious of His Presence”. (For extended commentary and sources, see Brian Steel’s article: A New Celebrity Endorsement of SSB’s Alleged Divinity?)

Hardly much need to comment on the last line where Anand says that “most of the world remains …..”, etc. Sometimes the world knows about him. Sometimes the world doesn’t know about him. Reason rolls about like a kid’s alley on shifting ground. Or, to mix the metaphor – when blind faith grips the heart, the mind can be as elastic as it likes.

Devotees go on about the “Glory of Puttaparthi”, etc., but ignored is the Inglorious Confusion of Puttaparthi.

See:

Sathya Sai Baba’s Gross Exaggerations of Puttaparthi Crowd Numbers

Major Downturn of Foreigners Visiting Sai Baba At Puttaparthi

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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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