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Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 20, 2007

Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his birthday on November 23, 2007 when he turns 82. You may be be sure that it will be celebrated with vast and costly pomp and ceremony that would have done any maharaja proud.

For decades, Sathya Sai Baba has not had to go to the maharajas. The maharajas – or, to be more exact, their republican equivalents – go to see him.

(For revealing photo of Sathya Sai Baba’s twin palaces at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, South India, click HERE)

Sai Baba’s Dead Body Can (Almost) Go Marching On

Tune: Brothers, will you meet me
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
His soul’s marching on!
(Chorus)
Glory, halle—hallelujah! Glory, halle—hallelujah!
Glory, halle—hallelujah! his soul’s marching on!

Is this vast opulence amidst incredible poverty and squalor quite the image that contemporary India, as she thrusts towards superpower status, wishes the rest of the world to have of her?

One may think – but Sathya Sai Baba will fade away. But no. A powerful component of India is simply not like that at all. This aspect does not admit of gurus dying. For they, as it were, live on in their pictures. In their garments. In replicas of their feet (padukas – often cast in precious metal). In the places they frequented. In the buildings they caused to be erected. They march with stronger stride than poor John Brown ever did! They march millennially. Only reason and good sense would ever stop them in their tracks. And one is reminded, to take but one example of how corruption profits from sainthood, of how, scarcely had Saint Francis of Assisi died than his successor Brother Elias set up lavish memorials. Disciplic squabbles over saintly remains is an old, old story. Yet this was to a life whose only true memorials were the poor whom Saint Francis raised up, and his inspiration to a great many down the centuries in the sacrifice of materiality.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Imperial Decay

Pride is said to come before a fall. In the case of Sathya Sai Baba puffery and proudery now come during a fall, since we are now in a better position to see the imperial decay suggested in my article The Decline and Fall of The Showman Empire. (For the busy reader, there is a condensed version, Sai Baba’s Undivine Downfall).

Pictures of Sathya Sai Baba’s Opulence and Self-glorification

For a photographic glimpse of the incredible lavish material ‘spendour of Puttaparthi’, see Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia. Or my reader may like to view some Sathya Sai Baba Chariots.

In the selfsame India, there is, with what deepest irony, a profoundly genuine splendour, down thousands of years, of saints and sages living in the utmost simplicity.

Where Do Sathya Sai Baba’s Riches Come From?

Where do the – no, not millions – billions of dollars (and many another currency) come from that support Sathya Sai Baba’s overweening self-glorification? The answer is, often – from your country and mine.  See, Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

Fortunately, a television documentary such as the BBC’s The Secret Swami was one of the means by which networked former Sai Baba devotees from several countries have found to communicate our testimony worldwide. A piece from the BBC’s publicity department gives a small idea of the sheer impact caused by coverage of dissenting views of Sai Baba and his cult, the Sathya Sai Organization. More millions have see DR’s Seduced, Azul TV’s Divine Sin, and read articles in major news media in India, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and so on. See, Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List. For a video version of Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster, the Australian version of which – against threats by the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia – was entitled Seduced By Sai Baba), click on:
(80 MB, Broadband). Seduced (21 MB, Modem)

Further Reading (with links to highly exposing BBC and other film footage)

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Sai Baba Says His Cult Is ‘The’ Divine Organization In History

Muslim Leaders Initiative Bold. Sai Baba’s Efforts Fail

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BBC WORLD SERIES ‘The World Uncovered’
‘The Secret Swami’

Sai Baba is one of India’s most renowned gurus. To his millions of followers around the world he is the embodiment of God on Earth. Reporter Tanya Datta investigates a disturbing story with allegations of magic, murder and sexual abuse.Some of the 200-plus countries where this documentary will be screened are listed below. Other countries can find by searching the more complete schedules at http://www.bbcworld.com/ for Saturday 25th September & Sunday 26th September, 2004INDIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 13.40 & 17.40 — & 26th Sept. at 00.40
NEPAL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 13.55, 17.55 — & 26th Sept. at 00.55
SRI LANKA
Saturday 25th September – screened 14.10, 18.10 — & 26th Sept. at 01.10
MALAYSIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 16.10 & 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 03.10
THAILAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 15.10, 19.10 — & 26th Sept..at 02.10
SINGAPORE
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 16.10 & 20.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
HONG KONG, CHINA
Saturday 25th September – screened 16.10, 20/10 – & 26th September at 03.10
JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA
Saturday 25th – screened at 17.10 & 21.10 — & 26th Sept..at 04.10
NEW ZEALAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 00.10 & 07.10
AUSTRALIA
New South Wales (Sydney), Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), Queensland, Whitsunday Islands, Tasmania – Saturday 25th – screened at 18.10 and 22.10 — & 26th September at 05.10
South Australia (Adelaide) & Northern Territories – Saturday 25th – screened at 17.40 & 21.40
— & 26TH Sept. 04.40
Perth – Saturday 25th – screened at 16.10 & 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 03.10
Lord Howe Islands – Saturday 25th – screened at 18.40 & 22.40 — & 26th September at 05.4)
FIJI
Saturday 25th September – screened at 20.10 & 26th September at 00.10, 07.10
MAURITIUS
12.10, 16.10 & 23.10
ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
RUSSIA (see BBC schedules for other regions)
Russian Federation (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astrakhan, Naryan.Ma
Saturday 25th September – screened at 12.10, 16.10 & 23.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
ROMANIA, TURKEY, BELARUS, UKRAINE, KALININGRAD
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
SWEDEN, DENMARK, NORWAY, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY & POLAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
GREENLAND (general)
Saturday 25th September – screened at 06.10, 10.10 17.00 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
ICELAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 08.10, 12.10 19.00 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
FRANCE & SPAIN
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
PORTUGAL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 09.10, 13.10 & 20.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

SWITZERLAND: No screening scheduled. Some coverage from adjacent countries

AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, SLOVAKIA, CROATIA, SERBIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, HUNGARY
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ITALY
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

GREECE
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ISRAEL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

IRAN
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.40, 15.40 & 22.40 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

CANADA
Atlantic – Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10
Central , Western Ontario – Saturday 25th – screened at 03.10., 07.10 & 14.10
Eastern Quebec, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Ontario – Saturday 25th – screened at 04.10, 08.10 & 15.10
Saskatchewan – Saturday 25th – screened at 02.10, 06.10 & 13.10 — NOT ON Sunday 26th)

U.S.A: No screening scheduled. Some coverage from adjacent countries.

MEXICO
Baja California Norte & Sonora – Saturday 25th September – screened 01.10, 05.10, & 12.10
Baja California Sur, Sinalca, Chichuahua – Saturday 25th – screened at 02.10, 06.10 & 13.10
General incl. Mexico City – Saturday 25th – screened at 03.10., 07.10 & 14.10

SOUTH AFRICA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ARGENTINA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

BRAZIL
S.E. Coast (Rio, Sao Paulo, Brazilia) Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10
— (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

VENEZUELA , TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Saturday 25th September – screened at 04.10, 08.10 & 15.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

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Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2007

Note:  3 December 2010.  In the aftermath of Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th birthday celebrations, here is a 2007 article which shows that the incredible opulence that surrounds him has been in the building for a long time now.

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 In the director-writer-actor Orson Welles’s great movie classic Citizen Kane, one can, it is true, note certain differences between the U.S. newspaper proprietor William Randolf Hearst

and Welles’s and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s creation Charles Foster Kane. For decades, the differences have been fought over – fiercely. Nonetheless, both were fabulously wealthy, gigantically egocentric – and corrupt. They splurged incredibly on their domiciles. As does Sathya Sai Baba -See: Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony


(Microsoft founder, Bill Gates’s humble little shack – dubbed by some wag as: Xanadu 2.0. No zoo there yet, but who knows? – with the true coming-of-age of Robotics something cyber-‘animal’ might be managed. Although Sai Baba’s imperial fiat has gone out to his devotees that they must have nothing to do with the Internet, his devotees, from top to bottom, are using it extensively. So much for the notion ‘Guru is God’).

In naming the fictive Kane’s dream home on sprawling acres, Xanadu, Welles and his writer Mankiewicz thought – perhaps inevitably – of the fabulous city of the 13th Century Mongolian emperor, Kubla Khan (see portrait above) and of the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s fittingly eccentric and exotic poem known to millions, whose first line runs:

In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure-dome decree
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea  
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 Today’s Would-be ‘Emperor’ of India and Then the World

Kane in Florida, like Hearst at San Simeon in California, was absolute King of his castle. But there is a virtual Emperor in India – Sathya Sai Baba.

But even Randolph Hearst (as perhaps a modern-day media buccaneer Rupert Murdoch) might have blushed a wee bit for shame to hold such sway with the big end of town as Sathya Sai Baba has long done with India’s power brokers, irrespective of what political party is in power. Sai Baba (and I have seen him up close a great many times), who long ago learnt not to blush, is arguably India’s and history’s most famous – and infamous – guru. 

How the stupendous splurger Sai Baba can ever say the name of Mahatma Gandhi, modern India’s simple-living ‘father of the nation’, without blushing is one of his greatest miracles!

Hearst would refer to his establishment as “the ranch”. Hugh Heffner, the ‘soft’ pornography magnate and publisher of Playboy Magazine had built his Playboy Mansion, of which  the writer John Marshal has observed  that  driving through its gates is “like being misdirected into the back entrance of a public zoo”. The zoo atmospheric reminds that Hearst’s estate included a zoo – then the world’s largest. The narrator in Citizen Kane speaks of Kane having the largest zoo since Noah. See USA Weekend LINK.

Golden Glitter For Sai Baba's 83rd Birthday

India’s Fabulous Top Guru Sai Baba. More Emperor Than King

But then see the article: 

The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2007

 

One wonders why Sai Baba has not included a gee-wizzo zoo. Perhaps it would be a counter-distraction, because everybody is supposed to have their eyes trained on Sai Baba (it is called ‘darshan’, and his devotees spell it with a capital ‘D’. Instead of gazing at one’s navel, one gazes at the guru). However, one Indian man sitting next to me at a Sai Baba ‘darshan’ described Sai Baba’s setup to me as “a national circus”.

See:  SATHYA SAI ORGANIZATION LAVISH SPENDING ON SUPER DOME VENUE MEETING
 
Compiled from Australian sources, with comments by Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy

Vastly Costly Monuments Glorifying Sai Baba

His splashy-colored and sometimes vast buildings rise up at enormous cost. Sathya Sai Baba’s exchequer owes to vast donations to his Central Trust via his powerful organisation spanning more than 150 countries, and not least to the donations of the extremely wealthy – like James Sinclair, James Sinclairthe Canadian cable and minerals magnate, Isaac Tigrett the American founder of the Hard Rock Café and House of Blues, the Rai family in India in steel and technology, and an astounding number of other hugely wealthy and influential individuals and families from many countries. Rediff News, July 06, 2005, reported:

“The Andhra Pradesh-based Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust is the largest recipient of foreign contributions. The Sathya Sai Trust received Rs 95 crore (Rs 950 million) during 2003-04″.

This figure – which is well over US $20 million – is but the officially declared one and does not account for contributions of those foreigners who donate when they are in India. One can observe how at Sathya Sai Baba’s establishments at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, and Whitefield, Karnataka, in South India, the Indian and foreign mega business fraternity swap business cards – within what devotees regard as the so-called Holiest of Holy precincts! – and thereafter mutually thrive. At the Puttaparthi temple, on June 6, 1993) police executions took place in Sai Baba’s bedroom, with his close proximity and command of the situation. See my article, at LINK, which contains a further link to a video clip of the BBC The Secret Swami television interview with former Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary V.P.B. Nair saying that the slaying was “absolute cold-blooded murder”).

It is easy to see that far wider national and international economic and political forces are at play, and that it is little wonder how successive Indian governments both State and Central have been loathe to ‘kill’ a goose that lays an incredible number of golden eggs.

Twin Palace. Sai Baba Lives Here

Efforts to Globalize Sathya Sai Baba with World Radio Station

Sai Baba controls with an iron hand the international Sathya Sai Organization. This powerful cult has been found by some of the world’s top media like the BBC, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and in other countries, as well as UNESCO, the U.S. State Department and other institutions to be extremely hard to investigate or act against. His second most senior aide is its deputy chairman, who, as head of Sai Global Harmony, is his ‘minister of propaganda’, Dr G. Venkataraman, one of the progenitors of India’s atomic bomb, as was Sai Baba’s previous close aide, the late Dr S. Bhagavantam – sometimes called ‘the father of the Indian atomic bomb’ – as was his present staunch devotee, the President of India, Dr A.J. P. Kalam, who writes flowery  panegyrics to Sai Baba, as did the last Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Sai Global Harmony broadcasts, in affiliation with WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service, 24/7 to many countries. With a behind-the-scenes corporate-style, assisted by the billions of funds that pour from many countries into the Sathya Sai Central Trust, the declared aim is to penetrate to every corner of the globe.

Government Inaction on Powerful Cults

A vital question will be whether politicians in democratic countries will be capable of distinguishing between the issue of freedom of religion and the issue of cults that decidedly do not, whatever may be their rhetoric, respect democracy.

Followers Believe Sathya Sai Baba Will Rule World

Former monstrous Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (about whom Sai Baba and G. Venkatarman have warmly recollected, See LINK) only imagined himself to be the ‘Last King of Scotland’ but Sai Baba takes all India for his domain, not to mention the world, which he has long said (it is one of his myriad of broken promises) he will travel to and bring to his feet, after he has “set (his) own back yard (India) in order” and before he dies in AD 2022. Given India’s enduring tragedy – despite her superpower aspirations – he had better get a bit of a wriggle on!

Poor Hearst, Jackson, Gates, Murdoch, et alia! For Sai Baba is an Emperor, who has Indian power brokers in his thrall irrespective of their party or religious affiliation. None – except a rare and tremendously courageous individual like B. Premanand, India’s famous “guru buster” – dare  take him on in India. See BBC story HERE.

For Successive Indian Governments, Sathya Sai Baba Is ‘goose that lays the golden eggs’

Indian local, central and state governments, often incredibly corrupt and incompetent, are able to watch while the more efficient Sai Baba and his massive organization get social welfare projects done. Drawn out of donations from some 150 foreign countries, his revenue is prodigious. India’s profoundly compromised ruling elites would no more sneeze at that country’s donations from Bill Gates, yet another of history’s outstanding buccaneers, than it would at the taxable revenue pouring into the Sathya Sai Central Trust.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
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Further Reading

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

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence

Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

Probed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team

V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

Video Resources

The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB, Broadband)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband)

http://home.hetnet.nl/~seduced/seduced.wmv
(21 MB, Modem)

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

BBC and Other Film Footage Shows India’s Top Guru Sathya Sai Baba Faking Miracles

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle « Call For Media and Government Investigation

Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips)

Raising ever more serious questions about how spiritual is the head of what Sathya Sai Baba has called THE divine organization in the world,

Michael Goldstein explodes with anger (710kbs)

at the BBC’s perfectly reasonable questions about accountability

Dr. Goldstein again reveals his higher self (1.500Kb)

Michael Goldstein and the sexual allegations (2,10 Mbs)

Michael Goldstein admits his view is merely a belief (456kbs)

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia « Call For Media and Government Investigation

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Excerpt From Public Petition

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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 shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves ;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice ! …..

….. That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware ! Beware !
His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
Weave a circle round him thrice,

And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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