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Sathya Sai Baba Hospitalized, Despite Hailing His Extraordinary ‘Health’

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 29, 2011

Stop Press! News of Sathya Sai Baba’s hospitalization is breaking in these last hours.

Reports, cited from medical authorities attending him, state that he has “pneumonia and water has entered his lungs”, and that there are “breathing problems because of severe infection”. A “cardiac problem” exists, and a “permanent pacemaker has been implanted”.

Only an official Puttaparthi sanitized version of health problems afflicting Sathya Sai Baba is possible. Any reader of informed chroniclers – such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Serguei Badaev, Alexandra Nagel, myself and others – knows how we have extensively, and with much care, often documented the tight control on propaganda emanating from Puttaparthi and the leadership of the international Sathya Sai Organization.  One of my most read articles is about the deputy international chairman of that organization. He is also the director of Radio Sai Harmony, Sathya Sai Baba’s costly attempt to get radio broadcasts into every corner of the world: Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman.

A Mahashivaratri 2000 report in Sanathana Sarathi, Sai Baba’s official organ (distributed worldwide), unintentionally makes a mockery of Sathya Sai Baba’s absurd self-presentations regarding his health, of which, by long habit, he forever gives the rosiest reports. It almost sounds like the boxer Cassius Clay proclaiming, “I’m the greatest”. For the Swedish psychologist Åsa Samsioe’s assessment of some of Sai Baba’s self-referential tendencies, see:  Sathya Sai Baba As A Narcissist.

The ailing Sai Baba Hails His ‘Health’

In 2003, he had a second hip fracture in a series of some five. Six doctors implanted a hip-joint, which did not heal properly. How such a routine operation, performed worldwide, can have failed is a case to be wondered at. Since that same year, he has been confined to a wheelchair or driven about in a golf-buggy type of vehicle.  An increasing trail of absurd blunders causes great embarrassment to his minders.  In this case, his cover story, stated with a detailed seriousness, as his staggering movements began to occur, was that mother earth was attracted to his feet. Making entirely unscientific statements about the nature of magnetism, he claimed that it was a special magnetic force which caused things to stick to him.  See ‘Magnetism of feet and hands farce’ and Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

As if these strange utterances were not more than enough – especially coming from one who claims to be omnipotent, omniscient and omnifelicitous – soon, he made further impossible claims about his hip and bones. These claims, indeed, were all too soon shown by subsequent events to be truly absurd. Again in that same year, a grandiose Sai Baba proclaimed:

“You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.”
(Discourse 16 March 2003).

At times, his air of unreality, compounded by that of his blind-faith believers, is acute. He has said:

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” and
“Someone says that Sai Baba is angry with X or Y. Sai Baba has no ill feeling towards anyone.
Equally, nobody is hostile to Bhagawan. Everyone loves and none hates Bhagawan. Bhagawan’s mission is well known”.

(Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam)

Sathya Sai Baba - wheelchair-ridden
But, sadly for himself and his devotees, he is not all-powerful but all-senile.
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Breaking News On Sathya Sai Baba’s Health Troubles

Deccan Chronicle Correspondent

Puttaparthi/Anantapur

March 28: The world-renowned spiritual leader Sri Satya Sai Baba was hospitalised in Puttaparthi on Monday with a cardiac problem. Sri Satya Sai Baba, who celebrated his 86th birthday in last November, complained of slow heart beat in the afternoon and the trust officials rushed him to Sri Satya Sai institute of higher medical sciences in Prashantigram.

According to a medical bulletin released by hospital director Dr A.N. Safaya, Satya Sai Baba had developed slow heart rate at below 60 beats per minute and giddiness in the afternoon. He mentioned that a permanent pace maker had been implanted and the Baba’s condition was stable as per clinical parameters. Dr Safaya said that there was no need to worry, as the Baba’s condition was stable now. After hearing the news, thousands of devotees in and around Puttaparti started thronging the hospital. The devotees are offering prayers in several temples seeking Baba’s recovery from illness. Apart from local devotees, foreign devotees also thronged the hospital and inquired about Baba’s condition.

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Sri Satya Sai Baba hospitalised

Times of India

March 29, 2011

HYDERABAD: Sri Satya Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Satyasai super-speciality hospital on Monday evening due to ill-health. Doctors said he was suffering from pneumonia and water has entered his lungs. Allaying fears of lakhs of his devotees, J Ratnakar of Sri Satyasai Trust said that Sai Baba was recovering.

Sources said Sai Baba has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection. “But his situation is improving with constant medical attention. There is nothing to worry about his health,” Ratnakar added.

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Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba hospitalised for serious illness

Pacemaker support for Sai Baba’s weak heart

‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed

Note: In the article:  ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’, the world-famous ‘Marie Claire’ magazine has just furthered the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult.  The author is journalist Gethin Chamberlain, who, according to his bio on his website is: “a photojournalist covering South Asia for The Observer. He also writes for a number of other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Grazia, GQ, Look, News of the World, South China Morning Post and The National. Based in India, he previously worked as a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph and as The Scotsman’s chief reporter”. He can be contacted at: gethin.chamberlain@gmail.com

Sathya Sai Baba Continues To Ail

Sathya Sai Baba In Fits of Sobbing: Video Footage Confirms Earlier Accounts

Miracle: Sai Baba spews out 3 tons of gold: he says

The 85th birthday showed an aged and semi-demented figure who seems hardly aware of what is happening around him. (brief video)

A very reduced and senile-looking Sathya Sai Baba at his 85th birthday (brief video)

See Jorge Reyesvera‘s point-by-point, rational reductio of Sathya Sai Baba’s terribly confused, sometimes downright contradictory, notions of magnetism:

The Omniscient Sai Baba’s Massive ignorance of Physics Exposed (I)

  • Be it noted that the source of the discourse that Reyesvera uses is from a provenance long-accepted by Sathya Sai Baba adherents everywhere. A comment on this article reads that this:  “discourse on magnetism by Sathya Sai Baba is from the  Mahasivarathri, 2002 … The following is an excerpt from the verbatim translation of the premsai website’s version of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on Mahashivarathri, 13-3-2002, which appears in an edited-down version in ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ – March 2002″.

For Sathya Sai Baba’s statement that was horrendously falsified by the terrorist events of November 26, 2008 in Mumbai that were seen by the world, here  is the report of Sathya Sai Baba’s words from his discourse dated November 22 (the day before the vast and opulent birthday celebrations) – from a well-acknowleged Sathya Sai Baba reporter, R. Satish Naik (who lives close to the Puttaparthi ashram), a member of the well-organized, almost official Saibabaofindia group:

“India is the only place where people are not worried about any attacks.  In America , Germany and other countries, they can’t eat well or sleep well. There is fear of bombs always in those countries. But in India , there is no fear of bombs. India will never have any such attacks”.

See my article: “No fear of bombs” in India, Said Sai Baba a Week Before Mumbai Terrorist Attack

‘God’ (Sathya Sai Baba) Blunders On! – On History

Hasty Cover Up Of Sai Baba ‘No bombs in India’ Blunder

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General

Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)

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

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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‘God’ (Sathya Sai Baba) Blunders On! – On History

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 2, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba’s blunders on history and science are big. For some truly egregious science examples, see the articles cited at the foot of this page.

Readers perturbed to see their friends, family or colleagues getting into the Sathya Sai Baba cult may consider – if the victims are not too far blinded – sharing such materials as highlighted in red, below.  In recent days Robert Priddy has dug up a Sai Tower’s pamphlet that has the full text of Sai Baba’s 1996 Christmas Discourse. In this, Sai Baba’s (supposedly all-knowing) dating of Jesus Christ’s life and extreme mix-up of historical facts about Catholics and Protestants and Islam and Martin Luther are extremely awry. 

A great many educated people have learnt enough history to see what absurd nonsense such Sai Baba claims reveal. Yet here is a man – of imperial wealth and vast sway over the minds of many, including those supposedly educated – who proclaims to the millions that he is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. And that he is the ‘Avatar’  (embodiment of God on earth) who will effectively transform the entire world in his own lifetime.

Here is someone – and no god of any sort – at whose feet successive Indian Prime Ministers, Presidents and countless other Indian eminences, across a wide religious and political spectrum, have repeatedly fallen, including the current Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. In passing, I note that the latter’s  mentor was the exceptionally powerful late  S.B. Chavan, the former Home Minister who presided over the profound cover up of attempted police and media investigations of the April 6, 1993 police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom.

India's President Pratibha Devsingh Patil bows to Sai Baba

The then Editor of Sanathana Sarathi, the official Sai newsletter that goes worldwide, V.K. Narasimhan who, as I know from working alongside him, edited out embarrassing statements of Sai Baba, excluded the following blunders.  There has also been editorial omission of the embarrassments in Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXIX. Unfortunately for the weeders (see my article The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements), the efforts at excision failed to prevent the unwitting inclusion of the damaging material in the American film maker James Redmond’s footage of the entire discourse.

Still further, Robert Priddy has just unearthed – and now scanned and made available – a pamphlet containing Sai Baba’s 1996 Christmas Day discourse, published by Sai Towers, Puttaparthi. He has provided detailed information and commentary. Useful references to re-surfacing of this discourse are also contained in Brian Steel’s SB’s Discourses. More Nonsense’ (24 February 2002), and: The Sathya Sai Baba Discourse on Christmas Day, 1996.

 

Dr Manmohan Singh attends Sai Baba’s birthday event, 1996  

 

Here is just one of his many aburdities, which should rock, but does not, his auditors who know the slightest general history details:  “Three hundred and fifty years B.C., before Christ, Jews lived. However, among Jews, there were religions such as Islam and Christianity. People of that land, they are all Jews. That land is the birthplace of both the religions, Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew language was very prominent. This Hebrew language is more or less equal to our Sanskrit. …”

“Christianity is not just 2,000 years in its origin. It was there even before Christ, 350 years. There the divinity is explained very clearly.”

“The name and the fame of Jesus Christ have spread far and wide. Here, at this moment, there are two schools of thought. The first group of thought – Roman Catholics. There is another group that fought with this group. This group is called Protestants. As they protested, they are Protestants. So among Jews there are these two groups: Catholics and Protestants. The difference of opinion has increased day by day. This led to Jesus, whose life was in danger. Jews there in Jerusalem did not permit Jesus to go there. Like this, religious conflict and fighting was ever on the rise. There were 250 schools of thought, divisions there. They also monopolized certain countries.”

“Because of so many groups there, they all attempted even to harm Jesus. Romans on one side. Catholics on the other side. Luther on another side. There were so many groups that went on changing. All these differences are based on violence, and that led to madness. Because of this attachment to group affiliations, naturally there was conflict and fighting.”

“Religious affiliation leads to ego. This led to confusion among them as to what Jesus said right or wrong.”


Select Reading

Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

Sai Baba Is God Says Top George Bush Doctor

India’s Chronic Addiction To Anacronistic Gurus. Any Sea-change?

Venkataraman – the most gullible physicist alive?

Sathya Sai Baba followers in education and science

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba

Jorge Reyesvera – Posted Writings On Sathya Sai Baba Claims, Especially On Science

 A New Celebrity Endorsement of SSB’s Alleged Divinity?

General

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

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Gross Exaggerations of Puttaparthi Crowd Numbers

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 21, 2010

Robert Priddy (he for much longer) and I can fairly claim a friendship with the late V.K. Narasimhan, who had been, before he retired to Puttaparthi, the legendary and courageous editor of a number of India’s top newspapers, such as ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’ and ‘The Deccan Herald’. We would regularly sit together in his humble quarters at Puttaparthi, and he also received me as a guest in the family home in Chennai. Not long before VKN died, he instructed the hospital staff to allow me, even though considerable restrictions had been placed on visitation rights, to visit him at the Sathya Sai Superspeciality Hospital at Puttaparthi. I had been editing his book on the great French Jesuit philosopher and palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

I had seen a Priddy note in which he took to task a Sai Baba apologist who typified those many followers who reveal deep and repeated flaws of reasoning that are simply not acceptable in any proper discussion. He wrote to the individual: “I also know that there have never been “millions of foreigners” visiting him, though he has made such claims. The 70th birthday, which I attended, registered less than 40,000 foreign visitors from the entire world”

I have just asked Robert Priddy to send me a note from his writings that precisely record his observations on Sathya Sai Baba proneness to extraordinary exaggeration of crowd numbers. It reads:

“The ex-editor-in-chief of ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, V.K. Narasimhan (VKN), was a truth-seeker both of worldly facts and spiritual insight, with a critical sense and high standards, certainly not given to naive judgements, hasty conclusions, or exaggerated reports. As I got to know him in various situations, I came to regard his perceptions as very largely credible, not least because – despite all the good sense in many of SB’s activities, he always harboured doubts about SB’s more extravagant assertions. Though he seldom mentioned it in public, it was he who pointed out to me that SB repeatedly exaggerates figures wildly.On the 70th birthday SB had predicted that there would be 3 to 4 million visitors, said VKN beforehand. The ashram engineer, Mr. Ashoka, told a Norwegian engineer (whom I knew well and who was planning an ashram water project) that he calculated that, at any one time, the entire accommodation facilities of the ashram and Puttaparthi in (1995) were less than 50,000 persons. About 250,000 maximum can occupy the Hillview Stadium, where the entire crowd was present at the main ceremony. The ashram was as empty. Even when largish areas with tents and outside camps are accounted for, the figure of 500,000 persons is reckoned to be much greater than had been present in the area on the Birthday. An American friend, Robert Bruce, whom I have known for years, was told by SB in a brief interview after the celebrations that there had been 3 million persons present! Others reported similar statements by SB. (Some, unable to make SB’s figures add up, argued that – “since Swami is never wrong” – this perhaps was intended to include disembodied souls visiting God!). To this, VKN replied, “Swami always multiplies these numbers by ten.” He was well placed to know, if anyone was! In the preceding year to the 1995 birthday bonanza, SB had told one interview group that there would be 7,000 Japanese there, but in fact the registered number was 75! A group from New Zealand led by a foremost Sai foundational leader, Mr. Arthur Hillcoat, were informed by SB that he wanted 5,000 service workers from their country present in 1996 at the Birthday. (I then heard Mr. Hillcoat also tell that SB told them that radiation pollution from French nuclear tests would cause great havoc, ecological destruction and deaths in New Zealand. and other places thousands of miles distant. This has evidently not occurred as far can be judged). But at the 70th birthday, the biggest foreign contingent, however, came from the USA – 750 persons in all. The ashram accommodation office, which handles the passports of every foreign visitor, stated after the birthday event that there were at total of 8,000 delegates from 137 countries. This was the total number of foreign visitors registered at the ashram, whether believer or not: all were freely given the status of ‘delegates’, even mere tourists and inquisitive sceptics… my wife and I had to share a room with a couple, one of whom had never even had been to darshan once! This exaggeration is but one instance among many others. The figure of 3 million visitors was frequently repeated, because it came from Sai Baba himself both before and after the event (from reliable friends whom he told this in interviews). Yet estimated on a technical basis by the ashram engineer, Mr. Ashoka, no more than a maximum of 300,000 were present in the area at any one time, a fact also verified by calculating the size of the Hillview Stadium, which was not even entirely full even at the main opening ceremony, as photos show. This was no isolated case of such multiplication by SB, for VKN told me all important birthday attendance figures had been hugely overblown. He reckoned as an absolute maximum 400,000 at the 60th birthday, when millions were also said to have been present, but the engineer’s estimates made even this far too many”.

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Some Further Readings

Renowned Indian Editor VKN. Diary and Letter Scans Reveal

85th Birthday: Golden Age, Prema Sai Baba

Major Downturn of Foreigners Visiting Sai Baba At Puttaparthi

Sathya Sai Baba’s credibility gap: Contributions by John Hislop

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General

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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Many Contradictions In Sathya Sai Baba Official Literature

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 19, 2010

Worldwide, when deeply concerned people in very large numbers left Sathya Sai Baba – commencing circa 2000 – one of their most typical and prompt responses was to get rid of all the paraphernalia that belonged to devotion to this guru. This meant:  the books, the official newsletter, Sanathana Sarathi,  the photos, rings, pendants, robes, and so on, which would otherwise bring back memories far more painful than joyful.

Fortunately, since the books and publications such as Sanathana Sarathi, individuals of scholarly mind, such as Robert Priddy,  Brian Steel and Alexandra Nagel, realised the importance of preserving documentation. These now prove to be most revelatory in self-damaging ways that could never have been the intention of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult leaders.

Robert Priddy was a contributor to Sanathana Sarathi, and much respected by its editor, the renowned (retired to Puttaparthi) Indian newspaper editor, V.K. Narasimhan (See photo). For those who like to delve into archives, here are Priddy’s articles from that widely-distributed publication. They state positions very different to what he has taken, as a major dissenter, in the last decade. Priddy was co-founder and longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway.

 

Spiritual Insight
Transcends Science
March ’88, p. 63ff
Common sense
and Truth Sept.
’88, p. 246ff
The Eternal Verity
Oct. ’88, p. 269ff
From Fragmentation
to Synthesis
Jan. ’89, p. 17ff
Back to the Source
Feb. ’89, p. 45ff
What is
Inner Reality?
June ’89, p. 147ff
Human Unity
Holistic Understanding
Oct. ’89, p. 269ff
God’s Will
and Ours
Jan. ’90, p. 17ff
Language of Head
and Heart
May’90, p. 129ff
Towards Acceptance
of Suffering
Sept. ’90, p. 248ff
The Challenge
of Sai Baba’s Teachings
Feb. ’91, p. 43ff
Inquiry into
the Self
Apr, ’91, p. 101ff
Faith &
Certainty
July ’91, p. 189ff
Freedom
& Fate
June ’93, p. 165ff
Diversity, Unity,
Divinity
May ’94, 129ff
The Way
Beyond
Apr. ’94, p. 103ff
The Universal
World Teacher
July ’94, p. 186ff
Science & Spiritual
Knowledge
Sept. 1994, p. 234ff
Reflections on
Seeing Good
March 1995, p. 75ff
The Unfolding
Divine Saga
Nov. ’95, p. 24ff
Self-esteem, Basis
of Spirituality
May, ’96, p. 134ff
Playing the
Game of Life
July ’97, p. 184ff:
On Religious
& Other DifferencesJuly ’98, p. 182ff
 

 Recent Robert Priddy blogs have made effective use of Sanathana Sarathi. If there were ever to be a law case in which facts and myths could be separated from each other, this newsletter, which goes worldwide to devotees, would be of substantive value as stark  testimony. Unless India were to be delivered from the dire corruption which afflicts that in so many other ways magnificent nation, such a recourse is quite out of the question. In the meantime, such Priddy articles excellently show the dichotomy between Sathya Sai Baba’s officially recorded words, and his actions as we know them to be.

It is not that official Sai editors have not tried, since the glaring spotlight thrown on the cult by critical and competent minds, and the exposure in leading worldwide media, to expunge terrible indicting references from the literature emanating from Sai publishing venues. See:  The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements.

My reader who has time may like to go straight to the Priddy articles. In the meantime, see the sampling below.

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‘Everyone’ loves Me’ says Sathya Sai Baba, everyone will visit

Sathya Sai Speaks

“Equally, nobody is hostile to Bhagawan. Everyone loves and none hates Bhagawan. Bhagawan’s mission is well known.“
(Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam)

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me”

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

Robert Priddy comments:

“If one looks at any website which collects news items from the world, one will not find the name of Sathya Sai Baba there, (unless it is an Indian subcontinent news collection). Sai Baba’s usual pretense that the “whole world” knows about him, repeated yet again in the August discourse, is a directly laughable claim which would suggest how little he knows of the real world!

Despite his life-long afro-frizz and glaring orange robe and many other ways of attracting attention to himself, he is very far from being as oft-mentioned or anything like as recognisable as world-famous people are… such as Queen Elisabeth, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela, or countless presidents and prime ministers  and he can’t even measure his fame against top sportsmen like David Beckham & Tiger Woods, or an entire compendium of stage and screen stars! Does he actually imagine that 1.4 million Chinese have even heard of him, or most of the world’s 2 billion Christians, 1 billion Muslims, not to detail countless others who care nothing for an Indian swami? If so, he is completely out of touch in an ‘eternal omnipresent’ sphere of his own intense imagining”.

Sathya Sai Baba’s claims of financial poverty, non-ownership and self-sacrifice

Robert Priddy comments:

“Any near-exact estimate of the entire Sai holdings is impossible to make due to the extremely secretive Sathya Sai Central Trust and other funds over which he has control , but $10 billion would probably be a conservative guess. Calculating on the basis of membership figures and other estimates touted by the Sathya Sai Organisation, another source put the figure at $45 billion sometime after 2000. Since reliable information on everything about the Sai empire is never declared fully and their accounts are protected by the government, including the secrets of the many sources from which donations come (testimonies of deceased devotees, often their entire estates – such as the fortune of the famous film star James Mason, for one. A close relative of a friend of mine was induced to part with £1/4 million in her last will and testament to the Sathya Sai Central Trust when  Sai devotees – having already extracted tens of thousands of pounds from her for projects which never materialized – further concentrated on ‘love-bombing’ her in her aged frailty, giving her false hopes of salvation and so on”.

No accounts are available to anyone – other than undocumented annual gross sum statements by the authorities, who are often under Sai Baba’s influential thumb – as is well known to insiders -) The Sathya Sai Trust is exempt from taxation, and special freedom from import duties have been granted by his governmental followers. One certainly wonders where it all goes, apart from the opulent luxuries like charter jets, extravagant buildings, apartments and frequent costly festivals and huge ‘birthday bashes’!”

Sathya Sai Baba prophecies on his own death date(s)

Priddy relates:

“Sathya Narayana Raju (later Sathya Sai Baba) is reported by several devotee writers as having said he will die at the age 95 and/or 96 (in some places in India a person who is 95, yet is in-the 96th year, is said to be 96 years old.) On various occasions Baba has reportedly said in private that his life would last 96 years [eg by S. Balu, ‘Living Divinity’ London: Sawbridge Enterprises, 1981, p. 29] which age he finally confirmed in a discourse in 2000. Yet, contradictorily, in two early discourses in 1960 and 1961 respectively, he gave the length of his remaining life as 58 and 59 years (see scan of one instance below). This adds up to a life-span of only either 92 or 93 years! However, Mr. Ratan Lal, who was one of the closest associates of Sathya Sai Baba for many years, reported in a lecture at the ashram that  Sai Baba had repeated the prediction of 96 years personally to him, telling this to a friend of ours who edited his books for him (Anne-Irene). Moreover, Sai Baba had also told him that was no-one’s business when he would leave the body – he could even prolong his life if he deemed necessary! It certainly seems he was covering himself for whenever it actually happens”.

Sathya Sai Baba condemns his critics as “demons”

“The record to date shows, however, that Sathya Sai Baba’s self-described “glory” has not “gone on increasing day by day”. It has diminished in the eyes of the world (foreign devotees have dropped away in huge droves) and he is a wheelchair-bound invalid who very seldom smiles and who is actually reported by close servitors as crying much of the day! (see here)

Among the elite of Indian politics, many worship Sathya Sai Baba. One small example: in an article in the International Herald Tribune, the Indian pundit Shashi Tharoor actually endorsed Sathya Sai Baba as a genuine miracle maker and virtually all-knowing person – see more here“.

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 General

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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Major Downturn of Foreigners Visiting Sai Baba At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2010

Long ago, Sathya Sai Baba told his followers that eventually very few of his devotees would remain. One may posit, of course, less divine explanations for this foretelling, though his devotees think that he speaks from divine all-knowingness. For example, rather, that he saw (rather than omnisciently foresaw) that his unbridled sexual appetite for boys and young men and many other most terrible abuses would finally catch up with him. His game is up, but not his game of relying powerful elements of the Indian power structure to cover up for him.

We receive reports of the enormous decline in the number of foreigners visiting Sathya Sai Baba at the Puttaparthi ashram. It is the western media, such as the BBC, that have investigated and exposed Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. Visitor numbers from within India have been assisted by the pushing of a railhead to Puttaparthi. The airport, however, is now seen by many as a spent force. See Robert Priddy’s: Sathya Sai Airport “white elephant” for sale!  See also: Sai Baba’s tennis stadium another white elephant?

I recall being in a group listening in the 70’s to the late Professor P.N. Kasturi, his official biographer, editor of Sai Baba’s magazine Sanathana Sarathi and often Sai Baba’s on-stage translator, saying that:  A “big government minister” implored Sathya Sai  to allow a railhead all the way up to Puttaparthi, but was refused. It is there now, and enhances Indian crowd numbers, especially among the peasants and the middle class. A powerful reason for his continued patronage in India is that, to its undying shame, most of the Indian media eschews material critical of Sathya Sai Baba. His political clout is too great. 

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The Public Petition   

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 29, 2010

Who in the West, and well beyond, has not heard Bob Dylan’s 1974 song ‘Forever Young’?

After 60 His Body Would Never Age – But …!

Some of the Sathya Sai Baba’s core, oft-proclaimed virtues are named in the Bob Dylan song, but quite apart from grave difficulties in living up to these, Sai Baba has also failed in his prophecy of looking – after his 60th birthday – forever young.  A few lines of the Dylan song run:

May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

But, as so commonly, Sai Baba, in word and action falsifies what he superabundantly preaches.

“Desire to which you are too fondly attached breeds anger and its nefarious brood. Discard it and you can have perpetual youth! The Aanandha that the Aathman can manifest will keep age and ageing away!” Discourse of Sathya Sai Baba, Prashanthi Nilayam, 22 Feb 1971. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust.

“The attributes of the Avatars are beyond human comprehension…. Rama and Krishna were ever youthful. Have you ever seen a picture of Rama or Krishna with grey hair?….. Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces … I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause). There is not a single wrinkle on My face”. Sanathana Sarathi, October, 2002.

This was what he wanted people to believe:-

But …!

On his 60th birthday, he promised to look like this, forever young, as it were:

Now he looks like this:

Sathya Sai Baba said would not age. But …!

How many failed prophecies of his do Sai Baba’s millions of devotees have to hear before they start to think critically? That so many of them are scientists, judges, engineers, teachers, politicians, diplomats and so on is cause for real concern. If India does not act to curb superstition in its elites, will it not become the enduring laughing-stock of the world, especially as it, along with China, attains superpower status?

What Sai Baba devotee did not see the early signs of his physical demise? Like the balding at the back of his head, the thinning and greying of his hair? In early 1998, along with horrified and gasping thousands, I saw him fall headlong as he was about to mount the small step leading to the verandah near the entrance to his Puttaparthi interview room. Faith, like the experience of ‘being in love’, is blind.

Although they do not allude to it, Sai Baba’s officials can no longer conceal his declining mental health nor his increasing physical decrepitude. They do not broadcast – and literally in the case of Dr G. Venkataraman’s international propaganda transmissions over Radio Sai Global Harmony – that he has said that his body will not age after he is 60 years. But his official organisation’s videos become increasingly revealing – see http://www.saicast.org/festivals.htm and click on “Christmas Day 2005 morning”. Here, it takes no doctor to note the “stone-face,” (Is it e.g., Parkinson’s disease?), the indecisive bodily movements and the general sense of dithering mental confusion.

One can note, for example, his poor efforts at using the knife to cut his birthday cake. Reports are increasing of his doing strange things, sometimes in full view of the public, like walking in circles muttering away to himself. Here is an Indo-Norwegian devotee report Oct 17, 2006,

“Swami has problems in moving, has had five fractures in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and only one was cured. According to Swami’s close friends, he has become very emotional recently, often sitting in tears …”

Examination of recent photos on an official website show the way in which select students surround him at closer quarters than hitherto and with great vigilance, their faces and body language clearly anxious lest he topple over. Here, too, one observes the immobile face.

On stage before February 2004’s Mahasivaratri crowd, the BBC cameras (in footage that would later become part of ‘The Secret Swami’, which has been seen in over 120 countries around the world) show Sai Baba looking increasingly sick. He produces the lingam, and the materialization trick demonstrated by Professor Narendra Nayak is easy for the viewer to spot, the lingam being concealed in Sai Baba’s handkerchief. In the ensueing documentary, the BBC journalist Tanya Datta comments:

“To the alarm of the crowd suddenly Sai Baba collapsed. His huge coterie of staff swung into action. There was panic. An organisation used to tight control seemed to have lost its grip. Sai Baba was hastily wheeled off stage.”

Later, he is carried hobbling back, with officials claiming that he manifested two more lingams offstage. To the audience, a shaken Sai Baba makes a preposterous claim “Out of the stomach emanated Shiva Lingas of the weight of three tonnes. That’s the reason why some strain on the face and the body”:
http://home.hetnet.nl/~ex-baba/engels/movies.html

One can go a deal further back to find other such inane statements. He has made the most garbled, contradictory and unscientific statements about magnetism.

In his public discourse March 13, 2002, he told thousands that his divine magnetism holds him to the ground, impeding his feet and hand movements:

“So when I put My foot down, the whole foot stuck to the ground. It is a little hard to lift a foot that is stuck. Wherever I walk, it sticks there. Whatever is held, it sticks to My (sic) hand. This magnet is not in everyone like this. This magnet is so powerful only in Divinity.”

A native Telegu speaker has kindly translated for me a revealing section of a report. He writes:

‘The translation of the relevant part from the second-last paragraph in the news item from Eenadu, Monday 22, January 22, is as follows:

“Lacking in Clarity: There was a lack of clarity in Satya Sai’s speech because of his old age. The interpreter struggled much to translate his speech into English. Satya Sai was seated in a special wheel chair which was brought very close to the car, so he could very slowly get into it. At the time of the speech, he stood up with great difficulty with the help of his assistants”.

Note: Eenadu is the largest circulated Telugu newspaper in Andhra Pradesh and boasts a daily readership of over 10 million.

 For Online Viewing and/or Dowloading

The Secret Swami (BBC Television) Broadband 154 MB

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

Sleight Of Hand. The Sleightness of Sathya Sai Baba (Exposing film clips)

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

Censored Indian National Television Film of Sai Baba Cheating

Sai Baba Cultists’ Gull Wider Communities

BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip)

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

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba). Revealing Footage

General

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:

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Ignorance of Basic Scientific Fact, and Devotee Silence on This Fact

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 3, 2009

Dr Kanwaljeet ‘Sunny’ Anand of Arkansas, USA, was a George W. Bush Administration medical advisor. One might think that a physician of distinction would be on-guard about crowd estimates. Or, again, in treating highly questionable interpretations of sections of various scriptures as though they are established fact.

Many, however, are the cases where otherwise intelligent individuals, blinded by their fervent belief systems, abandon reason and commonsense. In a speech at Sathya Sai Baba’s 80th birthday celebrations in Puttaparthi – a talk widely exploited as propaganda by the Puttaparthi machine, for example by the Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust – Dr Anand (who is assuredly not an expert on “all the major religious texts of the world”) said:

“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, but most of the world remains oblivious of His Presence”

This speech appeared at the Sathya Sai official site http://www.srisathyasaipublications.org/anand.htm but has gone from this link. A longer quote from it (than here) appears at the Brian Steel, along with his detailed commentary, at page cited below.

It is to no point (other than to reveal that they ceaselessly abandon their master’s teaching about right speech and action) that Sathya Sai activists resort to vituperative and personal attacks on those former devotees and other critics who expose the absurdities. It is a sure sign that they defend the indefensible – for example his claim that the life enters the foetus at four months and nine days – YET, contradictorily, that it enters at 210 days. Dr ‘Sunny’ Anand is a top expert in neonatology, and cannot possibly run his medical practice or teach his university student along the lines of the preposterous statements reported in Sathya Sai Baba official magazine, Sanathana Sarathi.

 

NOTE:

Quoting at some length Dr Anand’s remarks made at Sathya Sai Baba’s 80th birthday celebrations, the former Sathya Sai Baba follower Brian Steel – A New Celebrity Endorsement of SSB’s Alleged Divinity?  (January 2006) wrote that he had written to Anand:

“I recently managed to establish initial contact in order to ascertain whether he did in fact make and authorise the extraordinary statement …. At first Dr Anand stated he was happy to clarify the as yet unidentified statement, but when I quoted it to him, he declined to answer by email, inviting me, instead, to his home for a friendly chat. With equal bonhomie, he added that any further emails from me would be automatically routed to the Junk box of his professional email address. Since he did not see any reason to offer me his private email address, I instantly concluded it would be a waste of my time and money to fly 10,000 miles for the promised chat.

Although my initial question has still not been categorically answered, all I can – and must – do for the moment is to publish the alleged comments, because they are a part of a very powerful promotional public statement by the SSO (or, to be more exact, the SSSBPT, which is the publishing wing of the Organisation – just one of the network of official websites which have sprung up since 1999 to promote the guru who originally became famous for stating, rather disingenuously, that he needed no advertising)”.

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Further Reading

See the article by Jorge Reyesvera (an ex-devotee and Sathya Sai Organization leader, Mexico) on Sathya Sai Baba’s extraordinary Mahasivarathri 2002 discourse: 

Sai Baba and Magnetism – The Omniscient Sai Baba’s Massive Ignorance of Physics Exposed (1)  by Jorge Reyesvera

Robert Priddy

Sathya Sai Baba on the physical sciences

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba

Barry Pittard

When ‘Divine’ Magnetism Becomes A Dead Weight

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Barry Pittard’s comments in regard to the Public Petition) -:

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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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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Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 12, 2009

Note:  Thursday 7 October 2010.  But two areas in which the blindness of countless followers of Sathya Sai Baba is exposed are of science and history. His comments are extremely ill-informed, and sometimes so absurd as to beggar belief. Here is India’s chronically ailing would-be Avatar of Avatars, the figure who has told us that he will soon be traveling abroad! And who long ago said that in the last quadrant of his life he would be ruling the world!  And who said at the time of his 60th birthday that he would not hitherto show signs of physical ageing! This article from 2009 at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’ drives home the silliness of it all.

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Sathya Sai Baba is wildly at odds with some of the most basic scientific facts. His jumping between physical and metaphysical notions, vague at best, clash with the physics being taught in his colleges and university – and in any respectable classroom.  He would even have it that gold is magnetic!

Sathya Sai Baba - from Sanathana Sarathi, April 2002, p. 123

Sathya Sai Baba – from ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, April 2002, p. 123

In actual fact, at this time, Sai Baba was having grave difficulties with his hip, which had to undergo a series of operations.

In an early blog of mine in 2007 – A Great Deceiver – Laughable But Still Dangerous – I wrote:  “Sai Baba’s many scientist followers must have to block their ears or don magical-thinking hearing aids when he opines on matters scientific. Some of his pronouncements are comic, to be sure. But the smile disappears from one’s face when considering that Sai Baba’s devotees number many leaders in the top power echelons of politics, government, the sciences, the judiciary, diplomacy, industry, finance, the arts, medicine, and so on.  He speaks, for example, of the nature of magnetism” …..

Since then, Sai Baba’s critical commentators have noted many past and current absurdities. A scholar, Brian Steel, strongly versed in Sathya Sai bibliography, has examined many of these, and I have selected and commented on a number of his writings in articles that contain the links to these extensive writings. Sathya Sai Baba has made very serious scientific and historical blunders.

For Steel’s detailed and sharply contextualized discussions, see

 

on Jesus Christ and Martin Luther .

and:

Sai Baba and Christianity. Some Observations (2002).

In the latter, Steel remarks on the “alarming nature of Sai Baba’s inventiveness”. This piece can instructively be read in concert with his:

On Jesus Christ and Martin Luther .

These grand pronouncements of Sai Baba are sometimes accompanied by cheering from the crowds he attracts – or, perhaps one may say, magnetizes. Those devotees who have a scientific education would, if their faith were to be sustained, need to make some procrustean mental shifts, performing conceptual acrobatics worthy of the adherents of Manichaeism.

Further Reading

See Jorge Reyesvera‘s point-by-point, rational reductio of Sathya Sai Baba’s terribly confused, sometimes downright contradictory, notions of magnetism:

The Omniscient Sai Baba’s Massive ignorance of Physics Exposed (I)

  • Be it noted that the source of the discourse that Reyesvera uses is from a provenance long-accepted by Sathya Sai Baba adherents everywhere. A comment on this article reads that this:  “discourse on magnetism by Sathya Sai Baba is from the  Mahasivarathri, 2002 … The following is an excerpt from the verbatim translation of the premsai website’s version of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on Mahashivarathri, 13-3-2002, which appears in an edited-down version in ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ – March 2002″.

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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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Further useful Resources Critical of Sathya Sai Baba’s Understanding of Science and Education

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

Robert Priddy, retired academic in philosophy and the social sciences, University of Oslo, writes in his article

Sathya Sai Baba followers in education and science :-

“Not one head of any independent University in the world has endorsed Sathya Sai Baba educational ideals or programmes, and – as is well known – a branch of UNESCO withdrew from a planned educational conference under the auspices of Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi once they had investigated what this involved. (See UNESCO’s warning on Sathya Sai Baba here)

Not one Nobel laureate is known to be a follower, as far as can be discovered. Incidentally, Sathya Sai Baba has been forwarded as a candidate for the Nobel Peace prize by the Indian Government, obviously without result, of course. He made clear his  hopes that he would receive it from Dr. Michael Nobel, a grandson of Alfred Nobel, but a person who the Nobel Committee has denounced. See Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition

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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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Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 2, 2008

The Human Rights Watch World Report 2008 is in marked conflict with Sathya Sai Baba’s promises made over many decades. He has said that he would first save India and then the rest of the world – this within his own lifetime.
An India S. Sai Baba Has Said He Would Save

Depicts an India very different to the Sathya Sai Baba mythos. He said he would, in his own lifetime (he is in his 8th decade!), first 'clean up (his) own back yard', India, and then save the rest of the world

His millions of followers hear his blatantly untrue statements but remain silent and blindly pin their faith on him as they do his pictures on their walls. They come from most countries around the world and know only too well the profound error of a statement of his such as:

“Today the whole world is respecting Me.” (Sanathana Sarathi, Sept. 2003, p 267).

One of his many unfulfilled predictions was made to a longtime foremost devotee, Connie Shaw, who is among several chief disseminators of the Sai mythos. Her books carry titles such as Wake Up Laughing: My Miraculous Life with Sai Baba. She is more widely sought after as a visionary by ‘New Age’ enthusiasts, and another of her books is titled Mary’s Miracles and Prophecies: Intimate Revelations of a Visionary.

She reports of her interview with Sathya  Sai Baba on her 31st visit to him in 2002:

Baba: Really, no joking (He made some invisible writing in the air) … five years more. In 2007 there will be no more war. Peace on earth.

Connie: Five more years?! Then really, truly the war will be over?”

Baba: Yes, you will see.

Source, an official S. Sai Baba website: http://www.saibaba.ws/reports/connieshaw.htm

But the picture imparted by such a major source as the section on India in  Human Rights Watch World Report 2008 is very different to these rosy scenarios so widely touted by Sathya Sai Baba propagandists as Connie Shaw, and, indeed, by himself. The point should be made clear that many heads of the very police and military forces involved are, from time to time, seen bowing down to Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi. So too are the current President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil who has been known for fine work among the poor but, like so many top echelon Indian leaders across the political spectrum, will not look, as was the case with the last Indian President,  Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, into the hard evidence against Sathya Sai Baba. Another of his visitors is the current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has no excuse for the monumental Sathya Sai Baba cover-ups because he and his top associates, as was the case of his immediate predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee, are known to hold many facts highly inimical to Sathya Sai Baba. A series of Indian heads of state, irrespective of party affiliation have cooperated in the profound cover-up of scandals involving Sathya Sai Baba, and as one of India’s top newspaper editors privately told me – he and his organization are too powerful to take on.

From the World Report 2008, I have extracted some major points:

Armed Conflicts and Security Force Impunity India claims an abiding commitment to human rights, but its record is marred by continuing violations by security forces in counterinsurgency operations and by government failure to rigorously implement laws and policies to protect marginalized communities. A vibrant media and civil society continue to press for improvements, but without tangible signs of success in 2007

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The government has yet to root out the policies responsible for the violations, and continues to grant virtual impunity to perpetrators. Despite signing a new United Nations treaty to combat forced disappearances in February 2007, the Indian government is yet to launch a credible independent investigation into alleged disappearances and fake “encounter killings” throughout the country.

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In February 2007, police investigations into a “missing persons” case in Jammu and Kashmir exposed a problem long alleged by human rights groups: people were being killed in custody by security forces who constructed fake armed encounters, staging executions to look like acts of defense.

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In April 2007, a working group on Jammu and Kashmir recommended the repeal of laws sanctioning impunity, such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, but the government has failed to act.

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The Maoists find support among the rural poor, who feel left out by India’s modernization process and surging economic growth. Unfortunately, these same vulnerable groups also suffer at the hand of the Maoists because of the latter’s illegal taxes and demands for food and shelter. Succumbing to such extortion puts civilians at risk of retaliation by security forces.

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In 2007 there was still no progress in investigating thousands of secret cremations in the northern state of Punjab. Following a spate of violent attacks by Sikh militants starting in the early 1980s, security forces illegally detained, tortured, executed, or “disappeared” thousands of people during counterinsurgency operations.

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Failure of Relocation and Rehabilitation Policies
Tremendous economic growth and plans for industrial development and infrastructure building have uprooted millions of traders, farmers, and landless laborers. Protests by affected groups are ignored and often brutally curbed through excessive use of force.

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In March 2007, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) urged the government to take effective measures to protect Dalits and tribal groups. Dalits and indigenous peoples (known as Scheduled Tribes or adivasis) continue to face discrimination, exclusion, and acts of communal violence. Laws and policies adopted by the Indian government provide a strong basis for protection, but are not being faithfully implemented by local authorities. Instead of addressing these concerns, the Indian government insists that caste is not the same as race and therefore discrimination based on caste and tribe falls outside the mandate of CERD.

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The Indian government, however, has failed to prosecute most of those who instigate or participate in religious mob violence.

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After more than a decade of hearings, a special court convicted 100 people for their involvement in the 1993 serial bomb attacks in Mumbai. However, the individuals believed responsible for attacks upon Muslims in January 1993 which preceded the bomb blasts are yet to be prosecuted and punished.

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Despite promises made by the prime minister in 2005, there was also no progress in justice for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Human Rights Defenders
In Chattisgarh state, which experienced more Maoist violence than any other state in 2007, civil society organizations have come under attack in a classic example of “punishing the messenger.” Prominent human rights defender Dr. Binayak Sen was detained for his alleged contact with the Maoist groups. Several journalists and other human rights activists said that they had been threatened by government officials.

Failure to Protect Children’s Rights
Despite a scheme launched three years ago to provide universal education, millions of children in India still have no access to education and work long hours, many as bonded laborers. Many children continue to be forced into becoming soldiers in areas where there are armed conflicts, or are trafficked for marriage, sex work, or employment. Others languish in substandard orphanages or detention centers.

Rights of Those Living with HIV/AIDS
New estimates of people living with HIV/AIDS place the number at around 2.5 million, excluding children under age 15. Children and adults living with HIV/AIDS, as well as those whose marginalized status puts them at highest risk—sex workers, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men—face widespread stigmatization and discrimination, including denial of employment, access to education, orphan care, and healthcare.

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Rights of Women
India has a mixed record on women’s rights: despite recent improvements in legal protections, gender-based discrimination and violence remain deeply entrenched. The low status of women and girls is revealed by the skewed sex ratio of 933 females for every 1,000 males and the high rate of preventable maternal deaths, with one woman dying in childbirth every five minutes.

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Key International Actors
India claims that its growing economic power should give it more clout in global diplomacy, seeking a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and a leading role in the Commonwealth and the Non Aligned Movement. However, it has yet to show that it can play a serious global role in pushing for greater adherence to international human rights standards.

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While India has strong economic and strategic ties with the United States and the European Union, it has refused to engage in constructive dialogue on its own failures in protecting human rights. Governments have been reluctant to challenge India in part because they do not want to risk upsetting relations with an important economic and trade partner.

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India’s regional policies are often determined by strategic concerns over China’s increasing influence in South Asia, and this often contributes to decisions by officials to avoid proactive engagement on human rights issues.

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After the Burmese junta’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists in September 2007, India simply issued statements calling for a peaceful settlement of the issue. India at this writing had not used its military sales and business dealings with the junta to press for accountability and respect for human rights standards.

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Some Related Barry Pittard articles at: https://barrypittard.wordpress.com

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CNN-IBN Reports Action On Corrupt Indian Gurus

Indian Ex Top Official Dogs Sai Baba On BBC. ‘Cold-blooded Murder’

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The Genesis of the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba)

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

A Top Indian Editor Vir Sanghvi Fails Research Test

UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks

Indian Media’s Reticence on Top Guru, Sathya Sai Baba, Weakens

Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore

Serial Sex Molestation and Bedroom Killings. But Much More

Police Killings in Sai Baba’s Bedroom At Puttaparthi

Self-documented Folly of India’s Would-be God

Sai Baba Is God Says Top George Bush Doctor

Has ‘World Saviour’ Missed His Plane?

Sai Baba Will Act Against His Dissenters

A Strong India Can Bless The World

Watershed year for India-U.S. relations, says Rocca

Supercool Indian Gurus Under Fire

The Guru Trap. Will India Be Forever Trapped?

Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption

Criticism of Sai Baba No Reflection On Hinduism

Genital Oiling. Do Hindu Religious Leaders Approve?

Renowned Indian Editor VKN. Diary and Letter Scans Reveal

Is Sai Baba’s Governmental Influence ‘Miraculous’?

Indian Rationalists, Humanists Unsafe Opposing Sai Baba

Indian Gurus Stifle India’s Chance To Excel

Sai Baba’s “Back Yard” Still A Mess

Who In India Will Stand out Against Abuses?

Police Killings Related to Sai Baba Sex Abuse Says Dr Bhatia

Sai Baba Promised to Transform India. But Child Abuse Rampant

Dr Naresh Bhatia. Silenced Now In Indian Child Abuse Scourge

Indian Government Study of Child Abuse Is Groundbreaking

Child Abuse in India. Will Minister Renuka Chowdhury Act?

Child Abuse Rife In India. But Who Would Speak Out?

Sai Baba Promised to Transform India. But Child Abuse Rampant

Taboo On Acting Against Sexual Abuse In India

Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”

P.N. Bhagwati, India’s Ex-Chief Justice: Wild, Reckless Claims

Corrupt Indian Judges Stonewall Case Vs Sai Baba

Inequality before the law in India

Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further?

Will India’s New Backlash Against Corruption Lash Sathya Sai Baba?

Sai Baba: I Will Save India Then World. But he’s Failed

India Lead World? Sai Baba Says Yes. Robert Priddy No

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

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Sathya Sai Baba Bans But Permits Foot Touching

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 5, 2008

At the Bal Vikas conference in Prashanti Nilayam in 2001, after sixty years of offering what he deems to be his Holy Feet to be touched, Sathya Sai Baba declared that he was not going to allow padnamaskaar to anyone anymore.

This is reported on an official Sathya Sai Organization web page at http://www.saibaba.org.hk/step6.htm). As is well known among his followers, the matter was also reported in the official magazine Sanathana Sarathi, which is distributed worldwide. After an extraordinary number of years in permitting the practice, he has discovered that it created a sense of separation between himself and his devotees! He wanted them to see him in one and all. He said that the namaskaar that would be offered to him had better be offered to parents, elders, gurus, etc. He added: “See me in your heart and in the heart of everyone you meet.”

One might well wonder whether those who, with the underhand cooperation of prominent Sathya Sai Baba servitors, and rank-and-file members, have behaved so scurrilously towards former devotees who have spoken out have quite got around to noting such noble teachings. See:

The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign. Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members

In short, Sathya Sai Baba has put himself even more at the centre than before – he was to be worshipped in or through everyone else! However, he is still often observed to accept the touching of his feet.

The attached image of 7-year old boy doing padnamaskar is from http://www.saibaba.ws/articles/lettertoswami.htm – before he pronounced that padnamaskaar would stop. However, the photo of his official translator and a key servitor Professor Anil Kumar was captured by the from the BBC film ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004), well after Sathya Sai Baba said he stopped the practice of padnamaskaar of his feet!

Select Reading

Professor Anil Kumar Sathya Sai Baba’s Translator

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A RevisionProbed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team

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