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The Mystification of Sathya Sai Baba Devotees

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 30, 2011

Recently,  Sathya Sai Baba devotees have suffered terrible shocks. To devotees with any reasoning capabilities intact, no amount of Sathya Sai Central Trust’s spin-doctoring will do.  It is little wonder that some leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization with more developed democratic tendencies have long fell foul of those such as Indulal Shah. The difficulty here was always there was the thought that Shah and other leaders, however autocratic and unpleasant their manner, were, after all, but mouth-pieces for Sathya Sai Baba. Little did they know …..

Many followers were forced to consider that those servitors, handpicked by Sathya Sai Baba himself, have been party to extremely unaccountable, poor explanations surrounding his sickness and death. They learn, if they did not already know, or else had forgotten, that he foretold that he would die circa 2022 AD. It could not be lost on at least some devotees that many of his prophecies and promises did not materialise. Such anomalies were many.

In the extraordinary confusion of the recent events, the Central Trust tried to explain matters away. However (most sensibly from their point of view) they quickly reverted to their old ruse of saying nothing, and occasionally almost nothing.

What happens commonly with psychological trauma happens, of course, with Sai Baba followers, too. The victims go into psychological denial more intense than they have ever experienced.  After ignoring the extensive documentation of former devotees and other critics of Sai Baba for over a decade, devotees at last got to learn of Sathya Sai Baba’s incredible secrecy, and that of his leaders.

To be sure, what former devotees and other critics of Sathya Sai Baba did not know was the incredible hoarding of billions in various currencies and gold, silver and precious gems, and many luxury goods, the latter of which have been mouldering away in a manner not entirely unlike, I have suggested, poor Miss Havisham’s circumstances in Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’: When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard. Posted by Barry Pittard on July 24, 2011

The events leading up to Sai Baba’s death, the death itself, and the aftermath of infighting about the succession by his chief servitors, became known throughout India – namely, Satyajit (alias Yatish Salian, Sai Baba’s longtime paramour and favourite), V. Srinivasan, and R.J.Ratnakar

Satyajit (Yatish Salian), Sathya Sai Baba Favorite

about all of whom there is much mystification among many Sathya Sai Baba devotees. See:  Sathya Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar – Long Police Interrogation. Intensive Investigations Continue. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011.

The events were so newsworthy that a media which – unlike the international press to whom a number of us long ago convinced of the worthiness of our accounts of Sathya Sai Baba  –  has almost entirely to the last press baron failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his authoritarian cult.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar, Sai Baba’s Nephew. Effective Sai Trust Supremo.

Here is the earlier type of presentation that Ratnakar would now clearly like the public to forget all about. It is a statement a prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of Management,V.Srinivasan, chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India, made on the same day as the Central Trust made its tediously waffling major public statement, couched verbatim, in this portion, in both cases:  

“In the light of baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that the accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed these have been engineered by certain vested interests”. (Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST).

Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba Scandal: View RJ Ratnakar’s Body Language In NDTV Interview On Sai Trust ‘Transparency’. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 29, 2011

NOTE:  Writers on the Sathya Sai saga, like Robert Priddy, Brian Steel and myself have long exposed the tissues of lies that Sai Trust officials spin to devotees at large and to others. But what devotees were prepared to use their critical faculties in the least? Very few indeed. Against all their knowledge down the years that we were not (as Sai Baba said of us)Demons’, ‘Judases’, and that we had paltry money motives, they mindlessly preferred to listen to the deceitful avowals of leaders such as Indulal Shah, Dr Michael  Goldstein – see: Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips), Dr G. Venkataraman, and so on – see:Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

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An Introspective Exercise For Fearless Sathya Sai Baba Devotees

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 22, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba core leaders such as Dr Michael Goldstein, Dr G.L. Venkataraman and and others are deeply implicated in the massive cover up of a profoundly dark side of Sathya Sai Baba  and the inner machinations of his religious empire.

Those who have left, or are still having a crisis about whether to leave the Sathya Sai Organization, need to do some careful, consecutive thinking about the nature of what Sathya Sai Baba and his core leaders have fed to them down these long years.

More than anything else, they will need to look at themselves with rigorous self-examination. Anything like rationalization and easy answers are to be avoided. Such as:  But what about the miracles? But what about all the good that he has done? But what about the transformation in my life, and the lives of so many? And so on … These are worthy questions, but, taken on their own, they can obscure what, within oneself, has been denied, and not faced.

There have been great crimes, manipulations and betrayals. There has been the psychological condition of a greatly charismatic but profoundly flawed master of deception. And there has been our own beguilement. See: 

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

Because the depth of deception and of self-deception are so deep-layered, it is often not possible to assemble all the answers one might wish. In the face of this difficulty, I suggest this approach:

  • carefully note down, firstly – well away from distractions! – and in brief form, those misgivings one has had while involved in Sathya Sai Baba activities, and which one has swept from one’s mind – the contradictions, the anomalies, the autocratic deeds and policies, the conflicts concerning what one would ordinarily regard as against the law, or against ethics, or against common notions of fairness and kindness, etc.

One can consider, for example, how people have left or been cast out of the Sathya Sai Organization. That is to say, people whom you had long regarded as being decent and good, as indeed they are still thus regarded in their lives in their wider communities.

It is, as I say, a rigorous exercise – about facing those anomalies, contradictions, conflicts, dissonances – only as questions. NOT looking for answers.

One can then, drop the exercise, and let it mull, as it were. This sort of fearless self-honesty can have its own liberating power. There is a fresh wind. They are not just cobwebs we have in our mind. There are spiders, so to speak. And they had best be sent scurrying away, and some proper house-keeping be done.

At last, one looks at those concerns which one has avoided all along. There is a return to commonsense, and to simple self-respect. And to compassion for people in general, and not just so-called ‘Sai brothers and sisters’. And to common compassion for those who have dissented, and who, sometimes against enormous attack – including threats to life or limb. There is the unrelenting attack on the repute of those you once loved and honored.

In short, those whom you and your fellow devotees have excluded, shunned, and permitted to be sorely defamed.

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NEXT ARTICLE – coming in two days:  Part Two, continuing from

Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies His Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Claim (Part 1)

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Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba’s Chief Broadcaster Dr G. Venkataraman: Select Critical Articles by Barry Pittard

Slander by Dr. G. Venkataraman & Joe Moreno

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory


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Sathya Sai Baba – The Man Who Would Be ‘King of Kings’

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 27, 2011

 Sathya Sai Baba Dead (85), Long Before He Had Foretold (96).

From November 1975, continuing until October 1999, I was inspired by a series of remarkable situations to become a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. In early 1978, he asked me to teach at his college at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India. 

My words below may suggest, indirectly, a little of the intense nature of that connection and what became of it twenty-five years later, as evidence counter to my assumptions, and from the testimony of many credible witnesses from of countries around the world, and then large documentation of the profound cover up by Puttaparthi, local, state and central government of the circumstances to the police killings in his bedroom, of his many failed predictions and promises of healing, and of many anomalies and sometimes risible absurdities  became ever more compelling.

A song can sometimes be a better vehicle of such deep  experiences and ideals than many prosaic explanations.  Should any former devotees, or others, relate to the content, I shall be happy, once they have clearly identified themselves, to send the music, which, though original,  is redolent of a long British Isles folk tradition.

The Man Who Would Be ‘King of Kings’. By Barry Pittard

 

I dreamed a dream

So exquisitely

Believable, sublime

I thought it had more substance

Than the Wafer and the Wine

 

It was the vision of a man

A man of miracles

He lived in a land

Where a holy man

Is the flesh of the hidden Divine

 

I saw him stand

Barefoot in the sand

In a silken robe of bright crimson

Beside a temple quaint

That a wizard might paint

“Lord Lord”, they adored him in long chanting

And on and on they chimed:

He gives sight to the blind

Stones speak, the lame leap from their chairs

This vision shook me from head to foot

It took me all unawares …

 

He crooned to me

Most gracefully:

You’ve been with Me throughout Time

I am the Timeless and am yet

Your Wafer and your Wine …

 

… I have decreed

The whole world shall be freed

Come advance in my Retreat

For I am the fire, the smoke and the ash

Your sweet Lord and your Lotus Feet

 

This ‘King of Kings’

Conjured pendants and rings

He said: these gifts hold my deep mysteries

In his temple quaint

That a fakir might paint

When drunk with wild sweet ecstasies

On and on his crowd called:

Thou art the Giver of all

The weight of our dark deeds thou sparest

My dream lit my shrine, like my heart was divine

As I adored him through my rainbow tears

 

I dreamed this dream

So exquisitely

Believable, sublime

I thought it had more substance

Than the Wafer, than the Wine

 

Oh it was the vision of a man

Or a God of miracles

He lived in a land

Where a holy man

Is an ikon of the One Divine

 

From his throne in the sand

He fed the poor with his hand

But raised golden thrones, and florid palaces

Round his temple quaint

Like a Walt Disney might paint

But with bread came the games, came the circuses

And on and on he rolled

In his chariot of pure gold

Told all:  Watch me light up all the spheres

Before my eyes, he kappoofed in cloud of ash

Into my last cup full of tears

 

And he foretold

He would not grow old

His young boys were an endless line

 

In his boudoir quaint

With its tinsel and paint

And he was bitter bread, and tart wine

 

His face a mask of stone

He would weep, he would groan

And the rulers of his land covered up for him

 

His prophecies failed

He walked in circles, he railed

The emperor was nude, but who saw him?

 

In his temple quaint

He would mutter and faint

But with glory his propagandists would draw him

 

And on and on the blind droves

Filled his treasury troves

He said: My stomach it weighed three tonnes of gold

And his Fool’s Gold was all seen on a BBC screen

And his empire began to fold

 

And on and on his cart creaked

His infirmities shreiked

He told all:  You must all be well-behaved

And I laughed from my gut, as I at last woke up

With the real world to be faced!

 

… With the real world

To be

Faced


*   Note:    Copyright protected by The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)

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  • For the Hans Christian Anderson fable referred to, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, see my article:  When ‘Divine’ Magnetism Becomes A Dead Weight
  • For the title, ‘The Man Who Who Be ‘King of Kings’, I have drawn on the title of the Rudyard Kipling story, ‘The Man Who Would Be King’

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Sathya Sai Central Trust Says “millions and millions” of Devotees Worldwide. But Who Counted?

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 25, 2011

Below is the report of The (UK) Guardian’s report on Sathya Sai Baba’s death yesterday morning. I shall excerpt from, and comment on, it.

Sai Baba, spiritual guru to millions, dies at 85

• New-age icon dies of heart and breathing problems
• Reputation marred by sexual abuse allegations

By Jason Burke in Delhi guardian.co.uk, Sunday 24 April 2011 19.46 BST

Sai Baba

Guardian: Sai Baba had an estimated six million followers, but critics said his ‘miracles’ were simple magic tricks. Photograph: AP
But though revered by millions around the world as a living god, he was a controversial figure, criticised by some as a fraud protected by political influence. His later years were dogged by allegations of sexual abuse.
 
Comment:  For backround, see:

UK Guardian On Sathya Sai Baba and Duke’s Awards


The UK Guardian Exposes Indian Guru, Sai Baba

                                                                                                                               Paul Lewis’s article in The Guardian (UK)
                                                                                                                                                   on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Guardian:   Among Sai Baba’s estimated six million followers are hundreds of top Indian politicians, industrialists, tycoons, Bollywood stars and sportsmen such as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Overseas, they include Goldie Hawn and Isaac Tigrett, the founder of Hard Rock café. Sarah Ferguson has visited one of his ashrams.

Comment:  It is refreshing to see a more conservative head count of Sathya Sai Baba followers than e.g., fifty million. But no bona fide researcher has ever, in my or our several avid researchers’ wide Sai-Baba related research experience, been able to come up with the small matter of what ‘head’ counted all the millions of heads. See:  Many Contradictions In Sathya Sai Baba Official Literature and: Sathya Sai Baba’s Gross Exaggerations of Puttaparthi Crowd Numbers.

Is this sort of estimate very much a ‘guesstimate’?  A matter of the ‘gut’ feeling of devotees? A gutstimate!  If so, whose gut? Even the figure of one hundred million has been mentioned. An example of this occurred  in a high-profile talk aimed at  thousands of devotees. If some rank-and-file devotee made such a claim, we might think:  a simple-minded excess of devotion.  But here, making a grossly unsupportable statement was:

Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, of Akansas, USA, MBBS, D.Phil., FAAP, FCCM, FRCPCH, Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences UAMS College of Medicine; Board of Directors, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  Anand, for long well-known in official Sathya Sai Baba affairs in the US, was a medical advisor to George Bush when he was US President. See:  Sai Baba Is God Says Top George Bush Doctor. It is the constant, most irresponsible repetition of such figures which leads to the sort of reportage we find in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph (UK), which mentions “up to fifty million devotees”.

Guardian:  Since Sai Baba founded his first permanent meditation centre more than 60 years ago, a vast construction programme funded by donations has converted the remote village where he was born into a thriving small city with dozens of temples, its own 220-bed specialised hospital offering free treatment, a university and an airport where charter planes bringing devotees from around the world arrive every day.

Comment:  The airport detail is very outdated. In the article: Sathya Sai Baba: opulence, show, extravagance and waste, Robert Priddy writes:

The Sathya Sai International Airport, Puttaparthi: Nonetheless, in such a desperately poor State as Andhra Pradesh, it seems very wasteful, as did the airport beside it which stood unused for years and is still used less than ca. 5% of each week. V.K. Narasimhan was present at the interview in 1990 where airport authorities were present. He told how SSB convinced Indian Airport authorities to finance and build the large (allegedly Jumbo jet capacity) airport near Prashanthi Nilayam, telling them that they would earn 10 lakhs of rupees in the first year. No paying passengers even flew in or out during the first year. The frequency of traffic, at best about 2-3 flights of medium jets per week for several years at periods – and when SSB was in residence – ensured that earnings were minimal and well below costs. It was virtually closed often in the 1990s and it hardly justifies its existence at all nowadays. It is truly hard to rationalise such a huge waste of funds in such an impoverished land! The reason can only be Sai Baba’s patently obvious desire for ‘name and fame’. See Sathya Sai Airport “white elephant” for sale!

Guardian:  Volunteers working with Sai Baba’s NGOs have effectively delivered disaster relief and undertaken large-scale developmental works that have brought water or sanitation to hundreds of thousands of people.

Comment:  None should doubt the devotion of a great many Sathya Sai devotees to service activities.  But there is a fallacy – heard repeatedly from many Sai devotees who admit that he routinely had, among what countless communities would regard  as  terrible, ethical and legal abuses of power, sexual relations with boys and young men. Their position is similar to that of close associate of Sai Baba, one-time billionaire Isaac Tigrett who told the BBC that he did not doubt the truth of the sexual allegations but this did not prevent his devotion and fealty to his guru. Devotees and others, mindless of how serious a crime sexual abuse is, say:  But look at all the good works he does!

Guardian: There are thought to be more than 1,200 centres of his Sathya Sai organisation in over a hundred countries around the world.

Comment:  How, then, does the international Sathya Sai Organization, manage to fit the “millions and millions” into all the halls, and temples, and houses where Sathya Sai bhajans are typically held? It seems like herds of elephants pressed into a sardine can.

Guardian:  Sai Baba did not appoint any successor to run his sprawling spiritual and temporal empire, currently run by a trust, after his death. The local Economic Times newspaper estimated its worth at up to £5bn though admitted no accurate valuation was possible.

Comment:  Refreshing to find acknowledgement that “no accurate valuation was possible”. 

Guardian:  “Some people out of their mean-mindedness are trying to tarnish the image of Sai Baba. I am not after name and fame. So, I do not lose anything by their false allegations. My glory will go on increasing day by day,” the guru told followers in 2000.

Comment:  Sai Baba was anything but calm and happy about the upsurge of revelation alleging his abuses. An historic watershed allowed word to get out as never hitherto. Sai Baba’s and his cult’s increasingly top-down, authoritarian style of operation, and the scandals  that the top leadership were previously able to suppress, faced a great dilemma. This owed prfoundly to the exponential uprise of the internet around this time. In a Christmas 2000 discourse, in which peace and goodwill to all men were palpable for their absence, Sai Baba repeatedly pounded his lectern, denouncing his accuses as demons and Judas’s, saying that there could be no salvation for people who speak against him, and vaunting his accomplishments (even though, contrary to his assertions, far from unique when one thinks of the countless great charitable organizations in the world), prompting The Times of India, December 26, 2000, to headline: Sai Baba Lashes Out At His Detractors.

Guardian:  In 1993, six people died violently in the spiritual leader’s private rooms. The incident has never been fully explained. One possibility is a dispute between followers over money.

Comment:  A source of mine, a friend of the boys whom the Puttaparthi police shot down in Sai Baba’s bedroom told me (and, via a particularly eminent elder of his, to the BBC) that the actual wish of the boys, in their confused state, was to plead with Sai Baba to stop using boys for his sexual pleasure. The police action was, said V.P.B. Nair, a former Home Secretary of the state of Andhra Pradesh, a case of “cold-blood murder”, and a profound cover by local, state and central government up of police (CBI) and other evidence. See: Will V.P.B. Nair Keep His Word To BBC On Sathya Sai Baba?  and: V.P.B. Nair Told BBC Sai Baba Bedroom Killings Were “Coldblooded Murder” and: V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings and: Indian Ex Top Official Dogs Sai Baba On BBC. ‘Cold-blooded Murder’

Guardian:  His followers claim that, as he has died earlier than foreseen, he could return as early as next year.

Comment:  Heaven knows!  Not nearly so long, according to some reports. Like this one, as reported yesterday in the Times of India:

Baba had said he would come back stronger, claims book

TNN | Apr 24, 2011, 03.38am IST

PUTTAPARTHI: Did Sathya Sai Baba have premonition 10 years ago that he would fall seriously ill? Yes, claim his followers. According to them, Sai Baba had predicted in 2000 that he would be indisposed for 40 days but would come back strong to give darshan to his devotees.  This was revealed in a book ‘Tapovanam — Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba Satcharitra Nityaparaya-nam’ in which the author Jandhyala Venkateswara Sastry has written an essay on Baba’s ill-health. Sai Baba had told his students at his Sai Shruti ashram in Kodaikanal in 2000: ”Though most of my disciples fall at my feet, they don’t know my real value. A time would come when I would vanish and take a walk across the skies. During that phase, my body would face serious health problems and devotees would be desperately praying for my recovery. The Baba also goes on to say, according to the writer, that several gun-toting cops would be guarding the premises where he would be hospitalised. As Saturday marked the 27th day of his stay in the SSSIHMS, many devotees said Baba would soon give darshan. “Time and place cannot hold me captive. I decide when to come back. If I want I can go anywhere and come back any time,” he is said to have told students during the discourse. He had said that he would live for 96 years in his present avatar. After 40 days, he would come back. Just watch out,” a devotee said even as he prayed for the Baba.

Comment:  Since when were gun-toting cops NOT around Sai Baba?!  See: 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions.   “I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.” See, too:  Wealthy Americans Prepare Mansions For “God’s” Visit.  Or sample the account of one of India’s most powerful Hindu nationalist leaders, Ashok Singhal, who has an international profile in the Hindu world, told an assembly of political and religious luminaries in Delhi of a prophecy he says Sathya Sai Baba shared with him:  ‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him 

Below is Tanya Datta’s obituary. She was part of the BBC team which made ‘The Secret Swami’.  See my view as having been closely involved with documentation and international coordination of primary and other witnesses in the making of this 2004, hour-long documentary:  The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision  See too Robert Priddy’s Indisputable facts about Sathya Sai Baba by BBC. And for a man upon whom many duties will now focus, see:  Sathya Sai Baba’s Chief Broadcaster Dr G. Venkataraman:  Select Critical Articles by Barry Pittard.

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NOTE:   Responsible, non-sensationalist media and other serious investigators can contact me at: barrypittard@gmail.com. Or email me at this blogsite from the Comments section below, with a guarantee of privacy. Latest major  media story to which my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have contributed is:  Marie Claire Australia. The article ‘Holy Man Or Hoax? by the prominent British journalist Gethin Chamberlain is referred to here:

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

Further Reading

THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION’S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA EXPOSED (Part One) – By Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard. And Part Two Three Four

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Sathya Sai Baba Hardly Alive. World Attention on Kate and William Instead

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 22, 2011

To this point, reports in the Western media of Sathya Sai Baba health troubles are hardly to be seen. So much, then, for the untiring and misleading claims in Puttaparthi propaganda that Sathya Sai Baba is known and honoured by many millions throughout the world.

After no question of life-support apparatus can be further entertained, and when it is announced that Sathya Sai Baba is officially dead, we may see some coverage of it in foreign media. (We shall add our efforts to that end). But this attention will be miniscule beside focus on countless other events. At the moment, the ‘world’ is far more fixated on the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, April 29th, 2011. Rather, the talk is, and will be for many days, of Saint James’s Palace, not of Sathya Sai Baba’s palace at Puttaparthi.

Here is the Indian Express report of Sathya Sai Baba’s medical state, as of last night:

         Sai Baba’s health worsens; prohibitory orders in Puttaparthi

 Thu Apr 21 2011, 09:23 hrs Puttaparthi (AP):

 The condition of ailing Sathya Sai Baba deteriorated today with doctors saying that all his organs were showing poor response to treatment.

“Low blood pressure and the non-functioning of liver have become a major cause for concern. The Baba continues to be on ventilator support,” Dr A N Safaya, Director, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Sciences, said here.

The Andhra Pradesh government, which has clamped prohibitory orders in this town and deployed additional forces, said doctors were making efforts to save the 86-year-old Baba.

“The condition of the Baba has deteriorated. Most of his organs have suffered severe damage and stopped functioning. Doctors attending on him are making attempts to save the Baba. Let us pray,” state Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy told reporters in Hyderabad after a high-level meeting with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the Secretariat.

But Indian editors and journalists might be wise to consider a point. When the foreign media does report on the death of Sathya Sai Baba, one of the issues that will be glaring is this:  in regard of any news inimical to Sathya Sai Baba and his politically very powerful Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and international Sathya Sai Organization, the Indian media has, for many decades, profoundly failed to be vigilant. With rare exceptions – like India Today and The Caravan – it has decidedly not done its job. Media in India have long failed to check on the propaganda that has always emitted from Puttaparthi.

At the cost of an enormous amount of work, networked former Sathya Sai Baba followers and well-wishers managed, from time to time, to get the facts about Sai Baba and his cult, so heavily suppressed by Puttaparthi and successive local, state and central governments, out to international fora.

If the rest of the world gets to see such absurdities by eminent judges, physicians, scientists, police officers (including police chiefs) and government and political officials, as reported in yesterday’s Times of India, India’s international repute is hardly likely to be enhanced. Nor are the observational powers of top Indian cops likely to do anything to improve their poor image among efficient international police forces, as witness the statement of former Andhra police chief R. Prabhakar Rao who says (see Times of India report, below) “Sai Baba is incarnation of god. He will recover and live for 96 years as he himself had once said”.  Are the Intel cadres in the (commonly deeply hated) Indian police asleep? Or do they turn a blind eye to incredibly rich and powerful gurus like Sathya Sai Baba? How can anyone trust them?  That most exposure has had to come from efforts outside India, against huge odds, is to the undying shame of successive Indian governments, political parties, judiciaries, media, and so forth. It will, in the long, historical haul, redound to India’s international shame. Let any  reader examine the following brief selection of video clips:

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

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BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 11, 2009

Sai Baba’s devotees believe he will live for 96 years

IANS | Apr 21, 2011, 03.45pm IST

Eminent Sathy Sai Baba Devotees Claim He Will Do Great Miracle Of Self-rescusitation

In the article Indian Media’s Reticence on Top Guru, Sathya Sai Baba, Weakens, I wrote:

“Breaking decades of virtual Indian media silence on comment critical of Sathya Sai Baba, a number of major Indian news organizations have run (mostly November 22, 2006) the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) report on Paul Lewis’s article in The Guardian, The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards’:  Several times attempting to draw comment from the Awards representative, Shona Taylor, the IANS met with the same evasions from the Palace authorities as investigators like Paul Lewis”.

However, on one issue, an extenuating circumstance may be made for it. Many in the Indian media cannot be expected to know about the absurdly flawed, achronistic and other errors in statements he has made about e.g., Jesus, Moses, Catholics, Martin Luther and the Reformation, etc. These are officially recorded in the official Sai literature, and, for exposure, rely on no other documentation than publications like Sanathana Sarathi and discourses published under the aegis of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. The errors are so glaring that they can be spotted by historical scholars and schoolchilren alike.

Nor, when some of the statements – scattered across Sai Baba discourse over the years – can be collated viewed simultaneously, is there need for any scholarship or cultural familiarity. The contradictions and anomalies are at once apparent. See, for example:

Sai Baba on the Birth date of Jesus

Sathya Sai Baba said:

“Truly speaking, Christmas falls in the month of March, not in December. Since it is very cold in December and people are confined to their homes, they utilise this time to celebrate Christmas. Actually, Jesus was born in the month of March. With the passage of time, this fact has been distorted and misrepresented in the Bible.” (25.12.1998, Sanathana Sarathi, Vol.42, #1, January 1999, p.6)

“There are various theories about the birth date of Jesus based on the ‘bright star that appeared at his birth.’ It is visible once in 800 years, it is said. Some say he was born on the fifteenth day of September. But, he was born at 3-15 a.m. (early morning) on December 28, 1980 years ago. It was Sunday. “ (25.12.1979, Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol.24, p.288)

“The 25th is not the birth. It was on the 24th, near midnight.” (quote of Sai Baba from Dr. John Hislop. Conversations with Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba. Ch.XXIX, p.92)

“On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings came to his birth-place.”(25.12.1992. Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.  XXV, p. 397.)

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NOTE:   Responsible, non-sensationalist media and other serious investigators can contact me at: barrypittard@gmail.com. Or email me at this blogsite from the Comments section below, with a guarantee of privacy. Latest major  media story to which my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have contributed is:  Marie Claire Australia. The article ‘Holy Man Or Hoax? by the prominent British journalist Gethin Chamberlain is referred to here:

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

Further Reading

Sai Baba’s on Jesus’ own words about himself
Sai Baba about Jesus’s sufferings
Sai Baba on the early years of Jesus
Sai Baba on Birth of Jesus/and 3 kings from the East
Sai Baba on the Status of Jesus
Sai Baba about (St.) Paul and the closest devotees of Jesus
Sai Baba on Romans and Jews
Sai Baba on Jesus and the term Persona
Sai Baba on Jesus and animal sacrifice
Sai Baba on Jesus and his disciples
Sai Baba on Moses love of Jesus!

Part Two Three Four

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Sathya Sai Health Condition “Very Critical”, Says Sai Hospital Head (21 April)

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 21, 2011

Indian media are starting to report that some Sathya Sai Baba forces favour his burial while he is still technically alive. (See news reports, below).

Countries not steeped in the utmost superstition may find it hard to credit yesterday’s bizarre news.

Yes, buried alive ….

Given the terrible and multiple failures of his body to respond, it would not seem that they have long to wait. One might not unreasonably expect to hear the news of his decease at any time now.

When, then, exactly, is Sathya Sai Baba going – as he has long promised – to visit London, Malaysia, Rome and Southern California, USA?

And when will he, for all the world to see, hold aloft a whole mountain range?  And save humanity in its time of greatest threat to civilization?  And rule the whole world? All of these events he has foretold.

If Sathya Sai Baba devotees are to be at all truthful, they will need to intelligibly answer these – and many other leading questions.

Because I have lived in India and spent memorable time across a broad socio-economic strata – from the very wealthy to the very poor – this news, macabre though it may appear in the West and elsewhere, comes as no surprise to me. I was often able to see how many so highly educated Indians are able, conceptually, to compartmentalize their thoughts and attitudes. One part of the mind is for practical or professional reasons and the other part for matters of faith.  Of course, no country can boast that the health of real questioning and debate is assured. But my experiences of India were of a nation in enormous thraldom to many such brands of irrationality.

Anything from one ‘compartment’ that might cause conflict within the other ‘compartment’ is held back, and not allowed to trespass. In short, no student of Indian life must assume that superstition is the exclusive domain of the poor and uneducated. Belief in the efficacy of gurus, astrology, numerology, psychic readings, supposedly auspicious times of day or sightings of creatures, dreams, and many other types of quackery are exceedingly rife across class. Sathya Sai Baba has long believed in ghosts and evil spirits.  See: Robert Priddy diary scan (at the time, Priddy was the longtime head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization), ‘Directly recorded notes 10/10/1998 at Prashanthi Nilayam‘, with comments added.

See some select readings of earlier articles at this blogsite, ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’:

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions

There is no end to his failed predictions. In his February 1 16, 2007 (so-called ‘divine discourse’, Sathya Sai baba said:

“I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.”

Wealthy Americans Prepare Mansions For “God’s” Visit

The guru, perhaps the most wealthy and politically powerful in India’s long history, claims that he will save the world in his own lifetime, departing (according to one of two dates he has given) circa 2022 AD. He will, he says, preside over the greatest changes ever to occur in history. 

‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him

One of India’s most powerful Hindu nationalist leaders, Ashok Singhal, who has an international profile in the Hindu world, told an assembly of political and religious luminaries in Delhi of a prophecy he says Sathya Sai Baba shared with him. The Organiser, September 14, 2008, reports …

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NOTE:   Responsible, non-sensationalist media and other serious investigators can contact me at: barrypittard@gmail.com. Or email me at this blogsite from the Comments section below, with a guarantee of privacy. Latest major  media story to which my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have contributed is:  Marie Claire Australia. The article ‘Holy Man Or Hoax? by Gethin Chamberlain is referred to here:

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

Further Reading

Part Two Three Four

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Today

Sathya Sai Baba very critical: Hospital
Puttaparthi (AP), Apr 21, (PTI):
The condition of Sathya Sai Baba is very critical with all his organs showing very poor response to treatment, doctors attending on him said today.
In view of the deteriorating health of Sathya Sai Baba, the Andhra Pradesh Police have deployed additional forces here to maintain law and order.“Non-functioning of the liver and persistent episodes of low blood pressure are causing great worry to the doctors,” Dr A N Safaya, Director, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Sciences, said here.His breathing is still ventilator dependent and the process of slow hemodialysis has been started in the morning to assist the kidneys, he said.The doctors are putting their best efforts to improve his clinical condition, Dr Safaya said.
86-year-old Sathya Sai Baba was hospitalised on March 28 following problems related to heart and respiration.

Yesterday

Puttaparthi security up as Baba is critical again
Puttaparthi (AP), Apr 20, DHNS:
As Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s condition worsened, security at Puttaparthi is being beefed up to handle any eventuality with 4,000 police personnel, including companies from Kurnool and Chittoor districts, expected to land there on Thursday morning.
Doctors treating the 85-year-old spiritual leader are expressing concern over his fluctuating BP for the last couple of days.Sri Sathya Sai Baba Institute of Higher Medical Sciences Director A N Safaya said on Wednesday: “Intermittent low BP is causing anxiety to the doctors treating him.”The Baba’s liver functioning has also deteriorated drastically, causing concern among the doctors. In an official bulletin, Dr Safaya said Dr Yegyaraman, an electrophysiology specialist from the US, had joined the doctors’ panel. Many government-deputed doctors have also been inducted as reinforcement.Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ananthpur District Collector Janardhan Reddy, admitting that the police have been put on an alert, said: “I have been regularly interacting with the doctors and they have expressed concerns over his condition. We are getting ready for any eventuality.Puttaparthi Deputy Superintendent of Police Narasimalu said “all measures are precautionary in nature. There is no need to read anything between the lines.”

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Downturn In Sathya Sai Baba’s Condition (April 17th 2011)

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 18, 2011

Reports say that Sathya Sai Baba’s health has relapsed.  This is in marked contrast to to the optimistic view released by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust last Friday. It stated:

“In the latest review, as of today, the doctors attending on Him have expressed confidence that He is in a stable condition and is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly. They are confident that, if the progress continues to be stable and satisfactory as at present, it might be possible to shift Him from the hospital to His residence at Prasanthi Nilayam in about a fortnight”.

To follow the emerging picture, one must keep a careful eye on the dates. Today’s Deccan Herald, 18th April (see below), indicates that there is no chance of Sai Baba’s being removed from hospital, so serious is his condition.

Sathya Sai Baba’s  Hospital at Puttaparthi

For a sense of the rapidly changing reports, I draw my readers’ attention to the following reports in my last days’ blogs. The latest report Deccan Herald report depicts a very different situation to that one stated in theImportant Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust Friday, April 15, 2011.  See:  Sathya Sai Trust Officials Say Sai Baba Out of Hospital Soon.  Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011

This Sathya Sai Central Trust bulletin stated that Sathya Sai Baba “is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly”.

The situation is yet more complicated by allegations from among Sai devotees, some of them high profile. The Indo Asian News Service feeds reports.  See:  Sathya Sai Devotees Suspect Foul Play In Guru’s Health Crisis. Seek Court Order. Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011.

Hyderabad, April 15, (IANS)…. A group of devotees also moved the state human rights commission Friday, seeking direction to the hospital to show Baba’s video clips to his devotees to clear the air over his actual condition. The group Dalit Janasabha argued that not showing the clips was a violation of human rights. It alleged that Baba was being kept under detention in the name of treatment.

Former MP and former chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD)  Adikeshavulu Naidu also made a sensational allegation that the trust in collusion with the hospital had kept Baba hostage. He said there was a conspiracy behind the 85-year-old Baba’s illness.

Naidu said Baba was being denied food and better medical treatment. “The top doctors are being denied access to him and when facilities are available to even take him abroad for treatment nothing is being done,” he told reporters in Chittoor.

Excerpt of text from the Deccan Herald of 18th April

Further Reading

Is Sathya Sai Baba’s Survival Divine? But Treatment Keeps Many Elderly Sick Alive

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 14, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba. Stable But Still Critical, his doctors say

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 12, 2011

BBC-Named ‘The Secret Swami’, Sathya Sai Baba Hospitalized and Fighting For Life

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 6, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba’s Health Condition Again At Grave Risk

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 5, 2011

Pacemaker ‘Avatar’ Says ‘I am not this body’. Worried Devotees Pray For His Body

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 3, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba’s Pacemaker Implant – His Promised Health and Longevity In Doubt

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 1, 2011

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 29, 2011

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

NOTE:   Responsible, non-sensationalist media and other serious investigators can contact me at: barrypittard@gmail.com. Or email me at this blogsite from the Comments section below, with a guarantee of privacy. Latest major  media story to which my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have contributed is:  Marie Claire Australia. The article ‘Holy Man Or Hoax? by Gethin Chamberlain is referred to here:

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

General Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction) (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

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Sathya Sai Devotees Suspect Foul Play In Guru’s Health Crisis. Seek Court Order

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011

In some major Indian newspapers, there are now reports of Sai devotees taking action that challenges the conduct of those close round Sathya Sai Baba, including urgent recourse to law.  They suspect the gravest chicanery practised by forces vying for control of Puttaparthi. 

IANS (Indo Asian News Service) reports, see full text below:

Former MP and former chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD)  Adikeshavulu Naidu also made a sensational allegation that the trust in collusion with the hospital had kept Baba hostage. He said there was a conspiracy behind the 85-year-old Baba’s illness.

Naidu said Baba was being denied food and better medical treatment. “The top doctors are being denied access to him and when facilities are available to even take him abroad for treatment nothing is being done,” he told reporters in Chittoor.

The accused number prominent members of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. In one case:

Naidu blamed Baba’s aide Satyajit and said he is not allowing Baba’s ‘darshan’ for his devotees for the last six months. He claimed that those who are not physicians are in the team of doctors treating him. He also alleged that the government was not acting despite knowing all the facts.

If these followers can sustain their case, the chances are that the scandal will be very great. Hitherto, we have had utmost difficulty in getting any but the media outside India to investigate the Sai Baba cult. One of the foremost Indian editors privately told me:  it is not possible to investigate Sai Baba – his people are too powerful.  The mass circulation magazine India Today is one of the rare exceptions.  One of the journalists associated with the December 4, 2000 India Today cover story, Vijay Jung Thapa, had to have security mounted (‘close body protection’) during and for some time after he was involved in the exposure story on Sathya Sai Baba. Those of us who have great respect for the Gurka people of Nepal (of which Thapa is one) were not suprised by his courage, professionalism and tenacity in digging into the story. I see that he has now risen high as of 2008, getting the Editorship of The Hindustan Times, which has also, by the way, run an outspoken article critical of Sathya Sai Baba by a former editor. Unfortunately, it was all too impressionistic, rather than the product of hard-nosed research.  See my:  A Top Indian Editor Vir Sanghvi Fails Research Test.

India media to make some attempt to expose Sai Baba have been:  Tehelka, The Cavaran and (to a small extent) Hindustan Times. The job of exposure has been via the foreign media. Owing to a great many sacrificial hours put in by former devotees in good standing in their communities around the world there were, on television – BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS, ABC (Australia). In paper media – Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., …..

There has long been a profound lack of Puttaparthi and international Sathya Sai Organization accountability and transparency.  Their failure in duty of care, not only in developing countries but in advanced democracies, has been simply appalling. For the type of morally cheap but financially expensive legal tricks they have used against a family who had been among the most prominent Sathya Sai devotees in the world, and whose son, Alaya, is one of many around the world who, over the decades, have reported sexual abuse of boys and young men – see:  Alaya Rahm – Some Key Statements. And the full statement of the Rahm family and the International JuST Group is here.  An incisive encapsulation of key circumstances is provided by the independent British author of many books and papers Kevin Shepherd:  23.6  The Alaya Rahm Lawsuit in California

Leading Indian journalists and editors, police chiefs and investigators, politicians and a few scholars who have tried to penetrate the heavy veil know of Sai secrecy of the horrific cover up of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom by Puttaparthi officials in close association with the then powerful Home Minister S.B. Chavan, and central, Andhra Pradesh State and local governments. It is out of no idleness that the BBC entitled its 2004 documentary, which has been seen in some 200 or more countries, The Secret Swami.

Few have had the courage to speak out publicly on the issue, as has former Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary V.P.B. Nair, who was in office at the time of the killings. It is a sad commentary that very few have dared to speak out as Nair and (the late) B. Premanand have done. See the BBC Film Clip of V.P.B. Nair making his statement and my articles:  V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings and: The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

It is ironic, too, that NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) get to see coverage in the foreign media;  whereas, there is a heavy blanket of suppression in India. What of the ‘shining India’, beloved of both the naive and the forked of tongue? It makes the notion of ‘Indian democracy’ an oxymoron, and echoingly hollow

Grabs For Power and Wealth – Is There More Than the Usual Skullduggery Going On At Puttaparthi?

These latest reports reflect, in part, private information about power ploys within the Puttaparthi ashram that we have been receiving from within India. The accounts have come from sources found in the past to be reliably informed.

In the years that we have been exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have worked under certain unavoidable constraints. Sometimes, we receive information that, so as to protect those who are vulnerable, we cannot possibly refer to.  Another constraint is that any premature release of information, and of information that we cannot check, can only risk our credibility.

With some caution, several posts back – see:  Sathya Sai Baba’s Health Condition Again At Grave Risk, Posted by Barry Pittard on April 5, 2011, I wrote:

“By a number of usually well-informed sources , we are told that there is a battle royal going on for control of his organization. We learn of serious chicanery leveled against Sai Baba family members and others. Alert media, law firms and other investigators will need for example – very quickly, before witnesses are hushed up – to get hold of stakeholders who have been disaffected, and also those, including many leaders in India and abroad, who have resigned from the Sathya Sai Organization on a matter of ethical principle. Robert Priddy and I can coordinate contact with many individuals of excellent repute in their professions, trades and wider communities, who have provided evidence for major world media, governments, institutions, and so forth.

Experts in law, media, etc., well know that, well-handled and cross-checked, disenfranchised individuals and groups can yield accurate information. At the moment, we are doing some cross-checking of our own. Readers can watch this space.

Note: Investigative media and other serious enquirers can contact me at:  barrypittard@gmail.com

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Indo Asian News Service feeds state (Note: IANS is an organization which we have found, compared to a number of other Indian services, quite efficient and reliable):

Hyderabad, April 15, (IANS): Is there a conspiracy behind the health of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba? Is the Baba, who has millions of followers in India and around the world, being kept hostage by those close to him? A petition has been filed in a court seeking direction to the hospital authorities to reveal the facts about Baba.

A former MP, Adikeshavulu Naidu, has alleged that Baba is being held hostage. An advocate filed a petition in a court at Penugonda, seeking a direction to the Andhra  Pradesh government, the hospital and the Sathya Sai Trust to come out with all the details about the Baba’s condition.

The petition, filed by Bhaskar Reddy, will be heard Saturday. The petitioner alleged that the hospital and the trust were suppressing information about Baba’s condition and that there is lack of clarity in the daily medical bulletins being issued by the doctors of Sathya Sai super speciality hospital at Puttaparthu.

The petitioner also sought direction to the state government to come out with all the details of the trust and its activities as it involves several hundreds crore rupees.

A group of devotees also moved the state human rights commission Friday, seeking direction to the hospital to show Baba’s video clips to his devotees to clear the air over his actual condition. The group Dalit Janasabha argued that not showing the clips was a violation of human rights. It alleged that Baba was being kept under detention in the name of treatment.

Former MP and former chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD)  Adikeshavulu Naidu also made a sensational allegation that the trust in collusion with the hospital had kept Baba hostage. He said there was a conspiracy behind the 85-year-old Baba’s illness.

Naidu said Baba was being denied food and better medical treatment. “The top doctors are being denied access to him and when facilities are available to even take him abroad for treatment nothing is being done,” he told reporters in Chittoor.

Naidu blamed Baba’s aide Satyajit and said he is not allowing Baba’s ‘darshan’ for his devotees for the last six months. He claimed that those who are not physicians are in the team of doctors treating him. He also alleged that the government was not acting despite knowing all the facts.

Baba, who was admitted to the hospital on March 28 with heart and lung problems, suffered multiple organ dysfunction. Doctors said he remains stable but critical.

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NOTE:   Responsible, non-sensationalist media and other serious investigators can contact me at: barrypittard@gmail.com. Or email me at this blogsite from the Comments section below, with a guarantee of privacy. Latest major  media story to which my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have contributed is:  Marie Claire Australia. The article ‘Holy Man Or Hoax? by Gethin Chamberlain is referred to here:

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba fully silenced, even maltreated and imprisoned?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 16, 2011

QUOTE:

One well-informed critical source in India has informed me that “Former trust members and ex-MPs are openly threatening to expose the entire sb charade if they are not adequately “paid off”…politicians are descending to grab whatever their grubby hands can….while sb aides are hoping to make a fast buck and make a run for it…and sb trust members and close family are involved in a bitter fight….all this is out in the open…and a public interest legal petition has been filed in an Andhra court to ascertain the facts of the whole dirty affair…”

Lengthy, detailed archival Sai Finance and Deceits and further deceit documentation here

For a broad sweep of many revelations which the Sathya Sai Organization cannot wish away if there is ever court or other investigative action, see:

Sathya Sai Devotees Suspect Foul Play In Guru’s Health Crisis. Seek Court Order

“Can We Trust the Central Trust?” by ex-President of Moscow Sathya Sai Centre, Serguei Badaev

Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.

Sathya Sai Baba failing – at the mercy of power brokers- eg. corrupt ex-IAS ashram boss Chackravati

Puttaparthi and Misconduct of Sathya Sai Baba’s Officials

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 16, 2009

V.P.B. Nair Told BBC Sai Baba Bedroom Killings Were “Coldblooded Murder”

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 6, 2011

Many Notable Sathya Sai Baba Cult Leaders Resign

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 18, 2011

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

General Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction) (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

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Sathya Sai Trust Officials Say Sai Baba Out of Hospital Soon

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011

A Sathya Sai Central Trust “important press release” just to hand (see notice below) has begun to appear on various prominent Sathya Sai Baba related sites on the web. It notes that “for several days, His (sic) condition was a cause for concern”.

In other words, presumably, there is now NOT cause for concern. But how can it be? Given his advanced age (supposedly 85 years, although this has been disputed in scholarly discussion), and the severity of his many symptoms, one might expect an even more reduced shell of his former self to appear than hitherto.

The bulletin refers to:  “the spontaneous upsurge of prayers, bhajans, namasmarana, candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe for His very early and total recovery”.

I invite my dear reader to use the simple expedient of sticking his or her head out the nearest window just to check whether they can see any of it ….. If you should enjoy processions, some you may have to wait for Saint Patrick’s Day in, say, New York, Chicago or Dublin, or the Carnival in Rio, or the Berlin Love Parade, or some such.

But for a rational analysis of Sai Baba’s and his officials’ gross exaggeration of devotee numbers, see: Sai Baba’s exaggerations: The Numbers’ game – the wilful falsification of numbers by Sathya Sai Baba & his organization and: Sathya Sai Organization practices and problems – documented and with official and anecdotal evidence,  and:  Sathya Sai Organization – False Propaganda

The irrefutable fact is that he has had poor health for recent years. What the eyes of devotion may see – or refuse to see – is likely to be very different to any rational person’s examination of photos of him over the last years.  His advanced senescence  is clearly visible in recent videos. See: The 85th birthday showed an aged and semi-demented figure crying (brief video) and:
A very reduced and senile-looking Sathya Sai Baba at his 85th birthday (video)

Can the Gravity of Sai Baba’s Health Breakdown Allow For Any Real Recovery?

The Sai Trust bulletin states that  he “is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly”.

But the real question is:  how slowly is – or will continue to be – “slowly”? Nothing more sure than that any progress is bound to be slow. The devotees can have it both ways: 

If slow turns out to be very slow, then Sai devotees can say (as they characteristically do) – look how our Lord suffers for us and intensifies our efforts of service in his name, and our faith in him. See below, too, the type of official note that has gone to Sathya Sai centers in various countries.

If on the other hand, some improvement occurs, they can say – see how our Lord, in his Mercy, has come back to us from such a terrible health crisis, even though his body is 85 years.

Apropos, a prominent Sai devotee, who never gives up in the hope that I and my like will eventually see the light, has just emailed to say what a wonder it is that Sathya Sai Baba could pass through the ordeal for over two weeks on a ventilator, and undergo such chronic organ failure, and yet still live.   

My response to this sort of assumption is reflected in my post of two days back: Is Sathya Sai Baba’s Survival Divine? But Treatment Keeps Many Elderly Sick Alive. Posted by Barry Pittard on April 14, 2011. There, I noted that considering the intervention of all the advanced care teams of foremost doctors that India can provide, Sathya Sai Baba’s survival factor is, of course, likely to be increased (and indeed perhaps the health of their many other patients correspondingly decrease!), but that devotee reactions make it sound as if doctors around the world, routinely, are unable to keep elderly and very sick patients alive. Of course they do. But then, blind faith is, by its very nature, unreflective. 

A Senescence that Sai Minders Cannot Hide (and which falsifies his many self-prophecies). See:  The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements, and see, too, the video clip of the sobbing Sai Baba, which a tech person was able to extract from a large amount of official recent footage:  Sathya Sai Baba In Fits of Sobbing: Video Footage Confirms Earlier Accounts

When one does a comparison between them, Sai Baba’s statements about his health, and the non-ageing of his body could not be more falsified by even the most rudimentary examination of photographs taken of him across subsequent years. Here are but a few of his statements:

“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”. (The official monthly official journal: Sanathana Sarathi, October, 2002)

“I do not suffer from any kind of disease because there is no trace of greed in Me. That is why I am always healthy…”(Sanathana Sarathi September 2001, page 257f) 186)

“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.)

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Important Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

Friday, April 15, 2011:  

The health status of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is under constant review by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in the light of the medical bulletins issued by the Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, since the time of His admission to the hospital on the 28th of March, 2011. For several days, His condition was a cause for concern.

In the latest review, as of today, the doctors attending on Him have expressed confidence that He is in a stable condition and is responding satisfactorily to the treatment being given to Him by the team of doctors, though somewhat slowly. They are confident that, if the progress continues to be stable and satisfactory as at present, it might be possible to shift Him from the hospital to His residence at Prasanthi Nilayam in about a fortnight. His residence is being got ready in all aspects to receive Him and provide Him the required level of follow up medical care as also emergency services.

The Trustees are gratified to note the spontaneous upsurge of prayers, bhajans, namasmarana, candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe for His very early and total recovery. Radio Sai, through its Musings, messages and mails from all over the world has been continuously articulating this upsurge. As Bhagavan has repeatedly said on several occasions, it is only the sincere prayers of His devotees that can cure Him. The Trustees consider it their sacred duty to appeal to all the devotees to be calm and sustain their prayers to restore Bhagavan to His normal health at a very early date.

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam

The Sai spiritual ‘climate’ has been cool in Delhi   ……

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Unperturbed by reports of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba’s health condition, the staff at the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre here said this was just a test of belief for his followers and that they were confident the bad phase will pass.

‘We were not worried. There was no special prayer service because we know this is just a test of belief for his followers,’ Rakesh Joshi, administrative officer of the centre, told IANS Wednesday.

…..  But rather warmer around the world among all those “candle light processions of millions and millions of His devotees all over the globe”, mentioned in the Sathya Sai Central Trust bulletin, as witness a typical official Sai circular sent racing round the world (this one is from Canada) -: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On April 12, 2011, Indulal Shah, International Advisor for the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, requested the following:
For the earliest recovery of Revered Bhagavan’s health, all Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samitis in India as also Sai Centres and Sai Groups all over the world are hereby requested to organise an offering of Joint Prayers and Bhajans as per the SCHEDULES as mentioned below:

 
Saturday, 16 April, 2011 4 pm to 4 am (Local Time)
Sunday, 17 April, 2011 5 pm to 5 am (Local Time)
Monday, 18 April, 2011 7 pm to 5 am (Local Time)
 
The original letter is attached for your reference. At the bottom of the letter, he has stated that it is extremely important to strictly and exactly maintain the above schedules.
 
In unison with our brothers and sisters all over the world, the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Toronto South will be adhering to the above schedule. We kindly request all devotees to carefully consider this request and participate as much as possible. Devotees from all centres are welcome to attend and participate.
 
This type of request is unprecedented and it is a unique opportunity to be a part of this historic occasion. We will need the love, support, and participation of as many devotees as possible.

Centres wishing to joing the Book Centre in this prayer are requested to contact one of the following persons:
 
– Brother Anil Mislankar (647) 227-0300
– Brother Subrata Mitra (416) 362-2530
 
We look forward to the speedy recovery of Bhagavan.
SSSBIC
 
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Book and Information Centre of Canada 
 

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 NEWS Update
 
From Telegufirst.com
 
Satya Sai Is Held Captive Says Adikesavulu
Friday, 15 April 2011 21:52

Written by Nayanika

 Former TTD Chairman Mr. Adikesavulu Naidu has alleged that Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba was being held captive in the hands of the Trust members.Talking to newsmen here on Friday, he has alleged that a retired IAS officer was controlling the affairs of the Trust and  said that Trust members Satyajit and Aiyar were responsible for Baba’s present condition. He said facts would come to light if these two were enquired.

Alleging that Baba was being betrayed by the Trust members he said he was not being offered proper treatment. He has also alleged that when world famous doctors offered to treat Baba, Trust members and Super Specialty Hospital members had not accepted. He said the doctors appointed by Satyajit were not doctors at all. He has wondered why minister Dr. Geeta Reddy who  knew every thing,  was keeping quiet. Alleging that the government was not taking proper care about Baba’s health, he has demanded the appointment of a committee on the affairs of the Trust. (NSS)//

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Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

General Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction) (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

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Disquiet In India On Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 11, 2010

Despite a profound black ban by most of the Indian media on news inimical to Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, various forces of dissent in India continue to protest Sathya Sai Baba related visits involving Sathya Sai Baba devotee Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan. The two news reports below are months apart. 

 In the second report, our ‘old’ acquaintance, Shrivraj Patil, the former Indian Home Minister rates a mention. Patil is one of a number of deeply disgraced former government officials who are devotees of Sathya Sai Baba.  One cannot but wonder whether, in his role as India’s ministerial guardian of internal security,  he had been listening far too believingly to his guru’s badly failed prophecies, instead of to the shrewder species of Indian government security advisor.

Innumerable are Sathya Sai Baba’s failed predictions (just as are his broken promises of healing, places in his education institutions, that he will travel to this and that country, and so on). One of the tragedies of India is that so many of her leaders rush off, at great expense, to listen to the prognostications of gurus and other fortune tellers. His editors have made a desperate, but eventually hopeless to expunge some of his more damaging statements from the official Sai literature. See:  The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements.

Here is but one of his wildly mistaken predictions.  He made it to the American Connie Shaw in an interview in January 2002 on what she says was her thirty-first visit to him:  www.saibaba.ws/reports/connieshaw.htm

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.

Connie: Then what about the Golden Age (of Peace and Plenty which
will last for a thousand years) – when will that actually be here?

Baba (Predictably, heh-heh): The Golden Age must begin in each
person’s heart. Then only can we have peace on earth. Each must
start now to make the Golden Age in his heart.

Connie: But Swami, we’re all doing the best we can in that
(department) now. I mean when will (all of) humanity agree “This is
the Golden Age – here, now…?

Baba: In five years. 2007. By then. All must do (their part).”-

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.

Connie: Then what about the Golden Age (of Peace and Plenty which
will last for a thousand years) – when will that actually be here?

Baba (Predictably, heh-heh): The Golden Age must begin in each
person’s heart. Then only can we have peace on earth. Each must
start now to make the Golden Age in his heart.

Connie: But Swami, we’re all doing the best we can in that
(department) now. I mean when will (all of) humanity agree “This is
the Golden Age – here, now…?

Baba: In five years. 2007. By then. All must do (their part).”-

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.

Connie: Then what about the Golden Age (of Peace and Plenty which
will last for a thousand years) – when will that actually be here?

Baba (Predictably, heh-heh): The Golden Age must begin in each
person’s heart. Then only can we have peace on earth. Each must
start now to make the Golden Age in his heart.

Connie: But Swami, we’re all doing the best we can in that
(department) now. I mean when will (all of) humanity agree “This is
the Golden Age – here, now…?

Baba: In five years. 2007. By then. All must do (their part).”

In his  Convocation address, 22 October 2008, Sathya Sai Baba – in an utterance that the history of terrorism discloses as tragically crass – said:

 “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.” 

Patil was forced to resign. See the articles:

Shivraj Patil Falls From Home Ministry

Shivraj Patil – Sai Baba worshipper – resigns

Shivraj Patil Falls From Home Ministry. Sathya Sai Baba Man 

“No fear of bombs” in India, Said Sai Baba a Week Before Mumbai Terrorist Attack.

A ‘tombstone’ marking just a few of Sathya Sai Baba’s tragically failed statements 

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Rediff News
Maharashtra CM postpones visit to Sai Baba ashram
July 20, 2010 20:08 IST
 
With anger against Maharashtra [ Images ] sweeping across Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan [ Images ] has cancelled his visit to Sri Satya [ Images ] Sai Baba’s Ashram in Puttaparthi slated for Wednesday.Chavan was to arrive at Prashanti Nilayam at Puttaparthy in Anantapur district to seek the blessings of Sai Baba but he had to cancel his program on the request of the authorities.According to the police sources, in view of the threat of Telugu Desam party to organise protest against Chavan in the entire district on Wednesday, the Sathya Sai Central Trust requested Chavan to postpone the visit. Accordingly, he decided not to come to Puttaparthi, police officials said.
 
 

 

Maharashtra CM hosts Sai Baba amid criticism

 
Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times
Email Author
Mumbai, November 01, 2009
First Published: 23:40 IST(1/11/2009)
Last Updated: 23:42 IST(1/11/2009)
Chief Minister-elect Ashok Chavan ignored protests by anti-superstition  activists and hosted controversial spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba at his official residence, Varsha, on Sunday. Off limits to the media, Varsha looked festive – floral arches and red carpets greeted Sai Baba (82) and his entourage.
A political leader, requesting anonymity, said Chavan  and his family performed padyapooja (prayer at the feet) of the guru and later hosted a sumptuous maha prasadam (auspicious lunch) for the guests and devotees including family friends and former Union home minister Shivraj Patil, among several other Congress and NCP leaders.

While anti-superstition  activists phoned news channels and newspapers to protest, Chavan called the programme “my personal matter and nothing to do with politics”.

Narendra Dabholkar, president of Andhashraddha Nirmal Samiti (organisation for the eradication of superstition),  said from Pune: “Chavan has disregarded the Indian Constitution, which calls for a scientific approach to everything. He should have taken a  cue from former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who in his entire political career did not visit or worship any baba.”

The Shiv Sena, which often  violently enforces a version of Hindutva ideology, protested Chavan’s move. “We have no complaints if Chavan visits Sai  Baba at his ashram. But Varsha is not Chavan’s personal property. It belongs to the state’s 10 crore people, so no such event should be held there,” said Subhash Desai, the Sena’s group leader in the Assembly.

Further Resources

There is no end to Sathya Sai Baba’s failed predictions. In his February 1 16, 2007 (so-called ‘divine discourse’, Sai baba said:

“I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.”

Predictions/Promises

False Predictions by India’s Revered “Omniscient Avatar”

  When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises

   Has ‘World Saviour’ Missed His Plane?

   Has Sathya Sai Baba Moved An Inch To Clean Up His Yard?

One Million Rupees Election Results Prediction Challenge to Astrologers

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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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Would Serious Sathya Sai Baba Devotees Read Gerald Moreno’s Attacks?

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 27, 2009

How could any Sathya Sai Baba devotee – of those many who are decent and sincere – bear to read Gerald Joe Moreno’s writings? The constant welter of the latter’s constant, strident, vituperative and demeaning posts to the Internet can, even at a quick glance, be gauged by the titles of but a small portion of his links, which, for our convenience, are posted here:  Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics. See also: About Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno’s Chameleon and Deceptive Websites.

Another instant indictment is the ‘hot’ language of his article titles. Revealing too are the brief Google or other search engine quotes for his work, as they pass by in even the most desultory of searches. The preponderance of his curse-words is striking. One of his chief blogsite’s photo distortions of some critics of Sathya Sai Baba are enough to portray the mentality of one who has won the support of many Sai Baba followers:

Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

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Robert Priddy

In regard to the outstanding writing of the independent British author on philosophy and religion Kevin R.D. Shepherd, Robert Priddy has just posted

New exposé of Sai Baba’s front man, Gerald Joe Moreno

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General

Excerpt From Public Petition

(Note: The above articles contextualizes. Or 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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