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Will the Real Professor Alvin Drucker Be Upstanding?

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 9, 2009

For many years, Professor Alvin Drucker, an ex-NASA scientist, was one of those ‘star turns’ well in demand as a keynote speaker within the international Sathya Sai Organization. In the seventies, he taught at the Sathya Sai College in Whitefield during part of the same time that I taught there, and he lived within the compound that housed Sai Baba’s residence.

A common assumption was that Sai Baba had cast Drucker out because he had disobeyed his guru in marrying (or wanting to) Yaani. She is his wife to this day.

Will the Real Professor Alvin Drucker Be Upstanding?

However, we learn from reliable sources of the reason for Professor Alvin Drucker’s departing the side of Sathya Sai Baba:

Very distressed parents of young boys came to him desperate for some kind of explanation for actions bearing all the indications of Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual molestation of their sons. Al Drucker left for this reason, and got married.

Note:

(The witnesses’ details and proof of their excellent standing in their professions and communities, and of their longtime devotion, high-standing and service to Sathya Sai Baba will be shared on request with reputed media, lawfirms, scholarly investigators, etc. Barry Pittard)

One thinks of the case of a still more prominent former Sathya Sai Baba lecturer, David Bailey, and the manner in which many anguished parent came to him (and his wife, Faye). See: The Findings by David and Faye Bailey, UK. Eye-witness reports (see that of Robert Priddy below) indicate that, after a passage of years, Drucker returned to Puttaparthi. Those who argue badly, ignoring psychological complexities such as the in-denial state of mind, like simple-mindedly to state that Drucker has come “back to Swami” so what are critics of Sathya Sai Baba on about. Let him speak for himself. But will he? Do those grief-stricken parents who came to him mean nothing to him any more?

There is no doubting the excellent standing of a number informants with whom Drucker has shared this information, and who have written to us over time. They would make excellent witnesses in a court of law or if interviewed by media or scholarly investigators.

Naturally, it would be of benefit were Drucker himself to make a clear statement. Or is he content to stand by while those who have done their best, against many and formidable obstacles, to bring out the truth are execrated as liars, spreading stories for money (Sathya Sai Baba has said), hallucinating (Dr John Hislop) , disgruntled, hateful apostates, and so forth.

One may add that Drucker has often written and spoken on the Vedas. Where, then, is his fearlessness? It is a notion that resounds through the Vedas.

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See former head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization Robert Priddy’s journal entry of which he refers as:

“Directly recorded notes from my long Brindavan stay 1994 – about V.K. Narasimhan and Al Drucker (scanned from 1994 notebook)”
V.K. Narasimhan on Sai colleges etc. Transcript:

SUNDAY 27/3/94 (Bhajan all day)
Afternoon darshan: Sat in chair at back. He came down to the last block and looked in my direction – but did not fixate gaze on me. [Same way?]
I had back problems again.

Comment: Once I had thought that Sai Baba had helped cure my spinal misalignment problems – caused by several falls from childhood onwards – especially though a dream. I later realised, when the problems returned and got worse, that it had just been some temporary placebo effect.

After darshan I was hi-jacked to the Warden’s room at the college by Narasimhan. He did not want to use my last chapter for Sanathana – he considered my view of the Organisation to be too positive.

Comment: Narasimhan had already occasionally expresses scepticism about the claims by leaders in the Sai Organization and he had suffered problems from Sai Baba because he had published things in the journal Sanathana Sarathi by a Central Coordinator which were intended to mislead him (about copyright), resulting in him being suspended as editor for a long period. VKN was particularly cynical about Antonio Craxi (brother of the then Italian PM B. Craxi – later convicted of embezzlements) because of his Mafia connections and his vile attacks on other leaders in Italy, like Marena who eventually replaced Craxi.

But he did not say why – just went on in his usual way, recounting life experiences at kibbutzim, in Massachusetts and so on and soon the Warden gave us Sai prasadam – and another (lecturer in English lit.) gave us a second lot – so I had for both Reidun and I. It was Mysore pak.

It turned out I had deserted Reidun – should have met her after darshan to visit Robert and Rita!! But I thought it was after dinner!
Heard about Al Drucker: he is literally excommunicated – can’t enter any of the ashrams or go to Sai centres in the US. It is because he married a young girl against Swami’s expressed wish. The girl was refused at the ashram when her identity was found out. But she later got Baba to take a letter (presumably by staying incognito somehow to the ashram staff). She is not allowed in, ever!! Swami once said to Drucker that he could not have realisation because he would first have to lose everything. Drucker said he wanted it anyhow. Who knows? Or perhaps he broke faith with Sai

Comment: Alvin Drucker was a long-term (US) resident at the ashrams and very active promoter of Sathya Sai Baba. I had seen briefly one day previously, and the news came via Reidun after a long talk she had with an American lady devotee who had recently come from the interview where Sai Baba had seen both Drucker and his new wife at the interview (possibly they had not yet actually married). Sai Baba He had warned Al that he would cut him off and had told Yaani that Al was dying of stomach cancer and he was far too old for her etc. (Yaani was later brutally raped on Shivartri night before a shrine to Sai Baba and who wrote and lectured about it, demonstrating her state of total psychological denial – see here,and here)

Transcript (black text) and comments (violet text):-

6/10/98 Changed room from B2 to B4, which Anne-Irene vacated before darsan. Missed darsan again therefore. New room cooler and various advantages. (Comment: However, this North block for Organization donors was daily enveloped for hours in a vomit-ghastly putrid smell of rotting faeces from an open sewage pit nearby which should have been replaced by an ecological system – but the officials stole the money given for the purpose! See the facts about this scam here)
Saw Narasimhan briefly – I wouldn’t stay. He was writing the preface for ‘From Bapu to Baba’ 3rd ed. His eye is very poor – but he may get a lease of new eyesight from glasses designed by an English specialist soon. (Comment: Battling on as editor of Sai’s journal at his command, VKN had taken an eye operation on Sai Baba’s advice and lost the eye as a result, despite vibuti applied by Baba after the op. See here.)
We saw a bearded Al Drucker when we came from darsan. He seemed not to have been to it. (Comment: Since Alvin Drucker was banned from th ashram by Sai baba personally in 1992 see here, he had not been seen at any Organization conferences either. He attended the ‘paduka’ (sandal) ceremonies but hid away from everyone the rest of the time. The beard seemed to be a disguise)
Saw Henk and exchanged a greeting. Wrote rest of letter to Ragnhild …. etc…

7/10/89 At benches by 6.19 Shenai and drum music. Still a few places. We were awoken at 5.30 by Oms and Suprabhatam just outside our window at full force. Then music, chanting, more trumpet and drum music etc. Also a dose of unstoppable feedback from the microphones, despite repeated late night “Testing, testing, one, two”‘s
Went with Narasimhan in car, driven by his relative (brother’s son-in-law) who organised the entire Rayalaseema Water Project (he had come from the USA). (He had secured a copy of my book from the US too). N. and I had a chat about Sai Books and my book. He has told Devendra that my book would be a runaway success, so no problem with an edition there. The index he feels best in data form. (see about Suri’s misappropriations here)
Suri was removed on a good “pretext” by Swami – a book he published caused Swami’s ire … some Ma who claimed that she embraces Sai as a mother etc. N. said Suri is a rogue who still pretends he is in grace, sitting on the verandah. His wife, however, is a devoted server – as are her parents.
Damodar Rao is in B’lore & very ill. Hans is with him. Srinivas Rajendra is going strong and lecturing.

(Comment:Damodar Rao was an old follower of Sai Baba – a retired circuit judge – who visited the US once and told me his story at great length. He told me that he thought sexual abusers of children “should all be boiled alive in oil”!! A very extremist viewpoint for a judge? But perhaps not in India? This subject came up without reference to Sai Baba, who neither of us suspected (then). Hans was Hans Baerholm, a Danish follower i knew well too, who was living in Rao’s house in Bangalore.)

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Further Reading

Nothing Is Real, Strawberry Fields Forever
or ‘Yaani Drucker on how nothing was turned into nothing, by nobody’
by Reidun Priddy

Yanni Drucker and Sathya Sai Baba’s Advaitic Doctrine
A recipe for confusion and personality disorder?
by Robert Priddy

Ex-NASA Scientist and Wife Test Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Grace’

Note: Yaani and Al Drucker have publicly subscribed to the notion that Yaani – in her brutal rape in a Sai center – was never raped. It was only her body that was raped. The lack of careful distinction between a philosophical of spiritual vantage-point is evident here, and the case is suggestive of the dangers of extrapolating a concept and servicing a psychological denial of events that need formal professional counseling. It is a view that too well lends itself to false notions of forgiveness, and to actually aiding criminals.It must, however, be said that the rapist in this event was convicted on Jaani Drucker’s evidence. What I refer to is the importance in ensuring that auditors to accounts like this do not go away harbouring – in an air of unreality – interpretations that endanger psychological health and social responsibility.

See the entire Christmas 2000 Discourse as translated verbatim by his students

General

Excerpt From Public Petition (With Barry Pittard‘s comments)

(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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Indian Newspaper Reports of Killings In Sai Baba’s Bedroom

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 22, 2009

Reading through the press reports written at the time of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom under hugely suspicious circumstances on June 6, 1993 is instructive. At first, word had escaped too far and fast for the Puttaparthi officials to slam a suppressive lid. But then followed the monstrous machinery of cover up. For the Anantapur District Journalists’ Union (ADJU) unanswered questions, see:  Press Council of India Long Silent On Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Killings

Sathya Sai Baba was known to be in charge of situations in the hours before the intruders were slain. Robert Priddy’s accounts of his (and my) friend V.K. Narasimhan’s private depictions to him are very disturbing – they detail some of the processes – such as a remark to Sai Baba’s brother Jankiramaiah (also known as Janakira Ramiah, Janakiram, Janakiramaiah and Janaki), made within VKN’s hearing, of the then Home Minister, S. B. Chavan, a Sathya Sai Baba devotee, who had come poste haste to Puttaparthi, about “dead men tell no tales”.

The powerful central, state, local and ashram cover up that that followed was known to many in India, and beyond. In a properly functioning democratic country, there would have been rigorous, accountable police and jurisprudential processes. Many Indians have pointed out that Sathya Sai Baba will never be prosecuted. He, they say, is far too powerful in his sway over politicians of the major political parties. Travel virtually anywhere in India and you will find, as many travelers report, that this view is very wide-spread. Puttaparthi propaganda ceaselessly tells us that Sathya Sai Baba is being hailed through the world. In our many countries, we know, of course, that this is simply untrue. In India he is not only famous but infamous. Many Indians heartily abhor the way in which Puttaparthi scandals have for so long been covered up. Many deplore the incredible pomp and circumstance that forever surrounds him. All you will need to do is to ask your Indian contacts whether this is so. Many are too polite/embarrassed or not wanting to get involved in an unpleasant discussion. Some feel a deep sense of shame at the international ignominy which he has brought upon India. See:  Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community and Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

A major Hindu leader (to whom on request I shall gladly direct responsible and reputable media or scholars, authors, etc) once wrote to me:

“There is considerable concern among the Hindu Community, especially among the educated. It is very hard to get any action from the temples as they do not wish to cause difficulties with the Sathya Sai Baba groups. People are starting to distance themselves from Sathya Sai Baba. It’s going to be gradual process of education. The biggest impact it appears was the ‘The Secret Swami’ … it seems it has had a tremendous negative effect on Sathya Sai Baba”.

As the reader can see from the following quotation, there is no subtlety about the antidemocratic, authoritarian nature, even in certain public statements, about Sathya Sai Baba and his then chief functionary, Indulal Shah:

“When press persons met Mr. Indulal Shah, chief functionary of the Sri Satya Sai World Trust, after the murders of six young Sai followers in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in 1993, Indulal Shah is reported as having said: ‘the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.” (from The Hindu, 10-6-1993).

N.B. Examine, pray, Shah’s photo. Does he appear brimful of spiritual joy? But why should he be? Sai Baba devotees who know the facts know that he has long been a ‘supreme’ hatchet man, widely feared.

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

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Robert Priddy (a major commentator, along with B.Premanand, on the killings and cover up):

Indulal Shah, cover-up man for Sai Baba

General ResourcesFurther Reading

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

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence

Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

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

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

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

Video Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Goldstein explodes with anger (710kbs)

at the BBC’s perfectly reasonable questions about accountability

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

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

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

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

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Sathya Sai Baba Sect and Its Hidden Agendas. A Caution

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 30, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba sect devotees around the world speak constantly of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-Violence. They would link up with you, smile happily with you, act in a manner that has every appearance of professional and ethical responsibility. But there is a hidden agenda. What is more, core leaders keep a great deal hidden from the rank-and-file members. This means that the latter are all the more convincing when they interface with their communities – for they come across as honest, decent and nice people. They often are.

They seek to enter into shared endeavours with you in regard to your schools, civic and religious organizations, your municipal, state and central governments. The Interfaith movement is but one of the areas the sect seeks to work its way into. We have documentation that show some links to the White House, prior to the Barach Obama Administration. Certainly, Bill and Hillary Clinton had links to prominent Sathya Sai Baba personnel. My dear friend the late V.K Narasimhan, the great Indian newspaper editor who was very close to Sathya Sai Baba and on whose last book (on Teilhard de Chardin) I did editing work, informed me of this connection of the Clintons. Mrs Clinton wished to meet Sai Baba, but the security experts deemed that the difficulties were too great to overcome, he told me.

There are also links to mainstream religious groups, whose halls they hire and whose social service and cultural programs they find ways – to tailor their content and influence. They are directed to omit mention of Sai Baba’s claims to be God fully incarnate come to save the world in his own lifetime.

One may wonder, by the way, why, for example, Church organizations would hire their halls to others than their own faith. One reason stems from a motive that is surely admirable:  A wish on the part of some religionists to reach out to others and show respect for religious diversity.

No doubt of it, Sai Baba devotees do worthy works of social uplift, but also in fact have agendas that they keep from you under tight seals of prohibition as instructed by the guru and his core servitors and worldwide center leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization.

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

Further Reading

Joint authorship –  Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard:

Sathya Sai Organization Lavish Spending On Super Dome Venue Meeting 

Disinformation By The Sathya Sai Organization

Sathya Sai Organisation – Futher Subterfuge and Misinformation

Sathya Sai Organization’s Damage Limitation By Internal Report

Note: Robert Priddy’s highly organized website is at: http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/ 

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Robert Priddy’s Series On Sathya Sai Baba Man, Gerald Moreno

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 26, 2009

I note with admiration for his great energy – which he by no means reserves only for exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his sect – that Robert Priddy 

Robert Priddy, Academic Philosopher and Sathya Sai Baba Critic

Robert Priddy, Academic Philosopher and Sathya Sai Baba Critic

is still adding to his series in which he refutes the writings of one hellbent on scurrility, Gerald Moreno, who leagues in his endeavours with Sai Baba devotees including those close to Sathya Sai Baba himself. Moreno, moreover, has a certain status as a popular hero for those Sathya Sai Baba Organization members who also profess but do not carry out the spiritual teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.

I find it touching. A man has had a long, productive life as an educator of generations of the young. An academic of one of the leading universities, the University of Oslo. An author of notable books and academic papers. (See Wikipedia entry: Robert C. Priddy). One who, down many years, has given heart, soul, sacrificial service, and a good deal of money to what appeared to be a great cause. Assailed by the philistine. Never thus assailed by Sai Baba nor those who valued him as an organization leader and contributor to the intellectual and devotional life of the Sathya Sai Organization. A dear, longtime and close friend of one of the few around Sai Baba who was noted for his plain speaking, the great Indian newspaper editor and a moral hero throughout India, the late V.K. Narasimhan, who was my beloved friend, too, and whose book on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  I was editing not long before he died. V.K.N. (as he was affectionately known) greatly honoured and respected Priddy – the very opposite of Moreno’s conduct towards him. See, Partial List of Gerald Moreno’s Vast Postings Contra Sathya Sai Baba Critics

The Extraordinary Scenario. Philistinian Attack

But now – an extraordinary scenario. By Moreno, he and his family attacked, alongside many others who were once considered, and happily, a part of what Sai devotees call ‘the Sai family’. His words torn from their contexts. Here he is, in the last quadrant of his life, lived well, with (I happen to know via very reliable sources) many kind and generous actions to his credit. A man of dedication to truth and honour. Once, for long, the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in his country. And here he is, as has been the case for the last four years, since he carefully investigated the allegations against Sai Baba and then spoke out, constantly assailed by a poorly educated, but superficially bright, defamer. A man who has been banned indefinitely by eight editors of Wikipedia (See article by independent British scholar, Kevin Shepherd, Wikipedia, Moreno, Google). A man hot of language, cold of empathy, shabby of logical argumentation, and devoid of commonsense – as can be seen by anyone who examines even a few pages of his writing. One whose multitude of writings are filled with the excess of intemperate, aggressive, libelling, defaming, abusive and ridiculing language  – indeed,  light years removed from the teachings of the one whom he, Moreno, so idolizes (with the type of attachment that Sathya Sai Baba himself inveighs against), and cannot bear to have criticized or to hear with fairness the call of many around the world that:

 Sai Baba and his sect core leaders be investigated by Interpol, governments and institutions that the Sathya Sai Organization attempts to interface with, major investigative media, and other well-equipped third party investigators, etc.

 I give below the links to Robert Priddy’s blog series on Moreno up to yesterday. His latest article refers to one of the many situations that Moreno has shown great denial about – his ‘oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba. Let Moreno ask any ordinary, commonsense person whether this action is lawful or not. But no – his powerful blinkers prevent him from seeing what is being pointed. Sai Baba is not a doctor. He has no business undressing his young, male devotees and touching their personal parts. Priddy states:

“As to my assertions that Joe Moreno was illegally molested in a sexual context, they are not slurs because they are entirely true: it is an objective fact that the events he described when he was “oiled” were against the law of most countries, including India [This has been pointed out by Basava Premanand, who is extremely well acquainted with Indian law]. It is not a matter of subjective feeling and/or belief, as Moreno wants it to be, and his private sense of pleasure afterwards and is entirely irrelevant. He can rail about it as much as he wants, it will not change that it was illegal. I consider that proved and closed. As to libels, Moreno has libeled me with untruths and mud-slinging constantly all over the Internet for over 4 years and now I am responding with rebuttals, to which he has responded with more immoderate libels and inflamed language. That itself proclaims the complete lack of substance in his contrived accusations”.

Robert Priddy’s Blog Series Refuting Gerald Joe Moreno

Gerald Moreno’s personal details removed from vishvarupa.com  

Joe Moreno’s schoolyard tit-for-tat attacks

‘Genital Oiling’ by Sathya Sai Baba + video evidence

Gerald Joe Moreno and genital oiling by Sai Baba

Gerald Moreno backs lying saboteur M. K. Yachendra

Joe Moreno admits he is a web impostor

More personal attacks by Gerald Joe Moreno

Sathya Sai Baba Apologist Joe Moreno’s Random Personal Attack Style (1)

Joe Moreno – massive internet abuse

Sathya Sai Baba’s front man on the Internet

Sathya Sai Baba Love, Light and Spirituality Exposed

Moreno and sexual abuse, denial and subterfuge

Sathya Sai Organisation defended by proxy

Sathyasaibaba in the shadows

Copyright infringements by sathyasaibaba

Gerald Joe Moreno (aka sathyasaibaba) dares not show his face. Why?

sathyasaibaba, Munchausen and sick fantasies

sathyasaibaba specious claims and self-defeating ‘arguments’

Cultic Labeling of Dissenters As “Disgruntled”. Sathya Sai Baba Case

Sathyasaibaba scales up hate attacks on critics

Terrorist-related Slurs Used By Sai Baba Internet Fanatic

Sai Baba Hatchet Man Picks On A Young Child

Sai Baba Internet Man – No Apology When Caught Using Anti-Semitism Slur

Sai Baba Proxy Attacker of Ex-followers and the Media

Proxy Defender of Sai Baba and SWARA

Gerald Moreno and “oiling between the pubic area and the navel”

Joe Moreno as “sathyasaibaba” with smear campaign

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India’s Painful Experience of Corrupt Leadership

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 18, 2009

Listen to a wide cross-section of Indians – whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Parsee, Jain, Christian and so on – and you will frequently find in them a thorough disgust for India’s endemically corrupt, gerontocratic and nepotistic leaders right across the political spectrum.

In India political leadership, too often, yesterday’s men (or mostly men) are still today’s men.

The British vacated, and India after its Independence on August 15, 1947 has for long been shaken by the terrible psychological and physical impact of imperial aftershocks. Not of course that a country is without its disfunctions and oppressions long before the incursions of empire on it.

The scramble to gain and maintain power by elites threw up matchingly terrible social and political fabrics, despite forces valiantly working for a mature democracy.

In my discussions with the BBC during the months of preparation for ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004), I learnt that one of the key interests of the producer, Eamon Hardy, was to look at cases which gave some insight into whether India could really be regarded as a mature democracy.

Cover Up On Huge A Huge Scale

To gain some sense of the massiveness of the political cover up – and one which has been maintained by successive Indian governments irrespective of which Party is incumbent – of the Sathya Sai bedroom murders scandal of June 6, 1993, see:

Robert Priddy

Apart from the Andhra Pradesh police, whose investigations were hijacked by Central and State government political forces, Robert Priddy, perhaps second only to the rationalist B. Premanand, has made a considerable study of events of bloody events in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom, June 6, 1993.

1) Overview of the murders if Sai Baba’s bedroom and how I came to learn of the blackmail by Sai officials behind the police executions of four intruder devotees from V.K. Narasimhan

2) More concerning the 1993 murders in the Prashanthi Nilayam Temple complex

3) How Robert Priddy came to learn of the blackmail by Sai officials behind the police executions of four intruder devotees from V.K. Narasimhan

4) Interview on BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ with V.P.B. Nair, former home minister of Andhra Pradesh during the 1993 murders

5) Excerpts from Indian newspaper reports on the murders in Sai Baba’s vicinity and the cover-up

6)Review of the cover-up and what cannot be denied

7) IAS official V. Ramnath’s reported account of Vijay Prabhu and the murder attempt here

8 )Prabhu’s involvement reported from an IAS source

9) Murder coverage in ‘The Week’ (India) with explanatory diagram/drawing

10)Conny Larsson’s recall of his learning in Puttaparthi about the 1993 murders

11)Writ petition to the High Court – Andhra Pradesh for investigation of the murders

12) Additional evidence from an independent source

13) Have your say at the Public Petition for Official Invstigation of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide Organization (ca. 1300 persons have signed this petition so far)

The BBC’s Tanya Datta states that The former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, V.P. B. Nair, told the BBC that ‘On coming to office he examined the files and found that the original police report was riddled with lies and inconsistencies. This was later exposed by a CID investigation’.

Tanya Datta:  So are you suggesting that the police executed the boys that night?

VPB Nair: In absolute… this is absolute cold-blooded murder.

See my articles:

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence – Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

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

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

BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

Priddy reports many disturbing privately shared revelations that came from his longtime friend, the late V.K. Narasimhan, one of India’s most courageous and famous newspaper editors. When attempts were made to throw doubt, as so commonly done by unscrupulous proxy defenders of Sathya Sai Baba in other respects, on the long years of this deeply respectful and cherished friendship, Priddy responded by going to the large effort of scanning notes from his extensive, well-kept journal from down the years and many letters he received from VKN.

V.K. Narasimhan – a biographical and personal tribute

The Dark Underside of some prominent Hindu gurus

Will India clean up its Augean police and political stables?

Famous editor confronted Sathya Sai Baba

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 1, 2008

On November 20, just before the horrendous terrorist strike on Mumbai, Sathya Sai Baba made yet another of his statements which have been tragically faulted by events seen by an aghast world only a few days later (and, in fact, all along, by a long series of terrorist attacks in India – extraordinarily overlooked by Sathya Sai Baba in his reported statement (as see below).

Terrorist Smoke Casts Pall Over India and the World

Terrorist Smoke Casts Pall Over India and the World

… While India’s and the world’s self-promised ‘Saviour’ potters and dithers, just as the Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burnt.

Sathya Sai Baba Statement’s Grisly Falsification A Few Days After

Here is the report of Sathya Sai Baba’s words from a discourse dated November 22 (the day before the vast and opulent birthday celebrations, see links below) – from a well-acknowleged Sathya Sai Baba reporter, R. Satish Naik (who lives close to the Puttaparthi ashram) of the well-organized 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”.

Extensive ‘Weeding’ By SSB Editors

Perhaps when it is realized, what an appalling blunder has occurred, the information will disappear, just as Sai editors have so long excised, prior to publishing discourses, glaring embarrassments such as his slips, contradictions, faulted prophesies, etc. I myself when editing for Sai Towers had occasionally a hand in such censorship, and would check with my dear friend, the late V.K. Narasimhan, editor of Sanathana Sarathi what he, at the same time, was excising, prior to publication, in regard to that magazine, which goes worldwide, as does the magazine Spiritual Impressions for which I was doing fairly extensive work.

Select Articles On SSB’s Gaffes, Falsified Statements, etc., at: https://barrypittard.wordpress.com/

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions
Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?
Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon, IANS Reports
Serial Sex Abuse And Broken Promises of Miracle Healing
Huge Sai Baba Gaffes
Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore
When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises
Sai Baba – Miraculous or Disastrous?
The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire
The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision
Sai Baba: I Will Save India Then World. But he’s Failed

On The Incredibly Lavish Birthday Celebrations In A Mostly Torturously Poor and Profoundly Socio-politically Unstable India

Sathya Sai Baba, 83. Health Critical. Some Key Links
Sathya Sai Baba Video. Too Weak To Cut Birthday Cake
India’s ‘Emperor’ Sai Baba. By His Lavish Spending Ye Shall Know Him
Sai Baba 83. Has Said He Will Rule World
Sathya Sai Speaks. ‘I Do Not Like This Pomp’
Indian God’s Birthday. Says Will Rule World. Photo
Sai Baba’s Imperial 83rd Birthday Celebrations Photo, Puttaparthi, India

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Sources for the R. Satish Naik’s report:

http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages /83-birthday/convocation_DD_22112008.htm

http://www.saibabaofindia.com/sai_baba_83rd_birthday-update-photos-23rdnov2008.htm

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saibabaofindia/message/14926

satish Naik
Brahmanapalli Thanda village
Near Puttaparthi
Anantapur
Andhra Pradesh
India 515134
Tel:91-8555-289327

MOB:9440857872
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NEWS JUST TO HAND (Major followers of Sathya Sai Baba are starting to fall from positions of high power). See:

Shivraj Patil Falls From Home Ministry. Sathya Sai Baba Man

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 2, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba Man Falls As Home Minister, After Mumbai 2008

Sathya Sai Baba Man Falls As Home Minister, After Mumbai 2008

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See Robert Priddy, former Norwegian head of Sathya Sai Baba Organization
Sathya Sai Baba’s divine foresight on terrorism
Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2008

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As to there never being any fear of bombs in India, that is a massive mistake! So far out of touch is Sathya Sai Baba, surrounded by his gunmen and guards in his fortress ashram.  Shivraj Patil and his forerunners have presided over a long series of bomb attacks and terrible massacres of Hindus and Muslims by each other. The fear is tangible in many places, especially in Mumbai these days, of course.

There is nothing remarkable in Sathya Sai Baba making failed prophesies and predictions – he is constantly doing it! There is a regular cornucopia of false predictions, broken promises, and absurd claims of his importance to the world. (See here)

See also my last posting here:-
Shivraj Patil – Sai Baba worshipper – resigns

Sai Baba Man Shivraj Patil Falls As Home Minister

Sathya Sai Baba Man Shivraj Patil Falls As Home Minister

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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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Exposing Worldwide Sathya Sai Baba Cult (Sept 08,i)

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 4, 2008

The following, mostly short, articles have appeared at:

http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com and

https://barrypittard.wordpress.com and, in one case, at Robert Priddy’s main website –

Sathya Sai Baba In Word And Action

in the last few days. The following information is compiled at:

http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/HOME/Sai_Baba_news.htm

where there is an extensive list of blogs and articles, with the latest updates  clearly noted.

Barry Pittard. 4 September, 2008

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NEW Sai Baba says his close servants live for 100 years However the very closest long-term attendants including his official biographer, Prof. N. Kasturi, his editor of his journal V.K. Narasimhan, Kutumba Rao, his pujari Padmanabha Shastri, Kanhaia Jee, and many another died well before reaching 100 years.

NEW Sathya Sai Baba’s untruths about his never-failing perfect health He claims always to have total perfect health and freedom from illness, but numerous facts belie his claims, even his own words do.

NEW Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape World report 2008 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.

NEW Michael Goldstein’s chilling remarks Goldstein states that no Sai baba devotees were victims of the 9/11 World Trade Centre terrorist attack. He claims “His Miraculous Intervention on behalf of His devotees is clearly evident… They were either late or never arrived…”

NEW Sathya Sai Baba and India in-depth study Many issues covered, such as India’s profound levels of corruption and superstition, other issues that thinking Indians have great concern about like the appalling record in human rights, casteism, endemic corruption, attitudes towards women etc.

NEW Sathya Sai Baba – Proof of the pudding Does Sai Baba ever lift a finger to look after his food, clothing, rooms, cars or anything? Yet he claims he receives NO service whatever from anyone! Further he says he has always respected everyone – but he has attacked his critics with base lies and demonised them. He claims the whole world respects him, but which of his critics do? And how can billions who have never heard of him respect him?

NEW ‘World Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba’s Troubled Trail The eyes of faith are blind to the absurdities – or, if the oddities are pointed out to his believers, they will justify them in one way or another – for example, by citing his oft-stated saying “Love Me for My mystery”. The Procrustean bed works by both length and width.

NEW Sathya Sai Lies – part one A new series documenting and commenting on lies and untruths told in his writings and/or discourses by Sathya Sai Baba, who alleges he always speaks only truth and is omniscient as to past, present and future! He has no money or properties – but then he speaks of giving money himself! He does not publicise himself, but he does so on a huge scale constantly. He claimed his critics take money to defame him, but none are known or shown to have every accepted money from anywhere.

NEW Sathya Sai Baba Says He Dislikes Pomp One of the world’s most avid consumers of pomp and circumstance, golden thrones, sumptuous apartments – seen in countless photos on the Internet – claims he does not like it, but he either sets all of it in motions himself, or gives his blessing to such suggestions by others.

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