Caught Cheating On Video!
I decided to bring it down and watch it again, if only to re-familiarise myself with the moment. The interesting thing about this tape is that it is a rare three hour tape as compared to the other ones lasting 1 or 2 hours. In 1997 a film-maker was allowed to film darshans in Puttaparthi and his movies were sold in the Prashanthi Shopping Complex. Who knows what he was doing; maybe it was Atilio Spinello collecting darshan footage for his movies and who contributed copies of his footage to the ashram video shop out of generosity. In any case, these films were of variable length and my movie was one of the 3-hour ones. Thus I have 3 hours of unadulterated darshan footage.
As I rewinded the tape to watch it straight from the beginning, a wave of reminiscence washed over me especially when it got to "my" scene. It's really embarrassing to watch now, the camera seriously zooms in to me as I'm staring up Sai Baba's nose in awe. Then I remembered a scene that took place just before 'my' scene, Sai Baba materialised his famous vibhuti ash for a person. I rewound it straight back and watched it again.
Jumping Jackflash! Sai Baba is caught cheating on camera, in my video! The basic scene is that Sai Baba waves his right hand in the air in that famous "mystery" gesture, walks over to the crowd, reaches to a person from the middle of the crowd and taking his letter before proceeding to materialise vibhuti for a person in the front row. It's the familiar trick: holding a pellet of vibhuti ash (mix ash with water and dry it out into 'tablets') in his left hand, surreptitiously switching it into his right hand while hoping nobody notices and then just "materialise" it as if everything is normal. This scene is amazing in that, if only for a split second, Sai Baba makes the most amazing GOOF as you can actually see the vibhuti pellet in his right hand when he takes the letter!
To be fair, the cameraman is a devotee and so randomly zooms into Sai Baba's head and shoulders at inopportune times, so you can barely see the 'switch' from the left to the right hand although this is obvious to the trained eye. When Sai Baba reaches over to take a letter in his right hand you can actually see the vibhuti tablet, what a goof!
Then the movie cuts to 'my' scene. After that, a scene occurs where Sai Baba comes out of his apartment and calls a young boy over to him. They exchange a few words of conversation and the boy gives a letter to the Baba, who playfully slaps him (supposedly a "cute" gesture) before proceeding to materialise vibhuti and giving it to him.
Here's the trick: As Sai Baba comes out of his apartment, there is a vibhuti tablet in his left hand which is unseen because Baba is holding his robe in his left hand ostensibly to prevent himself from tripping up. Cue the boy and taking his letter. As Sai Baba is shown full-length, the camera clearly catches Sai Baba making the 'switch' from the left to the right hand under the cover of the letter in a sneaky manner. After he makes the switch, Sai Baba quickly "playfully" slaps the boy as a distraction device (since devotees will be caught up in how "cutely" Sai slapped the boy). Then Sai Baba "materialises" the vibhuti tablet, crushes it with his fingers and gives it to the boy.
This is nothing new to seasoned fomer devotees and other critics who are well familiar with the Movies section of Exbaba.Com; this was only very surprising and shocking to me because this occurs in a movie in my possession.It also makes you wonder how long Sai Baba has been getting away with this kind of deceptive behaviour and how much he relies on his awestricken devotees who will almost never notice these cheap tricks even if performed right in front of them. It is true what they say; do not get distracted by his face or his actions, always watch his hands. It is a well known fact that Sai Baba possesses monumental charisma (a large part of which may be projected onto him by devotees) and it is this charisma that blinds devotees.
What happened to the videos? The ashram soon halted the production of these regular videos just like they ban everything else more or less; books (even Sai Baba books!), pens, paper, cameras, binoculars, hearing aid batteries, bags and so forth. Gee, now I wonder why? Goodness knows how many times Sai Baba has been caught on camera performing his sloppy magic tricks that pass off as "miracles". Just imagine how many more instances I could find as I watch the full 3 hours of the tape!
Oh, and you can bet money on this, as soon as I figure out a way of transferring VHS footage into a digital format these two movie clips will be added to Exbaba.Com's movie section. Fer shure.
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