Sai Baba EXPOSED!

23 November 2006

The Truth About The Sai Baba Rock

A popular episode in Sai Baba's life relates to when, after sensationally declaring that he was renouncing material life and beginning his mission to save the world (six months after he had declared himself to be the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba), he proceeded to the garden of a local devotee's house - Anjaneyulu, a Salt (Excise) Inspector and wealthy man - and sat on a large rock there. Here's the official version of the story from N. Kasturi, Sai Baba's authorised biographer, which has been replicated in several later accounts of his life:

"People came into the garden from all directions bringing flowers and fruits. The grove resounded to the voices of hundreds, singing in chorus the lines that Sathya Sai taught them. The first prayer that He taught them that day was, as many still remember:

'Meditate in thy mind on the Feet of the Guru. This can take you across the difficult sea of existence in birth after birth.'

"... Three days passed thus in that garden, three days of worship. A photographer came who wanted Sai Baba to remove a crude stone that was right in front of Him, but Baba did not pay heed to that prayer. The photographer took the picture nevertheless, and lo, the stone had become an image of Sai Baba of Shirdi! But only in the photograph, not for all the people who had assembled there." - Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Part 1, 'The Serpent Hill'.

Or so they say. Take a good look at that picture, it is renowned throughout Sai literature as being the 'first photograph' of the "Avatar" after officially embarking on his mission, widely believed to have taken place on 20th October, 1940. Sathya Sai Baba himself told it like it was:

"At that time, the Commissioner’s son ran inside, brought a camera and clicked a photo. In the picture, Shirdi Sai could be seen in front of Swami." - Summer discourse, 2000.

We now know that this took place in 1943 thanks to new research. What the above narrative doesn't say is how there was something of a strong culture of Shirdi Sai worship in Uravakonda too, just like in Puttaparthi. 'Love Is My Form', a well-researched devotional biography, informs us that Anjaneyulu was a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba and was requested by the young Sathya Sai (then known as Sathyanarayana Raju) to procure a small statue of Shirdi Sai Baba from the nearest marketplace. This took place on 9th March 1943:

"Anjaneyulu ... created a personal shrine for [Shirdi] Sai Baba in his garden, spreading a tigerskin on a boulder and placing the statue there for puja [worship] every Thursday. The boulder later became a landmark with the name Sai Baba Gundu (Sai Baba Rock)." - LIMF, p. 134.

Needless to say, Raju attended these Shirdi Sai worship services regularly just as he used to do in Puttaparthi, which shows that - contrary to official information - the fame of Shirdi Sai Baba was so much widespread that it was possible for the residents of remote backwoods villages like Puttaparthi and Uravakonda to procure pictures and small statues of the Baba. And Anjaneyulu's statue is still being worshipped in the personal shrine of Goddumarri Sai Maruthi, his youngest son. Interestingly, LIMF doesn't mention a single word about the "Shirdi statue declaration miracle" that is described in official sources although that same photo is carried within it's pages (the picture above is scanned from LIMF), even when the narrative reaches the point at which Raju threw away his schoolbooks and announced his mission.

Given that LIMF has explained the truth behind the Shirdi statue and how it had been present on the Gundu for months before Raju threw his tantrum, there is yet another reason to believe why the popular story is a fraud. The international website of the Sathya Sai Organisation carries an old photo in it's picture gallery of this event that is still there at the time of writing:



Immediately the difference is obvious: the camera is at a slightly different angle and young Raju is looking even further away from the camera than in the other photo. The background is different and there is no tigerskin on the boulder. It is possible that the two photos were taken on the same day, however, and that this discounts the "miracle" even further. If Raju refused to move out of the way because of a crude and obstructive stone with the intention of performing a miracle (that the stone would transform into a small statue of Shirdi Sai Baba), how can this be possible for two different photos? To my knowledge this alternative photo has never been published before (it's not in LIMF!) so very few could have known of it's existence, while the large majority believes the official narrative of the miracle.

To highlight the differences between the two photos, I created this composite:



The uncovering of this bald lie represents yet another mephistophelian working of the Puttaparthi Propaganda Machine generated by the dynamic duo, Kasturi and Sai Baba, in a shameless and deceptive attempt to divinise each and every mundane event of his life in order to impress and attract followers. The arrogation of Shirdi Sai Baba's legacy has continued throughout his life and continues to be bowdlerised and plundered.




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12 Comments:

  • it's hard to believe there is different photos. One of those is collage. See the picture (you can use it for your purpose):

    http://artpromcompany.ru/images/content_images/ssbyoung.gif

    Look on shades of clothing: located in the same places. It's almost impossible for too different photos.

    By Anonymous Rusl, at 23 November, 2006 10:55  

  • BTW, in the picture we can see not a tiger skin but a leopard skin.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23 November, 2006 18:21  

  • These two photos are the same. See closely the subject (Satyanarayana Raju), and you find the exact posture of hands, fingers, arms, face, all. Except the background has been changed. I don't know which one is the true background or ground, and what's the meaning of this alteration.
    Clara

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23 November, 2006 20:48  

  • it's hard to believe there is different photos. One of those is collage. See the picture:

    http://artpromcompany.ru/images/content_images/ssbyoung.gif

    Look on shades of clothing: located in the same places. It's almost impossible for too different photos.

    By Anonymous Rusl, at 24 November, 2006 09:33  

  • Actually these are two different photos because you only need to see the background change and Raju's sight of vision. It's posisble that the photographer clicked two snaps quickly, or maybe Raju turned around to account for the different background.

    The position of the fingers (his left hand) are definitely different in the second photograph, please analyse closely. In the second photograph they are nmore indented into his leg. They look similar because I cropped the 2nd photo to look the same as the 1st one. If one looks at both photos in their original state then the differences are obvious.

    Anyhow, the main point of the article is that a popular myth story has been busted, as is getting to be the case with Raju. :-) The "obstructive stone" was all the time a small statuette of Shirdi Sai Baba.

    By Blogger H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda, at 26 November, 2006 03:53  

  • keep on digging...may be more DIRT
    another scammer is shyam bhatnagar
    and then he got karmuppence
    see
    The trouble started when Shyam Bhatnagar, 66, placed an advertisement to sell his car on the Internet site The Big Lot (www.thebiglot.com). After the ad was placed, he was contacted by a man who identified himself as Andy Baker, who said he was the export director for a company that buys and ships vehicles around the world. He told Mr. Bhatnagar he had a buyer interested in his Saab, someone who would pay him $7,500 for the vehicle.

    Mr. Bhatnagar received a check in the mail March 20 for $13,950. The Nigerian company's policy, he was told, called for Mr. Bhatnagar to deposit the check and then return the $6,450 overpayment via Western Union.

    When he took the check to his bank, the bank said they would honor it, and sufficient funds existed to cover it. Four days later, the amount was credited to his account.

    As instructed, the senior citizen used Western Union to wire the overpayment to an address in Nigeria. Mr. Baker contacted the victim again March 27, claiming the original buyer had fallen ill and needed to cancel his purchase of the Saab. To compensate Mr. Bhatnagar for his trouble, Mr. Baker said he could keep $1,500, or 20 percent of the purchase price.

    Two days later, Mr. Bhatnagar wired the remaining $6,000 to Nigeria.

    Mr. Bhatnagar's bank notified him via letter April 3 that the original

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 May, 2007 01:40  

  • have you not got anything better to do in your lives then this?!
    if you do not follow sai baba then leave it at that and get on with your life.
    theres more important things in this world. instead of using your energy to expose someone why don't you find someone you do believe in and use your energy on them and worshipping them.
    ive never seen anything more pathetic!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 May, 2007 14:43  

  • Well it's interesting to see how you have nothing to say about the content of the post itself..

    By Blogger H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda, at 24 May, 2007 01:18  

  • OK CAn u EXPLANE HOw SAI BABA CAME TO ME IN SINGAPORE WHEN I WAS IN TAN TOCK SENG HOSPITAL 3 DAYS IN A ROW ,IN THE ICU WARD,HOW BABA DID IT ??? SORRY I DONT BELIVE U GuYS ,WELL JUST HOPE U GET SOME GREAT KARMA DOING THIS ,MAYBE U CAN BE BORN AS HIJRAS NEXT BIRTH IN PRAMA SAI ASHRAM To CARRY OUT UR WORK THERE,AND DO WHAT UR GOOD AT ,I TRUST MY EXPERIANCE -WISH U GuYS LUCK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 March, 2008 13:43  

  • ANY NEWS WHERE IS DR BHATIA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 March, 2008 13:45  

  • ANY DISCUSION ABOUT SRI SATHYA SAI BABA-GOD OF GODS-LORD OF WORLDS-BY IGNORANT LOT IS USELESS AND WASTING OF TIME-HOW CAN SOME ONE WHO NEVER TASTED SUGAR UNDERSTAND MEANING OF WORD "SWEET" OR ONE WHO NEVER BECAME PREGNANT UNDERSTAND MEANING OF BEING A "MOTHER"?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 04:54  

  • Yes we can leave sai devotees with their GOD but that would mean, we help proaganda that rajnu was a GOD and that defame Indians as he was a liar, fraudster. We should curb these negative things. If he was reincarnate of GOD, why not to worship HIndu GODS why to him

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 May, 2011 09:08  

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