29 July 2006

Elephants Never Forget

An interesting tidbit we heard about Sai Gita - Sai Baba's pet elephant - recently in an interview with Pedda Reddy by Indian youth devotess:

Q: Tell us about Sai Geeta's early days.
A: Sai Geeta was very close to Swami those days. Everyday her duty would be to wait outside the Mandir in the morning and she would be ready with a garland. As soon as Swami would come out of the interview room, she would garland Him. Swami too was extremely affectionate towards her and would keep feeding her with delicious fruits etc. In fact, Swami would hold her trunk in His armpit and take her to the interview room. One day, she did not fit and that was the last time she went in. Swami would grant her interview for more than an hour each day. I wonder what He would speak to her.

Yes, we wonder too. Especially when you consider the queer story told by Hislop in his book 'My Baba and I', about how Sai Baba has told select devotees that after Sai Gita dies leaves her current body, she will be reborn as a human being. Not just any normal human, mind you, but a queen!

It makes us wonder if the elephant is preparing for the royal luxuries in the life to come by having a new shelter constructed on Sai Baba's approval, making sure that the new structure is to be "ornate". Indeed, Gita is already half-way into the royal luxuries given her taste for relaxing her bowels into a golden bucket.

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24 July 2006

Sai Devotee Sums Up Terrorism

Regarding the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai, India, that are widely believed to be part of an Al-Qaeda plot, we have received the following comment from a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba and which I have edited out unnecessary information. I don't know whether to laugh or cry:

From: "Nita Patel"
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 08:46:37 +0100
Subject: Re: Letter to Terrorists - Mumbai Blast

"These people are obviously unemployed and they have nothing better to do. In the days gone by we had ASURAS [demons] - these terrorist are ASURAS - in the days gone by one could identify the ASURAS but not today - they roam the streets just like us - These terrorists cannot be human they have to be ASURAS - They are far from being blessed from GOD."

Well this is the kind of thing that gets President Bush all hot under the collar, isn't it? Why bother trying to analyse the problem and the threat that they pose to civilised society? They're all demons, and damn you to hell if you are sensible enough to take a stand and disagree with these views.

Seriously I wonder who is more extremist, this devotee or the terrorists? Don't mistake me here as I'm not on the terrorist's side but, for Christ's sake, this devotee suggests that the bomb blasts were carried out because the perpetrators were BORED? "These people are obviously unemployed and they have nothing better to do" - oh that's alright then! Let's pack up our bags and go home for the evening! It's all because Terrorist A couldn't unscrew the top off his jar of peanut butter so he figured the best way to vent his frustrations was to bomb the Mumbai transport system in rush hour!

And to think that this devotee lives and works in the UK (a civilised and literate country) and is employed within the National Health Service. I'm so embarrassed for this person, and I can only imagine what other crazy ideas Sai devotees have whirling around in their empty heads. It comes to something when Sai devotees prove and continue to prove that they should never enter politics or diplomacy. Bang goes Shashi Tharoor's nomination for the UN Sec-Gen post.

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22 July 2006

Sai Baba Black Magic Rape

From the Ahmedabad Newsline:

Vadodara, July 20:
Two persons were caught red-handed and nabbed by the J P Road police on Thursday for raping an 18-year-old girl. The action came after the victim’s father reported to the police that the accused Mahesh Sonar, and his nephew Nilesh Khare, had been repeatedly raping his daughter for the last three years on the pretext of conducting black magic rituals.

The girl’s father Mahendra Patel, employed at a GIDC industrial unit as a machine operator, had told the police that three years ago, his daughter had gone to Mahendra Sonar’s jewellery shop on Old Padra Road to get a gold ring made. During the meeting, Sonar told the girl that there was an evil presence plaguing her family and that she needed to perform some rites to ward off this effect. Patel said that when the accused first came to his Punitnagar residence to perform the said rituals, they also claimed that there was some gold buried underneath the house and that their ‘rituals’ would help in unearthing it. Patel said, ‘‘My entire family was convinced that if the rites were performed correctly, our financial worries would be taken care of. While Nilesh would pretend to be possessed by Sai Baba and belt members of my family, Mahesh would take my daughter to a room and lock the door. He said that he and my daughter would count prayer beads inside.’’ This continued for three years.

On Thursday, the police arrived at Patel’s house and caught Mahesh and Nilesh in the act. ‘‘At the police station, the girl had stated that Mahesh would indulge in sexual intercourse without her consent. That amounts to rape, and thus we have framed rape charges against the two. Also, charges of wrongful confinement, voluntarily causing hurt and providing assistance in crime were framed against the two,’’ said J P Road police inspector P J Trivedi.

The police, however, are still to investigate further into the matter and find out why the victim’s family did not object to the untimely appearences of the two accused in their house during this entire period. It is also to be investigated why the victim had not spoken up for all these years. Talking to Newsline, Sonar, claimed that he was ‘supporting’ the victim’s father after the latter ran into high debts with some friends. ‘‘Even the girl had claimed to be in love with me. I have letters from her to prove my point. The girl’s father demanded more money from me, and when I refused, he framed me in this rape case,’’ alleged Sonar

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17 July 2006

Alaya Rahm vs. Sathya Sai Baba

Alaya Rahm's Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America

(Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family)

Date: July 16, 2006

At considerable personal sacrifice to himself and family, Alaya Rahm, 27, filed a civil lawsuit against California leaders of the Sathya Sai Society of America, who include the world chairman of Sathya Sai Baba’s organization, Dr Michael Goldstein. The case was heard by Judge John M. Watson of the Superior Court, County of Orange, California, on April 28th, 2006.

Substantive evidence was about to be called in court to support Alaya Rahm’s case, for which the Judge had allotted five weeks. However, his attorney, William Brelsford Esq., seeing formidable legal obstacles set by the defendants, and also working against a statute of limitations deadline, advised Alaya Rahm to self-dismiss the case. Along with other difficulties encountered, his attorney has explained, June 29th, 2006, to Alaya Rahm and his family:

“We were successful at the demurrer stage in establishing that a duty would be owed by the Society in the event they sponsored and/or endorsed the trips that Alaya went on when he was abused by Sai Baba. As it turns out, the Society is not the "hub" of all of Sai Baba's corporate activities. Rather, the Society, pursuant to declarations under penalty of perjury, confirmed they are a bookstore...nothing more. Accordingly, we do not have the necessary factual requirements to establish liability on the Society/Book center.”

No court found Alaya's allegations to be false. Simply, the suit could not continue on a technicality, and the claims of sexual abuse stand irrefutably true, just as before. The Sathya Sai Organization could take legal cover behind its bookstore. This is a very different situation to that being depicted in the systematic disinformation being spread throughout the Sai movement; for example, by those connected with its official international broadcast wing Radio Sai.

Among others ready to testify to the court was the former Mrs Diane Payne - USA. Hislop mentioned her in the letters he wanted kept secret that describe her having written to him alleging Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of her then teenage son in the 1970’s. Her child was then a student at Sai Baba’s College at Whitefield, near Bangalore. Again because important depositions were not able to be heard in court, Mark Roche, who formerly had long-term close ties with the most important leaders of the Sai Organization in the USA, was unable to testify. He appeared in the BBC television documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004). In his BBC interview, Mr Roche spoke of Sai Baba’s forcing oral sex on him in 1976 when Roche was very young. He was also prepared to state under oath that he had told Sai Baba’s foremost overseas leader, Dr John Hislop, well before 1980, that Sai Baba had sexually abused him. These incidents occurred when Dr Hislop was the head of the Sai Organization in the USA. The Rahm family has stated:

"In the Hislop letters, the director Michael Goldstein was one of those called to consider the Payne sexual abuse matter. When our family met with Michael Goldstein in North-west Arkansas in September 1999 to confide in him the story of Alaya's abuse by Sai Baba, Michael Goldstein told us that he had never heard anything like this before. That was over twenty years after the Hislop letters, which we now know prove he was lying."

The Sathya Sai Organization has set itself up to avoid legal accountability and full public scrutiny. There is no legal entity in the United States against which a lawsuit demanding responsibility of Goldstein and other key directors of the Sathya Sai Society of America can be brought. The Organization’s leaders will not truly investigate or let the lower echelon leadership and the rank-and-file members know the nature and seriousness of the accusations against Sai Baba. These go well beyond sexual abuse of young males and include complicity in gigantic and wrongful deployment of funds garnered worldwide, and a cover-up of several killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 6, 1993. The leaders will not even answer letters from complainants who have held high office in the Sai Organization, which have often been returned unopened. Such unaccountability and authoritarian secrecy is the Sai Organization leadership’s rigidly enforced rule. In the case Alaya Rahm brought against them, the directors presented a witness - Lewis Kreydick, a US citizen and staunch Sai devotee who often lives near Sai Baba. Kreydick is so obviously prejudiced in favor of Sai Baba that his mostly conjectural ‘testimony’ was without probity. For example, it could easily be contested by expert psychologists who can readily explain why an abuse survivor can produce the sort of smiles that Kreydick describes of Alaya after the period in which he (Alaya) spoke of Sai Baba’s sexually abusing him many times. Moreover, his parents have stated:

“Sai Baba also threatened Alaya repeatedly that if he ever told anyone what Swami was doing, Sai Baba would use his powers to cause an accident to Alaya and would also never talk to his parents again. Naturally, if Alaya couldn't tell his parents, why would he mention anything to Kreydick, who Sai Baba himself once removed from the Rahms’ visiting group? Sai Baba told us that Kreydick was spreading stories about our family and that we should not associate with him any longer. Sai Baba later banned Kreydick from the Ashram."

Compelling evidence could have been brought that Alaya’s case was but one of many cases of sexual abuse against citizens of the USA and other countries where Sai Baba is described as using threats and bribes. A number of sexual abuse professionals whom JuST has consulted have told us that emotional bribery and blackmail are common stratagems in the repertoire of sexual abusers. Such duress would be frightening enough for an adult, but what of mere boys in their teens!? What of those many who have been raised from birth as Sai devotees?

Because of the legalistic stumbling blocks, compelling testimony could not be presented. For example, evidence of:

  • dereliction of duty of care by leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization
  • from other families and individuals who allege sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba

What is more, hostile ploys in court by the Society’s lawyers and Lewis Kreydick to cast Alaya and Marisa Rahm (his mother) in a false, negative light have, most unjustly, remained undefended because of the sudden termination of the case.

Leading office-bearers who have attempted to expose the truth are always closed out of the Sathya Sai Organization. Therefore, lower echelon and rank-and-file members cannot deliberate on the facts. Sai Baba has lied about former devotees who now expose him, and his leaders know that. He has called them “Judases”, “demons", and has falsely and without giving a shred of evidence accused them of opposing him for money. When the Rahms took their story to Dr Goldstein, in September 1999, he was, they say, shocked and shaken, telling them, "Faith has got to be restored and words will not be enough." Promising to speak to Sai Baba, Goldstein asked the Rahms to keep the matter secret in the meantime. On his return, Goldstein said that Sai Baba replied, "Swami is pure" and "If you want to fight with people in the gutter, you also have to go into the gutter. Don't."

But the Rahms are not gutter people. Nor were they fighting. Goldstein and the leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization have breached the time-honored ethic in investigation of serious allegations that one does not rely, alone, on the word of an accused perpetrator. What indeed might a law case, allowed to run its course, reveal about this Organization?

It seems impossible to approach Sai Baba legally from abroad - not to mention the obstacles to bringing him to justice within India itself, where Supreme and High Court judges, government ministers and power brokers from many sections of Indian society are his devotees. Continuous efforts are made by the Sathya Sai Organization to cover up for its founder and to protect its own name. In regard to attempts to pursue Sathya Sai Baba by some means from outside India, William Brelsford (Alaya Rahm’s attorney) has explained:

“The lawsuit against Sai Baba (individually) was dropped because the judge indicated in the initial court appearance that he did not wish to see us pursue a case against an out- of-country defendant that is not a signatory to the Hague Treaty. Sai Baba lives in India. California does not have reciprocal jurisdiction rights against an out-of-country defendant and we cannot utilize California state subpoena powers against an out-of- country defendant not subject to the powers of the Hague Treaty without pursuing the Letters Rogatory process. That process takes several years to complete and there is no guarantee Sai Baba would even respond to service of a subpoena once a subpoena was served. Which complicates matters even more. And given Sai Baba's age, there is no guarantee he would even be alive at the time we finally could have perfected service of a complaint, let alone a deposition subpoena.”

Where they can, cults typically head off law cases on the basis of legal technicality. Sai Baba’s organization dares not face public examination. In countries in all the Sai Organization ‘regions’, its prominent leaders were instructed to ensure the Organization was not registered in a way that would render it legally or financially liable. One point which exemplifies this policy is seen in The Sathya Sai Organization Charter Section (E) CENTRES (6) Rules and Regulations: “The Centre/Group will not ordinarily be registered under the local law relating to registration of societies, if such registration is not mandatory.” (p.24).

In the late 1980s, overseas Sai Organizations and their Centers were instructed not to own or buy any property in the name of the Organization, but where necessary to let or borrow premises. The only properties and assets were to be in India, in the name of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, whose overall authority rests in Sai Baba himself!

The executives, research and legal staffs of major organizations have accepted the credibility of many witnesses from the USA and countries around the world (including those with sworn affidavits) who accuse Sathya Sai Baba of male sexual abuse over many years. These bodies include UNESCO (Paris), the US State Department, the BBC (“The Secret Swami”), AZUL TV (Argentina, “Zona de Investigación”), DR (Danish Broadcasting, “Seduced” - re-titled as “Seduced By Sai Baba” by Australia’s SBS - which, like DR, withstood Sai Organization threats to sue), and ABC Radio (Australia). Print media have likewise have accepted the credibility of former devotees and rejected Sai Organization attempts to kill the stories – e.g., India Today, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph,, and many other newspapers in Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

The Sathya Sai Organization – which, like Sai Baba, claims to uphold the truth - continually bluffs with its threats but quickly retreats when a corporation stands up to it, like the BBC, Danish broadcaster DR, Canada's CBC, Australia's SBS, India Today, and others. (Click here for example1 and example 2).

Those who know Alaya and his family are satisfied that they have told the truth. Indeed, the penalty for lying to a court in the USA, a legal system which Alaya Rahm was every bit prepared to face, is severe! The Society - or, to call things by their right name, the Sathya Sai Organization - did not and dares not face the challenge of a public examination of the case. Except, of course, in situations where it is forced into damage control.

Al Rahm says: “Alaya was seriously sexually abused by Sai Baba, who expected him to sustain a game of lies”.

Compelling accounts of individuals from many countries and investigative documentation by former devotees and some of the world’s leading media attest that Sai Baba has sexually molested boys and young men for over 30 years. Indeed, much of the international testimony, including sworn statements, could not be aired within obvious broadcast or print media limitations. Claims that these media are ‘sensationalistic’ are grossly untrue. These have been made by Sai Organization heads like Indulal Shah (formerly world head of the Organization), Dr. G. Venkataraman (Deputy Chairman of the ruling world body ‘The Prashanti Council’ chaired by Dr. Michael Goldstein and head of Radio Sai, the official international radio broadcaster) and other prominent Sai Baba apologists. As early as 1980, Dr John Hislop gathered Goldstein and the other directors to discuss the allegations by devotees. At that time as well, he accused an innocent mother and her abused teenage son of lying. Because of the technicality that closed the case, this is but one of the vital issues that it was not possible to air in court. Alaya Rahm’s attorney would have been able to demonstrate, under witness oath, that the Hislop letters - very damaging to the Sai Organization - are fully verifiable. Yet another strong witness standing by to verify these letters was Dr Timothy Conway, of Santa Barbara, USA, a former respected leader in the Sai Organization. It is a veracity which the Society’s directors could not, under oath (unless they perjured themselves) deny, for they were indeed among the recipients of these letters.

Al Rahm states: “The leaders covered up then and are covering up now. Dr Goldstein Dr William Harvey, Berniece Mead, Robert Bozzani and their attorneys are fully aware of the seriousness of the many sexual abuse allegations”.

On the Internet and elsewhere, some persons - who dare not stand forth as Alaya and other Sai Baba abuse survivors have done - dishonestly set about trying to discredit people who were much respected when Sai devotees. Alaya Rahm’s father, Al, for example, was one of five regional officers in ‘Region 10’ of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization of the United States. He and his family received over fifty interviews (combined) with Sai Baba. On several occasions, they performed music and sang in the Puttaparthi Mandir, which is the foremost temple for millions of Sai Baba’s followers, and have also performed in official Sai Centers throughout the USA, and in those of many countries. He started the first Sai School in the United States at the personal direction of Sai Baba during interviews that took place in 1997. This is a 501c3 non-profit institution named the School of Human Values of which Berniece Mead (mentioned above) was one of the officers. Al Rahm has told JuST that, when he:

“… called the officers to discuss the newly found sexual abuse information of Alaya Rahm, Berniece chose to resign instead of attend the meeting and face up to the allegations saying, ‘It’s always about something sexual’. Is this the kind of care that the head of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization’s children’s division (called “Education in Human Values” or “EHV”) should have?”

It most assuredly is not, and this typical case of dereliction of duty of care among Sai Baba’s foremost leaders should concern the wider public too which is the target of the Sai Organization, with its multi-million dollar project setting up schools in different countries. With its EHV program it seeks to get into the schools of the world but without disclosing its Sai Baba-oriented agenda - the guru who says that he will rule the world before AD 2022.

That Alaya Rahm withdrew his case reflects on certain Sathya Sai Organization leaders and their bad faith, not on him. Rather, he and his very supportive family who sacrificed so much through many years for Sai Baba and his Organization have had the courage, in the hope of saving other children from sexual abuse, to come forward in a United States court of law and to redouble their efforts to let the public know the truth.

Link to: The International JuST Group

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14 July 2006

Download Bad Hair To Your Desktop!

Those nice and ever-helpful Sai devotees are so eager to please that, after we posted a photo of the Baba's latest hairstyle with our comments, it was announced that the photo had been modified into desktop wallpaper for the pleasure of the devotees.

Although we are not Sai Baba devotees, we encourage devotees in their works of glorification just so the whole world can download them and laugh all day and night. Feel free to download them here:



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Bad Hair Day

Well, really now, you'd think that the dudes who make these pictures and send them out to devotees worldwide would do a better job of editing them first, huh? What use is an avatar with a hairstyle that reminds you of that young Michael in the Jackson 5?

In all fairness, Sai Baba doesn't look too happy about it either.

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13 July 2006

Maharashtrian Govt. Set To BAN Sai Baba

A hot report from MoneyControl (India) speaks about the drafting of the Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic and Evil and Aghori Practices Bill 2005 (what a tongue-twister!). "According to Minister for Social Justice, Chandrakant Handore, the Bill is to bring social awakening and awareness in society and to create a healthy and safe social environment, with a view to protecting the common people against the evil and sinister practices and customs, thriving on ignorance and to combat and eradicate the same."

Among other things, this Bill generally aims to correct the balance in regards to witch doctors and other forest prophets who employ displays of spiritual power in a bid to con gullible people.

Lawyer Anant Grover says, "There is also a rational basis to say that certain practices which are known to be not really working and so called Godmen are taking advantage of poor people, they need to be stopped. There is a similar act nationally called the Drug and Magic Remedies Act. Unfortunately that Act, doesn't actually stop the practices, it only addresses advertisements."

Further into the article, we find the following:

"..There is so much overlap between people's fears of black magic and the common rituals that people adhere to as a matter of faith. Some believe that this Bill, if it were enforced, then even someone like Sai Baba and the act of producing 'bhooti' (which means 'glories') would be construed to be propagation of black magic. Samant [a critic of the Bill] says, 'If Sai Baba comes to Mumbai and performs something like this, he will be booked.'

"Grover though says, 'If Sai Baba were to deceive and defraud, I think even he should be punished, which is the intention of this Bill, though it is very imprecisely drafted. But that is not the point. In the eyes of his followers, they believe that he is actually doing something miraculous and he may not be defrauding them, then I do not think there is any harm in it. But the moment he starts curing diseases, tries to come into the field of medical treatment, which actually causes harm, then he should be punishable.'"

Though the online article displays a picture of Shirdi Sai Baba, we regard this as a mistake since the Shirdi saint is no longer alive (having passed away in 1918) and that the reference is clearly directed towards Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.

Read the whole article.

We are encouraged by this development. It means that when the Bill is enacted, Sai Baba will be de facto banned from the state of Maharashtra. Although the Bill has been criticised for being too broad and for not properly defining the limits of "tantra", "aghora" and "black magic", and has been the subject of a request for reconsideration pending proper legal advice, there appears to be a consensus that godmen such as Sathya Sai Baba - who freely produces vibhuti ash and claims to heal people of their diseases - will be punished with imprisonment between six months to seven years or a fine of up to 50,000 rupees if they try to strut their stuff.

I wonder when a trip to Mumbai will be on the cards when Maharashtrian sevaks deign to invite their guru over there soon, what say? ;-)

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Devotee Reaction To India Terrorism

A Sai devotee and Mumbai resident had the following anguished statement to make in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in India:

"We are no animals we are human beings. It sounds as if people are crushed like insects. And still, that does not end up with this. It, impregnates the killing fear in the minds of people, who even fear to move out their doorstep. What life are we living here. Is it that the parasites would keep on threatning us with, by putting up the death bed which has laid down so many lives??. How long, How Long will it keep on continuing??? How long will innocent people loose their lives and keep on being the prey of the evil motives in this planet??? There is been blood all around. Being a Sai Bhakth, we could not do any thing for the innocent ones. Only one thing we could do is to pray for the lost lives and for their family to overcome this irreparable loss.
"As our Dear Sai Ram has said to us that 'We all have to go one day to the Almighty. Nothing will remain except ashes'. But I ask all of you, what will happen to this earth if these wreckless occurances keeps us blowing off all the time. It happened that Mumbai said to be one the most important comercial city after New York ..If such ruthless incidents occurs all around, the city would be completely engulfed into this mighty Volcano.

"By the Grace of Baba, my family and my dear friends are fit and fine but what about those who had been targeted. Our heart cries out, it weeps for the loss of peace, it weeps for the loss of harmony, it weeps for the lost treasure of the castle we all stay in, My mother land Mumbai."

We sympathise with these sentiments. The latest reports state that the death toll has risen to 183 and this is indeed a mournful situation. Other Sai devotees have spoken out in shock and roundly condemning the bomb blasts, banding together and urging everyone to keep the Mumbai dead and injured in their prayers. Other devotees have passed on information relating to the locations of various blood banks in Mumbai for the purposes of donating blood. We are sure that various Sai Seva Samithis around the country, and especially in the region of Maharashtra, have sprung into action and are already figuring out ways how to make a substantial relief contribution. All very admirable.

Yet Mr. Big Gun himself, Emperor Sai Nero, does not appear to have spoken a single word on the subject. Fiddling the boys while Mumbai burns seems to be more his style of things. Almost every day lately he has been enjoying drama performances and listening to orchestral recitals by both national and overseas devotees. Would a statement from him really achieve anything, though? If he deigns to open his mouth about this, you can bet money that it will be some typical hogwash about how it is their karma and that they must suffer it. At the risk of repeating ourselves, we noted earlier that Sai Baba has regular and continued meetings with both senior and junior government ministers who come to consult him for his opinions on national policies; Couldn't the magic omniscience have kicked in to at least warn of the impending terrorism disaster?

It makes us want to re-evaluate Sai Baba's allegedly predictive claims about Idi Amin's expulsion of Indians from Uganda, that he supposedly made four years in advance of the fact.

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12 July 2006

Shashi Tharoor: The Sai Baba Connection

Puttaparthilive.Com reported the nomination of Shashi Tharoor as the Indian candidate for the UN Sec-Gen post. Our reporting of this issue has been based on political and social factors thus far, but our late observance of this latest report provides the missing link that we have been waiting for!

(click to enlarge)

Whereas Puttaparthi Live does not claim to be an official site that speaks for Sathya Sai Baba or the Sai Organisation, it is a site that is run by devotees and that is good enough for us! Here is direct proof that Sai devotees are supporting Shashi Tharoor's nomination on the basis that he:

  • is an author.
  • is a follower of Sathya Sai Baba.
  • wrote a "nice" article about the Baba in the International Herald Tribune.
As such, Sai devotees are requested to pray that Tharoor is blessed with the post which he is actively seeking. It is good to note that that they acknowledge the existence of opposition to Tharoor's nomination, not because it is based on serious political reasoning, but because he is a Sai devotee. That says it all as far as discussions about their level of intellect are concerned. "Oh he believes in Swami, he must be a great guy!"
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Sai Baba Terrorism Failures

Today (11th July 2006) a tragic bomb blast rocked the city of Mumbai, India. At the time of writing, 174 people are confirmed dead with a further 485 people suffering serious injuries. See eyewitness reports. Pending the results of initial inquiries and referring to reports from other sources, the style and modus operandi of the blasts (targeting of public transport systems in rush hour for maximum casualties, synchronised bomb attacks) indicate that the event is to be treated as a terrorist incident and suspected to have been carried out by Al-Qaeda agents.

Sai Baba EXPOSED! unequivocally condemns acts of terrorism and our hearts go out to the dead, the injured, the otherwise-affected and all of their families.

Shivraj Patil, a former Lok Sabha speaker, a Sai devotee and the Union Home Minister in the current Manmohan Singh government, read out the following statement on behalf of the Prime Minister:

"The series of blasts in Jammu and Kashmir and in Mumbai are shocking and cowardly attempts to spread a feeling of fear and terror among our citizens," said the statement. "My heart reaches out and grieves for all those affected by these blasts and who have lost their near and dear. I condemn these shameful acts aimed at our peace loving people," it added.

According to BBC News: "Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters authorities had 'some' information an attack was coming, 'but place and time was not known'."

Although no comments from Sai Baba have yet been reported, we have seen the following comment from a devotee:

"As one having a residence in Mumbai the news of death of hundreds of people on account of bomb blasts in MUMBAI`s suburban trains by some extremist outfits not only pains me very much but also spurs me to wonder as to why despite our LOVING Swami, as an Avatar, living bodily in our country such violent and barbarious acts of violence are taking place. Swami`s message of Sarva Dharma Samatvam, Ahimsa, Shanti, Love etc. etc. do not seem to make any impact on the perpetrators such heinous crimes."

We may well ask the same, and go even further to state this as yet another tragic example of Sai Baba's failure as regarding his numerous excuses of setting his own backyard in order before solving the world's problems at large. Despite this rare flash of critical thinking regarding the actuality of Sai Baba's role in the world, this devotee proceeded to stick his head back into the sand with his next few remarks: "Let us all pray sincerely to Swami with a pure mind that Swami may give sadbuddhi [good intelligence] to all so that such catastrophic killings are not repeated by anybody or by a group of persons. May Swami be instrumental for bringing about transformation in those Terrorists."

Pass the bucket.

For this atrocity to happen the day after the festival of Guru Poornima itself casts doubts upon the ability of Sai Baba to warn and protect his own country from terrorism, despite his frequent meetings with Cabinet ministers and other government representatives.

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Bad Hair Day

Jesus Christ! Doesn't he ever look in a mirror?

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10 July 2006

Sai Baba's South Indian Disneyland

A blog maintained by a traveller has the following to say about Puttaparthi:

Sai Baba's ashram reminds me of Disneyland by the sheer number of people transiting there all the time.

This sentiment was also echoed by Peggy Mason and Ron Laing in their book 'Sai Baba: The Embodiment of Love.' We would add that it's not just the crowds that make it a Disneyland but the buildings too. Just look!

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Sai Baba's New Yajur Mandiram

After reading this, correspondents inquired as to the meaning of the initials "YM" as given in the quoted report. It stands for 'Yajur Mandiram', and is the new abode of Sai Baba. Why the Baba feels the need to contantly move house is beyond me, rather like a cat on a hot tin roof. After living in the original Prashanthi Mandir for a total of 43 years, he moved into the Poornachandra Auditorium after the events of June 1993 and allowed construction work to furnish a new and luxurious apartment within the building as well as two opulent and round balconies on either side. The sandy and stony ground outside was converted into a garden which no one was ever allowed to admire for long before being pushed away asked to leave by the devoted sycophants voluntary workers (sevadals).

And now, after nearly thirteen years of residence there, the Baba has decided to move house again. Getting rid of the garden, two new buildings were constructed on either side of the famous Sarva Dharma pillar. On 30th March 2006 Sai Baba moved into one of the buildings and christened it 'Yajur Mandiram'. Here are some pictures of the new palace (from the outside of course):

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Sai Baba's New Indoor Stadium

Recently we spoke about the construction of a new indoor stadium in Puttaparthi, and asked why such a construction is necessary given the minimal use of the outdoor Hill View stadium. The latest Prasanthi Bulletin (Jul 7 2006) has furnished us with the details:

"Then Swami went to the site designated for the indoor stadium. The plans and all the details had been put up. The stadium would have an 8 metre-wide jogging track of 400 metres length, 2 shuttle badminton courts, 2 squash courts, a basketball court, 8 table-tennis courts, 2 volleyball courts and a lot more facilities and amenities. Swami performed the Bhoomi pooja and blessed the project. He showered the nine grains and had coconuts broken at the site. He also went out (in the sun!) on the wheeled chair to survey the area to be covered by the Satya Sai Sports Centre."

So there you go.

Given Swami's desperation keen enthusiasm for publicity and self-advertisement, we can be assured that much will be made of this construction when it is completed. Heaven knows, it may even be praised as "the best fitness centre in the world". Will these sports facilities be available for public use? If not, why not? If yes, do you think they will cream a lot of money off the gym subscriptions?

And what's the big deal if Sai Baba starts wheeling around in the sun? Perhaps he may want to top up his tan? It is summer, you know!

Oh, and by the way, the same bulletin informs us that Sai Baba's pet elephant - Sai Gita - is also having her bijou shelter renovated. Word on the street says that Swami wants her new shelter to be "ornate and well designed". You know, while we're talking of Gita, Sai Baba might want to send her along for some intensive training sessions. We've all sat there at the ashram and cringed while Gita embarrassed herself and everyone else by relaxing her bowels and letting it all go on every festival occasion. I feel sorry for the beguiled student who has to follow her from behind, keeping a close watch on her anus, and be ever ready to catch the flow in a golden bucket.

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08 July 2006

Prashanthi News

4th July - Mr. Ashok Singhal, a leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, was called for an interview that lasted around an hour.

3rd July - Sai Baba chose a young male, Dario, for an interview during the evening darshan alone, supposedly to discuss his entrance into the Music College. After some time he instructed Dario to go and call his family.

June 29th - Sathya Sai Baba extended a warm welcome to Sant Rameshbhai Oza, a renowned Indian televangelist and travelling preacher. After an interview with the Baba and the receipt of a ring, he was taken on a tour of the Super-Speciality Hospital and the Chaitanya Jyothi museum. Oza extended an invitation to Sai Baba to visit his own ashram in Gujarat.

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Sai Baba Fitness Propaganda?

On several occasions, we have noted the marked deterioration of Sathya Sai Baba's health. Considering that the Baba's own public appearances betray his condition, we cannot help noticing that his symptoms are akin to Parkinson's Disease and this is obvious in photos, videos and devotee reports. When the Baba was in a better state of health, he regularly boasted that his fitness levels were superior to that of the average man due to his own observation of his teachings and not the divine power that he supposedly is. He is currently an extremely weak figure who relies on a wheelchair to get around. Although his mobility appears to be improving he is still far away from how he used to be and is not even completing full darshan rounds, much to the chagrin of male devotees.

I cannot help but feel rather cynical about this recent report I've received as it appears very much to be counter-propaganda. To set the scene, a devotee urges her fellows to listen and pay attention to the broadcasts of RadioSai and Dr. Venkataraman's programmes in particular. This story appears to be set in a school gym that apparently happens to be one of the Baba's own establishments. Spelling and grammar have been corrected. Here goes:

"Satyan, who was like a Tarzan - very fit and extremely sinuous and very fit in every sinew - couldn't escape a smile when Swami was talking about exercises not being associated with muscles. Satyan's smile was not missed by Swami, who does not miss anything as we all know by now, and He approached Satyan and asked him: "so you think I know nothing about exercises since i am so frail and so gentle to the touch? Okay come on, lets put it to the test."

Saying this Swami took the hand of Satyan and the bout started. It was probably historically the only instance when our Swami gave us a glimpse of His Real Self. Slowly, Satyan started to tighten his jaws and made his stance firmer and really made a fight about it though he never forgot that it was Swami's hand he was holding and he should not hurt him. But, now the battle was taken seriously by Satyan, who geared up...all this time Swami was beaming with geniality and emanating total harmony and love. Soon Satyan was joined by the other boys who with the fraternal spirit rose as one and took the opportunity of holding our beloved Swami's hand. It took just a precious moment of How our Swami displays some absolute truths about Who He is and Why the Avatar and Narayana, suddenly all the boys on the other side just came down as one...

"It was then that the boys said in one voice and all including Indireshwar [Fitness Instructor] who was narrating felt that it was the divine power. Swami in his gentle way and with madhuram aksharam said, "No, it is the unity and the purity of each and every thought action and deed by the physical presence of what you see as Swami."

So there you go. Want to test God? Roll up your sleeve and challege him to an arm-wrestling contest.

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07 July 2006

Sai Baba: Copyright Infringement?

The following story has surfaced in an online devotional group:

"Once Swami was distributing T shirts to boys on the eve of the First ever Sports meet to be held in Prasanthi Nilayam, One boy received an Adidas T shirt, Swami asked him what ADIDAS meant, Everyone was surprised at that question, Swami told the boys that when they see the word ADIDAS, It meant 'ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT SWAMI' (ADIDAS). A wonderful intrepretation of a small and seemingly insignificant word. With Swami every word has a meaning and a lesson for everyone of us."

No kidding, and with world-renowned brand names too! Whoever knew that the Baba would get rather hip in his old age?

Mind how you go, Swami. Adidas is a big, big, company and they can get very pissed off at that kind of thing. ;-)

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04 July 2006

Even More Tharoor Tribulations

Looks like the ongoing political commentary on India's nomination of Shashi Tharoor for the UN Secretary-General post is increasingly sliding into the 'no' camp. The columnist TVR Shenoy asks the all-important question:

"Whose idea was it to propose Shashi Tharoor as India's nominee to succeed United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan? Was there any actual discussion in Delhi?"

Indeed. This is the stuff of conspiracy theories, something that Sai Baba Exposed is familiar with. After all, with the close involvement of important Sai figures in the UNESCO imbroglio, you can bet your bottom dollar that a Sai hand was responsible for these murky UN waters. Shenoy proceeds to make excellent points that highlight the downsides to Tharoor's attaining the position, not least the fact that India is being widely perceived as a rising superpower and that anything that Tharoor does to assist this rise will engender setbacks of the diplomatic kind:

"Shashi Tharoor shall flaunt his Indian passport when it suits him -- when it comes to being nominated -- but lay aside all duties of citizenship at other times. Rather than push India's interests vigorously he will maintain the seeming neutrality of a Pontius Pilate, a man whose post compels him to be undecided between Jesus and Barabbas ... Indian interests won't be advanced if Shashi Tharoor wins the election; they will, however, falter should he lose. I come back to my original question: Who sponsored his nomination, and what was the rationale offered?"

The Islamic Republic News Agency carries a similar story:

Close on the heels of Atal Bihari Vajpayee offering bouquet to India's nominee for UN Secretary General's job Shashi Tharoor, National Democratic Alliance (NDA)'s ally Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) has raised a discordant voice. Janata Dal has asked the Government to reconsider its decision and support a small country like Sri Lanka's nominee for the top job of the UN instead of "playing into the game plan of the United States." In a statement Digvijay Singh, the former Minister of State, for External Affairs in the NDA Government questioned the decision of the Government in choosing to back a `light weight' diplomat like Shashi Tharoor, a UNI report said here.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should explain to the people of the country, why he chose Tharoor to represent India? Who is he? And what are his contributions to the foreign policy?

It would not be out of place to take note of the fact that current Indian Premier, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is also connected with Sathya Sai Baba. The BBC 'Secret Swami' documentary broadcast a clip of Dr. Singh being garlanded while in attendance at one of the Baba's public functions.

Sai Baba Exposed
is increasingly disturbed at the prominence of Sai devotees and attachés who appear to be involved and drawn into with this issue of Tharoor's nomination. We expect that it will not be long before the Puttaparthi Propaganda Machine grinds into action yet again.

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03 July 2006

Techie Trend Continues

A Sai devotee asks:



First downloadable amrit and then a MySpace page. Now the wonders of technology never fail to amaze, Sai Baba cellphone ringtones are set to push the boundaries of devotion to God!

Sai Baba Exposed enthusiastically supports the move for all Sai devotees to be easily identified by the sound of their polyphonic cellphone ringtones, as it would assist law enforcement officers to easily track them every time they commit a blasphemy. Now that George Dubya has been openly exposed for authorising unwarranted wiretaps on milions of innocent Americans, he would be well advised to command the NSA to keep a close watch on Sai devotees and their movements as well as monitoring their telephone records. The global conspiracy perpetrated by Sai devotees to launch their guru as the Aged Avatar of the Age is on the government watchlist, and ensuring that they all download the same ringtone on their cellphones will help easy identification.

If you listen carefully, you can hear the irritating sound of an unanswered cellphone ringing in the Prashanthi Bhajan Mandir. It's Sai Baba's own Nokia that he left on the chair.

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01 July 2006

Sai Baba Exposed Rising Fast

On May 11 2006, Gerald Moreno - my avid cyberstalker - wrote an extremely fanciful post that detailed his contemplations about the state of this blog. Under the ominous title of "SaiBabaExposed Blog Failing Fast", Gerald linked to my blog about IndianBloggers that discussed how I had reached the #1 position. It appears to me that some people are so blinded by their hatred and jealousy that they feel extremely bitter at seeing a simple measure of success. Gerald proceeded to make several untrue and false statements which we will comment on here. After commenting on my rise to #1, Gerald stated the following:

"What Sanjay forgot to tell everyone is that there are a grand-total of only 21 registered sites under the religion section."

And his point is? Whether it is 21 sites or 21,000 sites, this blog still reached #1. :-)

A mere 8 days later, his blog fell to fourth place with the LOWEST rating given to any blog listed there (2 blocks out of five)! Furthermore, for some mysterious reason, Sanjay keeps his site-stats hidden on his blog so no one can access them. It is entirely possible that Sanjay is generating fake hits for his own site and is hiding his site-stats so no one can catch him in the act. "Time to break out the champagne"? Not yet Sanjay. Cork it!
Update: May 11th 2006: Within a few hours after publishing this post, someone (I wonder who) bombarbed the Konkani Catholics Blog and Indian Muslims Blog with low ratings, attempting to make it seem like Sanjay's blog is not the only one with a low rating. It certainly seems that the ever-so-vindictive Dadlani purposely rated the others blogs low so he would not be alone in his poor ratings. Despicable!

How pathetic do you have to be to obsess over site ratings when there are tons of better and more interesting issues to think about in life?

In any case, what Mr. Moreno doesn't realise is that on sites such as IndianBloggers and BlogTopSites, ratings do not affect a site's ranking. As such, the position of a blog in their repective indexes is determined by the total amount of unique hits that a site receives. The unique hits are tracked by the indexing bot and the index itself is updated several times a day with a complete reset carried out every week or so when all rankings return to zero. In short, a site's ranking is determined by the number of people who visit it within a certain time period, and this ranking can change several times a day.

It is amusing to see Mr. Moreno rant on with his fanciful explanations of "ratings" and the like when ratings are simply the indication of a voting person's opinion of the site, and nothing more. Consequently all of the accusations that he hurls at me relating to receiving low ratings and harming the ratings of other sites stand null and void, and it is a wonder where he got these queer ideas from. More specifically, they are deliberately malicious and harmful in themselves. An interesting development means that I have sufficient evidence to suspect that it is none other than Mr. Moreno who is harming my ratings as well as maliciously attempting to get my blog removed from the blog indexes. How jealous and hateful do you have to be to deny others their right to freedom of speech, eh?

On the more hilarious side I have discovered that since Mr. Moreno wishes to carry on his cyberstalking activities by employing two stalkblogs all about me, he appears to have completely copied all of the methods that I have used to promote my own blog! For a start he has burned his own RSS Feed and made use of the accompanying promotional HTML codes to be used in advertising his stalkblog, even going so far as to register his stalkblog on BlogTopSites, that too in the 'religion' category! It makes me laugh to see my favourite critic defaming my blog and then copying my promotional strategies to advertise his own hate-blog against me.

Furthermore, he seems to make an issue out of the fact that I keep my blog statistics hidden from public view. This is likely the only truthful sentence in Mr. Moreno's entire diatribe and it deserves explanation; In the past Moreno has written critical articles about Exbaba.Com after viewing their public site statistics and similarly declaring the site as a "failure". When I registered this blog with Sitemeter, I decided to keep the statistics hidden from public view because I was suspicious of similar articles being written about this blog. It looks like I had nothing to worry about because the figures state that this blog is a wild success!

Besides that, only unique hits are recorded. This means that if a reader (any reader) accesses this blog several times, the statistics will record only one visit. There is also a facility to ignore all hits from a specific IP address including mine, so there is no use in accusing me of "generating fake hits" because this is impossible. My own visits to this blog are thus unrecorded. If Mr. Moreno desired to see my blog statistics, he simply had to submit a polite request. :-)

I registered this blog on January 23 2006. Here is a summary of the statistics so far, as of July 1st 2006:

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So there you go: Nearly 8500 visitors since January 23, an average of 84 visitors per day, 6 visitors just today in the wee hours of the morning which adds to the 586 visitors this week. What more needs to be said?

Since Mr. Moreno penned his diatribe in early May, I decided to carry out a little experiment to satisfy myself on this issue; using statistics during the month would not be a fair test and so I decided to stand by for the entire month of June in order for the blog's raw statistics to be recorded as per normal operations. I had seen that I had over 1700 visitors at the end of May 2006 and I wanted to see if that could be replicated for June. Here is a screen-capture that I made just yesterday (31st June) that proved my expectation correct:

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And if that wasn't enough I decided to take a look at my current statistics beginning with the month of July 2006, just for fun. What I found was truly remarkable:

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Yes, that's right. Over 1800 visitors, that too indicating an influx of over a 100 visitors in the last 24 hours or so! The reason for the sharp drop is clearly because the statistics for July 2006 have not yet initialised. :-)

The story doesn't end here; out of sheer interest I decided to take a look at the statistics of Mr. Moreno's hateful stalkblog against me at BlogTopSites and this is what was reported:

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you, Mr. Moreno's stalkblog really does have zero visitors even after shamelessly copying my own promotional strategies. If that wasn't all, the situation has remained the same (at zero) for at least the last two weeks as I have been monitoring these statistics. Proof positive that, for all of his blathering, hateful and jealous ravings and rantings about me, no one even bothers to read any of his tripe. So whose blog is failing fast? :-)

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