Refuting Deceptive 'News' About Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Released On Anti-Sai Websites
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SATHYA SAI BABA NEWS (With Updates And Comments):
The Politicians In His Backyard: A Sequel
Comment: A cut and paste from a Yahoo group.
Comment: Amazing how Brian Steel puts out a "propaganda alert" about Sathya Sai Baba! His articles are nothing less than 100%, unadulterated Anti-Sai propaganda. Click Here to view my email correspondence with Brian Steel, who is "disgruntled" and resorts to ad hominem "ranting".
The 'omniscient' Sai Baba's massive ignorance of physics exposed (II)
Comment: Robert Priddy tried to make an argument against Sathya Sai Baba's knowledge about science by using the English translations to his Telugu discourses. Of course, Robert Priddy already said that the English translations do not reflect what he literally or actually said in Telugu and are heavily edited. Such being the case, why does Robert Priddy cite these very same heavily edited and inaccurate English translations to attribute factual errors directly to Sathya Sai Baba? Robert Priddy has often repeated this conflicting position, in agreement with Brian Steel.
Our man in Canberra
Comment: Robert Priddy stated that Pro-Sai Activists who disperse stories under the guise of anonymity are "cowardly creatures". Therefore, Priddy's "man" in Canberra is a "cowardly creature" since he is anonymous.
Death of a devotee in Puttaparthi
Comment: This article is also listed under the Letters Section. Marcos Santamarķa was an ardent devotee of Sathya Sai Baba to his death. According to Jose Santiago, anyone who is a Sathya Sai Baba devotee should not die. This story revealed the profound depth of devotion that Marcos Santamaria had for Sathya Sai Baba. Jose Santiago had the audacity to suggest that there was some sort of sexual impropriety between Marcos and Sathya Sai Baba because he was showered with attention by Baba. More proof that ex-devotees are sexually focused perverts who choose to speculate and gossip about sexual improprieties without proof. Jose Santiago said that Marco Santamaria had hepatitis C and had it under control. This is indeed a strange statement because there is no cure for Hepatitis C and by the time one goes on medication for it, it is active and has already caused liver damage to some extent. The treatment for Hep C is usually an injection of interferon 3 times a week and is usually monitored very closely by a doctor. There is a lot of information about this story that is missing. Hepatitis C is also transmitted through bodily fluids. Why would Sathya Sai Baba engage in alleged sexual acts with a man known to have Hep C (as implied by Jose Santiago)? More lies from Anti-Sai's.
Some fads and fallacies of Sai Baba
Comment: Robert Priddy critiqued Sathya Sai Baba's teachings and public speaking style. Robert Priddy was so impressed with Sathya Sai Baba's teachings and public speaking style (when he was a devotee for 18 years), he devoted an entire chapter to them in his book, Source of the Dream, entitled Understanding Baba's Teachings. Robert Priddy also wrote an index with 18,000 separately detailed entries (from Sathya Sai Baba's teachings), entitled Back to the Source.
On SB's hiding behind his teachings
Comment: Robert Priddy, like a broken record, keeps repeating (ad nauseam) Sathya Sai Baba's alleged complicity in the 1993 police shootings. Of course, Robert Priddy believes this because his 5-year investigation into the 1993 police shootings resulted in a highly inaccurate and speculative conspiracy theory that was embellished with newspaper clippings and distorted facts. Click Here to view my article about Robert Priddy and his conspiracy theory about the 1993 police shootings.
Very ignorant persons?
Comment: In this article, Robert Priddy seemed to express jealousy about VIP's. Why does he whine so much about them?
Typical inaccuracies and hearsay from a prominent Sai Vip, Mr. L. Gutter
Comment: Good for Robert Priddy to clear up inaccuracies. Now, if he could only clear up his own inaccuracies, that would be even better.
Sai Baba's Actual 'Inexplicable' Behaviour
Comment: Another anonymous article dispersed by Robert Priddy (the man who calls Pro-Sai Activists "cowardly creatures" when they don't use their real names)!
Sai Baba teaches students respect of himself through intimidation!
Comment: Robert Priddy accused Sathya Sai Baba of "terrorizing" his students because he asked them to find his suitcase and allegedly became upset when no one could find it. They finally found it and it was full of saris. Sathya Sai Baba said that was his suitcase and laughed about it. This sounded like one of Sathya Sai Baba's jokes that he is often known to engage in. I did not see it as an act of "terror". I guess the next time Sathya Sai Baba wants to find his luggage, Robert Priddy might frantically call President Bush and ask him to raise the Terror Alert Level to Red! This article revealed Priddy's extremism and nit-picking fanaticism.
The 'omniscient' Sai Baba's massive ignorance of physics exposed (I)
Comment: Again, Robert Priddy tried to make an argument against Sathya Sai Baba's knowledge about science by using the English translations to his Telugu discourses. Of course, Robert Priddy already said that the English translations do not reflect what he literally or actually said in Telugu and are heavily edited. Such being the case, why does Robert Priddy cite these very same heavily edited and inaccurate English translations to attribute factual errors directly to Sathya Sai Baba? Robert Priddy has often repeated this conflicting position, in agreement with Brian Steel.
The Multi-Billion Dollar Question (1)
Comment: This is Robert Priddy's introduction to this series. Robert Priddy admitted that no one knows how much money Sathya Sai Baba receives and spends. Consequently, this series is based on Robert Priddy's self-admitted speculations and assumptions. Robert Priddy cited the UK magazine, The Economist, where they estimated the Sai Baba Empire to be around US $2 billion. Of course, don't expect Robert Priddy to divulge that this number was derived from a guess and gave no real numbers backed by any real documents. The majority of this tally included the multi-million Super Specialty Hospitals and Sathya Sai Baba's drinking-water projects.
The Multi-Billion Dollar Question (2)
Comment: Robert Priddy talked about the "green diamond" ring that Sathya Sai Baba gave to him. Click Here to view my article about Robert Priddy, green diamonds and blind belief. Robert Priddy also talked about money that he donated to Sathya Sai Baba, his many doubts about whether his money was used correctly and his alleged observations about improper documentation of donations. Robert Priddy refuses to divulge how much money he has raked in over the years from his book Source of the Dream. Robert Priddy demands transparency from others but does not show any transparency himself.
The Multi-Billion Dollar Question (3)
Comment: Robert Priddy talked (again) about his "green diamond" ring. Click Here to view my article about Robert Priddy, green diamonds and blind belief. Robert Priddy also talked about V.K. Narasimhan and attributed all sorts of rubbish to him. V.K.N. remained a faithful and loyal Sai devotee of to his death. Before Robert Priddy's disaffection, he had nothing but praise for Sathya Sai Baba (despite his self-admitted "skeptical" mentality). After Robert Priddy's disaffection and the death of V.K.N., all of a sudden, Robert Priddy began telling tall-tales about V.K.N. (and even published V.K.N.'s picture on his website) despite V.K.N. being a devotee and Sai Baba loyalist to his death!
The Multi-Billion Dollar Question (4)
Comment: Robert Priddy tried to make the case that Trust Members have stolen tremendous amounts of money from the Central Trust. Priddy cannot back up this claim with any credible source or information. It is sheer speculation based on rumors, gossip and hearsay.
Multi-Billion Dollar Question (5)
Comment: Robert Priddy's critiqued the "Ceiling on Desires" program and Phyllis Krystal. Robert Priddy also talked about his alleged conversation with the Sathya Sai Baba devotee and loyalist, V.K. Narasimhan. Robert Priddy also claimed that he has "reliable informants" (which sounds very much like the claims made by tabloid, gossip magazines). Apparently, no one can organize or undertake any fund-raising project or Robert Priddy thinks it is unfair and lacks transparency. Robert Priddy then flip-flopped and claimed he has voluminous amounts of information about these fund-raising projects, proving that they are transparent and are documented!
Multi-Billion Dollar Question (6)
Comment: Robert Priddy should know better than to cite anonymous sources for his information. However, this is exactly what Robert Priddy did, i.e., cite anonymous sources. Robert Priddy sees no problem when he cites anonymous sources, however, if any Pro-Sai Activist does the same, they are viciously attacked as being "faceless" "cowardly creatures".
At one point, there was definitely a lack of communication on how flats were purchased inside the ashram. There are many laws about foreigners owning land in Andrah Pradesh. Consequently, foreigners thought they were purchasing a flat outright, when in reality they were purchasing a guaranteed place to stay in the ashram during their visits to Prashanti Nilayam. Many made these purchases (around $4,000 - $6,000) without contacting a lawyer or independently verifying the details to these purchases. I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I was going to purchase a flat (for $4,000 - $6,000, which happens to be extremely cheap for a flat), I would have made the necessary inquiries with a lawyer or got the details in a written contract. Many of the people who made these purchases, failed to take these common-sense precautions. So the blame is two-directional.
Multi-Billion Dollar Question (7)
Comment: Robert Priddy talked more about the flats that were already discussed in article 6. He also talked about alleged people (with no names) who allegedly made purchases and lost money.
The Multi-Billion Dollar Question (8)
Comment: Robert Priddy stated in this article that he does not question Sathya Sai Baba's ability to generate money, but rather, his misuse of it in a poor country such as India. Robert Priddy said this with a straight face, failing to mention that Sathya Sai Baba has opened two Super Specialty hospitals that provide free operations for the poorest of the poor in India (with operation expenses easily exceeding hundreds of thousands dollars monthly). Priddy also failed to mention Sathya Sai Baba's multi-million dollar drinking-water projects that bring potable water to poor and drought-ridden villages in India. Sathya Sai Baba also provides free education to tens of thousands of Indians. Sathya Sai Baba is well known for his acts of philanthropy. Consequently, Robert Priddy's critiques are selective, one-way and misleading.
To see with open eyes
Comment: Serguei Badaev said he could not practice Sathya Sai Baba's teaching of seeing only what is good and ignoring the bad. Serguei cited many stories of violence to prove his point that bad exists and that we must acknowledge what is bad. Of course, none of these acts of violence, racism and hate would have occurred if people practiced seeing the good in others and not the bad. I agree with the basic premise of this article. Duality exists and is very real. Nonduality is intangible and unknown (except to those who argue with others about nonduality, thereby validating it).
Personal reflections of a doubting devotee (1)
Comment: Reidun Priddy talked about Sam Young (the pseudonym that Alaya Rahm used). I don't understand why this three-part series was called "Personal Reflections of a Doubting Devotee". When Reidun wrote these articles, she was no longer a devotee. Is she referring to doubts she had while she was a devotee for 17 years? That is a long time to have doubts. If it took her this long to wake up to the doubts she admitted to having, she has to accept her fair share of the blame for being gullible.
Personal reflections of a doubting devotee (2)
Comment: Reidun Priddy attacked Sathya Sai Baba for things that she accepted when she was a devotee for 16-18 years! All of sudden, everything Sathya Sai Baba does is shocking and contrary to true spirituality. I wonder what "true spirituality" means? Does it mean being negative and calling people names? Apparently so.
Personal reflections of a doubting devotee (3)
Comment: Contradicting Robert Priddy's comments in a former article, Reidun Priddy attributed the non-authenticity of Sathya Sai Baba's divinity based on the behavior of his devotees. In an earlier article, Robert Priddy said that the behavior and character of devotee does not reflect the character of the Guru! Robert Priddy limited himself to the positive aspects only. However, since I am a free and open thinker, I do not have limit myself like Robert Priddy does. If one made an argument against Sathya Sai Baba saying that a devotee's character does not reflect Baba's character, this applies equally to both the positive and negative aspects of his or her character. Funny that Reidun and Robert Priddy cannot even agree with each other in their critiques.
Does the Quality of Devotees Really Reflect the Guru?
Comment: That is correct, a person's character is not indicative of their Guru's character. This applies to both positive and negative qualities. Robert Priddy also talked about what he perceived as injustices in the treatment of invalids at Sathya Sai Baba's ashram. Of course, don't expect Robert Priddy to divulge the fact that most of the invalids do not complain about waiting in line for over an hour to see Sathya Sai Baba. As a matter of fact, many of the invalids voluntarily go and wait to see Sathya Sai Baba and even begin to queue early! Sometimes even going twice a day to darshans. Of course, Robert Priddy is whining about his back pain (just like he did throughout his entire book, Source of the Dream). I am sure he did not like waiting. This hardly qualifies him to speak on behalf of those who joyfully go and wait to get a place to sit for darshan or bhajan.
Comment on 'Does the quality of devotees reflect the guru?
http://home.hetnet.nl/~ex-baba/engels/articles/quality.html#COMMENT ON 'DOES THE QUALITY OF DEVOTEES REFLECT THE GURU?'
Comment: A second link for one page. This is a comment by the reborn fundamentalist Christian, Barry Newton.
Sai Baba is detrimental to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Comment: This is an article authored by the webmaster for the Exbaba.com domain, Reinier Van Der Sandt. Click Here to view very disturbing facts about Reinier Van Der Sandt.
Open Letter to Prime Minister of India, Hon. A.B. Vajpayee, by Barry Pittard
Comment: This link is duplicated from the Letters Section.
Some advertising can never do harm...
Comment: This link is duplicated from the Letters Section.
Re: Sai Baba's preference for foreigners during interviews
http://home.hetnet.nl/~ex-baba/engels/letters/jose.html#Re: SAI BABA“S PREFERENCE FOR FOREIGNERS DURING INTERVIEWS
Comment: This link is duplicated from the Letters Section.
Another New Article from Brian Steel
Comment: A link to Brian Steel's site.
Official Investigation performed by the Belgium House of Parliament in 1997
Comment: The Sathya Sai Baba movement is considered by many to be a cult. However, it is not considered a dangerous cult. Jehovah's Witnesses number almost 10,000,000 world-wide. Cult is a very broad term that can apply to almost any group. As I have said elsewhere, Anti-Sai Activists, in my opinion, have formed their own cult replete with cult characteristics. Cults members have an "us versus them mentality" (as is commonly seen among Anti-Sai Activists). Cult members feel they are not bound to the laws of the wider community (which explains why Anti-Sai Activists fail to take their "abundant evidence" to a court of law). Cult members often herd together and employ "group thuggery" tactics to obtain a desired benefit. This is evidenced in the all too common Anti-Sai Activist ploy where a collective attack is made against a single person who holds a contrarian view. Anti-Sai Activists do this by ganging up on a single person via email (look at ExBaba.com's "Letters Section") or by divulging personal contact information so that the group can attack that person collectively. Some Anti-Sai Activists, like Reinier Van Der Sandt, feel that they are entitled to lie, while, at the same time, demand truthfulness of others. This is a typical cult characteristic where they feel that the "ends justify the means". Questioning and doubts, toward Anti-Sai propaganda, are seen as unfavorable and character assassination is the preferred method of reply. The predominance of several vocal top leaders with numerous, less vocal followers believing and doing what they are told (sheep mentality) and refusing to even consider an alternative viewpoint is clearly seen in ExBaba.com's "Letters Section". Enough said!
Coming soon on www.exbaba.com: The Multi-Billion Dollar Question
Comment: Robert Priddy announced the coming of a series of Anti-Sai articles. That's it.
Factnet Bulletinboard for discussions without advertisement
Comment: An anonymous post encouraging Anti-Sai Activists to post their propaganda on the FactNet forum (which they have done). Anyone can post anything they want, any time they want and under as many fake names as they choose on the FactNet forum.
New Article from Brian Steel
Comment: A link to Brian Steel's site.
Minimum requirements to become YASSB (yet another Sathya Sai Baba)
Comment: This is a list of 13 qualities that is said one must possess to become another Sathya Sai Baba. Among the qualities listed, one must be (summarized):
- Have a weird screwed up hair style.
- Be ugly.
- Learn key words from scriptures.
- Avoid the saffron color.
- Don't bless anyone.
- Secure rich devotees or high ranking politicians.
- Truck in crowds for publicity.
- Don't claim to be God.
- Learn to fake miracles.
- Invest in getting someone to stage a fake assassination attempt to generate publicity.
- Never let your right hand know what the left one is doing or otherwise, kill yourself.
- Get lots of publicity for small service projects.
- Don't have sex with your devotees.
Of course, this articles makes the case for me that Anti-Sai Activists are motivated by anger, hate and vindictiveness. They are not impartial and do not strive to know the truth. They are unfair, of low character and mean-spirited. They have already made up their minds and will do whatever it takes to slander Sathya Sai Baba at any cost, even at the cost of personal integrity.
John Worldie sexually abused by Sai Baba
Comment: This link is duplicated from the Witnesses Section.
Ex-cult counseling on religious cults, sects, and related religious movements
Comment: A link to an Anti-Cult site.