UNFOUNDED, MISLEADING CLAIMS AGAINST MY WRITINGS - part one e-mail, click here by Basava Premanand
Reply to Gèrald Morèno's claims from
Whether intentional or not, Basava Premanand gave a non-operable link to my site. I have corrected the link above with my main domain URL.
THE FIRST CRITICISM is found under "ExBaba.com: Deception" and is titled:
Comments by Gèrald Morèno - An Indian Sceptic's explanation of miracles see at ExBaba.com - October 2004)
Gèrald Morèno's comments appear in bold black face and mine in regular case navy blue type.
1 October 2004
An Indian Skeptic's explanation of Miracles
GM : This is an article by Basava Premanand. He gives some rather amusing explanations on how vibhuthi forms from pictures. He refuses to turn his penis into a vagina (something attributed to SSB) and refuses to show us how SSB materializes oil. "Oilings" are allegedly a very common materialisation. The oil is either materialized with circular motions of the hand or by rubbing his thumb over his finger. Basava Premanand is eerily silent on SSB's methodology in relation to these things. Another important fact to point out is that Basava Premanand believes Jesus was a fraud magician.
Reply : The explanations on how vibhuti forms on pictures given by me are true and there is nothing amusing. The male sex organ can be made to appear as a female one.
My Response: Vibuthi allegedly manifests from pictures (all around the world) that are not framed in aluminum. Some of these pictures are not framed at all, while others are laminated. Vibuthi also allegedly manifests from idols, walls, lingams, altars and even televisions. Consequently, Premanand's "aluminum oxide ash" theory does not apply to these alleged manifestations. These alleged materializations are not limited to vibuthi. Amrita, kum-kum, fragrances, flowers, mishri, butter, coins, and a variety of other materials used in pujas are also said to manifest (Ref. 1).
I called Premanand's "aluminum oxide ash" theory "amusing" because it is highly improbable that people would risk being poisoned by mercury, just to make it appear as if vibuthi is manifesting on their pictures. Click Here to see the protocol for cleaning up mercury spills (under 2 tablespoons). Obviously, Premanand exposed himself to mercury and mercury fumes in his experiments (as there is no safe way of handling mercury that is exposed to the air). Furthermore, aluminum oxide is an irritant (Ref. 2), a neurotoxicant (Ref. 3) and ranks in the 50% - 75% level for a hazard ranking (Ref. 4). I am not aware of any incidents of allergic reactions, irritation or toxicity due to the ingestion or application of vibuthi.
Why doesn't Premanand give a demonstration of making his penis turn into a vagina? One must remember that the alleged witnesses to this phenomenon claimed that Sathya Sai Baba literally morphed his genitals. Tal Brooke claimed that "Patrick" actually engaged in coital sex with the Guru. However, other alleged victims have claimed to have seen SSB's genitals up close and never noticed anything unusual about them. Neither Premanand nor any other Anti-Sai Activist can explain these claims. These claims prove that someone, somewhere, fabricated stories against Sathya Sai Baba. Even for transexuals (who are going through the process of becoming the opposite gender) hiding their genitals is a daunting task that requires tucking, strapping and taping (Ref. 5: "taping").
In my book "Science Versus Miracles" Vol 1 "I have explained how water could be produced from empty hands. Producing oil by rubbing the thumb over the finger is still simple as there is no need to palm liquid. I am pleased that GM attests that SSB produces oil which is used for the (supposed) kundalini arousal of the students. From the explanation given by students who have been seriously sexually abused by SSB, the sexual power is not weakened but strengthened. They ejaculated!
My Response: If Premanand is willing to vindicate his claims and dedication to the truth, why doesn't he give us the names and contact information to these alleged "students"? Futhermore, I never "attested" that "SSB produces oil which is used for the (supposed) kundalini arousal of the students". Premanand starts off his rebuttals with a bold-faced lie. Not even one alleged victim, who had made his testimony public on the internet (using a real name) ever claimed that he "ejaculated" due to an oiling. As a matter of fact, all of them (except Conny Larsson) said they were repulsed and were not aroused. Where did Premanand get this information from?
I have nowhere stated that Jesus Christ was a fraud magician. I was not there when Christ was believed to have changed water into wine or five pieces of bread to feed five thousand. Moreover I cannot believe that he performed miracles, as according to me - if he was a historical person - I can consider him as the greatest revolutionary of that period. Jesus never started any religion, and Christianity was started by the Roman Empire which is reliably believed to have put him on the cross.
My Response: Click Here (look for the highlighted section) to view a Google cache to one of Premanand's talks where he discusses Jesus' changing water into wine and describes it as a "trick". The obvious inference, of course, is that since Premanand called it a "trick" (meaning that Jesus purposely mislead his followers into thinking he was working miracles), he was accusing Jesus of being a magician, a trickster and a fraud. Since Jesus is attributed with many miracles, and Premanand just said, "I cannot believe that he performed miracles", what does that make Jesus?