WITCHCRAFT AND BLACK MAGIC STILL PLAGUE INDIA
and how Sathya Sai Baba aggravated the current witchcraft problems in India
Here we see how Sathya Sai Baba upheld dangerous deep superstitions. These baseless beliefs cause the worst kind of social ills, including many horrific murders of suspected witches in India. Sathya Sai Baba's influence in India was most considerable among sections of both the poor and the ruling classes. Many of his statements lent strong support to persistent and base humbug - like the evil eye, black magic, demonic possessions and many other beliefs held by occult traditions and their credulous acolytes. Another false idea (based on astrological mumbo-jumbo) which Sai Baba supported - also in his actions -was the strict observance of (supposedly!) auspicious and inauspicious times of the day, such as for traveling or starting new projects (Rahukala and Gulikala). Many followers are given to believing anything said by this self-instated 'omniscient' Godhead. Here is documentation from National Geographic Channel and the Mumbai High Court of the consequences of such primitive forms of ignorance and gullibility.
Sathya Sai Baba went on record in various books by devotees of having told followers that they had been attacked by black magicians, and that he had saved them from the effects! See some examples of this (quoted in light blue text below):
In the best-selling hagiography about Sai Baba, 'Man of Miracles', Howard Murphet wrote an involved and credulous account of how the Norwegian Alf Tidemann-Johannessen fell foul of black magic in 1962 and was allegedly 'saved' from it by Sathya Sai Baba. Alf Tidemann-Johannessen was a shipping magnate with a firm in Bombay. Unscrupulous competitors "engaged a black magician to work against him" (p.165). "But Alf's lawyer in Bombay, who was working on the company's problems, soon caught a whiff of the black magic. He had known similar cases before" Alf consulted a Parsi priest who reportedly stated to Murphet: "By many strange methods he began piloting me and my business through the troubled waters stirred up by the black magician." The magician was identified as an "evil-eyed old Indian who, by clever ruses, had gained admittance to his private office"and Alf confronted him. The black magician then decided to work for Alf, "... if the latter paid him reasonably well. He would see to it that all Alf's enemies were completely annihilated. 'Black magicians are very powerful,' he announced, and added meaningfully, 'they can even kill a child in its mother's womb.' Alf had just received a cable that very morning from Norway informing him that his wife had lost her child in its seventh month. This must be more than coincidence, he thought" (p. 165)
Years later, in 1966 Tidemann-Johannesen learned of Sai Baba of Shirdi and soon after, of Sathya Sai Baba, who claimed to be the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai. Tidemann-Johannesen then wanted to sell his business in Bombay and Sai Baba said, according to Murphet: "I will help you find a reliable buyer and obtain a good price." and also "Do you remember the black magician? I helped you then." (p. 169) This further confirms that Sathya Sai Baba actually believed in black magic and also allegedly exorcised its victims!
That Tidemann-Johannesen's wife aborted at seven months, which he thought was done by black magic. However, Sathya Sai Baba said he had helped him then... but how? If the child was lost, a fat lot of help that was!
Alf Tidemann-Johanessen caused a stir in Norway among members of the Oslo Sai centre when he told one of our members who he knew from visits to Sai ashrams, that he had been swindled by Sathya Sai Baba who he now knew to be a fraud and a bad person! He had left Sai Baba some time prior to 1984. We in the Oslo group were all unwilling to accept the slightest criticism of Sai Baba - and we decided that Tidemann-Johannessen must himself be either bad or mad, and he was not contacted again! He had bought and donated a helicopter in which Sai Baba gave darshan from the air during one of his birthday celebrations, as is to be seen on one of the early Richard Bock films (The Universal Teacher). Tidemann-Johannesen was even writing a book to denounce Sai Baba, which was actually never published, though the manuscript was extremely long.
Few of the many fanciful things written by Howard Murphet surpass his
confused and speculative account of how Sathya Sai Baba's legs were (apparently!)
paralyzed by a "black magician" in his book "Sai Baba Avatar
- a new journey into power and glory" . Murphet believed that an unnamed yogi
with strong hypnotic powers
which, among other things, he used to seduce women, told a young American
that he "could dominate a pupils' mind and
will absolutely - given time. A pupil so completely dominated could be
sent out to murder anyone the tantric desired out of the way. The American
added it was known to several in the ashram that one pupil was being trained,
conditioned and overshadowed by the tantrist for the purpose of killing
Sai Baba. As the dark hates the light that overpowers it, the black magician
hated Baba who frustrated many of his designs." (from Chapter 9 - 'The Lord's
Without any tangible evidence, Murphet jumped to the conclusion that this particular yogi's murder plans caused the paralysis of Sathya Sai Baba's legs! [Rumour has it that the 'yogi' in question was Rajneesh, a known serial seducer of women devotees]. Murphet accepted everything Sathya Sai Baba said as gospel truth, without a hint of critical thinking or questioning of any of it. He also unquestioningly reported that Sai Baba decided to cure himself (during Shirarathri) of what was claimed to have been a week-long paralysis of the left side of his body. Admittedly, Sai Baba is an accomplished actor, and could simulate paralysis and cure without any problems. But his devotees cannot conceive that this could be done by a pure and truthful God Incarnate, even though they were not allowed anywhere near him to examine his condition!
All of the accounts quoted here are published and approved by Sai Baba's own press - even signed
by him. His promises of protection of devotees from black powers are
yet another means of creating strong dependencies through underlying
anxiety. If one dares to questions this, the implication is that
he could withdraw his protection due to lack of faith! Such is the nature of the 'guru
trap'. Sathya Sai Baba is reported as causing his followers to fear the consequences of not obeying him, which is the power of fear, not of love.
STATEMENTS BY SATHYA SAI BABA ON MANTRAS AND TANTRAS FROM HIS AUTHENTICATED PUBLICATIONS
(SAI BABA BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS TRUST, Puttaparthi, A.P. India)
Tantra means methods of using mantras for own good Sathya Sai Vahini p.182b
Tantra 'mudras' detailed Sanathana Sarathi (journal) September 1986, p. 215ff & Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 19, p. 121f
Mantras are very powerful: once did work that machines do 'Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba' by Dr. John Hislop p. 35
Pushpak flying vehicle powered by mantra in Rama's day, 'Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba' by Dr. John Hislop p. 130-131
Mantric power enabled planes to fly in ancient times 'Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba' by Dr. John Hislop p. 131
Mantras for shooting arrows/flying vehicles etc 'Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba' by Dr. John Hislop p. 131
Arjuna forgot all mantras on Krishna's death 'Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba' by Dr. John Hislop p. 131
Mantras giving strength to weapons 'Summer Showers in Brindavan 1974' p. 267
Mantras more powerful than machines and technology (yantras) Sanathana Sarathi (journal) Nov. 1992, p. 269 Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 25 p. 325
Shakti [personal paranormal power] imbibed from reciting sacred mantras in 'Vision of the Divine' by E. Fanibunda, p. 80
Faith in mantras' efficacy is essential Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 4, p. 45
Sound of a mantra is as valuable as its meaning Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 4, p.98
Gayatri mantra is enough to protect its chanters Sanathana Sarathi (journal) Sept. 1995 p. 37 Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 28 243
listeningto mantras, sacred power derived from Sanathana Sarathi (journal) November 1989 p. 289 Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 22, p. 217
Mantra has life-force in it: Vedic recitation etc. Sanathana Sarathi (journal) November 1993 p. 282 Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 26 p. 346
Police authorities do
not automatically take action to protect persons wrongly persecuted for witchcraft.
See this report on a petition (by a person wrongly accused of witchcraft) in the High Court at Mumbai.