A Sai Baba defender, Blanche Jeplos (a New York citizen?) who is ignorant of the whole nature and activities of Sathya Sai Baba wrote deluded comments on my wordpress blog, to which I reply so as to help him and othrs ralise the error of his ideaswhich are totally indefensible and can have serious consequences for those who think likewise.
Submitted on 2015/04/07 at 2:13 am
Criticizing the online reservation process at Prashanti Nilayam — serves what purpose? And whether Prashanti Nilayam is “empty” or not is irrelevant to Sai Baba’s message, who adamantly insisted that popularity is meaningless and inevitability goes up and down.
( comment on 'Futile new Prashanthi ploys to inveigle and fleece visitors' View Post)
Robert replied: The purpose is to warn vulnerable and trusting people about the utter mendacity of the ashram staff and the ways in which they do all they can under false pretences o separate visitors - especially Westerners - from their cash. Prashanthi Nilayam's emptiness is a proof that his prophesies were wrong… like "In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991) and "The success of the task for which I have come will very soon reverberate throughout the world!" or "The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all." (Sanathana Sarathi January, 1999. page 16) (Outright laughable and will NEVER occur). “Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region." (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2008/d081122.html) and much more like that besides. The reservation process at PN will be recognised for what it is by those foreigh whites who have had dealings with the official at P.N. It is a way to harass people, sorth them out, control them… we have been there 9 times and they were blown-up egos, several embezzelers and some outright racists too! And we were the main office-bearers for the Norwegian Sathya Sai Org. and Oslo Centre.
Thousands have made clear how and why they left SB, including most of the best office-bearers and service workers outside India. if you know the entire story, which I do. I have been contacted by many who have asked for help and advice, mostly in confidence due to their wishes - even to some of the most prominent person in their professions. They have caused me to stand up more and more to protect the credulous, weak, and vulnerable from the consequences that follow against these nest-feathering, lying, bribing, corrupt people who throng ashram positions on behalf of all seekers who trusted Sai Baba and still give the benefit of their doubts to these people.
These are but a small part of the countless revelations that have come forth about the entire clandestine and carefully-hidden Sathya Sai scam system, as it became. No more propaganda comments, please, I am imprevious as I know the whole Sai Baba dance backwards and forwards.
Submitted on 2015/04/07 at 2:14 am
Logical Fallacy — Incorrect Appeal to Authority. Anyone can make a movie; it does not show that something is right or wrong, truth or false.
‘Strange Avatar’ unusual Sai Baba film from 1990s' View Post
Robert replied: It is not a logical fallacy to refer to a well-sourced film with testimonies. You presume to teach me about logic, who have taught the subject for decades and written a book on logic (see http://robertpriddy.com/COMMUNICATION/index.htm), and yet you cannot distinguish the fallacy of appeal to authority from simple reporting.
Robert replied: I was simply pointing out that Sai Baba cheated at school exams (and boasted about it), which set an example by the self-proclaimed great preceptor in all moral matters. What was so good about it? How did it differ from the cheating in Bihar? He was part of the same big problem throughout India, not the solution.
Your confused attempt to defend him on the premise that "not cheating from the advaita perspective for all is God." shows what is wrong with advaita… a mare's nest of unfounded conjectures. By your standard then, advaita makes sex abuse, murder, genocide acceptable because 'all is god' and god alone known what is good for you. God is everything, in everyone, is a circular spiritual teaching which leads to endless paradoxes and gets you literally nowhere. See http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/25/everything.html
Submitted on 2015/04/07 at 2:27 am
Blah Blah Blah — Sai Baba wasn’t avaricious. He had money that people donated to him, but he never used any of that money for narrow purposes; always, everything went to philanthropy (See his will). All reputable accounts detail the austere manner in which Swami lived — he lived in a small room, with limited clothing, and few belongings.
' Sai Baba hoarded riches!' View Post
Robert replied: He retorted with blah, blah, but I ignored that and I replied mainly because it may help him to avoid a lot of pain and problems in life becoming like other poor desperate devotees who have never got what they wanted from his countless daily empty promises.
Sai Baba was not at all austere and most certainly above all 'everything' did not go to philanthropic projects. Vast sums cannot be accounted for, but we know he gave a 20kg. gold trophy to Tendulkar … not exactly a poor man! He 'donated' five new Jap cars went to 'trusted servitors' (i.e. his best cover-up agents). He spent huge amounts on museums which were mainly in praise of himself. He got built expensive pandals (i.e PN and Brindavan) only to tear them down with a few years and build more sumptuously. He was know to have bribed many people, especially after the murders over which he presided (www.saibaba-x.org.uk/8/eyewitness.html). I was told vital parts of the inside story by my close friend, also SB's closest servitor for a decade or more, editor V.K. Narasimhan, who was a VERY worried man as he had got involved in the ashram through his religiously deluded wife and confided his problems to me. This shattered my faith in Sai Baba as I could not doubt that famous journalist who I knew so well through hundreds of hours of private conversation. I also learned from persons who had dined with Sai Baba privately that he helped himself liberally to all dishes. As soon as SB he got free of his family, he never lifted a finger for himself or for anyone else in the sense of doing real work, not even wash his own clothes. He let his mother live in utter poverty in a shack. He was a massive cheat and I know it from my own long experience of him (he pretended that he had materialised a green diamond stone ring for me, but it was assayed by a top expert and was a synthetic sapphire worth about $10 then, with green tinfoil behind the stone). I was in 1996 shown through his luxury apartments at Muddenahalli by his top aides and everything was 5 star! He was not selfless, on the contrary. I was directly involved with him for 18 years and I know fully what I am talking about.
Blanche Jeplos has clearly have never been inside any of Sai Baba's rooms or interviews (he can be grateful he didn't get a private one - but then he seems too young to have met Sai Baba). It seems evident that Blanche relies almost only on what he has heard and read (nearly all of it propaganda, cover-up, imagination or attempts to get priviliges from his massive gravy train). Sai Baba was deeply involved in sense gratification, and his former self-confessed paramour Dr. Bhatia, told how he had around five boys a day, and had oral and anal sex with them. Two of my long-term friends in those days were sexually abused by him (but they dared not tell me then, not until 2000 when the internet exploded with testimonies. Since then, I have been in contact with dozens of males who were abused by him.