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SATYA SAI BABA Retelling The Story

- by Babu R.R. Gogineni
Former General Secretary of Rationalist Association of India

The Sai Avatar When a luminescent ball of light entered Easwaramma while she was bathing, little did she, or Pedda Venkappa Raju, her illiterate husband, realize that the Lord had chosen her surrogate womb for His next parthenocarpic incarnation. Official literature enlightens us that the Lord's coming was anticipated long ago by Jesus and Mohammed. For those who can not find the relevant passages in their version of the Bible or Koran, a more contemporary declaration was made by the Lord Himself. In 1918during His earlier incarnation as the Sai Baba of Shirdi, He had revealed that 8 years after leaving the Shirdi body, He would be reborn in Puttaparthi village of Andhra Pradesh as Satya Sai Baba. So in fulfillment of these predictions, the Lord grew in the womb of Easwaramma, "as the moon grows in the sky",and a male child was born on 23 November, 1926. To mark the momentous significance of the event, musical instruments in the house played by themselves at the time of the birth: the thambura twanged melodiously, the maddela accompanied it with a soft bet, a divine fragrance pervaded the air, and a cobra, lord of reptiles, waited in attendance to protect the Lord.It is fair to assume that just as with the birth of the Buddha, elephants trumpeted in joy, peacocks danced and the gods rejoiced.Despite His omniscience, Satyanarayana Raju (his given name) went to school where the playful display of his miraculous power was soon recognized by all. Friends came to love him for his magically created gifts, and teachers feared his chair, unless he begged for forgiveness and expressed remorse at ill treating the children! In 1940, after tortuous treatment by doctors for suspected mental illness, at the age of 15, Satyanarayana Raju revealed His Avatar hood to the world and identified Himself as Satya Sai Baba. As He was to reveal later to his disciples, "I, the Lord, incarnated at Puttaparthi, Buddha,Christ,Mohammed and others were not Avatars. They had some divine power... My power is infinite; My truth is

John Hislop. but mistaking God for guru. by Icelandic para-psychologist Errlelndur Haraldsson. He can produce gold rings and coins out of thin air. as a skeptic pointed out!). the stupendous "powers" of Satya Sai Baba soon come to be know all over the world. conducts surgeries with psychic powers and plucks out-of-season mango fruit from tamarind trees. which seems to appear from nowhere as he waves his hand. The late Dr. a phrase which is also the title of a largely hearsay.shrunken and starting to be decompose. He heals the sick with the aid of Vibhuti(sacred wood ash). "American industrialist and management consultant". Bangalore. change rock into candy and flowers into jewels. He once converted water into petrol by dipping His finger into the water.even unfathomable. "we are reassured that when the present incarnation would be over at age 96 in the year 2022. Amazing Facts II" gives us this incredulous account: "Sai Baba is an Indian guru blessed with extraordinary powers.Suri Bhagavantam. HE relieves devotees' ailments by taking them onto Himself. and also Baba's interpreter narrated how once Satya Sai Baba created out of nowhere a copy of the Bhagavadgita (alas even the Lord is not immune to orthographic error. My task is the regeneration of humanity by Truth and Love. Scientific advisor to the Government of India. It is believed that Baba was responsible . Despite His insistence that His religious message was more important that the "tinsel" miracles He performed. and also Chairman of the Central Committee of American Sai tells us earnestly how in 1971 Satya Sai Baba resurrected Walter Cowan. director of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science. when the blue and stiff body of Radhakrishna which was cold. In addition of these reports. cock-and-bull account of Satya Sai Baba's paranormal powers. was brought back to life by Baba.inexplicable. the Reader's Digest book entitled "Strange Stories. Dr. Perhaps the most astonishing display of Sai Baba's powers took place in 1953. declared dead due to cardiac failure. In a contemporary enactment of New Testament miracles. In the 50 years that Sai Baba has been demonstrating his apparently miraculous powers.He would be reborned as Prema Sai in Mandya district of Karnataka. Based on the "most reliable information". Man of Miracles Satya Sai Baba would often say "miracles are my visiting cards". no one has found any evidence of trickery".

advocates.for repelling the Chinese army "invading India like locusts". all that can be known.. Dr. Mauritius. for I have willed [them] to. all that seeks fulfillment. Presidents and Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka.. The confederacy of irrationality. gullibility and superstition establishes a kinship which transcends cultural and national barriers. He Himself claimed that He never sleeps. omniscient. the erudite Kasturi: "I am all that is .Hislop is delighted at this explanation. since that is My wish. by the mere stayed to pray. doctors and common folk. Among the miracle-mongering Satya Sai followers are top Indian political leaders and Judges. engineers. is everywhere doing the tasks. mankind itself is molded into a million faces to present the variety I relish". "Baba has the inconceivably immense task of the Universe. Maldives. several former Greek Prime Ministers. Reports abound of His bi-location (having appeared in two places at the same time) appearance. Sunrise and Sunset keep repeating. I am slave of the master who has released me from my ignorance.Hislop asks in tragically foolish wonder. for it pleases Me. that is Baba's omnipresence. in fervent devotion: "I. instantly happens"... God is not subject to any limitation". the stars that lend sublime charm to the nocturnal sky hide their faces from human eyes during the day. How can He afford to spend time talking to people like us?" Baba reassures him: "Baba with his limitless bodies. Perhaps because it is they who need the most spiritual advice. This has obviously enlightened the person from whom I borrowed some Satya Sai Baba literature: he had written down in pencil. In what can only be described as divine disapproval of capitalist claims on intellectual property rights. in obedience to my desire. Samuel Sandweiss was convinced when he was told "I am everything. befitting and fortunate slave. the Spanish Royal family. whatever my master does is of the greatest benefit to all concerned". the wind blows with no respite in order to keep animate beings alive. carry out every Command of the master without any question of why and what. laugh or roar along beds during their pilgrimages to the sea. members of the International diplomatic corps. streams and rivulets giggle. it is . omnipotent and so whatever I will. Nepal. "Noted" American psychologist Dr. The credit for polishing Baba's halting English and capturing his evident lyrical derangement goes to official biographer. everywhere. Dr.

former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. wonderful experience of the Seiko watch manufacturer". India's best known rationalist and former vice chancellor of the Bangalore University.very common to see the pacific and teetotaler Satya Sai Baba in the company of power brokers.Kovoor. Dr.Hattori wrote back ". former Prime Minister of Italy.H. caught in Switzerland in 1962 for carrying heroin illegally.I am in no way able to further your knowledge as regards the man mentioned in your letter. Neither I. sentenced to 5 1/2 years of imprisonment for corruption and Princess Poihlavi. The national scandal that broke out when Dr. Dr.Narasimhaiah's crusade as ViceChancellor of Bangalore University..Bhagavantam (Baba's interpreter from Telugu to English) wrote of the "awe-inspiring. being suspicious..H. associates of international arms traders an liquor barons. all his doubts about the divine powers of Satya Sai Baba melted away. Asian President of the World Union of Freethinkers and Dr.. when in 1976 he appointed a 12 member official committee "to investigate rationally and scientifically miracles and any other verifiable .Abraham T. currently on trial for murder of a journalist. when on a visit to Puttaparthi was presented by Sai Baba with the very watch prototype that the manufacturer had kept in a safe in Japan. I am sure that these reports are completely unfounded". With this materialization. nor any members of my staff have ever made the acquaintance of this individual. It was only surpassed by unclear scientist Dr. "He fell prostrate at Sai Baba's feet and worshiped him.Narasimhaiah. Since then he is an ardent devotee of the Bhagavan". who. Mr. describing Satya Sai Baba as a "sleight-of-hand" trickster and exposed one of India's brilliant scientists as a Satya Sai Agent. who together led the most animated attack on Satya Sai Baba and his world view.Bhagavantam was not forth coming with details. Notable among Baba's international inner circle are Guilio Andreotti.Sai Baba. Since Dr.during a newspaper debate on Satya Sai Baba. Mr. sister of the former Shah of Iran.Kovoor released his correspondence to the press.Kovoor. made inquiries with Shoji Hattori.Kovoor narrates in his book Begone Godmen! that in 1973. Dr. Begone Satya Sai! Into such a community of God-fearing people came the late Srilankan Dr. President of Seiko Watch Company in Tokyo to Verify the facts. Bhagavantam remained silent when confronted with the response.

It is quite revealing of the submission and intelligence level of the Sai devotee that despite Sai Baba's enticement. and skeptic E. Tal Brooke. including the now famous Ganapathi Satchidananda Swamy. have to be hospitalized for ruptured appendicitis and broken leg? And preaching simplicity. When they visited Him. the seeds of doubts were sown in many minds. as emphatically asserted by the renowned Indian stage magician P. It was Satya Sai Baba's turn now and the committee requested Him to allow them an investigation. pawing hands and intimate behaviour were not part of any soul-cleansing encounter. several sun dry Godmen immediately confessed that they did not have any miraculous powers. money. anything. Dr.C.therefore it doesn't exist in him. by pulling out the packet of Vibhuti hidden in Sai Krishna's underclothes.(who has now picked up courage to practice his old-trade of spurious miracles). As a result of this exposure. Just ask!''. wrote the book avatar of the night (all three thousand copies of the book released in India were purchased and destroyed !) describing Satya Sai Baba"s homosexual lust (how can a good Christian accept that? and assaults on young boys. born-again-Christian who spent 14 months with Satya Sai Baba. another bomb shell was thrown at Him.Tal Brooke said to himself "Lust contradicts Baba's nature.. With news of these events and later incidents. and fearing investigation. Baba is innocent:. food. a 7 year old child-protege of Satya Sai Baba. why does He travel in Mercedes cars and require heavy protection? Why did Sai Baba have to wave his hand in circles.. It took Tal Brooke three such consummate encounters and numerous similar accounts of pedophilia from friends to realize that Satya Sai Baba's nudging pelvis. before producing anything? Was it because of prestidigitation.superstitions".Premanand? does His occasional transvestism and derision for women really illustrate the Male-female principle of the universe? why is it that some doctors have gone on record stating that post mortems of . All He could do was spew helpless vitriol at the Narasimhaiah committee. Himself a psychic surgeon.Sorcar Jr.Narasimhaiah's committee exposed Sai Krishna. Blind faith. Avatar of the Night As if these resounding rationalist responses and public humiliations were not enough. close to Bangalore. in 1976. a terrified Satya Sai Baba locked Himself up in His Whitefield residence. "what is mine is yours. How is it that Sai Baba's own brother-in-law died of rabies? Why did Baba.

However. and playing this video tape became a necessary ritual of all our public meetings for a long time. apart form cyanide and land mines. Filmed by a state television crew covering the Prime Minister. This largely circulated. Mr. Some were shown on local and district cable television too at a great bodily risk as some rationalists came to know.P. the publicity remarkably affected the number of devotees visiting Puttaparthi though some still insist that "miracles" are performed to attract people to the good work being done by Baba and that Baba never claimed any special powers! Crime and karma: Murders in the Bedroom Much worse was in store when on 6 June. A big meeting was organized by the rationalists.bodies of several women coming from Puttaparthi showed signs of torture? Is it true that some of the foreign nationals visiting Puttaparthi were disappearing after entire properties were bequeathed to Satya Sai Organistion? Is it true that Prashanti Nilayam (Satya Sai Baba's "abode of peace" at puttaparthi) was the campus of criminals? Is it not surprising that the police. discover .1992. the video tape shows unambiguously Satya Sai Baba being passed clandestinely a necklace by his personal assistant Radhakrishna Menon. the deadly plastic-explosive RDX used by Hindu-Muslim terrorists in Bombay? And why did Satya Sai Baba. the cassette was suppressed. to felicitate the courageous journalist Venu Kodimela (who was told that his mother's cancer was due to his act).welcome the antiMuslim Hindu fundamentalist Vishwa Hindu Parishad's virulent campaign in favour of mosque demolition in Ayodhya? Let There be a Necklace But the most spectacular food for doubt for the believer was the unique birthday gift given to Satya Sai Baba by the Deccan Chronicle of 23 November. However. in a routine security combing of Prashanti Nilayam before the visit of the Home Minister of I India. Narasimha Rao.V. a copy was leaked and several copies of the cassette were distributed in India and abroad. whose religion officially also embraces the values of Islam. 1993. six inmates . which later Satya Sai Baba "materializes" after a wave of his hand in the air. in the presence of the Prime Minister of India.Hyderabad-based English daily published what the rationalist could only dream of! Splashed on the front page were pictures from a video recording of Satya Sai Baba's "creation" of a gold necklace.

B..I can live as long as I please. Realizing the danger to his person. Mysteriously.of Prashanti Nilayam were murdered in Satya Sai Baba's bedroom. Not realizing this truth.Baba Himself spoke of the murders in His Gurupoornima lecture and dealt with the question of whether the deaths of his near and dear were unavoidable: "Birth and death go together.Premanand. Amusingly. Prashanti Nilayam authorities themselves filed no police complaint. If I will it. God cannot behave in any arbitrary manner. God did not use his limitless powers to avert certain unwanted events. however. Shankar Dayal Sharma. further compromising the investigation. Because He is the almighty. You must note that Swami's life is in His own hands and not in those of anyone else. in the past. sale and transfer of gold" since Satya Sai Baba "materialized gold ornaments to be given to devotees.the personal assistant who was caught on video passing the necklace clandestinely to Baba. all the people killed were part of the inner circle of Sai Baba. from attempt to murder Baba. jumped out of an open window and started off a secret alarm whose existence even the inner core did not know of. to internal squabbles in Prashanti Nilayam. Surprisingly.. It is alleged that two were killed by the assailants and the police claimed to have shot dead in self defence four of the assailants. accusing the police of having willfully destroyed evidence. premanand and K. who were armed only with knives. One should realize that death is a natural phenomenon and avoid worrying about it. former devotee of Baba and today the most important Indian Skeptic and Sai Bababaiter alive. refused to accept the interference into the investigation and hauled the government to court. rationalist advocate in the Supreme Court of India. Interestingly. the president of the Indian Republic deviated from protocol and propricty and said that the murders were "all about a girl". men who are involved in worldly ways ask questions as to why in certain situations..had dragged Satya Sai Baba to court for violation of the Gold Control Act which imposed restrictions on the"manufacture. Home Minister Chavan who visited Sai Baba twice immediately after the incident insisted that Sai Baba was not present at the time of murder.. Baba Himself ran for His life." The police report was twice changed. the head of the Institution in whose bedroom the murders took place. While . possession.N Balagopal. When asked why Satya Sai Baba.was not interrogated. among whom Radha Krishna Menon. magician.

two CT scans and a sonography done by Dr. prepared or processed. chastened by the Supreme Court of India. The judicial mood in India was remarkably different since the past few months. however. Premanand petitioned to the High court in a public interest petition that the case be transferred to an impartial investigative agency that justice might be done. the scans also confirmed that Balaji's kidney was indeed .arresting several corrupt politicians and also forcing the Indian Prime Minister Narasimha Rao to arrest his favorite Godman and arms dealer-power broker. was published a most shocking account concerning the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences. boosting rationalists morale. in the first week of May. and where all medical treatment is done free. spiritual powers were recognized as valid defense in law! In the present murder case. set up at an expense of 2000 million Indian rupees. Premanand and Satya Sai Baba have been brought to the front pages of news papers again. The Case of the Missing Kidney In the Marathi language weekly. Perhaps for the first time in jurisprudence. was to have received his son Balaji's kidney in a transplant operation. In January.rejecting the petition. Anjaneyulu. who even threatened to punish him the next time he "misused" the Court with such complaints. In the High Court.1996.V. while dismissing the plea. Premanand was admonished by Chief Justice Mishra. Rationalists keep their fingers crossed.the High Court of Andhra Pradesh State. Back in their town. taken out of his body! So where did Balaji's kidney go? Is the . with the intention of defaming Satya Sai Baba. the High Court Judge Justice Y. allowed the argument that an article materialized by spiritual powers cannot be said to have been manufactured. Chandraswami in the first week of May. A week after the operation. Lok Prabha. what with the Indian Supreme Court taking up an "operation clean hands". admitted contempt of Court petition by Premanand against the government and the police. Also.the Supreme Court of India expunged all the remarks made by the High Court judge. a member of the Satya Sai innercircle. a dying Triambak was informed that the transplant was failure and father and son were sent back home. Triambak Karvande a peasant from Latur district of Maharastra.Kastur of the Maharastra Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center revealed that Triambak was never operated for a kidney transplant. of 19 January.

Premanand. but the Maharastra Superstition Eradication Committee. Puttaparthi now has an airport and 3000 small apartments are available for rentals to accommodate the cash-rich Americans. Premanand is investigating whether this is in fact a money laundering operation. after its own independent investigation. a little known foundation from America and another from Japan donated 1600 million Indian rupees(45 million US Dollars) for the Satya Sai charity work. Sai Empire and Philanthropy B. Malaysians and Japanese.000 people at one time. in fact a part of the international organ theft business? Initial complaints made by the victim went unheeded. the target of the Satya Sai Organisation was adoption of 6000 villages. The Truth might be out soon. Dutch. To have an idea of the scale of operations. Prashanti Nilayam itself has adequate infrastructure to feed 10. Scandinavians. the President and the Prime Minister of India were in attendance and applauded the Satya Sai Water Scheme meant to provide drinking water to every village of the dry district of Ananthapur. Union Bank of India. owned by the state. this is an instance of how and when governments default in their duties. member of the Indian Radical Humanist Association and editor of Indian Skeptic. consider the fact that in 1982. 1995. Importantly.000 million rupees(1714 million USD). A look into the world view of high-school dropout Satya Sai Baba should help clarify why His style of philanthropy and . does not charge any fee for money transfer to Satya Sai Baba and the money keeps flowing.000 children are taught free in centres run by Sri Satya Sai Bal Vikas Trust and do propaganda about their social service activities. as tanks have crashed and pipes burst because of inferior construction material used due to corruption. is working on helping the Karvande family get legal aid. When Satya Sai Baba celebrated his 70th birthday in November. On this single birthday. to "fulfill all the physical and spiritual needs of the community". It is a matter of great concern that five months after the inauguration. Belgians. religious organizations occupy that space. water is yet to flow from village taps.hospital with a hitherto very good reputation. There are 3000 Satya Sai centres in India and 400 centres abroad in 85 countries and they publicize and market the fact that more than 100. Germans. estimates the Sai Empire to be worth 60. also advisor on miracle exposure to the Rationalist Association of India.

Bala Sai Baba and the Real Avatar! Disillusioned by the bedroom murders. the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning has been declared a deemed University by Madhuri Shah. It is a great irony that the intellectuals and the common man's wilful suspension of disbelief and critical faculties. Then solid Physics. is the divine. Then trees. news of philanthropy in poor countries drowns out rational discourse. where is chemistry. there is little else to doubt. Judges are at times prone to decide based on personal beliefs: the situation is worsened by the political patronage received(Sai Baba's influence increased manifold ever since superstitious Narasimha Rao and his cabinet retire and President Sankar Dayal Sharma started visiting Him even in their official capacity). news of Premanand's court battles. on par with the rest of India's Centres of Higher Learning! Alas. power struggles in the Sai empire and reports like that of the disappearing kidney and the failed water project. Their destination now is the Palghat(Kerala) born BALA SAI BABA(the child Sai Baba). exposes in newspapers. the pinnacle of life. Then the trees. And in India. Without the divine. iron. Everything is liquid. supporting all. Indians are still racists and when pale-face comes and approves. No temperature. It is the support of everything. silver all are liquid. everything is liquid. like water. advocates and intellectuals mislead the others and set examples by their own mistaken devotion for this modern Tartuffe. Many well meaning people and there are many such among the Satya Sai Baba followers and admirers fail to realize that philanthropy is merely an investment in the Satya Sai Baba cult and empire and a way of evading tax. Scientists. Sadly. Then human beings and animals. But at the centre. At the very centre is the divine. who at 35 years of age is a bit overgrown for his name. State Radio and Television carry out the propaganda for him. criminal and political identities overlap. Next there is solid. A few years ago. botany. Journalists are either gullible or are on payroll. and disappointed by birth day extravaganzas. Then man. Gold. many disciples are turning away from Satya Sai Baba. Everything is melted.education must be combated: "At the centre (of the world). the Satya Sai octopus has been able to spread its tentacles far and wide with the lure of miracles. physics and botany? Like this will be the teaching of all courses at the university". First is liquid chemistry. devotee and Chairperson of the University Grants Commission. .

January.s teacher.informal observation as well as hearsay accounts from devotees.published in 1987.H.Narasimhaiah is mentioned. 71.Narasimhaiah said to me in Bangalore once that our work is like that of Sisyphus . Lesson from Erlendur Haraldsson Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Iceland. Dr.000 people for . An Investigative Report on the Psychic Phenomena"associated with Satya Sai Baba.Kovoor's whirlwind tours of Andhra. He also recruits devotees from Europe and else where and seems to have hit at the right marketing mix. He could perhaps have been Satya Sai. Dr. Haraldsson's book does not indicate that he is aware of Satya Sai Baba's father's brother being a tantrik-conjuror.co-author of their book on near-death experiences:At the Hour of Death ) to investigate Satya Sai Baba's paranormal powers. set up an ashram in Kurnool district of Andra Pradesh ( a State that breeds godmen!) and resembles Satya Sai Baba trait for trait. Yet.The result of his efforts over ten years is the book "Miracles are My Visiting Cards. It does not matter even if the Supreme Court of India puts Satya Sai Baba on trial. Haraldsson's repeated requests for controlled experiments were firmly rejected by Satya Sai Baba and his team was asked "not to pester" Baba with more requests. Dr. No mention of Dr. Our work has to continue: after working to expose Bala Sai Baba in the year 2022. Haraldsson settles for his own inefficient and subjective personal .his challenges to Satya Sai Baba. Charmed by the charmed by the charisma of Baba and more predisposed to believe than to investigate.He claims to be the real Sai Avatar. performs the same tricks as Satya Sai Baba does and has been very successful in attracting as large number ofdevotees. in their article entitled as The Appearance and Disappearance of Objects in the Presence of Sri Satya Sai Baba in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research Vol..Erlendur Haraldsson came to India several times (twice along with Karlish Osis. This till recently-unemployed youth also hints that Satya Sai Baba is an impostor! He dresses like Satya Sai Baba. his largely attended public meeting (30. para psychologist Dr. Haraldsson and Karlis Osis express their gratitude to Sri satya Sai Baba "for his kind cooperation in their investigation"! Dr. 1977. we might still be busy with Prema Sai..Despite assuring us that he "tried his very best" to trace all "Critics" only Dr.

Interestingly. P. This is not the only complaint of misquoting about Haraldsson.When Premanand asked for clarification and explanation in an undoubtedly long questionnaire.In an interview with me and Premanand. insists that I report this.instance) to the accompaniment of stupendous publicity! Contributors to the national debates in the then prestigious Illustrated Weekly of India.Haraldesson is unaware even of the Seiko watch controversy.N. Dr.Krishna and Varadu (in no way critics.H.Nair. Now.Two chapters of the book Miracles are My Visiting Cards are devoted to M. Nor does Haraldsson mention Satya Sai Baba specialist B.Haraldsson's excuse on 6 April. Then again.Haraldsson purposes.V.Premanand.looking at the contents of the book). testified to the resurrection of Cowan. unconvincingly. Haraldsson's own conclusion is that the stories of resurrections are false. whom Haraldsson accused of misquoting him as saying that he was "disappointed with Satya Sai Baba". and in the manner in which some statements were transformed to suit Dr.Haraldsson suddenly has no time to write! Haraldsson is aware that propaganda of the claimed resurrection from death of Walter Cowan and Radhakrishna had the support of Satya Sai Baba. to our scientistinvestigator the role of Satya Sai Baba is not suspect. Dr. editor of Deccan chronicle. a good friend of mine. Yet.Krishna's son. Dr. regretted that out of good faith he had not tape recorded the interview. Haraldsson writes in his letter of 21 October. he said that he was unwilling to take it up because of the various varsions of it! One has not heard of an "investigative" researcher shy away on such dubious grounds.the very prolific Dr. He is also aware that Dr. Later. was published in 1976. 1988 to Dale Bayerstein that Dr. former personal assistants to Satya Sai Baba in the earlier days.Fanibunda. Premanand has shown how different version and sequences of the same event (production of ring for Karlis Osis) have been written by Haraldsson. editor of the excellent 1994 book.whose first book in English on Baba.Lure of Miracles.Narasimhaiah issued a issued a written clarification that he respected Premanand's work and could never have said what Haraldsson reported. When informed of this Dr. 1988 to Dale Bayerstein. Sai Baba's Miracles: An Overview is that no one in India mentioned Premanand to him. Krishna converted to Cristianity later. Nor that . and the tabloids Blitz and Current Weekly are ignored. himself a medical doctor.Narasimhaiah did not think it worthwhile for him to visit Premanand.

whose testimony he approvingly uses in another case. 1992. The Guru Busters. necklaces and watches from behind flower vases and from pillows of his chair.of Dr. where they make pathetic attempts to show that from the Deccan Chronicle Doordarshan tape. Leon Mandrake et al (ateam of professional magicians) where among others. Haraldsson and Richard Wiseman write an article Reactions To and An Assessment of a Videotape on Satya Sai Baba. Perhaps. While waiting to watch this. He does not mention the name of the Devotee. especially when one's work. which Baba does very often. They should also read the analysis of a Satya Sai Baba video tape by Dale Bayerstein. It is easy to see these things. nor the name of the police station which later caught the burglar.Fanibunda. he has necessarily to work under controlled conditions. Piet Vroon was at Puttaparthi to film Baba at "work". the authors should find time to read the account of the Dutch author Piet Vroon who wrote an expanded version of his article Sinterklass in India (Santa Claus in India). Some of the stories Haraldsson reports are not even amenable to verification by us. Haraldsson is also unaware of Premanand's video cassette of Satya Sai Baba producing a gold necklace at a wedding in Balakrishna Eradi's family (a former judge from Kerala). a television program on Rationalist work in India. he mentions how a burglar prowling in the house of a Satya Sai Baba devotee was scared away by Satya Sai's bilocation. before "materialisation" published in Bayerstein's book. transferring them to the other hand. which has quite clear visuals. Vibhuti is also hidden in the mouth and removed while wiping the face. no evidence of fraud by Satya Sai Baba can be deduced. For example. and he and his partner detected Baba remove rings. and . This is how professional credentials become suspect. In the April 1995 issue of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. Piet Vroon's conclusion is unambiguous: "we just think that he is a trickster and a cheat". pulverising them and distributing them. published in De Volkskrant of 5 December. They also detected Sai Baba holding Vibhuti balls in one hand. they detect Satya Sai Baba "thumb palming" a necklace. It also does not occur to this impartial investigator. Haraldsson and co-author are invited to watch our copy of the tape. or watch one of the episodes of the British program. forever solicitous of being scientific and objective that since he himself has found some stories to be false.

org FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE NET The Miracle of Ganga Water by Dr. Abraham Kovoor NOSTRADAM NONSENSE by Mehul Kamdar AMOROUS GODS AND GODDESSES by Dr.perhaps livelihood. does not depend on funding from parapsychology foundations! The only lesson one can learn from ERLENDUR HARALDSSON is how not to study the paranormal events. Gogineni Executive Director International Humanist and Ethical Union 47 Theobald's Road London WC1X 8SP United Kingdom Tel: +44 207 831 4817 Fax: + 44 207 404 8641 or + 430 1271 E Mail:babu@iheu. Babu R.V.iheu. Please forward your comments to Mr.org Website: www.R.R. Periyar .Abraham Kovoor IS ASTROLOGY SCIENTIFIC? Dr Abraham Kovoor Guide to Buddhist Studies on the Net Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims Of the Paranormal Religion and Science Albert Einstein Buddhiwadi Foundation educational trust for promoting Social Reformer Rationalist E.

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