Do you know God?

Do you know God?
Thomas Chillikulam, TOI Crest,
Apr 17, 2010, 01.07pm IST

Divine understanding …

Religious fundamentalism runs on the engine of arrogance. A religious fundamentalist claims to possess absolute knowledge and truth about God. The basic teachings of religions regarding God prove such claims to be false because all religions perceive God as an inexhaustible and indescribable mystery that cannot be grasped fully. The Bible affirms that the ineffable mystery of God eludes understanding – “Can you penetrate the designs of God? It is higher than the heavens; what can you know?” (Book of Job 11:78). St Augustine, an early Christian thinker, warned those who hold absolutist claims: “If you know God,it is not God”. For St Thomas Aquinas, Christian theologian of all times, the greatest of all knowledge about God is: “To know that one does not know God”.

Upanishadic sages were aware of the incomprehensibility of the divine mystery. The mystery of God is so ineffable that, “The eye does not reach it, or speech, or the mind. It is not understood by those who understand it; it is understood by those who do not understand it,” says the Kena Upanishad (1.3.4).The Absolute is anirvachaniyam or indescribable. Hence, after every description of God, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (3.9.26) adds “neti, neti”“not so, not so”. Sufi Muslim saint Sarafudddin Maneri acknowledges: “A hundred thousand intellects cannot comprehend Thee, O, You who lie hidden from the gaze of eye and soul”. Khwaja Abu Sa’id, another Sufi saint, declares: “No one knows the full story, hold your tongue, hold your tongue”.

Historical experiences and cultural expressions of being gripped by God give rise to particular religions. Religions are existentially manifold, yet at the inner level of spirituality there is an essential unity because the core experience of being gripped by God is the same. Nonetheless, diversity and plurality of religions have contributed positively to the spiritual evolution of humanity. Each religion is the expression of a unique interplay of the divine spirit and the creative human spirit in and through diverse cultures and symbols. Therefore, it is important to respect the diversity of religions and at the same time recognise the basic unity of religions.

God is beyond all religions and no religion can claim to possess absolute truth or make the claim of being the norm for all the others. Truly religious persons cannot be exclusive. They can discern the presence of God in every religion.

Ramakrishna and Sri Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi did not find any contradiction in practising different religions. They exemplify the ideal of finding God in all religions and respecting the faith, symbols and practices of other religions. It is untenable to hold on to a position that God’s revelation occurs only in a particular country or culture. God has no “chosen people” for all are God’s people. A person with a deep experience of God and rooted in his own faith will not be threatened by other religions, but rather would rejoice in the diversity of religious experiences.

Harmonious relationship between religions is possible when followers of all religions realise that the infinite mystery of God cannot be exhaustively grasped. The truth present in one’s own religion is part of the infinite horizon of divine truth in which people of various cultures and religions are equal participants. In this way, religions need not be competitive but are complementary. We are co-pilgrims on a journey towards fuller life and communion with God. In such a common journey every faith is part of a festive delight.

The writer is a professor at Gyanodya Regional Theology Centre, Patna.

Times Of India Reference

The Greatest Disease Of Them All

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

The Greatest Disease Of Them All

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam.

These days, there is a lot of concern about killer diseases like TB, AIDS, Malaria, and so on. In recent times, even greater concern has arisen about the so-called Bird Flu. As of now, Bird Flu has not yet become a pandemic, but everywhere there is great fear that if the H5 N1 virus that is responsible for Bird Flu were to undergo one deadly mutation, then hell can break loose and millions would die in a matter of months if not weeks. Mass outbreaks of flu leading to millions of quick deaths have happened in the past and therefore the present global concern including in the WHO, is not without a basis.

Today we would like to discuss another disease, somewhat of a different kind though, but which is very dangerous and has already infected almost every single human being. And yet, the amazing thing is that hardly anyone is paying attention to it! You do not believe this? Well, read on and see if what we are trying to say is correct or not.

The disease we are referring to is called body-consciousness [BC]. At this point, a good many of you might feel cheated and possibly yawn, “Oh that? It is ridiculous and preposterous to suggest that BC is a killer like AIDS or Bird Flu. Looks like the H2H Crew has gone bananas!” Well, that is the way BC might appear to most people who have not sat down to ponder over the consequences of BC. However, we are choosing to focus special attention on BC because protection against BC is as important for the welfare of mankind, as the protection against TB, AIDS, Bird Flu etc. Allow us to explain.

We wonder how many realise that Sathya Sai Baba has discussed BC repeatedly over the decades. Would He do it if BC were not something we ought to guard ourselves against? This being the case, let’s get down to business, and examine what exactly BC is and how it can affect the individual as well as Society.

We start with Sathya Sai Baba’s reminder that every human being is actually a union of three distinct entities – the subtle Mind [M], the gross body [B], and the Eternal Atma [A] or Soul, whatever you wish to call it. That is why Sathya Sai Baba sometimes says we are all MBAs!

Agree that every human being is a conglomerate of three entities. The question now arises: “What is the hierarchy, what is the pecking order, who is the boss?” Two scenarios are possible. In scenario 1, the body along with the senses get into the driving seat and weaken the Mind. In this case, the Mind slavishly follows the body and the senses and allows itself to be dragged excessively into the external world, and that is not good.

You might wonder: “Not good? Why? What’s wrong with the so-called external world? After all, is it not God who created this world? Why then shun it? Something seems to be very cock-eyed here!” By the way, a person who is a slave to the senses is suffering from acute BC! To get back to what we were trying to say, this is the way people suffering from BC would tend to look at the entire argument.

Let us examine the whole matter a little more closely and dispassionately. We must start by asking which is more important – the transient or the Eternal. This question is not as ridiculous or irrelevant as it might appear to some people. The long term is very important and if it were not, why then all the hue and cry about the environment, the eco system, the danger to the planet and all that? Do people say: “Let’s have a ball right now, and forget about what happens to the planet? If the people who come later inherit a planet that is screwed up from top to bottom, well, that is their problem.” Do people talk like that? In fact, can we ever talk like that? Can we summarily dismiss future generations? Absolutely not! In the same way, we as “individuals” must also examine what is supposed to be our “long-term” future.

The nature of our ultimate destiny has been spelt out very clearly by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on innumerable occasions. He says:

“O man, I have granted you the invaluable blessing of human birth, not for you to fritter it away in meaningless pursuits, as in fact you are doing now, but to recognise the Divinity latent in you. Live so that this Divinity within finds expression in all aspects of your daily life. This and this alone would help you to return to your true home. From God you have come and to God you must return.”

Question: “All this is fine but what has BC got to do with all this?” Our answer is: “Everything.” You see, BC makes us think we are the body but are we? Swami conveys the same beautifully:

“You drive a car and travel. Are you the car? NO! In the same way, the body is just a car. Who is the driver? The Indweller. That Indweller is none other than the Real You. Instead of realising you are the actual owner of the car and behaving as such, you are going about acting as if you are the car. You know what happens to a car? After a few years it becomes junk and is scrapped. That’s what happens to your body! Your body may perish but the Real You will not and cannot. The moment you realise this and adjust your life to this truth, you would come to me.”

So it all boils down to this. If we do not consciously fight BC and allow ourselves to be dominated by it, then we will start hurting Society without being aware of it. There are innumerable ways in which one can hurt, starting from smoking, to offering and receiving bribes. You might ask: “How can smoking and corruption be related to BC? This is too far-fetched!” Is it? People smoke because the body craves for it. If the person is not attached to the body, would the person smoke? As for corruption, why does one pay or receive a bribe? To get some personal advantage. Why this craving? To satisfy greed, ego, etc. So once again, BC enters the picture.

If we think carefully, the explosive growth in the consumer industry is a direct result of an exponential growth in desires, which in turn is due to BC becoming more virulent than ever before. Drug addiction, alcoholism, AIDS – all these can be traced to BC. It is thus the mother of all infections! In which case, should we not give some thought to fighting it?

Sathya Sai Baba says that no matter how devoted we are to God, if we do not try to fight BC, then we are doomed to be born repeatedly and face the music, that is to say all the problems of life over and over again. In Gita Vahini, Sathya Sai Baba makes it very clear that we must live this life so that we are not born again, and that this death would be the last one. Human birth is thus a precious opportunity to escape forever, the cycle of repeated births and deaths. The question is: “Do we want to blow this opportunity?”

Think about it!

With Love and Regards,

RadioSai’s e-Journal Team,
In Sai Service.

81 Ways to Serve Mankind

Sri Sathya Sai

Sri Sathya Sai

81 Ways to Serve Mankind
Helping the Less-privileged Sections of Society

  1. Organising Narayana Seva by distributing food and clothes to needy people.
  2. Organising free food centres for needy people.
  3. Providing Amruta Kalasham (bag of food items) to needy families.
  4. Providing rugs and blankets during winter season to poor people.
  5. Providing Sai Protein to meet the nutritional needs of poor people.
  6. Organising systematic poverty alleviation schemes for the most needy sections of society by adopting needy families.
  7. Organising Grama Seva in villages for conducting programmes of total village uplift.
  8. Providing training and means of self-employment to needy people.
  9. Providing training and efficient tool kits to plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other trained professional workers to make them self-reliant.
  10. Organising self-help groups in villages for maintaining sanitation and for constructing public utility conveniences like approach roads, water storage tanks, bus shelters, etc.
  11. Constructing houses / shelters for those who are without shelter.
  12. Providing help in repairing of houses for those who live in dilapidated or unsafe houses.
  13. Setting up orphanages to take care of destitute children.
  14. Setting up old age homes for old people.
  15. Organising visits to old age homes to help aged people.
  16. Providing drinking water to people in scarcity affected areas by digging wells and setting up water supply schemes in rural and remote areas.
  17. Providing electric supply to remote areas which are still without electricity.
  18. Organising cleanliness drives in villages.
  19. Adopting villages for village uplift programmes.
  20. Providing the services of agricultural scientists to farmers at their doorstep to improve the agricultural yield.
  21. Conducting mass marriages to save on wasteful expenditure on marriages.
  22. Organising rehabilitation programmes for homeless street children.
  23. Providing tricycles to physically challenged persons to make them mobile.
  24. Conducting Seva camps during religious fairs for providing sanitation, medical aid and guidance to pilgrims.
  25. Conducting youth camps to guide the youth on the path of Seva and spirituality.
  26. Conducting youth camps to provide training in disaster management.
  27. Organising disaster management during calamities like floods, earthquakes, etc., for saving lives of people.
  28. Organising relief measures for the rehabilitation of victims of disasters.
  29. Setting up small-scale village industries for providing employment to villagers, especially the housewives to utilise their spare time and increase the income of the family.
  30. Providing electronic devices like iCARE developed by Sathya Sai Organisation of Arizona (U.S.A.) to help the visually challenged persons to read books and to identify people.
  31. Helping the villagers to make water safe for drinking by chlorination of wells and water tanks.
  32. Setting up agricultural institutes for training the children of farmers in better techniques of farming.
  33. Providing value-based education to students for proper use of water and other natural resources so as to avoid wastage.
  34. Organising tree plantation drives for planting more trees to combat deforestation.
  35. Conducting surveys in villages for providing need-based services to the villagers.
  36. Organising Bhajans, meditation and lectures in jails for the reformation of the inmates.
  37. Conducting health check-up camps and organising health education meets to prevent the spread of diseases.
  38. Putting up health education exhibitions to provide guidance to people on health education.
  39. Organising medical camps for providing free medicare to underprivileged sections of society in villages, urban slums and remote areas.
  40. Setting up free homoeopathic, ayurvedic and allopathic dispensaries to dispense medicines to needy people.
  41. Setting up hospitals for providing free medical treatment to less privileged sections of society.
  42. Setting up hospices for terminally ill patients like the one set up by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Sri Lanka
  43. Organising malaria eradication programmes like the Sainet Project started by the Sai Organisation in Kenya.
  44. Organising visits to spastic homes to help spastic children.
  45. Setting up leprosy home for rehabilitating lepers and providing treatment to them.
  46. Setting up schools for deaf and dumb children for their rehabilitation
  47. One single act of service offered to the God whom you visualise in another is worth all the years of yearning for God.
  48. Providing hearing aids and spectacles to needy people.
  49. Providing artificial limbs to needy physically challenged people.
  50. Organising medical help and counselling to mentally challenged people.
  51. Setting up schools for the visually challenged.
  52. Monitoring and improving the health and nutritional needs of expecting mothers.
  53. Providing health check-ups in schools and colleges for students.
  54. Organising special medical camps for drug de- addiction and freedom from bad habits like smoking.
  55. Visiting hospitals and distributing gifts with humility and love to patients on various festive occasions.
  56. Conducting free veterinary camps for treating domestic animals in rural areas
  57. Providing the services of livestock experts to villagers at their doorstep for improving the health of the livestock, and for the eradication of diseases of the livestock.
  58. Setting up schools, colleges and other educational institutions for providing free value-based education to students.
  59. Conducting literacy classes to eradicate illiteracy in rural areas, urban slums and other backward areas.
  60. Providing scholarships, books and other teaching and reading material to needy school children.
  61. Conducting free coaching classes for helping needy students.
  62. Constructing buildings for schools in villages with the help and cooperation of villagers.
  63. Conducting Bal Vikas classes for providing education in human values to children.
  64. Conducting seminars to provide value-orientation to school and college teachers.
  65. Conducting interfaith meetings to foster love and harmony between followers of different religions.
  66. Conducting summer courses on Indian Culture and Spirituality to spread awareness about Bharat’s cultural and spiritual heritage.
  67. Setting up forums of professionals like lawyers, professors, businessmen, doctors to provide value-orientation to professionals.
  68. Setting up exhibitions to spread the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on social service, village uplift and for spreading the values like Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema, Ahimsa in society.
  69. Conducting Pallaki Seva (palanquin processions) and Nagar Sankirtan in villages, towns and cities for the spiritual regeneration of people.
  70. Spreading awareness about the need of values in society through Ratha Yatra, seminars, conferences, etc.
  71. Organising cultural activities like dramas, Burra Katha to spread values among people.
  72. Holding exhibitions and seminars on Sathya Sai Parenting to educate the parents how to inculcate values in children.
  73. Setting up Sathya Sai Human Values Institutes to train human values teachers.
  74. Conducting Bhajan classes and Bhajan centres.
  75. Conducting spiritual retreats and Sadhana camps for the spiritual advancement of people.
  76. Conducting functions like Mass Upanayanam to initiate children on spiritual path.
  77. Conducting Yajnas for the welfare of the world and promoting the teaching and learning of Vedas by setting up Vedic schools and honouring Vedic scholars.
  78. Publishing books and magazines and producing films to make people aware of the humanitarian work of Bhagavan.
  79. Producing serials on the Life and Message of Bhagavan for broadcasting to educate people about the ideals of Bhagavan like “Love All Serve All”.
  80. Producing ACD’s VCD’s, DVD’s on the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to spread values in society.
  81. Holding meetings at local, national and international levels to propagate the ideals of morality, ethics, spirituality taught by Bhagavan.

(Reference: Sanathana Sarathi Pgs 370-373 November 2005)

XIMBians Leave An Enduring Smile In Orphans’ Life

XIMBians Leave An Enduring Smile In Orphans’ Life
Kalinga Times Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, Dec 7:

A little way off Damanna Chhak of the city, exists a little group of houses that was home to over 60 children and their caretakers. Welcome to Anand Mission Ashram, run by a group of Sathya Sai Baba devotees and maintained over the years by the kind hearted donations that keep flowing in from the generous public. The children belong to the age group of 2-17 years, with the oldest girl now taking up graduate studies in a local college.

It was with a mission of repairing their broken down computer that a group of 10 XIMB students, calling themselves Dus Bandar Class Ke Andar, ended up in the Ashram. This computer, donated by enthusiastic donors had long since been ruined by disuse and had to be replaced. But the group was so moved by the conditions within the Ashram, they decided that putting a smile on the children’s faces was just as important as repairing their computer.

The fun activities directed at the children started with movie screenings, where the latest animated Hindi movies were shown, much to their obvious delight. Diwali saw the entire group landing up in the Ashram to brighten up the Festival of Lights for the orphans with loads of firecrackers and sweets in tow, a gesture that was much appreciated by the caretakers.

Children’s Day on November 14 saw the biggest initiative in what was called `Project Smiles’, where all the children were brought down to XIMB campus. There were competitions galore, from drawing and singing competitions to lemon and spoon and musical chair competitions and lots of prizes and goodies to boot as well.

According to one of the caretakers of the Ashram, the children were totally exhausted but very, very delighted with their day of fun and frolic on the campus. Project Smiles had indeed achieved its desired impact.

When asked about what his biggest learning from the entire project was, Chandrasekhar Kartha, one of the members of the group said:

“There were a lot of Ashram centric activities that we performed, including providing a new computer so that the children can never lag behind their peers in computer education, distribution of cold weather material, provision of a netted frame over the well so that their frequent well cleaning expenses are significantly reduced and replacing water purifier candles so that they can get pure, safer drinking water.

But the biggest thing that I will remember is the pure joy in the faces of the kids as they ran around during musical chairs and the pure exhilaration they showed when playing outside in the football grounds. I am sure everyone in the group will definitely agree.”

Perhaps that is why, at the end of the term exams, the entire group is planning another trip down to meet the kids again. It is because Project Smiles has just started.


Secret Swami & Sathya Sai Baba

Indian Swami Sathya Sai Baba

– Bill Aitken’s Opinion About The “Secret Swami” Program:
Not only has the repeatedly been accused of bias, Bill Aitken (an expert in comparative religion and a travel writer) said about their program against Sathya Sai Baba:

“The latest in these so called exposes is a BBC documentary whose agenda was so predetermined to denigrate Baba that it stooped to the unethical use of a spy camera. In a last farcical gesture, the producer hired some roadside entertainers to attempt to simulate Baba’s chamatkar. The result is so ludicrous that it leaves the viewer wondering as to who is funding this bizarre display of hostile reporting. The BBC is ultimately governed by the Anglican establishment, and churches in the west are losing out financially to the appeal of the Sai Baba movement. As a commercial broadcaster, the BBC’s opting for sleaze would have the dual advantage of discrediting a rival as well as getting good audience rating. The Church of England can have no objection to programmes that weaken perceived threats—like the papacy or Hindu holy men—to its (declining) influence in the world. Posing as a lion in Asia, the BBC is a mouse in Britain. It dare not criticise public icons like the Queen, who happens to be the supremo of the Anglican church.” (Reference)

“Secret Swami” Discussed In The Asian Voice:
In an interview with an Asian Voice correspondent, Mr Ashok Bhagani (a trustee of the Sai Organisation in the UK) said that he believed the allegations in the Secret Swami BBC documentary were completely factless and baseless and have never been proved. Mr Bhagani also stated that when devotees are selected by Baba for a private interview, there is always someone else present in the room, and this is especially the case when women and children meet him (Reference).

Navin Patel, a biochemistry student at the Sathya Sai Arts College in Bangalore during the 1970s, told Asian Voice that he visited Baba’s ashram many times and studied at Baba’s college long enough to know the allegations were untrue. Patel claimed the ‘secret Swami’BBC documentary was very misleading and was based on only two westerners who had their own monetary agendas. Patel expressed the opinion that western journalists were bashing Baba collectively (Reference).

– Tanya Datta & Dr Murli Manohar Joshi In “Secret Swami” Programme:
In the “Secret Swami” documentary, Tanya Datta queried Dr Murli Manohar Joshi about an official letter (released to the general public in December 2001) signed by A.B. Vajpayee (the then Prime Minister of India), P.N. Bhagawati (Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India), Ranganath Mishra (Chair Person, National Human Rights Commissioner of India and Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India), Najma Heptulla (President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; UNDP Distinguished Human Development Ambassador) and Shivraj V. Patil (Member of Parliament, India; Formerly of the Lok Sabda & Union Minister) in which they all called the allegations against the Indian guru Satya Sai Baba “wild, reckless and concocted allegations made by certain vested interests” and that they “unequivocally condemned” the allegations as “baseless and malicious” (Reference).

– Suppressing Anti-Guru Bias In The “Secret Swami” Documentary:
Interesting enough, Khushwant Singh (an Indian Journalist consulted in the Secret Swami programme) stated in the GuruBusters video that he holds Anti-Guru and Rationalist views. Mr Singh said, “What you cannot prove by your reason, we reject…I reject God…I can only be wishful and say I hope that rationalism will thrive in this country as it has in some others.” For some mysterious reason, Mr Singh’s Anti-Guru and Rationalist views were not divulged in the Secret Swami programme.

– An Open Admission Of Bias About The “Secret Swami” Video:
Within the past 5-6 months, Andries Krugers Dagneaux (former webmaster and current “Main Representative, Supervisor and Contact” for the largest Anti-Sai Site on the internet, Reference) made several very disturbing claims that Michelle Goldberg (from, the Danish Radio (which produced the Seduced documentary), Tanya Datta (correspondent for the BBC in the production of the Secret Swami programme) and the BBC itself accepted, promoted the views of and were sympathetic with Anti-Sai Activists: Reference! It is true that Tanya Datta wrote an article promoting the Secret Swami programme in exclusive association with Basava Premanand (an atheist and long term critic & skeptic of Sathya Sai Baba since 1968). Tanya Datta also worked in close association with Premanand prior to the making of the Secret Swami programme.

– Pertaining To “Secret Swami” Witness, Mark Roche:
Mark Roche claimed in the Secret Swami documentary that he was allegedly abused once in 1976 (when he was approximately 25 years old) and maintained his devotion as a devotee to 1994 (for a period of 15 years). Strangely enough, Roche spent several weeks with Robert Priddy in 1994 and never gave any indication that he was upset with Baba or that anything was wrong. Mark Roche’s testimony came from “out of the blue” and he has neither filed a basic police complaint, court case or even a written testimony about his alleged experiences with Sathya Sai Baba (Reference).

– Pertaining To “Secret Swami” Witness, Alaya Rahm:
According to Alexandra Nagel (in her paper “Shiva Shaki”), Alaya Rahm (the prime interviewee on the Secret Swami) claimed that “on two different occasions” Sathya Sai Baba turned his penis into a vagina or made his penis disappear and then reappear. Nagel said that she personally talked to Alaya Rahm (then using the pseudonym “Sam Young”) and she obtained this first-hand testimony from him. Needless to say, nowhere else do we read this incredible (and simply unbelievable) claim from Alaya about Baba making his penis disappear and then reappear. Why not?

The testimonies of Alaya Rahm are sanitized versions of what Alaya actually encountered with Baba. In Alaya’s testimonies, Sathya Sai Baba is depicted as a human, with no paranormal powers, who is forcing Alaya into having sex with him. However, factor in the accounts that Alaya Rahm gave to Alexandra Nagel where Baba literally went from having male genitals to female genitals and things begin to appear quite different. Of course, by adding the information that Alaya gave to Nagel, many would doubt Alaya’s testimonies. Perhaps that’s why it was never mentioned. However, factoring in the miraculous genitalia change, if it were true (and why would Alaya lie about it?), one could most certainly reason that since Baba has the miraculous ability to literally change from one gender to another, his actions, no matter how sexual, cannot be equated with those of a normal human being. This is not making an excuse for what happened to Alaya. It is simply a very valid observation based on the miraculous, physical transformation that Alaya attributed to SSB, but did not discuss in his public testimonies. Some have attributed this “genitalia switch” to Baba being a hermaphrodite. However, if we are to truly believe the accounts made by Alaya, Sathya Sai Baba had a fully functional penis as Alaya claimed he saw it.

As a matter of fact, Keith Ord gave a very compelling sexual encounter with Sathya Sai Baba that Anti-Sai Sites refuse to list in their sexual abuse section. Why? Because Keith Ord talked about Sathya Sai Baba literally morphing his penis into a vagina! Keith Ord specifically said that Baba was not a hermaphrodite, but that Baba literally changed his penis into a vagina. Of course, this claim makes Keith Ord’s alleged sexual encounter with Baba sound crazy, which is why it is not listed under ExBaba’s sexual abuse section. Furthermore, David Bailey accepted Keith Ord’s story, but snipped out the “penis turned vagina” section because Bailey knew it would cast serious doubt on Keith Ord’s credibility. If Keith Ord’s testimony is seen as being unbelievable (because of the “genital switch” story), why is Alaya Rahm’s not seen as being the same?

Consequently, we are presented with the possiblities that either Alaya Rham lied about his experiences or Sathya Sai Baba has the miraculous ability to change his gender at will. Which scenario sounds more plausible?

In “Response To Form Interrogatories” in Alaya Rahm’s self-dismissed lawsuit against the Sathya Sai Baba Society (Form Interrogatory No. 6.3, Set One) Alaya Rahm fully admitted that he had been a daily user of illegal street drugs and alcohol since at least 1999 – 2005. Consequently, during Alaya Rahm’s “Divine Downfall” and India Today Anti-Sai interviews and during the filming of the BBC Documentary “Secret Swami” and the “Seduced By Sai Baba” Danish Documentary, Alaya Rahm was under the influence of illegal street drugs and alcohol while relating his alleged sexual encounters with Sathya Sai Baba. This crucial information wholly undermines Alaya Rahm’s credibility and irreparably compromises the integrity of his claims. Needless to say, this information has been purposely suppressed from the general public by Anti-Sai Activists, the Rahm Family and the media (Ref).



Hysteric Crowds Force Sai Baba To Differ Viwa Rupa

HYDERABAD :Hysteric crowds and overhanging clouds persuaded Sri Satya Sai Baba to postpone his promised Vishwarupa darshanam on Thursday evening. There was chaos at the Puttaparthi airport after Sai Baba devotees thronged the premises to witness the Vishwarupa darshanam of their master.

They returned disappointed. Sai Baba had earlier given darshan to his devotees at Sai Kulwant hall in Puttaparthi. After the bhajan, he told his assistant Anil Kumar that he would give Vishwarupa darshanam at around 7 pm on the northeastern direction of the airport.

As soon as Mr Anil Kumar announced this, devotees ran towards the airport chanting his name. Television channels also telecast the news and people in Puttaparthi locked up their houses and ran towards the airport. Thousands also rushed to the area from surrounding villages.

All the devotees crowding the area focused their attention on the northeastern direction in the sky. In a fit of devotion, some of them surrounded the car of Sai Baba and he could not come out. Devotees did not relent even after members of Satya Sai Trust urged them to sit down. Instead, they ran after the car.

A small stage was set up before the car for Viswarupa Darshanam but Sai Baba could not reach the stage as devotees prostrated before him. He was forced to remain in the car for about an hour.

A short while later, the office-bearers of the Satya Sai Trust announced that the Viswarupa Darsanam was postponed because of the non-cooperation of devotees and the cloudy weather. Sai Baba then returned to his Ashram. Sai Baba devotees in other countries also called up their friends and relatives in Puttaparthy to find out about the incident.

Because of the rush, traffic on the road from Puttaparthy to the airport was thrown out of gear. At one stage, doors of the airport had to be closed. Police finally cleared the traffic to enable Sai Baba to return to his Ashram. Most devotees expressed disappointment at not being able to see the Viswarupa Darsanam.


SriLankan Holidays religious tours to India

SriLankan Holidays’ is introducing religious tours retracing the steps of prophets and pilgrims, re-living ancient legends and re-discovering faith.

“We currently offer religious tour packages for the major religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, mainly into India as well as into the Middle East and France,” General Manager of SriLankan Holidays, Amith Sumanapala, said.

SriLankan Holidays offers pilgrims organised tours and affordable, convenient travel, supported by SriLankan Airlines strong network of 51 destinations.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya in North India where the Buddha attained enlightenment is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations. SriLankan Holidays Bodh Gaya Buddhist Tour also includes visits to Delhi, Varanasi, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal. SriLankan Holidays also offers tours to Puttaparthi, once a sparsely populated village, now famous the world over as the birthplace and home of modern day prophet Sri Satya Sai Baba.

For Hindu devotees, SriLankan Holidays offers two tours into India, the cradle of Hinduism – the Tirupathi Temple Tour – also in Andhra Pradesh and a tour to the sacred Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala.

The packages for Christian in India include Goa, which has magnificent churches that date back to the days of the Portuguese.Goa is also the resting place of patron saint Francis Xavier.

The Vailankanny Church in India also attracts pilgrims who believe that the Virgin Mary appeared here with the infant Jesus in the late 16th century.

For Muslims a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia is a lifelong goal. SriLankan Holidays offers total packages for the Umrah pilgrimage outside of the period of Hajj and Ramadan, including a visit to Medina.


How Sai became Atlanta’s Swami

Psychiatry and Neurology News
ATLANTA DIARY | Meeta Chaitanya Bhatnagar
June 7, 2005

When you are ready, Swami, or the teacher appears – this is a maxim that has as many sources of origin as it has interpretations. Atlanta was ready for the appearance of (or as close to it as one could muster) Sri Sathya Sai Baba – Swami, Baba, Sai Ram to his followers and a humanitarian to all those who know about his life and works. The Atlanta chapter of ‘The Sri Sathya Sai Organization’, a non-profit, global, spiritual organisation devoted to practising the message of Sathya Sai, organised a public meeting on his exemplary life, teachings, and social endeavours in the fields of education, medicine and public
service on Saturday, June 04, 2005 at the prestigious Cobb Galleria.

The programme that was open to all and that specifically refrained from monetary solicitation of any kind was enthusiastically welcomed by the followers of Sathya Sai here in Atlanta as also others who espoused avid interest in learning more about this visionary leader and relentless ‘servant of all humanity’ as he calls himself.

The two-hour long event included messages from two eminent speakers – Dr Samuel Sandweiss and Dr Philip Gosselin, and screening of a film which focuses on the humanitarian projects of Sathya Sai Baba in Andhra Pradesh. Dr Philip Gosselin, a psychologist in private practice and former Director of Behavioural Medicine at Franklin Medical Centre, MA, has been a member of the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of the United States since its inception in 1975. He currently serves as its President.

Gosselin, who spent two years in Sathya Sai’s Ashram in the early 1970s, spoke about the compelling need of Sai’s devotees to spread his message of universal love. He spoke about the amazing grace of his Swami as he calls Sai, in encouraging people to become better individuals following the faith they choose to follow. He said, “Swami asks Christians to be better Christians, Hindus to be better Hindus…The only religion he says, is that of Love.”

Dr Samuel Sandweiss, the second speaker, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and has been a practicing psychiatrist for 35 years. Sandweiss is on the Sathya Sai Baba Council since 1975 as well. He is also the author of the book ‘Sai Baba: The Holy Man and the Psychiatrist’.

Sandweiss spoke of his own personal metamorphosis from an enquirer into a devotee and of the tangible, external works that have been conceived and overseen by the holy leader.

His talk was followed by the screening of the film, ‘His Work’. The meeting was organised with the precision and humility that comes from truly believing in what one does. Even though it was a quasi-spiritual gathering, it remained imbued with subtle dignity due to the conscientious lack of overt campaigning or canvassing. For the Diaspora, many of whom do believe in the saintliness of Sai, the meeting was indicative of honour bestowed upon an Indian teacher, leader, and guru if you will 10,000 miles away from home, by people who are not Indian by birth but by choice.

The meeting was more than a spiritual platform for the preaching of the faith fostered by the pious leader from Puttaparthy and even the most stoic of listeners was moved by the sheer simplicity and simultaneous poignancy of the message of this Swami (or teacher) – for that is the aspect that stands out most significantly about him – the fact that he can inspire millions of people across the world to the most fundamental of all positive human actions – service to all – without any didactic pretentiousness.

Many of us look for an elusive, complex, utterly fascinating and decidedly esoteric answer to the puzzle that life is. We look towards scriptures and sects, religion and ritual, Sanskrit and the Delphi for answers to questions that are beyond the physics of ordinary comprehension. Whether or not we find them in our own faith or lack of it – this man, who is all but 5-feet tall and who hails from a rudimentary village hundred miles off the outsourcing capital of the world has not only found his own centre but has also drawn many relentless believers in the creed of humanity towards and beyond himself.

In an age of prudential scientific questioning and enduring practicality, some say it is hard enough to find God – the omnipresent. To be smitten by a man – albeit an extraordinary man – is therefore perplexing and fascinating at once. Whether or not he is God incarnate is indeed debatable, but that he is godly is beyond question. To question as we do is human, to do what he does is divine – even for humans.


Fraudulent Pedophilia/Pedophile Ring & Child Sexual Abuse Claims

Anti-Sai Activists wage an unremitting smear campaign against Sathya Sai Baba that accuses him of “serial pedophilia” and the sexual abuse of “boys” and “children”. These comments are fallacious, unsustantiated and wholly untrue. “Pedophilia” is the sexual abuse or exploitation of a boy, girl or child 12/13 years of age or younger (Ref). TO DATE: There are no testimonies or complaints from boys, children or parents of children that support the erroneous claim that Sathya Sai Baba is a pedophile/paedophile who engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with any child 12/13 years of age or younger.

As a matter of fact, the youngest, non-anonymous testimony came from Jed Geyerhahn, a 16 year-old teenager who claimed he received a non-sexual “oiling” (and kept going back over and over again to see the Indian Guru until he became disenfranchised). All other alleged victims were 18 years of age or older (Reference). This goes to show how those inimical towards Satya Sai Baba resort to cheap propaganda, bold-faced untruths and blatant disinformation because the truth simply does not argue in their favor.

Barry Pittard submitted a vicious and defamatory article on the “” website and falsely stated: “U.S. State Department Names Sathya Sai Baba Re Pedophile Accusations” (Reference). Needless to say, this comment is wholly untrue and a gutter fabrication. Read the real story behind the US State Department Advisory and how they removed all indirect references about Sathya Sai Baba from their official website.

On there is a comments section entitled “Sai Baba: Pedophile or God incarnate?” in which people posted several comments about Sathya Sai Baba being a “homosexual pedophile”. Neeless to say, Michelle Goldberg purposely suppressed her hidden bias in her article entitled “Untouchable?” See For Yourself.

TO DATE: There have been no public testimonies, affidavits, grievances, police complaints, court cases or the like filed against Sathya Sai Baba for alleged acts of sexual impropriety with “kids”, “children” or “boys”. Despite all the allegations of “pedophilia”, not even one critic, skeptic, rationalist, journalist or media has been able to confirm or verify even one single instance of “paedophilia” against Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Ex-Devotees love to boast about all the negative media against Sathya Sai Baba (which they claimed they accomplished through unremitting “e-bombing” campaigns). Despite all these “notable” media organizations and journalists investigating and reporting the alleged “pedophile” issue for 10+ years, no one can confirm or verify even one case of “pedophilia” against Sai Baba. This proves that the paedophile allegations against Sathya Sai Baba are based on lies, deceit, dishonesty, rumors, gossip, conspiracy theories and hearsay accounts.

Anti-Sai Activists are shameless liars and deceivers who are tying to expose Satya Sai Baba by resorting to calumny, ridicule, libel and deceit. Those opposing Satya Sai Baba lack the most basic integrity and their bittereness and vindictiveness are clearly evident in their error-filled and ever-so-inaccurate writings.


Anura to meet Sonia

National Heritage Minister Anura Bandaranaike will leave for India tomorrow evening to engage in a private audience with Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Bangalore.

Minister Bandaranaike is also scheduled to proceed to New Delhi where he will meet with political leaders at the Centre.

It is reported that Minister Bandaranaike will also have a one-to-one meeting with Congress Party Leader Sonia Gandhi.