He Knows Every Letter To The Letter

Sathya Sai Baba Omniscience

Sathya Sai Baba Omniscience


He Knows Every Letter To The Letter
By Sri K. Suresh
– A Former Student of Swami’s Institute.

It was a serene evening in the Mandir during the rainy season of 1990. Sathya Sai Baba had completed His usual Darshan rounds and had called some devotees for interview. All the students were eagerly waiting for Sathya Sai Baba to come out and spend some time with them. They were surprised by the sudden brush of a cool breeze that heralded soothing showers.

It was the time when the Sai Kulwant Hall had not yet been built. To those directly exposed to the scalding rays of the sun, the rain was a welcome relief. To the students it meant a blanket permit to rush forward and occupy the front portico of the Mandir. It was a vantage spot as it gave us the advantage to be very close to the interview room door so that when Swami came out, His gaze in our direction was guaranteed. I was then in my second year of the MBA programme. Along with another brother of mine I was blessed to secure a strategic spot in the front portico. From here we had a clear view of Sathya Sai Baba’s throne in the Bhajan Hall.

As the rain persisted without any respite, I began reading a book on Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles in Africa. I was particularly drawn to an incident where two of the devotees who were driving a car on an express way at speeds over 110 km/h suddenly met with an accident. Their car was thrown out of the express way and into the bushes. The car was totally smashed and there was no chance that its occupants would survive such a crash. The devotees in the car however had taken the Lord’s Name on their lips at the critical juncture and had escaped unscathed. They were nonplussed and thanked Sathya Sai Baba for His Omnipresence. I was quite overwhelmed by this incident and happened to share it with the brother beside me. I couldn’t but help remark – ‘Look Swami is in Africa also’.

African Avathar
Some moments later the interview room door opened. Sathya Sai Baba came out and stood on the upper portico of the verandahh in the Mandir. He paused and looked at me and my brother for a few seconds. I looked at Sathya Sai Baba with reverence. Suddenly Sathya Sai Baba asked the students sitting in front of me to make way. A path was made for Sathya Sai Baba in the tightly packed verandahh. Before I could realise Swami walked straight up to me and then paused. Gazing into my eyes He remarked – “Dunnapotha! You are talking in the verandah.”

Then after a small pause He continued, “I am here. I am in Africa. I am everywhere.” Saying this, He walked away with a nonchalant gait. Do I have to say anymore?

Six years later while I was in search for a job, a Singapore based multinational company hired me and sent me on my first assignment to guess where: West Africa ! It has been six sweet years in Africa. I have been blessed to get involved in the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation here as an office bearer. I try to serve the Lord in my own little way, feeling and experiencing His constant Presence and Guidance.

One important truth that we, His students, must cherish always in our hearts is His Omnipresence. Wherever we are, we need to conduct ourselves accordingly. Sathya Sai Baba is our Inner Soul. He is always with us, in us and around us. The awareness of this truth suffices to boost our confidence and help mould our lives in the right direction.

Heart to Heart
During my student days at Sathya Sai Baba’s Lotus Feet, I learnt a lot through innumerable such instances. Many times it happened that Sathya Sai Baba would refuse to accept a letter from me and I used to feel completely dejected. On one such occasion, Sathya Sai Baba gave me the ‘cold storage’ treatment by not accepting my letter for many days at a stretch. One fine day, He suddenly called me and literally grabbed the letter from my hands. Even without opening the letter, He went on to reveal its contents and concluded with a great revelation, ‘I need not go through your letter to know its contents. The prayer in your heart reaches me instantaneously, even before you pen down your thoughts.’

To be frank, after this incident I reduced the ‘written mail’ and instead concentrated on heartfelt prayers. This is what Sathya Sai Baba implies when He exhorts us to develop ‘a heart to heart relationship’ with Him.

I Shall Write Anew
On another occasion, Sathya Sai Baba walked up to where I was seated, looked into my eyes and said ‘Faithkaawali raa’ in Telugu, which means – ‘You need Faith’. Putting His hand on His forehead He went on ‘If you have faith in Me, I shall wipe out your old Karma and write a new one. But faith is required.’

Sathya Sai Baba is Premaswaroopa. Just pure, unsullied Love on two Feet. He loves His students so much. His love for us is unfathomable and indescribable. Let me share a very cherished incident in my life.

Baba’s Bangra Boys
It was the time of Sathya Sai Baba’s 60th Birthday in the year 1985. A group of 25 boys, which included me, were selected to perform the Bhangra dance before Sathya Sai Baba’s chariot as it made its way from the Mandir to the Shanti Vedika in the Hill View Stadium. We had practised more for a stage performance rather than for a procession in front of Sathya Sai Baba’s chariot. But then, Sathya Sai Baba’s message came on the evening of November 22nd that we need to be prepared for the procession the next day. All of us were too tired because of various activities on 21st and 22nd November. But we had Sathya Sai Baba in our hearts.

Though we slept very late on 22nd night, all of us got up by 3 a.m. on 23rd morning and managed to reach Mandir before 3.30 a.m. Even at that time, all the streets of Puttaparthi were overflowing with devotees moving towards the Mandir. We managed to squeeze through the crowd. We were tired and by the time we reached Mandir we were already feeling drowsy. But nevertheless, we started dressing up and were ready by 6 a.m. for the procession. The procession was scheduled to commence at 7 a.m.

Students Come First
Sathya Sai Baba had already come out at 6 a.m. He then summoned all of us, the Bhangra group boys, into the Bhajan Hall. We were quietly dressing up at the car shed behind the Mandir when we received this message. We rushed into the Bhajan Hall. Sathya Sai Baba then enquired from us whether we were ready for the procession and we replied in the affirmative. Then Sathya Sai Baba said ‘Oh no! You boys did not have anything to eat or drink since morning and you need to be in the procession for at least one and half hours.’

While everybody including the VVIPs were waiting for Sathya Sai Baba to come out for Darshan, Sathya Sai Baba was inside the Bhajan Hall, catering to the little needs of His little ones. Sathya Sai Baba then sent someone to bring breakfast for us from the canteen and ensured that we had had our fill. He also went into His room and got apples for us to partake. All the while Sathya Sai Baba was waiting for us to say, “We are ready Swami, we can start”. At about 7 a.m. when all of us were ready, Sathya Sai Baba put on His white robe and walked up to the chariot and stood on it while the first golden rays of the rising sun fell on the Divine Lotus Feet. The procession started with us performing ahead of His chariot. By His Grace everything went on well. In that huge crowd we were thrown around like puppets. But for Sathya Sai Baba’s Love and Grace in the morning, we could not have performed the dance. That is the Love of Sathya Sai Baba for His students. Students always come first for Him.

Spiritual Practice in Business
Such incidents are unlimited. Each one of His students have baskets-full of such stories to narrate. The underlying theme is Love, Love and Love alone. Sathya Sai Baba loves us so intensely and expects us to share this love with the people around us in the same way. He wants us to look at the unifying principle that binds us all. We need to start in our own little way to practise what Sathya Sai Baba says. I would like to state how this has helped me in my day to day business.

When I deal with my customers I feel that it is the same Sathya Sai Baba who is also in them and that I need to approach them with the right attitude and love in my heart. This has always given me an upper hand to solve the most difficult issues which could not be handled by others. When I am at peace, have Sathya Sai Baba in my heart and look at my opponent as a reflection of the same Being, positive vibes are generated and that gives me a cutting edge. While other preparations are definitely required for a good negotiation, positive attitude and good vibes can change the whole negotiating atmosphere. In the corporate world, my company calls negotiation and wheeling as dealing skills. I am ranked highest on these skills in my company. But for me the real skill is ‘Love in the heart’.

I end this article here with a small prayer to Swami……

“Dear Lord, Let our Hearts overflow with Divine Love for Thee at all times.”

Reference

Water Education For African Cities

Sathya Sai Baba And Water Eduation

Sathya Sai Baba And Water Education

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Philosophy and Methodology of Education with a Focus on Water Education for African Cities
by Victor Krishna Kanu

IN THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED book “Water – the Elixir of Life”, documenting many drinking water projects of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba during the last decade, we read:

“Next to air, water is the element most essential to sustain human life. It is therefore no wonder that in ancient times, people in all societies revered water as a wonderful gift of God. Almost all major religions have an important place for water in their rituals; these involve cleansing, blessing, ablutions of various kinds and offerings accompanied by the pouring of water.”

Water as a Basic Element
According to the story of creation in the Bible (Genesis 1: V1-2), we are told: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth ….. the earth was without form ……. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. This shows the part played by water in the beginning and sustenance of life as perceived by Bible believers.

Truly, water is sacred and must be treated as such by all its users. Yet, there are billions of people on this planet to whom good drinking water is not available or accessible.

Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project India
Responding to the dire needs of the people of the scarcity affected regions of Andhra Pradesh, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba declared in March 1995 that He was going to provide drinking water to the villagers who had been the victims of acute drinking water shortages for more than a century. Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project was thus started which has provided water to millions of villagers of Anantapur, Medak, Mahboobnagar, East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh during the last 10 years. It has also met the acute drinking water shortage of the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. All this was possible through the unlimited love and grace of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to all mankind. As He Himself says: “I am always ready to help you and serve you. You may belong to any village or any district ……… I do not have any feelings of difference – religious, regional or national. I do not go by the position of the people or the place to which they belong. All are the same to Me and I serve all equally”. Bhagavan’s example of His concern for the supply of water is being replicated by many countries of the world.

Water in African Cities Project
There exist many dissimilarities in African countries in terms of size, water resources, water management styles, economic differentials, social and environmental norms related to water, etc. Yet their national goals and objectives are basically similar. They all have, as their main goal, the provision of adequate cost- effective and good water supply for all (the economic and social dimensions of water). In cognizance of the fact that these goals cannot be achieved in isolation, these countries have, as complementary goals, the maintenance of a good environment, avoidance of water wastage and pollution, prevention of vandalism and illegal connections; discouraging late or non- payment of water bills, non-tampering of water meters, prevention of water riots and water wars, eradication of corruption and enhancement of adequate sanitation and better hygiene practices through technical and regulatory measures. In pursuit of their goals and objectives, the African cities have been using different strategies as leverages towards the realisation of their national goals. Overall, these strategies have not produced the desired results of reaching national goals and objectives. This is because of the absence of second tower that lays emphasis on the transformation of attitudes and behavioural patterns of water users and providers. UN-HABITAT have for a long time been searching for a tool or mechanism that will enrich and strengthen Water Education strategies in Africa.

Human Values Approach to Water Education in Africa
The introduction of the water education initiative was preceded by an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) convened by UN-HABITAT in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Swedish International Water Institute (SIWI) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 30th April to 2nd May 2001. The meeting brought together international and regional experts on education, curriculum development, urban development, water resources management and NGOs active in water education. The objectives of the meeting were to share information on the ongoing water problem in Africa, develop a broad consensus among all stakeholders with regards to the most effective strategy for introducing Water Education in-African cities, agree on sharing of responsibility for project implementation by different partners and develop an action plan for the project implementation.

An important outcome of the Expert Group Meeting was the consensus acceptance of the paper presented by the Director of the African Institute of Sathya Sai Education (TAISSE) with the title “Water Education: A Human Values Approach” which was, in fact, a reproduction of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s philosophy and methodology of Human Values Education in its pristine form. The recommendation arising therefrom was the pursuance of a Human Values Approach to introducing Water Education for African children and communities.
Understanding Water Education

What is Water Education? From the point of view of the Human Values approach, Water Education is not just about water literacy (knowledge of the science of water, types, sources, uses, treatment, management and its associated problems, etc). These are, of course, important tangibles. However, Water Education is also about intangible things that are equally important. These include people’s perceptions of water, the level of their consciousness towards water usage, awareness of their civic responsibilities towards water, cultural beliefs and practices in relation to water. In short, it is about Human Values – about the country’s sense of duty, the obligations members have to each other, to the use of water itself and to future generations.

A country’s sense of duty ought to be strengthened through Human Values Education towards the management of water and other resources which took billions of years to develop and yet, which would be diminished or exhausted within a relatively short period of time.

There is, thus, a compelling need for the introduction of Human Values in Water Education as a complimentary to the existing technical and regulatory measures in water demand management. In this manner, Water Education will stand firmly on the twin towers of water literacy and Human Values – their understanding, commitment and practice.

The Expert Group noted that Water Education should aim at promoting a better understanding of water as a key social, economic and environmental resource and should facilitate the emergence of a new water management ethic on the continent. It is observed that the introduction and implementation of Value- based Water Education (VBWE) through formal, non-formal and informal channels of learning, especially through the use of the curriculum is a promising strategy to bring about a positive and lasting change in attitude and behaviour towards water at all levels of society.

Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (VBWSHE)
Having been inspired by the successful implementation of Bhagavan’s Values Education programme at the African Institute of Sathya Sai Education (TAISSE), Ndola, Zambia, many countries in Africa today are involved in Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (VBWSHE) programmes.

In 2002, TAISSE was contracted for two years by UN-HABITAT to implement the first phase of Value- based Water Education (VBWE) in six African counties. By the grace of Bhagavan, this was successfully completed in 2004. Impressed with the effectiveness of the values programme in the six African countries, the UN-HABITAT again asked TAISSE in 2005 to implement the second phase of the Value-based Water Education programme to include Sanitation and Hygiene Education, known as Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (VBWSHE) in twelve African countries. This Cooperation Agreement will end in 2007. This is indeed a major contribution of Bhagavan’s education programme, which is essentially philanthropic in its nature, to the upliftment of the African continent.

Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Project Zambia
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s water projects in India have inspired Sai Education Trust (SET) of Zambia to follow Sathya Sai Baba’s example in the provision of drinking water to the poor. In a small way, the Trust, in May 2005, embarked on the task of providing free clean drinking water to disadvantaged townships surrounding Sri Sathya Sai School, Ndola, Zambia. Ten bore-holes ranging between 60 and 97 metres deep with submersible and hand pumps were drilled in five townships where people had been greatly disadvantaged for centuries past in terms of good drinking water. The sprouting out of water and the simultaneous response of many children as expressed in their shouting and clapping was a moving experience.

There is no doubt that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will forever remain a powerful role model in the provision of water to the less-privileged people of the world.

Sourced: Sanathana Sarathi pgs 344 to 347 – November 2005

Sai Baba Documentary On South African TV

Sai Baba Documentary On South African TV
Published:Jun 07, 2009

The first South African-made documentary on Sathya Sai Baba will be screened on SABC2’s Issues of Faith today.

One God, Many Paths, to be shown between 9am and 10am, explores the life and teachings of Sathya Sai Baba, regarded as an avatar (a heavenly being who came to earth to show humankind the path to God).

African Lotus Productions, a local production company, made the documentary in India during Christmas last year.

It contains exclusive interviews with devotees, including Prof Anil Kumar, Sai Baba’s official translator; Sylvia Alden, an American who co-ordinated the Christmas programme; and Dr Rajan Cooppan, president of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Council of South Africa.

Producer Suda Sing said the documentary, shot at Prashanthi Nilayam, the headquarters of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, would also feature the avatar’s gift of “materialising” jewellery.

“While I was there, at the end of one of the sessions, Sai Baba waved his hand and a necklace with a pendant appeared. That we captured on camera,” said Sing.

He said he approached the documentary with scepticism. But “it fills you with so much heart. You can’t help but believe what you see there.”

The Times Reference

Gold Trophy For Sathya Sai School In Ndola Zambia in 2005

Gold Trophy For Sathya Sai School In Ndola Zambia in 2005

Sai Ram to you all Brothers and Sisters:

I am pleased to inform you that Sathya Sai School of Ndola has been awarded the International Gold Star Award for Quality in terms of leadership, innovation, training and excellence in education. We received this precious trophy at an international gala dinner at the prestigious Hotel Concorde, La Fayette in Paris on 30th May 2005. Only Sathya Sai Baba could have made this possible.

Attached please find the scanned copies of the trophy and certificate.

Kind regards

VICTOR-KRISHNA KANU

Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2005 2:31 AM by Suresh Bachheta

Zambia Sathya Sai School Certificate

Zambia Sathya Sai School Certificate


Zambia Sathya Sai School Trophy

Zambia Sathya Sai School Trophy

Sathya Sai Baba And Idi Amin – The Facts

Sathya Sai Baba And Idi Amin – The Facts

Robert Priddy & Barry Pittard’s Sleaze Campaigns Against Sathya Sai Baba:
It should come as no surprise that the ex-devotees and “sleaze extraordinaires”, Robert Priddy & Barry Pittard, published even more complete disinformation about Sathya Sai Baba and Idi Amin on their Anti-Sai WordPress blogs and Anti-Sai websites.

Facts About Sathya Sai Baba’s Brief Encounter With Idi Amin:
It is a fact that Sathya Sai Baba visited East Africa for 14 days in 1968 mostly due to the prayers and persistence of the Sai devotee Dr. Chotabhai G. Patel of Kampala, Uganda.

Because Dr. Patel was the personal doctor for Idi Amin, he was able to secure escorts and general security at various public meetings where numerous high-ranking officials and vast crowds gathered for the darshan of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The security helped mobilize and control the massive crowds and ensured that Sathya Sai Baba and his contingent were allowed to travel to various places in Africa without incident. About Sathya Sai Baba’s trip to Uganda, Narayana Kasturi (a personal aide to the guru who accompanied him on the trip) wrote in Sathyam Sivam Sundaram:

N. Kasturi: Baba’s Presence at Kampala was utilized by many for receiving blessings and counsel. The High Commissioner of India, Shri K.P.R. Singh, the Chief of Staff of the Uganda Army, General Idi Amin, the Minister of Defense, Mr. Onama, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Ojira, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Bataringaya, the Inspector of Police, Mr. Oryema, and other African leaders met Him at Dr. Patel’s residence and obtained a glimpse of the Glory of Baba. During His stay He addressed gatherings of lions and rotarians, doctors, businessmen, and members and workers of service organizations. He replied with His natural gentleness, sweetness and sense of humor, even intimate personal questions from those who participated. Towards the close of each of the meetings, He moved among the participants creating and distributing to those around Him portraits in enamel or gold, of Christ for the Christians, Guru Nanak for the Sikhs, Zarathustra for the Parsis, and of Himself for those who yearned for them. He spoke lovingly and for long to a group of students from Makrere University and stood amidst them, when they wanted a photograph with Him. (Reference)

Many people (including Idi Amin) posed for pictures with the illustrious guru from India. Robert Priddy (a conspiracist, fanatic and extremist) posted a known picture of Sathya Sai Baba with Idi Amin and maliciously and fraudulently claimed that Idi Amin was a “devotee” of Sathya Sai Baba and that Idi Amin had a picture of Sathya Sai Baba hanging on the wall of his residence.

Fraudulent Claims About Idi Amin By Robert Priddy

Fraudulent Claims About Idi Amin By Robert Priddy


First and foremost, Idi Amin posed with Sathya Sai Baba at the residence of Dr. Chotabhai G. Patel, hence the picture of the guru on the wall. The picture was not taken at Idi Amin’s residence as falsely claimed by Robert Priddy. About Robert Priddy’s absurd claim that Idi Amin was a “devotee” of Sathya Sai Baba, Robert Priddy has been unable to substantiate this blind assumption with any credible, verifiable or plausible references, sources or materials. Robert Priddy relies entirely on conspiracy.

  • At no time did Idi Amin declare himself a “devotee” of Sathya Sai Baba, nor are there any known statements, records or documents where Idi Amin publicly expressed devotion to Sathya Sai Baba.
  • Although Idi Amin was very vocal about his beliefs, there are no known statements, records or documents where Idi Amin made a single reference to Sathya Sai Baba or any Indian guru.
  • Idi Amin was Muslim, claimed his Muslim heritage, visited Mosques, encouraged Muslim organizations and openly professed himself a Muslim. Idi Amin even visited Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi in Libya. Once again, there are no known statements, records or documents where Idi Amin made any mention (directly, indirectly or otherwise) to any Indian Guru.
  • Idi Amin held contempt for Indians and expelled them from Uganda. If Idi Amin was truly “devoted” to an Indian Guru, why would he treat Indians so abhorrently?
  • Idi Amin expelled all Asians from Uganda as the result of instructions he claimed he received from God in a dream. Robert Priddy insinuated that the dream was given to Idi Amin by Sathya Sai Baba. If this were true, why are there no known statements, records or documents from Idi Amin praising Sathya Sai Baba as the “God” of his dream?
  • At no time after Sathya Sai Baba’s trip to Uganda did Idi Amin visit or have contact again with Sathya Sai Baba. There are no known meetings or correspondence between Idi Amin and Sathya Sai Baba besides their brief encounter in Africa in July 1968.
  • Sathya Sai Baba’s brief encounter with Idi Amin occurred in 1968, before Amin became a ruthless dictator and before Amin committed the atrocities attributed to him.

Consequently, when Robert Priddy alleged that Idi Amin was a “devotee” of Sathya Sai Baba, he lied. Robert Priddy’s unsupported claims reveal his fanatic and extremist mindset.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Prophecy Regarding Idi Amin:
According to both Dr. Chotabhai G. Patel and Dr. D.J. Ghadia, Sathya Sai Baba told various devotees in 1968 that foreigners would be asked to leave Uganda in four years time and that they should relocate. In 1968, life in Uganda was very peaceful and very few people had reason to believe Sathya Sai Baba. Four years later, in 1972, Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Asians from Uganda. Dr. D.J. Ghadia said in his book Sai Smaran that Dr. C.G. Patel told him that those who did not heed Sathya Sai Baba’s words in 1968, only then came to realize the significance of his warning.

Robert Priddy Knew About Sathya Sai Baba’s Encounter With Idi Amin While A Sai Devotee:
Robert Priddy fully acknowledged that he was well aware of Sathya Sai Baba’s visit to Uganda and Sathya Sai Baba’s brief encounter with Idi Amin and said:

…One story about Sai Baba and Idi Amin circulated in the Sai movement during the near two decades when I was the national leader for Norway in the Sathya Sai Organisation…

When Robert Priddy was a Sai Devotee for 17-26 years, he did not see anything inappropriate or sinister about Sathya Sai Baba’s visit to Uganda and his brief encounter with Idi Amin. After defecting from the Sai Movement, however, Robert Priddy would have us believe that Sathya Sai Baba supported a ruthless dictator, “lent himself to Idi Amin’s extreme black supremacist stance”, had “secret meetings” with Idi Amin and that Idi Amin was a “devotee”. Needless to say, the most important question left unanswered is: Why was Robert Priddy devoted to Sathya Sai Baba for 17-26 years (even hailing the guru as God Incarnate and the Avatar of the Age) if Sathya Sai Baba truly supported Idi Amin? After all, Robert Priddy studied Sathya Sai Baba’s life and teachings to such an extent, he egotistically boasted that no one could better his knowledge about Sathya Sai Baba. Robert Priddy said:

I knew his own words extremely well from my more intensive 20-year study and constant detailed indexing of his discourses, and I never happened across anyone in the Sai movement during 20 years who could better my knowledge of his actual words and teaching…

This statement is very revealing and shows how Robert Priddy’s alleged devotion to Sathya Sai Baba was actually some sort of egotistical competition in which he viewed himself as intellectually superior to all others.  Robert Priddy actually believed that he alone was an expert when it came to Sathya Sai Baba’s “actual words and teachings” although he could not read, write or understand Telugu (Sathya Sai Baba’s native language)! Talk about delusions grandeur and self-importance!

About Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings, Robert Priddy said in Chapter 22 of his Pro-Sai book Source Of The Dream:

“No one to my knowledge gives such directly simple, yet deceptively deep and subtle, answers to the most enigmatic of questions, nor does so in more straightforward and powerfully-convincing ways than does Baba…No spiritually-interested person who reads Sai discourses or writings can fail to be impressed by the clarity and simplicity of these teachings, which bear comparison with any known higher spiritual teaching…Some insights surpass those to be found in any scripture or comparable work known, at least, to the present writer…”

A rock-solid endorsement to the impressive and striking power of Sathya Sai Baba’s teaching by the self-professed expert who “never happened across anyone in the Sai movement during 20 years who could better his knowledge of Sathya Sai Baba’s actual words and teaching”!

Robert Priddy also loves to bash Sai Devotees as being gullible, naive, stupid, brainwashed, unconvincing, dummylike, egotistical, blind, superstitious, childish, etc. (the list of slurs goes on and on). Of course, the amusing ramification to these accusations against Sai Devotees is that Robert Priddy (the supreme Sai devotee who knew Sathya Sai Baba’s actual words and teaching better than everyone else) must have possessed all these negative qualities when he was a gullible, naive, stupid, brainwashed, unconvincing, dummylike, egotistical, blind, superstitious and childish Sai Devotee for 17-26 years!

Professor G Venktaraman’s Reasonable Comments About Idi Amin:

Venkataraman: Many are the slanted items planted in the article that I am referring to. Here is an example. It is stated that Sai Baba gives interviews to major criminals like Idi Amin of Uganda. Consider the facts. In 1968, Swami went to East Africa. He flew from Bombay into Nairobi in Kenya.

He hardly spent any time there because His destination was Kampala in Uganda where He went because of persistent invitations from a devotee [now no more] named Dr. Patel. As you might be aware, Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, and the country extended the courtesy of providing security escort and various arrangements needed at public meetings and so forth. The local host Dr. Patel suggested that it would be in the fitness of things if Swami visited Idi Amin and blessed him; which Swami then did. Why should anyone read more into that?

Idi Amin was no doubt a controversial personality, thanks to his coming down heavily on people who he thought exploited the natives. By the way, the local Indian community was one of the worst affected. That said, let us remember that Idi Amin was also the Head of State at that time. Good, bad or indifferent, various governments of the world had diplomatic relationship with him. Where diplomacy is involved, one cannot always act in a judgmental way; instead, one does that which might help in smoothening matters.

Did not Neville Chamberlin go to Munich to meet Hitler? Did not Roosevelt meet Stalin in Yalta at the height of World War II? Did not Harry Truman later meet that same Stalin in Tehran? Did not Richard Nixon go to Peking [now Beijing] and meet Mao? The fact that Swami met Idi Amin despite the latter’s hostility to the Indian community speaks for itself. By the way, our critic seems to be unaware of the fact that when he was deposed, Idi Amin, a Muslim, sought refuge in Saudi Arabia where he finally died after many years. If Swami was anti-Muslim, why would he meet Idi Amin? (Reference)

Pictures Of Idi Amin With Other Personalities:

Ian Wooldrige With Idi Amin

Ian Wooldrige With Idi Amin


Idi Amin joking around with Ian Wooldrige, a famous British sports journalist.


Josip Broz Tito With Idi Amin

Josip Broz Tito With Idi Amin


Idi Amin shaking hands with Josip Broz Tito, the popular leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.


Idi Amin With King Faisal Of Saudi Arabia

Idi Amin With King Faisal Of Saudi Arabia


Idi Amin with the popular former King of Saudi Arabia, Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud.


Idi Amin With Archbishop Janani Luwum

Idi Amin With Archbishop Janani Luwum


Idi Amin smiling and posing with Janani Jakaliya Luwum (an Archbishop of the Church of Uganda). In 1977 Idi Amin had him murdered.


Idi Amin With Mohamed Amin

Idi Amin With Mohamed Amin


Idi Amin laughing and sharing an intimate moment with Mohamed Amin, a popular photojournalist.


James Callaghan With Idi Amin And Dennis Hills

James Callaghan With Idi Amin And Dennis Hills


James Callaghan (former Prime Minister Of The United Kingdom), President Idi Amin of Uganda, Amin’s son Mwanga dressed as a commando and Dennis Hills. Picture taken on 12th April 1979.


What would conspiracist Robert Priddy infer from these photographs? That all these people supported the ruthless dictator Idi Amin and “lent themselves to Idi Amin’s extreme black supremacist stance”? Using Robert Priddy’s logic (illogic) against Sathya Sai Baba, the answer is “yes”.

Robert Priddy, Sathya Sai Baba & Idi Amin: In Conclusion:
Since Robert Priddy sets the standard of “guilt through association”, then one must conclude that Robert Priddy was a promoter and supporter of Idi Amin because of his direct 17-26 year association with Sathya Sai Baba, for whom he professed “uncompromising devotion”. Robert Priddy sets the standard and implicates himself in the process.

Robert Priddy also gave a vocal endorsement to a fraudulent composite image of Sathya Sai Baba holding hands with Idi Amin (which was created by Reinier Van Der Sandt). Although Robert Priddy attempted to justify the creation of that composite image, he wholly ignored how the Indian Skeptic published Reinier’s fraudulent picture in their magazine and attempted to pass it off as an authentic picture. See: Sathya Sai Baba And The Idi Amin Picture.

And to top it all off, Robert Priddy was a promoter of LSD for over 30+ years (Refs: 0102) and openly endorses various psychics, guru promoters and trance mediums even though he continually attempts to con the general public into thinking he is rational, skeptical and scientific.

Robert Priddy cites, promotes and professes friendship with: