Basava Premanand Dies – Deathbed Declaration

Basava Premanand Dies – Deathbed Declaration

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky:
“Science regards man as an aggregation of atoms temporarily united by a mysterious force called the life-principle. To the materialist the only difference between a living and a dead body is, that in the one case that force is active, in the other latent. When it is extinct or entirely latent, the molecules obey a superior attraction, which draws them asunder and scatters them through space. This dispersion must be death, if it is possible to conceive such a thing as death where the very molecules of the dead body manifest an intense vital energy.”

Basava Premanand (a vocal atheist, rationalist, skeptic and caustic critic of Sathya Sai Baba), died of cancer on October 4th 2009 at the Abhirami Hospital in Coimbatore, South India. He was 80 years old.

On the nirmukta.com domain, the following text was published and released by Narendra Nayak as Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License (which allows this blog to reproduce text and relevant images) under the title Premanand in Abhirami Hospital, Coimbatore:

Attribution Noncommercial License For B Premanand Article

Attribution Noncommercial License For B Premanand Article

Narendra Nayak:
Premanand’s health has been failing for quite some time. The metastases from his carcinoma of the stomach had been growing for quite some time and it was only a matter time before his health was seriously affected. Last week this happened and he had to be hospitalized. All his vital organs have been affected, particularly the liver and kidneys. However, his brain and his ideology are still intact and we wanted the world to know about it and make a declaration on his behalf that it remains so.

So, Somu and I went to Podanur on the 20th September and then on to the Abirami hospital where he had been admitted. He was quite drowsy and not responding to queries until I told him that there was a rumour that he has started believing in god and supernatural powers. He opened his eyes and said who says that? And that was the clear indication that however ill he may be, he continues to hold on to his convictions! He said that is nonsense. So, I told him that we should say so to the world and he agreed. The statement reproduced herein was put for his signature. But, his hands were weak and hence we had to take his thumb impression too. The declaration has been witnessed by Dr. Maya Prabhu his sister and Suneera one of his admirers who has been taking care of him.

Our movement is not based on individuals but those who are in the forefront are ever in the public eye and particularly in sights of those who want to attack us. They would like to spread rumors that eminent rationalists have changed on their death bed, have gone back to god and spiritualism etc. We do not want to give any occasion for such rumors and hence though it may sound morbid I had to complete his task. I would like the same to be done to me when I am on my death bed so that all can know that we hold on to our convictions whatever the circumstances may be.

This short report is a bulletin on the health of one of those who have inspired a whole generation and have done significant work to build up the movement. As and when news is received I shall make more such communications.

TO WHOMEVER IT MAY CONCERN

Declaration of attitude and temperament

I, B. Premanand s/o late Sri Basava Prabhu, 80 years of age resident Chettipalayam Road, Podanur, sound of mind though suffering from physical complications caused by metastases in many organs caused by carcinoma of the stomach herein solemnly wish to place on record the following:

I have been closely associated with the rationalist movement from 1975 onwards and have been a rationalist of full conviction since then and continue to be so.

It is common for the purveyors of superstitions and such anti rational forces to start spreading rumors about rationalists turning to god and other supernatural forces at the end of their lives and becoming devotees of gods and god men of various types.

It is also claimed that at times of crises that we staunch rationalists through the major part of our lives, turn to spiritualism and religion.

I wish to clarify that as on today the twentieth of September, 2009 I remain a staunch rationalist and wish to place on record the following:

  1. I continue to be a rationalist of full conviction.
  2. I do not believe in any supernatural power. All the powers that we encounter are in the realm of nature and nothing exists beyond that.
  3. I do not believe in the existence of the soul or rebirth.
  4. I have not turned to any religion, god or any sort of spiritual pursuits.
  5. When I pass away I shall be leaving only my body which is to be donated to a medical college and no spirit or soul to cause problems for the living.

I want to convey to all that the struggle against the exploitation by god men and so called supernatural forces is a long and hard one but the ultimate victory will be ours.

My very survival has been a challenge to astrologers and their so called “science” of astrology, as they had all predicted that I would die soon after birth and refused to cast a horoscope for me.

I wish to convey to my colleagues of the rationalist movement to continue the work that I have been doing with renewed vigor and that will be the best of tributes for me.

Abhirami Hospital
Podanur
(B. Premanand)
Witnessed by: Dr. Maya Prabhu and Suneera

Observations About Premanand’s “Deathbed Declaration”:

Basava Premanand On September 20th 2009

Basava Premanand On September 20th 2009


First and foremost, the “deathbed declaration” attributed to Basava Premanand was NOT authored by him. The “deathbed declaration” was written for Premanand by Indian Rationalists who got him to scribble his signature on it when he was:

  1. Actively dying of metastasized cancer.
  2. Drifting in and out of consciousness.
  3. Barely able to speak.
  4. In a hospital.
  5. Jaundiced.
  6. Unable to write due to weakness.
  7. Too weak to sit up in bed.
  8. “On his deathbed” (as described by nirmukta.com).

Consequently, Basava Premanand was not “sound of mind” on September 20th 2009 when he scribbled his signature on the “deathbed declaration” (which he did not author as falsely stated in the letter). Basava Premanand’s signature was obtained with assistance and the signature was so illegible, a thumbprint had to be used. It is also significant to note that Basava Premanand had very poor vision and could not read without his glasses on. Premanand scribbled on the letter without his glasses and did not look at the place where he was signing (as confirmed by the picture above), which resulted in a completely illegible “signature” (see enlarged signature below):

Deceptive Basava Premanand Deathbed Declaration

Deceptive Basava Premanand Deathbed Declaration


Did Basava Premanand’s Stomach Cancer Spread To His Brain?
Nirmukta Interview With Premanand January 2009

Nirmukta Interview With Premanand January 2009


In an interview between Narenda Nayak and Basava Premanand in January 2009, Premanand said “I am not able to think and put my thoughts in writing as I am feeling some difficulty in that.” Needless to say, stomach cancer by itself does not affect one’s ability to “think” or “write”. The only time stomach cancer would affect one’s ability to “think” or “write” is when it has spread (metastasized) to the brain. Nirmukta.com published that Basava Premanand’s cancer had metastasized (spread to other parts of his body) and the “deathbed declaration” similary stated there were “metastases in many organs”. Basava Premanand himself stated in January 2009 (eight months before the dubiously penned “deathbed declaration”) that he was not able to put his thoughts into writing (which strongly suggests brain metastases). Consequently, how exactly did Basava Premanand write a deathbed declaration claiming he was “sound of mind” when he was unable to put his thoughts into writing since January 2009?

What motive could there possibly be behind the dubiously penned “deathbed declaration” that was drafted by Indian Rationalists and presented to Basava Premanand when he was actively dying and drifting in and out of consciousness?

Basava Premanand’s Ties To Psychic Medium Conny Larsson:

It would appear that Indian Rationalists attempted to counter information that strongly suggests Basava Premanand may have entertained beliefs in the paranormal.

It is an irrefutable fact that Basava Premanand published an Anti-Sai-Baba book in 2005 for Psychic Medium & Trance Channeler Conny Larsson entitled “Behind The Mask Of The Clown”. Basava Premanand even published material about Conny Larsson in his Indian Skeptic magazine (Reference) and sent copies of Conny Larsson’s book to various high-ranking Indian officials and his rationalist subscribers (as he did with other books criticizing Sathya Sai Baba).

Ex-Devotees State Basava Premanand Published Conny Larssons Book

Ex-Devotees State Basava Premanand Published Conny Larsson’s Book


Even Ex-Devotee’s solicited Psychic Medium Conny Larsson’s book, which was published by Basava Premanand. About Conny Larsson’s book, the screencap above states: “Available from B. Premanand 11/7. Chettipalayam Road. Podnadur -641 023. Tamil Nadu (India) SS$18. -Euro 15. -Sterling 11 – free postage.”

The Indian Sceptic confirmed that Basava Premanand published Conny Larsson’s book:

Indian Sceptic: “Behind the Mask of the Clown, published by B Premanand in English, is available from The Garden Bookshop, Ozankoy, and the news agent’s at the top of Girne high street at a cost of 20YTL.” (Indian Sceptic Reference)

After defecting from the Sathya Sai Baba movement in 1999, Conny Larsson quickly began soliciting himself as a Meditation Guru, Vedic Master and Mantra Initiator. By the years 2003 – 2004, Conny Larsson started peddling himself as a New Age Guru, Trance Channel, Spirit Medium, Séance Conductor, Crystal Power Promoter, Aura Cleanser, Chakra Aligner and self-professed Prophet and channel for the spirit of Maharishi Vyasa. Conny Larsson also associates himself with other Psychics, Channelers, Mediums, Angel Visionaries, Guru Devotees and New Age Healers on his official domains: vedicmasterclass.org and heartandsoulexpo.com.

Basava Premanand (who claimed he thoroughly researched his output) published an Anti-Sai-Baba book for Conny Larsson, a self-professed Psychic Medium. Basava Premanand believed in, endorsed, published and widely solicited Conny Larsson’s Anti-Sai-Baba book. Isn’t it strange that a skeptic and atheist would vouch for the integrity, honesty and credibility of a man who claimed to be a psychic trance medium?

Gerald Joe Moreno sent the Indian Sceptic an email on Sep 24, 2008 with a link to his article entitled Basava Premanand Endorses Psychic Trance Medium Conny Larsson. It is interesting to note:

  1. Basava Premanand never once criticized Psychic Medium Conny Larsson.
  2. Basava Premanand never once made any type of retractions about Psychic Medium Conny Larsson.
  3. Basava Premanand never once discussed why he published a book for a self-professed psychic medium.
  4. Basava Premanand adamantly refused to denounce Conny Larsson as a fraud.
  5. To Date: Not even one of Basava Premanand’s atheist, skeptic or rationalist associates has come forward to denounce Psychic Medium Conny Larsson (strongly suggesting a cover-up). What do Premanand’s associates have to hide?

Therefore, it would appear that Basava Premanand may have entertained beliefs in the paranormal abilities of alleged psychic mediums and trance channelers like Conny Larsson. Shocking!

Perhaps Indian Rationalists can get Psychic Medium Conny Larsson to “channel” the spirit of Basava Premanand for them? After all, Basava Premanand was willing to put his reputation on the line to support Multi-Millionaire Conny Larsson’s alleged integrity and credibility. Why are Basava Premanand’s atheist, skeptic and rationalist associates mum & playing dumb on this issue?

When Critics Attack, Slur, Malign, Defame And Ridicule

When Critics Attack, Slur, Malign, Defame And Ridicule

Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba love to the play the victims and often whine and snivel about how they are being “attacked”. Purposely suppressed by Ex-Devotees, however, is the fact that they wage vicious smear campaigns against anyone who does not submit to their conspiratorial, fanatic and hate-based agendas.

Since Ex-Devotees continually attempt to deceive the general public with disinformation, this article will focus on the numerous people who are/were attacked, named, misrepresented, maligned, defamed, ridiculed and/or threatened by ex-devotees, critics and skeptics of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Ex-Devotees Relenteless Attacks Against Sai Devotees And Non-Devotees
Please note that some of the individuals in the following name list are not Sathya Sai Baba devotees but were attacked, maligned, misrepresented or ridiculed in relation to the Sai Controversy. Some of the people in the name list were publicly “outed” as Sai Devotees on Anti-Sai websites in an attempt to embarrass, name and/or associate them with Sathya Sai Baba and/or the Sai Controversy. Many gurus have been criticized in association with Sathya Sai Baba although some Ex-Devotees (like Robert Priddy) reference gurus as credible sources if they say something negative against Sathya Sai Baba.

Critic’s fanatic conspiracy theories also accuse the entire Indian Government (including numerous governmental and police subdivisions) of “covering up” for Sathya Sai Baba although no basic police complaints or court cases have ever been filed against the Guru in India by any alleged victim and/or his/her parents!

The following name list is only a partial list of names and there are numerous other names left out because of obvious time constraints in perusing thousands of Anti-Sai webpages and Anti-Sai blogged posts:

  1. A. Ramakrishna
  2. A.N. Safaya
  3. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
  4. Adarsh Sein Anand
  5. Adivi A. Reddy
  6. Al Drucker
  7. Alice Coltrane
  8. Amma Bhagavan
  9. Ammachi (Amritanandamayi Maa)
  10. Anand Sur
  11. Andhra Pradesh Crime Branch DIG
  12. Andhra Pradesh High Court
  13. Andhra Pradesh State Government
  14. Andy Rye
  15. Anerood Jugnauth
  16. Anil Kumar
  17. Anita Sharma
  18. Ann Jevons
  19. Annica Pia-Lia Karkkeinen
  20. Antonio Craxi
  21. Arjuna Ranatunga
  22. Arnold Schulman
  23. Art Ong Jumsai
  24. Ashok Bhagwani
  25. Aswathnarayana
  26. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  27. B. Subbannachar
  28. B.N. Narasimhamurthy
  29. Bala Sai Baba
  30. Barbara Sinclair
  31. Benito Craxi
  32. Bernard Gruber
  33. Berniece Mead
  34. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
  35. Birgitte Rodriguez
  36. Bjorn Sandstrom
  37. Brian O’Leary
  38. Bon Giovanni
  39. C. Srinivas
  40. C.L. Kaw
  41. Carol Riddell
  42. Chandrasekhar Balasubramanian (Sekharji)
  43. Charlene Leslie-Chaden
  44. Charles Penn
  45. Chris Parnell
  46. Chotabhai G. Patel
  47. Claire McCarthy
  48. Connie Shaw
  49. Cooper Union
  50. Craig Hamilton Parker
  51. Dana Gillespie
  52. Darpane Rane
  53. Datuk Jagadeeshan
  54. David Greenstein
  55. David Gries
  56. David Jevons
  57. David Wolff
  58. David Zeller
  59. Debra Miller
  60. Deepak Chopra
  61. Diana Baskin
  62. Dhirubhai J. Gadhia
  63. Don Mario Mazzoleni
  64. Doordarshan
  65. Dorothy O’Brien
  66. Duke of Edinburgh Award
  67. Easwaramma
  68. Edel Saaby
  69. Elvie Bailey
  70. Elaine Gries
  71. Elsie Cowan
  72. Emil Jacobsen
  73. Erin Bogart
  74. Erlendur Haraldsson
  75. Eruch B. Fanibunda
  76. Faith Penn
  77. Freestone Wilson
  78. George Trevelyan
  79. G. Venkataraman
  80. G.R. Sholapurkar
  81. G.V.Subba Rao
  82. Gagan Manchanda
  83. Geesje Lunshof
  84. George Leland
  85. Gerald Joe Moreno
  86. Girija Prasad Koirala
  87. Gita Paramahamsa
  88. Gloria St. John
  89. Goldie Hawn
  90. Gopal Ballav Pattanaik
  91. Graciela Busto
  92. Gunnar Moritsen
  93. Hal Honig
  94. Hidesh Gupta
  95. Hiramalini Seshadri
  96. Homer S. Youngs
  97. Howard Levin
  98. Howard Murphet
  99. Indian C.B.C.I.D.
  100. Indian C.B.I
  101. Indian C.V.C.
  102. Indian Central Government
  103. Indian Central Excise and Customs Department
  104. Indian Law Enforcement Department
  105. Indra Devi
  106. Indulal Shah
  107. Isaac Tigrett
  108. J. Geeta Reddy
  109. J. Kumari
  110. J. Trygved
  111. Jaani Drucker
  112. Jack Hawley
  113. Jack Scher
  114. Jaganaatha Sai Jegathesan
  115. James Sinclair
  116. Janaki Ramiah
  117. Jason Middleton
  118. Jesus Christ
  119. Jette Madsen
  120. Jill Lewis-Kelly
  121. Jim Dailey
  122. Joan Brown
  123. Joga Rao
  124. John Behner
  125. John Evans
  126. John (Jack) Hislop
  127. Jolene Resnick
  128. Jonathan Roof
  129. Jorgen Mollgard
  130. Jorgen Trygved
  131. Joy Thomas
  132. Judy Warner
  133. K. Chakravarthi
  134. K.R. Paramahamsa
  135. Kalki Bhagavan
  136. Kanwaljeet S. Anand
  137. Karunamba Ramamurthy
  138. Keith Bradsher
  139. Keith Critchlow
  140. Kondal Rao
  141. Konnamma Polisetti
  142. Kutumb Rao
  143. L. K. Advani
  144. Lakshmi N. Devamma
  145. Leela Press
  146. Leo Rebello
  147. Leonardo Gutter
  148. Lewis Kreydick
  149. Lidvin Virkesdal
  150. Lisa De Witt
  151. Little Heart
  152. Lucas Ralli
  153. M.L. Leela
  154. M.N. Rao
  155. M.K. Kaw
  156. M.K. Rasgotra
  157. Madhavi Majmudar
  158. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  159. Manish Sharma
  160. Manmohan Singh
  161. Margrete Koyto
  162. Maynard Ferguson
  163. Millie Phillips
  164. Michael J. Hollander
  165. Michael Goldstein
  166. Michael Nobel
  167. Michael Jackson
  168. Monica Socolowicz
  169. Moyia O’Brien
  170. Motilal Vora
  171. Munni Kaul
  172. Murali Krishna Yachendra
  173. Murali Manohar Joshi
  174. N. Chandrababa Naidu
  175. N. Radhakrishna
  176. N.T. Rama Rao
  177. Najma Heptulla
  178. Nagamani Purnaiya
  179. Nanabhoy Palkhivala
  180. Nanny Brander
  181. Narayan Kasturi
  182. Neelam Sabharwal
  183. New York Times
  184. Nish Paramjorthy
  185. O.P. Mehra
  186. O.P.Vidyakar
  187. P.V. Narasimha Rao
  188. Pal Dhall
  189. Pathakunta Obula Reddy
  190. Pedda Bottu
  191. Peggy Mason
  192. Peter Pruzan
  193. Peter Westgarth
  194. Phyllis Krystal
  195. Pietro Marena
  196. Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati
  197. Pravin Patel
  198. R. Balapattabi
  199. R. Ramakrishnam Raju
  200. R. Ramanujam
  201. R. Venkatraman
  202. R. S. Raman
  203. Ra. Ganapathi
  204. Radiosai
  205. Raghuram
  206. Rajah of Venkatigiri
  207. Ranganath Mishra
  208. Ranganathan Padmanabhan
  209. Ram Das Awle
  210. Ramesh Chandra Lahoti
  211. Ratan Lal
  212. Richard Bayer
  213. Richard Bock
  214. Richard Friedrich
  215. Richard Prescott
  216. Richard Selby
  217. Rico Mario Haus
  218. Rita Bruce
  219. Robert Baskin
  220. Robert (Bob) Bozzani
  221. Robert Lowenberg
  222. Ron Farmer
  223. Ron Laing
  224. Rosemary Perry
  225. Russi Karanjia
  226. Ryuko Hira
  227. S. Aditya
  228. S. Revathi
  229. S. Usha
  230. S.B. Chavan
  231. S.M. Krishna
  232. S.P. Malhotra
  233. S.S. Uban
  234. S.V. Chittibabu
  235. SaiBabaOfIndia
  236. SaiBabaLinks
  237. Saidas Babaji
  238. Saikiran Shetty
  239. Sai Kumar Mahajan
  240. Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi
  241. Sai Ma Sakunthala
  242. Sai Giridhar Narahari
  243. Sai Online
  244. Sai Surendranath
  245. Sam Piroj Barucha
  246. Samuel Sandweiss
  247. Sathya Sai Baba
  248. Sathya Sai Books And Publications Trust
  249. Sathya Sai Central Trust
  250. Sathya Sai Medical Trust
  251. Sathya Sai Organization
  252. Sathya Sai Society Of America
  253. Sathya Sai University
  254. Satya Pal Ruhela
  255. Seema Naipul
  256. Seshadri Harihar
  257. Shakuntala Balu
  258. Shankar Dayal Sharma
  259. Shanti Jegathesan
  260. Shashi Tharoor
  261. Shirdi Sai Baba
  262. Shitu Chudasama
  263. Shiv Kumar Sharma
  264. Shivraj V. Patil
  265. Simon Brace
  266. Smriti Srinivas
  267. Smt. Vijayakumari
  268. Sri Ramanathan
  269. Srimad Sai Rajarajeshwari
  270. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  271. Stephanie Relfe
  272. Steen Piculell
  273. Steven Segal
  274. Sue Williams
  275. Sunil Gavaskar
  276. Suresh Govind
  277. Super Specialty Hospitals
  278. Susan Olorenshaw
  279. Sushil Kumar Shinde
  280. Swami Ambikananda
  281. Swami Ananda Baba
  282. Swami Gopal Krishna Baba
  283. Swami Nagananda
  284. Swami Roberto
  285. Swami Premananda
  286. Swami Vishwananda
  287. SWARA
  288. Swetha Agrawal
  289. Sylvie Craxi
  290. T. Sri Ramanathan
  291. T. Viswanadha Rao
  292. Thorbjorn Meyer
  293. Tony Blair
  294. Tony McNulty
  295. Tuula Anja Tammelin
  296. UNESCO
  297. V. Balu
  298. V. Radhakrishna
  299. V. Ramnath
  300. V. Srinivasan
  301. V.C. Kondappa
  302. V.I.K. Sarin
  303. V.K. Narasimhan
  304. V.S. Prasad
  305. Venkamma
  306. Venkatamuni
  307. Victor Krishna Kanu
  308. Vijaya Hemchand
  309. Vilasrao Deshmukh
  310. Vinayaka Krishna Gokak
  311. Vladimir Antonov
  312. Walter Cowan
  313. Wayne Dyer
  314. William Bill McKay Aitken
  315. William Harvey
  316. William L. Brelsford
  317. William Miller
  318. Y.V. Anjaneyulu
  319. Zeba Bashiruddin

Left out of the name list above are 155 (One Hundred Fifty Five) Sai Students whose names were lifted off of alumni.net and maliciously published on the Ex-Baba domain as being abused by Sathya Sai Baba. Needless to say, many of the Sai Students personally contacted Moreno denying the abuse allegations and requested that their names be removed from the bogus list (hence a screencap with the names instead of actual text). Click thumbnail to enlarge:

Bogus List Of 155 Names Of Sai Students

Bogus List Of 155 Names Of Sai Students


Barry Pittard attacked, trashed and bashed all of India as being universally “corrupt”. Despite claiming that everyone in India suffers from corruption to some extent or other, Barry Pittard often cites and endorses Indian Rationalists (who must surely be tainted by the same “corruption” that Pittard claims taints everyone else in India).

Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy attacked hundreds of millions of Hindus (including other religions that believe in miracles) as being “backward intellectually” “ignorant peasants” who believe in scriptures that are “sheer delusion” and “impossible concocted stories of the ‘Superman’ kind” (Ref). Despite publicly presenting themselves as scientific and rationalistic, Barry Pittard, Robert Priddy & Co. adamantly refuse to say a single word about Psychic Trance Medium & Self-Proclaimed Prophet Conny Larsson (whom they continually cite, uphold, praise and endorse as a credible voice against Sathya Sai Baba).

On the ExBaba guestbook, Nish Paramjorthy made a critical comment using his real name and email address. Robert Priddy and Reinier Van Der Sandt traced Nish’s email address to his place of employment and maliciously sent them complaints in an attempt to embarrass him and get him fired. Numerous other people have emailed Moreno in confidence telling the same story about Ex-Devotee’s feral attacks.

Despite Ex-Devotee’s foaming-at-the-mouth attacks against others as belonging to the “lunatic fringe” seen in cults, ashrams and religious movements, they adamantly refuse to say one word about the pervasive lunatic fringe in the Anti-Sai movement, which includes:

Ex-Devotee’s unremitting and malicious “attacks” against others are fully documented facts and they are notorious for peddling their disinformation as the “irrefutable truth” to unsuspecting readers. Ex-Devotee’s push forward with their agendas of deceit, defamation and propagandizing because they think no one will find out. Well, they are dead wrong.

Also read:
March 2008 – Open Letter To The Prashanti Council
Pervasive Anti-Sai Propaganda On The Interenet
Pervasive Internet Attacks Against Gerald Moreno

Sathya Sai Baba, Alejandro Agostinelli And The Alleged ‘Argentinian Exposure’

Alejandro Agostinelli

Alejandro Agostinelli


Sathya Sai Baba, Alejandro Agostinelli And The Alleged ‘Argentinian Exposure’

In the year 2000, the skeptic and atheist Alejandro Agostinelli (whose last name has often been misspelled as “Agnostelli”) directed a two-part Azul TV program on Argentinian TV entitled “Sai Baba: A Sinning God?”. The people who participated in the program were:

  1. Leonardo Gutter
    President of the Sathya Sai Organization in Latin America.
  2. Monica Socolovsky
    Founder of the Sathya Sai Organization in Argentina
  3. Martin Caparros
    Journalist. Writer. Author of “Un viaje a la India en busca del Sai Baba” (A Trip to India in Search of Sai the Baba).
  4. Daniel Zalzman
    Practical Speituality Foundation
  5. Enrique Marquez
    Illusionist expert in paranormal fraudulence
  6. Said Korramshahgol
    An ex-devotee and an alleged “victim” who initially saw nothing sexual in what Sathya Sai Baba did to him. Said Korramshahgol changed his views in later years and engaged in highly questionable internet behavior by spamming various forums with Anti-Baba posts thousands of times, sometimes using proxy IPs.
  7. Conny Larsson
    An ex-devotee and an alleged “victim” whose stories about Sathya Sai Baba are highly contradictory and have become increasingly embellished. Amusingly, Conny Larsson is now a self-proclaimed prophet and psychic trance medium for the spirit of Maharshi Vyasa. Conny Larsson’s gutter tactics and pathological lies have been fully exposed on the internet.
  8. Sharon Purcell
    An ex-devotee who stated she believed that Sathya Sai Baba was an “astral demon” because she saw a miracle she could not rationalize or explain away. Sharon Purcell was never abused and never witnessed an incident of alleged abuse.
  9. Daniel Coifman
    Psychologist. Sai Baba devotee for 20 years
  10. U.S. Rawat
    Agregado cultural de la Embajada de la India en la Argentina (Cultural Attache India Embassy, Argentina).

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The Argentine journalist Alejandro Agostinelli is a member of ILCAF (International Liaison Committee Of Atheists And Freethinkers), is the editing secretary for Descubrir magazine and an active investigator into UFO-related phenomena. Since Alejandra Agostinelli is an atheist and skeptic, his program against Sathya Sai Baba was heavily weighted and biased in favor of critics and their unsubstantiated, contradictory and unsupported accusations.

Although Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard heavily cited Agostinelli on their Anti-Sai WordPress blogs, it is amusing to note that they both still believe (even after their defection) that Sathya Sai Baba possesses genuine paranormal powers (Ref).

Even though Priddy & Pittard can often be seen siding with atheists and skeptics (in this case, Agostinelli), they are both fervent believers, supporters and promoters of Psychic Trance Medium Conny Larsson (which laughably argues against their scientific, skeptical and rationalistic posturing). Needless to say, Alejandro Agostinelli believes that psychics and mediums like Conny Larsson are frauds, liars and cheats and it is apparent that Larsson’s psychic claims were purposely withheld from Agostinelli because his program might have taken on a entirely different slant if he knew those facts.

Also see:

Alejandro Agostinelli – Official Website
Pictures Of Alejandro Agostinelli
The Shocking Truth About Ex-Devotees
Refuting The Allegations Against Sathya Sai Baba

Why Is Barry Pittard Citing A Channeler & Medium Against Sathya Sai Baba?

Why Is Barry Pittard Citing A Channeler & Medium Against Sathya Sai Baba?

Barry Pittard (an ex-devotee who worshipped Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate for almost 30 years) has been widely promoting, citing and endorsing the Anti-Sai Activist Conny Larsson on Anti-Sai websites and on his Anti-Sai WordPress blog.

The widely dispersed core allegations against Sathya Sai Baba can be directly traced to two highly questionable characters in the Anti-Sai Movement, i.e., Conny Larsson and Tal Brooke. Although a separate article has been devoted to Tal Brooke, his religious fundamentalism, Christian extremism, experimentation with LSD and his defection from the Sai Movement due to an “out of body demonic encounter” (more than likely a drug-induced bad trip), this article will focus more on Bary Pittard and his psychic friend and co-conspirator Conny Larsson.

Within the last few years, Conny Larsson has developed from a vocal ex-devotee to an “internationally renowned” psychic trance medium for the spirit of Maharshi Vyasa (amusingly, a claim that Christian Tal Brooke would argue to be demonic and Satanic in nature). During Conny Larsson’s metamorphosis into a psychic channeler and spirit medium, Barry Pittard purposely suppressed and avoided all discussion of Conny Larsson’s psychic claims on his Anti-Sai blog and Anti-Sai articles (obviously fearing the repercussions that one of the founding members to the Anti-Sai Movement would be perceived to be a loon, charlatan and possible schizophrenic who hears “spirit voices” in his head).

Barry Pittard is the same man who trashed and bashed all of India as being universally “corrupt” and that hundreds of millions of Hindus (including other religions that believe in miracles) are “backward intellectually” “ignorant peasants” who believe in scriptures that are “sheer delusion” and “impossible concocted stories of the ‘Superman’ kind”.

Adding to the overwhelming hypocrisy of it all is the fact that Barry Pittard believes to this day (even after his defection from the Sai Movement) that Sathya Sai Baba possesses genuine paranormal powers (Ref)! Barry Pittard is also a strong advocate and contributor to the Nexus Magazine, a publication with strongly alleged Anti-Semitic ties. The Nexus Magazine is mostly devoted to suppressed archaeological discoveries, free-energy devices, CIA drug conspiracies, paranoia, mind-control technology conspiracies, prophecies, predictions, anomalous creatures, Government conspiracies, alternative health therapies, UFO’s, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, HIV/AIDS cures, secret societies, the unexplained and suppressed science.

Even more amusing is Barry Pittard’s ceaseless trashing and bashing of gurus, cults, psychics and New Age believers as being con-men, liars, frauds, “true believers”, “superstitious” and “brainwashed” (see Pittard’s WordPress article entitled “Isaac Tigrett. Wealthy Promoter of Superstition”). Don’t expect Barry Pittard to say one word about Psychic Conny Larsson, the “wealthy” multi-millionaire “promoter of superstition”.

Barry Pittard can often be seen siding with Indian rationalists, skeptics and atheists against Sathya Sai Baba. However, when it comes to Psychic Conny Larsson, Barry Pittard puts aside his pseudo-rationalistic, pseudo-skeptic and pseudo-scientific beliefs and openly praises, endorses and cites Psychic Conny Larsson as a man of integrity and honesty! This type of hilarious public posturing is dishonest and blatantly hypocritical. Needless to say, Barry Pittard is unable to make a sober or consistent argument against Sathya Sai Baba without shooting himself in the very same foot he so often sticks into his mouth.

Barry Pittard ceaselessly attempts to portray himself as an intelligent, scientific and rational individual even though his current friendship, association and Anti-Sai Activism with Psychic Trace Medium Conny Larsson speaks for him to the contrary.

These are the typical types of questionable characters who are attempting to smear, defame and ridicule Sathya Sai Baba. The truth is now out and there is no stopping it.

‘Great Tantra Challenge’ Hoax? Rationalist International, India TV & Sanal Edamaruku

‘Great Tantra Challenge’ Hoax? Rationalist International, India TV & Sanal Edamaruku
Was ‘The Great Tantra Challenge’ A Hoax & Publicity Stunt? This article was written to supply the general public with factual and verifiable information pertaining to an incident that was aired on India TV between the Indian Rationalist & Atheist Sanal Edamaruku (who is a vocal critic and skeptic of Sathya Sai Baba) and an unknown Tantrik & Black Magician named ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’.

Pandit Surinder Sharma alleged he could kill anyone within three minutes by using tantra mantras and tantric rituals. Sanal Edamaruku challenged the Black Magician to kill him. The Tantric Priest chanted mantras and used various rituals but could not kill Sanal Edamaruku.

Rationalist International Article About The Death Challenge

The Great Tantra Challenge
On 3 March 2008, in a popular TV show, Sanal Edamaruku, the president of Rationalist International, challenged India’s most “powerful” tantrik (black magician) to demonstrate his powers on him. That was the beginning of an unprecedented experiment. After all his chanting of mantra (magic words) and ceremonies of tantra failed, the tantrik decided to kill Sanal Edamaruku with the “ultimate destruction ceremony” on live TV. Sanal Edamaruku agreed and sat in the altar of the black magic ritual. India TV observed skyrocketing viewership rates.

Everything started, when Uma Bharati (former chief minister of the state of Madhya Pradesh) accused her political opponents in a public statement of using tantrik powers to inflict damage upon her. In fact, within a few days, the unlucky lady had lost her favorite uncle, hit the door of her car against her head and found her legs covered with wounds and blisters.

India TV, one of India’s major Hindi channels with national outreach, invited Sanal Edamaruku for a discussion on “Tantrik power versus Science”. Pandit Surinder Sharma, who claims to be the tantrik of top politicians and is well known from his TV shows, represented the other side. During the discussion, the tantrik showed a small human shape of wheat flour dough, laid a thread around it like a noose and tightened it. He claimed that he was able to kill any person he wanted within three minutes by using black magic. Sanal challenged him to try and kill him.

The tantrik tried. He chanted his mantras (magic words): “Om lingalingalinalinga, kilikili…” But his efforts did not show any impact on Sanal – not after three minutes, and not after five. The time was extended and extended again. The original discussion program should have ended here, but the “breaking news” of the ongoing great tantra challenge was overrunning all program schedules.

Now the tantrik changed his technique. He started sprinkling water on Sanal and brandishing a knife in front of him. Sometimes he moved the blade all over his body. Sanal did not flinch. Then he touched Sanal’s head with his hand, rubbing and rumpling up his hair, pressing his forehead, laying his hand over his eyes, pressing his fingers against his temples. When he pressed harder and harder, Sanal reminded him that he was supposed to use black magic only, not forceful attacks to bring him down. The tantrik took a new run: water, knife, fingers, mantras. But Sanal kept looking very healthy and even amused.

After nearly two hours, the anchor declared the tantrik’s failure. The tantrik, unwilling to admit defeat, tried the excuse that a very strong god whom Sanal might be worshipping obviously protected him. “No, I am an atheist,” said Sanal Edamaruku. Finally, the disgraced tantrik tried to save his face by claiming that there was a never-failing special black magic for ultimate destruction, which could, however, only been done at night. Bad luck again, he did not get away with this, but was challenged to prove his claim this very night in another “breaking news” live program.

During the next three hours, India TV ran announcements for The Great Tantra Challenge that called several hundred million people to their TV sets.

The encounter took place under the open night sky. The tantrik and his two assistants were kindling a fire and staring into the flames. Sanal was in good humour. Once the ultimate magic was invoked, there wouldn’t be any way back, the tantrik warned. Within two minutes, Sanal would get crazy, and one minute later he would scream in pain and die. Didn’t he want to save his life before it was too late? Sanal laughed, and the countdown begun. The tantriks chanted their “Om lingalingalingalinga, kilikilikili….” followed by ever changing cascades of strange words and sounds. The speed increased hysterically. They threw all kinds of magic ingredients into the flames that produced changing colours, crackling and fizzling sounds and white smoke. While chanting, the tantrik came close to Sanal, moved his hands in front of him and touched him, but was called back by the anchor. After the earlier covert attempts of the tantrik to use force against Sanal, he was warned to keep distance and avoid touching Sanal. But the tantrik “forgot” this rule again and again.

Now the tantrik wrote Sanal’s name on a sheet of paper, tore it into small pieces, dipped them into a pot with boiling butter oil and threw them dramatically into the flames. Nothing happened. Singing and singing, he sprinkled water on Sanal, mopped a bunch of peacock feathers over his head, threw mustard seed into the fire and other outlandish things more. Sanal smiled, nothing happened, and time was running out. Only seven more minutes before midnight, the tantrik decided to use his ultimate weapon: the clod of wheat flour dough. He kneaded it and powdered it with mysterious ingredients, then asked Sanal to touch it. Sanal did so, and the grand magic finale begun. The tantrik pierced blunt nails on the dough, then cut it wildly with a knife and threw them into the fire. That moment, Sanal should have broken down. But he did not. He laughed. Forty more seconds, counted the anchor, twenty, ten, five… it’s over!

Millions of people must have uttered a sigh of relief in front their TVs. Sanal was very much alive. Tantra power had miserably failed. Tantriks are creating such a scaring atmosphere that even people, who know that black magic has no base, can just break down out of fear, commented a scientist during the program. It needs enormous courage and confidence to challenge them by actually putting one’s life at risk, he said. By doing so, Sanal Edamaruku has broken the spell, and has taken away much of the fear of those who witnessed his triumph.

In this night, one of the most dangerous and wide spread superstitions in India suffered a severe blow. (Ref)

Pandit Surinder Sharma Trying To Kill Sanal Edamaruku With Tantra And The Life-Preserving Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Pandit Surinder Sharma Trying To Kill Sanal Edamaruku With Tantra And The Life-Preserving Mahamrityunjaya Mantra


Pandit Surinder Sharma Lost His Composure And Broke Down Laughing A Couple Of Times - Which Is Indicative Of Acting

Pandit Surinder Sharma Lost His Composure And Broke Down Laughing A Couple Of Times - Which Is Indicative Of Acting


Irrefutable Facts About The Alleged Black Magician ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ That Strongly Suggest A Hoax & Publicity Stunt By India TV And Sanal Edamaruku:

  • Besides stories duplicating the ‘Great Tantra Challenge’, there are no credible sources, reliable references or independent websites that confirm that ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ (not to be confused with the Hindi Poet, Surinder Sharma) is:
    1. A real person.
    2. A “tantrik of top politicians”.
    3. A person “well known from his TV shows”.
  • One would think that such a famous “tantrik” and “black magician” would have at least one webpage dedicated in his honor, at least one newspaper article covering his philosophy or at least one blogged article making reference to him. There are no independent articles, webpages, media or blogged posts about ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ on the internet whatsoever.
  • Sanal Edamaruku acknowledged that the claims of Uma Bharti accusing opponents of using tantrik powers against her were false (no reputable media ever made such a claim). Therefore, the entire premise for the encounter was based on a known untruth. Sanal Edamaruku said:
    • “Both of us were invited to comment on the claims of Uma Bharti, former chief minister of Indian state Madhya Pradesh, that her political opponents were using tantrik powers to damage her. It was a staged controversy. (Ref)
  • Sanal Edamaruku clearly stated numerous times that the alleged “Shaman”“Black Magic Priest”“Tantric” was an actual and genuine person who was widely regarded by politicians and television as a renown Priest of Tantra and explicitly stated that the encounter was not a stunt (Listen To Edamaruku’s Interview With NPR’s Rachel).
  • The alleged “Tantrik” broke down laughing a couple of times during his attempt to kill Sanal Edamaruku with mantras (See YouTube Video 02). One could easily discern how the “Tantrik” quickly tried to conceal his laughter and regain his composure. Even a viewer on YouTube (who believed the video) expressed surprise by this behavior. Why would ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ treat a matter of life & death (as well as his integrity and reputation) so casually?
  • Several Indians familiar with Sanskrit were thoroughly perplexed by the fact that ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ was chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (which is a well-known life-restoring mantra that is never used to induce death). Why would a Black Magician chant a mantra that is believed to protect one from death while trying to inflict death? The “Tantric” clearly chanted:
    • Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
      Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
      Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
      Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
  • ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ chanted vedic slokas that are never used to induce death. Several Indians familiar with Sanskrit also pointed out that ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ incorrectly pronounced some of the mantras. He mostly repeated (ad nauseam) “Om Linga Linga Linga Linga”, which is unknown in Vedic or Tantric circles to cause or induce death.
  • India TV received a tremendous boost in ratings while the event was aired and Sanal Edamaruku alleged there were several hundred-million viewers. Strangely enough, after this unexpected and tremendous viewership, another night program was scheduled for the “ultimate destruction ceremony”.
  • Although it was alleged that ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ was unaware and unprepared to be challenged on national TV to kill Sanal Edamaruku, he apparently brought his own music cd that played eerie background music (with mantra sounds) while he chanted his death invocations.
  • Numerous viewers expressed utter astonishment that ‘Pandit Surinder Sharma’ would publicly engage in this type of behavior when he had everything to lose in front of hundreds of millions of viewers. This would not be astonishing if the event was a hoax or a set up. It would be very astonishing otherwise.
  • Contrary to Edamaruku’s claim that the Tantric Priest was “trapped” by his challenge to kill him using Tantra, the alleged Tantric Priest could have resorted to any numer of innumerable excuses to avoid being humiliated before hundreds of millions of viewers (amusingly, many excuses that could have been used to avoid the drama were raised by skeptics and critics on numerous webpages).
  • Indian Rationalists are notorious for their “Anti-Superstition Campaigns” in which Rationalists dress up as Holy Men, Gurus, Saints, Tantric Priests, Witch Doctors, Magicians, etc., to perform magic tricks and expose what they believe to be blind faith in religion and miracles by uneducated Indian villagers. Even Sanal Edamaruku’s son, Samkhya Edamaruku, pretended to be a devotee of a fake Guru (rationalist K.M. Sunny in guru attire) while working with his father at these “Anti-Superstition Campaigns”.
  • Indian Rationalists are well known for this type of theatrics. A similar incident occurred in the GuruBusters Documentary (View Actual Video) in which a dog was subjected to a bite from a venomous snake and an alleged ‘witch doctor’ was produced who said he could cure the dog using mantras. The ‘witch doctor’ failed, instantly became a rationalist, denounced his trade as a farce and told the crowd they should embrace rationalism and to not believe in religion, mantras or gurus. To the educated eye, the entire drama was an unconvincing set up. Nevertheless, to the uneducated Indian villagers, it was a convincing performance.

Tantriks / Tantrics – Tantra – Black Magic – Death Invocations: In Conclusion:
This ‘Great Tantra Challenge’ was published on numerous blogs (including Blogger, Yahoo, WordPress, Forbes, Technorati, StumbleUpon, etc.), numerous Indian newspapers, numerous news broadcasts, numerous rationalist websites, numerous atheist websites, numerous online forums, numerous online groups (including Yahoo and Google), numerous online video websites (including YouTube: 010202), Richard Dawkins Website, NPR, Wikipedia – The Great Tantra Challenge, etc.

Surprising how so many people and so many websites blindly jumped on this bandwagon. Those who are so critical of “blind belief” should think deeply and reflect about what prompts them to blindly accept stories that enforce their scientific and/or atheistic beliefs and mindsets.

It is ironic how those who ask the general public to embrace rationalism, logic, skepticism, the scientific process and free thinking do not subject stories that advance their beliefs to the same standards they apply to stories that advance spiritual people’s beliefs. As far as is known, this is the first article that takes a critical look at Sanal Edamaruku’s ‘The Great Tantra Challenge’. Not even one scientist, researcher, atheist, skeptic, rationalist or free-thinker has publicly expressed the slightest doubt about what appears to be nothing more than a hoax and publicity stunt to advance Sanal Edamaruku’s extremist and fanatic atheistic beliefs and to boost the fairly new India TV’s television ratings.