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VKN – V.K. Narasimhan – A Life Of Devotion To BHAGAVAN Sri Sathya Sai Baba

All of V.K. Narasimhan’s verifiable words prove that he was an ardent devotee of Sathya Sai Baba to his death. VKN even eulogized Sathya Sai Baba as God Incarnate and the Avatar of the Age about three months before he died (Ref).

Although it is true that V.K. Narasimhan maintained a friendship with Robert Priddy (based solely on their mutual devotion and dedication to Sathya Sai Baba), there is little doubt that VKN would have severed his friendship with Priddy when he defected from the Sai Movement.

Robert Priddy (a caustic critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba and others) attempted to con the general public with fraudulent claims that V.K. Narasimhan made negative and criminal accusations against Sathya Sai Baba, various Sai Officials and the Sai Organization. Despite these highly dubious and questionable accusations, it is peculiar that Narasimhan remained a Sai Devotee to his death and never defected from the Sai Movement.

Robert Priddy provided scans to his correspondence with V.K.Narasimhan and attempted to use them (with zero effect) that his claims about VKN were somehow true. However, what the scans do reveal is the profound depth of devotion that Narasimhan had for Sathya Sai Baba. All of the following scans do not document any of the erroneous claims that Robert Priddy attributed to Narasimhan. Click thumbnails to enlarge:

V.K.N. Letter Scan 01:

Relevant extract from the scan below:

VK Narasimhan - Sanathan Sarathi - Referred To Sathya Sai Baba As An Avatar And Bhagavan

VK Narasimhan - Sanathan Sarathi - Referred To Sathya Sai Baba As An Avatar And Bhagavan


VK Narasimhan: “Sai Ram. With the Blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ proposes to bring out a Special Issue to be presented at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan on His 74th Birthday in November 1999. This Special Issue is devoted to the life, teachings and mission of Bhagavan so as to kindle a wider awareness about the life and work of the Avatar of our age…Yours in Sai Seva, V.K. Narasimhan, Editor ‘Sanathana Sarathi’“

NOTE: V.K. Narasimhan died in March 2000. Even in June 1999 (about nine months before he died), Narasimhan eulogized Sathya Sai Baba as “Bhagavan”, referred to the “Lotus Feet of Bhagavan”, referred to Sathya Sai Baba as the “Avatar of our age”, introduced the letter with the phrase “With the Blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba” and ended the letter with “Yours in Sai Seva”. Needless to say, these statements wholly refute Robert Priddy’s absurd claims that Narasimhan entertained many doubts about Sathya Sai Baba and was critical of the Guru. The November 1999 Special Issue of Sanathana Sarathi (which similarly praised Sathya Sai Baba’s Divinity in various ways) was written about three months before Narasimhan died.

V.K.N. Letter Scan 02:

Relevant extract from the scan below:

VK Narasimhan - Bapu To Baba Signed - Fellow Pilgrim To The Lotus Feet Of Bhagavan Baba

VK Narasimhan - Bapu To Baba Signed - Fellow Pilgrim To The Lotus Feet Of Bhagavan Baba


VK Narasimhan: From Bapu To Baba
“To My dear friend Priddy, fellow pilgrim to the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan Baba. With esteem and affection V.K. Narasimhan 6-9-1988”

NOTE: In “From Bapu to Baba”, Narasimhan compared Sathya Sai Baba to Mahatma Ghandi and believed that Sathya Sai Baba was an authentic spiritual leader whose powerful moral force could not only rejuvenate India but the entire world. VKN referred to Sathya Sai Baba as “Bhagavan”, which means “God”. In Bapu To Baba, Narasimhan referred to Sathya Sai Baba as “The Divine Sadguru”, “Sadguru Deva”, “God In Man’s Image” and compared Sathya Sai Baba’s Glory to that of Lord Krishna (Ref).

V.K.N. Letter Scan 03:

Relevant extract from the scan below:

VKN Letters - Yours In Sai Seva And Innocent Sai Devotees

VKN Letters - Yours In Sai Seva And Innocent Sai Devotees


NOTE: The only reason this scan was included was to show Robert Priddy’s amusing attempts in subterfuge. Robert Priddy omitted relevant text because he wanted to ‘avert problems for innocent Sai Devotees’. The fact of the matter is that Robert Priddy has complete and utter disregard for “innocent Sai Devotees” and can often be seen duplicating their emails, trashing and bashing them, stalking them and posting their pictures with disinformation on his Anti-Sai blogs and Anti-Sai websites. This letter may contain names to individuals who possess unsavory information about Robert Priddy, which is perhaps why he developed a new-found sensitivity for “innocent Sai Devotees”. In the scan above, Narasimhan ended his letter with the words “Yours in Sai Seva”.

V.K.N. Letter Scan 04:

Relevant extract from the scan below:

VKN - Yours In Sai Seva And Nadi Astrologer

VKN - Yours In Sai Seva And Nadi Astrologer


NOTE: Once again, Narasimhan ended his letter with “Yours in Sai Seva”. Amusingly, Robert Priddy (who trashes and bashes others for their superstitious beliefs) had an exciting horoscope read for him by a Nadi Astrologer in Bombay. Strange enough, Robert Priddy’s son, Kai Nicolai Priddy, is into astrology and even created an astrology website. As in the previous scan, Robert Priddy purposely omitted relevant information because it contained names to individuals who may possess unsavory information about him.

V.K.N. Letter Scan 05:

Relevant extract from the scan below:

VK Narasimhan - Swami - Bhagavan - Yours In Sai Seva

VK Narasimhan - Swami - Bhagavan - Yours In Sai Seva


NOTE: Narasimhan ended his letter (twice, once with a hand-written post script) “Yours in Sai Seva”. Narasimhan also said, “Of course every act of Bhagavan has a significance of its own.” The only reason why Narasimhan maintained a friendship with Robert Priddy was because of his positive involvement with Sathya Sai Baba.

V.K.N. Letter Scan 06:

Relevant extract from the scan below:

VKNarasimhan - Swami - Bhagavan - Yours In Sai Seva

VKNarasimhan - Swami - Bhagavan - Yours In Sai Seva


VK Narasimhan: “I do hope that by Bhagavan’s grace you will soon get over your spinal trouble. I presume that you are making regular use of Swami’s vibuthi. A small pinch of vibuthi taken everyday in a glass of water has amazing curative effects.“

NOTE: VKN referred to Sathya Sai Baba as “Bhagavan”, which means “God”. Once again, Narasimhan ended his letter with “Yours in Sai Seva”. In his book, “Source of the Dream”, Robert Priddy claimed that Sathya Sai Baba cured him of his spinal troubles through alleged “dream-surgeries”, which resulted in a visible transformation of his vertebrae that thoroughly perplexed his doctor.

The VK Narasimhan Letters – In Conclusion

V.K. Narasimhan’s scanned letters strongly argue that Robert Priddy maliciously lied about him. This is not surprising considering the fact that Robert Priddy maliciously lies about others unapologetically (fully documented with screen-caps and links). V.K. Narasimhan was a Sai Devotee to his death and there is no proof that he said one word against Sathya Sai Baba or the Sai Organization (even in private correspondence). Rather, V.K. Narasimhan’s verifiable and written words prove that he was entirely devoted to Sathya Sai Baba (the Guru to whom he dedicated his life for a full 30 years).

Copyright Notice: The scans above were letters that VK Narasimhan personally wrote. Therefore, any claims to copyrights belong to VKN and not to Robert Priddy who publicly released the scans into the public domain through various Anti-Sai websites.

Also see:
VKN – V. K. Narasimhan – Journalist & Devotee

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VKN – V. K. Narasimhan – Journalist & Devotee:

V.K. Narasimhan (VKN) was a well known and highly respected Indian journalist. VKN was the illustrious former editor of the Financial Express, The Indian Express and the Deccan Herald. VKN became a devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in early 1970 and maintained his devotion to his Guru until his death in March of 2000. In 1980, VK Narasimhan moved into Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram (Prashanti Nilayam in the village of Puttaparthi) as a permanent resident and was the deputy editor for Narayana Kasturi, translator for Sathya Sai Baba’s discourses and eventually became the Chief Editor for Sanathana Sarathi.

In the old days, V.K. Narasimhan traveled around India with Sathya Sai Baba and was frequently seen seated next to the Guru in his car. Narasimhan gave public talks to overseas devotees, Sai students and in front of public gatherings at Sathya Sai Baba’s request. He was also a highly prominent VIP.

Rubbish Attributed To VK Narasimhan By Robert Priddy:

Robert Priddy attributed all kinds of rubbish to V.K. Narasimhan that is highly questionable and unbelievable. VK Narasimhan was one of Sathya Sai Baba’s most distinguished VIPs. Gerald Joe Moreno personally observed Narasimhan interact with Sathya Sai Baba from close proximity and Narasimhan always greeted Baba with hands held in prayer and showing much devotion.

VK Narasimhan was the recipient to innumerable personal talks and interviews with Sathya Sai Baba. Baba would sometimes get up 2 to 3 times during bhajans just to talk to him. Now, however, Robert Priddy wants everyone to suspend their common sense faculties and believe him when he said that Narasimhan related all sorts of negative and criminal allegations against Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Officials and the Ashram! This is rubbish. It is also important to point out that Robert Priddy waited for VKN to die before he attributed all of these things to him, effectively quashing all possiblity of verifying his claims. Also, despite VK Narasimhan allegedly telling Priddy all these negative stories, not only did Narasimhan remain a devotee, so did Robert Priddy. How can anyone believe the words of Robert Priddy when he clearly has an Anti-Sai agenda, unapologetically lies about others and is motivated by hate, anger and vindictiveness?

Strangely enough, Robert Priddy bashed VIPs (and asserted his superiority over them) when he said that Ashram VIPs have “observably weak intellects” and:

Robert Priddy: “I find them mostly unconvincing personalities and too dummylike as devotees. They doubtless really want to believe the best and contribute to the best of all. But they are being duped too and are instrumental in drawing others in to be ‘converted’ and to get their minds ‘washed clean’. There is another term for this long-term, disinformative and psychically-backed religious conversion: it is ‘brainwashing’, nothing less.”

Odd that Robert Priddy would bash VIPs considering that his alleged friend, V.K. Narasimhan, was the most prominent VIP in the ashram. Despite Priddy’s opinions about VIPs, Priddy contradicted himself by continually referencing V.K. Narasimhan and called him a man of intellect, morality, integrity and honesty.

Proof Of V.K. Narasimhan’s Devotion To Sathya Sai Baba:

Handwritten Letter By V K Narasimhan

Handwritten Letter By V K Narasimhan

The above letter reads (click thumbnail to enlarge):

VKN: “My dear Priddy,

Thanks a lot for your long and loving letter. Your letters are like a fresh, cool breeze from the mountains.

I wish I could find the time to write a long letter to you, pouring out all that I feel on so many different things. Unfortunately, the daily routine of the Ashram and the few fugitive moments available to me for the S.S. work hardly leave me any time to deal with the mounting arrival of letters forced up on my table.

We are passing through an interesting phase in the evolution of the Sai Movement. I expect that in the next few months Bhagavan will make significant changes in various…”

VK Narasimhan was a well educated Indian man. Being fully familiar with the Indian language, Narasimhan chose not to address Sathya Sai Baba as “Baba” (father) or “Swami” (master). Narasimhan chose to address Sathya Sai Baba as “Bhagavan” (God). This clearly shows the depth of devotion that V.K. Narasimhan had for Sathya Sai Baba. I can only imagine with what disdain Narasimhan would view Robert Priddy’s use of his (VKN’s) pictures and good name to promote Anti-Sai sites and viewpoints! Unconscionable! Also see: The VK Narasimhan Letters.

Click Here to view an article that VK Narasimhan wrote in praise of Sathya Sai Baba in Sanathana Sarathi, Special Issue – November 1999 (about 3 months before his death) proving that VKN was devoted to Sathya Sai Baba to his end. The first paragraph reads:

V. K. Narasimhan: “There are certain periods in the history of mankind when the mortal beings of this earth witness epoch-making divine events with their own eyes. By far the most astounding event of this century is the Advent of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.”

VKN also referred to Sathya Sai Baba throughout his article as “Bhagavan” (i.e., “God”), an “Avatar” (i.e., “Incarnation of God”) and being “divine” or possessing “divinity”. These published comments are objective and verifiable and wholly refute Robert Priddy’s highly questionable claims about V.K. Narasimhan. Robert Priddy’s attributions to V.K. Narasimhan are subjective and non-verifiable hearsay. Personally, I rather rely on V.K. Narasimhan’s verifiable words than Robert Priddy’s unverifiable hearsay.

Kevin Shepherd and Robert Priddy have attempted to make the argument that V.K. Narasimhan was “known to have entertained extensive doubts, his habitual cynicism tempered by his dependence upon ashram amenities”. Gerald Joe Moreno personally observed V.K. Narasimhan interact with Sathya Sai Baba (as have many thousands of other people) and he always exhibited great reverence and devotion to Sathya Sai Baba. V.K. Narasimhan’s reputation was such that (had he chosen) he could have easily lived in any of India’s numerous ashrams. He chose to stay with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for 30 years to his death. V.K. Narasimhan also had the opportunity to live with his son in Madras, but he chose to live at Puttaparthi instead. These are facts, whereas Shepherd and Priddy’s hearsay and speculations are not.

Venkataraman related the following about Narasimhan:

“Talking about Kasturi, I told V.K. Narasimhan (Kasturi’s deputy editor and later the editor of Sanathana Sarathi) that Kasturi was Swami’s Hanuman. VKN corrected me, ‘No. No. You are wrong. Kasturi was Swami’s Vyasa’. VKN told me that Swami asked him to write a tribute on Kasturi in SS – a rare expression of Swami’s Grace. Apart from Swami rushing to Kasturi’s hospital bedside at the time of his last moments and giving him vibhuthi, another rare blessing was Swami getting Kasturi to write his autobiography ‘Loving God’ and Swami launching it on Christmas Day 1982, in his presence, on his 85th birthday, 5 years before his death . On that occasion, without prior notice, Swami had asked VKN to speak on Kasturi.”

Despite V.K. Narasimhan’s devotion to Sathya Sai Baba (spanning a full 30 years), Robert Priddy used Narasimhan’s good name to smear the Guru to whom VKNarasimhan devoted his life. It is of little wonder that many people doubt Priddy’s credibility.

Narasimhan’s Miraculous Experience With Sathya Sai Baba:

The following story is related on the Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications website:

In 1983 Shri V.K. Narasimhan, Editor, Sanathana Sarathi was directed by Baba to attend an international conference organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Italy scheduled for 30-31st October, 1983. It was only on 24th that Shri Narasimhan was informed that he should board the plane on 28th from Bangalore. On 27th Baba called him and asked him to proceed to Bangalore for the journey on 28th. And he started for Bangalore after doing ‘Padanamaskar’ to Swami. His papers were not ready till then, but he got them just before three hours of his flight. He hurriedly went to Whitefield, packed his luggage and reached the Airport to board the plane, which landed him safely at Rome. On 29th Dr Pawan of Australia who was producing a magazine on behalf of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of Australia sought the opinion of Sri Narasimhan on the manuscript. When Shri Narasimhan looked for his specs (for the first time after he started) only did he realise that it was left behind at Whitefield at the time of last minute packing. It was a shock for him. He had no option but to pray wholeheartedly and fervently for Baba’s help to save him from the situation which was more grave because of the conference next day for which purpose alone he reached Italy. His intense prayer was promptly responded. Just as he completed the prayer the specs fell from above between him and Dr Pawn on the sofa they were sitting on, much to the great surprise and relief of both – the same specs with black frame which Narasimhan left behind at Whitefield. When returned to Prashanthi Nilayam Swami told him ‘I only had delivered your specs in no time from Bangalore to Rome.’ Baba is beyond Time and Space. He is omnipresent.” (Reference)

Dr. Gadhia – A Long-Time Friend Of VK Narasimhan:

Dr. Gadhia knew VK Narasimhan for a full 30 years and made Narasimhan’s acquaintance in the early 1970’s. Their friendship lasted until Narasimhan’s death in the year 2000. Dr. Gadhia knew V.K. Narasimhan much better than Robert Priddy ever did. Ghadia and Narasimhan were often asked to speak before students and devotees at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams. From his intimate and long-term friendship with V.K. Narasimhan, Dr. Gadhia believed that Narasimhan had full and complete faith in Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. In order to believe Robert Priddy’s dubious claims about VKN, one must not only ignore VKN’s own words, private letters and books praising Sathya Sai Baba as God and the Avatar of the Age, one must also discard the first-hand stories of Sai Devotees who knew VKN over the course of several decades.

“Beloved Swami once called Mr. Narasimhan and ‘this Das’ to talk to the students in Prashanti Nilayam. Mr. Narasimhan related the above experience, which confirmed Baba’s immense supernatural powers. He had complete faith in Bhagavan and knew that Beloved Swami is enacting a drama and is the Director of the drama.”
Sai Smaran
Dr. D.J. Gadhia
Chapter 41 ‘Shat-Laksharchana’
Pages: 300, 301, 303

Tributes To VK Narasimhan:

SHRI JAITLEY CONDOLES THE DEATH OF SHRI V.K. NARASIMHAN:
The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has condoled the death of veteran journalist, Shri V.K. Narasimhan, who died at Puttaparpthy this morning, after a brief illness.

Shri Jaitley praised the courageous role played by Shri Narasimhan as Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Express Group during the 19-month spell of emergency. He said that Shri Narasimhan held aloft the banner of press freedom during the dark period and the services rendered by Shri Narasimhan will always be remembered.

PM CONDOLES DEATH OF SHRI V. K. NARASIMHAN:
The Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has expressed grief over the death of Shri V.K. Narasimhan in Bangalore on March 9, 2000. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister has said: “Shri V.K. Narasimhan was a distinguished journalist who will be remembered for fearlessly upholding freedom of the press, especially during the Emergency. His editorship of various papers was marked by excellence. He held the highest professional standards and displayed absolute integrity and character. I convey my heart-felt condolence to his family and friends.”

A lifelong journalist, Narasimhan worked at The Hindu, a daily newspaper in Madras, India, and later worked with the Deccan Herald in Bangalore. As the editor of the Indian Express in 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, declaring emergency rule, imposed censorship on newspapers and pressured them to report only good news about her. Most papers complied, but Narasimhan refused, standing firmly for freedom of expression. Narasimhan died March 9 in Puttaparthy, Andhra Pradesh state, at the retreat of a Hindu ascetic. He was 88.

V.K. Narasimhan’s Book: “Bapu To Baba”:

The title of this book is Bapu to Baba. ‘Bapu’ is the endearing term used for Mahatma Gandhi. It literally means father. This book is a collection of 36 articles written by V K Narasimhan who was the editor of Sai Baba’s spiritual journal called Sanathana Sarathi. Mr. Narasimhan came to Bhagavan Baba in 1980 after nearly half a century of association with leading national dailies. Originally published on Swami’s 60th birthday, the present edition is a reprint with a few additional articles on Bhagavan Baba and His global mission to unify and spiritualise mankind. These articles bear testimony to the author’s deep concern for freedom, social justice and moral values.

Bapu to Baba
By V.K. Narasimhan

The first edition of Bapu to Baba was published in November 1985, as an offering to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on His sixtieth birthday. The present edition is a reprint with a few additional articles on Bhagavan Baba and His global Mission to unify and spiritualise mankind.

The author is a well known journalist with more than half a century of association with leading national dailies. He was the Editor of Bhavana’s Spiritual Journal, Sanathana Sarathi.

The book is a collection of 36 articles which bear testimony to the author’s deep concern for freedom, social justice and moral virtues.

The first article ‘A Journalist’s Odyssey’ is an expansion of the title. He is fortunate to have been born in one of the stirring moments of Indian History. In the 1920s, Gandhi became the moving spirit of the Indian National Movement. As a young boy he was all enthusiasm for whatever Gandhi did.

As a college student, he read the collapse of the capitalist system and the Great Depression that gripped the European countries. The Soviet experiment sounded to be a promising alternative and he became a Marxist with the hope of a better world to be ushered in by the socialist system, ’the community of working people enjoying the benefits of science and technology through the social ownership of the means of production.’

Looked at from the Marxist angle, even Gandhiji seemed to be an economic and social reactionary, more concerned with the moral means, than with vital economic social goals.

But the course of history – Stalinist Communism with its aggressive nationalism – did not fulfil the promises of the Marxist ideals. It was found to be more dangerous because of its complete control over the minds and resources of the people.

His critique of communism is worth quoting: ‘I felt, in particular, that the Communist doctrine of the end justifying the means and their avowed faith in violence as the means of social change were bound to prove self-defeating and could only produce a social and political system in which moral values were subordinate to political and personal ends. Above all, the doctrine of class war and class hatred, on which the entire Communism Movement had been built, seemed to me to be calculated to warp the minds of millions of people and breed an atmosphere of hatred which could not be conducive to the development of a healthy and harmonious social system.’

With this growing awareness, long it was not after he realised that the Gandhian approach to National and international problems was more enduring.

Narasimhan’s career as a journalist – 15 years prior to Independence and 33 years after Independence of the country – made him a personal witness to the universal collapse of morals and self-discipline that rapidly over took the country. He felt the supreme need of the country to recover the spirit of Gandhiji for ordering its life in every department, in Government and outside.

He identified in Bhagawan Baba the authentic spiritual leader from whom emanated the powerful moral force to rejuvenate not only the country but the entire world. Sri Sathya Sai Organization is the true World Body that achieves the unity of mankind in a common goal of love and service to fellowmen.

From: Spiritual Impressions, Puttaparthi, Sai Towers, Mar-Apr. 1997, pag. 70-71 (Reference)

Select Bibliography Of V.K. Narasimhan:

  • “Making of Editorial Policy in the Indian Press” V.K. Narasimhan, 1961.
  • “The press, the public and the administration” V.K. Narasimhan, Indian Institute of Public Administration, 1961, ASIN: B0000CQYKL
  • “Excursions” V.K. Narasimhan, 1962.
  • “Kasturi Ranga Iyengar” V.K. Narasimhan, The Director, Publications Division, 1963, ASIN: B000LAFY2S. A champion of the freedom of the Press, Kasturi Ranga Iyengar established ‘the Hindu’ as the voice of the people. Today, the paper has a circulation of over 700,000 copies and a readership of over 3 million.
  • “Democracy and Mixed Economy” V.K. Narasimhan, 1965.
  • “Kamaraj – A Study” V.K. Narasimhan, 1966. A major biography of a famous Indian.
  • “Kasturi Srinivasan” V.K. Narasimhan, Popular Prakashan, 1969. A biography of an editor for ‘the Hindu’ for 40 years.
  • “Pluralism & mixed economy: A basis for centre-state relations” V.K. Narasimhan, Forum of Free Enterprise, 1978, ASIN: B0000CQVPG
  • “The disciplines of democracy (M. Sreenivasa Iyengar memorial lecture)” V.K. Narasimhan, Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs, 1978, ASIN: B0000EEBD9
  • “Above the Battle” V.K. Narasimhan, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay/London, 1973, with a foreword by former Chief Justice of India, M. Hidayatullah.
  • “Democracy Redeemed” V.K. Narasimhan, S. Chand, Delhi, 1977, ASIN: B0000EE0PG Foreword by N.A. Palkhivala, who wrote: “In Democracy Redeemed, Mr. Narasimhan – one of our most eminent journalists – has vividly presented the story of India’s loss of freedom in 1975 and the return to the democratic path in 1977. It is a bird’s eye view – but the eyes that of the eagle.” Also: “‘Courage’, said Sir James Barrie, ‘is the thing. All goes if courage goes.’ We were very fortunate in having a select band of courageous men like Mr. Narasimhan – without whom all might have been lost.”
  • “Kasturi Ranga Ayyangara (Adhunika Bharata ke nirmata)” V.K. Narasimhan, Prakasana Vibhaga Sucana aura Prasarana Mantralaya Bharata Sarakara, 1985, ASIN: B0000CRENW

  • “From Bapu to Baba” V.K. Narasimhan, Kalakshetra Publications, Madras 1985. Republished by Sai Towers Publishing, Puttaparthi, 1990. ISBN-10: 8186822186 – ISBN-13: 978-8186822180
  • “Devoted to the Lord. Beloved of the Lord” V.K. Narasimhan, 1992, 80th birth anniversary offering to VKN, edited by his son, V.N. Narayanan. Contains a letter from the President of India, R. Venkataraman and from the Governor of Maharashtra, C. Subramaniam.

Also see:
VKN – V.K. Narasimhan – A Life Of Devotion To BHAGAVAN Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Vir Sanghvi – Gerald Joe Moreno Responds To Sanghvi, Vir

Vir Sanghvi

Vir Sanghvi



Introduction To The Indian Journalist Vir Sanghvi:

Vir Sanghvi is an Indian journalist who is a staunch critic of Sathya Sai Baba. He is currently the editorial director for the Hindustan Times (which may explain why they almost exclusively report negative information about Sathya Sai Baba), former editor for Sunday, former consulting editor for Anada Bazaar Patrika, former editor for Imprint, founder-editor for Bombay Magazine and currently writes a Counterpoint weekly column in the Hindusan Times. Vir Sanghvi was allegedly educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and Oxford University, is reputed as being one of the youngest editors in India and is also a television personality.

Don’t let all of these credentials fool you. Vir Sanghvi is willing to compromise his integrity and reputation as a journalist by resorting to disrespectable research, bias and sensationalistic propaganda to promote his views against Sathya Sai Baba.


Vir Sanghvi’s “Counterpoint” Columnist Article:

On November 25th 2006, Vir Sanghvi wrote a Counterpoint columnist article in the Hindustan Times entitled “The Truth About Sathya Sai Baba”. Not only did Vir Sanghvi not know that Sathya Sai Baba turned 81 (he claimed Baba turned 80), he admitted that he is “not big on Sathya Sai Baba” and referred to him as the “old boy”.

In his Counterpoint article, Vir Sanghvi made the following inaccurate claims about Sathya Sai Baba:

  1. Sathya Sai Baba just celebrated his 80’th birthday.
  2. There is a “sordid controversy” about Sathya Sai Baba engaging in questionable behavior with “little boys”.
  3. The homosexual allegations against Sathya Sai Baba are “too numerous to dispute”.
  4. That the list of Western complainants runs “into triple figures”.
  5. All of Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles can easily be performed by conjurors.

Did Sathya Sai Baba Celebrate His 80th Birthday In 2006?

The answer is “no”. Sathya Sai Baba celebrated his 81st birthday in 2006. Nice double-checking there, Mr. Vir Sanghvi.

Vir Sanghvi Alleged Sathya Sai Baba Engaged In Questionable Behavior With “little boys”

Those opposing Sathya Sai Baba wage an unremitting smear campaign against him that accuses him of “serial pedophilia” and the sexual abuse of “boys” and “children”. These allegations are fallacious, unsustantiated and wholly untrue. There are no testimonies from “boys”, “children” or parents of children that support the erroneous claim that Sathya Sai Baba is a pedophile who engaged in sexual interactions with children. To date, there are no court cases, police complaints, affidavits, public grievances or lawsuits from any parent alleging that Sathya Sai Baba sexually abused his/her child. Not even one single legitimate complaint. Sathya Sai Baba has never been charged with any crime, has never been convicted of any crime and has never had even one single complaint lodged against him, first-hand, by any alleged victim (child, teenager, parent or adult) in India.

Vir Sanghvi cannot cite even one single police complaint or court case that supports his erroneous claim that Sathya Sai Baba engaged in questionable behavior with “little kids”. One would think that a journalist of Vir Sanghvi’s calibre would have the basic integrity to research and confirm allegations before publishing unsupported opinions, speculations and conspriacy theories in the Hindustan Times. To date, neither Vir Sanghvi or anyone else have been able to confirm even one single case where Sathya Sai Baba engaged in questionable behavior with “little kids”.

Vir Sanghvi Alleged That The Homosexual Allegations Are “too numerous to dispute”

To support his claim that the homosexual abuse allegations against Sathya Sai Baba are “too numerous to dispute”, Vir Sanghvi suggested that one enter “Sathya Sai Baba” and “homosexuality” into a Google search. Because there are almost 18,000 returns, Vir Sanghvi concluded that these allegations are “too numerous to dispute” and some of these allegations must be true. What kind of journalist bases facts and figures on Google results? This is not only shabby research, it is poor journalism.

For example, enter “George Bush” and “homosexuality” into a Google search and you will get an astounding million (plus) returns: View Results. Enter “Jesus” and “homosexuality” into a Google search and you will get an astounding two million (plus) returns: View Results. Enter “Mother Teresa” and “homosexuality” into a Google search and you will get hundreds of thousands of returns: View Results. Using Vir Sanghvi’s lamentable logic, one must conclude that some of these results are indicative that George Bush, Jesus and Mother Teresa engaged in acts of homosexuality. What kind of journalist uses this type of propaganda as “evidence” against others? In my opinion, the only type of journalists who engage in this type of low-class propaganda are tabloid journalists who care less for facts and care more for sensationalism and fiction.

Furthermore:

Vir Sanghvi Google Results

Vir Sanghvi Google Results


Since Vir Sanghvi is not an internationally revered guru like Sathya Sai Baba (who has millions of followers), these results are high for one person. Are we to conclude that Mr. Sanghvi engaged in acts of “homosexuality” and that he is “stupid”, “gay”, “corrupt”, “hateful”, “biased”, “offensive” and a “murderer” based on Google’s results? Using Sanghvi’s standard, the answer is “yes”. After all, this is the standard and “evidence” that Vir Sanghvi attempted to use against Sathya Sai Baba. Why can’t others use these same standards and “evidence” against Mr. Vir Sanghvi?

For those who are not gullible, naive or sensationalists, Google’s results are not indicative of guilt, evidence, complaints, behavior or anything else for that matter. Google’s results simply return webpages (many duplicates) with all possible combinations of keywords located on any given webpage. This explains the Google results obtained for George Bush, Jesus and Mother Teresa. This also explains why Vir Sanghvi had 10,000+ Google results when his name was combined with the word “homosexuality” and 89,000 results when his name was combined with the word “hate”.

Vir Sanghvi Alleged There Is A List Of Western Complainants That Run “into triple figures”

I am not aware of any list composed of Westerner complainants that “runs into triple figures”. Where did Vir Sanghvi obtain this information from?

On the websites run by ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba, they provide a list of alleged sexual abuse victims. The list is composed of sixteen names (many are fake names). That’s it. See For Yourself. All of these alleged victims (except for one 16 year old) were adults 18 to 31 years of age. No “little boys” were listed. Perhaps Mr. Sanghvi could inform us as to which reliable source he viewed to support his claim that there is a “list of complainants” that runs “into triple figures” for Westerners only?

It is strongly suspected that Vir Sanghvi referred either to the bogus online-petition against Sathya Sai Baba on SaiPetition.net (on which anyone can submit multiple fake entries under multiple fake names) or he is referring to Robert Priddy’s bogus list of “Prominent Ex-Devotees Of Sai Baba” (a majority who were never “fondled” or “abused” by Sathya Sai Baba and whose names were mostly copied from the bogus online-petition website). Why is it that a notable journalist like Vir Sanghvi cannot back up his claims with verifiable and reliable sources? Are these the gutter standards that Vir Sanghvi must utilize in order to promote his Anti-Sai bias and poorly-constructed arguments in the Hindustan Times? Sadly, this appears to be the case.

Can All Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Miracles Easily Be Performed By Conjurors?

Mr. Sanghvi claimed that “every single one” of Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles can be easily performed by even “moderately-talented conjurors”. Although it is true that any alleged materialization that Sathya Sai Baba performs will be inextricably tied to doubt, I have yet to see any “conjuror” who can heal people from incurable diseases, appear to people all around the world (in dreams, visions and physical form) and manifest vibuthi, amrita, kumkum, tumeric, holy water, mishri, coins, statues of gods and goddesses, siva lingams, crystals, gems, fragrances, flowers, lights, and various other substances on the altars of devotees all around the world and in the privacy of their own homes (like Sathya Sai Baba is reputed as doing).

There are literally thousands of such stories and first-hand accounts. Even some ex-devotees (to this day) still attest to Sathya Sai Baba’s paranormal abilities.

The following links show a small sampling of manifestations and materializations typically associated with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. These manifestations occur in the privacy of devotee’s homes all around the world, thousands of miles away from Sathya Sai Baba’s physical form. Any “conjuror” up to duplicating these alleged miracles?:

Vir Sanghvi – In Conclusion:

I think Mr. Vir Sanghvi owes Sathya Sai Baba an apology and should immediately retract his erroneous, inaccurate and dishonest comments until a time comes when he can factually document his current speculations and assumptions with verifiable, accurate and truthful data from reliable and reputable sources. The style of Vir Sanghvi’s article is emotional, as opposed to objective. This behavior is not what one would expect from the editorial director of the Hindustan Times. Or is it?

The internet version of Vir Sanghvi’s article allows for people to submit responses. Although several responses (pro and con) were published, Gerald Joe Moreno’s was not, hence this webpage. Just more proof of the suppression and dictator-like control weilded by Vir Sanghvi on the Hindustan Times and his abject failure to accept responsiblity for his blind guesswork, second-rate research, overemotionalism and ludicrous claims against Sathya Sai Baba.

People like Vir Sanghvi use their professions and status to push their subjective, emotional and personal views against Sathya Sai Baba, instead of relying on objective facts. As stated many times before, the objective facts speak for themselves:

  • Sathya Sai Baba has never been proven to be a “charlatan”.
  • Sathya Sai Baba has never been convicted of any crime.
  • Sathya Sai Baba has never been charged with any crime.
  • Sathya Sai Baba has never had even one single complaint lodged against him by any alleged victim, first-hand, in India. As a matter of fact, not even one alleged victim has even tried to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India (the only place where courts would have jurisdiction over Baba as an individual defendant).

These are the cold, hard facts and no rationalist, critic, skeptic, ex-devotee or journalist can provide a scintilla of verifiable evidence to the contrary.

Hypocrite Vir Sanghvi (a self-professed “good journo” who often blathers about accountability, honesty and editorial integrity) has exposed himself to be a biased journalist whose precept is bereft of practice.

Also see:
Comments About Vir Sanghvi’s Article ‘The Truth About Sathya Sai Baba’
Prof G. Venkataraman Responds To Vir Sanghvi And Others
Sathya Sai Baba “Sex Scandal” Myth

Tanya Datta And The Secret Swami

Tanya Datta is a British-Asian journalist and writer living in the UK. Tanya Datta made her TV debut in 2004 when she investigated allegations against the revered Indian Guru and humanitarian Sathya Sai Baba in a BBC2 program entitled “Secret Swami”.

Tanya Datta wrote an article promoting the “Secret Swami” program in exclusive association with Basava Premanand (a known critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba since 1968) entitled “Sai Baba: God-Man or Con Man?”. Tanya Datta also holds Basava Premanand in such great esteem, she figured him prominently on her official domain (click screencap to enlarge):

Tanya Datta Official Website Prominently Figures Sai Baba Critic Basava Premanand

Tanya Datta’s Official Website Prominently Figures Sai Baba Critic Basava Premanand


Tanya Datta’s close association and work with Indian rationalists, skeptics and atheists (Refs: 0102030405) lends credence to the perception that Tanya Datta is biased against Gurus and her output about Sathya Sai Baba is similarly interpreted.

An Open Admission Of Bias About The “Secret Swami” Video:

Andries Krugers Dagneaux (former webmaster and “Main Representative, Supervisor and Contact” for the largest Anti-Sai Site on the internet, hetnet.nl/~exbaba: Reference) made several very disturbing claims that Michelle Goldberg (from salon.com), 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 Ex-Devotees: Reference!

As a matter of fact, the IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union – An Atheist & Rationalist group) said the following about the “Secret Swami” Program:

“The documentary had considerable input from IHEU and some of its member organizations in India during production, and prominently features B Premanand and Professor Narendra Nayak, leaders of the IHEU member organization India CSICOP.” (Ref)

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.

Bill Aitken’s Opinion About The “Secret Swami” Program:

Not only has the BBC.co.uk 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)

Pertaining To “Secret Swami” Witness, Alaya Rahm

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 from 1995 – 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, Alaya Rahm’s alcoholism and drug addiction have been purposely suppressed from the general public by Anti-Sai Activists, the Rahm Family and the media (Ref).

UK Journalist – Tanya Datta – Full Article


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