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Robert Priddy Dared Not Sue Leo Rebello

It is an irrefutable fact that Sathya Sai Baba and the Sai Organisation refuse to be dragged into Ex-Devotee’s gutter of hate, lies, smears, defamations and libels.

Despite years of unrelenting attacks by Barry Pittard, Robert Priddy. Timothy Conway, Serguei Badaev, Brian Steel, Andries Krugers Dagneaux, Al & Marisa Rahm, Tony O’Clery, Psychic Trance Medium Conny Larsson, etc., Sathya Sai Baba and the Sai Organisation have never (ever) been officially charged with any crime and not even one alleged “victim” has filed a basic police complaint, public grievance or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India (the only place where courts would have jurisdiction over the Guru as an individual defendant). This is an irrefutable statement of fact and critics of Sathya Sai Baba cannot cite any credible or legal references to support their attacks, rumors, gossips and conspiracy theories.

The only legal case filed against Sathya Sai Baba was by Alaya Rahm (the ‘Secret Swami’ superstar), who actually filed bogus suits against the wrong defendants in the wrong country (the suits were filed in the USA and not in India)! Alaya Rahm’s legal cases were all self-dismissed before they ever went to trial. See:

Brian Steel Wrote About Internet Attacks Against Sathya Sai Baba

It is interesting to note that when Brian Steel was a Sai Devotee (he is currently an Ex-Devotee), he wrote about internet attacks in his book “The Powers of Sathya Sai Baba”, Mornington, 1998. This book attempted to categorize the profuse and diverse miracles of Sathya Sai Baba that occur on a global scale. Brian Steel claimed that vibuthi manifested on his picture of Sathya Sai Baba and claimed the guru miraculously saved him from drowning. However, let us take a closer look at Brian Steel’s actual words regarding the internet attacks against Sathya Sai Baba:

Brian Steel: “The Internet allows both (or more!) sides of a topic to be examined. Nevertheless, it is wise to remember that because of freedom of access to anyone with a computer and a modem, the Web is also accessible to people with negative intentions and even to raving lunatics. Literally anyone may have his or her say. (page 158)

Naturally, the Web is also open to critics and detractors. The Indian Skeptics have their own Website and they are supported by other groups and individuals abroad with similiar aims, notably in Canada and Germany. Other groups of skeptics have Web Sites too. But Baba has a white knight on the Worldwide Web to defend Him. The well-known and indefatigable American Sai Baba devotee, Bon Giovanni, who has built up a large and important Website, makes much Baba information and opinion available and provides mnay links with overseas Sai Websites, and even a link to sites critical of Sai Baba(like the Indian Skeptics), which must surely impress even those dour individuals! The inquisitive Web surfer can even find a link on Bon’s Web Pages to an internet book by a Canadian skeptic. The book attempts to show that Sai Baba is neither omniscient or omnipotent. Fortunately, and to his enormous credit, Bon Giovanni actually debates on the ‘Net’ with such critics of Sai Baba. (page 159)

Since Baba does not usually respond to criticism of any kind, there is no fear of a libel suit and so journalists may proceed more or less with impunity to try to sow doubts on Baba’s actions and motives. (pages 150-151)”

Even Brian Steel was aware of the fact that since Sathya Sai Baba rarely responds to criticisms of any kind, people feel free to libel him because they have no fear of legal suits.

Robert Priddy’s Double Standards & Deceit Come Back To Bite Him

Robert Priddy wrote an article entitled “Sathya Sai Baba dared not sue Daily People newspaper”, in which he poorly attempted to make the argument that because the Sai Organisation did not sue the Daily People newspaper for “libel” that the stories they published must somehow be true.

On the internet, Leo Rebello has publicly claimed that Robert Priddy has AIDS, is a homosexual, is a schizophrenic and had sex with his former guru (Refs: 0102). Robert Priddy has never attempted to sue Leo Rebello for “libel”, so what must we infer from Robert Priddy’s inaction? That Leo Rebello’s accusations are true? Using the very same standards that Robert Priddy used against Sathya Sai Baba, the answer is “yes”! Robert Priddy “dared not sue” Leo Rebello for “libel” and Priddy’s inaction strongly implies that Rebello’s accusations have merit to them.

Thank you Mr. Priddles for setting the standard and implicating yourself in the process!

Ex-Devotee’s employ a entire slew of double standards and reprehensible tactics against Sathya Sai Baba, the Sai Organization, Sai Devotees and Pro-Sai Activists. However, if one were to turn the tables on Ex-Devotee’s they would be implicated in the very same reprehensible behaviors they attribute to others.

Robert Priddy is being dealt with now and as one can see, dealing with him requires no huge effort. It is obvious that Robert Priddy must sense the irremediable inferiority of his arguments and that is why he is so frenzied to create an untrue and injurious impression of those who disagree with his hate-based agendas. Perhaps the most disturbing part to Robert Priddy’s harangues is his astonishing ability to tell pathological lies with a straight face, without even cracking a smile or suppressing a giggle. Robert Priddy has trained himself well in the art of rhetoric and he has apparently amazed and dazed some people with his nostril-flaring ability. Moreno remains unimpressed.

Robert Priddy – The Con Artist:

Needless to say, Robert Priddy has a long and established history of distortions, lies, defamations and libels.

Of course, none of these things are surprising considering that Robert Priddy is an LSD Advocate who is thoroughly obsessed with genital oilings and who relishes projecting his homoerotic fantasies onto Moreno. Robert Priddy is allied with Bisexual & Psychic Trance Medium Conny Larsson and Child Porn Purveyor RFJ Sandt and Perverted Fetishist Sanjay Dadlani. Robert Priddy is also a staunch promoter of New Age Advocate & Reincarnator Alan Kazlev and Guru & UFO Promoter Timothy Conway (who actually believes that Sathya Sai Baba may have molested alleged victims like aliens are alleged to do through abductions!).

The only people guilty of running “massive disinformation and cover-up campaigns” are Robert Priddy and Ex-Devotees who have attacked hundreds of Sai Devotees & Non-Devotees alike and who have created hundreds of webpages to defame, libel and smear Gerald Joe Moreno. What more can one do but laugh at loud at Robert Priddy and his hypocritical finger-pointing?

Gerald Moreno’s Guide To The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ & Ex-Devotee’s Cover-Ups

Tanya Datta – UK Journalist For The Secret Swami
‘Secret Swami’ BBC Documentary
Relevant Links About The Rahm Family & The Secret Swami
Alaya Rahm Self-Dismissed His Lawsuit Against The US Sathya Sai Baba Society
A Scathing Response To Critics About Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuit
Alaya Rahm: A Decade-Long Daily User Of Illegal Street Drugs & Alcohol
Rahm Attorney (William L. Brelsford) Accused Of Incompetence
Refuting The Allegations Against Sathya Sai Baba With Factual Information
LSD Advocate Robert Priddy Defending Drug User From The Secret Swami Documentary
Sathya Sai Baba And Alaya Rahm – The Failed & Self-Dismissed Lawsuit
Dismissal Records For Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Proof Of Service Motions In Limine In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Lewis Kreydick Deposition In Limine In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Lewis Kreydick Deposition In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Barry Pittard’s Queer Obsession With Allegations Of A Sexual Nature
Robert Priddy’s Queer Obsession With Allegations Of A Sexual Nature
Sathya Sai Organisation Needs No Defense
Barry Pittard & Robert Priddy – Aggressive Internet Proxy Defamers
Al Rahm’s Email To Gerald Joe Moreno – A Response To Internet Proxy Barry Pittard
The Truth About ‘The Secret Swami’ & The Former U.S. State Department Warning Against Sai Baba

Ex-Devotee Robert Priddy Resorting To Open Acts Of Screencap Fraud

While researching his article about David Bailey and Thomas Wiehe’s Phone Conversation, Gerald Joe Moreno found three more fraudulent “screencaps” on Robert Priddy’s official domain: saibaba-x.org.uk. See for yourself (click the thumbnail to enlarge):

Three More Instances Of Screencap Fraud By Con Man Robert Priddy

Three More Instances Of Screencap Fraud By Con Man Robert Priddy

Obvious Discrepancies With The Bogus Screencaps:

  • Notice the complete difference in width (Moreno’s webpage is set to exact HTML width specifications).
  • Notice the blue background is missing.
  • Notice how the font looks different.
  • Notice a yellow icon next to the red arrow (which has never been published on Moreno’s domain).

In truth, Robert Priddy’s bogus “screencaps” were not taken from Moreno’s official website but were falsified and counterfeited by Con-Man Robert Priddy. Moreno’s webpage is set to exact HTML specifications in regards to width and Robert Priddy’s screencaps are half the size of Moreno’s webpage (proving they are frauds)! View Moreno’s Official Webpage Here and compare it to the bogus “screencaps” published on Robert Priddy’s official domain: saibaba-x.org.uk (simply roll your cursor over the following links to view snap.com’s image captures):

  1. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/9/joetrans.jpg
  2. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/9/joetrans2.jpg
  3. http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/9/joetrans3.jpg

Why Robert Priddy would continue to shamelessly and recklessly publish falsified and fraudulent screencaps against Moreno remains a mystery.

Robert Priddy is a liar, deceiver and falsifier who is so desperate and frenzied to smear Gerald Joe Moreno, he apparently needs to resort to blatant acts of screencap fraud and apparently doesn’t care if everyone sees him doing it! Now readers have a better idea why Gerald Moreno often refers to Robert Priddy as a mentally imbalanced “extremist” and “fanatic”. Readers must also remember that Robert Priddy is the same person who attempts to portray himself as “credible” and Sathya Sai Baba (and others) as “non-credible”!

Robert Priddy – The Anti-Sai-Baba Extremist:

Needless to say, LSD advocate Robert Priddy has a long and established history of distortions, lies, defamations and libels.

Of course, none of these things are surprising considering that Robert Priddy is an LSD Advocate who is thoroughly obsessed with genital oilings and who relishes projecting his homoerotic fantasies onto Moreno. Robert Priddy is allied with Bisexual & Psychic Trance Medium Conny Larsson and Child Porn Purveyor RFJ Sandt and Perverted Fetishist Sanjay Dadlani. Robert Priddy is also a staunch promoter of New Age Advocate & Reincarnator Alan Kazlev and Guru & UFO Promoter Timothy Conway (who actually believes that Sathya Sai Baba may have molested alleged victims like aliens are alleged to do through abductions!).

The only people guilty of running “massive disinformation and cover-up campaigns” are Robert Priddy and Ex-Devotees who have attacked hundreds of Sai Devotees & Non-Devotees alike and who have created hundreds of webpages to defame, libel and smear Gerald Joe Moreno. What more can one do but laugh at loud at Robert Priddy and his hypocritical finger-pointing?

Largest Anti-Sai-Baba Website Blocked By Hosting Company Again!

In Gerald Joe Moreno’s former article, he documented how Reinier van der Sandt (the webmaster for the largest Ex-Baba domains on the world-wide-web) was caught red-handed illegally stealing the entire content from his saisathyasai.com website.

Gerald Joe Moreno promptly reported RFJ Sandt’s blatant act of copyright infringement to his DDS.NL hosting company and Reinier van der Sandt’s entire Ex-Baba domain was shut down until he removed the offending material (which he eventually did).

Just recenty, it was discovered that RFJ Sandt’s ExBaba domain has been blocked by his hosting company again. See for yourself (click thumbnail to enlarge):

Rfjvds DDS NL Site Blocked Again

Rfjvds DDS NL Site Blocked Again


Reinier van der Sandt’s other ExBaba domain has also been removed. See for yourself (click thumbnail to enlarge).

Rvdsandt ExBaba Domain Not Found

Rvdsandt ExBaba Domain Not Found


One can only guess why these domains were blocked and removed (as Ex-Devotees purposely suppress any and all information that might compromise their self-professed integrity).

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

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

Robert Priddy And Kevin R.D. Shepherd

Ex-Devotees Of Sathya Sai Baba have attempted to assert Robert Priddy’s notability by citing a reference made to him in the following book:

Title: Investigating the Sai Baba Movement: A Clarification of Misrepresented Saints and Opportunism
Author: Kevin R.D. Shepherd
Publisher: Citizen Initiative, Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom
Book Release: 2005-10
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0952508931

Ex-Devotees alleged:

“According to Kevin Shepherd, the former national leader of the Sathya Sai movement in Norway Robert Priddy expressed the opinion that Sathya Sai Baba was an accomplice to the 1993 murders, among others based on information given to him by his friend V.K. Narasimhan.”

First of all, V.K. Narasimhan was a staunch Sai Devotee to his death and exclusively referred to Sathya Sai Baba as “Bhagavan” (i.e., “God”) and “Lord”. As a matter of fact, V.K. Narasimhan wrote about Sathya Sai Baba (in Sanathana Sarathi, Special Issue, November 1999) about 3 months before he died and this is how he introduced his article:

“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.” (Reference)

V.K. Narasimhan wrote two favorable books about Sathya Sai Baba and not only referred to the Guru as “Lord”, he also compared the Guru with Mahatma Ghandi and Lord Krishna:

  • “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.

Therefore, Robert Priddy’s claims about Sri V.K.N. are highly suspect and wholly unbelievable.

Secondly, there are absolutely no online references about Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s qualifications, notability, personal information, credentials or schooling. There are also no media articles or University references to Kevin Shepherd although his books have been published as far back as 1983. The reason for this is probably because all of Kevin R.D. Shepherd’s books are self-published.

Kevin Shepherd’s books were published by the publisher “Citizen Initiative” (Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom), which is not listed on booktrust’s UK publishers. The only books published by “Citizen Initiative” (utilizing an advanced search on Google for “citizen initiative” + “publisher(s)” / “publishing” / “publication(s)”) are those belonging to Shepherd, Kevin. No other books have been published by “Citizen Initiative”.

I contacted the University of Sheffield UK (regarding “Citizen Initiative” and Kevin Shepherd) by email and Mrs. Barringer said:

“Sorry – have never heard of them and can find no trace in any lists of publishers.”

I also contacted booktrust.org (regarding “Citizen Initiative” and Kevin Shepherd) by email and Mr. Smith said:

“I have never heard of Citizen Initiative, but their titles – almost exclusively written by Kevin Shepherd – are listed on the Nielsen BookData database of books in print. CI also appears to act as a distributor for titles published by Anthropographia Publications (again, these books are all by Mr Shepherd), Philosophical Press and New Media Books Ltd.”

“Anthropographia” and “Philosophical” publications are other publishers that are in exclusive association with Kevin Shepherd (publishing no other books by no other authors).

Publications By “Citizen Initiative”, all by Kevin Shepherd:

  1. Some Philosophical Critiques and Appraisals
  2. Investigating the Sai Baba Movement
  3. Pointed Observations

Therefore, Kevin Shepherd’s books are vanity self-publications and his reference to Robert Priddy’s Anti-Sai Propaganda is obviously non-credible and highly biased.


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