Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently, several charlatans have appeared in various places claiming
or implying that they have special powers conferred by Bhagavan Baba.
Whenever and wherever it is necessary, we are taking specific measures
to curtail the fraudulent activities of these people including direct
communication with Sai Centers, use of Sanathana Sarathi, and, if and
when it is necessary, legal measures. I have included below several
specific quotes from the Divine Writings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
It would helpful for those of you who are having experiences with these
"false gurus" in your areas to send these very, very powerful
Words, written by Bhagavan Baba, Himself, to the Sai Centers that
are experiencing these problems.
Divine Message of Bhagavan Baba follows:
Units should have no contacts with cheats!
Embodiments of Divine Atma! This Bharath
(India) land is the centre of spiritual progress for ages past and the
region where Divine incarnations re-establish Dharma for the good of humanity.
In order to make known My majesty and My glory as the Divine that has
Incarnated, miraculous happenings of an amazing nature do take place in
certain areas. Taking advantage of the attraction that those happenings
draw upon them, many misuse them for personal propaganda and aggrandizement.
They trade for money the vibhuthi (sacred
ash) that the pictures in their altars shower! They go about pretending
that they are "superior devotees" of a higher order and conferring
boons and blessings on the innocent folk whom they fleece. Others put
forth false claims that vibhuthi is emanating
from the pictures of Baba in their homes, that amrith
(nectar) is dripping from them or that material objects are falling from
them, like written answers to questions. Samithis
and other Units should have no contact with such cheats and crooks. Any
one who is attached to such or who encourages such can be immediately
There are others who claim that I am speaking through them, and answering
questions put to them. These people must be either insane or hysteria-affected
or they are possessed by some ghost or by the greed to earn money
thereby. I can only tell you that it is not I that speaks through them.
I do not need media; nor do I need substitutes or subsidiaries or representatives.
There are some crooks who are publicising that I have allotted them some
regions for ministration by them on My behalf, because, they say, My devotees
have increased so much that I am unable to at-tend to all of them, single-handed!
On the face of it, this is an absurd lie. Moreover, consider another aspect.
Evil forces try to draw away aspirants
Even those who cry in pure agonising yearning, Sai Sai Sai, and lead pure
unselfish virtuous lives, even these find it hard to realise Me; how then
can these low scheming vulgar men who know no saadhana, sincerity, truth
and humil-ity, how can these people claim that they have been blessed
by me? They may wear the same style of dress, imitate gestures and style
of speech but these will only bring their falsehood into greater prominence.
That I am supposed to "possess" such people or speak through
them or shower My Grace on them is an assumption of which one ought to
be ashamed! How then can anyone believe it, I wonder.
Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Speaks 10, chapter 35.
22 November 1970.