Death from cancer among residents and visitors to Prashanthi were always hushed up as much as possible: One such prominent case, little known to others than residents and insiders of the PN ashram, was that of the Head of the ashram in 1989, Mr. Kutumba Rao. This was recorded in her diaries by Divya (who is Eileen Weed - daughter of William Weed and Teresa Weed of Walnut Creek (San Francisco) who made the SB exposé site at Divya Weed lived at Sai Baba ashrams from the age of 18 (1984-1993 and again 2001-2005). Divya has posted her diary-type letters on-line recently as a true record of her experiences then, apparently without altering anything (though she became disaffected around 2005) and these are also a valuable testimony on how very devoted believers thought and behaved in accepting the extremity of the Sai Baba doctrines. On the death by cancer of Sai Baba's most prominent VIP in the 1980s, she wrote:-

January 13, 1989, Divya wrote:- "Now, Kutumba Rao was ill so Sai sent him to Madras to have an operation. Unfortunately, when they opened him up they found that there wasn't a single organ in his body clear from CANCER. They were afraid if they touched him, he'd die. So they closed him up. Meanwhile, a telegram arrived from Swami saying, "Cancer cancelled". And it said he'd be well soon. Word is that he's able to eat and drink again, and he's coming back here soon. We await his arrival. "( Source)

On March 29, 1989, Divya reported:- "Meanwhile, Kutumba Rao is in the last stages of cancer, throwing up blood. He's here in Parthi, in a room. His wife is taking care of him and countless doctors and VIPs are visiting the room daily. They say he only has days left."

Then Divya recorded how K. Rao died (NB! cancer not cancelled by any means!):-
Kutumba Rao's Death - April 4, 1989 - Prasanthi Nilayam - Sai Ram All!
"All is continuing as usual here. Kutumba Rao had a saaad death here in Prasanthi Nilayam on March 28th. Meanwhile, Sai was in Whitefield. it seems that early that morning, the office people called Swami on the telephone to say that Kutumba Rao's condition was drastically sliding downhill. Swami reportedly replied, "Yes, I know. Today the good time of day is between 11:30 and 12:30 PM, he will die within that time". So all were prepared and kept vigil outside his house. He died at 12:05 PM. Later Swami sent word that the cremation was to be held that very day, before dusk, at 5:30 PM. Sai Ram.! (Source)

Comment on the above: Why Sai Baba sent Kutumb Rao to Madras and hospital is not explained. All such obvious blunders are left unremarked by Sai followers, not least on the grounds that "only the omniscient Swami knows, we can never understand his actions", His oft-repeated claim "Cancer Cancelled" however was once again shown by events to be sheer bluff. His closest American devotee - the top foreign VIP Dr. John Hislop who was ever privileged as with exclusive interviews and much more by Sai Baba, also died of cancer, and though he had been promised liberation from rebirth by Sai was later shockingly told he would have to take one more birth! How could anyone therefore trust any promises Sathya Sai Baba gave, especially as to protection of his devotees?

Another failed cancer healing by Sathya Sai Baba: There is plenty of evidence of cases where he was unable to cure cancer. The wife in a family in our Oslo centre had breast cancer and prayed continuously to Sai Baba for help over several years. Sometimes she thought it was receding, but eventually she was convinced to have chemotherapy. It did not help. I was given packets of vibuthi by Sai Baba at an interview in 1994 for 'the patient' (obviously that lady as this was foremost in our minds at that interview). The lady, Mrs. F. Fotland, ate all the vibuti and then firmly refused an operation, which her specialist said was her last chance. She died not long afterwards, having refused an operation in the hope that Sai Baba would intrvene miraculously..

Another example of suppression of negative events in relation to Sai Baba's claims of protection and healing after he had given a special blessing was the death of a Danish man while at Prashanthi Nilayam praying for Sai Baba's help took place shortly before I arrived there in the early 1990s. The same incident has been described by Conny Larsson in his book 'Behind the Mask of the Clown' as follows: "I had once heard him declare that a Danish man who was ill with cancer had been cured by him. That had been celebrated by Baba manifesting a gold ring as confirmation. I was shocked to hear that the man died three days later and was to be cremated just below Sai Baba's ashram. I was invited as a Swedish group leader to comfort the baffled Danish group .What remained the day after the man was laid on the wood pyre and cremated was scraped together by the Indians, who made every possible effort to find the gold ring.

Sai Baba failed cancer cure

A former devotee of Sai Baba replied to a posting by Andries Krugers Dagneaux about a case of alleged healing from cancer by a lady Danish devotee whose cancer diagnosis was changed after a visit to Sai Baba where she experienced a flow of water from her nose when he went past her. This she related in the documentary about Sai Baba made by Øivind Kyro for Danish national TV. ('Seduced'). Much has been made of Sathya Sai Baba's alleged cures of cancer. There is, of course, no scientific evidence presented by any of the claimants that such cures were effected by him. See scanned copy of a comment on this case:-

As has been written of Sai Baba's lies and false promises of healing cancer "It is one thing for a person to decide without prompting or encouragement to cease taking medical care. But for Sanathana Sarathi, a Sai Baba official journal, to give institutional sanction to the idea that the proper treatment of cancer is to abandon doctors in favour of whatever Sai Baba says, is cause for serious concern. This concern is further deepened by Sai Baba's continued ignorance on the subject of cancer. The plain fact is that vast numbers of cancers are thoroughly curable by routine medical procedures."

“In a more recent interview Baba told me that cancer is one disease which can be cured only by God's grace and with love.” Phyllis Krystal, 'The Ultimate Experience', p. 205. To this one can only say, what bunkum! The entire medical records of most cancer hospitals would provide totally overwhelming evidence that cancer is constantly cured by medical means, whether the person is a believer or some kind or determined atheist.

Sai Baba's incomprehensible medical advice is readily documented, for instance, in the following quotation:
“Baba then launched into a detailed diagnosis of my physical problems which Dr. Bhagavantam translated from Telugu into English. Baba spoke very fast and used complex medical terms which neither of us was able to comprehend and which I would not have been able to spell even if I had tried to take notes...” (Krystal, ibid., p. 37)

Comment: Sai Baba knew no modern medicine and no doubt bluffed with some kind of pseudo-medical jargon he had picked up. He would often speak unclearly so people could not be sure what he had said, and asking him to repeat a thing would not go down well, or would simply make him shift attention to someone else.

Further, in 'The Findings' by the former very close devotee David Bailey, wrote: "I have not seen him do a genuine healing on anybody in all my time of being close to him, and having had innumerable interviews. I have seen him tell people to stand up, and get out of wheel chairs, but the effect is not lasting. He generally ignores the sick and frail ones, giving out as reason, their karma.The Australian “pink twins” continue to use wheel chairs, in spite of Sai Baba's claims of healing them and their claims of being healed. A sad case for me is Maynard Ferguson. Over three years of deterioration in his hearing; during several interviews with him and his wife, he, his wife and myself asked - pleaded with Swami, to heal him. Every time, he promised to do so, but now Maynard is very deaf and has to rely on two powerful hearing aids to help him. As a fellow musician I know what this must mean to him in his heart.
Once Faye and I had an interview in the company of an elderly, rather frail Indian gentleman who used to sit on the verandah near me. He asked Sai Baba for help for his failing health. Swami, behind his back shrugged his shoulders at us, saying in what we both thought was a rather an unfeeling aside “And what can I do? Cancer. Too far gone, too far gone.”
Faye has had her own experience of him giving health advice she trustingly followed, which nearly caused permanent damage to her, before she at last resorted to western medical treatment for her complaint.
The German coordinator whom I visited in the super specialty hospital after he'd had a stroke, was eventually taken back to the verandah, but Swami did not heal him. The elderly man has gone back to Germany, and some two years later is little improved."
(Note: The German organization Central Coordinator was Mr. Bernhard Gruber, who I knew well and who recovered partly and temporarily from his stroke - as so many usually do anyhow - before dying not long thereafter.)

Faye Bailey wrote in the introduction to 'The Findings':- Apart from our separate personal experiences, there are also included experiences of others, chosen from many such, which are an integral part of unveiling this huge, illusory global scam - the biggest hoax in the God business. A veritable mountain of information is now available, far more than I can possibly place before you. My task is to report the findings I do offer accurately, while presenting a cross section of untenable behaviour, lies uncovered and magic exposed. David has spent long hours and many months, talking to people all over the world, whilst unravelling this tangled skein of years of deceit accumulated around the said “divinity incarnate”, but he is not alone in this. Courageous people on every continent are banding together to expose the monumental spiritual fraud which has been perpetrated for the personal gain of a select group, headed by Sai Baba.

Among the numerous testimonies about failed cures promised by Sathya Sai Baba, here is an example (see at foot of page)

The former close devotee, Eileen Weed (known as 'Divya') who lived in Prashanthi Nilayam with Sai Baba's elder sister Venkamma for years until her death and knew his family wrote about the boast of 'cancelled cancer' ( e-mail May 11, 2013) "Sometimes I wonder how many deaths sb caused by saying things like "cancer canceled," and also not giving permission to go to the hospital, like he did so many times with his own close relatives? I remember one elderly Indian lady in the ashram I met, who was nearly blind with cataracts. "Swami didn't give me permission to have a cataract operation, he said he'd cure me," she told me (this was a VIP who was able to talk to him in darshan). She suffered for many years like that. How tragic! (Of course, the devotees who misinterpret "signs" is another reason they suffered. My friend Carol didn't move into my free apartment when I left Parthi because of sb not turning his head and smiling at the correct time. "Swami didn't give me permission" she repeated throughout the years, when I brought it up at regular intervals - especially because she changed apartments multiple times since I left in 2005!)"

More links on the same general subject:-

  • FALSE PROMISES OF HEALTH AND PROTECTION Sai Baba makes many promises which remain unfulfilled. Many which people claim were fulfilled promises rely on thenaive interpretation of often vague or ambiguous words he has said.
  • CANCER DEATH IGNORED BUT SB leading to death and disaffection of the surviving husband
  • SAI'S PROMISES OF ETERNAL LIBERATION Not least to those who saw lingams emerge from his mouth at Shivarathri
  • HEALING, CURES AND FAITH The worldwide practices of 'healing' by charismatic figures is well known. The study of these shows that many explanations ca apply in
  • different instances. Sai Baba claims and is claimed to be a major healer, which claim is examined. Interpreting the evidence
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