Data about Sathya Sai Baba
More factual errors and
disinformation from the ashram.
By: Brian Steel
Just found (June 2004):
A THIRD CENTRAL OFFICIAL SSB WEBSITE (for the Sri Sathya
Sai Books and Publications Trust, which publishes
large quantities of books
about SSB - www.sssbpt.org
On this website, there
is evidence that this official website, like others, perpetuates unsubstantiated
information about the early chronology of SSB's
According to volume 1
of Love is My Form' (LIMF) (published not by SSB critics but
by the local
Towers publishing company of Puttaparthi
in 2000), the dates offered by the Publications Trust (reproduced below) are
incorrect. Add 3 years to conform to the dates offered and supported as the
correct ones by the lengthy research of the
Towers team (as well as by other circumstantial evidence
available). This research includes photostats published
in LIMF of relevant School Registers
from the four (not three) places where SSB attended school.
According to this official
website (quoting another Sathya Sai Trust website [http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/pages/saisaga/saisaga1.htm]):
Attended elementary school in Puttaparthi and Bukkapatnam.
Book Publishing website also states:
According to 'LIMF',
this is quite incorrect. Between 1936
and 1942, SSB attended schools
in Puttaparthi, Kamalapuram,
and Bukkapatnam. He attended school in Uravakonda for a few months in the second half of 1943.
The 'Scorpion Bite'.
The first transcorporeal journey to save
suggestion that the alleged scorpion bite incident was to
save a devotee seems to be a NOVELTY to be added to the SSB literature.)
If this took place, it was in early 1943.
at Puttaparthi : "I am Saibaba." "No. A
ccording to most of the SSB literature it took place in Uravakonda
(in 1940). But according to 'LIMF', it was in 1943.
Proclamation at Uravakonda : "I am no
longer your Sathya. I am Sai.
My work is calling me." The first Bhajan Song,
also a call to mankind : "Manasa
Bhajare Guru Charanam
No. 'LIMF' places
this in 1943.
Addendum: Since there is no reason to doubt
the new information given by 'LIMF' in 2000, this is further proof that the official date for SSB's 'Declarations' is not 1940, as the SSO tells the world,
official SSB websites cannot be bothered to correct the record on such simple
matters, why should they be taken seriously on other alleged biographical
data about SSB.