Honeymoon Blindness


Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011

From: Exbaba Admin

Have an interesting read from our guestbook:

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:23 AM
Name: From somebody from England:

Robert Priddy claimed that when he was a devotee of the Indian Guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba, he shared a telepathic and psychic connection to him. So convinced was Robert Priddy of Sai Baba's inexplicable psychic abilities, he documented several of his alleged experiences in his Pro-Sai Book, Source Of The Dream:

Source Of The Dream Page 68: I formulated my prayer in words, including just what sadhana or spiritual practices I would promise to carry out in the future if my condition should allow it. On this I concentrated as deeply as I could, in silence and with eyes closed, for perhaps 30 minutes.
When I felt it time to open them and look, there was Baba, twenty-five yards off, instantly turning on his heel and hurrying over toward me. Coming close, he fixed me with one sympathetic brown eye as if to say, Agreed then? and the stopped to stand firmly and wave his right hand. A dozen hands shot out eagerly from all around me. He beckoned me to put mine out and then his own easily found a space through the jumble of outstretched hands as if they were simply not there. The very fine-grained vibuthi fell down exactly into my palm. Sai Baba flicked his thumb, and I saw it send a large speck onto the hand of a tall Swedish boy beside me, with whom I had become acquainted during our stay there. I could not see that so much as a grain was spilled!

Comment from Exbaba Admin:

We asked Robert Priddy if he would like to comment on this. He replied as follows:

It is interesting to read what I wrote over 25 years ago when I was in the first flush of enthusiasm for Sathya Sai Baba. The incident was the first in which he had taken direct notice of me. My way of describing it was obviously influenced by the mass of mistaken beliefs I then had absorbed from dozens of books, films and personal stories as well as my on dreams and interpretations of all events possibly related to him. That is the standard "honeymoon blindness" that very many new devotees experience.

That it seems auspicious that he was coming towards me when I opened my eyes now seems rather ordinary, and even the fact that he looked at me was not unnatural, but he said nothing. It was no doubt entirely my expectation - 'my wishful thinking' - that he thereby expressed agreement to my silent suggestion of a 'deal'. Many who wait at darsan were meditating, directing their wishes at Sai Baba, hundreds also always tried to give him letters with their problems, wishes and questions etc. However, I have never denied that Sai Baba had very strong intuition and possibly direct telepathic abilities. That his hand delivered the ash to mine is nothing unusual, despite other hands... there are very often many nearby who stretch out their hands hoping for some ash - Sai Baba often gave to more than one at a time. (I now know he crushes a tablet - made on a vibuti tablet-pressing machine he keeps private but which has been seen by students). The tablet was concealed on his person (sometimes even in his mouth, making the ash wet!) or was received from the man who regularly took the letters he was collecting, as can be seen on film). Obviously he could select who he wished to receive it and avoid others. No problem!

As to the Swedish boy sitting beside me, his surname was Glad, and later he became one of the most interviewed boys... loaded down with trinkets Sai Baba claimed to have materialized. That boy became more and more disturbed - I was at an interview where he was in the private room alone with Sai Baba and the doors firmly closed for over 5 minutes. When they came out, Willie Glad look anything other than his surname suggested! Later, when he left Sai Baba permanently, I was informed by a person who knew him well that he had been sexually abused many times by Sai Baba.

Robert Priddy