By: Robert Priddy


Date: 02-29-04

Sai Baba allowed an unprecedented live broadcast in the Indian subcontinent of his so-called 'lingodbhava' (bringing the egg-like ellipsoidal object out of his mouth after what looks like a painful process of 'regurgitation'). However, one can most clearly see that NO lingam 'actually emerged at all this year. Instead there was a small spurt of yellowish vomit, which was later claimed to be the lingam in liquid golden form!

Cheating Baba...

Instead there was a small spurt of yellowish vomit...

Poor soul...

Look at Baba cheating again...

It is clear that most devotees will believe just anything they are told by him or his cronies. However, it is also noteworthy that there has suddenly been a significantly increased number of defections from his movement in the last two weeks or so.

A film clip of the 'actual emergence' has been posted on the internet by devotees. One can pause the video and examine each frame separately to analyse the movements.

This is the beginning of the small vomit which hangs over is lip, there
is shining some light through it, but is has certainly not the form
of an egg shaped lingam, which is the final result of this fake ceremony.


A milllisecond later, it only appears to be some spurt, but it still hasn't
reached the handkerchief.


Another millisecond later, the spurt line grows longer and has almost
reached the handkerchief.


Baba brings his handkerchief even closer to catch the spurt, but
until now we didn't spot any shape of a lingam of the size he is going
to show us after the fake materialisation.

(View the film clip by clicking here). From before the alleged 'emergence', SSB is clearly seen to be holding something just about the size of the lingam inside the towel between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand! Now what on earth could that be, one wonders? After the vomit, he lets go of what he was holding in secret and fumbles to extract it with his right hand, taking the lingam from under the towel just where it was being held earlier, and we see a rather confused look of resignation cross his features. It seems that SSB must have lost his nerve on this occasion, for he did not even try producing the lingam from his mouth this time. We know from a private source who observed the event that SSB collapsed directly after that and was in a terrible state when he was carried off. Very likely partly a reaction to the stress of being on live TV and of realising he had not managed to pull it off convincingly to conceal his fraud from the cameras. But his favopurite, Anil Kumar, reported that SSB had to go away to 'produce' two more 'atma lingams' in private out of sight of anyone! Was SSB feeling too ill, or too camera shy? Those with perspicacious and open minds can decide the nature of this 'divine mystery'.

That the lingam was allegedly formed in the towel from vomited 'liquid gold' is something which surely only a person whose entire mind is permeated with unfounded beliefs and superstitions can credit. Interestingly, we can also compare this with the words of SSB as attributed to him directly by his one-time very close servitor Swami Karunyananda, who lived to over 100 years and spent about 4 decades living within SSB's apartment. On p. 367 of the first edition of 'The Glory of Puttaparthi' (Bangalore, 1980) by V. Balu, we read:-

Sri Karunyananda also enlightened me about the lingam which Sri Baba used to materialise from his body on Shivarathri day. Sri Karunyananda was near at hand once when a solid gold lingam was brought out by Sri Baba. The lingam was quite big and heavy and the corners of Sri Baba's mouth had been hurt a little as it emerged! What pain the passage of such a big and heavy substance must have caused Sri Baba as it came out through his throat, thought Sri Karunyananda.

Sri Baba quieted his doubts; "When I will its birth, it is born only as a very soft, pliable substance. It is soft as it emerges from the stomach and comes up the throat. It hardens only at the time it is ejected from the mouth."


As pointed out by former devotee, Sanjay Dadlani, this account has been spread around, such as in the book 'Sri Sathya Sai Baba - a story of God as man' (1985) by former long-term ashram resident M.N. Rao, and so we can all see how Sai Baba has changed his mind about how the lingam is formed, and probably has forgotten how he once explained it.

Further, when SSB resumed the lingam business again two decades after he stopped the yearly show - when his crisis with the major sexual abuse allegations began and something was badly needed to help slow the thinning out of his followers - he pronounced of the lingam he 'brought forth' then: "This lingam will not break even if it is dropped from a height with force. This is Amruthtatwam (symbol of immortality). It is changeless. You cannot see such a manifestation anywhere in the world. It is possible only with Divinity." (Sanathana Sarathi - March 1999, p. 73). If that were really so, how come that Swami Premananda did exactly the same year upon year up until he won himself a double life sentence for rape and murder in the early '90s? Or how come the regurgitation of lingams is a known fakir trick, which can be seen on various films, including a film screened on TV in 1988 ( 'Das Mysterium Der Shiva - Heilige Männer' (Ein film von Eberhart Thiem, Helga Lippert, Arno Peik) from a German series called 'Terra X - Rätsel alter Weltkulturen').

Finally, the eternally changeless 'atma lingam' this year changed into itself from yellow vomit lingam... how come? If the lingam really is made of gold, then it can surely be changed by heating it sufficiently, or putting it under a steam hammer. If not, then we have been deceived by SSB as to what it is supposed to be. If it is so eternal and changeless, then why not clear up all questions by getting an advanced physics laboratory to see if they are able in any way to change one (SSB has dozens of them)? Yes, why not? Or are they too holy to stand up to any test of truth? Or is it all a great con?