Letter dated 5-2-1988 - Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Felagsvisindadeild

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND, FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE,

101 REYKJAVIK, ICELAND. TEL: 354-1 694300

Mr. B.Premanand

10 Chettipalayam Rd

Podanur 641 023, Coimbatore.

Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Feb.5, 1988.

Dear Mr. Premanand

My apologies for being late to respond to your letter of Nov.27 last. I have been very busy and also overseas for a month. I thank you very much for sending me your books.

I regret that we did not meet during some of my journeys to India. On one of them I was even in Podanur-Coimbatore.

My attempts to investigate Sai Baba took place during eight trips to India in the years 1973 to 1983 when I made my 1st visit. I then had long discussions with Prof. Narasimhaiah, one other member of the "Miracle Committee" and a secretary to the Committee but unfortunately your name never came up. If I had been aware of your work I would have visited you.

You ask 64 questions. To answer them would require a great number of pages and I do not have time for that now due to other pressing duties. Instead I am mailing you air mail the USA edition of my book on Sai Baba. It was first published in Germany in 1986, then in UK in 1987 and just this year in USA. My title for the first English edition was a quote from Sai Baba "Miracles are my visiting cards" but the USA publisher insisted on a different title "Modern Miracles" which I in the end accepted on the condition that the subtitle "an investigative report on psychic phenomena associated with Sathya Sai Baba" would be prominently displayed. In my book you will find answers to some of the questions you raise in your letter.

When did you meet Sai Baba? Were you able to interview him? How often could you observe him at close range?

I would much appreciate any comments you have about the contents of my book and hope that we will stay in touch.

With my best wishes and hoping that we meet one day and discuss our findings and observation.

Yours sincerely,

Erlendur Haraldsson.

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