From B. Premanand SCIENCE VERSUS MIRACLES - VOL - I
(Explains tricks behind 150 miracles of famous gurus)

CONCLUSION

We are now moving to the end of the first volume of the series under "Science Versus Miracles". All the experiments explained here are found in books on Magic and in scientific literature. Using these methods. unscrupulous godmen and psychics have been exploiting the gullible. Even scientists like Dr. Bhagavantam. P. K. Banerjee. Venu Mukunda, Sudarshan etc., have fallen a prey to their exploitation.

Unless the government changes its education policy the country has no future. Now education is in the hands of the unscrupulous who propagate miracles, superstitions, and blind beliefs. Science is only the knowledge of nature and Universe. Unless our people are educated in Scientific Temper we have no hope. The gullible will go after miracle men for an ear solution to their mundane problems. However much we expose the godmen, the credulous will go to the next one who has yet to be exposed.

Even those who are exposed appear again when people forget the exposure and the new generation comes up. For instance, Ganapathi Satchitananda Swami of Mysore, Amritananda Mayi of Kerala, and the Sweet Baba of Satara are raising their heads and are becoming powerful. Ganapathi Satchitananda Swami was exposed by the Narasimhaiah Committee in 1970's. He himself confessed that he has no miraculous powers. Amritananda Mayi went underground in 1983 when the police confronted about 26 women who claimed to be possessed by gods and goddesses.

The Sweet Baba of Satara was exposed in 1981 `while I was in Maharashtra conducting Vijnan Jatha. He was created by some scientists who wanted to start a parapsychology department in Pune University. The scientist behind this was a colleague of Dr. Rhine of the parapsycholoy department in Duke University in the United States. Recently Sweet Baba was in the news. A UNI reporter alleges that he had investigated the Sweet Baba. made him wash his hands and when he touched something it tasted sweet. The reporter does not know the method of magicians. With a little of saccharin on his cloth after his hands are washed, and he touches the cloth stealthily he can make hundreds of people taste sweetness wherever he touches.

We have vet good laws to protect the people from being exploited by these frauds. The section 420 of the CPC is for cheating. The Medical Council Act says that none can practise medicine unless he has registered himself in the Medical Council after passing the medical examination. We also have a Medical Practitioners Act which restricts the quacks from practising medicine. We have the Magical Remedies Objectionable Advertisement Act which prohibits advertisements of magical remedies. We have a consumer Protection Act and the Monopoly Restriction of Trade Practises Act. But what use are these laws if the Law Enforcement Department does not enforce them by taking action against such crooks?

Though our ministers and the President have taken oath on our Constitution that they would protect our Constitution and Laws made under the Constitution. we find them visiting such crooks and patronising them.

When the Supreme Court has passed judgement when the Tibetans were arrested when the Chinese Premier visited India, that it is the right of even citizen to protest and agitate peacefully. we were arrested on 1.1.1986 by the Police of Andhra Pradesh when we marched to Puttaparthi to protest peacefully and explain to the people of Puttaparthi the tricks behind Satya Sai Baba's miracles. Though I had asked the State Authorities to give me protection, they protected the self proclaimed god and harassed us.

We have the press Council Act by which we can approach the Press Council if the press publishes articles without any truth in them. But the Press Council does not take any action on such-petitions when the Chairman of the press Council is also an inner circle member of the godman.

We were arrested on the plea that our peaceful protest would create law and order situation as Satya Sai Baba is very influential and his followers would get angry! That means the police would only protect the criminals and no the individual if the criminals are powerful.

When the Defence Department, Finance Department and the Home Department of the Government of India were informed of the smuggling of Indian Weapons to Uganda by Satya Sai Baba in exchange for Congo Gold, they were all silent, saying. that the matter is still under investigation Even after twelve years the investigation is not over. That means that the government also may be a party to the smuggling.

Under the Treasure Trove Act, all the things found under the earth belongs to the government. When complaint was made to the law enforcement department about an 18" inch gold Krishna Idol allegedly' taken from the earth and presented to the former Maharani of Rajkot, they were silent. When Satya Sai Baba has made gold, gold ornaments, diamonds and precious stones allegedly by his Supernatural power and presented them to influential, and even to Supreme Court Judges and their family members, when the Gold Control Act prohibits making of gold, possessing of gold and gifting of gold unless permitted by the gold Control Authority, the High Court Judge and the Bench found that Satya Sai Baba had "Materialised" gold in a split of a second and so it does not come under Gold Control Act. When the law of Conservation says that nothing can be created nor destroyed, without any evidence or record, the High Court dismissed my petition against Saga Sai Baba for contravening the Gold Control Act.

Unless the people come together to see that our law is enforced against the culprits. exploitation will continue. Otherwise people will have to take the law in their own hands. This will lead our country into chaos. This is what is happening in India. The militant activities are increasing day by day wherein thousands of innocent people are being murdered. The government cannot suppress the people without enforcing EQUALITY OF LAW AND JUSTICE and encouraging illegal activities and fraud. They have the dub to protect the citizens being exploited by the frauds. Let us hope that the government of India `will come forward in enforcing law and protecting the gullible people.

AFTERWORD

I have been in search of miracles since I was twelve years of age. So far I have come across more that a thousand five hundred miracles and psychic phenomena. But when they were investigated, they were all tricks. From my experience I do not know whether I might yet come across a real miracle before die.

Friends. if any of you believe that you have come across a real miracle, supernatural, occult, psychic and spirit phenomenon, kindly let me know in detail what it is and where it is happening, with the address so that we can investigate it and find the truth. I would be happy to see a real miracle before I die.

Now a test for your intelligence and observation: In Gujarat a godman accepted our challenge and came forward to do a miracle. Our challenge was that he should burn a currency note which we give and produce again the -me number current note (But what he did was to take a rupee note from his pocket and ask us to see whether it was genuine or counterfeit. We were to write down the serial number of the note, burn it and give him the ash.) Then the note was burnt and the ash given to him, he mixed it with water which he drank. Immediately. he started having labour pains and through his mouth he "delivered" the same note with the same serial number. We washed it and examined it and found it was genuine.

This is the simplest trick I have ever come across.

I have put this test to thousands of people who have heard me in about seven thousand lectures. Many came forward with answers and I found that this trick can be done in hundreds of ways. I want you to think and let me know how it could be done.

B. Premanand
Convenor, Indian Committee for the Scientific
Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
11/7, Chettipalayan Road
Podanur 641 023 (Tamilnadu)
India

We are also making a video library of the miracles explained in this volume.

There will be more than ten volumes in this series which will explain about 1500 miracles, psychic and supernatural phenomena. A second volume is being prepared which will explain all the miracles Satya Sai Baba claims to have performed in his biography "Satyam Sivam Sundaram" in four parts.

Belief in god is a philosophy of life. When you believe that god is all powerful then he does not need the help of his followers to protect him. Nor is he a beggar. He does not need any middlemen to help him with money. You pray directly to him and if it gives you peace of mind and courage, well and good. But do not allow others to exploit you in the name of god.

Work hard to cultivate a scientific temper, humanism, and a spirit of enquiry: Educate others around you by instilling in them a scientific temper aid the spirit of enquiry. This will help our country to progress.


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Last update: October 15 1995