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Modern Miracles: An Investigative Report on These Psychic Phenomena Associated With Sathya Sai Baba Paperback – July 1, 1997

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Icelandic social scientist Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson devoted ten years of his life and eight journeys to India to discover the events that science can't explain but speak for themselves.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Hastings House; Rev Upd Su edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803893841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803893849
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,439,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
i think i have purchase around twenty copies of this book to both read and give to friends! for those interested in an objective and clear look into the incredible miracles of SATHYA SAI BABA, then i cannot recommend this book enough!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Dr. Haraldsson has taken the time to explore the facts about miracles of Sathya Sai Baba. He has taken an objective approach and sheds light for those who are begining to putting their first step towards the ultimate GOD. He has been very objective and left the final decision to us to feel, and experience the realty of life. Its like being born in 30 A.D. and some one ask you to analyze the miracles of Jesus- the son of GOD. Well edited book. Lacks some hard core facts about SAI Baba. Questioning the facts, makes faith more stronger. LOVE ALL.SERVE ALL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Customer on December 19, 2012
Sathya Sai Baba is know as a God-Man in India and has purportedly performed countless miracles from materialization of objects to healings to telepathy. His devotees claim these miracles are genuine while his detractors claim that he is a trickster and uses deception to fool his followers into believing he possesses great paranormal abilities.

Professor Haraldsson is one of the few Western academics with an interest in parapsychology that has tried to determine whether Sai Baba is a fraud, a 'miracle-worker' or both. A major weakness of Haraldsson's study of Sai Baba's abilities as chronicled in this book is the fact that Sai Baba wouldn't allow Haraldsson to perform controlled experiments on him. Instead, the book relies on Haraldsson's firsthand observations of Sai Baba's purported materializations and extensive interviews of devotees and ex-devotees of Sai Baba. The strength of this work rests in the thoroughness of Haraldsson's interviews with many individuals that had known Sai Baba since he was a young man.

The claims of Sai Baba's powers are so outlandish to most Westerners that Haraldsson's interviews and his own observations will do little to persuade them that Sai Baba had great paranormal abilities; however, for those who are well-versed in the voluminous literature devoted to the paranormal, this book makes a significant contribution to this literature. One conclusion to draw from this book is that the simple sleight-of-hand explanations that debunkers invoke to discredit Sai Baba seem inconsistent with stories of the interviewees. These stories involve, for example, the materializations of fruit that is out of season in rural India and of piping hot sticky sweets.
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By Angel S. Reuber on February 16, 2013
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material a little dry and repetitive, but overall was necessary to get point across. Book was a little tattered, but I kind of expected that. Was buying for content, no appearance.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
Although this book was very interesting, it will be a disappointment to the reader who is seeking a scientific analysis of the so-called miracles of Indian guru Sai Baba who is considered to be an avatar (divine incarnation) by thousands. Sai Baba devotees will delight in the book because it does not debunk their notions about their Baba's supposed miracles. The serious reader, however, will wonder if the author left his detachment and analytical tools at the gates of the guru's ashram.
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