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Golden Age of the Avatar – Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 30, 2009

“Be assured that the Lord has come to save world from calamity.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 2, p. 17 – March 1961)

“The meaning of Avataar (Divine Incarnation) is this: to save mankind, God out of His love, comes down to the level of man and arouses the Divine Conscioussness in man.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 14, p. 386 – Xmas Eve, 1980)

The Utopian beliefs in a Golden Age, and the literally incredible ‘spiritual’ world transformation by Sai Baba and his followers, is all but a dream, no doubt highly desirable in many respects. Yet it is not easy to abandon such a dream, even when the fabric is irrevocably torn to bits and those who dare look can see through it to the reality it covers up. I write not only from personal experience but also observing many other devotees I knew from my many years of leadership in the Norwegian Sathya Sai organization going through the process and – more often – baulking at it and refusing to look at any of the extremely disturbing evidence.

Sathya Sai Baba capitalises on people’s uncertainty and ignorance of anything to do with real truth by ever reaffirming to people that they are uncertain and ignorant. Sathya Sai Baba has insisted that he alone knows the right timing for everything and acts accordingly. When, in so many instances, he does not keep his word, he puts the blame on the person he made promises to for not having asked from the heart or that something about them was not genuine, or that they were simply not ready or worthy to receive his grace etc. A good headmaster of a school is just in his judgments and equal-handed in his rewards and punishments. An experienced master uses the carrot and backs it up when it fails to work by the stick. Sathya Sai Baba’s visible and invisible rewards (i.e. as promised for the future) are supposed exceed the punishments he is thought eventually to mete out to those who accept positions of trust then seriously let him down. So all his promises have to be taken in the context of this unintelligible cosmic plan which he claims alone to know and effect… and this actually makes them as unreliable in terms of human experience as anything can be. He can’t lose and you can’t win, as long as you accept his vast claims at face value!

The well-known New Zealand devotees (‘VIP’s in Sai circles), Poppy and Arthur Hillcoat, were in Cherepovets (Russia) in May, 2005. Poppy reported that she met Sai VIPs Rita and Robert Bruce before leaving for Russia, and they told her Sai’s latest prediction to them:

“At the conference Rita and Robert conducted a one-day workshop of ‘parenting school’ and a workshop on ‘family and marriage’. I don’t recall exact titles. And it was Rita Bruce whom Swami told about practically instant transformation of people’s consciousness after his 80th anniversary.” Translated report on the Russian Forum – see screen capture of original Russian text below:-

BUT the 80’th anniversary is long past – where is the instant transformation?

Further Sathya Sai Baba quote on his ‘mission': “... (the) Atma principle assumes a form from time to time for the sake of redeeming the world and establishing righteousness” (Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 1989. p. 229f and Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 22, p. 182).

He makes no secret that it is he himself who embodies the Atma principle in this era and that he is establishing righteousness… but this is strange indeed when he has strayed so much from his own teachings in so many ways, and not least when we consider the condition of Indian crime and corruption which imbues most of the politicians (according to for example, Britain’s leading Indian immigrant, the ‘curry king’ Sir Gulam Noon, MBE. India’s former Election Commissioner P.N. Seshan was even more damning of his own country’s system and includes the judiciary as corrupt and unjust to nearly all citizens).

See also

The Golden Age of Sai Baba

85th Birthday: Golden Age, Prema Sai Baba

 

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Sathya Sai Baba’s promises – part 1

Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2009

“Each one of you shall be saved, and will be saved. I shall not give you up, even if you keep afar. I shall not forsake even those who deny me, I have come for all.” Sai Baba quoted by Kasturi in Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, Vol. 2, p 21)

“The aeroplane has to land at certain places in order to take in those who have won the right to fly, by the tickets they have purchased. So too, the Lord has to come down so that those who have won the right to be liberated may be saved…” (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 3, p. 30)

The two assurances given above stand in stark contrast to each other. One says all will be saved, the other only those who ‘have a ticket’. Promises of his “divine protection” are made by him freely and often sweepingly in interviews and also in discourses about looking after every life problem of all who put their faith in him. This promise necessarily involve, in his stated view, that one should not die in an accident or any other inaspicious way (especially suicide).

To what extent does the evidence back up these ‘divine assurances’? This is a moot question, and it is one that people long to believe is always fulfilled. When it is not, they stake their faith on it being fulfilled when they die! Nonetheless, he does not protect his devotees as he constantly claims to do. Even the adulatory literature contains references to instances of this, but experience has taught me that many instances are not talked about in the strongly self-censored books about Sathya Sai Baba.

It is now common knowledge that there have been a considerable number of suicides due to Sathya Sai Baba’s not keeping his word. For example, Dominic Kennedy wrote in The Times (27/8/01) of three British followers of Sathya Sai Baba who took their own lives: “an investigation by The Times today discloses that three British men have apparently taken their own lives after becoming followers of the miracle worker. Two of them were encouraged to believe that he could cure their medical problems. One of those also said that he had been touched intimately by the Sai Baba.”

Two Indian women devotees of Sathya Sai Baba committed suicide in Bangalore [2001] after Sai Baba did not give them darshan (i.e. let them see him in person), according to their suicide note. Further, on 4-12-1998, after Sai Baba’s assurances had been broken, a whole family of five at the ashram were poisoned by the father (and few survived).

Numerous ladies have taken their own lives due to disappointments, some in the ashram itself. Others have been murdered (one such, a German-speaking lady of reported Swiss nationality was killed not long after my wife and I met her at Prashanthi Nilayam. Her killers were released by the police after some weeks in return for the Rs. 80,000.- they had killed her for). Other names who dies in horrible accidents include several students (killed in a car crash en route to Bangalore), Mrs. Barbara Sinclair died in a taxi head-on crash with a lorry on the way to visits Sai Baba at his request! The son of Datuk J. Jegathesan – a favourite of Sai Baba, according to his father, jumped to his death from a 5-storey building in Malaysia. The list goes on and on…

To be continued…

See also Sai Baba’s promises of ‘liberation’ (from the wheel of existence etc.)

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Some prominent ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 28, 2009

THIS LIST INCLUDES TOP LEADERS, OFFICE-BEARERS, VIPs &/or (often long-term) SAI WORKERS who left the INTERNATIONAL SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION mostly after 2000 – due to disillusionment and/or disgust at the known activities of Sai Baba. It also includes devotees who have been followers from as early as childhood and others of only some years duration.

It is important to understand that the list of names here represents only those who have spoken out about their disillusionment. This number is like the proverbial tip of the iceberg  (or less)… for in three countries I know well, less than 5% of those who have left the Organization have made known the fact to the public.

NB! This list of apostates has been compiled from e-mails received , public postings of resignation letters and other such documents, including signatories of the Sai Petition (see here). Amendments and additions to this list (which is certainly very far from complete regarding many countries) can be sent to this blogsite as a comment.

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U.S.A.

Elena A. Hartgering – devotee from 1979 to 2000, Manchester, CT, USA. Manchester Center. Service Coordinator, Vice President, and Workshop facilitator at Sai events, e.g., Sai Annual Retreat and Regional Retreat. (3 trips to India)

John J. Hartgering – Devotee 1987 – 2000, Manchester, Connecticut, Center President, Service Coordinator.

Timothy Conway Ph.D. – Follower for 22 years from 1978 – President of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of San Francisco from 1982-4

David. J. Lyons – Follower from 1981 to 2000. Ex-President of the Center of Greater New Orleans.

Anthony LoGrasso – devotee from 1988 – 2000, Bolton, Connecticut, Manchester Center. Service Coordinator

David J. LaFratta – 25 years of deep devotion – 16 trips to India to see SSB. Windsor Center, Somers, Connecticut.

Nathan LaFratta – son of David above – raised as a Sai devotee. EHV student. Officer in the Young Adults Program. Participant in the Summer at Brindavan program. Windsor Center, Somers, Connecticut. Left SSB when father discovered his fraudulence.

Norman Green – long-time devotee. In the book business. Acted as conduit in obtaining Baba books. Manchester Center, Connecticut, USA.

Lori Kaplowitz – President of the newly formed Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA, USA. Acted as mentor to Young Adults program. coordinator of the first SSB Camp in Willimantic, CT, USA. Dropped out of movement prior to commencement of the camp.

Alvin Drucker – Almost continuously leading foreign resident at PN from 1970s till ca. 1990. Author of ‘Sai Baba Gita’. Banned permanently from ashrams and all SSO meetings by SSB personally at Brindavan interview in 1992. (Confusingly/confusedly he still seems to worship SSB, though he also claims to be an advaitist).

Dennis J. Hanisch Follower for 27 years. Founder member and Vice-President, Seattle Center. Active in exposing SSB’s sexual activities.

Dave. G. Brandt – 1971- 2001. USA Official Contact for Nebraska, N. and S. Dakota. Wyoming/

Richard Nelson Member 1979-2000 Ex-President Santa Barbara Center.

Terry Nelson – Member 1979-2000.

Sharon Purcell – Follower for 32 years. Founder member of Tustin Center, California. Sathya Purcell Lifetime follower until age 23.

Shirley J. Pike – Ex-President, NC Region: Ex-President Cedar Rapids Center, Iowa. (psychologist, sexual abuse counsellor)

Glen Meloy – SSO member for 26 years. Member of 1st Advisory Board of the SSB Society for USA. Co-Manager, Sathya Sai Book Center of America in 1974-5.

Tal Brooke – Prominent devotee 1969-1971. Victim of sexual approaches by SSB. Wrote exposure books, starting with ‘Avatar of Night’.

Al Rahm, wife and son – Office-bearing member of the SSO for decades. Regional Devotional Coordinator and founder of first Education in Human Values school in the U.S. All totally disaffected.

Paul Throne – USA 1988-2000 Center education coordinator Have been to see SSB 4 times, 1990, 1994, 1995-96 and 1999.

Taniya Weerasuriya Purcell – 1994-1998. Bal Vikas Teacher

Steve Woolard – President of Walnut Creek, CA center for 5 years

Bettina Woolard – 1991 – 2000 SSE teacher and Service Coordinator

Miriam Reinhart – 1987-2000 President Eugene, Oregon chapter 1993-1995 .

Jon Sutton – 1986 -2000 Hosting the Eugene Sai Center for fifteen years.

Ella Evers – 1986-2000 Various Offices plus hosting Eugene Sai Center for 15 years.

Lilian Pike – 1980 – 1998.

Lisa Tice – 1985-2000 President of Gig Harbor Center for 7 years

Jim Veenker – 1997-2000 Local Seva coordinator & vice president.

Matt Monahan – From 1981, resigned in June, 2000

Rick Raines – former president of the South Central Region. ( incl. Texas)

Catherine Murray – since 1975; Sai Organisation 1996-2005

Prashant Jayaraman – 1990-2005 [signed the Sai petition July 14. 2008]

Miguel Angel Gonzalez – : 1996 hasta hoy 5 Abr 08 Position in S.S.Org: various en USA y Argentina

Soni Sutton – from Birth to age 29 (1974 to 2003)

Barbara Dent – 1987- 2004

John Hart – 1986-1988

Barbara Sullivan – 1981 – (2003?)

Richard H. Allan – Fall 1977- Dec. 1999

James W. Paxton, USA – 1993-2001

Karen Harp, USA – 1993-1995 To think, I named my daughter after this man! I have since learned he has abused many of the pupils in his boys’ schools.

Bonita Swordmaker, America – 1987-2002 Wedgewood group of Seattle, Washington.

Darren Fidels – 1974-2003

Arlene Mazak, Ph.D. – Follower 1975-2000

Greg Gerson – Follower from 1993-2003 – was molested

Kevin D.H. – 1993-2002

Carolyn Wise – 1998-2004

H. Devosey – Ex-member of Austin centre

Victor Brooks – Follower 1980 to 1998

Anurag S. Raj – 1996-1999

George Figueroa – follower – 1999-2002

William ** [Ph.D.] former president of the North Central Region, gave resignation notification to the National Coordinator.

Joanna Padgett – follower: 1971-1983 [signed the Sai petition August 15. 2008]

Cate Murray – follower: 1998 – 2005[signed the Sai petition December 22. 2009]

Sunny Torres – follower: 1996 – 2008 S.S.Org: Service Coordinator at Windsor CT Center , Newhaven, Connecticut [signed the Sai petition on January 11. 2009]

CANADA

James Albert Danis – Follower for 13 years “Co-ordinator for Special Programs” – Christmas and Easter Programs at the Vancouver Sai Center and for The English Devotional Group.

Marianne Warren – Centre President, Toronto. Ran bookshop. Author of book on Shirdi Baba. Resigned due to disaffection & sexual allegations..

Michael Warren – Sai Centre President, Toronto. With wife, involved with SSB Book & Information Centre in Canada for many years. Growing disillusionment with SSB in the years prior to the total break in 2000, which was due to the homosexual/pedophile revelations.

Dhyani Jo Sinclair – Member and Sai Centre Secretary, 1995-2000. Learned of sexual molestations from victims.

Susan Angel – 1975 – 2001 Former Bal Vikas teacher

Michael & Daniel Ward – Investigative party with friends – involved since 1985.

Tony O’Clery – 1985-2000 Secretary, Vancouver Centre.

Sylvain Beauchamp – 1992-2004

Ms. Armande McKenna -1986 – 2001.

Adeel Amin – Follower 1990 to 2000 ex-Bal Vikas student

Helen Robitaille – Co-ordinator in the Montreal area

Myuran Palasandiran, Follower 1990-1996

(Seven coordinators in Quebec province resigned prior to May 2001.)

U.K.

Ron Laing. Former member of the World Council of SSO and Ex-President of UK SSO. Left Organisation (pre 1986).due to authoritarian leadership by I. Shah and major dissatisfaction with the Organisation’s rules and practices.

Lucas Ralli – Ex-President of UK SSO and Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland. Sacked (pre-1994) from SSO for opposing I. Shah over many mismanagement issues. Ceased to visit SSB.soon afterwards.

David Bailey – 1994? to 1999. Favourite of SSB, over 100 interviews. Lives as professional musician now.

Faye Bailey – Took over editorship of Peggy Masons’ Sai Baba magazine but then published ‘The Findings’

Jacques McGreg – 1989 – 2003 Sai Worker

Dr. Margaret Tottle-Smith, 43 years Position in S.S.Org: ex Spiritual Convener Region 7 UK. Author of Sai books, now withdrawn.

June Ives, 20 years a follower. Aylesbury.

Hilary Cawsey, 3 years Position in S.S.Org: ex leader Exeter Centre Region 7 UK

Aime Levy – Ex-President of UK SSO and Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland. Sacked from SSO by Goldstein, backed up by I. Shah because of decades-long inalienable split between the Indian and native British faction (no fault of Levy). Left SSO and SSB ca. 2001.

Sandra Levy – Seva Coordinator in London of visiting groups to Puttaparthi for many years

Z. Parkinson – 1992-2000 – Convenor 1997-98

Abdul-Maalik Tailor – 1984 – 1991

June Auton – organiser of dozens of value-education classes in UK but whose contributions were pointedly ignored by the Sai Org. and officially excluded. Withdrew from Sai Organisation and started independent Human Values organisation. No longer visits India.

Sanjay Dadlani – 1990-2001 Member of Youth Group, Mill Hill Sai Centre, North London

Rajaneethan Raju -1990 to 17june 2004

Keith Ord – Follower from 1986-1991

Anthony Thomas – 20 years of attempts to get this predator exposed.

AUSTRALIA

Barry Pittard – 1976-1999. Former English Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield.

Brian Steel – Follower from 1984-2000. (Published 2 pro-SSB books prior to current writings)

Soma Jeyendren – 1989 -2001. Coordinator of celebrations, Pennanthills Center, NSW.

Stephen Carthew – Follower for 15 years Ex-office-bearer in the South Australian Org. “Sacked as the Spiritual Co-ordinator of South Australia in 2000 as my suggestion that ‘allegations about our Guru be examined impartially’ was ruled ‘out of order’.”

Hans de Kraker 1989 – 1997 Western Canteen Director Nov, Dec – 1996. Abused sexually by Sai Baba.

Barry K. Newton 1994 – 2001 Ex Chairperson Pennant Hills, ex Deputy Chairperson NSW Zone B

John Purnell 1987-1994. Also sexually abused by that fraud .

Roy Pendragon – 1990 to 1999 Former Administrator, Sathya Sai School, Perth, Western Australia. E/mail: rpendragon@gmail.com

Tania Gordon, Australia -1980-1 to 2000.

Mary Garden, Australia – Follower 1973 -1978 on and off. I wrote about my experiences with Sai Baba and the allegations of him being a hermaphrodite and a sexual predator on young boys in my book ‘The Serpent Rising – a journey of spiritual seduction’ published in 1988.

Julian O’Donnell, Australia – Follower 5 years.

Wilfred Waters – 1983-2001

Ross Lineham 15 years service

Niranjan Bidargaddi – follower: 1992-1998 [signed the Sai petition February 7. 2009]

NEW ZEALAND

Pacus Gagu – follower: 1980 – 1993

Linda Deakin – follower: 2000-2003[signed the Sai petition November 21. 2008]

Sarath Gunatunga – 1992 to 2004. I totally believed in this fellow

DENMARK

Robbie Curdorf – Secretary of the Sai Org. in Denmar, 1980s. Letter of resignation quoted reason as being the cultish nature of the Sai Org.

Asmus Bisgaard – several years in 1980s. Former Seva Coordinator for Copehnagen Centre.

Bitten Nelson – 17 years. Arranged visits, held lectures. Left SSB in 2000 after returning to Puttaparthi to investigate the sexual scandal.

Lars Winther – 1988 – 2001

Ole Alstrup – Left ashram in 1999 in life-threatening situation. Started Danish anti-Sai Baba website.

Anders Thisted -

Paul Misfeldt – National Youth Wing Coordinator.

Liam Ekaf – 1999-2001

SWEDEN

Conny Larsson – 1978-99 National Spiritual Coordinator from 1993-96, member since 1992. Victim of Sai Babas sexual molestation 1979-1983

Britt-Marie Andén – Centre President Gothenburg ca. 1989, National Coordinator 1991-1993. Then Head of Sai School in Gothenburg until closure and resignation 2000 due to sexual molestation of a son by SSB.

Magnus Vrethammar – Over 20 years, many as office bearer in SSO. Founder member. Leader of the Stockholm Centre and National Coordinator of EHV in Sweden. Resigned 1999 when learning of SSB’s sexual abuses from a Swedish victim & visiting David Bailey.

Annestina Vrethammar Author of three books on Sai Baba, two published in Sweden. Resigned after learning of SSB’s sexual abuses from a Swedish victim.

Mattias Öhlin – National Coordinator for the Sai Baba youth wing in Sweden for many years. Resigned 2000 on hearing of SSB’s sexual molestations from a Swedish victim.

Sofia Öhlin – Coordinator for the youth spiritual wing. Resigned on hearing of SSB’s sexual molestations from a Swedish victim.

Susana Contreras – Devotee for 15 years. Former Balvikas Teacher (from Venezuela)

Dr. Ove Svidin – former devotee who left after 75th birthday in Puttaparthi

Britt Danielsson – legal advisor for the Sathya Sai Baba organization in Sweden.

Vilfrid (Ville) Fast – left the Organisation and Sai Baba when teenager after having had ca.50 private interviews & many gifts.

Thomas Viehe – former leader of meditation groups in Gothenberg : left Sai Organisation 1999 after contacting David Bailey.

Pierre Stahre – 1990-2000

NORWAY

Alf Tidemann-Johannessen – One of the first Norwegian devotees in the 1960s, described at length in Kasturi’s official biography of SSB and elsewhere. He donated a helicopter for SSB’s 50th birthday celebrations. He denounced SSB totally before 1985 as a deceiver and a thief, writing an exposé account. He lived mostly in Mexico until his death in 2000.

Bente Holdt – Member 1983/1991. Group Coordinator, Oslo 1983/1986. Resigned due to undue pressures from SSO leaders.

Reidun Priddy – 1983-2000 Founder member and Seva Wing Coordinator 1986-1998. Left Org. firstly, then was disaffected by allegations.

Robert Priddy – 1983-2001 Founder member, Coordinator of Oslo group & Centre. National leader, 1986-2000. Resigned due to the murders cover-up and after conclusive investigation of many sexual allegations against SSB.

Per Jensen – Member 1983/2002 Centre President Oslo 1997/1999. Left Sai Org. due to disaffection.

Ragnhild Aamot – Member 1990/2002. Centre President Oslo 1999-2001. Resigned from SSO due to disaffection.

Marit Larsen – Bergen group Coordinator 1996-2000. Resigned due to SSB sexual abuse facts.

THE NETHERLANDS

Leo Boogaard – Centre President in 1984, sacked by T. Meyer. Later elected National Coordinator (1989-1992) and held leading EHV post. Left SSO and Sai Baba after decades in the mid/1990s. Later member of the Dutch Parliament

Ganapathi Das – Follower for 18 years – 1987 – 2004. S.S.Org: Bhajan, Seva and Spiritual Coördinator

Stijntje Riemersma – Follower for 20 years. Coordinator/Secretary Utrecht group, 6 years.

Hortense Quijs – 1995 – 2000 Maastricht Group Coordinator

Andries Krugers Dagneaux – Follower from 1992-2001. Ex-Coordinator of seva wing.

Catharina Elisabeth Kuyken – 1992-2000 Secretary of the Purmerend Group

Michel Koeman – 1987-2004 Zaanstad Seva & Bhajan Coordinator.

Jaap Hutte – 1978 – 1999. Translator, musician.

Jenny Knol – 1985-1999. Typist/corrector. Very much disappointed in SSB’s ‘truth’.

Klaas Knol – 1985-1999 . Translator/corrector.

Mrs Rian Oorthuizen – 1989 -2001. Member of Sai Org. in Utrecht. Jet Hendriks – Coordinator of SSO group in Kerkade nr. Maastricht. Active worker, devoted for many years. Many visits to SSB.

Hanneke Koeman-Bot, 1991-2004. S.S.Org. coordinator 4 j. – Centre coordinator Zaanstad 4 j.

Roel van der Neut – Kerkade group. Resigned 8-8-2000 after Bailey’s report. Frequent ashram visitor, active follower for many years.

John vd Jagt – Follower 1993-2003

Angelica Bos – Follower 1993 till 1995

Cees de Volder – Follower 1998 – 2004

Ranada van Kralingen – ? – 2000

Petra van der Jagt – follower 1993-2003

Jacinta van IJperen – follower 1987-2005

Ganapathi Das – 1987 – 2004. Former Bhajan, Seva en Spiritual Coördinator

GERMANY

Jens Sethi and wife – Both escaped from Prashanthi Nilaym after being warned of attempt on their lives. Registered formal charges against Sathya Sai Baba and with the German Police.

Richard and Ingrid Kuhn – Wrote & posted letter of resignation due to child sexual abuses. January 2001.

Alexis Hildebrandt – 1987-2002 I lived in India for nine years and heard many personal accounts – there is no doubt about the truth of the allegations.

Ullrich Zimmermann – devotee for over 10 years. Induced into sexual acts by Sai Baba.

Stefan Bauer devotee 1998 – 2006

Claudia Pees – approx. 15 years

SPAIN

Virginia Villalon – 1985-1997 Secretary of Coordinating Commitee Spain (Signed international petition)

Isidro Cachadiña Gutiérrez – 1989-2002. President of local Center

Sonia Mendoza de Rojas – 1990-2000.

María Tardío Cabrera – 2001-2002. Local coordinator.

Nieves Cáceres Follower -1991-1997

Soledad Cabrero, Follower 1991-1998

Ismael Rodriguez – follower: 1976-1986 [signed the Sai petition December 26. 2008.

SWITZERLAND

Maria Bossi - follower for 20 years

ANDORRA

Panchito Mandefua - follower 30 years

PORTUGAL

Felix Maria Woschek, Portugal - 1984 - 1998

ITALY

Marcello Sandri - 1990-2002

Francesco Polenghi.

Former EHV leader in Italy, left Sai org. for an independent values education organisation called AVES. (Associazione di Voluntariato per l'Educazione Alla Solidarieta'. The School Director is Eva-Lotte Mannerfelt)

Gianni Cecere - Organiser of catering and cooking for decades for Sathya sai Organisation.

Danilo Pomicino - 1992/2007

Massimo Falsetti - 2000-2004

Lia Meijer - 1989-2003 {states:"all adverse commentaries are verified and valid."]

GREECE

(Prominent devotees with a son at Sai’s college, Puttaparthi are know to have left due to the son’s being abused sexually by Sai Baba)

POLAND

Artur Wisniewski – National coordinator of SSO, resigned.

Felix Maria Woschek, Portugal – 1984 – 1998

RUSSIA

Maria Ponomareva-Stepnaya – until 2001 resigned as National Youth Coordinator, Russia

Serguei Badaev – 1995-2001 Ex-President of Sai Org. Moscow Centre and Deputy National Chairman for Russia.

Dinara Badaeva – 1995-2001. Moscow Centre Educational Coordinator

Vadim Koudreavtsev – follower and S.S.Org: active member – 2000-2005

HONG KONG

William Lo – knew well a boy sexually abused by Sai Baba.

SINGAPORE

Lee Yue Heng – 1997-2001

MEXICO

Lionel Fernandez – Follower since1967. Centre Chairman May-October 2000

Jorge Reyesvera – 1983-2000 Leading office-bearer 1984-1996.

Sergio Arturo Loyola Michel 1976 to 2001. Composer and singer.

María G. García – 1997 to 2001 Centro Sai de la Colonia Roma México D.F.

Ma. Elena González Herrera – 1974-2001

Girasol Jiminez Ortega – 1985-2000

Ivan Lomelle Quintanilla – 1990-2000

Luis Gerardo Galvan Cortes – 17 years, all my life (alleges attempted sexual abuse by Sai Baba)

EL SALVADOR

Carlos Francisco Mejia Brizuela – Follower 5 years

ARGENTINA

Patricia Soler 1988-1999 Soy psicóloga (profesional) , viajé 4 veces a India .

Mercedes Pretto – 1980-1995.

Juan Pablo – Follower 1990-2000.

Salim Delgado – Student of SS Org.

COLOMBIA

Carlos Santamaria – President of the Bogota Sai Centre, Colombia. Resigned 2001 (see here)

Fernando Cardona Olarte – 1976 until 2002 – Secretary General, Coordinator of Devotion, Secretary of the Foundation or Trust

Octavio Escobar – 1989-1999 Former President, SSSB La Magdalena Center, Bogota.

Norman Fajardo Martinez – 1994 to 2000. Spiritual Group Coordinator.

Antonia Pérez Esquivel – 1993-1997

VENEZUELA

Rosalia Malagelada de Neves – 1982 until 2001 .Follower from 1988. Difusión y Coordinadora Service Caribe Aereas (Venezuela Comite) I knew very closely two cases of abuse.

Rafael Izturriaga – Devotee 5 years

Manuel Antonio Piñero Martinez. – 1997 to 1999.

Miguel Velazquez – 1988 until 2001

Daniel Alberto Alegrett Salazar – 1998-2004

Mauro Leal – Follower 4 years

Ivel Danieri – follower – 2005 to 2006

PERU

Jorge Arce, Perú – 1978 – 2000 Ex Presidente del Comite Coordinador (Ex-President of SSO’s Coordinating Committee)

BRAZIL

Vitor André – Goiania centre. 1 year.

INDIA (our data here is obviously very incomplete, mostly for reasons of anonymity and avoidance of possible reprisals)
Krishna Murthy Follower, active worker in the Sai Org.: 1970 to 1993

Subramanyan Iyer – Sevak 1981 – 2000

Williams – 1978-2003 Ex-Sai college student

Bhanu Chopra – Follower 1981-1988. Student at Prashanthi Nilayam

Prem Latha – Follower for 8 years (Bangalore)

Dr. N. Bhatia – former Head of Sathya Sai Blood Transfusion Unit at Puttaparthi hospital. Sacken by SSB and forced away from the area by thugs after challenging SSB on anal rape of a 7th grade student.

Basava Premanand – 1968-1974 Worker in SSB Org., Podanur

Satish K. follower – 1990-2005

Jyothi Kumar, India 1980 onwards. Student of the Institute from 1984 to 1991

Kirtan Kumar – 1960 onwards Student in the Primary,High School and Institute in Parthi

Badri Narayanan – 1984-2008.

Raj Kumar – follower for 8 years [signed the Sai petition on November 1. 2009]

Manav Sharma – follower: Until 2008 [signed the Sai petition September 2. 2009]

MALAYASIA

Hariram Jayaram – prominent in the Sai movement in Malaysia – left in 1982 after very active investigation of the allegations

Prem Kumar, follower: 1975-2004

Siva Kandiah, follower for a few years until 2005

Rakesh Dookhit, Follower 1996-2001

Diren B Hemah – follower from childhood [signed the Sai petition on September 10. 2009}

NEPAL

Reshma Karki – 1990 -2004

Prisha Pandey – 1985 to 2003

MAURITIUS

Rakesh Dookhit – follower – 1996-2001
PAKISTAN

Raaid Iqbal – (was abused)

GHANA

Esenam Agbotse – 1996 to 2002

Please note: There is no incorrect information on the above pages as far as can be discovered by thorough investigation. Some changes have been made when inaccuracies have been pointed out by those listed. The main causes for most defections are the sexual molestations, including oiling of genitalia and even widely alleged homsexual seduction and even oral and other sex by Sathya Sai Baba, plus his uninvestigated involvement in the police executions four of his devotees in 1993 (Murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom), and not least Sai Baba’s many documented fraudulent ‘materialisations’, broken promises and misuse of funds. The facts concerning these are documented in the 1 hour documentary on Sathya Sai Baba:
See overview and clips from the BBC documentary on Sai Baba – ‘The Secret Swami’ – sent worldwide in 2004, It is available on order from the BBC. (If you have difficulty ordering, e-mail Robert Priddy explaining this but note that no e-mails from anonymous IPs will be accepted).

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Sathya Sai Baba and the truth

Posted by robertpriddy on June 27, 2009


Nowadays  current photographs of Sathya Sai Baba are not published on his official websites and very few photos are made available anywhere which show him in his increasingly decrepit looking present form. This is no doubt because of his many boasting pronouncements in the past to the effect that his health can never deteriorate since he is a totally pure divine being!

In his monthly journal, Sanathana Sarathi (October 2003 issue),  Sai Baba’s serves up the same faulty advice that followers know so well, we read: “Speak truth, speak pleasantly and do not speak unpalatable truth” (p. 296). Unpalatable to whom? Almost every truth will be unpalatable to someone or other… so following his advice would mean that no one could be questioned about anything, or be charged with unpalatable truths and brought to justice. In short, totally impracticable advice and immoral to boot. However, one can understand that Sai Baba finds the truth about himself unpalatable and unpleasant to no small degree. He also says: “…you may be tempted to utter falsehood. But never tell a lie even if you have to sacrifice your life.” (p.303). That is truly rich coming from him, who has practiced so many deceits, including the following…

He said in a discourse see http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2003/d031005.html) “Many of you are anxious, thinking that Swami is not keeping good health over the last few days. In fact, My health is very good. Real health is not related to the body…. If you think that Swami is strong and healthy, yes so He is. There is no weakness in Me. My angas (limbs) may appear to be weak…. If you identify Me with the body, I cannot walk even two steps.” (5/10/2003) This is the same Almighty God who bragged that his hip was completely healed exclusively by the prayers of his devotees!

It was reported earlier on the web that, “Swami then told Mr. Sundareshan, the orthopedic Surgeon who had performed the operation to Bhagawan to speak to us on the incident. Mr. sundereshan said  Swami had started walking after 5 days of the operation which is also impossible for any human being.”
But Sai Baba himself said later “After the surgery, I was able to walk within three days.” (Sanathana Sarathi July, 2003, p. 218). Not only that, but he boasted in Sanathana Sarathi July, 2003, that his recovery was far quicker than any human being could achieve, according to his inordinate boasting (while countless hip-replacement patients stand on the day of operation and walk fully within weeks, as any proper web search of medical institutions will reveal)!

“For anybody else, it would have taken at least two to three years to walk normally. The ball in the hip joint got separated.” p.230 “The doctors said that one year’s rest was required for the hip injury to heal completely. I told them it would not take one year.” p.259.

buggySo why then still the variety of wheelchairs and invalid golf wagons, why not normal full-length darshans and interviews? Many devotees find self-deceiving rationalisations for that. Here in Norway, one the the tiny handful of remaining followers holds that Sai Baba is performing a miracle by being incapacitated, so as to give the world a lesson in self-sacrifice! This is the lunatic fringe, if ever there was one. (More on the hip injury here)

That Sathya Sai Baba spreads rumour and deceives just as it suits him is nothing new, for one of many examples of a massive exaggeration of his own popularity by Sai Baba was published in his monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi:

“Such an attraction as this is possible only in the case of Divinity. The fragrance of divinity is spreading all through the world. Argentina is a far off country. Today Bhajans are going on in every house in Argentina. In Miami, the military officers are participating in Bhajans. You might have read in the newspapers that six months ago those officers took a vow to replace the present government with the Sathya Sai government. The authorities thought that officers had gone mad and sent them to a mental asylum. The officers converted the doctors and the nurses and even the patients into
devotees.”
(Discourse, 20 October, 1990).

This is based on flimsy newspaper reports from abroad that someone had mentioned to Sai Baba (a report which can no longer be traced) and even so Sai Baba’s reported words were made even less confused than his actual tape-recorded words by V.K. Narasimhan, who explained to me in detail how he translated and edited this. Sai Baba had confused two different incidents from entirely different countries in the region (Latin America) and made it all into one unlikely story. Though I was somewhat
confounded to hear this from someone so very close to Sai Baba for so long, I was then far gone as a self-indoctrinating believer and thought this falsification of his words probably for the best, all in all! I have had countless opportunities to observe how most devotees think thus most of the time when they cannot entirely avoid obvious or other unpalatable facts about Sai Baba.

Sathya Sai Baba evidently thinks it is wise to tell anything he likes, whether true or not, accurate or not, and expects to get away with it… but only among his confirmed and fully paid-up followers!

Read ‘On getting to the truth’ and ‘Fallacies vs. facts’


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Inscrutable, accounting to no man, Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 24, 2009

“I am all deities in one. You may endeavour your best for thousands of years and have all mankind with you in your search. But you cannot understand My Reality.” Sathya Sai Baba (US ed. of Kasturi’s Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Vol 3, page 315)

Sathya Sai Baba insists that ones relation to him has to be ‘on the inner level’, which is to say, preferably only within the interactive creations of ones own mind through chanting his name, praying to him, worshipping him for his 108 or 1008 alleged divine qualities and so on. He most obviously prefers things this way, stating that no trying to understand him though outward scrutiny of his actions will succeed. He is ever warning people to examine only themselves, not him. This would leave him to himself unchallenged for his deceptions and many alleged crimes. To dare to so much as to mention any awkward facts about Sathya Sai Baba will soon get one thrown out of the ashram in perpetuity or banned from public Sai meetings in many countries.

Sathya Sai Baba is never held to account to his face for anything, not even by the government. or any court in India. He is protected by politically powerful devotees who have long since invested their faith and credibility in him – Prime Ministers, Presidents and High and Supreme Court judges etc. Most people who qualify to get near him already have to have so much respect, awe or out-and-out fear to question anything he says or does in any but the most positive or else superficially questioning manner. This is not to say that there have been absolutely no exceptions. There are evidently those who only pretend subservience, while being self-willed and devious. Most officials in his various institutions who are often in his presence have the ‘healthy respect’ for him, his will and his word… much like what a timid schoolboy has for an unpredictably punishing headmaster.

Most devotees get virtually no attention – including a very high proportion of the women. So, to make the stay at the ashram seem meaningful, to salvage at least something to boost self-confidence, they rack their brains to make something positive out of something… to find some significance in his chance movements – or even in what in some connection he did NOT say or do (!) that might seem to apply to them personally. A mere overheard word of Sathya Sai Baba may be treasured for days and weeks… and any scrap of blessing that comes their way, be it a handout of a meal in the canteen, some sweet laddus, mangoes or other ‘prasad‘ that is dished out to all who are there at different times. But has all this any value? Those who cannot manage to do without him and the movement, who have already invested too much of their lives, friendship, money, prestige and faith will usually say there is…

But there are exceptions to that rule!


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Understanding Sathya Sai Baba’s responses to questions

Posted by robertpriddy on June 23, 2009

I shall show here how Sathya Sai Baba does NOT WANT anyone to be able to understand anything about him except what he tells them… virtually everything he says and does signals this. He also is ever telling people in private interviews to keep things secret (especially about money donations, oiling of genitals and worse things of which he stands so widely accused). His is a near paranoid precaution for controlling others and keeping what is generally known about him within the strictest of limits. He claims that if all humanity combined in an effort to understand him for ages, they could never succeed! This is no doubt very off-putting to anyone who might try… an intimidating façade put up by someone who has something – or a lot – to hide. Some deep wound or vulnerable weak spot, perhaps some terrible secret or trauma, which they are compulsively forced to hide.

In all major religions, God is not accountable for any kind of error or wrong doing. As long as one really believes that Sathya Sai Baba is God Almighty in person, one surrenders all chance of understanding anything about him, because he and anything he says or does is therefore by definition inscrutable. Without exception, Sathya Sai Baba either ignores or fobs off anything remotely like a penetrating question that may be put to him once in a blue moon by some relative newcomer who slipped in through the ashrams’ security nets that filter out anyone who is considered not to be already a believer. Due to his systematic use of self-contradiction in his published words on many issues, plus his even more rash statements made in group and private interviews, one realises he says what suits him and his various devious ends as he wishes. Devotees are convinced that his every utterance and gesture bears great meaning has become an undisputed truth at the ashrams, and to contradict him in Sathya Sai Organization meetings is unheard-of and can easily lead to exclusion from membership. This is a cult for blind believers, which only became fully evident after 2000 when the world-wide exposure of his alleged crimes and vast deceptions took off with the Internet.

One may pick out answers to questions from his often vague and over-generalized statements, interpreting them to fit ones own suppositions and inclination. One can often derive quite opposite meanings from the same ambiguous statements he has made. Some people find support for almost whatever they want to believe. Guessing or imagining the possible import of his bodily motions and non-verbal signs (like his constant ‘writing on the air with a finger’ is a main activity for those who attend his darsan.

What we would not accept as a valid or relevant answer from other people, many devotees will immediately accept as profound when it comes from the one they believe to be omniscient. Even if it is a blatant howler or a mispronunciation, a wholly mistaken guess or a classic faux-pas. He often has to ask people to repeat what they asked him (sometimes moving as if cupping his ear). He has done this quite often when I have been speaking to him. Yet even this is taken as a deep lesson teaching God knows what (you must find out “in your heart” – which means, what you want to think). In all major religions, God is not accountable for any kind of error or wrong doing. As long as one really believes that Sathya Sai Baba is God Almighty in person, one surrenders all chance of understanding anything about him.

He will use oblique comments as to be no relevant meaning can be made out of his words except by lengthy musings and investigation. He switches the subject unexpectedly, calls it the product of a ‘mad monkey mind’ or just brushes it aside. The questioner most often takes whatever comes as a significant teaching or even a spiritual directive (fellow interviewees willingly contribute such views afterwards and suggest what it probably signifies) .

One example; when asked by a friend of mine why it was that Jehova (i.e. God, i.e. Sathya Sai Baba) had not told the Jews about reincarnation, but asserted the contrary, Sathya Sai Baba did not understand the question. My friend said that the question was about reincarnation. Without waiting to hear the actual question again, Baba replied, in so many words, “Reincarnation. You cannot understand it. Do not try to think about it. It is like the seed and the fruit.” I saw that this was no answer at all, but afterwards my friend claimed that it was a perfect answer! His view was that, because the question was one that his Jewish wife considered very important, Sathya Sai Baba was telling that they should rather concentrate on other more important things. This shows how the Sai doctrine works on followers, they lose all self-confidence and find a way to accept and even praise anything saidm whatever it is. This is also typical of how an evasive deceiver tries to maintain false perceptions of himself to avoid being unmasked or incriminating himself.

The above is quite typical of Baba’s frequent replies to questions… often in yet more complete disregard of what is asked. The ‘genuine devotee’ must accept that Sathya Sai Baba is God Almighty himself walking on two (intensely super-magnetic) fabulously holy feet etc., and so has to give up all chance of ever understanding anything else about him than what Sathya Sai Baba determines.


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Sai Baba believers’ programmatic misinterpretations

Posted by robertpriddy on June 22, 2009

In the Sai movement there are set ‘explanations’ of everything about Sathya Sai Baba. The many ways in which one can derive some meaning from his various acts and oft-repeated phrases in English – and what it may be and to whom – have become an art for the initiated, who are willing pass on this ‘wisdom’ to anyone they can… When these are too evidently inapplicable or wholly beside the point, one must realise that “We cannot understand his inscrutable, divine will”, or other words to similar effect. One cannot understand, of course, if one has given up beforehand, and this ‘giving up’ is precisely ‘to surrender to his Divine will’. It is a serious but powerful form of giving up ones autonomy… and a suppression of ones common sense and natural reasoning in never questioning anything he says or does. He must be regarded as perfect and infallible in all things.

Being distant and unavailable for normal communication and interaction, devotees have to try to squeeze some kind of significance for themselves out of any and every word they hear Sai Baba say, or any motions he makes or possible sign he gives. He has explained that that every single thing he does has deep meaning. He is clearly aware how those who aspire to get his recognition build fantasies around him and no doubt he plays on this most cleverly. In my years as a committed believer I tried out many of the ways one is advised to interpret his behaviour, because ~I had a basic belief in his honesty, knowingness and purity. I naturally tried to get responses to my questions in this way and tested the reliability of this, with varying results. I grew convinced that, in the end, most of what one experiences is more or less self-created ‘delusion’… Some examples of the commonly-shared mental paraphernalia that gradually accumulates as a consequence of adopting the basic belief-system concerning Sathya Sai Baba are:

1) The position that falls to a person at darshan is a sign of Baba’s grace or displeasure, according to how near or far from the front line it is.

2) His touching any object held out to him which represents or expresses ones projects or plans implies that they are blessed and is good. Many believe that he wills that it will necessarily succeed in some way.
3) His taking a letter written to him means that a question or problem referred to will somehow be ‘answered’ or solved. Or it is a go-ahead for anything you asked his permission for in it.

4) His glance itself confers a blessing, though what it may be only time may tell.

5) When he looks in your direction, he sees through you, knowing all you think and have done, as well as what is to become of you.

6) His nod (or any other of his characteristic movements like touching his forehead or ear, doffing his hair etc.) is the answer to some question on ones mind, according to each ones particular interpretation or ‘intuition’.

7) His moving finger waved in the air like ‘writing’ in his characteristic way ‘rewrites’ the future or fate of each person at whom it points, yet we are so limited that we cannot hope to know why or how this works or what it will effect.

8) When he takes a handful of sweets proffered to him and throws so that one hits you, or lands before you, you have his blessings.

9) Any words one hears him say are heard ONLY by those who need to hear them.

10) If he ignores you or does not come near you, it is frequently because you need to learn something. Eg. to have more patience, to examine oneself for faults (and he has decried a great number of fairly normal human actions as serious faults), to transform oneself through complete and total surrender to his will etc.

The above points are but a selection of similar attitudes and beliefs that surround Sathya Sai Baba and help to maintain the aura of Godlike impenetrability and unaccountability.


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Indulal Shah, cover-up man for Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 21, 2009

Sai Baba’s untruthful lackey, the former politician Indulal Shah, planned for world-wide “nation building” in the name of Sai Baba. Having become Sai Baba’s right-hand man, and – for decades – the leader of the Sathya Sai Organization worldwide,  he presumed to aspire to instruct nations in the totalitarian style of the Prashanthi Nilayam township, where the Lord’s instruction MUST be obeyed, murders are suppressed, investigations quashed, and which is totally unaccountable to the public for anything that occurs there, including reliable data or accounts breaking down the use of donations received. There, the police and judiciary blackmailed to Sai Baba’s purposes.
“When press persons met Mr. Indulal Shah, chief functionary of the Sri Satya Sai World Trust, after the murders of six young Sai followers in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in 1993, Indulal Shah is reported as having said: ‘the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.” (from The Hindu, 10-6-1993).

Mr. Shah has, through a circular, instructed his cadre in the Sathya Sai Organisation around the world that THEY should do good works so that these will reflect back on Sai Baba and “enhance the Divine glory of the Avatar of the Age”. The ‘Divine Glory’ which Sathya Sai Baba claims nothing nor anyone can presume to enhance! Statesmen and important people have long since been earmarked for this campaign.

Here are two quotes from the circular the devious Shah – while still International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization had the temerity to circulate:-

“You are aware that these are testing and difficult times. Even the Avatar faces denigration and attempts to undermine His Glory by resorting to distorted statements and falsehoods made by the ignorant. It is not as if the Avatar needs human effort to glorify Him or that He needs any protection from any such despicable efforts to denigrade Him, but the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation has a great role to perform to enhance the Divine glory of the Avatar of the Age. This has to be achieved by us with a great sense of sincerity and dedication not with an aim of defending the name of the Avatar in the face of negativity but by positive pro-action of making the world aware by our programmes and the Vision Message and Mission of the Avatar. Our Organisation must reflect what we are and what we do as also our impact on others by living Sai’s message in all spheres of life – local, regional, national, political or economic – of each country. In this context, I have to request you to compile information of all such impacts and expressions of work of nation building carried out by our Organisation in your country by way of news items, press coverage, photographs, message or letter received from a Local Community, Political, Government or Religious Leader acknowledging our work etc. and send the same to me by the end of February 2002.”

“Once the above information is received, the same will be compiled and published through all aspects of media (print and electronic) throughout the world as a major Awareness exercise for the world community of the Sai Avatar. The above will be presented to Bhagwan and featured in a Website to show the work being done by the Sai Organisation around the globe that is helping in Nation Building efforts. Also, it is intended that these be published into a book to be released at the earliest.”

But Sai Baba has done more than enough to “denigrate” himself and supply his name with the indelible taint it has acquired worldwide, so Shah was clearly in damage limitation, needing positive support from anywhere as a smokescreen.

At least the British P.M. Tony Blair – when visiting Bangalore – was not taken in by the invitation from the Sathya Sai Organisation to visit Sai Baba, who went from Prashanthi Nilayam to Whitefield so as to be there when due there in connection with the opening of the new IT centre near Whitefield!

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The Fame of Name and Person – Sai Baba part 5

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2009

The Name, Fame and the Shame: The phrase ‘name and fame’ recurs in many Sai Baba discourses in deploring those who lay any store whatever by such things. He says he does not but his actions shout loudly that he does.  In his earliest discourses in the 1960s (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 1, p. 207f) he prophesied that the fame of Puttaparthi would spread across the world… which could only refer to himself becoming famous. since Puttaparthi is still a little known village and is far less known than his name in some parts of the world. He has also said that fame and ill-fame go together (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 4. p,203.), which is far from the case for many famous people… but since he said this the world has seen that it is true in his own case!His supposed fame is far less than that of very many respected and adored figures on the current world stage, and to list their names is superfluous because they are so much more famous than him.

His diatribes against name and fame are tirelessly reiterated. He repeatedly claims that fame is like a passing cloud – and that may well apply to his relative ‘fame’, but it is certainly not true of thousands of historically famous persons. In countless discourses, Sai Baba insists on the infinite divine and holy potential of his own name (always written ‘His Name’ in all his publications). Anything to which his name is attached he claims is guaranteed success purely by virtue of “His Name”.  He insists that all Sathya Sai Organization projects must bear his name as a guarantee of their success. However, the Sathya Sai Organization has met with numerous failures, including the closure of projected schools and projects due to the sexual abuse allegations.

Sathya Sai Baba has said in a discourse, “I will do anything, even sacrifice my name and fame, if it will lead one devotee towards liberation.” This is an extremely rash statement, not only underlining that he regards himself as having fame, but also being such and unreasonable promise that no one in their right mind would credit it. His complicity in the cover-up  of the 1993 murders – and his self-proclaimed foreknowledge of the events (!) were done in an attempt to preserve his own fame and the reputation of his ashrams and other institutions.  Despite this, his relative fame has been turning more and more into global infamy,with a large number of most respected media denouncing him (see list here).

How transparently self-obsessed can a person get? But most people in the Sai movement take it for granted! I have heard Sai Baba’s claim to do anything for the sake of just one devotee repeated by the hagiographer and close devotee Rita Bruce, particularly when Sai Baba was caught out in some obvious deviousness. Sai Baba flattered Rita Bruce repeatedly with apparent full success.

Sathya Sai Baba has condemned himself with his own words time and again, such as when he said that name & fame are “as disgusting as spittle” (p. 147, Sanathana Sarathi May 1987), that world-fame for Sai by publicity is without value (p. 193, My Baba & I, Dr. John Hislop) and has often ridiculed gurus who seek name and fame (for example p 75, Prema Vahini). If Sai Baba has no need to seek fame (see p. 64, Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11 new ed.), why then does he allow his discourses to be broadcast on digital radio world-wide… or build massively-costly huge buildings in his name, some devoted entirely to spreading his name and fame?

If name and fame are “as spittle”, what is so huge about this huge sacrifice of his name and fame Sai Baba would make? (Perhaps he means to sacrifice his fame and replace it with the infamy that now surrounds him!) The degree of audacious mendacity to which Sai Baba goes is almost astonishing, but yet more so is the literal acceptance of all he says on this and dozens of other matters by so many followers. How can any of the much-exaggerated good he does cancel or ameliorate the great infamy? He has besmirched his own name, which is thus becoming a millstone around the neck of projects attached to it.

Sai Baba is very censorious to anyone who criticises him in any way and has spoken threateningly against anyone who openly confronts him or hinders his propaganda and works in any way. Despite all the evidence there is to show that Sai Baba has long been involved in sexual abuse and other aberrations, including complicity in cold-blooded executions, many of his followers remain in denial, most of them following Sai Baba’s virtual command to avoid reading any of the critics’s writings or listening to or repeating such ‘evil’!


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The Fame of Name and Person – Sai Baba part 4

Posted by robertpriddy on June 19, 2009

“Miracles” are the bait: Sathya Sai Baba claims to perform countless major miracles, even that he could change “sky into earth and earth into sky”. Believe this if one can. He says “miracles are my visiting cards”, and indeed they are the bait which – if swallowed – hooks many so-called ‘spiritual seekers’ who wish to penetrate beyond the limits of ordinary perception. His attraction works not least through his apparently inexplicable manifestations of objects despite the fact that much of it is now known to take place by sleight of hand. Further, it is widely claimed to be the spontaneous appearance of traditionally holy substances (ash, nectar, kum kum, turmeric powder, milk etc.) on many pictures of himself in distant parts of the globe.

Sathya Sai Baba has charmed royalty, statesmen, and many politicians, plus rich and famous persons from many countries, to whom he gives pride of place before all other followers whenever they visit his ashram. Thus, he has influenced many followers to believe that he will become (some even believe he already is) the de facto ruler of the whole world! This is remarkable to anyone with knowledge of the world and religious cults… to believe such a thing is certainly nothing but to be badly deluded, if only due to ignorance of Sai Baba’s own published words, which demonstrate fully to any educated, independent person the ignorance and inconsistency that runs throughout his ‘teachings’.

If one is to credit the ‘incredible’ stories about his childhood and youth, many things supposedly set him apart from most spiritual leaders and gurus. The most primitive superstitions held in his poor peasant family and their village were supposedly disregarded by him from an early age. His insistence on vegetarianism from earliest childhood despite a meat-eating family is taken as an example of his ‘divine childhood enlightenment’. However, he has reaffirmed traditional superstitions on a grant scale in many ways and in many discourses since he became an adult! He preaches as literal truth most of the myths of Indian scripture and legend! (i.e. evil ogres, giant men, air vehicles, ancient moon travel, miraculous powers of sages and in idols of worship such as statues and Shiva lingams, plus much more in that mythological vein). Likewise his unperturbed behaviour when tortured by the magician after being thought to have become possessed by some entity (the marks of deep cuts on top of his head are still visible sometimes).

Through his apparently inexplicable manifestations of objects, even though much of it is now known to take place by sleight of hand, he has exerted great attraction on so-called ‘spiritual seekers’ who wish to penetrate beyond the limits of ordinary perception. His attraction also works through what is widely claimed to be the spontaneous appearance of traditionally holy substances (ash, nectar, kum kum, turmeric powder, milk etc.) on many pictures of himself in distant parts of the globe. He has charmed royalty, statesmen, and many politicians, plus rich and famous persons from many countries, to whom he gives pride of place before all other followers whenever they visit his ashram. Thus, he has influenced many followers to believe that he will become (some even believe he already is) the de facto ruler of the whole world! This is remarkable to anyone with knowledge of the world and religious cults… to believe such a thing is certainly nothing but to be badly deluded, if only due to ignorance of Sai Baba’s own published words, which demonstrate fully to any educated, independent person the ignorance and inconsistency that runs throughout his ‘teachings’.

There are hundreds of accounts of individual experiences of Sai Baba’s alleged ‘healing’ of all kinds of ailments and other ‘miraculous’ interventions. How much of this is over-positive interpretation, wishful imaginings (such as to raise one’s ‘spiritual status’ in the eyes of oneself and/or others) is an open question. Testimonies, of which there are a large number – including about 400 books in English – are weighted strongly in favour of Sai Baba having para-normal powers of thought transference, healing, manifestations of objects and many other inexplicable phenomena. See the definitive bibliography of Sai literature by academic Brian Steel. These he speaks of as being true, divine miracles. However, testimonies that show the limitations of these powers, that question the authenticity of the many excessive accounts or which expose fakery, have been relatively few, though these are increasing via the Internet. It is surely largely due to the fact that, until this technology existed, Sai Baba had virtual control of nearly all information about himself. He has long had mastery over whom he will allow into his proximity, guarded as he is by a very large number of servitors and security men.


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The Fame of Name and Person – Sai Baba part 3

Posted by robertpriddy on June 18, 2009

Social projects to offset his known failings? Sathya Sai Baba has inspired the building of two major free hospitals (the first one instigated by Hard Rock Café owner Isaac Tigrett’s donation of $39 million). A number of schools and colleges and other social works of various positive kinds have been inspired by his teaching. Such institutions very likely would not have come about without Sai Baba as a focus for donations and the huge efforts and voluntary input of thousands of devotees. Projects to provide clean drinking water to local villages and in Chennai have been set going by his call for donations to that end, though the main project turned out to be far less effective than claimed by the self-styled ‘omnipotent’ individual. However, he always claims the full credit for all good results, as if only he achieved it all by his own efforts and work… and he seldom mentions the fact that everything is actually done by followers who sacrifice a lot to achieve these ends in his name.

The Spiritual Heritage Museum, though ostensibly to promote all religions and universal spirituality, highlights Sai Baba as its decided centrepiece – the only One Living God the Father and Holy Spirit who rules over everyone and everything. Self-publicity on such a scale (Sai Baba having supervised every detail of the project) conflicts roundly with Sai Baba’s own declarations of wishing and needing no publicity other than personal good work and of not requiring anyone to worship him. In the setting of what is called a ‘museum’, this promotional showpiece made at such expense seems remarkably out of place. The novel attraction at Sai Baba’s 75th birthday – the ‘Chaitanya Jyothi’ building – was an even more extravagant venture solely devoted to glorification of the ‘living avatar’. Sai Baba thus eagerly supports all kinds of initiative and activity that go to increase what is a ‘personality cult’ focussed on himself, by any definition of the phrase.

All Sai Baba hospitals, schools, colleges and other buildings are plastered in many places with pictures and praise of his name, his divinity and so forth. The two large super-costly museums glorify him as a avatar and Saviour of mankind, while photos of him – along with and his penny-proverbs – dominate everywhere, rather like that of Kim Il Sung in North Korea. Critical-minded people, who are relatively unaffected by the propaganda, have raised serious concerns about the actual functioning of these projects and even the underlying purposes (such as to “buy himself free” from other sins of which he is so widely accused). Why all this is used above all for the glorification of the person Sai Baba and the spread of his influence is doubtful in light of his constant claims that he dislikes and shuns all praise and publicity!


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The Fame of Name and Person – Sai Baba part 2

Posted by robertpriddy on June 17, 2009

Dictatorial methods: Personality cults based on person with absolute power within their bailiwicks often rely on a combination of assumed benevolence and actual suppression and fear. Despite all the talk about his universal love and benevolence, Sai Baba also fits the bill for an ‘angry and jealous God’, someone who abides absolutely no questioning or contradiction. He keeps everyone in their places at a distance most of the time and is quick to show anger when crossed, and sometimes sheer rage. He punishes those who do not keep ‘mum’ about matters concerning himself that he wishes to be hidden.

Somewhat the same kind of tyrannical behaviour has been seen in many a worldly despot and dictator, who also may at the same time well have commissioned many social works and institutions in their own name and to their own glory etc. Russia, Germany and Italy. Not a few historical emperors and dictators have claimed to be God, or have been acclaimed as divine by others! One might mention, without making other comparisons, that some Emperors of Rome, of the Inca Empire, and even rulers in African States in recent decades have assumed the mantle of God.

Sathya Sai Baba has publicly denounced various opponents and especially impostors, including the many imitators of himself, though he avoids naming them in public. However, he instructed his editor to denounce some of them by name, publishing about them in his journal ‘Sanathana Sarathi‘. In private, it is a different matter. I have met several reliable Western persons who at various private interviews were told that various gurus, including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“dirty man, dirty hair”) and Bhagwan Rajneesh alias Osho (“demonic”), are definitely not good teachers. Even when such gurus are totally discredited, convicted of rape and murder (as have many), exposed as sexual exploiters (as have a very large number), many of their disciples, ashrams and sources of finances persist.

Despite damning revelations in the world media by national newspapers and international broadcasters, this can be expected of the Sai movement too, not least because of the political influence, finance means of propaganda, and a world-wide and extended following Sai Baba has gradually achieved through a lifetime. Despite all the evidence there is to show that Sai Baba has long been involved in sexual abuse and other aberrations, positive effects are felt by thousands of his followers, which they back up with much documenting of their experiences. How much of this is over-positive interpretation, wishful imaginings or direct invention (to raise ones ‘spiritual status’ in the eyes of others) is an open question. Testimonies, of which there are a large number – including about 400 books in English [See the definitive bibliography of Sai literature by academic Brian Steel. ]. All these hagiographic accounts are weighted strongly in favour of Sai Baba having para-normal powers of thought transference, healing, manifestations of objects and many other inexplicable phenomena.  These he speaks of as being true, divine miracles. However, testimonies that show the limitations of these powers, that question the authenticity of the many excessive accounts or which expose fakery, remain relatively few, though these are increasing via the Internet, and this is surely largely due to the fact that until this technology existed, Sai Baba had virtual control of information about himself. He has long had control over whom he will allow into his proximity, guarded as he is by a very large number of servitors and security men.

Another way he exercises control: His teachings are shot through with primitive religious superstitions in the attempt to chastise and correct people’s supposed sins and to awaken fear of not accepting him and his predictions of the future. As one typical example of his level of ignorance and use of superstition so as to gain ascendancy over people, consider his ‘teaching’ in several discourses that natural disasters are not natural, but caused by human wrong-doing: “You are aware of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Gujrat. Thousands of people lost their lives. The reason for this is that man has no contentment and is entertaining excessive desires.” (Sanathana Sarathi, March 2001, p. 71f).

Obviously, major earthquakes occur on a large scale with great average regularity around the earth where the continental tectonic plates meet, and not elsewhere, also mainly in areas where there are no such human activities. Processes causing earthquakes and volcanoes are age-old, preceding human society by countless eons. Sai Baba prefers the finger-pointing ‘mysterious’ solution and evidently chooses to ignore the massive scientific evidence on this subject.

An example of how Sai baba uses fear is given by Al Rahm, in describing how he reacted to his son’s telling him of the long ans vile sexual abuses he had been subjected to by Sai Baba”- (“SAM”s father – Al Rahm) We were shocked when we heard it and the both of us just embraced our son at that time and we said, “That’s it. It’s over. It’s finished.” And the thing that was most impactful there, was that when we said to him, “Why didn’t you tell us?”, and he said, “The greatest fear that I had was that my family would choose Sai Baba and I would lose my family.” And that he had lived with that fear…”

Read how fear is a means which helps the guru control and subtly threaten his following


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The Fame of Name and Person – Sai Baba part 1

Posted by robertpriddy on June 16, 2009

Personality cults: There are many personality cults in the world, some probably harmless enough, such as those surrounding most stars of screen and stage. Others known to us from the history of the past century were both highly organized totalitarian cults and had sinister aims and means… best known are the personality cults of Stalin, Hitler and Mao Tse Tung. Similar in some respects, yet less totalitarian and less aggressive are the religious personality cults (with the exception of the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini cult and the despotism of a religious leadership it involved and still involves). What makes a personality cult dangerous varies with the character of the person worshipped and the manner of its organization and the involvement in secret, unaccountable and clandestine activities. All major personality cults – political or religious – present their figureheads as infallible, impeccable, truthful, good or loving and NEVER allow the publication of critical or negative information about the leader, often not even about the followers.

The religious kind of personality cult: A number of self-styled gurus from the East have achieved temporary followings running into the several millions, such as Maharaji, Maharishi, the Rev. Moon, Rajneesh, the ‘Ananda Marga’ Baba and many others of a more or less unscrupulous sort. Events have shown that the Sathya Sai Baba movement very largely fits the pattern of these cults… with huge waste of money, sexual aberrations and murders as the main themes. The mass psychology at work there is similar in many ways to that operating on Sathya Sai devotees. Totalitarianism is not usually possible in religious cults – unless they are very limited like the Jim Jones cult was.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Organization – and his various other institutions in India – all exhibit strictly authoritarian rule from the top downwards. These organized activities are kept largely secret (no minutes of meetings are ever published or accessible, nor can the finances be scrutinized by the public. Numerous major crimes have occurred within the ashrams, but none have been brought before any court, due to protection by the devotees in the government and the judiciary. This means that Sathya Sai Baba heads a socially dangerous personality cult. By comparison, the Roman Catholic Church exhibits some features of a personality cult (i.e. the Pope being supposedly infallible) and it is a hierarchical system, but there are many dissenters to some of its publicised policies or ‘bulls’. It is not strictly unaccountable either, neither financially nor legally. It has an authoritarian structure but hidden agendas are neither the historical nor the present reason behind it (though it is asserted that some clandestine groupings work to their secret ends within this vast organization, like Opus Dei).

Who does Sathya Sai Baba say he is? Sathya Sai Baba is an assumed name, his real name being Sathya Narayana Raju. By taking the same name of Sai Baba, the departed Saint of Shirdi, he succeeded in assembling some kind of spiritual lineage for himself, regarded as a bogus usurpation of the fame of Shirdi Sai by that saint’s followers and the official Shirdi Sai Sanasthan. Sathya Sai Baba claims to be both Shirdi Sai, Krishna and Rama reborn – a claim of divine reincarnation often made by Indian gurus and swamis. He does not stop there, he is Vishnu come again, and his biographer N. Kasturi vouched that he claimed to be “all Deities rolled into one”.

One basic assumption upon which Sai Baba builds his teaching and all his enterprises is that he personally possesses the fullest possible divine powers… he alone knows the truth of all matters and can right anything he wishes through his omnipotence, which he purports to demonstrate through miracles, especially the apparent manifestation of small objects. He relies on the traditional guru-disciple relationship, and anyone who will not adopt the role of `ignorant disciple` is always rejected sooner or later. Those who come to see Sai Baba invariably have already generated some faith in him, whether through personal experiences of the paranormal kind or through hearsay, literature and videos. Many come already ostensibly entirely convinced that he is the avatar of the age, God in human form etc., while others see him at least as a highly-developed or `self-realised` soul. Some are seekers with hopeful faith, but are unconvinced, without compelling personal experiences and so still have various reservations and doubts which, however, are often swept aside by the extraordinary scenes of mass worship of Sai Baba and the enthusiastic atmosphere of being among so many who have had paranormal experiences apparently related to him.

Sai Baba has charmed royalty, statesmen, and many politicians, plus rich and famous persons from many countries, to whom he gives pride of place before all other followers whenever they visit his ashram. Thus, he has influenced many followers to believe that he will become (some even believe he already is) the de facto ruler of the whole world! This is remarkable to anyone with knowledge of the world and religious cults… to believe such a thing is certainly nothing but to be badly deluded, if only due to ignorance of Sai Baba’s own published words, which demonstrate fully to any educated, independent person the ignorance and inconsistency that runs throughout his ‘teachings’.


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The worship of Sathya Sai Baba’s person

Posted by robertpriddy on June 15, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba is at the focus of a constant crowd of thousands of persons, which swells up to over a quarter of a million on some of his birthday celebrations (though he has once falsely claimed there were three million!). He is worshipped and set apart from – and way above – all other living persons by his followers. He is regarded, not as a God, but literally as God Himself, the One and only living divinity. This is his pronouncement and is the chief cause of all the eulogisation.His following is one of the largest organized personality cults in the world today.

Touching and kissing the "holy feet' of Sathya Sai Baba

Having set himself up as a God from his youth, Sathya Sai Baba is already becoming the focus of a kind of mythology, and this process is apparently gaining in strength as he becomes less available for personal contacts. He is admittedly a fascinating figure, if only because his enormous claims surpass all known limits. That he claims to be wholly pure and divine, ever-present everywhere, all-knowing, almighty is a fact. Sathya Sai Baba has instructed many people to worship him, including his own parents, but has also conflictingly said at times that he does not wish to be worshipped. Also, for decades he welcomed people to touch – or even kiss – his bare feet… then a few years ago he declared that this was not right, for it created a distance between him and the devotee, so it should be discontinued. Nonetheless he continued to accept it willingly… a typical Sai ploy, to say one thing and do another.

The observable fact is that he is constantly surrounded by worshippers, whose worship he willingly accepts on all occasions (eg. particularly visible during the fire ceremony (arathi) which is usually done before him twice daily). In addition to this, he accepts to sit on many thrones that are made for him, ride in various chariots, including a magnificent and costly golden one (even though he also criticised this as a misuse of funds), swing at least once yearly on a silver swing to be worshipped as Krishna and so on. People bow before him constantly, touch his feet, lie flat on the ground at his feet etc.

Overloaded with flower garlands, Sai emulates Krishna swinging

In days gone be he allowed himself to be garlanded frequently, even accepting a many dozens of huge flower garlands around his neck at one time. This practice he stopped, and one would assume that it must be a relief not to have to bear their occasional huge weight. Only infrequently is he garlanded very briefly nowadays, taking the garland only symbolically over the head then giving it back. Though he insists repeatedly that worship of himself is the easiest way to liberation in this era, he has declared time and again that he has come to show us the way to supposed ‘self-realisation’, meaning the direct experience of our own identity as one with God! He long preached that everyone has the divine spark and everyone actually is God, thought unaware of it. Typically, however, he has since his infamous Christmas 2000 discourse, begun to declare that some people are demons without a ‘divine spark’… namely, those many “Judases” who accuse or criticise him.


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Sathya Sai Baba on ‘free will’

Posted by robertpriddy on June 14, 2009


Sai Baba is wildly ambiguous about whether or not there is any kind of ‘free will’. Now and again he says that ‘there is no free will’, and contradictorily also ‘only God has free will’. Many devotees conclude simplistically that free will can only be exercised by him (claiming to be the Godhead), even though he is constantly telling people, ‘You are God. You ARE God!’ (I heard him say just this to a devotee at one of my interviews with him). This cannot can have any real practical meaning, it is about as unhelpful as saying such things as ‘the cosmos exists’, ‘the cosmos does not exist’, ‘all is truth’ or ‘all is illusion’. ‘all is energy’, ‘everything is everything’ etc. Contradictorily, he also speaks of us having free will only in our choosing either to do good or bad! Then again he also repeatedly says elsewhere there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ etc., that good vs.bad is an illusion (i.e. maya). If this were not enough he also says that everything is good since everything comes from God! What a confusion he creates, both in his own mind and that of his followers!

Yet it is the complete absence of any free will that generally predominates in Sai Baba’s ‘teaching’. Ironically, a follower who is kept in confusion is much more likely to cling to a master! To assert that humans are mere puppets, “sugar dolls”, as Sai Baba had frequently done, is blatantly absurd. But it is his way of convincing people to submit and surrender themselves to him as the only Doer. The effect on believers in this is to become less motivated, less constructive or vital, it amounts to loss of self-respect and sense of self worth and amounts to inauthenticity and existential alienation from ones living reality.


Some devotees repeat Sai Baba’s words, ‘there is no free will’ almost as if it were like a holy mantra, evidently without understanding how much this vast generalization implies for human life. For one thing, it would make everyone into automatons without any responsibility whatever for anything… Despite this, Sai Baba sometimes speaks of there being some small degree of free will only. No doubt many Westerners would reject his ‘teaching’ if he did not confirm what most people hold to be the case. Sai Baba even proclaims that he does everything, not even a blade of grass can move without his will etc. He proclaims that he alone is the Doer! He follows up by boasting that it is he who builds his colleges and hospitals, and does all “good” works in the world but definitely nothing bad!). This peculiar megalomaniac notion can be seen operating in full force on his followers, especially in his ashrams. One shall ‘See, hear, think, do only what is “good” – no “evil”… despite these being illusory ideas! Devotees praise him endlessly and totally uncritically for everything… some get so confused that they think he causes every tiny thing that occurs and also that anything that ‘goes wrong’ or does not occur as hoped or expected is “a divine lesson from the guru”. These facts also proclaim his movement as an indoctrinating cult of a most authoritarian and unaccountable nature.

The meaning of the words ‘free will’ vary enormously. Some people fall back on fatalism to explain to themselves their own failings and failures, or to avoid responsibility for themselves or for having to take moral standpoints that may prove uncomfortable because they are unpopular, even when right and true. Others accept there is a measure of free will and try to employ it positively. Without faith in human will power and freedom, the world would be a meaningless round, a sorry place where people go through ‘predetermined motions’, believing wrongly that they have no choice to do otherwise. Democratic freedom of choice could not exist, only the tyranny of unavoidable events. This benefits despotic, totalitarian and authoritarian systems. It engenders fatalism where all social freedoms and human rights become like a mere legend, as among most of India’s religious and crushingly poor villagers and town slum dwellers. This applies very much in India, where the oppressive caste system is hardly changed since Independence, still making most of the 160 million ‘untouchable’ Dalits (95% still only in low-caste trades) no better than serfs to the other castes.

The big confusion can very largely be cleared up, but only by a proper exposition of the subject, one which takes account of the entire range of human thought (and misunderstanding) on the subject. I hope my contribution will be helpful. Firstly, it is necessary to point out a conclusion independently of the grounds on which it was drawn: At bottom, Sai Baba does not want us to have any free will (even though we do have some), for he demonstrably wants everyone to do only his will… in short, he is a guru who wants a totally obedient following who see hims as God Almighty and the only entity which can truly exercise Will.

The dangers to ones personal autonomy, destiny and freedoms from not understanding the nature of human free will and willpower but believing in Sai Baba’s main world view are detailed at length in a series of articles here

For those who have a reasonable attention span, read more on free will, choice, determinism and fatalism here


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