“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!
Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
(Spanish: Petición Publica para Investigaciones Oficiales de Sathya Sai Baba y su Organización a nivel mundial