from NEXUS Magazine (2000):
Sai Baba is being exposed as a pedophile.
As a former believer I have always dismissed rumours of Sai Baba’s sexual impropriety as ‘tall poppy syndrome’. However recent testimonials made available to myself caused me to dig a bit further. To my horror I discovered a pattern of sexual abuse of young men and boys, including rape. I have spoken with so many people from many countries. The rumours are not rumours, they are truth. I am shocked. I am running an article exposing this shoddy ‘guru’. You can expect the mainstream media to follow hot on the heels of our article. What horrifies me the most of all, is that most of the administrative hierarchy already knew of this, but turned a blind eye in order to maintain ‘status’, prestige, and basically EGO.
Shame on you all! You will be exposed and the truth will come out. There are now many more men and boys coming forward, many more than you think.
Shame on you. Petitions are circulating calling for the public closure of Sai Baba centres until the matter is cleared up. Is your centre acting thus?
I await your reply. No reply will be reported in my magazine also, and readers will no doubt draw their own conclusions.
Shame on you!
Duncan (Duncan Roads, Editor Nexus Magazine) (also posted at http://www.geocities.com/the_sai_critic/shame.html – no longer available Document date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 23:50:28 +1000
Nexus Magazine published – August 2000 – the following :-
Excerpt from FRAUD, FAKERY AND MOLESTATION (from Nexus Magazine, Volume 7, Number 5, August-September 2000)
“It is fair to say that Sai Baba is a highly revered spiritual leader, whose life and message has inspired millions of people throughout the world to turn Godward and lead more purposeful and moral lives. The stories of his “miracles” are many and legendary in their telling and retelling. Scores of famous Westerners have added their own exciting synchronistic accounts of how Sai Baba saved them from certain death by “appearing” before them at crucial moments. Accounts of Sai baba-related manifestations and materialisations are also widespread, adding to the air that Sai Baba is literally the reappearance of God on Earth.
Unfortunately, this is where the fairytale ends.
A growing number of boys and men are coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape. And now that attention has been focused on the Swami, one finds many more accounts of faked miracles, suspicious deaths, massive financial fraud, weapons and explosives being found in the ashram, an assassination attempt, and yet more cases of paedophilia and homosexual abuse.
With news of these events and other incidents, the seeds of doubt have been sown in many minds. How is it that Sai Baba’s own brother-in-law died of rabies? Why did Baba need to be hospitalised for a ruptured appendix and a broken leg? Why does he travel in Mercedes cars and require heavy protection? Why does Sai Baba have to wave his hand in circles before producing anything? Does his occasional transvestitism and derision for women really illustrate the male-female principle of the universe?
It is possible we will never find the real truth to many of the above rumours and allegations, with the exception of the sexual abuse cases. We have extracted the following accounts from just three of the many testimonies now emerging. We have also spoken to many former long-term devotees who have now left the organisation.
For those wishing to pursue this matter further, we suggest as a starting point that you get onto the Internet and visit http://www.myfreeoffice.com/saibabaexposed/ [that site has been closed and replaced by http://www.sathyasaivictims.com].
Let me emphasize that this information does not reflect one or two disgruntled devotees “who did not get enough attention”. It reflects the fact that many, many boys and young men have been sexually abused by someone in whom they gave their total trust. Their silence was maintained because the victims knew that no one would believe them.
I hope this article can rectify that situation somewhat.
Duncan M. Roads (Editor)
Terry Gallagher’s testimony
Hans de Kraker’s testimony
Jens & Gurprit’s Sethi’s testimony
This led to greater publicity, and another spate of resignations from the Sathya Sai Organizations branches, particularly in Australia. The integrity of Duncan Roads, the editor of Nexus Magazine, is revealed as one reads of his initial reluctance to publish a ‘negative article’ about a person revered by so many of his magazines readership. However after doing some substantial personal research and becoming convinced of the truth of the testimonies he courageously went to print, regardless of the consequences. This report includes an email from Duncan Roads to the author outlining his process prior to printing and his observations of the consequences after printing.
Duncan Roads was attacked by two fanatical Sathya Sai Baba supporters and ‘attack artists’, Gerald Joe Moreno and his equally unaccomplished accomplice Lisa de Witt (see here). Firstly, Moreno attacks almost everything Roads writes as inaccurate, false etc., (see http://www.saisathyasai.com/baba/Ex-Baba.com/nexus-magazine-duncan-roads.html). Moreno always rejects every single criticism of Sai Baba for sexual abuse, murder involvement, fraudulent materializations and most other critical statements about him or the Sathya Sai Organization, however weighty the commentator (eg. the BBC, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and countless other respected media). He attacks Duncan Roads for publishing others’ opinions of quite other issues than Sathya Sai Baba (AIDS, anti-Semitism, USA corruption and a long list of other items) and smear him with typical Moreno tendentious spin for opinions he does not himself hold. Moreno charges Duncan Roads with not having investigated any of the sex abuse claims personally, but – in another context (see here), Roads has clearly stated:
“It is worth mentioning that while I was investigating the claims against Sai Baba, not one representative of the movement denied the claims. NOT ONE!!!! Instead, they sought to tell me that ‘all the good Sai Baba does, outweighs the bad’.“
Moreno claims Roads is wrong in asserting the following inset bullet points:-
- There are “many, many” boys and young men who are coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape.
However, one can see for oneself how many youth have come forward in public here. Further, as a trusted activists on the exposé work concerning Sathya Sai Baba and all his cover-up connections, numerous young men have contacted me and/or Barry Pittard in strict confidence stating that they were sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba. (see example) Their accounts are often most revealing of details of his methods, and each has its unique stamp of authenticity. We have checked their identities in many instances, yet some are so worried about repercussions for themselves or members of their families (some of whom live in Prashanthi Nilayam or Puttaparthi) that they naturally were unwilling to give confirmable details about themselves. Knowing that four devotees were murdered in cold-blood in Sai Baba’s apartment in 1993, this is probably a most wise precaution. Other reports – by Dr. Naresh Bhatia – a self-confessed sexual partner of Sathya Sai Baba – many, many boys have been misused by Sai Baba. Further, a former student has posted a list over 150 students through he collected from those who claimed to know they were abused by Sai Baba. (Prof. G. Venkataraman reports that he has spoken to some of them, who said they did not know their names were on the list. To a man who denies totally that Sai Baba is anything buy the Creator of the Universe and is totally pure, what else would they say? At least one student has informed us that Venkataraman knows of the paedophile activities reported of his guru-god, so he is a very dangerous person to confide in at all!)
- There are “many accounts” of massive financial fraud.
There are indeed many accounts of financial fraud in Sai Baba’s affairs. I have given several such accounts, including fraudulence by the Sathya Sai Baba Books and publications Trust in my own case (see here), in that of Al Drucker and also that of Rita Bruce. Further, V. K. Narasimhan informed me in detail of fraud in the ashram and Central Trust – and many deceits (see here), causing the removal of board members and top ashram officials from their posts. Isaac Tigrett claimed that US$15 million of the US$49 million he donated simply ‘disappeared’ (see here) Numerous US devotees, not least, complained of fraud when they had paid for apartments at Prashanthi Nilayam but were later informed they had no right to stay in them for more than 2 weeks, depending on the ashram authorities’ decision in each case. My wife and I also donated to this fraudulent apartment scam as did others who have confirmed fraud. Search the web for “Sai Baba Deception on donors” and “Sai finance and deceits” Fraud has been claimed by the family of the famous film star James Mason, whose estate was taken over the the Sathya Sai Central Trust, and other major legacies have been contested as being extracted from elderly persons against false promises, disinheriting their families.
There are many accounts of Sathya Sai Baba’s dislike of women, and he is known by all visitors to the ashrams to give far, far more time to males than females – both at darsan and in interviews. That he practised transvestism to a considerable degree (and was long known as ‘Radha’ in Puttaparthi when he went everywhere with his boyfriend, Krishna who shared his bedroom for some years) is an established fact. See some of the evidence here