Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Paul Ruhela, Sai Baba biassed ‘professor’

Posted by robertpriddy on June 8, 2014

Ruhela-frontspiece The Indian professor Paul Ruhela is considered – by his publishers – to be an “eminent Sociologist of Education”, which is a claim that may go down in traditional India but not in any educationally advanced and socially enlightened country. One proof of this is that Ruhela endorsed Sathya Sai Baba as an educationalist, which he most certainly was not, being entirely out of touch with both sociology and pedagogy as well as educational developments virtually since the early 20th century. Sai Baba taught an absolutist doctrine based on ancient Indian guru traditions and in his colleges he enforced a most draconian regime on students and teachers, as has been explained by former students such as the most incisively stated testimony of Kartick Vaddadi which is on-line here. Vaddadi’s article is a far superior comment on the Sai Baba teaching, regime and educational institutions (incl. his ‘deemed university’) than anything produced by Ruhela or his colleagues.

I once received a request from Paul Ruhela to allow him to publish my sociological analysis of the Sathya Sai Organisation in a book he was preparing together with a Professor V.S. Verma, along with some of Brian Steel’s researches. I replied tentatively because his mail suggested to me that he may at last have realised the fraudulence and criminality of Sai Baba himself, but events proved that this was not at all the case. He was disillusioned with all kinds of activities in the institutions and organisations over which Sai Baba had control, but considered none of this to reflect on the guru himself!  He had concealed this fact in his gushing e-mail to me. I had already read some of his voluminous writings about Sai Baba and realised that his level of academic achievement was far below that required of any university lecturer in the West. In the event, he did not deem to reply to my questions about his use of my materials. His reticence was doubtless not least due to his biassed believer agenda and my firm declaration concerning Sai Baba and my editorial requirements and his commitments. Brian Steel’s reply to him was ignored by him likewise. See his e-mail and my reply (click on thumbnail…



    Ruhela’s books contain almost no reservations of judgement, further being slanted completely towards Sai Baba’s ideas. His writings exhibit sloppy language and simple errors, as well as a complete dearth of facts of any scientific or statistical kind. He threw neutrality overboard in his paeans of praise of Sai Baba’s antiquated, retrograde and authoritarian model for upbringing, schooling and education but what was worse, he did his utmost to distort the facts about the murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom as ordered by Sai Baba himself (see evidence). He was a foremost apologist for Sai Baba over every issue on which this sexual abuser and massive deceiver is now demonstrated as having been abominable. This behaviour – deep denial and cover-up – is the rule for nearly all those Sai Baba endorsers in socially high places who could not face the loss of prestige and discredit of having worshipped a pedophile and major liar and deceiver. The findings of professionals across the world and the issues of human rights, social freedoms and justice are blotted out with traditional Hindu moralism and penny proverbs, unworkable advice of youth and total banning of the discussion of sexuality (for reasons well-known to the many who testified openly that they were abused sexually by Sai Baba). Ruhela joined the chorus of blind devotees of Sai Baba who shout from the rooftops their belief that Sai Baba was God, as if they really were in any position to know this… for to know God with certainty one would have to be omniscient oneself… which is an impossibility in any case.

Ruhela was a sponsor and promoter of the fake ‘mother of Sai Baba’, a Mrs. Nareng who called herself Sai Ma, which shows how totally he lacked any proper judgement, even of the official Sai Baba journal’s renunciation of that impostor. See here

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Sathya Sai information – holiday blog

Posted by robertpriddy on May 22, 2014

Robert Priddy’s credo

Sathya Sai Baba’s death and inscrutability

Chronicle on Sai Baba’s illness, death, funeral and aftermath

Sathya Sai Baba’s death and ‘mahasamadhi’

New secret hoard in rooms: officials rummaged further

Sathya Sai Baba’s lunar age 96

Sai officials’ secret collusion over death of Sai Baba

The truth about Sai Baba´s hoarding of goods

Sai Baba treasure trove contents + the Trust’s shenanigans

 Yet more Sai Baba illicit valuables found

The obvious illegality of the Sai Central Trust’s appropriation

Sathya Sai family bitter feud over Central Trust funds

Sai Baba’s Bhagwati shows total disrespect for justice

Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba in world media

False Predictions by India’s Revered “Omniscient avatar”

India’s corruption fed by Sathya Sai Baba

 Sathya Sai Organization’s fear of investigative media

Divine Downfall Sai Baba Child Abuse

Many young men claimed sexual contact with Sathya Sai 

Dramatic sex testimony from ex-student at Prashanthi

More testimony from another ex-Sai Baba student

Video clip testimony of Sai Baba as a sexual predator

Sai Baba alleged sexual abuses summary and history

Index of pages detailing the accusations from all quarters

Dr. Bhatia reconfirmed his sex with Sai Baba and worse

Sexual abuse complaints with impunity against Sai Baba

Four Sai Baba defectors give striking testimony

Sex scandal and Sathya Sai Baba – 3rd Hislop letter

Evidence piles up on Sai Baba male sex abuse and teachers 

Sai Baba: Absolute proof of blind belief’s destructiveness

Dr. Michael Goldstein – supports the totally indefensible

Khushwant Singh video clips: genital oil

The Secret Swami overview – BBC film on Sai Baba

Devious update of ‘Modern Miracles’ by Dr. E. Haraldsson

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Sathya Sai University

Posted by robertpriddy on May 15, 2014

Click to read important up-dated information on Sri Sathya Sai Baba Institute of Higher Studies and Deemed University

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Sathya Sai Service & Comical Cosmic Hypocrisy

Posted by robertpriddy on May 9, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba railed against pomp and circumstance, tinsel and show – as well as against those who promote themselves – yet he did this himself to a very great degree. In examples shown here he said one thing while doing the exact opposite! This is called hypocrisy.

“Sathya Sai Organization abhors campaigns and advertisements. It does not function for the sake of advertisement. It is only Love that should bind us as one. It is our service activity that will broadcast our ideals, not advertisements. (from Sathya Sai Baba’s 1999 Yugadi Discourse).

From around the 1980s, the Sathya Sai Organization, while pretending to heed Sai Baba’s stated policy of no publicity other than through one’s own service and love, began to promote publicity campaigns, which grew and grew in ambition and outreach. Directives were sent to members on circulating books,  photo exhibitions, films and other media to promote Sai Baba and his organisation’s work and public information meetings and visits to schools, companies/firms, public institutions & the like”  number, size and expense. Many venues were hired for the purpose of promotional exhibitions with talks and refreshments, and some very costly and famous places.  These included the Sydney Olympic Super-dome stadium

In a discourse (Sanathana Sarathi October 2003), Sai Baba also found the opportunity to slip in a disclaimer about boys sharing his bedroom, as he had previously stated they did and was common knowledge to ashram residents and many others with contacts to insiders. “These boys from the hospital sleep on the ground floor while I stay on the first floor. They discuss hospital related matters. I keep telling them, ‘Do not speak about them anywhere outside”. 
Yet he had just sat uncomplainingly through one of these boy’s extensive accounts of the achievements of the hospital! This is sheer duplicity which also illustrates Sai Baba’s strong desire to have publicity trumpeted loud and far and repeatedly about the hospitals.

He also said: “One patient from Nepal had his heart on his right side! Our doctors have shifted it back to the correct location. I told the doctors that no one needed to be informed about this. People may accuse us of praising ourselves.” But it is he who praised himself and informed about it as publicly as he could!” Can hypocrisy be any more transparent?

He also said, “Thousands of students have received education in our university totally free of cost. But we have never publicized the fact.” Thereby he brazenly publicized the fact! And it is NOT true that he has not publicized this before.

For example, in 1993 he said in public: “Nowhere in the world can you see the kind of work that is being carried on here. Is Free Education offered elsewhere outside India on the lines offered here?” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 26, p 267)
The answer happens to be a resounding ‘yes’, in many nations!


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Asaram Bapu fails to evade justice

Posted by robertpriddy on May 2, 2014

Despite all the cunning tricks of the degenerate guru Asaram Bapu and his lawyers to get charges dropped against him, including a massive proven bribery attempt involving his imprisoned son, Narayan Sai, he has so far failed. Having managed to get permission to leave jail for hospital due to alleged body pain, he sought to avoid justice as long as possible, probably in the hope that the election result in India would bring in people who might quash the charges against him. To this end, the jail and the hospital administration appear to have colluded with Asaram to keep him in hospital so the trial could not proceed… and knowing what wealth he commands, bribery is the most likely method used (still universally believed in as the solution to all problems by most Indians). However, the Public Prosecutor R.L. Meena in Jodpur did not allow the trial to be delayed further, even if Asaram and Co. remain absent. Asaram’s defence have five times challenged the invocation of charge under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) Act against Asaram, claiming the girl accuser of Asaram was not a minor at the time of the alleged offence. This plea had already been rejected by the High Court! See the accounts published by Zee News here and here (as also shown here below)

 collusionCLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO ENLARGE  Trial to continue

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Leicester Sathya Sai School vibuthi fraud – latest news

Posted by robertpriddy on April 29, 2014

Sathya Sai so-called 'holy vibuthi' alleged to have been manifested at the Leicetser Sathya Sai School as if to exonerate the accused headmistress and her husband of serious abuses.


The Leicester Sathya Sai School lost its accreditation as a Sai Baba institution after a major scandal of child abuse and sexual harassment of a female teacher was investigated, firstly by Leicester social services, subsequently by various ‘officials’ of the Sathya Sai Organisation in Uk and also by the overarching International Sai Baba authorities in India.

During the investigation, after legal threats were made against the accusers by very rich Sathya Sai followers, the photos on the right here were sent to me. These were taken by some staff member of the Sathya Sai School, the alleged ‘miraculous manifestation’ of vibuthi (supposed ‘hold Sai Baba ash, sent from him beyond the grave!) were, of course, known about by all involved in the school and no doubt were sent to various ‘official’ bodies in the Sathya Sai Organisation, intending to prove that  Sai Baba gave his (posthumous) blessing to the school as led by Headmistress Mrs. Usha Lim (accused of child abusive harassment) and her husband, Mr. Cheng Ho Lim, who was accused of sexual harassment of a female staff member. Evidently, these accusations were accepted as true by those officials in the Sathya Sai Organisation who banned the school from using the name of Sathya Sai Baba. The school’s funding from the UK SS Organisation was cut off, but a private source – a very rich Indian businessman who still believes that Sai Baba was a holy person with miraculous powers etc.,- took over the financial support, and the school blatantly continues to use the name ‘Sathya Sai’ in its title. 

The miracle of ‘spontaneous manifestation’ of ash (vibuthi) on images as a sign of blessing by Sai Baba (self-proclaimed Creator of the Universe and much else besides) is fully believed in by all his remaining  followers, despite all the evidence, both considerable evidence, testimony and filmed sleight-of-hand. So, in a cynical attempt to ‘prove innocence’ (and so avoid exposure) to parents and staff, and not least to all the Sai ‘officials’ who also believe fanatically in the miraculous nature of vibuthi manifestations and to cover-up the abuses, the headmistress and accomplices evidently faked these ‘holy manifestations’. Such vibuthi fraud has been very common among Sai followers and many another who would muscle in on the super-lucrative miracle cult, and Sai Baba frequently used to denounce all manner of imitators of his miracles, of which there were (and still are) many (see example also here). Devotees of Sai Baba always east the ash supposedly ‘sent’ by Sai Baba, trusting in its genuineness and never considering it could contain impurities or other than entirely beneficial substances. Whether the ash at the Leicester school was distributed to children to eat is not known, but was most likely. The entire matter involving miracles and the cult around them being promoted in a U.K. school requires proper investigation by the Ofsted Commission or its eventual replacement schools’ inspection authorities, and not least by health and safety authorities.

Leicester Sai School sackings

Earlier postings about these scandals, including about Dr. Majmudar’s cultist educational agenda are found here:-

Sathya Sai Baba cult-biased and Hindu-biassed religious conceptions of morals in ‘Human Values in Education - re Dr. Madhavi Majmudar

Leicester Sathya Sai school & Michael Goldstein’s dismissal

Sathya Sai school, Leicester harassment case

Sathya Sai Schools: Leicester, Puttaparthi, Gothenburg etc. up-date 27/11/12

Love and Light – Sathya Sai Organization UK & Leicester Sai school

Vibuthi ash analysed by scientists

Video of Sai Baba vibuthi analysis at Munich University by Dr. Jurgen Evers


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Death of Sathya Sai Baba – 3rd anniversary?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 23, 2014

Click to see sourceOne of the countless questions that has never been answered about Sathya Sai Baba is exactly when and of what he actually died. In the months before he died Sathya Sai Baba was very sick man, and had suffered tremendous weight loss, some reporting he weighed as little as 28 or 30 kilos. No explanation of why this was so or why his one major organ after another failed was ever given and a bogus (i.e. ‘cardio-respiratory failure’ is not a legal cause) death certificate was issued, while Dr Safaya who issued it resigned thereafter citing ‘irregularities’). The obvious suspicion to those who know of his countless sexual abuses is that he died of AIDS.

There are many other reasons to suspect a massive cover-up took place (not least – see scan on right) – and even that he was murdered (according to an ex Minister). Invitations to politicians, transport arrangements and a large security presence were all arranged well before his death was announced!  Evidently he had been kept on life-support so his death could take place (i.e. disconnection) conveniently on Easter Sunday, suggesting to some Christians that he was an embodiment of Christ! Despite all efforts from the Sai Central Trust, the Sai-endorsing media and political leaders, these issues have been impossible to hide entirely.

The BBC announced Sai Baba’s death, adding that he was accused of fraudulent miracle tricks and sexual abuses (which he of course had denied). This is an epitaph that will always follow him and, as researchers and historians collect and study the evidence, the accusations and the reason Sai Baba avoided prosecution will become evident and a permanent part of his otherwise largely bogus ‘story’.

His own demise was wrongly predicted by him, he did not live into his 90s as he had prophesied on numerous occasions (stating several different ages at different times too!). This event confounded all the devotees who blindly believed his words and in his divinity. In a desperate attempt to offset this pivotal fact, Sai officialdom put out the bogus theory that he had calculated his age in lunar years, not solar years. However, the calculations to support this were wrong, besides which he had never reckoned in lunar years on any previous occasion.

Besides all this, the birth date he claimed was most probably wrong by several years, chosen to fit with auspicious signs.

See also: Sathya Sai Baba’s death – no miracles

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Sathya Sai Baba remembered – April 24

Posted by robertpriddy on April 21, 2014



Seeing the degenerated physical condition of Sathya Sai Baba on his last birthday, no one can fail to see that he was showed signs of aged decrepitude and that he was not healthy, which his series of major organ failures proved beyond doubt (i.e. heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and almost certain brain-death). Despite all his boasts about never declining until his 96th year and continued perfect health, his hangdog face belied it all. It is instructive to compare this self-proclaimed omnipotent ‘God-avatar’ with the normal and entirely modest Queen Elizabeth, who is now 88 years old and is a picture of health and bright intelligence. Sathya Sai Baba cried openly in public on his 85th birthday celebration (he was 84 by normal reckoning). That was because – for the first time ever apparently – a speaker addressed him as “Sri, Sri Sri, Sathya Sai” (see wmv video here). Can one imagine the Queen of England breaking down publicly in self-piteous tears, especially when lauded by someone?

Though Sai Baba fatuously claimed “The whole world loves me” he was very far from being the massively respected world figure, known to everyone, that Queen Elizabeth indisputably is. Sai Baba informed his followers that he was in line for the Nobel Peace Prize, which he neither received nor ever remotely qualified for (see documentation here). Sai Baba’s coterie tried hard to attract British royals to visit Sai Baba, including Prince Charles. Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) did in fact visit Prashanthi Nilayam, while Sai Baba devotees in UK tried to hi-jack a Duke of Edinburgh award for him, and managed to get the Queen to visit a Sathya Sai school in Harrow. In short, Sai Baba’s fame was not enough, and in not refuting these things, he evidently wanted to hitch himself to the most famous family in the world too!

Here are some of Sai Baba’s self-promotional claims and predictions:
In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)
The whole world loves me and I love all” (see in discourse here)
The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)
You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.” Discourse 16 March 2003.
Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region.” (Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1978 – see here)
“In fact, there is no trace of hatred or enmity in Me at any time. I love all. That is why everyone loves Me.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 36, p 86 Discourse 06/05/2003) “… nobody is against me. Everyone loves and none hates me.” (p. 262) ( That last is not true for a start as there are plenty who express otherwise on the Internet)

Queen Elizabeth ‘manipulated’ by omnipresent Sathya Sai Baba?

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Healing and protection promises by Sai Baba avatar

Posted by robertpriddy on April 19, 2014

Sathya Sai Baba pretended that he looked after the well-being of all his devotees most carefully. Indeed, much of the huge and mainly amateurish ‘literature’ praising Sai Baba contains stories of miraculous healings – including of incurable diseases – attributed by devotees to his intervention. There is, however, no scientific evidence presented by any of the claimants that such cures were effected by him, as is often the case with alleged ‘distant’ or miraculous healings, and, strangely enough, not even by doctors who confirm these claims. Only in a very few cases would the writer admit that the effect was temporary or inexplicably did not occur… whereupon a simple (or sometimes convoluted) explanatory rationalisation of the failing would be made by the author. When the avatar’s promised healing did not occur, statements about it were looked down upon and so were seldom accepted by any pro-Sai publishers.

Yet, when one talked freely to people, one heard quite other information. I met many persons and also read many testimonies from dissidents (in the petition and by e-mails to critics) detailing failed promises of healing by Sai Baba.  The famous newspaperman and editor, V.K. Narasimhan, who followed his wife to live in the ashram in 1980, V.K. Narasimhan, startled and shocked me once by saying that he had never seen a single genuine cure by Sathya Sai Baba in all the years he had been living close to him! Narasimhan himself was told his eye was cured with vibuthi ‘made’ on the spot for him, but within two days he has lost it completely. While he was the editor of Sai Baba’s journal Sanathana Sarathi, he avoided publishing claims of healing by Sai Baba, he also failed to report his own negative experiences, being dependent upon the Sai Baba’s ashram by that time.

Sai Baba’s made many personal promises to people in interviews. It was known that what he said and did in interviews was supposed to be kept strictly private. But intense curiosity and gossip almost always prevailed (something on which he apparently cynically reckoned). Numerous books and articles about him told how he had promised persons by saying “I shall protect you“; “I will build an iron wall around you!” “Cancer cancelled!” and “I give you liberation, you will not have to take on another body!” Other standard sentences of assurance he repeated was, “I give you a long life, healthy life, happy life!“, another “I will look after everything” (Unasked, he made both of these promises explicitly to me – yet I can hardly be said to have a particularly healthy life since then, having had to retire from work from my 50th year).

‘Medical diagnoses’ Sai Baba sometimes made were never properly documented except in most general terms. One apparent (but undocumented) exception apparently was the case of Phyllis Krystal: “Baba then launched into a detailed diagnosis of my physical problems which Dr. Bhagavantam translated from Telugu into English. Baba spoke very fast and used complex medical terms which neither of us was able to comprehend and which I would not have been able to spell even if I had tried to take notes…” (Krystal, ibid., p. 37) However, from his frequent laughably absurd statements about health, eyesight, bodily functions, it is clear that Sai Baba knew no modern medicine. So he would have bluffed with some kind of pseudo-medical jargon he had picked up. He would also often speak unclearly so people could not be sure what he had said, and asking him to repeat a thing would not go down well, or would simply make him shift attention to someone else.

In ‘The Findings‘ by the former very close devotee David Bailey, we read: “I have not seen him do a genuine healing on anybody in all my time of being close to him, and having had innumerable interviews. I have seen him tell people to stand up, and get out of wheel chairs, but the effect is not lasting. He generally ignores the sick and frail ones, giving out as reason, their karma.The Australian “pink twins” continue to use wheel chairs, in spite of Sai Baba’s claims of healing them and their claims of being healed. A sad case for me is Maynard Ferguson. Over three years of deterioration in his hearing; during several interviews with him and his wife, he, his wife and myself asked – pleaded with Swami, to heal him. Every time, he promised to do so, but now Maynard is very deaf and has to rely on two powerful hearing aids to help him. As a fellow musician I know what this must mean to him in his heart.
Once Faye and I had an interview in the company of an elderly, rather frail Indian gentleman who used to sit on the verandah near me. He asked Sai Baba for help for his failing health. Swami, behind his back shrugged his shoulders at us, saying in what we both thought was a rather an unfeeling aside “And what can I do? Cancer. Too far gone, too far gone.”

Faye has had her own experience of him giving health advice she trustingly followed, which nearly caused permanent damage to her, before she at last resorted to western medical treatment for her complaint. Faye Bailey wrote in the introduction to ‘The Findings’: “David has spent long hours and many months, talking to people all over the world, whilst unravelling this tangled skein of years of deceit accumulated around the said “divinity incarnate”, but he is not alone in this. Courageous people on every continent are banding together to expose the monumental spiritual fraud which has been perpetrated for the personal gain of a select group, headed by Sai Baba. The German coordinator whom I visited in the super specialty hospital after he’d had a stroke, was eventually taken back to the verandah, but Swami did not heal him. The elderly man has gone back to Germany, and some two years later is little improved.” (Note: The German Sathya Sai Organization leader and Central Coordinator in Europe was Mr. Bernhard Gruber, who I knew well and who recovered partly and temporarily from his stroke – as so many usually do anyhow – before dying not long thereafter.)

Close Sai devotees who were utterly abandoned to their medical fates by Sathya Sai Baba included top favourite US devotee, Dr. John Hislop, who died of brain cancer years earlier than Sai Baba has said he would. Another favourite Sai Baba author – Mrs. Joy Thomas – was told she had no cancer, but died of it within a matter of a few months. A long-serving Head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Y. V. Kutumb Rao, died of massive incurable cancer, died 29/3/1989. Sai Baba’s ‘official biographer’ and close devotee through decades, N. Kasturi, suffered 6 weeks intense lung pain before dying. Kasturi’s replacement, my close friend V.K. Narasimhan, who served him for 20 years, developed water on the lungs and, receiving no care for it, had to leave the ashram, whereupon he suffered a long choking death.

A young American friend I met at the ashram, Michael Oliver, and his two US friends (both killed outright) were crushed by falling dome in Eternal Heritage Museum in 1992. Michael suffered 11 hours hell in taxi to Bangalore with 9 fractures and broken cranium before tearing off his life support system and dying en route. (See a full account here).

As to divine protection, the King and Queen of Nepal were devotees who visited and were blessed by Sai Baba in April 1999, were shot down by their son in a horrific bloodbath in June 2001.  How can one rationalize as ‘His Grace’ the horror gone through which the King and Queen of Nepal – close devotees who visited Sathya Sai Baba? Both shot down and killed by their son along with others in a regular bloodbath! I knew several other Sai devotees who died terrible deaths among Sai devotees, even within the group I led. Dozens more awful deaths among close servitors and devotees, too many to list here, are known to former devotees.


My third trip, made in September 1994, it was beautiful because this time Sai Baba called my group. At one point I asked him if he wanted to help me… …He replied that I had problems in the abdomen. and his hand went around his stomach, and he told me that it was very difficult, but if he wanted anything could (and I believe it seriously). “Ok” he said. “you gift of healing.

Beaming with joy. I asked the interpreter if I understood that he meant the recovery from this terrible and incurable disease. The interpreter asked confirmation of what Sai Baba. and he said “yes”. We left the room and in front of everyone. I asked him a gift and he materialized a ring with his picture on it.

I continued to be his devotee for years to come, in fact, a year later, I returned to India in September 1995. he called us and did not approach either, however I still believe that I would be healed, and so I went on for another five years. Time has passed, my faith has wavered and my illness has only gotten worse. Norberto Aiello.

by: Fabio De Gregorio to: Posted: Monday. April 25, 2011 – at 00:22

His friend Fabio De Gregorio wrote on April 25, 2011 (to

“This is to tell you that Norberto Aiello. of which I was lucky enough to be a good friend, died May 16, 2008. I visited him once or twice a week. I can confirm that, fatefully, his physical condition began to deteriorate just from when he had the promise of miraculous healing by Sai Baba. On his return from that trip. in fact, began to need ventilator with oxygen and then her condition worsened gradually. Norberto much regretted the fact that so many other people with physical problems continue to fall victim of the treacherous games snake oil salesman of Sai Baba.”

Dozens more of awful deaths among close servitors and devotees, too many to list here, are known to former devotees and these continue to this day in the case of almost lifelong and some most self-sacrificing foreign devotees who still believed in him.

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Freedom vs. corporate control of the Indian press

Posted by robertpriddy on April 17, 2014

Press-freedom vs. controlThe Indian press, with a very few notable exceptions, was increasingly censorious about any of the negative facts about Sathya Sai Baba, especially from the 1980s onwards. Documented facts and critical testimonies and opinions were repeatedly ignored when sent by critics of Sai Baba to the editors of The Times of India, The Hindu and other major newspapers. It later emerged that Sai Baba interests had financial and editorial investments in some of these newspapers. Much of the press is owned or affiliated to political parties, and these have also supported – and still endorse – the mythology about Sai Baba – the self-declared creator of the universe etc. As the following indicates, the press in India is largely a product of political lobbying of political and corporate owners’ propaganda.

In his recent article in Caravan magazine, Parthasarathy explored the political ownership of media during the past few years. “Owning a news entity has become a practical necessity for political parties in India,” Parthasarathy told the Committee to Protect Journalists. “Compared to many Asian countries, there is a great deal of freedom to report in India,” writer and lawyer Suhrith Parthasarathy told CPJ. “But there is the issue of political control of the Indian media which begs the question of how truly free are journalists.”

“Freedom of the press,” the acerbic journalist AJ Liebling once wrote, “is limited to those who own one.” Today, this freedom increasingly resides with regional parties across India, which—taking a cue from the DMK—now treat television news media as vital political instruments. Even the largely toothless Telecom Regulatory Authority of India says there is an “increasing trend of influence of political parties/politicians in the media sector.”  Opponents of regulating ownership believe such policies are a form of indirect censorship. “Freedom of speech is not restricted to individuals: the Constitution offers the same freedom to corporate houses.” 

The Caravan also notes:- “Like Sun and Kalaignar, all of these channels have a tendency to serve not as sources of reliable information, but as unabashed propagandists. Where the party that controls the channels are in power, they operate more as a fourth branch of government than a fourth estate. Unfortunately, our constitution has been interpreted—wrongly—in a manner that supports this state of affairs.   “According to Business Standard, nearly 60 percent of cable distribution systems are owned or otherwise controlled by politicians, who frequently curtail the broadcasting of rival stations. Political control of television news is part of a broader discussion on press ownership. As the media critic Sevanti Ninan pointed out in a recent article in Mint, a majority of media companies in India are unlisted, and often owned by surrogates. Most politicians control their stakes through front companies. “

Writing in The Huffington Post, Sumit Galhotra concluded: “Although India is heralded as the promised land of journalism, with more than 80,000 print publications and close to 400 news channels–at a time when the media industry elsewhere faces shrinkage and uncertainty–recent events underscore that the huge number of outlets do not guarantee widespread independent coverage in the world’s largest democracy.”

Comment received:-


Being a democracy, having a multitude of media outlets, all of it does not guarantee real freedom of the press, as can be seen by the steep decline of the US (dropped from 32 to 46) and, to a lesser degree, the UK (dropped from 29 to 33).

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‘Evil forces’ undermining a religious organisation?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 15, 2014

from Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 10, p. 234. Discourse 22-11-1970

from Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 10, p. 234. Discourse 22-11-1970

In 2003, the Secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam, issued the following: “I would again like to stress that to achieve the goals that our organization stands for and respect the commitment that we made adhering to it as associate members, it is essential to focus our thoughts and our time, unilaterally on our Divine Master Sathya Sai Baba, avoiding all distractions and diversions proposed by imitators taking on the attitudes, clothes, and gestures of the Master and who are presented as his peers.

Anyone who takes the trouble to read the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba, or who has been involved within his Organisation, will know that he made tremendous efforts to publicise his own name and to try to protect his own reputation from the incursions of others. He was well aware of the many who tried to claim he had given them special powers, or who simply copied him and his methods in detail. Through his acolytes and retainers, he exercised strict authoritarian control on his organisation and what its members could say or express in public – a rigorous thought control whereby devotees were discouraged from thinking for themselves, but were fed with his pre-packaged “thoughts”. All that the perfect devotees should do was adopt these and make them their own.

Sathya Sai Baba was a master of guile and understood better than any contemporaries how to present himself and his ‘Mission’ so that it would have maximum appeal, claiming that the collection of money or soliciting donations were forbidden, that not a single penny (‘paisa’) was ever wasted by him or his various institutions. He proposed many voluntary social works (which his followers should do to gain blessing and spiritual benefits) and promised to clean out corruption and wrongdoing in India and eventually in the whole world… Nonetheless funds were collected on a huge scale, often in thankful return for ‘miraculous manifestations’ of objects that seemed to be most valuable (but were almost worthless). The huge sums expended on social works, including clean water projects and museums celebrating himself, were eventually actually solicited by him, and there was massive wastage, graft, outright embezzlement and swindle by entrepreneurs and others involved.

His claiming to perform countless unique miracles (many shown to be bogus) to attract the gullible was one of his cleverest means to fame, none of which he would perform for independent investigators (of course!). See SAI DECEPTIONS FRAUD, LEGERDEMAIN, RUMOUR-SPREADING AND LIES BY SATHYA SAI BABA


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Baba Sathya Sai film – latest news

Posted by robertpriddy on April 13, 2014


The lower part of the image contains data from another source than Times of India

The lower part of the image in bold text is from another source than Times of India

It would now appear that the coming release of the film ‘Baba Sathya Sai’ is to be in Telugu. Whether it will be shown on any circuit in English is doubtful, since it seems to be advertised as freely downloadable.

EashwarammaThe appearance of Jayapradha is so far removed from that of the figure she is to portray, Sai Baba’s mother Eashwaramma, as to be a laughable caricature. The film will certainly create another set of false perceptions of Sai Baba, and the true story will be clinically cleaned-up beyond all recognition to those who met him, knew about him, worked in his organisation and discovered his diverse criminal activities for which he was saved from prosecution by a series of Indian Prime Minister and President devotees.


If there are to be any scenes showing of Eashwaramma’s circumstances  when she was rejected by her husband for a mistress, then one can be sure they will not show the grinding poverty in which she lived with very little help from her rich and famous son. See
Easwaramma – the chosen mother in poverty, scorned by her husband!

Other aspects of her life as a poor, ignorant villager and oppressed female are kept well under the carpet, but have been recorded properly for those who dare to learn about it. Not to mention  the greatest cover-up in modern India, the criminal activities and deceits of her in famous son.

‘Baba Satya Sai’ film demotes the swami to a ‘Demigod’

Two Sai Baba films to compete against BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’?

Sai Baba exposé film wins docu. award in US


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A prospective Indian Prime Minister, Yadav, is a disgraceful male chauvinist

Posted by robertpriddy on April 12, 2014

Yadav What on earth could be worse than sexual politics in India? The media reports:

“In an election speech on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the Socialist Party (SP), which runs the state government in Uttar Pradesh, said if he became prime minister he would scrap a recently introduced law that fixed the death penalty for rapists.”Boys will be boys. Following a girl-boy fight, the girl complains she was raped,” he said in the city of Moradabad.
Mr Yadav’s comments sparked outcry from women’s rights campaigners and commentators, as well as his political opponents. They were also denounced, though not that vocally, by the ruling Congress party, which had been long allied in the federal government with the SP in a ruling coalition. Referring to a case in Mumbai where three men were sentenced to death for two gang-rapes, Mr Yadav claimed the men should not face the death penalty as it was not uncommon “for boys to make mistakes.”

So Yadav aligns himself with the view of the disgusting Asaram Bapu, who spoke of the horrendous Mumbai gang rapists (and all but one was a boy) on death row as “brothers”. Fortunately there ar those who speak out firmly against this super-chauvinism, including his own son: “Mr Azmi’s comments sparked further outcry, including a denunciation from his son, Farhan Azmi, who is contesting a seat in the city of Mumbai. “I believe a rapist should be hanged a hundred times,” he said. “I have five sisters and everyone in my family believes the same.”

That such a statement could be made without immediate disgrace and banishment from political life just shows how India had never faced up to the widespread seriously perverted sexual mores… a country which was found by a major governmental research report together with UNICEF investigating 12,000 children that 53 per cent had been sexually abused. Now a major political figure is actually encouraging such abuses! Millions have lost their childhood due to the laxity in lawmaking, especially the sexual abuse of boys by males, and a number of Prime Ministers and Presidents have actually condoned this by turning a bling eye to serial sex abusers and pedophiles like the guru they worshipped, Sathya Sai Baba, protecting his from prosecution to try to retain their own ill-invested prestige.
see the whole report in its systematic detail at (If unavailable in future, click here)


The only thing worse than sexual politics in India is sexual practice in India, as your report so clearly indicates, Robert. The violence against women seems to be near unstoppable as long as this democratic nation keeps getting run by male chauvinists. And even then, to change a society in its deep rooted beliefs is hard enough. It took western countries more than a century to reach some equality between men and women, and we are not nearly finished ourselves, given e.g. the appalling figures concerning domestic abuse, lover boys and forced prostitution, but Indian society and police and court officials seem hell-bent on remaining backwards, and in support of male perpetrators, godmen or not.
Just two months ago, another terrible example of the failing justice system in India hit the news (only briefly, though, and without follow-up!) nationwide, when a young victim of guru rape was shot dead upon entering the court house in Mathura, where she was to give evidence against her alleged attacker, Vrindavan godman Govindanand Teerath, see this NDTV footage


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Asaram Bapu case still in abeyance on April 9, 2004?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2014

Presumably because Asaram Bapu is still hospitalised, there has been no news on his case available anywhere for weeks. One would hope that this is not a politically-influenced abeyance, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, knowing how the Indian political elite condones and has protected unconvicted criminals like Sathya Sai Baba and many another. Despite the protestations of his innocence by a  numerous of his band of followers (though it has surely vastly decreased), the circumstantial evidence that has accumulated around the case is alone sufficient to show that he and his son are far from being saintly persons, by any stretch of the sane imagination. According to India Today, a City Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Asthana, told reporters, “The scrutiny of documents recovered during the raid has established that wealth of Asaram’s ashrams in the form of bank accounts and other investments including shares, debentures and government bonds (excluding land) is valued at Rs.9,000-Rs.10,000 crore. The value of land has not been included in the assessment of Rs.10,000 crore,” he said, adding the figures can escalate as there are many more documents still to be retrieved.” (Note: 10,000 crore of rupees = 100 billion rupees = ca $ US 1.6 billion) Police raids at one of Asaram’s properties in Ahmedabad few months ago, unearthed thousands of documents detailing his financial transactions which was brought to the city in more than 40 big bags. In Gujarat, they hold land at 45 places in 10 districts. Also, they own land at 33 places across eight districts in four states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, the CP said.
That such persons could accumulate the gigantic wealth (without earning it from productive work) is itself a massive indictment of the entire judiciary and corrupt socio-religious culture involved.  Asaram and son are prime examples of the very widespread corrupt super-rich guru culture of India, which is like a plague on the innocent but all too gullible and religiously indoctrinated population.

The scanned excerpt from Frontline below here shows that awareness of the destructiveness of this guru culture of India and its poverty-stricken millions is at least on the agenda sufficiently for much mainstream media, at long last, to allow such critical comments.
See also links to a full range of Asaram Bapu crimes and events at Asaram Bapu news and exposures

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Malaysian reactions to a revealing BBC documentary

Posted by robertpriddy on April 7, 2014

E-mails from the prominent Malaysian lawyer, Hariram Jayaram, registered the effect of the BBC World documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ in Malaysia, where it ws shown in September 2004.

September 21 Dear Robert Already, the private viewing of the authorised copy of the Secret Swami is sending shock waves. The anti-SSB cult network of the 1980s is being revived. I am not playing a leadership role. There are a reasonable number of younger people to handle this. One of them was a former student of Puttaparthi and victim. SSB (note: Sathya Sai Baba)  is not a great figure among the Indian community of Malaysia. The Chinese are fooled by him into thinking that they will prosper materially by being his devotee. But the BBC broadcast will make a substantial number of them come to their senses. Congratulations! Regards,Hariram

September 28, 2004
Dear Robert Yes, I saw Secret Swami at prime time i.e. at 8.10 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2004. It was shown 3 times. The programme was shortened to 50 minutes. I suppose that this was inevitable because of the time constraints BBC was placed in. The scenes omitted from the 10 minutes do not matter. The word has spread. Many I meet say that they have seen the documentary. Others are borrowing from me the authorised copy. Not only the Indian community is conscious as it has always been (except for the dud Jegathesan), the Chinese community is also becoming aware.
I will pass on your message to the SSB victim with whom I am in contact. To be fair to him, his name should be kept confidential. It is worth doing this because he is doing his part quietly and effectively to expose SSB. I will go through the article on the Chinese community.  It is possible to make a dent because the Malaysian Chinese who are Buddhists or Christians have suspicions about SSB. I did not find anything substantially wrong with the two VCDs you sent to me. Well done once again.
Regards, Hariram

Overview of the main contents of THE SECRET SWAMI documentary can be studied here See source e-mail of the above excerpts here. Earlier e-mails from Jayaram have already appeared in previous postings here and here - here and here      Concerning the Sai Baba cult in Malaysia’s attempts to enrol Chinese into their organisation, a research work has been written as follows:-

Journal of Contemporary Religion
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Company, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Issue: Volume 15, Number 1 / January 1, 2000
Creating Divine Unity: Chinese Recruitment in the Sathya Sai Baba Movement of Malaysia by Alexandra KentThis paper examines Chinese participation in a neo-Hindu movement in Malaysia. The data, gathered in Kuala Lumpur 1995-1997, are examined with regard to their ethnic and political implications and in relation to the historical as well as the contemporary social features of Malaysia. The paper explores the way in which the Indian-dominated leadership of the Malaysian Sai Baba organisation attempts to include Chinese worshippers: while aiming to overcome ethnic boundaries, there is a tendency to reproduce them. Chinese inclusion plays a significant role in the organisation’s attempt to establish a multi-ethnic and non-sectarian profile for the movement. Such a profile is relevant for the leadership’s pursuit of moral legitimacy in a country where ethnicity and religion are inextricably linked to politics.
SEE ALSO Ambiguity and the Modern Order: the Sathya Sai Baba Movement in Malaysia    Author: Alexandra Kent   Doctoral dissertation at the Department of Social Anthropology Göteborg University – Box 700, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
Abstract This study examines the Malaysian following of the contemporary Indian godman Sathya Sai Baba, a neo-Hindu guru famed for his miracle-working. This religious innovation has broad appeal among non-Malays, but attempts to formalise and control it have evolved within a middle-class subsection of the Indian community. My concern here is to examine its special and ambiguous formula for addressing the totalitarianism and intolerance of Malaysian modernity as it is wielded by the Malay-dominated government.The dissertation presents a background firstly of the Indian community in Malaysia, secondly of the guru, Sathya Sai Baba and his ambiguous symbolism and rhetoric and thirdly, of the Sai Baba organisation in Malaysia. The final four chapters, chapters four-seven, present ethnography through which the peculiar ambivalence of the élite Indian following is explored. The first of these contrasts the rationalistic visage of the Sai Baba organisation’s public service events with the non-rational formulations used in its private celebrations. The second and third ethnographic chapters discuss how the male, middle-class Indian leadership of the organisation attempts to control both spiritual power, in the form of healing, and mundane power within the community. The final chapter deals with the participation of Sai Baba followers in the working-class Tamil festival of Thaipusam. Together, the ethnographic chapters illuminate how the organisation, on the one hand, rhetorically aligns itself to state-sponsored, bourgeois ideology and professes tolerance and ecumenism. On the other hand, the ethnography reveals its concerns with ethnic, class and gender ordering within the Sai Baba community and with the establishment of Hindu supremacy. The culturally besieged élite minority that controls the Sai Baba organisation appears to be torn between subversion and subservience towards the government and its assurance of the ascendancy of Malay culture.The final chapter closes with a concluding section in which it is proposed that religious innovations based in miracles and ambiguity may address some of the profoundly felt disjunctions between lived experience, in all its complexity, and the standardising powers of an imposed modern order.


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