The Malaysian lawyer, Mr. Hariram Jayaram, who had been a very active endorser of Sathya Sai Baba, found out – after meetings with victims and serious investigations – that the guru was sexually abusing Malaysian students at his college in India. Further he was informed by various devotees of the falsity of certain supposed spontaneous appearances of vibuti on pictures of Sai Baba. He became a whistle-blower and was harassed by his blind believing counterpart in the Sai movement in Kuala Lumpur, Jega Jegathesan. Having done what he could to expose the facts and protect the vulnerable, he withdrew from the controversy to concentrate on his law practice. He contacted me in 2004 to inform me that my campaign against Sai Baba was entirely justified, but did not wish to become publicly involved due to his professional connections. Since he passed away in November , 2013, I am making his statements known to the wider public.
June 15, 2004
Of the four Malaysian students I knew, only one was the son of devotees known to me. As, to the other three, I have not met their parents. It would not be accurate to say that there were resignations from organisations in Malaysia. There were many devotees who left the cult. Those holding office in Sai organisations in Malaysia did not do so but quite a number of them may have quietly slipped out of the cult. It is also not correct to say that this sexual abuse of Malaysian boys did not reach the West. There was this American boy, Terry Scott, who was a contemporary of these Malaysian students. He left the Sai College together with the rest of the Malaysians. When he returned to the United States, I recall receiving a letter from him to the effect that his phone did not stop ringing. Sai devotees in US were asking him why he had dropped out and he did his part to explain about the homosexual activities of SSB. He would have mentioned about the plight of the Malaysian and other students in US.
I take off my hat to you and your colleagues. I just wrote to a friend of mine in Melbourne who keeps me posted on what is happening in the Australian tv about SSB. My letter was to the effect that the move against SSB by me, in the early 1980s was amateurish. The current move is professional/sophisticated. When I distanced myself from the Sai devotees, as I mentioned once to you, I told myself that if these misguided souls wanted a pedophile for their God, why should I object. However, I had hoped that SSB’s sexual appetite would wear off with age and he would over the years, do less harm to young men under his trust in his colleges. That is not happening.
The video recordings of the SSB documentaries in English are a must for Malaysia. Please see how you can dispatch them to me. I have some plans.
Now let us come to the issue of vibuthi on SSB’s photographs. In the late 70s, there was great excitement in Penang (a city in Malaysia). Bhajans were conducted in the Krishna temple and the large framed portrait of SSB was taken away by devotees in turn to their homes to be brought back to the temple for the next bhajan session. One day, this portrait returned to the temple with ashes forming a huge AUM. Many devotees, especially Chinese, began to flood the bhajan sessions after that. The organiser however, was skeptical about the devotee in whose house the portrait was last seen. He questioned that guy quietly and that guy confessed that he had stuck the ashes on the picture with some gum but he had no regrets because his activity had helped to increase the number of Sai devotees. Like you, the organiser was convinced that there would exist genuine cases where the ash would appear on SSB’s pictures. In a couple of houses in Malaysia, I found ash on the pictures of SSB kept at the altars. As a devotee, I read Sai literature and also some paranormal books with a Christian bent, authenticating the appearance of ash on pictures.
In 1980, I raised this issue with the skeptical students when I was doing my investigations in India. One of them took a handful of ash and hit the available picture in the place I was with the ash, from a short distance away. The ash stuck to the picture and the whole thing looked as though it had come out of the picture – very much like what I used to see in the homes of Sai devotees. When I returned to Malaysia, I could make ash appear on pictures including Sai Baba’s, using similar workmanship. The ash did not fall down from the pictures. There was no need for any adhesive material or gum to hold the ash in the right places. I think I can still materialise ash from my fingers and make it appear on pictures of SSB and others. This needs a little bit of practice since I have been out of touch with this Sai phenomena for a long time.
Let me ask you one question to make things simple: Have you sat in front of a picture of SSB and seen ash or honey suddenly forming and coming out in response to your meditation or that of others? Isn’t it always that the ash is already there on the picture of SSB?
16 Jun 2004
My first interview with Sai Baba was with my then wife. He was fascinated with the jewelry she was wearing. He asked for her necklace and turned it into a ring with his picture on it. We both went back very excited. After all, we had waited for a few days to be called for interview and we were among the chosen few. This happened in 1976. After I dropped out in 1980, I had time to reflect. The necklace was of precious metal and of a reasonably high value. The ring he gave was a worthless trinket. At the time of the materialisation, he had taken the necklace in his left hand, made a swift movement of the left hand to the back of his seat, then made another movement of his hand to its natural position i.e the front of him, before he gave the trinket. I came to be aware that there was a supplier of such items by the name of Ramanathan Chettiar. He was a devotee from Madurai. His grandson was a contemporary of the Malaysian students. I did not meet this boy but it was common knowledge among students in the Sai Baba campuses that he had found out that such trinkets were being made in his grandfather’s jewelry establishment in Madurai. He had queried his grandfather who admitted that he was supplying SSB such items. The grandfather continued to believe in the great powers of SSB because according to his conjecture, the items he was supplying were kept by SSB in a closet in his residence and transported to his hands whenever he willed it through some psychic power.
During my investigations in 1980, one Malaysian student particularly, (whose name I would like to withhold) convinced me of one thing: Sai Baba is just a conman with no powers at all.