Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Blind Belief in Sai Baba causes human injustices

Posted by robertpriddy on February 1, 2008

Devotees of Sai Baba develop the ability to look and not see so before long their eyes play tricks on them… devotees as if dying of thirst in a desert where they see lakes and gushing waters.  They badly need to temper their naive and foolish idealism with inquiry, critical thinking and standards of human justice. I have seen many cases of people in crisis entirely due to the having invested everything in their belief in Sai Baba, which they cannot give up any longer without a psychological crisis at best. Relatively few of the those most heavily involved – the so-called VIP’s in Sathya Sai Baba’s institutions and Sathya Sai Organization – have had the courage to confront the overwhelming evidence of fraudulence, sexual molestations and murder cover-up. They prefer to keep their heads in the sand as much as possible. No longer being capable of explaining away the huge amount of evidence against Sai Baba, his unfulfilable pronouncements, failed prophesies and unkept promises, they remain silent and increasingly withdraw into the safe ranks of committed believers at the ashrams, the Sai centres and groups.

One small example of the relatively high proportion who have become mentally deranged (or already were well on the way) is an extremely sorry individual – a middle-aged lady from the US called Sylvia we first met in 1987, who many older devotees have encountered. (Surname withheld). She had been at an interview years previously and was ever talking about how she had felt herself to be in a spiritual heaven for days afterwards, but had never since received more than a glance from Sai Baba. She was to be seen for many years at the ashrams outside the compound or in some other prominent place, often loudly shedding tears and even tearing her clothes in sorrow.

Sylvia had become convinced that Sai Baba wanted her (and everybody) to live from hand to mouth like an anchorite. This is not surprising as he has often exhorted people to give up everything, all self and ego etc. However, she had a bank account with very considerable savings in it, as my wife found out while trying to get help to arrange for her to pay some large bill she was unable to do herself. (Firstly she had tried to scrounge from us and others. Eventually the ever-helpful Babu of the Sai Ram Taxi Service, once known to almost everyone who visited Sai Baba for decades, helped her with that particular problem. Through the years, Sylvia’s worsening condition was often easily visible to ashramites, she would beg help and try to scrounge from many.  Some years later when we visited again we found her is a state of extreme dereliction. One foreign devotee after another helped her, finding her a room, new clothes, feeding her… but in each case she exhausted their patience and ended up back in the gutter. Sooner or later, her helpers became angry with her importunities and gave up on her. This sad person was a constant reminder that Sathya Sai Baba does not care for his devotees but neglects them, and she certainly was a total believer and worshipper.

There have been many similar cases of devotees who have fallen into desuetude and dereliction, become broken in mind and spirit after going to Sai Baba and staying there until all connection to their roots were lost. Of course, the ashram keeps no record of such untoward cases… nor do they even report when people go missing or are murdered in the ashram, as I know full well from when I was there and a German lady was cut to death by two Puttaparthi brothers she surprised in her new ashram apartment busy stealing her money. Instead, the ashram sendt all foreigners away post haste (this is standard practice when something has to be covered up). The same occurred during the 70th birthday when some people were reported to us as having been trampled to death in the crush at a main gateway. The ashram NEVER makes know anything like that, it is all covered up. One day the record will be set straight on a much larger scale even than at present, when those with grievances will be able to speak out properly without fearing persecution or worse. During the past 7 years, many such persons have contacted me with their harrowing accounts, including numerous convincingly informing me that they were sexually abused as Sai students – and some also backed by relatives and friends. [I always respect any request of anonymity, which is also why they could inform me]. The VIP followers often know well about many such incidents and the cover-ups, but they keep quiet because it would not be good for Swami’s reputation (or their own positions!). They always hold him to be pure and never implicated, even though he is the absolute ruler of events within his own township.

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