Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

Tehelka.com on Godmen in Andhra Pradesh and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on May 16, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba in 2008

It has of course not gone unnoticed in India that Sathya Sai Baba has been most widely accused of sexual molestations and major abuses by many of his followers – over 30 of whom have stood forth bravely and given their accounts, despite the fact that four former students of his were executed in his bedroom in 1993 and the matter was hushed up and suppressed by Sai Baba’s powerful connections to the top of the Indian government and judiciary. See here and here) Here follows the text of an article from Tehelka-com which remarks on the similaries between various Andhra Pradesh godmen and how they are protected from prosecution.
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AP SEX SCANDAL – THE WAGES OF MISCONDUCT Oct 28 , 2006

(Tehelka article at http://www.tehelka.com/story_main21.asp?filename=Ne102806The_wages.asp)
Nothing seemed to hurt Madugula Nagaphani Sharma until NRIs raised a hue and cry. The sorry episode highlights the more unsavoury aspects of Andhra Pradesh’s love affair with godmen and others of their ilk
B. Sujata Hyderabad

OVERVIEW Avadhani Madugula Nagaphani Sharma enjoyed the status of a man of letters in the state. A Telugu woman from Los Angeles filed a complaint of sexual harrasment and molestation against him in July this year. Following the complaint several NRI women came forward to narrate their experience with Sharma. Senior police officers say he leveraged the corridors of power in Delhi and Hyderabad to ensure he was not arrested on arrival from the US.

This is not the first case of such abuse by ‘men of letters’ or godmen in Andhra Pradesh.
Also, a large number of people are reported missing after they spend time in the ashrams as devotees or disciples. Such disappearances have been reported from the Sathya Sai Baba Ashram in Puttaparthi, the Kalki Ashram in Chittoor and smaller ashrams of godmen in Rajahmundry, Tirupati and Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad. Invariably these missing people are ones with property and good bank balances who are exploited by godmen and disposed of by the guru’s minions.

A senior Hyderabad Police officer says, “We cannot establish anything and in almost all cases they remain unsolved. The godmen’s clout is so strong that investigations are always stalled at the preliminary stage itself.”

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In the year 2000, when the sex and other allegations broke on a large scale on the Internet, the following was published

Tehelka article on Sathya Sai Baba 2000Ashram Mandiram: fortress of solitude  

The Sathya Sai Baba is ringed with two concentric circles of Israel trained and armed security, the Indian devotees play second fiddle to the foreign – and he’s been a recluse since the 1993 assassination attempt, says M Seetha Shailaja Hyderabad, November 29

Beneath the cloying bonhomie, high-flown moral discourses and stampeding praja darshans, the Sathya Sai Baba is ringed by beady-eyed security personnel, close-circuit television, wireless communications and selected Israel-trained volunteers with Uzis slung on their shoulders.

The 100-metre perimeter around Mandiram, the Sai Baba’s residence within the ashram, is guarded by two concentric circles of guards – volunteers as well as armed personnel – 24 hours a day. No devotee – except a few personally told by the Baba to hang around – is allowed to stay in the ashram for longer than a day. Foreigners, though, can stay for three nights at a stretch, but most them prefer to stay more comfortably at Whitefield.

The Sai Baba is living in a reclusive, people-sanitised universe after the 1993 attack on his life by a group of ashram volunteers. “The Volunteer Corps, which normally operates for a stretch of three to six months, is now allowed to operate for only 30 days,” says Rajan, chief public relations officer of the Sathya Sai Central Trust.

The 100-metre perimeter around Mandiram, the Sai Baba’s residence within the ashram, is guarded by two concentric circles of guards – volunteers as well as armed guards – 24 hours a day.

When he is at Whitefield ashram near Bangalore, the Sai Baba does not give audience to Indian devotees. Indians can meet him only at Puttaparthi (see Sathya Sai Central Trust: grab as grab can). The Whitefield ashram has a well-developed infrastructure catering to foreign devotees, with a continental canteen and other amenities to fit with the posh guesthouses.

Only foreign devotees who have been screened to their bones by his overseas branches are routed through to him. Most foreign devotees arrive with their families, unlike the Indian devotees, many of who have renounced family and friends. Does it fit some sort of demographic imperative that even when Indian families visit Puttaparthi or Whitefield, they do not stay on in the ashram?

Ever since the assassination attempt in 1993, the Sai Baba has compacted his sessions with both disciples and devotees. Excepting the two hours of sarva darshan (common audience), he has stopped giving daily audience to people. Some VVIPs have been known to wait for days to meet him. He has also stopped teaching yoga or preaching Vedanta, a trademark ritual he had earlier never failed to perform twice a week (see Is the Sai Baba’s empire beginning to disintegrate?).


Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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