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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Sathya Sai Baba as ‘The Divine Mother’

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2008

Son of Smt. Vijaya Kumari with Sathya Sai Baba

Son of Smt. Vijaya Kumari with Sathya Sai Baba

Shocking evidence of Sathya Sai Baba’s draconian punishment for nothing: In her book, Other than You refuge there is none (Anyatha Saranam Nasthi) the elderly Indian woman devotee, Smt. Vijaya Kumari, who was with Sai Baba already in the 40s when Sai Baba was in his teens, we read:-

Swami shows as much intense affection as anger. The slightest oversight with regard to arrangements for his meals would provoke Him into a fit of anger. Sometimes He would fling His plate at the wall opposite Him with such force that it would rebound and come back to Him. Sometimes that anger was unleashed on us. He would box our ears. Due to pinches from His nails, our ears would always be red. Boys would be pinched on their thighs, while to the girls, he gave ‘Prasadam of raps on their heads. Do you find it hard to believe? When He looked the picture of wrath, verily like Lord Parama Siva, we would hide behind doors like so many scared rabbits….” (p. 68-9)

These seem far more like classic symptoms of a developing psychopath than divine grace, the powerful urge to dominate and control others. This is backed up by the author’s account of Sai Baba’s horrific treatment of her own three year old son. The photograph of this boy shows the harsh and arrogant-looking Sai Baba…and, knowing the testimony that has flooded in about sexual abuses, one can well imagine the nature of this master-slave relationship

“Everyone used to call him ‘Chota Baba’ (little Baba). He had a full head of crinkled hair. Swami made the boy sit in His lap and asked him, “What is your name? – Have you drunk milk – Would you like to eat rice? – Do you want to be naughty?” The boy gave replies in a cute way. Everyone was laughing.
The boy was then three years old. Suddenly, Swami made him lie face down in His lap and began beating him hard on the back. None of us knew what to make of it. We were all stunned, and staring at Swami. Who among us had the courage to go near Swami and question Him? The boy’s face looked jaded. He was yelling and crying. “Go, go away from here.” Saying so, Swami pushed the boy away from Him. The poor little boy! He came running to me sobbing. The sobs did not subside even after one hour. Every week, Swami would treat the boy like this, three or four times. The minute I took him out of the cradle my son would say pathetically, “Don’t take me to Swami, mother”, and break into tears. I would feel very pained. But when Swami ordered me to bring the boy, how could I say no? Further I had full faith and confidence in Swami… On the days when Venkamma garu happened to be with us, she would take my son from Swamis lap, saying “That is enough, Swami”. My son was by no means mischievous. He was so quiet that none was aware of his presence in a room. But we do not know which Devil power Swami had to drive away from him.

Though Vijayamma remained a blind devotee, Sathya Sai Baba is charged with being a violent physical molester of a mere baby by her own description! Not even as a mother did she dare to intervene on behalf of a helpless infant!! Is this a demonstration of Sathya Sai Baba’s all-embracing compassion and divine “mother love” of which he so often boasts? (See here) He even ridiculed the defenceless child upon which to exercise his own sick ‘humour’ for raising a laugh. He never explained his relentless beatings, and he has never been made to answer to anybody for anything – even the murders in his own bedroom! The ba-ba-ing chorus of sheepish followers will say: “He is God and can therefore do anything he wishes. Who are we to question God?” Pitiful and disgusting cowardice! He is a human being who criminally abused another human being, a tiny child. The evidence of Vijayamma – one of his greatest apologists – will remain a ‘test of faith’ and common decency for the cover-ups by the Indian judiciary and governments… and will surely go down in history as damning evidence of the bogus claims by Sai Baba of being a loving, non-violent and peaceful God.

For a further discussion of this issue see here.


  1. November 27, 2013 at 10:48 am ehow can you say that ‘Vijaya Amma’ remained a blind devotee ? She has had many clear experiences of Baba’s all knowing, all powerful quality. so her faith was based on experience and not mere reading of books or hearing of stories. and what is fact but an experience :)

    Comment from Robert
    What one experiences is subjective fact, not objective fact. The perceptions of the senses are often false, and the mind’s interpretation of them – often based on superstitious ignorance – yet more so. People can live in a world of fantasy and see everything through distorting beliefs, biased emotions, and all manner of cognitive distortion. Fact is established by the comparison of many sane people’s consensus and backed up by observable concrete evidence of all kinds (including documentation of events).One could hardly find a more deluded devotee of Sai Baba than Vijayamma. She was manipulated from the start, accepting the young Sai Baba’s outrageous behaviour in Puttapathi, accepting that his lies and deceptions were ‘tests’ of faith, and knowing that he was a homosexual and not a celibate at all, as he claimed to be! Reading her book would convince anyone who was not also a blind believer that she was a religious mythoman and fantasist, describing Sai Baba in absurdly glorious language far removed from the reality (I knew him well myself and no eulogistic descriptions she or Kasturi wrote of him remotely fitted the bill at all!). Her devotion was extreme and remarkable considering the many and sometimes extreme trials through which she was put by Sai Baba, it will be regarded as very misguided by most people who do not need someone to worship. She wrote in detail about some of the most deceitful and heartless behaviour by the young Sathya Sai Baba, not least the relentless weekly thrashing of her well-behaved baby son, a boy Sai baba abused sexually when he grew up! This was her experience, and no doubt in this case, because of massive corroberating evidence of sexual abuse, it was a fact too.

    Read more about Vijayamma here: <


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Undiscovered Photos of Shirdi Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2008

Rare photo of Shirdi Sai Baba


Recently there appeared on some websites what was claimed to be a recently discovered photo of Shirdi Sai Baba (see top image here) . It is clearly a photo of that much revered Indian ‘saint’. However, there are persons who contest the genuineness of the above photo, holding it is a fake (i.e. someone else)  and it must be admitted that there are dissimilarities between the few authenticated images and this ‘new’ one. One can see the comparisons and arguments at In addition, it is held that what has long been accepted by all Shirdi Sai followers as the main biography of his life – namely, Shri Sai Satchirita – is also a faked book, written by Hemadpant years after Shirdi Sai passed away – who hardly knew anything about him.

The left photograph of Shirdi Sai Baba below appears to be one taken when he was young and his hair was darker. The right hand one was evidently taken at the same time as the famous one where he walks beneath an umbrella palanquin.

Photo of young Shirdi Sai Baba

Photo of young Shirdi Sai Baba

New photo of Shirdi Baba - umbrella group

New photo of Shirdi Baba – umbrella group

It is important to note that the claim of Sathya Narayana Raju (aka Sathya Sai Baba) of Puttaparthi to be Shirdi Sai Baba reincarnated is contested by the official Shirdi Sai Sanesthan and that there are strong reasons for this (see here).
Various academic authors have contested the alleged facts stated by Sathya Sai Baba about Shirdi Sai. For example, in Dr. Marianne Warren’s major reissued monograph (see here) she contests the identity of Sathya Sai Baba as reincarnated Shirdi Sai Baba by comparing their works and teachings, with reference to new source materials.

One must, at all events, not confuse Shirdi Sai Baba with the would-be usurper of his name and fame, Sathya Narayana Raju, who took over the name of ‘Sai Baba’ (calling himself Sathya Sai Baba) around the age of seventeen (not 14 as is the official version – for his claimed birth date does not agree with the facts. See a thorough examination of this issue by the scholar Brian Steel here.

Though numerous Shirdi Sai Baba followers have also visited Sathya Sai Baba, the official line of the Shirdi Sai Sanasthan is that Sathya Sai Baba’s claims are bogus and fraudulent.

Various scholarly studies have revealed that Shirdi Sai Baba had a philosophy which differed radically in various respects from that now promoted by Sathya Sai Baba. One prominent scholar was Marianne Warren, whose monograph is introduced here (Marianne Warren, Ph.D. Unravelling The Enigma. Shirdi Sai Baba – In The Light of Sufism. Sterling Paperbacks – New Delhi Revised edition 2004 – ISBN 81-207-2147-0.

See also see Brian Steel (2002) Sai Baba’s Claim to be the Reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Still more extensively, [Sathya Sai Sai Baba’s] SB’s Claims of Divinity: Avatar and Triple Avatar (Revised Version, 2002)

One may also see this comment on the issue Shirdi Sai Saint’s Fame Spirited By Puttaparthi

(see photos of Shirdi Sai Baba at
A series of postings contesting the holiness of Shirdi Sai baba is found at

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Sai Baba’s miraculous omnipresence?

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2008

Under the title “How is believing in miracles helpful in one’s spiritual growth? A Sai Baba devotee, Anjali Gadiraju, wrote how amazed he was at what he took as a proof of Sai Baba’s miraculous omnipresence, as follows:-

“I will tell you personal incident. I came from the hot state of Andhara Pradesh. As Bangalore is very cold, I soon developed sinus problem. I took a water heater and went for my bath.

I was about to take my bath, when there was sudden power cut. The power went off and the water was not ready for my bath. So I causally washed my face and went for darshan.

>I sat in the darshan, Slowly, came the gentlle figure, the short with broad smile, holdin his robe with one, and weaving the hand in circles with the other. He stood in front of me looked into the empty space and waved both hands, saying, “There are some who come for darshan without having bath.”

I, WAS WONDER STRUCK. I WAS TAKEN BACK, AND SAID,”How so you know?” He replied, “Where am I? I am in your bed room and I AM in your bath room. I am everywhere “

Anjali Gadiraju did not consider that Sathya Sai Baba would know of the power cut, since it affects hiom too when the Brindavan ashram’s electrical system breaks down. So simple.

“Then I, ran to my room and took a double bath. I returned and sat on the verandah. Baba came suddenly after bhajans. He came straight to me and said, “A normal bath is enough, don’t worry. The omnipotence and omnipresence are qualities of divinity to let us know that the Avatar is not less than the divine personaliy.”

On this basis, the wonder-struck simpleton decides that Sathya Sai Baba is omnipotent and omnipresent.

Firstly, why could not the ‘omnipotent’ Sai Baba fix the electricity? Answer: because he is too busy saving the entire world and humanity? Secondly, there are various ways in which Sathya Sai Baba could know that Gadiraju could have taken a bath. Firstly, it was to be expected after he had chided about it earlier. Simple explanation. As to a ‘double bath’, that is a matter of definition. Sathya Sai Baba is an expert at so-called ‘cold reading’ and could easily pick up that this devotee thought the bath had been a very thorough one (Gadiraju’s account can be seen at (

Cold reading is amazing to people who do not know about it. The young illusionist Derren Brown is famous throughout UK (and increasingly in the rest of the world) because of his feats of cold reading (plus suggestion, misdirection, magic and psychology). He is able to tell intimate details about people he has never met and within a matter of seconds – and has demonstrated this countless times under the TV cameras (and there is no fraud involved at all, as interviews with his staff, his subjects and himself and those ‘behind the scenes’ proves conclusively).

Derren Brown of UK – videos on YouTube – there are many more on his DVDs and of a very wide variety of what seem to be ‘psychic powers’ but which he explains are not that at all. He is a sceptic as to the spiritual powers, but demonstrates what people believe to be such powers like ‘omniscience’ etc.. This is basic learning and sensible re-programming for all followers of gurus and avatars! He uses neuro-linguistic programming and many other techniques which he partly (but not entirely) explains to everyone. He shows the huge extent to which minds can be instantly manipulated by one who knows how.

Derren Brown strongly influences mind and physiology of random persons in a minute

Derren Brown wins over 9 top chess players simultaneously

Derren Brown extraordinary mind control demonstration

Derren Brown amazing power of suggestion surpasses martial arts master

The famous ‘zombie’ demonstration – a ‘must see’

Derren Brown easily transfers thoughts

How does Derren Brown manage this? Interview

Stephen Fry on Derren Brown’s amazing illusionism

Aristocrats transparent to Derren Brown

Derren Brown guesses exact sums of pocket money correctly

Derren Brown terrifies a Ghost train operator on his own trainride

Daylight robbery by illusion in New York

Subconscious influencing by Derren Brown

Amazing demonstration of perfect rapport

All strength lost through suggestion

Poor self-confidence and colour vision transformed by Derren Brown’s persuasion

Derren Brown gives two girls daylight hallucinations

See an overview of Derren Brown videos on-line at this URL

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