Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba’s Greatest Achievements

Posted by robertpriddy on September 8, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba is hailed by many devotees and others – not least politicians and leaders in India – for great social achievements. This is not surprising by comparison with the continued desolation of India’s poor and suffering masses in that the leaders show themselves incapable and outright unwilling to give any priority to the terrible social and economic degradations.  Apart from the fact that Sathya Sai Baba has promised far, far more than his followers have achieved, let us look at his main track record after about 8 decades:-


Sathya Sai Baba’s most vaunted achievement is to have obtained donations for two large water projects, one of which is in part a fiasco ( due to a sudden fall in the water table, embezzlement by contractors, unfinished work and inefficiency). However, these Sai water projects do not compare in size or cost with the truly huge water projects carried out by the authorities in the same region (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu). The running of the Rayalaseema water project had to be handed over to the Andhra Pradesh State government due to maintenance problems etc. All this is a rather poor showing for an omnipotent avatar whose mission is no less than to transform humanity, is it not? Among the many e-mails I have exchanged with Professor Erlendur Haraldsson, I replied to a query from him:
“ I have been in touch with a retired Professor of Hydrology in AP State whose intelligent website I found on the net and who has since answered my e-mail questions about the famous Rayalaseema water project. It is quite a fiasco, apparently due to 1) Baba wanting the whole thing done in 8 months, which allowed no proper planning and meant that sub-contractors had to be engaged (all of whom it seems were corrupt and did not do their work properly, use proper materials etc. 2) the State gov’t have sabotaged the project so as to be able to go on getting their share of the drought compensation from the central gov’t – which money is then used mostly for the administrators and others who have their big cut before the actual people who suffer drought get a pittance in compensation.

Erlendur Haraldsson wrote back: “My response: the usual Indian mess!”


Two private and secretive hospitals bearing the name of Sathya Sai Baba have been financed by rich donor devotees, one in Puttaparthi and one in Bangalore. Doctor devotees from India and other countries work there either for a low salary or voluntarily. Sai devotees from abroad and well-to-do Indians report having been treated there, so it serves them and not only –as claimed – poor Indians. The principle of selection of those treated is kept secret and the institutions are unaccountable to the public in a way that is possible in India, but not in any modern Western countries. Sathya Sai Baba has himself proclaimed that his hospital will serve people from the whole world! There are allegedly no charges for mediacal treatment, though some foreign devotees report having been presented with considerable bills. Being entirely private the accounts, admission lists and other information about these hospitals are closed to all independent public scrutiny, being prepared by Sai Baba followers, who never dare report anything untoward and must cover-up all failures. One would have sorely hoped for a much more enlightened, democratic and open system from a presumptive God Almighty who claims he will rule the world one day!


Sathya Sai Baba has started a number of colleges and one Institute of Higher Studies. These provide education on the strength of donations [mostly from abroad] – in most cases without fees. There is a strict selection process to the colleges, evidently favouring mostly the offspring of Sai Baba devotees, especially of high officials and professionals. This institution had to labour for decades under the title ‘Deemed University’ for it was simply not up to scratch, until continued pressure by his some of many devotees in top government apparently caused it to be officially given university status. Indian universities vary enormously in educational standards, research and expertise and there is no way the Sai Baba institutions can match modern higher education of top intellectual and scientific standards. The general method of education is certainly not pedagogically modern (see here), being traditional and based on learning the syllabus but not questioning or being stimulated to any kind of critical thinking and with spiritual moralism spread throughout. It is conducted amid much communal prayer, bhajan singing and superstitious Hindu religious teaching. Some of the professors I met hold views which are completely uninformed as to modern science and thought (literally believing in the stories of Srimad Bhagavatham, for example). The doctrine of creationism – as opposed to scientifically-accepted evolutionism – is constantly reiterated both by Sai Baba and his teachers. Some of the visiting foreign ‘professors’, I knew from the organization and did not find anything they said in lectures or in private conversation to exhibit broad knowledge or deep insights, rather the contrary, because they were ever parroting Sai Baba’s own aphorisms and views.

To see the doctrinaire nature and traditional level of proto-religious education involved, one can look at the backbone of Sathya Sai Baba’s so-called ‘spiritual education’ package known as ‘Education in Human Values’ or also ‘Educare’, the practice of which which requires no professional qualifications of any kind, but simply devotion to Sai Baba.

Most of the schools and colleges now bearing the Sai Baba name were originally started, built and run by others, who later sought his endorsement and support because of his clout with local and national politicians. The children of a number of long-term foreign devotees attended these colleges, though many were also withdrawn (from the US, Greece, Malaysia etc.) due to the sexual molestations from Sathya Sai Baba alleged by them to their parents and others.

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