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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Explaining the influence of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on April 23, 2009

Sometimes I have been asked, ‘How is it that many people do not immediately see that Sathya Sai Baba is a fraud? Many point out that his claim to materialize objects is evidently bogus, one should know in advance. This is far from evident to those who gets at all involved with him, not least because of the massive number of accounts circulating where it is stated as fact. No doubt the miracles claims puts off many persons who are of a sceptical turn of mind and who are not open to ‘spirituality’ or religion. Yet, that leaves a vast number of people who are not initially negative towards him, and he is not bigoted in that he gives  at least lip service to other mainsteam religions, though his doctrine clashes with all of them regarding his claims of being the Divine Godhead Incarnate. (To claim this is illegal in India, but no one has been able to bring him to book since he is protected by the highest in the land). His reputation was – until the millennium at least – based almost entirely on a vast amount of literature, films, videos and web sites which abound with stories about his divine nature, superhuman powers and good activities, which are endorsed by a very considerable number of influential and important people, especially in India. In his present wheelchair-bound decrepitude, and after the infamous 1993 murders in his bedroom and the flood of testimonies against him for sexual abuses, Sathya Sai Baba is no longer generating wide support of the kind he previously managed and for a number of other good reasons. Not least the vile cultist attacks on victims of his alleged sex abuses and on all critics of Sathya Sai Baba, however well-documented or well-founded.

Click on image to see many political devotees

Click on image to see many political devotees

Those who cling to their faith in him despite the many and highly revealing exposures of his untruthfulness, deceptions and frauds – especially since the sexual abuse testimonies began to come forth since 1999 – take comfort from being in the company of half-a-dozen Indian Prime Ministers, 4 Indian Presidents, the Former Head of the Supreme Court of India, Mr, Bhagwani, a former head of the Electoral Commission of India, heads of half a dozen nations, Ministers, State Governors, Supreme and High Court judges and many other well-known figures. Also of course hundreds of Indian Ph.Ds (even though many such from India are of doubtful validity according to Western University authorities) and perhaps dozens of foreign educators, though again, none of much consequence. Yet this phenomenon of support among educated persons for a demonstrably ignorant villager is despite all far from simple. It requires great application and perspicacity for anyone who has not been able to learn the hidden truth of many matters from inside sources to penetrate the mythology and layers of deception. After 18 years involvement myself, mostly as the leader of the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway, I have spent the best part of a decade since resigning in investigating thoroughly and critically, widely publishing my discoveries.

The majority who are open to Sathya Sai Baba – i.e. those who are not party to the deception to a lesser or greater extent – are quite simply roundly deceived and deluded by a the organized scam that is upheld by Sai officials, prominent devotees and their families who have invested their lives and reputation in Sai Baba, plus the very large number of local people whose livelihoods depend on it. The effectiveness of the propaganda is shown in that even UNESCO once agreed to be fully represented at an education conference in Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram – but since previously well hidden facts had become known by then, they withdrew. I had already left his organization. Since then no UN body has been willing to have any public connection with Sathya Sai Baba, despite huge efforts by Sai officials working through the Indian government and with the support of the former UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, Sashi Tharoor. Further, Prince Charles tried for years to visit him (Sarah Ferguson actually did so), and Sai Baba reportedly counts many covert supporters such as Al Gore, Gorbachev, politicians in many countries, plus royal personages from Asian and European countries. The list of celebrities is not inconsiderable – Goldie Hawn, Steven Segal, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar etc.

He is still followed by most of his chief devotees, despite UNESCO’s well-grounded withdrawal an educational conference at his ashram on grounds of suspected sexual misdemeanour and from any further association with him, and despite the U.S. State Department’s warning about him under suspicion of sexual molestations. That all these people are deceived is because of the cult of near-impenetrability – most of every day of Sathya Sai Baba’s private life is kept strictly hidden from all but his trusted lieutenants. More damning police evidence is about to emerge from a most reputable former inside source which will go on the record for always. Even that will doubtless not cause more than a few of the sleepers to awaken.

Some largely ill-informed commentators call Sathya Sai Baba “a third rate trickster”. Some of the time his sleight of hand is very transparent too. Yet one wonders therefore how much more a 1st rate trickster than him – Indian’s biggest earner of foreign currency through donations for decades  – or how many followers – hardly in the tens of millions! (One can safely discount the claims of 60 million, 600 million and everything in between which are made, even officially. Sai Baba is very skeptical about his so-called followers, saying there are very few who are genuine anyhow. My own observations through 18 years bear this out in all ways).

Of course, Sathya Sai Baba is not entirely fraudulent in everything – his teachings are sometime good in part at least – though usually too simplistic or fanciful – and his charisma and all the stories it has generated have inspired others to do good works and finance his projects. Otherwise I could never have written a positive book about him (though I was then in the dark about his true nature) The extensive published exposure of Sathya Baba’s deceptions and bogus claims that exceed any made by any known historical figure, made by scores of former followers, journalists and independent authors is on the record for the future. It has already had a great effect – not least on him personally and on his minions. Very few people can now get near to Sai Baba to discover how fraudulent he is – almost everything about him has to be taken on faith, and even very largely to those who have been with him for years, so secretive and protected from scrutiny he is.  My very close friend V.K. Narasimhan, who among Indian editors had single-handedly stood up to Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, was with him daily for 20 years and still considered that he was one of the few people who was doing anything for the poor in AP. He was sceptical of some of the claims… especially omniscience and omnipotence, but far from all of them, and he had been a hard-headed, tested and tried world travelling journalist and economist, though also soft-hearted. Due to what I eventually learned from him, I have until now been probably the most wide-ranging critic and exposer of Sathya Sai Baba. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have read my exposures in books, web pages and other media.

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