Psychopathy Checklist: Useful as an aid for those who might wish to examine the character of Sathya Sai Baba from a non-worshipping viewpoint:-
Narcissistic personality disorder is closely linked to self-centeredness “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.”[(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)
Comment: If Sathya Sai Baba has no need for admiration, why does he still allow people to touch his feet, and set going massive set-pieces where it is all about worshipping him – such as his birthdays, which all ashram residents know are his will, not theirs. The birthday crowds, including thousands of villagers who mostly come for an outing and any handouts that are going, cause huge disruption in their lives for days, and the dust is always metres high bearing sicknesses. He has said he does not know what suffering is, which explains why he lacks empathy for the poorest and maimed who really suffer and sit for year upon year at daily darshan hoping for help without any tangible results. Meanwhile, Sai Baba lavishes his time on the rich and successful, especially the famous… and the boys he is widely reported as abusing behind closed doors.
Theodore Milton identified five subtypes of narcissist – Any individual narcissist may exhibit none or one of them:-
fanatic type – including paranoid features. A severely narcissistically wounded individual, usually with major paranoid tendencies who holds onto an illusion of omnipotence. These people are fighting the reality of their insignificance and lost value and are trying to re-establish their self-esteem through grandiose fantasies and self-reinforcement. When unable to gain recognition of support from others, they take on the role of a heroic or worshipped person with a grandiose mission.
Comment: Right from childhood Sathya Sai Baba has tried to dominate everyone around him – as the early lady devotee Smt. Vijaya Kumari (Vijayamma) has testinfied at length and convincingly in her book ‘Without you refuge there is none’). . He was regarded by some of his family and neighbours as a divine incarnation, most likely because he was born a physical hermaphrodite (independent reports in public of his having both genitalia are several) and so seemed to medically naive and unknowing villagers to be an incarnation of both Shiva and Shakthi – or Shiva and Parvathi… as he also claims to be. Any child born in Indian villages with extra limbs or organs is sadly most often worshipped as a divinity even today. He certainly capitalized on this belief in the village, and one supposes he was fighting back because he was reportedly bullied at school and also by relatives who maltreated him badly.
Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) is a personality disorder recognized in the DSM-IV TR handbook in a person over the age of eighteen years as characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction.
Comment: Sathya Sai Baba cannot stand anyone who questions him in the slightest negative sense (in interviews not least) and reportedly shown real anger towards those who do. Because he always preached never to criticize anyone, that he was angry about critics and beat his lectern in his infamous discourse of Christmas 2000 definitely showed extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation. He is reported to “sit and cry all day” by an Indian lady who claimed to know this from his closest servitors. He has also stated that, though he is under severe criticism, he keeps up a smiling face. However, no image of him since around 2006 can validate that, on the contrary!
the checklist assesses glib and superficial charm, grandiosity, need for stimulation, pathological lying, conning and manipulating, lack of remorse, callousness, poor behavioral controls, impulsivity, irresponsibility, failure to accept responsibility for one’s own actions and so forth. The scores are used to predict risk for criminal re-offence and probability of rehabilitation.
Comment: Reports that Sathya Sai Baba is so full of love and care are refuted by virtually all those – often long-term followers – who left him. Only those who have freed themselves from the indoctrination and self-programming that is part and parcel of belonging to the movement and realised that ‘all that glitters is not gold’ applies with full force to Sai Baba can see clearly that his charm is superficial. He keeps people at arms length – except young men he likes as long as they remain with him (most leave after some time, except the captive students). He drops and neglects people as soon as he chooses, he makes many irresponsible promises – and knows he can get away with nearly all of them because of the mythology around himself and the impenetrable veil of secrecy he has mostly managed to maintain with fearful servitors unable to contradict a single word of his, fearing banishment and worse (even believing that their own future lives will be ruined!). His glibness is seen when one has attended enough interviews – he rolls of the same words again and again and has many techniques of distraction and avoidance (when he can’t or won’t answer questions and pleas he can’t fulfil). His grandiosity is seen in his demeanour, the role he accept at functions on tinsel gilded thrones and his golden chariot, the lavish dwellings he has ordained for himself and much, much more… but the blinded follower who can’t give up this mental-emotional crutch or dare to look at the facts cannot see any of that.