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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Who, what is Sathya Sai Baba?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 30, 2010

In one of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction books, ‘The Final Odessey’ he wrote a small cameo which is almost exactly a description of Sathya Sai Baba. This book was first published in 1997, about 2 years before the many scandals about Sai Baba broke on the Internet. Arthur C. Clarke lived in Sri Lanka and therefore no doubt knew a lot about Sathya Sai Baba! More than most, it would seem!

You’ve reminded me of something that happened in my home-town when I was a kid. A holy man — quote, unquote — set up shop, claimed he could work miracles – and collected a crowd of devotees in next to no time. And they weren’t ignorant or illiterate; often they came from the best families. Every Sunday I used to see expensive cars parked round his – ah – temple.’ ‘The “Rasputin Syndrome”, it’s been called: there are millions of such cases, all through history, in every country. And about one time in a thousand the cult survives for a couple of generations. What happened in this case?’

Well, the competition was very unhappy. and did its best to discredit him. Wish I could remember his name – he used a long Indian one – Swami something-or-other — but it turned out he came from Alabama. One of his tricks was to produce holy objects out of thin air, and hand them to his worshippers. As it happened, our local rabbi was an amateur conjurer, and gave public demonstrations showing exactly how it was done. Didn‘t make the slightest difference — the faithful said that their man’s magic was real, and the rabbi was just jeaIous.’

‘At one time, l’m sorry to say, Mother took the rascal seriously – it was soon after Dad had run off, which may have had something to do with it – and dragged me to one of his sessions. I was only about ten, but I thought l‘d never seen anyone so unpleasant-looking. He had a beard that could have held several birds’ nests, and probably did.’

‘He sounds like the standard model. How long did he flourish?’

‘Three or four years. And then he had to leave town in a hurry: he was caught running teenage orgies. Of course, he claimed he was using mystical soul-saving techniques. And you won’t believe this,

‘Try me.’

‘Even then, lots of his dupes still had faith in him. Their god could do no wrong, so he must have been framed.’


‘Sorry — convicted by faked evidence – sometimes used by the police to catch criminals, when all else fails.’

‘Hmm. Well, your swami was perfectly typical”‘

This passage appears in a wider context in Clarke’s book, of course… one where he is explaining the ‘psychopathology of religion’:-

(The text continued as at the top of the green box)

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