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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Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust

Posted by robertpriddy on June 26, 2011

Sai Baba’s stored caches shake devotees’ faith: Police suspect that huge amounts of cash, gold, silver and precious stones could still be concealed in Yajur Mandir. The personal chamber of the spiritual leader, who passed away April 24, is believed to have false ceilings, false floors and rooms concealed behind almirahs (i.e. wardrobes). Reportedly, nobody except Sathya Sai Baba’s personal caregiver Satyajit had access to Yajur Mandir, especially the first floor where Baba used to live (however, only after he was hospitalized). It is well known that he had other visits there through the years since he moved in.

News is constantly trickling in from Puttaparthi that Sai Baba devotees have been shaken by the huge haul of wealth in Yajur Mandir, as well as big cash seizures in the following days. Many Sai devotees known to our contacts, including hardcore believers – are not even attempting to defend or deny the gold, cash hauls, and are in a complete state of confusion. Some blame trust members, while some are asking: “why did Swami have to keep so much gold and cash – didn’t Swami always say he never accepted gifts?”

There have been hundreds of Sathya Sai Baba devotees – not least traders in Puttaparthi – protesting, marching, holding placards and shouting slogans against the Sathya Sai Central Trust.

Its now being alleged that there is a 1 km long tunnel from yajur mandir to Hill view stadium, through which black money is transported. News channels, English as well as regional, are caught up in a competitive  race in trying to do a new story and new angle every day, and the ugly news of Sai Baba and his ashram is staying on the air all the time


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Sai Baba: hoarding, secrecy, mistrust, powerlessness, deceit

Posted by robertpriddy on June 26, 2011

Sai Baba’s “Swiss Bank” An inside source in India reports to us how most of the print media and now several regional TV channels (with wide following among the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada speaking populations) have been running the same theme of “Puttaparthi : a mini swiss bank”. There have been at least 2 major feature programs on local channels titled “Baba’s money” and also “Secrets of Puttaparthi” Even the lesser educated common man is critical of Sai Baba having made such big money and lived luxuriously. One example of the above-mentioned news is shown in the scan here.

Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew Ratnakar has admitted to the police under interrogation that he did not have any inkling that Sai Baba had kept so much wealth and valuables in his bedroom. He also said that he felt that Sai Baba did not trust anyone and so kept the valuables in his sleeping chamber, which included himself, even though he was close to him for nearly 25 years. 

Why Sai Baba’s hoarding and deep mistrust? Why Sai Baba did not turn over the wealth to the Trust is a question that raises a number of likely answers. The signs are that his becoming a secret hoarder of such a variety of amassed material goods of many (often bizarre) kinds was a psychological effect of senility… of having grown up in extreme poverty with deep-rooted feelings of insecurity such as often emerges in such a manner in old age. Further, that he did not want all the items he received duly documented is understandable since it would put on record that he had accepted many and very valuable gifts, despite having denied this to an extreme extent throughout his life. The image of his being a totally selfless servant has been dispelled very much by these discoveries.

Yet SB’s hoarding may also well have been at least partly due to his lack of trust in the Trustees, not least considering that no trust member was able to access Sai Baba’s personal chambers for the past 4 years. Further he made Satyajit the only one with access to his rooms, going to the great length of having biometric locks installed with Satyajit’s imprint. This apparent paranoidal mistrust strongly suggests Sai Baba felt he was surrounded by self-seeking or uncontrollable persons. It is known that he grew extremely angry with Colonel Joga Rao on the veranda and warned him he would be ‘out’ if he continued his corrupt practices. He later sacked Joga Rao and other Central Trust Board members. However, Sai Baba could never sack Indulal Shah, who had obtained an unassailable position of prestige and hands-on power as head of the Sathya Sai Organization. He had made contacts with many leaders on a world tour and who operated through his Marathi connections in the Indian world diaspora to retain control of everything in the organization, in return for guarantees of offices etc. This was proven (to all by rationalizing blind believers) when Sai Baba formally disbanded the entire Sathya Sai Organization yet it continued all the same despite his pronouncement!

This leads us to the question “if the Sai trust members were untrustworthy, why they were appointed in the first place – and by the “omniscient Lord himself”? Also, if untrustworthy, why were they not all dismissed? The answer which glares sensible persons in the face is that Sai Baba knew well what they would reveal about the falsity of his many megalomaniac claims if they were all fired! He only dismissed a few selectively when their wrong-doings became too evident and threatened the credibility the Trust had managed to keep intact. It is said that one often knows and judges others through oneself, and Sathya Sai Baba was certainly most untrustworthy, besides being unpredictable and unreliable in many ways. Countless complaints of his broken promises – and his many deceptions – published through they years bear crushing witness to this, despite all the published declarations of his ‘perfection’ and ‘purity’ by all the trusting and easily misled devotees.

It is known to most long-term Indian residents of Sai Baba ashrams that Colonel Joga Rao – for decades the closest servitor of Baba – did NOT believe in his miracles (see here). This fits in with the following very revealing information by a former security official at Sai Baba’s ashram, Hari Sampath, shows that these deceptions were known to many who had been drawn into the Sai fold – and hence become trapped there due to their own prestige and interests. For those who have not already read this, he wrote:-

One of the most reliable sources of information about these people is their immediate family members as I found out. Upon carefully cultivating relationships with some of their family members, I found that these people hardly had any respect for Sai Baba in private, were least worried about Sai Baba’s “omniscience” or “powers” and NEVER relied upon Sai Baba’s divinity when it came to matters concerning themselves. Also, whenever ANY report of a “miracle” was mentioned in their presence, they always had a “knowing” and cynical expression on their faces, something very strange for those who were very close to “god”. Sai Baba, of course knows that they all know, but also that they are circumstantially in his power, often by choice.

Examples of these top-level “recruits” would be eminent jurists, top judges, high level govt. officials etc. Examples of the “real inbred top coterie” would be very close members of Sai Baba’s family, acquaintances from Sai Baba’s early days, and also those “devotees” who had been demonstrating their “loyalty” after knowing everything about Sai Baba. NO ONE at this level ever believes Sai Baba’s divinity because they all know he is NOT god, which is why they have been appointed. (excerpt from

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The Sathya Sai Trust mini-empire is crumbling

Posted by robertpriddy on June 26, 2011

Striking resignations tell their story: As reported yesterday, the Head of Sai Baba’s Super-speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi, Dr. Safaya and also several other doctors there have indicated their coming resignations. Today comes the further Indian Express report that Indulal Shah has “distanced himself from the Trust while Trust Secretary, former IAS officer K Chakravarthi, has indicated to other trustees about quitting.” To quit the sinking ship of the Sai Central Trust at this stage may help save their already shaky reputations. However, both have been involved in the huge irregularities and especially for their failure in duty of care. Both have gone along with the non-investigation and cover-up of the many sexual abuses of which Sathya Sai Baba was accused worldwide.

The Trust secretary Chackravathi has (according to our sources) offered to stay till alternate arrangements are made and he would brief the incoming secretary and officially hand over all records, before leaving. Chackravathi is referred to as a “retired IAS official”, when in fact he was forced to leave the service (Indian Administrative Service) due to embezzlement (I received this information in 1997 from an IAS Vigilance Officer, Mr. V. Ramnath). Chackravathi was, like others appointed by Sai Baba to run his affairs, was chosen to head the Rayalaseems water project (largely bungled due to kickbacks, contractor swindle, embezzlement and eventually had to be taken over by the Andhra Pradesh government).

See?Former International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization and its original founder, Indulal Shah, has a particularly bad record in having told the press after the 1993 police executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom that it was none of their business. Questioned by the press concerning the June 6, 1993 police killings – where the evidence overwhelmingly shows that Sai Baba stood by, having all the time and the absolute authority to act, but did nothing to stop the slayings – Indulal Shah is reported as saying, “the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.” (The Hindu, June 10, 1993). In the event, the confusion spread wilfully by all involved helped slow and derail the process of investigation and the CBI work was hampered and eventually quashed at the governmental level. See review of the 1993 murders issue here

Already 10 years ago, a very succinct appraisal of how the Sathya Sai Central Trust works was posted by a former security officer at Prashanthi Nilayam, Mr. Hari Sampath. This can now be read with fresh eyes – see here.

More on the reasons for Sathya Sai Baba’s hoarding and proven mistrust of his own Sai Trust to come shortly in another blog.

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