Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Archive for July 31st, 2011

Sai Baba follower numbers – with video

Posted by robertpriddy on July 31, 2011

Photo from book launch panel debate in Stockholm – Robert Priddy & BBC representative  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD  8.3 MBS VIDEO CLIP which plays in QUICKTIME

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As back up to the statement I made at the Royal Mint Panel debate in Stockholm at the launch of Conny Larsson’s Swedish book about Sai Baba (also in English now) the following:-

Some of the extremely over-exaggerated ‘official’ claims of a vast world following, see:-

The mythology of tens of millions was begun by Sai Baba’s self-promoting claims which were never verified in any way. The international media, including the BBC and many newspapers, have settled on the estimate of Sai Baba’s following as being 30 million. Not one of these sources have anything other than the propaganda of the Sai authorities and the Sai organization to go on – clearly NOT a reliable source (the national organizations differ in estimates from 30 million to 300 million! Six hundred million is also frequently claimed too).  The mythology about this began in the 1970s when Sai Baba told Dr. John Hislop (a total believer in every word of Sai Baba) that – if the Indian authorities had not kept quiet about his advent, millions would converge on Puttaparthi ( Conversations with SS Sathya Sai Baba  p. 36). It was soon spread about that he said he had 60 million followers around the world. His editor, V.K. Narasimhan informed me with numerous examples to prove it, that Sai Baba invariably multiplies all figures about his adherents by a factor or ten! (See the numbers game) This number was spread in countless books, films,reports from the Organization until it became a small-time ‘urban myth’, taken up by the press and never correctly or even reflected upon seriously. The book by Hislop contains many highly preposterous statements by Sai Baba – including various predictions which have all proven untrue. Followers have to take these fantastic claims as God’s truth because the believe in him means believing in his infallibility. All that challenges this in any way is ignored or strictly avoided, on pain of exclusion from the organization etc..

In 2008 I asked Is Sai Baba’s Followership Increasing? and the evidence gathered indicated that there had already been a large drop off among foreigners.
See also:- How the Sathya Sai mythology emerged beyond India

We are appealing here to all those former donors to Sathya Sai Baba who realise that there had been massive misuse of donations in general, and especially their own remittances made due to promises about monies they have given for apartments by the ashram administrations which were later broken, to contact me or Barry Pittard in confidence.(My e-mail address is available at my main site contact page) THIS E_MAIL LINK DOES WORK NOW – IT WAS FAULTY EARLIER)

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