Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba a highly controversial and contentious figure

Posted by robertpriddy on September 18, 2011

Many devotees of Sathya Sai Baba deny that he was a subject of controversy. They are either very ill-informed about the many issues concerning him – as the Sai organization always does all in its power to ensure they are – or else they wilfully deny this against better knowledge, such as on the Sathya Sai Baba Wikipedia discussion pages, which have long been a complete parody on any kind of objectivity due to major intervention by Sai Baba devotees to remove all possible negative facts.

However, critical articles have been written at least since the 1970s in India, such as by the famous Professor Narasimhaiah of Bangalore University and diverse others, notably Basava Premanand, Vir Sanghvi, Abraham Kovoor, and Professor Narendra Nayak. Many international newspapers from UK, USA, Canada, Australia and other countries have carried critical articles about Sathya Sai Baba (as can be seen here)

Further, after the death of Sathya Sai Baba (24/4/2011) many newspapers carried reminders of the controversies involving murder, sex abuse and sleight-of-hand ‘miracles’ and a number of them repeated the following phrase in their reports and obituaries: “Sai Baba was also mired in controversies, with several news reports about allegations of sexual abuse and fake miracles”. Here are some other international newspapers etc. which used the word controversy or controversial about Sathya Sai Baba.

The Economist “Sathya Sai Baba (Satyanarayana Raju), one of India’s most controversial gurus, died on April 24th” (See here)

India Today “As India’s most enduring god-man enters his 75th year, his spirituality rests uneasily with controversy.” (See here)

The Guardian “But though revered by millions around the world as a living god, he was a controversial figure, criticized by some as a fraud protected by political influence. His later years were dogged by allegations of sexual abuse.” (See here)

The Telegraph “Sathya Sai Baba, who died yesterday, probably aged 84, was India’s most famous, and most controversial, Swami or holy man, and one of the most enigmatic and remarkable religious figures of the last century” (See here)

The BBC “To his devotees, Sai Baba was an avatar, an incarnation of God in human form, who appeared on Earth to preach his inspirational message in one of India’s poorest corners.To his critics, he was a fraudster dogged for years by controversial allegations of sexual abuse yet protected from prosecution by virtue of his powerful political sway” (See here)

Time “He was also accused of faking miracles and of being a sexual predator.” (See here)

CBS News “Sai Baba was also mired in controversies, with several news reports about allegations of sexual abuse and fake miracles.” (See here)

The New York Times “Rationalist critics led campaigns against him, calling him a charlatan and his miracles fake. And several news reports accused him of sexually abusing followers, accusations that he denied, and for which he was never charged.” (See here)

Indian Express “From ordinary believers to the President of India, his clout spread far and wide but controversy also followed Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Baba all along” (See here)

The Los Angeles Times  “After declaring himself the reincarnation of a Hindu saint in 1940 he built a loyal following, including politicians, and celebrities, despite allegations of sexual abuse” (see here)

The Statesman, Calcutta: NEW DELHI, Nov 12. — “Godmen and controversies have always gone hand in hand. Rajnish, Sai Baba, Dhiren Brahmachari and Chandraswami. And now the Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswati, who was projected by the erstwhile NDA regime as the honest broker in the Ayodhya tangle.  The most controversial of the lot were of course Rajnish and Satya Sai Baba.”

The Hindu  ‘The phenomenon of Satya Sai Baba: A Sinning God?’  by Pushpa M. Bhargava. Let us examine his above claims and actions one by one. There is not a shred of evidence of rebirth; the very idea of rebirth goes against all of science… As regards his being a reincarnation of God, the only proof he provided was that of performing miracles or miraculous acts. The fact is that he never performed a miracle… As regards the miraculous cures he claimed to have performed, we never heard of his failure… Sai Baba’s unusual accomplishment was to recruit such a large number of the rich and the powerful, politicians and bureaucrats, law-makers, law-keepers, and law dispensers, amongst his followers. Perhaps this is more of a reflection on his followers than him! ” (See here)

Argentinian TV Sai Baba: A Sinning God?  A TV Programme sent in 2000, presented by A. Agnostelli. A header was: “This is one of the most venerated and controversial men on the planet”. (See here) (and here)

St Albert Gazette (Canada) “Sai Baba was also mired in controversies, with several news reports about allegations of sexual abuse and fake miracles. A 2004, a BBC television program called the “Secret Swami” featured interviews with at least two American male devotees who claimed the guru had fondled their genitals and exposed himself to them while claiming it was part of a healing ritual. (See here) – Hinduism “Sathya Sai Baba “Despite the myriad controversies surrounding him, Sathya Sai Baba remained a popular Guru throughout his life with a huge number of followers around the world” (See here)

See also:- Sathya Sai Baba’s Deterioration: Long Mental and Physical Slide Into Chaos

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