Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

An Interview with Professor Anil Kumar

Posted by robertpriddy on May 26, 2012

This is the concluding part of  Professor Anil Kumar Kamaraju’s interview in Thailand continued from earlier recent blogs. He was asked:-

The British architect Keith Critchlow, who was close to Prince Charles and designed the super-speciality hospital in Puttaparthi, reportedly advised Prince Charles to visit Sai Baba. And Charles was said to be keen to make the trip. There are two versions of this story: one said the British spy agency MI5 dissuaded Charles from visiting Sai Baba because of the sexual abuse allegations; another said they had a quiet meeting. Can you throw some light on that?
“It’s true that Critchlow wrote to Prince Charles [advising him] to meet Sai Baba. The authentic version I have heard is that the airport in Puttaparthi is small and was not in a position to accommodate the kind of plane Charles would travel in. Later, I heard that Charles regretted not being able to meet  Sai Baba, and sent his respects through an emissary.”
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Comment: The version Anil Kumar says he ‘heard’ and holds to be authentic is quite different to what I learned from persons who were invited to a series of evening talks with Sai Baba at Kodaikanal in the summer of 1992 together with a large selected group of his students, some officials and VIP followers. These included my close friend, V.K. Narasimhan – the editor of Sai Baba’s journal Sanathana Sarathi –  also Robert and Rita Bruce, the Danish industrialist Jørgen Trygved, Dr. John Hislop and other persons I knew). An Indian gentleman devotee related to the group how he had med Prince Charles at the Windsor Manor Hotel in Bangalore. The Prince of Wales took him aside and questioned him in detail about Sai Baba. He said he wanted to “have his darshan” (i.e. see him) but that his government would not allow it for reasons of security. Prince Charles was moving around South India without security problems at the time, so it seems likely this was a way of not telling what were far more likely reasons, such as the damage to the Crown if the future King and Defender of the Faith (of Anglicanism) were to be seen worshipful before an Indian miracle guru who made phenomenal claims of Godhead for himself and was highly controversial due to his supposed miracles!

Prince Charles was the target of a considerable campaign to get him to visit Sai Baba and if possible induce him into the ranks of Sai Baba supporters. This kind of attempt began in the 1960s by a Sathya Sai movement book importer in London, Manubhai Patel, who regularly sent books about Sai Baba as gifts to the Prince at the Palace. Later, a very prominent and privileged devotee, the Welsh classical pianist David Bailey (subsequently a major exposer of Sai Baba as a sex abuser and fraud), who performed for the Queen and also instructed Prince Charles’ sons in music at their school, was urged to invite Charles to see Sai Baba. This led to him being questioned at the airport when he returned from India by the British Secret Service – especially about the alleged Sai Baba sex abuses, of which Bailey had numerous sworn testimonies from the vistims who had approached him at Sai Baba’s college in Puttaparthi. (Listen to a taped phone call interview with Bailey here). The Prince of Wales’s architectural adviser, Keith Critchlow, was a devotee who knew Bailey well. He no doubt also asked Sathya Sa Baba if the Prince was welcome. Rita and Robert Bruce were present at an interview in which Sai Baba was asked whether Charles and Diana would visit him. He replied in the negative and said “they are a disgrace to their country”. 

Further, V.K. Narasimhan  told me during my visit there  (Nov. 1996 to January 1997) to the 70th birthday that he had received a mail inquiry from Prince Charles about visiting Sai Baba, to which he replied on Sai Baba’s instruction. He could not divulge what Sai Baba had said, but he wrote to Prince Charles and reminded him that he had met him once when Charles was a young man attending a demonstration of fishing in South India. It was clear from what he said that there would be no visit by the Prince of Wales. (See from my notes made at the time about what V.K. Narasimhan wrote to Charles)

Since he encouraged everyone to practice their own religion, what kind of role did he envisage for himself?
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“He saw himself more as a catalyst; as a unifying factor; he wanted synthesis, not antithesis. He has left an enormous legacy of free schools, educational institutions, free hospitals, social service organizations.”

That Sai schools and hospitals were entirely free has been contested by a number of those who were asked to pay for entry or treatment. Devotees from various countries who donated sums to the Sathya Sai Trust were given preference over any poor people. See Sathya Sai Baba’s Super speciality hospitals as two-faced projects

As to the much vaunted water projects that Sai Baba is accredited with (though virtually all he himself did was to ask for funds in discourses) they have by and large proven to be a dismal failure, and the Rayalaseema project suffered from unpredicted much depleted  ground water levels as well as corrupt entrepreneurs and unfinished pipeline etc. so that the Andhra Pradesh government had to take it over to save what they could. See  Water projects in Rayalaseema and for Chennai – Sathya Sai Baba  and  Water scarcity and its cause according to SSB

Sathya Sai Baba education ventures have indeed given opportunities to the underprivileged, but also to the highly privileged (as Sai Baba picked out many the sons of prominent officials, judges, police chiefs, and VIP devotees for his colleges.  See Sathya Sai Baba education. The level of education can only be said to be primitive compared to any modern Indian or Western university (rote learning, suppression of individual thought and opinion under enforced doctrines and much moral preaching. His ‘university’ (its status secured by pressure on devotees among the governing elite) does not rank anywhere in any comparative studies of universities in India or the world. Sai Baba’s teachings and education in academic isolation

Further, the entire Sathya Sai Central Trust was exempted from customs duty and taxation, which meant that the public purse subsidised them, as it also did for the energy used by all Sai institutions. Since his death, the Trust has been deprived of that subsidy and has gone begging with a public petition to try to pressure the government into re-financing it.

Anil Kumar heard more of Sai Baba’s outpourings than anyone else after 1990 or so, and was nonetheless so indoctrinated, evangelical and servile that he remained signally unaware how the massive and tedious moralizing by Sai Baba showed him to be chock full of pride, though he made a point of constantly denying this to divert attention from the glaring fact. His constant homilies through decades show he had countless near-sighted prejudices, all of which remarkable became grist to Anil Kumar’s propaganda mill. Seeking power, Sai Baba did all he possibly could to perpetuate the master-servant relationship between himself and his followers and to keep his closer servitors strictly in line.

Charles and Diana rubbished by SB)

You can  listen to the actual devastating phone conversation by David Bailey in mp3 here:- Part One,   Part Two

Faith Schools – Sathya Sai Baba ‘Educare’

 

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