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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Leicester Sathya Sai school & Michael Goldstein’s dismissal

Posted by robertpriddy on March 30, 2013

The slogan of this private faith school, where almost only for Indian devotees of Sai Baba send their defenceless children in Leicester is “a centre of human excellence”.

According to a series of reports I have received about the situation there, this could hardly be further from the real situation. That the children ARE defenceless is shown by the reports, which led to a closed public investigation, that the headmistress employed physical abuse against the children of some parents, who complained to the relevant social services. Dr. Michael Goldstein was handling the matter, but his method of cover-up evidently did not satisfy the higher Sai authorities in India so – even though he was selected personally by Sai Baba himself, this ‘divine edict’ was changed by those now in control of the Sai Baba legacy.

From: Richard G Malolepsy <>

Sent: Monday, November 26, 2012 10:23 AM
Subject: Communication – Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation
From: Chandradas Cangaeretnam []
Sai Ram Regional Officers, Center Presidents, Officers and Young Adult Representatives, Contacts and advisors,

Please share the following important letter from Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman of the Prasanthi Council, and Director of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation, with your center members at your next center meeting.
In Sai’s Loving Service,
Dr. C. Chandradas.
President – Sri Sathya Sai Baba Organization of America, Pacific South – Region 8.
Regional Officers:
President. Dr. C. Chandradas (661) 341 1046-Email –
Vice President. Rohan Balasuriya (310) 702 2971-Email –
Devotional. M. Srinivas (805) 523 8348 –
Education. Eric Wing (805) 200 7512 –
Service. Sri Jeevaprakash (949) 285 0822 –
Om Sri Sai Ram.
Dear sisters and brothers,
Greetings of Loving Sai Ram to all of you from Prashanthi Nilayam.
We witnessed the glorious 87th birthday celebrations of our loving Lord Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Prashanthi Nilayam. Devotees from around the world participated in the festivities and experienced the Divine presence.
I would like to share an important announcement with all of you.
During the meeting of the directors of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation on November  24, 2012, in Prashanthi Nilayam, Mr. Gary Belz was appointed as Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation effective November 24, 2012, by the unanimous decision of the directors of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation.  He serves as a Director of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation and served as secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation. Mr. Gary Belz owns and operates recording studios in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles. He has served on many boards including the Board of Regents of Columbia College of Chicago, Convention and Visitors Bureau of Memphis and several music industry associations. He was a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative and was on the White House task Force for South Asia during the Clinton years. He has been an ardent devotee of Swami for more than two decades and has been a member of the USA Council of Sri Sathya Sai Organization. We pray to Swami to shower His choicest Blessings on Mr Gary Belz and give him guidance and strength to discharge his new responsibilities for the highest good.
Dr. Michael Goldstein, our past chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation, has carried out his extensive duties over many years with an intense dedication to please our Lord Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Dr. Goldstein remains an inspiration to devotees for his one-pointed focus on Swami. We thank him for all those years he was available to devotees around the world to help and guide them on many policies of the Sathya Sai International Organisation. We all remember his intense love, dedication and devotion to Swami and His mission. We look forward to being the beneficiaries of his ongoing advice, insight and wisdom.
Let us resolve to move forward in His Divine Mission and work in unity with love and harmony. Let us practise His message of love all and serve all in our daily life and reach the summum bonum of our life.
Jai Sai Ram.
With loving regards,
Dr. Narendranath Reddy
Chairman, Prasanthi Council
Director, Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation

<2012_11_24 SSSWF Communication.pdf>

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Sathya Sai Baba – tragic delusive mini-world

Posted by robertpriddy on March 29, 2013

Some of the 78 comments made after Vishal Arora’s article on SB ‘The Land of Illusion’. A considerable majority of the comments were by Indian contributors in favour of the article and against Sathya Sai Baba. 

Some of the 78 comments made after Vishal Arora's articel on SB 'The Land of Illusion'

A brief initial selection from the comments pages on Vishal Arora’s article ‘The Land of Illusion’

See many more of those comments here

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Dr. Bhatia reconfirmed his sex with Sai Baba and worse

Posted by robertpriddy on March 27, 2013

Prabhakar Kamath has written an interesting article on how abused Sai Baba followers suffer from ‘the Stockholm syndrome’  Here is an excerpt:-

Here is a classic example of how Sai Baba controlled the mind and behavior of a highly educated doctor by the name of Naresh Bhatia as reported by Vishal Arora in Caravan magazine dated June 6th, 2010:

I read his account in the Daily Telegraph and several Internet forums; I wanted to meet the now 59-year-old Dr Bhatia. I went to see him in his house in Noida. The tall, fair man received me very gently and offered me a seat on a veranda next to his living room. There was a six-foot tall poster of Sai Baba on one of the walls. I wondered why he still had a picture of him.

I told him I wanted to know about his relationship with Sai Baba and whether or not the reports on the Internet were true. “What did you find in Puttaparthi?” he asked. I told him many of his former devotees wouldn’t make accusations against Sai Baba. I also complained that there seemed to be no real consequences for Sai Baba. “No action will be taken against him. Nothing will happen to him,” remarked Dr Bhatia. “I will suggest that you do not write the article.” I thought it was his pessimism.

“But why do you think nothing will happen to him?” I asked. “He is God,” he replied. “Is what I have read on the Internet about you untrue?” I asked. “Everything is true,” he said, “but so what?” The bell rang and he went to the door and came back with his colleague. I thought it would be difficult to have a frank conversation now. But Dr Bhatia carried on.
See more at’s-own-stockholm-syndrome/

What Dr. Naresh Bhatia, a long time favourite of Sathya Sai Baba, told Mick Brown of the Daily Telegraph was reported as follows:-

“Among those people named in The Findings is Dr D Bhatia, the former head of the blood bank at the Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital, who, it is claimed, had a longstanding sexual relationship with Sai Baba. Bhatia resigned from his post at the hospital in December 1999 and is now an administrator at a hospital in New Delhi.
Contacted by phone, Bhatia said that he had become a devotee of Sai Baba in 1971, at the age of 20, and that he had had sexual relations with Sai Baba for a total of ’15 or 16 years’. In that time, he said, he was also aware that Sai Baba had relations with ‘many, many’ students from the college and school, and with devotees from overseas.
Bhatia said he had never questioned Sai Baba over his conduct, or Baba’s explanation that it was ‘God’s activity’. ‘Devotion,’ said Bhatia, ‘doesn’t need any justification. In my philosophy of life, everything good and everything bad belongs to God. That is my belief, and that is why whatever he does, does not affect me in that way.’ Was he saying that he still believed Sai Baba is God? ‘Yes.'”

Dr. Bhatia wrote a book about his experiences of Sai Baba entitled “Dreams and realities face to face with God” (which reflects his belief fully). After he was threatened with physical harm and forced to leave Prashanthi Nilayam, Bhatia’s book was immediately taken off sale at the Sathya Sai Baba Book & Publications Trust, and it was withdrawn and all existing copies were remaindered by the publisher, Jack Scher – since deceased – another egocentric millionaire follower of Sai Baba who had so to speak ‘bought into’ a verandah place by setting up a publishing co. for Sai books in the US called ‘Leela Press’.  V.K.Narasimhan was instructed to publish the disclaimer about Dr. Bhatia in Sanathana Sarathi.
See full coverage of the Bhatia case here

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Mohanty’s SaiBaba-VIP lied!

Posted by robertpriddy on March 26, 2013

Latest up-date. Liars and more liars! CNN-Mohanty

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Deception by trickery: psi investigators Osis and Haraldsson

Posted by robertpriddy on March 24, 2013

A well-researched paper entitled ‘Deception by subjects of psi research’  points out that psi researchers are overwhelmingly untrained in the many illusions and stage magic techniques, which in practice means that they are as easily confused or duped as the average member of the public. The book by Professor Erlendur Haraldsson, not being based on any scientific investigation but only on observation and collective hearsay, falls into the category of unfruitful psi investigation, and Hansen’s paper refers to Hodgson who pointed out that “When scientists report their observations in professional journals, they imply that they have the technical competence to make the observations and the expertise to evaluate them. Failure to report the lack of such a background is deceptive to the reader.” (HODGSON, R. (1894). ‘Indian magic and the testimony of conjurers’. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 9, 354–366). Haraldsson maintained that there was no proof of fraud by Sai Baba, nor that his powers were a proven fact. However, his book was rather overwhelming in its presentation of positive, (yet unconfirmable) reports by devotees of countless and often wholly incredible miracles by Sai Baba. Haraldsson made few critical comments on these reports. He further defended SB against the claim of visible fraud when he was seen on a famous video to fumble a supposed materialization of a necklace. All this eventually led a majority of Sai Baba followers to believe that his manifestations were genuine. No comments were made by Osis or Haraldsson on patent untruths, vast exaggerations or other deceptions done by Sathya Sai Baba, which seems suspect considering that he was a major deceiver of people.

Hansen continued: In the case of Sai Baba, it can be noted that Christopher 1979, pp. 114-116) described a number of events suggesting trickery.” (see CHRISTOPHER, M. Search for the Soul. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell.)  Haraldsson and Osis were only spectators of the supposed ‘materializations’, even though they had briefly visited a few magicians, and the book ‘Miracles are My Visiting Cards’ consisted very largely in reproduction of anecdotal evidence gathered by Haraldsson among Sai devotees, though including a few who had left Sai Baba’s fold. Hansen again: “The knowledge and background of witnesses must be considered. Some people will be more reliable observers than others, and this is especially true when attempting to detect trickery. For instance, most experienced magicians have watched thousands of simulations of paranormal events. Further, they have spent years studying such methods. Hodgson (1894)” It is of note that neither Osis nor Haraldsson referred to nor sought the assistance of some of India’s magicians who had investigated Sai Baba, not least son of P. C. Sorcar – the most famous ‘father of Indian magic’. P. C- Sorcar junior, who had even copied manifestations of vibuthi etc. in front of Sai Baba, whereupon he was ejected from the ashram! (see Sai Baba: Miracle Man or Petty Magician)
Or also

Lingam regurgitation – new video clip

 ‘Deception by subjects of psi research’  (source materials)

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Child sex abuse in India and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 22, 2013

The National – by Suryatapa Bhattacharya March 17, 2013
Until recently, public discussion of child sexual abuse had been taboo in India, even though it is a well-documented scourge. A government-sponsored survey in 2007, based on interviews with 12,500 children in 13 states, reported serious and widespread sexual abuse.

“Children are sexually abused by relatives at home, by people in their neighbourhoods, at school, and in residential facilities for orphans and other at-risk children,” it said.
Public anger shows there is a demand for “answers, accountability, and that the authorities have yet to learn their lessons about to how to deliver effective justice on time”, said Soumya Bhaumik, from the Centre of Social Research in New Delhi.

Read more:

Self-Deception As a Coping Mechanism among Victims of the Sai Baba Cult

According to Dr-Prabhakar Kamath, Sai Baba satisfied his sexual appetite by abusing innocent children with complete disregard to consequences to their welfare. He wrote: “Sexual abuse serves another purpose for Sai Baba: Dominating these children and converting them into his lifelong devotees and henchmen. In a sense, the sexual abuse is ritual castration by means of which he is telling them literally, “From now onwards I have you boys by the balls.” In a highly shame-oriented society such as India, victims feel a great deal of shame to admit that they are sex abuse victims, and they are fearful of exposing such a powerful and revered person. This is further made difficult because of social pressure from victim’s fearful well-wishers; fear of corrupt police who do not hesitate to torture or murder accusers in cold blood; distrust of incompetent prosecutors, and lack of faith in the judiciary incapable of separating state and religion.
Almost all these children grow up bodily but not mentally, and they become Sai Baba’s lifelong followers who meekly submit to his demands. Their total submission to Sai Baba is rooted in self-deception.

Down-on-their-knees daily dose of darshan  Sai Baba reinforces their slavish mentality by means of gifts materialized by magic, rewards, public praise, bribes and intimidation. Sai Baba becomes the central figure in their lives, and they become almost totally incapable of critical thinking when it comes to their relationship with him as exemplified by Dr. Naresh Bhatia in the Caravan article by Mr. Arora. Fear of Sai Baba dominates their lives. Almost all their actions are dictated by what they think Sai Baba would want them to do.
Just in case anyone see this who does not know the extent of the sworn testimonies and confirmed reports about the following, see 
Many young men claiming sexual contact with Sathya Sai Baba

See also the blog by Chris Doktor of May 3 last year How Do Victims of Sai Baba Cope? for an extra introduction and professional commentary on Dr. Kamath’s views on this subject. 

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Sathya Sai copycat Bala Sai under fire

Posted by robertpriddy on March 20, 2013

Click on image to visit source video page

Click on image to visit source video page

A friend wrote to me that in the video interview conducted in Telugu about the exposure of Bala Sai Baba, at least one of the guests is also against Sathya Sai Baba. A big percentage of Indians no longer believe in all the fakery of the gurus and they are finally taking courage and speaking out! There is still some backlash, however, such as utterly scandalous case raised against Sanal Edamaruku over his exposure of the filthy “holy” water dripping from a Church statue! Yet previously – especially after PM Vajpayee and ex-High Chief Justice Bhagwati endorsed Sathya Sai Baba in an infamous open letter attacking his critics, the Indian media were in the pocket of the Sathya Sai Baba people

Notes from the video: ” From a long time back, Bala Sai has been deceiving the devotees from Kurnool, again this year for Sivarathri he has tried to deceive the people and most importantly, trying to attract foreigners. When people don’t question, it is easy to trick them. There are two types of people who go to him and to such fake gurus: the ones with real devotion, who don’t question the real nature of the trickery that goes on; and those who come for various financial benefits. All these types of people are copycats of Sathya Sai Baba. (“Magic Baba” words were displayed across the screen.) ‘We’ll see how he does the fake magic’ – a person demonstrates how easy it is to “create” vibhuthi and lingams. The difference between these magicians and street magicians is that the Babas do lingams and the street performers bring forth things like eggs! Because Hindus consider items like lingams sacred, the people who appear to create them are blackmailing the devotees: “See how much power I have!” And the devotees give millions of rupees in donations. (At 7:20 the second guys says:) “These types of materialization’s are not in our Puranas – spitting up items, gifting those disgusting things to devotees, these types of guys created such things – first Puttaparthi Sai Baba, and now the copycats. They are deceiving the devotees.”

Bala Sai Baba is truly a transparent Sathya Sai Baba copycat to a hilarious extent  down to almost every smallest detail. How anyone can not see through this as a scam to make money is quite surprising.

Bala Sai Baba’s henchmen were transporting large amounts of banknote by auto-rickshaw (tempo) when the police discovered it. The passenger fled and was not caught.
The police at Andhra Pradesh police headquarters in Lakdi-ka-pul area nearby seized the money and investigations continue. The Bala Sai Baba Trust, a city-based charitable organization, was slapped with a notice by the state’s Income-Tax Department, asking them to furnish details of cash worth Rs 6.75 crore.  (i.e. Rs. 6, 750,000) See Times of India article and tax notice details.

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Sai Baba’s Bitti Mohanty and the police

Posted by robertpriddy on March 19, 2013

Text from Times of India article - click on image to go to source

Text from Times of India article – click on image to go to source

The Times of India published the following text yesterday. Interestingly it includes the remarkable statement Police have not been able to establish with certainty whether Biti had stayed at the Prashanti Nilayam since the administration do not maintain records about devotees visiting the ashram.”

We all now know that Prashanthi Nilayam was a hive of secrecy, cover-up, crime and total unaccountability operating under the protection of Prime Ministers and Supreme Court judges, but there are witnesses who have spoken out about Mohanty in Puttaparti, including the former headmaster of Puttaparthi’s Deenajanodharana School, Rama Rao who arranged for him to be a teacher there! (See source).  Is perhaps yet another police cover-up underway? Remember that huge bribes were paid and blackmail was used after the infamous murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June, 1993 and also consider how the illicit money taken from Sai Baba’s secret hoard found after his death were the subject of charges.. of which soon nothing more whatever was heard!

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“… the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 18, 2013

Shivarathri, Prashanthi Nilayam, 2013

The whole world??

Indeed, considering Sai Baba claimed “In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991) the photo is less than convincing! It is a tiny handful  in global perspective. The captive audience is no doubt just that, including many aged and failing people who, after half a lifetime or more cannot give up their dependency on their cherished delusions and remain in denial. Many almost certainly are local villagers attracted by the traditional handouts of free prasad and a free meal after the night’s fast too!

After writing this to the person who sent me the photo, I  received the following in reply : “We must not forget that at least 1/3 of that crowd are kids and teachers from the schools – forced to attend, whether they want to or not! (Notice the matching saris on the ladies side). Most of the chair people, I suspect, are the decrepit permanent residents who stick on, until death do them part.”

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! (Discourse 16 March 2003)

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Dr. O. P. Sudrania – a Sathya Sai Baba misinformant

Posted by robertpriddy on March 17, 2013

Dear readers, please bear with the fact that I post this rebuttal (which may test of my readers’ patience) only so as to try to obtain a public awareness (and Google rating) of the mendacity, false humility and cocksure false statements of eye-doctor Om Prakash Sudrania (such as against Hans de Kraker). This Indian apologist for Sathya Sai Baba had also set about vilyfying my name in an article in 2011 which he strangely entitled ‘Sri Satya Sai Baba and His Robert Priddy’ (as if I were Sai Baba’s possession in some remote way, which I am far from being). He has failed to correct after being made aware of his gross and offensive misrepresentations of me (who he does not know and had not researched more than most superficially – and then only in an attempt to discredit me without evidence).  Readers can see what he wrote and make up their own minds about him, Hans de Kraker and I. His comments on the sex abuse testimony by Hans de Kraker which are scanned from The Telegraph obituary on Sai Baba. Firstly, I mention a few of his blunders there  (and if you wish, see the full revealing scans of the exchange of comments on this link)Sudrania mentioned my role as a leader in the Sathya Sai Organization and as an academician (as if to cover himself against the charge of total ignorance about me) but shows that he has not read any of the most important pages I have written about why I could not possibly continue to remain a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba (including my credo). For he wrote “…to persist for eighteen years with such a person intimately to denounce him on charges of sexual misconduct (also unproved) with no sign of abatement after so long again sounds hollow and bizarre.”

Dr. Om Prakesh Sudrania click to view the defamer

Dr. Om Prakesh Sudrania
click to view the defamer

It is impossible for him to understand for he is clearly deeply indoctrinated in Hinduism with Sai Baba as an exemplar of ‘divine miracle makers’, even though he admitted he never even experienced Sai Baba close up in any interview. His denial and flimsy ‘investigation’ is evident where he wrote to de Kraker “You could have filed a legal notice against Baba”. But de Kraker replied “I did not file a legal case against Sai Baba as I was a consenting adult.” Instead, he filed an affidavit on the sexual abuse he was subjected to by SB and, further, the former security man at the ashram, Hari Sampath, filed a petition at the Supreme Court against Baba but it was rejected and the public record destroyed (though the litigant’s copy was preserved and legally confirmed!).

Yet more revealing of Sudrania’s prejudiced attitude was his cocksure words “Regarding your allegations on the shooting incidence, I am sure you were not present in the ashram nor have you tried to verify the cause.”  What blind cheek! De Kraker replied, As far as the shooting incident wa concerned, I was there in 1993 in the ashram. Not just in the ashram, we had been called to come and assist getting intruders out of the ashram… So when the intruders attacked the mandir, some ashram staff approached us. We ran to the mandir. It was a terrible sight. An inch of blood in the interview room….” etc. That Hans de Kraker did not try to learn the cause is obviously a sheer invention of Sudrania. Likewise, the self-deprecating god-blessing hypocrite wrote against me: “He first writes big loud mouthed dissertations, then going all the way backwards to contradict with all his clever blames (offence is the best difence) newly discovered but mindless of his own slippery position, “Why did he stick to Baba for such a long period silently”? What was he doing or researching on there? MRP claims himself as a researcher and teacher but what failed his researches on his Sai Baba for eighteen years? It must be sign of a double and schizophrenic personality at the least or a sign of his criminal conspiracy against Baba acting on behalf of some agency as a secret spy needs a serious investigation.” That is a loud mouht if ever there was one. In short, is about his main activity – fantasizing about people and events on the basis of religious superstition and assumptions he holds so dear. As to Sudrania’s libels against me, you can read them and my rebuttals by clicking here.

Previously I posted the following: Dr. Sudrania-Hindustan Times: strongly biased censorship of Sai Baba critics

Very relevant comment worth seeing:

Submitted on 2013/03/18 at 11:27 am Dr. Sudrania’s position is a familiar one, by now, as you surely know full well, Robert. Blinded by his own belief system, a devotee by proxy, with limited knowledge and access to Sai Baba during his life time, he seems utterly convinced he must act as a voice of reason against people who, like you, dare question the veracity of Sathya Sai Baba’s enormous claims. Of course, being a faithful follower, he convinces himself he must answer ‘lovingly’, as a true devotee should… It reminds me of the many rows in Puttaparthi that I witnessed, in which devotees shouted ‘Sai Ram’ at each other, as if this endearing, loving phraseology could cover up their true feelings. Dr. Sudrania makes his opinion of the late saffron sage unequivocally clear by stating: ‘Sri Satya Sai Baba was a towering personality of the highest spiritual order seen in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Since this ephemeral world suffers from the duality, Baba said that even the Avatars suffer from some human weaknesses when S/He takes on human form. But the difference is, even their such traits are not intentionally meant to harm anyone deliberately, unlike the mortals.’Some human weaknesses indeed, Robert! Love ever, harm never, my foot! I am convinced that his late greatness fully intentioned to do the things he did, speak the words he spoke, that his flaws were plenty and that he meant to harm others if it suited his best interest.

It is a sad affair, to see deluded people like this retired doctor lash out at the precious few who, like you, have the courage and endurance to keep informing the public of an important minority’s (or silent majority’s?) opinion, well researched and backed by personal experience. Vilifying the messenger by turning anyone who disagrees with your belief system into a venomous snake is crude and psychologically speaking one of the most primitive of defensive actions. Dr. Sudrania is no lover of uncertainty, except Sai Baba’s. Good for you that you keep on rebutting this kind of sanctimonious drivel.          Chris Dokter

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Bitti Mohanty the rapist and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 17, 2013

The convicted rapist, Bitti Mohanti, masqueraded under the false identity as Rajhav Rajan and was given a retreat at Sai Shree Enclave and employed as a teacher at in a Sathya Sai Baba school from 2007 to 2009, which I have been informed cannot have happened without the knowledge of Sai Baba himself, not least since both Mohanty and his father were treated as VIPs at the ashrams before that (i.e. VIPs get privileges like better quality and more private accommodation than visitors etc.) Once again, the rottenness of the Sai Baba institutions, and the man himself, are on view to all who can see (i.e. without the aid of the rose-tinted glasses crafty Sai Baba told everyone to wear!)

Tehelka reported:-


“Rajan said it was his uncle who guided him to Puttaparthi and not his father. But we don’t believe it,” says a police officer.“It‘s a fact that he had a mentor in Puttaparthi who has tremendous clout over the local administration. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been able to procure all these fake documents to cover up his criminal past.”

Mohanty is the son of former Odisha DGP BB Mohanty. BB Mohanty was accused of aiding his son’s escape and was suspended, but later reinstated. He retired in 2012. 

As per records, Rajan is the son of SV Rama Rao, an agriculturist who stays at A- 17 Sai Sree Enclave in Puttaparthi. In Puttaparthi, Rajan took up a teaching position at Deena Janodharana School.

See also

Sathya Sai institution employed convicted rapist


Sathya Sai Baba hid his VIPconvict rapist, Bitti Mohanty

excerpts from some news media


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Love is My Form – Sai Towers publication

Posted by robertpriddy on March 14, 2013

Sai Towers' publication, 'Love is My Form' Volume 1 On the Sai Towers’ publication ‘Love is My Form’ (LIMF) by Brian Steel

“One of the signs that SSB devotee numbers worldwide had reached critical mass in the early 1990s was the opening of a very new type of business venture, the highly efficient city-style Sai Towers building. Set on a prime position of the main street of the growing but still rudimentary township of Puttaparthi, Sai Towers occupied a large modern-style building which offered a superior style café-hotel-bookshop and publishing house. It quickly became the best known and most visited Puttaparthi business, thanks mainly to an enthusiastic clientele of visiting or mail-shopping foreign devotees. The ambitious enterprise was run by a very popular devotee and ex-photographer of SSB, Mr Padmanaban (presumably backed by other local businessmen). A second branch was later opened in Whitefield. Sai Towers became famous for the quality binding and paper of its devotee books about SSB – far superior to the printed products of the Sathya Sai Organization: local and international trade became very brisk for all the Sai Towers commercial offerings.

In early 2000, Sai Towers announced the imminent publication of the first of an ambitious series of (at least) 6 specially researched books dealing definitively with the life of SSB. Research for the first volume and the whole definitive series, involving a team of about forty people, had already been going on for seven years. Advanced subscriptions in rupees and dollars were available for not only the first volume but for the remaining five as well, which were scheduled to be published at two-yearly intervals. Special discounts were available to those who paid for the whole series or other advance orders. If anyone doubted the seriousness of this project, their uncertainty would have disappeared overnight in October 2000 when the first weighty volume was finally published: Love is My Form. Vol. 1. The Advent (1926-1950). (Bangalore, Sai Towers Publishing, 2000, edited by R. Padmanaban, ISBN 81-86-8227-71)

Sai Towers announced: “We propose to produce “Love is My Form” in seven/nine volumes. Subsequent issues will chronicle the decades after the establishment of the pilgrimage centre and the gradual unfolding of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s glorious and unique life and teachings.”

Six volumes were projected to be completed by 2006 and, as the Sai Towers website also made clear at the time, research for the next two (covering the 1950s and 1960s) were well under way. In the first volume, the unsigned Introduction to the series makes its allegiances quite clear, but with the sort of hyperbole which has become identified with descriptions of SSB and his life:

“This biographical series comes to document and record facts and events for posterity on the Life, Works and Teachings of the most extraordinary being to walk the earth in modern times – Sri Sathya Sai Baba.” This hyperbole was accompanied by the sort of unrealistic boast that has become associated with the Sathya Sai Baba Movement: “The series will serve future generations for millennia to come.”

A mere four years later we note that the series will not even be able to serve this generation, let alone those of the coming thousand years – because it has been abandoned. Instead we are now suddenly confronted with the disappointing prospect of a return to the official Kasturi style of hagiography and rumour, which favours the Divine myth and steers clear of anything which might show its weaknesses. However, nearly a quarter of a century after Kasturi’s last volume was published, and in a different ‘climate’, it is to be hoped that some devotees may no longer be willing to accept that sort of bland and imperfect publication, to which the Sathya Sai Publications Trust has cordially invited all devotees to contribute?

The first volume of the laudable LIMF enterprise was a large format (9 x 12 inch), 600-page hardback, lavishly illustrated and full of old and NEW information about the first twenty-four years of SSB’s life (1926-1950). Although relying heavily on the Kasturi volumes and other information from the SSB literature, the research had also included the gathering of material from 140 tape recorded interviews with elderly local people who had known SSB in the earlier years (see the list on pp. 578-579). The volume also included 759 priceless photographs (many seen for the first time and many carefully DATED). These had been painstakingly gathered and presented by Mr Padmanaban, with a special “warm grey and a layer of spot varnish” to revive the dusty and damaged old black and white photos dating back to 1940 (but mainly from 1943 on). LIMF also offers 61 illustrations, 43 documents and 4 maps. The first instalment of a potentially vital record – the sort of work from which a long overdue critical biography might spring.

The rest of the LIMF story is short and, for those who value the truth, quite sad. Among some diehard devotee circles in India and elsewhere, the volume went down like a lead balloon – there are bulletin board postings to prove this; they could see the potential for public embarrassment. Newly disaffected ex-devotees (like me) published comments in 2001 and 2002 on the glaring discrepancies unearthed by the LIMF researchers.” (excerpt from

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kochu1 and KLM, anonymous slanderers on Times of India comments

Posted by robertpriddy on March 13, 2013

As usual with most Sai devotees who comment against exposers of Sai Baba’s crimes, the following examples hide behind anonymous ‘titles’. These comment were on the Times of India article ‘Threat to life of Sai Baba’s Caregiver & Personal Doctor’. Misinformed, superficial and misguided persons continue to cast their slanderous opinions about dissidents who have experienced and found out the facts about Sathya Sai Baba. I, Robert Priddy, am a favourite target for all devotees who want to ‘shoot the messenger’ – hoping that ‘enough mud will stick’. I have variously (and without any evidence or truth) been accused of the same sexual crimes that I have investigated in Sathya Sai Baba. This is the cheapest and most transparent kind of slander, always from anonymous persons (with the exception of Lisa de Witt who long hid her identity behind a username until exposed by someone). These attackers invariably hide their identities behind contrived user names, especially when their words or pen names show that they are Sai devotees themselves. They do not have the courage of their conviction to stand forth like decent citizens, but use the internet to attack, not unlike little boys who ring on doorbells and run away. Some few of the countless instances of on-line attacks against me are showcased here (no time to include more than a small percentage of the hate comments and e-mails sent to me accusing me of hate, which I do not feel or express. Some loathing, plenty of disdain, yes… but not hate).
These unscrupulous or deluded and somewhat deranged persons never bother to investigate what I have actually written but jump on some slander they read (such as by Gerald Moreno) or statement of mine taken out of context and twisted to malign me, as they do to diverse other prominent dissident activists. This speaks loud about the morality of such ‘devotees’. 

Time of India comment by anon.  slanderer user: KLM

Libel attack on Robert Priddy

kochu1 – see below – has posted 500 comments on Times of India. He is evidently a highly opinionated person. His comments show that he is definitely
under-educated and holds quirky and often revanchist or redundant viewpoints on all manner of issue. A typical product of the internet big mouth.
He hides his actual identity and one can understand why he dare not stand forth only to well!

Some partially most uninformed people in favour of Sathya Sai Baba because of the good things that were done in his name (though overwhelmingly by good people who contributed funds, time, energy because they believed in him). Kochu1, saying he is no devotee of SB, “respects him greatly”. I agree that he did do something for India, though his motives have turned out to be more and more suspect despite all the very fine words he uttered, especially about himself and his allegedly enormous service to mankind which would regenerate India morally and lead the world to a new moral Golden Age etc.. (But things are still disastrous for most Indians). How can one respect a man who claimed constantly that he alone was pure (despite all the massed evidence to the contrary), who was the creator and owner of the universe, beyond the ken of anyone even after thousands of years of investigation and yet more and more truly fantastic claims and predictions (almost none of which have been fulfilled)? To respect an unrestrained liar and abuser of faith? Even if one will not study the very strong evidence about his presiding over murders of devotees in his temple, or the widespread and many alleged sexual abuses of young men and boys, the testimony for which which only a person in the most extreme denial can doubt, should he deserve unstinting praise? Dr O. P. Sudrania has been exposed as a hypocritical dilettante who is in total denial of all the facts about Sathya Sai Baba’s sex abuses The bogus claim that I advocate the use of ‘drugs’, am a ‘drug-user’ is entirely false. It is based on the outright falsities and contrivances written by Gerald Moreno (such as on his countless attack web pages and blogs, incl ‘robert-priddy-exposed’).
Consider the following excerpt from the on-line work of the author Kevin R.D. Shepherd (ref. ‘The Sai Baba Movement’):-
“Moreno has sourly attempted to eliminate Priddy from serious consideration by referring in a libellous manner to that retired academic’s long past experimentation (in the 1960s) with LSD, formerly documented by the experimenter in glowing terms. Priddy posted three LSD articles on the web in the 1980s. He has since frowned upon any resort to LSD, and identifies his web testimonies to LSD experimentation in terms of a lack of resolution incurred by devotional thinking. The obsessive anti-Priddy argument of Moreno is not at all convincing, even to those like myself who are strongly opposed to the use of LSD. See Ex-Devotee Robert Priddy. For Priddy’s view of the attacker, see Gerald Moreno. In the July 2007 update to my original Wikipedia Issues webpage, I took exception to the Kevin Shepherd and Robert Priddy slur that Moreno had just begun to promote on one of his pseudonymous blogs bearing the name of Equalizer. On the same blog Moreno had entered two early compositions of Priddy about LSD, and was misrepresenting him. Those articles were eulogistic of psychedelic experiences but contained clear warnings, including the statement: “all psycho-chemicals of this nature should be avoided.” I made a point of telephoning Priddy to ascertain his exact position on LSD, and he assured me that the warnings understate his later phase of deliberation on this subject, occurring after he had written his pro-Sai book Source of the Dream (1994), which also briefly mentions his LSD resort in 1963. Priddy now strongly repudiates that book and his phase of subscription to the claims of Sathya Sai Baba (lasting until the late 1990s). He told me that he had eliminated his LSD articles (three in all) from his website because he needed the space for more important matters relating to Sathya Sai, and also because he no longer rated the articles.”
Times of India comment by anon. slanderer user: kochu1

More of the same

 NOTE Please see the fuller exposé of slanderer and fantasist O.P. Sudrania here

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Sathya Sai institution employed convicted rapist

Posted by robertpriddy on March 11, 2013

Convicted criminal Bitti Mohanti protected in Sathya Sai institution

Convicted criminal Bitti Mohanti protected in Sathya Sai institution

A convicted rapist Bitti was convicted in 2006 for the rape of a German lady in Rajasthan…jumped bail and escaped 7 years ago. He was arrested 2 days ago and it has been discovered he had hidden in Puttaparthi for 2 years around 2007…not just hid, but given a job and accommodation at the Sathya Sai school under a different identity. His name is Bitti Mohanty, and his father was an influential Director general of police in the state of Orrisa. What a good place for a convicted rapist to hide!

I have been informed by an inside source as follows: Mr. Biti was “given a job in Sathya Sai school under a different identity because his family was a VIP devotee family…his father actually a serving Director General of police…Sai Baba was very much alive in 2006/2007 and we all know not a single thing happens in SB schools/colleges without SB himself sanctioning it. If they now put forth the ridiculous claim that they were “unaware” of this, then shouldn”t the “divine avatar” (by virtue of his “omniscience”) have known that a criminal rapist was actually teaching boys in his school, and handed him over to the police ? We all know that the more common sense explanation is that SB simply abetted a criminal and obstructed justice deliberately for some favors from the VIP family.”

Sathya Sai Institutions employ people they know are mentally disturbed, according to the statement to Times of India by the man who employed Bitti Mohanty: “When I met him, Raghav was mentally disturbed and purely out of sympathy I helped him. I appointed him as a mathematics and computer science tutor at the school. He was an engineering graduate and a bright person, students benefitted from him,” said Rao.



 A new twist in the drama: “The man Kerala Police say is Bitti Mohanty, convicted in the rape of a German woman in 2006, has reportedly reversed his earlier ‘confession’ and now claims that he is not the person wanted by the police, according to sources. He is being produced in court today. Meanwhile, Kerala Police is sending teams to Rajasthan, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh to trace Bitti Mohanty’s trail since he jumped parole in November 2006.” (

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Sai Baba was visited in 2005 by Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela

Posted by robertpriddy on March 9, 2013

Much enthusiasm, it seems,  in Sai circles because the new President of Venezuela (by default) once had an interview in 2005 with Sathya Sai Baba. Must be a consolation since Sathya Sai Baba never ruled the world as had been predicted by him. So far Madura has not said anything about Sai Baba in public. He is unlikely to promote Sai Baba for good political reasons… why invite more controversy (and about an accused paedofile and murder accomplice) when his hold on power is reportedly so fragile in the tumult that is Venezuelan politics now that the strong man Chavez has expired. It makes no difference to the status of Sai Baba, of course. Most of the Prime Ministers and Presidents of India were Sai Baba devotees, a remarkable fact which is seldom mentioned nowadays, especially by any of them.

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