Sathya Sai and CIA in the 1990s
Posted by robertpriddy on January 24, 2017
The Hindustan Times claims that a top-secret CIA 16-page report intended to be withheld from foreign nationals has been released. It is among some 13 million declassified documents from the CIA that have been released online. What is unusual about the contents is that its author (name unknown) spoke of the growth of a “worldwide mass religious movement” around the “alleged miracle worker” Sai Baba’ that was a “well-organised and financed movement…may even become another worldwide religion”. It listed the claims that Sathya Sai Baba was the “Kalki Avatar”, similar to the return of Jesus or the Muslim Mahdi who is expected to “create a new world of peace and justice”. The report lists many of the claimed miraculous powers of Sai Baba, adding that these have not been scientifically verified.
At that time Sai Baba was still in the ascendency, the flood of serious and extremely well-founded allegations of his sexual abuses on male followers, murder involvement, fraud and a host of deceptions had not broken. Since 2000, however, all possibility of the spread of Sai Baba’s extraordinary megalomania and Hindu-based doctrine has virtually faded into anonymity, certainly so outside parts of India. This demise was hastened by a large number of abuse testifiers, critics and central defectors from Sai Baba and his organisation, backed by the JuST group and the tireless work of the exposé backers.
The report can be read in full here: Cultural Trends Study: India’s Sai Baba Movement, and the Hindustan Times article is CIA files: ‘Alleged miracle worker’ Sathya Sai Baba could start world religion’.