Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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More Sathya Sai Organization propaganda on village regeneration

Posted by robertpriddy on October 21, 2011

Among recent events reported by SSB official news were the Grama Seva 2011 Project (28.09 – 5.10) See and Avatar Decalaration Day (20.10)  These two events taken together lead to a question about the meaning of the Grama Seva Project.

As it was reported the Grama Seva as a project started in 2000, the most unfavourable year for Sathya Sai Baba’s reputation (‘The Findings’ by David Bailey and the failure of the so-called UNESCO conference due to their having withdrawn on account of the sex abuse allegations through direct reference to several of the accusers). In 2011 the Project covered 145 villages with about 350 000 houses in the areas around Puttaparthi, Bukkapatnam and Kottacheruvu ( 2011/ Volunteers distributed hundreds of thousands packs with rice, sweets and clothes. Of course the villagers were happy. But what is the deeper meaning of this service? What is a perspective for the villagers? 300 grams of rice and a dhoti once a year will not change radically their situation. Even if it has been done for 10 years. Apparently, there is even a special Trust for this project” However, the latest reported activities are from 2006! 

Many years ago it was claimed by Indulal Shah – backed up by the Sathya Sai Organization – that a project to regenerate 6000 Indian villages was underway. V.K. Narasimhan (one of the very few frequently outspoken persons very close to Sai Baba and in the know) informed me privately that the project petered out quickly after a large number of ‘delegates’ had been to the ashram for a few days of free lunches – it was in fact what Narasimhan called “a washout”, which ceased within the first year of its inception in 1985. This village project is still trumpeted as a divine success in Sai Organisation literature, information brochures and on web pages.  Details of this project can be read here

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Shirdi Sai much more popular than Sathya Sai – statistics

Posted by robertpriddy on August 27, 2011

An interesting statistic was just sent to me. By comparing the search trends in the biggest Russian search engine (Yandex) for the searches for various spiritual icons or gurus, we see the relative unimportance of Sathya Sai Baba in Russia – far from what one would expect with a person who is claimed to have anything from 30 million to 600 million followers worldwide!

The data for a comparison between those searching for Shirdi Sai Baba and, alternatively, Sathya Sai Baba clearly show their divergence in popularity (this was on Google). Shirdi Sai is far more popular that Sathya Sai. (The increase in searches for Sathya Sai Baba earlier this year simply indicates interest in the death). 

These data can be checked by using

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More evidence piles up on male sex abuse by Sathya Sai Baba and teachers etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on August 18, 2011

My anonymous source, an ex-student who has written informing me of diverse events and names (some suppressed) at the Sathya Sai Colleges and ashrams, sent the following almost one year ago. It was yet another confirmation of the masses of independent testimony we who are involved in the exposé of Sathya Sai Baba have received in one way or another and have checked for authenticity as far as possible.
On 2 Sep 2010, at 01:22, t.t. wrote:

Hello Mr Priddy,

Thankfully, the Sai saga is now on it’s last legs with a wheel chair bound SB literally not having a leg to stand on. It is bad to speak ill of those who are suffering but in the case of SB, he is paying for his sins by suffering daily humiliation in a wheel chair with thousands as witness. Too often, sinners just leave the world abruptly enjoying comforts till the last second. SB is suffering right here on earth as he should. Of course, delusional SB devotees will argue that SB has taken up the suffering of some devotee and is going through physical pain on purpose to teach the world a lesson. In Hindu philosophy, they say that a devotee’s intense devotion can make up for the deficiencies in a Guru. That is 100% true for SB. He is blessed to have such faithful devotees and not the other way around.

I could write a book about the goings on in SB’s educational institutions but the following is a summarized recollection of my stay in SB’s educational institution.

Many of the students know the ugly truth. I was a student for only for several years but many have studied there for 15-18 years, starting from kindergarten. It is impossible for them to not know. By the time they complete their education, almost 100% of the students would have heard tales of SB’s abuse and fakery. There are some who continue to believe in SB deluding themselves that it is all Swami’s leela to test their devotion and that they must never abandon their faith. One thing the Sai cult is very good at is in brainwashing. It is all a big scam. Students in the institution fake devotion so that they can get free education and benefits. 3/4th of the students come from the lower middle class and they do whatever it takes to gain what they want. I was at Whitefield when the murders happened. Even then, I continued to have a positive outlook towards SB. I am not from a devotee family so I had never believed him to be God but I used to respect him for the social work activities he was doing.
Around the same time, a good friend and class mate of mine had become a “form boy”. Initially things seemed to be going well. He got a gold colored citizen watch, ring, etc from SB. But his behavior changed and he seemed unhappy. It was puzzling for the rest of us, because being close to SB is what everyone aspires for. And then he revealed that SB had abused him. He had grown up in a devotee family and this betrayal was even more painful for him. It was a shocking discovery for me.

There was another boy in the hostel who was very devoted and most sincere in doing seva activities. He was called for an interview and while he lifted up his head after doing paadanamaskar, SB shoved his organ into this boy’s mouth. When the boy went and complained about this to the warden, the warden scolded him saying “what nonsense are you talking”. So, the warden, the lecturers (many of them ex students themselves) everybody knew but pretended devotion! It is a disgusting, repulsive set up.

As for his miracles, I have never seen him do any materialization in a convincing fashion. Transferring objects – whether it’s a vibhuti ball, a ring or a chain from the left hand to the right and faking a materialization is his usual modus operandi. However, as you have said, he may be capable of hypnosis, transportation of objects through will power, etc. I suspect in his early days he may have practiced sorcery or some such dark art to influence and win over devotees. I myself never attended an interview but sat close to his seat in Trayee Brindavan many times when he held an audience with the students in the evenings. He distracts people’s attention when he switches objects from left hand to the right. Other students who have been to the interview room have reported seeing Vibhuti pellets, rings etc under the cushion. The so called oil materialization is done by crushing a vitamin oil capsule. With a couple of boys he did the genital switch trick, which lends credence to the rumor that he is a hermaphrodite.

“Form boys” don’t wear underwear when they go out for darshan. SB chides them if they sign off their letters to him as “your son”. He tells them to address themselves as “your wife” instead. It is common among “form boys” to joke among themselves whether they had a “one way” or “two way” when one of them returns from the interview room. Besides rings, watches and goodies like imported candy and such, SB gives the “form boys” money. The annual Kodai Kanal summer trips are the worst in terms of amount of abuse as there is no college to attend and the boys stay with him in the same building all day all night. There was this boy who was most sincere in his devotion who was picked by SB at the last minute to travel to Kodai Kanal for summer vacation. Prior to that, he had never been a “form boy” and SB had picked him unexpectedly. A while later, it was reported that SB was very pissed off with him and nearly kicked him out! The real reason is that the boy refused SB’s advances and therefore angered him greatly. There were several other such boys who discovered his true colors on the Kodai Kanal trips but tricked themselves into believing that SB is testing them through a leela!

The atmosphere in the hostel is terrible. From outside the building looks nice with it’s wedding cake design but life on the inside is anything but nice. The education in the college is free but there is a fee for boarding and food in the hostel. Students sleep on the floor, 14-16 in each room. The food is nice during the summer course when there are VIP guests and such but during regular times, it used to taste terrible and lack in nutrition. A boy once collapsed while giving a speech in the college. The doctor who looked at him advised him to eat lot of green leaves such as spinach to get iron. But in the hostel they never served green leaves! They used to serve substandard rice and daal which was again supplied at a subsidized cost by some devotee or the other. When I was new, I had an Oliver Twist movement where I asked for an extra portion and was refused! And if anyone showed up late for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the lecturer in charge of the dining room would close the door on them! Imagine denying food to growing boys in the name of discipline!

Most of the lecturers are ex students. They live in the hostel as well. They are a bunch of frustrated individuals who desire to leave the movement but are trapped without an exit once they are in. They take out their frustrations on the students, behaving very rudely towards them. One lecturer had a very short fuse. When students don’t wake up early in the day for morning prayer, he is known to kick them and say “wake up you bastard”. He once threw a boy’s guitar out of the window from the third floor in anger.

There was another lecturer who once lost his temper and slapped a boy repeatedly (like 25-30 times) in front of the whole class! There were several lecturers known to be abusers and boys in the know used to keep a safe distance from them. One time a boy was attacked by one such lecturer so he went and complained to the warden. The warden told him there is nothing he can do about it! The irony is that through all this suffering, many pray to SB to help them, thinking that he is some kind of savior!

Looking back, I am glad I escaped from that den of lies and deception without much damage. It also helped that I discovered the truth towards the end of my stay there. The last few months I avoided Darshan as much as possible, minimizing any chances of me ending up as another victim!

Over the years as I have read your blog and various other expose blogs, I have understood how SB’s fraud occurs on a global scale. Thanks for making so much information available to the world.

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The stories of Sathya Sai Baba’s early days

Posted by robertpriddy on February 17, 2011

The ‘official’ biography of Sathya Sai Baba, written by Professor N. Kasturi – a very close devotee through decades, recounts stories collected by Kasturi about the many miracles performed by him as a boy and a youth. Prof. N. Kasturi always advises that we concentrate on what is good, not what is bad in other people, and consequently there is not a single hint of criticism or anything untoward in Kasturi’s writings, though some early contemporaries of Sathya give much more credible accounts of his apparently split personality and actions that do not at all fit the polished image now presented to the world. Kasturi’s constant paeans of praise for the young Sai Baba are unlike any proper biography since they are similar in kind and degree to the traditional stories or mythology about Krishna, whom Sathya Sai Baba eventually claimed actually to have been. Kasturi spent some years after coming to Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparti village where Sathya was born and lived apart from some periods in nearby places. There he questioned Sai Baba’s remaining family members and many of those who were still alive from the time of Sai Baba’s youth, forming a picture of Sai Baba as a born Divinity who carried out many incredible feats of clairvoyance, healing, and other virtually Biblical acts. Kasturi was in a constant state of wonder – also expressed strongly in the way he recounts those stories, and – being educated and active as a historian and a poet, he acted as a kind of ‘spin doctor’ and even ghost writer’ for Sathya Sai Baba. Much earlier devotees than Kasturi have written their own first-hand reminiscences of the same period – notably Smt. Vijayakumari (Anyatha Saranam Nasthi – Other than You Refuge there is None) and the wholly uncritical reports of his alleged early miracles as either experienced or heard about by Nagamani Purnaiya (The Divine Leelas of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) (see source materials here).

On such a basis it is obviously extremely difficult to expect any reliably sourced reconstruction of actual events in Sai Baba’s youth from so long ago, especially when there has for decades been a very secretive and huge cordon of servitors closely guarding the privacy of the guru, itself protected by an authoritarian world-wide organisation and a widespread cultist movement protecting Sathya Sai Baba from any kind of untoward reports. Despite the difficulties, what is reported can be reexamined with a critical eye and comparative analyses can be made with parallel events in the religious and social culture of Indian gurus. One approach worth exploring is based on the fairly frequent assertions about Sathya Sai Baba as being born a physical hermaphrodite and about the reported kinds of sexuality he engaged in. An outline of such an approach is made in the previous blog seen directly below this one (or click here).

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