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Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues

Posted by robertpriddy on June 20, 2011

Yet again funds have been apprehended as they were being spirited away from Puttaparthi. It is beginning to become evident to more and more people what exposé writers have long been claiming and documenting as far as was possible, the SS Central Trust members are largely a clique of dishonest nest-featherers, able to hide away all manner of financial transaction and crime without any chance of the public knowing.

My informant in India sums it up as follows:-
“Close on the heels of a huge cash haul in a Sathya Sai Trust van, yet another cash haul on a bus bound for Bangalore from Puttaparthi. This time its Rs 5-10 crores, contained in gunny sacks. 2 have been arrested, bringing the total number of arrests to 5 so far. The Sai Trust has denied the 35 lakhs seized on Friday was its property, although its futile now because both men have confessed with very specific details.

Two of those (unfortunate go-betweens) arrested on Friday have already confessed their role and how the SB trust members had asked them to convey it to someone in Bangalore.  According to the Times of India, “…the cash was reportedly given by Trust members V.  Srinivasan and R.J.  Rathnakar at Santhi Bhavan to Srinivasan’s driver Sekhar, who handed it over to Harishnanda Shetty, an engineer involved in the construction of Baba’s Maha Samadhi, to hand it over to an anonymous person in Bangalore.” Rathnakar is the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba, son of the infamous younger brother Janaki Ramiah, so one does not expect honesty from him. Srinivasan is evidently just another corrupt Trustee in a long line of swindlers, several of which Sathya Sai Baba eventually had to fire from the Trust for embezzlement (including Colonel Joga Rao for taking ‘kickbacks’, and the former head of PN ashram Narayanan for sudden unexplained major wealth. Further Dr. G. Venkataraman, the head of Radio Sai, Trustee, Vice-Chairman of the Prashanthi Council and more was the receiver of a brand new car from Trust funds! Also, the Trust’s council of management has the following members: lawyer S.S. Naganand; former Canara Bank chairman J.V. Shetty; former IOB chairman T.K.K Bhagavat; retired IAS official and Head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, K. Chakravarthi.

I have just received several positive reactions to the public exposure of Sai Baba’s hoarding. One example is from a person formerly quite close to him. He wrote: “It was so relieving to read news regarding the hoarded wealth at Sai Baba’s apartment (I will certainly refrain from calling it a mandir). For once, the normal Indian is in a state of shock and a very necessary shock at that. Even staunch devotees in my family who use to regularly donate a few thousand rupees and  one who gave large sums (lakhs) are unable to stomach the news – for being credulous and not keeping their eyes and ears open, they are now in a state of shock.”

As to Sai Baba having hoarded Nike shoes, cameras etc., I am informed by an insider source: “These were given as presents to his chosen form boys. I have seen such cameras with the likes of Raman Mehta, Arjun Bannerjee etc. I remember  once when we were inside the Poornachandra Hall, a prominent American doctor had got lots of such stuff – he had arrived few hours earlier with cameras, watches etc. as donations to Sai Baba, who had then joked that he allowed good bhaktas to get things like these in order to save them harassment from the income tax officials. Even I was presented with currency worth rs 1500/-“

As the Times of India report mentions, Its now fairly evident , according to the police, that a massive hawala racket had been operating out of  Puttaparthi (hawala means transfer of illegal funds through a network of overseas and Indian operators, converting black money to white, or money laundering).

Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! After years of posting about the total unaccountability and basic untrustworthiness of the Sathya Sai Central Trust during which not a soul in India responded to my documented details or sound arguments, the authorities and the media there have at last taken the matter up, vindicating all my worst suspicions. Such well-founded articles as ‘Can We Trust the Central Trust’ by Serguei Badaev, the former leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Moscow have been ignored by Indian newspaper editors of major newspapers there to whom they have been sent, and almost everyone else too! Devotees are indoctrinated and pressured to never think ill of anyone, or criticize anyone at all (as everyone is supposed to be God!) and especially not of Sathya Sai Baba or any of his officials! The current revelations about the total lack of external control or even filed information show just how damaging is this simplistic ‘three monkeys’ proverb that SB loves to reiterate (and devotees love yet more to parrot). As Barry Pittard had stated so pungently, this press cover-up or sheer laxity is a signal to most Indian media to buck up.

The Unaccountable Sathya Sai Central Trust Fund The body has tax and custom duty exemption as a Charitable Trust, with special allowances – tax and import duty exemption – and largely undisclosed financial advantages or support by Indian governments. As such it is not legally required to have any rules or guidelines, being run entirely by an unaccountable Board of Directors under Sathya Sai Baba as Chairman. How or to whom authority and funds are delegated is unknown, there are no minutes of meetings available and all internal matters are kept secret, including the reason for dismissals by Sai Baba of Board members or other staff. Donors cannot monitor the use of their monies in any way.

V.K. Narasimhan on the Sathya Sai Organization, Indulal Shah, embezzlements
VKN told me of power battles within the organization, and how Indulal Shah could contravene Sai Baba’s own directives because he had world-wide contact with leaders in many countries. Further, Mr. V. Ramnath of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS Vigilance official) knew a ranking Customs and Duty Officer in Delhi (where he also had an apartment) who had used her power to get access to certain Sathya Sai Central Trust accounts and found many instances of corruption and money-laundering. This lady, Mrs. Dolly Saxena, refused to reveal anything to the BBC. She had been threatened by CID officers over a period when the murders of 1993 had taken place, because her son – a Sai college student – had been under the care of Vijay Prabhu, the reputed ‘mastermind’ of the intrusion into the mandir. Her son had been thrown in prison and suffered traumas and had to be sent to the USA to continue his studies.

Sathya Sai deception of donors, they way he works on them

Donating to the Sathya Sai Central Trust

Colonel Joga Rao – closest servitor for decades – didn’t believe in his miracles!

Donations to the unreliable Sathya Sai Central Trust by the Priddys

‘Can We Trust the Central Trust’ by former President of the Moscow Sathya Sai Centre

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Sathya Sai Baba death date in serious doubt

Posted by robertpriddy on April 28, 2011

My Indian informant has provided the following information and informed viewpoints:

The casket (coffin) ordered ordered March 29 (i.e. long before the announcement of the death on April 24 and even while all doctors were making most positive prognoses about the guru’s health

The casket (coffin) ordered ordered March 29 (i.e. long before the announcement of the death on April 24 and even while all doctors were making most positive prognoses about the guru’s health

“If one reads the messages on the Sai Baba News Forum, posted by close devotees and Sai Baba students, it’s  very clear from them that around the 4th April – and again around the 20th April – there was major upheaval; and Sai Baba was believed to be dead. It’s fairly obvious that during these 15 days the Sathya Sai Central Trust was grappling with the inner finances control affairs and trying to keep the news covered over. But from most of the direct news from Puttaparthi (as reported by close Sai-devotees/students) and from the sequence of medical bulletins, between April 4th to April 20th, The Central Trust maintained the same “stable,  but critical and vital parameters nearly normal” announcements. By mid April the “final news” had spread everywhere, so top politicians, top medical experts were flown in, the “sanjeeva samadhi” (burial while alive) news came in by 20th. The Seva Dal (Sai Baba’s own service organization at Prashanthi Nilayam) actually reported that Sai Baba’s body had finally stopped functioning by 3.30pm April 20th.

If one views all this in the context of the casket being enquired about already on or about the 29th of March…frantically ordered by 3 am, through multiple phone calls ( April 4th/5th), and that the so-called “sanjeeva samadhi” (burial alive) reports surfaced by April 20th,  the sequence is logically consistent with the suspicion that Sai Baba was already dead. When he actually died – what was the role of the politicians, trust members, trust doctors in keeping him “alive” – can be guessed at by all independently-minded persons. Most probably,  Sai Baba died long before April 27th and the powers-that-be had tried to hide it AND made at least 2 attempts to “officially” announce it between April 4/5th and April 20th, under some pretext or other.   For whatever reason it is likely that April 27th was when Trust matters were agreed upon through compromises? There are murky and fishy matters here, like the coordinated timings of otherwise unpredictable events, including how politicians and VVIPs planned in advance to travel to the funeral and ‘pay their dues’.”

The choice of an “Easter announcement” is suspicious. The supposed death day Easter Sunday (when Christ is believed to have resurrected from death!) knowing how the Trust people believe (in their mistaken ‘true belief’ and chauvinism) that many Christians are (or may become) very sympathetic towards Sai Baba (and a source of possible future donations). Even perhaps because it was India’s national icon and cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday fell on April 24th and, him being a devotee, the Trust could thereby milk a great amount of positive and sympathetic media attention .

The utterly scandalous behaviour of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil in endorsing Sathya Sai Baba so publicly – considering what is known about him – has been criticized by numerous people. I recommed to read the blog by a rationalist, Rajeesh, entitled CONDEMN and PROTEST Fundamentalist Role of Indian Government violating Secularism

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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Sathya Sai Baba buried alive?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 20, 2011


The latest of a series of increasingly worried – but more realistic – reports seems that the great myth about Sai Baba living into his 90s, as he has predicted – so “I can finish My Task” is about to be blown apart.

FURTHER:  (April 20) “Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ananthpur District Collector Janardhan Reddy, admitting that the police have been put on an alert, said: “I have been regularly interacting with the doctors and they have expressed concerns over his condition. We are getting ready for any eventuality.”

Previously, the developing narrative about Sathya Sai Baba, in his critical condition of ‘living death’, took an incomprehensible grotesque twist. Several major Indian news outlets – like Indian Express, and India Today – consider this newsworthy enough to publish.

That anyone can seriously even suggest that anyone should be buried ALIVE is so outrageous that one has to say “only in India” could this occur. Yet the history of Indian ‘saints’, ‘godmen’ and other supposed holies apparently does actually recognize the value of such an event – the wilful interment of a living person by his own followers. As explains ““Sajeeva Samadhi” is the practice of burying enlightened souls while they are still alive. The report about his Samadhi gains credence as members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust held a meeting today to discuss the Trust’s affairs in the wake of the Baba’s deteriorating health.” Knowing the clandestine and deceiving methods of the Sathya Sai Central Trust and most ashram officials, no possibility can be excluded.

What could be the possible motive of such a crime? One thought that springs to mind is that Sathya Sai Baba may already have expired and this is a way of disposing of the body while pretending he lives on. Rather far-fetched, but most of the Sai Baba story is like that. The background of all inventions by Sai Baba officials and followers are the demands of the guru that his every word must be fulfilled and his self-declared identity as God the incarnate Deity of all deities (any yet more extravagant statements) must be believed by all who wish the boons he may or may not give in an imagined afterlife. To have to admit that this self-proclaimed God Incarnate died of organ failure without being conscious would be a death-blow to the aspiration of many of his institutions, which rely on massive donations for their continuance. It is a matter of jobs and business too… the local areas around the ashrams have flourished while foreigners with fat purses have flocked to see the ‘living embodiment’. Could perhaps some think it would be best to entomb him before the government demand an autopsy on him or something, then he can continueue to inspire as some kind of once-living god idol who can then ‘speak from the grave’ to devotees and heal the unhealthy (as Sai Shirdi Baba supposedly does, accumulating vast funds from supplicants to this day)

The text of an article printed in two on-line news outlets

All this is impossible to sustain, for he has stated he would lift a range of mountains and fly unaided through the air (among many other preposterous things), yet devotees try to sustain some vestiges of his credibility, a most important issue being when he will die. He has predicted on two documented occasions that he will die aged 93, and on other likewise that he will live to be 96 (one must allow for the Indian method or reckoning age from inception, not birth – i.e. ca. one year different to the standard western way). But then he is almost certainly on his deathbed already. So to bury him alive, it has been mooted in the press, would mean he could live in his grave until the time of his predictions!It would be held that he had ‘ascended’, thereby reaching the state of mahasamadhi (in which it is believed one becomes unified with God). However, he has all along claimed that he was always entirely one with God at all times! Figure that those who have time to waste!

Fantastic as this will all seem to all but the deeply indoctrinated followers (and there are millions of such), no such wild speculation has ever crossed my mind, despite my knowing from 18 years leadership in the Sathya Sai Organization, how broad and deep is the truly lunatic fringe around the guru. As I have suggested earlier, some mythology, some ‘famous last words’ or the like would be invented to cover-up the fact that Sathya Sai Baba is now a dumb, semi-conscious ‘basket case’ whose life is on a thread without any of the powers or divine healing or miracle accomplishments so many have claimed he must possess. The preposterous ‘sanjeeva samadhi’ ploy illustrates the nature of much of the sick-minded doctrine with its weird speculations and simplistic Pollyanna moralizing that Sai Baba has used to attract most of his following.

Miracle in Puttaparthi? As to the much sought-after miracles to surround his death, one has already been produced in a handy location (Puttaparthi) – by what means no one can investigate (it stopped fairly soon). It has apparently brought crowds of devotees to thankful tears in their ‘sackcloth and ashes prayer’ routines… crowding the shop-owners’ locale to the point that police has to deploy. One can confidently expect more of the same kind of thing from now onwards.. and for many a long year to come!

India Today took up the story, as follows:-

For those who are unable to make head nor tail of this kind of belief and phenomena, see

My investigations of the same ‘nectar-oozing’ phenomena

Sai Baba amrita (nectar) at Srirangapatna orphanage

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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Sathya Sai Baba doctors neglect the poor

Posted by robertpriddy on April 12, 2011

LATEST NEWS: Not long after my blog (below) was posted, my main contention about the inability of the doctors to recognise the import of Sai Baba’s 16 days in hospital with multiple organ failures continuing was confirmed by the latest announcement ‘Docs fret over Baba’s sluggish recovery’ (see Deccan Herald:- The patient’s condition remains critical – he cannot eat and is on heavy medication to maintain his vital parameters, so now the sluggish pace of improvement is admitted as worrying the doctors, including Dr. Safaya as “not satisfactory”.

The cohorts of massed doctors neglect their usual patients the amount of time, energy and money that is being lavished by so incredibly many doctors – from India and abroad – is an affront to the majority of the populace most of which cannot afford one-thousandth of the treatment value Sathya Sai Baba is getting. See the following, and my comment afterwards:-

Comprehensive Update on Swami’s Health – By Dr. A. N. Safaya. This was recorded at the Super Specialty Hospital on April 5, 2011 at 14:00 (IST) by the Radio Sai team
A team of senior and reputed doctors from this Hospital is working on Him. It consists of 1) Dr. P. K. Dash 2) Dr. R. Iye 3) Dr. Neelam Desai They are assisted by Dr. Prakash Nair, Dr. Shinde and Dr. Rita. Dr. Krishna Das and his team consisting of Dr. Rajan Anand, Dr. Patnaik and Dr. Ranga are doing a wonderful round the clock job of watching over the conditions of Swami in the intensive care unit. The other doctor involved is Dr. K. S. R. K. Prasad from the Department of Ophthalmology.
Besides this, a large of number of about 14 to 15 doctors from outside have been consulted, who have been either flown-in or have come by car to this place. I would like to particularly mention the following: 1) Dr. P. Venugopal, the former Director of AIIMS, New Delhi and a famous cardio-thorasic surgeon of the country
 2) Dr. Ashok Seth, a famous cardiologist of the country from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi 3) Dr. Sandeep Dewan also from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, who is very well known intensive care specialist
 4) Dr. Amit Verma again from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi 5) Dr. Subash Chandra from the Department of Cardiology, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore 6) Dr. Uday Muthani, Nephrologist in the Parkinsons Foundation, Bangalore 7) Dr. Ravi Mehta, Intensivist of the Fortis Hospital, Bangalore 8) Dr. Arun, Nephrologist, Vaidehi Institute of Higher Medical Sciences & Mallya Hospital, Bangalore
9) Dr. Kishore Babu, Nephrologist of Vaidehi Institute of Higher Medical Sciences & Mallya Hospital, Bangalore 10) Dr. Mudgil, Gastroenterologist from UK 11) Dr. Narendra Reddy, Endocrinologist from California, US. Deccan Herald, 10 April: Senior gastroenterologist Nageshwar Reddy flew in spesially from Hyderbad to treat the jaundice adding that they still had hopes of recovery.”

This is the panel of doctors from outside who are being consulted by our native doctors team who are working round the clock – every minute and every second – for the love of Swami. At this point I should mention that we are grateful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for sending a team of doctors – four specialists headed by the Director of Medical Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, to look into the treatment of Swami and suggest any improvements which they think could be incorporated in the overall treatment. (from

Hope of recovery maybe ‘lives eternally’, but no human body does. One can virtually hear the countless Sai Ram’s and Om Sai’s these devotee doctors exchange before every other observation they make during “every minute and second” of the many days they work for ‘the love of Swami’. The rose-tinted outlook marks every pronouncement, also for the sake of the devotees are showing through deluded comments that they believe Swami cannot die before the various (and conflicting) dates he has given. There is a cult of denial about almost everything concerning Sai Baba in reality, especially his old age mental, moral and physical degeneration pending his actual death. This has evidently affected the reports given out by the doctor teams and surely also the actual judgements of the devoted doctors time and again, with their belated discoveries of one organ ailment after another… and all after 6 months of reported malnutrition and general illnesses about which nothing was done as far as the public can discover. I pointed out his condition at his birthday celebrations in November 2010, which was visible to all who watched the videos of his wooden unresponsiveness and depressed face, but the believers could not believe their eyes’ evidence due to their denial and powerful group press and personal self-indoctrination. One cannot imagine a neutral and full professional examination of Sathya Sai Baba by his doctors… if they were to suspect HIV infection or AIDS, for example, would they even dare to broach the subject (in view of the massive testimony of his sexual abuses which they all are bound to deny, also in their self-interest)? The many sex abuse testimonies and related discussions are all covered at  Sai Baba sexual abuse allegations (ARE YOU IN HEAD-IN-SAND DENIAL OF DOCUMENTATION?) What about ‘The Secret Swami’ & U.S. State Department Warning against Sai Baba or Isaac Tigrett’s belief in the sex abuses?

So with expense no object, extra doctors were flown in from here and there by plane and helicopter, thousands of man-hours of work (which has shown no results comparable to the cost) and massive outlays in employing 5000 extra security police to protect the hospital, its staff and its environs. All this is tax exempt and all imports are duty-free, so a further burden is offloaded onto the public. These are the facts about a massive self-publiciser of his supposed ‘selfless’ help to the poor and needy, which the huge majority of the Indian press is afraid to confront with the known, documented, negative facts because of the influence over it through money and corrupt politicians’ power that Sai Baba’s mini-empire’s various tentacles have generated.

As devotees themselves know and are increasingly complaining, those with a chance of becoming super-rich and powerful, a relative, ashram head and Andhra politicians are gathering like vultures over the place for what they must actually think is a likely meal soonish! The entire set of events is part of a gravy train with the greatest publicity machine in India soaking up donations to be used on many Sai Baba promotions, museums, temples and any number of white elephant projects (mandirs built up and torn down within a few years, like the Sai Ramesh Hall, Brindavan, and the almost deserted jumbo-jet capacity airport which no buyer will touch). Then there are the handouts to those who need nothing, like 5 spanking new Japanese cars to fat-cat VIPs within Sai Baba’s circle and many other reported bribes, not least in connection with the massive and extensive cover-up to the highest levels in government and the judiciary of the 1993 police executions within Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment on the orders of his own brother and other members of the ashram and Central Trust. Some devotees – especially fanatical attackers of all critics – claim while knowing better that what I state in the above is not documented. This is disproven by following the links given in the above and as follows;-

The various murders issues are fully covered at the following page:- Source materials on the Prashanthi Nilayam police executions in 1993 in Sathya Sai Baba’s apartment DARE FOLLOWERS EVEN LOOK?

See The large international media coverage critical of Sathya Sai Baba Those deprived of real information for years in India of what the world thinks, take note!

Supreme Court of India cover-up: petition on Sathya Sai Baba abuses rejected

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Sathya Sai Baba’s claims of financial poverty, non-ownership and self-sacrifice

Posted by robertpriddy on November 12, 2010

“Some people are so mean-minded that they do not want to understand and appreciate the sanctity associated with the activities. Have any of them been able to accomplish even one-thousandth part of what Sai baba is doing? No, no, no! It is only Sathya Sai Baba who has undertaken such noble tasks without a trace of selfishness.” (From  Sathya Sai Baba’s Christmas Discourse, 2000)

Does Sai Baba himself have any money to give away unselfishly?

On 11/8/2001, Sathya Sai Baba held a discourse (published in Sanathana Sarathi, September 2001) where he detailed the running costs of the two hospitals, the colleges etc. and how much investment is needed to cover these. This sum – amounting to the interest from 600 crores of rupees (about $120 mill), is perhaps surprisingly little, considering the billions that have been donated to him. Half the interest of this 600 crores goes to the Bangalore hospital, 2/6th to the Puttaparthi hospital and 1/6th to all the educational institutions together. Sai Baba asks rhetorically, “Wherefrom does it all come?” And adds so self-deprecatingly, “However, I am giving it” (p. 264). Does Sai Baba himself have any money to give, then? He has always claimed to be a renunciant who owns nothing. For example, “At a meeting of the Central Trust yesterday, I told the members including Sri Indulal Shah, that I had no interest in property. Do not involve me in any connection with these properties. I do not wish to have any connection with money or property. My only concern is with my devotees. Telling them all this, I signed the papers. (1.01.1998, Sanathana Sarathi, Vol.  41, January1998, p. 4).

However, a person who has control over the multi-billion dollar trust in that all his chosen ‘directors’ are beholden to him and – in their faith that he is all-knowing Divinity – dare not contradict him, cannot be said to be without property. He has expressed his gratitude to anyone for the help he personally receives! As usual, Sathya Sai Baba claims “I do not accept anything from anyone” (p. 168). How can he really not receive ANYTHING, just like everyone else alive does? Impossible! He is the recipient of many goods that most Indians regard as unattainable luxuries!

Sai Baba related in this same Krishna birthday discourse that he received news that the same sum, 600 crores of rupees, was coming from a person in the US with whom he had no direct contact. If so, this means it was someone other than the US metals magnate (and big Haliburton investor) James Sinclair, who has also made several donations in the tens of millions… and further, donations of $100 million and more have even been announced in public now and again! Donors to the water project were publicly named before the ca. 300,000 visitors at Baba’s 70th birthday (as a blessing?) The list included only those who had given over a very high amount (1 crore of rupees – over $200,000.-), without mention of any others who were not so rich but had also contributed. James Sinclair was named along with dozens others, including the Indian liquor baron Bangarappa! Unlike Mahatma Gandhi, Sai Baba willingly accepts tainted money. Devotees rationalize this on the lines of ‘God is all-powerful so why can’t he do anything he wishes? Some argue more sensibly that he make bad money good by putting it to better ends… however, this is really only money-laundering and whitewashing. The money goes to increase his interests and standing!

Any near-exact estimate of the entire Sai holdings is impossible to make due to the extremely secretive Sathya Sai Central Trust and other funds over which he has control , but $10 billion would probably be a conservative guess. Calculating on the basis of membership figures and other estimates touted by the Sathya Sai Organisation, another source put the figure at $45 billion sometime after 2000. Since reliable information on everything about the Sai empire is never declared fully and their accounts are protected by the government, including the secrets of the many sources from which donations come (testimonies of deceased devotees, often their entire estates – such as the fortune of the famous film star James Mason, for one. A close relative of a friend of mine was induced to part with £1/4 million in her last will and testament to the Sathya Sai Central Trust when  Sai devotees – having already extracted tens of thousands of pounds from her for projects which never materialized – further concentrated on ‘love-bombing’ her in her aged frailty, giving her false hopes of salvation and so on.

No accounts are available to anyone – other than undocumented annual gross sum statements by the authorities, who are often under Sai Baba’s influential thumb – as is well known to insiders -) The Sathya Sai Trust is exempt from taxation, and special freedom from import duties have been granted by his governmental followers. One certainly wonders where it all goes, apart from the opulent luxuries like charter jets, extravagant buildings, apartments and frequent costly festivals and huge ‘birthday bashes’!

Self-promotion takes a high ride

Scan from:  Sathya Sai Baba Discourse on Christmas Day - hypocritically entitled "Overcome Jealousy With Love" in Prashanthi Nilayam temple in which he abandons love and attacks critics to damn them as demons, as well as making untrue and wholly unsubstiantiated allegations about critics taking money to write about him

scan excerpt from the infamous Sathya Sai Baba Discourse on Christmas Day hypocritically entitled "Overcome Jealousy With Love" in Prashanthi Nilayam temple in which he abandons love and attacks critics to damn them as demons, as well as wilfully making untrue and wholly unsubstiantiated allegations about critics taking money to write about him. This was repeated in another form by him on March 7, 2007: ... "So I don't lose anything by their false propaganda. ... It would be far better if they follow Sathya Sai Baba instead and set an ideal to the rest of the world. I have no desires or ambition. Here is no trace of jealousy"

Speaking of 12,000 heart operations performed at the Puttaparthi hospital, he boasts, “I leave it to your imagination to appreciate who is responsible for saving so many lives.” (p. 262) Could Sai Baba mean the donors, the doctors, all the selfless hospital workers? He prefers you imagine that this could not happen unless he somehow does it all! If he is saying it is all due to his ‘miraculous aid’, then why does he bother with the hospitals? I am free to “imagine” that the actual health workers and other staff who work voluntarily or for a very small remuneration are those who are actually responsible for saving the lives that are presumably saved. Not to forget the US multi-millionaire Isaac Tigrett, who donated the entire first Puttaparthi ‘super-speciality hospital’ plus all its equipment.

More to the point is who chooses the accepted candidates for treatment (for, in a country with crying needs like India there must be very many who cannot be accommodated?). It is known that numerous devotees, including visitors from abroad, have been accorded operations there. I have met devotees from abroad who applied through their local branches of the Sathya Sai Organization… and were accepted. I leave it to your imagination as to why this is so in a hospital that was supposedly dedicated to the truly poor and needy. The donors have no way of knowing the patient lists, nor therefore whether their money is being used for the reasons it was collected, or rather largely for promotion of the cult and its adherents.

But it is striking how Sai Baba in discourse after discourse publicizes and praises himself in a way which one will be hard put to find elsewhere. He goes on, for the n`th time, “I have no personal desires or selfishness in Me at all. I have not asked anybody for help. Will anybody simply give hundreds of crores for the mere asking? None.” Does Sai Baba – who says he knows absolutely everything – not even know that there have been thousands of huge benefactors of mankind who have not been asked, and who have behaved with modesty – giving full credit to all those involved without whom their part would not have been possible?

Examples of vast donations to charitable works are plenty: they stretch from Robert Owen to Rockefeller, Washington Carver to Guggenheim, Warren Buffet, Getty, George Soros, Imran Khan and Bill Gates – a mere $33 billion given by him so far! Why would ‘God Incarnate – Creator of the Universe’ need to harp on about his own excellence, selfless purity, what he is giving (as if he was a big donor in the scheme of things? Why does he hardly ever mention all the others who contribute selflessly in various ways, not only though his (corrupt) Trust but all around the globe? Persons he no doubt regards as ‘ordinary unenlightened’ people (eg. Bob Geldoff, Warren Buffet, Imran Khan and countless other less famous figures in almost every country of the world) leading big charitable projects or relief work without making any such fuss about themselves.

Along with his self-praise comes repeated talk of his supposedly being unaffected by praise or blame! “All that I do has a great ideal for humanity.” Does this include his having stood by without lifting a finger while his officials persuaded the police to shoot young men armed only with knives in cold blood? But, though he would not answer any questions the press put to him about this, he says, “There is nothing hidden in My actions”. (p. 266. The fact is, that almost everything is very systematically and carefully hidden from all but a few… excepting what can be seen when he gives his daily darshan walkabouts of around 1 hour per day, and discourses on special days. His person is guarded by cordons of servitors, security people who are mostly undercover.

Sathya Sai Baba regards himself as a major donor to Indian society… yet he has never earned a penny of the billions donated, which he claims are not even his! He always wants to eat his cake and still have it. In a speech in Oct 1999, he explained:- “To date I have never desired anything. I have not touched even a single paisa of anyone. Things come to Me on their own unasked whenever the necessity arises. I have never stretched My hand before anybody from My childhood till now and this will be the norm in the future also. I feel happy in giving and not in receiving.” His every single need is met by others, and I – and many others – know from personal experiences that he does “stretch out his hand for donations”. He pretends to materialize diamonds and other objects which he gives away. They are not genuine, and he even pretended to materialize watches donated to him by a UK Sathya Sai Organization group visiting his ashram. The recipients are almost always deluded into believing him, and they in turn donate real money, huge amounts of time and energy… this is indeed a scam of massive proportions.

Persons Sai Baba no doubt regards as ‘ordinary unenlightened’ people ( and countless other less famous figures in almost every country of the world) are major philanthropists leading  charitable projects or relief work without making any such fuss about themselves. Yet in his Christmas Discourse 2000 he also said: “There are many millionaires in this world who are so mean and narrow-minded that they set their dogs on the persons, who beg for alms at their doorstep. It is shameful to consider them as human beings. These persons are unable to do even a thousandth of what Sathya Sai Baba is doing for society, but shamelessly indulge in false allegations.” This reckless and general accusation shows how disturbed he is when his boasts of purity and selfless poverty are shown to be empty:-

George Lucas, the director of the Star Wars films, and
Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York and data tycoon, had already promised to donate “a majority” of their wealth.

  • Mark Zuckerberg, 26, founder of, thought to be worth almost $7 billion (£4.4 billion), has signed the Giving Pledge, a campaign led by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Warren Buffett, the financier.
  • Dustin Moskovitz, the Facebook co-founder and former room-mate, who is also 26 and has a fortune of about $1.4 billion (£888 million), are among 17 new billionaires to have joined the initiative.
  • Prince Karim Aga Khan IV ~ founder[1] and chairman[2] of Aga Khan Development Network which focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and promotion of economic development[2].
  • Jane Addams ~ co-founder of the Hull House settlement house in Chicago[3]

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Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sathya Sai Baba – part 1

Posted by robertpriddy on August 2, 2010

V.J. Ram (aka Janakiram)wrote of  the long history of criminal incidents connected to Sathya Sai Baba and his coterie which he had investigated as a C.I.D. sleuth . Here is the first of a series of excerpts from his book.


See also more of ex-Police Superintendent J.V. Ram’s testimony

See also:-

Main overview of the 1993 bedroom murders and follow-up Further to this Resumé of the murders cover-up issue and
Main overview of the sexual allegations against Sai Baba through the decades and index of further pages detailing the accusations from all quarters

Sexual abuse complaints with impunity against Sathya Sai Baba Serious allegations put forward in signed letters to the Sathya Sai Organization by Mrs. Payne in 1980 and by Alaya Rahm on a BBC documentary still stand, as they were never legally pursued as libel by Sathya Sai Baba or any of his institutions. Were he innocent, he could with his Government and judiciary behind him, get a fair trial in India. Yet he dare not try to clear his name because  the full facts and testimonials – and affidavits held in London – plus witnesses claiming they were abused by him could then stand forth under foreign ambassadorial protection. See also Revealing letters on sexual abuse claims by Dr. John Hislop

‘The Secret Swami’ & U.S. State Department Warning against Sai BabaTanya Datta of the BBC reports that the November 23, 2000 US State Department ‘Travel warning page and Consular information sheet was confirmed by the US Embassy in Delhi as referring directly to Sathya Sai Baba

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Sathya Sai Baba’s power

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2010

Sai Baba has gathered a culture around himself and his ashrams, a highly protective ‘charmed circle’ of servitors, officials and privileged devotees, within which his word is gospel. No one who remains within its social and mental confines ever ventures to doubt anything he says, for he is to be regarded as totally infallible, even if one does not understand what he means or why he says it.

These people willingly act as a ring of bulwarks against anyone who wishes to get near to question, challenge or investigate the simplest matter.  The Indian government has provided him with armed guards, in addition to the undercover security force he is known to employ at considerable expense. This full-blown personality cult has the full support of the Indian government and many authorities in India, including most of the press, which has gradually been warned off or bought off by his minions. Not only the police, but also the CID and CBI were unable even to question him about murders in his bedroom apartment due to protection by the Home and Prime Ministers at the time.., persons whose prestige had long been invested in their being long-term followers and worshippers of Sathya Sai Baba. ‘The Statesman’ reported”:-   “A 1993 incident in which police shot dead four of his followers and his attendants murdered two was hushed up with intervention from the top the then home minister, SB Chavan. The Baba, who was present when the four were shot dead, was never questioned.” (see

In short, Sathya Sai Baba ruled the roost totally for decades in his independent, ‘township’ or fiefdom under his full legal and physical control. Though his word is still gospel to the blind believers, he no longer has the ability to control and manipulate, which powers have increasingly been usurped by those who run things while he is a partially senile invalid. His claim to be the Godhead of all Deities who is totally all-knowing – if remotely true – would mean that he could have stopped the murders and the police cold-blooded executions within his fiefdom. However, in his discourse some time afterward, he virtually justified them, and further told how he knew what would befall his attendants in advance, warning them (which he claimed they did not heed). The world will draw its own conclusions from this together with all the published facts… despite the massive campaign to confuse the issue and cover-up to an extent probably unparalleled in any democracy today.

How Sathya Sai Baba can avoid being accountable to anyone for anything

Sai Baba is virtually never held to account to his face for anything he says. Most people who qualify to get near him already have too much respect, awe or out-and-our fear to question anything he says or does in any but the most positive or else superficially questioning manner. This is not to say that there have been absolutely no exceptions. There are doubtless those who only pretend subservience, while being self-willed and devious. Most officials in his various institutions who are often in his presence have the ‘healthy respect’ for him, his will and his word that a schoolboy has for an unpredictably punishing headmaster. Now, is this not what one would expect of God too? In all major religions, God is not accountable for any kind of error or wrong doing. As long as one really believes that Sathya Sai is God Almighty himself on two feet, or something near to that, one thereby surrenders all chance of understanding anything about him. Add to this the indisputable fact that Sai Baba does not WANT anyone to be able to understand him… almost everything he says and does demonstrates this! He also is ever telling people in private interviews to keep things secret, which is a near paranoid precaution for controlling what is generally known about him.

Anything a follower does not understand about Sathya Sai Baba – especially anything untoward – is explained by any of a set of fall-back positions, such as: “We human beings cannot understand Swami’s Divine actions”, “The ways of God are inscrutable”, “It is Swami’s Divine Play”. “Swami is testing us to see if our faith in Him is sound” and other such excuses. This goes for everything he says which is recognisably untrue, vague, ambiguous, at odds with his own teachings, self-contradictory, improbable, nasty, disgusting or outright criminal. This is what makes the Sathya Sai ashrams and main movement an unmistakable cult run by a secretive and clandestine clique – many delude by others merely cynical.

Of course, one cannot understand what he says or why if one has given up the attempt to discover the truth of it beforehand, and this ‘giving up’ is to ‘surrender to his Divine will’. It implies that one never may question anything he says or does, without exception! Not even in the privacy of one’s thoughts! Sathya Sai Baba either ignores or fobs off anything remotely like a penetrating question that may still be put to him by some daring person who has slipped through the net into an interview but who is not yet fully obedient to the Divine Will.

Considerable investigation is required to remove or dispel mere appearances, the more so when tight secrecy and cover-up is a constant factor. No persons are able to observe Sathya Sai Baba’s behaviour all the time, which makes it all the harder  it is very hard to get to the true state of affairs in many matters. Sai Baba exhorts all to be unquestioning believers in him and had instituted throughout his institutions, organization and ashrams a blinkered self-programming and self-denigrating mentality to maintain the emotional dependence of his devotees. After some years under his aegis, the task is almost insuperable for persons without considerable personality resources to fall back upon. The figurative ‘smashing of the mirror’ of one’s own preconceptions and even a dear part of one’s self-image (i.e. that one could be deceived so long and so much) is simply too demanding for those who have devoted their lives to delusions.

The very close servitor – the editor of Baba’s journal for 20 years – V.K. Narasimhan told me that Sai Baba said to him one day: “One thing I cannot do is to make a person choose to do good.” That is part of the reason why Narasimhan – a pragmatist – did not reject or leave Sathya Sai Baba when the executions of the four intruding devotees were organised by Sathya Sai Baba ‘s younger brother, Janakiramiah (since deceased)! It seemed to Narasimhan – who had often told me that he was most certainly not omnipotent – that Baba could not even influence his own younger brother! This viewpoint was supposed to absolve Sathya Sai Baba from responsibility as accomplice to the murders, neither being able to dictate the actions of those Sai Central Trust members and ashram officials, nor those of his younger brother Janaki Ramiah, who blackmailed the police into shooting down the four young men – trapped and virtually unarmed intruders – in cold blood, one by one in a huge hail of bullets. Sathya Sai Baba’s power is worldly, arising from his protection by all those followers from his security servitors right up to Prime Minister, Presidents, Supreme and High Court judges and many others in India.

See also:-

Sai Baba on the Indian Government Some Top Political devotees of Sathya Sai Baba”][/caption] It is known …  state of intense enmity between the main contenders for power in India) he went on: “A good government should always be supported. …
There are also lot of other political influences …  Sathya Sai Baba and his minions had in the corridors of power in India, especially the top of the Indian Government

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V.K. Narasimhan on the 1993 Sathya Sai Baba murders

Posted by robertpriddy on April 22, 2010

It is not without some misgivings that I report on these matters, but I am impelled by my duty that certain facts should be recorded accurately and truthfully. I was grateful to Sathya Sai Baba for some form of physical healing many years ago, and had various paranormal experiences relating to him. Unlike the majority of Sai followers, however, that does not mean I must gag myself regarding many important extremely negative facts I know to be true about Sai Baba, his ashrams and apologist followers. What VKN confided to me had sometimes caused me doubts. He told me of experiences and facts known only to insiders at the ashram which he could not speak openly about, not least due to his own and others’ security. Despite all that, I trusted so much in Sai Baba that I was determined to rationalise everything nicely to make it all fit the Procrustean bed of his claims about himself, his work and ‘mission’. I wrote many articles on Narasimhan’s request for Sanathana Sarathi also to clear up such doubts. Despite my trust and dearest hopes, I came to learn the details of many covered-up incidents, including some of the gravest kinds of criminal behaviour – not least from V.K. Narasimhan.

The most important piece of information I ever received from Narasimhan was also the most shattering. Had Narasimhan – in whose integrity I had full faith – not been willing to give me a frank account of what happened, I might well still have believed that Sai Baba, his brother, the ashram and the Sathya Sai Central Trust were entirely innocent of anything illegal. But I am now certain they were not! I guarantee on my honour that what follows is as true and accurately stated as I can make it. When I asked Narasimhan in January 1996 in private what had occurred during the murder episode back in June 1993, he said of Sai Baba’s top officials, “they did a terrible thing”, using those very words. He told how those involved included top Prashanthi Nilayam ashram officials and Central Trust members, and particularly Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janakiramiah. The police, once they finally arrived on the scene, were blackmailed by these people into shooting the four intruders and claiming it was in self-defense. Narasimhan, whose word I just cannot doubt on this, attested the above to me as indubitable fact. Though he was not personally present to the killings, having been asleep in his apartment, he conferred with insiders as soon as he arrived on the scene. Sai Baba’s younger brother, Jankiramaiah was a multi-millionaire property owner and entrepreneur who was promoted by Sai Baba virtually to control the Sathya Sai Central Trust directly after the murders incident. Janakiramiah had already openly claimed to the press repeatedly and insistently that the intruders had intended to assassinate his elder brother (despite Sai Baba’s own published denial that there was any attempt on his life)! VKN further recounted to me a later conversation at which he had been presentwhen Janakiramiah discussed the incident with “a very high official in the Indian Government”, who it later became clear was the Home Minister, S.B. Chavan.  Chavan had congratulated Janakiramiah on having had the four intruders shot by the police and one of them commented “Dead men tell no tales“, whereupon they actually laughed together. Narasimhan was deeply shocked. When one considers his position at that time, it is easy to see how powerless he was to stand up and announce what he knew. His life would almost certainly have been in danger.

V.K.N also told me how the ashram/Central Trust authorities had a lever with which to blackmail the police to execute by shooting the four youths who had in a mutual struggle knifed to death Baba’s two attendants. The blackmail was based on information they had of the police corruption. I happened to know independently of the incident used as leverage – the police allowed two brothers who had slashed a devotee lady from Switzerland to death to steal her money, in return for that hidden money – some Rs. 80 thousand.  After years of being unable to accept what the facts implied about Sai Baba himself – my view of everything around Sai Baba eventually collapsed. It obviously destroyed any faith in Baba’s alleged universal benevolence, even though he may have given no explicit murder instructions himself (as some have however attested) but just let things happen. Armed only with knives, the youths could have been disarmed one by one before they were allowed to exit the room or, at least only shot to disable them if they threatened the police.

After V.K Narasimhan’s wife died, Sai Baba called him for something or other practically every day and he spent many long hours close by Sathya Sai Baba and invariably was prominent in festivals, in occasional interviews, and rode about with him in cars etc. It is significant that a person so often with Sai Baba held the opinions he did, and voiced them even though privately. Meanwhile, I am taking full responsibility for making this information common knowledge, both about the amazing abilities and activities of Sai Baba told me by VKN and about the doubtful and darker sides of what has gone on very close to him. Especially after VKN’s wife died, he became virtually dependent on living in the ashram for he had grown into the way of life there after 20 years in frequent association with SB. Since he gave up his house and resided in the ashram, VKN had virtually – if gradually – fallen more and more under the charm, but also the power, of SB. While all devotees do this to a considerable extent, those coming from abroad can more easily break out if the need should arise, as is seen in the fall away of prominent foreign devotees after the 1999 revelations, and by the fact that very few prominent Indian followers revoke SB, and certainly not in public.

I recount many details about VKN’s evidence elsewhere, click here.

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Inside information on Sathya Sai Baba by very close servitor

Posted by robertpriddy on April 14, 2010

For those who have not had the advantage of knowing people who are extremely well-informed about the daily doings of Sathya Sai Baba, I have make public facts about my many private interchanges with my former excellent friend, V. K. Narasimhan (or ‘VKN’ – renowned Indian journalist of The Hindu & Indian Express – and editor – latterly of Sanathana Sarathi, where he published dozens of my articles). Narasimhan was very important to the respectability of Sathya Sai Baba in  leading Indian circles, but he harboured many and persistent doubts about which he seldom spoke because of the serious consequences it would have for the social projects of Sai Baba and VKNs own security at the ashram where he lived and was looked after in his dotage.

These articles tells about the legacy of inside information that was left with me by V. K. Narasimhan. Included were facts he had not dared to make known to more than a very few persons.  I swear on my personal honour that all I relate here is nothing but the truth to the very best of understanding after very long and painstaking follow-up investigations.

Narasimhan often repeated that he really didn’t understand why Sathya Sai Baba was so nice to him… describing himself as a rather non-religious and ‘hard-nut’ journalist. He often told me he did not know why he had ended up at SB’s ashram, except that Sai Baba was heading some valuable social projects which hardly any others in India were doing. Most significantly, as editor of SB’s journal, he NEVER published any accounts of ‘materializations’ or healing miracles by Sai Baba!  However, Sai Baba found VKN a very valuable asset to his credibility due to VKN’s journalistic prestige, his known social ideals and  honesty. His presence there bolstered Sai Baba’s image in the eyes of the more enlightened middle classes of India. Above all, he knew personally most of the top politicians and other elite in India and induced many of them to visit Sai Baba who otherwise might never have gone there. Moreover, a journalist who had seen so much failure, incompetence and corruption in his journalistic travels, VKN had admiration for SB’s public works and believed in Sai Baba’s promise to raise India and protect or regenerate all that was good about its culture, religion and people. (This project can be seen to have failed very signally already).

That Narasimhan was entirely non-negative in his presentation of Sai Baba and his public doings in his own public talks and writings was often against his better knowledge, for he was ever telling me about SB’s failings and untruthfulness. See scans of my long series of verbatim notes of his  conversations with me at the time between 1989 and 1998 before his decease. No doubt, VKN mostly felt great respect for SB, and – like most others – was strongly affected by his charismatically invigorating (and intimidating) presence. VKN was soon tamed by Sai Baba into misrepresenting and/or editing out certain vital facts he knew and was unable to rock the boat, though he confided his many doubts and difficulties to some of us in private. No doubt to mollify VKN’s misgivings, Sai Baba called him for something or other practically every day and he spent many long hours close by SB at festivals, in occasional interviews, and rode about with him in cars etc.

Click here to see the following scans of my notebook records of revealing conversations with V. K. Narsimhan
Robert Priddy’s long friendship with V.K. Narasimhan – scanned letters
Robert Priddy recorded notes and diary 1984-98 – scans and comments
V.K. Narasimhan and Robert Priddy’s close association
V.K. Narasimhan’s comments on the murders reported
V.K. Narasimhan’s inability to get Sai Baba to tell him the truth
V.K. Narasimhan’s doubts of Sai Baba’s powers, avatar claims etc.
V.K. Narasimhan’s comments on the Sathya Sai Organization
V.K.N. recorded about pointing out to Sai Baba his inconsistent teaching
V.K.N. contradicts Sai on Advaita – and on ashram security etc.
V.K.N. on 70th birthday crowd size and more
New Year 1996 – disillusioning reflections and VKN
V.K.N. on printing problems, a suicide, and Sai’s boyhood visits to famous ‘saints’
V.K.N. lost an eye despite Sai Baba’s vibuti application etc.
V.K. Narasimhan on Robert Priddy’s book ‘Source of the Dream’
V.K. Narasimhan on Sai colleges, the ‘sect’ and Sai’s ignorance
V.K.N. on Sai Organization (1994 Brindavan) + Al Drucker’s banishment
V.K.N. on Suri etc. About sewage scam at Prashanthi and Alvin Drucker’s return
V.K.N. at Brindavan – his experiences. Meeting with Mr. V. Balu
V.K.N., Brindavan 1990 – Sandweiss, his apartment


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Tiwari and Sai Baba + a new sex scandal revelation

Posted by robertpriddy on January 3, 2010

Narayan Dutt Tiwari now faces criminal charges:

Express News Service First Published : 28 Dec 2009 03:28:00 AM IST – HYDERABAD: The ignominy of Narayan Dutt Tiwari is unlikely to end with his exit from the Raj Bhavan here. A criminal complaint has been lodged with the city police by a lawyer seeking prosecution of Tiwari for offences under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and the CrPc.In his complaint, the lawyer, Gopala Krishna Kalanidhi, contended that now that Tiwari is no longer holding the office of the Governor, he is ‘‘open for criminal prosecution for molestation of women and abuse of Constitutional office for personal benefits.’’ The lawyer also sought a probe into allegations that some Members of Parliament were also involved in the sex scandal.

So far the Indian media have kept deathly quiet about Narayan Dutt Tiwari’s Sathya Sai Baba connection, but with at least one notable exception. actually permitted a series of comments about the Sai Baba connection and sex abuse testimonies. The Indian media are coming under increasing criticism from Indians for the promotion of ‘spiritual propaganda’  in support of Sathya Sai Baba and cover-up of the many world-wide allegations against him, not least by the BBC. One person’s account of how Sai Baba sexually abused her friend was also allowed! Here are some of the comments:-

Why not amend the constitution? Governorship is nothing but a place to keep disgruntled and failed politicians. Tax payers could be spared of crores of Rupees, if this position is nullified. Why are you guys saying about the lack of media coverage to expose high society sex offenders only. How about those who continue depositing huge sums of dollars in Swiss accounts? Where are the media people on these issues? India needs to wake up and a thorough cleansing is urgently required. We have dozens of godmen and god women who constantly prey upon common people. They have no supernatural powers. They are dirty parasites feeding on the blind believers. Sai Baba is perhaps worse compared to A;i Baba.
By Vikram 12/27/2009 5:07:00 AM

By PVKrishnaKumar 12/26/2009 10:03:00 PM

TO: Krishnakumar- I used to be a devotee of Sai Baba till my boyfriend was given a private meeting when he took him inside and asked him to do sexual things with him. My boy friend was shocked , he refused, came out. My boy friend is heterosexual. We both left Puttaparthi because, after that we were threatened by Sai Baba’s thugs. We were both 23 yrs old. We realized that we had to leave. So don’t live in your make believe world!!!! Wake up. I bet you are not sexually interesting , otherwise he would have tried you too.
By Linda Burton 12/26/2009 11:45:00 PM


Quite agree with Srilakshmis comments. That is INDIA. As the mediaman is ready, will the Raj Bhavan and the Congress proceed further in the right path or hush up things? Let us wait and see. By Somu  12/26/2009 9:00:00 PM

Srilakshmi well said. The Fake Fraud Magician, Child-Molester SAIBABA should be tried and jailed. Goltis are a ‘Special’ species in India. Total fraudsters in whatever they do. The year 2009 started off with news of Crook Raju of Satyam and his fellow Andhra Gangsters who supported him in his Loot of 20,000 Crores from Satyam. None of these guys has been sentenced yet. It should not surprise anyone as that is the way things work in fraud Hyderabad. And now this Telengana trouble or better put Mayhem. Added is the SEX pervert Congress Governor Tiwari. 2009 can be called as ‘Year of the Goltis’ in the Indian Calendar! By Arun  12/26/2009 8:56:00 PM

Somu, Arun, Selva and Srilakshmi and Sivaraj, India needs people like you to clean up this society. Many Europeans like me love Indian philosophy, we get attracted and come to India , but some of us out of curiosity go to fake Gurus and get fooled. some learn, some don’t because we have Self-Mistrust. I still love India more than my own country. it is because of people like you.
By Linda Burton  12/26/2009 11:52:00 PM

SHAME ON INDIANS AND THE POWERFUL INDIAN MEDIA. Cheats and Charlatans and sexual predators and swindlers of money like Sai Baba are protected by the powerful!!!!
By Dandayuthapani 12/27/2009 12:08:00 AM

Which Media person with GUTS will have the courage to expose the India Godman SATYA SAI BABA? He is a blatant fraud and he has cheated millions of emotionally handicapped and lonely people.
By Uma Maheswari 12/26/2009 11:58:00 PM

Those who blame Sathya Sai Baba should think before they do the same !! Do they have any evidence against him ?? If you want to defame someone could just link him with something or the other without substantial evidence or proof …Sathya Sai Baba is running many charity trusts and education free of cost ( when I say free – they are really free !) ….Sathya Sai hospitals perform heart operations free of cost for poor pateints ( in fact for every patient) .. SO DO NOT BLAME A PERSON JUST BECAUSE BBC SAID IT !! BBC wants to spread Christianity in India and make India a Christian majority country and hence they defame Hindu religion and Hindu saints and seers….some one even called ‘Deepavali’ as ‘Devils worship’ can we accept that !Please think before you speak!
By Sethuraman 12/26/2009 9:43:00 PM

Dear Sethuraman and Krishnakumarji, I am not basing my allegations on some hearsay. I have spoken to Tanya Dutta. Please see the way Murali Manohar Joshi responding in Youtube. Why would God want to put a boy’s penis in his mouth? Please read the interviews in Youtube. Why would anybody defame himself by saying these things he had with sai baba? And so many people? Why would God want to perform miracles and give diamonds and rings to rich people? Why is India so Poor if God lives in India? Why would God have such kitsch taste and be born so ugly? … Read his autobiography: Hisstory , this book is a clear indication of his complete lack of intelligence. If you get impressed by a man like this you are emotionally retarded. Sorry to be so straight! By Srilakshmi 12/26/2009 11:36:00 PM

Note: Sethuraman is evidently not aware of the truly massive testimonial evidence against Sathya Sai Baba. His view that the BBC wants to spread Christianity in India is as laughable as can be to anyone with a modicum of information! The BBC is neutral in religious matters and is paid for (and dependent on) a tax-paying population of which only 7% at best are church-going Christians. His view is that of fanatically ignorant right-wing Hindus. The Puttaparthi hospital was financed by a foreigner (Isaac Tigrett, who informed that US$15 million out of the $49 million simply disappeared – no doubt into the pockets of Sai Baba officials as condoned by him). The hospital is supported by countless individual donations to the Central Trust, but Sai Baba takes ALL the credit himself (i.e “HimSelf”). Meanwhile foreigners have testified that they were sent very large bills for treatment the received at that secretive and unaccountable private hospital, which serves devotees of Sai Baba – including foreigners –  but not to all comers by far.

ND Tiwari was involved in this ALL his life. in the recent paternity suit NDTIWARi. rejected the DNA test, what was he afraid of ? also, congress dint claim tiwari was innocent, they merely said, we’ll wait to see if the tapes are real or fraud. it means that they have been knowing his antics all the while, just that they dint want him to be caught!!!
By ashok pai 12/26/2009 10:08:00 PM

Sethurama or Sothurama, you have to be ashamed of yourself. SAIBABA is a pucca Fraud, Child Molester, and a Criminal. Forget the BBC or Christiantity or Missionaries and their story. All you need to do is look up Youtube and Google videos which shows this Fraudster cheating the people. SAIBABA is responsible for Murdering 6 Boys in 1993 which was covered up with the help of India’s Police, President and PM. The guy is a Cheap Magician with his Vibhuti Producing and HMT to Rolex Watch Tricks. Murder is a Criminal act and this SAIBABA should be tried and jailed. He is in the same class as a Rapist and Criminal. This guy is not GOD and has nothing to do with GOD. He is a CRIMINAL who has to be tried and Jailed
By Arun 12/26/2009 10:03:00 PM

ND Tiwari is a harmless fool. Media do not have the GUTS to expose Satya Sai Baba , who has , according to BBC’s Tanya Dutta’s investigation molested and had sex with many young men and has been involved in murders. This allegation is not considered – WHY? 1. He has the PM falling at his feet 2. Bipartisan support is enjoyed by him 3. Judges like PN Bhagwathi are on his side trying to cover up all allegations . WILL ANYONE IN THE MEDIA HAVE THE GUTS TO EXPOSE HIM? They pick on a dying man like Tiwari !!! SHAME ON US ALL INDIANS. [YOUTUBE – THE SECRET SWAMI of the BBC and YOUTUBE Murali Manohar Joshi makes a fool of himself . Google ex-Baba and read up and see the movies on him. This man is escaping all justice for decades!!!! What a shame!
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Posted by robertpriddy on October 9, 2009

The Sathya Sai Organisation – an evaluative overview

Here I summarise what it took me about 18 years to find out through experience, often disillusioning, about the Sathya Sai Organisation (SSO). Among its members are many volunteers who lead by example in the real work of genuinely selfless service to the suffering and needy. These very well-intentioned and self-sacrificing people, who are drawn by the pure ideals for spiritual service and education as proclaimed by Sathya Sai Baba , are the ground level workers. It is equally clear, unfortunately, that the SSO as an organisational structure hinders genuine service to society due to its monolithic nature, its autocratic top-down structure, and its secret and semi-secret management practices. Further, it is involved in an increasing number of unnecessary, costly projects only to spread the fame of Sathya Sai Baba and, more crucially, in the hitherto largely very effective cover-up of the many and very substantial allegations of criminality against its namesake, Sathya Sai Baba . Because of this, and because the SSO, with Sathya Sai Baba ‘s backing, has made more than sufficient one-sided positive propaganda about itself, I here concentrate instead on its considerable ‘shadowy’ sides.

When I was still a devotee, I wrote very positively about the Organization (such as in my pro-Sathya Sai Baba book ‘’Source of the Dream’). However, I had not then learned the extent of deceit and wrongdoing in the top leadership in the Central Trust, the ashrams and by Sathya Sai Baba personally. I was strongly self-censoring about all events and experiences that jarred with the very idealistic image I had of the SSO, but I now know that I was had been led very largely to confuse the ideals with realities. My criticisms are not directed as the many that make genuine efforts in the name of the SSO. At the ground level, where I mostly applied myself, I saw much excellent work done, almost despite repeated pressures and irrelevant distractions that came from the higher level leadership.

The policies and directives encountered regularly from above within the organisation absorb much energy that could be employed better elsewhere. The organisation, with its formal and informal cultures, carries out activities which do not fit at all with much of the content of the constant flow of discourses from its namesake, Sathya Sai Baba . Due to opposing statements, sweeping generality and frequent ambiguity in Sathya Sai Baba ‘s teachings – and because of the obscure role of Sathya Sai Baba in his organisation – the real purposes it serves have largely to be deduced from long observation and experience. Sathya Sai Baba himself does not run things in the normal sense of the word, though he gives advice in discourses and presumably in private interviews (though this is seldom clear and important for the organisation affairs as far as members we know could discover). Confusingly, Sathya Sai Baba often keeps his distance from the organisation bearing his name. In this way he seems to be responsible for its good works, while rejecting its failures and the shortcomings of its members (upon which weakness Sai Baba often expands sweepingly at length in discourses) as a result of not doing his will.

The steady and large flow of donations has become part and parcel of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s social and political importance. One unspoken but obvious function of the organisation is to attract a large enough membership mass to generate funds to the Sathya Sai Central Trust in one way or another. This occurs through donating relatively very large fixed sums for the brief use of a low-quality apartment at one or other of the ashrams, donating outright for various projects undertaken by the Trust or by the SSO and so forth. Meanwhile, the collection of monetary donations is against the regulations of the SSO and is seldom openly allowed except among members. Organisation meetings are free and centres are supposed only to accept unsolicited voluntary donations from those who wish to support them. However, it provides a very wide catchment area among followers worldwide for donations and not least legacies to the Central Trust. (See my paper ‘The Multi-billion dollar question’)

The vertical-hierarchical structure: The various branches of the world SSO are basically run on the strictly top-down Indian principle, all overseas devotees are in practice subordinate to the Indian leadership of the International Chairman, currently Dr. Michael Goldstein, supposedly acting on the instructions (or understanding) of Sai Baba. Under him come the (non-elected) Chairmen of the Central Councils (or, where these are not yet formed, Coordinating Committees) of each country. The top-down chain of command makes all discussions at meetings and conferences very largely futile and time-wasting from the volunteer workers’ point of view, at whatever level they may be. All Central Coordinators (hereafter CCs) and zone chairmen have special meetings twice a year (on Gurupurnima day in July and just before Sathya Sai Baba ‘s birthday, 23/11) in Prashanthi Nilayam. Yet they have at best only an ‘advisory function’ to the decision-making International Chairman, who simply overrules or ignores whatever suits him. For example, no documents are available to tell where the proposal came from for a large 7-storey building costing ca. $5 million later called ‘Chaitanya Jyothi’ to celebrate none other than Sathya Sai Baba on his 75th birthday. It may have been suggested by Sathya Sai Baba , or by former International Chairman, Indulal Shah, but what correspondence that mentions it indicates that the CCs were simply required as ‘informal rubber-stampers’ for this project (i.e. it became their main job simply to solicit the funds for the building, which they did).

Though there is election of office-bearers at the local groups and centres, this can be overturned – and even without explanation – by any National Coordinator or higher office-bearer. This has occurred on a number of occasions, not least in the European SSO, even though there is no mention of this option in the Charter (where it should be stated) or in any other written directive known to me. Though a sheen of democracy is given thereby, the SSO is an anti-democratic pyramidal hierarchy in which one must obey one’s ‘superiors’ or eventually be dismissed from office without so much as an explanation! (See for example Serguei Badaev ‘s declaration which appears on http://www.saiguru.netThe Story of My Disqualification‘)

Office-bearers passive links in the ‘chain of command’: Basically, the Charter defines ranks, in descending order in the ‘chain of command’ from International Chairman, Central Coordinators (i.e. one for each of the five world zones, of which two are the overall authorities in each hemisphere East & West), the National Chairmen in each country, Centre Presidents, group leaders, voluntary worker members (sometimes called ‘active workers’), and ‘aspirant members’. The Chairmen of the Central Councils of countries that have sufficient Sai centres (or in some cases of the Central Committees) are subordinate to the Central Coordinator for that particular international region.

Members are ranked differently in order: aspirant, volunteer, active worker, according to standards that differ from region to region. Visitors to meetings, however regular, are not usually regarded as members, though they are supposed to be counted exactly for statistics over their numbers and some other details that are recorded and registered centrally (but are not made public). There are some regional or local variations in practices, but these are peripheral details. In some more socially liberated countries, distinctions of rank – even between member and non-member – are and even disdained or laughed at. Such occurred widely in the UK in the 1980s, when leaders tried to apply the rule requiring members to ‘sign up’ on the dotted line under a membership pledge with an explicit spiritual declaration. At best, therefore, a handful of central persons in the SSO rule over the various agenda, statements of objectives, activities and recommendations that issue forth. It is little wonder that well-qualified persons with experience of democratic values in management (most usually being Westerners) often leave after some time. That central leaders are very seldom demoted and – those who survive – remain in office even for decades (though some have resigned and some were dismissed), sets them more and more apart both in mentality and activity from other members. An ‘active worker vs. management’ rift arises and is sustained, not least since it is not at all good form for ordinary members even to mention the problem.

The SSO, being a charismatic sect with a church-like culture, has leaders who speak and act in various ways as middlemen between devotees and the Godhead – by conveying and interpreting Sathya Sai Baba ‘s utterances and wishes. Though Sathya Sai Baba claims to have no middlemen or mediums and that all his contact is direct to each devotee on an inner level, in practice a majority of people do not experience any but the vaguest kinds of contact and rely on office-bearers within the SSO for most of their information about Sathya Sai Baba , his will and his plans etc. The qualifications to higher office include not only total unquestioning subservience to Sathya Sai Baba and following the directives coming via the chain of command (the exact origin of which can be vague to most foreign office-bearers). They also have to fit in to a typical code of behaviour (at least outwardly) and also learn the culture of knowing how to inform and explain in ashram-accepted ways. For this, many use a subsidiary kind of language culture common to the Sai movement ( Prashanthi speak ‘) to convey Sai doctrines, with well-tried circumlocutions on taboo subjects and euphemisms to veil certain facts, criticisms and so forth.

Through 18 years, most of it as the national leader in Norway, I was time and again able to observe and was repeatedly told that leaders can and do decide matters which – in any normally functioning community – would be decided only after conferring with all others concerned. I did not follow this regime. Occasionally, leaders higher up int the chain have tried to give me the impression that what they decided was ordained from ‘on high’, without actually being able to say whether Sathya Sai Baba said so, or repeat what he said.

Pro-Indian discrimination: By far the largest and most active country in the SSO is naturally India. It has an All-India Chairman, who supposedly acts independently of the International Chairman, Shah. Followers of Sathya Sai Baba vary greatly in the capacity to understand how properly to manage and inspire through their own example, which Sathya Sai Baba stresses as the only workable method. The Indian social model on which the SSO is based is still overwhelmingly authoritarian, such as to issue orders to ‘inferiors’, who must and do usually obey them unquestioningly. Unfortunately, the complete disregard of modern ‘stakeholder’ ideas in the SSO (indeed, the direct opposition to them) involving the abject worship of gurus as infallible is also a pattern set on the basis of prevailing social conditions throughout India. A culture of top-down high-handedness, mismanagement and rich opportunities for control, corruption, and cover-up, as seen with Western eyes. The recognisable high-handedness that often typifies the Indian higher castes or ruling class and its bureaucracy is seen in directives sent to centres, which often show little or no appreciation of the diversity of cultures or openness to the initiatives of individuals unless they conform in all things to the wishes of leaders (often cloaked under the doubtful pretext of “it is Swami’s wish”, which can always be justified somehow by the common – but highly confusing – axiom of Sathya Sai Baba s teaching that “everything is Swami’s will” anyhow!). Those nominated as Central and National Coordinators are almost always persons who follow this pattern quite slavishly, including the foreign leaders, who mostly take to the VIP status like ducks to water.

Much of the loose ideological backing for this ‘model’ is actually found in Sathya Sai Baba s predilection for the culture of ancient, feudal India and its forms of social organisation, which relied heavily on spiritual purity in teachers and pupils. However, one can hardly expect Sai Baba’s Indian staff to know how to change this culture, which is not only largely accepted in Baba’s ashrams but permeates much of Indian life and is deeply rooted in the ineradicable caste system and the all-pervading undemocratic social practices there today. Those having much insight or skill are required to do what they are told, though they may have greater experience than their ‘boss’. The editor of Sathya Sai Baba s monthly journal Sanathana Sarathi, V.K. Narasimhan, remarked to me one day that Baba complained to him that he could not find enough mature Indian men with the right qualities to administer even his two main ashrams decently, let alone guide all the many projects he has in India or in his service SSO. This is a very evident fact to foreigners who visit the ashrams, for the level of competence and understanding of many (but not every one) of the officials with whom one comes into contact is sadly lacking by normal Western social standards.

The impenetrable ruling ‘inner circle’: There can nonetheless be little doubt, if any, that in the West and other parts of the world, more competent and understanding persons could easily be found as leaders of the SSO than the majority of those presently holding the highest offices, who all copy the authoritarian Indian model in most matters. Most of the Central Coordinators are well-to-do businessmen (men in suits) with a more traditional management mentality. These office-bearers are not elected, but selected by Sathya Sai Baba . Almost without exception they are affluent, which enables them to travel freely etc. However, the overseas leaders are NEVER made privy to the inside circle’s doings, the reins of power being firmly held by the (Indian) members of the Central Trust, which since the 1993 murders came largely under the practical control of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s younger brother, the multimillionaire property speculator Janaki Ramiah. (SSB has said that he leaves all decisions to his Trust!) Therefore foreigners have no access to information other than what they are told, most likely only on a need-to-know basis. They have no prior insight into central decisions, who makes them or exactly why. Their job is simply to acquiesce to whatever is decided, and to find supporting reasons for it and ways of presenting it in acceptable forms to other members. Thus, the development of any serious, effective and socially acceptable voluntary organisation having a democratic base and egalitarian practices is evidently wholly excluded.

Centralised censorship of information: The organisation mostly attracts people initially by providing a social community for believers in Sai Baba to communicate and share in, most often through communal singing (bhajans mostly praising Sai Baba) and secondarily through study/discussion meetings and less often through enrolling them in service activities. This is the chief channel of dissemination of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s teaching or opinions. Through this, the SSO makes continual and large efforts to standardise interpretations of the vital parts of Sathya Sai Baba ‘s teachings and the Charter of the SSO etc. This presumes that the directives ‘from on high’ can be made to make sense, for they are mostly couched in a pseudo-legalistic or bureaucratic gobbledygook at which many Indian officials excel. Through such writings, critical views and negative information about Sathya Sai Baba ‘s behaviour, untoward events at the ashrams are censored, manipulated or ‘face-lifted’ if they are not banned outright from discussion at meetings. Through the years this has included such events as suicides, rapes, murders, bomb scares, embezzlement, ‘invasions’ by fanatic sects, failure of Sathya Sai Baba projects, misuse of funds etc. The maximum of control possible through the chain of command is exercised as to all things that seriously tarnish the image of this proclaimed ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’, or could reduce the influx of visitors or of support of all kinds that maintain and bolster the very considerable financial and political power base of the Sathya Sai movement in India and elsewhere. Sai Baba’s considerable contacts with national leaders, ministers, opposition politicians, the judiciary, the military establishment, any well-known and rich people and so forth in India which represents a de facto major power base. This influence is being extended to an increasing number of nations, not least via the SSO.

Communication control within the SSO: In trying to follow such aphorisms of Sathya Sai Baba as “See no evil, hear not evil, speak no evil….” And “If you cannot tell the truth, at least speak obligingly”, and many more which are expressly designed among other things to control and so restrict thought and expression, an internal culture has evolved where no frank opinions may be aired, nor the slightest hint of critical thinking – however objective or constructive it may be. The SSO leaders are under such restrictions as to what they are allowed to say about it, or even to think about it, that they are wholly incapable of giving a realistic picture of it and how it functions. A ‘double accounting mentality’ is common here, requiring subtle but essentially misleading and careful phrasing of what to say about anything so that it appears in a positive light. Ability to speak in the local ‘politically correct Prashanthi-speak’ is an apparent prerequisite for those who aspire to top positions in the SSO. Volunteers (i.e. the lowest ranking members) are not informed of what takes place at central leaders’ conferences. Central leaders allow no serious feedback, no right to require explanations nor accountability. Attitudes among central office-bearers in all zones of the SSO that can fairly be called ‘semi-dictatorial’ at least, which is tolerated by the most faithful followers who believe in the infallibility and benignity of anything undertaken in the divine name of Sathya Sai Baba and under his apparent leadership. However, many have left the organisation for such reasons, though no statistics on this are considered worthwhile! Such information could help an organisation realise its shortcomings etc., but the SSO is not interested and it would probably find the numbers far too revealing.

Information is often passed on in an informal way, such as by word of mouth at national and regional meetings or in contacts made when visiting the ashrams. Some of this is documented and sent along the chain of command, even upwards (though conclusions from most working committees are invariably ignored, mangled beyond recognition or rejected centrally). However, many of those higher up in the chain are frequently asked why they largely only answer communications from higher up, and so often ignore letters, faxes and e-mails from ‘lower down’. They send various paper directives downwards, most often passed on from above. They are very concerned to fulfil the centrally instigated requirement for statistics on members and activities, and their communications with their subordinates are often attempts to obtain these or to urge more activities and efforts, not least so as to improve the statistics for the region they represent.

Control of communication: ‘horizontally’ between members in different groups, centres and countries is exercised by regional leaders through strict compartmentalisation of the various areas so as to hinder communications of any kind that do not go hierarchically through themselves. For example, invitees to hold talks at meetings – especially those from other countries and regions – have to be confirmed by the leadership in the respective country. Avoidance of this rule has caused major splits in national SSO (again, notably in the UK in the 1990s, when a flood of vituperative letters were circulated by the various factions). Another instance of information control is that addresses of persons outside each national sphere are carefully guarded and removed from letters and e-mails so as to limit interactions, exchanges of information and views of various kinds. Though this guards against begging letters, ‘spiritual tourists’, pleas from would-be illegal immigrants etc., contacts at a ‘lower level’ in the Org. are invariably regarded as (potential) disturbing influences.

Directives are frequently issued which, when followed, in effect minimise informal discussion between people at meetings. Least possible talking – even silence – is recommended at most SSO meetings where and when the activity doesn ‘t itself require otherwise. Where unavoidable, such as at study circles, planning groups, spiritual educational projects etc., informal contacts and particularly frank discussion are restricted by many leaders. Quiet meditation, prayer and leaving the premises quickly after worship are repeatedly advised by some leaders and circular letters from India. However, such restrictions – modelled on the strict behaviour codes and pietistic tone at Baba ‘s ashrams during darshan etc. – are by no means always observed in many of groups and centres. The need for informal social contact with like-minded believers is obviously often a strong motivation for many to visit centres and also to become members. A number of standpoints are enforced by group pressure as being the only correct ones, with social exclusion – whether intentional or less consciously applied – as a common sanction. Though some members express criticisms, only positive feedback is normally taken seriously. Leaders repeatedly evade replying to many genuine questions. So dialogue between open-minded spiritual seekers is mostly hindered on issues that might cause any substantial doubts.

That the closed and secretive nature of the SSO is still valid is shown by the inability of anyone in the whole SSO to comment at all on any of the criticism put forward by me on the website from which this brief overview is abstracted, or from any other of the several serious accounts published by other long-term members of the SSO! There is too much to hide, and evidently too many who cannot honestly face the light of day.

Organisational redundancy and time-wasting: Nearly all organisations like to keep up momentum and have regular get-togethers, even when there is nothing new with which to deal. The experience of many I have met has been that nearly all such meetings in the SSO achieve precious little that is visibly useful for realising its stated aims, nor do they feed back information or advice that has any effect with leaders who prefer to enforce their own decisions regardless of input from others. The suggestions can be very ‘well-meant’, but this is not enough. Most of what is said is about obvious issues that are always in the mind of any intelligent, responsible office-bearer. But by harping largely on what has been said before, the organiser nevertheless usually feels satisfied, and fills a nice report of progress. For most participants it is the spiritual sharing and social gathering that matter, especially the chance to exchange news, views and arrange secondary matters for themselves. They actually provide an opportunity to communicate with others across ‘organisational boundaries’ that are otherwise denied by the CCs! Sathya Sai Baba has defined the real meaning of most ‘committees’ as ‘come-to-tea’ meetings, which alludes to the usual inefficiency and time-wasting of talking committees. Yet one is supposed to spend valuable time travelling on expensive flights to meetings abroad, sometimes much too frequently, and to review much the same matters each time to make ‘recommendations that will help achieve the Conference objectives’, but which will doubtless as usual not lead to any results other than those already predetermined by its leaders. This helps to keep people in line and define aims and goals for them to fulfil. People I have spoken to feel, like I, that such meetings are mostly interruptions to spiritual work and service, or burdens which also bring new responsibilities. The purpose of most of these meetings seems mainly to be to instil the rules and directives from central authority. Sathya Sai Baba occasionally corrects some of the more pointless paper initiatives, such as the bright idea from the SSO central authority that each year should have a value denomination like “year of non-violence”, “the year of peace” and so forth, thus organising all activities around this notion… as if such a fatuous invention could make the slightest useful contribution to anyone ‘s practice.

At most regional and international meetings, various members – including lower office-bearers – have remarked to me how little was conveyed to them, whether in the way of answers to pressing questions, practical instructions, or other information and spiritual insight that is not already easily available in the literature or has not been said before numerous times. The Indian style of lecturing at length from rostrums is much in favour, even at SSO meetings abroad, whereby the same themes are repeated each time, moral harangues are the main fare, all teachings are parroted, and the level of their generality and vagueness leaves much to be desired. With their captive audiences, passive following and implicit acceptance of everything are very often evidently both assumed and required. Service-mindedness thus often seems to be misinterpreted as subservience.

Note: An extensive documentation of observations, experiences and sources upon which the above is based is found at my extensive website sociological analysis of the Sathya Sai Organisation here.

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Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.

Posted by robertpriddy on September 2, 2009


K.R.Paramahamsa and his wife with SB

Since Sathya Sai Baba claims to own nothing whatever, and since Dr. G. Venkataraman and Mr. K. Chackravarti co-administer finances as Central Trust members, one must ask whether he and his cronies on the Trust have literally rewarded themselves with free cars  – in short, self-serving seva’ at the expense of those who the donations were really intended for. That Sathya Sai Baba presented the vehicles to them with loads of praise makes matters worse, if anything… for he claims to have nothing to do with the Sathya Sai Central Trust, where all the finances of all his business is handled, but where some of them sit! I quote: “At a meeting of the Central Trust yesterday, I told the members including Sri Indulal Shah, that I had no interest in property. Do not involve me in any connection with these properties. I do not wish to have any connection with money or property. My only concern is with my devotees. Telling them all this, I signed the papers.” (1.01.1998, Sanathana Sarathi, Vol.  41, January 1998, p. 4)

The beneficiaries were:-
vipcars(1) Kondal Rao, Senior Technical Consultant to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Chief Engineer to the Chennai Water Supply Project.
(2) K. Chakravarthi, Head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Secretary of the Central Trust. Formerly dismissed from his government post for embezzlement.
(3) Dr. G. Venkataraman,  former professor of physics and Founder Director of ANURAG ex-Vice-Chancellor of the Sai university, Director of Radio Sai Global Harmony.
(4) A. Ramakrishna, former Vice-President of ECC (a part of the Larsen & Toubro Group) which received many huge, lucrative contracts from the Sai Central Trust.
Of K.R.Paramahamsa, IAS (Retd.), in charge of the home for destitute children established by SSB, I know little. He may be a poor man. (Note: In one official site 5 cars and recipients are listed, in another only 4 – strange reporting, as usual)

In this – the poorest part of India with millions on or below the bread line, money donated to Sathya Sai Baba to raise the people from poverty, ignorance, illness and want is squandered on what smells of bribery to keep his top official defenders well on side. The money used on those cars could have done MUCH more good in projects to help the less fortunate. [Note: according to his own words, Sai Baba has no property and no money, so the money for the cars must have been donations to the Central Trust, over which he rules anyhow].

Why were the cars presented to those particular five members and not others? Are they the most needy? Answer, definitely NOT!

A valid question. But the flat-out defender of everything about Sathya Sai Baba (even while for years believing he was a sexual abuser, mind you! see here) Gerald Joe Moreno would very much like to explain this away, when he wrote on his blog:-

from Gerald Joe Moreno's blog attacking critics

So Gerald Moreno admits that knows some of the top VIPs of the Sathya Sai Central ~Trust and ashram? He writes confidently about them as if he knew them well, too. I am not surprised, for Venkataraman defends on much the same lines as his defender Moreno does. He cannot credibly claim no connection with the Sathya Sai Organization, as he does to the point of constantly repeated denial.

Now, what Gerald Moreno does not realise is that numerous of these five receipients of new, expensive Japanese cars were not with Sathya Sai Baba for most of their adult lives to devote their entire lives to his service, as Moreno claims… Chackravati and Venkataraman came to him late and only when things went wrong for them in life did they go to him and find another life lording it in the ashrams. Four of them are known to be very well-heeled and hardly in need of free, brand new and expensive cars.  Their qualifications alone show they are among the richer people of India. Why should they be accumulating yet further material rewards when they are supposed to be “sacrificing” worldy matters (according to the teachings of Sai Baba)?  Why were the cars presented to those particular five members and not others? Are they the most needy? Answer, definitely NOT!

(1) Kondal Rao, Senior Technical Consultant to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Chief Engineer to the Chennai Water Supply Project.(2) K. Chakravarthi, Head of Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Secretary of the Central Trust. Formerly dismissed from his government post for embezzlement.(3) Dr. G. Venkataraman,  former professor of physics and Founder Director of ANURAG ex-Vice-Chancellor of the Sai university, Director of Radio Sai Global Harmony.
(4) A. Ramakrishna, former Vice-President of ECC (a part of the Larsen & Toubro Group) which received many huge, lucrative contracts from the Sai Central Trust.
Of K.R.Paramahamsa, IAS (Retd.), in charge of the home for destitute children established by SSB, I know little. He may be a poor man.

In this – the poorest part of India with millions on or below the bread line, money donated to Sathya Sai Baba to raise the people from poverty, ignorance, illness and want is squandered on what smells of bribery to keep his top official defenders well on side. The money used on those cars could have done MUCH more good in projects to help the less fortunate. [Note: according to his own words, Sai Baba has no property and no money, so the money for the cars must have been donations to the Central Trust, which he riules over anyhow].

Why were the cars presented to those particular five members and not others? Are they the most needy? Answer, definitely NOT!

See the April 2006 presentation by Sathya Sai Baba HERE [or on the radiosai source at and spool down a lot

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Astonishing Sai Baba miracle report + video clip

Posted by robertpriddy on August 22, 2009

E-mail received about major mirtacle - sender's name protected

E-mail received about major miracle – sender’s name protected

This is a story of the kind that spreads like wildfire among believers… and Sai officials do nothing to halt such rumours and sometimes they are the source of them or of supporting ‘testimony’ A very similar story was circulating in 1994 when I was present at the ashram. An Australian was said to have been sent through a door drawn by Sai Baba on the interview room wall back to his dying wife in Australia… and his luggage arrived there too! Only the most credulous can accept such stories… so I asked V.K. Narasimhan to ask Sai Baba about it, which he did. He came back and said that the only reply was ‘No Comment!’ In other words, no denial whatever, and later he confirmed that the event occurred! A member of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, Mr. Prasad, also spread endorsement of the story through IAS official V. Ramnath (see whole episode recounted here)

Making a story about Mecca is no doubt a vain attempt to engage Muslims in the Sai Baba mythology. There were but two or three known Muslim followers in all the years I visited! Two were employed by Sai Baba (the Sufi Muslim Bashiruddin and a Seva Dal boss), otherwise there are none to be seen there usually. No ladies wearing hijab for a start. Sai Baba seems not to realise that Islam – whether Sunni or Shiite – totally rejects that God can take human form… so that leaves Sai Baba as nothing but a false prophet for them. Besides, Muslims have been libelled in official Sai Baba literature too! (see here)

‘Everything in Prashanthi Nilayam is a Rumour’ according to an Irish devotee filmed there before the sex allegations broke across the Internet in 1999. He tells how the rumor was that Michael Jackson was supposedly to visit Prashanthi Nilayam, but it never happened… also a rumour.Lucey brief video clip here (QuickTime movie 400kbs)

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
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Murders in the Prashanthi temple – reflections 2

Posted by robertpriddy on June 1, 2009

The Indian press repeatedly described events, as best they were able to investigate them through eye-witnesses who were too frightened to stand forth with their names. Literally hundreds of articles were written in all as the press tried to do its duty to society. Sathya Sai Baba rubbished the entire press coverage and the journalists involved in his highly evasive 1993 Guru Purnima discourse, without explaining a single thing. However, he stated that the whole incident would only serve to increase his fame throughout the world! (Perhaps he was thinking of ‘notoriety’). The complaint to the Press Council by the AP journalists’ union had no appreciable effect. Sathya Sai Baba explained nothing that did not suit him, and that was very little, devious and confusing (see here).

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In the light of official documents alone, no one can seriously contest that the killing spree by police was followed by a totally botched police cover-up. It would have made truly divine comedy directed by a humorous God from on high… were it not for the fact that two valets were murdered and four servants of Sathya Sai Baba, who had been most devoted for many years, were executed one by one in cold blood in “the holy of holies”, Sathya Sai Baba ‘s bedroom. The police were blackmailed by Baba’s younger.

Sathya Sai's younger brother, Janaki Ramiah

brother Janakiramiah (then to become his right-hand man on the Sathya Sai Central Trust) also with the aid of other ashram and Trust officials. This is the truth as it was told to me by V. K. Narasimhan who was party to some of the the discussions between those involved afterwards. Those who want a fuller account of how the crucial facts were made known to me by V.K. Narasimhan (which facts I could for the sake of his own security not make known until after his decease – see my account here and notes I made after discussions with him here and here).

One answer to part of the enigma I tried to adopt was that Sathya Sai Baba has to allow human affairs to take their own course so as not to usurp their will. But this would not hold water in the long run. However, Sathya Sai Baba has repeatedly denied that human beings have any kind of ‘free will’ and that ‘only God (he means himself) has free will’. Though this alone literally amounts to his own self-condemnation, I do not accept this indefensible primitive doctrine and only blinded or indoctrinated devotees could manage to swallow it. I know that Sathya Sai Baba delegates responsibility to his workers, which can involve a considerable degree of own judgement and will power, which they may sometimes use wrongly.

As the undisputed ruler of Prashanthi Nilayam township and of his servitors and devotees who dare not go against his commands, Sathya Sai Baba must bear the overall responsibility for all of it, not least since he indicated in his discourse weeks after the event that he knew in advance the fate of his servitors and warned them too! Nothing can absolve him from having been complicit in cold-blooded murder. One person alleges

that Sathya Sai Baba , while avoiding the mob in the garage attached to the temple, was asked by officials what to do and told them to ‘do as they liked’. This is unconfirmed, but could well be correct. It has not been refuted – by any officials or Sathya Sai Baba himself. They keep as silent (like any Sicilian muerta) as the grave of their victims and hope all will eventually blow over.

Those who wish for a fuller, non-propaganda account of these events can go to:

Resumé of some events and valid questions

The evidence suggests that the four bodies, allegedly found in Sai Baba’s bedroom (and photographed with little blood visible in unnatural positions in each their corner of it), were taken from an adjoining room where they had been shot and which contained pools of blood.

After the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi, and the prime ministers Indira Gandhi and later her son, Rajiv Gandhi, the killers were not automatically killed. The law was allowed to take its course and police acted bravely to take alive the killers they apprehended. However, Sai Baba issued a press statement that there was no attempt on his life. This contradicted the statement of the police inspector who penned the First Incident Report, and it also nullified the motive stated by the police for their shooting the four intruders. He refused to cooperate with any further inquiries by police or press, but discussed the matter in total secrecy with some of his staff, his younger brother Jankira Ramiah and many visiting high court judges and top politicians of the country.

In this situation, the police were almost powerless and intimidated into not questioning certain suspects or carrying out investigations with any kind of normal thoroughness. From studying official reports made by the police and the courts that were forced to deal with a number of pleas, the investigations were quite patently a complete travesty of police work, leaving almost nothing but loose ends, unquestioned eye-witnesses and a veritable rats’ nest of contradictory statements, doubtful and obviously concocted evidence.

Home Minister S.B. Chavan is reported to have said that Baba “scolded the persons creating the noise, bolting the door from the inside.” An official First Information Report (Annexure 144) reports Sai Baba shouting ‘Fools, get out’. The question is why Sathya Sai Baba did not intervene.

However, the Indian Express (13-6-1993) reported that a boy in is early teens – Subbappayya – who was in Sai Baba’s room when the assailants knocked saying there was a telegram for Sai Baba opened the door. They attempted to attack him, but the dagger only penetrated his shirt and he escaped unharmed. He bolted the door and alerted Baba to the impending danger.

However, writes the Express, “what sounds illogical is that if Subbappayya had closed the door and bolted it from behind, how could the alleged assailants enter Baba’s personal chambers after attacking the four guards

on the ground floor? There are no indications of the alleged assailants or somebody applying pressure on the doors to open them. The police have taken Subbapayya’s torn shirt into their possession… The investigating officers are tight-lipped to the question as to how the assailants could get into Baba’s chamber.”

The next great question is why was a young teenage boy in Sai Baba’s chambers at the time? Further, why did the ashram authorities hide him away and deny police access to him for giving evidence? Why did they do the same with the two injured Sevadal attendants who had been downstairs with Radhakrishnan, namely, Baba’s cook Vishnu Bhatt and the assistant Anil Patley? That the ashram authorities kept them away from any interrogation on various pretexts is not a fact disputed by any source.

Sai Baba on the morning after the murders near him

It seems that Sai Baba’s movements were as follows: EITHER down the rear staircase from his rooms to the kitchen entrance opposite the South Prashanthi blocks. Into the ladies entrance to the mandir and through it to the garage building (into what is sometimes known as the green room?) OR through a door onto the 1st floor behind the balcony and through to a room on the 1st floor of the . The first is the most likely, since there were reports that he had spoken briefly to persons outside the rear of the temple.

He was in any case guarded in a room not 30 yards from the scene of action while police conferred with ashram and central Trust authorities until the intruders were shot, some three hours later (according to foreign visitors who witnessed the sounds of the shooting spree in which 27 rounds were let off). The police claim the time of the shooting was at 10.30 p.m., but several devotees report having heard a siren at 10.30 p.m., followed by a gunshot. Who shot who then is an unanswered question. Then, much later, devotees heard a round of firing of at least 20 rounds at around 1.30 p.m.

A reader remarked in a letter to the Canara Times 5-7-1993. Gautama Buddha once told people not to accept anything without question, including his own teachings. In contrast we have a proven fraud and frequent prestidigitator – widely and most credibly accused of serial sexual abuses – calling himself God Almighty and his followers asking us not to question him.

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