Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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A devotee reports on Sathya Sai Baba’s appeal and reputation

Posted by robertpriddy on November 17, 2009

Excerpt from a web page by  N. Bhanutej of Puttaparthi
From a handful in the 1960s, Sai Baba’s following today is anywhere between one crore and five crore.
Sai Baba did not answer his critics. Narasimhaiah did not get an interview. But in a discourse, Baba said: “It is beyond you to know how or why I create things. The objects that I create, I create them by my will, the same way I created the universe”. Even now, devotees elbow each other during the darshans, hoping to touch his feet or get invited to a private session where Sai Baba usually ‘materialises’ gifts.”

Interesting that the estimate here by a Sai supporter of Sai Baba’s ‘following’ (which is a very vague term indeed) of “between 10 million and 50 million” is far, far below what is claimed by the majority of pro-Sai authors, web loggers, and organization websites. (The Swedish website has for years even claims there are 300 million devotees – which is, of course, sheer fantasy). Sai Baba’s preposterous claim the he created the Universe should need no comment, but the fact that there are so many who believe him requires that his many deceptions and fraudulence be documented and discussed, as is done on this blog site and many other exposé sites.

In 1978, the revolutionary balladeer Gaddar penned and popularised a song ridiculing Sai Baba. He told THE WEEK: “In India, you can exploit people in two ways. One, if you have the capital to invest. Two, you invest in the ignorance of the people and exploit them through superstition.” Though Gaddar’s song became popular, the queues outside Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan, his ashram in Whitefield, Bangalore, kept growing longer.

On November 23, 1992, the Deccan Chronicle carried a photograph from a TV footage of Baba taking a gold chain from his private staff before ‘materialising’ it. On June 6, 1993, six inmates of the inner circle of Prashanthi Nilayam died in Sai Baba’s bedroom. Two of them had allegedly made an attempt on Baba’s life. The other four were gunned down by the police, apparently in self defence. The facts of the case were never brought to light.

This says a great deal about the unaccountability of this cult. Sathya Sai Baba has managed, both through his appeal to ideals of ancient Hinduism and India’s inherent spiritual greatness but not least through his accumulation of great wealth by donations, to gain major political influence. He cannot be brought to justice in India because he has protection at the very highest levels of the government and the judiciary, whose prestige was long since invested in him (before the facts about his abuses began to emerge due to the Internet).

The most serious of charges of sexual abuse came from several of his western young male devotees. A book by Tal Brooks titled Avatar of Night describes the author’s quest for God, his seeking Sai Baba and his disillusionment when he was sexually exploited. With the advent of the Internet, disillusioned young men narrated more stories of abuse. Interestingly, there are devotees who justify the alleged sexual acts as Baba’s way of ‘correcting’ the kundalini of the devotee. [SEE HERE]

Unesco, not willing to accept this explanation, withdrew from a conference on education in September 2000, which it was cosponsoring with the Sathya Sai Organisation in Puttaparthi. The grounds: “Deeply concerned about widely reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youth and children.”‘

UNESCO has never had anything to do with Sathya Sai Baba since 2000, not has any other UN institution. The Indian authorities tried hard, through their representatives in UNESCO (Shashi Taroor) and through ministerial interventions to get the advisory warning against Sai Baba removed. When it was no longer on the UNESCO site, but only in the archive, this indicates their pressures succeeded… however, when the BBC investigated they were assured by an UNESCO official that the advisory was simply removed as part of a standard updating of the website (see here)

The said pages are stored on the internet wayback archive, (but when the site is busy it can sometimes take some time to open)

The wayback page which links to the above is at*/http:/

Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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The ashrams of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 18, 2009

Rigorous security checks, body searches (sometimes invasive), strict and bossy orders that must be obeyed, undisciplined and most pushy crowds, minimum space, and very long waiting are all features of the Sathya Sai Baba ashrams.

The ashram is a place where the newcomer is largely left by other devotees to fend for him or herself. Seldom have I seen residents go out of their way to help new arrivals, and invalids are often treated with less than compassion or understanding about their difficulties. Many residents behave and speak as if they ‘have arrived’, and shall have all privileges over others. Many use their long familiarity with the system there to take advantage wherever they can, and even many of the so-called ‘selfless servers’ of the Seva Dal (esp. the women) manipulate things – or even push and shove quite relentlessly – to their own ends. It is known to residents how vehemently Sai Baba regularly harangues the Seva Dal in private sessions about their laxity and lack of good qualities, and also ridicules them for storming forth “like wild horses” to obtain a front seat etc. However, improvements are hard to see and one naturally wonders why Sai Baba – as an all-powerful avatar – cannot at least attract more persons of a kinder and civil nature. Their behaviour certainly reflects on him, their great and supposedly infallible teacher! Recent reports from Westerners make clear that they are being harassed more and more – particularly over visas – and given far fewer opportunities than Indian visitors.

I used to have to sit on a chair due to back problems (and later on the new hard stone uncomfortable ‘torture-benches’), I came to meet many invalids of all kinds, some with horrendous conditions who sat there year after year without any improvement. The invalids are certainly not given any special attention by Baba, and though they were once allowed to sit in places where he fairly often went at darshan, this was discontinued in the 1980s. All invalids at Prashanthi Nilayam are at the very back of the mantap and Sai Baba seldom gets within speaking distance of them, and particularly seldom on the ladies’ side. At Brindavan, the female invalid section is visited much more often, while the men are again relegated to the very rear of the mantap. To obtain a place on the invalid chairs, one is forced to stand in a queue, often for over an hour, before one can sit down. The severity of an invalid’s condition makes no difference whatever. This is how Sai Baba enacts his ‘perfect example’ of compassion for the suffering in actual practice!

Obvious invalids are, however, allowed to go to the front of food queues. So are Sai Baba’s so-called ‘special guests’ or VIPs, who visibly take full advantage of their privilege, however long the queue may be or however long it has been standing. Prashanthi Nilayam is above all, a place of elbows.


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Visiting Sathya Sai Baba ashrams (photos)

Posted by robertpriddy on July 31, 2008

Necessary information for visitors to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashrams

If you have read and heard about Sathya Sai Baba and his ashrams, you may be expecting it to be ‘The Abode of Supreme Peace’ to be either a paradise or at least a place where people are more virtuous, kind, fair and civil than elsewhere.

The control of some important public information concerning security and other concerns at Sai Baba ashrams is very tightly censored and is held going by very strong social taboos against telling any facts that could reflect badly on the ashrams or Sathya Sai Baba himself. It is wise to learn some of these facts in advance so as not to be too disappointed or endanger oneself.

Getting ahead of the crowd: There are many people who obtain various privileges, some granted officially, some through bribery or personal connections. To go to the head of a queue is allowed for VIPs and students, there are ways of getting chits from the public relations office for a special front place at darshan, and of getting favoured accommodation, often in return for favours to staff (such as under the table donations). The so called ’special guests’, referred to generally and treated as ‘VIPs’ can go ahead of cripples and the blind, and they do so as a matter of course even in there is no observable reason for their haste. This is a cause for envy in many, and I mention this because many devotees believe that all who point out such things are merely envious, jealous etc., as Sai Baba himself is ever insisting about his critics! (Presumably he imagines – or hopes – that everyone is envious of his blessings!).

There are any number of deceitful washerwoman, coolies, taxi drivers, baggage thieves and pickpockets in and around the ashrams… so do not be too trusting in the belief that this ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ is a paradise free of crime. Far from it! It is, however, generally safer inside the ashrams than outside, because tricksters mostly pick out foreigners for their ploys. Be aware of people trying to get assistance for bogus stories about relatived dying without drugs or blood transfusions – one typical scam among many others.

Why are you going there? Sai Baba has often said that the majority of people coming for something they want from him, not for spiritual reasons and not to do service. One can easily observe who is who on this basis. The pleading faces and begging postures of devotees and many of the staff – and not least the so-called VIPs or ‘special guests’ bears out that most followers came to get something rather than give anything.

Some gain favours by sitting inordinate lengths of time in the ‘lines’ hours before darshan would begin so as to get a prominent place (regardless of others whom they thereby displace), doing so month after month until Sai Baba could hardly fail to reward them without seeming very hard-hearted. [Among such persons who became VIPs were Bernhard Gruber, Erik Henriksen of Denmark, Rita Bruce of the USA]

Prashanthi Nilayam sthula

Prashanthi Nilayam sthula

Who to avoid: Those who strive in all ways to become important in the movement are mostly self-important, self-seeking and often uncivil persons who one should avoid entirely. Most Central Coordinators are like that, unless one treats them as superiors all the time and never asks difficult questions. The battles for prominence are seen to take place daily in the run-up to darshan, but are just as intense at groups and centres around the world among those who take up office in the Sathya Sai Organization.

Residents of the ashram – especially Indians – are know to ‘fight like dogs’ (quotation from former administrative head of Vidyagiri). Hence, Sathya Sai has said: ‘Residents of ashram have derived little benefit’ Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 27, p. 78: ‘Residents at ashram who have aged but not grown’ Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 10, p. 28: and ‘Seniority imagined by long-term residents’ Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 5, p. 306).

The degree of bitterness and recrimination is sometimes so intense that it is extraordinary that such persons can pose as followers of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings. To my knowledge, such battles for domination of a Centre or National Council have raged for years in the UK, in Holland, Eastern Europe and Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia and not least India… to name some.

Sathya Sai by rail

Sathya Sai by rail – vain  attempt to make Puttaparthi a Tirupati

Devotees from abroad who live long-term or permanently at Sai Baba [particularly vintage ashram ladies] develop a noticeable ‘residential patina’ which seems to serve as protection against all the abrasions and scours that they receive regularly from the native powers-that-be, from members of the Seva Dal, other residents, visitors and the inevitable low caste workers of all kinds. The ashrams are full of people doing nothing except take care of their own quotidian affairs… no service work, no proper study or self-discipline… just following the routines, spreading rumours and ‘stories’, learning how to ‘cut corners’ and generally look after themselves. Very few people there – foreigners included – are at all helpful in giving a helping hand to newcomers. So, if you must go to this spiders’ web or find you have entered ‘a snake pit of envy’, be self-reliant!

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Sathya Sai Baba as the Vedic Trinity

Posted by robertpriddy on July 15, 2008

Sathya Sai Baba claimed to be Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

Sathya Sai Baba claimed to be Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

Sathya Sai Baba claims to be all Gods rolled into one (see here)

Sathya Sai Baba represented as the Vedic Trinity

Not satisfied with claiming to be the central figure of the supposed triple avatar of this Kali Age, Sathya Sai Baba lays claim (through his close followers – see left) to being Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This is an affront to Hinduism – because Brahma and Shiva are regarded throughout Hinduism as never incarnating. (as proof Search Google for “Shiva does not incarnate”) That Brahma, believed by most Hindus to be the Creator, should also appear incarnated as part of his own creation is just ridiculous. For example see this quotation from Ramananda Prasad on the Gita, “In a true sense Para Brahma does not incarnate. He actually never leaves His Param Dhama, the Supreme Abode!”

Sathya Sai Baba has said many conflicting things about Shiva – that he is a real disincarnate Being existing beyond the senses, that the name Shiva actually represents a form of bodily energy in everyone, that the Shiva-Parvathi story is a myth, that Shiva never incarnates and that Shiva has incarnated as himself!

See also Sathya Sai Baba’s excessive claims
Sathya Sai Baba – claims to world fame

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