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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The transformation of India by devotees of Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2011


Conversion to what followers believe is Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual panacea to save the world and liberate themselves from the sufferings of human life (not least through avoiding being reborn) has observably not radically changed India at all. Consequently, the vast transformation of India’s morals – its corruption, crime and violence – that he has repeatedly promised since the 1960’s has most signally failed to occur. Corruption has has only increased on a gigantic scale… which is seen by the recent Deccan Herald article (the amount of money cited is literally mind-boggling equiv. US$ 3874 billion??) and, not least, the interview with Dev Kar, a foremost international economist (see article scan at foot of this page). Long ago, Sathya Sai Baba promised Dr. John Hislop that his students were already assuming central roles in the leadership of India (as see quote bottom right too)… but not one student is known as a top leader anywhere and none have succeeded in raising India’s morals, judging by the parlous prevailing state of affairs. One wonders how many of those salting away fortunes abroad are Sai Baba followers? Your guess may not be as good as mine! If none at all, then that means at least 34,000 top people there are NOT Sai Baba followers? But so many top Indians do go to worship him, so…


Do followers of Sathya Sai Baba necessarily change for the better?

Writings by and about Sathya Sai Baba are full of constantly repeated talk of ‘self-transformation’. Effusive devotees  praising and thanking Sathya Sai Baba for ‘transforming’ them into better people are naive and suspect.

Self-transformation cannot be done for his followers by Sathya Sai Baba, it does not follow simply from joining his movement or organization nor from interventions in their lives like dreams or vague advice in interviews etc., which for nearly all of them is the most they could actually obtain. Because there is such an intense need for a sense of meaning in one’s life – something that is easily lost in calamity-struck societies like India – people seek all manner of ‘spiritual’ panaceas and comfort themselves that their contributions to a sect or cult will improve their own lot and hopefully those of others, and this demands belief in almost impossibly unrealistic hopes of transformation – even sudden world changes.

It is a recognised psychological fact that personality change is a very long and arduous process, and is seldom very radical after long therapy. It does not simply follow from a change of beliefs, certain attitudes or a few lifestyle alterations, which is all that conversion to the Sathya Sai Baba doctrine can really offer. I have read most of extant literature up to 2000, over 300 books etc. and can say that the disparity between the ‘great changes’ most describe and what one encounters in practice in all Sai circles is very great. Most of the talk of personal transformation is either self-induced conviction, self-enhancing belief or even pure and simple personal propaganda to advance one’s interests in relation to the Sai movement and others.

As observation of such charismatic conversions the world over indicate, one may have a change of mind without any corresponding improvement in behaviour. Rather, the converted all too often become moralizing, preaching, better-than-thou and less self-aware persons… the proverbial ‘God-botherer’. Religious feelings and prayers, rituals, devotional singing and worship (of gurus living or dead) is not the answer and never has been, as any student of human history learns early on.

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Identifiers of a spiritual-religious cult

Posted by robertpriddy on July 27, 2009

Tell-tale signs of a cult are:-

1) Rigorous control of information about agendas and decisions made within a cadre of leaders acting under the top cult figure. Concealment from the public of facts and documents [especially anything potentially negative] concerning what is decided and by whom. Suppression of all contact with the media by anyone who is not vetted and authorised. (The Sathya Sai Organization is just like this!)

2) No leaders will respond to any form of complaint, critical queries or requests for information beyond the positive propaganda that all cults circulate about themselves, whether they come…
a) from within – on pain of censure and – if persistent – total exclusion. or outside
b)  from the public, who are usually either ignored or attacked, often both at once. (The Sathya Sai Org. is a top-down one-way system. It is a self-contained, secretive association.)

3) Utter rejection of those who leave the movement, reject the cult figure or voice any negative opinions about these.  Exclusion often followed by concerted and sustained personal defamatory attacks on dissidents and critics, often combined with planned character assassination and sometimes yet worse.

4) Refusal to hear a word against the main cult figure – the personality who heads the cult and both gives it its goals and regulates its running, however directly or otherwise. The cult of personality almost always has authoritarian, not to say totalitarian, features.

These are merely a few of the easily recognisable features of a indoctrinating cult.
Read more as to what a cult consists in here

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William ‘Bill’ McKay Aitken’s dishonesty in full bloom

Posted by robertpriddy on January 9, 2008

Bill Aitken, Sai baba hagiographer

The hagiographic author of Sri Sathya Sai Baba (2004), William McKay Aitken, writes of the alleged sexually abused and other exposé writers:“Probably because of the intensity of their hate, when it comes to a serious, forensic examination of their allegations, they resort to bluster and evasion instead of hard facts. Smearing sexual innuendo is a traditional ploy but on failing to substantiate their charges, the critics switch to another unrelated subject.”

This is one of the most tendentious presentations ever of what critics of Sai Baba are claiming. It is simply not based on fact but fantasy. We who expose Sathya Sai Baba – having been deceived and our trust exploited by him to a huge degree – may despise and even loathe him, but without intense hate. Our work is for protecting a vulnerable public from the same dangers and in the interests of bringing forth the facts and the truth about them.  Besides, there cannot be any serious forensic examination either of the murders issue or the sexual allegations, because all attempts have been blocked and terminated by authorities right up to the Prime Ministers and Presidents of India. Aitken falsely insinuates that there is no proof about Sai Baba’s sexual abuses, referring to the charges as ‘sexual innuendo’. Tell that to the BBC team who researched the matter across the globe and presented facts – invulnerable to all legal refutation, though Dr. M. Goldstein’s lawyers tried hard to stop the BBC, just as they have threatened other major media, which have refused to cave in.  An extensive overview of the sexual allegations against Sai Baba, stretching back decades is found here, confounding Aitken’s false claim that we do not substantiate the charges we forward.

Of course, Aitken has steered very clear of subject of the knife killings and the subsequent horrific execution of four intruders – devotees – in Sai Baba’s bedroom, and the subsequent cover-up by Sai Baba himself and all his supporters right up to the Home Minister and Prime Minister of India!  Why does Aitken not study the considerable evidence of fraud – including calling ‘genuine diamonds’ what prove to be cheap synthetic gemstones, which he pretends to produce from thin air, like many other small, cheap objects he gives away (lingams, rosaries, bracelets, earrings)? For example, a number of watches donated by UK devotees for Sai students were later seen by the UK donors being ‘produced’ by Sai Baba’s sleight-of-hand. Leading devotees have testified to seeing stores of trinkets, rings, necklaces etc. in the seat of his chair in the interview room, including several Central Coordinators (who later left him) and a number of students and even some of his remaining devotees like the unscrupulous American apologist, Bon Giovanni! The list of such evidence, including videos, is long indeed.

If he were honest about the truth, Aitken would read Conny Larsson’s searingly honest book (and a second here) about how he was sexually abused by Sai Baba under the pretense that he was ‘healing’ him, where two of the unstable youths in Larsson’s care who he took to Sai Baba for help were also allegedly abused (very credible circumstantial evidence of this), whereupon both took their own lives not long afterward! That was no ‘innuendo’. What of the four devotee young men who were murdered for trying to confront Sai Baba in his bedroom apartment with abuses… cold-blooded police executions on the orders of Sai Baba’s younger brother for which no one was ever charged or brought to justice!

Aitken shows his true colours when he blames the BBC1s much-lauded documentary “The Secret Swami” (see UK newspaper reviews – all 100% positive) on  the following absurd grounds:-

“The latest in these so-called exposes is the BBC documentary whose agenda was so predetermined to denigrate Baba that it stooped to the unethical use of a spy camera. In a last farcical gesture, the producer hired some roadside entertainers to attempt to simulate Baba’s chamatkar [materialisations]. The result is so ludicrous that it leaves the viewer wondering as to who is funding this bizarre display of hostile reporting. The BBC is ultimately governed by the Anglican establishment, and churches in the west are losing out financially to the appeal of the Sai Baba movement.”

Comment: The “spy camera” was used to expose the duplicity and immorality of Dr. Michael Goldstein, International Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization. who tried to play a double game with the BBC. The result is most revealing and proves the necessity of the ploy. No “unethical stooping” other than by Goldstein! William Mackay Aitken – who has never held any academic tenured post but has proclaimed himself as a professional religious historian, is evidently not aware that “street performers” include a professor of the Indian Skeptics, led by Basava Premanand, who won a Presidential Award for his tireless work in raising the Indian populace out of superstitious ignorance. Why does Aitken not comment on the ignominiously failed lingam production at Shivarathri and Sai Baba’s collapse plus the subsequent claim that it came out in private and weighed “three tonnes”. He avoids the former AP Home Minister Nair’s statement that the four young men were murdered in Sai Baba’s bedroom in cold blood! He avoids the convincing and legally backed testimony of two young men who tell how they were sexually abused in the coarsest manner by Sathya Sai Baba. Aitken continues;-

“As a commercial broadcaster, the BBC’s opting for sleaze would have the dual advantage of discrediting a rival as well as getting a good audience rating. The Church of England can have no objection to programmes that weaken perceived threats – like the Papacy or Hindu holy men – to its declining influence in the world. Posing as a lion in Asia, the BBC is a mouse in Britain. It dare not criticize public icons like the Queen, who happens to be the supreme of the Anglican Church.”

Comment: Does Aitken not know that the BBC is a national television company, hardly a “commercial broadcaster”? Of course he does… but he tries to make the BBC seem as “a mouse in Britain” and some kind of “Anglican” propagandist. The BBC is much more agnostic than that for certain! It has ever been and still is the most trusted world broadcaster, so Aitken’s outburst shows his blindly fanatical approach. See short clips and transcripts of the main parts of “The Secret Swami” and judge for yourself.

See also Bill Aitken and Sathya Sai Baba. A Writer’s Dilemma

Brian Steel    December 2007

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Photo tour of Sai Baba Magnificence

Posted by robertpriddy on November 8, 2007






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