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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Malaysian exposure of student sex abuse cult & its defenders

Posted by robertpriddy on March 12, 2014

Due to the considerable volume of the mails between myself and Hariram Jayaram, the following is a brief summary from the fuller mails (as they are posted they can be viewed in full by following links to each mail).

On May 3. 2004, Jayaram wrote to me telling that he had made facts available to a number of Malaysians and many left the cult and, of those who remained who had intended to send their sons to Sai colleges did not do so.   (see source e-mail here)

May 5, 2004 (concerning death of Jegathesan’s wife, Shanti and son Jaganaathat Sai), he referred to the speculation that the death of the wife was suicide, particularly after her son’s suicide. He was then inclined to accept that it was an accident, but thought it still quite possible that this was not the case. He heard that the son, who did commit suicide by jumping from the roof of a multi-storey building in Kuala Lumpur, was in a state of depression when his father, Jegathesan, did not approve of the Chinese girl he was going out with. He expressed surprise that Jegathesan did not keep his son away from Sai Baba, for he had told Hariram in 1980 that the questions about Sai Baba’s homosexual abuses were nothing new.

Hariram told how he had also met the famous Bangalore professor,  Dr. H Narasimhaiah, who stood up against Sai Baba.

Hariram was pleased that there was no let up in the work I and my friends undertook to expose Sai Baba and said that there are very few Malaysians who will openly say that they are Sai devotees because of the juicy allegations.

NOTE! The attachment I had sent to Hariram contained information as found at THE TOP MALAYSIAN SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION LEADER, DATUK JEGA JEGATHESAN & HIS TROUBLED RELATIONS  Later on Hariram Jayaram realised that he had not realised the strength of the rumours of the wife having taken her own life among those who knew of the case, as he reports in another mail. Of course, suicide cannot be proven in this case, but the circumstantial facts plus likelihood provide a motive for it.

The serial decades of sexual abuses against students and young persons by Sai Baba as referred to are summarised here

COMMENT Submitted on 2014/03/16 at 1:15 pm

What is fascinating about this account is additional proof that some of the top well-known people in the sb org knew very well about the allegations and have heard about it from multiple sources. There seem to be several types of opinions of people who heard about the abuse: those who hear but do not believe; those who are devotees, know it to be true and accept because ‘god can do anything, it is for our best’ or those who may not believe sb is god (people who run shops, serve in the ashram, or in positions of power in the org hierarchy) but who think, ‘this guy sb is my means of support and whatever he does is OK’.

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Sathya Sai Baba books and publications

Posted by robertpriddy on January 16, 2009

Books and writings endorsed by Sathya Sai Baba There are hundreds of books about Sai Baba in English alone. Sathya Sai Baba has stated to his servitors like V.K. Narasimhan that he loves to read books by authors who praise him. He is lauded by most writers, not only to the skies, but to above the highest heaven. He showers his supposed ‘grace’ only upon writers of  rose-coloured and totally uncritical accounts of himself.

Unbelievable eulogies came from such writers as his biographer N. Kasturi, the Balu family, John Hislop, Howard Murphet, Samuel Sandweiss, Peggy Mason, J. Jegathesan, Phyllis Krystal, Joy Thomas, Rita Bruce, Birgitte Rodriguez and many more.  I admit that I was deceived at the time I wrote my positive book about him – though it as one of the most restrained of all of them (excepting Prof. Erlendur Haraldssons occasionally critical book). Only when I learned so much that I was forced – against my inclination –  to re-evaluate nearly everything about him and to think critically and investigate thoroughly, did I begin to do so.

Meanwhile, most of the other authors have invested too much of their prestige and lives in their writings and engagement with this supposed ‘avatar’ of Vishnu, Rama and Krishna etc. to be able to be honest enough to investigate the evidence and realise many of their mistakes about him.  This is reprehensible, of course, but the world will judge them when all the evidence is in, and it will certainly be to consider them major dupes, even though well-intentioned ones. Knowing a good deal about the tribulations at the hands of Sai Baba and his minions of several of  the authors, their books are now mostly noteworthy to me for what they do not tell or consciously suppress!
Authors who lavish praise on Sai Baba whose books he has in general said he enjoys reading include:-

Howard Murphet – earliest promoter of Sathya Sai Baba as the ‘Man of Miracles

Smt Vijayamma ‘Refuge other thn you I have none’

Rita Bruce – hagiographer

Birgitte Rodriguez – Glimpses of the Divine

Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘pet’ psychiatrist, Dr. Samuel Sandweiss
Robert Priddy

See here for selections from the text of ‘Source of the Dream’ with my present comments

See a comprehensive, fully sourced bibliography of all extant books by or about Sathya Sai Baba and his movement in English:
“An Annotated Working Bibliography for Research on Sathya Sai Baba. Part 1” by Brian Steel (WORD doc.)
To Part 2 of the Bibliography

To Part 3 To ‘New Factors for Researchers’

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J. Jegathesan – deluded believer in Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 15, 2009

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Datuk J. Jegathesan (or Jagadeeshan, as he sometimes signs himself) has a degree in economy and has long been a top leader in the Sathya Sai organization of Malaysia. Here is the cover of one of his books which praises Sathya Sai Baba and links him to many weird and wonderful events in the ‘fourth dimension’, in which he is a fervent believer:-

excerpt from 'The Fourth Dimension' by Jegathesan

Click to enlarge: excerpt from 'The Fourth Dimension' by Jegathesan

However he is without known qualifications as an educator in human and spiritual values, as he presents himself, not least through the same  Sathya Sai Organization. His belief in Sathya Sai Baba forms the basis and outlines the limits of what he believes about everything, including ‘human values’. However, he writes about mediums, healers, possessed persons and so forth, with the experiences of which he is clearly prepossesed.

Having stated early on in his book ‘The Fourth Dimension’:”I am no expert on the question of mediums and trance situations”, he soon begins to make very definitive statements like:-”I am quite certain that these “spirits” are similarly highly evolved souls etc.”

excerpt from Jegathesan's book 'The Fourth Dimension'

Click to enlarge: excerpt from Jegathesan's book 'The Fourth Dimension'

In the two excerpts shown below here, the fact that Jegathesan has developed a strong conviction that  many phenomena of this weird and wonderful kind are important – important enough to write up at such length, despite the warning he also quotes from the one who he regards as his infallible guru that “for every true there are a hundred false” (meaning false mediums) and that he discourages devotees from “running after” such phenomena. However, Jegathesan claims – quite inconsistently – that he believes that Sathya Sai Baba has led him into following up on such phenomena.

These kind of psi-phenomena are referred to in many of  the stories about Sathya Sai Baba, not only by Jegathesan but also by others who tell about such things as his belief in black magic, his driving ou of demons from possessed devotees. I short, a very primitive superstitious view of the world and of mental illnesses.

See also SATHYA SAI’S BELIEF IN BLACK MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND DANGEROUS SUPERSITITONS Documentation of Sai Baba’s belief in black magic and related superstitions which plague India.

Other postings about Jegathesan:-

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Cover-up of Sathya Sai failings – J. Jegathesan, Malaysia

Posted by robertpriddy on October 10, 2008

An Example of Sathya Sai Organization Deliberate Misrepresentation of Former Devotees’ Call For Proper Investigation

Jega Jegathesan is one of those – both key leaders and rank-and-file members of the Sathya Sai Organization – who know that many former devotees have integrity and are not ‘vicious’ and do not spread ‘calumny’, but are principled and honest. Jegathesan referred  to the testimonies of young men who claim in credible detail (to those who know the circumstances in the ashram well) as making “faeces on the ground”!  The investigations by many former followers is based on a huge body of documented facts and statements by several hundred persons and covered by organizations like UNESCO and the US State Department and in major press articles, and in investigative TV documentaries (see links here).

Jegathesan's 'Journey to God'


Former devotee try to reveal the known facts in a principled and painstaking way so as to reach the truth about what else has been covered up. Since secrecy, unaccountability, deception, untruth and propaganda is so widespread in the Sai movement altogether, some digging is often necessary to uncover the background of certain extraordinary events so that further investigation may lead to a proper solution for or against likely suppositions. I know how difficult it is to get information about the simplest of events from the Organization’s top leaders since I was frustrated by them for years when I was the leader of the relatively small Organization in Norway. Any investigatory or critical process is avoided like the plague by Sai officials and sworn believers, because Sai Baba simply does not allow it. Even deaths and suicides – known to have taken place – are never mentioned at any official meetings or get-togethers.

Datuk Jegathesan Jegathesan has long been one of those totally uncritical supporters of Sathya Sai Baba, as his series of hagiographic books demonstrates to the extreme. The frontspiece of one of them gives the jist of his admiration for the guru, despite his knowing full well that Malaysian students left Sai Baba in 1980 due to  the sexual abuses they said they were subjected to. Jegathesan and his wife had access to the infomation gathered by a prominent pro-Sai activist in Malaysia at the time, ex-follower H.  Jayaram. He investigated this sexual abuse matter in considerable depth – speaking to the alleging victims and families and visiting India to meet students there to find out more – and he became convinced that their allegations were true, as he has informed me during a long period of correspondence we had. The Malaysian Sai movement was very disturbed by those incidents, which were widely known at the time.

Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

Datuk J. Jegathesan – on Sathya Sai Baba Miracles
Sathya Sai Apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide

Sathya Sai official Jegathesan’s son’s suicide – part 1
The suicide of Sathya Sai devotee Jegathesans’ son – part 2
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

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Sathya Sai official Jegathesan’s son’s suicide – part 1

Posted by robertpriddy on September 23, 2008


The long e-mail from Datuk J. Jegathesan (shown below) is a very revealing testament to the incapability of a long-term, totally involved and privileged Sathya Sai Baba devotee and top official to understand his guru’s total failure to protect two members of his family – or alleviate his own suffering in any tangible way.

The e-mail was sent out to various persons and was eventually posted in 2008 on the Guestbook of by some former follower. Though it is a very sensitive issue, Jegathesan circulated it so as to forestall any other accounts. This suicide could not be denied as it was covered by a Malayan newspaper (however, suicides are often covered up. I know two cases – one where the doctor reported heart failure in lieu of suicide, which I knew to be the case. In another the facts were buried and people were told it was a death from unknown causes). Suicides are covered up especially where strong religious beliefs are held against suicide, as in the case of Sathya Sai Baba – see quotations at bottom of this posting). However, having made it public he could only expect that – when a suitable time had elapsed – questions about this second extremely importunate event to such a prominent devotee family would be made. The mail reveals to the perspicacious person the complete falsity of promises by Sathya Sai Baba that he would protect his devotees… not least such a very dedicated promoter of himself (in many lectures and books, such as already quoted from here and here).


Readers can think about Jegathesan’s account here. It is a piteous affair, but – after several years – it needs to be made public and examined (as will be done critically later) because it helps to illustrate the depth of deception in Sathya Sai Baba’s promise to protect his devotees and the emptiness of his constantly quoted ‘Why Fear When I am Here?’ Not least, Dato’ J. Jagadeesan (alias Jegathesan) continues to promote Sathya Sai Baba as if he had not been exposed for what he truly is.

Ex-Baba Home Page:
Sat June 14 10:15:41 2008
Referred By: Anonymous

E-mail sent out to numerous contacts within the ‘Sai Family’ by Datuk K. Jegathesan

This shows how confused and distraught a top VIP of Baba’s is.

Still believes in “Swami’s Divine Protection” of his bhaktas, despite his son’s suicide and he wife’s earlier death in her home in Malaysia (in 1996 while he was visiting Prashanti Nilayam).

The Passing on of Jaganaatha Sai s/o Jegathesan. Malaysia. (2004)

My Dear Sai Family,

 It is with totally uncalled tears in my eyes and heart (for Bhagavan Baba has said that “under no circumstances should we cry), that I am conveying to all those who have worked with me for so many years in the leadership of the International Sai Organisation, about the passing away of my youngest son, in very hurting and sad tragic circumstances.

He was born on March 6th 1981 and Bhagavan Baba, in an interview I had with him, lovingly gave the name “Jaganaatha Sai”. Subsequently my son has had the grace of a number of personal contacts with Bhagavan, the latest being in Nov. 1996 when the family met Bhagavan about two weeks after the passing away of my dear wife Shanti. At that time Jegan (as he was lovingly called by all) was about 16 years old. He was the pet of the family, tall, fair and good looking and was a special pet of his late mother.

The passing away of Shanti, in extraordinary and sudden circumstances had great impact on all, but especially our youngest child. He went into a mild depression, and seemed to recover and performed well in his studies and at the age of 21 had graduated in IT and started working. But in between all this, it was about a year ago that his depression began to manifest.

One day he became totally irrational, and began to find faults with me and members of the family and even his office staff and close friends. I myself only realized that something was seriously wrong when he accused me of interfering with his office and speaking to his boss against his work. This stunned me and that was when we decided that he needed psychiatric help.  He was referred for medical treatment at the psychiatric ward of the Malaysian University hospital. He was there for 13 days. He was diagnosed as suffering from stress induced paranoid schizophrenia. He came out of that, and to give him a new environment, he went to Australia to further his studies (for an MBA), but returned within 2 months saying that was not for him.

His old company gladly took him back. He was in the meantime being treated for his psychological problems and was on regular medication. Even before his 23rd Birthday (6th March), he was promoted to Supervisor and when i spoke to his manager about 2 weeks before his passing away, when he was admitted to hospital, he described Jegan as “brilliant” and someone with a great future in the company.

On his return from Australia he decided to stay away from home, but would visit regularly and join for family events. About three weeks ago he called me at about 2.30 a.m. and said “Papa, I would like to come back home, as I need my family to cope with the stress”. I welcomed him back and he came back that very morning, and settled in nicely. 

About two weeks ago (on Thursday 12th Feb.) his elder sisters returned home in the late evening and saw him lying on the couch in the Living room, after he had gone jogging, (possibly for the first time in months). He did not respond to our call to “wake up and go to bed”. However thinking it was just exhaustion combined with the drugs that had been prescribed for him, we let him sleep on the couch for the night. Next morning when I went to work he was still sleeping. It was only at about 11am when my daughter called and said that he was still sleeping and they could not wake him up, that we decided to rush him to hospital. There he lay in virtual coma and under drips for 3 days and than he came out of the “sleep”.

The first day after the “awakening” he was totally irrational, but the next day he telephones me from the hospital, and talks as though nothing had happened. When asked what had happened he told the doctors and us that he could not cope with his new promotion and “wanted to end it all”. He claimed that after his promotion he had only “about an hour sleep every night”. He had taken an overdose of pills after he had finished jogging, because he “just wanted to sleep”. Now he himself laughed at the incident and told me “Papa, this will never happen again. This is a new Jaganaatha Sai”.

Anyway he was in hospital for about 10 days. My meetings with the psychiatrists who were treating him assured me that he was recovering well and he was put under new medication. He became a hero of soughts in the Ward, when he helped prevent another patient from trying to commit suicide or hurt himself by trying to cut his wrist with the sharp end of a paper clip.

On Thursday 26th Feb. the doctors said he could return home, but not before he was asked by the staff to be the master of ceremony of a party that the staff had put up for all, in conjunction with some holiday event. He even won a prize.  I took him home and that night there was a big family outing, dinner etc with his cousins and he was perfect. On Friday 27th Feb., he came into my bedroom early and joined me in my morning prayers. This was for me a very extraordinary session.

He was so good that I showed him how I cleaned the prayer altar every morning so that in case he wanted to help, he could clean it in future. Than he joined me in the garden and I showed him how I plucked Thulsi leaves and flower for prayers. I also showed him (and he did likewise) how I chewed Thulsi and Margosa leaves every morning as this was very healthy. Than we prayed together and he sang a bhajan to Lord Subramaniam. He than did LINGA ABISHEGAM on the Shivalingam that Baba had materialsed for me with instructions to offer the abishig water to sick people. He drank that water. He also did abisheg on another lingam that had been gifted to him by some elders with 27 invocations of “Om Nama Shivaaya, Om Sai Ram”, the mantra that Bhagavan Baba had asked me to use when I did the Abishegam on the materaised Shivalingam. Than he took Padanamaskaar from me and I placed Vhibuthi on his forehead and hugged and kissed his cheeks, assuring him of my Love.

When I left for office, he went over to my Aunts house in front of our home and joined his aunts (my cousins) who had come visiting from Overseas. In fact, they had told me to send him over for he should not be alone at home. They than took him for Friday prayers to the Ganesha Temple where he participated fully and happily and with great devotion. They came back home for lunch and it was a very happy family gathering. At 3.30 pm he told his aunts that he would like to go for a walk and he was so perfect that they thought nothing of it, but asked him to be back by 4.30 pm, as they did not want him out alone for so long. He insisted on the walk so they asked him to make it short.

At 5.00 pm he had not returned and they became concerned. At about 5.30 p.m., I was still in the office with some meeting, when I receive a call from my daughter. My son had at about 4.10p.m. (at best time estimates would have it from those who heard the impact), had jumped off a tall building less than half a mile away from my home and had died. He had taken his own life!

 Why he would do this when there was no stress (at least as others perceived it), when he had enjoyed, for all intents, a perfect and happy day, only God will know. There is a strange irony to these events which has been noted by many people.

On Tuesday 24th Feb at the weekly Bungsar Sai Centre Bhajan, I read out excerpts from Baba’s 2003 Christmas message. When I read that message I was doing it to comfort and give courage to some others in the Centre who had suffered some family tragedies.

This was what I read out:

“Whatever man experiences is the creation of the mind. Due to the illusion created by the mind, he establishes relationships and starts saying, my father, my mother, my wife, my children, etc. This illusion is the ultimate cause of his suffering. When man develops pure and unsullied love, he will not experience pain or suffering. Love for the physical body is false and transitory… …Pleasure and pain are of your own making. They are not given by God. You are the cause of your suffering, none else…    …Worldly LOVE is transient; it cannot be called love at all. True love is immortal. You should cultivate such love. Physical body grows and decays. How can you consider it to be real? In fact, nothing in this world is real. Body attachment is the cause of delusion. Hence, gradually reduce your body attachment. This is the most important Sadhana you have to undertake.  …What is the use if you get drowned in delusion more and more with the advancement of age? Do not develop undue attachment to be body and material possessions. Under any circumstances, do not shed tears of sorrow. You will be free from sorrow when you give up body attachment.”

 Little did I realize that my Divine Father was preparing me for the events that would confront me on Friday 27th Feb. 04.   Bhagavan had said that we should never cry under any circumstances. I always try to uphold as best as i can all what Bhagavan says.  At the mortuary I maintained HIS instructions and gave comfort to the others who were crying. But on Sat.28th during the funeral at home and at the crematorium I shamed the Avathar and myself by crying uncontrollably.

The only comfort that I could draw from the breach of this divine directive was the thought (as equally when I cried uncontrollably when my dear wife passed on), was the thought that “Rama cried when Sita was captured. Rama cried when Lakshmana was wounded in battle. Arjuna cried when his son was killed in battle”…so who am I, an ordinary aspirant of Divine devotion, not to cry. I cried but also resolved that I will continue to fulfill my Dharma and continue to contribute in my own small way to the work of the DIVINE MISSION OF THE AVATHAR. Please forgive me for taking your time with this long message.

 Even as I write this I realize that this is one way I am psychologically consoling myself and trying to, by putting this narrative on paper, taking it from the frightening recording machine in my mind that seems to be constantly repeating the events of the last few days. Perhaps now the recording machine will stop, especially when I try to sleep.

To my Beloved Bhagavan and the leaders of the Prashanti council and all the leaders who make up the leadership of the International Sai Seva Organization, I give my assurance that the tragic events that has beset my life (my mother as you all know passed away on the 29th Nov. 03, the day I left Prashanti Nilayam for home… creating almost an identical situation as when my wife passed on, as I was returning from Prashanti in Nov. 1996) will in no way diminish my resolve to serve in the Divine Mission.

I am aware that some in Malaysia and elsewhere, knowing half truths and listening to rumors will judge me harshly for “losing a son” like this, when I have tried to motivate to the highest ideals thousands of Youth round the world to be ideal sons and daughters. If that happens than that is my fate.

If even the Avatar is judged harshly, by those who wish to judge and find faults, who am I to be spared this calumny.  In respect of the work of the Sai Organisation, if the Prashanti Council leadership wishes that I serve, as I have done in the past (and as I had indicated to brother Goldstien in Prashanti in Nov 03), I will do so.

Whatever happens, I will continue to serve in HIS Divine Mission in any small way I can in Malaysia or anywhere else in the world where people feel I can contribute to the Divine Mission of reviving Dharma. Once again please forgive me for the length of this note and the details I have chosen to include.

Another reason, other than the personal psychological one, is that I do not want rumours to spread as they surely will. Some of you may be aware that the anti Sai forces used the passing away of my wife as part of their campaign, saying that she had committed suicide etc.

Though they were wrong that time, this time it will be true, but at least by making this incident transparent, hopefully it will forestall any other version. I apologies to Bhagavan and all Sai Devotees and to the Sai Leadership if the anti Sai uses this as another tool in their vicious campaign.

 With Love in my Heart to all!

Yours in SAI    Jega


Jegathesan talks of the “anti Sai forces”. Why does he use the emotive term ‘forces’ to characterise and denigrate all justified criticisms of Sathya Sai Baba? He wants Sai Baba to be beyond every kind of questioning and criticism – and he declares in print that all devotees should “plug their ears” as did Ulysses! What kind of a mind does that? The mind of a fanatic dependent on a guru-God!


Click to enlarge – This was posted in a Malaysian newspaper at the time of the suicide of Jegathesan’s son


Jegathesan also considers the critics to run a ‘vicious’ campaign. This includes the many testimonies from brave young men who – despite murders and massive persecutions of all critics of Sai Baba like David Bailey and others – have nonetheless stood forth with most credibly accurate and detailed accounts from all over the world about sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba! He cannot discriminate between seekers of truth and justice and blind believers in a self-proclaimed God whose gigantic unfulfilled and unfulfillable promises to save his devotees, plus India and plus the entire world from immorality and corruption, wars and catastrophes are bogus! He is becoming a world laughing stock because of his countless invalid ‘teachings’ plus absurd statements demonstrating the ignorance of a villager about historical facts, other religions, the sciences and medicine… as well as many superstitions, rumours he spreads, preposterous and failed predictions, and false accusations by this would-be Creator and Ruler of the Universe.

This startling case reminds of other similar instances involving horrendous abnormal deaths by murder and accident of very close servitors and devoted followers (see links below), not least the billionaire donor James Sinclair’s wife’s mortal accident while travelling in a taxi to Puttaparthi. Of course, the cold-blooded murder of four young male Sai followers in his own bedroom is a standing indictment of this guru’s alleged ‘Love all, Serve all’ claim.

Read ALSO my explanation of the necessity of these revelations: Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

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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