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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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 apologist J. Jegathesan and suicide

Posted by robertpriddy on October 6, 2008

Jegathesan’s Face Saving Email To Devotees – and Sai Baba’s Inhumane Call For A Suppression of Grief

‘Datuk’ J. Jegathesan  will most likely fail to rid  himself  from delusions about indisputable aspects of the true nature of Sai Baba. Unfortunately, Jega cannot allow himself to begin to see what any level-headed outside observer will conclude is at the root of his loss and the role he has unavoidably played in it all. There is no doubt that Jegathesan has suffered a great deal, yet enough time has now passed to permit that questions be raised about Sai Baba’s role in the incidents around his son’s suicide and more – in the public interest.  Jegathesan began the e-mail he circulated with:-

“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.”

Jegathesan’s self-torture and ‘guilt’ about having shed tears is pitiful to read… the more so since Sathya Sai Baba himself was clearly seen to shed tears while holding his public discourse at the funeral of his brother, Janakiramiah! Perhaps no wonder that Sai Baba was so attached to that younger brother, who arranged for the infamous cold-blooded executions in his bedroom for him through blackmail of the police chief of Puttaparthi. But Jegathesan is undisturbed by this glaring fraudulence and even wrote:-

“Little did I realize that my Divine Father was preparing me for the events that would confront me on Friday 27th Feb. 04.”

How his own reading of the usual old doctrines helped prepare him for those events, heaven only knows! His account shows that the event certainly hit him like a bombshell and left him in distress and confusion, wondering how to understand and/or rationalise it. This demonstrates how unrealistic and vague one’s ideas become under the influence of Sai Baba’s vague interactions and mind-programming ‘teaching’. Many studies have shown that suppressing the grieving process is extremely harmful to human well-being, and his discouragement of it reveals his irresponsibility and lack of fundamental emotional maturity.

Sathya Sai Baba’s and the fathers’s relation to the boy who later took his own life

Given the grief to which many boys and young men have come to in Sathya Sai Baba’s hands, it is not idle to wonder whether Sai Baba had given this fair, good-looking boy all reason to be unwilling return to any interviews? Note that Jegan (unlike Jegathesan himself) had no interviews after 1996 – the last one being two weeks after his mother’s death (it is uncertain if he had any interview before that, though his father wrote: “my son has had the grace of a number of personal contacts with Bhagavan, the latest being in Nov. 1996.” Why such sudden cessation of only the son’s interviews – not long after the ‘great impact’ of his mother’s death led to what Jegathesan calls a ‘mild depression’. Not surprising that the son, labouring under very moralistic and fundamentalist Sai Baba belief system within which he grew up, later became extremely confused with more depressive and apparent psychotic periods.

The extremely strained father-son relationship

“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.” Jegathesan determined that his son’s criticism of himself were without rational foundation, yet note that he also rigidly regards the slightest criticism of Sathya Sai Baba to be the same!. Jegathesan’s world-view is of the kind that is certainly considered ‘totally irrational’ to most educated people… involving spirits and deities of the 4th dimension, the Creator of the entire Universe embodied in his guru Sai Baba, and much weird and wonderful besides (as already partly documented here and here).

J. Jegathesan (or Jagadeeshan)

Sathya Sai VIP leader preaching at captive audience

Not taking his son’s various outbursts at face value and following them up seriously, Jega tells how he took the complaints against himself as symptoms of mental illness. With his status in Malaysian society and connections, his son was taken into psychiatric observation. The focus was thus put entirely on his son, and not on the dysfunctional and overbearing father. It would certainly seem that his son would no longer agree  with many beliefs and actions of a very authoritarian parent. (Jega’s e-mail shows he had a traditional Indian family relationship of the repressive father type – whose feet-touching padnamaskaar his son must perform, whose workplace his father arranged, whose girlfriends are vetted and wished-for bride rejected etc.)

Of course, it is not impossible that this and the strained family situation, plus the diagnosed ‘stress’ triggered a latent (genetic) schizophrenia in Jegathesan’s son.  Nonetheless, invalidating someone as ‘mad’ has been shown to be widely used as a means of placing blame on those whose opinions or minds one otherwise can’t control (eg. Laing and Esterson’s ‘Sanity, Madness and the Family) . Add to this, the intensity of the dramatic events directly linked to the onset of his natural depression at his mother’s death.  More on this in a later posting.

The poor young man must have been helpless before the rigidly held dogmas of Jegathesan about Sathya Sai Baba as Lord of All Creation, Pure Love and Purity, and far more excessive claims besides. Being under the virtual ‘mind control’ of this guru personality cult from birth onwards can obviously cause huge problems when one has to interface with the adult world of rational people and all-too-real events. His father is well known as a very active and intransigent promoter through his constant lecturing and ‘leadership’ of the Malaysian Sathya Sai Organization of what amounts to the control of the minds of devotees.

See also latest on Jegathesan

Malaysian newspaper report on suicide of Jega’s son with related issues

Full text of e-mail circulated widely by Jegathesan
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

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The suicide of Sathya Sai devotee Jegathesans’ son – part 2

Posted by robertpriddy on October 1, 2008

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One of my several contacts among former Malaysian Sathya Sai followers, a man who personally knew the Jegathesan family, provided the newspaper clip (left) and a translation for the Sai Baba exposé, along with other information which will be released soon.   According to this front page article of the Malaysian Tamil newspaper, Nanban (28/2/04), a 25-year old man wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans had jumped from the 7th storey of a building in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (near to Jegathesan’s house). A further report holds: Jeyakanthan had been in Malaysia a week for his grandmother’s antiyeshti ceremony. Before he had jumped (presumably in the 40-minute plus interval between leaving home and dying) he had gone to several of the shops near the building where he had jumped to wish goodbye to many of his friends there. They, thinking that Jeyakanthan was about to depart for England, wished him well on his way. They did not know that it was their last goodbye to him.

Jegathesan’s declaration was sent out internally in the Sathya Sai Organization (see text here). It is legitimate to think about and question the scenario sketched after Jega’s own account. The evidence can always be regarded in various ways, remembering that there have already been a number of detailed reports of suicides by young male followers for various reasons connected with Sathya Sai Baba. More on the questions raised here will be posted later on.

It is sad but not unexpected that, despite all of Sai’s statements about protecting his devotees and arranging every detail for them etc., they rationalise away even the most awful fates that befall them. What is the value of ‘Why fear when I am here’ after this? Who can have faith in Sathya Sai Baba’s boasted protection of his devotees if such a devoted follower and server as J. Jegathesan wife Shanti and son Jeyakanthan were not spared their fates?

Latest up-date on the Jegathesan issue here: Sathya Sai’s Dato Jegathesan and smear campaigns

See more on Jegathesan
Malaysian newspaper report on suicide of Jega’s son with related issues
Full text of e-mail circulated widely by Jegathesan
Dato J. Jegathesan, a ‘Secret Swami’ cult top leader-roving ambassador
Sathya Sai Baba reported as shedding tears daily!

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