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Satya Purcell’s ‘My Life As Sathya Sai Baba’s Prophecy’

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 22, 2007

The story of Sharon Purcell, her ex-husband Gary, and her son, formerly known as Sathya Sai Purcell, and now (Satya, nicknamed Satch) harks back to some seminal history of the Sathya Sai Baba movement in the West. One can see the seeds of later disruption – and, indeed, eruption – being already cast.

Of Name and Nature

Sai Baba has given names to various of his devotees. This is considered among the greatest honors that he can bestow, and, among his millions of followers, he exercises this practice sparingly indeed. It is a currency confined so as not, as it were, to ‘devalue’ it. 

Sai Baba gave his own name ‘Sathya’ (which means Truth) to an American child from California, now known as Satya Purcell. (For practical purposes, his name underwent a one-letter orthographical change so that those in his own culture would not pronounce the ‘th’ which is not, in any case, sounded in the Indian original). Satya Purcell, now in his thirties, has told us that, since his own very rude awakening to the fraudulence of his former guru in the early 90’s, he has found the name ‘Sathya’ to be onerous.

My Life As Sathya Sai Baba’s Prophecy Being Serialized On 

Satya Purcell’s account is being serialized during May-June 2007 at: After accessing this Url, click on the NEWS tab at the top of the webpage. A later installment will describe his gruesome experience of avoiding a sweeper’s splashing of blood and water during the hasty cover-up of evidence straight after the police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom. (Retired University of Oslo academic Robert Priddy’s series of short articles entitled Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders has just commenced in his blogsite at: )

Excerpt from:  My Life As Sathya Sai Baba’s Prophecy

 “Sai Baba predicted my birth and gave me my name and even “foretold” a little bit about my personality. So here I am just past thirty reflecting back on what I now see as an ironic situation and sometimes painful experience. My story is hard, if not impossible, for most of his devotees to credit. He has long proclaimed himself to be the divine incarnation of all divine incarnations occurring across the millennia. Followers flock to him from many lands. He has a charismatic power that instantaneously works in his devotees’ minds to counteract any comment critical of him. My own mother, Sharon Purcell, after 30 years of deep devotion to Sai Baba, spoke out publicly in the last part of her life before she died, stating from her intimate knowledge of what he had done to devotees she had known for many years, that he had engaged in a very great deception”.

Useful Internet Links

Of Sharon Purcell, Satya Purcell’s mother, (the late) Glen Meloy wrote:

“Sharon was a devotee for 32 years and together with Elsie and Walter Cowan, Fritz and Victoria Ellis and her then husband, Gary, started the first official Southern California Center in the hilltop home of Elsie and Walter in the Cowan Heights section of Tustin, California”.

In short, the Purcells were a deeply devoted part of, and connected with seminal leaders in, the origins and spread, in the West, of the movement that culminated in the worldwide Sathya Sai Baba Organization. The late Walter and Elsie Cowan were extremely oil-rich financial supporters of Sai Baba and his mission. Click on this link for Sharon Purcell’s account as related to in careful detail and posted with her permission by her decades-long friend, Glen Meloy.

Some of Sharon’s account also appeared at a cost to herself, because the condition that was soon to kill her in 2003 (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s disease) was worsening. She worked hard to get her own account recorded, and to this end cooperated with the renowned Latin American writer and television presenter Alejandro Agostinelli – who a number of us strongly feel neither Sai Baba devotees nor his critics would have found other than very competent, fair-minded, painstaking and courteous. He refers to her in his long article Divine Sin for the journal Gatapardo (February 2002). She was too sick to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as she had bravely hoped to have been able to do, and Sharon was instead interviewed by Diego Carro, an Argentinean producer in Los Angeles. Some of her testimony appears in the series La Historia de Sai Baba, Zona de Investigación, Azul TV (2001), which received record viewing ratings.

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4 Responses to “Satya Purcell’s ‘My Life As Sathya Sai Baba’s Prophecy’”

  1. […] A few contextualizing comments and further links are within this blogsite at this Link Here: […]

  2. […] comments at this blogsite – – for this series is found: HERE and HERE. Sharon Purcell’s story as given to (the late) Glen Meloy, a friend of 30 years and […]

  3. […] comments at this blogsite – – for this series are found: HERE and HERE. Sharon Purcell’s story as carefully given to (the late) Glen Meloy, a trusted friend […]

  4. […] on this series from Satya (Sathya, Satch) Purcell series, with added resource links, are found HERE and HERE For film clip of former Andhra Pradesh Home Minister V.P.B. Nair – telling BBC cameras that […]

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