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Sathya Sai Baba Hospitalized, Despite Hailing His Extraordinary ‘Health’

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 29, 2011

Stop Press! News of Sathya Sai Baba’s hospitalization is breaking in these last hours.

Reports, cited from medical authorities attending him, state that he has “pneumonia and water has entered his lungs”, and that there are “breathing problems because of severe infection”. A “cardiac problem” exists, and a “permanent pacemaker has been implanted”.

Only an official Puttaparthi sanitized version of health problems afflicting Sathya Sai Baba is possible. Any reader of informed chroniclers – such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Serguei Badaev, Alexandra Nagel, myself and others – knows how we have extensively, and with much care, often documented the tight control on propaganda emanating from Puttaparthi and the leadership of the international Sathya Sai Organization.  One of my most read articles is about the deputy international chairman of that organization. He is also the director of Radio Sai Harmony, Sathya Sai Baba’s costly attempt to get radio broadcasts into every corner of the world: Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman.

A Mahashivaratri 2000 report in Sanathana Sarathi, Sai Baba’s official organ (distributed worldwide), unintentionally makes a mockery of Sathya Sai Baba’s absurd self-presentations regarding his health, of which, by long habit, he forever gives the rosiest reports. It almost sounds like the boxer Cassius Clay proclaiming, “I’m the greatest”. For the Swedish psychologist Åsa Samsioe’s assessment of some of Sai Baba’s self-referential tendencies, see:  Sathya Sai Baba As A Narcissist.

The ailing Sai Baba Hails His ‘Health’

In 2003, he had a second hip fracture in a series of some five. Six doctors implanted a hip-joint, which did not heal properly. How such a routine operation, performed worldwide, can have failed is a case to be wondered at. Since that same year, he has been confined to a wheelchair or driven about in a golf-buggy type of vehicle.  An increasing trail of absurd blunders causes great embarrassment to his minders.  In this case, his cover story, stated with a detailed seriousness, as his staggering movements began to occur, was that mother earth was attracted to his feet. Making entirely unscientific statements about the nature of magnetism, he claimed that it was a special magnetic force which caused things to stick to him.  See ‘Magnetism of feet and hands farce’ and Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

As if these strange utterances were not more than enough – especially coming from one who claims to be omnipotent, omniscient and omnifelicitous – soon, he made further impossible claims about his hip and bones. These claims, indeed, were all too soon shown by subsequent events to be truly absurd. Again in that same year, a grandiose Sai Baba proclaimed:

“You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! All are getting attracted to Swami.”
(Discourse 16 March 2003).

At times, his air of unreality, compounded by that of his blind-faith believers, is acute. He has said:

“There is no trace of anger or hatred in Me and hence everyone loves Me” and
“Someone says that Sai Baba is angry with X or Y. Sai Baba has no ill feeling towards anyone.
Equally, nobody is hostile to Bhagawan. Everyone loves and none hates Bhagawan. Bhagawan’s mission is well known”.

(Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse 11th August 2001 in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam)

Sathya Sai Baba - wheelchair-ridden
But, sadly for himself and his devotees, he is not all-powerful but all-senile.
Breaking News On Sathya Sai Baba’s Health Troubles

Deccan Chronicle Correspondent


March 28: The world-renowned spiritual leader Sri Satya Sai Baba was hospitalised in Puttaparthi on Monday with a cardiac problem. Sri Satya Sai Baba, who celebrated his 86th birthday in last November, complained of slow heart beat in the afternoon and the trust officials rushed him to Sri Satya Sai institute of higher medical sciences in Prashantigram.

According to a medical bulletin released by hospital director Dr A.N. Safaya, Satya Sai Baba had developed slow heart rate at below 60 beats per minute and giddiness in the afternoon. He mentioned that a permanent pace maker had been implanted and the Baba’s condition was stable as per clinical parameters. Dr Safaya said that there was no need to worry, as the Baba’s condition was stable now. After hearing the news, thousands of devotees in and around Puttaparti started thronging the hospital. The devotees are offering prayers in several temples seeking Baba’s recovery from illness. Apart from local devotees, foreign devotees also thronged the hospital and inquired about Baba’s condition.


Sri Satya Sai Baba hospitalised

Times of India

March 29, 2011

HYDERABAD: Sri Satya Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Satyasai super-speciality hospital on Monday evening due to ill-health. Doctors said he was suffering from pneumonia and water has entered his lungs. Allaying fears of lakhs of his devotees, J Ratnakar of Sri Satyasai Trust said that Sai Baba was recovering.

Sources said Sai Baba has also developed breathing problems because of severe infection. “But his situation is improving with constant medical attention. There is nothing to worry about his health,” Ratnakar added.


Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba hospitalised for serious illness

Pacemaker support for Sai Baba’s weak heart

‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed

Note: In the article:  ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’, the world-famous ‘Marie Claire’ magazine has just furthered the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult.  The author is journalist Gethin Chamberlain, who, according to his bio on his website is: “a photojournalist covering South Asia for The Observer. He also writes for a number of other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Grazia, GQ, Look, News of the World, South China Morning Post and The National. Based in India, he previously worked as a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph and as The Scotsman’s chief reporter”. He can be contacted at:

Sathya Sai Baba Continues To Ail

Sathya Sai Baba In Fits of Sobbing: Video Footage Confirms Earlier Accounts

Miracle: Sai Baba spews out 3 tons of gold: he says

The 85th birthday showed an aged and semi-demented figure who seems hardly aware of what is happening around him. (brief video)

A very reduced and senile-looking Sathya Sai Baba at his 85th birthday (brief video)

See Jorge Reyesvera‘s point-by-point, rational reductio of Sathya Sai Baba’s terribly confused, sometimes downright contradictory, notions of magnetism:

The Omniscient Sai Baba’s Massive ignorance of Physics Exposed (I)

  • Be it noted that the source of the discourse that Reyesvera uses is from a provenance long-accepted by Sathya Sai Baba adherents everywhere. A comment on this article reads that this:  “discourse on magnetism by Sathya Sai Baba is from the  Mahasivarathri, 2002 … The following is an excerpt from the verbatim translation of the premsai website’s version of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on Mahashivarathri, 13-3-2002, which appears in an edited-down version in ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ – March 2002″.

For Sathya Sai Baba’s statement that was horrendously falsified by the terrorist events of November 26, 2008 in Mumbai that were seen by the world, here  is the report of Sathya Sai Baba’s words from his discourse dated November 22 (the day before the vast and opulent birthday celebrations) – from a well-acknowleged Sathya Sai Baba reporter, R. Satish Naik (who lives close to the Puttaparthi ashram), a member of the well-organized, almost official Saibabaofindia group:

“India is the only place where people are not worried about any attacks.  In America , Germany and other countries, they can’t eat well or sleep well. There is fear of bombs always in those countries. But in India , there is no fear of bombs. India will never have any such attacks”.

See my article: “No fear of bombs” in India, Said Sai Baba a Week Before Mumbai Terrorist Attack

‘God’ (Sathya Sai Baba) Blunders On! – On History

Hasty Cover Up Of Sai Baba ‘No bombs in India’ Blunder



Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)

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Is Sathya Sai Organization ‘Education’ Really Education?

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 25, 2011

There are many means by which the Sathya Sai Organization spreads its influence in communities throughout the world.  In regard to education, one is in-house, and introduces children of Sai devotees to the major world faiths, but emphasises primary faith in Sathya Sai Baba as God fully incarnate on earth at this time, and living in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh South India.

On the other hand, it seeks to gain admissions to schools wherever it can, where its devotees take a highly packaged, stripped down, re-vamped version of the program, in which Sathya Sai Baba is not promoted. This is called its secular EHV (Education in Human Values) initiative.

But getting children to think to a purpose, and to become confident in their own self processes, rather than indoctrinating them is among the most vital requirements of this or any other time. For those interested in seeking another approach to values education, this video clip is, I think, worth looking at as a challenge to hard-held ideas about getting kids involved in passionate and meaningful discussions about ethical values.

That is to say, we need to unfold an emphasis on stimulating independent ethical thinking and enquiry, rather than imposing received religious or philosophical systems of one kind or another. Teaching how to think, rather than what to think. And fostering feelingful, mutual acceptance, rather than mere toleration.

See:  Special Ethics Education in NSW primary schools (Australia)

See also:  Three Died After Putting Their Faith In Guru

Source: The Times.  Monday August 27, 2001 Page: 3 Edition: 4M
Byline: Dominic Kennedy.

Quote from this article –

Sai Baba’s message is being preached in more than 500 British schools through charities which claim to provide non-denominational education in “human values”.

Tom Sackville, a former Home Office Minister, last night urged the Government to take decisive action to warn teachers and pilgrims of the dangers of becoming involved with Sai Baba. The guru’s reputation is plummeting after the United Nations cancelled a conference at his headquarters, issuing a condemnation of his alleged sex abuse of youths and boys.

Unicef pulled out of a conference it was due to sponsor with the guru’s educational organisation in Puttaparthi last September.

The UN’s cultural agency issued a trenchant statement: “The organisation is deeply concerned about widely reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that have been levelled at the leader of the movement in question, Sathya Sai Baba.

“Whilst it is not for Unesco to pronounce itself in this regard, the organisation restates its firm moral and practical commitment to combating the sexual exploitation of children, in application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires states to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and violence.”

In hundreds of British schools, Sai Baba-influenced educational programmes on “human values” are currently being promoted as part of the National Curriculum. The Charity Commission met the trustees of one of the educational charities involved, the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Trust UK, last year and “found no concerns”, a spokesman said.

Mr Sackville, chairman of the anti-cult organisation Fair (Family Action Information and Resource), said that he had successfully intervened to persuade a girls’ school to reject a Sai Baba-inspired course.

“Schools are not on their guard because at official level they are not given any steer,” Mr Sackville said.


Further Reading

e-mail exchanges between former Head of Sathya Sai Moscow Centre and EHV in Russia, Serguei Badaev, and Ms. Madhava Majmudar, Sai devotee and Education in Human Values propagator in Scotland

UNESCO conference without UNESCO 

Sathya Sai Baba Human Values – EHV and Educare

A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 4



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What Is A Cult? Does Sathya Sai Baba Preside Over A Servile, Worldwide Cult?

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 21, 2011

Is the Sathya Sai Organization a cult?  It is a fair question.  No careless use of terms will serve us well. We might also enquire – perhaps of our own selves, more than anyone else, whether there are significant cultic elements in those institutions we may too readily deem ‘mainstream’ or liveable-with, or somehow ‘rational’, ‘normal’, and so forth.

Does not the human mind tend to cling to certain presumed verities? How would we do traveling, for a while, without them? Even if such ‘verities’ had some substance to them, does the clinging in itself nullify any more profound nurturing of our being that we would wish to be mediated via our belief systems? 

I pose questions, here, rather than wish to plunge into answers. The reader may wish to take the definition below and hold it up to material appearing on this blog more widely, and also to the writings of the most serious, focused commentators critical of Sathya Sai Baba and his Sathya Sai Organization, such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Alexandra Nagel, Serguei Badaev and Kevin R.D. Shepherd.

Perhaps it is our human readiness to come up with answers, and structures and tenets that traps instead of frees us. Perhaps we need, first, to posit, for the sake of argument or simply the fun of it, that we are trapped in our ‘verities’ and ‘solutions’. In short, to see what the trap might look like – before we can ever hope to see what the freedom might look like. It may be that, after searching self-scrutiny, any significant freedom that may be glimpsed may be too much for us to bear ….

Here is a possible useful, and very brief, attempt at getting to a definition of a cult ….

“A cult is a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g., isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, the use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management, suspension of individual critical judgment, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of leaving it, etc. designed to advance the goals of the group’s leaders to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families… ”  (West and Langone, 1986).


Further Reading

Is the Sathya Sai Organization not a cult?

On Leaving the Sathya Sai Baba Cult (Part 1.)- Ex Leaders and Rank-and-File

Sathya Sai Baba Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia

Jaani Drucker – wild claims not supported by her actions

Will the Real Professor Alvin Drucker Be Upstanding?

‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed

 In Wikipedia, Moreno, Google Robert Priddy notes:  “There was an exchange of views between Barry Pittard and Jaani [or Yaani] Drucker on his blog on Rationalizing Rape, and his replies to Jaani Drucker here and here. Now I make a more detailed examination of the issues at stake”.

In Wikipedia, Moreno, Google, the independent British author on religious and philosophical topics Kevin Shepherd notes:  “In October 2006, I discovered a Wikipedia User page that was very hostile towards my publishing effort known as Citizen Initiative (CI). The pseudonym of the attacker was here SSS108. I did not at first know who the aggressor was, though afterwards some academic friends were able to trace the identity of this person, who is a salient American internet defender of the controversial guru Sathya Sai Baba. He had become a Wikipedia editor in relation to that guru. His name is known in variants. He has identified himself as Gerald Moreno, and as Joe Moreno, and some commentators have therefore called him Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno”.

In Sathya Sai Baba: problems,  Kevin Shepherd writes:  “One of the major critical commentators on the corpus of Sathya Sai is the ex-devotee Brian Steel. His website has also furnished penetrating analyses of matters such as miracles and the reincarnation claim. See especially Brian Steel, ‘Claim to be the Reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba’ at That claim is very much open to repudiation, especially as it is so obvious that this recourse produced fame for the claimant at an early stage in his career. See 23.4 below. A recent contribution is Steel, ‘Sathya Sai Baba’s Questionable Stories and Claims’ at This makes many references to the edited discourses in Sathya Sai Speaks, and the conclusion is expressed that the subject is not omniscient (contrary to his claim). Steel instead describes Sathya Sai as a charismatic guru ‘who offers eclectic (Hindu-based) spiritual teachings and promotes universal harmony and charitable works achieved by devotees’ efforts or donations’”.



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‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

In the article:  ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’, the world-famous ‘Marie Claire’ magazine has just furthered the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult.

Writing for the Australian edition of ‘Marie Claire’ (April 2011), the British journalist Gethin Chamberlin, who resides in India  (See note below), writes:

Sathya Sai Baba, God, guru, magician, is arguably one of the most influential men on earth – and certainly one of the most controversial.  He counts presidents, prime ministers and kings (and celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Sarah Ferguson) among his 50 million followers.  He sits on a multi-billion-dollar fortune, his picture hangs on the walls of hundreds of institutions that bear his name, he claims he can materialise holy healing ash and diamond rings out of thin air, and perform miracle cures. He claims he is omnipotent and omnipresent. He has variously described himself as the second coming of Jesus and the reincarnation of the Hindu gods Shiva and Shakti, and his followers believe he is God in human form.

But behind the pageantry lies a sinister underbelly.

(Note:  there are serious questions to be raised about crowd estimates, and some journalists have trusted figures which, when examined, turn out to be those trumpeted around by the Sathya Sai sect itself. See: Sathya Sai Baba’s Gross Exaggerations of Puttaparthi Crowd Numbers).

Hollywood Legend Goldie Hawn Sprouts Happiness

Scandal-plagued Britsh Royal, and Sai Baba follower, Sarah Ferguson

Major media around the world have exposed various aspects of Sathya Sai Baba, and of his official Sathya Sai Organization, which has grown increasingly authoritarian over the decades. See: Notable Former Devotees Who Have Spoken Out and: Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist in the limelight.

Gethin Chamberlain writes:

Since the 70’s, countless men have come forward with accounts of abuse, all familiar:  Sai Baba calls them into a private meeting, places his hands on their genitals, then tells them it is not a sexual act. Sometimes he performs oral sex on them, sometimes they on him. Always the explanation is the same: this is an act of God. Many choose to ignore the allegations, and Sai Baba’s army of powerful supporters help to quash the rumours. Last November, more than a million people attended Sai Baba’s 85th birthday, the prime minister and president of India were among them.

See: Avatar of Deception: Sathya Sai Baba. 85, But Says He Will Rule World and: Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs At 85th Birthday Celebration (Video Footage) and: Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday No Celebration For Those He Has So Badly Hurt.

Although it states that there are many worldwide allegations of Sai Baba’s sexual abuse of young males, and refers to the UNESCO and US State Department advisories, the ‘Maire Claire’ article does not allude to various other scandals, most notably the massive Puttaparthi and local, state and central government cover up of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in on 6 April 1993, which BBC television exposed well in ‘The Secret Swami’, in 2004.  See: Barry Pittard’s Guide To His Articles On The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Exposing Sai Baba) and: V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings and: Will V.P.B. Nair Keep His Word To BBC On Sathya Sai Baba? and: V.K. Narasimhan on the 1993 Sathya Sai Baba murders and: Sathya Sai Baba and India in-depth study.

Two examples Chamberlain cites give typical examples of the guru-blinded nature of many Sathya Sai Baba cultists (and cultists of many another feather!), and the manner in which they bury their consciences in rationalizations that defy ethics common to many cultures, and indeed contravene the laws of a great many countries.  He writes:

But complaints against Sai Baba have now piled so high even some of his most ardent supporters accept there is truth in them.  In 2004, Isaac Tigrett (ed., the US billionaire and co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe chain, who also established The House Of Blues) told a BBC reporter that even though he “absolutely believes there is truth to the rumours”,  it doesn’t change his feelings about his guru.  “He could go out and murder someone tomorrow,” admits Tigrett, “and it’s not going to change the good things that have come out of my relationship [with Sai Baba]”.  Devotee Ram Das Awle agrees, but adds that any contact Sai Baba had with young men would have been for their own good:  “It seems very likely any sexual contact Sai Baba has had with devotees, of whatever kind, has actually been only a potent blessing, given to awaken the spiritual power within those souls. Who can call that wrong?”.

Isaac Tigrett, Longtime Financial Backer of Sathya Sai Baba

See: Isaac Tigrett. Selling Out Those Condemned to a House Of Blues and: Isaac Tigrett & a fake ‘crystal skull’ Sai Baba ‘materialized’ and: The fall and fantasies of Sai Baba supporter, Isaac Tigrett

To be sure, there are grave types of crime, and spiritual betrayal on a mammoth international scale, which this article and many others have not, understandably, been able to capture.  Nevertheless, it is to advantage that ‘Marie Claire’ features world standard photojournalism, and the ‘Holy Man Or Hoax?’ article contains quite recent and strikingly revealing photos of just some of the incredible opulence with which Sai Baba surrounds himself.  His madness, authoritarianism and overweening arrogance are damningly evident to a vast array of human beings, but not to those smitten by their unquestioning faith in him.

In responses to the magazine article, both from those in many religions and from those who disdain religion altogether, there cannot help but be a common attitude, here.  They will abhor Sathya Sai Baba’s and his organization’s splurging lavishness. Alike, their eyes will behold the disgraceful exhibitionism, the squandering of wealth in a land of great poverty and inequality, and the vaulting arrogance and profound lack of active ethics and genuine spirituality in Sathya Sai Baba and in those who are enslaved to him.   See: Sathya Sai Baba: opulence, show, extravagance and waste and: Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia.

The Sweatshop Streets On Which Opulent 'Shining' India Often Thrives

The more the facts get out to mass audiences the more the world will realize the corruptness of successive Indian governments, irrespective of which regime is in power, which have protected and covered up for Sai Baba – a veritable ‘golden goose’ for many among India’s elites – who has never been brought to face laws that are, nonetheless, enshrined in Indian state and central bodies of Law.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh Worships Sathya Sai Baba

India's President Pratibha Devsingh Patil Bows To Sai Baba

Former Indian PM A.B. Vajpayee, a Sathya Sai devotee


Further Reading

The Divine Downfall of Sathya Sai Baba (UK Telegraph)

UK Guardian On Sathya Sai Baba and Duke’s Awards

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba). Revealing Footage

Sathya Sai Baba’s Un Divine Downfall

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia

Sathya Sai Organization double morals

Dr. G. Venkataraman’s delusions and cynical cover up

Gethin Chamberlain

….. is a photojournalist covering South Asia for The Observer. He also writes for a number of other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Grazia, GQ, Look, News of the World, South China Morning Post and The National. Based in India, he previously worked as a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph and as The Scotsman’s chief reporter. He can be contacted at:



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Sathya Sai Baba’s Institute of ‘Higher Learning’. Independent Professional Assessment Needed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 10, 2011

Self-praise is no recommendation.

Sathya Sai Baba’s public discourses, and many speeches by those around him, keep hailing the supposed glories of his education system.   It would be useful if there were an authoritative, independent assessment. But where would one look?  Certainly, beyond the loud hailing systems at Puttaparthi. And far beyond the political favouritism that is so endemic among the demonstrably corrupt government and political supporters of Sathya Sai, who sanction and support the almost unimaginable wealth, pomp and circumstance that are to be seen at Puttaparthi.  And, still worse, cover up the facts surrounding the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom 1n 1993. See:  The BBC and the 1993 murdersAnd innumerable cases of his, and sometimes of his close servitor’s sexual abuses of young males, and many and grievous other forms of abuse. See:  Barry Pittard’s Guide To His Articles On The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Exposing Sai Baba)


Let us take, for example, Sathya Sai Baba’s university at Puttaparthi. 

There is, in fact, a noted international authority which does rate the top four hundred universities in the world. It is here: But one searches in vain for any assessment that supports  Sathya Sai Baba’s and his associates’ loud hailing of his institution.

A professional, rather than a devotional assessment, is a perfectly reasonable expectation.

Further Reading

 Sri Sathya Sai University – Or All That Glitters Is Not Gold. by Serguei Badaev


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Sathya Sai Baba In Fits of Sobbing: Video Footage Confirms Earlier Accounts

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 5, 2011

It is known that Sathya Sai Baba has, more recently, gone into fits of sobbing – he, who has caused so many terrible and wracking tears to his countless victims from many countries.

In the years following November 1975, the year in which I first read of him, I increasingly thought that Sathya Sai Baba was transforming Indian society, and would transform not only India but many individuals from countries around the world. And that he would achieve this revolution in human consciousness on a far greater scale as time went by; indeed, on a scale unparalleled in history.

He has many times claimed that he will, effectively in his own lifetime, avert mankind’s worst catastrophe, and set it on the path to a golden age. (See a list of his claims, which the scholar Brian Steel has cited from among many more such claims that Sathya Sai Baba has made, over time, where he states that he is the pinnacle of avatarhood – in Sathya Sai Baba’s Claims of Divinity and Divine Powers).

Sathya Sai Baba is the would-be ‘God’ that failed. Well may he cry. His is a crying shame.

When I was 16 years old, I read Louis Fischer’s biography of Mahatma Gandhi – one who lived with a simplicity and an integrity that were a far cry from the extreme pomp and cirumstance with which Sathya Sai Baba has ever-increasingly surrounded himself.  See: Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday No Celebration For Those He Has So Badly Hurt

Reading Fischer’s book was one of my most riveting and formative experiences. However, I could see that many of Gandhi’s co-workers paid lip-service to spiritual and ethical principles that were of the utmost importance to Gandhi and his closest associates in the fight for freedom from British rule. In any case, there were too many countervailing tendencies in a world in which, as never before, technology was in the ascendant. This grave tension lay at the heart of differences between Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru, the latter of whom was a modernizer.

For me, in personal terms, it meant that no matter how great their character, ideas and ideals, appearances across history of extraordinary individuals were insufficient to solve a great range of human conflicts. Far worse could be staved off, but far better could not be achieved.

This was true of both autocratic and democratic models, and religious and non-religious ones. Despite, here and there, the existence of some precious freedoms, there was another kind of problem: the terrible and daily inner conflict within relationships in an increasingly prosperous society. Not only the lack of healthy relationships within families but among citizens at large. In my country, Australia, the sociopolitical landscape was very different to many features to be seen elsewhere – such as gulags, concentration camps, venues of torture, tramping jackboots, neighbours spying on neighbours, with all the apparatus of the police state and so on. I felt that most of my countrymen, although having a generous if narrow side, were often bland, superficial, naive and isolated from the rest of the world.

Like many others, I lost the Christian faith of my forebears, and, from the 1960’s, along with some of the young of my generation, looked to traditions, such as ancient Indian ones, which were still extant. In my case, I found the sutras of the ancient rishi Patanjali elegant, rational and meaningful.  I also enjoyed – although at the level of myth and allegory – certain aspects of ancient Indian culture such as the stories from the Mahabharata, as well as certain saint traditions – in which exemplary lives triumphed over sectarianism and dogma – in particular, accounts of the life of Shirdi Sai Baba.

The hunger and thirst of ardent seekers were very great.

Internally, Australia (since its British origins) had experienced almost no martial conflicts, and the ones that did occur were small-scale. Many of the war-induced emotional scars were those of service personnel who, in large numbers, served in foreign fields in two world wars and other major and lesser military conflicts. Apart from the often very hidden emotional and physical harms intruding from these engagements into the Australian psyche, there was another great harm – again often not obvious. This was the thoughtless hedonism and materialism that came with post-war prosperity, where possession of objects now gripped the acquisitive mind and governed a sense of personal value. Corporations rode ever higher, just as their skyscrapers did. Old community values which had brought coherence to a simpler society often yielded to the growth of sprawling urban conurbations, where neighbourliness increasingly disappeared, and a selfish individualism asserted itself.

The effects of a failed, would-be avatar of all avatar’s, and one possessing a genius to deceive a great many, and a venality to hide, are also very great.

Now 85 years old and both mentally and physically unstable, with many of his predictions abysmally failed, along with countless promises (such as of healing people), it is little wonder that Sathya Sai Baba, from our reliable information, has been seen to weep for hours of a day. Last November, his sobbing has even been captured on video and can be seen by clicking HERE.   See my article: Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs At 85th Birthday Celebration (Video Footage), Posted by Barry Pittard on December 31, 2010.

At 85th Birthday, Sathya Sai Baba's Sobbing Fit


Further Reading

Many Notable Sathya Sai Baba Cult Leaders Resign

Ageing and collapse in Sai Baba’s health

BBC and Other Film Footage Shows India’s Top Guru Sathya Sai Baba Faking Miracles

Sai Baba caught in cheating about the Christian Bible

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions


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