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

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 2, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba’s blunders on history and science are big. For some truly egregious science examples, see the articles cited at the foot of this page.

Readers perturbed to see their friends, family or colleagues getting into the Sathya Sai Baba cult may consider – if the victims are not too far blinded – sharing such materials as highlighted in red, below.  In recent days Robert Priddy has dug up a Sai Tower’s pamphlet that has the full text of Sai Baba’s 1996 Christmas Discourse. In this, Sai Baba’s (supposedly all-knowing) dating of Jesus Christ’s life and extreme mix-up of historical facts about Catholics and Protestants and Islam and Martin Luther are extremely awry. 

A great many educated people have learnt enough history to see what absurd nonsense such Sai Baba claims reveal. Yet here is a man – of imperial wealth and vast sway over the minds of many, including those supposedly educated – who proclaims to the millions that he is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. And that he is the ‘Avatar’  (embodiment of God on earth) who will effectively transform the entire world in his own lifetime.

Here is someone – and no god of any sort – at whose feet successive Indian Prime Ministers, Presidents and countless other Indian eminences, across a wide religious and political spectrum, have repeatedly fallen, including the current Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. In passing, I note that the latter’s  mentor was the exceptionally powerful late  S.B. Chavan, the former Home Minister who presided over the profound cover up of attempted police and media investigations of the April 6, 1993 police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom.

India's President Pratibha Devsingh Patil bows to Sai Baba

The then Editor of Sanathana Sarathi, the official Sai newsletter that goes worldwide, V.K. Narasimhan who, as I know from working alongside him, edited out embarrassing statements of Sai Baba, excluded the following blunders.  There has also been editorial omission of the embarrassments in Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXIX. Unfortunately for the weeders (see my article The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements), the efforts at excision failed to prevent the unwitting inclusion of the damaging material in the American film maker James Redmond’s footage of the entire discourse.

Still further, Robert Priddy has just unearthed – and now scanned and made available – a pamphlet containing Sai Baba’s 1996 Christmas Day discourse, published by Sai Towers, Puttaparthi. He has provided detailed information and commentary. Useful references to re-surfacing of this discourse are also contained in Brian Steel’s SB’s Discourses. More Nonsense’ (24 February 2002), and: The Sathya Sai Baba Discourse on Christmas Day, 1996.


Dr Manmohan Singh attends Sai Baba’s birthday event, 1996  


Here is just one of his many aburdities, which should rock, but does not, his auditors who know the slightest general history details:  “Three hundred and fifty years B.C., before Christ, Jews lived. However, among Jews, there were religions such as Islam and Christianity. People of that land, they are all Jews. That land is the birthplace of both the religions, Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew language was very prominent. This Hebrew language is more or less equal to our Sanskrit. …”

“Christianity is not just 2,000 years in its origin. It was there even before Christ, 350 years. There the divinity is explained very clearly.”

“The name and the fame of Jesus Christ have spread far and wide. Here, at this moment, there are two schools of thought. The first group of thought – Roman Catholics. There is another group that fought with this group. This group is called Protestants. As they protested, they are Protestants. So among Jews there are these two groups: Catholics and Protestants. The difference of opinion has increased day by day. This led to Jesus, whose life was in danger. Jews there in Jerusalem did not permit Jesus to go there. Like this, religious conflict and fighting was ever on the rise. There were 250 schools of thought, divisions there. They also monopolized certain countries.”

“Because of so many groups there, they all attempted even to harm Jesus. Romans on one side. Catholics on the other side. Luther on another side. There were so many groups that went on changing. All these differences are based on violence, and that led to madness. Because of this attachment to group affiliations, naturally there was conflict and fighting.”

“Religious affiliation leads to ego. This led to confusion among them as to what Jesus said right or wrong.”

Select Reading

Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

Sai Baba Is God Says Top George Bush Doctor

India’s Chronic Addiction To Anacronistic Gurus. Any Sea-change?

Venkataraman – the most gullible physicist alive?

Sathya Sai Baba followers in education and science

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba

Jorge Reyesvera – Posted Writings On Sathya Sai Baba Claims, Especially On Science

 A New Celebrity Endorsement of SSB’s Alleged Divinity?


Excerpt From Public Petition

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Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization


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Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs At 85th Birthday Celebration (Video Footage)

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 31, 2010

Over the years, we have received various reports of Sathya Sai Baba increasingly losing a composure that has been oft-noted in him for decades. But only recently has this type of behaviour been clear for all to see, and in video footage emanating from his own camp. During his November birthday, Sathya Sai Baba – in the midst of being praised for all the good he has done – broke down and sobbed deeply and for some time. To see this video (download 3.9 Mbs), CLICK HERE

Sathya Sai Baba on his 85th birthday - not happy “Be happy!” “I have no enemies.. I love all. I am always smiling. Many people think how can I keep smiling? I don’t like castoroil faces.. When you all are happy, I will be happy.” Sathya Sai Baba in his lectern-thumping tirade, Christmas Discourse 2000
See the articles from which the quotes are excerpted:

Is Puttaparthi Glitter the ‘Shining India’?

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 16, 2010

“Often, there is the tacit assumption that to criticize Sathya Sai Baba is itself a slight against India. This is offensive to a great many Indians from all walks of life who do not think that Sai Baba is a reflection of all that is good in their country.

Anyone who has lived in India lengthily, as I have, comes to know how profoundly Indians across classes and divides deplore the corruptions and abuses of human rights and democratic freedoms which they see perpetrated by the power elites in their country.

Yet this is the India that Sai Baba has said he will transform. He has spoken of first “cleaning up his own backyard”, before saving the entire world before he dies. He is now very old and sick”.

Sathya Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs at 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 11, 2010

“Sathya Sai Baba’s many reported weeping episodes have taken – as from circa the year 2000 – a marked upsweep after the advent of worldwide exposure of widespread serial sexual abuse of boys and young men (See also HERE and HERE);  his implication in the massive local, state and central governments’ cover up of police killings in his bedroom at Puttaparthi (See HERE and HERE and HERE); vast misappropriation of billions in funds collected worldwide (See HERE and HERE and HERE); his vast opulence in a land of great poverty, squalor, ignorance and superstition; his failed predictions (See HERE and HERE); and much else that reveals him to be one of history’s great imposters, whatever may be the good deeds that he has sparked off in many of his devotees”.

Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2010
“On 23 November, 2010, devotees from around the world celebrate Sathya Sai Baba’s 85th birthday. Their consciences need to be challenged. They can be asked:  How can they lend themselves to such wasteful displays of pomp and ceremony? How can those of them who have so cruelly rejected their once dearly beloved fellow devotees, whom they knew over decades to be good and decent human beings, proclaim that they are, as Sai worshipers, devotees of Truth, Love and Right Action? How can those Indian government and other dignitaries, whom we know to have been apprised in detail of the many worldwide allegations against Sai Baba, look at themselves and their families with any honesty?”
“At his 60th birthday, Sathya Sai Baba foretold that he would not physically age. But now look! And compare the various older photos with those only of the last days.

The newspaper Eenadu is the largest circulated Telugu newspaper in Andhra Pradesh (the State where Sathya Sai Baba lives), and claims a daily readership of over 10 million. (See my article: Sathya Sai Baba’s Slurred Speech Due To Old Age. ‘Eenadu’ News Report). Eenadu reported at the time of the last birthday:

Lacking in Clarity: There was a lack of clarity in Satya Sai’s speech because of his old age. The interpreter struggled much to translate his speech into English. Satya Sai was seated in a special wheel chair which was brought very close to the car, so he could very slowly get into it. At the time of the speech, he stood up with great difficulty with the help of his assistants”.

Sick and Ailing Sathya Sai Baba 85. His Promises to Look Young Have Failed

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 24, 2010



Deccan Chronicle

Puttaparthi town hit by poor civic amenities
November 16th, 2010
While the authorities are making temporary arrangements for the visit of notable persons from 150 nations, problems of long-pending basic amenities haunt the dwellers. Almost all internal roads are ruined and drains are waterlogged across the town …. Sewage treatment is in shambles though civic authorities renovated it with Rs 1 crore last year. Residents are concerned as unhygienic conditions prevail at the municipal compost yard. The government assured that it would provide boating facilities for devotees in Enumulapalli tank, but this has not materialised yet. Dwellers urge the government to take up roads and drainage system restoration works before Baba’s birthday, else it would give a bad impression to the visiting dignitaries.

Sick and Ailing Sathya Sai Baba 85. His Promises to Look Young Have Failed

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 24, 2010

“That age has its physical and mental ravages is not the point here.  Who is not privy to these? …. To which Shakespeare’s Hamlet refers in his famous soliloquy – … “The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.”  The only point here is that Sathya Sai Baba has made demonstrably unreal and false statements in regard to prophecies about his own physical state.

Sathya Sai Baba 85th birthday portraits


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Sathya Sai 85th Birthday. Has Said He Will Soon Rule World, And Not Age

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 25, 2010

This ailing man, Sathya Sai Baba, has recently said that he will soon travel to other countries. He has also said that soon he will be ruling the world. 
The would-be King of Kings, Lord of Lords

 Sathya Sai Baba has said:

“In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991)

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all”.  p. 16 Sanathana Sarathi January 1999)

“In Argentina (Sathya Sai Baba) bhajans are being held in every home [cheers].”  Sathya Sai Speaks, XXIII, 29:255 – 20-10-1990, on the alleged 50th anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba’s so-called ‘Declaration’ of his so-called ‘Reality’ as Avatar of all Avatars.)

Here is a simple test:  Ask any Argentinian whether this statement is true. If it is not, ergo – this Sathya is not telling the truth or is credulous and badly misinformed! But, then, how can this be so?  For he has long said that he is All-knowing and All-seeing ….


Select Reading

Golden Throne of India’s Sathya Sai Baba. He says he will Rule the world soon

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba 84th Birthday Celebrations. Will 21st Century India Tolerate The Shame That Is Puttaparthi?

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2009

Sai Baba 83. Has Said He Will Rule World

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2008

A documented overview of the history and extent of the alleged sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba and the questions they raise.



Video Resources


The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB, Broadband)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband)
(21 MB, Modem)

Right Hand. Sleight Hand. Watch Sai Baba Cheat With Sacred Ash (Film clip)

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

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle « Call For Media and Government Investigation


This man says he will soon be ruling the whole world

Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization 

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Is Claimed Indian ‘Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba God? Or Good? Vital Links

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 7, 2010


Sathya Sai Baba In Word And Action. Extensive, highly organized website of Robert C. Priddy, former co-founder and head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway. Retired academic in philosophy and the social sciences at the University of Oslo.

Recent Research on the Claims of Sathya Sai Baba

Extensive, highly organized website of Brian D. Steel, a retired Spanish linguistics scholar, University of Monash, Australia. – A huge site indispensible expecially for those surveying the development of the Exposé from early in its history, and, in the case of News, up to the present. 

The Truth about Sathya Sai Baba ! You can read all about this in Dutch too... You are invited to visit our German site... You are now going to read the latest news on this page... You are now going to read some letters of ex devotees You are going to read some work from critical authors... You are going to see how Baba performs like a bad magician... You are now going to watch the Secret Swami... Here you will find an online petition calling for an Official Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization, please sign the Petition... You are going to see some very good maps... You are invited to read and/or write in our guestbook...
You are going to the English openingspage... You are going to read some statements of wittnesses... You are now going to read some articles... You are now going to read the Findings... You are going to read all about the murders in the ashram and more... You are now going to read how ex-devotees try to recover from their experiences... Every new month various expose contributors are honoured behind this button ! You are going to see some addresses of ex devotees... You are going to see some very good maps... There a lot more of Baba expose sites, just click and see...


Sathya Sai Baba Casebook-Factsheet

Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed. Conny Larsson’s website. Larsson was the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Sweden. He was a star in Swedish films who later worked in prison rehabilitation. It seems that Dustin Hoffman was to star in a movie about Larsson’s life but the latter objected to the treatment at the script stage.

Citizen InitiativeKevin R.D. Shepherd is an independent British author and commentator on religious and philosophical issues, who has never been associated with Sathya Sai Baba. He has written on Shirdi Sai Baba.  Blogsite:  Kevin R.D. Shepherd: Observations and Reflections

Major Blogsites

Robert Priddy.  Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Barry Pittard. ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’


General Sites

Italian ExBaba exposé website

Scandinavian Sai Baba exposé websites Swedish) Danish, & Norwegian (Norsk)

Other European languages German exposé website & Spanish and Russian.

Dr. Dale Beyerstein’s study of Sathya Sai Baba’s claims and ‘miracles’ 
Critical Swedish site 
Belief and Sathya Sai Baba: Avatar or Imposter-Trickster? Useful page with links to relevant websites (but some no longer extant)

Breaking the spell of religious/’spiritual’ superstitions

Website informing about sects, including the Sathya Sai Baba cult


The Rick Ross Sathya Sai Baba pages


Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

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India – Timeless and Timed, Eternal and Venal

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 20, 2009

India is, often well-nigh invisibly, ‘bound’ to timelessness. The West, all too often and too visibly, ‘shackled’ to time. Both vistas can be gifts – a sense of timelessness because it helps us to raise our eyes above the deceptive fascinations of the material. A sense of time, because pragmatism is not all bad.

Sathya Sai Baba, now ravaged by time, as we all must soon enough be, and in a decrepitude easily visible from his photos, and in a series of cranky actions that he would never formerly have made the mistake of committing at least publicly, has had more than enough time to keep his promise that he would first “clean up (his) own backyard, India.  See:  Huge Sai Baba Gaffes and: Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon? and: ‘World Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba’s Troubled Trail

Some Sathya Sai Baba apologists assert that the wide social cross-section, including ‘the elites’, that follows him is yet another proof of his divinity. It is a version of the old, badly flawed argument from numbers, humorously used in the old Broadway song: ‘Fifty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong’:

 In Viva la France
They’re full of romance
You’ll find policemen with embroidery on their pants.
And when they start to sing the Marseillaise
They sing it forty different ways
Fifty million Frenchmen can’t be wrong

Though there are timeless strains within Indian culture which aim to transcend the boundaries of caste and parochialism, it is hard for many of her citizens to be exempt. In very different ways, they face the same bugbear we know too well in the West – in our case, rooted in an expected safety but false comfort, but, nonetheless, in both cases, the absence of critical faculties – especially self-critical faculties.

Images of those Indian historical figures who have urged their fellows to transcend limitations of race, caste and creed sit upon millions of altars. Pictures of them are ubiquitous in India, on the streets and in the homes. The exaltation of certain human beings into demigods is rife, and virtually as much accorded to political and sporting figures (especially cricketers) as it is to religious figures. I have seen a few very frightening examples of Indian crowds, whether in the name of sport, politics or religion, made up of people whom I knew well to be decent and kindly, turn into a stampeding, frenzied mob.

In an 2008 article – International Cricket And The Secret Swami – I referred to but a small few of many dangerous symptoms revealed within the Indian body politic:

… this effigy-burning aspect of India relates to that part of India that is so ridden by anarchy, political manipulation of mobs, poverty, crime, corruption, nepotism, and casteism, and so often pretendedly democratic. It is the India which long ago Sai Baba promised to bring to ways of peace (shanti) and non-violence (ahimsa), before he left for other countries around the world, saying that he would first “clean up (his) own backyard”. Yet as recently February 16, 2007, in a so-called ‘divine discourse’, Sai Baba said, “I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.” See, Wealthy Americans Prepare Mansions For “God’s” Visit

How well, for example, in December 1997, I remember the scene where the milling crowds at Puttaparthi gave the Indian cricketers the sort of adulation that one might have thought would have been reserved for Sathya Sai Baba. Many women shrieked no less than men. They clawed at the air towards the cricketers’ busses as though they might rend the veil that separates earth and heaven. But we all shortly watched a very good cricket match – how civilized …. (Mind you, Sathya Sai Baba and his officials falsely billed it as an “international” cricket match. It was nothing of the sort. Sunil Gavaskar, India’s former Test captain, supported by Sai Baba’s ‘lite’ version of Dr Joseph Goebbels, Dr G. Venkataraman, falsely stated “So, the Unity Cup was played with players from all over the world including Pakistan”. See my article: Sai Baba Cricket Match International? Claim Was False and Sai Baba Vs Kerry Packer.

As India edges towards superpower status, and becoming ever more widely visible to the world, this formidable weakness, if not seriously addressed at many educational, political and other levels, will lend to a situation stated by Shakespeare’s Lord Hamlet (though he was speaking of his blighted country’s characteristic drunkenness):

This heavy-headed revel, east and west,
Makes us traduced and taxed of other nations


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