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Sathya Sai Baba’s Supreme Ability To Lie (See Robert Priddy On Youtube)

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 28, 2012

Certainly, Sathya Sai Baba was  supreme in his ability to exaggerate. And, as even many better-informed remaining devotees know – only too painfully well – to lie, and to lie often.

Anyone who is careful about statistics can only deplore Sathya Sai Baba grossly exaggerated Puttaparthi crowd numbers. And the also oft-repeated and gullibly believed estimates of his worldwide following.

In not being upfront about this issue, the international Sathya Sai Organization fails badly. Yet, in the civic domain, it works hard to appear respectable. It gives public presentations. It lobbies local, state and national governments and the United Nations. It tries (frequently without success) to join in projects with mainstream civic and religious organizations. It falsifies – just like its founder falsified down many decades.

Perhaps the Sathya Sai Organization should surprise us all and tell us how hugely – as our far-reaching exposure of this cult – its numbers fell away in its centers worldwide. 

Those who view statistics with integrity will wonder at the existence of an organization, which has any number of adherents who in their professions would never use, or be allowed to use, rubbery statistics, unjustifiable figures which it stands blind-eyed and allows to be cited in their publications and in media around the world. Notoriously, they do not submit to any authoritative means of deriving estimates. Unfortunately, and most carelessly and naïvely, some media,  has cited Sai Baba’s own evaluation of devotee numbers. 

Robert Priddy speaks at launch of Conny Larsson’s book ” “Behind the Clown’s Mask”

One of many examples of the so-called ‘Avatar of all Avatar’s’ mendacity – in this case his exceeding rubbery ‘statistics’ – Robert Priddy deals with humorously in a Youtube video clip (1 min 21 secs):  Robert Priddy on Sathya Sai Baba at Stockholm book launch.

Sai Baba himself has provided an unintentional but marvelous ‘punchline’ to Robert Priddy’s anecdote, which includes reference to Sathya Sai Baba’s expirically falsifiable crowd-numbers lie about 3 million people attending his 70th birthday in 1996. In what must have been one of Sai Baba’s greatest ‘miracles’, the Hillview stadium at Puttaparthi – what shall we say? – ‘expanded’ a great many times its real holding capacity of around 250, ooo. Even Pinocchio’s nose did not grow so many times beyond its default size ….

This book launch in StockholmSweden, which BBC television and radio’s Iris Asic and other media and public attended, was of Conny Larsson‘s book “Behind the Clown’s Mask”.

Before widely exposing Sathya Sai Baba for serial sexual abuse of boys and young men, Conny Larsson was the co-leader (along with Bi-Ma Andén, a noted educationalist, who was also lucid and courgageous in exposing the abuses) of the  Sathya Sai Organization in Sweden. Formerly a top Swedish film star, Conny Larsson has since worked as a rehabilitation therapist in the Swedish prison system. Rigmore Robert, a nationally prominent psychotherapist and cult expert, wrote the Preface to his book.

See also: Robert Priddy’s bibliography and  Conny Larsson’s ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’, Reviewed by Robert C. Priddy, and review by:  Åsa Samsioepractising psychologist and ex devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. Ms Samsioe has wide professional experience dealing with sexual abuse among the young. She is one of former devotees from various parts of the world who have outstanding credentials in psychology, psychotherapy or psychiatry who have assisted those whom Sathya Sai Baba (and in some cases his teachers and others close to him) sexually and in other ways abused.

For detailed analysis of the absurd Sai Baba ‘numbers game’, see Priddy’s article ‘The Conflicting Reports and Propaganda About Sathya Sai Baba’s Followers and Visitor Numbers’ 

See also ‘Politics, Sex, Cults and Truth’ talk by Conny Larsson at the Brussels FECRIS Conference
(FECRIS, Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche et d‘Information sur le Sectarisme.  European Federation of Centres Research and Information on Sectarianism)

Read also my refutation of the alleged ‘exposure’ of Robert Priddy at Robert Priddy Not Exposed

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Sathya Sai Baba Abuse Survivors: When ‘Moving On’ Can Be Staying Stuck

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 6, 2010

Some former devotees of Sathya Sai Baba get upset that many survivors of his sexual and other forms of abuse do not go public. They make the same kind of mistaken assumptions that Sai Baba’s defenders make who ask e.g., where is all the proof? Both these reactions are ill-informed, inappropriate and insensitive.  

People who are badly traumatized – very typically – feel acute difficulty in being able to talk about their traumatic experience. One human reaction to trauma is lack of awareness of the extent to which upheaval has occurred.  Psychological denial, and wanting to ‘move on’ are common.  See: 

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

On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 2)

On Leaving A Powerful Global Cult. Sathya Sai Baba Example (Part 3)

Refutation of smear allegations against ex-followers of Sathya Sai Baba (Many links)

It is widely found in a great deal of professional literature that a great many survivors endure years in silence and shame at what has happened to them. The case of those who have suffered at the hands of Sathya Sai Baba and some of his servitors is no different. Common experiences are:

  • Fear at being called a liar
  • Depression
  • Loneliness and isolation, e.g., after being shunned by those one has come to love and trust
  • Anger or suppressed anger
  • Self-blame and feelings of worthlessness
  • Flash-backs and other forms of disturbance at recollection of the abusive events
  • Feelings of torn-ness and confusion between positive and negative aspects of the relationship between spiritual teacher and the aspirant
  • Uncertainty about the exact order or nature of events – e.g., this lays an honest individual open to charges of fabricating, and many abuse victims who have faced adversarial lawyers have spoken about the  experience of being ‘raped twice over’.

See below, a list excerpted from:  Post-Cult Problems:  An Exit Counselor’s Perspectiveby Carol Giambalvo.

 A few who allege that Sai Baba has sexually abused them have attempted for a while to expose him and leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization. From many countries, the evidence emerges that the Sathya Sai Organization has repeatedly and profoundly failed in its duty-of-care and its responsibility to act professionally – what to speak of truthfully, honestly and compassionately. Dispirited, many survivors have wanted to ‘move on’. Others have said they are willing to testify so long as there are proper jurisprudential processes and a decent chance of success. Some will speak, and have spoken, with the media but only after the former devotee network, which includes very highly qualified abuse professionals, have carefully gone through the issues involved. An occasional individual like Conny Larsson, the former leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Sweden – no matter the hatred and ridicule hurled at him by pro Sai Baba antagonists – will write a book. He has be willing to travel at his own expense to various countries, speak at conferences, appear on national radio and television, agitate among government and other movers and shakers, and so on. By far the most prominent author of a book critical of Sathya Sai Baba is Robert Priddy, who taught philosophy and sociology at the University of Oslo, 1968–1985. Of this book (publ. Indian Skeptic/B. Premanand. Podanur, Tamil Nadu, 2004), he has written:

“In 2000 I resigned as National Contact person of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway after 18 years fulfilling that role. This was no easy decision, since I did not believe that the allegations of sexual abuse could be true, even though I knew that Sathya Sai Baba was deeply involved in the massive cover-up of murders in his own bedroom, and hence an accomplice to the fact.

Having refused to read David Bailey’s account or any of the flood of allegations thereafter for months, I finally felt I must read the sexual allegation testimony.  It took me about another six months of intensive investigation – contacting all the sources I could – before I was forced to arrive at a complete conviction that most of the allegations were both true and accurate. Subsequently I began to look carefully into all aspects of Sathya Sai Baba from the viewpoint of critical questioning and found, to my dismay, deceit after deceit and evidence of a major campaign of deception by him and all those close around him. This resulted in many web pages, which the award-winning rationalist, Basava Premanand, asked permission to publish”.

See also, Priddy on his earlier pro-Sathya Sai Baba book ‘Source of The Dream – My Way to Sathya Sai Baba’ (New revised ed. 1997 Samuel Weiser, Inc. P.O. Box 612. York Beach, ME 03910-0612. U.S.A. ISBN 1-57863-028-2), and the transition to his critical work.

Some survivors of sexual and other abuses by Sathya Sai Baba and some of his close servitors have, despite the great upheaval in their lives, joined our representations to governments, media and many civic institutions. Those who have dared to speak of their experiences on the Internet have been attacked in the extreme by some pro Sai Baba activists.

Many young males from countries around the world have come to our network with compelling accounts of being sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba. Some much older men  like Mark Roche who shared his ordeals – when very young – in the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ when much older) also speak to us of being seduced by Sai Baba, sometimes when they were in their teens, at others, when still very young men. Repeatedly, we find that survivors have not availed themselves of highly qualified professional counseling – even when it has been offered to them free of any charge.

In short, not debriefing, with proper professional counseling, their experience puts at grave risk an abuse survivor’s chances of health and well-being.

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Excerpted from: 

Post-Cult Problems:  An Exit Counselor’s Perspective

Carol Giambalvo.  (International Cultic Studies Association)

Common Issues in Post-Cult Recovery

Some of the recovery issues that keep recurring in my work with ex-cult members are:

  • Sense of purposelessness, of being disconnected.  They left a group that had a powerful purpose and intense drive; they miss the peak experiences produced from the intensity and the group dynamics.
  • Depression.
  • Grieving for other group members, for a sense of loss in their life.
  •  Guilt.  Former members will feel guilt for having gotten involved in the first place, for the people they recruited into the group, and for the things they did while in the group.
  • Anger.  This will be felt toward the group and/or the leaders.  At times this anger is misdirected toward themselves.
  • Alienation.  They will feel alienation from the group, often from old friends (that is, those who were friends prior to their cult involvement), and sometimes from family.
  • Isolation.  To ex-cult members, no one “out there” seems to understand what they’re going through, especially their families.
  • Distrust.  This extends to group situations, and often to organized religion (if they were in a religious cult) or organizations in general (depending on the type of cult they were in).  There is also a general distrust of their own ability to discern when or if they are being manipulated again.  This dissipates after they learn more about mind control and begin to listen to their own inner voice again.
  • Fear of going crazy.  This is especially common after “floating” experiences (see point 18 below for explanation of floating).
  • Fear that what the cult said would happen to them if they left actually might happen.
  • Tendency to think in terms of black and white, as conditioned by the cult.  They need to practice looking for the gray areas.
  • Spiritualizing everything.  This residual sometimes lasts for quite a while.  Former members need to be encouraged to look for logical reasons why things happen and to deal with reality, to let go of their magical thinking.
  • Inability to make decisions.  This characteristic reflects the dependency that was fostered by the cult.
  • Low self-esteem.  This generally comes from those experiences common to most cults, where time and again members are told that they are worthless.
  • Embarrassment.  This is an expression of the inability to talk about their experience, to explain how or why they got involved or what they had done during that time.  It is often manifested by an intense feeling of being ill at ease in both social and work situations.  Also, often there is a feeling of being out of sync with everyone else, of going through culture shock, from having lived in a closed environment and having been deprived of participating in everyday culture.
  • Employment and/or career problems.  Former members face the dilemma of what to put on a resume to cover the blank years of cult membership.
  • Dissociation.  This also has been fostered by the cult.  Either active or passive, it is a period of not being in touch with reality or those around them, an inability to communicate.
  • Floating.  These are flashbacks into the cult mindset.  It can also take on the effect of an intense emotional reaction that is inappropriate to the particular stimuli.
  • Nightmares.  Some people also experience hallucinations or hearing voices.  A small percentage of former members need hospitalization due to this type of residual.
  • Family issues.
  • Dependency issues.
  • Sexuality issues.
  • Spiritual (or philosophical) issues.  Former members often face difficult questions:  Where can I go to have my spiritual (or belief) needs met?  What do I believe in now?  What is there to believe in, trust in?
  •  Inability to concentrate, short-term memory loss.
  • Re-emergence of pre-cult emotional or psychological issues.
  • Impatience with the recovery process.

Carol Giambalvo is an ex-cult member who has been a Thought Reform Consultant since 1984 and a cofounder of reFOCUS, a national support network for former cult members. She is on ICSA’s Board of Directors, Director of ICSA’s Recovery Programs, and is responsible for its Project Outreach. Author of Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention, co-editor of The Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches of Christ, and co-author of “Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants,” Ms. Giambalvo has written and lectured extensively on cult-related topics. In 2008 Ms. Giambalvo received ICSA’s Margaret T. Singer Award. 

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Questioning Sathya Sai Baba and His Global Cult Is Not A Smear Campaign

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 30, 2010

I direct my readers’ attention to Robert Priddy’s latest post, which refers to Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno, who, for several years, has been assisted by those notable in the Sathya Sai Organization and, in some cases, closely connected with Sathya Sai Baba:  

Not a ’smear campaign’ against Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 29, 2010

Robert Priddy, former long-time leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization and retired academic from the University of Oslo, rightly says that there is:

“a massive  smear campaign directed against me, Barry Pittard and every single critic of Sathya Sai Baba by the foremost Internet defender of Sathya Sai Baba, his organization and all persons positively connected with him. This is the work of the Las Cruces, New Mexico resident, Gerald Moreno, of no known profession or qualifications other than a huge propensity for denial of facts, obsessive attempts to insult and assassinate the characters of all against whom he takes exception. That we have not held him legally accountable is primarily due to the waste of time, energy and money it would involve to give such attention to this nonentity, whose campaign is easily seen by anyone of independent mind or common sense to be a self-defeating exercise. For example, he defends the convicted rapist and murderer, Swami Premanand, and defended Sai Baba for some years while actually believing him to be a sexual abuser (he had his own sexual molestation incident with Sai Baba, about which he is in deep denial). Moreno’s efforts only serve to increase the controversy about Sathya Sai Baba and make sure we are active in exposing Sathya Sai Baba further so as not to be swamped out by positive propaganda and smears. See A Formal Open Appeal to the ‘Prashanthi Council “

Further Reading

Joint authorship

The chief pro-Sai cult activist can be evidenced as having association with, and having been assisted by, important members among Sathya Sai Baba’s servitors. See ‘The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign
See also ‘Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members’

Robert Priddy Not Exposed

Robert Priddy (Former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway)

Fighting Facts with Smears – profile of a web aggressor, Gerald Moreno

Gerald Moreno and his pathological denial

International Sai Organization’s clandestine operative

On Wikipedia issue, See HERE.  Priddy has noted:

SATHYA SAI BABA’S CHIEF DEFENDER ON THE INTERNET – GERALD ‘JOE’ MORENO WAS FORCED OFF WIKIPEDIA
BY AN INDEFINITE BAN AGAINST HIM… SUPPORTED UNANIMOUSLY BY ALL SIX ADMINISTRATORS!
see the ban recorded here (Gerald Moreno = User SSS108)

In his typical deceptive way, ‘Joe’ Moreno wrote that he had “disengaged from Wikipedia” when he was actually blocked and banned indefinitely for harassing the Wiki-administrator who had already warned him, then blocked him for 24 hours. Subsequently six arbitrators voted to ban Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno (aka SSS108) indefinitely from Wikipedia. So much of Joe’s self-imagined ‘integrity’ – nothing but a sham! He richly earned this with his many hundreds of boorish arguments and proactive entries. He repeatedly removed documented critical entries so as to suppress information and true facts about Sai Baba and worked – as usual – to undermine all critics by his slander. His companion in libel, Lisa de Witt (click here) was also thrown out of Wikipedia!

Timothy Conway, Ph.D (A former senior leader in the Sathya Sai Organization, USA)

The crucial John Hislop letters, Sathya Sai Baba, & Sathya’s defender Joe Moreno

Brian D. Steel (An Australian academic)

Diversionary Tactics by an Internet Demagogue

Evidence of an Internet Activist in Action:  Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno

Kevin R.D. Shepherd (Independent British author on philosophical and religious issues)

Internet Terrorist Gerald Joe Moreno

Barry Pittard (Former lecturer Sathya Sai College Whitefield, via Bangalore)

Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter To Sathya Sai Baba Internet Proxy Gerald Moreno

The Hislop letters – part one [Timothy Conway on Gerald Moreno]

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno and Fact-Changing

Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

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Dr Naresh Bhatia’s Testimony: Sathya Sai Baba Serial Sexual Abuser of Boys and Young Men

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 16, 2010

An Indian citizen, Dr Naresh K. Bhatia, publicly announced to a leading British newspaper, The Telegraph, that he had been a homosexual lover of Sai Baba.

For many years Dr Bhatia was prominent doctor in Sathya Sai Baba’s service – head of the Blood Bank at Puttaparthi and for six years head of the blood bank of the Sathya Sai Super Speciality hospital in Sathya Sai Baba’s vast medical establishment. He has since worked in a hospital in New Delhi.  A very popular Sai Baba-appointed speaker to both Indian and foreign groups, he wrote the widely read ‘Dreams and Realities’, published by Leela Press, the US publisher of many books on Sai Baba. After Dr Bhatia had spoken out, the organization stopped the book’s further sale. A note of proscription appeared in the official Sai newsletter, distributed worldwide.

Dr Bhatia told author and Daily Telegraph journalist Mick Brown that he had sexual relations with Sai Baba for 15 or 16 years. He revealed that Sai Baba had, over the years, sexual relations with “many, many” of his students, and had brutally raped a minor whom Dr. Bhatia examined afterwards and referred to a physician in Bangalore. He says he confronted Sathya Sai Baba, which led to his banishment. It is standard Sai handling for those who speak up.  

In early 2004, BBC assistant producer David Saville, with whom for about seven months I was in contact during the making of ‘The Secret Swami’, told me that producer Eamon Hardy, who was then in India with the BBC investigative and camera crew, had just spent some time with Dr Bhatia. I may mention in passing that the sort of desperate comment typically emanating from Sai Baba apologist commentary is that there is no guarantee that the person contacted by a reporter was in fact THE Dr Bhatia.

He is not the only prominent figure around Sai Baba who has come out publicly and spoken frankly about his having sexual relationships with India’s most famous and powerful religious teacher. Another is Conny Larsson, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Sweden, who was a film star and more recently has worked in alcohol and drug rehabilitation in the Swedish prison system. For Swedish psychologist and ex-devotee Åsa Samsioe’s review of Larsson’s book ‘Behind the Mask of the Clown’, see HERESee ex-head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization Robert Priddy’s review HERE.

Dr Bhatia’s case is one of many in which, from the moment an individual speaks out, a process of Sai demonization commences. They have given decades of service and won respect for the quality and dedication of their service. Lo, overnight, Sai Baba and his servitors, quickly followed by members at large, pronounced dissenters to be devils, Judases, etc.! In the Sathya Sai Organization, there is no process of accountability for those who stand accused. Indeed, this stark fact is one of its greatest vulnerabilities, in those parts of the world which cherish proper justice processes, of this global organization. 

As is commonly seen in accounts of apostates from many other cults, former devotees have not been spared that hatred, anger and denunciation which turn upon those who have stood forth, at tremendous cost to themselves and in the interests of truth. Thousands have heard Sai Baba say that the Sathya Sai Organization is divine, and the instrument via which he will transform the planet before he leaves in circa AD 2022. Its behaviour in denouncing leave-takers, and covering up many scandals including killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom bares it to stark exposure. It resoundingly falsifies such claims at the outset.

Former devotees have already had to handle, after years of intensely loving devotion and service, the immense sense of spiritual betrayal. Their lot is untold execration, harassment, distortion of their words and motivations, defamation and libel.

In correspondence, Dr Bhatia told me that he still cannot shake off his belief that Sai Baba is Divine. Clearly, in his case, and in that of his devotees at large, spiritual detachment, which Sai Baba forever advocates, is notably missing. The grip is vice-like.

Dr Bhatia told me that Sai Baba has sexually abused very many of his (Sai Baba’s) students. Dr Bhatia wrote further that the threat to life is very real, especially that of a boy whom he professionally believed to have been badly sodomized by Sai Baba. He had the boy sent to a physician in Bangalore, who arrived at the same professional diagnosis  about the presentation, including serious injuries.

I asked whether all that he had testified he could corroborate in a properly conducted court of law. He assured me that this was so. In fact, many former devotees around the world who are closely conversant with the facts in their experiences have been ready to testify. 

Dr Bhatia mentioned that he had reason to fear for the well-being of the young person and modified his earlier public stance. His public statement can be seen in David and Faye Bailey’s seminal document ‘The Findings’ (circa late 2000). This husband and wife were unusually prominent Sai Baba emissaries. See my article:  Reply to a Sathya Sai Devotee’s Note re: David and Faye Bailey. They have recounted that, as they moved around the world representing Sai Baba in his official centers round the world, parents of abused young males, and sometimes those who claimed Sai Baba (and in some cases certain of his servitors) sexually abused them, would come to them with harrowing accounts of sexual abuse. These depicted a very different Sai Baba – one who had long engaged in actions that were criminal and hypocritical in the extreme.

Dr Bhatia also clarified a misunderstanding for me. It had earlier been said that this boy was seven years old when very badly sexually abused by Sai Baba. He confirmed to me that the boy was not seven seven years old but was then in Level 7 at Sai Baba’s school at Puttaparthi. He has also confirmed all the above to my fellow Australian Stephen Carthew, former spiritual coördinator for South Australia in the Sathya Sai Organization, who visited Dr Bhatia in New Delhi 2000. He wrote to me that: “I found Dr Bhatia delightful and most welcoming, notwithstanding the bind he is in. His own ambivalence regarding the spiritual nature of his Guru, and the pressures coming from many sources to keep quiet, makes it difficult for him to do more than tell his story when asked. Certainly, he believed he was threatened and harassed during his rushed departure from Puttapaparthi, after criticizing Sai Baba to his face.” For an update and the link for an Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary featuring Stephen Carthew, see: Stephen Carthew, A Voice of Testimony From Australia, On The Dangers of Cults

Robert Priddy’s comment on the Bhatia case

Note: At the time referred to in his note, Robert Priddy was head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway. “Ours” refers to himself and his wife, Reidun Priddy. Priddy was a careful diarist and he has begun releasing scans of his diaries.

“In 1999/2000 a lady friend of ours – Anne-Irene – had close connections with ‘insiders’ at Prashanthi Nilayam, especially Mr.& Mrs. Ratan Lala and the US lady called Veronica who ran the foreigners’ canteen. Anne-Irene was present when Dr. Naresh Bhatia was discredited and made to leave his post as head of the Blood Donation Unit at Sathya Sai Baba’s big hospital in Puttaparti. She reported how rumours flew in all directions, as is always the case when such events occur at the Sai ashrams, for there is always a rigid clamp-down on anyone who knows facts from telling the truth. As usual, those unsupported rumours were set going and allowed to flourish with ‘no comments’… especially that Dr. Bhatia had been caught having sexual relations with nurses at the hospital, and that this had been going on with other young ladies over whom he was in a position of authority. Dr. Bhatia, who is married with children, wrote a very flowery and adulatory book called “Dreams and realities face to face with God” (which reflects his belief fully). It was immediately taken off sale at the Sathya Sai Baba Book & Publications Trust, and it was withdrawn and all existing copies were remaindered by the publisher (Jack Scher – since deceased – another egocentric millionaire follower of Sai Baba who had so to speak ‘bought into’ a verandah place by setting up a publishing co. for Sai books in the US called ‘Leela Press’).  V.K.Narasimhan was instructed to publish the disclaimer about Dr. Bhatia in Sanathana Sarathi”

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 7, 2010

Websites 

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.

http://www.exbaba.com/ – 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  http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com

Barry Pittard. ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’ https://barrypittard.wordpress.com

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General Sites

Italian ExBaba exposé website http://www.exbaba.it

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 http://www.sokaren.se/INDEX53.HTML 
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

FRENCH WEB LOG Marc-André

The Rick Ross Sathya Sai Baba pages

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

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA ”INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL

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