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Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday No Celebration For Those He Has So Badly Hurt

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 23, 2010

STOP PRESS!

Deccan Chronicle

Puttaparthi town hit by poor civic amenities
 
 

 

 

November 16th, 2010

 

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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.

 

 
 
 

 

 

Golden Glitter For Sai Baba’s 83rd Birthday

 

 

 Amid a great deal of ostentatious and wasteful pomp in a country wracked by poverty, squalor and corruption, Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his 85th birthday.  See:

Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2010

It is to be hoped that concerned families, friends and colleagues of Sathya Sai Baba devotees will make use of the list below – although the numbers of those who have left have grown greatly since someone took the trouble to compile this one.

The list can be shown to devotees whose Sai cult leaders have taken measures to depict as a “handful of disgruntled individuals” those former followers who have left Sathya Sai Baba for acute moral and spiritual reasons. The undying truth is that there are former followers from many countries, professions, trades and backgrounds who have made considerable sacrifices to bring the facts about Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors into public view. They have been prey to the utmost distortion. They have been reviled, libeled, defamed and shunned.

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(BBC) THIS WORLD – Documentary film: “The Secret Swami” TRANSCRIPT

Tx Date: 17th June 2004 This script was made from audio tape – any inaccuracies are due to voices being unclear or inaudible

The Rahm family introduction
Alaya Rahm visits Sai Baba
The first ‘genital oiling’ on Alaya Rahm
Mark Roche testimony on sex abuse
Alaya Rahm given cheap, false trinkets
Khushwant Singh [writer] on Sai movement
Kushwant Singh on ‘genital oiling’
Dr. M. Goldstein on Sathya Sai Baba as God
Dr. Michael Goldstein on ‘materialisations’
Dr. Michael Goldstein hears the Rahm’s account
Dr. Michael Goldstein secretly filmed!
Dr. M. Goldstein earns praise from Sai Baba
Sai Baba’s failed/faked lingam production
Sai Baba’s collapse after ’3-tonnes’ of weight!
Isaac Tigrett confirms sexual abuses
Premanand on Sai claims
Premanand shows Sai tricks
The Murders in Sai Baba’s bedroom
Ex-Home Minister V.P. Nair on the murders
V.P. Nair on reason for murder cover-up
Premanand on the murders
Minister Murali Mahohar Joshi loses his cool
UNESCO/US State Department warnings etc.

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THIS LIST INCLUDES TOP LEADERS, OFFICE-BEARERS, VIPs &/or (often long-term) SAI WORKERS who left the INTERNATIONAL SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION mostly after 2000 – due to disillusionment and/or disgust at the known activities of Sai Baba. It also includes devotees who have been followers from as early as childhood and others of only some years duration.

It is important to understand that the list of names here represents only those who have spoken out about their disillusionment. This number is like the proverbial tip of the iceberg  (or less)… for in three countries I know well, less than 5% of those who have left the Organization have made known the fact to the public.

This list of apostates has been compiled from e-mails received , public postings of resignation letters and other such documents, including signatories of the Sai Petition (see here). Amendments and additions to this list (which is certainly very far from complete regarding many countries) can be sent to this blogsite as a comment.

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U.S.A.

Elena A. Hartgering – devotee from 1979 to 2000, Manchester, CT, USA. Manchester Center. Service Coordinator, Vice President, and Workshop facilitator at Sai events, e.g., Sai Annual Retreat and Regional Retreat. (3 trips to India)

John J. Hartgering – Devotee 1987 – 2000, Manchester, Connecticut, Center President, Service Coordinator.

Timothy Conway Ph.D. – Follower for 22 years from 1978 – President of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of San Francisco from 1982-4

David. J. Lyons – Follower from 1981 to 2000. Ex-President of the Center of Greater New Orleans.

Anthony LoGrasso – devotee from 1988 – 2000, Bolton, Connecticut, Manchester Center. Service Coordinator

David J. LaFratta – 25 years of deep devotion – 16 trips to India to see SSB. Windsor Center, Somers, Connecticut.

Nathan LaFratta – son of David above – raised as a Sai devotee. EHV student. Officer in the Young Adults Program. Participant in the Summer at Brindavan program. Windsor Center, Somers, Connecticut. Left SSB when father discovered his fraudulence.

Norman Green – long-time devotee. In the book business. Acted as conduit in obtaining Baba books. Manchester Center, Connecticut, USA.

Lori Kaplowitz – President of the newly formed Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA, USA. Acted as mentor to Young Adults program. coordinator of the first SSB Camp in Willimantic, CT, USA. Dropped out of movement prior to commencement of the camp.

Alvin Drucker – Almost continuously leading foreign resident at PN from 1970s till ca. 1990. Author of ‘Sai Baba Gita’. Banned permanently from ashrams and all SSO meetings by SSB personally at Brindavan interview in 1992. (Confusingly/confusedly he still seems to worship SSB, though he also claims to be an advaitist).

Dennis J. Hanisch Follower for 27 years. Founder member and Vice-President, Seattle Center. Active in exposing SSB’s sexual activities.

Dave. G. Brandt – 1971- 2001. USA Official Contact for Nebraska, N. and S. Dakota. Wyoming/

Richard Nelson Member 1979-2000 Ex-President Santa Barbara Center.

Terry Nelson – Member 1979-2000.

Sharon Purcell – Follower for 32 years. Founder member of Tustin Center, California. Sathya Purcell Lifetime follower until age 23.

Shirley J. Pike – Ex-President, NC Region: Ex-President Cedar Rapids Center, Iowa. (psychologist, sexual abuse counsellor)

Glen Meloy – SSO member for 26 years. Member of 1st Advisory Board of the SSB Society for USA. Co-Manager, Sathya Sai Book Center of America in 1974-5.

Tal Brooke – Prominent devotee 1969-1971. Victim of sexual approaches by SSB. Wrote exposure books, starting with ‘Avatar of Night’.

Al Rahm, wife and son – Office-bearing member of the SSO for decades. Regional Devotional Coordinator and founder of first Education in Human Values school in the U.S. All totally disaffected.

Paul Throne – USA 1988-2000 Center education coordinator Have been to see SSB 4 times, 1990, 1994, 1995-96 and 1999.

Taniya Weerasuriya Purcell – 1994-1998. Bal Vikas Teacher

Steve Woolard – President of Walnut Creek, CA center for 5 years

Bettina Woolard – 1991 – 2000 SSE teacher and Service Coordinator

Miriam Reinhart – 1987-2000 President Eugene, Oregon chapter 1993-1995 .

Jon Sutton – 1986 -2000 Hosting the Eugene Sai Center for fifteen years.

Ella Evers – 1986-2000 Various Offices plus hosting Eugene Sai Center for 15 years.

Lilian Pike – 1980 – 1998.

Lisa Tice – 1985-2000 President of Gig Harbor Center for 7 years

Jim Veenker – 1997-2000 Local Seva coordinator & vice president.

Matt Monahan – From 1981, resigned in June, 2000

Rick Raines – former president of the South Central Region. ( incl. Texas)

Catherine Murray – since 1975; Sai Organisation 1996-2005

Prashant Jayaraman – 1990-2005 [signed the Sai petition July 14. 2008]

Miguel Angel Gonzalez – : 1996 hasta hoy 5 Abr 08 Position in S.S.Org: various en USA y Argentina

Soni Sutton – from Birth to age 29 (1974 to 2003)

Barbara Dent – 1987- 2004

John Hart – 1986-1988

Barbara Sullivan – 1981 – (2003?)

Richard H. Allan – Fall 1977- Dec. 1999

James W. Paxton, USA – 1993-2001

Karen Harp, USA – 1993-1995 To think, I named my daughter after this man! I have since learned he has abused many of the pupils in his boys’ schools.

Bonita Swordmaker, America – 1987-2002 Wedgewood group of Seattle, Washington.

Darren Fidels – 1974-2003

Arlene Mazak, Ph.D. – Follower 1975-2000

Greg Gerson – Follower from 1993-2003 – was molested

Kevin D.H. – 1993-2002

Carolyn Wise – 1998-2004

H. Devosey – Ex-member of Austin centre

Victor Brooks – Follower 1980 to 1998

Anurag S. Raj – 1996-1999

George Figueroa – follower – 1999-2002

William ** [Ph.D.] former president of the North Central Region, gave resignation notification to the National Coordinator.

Joanna Padgett – follower: 1971-1983 [signed the Sai petition August 15. 2008]

Cate Murray – follower: 1998 – 2005[signed the Sai petition December 22. 2009]

Sunny Torres – follower: 1996 – 2008 S.S.Org: Service Coordinator at Windsor CT Center , Newhaven, Connecticut [signed the Sai petition on January 11. 2009]

CANADA

James Albert Danis – Follower for 13 years “Co-ordinator for Special Programs” – Christmas and Easter Programs at the Vancouver Sai Center and for The English Devotional Group.

Marianne Warren – Centre President, Toronto. Ran bookshop. Author of book on Shirdi Baba. Resigned due to disaffection & sexual allegations..

Michael Warren – Sai Centre President, Toronto. With wife, involved with SSB Book & Information Centre in Canada for many years. Growing disillusionment with SSB in the years prior to the total break in 2000, which was due to the homosexual/pedophile revelations.

Dhyani Jo Sinclair – Member and Sai Centre Secretary, 1995-2000. Learned of sexual molestations from victims.

Susan Angel – 1975 – 2001 Former Bal Vikas teacher

Michael & Daniel Ward – Investigative party with friends – involved since 1985.

Tony O’Clery – 1985-2000 Secretary, Vancouver Centre.

Sylvain Beauchamp – 1992-2004

Ms. Armande McKenna -1986 – 2001.

Adeel Amin – Follower 1990 to 2000 ex-Bal Vikas student

Helen Robitaille – Co-ordinator in the Montreal area

Myuran Palasandiran, Follower 1990-1996

(Seven coordinators in Quebec province resigned prior to May 2001.)

U.K.

Ron Laing. Former member of the World Council of SSO and Ex-President of UK SSO. Left Organisation (pre 1986).due to authoritarian leadership by I. Shah and major dissatisfaction with the Organisation’s rules and practices.

Lucas Ralli – Ex-President of UK SSO and Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland. Sacked (pre-1994) from SSO for opposing I. Shah over many mismanagement issues. Ceased to visit SSB.soon afterwards.

David Bailey – 1994? to 1999. Favourite of SSB, over 100 interviews. Lives as professional musician now.

Faye Bailey – Took over editorship of Peggy Masons’ Sai Baba magazine but then published ‘The Findings’

Jacques McGreg – 1989 – 2003 Sai Worker

Dr. Margaret Tottle-Smith, 43 years Position in S.S.Org: ex Spiritual Convener Region 7 UK. Author of Sai books, now withdrawn.

June Ives, 20 years a follower. Aylesbury.

Hilary Cawsey, 3 years Position in S.S.Org: ex leader Exeter Centre Region 7 UK

Aime Levy – Ex-President of UK SSO and Central Coordinator for UK & Ireland. Sacked from SSO by Goldstein, backed up by I. Shah because of decades-long inalienable split between the Indian and native British faction (no fault of Levy). Left SSO and SSB ca. 2001.

Sandra Levy – Seva Coordinator in London of visiting groups to Puttaparthi for many years

Z. Parkinson – 1992-2000 – Convenor 1997-98

Abdul-Maalik Tailor – 1984 – 1991

June Auton – organiser of dozens of value-education classes in UK but whose contributions were pointedly ignored by the Sai Org. and officially excluded. Withdrew from Sai Organisation and started independent Human Values organisation. No longer visits India.

Sanjay Dadlani – 1990-2001 Member of Youth Group, Mill Hill Sai Centre, North London

Rajaneethan Raju -1990 to 17june 2004

Keith Ord – Follower from 1986-1991

Anthony Thomas – 20 years of attempts to get this predator exposed.

AUSTRALIA

Barry Pittard – 1976-1999. Former English Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield.

Brian Steel – Follower from 1984-2000. (Published 2 pro-SSB books prior to current writings)

Soma Jeyendren – 1989 -2001. Coordinator of celebrations, Pennanthills Center, NSW.

Stephen Carthew – Follower for 15 years Ex-office-bearer in the South Australian Org. “Sacked as the Spiritual Co-ordinator of South Australia in 2000 as my suggestion that ‘allegations about our Guru be examined impartially’ was ruled ‘out of order’.”

Hans de Kraker 1989 – 1997 Western Canteen Director Nov, Dec – 1996. Abused sexually by Sai Baba.

Barry K. Newton 1994 – 2001 Ex Chairperson Pennant Hills, ex Deputy Chairperson NSW Zone B

John Purnell 1987-1994. Also sexually abused by that fraud .

Roy Pendragon – 1990 to 1999 Former Administrator, Sathya Sai School, Perth, Western Australia. E/mail: rpendragon@gmail.com

Tania Gordon, Australia -1980-1 to 2000.

Mary Garden, Australia – Follower 1973 -1978 on and off. I wrote about my experiences with Sai Baba and the allegations of him being a hermaphrodite and a sexual predator on young boys in my book ‘The Serpent Rising – a journey of spiritual seduction’ published in 1988.

Julian O’Donnell, Australia – Follower 5 years.

Wilfred Waters – 1983-2001

Ross Lineham 15 years service

Niranjan Bidargaddi – follower: 1992-1998 [signed the Sai petition February 7. 2009]

NEW ZEALAND

Pacus Gagu – follower: 1980 – 1993

Linda Deakin – follower: 2000-2003[signed the Sai petition November 21. 2008]

Sarath Gunatunga – 1992 to 2004. I totally believed in this fellow

DENMARK

Robbie Curdorf – Secretary of the Sai Org. in Denmar, 1980s. Letter of resignation quoted reason as being the cultish nature of the Sai Org.

Asmus Bisgaard – several years in 1980s. Former Seva Coordinator for Copehnagen Centre.

Bitten Nelson – 17 years. Arranged visits, held lectures. Left SSB in 2000 after returning to Puttaparthi to investigate the sexual scandal.

Lars Winther – 1988 – 2001

Ole Alstrup – Left ashram in 1999 in life-threatening situation. Started Danish anti-Sai Baba website.

Anders Thisted –

Paul Misfeldt – National Youth Wing Coordinator. Defected due to knowing a young Italian who had been having sexual relations with SSB.

Liam Ekaf – 1999-2001

SWEDEN

Conny Larsson – 1978-99 National Spiritual Coordinator from 1993-96, member since 1992. Victim of Sai Babas sexual molestation 1979-1983

Britt-Marie Andén – Centre President Gothenburg ca. 1989, National Coordinator 1991-1993. Then Head of Sai School in Gothenburg until closure and resignation 2000 due to sexual molestation of a son by SSB.

Magnus Vrethammar – Over 20 years, many as office bearer in SSO. Founder member. Leader of the Stockholm Centre and National Coordinator of EHV in Sweden. Resigned 1999 when learning of SSB’s sexual abuses from a Swedish victim & visiting David Bailey.

Annestina Vrethammar Author of three books on Sai Baba, two published in Sweden. Resigned after learning of SSB’s sexual abuses from a Swedish victim.

Mattias Öhlin – National Coordinator for the Sai Baba youth wing in Sweden for many years. Resigned 2000 on hearing of SSB’s sexual molestations from a Swedish victim.

Sofia Öhlin – Coordinator for the youth spiritual wing. Resigned on hearing of SSB’s sexual molestations from a Swedish victim.

Susana Contreras – Devotee for 15 years. Former Balvikas Teacher (from Venezuela)

Dr. Ove Svidin – former devotee who left after 75th birthday in Puttaparthi

Britt Danielsson – legal advisor for the Sathya Sai Baba organization in Sweden.

Vilfrid (Ville) Fast – left the Organisation and Sai Baba when teenager after having had ca.50 private interviews & many gifts.

Thomas Viehe – former leader of meditation groups in Gothenberg : left Sai Organisation 1999 after contacting David Bailey.

Pierre Stahre – 1990-2000

NORWAY

Alf Tidemann-Johannessen – One of the first Norwegian devotees in the 1960s, described at length in Kasturi’s autobiography ‘Loving God’ and in Howard Murphet’s ‘Man of Miracles’. He donated a helicopter for SSB’s 50th birthday celebrations. He denounced SSB totally before 1985 as a deceiver and a thief, writing an exposé account. He lived mostly in Mexico until his death in 2000.

Bente Holdt – Member 1983/1991. Group Coordinator, Oslo 1983/1986. Resigned due to undue pressures from SSO leaders.

Reidun Priddy – 1983-2000 Founder member and Seva Wing Coordinator 1986-1998. Left Org. firstly, then was disaffected by allegations.

Robert Priddy – 1983-2001 Founder member, Coordinator of Oslo group & Centre. National leader, 1986-2000. Resigned due to the murders cover-up and after conclusive investigation of many sexual allegations against SSB.

Per Jensen – Member 1983/2002 Centre President Oslo 1997/1999. Left Sai Org. due to disaffection.

Ragnhild Aamot – Member 1990/2002. Centre President Oslo 1999-2001. Resigned from SSO due to disaffection.

Marit Larsen – Bergen group Coordinator 1996-2000. Resigned due to SSB sexual abuse facts.

THE NETHERLANDS

Leo Boogaard – Centre President in 1984, sacked by T. Meyer. Later elected National Coordinator (1989-1992) and held leading EHV post. Left SSO and Sai Baba after decades in the mid/1990s. Later member of the Dutch Parliament

Ganapathi Das – Follower for 18 years – 1987 – 2004. S.S.Org: Bhajan, Seva and Spiritual Coördinator

Stijntje Riemersma – Follower for 20 years. Coordinator/Secretary Utrecht group, 6 years.

Hortense Quijs – 1995 – 2000 Maastricht Group Coordinator

Andries Krugers Dagneaux – Follower from 1992-2001. Ex-Coordinator of seva wing.

Catharina Elisabeth Kuyken – 1992-2000 Secretary of the Purmerend Group

Michel Koeman – 1987-2004 Zaanstad Seva & Bhajan Coordinator.

Jaap Hutte – 1978 – 1999. Translator, musician.

Jenny Knol – 1985-1999. Typist/corrector. Very much disappointed in SSB’s ‘truth’.

Klaas Knol – 1985-1999 . Translator/corrector.

Mrs Rian Oorthuizen – 1989 -2001. Member of Sai Org. in Utrecht. Jet Hendriks – Coordinator of SSO group in Kerkade nr. Maastricht. Active worker, devoted for many years. Many visits to SSB.

Hanneke Koeman-Bot, 1991-2004. S.S.Org. coordinator 4 j. – Centre coordinator Zaanstad 4 j.

Roel van der Neut – Kerkade group. Resigned 8-8-2000 after Bailey’s report. Frequent ashram visitor, active follower for many years.

John vd Jagt – Follower 1993-2003

Angelica Bos – Follower 1993 till 1995

Cees de Volder – Follower 1998 – 2004

Ranada van Kralingen – ? – 2000

Petra van der Jagt – follower 1993-2003

Jacinta van IJperen – follower 1987-2005

Ganapathi Das – 1987 – 2004. Former Bhajan, Seva en Spiritual Coördinator

GERMANY

Jens Sethi and wife – Both escaped from Prashanthi Nilaym after being warned of attempt on their lives. Registered formal charges against Sathya Sai Baba and with the German Police.

Richard and Ingrid Kuhn – Wrote & posted letter of resignation due to child sexual abuses. January 2001.

Alexis Hildebrandt – 1987-2002 I lived in India for nine years and heard many personal accounts – there is no doubt about the truth of the allegations.

Ullrich Zimmermann – devotee for over 10 years. Induced into sexual acts by Sai Baba.

Stefan Bauer devotee 1998 – 2006

Claudia Pees – approx. 15 years

SPAIN

Virginia Villalon – 1985-1997 Secretary of Coordinating Commitee Spain (Signed international petition)

Isidro Cachadiña Gutiérrez – 1989-2002. President of local Center

Sonia Mendoza de Rojas – 1990-2000.

María Tardío Cabrera – 2001-2002. Local coordinator.

Nieves Cáceres Follower -1991-1997

Soledad Cabrero, Follower 1991-1998

Ismael Rodriguez – follower: 1976-1986 [signed the Sai petition December 26. 2008.

SWITZERLAND

Maria Bossi – follower for 20 years

ANDORRA

Panchito Mandefua – follower 30 years

PORTUGAL

Felix Maria Woschek, Portugal – 1984 – 1998

ITALY

Marcello Sandri – 1990-2002

Francesco Polenghi.

Former EHV leader in Italy, left Sai org. for an independent values education organisation called AVES. (Associazione di Voluntariato per l’Educazione Alla Solidarieta’. The School Director is Eva-Lotte Mannerfelt)

Gianni Cecere – Organiser of catering and cooking for decades for Sathya sai Organisation.

Danilo Pomicino – 1992/2007

Massimo Falsetti – 2000-2004

Lia Meijer – 1989-2003 {states:”all adverse commentaries are verified and valid.”]

GREECE

(Prominent devotees with a son at Sai’s college, Puttaparthi are know to have left due to the son’s being abused sexually by Sai Baba)

POLAND

Artur Wisniewski – National coordinator of SSO, resigned.

Felix Maria Woschek, Portugal – 1984 – 1998

RUSSIA

Maria Ponomareva-Stepnaya – until 2001 resigned as National Youth Coordinator, Russia

Serguei Badaev – 1995-2001 Ex-President of Sai Org. Moscow Centre and Deputy National Chairman for Russia.

Dinara Badaeva – 1995-2001. Moscow Centre Educational Coordinator

Vadim Koudreavtsev – follower and S.S.Org: active member – 2000-2005

HONG KONG

William Lo – knew well a boy sexually abused by Sai Baba.

SINGAPORE

Lee Yue Heng – 1997-2001

MEXICO

Lionel Fernandez – Follower since1967. Centre Chairman May-October 2000

Jorge Reyesvera – 1983-2000 Leading office-bearer 1984-1996.

Sergio Arturo Loyola Michel 1976 to 2001. Composer and singer.

María G. García – 1997 to 2001 Centro Sai de la Colonia Roma México D.F.

Ma. Elena González Herrera – 1974-2001

Girasol Jiminez Ortega – 1985-2000

Ivan Lomelle Quintanilla – 1990-2000

Luis Gerardo Galvan Cortes – 17 years, all my life (alleges attempted sexual abuse by Sai Baba)

EL SALVADOR

Carlos Francisco Mejia Brizuela – Follower 5 years

ARGENTINA

Patricia Soler 1988-1999 Soy psicóloga (profesional) , viajé 4 veces a India .

Mercedes Pretto – 1980-1995.

Juan Pablo – Follower 1990-2000.

Salim Delgado – Student of SS Org.

COLOMBIA

Carlos Santamaria – President of the Bogota Sai Centre, Colombia. Resigned 2001 (see here)

Fernando Cardona Olarte – 1976 until 2002 – Secretary General, Coordinator of Devotion, Secretary of the Foundation or Trust

Octavio Escobar – 1989-1999 Former President, SSSB La Magdalena Center, Bogota.

Norman Fajardo Martinez – 1994 to 2000. Spiritual Group Coordinator.

Antonia Pérez Esquivel – 1993-1997

VENEZUELA

Rosalia Malagelada de Neves – 1982 until 2001 .Follower from 1988. Difusión y Coordinadora Service Caribe Aereas (Venezuela Comite) I knew very closely two cases of abuse.

Rafael Izturriaga – Devotee 5 years

Manuel Antonio Piñero Martinez. – 1997 to 1999.

Miguel Velazquez – 1988 until 2001

Daniel Alberto Alegrett Salazar – 1998-2004

Mauro Leal – Follower 4 years

Ivel Danieri – follower – 2005 to 2006

PERU

Jorge Arce, Perú – 1978 – 2000 Ex Presidente del Comite Coordinador (Ex-President of SSO’s Coordinating Committee)

BRAZIL

Vitor André – Goiania centre. 1 year.

INDIA (our data here is obviously very incomplete, mostly for reasons of anonymity and avoidance of possible reprisals)
Krishna Murthy Follower, active worker in the Sai Org.: 1970 to 1993

Subramanyan Iyer – Sevak 1981 – 2000

Williams – 1978-2003 Ex-Sai college student

Bhanu Chopra – Follower 1981-1988. Student at Prashanthi Nilayam

Prem Latha – Follower for 8 years (Bangalore)

Dr. N. Bhatia – former Head of Sathya Sai Blood Transfusion Unit at Puttaparthi hospital. Sacken by SSB and forced away from the area by thugs after challenging SSB on anal rape of a 7th grade student.

Basava Premanand – 1968-1974 Worker in SSB Org., Podanur

Satish K. follower – 1990-2005

Jyothi Kumar, India 1980 onwards. Student of the Institute from 1984 to 1991

Kirtan Kumar – 1960 onwards Student in the Primary,High School and Institute in Parthi

Badri Narayanan – 1984-2008.

Raj Kumar – follower for 8 years [signed the Sai petition on November 1. 2009]

Manav Sharma – follower: Until 2008 [signed the Sai petition September 2. 2009]

MALAYASIA

Hariram Jayaram – prominent in the Sai movement in Malaysia – left in 1982 after very active investigation of the allegations

Prem Kumar, follower: 1975-2004

Siva Kandiah, follower for a few years until 2005

Rakesh Dookhit, Follower 1996-2001

Diren B Hemah – follower from childhood [signed the Sai petition on September 10. 2009}

NEPAL

Reshma Karki – 1990 -2004

Prisha Pandey – 1985 to 2003

MAURITIUS

Rakesh Dookhit – follower – 1996-2001
PAKISTAN

Raaid Iqbal – (was abused)

GHANA

Esenam Agbotse – 1996 to 2002

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 General

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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The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 6, 2010

The official Sathya Sai ‘weeders’ have removed the presence on the internet of major Sathya Sai Baba claims. These are of the sort bound to attract prompt dismissal in the minds of many inquirers. An extremely wide cross-section of any public, except those of his own fold, would regard his claims as stemming from megalomania. And it is those inquirers – and the money and skill-sets that successful recruitment can bring – that Sathya Sai Baba’s organization desperately needs as donors if it is to continue to pay its astronomical bills. What to speak of subsidizing his promise to rule the world before he leaves it, circa 2022!   

It should be noted that the huge claims have not, in and of themselves, been withdrawn. But they are being kept as in-house as possible. Secular fronts like his ‘Education in Human Values’ and ‘Educare’ have been developed, which aim to penetrate schools, universities and other mainstream institutions. Sai Baba’s leaders around the world have been instructed to avoid mention of the claims when dealing with the public. But the tall claims are an absolute article of faith among his devotees, and what is preached in all the Sai centers. The propaganda target is the wider public, which is not going to take kindly to Sai Baba’s grandiose claims.  

Sathya Sai Baba’s weeders can weed out some of his embarrassing statements as much as they like, but they can’t weed out any of his palaces.

Palace-Abode of Sathya Sai Baba

Palace-Abode of Sathya Sai Baba

 The scholarly articles of Brian Steel are notable in this area, as in others, in elucidating the official tampering with Sathya Sai history. See the Sai Organization’s attempts at ‘Downgrading Divinity’ by Brian Steel
See also a summary of his most enormous claims about himself and his missions here and The strong toning down is recorded and discussed in Brian Steels’ Downgrading Divinity
and also at http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/doss2claims.htm
  

The following is taken from the main body of the official web page – removed from http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/content.htm  (but still archived here)    

Four important discourses by Sri Sathya Sai Baba:
Shiva Shakthi
 (6 July 1963). Swami heals himself from an 8-day stroke and announces his third incarnation as Prema Sai eight years after he leaves this body. The revelation (17 May 1968). The last part of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse at the “World Conference of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations” in Bombay, 17 May 1968. Sai Baba states plainly and directly that he has come as an incarnation of God to restore righteousness (dharma). Forty-Third birthday discourse (23 November 1968). Swami speaks about His being the Avatar and proclaims his mission on earth: the establishment of righteousness. Who is Sai? (9 June 1974). Sai Baba talks about God, the Religion of Love, and His Avatar-hood. He explains why he materializes rings, etc., and gives them to people, and he explains what “Sai Baba” means.    

Since the movement to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide cult began to flourish, circa the year 2000, the key leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization have had to make extraordinary attempts to arrest his organization’s decline. This has been an onerous task for them, not only in emotional but in vast financial terms. I have elsewhere noted the recruiting drives (although his propaganda managers certainly do not call them this) in plush venues in various countries. In the article ‘Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues , I wrote:    

“What does the cult  need for its survival – given over a decade of unrelenting exposure? It needs to provide for the stupendous upkeep and maintenance of its costly and sumptuous buildings and various programs that glorify Sathya Sai Baba as God of Gods … (A few recruitment centers are):  Cooper’s Union, New York; Town Hall, Melbourne; Copley International Conference Center, San Diego; Super Dome, Sydney; La Mirada Theatre, Hilton Ballroom (both Los Angeles); Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago; etc., …”   

But what the Sathya Sai weeders cannot remove are the patent evidences of vast opulence, the like of which India has seldom seen.   

For Pomp and Sai-cumstance Baba (Puttaparthi Sai)Sathya Sai Baba in pure golden pomp and circumstance

Sai Baba click here for Sai residence today  Sai Kodaihouse  Sai Trayee

   Sai Dharmak.      

See the articles:    

Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia   

Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony

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

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

India’s ‘Emperor’ Sai Baba. By His Lavish Spending Ye Shall Know Him

Sathya Sai Baba Says He Dislikes Pomp

Sai Baba Says His Cult Is ‘The’ Divine Organization In History

The Sathya Sai movement is in tortuous self-contradiction. The more its own documents are analysed, the more this fact rams home.  Thus the now chronically ailing would-be Avatar of All Avatars says:

  “I do not like this pomp and show. I do not derive any joy out of it. Pomp, such as this, has become a fashion now, even among ascetics and monks who ought to know better. They profess poverty and simplicity and yet, they allow or encourage their disciples to waste much energy and money on pomp and pageantry which serve only to develop the egotism of themselves and their followers. The emphasis on show makes a thing hollow of all meaning.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3, p. 228) 

 

Sathya Sai Baba approves statue to himself

  “I do not like your going about collecting funds or raising donations”. (SSS Vol 6, p. 325)

Dazzling Opulence In Poor India. Sathya Sai Speaks

  “I do not need grand decorations, huge pandals, arches, flags and such paraphernalia … Even a chair is superfluous! …

 
 
 
 
 
 

Sathya Sai Baba Has Many Thrones

 

Spend sparing to the minimum needs; do not involve yourselves in expensive luxury. I would like you to spend any extra money that you have for the feeding of the poor or for any similar beneficial object.” (SSS Vol 7, p. 100)

 
 

Sathya Sai Baba: Is this a chair or a Throne?

 “I do not need any publicity”. (SSS Vol 7, p. 140)

 “Do not imagine that your task is to propagate Baba and speak of Baba and his message”. (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 9, p. 191) 

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 Further Resources  

 Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community   

 Sathya Sai Organization: World Communities Need To Treat This Sect Cautiously   

Will World Accept Sathya Sai Baba? He Says Yes. Very Soon    

Has ‘World Saviour’ Missed His Plane?   

The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire

Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

Self-documented Folly of India’s Would-be God

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed.  Article by Robert Priddy (former leader of SS Org., Sweden) and Barry Pittard (former lecturer at Sathya Sai College, Whitefield).  Part One Two Three Four  

Quote:   

 “The foes of the ‘open society’ (Sir Karl Popper’s term) are those who use its very openness to achieve their closed and devious ends. Sai Baba and his highly authoritarian and cultist organisation have such ends, which critics have tried to make known. Its foremost leaders silence all those who question it- and never face substantive criticisms. For the first time – after six years of pained and guilty silence – since hundreds of long-term devotees left it in disgust – the Sathya Sai Organisation has found it necessary to try to defuse the debate about Sathya Sai Baba’s alleged crimes, deceits and fraudulence. Dr. Venkataraman’s tendentious cover-up article expresses untruths which have long circulated within the cult, giving an opportunity to confront him with facts and truth”  

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 Some Video Resources    

(154 MB, Broadband)   

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

http://home.hetnet.nl/~seduced/seduced.wmv
(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

‘The Secret Swami’ showcased with selected transcripts and brief
video clips
   

The Public Petition   

Excerpt From Public Petition (and comments)  

  

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

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 12, 2009

Note:  Thursday 7 October 2010.  But two areas in which the blindness of countless followers of Sathya Sai Baba is exposed are of science and history. His comments are extremely ill-informed, and sometimes so absurd as to beggar belief. Here is India’s chronically ailing would-be Avatar of Avatars, the figure who has told us that he will soon be traveling abroad! And who long ago said that in the last quadrant of his life he would be ruling the world!  And who said at the time of his 60th birthday that he would not hitherto show signs of physical ageing! This article from 2009 at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’ drives home the silliness of it all.

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Sathya Sai Baba is wildly at odds with some of the most basic scientific facts. His jumping between physical and metaphysical notions, vague at best, clash with the physics being taught in his colleges and university – and in any respectable classroom.  He would even have it that gold is magnetic!

Sathya Sai Baba - from Sanathana Sarathi, April 2002, p. 123

Sathya Sai Baba – from ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, April 2002, p. 123

In actual fact, at this time, Sai Baba was having grave difficulties with his hip, which had to undergo a series of operations.

In an early blog of mine in 2007 – A Great Deceiver – Laughable But Still Dangerous – I wrote:  “Sai Baba’s many scientist followers must have to block their ears or don magical-thinking hearing aids when he opines on matters scientific. Some of his pronouncements are comic, to be sure. But the smile disappears from one’s face when considering that Sai Baba’s devotees number many leaders in the top power echelons of politics, government, the sciences, the judiciary, diplomacy, industry, finance, the arts, medicine, and so on.  He speaks, for example, of the nature of magnetism” …..

Since then, Sai Baba’s critical commentators have noted many past and current absurdities. A scholar, Brian Steel, strongly versed in Sathya Sai bibliography, has examined many of these, and I have selected and commented on a number of his writings in articles that contain the links to these extensive writings. Sathya Sai Baba has made very serious scientific and historical blunders.

For Steel’s detailed and sharply contextualized discussions, see

 

on Jesus Christ and Martin Luther .

and:

Sai Baba and Christianity. Some Observations (2002).

In the latter, Steel remarks on the “alarming nature of Sai Baba’s inventiveness”. This piece can instructively be read in concert with his:

On Jesus Christ and Martin Luther .

These grand pronouncements of Sai Baba are sometimes accompanied by cheering from the crowds he attracts – or, perhaps one may say, magnetizes. Those devotees who have a scientific education would, if their faith were to be sustained, need to make some procrustean mental shifts, performing conceptual acrobatics worthy of the adherents of Manichaeism.

Further Reading

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″.

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General

Public Petition On Sathya Sai Baba (1)

There is a Public Petition calling for official probing of Sai Baba and his Sathya Sai Organization. (See website details at the end of this post).

The JUST (Just Seekers of Truth) petition is presented by a globally networked group of former followers of Sathya Sai Baba. In the ranks of both devotees and dissenters, there are those who say that Sai Baba is history’s most powerful guru. Some critics regard him as one of history’s arch deceivers – highly charismatic, highly flawed. He may brilliantly inspire good social uplift works, which is why so many earnest and good people are attracted to him, but profoundly conceals, along with his core servitors who keep an vice-like grip on his global organization, what is morally loathsome and criminal.

(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

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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Further useful Resources Critical of Sathya Sai Baba’s Understanding of Science and Education

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

Robert Priddy, retired academic in philosophy and the social sciences, University of Oslo, writes in his article

Sathya Sai Baba followers in education and science :-

“Not one head of any independent University in the world has endorsed Sathya Sai Baba educational ideals or programmes, and – as is well known – a branch of UNESCO withdrew from a planned educational conference under the auspices of Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi once they had investigated what this involved. (See UNESCO’s warning on Sathya Sai Baba here)

Not one Nobel laureate is known to be a follower, as far as can be discovered. Incidentally, Sathya Sai Baba has been forwarded as a candidate for the Nobel Peace prize by the Indian Government, obviously without result, of course. He made clear his  hopes that he would receive it from Dr. Michael Nobel, a grandson of Alfred Nobel, but a person who the Nobel Committee has denounced. See Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition

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