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Sathya Sai Saga: Points Lost Among Big Sathya Sai Trust Reassurances of Transparency

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 30, 2011

Some random points:

There is glaring contradiction between statements of Srinivasan, who has admitted Trust involvement in extraordinary movements of cash, and of R.J. Ratnakar, who says that the money is actually from 12 donors. And can be explained.

But how does one explain Trust workers clandestinely moving – in a van and in a bus – such vast amounts? In fact, right on the heels of the discovery of multi millions of cash, gemstones and other valuables secreted in walls and ceiling spaces and wherever else in Sai Baba’s bedroom? One may smile at the sheer gall, if not the dark arts of it all. Who are these donors? If the donations were genuine, what sort of security did they get for all their no doubt hard-earned money? An armoured vehicle? Nothing of the sort. Just the two Trust agents, the brothers Shetty,  one in a Qalis van, the other, at a different time, in a passenger bus.

Where, too, has gone any semblance of the Sathya Sai Central Trust’s duty of care for the safety of life and limb of its  workers on a money transportation assignment fraught with danger? This, in an area with trained eyes not only of individual criminals, criminal gangs, and private armies of feudal landlords but of ubiquitous, highly organized, armed political struggle groups such as the Naxalites (with countless splinter groups), the so-called Peoples’ War Group or PWG, etc. Many police and security authorities complain of the emasculation by Andhra Pradesh state politicians of state security and police cadres capable of action, and the pipe dream of thinking that negotiation and accommodation are going to work.

Why the earlier Trust assertions that donations are dealt with by cheque? Why such vast amounts of loose cash? Where is the accountability and transparency in all this?

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Can we trust a Trust that doesn’t know about vast funds being transported in the dead of night, or carted in a passenger bus in gunny sacks of cash as if it were mere chaff or ragi? When proper practice by a Trust is upheld, who will dare to hump huge fortunes around the countryside like this? Such a Trust lacks due diligence, and is incompetent. What suppose wicked chaff or ragi robbers assail the van or bus and snatch the sacks?

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Although Sai Baba once famously wrote a letter in which he renounced his family – as large numbers of renunciates in time-honored Indian tradition do – his nephew R.J. Ratnakar is at centre stage.

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Will our private sources prove correct that the powerful government Minister Chidambaram and his son are supporting Ratnakar, who is politically ambitious and wants to control the Sathya Sai Central Trust?

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In one moment, we are told that ex Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwati is head of the Sai Central Trust. Next thing, we learn that he has resigned, and that Ratnakar is at the helm. Now Bhagwati has resigned. In fact, many Sai devotees see Ratnakar as having usurped what many viewed as Sai Baba’s most trusted aide, Satyajit. Just as is the case of largely attended anti-corruption protest rallies around India, perhaps it is only the sudden upsurge  – blinkers off now – questioning Sathya Sai devotees at large who stand any chance of breaking the nexus of the very worldly Trust members. As many Sai devotees know, Sai centers round the world have often been places of quiet whispers regarding the distinctive non-spirituality of many leaders Sai Baba hand-picked. Remember, dear devotees – your perturbed conversations? E.G., “It must be Baba’s test for our sadhana”. “After all, Baba knows all our past lives, and this must be a working out of our Karma”…. Others have had enough and either resign or quietly fade out of the Sai Organization. That researchers such as some journalists and academics avoid contact with those who leave a cult is professionally disgraceful to them. Worse than being overly cautious, they are not doing their job, and are cowards and lickspittles. They bow to the forces blowing along their system’s narrowest tunnels.

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The Andhra Pradesh government, ostensibly chartered to investigate and report properly to parliament and public, is riddled in practically all quarters by longtime Sathya Sai Baba devotees, and still others who wheeled and dealed to their own political or pecuniary advantage. (Indications from my conversations with good sources in India are that already a combination of threats, bribes, calling in of favours, etc., endanger the hunt for facts by the media, devotee groups who suspect foul play among those they had formerly trusted, and other investigators.

Some media seem in a too much of a rush for hard facts, such as would stand up in a properly run court. They need to be far more proactive in approaching those with understanding and insight into Sathya Sai Organization, and other such organizations. They should realize that it is often not just hard-boiled facts they need to hunt out, but also clues. And, still more a broader interpretive framework, which can lead to understanding and insight with which to deal with the facts when, at last, they start to disclose themselves.

I doubt the Sai Central Trust or Sathya Sai Organization will be able to sue any in the media. Robert Priddy‘s, Exbaba.com’s and my personal experience is that they are all threat and no action.They are forever blaming someone else for their woes – “a handful of disgruntled former devotees”, the BBC, the Times of London, etc., etc. See:

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

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The Sai Trust is going to have to decide how much money it has to pay to the Andhra Pradesh Revenue Department. And then, if the wishes of vast numbers of rank-and-file devotees are respected – not to mention the huge national Indian upsurge of opinion about the scandal that is Puttaparthi – how much of their donated money is going to be directed to the properly intended efforts like the poor and needy, and education programs, etc.

As those of us whom Sai Baba’s officials and other devotees have threatened with litigation know too well, the Sathya Sai Organization and the Central Trust fear that if strong legal discovery processes unfold, decades of their dark dealing will perforce come out.

A cautious media is fine, but the often gutless one in India is a major threat to democracy. Indeed, one wonders whether some Indian journalists or their editors really understand or have looked at the difference between judicial levels of proof and prima facie indicators of crime. They need carefully to read the Indian Evidence Act). In the case of a PIL (Public Information Litigation), like the one Hari Sampath advanced on 8 May 2001, they should be vigilant, especially when we have gone to such lengths to let them know the circumstance in which the case was de-railed by abundantly obvious hijacking by Sai Baba-disposed judges. They should also have cognized that such a senior Indian Supreme Court advocate as Kamini Jaiswal is not going to lead her client, Sampath, by the nose and let him embark on a court action likely to frivolous, vexatious, and perilous. However, the Judges assigned to hear the case were of the worst kind.

Kamini Jaiswal, Supreme Court senior advocate

My distinguished legal friends from a number of countries, including the Commonwealth of which India is a member, have all seen this. I don’t believe Indian journalists don’t see this. Rather, they jump to the nervous reflexes of their editors and publishers. Therefore, they are to be held accountable for their professional dereliction. See documentation and further links:  Sathya Sai Trust In Vast Treasure Scandals: Secret Temple, Van, and Bus Stashes

Indian Media and Governments Heedless of Decade of Foreign Media and Sai Baba Critics’ Revelations

As I have said elsewhere, the Indian media, except India Today, was sorely derelict in failing to heed our evidence both in regard to the large-scale serial sexual abuses, and to the financial criminality and corruption which Hari Sampath was among the first to reveal publicly.

                                                      Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Indian Supreme Court Judges

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Sai Baba’s ‘treasure island’ newsblitz was soon eclipsed by news of great but far less cash being spirited out of the ashram by van and by bus. Trust spokesmen now reassure the media that all is well, and say the media has distorted matters. But many rank-and-file devotees are not reassured, and one reads that some are consulting their own lawyers. I predict Sai Central Trust lawyers will use delaying tactics, allowing Ratnakar and others, publicly, to bluff their way through, as though the blatant dereliction of spiritual principles and purposes had never occurred.

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I predict that, IF the Andhra Pradesh government properly probes the circumstances of Sathya Sai Baba’s death, and the circumstances of his well-reputed hospital director A.N. Dr Safaya’s resignation, and of numbers of his other medical and nursing staff at the Sai hospital, will show that individuals round Sai Baba earlier to his hospitalization, have either been negligent or criminal. Did any earlier aide withhold vital medications? Did the medical team fill with alarm to discover prior shortfalls of proper attention? Did any Trust member of associate refuse salient details about medical treatment prior to this time? Did any Trust or any other figure attempt to direct when Sai Baba’s life support system should be turned off, and at a later date than what would be reasonably be deemed proper?

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India has a long tradition of genuine, humble saints. Not one of them would have conceived of corporatized or industrialized spirituality. Many Indians, broadly, are joining large rallies against government and corporate corruption. Humble saints are not all that newsworthy.

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Who except Sai Baba devotees will turn a blind eye to all the late Sai Baba’s parading about in the Hillview Stadium imperially mounted on a huge gold throne, his flashy self-glorifying buildings like his opulent twin palaces and his so-called ‘Spiritual Museum’, and much other extreme pomp and circumstance?

Unfortunately mostly forgotten are the powerful suppression by successive governments of facts about the police executions in his bedroom in 1993, and evidence from many countries of his wide-scale serial sexual molestation of boys and young men, and many other forms of reliably reported abuse, such as apartments scams involving the Puttaparthi front office …..

With the notable exception of India Today (December 4 2000) the Indian media has, in past decades, suppressed reports inimical to Sathya Sai Baba, and has long ignored major investigations by reputed media such as the BBC. NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) get to read what the Indian press has, in craven or incompetent fashion, blatantly ignored.

The countless victims still profoundly hurt, but who will hear their voice? Those who question, no matter how respectfully, are cast out from the international Sathya Sai Organisation.

Barry Pittard, Australia. Former lecturer in English at Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore (1978-79)

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Sathya Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar – Long Police Interrogation. Intensive Investigations Continue

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011

Latest reports in the Indian media reveal that the Anantapur district police have questioned a leading Sathya Sai Central Trust member, Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew R.J. Ratnakar for over five hours. He has refused media interviews. Police have scheduled for Monday 27 June an interview with another prominent Sathya Sai Central Trust member, V. Srinivasan.

As matters stand, there is glaring contradiction between statements of Srinivasan, who has admitted Trust involvement in extraordinary movements of cash, and of R.J. Ratnakar, who says that the money is actually from 12 donors, and can be explained.

But how does one explain Trust workers clandestinely moving – in a van and in a bus – such vast amounts – and right on the heels of the discovery multi millions of cash, gemstones and other valuables secreted in Sai Baba’s bedroom? Where is the transparency in this?

Information is abroad that R.J. Ratnakar has been attempting to involve a number of Sai Baba students in attempts to cover up certain of the financial irregularities, but that the boys and their families have refused to have anything to do with any improper dealings.

See Hindu Times article, below.

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For those with information, I can be contacted at this blogsite. Or via:  barpittard@gmail.com. Where special security/confidentiality needs may be called for, there are protocols available. My colleague Robert Priddy and I have dealt with many international situations involving private individuals, media, government and institutions, and confidentiality is assured.

It may be that some fear going to various agencies in the Indian state or federal police. A former head of Interpol in Australia has assured me that there are workarounds in situations of this kind. Should anyone in India wish to share this level of information, please feel welcome to write to me.

Barry Pittard, former Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.

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For some salient attitudes derived from my several years in India, see portions of my article:

Could Sathya Sai Treasury Scandals Lead to India’s Watergate?

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 23, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba – The Man Who Would Be ‘King of Kings’

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 27, 2011

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NOTE:

This V. Srinivasan is chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India. Various Sai Baba devotees have typically referred to him as:  “Venu”.  In certain Indian media reports, there has been a mix-up in with a Mr Venu Srinivasan, one of India’s top industrialists, who belongs to the TVS group, a Chennai-based industrial group. Concerned lest the V. Srinivasan of TVS be harmed by the heavy national media attention to  the Sathya Sai Central Trust’s V.Srinivasan, also chairman of the WS Industries, Chennai,  TVS has sent out a media clarification.

This type of mix-up was addressed, for example, in the Economic Times:

Sathya Sai Baba death: Who will succeed him as chairman of Sai Trust?

ET Bureau Apr 25, 2011, 01.53am IST

“In March 2010, the Trust was reconstituted and included, apart from Baba, the following members: former chief justice of India PN Bhagawati; chartered accountant Indulal Shah; former central chief vigilance commissioner SV Giri; WS Industries chairman V Srinivasan (commonly misunderstood for Venu Srinivasan of TVS Motors); and Rathnakar. Also, the Trust’s council of management has the following members: lawyer SS Naganand; former Canara Bank chairman JV Shetty; former IOB chairman TKK Bhagavat; retired IAS official K Chakravarthi”.

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Front Page.

Police grill Ratnakar for over 5 hours Rakesh Reddy V.K

PUTTAPARTHI: R.J. Ratnakar, a Member of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, was grilled by Anantapur district police at the Prashanthi Nilayam on Saturday, in connection with the seizure of Rs.35 lakh in cash while it was being transported from here on June 18.

A team of police led by DSP of Penukonda Kolar Krishna interrogated Mr. Ratnakar, nephew of late Sai Baba, for more than five hours.

The interrogation is significant in light of the “confessions” to the police by K. Sohan Shetty of Bangalore and S. Chandrasekhara Murthy, driver of the car seized by the police. According to the remand report filed by the Circle Inspector of Hindupur One Town, Mr. Shetty (A2) confessed that Mr. Ratnakar and V. Srinivasan, another trustee, had given him Rs.35 lakh on June 18 to conceal and provide it as and when required.

The driver (A3) said during interrogation that the two trustees had brought the cash bag from Yajur Mandir, residence of Sai Baba, and kept it in a Sonata car. Later, on their directions, he transported the cash and handed it over to Mr. Shetty. “The Trust management or A2, who got possession of the cash, had failed to produce any document or record claiming the money belonged to them,” the report added.

According to sources, the police also questioned Mr. Ratnakar on the basis of the reported statements of Mr. Srinivasan, that the cash indeed belonged to the Trust and that it was just a rare occasion when the Trust decided to pay out in cash for construction of Sai Baba’s Samadhi. This was in contrast to Mr. Ratnakar’s own statement that the cash did not belong to the Trust but to 12 different donors, who would eventually claim it.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people took out a procession in Puttaparthi demanding the resignation of members of the Trust till such time that they prove themselves to be innocent.

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Sai Baba Treasure Scandals: His Big Political Protectors Now Run For Cover

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 22, 2011

The Sathya Sai Baba fold continues to fold. The sheep are running all over the place. And so are the rats, although they are as invisible as they can make themselves. They have had a good deal of experience in mucky cover up.

For some weeks, it has been evident to any careful observer, that the Andhra Pradesh government has been only too aware of troubles in the Sathya Sai camp that might grow too big to suppress. Indeed, it is a campfire that none can stamp out, and looks like becoming a raging forest fire. The critters are on-the-run. And, to mix a metaphor still further, the rats desert the ship.

Most notably, a series of suspicious circumstances led up to Sathya Sai Baba’s death.These are being investigated, including by the Andhra Pradesh Human rights Commission. See: Human Rights Commission Probe Fronts Andhra Government On Sathya Sai Baba Treatment

Hopefully, all the attention given to the treasury scandals will not allow the circumstances of his death to drop from sight, as happened with the suppression of police evidence concerning the police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993.

What is more, prominent followers of Sathya Sai Baba are themselves deeply disturbed at the intense infighting within the Sai Central Trust, despite its repeated – and dishonest – denials. These devotees, too, are asking leading and uncomfortable questions, and consulting legal opinion. Just as those of us, who are now former followers of Sathya Sai Baba, did as, long ago, we began to investigate ever further layers on layers of corruption. And of a spiritual betrayal of the utmost magnitude.

In short, Sai devotees are now finding out what former devotees have, for over a decade, been at very great pains to document and to point out.

My reader may imagine the current feelings of those all round the world who left the Sathya Sai Baba fold. Such feelings as expressed in phrases like:  – at long last!

There is relief that at least a few of Sai Baba’s dark deeds, and those of his core servitors, are being revealed on a large-scale – and from within India itself!

Given the fact of decades of massive Puttaparthi and local, state and national government cover up of Sai venality, the sight of seeing, proverbially speaking, rats deserting the ship is satisfying in its own way. Particularly given that the very Sai Central Trust personnel, and politicians (irrespective of which government), and police chiefs and other officials are  well-known to us. For these scurrying excuses on two legs are among those who have thwarted our attempts to bring out the facts. They are too well-known to our international coalition of former Sathya Sai devotees and other critics, not to mention investigators like India Today, BBC, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, etc.

In passing, I note the great courage of the late Basava Premanand. See:  Basava Premanand. Vale. A fighter for truth who lived what others preach. Posted by Barry Pittard on October 6, 2009

India's Basava Premanand. Faced Sai Baba Cult

If there were just a few more like Premanand, and a tiny handful of others in India who have fought valiantly to expose the criminality of Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core servitors, India might fare better when it comes to international esteem.

Did India and her ‘heroes’ respond to the cries of Sathya Sai Baba’s myriad victims of sexual molestation of boys and young men, or the families of those liquidated by police in Sai Baba’s bedroom, or of those beaten by his key security people, or the people scammed over apartments and in other ways by personnel in the Puttaparthi front office, or of the many who have been thrown out of the international Sathya Sai Organization, including those who, with the greatest of integrity, called for proper organization process, such as duty of care and financial and other forms of accountability …..?

Or did India and her ‘heroes’ side with chief mechanics of cover up, such as Indulal Shah, and Dr G.Venkataraman?  See:

Indulal Shah and Indian Government Cover Up

‘God’s’ Ex-Shah, Indulal Shah

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

The answer is an anguished testimony to India’s lack of real heroes. They did not uphold what my late dear colleague in exposure of Sai corruption, Glen Meloy, with such glowing love in his voice, used to refer to as ‘standing up for truth and goodness’. See my hopelessly inadequate Obituary for Glen:

Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam. Posted by Barry Pittard on November 18, 2009

India’s rat-pack of false heroes are now running for cover. Hardly anyone in that country heeded our voices. No matter that these dissentient voices included many who had been esteemed, both in and beyond India, for decades. Some of those who spoke up – despite almost unimaginable lack of truth and goodness from Sai Baba and his people – had been for decades outstanding leaders in the international Sathya Sai Organization. And always have been esteemed in their wider communities.

Kamini Jaiswal, Supreme Court senior advocate

Could we turn for justice to the Indian Justice system? No, we emphatically failed. Even though one of India’s gutsiest and most senior advocates to the Supreme Court, Kamini Jaiswal, went in to bat. See references to Hari Sampath’s 2000 Public Interest Litigation (PIL), a case legal opinion in a number of countries have deemed to have been defeated by three judges holding a ‘kangaroo court’ :

Sathya Sai Trust In Vast Treasure Scandals: Secret Temple, Van, and Bus Stashes

Could we turn for justice even to the former pinnacle of the Indian Justice system, P.N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of Indian, who is now implicated in the treasury scandals, and is himself up for police investigation? We could not turn to this legal ‘hero’, either.

Former Chief Justice, India. Sai Baba Chief

See:

Ex-Chief Justice of India: Sathya Sai Baba “dictated my every single judgement”

On Sathya Sai Baba: Times of India, Ex-Chief Justice Interview. What Judge Would So Opine?

Indian Ex-Chief Justice: “Wild, Reckless Claims” about Sathya Sai Baba

In sad fact, we turned to many Indian leaders from many backgrounds, political, governmental, religious, and so on. They forsook us. They forsook their hero selves. I make the occasional exception. Bless him! – Aroon Purie, the founder and Managing editor of India Today group. So, in ‘India Today’ (4 December 2000), we got a hearing. India Today has stood up to the filthy mandarins – with their palm-greased agents, and their tremulous cack-mouthed toadies. Purie is of a different cut to India’s pisspot full of lily-livered newspapaper proprietors. I am informed that Vijay Thapa, one of the investigative journalists for the India Today cover story on Sathya Sai Baba, required close body protection during the weeks of investigation, which injects more meaning into the private words to me of the editor of one of the top Indian newspapers that Sathya Sai Baba and his people are to powerful to take on. I’m glad Thapa has risen to editorial heights elswhere today. He is a Nepalese Gurkha, and the Gurkhas, a martial people, are famous for not running.

Vijay ThapaAroon Purie, India Today Magazine. Published Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba

My information, too, is that Aroon Purie personally knew a familiy whose son attended a Sathya Sai education institution whom Sathya Sai Baba sexually molested. On discovery, the family took out the boy immediately. It is the same unhappy circumstances that former devotee international coordinators have become, over the years, used to learning about. Sickeningly, at first – until one’s professional instincts kick in. Although, it is understandable that this personal experience of Aroon Purie may have figured in his decision to assign a major cover story, the other disgraceful Indian editors are NOT excused. Our witnesses made sworn testimony, and in the documentation was supported family members with outstanding records of service and leadership in the Sathya Sai Organization.

NOTE: Wikipedia states:

Aroon Purie is an Indian businessman who is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of India Today and the Chief Executive of the India Today Group. He is also the Managing Director of Thomson Press (India) Limited and the Chairman and Managing Director of TV Today. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest India [1] ……..Purie launched India Today, the magazine in 1975 as a strategic move to keep the printing press busy. The magazine was born in the time of emergency. Its never before seen brand of journalism without fear or favour transformed the landscape of Indian journalism. With editions in five languages, it is the most widely–read publication in India–a position it has held for over a decade–with a readership of over 11 million.[3]

He sets the journalistic style for the largest and most respected magazine publishing group in India and for the premier 24-hour news and current affairs Hindi news channel, Aaj Tak and English news channel Headlines Today.

One after another, the editors and newspaper proprietors of India found excuse. It mattered a fig to them how excellently documented were our submissions. Indeed, our material also went to Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Federal Police, The French National Police, The German National Police and Federal and State Indian Police – all of this at the highest level. Of our successful case with UNESCO – despite its near scuppering by Sai Baba’s deputy chairman of the international Sathya Sai Organization, Dr Venkataraman, in cahoots with then Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Foreign Minister, see:

BBC Exposed Sai Baba Top Aide’s And Indian Foreign Minister’s Ploy With UNESCO

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks

History will show that the Indian Media utterly failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba, only to endure the professional shame – in having thus derelicted – of seeing leading foreign media investigate. For example, BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS (all television), ABC (Radio Australia). In paper media – Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., …..

Repeatedly, in regard to failure of nerve to stand up to Sathya Sai Baba and his henchmen, those whom millions of Indians worship as national heroes have had feet of clay. India had best get something more than their cricket team together ….. The reputation of Dharma had best not rest on the shoulders of cricket idols such as Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulka. It may not be capable of rescue by movie derring-do of Amitabh Bachchan and his ilk. Its even less likely saviors are a succession of Indian Prime Ministers who thought it best to cooperate in the suppression of senior police investigations into Sathya Sai Baba’s misdeeds – the latest being Atul Vajpayee and the present PM Manmohan Singh.

(I shall be happy to pass to bona fide media or other investigators contact details of one of the world’s top policemen (now retired and working in Consultancy), who puts Sathya Sai Baba as the master fraudster of the twentieth century. My email address is:  barpittard@gmail.com ).

Erapalli Prasanna. Great Indian 'tail' spinner. No doubt of Sai Baba's interest in a tail ...

In December 1997, I sat at a meal with Indian Test cricketers, such as her great former ‘tail’ Erapalli Prasanna. One would think, just chaps, actually – but then I saw their bus as it made a snail’s pace progress out of Puttaparthi, and men, women and children screamed their heads off and worshipped the cricketers. 

Sachin Tendulkar. But are the Sai roses smelling so sweet these days?

The throng’s worship was head-over-heels. The fervor was the same as that which they accorded Sai Baba himself.

Among the bus passengers were Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar (both of them committed Sai devotees), and other such national cricketing heroes. It would have been the same if there had been a Bollywood busload of Indian film stars.

What, then, do Gavaskar and Tendulkar and all the other Indian ‘heroes’ think about all the evidence now daily emerging about Sathya Sai Baba? And what do they think of his untrustworthy Sai Central Trust?  Let them answer. But how can they? – for all the ‘heroes’ are running for cover.

Well, at least India is getting a lot of runs …….!

….. Sheep running. Rats running. Crooks running with their ill-begotten gains …..

Sunil Gavaskar. But is Sai 'cricket' a gentleman's game?

And,  what of former Sathya Sai Baba devotees who have left him? And what of those  who have – despite Sai Baba’s and his associates’ attacks and libels – spoken out?

Be it said into history’s court of true testimony, it is not Sai Baba’s dissenters  who are the sheep and the rats.

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Breaking News:  Sai Baba’s Ashram Chief Security Officer Arrested

One of our well-wishers from India has just written to us:

“After another round of interrogation, the Andhra Pradesh police have arrested Pradhan, the Chief security officer of Sai Baba’s ashram. With this, the number of arrests  is now 4, all connected with the first cash haul.

Two others ( in the Rs 5-10 crores  haul in a bus), are being held in an undisclosed location by the AP police and I am informed interrogation is continuing, and possibly more arrests may follow. Legal notices have been issued to V Srinivasan , chairman of WS Industries (senior Trust member) and to RJ Ratnakar, under the Criminal procedure code. So far PN Bhagwati has evaded any legal notice and / or being named officially, although the cash was transported in his protocol car (is he seeking immunity under any clause, being a former Chief Justice of India or have his stronger Govt contacts saved him so far ?)

My sources from high levels of AP police inform me that despite very strong pressure on them to dilute the case, senior politicians are not really pressing their efforts as this Sai Baba case has got national media attention, and no one wants to get his or her name in the news as being remotely associated with any Sai Baba related coverup , especially in the era of scams being exposed in India every week.

An ashram source has informed me that 2 senior Trust members spent the day calling top politicians in Hyderabad and Delhi, but were frustrated that no government official or politician came on the phone line. A senior political leader from Hyderabad has informed an attorney from Hyderabad ” Now, we don’t want to get involved, all opposition parties are stepping up the heat and all Sai Baba related matters are now only bad news, and politically it may become adverse for us”.

Is this why the AP police are proceeding boldly ? I am also informed that the lower level employees like agents, drivers etc are seriously worried about any threat to them should they turn state witness and the police have assured them protection for giving all information.”

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Baba Ram Dev’s Challenge to Indian Government and Corporate Corruption

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 8, 2011

The Swami Ramdev challenge to high level government and corporate corruption in India is but one indicator of the type of institutional violence with which Manmohan Singh is ready to react (see Reuters report below) when confronted not by a handful of determined foreigners from various countries but by a popular swami from within India itself. Baba Ram Dev, like Mahatma Gandhi and other Indian leaders, resorts to the fast-unto-death means of getting his message across.

An interesting comment appears at Live Mint.com and The Wall Street Journal:

“The root of the problem is the present government. Its complete disregard for serious problems of governance has opened the door for the rash politics of the Ramdev kind. Had it paid more attention to these issues, these groups could have been easily ignored. The UPA’s managers know that this can’t be done because of the depleted political stock of their government. The spectacle of ministers first grovelling before a godman at the airport and then ordering a pre-dawn police crackdown is only a symptom of the larger crisis of governability”.

Indian court weighs in on guru protest

Paul De Bendern, Reuters

First posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 6:22:45 EDT AM

NEW DELHI – India’s Supreme Court called on the government on Monday to justify why it sent police to end a peaceful anti-graft protest by a popular yoga guru and thousands of his followers, spelling more trouble for embattled prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Around 600 police broke up a mass hunger strike led by Swami Ramdev in New Delhi with batons and tear gas early on Sunday, detaining the guru, who is a TV star, and putting him on a plane to his home state. Dozens of followers and police were injured.

Tapping into spiralling voter anger about corruption as Asia’s third largest economy booms, Ramdev has called on the government to pursue billions of dollars in illegal funds abroad, and introduce tough anti-corruption legislation.

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Can Tomorrow’s Indian Citizens March Like Today’s Egyptians?

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 13, 2011

Kind reader, please indulge me an acute understatement:

Exposing Sathya Sai Baba, and that core of servitors who exercise control over his worldwide cult, has not been easy.

Crowded around him, like a protective phalanx, have long been Indian presidents, prime and ministers, many ministers and civil service heads from both State and Central governments, Supreme and High Court judges, heads of police, the armed services, foreign service, foremost industrialists, financiers …. and a long list more of India’s social, political and cultural elites.

As I watched the footage of brave Egyptian citizens risking their lives to unseat a leader and government they believe have sorely betrayed the people, my mind reflected back to the courage – to take but one example – of thousands of Indian citizens who accompanied Mahatma Gandhi on the great salt marches.

Mahatma Gandhi and Sarojini Naidu march for India’s freedom, 1930

These marches protested – non-violently – the British monopoly (to name just one facet of rulership over India) on salt. It led to the far greater Civil Disobedience Movement. And, in the spirit of Gandhi’s extraordinary example of non-violence, millions of Indians engaged in acts of civil disobedience, after which (although, far beyond the power of a Gandhi to stop the blood-soaked madness that engulfed vast numbers, in particular of Hindus and Muslims at the time of partition between India and what became Pakistan),  India gained her political freedom in August 1947.

Whatever may be thought of Gandhi’s notions of tradition-versus-modernity, he had something that India’s subsequent leaders have distinctively not had – freedom from corruption.

Perhaps, if India’s people took their courage in their own hands, they could, once more, show a shining example to the world, and come out on the streets like the Egyptian people are now doing – but without the bloodshed. But perhaps the culture of violent governmental suppression in that great and tragic country has gone too far. For but one of countless examples, see: Beatings, torture and killings by Police in India

One thing is sure. Sathya Sai Baba is not – and never has been – a leader who can transform a nation. But then, who else in India can?

Sai Baba and Indian PM and President: Is anyone in charge?




Further Reading

Inequality before the law in India

Avoidance of the law in India

Note:  To the great distaste of lawyers from countries with far more respect for the law, many Indian judges, without accountability, throw out cases. One case was that run by one of India’s highest profile lawyers, Kamini Jaiswal. For her 2001 petition against Sathya Sai Baba, see an account here. Then see the Supreme Court document – which despite of slanderous allegations against our veracity by key Sathya Sai Baba supporters, proves that the petition was in fact presented and rejected here. The disgraced judges in the kangaroo court treatment of the Jaiswal led petition are pictured here:

Sai judges

Another writ petition was rejected by the Sathya Sai-biased High Court of Andhra Pradesh, see here. For  the typical sort of extraordinary judicial and other protection accorded Sathya Sai Baba and further evidence by the published letter of a former Prime Minister and Supreme Court judge, see here.

Judge Y.V. Anjaneyulu, of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, a long time devotee of Sathya Sai Baba (who also lives in Andhra Pradesh), ruled against B. Premanand’s petition, saying that a divine sort of person such as Sathya Sai Baba is not, when he materializes gold from spiritual realms, subject to the law appertaining to India’s Gold Standard Act. Sadly, Basava Premanand,

stripped of all rights of reason that would have stood in any properly conducted, democratic court, could but say:

“Defence based on spiritual powers is not recognised in law. If such a defence is permitted, there is not a single offence the commission of which could be met with the penalties and punishments, for the reason that on a plea of spiritual power being raised by the accused there is no way to prove or disprove the existence or non-existence of the pleaded spiritual power.” See: Satya Sai Baba and the Gold Act.

Note:  My tribute at the time of the death of B. Premanand is here: Basava Premanand. Vale. A fighter for truth who lived what others preach.

Corrupt Indian Judges Stonewall Case Vs Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba Bedroom Murders.

Who In India Will Stand out Against Abuses?

Sathya Sai Baba Organization and Libel and Disinformation

Liberhan Commission Report, India: Names Some Long-time Close Associates of Sathya Sai Baba

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

See BBC’s The Secret Swami video clip of Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary, where former Home Secretary V.P.B. Nair speaks of “absolute cold-blooded murder” and makes clear to the BBC that there occurred a massive cover-up by Sai Baba, his ashram officials, police, local, state and central governments. See also the article: Will V.P.B. Nair Keep His Word To BBC On Sathya Sai Baba?

Sathya Sai Baba as Nobel Peace Prize Candidate

Police expert on security at Prashanthi Nilayam

Police chiefs in India can escape justice

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V.P.B. Nair Told BBC Sai Baba Bedroom Killings Were “Coldblooded Murder”

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 6, 2011

In mid 2004, former Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary, V.P.B. Nair – see:  The BBC and the 1993 murders – spoke to the BBC about the official local, state and central government cover up that attended the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993. He said he intended to take steps to get the case re-opened. But has he done anything of the sort?

Most major Indian media have entirely failed to tackle Sathya Sai Baba and his incredibly wealthy and influential cult. The exceptions have been:  India Today, Tehelka, The Cavaran and (to a small extent) Hindustan Times. The job of exposure has been via the foreign media – e.g., BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS, ABC (Australia, Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), and newspapers in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc.

It is ironic, too, that NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) get to see coverage in the foreign media, whereas there is a heavy blanket of suppression in India. It makes the notion of ‘Indian democracy’ an oxymoron, and somewhat hollow. 

An alert media would challenge V.P.B. Nair with the question:   Have you – as you told the BBC you would do – pushed for a re-opening of the Puttaparthi police killings case?

It is of oddest irony that degrees of exposure of these crimes have been effectively left up to two individuals gifted with cussed unstoppableness – the late Basava Premanand in India and Robert Priddy in Norway. It is similarly significant that, so great is the unwillingness of most major Indian media to tackle Sathya Sai Baba and his incredibly wealthy and influential cult, that exposing him has been, with the exception of India Today, Tehelka, The Caravan, and (to a small extent) Hindustan Times, left up to the foreign media to do – e.g., BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), SBS, ABC (Australia), Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Salon.com (USA), and newspapers in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc. 

Again, there is irony in that NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) get to see coverage in the foreign media that is tightly suppressed in India!
 
The lengths to which Basava Premanand and Robert Priddy have gone to examine the welter of documentation have
required much sacrifice of time and energy.  Robert Priddy and I kept in touch with Premanand over the years, and this access allowed us confidential insight into the very real risks to life and limb that Premanand ran.  My own tribute to this remarkable man is here:  Basava Premanand. Vale. A fighter for truth who lived what others preach.

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Short Selection of Robert Priddy’s Writings on the Killings

Six devotees of Sathya Sai Baba were slain on 6 June 1993.  No official investigation was completed since the government quashed the CBI’s investigation. No charges were brought. 

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Further Reading At this blogsite:   Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings

BBC Footage Still Potent In Exposing Sathya Sai Sect (See Video Clips and Secret Swami Documentary)

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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?

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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

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STOP PRESS!

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.
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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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India, Corruption and Sathya Sai Baba and His Chief Servitors

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 27, 2010

The person who wrote to me the following apparently comes from Andhra Pradesh, the State in South India where Sathya Sai Baba has his chief ashram in Puttaparthi. They commented on my previous blog: Wikileaks and Indian Troops Atrocities Reports. Sai Baba Fails To ‘Clean Up Own Backyard’. In regard to Sathya Sai Baba-related corruption,  the person speaks of my “inferring by some convoluted logic that it parallels the causes for India’s many sicknesses”.

It strikes me that the writer uses the notion of  corruption “parallels” in a systemically misleading way. Surely a more helpful contextualization of the corruption issue to be seen in Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors in comparison to widespread, endemic corruption in India  is a notion not of ‘parallel’ but of symptom. This is to say that – apart from the fact that corruption can be found in any social system – many of the Sai Baba-related corruptions reflect aspects deep-rooted in the Indian social system, and promoted by its flaws. It would, of course, be absurd to say that all the corruptions to be seen in one part of a social fabric are replicated in every other instance. For example there are Sathya Sai Organization programs which serve human beings without discrimination on the grounds of caste or creed. A discussion would need to be complex, and attempt some weighting of relevance among phenomena often encountered in India as guru worship, demagoguery, casteism, nepotism, and elitism of various kinds, superstition and dependence in matters such as astrology (not least among the elites), vast social inequality, dowry, and so on ….

In the above article, I had commented:
“Wikileaks reports of Indian troops atrocities and judicial barbarism by Indian authorities points to but one of a number of huge issues erupting in India right at the moment. Every tragic year that passes shows that Sathya Sai Baba has not “cleaned up (his) own backyard”, as he long ago promised he would do.  India’s security and well-being do not rest in the hands of her superstitious and corrupt leadership – many individuals of which gather around Sathya Sai Baba. They are in the hands of those who, at every level, actively and honestly struggle, with great sacrifice, against the systemic venalities”.

 The correspondent wrote:

“For their own karma, all Gurus deserve a healthy dose of irreverence! However,’guru-bashers’ need to be wary of mixing-up issues. This is particularly true when indulged in by foreigners. Ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba may have legitimate complaints about him, but ‘inferring’ by some convoluted logic that it parallels the causes for India’s many sicknesses, is silly and counter-productive.

 
Today, all Indians, whether devotee or non-devotee, atheist theist and agnostic alike, are hugely shamed by the unending exposure of monumental scams in the country. By imputing Sathya Sai Baba for India’s ills, is trivializing and misconstruing the scale and its causes.

 
Devotees will exploit the opportunity to elevate the aging Baba to someone like Christ being crucified for the sins of others”.
Whereas, throughout my many writings, I have made points of the sort:

 
1. That there are courageous forces in India – and always have been – which oppose the corruption.

2. That, among a plethora of other mischiefs, Sathya Sai Baba is exposed by his failure to do what he has long proclaimed that he will do – namely, raise India to great moral and spiritual heights and then the world – effectively, within his own lifetime.

3. The term “guru bashers” is a term that needs, case by case in situations of usage, to be analysed. It is often too much of a label and a curse word, which can obscure the real intents and the arguments being advanced.

4. It is correct that devotees can exploit adverse criticism. Or rather, to be exact, some devotees, because many of them avoid controversy of any sort and simply get on with their prayers, bhajans, etc. But when have not some of those blinded by cultic belief NOT attempted to exploit adverse criticism? Yet, silence or watered down critiques are not likely to be helpful, are they? What critics of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult have attempted to do is to expose the huge deficit between precept and example – the monumental cover ups, the sexual and other abuses, the repeated failures of predictions and of promises (such as of healing, placement in his educational and other wings …), large-scale scams in regard to provision of water, of apartments, the lack of duty of care within the worldwide Sathya Sai Organization, the vast wastage of internationally-contributed funds in glorifying Sai Baba via luxurious buildings, golden trappings of imperial splendour, lack of accountability and transparency by the Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sai Baba’s countless contradictions that are to be found in his officially published discourses and other such sources; and much else.

 5. The writer speaks of: “inferring by some convoluted logic that it parallels the causes for India’s many sicknesses”. In regard to causality, one cannot, of course, willy-nilly deal of all corruptions afflicting India as paralleling those of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. Those who read properly what is actually written will find an avoidance of such simplifying of complex issues in the articles of the most prominent former devotee writers on Sathya Sai Baba, such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Alexandra Nagel or myself, or the independent British author never affiliated with Sai Baba Kevin R.D. Shepherd . They will also find in myriad libraries and on the internet a great many reformist Indian writers who, likewise, cannot fairly be accused of “India bashing”.  

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The profound extent of  the grasp of superstition across classes in India  –  not to mention other pre-scientific manifestations – to which Sathya Sai Baba gives credence is exposed in this well-sourced article by Robert Priddy, who writes of how:

WITCHCRAFT AND BLACK MAGIC STILL PLAGUE INDIA
and how Sathya Sai Baba aggravates the current witchcraft problems in India
 


“Sathya Sai Baba holds firmly that black magic is a real phenomenon, as the quotations below prove. His person and his so-called ‘teachings’ are held in awe by Prime Ministers and Presidents of India and – yet worse – Supreme Court judges. How can this country abolish the dreadful ignorance of so many citizens, apparently including supposedly highly educated persons?” 

 

Some Resources at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’


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Wikileaks and Indian Troops Atrocities Reports. Sai Baba Fails To ‘Clean Up Own Backyard’

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 19, 2010

Wikileaks reports of Indian troops atrocities and judicial barbarism by Indian authorities points to but one of a number of huge issues erupting in India right at the moment.  Every tragic year that passes shows that Sathya Sai Baba has not “cleaned up (his) own backyard”, as he long ago promised he would do.

India’s security and well-being do not rest in the hands of her superstitious and corrupt leadership – many individuals of which gather around Sathya Sai Baba. They are in the hands of those who, at every level, actively and honestly struggle, with great sacrifice, against the systemic venalities.

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WikiLeaks: India ‘systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir’

US diplomats were given evidence suggesting India was systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir, according to leaked cables.

Nick Allen Daily Telegraph. By Nick Allen, Los Angeles 12:17AM GMT 17 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks: India 'systematically torturing civilians in Kashmir'

Kashmiri people shout anti-India slogans during a protest in Srinagar Photo: REUTERS

The US officials in Delhi were privately briefed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 2005 that Indian security forces were using methods including electrocution, physical beatings and sexual interference against hundreds of detainees.
In a detailed report back to Washington they recorded the view of the ICRC that India “condones torture” and that the detainees were not Islamist insurgents or Pakistani-backed militants, who were “routinely killed.” Instead, they were civilians “connected to or believed to have information about the insurgency.”
According to the cables, which will prove a major embarrassment for the Indian government, the ICRC interviewed 1,296 detainees of whom 681 said they had been tortured.
Of those, 498 claimed to have been electrocuted, 381 said they were suspended from the ceiling, and 304 cases were described as “sexual.”

A total of 294 described a procedure in which guards crushed their legs by putting a bar across their thighs and sitting on it, while 181 said their legs had been pulled apart into the splits. In one cable US officials reported that “terrorism investigations and court cases tend to rely upon confessions, many of which are obtained under duress if not beatings, threats, or in some cases torture.”

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 “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?”
 
 
“The context of his September 1960 prophecy makes it clear that the general public attending Puttaparthi gatherings will be privy to these wondrous manifestations. But of the panoply of saints and sages? One’s eyes strain in vain. Of politicians across the broad spectrum – yes, those aplenty. The topmost brass in the armed services – yes, their medals add to the dazzle of Puttaparthi. Of top cops – they are all over the place. Of the foremost judiciary, the diplomats, the industrialists, and so on – no end of them”
 
 
“What the former devotee and other critics point out has long been stated by many courageous and truthful Indian citizens down many decades. It may be hoped that these forces of decency and efficiency in India will be aided by the glaring world spotlight which has all too suddenly, because she is hosting the Commonwealth Games, swung on the many corrupt and befuddled Indian leaders”
  


Witch hunts afflict India

“Belief in such primitive superstitions as “black magic” is promoted and encouraged by Sathya Sai Baba (see here documentation from his books authorised by him and sold in his bookshop) .

One related belief system is a cause of major social problems and murders. “The Great Indian Witch Hunt“, is an award-winning documentary film hosted by noted playwright, writer and actress Sohaila Kapur (sister of director Shekhar Kapur) and directed by Filmmaker Rakhi Varma. It was part of the 12 episode series “It happens only in India” launched by The National Geographic channel – each episode focusing on an aspect of “real India” until now unexplored in detail”

Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday

This man says he will soon be ruling the whole world

 

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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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Is Puttaparthi Glitter the ‘Shining India’?

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 16, 2010

  

Amid golden glitter, Sai Baba says he will rule world

Many are the demonstrably mistaken accusations thrown at those who have stood forth to expose Sathya Sai Baba and his international sect.  For example, typically taking our remarks badly out-of-context, it is said that we are: “India bashers”. But these defenders of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult do their cause harm; and we learn that many Sai devotees will have nothing to do with them – although we also know that some who are close to Sathya Sai Baba have assisted them in various ways.

The absurdity and intellectual dishonesty of their attempts to defame will not win them the favour of astute and questioning readers.

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. See:

Sathya Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs at 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 11, 2010

Confirming many reports of Sathya Sai Baba breaking down and weeping in more recent times, there is now brilliantly clear and revealing video footage for all to see.

To see this video, CLICK HERE

So great is the grip of elites who hold wealth and power in India that many Indians, both those who live inside and outside India welcome – though with feelings of deep shame and desperate hope for deliverance from the evils – well-informed information that emanates from outside India. The article (see below) by a member of School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, may serve as but one example of writing that points to the ubiquity of graft scandals in India, while pointing to some of the attempts courageous and determined Indians are making to oppose this.

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Some Further Reading

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

Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption

Commonwealth Games: ‘Shining India’s’ Mismanagement By Crisis. Sai Baba Not Sighted

Sathya Sai Baba’s Promise To “Clean Up” His “Own Back Yard (India) Unfulfilled

Sathya Sai Baba and the Law. Is A Real Pro-Con Discussion Possible?

Relative Weightings of Allegation and Proof In Exposing Corrupt Institutions (Pt1)

Relative Weightings of Allegation and Proof In Exposing Corrupt Institutions (Pt2)

India’s Painful Experience of Corrupt Leadership

India’s Ancient Tradition of Respect For Elders Waylaid By Corrupt Elites

Sathya Sai Fails To Save Satyam

Sathya Sai Baba crying (video)

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Disillusioned by rampant graft scandals

THE wealthy in India are laundering $19bn a year.

ALTHOUGH corruption in India is nothing new, recent examples appear to put the country in the category of one of the worst kleptocracies, and a survey indicates widespread disillusionment with the Singh government.

Former mines minister and chief minister of Jharkhand, Madhu Koda, is in jail on charges of having siphoned off $US1 billion ($1bn), mainly from corrupt mining deals, during his short tenure.

By laundering funds through cronies, Koda managed to acquire hotels around the world and even a mine in Africa.

Although India has passed legislation to strengthen its anti-money-laundering regime, a recent Global Financial Integrity report found rich Indians launder a staggering $US19bn a year.

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Sathya Sai Baba Breaks Down and Sobs at 85th Birthday

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 11, 2010

Confirming many reports of Sathya Sai Baba breaking down and weeping in more recent times, there is now brilliantly clear and revealing video footage for all to see.

To see this video, CLICK HERE

It is not that crying is out of order, per se. It is, however, the case that Sai Baba has had many words to say about stoicism. Or, to be exact:  samatva, equal mindedness. Countless times his devotees have heard him utter, e.g.,:

“Let anyone say anything; remain calm”. 

Here but another two of countless references he has made to his (assumed) equanimity:

“Sai is unaffected by praise and blame”.  Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 14.

“I am not happy about such praises. I have no desire that people should extol Me. I am neither elated nor depressed by such acts. I am beyond praise or ridicule, respect or disrespect, anger or happiness. I have only one attribute throughout – My love. I love even those who hate Me. I love even those who indulge in bad propaganda against Me. I do not consider anyone as enemy”.  Sathya Sai Baba 83rd Birthday Celebrations Discourse 2008

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.

He has also said:

“When I am defamed, I never get incensed, for it is only the tree full of edible fruits that is attached by sticks and stones.” Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 4 p. 184.

But here is his so-called equanimity, when he loudly and repeatedly banged with his fist on his lectern (to loud and prolonged applause by the crowds) in his Christmas discourse of 2000, which had scarcely anything to say about Christ – see quote from Sanathana Sarathi, on right hand side:

 
 
 

Sathya Sai Baba Calls His Critics Demons

 

Robert Priddy has some instructive historical notes on reports of Sathya Sai Baba crying. He comments:

“That Sathya Sai Baba sits and cries so much illustrates the absurd dishonesty of his years of boastful claims to be unmoved by any pain or pleasure!  His tears are clearly not those of ecstatic joy as entire demeanour reeks of depression and decline. In the birthday evening video (excerpt 8 mins)  one can see how he is more like a wooden idol than a living Divinity. How come that this supposed self-proclaimed infallible and ever youthful Avatar is in such a state? There will as usual surely be no answers from his staff or followers… all they can do is to try to pretend that it is some kind of miracle of showing his humanity (well, it is not showing divinity)!”

See:  Sathya Sai Baba crying (video). Posted by robertpriddy on December 10, 2010

In recent years, there has been a marked increase of reports that depict  Sai Baba acting in many ways not previously typical of him. However, there is now 85th birthday celebrations video footage  of him breaking down and crying. Or, to be exact – as the viewer can, with the greatest clarity see – breaking into uncontrollable sobbing.

As in a great deal of footage, viewers can also see the Sai Baba’s mask-like face and other signs of a deterioration. These afford yet another instance, taken from myriad examples, of how Sai Baba’s predictions have so dramatically and demonstrably failed to materialize.  Many statements that are to be seen scattered through official Sathya Sai publications can today be viewed, with sharp and sometimes gross informativeness, in juxtaposition with the reality that is the physically and mentally ailing Sathya Sai Baba. His devotees are blind to the glaring anomalies. He has said, for example:

“Rama and Krishna were ever youthful. Have you ever seen a picture of Rama or Krishna with grey hair?….. Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces … I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause). There is not a single wrinkle on My face”. Sanathana Sarathi, October, 2002.

“Many people wonder that I look so young even at the age of 73. The reason is that I have the three P’s in Me. One is Purity, the second is Patience and the third is Perseverance. It is because of these three that I shall remain like this for any number of years to come. (cheers)”  p. 302 Sanathana Sarathi, 11-1998 

We have BBC footage to thank for showing both the faking of a so-called miracle and also documentation of the sort of inane statements that, in recent years, have been reported. On stage in front of February 2004’s Mahasivaratri crowd, the BBC cameras (in footage that would later become part of ‘The Secret Swami’, which has been seen in over 120 countries around the world, see resources below) show Sai Baba looking increasingly sick. He produces the lingam, and the materialization trick demonstrated by Professor Narendra Nayak is easy for the viewer to spot, the lingam being concealed in Sai Baba’s handkerchief. In the ensuing documentary, the BBC journalist Tanya Datta comments:

“To the alarm of the crowd suddenly Sai Baba collapsed. His huge coterie of staff swung into action. There was panic. An organisation used to tight control seemed to have lost its grip. Sai Baba was hastily wheeled off stage.”

 Later, he is carried hobbling back, with officials claiming that he manifested two more lingams offstage. To the audience, a shaken Sai Baba makes a preposterous claim:

 “Out of the stomach emanated Shiva Lingas of the weight of three tonnes. That’s the reason why some strain on the face and the body” http://home.hetnet.nl/~ex-baba/engels/movies.html

See further examples of Sai Baba’s increasing decrepitude:


Sathya Sai Baba’s Slurred Speech Due To Old Age. ‘Eenadu’ News Report 
“I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.”  

But the reality is very different from the perspective of his devotees, who relegate all contrary evidence to a nether region of what is left of their logical minds. As further witness: …  

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

Has Sathya Sai Baba Moved An Inch To Clean Up His Yard? 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions 

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises  

India’s prophesied future world leadership?  

Major World Catastrophe Predictions Attributed to Sathya Sai Baba 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away

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

Avatar of Deception: Sathya Sai Baba. 85, But Says He Will Rule World

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

Sai Baba predictions, promises and prophecies – index

Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?
 
Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon, IANS Reports

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

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

MAJOR WORLD CATASTROPHE PREDICTIONS ATTRIBUTED TO SATHYA SAI BABA.

Robert Priddy –  ‘Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed’ at http://robertpriddy.wordpress.com

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations
Sai Baba’s Mission to Save India
Sai Baba’s health – miracle or self-sacrifice?
82nd Birthday of Sathya Sai Baba
Ageing and collapse in Sai Baba’s health. 

Sites Critical of Sathya Sai Baba

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“The Secret Swami” – BBC Film Footage and Transcript

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Introductory articles by the scholar Brian Steel:-

Sathya Sai Baba: The Guru Who Claimed to be God on Earth

Basic Myths and Pertinent Questions about the Guru Sathya Sai Baba (Updated)

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Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

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On the BBC exposure, at this blogsite – ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation’ – https://barrypittard.wordpress.com see the articles:

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Barry Pittard’s comments in regard to the Public Petition) -:

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 10, 2009

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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

ORGANISED COVER-UP OF WIDELY REPORTED SEXUAL PRACTICES BY SATHYA SAI BABA
A documented overview of the history and extent of the alleged sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba and the questions they raise.

 
BELIEVERS IN SAI BABA CAN’T UNDERSTAND MANY SIMPLE THINGS

 

Video Resources

 


The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(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

 

 
This man says he will soon be ruling the whole world
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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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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.

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”.

Though, with what absurd self-deception, he has said:

“The attributes of the Avatars are beyond human comprehension…. Rama and Krishna were ever youthful. Have you ever seen a picture of Rama or Krishna with grey hair?….. Usually old people have wrinkles on their faces … I do not have any signs of old age. (loud applause). There is not a single wrinkle on My face”. Sanathana Sarathi October, 2002

“I do not suffer from any kind of disease because there is no trace of greed in Me. That is why I am always healthy…” Sanathana Sarathi September 2001, page 257f, 186

“Many people wonder that I look so young even at the age of 73. The reason is that I have the three P’s in Me. One is Purity, the second is Patience and the third is Perseverance. It is because of these three that I shall remain like this for any number of years to come. (cheers)” p. 302 Sanathana Sarathi, 11-1998

Sai Baba recently claimed he always smiles - but nowadays only this!
“Purity, patience and perseverance. With these three you are bound to acquire good health and bliss. You may believe it or not. But the truth is that these three are responsible for my health (Arogya) and bliss (Ananda)” (Sanathana Sarathi July 1995, p. 173)

60th Birthday Promise Of Not Physically Ageing – Falsified!

Our reports from Puttaparthi from reliable sources include that he has bouts that disclose mental difficulties.

In his public discourse March 13, 2002, he told thousands that his divine magnetism holds him to the ground, impeding his feet and hand movements:

“So when I put My foot down, the whole foot stuck to the ground. It is a little hard to lift a foot that is stuck. Wherever I walk, it sticks there. Whatever is held, it sticks to My (sic) hand. This magnet is not in everyone like this. This magnet is so powerful only in Divinity.”

Former co-founder and leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization, Robert Priddy has written:

“In 1998 V.K. Narasimhan (editor of Sanathana Sarathi) told me that Sathya Sai Baba had told him definitively that he had not had his hair cut for 20 years! However, photos taken of Sathya Sai Baba through that period show clearly that (around 1993/4?) his hair was suddenly seen to be about 1/3 or less of the volume it normally had. Then it slowly grew out again. I was present at the ashram at that time and observed this closer crop of his hair. So Sathya Sai Baba can tell his followers anything he likes, whether true or not, accurate or not, and get away with it! There have been any number of photos showing Sathya Sai Baba before and after a haircut (though this fact is never mentioned by devotees, of course. The condition of his thinning hair in 2010 is shown here. Even from these photos, all taken within a few years after 2004, one can see that his hair has been trimmed, fashioned etc. It is claimed too by Indian skeptics that he dyes his hair to keep it black, as he once predicted it would always be, and that he suffers from a bad skin condition as a result”.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deceptive Hair Management

 

In Februry 2007, I made a note:  “the Australian scholar Brian Steel’s remark of February 2002 seems almost prescient:

‘Since the ‘discrepancies’ appear to be increasing nowadays, is there any possibility that Sai Baba is suffering from a degenerative ageing disease which might have an effect on his thinking and speaking?’

Likewise, in October 2002, a Swedish psychologist and former devotee, Åsa Samsioe, noting physical signs of Sai Baba’s ageing like his development of a ’turkey throat’ and also the “low intellectual level” of his discourses, remarked:

‘He must have one heck of a job, Sathya Sai Baba… it can’t be easy to age in his situation, besides being under so much criticism as he has recently been… not surprising that it leaves its marks. Occasionally I think ‘poor man’… feel some pity for him. A whole life built on lies… captured by the myth about himself… to be the object of the projections of millions… and to be forced , at least outwardly, to live up to all the expectations put to him… to always have to have all those people around him’. http://home.no.net/anir/Sai/enigma/Swede4.htm

It is just under a decade since Sai Baba informed devotees all round the world that his aircraft is about to take off to bring his mission to the whole world. But the runway, like his own imagination, would seem to have run away on him. He turned 81 last November (though evidence indicates that he has falsified his actual birthdate by three years). Here, in his own words, in almost in full flight, is yet another of his myriad failed predictions:

‘Swami’s mission has made this turn to face the runway. The 70th birthday was the signal from the tower to accelerate. In the 75th birthday, the airplane will leave the ground’.

Further Reading

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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 – the Indian Government’s God Incarnate

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2010 (NEW!)

Sathya Sai Baba 85th Birthday: state of India (NEW!)

Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2010

Puttaparthi Sai Baba Celebrates 85th Birthday (NEW!)

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 22, 2010

Sathya Sai Baba’s Slurred Speech Due To Old Age. ‘Eenadu’ News Report

Sathya Sai Baba Tells Untruths About His Health

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises

Sathya Sai Baba Is Fast-ailing

Sai Baba Fails to Grant Great Moon Darshan

Sai Baba Fails To Appear In The Moon, IANS Reports

Is Indian ‘Godman’ Sai Baba’s Moon Waning Still Further

Sai Baba Sparks Political Furore

The Golden Age of Sai Baba

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

The Ageless 'Avatar' Ageless – Old ‘Avatars’ never die, but merely fade away

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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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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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