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Sathya Sai Baba Bans But Permits Foot Touching

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 5, 2008

At the Bal Vikas conference in Prashanti Nilayam in 2001, after sixty years of offering what he deems to be his Holy Feet to be touched, Sathya Sai Baba declared that he was not going to allow padnamaskaar to anyone anymore.

This is reported on an official Sathya Sai Organization web page at As is well known among his followers, the matter was also reported in the official magazine Sanathana Sarathi, which is distributed worldwide. After an extraordinary number of years in permitting the practice, he has discovered that it created a sense of separation between himself and his devotees! He wanted them to see him in one and all. He said that the namaskaar that would be offered to him had better be offered to parents, elders, gurus, etc. He added: “See me in your heart and in the heart of everyone you meet.”

One might well wonder whether those who, with the underhand cooperation of prominent Sathya Sai Baba servitors, and rank-and-file members, have behaved so scurrilously towards former devotees who have spoken out have quite got around to noting such noble teachings. See:

The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign. Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members

In short, Sathya Sai Baba has put himself even more at the centre than before – he was to be worshipped in or through everyone else! However, he is still often observed to accept the touching of his feet.

The attached image of 7-year old boy doing padnamaskar is from – before he pronounced that padnamaskaar would stop. However, the photo of his official translator and a key servitor Professor Anil Kumar was captured by the from the BBC film ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004), well after Sathya Sai Baba said he stopped the practice of padnamaskaar of his feet!

Select Reading

Professor Anil Kumar Sathya Sai Baba’s Translator

BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A RevisionProbed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team

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