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Serial Pedophile Issues and Comparisons: Sir Jimmy Savile and Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 30, 2012

In the next week or so, as time allows, I shall draw a number of acute parallels between the case of the vastly exposed late British entertainment icon, Sir Jimmy Savile and of Sathya Sai Baba. Both were serial pedophiles on a huge scale.

Both committed crimes, decade after decade in their ramant, serial sexual abuse. Both relied on myriad powerful people in the highest places remaining silent.

Some say that, given their death, we should not expose evildoers such as Sathya Sai Baba and Jimmy Savile. That they cannot speak up in their own defense. This is flawed thinking. Will we not show compassion for those who still live, and have a lifetime of trauma to endure? If one has a story to tell – especially a story that has great power to educate and warn – then tell it.  

In the last few days, we hear the same cry about Savile having done so much for charity as those struggling to bring the Sathya Sai cult abuses to world attention have had to endure. Again, flawed thinking. It is for the courts to decided on whether more lenient sentences are to be administered taking into account positives to be said for an accused. Shutting up about crimes, and indeed suspected crimes, allows crime to go rampant. And in the elements in which it revels – Silence. Secrecy. The Savile family statement (Savile himself remained single) is surely touching: 

“We recognise that even our own despair and sadness does not compare to that felt by the victims … How could the person we thought we knew and loved do such a thing? … Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have suffered from every kind of abuse over so many years and we offer our deepest sympathy in what must have been a terrible time for all of them … We can understand their reluctance to say anything earlier and can appreciate the courage it has taken to speak out”.

It is tragic that decades pass before the truth emerges

Sir Jimmy Savile. De-iconised late British Entertainer. Hundreds of suppressed revelations now emerge, showing Savile, like Sathya Sai Baba, as a serial pedophile on a huge scale, and, again like him, protected by powerful establishment figures and institutions

If Indian authorities were up to it – which I seriously doubt – it has a great deal to learn from Savile’s serial pedophile’s huge exposure in recent days. India needs to see how, even decades later, covered up scandals can, in the last upshot, do massive damage to those public and private institutions and people complicit in cover up.

The Savile exposure is big news  – with many powerful figures under the spotlight, and many scurrying for cover. As part of the fall-out, arrests seem likely, and the 70’s pop star Garry Glitter, a friend of Savile, has just been arrested.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh at Sathya Sai Baba’s funeral on April 24, 2011. Singh and a succession of Indian Presidents and Prime Ministers were complicit in covering up the Sathya Sai Baba sex and other scandals.


Decades ago, Tal Brook’s book ‘Avatar of Night’ blew the whistle on Sathya Sai Baba. Like each of those – without exception – who have spoken publicly about the profoundly covered up Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuses of boys and young men from many countries, and other crimes and spiritual betrayals,Tal Brooke was viciously defamed, libeled and execrated by countless Sathya Sai devotees. It can take decades to expose those who cry Truth, Truth, Love, Love, and who are the first to depart from it.

Lesson For Indian Leaders Who Covered Up Sai Baba Sex and Other Scandals For Decades

Indian leaders, many of them strongly complicit across political divides in decades of cover up of the Sathya Sai Baba sex and other scandals – and already being shamed by the powerful pan Indian movement against political and corporate corruption – would do well to take five minutes of their time to look at the sort of official questioning increasingly being mounted in the UK in the Savile case.

See the video clip at:

Jimmy Savile: BBC’s George Entwistle appears before MPs

Key Points

BBC director general George Entwistle appears before MPs on the Commons culture committee, where he is questioned about the Jimmy Savile affair 

TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, is accused of sexually abusing young people over a four-decade period – sometimes on BBC premises. The BBC has announced inquiries into why a Newsnight investigation into Savile was dropped and another into whether the corporation’s culture allowed sexual abuse to take place


 Lord Patten defends BBC as Jimmy Savile scandal grows

Chairman speaks out amid criticism of director general George Entwistle’s testimony before MPs

BBC director general George Entwistle is met with protests after appearing before MPs to answer questions on the Jimmy Savile scandal. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

BBC Director General George Entwistle. Amid public and political outcry, Entwisle may be forced to resign. Police and institutional investigations proceed. Charities Sir Jimmy Savile supported suffer disarray

…………. Entwistle was repeatedly unable to give precise figures about the number of allegations of assault, harassment or inappropriate conduct that had been reported to the BBC, and his two-hour testimony prompted further questions about the involvement of the BBC’s head of news in Newsnight’s aborted investigation into Savile last year.

But with the political temperature rising as the Savile crisis moves into its fourth week, Patten wrote back to warn Miller off criticising Entwistle. “I know that you will not want to give any impression that you are questioning the independence of the BBC,” the peer said. He added that the trust would keep her in touch with developments as two inquiries into the Savile scandal completed their work over the coming months.

Earlier, Entwistle told MPs that Helen Boaden, the BBC’s head of news, had been made aware of the aborted Newsnight investigation into Savile last November and told Peter Rippon, the editor of the BBC2 programme, that just because Savile had recently died it “didn’t mean skimping on the usual journalistic standards”.

Journalists on Newsnight at the time said they believed that conversation happened on 28 or 29 November last year – just before Rippon suddenly cooled on the idea of the investigation into Savile that they had been working on in the aftermath of his death – and that it amounted to an invitation to the Newsnight editor to drop the investigation.

A spokesman for Boaden confirmed she had made that remark on or around those dates, but otherwise said that the circumstances around the axing of the film would be examined in the review led by the former head of Sky News, Nick Pollard  ….. (Click on title for the full report)


 Excerpts from the Wikipedia entry on:  Sir Jimmy Savile 

(See also the Wiki entry):  Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal

Sir James Wilson Vincent SavileOBEKCSG (31 October 1926 – 29 October 2011) was an English disc jockey, television presenter, media personality and charity fundraiser. He hosted the BBC television showJim’ll Fix It, was the first and last presenter of the long-running BBC music chart show Top of the Pops, and raised an estimated £40 million for charities.[2] After his death, allegations of child sex abuse and rape numbering in the hundreds became public, leading the police to state their belief that Savile was one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.[3][4][5][6] ……….

In October 2012, almost a year after his death, an ITVdocumentary examining claims of sexual abuse against Savile[9] led to broad media coverage and a substantial and rapidly growing body of witness statements and sexual abuse claims, including accusations againstpublic bodies for covering up or failure of duty. Scotland Yard launched a criminal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by Savile over six decades,[5]describing him as a “predatory sex offender”, and later stated that they were pursuing over 400 lines of inquiry based on the testimony of 300 potential victims via fourteen police forces across the UK.[10][11] By late October 2012, the scandal had resulted in inquiries or reviews at the BBC, within the National Health Service, the Crown Prosecution Service, and theDepartment of Health.[10][12][13]



Within a month of the child abuse scandal breaking, many places and organizations named after or connected to Savile were renamed or removed. A memorial plaque on the wall of Savile’s former home in Scarborough was removed in early October 2012 after it was defaced with graffiti,[104] and a wooden statue of Savile at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow was removed around the same time.[105] A sign on a footpath in Scarborough bearing Savile’s surname was removed.[106] Savile’s Hall, the conference centre at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, was renamed New Dock Hall.[107] Two registered charities founded in his name announced they were too closely tied to it and to avoid harming the causes they supported would close and distribute their funds to other charities, to avoid harm to beneficiaries from future media attention.[108]

On 9 October 2012, after a police press conference,[109] relatives stated that the headstone of Savile’s grave would be removed, destroyed and sent to landfill.[110][111] The family expressed their sorrow for the “anguish” of the victims and “respect [for] public opinion”, and in a statement by a nephew said that:

“We recognise that even our own despair and sadness does not compare to that felt by the victims … How could the person we thought we knew and loved do such a thing? … Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have suffered from every kind of abuse over so many years and we offer our deepest sympathy in what must have been a terrible time for all of them … We can understand their reluctance to say anything earlier and can appreciate the courage it has taken to speak out”.

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Priest Abuse. Long-denied Justice Catching Up In Australia

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 18, 2010

The gradual, but terribly long-delayed, victory of those activists who have spoken out about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church is happening. Unfortunately, organizations which also have long histories of perpetuating cover up frequently evade scrutiny. The Sathya Sai Organization, with its immense wealth and international outreach, is but one of many.

I commend this Australian material (below) from our respected national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I have excerpted this article of last night, which is accompanied by video footage.  No percipient reader in the world can now doubt that the Vatican has been furiously enaged in massive efforts at damage control. It cannot now of course deny its incredibly appalling record.

The notion of ‘coming clean’ – which in certain parts of the Roman Catholic Church is beginning to occur – becomes the more strange when one considers that the dirt and the hiding of the dirt have been endemic for so long. In this light, the notion that we now live in 2010 becomes strange too. Even slight reform is long-time coming when there is the throttling grip of autocracy. It is singular how those very institutions which most preach the virtue of truth-telling, and acting with compassion, are most bereft in this quality.

Just as many have left Sathya Sai Baba because of the widespread and compelling evidence against him – of serial sexual abuse AND other profound spiritual and moral betrayals – so too are many leaving the Roman Catholic Church.

These many religious institutions have abysmally failed to be truthful about, and genuinely responsive to, the widespread sexual and other abuses in their folds. Sathya Sai Baba has long said that he will reform and harmonize all the major faiths before circa AD 2022.

Sai Baba predicts (in 1960)  how long he will live

Yet  he and his international Sathya Sai Organization are today in serious plight. There has been a great dwindling of  foreigners attending his Puttaparthi ashram. We have dependable reports from close up that he has for some time been physically and mentally ailing seriously. He has made a regular serious of gaffes, most embarrassing to his minders.  His predictions have often failed. He has made egregious mistakes about science and history. See:

Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?

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

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions

Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away

Sai Baba Is God Says Top George Bush Doctor

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

Prophecies About Sathya Sai Baba As God Avatar, Miracle Maker and Saviour of Mankind (Extensive article by Robert Priddy)

In regard to interface with other religion, one can find no evidence that he has made any notable impact on the various Faiths that he earlier announced that he would reform from top to bottom. Thus, he is increasingly revealed as suffering from megalomania. Thus his so-called ‘Sarva Dharma Chakra (depicting the Faiths he has said he would cleanse and unite) remains at best but a pretty drawing (and pretty offensive to many) and a hollow pretense. 


Sathya Sai Baba - Forever Young?


  Archbishop’s handling of abuse claims challenged

By Stephen Crittenden and Suzanne Smith. ABC, Australia

The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, is coming under increasing pressure to explain what he knew about clerical sexual abuse when he was an office-holder in the NSW diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Archbishop Wilson has just been re-elected as chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and is widely tipped as a possible successor to the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, if Cardinal Pell leaves Sydney to take up a senior post in the Vatican.

The Maitland-Newcastle diocese has become notorious as perhaps the epicentre of Catholic clerical sexual abuse in Australia. Four serious paedophile priests have been jailed since 1997. Father Vincent Ryan’s crimes led to a $6 million compensation payout to victims – a record for the Catholic Church in Australia so far. Father John Denham is due to be sentenced later this month, and the compensation settlement with his victims is expected to be even larger. Yet another priest, Father David O’Hearn, is due to stand trial in the next two weeks.

Now a victim of convicted paedophile Father James Fletcher, who died in jail in 2006, says Archbishop Philip Wilson was a priest living in the bishop’s house in Maitland when Fletcher was also living there in the late 1970s, and that Philip Wilson should have been aware that he was being sexually abused in Fletcher’s upstairs bedroom.

Peter Gogarty says Philip Wilson regularly saw him in Fletcher’s company as he was being taken upstairs to Fletcher’s bedroom, and after he came back downstairs. At one point, when Bishop Leo Clarke became suspicious, Gogarty was banned from being in the bishop’s house, but Fletcher continued to sneak him in the back door. Peter Gogarty says Philip Wilson should have intervened.

“Jim started sneaking me in the back door in the kitchen in the back of the house, straight past the common room where I would regularly pass Philip Wilson and then up the stairs to his bedroom,” he said.

Conveniently for Jim Fletcher, Peter Gogarty was attending a school right next door to the bishop’s house. He says the abuse would occur at lunch time and many afternoons after school. He says he has spoken to Archbishop Wilson over the phone in recent years about what the archbishop thought was going on.

“I asked now Archbishop Wilson what he thought was happening at the time. Did he know that Bishop Clarke had banned me from the house? His response was, no, he didn’t know anything about that, and that as far as he was concerned Jim was a good bloke and he didn’t think Jim was up to anything untoward,” he said.

Peter Gogarty says he can’t accept this explanation from Archbishop Wilson.

“I think, how could a man living in a house with another man not even be remotely curious as to why his house-mate was taking at least one boy up to his bedroom, and there may have been others……” (Rest of article continues at ABC link above)


Further Resources

Wikiedia. Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Australia (This article indicates updating)


Clergy questioned by police

The priests and Catholic church hierarchy who have been questioned by police regarding allegations of sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese.

Justice Catching Up With Australian Priest Abusers

Justice Catching Up With Australian Priest Abusers


Barry Pittard on an assortment of cover ups

  • More Testimony To Male Sexual Abuse By Sathya Sai Baba
  • Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away
  • Nityananda Scandal. Police Seize Indicting Material. Why No Raids On Sathya Sai Baba?
  • Typical Testimony of Sathya Sai Baba’s Sex Abuse of Young Males
  • Is Heat Too Much For Swami Nityananda, Under Fire By Sex Abuse Allegations?
  • Boy Scouts of America – Sex Abuse Revelations. Who Next?
  • Sexual Abuse Priests. What?! The Pope Never Knew?
  • Why Nithyananda Sex Scandal Investigations and Not A Sathya Sai Baba Probe?
  • Roman Catholics’ Deep Concern At Pope’s Apology. But He Is Way Ahead Of Indian ‘Pope’ Sathya Sai Baba
  • BBC Transcript ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sathya Sai Baba’s Frauds Exposed)
  • Standing Up To Cultic Monoliths. (Sathya Sai Baba Organization Example)
  • Reply To Yaani
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    Typical Testimony of Sathya Sai Baba’s Sex Abuse of Young Males

    Posted by Barry Pittard on April 11, 2010

    Since circa 2000, and up to very recent times, former devotee and other networked critics of Sathya Sai Baba have often had to read – and also hear directly – such disturbing testimonies as the one I cite below. The primary witnesses and their families come from many countries round the world. The great majority of testimony is, for obvious reasons, kept strictly confidential, although, over the years, a number of courageous individuals have spoken out about the abuses Sathya Sai Baba and others close to him inflicted on them.

    For those who wish to proceed at law, we have access to top international lawyers. We point out that litigation is not something to be entered into without a great deal of careful thought. We also note that obtaining justice in India is not always an option. Many of the systems are corrupt, and Sathya Sai Baba is protected by many powerful political, governmental, legal and other elites.

    I think that it is advisable for survivors to reflect carefully before deciding whether to disclose their identities in their testimonies in a public forum, such as the internet. Some prefer to provide sworn testimony, and await opportunities to come forward in the media or in a court action where there is proper jurisdiction. Others, however, are prepared to stand forth and feel that they are making a contribution to saving others from a similar fate, and, in general, they wish to create a much better pubic awareness of the evils of sexual and other types of abuse. We know of those who have had no qualms about speaking up, even after we have carefully gone through the issues with them.

    Most Sathya Sai Baba devotees I have known are good and decent individuals, but a small number of fanatics who defend him at every turning are exceptionally demeaning and nasty. It can be effective to document with reputed media such as the BBC, ABC, DR, SBS, Azul TV, Times of London, Telegraph, India Today, Guardian, Ottawa Times, Adelaide Advertiser, Age … and others, as we have long done. There is another powerful resource – probably too much for the Sathya Sai Organization to hold back – and we are in negotiation stages.

    We believe the first requirement for those who have suffered abuse is to obtain proper counseling. Sadly, many do not avail themselves of these provisions, even when fees are ready to be waived or significantly reduced. One of the many components of our support network has been to see that best practice, experienced and qualified professional counseling is available for survivors of various Sathya Sai Baba abuses, and of abuses too perpetrated by individuals around him. Some links relating to the following testimony are found at Robert Priddy’s blogsite:

    More sworn testimony on several Sathya Sai Baba sex abuses. Posted by robertpriddy on February 8, 2010.


    ‘The third interview began in exactly the same way, but it was some weeks after the second one; we were all now in Whitefield (Bangalore). Baba took me into his private chamber and immediately, hurriedly, tried pulling my ‘pyjama” bottoms down, but in his hurry he had pulled the cord the wrong way and made a tight knot of it …. It was all very awkward and I felt embarrassed and strange. In the end I had to help him undo the knot because he was very impatient. Then once they were down he went through the same procedure; playing with my genitals, rubbing his hips from side to side while pressing himself very close to me.
    There was something different about this interview; it made me feel more uncomfortable than ever, There was an urgency in his manner, and I could see that he was excited; there were beads of sweat on his top lip and his breathing was strained. He pointed his finger at me and said very sternly “Don’t talk. You don’t talk. Okay? Don’t talk”. I was a little startled, even frightened at his manner, but I agreed I would not talk. Then his manner changed again, into bright, breezy swami. He asked me if I wanted to kiss him, while embracing me in the usual way, rubbing his hips from side to side while moving his hands over my body and legs. I felt at that moment that his actions were deliberately trying to arouse me physically, that he wanted me to get an erection, because he kept touching my penis and rubbing. But I didn’t become aroused at all. I just kept arguing with myself mentally, saying that if there was any baseness or bad in what was happening, it was all in my lower mind. As such, I never even became faintly aroused, and I think this both perplexed and annoyed Baba, because he seemed irritated and unsure of what to do next.

    Then he pulled me over to his chair close to the entrance of the chamber and I could see his penis, semi erect through the material of his gown. He took my hand and placed it on his penis, and rubbed it up and down, telling me to rub while repeating “Good, good, good” over and over, and visibly becoming more excited. Then he asked me if this is what I wanted … and then clapped his hands over his head saying “This is divine”. Then it was over and I was pushed out again into the other, larger chamber with the other devotees.

    After that interview, I was very confused about the whole thing. When I left the mandir I felt queasy and slightly feverish, and instead of going out of the ashram with my friends to have tea and talk about the interview, I went straight back to my room. I felt as if I had a fever or the flu; weak, shaking, nauseous and light headed, I fell asleep for a while and was awakened by my two room mates a couple of hours later, who came to see if I was okay and wanted to know about my interview with Baba.

    One was an English boy named Kestrel Boyle and the other an Australian called Edward — I can’t remember his surname because he was born of Bangladesh parents in Australia and it was a rather difficult name.

    I didn’t really know what to tell them, or even if I should tell them, so instead asked them if Baba had ever done strange things to them in their private interviews. Edward replied immediately, and in such matter of fact tones that it surprised me into silence. He said “What, you mean playing with your dick? Oh don’t worry about that, he’s done that to me loads of times. It doesn’t mean anything bad – I actually like it, and think it’s good for me.’ Kestrel basically said the same kind of thing, so I didn’t dare say any more, but I wondered what else Baba had done with them’.


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    BBC Transcript ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sathya Sai Baba’s Frauds Exposed)

    Posted by Barry Pittard on March 21, 2010

    Former devotee and other writers critical of Sathya Sai Baba are experiencing a marked upsurge in interest. In this development, there are, for example, scholarly interests new to us, which ranges from post-graduate to professorial, including in one case one of the top handful of universities in the world.

    One of the difficulties scholars, journalists and other investigators have with the Sathya Sai Organization is that it is highly secretive. The BBC documentary was well-named:  ‘The Secret Swami‘. 

    Many who have not the remotest connection with Sathya Sai Baba are finding value in the experiences of former devotees. They say they are inspired by the example of what can be achieved when one stands up for the truth, through thick and thin. Some of the palpably still grief-filled experiences of seduction by Sai Baba come from those who, as young men, happened to travel to his ashram, and were not at all his devotees. 

    Raising an international or national class action litigation would have its own sets of difficulties, but as increased activity occurs, any who are interested in seeing the worldwide exposure of one of history’s most powerful religious betrayals is welcome to contact Robert Priddy (a retired philosopher and social scientist from the University of Oslo, and former head of the Sathya Sai Organization of Norway) or myself – – on the basis of strict confidentiality. So many have contacted us over the years, including former college or university students of his.   Communications seeking us via  or any of the other former devotee internet sites will be, at your request, routed to us . 

    Hollywood interests with a view to glorifying Sathya Sai Baba have been long attempted to raise finance for a movie. They hoped to obtain Nora Jones in a starring role. See: Dare Songstress Nora Jones Touch Sai Baba? However, pro Sathya Sai Baba forces do not on their own inhabit the movie world, and there is preliminary activity. Not all filmakers view charismatic, autocratic cults favourably. Let us see.

    For the convenience of the many new readers coming to blogsites and web sites such as those whose links are given on the left hand side bar of this page, here is the BBC transcript of the 2004 one-hour documentary ‘The Secret Swami’.  The late Glen Meloy, Robert Priddy, and myself were closely associated with the international co-ordination and research that went into the making of this documentary.

    Seen in some two hundred countries around the world, ‘The Secret Swami’ was one of a number of key factors in the monumental decline of the Sathya Sai religious empire. Well may Sai Baba’s devotees ask why there has been such a marked marked erosion of his so-called ‘Sai Kingdom’  in many countries. The crisis of his international Sathya Sai Organization in having to make salvaging recruiting drives in costly and prestigious venues is exposed in this article:  ‘Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues.

    In fact, the BBC unearthed compelling testimony from witnesses well beyond those who appeared on our extensively compiled international list.  Note: On the remarkable figure Glen Meloy – historic in terms of the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, see:  Glen Meloy (“Standing up for truth and goodness”) – In Memoriam .

    Some Related Reading

    The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision (Barry Pittard’s extensive account, with many further links)

    BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip) 

    BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle

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

    The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba). Revealing Footage

    Indisputable facts about Sathya Sai Baba by BBC

    BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

    Serial Sex Molestation and Bedroom Killings. But Much More « Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

    BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government « Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

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

    The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
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      Source: THIS WORLD – Documentary film: “The Secret Swami” TRANSCRIPT10.00.00 This World Theme Music 

    10.00.02 Title Page thisworld

    10.00.07 Music

    10.00.07 Title Page The Secret Swami

    10.00.15 Aston – Puttaparthi, Southern India

    10.00.21 Tanya Datta : Five AM. And these devotees have been awake for hours. In this holy town an auspicious day is about to dawn. These people are followers of India’s biggest spiritual guru. For them he’s an avatar; God in human form.

    10.00.39 Music

    10.00.43 Tanya Datta : Like them, I’ve come today because he’s promised to perform a rare miracle.

    10.00.47 Music

    10.00.51 Tanya Datta: As the sun finally rises thousands are flooding in.

    10.00.54 Music

    10.00.58 Tanya Datta: Some have even waited all night.

    10.01.00 Music

    10.01.07 Tanya Datta: As he approaches a wave of excitement ripples through the hall. The atmosphere turns feverish.

    10.01.15 Music

    10.01.19 Tanya Datta: These people are about to look upon the face of their living God.

    10.01.23 Music

    10.01.27 Tanya Datta: Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

    10.01.29: Music/Singing

    10.01.45 Aston Arkansas, USA

    10.01.51 Tanya Datta: There’s no shortage of God in the American mid-West but even here Sai Baba has made inroads. During the nineties this isolated corner of North Arkansas was the model Sai Baba commune.

    10.02.08 Tanya Datta: It was run by Al and Marisa Rahm and their family.

    10.02.13 Tanya Datta: This is incredible Al.

    10.02.15 Al Rahm: This is where we lived and also we kept it as a, you know we planned it as a centre for the community and…

    10.02.23 Tanya Datta: And this is the house you were saying that you all built.

    10.02.26 Al Rahm: Yes, we built this, our family built this and…

    10.02.28 Marisa Rahm: Friends.

    10.02.29 Al Rahm: And a lot of friends who would come out…

    10.02.30 Aston MARISA & AL RAHM

    10.02.30 Al Rahm: We became the Arkansas Sai Baba Centre. Meaning that it was a spiritual community based on the teachings of Sai Baba and with guidelines that had to do with vegetarianism and…

    10.02.46 Marisa Rahm: We did study groups; we studied Sai Baba’s teachings.

    10.02.49 Marisa Rahm: It was the family home. But since it was the largest home n the community we had our devotional singing here every Thursday. Big parties.

    10.02.56 Al Rahm: Like for Shivaratri, you know, at Shivaratri people would sing all night, we would, we would have…

    10.03.01 Marisa Rahm: Each family had their own home and the community chose to build our own schoolhouse and hired schoolteachers to come and live in an apartment above the schoolhouse.

    10.03.13 Tanya Datta: How were you brought up to see Sai Baba when you were a child?

    10.03.17 Aston ALAYA RAHM: As God. Pretty straightforward. God in human form, the avatar. I didn’t really understand too much of it but that was probably one of the main things that, that kind of made me feel a little excluded from most of the quote, unquote, normal kids going to school and going to church, there’s the fact that my family and a bunch of other families who we were associated with believe that there was a God in human form on earth now.

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    10.03.54 Aston Dr MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN International Chairman Sathya Sai Organisation: We believe that Sri Sathya Sai Baba is Jesus Christ. Sri Sathya Sai Baba is Buddha. Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the founder of all of the world’s religions. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has always been God.

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    10.04.11 Translation of Sai Baba: Tanya Datta: Sri Sathya Sai Baba says whenever you see a sick person, a dispirited, disconsolate, diseased person; there is your field of service.

    10.04.21 Tanya Datta: Today, Doctor Michael Goldstein is the guest of honour at this British Sai Baba function. He’s the
    international chairman of the organisation and a man close to Sai Baba personally.

    10.04.38 Dr Michael Goldstein: I submit to you that every man and women, all of us, are spiritual seekers.

    10.04.46 Dr Michael Goldstein: I had no sense of purpose in my life, until I went to see Sathya Sai Baba. In nineteen seventy-five my wife and I went, we had the good fortune to interact with Sathya Sai Baba. I looked into his eyes and I lost all sense of individuality and became immersed in what I felt was an ocean of love.

    10.05.08 Tanya Datta: The Rahm family also became close to Sai Baba.

    10.05.13 Tanya Datta: So, what’s down here Al?

    10.05.15 Al Rahm: Well, this is a shed where we keep, you know, various tools and supplies and we have a box in there that contains all the stuff that Baba gave us that was supposedly materialised including robes.

    10.05.35 Al Rahm: Check it out. That’s what every devotee would want.

    10.05.38 Tanya Datta: That’s extraordinary. This is at the height of your closeness to Sai Baba.

    10.05.42 Marisa Rahm: Yeah, that was.

    10.05.44 Al Rahm: So these are two of the three robes that Baba gave us. Baba gave one to me, he gave one to Marisa, he gave one to Alaya.

    10.05.51 Tanya Datta: A robe like the one he wears?

    10.05.53 Marissa Rahm: That he wore.

    10.05.53 Al Rahm: That he actually wore.

    10.05.54 Alaya Rahm: Ones that he’s already worn. Actual size, actual everything.

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    10.06.08 Tanya Datta: I’ve always been fascinated by the holy men of India. The swami’s, yogis and gurus. They’re part of an ancient tradition here.

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    10.06.19 Tanya Datta: And then there’s the God men; human beings who declare themselves divine. With an estimated thirty million devotees spread across the world, Sai Baba is India’s biggest God man and its most controversial.

    10.06.36 Tanya Datta: For years he’s been surrounded by scandal, yet his popularity shows no sign of falling. So I’ve come to this Sai Baba wonderland, Puttaparthi, to explore the enigma behind the public face.

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    10.06.55 Aston KHUSHWANT SINGH Writer: We’ve not the slightest doubt that he is the most popular of all the God men and God women we have today. And you can’t ascribe it to a kind of publicity campaign because there’s never been anything of that kind. You don’t see any advertisements in magazines or on TV or anything; it was like Gandhi, he never had any and yet he had this suddenly by word of mouth it was all over the country as the Great Mahatma.

    10.07.28 Tanya Datta: Sai Baba’s followers now come from over one hundred and sixty-five countries. Western devotees have always flocked to him.

    10.07.38 Khushwant Singh: It’s a matter of great prestige to have a foreign following. Indians get highly impressed when they see white people coming and touching and becoming devotees. That applies to the Germans, the Australians, Italians, Spaniards, Americans, all shaved heads with their pigtails behind them and wearing saffron and mumbo jumbo of the prayers that they carry out, dancing in the streets.

    10.08.09 Man in pink shirt: I met Sai Baba psychically twenty-one years before I met him physically.

    10.08.14 Tanya Datta: Psychically?

    10.08.15 Man in pink shirt: Yeah.

    10.08.15 Lady in white: He’s in you, me and everybody; it’s like a golden light.

    10.08.20 Lady in red: He’s love incarnate.

    10.08.22 Young man: Just seeing him, man, I mean I was like, I mean these vibrations of like spasms of ecstasy, it was like going through my body and I was like shivering and hair was standing on its end.

    10.08.35 Khushwant Singh: It’s quite baffling.

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    10.08.51 Tanya Datta: Many devotees came from that Mecca of counter culture, California. It was the late sixties and the
    spirit of the age was revolution.

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    10.09.03 Tanya Datta: The hippie generation sparked up, dropped out and partied. It was also in California that Al and Marisa first met.

    10.09.13 Marisa Rahm: I was living the high life, I was in Hollywood meeting some of the top stars and thought it was all quite exciting but at the same time I was also pretty unaware and pretty drugged most of the time, I was just partying. Life was about beauty, being young, being famous in Hollywood and becoming a star and being noticed.

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    10.09.33 Tanya Datta: As love and peace became the slogan of the times, many embarked on a journey of spiritual exploration.

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    10.09.43 Al Rahm: I was on the opposite end of the spectrum; I was motivated by spiritual pursuits. I was, considered myself a yogi, I mean I focused, I was doing yoga and meditation, fasting and spiritual experiences.

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    10.10.01 Tanya Datta: Drawn by gurus like Maharishi, thousands of westerners flocked to India seeking spiritual enlightenment. Visits from stars like the Beatles brought added glamour to the road East.

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    10.10.15 Aston ISAAC TIGRETT: India’s so unique, it’s so incredible. If there’s a spiritual train then India is the engine. All this mysticism, all the strangeness that surrounds Sai Baba and all that stuff, this is the perfect home for it.

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    10.10.36 Tanya Datta: This man was part of the hippie generation.

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    10.10.41 Tanya Datta: But Isaac Tigrett also saw the age as a wonderful business opportunity.

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    10.10.48 Tanya Datta: He’s one of the founders of the world famous Hard Rock Café. He mixed burgers and beer with rock memorabilia to create a global phenomenon and a massive personal fortune.

    10.11.00 Isaac Tigrett: Well, that was seventy pounds ago. Yes, underneath the hair is my good self here and see my religious life is already beginning.

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    10.11.11 Tanya Datta: The Hard Rock’s so known for its memorabilia round the world but not many people know about its association with Sai Baba.

    10.11.16 Isaac Tigrett: No, no, it’s not public knowledge but now that I’ve done this interview with you guys, it certainly will be.

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    10.11.24 Tanya Datta: Isaac took Sai Baba’s motto; ‘Love All, Serve All’ and made it the motto of the Hard Rock.

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    10.11.31 Tanya Datta: But even with all his wealth and fame Isaac felt there was still something missing from his life.

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    10.11.39 Isaac Tigrett: I said look I need to start a search, I need to go and look for what I think is a master, a guru, a spiritual leader, a teacher, something because of the hunger inside of me. I searched all over India, I went to ever Ashram, every holy place, I heard about this obscure little guru, decided to go down there and there was a festival day, there was a huge crowd and he parted the crowd and came right over to me, I was standing at the back and he said; you’ve come at last, I’ve been waiting for you. So, he turned and said; we have many things that we’re going to do together, you wait right here. He didn’t speak to me again for fifteen years.

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    10.12.23 Tanya Datta: In nineteen seventy-nine, the Rahm family made their own pilgrimage to India. They were married now and their son, Alaya, was just a baby.

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    10.12.33 Tanya Datta: Marisa had embraced her husband’s faith with enthusiasm. For years she’d been having visions of Sai Baba.

    10.12.42 Marisa Rahm: I felt I was coming to heaven on earth; this was going to be the place where my Lord or God at that time lived.

    10.12.51 Tanya Datta: A living God?

    10.12.52 Marisa Rahm: A living God and this was his home and I was coming to his home.

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    10.12.58 Tanya Datta: In India the Rahms imbibed the legends and history of their Guru, stories of how, as a baby, a deadly cobra was found under his blankets but he was unharmed. How at fourteen the devout young boy declared himself to be Sai Baba, God on earth. By nineteen-fifty, he’d opened an Ashram, a spiritual community, it was called Prashanti Nilayam, or abode of eternal peace.

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    10.13.46 Tanya Datta: Amidst the beauty and spirituality of India lies the reality of hard lives. Here in the vast rural state of Andhra Pradesh, villagers face drought and poverty on a daily basis. Little surprise then that when the authorities failed to deliver that essential resource, water, Sai Baba’s ability to cut through the red tape means that he’s hailed as a God.

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    10.14.13 Tanya Datta: In the mid nineteen nineties his charity spent over forty million pounds supplying water to villages like this.

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    10.14.32 Tanya Datta: This says Sri Sathya Sai water.

    10.14.35 Girl: Yeah, Sathya Sai water.

    10.14.36 Tanya Datta: How long has it been here?

    10.14.38 Girl: Fourteen years.

    10.14.39 Tanya Datta: Fourteen years. Is this good water?

    10.14.42 Girl: It is good water, healthy water.

    10.14.45 Tanya Datta: Is it healthy water? It’s clean water?

    10.14.47 Girl: Clean water, healthy water.

    10.14.51 Tanya Datta: And what do you think of Sai Baba?

    10.14.55 Girl : Sai Baba is a God.

    10.14.57 Tanya Datta: Sai Baba is God.

    10.14.59 Isaac Tigrett: The water project that he did in Andhra Pradesh, in one year they laid two thousand kilometres of pipe, they brought to thousands of villages fresh water that they’d never had, that women had to travel twenty miles a day to get a little bucket. That was an amazing project.

    10.15.19 Tanya Datta: Isaac Tigrett did some good works of his own. By the time Sai Baba spoke to him again he’d become an extremely rich man. When the guru told him of his dream for an ultra modern hospital in the heart of Andhra Pradesh, Tigrett donated tens of millions of dollars. Prince Charles’s architect Keith Critchlow, who’s also a Sai Baba devotee, was hired to design it.

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    10.15.51 Tanya Datta: It was opened in nineteen ninety-one, and specialised in hi-tech heart and kidney surgery – free of charge. Tigrett is convinced that the hospital, built on blood, sweat and burgers was worthy of his generosity. And certainly his guru was grateful.

    10.16.14 Translator for Sai Baba: This is, this metal, silver metal is…

    10.16.19 Tanya Datta: Can you tell me how much you donated to the hospital?

    10.16.23 Isaac Tigrett: Err, well I, I don’t really want to say the exact amount but I’ll tell you in India it goes a long way. A long, long way.

    10.16.31 Tanya Datta: I’ve heard it was over a hundred million dollars.

    10.16.33 Isaac Tigrett: No, nothing close to that. Enough to build a five hundred room hospital and equip it and get it started.

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    10.16.47 Tanya Datta: The Rahm family went back to India in nineteen ninety-seven, by then Alaya was a handsome teenager. At the Ashram they eagerly attended Darshan, the daily mass audience with their God.

    10.17.01 Al Rahm: The first day, Baba came walking out and he saw Alaya and his eyes got real big and then he looked at me and he said; how many in your group. And we said; ten. And he said; you go in and he called us in for an interview.

    10.17.15 Tanya DattaL Sai Baba was about to fulfil one of Alaya’s lifelong dreams. He materialised a sacred ring for him.

    10.17.26 Alaya Rahm: I was overjoyed. And I’d heard my Mom often talk about, ooh, I would love to get a ring from Sai Baba, I would love to get a ring from Sai Baba. So, I thought it was just the best thing in the world that had happened to me, the fact that he had given me a ring, I was, I was overjoyed.

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    10.17.46 Tanya Datta: Underpinning Sai Baba’s claim to be a living God is an apparent ability to perform miracles. Many of his followers and even some of his critics believe that he has genuine paranormal powers. Over the years the God man has produced scores of objects out of thin air; watches, rings, necklaces.

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    10.18.13 Dr Michael Goldstein: These are things Sathya Sai Baba has made; this watch, these rings and this. Sometimes he will give somebody something and produce or manifest something and it’s like a calling card, it gets their attention so that they can come and see what he really has to offer.

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    10.18.31 Tanya Datta: But for many devotees like young Alaya Rahm, Sai Baba’s generosity came at a cost.

    10.18.38 Alaya Rahm: At the same time I was overjoyed, there was also a little bit of confusion because that was the first interview in which he called me in personally.

    10.18.50 Tanya Datta: He took you aside?

    10.18.51 Alaya Rahm: Mm, mm. Took me aside and put the oil on his hands and, and told me to drop my pants and rubbed my genitalia with the oil and pulled me close and started kissing me heavily on the mouth and I was really taken back by it and not understanding what was going on.

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    10.19.13 Al Rahm: I said; so tell me about, you know, your interview. And he said; well I’m not supposed to tell anybody, Baba told me not to tell anybody and I looked at him and I said; did he make oil for you? And his eyes got kind of big and he said; how did you know? And I said; did he rub it on you? And he said; yeah. He said; how did you know? And I said; because it happened to me.

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    10.19.37 Tanya Datta: To Alaya’s surprise his father had had the same oiling experience when he first visited Sai Baba aged eighteen. The guru had told him it was a ritual healing process. Al accepted this and when it happened to Alaya he saw nothing wrong.

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    10.20.09 Tanya Datta: There are still some who are not afraid to pour scorn on Sai Baba’s claims of divinity. Basava Premanand is India’s leading guru buster and a rationalist. His mission is to expose any charlatan who pretends his magic tricks are miracles and to rid his country of superstition and myth.

    10.20.30 Tanya Datta: How many years have you been chasing Sai Baba then?

    10.20.34 Basava Premanand: I have been investigating him since nineteen sixty-eight.

    10.20.38 Tanya Datta: Nineteen sixty-eight.

    10.20.39 Basava Premanand: Sixty-eight. Investigating and drawing my conclusions and keeping it as a hobby.

    10.20.46 Tanya Datta: What do you think of him then?

    10.20.47 Basava Premanand: The thing is, you can explain miracles, you can expose people who act like miracle men and it was in nineteen seventy-six I started going to the public.

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    10.21.06 Tanya Datta: Today we’ve hit the road with the rationalists to see them at work, persuading people to give up blind belief and become more scientific.

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    10.21.17 Tanya Datta: We’ve come to the village of Belthangary. The people here are typical of the bulk of Sai Baba’s followers.

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    10.21.25 Tanya Datta: For the rationalists this is the frontline in the battle between superstition and science. Today another leading rationalist is the ringmaster revealing the tricks that lie behind Sai Baba’s miracles. Narendra Nayak.

    10.21.41 Narendra Nayak; A few years back a miracle was performed by Sai Baba in public. He showed his empty hands, waved them in the air and then produced a chain. Both hands were empty, five fingers were apart. Just hold his empty hand like this and you’re all busy looking at it and here he produces a chain from thin air.

    10.22.04 Tanya Datta: Narendra also reveals that the same technique is behind one of the guru’s most famous displays; the materialisation of Vibhuti, a holy ash sacred to Hindus. It’s the basic magician’s trick of palming.

    10.22.19 Narendra Nayak: The Great Sai Baba of Puttaparthi gives holy ash to his devotees. He just takes an empty hand, waves it in the air like this and when he brings it down he produces holy ash from nowhere.

    10.22.32 Narendra Nayak: Usually God men give with one hand but I’m giving with both the hands. How does it happen? Very, very easy.

    10.22.43 Tanya Datta: So Narendra, how do you hide the Vibhuti in your hands?

    10.22.45 Narendra Nayak: I just hide it in between my palm and my index finger like this.

    10.22.53 Tanya Datta: Can I try it?

    10.22.55 Narendra Nayak: Just like this. But you must absolutely relax so that nobody will know what’s happening. And when you wave it in the air like this you just crush it like this and do this…

    10.23.08 Tanya Datta: That’s quite difficult to do actually, isn’t it?

    10.23.11 Narendra Nayak: But we have practised it quite a lot.

    10.23.13 Tanya Datta: Ok.

    10.23.14 Narendra Nayak: Every miracle man rotates their hand before they produce something. You know why? People don’t see the movement of the fingers because the hand is rotating.

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    10.23.35 Tanya Datta: Back at the Ashram and the Shivaratri festival was in full swing. But the strain of the promised miracle seemed to be taking its toll. The God was looking unwell. He’d pledged to give birth through his mouth to an egg shaped object called a Golden Lingam. It’s said to represent the mystery of the cosmos. There’s little mystery to Sai Baba’s own teachings. He urges people to believe in God, to be charitable, truthful and peace loving. It’s not radical thinking but perhaps that’s the secret of its appeal.

    10.24.10 Aston Santa Monica, California

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    10.24.28 Tanya Datta: Mark Roche devoted twenty-five years of his life to Sai Baba. He first heard of him in nineteen sixty-nine and soon joined the local centre in California. The guru’s message was the big attraction.

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    10.24.44 Aston MARK ROCHE: The teachings themselves were very universal and adopted the attitude of embracing all other religions so that it wasn’t a matter of this religion opposed to that, that you had to leave whatever you were in to be associated with Sai Baba, it was something that just be a better Christian or a better Jew or a better whatever it is rather than necessarily having to leave it mixed with the fact that the person who is the head of that is claiming to be God himself.

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    10.25.15 Tanya Datta: It’s the special moment when God calls. And Mark couldn’t believe his luck when he was summoned for a private interview. But he emerged shocked and confused. Just like the Rahms, Sai Baba had oiled his genitals. Two years later Mark was called for an audience again.

    10.25.37 Mark Roche: He kept saying stuff like that I’m giving you a great chance, millions want to touch the feet, you know, I’m giving you whole body, this is great chance, this is great chance. Then he went over to a different of the building and pulled up his dhoti, which is Indian garment kind of thing and exposed himself and sort of indicated that I was supposed to put his penis in my mouth, which, feeling intimidated and confused and all that, I did. And although it didn’t seem right to me but it just seemed like what I was supposed to do.

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    10.26.15 Tanya Datta: Why would God want to put his penis in your mouth?

    10.26.20 Mark Roche: Got me.

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    10.26.24 Tanya Datta: One of the things that a lot of the abuse victims we’ve talked to have said, is that Sai Baba does these genital oilings because it’s part of Hinduism. Have you ever heard anything like that?

    10.26.35 Aston KHUSHWANT SINGH Writer: I, I, I, for one, it’s nothing to do with, there’s no Indian tradition to support the fact that, you know, worship of the Lingam includes also doing the blow job, if that is what you are referring to. I don’t think there’s any basis for that whatsoever.

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    10.27.14 Tanya Datta: Back in America the Rahm family were fast becoming the stars of the Sai Baba community. They travelled
    across the country preaching the gospel according to Baba.

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    10.27.26 Al Rahm: This is a song that was an extreme joy to be able to sit there right in front of him and look into his eyes and we sang this song. It’s called Oh Baba.

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    10.27.47 Tanya Datta: Al, Marisa and Alaya formed a singing group called Bhakti, which means path of love. Stars of the
    spiritual circuit, they were the perfect new age family, the embodiment of the Love All, Serve All dream.

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    10.28.05 Marisa Rahm: We’d talk and tell stories in between what, you know, what inspired this song and you know, Al would, you know, tell a story about Sai Baba and really it was kind of a hit.

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    10.28.20 Tanya Datta: The family were proving to be quite a hit too. On their various visits to Puttaparthi the Rahm’s were being
    singled out for unprecedented attention from their guru.

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    10.28.35 Al Rahm: This is a lot of the jewellery; these are all pure gold watches.

    10.28.38 Alaya Rahm: Yeah, pure gold with real diamonds. He said, oh real gold a hundred percent, real diamonds, the next day diamonds fall out, the gold starts flaking and people are like what’s the deal with that, you must not be pure.

    10.28.49 Al Rahm: Baba was giving him money; I think he gave him several thousands dollars…

    10.28.52 Marisa Rahm: Jewellery.

    10.28.53 Al Rahm: He gave him a watch and a ring and he…

    10.28.57 Marisa Rahm: A couple of rings.

    10.28.57 Al Rahm: …we all got rings and watches and earrings.

    10.29.00 Marisa Rahm: Yeah, it was just like the trip to Disneyland with God. I mean we were just really ecstatic with joy at getting this attention and this limelight.

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    10.29.10 Tanya Datta: What Al and Marisa didn’t know was that while he was showering their family with gifts and attention Sai Baba was exacting a heavy price from their son.

    10.29.19 Alaya Rahm: Oral sex he would try to get that to happen several times. Both on, he would perform it to me and then, you know, and then sometimes threaten to cut my penis off and hold it, like it’s bad, I should cut it off. He would ask me all the time; why don’t you want me, you don’t want me. It was so far out to me, to think that he was actually just wanting me to physically want him.

    10.29.46 Alaya Rahm: I, I could pretty much stop convincing myself that any of this was spiritual when he lifted his robe and his dhoti up to his chest and showed me the whole bottom half of this body and told me to take my pants off and then he tried to, I’m much taller than he is, he’s like five feet tall maybe and I’m six, six and he tried to climb up onto me, you know.

    10.30.12 Tanya Datta: To rape you?

    10.30.13 Alaya Rahm: Yeah, that’s what it felt like. I mean he was, for a seventy year old man as erect as I think a seventy year old man can get. I even saw semen come out of his penis one time and that was when I was, wow, this is a human being.

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    10.30.32 Tanya Datta: In spite of the growing abuse Alaya continued to play the dutiful son.

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    10.30.41 Alaya Rahm: Now I think Swami’s plan for me is, he said; we’re all tools. And we just have to be available for Swami to use us at any time that he feels necessary. And so, I just want to be ready because I imagine that he’s going to snatch me up and say I need to use a screwdriver right about now and just use me so I need to be there and I’m doing what I can.

    10.30.03 Alaya Rahm: I’ve even said my mom say so many, so many times, you know, now is, now is the golden time, we’re getting attention, you know Alaya, whatever Sai Baba’s telling you to do, do it. Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it right because God is paying attention to us.

    10.30.21 Tanya Datta: And yet she had no idea how tragic her words actually were?

    10.31.24 Alaya Rahm: Right.

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    10.31.34 Tanya Datta: Sai Baba the God was beginning to appear all too human. Rumours of sexual abuse have been circulating for years but rarely have they been made as explicit as in Alaya’s story. It’s said there are also many young Indian victims but they’re too afraid to speak out openly. Defying the organisation here could have serious consequences.

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    10.31.58 Tanya Datta: Absolute faith is demanded. At these celebrations of the Hindu God Lord Shiva, the people seem to have willingly surrendered themselves in mind and in spirit.

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    10.32.15 Tanya Datta: Their faith was about to be rewarded.

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    10.32.29 Tanya Datta: Suddenly there it was; a Golden Lingam, a symbol of the supreme being. And to the devotees around me it was a miracle.

    10.32.46 Tanya Datta: On the rationalists’ road show Mr Premanand was also feeling unwell.

    10.32.53 Narendra Nayak: Oh, oh! He’s paining, stomach is paining.

    10.33.12 Narendra Nayak: He used to have it inside. This is a regurgitation trick which is practiced by many magicians.

    10.33.17 Tanya Datta: So some people will actually swallow a stone and regurgitate it.

    10.33.18 Narendra Nayak: Yes, actual swallow it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, regurgitate it but he stopped doing it.

    10.33.24 Tanya Datta: How do you know he’s stopped doing it?

    10.33.25 Narendra Nayak: Because now we see the towel in the hand. And…

    10.33.29 Tanya Datta: So when he’s moving the towel to his mouth…

    10.33.31 Narendra Nayak: Yeah, mouth, sometimes he takes, makes a, takes a sip of water from a glass and then he slips it into his mouth.

    10.33.37 Tanya Datta: And he’s vomiting up all the time.

    10.33.38 Narendra Nayak: Yeah, he’s vomiting up, sometimes he will mix it out like that, sometimes he hides it in a towel and he will do the actions…and then drop it from that.

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    10.34.01 Tanya Datta: But the exertion of miracle making had proved too much. Even for a God. To the alarm of the crowd suddenly Sai Baba collapsed.

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    10.34.17 Tanya Datta: His huge coterie of staff swung into action. There was panic. An organisation used to tight control seemed to have lost its grip.

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    10.34.32 Tanya Datta: Sai Baba was hastily wheeled off stage.

    10.34.35 Singing/Alaya playing pool

    10.34.47 Tanya Datta: For the Rahm family the tragedy was coming to a head. Alaya’s parents were noticing changes in their son.

    10.34.55 Alaya playing pool

    10.34.57 Marisa Rahm: He wasn’t looking happy even in India going into these interviews. I would wait until he would come out and he didn’t look happy to go in and he didn’t really look happy to come out and there was a suspicion growing in me that, you know, things were going wrong.

    10.35.14 Alaya playing pool

    10.35.20 Al Rahm: We were concerned about Alaya’s behaviour and the way he was acting and so we decided we were going to confront him. Well, to my surprise when Alaya said ok and he started to tell the story, it was so much more than I knew anything about. And that in fact he had been forced, sexually forced and abused by Sai Baba in almost every single interview he had ever been in.

    10.35.53 Tanya Datta: What did you feel like as his mother and father listening to that?

    10.35.58 Marisa Rahm: It’s like everything went white for me, I just, the being which I call Sai Baba, the living God that I had taken for years into my private heart had been truly abusing my son for so long. I felt completely betrayed that I had actually led my son into this, telling my son to trust in this man completely and Sai Baba, the Sai Baba, was a predator and a, and a man who cared only for himself and for taking precious love from his devotees and really I can see now he really didn’t care about me. He wanted my son.

    10.36.55 Music

    10.36.58 Al Rahm: First thing I said was; Alaya, why didn’t you, why, I said; you only told me this one little thing, why didn’t you tell us all of this before, why have you waited so long.

    10.37.10 Tanya Datta: Why didn’t you tell your parents?

    10.37.12 Alaya Rahm: Well because he would tell me not to tell them. He would threaten me. I mean I remember him saying; if you don’t do what I say your life will be full with pain and suffering. And that’s a pretty heavy thing to hear being sixteen and God’s telling you do what I say or your life is going to be full of pain and suffering.

    10.37.34 Al Rahm : And he said; and I was afraid. He said; I was so afraid that, that I would be responsible for bringing down the organisation and…

    10.37.42 Marisa Rahm: And possibly losing us.

    10.37.43 Alaya Rahm: …that I would lose my parents. He said; I was afraid that, that you guys might chose to follow Sai Baba and I would be without my family and no one in the world to, you know, I would be alone.

    10.37.57 Tanya Datta: What do you think now, looking at all these things that were so cherished by you?

    10.38.03 Al Rahm: Really, one word comes to my mind when I look at this box and I would say that this is a box of bribes.

    10.38.09 Alaya Rahm: Yeah.

    10.38.14 Music

    10.38.31 Tanya Datta: At seventy-eight Sai Baba is becoming frail. His reputation is also showing signs of strain. But his
    support from India’s power elite is as strong as ever. Prime ministers and presidents, judges and generals all go to worship at the Ashram.

    10.38.48 Music

    10.38.50 Speaker: His Excellency, the President of India.

    10.38.52 Music

    10.38.57 Tanya Datta: Even the newly elected leader has paid his respects.

    10.38.58 Aston 23 November 1993

    10.39.00 Speaker: The Honourable Mr Manmohan Singh.

    10.39.02 Tanya Datta: The people at the top are aware of the rumours as they’ve been around for at least thirty years. Three years ago, in response to claims against Sai Baba, the former Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee, issued a letter on his official notepaper calling the allegations ‘wild, reckless and concocted’.

    10.39.22 Tanya Datta: Did the government of India know something? Had they investigated Sai Baba and found him to be as
    pure as he proclaimed. I went to Delhi, the political heart of India, to find out why successive governments have given him such support.

    10.39.36 Music

    10.39.39 Tanya Datta: Do you agree with the contents of Mr Vajpayee’s letter?

    10.39.42 Aston Dr MURALI MANOHAR JOSHI Former Cabinet Minister: I do agree that these charges appear to be baseless.

    10.39.46 Tanya Datta: Are you aware of the nature of the claims against Sai Baba?

    10.39.50 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: Well I have read something and I’m, I know Sai Baba very well, I know most of these people very well. And I can say that whatever Mr Vajpayee has said is the correct position.

    10.40.04 Music

    10.40.05 Tanya Datta: The correct position for Mr Joshi and other former government ministers appears to have been side by side with Sai Baba. Until the recent election he was a senior minister in the Indian government, a powerful man. We were interested to know if any future investigation of Sai Baba had been compromised by the former Prime Minister’s letter.

    10.40.27 Music

    10.40.29 Tanya Datta: Isn’t the point really that any possible investigation by the state of Sai Baba would be compromised?

    10.40.34 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: No, no, there has been no, you see, there’s no question, any false allegation, you see. I know that this is a case in which your BBC is, is involved and people from England are, have been making certain charges against Sai Baba but that doesn’t mean that the charges are true.

    10.40.50 Tanya Datta: I just wanted to know whether you think that there’s a danger that the Indian government could be bringing itself into disrepute by so many leading members of this government being associated.

    10.41.01 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: No, no. Not so.

    10.41.04 Tanya Datta: Not so.

    10.41.06 Music

    10.41.08 Tanya Datta: Mr Joshi would brook no criticism. He was starting to lose his temper.

    10.41.14 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: It is your intention to malign Sai Baba. It is your intention to malign Mr Vajpayee and Mr Bagavati.

    10.41.21 Tanya Datta: Not at all.

    10.41.22 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: This is and nothing beyond it.

    10.41.23 Tanya Datta: No, it’s not.

    10.41.24 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: It is.

    10.41.25 Tanya Datta: I know what, I know what I…

    10.41.26 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: You say, I say, I say the…

    10.41.27 Tanya Datta: I wanted just to ask you…

    10.41.28 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: No, no, no…

    10.41.31 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: You don’t know the meaning of interviewing a minister in my capacity, as a minister of my stature.

    10.41.38 Tanya Datta: Of course I understand.

    10.41.39 Dr Murli Manohar Joshi: You don’t understand it.

    10.41.44 Music

    10.41.50 Tanya Datta: Not every government, I discovered, is so enamoured with Sai Baba. The scale of the abuse has caused alarm around the world. In Sweden a Sai Baba school closed down after disturbing revelations from a young boy. The American government is also concerned. On the website of the American Embassy in Delhi, there’s a warning to any US citizen visiting the state of Andhra Pradesh.

    10.42.15 Music

    10.42.17 Tanya Datta: It draws attention to a noted God man who reportedly indulges in inappropriate sexual behaviour with young male devotees. We contacted the US Embassy in Delhi and they confirmed to us for the first time that they’re directly referring to Sai Baba.

    10.42.33 Music

    10.42.39 Tanya Datta: Sex abuse is not the only controversy tainting the God man’s reputation.

    10.42.44 Music

    10.42.56 Tanya Datta: On a June night back in nineteen ninety-three, four devotees broke into Sai Baba’s quarters. They were armed with knives.

    10.43.04 Music

    10.43.06 Tanya Datta: Their motives are unclear. All four were close to Sai Baba. Some say they wanted to warn him about corruption in the Ashram. Others claim their intention was to kidnap or even kill Sai Baba.

    10.43.18 Music

    10.43.21 Tanya Datta: As they approached they were stopped by four of Sai Baba’s attendants.

    10.43.26 Music

    10.43.34 Tanya Datta: In the struggle that followed two of his attendants were killed and the other two badly injured. Hearing the commotion Sai Baba escaped through a back stairway and raised the alarm. Heavily armed police arrived on the scene.

    10.43.48 Music

    10.43.51 Aston VPB NAIR Former Home Minister, Andhra Pradesh: So these boys, they ran and locked themselves up in a room. And then in the whole, all around a lot of pandemonium and people gathered so the boys were shivering like rats in that small hole.

    10.44.10 Music

    10.44.13 Tanya Datta: The four men barricaded themselves into Sai Baba’s bedroom. There was a stand-off with the police. Then the order was given to go in.

    10.44.21 Music

    10.44.24 Tanya Datta: What happened next is hotly disputed. The official version seemed clear.

    10.44.30 VPB Nair: These four boys charged towards the police with the knives and started stabbing the inspector and other personnel. Because they were attacked they opened fire.

    10.44.45 Tanya Datta; In self-defence?

    10.44.46 VPB Nair: In self-defence. They opened fire and killed all the four boys. This the police story.

    10.44.51 Music/gunshots

    10.45.19 Tanya Datta: Velayudhan Nair rejects the police version of events. He should know. Until two thousand and two he was Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh and in charge of the state police. On coming to office he examined the files and found that the original police report was riddled with lies and inconsistencies. This was later exposed by a CID investigation.

    10.45.45 VPB Nair: Two or three daggers cannot be a match to roaring guns. So this story of the police being attacked and the police shooting in self-defence is totally baseless.

    10.46.01 Tanya Datta: So are you suggesting that the police executed the boys that night?

    10.46.05 VPB Nair: In absolute, this is absolute cold-blooded murder.

    10.46.09 Singing

    10.46.13 Tanya Datta: Some police officers were arrested but never charged. The case was eventually dropped. Sai Baba has always had a close relationship with the police. Even today, senior officers are special guests at the Ashram. With friends in such high places Sai Baba seems to be untouchable. Any attempt to investigate the goings-on at his Ashram even, murder, appear doomed to failure.

    10.46.42 Tanya Datta: Critics say police connections ensured that Sai Baba wasn’t even interviewed, despite being one of the witnesses to the events of that night.

    10.46.51 Aston BASAVA PREMANAND Rationalist & Author: The only person who was a witness to the murders of
    mysterious deaths, that was Sai Baba and he was not examined as, for evidence at all and those students also who were there, two or three students they were not examined at all.

    10.47.08 Tanya Datta: Why do you think that the nineteen ninety-three murders weren’t properly investigated?

    10.47.12 Basava Premanand: The central government stopped the investigation because if the investigation takes place, a lot of things will come out. One thing. Economic offences, sex offences, all these things will come out.

    10.47.28 Music

    10.47.30 Tanya Datta: Shocked at what he considers a travesty of justice, the former Home Secretary is now seeking to reopen the case.

    10.47.37 Music:

    10.47.39 VPB Nair: The killing of the boys was only to buy silence. If the boys are taken to the court of law, if they were arrested and taken to the court of law, they would have stated several things including why did they want to meet Baba.

    10.47.56 Music

    10.48.00 Tanya Datta: In Arkansas, the parents of Alaya Rahm were also eeking justice. They were confident they were going to get it.

    10.48.08 Marisa Rahm: Al and I are driving in the car going; oh my God, this, we thought we had information that was going to bring down a giant organisation.

    10.48.19 Tanya Datta: The Rahms took their son’s story to Doctor Michael Goldstein; he’s the international chairman, in charge of running the organisation around the world. He’s also a medical doctor, so Al had no qualms about telling him the whole painful story. It was September nineteen ninety-nine.

    10.48.39 Al Rahm: Initially he appeared shocked.

    10.48.42 Marisa Rahm: And very shaken.

    10.48.43 Al Rahm: And shaken. And he said; I hate to think that twenty-five years of my life has been for nothing. And he said; words, he said faith has got to be restored and words will not be enough.

    10.48.57 Marisa Rahm: That’s right.

    10.48.58 Alaya Rahm: And those were his words to me; he looked me straight in the eye and said that. And that gave me hope.

    10.49.05 Music

    10.49.07 Al Rahm: Michael said; I’m going to personally talk to Sai Baba about this. I’m going over, I’m going to talk to Sai Baba and please don’t tell anyone until I have a chance to get back with you.

    10.49.17 Music

    10.49.19 Tanya Datta: Doctor Goldstein did go to India to question Sai Baba. When we originally interviewed him, he
    refused to discuss any of the negative allegations about his guru. We asked again on several occasions. He declined. But we felt these issues deserved an answer.

    10.49.35 Music

    10.49.38 Tanya Datta: We decided to secretly film Doctor Goldstein at his home in California, to discover just how he’d gone about investigating Alaya’s case.

    10.49.47 Dr Michael Goldstein: In terms of allegations, Sai Baba’s actual words were; ‘if you want to fight with people in the gutter, you also have to go into the gutter, don’t’.

    10.49.57 Tanya Datta: Doctor Goldstein’s idea of an investigation was rather different to what the Rahms had had in mind.

    10.50.03 Al Rahm: He comes back, he calls me and he says; well, I talked to Sai Baba, I did what I said I would do. Swami said that he is pure. Michael said; my heart and my mind are with Swami, you have to do whatever you have to do.

    10.50.18 Dr Michael Goldstein: I, I, I, yes I said that. Yes.

    10.50.20 Interviewer: Was that enough of an investigation, Doctor Goldstein?

    10.50.22 Dr Michael Goldstein: Yes, it is. For me it is enough.

    10.50.24 Al Rahm: Wait a minute. What happened to; words will not be enough, faith has to be restored, twenty-five years of your life.

    10.50.33 Tanya Datta: You sound to me that you’re completely unafraid of these allegations because you don’t believe them for one second…

    10.50.38 Dr Michael Goldstein: That’s right. That is right.

    10.50.40 Tanya Datta: Then why don’t you allow some transparency into the investigation of them.

    10.50.43 Dr Michael Goldstein: Transparency in what sense?

    10.50.45 Tanya Datta: Why don’t you have thorough investigations, instead of just asking one question to one person…

    10.50.49 Dr Michael Goldstein: What do you mean by thorough investigation?

    10.50.51 Interviewer: Objective investigators, not someone asking the perpetrator whether he, he carried out the act. But
    someone, you know, a proper legal process or a legalistic process should I say.

    10.51.04 Tanya Datta: Yes.

    10.51.05 Dr Michael Goldstein: Because I don’t believe that’s appropriate with Sai Baba.

    10.51.08 Interviewer: Why not?

    10.51.09 Dr Michael Goldstein: Because my heart and my conscience tell me that it’s not possible.

    10.51.12 Tanya Datta: Is Sai Baba above the law then? I mean…

    10.51.14 Dr Michael Goldstein: No, no, he’s not above the law, I don’t believe that it’s possible that he could do anything like that.

    10.51.20 Music

    10.51.27 Tanya Datta: In November nineteen ninety-nine Doctor Goldstein was chief guest of honour at a ceremony for Sai Baba’s university. But he still managed to raise Alaya’s story with Sai Baba personally. It seemed to spark a remarkable reaction.

    10.51.42 Al Rahm: And then I found out from my friend James, who had actually videotaped the, the day after Michael or the same day that Michael had talked to Baba about us, Baba came out with a discourse in which he praised Michael Goldstein more than he’s ever praised any devotee in history.

    10.51.59 Translation of Sai Baba: Doctor Goldstein. Today Doctor Goldstein, the chief guest; he’s not ordinary person. He’s rich enough. He’s highly educated and he’s a great man, he’s highly reputed. He has got all the three sacred qualities, discipline, duty and devotion. His wife is also sitting here.

    10.52.28 Al Rahm: And Michael came up to James and said; I want a copy of that video, it’s the peak of my life. And I remember thinking; he’s being played. I just remember feeling like Baba’s playing him.

    10.52.44 Translation of Sai Baba: Goldstein has all good qualities in him. Do good, be good, and see good. This is the way to God.

    10.52.57 Dr Michael Goldstein: All of these years I’ve seen him interact with his students very, very frequently, in very informal circumstances over many, many years. And because I am a physician I also understand human behaviour. Because of that, if Sai Baba had done anything of this kind with any one of those boys at any time, ever, I would see something in one of those children’s eyes, I would see something in one of the expressions on their faces that would indicate to me fear, apprehension, depression, something unsavoury, something inappropriate, something scary, something ominous, I would know it in my heart because I am what I am – a consummate professional. Can you understand that?

    10.53.48 Tanya Datta: The Rahms certainly didn’t understand. In despair they contacted Isaac Tigrett of the Hard Rock Café.

    10.53.56 Tanya Datta: He was sympathetic but not very helpful.

    10.54.00 Aston ISAAC TIGRETT: His dad talked to me and I said; look, I, sorry if this happened to your family, to your son, whatever, anyone would be sympathetic, anybody. I said; but it’s not changing my feelings about Sai Baba, it just isn’t.

    10.54.15 Tanya Datta: But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you’re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru.

    10.54.25 Isaac Tigrett: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He could go out and murder someone tomorrow, as I said, it’s not going to change my evolution, it’s not going to change the good things that have come out of my relationship down there.

    10.54.38 Tanya Datta: Does that mean that some part of you believes there could be some truth to the rumours?

    10.54.43 Isaac Tigrett: Oh, absolutely I believe there is truth to the rumours.

    10.54.46 Tanya Datta: You believe there is truth to the rumours?

    10.54.47 Isaac Tigrett: Sure, there probably is, probably is.

    10.54.49 Music

    10.54.54 Tanya Datta: Back at the Ashram and this God was back on his feet. Looking better but still a little shaky. Just like the scandals that increasingly dog him, it seems that nothing in the end is able to bring down Sai Baba.

    10.55.06 Singing

    10.55.08 Tanya Datta: There’s always an explanation for everything.

    10.55.12 Applause

    10.55.25 Translation of Sai Baba: 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.

    10.55.43 Tanya Datta: Sai Baba went on to explain his love and compassion for his students.

    10.55.48 Translation of Sai Baba: All boys are golden. Therefore the Bhagwan will protect them at any time, any where. Don’t worry. Past is past, forget the past.

    10.56.12 Applause

    10.56.21 Music

    10.56.29 Tanya Datta: For those who’ve suffered at Sai Baba’s hands forgetting the past is not so easy. In Arkansas Alaya Rahm is trying to make it as a music producer. But he’s still haunted by what happened.

    10.56.41 Tanya Datta: Mark Roche is also trying to overcome his experiences. He flew to Arkansas to share them with the Rahm family.

    10.56.47 Music

    10.57.02 Tanya Datta: Despite their anger at what happened to them, these former devotees know they must move on with their lives.

    10.57.08 Music

    10.57.12 Mark Roche: The odd, perverse, ironic, hypocritical thing of it is that he’s the one that’s, that’s doing the perverse things but making us feel the guilt about it. Given normal worldly standards, it’s the kind of thing that he deserves to have his face pummelled to the ground for.

    10.57.31 Alaya Rahm: Yeah.

    10.57.32 Mark Roche: You know. And you seem above that which is to your credit. I don’t know how the heck you have the courage to get through it all, it seems like you have.

    10.57.40 Alaya Rahm: I’d like to say that I’m over it but I don’t think that I’ll ever be over it. A lot of decisions that I make are still, you know, weighted by experiences I’ve been though and a lot of them have to do with Sai Baba, you know what I mean. He’s behind the door, you know, with his wrath, you know what I mean, there’s time…yeah.

    10.57.59 Music

    10.58.04 Tanya Datta: At the Ashram God was retiring for the evening. As he went I wondered what it would take to dent the faith. The allegations seemed to have no effect. And perhaps it is asking too much for someone to abandon their God.

    10.58.19 Tanya Datta: For the followers of Sai Baba, it’s just another test of their faith.

    10.58.24 Music

    10.58.30 End music

    10.58.32 Voice over: Have your say on tonight’s show and explore a world of extra information, news stories and features by visiting our web site at:
    Credits: 10.58.30
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    Camera STEVE ORGAN
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    Produced and Directed by EAMON HARDY

    10.58.56 THIS WORLD


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    Thorbjørn Meyer: Is Democracy Such A Good Idea?

    Posted by Barry Pittard on October 5, 2009

    My regular readers will perhaps have noticed my use of – not uncommonly – phrases of the sort:   Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his core leaders.  Worthy leaders have their assistants or followers;  oppressive ones have their henchmen.

    Thorbjørn Meyer, Sathya Sai Baba Coordinator for Europe

    Thorbjørn Meyer, Sathya Sai Baba Coordinator for Europe

    Thorbjørn Meyer, European Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization, is regarded by a number who know him well as being of the henchman variety.  Meyer’s lack of accountability is great.  Abandoned are certain essential values of democratic accountability, as if they had never been heard of. This is of course true in regard to various other key Sathya Sai Baba leaders; however, Meyer is one of the foremost of the guru’s leaders, and his accountability even greater. He is right at the hub of the cover up of Sathya Sai Baba, and of his monumental spiritual betrayal, and of the suppression of serious crimes that would, were India far more properly democratic, be investigated as a matter of course. Indian democracy – it would be a good idea! (Pace Gandhiji!)

    Robert Priddy, when head of the Sathya Sai Organization, knew  Thorbjørn Meyer well, has just written the article:

    Sathya Sai Baba oils genitals (boys/young men) Part 1

    Posted by robertpriddy on October 4, 2009

    “It is now a wholly undisputed fact, even among many leading devotees (for example, the European Central Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Thorbjørn Meyer) that Sathya Sai Baba takes down the trousers of many young men and boys and handles their genitals intimately, rubbing on oil and sometimes also so-called ‘holy ash’. Many report that he also rubs vigorously so as to (try to) cause an erection, also sometimes kissing them voluptuously on the mouth. That any such things took place at all was long covered up by a number of top leaders in the Satya Sai Organisation! In civilised countries, the touching of genitals under such circumstances is an illegal, punishable action unless carried out by a doctor on prior consent of the patient. A number of Indian devotees have actually said that they see no wrong in this or any other sexual abuse of young males, because God Himself can do no wrong! Some have fanciful theories about it awakening spiritual powers, one even condones all forms of sexual abuse as needful karma (see here)


    Further Resources

    Thorbjörn Meyer Interviewed on Danish TV News
    transcribed word for word in Danish from TV-Avisen
    , the Danish prime news show on January 31st at apx. 9:05PM. Transcribed and translated into english by Ole Alstrup. This interview was aired directly in the prime news as the first news immediately following the documentary was first shown on Danish Television.

    Robert Priddy  –  on his former colleague in Sathya Sai Baba Organization leadership, Thorbjørn Meyer

    who admits in an e-mail that Sathya Sai Baba does actually ‘oil genitals’, calling it an ‘age old Indian oil ceremony’

    by Robert Priddy, ex-leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organisation & former Oslo Centre (active 1983-1999).  Email correspondence with Robert Priddy and a revealing discussion



    Excerpt From Public Petition (With Barry Pittard’s comments)

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

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