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Sathya Sai Baba’s Un Divine Downfall

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 17, 2007

For the busy reader, here is a condensed version of my longer article The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire. (Click on this title to view the original)

A condensed version of my article The BBC’s The Secret Swami – A Revision is found in Further Reading, below. Links to downloadable video footage are also given at the foot of this present blog

– From:  The Decline And Fall of The Showman Empire

Chapter Headings

No Edward Gibbon To Chronicle Sai Baba’s Decline and Fall – Yet
An Imperial Puttaparthi Wishes To Penetrate Every Corner of Globe
Duke Versus Emperor. Edinburgh Beats  Puttaparthi
Investigative Opportunities
The Emperor Without Clothes
Cult Awareness and Non-Cooperation Will Demolish Sai Baba’s Empire


Sai Baba’s ’showman empire’ is worth many highly unaccountable billions. Frequently, they pour to his Sathya Sai Central Trust from your country and mine. (See reference article listed below, Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate)
But now, Sai Baba has been increasingly exposed to the world on television by the BBC, DR (Denmark), AZUL (Argentina), CBC (Canada), ABC,  SBS (Australia), and in the press – India Today, Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, Age, Australian Financial Times, and newspapers in several parts of Europe, Canada, and elsewhere. This does not mean that any of these major institutions did a perfect job, or that there do not abound plenty of compelling stories, some of them tragic indeed.
Surprising openings in a long-muzzled Indian media occurred November 2006, when Paul Lewis’s story broke in The Guardian – The Indian living god, the pedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards. It raised concerns about the nexus between the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the UK Sai youth, on their way in large numbers to see Sathya Sai Baba.

Awards, owing to, in this sort of issue, a not very experienced or competent UK CEO, Peter Westgarth – see HERE – was slow off the mark. However, after very high level representations from our side, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme trustees and Prince Philip’s Private Secretary


Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davies KCVO, CBE, realized that a serious matter was at hand. Questions were also raised by some powerful citizens, including a former Home Minister, Tom Sackville. The Duke of Edinburgh Awards required of Dr G. Venkataraman, at an official Sai Baba website to take down the triumphant – but absurdly mistaken – information that the Duke of Edinburgh Award had been awarded to Sai Baba himself. See link below for: A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba


Dr G. Venkataraman, formerly a member of India’s highly secret nuclear establishment, is Sai Baba’s deputy world head, who also directs Sai Baba’s international 7 days 24 hours satellite radio service via the WorldSpace international corporation. According to the Wikipedia entry for ‘Sathya Sai Baba’, its Director Dr Michael Nobel is “one of the patrons for the radio network” and “said that the radio network would spread Sathya Sai Baba’s message of global harmony and peace”. See links at foot for Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”. (With little sense of time’s passage the Wiki article says, absurdly, that Michael Nobel is the son of Alfred Nobel, who founded The Nobel Foundation and after whom the Nobel Prize is named)

On November 4, 2006, The Guardian ran Paul Lewis’s story (see above). In a development that occurred quite without The Guardian seeking it, in November 2006, The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) managed to get a few major Indian media to take the feed on the Paul Lewis story. There have been decades of censorship of material adverse to the politically and religiously too-hot-to-handle Sai Baba and his vast and, in India, extraordinarily powerful Sathya Sai Organization. This feed also went to parts of Asia and the Middle East. It has been an absurd situation that NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) have been accessed in the media of many countries with large Indian diaspora to critical information about Sathya Sai Baba, when Indians in their own country have been denied.

The present writer (email:  bpittard(at) can provide journalists and other investigators with a slew of media and academic contacts who can verify that the Sathya Sai Organization is a prime example of a cult in hiding from the media and others wishing to examine it. This is why the BBC obtained a difficult to gain sanction from its senior managment and Legals to use a hidden camera on the world chairman of Sai Baba’s orgnanization, Dr Michael Goldstein of Covina, California. (See BBC video footage link, below)bbc-clip-dr-micael-goldstein-gets-angry.jpg

The George W. Bush medical advisor Professor Kanwaljeet ‘Sunny’ Anand, the birth scientist, stands as one of many examples around Sai Baba of those who desert their normal intelligence and range into the empirically absurd. There is a naked discrepancy which they, including Sai Baba’s more intellectual followers, see-but-don’t-see, as in Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes

Nor has he been able to honor many years of promises that he is about to travel to other parts of the world – see article link below, Will World Accept Sai Baba. He says yes. Very Soon

Read his discourses – simply that – and the contradictions, the absurdly non-scientific and blundering historical statements (now excised where possible by his editors, but archived by academics Robert Priddy and Brian Steel, see below) will demolish him.

Wide-scale derision, not unmixed with scorn and some helpless laughter and refusal by civic, government, political and religious bodies to cooperate with the Sathya Sai Organization, which attempts to link up with respected mainstream institutions, will topple this ‘God’, and demolish his empire

Further Reading

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba

“Superiors to Peter Westgarth, the Director of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, were of the view that he lacked, in this issue, both judgement and experience”

Article in The Guardian (UK) by staff writer Paul Lewis: The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards

“The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards “Sai Organisation’s UK branch has also came into contact with royals through the awards, something Buckingham Palace was made aware of in September. In correspondence seen by the Guardian, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, Prince Philip’s private secretary, wrote: “[We] are very keen to get this sorted out properly and finally.” He said trustees of the award would undertake legal advice before deciding how to proceed”

Will World Accept Sai Baba. He says yes. Very Soon

Daily Telegraph article by author and journalist, Mick BrownDivine downfall

“The guru Sai Baba has left India only once, yet his devotees across the world are estimated at up to 50 million. They worship him as a living god who, at the very least, can change people’s lives and possibly even work miracles. But now his followers are bitterly divided by allegations that their guru has for years been systematically sexually abusing boy disciples summoned to his presence”

For Viewing

The Secret Swami (BBC Television)
(154 MB, Broadband). The Secret Swami (23.3 MB, Modem)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband). Seduced (21 MB, Modem)

Websites of:

Brian Steel

Robert Priddy

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