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Group Where Number
of
Adherents
% of
total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
Number
of
countries
Year Source Quote/
Notes
Sathya Sai Baba Barbados - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* tourism page: "Fun Barbados " Barbados Religion page: church listing. "Currently there are around 60 Anglican churches that can be found on the island and over the years many other denominations have joined and can be found list below. "
Sathya Sai Baba Denmark 100 - - - 1996 *LINK* Rothstein, Mikael. "Patterns of Diffusion and Religious Globalization: An Empirical Survey of New Religious Movements " in Temenos 32 (1996), 195-220. (Viewed online, Temenos web site, 30 Jan. 1999) "Corresponding figures, i.e. a dedicated membership of 30 to 150 in Denmark, are found in groups such as Brahma Kumaris, Elan Vital, Soka Gakkai and Sahaj Marg according to their own information. Even the followers of Sathya Sai Baba, who has millions of disciples around the world, number less than 100 dedicated members in Denmark. "
Sathya Sai Baba Germany, West 400 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10 to 14. "Another more detailed assessment for West Germany covering many more movements concludes that well over one million people are involved or 'influenced' by new religions, with a 'full-time' membership of 64,200. The estimated full time membership for 12 of these movements is: " [table]; [listed in table as "Sai Baba "]
Sathya Sai Baba India 3,000,000 - - - 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 195. "...he has a purported following in India of two to three million. Currently Satya Sai Baba maintains three major centers in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix). "
Sathya Sai Baba United Kingdom: Britain - - 50
units
- 1987 Bishop, Peter & Michael Darton (editors). The Encyclopedia of World Faiths: An Illustrated Survey of the World's Living Faiths. New York: Facts on File Publications (1987); pg. 207. "Members of the Shri Sathya Sai Baba Fellowship have their own temples... In Britain alone, the number of Shri Sathya Sai centres has grown to over 50 since the early 1790s. "
Sathya Sai Baba United Kingdom: Britain 10,000 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10 to 14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "; listed in table as "Sathya Sai Baba "
Sathya Sai Baba United Kingdom: Britain 4,000 - - - 1999 Chryssides, George. Exploring New Religions. London, U.K.: Cassells (1999). [Original source of British figure: email from Kishor Kumar of the UK Sai organization] "I have selected the best available [statistics], providing a range where adjudication is impossible... Sai Baba: Britain: 4,000 active devotees linked to a Sai Centre (1999); World 10,000,000 "
Sathya Sai Baba USA - - 3
units
- 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 195. "...he has a purported following in India of two to three million. Currently Satya Sai Baba maintains three major centers in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix). "
Sathya Sai Baba world - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 319. "One of India's most popular faith healers and prophets, Satya Sai Baba (b. 1926 as Satya Narayan), has achieved an American following through his international organization, Spiritual Advancement of the Individual Foundation, Inc. "
Sathya Sai Baba world - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 659. "Satya Sai Baba (Hindu; 1926 - ). More than through his teachiing, Satya Sai Baba is famous because of his miracles... He was born November 23, 1926 in the village of Putaparti in Andhrapradesh State in South India. On May 23, 1940 he proclaimed himself Sai Baba reincarnated... His special powers linked him with the nearly as well-known miracle-worker Sai Baba of Shirdi, Maharashtra, who died in 1918... In recent years Satya Sai Baba has turned his attention to the problems of Indian society as a whole... At the same time, he has an international following--including Westerners... "
Sathya Sai Baba world - - - - 1991 *LINK* Wilson, Andrew (ed). "The World Religions and their Scriptures " in World Scripture. International Religious Foundation, 1991. (viewed 9 July 1999) "new sects and movements in Hinduism both in India and the West, for example, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Theosophical Society, Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj, Ananda Marga, Transcendental Meditation, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna), and movements centering on Meher Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Bhagwan Rajneesh, and others "
Sathya Sai Baba world 10,000,000 - 1,200
units
137
countries
1993 *LINK* web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia); web page: "Shirdi Sai Baba " (viewed 17 Feb. 1999); [Orig. source: Rigopoulos, Antonio. 1993. The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi. New York: State University of New York.] "In 1993, Rigopoulos reported that there were close to ten million devotees (p. 377). Today, there are 1,200 Sai Baba Centers for promoting the religion in 137 different countries. Another source says that there are over 6500 Sai Baba Centers in different countries. A few gurus such as Narayana Baba made several trips to Europe and the United States to spread the mission of Sai Baba. Though it did not reach high popularity in the U.S., the gurus were still able to teach many of the religious concepts. (Rigopoulos, 1993: 375) "
Sathya Sai Baba world - - 6,500
units
- 1993 *LINK* web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia); web page: "Shirdi Sai Baba " (viewed 17 Feb. 1999); [Orig. source: Rigopoulos, Antonio. 1993. The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi. New York: State University of New York.] "In 1993, Rigopoulos reported that there were close to ten million devotees (p. 377). Today, there are 1,200 Sai Baba Centers for promoting the religion in 137 different countries. Another source says that there are over 6500 Sai Baba Centers in different countries. "
Sathya Sai Baba world - - 5,000
units
- 1995 *LINK* Ireland, Rowan. Web site: La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia; web page: "New Religious Associations in Australia ", written January 1998. (Viewed 4 July 1999). "The Sathya Sai Movement... Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is a world teacher whose mission... Born in Southern India on November 23, 1926, he began his mission at age 14 when he is reported to have demonstrated his knowledge and capabilities among the local people in the region. As time progressed his fame and reputation grew, drawing people from all over India to his presence. In the 1960s people from many Western countries began to visit Sathya Sai Baba. Today, Puttaparthi, his birthplace and principal place of residence is a centre to which millions of people on a spiritual path visit each year. Puttaparthi has Sathya Sai schools and Universities, a spiritual museum and a Super Specialty Hospital which provides advanced surgery by top volunteer specialist surgeons free of charge to those in need... As of January 1995 the Sai Organisation had 103 centres in Australia, and approximately 5000 world wide. "
Sathya Sai Baba world 10,000,000 - - - 1999 Chryssides, George. Exploring New Religions. London, U.K.: Cassells (1999). [Original source of world full-time figure: web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia)] "I have selected the best available [statistics], providing a range where adjudication is impossible... Sai Baba: Britain: 4,000 active devotees linked to a Sai Centre (1999); World 10,000,000 "

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