Sathya Sai Baba: Criminal in Monk’s Robes?

Jonty, New Delhi, INDIA
Nov 23 2005, 10:20 am GMT

Godman and champion trickster, the man who calls himself Sathya Sai Baba (SSB), turns 80 today. Already MSM like Deccan Herald is writing glowing tributes to the man who has courted controversies all his life as a holy man. From using sleight of hand to showbiz, he has done everything in between to make a huge following all throughout the world and particularly in South India. Politicians used his clout to their maximum advantage that SSB actively encouraged. Though he managed to do benevolent work for the public in a few parts of the country like bringing water in many villages and opening of charity hospitals for the poor, his sins far outweigh them. Not only had he used a common organ grinder’s ‘magic’ tricks to show (and convince) people that he had divine powers; serious criminal allegations had been made against him.

Who can forget the mysterious gunning down of four young boys in his Ashram in Andhra Pradesh who allegedly went to kill him with a knife? Then Murali Manohar Joshi, former HRD Minister who openly snubbed a BBC journalist for questioning why his government was not doing enough to investigate the allegations of one of SSB’s devotees from the US that he was sexually abused over a period of time. Mr. Joshi simply said that ‘he was a minister of high stature and when he says that SSB is innocent; SSB must be taken as an innocent man’.

There are many reports of sexual exploitation of young men by SSB. None of them were being raised in MSM as it should have been. Naturally, with the lack of public pressure, successive governments who needed SSB for their political gains swept everything against him under the carpet and made sure that the carpet is nailed forever.

SSB is not going to live forever. It would be a big tragedy for the people who were harmed by the man is not brought to justice when he is still capable of facing the law. The public has the right to know the truth about a figure who has influenced the lives of millions of men worldwide. MSM did a pretty abysmal job and is expected to do so in the future. Governments wouldn’t intervene to investigate as long as they are benefiting from the man especially when there is no public outcry. BBC broadcasted a documentary a about a year back on the dark side of SSB. But that was the only instance when MSM brought out this issue in the open.

It is a total shame, not only for the MSM, but successive governments as well who failed to come up over their petty political gains and initiate a sincere and impartial inquiry into a wide range of issues about the man like allegations of murder, generation of funds for his cult and other financial dealings, charges of pedophilia, using sleight of hand to proclaim himself as god etc, etc.

We shall wait and see.


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Great article, and how timely!
Please see my URL for an analysis and critical discussion of Sai babas philosophical anf theological deviations, as well as inconsistencies in his personal behaviour.

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Thanks to India Daily for this excellent and upright stand on Sathya Sai Baba. To readers, please view the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization. If you agree with it, please sign it (with your full name) at
Thanking you in advance.

Serguei Badaev (Russia),
Jan 4 2006, 3:08 pm GMT
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As a former devotee of Sathya Sai Baba I have read this material with great satisfaction. The word of truth and warning is absolutely necessary for all followers of SSB. I was brought up in the Soviet Union under totalitarian regime when deception was an official policy and I know how difficult to free oneself from delusion. It was very painful to me to discover the truth but it was very purifying. The bitter truth is better than a sweet lie.

Tony O’Clery,
Jan 4 2006, 7:26 pm GMT
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Great article, it is only money and votes that prevents sai baba from being brought to trial. He is also a perpetrator of cruel hoaxes.

Tony O’Clery,
Jan 5 2006, 7:10 pm GMT
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As is noted, sai devotees seem to suffer from a cognitive disfunction called True Believer Syndrome. There is an entry on wikipedia to this effect.
Also from the skeptics dictionary .com
true-believer syndrome
The need to believe in phony wonders sometimes exceeds not only logic but, seemingly, even sanity.
–The Rev. Canon William V. Rauscher
The true-believer syndrome merits study by science. What is it that compels a person, past all reason, to believe the unbelievable. How can an otherwise sane individual become so enamored of a fantasy, an imposture, that even after its exposed in the bright light of day he still clings to it–indeed, clings to it all the harder?
–M. Lamar Keene
True-believer syndrome is an expression coined by M. Lamar Keene to describe an apparent cognitive disorder characterized by believing in the reality of paranormal or supernatural events after one has been presented overwhelming evidence that the event was fraudulently staged. Keene is a reformed phony psychic who exposed religious racketeering–to little effect, apparently. Phony faith healers, psychics, channelers, televangelist miracle workers, etc., are as abundant as ever.
It is also my personal opinion that many devotees have a need in their psyche for somebody like sai baba that would leave them deficient if they didnt...Tony.

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Is the voice of an omniscient PurnaAvatar? Of course not it is the voice of a confused human being. Sai Baba again is proved a fake out of his own mouth.
From,,,Steels site.
The 1996 Christmas Day Discourse (also videotaped and sold by James Redmond)
Here are some of the statements (as they were interpreted on the spot) which this amazing videotape registered:
1. Three hundred and fifty years B.C., before Christ, Jews lived. However, among Jews, there were religions such as Islam and Christianity. People of that land, they are all Jews. That land is the birthplace of both the religions, Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew language was very prominent. This Hebrew language is more or less equal to our Sanskrit. ...
2. Christianity is not just 2,000 years in its origin. It was there even before Christ, 350 years. There the divinity is explained very clearly.
3. The name and the fame of Jesus Christ have spread far and wide. Here, at this moment, there are two schools of thought. The first group of thought - Roman Catholics. There is another group that fought with this group. This group is called Protestants. As they protested, they are Protestants. So among Jews there are these two groups: Catholics and Protestants. The difference of opinion has increased day by day. This led to Jesus, whose life was in danger. Jews there in Jerusalem did not permit Jesus to go there. Like this, religious conflict and fighting was ever on the rise. There were 250 schools of thought, divisions there. They also monopolized certain countries.
Because of so many groups there, they all attempted even to harm Jesus. Romans on one side. Catholics on the other side. Luther on another side. There were so many groups that went on changing. All these differences are based on violence, and that led to madness. Because of this attachment to group affiliations, naturally there was conflict and fighting.
Religious affiliation leads to ego. This led to confusion among them as to what Jesus said right or wrong.
Doubtless, the SSO editors saw that SSB had had a bad day. They thoughtfully cast into oblivion SSBs extraordinary statements on Christian and Jewish history, but readers of their official printed version will never know that he made these statements because all they will see in Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. XXIX is a brief editorial note on page 393:
[Bhagavan gave a brief account of the Jewish concept of the creation of the cosmos and referred to the birth of Jesus as the son of Mary and Joseph.]

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I fully agree with Mr. Wills, it is not hard to understand that this low creature who calls himself God, is a fake.

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I’m and ex devotee of Satya Sai Baba but afterwards fell in the trap of another fake Guru doing the same tricks. Swami Vishwananda is a copycat of Satya sai baba and he is doing the same bussiness.I think its time to stop these frauds