Sathya Sai Baba deceits and breaks of trust

Sathya Sai Baba bragged endlessly about himself and his work

Sathya Sai Baba made constant publicity about himself and inflated the results of ‘his’ social and service projects (really all borne by others), claiming he freely gave the means for these, while always insisting he has no money and no property! But then he signed cheques galore, he admitted.

Sai Baba was a slanderer

Sathya Sai Baba often spoke ill of others and his chosen leaders copied his example and slanders. More documented study on how Sathya Sai Baba practices other than he preaches and manipulates his devotees to blindfold themselves.

Sai Baba Layers of Deceit
Sai Baba said to his chosen ‘official’ biographer Professor N- Kasturi, people would just think that it was all a story got up by two rogues. Since then the amount of evidence of deceit, false information, zealously exaggerated and falsified eulogy plus much more that cast Sai Baba as a rogue indeed have emerged from hundreds of sources.
Sai Guru King?
Sathya Sai Baba told various of his servitors of meetings he claimed he had with famous Indian spiritual figures: Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo, Jiddu Krishnamurthi and more. He boasted that he instructed them all on the correct way to behave! After all, he said he was the deity of all deities. Who can believe it? Will the world bow down, laugh or just shrug? The answer is clearly ‘no’ to anyone who follows world opinion.
Sai Wheelers & Dealers – More of Sathya Sai Baba’s freaks and frauds
In any crowd sitting at the feet of Sai Baba there were always a wide variety of opinion and behaviour, good, bad and indifferent. Well-known to seasoned visitors were those too richly endowed with egoism and insensitivity to others. Top flight modern Indian intellectuals were virtually never met there, though many flaunted letters after their names and titles, they were the mediocre with very few exceptions. Sai Baba saw the world in black and white terms with frequent ignorance of the colours. Peculiar situations arose due to the spiritual arrogance one found was seldom far below the surface. When it broke out in full, there sometimes was an amusing debacle.

Sathya Sai Baba and his throne: Credibility stretched beyond all possible limits: In 1993 Sai Baba (reportedly) draws a door on a wall and an Australian goes through it and disappears back to old Oz! Can you credit it? Also an entertaining imposter, the ‘teeth-clacking medium’ – too weird for words, but this will have you clacking your teeth – laughing!

Sai Baba Child Abuse
Sai Baba expressed intense rage, as witnessed by his devotee, Smt. Vijayamma Kumari, whose baby boy of only three years of age was beaten relentlessly, long and hard, many times by Sathya Sai Baba. A Swedish psychologist regards this as a consequence of Sai Baba’s intense narcissism.


Visiting Sathya Sai Baba ashrams

The less inviting facts about the ashrams of which any visitor should be aware are either wilfully suppressed, left unmentioned, or covered over and strictly forbidden in discussion in Sai ashrams. The whole vast pro-Sai literature hardly ever mentions anything remotely negative about the ashrams – the supposed ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’… certainly not many disappearances and deaths which are unreported except by independent sources. Visitors should prepare themselves for shocks and dangers by being forewarned and ‘forearmed’.

Many difficulties, disappointments and potential dangers – up to and including murder – face those who visit the ashrams of Sathya Sai Baba. Tight security is used against visitors to ensure that no one says anything that might cast any negative suspicions on anything connected to the ashram, its staff or the entire Sai Baba set-up. Discrimination and harassment of non-ethnic Indian followers, especially Westerners, has become rife. Crimes like theft, swindle and overcharging have increased considerably in Puttaparthi since Sai Baba died and money is in short supply. Prashanthi Nilayam has upped its prices for almost everything and especially for telephone services.

Extensive uncensored information about the ashrams present and past is found at

The BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami and US State Department’s fingering Sai Baba as sex abuser

See short video clips and transcripts of the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’

U.S. State Department Named Sathya Sai Baba To BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ The US Embassy in Delhi told BBC’s Tanya Datta  that the travel warning on their Consular information sheet about sexual abuse reports by a “prominent local religious leader” on November 23, 2000′ referred specifically to Sathya Sai Baba

SSB Deceptions Exposed – blogs September 2011

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9/11 Twin Towers attack and Sathya Sai Baba’s claimed intervention!
Sathya Sai Baba’s death – no miracles
Tulasi Srinivas and her research into Sathya Sai Baba issues
Sai Baba’s Distance and Unapproachability – a reminder
Sachin Tendulkar gets some sound advice
Sathya Sai Baba – amazing sun miracle photographed?
Two important articles for Sathya Sai devotees to read
Another inside account of Sai Baba’s gross deception and abuses
Indian press comments on Sathya Sai Baba
Everything you wanted to know…
Sathya Sai College: ex-student tells of awful culture there
Sathya Sai Baba’s death and inscrutability
Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death
Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier
Key Exposé Pages
Robert Priddy 
Sathya Sai Baba’s death and inscrutability
Sai officials’ secret collusion over the death of Sathya Sai Baba – updated
Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death
Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier
Re Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse accomplices and cover-up persons 
Sai Baba prediction of his death
Professor Anil Kumar, Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘left-hand’ man
Learning from the bizarre case of Sai Baba
Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession
Breaking Sai Baba news: new secret hoard found
Kevin R.D. Shepherd on biased research by academic Tulasi Srinivas
India’s Home Minister could not avoid investigation by CBI, but quashed it later
Isaac Tigrett, Sathya Sai Baba and the crystal skull 

More testimony from another ex-Sai Baba student 

Sathya Sai Baba may be on his deathbed

Sai Baba’s life on thread – battles over his wealth? As was to be expected, the struggle for ascendancy and control over the ashram, the assets and even the succession of Sathya Sai Baba has begun

Sathya Sai Baba on ventilator (in Super-speciality Hospital) Despite his medical and other minders’ earlier assurances that Sai Baba’s condition was stable and he was improving – with nothing to be anxious about – they were soon ‘fighting to save his life’ SATHYA SAI BABA NOW IN ICU -HEALTH WORSENS

Pacemaker support for Sai Baba’s weak heart Sai Baba resorts to what he has ridiculed as “tricknology” – i.e. scientific technology – because he has had to have a Pacemaker put into his bad heart!

Sathya Sai Baba hospitalised for serious illness A ‘severe infection’ and pneumonia combined with heart failure causing breathing difficulty, water on the lungs, dizziness… more proofs that he ages and suffers illnesses

Sathya Sai Super-speciality Hospital This is perhaps above all else a costly SB flagship to promote himself and his doctrine, as can be seen from the inordianate boasting and self-publicity in his discourses

Leader of International Sathya Sai Organization denied hard testimony John Hislop – leader of the USA Sathya Sai Society for many years, was repeated confronted with evidence about Sathya Sai Baba sexual abuses – in this case personally by Conny Larsson!

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s unaccountability Donald Taylor’s analysis of the Sathya Sai Organization, and similar investigations by Agnostelli and Priddy shows its chauvinist, vertical, authoritarian structure

John Purnell’s testimony on sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba

The following e-mail asking for a response from Gerald Moreno was posted on his site’s guestbook:-

From: John Purnell (June 9th 2006 – 01:50:54)
IP: (
Subject: (Guestbook Submission)
To: Guestbook

I would love a response from you to my question……I was a devotee for 7 years and had many private interviews with sai baba….. in the last couple he tried to masterbate me vigorously with oil, then please explain as to why he showed me clearly his erect penis and why the hell did he try to shove it in my mouth complaining that I no longer LOVE him ??? Not to mention forcing me onto the ground of the private interview room and telling me he is God and that all is ok, Trying to shove his erection into my anus ??? Of course I was shattered after all this even to the point of suicide, like many of his REAL VICTIMS I thought he was God…Miracles….. just watch his hands at all times then you will see it is so obvious. My story is the TRUTH that you devotees always claim is paramount…..I am not the only victim hundreds upon hundreds are now telling the TRUTH…..If you can explain why God would want me to perform oral sex on him and WHY the hell God would want to penetrate my anus then PLEASE do email me with your response….I am waiting !!!!!! Look sadly the truth is Baba is a great scam like Rajneesh and ALL Indian God men ….. Look deep beyond the SHOW exterior and all you see is rotten to the core.

LONG LIVE TRUTH because TRUTH will never fail in the end…..My dear dear devotees I know the pain that is in store for you…….be prepared as Baba will fall off his throne oneday and sadly you will be shattered by the TRUTH. You ARE in my prayers.

John Purnell

It is evident from the responses that John Purnell – himself clearly trusting, friendly, open and guileless – was originally unaware that Gerald Moreno is a person in deep denial with a vicious attack agenda against every single Sai Baba dissident, which he pursues fanatically on a huge scale across the Internet. Moreno replied with his apparently polite and friendly letter – this he does initially and hypocritically to everyone he already intends only to attack, libel and try to destroy character (there are dozens of examples). His plan is to obtain as much material from his ‘victim’ as possible so that it can be twisted and contrived to make the person seem to be an outright liar about almost  ANYTHING they write. This he has done constantly for years. Purnell continued to reply to Moreno’s critical questions based on meticulous trawling of the internet for any possible details he could find about to manipulate (typical of Moreno). He contrives to throw doubt on Purnell’s truthfulness, contriving a narrative about very suspicious statements, self-contradictions and lies. All typical Moreno treatment to any critic of Sathya Sai Baba who unwisely enters into any correspondence with him. One only has to look at the constant appearance of words like ‘lies’ and other vituperative and down-putting expressions in almost any attack of his on critics .

Moreno trots out his usual spiel about his supposed ‘researches’ (read, in his case ‘selective contrivances and denials’) always using plenty of bold emphasis, underlining and italics. All he claims supposedly shows that he is ‘rational’, while he tries to provoke Purnell by calling him “very angry”. Purnell has every right to be very angry, as he confirms later. This was only a preamble, however… his most crass and loutish accusations are not yet made, only implied. Meanwhile, keeping up a pretense of some amiability, Moreno opens one of his replies with “John, I see you are now maintaining a calmer and more civilized tone in your email. Thank you.” ‘Civilized tone’? – that is just what Moreno uses only as it suits his purpose – his own constant standard is indecorous and unseemly to put it most mildly!

There is nothing of substance in anything Moreno digs out that proves Purnell is basically dishonest, even though Purnell admits that he did tell one lie to try to flush out his opponent’s true aim and standpoint. Moreno has himself written numerous lies, as has been proven here. Another example is shown here. Rather he has been inconsistent and a bit sloppy with exact dates, details in statements and the like, as he explains adequately in the following reply to Moreno:-

John C. Purnell (June 16th 2006)

Subject: Re: regarding Sathya Sai Baba
To: Joe

dear joe

thanks again for your swift reply to my mails

what you say is quite correct in that it appears my story from the original of jan 03 to what i stated to you recently has seemingly been embellished and colored.
joe when i wrote back in 03 i simply was not telling the whole story for 2 good ( so i thought ) reasons…..

1. i was in a religious institute in formation and the whole details where beyond embarrasing for me esp in a catholic institute . remember i am a victim…..and i still have my life and my back to that time i much prefered to keep most things in the dark as i wanted to move on and lookout for my future as a catholic wanting to become a priest. now i am in a possition that i can speak freely of my life as a devotee and not feel shame and embarrasment as a victim.

2. as many victims of sexual abuse will tell you that to openly and publicly detail all aspects is extremely hard. i could have put a false name as many many many victims do, not just those of baba, but i thought slowly i will divulge my story as i get more beyond it and accepting of it. back then i had not been able to even admit to myself all the details, can you even imagine the pain ??? i did not want to think about all of it, i was hurt and yes angry and also joe i was, and still am, to a degree very scared, so what i did was to say that i will give a brief description about what had occured…….i could not and would not put in all details as i did for you …..and it is only in the last 12 months that i have been able to deal with the whole affair and try to get over it.

sure i am angry, as angry as hell that he gets away with all this. it is important to note joe that the statement without the full details was never a sworn statement i did not get an affidavit with it because i knew it was not 100% complete and i just could not give all the details. it is so hard to deal with sexual abuse especially when i was a young adult at the time i should have known better…….hence the disgust i had for myself and embarrasment if i had told all details before i was ready. there is more than this to my story joe and i will leave it till the day i face baba in the high court.

as i said to you joe that i dont want you to believe me…but this is where i now stand…. i did not mention to you that i had put my story to ex devotees…..which,yes, was a lie…..because i had no idea whether you were a baba stooge or not……. i know nothing about you or where you are or even your real name……and i dont believe all on the net so i lied because i wanted to check who you are and what you believe, not to mention i am concerned about my life since the student killings in 93…….maybe that is a bit dramatic of me but i have to watch my back.

but joe according to my statemant in 03 it is true but lacking all the detail as i said back then i couldnt mention things like that. if you still dont beleive me and if you find my story false that is fine i hold no grudge. i do apologise to you for not filling you in on the details but i have no idea who you are or where you stand and a cult whether it be baba, rajneesh, or david koresh ,is still dangerous to those who flee.

so i hope that answers your doubts a little i dont see my story as changing or contradictory from 03 to today all i see is the addition of more detail….not exageration or embellishment. however you are right !!!!! i should not have posted the original testimony incomplete…that was done in haste…..hence no affidavit for it….and i can see how someone from outside would read my 03 statement and the one i told you and could also unknowingly jump to the conclusion that it is fake and changing….i apologise for this but hope you understand my reasons for this that i have explained.

as i said joe whatever you think is fine by me, i just want you to continue being skeptical and continue to search for the TRUTH.
regards john

John Purnell is so basically honest that he admits to a strategic lie! Moreno never admits to anything negative about himself, though he has been caught out lying time and again. In his typical acerbic and antipathetic reply to Purnell he even began with an outright untruth:

Your fears for your safety are unfounded. There are many vocal Anti-Sai Activists and alleged victims (who have publicly spoken out against Sathya Sai Baba for many years) and not even one of them has ever come to any harm.

When you tell me that I should continue my search for the “truth”, this is hypocritical considering the fact that you just made a full admission that you lied to me about not speaking to Anti-Sai Activists when, in fact, you did. You did not need to lie about this information. Even if you told the truth, I fail to see what harm it would have done. Strange enough, you attempted to justify your lie by claiming that you are afraid for your life and you were trying to check who I was and what I believe! You are so concerned about your life that you attempted to make a public submission on my guestbook using your real name and real email! How believable is that? It is wholly unbelievable.

Moreno overlooks the fact that it is proven beyond the slightest doubt that four devotees were executed by police after having attempted to put their case to Sathya Sai Baba in his bedroom, from which he fled when they arrived. As Moreno is aware, numerous dissidents have received death threats from devotees, including Conny Larsson, Premanand, Lionel Fernandez, Barry Pittard and myself among others. (Pittard reported to Interpol, I to the Norwegian police). Besides, Basava Premanand was repeatedly burgled as the BBC have reported – and his DVDs compromising photos and documents on Sai Baba were eventually stolen by burglars. His brother was threatened by Sai goondas (thugs) wanting to take from the house all the copies of my exposure book ‘End of the Dream’ which Premanand had published. Besides, Premanand’s son – his researcher, printing expert and support in all his endeavours – was, according to Premanand, murdered in a Bangalore hospital. As with numerous other murders and disappearances at the ashrams, nothing could be brought before the law due to the vast influence of Sathya Sai Baba on the judiciary, not least through Bhagwati – the famous original Supreme Court judge, who has a seat on Sai Baba’s Central Trust.

Then Moreno continues his predictable harangue about lies, untrustworthiness etc. – as he uses against most of the alleging victims of sexual abuse by Sai Baba. As to ‘wholly unbelievable’ : Moreno purposefully overlooks the obvious fact that Purnell had decided to use his full name only after having been unwilling earlier when he still felt insecure. One may ask why he continues this massive confrontation so assiduously while admitting publicly and also to Purnell that he is not even a Sathya Sai devotee? What psychology or other influence is at work… may readers come to their own conclusions. One should take into account the fact that Moreno is in denial that he was molested unlawfully by Sathya Sai Baba, despite his own account of the ‘lower stomach oiling’ proceedings. This is an important basis for Moreno’s overall denial of all negative facts concerning Sai Baba – see overview of articles on sex abuse of Moreno here.

The mail exchange continues, and Purnell gives a full, open and honest account of himself in reply to all Moreno’s increasingly invasive accusations and web-stalking of his contacts and relations. Those who care to read more will be convinced of the total disingenuously of Gerald Moreno and the solidity of John Purnell’s explanations. Moreno’s final conclusions are dim-witted to a degree.

  • John Purnell lied about and embellished his alleged encounters with Sathya Sai Baba.
  • John Purnell lied to me about not releasing his story to Ex-Devotees (when in fact, he did release his story to Ex-Devotees). John Purnell said he withheld this trivial information (about not releasing his story to Ex-Devotees) because he feared for his life (although he apparently did not fear for his life while relating criminal, sexual abuse allegations!).
  • John Purnell lied about currently being in contact with “international lawyers” when formerly he said lawyers advised him there was nothing he could do outside India.

Moreno wants to emphasize that Purnell lied as strongly as possible. But it was a bagatelle, really. Purnell did have reasons to fear for his security – almost all who spoke out against Sathya Sai Baba had to be brave, and some (including myself) wrote under a pen name until we were able to establish our own security (especially by never again visiting India). I was informed early on that Purnell did contact international lawyers, though it is a fact that they could not proceed with any litigation against Sai Baba as this has to take place in India, where his government and judicial worshippers have full control over the process. However, they were able to advise Purnell in case he was attacked by Sathya Sai leaders in Australia, as Barry Pittard was threatened repeatedly there.

See full exchange of mails between Purnell and Moreno here

The nature of cults examined

An Extensive Examination of cult phenomena, especially religious or spiritual, and the methods of indoctrination, entrapment, enforcement of authority and proselytization

Index over web pages on the site for dissidents of Sathya Sai Baba

What a Cult is On the general issue of cultism and a critical discussion of the indicators of charismatic cults – political, social, and religious.

Sathya Sai Organization Cultism

Typical Sai cult supporter

Escaping the cultist spiders web How I came to break out of the subtle and widely woven web of deceptions that kept me and millions deceived, and how difficult such a step can be.

  • THE FUNDAMENTALIST ‘GURU TRAP’ EXPLOITATION Part 1 a many-sided system of control over persons exercised by gurus, swamis, godmen, masters, saints, avatars as exemplified through Sathya Sai Baba
  • THE FUNDAMENTALIST ‘GURU TRAP’ EXPLOITATION Part 2 reference to ‘ The Guru Papers’ by Kramer and Alstad – on gurus’ narcissism, authority and power and control and manipulation (as in Sai Baba)
  • THE ‘GURU TRAP’ AS CATCH 22, THE NO-WIN SITUATION How most traditional Indian gurus and swamis to attract, indoctrinate and entrap. Two Indian Swamis – Ambikananda and Sathya Sai Baba
  • GENERAL QUESTIONS OF BELIEF, MENTAL TRAPS, FAITH AND DOUBT How religious or spiritual faith can mislead, induce bizarre experiences and its severe consequences like suffering, derangement, war, genocide, and debasement of the human spirit
  • ON GETTING TO THE TRUTH – how conditioning by one’s own belief entraps in delusions
  • THE SAI BABA PERSONALITY CULT reasons as to why and how it operates
  • THE TRAP OF ‘DOUBLETHINK’ IN SPIRITUALITY OR RELIGION How one becomes indoctrinated through a ‘doublethink’ system of dual interpretation – worldly vs. otherworldly.
  • THE SPIRITUAL ‘MIRROR TRAP’ as used by Sathya Sai Baba to avert scrutiny of himself and confuse followers into self-programming of his doctrine. This idea is the mechanism of denial used by devotees – that Sai Baba is only what we imagine him to be
    how followers learn ‘correct’ interpretations of Sai Baba’s words and actions from others, the standard but often highly mistaken answers to all doubts

  • DISEMPOWERMENT THROUGH WORSHIP OF SATHYA SAI BABA – IN SIX PARTS A series of articles studying in depth effects of mental, emotional and social dependencies:




  • THE ENTICEMENT OF SINGING AND MUSIC – SAI BHAJANS and how group singing is arranged & run
  • WHAT IS THE POINT OF A ‘TEST OF FAITH’ As Sathya Sai Baba practises
  • A TYPICAL SAI CULT SUPPORTER – RITA BRUCE How deluded a Sai hagiographer came to be
  • THE CULT OF SATHYA SAI BABA How I came to break out of the subtle and widely woven web of deceptions that kept me and millions deceived, and how difficult such a step can be.
  • DEVELOPING PERCEPTIONS AND ‘UNDERSTANDING’ OF SAI BABA Some ways in which one is drawn to and held by charisma and social environment, how perceptions of him are ‘trained’ and ‘purified’ to conform with group expectations.
  • SAI BABA ABUSE OF FAITH That Sathya Sai Baba has seriously beguiled his followers and abused people’s trust and faith in him.
  • HOW THE FORM BINDS Comment by a mature UK ex-follower of Sai Baba
  • PAINTING ONESELF IN TO THE BELIEF SYSTEM AND ITS CULT How identity becomes bound to one’s involvement in the Sai movement and its aims
  • WHY NOT CLEAR ALL DOUBTS Sai Baba is secretive and does not answer questions he does not like.


    Hislop's "Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba"
    Hislop's "Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba"
    Sathya Sai Baba - the Indian Government's God Incarnate
    Sathya Sai Baba - the Indian Government's God Incarnate
    The promised Golden Age of Sai Baba
    The promised Golden Age of Sai Baba

    Sathya Sai Baba 85th birthday - State of India
    Sathya Sai Baba 85th birthday - State of India

    Recent Sathya Sai Baba postings – September 2010

    Beatings, torture and illegal killings by Police in India

    Sathya Sai Baba imitators and parasites galore

    Vishal Arora – New Delhi Indian Journalist – on Sathya Sai Baba

    Vishal Arora Indian journalist exposes Sathya Sai Baba

    Sathya Sai Baba’s universal wisdom

    Gross fraudulence: Gerald Moreno tries to ridicule Robert Priddy

    Gerald Moreno’s distortion of facts in his ego-driven war

    Information About Gerald Moreno

    Sathya Sai Baba’s wide ‘lunatic fringe’ and Moreno

    Behind the 9/11 Twin Towers disaster?

    BBC Documentary film transcript: “The Secret Swami”

    Sai Baba and the Indian Judiciary

    Student of Sai college spoke out – in confidence

    Sai Baba amrita (nectar) at Srirangapatna orphanage

    Sathya Sai Baba Drinking Water Project

    Sathya Sai Baba report on his devotees

    Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
    View ex-follower signatures

    (Spanish version

    See series of postings of report by Indian Police CID official

    His book ‘The Godmen of India’ and other books can be ordered here


    Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sathya Sai Baba part 1part 2part 3part 4
    Revelations by a top investigator of unexplained murders, deaths and disappearances plus corruption, bribery and other forms of corruption connected to Sathya Sai Baba and/or his minions

    Senior Ex-CID officer J.V. Ram on Sai sex scandals – part 1
    part 2part 3 Very grave allegations of numerous sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba are reported by this CID sleuth, as well as cases of rape at his ashram

    The ‘Abode of Peace’ ashram- the murder victims Some details of two of those murdered in cold blood in Sai Baba’s bedroom in 1993.

    The ‘Abode of Peace’ ashram- the pivotal events Ex-CID police officer’s account of the Puttaparthi murders in 1993

    Supreme Court of India cover-up: petition ad Sathya Sai Baba rejected Scan of affidavit-attested document showing the paper illegally removed from the Supreme Court records so as to cover-up the petition against Sathya Sai Baba made in 2001

    Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worldwide Organization
    View ex-follower signatures

    (Spanish version