The Sai Movement – numbers of followers

The number varies according to which number you think of, it seems. Who qualifies as “a follower” is virtually impossible to decide – many who claim to be so disregard much or most of his advice or requirement. He has said that he cannot find a single (true) devotee among the crowds. Nonetheless, his organization and representatives make the most inflated claims for the number of followers, and they exaggerate the number of Sai Baba cCentres and groups in their efforts to gain privileges and other brownie point at the ashrams, who want all possible propaganda materials to publish and broadcast as widely as possible

See some of the various reports on numbers here:-

Comment: The 4000 village programme never materialized, though it was later trumpeted as a programme to help 6000 villages – see here. This also was a one-day wonder – Many invited members of 6000 villages came to a free junket at Prashanthi Nilayam, but when it was over only a handful remained in contact with the Sathya Sai authorities!

See also here on the numbers problem

See also the latest testimony on Sathya Sai Baba and his sexual interferences here

Sathya Sai Baba: sexual abuse allegations and testimonies

Cover-up: Dr. Hislop’s letters in which he  totally neglects duty of care The last letter in a series by Dr. John Hislop who programatically undermined the testimony of several persons who told him that SB is a sexual abuser, and manipulated his leaders to believe it was all lies and “crazy” allegations. Events have shown that many more allegations have been published by young men and their families. See further: ‘Sex scandal and Sathya Sai Baba – 3rd Hislop letter’

Narayan Dutt Tiwari and Sai Baba + a new sex scandal revelation
and Sai Baba endorsed N.D. Tiwari: resignation scandal Two blogs exposing a very prominent Indian politician, the Governor of Sai Baba’s home state, Andhra Pradesh. Tiwari was endorsed by the supposedly “all-knowing” Sai Baba when he visited Prashanthi Nilayam in April 2005. So much for the ‘good company’ Sai Baba keeps!

Khushwant Singh video clips: lingams, genital oiling, Sai followers Tanya Datta on “The Secret Swami” BBC documentary interviewed the acclaimed Indian author and journalist. He refuted ideas that genital oiling/oral sex by Sai Baba has anything whatsoever to do with Hindu religious tradition. He also reflected on the gullibility of devotees and gurus in general.

Further student allegations about Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse Previous student of  Sai Baba’s college reported to investigators on the guru’s pedophile acts, his ingrained hate of women and other revealing facts from ‘behind the veil’.

David Lane Ph.D. on Sathya Sai Baba’s abuses One of the early whistle-blowers on the many reports of Sathya Sai Baba sexual abuses wrote an important and revealing journal: brief excerpts are posted here

BBC radio 4 interview transcript – Sai sex abuse BBC Radio 4 investigated the question ‘Sai Baba –  a holy guru whose wisdom is profound, or a sexual predator? ‘ Interview testimony of sexual abuse by him was aired.

Sexual abuse complaints with impunity against Sathya Sai Baba None of the score of signed testimonies of sexual abuse – widely publicized on the Internet since 1999 – have caused Sathya Sai Baba to instigate any libel suit, by which he could have tried to clear his name. That he could not sue anyone – except in India where he is protected to the highest echelons of society and is virtually above the law – speaks volumes! He simply dare not give his accusers a chance to avoid costs and bring him to the justice he richly deserves.

Powerful sex abuse testimony against Sathya Sai Baba The German national news journal ‘Bild’ published an account of sexual molestation and subsequent ‘goonda’ harassment of Jens Sethi and his girlfriend after he explained how he refused Sai Baba’s sexual advances. An affidavit to that effect was lodged with Hamburg police.

Sathya Sai Baba and AIDS The self-proclaimed ‘Universal Teacher’ has hardly a word to say about the universal issues of sexuality… other than to recommend celibacy in all situation other than for child–bearing. Homosexuality, sex education, condoms, AIDS are all strictly taboo subjects for him the hypocritical puritan.

Very damaging Sai student testimony This account tells some of the hidden secrets of Sathya Sai Baba’s modus operandi, also as regards sex abuse.

Recent Sathya Sai Baba blogs

Sexual abuse complaints with impunity against Sathya Sai Baba Why Sai Baba dare not go to court to repel accusations and clear his name… and the original letters of Mrs. Payne (Diana Scott) to the US Sathya Sai Organization

Sathya Sai Organization’s abuse cover-up & unaccountability The infamous letters by John Hislop, Chairman of the USA Sathya Sai Organization, which he told recipients to destroy.

Powerful sex abuse testimony against Sathya Sai Baba The testimony of a German ex-follower, whose affidavit was made toi the hamburg police (and is in safe keeping)

Isaac Tigrett – deluded lunatic fringe exponent with a bogus crystal skull, his own ashram and more The former Hard Rock cafe owner having hard times…

The bizarre Isaac Tigrett and his horse at Prashanthi Nilayam Account by a former friend of Tigrett on the horse that died

Revealing letters on sexual abuse claims by Dr. John Hislop Summary of the Hislop letters issue by Timothy Conway, former leader of the San Francisco Sathya Sai Centre.

Letter by John Hislop to Sathya Sai Organization leaders The first letter which is aimed at the cover-up of sex abuse claims against Sathya Sai Baba by the mother of a US boy at his college.

The Hislop letters – part one [Timothy Conway on Gerald Moreno] Sound refutation of bogus claims by Moreno on the authenticity of the Hislop letters.

‘The Secret Swami’ & U.S. State Department Warning against Sai Baba Refutation of bogus claims about withdrawal of a warning by the US State Department’s directly naming of Sathya Sai Baba as engaging in “inappropriate sexual behaviour”, including Video clip of BBC confirming this.

Major contradictions about ‘Divinity’ and more Sai Baba has claimed both that there is a spark of divinity in every being, that there is no such spark in those who criticize him… and other confusing and contradictory claims about divinity.

Gerald Moreno, master of two-bit triviality
Moreno makes more false statements about Priddy who never hailed Sai Baba as Allah who sent Muhammed, or as the Father who sent Jesus. He only reported SB’s own claims about Jesus. Moreno takes a tiny typo which he – with his humourless spite – finds funny, making himself ridiculous again.

India, religious gurus, Sathya Sai Baba and co. – blogs

Is India a Moral Engine and Social Ideal to Emulate?
Sathya Sai Baba holds that India’s problems – and the world’s decline into immorality (sic) is caused by the lack of
‘holy’ sacrificial rituals [‘yagnas’ and ‘yagas’]. These alone can make India great as the motor which will pull all countries into a golden moral age. India’s continued vast problems of poverty and corruption show how absurd this religious talk is.

Rich and Poor in India
The wealth gap in India is gigantic! The rich are in clover, millions of the poor are destitute. Sai Baba has received billions for charity, but far too much is used to build self-glorifying ‘spiritual museums’ and wasteful flagship projects, while he charters private passenger jets for himself. Eleven million from Isaac Tigrett’s $39 million donations were embezzled by Sai Baba ‘officials’.

India – God-driven or God-forsaken?
Religious supersition masquerading as ‘spirituality’ still suppresses human rights and social equality in India, and Sathya Sai Baba is a spokesperson against both these human values! That is how his self-proclaimed role as universal world teacher and preceptor really is!

Repeatedly, India’s flood problems hit the poor but not the rich

Super-Rich Indian Gurus who don’t deliver what they promise
Many Indiangurus have become super-rich who have promised far more than they can ever deliver. These include Osho/Rajneesh, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sathya Sai Baba, Ravi Shankar and many more. Sai exceeds the others in pretending to be a renunicate. claiming he is selfless, has no property or worldly goods… one of the smartest accounting tricks but most obvious deceits imaginable.He lives in luxury and pomp, sits of his golden chariot and never has to lift a finger for his daily wants.

India’s World Reputation
All Sai Baba’s officials, organization and devotees have to suppress many facts about Sai Baba so as to present him only or mainly as a social reformer and moral teacher. Otherwise they are excluded and demonised. Many Indians who tend to support him are doubtless unware of the sheer extent of the deceit, fraud and irrationality involved. Stories about truly unbelievable miracles by Sathya Sai Baba fill hundreds of books. India’s reputation should not be dragged down further than it may already have been by this man.

Avoidance of the law in India
India’s has a two-tier and often corrupted system of justice, which explains why murders can pass unpunished and even uninvestigated. Many highly-placed Sathya Sai Baba devotees in thelegal system and successive Indian Governments, have protected him from court proceedings for the sexual abuses and murder involvement of which he stands widely accused.

Religion and Sex Abuse
Religious sexual abuse is at last increasingly being tackled and victims are being compensated in developed countries, not least by the Catholic Church and other sects, including the Hare Krishna movement, though the guilty have so far mostly escaped prison. In India 53% of children report sex abuse, but little is being done. So far Indian authorities have protected rich and powerful Sathya Sai Baba, who is most widely accused of long-term sex abuses on young men and boys.

God Lives In India
Sathya Sai Baba has announced that, being a full avatar incarnation of God Almighty, he never incarnates anywhere else on earth but in India. This, he says, is a cardinal reason for national prestige and self-confidence!  The title ‘God lives in India’ has been used for a film, a book and a music album, all referring to Sai Baba.

World AIDS Day, India. Sai Baba is silent on the issue!
Most victims of HIV/AIDS in India are women. Indian women wishing to emancipate themselves are up against one of the most chauvinistic male societies in the East, and Sathya Sai baba condones and defends the status quo in that he never speaks up or describes about the terrible sufferings women there must endure.

Sathya Sai Baba and AIDS
Sai Baba never speaks up on India’s great AIDS problem, avoids all sex-related issues likke prostitution, devadasis, condoms, sex abuse and homosexuality (his Achilles heel).

Please go to the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

Sathya Sai Baba – latest uncensored revelations

Sathya Sai Baba and the Vedas – part one

Sathya Sai Baba and the Vedas  – part two

Sathya Sai Baba blessings How one tries to obtain blessings, and find them where they are evidently lacking.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Failed Moon Miracle Under Heavy Cloud The absurd even when Sai Baba instructed his servitors that he would appear on the face of the moon, and chaos ensued without any appearance!

Why Do Prominent Sathya Sai Baba Sect Critics Persist? On the need for fearless, articulate questioning of a worldwide sect. without any standards of accountability and transparency.

Sathya Sai Baba and the Dalai Lama A comparison as regards spirituality, fearlessness and openness

Sathya Sai Baba ashrams in decline

UK Minister Tony McNulty Finished? Indian Guru Sai Baba Link Should Be Probed

Sathya Sai Baba – insider report

BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle

Sathya Sai Organization: World Communities Need To Treat This Sect Cautiously

Sathya Sai Baba prophesies his death

Sathya Sai Baba blames everything on others, nothing on himself

Dr. Naresh Bhatia’s exposure of Sathya Sai Baba

Dreams of Sathya Sai Baba – imaginary or real?

Sathya Sai Baba Man Joe Moreno’s Diabolizing Photo Alterations of Sai Baba Critics

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno’s Photo Attack On Robert Priddy

Sathya Sai Baba Man Gerald Moreno – Banned By Eight Wikpedia Editors

Barry Pittard – anti-cultist defender of the weak

Since October 1999, Barry Pittard has been an international coordinator in the attempt to bring to light the many grave shortcomings charged against India’s most famous guru Sathya Sai Baba. An Australian liberal arts graduate with post-graduate work in both teaching and the theatre, Barry Pittard taught at Sai Baba’s college outside Bangalore. He was a follower for 25 years.

Some of the main issues which concern Pittard include:
1) decades of sexual molestation by Sai Baba of boys and young men
2) suppressed investigations of local police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom on June 1993
3) faking of miraculous materializations
4) massive deployment of billions of donations from many countries that are used in glorifying Sai Baba as the Lord of Lords come to save all mankind, effectively before he dies
5) making false promises of healing and predictions that do not eventuate

6) severe contradictions and misstatements of scientific and historical facts in his public discourses, which his publishers try to weed out
7) promotion of the Sathya Sai Baba religious cult through disinformation and unaccountability

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And much more –
see Barry Pittards blog

Argentinian Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba

“Sai Baba, the well known Hindu spiritual teacher, who has a following of millions around the world, is facing charges of sexual abuse. The accusers assert that Baba has made many of his male devotees engage in sexual practices with him. Journalist Alejandro Agostinelli investigated the certainty of these charges.” by Alejandro Agnostelli

Under the title ‘Divine Sin’, Agnostelli relates the evidence which emerged in Argentina and was presented on two TV programmes by Azul TV. The Latin American Coordinator of the Sathya Sai Organization, plus the US leaders Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. William M. Harvey were present as apologists for Sai Baba. They were confronted by Conny Larsson – an alleging victim of sexual abuses by Sai Baba – and others over the sexual abuse of boys young men.

See a fuller

Speakers at the Azul TV programmes in Argentina
Speakers at the Azul TV programmes in Argentina

See also documentation of the Sathya Sai Organizations’ meeting in St Louis and Dr, Jack Feely’s report on proceedings here

Recent postings concerning Sai Baba and his movement

The servitude of Mrs. Ratan Lal in Prashanthi Nilayam – directly recorded notes October 1988 [by Robert Priddy]. Her travails under the aegis of Sathya Sai Baba’s constant demand and wrath when she did not do everything perfectly, and even when she did so!

Prashanthi Nilayam notes – diverse reports Notes from my scanned diary for 1998, which cover: 1) the stinking cesspool scam 2) V.K. Narasimhan’s problems in editing with his one remaining eye 3) Return of banned Alvin Drucker with beard to Prashanti4) the rogue Convener N. Suri of the Sathya Sai Books and Publications gets his comeuppance from Sai Baba 5) Sai devotee and former judge Damodar Rao on how he’d like to punish child sexual abuse

Sathya Sai Baba’s aircraft and world tour A decade ago, Sathya Sai Baba informed his devotees that his aircraft is about to take off to bring his mission to the whole world… he told key leaders that he would visit Rome, the UK., Malaysia, Southern California… and last year he proclaimed in a discourse that “I am minded to make a world tour”

Getting at the Truth – Sathya Sai Baba There can be a big difference between telling facts truthfully and knowing what is factually true. Witnesses who are unknowingly misled – or who eagerly trust and believe – may relate their experiences honestly, but still misrepresent actual states of affairs for a number of perceptional, psychological and social reasons.

An experience of Sathya Sai Baba in the 1980s as now reinterpreted in the process of ‘getting to the truth’.

Sathya Sai Baba’s cognitively-challenged psychiatrist, Dr. Samuel Sandweiss On a typical error Sathya Sai Baba made in reporting what he had just heard from Dr. Samuel Sandweiss – his tame psychiatrist – and how he angrily gave him the bum’s rush when Sandweiss corrected his mistake (told by V.K. Narasimhan – all mention avoided by Sandweiss himself)

Tigrett’s donation to Sathya Sai Baba Super-speciality hospital And how the hospital was swindled of many millions of dollars by corrupt Sai officialdom.

Murder and other crimes at Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’ The supreme peace was rudely broken by the screams of victims as dozens of gunshots rang out – and by murders kept secret, and by many an untoward incident as is common to most religious sites and guru cults in India

Directly recorded diary notes – October 1990 on the donation for the Puttaparthi Super-Speciality hospital, Museum accident victim Michael Oliver, Sai student Sanjay Chibber, and diverse darsan details etc.

Sathya Sai Baba bedroom boys and a ghost story Sathya Sai Baba tells stories showing his belief in ghosts…  in one of his June 1998 discourses. He also recounts how 3 boys were sleeping in his bedroom when the ghost of Easwaramma, the mother of Sai, appeared in a worried state.