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

Barry Pittard’s recent blogs

Recent blogs by Barry Pittard from his site at

Will Court Decision Topple A Top Sathya Sai Teacher? Male Sexual Abuse Case

Young Male Sex Abuse: International Legal Challenge to Confront Key Sathya Sai Baba Men

When Perfumes Reek: Lavish Scents, Shampoos etc., Among Sai Baba Secret Treasure Hoard

Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Oprah Winfrey Show On Male Sexual Abuse: Sathya Sai Baba Cult Survivors Should Watch

Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Is Isaac Tigrett Sai Baba’s ‘Walking Will? Guru Purnima Revelation Or A Fall?

Sathya Sai Baba College Teachers Angry At “Illegal” Non Payment And Sacking

Will Andhra Pradesh, India, Only Appear To Address Sathya Sai Baba Scandal?

Sathya Sai Baba Saga: Is There Too Little Indian Media Critical Analysis?

Sathya Sai Trust’s V.Srinivasan: Defending A Religious Empire Fallen. A Torn House Divided

India’s Billionaire Cricket Star Tendulkar Scores Poorly In Sai Baba’s Game

Yet another Sai Yajur Mandir Treasure Haul. This Stash Not In Recent Enforced Sai Central Trust Inventory

Some Little Points That Get Lost Among Big Sathya Sai Trust Reassurances of Transparency

‘Face the Nation’ Audience Poll, India – 87% Hostile to Gurus Like Sathya Sai Baba

Indian Media and Governments Heedless of Decade of Foreign Media and Sai Baba Critics’ Revelations

Sathya Sai Baba Scandal: View RJ Ratnakar’s Body Language In NDTV Interview On Sai Trust ‘Transparency’

Latest postings on Sai Trust and exposé developments

Chronicle on Sai Baba’s demise: illness, death, funeral and aftermath

Sai officials' secret collusion over the death of Sathya Sai Baba

More evidence piles up on male sex abuse by Sathya Sai Baba and teachers etc.

India's corruption fed by Sathya Sai Baba

More testimony from another ex-Sai Baba student

Sathya Sai Baba and AIDS - rampant in Andhra Pradesh

Indian educational authorities still endorse Sathya Sai Baba misinformation

Dr. Michael Goldstein, supporter of the totally indefensible

Kushwant Singh on Sai Baba and devotees

Isaac Tigrett’s announcement of secrets Sai Baba told him – video added

Sathya Sai Baba issues still alive

Why is India not cleaned up?

Indelible scars on the Sathya Sai Baba name worldwide

An account of false Sai Baba miracles in early days

Sai Baba gave false gold watches: video testimony of an intimate

Dramatic new sex testimony from ex-student at Prashanthi Nilayam

Yet more Sai Baba self-promotion - self-defeated

Sai Baba airplane miracle

Sathya Sai Trust still in trouble

Sai Baba claims all power & the universe is in his hand (video clip)

Sai Baba follower numbers - with video

Sathya Sai Baba materialisations of golden & diamond rings 

Sathya Sai Trust expands membership

Sai Baba: Thought for the Day 

Video clip testimony of Sai Baba as a sexual predator

The truth about Sai Baba´s hoarding of goods

Sai Baba: Absolute proof of blind belief’s destructiveness
Appeal to former donors to Sathya Sai Baba 
Sai Baba treasure trove contents so far – overview
Sathya Sai Baba – new haul of hidden valuables found
Four Sai Baba defectors give striking testimony 
Yet more Sai Baba illicit valuables found
Breaking Sai Baba news: new secret hoard found
Sai Baba’s secret rooms: officials rummage further
The obvious illegality of the Sai Central Trust’s appropriation
Sai Organization cold shoulder Isaac Tigrett and Sai Baba’s secret message?
Re Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse accomplices and cover-up persons – important announcement
Sai Guru poornima: attacks on reason, scholarship and secular life continue
Sathya Sai Colleges and Trust troubles not over
Descriptive reports from earlier times at Puttaparthi with Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Trust lost 16 key government exemptions
Sai Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy

Sathya Sai Baba – full story of his illness, death, funeral and all surrounding matters (links)

Chronicle of events based on press reports etc. – 28/3/2011 to 20/7/2011 –
from Sathya Sai Baba’s hospitalization until funeral and its aftermath

Testimony about Sai Baba and his Hostels for Boys More detail about the dreadful  life for the hostel boys under Sathya Sai Baba’s total domination

Sathya Sai Central Trust still shrouds all in secrecy

Puttaparthi becoming a ghost town? Fears among the populace of Puttaparthi and other Sathya Sai venues of loss of livelihood and major economic decline as indicated by total loss of business so far.

Erlendur Haraldsson and Robert Priddy on Sathya Sai Baba  First part of an analysis of Haraldsson’s investigations of Sathya Sai Baba with criticism of the method and awareness of fraudulence

More defeats for the Sai Baba ‘lunatic core’ Resurrection of Sai Baba seems to be one of the core beliefs of many devotees now.

More defeats for the Sai Baba ‘lunatic core’ SB did not ressurect as expected

Sathya Sai Baba’s promise of world peace & a golden age discredited When challenged he gave 2007 as the definitive date for world peace!

Sathya Sai Baba and ‘Thought for the Day’ A couiple of Sui Baba’s many thoughts that did not make it

Sathya Sai Baba’s prediction about Vivekananda’s rebirth proven false

Sathya Sai Baba’s rumour mill a mainstay of the cult

Dharna and writ threat against Satha Sai Central Trust

The failing International Sai Organization, its dilemmas and unpopularity

Telling comments on Sai Baba by Hans de Kraker on The Telegraph obituary

Sathya Sai Baba physical death prediction on undependable

Prashanthi Nilayam and environs struggle to attract visitors

Sathya Sai Baba reckoned in calendar years, not ‘lunar years’

Former Minister accuses Sri Sathya Sai trust members for the death of Sathya Sai BabaG Nagi Reddy alleged that trust members subjected SB to mental torture and caused his death, though a tearful SB begged devotees to save him.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies His Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Claim (Part 1)Howard Murphet met Nalin Sedera, in 1989, whom Sai Baba told “Vivekananda has come again; he is growing up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He will come to Me and join in My task.” ” So far Sedera has not joined Sai Baba in his task! A bit on the late side? Sathya Sai Baba’s Death Falsifies Vivekananda ‘Reincarnation’ Story (Part 2)

Controversy on Sathya Sai Baba’s suspicious death excerpts of comments after the Telegraphy’s hard-hitting obituary article were many and quite interesting

On moving towards grasping the mystery of existence Paranormal phenomena, the meaning of being, personal truth-seeking development

Sathya Sai Baba failed prophesy as the ‘great saviour of mankind’ Prophecies that failed to come about – eg. Sai Baba being ‘king of the whole world’ from AD 2000, Muslims recognizing him 9 years before his passing, and the whole world visiting Prashanthi Nilayam,

David Wolff on – groundless blather A US ‘true believer’ vituperates about Robert Priddy and exposes his true character and what is actually in his heart

A timely letter from Glen Meloy to Dr. Michael Goldstein Letter – still valid – from Glen Meloy that exposes the character and actions of Goldstein for all to read

Sathya Sai Baba did have properties, but not ‘proper ties’ One of the biggest (covert) property owners in India claimed he owned no property except the students at his colleges Very revealing im-proper-ties!

The Sathya Sai Trust propagandist, G. Venkataraman Self-important nuclear physicist claims SB created the entire Universe and he now sits at his right hand and the main propaganda man!

Resurrection of Sathya Sai Baba already? Many believe Sai Baba could multiply his body (like Krishna) and there are numerous who claim that he inhabits them. See Sugriv Singh as one gross example.

Sathya Sai Baba succession problem The Sathya Sai Central Trust continue to dodge responsibility, transparency and accountability by making deceased Sathya Sai Baba the permanent Chairman!

Sathya Sai Organization’s creeping sickness within While visitor numbers to the ashrams plummet, signs of internal collapse in Sai Centres all around the world seems unavoidable

The Hindu – only some comments allowed? Despite allowing one critical article, it appears the The Hindu strictly censors comments they do not like… even though they are neither defamatory nor excessive, being backed by massive documentation.

More very damaging Sai student testimony This testimony goes into considerable detail about the secret life of the Secret Swami, Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Baba – ‘The Hindu’ allows criticism The Hindu has at long last allowed publication of an article critical of Sathya Sai Baba, after years of kow-towing to the powers-that-be endorsing him in India

Sathya Sai Baba on record The gruesome record of life at the Sathya Sai baba Hostel for Boys

Sathya Sai Central Trust decisions on its leadership How the Sathya Sai Central Trust juggles with its massive billion-dollar heritage – a revolving vice-chairmanship

Phyllis Krystal: Sathya Sai Baba believer Revealing some of many contradictions in her standooint and amateur New Age-type books of Phyllis Krystal, thinly-disguised versions of Sathya Sai Baba’s ideas.

Jana Vignana Vedika demonstrates Sai Baba ‘miracles’ An Indian illusionist reproduced on TV-video most of the standard Sai Baba sleight-of-hand ‘miracles’

Sathya Sai Baba’s death and inscrutability As usual ‘mystery’ surrounds everything about Sathya Sai Baba – but this is all sordid mystery of cover-up, clandestine doings, secretive officials of all Sai institutions. No deatn certificate, no post mortem… no explanation about the suspicious events from his being drugged down, his life support cut-off to the casket ordered long in advance etc.

Strong Sai Baba sex abuse testimony from ex-‘form boy’ A searing testimony by a former Sai college student and ‘form boy’ about the homosexuality cult that is encouraged in the name of Sai Baba at the Sai colleges.

Sathya Sai Baba’s lunar age 96 Another rebuttal of the latest concocted figure to try to prove Sai baba’s prediction of his death was infallibly right! Sheer denial and blatant disinformation.

Anti-cult organizations should step up warnings on the Sai Baba people The culture of sexual abuse reported here as proliferating in Sathya Sai Baba colleges following his reputed infamous example must be watched closely

Sathya Sai Baba in The Guardian World-class journalism is not fooled by all the absurd claims around Sathya Sai Baba – least of all that he can send people across continents through a door he draws on his wall!

Sathya Sai Baba’s death and ‘mahasamadhi’ Nothing yogic, nothing remotely holy or divine about the death of Sathya Sai Baba from multiple organ failure when disconnected from life support. Nor did he reach the age he predicted, not by any form of reckoning

Sai Baba challenged by Indian legal journal Hindu religious/spiritual endowments are alone interfered with and usurped for various extraneous purposes. It may be appropriate for the government to create a strictly impartial, statutory Board of Endowments and deal with all deviant and suspicious endowments of any religion through its channels for the general welfare and progress of the people at large.

Sathya Sai Baba education in Satyajit’s handsThe so-called ‘Vidya Vahini’ education programme by amateurs which uses computers to instil Sai Baba’s mainly Hindu and anti-scientific doctrines into poor childrend from around the world is to be run by his former boyfriend and roommate Satyajit – a person without educational training, experience of qualifications

Sathya Sai Baba devotees’ fervour and press reactionsDevotees clutching for straws to distort facts now their expectations have been crushed

Sathya Sai Baba – BBC Radio interview on his death Transcript of interview with Sai school teacher radia in Harrow, London and Mick Brown, journalist and author

Sathya Sai Baba was exposed long ago Article by an independent jpournalist

Sai Baba’s Bhagwati shows total disrespect for justice In a most revealing interviews, former Supreme Court judge P. N. Bhagwati declares he never did anything at all other than Sai Baba instructed him! Hence he signed an accusation against sexually abused young men (without any due investigation or duty of care whatever) with Indian’s PM and others on the instructions of the accused ‘Himself’!

Sathya Sai Baba’s outlook in India A very good article by one of the Outlook India Staff on Sathya Sai Baba, with supportive comments.

Sathya Sai Baba Trust “internal battles” Latest news on the on-going struggle between the main protsagonists within the outwardly tight-lipped and po-faced Sathya Sai Central Trust members.

Sathya Sai Baba death date in serious doubt The sequence of events since SB fell ill and the apparent ‘coincidences’ between announcements and suspected hidden facts and plans is emerging.

Sathya Sai Central Trust disinformation More of the same! Unsubstantiated statements denying everything that has been said about them by reporters etc. The press were not impressed by the ban on questions!

Sathya Sai Baba news sensation – may have died earlier The coffin they carried Sai Baba off in was ordered about 18 days in advance. Suspicions flourish naturally as a result.

Sathya Sai Baba 96 years old at death? Lunar year confusions Trying to find a way out of the crisis about the premature death of Sai Baba, the Sai authorities have cooked up a bogus ‘proof’ that he DID live to his 96th year – but it as a lunar year, not calendar. Their ‘proof’ involves trying to make thre resiltant number sort-of fit!

Sathya Sai Baba News – Funeral problems Due to draconian security measures in Puttaparthi, all but the priviliged are bereft of food and drink due to shut-down of almost everything that moves. Of all people, Swami Nityananda – the sex offending sannyasin! – was allowed to parade alone in front of the coffin!

Sathya Sai Baba – succession ploys The money and the works are the bone of contention, while no one can comfortably follow in teh footsteps of a megalomaniac shoes claimed to be omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent Deity of Deities Incarnate!

Sathya Sai Baba’s death – no miracles Despite all the massive babbling denials from devotees and Indian VIPs about Sai Baba, whose boast he would live into his 90s they firmly believed, he is dead. But no one but his minders really knows the exact circumstances.

Sathya Sai Baba to be ‘resurrected’ on Easter Day?The Central Trust are naturally very nervous about what to do. The can reach no agreement, but the consensus appears to want to disconnect the swami from his life support on Easter Monday

Sai Baba devotees and surreal death-bed scenarios Denial is rife in Puttaparthi and elsewhere in Sai circles, as it has always been the chief feature since the exposé storm broke in 29000. Now they deny he will die before age 96!

Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! Now the Indian media are beginning to dig into the unaccountable SS Central Trust and the huge lapes in government control.

Sathya Sai Baba 96 years old? The age at which he has predicted he would die varies from 92 to 95 or 96… and he has said he may even prolong his life at will too!

Sai Baba’s failed treatment + undercover probes There are increasing signs that the Sathya Sa Baba estate has been subject to long undercover official investigations for financial crimes.

Sai Baba’s tragedy: bones to be picked Outragepously the Central Trust, backed by various devotees, are discussion whether to BURY SA BABA ALIVE. This is apparently allowed in Indian tradition for ‘realised’ persons… called sanjeeva samadhi!

Sathya Sai Baba’s premature death? As all reports get closer to indicating the immanent death of Sathya Sai Baba, inside reports suggest that the official time of death will be manipulated to make it Good Friday, to concur with the Crucifixion of Jesus!

Sathya Sai Baba buried alive? In his critical condition of ‘living death’, the Sai narrative has taken an outrageous grotesque twist – devotees and the Sathya Sai Central Trust are considering burying the guru alive!

Sathya Sai Baba critical, NOT stable, worries doctors After my warnings that the facts do NOT show SSB to be in ‘a stable condition’ his doctors have dropped this from their reports for the first time, reportedly causing devotees to get more hysterical

Sathya Sai Baba’s condition and his ‘minder’ Condition NOT stable. The facts are gradually emerging – Sathya Sai’s student boy Sathyajit is his most trusted minder, who is now in the firing line of the Puttaparti big shots<

Arjuna Sathiaseelan: removed material and allowed unfair practice

A serious affront was made against me, Robert Priddy, in that a posting was made under my name which I never put there. How it was achieved and by whom I do not know, but it seems likely that the webmaster must know of it.

Here is the offending comment that I never penned:-

CLICK TO ZOOM IN False representation of Robert Priddy on

Further, three consecutive comments by Arjuna Sathiaseelan, saidkhorram and Robert Priddy on an article on no longer appear on the page

Why the comments mentioned were removed one may assume was to limit damage to the contention of the writer of the article.

The scan posted below here shows the materials that were removed:-

Credo of a dissident leader in the Sathya Sai Organization

I, Robert C. Priddy, have a bounden duty to other people to reveal what I came to know, despite myself and total commitment for 18 years to his work – because I had promoted him in many articles and an eulogistic book ‘Source of the Dream, Samuel Weiser Inc. 1998). Whatever may be good about him is irrelevant to this task – I have been too kind to him for too long! I do not wish to defame Sai Baba but simply stating the facts about him are more than sufficient to make many (especially Indians) believe that I am defaming him.

It took me a long time to learn anything substantial about the reality of Sai Baba himself – few get the opportunity. However, I had the advantage of a very close friendship with the famous V.K. Narasimhan (former editor of the Indian Express group etc.) who opened my eyes to many matters, and who was extremely well-informed about what went on around Sai Baba. That said, I proceed to your questionnaire with one condition – that I am quoted directly in any article rather than paraphrased (unless very accurately done):-

My involvement with Sathya Sai Baba and his organization
After being a national leader for 18 years leading the Norwegian branch of the Sathya Sai Organization, I left due to facts that it was impossible any longer to avoid.  My wife and I had been experiencing huge difficulties to function within such an authoritarian, top-down, secretive and moralizing set-up, having many autocratic, self-interested and frequently dishonest office-bearers and complete lack of practical or other feedback – let alone criticism of any kind – were no allowed (and often led to removal of membership of office-bearers). It suffers from all secretive ‘total’ organizations (note that no documents – not even its own Charter – are available to any but fully signed-up followers, usually office-bearers). I made an extensive analysis from a sociological viewpoint – based on documents to which I was privy – which is found at  Warning: this alone would take many hours reading to absorb.

Apart from the usual bureaucracy, power struggles of such organizations, I experienced a constant double morale and contradictoriness (with Sai Baba’s better teachings) in the directives and internal letters and at international conferences and regional meetings. Many others experienced this, as I know from the flood of complaints I would get from those in the same boat as ourselves. The above link contains pages which list many of my experiences. The most succinct overview of the Organization’s failing is found in this page, I think. Perhaps one should look mainly at this page on wastefulness and this one on intensive false propaganda.

I also donated considerable funds and found that I had been deceived entirely in respect of a large portion of them (see here)

Unavoidable facts about the Sathya Sai organization and its misappropriation of funds, abuse of power, illegal transactions, false propaganda

In time it became very clear that the key player in the organiation was not Sathya Sai Baba at all, despite all appearances to the contrary (which were kept up as a solid front). During my time there (1983 – 2000) it was firstly the ex-politician Indulal Shah (International Chairman based in Maharastra) who called the shots. Sai Baba tried through a pronouncement to disband the entire organization, but Shah used all his influence gained through much travel and long control of the various sub-groupings, to continue as if nothing had happened!

I also have posted on Narasimhan’s views ( here): “VKN was not enthusiastic about the Sathya Sai Organisation, though he mostly kept this well under his hat. He corrected a falsely positive impression he thought I gave in my book with various damning information about Indulal Shah, Antonio Craxi and others. Through his strong Maharashtra clan throughout the India Diaspora, Indulal Shah literally managed to reverse Sai Baba’s order to put the Central Office above him. (see scans of my notes recorded at the time) VKN expressed shock at hateful and vicious personal slanders he had ever known by Craxi towards his adversaries. Some of the other struggles to wresting control of positions and influence with Sai Baba were very disappointing to learn about. [Antonio Craxi was also known to be involved with the Italian Mafia, but he was one of Sai Baba’s favourites for many years. His brother was the convicted criminal ex-Prime Minister Benito Craxi who fled justice to Tunisia to avoid a 28-year Italian prison sentence and huge fine for corruption until he died in 2002] .”

A brief page on key players in the Org. until around the 1990s is found here After Shah retired from being International Chairman, an American – Dr. Michael Goldstein – took over. He was exposed as a cover-up merchant by the BBC in 2004 (using a hidden camera)

My present on Sathya Sai Baba: and his miracles: I now finally see him as a man (not a divinity!). He has shown great confidence and strong charm (not to be confused – as so many do – with genuine care and love). He has taught people to read only positive things into himself and his behaviour – all negative things are due to the devotee. All who get close (interviews) have been thoroughly vetted by his officials and are already convinced believers – thus he has them in the palm of his hand, ready to believe anything and very suggestible (hypnotizable) from the start.  Anyone who even seems to demur is pushed away, berated, made fun of… in short, typical psychopathical traits to manipulate and control to the extreme. That he has very strong narcissistic traits is clear from his behavious and his many vast pronouncements about his own greatness beyond all others. He has a sharp mind and has developed a very strong intuition about people. He has been able to dominate most people since he was a child – being seen as a divinity (Shiva-Shakthi) probably due too physical hermaphroditism (which is reported from various of his alleging sexual partners). This has given him an unparalleled experience since boyhood of how to do whatever he wants, to manipulate anyone – greatly strengthened by the aura built around him by masses of originally very gullible, religiously dominated villagers. He learned to be an actor and a magician in his intensive family street performing group (as they were very poor). (His own elder brother did not accept his divinity, nor his parents until he managed to override their doubts) He is associated with many phenomena, but those which have been investigated have proven to be bogus. His chief helper (and cover-up agent) for decades was Colonel Joga Rao who is known NOT to have believed in any of the miracles, but though his social ideas were good and wanted to serve!

My colleague Professor Erlendur Haraldsson (author of ‘Miracles are My Visiting Cards’) agree that he has a split personality, much of the time he shows a quite crude (and personally rude) villager mentality, on other occasions he exhibits an afflatus – a seeming holiness – which nevertheless does not seem to be under his control. His teachings are not his own, but a mixed-up collection of different scriptures, theologies and quotations (overwhelmingly from (Indian) scripture which he often interprets literally. This shows him to be the under-educated person his school records are witness to.

Sai Baba totally dominates everyone without exception – he will hear no word of criticism whatever and will often react with extreme anger to such questions. Mostly he ignores whatever suits him, diverts attention from serious questions to other matters or gives inspired guesses as answers (often he knows in advance due to letters devotees send him telling everything (!) or from his large network of informers (which Narasimhan told me about – and which cost lakhs of rupees per week to sustain). He is expert at ‘cold-reading’ – which is a technique that few people know about. It is based on a number of ploys to extract information without actually asking for it, plus what are now called neuro-linguistic techniques (known to many in the Indian guru traditions and learned probably from his uncle).

Foreign devotee number were expanding rapidly, but sharply decreased from 2000 on

Initially, this was due to the exposure of Sai Baba’s sexual proclivities and diverse deceits since David Bailey – a very close devotee (over 100 interviews) – told how he was constantly asked about the seduction of boys and young men, including by a group of student victims. This has a great effect since Bailey was considered a great person by foreign devotees. He had travelled and spoken and played piano for Sai people world-wide and was an associate of the UK Royal family. Add to this the tremendous number of unfulfilled predictions by him, the utterly absurd claims such as his lifting a range of mountains (like Krishna with the Govardhana mountain), having feet that were attracting the earth magnetically so he couldn’t walk properly (but he has a hip join breakdown, it turned out!), that he would fly through the air unaided to see his devotees and much more of that kind. The Internet made it possible to expose these things on an unprecedented scale, and so the controlling and censoring ashrams and Organization were side-stepped. At last all those thousands who had left Sai Baba had a place and a means to communicate their doubts. Add to this the rejection of his educational conference by UNESCO (due to their investigation of sexually abused young men) and the US State Department warning against him as a sexual abuser, and – not least – the extremely revealing BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’. Further, foreigners have been discriminated against increasingly at the ashrams and many resident who had no place else to live were rejected or could not tolerate being there any longer. Note that, despite major efforts, the Sathya Sai Organization have never been able to engage any UN organization in their various projects since the advisory appeared!

Once memorable experiences I had became no longer cherishable

Sathya Sai Baba tricked me – gave me a 18-carat gold ring with a ca. 6 carat green stone he says is a rare diamond. This was because I had said I would donate (initially) six thousand pounds to his educational fund.. I see it as a way of trying to ensure I would follow up. The ring, when assayed by the Queen of Denmark’s jeweler in 2002, turned out to be a synthetic sapphire (very cheap in 1986 in India) with greenish tinfoil behind within the setting to enhance the brilliance. This I am certain now is the case with all his so-called ‘diamond’ rings, as not one single person has presented a professional jeweler’s verification of genuineness.

I though I had been help with a back problem I was suffering – much later I realised the improvement (which turned out to be only temporary) was due to the heat in India plus increased walking and physical activity in the ashram.

The ‘unsolved’ murders and executions in 1993 in Prasanti Nilayam

Those who know the full facts of it – if any – are keeping quiet for obvious reasons! Mostly they are those involved and thereby culpable as accomplices to murder or to covering-up crucial facts. The one person who carried out the most intensive set of investigations was the world-famous Indian sceptic, Basava Premanand. I have summarized the matter, which cannot be cut down into a few paragraphs because of the sheer complexity of the issues. However, V.K. Narasimhan told me in a lowered voice, when I asked him: “they did a terrible thing”, using those very words. He referred primarily to Sai Baba’s younger brother, Janakiramiah (now deceased) and other involved ashram officials and Central Trust members. They blackmailed the police into shooting the four intruders and claiming it was in self-defense. As soon as I heard this I knew this was the single worst secret, one I’d rather not have known, and that I would have to carry it thereafter, like it or not. Eventually I found myself alone with it, and knew that I should have to speak out about sooner or later. See my main coverage page on the murders here

Jealously and infighting among close associates of Sahya Sai Baba

The main operative causes of this are surely money, influence, power, and prestige The cover-up of Sai Baba’s activities including the major homosexual culture reported at the colleges are no doubt also an underlying (but implicit) factor in conflicts there . There is also the social struggle to survive (also amid murders, deaths, suicides and disappearances that have been recorded there).
With my extensive knowledge of the cover-up mentality there, I feel able to predict some of the errors and over-rosy reports, and subsequent changes in such reports appear to be partly due to my blogs. I also have informants (once students who were abused) who point out some of the submerged facts involved. However, I cannot know what may being hidden successfully. If he were dead, I think the government doctors would have had to admit it. That he is on life support, without which his crucial organs cannot function, indicates most strongly that he is simply being kept alive quite artificially and would die were he disconnected from the medicines, intravenous feeding, support respirator and dialysis machine. I have long recognized the signs of depression in Sathya Sai Baba and of mental degeneration (persons we know there have reported his speech is often slurred, he says and does strange things and is carefully chaperoned down to his slightest movement. Now, of course, he is almost certainly totally ‘incommunicado’.

 Robert C. Priddy

Posting in Malaysia against Sai Baba

This excellent post was found on a Malaysian wordpress site

April 26th, 2011 at 12:00 PM · मुख फर्काउनुस्

There are a lot of guys who say that he may not be a god or an avatar, but he did lots of humanitarian work. He has opened lots of schools, hospitals, water projects, etc.
They may be perfectly right … and they may be wrong. Let me tell you why:
1) No one (even the state government of Andhra Pradesh) knows how much satya sai trust foundations is actually worth. They say it may go more than 1-2 billions of dollars. Their financial transactions have never been audited. What about the millions and millions of donations that they receive? Is it black money or white? What are the sources of income? Until the satya sai trust is willing to be transparent with their financial details, I will never believe they are clean.
2) With an unclear source of income, massive following of people who believe in satya sai with their lives, and virtually all the political powerhouses in their pockets, there are hardly a few guys who can
raise a voice against them. There have been lots of cases reported against him, but all were suppressed. Check these links out:
They are powerful – and as it happens mostly: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
3) And for those who strictly see him NOT as god, but respect him for his social work, what about this – If he is a fraud (meaning he is not a reincarnation) and has misguided lacs and lacs of people, accepted milllions and millions of donation as a result, will he be deemed good if he opens hospitals and schools? If he is a fraud, he has committed a crime of very big magnitude. If opening schools and hospitals justifies the crime, I have nothing to say. Do all the crimes, and then open hosptials! nice way to purify the sins!
4) If we don’t understand something, we categorize it as god or evil. Same used to happen with diseases like malaria, plagues, and with scores of mental disorders. At that time there was absolute no way to understand them – deeming those phenomena as work of higher spirits looked so easy and tempting. Now we know we were wrong – dead wrong. Are we doing the same mistake again?

मन परे हरियो, नपरे रातो

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