Overview of critical materials (partially updated 2005)
NB! BBC World TV Documentary of 2003 (1
hour) "The Secret Swami"
(1) The most important exposé web sites with
critical materials (regularly updated):
(English, Dutch, German exbaba-de & Italian www.exbaba.it)
Researches into Sathya Sai Baba claims and teachings
"The Guru from Puttaparthi. An Alternative View of Sathya Sai Baba." (Brian Steel)
NB! BBC World TV Documentary of 2003 (1 hour) "The Secret Swami"
(2) Pioneering Critical Work on the Internet
1) Previous to 2000
2) Recent: "The Findings"
"The Findings" was a major series of serious allegations against SSB (mainly in connection with sexual abuse and fake miracles) posted on the Internet in May 2000. Compiled by David and Faye Bailey, prominent followers of SSB for many years, ?The Findings? were the first collection of allegations against SSB posted on the Internet in May 2000. Although many consider these materials
insubstantially documented, and somewhat inaccurate, they they made a major impact on many devotees and gave fresh impetus to research about SSB and increasing public awareness of the negative sides of SSB and his organisation.
Barry Pittard - Sathya Sai Exposé - an update (2003) - Main overview of the declarations, media articles and other steps that have been taken to expose Sathya Sai Baba.
(3) Omniscience and Omnipotence (resp. all-knowingness and all-powerfulness)
Officially published texts of SSB 's discourses contain a lot of discrepancies, conflicting statements and contradictions. They seriously discredit SSB 's claim of being all-knowing or all-powerful.
B. Steel. Omniscience and Truth http://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/Omnitruth.htm
B. Steel. SSB and Christianity.
B. Steel. Sathya Sai
Baba. Man of Many Stories.
S. Badaev. An Enlarged List of
Discrepancies in Sai Baba?s Words.
R. Priddy. V.K. Narasimhan - a legacy.
(4) The Myths:
a) Claims of Divinity (of being the
Purna Avatar) are not supported by the emerging
See especially Section 3 above, and:
B. Steel. Sai Baba's Claims of Divinity.
Avatar and Triple Avatar
B. Steel. SSB 's Claims to be the Reincarnation
of Shirdi Sai Baba.
B. Steel. 18 Basic Myths about Sathya Sai Baba.
R. Priddy. Sathya Sai Baba promotes Hindu myths, also about
R. Priddy. Sathya Sai Baba thrives on and promotes rumours
b) The Packaging and Promotion
B. Steel. The Packaging of Sathya Sai Baba's Discourses (and
(5) False materialisations and fake precious stones
Many witnesses attest that, whatever may be said of his ability to materialise objects, he often uses sleight of hand, faking materialisations. Many video materials confirm this, including footage intended to depict Sai Baba in a favorable light. Increasingly, professionally assayed materials, which Sai Baba has pretended to materialise as precious stones (diamonds, emeralds, etc.), reveal the objects to be fake.
D. Bailey. The Findings www.saiguru.net/english/personal_exp/01findings.htm
R. Priddy. "Green Diamond Ring" from Sai Baba analysed by royal jeweller, with photos.
(6) Biographical data
Many details of childhood and early period of SSB 's activity cannot be independently confirmed. However there is evidence
(mostly new) which questions a lot of officially accepted data concerning SSB 's biography (e.g. date of declaration of his mission, date of birth, etc. and conflicting accounts of other 'miraculous' and other events in his early years).
B. Steel. Early Stories about SSB . Variations on Themes.
B. Steel. The University Chancellor and His Schoolboy Stories.
S. K. Dadlani. Sai Baba: Shiva or Sadhaka?
(7) The sexual molestation/abuse of young men and minors
Such allegations are hard to prove due to their privacy. Some specialists on sexual abuse of the young believe that the quality and quantity of direct complaints from victims and other indirect evidence more than warrant the most serious attention and investigation.
Tal Brooke. (Book) "The Avatar of Night" Millennial Edition -
End Run Publishing 1442A Walnut St. No. 387 Berkeley, CA. 94709
ISBN:1-930045-00-X - Copyright 1990 & 1999 by Tal Brooke.
World-wide exposure of SB's
sexual abuses - overview
World-wide exposure of SB's
sexual abuses - overview
"Seduced" (Transcript of Danish TV Documentary on Sai Baba, sent 30 Jan 2002)
R. Priddy. Concerning fully confirmed
'oiling' of male genitals by Sai Baba.
R. Priddy. Unnatural Events in his bedroom - by Sai
(8) Murders in June 1993
Uninvestigated murders in 1993 in Prashanthi Nilayam are a crying injustice, a violation of laws and basic human rights by SSB and his organisation.
R. Priddy. The Murders in Sai Baba?s Private Quarters
Transcripts of Indian newspaper & legal reports
R. Priddy. More on the 1993 murders cover up.
R. Priddy. Shocking revelations from V.K. Narasimhan.
B. Premanand. Book - "Murders
in Sai Baba's Bedroom" (Sub-title: 'Who murdered
A critical analsysis of the records') 843 pages. Published by B. Premanand
11/17 Chettipalayam Rd., Podanur - 641 023 (Tamilnadu) India, 2001.
(9) Mission of restoring and uplifting
(9) Mission of restoring and uplifting
In spite of numerous Sathya Sai Baba's promises to restore moral and
spiritual authority of India,
the country is still suffering from many terrible social and political problems.
S. Badaev. Sai Baba?s Mission: Words and Facts. S. Badaev. Sathya Sai Baba and development of India
S. Badaev. Sathya Sai Baba and development of India
S. Badaev. To
See With Open Eyes.
S. Badaev The Child's Dignity and Indian Education
The SSO claims to be a model and an example of a spiritual organisation aimed at selfless service. In fact it is a huge bureaucratic machine with tight censorship, and authoritarian management. Unaccountability, undemocratic management, secrecy and injustice result in critical attitudes towards it from many SSB followers.
(10) Sathya Sai Organisation
S. Badaev. Sathya Sai Organisation (One organisation with two charters).
S. Badaev. Ten Questions About Sai Organisation.
S. Badaev. Sathya Sai Organisation. Divine Tool or Side Effect?
Priddy. The Sathya Sai Organisation
The Sathya Sai Organisation's claims, deception and subterfuge
Priddy. The secretive and authoritarian Sathya
B. Steel. Chapter 7 of SSB:
God or Guru?
11) Charity projects
It is extremely difficult to estimate the effectiveness of charity projects run by SSB as no data are published about them. However, with the actual agenda of encouraging donations, SSB and the SSO intensively advertise such projects as the super-speciality hospitals and water supply scheme.
R. Priddy. On
the International Sathya Sai
(12) Donations, financial accountability,
embezzlements, misuse of funds.
fraud, and related irregularities in the Sathya Sai Central Trust and ashrams
S. Badaev. Can We Trust the Central
R. Priddy. Surveillance, Security,
(13) Educational programme
Despite the fact that an educational programme (so called "Education in Human Values" and the newly formed ?Educare Foundation? programme) is considered by the SSO as a very important activity, its professional level remains rather low. Though it has been conducted in many countries by the SSO since 1965, it has not yet gained any international recognition.
S. Badaev. UNESCO conference without UNESCO.
R. Priddy. Sai Educare as an educational institution under the shadow of
R. Priddy. Sai Educare and fundamentalistic, doctrinaire
(14) Positive misinformation, excessive claims, false promises,
wrong predictions and plagiarism by SSB and/or his Organisation
R. Priddy. The most excessive claims ever made?
R.Priddy. Sathya Sai Baba
R. Priddy. False promises of health and protection.
R. Priddy. SSB s exaggerations:
?The Numbers Game?.
R. Priddy. Inflated statistics.
D. Hanisch and E. Hartgering. Sai Baba's Borrowed
B. Steel (diverse instances in his web pages)
(15) Worldwide reaction
Because of compromising information about SSB and his organisation the State Department of the U.S.A. issued an official warning for American tourists visiting Andhra Pradesh in South India.
UNESCO (Paris) along with the University of Flinders, Australia, withdrew from participation in an international educational conference held in September 2000 in Prashanthi Nilayam.
"Does UNESCO really protect the young?" Exposure by Barry Pittard and the BBC of underhand methods by Indian officialdom to neutralise the original UNESCO standpoint.
The British Parliament discussed possible risk for British young people visiting SSB 's ashrams in India.(Letter re. Sai Baba from British PM Tony Blair to M.P. Tony Colman)
"The University of Adelaide's Professor McWha, Vice-Chancellor, cancelled a contract to host tne Australian Sathya Sai Organisation for an annual Conference with prominent national invitees in April 2003. A victim of sexual abuse by Sathya Sai Baba had made himself available for interview by their representative. The Vice-Chancellor's specially appointed investigator found the allegations against Sai Baba too weighty to ignore.
under "University of Adelaide, South Australia, Cancels Sai National Conference 2003."
Pittard's open letter in reply to the ex-Prime Minister of India, Vajpayee
Barry Pittard's open letter in reply to the ex-Prime Minister of India, Vajpayee
(16) Public petition
A group of former followers of SSB - the JuST (Just Seekers of Truth) group - initiated an international public petition against SSB and the SSO appealing to the fair investigation of numerous allegations. So far ca. 1080 people from all over the world have signed the JuST Petition. Many of them were long-term followers of SSB and held important positions in the SSO.
(17) Main publications in mass media
December 22, 2002. "Crackdown on 'Preying' Cults", Sunday Mirror, UK.
February 2002 "Divine Sin" by Alejandro Agostinelli
Gatopardo Magazine ? Colombia
August 27, 2001. 3 Articles in the London Times
"Suicide, sex and the guru" by Dominic Kennedy
"I sought peace and couldn't find it" by Michael Dynes in Durban and Dominic Kennedy
"Three die after putting faith in guru" by Dominic Kennedy
February 27, 2001. "Holy Man? Sex Abuser? Both?" Vancouver
19, 2000. "The Man Believers Think Is God", Ottawa Citizen, Canada
December 4, 2000. "Faith and Controversy", India Today, India
October 28, 2000. "Divine Downfall", Daily
BBC World TV Documentary of 2003 (1 hour) "The Secret Swami"
?Forført? (?Seduced?) Shown 30-1-2002
on National TV & Radio broadcaster DR
Zona de Investigación, TV Azul, Argentina "The Sinful God" Aug 5 and 12, 2001