24 December 2006

Sai Baba Caught In British Controversy

The Hindustan Times has published a follow-up of sorts to the recent Guardian and DNA articles about the 200-boys Sai Youth trip to Sai Baba, and the embarrassing connection to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Some extra information has been added:


Satya Sai Baba caught in British controversy

Indo-Asian News Service

London, December 22, 2006

Satya Sai Baba, one of India's best known spiritual leaders, has triggered a fresh controversy in Britain after association with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award charity involving young people.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a London-headquartered charity whose patron is Prince Philip.

It gives three kinds of awards (bronze, silver and gold) to anyone aged between 14-25 for achievements in four categories: community service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions. Each year it is estimated that over 2,25,000 youngsters vie for the honour in Britain alone.

This year, when the charity celebrates its 50th year, it has chosen to send about 200 young volunteers to India to work with the Sri Satya Sai Organisation.

However, the feat, pulled off by Sai Youth UK, a division of the parent body, has created a furore. Several people, including some of the Satya Sai Baba's former Western disciples, questioned the decision in view of the mixed reputation the godman enjoys. Sai's devotees deny the allegations.

The Guardian was the first to raise its voice saying the award scheme had chosen as its accredited partner a spiritual group "whose 'living god' founder has been accused of sexually abusing young boys".

Satya Sai Baba hit bad press in Britain two years ago when a BBC programme, The Secret Swami, interviewed young Western disciples who alleged that the godman had sexually coerced them.

The Guardian quoted Tom Sackville, a former Home Office minister and chairman of Fair, a cult-watching and victim support group, as saying: "It is appallingly naive for the award scheme to involve young people and the royal family with an organisation whose leader is accused of paedophilia. Parents who plan to send their children on this pilgrimage... should be aware of the danger their children are being exposed to."

The daily also said Michael Gave, a conservative MP, planned to write to the charity to say it should monitor the organisations they chose as partners more strictly.

"As a society we need a more determined effort to identify and expose those religious cults and extremists that pose a direct threat to people, so that they do not enjoy patronage that should be directed elsewhere," he was quoted as saying.

In the 1990s, when Prince Charles visited India, he had expressed a desire to visit the Sai Baba but was quietly dissuaded by the British Embassy in New Delhi.

Since The Guardian's article, it was reported that there was mounting pressure on the charity to distance itself from the Sai group.

However, charity spokesperson Shona Taylor did not answer repeated queries as to whether the volunteers had left for India and how they could be contacted.


Also carried at: KeralaNext.Com, India4u.Com, Nerve.In, IBNLive.Com ("Brit Boys To Keep Off Sai Baba's Reach"), and WorldWide Religious News.

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  • I read it thoroughly and several times. It is absolutely a BULL SHIT. I am a 25 years old "beautiful" girl from India. I am with Sai since 5 long years but I have never experienced even a small pinch of whatever you are saying. I can proudly say that staying around him, I lost so many bad habits and behaviours without being noticed. A frog in the swamp doesn't know that a lotus is blooming right upon his head. It is the bee who tirelessly flies to find it to get its nectar. The moral: Don't croak down there from the muddy waters, come outside and experience the truth. Get the experience from the real man

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 July, 2007 18:02  

  • And the fact that you have not experienced such things has convinced you that this is all bullshit. How terribly arrogant. That is really like a blind man denying the existence of the sun just because he cannot see it.

    And, no offence Anon, but I wonder why you would even experience such things since you are female, and the Baba's appetite is apparently for males?

    Believe me, I've heard all that frog-in-the-swamp rationale tons of times in the ten years I spent as a devotee of Sai Baba. I also noticed my bad habits disappearing - but so what? Being a disciple of any guru leads one to practice their teachings and eliminate bad habits thereof, there is no reason to believe that this is something unique to Sai Baba.

    It's really amazing to hear the same old things being regurgitated by devotees even after Sai Baba's fraud is apparent and the old man is being wheeled around in a wheelchair with a six-years-overdue Golden Age waiting to happen..

    By Blogger Swami Saiexposedananda, at 15 July, 2007 03:17  

  • Michael Jackson was first... then now you guys are after Sai Baba... guess you westerners "Wont stop till... till they get enough..."

    Same thing you guys did to Jesus when he was alive and now to Sai Baba... I mean its ridiculous when you can get what you want... you cry like a baby... when u get what you want... you adore it with passion over your head....

    just beware... whether is Sai Baba or any kinda of Guru... they are doing their best to keep everyone from harms way...

    if you're destroying anything... it will be just yourself... People are not so naive to accept what you say when you have no proof... and even if you have proof... there are 10000000001 things to worry about in this world..... mainly starting with your own selfs....

    cant people leave others alone... just do ur own duty and leave the investigation to others....


    wonder where your 10 years were.... if ur such a 10 year old devotee... you must have been delusional... u must have not indulged yourself in any form of service....

    anyway ... adios...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 July, 2007 12:43  

  • Well, you can always expect Sai devotees to turn up with bad spelling and bad grammar. Not to mention half-baked platitudes and not-very-well-thought-out arguments in "support" of Sai Baba. :-)

    Oh yes, and ALWAYS put down the writer and minimize their years and contributions as a unswervingly loyal Sai devotee always. :-)

    Such a great example of Sai Baba's teachings on love, compassion, brotherhood, etc etc etc. This itself gives you a clue where all those platitudes go. Down the drain. :-)

    By Blogger Swami Saiexposedananda, at 28 July, 2007 03:42  

  • I personally think its quite funny reading your comments about who’s right and who’s wrong! I’m socked to know that you people are wasting time of precious LIVES for something so insignificant……. But again I think its ok, I guess!!! Its Better than trying to come closer GOD, lucky guys!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 30 August, 2007 10:00  

  • mr saiexposedananda keep the good work going.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 February, 2008 19:06  

  • Any one who has seen the YouTube video shot where Sai Baba takes a chain from his assistant before waving his hand to "miraculously" create a necklace can easily make out that he is a fraud.

    When I went through a story in one of the pages of this blogger where there is a mention of a devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba who got powers to produce sweets and later lost it and could produce vibhuti ( as per a command from Shirdi Sai), we could probably say that Sathya Sai as a young boy when he was deeply religious and devoted to Shirdi Sai, also got this power of producing sweets and later holy ash.

    But later on when people showed lot of respect for him and he started getting egoistic he might have lost it completely. But he could not tell the world that way and had to hide it.

    Subsequently he started doing magic to cover it up and seemingly "materialised" all sorts of things including necklace, wrist watch etc., which were pure trickery. He also started exploiting gullible people by indulging in sexual acts and thereby reducing his spiritual powers completely. Ever since he lost his devotion to Shirdi Sai and became arrogant he might have lost the power endowed upon him.

    This is just my theory which could be true.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22 April, 2008 16:58  

  • om sai ram

    being only 17 years old i am sad to be reading only prayer is for God to have mercy on you people who choose to be so ignorant.dear brothers and sisters we are all entitled to an opinion but to try and convince people that what you belive is true is shallow. may your life be filled with love and light and may you one day find your way back onto the spiritual path.remember 'THERE IS ONLY ONE RELIGION THE RELIGION OF LOVE" always make it your duty to love one another and never ever inflict pain on anyone.

    take care
    in sai love
    jai sai ram

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24 November, 2008 17:53  

  • Dear 17-year-old Anon,

    I do not choose to be "ignorant". I am an ex-devotee of Sai Baba. It means that after discovering certain things about him, I decided not to follow him any more.

    You are entitled to your faith and opinions, of course.

    By Blogger Swami Saiexposedananda, at 25 November, 2008 20:39  

  • I am not a devotee but know people that are however those kids being shot at close range could not have presented that big of a threat that they could not be subdued and had to be shot instead. They were agitated for good reason and these kids were endangered and molested by this so called god till he finally fell a prey to his own ill doings.

    I have no sympathy for this impostor hope he burns in hell for all of the lives that he has destroyed just to attain fame, power and remain untouchable. Money can bring health but not health. Burn in hell and repent for all the pain and suffering you have dealt to those poor innocent kids everywhere!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23 February, 2009 19:33  

  • How many people have you fed? How many people have you given hope to? How many years have you dedicated to bringing happiness into the lives of people who need it most? What you say is poison, ugly and ignorant... You are the darkness that swallows everything. I hope you can find your way out of your pain and anger. You need to open your heart, and take responsibility for your life and path and realize a man is a man and a man is great because of what he does for others! He is a man with a message of love, nothing else... who are you?

    you are nothing but angry with yourself for being ignorant, and utterly incapable of taking responsibility for your own choices... no one asked you to dedicate your life to him, specially not Baba! He only asks that you love yourself and others!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 18:16  

  • @Swami Saiexposedananda:
    Pls dont call yourself as an ex-devotee of Sai Baba.. You are insane, full crack and a saddist. Are you unemployed????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16 August, 2010 11:27  

  • How he earned so much money, i hope he is have some political background.

    By Blogger Venkat, at 12 November, 2010 10:08  


    By Anonymous RICHARD REDDY, at 27 January, 2011 06:26  

  • WE devotees pity you and your ignorance. I have been a devotee since 1987 and so many time swami told me even in my dreams as to what is going to happen next and how I need to attend the situation which is just not possible by a humanbeing. You ignorance is now know to the world. What is your qualification to even comment on swami?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 April, 2011 18:04  

  • Nature, being a supreme power, never does miracles. Every natural happening has a cause and an effect.
    So is magic. It needs to be practiced and performed, and as an effect of the act people are amazed.
    A magic with some philosophy doesn't make a miracle. Somebody must be there to believe, else the show is never a "Hit".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 April, 2011 20:10  

  • I applaud the bravery of this blog. We Indians are the most exploitative and the most exploited when it comes to these so-called god men. There is so much suggestion/fear and adrenaline at work in these cults. I know, I have been near the heart of them. The bewildered masses who have holes in the lifes and are needy, are conditioned to believe in God-men from birth, and they are ensnared by the crocodiles. Charlatans, every one of them. Swami Muktananda, Gurumayi, Sai Baba, Sacha Sauda..on and on. Their wealth piles up. And they just tell you "Your faith isn't strong enough". And of they go laughing to their luxurious quarters. Sumit

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 April, 2011 23:43  

  • Hello there,
    Mr.H.H. Swami Saiexposedananda
    This post is not to oppose anyone's idea about Sri Sathya Sai Baba.I have seen that you have struggled hard to gather information regarding your aim.
    But I would like to just say one thing that "People defy one's existence only if there is a topic about that person" i.e; People defy Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba not to be a God only when there is a topic of considering Him as God!
    Because Baba is God,there are oppositions that He isn't God!
    So i guess you might have understood what message i wanted to pass on to you!

    This is my opinion and a message not only to you Mr.H.H. but also to those who have a similar thought!

    I have no intentions to oppose one's opinion!

    May all have peace in their lives!
    Sai Ram

    By Blogger Sai Kotamraju, at 26 September, 2011 16:39  

  • I did not know where to post that previous comment so i had to do it here!

    By Blogger Sai Kotamraju, at 26 September, 2011 16:40  

  • Talking about Britain, there is a school called Sathya Sai School in Leicester, Britain. Now here the head teacher is known for bullying, harassing, children and parents alike. The parents got so fed up that they reported the matter to the social services. The top officials of sai trust, sai world foundation etc etc are busy protecting the headteacher. This is a shame and worthy a news in Indian newspapers. Please do the needful and expose them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13 July, 2012 17:15  


    Only real Saints can tell if a person is a Saint.

    I am sending this message to people that have written about or published material on whether Sathya Sai Baba is a fraud. Only a Saint would be able to tell if Sathya Sai Baba is real or not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 December, 2012 16:02  

  • The man has gone mad.......really.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 29 May, 2014 16:46  

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