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Sathya Sai Baba - Criticism

Originally, I was very dismissive regarding allegations by ex-devotees. Having looked at all this more closely, and seeing the vast weight of material, (the extent of which I was not previously aware) I now feel that the claims of sexual abuse levelled against Sai Baba are too numerous to ignore. In this regard however Sai Baba is in no way unique, as this pattern of abuse of devotees appears to be common among those gurus who do not have a complete realisation.

The following are links to pages and websites conatining allegations against Sathya Sai Baba.

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(most of these links originally appeared on Wikipedia)

external link Brian Steel's scholarly website about Sathya Sai Baba - see especially An Annotated Working Bibliography for Research on Sathya Sai Baba for an amazing collection of material:

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

external link Concerned former Dutch devotees of Sathya Sai Baba - Andries Krugers Dagneaux's extensive website that contains scholarly studies and videos of alleged materializations

blog Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba - India's Most Famous and Controversial Guru - well researched blog by Barry Pittard

external link Robert Priddy's extensive website about the Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai organisation

external link Myths promoted by Sathya Sai Baba - another website by Robert Priddy

external link Allegations concerning Sathya Sai Baba - Multi lingual critical website of ex-followers

external link Sai Baba and The Field of Righteousness - ex-follower's critical website, not maintained since 2001

external link Anonymous letter to B. Premanand about sexual abuse of young men and boys, “Betrayal” by SSB (1998)

external link Public petition for official investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide organizations - internet petition founded by concerned ex-followers

external link "I lost the desire to live" - B. N. was a follower of Sai Baba for 17 years - article by Bettina Vilmun, translated from a Danish daily national newspaper

external link Untouchable? Sai Baba: Pedophile or God incarnate? - Michelle Golberg's major article in salon.com online magazine (2001)

external link Divine Downfall - Mick Brown's article about the sexual abuse allegations in The Telegraph newspaper UK (Oct. 2000)

external link ‘The truth will prevail...’ a Sai-devotee’s struggle for disenchantment - by Matthijs van der Meer, originally published in the Dutch New Age magazine ''Spiegelbeeld'' October issue (2000)



Devotee responses:

external link SAI BABA and SEX: A Clear View - Ram Das Awle's attempt to reconcile the allegations with the claims of Sathya Sai Baba

external link Follower's response to the allegations

external link Allegations against Sathya Sai Baba Examined - by Gerald Joe Moreno (a far from respectable character! In fairness, not all Sathya Sai devotees are so slanderous)





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