The 81st birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba, attended by the President of India, sent a strong problematical message about the unquestioning condoning of the developer of nuclear weaponry by this self-styled avatar of peace, love and non-violence. Reports in the press vary enormously as to the number of adherents of Sathya Sai Baba, from 8 million to 100 million. This alone raises questions about the credibility of the propaganda persistently circulated (always only 100% positive) about Sathya Sai Baba, his words and actions.
Moreover, his birthday as recorded officially from his schooling documentation is some three years different to what he claims, and the day is not the same either.
Much of made of the 'millions' supposedly attending his birthday celebrations, when the utmost capacity of the venue where they are held is probably less that half a million.

Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi once again gave the go-ahead for a massive and costly celebration of his own alleged 81'st Birthday. Now that reports are in [however reliable or not], one may reflect over their implications for India's militarism.

Sathya Sai Baba's and President A.P. J. Kalam

The guest of honour at Sai Baba's birthday was the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Kalam, a Muslim scientist whose fame rests on his having developed the delivery vehicles for India's atomic weapons. This sends a strong message reinforcing the support of India's most influential guru for nuclear weapons. Considering that the motto of Sai Baba is "Love all, Serve All", this mutual support surely strikes a discordant nationalistic and pro-nuclear note. Sathya Sai Baba - repeatedly claiming to be divinely omniscient - now thus condones India's nuclear arsenal and its developers, though he formerly often stated that India needs no nuclear weapons and that those countries which have them will suffer the dire consequences. (see full documentation).

For decades, Sathya Sai Baba has publicly deplored the manufacture of atomic weapons and reproved those who speak of peace but keep nuclear weapons as "moral dwarves". He has also stated that the atom bomb recoils on the nations which rely on it and that it cannot protect Indian culture, but can only be protected by dharma. Despite this, he befriended for many years the man who was known as 'the father of India's atom bomb', Dr. S. Bhagavantam. Later he supported the government of Vajpayee, which revelled in the explosion of a nuclear device, and even in 2006 he invited the man who developed the first rocket delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons, India's President, A.J.P. Kalam.

"Non-violence" and India's overburdening militarism

One can but compare his consistent and outspoken support of these 'moral dwarves' with his advertised maxims like "Help Ever, Hurt Never', 'Serve All, Love All'? What happened to Sathya Sai's much-touted 'human value' of non-violence (ahimsa), in this ever more militaristic State? "Why Fear When I Am Here" when India increases its defence budget by leaps and bounds (28% in 2003, 17% in 2004 and 10% in 2005) to ca. 830 billion rupees ($19 billion) in 2005.

The New York Times published a misleading article in 2002 reporting on Sai Baba entitled 'A Friend to All the World'. Yet he supports the Indian government, whose Prime Minister is a long-standing devotee of his (as have several former Prime Ministers been) and he never criticises their nuclear projects, which commentators agree, of course, are directed both against Pakistan and China as a deterrent.

Was Sathya Sai Baba really born on 23 November 1926? Or on October 4, 1929. We either must take his word for it, or go to the records of the administration of the time (under British jurisdiction click here). The latter is unequivocal - Sathya Sai Baba's birth date is registered as October 4, 1929. This makes him some years short of 80 years of age! This is not the only date that he has evidently falsified (click here).

What is the true number of 'followers' of Sathya Sai Baba?
The on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia states that "The number of Sathya Sai Baba adherents is estimated between 6 million and 100 million"! What a tremendous range of "estimates", or rather unfounded guesses. It is surprising is how not even elementary journalistic research can have been done about this.

The Indian Media, including CNN-IBN, forwarded two entirely different estimates - His devotees number, some say, 6 - 10 million", but also in another report presented a devotee stating "He has around 100 million followers" [and that there were "millions" at the recent 81st birthday celebration]. Compare this with the recent report in The Guardian of November 4, 2006, which noted "an estimated 30 million followers worldwide". Years ago - in 2000 - the U.K. Telegraph published an article ['Divine Downfall', 28/10/2000] stating "estimated at up to 50 million" The BBC's documentary film about Sathya Sai Baba ['The Secret Swami' click here] opted for "an estimated thirty million devotees spread across the world".

The only available near-empirical study of this issue is found on the third party website which attempts quantifications of various sect and cult followings,, which arrives at the figure ten million worldwide. Otherwise, it's evidently a case of "Think of a number..."

How many people can Puttaparthi handle?

The numbers of those who actually attended his various birthday celebrations varies greatly according to whether one takes his own word for it, or that of experts like the former Prashanthi Nilayam ashram engineer, Mr. Ashoka, who told a Norwegian engineer (whom I knew well and who was planning an ashram water project) that he calculated that, at any one time, the entire accommodation facilities of the ashram and Puttaparthi in (1995) were less than 50,000 persons. About 250,000 maximum can occupy the Hillview Stadium, where the entire crowd was present at the main ceremony. Since then a number of tiers of seats has been added around more of the stadium, but the total number it could hold when jam-packed would still be well less that half a million.

Sadly, good people are deeply deceived by Indian swamis and other cult gurus Sathya Sai Baba is exceptional in that he knows better than most how to prey on and exploit the good feelings and ideals of decent people, while giving back nothing but words, 'smiling blessings', bogus 'materialisations' and other empty promises. The thousands around the world who work selflessly for the Sai organisation have doubtless nothing but the best of intentions, but they are sadly deceived on a huge scale and cannot - unless by chance or by being very determined - see through it all. The 'diamonds' they thought Sai Baba had 'materialised' turn out to be cheap synthetic stones, and there are countless failed promises of cures and other benefits. The veil is carefully drawn around them by a concerted cover-up of widely-testified rampant paedophilia, complicity in murders of devotees (in 1993), financial extortion though deceit, misinformation and countless half-truths. Besides the Sathya Sai Organisation other movements and personality cults based in India which preach all kinds of good precepts and do all manner of social work have had many millions of followers, which also collect vast donations and are not properly accountable for the money (eg. Sai-Baba imitators like Bala Sai Baba etc. Much of the money donated to Sai Baba is wasted on futile projects (like huge indoor stadia, showpiece museums to promote him, costly conferences and recruiting drives in the plushest of venues, and more or less non-fuctioning water projects and doubtful, totally unaccountable private hospitals for VIPs, devotees, and some villagers. This is no guarantee of the truth or purity of their guru or the leaders appointed by him. There is much evidence - documented and testified - freely available on the internet that this applies all too widely in the Sathya Sai Organisation.

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On Sai Baba's Pronouncements on Nuclear Weapons

Robert Priddy 13.Dec.2006 12:21

Further important documentation of the above is to be found at
Robert Priddy

Two-Facedness in political spirituality

Sanjay Dadlani 13.Dec.2006 17:20

Unfortunately this is a reflection on the state of Indian politics today. For Sathya Sai Baba as a major guru to openly cosy up to the President of India in a guru-disciple relationship speaks volumes about their conflicting principles. As the Baba is currently challenged with ill-health and other long-running allegations of sexual impropriety, it is a wonder how this public endorsement of a nuclear arms expert can be consistent with his teachings on love and peace.

It is also clear that gurus like Sathya Sai Baba rely mainly on their sentimental appeal and this is probably the main cause behind their popularity. It would also be nice if the Baba started practising what he preaches instead of flouting his own teachings. Thankfully it has been publicly shown that gurus are not above the law, and the ongoing case of Jayendra Saraswathi, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi who has been arrested and bailed on murder charges, is a prime example of this. It is about time that Sathya Sai Baba received equal treatment and a public enquiry should be made into his political connections, financial dealings, the unsolved murders of 1993 that took place in his personal apartments, mounting allegations of sexual abuse, and much more.

Outrageous display by India's President to Sathya Sai Baba

Dave Lyons 14.Dec.2006 12:13

I suppose we should not be surprised that India's current president, Dr. A.P.J. Kalam, celebrated Sai Baba's birthday on November 23, 2006, reminiscent of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's sublime devotion to the one they both believe to be a Purna Avatar, i.e., God here on earth in human form. Granted that the guru is loaded with charisma, he is also narcissistic about his supposed powers, position and mission while having become the most talked about criminal cultist, perhaps in the entire history of Bharat, on this earth today. However much evidence is placed before SSB's devotees and law enforcement officials, including hundreds, if not thousands, of sexual molestations, pedophilia, executions at his ashram in 1993 and other murders that go unreported by the major Indian press, they will not entertain the slightest curiosity to critically examine what the former devotees are saying, are showing, and are blowing holes through his supposed and believed omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence.

Sathya Sai Baba has been so wrong on so many things as has been carefully research by the top leaders of the former devotees that I shudder to think that I also stuck my head in the sand and would not look at the "red flags" that would wave from time to time. All the devotees that I knew in my 19 years of devotion (1981-2000) were all good people, except one: Dr. Michael Goldstein of California who is now the top official of the organization. I had an immediate aversion when I first saw him.This orgainzation is not even registered in the USA, claiming that all they have is a book center in Tustin, CA along with several dozen Sai Centers--all unincorporated. I was the president of one of those Centers until I discovered that Sai Baba was not what he claimed to be. Nay, even worse. He is one of the most alluring and clandestined criminals perhaps in all recorded history and he leads a massive cult whose members give adoration to his photo on a weekly basis. His organization states that he has never been indicted and tried in a court of law. Neither was Pol Pot, Mao Zedong and Joe Stalin--which made them no less criminals for their myriad atrocities. I am not saying that SSB is in the same class as these monsters; I am saying he is, nonetheless, a criminal of the rankest sort, a sexual predator of young boys and teenages (always males as he is an out-of-control homosexual), a liar and a conjurer, a plagiarizer and a murderer no less than Al Capone as he always gets his devotees to do the dirty deed of assassination when it is deemed necessary.

The Catholic Church in America was able to coverup their pedophile and sexually molesting priests for decades, probably since the beginning of the institutional church. The Sathya Sai Baba organization has been able to do the same for perhaps more than fifty years. That some of the Supreme Court Justices and the highest ranking office holders in India pay homage to such a character is beyond ludicrous. That officers sworn to uphold the law do not investigate the many charges listed above is mind boggling. But such has been the case so far. Even the stated date of birth of Sai Baba is suspect, and when one starts out with a lie what is the destiny of such an endeavor?

Dave Lyons, Former President of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greater New Orleans, LA, USA, from 1995 to resignation and defection in April, 2000.

Sai Baba - the missing links

Robert Priddy 14.Dec.2006 13:08

Links in the main article above which did not show up are added here:
Sai Baba’s birth date and school records:
Sai Baba’s falsification of the day he initiated his ‘mission’:!%20Groups%20%
‘The Secret Swami’ BBC film main contents can be studied at:
The independent data on the number of Sai followers is at

Collusion between President Kalam and Sathya Sai Baba

Barry Pittard 14.Dec.2006 14:01

This is to widen issues raised by Robert Priddy. The letter below I wrote to the Publishers of The Deccan Herald, which I had heard from a journalist may be changing its attitude about publishing adversely about Sathya Sai Baba.

Unfortunately, a great deal of the evidence against Sathya Sai Baba is highly confidential and sensitive. This means that a number of entirely mistaken claims (not to mention libels) against former devotee writers and researchers that are made by suporters of Sathya Sai Baba on the Internet and elswhere have had to go unanswered. However, as as been the case with highly reputed media such as the BBC, Times of London, Daily Telegraph and others in various countries, as well as government authorities, UNESCO, Interpol, etc., former devotees worldwide have worked extremely hard to provide rigorous documentation and produce excellent professional and other credentials.

It is my great hope that some at least of my former students at Sathya Sai Baba's Whitefiled college (1978 and 1979), who I dearly hoped would turn out to be champions of Dharma, will sooner or later find ways of ensuring that the profound spiritual, moral and ethical outrage concerning Sathya Sai Baba and certain of his leaders is addressed at the proper level. That is to say, to prevent an ever-lasting historic blemish on India's good name, both nationally and internationally.

Barry Pittard, Australia

Smear Campaigns Against Sathya Sai Baba

Joe Moreno 23.Dec.2006 05:26

Robert Priddy, Barry Pittard and Sanjay Dadlani have been fully exposed for their smear campaigns against Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

In Robert Priddy's amusing conspiracy-article (about Sathya Sai Baba allegedly advocating for nuclear weapons), he completely contradicted himself when he referenced several quotes in which Satya Sai Baba spoke against nulcear weapons. As a matter of fact, Priddy quoted Baba as saying the following about nuclear weapons:

SATHYA SAI BABA: "Atomic weapons should be given up. Prime minister Narasimha Rao has been pleading for the abolition of atomic weapons. I agree with him. Bharat's most powerful weapon is Dharma-astra. Let us adhere to Dharma. That will protect us...What folly is this! When there are millions in the country who lack food, clothing and shelter, the provision of these necessities is the most urgent task and not the manufacturing of atom bombs. Of what use are bombs when you cannot feed the people? Crores are being wasted on armaments. I cannot agree to such wastage...The atom bomb will only recoil with all its deadly potentialities on the very nations that trust in it. You know th story of Bhasmasura, how he won the gods the deadly boon by which he could turn to ashes all the things and beings upon which he placed his hand! In an unguarded moment, he placed his hand on his own head and the boon proved to be a bomb that finished him...He gloats over his apparent success in harnessing nuclear energy; yet, he lives as a moral dwarf...The culture that has to be protected by the bomb cannot claim prema as one of the pillars on which it is erected. Bhaarath is a land where since millenia people have been praying for and toiling for the peace and happiness of entire humanity. They never prayed for success in the wicked race for wholesale slaughter."
Robert Priddy cannot cite, however, one single quote where Sathya Sai Baba advocated or approved the proliferation of nuclear arms. Just because the President of India visits Baba, Priddy poorly attempted to infer guilt through association and poorly attempted to argue that Sai Baba is directly involved in India's defence budget. It is exactly articles like these that prove that critics are irrational, vindictive and desperate.

In typical herd mentality, Sanjay Dadlani (the single most vocal defamer of Sathya Sai Baba on the internet) came rushing forward to add his two cents to Robert Priddy's conspiracy theory. Sanjay Kishore Dadlani is a Hare Krishna Congregational Member who has been fully exposed for his very disturbing Boot Fetish Blog and Killuminati Blog. Dadlani is the type of morally corrupt individual whom Anti-Sai Activists fully promote, endorse, publish and associate themselves with. Anti-Sai Activist's alleged sensitivities to sexual exploitation are one huge pretense.

One can get a better understanding of Dave Lyons by reading a revealing set of email correspondence with him.

Barry Pittard is an individual who has blatantly lied and misrepresented the facts about Sathya Sai Baba. This was discussed in an article entitled "Lies & Anti-Sais: Making The Case Against Barry Pittard". Mr Pittard keeps trying to present himself as being a "serious" and "honest" individual. He is neither. He is one way in public and very different in private. Mr Pittard actively seeks to undermine the good names of Sai Devotees or any notable individual holding a favorable view on Sathya Sai Baba. Barry Pittard attempted to smear the Rabbi David Zeller (Ref), simply because he spoke at Sai Interfaith Conferences at Prashanti Nilayam. Barry Pittard viciously attacked Dr. Sunny Anand because he made a tribute to Sathya Sai Baba (Ref). None of these individuals have spoken against Mr. Pittard or his coterie of Anti-Sai Activists. All they did was simply speak favorably about Sai Baba. That's it. Pittard's actions point to his low and vindictive spirit, whose hate campaign extends beyond Sathya Sai Baba and the Sai Organization and targets high profile devotees or notable individuals holding a favorable view on the Indian Guru.

As stated many times before, the objective facts speak for themselves:

*** Sathya Sai Baba has never been proven to be a "charlatan".
*** Sathya Sai Baba has never been convicted of any crime.
*** Sathya Sai Baba has never been charged with any crime.
*** Sathya Sai Baba has never had even one single complaint lodged against him by any alleged victim, first-hand, in India. As a matter of fact, not even one alleged victim has even tried to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India (the only place where courts would have jurisdiction over Baba as an individual defendent).

These are the cold, hard facts and no rationalist, critic, skeptic or ex-devotee can provide a scintilla of verifiable evidence to the contrary.


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The Anti-Sai Racism and Baba-bashing Continues

Lisa De Witt 26.Dec.2006 00:13

The hate group stalking Sai Baba is a very disturbing group of individuals. After four years of research and having watched this group lie and manipulate their way into the public eye, I must say I have never in my life seen such a corrupt group. From clearly pathological liars such as Barry Pittard, to wanted criminals or outright sexual deviants such as Sanjay Dadlani, this is part and parcel of the package that is the anti-Sai hate group. Even the anti-Semites and atheists disguised as "rationalists" jumped onto this hate bandwagon going nowhere. One does wonder how Dave Lyons, a member of the Noetics Institute started by astronaut Edgar G. Mitchell, got thrown into this very strange mix. The Institute of Noetics provided funding for Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and its LSD experiments with alleged connections to CIA. Later, Uri Geller was tested by SRI.

The above Baba-bashing is another attempt by the anti-Sai hate group to distract from the fact that they have been caught in a pack of lies about Sai Baba being a pedophile. The demographics clearly show that the accusers are adult foreigners who are mostly white males with Catholic backgrounds. This includes, Said Khorramshahgol (Iranian Catholic, says Mohammed was a pedophile), Al and Alaya Rahm, Jed Geyerhahn, Keith Ord (African-English? Catholic), John Purnell (Jesuit Novitiate), Jenta Cezary (Dominican Priest and webmaster to, Juan Roman Lomeli Quintanilla (Hispanic Catholic and webmaster to, Timothy Conway, Andries Krugers Dagneaux and Reinier van der Sandt (webmasters of, Jed Geyerhahn, Paul Holbach (Catholic turned atheist), David Bailey, Professor David C. Lane, Tony O'Clery, Dan Winter, Mick Brown (journalist), and most likely, Paul Lewis (journalist) who did the recent Guardian smear article. One can only surmise that in light of the Catholic scandal the accusers saw a big payoff at the end of the rainbow.

Since the accusers claim that Sai Baba is a pedophile it is important to point out that almost ALL (except one allegedly 15 yo anonymous complainer and Jed Geyerhahn whose contradictory testimonies claim ages of 15 or 16) of the alleged victims were 18 years of age or older (some as old as 30) when they claim they were sexually abused. So this in itself points toward a campaign of deceit. Combined with the fact that most of the abusers waited years to decades before complaining, plus are on record as extolling Sai Baba's virtues, this puts them at a sore advantage to be taken as credible especially when there are absolutely NO corroborative witnesses backing their stories. Except for the Alaya Rahm case, which recently failed without making it to court in the US, even their families are not backing their claims. There are NO Indian "children" or parents complaining that they have been molested. All of the accusations on the internet, many of which are anonymous letters are unproven and have NEVER been vetted because accusers have NOT filed charges as any other law-abiding citizen would be required to do. It has also been proven that anti-Sais have posted under several anonymous names in order to make it look like there are complaints than there are in reality.

On the other hand, there are decades of testimonials and hundreds of books written about Sai Baba's abilities.
Even dignitaries from other countries visit and attest to Sai Baba's amazing abilities. The award-winning journalist, Rod Serling narrated a 1970s documentary titled Man of Miracles which is now available through and can be bought online.

The excuse that Sai Baba can never be brought to justice is malicious propagandizing considering NOT one of the accusers has EVER even tried to file charges in India. At every turn where they had the opportunity to do so, they have instead of turning alleged evidence over to police, sent it to media outlets or others in an apparent attempt to create an environment of hostility and denigrate the Indian government.

This includes an alleged diary written by an anonymous 15 yo boy whose mother, rather than turning the alleged evidence over to US Embassy and Indian police, instead photocopied and sent it to organisation members in the US and even posted it online!

Other accusers say they saw untoward behavior by Sai Baba but never reported it (with all the usual excuses, including brainwashing) yet now are berating others for allegedly knowing about Sai Baba and not reporting it!

The whole anti-Sai campaign smells of racism and religious intolerance.