Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The cultic racketeer, Sathyanarayana Raju a.k.a 'Sathya Sai Baba,' is dead

Many of your free-thinking readers will be aware that Sathyanarayana Raju a.k.a. 'Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba,' one of the world's most-absurd, but nonetheless wealthy, cultic racketeers, has just died aged eighty-five. Yet in 2011, this chronic sexual pervert and mythomaniac was listed as one of the '100 most spiritually influential people in the world.' He was also described by his unquestioning adherents (and sadly, some less-than-intellectually-rigorous journalists) as an 'avatargodman, spiritual teacher and miracle worker'. In the adult world of quantifiable reality, the apparent materialising of vibhuti (holy ash) and small valuable objects such as rings, necklaces and watches from thin-air, was the only evidence to support Sathyanarayana Raju's own narcissistic claim to be the product of an 'immaculate conception,' the 'divine reincarnation of the 19th century spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi (whose teachings were a blend of the traditional Hindu and Muslim faiths).'
Sathyanarayana Raju was born in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. In a career spanning six decades, he steadfastly pretended absolute moral and intellectual authority whilst pursuing various hidden criminal objectives (mainly fraudulent and sexual). When challenged, he hid behind an aggressive echelon of attorneys and successfully avoided conviction. At the same time, he acquired control over a capital sum estimated in billions of $US, part of which was used to establish reality-inverting schools and colleges, hospitals, and other 'charitable institutions' in India and around the globe (the value of which may be as high as Rs. 40,000 crore or $US 10 billions). His total number of adherents was estimated in 1999 to be approximately six millions, but in his own grandiose fantasies he imagined that he had tens of millions of followers and that the one day, all humanity would follow him. Typically, 'Sai Baba,' created, and controlled, a mystifying labyrinth of corporate structures pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful, enterprises. This shifty structure, which is commonly referred to as the 'Sathya Sai Organization', prevented, and diverted, investigation and isolated its billionaire boss from liability. Today, what should have long-since been identified as a major organized crime group, comprises a wheel of around 1200 'Sathya Sai Baba Centers' in 114 countries, all of which have been feeding cash and intelligence back to the organization's central hub.
In India itself,  the 'Sathya Sai Organization' draws its adherents, and funding, mainly from well-educated upper-middle-class, urban sections of society. Sadly, the abusive charlatan and pervert who called himself ''Sai Baba,' was a national figure in India. He presented his sleight-of-hand stage-magic tricks as 'miracles' to flocks of wide-eyed spectators, including celebrities, presidents and prime ministers (some of whom became his unquestioning adherents). In 2002, this obvious crook claimed to have followers in 178 countries.
In his lifetime,'Sai Baba,' posed a real threat to democracy and rule of law in India. Even after his death, this threat has not gone away; for although widely-exposed by the Indian, and international, press as a charlatan, he enjoyed the protection of some of the most-influencial people in India. In December 2001, Atal Bihari Vajpayee (then Prime Minister of India), P.N. Bhagawati (Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India), Ranganath Misra (Chair Person, National Human Rights Commissioner of India and Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India), Najma Heptulla (President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; UNDP Distinguished Human Development Ambassador) and Shivraj Patil (Member of Parliament, India; Formerly of the Lok Sabha & Union Minister) all put their signatures to the following, terrifying denial of reality.
'We are deeply pained and anguished by the wild, reckless and concocted allegations made by certain vested interests and people against Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. We would normally expect that responsible media would ascertain the true facts before printing such calumny – especially when the person is revered globally as an embodiment of love and selfless service to humanity. Since this professional ethic has not been observed by a section of the media, we have elected to go public with this signed statement.'
David Brear(copyright 2011)


Shyam Sundar said...

In the late 1970s, a group of scientists headed by the former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University Mr H Narasimhaiah wanted to enquire into the miracles said to be performed by Sathya Sai Baba, he simply said that stars won't fall if dogs bark. That statement proved his real self. In the early 1990s a group of four persons were shot dead in his ashram yet there was no investigation into the incident. That was the power he enjoyed with the powers-that-be. Since, he intensified so-called social service activities spending less than fraction of his wealth for people. His followers always boast the service activities of this self-styled godman but never mention about his pedophile life.

bachan said...

Mr.Shyam Sundar, I happened to read your blog about sathya sai baba and it just forced me to reply although i have never replied to a blog. My first question to you would be 'How much do you know about Baba, i.e. apart from his media life'? I, like thousand others have spent our entire kindergarten in Puttaparti and thereby are in a better position to speak on him than you. Its easy for us to readily pick on any negative news that we hear and make an issue of it. You chose to take potshots at Him just by merely pointing out one small insignificant instance of the '70s?? Let me tell you that for every one negative report or story you may have heard of him, we have heard, seen, experienced 1000 positive things about Baba such that if I were to start mentioning them, your years of life on this planet would prove shorter than Baba's glorious episodes!!!
How much do you even know of the shooting episode, and the so-called pedophile comment that you passed?? Did you happen to pick it up from the media reports, or from some online content?? Since the 70s, many parents have put their children, right at the tender age of 5 at the boarding school of puttaparti, and we have never heard of any such pedophile activities being done upon any of our students over all these years. How and from where have you got your story from? What if tomorrow I pay a news channel and a paper to brand you a pedophile or a smuggler or even worse?? Regarding the'so-called' service that you have mentioned......free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in over 166 are countries are 'so-called'?? And please know that all the money was not in Baba's name but in the Trust's. Are you aware how a trust works according to the laws of the land??
Forget his divinity, thats too much for you to understand and beyond many people's comprehension, to get the feel of how Baba has touched people across castes, religions, creeds, territories etc please go talk to devotees who were hard core atheists earlier before they met baba. What got that transformation in them? Some pedophile activity, some favor that they received??
Talk to the kith and kin of any student, patient, thirsty villager or any one who has benefited and continues to benefit from His 'so-called' service. If you are so critical of the amount of wealth he has spent, ask yourself as to how much have you done for the society?? Have you even given Rs.10 to a fellow human being without expecting any benefit in return?? And why would people donate their money or give their wealth to Him and not to you?? That is because they know their wealth is in the right hands and the right channel to reach millions who deserve help. I may be younger than you in age and i'm sorry for my outburst in this manner, but certain things need to be put in the right perspective........SAI RAM.

Shyam Sundar said...

Mr Bachan, You are one of those millions of devotees who accept without questioning. One must ponder over many things before actually condemning what is written here. Kindly mind it whatever written is here is just not hearsay.
What is the real value of the wealth amassed by this self-styled baba who was said to have 'renounced' the world and what amount was actually spent.
The whole thing revolves around the miracles said to be performed by him. If the so-called miracles are only to attract the devotees, then it is nothing but cheating. When the aim is high and the means is cheating, that is not acceptable. Kindly recall what Gandhiji said, "Ends as well as means are important".

em jay said...

Dr Mr Bachan
if mad dogs bark do u bark back just ignore the lunatic who talks and believes the nonsense prpogated by the stupid media
the best thing is to leave these mad fellows to themselves