Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba (born in 1926 as Sathyanarayana Raju Ratnakaram) is Indian guru. He is described by his followers as a miracle worker and a spiritual teacher, but all this is very questionable. He proclaims himself to be an Avatar, what means a divine incarnation sent to Earth. We know from the Bible that Jesus Christ is one and only Incarnation of God on Earth.

According to his followers, his birth is supposed to me miraculous. His mother Easwaramma was walking one day when a huge sphere of blue light rolled towards her and made her faint. She was dreaming of a Hindu god Sathyanarayana and then found out that she was pregnant. This is just a fairytale which should convince his followers that he is exceptional, but he is just an ordinary man. When he was in elementary school, he once started behaving strangely "as if a scorpion had stung in his foot" and afterwards fell into a coma. It is interesting that such events have very "profound" meaning among his followers, but my opinion is that occult forces produced this state. Few months later he proclaimed himself to be the incarnation of Sai Baba of Sirdhi and because of that he took his name. Later he proclaimed peace with sentences like: "Love All, Serve All" and "help ever, hurt never."

In 1944 he built a small temple near his village, and in 1948 he started to build a shrine Prashanthi Nilayam, for those that have devotion to him. He also built a University with three Campuses and two Hospitals.

On 6 June 1993 six people were killed in this shrine. The "official version" of this event was that four of Sai Baba's devotees who were living in this shrine, went to his residence with knives. They were stopped by four Sai Baba attendants before they came to his room.  There was struggling and two of his attendants were killed. Sai Baba escaped through a back stairway and raised the alarm. The assailants ran and locked themselves up in sai baba's bedroom. These people were found dead later. The police report stated that they attacked the police with knives when they entered the room.

The Central Investigation Department stated that the police report was full of lies and inconsistencies.  Others, including V.P.B. Nair (Former Secretary to the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh), Sanal Edamaruku and Basava Premanand claim that these people were deliberately shot and that political influence of Sai Baba kept the investigation from proceeding.

BBC created a documentary "The Secret Swami" about the Sai Baba. BBC journalist Tanya Datta states: "Some police officers were arrested but never charged. The case was eventually dropped. Sai Baba has always had a close relationship with the police. Even today, senior officers are special guests at the Ashram. With friends in such high places Sai Baba seems to be untouchable. Any attempt to investigate the goings-on at his Ashram — even, murder — appear doomed to failure."

There was another case of alleged murder. On 20 February, 1987 they found a body of a student at a college run by the Sathya Sai Trust in a semi-charred state. This case was dismissed as suicide. Narendra Nayak, writing in the Indian Skeptics Journal, opined that the "powerful force around the Baba got the [police] inquiry turned into a farce." He notes that circumstantial evidence did not support suicide being a plausible cause of death.

Basava Premanand, one of India's fake-guru busters, claims that he is a fraud. In his letter to Shri M.P. Veerendra Kumar he described other murders that were connected with Sai Baba. Here are quotations from these letters:

"The first murder I came across was the case of a business man found hanging in the ashram premises. Then another hanging by a girl at the Satya Sai Women’s College at Anantapur and the then principal of the college Mrs. Damayanti Doongaji resigned from the institution."

Another of his disenchanted followers is Tal Brooke. After his studies he explored religions from Far East and red books of many Hindu gurus like as Sri Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo, Paramahansa Yogananda and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He travelled to India in 1969 and in 1970 he encountered Sai Baba. He became his follower with several other devotees from western countries. After that he left his "spiritual teacher" and converted to Christianity. Tal Brooke wrote a book "Lord of the Air" in which he describes Sai Baba's "spirituality". He published his book also in India under the title "Sai Baba, Lord of the Air".

All these cases show that Sai Baba is a fraud and that his spirituality is not just a fake, but also very dangerous.