Guru Sai Baba’s legacy: Death threats and scandal

Sai Baba It has been two months since the controversial Indian holy man Sai Baba passed away, leaving a swirling legacy and a network said to be worth at least £5bn.

Since then there have been allegations of financial malpractice, claims of death threats and uncertainty as to who may try and lead the movement he established in the south of India and which has since spread to 126 countries.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba dies

Sai Baba Controversial Indian spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba, revered by millions of followers as a living god, died Sunday in a hospital in southern India. He was 86.

Known for his philanthropic charitable work, Sai Baba was also controversial for his alleged ‘miracles.’

In 2004, the BBC aired “Secret Swami,” a documentary in which several former American followers recounted abuse at his hands.

The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards

A spiritual group whose “living god” founder has been accused of sexually abusing young boys has become an accredited partner of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, the Guardian can reveal.

Professor nets fellowship to finish book on religious guru

Srinivas draws on experience with devotees, investigates global influence of Sai Baba’s influence Although he lives a modest lifestyle, Satya Sai Baba has managed to become a religious guru for over 10 million devotees worldwide, according to Smriti Srinivas, associate professor in anthropology. Sai Baba has attracted followers from various social and religious backgrounds, a […]

Bi-lingual film on Satya Sai Baba

Mumbai: ‘Sai – the God Within’, a bi-lingual film on Satya Sai Baba will be launched in Mumbai on January 29, the film’s presenter Deepak Pandit, an ardent Satya Sai Baba devotee, said. The film is directed by Rajiv Khandelwal and produced by Arushi Pandit while the music has been scored by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. This is […]

Chinese weavers eye Satya Sai Baba’s saffron robe

KATHMANDU: After dragons, exotic flora and images of the Buddha, Chinese weavers have turned to a new design for textile exports – Satya Sai Baba, one of India’s spiritual gurus. China has entered the lucrative market of making memorabilia of the 78-year-old Baba, who has millions of followers all over the world, by churning out […]

Guru who gives us no answers

The secret swami, BBC2 Human Mutants, Channel 4 The Secret Swami might have veered towards the amusing – in an “Oh my God, how gullible can you be?” kind of way – had it not been for the repeated allegations of sex abuse. Sai Baba, the swami in question, had started off looking like some […]

Spiritual depths

It’s difficult to write about religion without offending someone, but mercifully we’re reviewing a television programme here, and not the mixture of wishful thinking and wilful credulity that leads people to worship soi-disant gurus such as Swami Sai Baba. BBC2’s This World strand last night gave us The Secret Swami, an entertaining hour that made […]

Secret Swami

It has been estimated that Sri Satya Sai Baba, India’s biggest spiritual leader, has up to 30 million devotees around the world. But increasing numbers of former followers are alleging he has sexually abused them or their families. This World investigates. Swamis, otherwise known as yogis or gurus, are the holy men of India, and […]

Sai Baba: God-man or con man?

Basava Premanand is India’s leading guru-buster. He believes that the country’s biggest spiritual leader, Sri Satya Sai Baba, is a charlatan and must be exposed. Basava Premanand has been burgled… again. It is the third time in just one month. But he is in no doubt of the thieves’ motives. He suspects they were looking […]

Government to take over famous Sai Baba shrine

The famous Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi town of Maharashtra is being brought under the state government’s control following complaints of mismanagement. The state government Tuesday sent the Shri Sai Baba Temple Trust (Shirdi) Bill to Governor Mohammed Faizal for ratification. The bill, which was passed by both houses of the state legislature, seeks to […]

Satya Sai Baba has never voted!

God-man Satya Sai Baba, whose ashram at Puttaparthy in Anantapur district has been the destination of the high and mighty of Indian politics for the last many decades, has never voted in his life. Sai Baba, from whom Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, Chief Ministers of several states and […]

Vajpayee to visit Sathya Sai Baba

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will visit Sathya Sai Baba, a spiritual leader with millions of followers worldwide, at his ashram in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh Wednesday, officials said. Vajpayee will leave for Puttaparthi in the afternoon after visiting Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom calls on […]

Preaching the message of love

Followers of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba around the world celebrate his birthday today, November 23. Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born on this day in 1926 in a tiny, hilly, isolated village called Puttaparthi in the Anantapur District of the present Andhra Pradesh state of India. Not only his father Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju […]

US astronaut to spread Sai Baba’s message for global peace

Press Trust of India, Jan. 19, 2003 A former US astronaut has embarked on a mission to bring about world peace by spreading the message of India’s holy man Satya Sai Baba whom the New York Times called “a friend in India to all the world”. Brain O’Leary, a physicist and former science and […]

A Friend in India to All the World

The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2002 By KEITH BRADSHER PUTTAPARTHY, India — The president of India, who is best known for overseeing India’s nuclear tests in 1998, recently paid a state visit to the country’s largest ashram, to meet and receive the blessings of a holy man who preaches nonviolence. The visit underlined […]

Farooq Abdullah prays at Tirumala temple; meets Satya Sai Baba

Rediff (India), Sep. 2, 2002 Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday offered prayers at the famous Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirumala and called on godman Sri Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparti in Andhra Pradesh. He joins a long list of VIPs, including chief ministers of […]
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