Category: Sathya Sai Baba

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.

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 movement Srinivas said to be a “transnational phenomenon.” Sathya Sai Baba Research resources on Sathya Sai Baba After 10 years of research and field work in India, Kenya and the United States, Srinivas said she is ready to finish her book on this religious guru

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 the first feature film to be made on the Baba. Mr Pandit said he planned to give the film an international look and will be released in 160 countries. ”The film will be a family drama with a touch of human values preached by the

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 polyester silk with busts of the godman in orange, yellow and black. Chinese silks and polyesters are exported to Kathmandu where they are in high demand for garments for tourists as well as the Tibetan diaspora living in the Himalayan kingdom. Amidst bales of bright

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 old bloke with an ego as big as his bank account. There he sat, in his opulent ashram at Puttaparthi, near Bangalore, dressed in blinding canary-yellow and sporting a head of what looked like jet-black pubic hair – a mane of Leo Sayer proportions; as

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 a compelling case against Sai Baba, portraying him as a charlatan and an abuser. Young men who claimed to have been sexually abused by Sai Baba related hair-raising stories of “private interviews” in which the not-so-holy man pulled his skirt over his head and invited

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 part of ancient tradition. Sai Baba, 78, is based in Puttaparthi, near Bangalore in southern India. His distinctive 1960s orange robes and Afro hairstyle make him instantly recognisable. As the country’s biggest “God-man” – a human being who declares himself divine – he professes to

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 for evidence that he has collected for over 30 years against India’s leading spiritual guru, Sri Satya Sai Baba. Mr Premanand believes this evidence proves the self-proclaimed “God-man”, Sai Baba, is not just a fraud, but a dangerous sexual abuser. “Sai Baba is nothing but