Originally, I was very dismissive regarding allegations by ex-devotees. Having looked at all this more closely, and seeing the vast weight of material, (the extent of which I was not previously aware) I now feel that the claims of sexual abuse levelled against Sai Baba are too numerous to ignore. In this regard however Sai Baba is in no way unique, as this pattern of abuse of devotees appears to be common among those gurus who do not have a complete realisation.
The following are links to pages and websites conatining allegations against Sathya Sai Baba.
(most of these links originally appeared on Wikipedia)
Brian Steel's scholarly website about Sathya Sai Baba - see especially An Annotated Working Bibliography for Research on Sathya Sai Baba for an amazing collection of material:
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Concerned former Dutch devotees of Sathya Sai Baba - Andries Krugers Dagneaux's extensive website that contains scholarly studies and videos of alleged materializations
Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba - India's Most Famous and Controversial Guru - well researched blog by Barry Pittard
Robert Priddy's extensive website about the Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai organisation
Myths promoted by Sathya Sai Baba - another website by Robert Priddy
Allegations concerning Sathya Sai Baba - Multi lingual critical website of ex-followers
Sai Baba and The Field of Righteousness - ex-follower's critical website, not maintained since 2001
Anonymous letter to B. Premanand about sexual abuse of young men and boys, “Betrayal” by SSB (1998)
Public petition for official investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide organizations - internet petition founded by concerned ex-followers
"I lost the desire to live" - B. N. was a follower of Sai Baba for 17 years - article by Bettina Vilmun, translated from a Danish daily national newspaper
Untouchable? Sai Baba: Pedophile or God incarnate? - Michelle Golberg's major article in salon.com online magazine (2001)
Divine Downfall - Mick Brown's article about the sexual abuse allegations in The Telegraph newspaper UK (Oct. 2000)
‘The truth will prevail...’ a Sai-devotee’s struggle for disenchantment - by Matthijs van der Meer, originally published in the Dutch New Age magazine ''Spiegelbeeld'' October issue (2000)
SAI BABA and SEX: A Clear View - Ram Das Awle's attempt to reconcile the allegations with the claims of Sathya Sai Baba
Follower's response to the allegations
Allegations against Sathya Sai Baba Examined - by Gerald Joe Moreno
Now you have both sides of the story (plus my own experiences of the "internet war" between devotees and ex-devotees, you can make up yur own mind! )
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