Letter from Dennis Hanisch to R. T.
Document date: April 2004
I received the following disturbing letter from a retired
mathematics teacher who for many years was a follower of Sai Baba.
The evidence is very strong that this Indian guru who has been
faking miracles for years, has also been molesting boys. So far,
he has not been charged with any crimes. There is a petition on
the Internet asking for an investigation into these allegations. I
ask you to please sign the petition. A link to the petition is at
the top of my entry on Sai Baba. The URL is www(dot)petitiononline(dot)com/saibaba
Here is the letter:
Dear R. T. Carroll,
Pease consider my following personal story regarding Sathya Sai
Baba (SSB ). My purpose is to give out this info in a most loving
way as possible.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am a retired math/science
teacher who was an ardent devotee of SSB for 27 years and active
in the SBB Org in the U.S. for 20 years. This included holding
offices in a SSB center and attending SSB services and study
groups on a weekly basis. Furthermore, I have been called into
interviews by SSB at his ashram in India, read his official
monthly publication, Sanathana Sarathi, for about 15 years. and
have attended at least 20 SSB conferences/retreats.
During the month of June, 2000, I was devastated to learn of
the sexual molestations of a young friend of mine from Arkansas by
SSB. At that time I was a member of the successful SSB Center of
It is an irony that I had been acquainted with the family
involved for over 15 years when I heard this very disturbing news.
SSB had engaged in sex with the boy over 20 times during about a 4
year period. The prominent U K newspaper THE DAILY TELEGRAPH was
one of the first publications to print this story.
When I was faced with this scandal, some prominent devotees and
officers were resigning from the South Central (SSB) Region of the
U.S. I decided to conduct a slow and careful investigation. I got
on the phone and made calls all over the world talking to victims,
and parents and friends of victims..... What influenced me most
was the pattern of the many cases involved. (For example, first
the oilings, then maybe just a touching or probing, and then
finally the unthinkable.......)
One of the most disturbing accounts of sexual abuse in the U.S.
involves a 15 year old boy (now 19) who attended the Hemet Sai
center of southern California. A personal friend, Glen Meloy of
Palm Desert, Calif, relayed the story to me by phone.
The 15 year old was known to keep a diary especially when he
traveled. In fact, the family had published notes from previous
trips in pamphlet form. It is revealed that the boy, who was
taught from birth that SSB was God, was abused by SSB on 2
consecutive days during Sept, 1999.
The mother had noticed that her son was acting strangely. She
did something rarely, if ever, done before--read the boy's journal
without his permission........The first person who received a
photo copy of the diary from India was Glen Meloy, a retired
management consultant and high profile SSB for 26 years. Mr Meloy
was "looked up to" and very much respected by the family involved.
In hindsight, there are many contradictions or "red flags"
which I "put on a shelf" when a devotee. For example, there had
been evidence that SSB cheated when materializing objects. I admit,
however, that paranormal activity surrounds him.. He proved to me
his power to 'imprint on people's perception' during my visit of
the summer of 1987..... So much more could be said such as SSB's
complicity in the murder of four young men in his apartment during
the summer of 1993. Furthermore, SSB claims to be the FATHER WHO
SENT JESUS CHRIST ON EARTH and the greatest divine incarnation
ever. And according to my investigations, there exits solid
evidence of a cover-up by the Sai Org. in the US since 1976.
Would you, as a person engaged in a spiritual area, kindly
respond to these very proper, genuine, and persisting concerns? I
don't think anyone wants to directly or indirectly be the cause of
a young boy being molested by SSB! Nor do I think that a Sathya
Sai Organization member would wish forever to be branded with the
reputation for failure of duty of care and compassion for those
many reputable persons who have reported such allegations to its
leading officials over many years. Shouldn't people at least be
told that there are allegations!? And why can't there be at least
an official investigation? Your ideas are most welcomed.
Dennis J Hanisch
Former SSB Devotee of 27 Years