Sai Baba Rocked By Latest




India's best known living guru, Satya Sai Baba, has found himself surrounded by controversy once again as a new wave of allegations hit the internet in May.

Well-regarded former disciple, musician David Bailey and his wife went public with accounts of their experiences from spending three years as two of the guru's closest disciples. This prompted the release of yet more material from former devotees around the world.

Sai Baba affiliated organisations in the UK and Europe now appear to be on the verge of collapse, apparently believing that these latest stories are from a source so high they simply cannot be ignored.

Amongst the claims are those that Sai Baba, believed by many of his disciples to literally be the living incarnation of God on earth, has constantly faked so-called miracles and materialisations; that his ashram is at the centre of financial improprieties in the local community; and that his hospital has been involved in organ theft. But, almost certainly most damaging, are the repeated claims of his sexual molestation of boys and young men, aged between 5 and 30.

Response to these claims from Sai Baba's ashram appears so feeble that to many it would seem an admission of his guilt. It is said that sources close to the guru claimed that as "a living incarnation of God", Sai Baba could do what he pleases and it is not appropriate for mortals to question his activities.

"... I was told that Swami was 'raising kundalini'. I questioned this in my mind. If he was capable of doing anything, why did he have to physically touch the boys, especially when they were unwilling? And what about when he had them actively engage in sex to him? I  didn't ever hear any stories about girls having their kundalini raised in this way." - David Bailey in his website statement.

The statements of David Bailey and Terry Gallagher, another former insider, are now available online for all to see. Many Western devotees believe that these individuals are of such former standing within the guru's organisation that he must fall.

However 'kundalini' explainations for Sai Baba's behaviour persist. We talked to one young male visitor to the Sai Baba ashram in India now living in London. He said "One time Sai Baba felt under my testicles but it was not sexual. It was like a doctor patient relationship - he was healing my kundalini energy. It was a healing session, not a sex session".

Kundalini is believed by Eastern mystics to be a psychic energy that lies dormant in an individual until specific physical and mental practices are employed to release its effects.