Swami Sathya Sai Baba

This recently deceased Indian Guru was said to have up to 50 million followers, who referred to him as ‘God on Earth’. He was most well known for his miraculous manifestations of holy ash, as well as jewelry and precious objects, and claimed to be a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. India’s president and prime minister both attended his last birthday party. However, for the last forty years there has also been a growing tide of accusations against Sai Baba, primarily that he sexually abused many young boys under his care. He has also been accused of faking his manifestations, money laundering, and murder. Had Sathya Sai Baba – plus his various officials – opened up to genuinely independent investigation and responded frankly and honestly to vital questions about his activities, there might have been some room left for doubt about the more serious accusations against him. However, the likelihood of…

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