Donors and Would-be Donors Beware (Sathya Sai Central Trust Example)

At 'Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba' - - see the article:
Posted by Barry Pittard on August 30, 2009


"As with scams the world over, there are methods of ’spotting’ – in this case, by ashram staff of visitors most likely to donate large sums. The admixture of ‘miracles’ – such as Sai Baba’s ’materializing’ of expensive rings or pendants etc., for the wealthy – is central to setting up of these traps. This operation involves the participation of the registration office, as well as Sathya Sai Baba’s close servitors, many of them wealthy or those who have given away their wealth to him. Criminals and police forces often refer to this type of spotting as finding the ‘mark’ or victim to be set up".
"To those wishing to reflect intellectually on their own experiences of donorship, or for those who may be contemplating giving money to Sathya Sai Baba’s organization, I point to the article (4700 approx words) of retired academic and former longtime leader of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization"
(See current blog for details for accessing this article, as well as other resources)