BBC’s ‘Secret Swami’ Clip. Man Claims Abuse When Young.


Date: May 14th, 2007

Author: Barry Pittard



First of two articles on Mark Roche, of California, U.S.A., a devotee of twenty-five years, who appeared in the BBC's television documentary on Sai Baba, The Secret Swami. A link is given to quite a small download for the viewing on the Mark Roche interview, and also links for further resources.

Quote 1.

"Mark Roche (California, USA) was deeply devoted to Sai Baba from 1969. Among Sai devotees, former devotees and in his wider community, he has long been regarded as a man of decency, compassion and integrity. Revealingly, it is frequently only after former devotees leave Sai Baba (often after decades of great service and devotion) that Sai Baba and Sai Baba protagonists ’convert’ them - in their own minds - into ”demons”, ”cawing crows”, “Judases”, etc".

Quote 2.

"In 1972, Sai Baba allegedly miraculously resurrected Walter Cowan, after he had died of a heart attack. In the final cut of the BBC film, Mark Roche’s account of the events as having been an eye-witness was absent, and not seen by the millions of viewers in many countries. This was unfortunate, because key Sathya Sai Organization leaders and thousands of members have long promulgated a story of miraculous resurrection, Roche’s account supports medical and other evidence that no such resurrection occurred".