Sai Baba: Sex and Magic

Author: Jed Geyerhahn
Publisher: The NEURAL SURFER
Publication date: May 1997

E-mail David Christopher Lane directly at

I want to go back to the home base now.

Dear Prof. Lane,

I was a Sai Devotee for about 4 years.  In that time I had several interviews
with Sai Baba.  On my final trip to Sai Baba, I began to question his
philosophy and powers.  On that trip, among other things, I examined closely
the proscess which he "materialised" objects.  It soon became clear to me
that he used sleight of hand.  He hides rings between cushions, etc.  It is not
hard to recognise, if you want to see the truth in the situation.  I soon
left the organisation.  I am interested in finding more people like myself.  

Unfortunately I had experiences similar to those described by Tal Brooke.  I
have unsuccesfully tried to contact him.  Do you have any advice for me? 

Jed Geyerhahn


Dear Dave,

Thank you so much for your prompt response to my message.  What I really need
to do is get to my old computer in Maine and look through papers and letters
from my college years at Fordham.  (I was a philosophy major, '96)  I'm
pretty sure that I have some essays and also relevant journals.  At that
point, I will put them in a comprehensive form of my history with Sai Baba.
 My Sai history is what would really be compelling about my word against Sai
Baba.  I have received 3 rings, many interviews and lots of personal
attention.  I was a very close friend of Hal Honig, an aquaintence to Sam
Sandweiss and others.  These names may not be familiar to you, but they are
prominant names in Sai circles.  My aunt is Elizabeth Elwell, a well known
Bhajan teacher, who lived in the Puttaparti Ash Ram for 9 years, and is still
active in the organisation in New Hampshire.  I have rings, a pictures of me
with baba, and could get more witness accounts of sleight of hand.  As I said,
I just need to get this stuff together, and I am very excited for this

I also need to decide how I would like to do this.  What is really striking
to me is that little has been written using Erlandur Haraldsson's book.  He
has done a ton of research, mostly intended to show that that there is
compelling evidence that Sai has some powers.  However, were his thesis that
Sai does not have many of the powers which he claims, which Haroldsen has
much evidence to support, he could show that Sai Baba is, to a great extent,
a hoax.  Haroldsen's work shows that Sai Baba is not God, is not Omnicient,
Omnipotent, and Omnipresent.  To show this puts other aspects of Sai Baba's
life in question.  If he's not God and nearer human, and furthermore claims
his life is his message, then his followers should start collecting Mercedes
Benzs and aquiring servants.  There is much that is very questionable about
Sai Baba's life, however devotees do not question it because they believe him
to be God, as he claims the like.

My first witness account of sleight of hand was in Brindaven.  I saw Baba come
out of the personal interview room and sit down.  As he was sitting there I
noticed a large gold watch under his small hand, which he was unsuccesfully
trying to hide.  A moment later he made the familiar circular motion with his
hand as if he were materialising the object, and then gave a student the
watch.  On another occasion I saw Sai Baba reach between the cushions
of his
chair for something, and then moments later he made the circular motion and
showed everyone a small container filled with vibhuti, the gray ash.  I then
noticed that behind the cushion in his chair there was something shiny, and he
paid careful attention to correct the position of the cushion to hide the
object.  Another time I saw him take a worn bracelet from a man, then with
his hand cupped blew on it three times at the same time moving his hand up
and down.  On the final movement, he tossed the chain into the side of his
chair so it slid down between the inside of the chairs large arm and his leg.
 He then discreetly took took something from his other hand and made the
circular motion and gave the man a new bracelet.  What is really funny about
that situation is that Sai Baba forgot to take the old bracelet from his
chair when he left, so when he got up, there it lay in plain view for
everyone in the room.  A student I was with, and who was very devoted to
Baba, picked it up and looked at it, confirming that it was the old bracelet.
 When Baba returned and noticed his mistake, he scolded this student, who was
sitting right at the foot of Baba's chair and could not miss the bracelet.
 Then Baba sat and in a flash picked up the bracelet and very discreetly
tossed it into the outside upper corner of the arm of the chair.  There were
no visible pockets there, but there is a very large seem, and the arms of the
chair are huge enough to store lots of things.  

The student, in the first account, who received the watch is an American who
emigrated from India.  He came from a very wealthy family in India who were
big contributers to the Sai cause.  What I  came to  realise, is there is a
system in India similiar to our mafia.  Very prominant families in India
support gurus who have great political power, and this is how these families
have there influence over political policy.  Of course I don't have any
evidence for all this, but in my conversations with students at Sai's
University, this was explained to me.  It is also well known that prominant
figures in the Indian government make fairly frequent stops to visit with Sai
Baba, including the president of India.  (I was in India when the president
came to visit Sai Baba.  When this happens there is huge comotion and Indians
crowd darshan to see the president, not Sai Baba).  The students also know
that Sai is a hoax, that he does not materialise a thing.  However they are
getting a very inexpensive education, so they keep there mouths shut.  The
student I talked with most, would not tell me other things that he knew, but
I am sure that it had to do with the students who spent the night with Baba.
 I know this because this is where he would no longer answer my questions.
 Everyone knows that Sai Baba has students spend the night with him.  They
stay up to "serve" him at night.  It's a very well kept secret as to how they
serve Sai Baba, but little will come out because no student wants to be
kicked out of Sai Baba's school.  As stated, they are receiving a very good
educations there, very inexpensively.  I say very inexpensively because many
believe it to be free, but this is not the case.  Stundents pay for room and
board, which to many is rather expensive.  The education part is free, but
there are bills.

This brings me to my very questionable experiences with Sai Baba.  On my
second trip to Sai Baba I had four interviews.  Each time I saw Baba, his
hand would gradually make more prominant connections to my groin.  The first
interview was a slight swipe, the second a definite touch and the third time
he grabbed me and with a very stern face looked me directly in the eye and
said "you are very weak!"  Needless to say, he scared and embarassed me.  I
was guilt ridden to have sexual passion, though I was a healthy 16 year old
boy, a testosterone machine.  I was not going to talk to anyone about the
experience.  In the final interview he asked me to take my pants down.  I was
totally confused, so he took them down for me.  He then made vibhutti and
rubbed it on my genitals.  On my third trip, he did the same thing, but
rubbed oil on my genitals.  Fortunately I was never taken advantage of any
worse, but I was humiliated when I realised his true intentions, and I felt I
had really lost an innocence that I would have cherished keeping.  

When I finally did talk about what happened to me, the first two reactions
were to never speak of it with others because the whole thing would be taken
out of context and misconstrued.  Then I talked to others my own age and they
told me of similiar experiences.  I even heard terrible stories of children
who would meet with Sai Baba twice a week to play "sex games" and the like.
 Oral sex and masturbation were common in these meetings.  Many of my own
friends told me about attempts by Sai Baba to touch them, but they wouldn't
let him.

I need to really put this together better, but this is a sketch of what I
have.  Any comments would be helpful, and you can do what you like with any
of this material.  You can also post my e-mail address for anyone who like to
contact me.  (

I would be very greatful to talk with any X-devotees who have had similiar
experieces with Sai Baba.  It might encourage me to get this all together
quicker, and they might help me put something larger together.