"SEDUCED BY SAI BABA"
SEE FULL TRANSCRIPT of "SEDUCED" (also titled 'Seduced by Sai Baba')
CONTROVERSIAL DANISH TV DOCUMENTARY ON SAI BABA ('FORFØRT') SEE THE WHOLE ENGLISH VERSION HERE
This program investigated into
alleged sexual abuses of young male devotees by Sathya Sai Baba, the most influential Indian guru. Denmark's Radio (DR) followed a group of Danes to
the Indian city of Puttaparthi to visit Sathya Sai Baba's ashram Prashanthi Nilayam and visited three
continents to see if charges against Sai Baba of
trickery and sexual abuse of minors could be substantiated. The results were a full substantiation. This powerful god-guru has millions of
devotees worldwide and his influence reaches right to the top of the
political scene and the media.
In Denmark, where the Sathya Sai organisation can receives tax-deductible donations it is recognised as a religious society. They had negotiated the purchase of a famous castle in Copenhagen, In Puttaparthi, 'Bhagavan' Sathya Sai Baba'd trust has used worldwide donations to built private hospitals, a planetarium, his own airport, a music school and higher learning colleges. Despite being invited originally to visit, DR was not allowed to interview Baba or film in the ashram, so this documentary relies heavily on films supplied by former disciples. In their investigation of claims that Sai Baba's so-called "miracles" are nothing but sleight of hand - they engaged a Danish conjurer who, supported by video clips of Baba in action with his sleight-of-hand, explains these "miracles" as mere tricks. Sai's devotees include famous stars of screen and sport, politicians and some royalty from around the globe. (In Danish, Swedish and English, in Australia with English subtitles). English translation of the full spoken text by Robert Priddy, in consultation with documentary producer, journalist Øjvind Kyrø.
The Sathya Sai Organization did everything in its power to prevent DR from broadcasting this critical TV documentary on Sai Baba, especially through a series of litigation cases and various threats by foremost Sathya Sai Baba leaders Thorbjörn Meyer Jørgen Trygved (Chairman of the ‘Sai International School’ fund board) repeatedly failed in the Danish law courts. However, The program covers the Sathya Sai Baba movement's underhanded purchase of the famous Arresødal castle in Copenhagen, which was to have been used as a 'Sai International School.' However, because of the public furore upon the documentary's first airing, they withdrew from the deal at the last minute, which was accepted by the municipal owners >
'Seduced' was first broadcast in Denmark on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 8:05 pm. and later that year on Norwegian National Television (NRK) three times (NRK1 at 10.20 pm local time with the title "Forført av Sai Baba" on Saturday February 8, 2003 and on the following Saturday evening, February 15 on NRK2). In Australia it was screened by SBS (national TV station) under the title "Seduced By Sai Baba" - on Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 8.30 pm (with English voiceover)
NOTE: The BBC later made a 1-hour documentary called 'The Secret Swami' - shown around the globe on BBC World (but not in Puttaparthi since the ashram authorities there cut the power supplies - for Puttaparthi and region over which they rule - at the exact time of the showing!) The person who appeared under the cover name 'Sam Young' in the following film (Seduced), stood forth with his own name in the BBC film- and his parents along with him. He is Alaya Rahm, son of Al and Marisa Rahm.
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