Sai Baba Will Act Against His Dissenters
Posted by Barry Pittard on March 3, 2007
In a public discourse, February 16, 2007, Sai Baba sharply departed from many statements in the past in his sermons where he counseled his millions of followers to ignore critics. He has now said:
“The time has come when proper action has to be taken to dissuade these people from resorting to such false propaganda”.
Another rare significant occasion when he also heavily inveighed against his critics was in his Christmas day 2000 discourse. This was right at a time of intensive, successive former devotee-led bad press in the international media, and representation elsewhere such as UNESCO. Virtually the one Indian publication, India Today, December 4, 2000 (a multi Indian language magazine that sells in the millions):
strong enough to resist the enormous suppression in the Indian media of criticism adverse to Sai Baba ran a major cover story of the sexual abuse, faking of miracles, and other allegations against Sai Baba. He loudly thumped his lectern several times, almost exclusively ignoring the Christmas theme (and not least peace-and-good-will-to-all-men), and vituperated his critics. He said they were “Judases”, “demons”, “cawing crows”, and that they were criticizing him for money, and that they would never break the karmic cycle of rebirths, etc. The Times of India headlined ‘Sai Baba Lashes Out His Detractors”.
His February 16th remarks have however gone still further, and he has said,
“Persons indulging in vituperative publicity impelled by envy, greed or hatred will reap the appropriate consequence. The time has come when proper action has to be taken to dissuade these people from resorting to such false propaganda”.
He has again said that his dissenters are “resorting to such false propaganda for the sake of money”.
To the contrary, closely networked former devotees who work to expose Sai Baba and his powerful and influential Sathya Sai Baba Organization cum increasingly authoritarian and evasive cult have been typically noted down many decades for their simple living and sacrificial service to the weaker sections of the community. One of the great drawing cards for them of Sai Baba’s movement was the emphasis on loving, compassionate service to others, especially the poor and needy. In carefully presenting credentials and rigorous documentation about the allegations of sexual abuse against Sai Baba by many around the world, they have also succeeded in establishing their excellent bona fides with many leading world media, UNESCO, the State Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK), German Chief Prosecutor’s Office, French National Police, Interpol, government, political, civic and religious institutions (of various faiths), etc.
Extended text of Sai Baba’s promise to pursue his critics:
(From Sai Baba’s Mahasivarathri discourse, February 16, 2007):
“I have never shown anger or hatred on anyone. However, some people out of egoistic envy are fabricating some stories about Me and publishing them in the newspapers. They are resorting to false propaganda about Me in the print and electronic media. All this does not perturb Me. I am not afraid of anybody.My very name is Sathyam Sathyam Sathyam (Truth). I am bound by truth. The name of this body is Sathyam (Truth). I will never stray away from the path of truth. Persons indulging in vituperative publicity impelled by envy, greed or hatred will reap the appropriate consequence. The time has come when proper action has to be taken to dissuade these people from resorting to such false propaganda.
Of course, they are also not to be blamed. They are resorting to such false propaganda for the sake of money”.
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Raising ever more serious questions about how spiritual is the head of what Sathya Sai Baba has called THE divine organization in the world,
at the BBC’s perfectly reasonable questions about accountability
Michael Goldstein and the sexual allegations (2,10 Mbs)
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