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Three Stooges Meet ‘The Secret Swami’

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 28, 2007

Many Major Institutions View Allegations As Responsibly Made 

Leading media and other organizations such as UNESCO and the U.S. State Department have been very stringent in their expectations of sound evidence from organized dissenters of Sai Baba around the world. Those who have acted on the evidence of former devotees and other Sai Baba critics include the BBC, DR (Denmark), ATUL (Argentina), SBS (Australia), ABC (Australia), and print media in India, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia etc.

In the UK, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester stopped Sathya Sai Baba sect meetings, as have the authorities of the University College of London, Downe House public school, and Lord Wandsworth College. At Glastonbury, the Catholic bishop banned from its premises the well-known Ramala Centre, founded by high-profile Sai devotees David Jevons and Anne Jevons, his wife. The UK Catholic Bishops have taken private steps to thwart the Sathya Sai Organization from interfacing with the Catholic Church in the U.K. (We will share details with reputed media and other responsible investigators). Despite considerable difficulty to themselves, the University of Flinders and the University of Adelaide (separately) withdrew from arrangements with the Sathya Sai Organization, as did UNESCO.

BBC Secret Camera Routs Top Sai Baba Official Dr Michael Goldstein

The media quickly discover for themselves the dishonesty and elusiveness of Sai Baba and his leaders. Media heads are soon faced by high-rolling Sai Baba officials or devotees who threaten litigation, but who, when faced down, prove to have been bluffing.

The BBC uncovered serious allegations of sexual molestation of young males beyond even the extensive resources of Sai Baba’s former devotees and groups such as Rationalists and Humanists, not to mention other scandals and cover-ups that could not be covered in the hour-long documentary, ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004). Because of the many evasions, the BBC’s legal department permitted ‘The Secret Swami’ team to clandestinely film world head of the Sathya Sai Organization Dr Michael Goldstein. This is a medical doctor from Covina California, U.S.A., who is not qualified as a sexual abuse therapist. Yet the BBC documentary clearly exposes him using his status as a medical doctor to claim that he would be able to tell by looking whether Sai Baba’s students had been sexually abused.  In some 120 countries, millions saw Dr Goldstein show no respect for the accountability and transparency that citizens and responsible organizations today expect. They also saw Goldstein – unaware that he was being filmed – act with an anger and rudeness remote from the behavior of a dignified spiritual leader.

Media Needs To Pursue Sai Baba’s World Radio Propagandist

Deputy world chairman to Dr Michael Goldstein is Dr G. Venkataraman, retired Indian nuclear scientist – who refers to Goldstein as “Brother”. G. Venkataraman, formerly Vice Chancellor of Sai Baba’s university in Puttaparti, South India, is at the center of Sai Baba’s propaganda broadcasting venture, Radio Sai Global Harmony. In a corporate venture with WorldSpace Radio, it aims to broadcast via satellite to every corner of the globe. Before the blissful experience of tuning into the 7 days 24 hours broadcasts from Radio Sai Global Harmony, you may like to go to the search box of this blog and input: Venkataraman or Amin, and see his and Sai Baba’s inanely warm musings on the monstrous dictator Idi Amin.

Al Gore’s Old Chum, Isaac Tigrett – Billionaire Sai Baba Backer

One of Sai Baba’s many huge financial backers is Isaac Tigrett, founder of the Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues chains. When working as a publisher’s editor at Sai Towers, I heard him observe how Al Gore would eagerly await news of Sai Baba on Tigrett’s return to the United States from his many visits to Sai Baba. (We can discuss the Hillary and Bill Clinton Sai Baba link later)

Like Goldstein, when confronted by those who ask serious questions, Isaac Tigrett faced with BBC television cameras comes off badly, too. Unlike many other highly authoritarian Sai Baba leaders, Tigrett comes across as a nice guy. But again with a foolishness obvious to the viewers or readers not brainwashed by cultic non-think. In ‘The Secret Swami, the BBC interviewer Tanya Datta says to Tigrett “But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you’re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru”. Tigrett replies, “Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He could go out and murder someone tomorrow…”

Stay tuned.

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