Dr Michael Goldstein, a physician from Covina, Southern California, U.S.A., is world head of the Sathya Sai Organization. Those whom a leader appoints at the top of his organization reflect his own quality – or lack of it. Please read Robert Priddy’s article which sums up most of Goldstein’s deceptions and bad behaviour.
Here is a Dr Michael Goldstein’s communication sent to many Sai Baba devotees around the world. (In the world Sai hierarchy, Goldstein at the time was second to Indulal Shah). He refers to the events of September 11, 2001:
“A number of reports have been received from devotees indicating that our Beloved Swami prevented many of his devotees from being injured or killed in the World Trade Center where they are employed or had meetings scheduled. His Miraculous Intervention on behalf of His devotees is clearly evident… They were either late or never arrived…”
In a public meeting in Buenos Aires, attended by some 1500 devotees, October 20, 2001, Michael Goldstein says:
“There are many devotees that worked in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon… And none of them went to work that day, or they arrived late…all the New York and Washington devotees are safe…”
Fortunate for the Sai devotees but unfortunate indeed for the thousands of non-devotees of Sai Baba (Hindus, Moslems, Jews, Buddhists, Christians, and those of other faiths and none) who were killed or maimed in those terrible calamities! Terrible too for those who grieve them. But – never mind, Goldstein’s ‘God’ saves his own. No-one is so favoured as the Elect!
These astounding sentiments emerged from the same Dr Michael Goldstein who:
– In August 1, 2000, returned unopened a registered letter, which had also been copied to other foremost leaders of the U.S. Sai Organization. The nature and purpose of this letter he well knew, since various devotees had expressed to him and other of his most senior leaders their deep concerns. It was signed by 75 well-esteemed Sai Baba devotees/former devotees from the state of Oregon, U.S.A. outlining allegations of sexual molestation by Sai Baba. See link here.
– At a hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas, grossly disregarded the feelings and submissions of longtime devotee parents, Al (then one of the highest ranking leaders in the Sai Organization, highly singled out, along with his family by Sai Baba)and Marisa Rahm, from, Arkansas, who were entirely satisfied their son was telling the truth, and have since gone to enormous efforts to raise the issue with U.S. civil authorities such as the State Department, and also to major world media.
(Note: This avoidance of the issues and extreme secrecy in the service of their “secret swami” – as the BBC has termed Sai Baba – has been the pattern of Sai Organization leaders around the world – who refuse accountability and, all the more shocking for an organization that preaches compassion, duty-of-care. The cover-up is profound).
– Like Dr John Hislop, Goldstein’s predecessor as head of the U.S. Sathya Sai Baba cult, and others, took Sai Baba at his word when the latter proclaimed himself (according to Goldstein’s email to a great many Sai devotees) to be “purity itself.”
– Told renowned South American writer Alejandro Agostinelli, a presenter and producer for Argentine’s Azul TV, that he would grant an interview only if Agostinelli would, on air, retract the tenor of the previous instalments of the Zona de Investigación documentary investigating the allegations against Sai Baba. In short, the only point of view worthy of note is the official Sathya Sai Organization line.
– Was so evasive, along with ashram officials and other leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization, that the BBC producers got from their top administration and Legal department of the BBC a very sparingly used sanction to film using a hidden camera.
– In the BBC’s The Secret Swami (2004) became so rude and angry that many viewers reported disgust that Dr Goldstein could head an organization that claims to be spiritual. (Indeed, it claims to be divine, and the instrument of the founder who claims to be the greatest incarnation of the divine ever to appear on the planet, and of Sai Baba’s promised revolutionary transformation of the whole world before he dies in 2022).
– Evaded the BBC interviewers perfectly reasonable question about the need for transparency in a public organization.
Revealing Michael Goldstein Quotes from The Secret Swami
“We believe that Sri Sathya Sai Baba is Jesus Christ. Sri Sathya Sai Baba is Buddha. Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the founder of all of the world’s religions. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has always been God”.
“All of these years I’ve seen him interact with his students very, very frequently, in very informal circumstances over many, many years. And because I am a physician I also understand human behaviour. Because of that, if Sai
Baba had done anything of this kind with any one of those boys at any time, ever, I would see something in one of those children’s eyes, I would see something in one of the expressions on their faces that would indicate to me fear, apprehension, depression, something unsavoury,
something inappropriate, something scary, something ominous, I would know it in my heart because I am what I am – a consummate professional. Can you understand that?”