Sexual Abuse. Ignoring The Warning ‘Flags’
Posted by Barry Pittard on April 23, 2007
Between 1979 and 1982 I heard four stories that related Sai Baba to homosexuality. The issue here is that Sai Baba makes it clear that he is a brahmacharya – that is, celibate. Myriad have been the gurus who have made the same claim but who have been exposed as having secretly had sex with their followers. One is naturally curious about whether a decent study of sexually remiss clergy in other cultures would show a similar statistic.
One may also point out that homosexuality does not predicate child abuse, and a great many human rights abuses have occurred because of the assertion that the link is necessitated. In the case of pedophilia, for example, experts have stated that the incidence of the latter among gay males is comparable to that among heterosexuals.
These accounts – which are among some dozen ‘warning flags’ that I ignored during my twenty-five years as a deeply committed follower of Sai Baba – came from: Joseph (U.S.A.) in 1979; from Donna (U.S.A.), perhaps in the same year; from Connie R, a neighbour of mine (Australia), in 1981; and an Australian woman who, troubled by what she had heard around Puttaparthi, came to me in anguish in 1982 at Sai Baba’s ashram there. It is these days very easy for me to understand the psychology of in-denialness which leads an individual to dismiss accounts antithetical to the guru whom one so loves and respects.
Like me, Joseph and Donna were of the tiny handful of long-stay Westerners he permitted to live nearby, mostly in Whitefield where he primarily resided in those days, and where I lectured at his Whitefield college. Donna was one of a few who Sai Baba forbade from entering his ashrams, but who were not moved on by the police, which nobody well-enough informed doubted they would have been if the ashram had wished it.
Forever stoic and faithful, Donna would stand outside the gate straining to catch sight of him. It was really quite touching. Someone long at the ashram informed me that either (I forget which of the two) Sai Baba or a Nadi reader apparently had disclosed to Donna had been incarnated whenever the avatar (divine incarnation) manifests on earth, she will be drawn to live near to him. There are many Sai Baba has told this sort of thing to – e.g. ‘You were with me when I came as Sri Rama / Krishna / Shirdi Sai Baba’.
Donna claimed that she had spoken to various older Puttaparthi residents who said that Sai Baba had been homosexual even as a boy. Perhaps Donna was expelled from the ashram for opening her mouth a bit too widely! If so, it is a pattern that can be chronicalled.
Note: Nadis are Indian prophetic writings typically recorded on palm (palmyra) leaves that are purported to give details concerning past, present and future lives of those who come for a reading. See article by Barry Pittard, Vivekananda Has Come Again, Says Sai Baba. But Has He?