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Sai Baba’s “Back Yard” Still A Mess

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 22, 2007

Will More Indian Activists Speak Out?

Activism from within India against Sai Baba and his worldwide cult, the Sathya Sai Organization, and other corrupt gurus is crucial. 

Activists know best their own culture. It would be good to see many more critics than B.Premanand and Swami Agnivesh and a handful of others speak out against the abuses. As I discovered when a Sai Baba follower for 25 years, as do many other devotees who travel widely in India, there is, and long has been, widespread disrespect for Sai Baba – no matter his popularity, too. Much more would have been uttered, except that a great many Indians are extremely polite and do not like to upset the feelings of others.

Sai Baba Appalls Many Indians

Many Indians of wide socio-economicand religious and non-religious backgrounds do not object to Sai Baba’s evangel of respect for all the faiths – which is something very historic and deeply germane to India. Likewise, they respect the worthy social uplift work which his followers do in his name. However, they point to the contradictions and muddles that he makes with the Hindu scriptures, many of which bungles can be shown to have been later quietly removed by his translators. (I saw this damage control happening at first hand when I was an editor at Sai Towers, Puttaparthi, and saw Professor Anil Kumar, Sai Baba’s principle translator implicated in it, as did I see the re-shaping hand, too, of my dearly loved friend (the late) V.K. Narasimhan), Editor of Sanathana Sarathi, Sai Baba’s official magazine, which is goes worldwide. Many Indians disapprove of the grip that so-called miracles (despite the way Sai Baba says about them only being his “visiting cards”) have on the minds of his devotees.

Concern About India’s Image

My extensive travels and years in India showed that many Hindus feel that he, and many other gurus, bring Hinduism into disrepute. Indians of a variety of religious and nonreligious backgrounds believe that corrupt gurus bring grave international disrespect to India. Many Indian and other Sai Baba devotees wanted to see the Indian diplomat Shashi Tharoor succeed Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations. After all, he allowed an article of his to be used in a Sai Baba propaganda effort in The International Tribune right at a time when the sister newspaper ran a piece by Keith Bradsher in the New York Times. See HERE. One only needs to read the writings of Sai Baba’s close servitor, Dr G.Venkataraman, deputy head of the Sathya Sai Organization and head of Sai Global Harmony via WorldSpace Satellite Radio International to see how Sai Baba’s merest interests are advanced in a UN mission by the Government of India. See my article, Does UNESCO Really Protect the Young? The Case of the Missing Media Advisory (2005). HERE

Sai Baba’s Mission Fails

Many dispute that Sai Baba has made significant headway in bringing harmony among the various faiths in India, very few of whose representatives have ever allied themselves with him. They frown at the enormous pomp and circumstance that attends him, and they disdain the spectacularly costly museums and other buildings erected in his ashrams and elsewhere – which are supposed to feature the ‘unity of faiths’ but in fact extol and glorify Sai Baba. Where does all the money come from? Answer: your country and mine! In the article at this blogsite: Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia , see photos of just some of the incredible Sai Baba opulence. HERE.

Puttaparthi – A “National Circus”

Decades ago, an Indian man who sat near to me in Puttaparthi – who was present only because of family considerations and on sufferance – said to me with intense feeling, “this place is a national circus!” I then felt him profoundly mistaken but today see how right he was.

In marked contrast, Indian history, in many of its religious traditions, abounds in examples of spiritual figures who lived in the utmost simplest of circumstances.

Further Readings

Serguei Badaev is a Russian educationist, trained as a scientist. Until he began to raise leading questions about Sai Baba, he was President of the Moscow Sai Baba Center and National Coordinator for Sathya Sai Education in Human Values for Russia. Three of Sai Baba’s top hatchet men – Indulal Shah, Thorbjörn Meyer and Steen Piculell – quickly and ruthlessly militated against him. It is like this elsewhere in the organization. It is a cult cleverly parading as not-a-cult, nothing less. About monthly at http://www.saiguru.net , Badaev continues to provide cool data that suggest Sai Baba’s claim to be divinely transforming India is, like so many of his other claims, extremely fraudulent. HERE.

Badaev uses Indian commentators to indicate how unprogressive Sai Baba’s education system often is. (Indeed the latter’s propaganda tirelessly makes much of narrow indicators of education success,  gold medals, high marks, obedience, etc., and yet the style of teaching has long been that of talk and chalk – eschewing the many extraordinary advances made in Educational theory and practice).  HERE.

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