Loose Lips Sink Ships
Posted by Barry Pittard on August 19, 2007
Sai Baba’s networked former followers face a formidable adversary. We do not cry our plans to expose him and his worldwide cult from the rooftops.
Our security of communications – in a word, secrecy – has been vital. Most of our networked former devotees had never in our lives been party to a public campaign. The complex steps of the ‘dance’ between private and public had yet to be learnt, and to be learnt on-the-hop.
We found ourselves in a role in which atmospheres of readily-given love, trust and the easeful flow of information were not germane – indeed, could prove dangerous – to our task. Our adversary was a global organization, with billions in its exchequer and devotees in many of the highest positions of power. The Sathya Sai Baba Organization – or cult – was, and is, formidable – and long-practiced in the modes of high secrecy and subterranean influence, including in the worlds of power brokerage even well beyond India’s shores.
Thus, any sincere error on our part could have painful consequences. Survivors and other witnesses come to us with a trust that we should never endanger – for example, with a careless remark, the accidental sending of an email, or the answering of even certain fair and reasonable questions raised on the Internet or shopping mall, etc.
Of course, most human beings are social and gregarious by nature – an often pleasant fact of life, but every bit hazadous in our peculiar circumstances. We do not wish to parade in the marketplace those who come to us with tragic accounts of having been sexually abused by Sai Baba and certain of his teachers or subjected to other abuses within his cult. Those who have done so have been mercilessly attacked and derided, one after the other.