Networking Secure and Humane Support Systems
Posted by Barry Pittard on August 19, 2007
It was little wonder that in a context of compartmentation of information based on a strict need-to-know that our networkers faced situations that, for most of us, challenged work and notional habits of a lifetime.
A fortunate countervailing factor was that, as the exit from the Sathya Sai Organization – or rather cult – continued, our networks were often enough quickly able to determine the skill base and character profiles of those who flowed in to us. This worked to the benefit of loving and humane support systems, and helped to ameliorate the shocking sense of isolation and shock that attends sexual, ethical and spiritual betrayal by a guru and by his organization.
Another benefit was that nothing could be quite so efficient as this situation in exposing attempts at penetration – or in some cases attempts within the cult to win back what officials such as Chris Parnell (Australia, a man alongside whom I worked in the publishing house Sai Towers, Puttaparthi) called “Waverers”. He spoke to me of what he called a “high-powered” committee being formed involving him, Professor Roger Basham and others to combat the Australian Sathya Sai Organization membership depletions.
We do not trumpet our intentions to Sai Baba and his cult – preferring to continue our careful documentation to bona fide investigators, such as responsible journalists, academics, governments, religious groupings like the interfaith movement, and various civic and political institutions with which the Sathya Sai Organization attempts (without revealing the ‘secret swami’s real agendas) to ingratiate itself.
A linguistic cognate of the word ‘secret’ is ‘sacred’. So – not all secrets are dirty ones.