Call For Media and Government Investigation

of Sathya Sai Baba And his worldwide cult, the Sathya Sai Organization

Caught In One of History’s Most Powerful Cults (1)

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 13, 2007

A cult leader like Sai Baba appoints leaders under him who will act ruthlessly. While the charismatic figure goes around smiling sublimely, the leaders, smiling as often as they can in public, do his hatchet work sub terre.

Sincere Followers Often Know Leadership Is Harsh

Many Sai devotees know that they have many leaders who are unpleasant people indeed, and decidedly not those who they would vote for if there were an open system. The position is difficult for rank-and-file members who may wish to apply reasoning, for the top leaders operate in secrecy. It was not frivolously that the BBC named Sai Baba as “the secret swami” in the 2004 documentary of that name.

“Bias” Means Any Questioning of the Cult

Typical of the lines being fed to followers is a cry of media bias. For example, the deputy world chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr G. Venkataraman, attempted in a devotee newsletter to portray the BBC as at fault, speaking, in his Radio Sai newsletter read by devotees around the world, of “the notorious so-called documentary on Swami produced by BBC”. (See articles:
Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head Dr G. Venkatarman Speaks of “Mr” Idi Amin)

This cry of unfair was also a stock-in-trade of Indulal Shah, Sai Baba’s longtime former world head, who, in September 18, 2001, circularized Sai Baba’s world leaders for them to read out in the worldwide Sai centers. Shah has berated the world media which reported the many and serious worldwide allegations. These sad and at times tragic accounts far from stop at widespread serial sexual molestation of young males but include police killings in Sai Baba’s bedroom, massive deployment of funds to incredibly lavish architectual grandeur, etc., ashram scams involving letting out of apartments, and many other appalling anomalies – bad in the ‘normal’ world but even worse where claims of the highest spirituality are constantly made). Attempting to focus devotees’ minds away from the seriousness of the allegations, Shah said that the media has: “a strong propensity for sensationalism. A whiff of scandal always helps their sales and therefore they do not even pause to verify the truth.”

Such question-begging, blanket generalizations, which trade on popular prejudice against the media, are very typical of those like I. Shah and G. Venkataraman and other Sai Baba spokespersons. (See article: A Shah Under A Lord of Misrule) and take the place of specific argumentation. Why would the BBC, CBC, SBS, AZUL, India Today, The Times of London, The Telegraph, The Guardian and other serious media in various countries wish to militate against Sai Baba interests? Is the quality investigative media on some rampage against responsible and respectable organizations? In fact, many journalists know that Sai Baba’s executive is extremely elusive, resistent to questioning, and highly skewed in what little they do release. The BBC knew only too well that the Sathya Sai Central Trust Secretary K. Chakravarthy led them on a Soviet or Chinese style highly guided tour. (See article: Probed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team)

Why Would Top Media Heed Our Cries?

Here is a megabillion dollar (or name a currency) organization that has huge resources, and yet resents it when a small network of former devotees and other critics – who work at considerable personal sacrifice with limited means – attempt to get their accounts out to the world. There is the great hope that others will listen, when what the Sathya Sai Organization has done is to suppress, engage in monumental cover up, and elude even the simplest ethical requirements of accountability and transparency.

Further Resources

For Viewing:

BBC’s The Secret Swami. 1. Broadband. 2. Modem (.wmv)

For Reading:

The BBC’s The Secret Swami – A Revision

The Genesis of the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba)

The Sathya Sai Organization’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed. Four-part analytical series by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard.

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